Wheelhouse Weekly – December 29th, 2020

December 30th 2020

Volume 25… Number 52… Dec. 29, 2020


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As indicated in a communication sent by the International Ballot Committee to all MM&P members earlier this week, due to a recent Covid-19-related event at MM&P headquarters, the ballot count for the officers and representatives election, scheduled for Dec. 28, has been postponed.

The ballot count has been rescheduled for Jan. 12, 2021, beginning at 0900 Eastern Standard Time.

The MM&P headquarters building will remain shut down through the end of this week.

Staff members are working remotely while the building is being sanitized and may be reached via email.

Operations in the MM&P Plan Office have been reduced as a result of the situation.

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The Coast Guard has posted Change 5 to MSIB 08-20, titled COVID-19 – Mariner Credentials, which updates information on extensions to merchant mariner credentials, medical certificates and course approvals.

The following significant changes have been made.

Merchant mariner credentials, both national and STCW, and medical certificates that expire between March 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021 are extended to the EARLIER of Oct. 31, 2021, or one year from the expiration date of the credential.

This reflects the fact that the Coast Guard’s statutory authority to extend credentials is limited to one year.

In light of the recent closing to the public of Regional Examination Centers, approval to test letters and course approval certificates that expire between March 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021 are also extended to Oct. 31, 2021.

Mariners must carry a printed copy of the relevant MSIB along with their expired credential.

To read Change 5 to MSIB 08-20 in its entirety, click here.

Previous MSIBs are posted at:

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The American Maritime Partnership has announced the culmination of its year-long celebration of American Maritime Heroes.

A number of MM&P members have been featured in AMP’s American Maritime Heroes campaign.

AMP recognizes the service of those who have sailed and served in support of our nation over the past century during World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the two Gulf wars and other major conflicts.

It also recognizes US merchant mariners and service men and women who belong to the US Navy and the US Coast Guard.

“US merchant mariners carry forward the tradition of the generations of mariners who faced unimaginable and often thankless circumstances to help position our military forces for success,” says AMP President Mike Roberts.

“Throughout 2020 and the Covid-19 pandemic, American mariners have consistently delivered, transporting food, supplies, cargo and commodities that are essential to American consumers and businesses.”

“We must continue to support this critical civilian force, in times of both peace and conflict, and never forget those who laid down their lives for our freedom.”

“There is no more appropriate way to highlight this Centennial celebration than to recognize and honor the American mariner, and the sacrifice and contribution of mariners to this great maritime nation,” he added.

“America’s mariners—today and throughout our history—truly are American Maritime Heroes.”

The American Maritime Heroes campaign has recognized individuals and groups of individuals who have added to the rich history of the United States as a maritime nation through their courage, outstanding achievements, and noble qualities.

MM&P and MIRAID are both AMP members.

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Transportation labor expects to have a great working relationship with Pete Buttigieg, President-elect Biden’s nominee to be the next US secretary of transportation, says Greg Regan, secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department.

Biden nominated the former mayor of South Bend, Ind., to helm the department that will be central to the President-elect’s plans to revitalize the country’s infrastructure to meet the demands of the future.

Pete Buttigieg “understands that working people keep America moving, and his desire to support working families, combined with his deep passion for policy, will serve him well in this role,” said Greg Regan, secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department.

Biden has called Buttigieg “a leader, patriot, and problem-solver,” adding, “he speaks to the best of who we are as a nation.”

“America’s vast transportation network is largely operated, built and powered by proud members of the labor movement,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

“During his historic campaign for the presidency, Pete Buttigieg pledged to strengthen unions, help grow our ranks and increase worker power across the board.”

“He also advanced a robust agenda to invest in and modernize our nation’s infrastructure… We are ready to build back better with Buttigieg to revitalize the transportation systems and workers who keep America moving.”

“This is the time to build back better through modern and sustainable infrastructure that creates millions of good-paying union jobs, revitalizes communities, and empowers all Americans to thrive,” Buttigieg said in accepting the nomination.

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The Danish-flagged MAERSK ELBA was heading towards the port of Algeciras, Portugal, on Tuesday morning, after suffering a fire in the engine room the day after Christmas that left it temporarily disabled.

The crew contacted the Lisbon Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Center on the afternoon of Dec. 26, reporting that because of the fire, the vessel was adrift without means of propulsion.

In a later report, the crew reported that they had succeeded in extinguishing the fire without outside assistance.

There were no injuries reported.

Portugal’s National Maritime Authority and the Portuguese Navy responded to the initial distress call.

Maersk also responded to the incident and tug boats were deployed to provide further assistance.

When the fire occurred the vessel, which had departed India on Dec. 14, was rounding the southern tip of Portugal on its way to Felixstowe, England, where it had been due to arrive tomorrow.

