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(WMN)Unless seafarer training levels
are increased significantly, the growth in demand for seafarers could generate
a serious shortage in the total supply of officers as the latest five-year
BIMCO/ICS Manpower Report forecasts that an additional 147,500 officers
will be required by 2025 to service the world merchant fleet.
Launched at the
International Maritime Organization, the reports identifies that
the current shortfall stands at 2.1%, amounting to some
16,500 officers, while some officer categories are in a really short
supply, including engineer officers at management level and officers needed for
specialised ships such as chemical, LNG and LPG carriers.
Credit: World Maritime News