Wheelhouse Weekly, April 6, 2021

Volume 27… Number 14… April 6, 2021


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MM&P is working shoulder to shoulder with the rest of America’s labor movement to ensure that our biggest legislative priority, the PRO Act, is signed into law.

If it is passed, the PRO Act will significantly strengthen the ability of unions to take collective action to protect their members’ working conditions and livelihoods.

For members of MM&P, this means restoring the union’s ability to organize ships’ masters and other maritime professionals deemed “supervisors” under federal law.

The PRO Act has been approved by the House of Representatives and is awaiting a vote in the Senate, so the time to act is now!

The AFL-CIO has organized a PRO Act Digital Day of Action on Thursday, April 8, when all MM&P members will receive an email with the information they need to contact their senators to urge a “YES” vote on the PRO Act.

“Wages have barely kept up with inflation over the last forty years, while CEO compensation has grown by approximately 1000 percent during the same period,” says MM&P President Don Marcus.

“During this time, unions including MM&P have been under attack and the social compact that once existed between labor, management and government has been torn apart.”

“Unions remain the one independent institution most capable of bringing social and economic justice to working people.”

Key provisions of the PRO Act include:

— ending state “right to work” laws;

— prohibiting employers from permanently replacing workers who strike;

— speeding up the organizing process;

— increasing sanctions against employers who violate workers’ legal rights.

Check your inbox Thursday for the information you need to contact your senators and urge them to vote “YES” on the PRO Act!

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“A Hard Year at Sea”: In Wall Street Journal Podcast, MM&P Captain Explains What the Pandemic Has Meant for Mariners

MM&P Captain Brian Mossman gives a professional mariner’s perspective on the extreme challenges of the past 12 months in a new episode of the Wall Street Journal podcast, “The Suez Canal and a Hard Year at Sea.”

The saga of the EVER GIVEN, the ultra-large container ship that ran aground in the Suez Canal, is the springboard for the interview, which focuses on the impact on ships’ crews of border restrictions and the breakdown in the crew change process.

The irony of the situation—the amount of attention focused on a single grounded vessel while hundreds of thousands of mariners remain blocked aboard ships—has not been lost on mariners, their unions or members of the industry who have been warning for over a year of the hardships faced by seafarers and the threat to the world’s supply lines.

“Even though the ship is free, the situation puts a spotlight on the challenges facing the global industry,” says Journal reporter Ryan Knutsen.

“For the past year, things in the shipping industry haven’t gone smoothly, and for the sailors working on those ships, it’s been especially hard.”

Listen to the podcast on the Wall Street Journal site, or access it on Spotify.
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The maritime community has recognized Representative Peter DeFazio and Admiral Mark Buzby for their numerous, significant contributions to our industry.

The two were honored during the 2021 Salute to Congress, organized by the International Propeller Club of the United States.

This year, in keeping with Covid-19 health protocols, the event was held virtually.

The Propeller Club first presented the Salute to Congress award in 1985 to House Speaker Thomas “Tip” O’Neill.

“Every year since, the award has been presented to members of Congress—Democrats and Republicans, senators and representatives—who have made it their priority to ensure that the programs and policies important to the survival and growth of our industry are supported, funded and implemented,” said Jim Patti, president of MIRAID and first vice president of the Propeller Club.

Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-Mass.), the recipient of the 2021 Salute to Congress award, is chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

“No major piece of maritime legislation has been initiated or enacted without his leadership and support,” Patti noted, highlighting DeFazio’s career-long efforts to protect the integrity of the Jones Act, ensure that US-flag cargo preference shipping requirements are fully enforced and guarantee that monies collected in the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund are used for their intended purpose.

Most recently, DeFazio has been a force in enacting what Patti called “the only meaningful Congressional response to the impact of Covid-19 on our industry”: the inclusion of his Maritime Transportation System Emergency Relief Act in the most recent defense bill

“We have to rebuild this industry, and we finally have a president who believes this,” DeFazio said. “He doesn’t just talk the talk, he walks the walk.”

During the course of the event, Admiral Mark Buzby, the former US Maritime Administrator, was named Maritime Person of the Year.

“Admiral Mark Buzby made certain that he and his staff at the Maritime Administration directed their efforts and used their expertise, experience and resources to help our industry respond to Covid-19,” Patti said.

“Fortunately for us, we had an individual at the helm who faced the unprecedented challenge of the pandemic with his usual calm demeanor and unwavering determination.”

Under Buzby’s leadership, MARAD helped the industry obtain personal protective equipment and access to testing.

He also coordinated with other agencies to facilitate the rotation of American crews working on US vessels overseas.

“In these and numerous other ways,” Patti said, “Admiral Buzby provided the strong support and guidance our industry needed and more importantly, relied upon.”

