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Much of our time is consumed looking to the next generation of technology and fuels to support the maritime industry’s efforts to evolve. The hits keep coming, from companies adapting legacy technologies to modern times (“new” sailing ships) to advances in engines and carbon capture.
Amongst these conversations needs to be consideration of the next generation of mariners. With New Zealand announcing the cancellation of a vital ferry service due to a shortage of seafarers comes a warning: we need to recruit, train and retain tomorrow’s mariners TODAY!
Projections tell us that the mariner shortfall is expected to be 86,000 by 2026. Projections also tell us that shipbuilding is robust and trade increasing. Our industry needs to identify what the next generation needs in order to be attracted to our industry, and what we need to do to keep them.
There has never been a more exciting time to be part of this transitioning industry, yet we fail to communicate that excitement and opportunity to potential recruits. We are not alone, as the military services also struggle to meet their recruitment goals.
At SHIPPINGInsight 2023, we will not only address cutting edge solutions to Maritime’s thorniest technological challenges, but also hear from those working to solve the mariner crisis. What does the future generation want, and how do we meet those needs?