Wheelhouse Weekly, November 2, 2021

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The leaders of multiple committees of the House and Senate have written to the US Department of Transportation regarding the allegation by a Kings Point cadet that she was sexually assaulted aboard a US merchant vessel during Sea Year 2019.

In an Oct. 29 letter to US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, the six committee heads criticize DOT “for considering sending cadets back to sea on commercial vessels in a matter of weeks with few meaningful changes or safeguards in place.”

They request that USMMA develop “a public written action plan” prior to resuming Sea Year operations.

“We are very concerned with the recent allegations of sexual assault by a female cadet at the United States Merchant Marine Academy during her Sea Year experience in 2019,” the committee heads wrote.

In response to the original blog post by the anonymous cadet, they added, “there have been countless other brave individuals who have come forward to share their personal stories during their time at sea.”

“This incident sheds light on the toxic culture not only at USMMA, but within the maritime industry where cadets and mariners are in danger and have no escape from their perpetrators.”

In 2016, DOT stood down the Sea Year program to make changes to better protect students.

“But those changes clearly did not work,” the congressional leaders wrote, “and we are concerned that the cadets remain in danger.”

“Since the Department has given no indication that meaningful and necessary steps have been taken to ensure the safety of cadets in the Sea Year program, we believe the USMMA should not proceed with Sea Year this term.”

Resumption of the program, they said, should be contingent on development of a written action plan “that includes detailed steps that will be taken to ensure the safety of cadets at sea.”

“The maritime industry and United States Merchant Marine are a vital part of our national security and our nation’s economy,” they wrote.

“Sexual harassment, sexual assault, and other offenses are intolerable, and the department must take immediate and long-term action to stop these offenses to protect the cadets of the USMMA, both at the Academy and at sea.”
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The US Coast Guard has produced a poster to facilitate reporting a sexual assault. The poster can be downloaded from the MM&P website.

Please Note: The poster includes a QR code that takes a person who wants to make a report to the internet to download and install an app.

The app connects to the Coast Guard Investigative Services by text, web and tip line. “This is an ANONYMOUS way to report a crime,” the agency says.

“See something wrong? Do something right.”

“The Coast Guard Investigative Service cares about you and your crew. Protect your crew and yourself. Contact CGIS if a crime occurs aboard your ship.”
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The state of California and the US Transportation Department have announced a new partnership to pave the way for multibillion-dollar improvements in ports and supply-chain-related infrastructure.

The agreement allows California to expedite work on a network of projects to facilitate the movement of imports and exports by strengthening critical trade corridors around San Pedro Bay and elsewhere in the state.

“California’s ports and infrastructure system are key to the country’s supply chain,” said California Gov. Gavin Newsom in announcing the plan.

“This partnership will help us jumpstart and support multiple infrastructure projects to improve our supply chain, making sure goods get to where they need to go faster, cheaper, and in a more environmentally friendly [way].”

Projects that could get support include port upgrades, expanded freight rail capacity, the development of inland port facilities, highway upgrades and increased warehouse storage.

Under the agreement, the Build America Bureau at USDOT will support the California State Transportation Agency in developing infrastructure projects designed to improve the capacity and resiliency of the supply chain and assist in securing financing.

“Our supply chains are being put to the test, with unprecedented consumer demand and pandemic-driven disruptions combining with the results of decades-long underinvestment in our infrastructure,” said Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.

“That’s why this administration is working around the clock to address both near-term and long-term challenges to our supply chains, including investments such as those in the bipartisan infrastructure deal.”

California and the White House are also working on short-term solutions to address bottlenecks, including by engaging with stakeholders to alleviate congestion by expanding operations to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Union Pacific Railroad, and major retailers and delivery firms are among the supply chain participants that have committed to expanded hours.

The US is also working with local and state DMVs to cut red tape to make it easier for truckers to get commercial drivers’ licenses.

A task force spokesperson said as part of this push, state DMVs are already issuing 60 percent more commercial driving licenses this year than last.
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Several ocean carriers announced last week that they will temporarily omit calls at the Port of Seattle because the supply chain logjams afflicting trade routes worldwide have spread to the Washington state port.

Seattle previously had no vessels waiting, but in recent weeks there has been an average of 12 to 15 standing by in Puget Sound.

Maersk alerted customers that it would “temporarily remove Seattle call from the port rotation of service TP9, to stabilize the vessel schedule and deliver a more reliable product to our customers.”

MSC issued a similar advisory, citing “increased waiting time for vessel berthing… impacting schedule reliability and causing delays to shipments…”

Hapag-Lloyd has advised its own customers that berthing delays in Seattle were up to two weeks.

Port authorities say they are taking steps to handle the increasing volumes, including seeking expanded gate hours.

Terminal operators had already added extra night shifts, but were not accepting empty containers until vessels sailed so there would be enough room for new ones.

Trucks and drivers are in short supply and many warehouses are full.

The new Terminal 5 is expected to open in 2022, expanding Seattle’s capacity, as part of a project that includes the installation of four of the largest cranes on the West Coast.

But Port of Seattle Commissioner Fred Fellerman warns: “It’s still going to get worse before it gets better.”
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Seattle public radio station KUOW has reported that the vessel that lost more than 100 containers off the Strait of Juan de Fuca on Oct. 22 was caught in a storm at sea because anchorages in ports in the US and Canada were backed up.

