Each year on May 22nd, National Maritime Day recognizes the launch of the maritime industry in the United States. The celebration also honors America’s Merchant Marines for their contributions and sacrifices for our country. Special acknowledgment is given to ships and seafarers that have held a prominent place in our nation’s history.

As one of the oldest industries, its time-honored traditions compose a full and rich history. Celebrations and ceremonies around the country recognize the people our maritime nation depends on. Each year the Department of Transportation holds a national ceremony in Washington D.C. at the Department of Transportation headquarters.

While the holiday commemorates a transatlantic event, U.S. maritime industry encompasses nearly every state in the nation with workers transporting vessels on lakes, rivers, and oceans. Employment opportunities aren’t limited to shipyards either. The maritime industry also calls for workers with expertise in fishing, aquaculture, processing, diving, and transportation, just to name a few.

The team at Demanko wishes all our seafaring freight friends a safe and happy Maritime Day!