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MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly

Volume 29… Number 23, June 6, 2023


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Attention All Mariners:

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U.S. Fleet Forces Command has proposed dozens of changes to improve the quality of life of those who serve aboard naval vessels.

The Navy announced the proposals after completing its investigation into three suicides that took place in the space of a week aboard the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON while it was in shipyard.

The investigation concluded that most crewmember suicides occur while vessels are in the yard.

USS GEORGE WASHINGTON was redelivered to Naval Station Norfolk on May 25. It had been in the shipyard since August 2017.

Naval Air Forces Commander Vice Adm. Kenneth Whitesell issued the following recommendations in an endorsement that accompanied the report:

— first-term sailors should be assigned to no more than two years of service aboard carriers in shipyard;

— more food distribution points should be established in yard and Basic Allowance for Subsistence payments should be available to all on board;

— the Navy should end ship or barge housing during a yard period, except for the duty section, and ensure that offsite housing for all is possible;

— more counselors should be made available;

— the Navy should negotiate closer-in parking for crewmembers to reduce two-hour commutes.

The findings of the investigation accompany a new memo from Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro and CNO Adm. Mike Gilday, which enumerates basic new rights for enlisted sailors. These include:

— a deliberate strategy for strengthening their mental and physical health;

— the opportunity to go to sea;

— the opportunity to live off the ship while in an industrial environment;

— access to convenient, affordable, and nutritious food, particularly while in shipyard;

— convenient access to free, high-speed WiFi in unaccompanied housing and Morale, Welfare and Recreation centers; and

— if unable to perform their duties, access to full and direct support.

“Our management partners have proposed dozens of changes that would improve sailors’ quality of life,” said MM&P Government Fleet Representative Randi Ciszewski.

“These basic benchmarks should be the same for all workers, sailors included.”

“Nobody should be forced to live aboard a ship in an industrial environment during her yard period.”

“Restaurants near ships, basic allowance for subsistence, a deliberate strategy for strengthening workers’ mental and physical health and ensuring the availability of counselors are basic human elements and ensure safe, healthy habitability onboard ships.”

“Sailors and CIVMARS prevail in the face of adversity every day.”

“All managers, to include military leaders, must advocate for their workers’ mental health and wellbeing.”

“They are charged to treat our enemies with dignity, and we cannot do any less for our own red, white, and blue sailors and merchant mariners.”

Note: At MM&P, we realize that the conditions in shipyards and at sea can be suboptimal, and some of the conditions that led to the events on the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON are not rare.

MM&P leadership and the MM&P Mental Health Resources Committee are dedicated to ensuring mariners on MM&P-contracted ships can access the resources necessary to support themselves and their shipmates.

There is confidential support available through MM&P’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP): toll free 877-234-5151 or 888-732-9020 en español.

If you have concerns, please reach out to Miriam and the MM&P Mental Health Resources Committee: manthony@bridgedeck.org.

Anyone experiencing a mental health emergency can call the National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 988.

Veterans and members of the military can select Option 1 to speak with a VA staffer.

Veterans, troops, or their family members can also text 838255 or visit VeteransCrisisLine.net for assistance.
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The Navy released video on Sunday showing a Chinese ship cutting across the path of the USS CHUNG-HOON while it was transiting the Taiwan Strait with the Canadian frigate MONTREAL.

The Chinese ship came within 150 yards of the Arleigh-Burke class destroyer, which did not change course.

The White House said Monday that this and other encounters between U.S. and Chinese forces in the Taiwan Strait and South China Sea reflect a heightened aggressiveness that raises new risks.

On May 26, a Chinese fighter jet carried out what the United States called an “unnecessarily aggressive” maneuver near an American military plane in international airspace over the South China Sea.

“Sadly, this is just part of, again, a growing aggressiveness by the PRC [People’s Republic of China] that we’re dealing with, and we’re prepared to address it,” White House spokesperson John Kirby told reporters.

“It won’t be long before somebody gets hurt.”

“It wouldn’t take much for an error in judgment or a mistake to get made.”

Kirby said the United States would continue to stand up for the freedom of navigation in the air and sea.
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American President Lines has flagged the APL EAGLE into its fleet to replace the APL GULF EXPRESS in the Maritime Security Program.

The EAGLE meets new emission requirements and is 14 years younger than the GULF EXPRESS.

All MM&P members who served on the GULF EXPRESS have been assigned to the APL EAGLE.

The new vessel, which was flagged-in at Jebel Ali, previously sailed in the CMA CGM international fleet as the CNC MERCURY.
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Military Sealift Command Captain Roshenda Josephs, a member of MM&P, has been appointed by the U.S. Department of Transportation as one of the inaugural members of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Advisory Council.

A report issued by the National Academy of Public Administration in 2021 recommended chartering the council to advise the U.S. Secretary of Transportation on issues related to improving the academy.

The council will advise on: steps to ensure the curriculum is keeping pace with technological advances; infrastructure and facilities management; sexual assault and sexual harassment prevention and response; and diversity, equity, and inclusion.

“For the past two years, we have been working to address urgent challenges at the USMMA, and to provide its cadets with the resources and support they need and deserve,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg in a statement.

“We are grateful to members of the Advisory Council for stepping up at this consequential moment and helping guide our continuing efforts to strengthen the academy and ensure the safety and success of its students.”

