frequently said that Shipping gets into your blood and is
often influential from generation to generation. Quite apart
from my maternal Grandfather's Naval career (his memoirs are
serialized in this newsletter), my father's maritime career
extended from 1946 to his retirement in the 1980's. Both his
father, George Workman and his grandfather, William Service
Workman, were closely involved with the Glasgow based shipping
company "City Line Ltd", before and after the take-over
by Sir John R. Ellerman in 1901.
that heritage behind me, I did not stand a chance when, like
many teenagers, although I wanted to go my own way, be independent
and generally have nothing to do with the 'older generation',
Fate took a hand. My "coup de foudre" came during
an interview for a bunker trading position in London in 1985,
and here I am, almost 30 years later, still deeply involved
this inherited? Is it the influence of a relative or a friend?
The hypotheses are endless but I believe that the maritime
industry has some very special links. What other industry
relies so completely on a force of nature?
all know, no matter how safe we try to make our vessels the
Sea can be a cruel and dangerous mistress, and our seagoing
members are on it every day of every year.
Colleges are a special breed of College, where once again,
relationships are forged which go beyond just the office or
different companies and seem to escape our varied ages.
there are the storied families, where ancestors, both older
and more recent, have challenged both the natural elements
and man made hurdles in establishing dynasties - both past
and future (barring some unforeseen events).
other industry can say that it carries from 80-97% (depending
on data source and definition of "commerce" used)
of the world's commerce?
the maritime related land based offices and industries, we
need the private finance and trading companies. There are
so many vital cogs in a trade which encompasses the globe.
goes on and on
we are in a special industry with lots
of moving parts and the CMA welcomes all.
should not be any surprise that families with maritime roots
have room to expand, there is room for all. So perhaps it
was not fate but coincidence that called me all those years
ago - but isn't coincidence fate?