Wheelhouse Weekly, March 9, 2021

March 10th 2021

Volume 27… Number 10… March 9, 2021


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Military Sealift Command has announced the renewal for five years of the eight-ship LMSR contract with Patriot Contract Services.

“This win is another great testament to the ability and perseverance of our members,” said MM&P President Don Marcus.

“Their outstanding efforts—and those of their shipmates—have been recognized and rewarded by Military Sealift Command.”

“A huge shout-out also goes to our Contracts Officer Jennifer Stair and the collaboration achieved with the other shipboard unions and Patriot Contract Services who all, like our members aboard ship, have done what it takes to get the job done.”


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Impartial Umpire Michael H. Gottesman has determined that MM&P and the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (MEBA) have work jurisdiction over a pair of LNG-fueled containerships being built for the Pasha Hawaii fleet.

The two Ohana-class vessels, the 774-foot long MV GEORGE III and MV JANET MARIE, are being constructed by Keppel AmFELS in Brownsville, Texas.

The MV GEORGE III is nearing completion. It is scheduled to replace the HORIZON ENTERPRISE sometime later this year.

The JANET MARIE, which will replace another old ship, will be completed shortly thereafter.

In his decision, the impartial umpire determined that the American Maritime Officers had violated Article XX, Sections 2 and 20 of the AFL-CIO Constitution.

The Feb. 28 decision, which AMO has pledged to comply with, confirms MM&P’s position that the new ships are covered by the Horizon collective bargaining agreement.

“Our relentless five-year campaign to preserve our work with The Pasha Group has been rewarded,” said MM&P President Don Marcus.

“This success is testament to the solidarity of our members employed by Pasha, who have never wavered in their support for MM&P,” he said.

“Great credit goes to our negotiating team—led by MM&P Pacific Ports Vice President Lars Turner and supported throughout by MM&P Vice President Gulf Ports & Government Contracts Jeremy Hope—and over a dozen members.”

“The superb skill of our legal team—led by MM&P’s Gabriel Terrasa and Jennifer Stair and by outside counsel Lisa Demidovich on the West Coast—has kept us on course and protected our future with Pasha in the Hawaii trade.”

“While the effort is not over, the path is now open to successfully conclude our differences with The Pasha Group.”

Through our contract with the company, MM&P also represents licensed deck officers aboard the HORIZON PACIFIC, HORIZON SPIRIT and HORIZON RELIANCE.

Once completed, the Ohana Class vessels will join the Pasha Hawaii fleet, providing service on the Hawaii/Mainland trade lane.

The Jones Act vessels will have a capacity of 2,525 TEUs, with a sailing speed of 23.0 knots.

The design of the ships’ hulls is being fully optimized using computational fluid dynamics, and will be among the most hydro-dynamically efficient in the world.

The vessels were named in honor of the parents of Pasha Group President and CEO George Pasha IV.

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President Biden is urging the House of Representatives to pass the Protecting the Right to Organize Act, the most significant labor rights legislation to be introduced in Congress in forty years.

The PRO Act, as it is known, would amend the country’s decades-old labor laws to give workers more power in work disputes, levy additional penalties on companies that retaliate against workers trying to unionize and grant hundreds of thousands of workers the right to negotiate for better wages and working conditions.

It would also weaken “right-to-work” laws in 27 states that allow free riders in the workplace to benefit from union-negotiated contracts without paying any dues.

Most importantly for MM&P, if the PRO Act passes as currently written, the definition of “supervisor” under the National Labor Relations Act will be revised, improving MM&P’s ability to organize and protect our members’ employment rights.

The House of Representatives is expected to vote on the bill tonight.

“I strongly encourage the House to pass the Protecting the Right to Organize Act of 2021, which would dramatically enhance the power of workers to organize and collectively bargain for better wages, benefits, and working conditions,” the President said in a statement.

“As America works to recover from the devastating challenges of deadly pandemic, an economic crisis, and reckoning on race that reveals deep disparities, we need to summon a new wave of worker power to create an economy that works for everyone.”

