Wheelhouse Weekly, June 8, 2021

Volume 27… Number 23… June 8, 2021


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Crewmembers of the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS YUKON have been awarded the Navy’s Civilian Service Achievement Medal for outstanding service during a deployment in support of the USS NIMITZ aircraft carrier strike group.

The group deployed at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, when “bubble” measures had been instituted to protect against the spread of the virus.

That meant that instead of the usual six-month deployment, YUKON’s crew was deployed for a much longer period of time: 302 days, with 261 days at sea.

“This is not the normal way we operate,” said Captain Dan Glazier, YUKON’s civilian master, “so that made this deployment exceptionally challenging.”

Due to Covid-19 restrictions and delays, receiving mail and supplies was problematic, and not just for items needed to support the mission: shipments of medicines and comfort items ordered online by members of the crew were delayed for weeks.

To add to the pressure, YUKON and the strike group were operating in the Persian Gulf when tensions with Iran were running particularly high.

Then tragedy struck: during the holidays, one member of the crew died.

“It was a tough time for these guys,” Glazier said.

“It took an intense amount of effort, but we got through it.”

“We got the Navy everything they needed and asked for. We were out there for the Navy and proud to support them.”

During the deployment, the crew conducted 86 underway replenishments at sea, delivering nearly 16 million gallons of diesel ship fuel, nearly 11 million gallons of JP5 aviation fuel, and 2673 pallets of frozen food, dry goods, equipment and mail.

Glazier said the fact that the crew has been awarded the medal is extremely significant.

“We don’t get recognition very often, so when you get an award like this from the top, it really boosts moral,” he said.

The Navy Civilian Service Commendation Medal is awarded to Department of the Navy and Marine Corps civilians who distinguish themselves by performing well above that which is usually expected.

Recipients are recognized at the equivalent level of the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal awarded to military personnel for similar achievement.
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The deterioration of living and working conditions aboard ships will push the shortfall of officers to a decade-high by 2026.

This is the prediction made by Drewry, a London-based global maritime consultant group, in its most recent Manning Annual Review and Forecast.

“The diminishing attractiveness of a career at sea, coupled with rising man-berth ratios and continued fleet growth, will lead to the highest shortfall of officers to crew the world’s merchant fleet in over a decade by 2026, with important implications for both hiring and future manning cost inflation,” the company says.

Drewry reported that the current officer shortfall is around 3 percent of the global maritime pool.

It says the shortage has not had a significant impact on hiring yet because the pandemic has led to vessels in certain sectors, such as cruising, being temporary idled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

By 2026, however, the company predicts that the gap between supply and demand will grow to more than 5 percent, the highest level since 2013, as a result of “the diminishing attractiveness of a career at sea.”

“With the ongoing negative effects of life at sea brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, some seafarers may bring retirement plans forward, while others may look for work ashore,” said Rhett Harris, Drewry’s head of manning research.

“It has been the case for a number of years that quality officers have been difficult to recruit and retain.”

“This situation is expected to get worse as the growth in supply fails to keep pace with an expanding world fleet.”

Although most officers in the commercial maritime industry in developed countries have more time off than they did in the middle part of the last century, living and working conditions aboard ships are much less attractive now than they were then.
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The Day of the Seafarer, June 25, serves to focus the world’s attention on professional mariners: the men and women who constitute the driving force of the industry.

This year, the campaign will provide a platform for mariners and their supporters to advocate for improvements in working standards.

Leading up to the day, the International Maritime Organization will release short polls aimed at collecting seafarers’ feedback on what a fair future should include in terms of working conditions, safety and training.

The answers, which will be shared afterwards with all respondents and the media, will provide a soundboard to help guide the actions of the International Maritime Organization.

For more information on this year’s campaign and to participate, visit the IMO’s Day of the Seafarer webpage.

Click on the IMO’s social media channels to answer the polls: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.
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President Biden’s 2022 federal budget awards $480 million in funding for the construction of a second Poe-sized lock at Michigan’s Soo Locks.

