Wheelhouse Weekly, June 22, 2021

Volume 27… Number 25… June 22, 2021


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Efforts to rebuild national economies after Covid-19 must focus on achieving “decent and dignified working conditions,” Pope Francis says, and reaching this goal hinges on workers’ ability to bargain collectively.

The pontiff called “the right to organize in unions… a fundamental protection for workers and a basic right.”

He made the remarks in a video message in Spanish to participants in the ILO’s World of Work Summit.

The ILO is a United Nations agency dedicated to improving labor conditions. Its member states are represented by union leaders as well as by government officials.

In his message, the pope warned against “an elitist dynamic” that discards others and sacrifices “those who have been left behind on the so-called ‘altar of progress.’”

“On the contrary,” he said, “let us look for solutions that will help us build a new future of work based on decent and dignified working conditions, originating in collective negotiation, and promoting the common good, a phase that will make work an essential component of our care for society and Creation.”

The pontiff also said that the labor movement faces two major challenges.

The first is not to forget its “prophetic” call to “expose the powerful who trample on the rights of the most vulnerable workers, defend the cause of foreigners, the least and the rejected.”

The second challenge is that of innovation, he said, adding that unions should also protect those who are excluded from work, rights and social benefits such as health care.

“As we seek to shape our future action and a post-Covid-19 international agenda, we should pay particular attention to the very real danger of forgetting those who have been left behind,” the pontiff said.

“They run the risk of being attacked by a virus even worse than Covid-19: that of selfish indifference.”
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The Coast Guard says it will no longer enforce mask mandates in outdoor areas of vessels, ports and other maritime transportation conveyances and hubs.

The agency defines “outdoor area” as a space that is permanently open to the weather on one or more sides and, if covered by a deck or canopy, any spot on the overhead is less than 15 feet from the nearest opening.

The requirements for wearing masks indoors, with exceptions for eating and drinking, remain in place.

The updated policy was published in Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) 02-21 Change 2.

Although the CDC is no longer requiring masks outdoors, operators of conveyances and transportation hubs, at their discretion, may require masks to be worn in outdoor areas.

The new guidance does not supersede any federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations that still require the wearing of masks in outdoor areas of conveyances and while outdoors on transportation hubs.

Conveyance operators must continue to require all persons onboard to wear masks when boarding, disembarking, and for the duration of travel, unless they are located in outdoor areas of the conveyance.

Operators of transportation hubs must require all persons to wear a mask when entering or while indoors on the premises of a transportation hub.

For more information about Covid-19 protocols in the maritime transportation system, email
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The new issue of the MM&P magazine will be arriving in your mailbox soon.

In the meantime, look for it online on

In this issue:

— with pandemic restrictions gradually being lifted, MM&P can now turn its attention to the industry issues of safe crewing levels, workload, fatigue and contract enforcement;

— unions tell President Biden how to strengthen US-flag fleet;

— in Washington Post article, MM&P members describe the challenges today’s mariners face;

— police in Panama City attack peaceful marchers protesting dangerous working conditions;

— MM&P members march for jobs and labor rights;

— “Crisis in the Suez,” a feature article by Ernest J. Caponegro;

— message from the MM&P Health & Benefit Plans–your benefits are not changing, but we are transitioning to a new CIGNA Network. This issue of the magazine contains a temporary medical ID card for you to cut out and carry with you until your new card arrives.
— MITAGS to offer new pure car truck carrier course; and

— MITAGS educator Rebecca Evans is a mixed martial arts pro!
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A self-operating ship has been routed back to England after traveling just 350 miles because its “artificial captain” failed to detect an on-board malfunction.

The autonomous vessel, the MAYFLOWER, was launched on June 15 to carry out ocean research while retracing the voyage of the wooden ship that brought English settlers to America in 1620.

It uses solar panels for power, radar to scan the horizon and artificial intelligence to “interpret” its surroundings.

But its so-called “Artificial Intelligence Captain” didn’t realize it was in distress and needed to return to port,” wrote Washington Post innovations reporter Dalvin Brown in a June 18 article.

“That order had to come from someone onshore.”

“We still don’t know exactly what happened,” Brown quoted the founder of the ocean research nonprofit Promare as saying.

“But out of an abundance of caution, we have to get her back.”

Promare developed the 49-foot ship with IBM, and more than a dozen other organizations donated equipment or services.

The purpose of the project is to collect data on climate change, plastic pollution and animal conservation.

The voyage was aborted after researchers on shore noticed that the boat was operating at only half speed.

The backers of the project hope that once it has been repaired, it will be able to make the roughly 3,200-mile journey from Plymouth, England, to Plymouth, Mass., in a few weeks.

The ship monitors weather using data from the Weather Company. It uses six AI cameras and dozens of other sensors to spot and hopefully avoid potential hazards, such as animals or other boats.

In the months leading to its launch, researchers added an electric “tongue” to “taste” for the ocean’s chemistry and send back information on organic material and microplastic contamination.

There are also microphones to pick up whale noises.

The boat can’t dock itself, so engineers created a remote control to maneuver it once it approaches land.

The vessel’s top speed is a bit above eight knots.

Those who are interested can track the ship on a dedicated website.
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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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The Coca-Cola company has announced that it will partner with The Ocean Cleanup, a Dutch nonprofit, to fight ocean plastic pollution.

The company and the foundation are joining forces to deploy trash-trapping “Interceptor” technology in fifteen major river systems.

The foundation-developed Interceptors are designed to capture riverine plastic pollution before it is discharged into the ocean.

Ocean plastic pollution is a serious ecological problem. According to a study conducted by The Ocean Cleanup, just 1000 rivers are responsible for around 80 percent of all trash flowing into oceans from the world’s river systems.

Improperly disposed-of food and beverage containers are a major contributor to the problem. The Ocean Cleanup’s autonomous, solar-powered Interceptor system is widely considered to be the first scalable technology able to collect plastic trash at the river level.

According to Boyan Slat, The Ocean Cleanup’s founder and CEO, “Among the waste we collect with our cleanup systems, we find many plastic bottles, including Coca-Cola packaging, so I applaud them for being the first in the industry to join our mission, as part of their wider actions to make a positive impact on worldwide plastic pollution.”

“Our intent is to take our learnings from this partnership, which has the potential to evolve in the future, and continue to scale rapidly. That’s why I believe this is good news for our oceans.”

Two cities, Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic and Vietnam’s Can Tho have already received their Interceptors.

An additional 13 are slated to receive the technology by the end of 2022.

In addition to providing the Interceptors, Coca-Cola and The Ocean Cleanup will offer community-level support in areas including technological deployment and waste management.

Looking forward, the two organizations aim to stimulate investment and bring on additional collaborators to support further Interceptor deployments.
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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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All MM&P union halls, the MM&P Federal Credit Union, the Plan Office and headquarters will be closed on Monday, July 5, for Independence Day.

Atlantic Ports union halls, the Tampa Hall and Pacific Ports halls with the exception of the Honolulu Hall will be closed on July 5 for Bloody Thursday, the ILWU holiday that commemorates the dock workers who were shot and killed during the 1934 maritime strike.
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\\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) – 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: 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): 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 ** – 6/25/21

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: 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): 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

June 2021
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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