The statistical review presented in this report is based on data extracted from certificates and endorsements registered by EU Member States until 31 December 2018 and recorded in the STCW Information System. It represents a snapshot of the European labour market in terms of the number of seafarers holding valid certificates and endorsements in 2018.

Overall, the end of 2018 saw almost a third of a million masters and officers as potential manpower to serve onboard EU members state flagged vessels.

Distribution of masters and officers as registered by EU Member State

The five EU Member States that had more masters and officers holding CoCs issued by them in 2018 were the United Kingdom (30,716), Poland (20,467), Greece (20,450), Norway (16,366) and Croatia (14,291).

In addition, the five EU Member States that had more masters and officers holding EaRs issued were Malta (64,158), Cyprus (27,038), Norway (13,645), the United Kingdom (12,511) and Portugal (11,552).

Finally, the five non-EU countries which had more masters and officers holding CoCs recognized by EU Member States were the Philippines (39,145), Ukraine (23,449), the Russian Federation (16,766), India (8,594) and Turkey (4,997).

 

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