A Reflection on Shipping Industry By Deepak Rikhye – Uday India

A leading Indian weekly journal, Uday India published an article about Swasthi Maritime Consultants.

Read the full article published on April 28, 2019:

A Reflection on  Shipping Industry

 

Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA) Launched by Simha, MSC & Thomas Bagge, Maersk

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MSC’s Chief Information Officer Andre Simha, appointed chairman and Maersk’s Thomas Bagge as the chief executive of Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA) a week earlier to the launch of the association. The association launch was commemorated as the US Federal Maritime Commission green lit this establishment by Maersk, MSC, Ocean Network Express (ONE) and Hapag LLoyd, on Tuesday.

Simha stated that it is for the first time in the shipping industry’s last two decades has the community realized and worked on a common aim which is to elevate the industry into the era of digitization. He added, “With regulatory approval in place, we look forward to the association beginning to collaborate with multiple stakeholders from the entire value chain”.

In an earlier interview with the press, he mentioned that the DCSA will now only have a few decision-making members however stay, “neutral” by “not favouring the large shipping companies”. Simha also mentioned the establishment’s approach is to concentrate on digitization not at the front-end or sales but at the core of industry, which are its networks, services and even prices.

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Working in the Indian Shipping Industry in the 21st Century

Stock Image: Captain of the Ship at the Deck

When we first started our careers in the shipping industry we joined a Shipping Company where there was a great deal of personal face to face contact and interaction with all stake holders. Moreover it was then viewed as a laid back industry where the ships stayed back in port for days on an end.

But times have now changed where gigantic ships with massive amounts of cargo have to be turned around in port, in the shortest time. All this has been brought about through greater infusion of technology that has necessitated the need for a different skill set and approach that at times is both uncomfortable and scary.

With the changes of continuous merging of smaller shipping companies with the larger ones occurring  so frequently more often than not  leaves one seriously worried as to what is to happen next and what does it mean as far as one’s career is concerned.

Even industry veterans need to take control of our lives and ‘re-invent ourselves’. It is essential to study the new opportunities that are evolving and matching it with the skills that we already possess along with what needs to be done next to and stay ahead by being relevant in these rapidly evolving times.

The good news is that each time a major change takes place; we have involuntarily re-invented ourselves several times before but are only left with an instance of deja vu. So the way forward is to have a ‘focused approach’ where we cannot have the future find us but instead work on a vision that will help us manage the changes occurring in this industry.

About The Author:

MR. AMIT BANERJEE CONSULTANT- MBA WITH MARKETING AS SPECIALIZATION

Commercial shipping professional with over 4 decades of experience core competencies – ship owning, liner shipping, freight forwarding, container freight station, vessel handling.

To know more, visit us at: http://www.swasthimaritime.in

Why is Standard Operating Procedure So Important?

The importance of Standard Operating Procedure can be actually felt with the full impact it has when something goes wrong. It becomes an expensive learning process due to internal failure.

When the ISO certification was thought about in mid-nineties in the liner company where I was employed, the first reaction was that of ridicule and disbelief from my colleagues: “Why is someone, an outsider trying to tell us as to how and when to do our jobs?”

When it dawned on them that they are the ones who are laying down the rules and the certification merely monitors their own actions, the disbelief turned into full cooperation from every member of the team. Everyone contributed to the preparation of manuals and work instructions. It was the beginning of a culture which continued till the business lasted. More importantly, I can feel the ingrained culture continuing in their lives even after the vertical has been closed down. As we need to follow certain laid down standards, you turn to ISO. You also get a certification for your meticulous planning, working and monitoring!!

About the Author


CAPT. CHANDRAMOWLEESWARAN CONSULTANT

Master mariner with sailing experience of 19 years on multipurpose, reefer, container oriented container vessels – commercial shipping experience 21 years – thrust areas – stevedoring, liner shipping, feedering operations, container freight station, tramp agency.

 

Visit us at http://www.swasthimaritime.in for more information.

About Swasthi Maritime Consultants

Swasthi Maritime is the brainchild of 4 seasoned maritime professionals having in-depth exposure and substantial networking capabilities with a Pan-India reach. They bring in not only their vast experience but also their international commercial shipping knowledge to provide best-in-class solutions.


CAPT. C. SATYANARAYANA CONSULTANT

Master mariner – with 16 years of sailing experience on Tankers, bulk carriers – 2 decades of commercial shipping experience-thrust areas liner shipping, feedering operations, ship ownership, C&F, stevedoring -tramp agency – freight forwarding- NVOCC operations- training, train the trainers by the Indo-European Logistics Council.

CAPT. CHANDRAMOWLEESWARAN CONSULTANT

Master mariner with sailing experience of 19 years on multipurpose,reefer, container oriented container vessels – commercial shipping experience 21 years – thrust areas – stevedoring, liner shipping, feedering operations, container freight station, tramp agency.


CAPT. PREM RAJENDRAN – CONSULTANT – MBA IN SHIPPING MANAGEMENT

Master mariner – 13 years of sailing experience and 11 Years of commercial shipping experience – Surveying, Container freight station, STS operations, Project cargo & Inspections.


MR. AMIT BANERJEE CONSULTANT- MBA WITH MARKETING AS SPECIALIZATION

Commercial shipping professional with over 4 decades of experience core competencies – ship owning, liner shipping, freight forwarding,container freight station, vessel handling.