• 2021 July 28 18:01

    New BIMCO/ICS Seafarer Workforce Report warns of serious potential officer shortage

    Launched today, the new Seafarer Workforce Report from BIMCO and the International Chamber of Shipping warns that the industry must significantly increase training and recruitment levels if it is to avoid a serious shortage in the total supply of officers by 2026. Given the growing demand for STCW certified officers, the Report predicts that there will be a need for an additional 89,510 officers by 2026 to operate the world merchant fleet. The report estimates that 1.89 million seafarers currently serve the world merchant fleet, operating over 74,000 vessels around the globe, BIMCO says in its press release.

    Trusted by ship operators, agencies and governments, the Seafarer Workforce Report - formerly the Manpower Report - is an essential management tool for those tasked with developing crewing and training strategies, delivering the market intelligence that the industry needs to plan for the future.

    The new report also highlights a current shortfall of 26,240 STCW certified officers, indicating that demand for seafarers in 2021 has outpaced supply. Although there has been a 10.8% increase in the supply of officers since 2015, this shortfall could be due to a reported increase in officers needed on board vessels, with an average of 1.4 officers required per berth.

    In addition, some officer categories are in especially short supply. There is a shortage of officers with technical experience especially at Management Level, and in the tanker and offshore sectors there is a reported shortage of Management Level Deck Officers.

    The good news is that in the past five years the industry has made good progress in reducing officer turnover rates from 8% to 6%, retaining qualified seafarers and increasing the number of years that they serve at sea. Indeed, compared with estimates from the 2015 report, the average age of officers serving at Management Level and Operational Level has increased.

    Guy Platten, Secretary General of the International Chamber of Shipping says: “The Seafarer Workforce report warns of a shortfall in officers by 2026. To meet the future demand for seafarers it is vital that the industry actively promotes careers at sea and enhances maritime education and training worldwide, with a focus on the diverse skills needed for a greener and more digitally connected industry. This is especially important as we recover from the effects of the pandemic, and we will need to address the real concerns that we could see seafarers turning away from careers in shipping. We must analyse and respond to trends in seafarer retention, and continue regular monitoring of the global seafarer workforce, to ensure that the supply of STCW certified seafarers continued to keep pace with demand.”

    BIMCO Secretary General & CEO, David Loosley, says: “The Seafarer Workforce Report is not only a useful tool but also a necessary one when it comes to planning for the future and assuring that the backbone of world trade is sufficient in numbers and skills. The insight and data contributions from shipping companies, national maritime administrations, and maritime education and training institutions to the new report is invaluable in gaining a picture of what our industry must prepare for in the future of seafarer recruitment and retention.”

    The Report also focuses on diversity within the seafarer workforce, analysing a range of demographic data, including age, nationality and gender. The latest statistics show that there is a positive trend in gender balance, with an estimated 24,059 women serving as seafarers, a percentage increase of 45.8% compared with the 2015 report. The percentage of female STCW certified seafarers is estimated to be 1.28% of the global seafarer workforce and it appears that there has been a significant rise in the number of female STCW certified ratings compared to STCW certified female officers, with female ratings found predominantly in the cruise ship and passenger ferry sectors. Female officer numbers are spread more evenly across the sectors.

    The 2021 Seafarer Workforce Report delivers detailed information on the current supply and demand for seafarers for the world fleet, including country-specific data; details of the demographic composition of the supply of seafarers; forward projections for the likely supply and demand situations over the next five years; and identifies maritime training, recruitment and retention trends and their potential consequences.




2021 September 24

14:40 International conference “Inland waterways: strategic potential for growth” focused on INFUTURE project was held on September 20
14:13 Dredge spoil disposal system planned for fairway deepening project
13:57 LAS Vice Admiral Kulakov went to the Atlantic
13:33 Wärtsilä ensures optimal performance and minimal carbon footprint for world’s most environmentally friendly ferry
13:09 Wan Hai Lines holds online ship naming ceremony for new vessels
12:38 Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard launched unmanned research ship Pioner-M
12:10 Record mid-year cargo volumes through the Port of Vancouver in 2021
11:46 SCF Group wins sci-tech award for development in Arctic exploration
11:02 Rolls-Royce and Overmarine continue cooperation with future-oriented mtu technologies
10:07 Tallink Grupp secures another short-term charter deal for vessel Silja Europa
09:59 MPA, SSA and GCNS sign MoU to raise carbon accounting capabilities amongst maritime companies in Singapore
09:41 MABUX: Global Bunker Market may continue firm upward trend on Sept 24
09:24 Crude oil prices continue increasing
09:09 Baltic Dry Index as of September 23

