Indian union warns of work shortage

Offshore staff

MUMBAI, India – The National Union of Seafarers of India (NUSI) has asked the Indian Ministry of Shipping for financial aid and incentives toward the training of maritime workforce at NUSI Offshore Training Institute (NOTI).
NOTI trains the workforce that operates specialized vessels, or small-sized ships, catering to various needs of oil exploration activities.

Abdulgani Serang, the union’s general secretary, said: “I am extremely happy that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in his budget speech stated to incentivize oil exploration activities across India’s vast coastline.

“The government should also incentivize training of an Indian maritime workforce needed for oil exploration activities.”
He said the union has sent a letter in regarding this matter to the National Shipping Board.

“Currently, an offshore maritime workforce catering to oil exploration activities is scarce in India, mainly due to the lack of world-class training facilities in our country,” he said. “We cannot, therefore, run into the risk of letting foreign maritime workforce fill the future vacancies, considering the fact that a boost is expected on the oil exploration front.”


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