Transformations and continuities of issues related to Chinese participation in the global seafarers’ labour market

Lijun Tang*, Mark Oliver S Llangco, Zhiwei Zhao

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Abstract

Since the 1990s, Chinese seafarers have become a force to be reckoned with in the global seafarer labour market, particularly against the backdrop of the manning crisis. Compared with other groups of seafarers dominating the market such as the Filipinos and the Indians, they are commonly associated with perceptions of low cost, poor English skills, different safety/work culture, problems with the International Transport Workers’ Federation, etc. This article identifies transformations and continuities of problems related to Chinese seafarers in the global market in the last two decades or so by reviewing relevant Lloyd’s List reports as well as official documents and previous research. The review shows that Chinese authorities have been taking various initiatives to take advantage of the manning crisis and to expand and promote seafarer education, supply and export, which in general serve to make seafarers better educated and improve their communication skills. Although such initiatives have helped increase seafaring labour export, the success is nevertheless limited by tight government control on recruitment, which makes some foreign managers reluctant to employ Chinese seafarers.

Original languageEnglish
JournalMaritime Policy and Management
Volume43
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)344-355
ISSN0308-8839
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

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Transformations and continuities of issues related to Chinese participation in the global seafarers’ labour market. / Tang, Lijun; Llangco, Mark Oliver S; Zhao, Zhiwei.

In: Maritime Policy and Management, Vol. 43, No. 3, 2016, p. 344-355.

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