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MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly

Volume 29… Number 28, July 11, 2023


In This Issue:

Attention All Mariners:

Job Opportunities:



MM&P Pilots Membership Group Vice President George Quick died this morning at his home in Jarrettsville, Md. He was 93 years old.

“Captain George Quick set an example for all of us and leaves a legacy of achievement that won’t be forgotten,” said MM&P President Don Marcus.

“He was a wonderful person, a friend of seafarers, and a brilliant leader.”

“Within MM&P, the Association of Maryland Pilots, the American Pilots’ Association and the International Maritime Organization, his contributions to the wellbeing of mariners have been unmatched.”

A graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point and the University of Baltimore Law School, Quick became a Maryland pilot after sailing as deck officer on passenger and cargo ships.

He was elected vice president of the MM&P Pilot Membership Group in 1982, after serving as president of the Association of Maryland Pilots, and vice president of the American Pilots’ Association.

An expert on pilotage laws and regulations, he testified in hearings before boards, commissions, and legislative committees nationwide.

He also developed and taught courses at the Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies.

At the International Maritime Organization, the London-based United Nations Organization with the responsibility for the regulation of shipping, he represented the International Maritime Pilots’ Association and later the International Transport Workers’ Federation.

In February 2023, he was recognized by the IMO for five decades of service to the international maritime community.

“Since his first meeting nearly 50 years ago, Captain Quick has substantially contributed to the drafting and amendment of many IMO instruments, resolutions, and other standards that have contributed directly to the safe and environmentally responsible operation of world shipping and the welfare of seafarers around the globe,” said IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim.

“While his contributions to the work of this Organization have been substantive and substantial and cannot be overstated, his personal impacts on countless delegates, both past and present, represent his real legacy.”

“He has been a mentor and role model to so many women and men who will continue to carry forward the important work of the Organization.”

“Captain Quick has made the Organization better and more effective, and he has helped to ensure its future is in good hands.”

Information on a celebration of Captain Quick’s life will follow as it becomes available.
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Transport unions around the world are pledging their support for longshore workers in British Columbia who went out on strike on July 1.

“The International Transport Workers’ Federation and our almost 20 million workers, members of transport unions from across the globe, 100 percent support the action being taken by ILWU Canada’s rank-and-file dockers,” said ITF President and Dockers’ Section Chair Paddy Crumlin.

“ILWU members in Canada worked around the clock throughout the pandemic when the rest of the country was asked to stay at home for their safety,” he said.

“They endured increased risk of infection and death from Covid long before there were vaccines.”

“They kept and continue to keep Canada moving. They sacrificed. And now they’re sacrificing again—by taking indefinite strike action to stand up for fairness in the face of unprecedented greed.”

Crumlin said swelling corporate profits in shipping, particularly since the onset of the pandemic, must be redistributed and shared with longshore and other maritime workers who do the heavy lifting that generates companies’ unprecedented profits.

He called on British Columbia employers “to get serious about resolving the dispute” that led 7,400 members of the ILWU Canada to go on strike.

Niek Stam, a leader of the Dutch dockers’ union FNV Havens, led an ITF delegation to Vancouver over the weekend to demonstrate support.

“The Canadian and international trade union movements, including dockers’ unions around the globe, have pledged their solidarity with ILWU Canada,” he said.

“We will be joining picket lines across the West Coast and stand ready to escalate action if required.”

In the U.S., ILWU President Willie Adams said in a statement to CNBC on Saturday that longshore workers in Seattle and other West Coast ports, “will not be unloading Canadian-bound cargo in solidarity with our Brothers and Sisters in ILWU Canada.”

The strike, which affects 33 ports and terminals in Canada, came shortly after a tentative agreement was signed by the ILWU in the U.S. and the Pacific Maritime Association.

MM&P is one of the nearly 700 transport unions in 147 countries that belong to the ITF.
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The new issue of Global Seafarer, the quarterly publication of the Nautilus Federation, has been posted on bridgedeck.org under News and Announcements.

In this issue of Global Seafarer:

— almost 800,000 seafarers will need to be “reskilled” by 2050 as the industry transitions to low and zero carbon fuels;

— the Maritime Just Transition Task Force has developed a 10-Point Plan that calls for strict rules on handling dangerous fuels like ammonia, as well as standardized training provided at no cost to current seafarers;

— International Maritime Organization salutes MM&P Vice President George Quick;

— crew of Staten Island Ferry SANDY GROUND recognized for fire evacuation;

MM&P is one of the 22 maritime unions that belong to the Nautilus Federation.
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A Chinese ship carried out an aggressive blocking maneuver in a disputed region of the South China Sea on June 30, coming within 100 yards of the Philippine Coast Guard vessels MALABRIGO and MALAPASCUA.

The incident took place in an area that an international court has ruled is under Philippine sovereignty.

