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MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly

Volume 29… Number 7, Feb. 14, 2023


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The Coast Guard has issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin on reporting sexual misconduct on U.S. vessels.

The MSIB highlights recent changes to the law that require the responsible entity of a vessel—defined as the owner, master, or managing operator—to report to the Coast Guard any complaint or incident of harassment, sexual harassment, or sexual assault.

The MSIB states as follows:

Sexual misconduct that occurs onboard U.S. flagged vessels harms mariners, interrupts safe operations, and often leads to accidents, lost careers, and a lifetime of trauma for the survivors who endure the abuse.

The Coast Guard is committed to investigating and pursuing appropriate enforcement actions for all reports of sexual misconduct on U.S. flagged vessels.

This MSIB supersedes the Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy’s MSIB 11-21, “Reporting Sexual Assaults on U.S. Vessels,” which was issued on Dec. 16, 2021.

Recent changes to the law now require the responsible entity of a vessel, defined as the owner, master, or managing operator, to report to the Coast Guard any complaint or incident of harassment, sexual harassment, or sexual assault that violates company policy.

To facilitate reporting, the Coast Guard has consolidated reporting for all types of sexual misconduct and established multiple reporting options as detailed in a graphic that appears on page 2 of the MSIB.

The reporting options include a Coast Guard Investigative Service Tips App, and/or the email address CGISTIPS@uscg.mil, which can be used by all reporting sources, including bystanders and survivors, who have access to a smart phone or the internet.

The reports, which can be anonymous or for attribution, are received and reviewed by the CGIS.

The agency says that an investigation will be initiated for all reports that are received and someone will provide follow-up communications with all reporting sources who provide contact information.

The Coast Guard also said it maintains a 24/7 watch that can field reports of sexual misconduct via the National Command Center phone number at 202-327-2100.

It said that the CGIS will leverage all available resources to immediately initiate a criminal investigation for a sexual crime occurring on a U.S. flagged vessel anywhere in the world.

The Coast Guard said that it will respond with trained investigators to any reports of sexual misconduct and will hold offenders accountable through criminal prosecution and/or actions against U.S. Coast Guard issued merchant mariner credentials.

The CGIS Tips App can be downloaded from a mobile provider’s marketplace using a QR code included on page 1 of the MSIB.

The agency said the report will satisfy the reporting requirements of 46 U.S. Code § 10104(a) if the responsible entity in charge of a U.S. flagged vessel makes a report, including providing detailed contact information for follow-up, of a sexual misconduct incident through CGIS Tips, via the CGIS email at CGISTIPS@uscg.mil, or the NCC’s phone line.

The MSIB is also posted on the Women’s Caucus Committee page on bridgedeck.org.
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A.P. Moller–Maersk reported record profits for last year, a result it attributed primarily to “abnormal market conditions” in the first three quarters.

“2022 was remarkable in more than one way,” Maersk CEO Vincent Clerc said in a statement.

“While we report the best financial result in the history of the company, we have also taken the partnerships with our customers to a new level by supporting their supply chains end-to-end during highly disruptive times.”

The company reported that high freight rates and strong demand, particularly in the first half of the year, contributed to the strongest annual result on record for its shipping division, Ocean.

Ocean’s revenue was 33 percent higher than in 2021, while the revenue of the Logistics & Services division increased by 47 percent.

The company said that “organic revenue growth” came primarily from its top 200 customers, thanks in large part to its strategic focus on providing “end-to-end logistics.”

“Our commitment to providing visibility and truly integrated logistics solutions continues to resonate strongly with our customers for whom it is a strategic imperative to make their supply chains more resilient and sustainable,” Clerc said.

The company reported that its Terminals segment was supported by growth in volumes and the storage income that derived from congestion.

These factors, it said, served to mitigate the impact of high inflation.

Across all segments, Maersk’s revenue reached $81.5 billion in 2022, up from $61.7 billion in 2021.

For the first half of 2023, the company has predicted “dark clouds,” including an “inventory correction… by the end of the first half, leading to a more balanced demand environment.”

It says that the retirement of the SEALAND and Hamburg Sud brands, as it announced last month it would initiate, will cause the company to incur charges of $450 million in the first quarter of 2023.
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USA Maritime, an organization that advocates for the U.S.-flag fleet, has written to Maritime Administrator Ann Philips, urging MARAD to “move expeditiously” to develop new rules to ensure full compliance with the cargo preference requirements.

The failure by some federal agencies and departments to comply with cargo preference requirements exacerbates the shortage of trained U.S.-citizen mariners and risks impeding our nation’s ability to support American troops deployed overseas.

Legislation signed by President Biden on Dec. 23, 2022, directs MARAD to issue a final rule covering the implementation and enforcement of the cargo preference requirements within 270 days.

