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MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly

The Masters, Mates & Pilots
Wheelhouse Weekly
Bridging the Information Gap
With E-News You Can Use
Volume 28… Number 24… June 14, 2022

AFL-CIO Convention:
— Liz Shuler Elected to Four-Year Term as President, Vows To Lead Nationwide Organizing Drive; Fred Redmond Elected Secretary-Treasurer

Also in This Issue:
— CNO Pilot Responds to Ferry Boat Fire, Then Detours To Assist Crew of Loaded Coal Ship
— In Defense Bill Markup, House Subcommittee Proposes Building 10 New Sealift Ships
— TTD Says Proposed Change to Federal Drug Testing Rules Could Cost Workers’ Their Jobs

— Choose Union-Made Tools for a Father’s Day Gift
— MM&P Gulf Ports and MM&P Headquarters Closed on June 20

Job Opportunities:
— Job Openings on the Great Lakes
— Offshore Jobs Available!
— Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Seeks Marine Operations Manager

— Covid-19 Vaccination Required for All MITAGS Students; MITAGS Requires Negative Test for Unvaccinated Students Who Have Received Exemptions
— MITAGS East Academic Notes
— MITAGS West Academic Notes


Delegates representing AFL-CIO affiliates, labor councils and constituent groups have elected Liz Shuler to lead America’s labor movement.

The vote, which took place on the first day of the federation’s 29th Constitutional Convention, made Shuler the first woman ever elected to serve as president of the AFL-CIO.

The federation’s Executive Council had appointed her last August to complete the four-year term of Richard Trumka, who died in office.

In her acceptance speech, Shuler announced a plan to launch a massive organizing drive aimed at growing America’s labor movement by a million people over the course of the next decade.

The campaign will be headed by a new, high-tech mobilization and research unit, the Center for Transformational Organizing, which will “accelerate and convert the energy of this moment to take our movement into the next century,” Shuler said.

“By concentrating resources and coordinating to achieve the biggest wins, it will use the power of the entire U.S. labor movement.”

AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Fred Redmond was unanimously elected as the highest ranking African American officer in the history of the American labor movement.

In his acceptance speech, he quoted Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who said: “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”

“I know it’s true because I see all of us, as a movement, working to bend it,” Redmond added.

“Let’s keep bending that arc toward justice.”

A moving tribute to Richard Trumka took place on the first day of the convention in the presence of his wife and son.

“I wish Rich Trumka were here,” Shuler said. “But we can feel his impact everywhere.”

Her words held particular significance for MM&P, which was participating in the convention as a direct affiliate of the AFL-CIO for the first time since before its affiliation with the International Longshoremen’s Association in 1970.

Trumka recognized MM&P’s original AFL and then AFL-CIO charter several months before he died.

The AFL-CIO issued MM&P a new charter on Sept. 15, 2021.

It is signed by Shuler, Redmond and AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre.

“…[T]he AFL-CIO does hereby bind itself to support International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots in the exercise of all its rights, privileges and autonomy as an affiliate union of the AFL-CIO,” the charter states in part.

Click here to watch “This Is Our Moment,” the convention’s opening video.


CNO Pilot Roger Warren was in the pilots’ office at Norfolk Naval Station on the morning of June 7 when he was informed that the ferry boat SPIRIT OF NORFOLK was on fire.

“The Navy was not sending tugs at this point,” Warren said, but about 15 minutes later, several sailors knocked on the door and requested a pilot.

“I grabbed my radio and boarded the Z ONE,” Warren said, “and we proceeded to go out to the SPIRIT OF NORFOLK.”

The captain of the fire-fighting tug had arranged to put Warren on the burning ferry boat.

But before Warren could board, he was informed that the crew of the MV SPAR LYRA had sent out a distress call: the loaded coal ship had lost all means of propulsion, and the crew was afraid to lose control.

“The SPIRIT OF NORFOLK was being assisted by several other tugs, so the Z ONE and the FORT BRAGG went to assist the SPAR LYRA,” Warren said.

“From the deck of the tug, I directed the Z ONE and the FORT BRAGG to help keep the SPAR LYRA from running into piers 6 and 7 at the naval station.”

“The SPAR LYRA got extremely close to buoy 9. Buoy 9 rolled down the starboard side of the ship. We (meaning myself and the tugs) got the ship pointed back into the channel and slowed down.”

