Do you want to be a seafarer? That’s great because the market demand is huge. We look at statistics about seafarers around the world, depending on rank, experience and many other factors.
The increase in the number of seafarers.
In 2005 and 2010, the number of seafarers increased, and this trend seems to keep up. Between 2005 and 2010, the increase was 34%, currently 24%.
The largest number of seamen was recorded in the following countries:
- Russian Federation,
The BIMCO report provides the following statistics on the number of seafarers in the world:
- 1,187,000 seafarers in 2005
- 1,371,000 seafarers in 2010
- 1 647 500 seafarers in 2015
The global commercial fleet in 2015 has 68,723 vessels, of which 31% were cargo vessels, 16% bulk carriers and 10% offshore supply vessels. At the same time, modern technologies are developing. Despite the fact that there is a lot of money and resources spend on developing autonomous/unmanned ships, seafarers do not have to worry about their employment. As for now remotely operated ships or ships with limited crews seems to be a distant future.
Need for seafarers
The global demand for seafarers in 2005 was: 1 062 000, while in 2010 already 1 384 000. In turn, in 2015 this number increased to 1 545 000. It can be seen, therefore, that the demand for seafarers between 2005 and 2010 increased by over 33%, and then by 27.5% in 2010.
It’s worth to look at the comparison of the number of seamen in comparison with the demand:
- Number of officers: 774,000, demand: 790 500
- Number of seamen: 873 500, Demand: 754 500
- Total: number of seamen: 1 647 500, demand: 1 545 000
Forecasts for the future
In the future, the maritime market will certainly continue to develop together with modern technologies related to the maritime industry. The demand for seafarers is expected to increase, according to the statistics presented, the deficit will continue to persist:
- 2015 – number: 774,000, demand: 790 500
- 2020 – the number: 789 500, demand: 881 500
- 2025 – number: 805,000, demand: 952,500