Wheelhouse Weekly – July 28th, 2020

July 28th 2020

Volume 25… Number 30… July 28, 2020


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In a statement to the bipartisan leadership in the House of Representatives and Senate, MM&P President Don Marcus and the Presidents of the MEBA, AMO, SIU, MFOW and the SUP called on Congress to include emergency readiness funding for the Maritime Security Program in the next COVID-19 legislation.

Without such funding, the unions warned that America’s commercial sealift readiness capability could be weakened by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the job base for the 2,400 American merchant mariners who depend on the operation of the maritime security fleet vessels could be lost.

As stated by the maritime labor leaders, “COVID-19 is putting at risk the ongoing ability of our industry to provide the sealift readiness capability relied upon by the Department of Defense to support American troops deployed throughout the world.

Without this readiness capability the Department of Defense would be forced to entrust the security of our Nation and the safety of American troops to the whims of foreign shipping interests and foreign crews who may not share America’s foreign policy and defense objectives.”

They told Congress that “Through emergency readiness funding for the Maritime Security Program, Congress can ensure that America’s essential maritime workforce will remain employed as our nation continues to respond to the coronavirus.”

The maritime union Presidents urged Congress to “stand with America’s maritime workers and provide $180 million in emergency funding for the Maritime Security Program in the next COVID-19 response legislation.”

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The House of Representatives has passed its FY’21 authorizations legislation for the Department of Defense which includes a number of provisions important to the U.S.-flag maritime industry and strongly supported by the MM&P.

Among the pro-maritime provisions is an authorization for an additional $180 million for the Maritime Security Program in response to COVID-19. We will be working to ensure that this provision is included in the final defense bill to be negotiated by the House and Senate so that Congress has the authority to provide the additional funding.

In addition, the defense bill tightens the requirements for obtaining an administrative waiver of the Jones Act and limits the amount of time such a waiver may be granted.

Recent attempts to obtain long-term waivers for the carriage of energy resources prompted the action taken by the House of Representatives.

Finally, the legislation requires the Federal General Accounting Office to perform an audit of all Federal agencies and departments to determine the extent to which existing U.S.-flag cargo preference shipping requirements are being followed.

MM&P and MIRAID will similarly be working to ensure that these provisions are retained by the House and Senate negotiators.

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The following is a portion of an article released by the American Maritime Partnership. The complete report and more information about this study are available online.

The Jones Act is critical to American security and prosperity, delivering over 650,000 U.S. jobs, a reliable supply chain, and protection to our nation’s borders and national security interests. These benefits do not stop within the contiguous United States – and are realized even more in states like Hawaii, 2,500 miles from the U.S. mainland and home to 13,000 jobs related to the Jones Act shipping industry.

However, a number of recent studies and articles have questioned the value of the Jones Act to Hawaii. Their claims of negative impact are not supported by the facts and ignore the examples of the positive role of the Jones Act.

In response, Reeve & Associates and TZ Economics produced a fact-based analysis of recent developments in the U.S. mainland/Hawaii liner shipping market in order to determine how and to what extent shipping services provided in that market impact the people and economy of Hawaii, and, in particular, the cost of living in Hawaii.

The findings demonstrate a negligible impact of Jones Act carriers’ ocean shipping services on the price of goods shipped to Hawaii from the U.S. mainland, and instead illustrate positive economic contributions, including job creation, new infrastructure investments, and a reliable pipeline for critical consumer and industrial goods moving to and from the Islands.

The study provides facts to support the following:

–The Jones Act does not impact the cost of living in Hawaii.

–Over a ten-year period, Jones Act carriers’ rates have declined in real terms for essential ocean shipping.

–The large majority of the expenses of moving cargo between the U.S. mainland and Hawaii are completely unaffected by the Jones Act. If foreign-flag carriers were allowed to operate in the domestic trades, the costs of any foreign-flag vessel would rise substantially due to compliance with other laws, including tax and labor laws.

–American shipping companies are invested in Hawaii, providing over $2 billion in transportation technology customized for the Hawaii market, such as new ships, terminals, and equipment.

