Wheelhouse Weekly – October 27th, 2020

October 28th 2020

Volume 25… Number 43… Oct. 27, 2020



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We strongly encourage every MM&P member to vote in November’s election.

The candidates elected to the House of Representatives and the Senate will be in a position to affect the future viability and growth of our industry.

Their actions will determine whether American-flag vessels and American shipboard jobs will remain under the US flag or be outsourced to the benefit of foreign shipping interests.

The candidates MM&P supports will also work for passage of legislation like the PRO Act, which would benefit America’s working families by leveling the playing field between management and labor.

A list of the candidates the union is supporting in state races has been posted in the Members Only section of

Just click on the “Documents” tab and scroll down to “Who We Support.”

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Voters in California should support the labor movement and protect their own union rights by voting NO on Prop 22.

“This proposition, if not turned back, could lead to workers in many industries being classified as independent contractors and denied the right to join together in a union,” says MM&P President Don Marcus.

Multibillion-dollar corporations like Uber, Lyft, Instacart and DoorDash wrote Proposition 22 to create a special exemption for themselves from California law that requires app-based companies to provide basic protections to their workers.

Now they’re spending more than $180 million on Prop 22, the most expensive ballot measure in US history, to boost their profits by denying their drivers’ right to a minimum wage, paid sick leave and safety protections.

Uber, Lyft, Instacart and DoorDash paid to put Proposition 22 on the ballot. They hired lawyers to write a misleading initiative and paid political operatives millions to collect the voter signatures they needed.

Prop 22 is a carve out in law that allows Uber and app companies to deny their drivers rights and protections like paid sick leave, workers compensation or unemployment benefits.

Prop 22 exempts these multibillion-dollar “gig” corporations from contributing to safety net programs we all need like Social Security, Medicare and Unemployment Insurance

Prop 22 makes us all less safe by eliminating safety protections for riders and drivers and any liability these wealthy companies have to consumers.

This measure threatens good, middle-class union jobs.

If these companies succeed in buying this election, their low-pay, no-protection business model will expand in virtually every industry, leading to unprecedented job loss and a race to the bottom.

Current California state law requires Uber and the app companies to provide their drivers with rights and protections, just like every other California business.

The California state attorney general recently sued them for breaking this law. You can help stop this power grab that hurts workers and taxpayers.

Prop 22 was written for app companies, by app companies—NOT for workers and our families.


Want to do more? Sign up with the California Labor Federation to phonebank, and make sure Californians know the truth about Prop 22.

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Commercial applications of autonomous shipping technology will hinge on how ship owners assess its costs, benefits and risks—not on the hype generated by systems purveyors seeking to grow their markets, MM&P says.

The union offered the assessment in its official comments to the Coast Guard docket titled “Request for Information on Automated and Autonomous Ships.”

An information request by a government agency such as the Coast Guard may serve as a preliminary step in drafting regulations.

MM&P says it’s premature for the Coast Guard to begin work to serve as a foundation for its own rules on autonomous shipping, especially given the complete lack of a relevant legal or regulatory framework on the international level that US rules will have to take into account.

Another obstacle to rulemaking: the fact that there is still no widely accepted definition of what an autonomous ship actually is. Is it:

— a ship with automated processes and decision support, but with mariners on board who can—and sometimes do—take control?

— a ship controlled and operated from another location, with or without mariners on board? or

— a fully autonomous ship, able to make decisions and determine a course of action by itself?

It is generally agreed, the union said, that a fully autonomous ship, one which operates without human intervention, is unlikely to become a reality in the foreseeable future.

“It is questionable,” the union added, “whether that level of artificial intelligence can ever be achieved.”

Another factor to keep in mind as far as predicting if or when real-life applications of autonomous shipping might occur on a commercial level is the fact that international shipping is capital and fuel-cost intensive, not shipboard-labor intensive.

The approximate costs of running a large ship in the international trades break down as follows:

— 42 percent capital;

— 40 percent voyage (mostly fuel); and

— 18 percent operating costs, less than half of which (about seven percent) can be attributed to manning.

“From our discussions with the representatives of ship owners at the international regulatory level, there is a shared belief that in most operating environments it is difficult to make an economic case supporting the replacement of seafarers with automation,” MM&P says.

“It may result in some small reductions in manning or a redefinition of shipboard roles and responsibilities, but not the wholesale replacement of seafarers.”