“It was an honor to serve as maritime administrator,” Buzby said.

“We faced a lot of headwinds and heavy seas and we got through it well as an industry, and that says a lot about the American mariner.”

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President Biden’s American Jobs Plan, which calls for $2 trillion in investments in the country’s long-neglected infrastructure, is “a winner for transportation workers and for every American who relies on our transportation system,” says Greg Regan, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO.

“[It’s] our chance to create the America that we dream of—one where economic stability is achievable, where good jobs are abundant, and where our transportation system and infrastructure are the envy of the world.”

The White House plan will:

— fund the maintenance and building of roads and bridges;

— modernize and expand transit systems and the passenger rail network;

— build out ports and ensure America’s airports can keep up with demand.

“And, critically,” Regan notes, “it embraces strong federal policies that will grow good, union jobs and encourage collective bargaining rights throughout the transportation sector.”

“From transit worker protections and prevailing wage laws to Buy America and maritime cargo preference rules, this plan is committed to ensuring that the taxpayer money invested in our infrastructure will create the greatest economic good for the greatest number of Americans, and that unions will continue to grow the middle class.”

As part of the plan, the President is calling on Congress to invest $17 billion in inland waterways, coastal ports, land ports of entry, and ferries.

The package includes a Healthy Ports program to mitigate the cumulative impacts of air pollution on neighborhoods near ports, often communities of color.

“We’re at a crossroads,” says AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

“President Biden understands we need to go big, and this announcement brings us one step closer to delivering the aggressive changes we need to rebuild our country.”

MM&P is an affiliate of the AFL-CIO and of the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department.

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Hapag-Lloyd is swapping out its Express-class vessels for newer and much larger ships.

The five 3,237 TEU geared containerships will be replaced by five A7 6900 TEU Flex engine ships from the company’s international fleet.

The new ships, which are approximately five years younger than the vessels they will replace, will assume their predecessors’ Maritime Security Program operating agreements.

The first ship is being replaced in the coming days. The others will be changed out on a staggered schedule through the summer.

The four Express-class ships crewed by licensed deck officers who belong to MM&P are the CHARLESTON EXPRESS, the PHILADELPHPIA EXPRESS, the ST LOUIS EXPRESS and the WASHINGTON EXPRESS.

The Express-class ships are all operated by Maritime Personnel & Provisioning.
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The International Transport Workers’ Federation has asked the maritime authorities in Fiji to investigate the case of a ferry that was registered by a local company as being 14 meters shorter than the length that had been reported by the previous owner in Canada.

Goundar’s Shipping Limited bought the vessel, the MV QUEEN OF CHILLIWACK, from Canada’s BC Ferries in 2015 and registered it in Fiji as the MV LOMAIVITI PRINCESS III.

The ITF says Goundar may have falsified safety documentation during the registration process as a way to skirt regulations.

“Fijian passengers and maritime workers may be in life-threatening danger aboard Fiji’s largest ferry fleet,” said Sarah Maguire of the ITF.

Besides being registered as 14 meters shorter, she noted, the MV LOMAIVITI PRINCESS III had also been registered as significantly lighter than the MV QUEEN OF CHILLIWACK.

She said that because the ship had been registered at a lower weight, it had likely not received critical maintenance required for a vessel of its size or been staffed with crew of the level of skill and experience required under Fijian and international regulations.

“Should this information be accurate, and we suspect it is, then this raises red flags,” Maguire wrote the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji on March 24.

“We believe this vessel and others in Goundar’s fleet are not operating safely, have not received dry dock, and are being operated by crew who are under-qualified.”

“What this tip-off to the ITF has revealed is that Goundar Shipping’s wrongdoing may not be limited to its widespread exploitation of seafarers, but may also include potentially falsifying official safety documentation and endangering the lives of thousands of passengers who use its services every week,” said Maguire.

“Did the ship shrink? How does a ship lose 14 meters on the trip from Canada to Fiji?”

Seafarers employed on Goundar’s ships had told authorities in February that their wages had been docked to pay for personal protective equipment, and that many of the vessels in its fleet do not have functioning fire and protective equipment on board.

Employees have also reported that at least one of the vessel’s radar devices and depth-measuring echo sounders were not operational and that the ferries are sometimes overloaded.

“If the information provided to the ITF is correct, then the lives of passengers and workers aboard these ferries are in serious danger,” Maguire said.

“The authorities need to immediately suspend Goundar Shipping’s license to operate until a proper safety assessment can be carried out.”
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A meeting of the Offshore Shipping/Work Rules Committee is scheduled for April 27-28, 2021.

Members who wish to submit a resolution should send it to the Office of the International Secretary-Treasurer.

Please refer to Article XIII of the Offshore Shipping Rules for additional information on submitting resolutions.

