Wheelhouse Weekly – November 17th, 2020

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Volume 25… Number 46… Nov. 17, 2020


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The officers and crew of the HORIZON RELIANCE rescued two pilots who had been forced to land their plane on the ocean and debark to a life raft about a thousand nautical miles from Honolulu.

The ship received the alert by satellite call from Coast Guard RCC Honolulu at 1835 on Nov. 6, and quickly began steaming towards position 80 nautical miles to the southwest.

Aboard the HORIZON RELIANCE were MM&P members Captain Mark Tuck, Chief Mate Steve Itson, Second Mate Joseph Comerford II and Third Mate William Laprade.

When HORIZON RELIANCE arrived at 2230, a Marshall-Islands flagged crude oil tanker, MT ARIEL, was on scene.

The tanker crew advised HORIZON RELIANCE to stay clear, saying it was in the midst of conducting the rescue operation, but multiple rescue attempts by the tanker were unsuccessful and the operation was suspended until daylight.

At 0820 the next day, the ARIEL resumed the rescue attempt but was again unsuccessful.

Pilot Nathaniel Johansson and Copilot Kelly Michaels told Captain Tuck later in a debriefing in the master’s office aboard HORIZON RELIANCE that they had been flying from Los Angeles to Australia to deliver the new turboprop when it lost engine power at an altitude of 28,000 feet.

Johansson was unable to re-start the engine and decided to land on the ocean. Luckily neither he nor his copilot were injured in the landing.

Johansson told the master of the HORIZON RELIANCE that the MT ARIEL had made several attempts to pass a line to the raft, but that he and Michaels were unable to hold on to the line as the vessel was moving too fast, and suffered blisters and rope burns in the attempt.

As they were exhausted and frightened, they told the tanker to stop rescue attempts until first light.

In the morning, the HORIZON RELIANCE stepped in, informing MT ARIEL that it had steam turbine propulsion which would give it more control of speed.

The officers aboard the US-flag ship suggested that ARIEL remain near the raft so as to guide HORIZON RELIANCE to the location, and move off once the crew of the containership had visual sighting.

“The HORIZON RELIANCE sighted the life raft at 0905,” the captain said, and by 1048, the downed pilots were on board and the vessel was proceeding to Honolulu.

“Thank you for all that you have done for the Coast Guard and for mariners in need,” USCG Command Duty Officer Lt. Diane French of JRCC Honolulu told the captain and crew of the HORIZON RELIANCE in a follow-up message.

She thanked the master for insights to “help evaluate our strategies… and educate ourselves and our coworkers on how to improve our [search and rescue] operations in the future.”

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Australia’s maritime authorities said that beginning early next year, they will stop allowing operators to keep crewmembers on board their vessels beyond the 11-month limit set forth in the Maritime Labor Convention.

In response to the obstacles to crew change that have emerged as a result of the pandemic, Australia is one of a number of MLC signatory countries that have exercised flexibility in enforcing the MLC provision that limits continuous service to 11 months.

The result has been that some seafarers have been stuck working aboard vessels for periods of 12-15 months or even longer.

Australia’s maritime authority, AMSA, said last week that after Feb. 28, 2021, Covid-19 could no longer be used as an excuse for keeping seafarers on board for longer than the 11 months stipulated in the MLC.

“In our view there has been sufficient time for ship operators to adjust to the Covid-19 world and develop new plans for seafarer repatriation and crew changes,” said AMSA General Manager of Operations Allan Schwartz.

“Seafarers have shouldered a heavy burden during the Covid-19 pandemic, maintaining global trade and keeping our economies moving by delivering the vital supplies that we all need.”

“But it has come at a personal cost to the seafarers who have spent longer on board ships, unable to take shore leave due to mandatory quarantine and separated from their friends and families.”

“It’s time the seafarers are recognized for their efforts and we all make the effort to get them home on time.”

Maritime Executive reports that the cost of carrying out crew changes has approximately doubled due to higher airfares and mandatory hotel stays.

