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MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly

Volume 28… Number 16, April 19, 2022


Russia-Ukraine War:

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  • Covid-19 Vaccination Required for All MITAGS Students; MITAGS Requires Negative Test for Unvaccinated Students Who Have Received Exemptions
  • MITAGS East Academic Notes
  • MITAGS West Academic Notes


    Reuters has reported that most of the estimated 1,000 international seafarers that were trapped in Ukraine’s ports by Russia’s invasion have been able to leave the country.

    But a spokesperson for the International Labor Organization told journalist Emma Farge that some are still trapped aboard their vessels.

    A number of cargo ships have been hit by shelling, two have sunk and at least one seafarer has been killed.

    Fabrizio Barcellona, seafarers’ section coordinator at the International Transport Workers’ Federation, said the “vast bulk” of seafarers from India, Syria, Egypt, Turkey the Philippines and Bangladesh had left.

    He said some Ukrainian and Russian seafarers had also managed to escape.

    He cited the Philippine authorities as saying that out of 480 seafarers of Philippine nationality that were blocked at the beginning of the hostilities, 83 are still stranded, including in the port of Mariupol, which has been under constant bombardment.

    Barcellona said the ITF has been working to establish “blue corridors” to safely evacuate seafarers by sea, but that so far, the risk of floating mines has made this impossible.
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    The missile cruiser MOSKVA, the flagship of Russia’s Black Sea fleet, sank on April 14 after what Ukraine has claimed was a successful missile strike.

    Russia insists that it sank because of an ammunition explosion followed by a fire, but defense department officials in the U.S. have confirmed Ukraine’s account that it was hit by two domestically produced Neptune missiles from a coastal defense battery.

    Experts say the ship, which was responsible for coordinating all the air defenses for Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, is the largest surface combatant vessel to be sunk in action since the end of World War II.

    The ship had a crew of 510. The extent of the casualties sustained is not publicly known.

    The commander of the Black Sea Fleet, Adm. Igor Osipov, was detained by Russian state security services after the sinking, according to Ukrainian intelligence.

    Photos posted by Maritime Executive show the MOSKVA burning before it sank.
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    Maersk, CMA CGM and MSC have suspended their bookings to and from Russia because of its invasion of Ukraine.

    Maersk will also sell all its assets in the country, said Chief Executive Officer Soren Skou.

    “Russia has for many years been a large and important market for Maersk, but naturally we cannot continue operating critical infrastructure in Russia as if nothing has happened,” he told Reuters.

    “We may not be able to return to doing business in Russia for many years to come. This is a price we are both willing to and able to pay.”

    The company still has vessels calling at Russian ports to deliver containers booked before the invasion began and to pick up thousands of containers stranded in Russia.

    “We have about 50,000 of our containers in Russia today. Most of them are empty, they are our property,” Skou said.

    “We need them, and we are very reluctant to leave them in Russia. For this reason, we still have some port calls in Russia,” he said.

    Maersk was also trying to get the containers out of Russia via rail, a spokesperson said.

    The company last year generated roughly 2.5 percent of its total revenue from Russia.
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    The 2022 Atlantic hurricane season is expected to produce 19 named Atlantic storms, including nine hurricanes, according to researchers at Colorado State University.

    Last year’s season produced 21 storms, including nine hurricanes.

    CSU meteorologists are predicting fewer this year, but a more active season overall, with storms that last longer and are more intense.

    One reason: sea surface temperatures across the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean have been running 1 to 5 degrees above average, which means there is more ocean heat to intensify tropical storm systems.

    Researchers have found that climate change is also causing hurricanes to move slower and drop more rain in a concentrated area, as happened with Hurricane Florence in North Carolina in 2018 and Hurricane Harvey in Texas in 2017.

    Rising sea levels also worsen storm surges, which can cause more flooding and infrastructure damage.

    In the past five years, eight hurricanes have made landfall on U.S. territory: Harvey, Irma and Maria in 2017; Florence and Michael in 2018; Laura and Zeta in 2020; and Ida in 2021.

    The first storm of 2022—once it’s been named—will be called Alex.

    If all 21 names on the National Hurricane Center’s list are used, forecasters will move to a supplemental list.

    In 2020, meteorologists were forced to use Greek letters for nine of the season’s 30 named storms.
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    The Biden administration has issued a requirement that the construction materials used in all projects funded under the bipartisan infrastructure law be sourced in this country.

