The Paul Hall Center for Maritime Training and Education is the largest training facility for deep-sea merchant seafarers and inland waterways boatmen in the United States. The Center has developed a pioneering approach to education that has successfully integrated vocational training, academic enrichment and trade union responsibility.
The Center includes the Joseph Sacco Fire Fighting and Safety School, the Seafarers Harry Lundeberg School of Seamanship, the Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Education Center, the Chesapeake Culinary Institute, and the Paul Hall Library and Maritime Museum.
The Paul Center teaches specialized skills for jobs in the deck, engine and steward departments. The curricula are constantly updated to keep abreast of changing maritime technology. Clearly, today’s modern automated vessel, which costs millions of dollars, cannot be entrusted to an unskilled, non-professional. Seamanship is a profession for the well trained.
Professional training begins with basic or entry-level vocational education programs. The non licensed Apprentice Program provides the work ethic and skills necessary for people to perform their assigned duties aboard Seafarers International Union (SIU) contracted ships, tugs and towboats. The upgrading programs provide experienced seafarers, who have the necessary required sea-time, the opportunity to advance their professional skills, keep pace with changes in the maritime industry and increase their earning potential.
The Paul Center is a part of The Seafarers International Union (SIU), Atlantic, Gulf, Lakes and Inland Waters District/NMU, AFL-CIO, represents unlicensed United States merchant mariners sailing aboard U.S.-flag vessels in the deep sea, Great Lakes and inland trades.
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The Seafarers International Union, Atlantic, Gulf, Lakes and Inland Waters District / NMU, AFL-CIO, represents unlicensed United States merchant mariners sailing aboard US flag vessels in the deep sea, Great Lakes and inland trades. The union also represents licensed U.S. mariners in the Great Lakes and inland sectors.
SIU members sail in the three shipboard departments: deck, engine and steward. They work aboard a wide variety of vessels, including commercial containerships and tankers, military support ships, tugboats and barges, passenger ships, gaming vessels and many more.
Chartered in 1938, the SIU prides itself on representing the best-trained, most efficient crews in the world. A key to meeting that standard is the Paul Hall Center for Maritime Training and Education. The center is a vocational training facility operated by an SIU affiliated entity.