Marine Industry Learning Guide


Ninety percent (90%) of all consumer goods have spent some part of their journey on a ship, making the marine industry one of the primary drivers of globalization and trade. Vessels move cargo around the world in far greater volumes more efficiently, safely and with a lower environmental impact than any other mode of transportation. Ships transport all sorts of commodities such as grains and fruit, liquefied natural gas (LNG), coal and petroleum oil for energy production, raw materials, clothing, cars and electronics, and so much more. Ships are also popular for vacations; the cruise industry alone carries millions of passengers and generates billions of dollars in revenue every year. Ferries provide terrific options for commuting and help reduce road congestion.

The success of the marine industry is based on the supply and demandof goods from around the world. Advances in technologies, such as the development of faster and lighter ships, the construction of canals, and improvements in navigational systems have improved the overall operation of the industry. These advancements have made it easier, more efficient and safer for crews, the environment, and ships to move cargos.

For the purposes of this learning guide, the marine industry is being defined to include any economic activity of or relating to the oceans, rivers, and the Great Lakes. This includes traditional maritime activities such as designing, constructing, manufacturing, supplying, maintaining vessels or parts, operating and managing shipping lines, or crewing ships. It can also include engaging in maritime law, brokerage services, insurance, customs services, fishing operations, marine science, salvage operations and the operation of ports, shipyards, drydocks, and cruise lines. Additionally, the exploration for and exploitation of both offshore renewable and nonrenewable energy sources are included in the marine industry. NAMEPA's goals include increasing the public’s awareness of the marine industry and the industry's dedication to the health and safety of its crew, the environment and its fleet.

Through the use of this guide, readers can learn to appreciate and understand the importance the marine industry and how the people working in it affect everyday lives. It may even spark a desire to become a part of this vibrant, global industry!


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