Maritime Industry – A Path to the Other Side of the World

When I was younger, I didn’t know you could become a captain. When I was a kid, I thought it was something you gained with age and a salty graying beard. That was until my uncle called me and told me he was taking a course to get a 100 ton master license. I had no idea what he was talking about, but having grown up near water, I was intrigued.

After answering over a dozen of my questions about this apparently magic class who produced the captain. He asked me if I wanted to participate. The rest, as they say, is history… I never imagined that I would end up making a career out of that phone call. Nor the people, places and cultures that I have been able to discover around the world. I was hooked and couldn’t get enough – the views, the salty air, the endless horizon, the stars, the flying fish, the killer whales, the whale sharks, the Aussie meat pies, the poles mortuaries of SGang Gwaay, the pirates – yes – the Pirates of the Caribbean, and one of the most unique things: an active underwater volcano called Kick ’em Jenny has made life intoxicating.

My friends thought I was crazy – a great explorer, maybe. I thought they were crazy, landlocked, living their dull lives. I was paid to travel, I had free room and board, and I was part of something important. There are no additional jobs on the ships, so everyone working on board becomes an essential part of the operation. The ship cannot survive without every member of its crew. It gave meaning to my presence on board these floating experience creators.

I had filled out my first passport before I was 25. I had become a modern-day explorer, the distant oceans were my only frontiers. Being involved in an industry that saw its first ships in prehistoric times is a very special thing to think about. The evolution of the maritime industry over the course of human history is remarkable. Now there is structured career growth, clear pathways for everyone to progress. Endless training opportunities, where learning new skills is part of the job, the excitement of the unknown and no two days are the same. With unlimited fresh air, front row seats at every sunrise and sunset, it truly is a great way to earn a living.

Water transport is the most economical and historically significant means of transport. Running on a massive natural track with unlimited carrying capacity, requiring little or no maintenance other than dredging and man-made water paths. Water brought the world together; we consume items that have crossed the sea every day.

Characters I’ve met around the world could be in a sitcom. So naturally – as I think, I think to myself – why doesn’t everyone do this? The only thing I can find is simply because their uncles didn’t call them to let them know about this area. You see, what I discovered about the maritime world is that it is tiny. It’s funny that we think small when we talk about an industry operating on more than 71% of the earth’s surface, but that’s how it is. I have noticed that a lot of people apprehend things they don’t know, it’s our job to educate the sailors of tomorrow. Empower them to take this journey – there is enough ocean for everyone and even starting with zero experience there is a path for everyone to climb the proverbial ladder.

It is my duty to educate, lead, inspire and spread awareness of this exciting and intriguing industry. I challenge you to call your nieces and nephews and let them know that there is a path for them that leads by water to the farthest corners of the world. Awaken the explorer within you.

Hornblower has become the leader in the domestic passenger ship space in the United States and the footprint continues to grow globally. Operating over 300 ships worldwide, whether you’re new to the maritime industry or a salty captain with a graying beard, there’s a job for you. If you want to live and work on board, or work on ships by day and be home by night, Hornblower has courses to suit.

Being able to experience the sight and excitement through the eyes of passengers on a daily basis makes working on passenger vessels unique and keeps crew members on the water fresh and exciting. Rather than people moving around, celebrating an event on the water, or going on a unique cruise, the pleasure of being on the water is exciting and creates a very positive environment.

For me, after traveling for so many years, it’s nice to now be able to sleep in my own bed at the end of each day and work for a company that encourages me to make changes and get involved in the direction we are heading. It’s something special to be part of a team whose mission is to create incredible experiences for our millions of customers around the world every day.

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