There have been parallel increases in the amount of staff time needed to make travel arrangements and navigate logistical difficulties.

Currently not all port states permit crew changes to take place, with some blocking it completely and some allowing it with restrictions.

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The IMO Maritime Safety Committee has officially recognized a set of protocols aimed at facilitating crew change and travel during the Covid-19 pandemic.

At a virtual meeting held last week, the committee recognized protocols developed by the industry which set forth procedures to ensure that ship crew changes and travel can take place safely under current conditions.

The protocols emphasize the need for governments to designate seafarers as key workers who provide an essential service.

They include practical steps for joining and leaving ships, including the need for compliance and strict adherence with Covid-19 testing and quarantine requirements, and measures to prevent infection on board ships.

The document is intended to be updated as needed as conditions evolve.

The move is one of a number of actions taken by the committee to support efforts by UN agencies, the maritime industry and governments to address the humanitarian crew change crisis, which threatens the safety of navigation and world trade.

As part of the IMO’s work on the issue, up-to-date information on ports that facilitate crew change will be made available on a new module in the organization’s Global Integrated Shipping Information System.

The committee said the IMO would work with the International Labor Organization and the International Civil Aviation Organization to develop an internationally understood logo or symbol to allow seafarers and airline crews to identify and access dedicated resources and processes on ship, in port and in transit.

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Pirates have stepped up their attacks on ships in the Gulf of Guinea, kidnapping 14 members of the crew of a Chinese heavy lift ship, the ZHEN HUA 7, off the coast of Sao Tome and targeting a number of other ships, including a vessel operated by the international ocean conservancy group SEA SHEPHERD.

The Italian frigate MARTINENGO responded to the scene of the kidnapping, securing the ZHEN HUA 7 and helping a member of the crew who had been shot in the leg.

He was stabilized by the Italian medical team before being transported by helicopter to a medical facility in Sao Tome.

Security consultants say the attack on the Liberia-flagged ZHEN HUA, the 21st kidnapping of the year in the Gulf, brought the total number of mariners abducted in the region to 110.

The previous weekend, the crew of the MARTINENGO responded to several other attacks, including one on the product tanker TORM ALEXANDRA.

The following day, the Sea Shepherd vessel BOB BARKER, a retired Norwegian whaler, was approached about 100 nautical miles off Cotonou, Benin, by a group of armed pirates in a skiff who came within one nautical mile.

The Sea Shepherd vessel was assisting the Beninese Navy with a fishery patrol mission, and carried an embarked military boarding team.

The crew retreated to the vessel’s citadel while naval personnel repelled the attack.

“The emergency preparedness of BOB BARKER crew and the professionalism of the Benin Navy kept the ship and all of its crew safe,” Sea Shepherd said in a statement.

All ships transiting the region are on high alert as changes in the weather have made conditions more favorable for the pirates and the number of attacks has increased.

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Union members are among those fighting a plan to push maritime activities, residents and businesses out of the area in and around the Port of Oakland to make space for an enormous stadium, luxury condominiums and offices.

Opponents of the plan to build a new stadium for the Oakland A’s at the port’s Howard Terminal include MM&P, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, the Inland Boatmen’s Union, the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association, maritime employers, shipping organizations and religious, community and environmental groups.

They argue it would crowd out maritime activities, create safety risks and displace local residents and businesses.

They want the Oakland A’s existing stadium in West Oakland to be renovated instead.

“While we all want to see the A’s stay in Oakland, building the new stadium at Howard Terminal is the wrong plan for Oakland and especially for all the workers whose jobs depend on the port’s operations,” says a spokesperson for the coalition.

“Putting a stadium and massive mixed-use development at Howard Terminal threatens the jobs of the tens of thousands of men and women who have good-paying, blue-collar careers at Oakland’s industrial waterfront.”

“Those men and women can be counted on to fight hard to protect their livelihood.”

This is not just about a ballpark, say opponents of the plan, but a luxury condo and office development that is completely incompatible with a working, thriving waterfront.

