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MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly

Volume 28… Number 32, Aug. 9, 2022


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Pasha Hawaii has taken delivery of MV GEORGE III, a 774-foot-long LNG-fueled containership with a carrying capacity of 2,525 TEUs.

It will serve the Hawaii–Mainland trade along with a sister ship, JANET MARIE, now under construction at Keppel AmFels in Brownsville, Texas.

The vessels are named in honor of George Pasha III and Janet Marie, the parents of The Pasha Group President and CEO George Pasha IV.

“I’m very happy that MM&P is on these ships,” said MM&P Pacific Ports Vice President J. Lars Turner.

“Union members took on some Herculean efforts to make it happen, and we were successful.”

“This is a testament to our union, to our members, to our leadership and to our legal team,” he said.

The company and the union negotiated that the GEORGE III will have one additional third mate billet during the ramp-up of US West Coast service.

Both of the new ships will be crewed by MM&P LDOs, MEBA engineers and unlicensed personnel who belong to the SIU.
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The crew of MAERSK TENNESSEE rescued a jet skier about 40 nautical miles from shore on July 22 as the vessel was rounding the coast of Florida on its way to Houston.

“The AB on watch spotted a man in distress in the water,” said Chief Mate Christopher Aiello.

“The man overboard signal was sounded, all crew reported to their stations and maneuvering to rescue the man began.”

“It turned out, after we got closer, the stranded man was on a jet ski. He had run out of gas while transiting the ocean at night and drifted far out to sea.”

Aiello reported that the crew got him onboard via the port pilot ladder and slant combination, with the rescue boat on standby.

Captain Ruffin Warren, Second Mate Ian Falkenberg and Third Mate Maxwell Ryder rounded out the complement of MM&P LDOs on board MAERSK TENNESSEE.

“The incredible maneuvering of the vessel by the captain put us exactly where we needed to be to get the stranded man onto the pilot slant combination and then we were able to assist him up and onto the deck,” Aiello said.

The rescued man told the crew he had been adrift for nearly five days before help arrived.

MAERSK TENNESSEE later rendezvoused at sea with the Coast Guard and transferred the man to the USCG vessel.

“What a job by the entire crew,” Aiello said. “Everyone performed great!”

Photos of the MAERSK TENNESSEE crew and the rescue will be published in the Fall issue of The Master, Mate & Pilot.
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After years of organizing followed by a government mandated “do-over” election, the battle to represent tug workers in seven ports in Mexico has finally been won.

An overwhelming majority has voted—for the second time—to be represented by the MM&P affiliate Orden Mexicana de Profesionales Marítimos y Portuarios, Similares y Conexos (Orden Marítima).

Workers at Boluda first chose Orden Marítima to represent them in July 2021. But the company challenged the results, and the government ordered that a second election be held.

In the second election, 82 percent of the tug workers in seven ports voted in favor of Orden Marítima.

They ratified their first contract earlier this year.

Members of Orden Marítima now crew the tugs top to bottom: they work as captains, ordinary seamen, oilers and in other capacities. There are 260 people in the bargaining unit.

“Relations with management are now good,” says MM&P United Inland Group Representative Eduardo Iglesias, who visited members of the union in July 2022 in the ports of Altamira and Tampico.

On the heels of this success, Orden Marítima is expanding its organizing efforts throughout Mexico to other tug companies, fishing companies and ferries.

It already represents about 70 workers at Sam Towage, which is based in Chile and operates in Mexico’s ports alongside Boluda.
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Remember: You can always contact membership@bridgedeck.org with questions.
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The Coast Guard reminds mariners that it has an established option for submission of medical certificate applications (CG-719K and CG-719K/E forms).

Mariners may submit medical-certificate-only applications directly to the National Maritime Center.

Regional Examination Centers will accept medical certificate application submissions as well, but, for faster processing, it is recommended to submit a CG-719K or CG-719K/E directly to the NMC.

The CG-719K and CG-719 K/E forms can be sent directly to the NMC via e-mail at MEDAIP@uscg.mil.

Electronic submission requirements can be found on the NMC website.

Direct submission to the NMC is only for the medical certificate application.

Applications for a Merchant Mariner Credential (CG-719B/MMC) cannot be submitted directly to the NMC.

If you have questions, please contact the NMC Customer Service Center by emailing IASKNMC@USCG.mil, calling 1-888-IASKNMC (427-5662), using the online chat system, or visiting the NMC website.

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An aging tugboat struck a locomotive in the Panama Canal’s Miraflores locks on Saturday after losing steering and propulsion.

In the old locks, locomotives run on tracks along the walls of the chambers to position transiting vessels.

