World Maritime Day - promoting careers at sea

Safe Seas Clean Seas Issue 49, December 2015

Worldwide shortages of more than 42,500 officers, expected by 2019, have prompted New Zealand’s maritime industry and Maritime NZ to join up for the first time to encourage young people to train for careers at sea.
Guest speakers
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Guest speakers at the function for World Maritime Day.

World Maritime Day in September was marked by a #NZCareersatsea campaign, including a photowall showcasing the wide variety of roles at sea and on-shore. College careers advisers were invited on ships’ visits, and heard from Transport Minister Simon Bridges and speakers from the country’s maritime schools – at a function attended by around 100 people from the maritime and education sectors.

Maritime NZ’s Director, Keith Manch, says it is a good time to start a maritime career, with the large shortfall in ship officers, competitive salaries, and more than 90 percent of the world’s goods being transported by sea.

“Our #NZcareersatsea promotion aims at mobilising mariners to show off their work and environment – and encourage young people to see that maritime careers are exciting and well paid,” Mr Manch says.

“Our country’s training is internationally recognised and wellregarded by employers all over the world. It gives young men and women great opportunities for local, national and international careers.”

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