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Making it easier to be good
Thursday, 16 February 2017 13:00

By MICHAEL GREY MBE

There would have been a few ripples right across the maritime world at the news a few weeks ago that Princess Cruises had been fined a record US$40 million by the US authorities, after pleading guilty to multiple charges of dumping oily waste. Carnival, its parent company,  moreover, was to be placed in a sort of special measures, with nearly eighty cruise ships right across their brand subject to additional supervision of environmental matters, for five years.


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Spotlight on manpower
Thursday, 07 July 2016 13:00

By MICHAEL GREY MBE

We like a good “shock” headline and the news that in 2025 there would be a shortage of 147,500 officers in the world fleet was guaranteed to attract the attention that headline
writers crave.


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What’s in a name?
Thursday, 09 June 2016 13:00

By MICHAEL GREY MBE

There has been huge levity in the media in the UK and elsewhere about a poll which went badly wrong. Not the EU referendum (yet), but an attempt by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), which asked the general public to suggest an inspirational name for their new £200m research ship, soon to begin construction on the Mersey.


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Lessons in scale economics
Thursday, 12 May 2016 13:00

By Michael Grey MBE

 “Why are you always so beastly to ship owners in all your writing?” This question, from a senior chap who worked for one of the world’s biggest ship operating companies brought me up with a jolt.


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Don’t shoot the designer!
Thursday, 14 April 2016 13:00

By Michael Grey MBE

As operators of things that other people have designed, how we like to criticise these wretched “boffins” for their failure to understand our needs! “The man who designed this thinks that engineers are three feet high and have four arms, each with eight fingers”. Or, “the person who laid out this foredeck was under the influence of illegal substances when he drew up the plan”. Women like to suggest that design failures are all the fault of men. The men blame either accountants or naval architects.


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