Basic Information About the Maritime Industry


While a general member of the public may not be too well versed in the maritime industry, it’s good to know that it exists in nearly all of the 50 states and represents over 400,000 employees across the country. You don’t necessarily need to be an expert in the field, but here are a few helpful bits of information.

Types of Maritime Jobs

There is a wide variety of jobs found in this industry. They range from entry-level to needing an advanced master’s degree. Some of the more common positions include:

  • Engineer
  • Ship Captain
  • Deckhand
  • Mechanic
  • Commercial Diver
  • Fisher

Insurance Coverage

Insurance is needed for all businesses, but there is a special type of coverage that is required if any employee works on or over water in the U.S. The United States Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act was established in 1927 to protect these employees. To this day businesses are required to possess usl&h coverage if they have personnel who work on water. You can read more about this type of insurance at


There are unique risks related to maritime jobs, which is why specialized coverage is needed. Overexposure to heat or cold, power tool usage, severe weather and working in confined spaces are just a few of them. Having appropriate insurance will help limit your liability and protect your staff when they need it most.