Wheelhouse Weekly, September 7, 2021

Volume 27… Number 36… September 7, 2021


In This Issue:




  • 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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    The Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO and the US Department of Transportation teamed up on Labor Day to recognize and thank frontline transportation workers for their service and sacrifice, and to remind Americans that these workers are #EssentialAlways.

    MM&P is one of the 33 transportation sector labor unions that belong to TTD.

    “Frontline transportation workers power the most advanced economy in the world by operating, maintaining, and building the most complex transportation network on earth,” said TTD President Greg Regan.

    “Whether they’re helping people get home, to work or to school, moving the goods and raw materials we all rely on, delivering our mail, seeing us through a crisis, or building the transportation projects of the future, these dedicated professionals have always been essential to the fabric of America, and they always will be.”

    During the darkest days of the Covid-19 pandemic, transportation workers were instrumental in keeping our economy open and functioning.

    They transported health care and other essential workers to their jobs, delivered critical supplies to hospitals, ensured grocery store shelves were stocked, and brought the Covid-19 vaccine to every corner of this country.

    Their efforts during the pandemic saved lives. Now, transportation unions want to remind America that their members are #EssentialAlways.

    “The Covid-19 pandemic put a spotlight on the duties transportation workers perform every day,” said TTD Secretary-Treasurer Shari Semelsberger.

    “When businesses closed and entire communities went dark, these workers didn’t have the option to work from home. They risked their own health and safety to see us through this crisis.”

    “Now, as we look to recover from the worst public health and economic crisis in living memory, transportation workers will be central to our efforts to build back better.”

    TTD unions are encouraging the public, elected leaders and members of the transportation and infrastructure community to join the campaign by following and engaging with the hashtag #EssentialAlways on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn, and to watch and share this video explaining the important role transportation workers played before and during the pandemic, and the role they will play for years to come.
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    Until recently, the US-Navy-led rescue of 91,000 people from the North Korean port of Hungnam in December 1950 was considered the single largest military evacuation in American history.

    It took place during the Korean War, when UN forces were pulling out and thousands of civilians were fleeing to escape the advancing North Korean and Chinese troops.

    For many of them, salvation came in the form of a single ship, the MEREDITH VICTORY, and its Captain, Leonard LaRue, a member of MM&P, who made the decision to abandon all weapons and cargo so as to carry as many refugees as he could.

    The ship, a 10,00-ton freighter designed to carry no more than 59 people, left Hungnam on Dec. 23, 1950, with 14,000 refugees on board.

    South Koreans who were on the ship told New York Times journalist Choe Sang-Hun that tears of sympathy welled up in their eyes as they watched scenes of desperate Afghans seeking to escape their country amidst the tumult of the American withdrawal.

    “I thought of my parents and the same life-or-death situation they had gone through in Hungnam,” said Sohn Yang-young, who was one of five babies born aboard the MEREDITH VICTORY.

    Sailing with no escort, the ship arrived at Geoje Island on Christmas Day.

    “I think of how such a small vessel was able to hold so many persons and surmount endless perils without harm to a soul,” La Rue said later.

    “The clear, unmistakable message comes to me that on that Christmastide, in the bleak and bitter waters off the shores of Korea, God’s own hand was at the helm of my ship.”

    La Rue said that the experience was the driving force in his decision to become a Benedictine monk, Brother Marinus.

    Marinus is a Latin word meaning “of the sea.” He faithfully worked and prayed at a New Jersey monastery until his death in 2001.

    The US Bishops’ Conference recently voted in favor of his canonization, a cause for sainthood that MM&P is supporting.
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    Proponents of job-creating green energy projects gathered at SUNY Maritime on Aug. 30 to announce passage by the House of Representatives of a new offshore wind workforce development program based at the school.

    MM&P Atlantic Ports Vice President Tom Larkin joined supporters of the project, among them New York Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Thomas Suozzi, at an Aug. 30 press conference to celebrate House approval of a $795,000 grant to fund the program.

    Ocasio-Cortez and Suozzi had jointly submitted the funding request, which awaits a vote in the Senate.

    “To bring those jobs and these investments to the Throggs Neck community and the Bronx shows that we can create hundreds of jobs addressing climate change,” said Ocasio-Cortez.

    “These are good, union, family-supporting jobs that can happen here in the Bronx,” Suozzi added.

    “Getting the type of training that we are trying to facilitate through this grant to the Maritime College is important and will help make people’s lives better.”

    If the Senate approves the funding, the Offshore Wind Workforce Development Project at SUNY Maritime College will provide entry-level training for high-wage

    jobs in the emerging regional offshore wind industry sector for New York State residents.

    Nearly 5,000 New York jobs could be created by 2035 through regional offshore wind deployment, and SUNY Maritime College can provide training and certify hundreds of workers annually.
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    US Customs and Border Protection has fined a giant pollock fishing company about $350 million for violating the Jones Act.

    American Seafoods Corporation delivers around 90 percent of its catch to customers in the US via an affiliate that charters foreign-flag vessels.

    The ships are loaded in Dutch Harbor, transit the Panama Canal and sail up the East Coast to the port of Bayside, Canada.

    At Bayside, the cargo is offloaded into truck trailers for delivery in the US.

    “If the trucks carrying this fish drove directly into Maine, the whole arrangement would be prohibited by the Jones Act, which bans the use of foreign vessels to transport goods between US points,” Maritime Executive reports.