The Offshore Shipping/Work Rules are posted in the Members’ Only section of

Deadline for submission of proposed changes is prior to close of business on April 22, 2021.
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Prior to attending any training at MITAGS East or MITAGS West, you must read the MITAGS Covid‐19 policy, which is posted on

At the end of the Covid-19 policy there is a statement acknowledging receipt of the policy and acceptance of the policy.

Before you attend either school, you must acknowledge receipt of the policy and acceptance of the policy by emailing a signed copy of the statement at the end of the policy document to or

In addition, students coming to the MITAGS East Campus must send Admissions a negative Covid-19 test result. The test must have been taken within 72 hours of arrival.

Students who cannot access testing but who otherwise meet all the requirements of the MATES Program Covid-19 policy will have to take a Covid-19 test offered at MITAGS East every Monday morning.

Members may also reschedule their classes for later in the year when the infection rates are expected to drop.

MITAGS West currently does not require negative Covid-19 test results and does not have the ability to test.

MITAGS West continues to follow established Covid-19 protocols, including daily temperature screening, health checks, masking and physical distancing.

Students attending MITAGS East or West under the MATES Program: Please note that the minimum number of days to obtain eligibility continues to be 42 days instead of 30, with a sunset date of Dec. 31, 2021.

We appreciate your cooperation during these very trying times.

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

Class dates followed by an * are full

AB – Able Seaman – 6/28/21

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation (1-Day): 5/5/21

ARPA-OIC (4-Day) – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 6/1/21, 9/21/21

AZIPOD (2-Day) – 4/29/21, 8/9/21, 9/27/21

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 8/2/21, 10/25/21

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 4/13/21, 4/29/21, 5/17/21, 8/9/21, 9/14/21, 11/9/21
Online: Not currently scheduled

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling – (Now also included in BRMP-Refresher) (3-Day): 4/26/21

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

BT – Basic Safety Training: 5/3/21, 8/2/21, 10/11/21

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – 4/27/21*, 6/22/21, 8/16/21, 9/21/21, 10/27/21, 12/14/21

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 4/27/21*, 9/20/21, 12/13/21

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: Not currently scheduled

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 4/26/21, 6/21/21, 8/9/21, 10/18/21

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 5/3/21, 6/14/21, 8/2/21, 10/11/21, 12/6/21

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 10/25/21

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1: 6/7/21, 8/23/21, 11/29/21

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific: 6/14/21, 8/30/21, 12/6/21

CM-OPS 2 APL – Chief Mate Operations II APL Specific – Not currently scheduled

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems: 6/7/21, 7/26/21, 10/4/21, 11/29/21

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM): 5/10/21, 6/28/21, 8/16/21, 11/8/21, 12/13/21

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 4/12/21, 9/13/21
(DCS-1 available on request – contact Admissions)

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: Not Currently Scheduled

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management: 9/20/21

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 4/19/21, 5/10/21, 6/7/21, 7/19/21, 8/9/21, 9/13/21, 9/27/21, 10/11/21, 11/1/21, 11/29/21

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 4/26/21, 5/17/21, 6/14/21, 7/26/21, 8/16/21, 9/20/21, 10/4/21, 10/18/21, 11/8/21, 12/6/21

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

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 4/19/21, 9/27/21

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: Not currently scheduled

WX-HW-ATL – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Atlantic Ocean (2-day) – Contact Admissions

WX-HW-IND – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Indian Ocean (2-day) – Contact Admissions

WX-HW-PAC – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Pacific Ocean (2-day) – Contact Admissions

CIW-DPA/IA – Continual Improvement Workshop: Designated Person Ashore & Internal Auditor (3-Day) ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program **
Online: 4/7/21, 7/7/21, 10/6/21

CIW-SMS – Continual Improvement Workshop: Successful Safety Management (2-Day) – Online: 6/10/21, 12/9/21

CNAV-OIC (15-Day) – Celestial Navigation: 11/1/21

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications (1-Day): 4/2/21

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior (1-Day) – 8/27/21

CDMGT – Crowd Management (1-Day) – 8/26/21

CSE – Confined Space Entry (3-Day): 8/23/21

CSE-AWR – Confined Space Entry Awareness (2-Day): 5/20/21

CY-MAR – Cyber-Skilled Mariner ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program ** – Not currently scheduled

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

ECDIS for Pilots (2-Day) – 5/3/21, 8/11/21, 11/11/21

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 8/30/21, 12/6/21

ADV-FF – Advanced Fire-Fighting (4-day) – Not currently scheduled

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 5/3/21, 8/2/21, 10/11/21

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 4/26/21, 6/21/21, 8/18/21, 9/23/21, 10/26/21, 12/16/21

