5 Reasons Seafarers not Joining Merchant Navy

Well how could be forget ‘Popeye the sailor man’, the sailor, that every child dreamt to become one. Over the years, sailing as a profession was highly isolated, yet rewarding too. But for almost last decade, the number of personnel joining this profession is decreasing. Yes, women are joining this community too, but the overall interest of people is diminishing and why? Let’s see below.

5 Reasons Seafarers not Joining Merchant Navy

Shipping Industry

The social sickness

Today if we compare the sickness of people of lacking social
with the past, then surely today people are more concerned about it. It is
not like that earlier people were willing to go for the voyage leaving behind
their families, but today the ambiance is that, the tolerance level of people
towards homesickness is getting narrow. Micro Families can be the reason. Yes technology to some extent have
acted like bridge in this gape of social life loss, but still it is not enough .Earlier,
merchant navy was being a highly respected and rewarding career, but due to the
recession and economic crisis in the various countries has toppled the
situation to reverse.

Stress work and no near landShipping industry, maritime sector, Jobs in merchant navy, not Joining Merchant Navy

Working on a metal structure can be lot more frustrating
than working in same machinery at land. Continues voyages make person tense and
the calmness of mind is lost. And then lack of social life and limited roaming
area, affects the person mentally and may be physically too. People cannot
share their grief with someday there, as no one is closer. Entire crew
changes within months, so the concept of being bonded to other is lost. Also
there are so many nationalities working on the ship, so you need time to adjust
to their thoughts. Fast developing stringent laws in the maritime sector, is
leading experienced personals to leave the industry early.

Emerging new mode transportation

Aviation industry is a quit developed in these times and they are developing planes every year that can lift more weight. Since the time consumed in the transportation is quite less, business men prefer this mode of transportation for small consignments and may be for the larger cargo too, if cost transportation kept aside.  You would also like to read which has more potential-ship or aviation industry.

Same wages every where

The main factor that was attracting people in to the shipping sector was the availability of good salary packages. Although the salary package is still good in it, but in other industries (Mostly land based) are also offering people more or less same salary. The difference between the salary of a seaman and the normal man on the land is decreasing fast. All you need to do is have a good education, that’s it and you will be paid high in land based jobs also.

Scarcity of jobs in shipping sector

Well it is a famous saying that ‘to make house strong, you need to make base strong’. In the very beginning of their career, cadet (Freshers)
are facing the dark clouds of unemployment all over them, and this is forcing them to either change the line of course or pay money to agent to get a ship. On the other hand, experienced chief engineers and masters are leaving the sea jobs as they are getting lucrative deals in terms of jobs on the land also. You would also like to read why there is a scarcity of jobs in shipping industry.

Final words………

I would love to sail and would never hesitate to join a ship, obviously in future. But the current market conditions are molding an ambiance that is not suitable for young seafarers. Also the wages increment is not as per the changing times. After all you need something, when you are losing something (Social life).

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Mark Eriscson

Love to write about topics related to maritime sector. Was born in sailor's family, so love to ride on those high seas. In free time i would like to go for a good sunbath and some soothing guitar music. Want to have my own boat one day.

One thought on “5 Reasons Seafarers not Joining Merchant Navy

  • May 31, 2017 at 2:54 am

    Some points are debatable like the title – one cannot become seafarer unless he joins The Merchant Navy. There are lotta factors affecting the job prospects. I personally feel there is no ‘social isolation’ as most of the companies offer free internet and video calling facility,have shorter contracts to name a few.


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