Wheelhouse Weekly, November 16, 2021

Volume 27… Number 46… November 16, 2021


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Patriot Contract Services has reentered the commercial trades with a newly purchased
tanker, the MT HAINA PATRIOT, which it plans to deploy in the Asia-Pacific trades.

The new vessel is crewed by members of MM&P, MEBA, SUP, MFOW and SIU.

The ship is a 340-foot, 6,765 DWT shallow-draft product tanker that was built in a
Chinese shipyard in 2011 as the SNANTI T1.

The last commercial vessel operated by ASM/Patriot was the integrated tug/barge
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Maersk Line Ltd. will flag MAERSK KANSAS in at the end of December to replace
MAERSK IDAHO, which is slated to be deployed to the company’s international fleet.

MM&P licensed deck officers will crew both ships simultaneously during the flag-in and
flag-out transition.

The MM&P senior billets (master and chief mate) will transfer to the new vessel once
the schedule aligns.

MAERSK KANSAS is seven years younger than MAERSK IDAHO. The KANSAS will
assume the IDAHO’s slot in the Maritime Security Program and be deployed into MLL’s
Trans-Atlantic Northern European service.

The 2007-built MAERSK KANSAS, a 958-foot, 4,824 TEU container vessel, is the sister
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A Navy vessel named for gay rights leader Harvey Milk, who served four years in the
Navy before being forced out, was christened and launched in San Diego Bay on Nov. 6.

Milk was one of the first openly gay candidates elected to public office. In 1978, while he
was serving on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, he was assassinated in City Hall
along with Mayor George Moscone.

The fleet replenishment oiler that bears his name was christened by former Navy officer
Paula M. Neira, clinical program director for the John Hopkins Center for Transgender

Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro and Milk’s nephew, Stuart Milk, were present at the

“The secretary of the Navy needed to be here today, not just to amend the wrongs of the
past, but to give inspiration to all of our LGBTQ community leaders who served in the
Navy, in uniform today and in the civilian workforce as well too, and to tell them that
we’re committed to them in the future,” Del Toro said.
“For far too long, sailors like Lt. Milk were forced into the shadows or, worse yet, forced
out of our beloved Navy.”

“That injustice is part of our Navy history, but so is the perseverance of all who continue
to serve in the face of injustice.”

In 2016, then-Navy Secretary Ray Mabus decided that six new oilers that were
scheduled to be built would be named after civil and human rights leaders.

In addition to Milk, they include Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, Sojourner Truth, Chief
Justice Earl Warren, Robert F. Kennedy and suffragist Lucy Stone.

The licensed deck officers aboard the USNS HARVEY MILK are represented by the
MM&P Federal Employees Membership Group.

Last month, MM&P formed a Women’s Caucus to effect change to assure equal rights,
respect and safety for all mariners and workers in the maritime industry.

“America’s merchant mariners have always served with valor and distinction, no matter
their gender, lifestyle, sexuality or religious beliefs,” said MM&P Government Fleet
Representative Randi Ciszewski, a member of the MM&P Women’s Caucus.
“I’m pleased that Navy is finally showing its support for diversity, equality and
inclusivity by naming one of its vessels after gay rights leader Harvey Milk. It sends a
strong, clear message that nobody should have to sacrifice who they are to serve our
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To stop sexual harassment, we must understand why it happens. Stanford University
sociologist Marianne Cooper shares the research about the root causes of sexual
harassment and explains what each of us can do to prevent it and how we can work
together to create long-lasting change.

To view her Tedx talk, which was organized by the University of Nevada, go to:
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A new system to manage ship traffic at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach is set to
be introduced today.

The new system, developed by an industry task force, calls for each vessel to be assigned
a place in the arrival queue based on departure time from the last port of call.
Ships will also have to wait further away: eastbound ships will have to stay 150 miles
west of Southern California; northbound and southbound ships will have to remain
more than 50 miles from California and Mexico.

As before, ships will be allowed to enter the harbor for fuel, crew change, and regular
business. The system does not apply to ships currently waiting for a berth.
“The new container vessel queuing process creates a fair and transparent system to
reduce vessels at anchor near the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach,” said Pacific
Maritime Association CEO Jim McKenna.

