"How are maritime careers expected to change after Covid-19?"

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How are maritime careers expected to change after Covid-19?
By Alexander Love 25 Mar 2021 (Last Updated February 16th, 2021 15:53)
Covid-19 has brought to light huge inefficiencies in the way that the maritime industry handles and safeguards seafarers. With gruelling reports of stranded workers still coming to light, how will future careers in the sector be affected? And does this industry risk going through a recruitment drought?

Maritime careers have been hard hit by Covid-19, with many new recruits made redundant shortly after the pandemic started.
In addition, an estimated 400,000 seafarers were unable to return home during 2020 as a direct result of the pandemic. Many were forced to stay aboard their vessels for more than 11 months, the maximum period seafarers can serve without leave under the Maritime Labour Convention. This was hardly the best advertisement for a maritime career.
However, as bad as the situation has been, there is a view that it hasn’t been quite as dire as initially feared. And government support has thrown the industry a lifeline.
“Business is down overall. It would be bizarre if it wasn’t. But it’s not been the car crash that we feared,” says Phil Parry, co-founder of UK-based shipping recruitment specialists Spinnaker Global.
“When we were staring into the abyss at the end of March 2020, we were very concerned that we would run out of cash within a couple of months. But we, like a lot of our clients, have massively got on top of cash control; and have been massively helped by the CJRS furlough scheme.


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My son is a Merchant Mariner. Has been sailing non stop since he graduated from Texas A&M Maritime Academy.
When covid first hit he was on his first crew on a cruise ship out of Hawaii. He got quarantined on board in Honolulu.
When they would not let him know when they would release him after his time was up. He walked off the ship and returned home.
Got a job within a few weeks on a coastal tanker hauling petroleum goods between Texas, Louisiana and Florida. Has been going non stop.
A lot of Mariner's were affected especially hard on the trans ocean routes. Some jobs are also hard to come by with reduced cargo.
Hopefully things will get back to normal soon.
The next big fear in the marine transportation industry is all this green new deal crap. They are all worried about less drilling and refining meaning less cargo to move around.

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