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Wheelhouse Weekly, July 13, 2021

Volume 27… Number 28… July 13, 2021

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FUNDING FOR MARITIME PROGRAMS ADVANCES IN CONGRESS

The House Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee has recommended full funding for the Maritime Security Program and the new Tanker Security Program for Fiscal Year 2022, as requested by President Biden.

If the measures are approved by the full Congress, $318 million will be available to support the 60 U.S.-flag vessels in the Maritime Security Program and, once the Tanker Security Program is implemented, $60 million will be available to support up to 10 U.S.-flag product tankers.

Special thanks go to Subcommittee Chair Congressman David Price (D-N.C.) and to Ranking Republican Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (Fla.) for their leadership and support.

ADMINISTRATION SAYS GLOBALIZATION OF SHIPPING HAS LED TO HIGHER PRICES—WORLD SHIPPING COUNCIL DISAGREES

The White House has issued an Executive Order that takes aim at what it says are anti-competitive practices in various transportation modes, including ocean shipping.

“The global container shipping industry has consolidated into a small number of dominant foreign-owned lines and alliances, which can disadvantage American exporters,” the White House said.

“In 2000, the largest 10 shipping companies controlled 12 percent of the market.

Today, it is more than 80 percent, leaving domestic manufacturers who need to export goods at the mercy of these large foreign companies.”

The head of the World Shipping Council, which represents the liner shipping industry, responded that the issue is not globalization, but surging demand.

“This is not the fault of any given supply chain actor,” WSC President and CEO John Butler said in a statement.

“All supply chain players are working to clear the system, but the fact is that as long as the massive import demand from US businesses and consumers continues, the challenges will remain.”

The WSC said normalized demand, not more regulations, will fix the problem.

“We are dealing with a market aberration brought on by the pandemic and the resulting shifts in Americans’ consumption patterns,” he said.

“There are real and negative effects across the supply chain from those events, and ocean carriers are as anxious to return to a more predictable market as anyone.”
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KUDOS TO MM&P MEMBERS AT STATUE CITY CRUISES FOR RESCUE OF JET SKIER

The crew of MISS FREEDOM, a tour boat operated by Statue City Cruises, rescued a woman who had been thrown from her jet ski into the Hudson River and was being pulled along by the current on the morning of June 21.

Port Captain Matt Gill, of Hornblower/City Experiences, which owns Statue Cruises, said the incident began when the crew of MISS FREEDOM was preparing to depart to Ellis Island from northern ferry landing Dock 1.

“At approximately 10:40 am, prior to the scheduled departure of the tour boat from Liberty State Park, Deckhand John Sullivan alerted Captain Brian Dubreuil that there was a jet skier in distress astern of the vessel,” Gill said.

Michela Lombardo of Westbrook, Maine—a first-time jet skier—had been thrown from her two-person jet ski and was treading water in the Hudson River, south of the Morris Canal.

“Ms. Lombardo was in trouble, and in need of assistance,” Gill said.

“A tethered life ring was tossed to her by our alert vessel crew, and the line was tied to the MISS FREEDOM railing, securing her from getting submerged.”

“First Officer William Lynch, with Deckhands John Sullivan and Jonathan Santiago, readied the rescue ladder and set up a rescue operation platform off the stern of the vessel.”

Captain Dubreuil went down the ladder and got Lombardo safely onto the rescue platform. She was able to climb the ladder and the first officer hoisted her onto MISS FREEDOM.

Once the water rescue was complete, Gill said, Dock Attendant Ryan Guthrie and Ticket Office Manager Ian Delaney were instrumental in getting Lombardo medical attention and arranging wheelchair transport off the dock.

“This group of employees professionally exceeded their safety training and acted heroically, communicating and using the utmost teamwork to rescue Ms. Lombardo from the treacherous Hudson,” Gill said.

The entire crew “demonstrated Hornblower respect values” and will be recognized with Hornblower Challenge Coins, he added.

“While we are not surprised by this group acting in the manner they did, we are extremely proud of their dedication to safety and preparedness,” he said.

Crewmembers at Statue City Cruises belong to the MM&P Atlantic Maritime Group.
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REC NEW YORK TEMPORARILY CLOSED FOR RENOVATION

The Regional Exam Center located in the historic Battery Park Building in New York is undergoing a major renovation that the National Maritime Center says will last at least 12 months.

During the renovation, REC New York is being temporarily relocated to an alternate office space in lower Manhattan.

The new location for REC New York is 201 Varick St., 9th Floor, Suite 904, New York, NY 10014.

