There is one factor in Western shipping companies that is completely absent from us - the complete emancipation of the company's management from coastal problems. It deals only with shipping issues. And only linear. Accordingly, company executives have the highest professional level in the field of liner shipping, which in our country is inherent only in the lower and middle managers. In addition, the small size of the fleet allows the company’s management to keep under review all aspects of its activities, to know personally, and not through five levels of management, every captain and senior mechanic.
Finally, work with clientele, in contrast to our practice, when this main area of activity, on which the main thing depends is the profitability of the company, delegated to agents, is considered the most important function of the management team here. The president of the company spends almost half of his working time on meetings with major trading houses, shippers' advice, management of stevedoring, freight forwarding and other circles.
P & O is a typical example of capitalist shipping companies. Her choice in the field of management is a joint fruit of scientific research and practice in the conditions of fierce competition and deep specialization. Here, the immediate benefit is not the momentary gain from an imaginary reduction in management expenses, but flexibility, mobility, dynamism, speed of decision-making, which can be achieved only in conditions of narrow specialization and reasonable company size.
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What to do?
Who prevents us from adopting this approach? It seems that we have only one opponent - inertness of thinking. And including the thinking of the leaders of our shipping companies, their desire to keep everything in one hand: from kindergarten to nuclear-powered icebreaker, and also (which is no secret!) The amazing failure of scientific recommendations in the field of management.
A quick solution formula is proposed in accordance with the Law on Socialist Enterprise: to create independent specialized shipping enterprises, “structural units”, with independent responsibility, operating on the basis of a full economic calculation in the framework of large shipping companies.
In our opinion, this, first of all, should concern liner and passenger shipping, which requires the increased attention of the first managers and their direct participation in the daily production process. We are not talking about the separation of these units in separate shipping companies, but only about providing them with full economic (financial, commercial, navigation, etc.) independence within the framework of the existing shipping companies. In this case, the parent company will remain limited functions of legal support and capital investments. salvator mundi conspiracy