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MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly

Volume 29… Number 31, August 1, 2023


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Attention All Mariners:

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The MV JANET MARIE, Pasha Hawaii’s new LNG-powered ‘Ohana Class containership,
began her maiden voyage to Honolulu on Saturday with an inaugural call at the Port of
Long Beach.
The company’s first ‘Ohana Class vessel, MV GEORGE III, started service on Aug. 17,
“These ships symbolize the best of American ingenuity and ship building,” said Pasha
Hawaii President and CEO George Pasha IV.
“We are extremely grateful to the Port of Long Beach for their invaluable partnership
and support in bringing both GEORGE III and JANET MARIE to fruition.”
At a portside ceremony, Harbor Commission President Sharon Weissman presented
him and Doug Fisher, master of the JANET MARIE, with a plaque honoring the ship’s
captain and crew.
“We are proud to be one of the global ports capable of accommodating ships operating
on cleaner fuels, putting us on a path to enhancing air quality throughout the region,”
she said.
The two LNG-powered ships, which operate in the Hawaii/Mainland trade lane, surpass
the International Maritime Organization’s 2030 emission standards for ocean vessels.
Energy efficiencies are also achieved with a state-of-the-art engine, an optimized hull,
and an underwater propulsion system with a high-efficiency rudder and propeller.
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Tugboats over the weekend towed the disabled car carrier FREMANTLE HIGHWAY to a
new location that authorities in the Netherlands said reduced the threat that it poses to
other ships and the environment.
The Panama-flagged vessel was towed by two tugboats, accompanied by an emergency
response vessel and a pollution control vessel.
One member of the car carrier’s crew was killed when fire broke out shortly before
midnight on July 25 as the ship traveled from Bremerhaven to Singapore.
Twenty-two members of the crew were rescued by helicopter or boat, including some
who were injured when they jumped overboard to escape the blaze.
The authorities said Sunday’s 41-mile tow was completed without problems.
A spokesperson for shipowner K Line said last week that the source could have been one
of the roughly 500 electric vehicles on board, although an investigation into the fire has
not yet begun.
The International Maritime Organization, which sets regulations for safety at sea, plans
to evaluate new measures next year for ships transporting EVs because of the growing
number of fires on cargo ships, a spokesperson told Reuters.
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A bilateral agreement that sets voluntary standards for ferry operators serving UK ports
does not go far enough to protect the rights of employees, unions say.
News of the agreement, signed last week by the UK and France, came 18 months after
P&O Ferries fired 786 of its employees and replaced them with internationally sourced
minimum-wage workers, many of whom lacked necessary training.
The voluntary charter, which addresses areas that include wages, professional
development, and work/rest hours, “is a step forward,” said Nautilus International
General Secretary Mark Dickinson.
“However, to ensure maritime professionals on all routes in and out of the UK can
benefit from the provisions within the charter, it must be mandatory, as employers
whose business model depends on the exploitation of maritime professionals will simply
not volunteer to change.”
Livia Spera, general secretary of the European Transport Workers’ Federation, agreed
that the voluntary charter was an improvement, but warned that it would not prevent
illegal mass firings, as happened at P&O Ferries, from taking place.
“The focus needs to be on eradicating substandard working conditions and
reestablishing decent standards and rights through legislation and collective
bargaining,” she said.
International Transport Workers’ Federation General Secretary Stephen Cotton said he
doubted a voluntary charter would rein in bad actors.
“We need to see strong laws supporting decent wages and conditions,” he said, “and
when laws are broken, we need to see swift enforcement and prosecutorial action taken
by states.”
The ferry workers who were fired by P&O Ferries belong to unions that include Nautilus
International and the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers.
MM&P partners with Nautilus International in the Nautilus Federation.
Both MM&P and Nautilus are among the nearly 700 transport unions in 147 countries
that belong to the ITF.
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PATRIOT STATE, the second in the series of five National Security Multi-Mission
Vessels, was launched in July at Philly Shipyard.
It is scheduled for delivery to Massachusetts Maritime Academy in 2024.
The first ship in the NSMV program, the EMPIRE STATE VII, was christened in June. It
will be delivered to the State University of New York Maritime College later this
The keel of the third national security multi-mission vessel, scheduled for delivery to
Maine Maritime next year, was laid in a ceremony at Philly Shipyard on May 1.
The national security multi-mission vessel program is operated by the Maritime
Administration to provide state-of-the-art training platforms for the state maritime
The ships will also be equipped to support humanitarian assistance and disaster relief
All five are being built at Philly Shipyard.
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The mayor of Newark has begun talks with the Coast Guard and the Port Authority
about creating a team of firefighters who are specially trained to fight fires aboard ships.
The news was reported by Patrick McGeehan, who writes about transportation and
infrastructure for The New York Times.
It comes a month after two Newark firefighters died in a blaze aboard an Italian rollon/roll-off containership, the GRANDE COSTA D’AVORIO, which caught fire on the
morning of July 5 as longshore workers and members of the crew were loading cars.
Besides the two Newark firefighters who died while fighting the blaze, six others were
No injuries were reported among members of the crew.
The fire aboard the GRANDE COSTA D’AVORIO burned for more than five days.
Newark’s mayor, Ras J. Baraka, told The New York Times that he had met with top
officials of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to discuss how to be better
prepared for ship fires.
Unions for the firefighters are said to be in agreement with the idea of creating a
specialized team because they see an urgent need for more training.
One said the only recent instruction they had received on shipboard fires was a
classroom lesson on the dangers of lithium-ion batteries.
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Anthony Turzio, who celebrates 18 years with the Staten Island Ferry system next week,
is the new MM&P City Representative.
He assumed the job in July, replacing Rich Russo.
Turzio is a decorated Navy combat veteran who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and
Operation Enduring Freedom.
He works for the ferry system as a deckhand-safety officer.
“On behalf of the membership, I want to welcome Anthony aboard as our new City
Representative,” said Atlantic Maritime Group Vice President Mike Riordan.
“All of us are looking forward to working with him.”

