I witnessed a system practiced in one country, where lots of foreign laborers taking over jobs from locals like here.
Seaman if one wants to get hired reports to the Port Authority ( it acted as USCG, here ) with all the certs, Licenses & sea times, etc.
Shipping companies must go through the list of seamen who reported there, first.
And the company couldn’t find a cadidate from the list, and then the company applied for employment of foreign seaman, for the needed spot.
There was no captains available in the list, and the shipping company hired me through that process. I got a foreign ship Captain’s job, that way.
If there were any captain in the list who wanted to get hired, I would have been rejected…
Wish we had a system something similiar…