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MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly

Volume 29… Number 35, August 29, 2023


In This Issue:

Mark Your Calendar:

Attention All Mariners:

Job Opportunities:

Job Opportunities at MITAGS:



A proposed regulation that would require harbor assist operators to retrofit their vessels with filters similar to those that have led to fires in the trucking industry would harm mariners, the environment, and the supply chain, write MM&P Regional Representative Sly Hunter and Baydelta Maritime CEO Shawn Bennett in an editorial published by Capitol Weekly and reposted by gCaptain.

The proposal was issued by the California Air Resources Board (CARB).

It would require harbor operators to retrofit their vessels with “Diesel Particulate Filters” (DPFs), which are supposed to filter out byproducts from diesel engines to reduce some emissions.

But there are not any commercially available DPFs for use in the maritime industry, and CARB’s effort to mandate similar filters in the trucking industry have led to vehicle fires that researchers say “have burned more intensely and frequently.”

“While a truck driver can run from a fire, a vessel crew’s only option would be to abandon ship, risking their own lives,” Hunter and Bennett write.

“No mariner will feel safe sailing on a ticking time bomb.”

The two say the regulation would single out U.S. operators without having any impact at all on the major source of pollution from maritime transportation in California ports: foreign-owned and foreign-crewed containerships.

“We share CARB’s commitment to sustainability and have been leaders in embracing technological innovation, including operating the first hybrid tugboat in California, and developing the nation’s first zero-emissions ship-assist vessel,” they write.

“We never shy away from heavy lifts to protect the environment, but the CARB rule creates serious safety problems and will lead to an increase in greenhouse gas emissions.”

“As a California leader of an international maritime union, and as general manager of a small, independent San Francisco-based marine transport company, we sometimes have differing viewpoints,” Hunter and Bennett write.

“But we stand shoulder-to-shoulder in expressing our deep concern that this CARB rule will harm thousands of mariners, the environment, and the supply chain.”

They note that the vessels targeted by the rule already produce 43 percent fewer emissions than rail and more than 800 percent fewer than trucks.

“The California maritime industry shares the goal of decreasing emissions, but nobody wins if the pathway to lowering emissions is unachievable, unsafe and worsens the supply chain crisis,” they added.
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Nautilus International has joined forces with the UK Trades Union Congress to fight proposed legislation that would require ship captains and other transport workers “to restrain and detain” asylum seekers.

Failure to follow the requirement could result in prosecution.

The bill would make it a criminal offense for transport workers “to fail, without reasonable excuse,” to assist with the deportation of a migrant from the UK “when required to do so.”

“It is very concerning that the bill introduces powers for an immigration officer to require a ship’s captain to prevent someone from disembarking the ship, or to detain someone in legal custody,” said Charles Boyle, Nautilus head of legal services.

“Ship’s captains and their crews are not trained to carry out such tasks.”

“This provision could leave them open to civil action from someone claiming unlawful detention, or possibly criminalization for failure to carry out the relevant order.”

Besides mariners, the legislation would cover airline pilots, rail workers, and truck drivers.

It is intended, reports Rob Coston in the Nautilus Telegraph, to “prevent people who come to the UK through illegal and dangerous journeys” from blocking their own “removal.”

The bill also seeks to “eliminate the incentive to make dangerous small boat crossings.”

It has been fast tracked and is now in the final stages of parliamentary action before becoming law.

Unions are lobbying members of parliament to oppose the legislation, and pursuing legal options, including a submission to the Joint Commission on Human Rights.

MM&P is one of the 22 maritime labor unions that belong to the Nautilus Federation.
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The Great Lakes Maritime Task Force has named Rep. Pete Stauber (R-Minn.) its Legislator of the Year.

“Ensuring safe and reliable shipping through the Great Lakes is one of my top priorities serving in Congress,” Stauber said when he received the award at an Aug. 18 ceremony at Duluth’s Clure Public Marine Terminal.

“From advocating for the creation of a new lock at the Soo Locks in Michigan, to supporting our hard-working union workforce in the shipping industry, to ensuring our Coast Guard is well-equipped with icebreakers for winter.”

“I am honored to be named the Legislator of the Year by the Great Lakes Maritime Task Force and I will always advocate for our Great Lakes,” he said.

“I understand the powerful impact these incredible bodies of water bring to our local and national economies.”

Stauber, who says he has spent his entire life residing in proximity to Lake Superior, has also been a strong advocate for the industries that generate cargo for the U.S.-flag vessels that operate on the Great Lakes.

“Congressman Stauber is invested in America and its dedicated workforce,” said John D. Baker, International Longshoremen’s Association general organizer and president of The Great Lakes Maritime Task Force.

“I applaud his selection for his tenacious support of the Fourth Sea Coast.”

MM&P is one of the 76 members of The Great Lakes Maritime Task Force, the largest coalition advocating for the Great Lakes Navigation System.

