Challenge to the industry
Securing skilled crews in today’s marketplace
The International Maritime Organization declared 2010 the “Year of the Seafarer”. With this in mind, it was timely that we examined a growing concern that many companies in the shipping industry now face – the ability to recruit and retain sufficient numbers of skilled seafarers to staff and operate their vessels. Based on discussions with officials in the maritime sector as well as with executives of various shipping companies, the shortage of qualified, well-trained officers and crew is an issue that has become evident over the last five years, and is expected to become one of the most significant problems that the industry must address, not only in countries with well-established shipping industries, such as Europe and North America, but also on a worldwide basis. In fact, many would argue that it is the single most important issue, given the significance of shipping and transport to the global economy and the critical role of skilled crews in ensuring the safety of their vessels.