Officers: Tougher demands lead to fewer Filipino sailors

Danish Maritime Officers, unionising 3,200 Danish maritime officers, supports the EU criticism of the lack of quality of many of the Filipino sailors estimated to constitute a total of 25 percent of all employees in the global commercial fleet.

Photo: Søfartens Ledere

It is badly needed that the Filipino President Benigno Aquine will act in order to heighten the quality of Filipino sailors following the European Commission threats not to recognise Filipino maritime training. This was announced by Fritz Ganzhorn, General Secretary of Danish Maritime Officers.

“We understand the EU focus on the quality of the Filipino sailors. There are a lot of well-qualified Filipino sailors but it is a very big problem that the difference between top and bottom is too big. The quality of the sailors simply varies too much according to the reports we are receiving from our members. We are very much aware that Filipinos and cheap labour have come to stay. If the EU was to prohibit certification of Filipino sailors, the entire European commercial fleet would have serious challenges as there are no clear sign as to who should fill the gap. There are not as many Danish and European sailors as before but still it is very important that the EU puts the Philippines under a lot of pressure and puts the foot down. They definitely have some work to do”, Fritz Ganzhorn tells ShippingWatch.

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