Wheelhouse Weekly – January 12th, 2021

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Volume 26… Number 2… Jan. 12, 2021


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Below are the names of the unofficial winners of the MM&P 2020 Officer Election.

When the election is certified by the International Ballot Committee, the complete results, including the names of the delegates, will be posted on


International President – Donald J. Marcus
International Secretary-Treasurer – Donald F. Josberger


Vice President Atlantic Ports – Thomas P. Larkin
Vice President Pacific Ports – J. Lars Turner
Vice President Gulf Ports & Government Affairs – Jeremy Hope


Vice President – George A. Quick


Pacific Maritime Region Vice President – Timothy C. Saffle

Great Lakes and Gulf Maritime Region Vice President – Thomas E. Bell


Vice President – Randall H. Rockwood II


Vice President – Michael (Big Mike) Riordan

Representatives – Paulina M. Czernek; Keith A. Poissant

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“Masters, Mates & Pilots condemns the deadly violence aimed at subverting the Constitutional process of the United States that took place on January 6,” said MM&P President Don Marcus.

“The fact that the events were incited by the President and supported by a number of members of Congress makes them all the more appalling.”

“Action must be taken to uphold the values of our democracy—action that goes beyond the removal from office of the President and other disgraced public officials, and the prosecution of the misguided individuals and thugs who stormed the US Capitol.”

“Proponents of racism and purveyors of lies, conspiracy theories and division have no place in our Republic, least of all in elected office.”

“If we are to have a just society that lives up to the promise of our Constitution, there must be equality under the law and social justice for every American.”

“As union members we are part of the greatest force in the country capable of opposing neo-liberal exploitation and the machinations of toxic demagogues.”

“We must work together as part of the labor movement and our nation as a whole to realize the potential for change that is implicit in voters’ selection of true public servant and honorable human being Joe Biden to occupy the White House and the decision by the voters of Georgia to elect the first Black senator and the first Jewish senator in the history of the state.”

“MM&P members—who gave their lives by the hundreds in the battle to defeat fascism in World War II and served at sea in every US military conflict since 1887—will not stand by while our Constitution and our democracy are under attack.”

“We will stand shoulder to shoulder with the rest of the labor movement to protect our democracy in the fight for economic and social justice for all Americans.”

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The AFL-CIO has called for President Donald Trump to be immediately removed from office, either through impeachment or the 25th Amendment to the Constitution.

“The deadly storming of the US Capitol by a mob looking to overturn the results of a free and fair election, encouraged and inspired by President Donald Trump, was one of the greatest attacks on our democracy in American history,” the AFL-CIO General Board said in a statement.

“Trump is an affront to every union member, and a clear and present danger to our nation and our republic.”

“This is not a statement America’s labor movement makes lightly. It is not driven by politics or ideology, but rather by the fundamental belief that the preservation of our democracy is essential—though never guaranteed.”

“Hate and insurrection have no place in America,” the Board said, a message that was echoed Tuesday by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

“Every aspect of the attack on our Capitol was shot through with racism,” Trumka said.

“The mob brought Confederate flags and Nazi symbols and wore sweatshirts celebrating Nazi death camps.”

“The mob had been organized by a right-wing faction, which extended all the way to the White House, whose real problem with the election was that American citizens of color, in cities like Detroit and Philadelphia, had been allowed to vote and their votes had been counted.”

“The mob was treated with kid gloves. We don’t yet know why that happened. But we do know that had the protesters been Black Lives Matter activists or workers on strike, the Capitol would have been ringed with officers in tactical gear.”

“And had people of color tried to break into the Capitol as Trump’s mob did, the response would have been a massacre.”

“…[T]his week’s events show that white supremacy as an idea and a way of running our country is an immediate, deadly threat to the United States, and it must be rooted out of our society everywhere we find it.”

“Now our work as a labor movement has never been more important. We must be vigilant in the coming days. If necessary, we must be ready to defend our democracy through our solidarity and our ability to act nonviolently to defuse and prevent violence and intimidation…”

“And we must make sure that the people who tried to illegally overturn the 2020 election results, both in the mob and in the halls of Congress—are held fully accountable.”

“Accountability must start with President Donald Trump, who should be removed from office immediately, but it cannot end there.”

“There must be consequences for Sen. Josh Hawley, who egged on the mob, and for his seven fellow senators who voted to disenfranchise millions of American voters.”

“And for the more than 100 House members who did the same, and the elected leaders who led them down that path.”

“We cannot have a handful of visible and now powerless rioters punished, while those who manipulated them into it for their own personal gain walk away clean.”

“But most importantly, we must build an America that serves and empowers working people, through a fair and just economic and political system, so we increase union density and unleash the transformational solidarity of a strong and mobilized working class.”

“On Jan. 20, Joe Biden will be the president of the United States and Kamala Harris will be the vice president.”

“Their team is already working on an ambitious agenda—the unfinished work of the HEROES Act and the PRO Act—real labor law reform—what we have been fighting for for so many years—and a real jobs and investment program—trillions of dollars to make America’s economy and our workforce the most productive in the world.”

“But at the same time, we have to build our solidarity as a movement, and our commitment to democracy, and our understanding that the politics of racism are a lie—a cruel trick that leads to violence, hate and poverty for working people.”

“In the days and months to come, this is a conversation we need to have with each other—all of us—no matter who we voted for or which political party we support.”

“The labor movement has never been more important than we are today… “

“In the years to come, when we look back on these days, we will be able to say we were there when our democracy was attacked, we were there when fascism raised its ugly head at the heart of our republic, and we helped bring America out of the darkness and into the light of a new and better day.”

Masters, Mates & Pilots is one of the 56 affiliates of the AFL-CIO.

