Where Would the UK Be Without Ships?
More than 95% of all goods that come into the UK arrive by ship and without the maritime industry the UK economy would be in choppy waters. The amount of seaborne trade is set to double by 2030. 113,000 UK people are directly employed in the sector. With the inclusion of ports, shipping and business sectors; the number grows to 240,000.
The Department for Transport forecasts a shortfall of around 3,500 trained UK Deck and Engineer Officers at sea by 2021 and these are needed at sea and in the service sector, where qualified seafarers will continue to be in demand. The UK maritime sector supports 1,000.000 sea and on shore jobs. The average pay in the maritime sector is higher than other compatible jobs.
There is a call for highly skilled individuals to join the maritime sector, especially engineers and women. The maritime industry is made up of different businesses for transportation of goods and people over major waterways, including cargo shippers, cruise lines, ferries, shipbuilders, military operations and more.
Merchant shipping is the lifeblood of the world economy. The ships operate on the high seas, as well as on short sea voyages and on fresh water on lakes, rivers and canals.