Before joining the office, I worked with CSM New Buildings in China, S. Korea and Germany for 'the supervision' of various types of vessels, such as Containers, Multi-Purpose Heavy Lift Carriers and Naval Vessels. Apart from having a good engineering background, a TSI needs to have the ability to take the right decision at the right time. Decision making capabilities and good communication skills are important, especially being able to communicate messages effectively. One must have passion for what he is doing, but should also add commitment, because passion doesn’t always get the job done. I believe commitment is the ability to stay focused on our job. TSI’s need to be team players as active participants and to do more than just the job title states. It means taking the initiative to get things done without waiting to be asked. Honesty and integrity are two important characteristics which I believe play a vital role - how can you expect your crew and colleagues to be honest if you lack these qualities yourself?