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Manpower shortage in spotlight at Seatrade Offshore Marine & Workboats Middle East 2015

Manpower shortage in spotlight at Seatrade Offshore Marine & Workboats Middle East 2015
The shortage of qualified seafarers and shore staff will be in the spotlight at Seatrade Offshore Marine & Workboats Middle East 2015 in Abu Dhabi.

The issue will be one of the hot topics addressed at the three-day exhibition and conference held at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) from 5-7 October.

“The increasingly severe shortage of seafarers and its future impact on the global maritime industry has long been discussed and even back in 2005, the BIMCO / ISF Manpower Update 2005 forecast a shortage of 27,000 maritime officers worldwide by 2015,” said Martin Renilson, dean of maritime, Higher Colleges of Technology.

A dedicated forum session on the issue titled “The Human Element” will take place on the afternoon of Day 2 of the conference andwill focus on the strategies required to tackle the growing shortage of suitably trained and experienced seagoing personnel available to workboat operators in Gulf waters.  The session will also address rising concern about the lack of shore-based marine personnel, which includes well-trained surveyors, within the region.

“Investment into marine assets and new service facilities for offshore vessels and other types of workboats is often the priority, but the need to put in place highly skilled personnel, and teams, to operate these vessels safely and effectively is often a lower priority, yet is essential to the overall commercial success of any operation,” Renilson.

“This session is not only timely but presents an invaluable opportunity for leading industry practitioners to flag the issues they are facing in their own sphere of operation and, together with their peers, discuss and debate solutions to recruiting and developing the requisite talent,” he added.

For more details and registration please visit: Seatrade Offshore Marine & Workboats Middle East 2015