Director's Comment

Sailing on through the storm

Managing Director - John White

Managing Director - John White

Managing Director John White recognises those in peril on the Covid-19 seas.

Welcome dear reader to your latest edition of Inside Marine. Brought to you once more this year during these interesting times.

Despite the challenges that we, and indeed you, have had to endure in trying to stay afloat during the Covid-19 outbreak, you will be pleased to see that we have still managed to bring you a packed edition full of what I hope you will agree is interesting and informative content.

The fact that we managed to fill the covers with such an array of articles, news, advertisements and company profiles would suggest that there have certainly been enough of you out there not only keeping afloat, but setting sail and leaving the safety of your port in order to continue to do prosperous trade on the high seas.

This edition, with its focus on ship owners and operators, has been brought to you with a reduced crew from aboard my ship. So, I feel it is only fair to give them the recognition and praise due for their tremendous achievements during this difficult time. Our Lima flag has been lowered and we are now free to bring you our precious cargo of exotic goods (that’s Inside Marine magazine by the way – and not barrels of wine and chocolates in case you were wondering!) to all corners of the globe.

With a little luck and a fair wind, you will have your copy on time and I hope you will raise a glass of thanks and appreciation to not only my hard working crew who brought it to you, but to those within the pages that had men and women aloft in the rigging of their vessels throughout the dark, rough and stormy seas!

If I can liken myself to a ship owner and in part a ship operator who is responsible for the good ship Inside Marine, I can then relate somewhat to the trials and troubles that keep the actual owners and operators awake at night. Hunched over their desks, burning the midnight lantern oil, wind howling outside of their rattling window that overlooks the bustling port. Below, the smashing sound of the sea can be heard as it relentlessly tries to breach the harbour’s defences to get at and wreck the trembling ships seeking solace within.

For some of you, Covid-19 will have undoubtedly felt like such a storm. Now is a time of great concern about the safety of your crews and ships, the delivery of goods, and your ability to continue to trade during and after the storm has abated.

However, it is also a time to adapt, improvise and overcome whatever challenges are laid before us. We are all doing what we can to ensure that we see our ships pass through the eye of the storm, maybe somewhat battered and in need of some repairs, but still afloat and able to do operate.

By then (whenever ‘then’ is), we will be able to sail on into those calmer seas with a crew that have known hardship, have relied on each other and come through it together and tougher for the experience.

Of course, there will be further storms to come and as mariners who ply our trade on the sea, we know that she can be a cruel mistress. If you will permit me to sail with the likening of a company to a ship a little longer, there will also be those who sadly will have lost some of their crew or indeed their entire fleet, damaged beyond repair. My heart goes out to them and I hope that they can bend down with tired limbs and worn out tools to rebuild from the keel up.

I hope that you will therefore join me in not only toasting those that fought the storm and arrived safely at port but also acknowledge those for whom the storm proved too much.

To owners and operators, the world over and to their crews, I wish you fair winds and following seas.

John White - Managing Director