In the new locks, in contrast, there are no locomotives so ships in transit must be continuously assisted by tugs.

Officially the Panama Canal Administration (ACP) has 46 tugs, but many of them are so old that parts are no longer available.

What’s more, the ACP is reportedly not following either manufacturers’ instructions or maintenance schedules set by regulation.

“[The tugs] are not being serviced,” said a member of the MM&P affiliate Unión de Capitanes y Oficiales de Cubierta (UCOC). “Only emergency repairs [are carried out] now.”

On July 1, he says, there were no tugs at all working on the Pacific side of the canal because no parts were available to fix those that were in need of repair.

UCOC has tweeted photos of oily engine room water flooding the decks of tugs that are 35 years old.

Most of the problems in the ACP’s fleet involve the Chinese tugs.

The first-generation Chinese tugs have steering and main engine problems.

“The second-generation ones are better,” one captain says, “but some are in very, very bad shape.”

“[Canal administrators] say we are very green and we protect the environment,” he adds, noting that the fuel injection systems on the Chinese tugs are in a dangerous state of disrepair.

“The ones we have today, when you accelerate, you have a huge plume of smoke,” he said.

“Sadly, we have to say that things are not looking good for canal workers,” said another tug captain, noting that he and some of his coworkers are forced to work up to 36 hours straight without a break.

In December 2021, an exhausted tugboat captain fell asleep while assisting an LNG vessel.

“The tug struck the ship,” one captain said, “and the impact was so hard that his body and head hit the tug’s front window.”
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A video posted to YouTube by Sal Mercogliano, who sailed with Military Sealift Command for three years before going ashore, describes the essential role that Civil Service mariners play in the context of naval operations.

The video takes its cue from a basic truth: the American public is for the most part unfamiliar with the work that Civil Service mariners do on behalf of our nation.

The video starts with the basics: what Civil Service mariners do and the ships they sail.

It moves on to what Mercogliano describes as “four issues that critically impact the ability of Military Sealift Command to do their mission.”

These issues include the status of merchant mariners on board and MSC’s leave policy.

At the 22-minute mark, he discusses the letter that MM&P, MEBA and the SIU sent to the leadership of MSC strongly opposing the “gangway up policy” that was implemented without warning with the purported aim of limiting the spread of Covid-19.

“One day the mariners arrive on their vessels…. They show up on the ship and they’re told ‘You can’t get off.’”

“Some of those mariners left their home [in the vicinity of the port] that day,” he says.

“They didn’t have their gear with them. They didn’t have medicine. They didn’t have money.”

“They parked their cars at the end of the pier and couldn’t go down to the end of the pier to move their cars and their cars got towed because they weren’t allowed to park there that long.”

“Yet the contractors, the Navy personnel, were free to come and go as they wanted.”

To watch the video, click here.
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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.

The union and the employer are developing up to 30 temporary mate training positions to allow deck officers from both inside and outside the agency who do not currently hold the pilotage to be placed on the seniority list.

This program will include paid positions at the 2nd mate level to ride the ships to gain the pilotage experience for testing while also becoming familiar with Washington State Ferries operations.

Candidates finishing their pilotage within the constraints of this initiative will be invited to apply for seats in WSF’s New Mate Orientation with the result of graduating as fully qualified Chief Mates and being assigned seniority numbers within the fleet.

This program is expected to be in place in the immediate future. We will keep readers informed via The Wheelhouse Weekly.

The ferry system hires “on-call” deck employees (OS/AB), including those who walk in the door with an upper level license, and gives them work until they have completed the pilotage requirements and New Mate Orientation and Assessment.

WSF is currently paying second mates $41.65/hour, chief mates $44.62/hour and relief mates $53.55/hour.

Regular masters are making $55.27/hour, relief masters are making $66.34/hour and staff masters are making $71.12/hour.

WSF does not direct hire deck officers. All deck hires are through their website, key word “Deckhands.”

WSF offers good working conditions, medical and retirement benefits.

With the current retirement curve hitting its peak, new employees are gaining seniority very quickly: experience has shown that newly hired mates who apply themselves can be working as master within about five years.

Anyone seeking more information on this opportunity should contact MM&P Pacific Maritime Region Representative Dan Twohig: dtwohig@bridgedeck.org or 206-390-9907.
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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) – 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) –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): 8/15/22, 10/24/22, 12/19/22

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology (5-Day): 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): 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): 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): 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): Fall date coming soon!

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: 8/15/22, 10/31/22

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

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior (1-Day) – 08/27/2022

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

CSE – Confined Space Entry (3-Day): 08/16/2022

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): 7/25/22, 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) –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): 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: 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) – 8/22/22, 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): 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

August 2022
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


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