The number of seafarers in the Philippines is returning to pre-pandemic levels Ship’s crew

By Manolo Serapio Jr (Bloomberg) –

The Philippines, one of the world’s leading providers of maritime labor, expects seafarer deployments to return to pre-pandemic levels by the end of the year, said Susan Ople, minister for migrant workers.

The Southeast Asian country deployed nearly 150,000 seafarers last quarter, putting it on track to meet its deployment in 2019, Ople told reporters Monday on the sidelines of an international maritime summit.

“The road to recovery is very clear,” Ople said. “We are forecast to return to pre-pandemic levels by the end of the year,” she said.

Over 505,000 Filipino seafarers were deployed in 2019, but the number has dwindled during the pandemic. In 2022, the number of seafarers in the Philippines had increased again to nearly 490,000.

Shipping companies, including those from the United States, have expressed interest in hiring Filipino crew members, Transport Minister Jaime Bautista said separately at the same event.

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said in April his administration would “do whatever it takes” to make that happen address open questions After the European Commission agreed to continue to recognize government certificates issued to its seafarers, the country found itself confronted with its maritime industry.

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