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MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly

Volume 29… Number 1, Jan. 3, 2023


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Five people sustained minor injuries and 868 were evacuated after a fire started days before Christmas aboard a Staten Island ferry traveling from Whitehall Terminal, Manhattan, to St. George Terminal, Staten Island.

The fire broke out aboard SANDY GROUND, one of the Staten Island Ferry system’s newly commissioned OLLIS-class vessels, shortly after 1700 on Dec. 22.

During the emergency, the ferry lost power and the 16-person crew—the majority of whom are represented by the MM&P Atlantic Maritime Group— sent out a call for help and dropped anchor at the Kill van Kull buoy.

First responders from the New York Fire and Police departments rushed to the scene, along with good Samaritan vessels and other ferries.

As the SANDY GROUND filled with smoke, frightened passengers were instructed to put on life vests before being transferred to other vessels.

“The crew responded with muscle memory and the skills from the training they took part in prior to assuming their positions on board,” said MM&P Atlantic Maritime Group Vice President Mike Riordan.

“A fire that could have had a tragic outcome was safely extinguished in a shining example of what this crew is capable of.”

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board and the Coast Guard have not yet said what caused the fire.

There is speculation that it may have developed because of a pinhole in the fuel filter that led to a stream of atomized particles igniting in proximity to the exhaust manifold.

The fire had been contained by the ferry crew by the time first responders arrived, said FDNY Deputy Assistant Chief Frank Leeb.

He said the crew had already sealed off access to the engine room and injected CO2 to extinguish the flames.

“This is a long time of preparation and training,” Leeb said. “The crew acted as the crew was supposed to act.”

The SANDY GROUND, which was built by Panama City, Fla.-based Eastern Shipbuilding Group, entered service last year.

The other two vessels in the class are the SSG MICHAEL H. OLLIS and the DOROTHY DAY, which was delivered in early November and is not yet in service.

All the officials, representatives and staff of MM&P wish you a happy holiday season and a safe, healthy, and prosperous New Year.
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The crew of the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS JOHN LEWIS saved a man from a sinking sailboat roughly 200 nautical miles south of San Diego on Dec. 12.

The crew of the MSC vessel, the lead ship in the Navy’s new class of 20 fleet replenishment oilers, changed course to carry out the rescue after being notified of the emergency.

The crew found the small boat about seven miles away, adrift in 25-knot seas.

Given the conditions, it was too risky to launch the small rescue boat, USNS JOHN LEWIS’s Master, Dan Glazier, told journalist Carl Prine of Coffee or Die Magazine in an email.

The only option was to maneuver the 746-foot Navy vessel close enough to the sailboat—the MIXELON—for the skipper to climb the pilot ladder.

Once on board, the man received a medical exam, a hot shower, a meal, dry clothes, and transportation to San Diego, which was where the MSC ship was headed when it diverted for the rescue.

Glazier said the crew would normally have tried to tow the sailboat to San Diego, but the seas were too rough.

Because of the risk to navigation, the Navy vessel issued a notice to mariners of the sailboat’s approximate position, and the skipper turned on its solar-powered navigation lights before abandoning it so it could be seen at night by other ships.

The Navy took delivery of USNS JOHN LEWIS on July 27 of last year.

Like others in its class, it transports diesel and jet fuel, lubricating oils, and other crucial supplies, including fresh and frozen food and potable water, to U.S. warships at sea.

“I’m glad we were in the area and were able to help,” Glazier said.

The licensed deck officers aboard USNS JOHN LEWIS are represented by the MM&P Federal Employees Membership Group.
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The project to build a new lock in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., was reauthorized by Congress in the Water Resources Development Act, part of the omnibus bill that was signed into law by President Biden as 2022 came to a close.

The Soo Locks allow vessels to transit the 21-foot elevation change at the St. Marys Falls Canal.

Today, however, the vast majority of tonnage is restricted by vessel size to the Poe Lock.

The new project will construct a second Poe-sized lock on the decommissioned Davis and Sabin locks site.

An authorization from Congress establishes the amount of funding an agency or a program can receive, along with how the money can be spent.

