Wheelhouse Weekly, August 31, 2021

Volume 27… Number 35… August 31, 2021


In This Issue:



  • MM&P Closed Sept. 6 for Labor Day
  • COVID-19 Vaccination and Masking Required for All MITAGS Students
  • MITAGS East Academic Notes
  • MITAGS West Academic Notes

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    Matson announced in a fleetwide communication that it is implementing a Covid-19 vaccination fit-for-duty requirement effective Oct. 1, 2021.

    The company said it was implementing the requirement “in an effort to continue to tighten procedures and protocols to safeguard against Covid-19 outbreaks aboard Matson’s ships and ensure continuity of service in our trade lanes while protecting the health and safety of our maritime employees…”

    It said the new policy had been codified in letters of understanding with MM&P, MEBA, ARA, SUP, MFOW, SIU-PD and SIU A&G.

    As of Oct. 1, only fully vaccinated individuals will be eligible to be dispatched to a Matson vessel as a crewmember, port relief officer, standby or shore-gang member.

    Crewmembers aboard a Matson vessel on Oct. 1 can complete their rotation/ relief assignments regardless of vaccination status.

    “Fully vaccinated” is defined as two weeks after the second shot of Pfizer or Moderna or two weeks after the first shot of J&J.

    Matson has committed to the unions to continue its $500 Covid-19 vaccination incentive program, a one-time payment available through Oct. 15, with the exception of port relief officers or standbys who are not eligible for the incentive program.

    The company said it will ensure that all permanent MM&P officers receive the vaccination incentive payment if their regularly scheduled rotation does not have them returning to work on a ship before Oct. 15.

    Matson should accommodate requests for time off to get vaccinated by crewmembers with a confirmed vaccination appointment in Oakland, Long Beach, Honolulu or Tacoma.

    “This is the direction all US-flag shipping companies are headed and I expect that this COVID vaccination fit-for-duty requirement will be implemented across the US-flag industry in the near future,” a company official said.
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    Hurricane Ida had weakened by Monday from Category 4 to a tropical depression and was moving inland, dumping rain on the Tennessee and Ohio River valleys Tuesday and the Appalachian mountain region Wednesday.

    Ida made landfall on Sunday with winds of 130 knots and an estimated storm surge of as much as 15 feet in the most-affected areas.

    Forecasters said it was one of the most intense storms on record to strike Louisiana, second only to Katrina, which hit the area on the same date 16 years ago.

    The Coast Guard on Monday launched overflights of the state to determine the extent of the damage.

    All New Orleans ports closed on Saturday afternoon. The port authority said it was coordinating with navigation partners and state officials to resume operations as quickly as possible.

    A Coast Guard spokesperson said 28 aircraft and about 20 shallow-water response boats were participating in overflights to survey the damage and search for people in need of help.

    The Louisiana National Guard was also assisting with search and rescue operations.

    More than a million customers in Louisiana and Mississippi were without power, leaving them without air conditioning and refrigeration with temperatures in the mid-80s on Monday and climbing to nearly 90 by Wednesday.

    The office of Gov. John Bel Edwards said damage to the state’s power grid appeared “catastrophic” and warned it could be weeks before power is fully restored.
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    The administration has named John D. Porcari, a former deputy transportation secretary, to head the effort to help ease the supply chain logjams created in the nation’s ports by the coronavirus pandemic.

    President Biden ordered a review of supply chains in February and formed an interagency task force to work on them in June.

    The pandemic has led to the intermittent closing of numerous factories and ports around the world, slowing shipments and fueling price increases.

    The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have been particularly hard hit, with ships waiting offshore and cargo sometimes sitting for almost two weeks awaiting transfer to rail cars.

    The White House said in a statement that problems at ports—some of which have existed for years—require the attention of a dedicated official.

    It said it is trying to fix pandemic-related disruptions while also addressing long-term problems affecting the supply of products like semiconductors and electric vehicle batteries.

    Porcari has maritime experience, having served twice as transportation secretary for the state of Maryland and chair of the Maryland Port Commission.

