Wheelhouse Weekly, November 23, 2021

Volume 27… Number 47… November 23, 2021


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Wishing all at sea, in inland waters and in your homes and MM&P offices around the
country, a safe and healthy Thanksgiving for you, your friends and loved ones.
It has been a year of trial for millions of Americans, for the labor movement and for
humanity in general.
Let’s be thankful for the relief that appears to be on the horizon and work together to
keep each other safe and aid those who are in distress.
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The House of Representatives has passed “The Build Back Better Act,” a central pillar of
President Biden’s efforts to strengthen the US economy and grow the middle class.
The vote took place on Friday morning, along party lines. The measure is now headed to
the Senate, where it is expected to undergo revisions.
AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler called the House vote “a milestone for working people.”
“Now,” she said, “the Senate must finish the job and send the Build Back Better bill to
President Biden’s desk without delay.”
The Build Back Better Act will transform the lives of millions of working people for the
better, the labor federation says.
Among the many provisions that would benefit working people are substantial penalties
on employers who violate workers’ rights and investments in good union jobs to address
climate change.
“There is much more in this landmark legislation, and it all adds up to rebalancing our
economy so every worker has the opportunity to get ahead,” Shuler said.
“With the enactment of the bipartisan infrastructure bill earlier this week, and now the
passage of the Build Back Better Act in the House, the momentum is with working
“Our agenda is moving forward, and together, we’ll make sure the Senate finishes the
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The executive directors of the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach said in a joint
statement yesterday that there had been a 33 percent reduction in “aging cargo” since
they announced a plan to fine owners of import containers that remain onsite for too
For that reason, they said, they had decided for the second time to delay imposing the
new fee. They said they will reassess the situation after this week’s busy shopping days,
“Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday.”
Reducing the number of containers improves efficiency, they noted, by making space for
more containers to be unloaded faster and giving trucks more room to maneuver.
The White House has been working on numerous fronts to improve the flow of goods
along the supply chain.
New initiatives announced at last week’s meeting of the Federal Maritime Commission
include, for example, the formation of six “supply chain innovation teams,” comprised of
ocean carrier representatives, terminal operators and port executives.
They will focus on improving conditions at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and
New York and New Jersey, in particular on rationalizing the flow of containers into and
out of the ports.
“With the data for the month of October now in, we continue to see the goods movement
supply chain moving more goods than ever before, goods reaching stores, and the
velocity of goods leaving the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach increasing,” the White
House said in a statement.
It noted the significant reduction in aging cargo at the ports of Los Angeles and Long
Beach, in particular in view of the fact that the two handled 16 percent more loaded
containers in the first 10 months of the year than they had at any other time in their
“The goods movement chain is controlled by the private sector, which is why we have
continued to work closely with the private sector to drive improvements to the system,”
the administration said.
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The growth in the number of coronavirus cases worldwide is leading to new lockdowns,
cancelled flights and travel restrictions, in particular in China and elsewhere in Asia, but
overall the percentage of seafarers blocked aboard their ships has continued to slowly
The most recent Neptune Declaration Crew Change Indicator, which incorporates data
from 10 large ocean carriers, shows that the number of mariners stuck aboard vessels
beyond the expiration of their contracts has fallen from 7.9 percent in October to 7.1
percent in the first half of November.
In both months, the number of seafarers blocked aboard ships for more than 11 months
was unchanged, at 1 percent.
The most positive trend reported was a 9.9 percent increase in the percentage of
international seafarers who have been vaccinated against Covid-19, from 31 percent in
October to 41 percent in November.
Despite limited access to vaccines in the Philippines and other seafaring nations, a
growing number of mariners have succeeded in getting vaccinated at ports outside their
home countries.
A downside of this situation is that some are being “over-vaccinated” with several
different vaccines to ensure they will be allowed to disembark their ships in places that
recognize one type of vaccination and not others.
“It is positive to see the numbers are slowly improving and there has been good progress
with seafarer vaccinations,” says Kasper Søgaard at the Global Maritime Forum.
“Nevertheless, the numbers hide the persistent difficulties of global crew changes in
repatriating crew and onboarding seafarers, which are likely to continue.”
He called for continued support for the wellbeing of seafarers and the implementation of
global vaccine standards.
The Neptune Crew Change Indicator is published once a month.
Participating companies say the overall data on global crew change may be significantly
worse than their data shows because they are working hard to facilitate crew changes
aboard their ships and are in a better position to do so than companies that operate
smaller fleets.
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Great Lakes Towing Company is expanding its harbor-towing and ice-breaking services
