Am I the only one tired of hearing about the perceived lack of qualified officers in the industry? Wouldn’t the laws of supply and demand kick in at some point with wages increasing substantially to attract and retain the best and brightest? Lets be honest. There are plenty of qualified marine officers in the world, just not enough willing to work for the peanuts these companies want to pay. The age old law stands. You get what you pay for.
From my U.S. licensed officer perspective, the companies have done everything they can to make going to sea as miserable as possible by trimming perks wherever they can. We lose good people every year simply because they become disgusted with the people they work for. People who have never gone to sea for a living do not understand that leaving your family and putting your life on hold for a minimum of 6 months a year requires a specific person and a compensation package to make it worthwhile. I’m just tired of the complaining about whether they will have enough “qualified” people to do the thinking on these ships. Make it a job like the tech sector that people are beating the doors down to get a shot in. Sailors are motivated by one thing overall. Money