    The measure allows for waivers to be issued in cases in which there are no American producers or it would cost at least 25 percent more to source the materials in the U.S.

    The administration said that as American manufacturing capacity increases, fewer waivers will need to be issued.

    The new guidelines will also allow the government to monitor the share of federal procurement dollars going to American workers and factories, something that has not been possible up to now.

    The White House expects that besides creating good manufacturing jobs, the Buy America requirement will alleviate supply chain congestion and reduce imports from China.

    Language in the bipartisan infrastructure law specifies that beginning on May 14, none of the funds allocated to federal agencies for new projects may be spent “unless all of the iron, steel, manufactured products, and construction materials used in the project are produced in the United States.”

    “From Day One, every action I’ve taken to rebuild our economy has been guided by one principle: Made in America,” Biden said in a speech last Thursday in Greensboro, N.C.

    “It takes a federal government that doesn’t just give lip service to buying American but actually takes action.”
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    Salvage teams have succeeded in freeing MV EVER FORWARD, the containership that became lodged in the Chesapeake Bay five weeks ago.

    The vessel was sailing from Baltimore to Norfolk when it grounded near Craighill Channel on March 13.

    After two attempts to free it were unsuccessful, salvors decided to dredge the sediment to a depth of 43 feet and unload some of the 5,000 containers the ship was carrying.

    Early Sunday morning, the team took advantage of a high tide to tow it off the bank.

    Photos showed at least four tugs pulling on the bow, with four additional tugs standing by to assist.

    In a statement, the Coast Guard said that more than 200,000 cubic yards of material had been removed and 500 containers had been lightered off the ship.

    The EVER FORWARD became stuck about a year after the EVER GIVEN, one of the world’s largest container ships, grounded in the Suez Canal, causing a historic traffic backup.
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    The crew of DELTA DEANNA came to the aid of a Singapore-flagged containership that had lost power in rough weather after departing San Francisco Bay on April 8.

    Video footage shows the DELTA DEANNA approach the massive containership and pass tow lines to members of the 21-person crew.

    Once the lines and anchors were secured, the tug began towing the 564-foot ship to an anchorage in San Francisco Bay.

    Aboard the DELTA DEANNA were Captains Mike Peery and Mike Harbarth, Mates Joe Cotton and Jeff Ditter and Deckhands Bruce McBride and Rob Johnson.

    If you haven’t seen the footage yet, check out Wan Hai 176 Rescue Tow.
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    Please click this link to take the MM&P STCW Work/Rest Hour Compliance Survey.

    The survey is specifically geared to members and applicants who have worked under the Maersk Line Limited and E-Ships contracts.

    The survey is anonymous.

    Please answer the questions honestly. Thank you for your participation.
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    The American Maritime Partnership has issued a resounding “clapback” to Jones Act detractors seeking to blame our industry for the high price of gas.

    AMP reminds critics that shipping American is responsible for less than a penny of the average cost of a gallon of regular gas. (The rest is made up of the cost of crude oil, taxes, distribution and refining.)

    MM&P and MIRAID are members of the American Maritime Partnership, a nationwide coalition that recognizes the importance of the domestic maritime industry to our nation’s economy, defense and homeland security.

    Check out the new AMP infographic on the cost components of one gallon of regular gas.

    And remember: American maritime is a cost-efficient way to transport fuel.
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    There will be a membership meeting in the Charleston hall at 1200 on Tuesday, May 3.

    MM&P International Secretary-Treasurer Don Josberger and Atlantic Ports Vice President Tom Larkin will participate.

    All members and applicants in the area are encouraged to attend the meeting.

    The Charleston Hall is located at 1481 Tobias Gadson Blvd., Suite 2C, Charleston, SC 29407-4794.

    The phone number is: 843-766-3565.
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    There will be a virtual meeting of the Atlantic Maritime Group from 1100 to 1300 on Wednesday, May 4.

    Attendance will be limited to members in good standing.

    The link to access the meeting will be distributed in the coming days.
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    MITAGS East is seeking a part-time simulator operator to work a maximum of 1000 hours per year per contract at a minimum salary of $19.00 to $23.88 per hour.

    The position entails preparation and operation of the ship and tug simulators in support of classroom instruction and research, including correction of technical issues that may occur during operations and assisting engineers in simulation system checks and problem solving.

    Desired qualifications include a background or degree in computer science/engineering/gaming or related fields and knowledge of, or work experience in, the field of maritime or aviation.