“We owe it not only to those who have put in a lifetime of work, but to the next generation of workers who have only known an America of rising inequality and shrinking opportunity.”

“All of us deserve to enjoy America’s promise in full—and our nation’s leaders have a responsibility to deliver it.”

“That starts with rebuilding unions.”

“The middle class built this country, and unions built the middle class.”

“All of us agree that a union card is the single best tool working people have in the fight to win a fair share of the value we create every day,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka at a bipartisan press conference of congressional, labor and civil rights leaders that was held on the afternoon of the historic vote.

“Together, we will make the PRO Act the law of the land.”

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President Biden Monday announced the nomination of Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost to lead the US Transportation Command.

USTRANSCOM conducts globally integrated mobility operations by land, sea and air for the Department of Defense.

It carries out sealift through Military Sealift Command and Surface Deployment and Distribution Command.

MM&P represents licensed deck officers aboard MSC ships.

Van Ovost currently leads the Air Force’s Mobility Command at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois.

She is the only woman of the 43 four-star generals and admirals in the US military.

President Biden announced her nomination along with that of Lt. Gen. Laura Richardson of the Army to be commander of the US Southern Command, hailing the two as “outstanding and eminently qualified warriors and patriots.”

“Once confirmed, they will become the second and third women in the history of the United States armed forces to lead combatant commands,” the President said.

“Each of these women have led careers demonstrating incomparable skill, integrity and duty to country, and at every step, they’ve also helped push open the doors of opportunity to women in our military, blazing the trail a little wider, a little brighter for all proud women following in their path and looking to their example,” he added.

The President announced their nominations on International Women’s Day.

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Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) have introduced a bill that would waive the US cabotage law that requires foreign-flag cruise ships operating between Washington State and Alaska to make a stop in Canada.

The introduction of the bill follows last month’s announcement by Canada that it had extended its ban on large cruise ships until February 2022 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Alaska’s elected representatives have said that a limited waiver of US cabotage law is necessary to prevent further damage to Alaska’s economy, which has been hit particularly hard by the halt to cruising

Under the terms of their bill, the waiver would last up until the end of February 2022 or the end of Canada’s cruise ban, whichever occurs first.

The cabotage law in question, the Passenger Vessel Services Act, requires that foreign-flag cruise ships make at least one stop in a foreign port before traveling between another US port and Alaska.

Canada’s order bans pleasure craft in Canadian Arctic waters and cruise vessels in all Canadian waters until Feb. 28, 2022.

This means that cruise ships traveling from the rest of the US will be unable to make the required stop in British Columbia.

Pro-foreign-flag shipping interests have advocated for the repeal of all American maritime cabotage laws—both the Passenger Vessel Services Act and the Jones Act—regardless of the impact on America’s national security.

A waiver of the PVSA would be controversial: It would have the support of Alaskans but would be seen by many as a “camel’s nose under the tent” situation, raising the concern that it could set an unacceptable precedent.

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

The oiler assists the marine engineer in the operation, maintenance and repair of motor ferry operation, auxiliary, and related equipment at the Staten Island Ferry and performs 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: 458888.

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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Seafarers are helping to test a program that uses a smart-phone-based app to map ocean pollution and marine hazards.

The program, developed by the non-profit Eyesea, was the subject of a recent article in Maritime Executive.

Mariners aboard a number of merchant ships started sea trials of the beta version of the app in December 2020, collecting data simply by taking a photo and categorizing the pollution by type.

The images were then automatically GPS-tagged, anonymized and vetted before being incorporated into a comprehensive database of pollution.

The data points were collected offline, with delayed uploading through the vessel’s Wi-Fi.

Eyesea will use the data to create maps and charts which it will offer free to governments, environmental groups, researchers, local authorities and other stakeholders.

“It literally takes less than 30 seconds to record a point of interest with the app,” said Graeme Somerville-Ryan, founder of Eyesea.

