Decision‐making needs to go back to the hands of crew and away from shore‐based managers, says Alastair Evitt president of InterManager, the international trade association for the ship management industry, its members are involved in the management of more than 3,280 ships and almost 200,000 seafarers.
“I regret to say it – but in many cases shipboard management teams have to be
retrained to think for themselves, to understand the commercial issues and to have an awareness of product and service delivery,” he will tell delegates at the influential CMA conference in the US.
Taking part in the opening round table debate, The State of the Industry Today, Evitt outlined modern issues affecting the recruitment and retention of quality seafarers.
He believes current maritime legislative and methods are “driving decision making from the bridge and control room of the vessels to the respective shore‐based management office”, Mr Evitt wants the shipping industry to place more importance on the training of officers and crew to improve career opportunities and to put sea‐based roles on a par with university graduates.