Unli­censed Appren­tice Train­ing and Deck, Engine, Stew­ard Upgrad­ing & Licens­ing Training


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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