Did you guys read this on the [Council of American Master Mariners homepage](http://www.mastermariner.org/" title="camm)??
We would like to invite all the Towboat Captains through-out the
U.S. Flag towboat fleet to join and help our existing membership of
ocean going Masters and Pilots serving the merchant marine
organizations of the world.
CAMM is presently affiliated with maritime companies, organizations, Masters and seafarers from the U.S., Canada, Britain, Germany and Belgium, to name a few. We are teamed up with other international organizations: International Federation of Ship Master Association, International Maritime Organization, Central European Ship Masters Association, Lloyd’s register, Mobile Press Register, The Marine Executives, and Fairplay. We presently have 12 chapters throughout the U.S. compiling approximately 1150 active members dedicated to advancing maritime and nautical science by fostering the exchange of maritime information and of professional literature. We, the merchant mariners of the world, presently move 95% of world commerce which amounts to a stunning 9 trillion dollars, quietly, a year. You are a part of a proud important fraternity. Join us to help us improve and serve this proud heritage. We are soliciting new members from within Towboat Community providing they have valid USCG Master’s Licenses for a minimum of 500 Gross Tonnage. This will cover almost all of the ATB’s, ITB’s, Tractor Tugs and Deep Sea Conventional Towboats. To join, simply print and complete the membership application on our website at [www.mastermariner.org/membership](http://www.mastermariner.org/membership) and return to Capt. Liz Clark, our Membership Committee Chair.
Don’t get me wrong I have nothing against tug boat captains but it took me over 10 years to earn my unlimited master’s license and join CAMM. These guys can now take the 2 year associates degree program, get their 1600 ton masters and a skippers job a year or two later. Plus even after having been a member of CAMM for 3 years I’m still not a full time member since I’m still waiting for a skippers job.
Does anyone else think this is horse sh$^? Does any other Master Mariner’s association in the world do this? Did anyone else who’s a member of CAMM fail to get the memo or have a chance to fight this before it was annonced??