Report Says More Mariner Shortages Expected

In a report last year to the U.S. House Armed Services Committee, the Maritime Administration’s Office of Sealift Support sounded a warning about the dwindling number of mariners.

 

“Today’s mariner is required to undergo extensive specialized training to meet standards imposed by the IMO and employer’s requirements due to the greatly increased complexity of operational tasks and equipment,” the report said.

“In addition, it is becoming clear that retirements and the development of alternative employment opportunities are significant factors in further diminishing employment and training opportunities in the merchant mariner labor pool … ”

“MARAD believes the potential shortfall in the unlicensed mariner pool is reaching critical proportions, and the long-term outlook for sufficient licensed personnel is also of serious concern.”                    — Dale DuPont

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