The Council of American Master Mariners, Inc.


by Dr. Capt. John A. C. Cartner,
Richard P. Fiske & Tara L. Leiter

Page last updated on Sun, Apr 27, 2014


Ballots Mailed
Ballots were mailed via USPS to eligible active CAMM members the week of April 15. Those members are asked to approve the 2014-16 Slate of National Officers and vote on proposed Constitutional and By-Laws amendments. Only votes mailed to the designated Post Office Box will count.

Sidelights April 2014 out now!
President Captain R.J. Klein will attend the Congressional Sail-In in Washington, D.C. in May.

Download the April 2014 Issue now. (PDF format, 5.1 MB - low res)

CAMM AGM 2014 in Mystic, Conn.
The 2014 CAMM Professional Development Conference (PDC) and Annual General Meeting (AGM)is scheduled for June 11-13, 2014. National officers are putting together quite a program, “The Challenges of Educating and Training the Modern Maritime Officer” with confirmed Keynote Speaker IFMSA Secretary-General Captain John Dickie, an evening cruise abord the historic steamboat Sabino, optinal pre-meeting golf on Tuesday, and an optional post-meeting cruise to Quebec. Please visit the event website for details and information as it becomes available.

New York Metro Chapter back in action

April 2014 –The Chapter has now held two meetings since fall and a third meeting is currently in planning stages. Thank you to Captains Frank Zabrocky, George Sandberg, Carl Winter and Ed Gras for assisting us locally with this endeavor. Members (and potential members) living in the greater New York / New Jersey area interested in joining the chapter, please contact Captain George Sandberg at Please check the Chapter web page for upcoming meetings!

CAMM comments on Docket No. USCG-2013-0089, Merchant Mariner Medical Evaluation Program.
During the just completed Annual General Meeting CAMM amended and continued a position concerning guidelines for physical as follows:

Position 2011-01: USCG Physical Guidelines for Merchant Mariners
SUPPORT the International Labor Organization, Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (ILO-MLC 2006), Regulation 1.2 – Medical Certificate. (Amended 2013)

Note of Clarification: Adoption of ILO-MLC 2006, Regulation 1.2 - Medical Certificate would oblige the USCG to remove the medical fitness requirements from the certificate of professional competency currently required in the Merchant Marine Credential (MMC). An independent two (2) year Medical Certificate would be added to the MMC. Said Medical Certificate would be in compliance with MLC 2006, Regulation 1.2.

CAMM submitted comments prior to the May 2, 2013 deadline for Docket No. USCG-2013-0089. Please read CAMM's official response submitted to the docket.

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 CAMM’s website for more information.