Studies in Shipping; a branch with Career Prospects

Studies in Shipping; a branch with Career Prospects

Greek shipping can be a leader of employment growth during a time when unemployment is one of the major economic and social problems of the country.

In the 2nd Maritime Conference of Naftemporiki on the “4 challenges of shipping, employment, environment, finance, Piraeus shipping centre” there was a response from entrepreneurs and scientific institutions of the sector.

Excerpts from their speeches confirm that the shipping industry is a professional prospect for the Greeks.

The founder of the homonymous group, P. Tsakos, said that we need Greeks; schools are limited and they produce half of the graduates needed; Greek shipping will continue to be among the first in the international maritime affairs, provided we have people who will serve the shipping industry, people who are familiar with the it.  The less they are, the poorer we become.

The President of the Chamber of Shipping, L. Gratsos said that depending on the level of the freight market,  there is an income of  13-19 billion annually,  generating 200 to 300 thousand jobs in Greece.

Leonidas Demetriades Eugenides, on the other hand, president of the Eugenides Foundation, described the feasible target of 25-30 thousand Greek seamen, provided there is mutual trust. He stressed that it is necessary to have proper training in order to increase employment in Shipping.

The Assistant Professor of NTUA (National Technical University), Angelos Tsakanikas, estimated, based on an IOBE (Foundation for Economic and Industrial Research) study, that shipping can provide over 300,000 jobs at sea and on land.

The General Director of Anange Maritime Services, G. Platsidakis, stressed that with a 17% share in world shipping, Greek shipping has now become a systemic factor in the global industry.