    “The pandemic has fundamentally disrupted our supply chains which is impacting consumers, workers, and businesses across the country,” Porcari said.

    “I am excited to hit the ground running and get to work immediately with industry, labor and other port stakeholders to address these challenges and to build a more resilient, future-facing supply chain that powers our economy into the future.”

    The administration is working to secure a historic $17 billion in investments in port infrastructure as part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal.

    The funding would help address congestion and supply chains over time by investing in repair and maintenance backlogs and reduce congestion and emissions near ports.
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    The State Department’s Passport Services division has issued new guidance to help mariners who have expiring passports quickly renew their documents.

    The new provisions, which took effect on Aug. 25, allow mariners to mail in their applications and typically have them processed within a week. The notice is reprinted below in its entirety.

    The Covid-19 pandemic continues to hamper Passport Services. We are updating our temporary provisions to better serve mariners during this time. These provisions are subject to change once operations are on a more normal footing.

    Instructions for Urgent Assistance with Applying for a Passport


    — Be a credentialed merchant mariner;

    — Be eligible to apply on a DS-82 application for passport renewal. (Check eligibility here


    — Have a current passport that has expired or is expiring in seven months or less.

    Application and Mailing Instructions

    Applicants must submit the following:

    — DS-82 application completed, signed, and dated;

    — Passport photograph taken within the past six months;

    — Current passport;

    — Copy of Merchant Mariner Credential (MCC), front and back;

    — A check or money order in the amount of $187.56 made payable to US Department of State. This amount includes the passport fee, expedite fee and 1-2-day delivery fee (for information regarding passport fees, please visit;

    — Letter from supervisor on company letterhead or your US mariners’ union.

    The supervisor or union letter should include the following:

    — Applicant’s full name;

    — Printed name and title of applicant’s supervisor or mariners’ union representative;

    — Supervisor’s or union representative’s signature; and

    — Date the letter was issued.

    Applications must be sent by traceable overnight delivery service to: El Paso Passport Agency 303 N. Oregon St., Suite 700, El Paso, TX 79901 Attention: Mariner Program

    Service Expectations

    Completed passports will be mailed using a 1-2-day delivery service. Please be sure the application includes a physical mailing address and is not a P.O. Box.

    Every effort will be made to process the passport application within about one week of receipt. For instance, applications received on Monday may be completed and sent out by Friday of the same week.

    Requesting a Second Passport

    Mariners may wish to apply for a second limited validity passport (four years).

    Second passports provide greater flexibility, particularly if mariners need to apply for visas when traveling domestically and overseas.

    For more information, please go to: this link.

    Below are the two options for applying for a second passport.

    Option 1: Requesting a Second Passport When Renewing a Passport

    To apply for a second passport, applicants must also include:

    — A second DS-82 application (with photograph) completed, signed, and dated;

    — Signed statement describing the need for a second passport. (This is required in addition to the company letter authorizing use of these special procedures); and

    — Include payment for both applications in a single check totaling $375.12. ($187.56 per application).

    Option 2: Requesting a Second Passport without Submitting a Current Valid Passport

    If mariners need to use their current (10-year) passport while applying for their second passport, they can apply at a passport acceptance facility using a DS-11 form. They can expect to receive the second passport within the expedited timeframe posted at

    To apply at a passport acceptance facility, applicants need:

    — Completed (not signed) DS-11 application;

    — Passport photograph;

    — Photocopy of their 10-year passport data page;

    — Signed statement of need for a second passport as outlined on US State Department website;

    — Payment of $187.56 to the US Department of State, which includes $60 for expedited service and the additional $17.56 for 1-2-day return delivery; and

    — Additional payment of $35 to the passport acceptance facility to execute the application.

    To locate the nearest passport acceptance facility, use this link.

    Please note that many passport acceptance facilities require customers to schedule an appointment ahead of their visit. We thank you for your continued understanding and patience during these unprecedented times.
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    The Coast Guard has extended the period it will allow STCW assessments to be signed by a qualified assessor who meets the requirements specified in NVIC 19-14 but hasn’t been approved by the Coast Guard.

