Brown Water


Brown water shipping refers to the navigable inland or coastal waters such as rivers, canals, and estuaries.

This type of shipping often is done with vessels such as barges, tugs, and ferries which are designed to navigate shallow waters and inland waterways. 


Promote and foster a culture of safety among seafarers by addressing regulatory compliance including those of local, state, and federal standards.

Develop partnerships between employers and education providers to help ensure the workforce meets the needs of the industry.

Develop and share targeted recruitment and retention strategies to incentivize the potential and current workforce. 

Brown Water Resources

From top news headlines, regulatory challenges and solutions, and education resources, MPSEC has a compendium of information for students, educators, and industry stakeholders. 

Mentoring is a longstanding tradition of the river. Sharing your journey with a mentor may encourage others to follow your lead by walking in your footsteps or stepping up and becoming a mentor to another crew member.

Source: RiverWorks Discovery

AWO's second Mariner Workforce Forum addressed how to create a workplace culture that attracts and retains mariners from all walks of life. Jenny Johnson, founder and CEO of Maritime Inclusion Partners drew upon their experience.

Source: The American Waterways Operators

Today it is possible to sail (meaning to travel on water) along the Hudson River (from New York City) all the way up into Canada to the St Lawrence River (at the town of Sorel-Tracy, Quebec). The waterway route extends from the Erie Canal. . . READ MORE

Author: Ted Davis

Careers in Maritime

Discover maritime professions with job descriptions, salary ranges, & qualifications. MPSEC thanks coalition member, RiverWorks Discovery, for this invaluable resource!

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