Drewry: Shortage of ship officers is declining

The number of ship officers in the global fleet must grow by seven percent annually ahead of 2019 in order to meet the demand, but the shortage of ship officers is decreasing alongside developments in the global fleet.

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The global shipping industry will need another 42,500 ship officers by the end of 2019 in order to keep up with the expected growth in the global fleet.

According to analysts Drewry, this demand corresponds to an annual growth of seven percent in the number of ship officers over the next five years.

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