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 February 2021 issue
View from the Bridge
Captain Cal Hunziker: Looking at the Horizon
In the Council
The Mariner is Not Part of the Ship - Chaplain Report
New Orleans Chapter Makes Donation to Sidelights
Cartner on the International Law of the Shipmaster - Technology and the Shipmaster
Ships Stacked Up in LA/LB
The Great Lakes
The Sun Sets on Paper Charts
News from IFSMA and IMO
IFSMA - Secretary General Report
Is the Noon Slip Obsolete?
IMO - IMO Applauds the Neptune Declaration
CAMM Becomes signatory to the Neptune Declaration
7 May, Port Canaveral, FL:
At the 81st Annual General Meeting of the Council of American Master Mariners, the Council Membership voted to become a signatory of the Neptune Declaration. CAMM joins more tha 800 organizations that support the Neptune Declaration.
About the Declaration: Covid-19 has impacted the daily lives and wellbeing of seafarers in unprecedented ways, causing a humanitarian crisis at sea. Hundreds of thousands of seafarers have been stranded working aboard ships beyond the expiry of their contracts. As the frontline workers of the maritime industry carrying 90% of global trade, seafarers play a vital role in ensuring the global flow of goods that the world depends on.
The Neptune Declaration urges the implementation of four main actions to address the crisis:
• Recognize seafarers as key workers and give them priority access to Covid-19 vaccines
• Establish and implement gold standard health protocols based on existing best practice
• Increase collaboration between ship operators and charterers to facilitate crew changes
• Ensure air connectivity between key maritime hubs for seafarers
2021 Annual General Meeting and
Professional Development Conference
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Friday - March 26, 2021
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our National President, Captain Calvin Hunziker.
His wife Lisa and family members were with him at the time. Captain Hunziker was a well respected leader and he leaves an immeasurable void in the Maritime Industry.
They that go down to the sea in ships, and occupy their business in great waters;
These men see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep.
Psalm 107, King David
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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