–Jones Act carriers are dedicated to Hawaii’s specific needs for high frequency and fast transit to deliver consumer goods to Hawaii and neighboring islands. Eliminating the Jones Act could undermine priority, frequency, and speed.

–Jones Act carriers play a critical role in support of U.S. national security, while meeting the needs of military personnel and their families who comprise nearly 10 percent of Hawaii’s population.

–The Jones Act ensures 13,000 jobs for Hawaii families.

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Panamanian-flagged large bulk carrier WAKASHIO went hard aground on July 25 in the Indian Ocean off the east coast of the island of Mauritius. The vessel is in an environmentally sensitive area, raising concerns of an environmental disaster. This tourist area is considered one of the best for viewing marine life. No oil leak has been reported.

Details of the accident are unclear but the Japanese-owned vessel was reported to be en route from China to Brazil. There were no reports of mechanical failures or severe storms in the region at the time of the accident.

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Mexican-flagged offshore supply vessel NATALIE was subjected to a violent armed boarding and robbery in the waters near the Mexican state of Veracruz. This attack highlights the increasing dangers for seafarers in the Bay of Campeche area of the southern Gulf of Mexico.

Attacks on a broad range of vessels have increased in the region since January 2018. The International Maritime Bureau cites four attacks targeting offshore vessels within an 11-day period in April 2020. One attack involved an injured crew member when weapons were fired.

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A new report from Clean Cargo, a forum working to reduce the environmental impact of the shipping industry, shows carbon dioxide emissions from the global containerized shipping industry have declined in 2019. The annual report contains data from approximately 3,500 vessels and shows a continued improvement in fleet-wide environmental efficiency.

The improvements in CO2 emissions by dry cargo carriers were observed on all of the major trade routes, with the best improvements showing a 12 percent reduction on routes from Asia to the Middle East, India, the Mediterranean, and the Black Sea.

Routes between Asia and North American ports both on the east and west coasts were about half that. Trade lanes between Asian and Northern Europe showed just a three percent reduction.

Analysis of the 10-year trend shows that lower emissions correlate with higher transport work, increasing size of ship, and trade lane length.

Clean Cargo uses a standardized methodology and reporting system. The operational data from the entire fleet is submitted annually to BSR and the results create an environmental performance scorecard for each carrier. The news was first reported by Maritime Executive.

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A vigil was held on July 21 in the nation’s capital as nurses came together to honor colleagues who have died from the coronavirus. 164 pairs of nurses’ shoes, representing each nurse who has died while working to battle COVID-19, were placed on the lawn of the Capitol.

National Nurses United (NNU) President Jean Ross, during an interview with CBSN said, “Your heroes should not be dispensable. We’re not expendable.” “We are getting sick. We are dying along with other healthcare workers. There are things our government can do. This is critical,” she said.

NNU is a nationwide union of registered nurses. They gathered to remember lives lost and to demand action from the Senate to pass the HEROES Act.

The $3 trillion HEROES Act would ensure the increased production and delivery of personal protective equipment and other medical supplies, regulatory protections for frontline health care workers, and economic assistance to working families and state, local and tribal governments.

“Our nurses tell us they are working under horrible conditions,” Ross said. She said hospitals are experiencing short staffing, lack of equipment and gowns, and some are even “begging and borrowing” from other institutions and buildings. The conditions should not be occurring and they make hospitals less safe during the pandemic, Ross said.

NNU said the HEROES Act also establishes the role of a Medical Supplies Response Coordinator, who would coordinate the federal government’s efforts related to the supply and distribution of critical medical supplies and equipment.

The vigil at the Capitol was not the first by NNU. Their protest in May was for 60 who had died in the U.S., a number that has more than doubled since then.

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Struggling to be heard has taken a deadly turn for many workers during this pandemic. A staggering 890 workers at a Tyson pork plant contracted COVID-19 earlier this year. Their voice about work place safety was ignored, just like the more than 780 Smithfield plant workers that tested positive for the virus.

