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The Maritime Administration (MARAD) contracted with the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) to conduct a follow-up to the 2001 Mariner Survey. The focus of the follow-up survey was to provide MARAD with:

  • general information on mariners qualified for deep sea service;
  • qualifications held by Mariners by license/documentation;
  • current status of meeting Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping (STCW) 95 qualifications;
  • recency of sailing experience; and
  • willingness to sail in an emergency.

The information provided by the survey will allow MARAD to:

  • clarify the issues regarding the existence of mariner shortages,
  • assess mobilization readiness,
  • tailor training and recruitment programs to specific shortage areas, and
  • justify resource needs.

The 2002 Mariner Survey was developed with the additional goal of providing validation of some findings from the earlier study and offering a more detailed look at the difficulty of locating mariners.