Cruise Fleet Surge Poses Challenge for Quality Crew Training


A 50 per cent growth in the global cruise fleet in the recent times has posed a major challenge for availability of competent crew. The Cruise Connect Summit and Crew Connect Global, held at Manila from November 5th to 7th, revealed a massive challenge for recruitment of new and competent crew for the 117 cruise ships that are currently on order and under construction.

The global cruise industry is undergoing a sustained period of rapid growth, where the quality of guest experience is the key and the range of new and unusual destinations, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region, is crucial.

This growth and demand for crew is unparalleled in maritime history and will require at least 120,000 to 180,000 newly qualified crew over the next few years, which represents more than a 50 per cent increase in current employment levels across the industry.

Galileo Maritime Academy Chairman and CEO, Anthony Gould, a speaker at the summit, spoke about how the academy makes crew training effective through a combination of theory, discussion, video, audio, tactile experiences and assessment. The academy also lays stress on practical exercises with performance reviews and critique on training vessels at sea.

“This is how competence can be taught and measured effectively and be remembered until the training is put into practice on the employer’s vessels. The secret ingredient to the effectiveness of this is to make it all good fun in a team environment.” Gould said.

Gould also spoke about Galileo’s ability to play a significant role in training both the hospitality and hotel crew as well as the professional seafarers for deck and engine room.  At the event, Galileo Maritime Academy focussed on all aspects related to training, safety and recruitment of commercial crew for the world’s cargo and cruise shipping industries.

Gould highlighted on the infrastructure development taken up by Galileo Maritime Academy with the construction of two central buildings that provide state of the art training facilities for STCW, deck and engine, hospitality, chef and housekeeping crew.

“The Galileo campus is set out within the 200 acres of Yacht Haven Marina in Phuket. The campus consists of an advanced fire fighting school, survival craft and rescue boats training facility over the water, a deep water survival training pool, marine medical school, culinary arts centre, marine engineering school and luxury accommodation for 30 resident students,” he added.

Sea News, November 13

Baibhav Mishra
Author: Baibhav Mishra

Associate Editor, Sea News