The Great Lakes’ only merchant marine academy will get a million federal dollars for training. The Great Lakes Maritime Academy is in Traverse City.
Rear Admiral Jerry Achenbach says Congress recognizes the growing demand for trained merchant mariners.
“There’ll be 20,000 jobs for credentialed merchant mariners over the next several years," says Achenbach. "So I think it’s an acknowledgement of the cost of maritime education and the nation’s need for credentialed mariners.”
Merchant mariners operate cargo and passenger ships.