On June 20, 2011, in Volume 76, Issue 118 of the Federal Register, the U. S. Maritime Administration announced that it will collect information in the form of a survey of approximately 100 vessel operating companies representing different sectors of the U.S. maritime industry.
MARAD believes that a survey is necessary because it has received an abundance of anecdotal information indicating there is a serious existing and projected mariner shortage in different
Commentary: Those of us who remember hard times in the merchant marine wonder at times why anyone risks making a living in that industry. (I remember, for example, 1979 on the Great Lakes, when mariners with big licenses counted themselves lucky to sail as deckhands.)
This should be an interesting survey.