Wheelhouse Weekly, July 6, 2021

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More than 100 countries last week endorsed a 15 percent global minimum tax rate to keep corporations from shifting profits to countries with the lowest taxes.

For shipping, a global minimum tax would be “a game changer,” says Nautilus International General Secretary Mark Dickinson.

“A global minimum tax would erode the flag-of-convenience business model and encourage companies to base themselves and their ships in bona fide flag states,” he says.

“For Nautilus International, the answer is clear: any plan to tackle the enduring issues the industry faces must be built on a foundation of fairness and continuous improvement.”

A global minimum tax for shippers could help level the playing field for reputable shipping companies that flag their ships in their own countries and pay their fair share of taxes.

At this stage of negotiations, however, it looks as if the entire shipping industry will be excluded from the minimum tax regulations.

Apart from how the global minimum tax plan is applied, says MM&P Vice President George Quick, “the US should have a tonnage tax system for US-flagged ships competing in international trades to begin leveling the playing field.”

“US shipping companies paying US corporate tax rates of 24 percent on profits experience unfair competition from both FOC and UK tonnage taxed companies that pay taxes of 1 percent or 2 percent on average,” says Quick, an expert on maritime law who represents MM&P in national and international forums.

The global minimum tax plan will be discussed by the Group of 20 countries at meetings later this year with the aim of finishing the details in October and implementing the agreement in 2023.
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Border tightening by a number of major seafaring nations has led to an increase in the number of seafarers working beyond the expiration of their contracts.

The number of mariners blocked aboard their vessels rose from 5.8 percent in May to 8.8 percent in June.

The number of seafarers who have been aboard their vessels for over 11 months has also risen, from 0.4 percent to 1 percent.

The data was compiled by signatories to the Neptune Declaration, which include hundreds of multinationals, unions, shipping companies and international organizations calling on governments to address the humanitarian crisis caused by Covid-19 restrictions on crew change.

The recent upswing, they say, has resulted from new restrictions put in place by governments—in particular in Asian countries that serve as major crew change hubs—facing a surge in Covid-19 cases and the rapid spread of new variants.

The government of the Philippines, for example has announced a travel ban for seafarers traveling from the UAE, Oman, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. The number of inbound flights to the Philippines has also been significantly reduced.

“The crew change crisis has been ongoing for more than a year and a half, with the highest cost falling on seafarers and their families,” says International Transport Workers’ Federation General Secretary Stephen Cotton.

“The situation is going from bad to worse. We need more than lip service from governments, we need concrete action that allows crew changes to be carried out in a safe manner.”

Variables behind the worsening crisis include high rates of infection and subsequent lockdowns in parts of the world where only a small percentage of the population has been vaccinated and seafarers in particular continue to have limited vaccine access.

“Resolving the crew change crisis will require all seafarers to have priority access to vaccines,” says International Chamber of Shipping Secretary General Guy Platten.

“There has been some progress, for instance in the United States and in parts of Europe, which we welcome, but the vast majority of seafarers are still unable to be vaccinated. It is urgent that countries prioritize the vaccination of international seafarers.”

The Neptune Declaration Crew Change Indicator is published monthly and builds on aggregated data provided by 10 leading ship managers which collectively have about 90,000 seafarers currently onboard.
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Hapag-Lloyd has begun the process of replacing the Express-class vessels with newer and much larger ships from its international fleet.

The four Express-class ships crewed by licensed deck officers who belong to MM&P are the CHARLESTON EXPRESS, the PHILADELPHPIA EXPRESS, the ST LOUIS EXPRESS and the WASHINGTON EXPRESS.

The CHARLESTON EXPRESS has been flagged-out at Port Canaveral. It was replaced by the COLORADO EXPRESS.

The WASHINGTON EXPRESS will soon be replaced by the HUDSON EXPRESS.

The remaining two vessels will be changed out over the course of the summer.

The four 3,237 TEU geared containerships are being replaced by A7 6900 TEU Flex engine ships from the company’s international fleet.

The new ships, which are approximately five years younger than the vessels they are replacing, will assume their predecessors’ Maritime Security Program operating agreements.

The Express-class ships are all operated by Maritime Personnel & Provisioning.
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The House of Representatives has passed the INVEST in America Act, which would increase federal funding for ferry systems, roads, bridges, transit and rail.

The legislation provides a 50 percent increase in the authorization for the construction of ferry boats, ferry terminal facilities and related infrastructure.

“Momentum is growing for the kind of once-in-a-generation investments in infrastructure that will transform our country, create and sustain millions of good jobs, and secure America’s economic vitality for years to come,” said Greg Regan, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO.

“By pairing those investments with strong labor protections, including Davis Bacon, transit labor protections, domestic content and manufacturing requirements, and Buy America rules, this legislation ensures federal dollars create good-paying jobs here in the US, with the kinds of safety, wage, and workplace protections working people deserve.

“Passage of the INVEST in America Act marks an important step towards transformative and long-overdue investments in our nation’s infrastructure,” Regan said.

“TTD and our unions eagerly await the Senate’s bipartisan infrastructure proposal and progress by the White House on the American Jobs Plan.”