“At this time, I was able to board the SPAR LYRA and get to the bridge. I was informed by the captain of the FORT BRAGG that buoy 9 was stuck to the transom of the ship.”

“I got lines from the tugs on the ship and conferred with the pilot on board, as well as the master of the SPAR LYRA, who gave me the con.”

“As they were worried about the buoy being attached to the ship, I used the tugs to direct the ship to anchorage to prevent any damage to the ship’s rudder and propeller,” Warren said.

“With the FORT BRAGG with a line in the center lead forward and the Z ONE in a line on the starboard bow, the KAREN MORAN joined and put up a line on the starboard quarter and we took the ship to G-4 anchorage and anchored it,” Warren said.

“When the master and pilot on board were satisfied that the anchor was set and the ship was safe, I had the tugs take in their lines and we departed.”

“Kudos to you, Captain Roger, for your heroic efforts,” said MM&P Government Fleet Representative Randi Ciszewski.

“You went above and beyond the call of duty and your actions saved Navy’s day!”

“CNO Pilots make the leap of faith every day in support of Navy and our great nation,” she said.

“Their global contributions are recognized at the highest echelons of our government, which is why MM&P is one of the few, if not the only Union, that retains recognition with the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO).”


The House Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces has completed its mark-up of the FY 2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

Along with full funding for the Maritime Security Program and the Tanker Security Program, the subcommittee proposed that up to 10 sealift vessels be built in U.S. shipyards for use in the National Defense Reserve Fleet.

The NDAA establishes defense priorities and sets guidelines for military spending on an annual basis.

The other House Armed Services subcommittees are now in the process of completing their own mark-ups of the bill.

The provisions passed by the individual subcommittees will be combined into a single piece of legislation that the full committee plans to mark up on June 22.

Under the provisions of the Seapower Subcommittee’s mark-up, the Maritime Administration would head up design and construction of the 10 new sealift ships, just as it did in the National Security Multi-Mission Vessel program for the construction of the new maritime academy ships.

“[A] domestic newbuild plan is… an unparalleled opportunity to boost our domestic shipbuilding industry and supply chain—and, with it, good American jobs,” said Seapower Subcommittee Chair Joe Courtney (D-Conn.).


A proposed change to pre-employment drug testing rules that would designate a missed drug test as a positive test result could lead to thousands of workers being mistakenly classified as drug users, according to the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department.

The Department of Health and Human Services has proposed the new rule, which would apply to the millions of American workers in safety-sensitive positions who are required to undergo drug testing.

TTD submitted public comments on the proposals on June 6.

Under the proposed rule, a person who fails to show up for a pre-employment test is classified as having refused to take the test, which, in turn, would be recorded as a positive drug test result.

“It is not uncommon for individuals in the transportation industry to accept a different job or assignment after the scheduling of their pre-employment drug test,” TTD said.

“Employees should not be required to report for a test or penalized for failing to do so when they decide not to pursue or have declined the job for which the test is required.”

Mariners and flight attendants, TTD noted, would be among those most seriously affected by the proposed rules, because they may interview with several employers in a short period of time and receive many job offers before accepting one.

TTD said a number of issues in the proposal “raise legal, procedural, and substantive concerns” and should be withdrawn.

The Department of Transportation is required to establish its own drug and alcohol testing standards by adopting HHS scientific and technical guidelines and then promulgating regulations applicable to the transportation workforce.

In adopting HHS guidelines, DOT does not have the authority to modify the underlying scientific and technical standards.

“While we urge HHS to withdraw the problematic provisions in these proposed guidelines,” TTD stated in its comments, “if HHS moves forward to adopt the guidelines as proposed, DOT should not adopt such provisions that are unnecessary and contrary to the needs of the transportation workforce.”

Ironically, HHS has also proposed eliminating the public-comment period on its new rules, which would prevent unions and others from weighing in.

“Providing an opportunity for public comment on all changes to drug testing panels is the bare minimum requirement to ensure that workers are adequately informed of proposed changes and have an opportunity to make their voices heard,” TTD said.

MM&P is one of the 37 unions representing millions of transportation workers nationwide who belong to the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department.


With warm weather here, many of us, including dads, will be outside repairing, and improving our homes, cars, boats, you name it.

Why not buy the dad in your life some brand new tools from companies that treat their workers fairly and give them a voice on the job?

Choose from the list of union-made tools below and vote with your wallet this Father’s Day!

