Michael Grey

Michael Grey

Seatrade Maritime Correspondent

Michael Grey is a columnist and correspondent and has been associated with the maritime industry for the whole of his working life. At sea for twelve years with the Port Line of London and the holder of a British Foreign Going Master’s certificate, he came ashore to work in the safety and technical department of the UK Chamber of Shipping, before moving into maritime journalism.

Currently he is the London Correspondent of BIMCO and is the author of a number of maritime books. He lectures at the World Maritime University and Greenwich Maritime Institute.

Dangerous destinations

October 15, 2019

“Passenger ferry safety shouldn’t depend on the destination”. As a mission statement or declaration of good intentions, it would be difficult to argue with these words. Read More

In praise of crewing stability

September 27, 2019

You can’t have enough stability on board a ship. This is not a comment on the inability of certain car carriers to remain upright in all circumstances, but the conclusion of a report into crewing methods by the UK’s Solent University, which has been researching this important, but hitherto neglected matter. Read More

Diversity is just the start

September 3, 2019

It was in the early 1970s, when the shipping industry was going through one of its regular manning crises, that a Norwegian ship owner came up with an ingenious solution. It was a long time ago, but I recall that the idea was to replicate a small “village” community aboard a ship. Read More

A tight squeeze – the 23,000 teu containership

July 10, 2019

How many rugby players can you squeeze into an old GPO telephone box, or students into a Mini? It was a question that came to mind when I read about the arrival on the scene of the monstrous container ship MSC Gulsun, freshly delivered and soon to inflict its 23,000 teu upon the waiting world of container terminals. Read More

Seafarers in harm’s way

June 17, 2019

Why should seafarers be constantly put in harm’s way, from pirates, hostile officials in ports that nobody ought to visit, and now as collateral damage as the threat of war breaks out in the Middle East? The answer is, as it has always been, that they have no choice in these matters and have to go where their ship takes them, or lose their jobs. Read More

The lonely seafarer

April 16, 2019

You are the boatswain of a large containership, operating in long-haul routes. You are contracted to a nine-month tour of duty, from which you know there can be no relief. Your fellow ratings are similarly contracted, although the ship’s officers will be relieved every four months.

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Cargo that kills

March 14, 2019

To the melancholy list of lives and ships lost and damaged by burning and exploding containers we can now add the 56,642 gross tonnes of Grimaldi’s Grande America, now settling into the mud of the deepest part of the Bay of Biscay.

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A long-term crewing strategy?

February 19, 2019

What do you mean by the phrase –“long-term crew strategy”? In recent years, in our beloved shipping industry, I have tended to believe that it is trying to find a Second Engineer with a chemicals endorsement and US visa, for a ship leaving Singapore next Tuesday.

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