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Port of Everett Inks Deal with Maritime Institute to Bring Mariner Training Courses to Washington State

Date: Jul 31, 2023

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Maritime Institute has signed a new 10-year lease to locate its newest mariner training facility at the Port of Everett’s Waterfront Place.

The new satellite at the Port of Everett will be the company’s first in Washington state. It currently hosts main campuses in Norfolk, Virginia and San Diego, California, plus satellite locations in Alameda, California, and Honolulu, Hawaii. 

The Everett site will fill a growing need, providing closer training opportunities for existing and aspiring mariners located here in Washington state and throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Both classroom and on-the-water instruction will take place in Everett and will result in recognized certifications for the maritime industry.

Courses are anticipated to begin in January 2024.

“We’re very excited about the opportunity to come up to Everett,” Maritime Institute CEO Dave Abrams said. “This will be a great place for our business, as we bring a valuable service to the community for training local mariners. We look forward to helping people in the Everett area and throughout the Pacific Northwest start and grow their careers in the maritime industry.”

The Maritime Institute trains more than 10,000 mariners across its sites annually. They offer 150+ courses, authorized by the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Navy, including all aspects of vessel operations including deck, engineering, life-safety and even small arms. The company is also a certified Global Wind Organization training provider for the offshore wind market and offers courses through its BoaterU program for recreational mariners.

Working with local workforce agencies and maritime employers, courses offered at the Port of Everett will be intended to serve the interests and growing maritime needs in Snohomish County and the greater Puget Sound region, including applicable mariner training for Washington State Ferries and commercial shipyards.

One of the key programs to be expanded in Everett is Maritime Bootcamp – a program that in just four weeks provides the training necessary to put participants with little to no experience on a career pathway in maritime.

“With Washington state being the most trade-dependent state in the nation, and with more than 60% of jobs in Snohomish County alone tied to trade, it is crucial we have accessible pathways to maritime education,” Port of Everett CEO Lisa Lefeber said. “As a port, our mission is growing and promoting access to family-wage jobs. Recruiting a maritime training center to serve Snohomish County and the greater region has been a top priority for us, not only to fulfill this mission, but to also ensure a skilled and diverse maritime workforce in the future.”

The Maritime Institute has leased nearly 6,000 square feet of interior and exterior light industrial space at the Port’s Maritime, Exploration and Innovation Complex located in the Craftsman District at Waterfront Place.

The site, located at 1130 West Marine View Drive, is also home to the headquarters for Off-Planet Research, which opened here in 2021.

For more information, contact Catherine Soper, Port of Everett Communications & Marketing Director, at


About the Maritime Institute
The Maritime Institute has main campuses in Norfolk, Virginia, and San Diego, California, plus satellite locations in Alameda, California and Honolulu, Hawaii. The new satellite location at the Port of Everett will be the company’s first in Washington. The company has trained mariners for almost 50 years, working with government organizations, ship operators and maritime unions, including the U.S. Navy, Military Sealift Command, Crowley, NOAA, Sailor’s Union of the Pacific, Marine Fireman’s Union, Disney Line Cruises, Foss Maritime and Washington State Ferries. The Maritime Institute offers 150+ vessel operation courses certified by the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy and Global Wind Organization. Through its state-of-the-art facilities with computer simulation equipment, mariners receive hands-on training to earn job certifications. Courses range from basic to advanced. For more information, visit

About Port of Everett’s Waterfront Place
The Port of Everett’s Waterfront Place is a new 1.5 million square foot mixed-use development located on 65 acres at the waterfront near the downtown core in Everett, Washington. The development boasts spectacular views, waterfront access, recreational amenities and a world-class marina – the largest public Marina on the West Coast – with 2,300 slips and 5,000 linear feet of guest moorage. At full build-out, the Waterfront Place mixed-use development will include 63,000 sq. ft. of retail/restaurant space, another 20,000 sq. ft. of marine retail, 447,500 sq. ft. of office, two waterfront hotels, and up to 660 waterfront housing units. Featured amenities include new trails and regional parks together with public gathering spaces, a variety of fine and casual dining, local shops and marine sales and services. The project’s expected $1 billion in public/private investment is estimated to support nearly 2,100 family-wage jobs and generate $8.6 million annually in state and local sales taxes. To date, the Port has facilitated more than $300 million in public/private investment here, with more to come.