To carry out the move, the REC examination room in the Battery Park Building was closed on June 28. It is expected to reopen in the new location on Monday, July 26.

During this period, mariner applications may still be emailed to RECNY@uscg.mil.

Mariners seeking to complete examinations during this period should consider testing at another REC.

Additional REC locations and application submission information can be found on the National Maritime Center website.

The NMC will issue additional information and update the NMC website confirming the reopening date, examination room hours, how to schedule an exam, and building access provisions for the new facility.

The NMC Customer Service Center remains open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday.

Mariners can reach the NMC call center at 1-888-IASKNMC (427-5662) and IASKNMC@uscg.mil.
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ITF WINS RELEASE OF TURKISH CAPTAIN FORCED TO LIVE ON ABANDONED SHIP

For the second time this year, the International Transport Workers’ Federation has succeeded in negotiating the release of a mariner forced to live alone aboard a flag-of-convenience vessel abandoned by its owners in an Egyptian port.

Captain Vehbi Kara was finally allowed to return to his home in Turkey on July 6, after being forbidden for more than 14 months from leaving Adabiya, Suez.

He spent most of the time aboard the Panama-flagged MV KENAN METE, which had been abandoned by its owners in June 2020.

The Egyptian authorities seized the ship with a plan to sell it to pay the crew and cover other debts.

As required under the country’s peculiar legal system, as part of the process, a local court had to name someone (in this case, Captain Kara), to become the vessel’s “legal guardian.”

Most of the crew received four months’ pay and were repatriated between October 2020 and January 2021.

But Captain Kara was not allowed to disembark.

After the ship’s power failed, the ITF appealed to the court to allow him to move to a hotel, where the ship’s insurer had agreed to pay for a room.

At this point, although he was forbidden to leave the hotel, his situation had markedly improved.

In June, there was another breakthrough: the ITF found someone to replace him as the ship’s legal guardian and he was allowed to fly home.

“Maritime work is hard at the best of times,” Captain Kara said when interviewed at the airport, plane ticket in hand.

“But I have only survived the last 14 months because the ITF was always by my side.”
He also thanked the ship’s insurer and the Turkish Embassy.

Mohamed Arrachedi, the ITF’s Arab World and Iran network coordinator, said he hopes the case prompts Egypt to change its guardianship policy.

“It is wonderful that Captain Kara is going home,” he said. “But it took the ITF getting involved to secure this outcome.”

He noted that Captain Kara’s case is similar to that of Mohammed Aisha, who was forced to spend four nightmarish years aboard another abandoned cargo ship in the vicinity of the Suez Canal.

“Port States like Egypt have a moral duty to help abandoned crew get home,” Arrachedi said.
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THE GLOBAL SEAFARER IS NOW ONLINE

The new issue of The Global Seafarer has been posted on the Nautilus Federation’s website. In this issue:

— Nautilus Federation calls for global seafarer vaccination program;

— With fatigue and exhaustion rife, alarm bells ring over seafarer mental health;

— Does fatigue related to lack of shore leave have safety consequences?

— Asbestos is still being used in ships more than 100 years after the first case of death by asbestosis was diagnosed.

Plus:

— Calls grow for a United Nations’ investigation of violations of seafarers’ rights over the course of the past 20 months.

“The pandemic has highlighted longstanding issues in our industry,” says Nautilus Federation Director Mark Dickinson.

“There is a desperate need for reform if we are to retain the key workers that keep the world moving.”

Nautilus has laid out a manifesto detailing what changes are needed in the industry… “and we will be calling on governments to make them happen,” Dickinson says.

MM&P is one of the 22 maritime labor unions that belong to the Nautilus Federation.
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US MARITIME ADVISORIES

The US maritime authorities have issued two new advisories.

Maritime advisory 2021-007 warns of multiple maritime threats from Iran and its proxies in the Persian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz, Gulf of Oman, Arabian Sea, Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, and Indian Ocean.

“Heightened military activity and increased political tensions in this region continue to pose serious threats to commercial vessels,” the advisory notes.

“Associated with these threats is a potential for miscalculation or misidentification that could lead to aggressive actions.”

It said vessels operating in these areas may encounter GPS interference, bridge-to-bridge communications spoofing and/or other communications jamming with little to no warning.

It also noted that vessels have reported bridge-to-bridge communications from unknown entities falsely claiming to be US or coalition warships.

The second maritime advisory warns of the threat of piracy, armed robbery and kidnapping for ransom in the Gulf of Guinea.