Its members represent labor and management from U.S.-flag vessel operators, shipboard and longshore unions, port authorities, cargo shippers, terminal operators, and shipyards.

The Great Lakes commercial maritime industry supports more than 147,000 American jobs in eight Great Lakes states and generates more than $36 billion in economic activity.
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The Maritime Administration is warning that equipment from the People’s Republic of China may be making ports around the world vulnerable.

The agency described the threats in its most recent bulletin, U.S. Maritime Advisory 2023-009, as “worldwide foreign adversarial technological, physical, and cyber influence vulnerabilities.”

The bulletin says threats may be centered on the use of “maritime port equipment, networks, operating systems, software, and infrastructure…” that incorporate “the PRC’s state-supported National Public Information Platform for Transportation and Logistics (LOGINK), Nuctech scanners, and automated port cranes.”

MARAD said that at least 24 global ports have cooperation agreements with LOGINK, “which has the ability to collect massive amounts of sensitive business and foreign government data, such as corporate registries and vessel and cargo data.”

“LOGINK’s installation and utilization in critical port infrastructure very likely provides the PRC access to and/or collection of sensitive logistics data,” it added.

The agency said maritime industry stakeholders should apply cybersecurity best practices for access control (identity and access management), vulnerability mitigation, and configuration management.

More details can be found in the advisory.
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Hurricane Idalia is forecast to strike Florida’s Gulf Coast Wednesday as a major hurricane, with peak winds of 115 mph.

Forecasters said the storm, which is expected to make landfall between Tampa Bay and the eastern Florida Panhandle, will cause “a life-threatening storm surge and hurricane-force winds.”

The biggest risk, forecasters said, will be overnight Tuesday into Wednesday morning for “the Big Bend,” the area where Florida’s Panhandle meets the Florida Peninsula.

Hurricane warnings have been issued for areas just north of Sarasota into the eastern Florida Panhandle and the coastal zone south of Tallahassee.

The storm surge—or rise in seawater above normally dry land at the coast—could reach 11 feet in the hardest-hit areas.

When the storm leaves Florida on Thursday, it may generate scattered tornadoes and bring six inches of rain to eastern Georgia and the Carolinas.

Forecasters said Idalia has gained strength from the record water temperatures—in the upper 80s to near 90 degrees—in the eastern Gulf of Mexico.

According to the National Weather Service, it will cause widespread deep inundation, power outages, and structural damage to buildings in coastal areas.

Meanwhile, UPI is reporting that Franklin, the first major hurricane of the 2023 Atlantic hurricane season, remained a category 4 storm early Tuesday.

Forecasters are warning that it was producing dangerous surf and rip currents in Bermuda and along the southeast coast of the United States.
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Beginning Sept. 1, the MM&P Cleveland Hall will have a new address:

1501 Euclid Ave., Suite 416

Cleveland, OH 44115

The phone and fax number will remain the same:

Phone: 216-776-1667

Fax: 216-776-1668
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There will be an Offshore membership meeting in the Miami/Port Everglades Hall on Thursday, Sept. 7 at 1100.

Please email pompano@bridgedeck.org or call the hall if you plan on attending.

The Miami/Port Everglades Hall is located at:

3081 East Commercial Blvd, Suite 100

Ft Lauderdale, FL 33308


All Offshore members are encouraged to attend the meeting. Please call or email the hall for a head count.

MM&P International President Don Marcus and Secretary-Treasurer Don Josberger will participate in the meeting.
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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, Sept. 4, for Labor Day.
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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.

GRN now offers a signing/retention bonus of $3,000 to all mates and assistant engineers who complete the 2023 sailing season and return for the 2024 sailing season.

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.

WMI is offering a $3,000 new hire sign-on bonus. It is payable in three payments of $1,000 each, the first $1,000 after the successful completion of the second hitch, the second $1,000 upon successful completion of the third hitch, and $1,000 upon successful completion of the fourth hitch.

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 (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.

ROS CM and 3M jobs available.
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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 a full-time lead instructor 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): Not currently scheduled

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

BT-Refresher (3-day): 09/26/23*

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic (5-Day): Not currently scheduled

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

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

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

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM) (5-Day): 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): 09/11/23, *10/02/23, *10/30/23, 12/04/23

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2) (5-Day): 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: Not Currently Scheduled

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): Not currently scheduled

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

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

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, 10/09/23, *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): *10/02/23, 12/04/23

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

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: (5-Day): *10/02/23

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day): 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): Not Currently Scheduled

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): 09/27/23

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): 10/16/23, 11/13/23

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: Not currently scheduled

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): 10/11/23

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

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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The MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly is the official electronic newsletter of the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots, 700 Maritime Blvd., Suite B, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090-1953. Phone: 410-850-8700; Fax: 410-850-0973. All rights reserved. The MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly©2023. Articles can be reprinted without prior permission if credit is given to The MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly.

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