Tradewinds Features US Merchant Mariner Job Shortage


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Three articles Tradewinds published last month featured a “new” shortage of Sr US officers:

[B]Demand grows for US officers[/B]

							 									 										[B]There is still a strong need for officers as a union and recruiter up their hunt for US manpower.[/B]
								
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								 										 The global economic slump has not killed the acute demand for ships' officers,    if the latest developments in the US are any evidence. A major officers'    union and a major recruitment company both tell TradeWinds that they are    actively looking for more US deck officers and chief engineers to keep up    with still-growing demand, especially in tankers, LNG carriers and offshore.
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[B]AMO ‘on course’ with plan to put US officers on international-flag ships[/B]

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								 										Members of the largest US officers' union, the American Maritime Officers (AMO), are in demand. 

Tom Laird, who is the union’s director of new business development, says its members are almost all in full employment.

[B]No downturn in wages for key officers sales[/B]

							 									 										[B]A recent survey has found that companies will still pay top dollar for skilled hires.Shipping companies are still willing to pay top salaries to attract key technical staff despite the impact of the global financial crisis, a new survey has found.[/B]
								
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								 										 Shipping companies are still willing to pay top salaries to attract key    technical staff despite the impact of the global financial crisis, a new    survey has found. 

Research conducted over the past six months by specialist recruitment company Faststream reveals that shipowners and managers will now pay an average salary of just under £60,000 ($83,869), plus bonuses, to key technical recruits with seafaring experience.