Training the Next Generation of Mariners
The future of the U.S. maritime industry depends on the capabilities of its members and the strength of their partnerships. For over 27 years, Maersk Line, Limited (MLL) has worked with industry stakeholders, earning the reputation of a trusted partner and capable service provider. Below we discuss several of those maritime industry partnerships.
Crewing through the Unions
MLL has been working with the American Maritime Officers (AMO), the Seafarer’s International Union (SIU), Masters, Mates and Pilots (MMP), and Marine Engineers Beneficial Association (MEBA) for manning our government and commercial vessels. Due to the number of vessels under MLL’s operation, the unions strive to consistently satisfy MLL’s crewing requirements – providing dedicated assistance for challenging situations. MLL requests mariners from the unions as needs are identified. New mariners are processed for proper documentation, security clearances, medical fitness, and training.
MLL provides a transitional “internship” to cadets from Maritime Academies across the country. Cadets may spend up to three months onboard a commercial ship learning the ropes. We hear time and again the value of this experience to young cadets – and the value of providing first-hand experience towards a career at sea.
MLL also sponsors events, such as the annual Women on the Water (WOW) Conference. This event is hosted by the Maritime Administration (MARAD) in conjunction with Maine Maritime Academy. The October 2009 conference focused on connecting students from federal and state merchant marine academies and maritime colleges with professional women who are leaders in various sectors of the maritime industry.
We are also committed to retaining top talent and integrating maritime industry know-how into company culture. Our MAESTRO program, one of the most prestigious management training program within the A.P. Moller—Maersk Group enables mariners to transition from at-sea positions with MLL – such as Deck Officer – to positions ashore in an MLL office.
Subcontracting and Small Businesses
Our overall goal is to meet or exceed Federal and Department of Defense Small Business and Socioeconomic subcontracting goals. MLL participates through subcontracting with small businesses, veteran-owned small businesses, service disabled veteran-owned small businesses, HUBZone small businesses, small disadvantaged businesses including ANC’s and Indian Tribes, women-owned small businesses and historically black colleges/ universities (HBCU’s) and minority institutions (MI’s).
Our approach is to subcontract with companies that will provide our customers with the best skills and capabilities available to meet program objectives. We make a point to set aside procurements for small businesses when it is possible and practicable to do so.
We continually review sources from the Small Business Administration’s Procurement Marketing and Access Network, as well as other source lists and databases. We also attend seminars and network with other procurement professionals to obtain additional small business sources.