Wheelhouse Weekly, July 20, 2021

Volume 27… Number 29… July 20, 2021


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The battle to represent workers at a tugboat company operating in seven ports in Mexico moved closer to a favorable resolution last week when a majority voted to be represented by the MM&P affiliate Orden Mexicana de Profesionales Marítimos y Portuarios, Similares y Conexos (Orden Maritima).

The workers, who are employed by Boluda, a Spanish tugboat company, had originally chosen Orden Maritima as their legal representative in 2019.

But the company succeeded in sidelining the union through a series of underhanded maneuvers, including maintaining a relationship with a yellow “protection union” that workers had little knowledge of and no collective bargaining agreement with.

The workers, in the meantime, reported being subjected to labor rights violations including 18-hour work days and the denial of overtime pay.

When the votes were tallied last week, Orden Maritima won with 79 percent of the ballots cast.

“This is a great win for the labor movement north and south of the border,” said MM&P President Don Marcus, who participated in a pre-vote press conference in Mexico City along with Orden Maritima officials, MM&P Representative Eduardo Iglesias, AFL-CIO Solidarity House Representative Jeff Hermanson and Representative Carlos Paniagua, from MM&P’s Panamanian affiliate UCOC.

Members of the group also observed vote counts in two of the seven Mexican ports involved.

“The courage of the Mexican tugboat workers in standing up to their corrupt employer is inspirational,” Marcus said. “The same can be said of the leadership of Secretary-General Jorge Gomez Garcia, Secretary of Labor & Conflicts Captain Antonio Fritz and the other officials, staff and organizers of Orden Maritima.”

“The true value of Mexican labor law and the negotiated labor protections of the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement on Trade (USMCA) will only be demonstrated upon the successful certification of Orden Maritima and the achievement of a bona fide collective bargaining agreement.”

“We will be calling on the State Department and the US labor movement to demand that the rights of freedom of association and collective bargaining as provided in the USMCA are adhered to.”

Under Mexican law, the case now moves to the courts.

In a June 7 letter to Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, MM&P President Don Marcus said Masters, Mates & Pilots stands side-by-side with its new affiliate and the workers at Boluda.

The affiliation between MM&P and Orden Maritima was approved by large majorities of the members of both unions on May 28, 2021.
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The USNS JOHN LEWIS, the first in a new class of US Navy fleet oilers, was christened July 17 in a ceremony in San Diego.

The Lewis-class vessels will be able to carry 160,000 barrels of fuel and will be capable of making up to 20 knots.

The USNS JOHN LEWIS is named for civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), who was elected to serve 17 terms in the House of Representatives. He died at the age of 80 on July 17, 2020.

“The christening ceremony today takes on a very special meaning, for it marks the one-year anniversary, to the day, of John Lewis’s passing,” said Dave Carver, president of General Dynamics NASSCO.

“Just as its namesake, this majestic vessel will be instrumental in shaping the future of our nation. The shipbuilders of NASSCO are proud to ensure Congressman John Lewis’s legacy will live on in this ship.”

The licensed deck officers aboard USNS JOHN LEWIS will be represented by the MM&P Federal Employees Membership Group.

The next five vessels in the series will also be named for prominent civil rights leaders.

The second will be named USNS HARVEY MILK, after the first openly gay elected official in the history of California who served as a city supervisor until his assassination in 1978.

The other vessels in the class will be named for Earl Warren, the Supreme Court chief justice who helped abolish segregation in public schools and end state-level bans on interracial marriage; Robert F. Kennedy, the former attorney general and presidential candidate who was assassinated in 1968; Lucy Stone, a Civil War-era women’s rights activist; and the American abolitionist and civil rights activist Sojourner Truth.
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Millions of working Americans suffered extreme hardship in 2020, but CEOs at S&P 500 companies did very well, earning, on average, $15.5 million—$700,000 more than they had in 2019.

And their employees?

The average production and nonsupervisory worker earned $43,512 in 2020, up a total of just $957 a year over the course of the past decade.

“This is consistent with what we’ve been seeing year to year,” said AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler in announcing the findings of Executive Paywatch, the union federation’s searchable database on CEO pay.

“While working people bore the brunt of the pandemic,” Shuler says, “CEOs earned even more money.”

“For every dollar a worker earns, an S&P 500 CEO earns $299.”

“That level of pay inequity is unacceptable, and working people deserve better.”

Unions are calling on the Senate to pass the Protecting the Right to Organize Act, which would help address the massive inequities in the ratio of CEO to worker pay by making it easier to bargain over pay and working conditions.

