India takes steps to compete with the Philippines in crewing

The Indian government is concerned at its dwindling global market share of seafarers and is taking action.

Representatives of leading shipping associations in the country – such as the National Union of Seafarers of India (NUSI), the Maritime Union of India (MUI), the Maritime Association of Shipowners, Shipowners and Agents (MASSA) and others – have joined a taskforce formed by the Directorate General of Shipping to work out how to increase the global share of Indian seafarers’ market to more than 9% from the current 7%.

A list of recommendations will be submitted to the Director General of Shipping in Mumbai later this week.

“Our report will include various suggestions like actions required for increasing the global share of Indian seafarers and restructuring of maritime examination systems in India,” said MASSA chairman Capt Prashant Rangnekar.

“We cannot afford to rest on our laurels. India should be ready to meet the anticipated demand of qualified seafarers when the shipping industry witnesses an upturn globally,” said Malini Shankar, the director general of shipping.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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