Wheelhouse Weekly, July 27, 2021

Volume 27… Number 30… July 27, 2021


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USA Maritime—a coalition of maritime unions, US-flag shipping companies and their advocacy groups—has asked Congress to ensure that pending infrastructure legislation requires that equipment and supplies purchased from overseas be carried on US-flag ships.

MM&P and MIRAID are both members of USA Maritime.

The coalition is also asking Congress to:

— repeal the reduction in cargo preference for food aid that was enacted in the 112th Congress and restore that percentage to at least 75 percent; and

— repeal an additional provision that ended the cargo preference cost reimbursement mechanism, a longstanding compromise among agricultural, aid and maritime stakeholders that provided for MARAD reimbursement of certain cargo-preference related costs.

USA Maritime Chair C. James Patti outlined the requests in a July 22 letter to House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chair Peter DeFazio.

Patti said the proposals “would help strengthen the US-flag fleet and provide job opportunities for licensed and unlicensed American merchant mariners.”

The Biden Administration’s American Jobs Plan represents a significant investment in infrastructure across the United States.

“By adding US-flag cargo preference shipping requirements,” Patti wrote, “Congress will ensure that cargoes shipped for the infrastructure programs authorized and funded through the American Jobs Plan will be carried by American ships with American crews.”

“As such the program would not only rebuild America’s critical infrastructure, but would also ensure that American taxpayer dollars benefit working families and their communities by providing cargo to US-flag vessels and jobs to US-citizen mariners.”

Patti also asked Congress to consider reversing “the disastrous reductions in cargo preference” enacted during the 112th Congress as part of the MAP-21 program.

“Those reductions had a catastrophic impact on the US-flag internationally sailing fleet,” he noted.

In the years following their enactment, the US-flag international fleet saw a reduction in size of over 25 percent, with a significant commensurate loss of jobs and a serious impact on American national security and readiness.

“By repealing the changes made by MAP-21, and potentially increasing cargo preference requirements to 100 percent, Congress can undo the damage caused by MAP-21 while working to strengthen and expand the US-flag international fleet,” Patti added.
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The Senate has confirmed National Labor Relations Board veteran Jennifer Abruzzo to a four-year term as NLRB general counsel.

She was most recently special counsel to the Communications Workers of America and had previously served in the Obama administration as the deputy general counsel of the NLRB.

The Democrat-led Senate voted 50-50 to confirm her, with Vice President Kamala Harris breaking the tie.

On Monday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) filed motions to begin debate on the nominations to the Board of union attorneys Gwynne Wilcox and David Prouty.

Wilcox, who would fill an open Democratic seat on the board, is a senior partner at union-side labor and employment firm Levy Ratner.

Prouty has spent his career representing unions. He currently serves as general counsel for New York City-based Local 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union.

If both Wilcox and Prouty are confirmed by the Senate, the Board would have a Democratic majority.

Labor unions have applauded President Biden’s choices of Abruzzo, Prouty and Wilcox, saying their experience makes them well equipped to protect the rights of workers to join unions and advocate for better working conditions.

Abruzzo is expected to eliminate policies implemented by her predecessor which limited the ability of NLRB lawyers to investigate worker complaints and pursue unfair labor practices against employers.

She is also expected to work to restore morale at the agency, which has been undermined by highly controversial administrative and policy decisions, as well as extreme cuts to staffing and budgets.

The NLRB was created by Congress to protect the rights of working people, encourage collective bargaining and curtail private sector labor and management practices that can harm the welfare of workers, businesses and the economy as a whole.

Under the previous administration, the NLRB engaged in a relentless campaign to strengthen the hand of employers in negotiations with working people and their unions, rolling back decades of settled law and tipping the scale of justice further in favor of corporations.

In the first months of fiscal year 2019, for example, the Board reversed its position and brought charges against 21 labor groups in cases in which the unions had previously been found to not be at fault.
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America’s transportation unions are asking members of Congress who have been working for months on a bipartisan infrastructure deal to iron out their differences and deliver an agreement “that meets the needs of all Americans.”

“Working with Congress and the administration to deliver on President Biden’s promise of major, long-overdue investments in America’s infrastructure remains the top priority for the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO,” says TTD President Greg Regan.

“We are encouraged by the bipartisan group of Senate negotiators who have signaled that significant progress has been made on a final agreement.”

“We cannot squander this moment.”

“Americans deserve serious federal investments that will ensure the creation of good jobs with strong worker and safety protections; safe roads and bridges; reliable and expanded public transportation and passenger rail; efficient movement of goods across ports, roads and rail lines; and world-class airports that keep pace with investments being made around the rest of the world.”

