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Shortage of naval officers on track to record levels

The global merchant fleet could fall short of a record number of naval officers in coming years. The global fleet is growing, while a career at sea has become less attractive, assesses Drewry, while pointing to effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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The shipping industry will most likely see a record shortage of naval officers in coming years, writes Drewry in its annual Manning Report, adding that the number of naval officers will reach its lowest point in more than ten years by 2026.

There is currently a shortage of naval officers of around three percent compared to the global pool. However, the shortage has no real effect yet as many ships are still out of operation due to restrictions during the Covid-19 pandemic, especially in the cruise sector.

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