Strategies in British Shipping 1945-1970
Structural weaknesses and lack of strategic thinking held back the development of British merchant shipping after the Second World War and led to its decline. The limitations of family owned businesses, the UK Chamber of Shipping and the Shipping Federation contributed to that decline. In particular the lack of advanced economic and technical knowledge and assessment held British shipping companies back. The author provides personal insight into the conclusions of the Rochdale Committee as well as the court of inquiry chaired by Lord Pearson. The lack of successful enterprise within British companies, and the chilling effect of the imprisonment of Lord Kylsant following the collapse of his Royal Mail Group, affected government attempts to improve matters.