InterManager president warns on seafarer fatigue, pushes concept of paperless ships

Gerardo Borromeo, the president of the global shipmanagement association, InterManager, has used his end of year address to reiterate calls to ease the workload of seafarers.

Borromeo, who also heads up Philippine Transmarine Carriers, said: “We must not discount the ongoing discussions on fatigue and the unceasing administrative burdens onboard, which can only really be resolved if governments come together and take significant steps forward to streamline the myriad of reporting requirements.”

Inroads have already been made, Borromeo said, with the EU as well as with non-governmental organisations, such as the International Harbour Masters Association (IMHA), promoting this concept of the paperless ship as a must have in the near future, as opposed to leaving it just as a far-off idea.


Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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