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.

Shipping’s problems of over-confidence

July 22, 2014

When we hear that “confidence is increasing” among members of the ship-operating community, should we raise our glasses and loudly voice our pleasure at this revelation of imminent recovery? Or should we mutter “here we go again” and prepare for the next burst of enthusiastic over-ordering?

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On the front line of illegal migration

June 24, 2014

This year, it was recently revealed, there were more people fleeing war, famine and persecution than at any time since the end of World War II. Maybe it should not surprise us, as everywhere we look there are terrible things happening, which prompt people to leave their homes.

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The worst that can possibly happen

April 24, 2014

Do we expect too much from shipmasters when the worst thing they can possibly imagine occurs? It is possibly a dangerous time to be asking such a question as the world looks with horror at the terrible events with the ferry Sewol in the Yellow Sea, but it is really quite relevant.

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Busier than ever, but too few people aboard

March 25, 2014

It used to be rather more fashionable than it is today, but every up and coming company would, from time to time, get the management consultants in to engage in what used to be called “work study”.  It was a popular strategy when cost saving was high on the agenda, when “headcount reduction” seemed indicated, to hire these experts to do the dirty work and match the actual work being done with the existing skill sets.

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Getting real about risk and shipping’s ‘safety culture’

February 25, 2014

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), along with researchers at the Universities of Queensland and Western Australia, has commenced a three year project to discover what makes a “safety culture” in the shipping industry. During this period they will hopefully interview all manner of seafarers, ship operators and management, regulators and anyone else who might have useful ideas about why accidents happen, and what organisations need to do to make them stop.

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A tale of sowing and reaping by providing quality seafarer training

January 28, 2014

It was a very low key announcement, earlier this month ,which noted that Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) had appointed its first Philippine master and chief engineer to one of the company’s LNG carriers. NYK Shipmanagement does not traditionally go in for much flag waving, but this was clearly an event which afforded both the shipping company, and its training institution established last century in the Philippines, some pride and no little satisfaction.

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