For their part, the real estate developers and others backing the proposal are threatening an attempt to fast track it in the shadow of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“While we will continue our opposition every step of the way, we know our true power lies with individual union members and local residents,” the union said.

Will you please join other maritime and waterfront workers in speaking out against the plan?

To make your voice heard, please go to:

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It’s been a very challenging year.

As we gather around our Thanksgiving dinner tables next Thursday, we will be thankful for the delicacies of the season, as well as for the hard-working men and women who produce our holiday bounty and for the companies that treat them with respect and give them a voice on the job.

You have choices every time you go to the supermarket or order for delivery. This holiday, choose products like the ones below which are made by ethical union companies. And while we’re giving thanks, a shout out to union members for the work they do to help strengthen our country.

Let’s eat our way to a stronger America!

Butterball (UFCW, IBT)
Foster Farms (UFCW, IBT)

Betty Crocker (BCTGM)
Dole (IBT)
Ore-Ida (UFCW, IBT)

Andy Boy Broccoli, Cauliflower, Lettuce (UFW)
Birds Eye Vegetables (UFCW, IBT)
Del Fresh Mushrooms (UFW)
Dole Salads (IBT)
Fresh Express Salad (IBT)

Stroehmann Bakery Products (BCTGM)
Manischewitz (BCTGM)

Dole (IBT)
Ocean Spray (IAM)

P.S. To view additional ethical, union-made products, visit our complete online directory:

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The Plan Office received approval to close the year-end Internal Revenue Service and company reports and to process Vacation and PRO payments for 2020 no later than Friday, December 18, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. EST.

All requests for 2020 Vacation and PRO payments received after this date and time will be held until Monday, January 4, 2021 for processing and will therefore be taxable in 2021.

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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 2020-21 school year. Completed applications must be returned to the Plan Office by Nov. 30, 2020.

For more information, please contact Madeline Petrelli at 410-850-8615 or

A PDF copy of the application is posted on the MM&P website: just go to, click on “Plans,” and then select “H&B Benefit Forms” in the dropdown menu. The application is the fourth form from the bottom.

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All MM&P union halls, the MM&P Federal Credit Union, MM&P headquarters and the MM&P Plan Office will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 26 and Friday, Nov. 27 for Thanksgiving.

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The following is a notice to all MM&P Eligible Voters from the International Ballot Committee.

The MM&P Voting Instructions that accompanied your ballot indicated that, in order to be counted, ballots must be received by 9:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday, December 16, 2020.

Due to a delay relating to the date on which the ballots were mailed, the balloting period has been extended.

Accordingly, in order to be counted, your ballot must be received by 9:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on Monday, December 28, 2020.

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There are still openings in the MED-PIC that runs after Thanksgiving from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11. If you would like to participate in the class, please send an email as soon as possible to Elisabeth Hoover in the MITAGS Admissions Department:

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Please be advised that as of the June MATES Trustees meeting, the number of sea days required to receive covered training at MITAGS will now be 42 days instead of 30.

This temporary change has been necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic with regards to permissible class size, available staffing and cost saving measures. The measure will remain in place through the end of 2020 and be reviewed prior to the end of this year.

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

Class dates followed by an * are full

AB – Able Seaman – 1/25/21, 4/12/21

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

ARPA-OIC (4-Day) – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: Not currently scheduled

AZIPOD (2-Day) – Not currently scheduled

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: Not currently scheduled

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 1/26/21, 3/8/21, 4/13/21, 4/29/21, 5/17/21
Online: 2/2/21, 4/20/21

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: 1/18/21

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – 12/15/20, 2/9/21, 4/27/21, 6/22/21

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 12/14/20, 2/9/21, 4/27/21

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 10/26/20

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 11/30/20, 1/18/21, 3/8/21, 5/3/21, 6/21/21

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 12/7/20, 1/25/21, 4/26/21, 6/14/21

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

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1: 2/1/21, 6/7/21

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific: 2/8/21, 6/14/21

CM-OPS 2 APL – Chief Mate Operations II APL Specific – Not currently scheduled

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems: 1/25/21, 6/7/21

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM): 11/16/20, 2/1/21, 5/10/21

