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Superintendents: critical, undervalued, under pressure
Phil Parry from HR firm Spinnaker on shipping’s undervalued lynchpins
Without a doubt the most critical role in shipping, the superintendent is the key interface between the ship, its crew and the management ashore. It’s a role that has grown in importance and responsibility over the years and one which is increasingly attracting the attention of insurers, charterers and accident investigators alike.
When the job is done well, superintendents (for which also read DPAs, HSSE managers and the like), rarely get the appreciation they deserve. But when things go wrong, there seems to be a worrying trend towards blaming or scapegoating the superintendent.
We are aware that there have been several legal disputes settled out of court where the liability finger has been pointed at the DPA. One of these cases will make it to court before too long. And, similarly, the evidence in one very high profile casualty is pointing towards culpability on the part of the superintendent. What did he know? What was he forced to do? And, if he is to blame, does he have the deep pockets of an insurance company to defend him?
Furthermore, is he paid enough for the hours, the stress and the increasing liabilities? Michele Hawkins, Director of membership association The Maritime HR Forum, benchmarks salaries globally for 50 shore-based shipping jobs globally.
Her membership comprises 65 of the world’s major shipping employers. She says that while superintendent salaries have improved over the last decade, a two tier market has appeared during this recession: “The market median for UK superintendents fell 15% from 2009 to 2011 and 12% in the US, both ... More>>