Human element vital to international shipping

MO Int’l Shipping Facts & Figures

Here are excerpts from the chapter:

IMO Maritime Knowledge CentreIt is important to celebrate not only the vital contribution that ships and shipping make to the prosperity and well-being of us all but also the men and women who take on the onerous task of operating them.

The International Labour Organization‘s Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 provides comprehensive rights and protection at work for the world’s more than 1.2 million seafarers. The new labour standard (1996) consolidates and updates more than 65 international labour standards related to seafarers adopted over the last 80 years.

[The year] 2010 has been a special year in the world of maritime training, one which will always be associated with the adoption of historic amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers STCW Convention and Code – instruments that together set the international benchmark for the training and education of seafarers. “The Manila Amendments” are set to enter into force on 1 January 2012 under the tacit acceptance procedure enshrined in the STCW Convention. The amendments are of supreme relevance to seafarers, covering, as they do, not only their training and certification but also having an impact on how they undertake a broad range of professional duties on board – both at sea and in ports.

Manpower surveys are still predicting officer shortages and this is something the industry cannot afford to ignore. If the global pool of competent, properly qualified and certified seafarers is to meet the predicted demand, then seafaring must be seen as a viable career choice for young people of the right calibre.