“Military To Maritime” Helps Gulf Coast Vets Connect With Booming LA Maritime Industry

NEW ORLEANS – Hundreds of veterans are expected to attend a “Military To Maritime” career fair on Thursday, Dec. 4, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Great Hall Entrance – Rivergate Room, 900 Convention Center Blvd., New Orleans, from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

         The free, informative job fair for servicemen and women interested in transitioning from the military to a maritime-related field, is sponsored by the American Maritime Partnership (AMP) and the Offshore Marine Service Association (OMSA) and hosted by the International Workboat Show, is part of a national program to help connect the nation’s servicemen and women with jobs in the American maritime industry.  

         “Military To Maritime” provides veterans with an opportunity to maximize their professional strengths and learn about jobs that support families and help build communities. Current and former military personnel from all services can meet with representatives from some of the region’s premier maritime companies, training schools, shipyards and unions to learn about career opportunities in the maritime industry. No prior maritime experience is necessary and all services are welcome.

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         The AMP says Louisiana is the center of the American domestic maritime industry with 54,869 jobs and $11.361 billion in annual economic impact.

         Activities will include a job fair with recruiters and HR staff from companies, maritime unions and schools, seminars on marine licensing and transition, vessel tours and opportunities to visit with crew members and industry personnel who are veterans and made the transition to the maritime industry.

         Speaking at the event will be Louisiana Secretary of Veterans Affairs David LaCerte, U.S. Maritime Administrator Paul ‘Chip’ Jaenichen, Ben Billings, Offshore Marine Service Association and David Krapf, Editor-in–Chief, Workboat Magazine.

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         Previous “Military To Maritime” events have been held in Jacksonville, FL and Houston, TX.

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