The making of master mariners: Understanding the incentives of a seafaring career in Australia
Caesar, L and Cahoon, S and Fei, J, The making of master mariners: Understanding the incentives of a seafaring career in Australia, Papers and Presentations of the 2015 Master Mariners Congress, 13-15 April 2015, Launceston, Tasmania, pp. 1-10. (2015) [Refereed Conference Paper]
One of the key factors ascribed to the limited supply of ship officers is the difficulty in
attracting young people into a seafaring career from traditional maritime nations. Essentially, issues
such as poor working conditions onboard ships and a negative image of the shipping industry (for
example, due to piracy and poor HR practices) negatively affect recruitment campaigns targeting
young people to pursue a career in seafaring. An ageing workforce in shipping and the apparent lack
of interest among the younger generation for a career at sea is deepening the current labour crisis in
the shipping industry. Consequently, the high age profile of officers from traditional maritime nations
means that a large number of them will retire in close succession placing further pressure on
recruitment and replacing valuable skills and experience. This paper highlights the key factors that
motivate people to become seafarers in traditional maritime nations from an Australian perspective.
Furthermore, the perceptions of Australian ship officers with regards to issues that incentivise them to
continue working as seafarers are explored.
Refereed Conference Paper
ship officers, Australia, mariners, seafarers, attraction, career, shipping industry