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Wheelhouse Weekly, June 1, 2021

Volume 27… Number 22… June 1, 2021

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MOURNING THE VICTIMS OF THE SAN JOSE RAIL YARD SHOOTING

Members of the AFL-CIO unions stand in solidarity with the families and coworkers of the victims of last Wednesday’s shootings at the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority light rail yard in San Jose.

“We wish to share our heartbreak for our brothers and sisters who lost their lives and who were injured in this senseless act of violence,” said Greg Regan, president of the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department.

“We mourn with their families and friends for their loss and stand in solidarity with all workers, who should never have to walk onto the job fearing for their lives or their safety.”

“Every mass shooting is a tragedy,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

“But this mass shooting hits close to home because the victims are our brothers and sisters.”

“Not only did it happen at a workplace, but the shots rang out in the middle of a union meeting.”

“We’ve all been to those meetings. A place of solidarity and democracy turned into a target for carnage.”

“I’m sad. I’m angry. But we are a family. Families grow together, celebrate together—and grieve together.”

“And over this past year, our family has had way too much grief.”

“Today, our grief is matched by our determination. To push forward past these dark days. These are troubling times for our country. But make no mistake, we will reach a better day.”

“This is a reminder that our work is great and our time together is never long enough.”

“May God bless the memories of the brothers and sisters we lost, and may God give strength to their loved ones.”
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PRESIDENT’S BUDGET REQUEST INCLUDES FUNDING FOR MSP, A NEW TANKER FLEET AND FERRY SYSTEMS

The President’s FY 2022 budget request includes full funding for the Maritime Security Program and funding for several other maritime industry priorities.

The White House noted that MSP “supports and contributes to the expansion of the merchant mariner base, providing employment for approximately 2,400 US merchant mariners who crew the US government-owned surge sealift fleet, as well as up to 5,000 additional shore-side workers.”

The budget requests $60 million for a new Tanker Security Program “to address the urgent and critical national security requirements for US-flag product tankers to support our deployed Armed Forces in contingency operations and provide a global network of distribution capabilities.”

The new Tanker Security Program, the White House said, will create and sustain US mariner jobs, and support economic security and global competitiveness by lowering reliance on foreign-flag tankers.

The President’s budget also includes an $80 million request for ferry boat programs and $315.6 million to allow MARAD to complete the National Security Multi-Mission Vessel school ship replacement program.
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DUE DILIGENCE TOOLKIT WILL HELP GLOBAL BRANDS FULFILL THEIR DUTY TO PROTECT SEAFARERS’ RIGHTS

Unions have welcomed the launch of a new human rights “due diligence” toolkit to help global brands protect the human and labor rights of seafarers in their supply chains.

The toolkit was developed by United Nations organizations led by the UN Global Compact, the International Transport Workers’ Federation, maritime industry groups, unions and corporations.

It outlines the questions that corporations must ask participants in their supply chains to ensure that seafarers’ rights to crew change, freedom of movement and freedom from forced labor are upheld.

“For far too long, shipping has been a human rights blind spot for global brands,” says ITF General Secretary Stephen Cotton.

“Today, responsible companies want to understand how they or partners in their supply chains might be violating human rights.”

“That’s why in the midst of the crew change crisis, the launch of this tool is extremely timely.”

Unilever is one of the big retail brands that has already agreed to sign on to the project.

The toolkit is also expected to be endorsed by the Consumer Goods Forum, which counts hundreds of the world’s biggest consumer companies—including Coca-Cola, Marks & Spencer and Nestle—as members.

Upholding human rights within supply chains is a social responsibility for companies and it is increasingly becoming a legal requirement as well.

“Throughout the pandemic, the world’s seafarers have been set adrift, stranded by Covid-19 restrictions with hundreds of thousands forced to work against their will,” Cotton says.

“Responsible players have acted, but many companies have either been caught unaware or have chosen to ignore this humanitarian crisis.”

The UN is encouraging corporations and other cargo owners to work with maritime industry experts in the ITF and the International Chamber of Shipping to undertake supply chain audits, or “health checks.”

