Shipping is losing the talent war for the next generation of seafarers, and has failed to properly show the opportunities the industry has on offer for a career path, delegates attending today’s Maritime CEO Forum in Singapore.
“There seems to be a disconnect as to how the shipowners and how the industry is responding to the needs of the latest generation,” argued Marlon Rono, chairman of crewing giant Magsaysay Maritime Corporation.
This problem has been exacerbated, according to Michael Elwert, CEO of Elktrans Group, by the general public’s lack of awareness and misperceptions about shipping.
“On a global scale public awareness is very low making it hard to attract the right people” Elwert said, adding that shipping was losing what he described as “the war for talent” to other industries.
A full report on this session will follow later.