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    Crewing becoming ever more serious issue says broker

    News // March 11, 2008

    Offshore Shipbrokers Ltd (OSL) has raised concerns about the problems facing the support vessel industry securing sufficient personnel to crew the large number of newbuilds on order.

    In the latest issue of its monthly report on the market, OSJL said: "With regards to newbuild deliveries, it would seem that crewing these ships is becoming a real problem and with hundreds more due to deliver things can only get worse."

    "It would seem that, in many cases, experienced crews are now being moved onto the newer, more modern vessels, leaving the older tonnage often in the hands of less experienced crews," said OSL.

    "This situation has not gone unnoticed by the industry watchdogs however, and IMCA is currently in dialogue with owners to see if a solution to the problem can be found."

    "With the Bourbon Dolphin report due out at the beginning of April, there is no doubt that safety offshore will be receiving close scrutiny over the coming months," OSL concluded.


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