Despite some efforts by certain EU member government in policies aimed at stemming the decline of the EU’s seafaring labour force, numbers continue to fall. Why have these policies not met their objectives?
In this report, we show that this failure is primarily caused by the lack of a link between state aid (such as tonnage taxes) and seafaring training and employment. If the EU wishes its policies to be effective in supporting the whole maritime cluster for the long term, policies must be overhauled. Every EU member state granting subsidies to its shipowners must also ensure that these subsidies are linked to enforceable commitments to employ EU domiciled seafarers.