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While many of us are focused on getting through the scorching summer heat, a new
school year is right around the corner.
And that means school supply shopping for the students in the family.
If you’d like to support good jobs with your purchases, Labor 411 has you covered.
Here’s a list of items that are made by brands that employ union labor. Each purchase is
a vote with your wallet for good jobs.
— ACCO brands (CWA)
— Five Star Reinforced Filler Paper (CWA-USW)
— At-A-Glance Academic Daily Planner (CWA-USW)
— Mead Spiral Notebook (CWA-USW)
— Trapper Keeper Folders (CWA)
— Roaring Spring Pocket Folders (USW)
— Industries for the Blind Inc. Composition Books (IAMAW)
— Swingline Stapler (CWA)
— All American Clothing (IBEW)
— Carhartt (IBT)
— Union Jeans (IBT)
— Wigman (IBT)
— Kleenex Tissues (USW)
— Puffs Tissues (UFCW)
— Dasani (IBT)
— Gatorade (UAW)
— Minute Maid Juice (IBT, UAW)
— Mott’s Juice (IBT, UAW, UFCW)
— Snapple (UAW, IBT, UFCW)
— Tropicana (UAW)
— Welch’s Juice (IBT, UAW)
To view more union-made products, visit the Labor 411 online directory.
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The MM&P and Washington State Ferries’ new Pilotage Program for Mates is now
accepting applications.
Click here to apply. Click here for more information. Or read on.
Washington State Ferries is seeking deckhands and mates. The minimum license
requirements are an Inland Mate (unlimited) with Federal Pilotage for all ferry routes in
Puget Sound.
MM&P and WSF have begun a program that will allow deck officers from both inside
and outside the agency who do not currently hold the pilotage to be employed by WSF as
“Mates in Training.”
This program is now accepting applications!
Candidates are paid at approximately $41/hour, with the possibility of some local travel
reimbursements (mileage) within the Puget Sound region.
With the implementation of the 2023–25 MM&P contracts on July 1, 2023, it is
anticipated that the rate of pay should be increased by 6 percent, to $43.46.
Mates in Training can ride the ships for up to a year to obtain the pilotage endorsements
necessary to get on the MM&P seniority list.
The first cadre of pilotage riders (internal) has completed the program and are being
deployed to the fleet as fully qualified Chief Mates. The second internal cadre has begun
the program.
To apply, click here. For more information, click here.
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The MM&P United Inland Group has jobs available with Grand River Navigation, Weeks Marine, Cetacean Marine, and Key Lakes.
At Grand River Navigation on the Great Lakes, there are:

— licensed deck jobs for those with Great Lakes pilotage;

— jobs for open water mates with a Towing Officer Assessment Record (TOAR);

— licensed engineering jobs.

