May, 2005 – Editor`s Page

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From the Editor`s Desk

The Maritime World needs to look forward for the Owners/Ship Managers of the Shipping Companies to ensure their vessels are well maintained to give trouble free service with the highest possible standards of safety and environmental performance, combined with high level of operational excellence. The need and assurance, for the highest quality of operational and technical capability from the Superintendents. Marine / Engineer Superintendents and Designated Person Ashore should strive with constant emphasis towards a pursuit to excellence.

The need for them to be totally abreast and updated so to act wisely, keeping to the times, giving their best for implementation in practical sense, with the relevant theoretical and practical backup, strong operational skills, commercial awareness, excellent inter personal skills, who needs to take the pride in exceeding the minimum quality standards. They being responsible to assess the vessel from time to time and give the feedback to accept or decline, for the company`s international business of high standards. The Designated Person Ashore be self-motivated and demonstrate strong team and relationship management skills. The constant emphasis to be on excellence, the need to maintain the highest possible quality standards in operation and maintenance ensuring seaworthiness, with the best gracious appearance of vessel, while calling at ports and leaving the ports, thereby exhibiting the best image of the shipping company and its men and the nation it belongs.

The Shipping Company therefore needs to assure and ensure the implementation of the best acceptable quality standards in operation and maintenance, without compromising on safety, in compliance to IMO/ILO Rules, Conventions and Regulations. The Management of Shipping Company needs to ensure transparency in their dealings for accountability and the right to information. Suppression of Unlawful Acts is seriously viewed by the National/ International Shipping Administrations.

Indian Seafarers have proved to be in high demand owing to their professional trade skills with updates keeping pace with an increasingly competitive, technically complex environment with the new regulations, proficiency in English language, broad knowledge, their integrity, social commitment and most of all their daringness/preparedness to take risks doing hazardous jobs. The shipping company to bear in mind that their floating staff (seafarers) are their most important guardian of their asset out at sea, sacrificing from their normal human life. The company to undertake training of their men, as required enhancing their quality and skills at company cost and view their genuine needs as welfare, with human touch and sense of belonging. Ships should submit crew lists by e-mail from vessels says IMO. The International Maritime Organisation Facilitation Committee has published a circular (FAL.5 Circ. 19, March 2003) that e-mail addresses of various authorities in ports should be published, to make it easier for electronic information exchange between shipmasters and the authorities. THIS NEEDS TO BE RELIGIOUSLY FOLLOWED.

Very little being achieved by the international bodies IMO/ILO/ITF to get rid of substandard ships, off the oceans. Look forward to see realistic financial commitments, to encourage real quality ships and make low quality ship operations unsustainable. The need to apply management efficiency techniques in Safety Health and Environment. Implementation of uniform maritime studies and not over burden the seafarers, during their hard earned leave ashore.

Dr. Chandran Peechulli,
Ph.D; MBA; D.Sc; FIE(India), PgDIMS(UK), PgTED; FIIPE; MSEI; MSNAME(USA),
Ex.Chief Engineer(Marine), G.M.(Tech) Crossworld Shipping.
Managing Editor & Publisher-“MARINE WAVES” International Maritime Newsletter.

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