According to a spokesperson for the Philippine Coast Guard, the “aggressive actions” by the Chinese ship took place near Second Thomas Shoal, also known as Ayungin Shoal, where the Philippines maintains a base on a World War II-era naval ship.

The Philippine vessels were escorting a resupply mission to the shoal.

The spokesperson said the two vessels were followed, harassed on the radio, and obstructed by the much larger Chinese ship.

He said the unsafe maneuvers “blatantly disregard the Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea….”

The Philippine Coast Guard vessels were ultimately able to complete their mission and return to their normal areas of operation.

This was the latest in a series of encounters between the two countries in the region in recent months.

A similar incident took place in April, when the MALAPASCUA attempted to approach the shoal with a group of reporters on board who filmed the events.

In February, the Philippines accused China of using military-grade lasers to interfere with another resupply mission.
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A fire aboard a roll-on/roll-off containership in the Port of Newark was officially declared extinguished on Tuesday.

“While this is a huge milestone and something that we can celebrate, we must not lose sight of the fact that this is merely the first step of a long process, as we now need to consider the salvage and transfer of the vessel, a process that can be hazardous and complex,” said USCG Captain Zeita Merchant, the federal on-scene coordinator, during a press conference that was reported on by CBS.

“Additionally, and more importantly,” she added, “we are transitioning to a phase of determining the cause of the fire and related fatalities.”

The GRANDE COSTA D’AVORIO, which sails under the flag of Italy, caught fire on the morning of July 5 as longshore workers and members of the crew were loading cars.

Two firefighters died while fighting the blaze and six others were injured. No injuries were reported among members of the crew.

The vessel, which generally operates between the United States and West Africa, was carrying more than 1,200 new and used vehicles and 157 containers, according to a spokesperson for The Grimaldi Group, which owns the ship.

The spokesperson said that the fire, which burned for five days, had started on the 10th deck.
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A graduate student in shipping law at the University of Cape Town has reached out to the International Federation of Shipmasters’ Associations to request that it ask its affiliates to ask their members who are captains of merchant vessels to respond to a confidential survey.

He describes his research as follows.

“The study is investigating whether the practical application of the legal framework regulating onboard safety is working in the real world to help captains keep their ships and crews safe.”

The survey seeks to answer questions such as:

— What challenges do you face in keeping your ship and your crew safe?

— Does the legal framework that regulates the safety of shipboard operations (SOLAS, ISM, STCW, MLC, etc.) work in practice in the shipboard environment?

— Are the regulations working to keep ships and crews safe, or are problems with how regulations are applied onboard actually making it harder for captains to manage shipboard safety?

If you are interested in participating, or just to find out more, please go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ShipMasterStudy

The International Federation of Shipmasters’ Associations is the professional organization that represents the world’s serving shipmasters at international forums that include the International Maritime Organization and the International Labor Organization.
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Union Plus celebrates hardworking union families this Labor Day with a new contest and sweepstakes: Unions Power America—Dream Big.

Current and retired union members in good standing with a union that is affiliated with the AFL-CIO are eligible to win.

The deadline to enter is July 26.

The contest will shine a spotlight on union members who power their workplaces, homes, and communities—and will give away nearly a quarter of a million dollars in cash prizes.

To enter, record yourself sharing a story about what you do—or another union member you admire does—to make a difference: at work, at home, or in the community.

Then tell us the big dream that you (or they) have.

Short videos are the best! Look right into the camera, tell your story, and smile.

Winners will be announced on Labor Day: Monday, Sept. 4.

Visit the website to enter the contest and sweepstakes.
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The MM&P Tampa Hall will be operating on reduced hours, from 1030-1130 daily, until HVAC repairs are made.

Please call Gulf VP Jeremy Hope with any concerns.
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The MM&P United Inland Group has jobs available with Grand River Navigation, Weeks Marine, Cetacean Marine, and Key Lakes.

At Grand River Navigation on the Great Lakes, there are:

— licensed deck jobs for those with Great Lakes pilotage;

— jobs for open water mates with a Towing Officer Assessment Record (TOAR);

— licensed engineering jobs.

At Cetacean Marine, there are licensed and unlicensed engineering jobs.

At Weeks Marine, there are licensed and unlicensed engineering jobs aboard their growing fleet of dredges.

Cross-shipping rights for Offshore applicants/members are available for licensed personnel, with sea time and points counting towards upgrading Offshore membership.

Key Lakes is looking for a mate with Great Lakes pilotage and an open-water mate.

The regular relief is for 30 days but could be modified if mutually agreed on.

These are long-term, permanent jobs.

For more information, go to the Jobs page on bridgedeck.org.

