*Editor's Note: Mr. Hayman is the publisher of Seatrade Week, which is published weekly by Seatrade North America Inc. The 500 registered delegates at Seatrade's Cruise Shipping Conference and Exhibition, held in Miami in February of this year,
Paperwork is, and always has been a necessary and essential aspect of ship operation. Indeed, the Barcelona Maritime Code of 1258 required ships carry clerks specifically for this purpose releasing the master to concentrate on his primary duty, safely navigating the vessel.
A new, high-quality global satellite communication system for ships at sea, run by INMARSAT, will come into operation on February 1, 1982. INMARSAT is the International Maritime Satellite Organization which has 36 member- States. A February starting