MarAd releases strategic plan to boost mariner workforce

(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Maritime Administration (MarAd) has released its Mariner Workforce Strategic Plan for fiscal years 2023-2027. This plan outlines six key goals to grow our nation’s mariner workforce through recruitment, training and retention.

The plan also addresses demonstration and research priorities that could be implemented to further improve mariner recruitment, training and retention.

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MarAd included input from government, industry, maritime academia and training, maritime labor, other stakeholders and the public to develop this strategic plan. It also recognizes the progress made by MarAd and other organizations to recruit, train, retain and reduce barriers to address mariner workforce development over the past five years.

The document reflects a 21st-century outlook geared toward MarAd’s mission to foster, promote and develop the maritime industry of the United States to meet the nation’s economic and security needs.

The new strategic plan can be viewed here.

– U.S. Maritime Administration

By Professional Mariner Staff