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MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly

Volume 28… Number 2…January 11, 2022


In This Issue:

Gulf of Guinea:


News for Offshore Members:



Leaders of AFL-CIO affiliate unions reaffirmed the labor movement’s commitment to
protecting our democracy in a series of powerful statements issued on the one-year
anniversary of the insurrection on Capitol Hill.

“One year ago today, we watched in shock as American citizens violently attacked our
own government,” AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler said in a message to the 12.5 million
members of the federation’s 57 affiliate unions.

“Their goal was to stop the peaceful transition of power and overturn the will of the
American people.”

“We, the working people of our country, have always stood up to defend our

“A year later, we remain ready, as we always have, to mobilize, educate, activate and do
our part.”

“Our freedom depends on it.”

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten joined other union
presidents in calling on Congress to pass legislation to protect union rights and the
freedom to vote.

“I hope we all take time to reflect on the events of last Jan. 6—the day our democracy
almost died—and recommit ourselves to fighting the misinformation and lies that make
this a perilous time for our way of life,” she said in a statement.

“As Congress continues to investigate the attack on the Capitol, I want to be clear that
our commitment to democracy is as strong as ever.”

“That’s why we’re fighting for key pieces of legislation that will help make America

“We need the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act
to ensure the right to vote is protected for all Americans…”

“We need the Protecting the Right to Organize Act, the Public Service Freedom to
Negotiate Act and the Build Back Better Act to help workers across the country recover
from this pandemic.”

“And we need to support the full investigation being done by the bipartisan Jan. 6

MM&P President Don Marcus issued a statement calling for justice and concerted action
to protect our democratic freedoms.

“The crimes that took place on January 6 must not go unpunished,” he said.
“The attempted theft of the last Presidential election demands accountability.”
“Those in our own government who encouraged and facilitated this disgraceful episode
in U.S. history must be held no less accountable than the rioters who stormed the

“Any other outcome would be equivalent to blessing a dry run on the future destruction
of our democratic process.”
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Effective Jan. 10, 2022

To better serve mariners during this time, we are updating our temporary provisions.
These provisions are subject to change once operations are on a more normal footing.
Instructions for Urgent Assistance With Applying for a Passport

— Be a credentialed merchant mariner;
— Be eligible to apply on a DS-82 application for passport renewal. (Check eligibility at
https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports/have-passport/renew.html); and
— Have a current passport that is expired or expiring in 7 months or less.

1. Applicants must submit the following:
— DS-82 application completed, signed, and dated;
— Passport photograph taken within the past six months;
— Current passport;
— Copy of Merchant Mariner Credential (MCC), front and back.
— A check or money order in the amount of $208.32 made payable to U.S. Department
of State if applying for a passport book only. If applying for both the passport book and
card, the total fee is $238.32. This amount includes the passport fee, expedite fee, and 1-
2 day delivery fee (for information regarding passport fees, please visit travel.state.gov).
— Letter from supervisor on company letterhead or your U.S. mariners’ union.

2. The supervisor or U.S. mariners’ union letter should include the following details:
— Applicant’s full name;
— Printed name and title of applicant’s supervisor or mariners’ union representative;
— Supervisor’s or union representative’s signature; and
— Date the letter was issued.

3. Applications must be sent by traceable overnight delivery service to:
El Paso Passport Agency
303 N. Oregon St., Suite 700
El Paso, TX 79901
Attention: Mariner Program

Completed passports will be mailed using a 1-2 day delivery service. Please be sure the
application includes a physical U.S. mailing address and not a P.O. Box.
Every effort will be made to process the passport application within about one week of
receipt. For instance, applications received on Monday may be completed and sent out
by Friday of the same week.

Mariners may wish to apply for a second limited validity passport (4 years). Second
passports provide greater flexibility, particularly if mariners need to apply for visas
when traveling domestically and overseas.

For more information, please see:

Below are the two options for applying for a second passport.

To apply for a second passport, applicants must also include:
— A second DS-82 application (with photograph) completed, signed, and dated;
— Signed statement describing the need for a second passport. (This is required in
addition to the company letter authorizing use of these special procedures); and
— Include payment for both applications in a single check totaling $416.64 ($208.32 per

If mariners need to use their current (10-year) passport while applying for their second
passport, they can apply at a passport acceptance facility using a DS-11 form. They can
expect to receive the second passport within the expedited timeframe posted at

To apply at a passport acceptance facility, applicants need:
— Completed (not signed) DS-11 application;
— Passport photograph;
— Photocopy of their 10-year passport data page;
— Signed statement of need for a second passport as outlined on our website;
— Payment of $208.32 to the U.S. Department of State, which includes $60 for expedite
and the additional $18.32 for 1-2-day return delivery; and
— Additional payment of $35 to the passport acceptance facility to execute the

To locate the nearest passport acceptance facility, see https://iafdb.travel.state.gov.

