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MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly

Volume 29… Number 8, Feb. 21, 2023


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AFL-CIO President Emeritus Thomas R. Donahue, one of the most influential leaders of the postwar labor movement, died on Feb. 18 at the age of 94.

He served as secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO under Lane Kirkland, an MM&P member who led the national labor federation for 16 years.

Donahue grew up in the Bronx, the son of a union member who worked as a deckhand on Staten Island ferries.

He started out working as a doorman and a bus driver before becoming a labor organizer and then going to school to become a lawyer and ultimately Kirkland’s executive assistant.

Although there were many organizing successes in the years that he served as Kirkland’s second in command, the period was marked by factory closings, unsuccessful strikes, and the loss of millions of union jobs to foreign competition: the percentage of unionized workers fell to 15.5 percent from 24 percent of the workforce.

When Kirkland was unseated in August 1995, Donahue was named interim president, but he served for only three months before losing the election to an insurgent slate led by John Sweeney, president of the Service Employees International Union.

“Years of rank-and-file frustration with labor’s decline boiled over at the convention, and the tide that had swept Mr. Kirkland away caught Mr. Donahue in its tow,” wrote Robert D. McFadden in an obituary in The New York Times.

After his election loss, Donahue remained a prominent spokesman for the labor movement, including in the bruising—and ultimately unsuccessful—battle against NAFTA.

He was a frequent witness at Congressional hearings and a frequent guest on television news programs.

He also served on the boards of numerous foundations and government panels.

“MM&P owes a debt of gratitude to Tom for his guidance and friendship over many years, including his role on the board of the Captain Richard Phillips and Lane Kirkland Trust,” said MM&P President Don Marcus.

“His heart was in the labor movement and his voice was strong and clear. He will be missed.”

Among Donahue’s many innovative ideas was Union Plus, the program that offers consumer benefits to millions of union members.

A tireless champion of organizing, he helped create the AFL-CIO Organizing Institute, and he was instrumental in international union work, supporting the Solidarity movement against Poland’s Communist regime and the investment boycott of apartheid South Africa.

“Tom was an innovator, an intellectual and a visionary labor leader who was ahead of his time,” AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler and Secretary-Treasurer Fred Redmond said in a statement.

“Long before the future of work and the impact of technology on workers became a robust policy debate, he was creating a blueprint for unions that encouraged experimentation with new approaches and technology to expand worker organizing and increase the labor movement’s influence.”

“That blueprint served as a guide that still influences union innovation today.”
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The newest issue of Global Seafarer, the quarterly publication of the Nautilus Federation, is now online.. In this issue:

–mariners aboard two MM&P-crewed vessels, CMA CGM HERODOTE and USNS YUMA, receive awards at AOTOS for rescues at sea;

— unions, shipowners and UN organizations are working together to develop a decarbonization action plan to ensure “a just transition to green energy” for the global seafaring workforce;

— an expert on motion sickness weighs in on the findings of a Nautilus podcast that the top reason members of the public say they wouldn’t consider a maritime career is fear of sea sickness;

— a report by New Zealand’s Transport Accident Investigation Commission finds shore-based firefighters “failed to give due regard to the master’s command status and knowledge of the vessel and its systems” during a serious blaze aboard a cargo ship in 2020;

— there are new calls for international action to improve survival craft safety following an accident in which an enclosed lifeboat heeled over during a training exercise;

— after a report of flooding in the Gatun Locks on the Panama Canal, Nautilus issued a statement calling on the Panama Canal Authority “to invest the money it makes into improving and maintaining safety for all those who work on and who transit the Canal.”

MM&P is one of the 22 maritime labor unions that belong to the Nautilus Federation.
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The USCG has published a blog post stating that the Coast Guard Investigative Service stands ready to investigate all allegations of sexual misconduct in the maritime domain.

The agency also said that the CGIS is committed to “leveraging its authority to ensure perpetrators are held accountable so mariners and aspiring mariners can work in an environment free from the fear of being sexually assaulted or sexually harassed.”

Prior to 2021, says CGIS Director Jeremy Gauthier, the Coast Guard received very few reports of sexual assault and sexual harassment.

But following the publication of a Marine Safety Information Bulletin in December 2021, he says, “reports of sexual misconduct have increased significantly.”

The Coast Guard updated its guidance on how to report instances of sexual misconduct in MSIB 1-23, which incorporates changes included in the 2023 NDAA.

“As the system continues to improve, we felt it was important to facilitate the reporting of all forms of sexual misconduct,” Gauthier says.

The blog is posted in its entirety here.
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An emergency fund to support transport workers and their unions in Turkey and Syria has been launched by the International Transport Workers’ Federation and the European Transport Workers’ Federation.

“The ITF Seafarers’ Trust has already coordinated with unions to get emergency relief into some of the hardest hit areas, but as people face the gargantuan task of rebuilding their lives—for many after the loss of loved ones—there is so much more that needs to be done,” said ITF President Paddy Crumlin.

To kickstart the fund, the ITF Seafarers’ Trust has sent an emergency grant of GBP 30,000 to one of its Turkish affiliates to buy provisions including heaters, blankets, and food.