To read the union’s comments in their entirety, go to and scroll down to “Latest News.”

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Wisconsin Democrat Sen. Tammy Baldwin has reintroduced legislation—the Made in America Shipbuilding Act (S 4687)—to strengthen Buy American requirements for the federal government’s purchase of ships by expanding the current law to cover all federal agencies, all classes of ships and more shipboard components.

“For decades in Wisconsin, we’ve worked to make things: paper, engines, tools and ships,” Baldwin said in a statement when she introduced the bill.

“These manufacturing jobs have created shared prosperity for generations and strengthened the economic security of hard-working families across our state.”

“Strong Buy American standards drive local economic growth and create good-paying jobs that support Wisconsin families.”

“And because American workers are the best in the world, these standards also ensure that the federal government, including our military, purchases the highest quality ships and parts needed to carry out its various missions.”

“The Made in America Shipbuilding Act is about doing right by workers in Wisconsin and across the country, and I am urging my Senate colleagues to support this legislation,” she said.

Baldwin has fought to protect US jobs since her first term as a member of the House of Representatives in 1999.

As senator, she has continued to fight on behalf of America’s working families, in particular by seeking to bring critical manufacturing jobs back to the United States.

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Nautilus International has signed a letter calling on Congress to solve crew change problems, after seafarers were prevented from leaving their ships to fly home—even in cases in which they were permitted to do so under US regulations.

American unions leading this effort include MM&P and the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association, both of which are affiliates of the Nautilus Federation.

Several other organizations have signed, including the International Maritime Employers’ Council and the Chamber of Shipping of America.

Although crews with the requisite paperwork are exempt from Covid-19 border restrictions following a presidential proclamation in May, some seafarers have been prevented from carrying out crew changes altogether and in other cases Customs and Border Patrol officials have required that seafarers be constantly guarded or that their ship remain in port until the crewmembers’ flights home have taken off.

The letter was sent to the leaders of the congressional committees with jurisdiction over US Customs and Border Patrol: Sen. Ron Johnson, chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs and Sen. Gary Peters, ranking member; and to Representative Bennie Thompson, chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security and Representative Mike Rogers, ranking member.

The letter asks the CBP to ensure all crew change requests are granted at any port requested, unless specific intelligence suggests an individual seafarer may pose a security threat.

“CBP personnel cite security concerns as a primary rationale for denying repatriation requests but despite multiple requests over the years, CBP will not provide data that supports treating every repatriating mariner as a threat to national security,” the group wrote.

The signatories further request that:

— repatriating crew be allowed to take flights with domestic connections to expand options for seafarers to return home as quickly as possible;

— if CBP grants a repatriation request and the flight is missed or cancelled, CBP should allow overnight hotel stays so the crewmember can board the next available flight, the on-signing seafarer can join the ship, and the ship can continue on its voyage as scheduled;

— CBP should allow for innovative solutions to the worsening problem, such as allowing seafarer welfare organizations or others to charter flights for groups of mariners without the normal restrictions;

— CBP give field personnel leeway to implement these suggestions and standardize procedures wherever possible.

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Officials in Western Australia have tightened restrictions on crew change after several cases of Covid-19 linked to foreign ships surfaced at the Port of Fremantle.

International crewmembers can now disembark only at Perth or board charter flights to Perth as soon as possible but not more than eight hours after disembarking their ships.

Upon arrival in Perth, they have to go to a quarantine hotel for 14 days at their own expense.

Mariners who are not legal residents of Australia must have departure flights booked before they leave their ships.

And there may be more restrictions coming.

After a virus cluster emerged aboard the livestock carrier AL MESSILAH, local officials have called for turning away ships or even closing ports entirely.

Twenty-four members of the crew who tested positive, along with 12 people who had been in close contact with them, have now been moved to a quarantine hotel.

A crewmember who tested positive aboard the KEY INTEGRITY has been allowed to quarantine aboard his ship. The other 17 members of the crew have tested negative.

Calls for tighter restrictions have been fueled by the fact that two people were allowed to disembark the AL MESSILAH before the outbreak was reported. Both of these people are testing negative and one has now entered a quarantine hotel, but the other traveled by plane to Sydney, potentially exposing other people.

The authorities said these are the third and fourth cases of positive crewmembers reported at Western Australia ports in less than a month.

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The call is going out to all MM&P Offshore members to salute Kathy Moran’s many years of dedicated and ardent service to our membership.