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 4/12/21
(DCS-1 available on request – contact Admissions)

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: Not Currently Scheduled

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management: 2/22/21

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 11/30/20, 1/30/20, 1/11/21, 2/1/21, 2/22/21, 3/15/21, 4/19/21, 5/10/21, 6/7/21

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 12/7/20, 1/18/21, 2/8/21, 3/1/21, 3/22/21, 4/26/21, 5/17/21, 6/14/21

**SHS-ADV-I & II are now approved to include SAR-CMM assessments at MITAGS**

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 4/19/21

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 3/1/21

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: Not currently scheduled

CIW-SMS – Continual Improvement Workshop: Successful Safety Management (2-Day) – Not currently scheduled

CNAV-OIC (15-Day) – Celestial Navigation: Not currently scheduled

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications (1-Day): 3/10/21

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior (1-Day) – 2/26/21

CDMGT – Crowd Management (1-Day) – 2/25/21

CSE – Confined Space Entry (3-Day): Not currently scheduled

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): 2/22/21, 4/19/21

ECDIS for Pilots (2-Day) – 12/3/20

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 12/7/20, 4/19/21

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

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 1/18/21

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 12/17/20, 2/8/21, 4/26/21, 6/21/21

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 12/12/20, 2/12/21, 4/30/21

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications (1-Day): 1/26/21, 4/13/21
Online: Not currently scheduled

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization (2-Day): 3/13/21

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (10-Day): Not currently scheduled

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 4/12/21

IEN – Integrated Electronic Navigation (3-Day) – Not currently scheduled

LAP – License Advancement Program for Mate to Master (20-Day): 1/11/21

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes (15-Day): 3/8/21

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License (15-Day): 4/12/21

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage (1-Day): 1/27/21, 3/9/21, 4/14/21, 4/29/21

LNG-TPIC (10-Day) – 1/11/21

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC) (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): 11/30/20, 4/12/21

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 11/30/20, 1/25/21, 4/12/21

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 1/11/21

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 1/25/21

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 12/5/20, 12/18/20, 1/16/21, 1/30/21, 4/17/21, 5/15/21, 6/24/21

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic) (1-Day): 2/24/21, 5/17/21, 6/11/21

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 2/25/21, 5/18/21, 6/9/21

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) – 2/28/21, 6/13/21

MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day) – 6/21/21

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 1/11/21, 3/1/21, 5/10/21, 6/14/21

MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day/ 8-hour) – 3/1/21 (Evening), 5/9/21 (Evening), 6/12/21 (Evening)

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) – 1/15/21, 3/5/21, 5/9/21, 6/12/21

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) – 1/16/21, 3/6/21, 5/14/21, 6/18/21

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) –12/14/20*, 12/16/20*, 1/18/21, 3/15/21*, 4/20/21, 4/22/21, 6/22/21, 6/24/21

PSC – Personal Survival Craft (5-Day) – 2/1/21

PSC-REF – Personal Survival Craft Refresher (2-Day) – 12/10/20

RFPNW – Ratings Forming Part of a Navigational Watch (3-day) – 1/13/21

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes (1-Night): 12/14/20, 1/26/21, 4/13/21, 4/30/21

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

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3-Day): 11/30/20

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 5/3/21

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day) – 12/14/20*, 1/25/21*, 4/12/21, 6/14/21

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

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

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 3/8/21, 4/26/21

TRAC-TUG-2 (2-Day): 3/8/21

TTT – ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program ** Not currently scheduled

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (1-Day): 2/27/21, 6/15/21

VSO – Vessel Security Officer (3-Day): 2/22/21, 6/16/21

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) (10-Day): Not currently scheduled

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): Not currently scheduled

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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

November 2020

30-4 Basic Training

December 2020

4, 7-8 Basic Training Refresher
7-8 Basic Training Revalidation
7-11 Medical Care Provider
7-18 Medical Person-In-Charge
9th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
10-11 Advanced Firefighting Refresher

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