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Philippines dominant crewing position under threat

Manila - The Philippines, the world’s dominant source of seafarers this century, is coming under severe pressure with the number of deployed crew dropping drastically last year and a host of top managers warning today that the country’s manning preeminence is under threat

Manila - The Philippines, the world’s dominant source of seafarers this century, is coming under severe pressure with the number of deployed crew dropping drastically last year and a host of top managers warning today that the country’s manning preeminence is under threat.

Data from data from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) showed that seafarer deployment dropped by 111,961 last year to 337,502, a huge 25% drop with India, Indonesia and Bangladesh the nations moving to fill the gap.

The Philippines’ competitiveness when it comes to crewing has eroded down to cheaper alternatives coming on the scene, greater red tape and a drop in training and skills standards, which once again has put its accreditation by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) at risk.

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