The reauthorization amount established in the omnibus for the Soo Locks project is $3.219 billion.

“With continued funding, the remaining construction work, valued at $794.5 million, could be awarded over the next three years, allowing the project to stay on schedule and be completed in 2030,” Kevin McDaniels, deputy engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Detroit District, told Marine Log.

In more good news for the Great Lakes region, the omnibus also included a $350 million authorization for the addition to the Coast Guard’s fleet of a new heavy icebreaker.

Today the USCG has six icebreakers operating on the Great Lakes, but its fleet has an average age of nearly 40 years.
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Military Sealift Command has announced the official start of Operation Deep Freeze, the annual mission to resupply the Antarctic stations operated by the National Science Foundation.

The program operates from two primary locations: McMurdo Station, Antarctica, and Christchurch, New Zealand.

The ships carrying the supplies—MV OCEAN GIANT and MV OCEAN GLADIATOR—have been loaded with 44 crates, 77 pallets and 180 flat racks holding more than 108,874 individual pieces.

OCEAN GIANT is expected to arrive in the port of Lyttelton, New Zealand, on Jan 9.

OCEAN GLADIATOR is preparing to sail from Port Hueneme.

Both vessels are manned by MM&P licensed deck officers under the Waterman/SEACOR contract.

A major focus of the current mission is the transport of materials for lodging, scientific research and a vehicle equipment and operations center.

The Department of Defense has provided support to the NSF since its creation in the 1950s.

MSC says that each loading operation takes 10 days.
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The National Hurricane Center’s Tropical Analysis and Forecast Branch has begun offering tropical Atlantic marine weather briefings.

The short videos will focus on the biggest wind and wave concerns over the tropical North Atlantic, the Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico during the coming five days.

The briefings will be released twice weekly: every Sunday and Thursday by 2200 UTC.

They can be viewed on NHC/TAFB’s YouTube channel and the NHC/TAFB Twitter feed.

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The maritime authorities have issued advisory 2023-001 on the risk of piracy, armed robbery and kidnapping in the Gulf of Guinea. The advisory states in part:

Piracy, armed robbery, and kidnapping for ransom pose significant threats to U.S.-flag vessels transiting or operating in the Gulf of Guinea, as well as to U.S. mariners aboard vessels or transiting to or from a vessel in the area.

Pirates, armed robbers, and kidnappers continue to operate off Nigeria, Benin, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Sao Tome and Principe, and Togo, targeting a variety of vessels to include tankers, container ships, general cargo vessels, fishing vessels, passenger vessels, and vessels supporting oil drilling/production.

These groups have boarded vessels up to 275 nautical miles from shore, and it is not uncommon for them to fire on vessels during boardings and attempted boardings.

Kidnapping groups seek Western or foreign crew members, in particular captains and chief engineers.

Kidnapped crewmembers are normally taken ashore and held for ransom in the Niger Delta region.

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The National Maritime Center’s Regional Exam Center in St. Louis has reopened for exam and counter services after a temporary closure.

Information regarding the REC’s physical address, hours of operation, and entry requirements can be found on the REC St. Louis website.

Mariner exam services will continue to be provided by appointment only.

Examination appointment requests may be e-mailed to RECSTL@uscg.mil and should include applicant’s name, marine reference number, requested testing date(s), phone number, and a copy of the Approved to Test letter(s).

The NMC Customer Service Center is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday.

You can reach the call center at 1-888-IASKNMC (427-5662) or IASKNMC@uscg.mil.
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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. 16, for the birthday of Rev. 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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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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There are jobs for unlicensed deck and engine personnel at Grand River Navigation.

There are jobs for licensed engineering personnel at Grand River Navigation.

There are jobs for licensed deck officers at Key Lakes.

There are jobs for unlicensed deck personnel and licensed and unlicensed 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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Second Mates and Chief Mates urgently needed in the car carrier fleet. Recently negotiated contract includes a very significant raise! Available at any MM&P Offshore Hall.

