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Using System Dynamics to Improve the Marine Manpower of the Passenger Industry in Management Decisions


  • Alexopoulos, Aristotelis
  • Fournarakis, Nikolaos
  • Sambracos, Evangelos


The Greek merchant fleet maintains a considerable proportion of the world shipping industry, being the largest one in the European Union. However, it needs competitive human resources management to achieve an efficient productivity. Nowadays, there is a quantitative and qualitative shortage of sea-going personnel, particularly in the highest ranks of the crew hierarchy. The picture becomes more dramatic since there are a very small number of new entries into the marine sector and the existing sea-manpower gradually abandons the seafaring profession. In this paper we attempt to define the variables which affect the quantity and quality of seafarers, then to present the elements that define the current trends of seafaring profession and finally to propose a system dynamics methodology for retaining the existing and qualified numbers of seamen, particularly in the passenger market.

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  • Alexopoulos, Aristotelis & Fournarakis, Nikolaos & Sambracos, Evangelos, 2002. "Using System Dynamics to Improve the Marine Manpower of the Passenger Industry in Management Decisions," MPRA Paper 52339, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:52339

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    1. Marco Mazzarino & Elena Maggi, 2000. "The impact of the new onboard technologies on maritime education and training schemes in Europe: some findings from the 'METHAR' project," Maritime Policy & Management, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 27(4), pages 391-400.
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    Passenger Shipping; Marine Labor Employment; System Dynamics;

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    • C61 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Optimization Techniques; Programming Models; Dynamic Analysis
    • J08 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - General - - - Labor Economics Policies
    • J21 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Force and Employment, Size, and Structure
    • M12 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - Personnel Management; Executives; Executive Compensation


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