Vessel Operations

What is Vessel Operations?

80% of the goods sold in the United States are imported on ships. This industry goes often unnoticed until store shelves go empty or you can’t fill your gas tank. Working, running, and maintaining boats is key for a successful maritime industry.

The maritime industry requires crews to understand the importance of teamwork, communication and leadership. These skills have an ideal avenue to flesh out and grow on any vessel students are performing seamanship tasks on. Specifically, students that are interested in crewing on a vessel as a Captain, Mate, Deckhand or Engineer have the opportunity to be introduced to this field through Vessel Operations.

Vessel Operations- High School Level

Urban Assembly New York Harbor School

Vessel operations students will receive extensive theoretical and practical training in navigation, boat handling, seamanship, safety and industry best practices. Ideally, students are engaged through project based training on vessels and through internships in the marine field. Internships provide excellent opportunities to apply for positions and gain real life experience that helps prepare for a career in the maritime industry.

Students are not only exposed to hands-on experiences but have the potential to earn certification and industry documentation that will give them a leg up after graduating High School. This may include: State Safe Boating Certificate,  USCG Approved CPR/First Aid Certificate, FCC Marine Radio Operator Permit (MROP), US Power Boating Certificate, Sea Time, Approved Drug Testing Consortium, USCG Merchant Mariners Document (MMD), Transportation Workers Identification Card (TWIC)

Vessel Operation Articles

Getting Underway Again
June 21, 2021

The last few weeks have been a flurry of activity, which stands in stark contrast to the virtual zoom box my students and I were placed in over a year ago. I am a Career and Technical Education (CTE) teacher at New York Harbor School and much of the work we do is hands-on, project based enrichment in the maritime industry. . . READ MORE

U.S. Maritime Workforce Grows to 650,000
March 4, 2019

The Transportation Institute, a maritime association that promotes the Jones Act in the U.S., has published details of a PwC report that demonstrates a 30 percent increase in domestic maritime job creation enabled by the Jones Act. The industry now employs nearly 650,0000 Americans across 50 states and contributes $154 billion to the nation’s economic growth. . . READ MORE

Offshore Wind Means Blue-Collar Jobs for Coastal States
April 2, 2018

On April 26, 2017, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D)—then in the midst of his run for office—issued an unprecedented campaign promise: As part of a strategy for the state to achieve 100 percent clean energy by 2050, he would target construction of 3500 megawatts of offshore wind power capacity by 2030—enough to power as much as 1.5 million New Jersey. . . READ MORE

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Aaron Singh, The Urban Assembly New York Harbor School Waterfront Director

I’m looking forward to reconnecting and building new partnerships with our maritime supporters. Maritime High Schools have been doing amazing work nationwide. Within the Vessel Operations MPSEC I’m hoping to build a cadre of educators, students and industry professionals to share their stories and best practices to prepare the next generation of mariners and industry leaders. Please feel free to email me at if you would like to highlight your programs or Industry news.