Construction of the massive lock is already underway. The first phase started last May and resumed in April, after a winter break. The second phase of the project is scheduled to start later this year.

The new lock will be the same size as the largest current lock, the Poe, which is used by about 85 percent of the vessels navigating the 21-foot elevation change between Lake Superior and Lake Huron.

The lock system in the St. Marys River at Sault Ste. Marie is the only way that ships can travel between the upper and lower Great Lakes.

The President’s budget always undergoes changes before being approved by Congress, but the substantial allocation that Biden proposes for the lock is noteworthy for its size.

Overall, the new lock is expected to cost $922 million, including about $595 million for projects within the US Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District.

The first phase of construction involves deepening the upstream approach to the Sabin and Davis Locks, which will be replaced by the new lock; it is expected to be complete in November 2021.

Phase two, rehabilitating and stabilizing the upstream approach walls to allow modern vessels to tie up and wait their turn to pass through the new lock, will begin this year.

Construction on the lock itself is expected to begin in summer 2022.

The Department of Homeland Security has deemed the Soo Locks “nationally critical infrastructure” because the locks and the Great Lakes Navigation System are essential to US manufacturing and national security.

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Family and friends of Captain Tim Murray are reaching out to the MM&P community with this message.

“Tim Murray was a great pilot, incredible husband, devoted father, and awesome friend. He had a heart of gold, and his tragic death at sea has left an immense hole in many lives.”

“Tim was very rarely seen without a hat, and it is our hope that his memory will be kept alive whenever someone wears this hat designed by his wife, Erin. Tim loved exchanging hats with different mariners throughout the industry, all over the world.”

“Think about grabbing one of these great hats as a gift for the next time you see a maritime brother or sister. Grab one to wear to a Yankee or Lax game as Tim would have done with his awesome five children.”

“If you are a Pilot, grab one to gift to the Master of the ships you are boarding and talk about pilot ladder safety and maybe you can help to save someone’s life, encourage them to leave a hat on the bridge of the ship as a reminder.”

“Let’s get these hats all over the world and tell the story of one of the best guys a lot of us had the pleasure of knowing. We hope his hat will be well-loved and well-traveled.”

All proceeds to benefit his children: Brennan, Rory, Grace, James and Ella.

The hat comes in black and white, and navy and white. To show your support, go to:
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The Sri Lankan Navy has recovered the voyage data recorder from the wreck of the containership X-PRESS PEARL, which caught fire on May 20 and sank in recent days near the port of Colombo.

A naval spokesperson said the authorities think the fire was caused by nitric acid in one of the containers.

Investigators are collecting information about what occurred before the fire broke out, in particular the conversations that took place between the captain and members of the crew about a chemical leak that was discovered in a container.

The crew had attempted to offload the damaged cargo for re-packing at two prior ports—in Qatar and in India—but was denied permission, according to the shipowner and the Sri Lankan Ports Authority.

At the time the fire broke out, the crew was waiting out a period of rough weather at anchor, with plans to berth in Colombo to deal with the leak.

A court in Colombo has blocked the captain, chief engineer and assistant engineer from leaving the country.

Misdeclarations and poor packing have been cited on numerous occasions as contributors to container fires.
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The Coast Guard is seeking a Course Approvals Branch Chief to fill a Supervisory Marine Transportation Specialist position at the National Maritime Center in Martinsburg, W. Va.

The successful applicant will supervise a group of credentialed mariners in the analysis and development of training requirements and the review and approval of all mariner training.

This is a permanent, full-time GS-13 position that pays between $103,690 and $134,798/year.

To learn more and to apply, select these links 21-1679-SE-AJ-D and/or 21-1679-SE-AJ-M or visit
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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 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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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 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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\\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: 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: 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): 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: 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): 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) – 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) – 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) – 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): Not currently scheduled

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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Schedule of Courses – Please also see our schedule and enroll online at For Registration Contact our Admissions Department: 206.441.2880 or

June 2021

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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