Wheelhouse Weekly, September 28, 2021

Volume 27… Number 39… September 28, 2021


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  • MM&P Closed on Columbus Day
  • COVID-19 Vaccination and Masking Required for All MITAGS Students
  • MITAGS East Academic Notes
  • MITAGS West Academic Notes

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    In the waters outside the ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach, the floating queue of ships has nearly doubled in size over the course of the past six weeks.

    Despite the efforts of port authorities and the administration, there is little hope that it will diminish anytime soon.

    To reduce the backlog, the Port of Long Beach has adopted 24-hour gate operations four days a week.

    The Port of Los Angeles—which through August reported that it had processed 30 percent more containers than during the same period last year—has focused its efforts in part on increasing the outflow of containers on trucks, which mostly depends on efforts by supply chain participants to better coordinate their operations.

    The trucking companies observe, for example, that there is no point in moving a container at night if the warehouse isn’t open to receive it. Similarly, the railroads simply do not have the capacity to transport the volume of containers.

    Another factor adding to the problem is that cargo ships are piled higher than ever before with containers.

    According to London-based IHS Markit, the average ship now arrives at the Port of Long Beach carrying 7,000 containers—up 70 percent from the pre-pandemic average of roughly 4,000.

    The nation’s ports simply aren’t built to handle ships carrying so many, both because of the limited number of cranes available to each berth, and because of the limited space available overall for stacking and moving containers.

    As the US heads into its pre-Christmas retail boom and inventories remain low, the backlogs are expected to get worse before they get better, despite efforts by the Biden Administration to ease the situation.

    Experts say the congestion will only diminish when demand slows and consumers resume their pre-pandemic buying patterns.
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    The Centers for Disease Control has published recommendations for crewmembers who are fully vaccinated, along with additional clarifying guidance on shipboard management of suspected or confirmed cases of Covid-19.

    People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series of vaccines such as the Pfizer or Moderna, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen. The guidance is posted at:

    It specifies that crewmembers who have been fully vaccinated can resume activities that they engaged in prior to the pandemic.

    To reduce the risk of being infected with the Delta variant and possibly spreading it to others, they should wear a mask indoors in public if they are in an area of substantial or high transmission.

    People with a weakened immune system or who have a household member with a weakened immune system might choose to wear a mask in any case.

    Vaccinated individuals still need to show a negative test result or documentation of recovery from Covid-19 before boarding an international flight to the US and they should still get tested 3-5 days after international travel but they do not need to self-quarantine after arriving in the country.
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    All active Offshore members and applicants are encouraged to read the information on employer vaccination mandates that has been posted on the home page of the Members’ Only section of
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    The NMC Regional Exam Center in New York has reopened for examination services in the Federal Building at 201 Varick Street in Lower Manhattan.

    Specific information regarding the REC’s physical address, hours of operation, and entry requirements can be found on the REC New York webpage.

    The new mailing address for REC New York is 201 Varick St., 9th Floor, Suite 904, New York, NY 10014, and mariner applications may still be emailed to

    Mariner examination services will continue to be provided by appointment only. No walk-in appointments are available.

    Examination appointment requests may be emailed to and should include the applicant’s name, mariner reference number, requested testing date(s), phone number, and a copy of the Approved to Test letter(s).

    The NMC Customer Service Center remains open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday.

    Mariners can reach the call center at 1-888-IASKNMC (427-5662) and
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    Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) has introduced legislation that would exempt Alaska cruises from the Passenger Vessel Services Act.

    The PVSA requires that foreign-flag cruise ships make at least one stop in a foreign port before traveling between another US port and Alaska.

    Before the pandemic began, the major cruise lines met the cabotage requirement by either departing from Vancouver or visiting Canadian ports on the way to or from Alaska.

    When the government of Canada closed its ports in 2020 and 2021, the Senate approved a temporary exemption to the PVSA to help stem the damage to Alaska’s economy, which depends heavily on tourism.

    Murkowski’s bill would provide an exemption from the PVSA for large cruise ships sailing between any US state and Alaska.

    It stipulates that only cruise ships carrying 1,000 or more passengers would qualify for the exemption.

    Pro-foreign-flag shipping interests have advocated for the repeal of all American maritime cabotage laws—both the Passenger Vessel Services Act and the Jones Act—regardless of the impact on America’s national security.

    A waiver of the PVSA is controversial: It would have the support of Alaskans but would be seen by many as a “camel’s nose under the tent” situation, raising the concern that it could set an unacceptable precedent.
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    Captain Richard Hoey will receive an award from a British charity for saving a mariner who was forced to abandon a sinking sailboat on the night of Sept. 20, 2019.

    The charity, The Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, will officially present the award, The Lady Swaythling Trophy, at a ceremony in London on Oct. 5.

    The rescue took place in the Eastern Atlantic about 200 miles southwest of Cork, Ireland, when Hoey was master of the MAERSK MONTANA.

    “Our awards judging panel were extremely impressed by the actions of your whole crew, but particularly by the way that you led the rescue, which demonstrated professionalism, skill and outstanding seamanship,” wrote Justin Osmond, chief executive of the charity, in a letter informing Hoey of the award.

    The Society has been making awards for outstanding acts of skill and gallantry at sea since 1851.

    Hoey would normally have been presented with the award last year, but the 2020 awards schedule was postponed because of the pandemic.

    The details of the rescue were reported by MAERSK MONTANA Third Mate Stephen J. Miller in an article that was published in gCaptain at:
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    One of the three survivors of the sinking of the OSV BOURBON RHODE has won compensation for the injuries he suffered in the accident, thanks to help from his union and the International Transport Workers’ Federation.

