Celebrating our Five Star Working Waterfront
Celebrating our Five Star Working Waterfront

Welcome to Seattle Maritime 101

It’s all about showcasing our maritime industry and celebrating its important role in our community and the regional economy. Today, the maritime industry has never been stronger – or more important to our region.  Our maritime industry is annually worth $30 billion to state economy, according to a 2013 study by the Workforce Development Council of Seattle and King County.


In April and May, more than 30 special events, including the Vigor Seattle Maritime Festival, tours, Career Day, family activities and lots of other cool events, will be held to celebrate our Five Star Working Waterfront. 


Look for further details in the special Seattle Maritime 101 Newspapers in Education Supplement that will published in the Seattle Times on Sunday, April 10. You will also find the supplement on the NIE tab on this website.


Seattle Maritime 101 is produced by the Seattle Propeller Club, the area’s largest and most diverse maritime industry association. The Club’s mission is to promote maritime commerce in the Puget Sound and it holds monthly luncheons, the Steamship Dinner, a golf tournament and other annual programs. To learn more, visit www.SeattlePropellerClub.org.


Seattle Maritime 101.  Discover how business, labor, government and community leaders are working together to grow our important working waterfront. And check out the economic value of the maritime and fishing industries and the diversity of career opportunities!


Seattle Maritime 101. Our Maritime Matters.

Photo by Don Wilson, Port of Seattle

Our Five Star Working Waterfront

1.            Significant Economic Impact - The region’s maritime industry cluster makes a significant contribution to our regional and global economies. Did you know Washington State Maritime in was responsible for more than 148,000 direct and indirect jobs?


2.            Quality Jobs and Careers - The industry offers well-paying family wage jobs and diverse career opportunities.  Did you know the average annual salary, before benefits for maritime industry employees, is $70,800?


3.            Excellent Products and Services: The maritime cluster delivers excellent products and services with the highest level of customer service. Did you know that there are more than 2,000 maritime businesses in Washington?


4.            Commitment to Sustainability: The industry is committed to environmental sustainability and the long term health and vitality of the community.  Did you know the Clean Truck Programs require trucks serving Seattle and Tacoma terminals to have newer, cleaner-burning engines to reduce diesel emissions?


5.            Growing the Working Waterfront: Our region is passionate about the maritime industry, growing the working waterfront economic sector and building strong working partnerships between businesses, labor, the community and government. Did you Washington is one of the few states with a Maritime Sector Lead to help coordinate the development of the industry?

Seattle Maritime 101 Partners

Seattle Maritime 101 is sponsored by a unique partnership between business, labor, industry associations and government.  To learn more about each of the partners, please visit the sponsor page on this website.


Presenting Sponsors: Seattle Propeller Club, Port of Seattle, Vigor, Harley Marine, and The Seattle Times’ Newspapers In Education.


Industry Sponsors - Crowley Maritime, Foss Maritime, Glosten, Holland America Line, The Northwest Seaport Alliance, U.S. Oil and Refining, Washington Maritime Federation, and Washington Maritime.


Supporting Sponsors - Compass Courses Maritime Training, Totem Ocean Trailer Express, Seattle Waterfront, Metropolitan Improvement District, and Downtown Parking.


Industry Partners – Global Diving & Salvage, Jones Stevedoring, Manson Construction, Marine Exchange of Puget Sound, International WorkBoat Show/WorkBoat magazine, Pacific Marine Expo/National Fisherman, SSA Marine | Carrix, Washington Chain and Supply, and Western Specialty Contractors.


Industry Supporters - American Seafoods Group, Bauer Moynihan Johnson, KPFF Consulting Engineers, Markey Machinery, NC Power Systems, Pacific Merchant Shipping Association, Pacific Pile & Marine, Pacific Pipe and Pump, Pacific Seafood Processors Association, Port of Everett, Transportation Institute, and United Motor Freight.


Maritime Friends - American Waterways Operators, Ballard High School Maritime Academy, Center of Excellence, Marine Manufacturing & Technology, Skagit Valley College, The Center for Wooden Boats, Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, Economic Development Council of Seattle & King County, King County Maritime, Lake Union Working Group, Manufacturing Industrial Council, Marine Exchange of Puget Sound, Maritime Folknet, Museum of History & Industry, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, North Seattle Industrial Association, Northwest Marine Trade Association, Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding, Northwest Seaport, Pacific Merchant Shipping Association, Puget Sound Maritime, Puget Sound Ports Council, Maritime Trades Department AFL-CIO, Sailors' Union of the Pacific, Sea Scouts, Seattle FIREBOAT Duwamish, Seattle Marine Business Coalition, Seattle Maritime Academy, Seattle Propeller Club, Tacoma Propeller Club, Transportation Institute, Virginia V Foundation, Youth Maritime Training Association, Washington Maritime, Washington Maritime Federation, and WorkBoat Maintenance & Repair Conference and Expo.


Media Partners – KOMO Television, KIRO Radio, The Seattle Times, National Fisherman, and WorkBoat Magazine.

Upcoming Events

Dozens of free events, tours, and festivals are set for April and May during Maritime 101.


The highlight is the Vigor Seattle Maritime Festival from May 12-14, with the Harbor Open House on the Downtown Waterfront at Pier 66  on Saturday, May 14, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Key events: Three free harbor tours, Waterfront Chowder Cook-Off, vessel open house at Bell Street Pier, Vigor welding booth, military and government displays, survival suit time trials, face painting, sand art, Center for Wooden Boats kids’ boat building, and other activities. 


For details, please click on the Events Tab. All events subject to change.



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