Please note that many passport acceptance facilities require customers to schedule an
appointment ahead of their visit.

We thank you for your continued understanding and patience during these
unprecedented times.
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A decade after Australia’s government opened the coastal trades to flag-of-convenience vessels, the Labor Party is pushing for creation of a new, privately owned national fleet
that could be used for homeland security.

In 2012, the government lifted the country’s cabotage law, which—like the Jones Act and
cabotage laws in many other countries—banned foreign-flag ships from the coastal

Afterwards Australia’s national fleet all but disappeared and almost all the country’s
mariners were thrown out of work.

Now the pandemic-generated upheaval in world trade has led to proposals for a course

Opposition leader Anthony Albanese, who heads the Australian Labor Party, is calling
for creation of a new strategic security fleet to protect the country from supply chain

“In times of conflict and crisis, our economic sovereignty and national security are
dependent on Australian seafarers working on Australian ships,” Albanese said last

“Right now, less than one percent of Australian seaborne trade is carried by Australian
ships, forcing our nation to rely on foreign governments and companies for our essential

Under the Labor Party proposal, the government would go back to enforcing the
cabotage laws and companies would have to seek a waiver to use a foreign-flagged

Australia’s Labor Party has traditionally been a strong supporter of the domestic
maritime industry.

But politicians from other parties have also been pressing the issue: a member of the
governing coalition recently warned that Australia risks “sleepwalking to chaos and
further vulnerability” unless it revives the domestic fleet.

“This campaign isn’t just about getting Australian seafarers back up the gangways of
Australian ships, it’s about the importance of a strong shipping industry to the economic
success of an island nation,” says Paddy Crumlin, national secretary of the Maritime
Union of Australia and president of the International Transport Workers.

MUA has partnered with other unions to fight for the reconstitution of the national fleet.
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The Houthi rebels who control the northern part of Yemen are accusing the Saudi
Arabia-led coalition supporting the Yemeni government of seizing an oil tanker carrying
fuel that is desperately needed by local residents.

The Houthis claim the coalition diverted the Panama-flagged tanker SPLENDOUR
SAPPHIRE on Jan. 5 to retaliate for the rebels’ seizure three days earlier of the
commercial vessel RWABEE.

The Houthis claim the RWABEE was being used to move military equipment.

The conflict in Yemen continues to pose a risk to merchant vessels in the Red Sea, Bab al
Mandeb Strait, and Gulf of Aden.

Threats include, but are not limited to, missiles, rockets, projectiles, mines and small
arms, the US says in a maritime advisory that warns of rising international tensions in
the region.

US-flagged merchant vessels operating in these areas are advised to avoid entering or
loitering near Yemen’s ports, and to exercise increased caution if operating in Yemen’s
territorial waters or Saudi territorial waters on the Red Sea.

They warn crews to be especially vigilant if at anchor, operating in restricted
maneuvering environments, or proceeding at slow speeds.
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The shipping industry trade group BIMCO is calling on governments in the Gulf of
Guinea region to take more responsibility for prosecuting suspected pirates.

BIMCO released a statement urging regional governments to play a more active role
after news that the Danish frigate ESBERN SNARE had released three suspected pirates
because of the risk that Denmark would not have been able to deport them if they were
sent to Copenhagen for trial.

A fourth pirate who was injured during arrest was sent to Denmark for medical care and
a trial because the country was obligated to do so under international law.
The four were captured after a firefight on Nov. 24 when the crew of the ESBERN
SNARE launched a helicopter to investigate a suspicious skiff.

When the occupants of the skiff did not stop as ordered, Danish forces fired warning
shots and the pirates responded by opening fire.

The Danish boarding team returned fire, killing four pirates, injuring one and capturing
three others.

After three rounds of surgery aboard ESBERN SNARE, the injured man was evacuated
to a hospital in Ghana.

Meanwhile the Danish authorities debated what to do.

“We have no interest in getting the persons in question to Denmark, where they would
have to serve a possible sentence, and where we also risk that they would not
subsequently be able to be deported,” said Danish Minister of Justice Nick Hækkerup.
“They have no connection to Denmark, and the crime they have been charged with has
been committed far from Denmark. They simply do not belong here.”

The government could find no legal way to release the injured man locally, so he was
sent to Copenhagen to stand trial.

As for the three uninjured suspects, they were given a small inflatable boat and an
outboard motor.

