Unlicensed Apprentice Training and Deck, Engine, Steward Upgrading & Licensing Training


What is Paul Hall Center?: The Paul Hall Center for Maritime Training and Education is the biggest training facility for deep sea merchant seafarers and inland waterways boatmen in America. The Center has developed a pioneering method of instruction which has successfully incorporated academic enrichment, vocational training and trade union obligation.

What are the various divisions/schools under Paul Hall Center?: The Center includes the Joseph Sacco Fire Fighting and Safety School, the Seafarers Harry Lundeberg School of Seamanship, the Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Education Center, the Chesapeake Culinary Institute, and the Paul Hall Library and Maritime Museum.

What are they specialized in training?: The Paul Hall Center teaches specialized skills for work in the deck, engine and steward sections. The programs are continuously upgraded to keep abreast of shifting marine technology. Today's modern fleet is automated, costs millions of dollars, can't be entrusted to an unskilled, non-professional.

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How does the training organized?: Professional training starts with basic or entry-level vocational education programs. The Unlicensed Apprentice Program offers the work ethic and abilities necessary for individuals to do their duties that are assigned aboard Seafarers International Union (SIU) contracted ships, tugboats and towboats. The upgrading programs provide experienced seafarers, who have the essential required sea-time, the chance keep pace with changes in the maritime sector, to advance their professional abilities and raise their earning potential.

Are they affiliated to any organization?: The Paul Center is a part of The Seafarers International Union (SIU), Atlantic, Gulf, Lakes and Inland Waters District/NMU, AFL-CIO, represents unlicensed United States merchant mariners sailing aboard U.S.-flag vessels in the deep sea, Great Lakes and inland trades.

Location and Address: 

Paul Hall Center for Maritime Training and Education
Admissions Office
P.O. Box 75, Piney Point, MD 20674-0075
Tel: (301) 994-0010.

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