Another GBP 20,000 has been sent to the Lebanese Seafarers’ Union via the ITF Arab World Office to buy blankets and food for distribution through trusted union contacts.

To contribute, please go to: https://union-earthquake-solidarityfund.itfglobal.org or click here.
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The MM&P Women’s Caucus Committee meets at regular intervals throughout the year to share information and move our mission forward.

The 2023 meeting dates have been posted on the WCC site:


The meetings are typically held at 1000PST/1300EST.

Send an email to womenscaucus@bridgedeck.org or to mskippen@bridgedeck.org if you are interested in joining and want to be sent a meeting link.

Please note that the above email addresses are not monitored continuously and should not be used in case of an emergency.

There are many resources available to support seafarers who have experienced sexual misconduct, including sexual assault. They include:



988lifeline.org OR JUST DIAL 988

loveisrespect.orgor safely call 1.866.331.9474 if you think your computer is being monitored.



thetrevorproject.org This site has a quick-exit function if you are not safe viewing – click ESC 3 times.


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There will be an Offshore Membership meeting in the San Francisco /Oakland Hall on Monday, March 6, at 1100, immediately after job call.

All Offshore members, applicants and pensioners are encouraged to attend the meeting.

MM&P Vice President Pacific Ports J. Lars Turner and Pacific Ports Coast Agent Melany Skippen will be in attendance.

The San Francisco/Oakland Hall is located at:

548 Thomas L. Berkley Way

Oakland, CA 94612

The phone is: 510-808-7068

Please note that everyone who enters the MM&P San Francisco/Oakland Hall is required to wear a face mask.
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The Offshore Familiarization Course will be held over a two-day period in the MM&P San Francisco/Oakland Hall on Monday, March 6, and Tuesday, March 7.

The schedule on both days that the course is held will be 0900 to 1600.

The San Francisco/Oakland Hall is located at:

548 Thomas L. Berkley Way

Oakland, CA 94612

The phone is: 510-808-7068

Please note that everyone who enters the MM&P San Francisco/Oakland Hall is required to wear a face mask.

There is no sea-time requirement to take the course.

All Offshore applicants, potential transferees from other membership groups and other interested Offshore members are encouraged to take the course as soon as possible.

If you are interested in participating in the course, please contact Veronica Schaible at vschaible@bridgedeck.org.
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The MM&P Houston Hall will be closed on Thursday, March 2 for Texas Independence Day.
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Urgent need for a car carrier Chief Mate, starting 2-22-23.

Chief Mate for the LMSR fleet needed now. Security clearance required.
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There are jobs for ABs and engine personnel at Grand River Navigation.

There are jobs for unlicensed deck personnel, unlicensed engineering personnel and licensed engineering personnel at Weeks Marine.

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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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 East is seeking a lead marine safety training instructor to be responsible for the delivery of the MITAGS Marine Safety Program including firefighting and damage control, as well as program manager for Global Wind Organization-endorsed basic training.

Must be available to co-teach on the West Coast campus on a periodic basis (less than 20 percent of the time).

Required qualifications include at least five years’ leadership experience in the merchant marine, U.S. armed forces, Coast Guard, or major fire department.

Desired experience and 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.

Experience as an approved instructor by an appropriate governing body, such as the US Coast Guard, preferably in firefighting or medical training fields.

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

If you are interested, please send your resume to MITAGS Human Resources Manager Jane Sibiski at jsibiski@mitags.org.
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MITAGS West seeks a part-time instructor experienced in firefighting and first aid.

The range of pay is $31.25-35.00 per scheduled hour, commensurate with proven skills.

Maritime experience required, for example aboard Navy ships or commercial vessels.

The following are encouraged to apply:

— shipyard workers;

— all military veterans (Navy, USCG, USAF, USA) with firefighting duties;

— municipal firefighters (professional or volunteer);

— first aid instructors: Corpsman, nurses, paramedics, or other persons with austere medical experience conducting advanced life support (i.e., IV, catheters, NG tubes, suturing, medication administration, etc.).

Desired qualifications include experience with applicable subject matter, such as shipboard training, first aid, firefighting, hazardous materials, or damage control.

Please submit a cover letter with your resume to MITAGS Human Resource Manager Jane Sibiski, 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): 06/05/23
AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

ARPA-OIC– Automated Radar Plotting Aids (4-Day): 03/13/23, 04/17/23, 06/19/23, 09/04/23, 11/13/23,

AZIPOD (2-Day): 04/03/23

BRM – Bridge Resource Management (5-Day): 05/01/23, 07/24/23, 10/09/23, 12/11/23

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): Online: 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) : 05/08/23, 09/11/23

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – 03/13/23, 04/24/23, 06/05/23, 09/26/23, 10/16/23, 11/15/23, 12/19/23

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 04/24/23, 09/26/23, 11/15/23, 12/18/23

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic (5-Day): 03/27/23, 09/18/23

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability (5-Day): 03/20/23, 06/26/23, 07/24/23, 12/18/23

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology (5-Day): 04/17/23, 06/19/23, 07/31/23, 10/30/23, 12/11/23

