An Appeal Wave For Careers At Sea
Chance is high at sea for those seeking work, and there are a number of factors for this.
With the growth of the Maritime Security Program (MSP), the MSP fleet is growing from 47 to 60 ships. There is also growth in the U.S.-flag cruise ship market. Due to the fact that there are so many various types of vessels, there is a range of options that is unequaled. That suggests as workers working under agreements in between maritime business and the Seafarers International Union, merchant mariners have the opportunity to cruise on a wide array of vessels, including deep-sea freight vessels and military support ships, where mariners continue to support U.S. soldiers in Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Liberty.
Also in the chance mix are Fantastic Lakes vessels, cable ships, tugboats and traveler ferries.
The location for numerous American men and women who set their sights on setting sail is the Paul Hall Center for Maritime Training and Education. The cutting edge school, associated with the Seafarers International Union, provides the most U.S. Coast Guard-approved courses of any maritime school in the nation-from entry level to certify preparation to academic assistance.
In addition to academic support, the school provides GED and college degree programs. In reality, much of the maritime classes can be used for college credits.
Given that its opening in 1967, around 145,000 trainees have trained there. The apprentice program blends hands-on training with classroom instruction. It includes 3 stages, including 90 days aboard a U.S.-flag ship. That particular stage has actually helped improve the industry’s retention rate-approximately 75 percent of trainees who complete the whole program are still cruising four years later on.
At any provided time there are 100 students at the school-some in Phase 1, others in Stage 3 (Phase 2 is at sea).
Based in Piney Point, Md., the school’s training tools consist of bridge and engine simulators, the Joseph Sacco Fire Battling and Security School and a cooking lab.