Now almost 1.9 million seafarers work in the maritime industry, according to recent data from UNCTAD, with 45% of them being officers and 55% being ratings.
The top 5 countries with the most seafarers are the Philippines, Russia, China, India, Indonesia, and Ukraine – which between them account for 48.5% of the world’s mariners.
Here’s a breakdown of how the situation has changed since the last UNCTAD data point in 2015:
You can find the UNCTAD data here: https://unctadstat.unctad.org/wds/TableViewer/tableView.aspx?ReportId=157422
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This story sourced, and data analysed, by Sreenath Sasikumar, Group Finance Director, Marcura