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National Maritime Day: May 22, 2022

Release Number CB22-SFS.73
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From the Maritime Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation:

“The United States has always been and will always be a great maritime nation. From our origins as 13 British colonies, through every period of peace and conflict since, the Merchant Marine has been a pillar in this country’s foundation of prosperity and security. They power the world’s largest economy and strengthen our ties with trading partners around the world, all while supporting our military forces by shipping troops and supplies wherever they need to go.

“In 1933, Congress declared National Maritime Day to commemorate the American steamship Savannah’s voyage from the United States to England, marking the first successful crossing of the Atlantic Ocean with steam propulsion. During World War II more than 250,000 members of the American Merchant Marine served their country, with more than 6,700 giving their lives, hundreds being detained as prisoners of war and more than 800 U.S. merchant ships being sunk or damaged.

“Maritime Day is a time-honored tradition that recognizes one of our country’s most important industries. Each year, ceremonies and celebrations throughout the country recognize Maritime Day and the people our maritime nation depends on.”

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  • NAICS 3366, Ship and Boat Building
  • NAICS 336611, Ship Building and Repairing
  • NAICS 336612, Boat Building
  • NAICS 441222, Boat Dealers
  • NAICS 4883, Support Activities for Water Transportation
  • NAICS 48831, Port and Harbor Operations
  • NAICS 48832, Marine Cargo Handling
  • NAICS 48833, Navigational Services to Shipping
  • NAICS 48839, Other Support Activities for Water Transportation

Note: The table above is sorted to list all establishments (employment size) in the United States and several columns are hidden. Click on the image for the full table.

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Source: Quarterly Services Survey (QSS) 2010-2022.

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Source: Annual Survey of Manufactures (ASM) 2018-2020.  

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Source: 2017 Economic Census.

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Note: The table above is scrolled to the bottom and cropped to just the United States. Several columns are hidden. Click on the image for the full table with all states, including the District of Columbia.

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Note: After you create an account, select options for Harmonized System (HS) or HS, select Exports or Imports, type “Ship” or “Boat” in the Commodity search box, then select options for geography and time. Select Report for data. In addition, HS Port-level Data, including Methods of Transportation are also available. More information is available in the Quick Start Guide.

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