Seafarers to weather shipping storm
THE country’s seafarers face a brighter 2009 than their land based counterparts and despite the slump in global shipping. They have the chance of cornering the bulk of the estimated 12,000 available jobs that are waiting 4to be filled until 2012.
Nelson Ramirez, United Filipino Seafarers (UFS) president, yesterday said the global shipping fleet is currently in need of 10,000 to 12,000 seafarers, which could be easily filled by Filipino seaman, whose republic remains topnotch.
He said the global manpower shortage is even expected to linger until 2012 when ships numbering about 12,000 bottoms would be finally commissioned to join the international shipping fleet.
“There has been shortage of 12,000 (seamen). There are also orders for 12,000 ships until 2012. The industry in itself will give the solution to the officer shortage,” Ramirez said.
He said the new commissioned international vessels will need at least 15 to 23 crewmen each, including the ship captain.
He said it is likely that 10 of the 15 to-be-filled-up positions would be cornered by Filipino seafarers.