“It is safe equipment, understood in the sense that it can transport them safely to the
coast,” another Danish official said. “But it is not stuff that can be used for piracy.”
“The presence of international navies is a very important step in the right direction to
keep seafarers safe but establishing a sustainable security situation in the Gulf of Guinea
cannot happen without full support of the region,” said BIMCO Secretary General and
CEO David Loosley.

“Bringing suspected pirates to justice is best done by regional coastal states.”
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All MM&P union halls, the MM&P Federal Credit Union, the MM&P Plan Office and
MM&P headquarters will be closed on Monday, Jan. 17, for the birthday of the Rev. Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr.

The Nobel Prize laureate and civil rights activist was assassinated in 1968 in Memphis,
where he had gone to support a strike by the city’s sanitation workers.

“The labor movement did not diminish the strength of the nation but enlarged it,” King
once said.

“Those who attack labor forget these simple truths, but history remembers.”
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Calling all Members and Applicants: Be advised that there are Offshore and PRO jobs
available now! Please visit, call or email your local union hall for details.

As an additional incentive for filling PRO work, the amount of points earned for each
eight-hour shift will be raised from two points to five points.

This change will go into effect for all PRO work called on Nov. 24, 2021, and stay in
effect until the next scheduled GEB meeting, to be held on Feb. 9-10, 2022.
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Full COVID vaccination is mandatory for everyone attending training on campus at
MITAGS East and MITAGS West.

In addition, from un-vaccinated participants only, MITAGS West requires a negative
PCR test within 72 hours of attendance.

MITAGS West only accepts medical and religious exemptions, not philosophical.

Documentation either of full COVID vaccination or a written claim of exemption must
be submitted to Admissions in advance of your course.

Scans, photocopies, or electronic images of your COVID-19 vaccination cards (records)
or certification by a medical provider are acceptable.

Additionally, face masks are required in all public spaces on both campuses, regardless
of vaccination status.

We appreciate your cooperation during these very trying times.
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\\Classes are 5-day unless otherwise noted\\
Class dates followed by an * are full

AB – Able Seaman (5-Day) – 6/6/22, 8/15/22
AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation (1-Day): Not currently scheduled
ARPA-OIC (4-Day) – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 2/1/22, 3/15/22, 6/27/22,
9/27/22, 11/1/22
AZIPOD (2-Day) – 2/3/22, 5/12/22, 9/12/22
BRM – Bridge Resource Management (5-Day): 3/7/22
BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 2/4/22, 2/28/22, 3/14/22
Online: Not currently scheduled
BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling –
(Now also included in BRMP-Refresher) (3-Day): 3/16/22
BRMP-Refresher (Now including Emergency Shiphandling for Pilots) (3-Day) – Not
currently scheduled
BT – Basic Safety Training (5-Day): 1/31/22, 5/9/22, 9/12/22
BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – 2/22/22,
3/22/22, 4/26/22, 6/8/22, 9/28/22, 10/19/22, 11/14/22, 12/20/22
BT-Refresher (3-day) – 2/22/22, 4/26/22, 9/28/22, 11/14/22, 12/19/22
CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic (5-Day): 3/21/22
[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]
ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability (5-Day): 3/21/22, 6/27/22, 8/15/22, 10/24/22,
ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology (5-Day): 4/18/22, 6/20/22, 8/22/22,
10/17/22, 12/12/22
CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 3/28/22
CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1 (5-Day): 2/28/22, 7/11/22, 12/5/22
CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific (5-Day): 3/7/22,
7/18/22, 12/12/22
CM-OPS 2 APL – Chief Mate Operations II APL Specific – Not currently scheduled
ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems (5-Day): 1/24/22, 5/2/22,
8/1/22, 10/10/22
LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM)
(5-Day): 1/31/22, 4/25/22, 8/8/22, 11/14/22
MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants (5-Day): 3/14/22
(DCS-1 available on request – contact Admissions)
SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: Not Currently Scheduled
SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (5-Day): 2/28/22
SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1) (5-Day): 2/14/22*, 3/21/22,
4/11/22, 5/16/22, 6/6/22, 7/25/22, 8/8/22, 9/19/22, 10/3/22, 10/17/22, 11/7/22,
SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2) (5-Day): 1/24/22, 2/21/22*,
3/28/22, 4/18/22, 5/23/22, 6/13/22, 8/1/22, 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): 4/11/22, 10/3/22
WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping (5-Day): 3/7/22
WX-HW-ATL – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Atlantic Ocean (2-day) – 6/15/22
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) – 6/13/22