“Under American law, employers are required to listen to their workers only when they have a labor union, but just 11.6% of American workers are represented by unions,” writes Steven Greenhouse in his piece about “workers voice.” The effects of an employee not having a voice can be devastating. His article, which appeared in the July 24 edition of The Guardian, can be found here:

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The MM&P union halls in Seattle, Oakland and Los Angeles/Long Beach will be closed on Tuesday, 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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The MITAGS East/Maritime Conference Center and MITAGS West Covid-19 policies have been posted on the MITAGS home page at

It’s particularly important that you read our latest policies for each campus, as they are slightly different for Seattle and Baltimore.

The MITAGS East/MCC policy is posted at:

The MITAGS West policy is posted at:

Please keep in mind that this is a very fluid situation.

We will continue to update our website and keep you informed in as timely a matter as possible.

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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, until further notice.

Classes are 5-day unless otherwise noted

Class dates followed by an * are full

AB – Able Seaman –8/17/20, 10/5/20

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation (1-Day): 9/4/20

ARPA-OIC (4-Day) – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 9/22/20

AZIPOD (2-Day) – 10/5/20

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 9/28/20

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 9/15/20

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling –
(Now also included in BRMP-Refresher) (3-Day): 10/7/20

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

BT – Basic Safety Training: 8/10/20, 10/12/20

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – 8/31/20,
9/23/20, 10/28/20, 12/15/20

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 9/23/20, 12/14/20

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 10/26/20

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 10/5/20, 11/30/20

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 8/3/20, 9/28/20, 12/7/20

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 10/12/20

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1: 8/24/20, 11/9/20

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific: 8/31/20*, 11/16/20

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

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems: 8/17/20, 11/9/20

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM):
8/10/20, 11/16/20, 12/14/20

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 9/14/20 (DCS-1 available on request – contact

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: Not Currently Scheduled

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management: 9/21/20

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 8/10/20, 9/14/20, 9/28/20,
10/12/20, 11/2/20, 1/30/20

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 8/17/20, 9/21/20, 10/5/20,
10/19/20, 11/9/20, 12/7/20

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

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 11/2/20

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 10/26/20

WX-HW-ATL – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Atlantic Ocean (2-day) – Contact

WX-HW-IND – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Indian Ocean (2-day) – Contact

WX-HW-PAC – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Pacific Ocean (2-day) – Contact

CIW-DPA/IA – Continual Improvement Workshop: Designated Person Ashore &
Internal Auditor (3-Day) ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program ** –

CIW-SMS – Continual Improvement Workshop: Successful Safety Management (2-Day)
– Not currently scheduled

CNAV-OIC (15-Day) – Celestial Navigation: 11/2/20

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior (1-Day) – Not currently scheduled

CDMGT – Crowd Management (1-Day) – Not currently scheduled

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

CSE-AWR – Confined Space Entry Awareness (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

CY-MAR – Cyber-Skilled Mariner ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES
Program ** – Not currently scheduled

DDE – Great Lakes (20-Day): Not currently scheduled

ECDIS for Pilots (2-Day) – 12/3/20

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 8/17/20, 12/7/20

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

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 8/10/20, 10/12/20

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire
Fighting Revalidation: 9/2/20, 9/22/20, 10/27/20, 12/17/20

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 9/26/20, 12/12/20

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications (1-Day): 9/15/20

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

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

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 8/24/20, 11/16/20

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

LAP – License Advancement Program for Mate to Master (20-Day): 9/28/20

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): Contact Admissions

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage (1-Day): 9/16/20

LNG-TPIC (10-Day) – 11/30/20

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC) (1-Day): 9/21/20

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments
not included): 8/24/20, 11/30/20

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 9/28/20, 11/30/20

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 8/17/20, 10/19/20

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 9/28/20, 11/30/20

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 9/3/20,
9/21/20, 10/3/20, 10/26/20, 12/5/20, 12/18/20

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense
Orientation (Basic) (1-Day): 8/5/20, 9/11/20, 11/10/20