Starting in the San Francisco MM&P Local 90 Hall not long after the Summer of Love, Kathy has been a constant and fearless advocate for our members shipping out of San Francisco and in later years Seattle, seeing them through good times and bad and always putting their interests first.

This will be her final week on the job, but she will be with us and a part of the MM&P community in Puget Sound and San Francisco for many years to come!

MM&P is compiling anecdotes, well wishes and “thank you” messages from members who have received her assistance over the years. We hope to put a scrapbook together and present it to her at a suitable post Covid-19 occasion.

If you have any thoughts to share or would like to send your best wishes, please submit them to

From all us at MM&P who have been blessed by Kathy over the years: “Best Wishes and Thank You for All You Have Done.”

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The Office of Maritime Safety at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is seeking people with licenses and navigation experience to help make nautical charts and products used by the Navy.

“These are great government jobs with incredible stability and benefits,” says Anita Bardinsoto, a nautical cartographer and recruiter for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

These are shore-based jobs in the D.C. area and also in St. Louis, Mo.

To find out more, go to: (entry level or recent college grad) or (mid-level with at least three years’ experience).

If you have questions about these jobs, you can also reach out to Anita Bardinsoto at:

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In an operation estimated to have lasted no longer than seven minutes, a UK special forces team regained control of the NAVE ANDROMEDA, which had been taken over by a group of stowaways on the morning of Oct. 25.

All 22 members of the crew, and all members of the special forces team, were reported to be safe and unharmed.

The incident began over the weekend when seven stowaways took control of the tanker in the English Channel off Gosport, Hampshire.

The authorities were alerted to the emergency by the ship’s crew in a Mayday call on Sunday morning.

The response began at around 1900 local time, when 16 commandos were dropped from helicopters onto the deck of the NAVE ANDROMEDA.

They quickly detained the seven stowaways and secured the vessel. A spokesperson for police said yesterday that the men had been charged with “suspicion of seizing or exercising control of a ship by use of threats or force.”

The tanker, which had departed Lagos, Nigeria, on Oct. 6, was observed making zig-zag maneuvers off the Isle of Wight.

The maneuvers, the authorities said, could have been another way to alert them that something was wrong on board.

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The Department of Justice has charged four people with being part of a conspiracy to sell counterfeit Coast Guard merchant mariner credentials in Norfolk, Va.

The government alleges that they acted together to produce and sell phony certificates from the Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy, where one of them worked as an administrator.

According to the government, he used his position—in exchange for thousands of dollars—to create fake course certificates for people who had never taken the courses.

The conspirators, the government said, would also supply instructions to those who bought the fake certificates on how to load them into Coast Guard systems so as to receive a fraudulent USCG qualification.

Prosecutors allege that more than 150 people bought the fraudulent qualifications and that the conspiracy generated more than $200,000.

Charges against the four include mail fraud, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. If convicted, they face a mandatory minimum of two years in prison.

Thank you to Dennis Bryant of Bryant’s Maritime Newsletter for bringing this case to our attention.

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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 Plan Office, the MM&P Federal Credit Union and MM&P headquarters will be closed on Monday, Nov. 11, for Veterans Day.

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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: 11/2/21, 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

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

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: 11/9/20, 2/1/21

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific: 11/16/20, 2/8/21

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

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems: 4/5/21

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM): 11/16/20, 12/14/20, 2/1/21

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): 11/2/20, 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): 11/9/20*, 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: 11/2/20

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): Not currently scheduled

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

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

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): 11/16/20, 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): Contact Admissions

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

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic) (1-Day): 11/10/20, 2/24/21

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 2/25/21

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) – 2/28/21

MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day) – 6/21/21

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 11/2/20, 1/11/21, 3/1/21

MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day) – 11/2/20, 3/1/21 (Evening)

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) – 11/6/20, 1/15/21, 3/5/21

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) – 11/7/20, 1/16/21, 3/6/21

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

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) – 11/16/20*, 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): Not currently scheduled

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

2-6 Advanced Shiphandling II
2-6 Radar Observer Unlimited
2-6 Basic Training
9-12 Advanced Firefighting
9-13 Leadership & Managerial Skills
9-13 Medical Care Provider
9-20 Medical Person-In-Charge
13th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
16-17 Basic Training Revalidation
16-18 Security Officer – Vessel, Company and Facility
16-19 ARPA
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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