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This document was prepared by ISF and BIMCO with the intention to provide the comprehensive assessment of the global demand and supply for merchant seafarers that is currently available. The first study on this matter was made in 1990 and it has been updated every five years since that time. This Update serves two major purposes - the first is to describe the current supply & demand situation for seafarers, and the second one is to make predictions about the likely position in the nearest future, to help the industry anticipate further developments and take appropriate action as required. The publication is based on the information collected from various questionnaires sent to governments, crewing experts and shipping companies. The Update incorporates the perceptions and views of senior executives in maritime administrations and shipping companies as well as the results of detailed statistical analysis.