September, 2005 – Editor`s Page

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From the Editor`s Desk

We would like to hear pleasant things about ourselves.Hungry for compliments,exchange compliments out of politeness expressing token of friendship,between our well-wishers.What is not liked is the undeserving compliment with excesses that is untrue or insincere having something in mind with an inherent meaning.It is dishonesty,because it`s not motivated by kindness or sincerity.It shows lack of respect and integrity.

What is needed is a free,frank and fearless expression with clarity and transparency,at least from the professional angle for positive results,unlike the businessmen from whom this is not really expected in Toto.Constructive Criticisms,if encouraged with inter-actions of good spirit,will lead the way in all walks of life,thereby updating knowledge keeping abreast with the technological surge of devolpments, which is towards progress and development,making use of the most precious “TIME” of life,availing the power of perception and the powers of communication.Futhermore,with the advent of computer age there is no end, while seeking knowledge towards perfection.Share your thoughts and experiences with others and keep marching ahead.Don`t forget ” PEOPLE ASSET ” brings wealth of knowledge to the industry and the world.

A good system needs to be nonety percent self managed with hardly ten percent as consious effort needing monitoring for consistency of the desired quality, as margin of reflection to proving capabilities,instead of a monotonous style of functioning,limiting to selected good suggestions and not keeping to the times.The specialist tends to neglect themselves, their health and comfort, in the pursuit of their perfection, which is reminded on humanity angle. “A Study on the Work and Family life of Seafarers”,their responsiblities while out at sea,viewing limitations and constraints,the attributes in the making,for their varying mindset, from global experience is lacking international exposure.

A tale of systemic neglect,administrative incompetence has been challenged, which is an unfortunate incident to the department,incidents do happen irrespective of whatever preventive and pro-active precautions that may have been put in place.The need for the UPSC to pick up new breed of mariners(who had the basics right),with the recognized C.O.C. of India/UK Class One Engineering/Masters Deck),such of those young men between the age of 30 and 35 be included (who never compares their govt.salary earnings at later stage,with those working out at sea on hazardous work and get corrupted).Such of those Incumbents are groomed into the department in line with the civil services,match with a strong frame work and follow up with a pragmatic approach.Let`s demonstrate something different, to work much better in the Maritime World od Commercial Shipping.We need qualifed Mariners(academic and practitioner specialists,in the field)with a lien to academics;to work in DGS approved Maritime Institutions/Colleges,to play an important role in shaping the destiny of this maritime nation.Their CDC`S and COC have to be marked/stamped- “Finished with Sea Duty” , for assignment in maritime Colleges/Institutions only.The existing scenario in maritime institutions, engaging old timers ` professionally-under gradute mariners ` , many of them academically matriculate/non-matriculates risen from the ranks, who though may be professionally sound, which is for the operation and maintenence of vessels only, which should not be forgotten.Such of those cannot be justified to head Colleges of higher learning in Maritime Studires, but for PRO work,Marketing,Demonstrators,etc. in the application of marine equipments,navigation etc.U G C (University Grants Comission) and the AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education) need to look into this seriously.It is imperative for the tutor to update knowledge and skill,constantly improve and upgrade,thus to impart well.

In Shipping ( second line of Defence ),we need to train physically and mentally fit candidates with Character,to sail overseas in the International Shipping,thereby carrying the good image of our nation.Such of those candidates,sucessfully completing professional Training and qualifying COC for officer entry, need to be of a degree level curriculum of a recognized University.Life out at sea is not a bed of roses,hence the real need for its preparedness,managing the hard work and mental stress. Doing so , will help them come back with fresh new ideas,with better approach of matured decisions,tackling systematically and confidently,ensuring quick turn around of the vessels,with time-bound productive quality work out at sea, with professional excellence.

Unfortunately,incidents do happen irrespective of whatever preventive and pro-active precautions that may have been put in place.An incident can be comprehensive and complex depending upon the actual circumstance.The immediate focus will have to be in assessing the situation and severity of the accident.The objective will be to contain and resolve the incident,find means to avoid re-occurrence,without putting the life of the Seafarers and potentially other implicated properties at risk.

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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