Indian union warns of seafarer shortageNews // March 11, 2016
India's largest shipping trade union, the National Union of Seafarers of India (NUSI), has asked the Indian Ministry of Shipping for financial help towards the training of maritime workforce in oil exploration activities. Abdulgani Serang, the union’s General Secretary, said NUSI has requested financial aid and incentives from the Ministry through National Shipping Board for training the maritime workforce at NUSI Offshore Training Institute (NOTI), currently operated by NUSI-ITF Trust. NOTI trains the workforce that operates specialised vessels, or small-sized ships, catering to various needs of oil exploration activities.
Mr Serang said: "I am extremely happy that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in his budget speech stated to incentivise oil exploration activities across India's vast coastline. The government should also incentivise training of an Indian maritime workforce needed for oil exploration activities.” He said the union has sent a letter in regarding this matter to the National Shipping Board, to put forth their demand.
"Currently, an offshore maritime workforce catering to oil exploration activities is scarce in India, mainly due to the lack of world-class training facilities in our country," he said. "We cannot, therefore, run into the risk of letting foreign maritime workforce fill future vacancies."