PROPEL's view of the seafarers’ recruitment industry is that it's highly fragmented and rife with exploitation. PROPEL aims to be a safe web platform for seafarers to find jobs; a tool for employers and recruitment agencies to find the best talent. Founded by an entrepreneurial team with a successful maritime business.
We estimate that every month approx. 150,000 seafarers start a new contract, the majority of which hail from just five countries - Philippines, China, Indonesia, Russia and India.
However, despite there being over 1.6m seafarers globally, the industry is facing a shortage of seafarers due to increasing demand.
Exploitation within the seafarer recruitment industry is rife. In many countries, seafarers are often unable to apply for jobs directly themselves, instead being “represented” by recruitment agencies who control the process. Often, said agencies force charges and levies on the seafarer, placing them into debt before they even have a job.
PROPEL aims to change that.
PROPEL provides a single web-based professional network platform for seafarers to find and apply for the maritime job of their dreams, without control of any third party; and a tool for employers and agencies to find the best talent.
PROPEL is designed to:
• Let seafarers create a full digital maritime profile and digital discharge book.
• Enable future integration with AIS and major maritime databases - which could empower location data in terms of ports they visited, as well as cross-referencing a user's specific ship experience against a specific range of machinery, types of cargo carried.
• Let recruiters and employers find matching candidates via matching algorithms.