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

The CMTS Mariner Mental Health Working Group (MMHWG) is an interagency working group of the CMTS, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It 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. Since the first MMHWG meeting on March 2022, the Working Group has held monthly meetings and has met with employers, unions, non-governmental organizations, and mental health experts in an effort to better understand needs and challenges for mariner mental health.

Purpose

To facilitate cross-Federal agency coordination to identify challenges to U.S. Merchant Mariners' mental health and wellbeing, as well as provide recommendations and solutions.

Team Leads

  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention
  • U.S. Committee on the Marine Transportation System

Participating Agencies

  • Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency
  • Department of Labor
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Department of Labor
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Transportation Security Administration
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • U.S. Coast Guard
  • U.S. Maritime Administration
  • U.S. Military Sealift Command
  • U.S. Navy

Activities and Milestones

  • December 2022: MMHWG finalizes panelists, speakers and moderators for the virtual panel discussion in January, 2023. Flyer and updates for distribution have been sent out.
  • November 2022: MMHWG discusses the panelists, organizations, and speakers to participate in a virtual panel discussion in January, 2023.
  • October 2022: MMHWG begins planning for panel discussion on mariner mental health with mariners, employers, federal organizations, union representatives, non-governmental organizations, and mental health experts. Hosted representatives from the Women Offshore organization to discuss their experiences as U.S. Merchant Mariners, the stresses of working at sea, and the activities that made a positive impact on them and/or their work environment.
  • September 2022: Hosted Jason Zuidema from the North American Maritime Ministry Association to discuss what the organization does, the stresses of being a Merchant Mariner and how the working group could best help these essential workers.
  • August 2022: Team Leads host small one-on-one meetings with employers and union representative.
  • July 2022: Working Group updates Mariner Mental Health Resources Catalogue.
  • June 2022: Discussion of Every Mariner Builds A Respectful Culture (EMBARC) and Women Offshore Organization. Updates to workplan.
  • May 2022: Review summary of Dr. Marissa Baker's report on "U.S. Mariner Mental Health & Wellbeing During COVID-19 and Beyond" and main findings.
  • April 2022: Draft work plan created with input from participants of MMHWG.
  • March 2022: First MMHWG meeting takes place. Discussion & review of Terms of Reference and priority issues.

Reports and Resources



Recruitment and Retention

Purpose

Coming Soon

Team Leads

  • Military Sealift Command
  • NOAA

Activities and Milestones

Reports and Resources