Wheelhouse Weekly, September 14, 2021

Volume 27… Number 37… September 14, 2021


In This Issue:


Lloyd’s List Report:


  • MITAGS West Seeks Part-Time Instructor
  • COVID-19 Vaccination and Masking Required for All MITAGS Students
  • MITAGS East Academic Notes
  • MITAGS West Academic Notes

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    President Biden welcomed the leaders of the AFL-CIO, labor union presidents and rank-and-file union members to a Labor Day event at the White House on Sept. 8.

    The participants included AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler, Secretary-Treasurer Fred Redmond and Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre.

    MM&P President Don Marcus was among the union leaders invited to attend.

    The event included a discussion of how the administration’s economic agenda will benefit working families and a celebration of labor’s achievements.

    In his remarks, Biden repeated his commitment to be “the most pro-union President leading the most pro-union administration in American history,” speaking at length about his support for the labor movement, and the critical role unions have played in building the middle class.

    He discussed the problems of growing inequality and stagnant wages for workers at a time when the stock market has been booming and CEO pay has been skyrocketing.

    He also paid homage to AFL-CIO presidents John Sweeney and Richard Trumka, both of whom died this year.

    After his speech, he mingled with the crowd, shaking hands and speaking with those who approached him.

    “I was fortunate enough to get a few seconds with him,” Marcus said, “to thank him on behalf of the men and women of the US merchant marine, look him in the eye and shake his hand. The warmth of his greeting was wonderful.”

    A rank-and-file member of the UFCW then spoke of her experiences on the frontline giving vaccines, the personal hardship of losing her mother to Covid-19 and the critical assistance she and her family have received through her membership in the union.

    Shuler and US Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh spoke on the urgent need for labor law reform and the achievements of America’s unions.

    “In the past two centuries, industry by industry… in factories, mines, and mills… [the labor movement] challenged inhumane conditions,” Shuler said.

    “We created safety standards. We transformed grim, dangerous work into good, sustainable union jobs. This administration gets it…”

    She called Biden’s leadership “game-changing” and cited a recent Gallup poll that found that 68 percent of Americans and 77 percent of young people support labor unions, the highest approval ratings in over half a century.

    “Everything is lined up—we’ve got the public on our side… workers standing up and taking risks…and the most pro-union administration in history,” she said.

    “This is our moment.”
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    The White House last week announced a comprehensive plan to curb the spread of Covid-19 and protect the economic gains achieved during the past eight months.

    Since President Biden took office, there has been historic job growth—more than 4 million jobs created—the most in any President’s first six months, with 750,000 jobs created on average per month over the last three months.

    The new plan, the White House said, will ensure that the Delta variant cannot undo this progress while guaranteeing that the country does not return to lockdowns and shutdowns.

    On Thursday, the administration issued the first new measure, a vaccine requirement for federal employees and contractors.

    On Friday, it announced additional measures, including a requirement that companies with 100 or more employees ensure workers are vaccinated or undergo at least weekly Covid-19 testing.

    Large employers are required to give workers paid time off to get vaccinated or to recover from any side effects.

    “It is the policy of my Administration to halt the spread of Covid-19, including the Delta variant, by relying on the best available data and science-based public health measures,” the President said.

    “We’ve made vaccinations free, safe and convenient. The vaccine is FDA-approved. Over 200 million Americans have gotten at least one shot.”

    He said that the country “cannot allow the actions [of a minority] to stand in the way of protecting the large majority of Americans who have done their part and want to get back to life as normal.”

    “We’ve been patient,” he added, “but our patience is wearing thin.”

    AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler expressed support for the new measures, adding that workers and their unions should have a role in how they are implemented in the workplace.

    “The resurgence of Covid-19 requires swift and immediate action, and we commend President Biden for taking additional steps to help put an end to this crisis,” Shuler said in a statement.

    “Everyone should be vaccinated—as one step in stopping the pandemic.”

    “Workers and unions,” she added, “should have a voice in shaping these policies.”
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    Maersk CEO Søren Skou is calling on the International Maritime Organization to set a timeline for phasing out fossil fuels in shipping.

    “The European Commission is proposing to end production of combustion engine cars in 2035,” Skou said last week in a social media post.

    “The International Maritime Organization should do the same for fossil-fueled ships with ambitious targets and measures to decarbonize shipping.”