“[It] will improve maritime safety and air quality while helping ensure ports operate as
efficiently as possible.”

The authorities have said the expected onset of winter weather makes it even more
important to increase the space between ships and reduce the number of vessels waiting
close in.

Recently there have been 100 ships—sometimes more—either in the anchorage or
further out.

The goal is to reduce that number to between 25 and 35. Officials expect it will take four
to six weeks to get to that level.

Benefits are already being seen, the authorities say, from the decision to impose an
escalating fee on inbound containers that spend more than nine days in the yard.
The fees were supposed to begin accruing yesterday but the start date has been
postponed for a week because the number of “aging containers” has recently fallen by
more than 20 percent.

“We’re encouraged by the progress our supply chain partners have made in helping our
terminals shed long-dwelling import containers,” says Port of Long Beach Executive
Director Mario Cordero.

“Clearly, everyone is working together to speed the movement of cargo and reduce the
backlog of ships off the coast as quickly as possible.”
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Authorities in China have imposed strict new health protocols in and around the
northeastern port city of Dalian following the emergence of new cases of the Delta
variant of Covid-19.

Dalian is one of China’s busiest ports, handling a reported 10 million TEU each year.
On Monday, China’s National Health Commission said 25 new cases of local
transmission in Dalian and seven more in the surrounding area had been reported in the
previous 24 hours.

The country has a zero-tolerance approach to the virus, including mandatory testing,
quarantines and lockdowns.

The first case in the new outbreak occurred at a warehouse in the port’s low
temperature-controlled supply chain for food products.

Last Monday, officials suspended all work at the cold-chain food operations in the port.
Fourteen warehouse employees have since tested positive out of a total cold-chain
workforce of approximately 600,000.

This is the third round of lockdowns and quarantine imposed in the city, where nonessential businesses have been shuttered, residents have been ordered to stay home
except for essential travel, and mass testing and sanitation protocols have been

Airports, rail terminals and schools have all been closed.
In total, more than 200 cases of the virus have been reported in the region in less than
two weeks.
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The City of Los Angeles is seeking a port pilot to navigate oceangoing vessels entering or
leaving Los Angeles Harbor and operate communications and navigational equipment.
Applications must be received by THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2021.
Applications will only be accepted on-line.

To find out more and to apply, go to:
and enter PORT PILOT in the search field.

When you are viewing the on-line job bulletin, simply scroll to the top of the page and
select the “Apply” icon.
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MM&P Plans Benefit Director Ken Ryan will hold a virtual education and training
session on Dec. 1 for members of the MM&P Offshore Group.

The topic of the session will be benefit decisions and calculations for retirement options.
You must register in advance to participate.

To register, click here.

The session is open to all Offshore members and applicants.

The meeting will be held Wednesday, Dec. 1. It will start at 1 pm EST and last until 4 pmEST.
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Eligible dependent children of eligible Offshore members and co-pay pensioners in good
standing are reminded to request an application for the scholarship program.
Applicants must be high school seniors during the 2022-23 school year. Completed
applications must be returned to the Plan Office by Nov. 30, 2021.

Please call Madeline Petrelli at 410-850-8615
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MM&P will be closed for Thanksgiving on November 25 and 26.
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The Maryland Board of Pilots is accepting applications for Pilots-in-training through
Dec. 31, 2021, for the current selection process.

Applications received after that date will not be accepted for the current selection

If you are interested in a career as a Maritime Pilot, please visit our website for more

When you are on the site, click on “Licensing Applications” and then on “Apply to be a

You can also email your request to:

The application fee is $25 and is non-refundable.

Applications should be sent to the Maryland Board of Pilots, 500 N. Calvert Street,
Room 308, Baltimore, MD 21202.
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Full COVID vaccination is mandatory for everyone attending training on campus at
MITAGS East and MITAGS West.

Full vaccination is mandatory for all students unless you have a documented medical
exemption or claim a religious/philosophical exemption.

Documentation either of full COVID vaccination or a written claim of exemption must
be submitted to Admissions in advance of your course.

Scans, photocopies, or electronic images of your COVID-19 vaccination cards (records)
or certification by a medical provider are acceptable.

Additionally, face-masks are required in all public spaces on both campuses, regardless
of vaccination status.

