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MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly

Volume 30… Number 8, February 20, 2024


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A Belize-flagged cargo ship, the MV RUBYMAR, was struck by a missile on Monday while transiting the Gulf of Aden.

Houthi rebels fired two missiles at the ship, one of which damaged the engine room.

The 24-person crew was rescued by a good Samaritan vessel and taken to the nearby port of Djibouti.

The Djibouti Port Authority said in a statement that the ship was carrying an explosive cargo of 22,000 tons of fertilizer.

The UK Maritime Trade Operations said that it had received reports of another attack, this time involving a Greek-flagged bulker, the SEA CHAMPION.

The master of the vessel reported an explosion nearby with no damage, followed by a second explosion in the air above the vessel which caused minor damage but no injuries.

A third vessel, the Marshall Islands-flagged NAVIS FORTUNA, was reportedly hit Monday by a drone.

The crew is reported to be safe, but the vessel suffered superficial damage to the exterior of the accommodation block.

The wave of attacks came as the European Council officially launched a new security operation, ASPIDES, aimed at “restoring freedom of navigation in the Red Sea and the Gulf.”

A spokesperson for the European Council said the initiative would begin with at least four vessels operated by countries including France and Italy.

The Houthis have launched dozens of missile and drone attacks on merchant ships in the Red Sea in the past three months.

U.S. Navy destroyers and carrier-based fighters have shot down countless inbound Houthi munitions, preventing them from reaching their intended targets, and have destroyed dozens more on the ground.

The Houthis are still holding the Bahamas-flagged GALAXY LEADER, which was seized on Nov. 19, and its 25-person crew.

The international maritime community is urging that they be immediately released.

“The seafarers who make up the crew of the GALAXY LEADER are innocent victims of the ongoing aggression against world shipping, and their plight is a major concern as the merchant shipping community continues to come under attack,” the statement said.

“All efforts must be made by international organizations and States to secure their release.”

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The U.S. Mint is preparing to issue a silver dollar coin featuring a merchant mariner on its face as a tribute to the American Merchant Marine’s role in the Allied victory in World War II.

On the front of the new memorial silver dollar are six people representing different branches of the military and the U.S. Merchant Marine, shown working together to support the world.

They stand above text that reads “Liberty” and “In God We Trust.”

The new coins will be issued early this year as part of the U.S. Mint’s Greatest Generation Commemorative Coin Program.

The program is intended to showcase and honor the National World War II Memorial through gold, silver, and half dollar coins, each with its own design.

“The coins will serve as a monument to the spirit, sacrifice, and commitment of the brave Americans who fought to defend the nation and advance peace and freedom throughout the world,” the U.S. Mint said in a statement.

“They also serve as a dedication to the National World War II Memorial, which was built to honor the 16 million who served in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II, as well as the 400,000 who died and those who supported the war effort at home.”

The reverse of the commemorative coin shows the view from underneath the World War II Memorial’s sculptural canopy.

Four eagles, each holding a laurel wreath, encircle the outer portion of the coin, interspersed with text that reads “Victory, At Sea, On Land, and In the Air.”

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The number of strikes in the U.S. grew by 9 percent in 2023, and the number of workers who went out on strike increased by 141 percent.

These are among the findings of a report issued last week by researchers at Cornell University and the University of Illinois.

The study, the Labor Action Tracker Annual Report, counted 470 work stoppages—466 strikes and four lockouts—involving 539,000 workers nationwide.

Large strikes, such as the ones by actors and writers, were responsible for the overall increase in the number of workers who walked off the job last year.

The SAG-AFTRA, Kaiser Permanente, UAW, and Los Angeles school district strikes were the four largest of the year and accounted for 65 percent of the American workers involved in strikes.

Workers in food service organized more strikes than those in any other sector, a result of organizing by Starbucks Workers United and the SEIU’s campaign for fast food workers.

The largest strikes were widely attended and received a significant amount of news coverage, which the researchers said made 2023 a particularly important year for the American labor movement.

The survey found that the main reasons workers walked off the job last year were the same as in 2022: higher pay, better health and safety protections, and more staff.
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Naval personnel who experience sexual harassment now have a confidential reporting option.