    Position may require some travel to MITAGS West or other sites and company locations as directed.

    If you are interested, please submit a cover letter with your resume to MITAGS-MCC Human Resource Manager Jane Sibiski, jsibiski@mitags.org
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    Full COVID vaccination is mandatory for everyone attending training on campus at MITAGS East and MITAGS West.

    In addition, for unvaccinated participants who have received exemptions only, MITAGS requires a negative PCR test within 72 hours of attendance and to be masked at all times while on campus unless drinking, eating, or speaking.

    Contact MITAGS for information about exemptions.

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

    Additionally, face masks are required at MITAGS West, regardless of vaccination status.

    We appreciate your cooperation during these very trying times.
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    For registration contact our Admissions Department: 866.656.5568 or admissions@mitags.org

    \\Classes are 5-day unless otherwise noted\\

    Class dates followed by an * are full
    AB – Able Seaman (5-Day) – 6/6/22, 8/15/22
    AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

    ARPA-OIC (4-Day) – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 9/27/22, 11/1/22

    AZIPOD (2-Day) – 5/12/22, 9/12/22

    BRM – Bridge Resource Management (5-Day): Not currently scheduled

    BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 4/26/22, 5/26/22, 9/20/22, 11/14/22

    Online: Not currently scheduled

    BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling – (Now also included in BRMP-Refresher) (3-Day): 5/23/22, 9/14/22

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

    BT – Basic Safety Training (5-Day): 5/9/22, 9/12/22

    BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – 4/26/22*, 6/8/22, 9/28/22, 10/19/22, 11/14/22, 12/20/22

    BT-Refresher (3-day) – 4/26/22*, 9/28/22, 11/14/22, 12/19/22

    CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic (5-Day): 9/26/22

    [CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

    ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability (5-Day): 6/27/22, 8/15/22, 10/24/22, 12/19/22

    ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology (5-Day): 6/20/22, 8/22/22, 10/17/22, 12/12/22

    CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 10/31/22

    CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1 (5-Day): 7/11/22, 12/5/22

    CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific (5-Day): 7/18/22, 12/12/22

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

    ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems (5-Day): 5/2/22, 8/1/22, 10/10/22

    LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM) (5-Day): 4/25/22, 8/8/22, 11/14/22

    MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants (5-Day): 9/19/22

    (DCS-1 available on request – contact Admissions)

    SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: Not Currently Scheduled

    SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (5-Day): 9/26/22

    SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1) (5-Day): 5/16/22*, 6/6/22*, 7/25/22, 8/8/22, 9/19/22, 10/3/22, 10/17/22, 11/7/22, 12/5/22

    SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2) (5-Day): 5/23/22, 6/13/22*, 8/1/22, 8/15/22, 9/26/22, 10/10/22, 10/24/22, 11/14/22, 12/12/22

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

    VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation (5-Day): 10/3/22

    WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping (5-Day): Not currently scheduled

    WX-HW-ATL – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Atlantic Ocean (2-day) – 6/15/22

    WX-HW-IND – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Indian Ocean (2-day) – Not Currently Scheduled

    WX-HW-PAC – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Pacific Ocean (2-day) – 6/13/22

    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) – Online: Not Currently Scheduled

    CNAV-OIC (15-Day) – Celestial Navigation: 5/9/22, 8/15/22, 10/31/22

    CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

    CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior (1-Day) – Not Currently Scheduled

    CDMGT – Crowd Management (1-Day) – Not Currently Scheduled

    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): Not Currently Scheduled

    ECDIS for Pilots (2-Day) – 5/10/22, 11/16/22

    ERM – Engine Resource Management (5-Day): 8/1/22, 11/28/22

    ADV-FF – Advanced Fire-Fighting (4-day) – Not currently scheduled

    FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced (5-Day): 5/9/22, 9/12/22

    FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 4/25/22, 6/7/22, 9/27/22, 10/18/22, 11/16/22, 12/22/22

    FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 4/29/22, 10/1/22, 11/12/22, 12/17/22

    FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications (1-Day): 4/26/22, 9/20/22

    Online: Not currently scheduled

    GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization (2-Day): Not Currently Scheduled

    GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (10-Day): 8/15/22

    HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 5/2/22, 9/12/22, 12/12/22

    IEN – Integrated Electronic Navigation (3-Day) – Not currently scheduled

    LAP – License Advancement Program for Mate to Master (20-Day): 7/11/22, 10/17/22

    LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes (15-Day): Not Currently Scheduled

    LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross

    Ton License (15-Day): 6/6/22

    LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage (1-Day): 9/21/22, 11/14/22

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

    LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC) (1-Day): 9/26/22

    MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): 7/25/22, 12/5/22

    MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 7/11/22, 10/3/22, 12/5/22

    MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 5/23/22*, 8/1/22, 11/28/22

    MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 7/11/22, 10/3/22

    MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 6/6/22, 7/16/22, 9/26/22, 10/8/22, 10/17/22, 11/17/22, 12/23/22

    [MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

    MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic) (1-Day): 5/24/22, 6/21/22, 8/4/22, 9/14/22, 11/5/22

    MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 5/23/22, 6/20/22, 8/5/22, 9/16/22, 11/4/22

    MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) – 6/10/22, 11/3/22

    MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day) – 6/8/22, 9/14/22

    MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 5/16/22, 6/13/22, 7/18/22, 8/8/22, 9/19/22, 11/7/22

    MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day/ 8-hour) – 5/14/22, 6/11/22, 8/6/22, 9/17/22, 11/4/22

    MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) – 5/15/22, 6/12/22, 7/17/22, 8/7/22, 9/18/22, 11/6/22

    MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) – 5/20/22, 6/17/22, 7/22/22, 8/12/22, 9/23/22, 11/11/22

    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) – 5/3/22*, 5/5/22*, 6/27/22*, 6/29/22*, 7/18/22, 8/29/22, 8/31/22

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

    PSC-REF – Personal Survival Craft Refresher (2-Day) – 4/24/22, 10/3/22

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

    ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal (1-Day): Not Currently Scheduled

    ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes (1-Night): 4/26/22, 4/29/22, 9/20/22, 9/28/22

    ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 8/29/22

    SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3-Day): 9/7/22

    SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 9/12/22, 12/5/22

    SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day) – 6/20/22, 8/22/22, 11/28/22

    STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 8/8/22

    TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (15-Day): 7/18/22

    TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 5/9/22, 7/11/22

    TRAC-TUG-2 (2-Day): 11/16/22

    TTT – ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program ** — Not Currently Scheduled

    VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (1-Day): Not Currently Scheduled

    VSO – Vessel Security Officer (3-Day): 6/22/22, 9/7/22

    WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) (10-Day): 10/17/22

    WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 9/19/22
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    2022 Spring/Summer/Fall

    Schedule of Courses – Please also see our schedule and enroll online at www.mitags.org

    For registration contact our admissions department: 866.656.5568 or admissions@mitags.org

    April 2022
    21st Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

    25-29 Advanced Shiphandling II

    May 2022

    2-6 ECDIS

    6-7 Advanced Firefighting Refresher

    8-10 Basic Training Refresher

    8-9 Basic Training Revalidation

    10th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

    16-27 GMDSS

    June 2022

    1st Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

    2-3 Basic Training Revalidation

    6-10 Basic Training

    6-10 Tankerman Person-In-Charge

    23rd Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

    24-25 Basic Training Revalidation

    July 2022

    5-8 Advanced Firefighting

    11-15 Advanced Stability

    11-29 Terrestrial & Coastal Navigation

    18-22 Advanced Meteorology

    25-29 Advanced Shiphandling I

    August 2022

    1-5 Radar Observer Unlimited

    1-5 Medical Care Provider

    1-5 Advanced Shiphandling II

    8-12 Ship Construction & Basic Stability

    15-19 Basic Cargo Handling & Stowage

    22-26 Radar Observer Unlimited

    29-2 Basic Meteorology

    September 2022

    6-8 Security Officer – Vessel, Company & Facility

    9th Flashing Light

    12-23 Watchkeeping (Operational Level)

    26-30 Basic Shiphandling

    October 2022

    3-7 ECDIS

    10-14 Advanced Stability

    10-28 Celestial Navigation

    17-21 Advanced Shiphandling I

    24-28 Advanced Shiphandling II

    31-4 Advanced Meteorology

    November 2022

    1-4 ARPA

    7-10 Advanced Firefighting

    7-11 Leadership & Managerial Skills

    14-16 Search & Rescue

    17th Leadership & Teamworking Skills

    28-9 GMDSS

    December 2022

    12-16 Tankerman Person-In-Charge
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