    But the affiliate, Alaska Reefer Management, has been taking advantage of a little-known historical provision of the Jones Act that exempts cargo that travels in part on “a registered Canadian rail line.”

    The company has been driving each truckload of fish that arrives at the Bayside terminal up a ramp and onto the “Bayside Canadian Railway,” which consists of two rail cars that run one way on a 100-foot stretch of track.

    A small engine pulls the train 100 feet, then pushes it back the other way. At this point the seafood is deemed to have completed the Canadian rail journey required to meet the Jones Act exemption.

    The truck then drives back down the ramp and across the border to make its deliveries in the Eastern United States.

    The workaround has been in use for 20 years, the seafood company says, and has always been noted on customs paperwork.

    CBP had previously ruled that other arrangements using short-distance Canadian rail transport were acceptable, but last month it began issuing multimillion-dollar penalties.

    Attorneys for the plaintiffs have called the suit “unjustifiable agency overreach…”

    CBP has declined to comment about the details of the case, citing ongoing litigation.

    This story was first reported by Maritime Executive.
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    The Lake Carriers’ Association reports that shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes totaled 5.6 million tons in August, an increase of 55.9 percent compared to a year ago.

    Shipments were also 1.5 percent above the five-year average for the month of August.

    Year-to-date the iron ore trade stands at 32 million tons, an increase of 31.8 percent compared to the same point in 2020.

    Through August, iron shipments are 4.45 percent above their five-year average for the first eight months of the year.

    Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3.7 million tons in August, an increase of 1.9 percent from 2020.

    Limestone cargos were below the month’s five-year average by 5.1 percent.

    Loadings from US quarries totaled 3 million tons, an increase of 5.7 percent compared to a year ago. Shipments from Canadian quarries totaled 636,327 tons, a decrease of 12.8 percent.

    Year-to-date, the lakes limestone trade stands at 17.4 million tons, an increase of 8.8 percent compared to a year ago.

    Loadings from Michigan and Ohio quarries total 13.5 million tons, an increase of 6.5 percent. Shipments from Ontario quarries total 3.9 million tons, an increase of 17.9 percent.
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    “These are tough times in the hotel industry, especially if you’re a housekeeper,” writes Boston Globe columnist Shirley Leung.

    During the pandemic, hotels began eliminating daily housekeeping, ostensibly as a way to reduce the spread of Covid-19.

    But the practice is becoming permanent because hotels see it as an opportunity to lower their costs.

    And that’s bad news for people who make their living cleaning hotel rooms.

    Already Hilton, Hyatt, and Marriott hotels in many markets have implemented policies that require guests to “OPT IN” for daily cleaning.

    In other words, you only get the bed made, bathroom scrubbed and linens changed if you call the front desk and ask.

    “As we mark Labor Day, Leung writes, think about how you can help save a job. It can be this simple”:

    Request daily housekeeping next time you stay in a hotel.
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    Sixty-eight percent of Americans approve of labor unions, according to a Gallup poll released last Thursday.

    That’s the highest percentage Gallup has recorded since 1965, when 71 percent of Americans said they approved of labor unions.

    “It comes as no surprise that public support for unions continues to rise across the country,” says AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler.

    “Union members have delivered for our communities throughout the country, as workers have finally been recognized as essential to our economy and society during the coronavirus pandemic.”

    The new polling results show that two out of three Americans have a favorable view of labor unions.

    Among adults under 34 and people of color, the rate is even higher: three in four.

    Gallup found that 90 percent of Democrats approve of unions, the highest percentage in two decades.

    Two-thirds of independents and 47 percent of Republicans approve of unions, the best mark in recent years.

    “This polling data should send a clear message to Congress that union jobs are vital as we re-emerge from this pandemic with a stronger economy that is built upon the principles of fairness and equality,” Shuler says.

    “The writing is on the wall, and it is time for Congress to respond to public opinion and the will of their constituents by passing the PRO Act,” she added.

    The PRO Act passed the House in March mostly along party lines but stalled in the 50-50 Senate because of opposition from Republicans.

    Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), who has not endorsed the PRO Act, and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) have insisted that they will not change the 60-vote legislative filibuster to pass Democratic priorities, despite coming under pressure to do so.

    Gallup surveyed 1,006 adults from Aug. 2-17. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

    The poll found that seven percent of respondents were members of a labor union, a similar figure to recent years.
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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: 9/21/21, 2/1/22

    AZIPOD (2-Day) – 9/27/21

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

    BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 9/14/21, 11/9/21

    Online: Not currently scheduled

    BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling – (Now also included in BRMP-Refresher) (3-Day): 9/8/21, 9/29/21

    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

    CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific (5-Day): 12/6/21

    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): 9/13/21, 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): 9/13/21*, 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) – 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: 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): Not currently scheduled

    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: 9/16/21, 12/11/21, 2/25/22

    FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications (1-Day): 9/14/21, 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): 9/15/21, 11/9/21

    LNG-TPIC (10-Day) – Not currently scheduled

    LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC) (1-Day): 9/20/21, 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): 9/14/21, 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) – 9/17/21, 11/1/21 (Evening)

    MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) – 9/18/21, 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) – 9/18/21, 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

    8th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
    9-10 Basic Training Revalidation
    9-10 & 13 Basic Training Refresher
    13th Flashing Light
    13-17 Basic Training
    13-17 Advanced Shiphandling I
    13-24 GMDSS
    14th Leadership & Teamworking Skills
    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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