Clay Maitland

On a quest for quality in shipping

Ban the Bully

The maritime industry, if it wishes to prosper, attract and retain bright people, has to recognise the changing mores of society ashore and afloat. Behaviour which was seen to be “par for the course” for an earlier generation, is no longer acceptable, and the law, and employment conditions have recognised the change. Individuals and indeed employers have to temper their behaviour accordingly. Continue reading

No Sea Weed!

Whatever, daft or dangerous practices might be fashionable, or threaten to become so, you can invariably rely on the United States Coast Guard to throw some cautionary cold water over the proceedings. What would we do without them? If it wasn’t for the USCG, we would have ships wandering around the oceans with a sole watchkeeper on the bridge, night or day, sustained by vague suggestions by equipment manufacturers that human lookouts were really quite pointless. Continue reading

Cadet Resolutions

New Year’s Day and the traditional resolutions are being rolled out. Mine last year were to give up sarcasm and coffee and I’m a better person for cutting down to one cup a day. The other one was just too hard.

If we have one resolution that does deserve to be kept it might be to ensure that 2014 sees some serious action on training, along with a far better deal for cadets and other officer trainees. Shipowners wax eloquently about the need for a well-motivated and educated new