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Resource Debuts

Last month marked the debut of one of the marine industry's more exciting new e-commerce offerings — www.Mar- — which, as its name suggests, is positioned to provide all marine industry companies with a venue to find and hire the best talent available.

As the world, and particularly the U.S., economy continues to surge, it has become increasingly difficult for compa- nies to hire and retain talented individu- als, both onboard and shoreside. Couple with that the continued movement of younger workers from traditional indus- trial positions to the technology sector, and the result is a projected worker short- age, which is already starting to take hold. Particularly hard hit have been the vessel owners and operators, which could in the next decade face a worker crisis as it is becoming increasingly diffi- cult to find individuals willing to endure the rigors and time away inherent in this work. Ship and boatyards, too, must bal- ance work force during wide ranging business cycles, often resulting in the layoff and rehire of a good portion of the work force. Increasingly, particularly during the latest upswing in Gulf of Mex- ico business, facilities are finding it diffi- cult to find, let alone hire back, qualified workers.

Marine companies around the world, including those in the: • ship and boat owners and operators; • ship and boat builders and repairers; • marine equipment service & supply; • naval architects and marine engineers; • financial and insurance sector; will find MaritimeJobs' seamless struc- ture and ease-of-use attractive in search- ing for employees, ranging from ship and boat crew and officers, to shoreside employees, from entry level to executive level.

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