Armstrong (IBEW, UAW)

Black & Decker (UAW)

Channellock (IBEW, UAW)

Craftsman (IBEW, IBT)

Eklind Tool Co. (IBEW)

Hardcore Hammers (IBEW)

Klein Tools (IBEW)

Loggerhead Tools (IBEW)

Moody Tools (IBEW)

Park Tools (IBEW)

Rigid (IBT)

S-K Handtool (IBEW)

SnapOn Tools (IBEW, UAW)

Stanley Hand Tools (IBEW)

Stilleto Tool Co. (IBEW, UAW)

Wilde Tool (IBEW)

Wright Tool (IBEW)

Buying union-made tools is a great way to say “Happy Father’s Day” and support good jobs at the same time.


MM&P Gulf Ports, MM&P headquarters and the MM&P Federal Credit Union will be closed on Monday, June 20 for Juneteenth.

MM&P Atlantic Ports, Pacific Ports and the MM&P Plan Office will be open.


There are jobs for licensed and unlicensed personnel at Grand River Navigation and jobs for licensed officers at Key Lakes. 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.


MARAD 3M ROS jobs available, no training required. Start is immediate. Inquire at any Offshore hiring hall.

Fully MSC trained LDO’s, all levels, needed for the Watson Class fleet. Jobs available today!

Urgent need for tanker Second Mates: One 2M for SLNC PAX. Tankerman PIC or ASSIST, MSC Courses required. One 2M needed for Haina Patriot, no MSC courses required. Jobs open nationwide and for early return from vacation.

Tanker Chief Mates needed with and without MSC Classes or Security Clearance.

If you are interested, please contact Jeremy Hope, VP Gulf Ports and Gov’t Contracts, at jhope@bridgedeck.org.

Chesapeake Crewing has opportunities available for First Assistant Engineers. If you are interested, please contact Tom Larkin, VP Atlantic Ports, at TLarkin@bridgedeck.org.

Any Member or Applicant who already has a valid security clearance and is interested in taking the MSC courses required for Patriot Watson Class and Chesapeake Crewing vessels but does not have training eligibility to take the courses, please email Jeremy Hope, VP of Gulf Ports and Gov’t Contracts, at jhope@bridgedeck.org with the words “MSC Training” in the subject line.


The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University is seeking a marine operations manager to be responsible for the personnel and the operation, maintenance, and safety of Columbia University’s research vessel, the RV MARCUS G. LANGSETH.

Qualifications for the position are posted at https://academic.careers.columbia.edu/#/80810

The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory seeks fundamental knowledge of the origin, evolution, and future of the natural world.

LDEO scientists study the planet from its deepest interior to the outer reaches of the atmosphere, on every continent and in every ocean, providing a rational basis for the difficult choices facing humanity.

The LDEO is the scientific research heart of the Columbia Climate School, which was founded in 2020 to develop and inspire knowledge-based solutions and educate future leaders for just and prosperous societies on a healthy planet.

The contact for the marine operations manager position is Sean Higgins, sean@ldeo.columbia.edu or 845-365-8528.


Full COVID vaccination is mandatory for everyone attending training on campus at MITAGS East and MITAGS West.

In addition, for unvaccinated participants who have received exemptions only, MITAGS requires a negative test within 72 hours of attendance and masks must be worn.

Contact MITAGS for information about exemptions.

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

We appreciate your cooperation during these very trying times.


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) – 8/15/22

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

ARPA-OIC (4-Day) – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 9/27/22, 11/1/22

AZIPOD (2-Day) –9/12/22

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

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 9/20/22, 11/14/22
Online: Not currently scheduled

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling – (Now also included in BRMP-Refresher) (3-Day): 9/14/22

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

BT – Basic Safety Training (5-Day): 9/12/22

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) –9/26/22, 10/17/22, 11/14/22, 12/19/22

BT-Refresher (3-day) –9/26/22, 11/14/22, 12/19/22

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic (5-Day): 9/12/22

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability (5-Day): 6/27/22, 8/15/22, 10/24/22, 12/19/22

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology (5-Day): 6/20/22, 8/22/22, 10/17/22, 12/12/22

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 10/31/22

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1 (5-Day): 7/11/22, 12/5/22

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific (5-Day): 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): 8/1/22, 10/10/22

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM) (5-Day): 8/8/22, 11/14/22

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants (5-Day): 9/19/22
(DCS-1 available on request – contact Admissions)

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: Not Currently Scheduled

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (5-Day): 9/26/22

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1) (5-Day): 7/25/22, 8/8/22, 9/19/22, 10/3/22, 10/17/22, 11/7/22, 12/5/22

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2) (5-Day): 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): 10/3/22

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping (5-Day): Fall date coming soon!

