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MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly

Volume 28… Number 34, Aug. 23, 2022


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Working families benefit when pro-union candidates win their elections.

The bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is a great example: it’s making a difference in all 50 states.

For years we’ve heard talk from Washington about the need to fix infrastructure.

Now President Biden and our pro-worker Congress are delivering on the promise.

This link takes you to a list of new infrastructure investments underway in every state in the union. Here are just a few examples:

— $1.4 billion to fix Michigan’s highways;

— a program to connect 121,000 households in Oregon to high-speed internet;

— $159 million to ensure families in Georgia have access to clean, safe water.

America’s infrastructure is being rebuilt, and we’re creating good union jobs along the way.

All thanks to the leaders we helped elect in 2020.

The mid-term elections are just around the corner.

Spread the word about how the bipartisan infrastructure law is making a difference in every state.
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In yet another example of mariners being criminalized, a court in Dubai has given the five-person crew of a container feeder suspended jail sentences and a $28,000 fine because a container aboard their ship exploded.

The incident took place in June of last year, when three containers of highly explosive organic peroxide were loaded onto the Comoros-flagged OCEAN TRADER after being stored for 12 days in the container yard in the blistering heat.

One of the containers exploded shortly after it had been hoisted onto the ship.

Prosecutors argued that the crew was liable although they had no control over conditions in the yard.

The captain testified that he would never have accepted the cargo if he had known how it had been stored.

The explosion was felt throughout the city of Dubai, causing walls and windows to shake as far as 25 kilometers away from the port.
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Dock workers on Sunday walked off their jobs at the Port of Felixstowe, which handles about a third of the UK’s incoming shipping freight.

Around 1,900 members of Unite, the union that represents crane drivers, machine operators and stevedores, are taking part.

The union is asking for a pay raise in line with inflation, now 10.1 percent in the UK.

“Strike action will cause huge disruption and generate massive shockwaves throughout the UK’s supply chain, but this dispute is entirely of the company’s own making,” a union representative, Bobby Morton, told Yahoo Finance.

The union says the most recent proposal from port operator Hutchison is significantly below the current inflation rate.

“It [the company] has had every opportunity to make our members a fair offer but has chosen not to do so,” Morton said.

The walkout will last until Aug. 29.

Some major shipping companies are expected to avoid the port for the duration of the strike and instead deliver UK-bound goods to London Gateway, Antwerp or Le Havre.
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Maritime Executive has reported that several major ocean carriers have purchased a new system aimed at helping crews extinguish fires inside containers.

Viking Life-Saving Equipment is selling the product, which is called “HydroPen.”

The company says it allows members of the crew to reach and penetrate containers stacked above or below deck and extinguish fires using water, foam, or CO2.

A spokesperson for the company said the product has already been used in “live fire-fighting operations,” and is being marketed to land-based customers as well as ocean carriers.

The system attaches to a hose and can be raised on a telescopic arm by a single crewmember.

The company says water pressure alone allows the nozzle to penetrate a container door and that once deployed, the system functions automatically.

If the fire is within reach, a member of the crew can deploy the device, which can also be hoisted or lowered to the container by means of a telescopic arm.
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The World Maritime University is conducting a survey on seafarers’ views regarding hours of work and rest, workloads and ship manning.

The survey is being funded by the ITF Seafarers’ Trust and conducted in collaboration with the International Federation of Shipmasters’ Associations, the Nautical Institute, the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology and the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network.

Seafarers who are currently working on any commercial ship or who have worked on such ships at any time after Feb. 1, 1997, are invited to participate in the survey.

The survey should take no more than 20 minutes to complete.

The information you provide will be kept strictly confidential.

The deadline to complete the survey is Dec. 1, 2022.

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The Transportation Security Administration has introduced a new online renewal option for those who hold a Transportation Worker Identification Credential.

As of Aug. 11, the agency has enabled TWIC holders to renew their credentials online, eliminating the need to go to an enrollment center.

The agency says that most eligible applicants receive their TWIC card in less than 10 days but that in some cases, it can take significantly longer.

For this reason, it’s a good idea to start the renewal process early.

If applicants encounter difficulty renewing online, they can contact customer service at (855) 347-8371.

For more information on the TWIC program, visit the TSA TWIC website or the Coast Guard TWIC website.

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The ITF is asking port authorities in Dakar to move an abandoned cargo ship because of the risks it poses to transiting vessels—as well as to the four crewmembers who have been languishing on board for months.

