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Current challenges in the recruitment and retention of seafarers: An industry perspective from Vietnam


Nguyen, TT and Ghaderi, H and Caesar, LD and Cahoon, S, Current challenges in the recruitment and retention of seafarers: An industry perspective from Vietnam, The Asian Journal of shipping and logistics, 30, (2) pp. 217-242. ISSN 2092-5212 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2014 The Korean Association of Shipping and Logistics, Inc.

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.ajsl.2014.09.005


The shortage of seafarers (especially ship officers) has already been identified as a global issue that is more likely to worsen in the immediate future. Thus, increasing attention needs to be given to the problems that hinder the effective recruitment and retention of seafarers in order to stabilize the flow of skilled labor to the global shipping industry. The aim of this paper is to discuss the seafarer shortage issue from the perspective of Vietnam which is one of the key emerging sources of crew supply in Asia. Specifically, a case study research involving the Vietnam Ocean Shipping Joint Stock Company (VOSCO) is used to highlight the challenges confronting the current recruitment and retention of seafarers in Vietnam. With regards to recruitment, it was found that the low quality of graduates and trained seafarers, as well as the lack of competent onshore crew executives are pertinent issues that need to be addressed by shipping industry employers in Vietnam. In terms of retention, poor working and living conditions on-board ships is a key factor that must be given attention to improve retention among seafarers. This study recommends the development of effective human resource strategies for companies such as VOSCO and other shipping industry employers of Vietnamese seafarers in order to improve their recruitment and retention rates.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:seafarer shortage, recruitment, retention, policy, benefits and conditions, ship officers
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Human resources and industrial relations
Research Field:Human resources management
Objective Division:Transport
Objective Group:Water transport
Objective Field:International sea freight transport (excl. live animals, food products and liquefied gas)
UTAS Author:Ghaderi, H (Mr Hadi Ghaderi)
UTAS Author:Caesar, LD (Mr Divine Caesar)
UTAS Author:Cahoon, S (Professor Stephen Cahoon)
ID Code:95921
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Maritime and Logistics Management
Deposited On:2014-10-12
Last Modified:2018-04-12

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