Migrant Workers Secretary Toots Ople said the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) is upbeat over job prospects offered by the resurgent cruise line industry for Filipino seafarers and cruise line personnel.
“We are talking of employment for thousands of seafarers. Barring unforeseen circumstances, the industry sees sustained growth in demand for our maritime workers given the uncertainty in Ukraine,” Ople said.
“Ukraine is the sixth largest source of seafarers, but the ongoing conflict has forced shipping companies to look elsewhere.”
The Secretary said Ukraine is the sixth largest source of seafarers, but the ongoing conflict has forced shipping companies to look elsewhere.
At present, one out of five international seafarers is a Filipino.
Ople said the local manning industry has assured her that they can meet the demand for Filipino seafarers.
In a recent meeting, representatives of Magsaysay Maritime Corporation told her they will hire some 5,000 seafarers for various cruise ship staffing requirements in the next three months.
“The cruise line industry offers highly competitive salaries and benefits.”
“The cruise line industry offers highly competitive salaries and benefits, and I share the view of the manning industry that Filipino seafarers possess the skills, training, and attitude needed by the industry,” Ople said.
She underscored the important role that local manning agencies play in securing stable jobs and employment for the country’s seafarers and maritime workers.
Ople noted the strong partnership and engagement as well between the DMW and the shipping industry’s Joint Manning Group, or JMG.
But the Secretary reiterated her reminder for jobseekers to deal only with licensed agencies.
The cruise line industry has recorded a resurgence in operations following a two-year break caused by the COVID-19 global pandemic.
In mid-2022, cruise ships resumed regular operations last year, with about 74 percent of cruise lines and 90 percent of their total fleets now back in operation.
Industry estimates project a 58 percent increase in new passenger volume as cruise travel normalizes. Cruise lines are launching inaugural voyages of their newest ships to capture that market.