Jobs in Merchant Marine Business

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” .

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.

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. 

Jobs in Merchant Marine Business

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. 

070602-N-3262C-028 ARABIAN GULF (June 2, 2007) -- Merchant marine crew members of USNS Bridge (T-AOE 10) haul in a line during an underway replenishment June 2.  Bridge is currently providing logistics support for Navy warships conducting maritime operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.  Maritime operations help set the conditions for security and stability in the maritime environment and complement the counter-terrorism and security efforts in regional nationsÂ’ littoral waters. Coalition forces also conduct maritime operations under international maritime conventions to ensure security and safety in international waters so that commercial shipping and fishing can occur safely in the region.  Official U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Joshua Cassatt