If you are looking to be shocked, it is worth checking out the road haulage accidents on Facebook, where there are some real horrors, such as the cab on a braking truck being completely carried away by the heavy cargo behind it, which just kept on going. The fate of the driver was unstated, but obvious. There are no fewer than 18,000 “straight line” truck accidents in the US each year, many of which are of this nature, with ill-secured cargo responsible. Continue reading
Why are so few engineers running shipping companies, at least in comparison with the corporate number crunchers, who tend to occupy the seats of power in a business where technology ought to be rather important? Are they insufficiently strategic, or lacking in commercial acuity, or perhaps they are just insufficiently interested in clambering up the greasy pole over the bloodstained shoulders of those who have gone before? Perhaps engineers are just too nice? Continue reading
Maybe it is a seasonal complaint, but it seems that the dreaded Norovirus is afflicting a large number of passengers aboard several cruise ships. Clearly we have come a long way since a ship would arrive with the plague flag flying, one of the symptoms (still asked in orals when I took my second mate’s ticket) being “unusual mortality among the rats”. Continue reading
Clay Maitland advocates for seafarer welfare and classification society mergers to improve quality in an interview on MaritimeTV
Tradewind’s Adam Corbett interviews Clay Maitland on ship and mariner safety, and calls for consolidation within class societies
New York: One of North America’s most outspoken men in shipping, Clay Maitland, has slammed the encroachment of financial institutions into the industry, something he reckons is damaging the soul and integrity of the sector.
The managing partner of International Registries, Inc, which administers the Marshall Islands flag, speaking to Maritime CEO from New York, said that many of the leading figures in the industry are not particularly well-versed in what ships, and the people who work in them, are all about.
“Leading shipping executives tend to be finance types, and are poor executives to have in the wheelhouse, particularly when things get bad. We are living in such an era, and we need leaders with more depth of knowledge, and experience,” he warned.
One example, he… Continue reading
Where I come from, on a small island off the coast of Northern England, low tide occasionally exposes the shape of a great iron boiler, the brown metal covered in limpets, its rivet holes rusted away and the tubes festooned with weed. Continue reading