Unions are still being alerted to cases of charterers and sub-charterers using “no crew change” clauses and other means to avoid performing crew changes, says ITF Seafarers’ Section Chair Dave Heindel.

Cargo owners, he said, need to make their expectations clear from the outset to suppliers of maritime transport services.

“Sadly, money is still getting in the way of human needs when it comes to shipping,” he said.

“Many shipowners’ revenues are at all-time highs, and cargo owners have barely noticed any change to their business as usual, despite 200,000 seafarers still trapped working aboard what amount to floating prisons, unable to get home.”

“We want to see as many companies as possible taking concrete action, committing to use the due diligence tool, and helping to stamp out human rights abuses in their supply chains and the wider shipping industry.”

Heindel said the big brands have the power to ban “no crew change” clauses from their supply chains.

He encouraged companies to email seafarershrdd@itf.org.uk “to start their human rights due diligence journey.”

“With the launch of this tool, companies now have no excuse not to act,” he said.

“It makes clear the directives companies can give to suppliers to allow diversions, and to ensure that ‘no crew change’ clauses are eradicated from their supply chains.”
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PRESIDENT BIDEN SELECTS UNION ADVOCATE FOR FIFTH SEAT ON NLRB

President Biden has nominated attorney Gwynne Wilcox to be a member of the National Labor Relations Board.

Wilcox, who serves as associate general counsel for Local 1199 of the Service Employees International Union, is a partner at the union-side law firm Levy Ratner.

She previously worked as a field attorney for the NLRB in New York.

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.

The five-member Board currently has a 3-1 Republican majority held over from the previous administration.

If Wilcox is confirmed by the Senate for the vacant fifth seat, the Board would have a 3-2 Republican majority.

President Biden will have a chance to nominate another member to the Board when the next seat opens up in August.

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.

Unions welcomed Biden’s nomination of Wilcox to fill the empty fifth seat.

A spokesperson for the United Food and Commercial Workers union said in a statement that her nomination “sends a clear message that this White House is committed to creating a level playing field for American workers.”
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UNLIMITED TONNAGE DECK OFFICER SURVEY AIMS TO IMPROVE THE CONTENT OF CREDENTIALING EXAMS

The Coast Guard has been working since 2016 on several initiatives aimed at improving the quality of the content of credentialing examinations.

One initiative is to conduct job task analyses to validate the occupational tasks carried out by mariners in today’s merchant fleet.

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

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

The agency describes the project as follows.

We have worked with members of industry who have experience as deck officers on unlimited tonnage vessels on all operating routes to identify tasks that both management and operational level deck officers are responsible for while signed on a vessel.

The Coast Guard is inviting you to be a part of this exciting and worthwhile effort by:

— validating unlimited tonnage deck officer tasks; and

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

This is a unique opportunity for you to provide insight into your job as a deck officer on unlimited tonnage vessels and contribute to Coast Guard examination improvements.

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

Mariners who hold unlimited tonnage deck officer endorsements will receive an e-mail from JobTaskAnalysis@uscg.mil containing a link to the survey and the dates the survey is open.

Your link to the survey will have a unique identifier to record your responses. It is not linked to you personally and the information you provide will remain anonymous.

Your participation is encouraged for the benefit of the maritime community and the safety of the Marine Transportation System.

If you have questions regarding the survey, please contact us at JobTaskAnalysis@uscg.mil.

Your participation in the survey is greatly appreciated.
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CONTAINER FEEDER VESSEL CAPSIZES IN SPANISH PORT

Maritime Executive has reported that a feeder vessel transporting containers along the coast of Spain capsized in the port of Castellón on May 28.

The Panama-flagged 2,085 dwt NAZMIYE ANA was conducting cargo operations when it lost stability and capsized.

As many as 10 people, including crewmembers and dockworkers, were thrown into the water.

Three crewmembers were injured. Five dive teams conducted a search for the missing, with help from port police, harbor tugboats, rescue teams, the fire department and the Red Cross.

There have been no further updates on the condition of the injured or the recovery of the missing workers.