The legislation makes clear that MARAD has the authority and the responsibility to ensure full compliance with Ship American cargo preference programs.

USA Maritime has encouraged MARAD to issue an interim final rule prior to the 270-day deadline and without prior notice and comment.

“Failure by the government to fully enforce the cargo preference laws of the United States only benefits foreign flag shipping companies, to the detriment of U.S.-flag vessel operators, American merchant mariners, our nation’s economic and supply chain security, and the national sealift readiness capabilities required by the Department of Defense,” USA Maritime Chair R. Christian Johnsen wrote.

MM&P is a member of USA Maritime.
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Masters, Mates & Pilots extends congratulations to longtime Seafarers International Union President Michael Sacco, who announced his retirement yesterday at a meeting of the SIU Executive Board.

MM&P also congratulates David Heindel, who was unanimously chosen by the executive board to be the union’s new president.

“I am in good health and good spirits,” Sacco said. “But I have often heard that you simply know when it’s time to retire, and this is the time.”

“Mike Sacco’s distinguished career in trade unionism is an inspiration to all of us,” said AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler.

“Mike’s leadership at the Seafarers International Union benefited generations of merchant mariners and all working people.”

“He led his union with integrity and a fighting spirit that he learned as a rank-and-file member.”

“It’s been an honor to have him serve on the AFL-CIO Executive Council for more than three decades, always quick to offer sage advice and guidance about the future of our movement.”

“We wish Mike nothing but the best in retirement and know he’ll always be ready to take up any fight that boosts working people.”

Heindel, who has served as secretary-treasurer of the SIU since 1997 and is also chair of the International Transport Workers’ Federation Seafarers’ Section, described Sacco as “an inspiration.”

“Under Mike’s leadership, the SIU has become a respected powerhouse in maritime circles around the globe,” Heindel said.

“We’ve been together since I was a trainee back in the early 1970s, and I know Mike has dedicated his whole life to the SIU.”

“We all owe him a debt of gratitude.”
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The International Transport Workers’ Federation went to court in January to help the crew of an abandoned cargo ship that has been floating for more than a year without electricity in a busy anchorage off the port of Dakar.

The ITF petitioned judges in Senegal to seize the vessel to force its owner to pay the seafarers on board the equivalent of more than USD $84,000 in back wages.

“Dakar’s anchorage sits a few kilometers from West Africa’s main trade lanes, so there are ships coming and going all the time,” says ITF inspectorate coordinator Steve Trowsdale.

“An unlit vessel poses an immediate danger. If another ship crashes into it, there will be a disaster.”

Port officials have said they are too busy to tow or repair the MV ONDA, and they will not allow the crew to disembark.

There is no flag State to call on for help because the owner has allowed the vessel’s registration to lapse.

“The ONDA has been described as a ghost ship,” Trowsdale says, “left to its fate by both the owners and the authorities.”

“They seem not to care that four human beings have been left to rot with inadequate food and water and no way off the ship.”

The ITF has been providing supplies to the seafarers stranded aboard the ship.

If the owner doesn’t respond to the court’s ruling, the next stage will be to have the ship auctioned off to recoup the money that the crewmembers are owed.

More than 100 seafarers were abandoned last year, according to RightShip, which works to further good governance in the maritime industry.

That number has been increasing annually for the past five years: in 2021, it was 94, up from 77 in 2020, 51 in 2019, and 50 in 2018.
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All MM&P union halls, the MM&P Federal Credit Union, the MM&P Plan Office, and MM&P headquarters will be closed on Monday, Feb. 20, for Presidents Day.
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The MITAGS West Coast Campus in Seattle is seeking a part-time fire-fighting instructor. The pay range is $31.25-35.00 per scheduled hour, commensurate with proven skills.

Firefighting and maritime experience required.

All military veterans with firefighting duties or municipal firefighters (professional or volunteer) are encouraged to apply.

Please submit a cover letter with your resume to the MITAGS Human Resource Manager Jane Sibiski, jsibiski@mitags.org.
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Chief Mate for the LMSR fleet needed now. Security clearance required
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There are jobs for ABs and engine personnel at Grand River Navigation.

There are jobs for unlicensed deck personnel, unlicensed engineering personnel and licensed engineering personnel at Weeks Marine.

If you are interested, please contact MM&P Vice President Great Lakes & Gulf Region Vice President Tom Bell, tbell@bridgedeck.org, or (216) 776-1667.
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There are openings for engineers in the MM&P Offshore fleet and the Great Lakes & Gulf Region.

For engineering jobs in the Offshore Group, contact Atlantic Ports Vice President Tom Larkin, tlarkin@bridgedeck.org, or 201-963-1900.