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 4/30/21, 9/16/21, 12/11/21

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications (1-Day): 4/13/21
Online: Not currently scheduled

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

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (10-Day): 4/12/21, 8/9/21

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 4/12/21, 8/30/21, 11/15/21

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

LAP – License Advancement Program for Mate to Master (20-Day): 8/2/21, 10/18/21

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): Not currently scheduled

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage (1-Day): 4/14/21, 4/29/21, 8/9/21, 9/15/21, 11/9/21

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

LTS – Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC) (1-Day): 9/20/21

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): 8/23/21, 11/29/21

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 4/12/21*, 7/12/21, 9/27/21, 11/29/21

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 5/10/21, 6/28/21, 8/30/21, 11/15/21

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 4/12/21*, 7/12/21, 9/27/21

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 4/17/21, 5/15/21, 6/24/21, 7/17/21, 8/19/21, 9/24/21, 10/2/21, 10/25/21, 12/4/21, 12/17/21

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic) (1-Day): 5/17/21, 6/11/21, 8/4/21, 9/16/21, 10/31/21

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 5/18/21, 6/9/21, 8/2/21, 9/14/21, 10/29/21

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) – 6/13/21, 8/6/21, 11/9/21

MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day) – 6/21/21, 8/2/21, 10/27/21

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 5/10/21, 6/14/21, 7/12/21, 8/9/21, 9/20/21, 11/1/21

MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day/ 8-hour) – 5/9/21 (Evening), 6/12/21 (Evening), 8/7/21, 9/17/21, 11/1/21 (Evening)

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) – 5/9/21, 6/12/21, 7/16/21, 8/8/21, 9/18/21, 11/5/21

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) – 5/14/21, 6/18/21, 7/17/21, 8/13/21, 9/24/21, 11/6/21

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) – 4/20/21*, 4/22/21*, 6/22/21*, 6/24/21*, 7/12/21, 8/30/21, 9/1/21, 11/15/21, 11/17/21, 12/13/21, 12/15/21

PSC – Personal Survival Craft (5-Day) – Contact Admissions

PSC-REF – Personal Survival Craft Refresher (2-Day) – 9/18/21, 12/16/21

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

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal (1-Day): 9/20/21

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes (1-Night): 4/13/21, 4/30/21, 9/14/21, 9/20/21

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 5/24/21, 8/23/21

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3-Day): 12/6/21

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 5/3/21, 8/23/21, 10/25/21

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day) – 4/12/21, 6/14/21*, 7/12/21, 8/30/21, 11/15/21, 12/13/21

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 5/17/21, 8/30/21

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (15-Day): 6/7/21, 7/12/21

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 4/26/21, 6/28/21

TRAC-TUG-2 (2-Day): 11/9/21

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

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (1-Day): 6/15/21

VSO – Vessel Security Officer (3-Day): 6/16/21, 9/8/21

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) (10-Day): 10/11/21

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 9/13/21
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April 2021

12-13 Basic Training Revalidation
12-16 Ship Construction & Basic Stability
12-23 GMDSS
14th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
19-22 ARPA
26-30 Small Arms
26-7 Watchkeeping (Operational Level)
27-28 Basic Training Revalidation
29th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

May 2021

3-7 Medical Care Provider
3-14 Medical Person-In-Charge
5th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
6-7 Basic Training Revalidation
6-7 & 10 Basic Training Refresher
10-14 Basic Training
10-28 Celestial Navigation
11-12 Advanced Firefighting Refresher
17-20 Advanced Firefighting

June 2021

1st Leadership & Teamworking Skills
2-3 Search & Rescue
7-11 Advanced Shiphandling I
7-11 Medical Care Provider
7-18 GMDSS
14-18 Advanced Shiphandling II
16-17 Basic Training Revalidation
18th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
21-23 Security Officer – Vessel, Company and Facility
28-2 Basic Shiphandling

July 2021

6-9 Advanced Firefighting
12-16 Tankerman Person-In-Charge
12-30 Terrestrial & Coastal Navigation w/ Compasses
19-23 Basic Training
26-27 Basic Training Revalidation
28th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

August 2021

2-6 Radar Observer Unlimited
9-20 Watchkeeping (Operational Level)
23-24 Basic Training Revalidation
23-27 Cargo Handling & Stowage
25th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
30-3 Meteorology (Operational Level)

September 2021

7-10 ARPA
7-8 Advanced Firefighting Refresher
8th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
9-10 Basic Training Revalidation
9-10 & 13 Basic Training Refresher
13th Flashing Light
13-17 Basic Training
13-17 Advanced Shiphandling I
14th Leadership & Teamworking Skills
20-23 Advanced Firefighting
20-24 Advanced Shiphandling II
27-1 ECDIS
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