    Maersk is the world’s largest containership operator and a leader in the drive to deploy zero-carbon deep-sea vessels.

    Skou has criticized competitors’ plans to transition to liquefied natural gas, saying use of LNG does not fundamentally address the problem of climate change.

    He is also calling for a global carbon tax, which he says that alongside an IMO-stipulated end-date to fossil fuels would be a signal to all parts of the industry, including shipyards, regarding “which way the wind is blowing.”

    In related news, a UK government official announced last week that the country backs an absolute zero target for international shipping emissions by 2050.

    “I’m incredibly excited by the changes happening in this sector, with the speed of progress highlighted by the prospect of zero emission commercial vessels in UK waters in the next few years and green Channel crossings within a decade,” said UK Secretary of Transportation Gregg Shapps at a recent industry conference.

    The announcement aligns the UK with the US and Denmark, which have already announced that they will push for a “zero by 2050” goal at IMO.

    “Climate change is the greatest threat to mankind, and it is imperative all of us involved in the shipping industry continue to do all we can to cut emissions,” agreed John Denholm, president of the International Chamber of Shipping.

    “The world needs to know the shipping sector takes its responsibilities seriously and by setting the goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, people would be in no doubt about the green credentials of the shipping sector.”
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    In accordance with state of Hawaii Covid-19 protocols, the following entry requirements are now in force in the building that houses the MM&P Honolulu Hall.

    Those entering must be prepared to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination, which includes one of the following:

    — A CDC vaccination card;

    — VAMS (Vaccine Administration Management System) printout or certificate;

    — DOD DD Form 2766C;

    — State of Hawaii SMART Health Card;

    — Common Pass applications;

    — CLEAR Health Pass;

    — Azova;

    — IBM Digital Health Pass; or

    — Other similar products available to the public.

    Exemptions to providing proof of vaccination include:

    — Document of a negative Covid-19 test no more than 72 hours old;

    — Children under 12 years old; or

    — Individuals remaining 10 minutes or less.

    Regardless of vaccine status, everyone entering the building must wear a face mask at all times and maintain proper social distancing while indoors.

    If you have a cold, runny nose, sore throat, muscle aches or fever, do not enter the building and contact a medical facility or your physician.
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    The business news organization Lloyd’s List is reporting that industry leaders are considering compulsory vaccinations for seafarers.

    Journalist Michelle Wiese Bockmann writes in an article posted on Sept. 13 that such a mandate, if imposed, would most likely be introduced only after all seafarers have had the opportunity to be vaccinated on their own.

    Discussions so far, she reports, have taken place mostly in response to stories about sick crewmembers being refused emergency treatment on shore and some countries’ refusal to disembark the bodies of people who have died at sea.

    Representatives of shipping companies, industry associations and flag states involved in the talks say many of those who are yet to be vaccinated against Covid-19 are from countries with low vaccination rates and/or limited vaccine availability.

    A related problem is that vaccines developed in China or Russia, which some seafarers have already received, are not recognized by a number of countries.

    Besides potentially increased access to medical care and crew change, industry leaders believe there is another incentive for seafarers to get vaccinated: if one person gets sick aboard a ship where everyone is vaccinated, any illness would most likely be mild enough for the vessel to continue operating, which means no one would be forced to disembark, be replaced and sent home.

    Lloyd’s List cites industry representatives at London International Shipping Week who estimate that about one quarter of the world’s seafarers have been vaccinated and about a third are reluctant.
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    MITAGS West is seeking a part-time instructor to work a maximum of 1,000 hours at a minimum ROP of $35.

    The instructor is responsible for presenting courses containing content provided by the organization.

    With guidance from the head of the department, the instructor provides quality instruction through various methods of instruction, mentoring and guiding course attendees and informing the department head of any items requiring curriculum development attention.

    Desired qualifications include:

    — USCG Officer Level License with experience sailing under his/her highest-level license and similar experience. These may be substituted with equivalent uniformed service experience (NOAA, USCG, USN);

    — degree in Adult Education, Maritime Sciences or related field;

    — two years of experience supervising subordinates in a similar environment;

    — experience teaching adults professional subjects for one or more years, including teaching cadets.