Tanker Second Mates needed with and without MSC Classes or Security Clearance.
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Full COVID vaccination is mandatory for everyone attending training on campus at MITAGS East and MITAGS West.

If you are not vaccinated, please contact MITAGS for information about exemptions.

Unvaccinated participants who have received exemptions will be required to wear a face mask while on campus.

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): 01/30/23, 06/05/23
AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

ARPA-OIC– Automated Radar Plotting Aids (4-Day): 02/06/23, 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): Not currently scheduled Online: Not currently scheduled

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling – (Now also included in BRMP-Refresher) (3-Day) : 01/11/23

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

BT – Basic Safety Training (5-Day) : 01/30/23, 05/08/23, 09/11/23

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) –02/20/23, 04/24/23, 06/05/23, 09/26/23, 10/16/23, 11/15/23, 12/19/23

BT-Refresher (3-day) –02/20/23, 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): 01/23/23, 03/20/23, 06/26/23, 07/24/23, 12/18/23

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology (5-Day): 01/16/23, 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): 01/30/23, 04/10/23, 08/07/23, 10/02/23

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM) (5-Day): 01/30/23, 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): 01/16/23, 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): 01/23/23, 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): 01/23/23, 04/10/23, 06/26/23, 10/09/23

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping (5-Day): 01/09/23, 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, 08/14/23, 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): 02/06/23

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): 02/06/23, 04/03/23,

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced (5-Day): 01/30/23, 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: 02/22/23, 06/07/23, 09/27/23, 10/16/23, 11/17/23, 12/21/23

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 02/24/23, 04/27/23, 09/29/23, 11/13/23, 12/16/23

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

Online: Not currently scheduled

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization (2-Day): 01/13/23

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (10-Day): 01/16/23, 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): 01/30/23, 07/10/23, 10/16/23

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes (15-Day): 01/16/23

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): 01/16/23, 04/10/23, 07/10/23, 10/02/23, 12/04/23

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 01/09/23, 03/20/23, 05/22/23, 08/07/23, 11/27/23

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: (5-Day): 01/16/23, 04/10/23, 07/10/23, 09/18/23, 10/02/23

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 12/03/22, 12/10/22, 01/14/23, 01/21/23, 02/19/23, 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): 02/23/23, 05/22/23, 06/08/23, 08/10/23, 09/07/23, 10/26/23

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 02/24/23, 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): 01/09/23, 02/27/23, 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) –02/25/23, 05/13/23, 06/10/23, 08/12/23, 09/09/23, 10/28/23

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) –01/08/23, 02/26/23, 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) –01/13/23, 03/03/23, 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) – 02/06/23, 04/24/23, 09/18/23

PSC-REF – Personal Survival Craft Refresher (2-Day): 02/27/23, 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: 01/23/23, 03/06/23, 06/19/23, 07/31/23, 09/18/23, 11/27/23

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3-Day): 02/27/23, 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) – 02/06/23, 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): 01/30/23, 07/31/23

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 01/09/23, 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) : 02/20/23, 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
January 2023
5-6 Advanced Firefighting Refrehser

7-8 Basic Training Revalidation

7-9 Basic Training Refresher

9th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

9-13 Basic Training (original)

9-27 Terrestrial & Coastal Navigation

17-20 Advanced Firefighting

30-3 Radar Observer Unlimited

February 2023

6-10 Ship Construction & Basic Stability

6-10 Advanced Shiphandling I

13-14 Basic Training Revalidation

13-17 Advanced Shiphandling II

13-24 GMDSS

14-17 Advanced Firefighting

15th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

20-4 Medical Care Provider

20-3 Medical Person-In-Charge

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)

27-29 Search & Rescue

27-29 Security Officer – Vessel, Company & Facility

30 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

20-1 Basic Training Revalidation

20-2 Basic Training Refresher

22 Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

22-6 Basic Training (original)

23rd Radar Renewal

30-1 Security Officer–Vessel, Company & Facility

June 2023

12-13 Basic Training Revalidation

14 Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

19-23 Basic Training (original)

26-30 Tankerman Person-In-Charge
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