2021 September 23

18:05 Maersk calls Jafza home for its first Warehousing & Distribution facility in the UAE
17:25 GTT and Deltamarin receive AiP from American Bureau of Shipping for their new design applied for LNG fueled tanker
17:05 LR grows fleet optimisation offering with GreenSteam acquisition
16:25 The Port of Rotterdam Authority helps German DeltaPort to be a regional hydrogen hub
16:15 Panama Canal joins to the Call to Action for Shipping Decarbonization
15:39 Dry cargo vessel of RSD59 design, Alexander Ivanov, leaves for sea trials
15:21 ABS grants AIP for next generation liquified CO2 carrier JDP designs
15:05 Synergy Group to take over Maersk Tankers’ technical management business
14:37 DNV and LISCR award AiP to HHI for 40,000 CBM liquefied CO2 carrier design
14:17 Kaliningrad region and FESCO to cooperate in the field of logistics
13:48 Damen can build icebreaking ships for Russia’s Arctic projects within short timeframes
13:25 Sweden’s largest port solar cell system inaugurated at Stockholm Norvik Port
13:15 MABUX: Bunker Weekly Outlook, Week 38, 2021
12:56 Keel-laying of Damen tug series for Atomflot held in Saint-Petersburg
12:51 MSC invests in new efficiency solution to reduce emissions from fleet
11:00 13th Annual Capital Link Shipping & Marine Services Forum took place with great success on September 13, 2021
11:00 Rolls-Royce and Sea Machines sign partnership to cooperate on smart ship and autonomous ship control solutions
10:34 APM Terminals partners with Siemens for energy optimisation and emission reduction at terminals
09:58 Torqeedo and Fassmer Shipyard announce the CIT-E Ferry - a passenger ferry for public transport
09:46 MABUX: Global Bunker Market may demonstrate firm upward evolution on Sept 23
09:29 Crude oil prices continue increasing
09:14 Baltic Dry Index as of September 22

2021 September 22

18:05 ClassNK joins as signatory to Call to Action for Shipping Decarbonization
17:47 Localization level of LK-60 icebreakers estimated at 92% in finance terms
17:20 Torvald Klaveness joins over 150 industry leaders and organizations in call for decisive government action to enable full decarbonization of international shipping by 2050
16:55 SC Zvezda counts on signing contracts for 10 tankers under Vostok Oil project in October 2021
16:31 Transition to unmanned navigation and navigation with reduced crews will be possible in Russia in three years
16:30 LR, HHI and KSOE sign MoU to develop digital twin technology for an LNG carrier
16:10 APM Terminals Pipavav marks 1,000 days of safe operations
15:39 Wärtsilä and SHI agree to collaborate on ammonia fuelled engines for future newbuilds
15:14 NAVTEK proves first zero-emissions tugboat performance
14:43 Additional EUR 90 million to be invested in Saimaa Canal infrastructure development
14:14 Valmet AB orders Agilon automated warehouse solution and overhead cranes from Konecranes
13:57 Northern Sea Route will be covered with satellite communication services – expert
13:16 ABB’s Eero Lehtovaara appointed Chair of EU association Waterborne Technology Platform
13:13 LNG bunker terminal construction begins in Bilbao
12:04 Big Data Exchange, National University of Singapore and Sembcorp Marine to explore development of sustainable ocean Data centres
11:31 Russia’s Inland Water Transport Development Concept aimed at raising IWW cargo traffic by 65%
11:08 Pier T Terminal in the Port of Long Beach begins pilot program for 24-hour cargo pickup
10:40 Vadim Shpityak appointed as General Manager of Moby Dik and Yanino Logistic Park
10:15 Tollerort to become preferred hub for COSCO services
09:57 More than 300 ships to be built by 2032 under subsidized leasing programmes
09:40 Crude oil prices increase on reduction of reserves
09:39 MABUX: No firm price trend on global bunker market on Sep 22
09:22 Baltic Dry Index as of September 21
09:13 Havyard Leirvik hands over the third and last of the ‘triplet ships’ for ESVAGT