CEBU CITY (PNA) - The demand for Filipino professionals to work in private mega yachts in Europe and the United States is projected to grow strong this year.
Diligence, excellent English communication and good interpersonal skills are among Filipinos' advantage over workers from other countries like China, Thailand, Indonesia and Nepal, said Belinda Wong, owner of Eurasian Maritime Corp., a company that deploys Filipino seamen to ship owners globally.
Wong said "there is a high demand for professional crew members for private mega yachts globally. Europe is in need of skilled workers for chartering services and luxury leisure travels for its booming yachting industry," she explained.
According to the latest survey by Superyacht United Kingdom (UK) and British Marine Federation (BMF), the revenue of the super yacht industry last year was over Euros450 million, an increase of 6.6 percent form the previous year.
Superyacht UK is an association under the BMF. It has 186 members and over 70 percent of the total UK industry operating in the design, building, supply chain and service provision of yachts over 24 meters in length.
Eurasian Maritime Corp. which has office in Mandaue City, has deployed over a hundred crew members to 40 clients in Europe and the United States since their operation in 2009.
Wong said they already deployed Filipinos on board registered mega yachts for various sea-based positions such as deckhands, motor men, engineers, stewards and hotel and restaurant management professionals.
Starting this January, Wong said they will deploy 10 to 15 Filipino crew members per month in preparation for summer yachting.