SIU Participates in ‘Military 2 Maritime’ Event in San Diego


August 2015


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The SIU took part in the latest “Military- 2Maritime” gathering – an event that attracted more than 100 U.S. military veterans to the Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier in San Diego June 22.


The free job fair, sponsored by the American Maritime Partnership (AMP) and hosted by the Port of San Diego, was part of a nationwide program to help connect the nation’s servicemen and women with jobs in the American maritime industry. U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-California) attended and spoke to veterans and employers looking to hire for family-wage jobs.


Previous Military2Maritime events have been conducted in Norfolk, Virginia; Jacksonville, Florida; Houston and New Orleans.


AMP reported that California has the fourth-most maritime jobs among all states, with more than 34,000. 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 also is home to more than 30 military bases. With that in mind, according to AMP, it is considered one of the top states for veterans and active service men and women seeking to advance their careers.


The San Diego Military2Maritime event featured more than 30 exhibitors 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-2Maritime 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.



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