“Working people across our entire transportation system are ready to rise to this occasion, and their eyes are now on Congress to complete a strong, bipartisan agreement for consideration.”

“Failure to act will impair our economy, stifle much needed job creation, and harm American competitiveness.”

MM&P is one of the 33 unions representing millions of transportation workers nationwide who belong to the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department.
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The Coast Guard has been working to improve the content of credentialing examinations.

The agency is currently working on job task analyses of deck officer endorsements for unlimited tonnage vessels.

To validate the information gathered, it is seeking input from mariners who hold national Merchant Mariner Credential deck officer endorsements for unlimited tonnage vessels.

The Coast Guard invites you to be a part of this effort by:

— validating unlimited tonnage deck officer tasks; and

— explaining the difficulty, importance, and frequency of performance of these tasks.

The agency will use the results of the job task analyses in consultation with industry to evaluate and update examination content for all unlimited tonnage deck officer endorsements.

The information provided will remain anonymous. It will take you approximately 25 minutes to complete the survey.

Respondents will be asked several questions up front regarding their recent sea service.

Their responses to these questions will direct them to the right survey questions.

The survey links will be active through August 4, 2021.

Click here to start the survey!

For questions regarding the survey, please send an email to:
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Treacherous working conditions in the Neopanamax locks are putting world commerce at risk, MM&P President Don Marcus told maritime industry leaders at the International Propeller Club’s European Conference in May.

The tugboat captains and line handlers who work in the new locks are exposed to grave risks on a daily basis and the threat of a massive shutdown that would dwarf the events that took place on the Suez Canal in March looms large.

“The Neopanamax vessels are built for efficiency at sea, not for shiphandling or for maneuverability in port or in canals,” Marcus says.

“Under usual port operating conditions, they are highly dependent on the use of tugboats,” he says, and the margin of safety in the new locks can be razor thin.

Tugboat captains and line handlers are frequently assigned to work exhausting shifts, which do not respect MLC or STCW hours of work and rest requirements.

The steady increase in the number of Neopanamax ship transits has not been matched by an increase in equipment or personnel.

“This is really a warning about a disaster waiting to happen,” Marcus says.

View the presentation here.
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China is keeping vessels crewed by Indian sailors from calling at its ports, according to the leader of the All India Seafarer & General Workers Union.

The union claims that since March 21, authorities in China have been telling ship operators not to dispatch Indian seafarers if they want their vessels to be allowed to dock.

The union’s acting president, Abhijeet Sangle, says the policy is aimed at giving Chinese seafarers an unfair advantage in competing for jobs.

The India branch manager for an international shipping company told journalists that as a result of the ban, some ship operators are giving hiring preference to seafarers from China, the Philippines and Vietnam.

“All India Seafarers Union requesting to all the higher authorities to look into this serious issue and help us to save the jobs of our seafarer brothers,” Sangle wrote last week to authorities in India.

In the meantime, Indonesia says that although it has opened up crew change to seafarers from most other countries, it will continue to block Indian mariners.

Covid-19 positivity rates are surging in India.

Additionally, the country’s primary vaccine, COVAXIN, has not yet been certified by the World Health Organization, which means many international vessel operators will not accept as fully vaccinated seafarers who have been vaccinated with COVAXIN.
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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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Do you hold a management or operational level merchant mariner endorsement? If so, you may have the experience the Coast Guard needs.

Join the Coast Guard team and put your knowledge and experience to work ensuring mariners receive necessary training and relevant testing in order to qualify for a US Merchant Mariner Credential.

The Coast Guard currently has two subject matter expert positions open at the National Maritime Center in Martinsburg, W. Va.

The positions are one each for a deck and an engine subject matter specialist who develop examination questions and assessments to ensure applicants have the minimum level of knowledge to meet the requirements of the endorsements they are seeking.

To learn more and to apply for these positions, visit or select the links below:

Deck Subject Matter Expert:
21-1938-SE-AJ-D and/or 21-1938-SE-AJ-M
Engine Subject Matter Expert:
21-1818-SE-AJ-D and/or 21-1818-SE-AJ-M
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The Maritime Conference Center is competing with other hospitality providers for the “Best Pandemic Pivot” award.

The award will be given to the hospitality provider judged to have responded best to the impact of the pandemic.

MCC usually caters to attendees of conferences, meetings and educational events.

During the pandemic, it pivoted to hosting mariners during their 15-night Restriction of Movement (ROM) period, prior to meeting their vessels for job assignment.

To cast your vote for MCC, SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM OF THE VOTING OPTIONS LIST to find “Best Pandemic Pivot” at:

Voting is open until Aug. 13.
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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): Not currently scheduled

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: 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): 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): Not currently scheduled

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, 11/14/21, 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, 12/15/21

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

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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