About Us

The mandate of the Council is to further the interests and to conserve the rights of members of the Council and to promote their general welfare. The Council's role is to formulate and advocate policies, legislation and regulations that are beneficial to our membership by working with the appropriate governmental and industrial agencies. This is done by utilizing a wide range of political, bureaucratic and Association contacts which have been developed over the time the council has existed and previously, as the British Columbia Tow Boat Owners Association. These contacts range from Inspectors in the field in organizations such as Transport Canada, Industry Canada and the Workers Compensation Board to various Ministers and senior governmental officials at all levels of Government from municipal through to Provincial and Federal. The Council maintains links in both Canada, the United States as well as abroad. We also have close relations with similar organizations such as our own including the BC Chamber of Shipping, the Chamber of Maritime Commerce, the International Ship-Owners Alliance of Canada the Shipping Federation of Canada, WESTAC, the American Waterways Operators and the various Marine Exchanges across the US.

Although all member companies benefit from our efforts when we succeed in achieving sensible or appropriate regulations or standards that would apply to the industry as a whole, we often work directly with our members at an individual level to craft solutions to their own particular interests and issues.

Subject to the provisions of federal and provincial legislation, the Council may establish and administer on behalf of member companies, plans and schemes providing welfare, medical and health insurance, vacation plans, retirement benefit schemes for, or with respect to, members employees and their families.

In addition, the Council establishes and implements safety programs, as well as training and retraining programs for seagoing employees. We promote safety in operations and and promote the adoption by our members of modern methods, devices, rules and regulations conducive to the attainment of safety in operations.

There are four types of membership within the Council of Marine Carriers, namely Tier I, Tier II, Tier III and Tier IV members. Tier I membership is open to any individual, firm or corporation which owns or operates vessels, towboats or barges and employs seagoing personnel. Tier II members are those who specialize in one particular aspect of tug operations such as ship docking and ship escort operations. Tier III members are companies who own marine assets and are involved in project based marine operations, such as bridge or terminal construction projects but do not directly employ seafarers. A Tier IV membership is largely a social membership consisting of non-marine companies, Associations and individuals who have an interest in the towboat industry but do not have an active role in marine operations. The CMC Board of Directors may declare other firms or organizations to be eligible as a member at any level at their discretion. All memberships are voted upon by the CMC Board of Directors.

In addition, the Council establishes and implements safety programs, as well as training and retraining programs for seagoing employees. We promote safety in operations and and promote the adoption by our members of modern methods, devices, rules and regulations conducive to the attainment of safety in operations.

Council of Marine Carriers Membership Levels, 2021

TIER I TIER II TIER III TIER IV
OWN OR OPERATE VESSELS, PARTICULARLY TOWBOATS AND WHO ARE MARINE EMPLOYERS. Any other individuals, firms or corporations who the Directors declare eligible SHIP DOCKING AND SHIP ESCORT OPERATIONS Companies whose sole business is to provide ship docking and tug escort services COMPANIES WHO OWN MARINE ASSESTS & ARE INVOLVED IN PROJECT BASED MARINE OPERATIONS But do not have a Seagoing Payroll SOCIAL MEMBERSHIP Individuals, companies and Associations who have a general interest in the towboat industry
BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP LEVELS
- Attend all meetings and committees. - Full voting rights at all meetings based on seagoing payroll. - Eligible for a seat on Board of Directors. - Full access to technical advice. - Receive full information about CMC activities and reports of meetings. - Seat on any committee of choice. - 50% discount using T&B Moorings facilities. - One complimentary pass to the CMC Industry Towboat Conference. - Attend all meetings and committees except Director’s meetings. - Voting rights at AGM based on fees paid (eg.one vote per $1,000). - Full access to technical advice. - Receive full information about CMC activities and reports of meetings. - Seat on any committee of choice. - One CMC Industry Towboat Conference pass at 50% discount. - Attend all meetings and committees except Directors’ meetings. - Voting rights at AGM based on fees paid (eg.one vote per $1,000). - Receive technical advice. - Receive full information about CMC activities and reports of meetings. - Seat on any committee of choice. - One CMC Industry Towboat Conference pass at 25% discount - Social membership - Attend AGM. - Join committees by invitation. - Receive selected and relevant information and reports of CMC activities and meetings.
FEES
Same as present 0.515 of 1% of GSP $5,000 per year $3,000 per year. $500 per year

All members are encouraged to become involved in CMC activities, particularly by participating in the various committees which are the very core of CMC operations. All CMC member companies receive a discounted registration fee at the bi-annual CMC Towboat Conference.

Membership application forms are available by contacting the Council of Marine Carriers office.