The new reporting process, which is already in effect, was outlined in a naval administrative message released earlier this month.

The Navy said the program is intended to reinforce its existing informal, formal, and anonymous complaint processes.

It requires that reports of sexual harassment be submitted through a command climate specialist or a command-managed equal opportunity program manager.

Within 24 hours of receipt of the complaint, the specialist or manager will inform the reporting sailor’s commanding officer of the confidential report, without disclosing the person’s identity.

The naval administrative message states that making a confidential report will not automatically trigger an investigation or disciplinary action, but it will allow the affected person to access support and referral services.

Those with questions about the new reporting option can contact the Navy’s harassment and military equal opportunity advice line at (800)-253-0931, or via email at MILL_Navy_EO_Advice@navy.mil.

When a person reports sexual harassment, specialists and managers must explain the informal, formal, and anonymous complaint processes.

The Navy is hosting town halls for command climate specialists and equal opportunity program managers to provide more information on the new confidential sexual harassment reporting process.

The schedule of the town halls is posted at https://www.mynavyhr.navy.mil/Support-Services/Culture-Resilience/Equal-Opportunity/Command-Climate-Specialists/.
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MITAGS is seeking a business development manager to be a part of the organization’s team of sales, marketing, and training professionals.

The position entails:

— managing relationships with customers, with emphasis on East Coast vessel operators, engineering firms, and pilot associations;

— calling on customers, entering into agreements with them, and pursuing new business opportunities;

— recruiting new customers through outreach, facility tours, sales calls, and electronic communications;

— working with the Academic and Simulation departments to craft solutions and meet customer needs, including offering new and customized courses;

— speaking and making presentations at industry events;

— updating the Customer Relationship Management (MIDS) tool with business booked and sales activities, and using it to generate sales calls and productivity reports; and

— contributing to the development of Business Development Department policies, objectives, and budgets.

Requirements include:

— maritime industry experience, either as a licensed officer or as a shoreside manager;

— strong interpersonal communications and presentation skills;

— experience developing budgets and negotiating contracts;

— the ability to sell concepts and ideas to management and peers;

— a demonstrated track record of performance based on personal initiative;

— the ability to cross-sell programs and provide marketing support;

— experience with maritime simulators;

— qualified to teach and ability to complete Train the Trainer (TTT).

The ideal candidate enjoys interacting with existing and potential customers and can speak passionately about MITAGS’ mission and capabilities.

If you would like to apply for this position, please send a letter of intent and your resume to Jane Sibiski, Human Resources Manager: jsibiski@mitags.org.
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2AE on the SLNC Goodwill

3AE on the SLNC Goodwill

CM HAINA needed; tentative start date 2/25/24. Please email Jeremy Hope, VP Gulf & Gov’t if you have any questions: jhope@bridgedeck.org.

Positions available aboard Patriot LMSR’s at all levels including new vessels SEAY and PILILAAU.

Members and applicants who are interested in MSC training, please sign up with MITAGS and for those who do not qualify for training benefits yet, please email Jeremy Hope, VP Gulf and Gov’t Contracts at jhope@bridgedeck.org with the subject line MSC TRAINING.

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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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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): 06/10/24, 09/16/24

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

ARPA-OIC– Automated Radar Plotting Aids (4-Day): 03/04/24, 04/11/24

AZIPOD (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

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

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): 05/06/24

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years): 03/18/24, 04/22/24, 06/10/24

BT-Refresher (3-day): 04/22/24, 06/10/24

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic (5-Day): 04/15/24

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability (5-Day): 04/29/24, 06/24/24, 10/07/24, 12/09/24

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology (5-Day): 04/22/24, 06/17/24, 09/23/24, 12/16/24

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 10/14/24

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations (5-Day): 02/26/24, 07/08/24, 12/09/24

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific (5-Day): 03/04/24, 07/15/24, 12/16/24

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

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems (5-Day): 03/11/24, 08/12/24, 11/11/24

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM) (5-Day): 03/18/24, 08/12/24, 11/04/24

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants (5-Day): 03/11/24, 09/30/24

(DCS-1 available on request – contact Admissions)

