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|Shipping industry runs short of mariners|
|Written by Associated Press|
|Tuesday, 03 February 2009 21:48|
TRAVERSE CITY — Long a symbol of romance and adventure, the seafaring life is attracting fewer young adults these days, creating a worsening personnel shortage for those hauling cargo across oceans and the Great Lakes.
Some shipping companies have told the U.S. Maritime Administration that the problem has forced them to dock or even sell vessels. Others said it has kept them from expanding fleets, or caused delayed voyages and lost contracts.
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