Polish Ocean Lines is optimistic about its future in the competitive North Atlantic shipping trade.
High Polish maritime sources say POL is engaged in a technological and organizational race in the North Atlantic, but is in good position with its advanced container/roll-on roll-off ships.Bazyli Wysocki, deputy manager for trade and exploitation for POL, said he is optimistic about the company's 1987 prospects.
"Our problems are of a strictly market nature," he said in an interview.
He added that the problems of POL with West European lines "stem from the very fact that we are competing for business. Sometimes in this competition we win, sometimes our competitors win."
Polish Ocean Lines has more than 100 cargo and passenger vessels totaling more than 1 million deadweight tons. It operates on more than 20 shipping routes linking Polish and West European ports with other points around the world.
Mr. Wysocki said POL is working on "new possibilities" for business during the current year, but he did not elaborate.
He added that despite his general optimism, the line is "subject to the general market tendencies that at the beginning of the year do not look too bright."
More than a year ago, POL signed an agreement, "Eurocorde 1," with North Atlantic conferences.
"The idea of this agreement is not to eliminate competition, which was initially feared by some shippers, but to have a legal platform to discuss our common problems," Mr. Wysocki said.
"There is still a long way to go but the tool, in our opinion, exists for
helping solve our mutual problems," he said. We would only be happy if other lines decided to join this agreement."