to Sturgeon Bay, Wis.
Members of the MM&P United Inland Group–Great Lakes & Gulf Region operate the
vessels in the GLT fleet.
The company expanded to Sturgeon Bay after launching a fleet renewal program that
began with the laying of 10 keels in August 2016.
Since then, the company has added five new Damen Stan 1907 ICE design tugs to its
fleet, with the sixth set for delivery next month and the seventh in spring 2022.
Growing the size of its towing fleet has improved the quality, safety and reliability of the
services it provides, Marine Log reports, and also allowed the company to look for other
areas to expand its operations and improve its full-service Lakes-wide coverage.
There will now be two Great Lakes Towing Company tugs stationed in Sturgeon Bay fulltime, including a former Navy YTB.
The company says these tugs will offer timely services for vessels calling at Fincantieri
Bay Shipbuilding and provide strong ice-breaking assets at the mid-southern end of
Green Bay.
“We are excited to expand our services to better serve the Great Lakes maritime
community,” says Gregg Thauvette, executive vice president, operations, at GLT.
“As we grow our fleet, we will continue to seek out new and better ways to service the
needs of our customers.”
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The Great Lakes Maritime Task Force has recognized the efforts of Michigan senator
Gary Peters to protect and advance the Great Lakes Navigation System.
Peters has been instrumental in funding the construction of a new large navigational
lock in Sault Ste Marie, Mich.
He also cosponsored the “Great Lakes Winter Commerce Act,” which would make
icebreaking a higher priority for the US Coast Guard, and helped ensure that $350
million was included in the pending House Reconciliation Bill for another heavy Great
Lakes icebreaker.
Peters was a strong advocate for passage of the Water Resources Development Act of
2020, which guarantees consistent funding from the Harbor Maintenance Trust for the
US Army Corps of Engineers.
He has also worked across the aisle to support communities facing rising water levels,
coastal erosion, and flooding that have put homes, property, and communities at risk.
In late 2020, Peters secured a bipartisan bill to provide the first increase in Great Lakes
Restoration Initiative funding since the program was established in 2010. The GLRI is
critical to cleaning up the Great Lakes and protecting them for future generations.
Finally, Peters introduced the “CADETS Act” in June 2021. The bill would expand age
eligibility for the Student Incentive Payment, which provides financial assistance to
cadets who attend one of the six state maritime academies.
In addition, says Paul LaMarre, director of the Port of Monroe, Mich., Peters has worked
to resolve import and export issues associated with US Customs and Border Protection’s
interpretation of rules that hampered further port development with containerized
“The Great Lakes have and continue to be at the heart of Senator Peters’ leadership,”
LaMarre says.
He called the senator “a true champion of the Great Lakes maritime industry.”
MM&P is a member of the Great Lakes Maritime Task Force.
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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 International Propeller Club of the United States has announced the inaugural
event in its new series of conversations with industry leaders.
“A Conversation With the Honorable John Porcari, Port Envoy to the White House
Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force,” will take place at 11:00 am EST on Tuesday, Nov.
“It’s important for Propeller Club members and everyone involved in the maritime
industry in the United States and around the world to hear from the leading expert on
issues affecting the supply chain and get the most up-to-date and accurate information
on the steps being taken to resolve them,” said International Propeller Club President C.
James Patti.
There is no charge to attend the virtual session but participants must register here to
receive the necessary log-in information.
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Calling all Members and Applicants: Be advised that there are Offshore and PRO jobs
available now! Please visit, call or email your local union hall for details.
As an additional incentive for filling PRO work, the amount of points earned for each
eight-hour shift will be raised from two points to five points.
This change will go into effect for all PRO work called on Nov. 24, 2021, and stay in
effect until the next scheduled GEB meeting, to be held on Feb. 9-10, 202
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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 2021 no later than
Friday, Dec. 17, 2021, at 3:00 p.m. EST.
All requests for 2021 Vacation and PRO payments received after this date and time will
be held until Jan. 4, 2022 for processing and will therefore be taxable in 2022.
If you have any questions, please contact the Vacation Department at 410-850-8625,
410-850-8647 or Ken Ryan at 410-850-8617.
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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 pm
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MM&P Closed for Thanksgiving Nov. 25 and 26

Have a safe holiday.
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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): 3/21/22
[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): 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): 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): 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): 1/17/22, 4/4/22, 7/11/22, 10/3/22,
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): 12/17/21,
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,

[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): 3/14/22, 5/26/22, 11/16/22
TTT – ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program ** — 1/24/22
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

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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