On the basis of satellite AIS data, the KUOW reporters found that for about six hours, ZIM KINGSTON waited off the entrance to the strait in gale conditions, moving in a circular orbit at a speed of about three knots.

With the wind blowing at 35-40 knots, the Maltese-flagged ship began to roll up to 35 degrees and 109 containers were lost over the side.

Some of the containers that remained on board were damaged and caught fire.

A spokesperson for the US Coast Guard VTS office for Puget Sound confirmed to the reporters that ZIM KINGSTON was out at sea at the time of the casualty because of congestion at most of the major West Coast container ports.

“The [ZIM KINGSTON] was sort of in a holding pattern out there because the anchorages in both the US side and the Canadian side of the border are pretty full,” KUOW quoted Laird Hail, director of the Puget Sound VTS, as saying.

“We’ve not always had room for vessels to be able to come into anchor, so many of them are holding offshore, waiting for a turn to come into either Canadian waters or US waters to anchor.”

Four of the lost containers have washed ashore near Cape Scott Provincial Park, a wilderness area at the remote northwestern tip of Vancouver Island.

The crew of a Canadian Coast Guard helicopter took photos of the boxes, allowing officials to match container numbers with the ship’s inventory to determine their contents.

The CCG was able to confirm that markings indicate the four containers do not contain dangerous goods.

The shipowner has contracted for professional cleanup services, an effort that is under way.

Two of the containers still missing are filled with dangerous goods, including a potentially hazardous ore processing chemical, potassium amyl xanthate.
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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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The 2021 Women Offshore Conference will take place virtually on Nov. 5 and 12.

You can register for the conference here.

Panelists who work in the maritime industry, including a number of MM&P members, will speak on topics that include: resilience, mentoring, achieving leadership positions in maritime and balancing raising a family with progressing in your maritime career.

There will also be a panel on preventing Sexual Assault and Harassment, during which representatives of CGIS, Safer Waves, Seacode and the Ship Operations Cooperative Program (SOCP) will discuss best practices for maintaining a safe culture for everyone on board.

To register and to find out more about Women Offshore, go to:

Conference attendees will receive a virtual program 48 hours before the conference with links to each session and will be able to re-watch the recorded sessions for up to 30 days after the conference.

The Women Offshore Foundation, also known as Women Offshore, is an online organization and resource center established in 2017 to support a diverse workforce on the water.

As a 501(c)(3), non-profit private operating foundation, its mission is to propel women into meaningful careers through access to a worldwide community and professional development resources, while raising awareness amongst industry leaders and decision makers about issues affecting women on the water.

MM&P is a sponsor of the 2021 Women Offshore Conference.
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There will be an in-person Offshore membership meeting at the MM&P Charleston Hall on Monday, Nov. 15 at 1100. All members and applicants are encouraged to attend.

MM&P President Don Marcus and Atlantic Ports Vice President Tom Larkin will be in attendance.

The MM&P Charleston Hall is located at 1481 Tobias Gadson Blvd., Suite 2C, Charleston, SC 29407.

Please contact the hall with any questions at 843-766-3565.
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There will be an in-person Offshore membership meeting at the MM&P Norfolk Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 1300. All members and applicants are welcome to attend.

MM&P Secretary-Treasurer Don Josberger and Atlantic Ports Vice President Tom Larkin will be in attendance.

The MM&P Norfolk Hall is located at Interstate Corporate Center, 6325 North Center Drive, Suite 100, Norfolk, VA 23502.

Please contact the hall with any questions at 757-489-7406.
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All MM&P union halls, the MM&P Plan Office, the MM&P Federal Credit Union and MM&P headquarters will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 11, for Veterans Day.
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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 process.

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

When you are on the site, click on “Licensing Applications” and then on “Apply to be a Pilot-in-training.”

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.

For assistance, please contact the Board at: 410-230-6261 or Fax: 410-962-8483.
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MITAGS-West is looking to quickly fill three open positions in its Marine Firefighting/Damage Control Programs.

The three are:

Program Manager;

Lead Instructor; and

Assistant Instructor.

If you are interested in learning more or applying for these positions, please click on the links above and submit a cover letter with your resume to Human Resources Manager Jane Sibiski at
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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): 11/9/21, 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): 11/8/21, 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): 11/8/21*, 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 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) – 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 Scheduled

DDE – Great Lakes (20-Day): 2/27/22

ECDIS for Pilots (2-Day) – 11/11/21

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, 9/12/22

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): 11/15/21

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): 11/9/21

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): 11/29/21

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: 11/15/21, 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): 11/14/21, 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) – 11/9/21, 3/13/22

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) – 11/8/21

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P (2-Day) – 11/15/21*, 11/17/21*, 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 scheduled

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal (1-Day): 1/31/22

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes (1-Night): 12/15/21, 1/18/22, 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) – 11/15/21, 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 scheduled

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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Schedule of Courses – Please also see our schedule and enroll online at

For Registration Contact our Admissions Department: 206.441.2880 or

November 2021

8-11 Advanced Firefighting
8-12 Basic Shiphandling
8-12 Leadership & Managerial Skills
15-17 Security Officer – Vessel, Company and Facility
15-18 ARPA
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
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