Maritime Administration News Release

News Release #: MARAD 22-08
Date: Aug 18 2008
Contact: Shannon Russell
Contact Phone: 202-366-5807

New Data Show Growing Global Demand for Trained Merchant Mariners

Only months after graduation ceremonies were held on campuses across the nation, approximately 85 percent of 2008 graduates with merchant marine licenses from the United States Merchant Marine Academy and six state maritime academies have found employment afloat in the maritime industry or in the U.S. military, according to data released by the Maritime Administration today.

“This data indicates that the job market for merchant marine officers remains robust. There is a growing, worldwide demand for fully-trained merchant marine officers and licensed mariners. Excellent training combined with ongoing global trade expansion will continue to make the graduates of U.S. maritime colleges among the most qualified and employable mariners in the world,” said U.S. Maritime Administrator Sean T. Connaughton.

Total employment for 2008 licensed graduates is already more than 95 percent. This number includes those who have found shoreside employment in the maritime industry. One of the academies, Great Lakes in Traverse City, Michigan, has placed 100 percent of its 2008 graduates in maritime afloat employment.

The Maritime Administration operates the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and provides funding and training ships to Maine, Massachusetts, Texas, California, Great Lakes Maritime Academies, and the State University of New York Maritime College. The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy is a federal service academy, and the state maritime academies are all part of their respective state higher education systems.

Employment for 2008 Graduates of U.S. Maritime Colleges: August 2008

SCHOOL

California Maritime Academy

Maine Maritime Academy

Great Lakes Maritime Academy (Michigan)

Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Maritime College (State University of New York)

Texas Maritime Academy

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

TOTAL

TOTAL GRADUATES

(graduate and undergraduate)

131

169

30

214

268

44

211

1,067

License Grads

97

86

30

112

137

42

211

715

Active Duty Armed Forces

5

3

0

4

32

2

48

95

Maritime Afloat

61

49

30

73

93

28

142

476

Maritime Ashore

13

11

0

16

49

0

19

108

Armed Forces Reserves

7

3

1

20

15

2

163

211

Graduate School

1

0

0

0

8

0

1

10

Other

51

106

0

121

86

14

1

379