The risk of collision is especially high at night, says ITF Inspectorate Director Steve Trowsdale, because the ship is without electricity.

“Dakar’s anchorage sits a few kilometers from West Africa’s main trade lanes, so there are ships coming and going all the time,” Trowsdale says.

“An unlit vessel poses an immediate danger. If another ship crashes into it, there will be a disaster.”

The ITF has asked the authorities to have the ship towed into port so that its engine can be repaired.

Their only response, he says, is that “the port is too busy.”

“They are prioritizing the business of the port over the safety of seafarers, and that’s unacceptable,” Trowsdale says.

The four seafarers aboard the vessel—the MV ONDA—are from Cameroon, Lebanon, Nigeria and Syria.

The ship is owned and operated by two Honduras-based companies, AMJ Marine Services and Amin Ship Company SA.

The ITF is ensuring the men receive food and drinking water for as long as the ship remains at anchor.

They are each owed between five and nine months’ pay, for a total of about $59,000.

All have requested repatriation at the cost of the owner, as is their right under the Maritime Labor Convention.

This is the second time the company has abandoned a crew aboard the MV ONDA. The last time was in 2020 in Douala, Cameroon.

In that case, members of the crew were tricked into leaving the ship without being paid.

The current situation is made more complex by the ONDA’s uncertain flag status.

It was previously registered in Togo, but that country says that the registration was transferred to Guyana in July 2021.

The ship was picked up broadcasting a Guyanese call sign in April 2022, but the Guyana register has no record of it and says it may be operating illegally under a “false flag.”

“The flag-of-convenience system is chaotic,” Trowsdale says, “and leaves ample room for unscrupulous shipowners to dodge their way out of their obligations.”

“It’s common to see a ship change register on paper four or five times over its service life, switching between flags to avoid tax, evade environmental regulations, and duck responsibilities to crew.”
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Do you have questions about your membership status? Log in here to view and pay any outstanding dues or initiation balance online.

If you need help accessing this service, send an email to it@bridgdeck.org or call 410-850-8700.

Remember: You can always contact membership@bridgedeck.org with questions.
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There will be an Offshore membership meeting in the MM&P Newark Union Hall on Thursday, Aug. 25 at 1100.

The Newark Hall is located at:

570 Broad Street, Suite 701

Newark, NJ 07102


All Offshore members are encouraged to attend the meeting.
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The Offshore Familiarization Course will be held in person in the MM&P Newark Union Hall on Aug. 24-25.

Applicants should register for the course by contacting Ana Victorio, avictorio@bridgedeck.org.

Here is the schedule:

Day 1, Aug. 24, 0930 to 1500

Day 2, Aug. 25, 0930 to 1100, followed by an Offshore Membership 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. 5, for Labor Day.
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Labor Day is right around the corner. If there’s a picnic in your future, it’s easy to put together a menu of food and beverages that are both delicious, and union-made.

Here are some suggestions to start.

Hot dogs: Ball Park; Boar’s Head; Foster Farms; Hebrew National; Hofmann; Hormel; Oscar Mayer.

Sausages: Gianelli; Kroger Brand.

Bread and Rolls: Wonder Bread; Alfred Nichols Bakery; Stroehmann; Arnold; Francisco.

Condiments: French’s mustard; Gulden’s mustard; Heinz ketchup; Jack Daniel’s Barbecue Sauce; Vlasic pickles and relish.

Snacks: Muchos; Funyuns; Rold Gold; Frito-Lay; Doritos; Chex; Mikesells Potato Chips; Mission Tortilla Strips.

Sodas and juice: A&W Root Beer; Canada Dry Ginger Ale; Coca Cola Products; Kool-Aid Sticks; Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice.

Beer: Miller; Coors; Anheuser-Busch; Black Eye Ale; Black Hawk Stout; Blue Heron Pale Ale; Budweiser.
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There are jobs for licensed and unlicensed personnel at Grand River Navigation and jobs for licensed officers at Key Lakes.

If you are interested, please contact MM&P Vice President Great Lakes & Gulf Region Vice President Tom Bell, tbell@bridgedeck.org, or (216) 776-1667.
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Fully MSC trained LDO’s, all levels, needed for the Watson Class fleet.  Jobs available today!

Tanker Chief Mates and 2nd mates needed with and without MSC Classes or Security Clearance.