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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TheAFL-CIO released the following statement from President Richard Trumka on the Supreme Court’s July 1 decision to uphold two Arizona election laws that place new restrictions on voting.

The case, Brnovich v DNC, was seen as an important test for what remains of one of the nation’s most important civil rights laws, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which the Supreme Court scaled back in 2013.

“The labor movement has always fought for the freedom to vote without discrimination and without intimidation,” the AFL-CIO President said.

“Today, that freedom was once again attacked by a Supreme Court dead set on unraveling democracy at the workplace and the ballot box.”

“Endorsing the efforts of extremist Arizona lawmakers to silence voters’ voices based on the color of their skin is a stain on the highest court in the land.”

“It also makes it that much more difficult to challenge discriminatory voting laws in the future.”

“America’s unions are committed to working with our allies to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, the For the People Act and the PRO Act to prevent future attacks on our democratic freedoms.”

Masters, Mates & Pilots is one of the 56 affiliates of the AFL-CIO.
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On Wednesday, July 7, the Oakland City Council will conduct a virtual meeting on the plan to build a luxury development and stadium at Howard Terminal.

This meeting, which is open to the public, is critical because the outcomes will inform the non-binding vote the City Council takes at their July 20 meeting.

The public comment portion begins at 10 am PDT.

To ensure that your concerns are heard, please log into the Zoom meeting promptly at 10 am and use the “Raise your hand” icon to be entered into the queue for public comment.

What: Oakland City Council Economic and Development Committee
Where: Virtual via Zoom – LINK TO JOIN
When: Wednesday, July 7 at 10:00 AM PDT

If you haven’t already, you can click here to submit an email to the Oakland City Council urging them to say NO to this bad deal for the city and Oakland residents.

The East Oakland Stadium Alliance has also created a flyer to forward to your friends, colleagues, neighbors, and personal networks.

The flyer includes important information about the upcoming meeting and a QR code to send a letter to the Oakland City Council.

The flyer is available HERE and can be sent electronically or printed for distribution.

As a reminder, representatives of the Oakland A’s and Major League Baseball have told the City of Oakland that the team will move away if city managers don’t approve a $12 billion private waterfront development project and fund it with massive subsidies from local taxpayers.

The project would push maritime activities, families and small businesses out of the area in and around the Port to make space for an enormous stadium, upscale condos and offices.

Opponents of the plan include MM&P, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, the Inland Boatmen’s Union, the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association, maritime employers, shipping organizations and religious, community and environmental groups.
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The containership CSAV TYNDALL was struck by an unknown weapon, possibly a missile, on July 3 while traveling from Jeddah to Jebel Ali.

Apart from a fire on the cargo deck, which the crew was able to quickly contain, the vessel is said to be otherwise undamaged.

Military sources cited in the media said Iran is probably behind the attack, in particular because the vessel was partly owned by an Israeli businessman until a few months ago.

Iran has been accused of previous attacks on Israeli vessels in the Gulf of Oman and the Indian Ocean, and the Israelis are also believed to have struck Iranian merchant ships.

Explosions aboard the Israeli-owned car carriers HELIOS RAY and HYPERION RAY earlier this year have both been attributed to Iran.

The most recent incident follows on the heels of an Israeli drone strike on an Iranian uranium centrifuge manufacturing plant.
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There will be an in-person Offshore Membership Meeting in the New York/New Jersey Hall on Wednesday, July 7, 2021, at 1100.

MM&P Atlantic Ports Vice President Tom Larkin, International Secretary Treasurer Don Josberger and International President Don Marcus will participate in the meeting and give their reports.

As a reminder, the New York/New Jersey Hall is located at: 570 Broad St., Suite 701, Newark, NJ 07102. The phone number is: 201-963-1900.

All Offshore members and applicants are encouraged to attend the meeting.
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The American Merchant Marine Veterans will hold their National Convention this year from Sept. 21 to 24 at MITAGS in Linthicum Heights, Md.

Guest speakers will include author and reporter Rita Cosby, maritime author William Geroux and WWII mariner and industry spokesperson Dave Yoho, who will be the keynote speaker at the Congressional Gold Medal dinner.

You can register for the Convention here.

AMMV is a 5,000-member organization of active and retired mariners who work to educate the public about the importance of the American merchant marine and to promote and protect the interests of America’s mariners.

“Join us as we endeavor to educate citizens about the accomplishments and sacrifices our men and women have made for the United States of America, and so much more,” the AMMV says.

“Our voices will be heard; our history drives our service.”

“We laud our Veterans and their sacrifices through our continued actions, but we also enjoy a good time together! Whether it’s a convention full of amazing speakers and panels, a small gathering to honor those lost to us, or even celebrating important holidays, we love seeing our members get together.”

To book a room for the Convention at MITAGS, click here.
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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

(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 and selecting the OAP network (accessible any time) or (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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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) – 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): 7/12/21, 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: 7/12/21, 9/27/21

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 7/17/21, 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) – 7/16/21, 8/8/21, 9/18/21, 11/5/21

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) – 7/17/21, 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) – 7/12/21*, 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) – 7/12/21, 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

12-16 Tankerman Person-In-Charge
12-30 Terrestrial & Coastal Navigation w/ Compasses
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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