Military to Maritime career fair coming to San Diego

The following is the text of a news release from the American Maritime Partnership:

(SAN DIEGO) — Hundreds of veterans are expected to attend a Military to Maritime career fair on Monday, June 22 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier in San Diego. The free event, sponsored by the American Maritime Partnership (AMP) and hosted by the Port of San Diego, is part of a nationwide program to help connect the nation’s servicemen and servicewomen with jobs in the American maritime industry. Speaking at the event will be Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif. Previous Military to Maritime events have been held in Norfolk, Va., Jacksonville, Fla., Houston, Texas, and New Orleans, La.

With more than 34,000 jobs, California ranks fourth among all states for supporting a strong maritime industry work force. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, these maritime jobs pump more than $6.6 billion into California’s economy every year. Related labor income in the state is more than $2.2 billion annually. A top shipyard state, California is home to over 30 military bases, serving as one of the top states for veterans and active servicemen and servicewomen seeking to advance their careers. The San Diego Military to Maritime event will feature more than 40 maritime exhibitors who are looking to help current and former members of the military transition to a career in the domestic maritime industry.

"California and San Diego in particular play a crucial role in supporting and protecting America's national and economic security," said Hunter. "California sustains one of the largest shipyard industrial bases in the nation, which keeps us on the leading edge of innovation and contributes to thousands of quality jobs. I'm honored to welcome the Military to Maritime program to San Diego and I commend their efforts to strengthen the industrial base and place workers in jobs that fit their skill sets. Connecting California's veterans and active military with family-wage jobs in our thriving domestic shipbuilding and maritime industry is sure to translate into something meaningful for workers, families and the entire region."

Private U.S. shipyards build, repair, maintain and modernize the largest and most sophisticated Navy and Coast Guard vessels in the world and do the same for the nation’s 40,000 commercial vessels. Across the country, the domestic maritime industry, supported by the Jones Act, sustains more than 478,000 jobs and has an annual economic impact of $92.5 billion, according to a study conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) for the Transportation Institute. The industry also accounts for approximately $29 billion in annual wages and $10 billion in tax revenue each year.

Current or former servicemen and servicewomen interested in the Military to Maritime program are encouraged to register for the career fair at www.AmericanMaritimePartnership.com/Military2Maritime. For more information about the Military to Maritime program, email info@Americanmaritimepartnership.com.

By Professional Mariner Staff