“It’s now a case of scaling up by route and building up the data so we can start producing the detailed maps and charts that will support targeted clean-up action and allow for evidence-based policy decisions.”

The first at-sea tests followed five months of testing on land and the app worked exactly as planned, he said.

Testing is now being extended to a wider range of commercial vessels covering more trade routes.

The app will be further refined and then made available to the public.

“Those who work and play on the ocean care deeply about its health and future,” he said.

“Seafarers, recreational sailors, professional mariners, fishermen, surfers, and divers all have unique access to the coast, littoral waters, the vastness of the ‘blue water’ ocean.”

“Anyone with access to the beach can keep an eye on its health,” he said.

“As a community, we can help map and identify pollution simply by taking a picture,” he said.

“Images are important because they are quick and easy to take, and because they have a strong impact.”

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At least 50 people have been killed in Myanmar as the military intensifies its attacks on demonstrators demanding the reinstatement of the democratically elected government of civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

After nighttime raids in the city of Yangon, including one in which an official from Suu Kyi’s party was beaten to death and others were detained, thousands of demonstrators were back in the streets on Monday to defy security forces.

Burmese unions are asking international clothing companies with factories in Myanmar to use their leverage to protect garment workers from being fired for taking part in the protests.

“Many employers are actively interfering with our fundamental rights to political expression, intimidating, threatening, and even dismissing workers for joining the pro-democracy demonstrations,” said a spokesperson for the federation of garment workers of Myanmar.

“We know from experience that apparel brands have significant leverage over the behavior of their suppliers.”

“Therefore, we call on all apparel brands using Myanmar suppliers to immediately issue a public statement demanding that no workers in Myanmar factories are to be dismissed, disciplined, or discouraged in any way from participating in the civil disobedience movement.”

The federation issued a list of international brands with business in Myanmar.

They include: Adidas, Calvin Klein, Eddie Bauer, Fruit of the Loom, Gap, H&M, JCPenney, VF (North Face) and Wilson Sporting Goods

“The military thugs who are ransacking Myanmar’s democracy strike at the heart of our union values and freedoms,” said ITF President Paddy Crumlin.

“The ITF stands in solidarity with all workers in Myanmar who take to the streets to demonstrate peacefully for democracy despite the danger to them and their families.”

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The MM&P Honolulu Hall will be closed on Tuesday, March 30, for Harry Bridges Memorial Day.

All MM&P Pacific Ports union halls except for the Honolulu Hall will be closed on Wednesday, March 31, for Cesar Chavez Day.

All MM&P union halls, the MM&P Plan Office, the MM&P Federal Credit Union and MM&P headquarters will be closed for Good Friday on April 2 .

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Due to the pandemic surge, students coming to the MITAGS East Campus must send Admissions a negative Covid-19 test result. The test must have been taken within 72 hours of arrival.

Students who cannot access testing but who otherwise meet all the requirements of the MATES Program Covid-19 policy will have to take a Covid-19 test offered at MITAGS East every Monday morning.

Members may also reschedule their classes for later in the year when the infection rates are expected to drop.

We appreciate your cooperation during these very trying times.

Also please note that the minimum number of days to obtain eligibility continues to be 42 days instead of 30.

Additionally, class sizes may be reduced in order to maintain proper physical distancing.

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

Class dates followed by an * are full

AB – Able Seaman – 4/12/21, 6/28/21

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation (1-Day): 5/5/21

ARPA-OIC (4-Day) – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 6/1/21, 9/21/21

AZIPOD (2-Day) – 4/29/21, 8/9/21, 9/27/21

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 8/2/21, 10/25/21

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 4/13/21, 4/29/21, 5/17/21, 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): 3/10/21, 4/26/21

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

BT – Basic Safety Training: 5/3/21, 8/2/21, 10/11/21

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – 4/27/21, 6/22/21, 8/16/21, 9/21/21, 10/27/21, 12/14/21

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 4/27/21, 9/20/21, 12/13/21

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: Not currently scheduled

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 4/26/21, 6/21/21, 8/9/21, 10/18/21

