"the food and heating needs of the entire world are dependent on just over one million seafarers."
"there is an apparent reluctance on the part of young people to choose seafaring as a profession."
From BIMCO - IMO launch campaign "Go to Sea!" regarding recruiting seafarers.
I wonder if they include a warning that you'll required to spend 10 hrs on deck and then take midwatch that night - and if you screw up you will go to jail.