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 8/3/20, 9/9/20,

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) – 8/2/20, 11/1/20

MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day) – 10/28/20

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 8/9/20,
9/14/20, 11/2/20

MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day) – 8/6/20, 9/12/20, 11/2/20

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) – 8/8/20, 9/13/20, 11/6/20

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) – 8/14/20, 9/18/20, 11/7/20

NDMS-ENAV – Navigational Decision Making Series – Best Practice in eNav (3-Day) –

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P (2-Day) – 8/31/20*,
9/2/20*, 10/26/20, 10/28/20*, 12/14/20, 12/16/20

PSC – Personal Survival Craft (5-Day) – 10/19/20

PSC-REF – Personal Survival Craft Refresher (2-Day) – 12/10/20

RFPNW – Ratings Forming Part of a Navigational Watch (3-day) – 9/30/20

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal (1-Day): 9/21/20

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes (1-Night): 9/15/20, 12/14/20

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: Not currently scheduled

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3-Day): 10/14/20, 11/30/20

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 8/24/20, 10/19/20

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day) – 8/31/20*, 11/16/20*, 12/14/20

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: Not currently scheduled

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

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: Not currently scheduled

TRAC-TUG-2 (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

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

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (1-Day): Not Currently

VSO – Vessel Security Officer (3-Day): 9/9/20

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) (10-Day): 10/5/20

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 9/14/20

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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 2020

27-29 Security Officer – Vessel, Company and Facility
27-31 Basic Shiphandling

August 2020

3-7 Able Seaman
3-7 Advanced Firefighting
10-14 Basic Training
10-28 Terrestrial and Coastal Navigation
17-18 Basic Training Revalidation
19th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
20-21 Advanced Firefighting Refresher
31-4 Radar Observer Unlimited

September 2020

14-18 Engine Resource Management
14-18 Basic Training
14-2 License Preparation (OICNW)
21-25 Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (MEECE)
21-2 GMDSS
28-29 Basic Training Revalidation
30th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

October 2020

12-16 ECDIS
12-16 Ship Construction and Basic Stability
12-16 Basic Training
12-16 Medical Care Provider
12-23 Medical Person-In-Charge
19-20 Basic Training Revalidation
19-23 Advanced Meteorology
19-6 Celestial Navigation
21st Medical DOT
22nd Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
26-29 Advanced Firefighting
26-30 Advanced Shiphandling I

November 2020

2-6 Advanced Shiphandling II
2-6 Radar Observer Unlimited
2-6 Basic Training
9-12 Advanced Firefighting
9-13 Leadership & Managerial Skills
9-13 Medical Care Provider
9-20 Medical Person-In-Charge
13th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
16-17 Basic Training Revalidation
16-18 Security Officer – Vessel, Company and Facility
16-19 ARPA
16-20 Advanced Stability
30-4 Basic Training

December 2020

4, 7-8 Basic Training Refresher
7-8 Basic Training Revalidation
7-11 Medical Care Provider
7-18 Medical Person-In-Charge
9th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
10-11 Advanced Firefighting Refresher

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We now offer blended learning options ( for a variety of USCG and VA approved courses.

Blended learning involves online and in person learning. First, course materials will be delivered remotely, via an online platform.

The second portion of your course will be completed on campus since some USCG-approved courses require assessments (exams and practical exercises) to be completed in person.

Dates of in-person course completion will be determined at a later date.

MITAGS is currently able to offer the following blended learning courses.

Check individual courses often for any upcoming scheduled course dates.

New course sessions are being added regularly.

— Advanced Meteorology (Blended)

— Basic Firefighting (Blended)

— Basic Training (Blended)

— Basic Training Refresher (Blended)

— Basic Training Revalidation (Blended)

— Cargo Handling & Stowage (Operational Level) (Blended)

— Fatigue, Sleep & Medications (Online)

— Leadership & Managerial Skills (Blended)

— Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities (Blended)

— Personal Survival Techniques (Blended)

— Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (Blended)

Please contact us via e-mail if you have questions or concerns.

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