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 03/27/23, 10/16/23

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1 (5-Day): 02/27/23, 7/10/23, 11/27/23

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific (5-Day): 03/06/23, 07/17/23, 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): 04/10/23, 08/07/23, 10/02/23

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM) (5-Day): 04/24/23, 08/14/23, 10/16/23

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants (5-Day): 03/13/23, 10/02/23

(DCS-1 available on request – contact Admissions)

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: Not Currently Scheduled

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (5-Day): 05/01/23, 11/06/23

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1) (5-Day): 02/27/23, 03/27/23, 04/10/23, 06/05/23, 07/10/23, 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): 03/06/23, 04/03/23, 06/12/23, 07/17/23, 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): 04/10/23, 06/26/23, 10/09/23

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping (5-Day): 03/06/23, 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) – 03/18/23

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 (15-Day) – Celestial Navigation: 05/08/23, 10/30/23

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): 03/13/23

ERM – Engine Resource Management (5-Day): 03/27/23, 08/07/23

ADV-FF – Advanced Fire-Fighting (4-day): 04/03/23,

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced (5-Day): 03/27/23, 05/08/23, 08/28/23

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 03/15/23, 06/07/23, 09/27/23, 10/16/23, 11/17/23, 12/21/23

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 04/27/23, 09/29/23, 11/13/23, 12/16/23

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

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

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (10-Day): 07/17/23

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 05/01/23, 06/19/23, 09/11/23, 11/16/23

IEN – Integrated Electronic Navigation (3-Day): Not currently scheduled

LAP – License Advancement Program for Mate to Master (20-Day): 07/10/23, 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) : 06/05/23

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

LNG-TPIC (10-Day): Not currently scheduled

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC) (1-Day): 05/04/23

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): 04/17/23, 08/07/23, 12/04/23

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 04/10/23, 07/10/23, 10/02/23, 12/04/23

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 03/20/23, 05/22/23, 08/07/23, 11/27/23

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: (5-Day): 04/10/23, 07/10/23, 09/18/23, 10/02/23

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 03/12/23, 03/25/23, 04/15/23, 04/23/23, 05/20/23, 06/04/23, 07/15/23, 09/24/23, 10/07/23, 10/15/23, 11/18/23, 12/09/23, 12/22/23-

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic) (1-Day): 05/22/23, 06/08/23, 08/10/23, 09/07/23, 10/26/23

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 05/23/23, 06/09/23, 08/11/23, 09/08/23, 10/27/23

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) –03/06/23, 06/19/23, 08/21/23, 11/16/23

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

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 04/17/23, 05/15/23, 06/12/23, 08/14/23, 09/11/23, 10/30/23

MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day/ 8-hour) – 05/13/23, 06/10/23, 08/12/23, 09/09/23, 10/28/23

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) – 04/16/23, 05/14/23, 06/11/23, 08/13/23, 09/10/23, 10/29/23

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) –04/21/23, 05/19/23, 06/16/23, 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): 03/20/23*, 03/22/23*, 05/22/23, 05/24/23, 07/31/23, 08/02/23, 11/13/23, 11/15/23

PSC – Personal Survival Craft (Lifeboatman) (5-Day): 04/24/23, 09/18/23

PSC-REF – Personal Survival Craft Refresher (2-Day): 05/01/23, 10/02/23

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: 03/06/23, 06/19/23, 08/28/23, 11/27/23

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3-Day): 05/01/23, 09/19/23, 12/12/23

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 03/20/23, 04/24/23, 06/26/23, 09/11/23, 12/11/23

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day) – 06/19/23, 08/28/23, 10/16/23, 12/18/23

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 02/27/23, 09/11/23

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (15-Day): 07/31/23

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 07/10/23

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

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) : 05/31/23, 06/26/23

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) (10-Day): 04/17/23, 10/09/23,

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 03/27/23, 08/21/23, 12/04/23

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2023 Winter/Spring

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
February 2023

27-3 Basic Shiphandling

27-3 Leadership & Managerial Skills

March 2023
6-10 Basic Cargo Handling & Stowage

6-10 Advanced Meteorology

8-10 Rating Forming Part of a Navigational Watch (RFPNW)

13-14 Basic Training Revalidation

13-17 Basic Meteorology

13-17 Advanced Stability

15th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

20-3 ARPA

20-4 Basic Training (original)

27-9 Search & Rescue

27-9 Security Officer–Vessel, Company & Facility

30th Flashing Light Exam

31 Leadership & Teamworking Skills

27-31 Able Seaman

27-31 Basic Training (original)

April 2023


10-11 Basic Training Revalidation

10-21 Watchkeeping (Operational Level)

12th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

24-5 GMDSS

24-12 Celestial Navigation

May 2023

1-4 Advanced Firefighting

15-26 GMDSS

18-19 Advanced Firefighting Refresher

20-21 Basic Training Revalidation

20-2 Basic Training Refresher

22 Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

22-6 Basic Training (original)

23 Radar Renewal

30-1 Security Officer – Vessel, Company & Facility

June 2023

12-3 Basic Training Revalidation

14 Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

19-23 Basic Training (original)

26-30 Tankerman Person-In-Charge
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