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 5/3/21, 6/14/21, 8/2/21, 10/11/21, 12/6/21

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 3/15/21

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): 5/10/21, 6/28/21, 8/16/21, 11/8/21, 12/13/21

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 4/12/21, 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): 3/15/21, 4/19/21, 5/10/21, 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): 3/22/21, 4/26/21, 5/17/21, 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: 4/19/21, 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: 4/7/21, 7/7/21, 10/6/21

CIW-SMS – Continual Improvement Workshop: Successful Safety Management (2-Day) – Online: 6/10/21, 12/9/21

CNAV-OIC (15-Day) – Celestial Navigation: 11/1/21

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications (1-Day): 4/2/21

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): 5/20/21

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

DDE – Great Lakes (20-Day): 4/19/21

ECDIS for Pilots (2-Day) – 5/3/21, 8/11/21, 11/11/21

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 4/19/21, 8/30/21, 12/6/21

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

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 5/3/21, 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: 4/26/21, 6/21/21, 8/18/21, 9/23/21, 10/26/21, 12/16/21

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 4/30/21, 9/16/21, 12/11/21

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications (1-Day): 4/13/21
Online: Not currently scheduled

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

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (10-Day): 4/12/21, 8/9/21

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 4/12/21, 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): 4/14/21, 4/29/21, 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): 4/12/21, 8/23/21, 11/29/21

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 4/12/21, 7/12/21, 9/27/21, 11/29/21

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 5/10/21, 6/28/21, 8/30/21, 11/15/21

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 4/12/21, 7/12/21, 9/27/21

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 4/17/21, 5/15/21, 6/24/21, 7/17/21, 8/19/21, 9/24/21, 10/2/21, 10/25/21, 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): 5/17/21, 6/11/21, 8/4/21, 9/16/21, 10/31/21

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 5/18/21, 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

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 5/10/21, 6/14/21, 7/12/21, 8/9/21, 9/20/21, 11/1/21

MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day/ 8-hour) – 5/9/21 (Evening), 6/12/21 (Evening), 8/7/21, 9/17/21, 11/1/21 (Evening)

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

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) – 5/14/21, 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) – 3/15/21*, 4/20/21*, 4/22/21*, 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): 4/13/21, 4/30/21, 9/14/21, 9/20/21

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 5/24/21, 8/23/21

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3-Day): 12/6/21

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 5/3/21, 8/23/21, 10/25/21

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day) – 4/12/21*, 6/14/21, 7/12/21, 8/30/21, 11/15/21, 12/13/21

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 5/17/21, 8/30/21

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (15-Day): 6/7/21, 7/12/21

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 4/26/21, 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): 6/15/21

VSO – Vessel Security Officer (3-Day): 6/16/21, 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

March 2021

11-12 Basic Training Revalidation
15-19 Radar Observer Unlimited
15-19 Basic Training
15-19 Basic Shiphandling
22nd Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
22-26 Basic Cargo Handling & Stowage
29-2 Able Seaman

April 2021

5-9 Medical Care Provider
5-16 Medical Person-In-Charge
5-23 License Preparation (Original 3rd)
12-13 Basic Training Revalidation
12-16 Ship Construction & Basic Stability
12-23 GMDSS
14th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
19-22 ARPA
26-7 Watchkeeping (Operational Level)

May 2021

3-7 Medical Care Provider
3-14 Medical Person-In-Charge
5th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
6-7 Basic Training Revalidation
6-7 & 10 Basic Training Refresher
10-14 Basic Training
10-28 Celestial Navigation
11-12 Advanced Firefighting Refresher
17-20 Advanced Firefighting
17-21 Advanced Shiphandling I
24-28 Advanced Shiphandling II

June 2021

1st Leadership & Teamworking Skills
2-3 Search & Rescue
7-11 Medical Care Provider
7-18 GMDSS
16-17 Basic Training Revalidation
18th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
21-23 Security Officer – Vessel, Company and Facility
28-2 Tankerman Person-In-Charge

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