Maritime Industry Sectors
Passenger Water Transportation
“Passenger Water Transportation includes recreational cruise lines, Washington State Ferries and other ferries, water taxis, and recreational fishing, sailing, and diving charters”.
Fishing & Seafood Processing
Fishing and Seafood Products includes commercial and recreational fishermen, seafood processing firms, aquaculture and fish farming, and wholesale and retail seafood markets.”
Maritime Support Services
These services include support for commercial, recreational, and defense-related Maritime, including boat dealers, marinas, fueling and lubricant businesses, to naval architects…
Boat, Shipbuilding, and Repair
Shipbuilding and repair is the design, engineering, and construction of new vessels as well as the repair of vessels needing rehabilitation. Shipyards are where ships…
The American wind energy industry currently supports more than 100,000 jobs, including vital positions such as turbine technicians, researchers, scientists, engineers, trade…
Maritime Logistics & Shipping
Maritime Logistics and Shipping includes port & harbor operations, deep & shallow water goods movement, inland water freight transport, and…
Boating is a leisure activity involving travel or fun via a boat, powerboat, sailboat, rowboat, or paddleboat. Want a career in the recreational boating field? Take a look at the jobs below.
Underway maritime jobs (also called seafaring or shipboard) include a wide variety of roles and ranks. The crew on a ship is usually divided into three departments: the Deck Department, the Engine Department and the Steward Department. You can see how a ship is organized based on department and position rank in the graphic below.
1st Mate/Chief Mate
Able Bodied Seaman*
* Entry after 1-year Maritime Program
** Entry after 4-year Maritime Program
1st Asst. Engineer
2nd Asst. Engineer
3rd Asst. Engineer**
Glossary of Common Nautical Terms
Leave the vessel immediately as there is imminent danger.
In the middle of the boat; as in: Example: You will find the galley amidships.
Heavy material that is placed in the hold of a vessel to provide stability.
A vessel with two hulls.
An Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon or EPIRB is used to alert search and rescue services in the event of an emergency.
The bathroom on a boat.
One nautical mile per hour.
A docking facility for small ships and yachts.
One minute of latitude or about 1.15 statute miles. (A nautical mile is easy to measure by referring to the latitude on a nautical chart).
Starboard is always the right-hand side of the boat when you are facing the bow.
Afloat but not controlled, attached to shore or seabed.
So low in the water that the water is constantly washing across the surface.
Prepare for heavy weather, i.e. batten down the hatches.
Metal object around which a line can be fastened.
Towards the bow (of the vessel).
The main body of a vessel/the shell and framework of the basic flotation-oriented part of a ship.
Angular distance in degrees north or south of the earth’s equator; example: the North pole is at 90 degrees north latitude.
A large, traditionally-rigged sailing vessel.
Towards the stern (of the vessel).
Anchor being lifted off the bottom.
Pole with blunt tip and a hook on the end, used to assist in docking and undocking a boat.
A type of small boat, often carried or towed as a ship’s boat by a larger vessel.
Roll or fold up a sail and secure neatly.
A man-made wall in open water/a landing stage or small pier at which boats can dock or be moored.
Also known as lee, leeward is the direction opposite to the way the wind is currently blowing.
To secure a ship or boat in a particular place, as by cables and anchors or by lines.
Port is always the left-hand side of a boat when you are facing the bow.
The direction in which the wind is currently blowing.
Exclamation, a call used to greet someone or draw attention to something from a distance.
Floating aid to navigation.
An Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) is a geographic information system used for navigation as an alternative to paper nautical charts.
A place on the coast where vessels may find shelter.
The longitudinal structure along the centerline at the bottom of a vessel’s hull, on which the rest of the hull is built.
The angular distance in degrees east or west of the prime meridian (a geographic coordinate that specifies the east-west position of a point on the Earth’s surface).
Maps designed specifically for navigation at sea.
Acronym for Radio Detection and Ranging. A device for determining the presence and location of an object by measuring the time for the echo of a radio wave to return from it and the direction from which it returns.
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Youth Maritime Collaborative
Where Opportunity Sets Afloat
Guiding youth toward adventurous careers in the maritime industry through paid internships, experiential learning events, and thoughtful career exploration with a specific focus on equity and inclusivity.