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By • Apr 5th, 2013 • Category: Recruitment

Shore based shipping industry recruitment podcast from and Halycon Recruitment

Welcome to the latest shipping recruitment podcast from Halcyon Recruitment and Coracle.

After Chinese New Year in February, we have seen a notable increase in recruitment activity with a broad variety of positions coming on, especially in the Singapore market.

Singapore continues to dominate as an ever expanding shipping area. The city itself continues to grow with constant developments taking place and the expansion of existing businesses and entry of new ones. Larger shipping organizations are looking increasingly to locate back office and support staff in other less costly locations such as Manila, Mumbai and Kuala Lumpur but front office functions remain firmly based in Singapore.

The skill-set in demand remains the Technical expertise in operating and managing vessels efficiently and therefore a lot of Technical Superintendents (particularly having sailing and shore based experience handling LPG/LNG & Offshore vessels) are highly sought after. Vessel Operations profiles are specifically for either non sailing staff or with 2-3 years of experience for someone who has sailed up to the ranks of 2nd mate and Chief Officer. Chartering and broking on the other hand require very specific niche profiles in the particular market segment of business and with someone who can bring in business from day one.

The offshore industry in general is looking to expand and is hiring for new positions. Handling dynamic positioning vessels, seismic vessels, OSV’s, PSV’s and AHT’s in the Technical and Operational aspect is in demand.

Diversity is the name of the game and therefore selecting an employee who is a fit culturally has become of equal importance as technical capabilities. Having the right team and a positive work environment for an organization to bring the best out of their employees is becoming more and more challenging. With shipping being such an international business, a mix of employees from around the world can add a significant value and such a diversified team can create a healthy competitive environment.

As we have highlighted in previous podcasts, employers are still cautious and remain unwilling to compromise on the employees they seek. Individuals who are looking to make a long term commitment are very much at the top of the wish list as companies seek to stabilize and strengthen their positions and market share.

If you are considering making a move within Singapore, there are a wide range of positions available with existing and often new organizations. If you are a junior level employee or a seafarer coming ashore and living outside of Singapore who wants to relocate there, it can be difficult to find a position simply because employers don’t wish to entertain the costs of flights to attend interview or a subsequent relocation.

If you are considering a career move and would like some advice on how to proceed, please visit the candidate pages on for some hints and tips, or call for a confidential discussion.

Thanks for listening