Nov 30 -0001
The share of Indian seafarers in the total global demand
is likely to increase up to 20 per cent from 8 per cent at present over the
next 10 years on the back of a robust education system, linguistic skills and
young population, among others, an industry expert.
Moreover, as the coastal trade and cruise
tourism develops in India, many more Indian seafarers will be required to cater
to the demand of ship owners,
according to Vinay Singh, Group Managing Director Marine HR at Anglo-Eastern
India is one of the major suppliers of trained maritime
manpower for the shipping industry globally.
The Hong-Kong headquartered ship management giant, and a
major recruiter of Indian seafarers aboard merchant navy ships worldwide, Anglo-Eastern, in February this year announced
plans to add 1,000 Indian seafarers to its existing pool.
The demand for skilled Indian seafarers from foreign
ship-owners is likely to rise phenomenally in the years to come primarily due
to aging seafarer population in Europe, and the share of Indian seafarers is
likely to increase up to 20 per cent of the global market over the next 10
years, Singh said in a statement ahead of the National Maritime Day.
"Many foreign ship-owners have also started
recruiting highly skilled Indian seafarers during the ongoing Ukraine-Russia
conflict," he said.
According to him, India's share of the global seafaring
population is only about 8 per cent whereas the country's population accounts
for as much as 18 per cent of the global population.
"At India @ 75, it is India's moment
to increase its global share of the seafaring population, since it has all the
right ingredients like a robust education system, linguistic skills, and a
young population,” he added.