Companies, government authorities and marine schools must cooperate to allow Myanmar seamen to compete in the international seafarers’ market, said Marine Administration Department director U Thet Htay.
“With such cooperation, we will be able to compete with other labour-supplying countries,” he said.
“Myanmar seamen are not getting enough jobs. I’m very sad that even some graduates from marine institutes are unemployed. In the past, it was because of economic sanctions imposed on our country. But it is not so now. Therefore, national shipping companies, our departments and marine schools must collaborate for our seamen to get more jobs,” the director said.
“There is demand abroad for all ranks of seamen. The only problem is that we cannot connect to where the jobs are,” he said.
Based on data collected in 2010, Myanmar’s merchant marine sector was estimated to grow by 70 percent by 2030, meaning that nearly 40,000 seamen would need to be deployed annually.
The director added that Myanmar has signed a MoU with the World Maritime University, and some seamen have been able to access online training courses through the International Maritime Organisation.
In an address on 24 September, which is recognised by the UN as World maritime Day, Union Minister for Transport U Nyan Tun Aung urged for a push to help Myanmar seamen to penetrate the international market.