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Shipping JobsShipping Jobs - Shipping Jobs covers jobs in different kinds of ships, from Cargo and Fishing boats, to Cruise Line ship jobs. Also Yacht, Merchant Marine jobs, info about careers in ships and other related subjects.

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Merchant Marine Jobs, different positions are available if you want to work in the Merchant Marine Industry. The sector is growing and more kind of positions are becoming available nowadays...

Merchant Marine refers to the fleet of civil owned Merchant ships, operated by the Government or the Private Sector. "The Merchant Marine is responsible for transporting cargo and passengers during peace time. In time of war, the Merchant Marine is an auxiliary to the Navy, and can be called upon to deliver troops and supplies for the military" .

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Merchant mariners move cargo and passengers between nations and within the United States, operate and maintain deep-sea merchant ships, tugboats, towboats, ferries, dredges, excursion vessels, and other waterborne craft on the oceans, the Great Lakes, rivers, canals, harbors, and other waterways.

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Captains, mates, and pilots supervise ship operations on domestic waterways and the high seas. A captain is the commander of a vessel, and supervises the work of all other officers and crew. The captain orders the ship's course and speed, maneuvers to avoid hazards, and continuously monitors the ship's position. Captains oversee crew members who steer the vessel, determine its location, operate engines, communicate with other vessels, perform maintenance, handle lines, and operate the ship's equipment. Captains' department team heads ensure that proper procedures and safety practices are followed, ensure that machinery is in good working order, and oversee the loading and discharging of cargo and passengers. "They also maintain logs and other records tracking the ships' movements, efforts at controlling pollution, and cargo and passengers carried". .

Engineers in the merchant marine monitor and maintain ships' machinery, especially the engines that propel the vessels. They work on all kinds of ships, although most merchant marine ships are freighters or tankers that carry cargo... Engine departments have several other types of workers. Firers and water tenders check the flow of oil and water in the ships' oil-burning equipment and boilers. Oilers lubricate the moving parts in the mechanical equipment, while wipers clean engine rooms and the machinery.

Cargo Ship JobsCargo Ships - There are many Cargo Ship Jobs listings online, travel from port to port carrying goods and other supplies from one place to another, even from one country to another one...

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State University - Merchant Marine Engineer Jobs description, career as a Merchant Marine Engineer, salary, employment, definition and nature of the work, education and training requirements, getting the job.

Wikipedia - More info about the US Merchant Marine Industry.

United States Merchant Marine Academy - An education at the United States Merchant Marine Academy awaits those bold enough to accept the challenge.


Marine engineers are away from home for long periods. Accommodations on board ship are adequate and clean but not luxurious. Although conditions are better on newer ships, engine rooms are usually hot and cramped, and the work can be hazardous. Exposure to the weather and the risk of fire, collision, and sinking go with the job.

The Navy

Navy Reserve is a great source for job listings at the US Merchant Marine. As a Merchant Marine worker, "You'll lead civilian ships used to transport both imports and exports during peacetime and serve as an auxiliary to the Navy during times of war, delivering both troops and supplies".

Merchant Marine jobs positions include; Master Mariner, Chief Mate, Second Mate, Third Mate. Trainning available at the Maritime Academy.

Merchant Marine Apprenticeship

The Seafarers Harry Lundeberg School of Seamanship in Piney Point, Maryland, offers an excellent opportunity for vocational training, employment, and a career for drug-free Alaskans. It is the largest training facility for deep-sea merchant seafarers and inland waterways boatmen in the United States. The school teaches specialized skills for jobs in the Deck, Engine and Steward Departments. The curriculums are constantly updated to keep abreast of changing maritime technology. The school provides men and women who have no maritime experience with the basic skills they will need to serve aboard U.S. flagships or tugs.

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