If you are interested, please contact UIG Vice President Tom Bell at tbell@bridgedeck.org or 216-776-1667 with any questions.
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Two third mates needed in the tanker fleet. TPIC not required.
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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): Not currently scheduled
AIS-1 – Automatic Identification Systems Orientation (1 Day): Not currently scheduled

ARPA-OIC– Automated Radar Plotting Aids (4 Day): 11/13/23

AZIPOD (2 Day): Not currently scheduled

BRM – Bridge Resource Management (5 Day): 07/24/23, 10/09/23

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): 09/10/23 (Sunday-Thursday)

BT-Revalidation (2 day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years): 09/26/23, 10/16/23, 11/13/23, 12/19/23

BT-Refresher (3 day): 09/26/23, 12/18/23

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

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability (5 Day): 07/24/23, 10/09/23, 12/18/23

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology (5 Day): 07/31/23, 12/11/23

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

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations (5 Day): 11/27/23

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific (5 Day): 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): 08/07/23, 12/11/23

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM) (5 Day): 08/14/23, 11/13/23

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants (5 Day): 10/02/23
(DCS-1 available on request – contact Admissions)

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

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1) (5 Day): 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): 08/21/23, 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): 12/18/23

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping (5 Day): 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) – 08/05/23, 12/02/23

CIW-DPA/IA – Continual Improvement Workshop: Designated Person Ashore & Internal Auditor (3 Day) ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program **Online: 07/12/23

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

CNAV-OIC– Celestial Navigation (15 Day): Not currently scheduled

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): 11/27/23

ADV-FF – Advanced Fire-Fighting (4 day): Not currently scheduled

FF-BADV – Fire-Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced (5 Day): 09/10/2023 (Sunday-Thursday)

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 09/27/23, 10/18/23, 11/15/23, 12/21/23

FF-ADV-REF (2 day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 09/29/23, 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): Not currently scheduled

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 09/11/23, 11/16/23

LAP – License Advancement Program for Mate to Master (20 Day): 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): Not currently scheduled

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

LNG-BADV – Basic and Advanced IGF Code Operations (3 Day): *08/02/23, 09/06/23, 09/25/23, 10/16/23, 11/13/23

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC) (1 Day): Not currently scheduled

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

MED-PIC – Medical Person-in-Charge (10 Day): 08/21/23, 10/02/23, 12/04/23

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

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: (5 Day): 08/21/23, 09/18/23, 10/02/23

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1 Day): 08/26/23, 09/24/23, 10/07/23, 10/15/23, 11/16/23, 12/09/23

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

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

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

MSC-ENVPRO (1 Day): 08/12/23, 09/09/23, 10/28/23

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

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

MSC-Security Watch Basic (1 Day/ 8 hour): 08/12/23, 09/09/23, 10/28/23

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1 Day): 08/13/23, 09/10/23, 10/29/23

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3 Day): 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-MM&P – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P (2 Day): *07/31/23, *08/02/23, 11/06/23*, 11/08/23*

PSC – Personal Survival Craft (Lifeboatman) (5 Day): 09/18/23

PSC-REF – Personal Survival Craft Refresher (2 Day): 09/21/23

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: 11/16/23

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3 Day): 10/23/23

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: Not Currently Scheduled

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day): 08/28/23, 10/16/23, 11/13/23, 12/18/23

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

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (15 Day): Not currently scheduled

TPIC – Tankerman Person-in-Charge: 09/11/23, 11/13/23

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): 12/04/23

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): Not Currently Scheduled
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You can enroll online at www.mitags.org or contact our Admissions Department 866.656.5568 or admissions@mitags.org

July 2023
31-4 Radar Observer Unlimited
31-4 Basic Training
31-4 Advanced Shiphandling I

August 2023

7-10 ARPA
7-11 Advanced Shiphandling II
14-18 Advanced Stability
14-18 Basic Shiphandling
21-25 Basic Meteorology
28-31 Advanced Firefighting
28-1 Leadership & Managerial Skills

September 2023

5-6 Basic Training Revalidation
5-7 Security Officer – Vessel, Company & Facility
7th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
11-15 Medical Care Provider
11-22 Medical Person-In-Charge
18-29 GMDSS

October 2023

2-3 Basic Training Revalidation
4th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
9-12 Advanced Firefighting
9-13 Tankerman Person-In-Charge
16-20 Ship Construction & Basic Stability
23-27 Basic Cargo Handling & Stowage
30-1 Security Officer – Vessel, Company & Facility
30-3 Basic Training
30-10 Watchkeeping (Operational Level)
31-3 ARPA

November 2023

6-7 Basic Training Revalidation
6-10 Medical Care Provider
6-10 Leadership & Managerial Skills
13-15 Search & Rescue
16th Leadership & Teamworking Skills
17th Flashing Light Assessment
27-30 Advanced Firefighting
27-15 Celestial Navigation

December 2023

7-8 Advanced Firefighting Refresher
9-10 Basic Training Revalidation
9-11 Basic Training Refresher
11th Radar Renewal
11th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
11-15 Basic Training
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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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