With the future of
crewing high on the agenda, BIMCO and ICS are preparing for the launch of the
latest Seafarer Workforce Report (previously known as the Manpower Report), the
industry standard resource for ship operators, agencies and governments seeking
the market intelligence they need to develop crewing and training strategies
fit for the future.
Now ship operators need a management tool to understand both today’s
and tomorrow’s crewing landscape: Guy Platten, Secretary General, ICS
industry is evolving rapidly,” says Guy Platten, Secretary General of the
International Chamber of Shipping. “With the challenges and changes wrought by
the COVID-19 pandemic, decarbonisation and rapid technological developments,
ship operators now more than ever need a management tool that provides them
with an understanding of both today’s and tomorrow’s crewing landscape.”
Over the next few
months shipping companies, national maritime administrations, and maritime
education and training institutions will be asked to contribute to the new
report. Their insight and data on the status of maritime training and
recruitment, attrition and retention rates and the number and profiles of
seafarers qualified and certificated under the STCW Convention will provide the
foundation for this authoritative publication.
The COVID-19 pandemic represents a crew change crisis as well a
financial crisis for our industry: David Loosley, BIMCO Secretary General
“I believe that
this study will be one of the most important that we have launched. The
COVID-19 pandemic represents a crew change crisis as well a financial crisis
for our industry that may influence the global supply and demand of seafarers
for many years to come. The result will help provide answers to where the
shipping world is heading and what new crewing initiatives might be required,”
says David Loosley, BIMCO Secretary General.
For the last 30
years, BIMCO and ICS have regularly conducted a comprehensive survey of the
world’s supply and demand of seafarers, developing its format and content to
meet the changing needs of the industry.
The new Seafarer Workforce Report is expected to be published in 2021.
It will feature:•
Detailed estimates of the current supply and demand for seafarers for the world
fleet, including country-specific figures. • Forward projections for the likely
supply and demand situations in the next decade. • Identification of various
maritime training, recruitment and retention trends and their potential