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Career as a Longshoreman vs Merchant Marine?

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My son is interested in becoming a longshoreman. He was considering becoming a Merchant Mariner, but he wants to try the longshoreman direction. Anyone have any advice as to which is the best avenue?

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Linda

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April 21, 20100 found this helpful

Linda, I'm assuming you are in the United States. I worked in the shipping industry for 30 years and I think there would be more opportunities for work as a longshoreman. With automation, smaller crews are needed to man a vessel and there aren't many lines left that still have U.S. crews.

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May 12, 20100 found this helpful

My son went to United States Merchant Marine Academy and he graduated after 5 yrs as marine engineer. It is a federal funded academy located in Long Island NY.

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Great school and adventures if your son can handle military lifestyle. Also, it has strict requirements to get into the school. The school website is USMMA.EDU

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