It was unclear whether the vessel lost stability due to a container imbalance or capsized as a result of cargo operations.
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AUSTRALIA BANS FLAG-OF-CONVENIENCE BULKER FOR THREE YEARS, CITING “APPALLING CONDITIONS”

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has issued a 36-month ban on the Panama-flagged bulker MARYAM because of the “unprecedented conditions” that inspectors found on board.

The three-year ban is the longest ever issued by AMSA, twice as long as the ban on another vessel owned by the same company.

“The length of the ban reflects the seriousness of Aswan Shipping’s failures to manage the welfare of its seafarers and the standard of maintenance of its ships,” said AMSA Executive Director of Operations Allan Schwartz.

He said that the company had been “conspicuous in its absence” throughout the entire period of the bulkers’ detention.

The MARYAM was detained after inspectors identified 36 deficiencies, including lack of power, electricity and air conditioning.

The classification society, which had conducted an inspection focused on crew welfare on behalf of the flag state, reported in April that it had identified inconsistencies with crew contracts aboard both ships.

AMSA said that if any of Aswan Shipping’s vessels enter Australian waters in the future they will be closely monitored and subjected to more frequent inspections as a result of the systemic failures uncovered on the two vessels.
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CITY OF NEW YORK SEEKS MARINE OILERS FOR FERRY OPERATIONS

The New York City Department of Transportation is seeking marine oilers to work in ferry operations at 1 Bay Street, Staten Island, NY 10301.

Marine oilers assist marine engineers in the operation, maintenance and repair of motor ferry operations, auxiliary, and related equipment at the Staten Island Ferry and perform related work.

Shifts are 32 hours/variable, including some nights/weekends.

The salary is $53,526.00/$61,555.00.

To find out more and to apply, please visit www.nyc.gov/careers/search and search for Job ID Number 462322 or Job ID Number 463005.

Current City employees should log into Employee Self Service (ESS) at https://hrb.nycaps.nycnet and follow the Careers link.

No phone calls, faxes or personal inquiries permitted. Only candidates selected for interview will be contacted.
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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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HOLIDAY CLOSING SCHEDULE

All MM&P Pacific Ports will be closed on June 11 for King Kamehameha Day, a contract holiday.

The MM&P Houston Hall will be closed on June 18 for Emancipation Day.
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MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

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

Class dates followed by an * are full

AB – Able Seaman – 6/28/21

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) – 6/22/21*, 8/16/21, 9/21/21, 10/25/21, 12/14/21

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: 6/21/21, 8/9/21, 10/18/21

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 6/14/21, 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: 6/7/21, 8/23/21, 11/29/21

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific: 6/14/21, 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: 6/7/21, 7/26/21, 10/4/21, 11/29/21

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM): 6/28/21, 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): 6/7/21, 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): 6/14/21, 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: 6/9/21, 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 ** 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) – 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: 8/2/21, 10/11/21

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 6/21/21, 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: 6/28/21, 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): 6/24/21, 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): 6/11/21, 8/4/21, 9/16/21, 10/31/21

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 6/9/21, 8/2/21, 9/14/21, 10/29/21

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) – 6/13/21, 8/6/21, 11/9/21

MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day) – 6/21/21, 8/2/21, 10/25/21

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 6/14/21*, 7/12/21, 8/9/21, 9/20/21, 11/1/21

MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day/ 8-hour) – 6/12/21 (Evening), 8/7/21, 9/17/21, 11/1/21 (Evening)

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) – 6/12/21, 7/16/21, 8/8/21, 9/18/21, 11/5/21

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) – 6/18/21, 7/17/21, 8/13/21, 9/24/21, 11/6/21

NDMS-ENAV – Navigational Decision Making Series – Best Practice in eNav (3-Day) – Not currently scheduled

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P (2-Day) – 6/22/21*, 6/24/21*, 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) – 6/14/21, 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): 7/12/21

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 6/28/21

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.

June 2021

2-3 Search & Rescue
7-11 Advanced Shiphandling I
7-11 Medical Care Provider
7-18 GMDSS
14-18 Advanced Shiphandling II
16-17 Basic Training Revalidation
18th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
21-23 Security Officer – Vessel, Company and Facility
28-2 Basic Shiphandling

July 2021

6-9 Advanced Firefighting
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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