    The BOURBON RHODE sailed into Hurricane Lorenzo, a category 3 storm, while transiting the mid-Atlantic on Sept. 25, 2019.

    An investigation by Luxembourg, the flag state, found that water from leaking hatches had flooded the vessel’s Z-drive compartment.

    The crew was unsuccessful in its attempts to seal the leaks and dewater the compartment, and flooding disabled the engines, leaving the BOURBON RHODE listing and adrift.

    It sank on the following afternoon.

    Only three of the 14 members of the crew were rescued. Four bodies were recovered. The remaining seven crewmembers were never found.

    A number of people familiar with the condition of the vessel reported that it had not been fit to sail.

    The investigation found that a supernumerary shipfitter had been dispatched alongside the regular crew to carry out “steel works that had not been completed at the shipyard.”

    A former member of the BOURBON RHODE’s engineering department reported that he had told the ship operator that “the technical condition of the ship would not allow it to cross the Atlantic.”

    One of the three survivors, Ukrainian seafarer Yevgeniy Nikolov, sustained injuries so severe that he was unable to return to sea.

    For a year and a half, he attempted to recover damages from the shipowner, before finally turning to the Marine Transport Workers’ Trade Union of Ukraine, which like MM&P is an ITF affiliate.

    “It is noteworthy,” observed MTWTU Chairman Oleg Grygoriuk, “that the company acted quickly as soon as it found out that Yevgeniy’s interests were represented by the MTWTU and the ITF.”

    “Our global solidarity implies a certain authority and reputation,” Grygoriuk said.

    “This case shows why it pays to be with an ITF union.”
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    It’s officially Fall, and that means Oktoberfest is here. Labor411 has a great list of tasty foods and delicious beers made by employers who treat their workers well and give them a voice on the job.

    Happy Oktoberfest and let’s all work together to build a stronger America.


    Dundee Oktoberfest (IBT)
    Goose Island Oktoberfest (IBT)
    Leinenkugel’s Oktoberfest (UAW, IUOE, IBT)
    Mad River Brewer’s Secret (IAM)
    Mendocino Brewing Engine 45 Pumpkin Ale (IBT)
    Samuel Adams Octoberfest (IBT, IUOE, SEIU)
    Schell’s Oktoberfest (USW)
    Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat (IAM, IUOE, IBT)
    Shock Top Twister Pretzel Wheat (IAM, IUOE, IBT)
    Stegmaier Pumpkin Ale (IUOE)
    Stegmaier Oktoberfest (IUOE)


    Boar’s Head (UFCW, IBT)
    Koegel’s (IBT)
    Wenzel’s (IBT)


    Thumann’s (UFCW)
    Claussen (UFCW)
    Vlasic (IBT)


    Rold Gold (BCTGM, IBT)
    Snyder of Berlin (UFCW, IBT)


    French’s (IBT)
    Gulden’s (UFCW)
    Heinz (IBT, UFCW)
    Thumann’s (UFCW)

    To view more union-made products, visit the Labor411 online directory.
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    MM&P Atlantic Ports Vice President Tom Larkin will hold an in-person membership meeting at the MM&P Boston Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 29, at 1100.

    The Boston Hall is located in Marine Industrial Park at 12 Channel St., Suite 606A, Boston, MA 02210. The phone number is 617-671-0769.
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    There will be an in-person membership meeting at the MM&P NY/NJ hall on Thursday, Oct. 7 at 1100.

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

    The New York/New Jersey Hall is located at 570 Broad Street, Ste 701, Newark, NJ 07102. The phone number is 201-963-1900.
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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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    Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory seeks a marine operations manager responsible for personnel and for the operation, maintenance, and safety of Columbia University’s research vessel, the RV MARCUS G. LANGSETH.

    The starting salary will range from $125,000 to $140,000, based on experience.

    The marine operations manager does not have to live inside the immediate New York City area.

    The position reports to the director of the Office of Marine Operations.

    Qualifications required and more information about the position are posted at:

    Contact Information: Sean Higgins, or 845-365-8528.

    Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory seeks fundamental knowledge about the origin, evolution, and future of the natural world.

    LDEO scientists study the planet from its deepest interior to the outer reaches of its atmosphere, on every continent and in every ocean, providing a rational basis for the difficult choices facing humanity.

    Lamont is the scientific research heart of the Columbia Climate School, which was founded in 2020 to develop and inspire knowledge-based solutions and educate future leaders for just and prosperous societies on a healthy planet.
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    Revised MATES Trust Student Guides have been posted in the Members’ Only section of

    The guides include updated eligibility procedures and policies for the MATES Program.

    All members who plan to take a course at MITAGS should read the Revised Trust Student Guides.

    To view the guides, enter the Members’ Only section of and click on Documents.
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    As of Oct. 1, Seafarers International House will be headquartered on one floor of The Markle Evangeline Residence, at 123 W 13th St New York, NY 10011, not far from the original SIH guesthouse at Union Square.

    There are 10 guestrooms at the new location.

    The previous guesthouse location has been leased to another organization until Dec. 31, 2021, because Covid-19 regulations made it impractical for staff to manage.
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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, Oct. 11, for Columbus Day.
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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) – 2/3/22

    BRM – Bridge Resource Management (5-Day): 10/25/21, 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): 10/11/21, 1/31/22

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

    BT-Refresher (3-day) – 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): 2/28/22

    SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1) (5-Day): 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): 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): Not currently scheduled

    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) – 3/28/22

    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: 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): 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: 1/17/22

    MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 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): 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): 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) – 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): 1/31/22

    ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes (1-Night): 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: 2/28/22

    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): 2/7/22

    WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 2/21/22
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    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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