At Cetacean Marine, there are licensed and unlicensed engineering jobs.

At Weeks Marine, there are licensed and unlicensed engineering jobs aboard their growing fleet of dredges.

Cross-shipping rights for Offshore applicants/members are available for licensed personnel, with sea time and points counting towards upgrading Offshore membership.

Key Lakes is looking for a mate with Great Lakes pilotage and an open-water mate.

The regular relief is for 30 days but could be modified if mutually agreed on.

These are long-term, permanent jobs.

For more information, go to the Jobs page on bridgedeck.org.

If you are interested, please contact UIG Vice President Tom Bell at tbell@bridgedeck.org or 216-776-1667 with any questions.
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Tanker CM, 2M and 3M’s needed.

LDO’s urgently needed for Watson Class fleet.
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There are openings for engineers in the MM&P Offshore fleet and the Great Lakes & Gulf Region.

For engineering jobs in the Offshore Group, contact Atlantic Ports Vice President Tom Larkin, tlarkin@bridgedeck.org, or 201-963-1900.

For engineering jobs on the Lakes, contact MM&P Great Lakes & Gulf Region Vice President Tom Bell, tbell@bridgedeck.org, or (216) 776-1667.
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MITAGS–WEST is seeking two full-time lead instructors to provide quality classroom instruction consistent with the latest regulatory directives and maritime industry best practice.

Lead instructors act as academic area course content experts, assisting in the development of curriculum and professional training and may be designated to work directly with specific companies for curriculum development or special projects.

Desired qualifications include USCG officer-level license, with experience sailing under his/her highest-level license or similar, or equivalent uniformed service (NOAA, USCG, USN).

If not holding a chief mate-master’s license, diligently working towards that certification.

Must have the experience, training, and qualifications necessary to obtain approval from the U.S. Coast Guard to teach the courses.

The starting salary is $87,360, with full benefits.

For immediate consideration, please send your resume and a cover letter to: jsibiski@mitags.org.
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MITAGS–West is seeking a full-time marine safety training instructor responsible to the department chair for delivery of the MITAGS Marine Safety program including Firefighting, Basic Safety (STCW) and Damage Control.

Must be available to teach or co-teach at MITAGS–East (less than 20 percent of the time).

Responsible for supervising adjunct instructors, maintaining course equipment, assisting in maintaining the Fire Trainer, managing program coordination and training budget for offsite evolutions, including fire field and lifeboat classes, and managing the curriculum in accordance with agency regulations.

Required qualifications include:

— experience in the Merchant Marine, U.S. Armed Forces, Coast Guard, or a major fire department;

— experience as an instructor approved by an appropriate governing body, such as the US Coast Guard, preferably in firefighting or medical training;

— train the trainer qualified or ability to achieve this STCW-certified qualification.

Desired qualifications include:

— instructor experience with associated qualifications from the Merchant Marine, military, fire service or other accredited organization, such as Merchant Mariner Credential/USCG License, EMT or paramedic certification;

— five or more years of program management or team supervisory experience;

— experience in training curriculum development.

The starting salary is $70,980 with full benefits.

For immediate consideration, please send your resume and a cover letter to jsibiski@mitags.org.
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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): Not currently scheduled

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

ARPA-OIC– Automated Radar Plotting Aids (4-Day): 11/13/23

AZIPOD (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

BRM – Bridge Resource Management (5-Day): 10/09/23

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling – (Now also included in BRMP-Refresher) (3-Day): Not currently scheduled

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

BT – Basic Safety Training (5-Day): 09/10/23 (Sunday-Thursday)

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years): 09/26/23, 10/16/23, 11/13/23, 12/19/23

BT-Refresher (3-day): 09/26/23, 12/18/23

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic (5-Day): 09/18/23

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability (5-Day): 10/09/23, 12/18/23

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology (5-Day): 07/31/23, 12/11/23

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 10/16/23

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations (5-Day): 11/27/23

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific (5-Day): 12/04/23

CM-OPS 2 APL – Chief Mate Operations II APL Specific (5-Day): Not currently scheduled

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems (5-Day): 08/07/23, 12/11/23

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM) (5-Day): 08/14/23, 11/13/23

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants (5-Day): 10/02/23

(DCS-1 available on request – contact Admissions)

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (5-Day): 11/06/23

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1) (5-Day): *08/14/23, 09/11/23, *10/02/23, *10/30/23 12/04/23

