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.

How on earth did they manage that?

October 22, 2018

Maritime professionals and interested onlookers will have been equally astonished at the recent pictures following the curious collision off Corsica, with the Tunisian ro-ro ferry Ulysse buried up to her bridge in the side of the containership CLS Virginia. A universal question, asked by everyone, would have been – “How on earth did they manage to do that?”

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Where are the metrics for morale in shipping?

September 19, 2018

What contribution does morale make to the prosperity of any ship, company or institution? It is not something that is recognised by the modern accountancy trained managers who count the beans and call the shots in too much of industry today.

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The economics of a 36 year old containership

August 20, 2018

It was a photograph of a small containership that took my attention. She is currently operating for one of the world’s biggest operators, but is 36 years old. This might appear strange, when container vessels twenty years younger are being laid up in some numbers, in the expectation that they are unlikely to trade again.

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Seafaring – You don’t have to be mad to work here

July 11, 2018

Seafarers of a certain age will remember the sardonic note that somebody would have inevitably stuck under the glass on the chart table or on the desk of the engine control room. “You don’t have to be mad to work here – but it helps” it said, which was a point worth thinking about with the body at its lowest ebb, on watch, about half an hour past midnight.

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Transparency audit and the IMO

April 9, 2018

Columnist Michael Grey questions last week’s highly critical report into the workings of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) by Transparency International.

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Fire down below

March 12, 2018

This is the age of blame, when errors are unacceptable, procedures are designed on the precautionary principle and accidents don’t happen. Except it doesn’t work out like that. Almost certainly, someone was to blame for the fire which broke out in the hold of the Maersk Honan the other day, but the chances are they won’t be brought to book any more than all those guilty people responsible for most of the other fires which wrecked container ships over the years have been identified and prosecuted.

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‘Wage slave’ or a great place to work?

February 15, 2018

Are you what is termed a “wage slave”, crawling unwillingly to work and counting the hours until the weekend, or even the end of the shift? There can be no illusions that this is reality for large numbers of people, all over the world. The maritime industry is no different to any other sector, in this respect.

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Good intentions on shore leave

January 18, 2018

It is not a lot of fun, after a long voyage across endless ocean, to be trapped aboard your ship in port, because the authorities will grant no shore leave to the members of the crew.

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