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Adm. Mark Buzby, a strong and effective advocate for America’s merchant mariners and the maritime workforce as a whole, stepped down last week from the position of maritime administrator.

He is one of a number of administration officials, including Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, who resigned in the aftermath of last week’s deadly riot.

Before taking the helm of the Maritime Administration, Buzby served for more than 34 years in the Navy.

“MM&P salutes Admiral Buzby for his outstanding service to the American merchant marine, the US Navy and our nation,” said MM&P President Don Marcus.

“He is first and foremost a mariner: a true leader and meticulous professional who looks after his crew and accomplishes his mission.”

“He has done a fantastic job throughout his career, in the very highest traditions of the US Navy and of service to the American people.”

“Thank you Admiral Buzby, and best wishes in the future.”

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President-elect Joe Biden has picked Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, a former top union leader, to serve as US Secretary of Labor.

The selection of a strong labor advocate to fill the position had been widely expected given the pro-worker agenda that was a cornerstone of Biden’s campaign and his promise to be “the strongest labor president” in American history.

“Boston Mayor Marty Walsh will be an exceptional labor secretary for the same reason he was an outstanding mayor: he carried the tools,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

“As a longtime union member, Walsh knows that collective bargaining is essential to building back better by combating inequality, beating Covid-19 and expanding opportunities for immigrants, women and people of color.”

“He will have the ear of the White House, the Cabinet and Congress as we work to increase union density and create a stronger, fairer America.”

“It will take an unprecedented effort from the president-elect and the Labor Department to recover from the failed policies of the past four years, which have harmed working people and our families,” Trumka said.

“But with Joe Biden and Marty Walsh, we are setting our sights high, starting with passage of the PRO Act, so the tens of millions of workers who want to form a union can do so freely and fairly.”

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In response to a call for help from Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn, the US Navy said last week that USNS MERCY is not able to provide support to the area’s overwhelmed health care system because it is undergoing an overhaul at the Vigor Industrial Yard in Portland, Ore.

MERCY has been at the yard since July 2020, a Navy spokesperson says, for a “major overhaul,” including a flight deck upgrade, lifeboat upgrades and propulsion and structural work, and will not be available to sail until the spring.

MERCY had provided backup for Los Angeles County hospitals in March. Now, the region’s health care system is so overwhelmed that hospitals are running out of oxygen.

Ambulance crews are being told not to bring patients to hospitals if they have little hope of survival and to treat and declare such patients dead on the scene to preserve health care capacity.

“I am not an expert, but I have to question the wisdom of dry-docking a hospital ship in the middle of a pandemic,” Hahn said.

“This surge is overwhelming our hospital system. The Navy should expedite MERCY’s maintenance and return her to service as a hospital ship—or at the very least find a way to send the MERCY’s medical team.”

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Military Sealift Command has issued a directive that extends the following training certifications for contract mariners through March 18:

— CBRD Officer
— Anti-Terrorism Officer (ATO-II)
— Ship Reaction Force (SRF)
— Security Watch, Advanced
— Helo Firefighting (COMSCINST 12410.17 series)
— Chief Steward Food Safety Training (COMSCINST 6000.1 series)

“This notice temporarily defers training requirements across MSC contracts,” the directive states.

“Contractors are on notice that they shall minimize reliance on training/certificate extensions and shall resume training and re-certification as expeditiously as possible.”

The directive, entitled MSC Covid-19 Contract Training Extension, was sent on Jan. 7 to MSC charter operators and government-owned vessel operators.

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The International Transport Workers’ Federation has demanded the immediate release of union leaders and other pro-democracy activists who were arrested last week in Hong Kong.

Fifty-five people were rounded up on Jan. 6 on a charge of “subverting state power” because they held primaries for pro-democracy candidates in the postponed Hong Kong elections.

Some have since been released, but others are still being held.

Among those detained was Carol Ng, a globally respected advocate for aviation workers who is also chair of the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions.

“Carol’s arrest, along with that of other activists, is an outrageous attack on workers that will only breed more resistance,” said ITF General Secretary Stephen Cotton.

“These arrests represent a serious violation of fundamental human rights and freedom of speech.”

“Restrictions on free speech and the right to assembly strike at the heart of the principle of freedom of association,” he said.

“The ITF condemns the use of Hong Kong’s National Security Law to silence and intimidate trade union leaders and other activists.”

“Carol has stood with aviation workers’ struggles across the world and now we vow to stand by her,” said Joseph Tiberi, chair of the ITF Civil Aviation Section.

“The ITF and all its affiliates… will mobilize in solidarity with her and the other activists. We will not stop till they walk free.”

The arrests were by far the largest action taken under the national security law that China imposed on the semi-autonomous territory a little more than six months ago.

In a joint statement, the foreign ministers of the US, the UK, Australia and Canada expressed “serious concern” about the crackdown, saying that the government of Hong Kong is using the law to eliminate dissent.

“We call on the Hong Kong and Chinese central authorities to respect the legally guaranteed rights and freedoms of the people of Hong Kong without fear of arrest and detention,” they said.

ITF Secretary-General Steve Cotton called the recent developments “evidence of the further erosion of democracy in Hong Kong.”

MM&P is one of the nearly 700 transport unions in 150 countries that belong to the ITF.

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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, Jan. 18, for the birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Nobel Prize laureate and civil rights activist was assassinated in 1968 in Memphis, where he had gone to support a strike by the city’s sanitation workers.

“The labor movement did not diminish the strength of the nation but enlarged it,” King once said.

“Those who attack labor forget these simple truths, but history remembers.”

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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): 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: 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): Not currently scheduled

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) – Not currently scheduled

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: 5/10/21

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

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 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): 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) – 3/5/21*, 5/9/21, 6/12/21

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) – 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) – Not currently scheduled

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

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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