Mariner and Workforce Integrated Action Team

Advancement of the recruitment, retention, diversification, and well-being of the existing and future workforce within the MTS is critical to ensure a well-functioning domestic and international freight and logistics supply chain. In March 2022, the CMTS Coordinating Board approved the establishment of the Mariner and Workforce Integrated Action Team. (Workforce IAT). The Workforce IAT will act as an umbrella forum to provide guidance and leadership to the various subcommittees addressing specific issue areas.

The Workforce IAT will continue to:
  • demonstrate superior awareness in promoting diversity, equity, justice, and inclusion within the MTS workforce.
  • encourage career advancement and professional development in MTS fields.
  • support Federal outreach, recruitment, and retention process by engaging underrepresented communities on career opportunities of the MTS.
This IAT's goal is to bring attention to the vital importance of the U.S. merchant marine for national security, safety, and prosperity, and aims to more easily facilitate the transition of active-duty service members into the U.S. maritime industry. In order to ease the healthy work climate, MTS will promote an interagency forum for discussions and initiatives related to the health and well-being of the MTS workforce.

Purpose

To facilitate cross-Federal agency coordination to enhance the well-being and quality of life of mariners and the marine transportation system workforce in the U.S., in the areas of resilience during and after the Covid-19 pandemic, military to mariner initiative, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), mariner mental health, recruitment and retention, and any other areas as evolve from ongoing, new or emerging issues related to the MTS workforce.

Members shall:

  • Represent their federal agency and organization in an open, collaborative forum;
  • Establish and participate in collaborative projects, technical meetings, webinars/workshops, and demonstrations to advance the purpose and activities of the Workforce IAT, as proposed and executed by the Workforce IAT;
  • Provide staff assistance to the extent possible to the Workforce IAT;
  • Participate and help identify resources and information to support IAT activities; and
  • With appropriate notice, meet at the request of the IAT Chair/Co-Chairs.

Integrated Action Team Leads

  • U.S. Coast Guard
  • U.S. Maritime Administration


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Purpose

Coming Soon

Team Lead

  • CMTS Executive Secretariat

Activities and Milestones



Mariner Mental Health

CMTS Mariner Mental Health Working Group Hears from Dr. Jason Zuidema, North American Maritime Ministry Association

As part of an initiative to more fully understand the stresses to merchant mariners, the CMTS Working Group for Mariner Mental Health heard from Dr. Jason Zuidema from the North American Maritime Ministry Association (NAMMA). At the monthly Working Group meeting on September 7, 2022, Dr. Zuidema provided an overview of how NAMMA supports seafarers in ports and the important issue of social isolation experienced by mariners across the world. NAMMA provides services to seafarers in over 50 ports in North American and over 500 ports around the world through its partner seafarer organizations. He highlighted five crucial challenges facing seafarers that need to be addressed: (1) the war in Ukraine; (2) health services accessibility; (3) recruitment and retention of workers; (4) internet availability; and (5) shore leave. Though the Working Group is working to understand U.S. mariner mental health, in particular, it was clear that many of the issues are universal. And, though the impact of pandemic to the industry is turning a corner, there are many maritime transportation sectors that are still dealing with those challenges. The CMTS Mariner Mental Health Working Group is an interagency subcommittee of the CMTS led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and was established in March 2022 as an outgrowth of the CMTS Covid 19 Working Group and results of the Mariner Mental Health Survey Report published by the University of Washington.

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Purpose

Coming Soon

Team Lead

  • Center for Disease Control

Activities and Milestones



Recruitment and Retention

Purpose

Coming Soon

Team Leads

  • Military Sealift Command
  • NOAA

Activities and Milestones

Reports and Resources