September, 2007 – Editor`s Page

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From the Editor`s Desk

The World Maritime Day-2007: Every year IMO celebrates World Maritime Day. The exact date is though left to the individual national Governments but it is usually celebrated during the last week, in the month of September. The day earmarked in INDIA would be on Thursday, the 27th Sept. 2007, to be celebrated all over India.

The Theme for the World Maritime Day Celebrations decided by the International Maritime Organization being : “IMO`s Response to Current Environmental Challenges” (IMO), which is to focus attention on the importance of shipping safety, maritime security and the marine environment and to also emphasize the particular aspect of IMO`s work. To mark the occasion, the Secretary-General of IMO always prepares a special message and a paper, which discusses the selected subject in greater depth, backs this up.

We see, the seas as the future, sea transport is a highly cost-effective method of moving large quantities of nonperishable goods and essential perishable goods through cold storage (Reefers). Ship (sea) transport is often international by nature, but it can be also accomplished by barge, boat, ship or sailboat over a sea, ocean, lake, canal or river. This is frequently undertaken, for purposes of commerce, recreation or military objecttives. Although the historic importance of sea travel has lost much importance due to the rise of commercial aviation, it is still very effective for short trips and pleasure cruises. When a cargo is carried by more than one mode, the transport is termed intermodal. Ships have long been used for warfare, with applications from naval supremacy to piracy, invasions and bombardment.

The starting point in any management process is KNOWLEDGE and the need to gather more and more relevant data to keep abreast and go ahead, in the application of the relevant, best knowledge of the latest research findings. We need to keep moving with inter-actions, feedback and wise decisions that lead to developments of improvement with optimum utilisation of available resources. My valued readers would agree that we have already surpassed the stage of trial and error methods, with self-styled administrators, restricted to apprenticeship or COC holders of set paper exams. lacking with updates. Need for continuous monitoring, assessment and performance evaluation, hence to focus on relevant knowledge with the requisite specifications, considering pros and cons, before arriving at implementation stage of any change. Each one of us, are for the sum of the decisions made in life. Still we lack consistency in discussing relevant issues, across managements with an integrated approach. “Education” is not just for Information, but it is for its valid transformation taking the right pathway, to its destination. “Leading the path to better future and setting new standards”. Knowledge is an untiring beacon, a gift to the power of thought and reasoning, for its application in real life, in the appropriate time and place. History bears the witness to our quest for knowledge, from the ancient thought to modern portals of education, we have indeed come a long way, from day to day experiences with opportunities to learn new things working smart and creating ideas, which is not enough.

It is most heartening to note that A M E T ( Academy of Maritime Education and Training) has come a long way of tireless efforts, to be upgraded to the most deserving deemed university status. Kudos to the management of A M E T. I am immensely pleased beyond the cool soothing effect, since my both sons, form alumni of the institution, are sailing as certified officers on ocean going vessels.

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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