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India should be ready to meet the anticipated demand of qualified seafarers: DGS

Concerned with its dwindling share of seafarers to shipping, India has taken steps to redress the situation and put it back on the right track of increasing its share of seafarers from the current 7% to a reasonable 9%.

Working with the taskforce formed by the Directorate General of Shipping Malini Shankar, the representatives of leading shipping associations in the country such as the National Union of Seafarers of India (NUSI), of the Maritime Union of India (MUI), the Maritime Association of Shipowners, Shipowners and Agents (MASSA) have to give a list of recommendations to the Directorate General of Shipping this week.

“ Our report will include various suggestions like actions required for increasing the global share of Indian seafarers and resturcturing of maritime examination systems in India” said MASSA Chairman, Capt Prashant Rangnekar.

Malini Shankar, DGS observed , “ We cannot afford to rest on our laurels. India should be ready to meet the anticipated demand of qualified seafarers when the shipping industry witnesses an upturn globally.”

The Skill India programme addresses the issue of upskilling the taskforce so that the gap between the demand and supply of the skilled workforce will be bridged effectively and quickly too.  A separate ministry under the name of Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship has been formed to deal with this crucial issue of up skilling the exisitng workforce and continue to impart training to increase the skill of the youth of the country so that the gap between the need of the skilled workforce and poor supply of it will be minimized.  On a larger canvass, this issue is tackled and it will end in finally increasing the contribution by India of skilled seafarers to international shipping community.


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