A shipping industry report released Wednesday warned that there could be a shortage of merchant sailors to crew commercial ships in five years, a potential threat to global supply chains if action is not taken to increase the numbers. may be born.
The 2021 Seafarer Workforce Report, published by the Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO) and International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) trade groups, calls for a significant increase in training and recruitment to avoid severe shortages in the supply of officers by 2026.
The report said the shipping industry is already grappling with crew shortages due to the coronavirus pandemic, a situation that will exacerbate labor supply problems expected in the next few years.
Industry researchers said earlier this year there is a shortfall of 26,240 certified officers, indicating that demand for sailors has exceeded supply in 2021.
The report predicts that an additional 89,510 officers will be needed by 2026 to operate the world merchant fleet. The groups say there are currently about 1.89 million sailors serving the world merchant fleet, operating more than 74,000 ships around the world.
In a statement, ICS Secretary General Guy Platten emphasized that the industry needs to make every effort to recruit and train new sailors and retain existing staff. “We will need to address the real concerns that we may see sailors walking away from careers in shipping.”
The Seafarer Workforce Report, last published in 2015, detailed the current supply and demand of seafarers for the world fleet, detailing the demographic composition of the world’s seafarers, and forward projections for potential supply and demand conditions over the next five years. Provides years.