SEA Link, Inc
"Linking people to maritime jobs with a future."

SEA Link, Inc. is a non-profit organization developed out of a Grant through the Alaska Department of Labor, Division of Business Partnerships Federal Workforce Investment Act Funds. We recruit and work with Alaskans 18 or older.

You must be an Alaskan Resident

List of Documents needed for the Unlicensed Apprentice


SEA Link Inc. working with the Seafarers International Union (SIU) at the Paul Hall Maritime Training Center, in Piney Point Maryland recruits qualified men and women for training and guaranteed jobs in the Merchant Marine Deep Ocean Shipping Industry.

Candidates that qualify will attend a fully funded one year training program at the Seafarer's Paul Hall Center. All tuition, room and board costs are paid by the SIU and their contracted shipping companies through a joint trust.

SEA Link Inc. recruits Alaskan residents 18 years of age or older that can be documented by the United States Coast Guard. Troubled youth such as high school drop outs, misdemeanor criminal offenders, migrant or homeless youth, or youth suffering from learning disabilities may also be eligible for our program. In addition we also recruit adults who have been negatively effected by the downturn in the timber and fishing industries as well as other business's that have been adversely effected by the withering economy.

Upon completion of training all graduates are guaranteed work through the Seafarers International Union (SIU) as Specially Trained Ordinary Seaman (STOS) working aboard U.S. flagged oil/fuel tankers, cargo freighters, military support vessels, ocean going tug boats, and cruise ships with starting pay at $50,000+ a year plus a full benefit package. Upgrading opportunities that lead to higher paying jobs are available through the SIU free of charge.

The School Program has FIVE phases:

The Unlicensed Apprentice (UA) Program is approximately one year long, and includes a combination of classroom training at the SHLSS, as well as an apprenticeship on board a vessel. The Program is broken down as follows:

Phase I – fifteen (15) weeks of entry level training at the SHLSS.

Phase II
– ninety (90) days or more shipboard training as a non-crew member unlicensed apprentice. This includes thirty (30) days in each department with required completion of a designated sea project. Apprentices receive a stipend while they are training on board the vessel during Phase II.

Phase III – seven (7) weeks of follow -up training in Piney Point, MD. This phase focuses on the specific skills of each department (deck, engine and steward).

Phase IV – employment as an entry level crew member on a designated SIU-contracted vessel for a minimum of 120 days.

Phase V – completion of department specific upgrading classes in deck, engine or steward department. Upon successful completion of upgrade, the apprentice will receive a probationary Union book as a member of the SIU with B-seniority, which is the second highest level of seniority. You must successfully complete all five phases in order to receive credit for the UA program and it must be done within one year of your completion of Phase III or you will be discontinued and your seniority will be dropped to C-seniority.

*Students are required to take classes concerning shipboard emergencies and operations including: firefighting, water survival, first aid, CPR, industrial relations and social responsibilities on board a vessel. Each course is designed to provide the students with skills and knowledge to perform safely and effectively aboard a ship. The prospective seafarer will also learn about the nature of the shipping industry, the economics of marine transportation, and government policies and regulation that affect the vitality of the U.S. fleet.

The SIU's Paul Hall Center also has a G.E.D. program if you do not have your High School Diploma, and you can also earn an Associates Degree in Maritime Studies.

List of Documents needed for the Unlicensed Apprentice

Supportive Services

Dropout preventatives are offered through the constant diverse network of support systems provided by the Paul Hall Center and the SEA Link Coordinator. Academic, personal and interpersonal counseling is available at all times for students. The Coordinator also checks in periodically with the participant to determine the progress of the student, and ensure that any needed services are readily available for the support of the participant.

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SEA Link Inc. (Seafarers Educational Alternative Link)
P.O. Box 8233 Ketchikan, AK 99901 ~ Phone: (907) 254-1896

Unlicensed Apprentice Program

Steward Department Galley Assessment Program