The Office of Naval Intelligence reports that there were 24 incidents of piracy and armed robbery at sea in the Gulf of Guinea in the first six months of 2021, a significant decline compared with the first six months of 2020.

All the US maritime alerts and advisories are posted at: https://go.usa.gov/x6pSZ.
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ATTENTION MM&P HEALTH & BENEFIT PLAN PARTICIPANTS AND DEPENDENTS

The Trustees have agreed to transition from Cigna’s PPO Network to Cigna’s Open Access Plus (OAP) network, effective July 1, 2021.

— Your benefits are not changing. Your identification number is not changing.

— Same choice and convenience. The providers you have used under the PPO are also the providers you will access under the OAP.

A side-by-side comparison of providers used by MM&P members from PPO to OAP returned a match of 99.9 percent.

New Medical ID Cards Effective July 1, 2021

Due to COVID, the printing plant is backlogged so our new ID cards are scheduled to arrive in our office in early July.

The Plan Office will mail your new ID cards as soon as possible. We hope to have the ID cards to you by mid-July.

— Since your new ID cards are delayed, a copy of a temporary ID card memo is needed when you go to your provider.

— Please print or copy the ID Card Memo, and present it to your providers at your appointments.
You may download the temporary ID Card Memo at www.bridgedeck.org/health-benefit-forms

(Note: It is important for the member to take the temporary ID card memo to the provider so that the provider will know to expect the OAP reimbursement and not balance bill the member)

— Members who need to see a provider between July 1 and the time their new ID cards arrive should confirm the provider is in-network by calling Cigna at 800-768-4695, or by checking online at cignasharedadministration.com and selecting the OAP network (accessible any time) or mycigna.com (OAP accessible on/after 7/1).

If the provider calls MM&P for eligibility, claim or benefit information, the Plan Office phone advisor will advise the provider of the change to OAP effective 7/1/21.

The above changes do not affect Pensioners and Dependents for whom Medicare is their primary coverage and the MM&P Health & Benefit Plan is their secondary coverage.
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COVID-19 VACCINATIONS OR TESTING REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL MITAGS STUDENTS

Beginning on June 1, 2021, anyone attending a MITAGS course, seminar or simulation exercise will be required to provide documentation of vaccination to Admissions prior to the start of class in order to be permitted to attend.

If you are not vaccinated, you will be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test conducted 72 hours prior to arrival on campus.

Any individual not able to provide either documentation of vaccination or a negative COVID test from within 72 hours before arrival will be requested to leave the campus immediately.

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

We appreciate your cooperation during these very trying times.
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MM&P HOLIDAY CLOSING SCHEDULE

The MM&P union halls in Seattle, Oakland and Los Angeles/Long Beach will be closed on Wednesday, July 28, in observance of the birthday of Harry Bridges, the founder of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.

Please note: The MM&P Honolulu Hall will be open on July 28.
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MITAGS EAST ACADEMIC NOTES

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

Class dates followed by an * are full

AB – Able Seaman – Not currently scheduled
AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation (1-Day): 8/13/21

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

AZIPOD (2-Day) – 8/9/21, 9/27/21

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

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 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): 8/11/21, 9/8/21, 9/29/21

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

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

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – 8/16/21, 9/21/21, 10/25/21, 12/13/21

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

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: Not currently scheduled

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

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

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 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: 8/23/21, 11/29/21

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific: 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: 10/4/21, 11/29/21

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

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 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): 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): 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: 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: 7/7/21, 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) – 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): 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) – 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: 10/11/21

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 8/18/21, 9/23/21, 10/27/21, 12/16/21

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

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

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

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

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 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): 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): 9/27/21, 11/29/21

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

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 9/27/21

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 8/19/21, 9/24/21, 10/2/21, 10/28/21, 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): 8/4/21, 9/16/21, 10/31/21

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

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) – 8/6/21, 11/9/21

MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day) – 8/2/21, 10/25/21

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

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

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

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

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) – 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): 9/14/21, 9/20/21

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

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

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

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day) – 8/30/21, 11/15/21, 12/13/21

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

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (15-Day): Not currently scheduled

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: Not currently scheduled

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): Not currently scheduled

VSO – Vessel Security Officer (3-Day): 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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MITAGS-WEST ACADEMIC NOTES

Schedule of Courses – Please also see our schedule and enroll online at www.mitags.org. For Registration Contact our Admissions Department: 206.441.2880 or admissions@mates.org.

July 2021

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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