Canada launches campaign to recruit seafarers

Canada’s Seafarers’ Training Institute (STI) has launched a hiring initiative to plug a looming labour gap in the offing as seasoned mariners retire in the next five years.

STI’s initiative is targeting youngsters fresh out of high school in a bid to compensate for the expected 20% decline in the country’s maritime workforce through natural wastage.

The nationwide hiring initiative, entitled “Be a Seafarer” is being done in conjunction with industry stakeholders Algoma Central Corporation, Groupe Desgagnes, Canada Steamship Lines and Seafarers’ International Union (SIU).

It will aim to recruit, train and retain a new generation to the country’s merchant marine.

This is the first time Canada has conducted a campaign on such a scale, indicative of what the STI calls an “impending crisis” for an industry that brings in $3bn to national GDP.

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.
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