“Global shortage of experienced mariners”
This story comes from Washington State Ferries and it may help shed some light on all the ferry sailing cancellations due to “Shortage of Coast Guard documented crew”…
We’re not the only marine transportation system dealing with a lack of crewmembers. Following BC Ferries’ cancellation of a couple sailings last week due to a staffing shortfall, the company’s president and CEO said the service disruptions were caused in part by a “global shortage of experienced mariners.”
We know this situation very well, as our dispatch team has been working in overdrive for more than a year now to staff our vessels. We hired a few oilers a couple months ago and continue to recruit deckhands. However, we’ve been having trouble finding qualified mariners – evidence that there is a shortage at least in our region, and possibly the world.