Thames Region Maritime Vol. Service

Dedicated to Thames Region MVS at City of London, Gravesend, Greenwich etc


This site is maintained
by a former member and well-wisher
as a facility to allow the service
a porthole to the world outside

^ This is no longer a clickable link as the site was closed down summer 2009 a new site is a building ^

Maritime skills shortage

Lloyd’s Maritime Academy says that a potentially disruptive drought of former seafarers entering the ship management sector has given new life to a long-established distance learning diploma course. The slump in ex-seagoing recruits has raised the risk of communication problems between on-board and shore-based personnel according to course director Captain Rodger MacDonald, Secretary General of the International Federation of Shipmasters’ Associations. 

 “In recent years there have been fewer experienced seafarers coming into ship management and now there is a massive shortage,” he warns. “This can create problems in overall operational management where people on the ship are unable to be understood by people in the office. Courses like this provide a promotion ladder for seafarers coming ashore and hopefully will encourage more people to go to sea in the first place.”

click on this link to seamen:---------       Apr2008