Seattle's Maritime sector is a distinct segment of the manufacturing and industrial sector and includes businesses engaged in fishing, water transportation, ship building and repair, marine goods and services, seafood processing, cold storage, and marine construction. The industry provides more than 22,000 jobs and contributes approximately $2.1 billion to the local economy.
Seattle's maritime industry sector provides important economic diversification, includes many stable, multi-generational companies that provide family-wage jobs, and maintains a long-standing competitive advantage for the city.
The benefits Seattle provides to our maritime sector include:
- Proximity to distributors, suppliers, and customers
- Fresh water berths
- Deep water access
- Access to waterborne, rail, truck, and airborne freight shipping modes that converge in the city