    The agency said it understands that the limited number of approved QAs may present a hardship for mariners trying to complete STCW assessments by the previously mandated date of Dec. 31, 2021, and has therefore extended the date to Dec. 31, 2023

    Mariners are encouraged to obtain approval as a QA in accordance with 46 CFR 10.405(a).

    Additional information on obtaining approval can be found in NVIC 19-14 Enclosure (1). NVIC 19-14 may be viewed at this link.

    Mariners and other interested parties should contact the Mariner Credentialing Program Policy Division at (202) 372-2357 or with any questions or feedback.
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    The folks at Labor 411 are major film buffs. They love great movies, especially those about workers and unions.

    Below is a list of some of their all-time favorites, each with plenty of drama or action, along with instructions on how to watch.

    If you prefer to spend some of your vacation time indoors rather than outside, you’ll find these movies to be great companions.

    Norma Rae (1979) – won Oscar for Best Actress and Best Original Song, nominated for Best Picture and Adapted Screenplay. A young single mother and textile worker agrees to help unionize her mill despite the problems and dangers involved. Available on Amazon; buy on DVD from $22.61.

    American Factory (2019) – won Oscar for Best Documentary Feature. In post-industrial Ohio, a Chinese billionaire opens a factory in an abandoned General Motors plant, hiring two thousand Americans. Early days of hope and optimism give way to setbacks as high-tech China clashes with working-class America. Available now on Netflix with subscription.

    The Molly Maguires (1970) – a film about Pennsylvania coal miners, starring Sean Connery and Richard Harris. In the Pennsylvania coal mines of 1876, a group of Irish immigrant workers begin to retaliate against the cruelty of their work environment. Watch on Prime video (rent or buy for $2.99).

    Matewan (1987) – nominated for Oscar for Best Cinematography. Written and directed by John Sayles. A labor union organizer comes to an embattled mining community brutally and violently dominated and harassed by the mining company. Available for purchase on Amazon on Blu-ray DVD starting at $19.99.

    Harlan County USA (1976) – won Oscar for Best Documentary Feature. A heartbreaking record of the 13-month struggle between a community fighting to survive and a corporation dedicated to the bottom line. Directed by Barbara Koppel. Watch on HBO Max with subscription.

    To view thousands of union-made products, visit the Labor411 directory.
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    All MM&P union halls, the MM&P Plan Office, the MM&P Federal Credit Union and MM&P headquarters will be closed on Monday, Sept. 6, for Labor Day.
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    Effective August 23, full COVID vaccination will be mandatory in order to attend training on campus at MITAGS East.

    Full vaccination is mandatory for all students unless you have a documented medical exemption or claim a religious/philosophical exemption.

    Documentation either of full COVID vaccination or a written claim of exemption must be submitted to Admissions in advance of your course.

    Additionally, beginning on Aug. 9, face-masks are required in all public spaces on campus, regardless of vaccination status.

    Scans, photocopies, or electronic images of your COVID-19 vaccination cards (records) or certification by a medical provider are acceptable.

    The vaccine and masking policy is already in effect at MITAGS West.

    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 (5-Day) – Not Currently Scheduled
    AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

    ARPA-OIC (4-Day) – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 9/21/21, 2/1/22

    AZIPOD (2-Day) – 9/27/21

    BRM – Bridge Resource Management (5-Day): 10/25/21

    BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 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): 9/8/21, 9/29/21

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

    BT – Basic Safety Training (5-Day): 10/11/21, 1/31/22

    BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – 9/21/21*, 10/25/21, 12/13/21, 2/22/22, 3/22/22

    BT-Refresher (3-day) – 9/20/21*, 12/13/21, 2/22/22

    CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic (5-Day): 11/29/21

    [CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

    ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability (5-Day): 10/18/21, 1/17/22, 3/21/22

    ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology (5-Day): 10/11/21, 12/6/21, 1/10/22

    CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 10/25/21, 3/28/22

    CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1 (5-Day): 11/29/21

    CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific (5-Day): 12/6/21

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

    ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems (5-Day): 11/29/21, 1/24/22

    LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM) (5-Day): 11/8/21, 12/13/21, 1/31/22

    MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants (5-Day): 9/13/21, 3/14/22
    (DCS-1 available on request – contact Admissions)

    SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: Not Currently Scheduled

    SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (5-Day): 9/20/21, 2/28/22

    SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1) (5-Day): 9/13/21*, 9/27/21, 10/11/21, 11/1/21*, 11/29/21, 1/17/22, 2/14/22, 3/21/22

    SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2) (5-Day): 9/20/21, 10/4/21, 10/18/21, 11/8/21*, 12/6/21, 1/24/22, 2/21/22, 3/28/22

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

    VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation (5-Day): 9/27/21

    WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping (5-Day): 3/7/22

    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: 10/6/21

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

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

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

    CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior (1-Day) – 2/18/22

    CDMGT – Crowd Management (1-Day) – 2/17/22

    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): 2/27/22

    ECDIS for Pilots (2-Day) – 11/11/21

    ERM – Engine Resource Management (5-Day): 12/6/21

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

    FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced (5-Day): 10/11/21, 1/31/22

    FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 9/23/21, 10/27/21, 12/16/21, 2/21/22, 3/24/22

    FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 9/16/21, 12/11/21, 2/25/22

    FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications (1-Day): 9/14/21, 10/22/21
    Online: Not currently scheduled

    GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization (2-Day): 1/21/22

    GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (10-Day): 1/10/22

    HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 11/15/21

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

    LAP – License Advancement Program for Mate to Master (20-Day): 10/18/21, 3/7/22

    LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes (15-Day): 1/24/22

    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): 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, 3/14/22

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

    MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 9/27/21*, 11/29/21*, 1/17/22

    MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 11/15/21, 1/10/22

    MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 9/27/21*, 1/17/22

    MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 9/24/21, 10/2/21, 10/28/21, 11/14/21, 12/4/21, 12/17/21, 1/15/22, 3/25/22

    [MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

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

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

    MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) – 11/9/21

    MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day) – 10/25/21*

    MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 9/20/21, 11/1/21, 1/10/22, 3/14/22

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

    MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) – 9/18/21, 11/5/21, 1/14/22, 3/18/22

    MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) – 9/24/21, 11/6/21, 1/15/22, 3/19/22

    NDMS-ENAV – Navigational Decision Making Series – Best Practice in eNav (3-Day) – 11/8/21

    NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P (2-Day) – 11/15/21*, 11/17/21*, 12/13/21, 12/15/21, 2/1/22, 3/28/22

    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, 1/31/22

    ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes (1-Night): 9/20/21, 12/15/21

    ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 3/7/22

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

    SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 10/25/21

    SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day) – 11/15/21, 12/13/21, 2/7/22

    STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 2/14/22

    TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (15-Day): 1/24/22

    TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 3/7/22

    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): 3/3/22

    VSO – Vessel Security Officer (3-Day): 2/28/22

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

    WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 2/21/22
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    September 2021

    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
    13-24 GMDSS
    14th Leadership & Teamworking Skills
    20-23 Advanced Firefighting
    20-24 Advanced Shiphandling II
    20-24 Able Seaman
    27-1 ECDIS

    October 2021

    4-8 Medical Care Provider
    4-15 Medical Person-In-Charge
    11-15 Ship Constructions & Basic Stability
    18-5 Celestial Navigation
    25-26 Basic Training Revalidation
    27th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

    November 2021

    1-5 Basic Training
    8-11 Advanced Firefighting
    8-12 Basic Shiphandling
    8-12 Leadership & Managerial Skills
    15-17 Security Officer – Vessel, Company and Facility
    15-18 ARPA
    17-18 Basic Training Revalidation
    19th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
    22-24 Search & Rescue

    December 2021

    29-10 GMDSS
    6-7 Basic Training Revalidation
    8th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

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