Seafarer Workforce Report - The Global Supply and Demand for Seafarers, 2021 Edition

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Prepared by BIMCO and ICS, this comprehensive report details the global seafarer workforce supply and demand situation. With contributions from national maritime administrations, shipping companies, maritime education and training institutions and industry experts, this report is considered to be an essential tool for those tasked with developing crewing and training strategies.

The 2021 edition contains:

• Detailed estimates of the current supply and demand for seafarers for the world fleet, including country-specific figures.
• Details of the demographic composition of the supply of seafarers.
• Forward projections for the likely supply and demand situations over the next five years.
• Identification of various maritime training, recruitment and retention trends and their potential consequences.


1. Introduction

2. Methodology

3. Current Supply of the Global Seafarer Workforce

4. Current Demand for the Global Seafarer Workforce

5. Future Supply and Demand for Seafarers


Appendix A – Estimated Global Supply of Seafarers in 2021

Appendix B – Estimated Average Operational Crewing Levels by Ship Type and Tonnage

Appendix C – Maritime Education and Training (MET) Institutions Questionnaire

Appendix D – Methodology and Data Limitations

Appendix E – List of Respondents


The Seafarer Workforce Report 2021 provides a comprehensive overview of the supply and demand balance for STCW certified seafarers qualified to work on board the world merchant fleet. Seafarers are central to the safe and efficient operation of the global maritime transportation system, and the COVID-19 pandemic has
brought the essential role of the global seafarer workforce to the forefront of the world’s attention. Charting the course of developments within the global seafarer workforce has never been more important.

Prepared jointly by BIMCO and ICS every five years, the report publishes estimates of:

  • The balance between the global supply of qualified and competent seafarers available for service on ships trading internationally, and the industry’s demand for seafarers to operate the world merchant fleet;
  • The composition of the seafarer workforce that operate the world merchant fleet, including demographic information on nationality, rank/role, age profiles and gender; and
  • The anticipated future growth of the world merchant fleet over the next five years and the potential implications for the global supply and demand of the seafarer workforce.


Number of Pages: 106
Binding Format: Softback
Book Height: 295 mm
Book Width: 210 mm
Weight: 0.6 kg

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