We appreciate your cooperation during these very trying times.
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\\Classes are 5-day unless otherwise noted\\
Class dates followed by an * are full
AB – Able Seaman (5-Day) – Not Currently Scheduled
AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation (1-Day): Not currently scheduled
ARPA-OIC (4-Day) – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 2/1/22
AZIPOD (2-Day) – 2/3/22
BRM – Bridge Resource Management (5-Day): 3/7/22
BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 2/4/22, 2/28/22, 3/14/22
Online: Not currently scheduled
BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling –
(Now also included in BRMP-Refresher) (3-Day): 3/16/22
BRMP-Refresher (Now including Emergency Shiphandling for Pilots) (3-Day) – Not
currently scheduled
BT – Basic Safety Training (5-Day): 1/31/22, 5/9/22, 9/12/22
BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – 12/13/21*,
2/22/22, 3/22/22, 4/26/22, 6/8/22, 9/28/22, 10/19/22, 11/14/22, 12/20/22
BT-Refresher (3-day) – 12/13/21*, 2/22/22, 4/26/22, 9/28/22, 11/14/22, 12/19/22
CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic (5-Day): 11/29/21
[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]
ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability (5-Day): 1/17/22, 3/21/22
ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology (5-Day): 12/6/21, 1/10/22
CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 3/28/22
CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1 (5-Day): 11/29/21, 2/28/22
CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific (5-Day): 12/6/21, 3/7/22
CM-OPS 2 APL – Chief Mate Operations II APL Specific – Not currently scheduled
ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems (5-Day): 11/29/21, 1/24/22,
5/2/22, 8/1/22, 10/10/22
LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM)
(5-Day): 12/13/21, 1/31/22, 4/25/22, 8/8/22, 11/14/22
MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants (5-Day): 3/14/22
(DCS-1 available on request – contact Admissions)
SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: Not Currently Scheduled
SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (5-Day): 2/28/22
SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1) (5-Day): 11/29/21, 1/17/22,
2/14/22*, 3/21/22, 4/11/22, 5/16/22, 6/6/22, 7/25/22, 8/8/22, 9/19/22, 10/3/22,
10/17/22, 11/7/22, 12/5/22
SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2) (5-Day): 12/6/21, 1/24/22,
2/21/22*, 3/28/22, 4/18/22, 5/23/22, 6/13/22, 8/1/22, 8/15/22, 9/26/22, 10/10/22,
10/24/22, 11/14/22, 12/12/22
**SHS-ADV-I & II are now approved to include SAR-CMM assessments at MITAGS**
VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation (5-Day): 4/11/22, 10/3/22
WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping (5-Day): 3/7/22
WX-HW-ATL – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Atlantic Ocean (2-day) – Contact
WX-HW-IND – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Indian Ocean (2-day) – Contact
WX-HW-PAC – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Pacific Ocean (2-day) – 1/17/22

– CIW-DPA/IA – Continual Improvement Workshop: Designated Person Ashore &
Internal Auditor (3-Day) ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program **
Online: Not currently scheduled
CIW-SMS – Continual Improvement Workshop: Successful Safety Management (2-Day)
– Online: 12/9/21
CNAV-OIC (15-Day) – Celestial Navigation: 5/9/22, 8/15/22, 10/31/22
CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications (1-Day): 3/18/22
CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior (1-Day) – 2/18/22
CDMGT – Crowd Management (1-Day) – 2/17/22
CSE – Confined Space Entry (3-Day): Not Currently Scheduled
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
DDE – Great Lakes (20-Day): 2/27/22
ECDIS for Pilots (2-Day) – 3/16/22, 5/10/22, 11/16/22
ERM – Engine Resource Management (5-Day): 12/6/21
ADV-FF – Advanced Fire-Fighting (4-day) – 3/28/22
FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced (5-Day): 1/31/22, 5/9/22,
FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire
Fighting Revalidation: 12/16/21, 2/21/22, 3/24/22, 4/25/22, 6/7/22, 9/27/22,
10/18/22, 11/16/22, 12/22/22
FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 12/11/21, 2/25/22, 4/29/22,
10/1/22, 11/12/22, 12/17/22
FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications (1-Day): 1/18/22, 4/26/22, 9/20/22
Online: Not currently scheduled
GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization (2-Day): 1/21/22
GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (10-Day): 1/10/22
HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 5/2/22, 9/12/22, 12/12/22
IEN – Integrated Electronic Navigation (3-Day) – Not currently scheduled
LAP – License Advancement Program for Mate to Master (20-Day): 3/7/22
LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes (15-Day): 1/24/22
LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License (15-Day): 6/6/22
LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage (1-Day): 3/14/22, 9/21/22, 11/14/22
LNG-TPIC (10-Day) – Not currently scheduled
LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC) (1-Day): 3/14/22
MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments
not included): Not currently scheduled
MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 11/29/21, 1/17/22, 4/4/22, 7/11/22,
10/3/22, 12/5/22
MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 1/10/22
MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 1/17/22, 2/7/22, 4/4/22, 7/11/22, 10/3/22
MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 12/4/21,
12/17/21, 1/15/22, 3/25/22, 4/9/22, 6/6/22, 7/16/22, 9/36/22, 10/8/22, 10/17/22,
11/17/22, 12/23/22

