More than 300 industry leaders attend Economic Forecast Breakfast 

More than Nearly 300 top business, labor, local and federal government and community leaders attended the annual Maritime Industry Economic Forecast Breakfast on Friday, November 17, at Pacific Marine Expo. 2017 Speakers included:


Washington Rep. Gael Tarleton

VADM Fred Midgette, U.S. Coast Guard, Pacific Area Commander 

John Parrott, President, Foss Maritime

Port of Seattle Commissioner Fred Felleman 

Port of Tacoma Commissioner Clare Petrich, NW Seaport Alliance Update

Nicole Grant, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, M.L. King County Labor Council

Sarah Scherer, Youth Maritime Collaborative, 2018 Maritime Intern Program 

The Economic Value of Alaska’s Seafood Industry Study – Andy Wink, The McDowell Group 


Program Participants

Joshua Berger, Director of Maritime, State of Washington

Susan Chesney, President, Seattle Propeller Club

Jerry Fraser, Publisher, WorkBoat and National Fisherman magazines

John Lockwood, President, Seattle Marine Business Coalition

Eugene Wasserman, President, North Seattle Industrial Association


Special Thanks to our Sponpsors: 

Partner Organizations: Seattle Propeller Club, Port of Seattle, Marine Exchange of Puget Sound, North Seattle Industrial Association, Northwest Marine Trade Association, Pacific Merchant Shipping Association, Seattle Marine Business Coalition and King County maritime businesses.


Gold Sponsors: Blue North, Compass Courses, Crowley Maritime, Foss Maritime, Harley Marine Services, Kane Environmental, Pacific Fisherman Shipyard, Port of Seattle, Northwest Seaport Alliance, and RSM US LLP.


Silver Sponsors: Bowditch Marine, Global, Economic Development Council of Seattle and King County, Maxum, Matsuda & Associates, and Vigor.


Maritime workforce worries in the Northwest

Read coverage of the Maritime Economic Forecast Breakfast by WorkBoat magazine here.

Maritime remains crucial to Washington’s economy

The Washington Maritime Federation released the Washington State Maritime Sector Economic Impact Study 2017 Update. This study updates the seminal 2013 study of the same name and provides a detailed analysis of the positive economic impact of the state’s maritime industry.


The study finds the maritime sector directly supported 69,500 jobs, nearly $4.7 billion in wages, and $17.1 billion in business revenue in 2015. The average wage for a maritime worker was $67,000 in 2015 compared to the statewide average of $56,700, a significant increase over the 2013 study. For every direct job in maritime, an additional 1.8 jobs are supported through secondary impacts. When these indirect and induced impacts are factored in, the sector provided 191,000 jobs and $37.8 billion in revenue statewide.


“This study builds upon past efforts and clearly shows the maritime industry is a cornerstone of the State’s economy, providing family wage jobs and real opportunities for the next generation of maritime workers. We’ve seen consistent growth across all subsectors of the industry since the 2013 study release and we feel confident about the continued growth of maritime in the years to come,” said Washington Maritime Federation Director Mark Gleason.


Maritime remains crucial to Washington’s economy

Jon Talton, The Seattle Times


Download the 2017 Washington State Maritime Sector Economic Impact Study here.


Download the 2017 Washington State Maritime Sector Economic Impact Study Infographic here.

A Five Star Working Watefront

King County, Washington, is the region’s center for workboats, the fishing industry and shipyards.  It’s home to thousands of maritime businesses, which employ more than 250,000 people.


To support the growth of current maritime businesses and to attract new maritime businesses, local business associations, businesses, labor and government agencies have partnered together.


Our King County Maritime Matters.   We have a great story to tell about a thriving and growing economic sector.  About environmental stewardship efforts and community involvement.  And about being a partner in solving regional issues such as freight mobility, transportation, land use, economic competitiveness and workforce development. 

We are a Five Star Working Waterfront

1.  Significant Economic Impact - The region’s maritime industry cluster makes a significant contribution to our regional and global economies.


2.  Quality Jobs - The industry offers well-paying family wage jobs and diverse career opportunities.


3.  Excellent Products and Services - The maritime cluster delivers excellent products and services with the highest level of customer service.


4.  Commitment to Sustainability - The industry is committed to environmental sustainability and the long term health and vitality of the community.


5.  Growing the Working Waterfront - Our region is passionate about the maritime industry, growing the working waterfront economic sector and  building strong working partnerships between businesses, labor, the community and government.

King County Maritime is not another association, it’s a movement to give the industry a voice.  We invite your participation and support!

Supporting Organizations

North Seattle Industrial Association

Seattle Marine Business Coalition

Seattle Propeller Club

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