With worldwide shortages of over 42,500 officers expected by 2019, the New Zealand maritime industry will focus firmly on education and training for “NZ Careers at Sea” to celebrate World Maritime Day (Thurs, Sept 24).
A cross sector maritime industry group is organising a week of activities from September 21-27 which may include ship and port visits and updated career information for careers advisors to encourage secondary students into a maritime career.
World Maritime Day is promoted by the International Maritime Organisation and this year’s theme is Maritime Education and Training.
Maritime NZ’s Director, Keith Manch, who is leading this industry initiative, said that: “for too long maritime careers have flown under the radar and we want to direct more young people to look at the exciting opportunities offered by a maritime career.”
Maritime NZ said 90% of the world’s goods are transported by sea and without mariners and a healthy maritime industry food, clothes, electronics and cars would not get to New Zealand.
Some of the jobs available include – officer, seafarer, deckhand, cook on a 100-1000 tonne oil tanker, navigating a cargo ship or shore-based jobs such as marine engineering, naval architecture, maritime law, stevedoring, logistics or support roles.
Maritime employers, seafarers, maritime workers and trainees will be encouraged to take part in the week of activities and share photos, videos, and tweets of what life is like in the maritime sector.
Organisations involved include Maritime NZ, Careers NZ, Cruise NZ, Maritime Union of NZ, NMIT, NZ Maritime School, PEPANZ, Seafood NZ, Shipping Federation and Shipping NZ.