Don’t forget the bridge of a ship is a place of work, not a social hub. That’s the message from shipmanagement veteran, Peter Cremers, in the latest issue of LeaderShip, the in-house magazine of Anglo-Eastern.
Cremers, executive chairman of the shipmanagement giant, told deck officers in his foreword to the magazine to make the following New Year’s resolution: “The bridge of your ship is a place of work. And with major shipping routes getting more busy all the time, a pretty busy workplace it has become!”
Cremers urged his employees working on the bridge to cut the chit-chat and social media interactions until after hours.
He also used the foreword to the magazine to remind deck officers to use the lessons they had learned from simulator training when working onboard ship. As an example, he called on deck officers to reduce speed occasionally, rather than overtaking close to or at the wrong side of the separation lane.
“The payback is going to be enormous, trust me, and your management team will certainly sleep better at night,” Cremers concluded.
Cremers, who will turn 70 this year, has been in shipping since 1975. Along with Marcel Liedts and Richard Wong, he bought out Anglo-Eastern in 1997 and has since grown it to become the second largest shipmanager in the world with mergers including Univan and Denholm over the past 20 years.