WX-HW-ATL – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Atlantic Ocean (2-day)

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) -07/31/2022

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: 8/15/22, 10/31/22

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior (1-Day) – 08/27/2022

CDMGT – Crowd Management (1-Day) – Not Currently Scheduled

CSE – Confined Space Entry (3-Day): 08/16/2022

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) – 11/16/22

ERM – Engine Resource Management (5-Day): 8/1/22, 11/28/22

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

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced (5-Day): 9/12/22

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 6/7/22, 9/28/22, 10/19/22, 11/16/22, 12/21/22

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 9/29/22, 11/17/22, 12/17/22

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications (1-Day): 9/20/22
Online: Not currently scheduled

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization (2-Day): Not Currently Scheduled

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (10-Day): 8/15/22

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 9/12/22, 12/12/22
–New Session 06/20/2022 – Evening Session 1600 – 2200 —

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

LAP – License Advancement Program for Mate to Master (20-Day): 7/11/22, 10/17/22

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): 9/21/22, 11/14/22

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

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC) (1-Day): 9/26/22

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): 7/25/22, 12/5/22

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 7/11/22*, 10/3/22, 12/5/22

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 8/1/22, 11/28/22

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 7/11/22*, 09/19/2022, 10/3/22

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 7/16/22, 08/06/22, 9/26/22, 10/8/22, 10/17/22, 11/17/22, 12/10/2022, 12/23/22

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic) (1-Day): 6/21/22, 8/4/22, 9/14/22, 11/5/22

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 6/20/22, 8/5/22, 9/16/22, 11/4/22

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) –11/3/22

MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day) –9/12/22

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 6/13/22, 7/18/22, 8/8/22, 9/19/22, 11/7/22

MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day/ 8-hour) –8/6/22, 9/17/22, 11/4/22

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) –7/17/22, 8/7/22, 9/18/22, 11/6/22

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) –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) –6/27/22*, 6/29/22*, 7/18/22, 8/29/22*, 8/31/22, 10/05/2022, 12/19/2022, 12/21/2022

PSC – Personal Survival Craft (5-Day) – Contact Admissions

PSC-REF – Personal Survival Craft Refresher (2-Day) – 10/3/22

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): 9/20/22, 9/28/22

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 8/29/22

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3-Day): 9/7/22

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 9/12/22, 12/5/22

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day) – 6/20/22*, 8/22/22, 11/28/22

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 8/8/22

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (15-Day): 7/18/22

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 7/18/22

TRAC-TUG-2 (2-Day): 11/16/22

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): 6/22/22, 9/7/22

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) (10-Day): 10/17/22

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 9/19/22


2022 Spring/Summer/Fall

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

June 2022

23rd Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
24-25 Basic Training Revalidation

July 2022

5-8 Advanced Firefighting
11-15 Advanced Stability
11-29 Terrestrial & Coastal Navigation
18-22 Advanced Meteorology
25-29 Advanced Shiphandling I

August 2022

1-5 Radar Observer Unlimited
1-5 Medical Care Provider
1-5 Advanced Shiphandling II
8-12 Ship Construction & Basic Stability
15-19 Basic Cargo Handling & Stowage
22-26 Radar Observer Unlimited
29-2 Basic Meteorology

September 2022

6-8 Security Officer – Vessel, Company & Facility
9th Flashing Light
12-23 Watchkeeping (Operational Level)
26-30 Basic Shiphandling

October 2022

10-14 Advanced Stability
10-28 Celestial Navigation
17-21 Advanced Shiphandling I
24-28 Advanced Shiphandling II
31-4 Advanced Meteorology

November 2022

1-4 ARPA
7-10 Advanced Firefighting
7-11 Leadership & Managerial Skills
14-16 Search & Rescue
17th Leadership & Teamworking Skills
28-9 GMDSS

December 2022

12-16 Tankerman Person-In-Charge

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©2022. Articles can be reprinted without prior permission if credit is given to The MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly. For subscriptions, address changes or messages to the editor or to MM&P headquarters, e-mail communications@bridgedeck.org. Back issues of The Weekly are posted on www.bridgedeck.org.