Wheelhouse Weekly – November 24th, 2020

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Volume 25… Number 47… Nov. 24, 2020


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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 International Transport Workers’ Federation has issued a statement to the 20 million members of its affiliated unions, recognizing the critical role they play in keeping the world moving through the Covid-19 pandemic.

MM&P is one of the nearly 700 transport unions in 150 countries that belong to the ITF.

The statement by the ITF Executive Board reads in part:

“Our members put their lives on the line every day while confronting extraordinary levels of stress and challenges to their mental health as a result of the pandemic.”

“They do their unions, their families and their communities proud.”

“Across the supply chain, transport workers are keeping key services afloat but have become even more vulnerable to exploitation in all sectors.”

“Workers continue to be left without jobs or access to the social protections they are entitled to.”

“At the onset of the crisis, the ITF laid out the actions that needed to be taken by employers and governments—in each transport sector and the entire supply chain—to protect workers, the public and the economy.”

“Alongside our partners, we developed solutions to resolve the crew change crisis. But 400,000 seafarers remain trapped at sea, separated from their families, exceeding the limits of safe shipping.”

“We are campaigning tirelessly to say Enough Is Enough.”

“We are also organizing and fighting for railway and public transport workers, who continue to put their health and lives at risk working to protect others, and for truck drivers, who have been forced to work longer and harder.”

“Whilst some governments and employers have shown leadership, others have done nothing…”

“We have a plan to protect jobs, income security and workers’ rights and put a vision of sustainable transport at the heart of the recovery…”

“Our message to transport workers under threat is simple: join a union and build your power.”

“Nationally, we urge governments and employers to sit down with us: listen to our calls and those of our unions and act, show leadership to safeguard decent jobs, and retain and retrain workers to respond to the challenges of Covid-19.”

“We have the plans to allow us to emerge from this crisis a stronger, fairer global society.”

“At a time of unprecedented crisis, we remember and honor those who have lost their lives in recent months.”

“In their names, we commit to continue advocating for better occupational safety and health standards, with a central role for unions and workers across all sectors.”

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The leaders of 33 transportation unions gathered last week in an online meeting to set an aggressive agenda for the new Congress and the incoming Biden administration in the midst of the worsening public health and economic crisis.

The meeting of the executive committee of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO, came less than two weeks after an election in which working people overcame a global pandemic and barriers to vote to elect the most pro-union, pro-transportation ticket in modern history.

Securing immediate economic relief and workplace health and safety protections for frontline workers remains a top priority for TTD’s Executive Committee.

“Frontline workers, including those who build, operate and maintain our transportation system, continue to put their lives on the line to see our country through this crisis,” said TTD President Larry Willis.

“It has been eight months since Congress passed a comprehensive Covid-19 relief bill. Working people simply cannot wait any longer. We urge Congress and the administration to pass another worker-centric Covid-19 relief package immediately.”

Officials of MM&P and the other TTD affiliates discussed their priorities with Rep. Peter DeFazio, chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

“From the start of the pandemic, transportation workers have played a critical role in keeping our economy moving,” De Fazio said.

“There’s no such thing as ‘working from home’ when you’re driving the bus a nurse relies on to get to work, or you’re the mechanic making sure airplanes are safe to fly.”

“Essential workers have sacrificed so much to ensure the American people have what they need to survive this crisis, and in turn, Congress must step up with another comprehensive relief package that reflects the scope of this public health and economic disaster.”

“Moving beyond the Covid-19 crisis and rebuilding our country and economy is possible, but it will require leadership from all levels of government and bold investments in our transportation system and infrastructure,” said TTD Secretary-Treasurer Greg Regan.

“Transportation labor is committed to working with Congress and President-elect Biden to pursue the policies that will ensure working families are at the center of Covid-19 relief efforts now and in the future.”

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The entire US maritime community will be honored at this year’s Admiral of the Ocean Sea (AOTOS) awards ceremony.

The award will be presented at an online ceremony to “the four pillars of American Maritime”: the US Maritime Administration (MARAD); merchant mariners; US-flag shipping companies; and longshoremen.

The traditional silver statuette of Christopher Columbus—the first Admiral of the Ocean Sea—will be accepted by The Honorable Elaine L. Chao, US Secretary of Transportation, on behalf of the honorees.

The statuette will be permanently displayed at MARAD Headquarters in Washington, DC.

The AOTOS Award ceremony is organized annually by United Seamen’s Service. This year, the event is scheduled for Dec. 9 at 1430.

The virtual program will include representatives of all the maritime industry groups being honored. A link will be disseminated once the final arrangements have been made.

“There was a strong consensus that despite the coronavirus epidemic, USS continue its annual AOTOS Award and this year recognize the hard-working maritime community laboring day-in and day-out to move millions of tons of cargo in and out of American ports, thus delivering essential goods necessary to international commerce and in support of our national defense,” said USS AOTOS Committee Chair Kenneth R. Wykle.