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2) (5-Day): *08/21/23, 09/18/23, 10/09/23, *11/06/23, /12/11/23

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

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation (5-Day): 12/18/23

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping (5-Day): 09/25/23

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

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) –12/02/23

CIW-DPA/IA – Continual Improvement Workshop: Designated Person Ashore & Internal Auditor (3-Day) ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program **

Online: 07/12/23

CIW-SMS – Continual Improvement Workshop: Successful Safety Management (2-Day) – Online: Not Currently Scheduled

CNAV-OIC– Celestial Navigation (15-Day): Not currently scheduled

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

DDE – Great Lakes (20-Day): Not currently scheduled

ECDIS for Pilots (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

ERM – Engine Resource Management (5-Day): 11/27/23

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

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced (5-Day): 09/10/2023 (Sunday-Thursday)

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 09/27/23, 10/18/23, 11/15/23, 12/21/23

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 09/29/23, 12/16/23

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

Online: Not currently scheduled

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (10-Day): Not currently scheduled

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 09/11/23, 11/16/23

LAP – License Advancement Program for Mate to Master (20-Day): 10/16/23

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): Not currently scheduled

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage (1-Day): Not Currently Scheduled

LNG-BADV – Basic and Advanced IGF Code Operations (3 Day): *09/06/23, *09/25/23, *10/16/23, 11/13/23

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC) (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): 12/04/23

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 08/21/23, 10/02/23, 12/04/23

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 08/07/23, 11/27/23

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: (5-Day): 08/21/23, 09/18/23, 10/02/23

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 08/26/23, 09/24/23, 10/07/23, 10/15/23, 11/16/23, 12/09/23

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic) (1-Day): 08/10/23, 09/07/23, 10/26/23

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 08/11/23, 09/08/23, 10/27/23

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day): 08/12/23, 09/09/23, 10/28/23

MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 08/14/23, 09/11/23, 10/30/23

MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day/ 8-hour): 08/12/23, 09/09/23, 10/28/23

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day): 08/13/23, 09/10/23, 10/29/23

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day): 08/18/23, 09/15/23, 11/03/23

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): 11/06/23*, 11/08/23*

PSC – Personal Survival Craft (Lifeboatman) (5-Day): 09/18/23

PSC-REF – Personal Survival Craft Refresher (2-Day): 09/21/23

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): Upon Request

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 11/16/23

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3-Day): 10/23/23

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: Not Currently Schedule

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day): 08/28/23, 10/16/23, 11/13/23, 12/18/23

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 09/11/23

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (15-Day): Not currently scheduled

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 09/11/23, 11/13/23

TRAC-TUG-2 (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

TTT – ** NOT covered by the MATES Program **: Not Currently Scheduled

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties: Not Currently Scheduled

VSO – Vessel Security Officer (3-Day): Not Currently Scheduled

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) (10-Day): 12/04/23

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): Not Currently Scheduled
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You can enroll online at www.mitags.org or contact our Admissions Department 866.656.5568 or admissions@mitags.org

August 2023

7-10 ARPA

7-11 Advanced Shiphandling II

14-18 Advanced Stability

14-18 Basic Shiphandling

21-25 Basic Meteorology

28-31 Advanced Firefighting

28-1 Leadership & Managerial Skills

September 2023

5-6 Basic Training Revalidation

5-7 Security Officer – Vessel, Company & Facility

7th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

11-15 Medical Care Provider

11-22 Medical Person-In-Charge

18-29 GMDSS

October 2023

2-3 Basic Training Revalidation


4th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

9-12 Advanced Firefighting

9-13 Tankerman Person-In-Charge

16-20 Ship Construction & Basic Stability

23-27 Basic Cargo Handling & Stowage

30-1 Security Officer – Vessel, Company & Facility

30-3 Basic Training

30-10 Watchkeeping (Operational Level)

31-3 ARPA

November 2023

6-7 Basic Training Revalidation

6-10 Medical Care Provider

6-10 Leadership & Managerial Skills

13-15 Search & Rescue

16th Leadership & Teamworking Skills

17th Flashing Light Assessment

27-30 Advanced Firefighting

27-15 Celestial Navigation

December 2023

7-8 Advanced Firefighting Refresher

9-10 Basic Training Revalidation

9-11 Basic Training Refresher

11th Radar Renewal

11th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

11-15 Basic Training
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