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: 5/9/22, 8/15/22, 10/31/22
CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications (1-Day): 3/18/22
CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior (1-Day) – 2/18/22
CDMGT – Crowd Management (1-Day) – 2/17/22
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
DDE – Great Lakes (20-Day): 2/27/22
ECDIS for Pilots (2-Day) – 3/16/22, 5/10/22, 11/16/22
ERM – Engine Resource Management (5-Day): 3/21/22, 8/1/22, 11/28/22
ADV-FF – Advanced Fire-Fighting (4-day) – 3/28/22
FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced (5-Day): 1/31/22, 5/9/22,
FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire
Fighting Revalidation: 2/21/22, 3/24/22, 4/25/22, 6/7/22, 9/27/22, 10/18/22,
11/16/22, 12/22/22
FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 2/25/22, 4/29/22, 10/1/22,
11/12/22, 12/17/22
FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications (1-Day): 4/26/22, 9/20/22
Online: Not currently scheduled
GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization (2-Day): 1/21/22
GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (10-Day): Not Currently
HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 5/2/22, 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): 3/7/22, 7/11/22,
LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes (15-Day): 1/24/22
LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License (15-Day): 6/6/22
LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage (1-Day): 3/14/22, 9/21/22, 11/14/22
LNG-TPIC (10-Day) – Not currently scheduled
LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC) (1-Day): 3/14/22
MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments
not included): Not currently scheduled
MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 4/4/22, 7/11/22, 10/3/22, 12/5/22
MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 5/23/22, 8/1/22, 11/28/22
MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 2/7/22, 4/4/22, 7/11/22, 10/3/22
MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 3/25/22,
4/9/22, 6/6/22, 7/16/22, 9/36/22, 10/8/22, 10/17/22, 11/17/22, 12/23/22

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]
MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense
Orientation (Basic) (1-Day): 3/11/22, 5/24/22, 6/21/22, 8/4/22, 9/14/22, 11/5/22
MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 3/12/22, 5/23/22,
6/20/22, 8/5/22, 9/16/22, 11/4/22
MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) – 3/13/22, 6/10/22, 11/3/22
MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day) – 3/22/22, 6/8/22, 9/14/22
MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 3/14/22,
5/16/22, 6/13/22, 7/18/22, 8/8/22, 9/19/22, 11/7/22
MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day/ 8-hour) – 3/12/22, 5/14/22, 6/11/22, 8/6/22,
9/17/22, 11/4/22
MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) – 3/18/22, 5/15/22, 6/12/22, 7/17/22, 8/7/22,
9/18/22, 11/6/22
MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) – 3/19/22, 5/20/22, 6/17/22, 7/22/22, 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) – 2/1/22*,
3/28/22*, 5/3/22, 5/5/22, 6/27/22, 6/29/22, 7/18/22
PSC – Personal Survival Craft (5-Day) – Contact Admissions
PSC-REF – Personal Survival Craft Refresher (2-Day) – 4/24/22, 10/3/22
RFPNW – Ratings Forming Part of a Navigational Watch (3-day) – Not currently
ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal (1-Day): 1/31/22
ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes (1-Night): 4/26/22, 4/29/22,
9/20/22, 9/28/22
ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 3/7/22, 6/20/22, 8/29/22
SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3-Day): 3/3/22
SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 2/28/22, 4/25/22, 9/12/22, 12/5/22
SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day) – 2/7/22, 4/4/22, 6/20/22, 8/22/22,
STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 2/14/22

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (15-Day): 1/24/22
TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 3/7/22, 5/9/22, 7/11/22
TRAC-TUG-2 (2-Day): 3/14/22, 5/26/22, 11/16/22
TTT – ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program ** — 1/24/22
VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (1-Day): 3/3/22, 6/23/22
VSO – Vessel Security Officer (3-Day): 2/28/22, 6/22/22, 9/7/22

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) (10-Day): 2/7/22
WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 2/21/22
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2021-22 Fall/Winter
Please also see our schedule and enroll online at www.mitags.org
For registration contact our admissions department: 866.656.5568 or

January 2022
12th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
13-14 Basic Training Revalidation
13-14 & 17 Basic Training Refresher
17-21 Basic Training
18-19 Advanced Firefighting Refresher
31-4 Basic Meteorology

February 2022
7-11 Medical Care Provider
10th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
11-12 Basic Training Revalidation
14-18 Basic Cargo Handling & Stowage
14-18 Engine Resource Management
21-25 MEECE
21-25 Basic Shiphandling

March 2022
2nd Flashing Light
3rd Leadership & Teamworking Skills
7-11 Radar Observer Unlimited
9-11 Rating Forming Part of a Navigation Watch
14-18 Ship Construction and Basic Stability
15-19 Basic Training
21-25 Able Seaman
21-1 Watchkeeping (Operational Level)
24th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
25-26 Basic Training Revalidation
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