For engineering jobs on the Lakes, contact MM&P Great Lakes & Gulf Region Vice President Tom Bell, tbell@bridgedeck.org, or (216) 776-1667.
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For registration contact our Admissions Department: 866.656.5568 or admissions@mitags.org

\\Classes are 5-day unless otherwise noted\\

Class dates followed by an * are full
AB – Able Seaman (5-Day): 06/05/23
AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

ARPA-OIC– Automated Radar Plotting Aids (4-Day): 03/13/23, 04/17/23, 06/19/23, 09/04/23, 11/13/23,

AZIPOD (2-Day): 04/03/23

BRM – Bridge Resource Management (5-Day): 05/01/23, 07/24/23, 10/09/23, 12/11/23

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): Online: Not currently scheduled

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling – (Now also included in BRMP-Refresher) (3-Day) : Not currently scheduled

BRMP-Refresher (Now including Emergency Shiphandling for Pilots) (3-Day): Not currently scheduled

BT – Basic Safety Training (5-Day) : 05/08/23, 09/11/23

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) –02/20/23*, 03/13/23, 04/24/23, 06/05/23, 09/26/23, 10/16/23, 11/15/23, 12/19/23

BT-Refresher (3-day) –02/20/23*, 04/24/23, 09/26/23, 11/15/23, 12/18/23

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic (5-Day): 03/27/23, 09/18/23

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability (5-Day): 03/20/23, 06/26/23, 07/24/23, 12/18/23

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology (5-Day): 04/17/23, 06/19/23, 07/31/23, 10/30/23, 12/11/23

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 03/27/23, 10/16/23

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1 (5-Day): 02/27/23, 7/10/23, 11/27/23

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific (5-Day): 03/06/23, 07/17/23, 12/04/23

CM-OPS 2 APL – Chief Mate Operations II APL Specific (5-Day): Not currently scheduled

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems (5-Day): 04/10/23, 08/07/23, 10/02/23

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM) (5-Day): 04/24/23, 08/14/23, 10/16/23

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants (5-Day): 03/13/23, 10/02/23

(DCS-1 available on request – contact Admissions)

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: Not Currently Scheduled

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (5-Day): 05/01/23, 11/06/23

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1) (5-Day): 02/27/23, 03/27/23, 04/10/23, 06/05/23, 07/10/23, 08/14/23, 09/11/23, 10/02/23, 10/30/23 12/04/23

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2) (5-Day): 03/06/23, 04/03/23, 06/12/23, 07/17/23, 10/09/23, 11/06/23, 12/11/23

**SHS-ADV-I & II are now approved to include SAR-CMM assessments at MITAGS**

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation (5-Day): 04/10/23, 06/26/23, 10/09/23

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping (5-Day): 03/06/23, 09/25/23

WX-HW-ATL – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Atlantic Ocean (2-day) – Not Currently Scheduled

WX-HW-IND – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Indian Ocean (2-day) – Not Currently Scheduled

WX-HW-PAC – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Pacific Ocean (2-day) – 03/18/23

CIW-DPA/IA – Continual Improvement Workshop: Designated Person Ashore & Internal Auditor (3-Day) ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program **

Online: Not currently scheduled

CIW-SMS – Continual Improvement Workshop: Successful Safety Management (2-Day) – Online: Not Currently Scheduled

CNAV-OIC (15-Day) – Celestial Navigation: 05/08/23, 10/30/23

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

CDMGT – Crowd Management (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

CSE – Confined Space Entry (3-Day): Not currently scheduled

CSE-AWR – Confined Space Entry Awareness (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

CY-MAR – Cyber-Skilled Mariner (5-Day) **NOT covered by the MATES Program ** – Not currently scheduled

Cyber-MAR-ONL – Cyber Skilled Mariner, Management of Information & Systems Security (Online Seminar) **NOT covered by the MATES Program ** – Not Currently Scheduled

DDE – Great Lakes (20-Day) : Not currently scheduled

ECDIS for Pilots (2-Day): 03/13/23

ERM – Engine Resource Management (5-Day): 03/27/23, 08/07/23

ADV-FF – Advanced Fire-Fighting (4-day): 04/03/23,

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced (5-Day): 03/27/23, 05/08/23, 08/28/23

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 02/22/23, 03/15/23, 06/07/23, 09/27/23, 10/16/23, 11/17/23, 12/21/23

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 02/24/23, 04/27/23, 09/29/23, 11/13/23, 12/16/23

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

Online: Not currently scheduled

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (10-Day): 07/17/23

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 05/01/23, 06/19/23, 09/11/23, 11/16/23

