Speaking at at a Shipping conference organized by Naftemporiki newspaper, Greek Shipping Minister Thodoris Dritsas on Tuesday referred to employment in the maritime industry in a highly competitive environment.
“What is necessary is for the State, business and maritime efforts to coordinate and the Greek seamen and crew manpower to renew,” said Dritsas.
The minister stressed the importance of necessary initiatives to be taken by the Shipping Ministry and to encourage the signing of a new labor contract between the Greek Shipowners Association and the Seamen’s Federation, which, is a procedure that must mature.
Referring to the public maritime education, he noted that resources are necessary but, due to the already known problems, they do not exist but “this does not mean that we can easily jump to private education”.
Dritsas also requested the Greek Shipowners Association provides assistance in upgrading public maritime education.