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.

The communications revolution and seabed hazards

December 12, 2017

If truth is the first casualty of war, the second is probably underwater communication cables which the history of the last century informs us are severed simultaneously with the opening of hostilities. There are many more of these undersea conduits today, which might account for the current angst being expressed about their vulnerability to hostile powers.;

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Safe alongside?

October 17, 2017

We are told, mainly by people with an axe to grind on climate change, that the world’s weather is getting more violent. And on cue, violent weather events seem to come along more regularly, whether it is this year’s hurricane season or the incidence of typhoons in 2016-17.

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Bio-fouling, ballast water and the barnacle bill

August 17, 2017

It was some 45 years ago that marine biologists working in the South of England commented on new species of seaweed which were appearing around the Solent. They were traced back to Japan and “bio-detectives” suggested that they had arrived adhering to the bottoms of the first generation of containerships that were arriving from the Far East into the Hampshire port.

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Keeping seafarers sane

June 15, 2017

“Seafarers required - preference will be given to stolid, pragmatic anti-social candidates who can demonstrate a lack of imagination”. That’s not serious, of course, but it might seem not too outrageous, as the life of the modern seafarer develops increasingly joyless characteristics.

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Taking the blame

May 16, 2017

What is the worst thing that can possibly happen to you in your profession? How have you prepared for this eventuality, both technically and psychologically, so that you don’t go to pieces in extremis?

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Critical conversions – the sinking of the Stellar Daisy

April 18, 2017

“Ships are like living creatures” my old lecturer in naval architecture (we called it “ship construction” in those days) used to say before suggesting that they needed to be treated with kindness, in terms of maintenance and the avoidance of unnecessary stress.

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Rating your experience at ports and terminals

February 15, 2017

A constant need for reassurance is one of the phenomena of our age. Stay in a hotel, communicate with your bank, have your car serviced and no sooner have you finished this commercial transaction and you will be invited to “rate your experience”. You may find this annoying, even insincere, but we are assured that it is because they are trying so hard to improve.

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