Hong Kong: Hong Kong’s great and good turned out in force last night to celebrate the 40th anniversary of shipmanager Anglo-Eastern. The firm’s ceo Peter Cremers (pictured) used the occasion to both stress that shipmanagement as an industry has come of age, but seafarers continue to be hit by too much legislation and bureaucracy.
“We made a point of asking our main competitors to join this event,” Cremers said, “A demonstration of the fact that shipmanagement is a maturing industry with its rightful place in the world of shipping.”
He said owners have to accept that shipmanagers give shipowners flexibility in growth – flexibility in market segments – expertise – access to well trained seafarers – at an extremely competitive service fee level.
“Though we still have sometimes a problem of being accepted as an industry by the regulators and certain – mainly wet – charterers – we are there to stay – and becoming the norm rather than the exception,” Cremers said, noting that some 1,800 ocean going ships were managed third party managers attending the Anglo-Eastern function last night.
“As an industry, we have the best of intentions- but we keep on assuming we can load up the already limited number of people on board with even more tasks -more responsibilities – more things to know- more things to do,” Cremers warned. [05/09/14]