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. Listed below...
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.
Several of these principles are mirrored in other maritime civic organizations. Others, such as enhancing the prestige of the master, seem embarrassingly self-serving. Why then a Council of American Master Mariners?
The answer can be found in the viability of an active, national, non-profit organization comprised of nearly 1100 member masters and pilots. In an industry undergoing rapid and dramatic technological changed, constantly pressured by reduced manning programs and ever increasing punitive regulation, the need for the masters input in shipping appropriate policies and regulations has never been greater.
At the same time, with vessels that are ever larger, more complex and potentially hazardous, the ability of the ship master to control his/her destiny has need seriously eroded. A modern master has little say in the selection of his officers and crew. He is practically ignored in developing the regulations that effect his professional responsibilities and often considered too ‘old fashioned’ or ‘tradition bound.’ to be effective in formulating progressive company policy. A modern shipmaster and/or pilot can find his views, his voice, ignored and isolated from the fast-moving stream of ‘progress.’ Yet the responsibility of the ship and its safety will never leave his side.
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 a single, albeit experienced, 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 channel to be heard. As a member your voice is added to more than a thousand others representing all vessel types, cutting across company divisions and ignoring union affiliations. It is a voice based upon the prestige of ship command and backed by the collective expertise of over 20,000 years of maritime experience.
But was good are these voices if no one is listening? 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, Inc. finds itself in a unique position to supply that expertise for both the industry and the public good. This was the intention of the founding members and it remains true today. The Council, representing a broad and diverse spectrum of master mariners, as well as experience, is respectfully listened to.
If you are a master mariner or pilot, you are welcome to join us in this endeavor. Our goals, as stated in the declaration of policy, remain as valid today as they were in 1936. Today the Council is newly revitalized and energized with a sense of purpose supported by the membership. It’s not about enhancing your social life. It’s about being heard. It’s about making a difference for ourselves, the Merchant Marine, and our nation.
Sidelights October 2018 issue is out now!
View from the Bridge
Captain Jeff Cowan- Experienced Licensed Mariners may soon help
the USCG in Marine Inspection
In the Council
When the Rudder loses its Rudder
Captain Corso A Keel Properly Laid
The Importance of the TEL Morro Castle to the Maritime Industry
Why Icebreakers Are Vital
News from IFSMA and IMO
iFSMA Moves to New Headquarters
Empowering Women in the Maritime Community
Call to Action – Contact Your Congressman
This is the week to make an impact
Funding for Heavy Icebreaker cut by the House – Bill to be voted on before the end of the 2018.
CAMM has asked Congress to support a vital mission in the Arctic, but we won’t succeed without our members help. Congressional staff are negotiating the details of a bill to fund the Coast Guard for Fiscal Year 2019 as we write this. We need CAMM members to contact their Congressional Representative and tell them they need to have the funding for icebreaker procurement reinstated in the FY19 Budget
The administration requested $750 million for icebreaker procurement in FY19, and the Senate included the money in its funding bill, but the House stripped it out.
Russia and China, are investing heavily in their own Arctic presence: Russia has over 40 icebreakers. We must ensure the new Polar Security Cutter heavy icebreaker is delivered by 2023 or we risk being excluded from this important region.
Our friends at the Navy League have made it easy to send a message. Here is their link:
The Energizing American Shipbuilding Act
On Maritime Day, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee, introduced the Energizing American Shipbuilding Act. The bill is H.R. 5893 and co-sponsored by Congressmen Duncan Hunter (R-CA), Joseph Courtney (D-CT) and Robert Wittman (R-VA). An identical bill, S-2916, has been introduced in the Senate by Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) and co-sponsored by Senator Robert Casey (D-PA).
CAMM National President, Captain Jeff Cowan, has written a letter in support of this bill and
urges all CAMM members to contact their Congressmen and Senators in support of this Act.
Use the appropriate bill number when contacting your representative:
Bill H.R. 5893 for the House of Representatives
Bill S 2916 for the Senate
To see more information on Congressman Garamendi’s bill click Here .
To read the entire bill go to H.R 5893
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.
2018 Professional Development Conference Update
Speakers at CAMM's 2018 Professional Development Conference along with the Closing Awards Event can be viewed on Maritime TV.
Click on the link: http://www.maritimetv.com/Events/camm2018
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Captain Jeff Cowan, President
601 Teague Dr.
Santa Paula, CA 93060-1632
Captain Manny Aschemeyer
30623 Chihuahua Valley Rd
Warner Springs, CA 92086-9220
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