Captain Steven E. Werse is currently serving his second term as International Secretary-Treasurer of the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots (MM&P), a position to which he was first elected in 2012. In this role, he serves as a Trustee for the MM&P Taft-Hartley Plans under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. He also serves as Vice President of the Atlantic Coast District of the International Longshoreman Association (ILA), AFL-CIO.
Previously, from 2010 to 2012, he was the MM&P Vice President Atlantic Ports.
He has been active in the organization for decades, participating as a Convention Delegate of the Offshore Division since 1990.
Captain Werse graduated from SUNY Maritime College in 1979. He then sailed for three decades. Most recently, he was employed by Central Gulf Lines/Waterman Steamship Corporation for over 20 years as master of the MS Green Bay, the MS Green Lake and the MS Green Point. He has a U.S. Coast Guard Unlimited Master’s License for Steam & Motor Vessels of any Gross Tonnage.
He served in the military from 1979 to 1990, receiving an Honorable Discharge as LT (03) in the US Naval Reserve.
In addition to his maritime career, he has pursued labor studies under the auspices of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, the Labor Arbitration Institute and the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) National Labor College.
Captain Werse was the recipient of a Citation of Merit for rescues at sea in 2007 and 2006, and for four consecutive years, the ships he captained received the Chamber of Shipping of America’s Jones-Devlin Award for no-downtime-injuries. He has taught courses at SUNY Maritime and other maritime training institutions.