“Cargo ships are operated by merchant seafarers, the unseen and unheard essential workers who are keeping countries alive in lockdown,” said Seafarers International Union President and USS AOTOS Committee Vice Chair Michael Sacco.

“In times of national crisis, the US maritime community has one commitment and that is service to our nation.”

USS, founded in 1942, is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization with the mission of promoting the welfare of: American seafarers and their families; US government, military, and civilian personnel; international seafarers; and others in the maritime industry.

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The International Transport Workers’ Federation is calling on the governments of China and Australia to resolve a standoff that has left seafarers from several nations stuck at sea for months off the northern Chinese port of Jingtang.

The problem, linked primarily to a trade dispute, has been aggravated by the obstacles to crew change stemming from the Covid-19 pandemic.

China, Australia’s largest trading partner, began refusing shipments of coal over the summer because of disagreements over trade, the human rights situation in Hong Kong, the coronavirus and other hot-button international issues.

As a result, as many as 20 coal-carrying ships are now stuck off northern Chinese ports, waiting to unload their cargo.

Aboard two Indian vessels, seafarers already working beyond their contract durations have been trapped at sea for up to 20 months.

The 23 crewmembers of the JAG ANAND have been waiting to enter a port since June, and the 18 aboard the ANASTASIA have been stuck since August.

Aboard the JAG ANAND the situation is particularly grim, since everyone on board has been working without relief for between 13 and 20 months.

“We have at hand a humanitarian crisis where the entire crew is fatigued and requires urgent relief,” says Abdulgani Y. Serang, general secretary of the National Union of Seafarers of India.

“They are mentally and physically exhausted due to their prolonged time on board.”

“We suggested that if crew change is not possible, then at least the cargo could be discharged so the ship can move on and sign off the crew at the next convenient port,” he added.

A spokesperson for China’s foreign ministry said that China is not blocking the vessels from leaving the area and that they can depart whenever they wish.

The shipping companies involved, the Indian Embassy in China and the Indian government have all called on Chinese officials to allow crew change, but to no avail.

“All governments—be it flag states, port states, or the seafarers’ home countries—need to lift their game to make it easier to perform needed crew changes of this tired and fatigued workforce,” said ITF Seafarers’ and Inland Navigation Section Coordinator Fabrizio Barcellona.

“It shouldn’t have to take a geopolitical dispute for ministers to realize that there is a major humanitarian crisis on their shores.”

“Having over-contract crew anywhere in the world is unacceptable and a recipe for human and environmental disaster.”

The ITF, the National Union of Seafarers of India and the families of those on board the ships have reached out to the International Maritime Organization in hopes that it can help bring an end to the stalemate.

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On Monday, April 5, 2021, in Seattle, the Washington State Board of Pilotage Commissioners will administer to qualified applicants a written examination to be followed by a simulator evaluation for those eligible.

Applicants who meet or exceed the cut score set by the Board on the written examination and simulator evaluation will be placed on a waiting list to be called into a pilot training program as needed.

Successful completion of a pilot training program is required to qualify for issuance of a state pilot license for the applicable pilotage district.

Applications to sit for the exam will be available on, or by written or e-mail request to:

Board of Pilotage Commissioners
2901 Third Avenue, Suite 500
Seattle, WA 98121

Fax: 206-515-3906


Any inquiries regarding the application contents or process must be made in writing.

The complete application must be postmarked to the Board at 2901 Third Avenue, Suite 500, Seattle, WA 98121, by March 1, 2021 unless prior written permission to file an application at a later time is obtained from the Board.

Due to Covid-19 policies and procedures, the Board Office is not open to the public so you may not deliver your application in person this year.

For more information, go to:

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The Department of Transportation is sponsoring a free virtual workshop on GPS jamming and spoofing in the maritime environment.

The event will start at 1:00 pm New York Time on Dec. 3.

Among the panelists will be MM&P members Captain William Westrem (APL PRESIDENT EISENHOWER) and Captain Richard G. Hoey (MAERSK MONTANA).

You must register to attend the event. To find out more and to register, go to:

Many thanks to Dennis Bryant and Bryant’s Maritime Newsletter for bringing this to our attention (

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Give a unique gift this holiday season with Labor 411’s union-made gift baskets, masks, shirts, and more.

Union-made gift baskets include the chocolate collection, the wine and cheese collection and the bourbon collection.

Labor 411’s store offers a variety of products made in the United States by union members.

Show your union pride by shopping union!

For a limited time, all orders of $150 or more get free shipping.

Labor 411 believes that by making the choice to spend money on products and services that are made in our country by workers who are treated fairly and paid living wages, we are helping to protect the middle class, strengthen our national economy and build a stronger America.

Note: Labor 411 is an independent organization that offers union-made products and services. Labor 411 is not part of MM&P. The Wheelhouse Weekly is simply providing this information as a service to our members.

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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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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: 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): 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): 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): 4/12/21

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 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): 12/18/20, 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): Not currently scheduled

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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