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (5-Day): 02/26/24, 10/28/24

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1) (5-Day): 03/18/24, 04/08/24*, 05/06/24, 06/03/24, 07/08/24, 08/05/24*, 09/09/24, 09/30/24, 11/04/24, 12/02/24

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2) (5-Day): 03/25/24*, 04/15/24, 05/13/24, 06/10/24, 07/15/24, 08/12/24*, 09/16/24, 10/07/24, 11/11/24, 12/09/24

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

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation (5-Day): 11/18/24

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping (5-Day): 03/18/24, 09/16/24

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: 02/21/24

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

CNAV-OIC– Celestial Navigation (15-Day): 05/06/24

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): 04/08/24, 12/09/24

ADV-FF – Advanced Fire-Fighting (4-day): 03/24/24

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced (5-Day): 05/06/24

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 03/20/24, 04/24/24, 06/12/24

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 04/25/24, 06/13/24

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): Not Currently Scheduled

LAP – License Advancement Program for Mate to Master (20-Day): 03/04/24, 07/22/24

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): 06/03/24

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

LNG-BADV – Basic and Advanced IGF Code Operations (3 Day): 03/11/24*, 04/17/24, 05/20/24, 06/17/24, 06/20/24

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC) (1-Day): 04/04/24

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments /not included): 04/01/24, 12/02/24

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 04/01/24, 05/13/24, 08/19/24, 09/30/24

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 03/18/24, 05/26/24, 07/29/24, 11/18/24

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: (5-Day): 04/01/24, 05/13/24, 07/08/24, 08/19/24

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 03/14/24, 03/23/24, 04/06/24, 05/05/24, 05/18/24

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic) (1-Day): 02/29/24, 05/09/24, 06/07/24, 08/08/24, 09/12/24, 10/31/24

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 03/01/24, 05/10/24, 06/07/24, 08/09/24, 09/13/24, 11/01/24

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day – Evening Class): 03/01/24, 05/10/24, 06/07/24, 08/09/24, 09/13/24, 11/01/24

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

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 03/04/24*, 05/13/24, 06/10/24, 07/15/24, 08/12/24, 09/16/24, 11/04/24

MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day/ 8-hour): 03/02/24, 05/11/24, 06/08/24, 08/10/24, 09/14/24, 11/02/24

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day): 03/03/24*, 05/12/24, 06/09/24, 07/14/24, 08/11/24, 09/15/24, 11/03/24

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day): 03/08/24*, 05/17/24, 06/14/24, 07/19/24, 08/16/24, 09/20/24, 11/08/24

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): 03/12/24*, 03/14/24*, 05/15/24*, 05/17/24*, 08/19/24*, 08/21/24*, 12/09/24, 12/11/24

PSC – Personal Survival Craft (Lifeboatman) (5-Day): 06/24/24, 09/23/24

PSC-REF – Personal Survival Craft Refresher (2-Day): 04/18/24

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): 04/24/24, 06/12/24

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 02/26/24

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3-Day): 04/01/24

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 04/29/24

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day): 03/04/24

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 04/05/24

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

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 03/04/24

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): Not Currently Scheduled

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 04/22/24

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You can enroll online at www.mitags.org or contact our Admissions Department 866.656.5568 or admissions@mitags.org

February 2024

26-27 Basic Training Revalidation

26-1 Advanced Shiphandling II

26-1 Able Seaman

28th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

March 2024

4-8 Meteorology – Operational Level

4-8 Advanced Stability


14th Flashing Light Assessment

18-22 Basic Training

25-26 Basic Training Revalidation

25-29 Able Seaman

27th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

April 2024

1-4 Advanced Firefighting

8-12 ECDIS

22-23 Basic Training Revalidation

24th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

May 2024

6-10 Basic Training

13-17 Medical Care Provider

13-24 Medical Person-In-Charge

20-22 Security Officer – Vessel, Company & Facility

30-31 Advanced Firefighting Refresher

June 2024

1-2 Basic Training Revalidation

1-3 Basic Training Refresher

3rd Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

3-7 Basic Training

3-21 Terrestrial & Coastal Navigation

24-25 Basic Training Revalidation

26th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
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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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