THE number of shore-based employees of Japan's big three shipping companies has decreased by more than 20 per cent in the past 10 years, according to the Japan Maritime Research Institute.
The big three are Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK Line), Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K-Line).
A research report by the institute said that as of March 1995, the number of employees on the payrolls of 128 Japanese shipping companies (including board members) was about 34,500.
Of this total, those assigned to sea duty accounted for 42 per cent with onshore workers totalling 54 per cent and board members 4 per cent.
The five major shipping firms - including Navix Line and Showa Line - had a total 5,241 workforce on their payrolls in 1994, including 3,088 onshore workers.