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]
MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense
Orientation (Basic) (1-Day): 3/11/22
MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 3/12/22
MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) – 3/13/22, 6/10/22
MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day) – 3/22/22
MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 1/10/22,
3/14/22 , 5/16/22, 6/13/22, 7/18/22, 8/8/22, 9/19/22, 11/7/22
MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day/ 8-hour) – 3/12/22, 5/14/22, 6/11/22, 8/6/22,
9/17/22, 11/4/22
MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) – 1/14/22, 3/18/22, 5/15/22, 6/12/22, 7/17/22,
8/7/22, 9/18/22, 11/6/22
MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) – 1/15/22, 3/19/22, 5/20/22, 6/17/22, 7/22/22,
8/12/22, 9/23/22, 11/11/22
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) – 12/13/21*,
12/15/21*, 2/1/22, 3/28/22, 5/3/22, 5/5/22, 6/27/22, 6/29/22, 7/18/22
PSC – Personal Survival Craft (5-Day) – Contact Admissions
PSC-REF – Personal Survival Craft Refresher (2-Day) – 12/16/21, 4/24/22, 10/3/22
RFPNW – Ratings Forming Part of a Navigational Watch (3-day) – Not currently
ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal (1-Day): 1/31/22
ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes (1-Night): 12/15/21*, 4/26/22,
4/29/22, 9/20/22, 9/28/22
ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 3/7/22
SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3-Day): 3/3/22
SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 2/28/22, 4/25/22, 9/12/22, 12/5/22
SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day) – 12/13/21, 2/7/22, 4/4/22, 6/20/22,
8/22/22, 11/28/22
STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 2/14/22

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (15-Day): 1/24/22
TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 3/7/22
TRAC-TUG-2 (2-Day): 11/9/21
TTT – ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program ** Not currently
VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (1-Day): 3/3/22
VSO – Vessel Security Officer (3-Day): 2/28/22

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) (10-Day): 2/7/22
WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 2/21/22
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2021-22 Fall/Winter
Please also see our schedule and enroll online at
For registration contact our admissions department: 866.656.5568 or
November 2021
17-18 Basic Training Revalidation
19th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
22-24 Search & Rescue
December 2021
29-10 GMDSS
6-7 Basic Training Revalidation
8th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
16-17 Z-Drive/Tractor Tug Training
January 2022
4-7 Advanced Firefighting
10-28 Terrestrial & Coastal Navigation
12th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
13-14 Basic Training Revalidation
13-14 & 17 Basic Training Refresher
17-21 Basic Training
18-19 Advanced Firefighting Refresher
31-4 Basic Meteorology
February 2022
7-11 Medical Care Provider
10th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
11-12 Basic Training Revalidation
14-18 Basic Cargo Handling & Stowage
14-18 Engine Resource Management
21-25 MEECE
21-25 Basic Shiphandling
March 2022
2nd Flashing Light
3rd Leadership & Teamworking Skills
7-11 Radar Observer Unlimited
9-11 Rating Forming Part of a Navigation Watch
14-18 Ship Construction and Basic Stability
15-19 Basic Training
21-25 Able Seaman
21-1 Watchkeeping (Operational Level)
24th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
25-26 Basic Training Revalidation
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