Union Minister of State for Shipping, Road Transport & Highways and Chemicals and Fertilizers Shri Mansukh Mandaviya confirmed that Ministry of Shipping India has a made a significant improvement in the employment generation in the Indian Shipping Industry in the last four years. He mentioned that the number of active seafarers today in Merchant Navy is around 1.54 lakh, out of which 4700 are women and as many as 810 women are working in the Shipping Sector.
Mr Mansukh Mandaviya confirmed that last few years saw an extraordinary growth of 42.3 per cent shipping jobs for Indian Sailors. The seafarers employed on ships across the globe increased from 108446 in 2013 to 154349 in 2017. He also stated that today India provides around 10% of the global seafarers and currently ranks third in the list among the largest seafarer supplying nations.
Sharing more details about the development in the Indian Shipping Sector he stated that the Directorate of Shipping India has started issuing the Indian CDC (Continuous Discharge Certificate) for cadets who have completed five basic STCW (Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers) course since January 2018. Before this, candidates were issued Indian CDC after completing long-duration pre-sea courses. He mentioned that this initiative of the Directorate of Shipping has insisted many seafarers to pursue Indian CDC who previously were holding CDC for other countries like Liberia, Panama etc.
Moving further Mr Mansukh Mandaviya also shared details about the ban that has been lifted on opening pre-sea and post-sea institutes that helped many young aspirants to make a career in the Merchant Navy. The opening of new maritime training institutes proves to be a great step in providing skilled seafarers both Indian and International shipping companies.
Looking at the growth of the Indian Shipping Sector it can be said that India will achieve the first position in the list of the largest seafarer supplying countries.
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