The Council of American Master Mariners is dedicated to supporting and strengthening the United States Merchant Marine and the position of the Master by fostering the exchange of maritime information and sharing our experience.
We are committed to the promotion of nautical education, the improvement of training standards, and the support of the publication of professional literature. The Council monitors, comments, and takes positions on local, state, federal and international legislation and regulation that affect the Master.
The Council of American Master Mariners, Inc.
The Council of American Master Mariners, Inc. was founded in 1936 by a nucleus of distinguished American Shipmasters
who felt there was a need to share their expertise with other shipmasters, the Maritime Community and the public.
They were concerned with maintaining the standards and prestige of the American Merchant Marine and the Shipmaster.
Their principles are set forth in the Council’s Declaration of Policy.
Declaration of Policy
Promote an effective, efficient, prosperous American Merchant Marine, which is of maximum benefit to the nation, the shipper,
the mariner, the shipowner and the financial community.
To render a public service by expressing the considered professional opinions of Master Mariners regarding maritime issues.
To encourage and promote advances in nautical education, training standards, and the publication
of professional literature for the American Mariner.
To cultivate an attitude of continuing education within the profession.
To foster and exchange of information between, and promote a spirit of friendship and common purpose among all organizations
whose member share dedicated to a strong United States flag merchant fleet.
To support and encourage improvements in all nautical facilities.
To enhance the rightful prestige of the American Master Mariner.
Why a Council of American Master Mariners? The answer can be found in the viability of an active, national, non-profit organization comprised of masters, pilots, and maritime professionals in an industry undergoing rapid and dramatic technological change. With reduced manning programs and ever increasing punitive regulations, the need for the Master's input into shipping policies and regulations has never been greater.
The Master is responsible for the ship and its safety, yet the ability of the Shipmaster to control his/her destiny has been seriously eroded. Modern ships are larger and more complex. Today's Master has little say in the selection of his officers and crew. He is often ignored in developing the regulations that effect his profession. Shipmasters and Pilots often find their views and opinions discounted and they are isolated from the fast-moving stream of progress.
The voice of a single Master is easily overwhelmed by the tide of change. At best, the outspoken Master may be seen as an individual with an experienced but self-serving point of view. At worst, he or she may be perceived by their employer and others as a ‘trouble-maker’ or lacking in ‘team spirit’ if their views do not reflect the company goals. The stand-alone, say-what-I-think Master may have the courage of his convictions, but he or she is rarely effective.
CAMM offers a means to be heard. As a member your voice is added to many others representing all types of vessels, cutting across company divisions and union affiliations. It is a voice based upon the prestige of the Master and backed by the collective expertise of over 20,000 years of maritime experience. The greatest irony of our industry is that the maritime community and its regulatory agencies recognizes the importance of the masters’ opinion. They sincerely wish to avail themselves of that maritime expertise, but generally have reservations in accepting such help from labor, lobbyist groups, or individuals.
The Council of American Master Mariners is in a unique position to supply expertise to the industry for the public good. This was the intention of the founding members and it remains true today. The Council, represents a broad and diverse spectrum of experienced Master Mariners. Today the Council is revitalized and energized with a sense of purpose supported by the membership. It is not about enhancing your social life, It is about being heard and making a difference for the Merchant Marine, our nation, and ourselves.
If you are a Master Mariner, Pilot, or Maritime Professional you are welcome to join us in our endeavor to achieve the goals stated in the Declaration of Policy. They remain as valid today as they were in 1936.
Useful CAMM Related Links
Sidelights April 2020 issue
View from the Bridge
Captain Jeff Cowan: Congressional Gold Medal Awarded to Mariners
In the Council
Vote - 2020 Election - Secretary - Treasurer Report
Bouchard Affair - Chaplain Report
2020 AGM/PDC Postponed pg 20
Cartner on the International Law of the Shipmaster
USNS Mercy and USNS Comfort Aid in COVID-19 Fight
COVID-19: World Shipping, Seafarers, Jones Act, and Opportunity Lost
Operation Deep Freeze
News from IFSMA and IMO
iFSMA - The Shipmaster's Voice at IMO - Hyundai Jones THE Alliance
IMO - Full and Equal Rights for Women
UN Agencies Collaborate to Promote Seafarer's Rights
National Election Results
On May 9th, The Council of American Master Mariners newly elected National President, Captain Calvin Hunziker announced the results of CAMM’s 2020 National Election. In an email to all members, Captain Hunziker said,
I am pleased to report that the CAMM National Election for 2020 has been concluded with an accurate and timely ballot count at Port Canaveral on May 8th, as conducted by our Ballot Committee and Chaired by Captain Rich Grimison (# 3414-RP). The results are as follows:
Measure #1 (Approval of all recommended changes to CAMM’s Bylaws and Constitution) -- 83% of all ballots cast voted “AYE” to APPROVE all changes, thereby easily meeting the 2/3 approval threshold for allowing the “Restructured Leadership Plan” to move forward (task-based, instead of regional).
Measure # 3 (Slate of Officers to be installed IF Measure #1 was APPROVED by a 2/3 majority of votes cast) –
All Officers thereon ran unopposed and were unanimously elected with no dissenting votes for a two (2) year term (2020-2022)
[See Chart below which shows the new leadership structure and newly elected national officers.]
Captain Hunziker also stated:
I also want to thank all those National Officers who are stepping down from their previous National Officer positions – Captains Cowan (National President), Hartnett (First VP), Moloney (2nd VP), Aschemeyer (Sec-Treas), Zabrocky (RVP-No. Atlantic), Arosemena (RVP-So. Atlantic); Roth (RVP-Gulf), Niem (RVP-So. Pacific), Klein (Past National President), and Zeluff (Member-at-Large) – with appreciation for all their years of service to CAMM. “Well Done” to all!
I want to extend a hearty congratulations and “welcome aboard” to all the newly elected National Officers; and I look forward to working with them productively to help CAMM grow and prosper for the benefit of all its members.
Captain Calvin Hunziker (# 2457-RU)
National President for CAMM
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Due to the CORVID-19 pandemic, CAMM has postponed their Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Professional Development Conference (PDC). The new dates are October 21st -23rd. CAMM’s Event Planning Committee worked with the Radisson Resort at the Port in Port Canaveral, FL to secure these dates. One of the considerations was to avoid hurricane season.
CAMM members have been notified by email and the website has been updated. All speakers have been contacted and they have graciously said that they remaining very interested in participating in our event. All will work with CAMM as the date draws nearer and schedules become firm.
Did you know?
If you are a active seagoing Master and a member of CAMM, you are automatically a member of the International Federation of Ship Masters Association (IFSMA). CAMM pays your membership dues. This entitles you to contact IFSMA for support if needed. It is also your voice at IMO. Since 1975 IFSMA has had Consultative Status at IMO as a non-governmental organization (NGO). This allows IFSMA to represent the views and protect the interests of seagoing Shipmasters. Check out the link to IFSMA on this website for more information.
Energizing American Shipbuilding and the Maritime Industry
In the new 116th Congress, Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR) will likely become the Chairman of the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee. Representative John Garamendi (D-CA) has become the Subcommittee Chairman on the House Armed Services Committee. Both Representative DeFazio and Representative Garamendi are strong maritime supporters.
Representative Garamendi will re-introduce a new version of his bill:
Energizing American Shipbuilding and the Maritime Industry
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