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Mariners employed by Patriot Contract Services who are preparing for deployment to Diego Garcia have been staying at MITAGS for the mandatory 14-day pre-deployment quarantine, or ROM (Restriction of Movement).

An added benefit for employers, Military Sealift Command and the mariners involved is the ability to take advantage of the 14-day ROM period to catch up on training requirements.

Recently members of MM&P and five other unions who were awaiting deployment participated in ATFP Level 1, taught by MM&P Captain Wilbur Dahn III.

Besides MM&P licensed deck officers, the group included members of the American Radio Association, the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association, the Sailors’ Union of the Pacific and Seafarers International Union.

MITAGS functions as a Covid-19 hotel for quarantine before deployment as well as during other ROM periods.

Baltimore/Washington International Airport, Amtrak and Interstate I-95 are all within five minutes of the MITAGS campus, which has a hotel, a restaurant and ample free parking.

Hotel and residence areas have plenty of space for maintaining social distancing. A physical fitness center, pool and grounds for exercising are also on-site.

There is a rigorous campus-wide Covid-19 policy in place.

MITAGS offers competitive pricing, with revenue going to an organization dedicated to supporting the US-Flag Merchant Marine.

For additional information, contact Jill Porter, director of sales, at, call 443-989-3509 or click here.

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Drone footage and YouTube videos give an idea of the extent of the damage sustained aboard MV ONE APUS, the ultra-large container vessel that encountered severe weather on Nov. 30 about 1,600 nautical miles northwest of Hawaii while sailing from Yantian, China, to Long Beach.

Initial estimates were that some 1,900 shipping containers had been lost or damaged, but the number may actually be much higher.

gCaptain shared WK Webster & Company’s drone footage, showing that only six of the 22 container bays aboard ONE APUS were still fully or partially intact when the vessel berthed in Kobe: 16 had collapsed to both port and starboard.

It is expected to take at least a month to unload the damaged containers.

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MM&P union halls, the MM&P Federal Credit Union and MM&P headquarters will be closed on Thursday, Dec. 31 and Friday, Jan. 1 for New Year’s.

The MM&P Plan Office will be closed on Friday, Jan. 1.

The MM&P Honolulu Hall will be closed on Monday, Jan. 4, for Jack Hall Day.

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As we welcome in the New Year on Thursday, let’s toast every union member we know (ourselves included) and in particular the hard-working men and women who produce our holiday bounty and the companies that treat them with respect and give them a voice on the job.

To inform your shopping choices, here’s a list of just a few of the festive beverages produced by our fellow union members:

— Andre champagne (UFCW);

— Arbor Mist (UFCW);

— CK Mondavi (UFW, UFCW);

— Chateau Ste. Michelle (UFW, IBT);

— Cook’s champagne (UFCW);

— Gallo Estate Wines (UFCW);

— Gallo of Sonoma (UFW);

— St. Supery (UFW);

— Tott’s champagne (UFCW);

— Turning Leaf (UFCW).

In 2022 and always, America is at its best when we say Union Yes!

P.S. To view additional ethical, union-made products, visit the complete Labor 411 online directory:

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The Plan Office received approval to close the year-end Internal Revenue Service and company reports and to process Vacation and PRO payments for 2020 no later than Friday, December 18, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. EST.

All requests for 2020 Vacation and PRO payments received after this date and time will be held until Monday, January 4, 2021 for processing and will therefore be taxable in 2021.

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The following is a notice to all MM&P Eligible Voters from the International Ballot Committee.

The MM&P Voting Instructions that accompanied your ballot indicated that, in order to be counted, ballots must be received by 9:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday, December 16, 2020.

Due to a delay relating to the date on which the ballots were mailed, the balloting period has been extended.

Accordingly, in order to be counted, your ballot must be received by 9:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on Monday, December 28, 2020.

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Please be advised that as of the June MATES Trustees meeting, the number of sea days required to receive covered training at MITAGS will now be 42 days instead of 30.

This temporary change has been necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic with regards to permissible class size, available staffing and cost saving measures. The measure will remain in place through the end of 2020 and be reviewed prior to the end of this year.