Any Member or Applicant who already has a valid security clearance and is interested in taking the MSC courses required for Patriot Watson Class and Chesapeake Crewing vessels but does not have training eligibility to take the courses, please email Jeremy Hope, VP of Gulf Ports and Gov’t Contracts, at jhope@bridgedeck.org  with the words “MSC Training” in the subject line.

There is an immediate need for a 1/AE on the SLNC Corsica to join in Singapore.

Vacation: 28/30.

Contract pays into the Pension and all the fringe benefits.

Wage estimate for six months of work is approximately $165,000.

There is a company bonus of $500 for each 15-Day period served on board paid upon sign-off. There is no COVID vaccine requirement for this job.
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MITAGS is seeking a director for its maritime training centers, which are among the world’s leading providers of maritime ship simulation training and operational research.

The director will be responsible for daily administration and operation, budget and quality control, and the supervision of instructors, academic staff, and department chairs.

The director will act as primary MITAGS representative to regulatory bodies and outside stakeholders—including the USCG, MARAD, SOCP, and MM&P—and assist the business development and sales team in the solicitation, analysis, pricing and writing of contracts.

The ideal candidate will hold an advanced degree in business or management, education or instructional design and have at least four years’ management-level experience in an academic and/or financial management environment.

First-hand knowledge of the maritime industry is required.

Desired experience includes curriculum development, classroom delivery, personnel development, and experience as chief mate or master, or the military equivalent.

The director will be based at MITAGS East in Linthicum Heights, Md., and will have the support of an assistant director based at MITAGS West in Seattle.

Salary commensurate with experience.

Generous employee benefit package including health care for employee and legal dependents with a zero-payroll premium deduction.

Employer contribution to an Individual Retirement Account Plan.

Employee contribution 401K options are also available.

Generous paid time off, including vacation, sick leave, personal leave and holidays.

For consideration, please submit a cover letter with your resume to MITAGS-Maritime Conference Center Human Resources Manager Jane Sibiski, jsibiski@mitags.org.
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MITAGS is seeking an assistant director of business development to be part of the team of sales, marketing and training professionals who support the organization by managing customer relationships and pursuing new business opportunities.

Desired qualifications include:

— experience sailing as a deck officer aboard a merchant ship;

— knowledge of STCW, CFR and other training requirements;

— experience with Wartsila simulators;

— excellent phone manner and presentation skills;

— excellent written and verbal communication and the ability to create clear, concise project descriptions and proposals;

— ability to complete Train the Trainer Program.

The assistant director of business development will recruit new customers through facility tours, sales calls and electronic communications, and represent MITAGS at industry events, including trade shows, seminars, conventions, and other forums.

For consideration, please submit a cover letter with your resume to MITAGS-Maritime Conference Center Human Resources 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 test within 72 hours of attendance and masks must be worn.

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.

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

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

AZIPOD (2-Day) –9/12/22

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

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 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): 9/14/22

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

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

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) –9/26/22, 10/17/22, 11/14/22, 12/19/22

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

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic (5-Day): 9/12/22

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

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

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology (5-Day): 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): 12/5/22

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

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

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

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM) (5-Day): 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): 10/3/22, 10/17/22, 11/7/22, 12/5/22

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

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: 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) – 11/16/22

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

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

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

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 9/28/22, 10/19/22, 11/16/22, 12/21/22

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 9/29/22, 11/17/22, 12/17/22

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications (1-Day): 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): Not Currently Scheduled

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 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): 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) : Not currently scheduled

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): 12/5/22

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

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 11/28/22

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 09/19/2022, 10/3/22*

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 9/26/22, 10/8/22, 10/17/22, 11/17/22, 12/10/2022, 12/23/22

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

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

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

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) –11/3/22

MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day) –9/12/22

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 9/19/22, 11/7/22

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

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) –9/18/22, 11/6/22

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) – 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): 8/29/22*, 8/31/22, 10/05/2022, 12/19/2022, 12/21/2022

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

PSC-REF – Personal Survival Craft Refresher (2-Day) – 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): 9/20/22, 9/28/22

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: Not Currently Scheduled

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) – 11/28/22

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: Not Currently Schedule

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (15-Day): Not Currently Schedule

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: Not Currently Schedule

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): 9/7/22

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) (10-Day): Not currently scheduled

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

August 2022
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


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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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©2021. Articles can be reprinted without prior permission if credit is given to The MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly. For subscriptions, address changes or messages to the editor or to MM&P headquarters, e-mail communications@bridgedeck.org. Back issues of The Weekly are posted on www.bridgedeck.org