IEN – Integrated Electronic Navigation (3-Day): Not currently scheduled

LAP – License Advancement Program for Mate to Master (20-Day): 07/10/23, 10/16/23

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes (15-Day): Not currently scheduled

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross Ton License (15-Day): 06/05/23

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage (1-Day): Not Currently Scheduled

LNG-TPIC (10-Day): Not currently scheduled

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC) (1-Day): 05/04/23

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): 04/17/23, 08/07/23, 12/04/23

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 04/10/23, 07/10/23, 10/02/23, 12/04/23

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 03/20/23, 05/22/23, 08/07/23, 11/27/23

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: (5-Day): 04/10/23, 07/10/23, 09/18/23, 10/02/23

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 02/19/23, 03/12/23, 03/25/23, 04/15/23, 04/23/23, 05/20/23, 06/04/23, 07/15/23, 09/24/23, 10/07/23, 10/15/23, 11/18/23, 12/09/23, 12/22/23

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic) (1-Day): 02/23/23, 05/22/23, 06/08/23, 08/10/23, 09/07/23, 10/26/23

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 02/24/23, 05/23/23, 06/09/23, 08/11/23, 09/08/23, 10/27/23

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) –03/06/23, 06/19/23, 08/21/23, 11/16/23

MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 02/27/23, 04/17/23, 05/15/23, 06/12/23, 08/14/23, 09/11/23, 10/30/23

MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day/ 8-hour) –02/25/23, 05/13/23, 06/10/23, 08/12/23, 09/09/23, 10/28/23

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) –02/26/23, 04/16/23, 05/14/23, 06/11/23, 08/13/23, 09/10/23, 10/29/23

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) –03/03/23, 04/21/23, 05/19/23, 06/16/23, 08/18/23, 09/15/23, 11/03/23

NDMS-ENAV – Navigational Decision Making Series – Best Practice in eNav (3-Day): Not currently scheduled

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P (2-Day): 03/20/23*, 03/22/23*, 05/22/23, 05/24/23, 07/31/23, 08/02/23, 11/13/23, 11/15/23

PSC – Personal Survival Craft (Lifeboatman) (5-Day): 04/24/23, 09/18/23

PSC-REF – Personal Survival Craft Refresher (2-Day): 02/27/23, 05/01/23, 10/02/23

RFPNW – Ratings Forming Part of a Navigational Watch (3-day): Not currently scheduled

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal (1-Day): Not Currently Scheduled

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes (1-Night): Upon Request

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 02/20/23, 03/06/23, 06/19/23, 08/28/23, 11/27/23

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3-Day): 02/27/23, 05/01/23, 09/19/23, 12/12/23

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 03/20/23, 04/24/23, 06/26/23, 09/11/23, 12/11/23

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day) – 06/19/23, 08/28/23, 10/16/23, 12/18/23

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 02/27/23, 09/11/23

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (15-Day): 07/31/23

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 07/10/23

TRAC-TUG-2 (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

TTT – ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program **: Not currently scheduled

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (1-Day): Not Currently Scheduled

VSO – Vessel Security Officer (3-Day) : 02/20/23, 05/31/23, 06/26/23

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) (10-Day): 04/17/23, 10/09/23,

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 03/27/23, 08/21/23, 12/04/23
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2023 Winter/Spring

Schedule of Courses – Please also see our schedule and enroll online at www.mitags.org

For registration contact our admissions department: 866.656.5568 or admissions@mitags.org
February 2023
15 Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

20-4 Medical Care Provider

20-3 Medical Person-In-Charge

27-3 Basic Shiphandling

27-3 Leadership & Managerial Skills

March 2023

6-10 Basic Cargo Handling & Stowage

6-10 Advanced Meteorology

8-10 Rating Forming Part of a Navigational Watch (RFPNW)

13-14 Basic Training Revalidation

13-17 Basic Meteorology

13-17 Advanced Stability

15th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

20-3 ARPA

20-4 Basic Training (original)

27-9 Search & Rescue

27-9 Security Officer–Vessel, Company & Facility

30th Flashing Light Exam

31 Leadership & Teamworking Skills

27-31 Able Seaman

27-31 Basic Training (original)

April 2023


10-11 Basic Training Revalidation

10-21 Watchkeeping (Operational Level)

12th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

24-5 GMDSS

24-12 Celestial Navigation

May 2023

1-4 Advanced Firefighting

15-26 GMDSS

18-19 Advanced Firefighting Refresher

20-21 Basic Training Revalidation

20-2 Basic Training Refresher

22 Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

22-6 Basic Training (original)

23 Radar Renewal

30-1 Security Officer – Vessel, Company & Facility

June 2023

12-3 Basic Training Revalidation

14 Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

19-23 Basic Training (original)

26-30 Tankerman Person-In-Charge
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