of cadets in advance of Britain leaving the European Union in March, maritime
trade union Nautilus said.
UK Ship Register, exit the UK Tonnage Tax and end the training of UK cadets.
the stability of the UK industry”, Nautilus has warned.
and logistics company P&O which last week announced it was
reflagging all its short sea vessels to Cyprus due to Brexit uncertainty and
the desire for its ships to be flagged in an EU member state.
cadets from the UK, following a decrease in demand for junior officers, as it
moves to a different manning structure and model.
them to gain their Certificate of Competence, the news adds to the pressure on
the future for UK seafarers, already under threat as the nation moves closer to
exit from the EU at the end of March, Nautilus said.
drop in domestic seafarers – from more than 66,000 in 1977 to just 23,000 today.
seafarers and vessels is putting the nation’s economic security at risk
and could leave it dependent on
other countries for many essential goods and services.
the UK maritime industry, especially in light of the recent announcement from
P&O and rumours that CMA-CGM is also set to leave the UK register,” Mark
Dickinson, Nautilus general secretary, commented.
uncertainty is forcing the hand of large businesses — it has created a perfect
storm, threatening the current and future employment of UK-based workers,” he
discontinuation of its program, however, the union believes that the government
and the industry should also help curb the decline.