SINCE 2009, 220 Cypriots have chosen to pursue a career in shipping, an increasing number, the Cyprus Shipping Chamber said on Friday.
However, this year’s Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO) and the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) report forecasts a serious future shortage in the supply of seafarers worldwide. The global supply of officers is forecast to increase steadily, but this is predicted to be outpaced by increasing demand, according to the study. The report identifies a current shortfall of about 16,500 officers and a need for an additional 147,000 officers by 2025 to service the world merchant fleet.
The global supply of seafarers in 2015 is estimated at 1,647,500, of which 774,000 are officers.
Some officer categories are in especially short supply, including engineer officers at management level and officers needed for specialised ships such as those transporting of chemicals.
The report notes that if the levels of education and training do not increase significantly, the increasing demand could create a serious deficiency in the sector.
However, according to the Cyprus Shipping Chamber, the number of young Cypriots who choose to pursue a career in shipping has increased in recent years. According to statistics, since 2000 more than 300 young Cypriots joined the Greek Merchant Marine Academy, of which 220 joined from 2009.
The Chamber recognises, it stated, the importance of education, training and career prospects for young people in the seafaring profession as a factor to further enhance the sustainability of the maritime sector in Cyprus and has developed actions and activities to inform young people about the importance of shipping and business prospects offered.