    Requirements include:

    — experience, training and qualifications to obtain approval to teach the courses in the field from the US Coast Guard;

    — excellent computer skills;

    — strong interpersonal, writing and communication skills.

    Requires moderate physical activity and may require some travel.

    Please submit a cover letter with your resume to MITAGS Human Resource Manager Jane Sibiski:
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    Effective August 23, full COVID vaccination will be mandatory in order to attend training on campus at MITAGS East.

    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.

    Additionally, beginning on Aug. 9, face-masks are required in all public spaces on campus, regardless of vaccination status.

    Scans, photocopies, or electronic images of your COVID-19 vaccination cards (records) or certification by a medical provider are acceptable.

    The vaccine and masking policy is already in effect at MITAGS West.

    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) – 9/27/21, 2/3/22

    BRM – Bridge Resource Management (5-Day): 10/25/21

    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): 9/29/21, 3/16/22

    BRMP-Refresher (Now including Emergency Shiphandling for Pilots) (3-Day) – Not currently scheduled

    BT – Basic Safety Training (5-Day): 10/11/21, 1/31/22

    BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – 9/21/21*, 10/25/21*, 12/13/21, 2/22/22, 3/22/22

    BT-Refresher (3-day) – 9/20/21*, 12/13/21, 2/22/22

    CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic (5-Day): 11/29/21

    [CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

    ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability (5-Day): 10/18/21, 1/17/22, 3/21/22

    ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology (5-Day): 10/11/21, 12/6/21, 1/10/22

    CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 10/25/21, 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

    LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM) (5-Day): 11/8/21, 12/13/21, 1/31/22

    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): 9/20/21, 2/28/22

    SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1) (5-Day): 9/27/21, 10/11/21, 11/1/21*, 11/29/21, 1/17/22, 2/14/22, 3/21/22

    SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2) (5-Day): 9/20/21, 10/4/21, 10/18/21, 11/8/21*, 12/6/21, 1/24/22, 2/21/22, 3/28/22

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

    VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation (5-Day): 9/27/21

    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: 10/6/21

    CIW-SMS – Continual Improvement Workshop: Successful Safety Management (2-Day) – Online: 12/9/21

    CNAV-OIC (15-Day) – Celestial Navigation: 11/1/21

    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) – Not currently scheduled

    FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced (5-Day): 10/11/21, 1/31/22

    FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 9/23/21, 10/27/21, 12/16/21, 2/21/22, 3/24/22

    FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 12/11/21, 2/25/22

    FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications (1-Day): 10/22/21

    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): 10/18/21, 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): Not currently scheduled

    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): 9/27/21, 11/29/21*, 1/17/22

    MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 11/15/21, 1/10/22

    MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 9/27/21, 1/17/22

    MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 9/24/21, 10/2/21, 10/28/21, 11/14/21, 12/4/21, 12/17/21, 1/15/22, 3/25/22

    [MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

    MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic) (1-Day): 9/16/21, 10/31/21

    MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 10/29/21

    MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) – 11/9/21

    MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day) – 10/25/21*

    MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 9/20/21, 11/1/21*, 1/10/22, 3/14/22

    MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day/ 8-hour) – 11/1/21 (Evening)

    MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) – 11/5/21*, 1/14/22, 3/18/22

    MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) – 9/24/21, 11/6/21*, 1/15/22, 3/19/22

    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

    PSC – Personal Survival Craft (5-Day) – Contact Admissions

    PSC-REF – Personal Survival Craft Refresher (2-Day) – 12/16/21

    RFPNW – Ratings Forming Part of a Navigational Watch (3-day) – Not currently scheduled

    ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal (1-Day): 9/20/21, 1/31/22

    ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes (1-Night): 9/20/21, 12/15/21

    ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 3/7/22

    SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3-Day): 12/6/21

    SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 10/25/21

    SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day) – 11/15/21, 12/13/21, 2/7/22

    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): 10/11/21

    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

    September 2021

    20-23 Advanced Firefighting
    20-24 Advanced Shiphandling II
    20-24 Able Seaman
    27-1 ECDIS

    October 2021

    4-8 Medical Care Provider
    4-15 Medical Person-In-Charge
    11-15 Ship Constructions & Basic Stability
    18-5 Celestial Navigation
    25-26 Basic Training Revalidation
    27th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

    November 2021

    1-5 Basic Training
    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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