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

Class dates followed by an * are full

AB – Able Seaman – 1/25/21, 4/12/21

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

ARPA-OIC (4-Day) – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: Not currently scheduled

AZIPOD (2-Day) – Not currently scheduled

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: Not currently scheduled

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 1/26/21, 3/8/21, 4/13/21, 4/29/21, 5/17/21
Online: 2/2/21, 4/20/21

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling – (Now also included in BRMP-Refresher) (3-Day): 3/10/21, 4/26/21

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

BT – Basic Safety Training: 1/18/21

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

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 2/9/21, 4/27/21

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: Not currently scheduled

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 1/18/21, 3/8/21, 5/3/21, 6/21/21

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 1/25/21, 4/26/21, 6/14/21

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 3/15/21

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1: 2/1/21, 6/7/21

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

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

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems: 1/25/21, 6/7/21

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM): 2/1/21, 5/10/21

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

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: Not Currently Scheduled

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management: 2/22/21

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 1/11/21, 2/1/21, 2/22/21, 3/15/21, 4/19/21, 5/10/21, 6/7/21

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 1/18/21, 2/8/21, 3/1/21, 3/22/21, 4/26/21, 5/17/21, 6/14/21

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

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

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 3/1/21

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: 1/13/21, 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: Not currently scheduled

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications (1-Day): 3/10/21

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior (1-Day) – 2/26/21

CDMGT – Crowd Management (1-Day) – 2/25/21

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

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): 2/22/21, 4/19/21

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

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 4/19/21

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

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 1/18/21

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 2/8/21, 4/26/21, 6/21/21

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

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications (1-Day): 1/26/21, 4/13/21
Online: Not currently scheduled

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization (2-Day): 3/13/21

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (10-Day): Not currently scheduled

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 4/12/21

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

LAP – License Advancement Program for Mate to Master (20-Day): 1/11/21

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes (15-Day): 3/8/21

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License (15-Day): 4/12/21

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage (1-Day): 1/27/21, 3/9/21, 4/14/21, 4/29/21

LNG-TPIC (10-Day) – 1/11/21

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC) (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): 4/12/21

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 1/25/21, 4/12/21

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 1/11/21

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 1/25/21

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 1/16/21, 1/30/21, 4/17/21, 5/15/21, 6/24/21

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic) (1-Day): 2/24/21, 5/17/21, 6/11/21

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 2/25/21, 5/18/21, 6/9/21

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) – 2/28/21, 6/13/21

MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day) – 6/21/21

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 1/11/21, 3/1/21, 5/10/21, 6/14/21

MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day/ 8-hour) – 3/1/21 (Evening), 5/9/21 (Evening), 6/12/21 (Evening)

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) – 1/15/21, 3/5/21, 5/9/21, 6/12/21

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) – 1/16/21, 3/6/21, 5/14/21, 6/18/21

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) – 1/18/21*, 3/15/21*, 4/20/21, 4/22/21, 6/22/21, 6/24/21

PSC – Personal Survival Craft (5-Day) – 2/1/21

PSC-REF – Personal Survival Craft Refresher (2-Day) – Not currently scheduled

RFPNW – Ratings Forming Part of a Navigational Watch (3-day) – 1/13/21

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes (1-Night): 1/26/21, 4/13/21, 4/30/21

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

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3-Day): Not currently scheduled

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 5/3/21

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day) – 1/25/21*, 4/12/21*, 6/14/21

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

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

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 3/8/21, 4/26/21

TRAC-TUG-2 (2-Day): 3/8/21

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

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (1-Day): 2/27/21, 6/15/21

VSO – Vessel Security Officer (3-Day): 2/22/21, 6/16/21

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) (10-Day): Not currently scheduled

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): Not currently scheduled

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Schedule of Courses – Please also see our schedule and enroll online at For Registration Contact our Admissions Department: 206.441.2880 or

January 2021

11-22 GMDSS
12-13 Advanced Firefighting Refresher
14-15 & 18 Basic Training Refresher
18-22 Basic Training
25-28 Advanced Firefighting
25-29 Medical Care Provider
26-29 Advanced Shiphandling I
25-5 Medical Person-In-Charge

February 2021

1-5 Advanced Shiphandling II
1-5 Meteorology (Operational Level)
8-12 Medical Care Provider
15-19 Basic Cargo Handling & Stowage
15-5 Terrestrial & Coastal Navigation
17-18 Basic Training Revalidation
19th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
22-26 Leadership & Managerial Skills
22-26 Basic Shiphandling

March 2021

1-5 Medical Care Provider
1-12 Medical Person-In-Charge
2-5 Advanced Firefighting
8-12 Meteorology (Operational Level)
8-19 GMDSS
10th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
11-12 Basic Training Revalidation
15-19 Radar Observer Unlimited
15-19 Basic Training
15-19 Basic Shiphandling
22nd Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
22-26 Basic Cargo Handling & Stowage
29-2 Able Seaman

April 2021

5-9 Medical Care Provider
5-16 Medical Person-In-Charge
5-23 License Preparation (Original 3rd)
12-13 Basic Training Revalidation
12-16 Ship Construction & Basic Stability
12-23 GMDSS
14th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
19-22 ARPA
26-7 Watchkeeping (Operational Level)

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
17-21 Advanced Shiphandling I
24-28 Advanced Shiphandling II

June 2021

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

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