Workforce Resilience: Becoming A Mariner in Our New Challenging Environment
Instructor: Matthew Mueller, MARAD
In this session, Matthew Mueller from the US Maritime Administration (MARAD) discusses how MARAD provides sufficient US merchant mariners to meet the strategic sealift needs of the US and helps ensure the country’s economic and national security. This includes pathways to becoming a mariner, challenges faced by MARAD in maintaining an adequate pool of mariners, and strategies to overcome these challenges, especially in what has become a more challenging environment.
His remarks focus on what it takes to become a mariner, from the body of knowledge to hands-on assessment requirements. He also provides an overview of various avenues to becoming a mariner, such as attending Maritime Academies, Trade Schools, or using resources like the Military to Mariner Program.
The discussion helps define MARAD’s role in providing mariners for the workforce, identifies which types of mariners are required to meet the nation’s sealift needs, and touches on the continued shortage of such mariners. Mueller addresses the challenges that MARAD has faced historically in ensuring a highly qualified pool of mariners, and also touches on the challenges of today. Finally, he discusses how the Maritime Administration is addressing these challenges through strategic planning and other targeted programs.
This session took place during Transportation Academy, held in conjunction with the NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting October 18-21, 2021 in National Harbor, Maryland. Transportation Academy consisted of over 70 classes taught by subject matter experts covering a broad range of topics related to transportation, logistics, and other relevant subjects.