— The Council of American Master Mariners, Inc. —
The International Federation of Shipmasters Association (IFSMA) is the Council's voice in international affairs through the International Maritime Organization (IMO). IFSMA was granted Consultative Status at IMO in 1975. This Consultative Status enables the Federation to represent the views and protect the interests of ship masters unfettered and unfiltered either by national governments or by labor organizations. CAMM is extended this status through our membership with IFSMA.
CAMM affiliated with IFSMA in 1995 under the leadership of the late Capt. James Drahos, a Southwest Alaska pilot who was well known as an activist for maritime training. Our current IFSMA delegate is Captain Jerry Benyo.
Issues raised by and with IFSMA include SOLAS standards, Vessel Traffic Systems, International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchstanding (STCW), Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) Certification, International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS), International Safety Management (ISM) Code, Piracy, Stowaways, and the list goes on and on.
IFSMAS's home page is www.ifsma.org
The Company supports 8 Regional Division Councils, similar to CAMM’s local chapters, across Canada, with it’s National Office located in Vancouver, BC.
CAMM and the CMMC have many common cares and concerns in the industry. CAMM welcomes the CMMC aboard Sidelights for both distribution and contributing editorial content. By exchanging information and ideas, both organizations can become stronger.
Like CAMM, CMMC are members of IFMSA and are consultative to IFSMA on matters associated with the IMO.
The CMMC is a professional association for those qualified to command. It was established to encourage and maintain high and honorable standards within the nautical profession, further the efficiency of the Sea Service, and uphold the status, dignity, and prestige of Master Mariners. To learn more about CMMC, visit their website at www.mastermariners.ca.