The Marine Institute kicked off its annual job fair today with a call for more students to train as ships officers and engineers.
The province’s marine transportation industry also joined that call.
Marine transportation companies say they’re already recruiting people right across the country because there aren’t enough qualified people in Newfoundland and Labrador to fill available jobs.
That shortage is predicted to get worse.
A growing worldwide shortage of mariners is expected to peak in 2015 when the industry will need about 27,000 new officers to replace those retiring.
The Marine Institute also announced it will double the number of students it trains in ships officer programs annually.