Accession Number : ADA195836

Title :   Flags of Convenience and Their Effect on NATO Merchant Marine Manning.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Tate, Dorothy L

PDF Url : ADA195836

Report Date : Dec 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 51

Abstract : The NATO merchant fleets have been experiencing a steady exodus from their respective flag fleets. This exodus is a result of owners transferring flag registry of their ships to another country's flag registry. This reflagging makes for fewer and fewer ships under control of the individual NATO member governments and to the NATO alliance as a whole. When the merchant fleets decline there is also a decline in the number of NATO merchant officers. The decline of officers is a direct result of a reduction in available jobs, inability to maintain licenses, lack of job security, and foreign labor filling jobs that no longer require national labor. The lack of NATO merchant officers could cause major difficulties during a NATO emergency. These difficulties would be in the area of providing the required number of NATO mariners to man the pool of ships. NATO mariners are required because of concerns with security, loyalty, and dependability of the crews. This document presents a trend analysis to shed some light on the ability to crew Defense Shipping Authority pooled ships with the required number of NATO mariners. A regression analysis is also used to determine the exact relationship between the ship data and the merchant officer data. The analysis can also give the general overall capability of Norway and UK to meet NATO manning requirements during times of contingency and war. Keywords: Theses. (kr)

Descriptors :   *FLAGS, *MERCHANT VESSELS, EMERGENCIES, FILLING, FOREIGN, JOBS, LABOR, MANPOWER, NATO, NORWAY, PATTERNS, POLITICAL ALLIANCES, REGRESSION ANALYSIS, REQUIREMENTS, SECURITY, SHIPS, THESES, WARFARE

Subject Categories : Marine Engineering
      Statistics and Probability

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE