WMU Journal of Maritime Affairs

, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp 5–15 | Cite as

Measuring and sustaining the UK maritime skills base: A review

  • Sean Tarver
  • Malek Pourzanjani


Numerous factors over the past three decades have contributed to a major decline in the number of seagoing staff in the United Kingdom. These include shipping companies opting for other flags, as well as the profession itself becoming less and less attractive for school leavers. This decrease in numbers is not only significant for shipping companies, but also for the allied services which used to get supported from seafarers coming ashore in search of a new career. It is now recognised that changes in the maritime skills base will affect both the seagoing as well as the shore side of the industry.

This paper examines the decline in number of the UK Merchant Navy officers and cadet from glory of the past. Also the idea of a massive shore industry habitually employing former officers: therefore these can be seen as a core resource in the maritime labour market.


Labour Market Shipping Industry Shipping Company Ship Owner Marine Policy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sean Tarver
    • 1
  • Malek Pourzanjani
    • 2
  1. 1.Maritime Research CentreSouthampton InstituteUK
  2. 2.World Maritime UniversityUK

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