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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]

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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.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:ship officers, Australia, mariners, seafarers, attraction, career, shipping industry
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:Caesar, L (Mr Divine Caesar)
UTAS Author:Cahoon, S (Professor Stephen Cahoon)
UTAS Author:Fei, J (Associate Professor Jiangang Fei)
ID Code:99928
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Maritime and Logistics Management
Deposited On:2015-04-16
Last Modified:2018-03-20

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