If you’re mad that CEOs earn almost 300 times more than the average worker, call your senators and tell them to pass the PRO Act.
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The National Maritime Center resumed counter service appointments for the Regional Examination Centers listed below on July 19. Limited examination services will continue.

Mariners seeking to schedule counter service or examination appointments may do so by using the email addresses or phone numbers below.

— REC Anchorage –
— REC Baltimore –
— REC Boston –
— REC Charleston –
— REC Honolulu –
— REC Houston –
— REC Juneau –
— REC Long Beach –
— REC Memphis –
— REC Miami – or (305) 536-4331
— REC New Orleans –
— REC Oakland –
— REC Portland –
— REC Seattle –
— REC St. Louis –
— REC Toledo –
— MU Ketchikan – (907) 225-4496 (extension #3)
— MU San Juan – (787) 729-2368

Please note that REC New York has been temporarily closed and all service has been suspended while the REC is relocated to a new location.

Counter and exam services will be by appointment only. No walk-in appointments are available.

Late arrivals for appointments will not be permitted, and will require rescheduling to another appointment date.

Only the mariner conducting business may enter the REC. Additional members in your party must remain outside the REC during the appointment.

Mariners will be subject to Covid-19 screening questions and temperature checks.

Mariners experiencing symptoms will not be permitted to enter the REC/MU and will need to reschedule their appointment.

Mariners are required to wear a face covering at all times. Those who refuse to wear a face covering, or who remove face coverings during exams or counter appointments, will be dismissed and could be subject to examination module failure.

Persons with documented health issues that prevent them from wearing face coverings must notify the REC/MU when scheduling an appointment.

All fees must be satisfied prior to arriving for your counter service or exam appointment. is the preferred method of payment. A receipt or other proof of payment will be required in order to take an exam and should be emailed to the REC prior to your arrival.

For an examination appointment, mariners should bring a receipt, their own #2 pencils, photo ID, a non-programmable calculator, and plotting equipment. No other personal belongings are allowed in the facility.

Please review the REC FAQs, located on the REC page of the NMC website, for additional information regarding available services and entry requirements during the Covid-19 pandemic.

For questions or concerns, contact the NMC Customer Service Center by: emailing, using the NMC online chat system or calling 1-888-IASKNMC (427-5662).
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The National Maritime Center launched a centralized electronic delivery process (via email) for renewal examinations in May 2020.

Over 1,200 mariners have completed more than 3,000 examination modules using this process, and the feedback regarding the improved communications and significant reduction in processing time is overwhelmingly positive.

The process allows mariners to request, complete, and submit renewal examinations for grading by email.

The NMC discourages requests to mail hardcopy examinations. These requests introduce significant delays in processing that are beyond our control.

Approval to test (ATT) letters for renewal examinations issued on or after May 1, 2020, include directions on how to obtain an electronic examination, which are also found on the NMC Examinations Page website.

Email process for renewal examinations:

After receiving an ATT letter, mariner requests their examination by email to or by contacting the NMC Customer Contact Center.

If the examination fee was not previously paid, mariner must provide a payment receipt with the request.

NMC emails the mariner an Adobe PDF copy of the examination module(s), a fillable answer sheet for each module, and directions for completing the process.

Mariner completes the answer sheet for each module and returns via email in accordance with the directions.

NMC receives the answer sheets, scores them, and notifies the mariner by email of the results, including required retests or re-examinations, routinely within two business days.

Mariners may be approved for both original and renewal examinations on one ATT letter. They may only use the email process for the renewal examination and must schedule original examinations at a Regional Examination Center. See the REC webpage for instructions on scheduling original examinations.

For questions or to give feedback, contact the NMC Customer Service Center by emailing or calling 1-888-IASKNMC (427-5662).
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MM&P will be hosting a virtual joint membership meeting for Pacific and Gulf Ports on Wednesday, July 28, after West Coast job call at 1200 Pacific, 1400 Central and 1500 East Coast.

All Offshore members and applicants are welcome to participate.

In attendance will be Jeremy Hope, Vice President Gulf Ports & Gov’t Contracts and Lars Turner, Vice President Offshore Pacific Ports.

To register for the meeting, you will need to log in to either the MM&P app or the Members’ Only section of the MM&P website.

You can download the MM&P app at

Once you are on the Members’ Only site, click on Offshore Membership Meeting Registration located under the Documents tab.

For assistance, please send an email to
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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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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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\\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) – 9/27/21

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management 35-Hour: 8/2/21, 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: 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): 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: 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): 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): 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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Schedule of Courses – Please also see our schedule and enroll online at For Registration Contact our Admissions Department: 206.441.2880 or

July 2021

19-23 Basic Training
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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