Koninklijke Vereniging - Société Royale



It is just seafares shortage or qualified seafarers shortage???

Many Companies are claiming that they cannot find skilled is true or just an excuse to hire cheap labour?

Today we have expeditions from crewing agencies, fanning out across the world searching for people, preferably so disadvantaged on land that seafaring at the going pay scales is sufficient to persuade them afloat. That is a cynical view, of course. Modern seafaring offers prospects for rapid advancement, a reasonable package of rewards and for officers, a great deal or responsibility at a young age. This is true, if one is careful about the choice of employer. But if this was universally recognised, there surely wouldn’t be the reluctance to sign on that is so apparent around the world. But seafaring is regarded by 21st century people as fundamentally antisocial, with first trippers experiencing mental breakdowns when they discover – too late – that none of their electronic devices work, once the land sinks over the horizon. They might be bribed with money for a while, but they will not stay around any longer than it takes to save up for that shop, farm or restaurant.

It is not helped by the attitude ashore which regards seafarers as a blooming nuisance and any advance that enables a smaller crew to be employed as one well worth buying. The desperate cost saving efforts, which throws a handful of people from half a dozen different languages and cultures together, expecting them to meld together into a socially cohesive unit, driven wholly by the monthly wage bill, is not a policy designed to promote manpower retention, let alone happiness. An industry which has never managed to wean itself away from casual labour and the sub-contracting of employment is never going to be one that can look with pride at its manpower policies. There are, of course, some companies that do it right. They may be owners or managers, who believe in the long term and don’t make sarcastic noises about heart surgeons being trained in a shorter period than it takes to produce a master or chief engineer. But in a seafaring manpower world surrounded by poachers who address their short term needs in their traditional fashion, it is hard to justify the cadet training programme, the ongoing career development and the talent spotting, which recognises the value of the home-grown. There are thus few alternatives open to a shipping company looking to the future. They could put all the money into sophisticated data handling, communication and monitoring equipment, in order to operate ships under ever-closer shore-side surveillance and not worry too much about the quality, let alone the job satisfaction of the cheap people hired to make up the necessary numbers afloat. Or they could opt for the hard road, doing what it takes to recruit, train and retain people who return the loyalty given to them, who take pride in their professionalism and being part of an elite. It will cost more, the customers may not respond with any higher rewards for such excellence, but one might think that eventually quality will produce its own reward when enough people see the difference. The other rather depressing alternative, other than merely muddling through, is to embrace the unmanned ship concept enthusiastically proposed by technology giant Rolls-Royce. After this declarations let's focus more on this problem. The main cause of this happening nowadays is the replacing of all professional seafarers with cheaper and unskilled ones which are sent on board without having a clue on where they are and even unable to communicate in the compulsory language as per IMO regulation requirement which is English. And it is incredible how this people come on board with a Marlin test passed........

Many PSC officers around the world have noticified that one of the major non conformity found on board was due the difficulty in communicate with the crew. This is also one of the main cause of the accidents happening almos every day just have a look at this link / Especially in the cruising industry which is booming in the last years with plenty and bigger new vessels coming into service a bigger attention must be taken in the hiring process and training of the Officers and rating and not just to fulfill the Minimum manning certificates.....Some agencies are posting offers for Engineers even without cruise ship experience and this is absolutely wrong as the Engine Room of the cruise ship is totally different from the Engine of any other vessels and more skilled people needed to keep running them. Anther big issue nowadays is: Are we really sure that the website where candidates can access and make an application to the Company are really checked by the Talent aquisition managers and how is their evaluation measurements??? Last is a concern about some Companies precluding to certain nationalities to apply for their posted roles. But instead of a multinational enviroment it looks more to be discriminating.........and remember always the fault of one is not the fault of all!!! Would be very interesting to hear from professional of the sector and open a discussion in improve this very unconfortable situation.

Source: oceanhub



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