“The members of the USMMA Advisory Council are lending their expertise to help us consider how to position the academy for success for the next eight decades,” said Maritime Administrator Ann C. Phillips.

“We look forward to working closely with them and to receiving the benefit of their insights and recommendations.”

Appointees to the council are drawn from the maritime industry and maritime labor, academia, the senior ranks of the U.S. military, the Coast Guard, MSC, the Naval War College, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command.

The newly appointed members will each serve two-year terms.

A separate measure, codified by Congress in the 2022 NDAA, requires the Maritime Administrator to establish a USMMA Student Advisory Board composed of midshipmen, including no fewer than three cadets from each class, to “identify health and wellbeing, diversity, and sexual assault and harassment challenges and other topics considered important” to midshipmen at USMMA, off campus and while aboard ships during Sea Year.
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Filipino merchant mariners will serve on Canadian-flagged vessels under an agreement between Canada and the Philippines that was signed on March 29.

The agreement responds to “the urgent necessity of sourcing qualified sailors to take on numerous roles, both on ships and ashore, to bolster marine operations,” said a spokesperson for Transport Canada in a statement to the press.

Under the terms of the agreement, qualified Filipino mariners will be able to work on Canadian-flagged vessels without first getting permanent residency status.

They will need only a work visa and their Filipino certificate of competency.

“We’ve been seeking assistance from Transport Canada to facilitate the immigration of more foreign workers to man our vessels, including officers and regular sailors, as we face a severe personnel deficit in Canada’s maritime industry,” said Bruce Burrows, president and chief executive officer of Canada’s Chamber of Marine Commerce, which primarily represents shipping companies on the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence Seaway.

He said he expected the first Filipino mariners to start sailing on Canadian ships this year.

Canada already has similar agreements with Australia, France, Norway, Ukraine, Georgia, and the United Kingdom.

A spokesperson for Canada’s Coast Guard said the agency is also considering employing seafarers from the Philippines and other countries.

“We are exploring considerations around security clearances, work visas and Transport Canada requirements that CCG will have to fulfil to obtain the STCW certification endorsement for each candidate,” Fisheries and Oceans spokesperson Craig Macartney was quoted as saying by Paul Withers of Canada’s broadcasting company, CBC.
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A court in Australia has fined ship operator AAL Dampier Navigation and the captain of a Cyprus-flagged heavy lift cargo ship for regulatory violations that caused an accident in which a pilot was seriously injured.

The pilot fell about seven meters onto the deck of the pilot boat when the ropes snapped as he disembarked the AAL DAMPIER in the Port of Fremantle in August 2022.

The crew of the pilot boat rushed him to a hospital, where he was treated for serious injuries.

An investigation conducted by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority found the ropes were defective and the ladder had not been properly maintained.

“The shocking condition of the ropes was likely due to inappropriate storage and ineffective inspection maintenance procedures,” AMSA said.

AAL Dampier Navigation pleaded guilty to violating the regulations that require ship operators to ensure the safety of pilot transfer arrangements.

The master of the vessel pleaded guilty to taking an unseaworthy vessel to sea and failing to ensure that disembarkation was carried out in accordance with the regulations.

The company was fined $30,500. The master was fined $5,500.

“Marine pilots have a critical and high-risk job, even in the best of conditions, and it is imperative that vessels meet safety standards to prevent serious injury,” said AMSA Executive Director of Operations Michael Drake.
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There will be a membership meeting in the Honolulu Hall on Wednesday, June 14, following 1000 job call.

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

The hall is located at:

521 Ala Moana Blvd., Ste 254

Honolulu, HI 96813

The phone number is: 808-523-8183.
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MM&P Atlantic Ports Vice President Tom Larkin has scheduled an Offshore membership meeting in the MM&P Newark Union Hall on Thursday, June 15, at 1100.

MM&P International President Don Marcus and Secretary Treasurer Don Josberger will participate in the meeting.

All Offshore members are encouraged to attend. Please call or email the hall for a head count.

The Newark Hall is located at:

570 Broad Street, Suite 701

Newark, NJ 07102

The phone number is 201-963-1900

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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.

At Key Lakes, there are licensed deck jobs for those with Great Lakes pilotage.

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

If you are interested, please contact UIG Vice President Tom Bell (tbell@bridgedeck.org or 216-776-1667) with any questions.
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Chief Mate for the LMSR fleet needed now. Security clearance required.

Tanker CM also needed.
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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, tbell@bridgedeck.org” rel=”noopener” target=”_blank”>tbell@bridgedeck.org, or (216) 776-1667.
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MM&P Pacific Ports union halls will be closed on Monday, June 12, for King Kamehameha Day, a contract holiday.

All MM&P union halls, MM&P headquarters, the MM&P Plan Office, and the MM&P Federal Credit Union will be closed on Monday, June 19, for Emancipation Day/Juneteenth.
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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): Not currently scheduled

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): 09/11/23

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

BT-Refresher (3-day): 06/05/23, 09/26/23, 11/15/23, 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): 06/26/23, 07/24/23, 10/09/23, 12/18/23

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

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

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

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

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

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): 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): 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): 10/09/23

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): 09/11/2023

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 06/07/23, 09/27/23, 10/18/23, 11/17/23, 12/21/23

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 06/08/23, 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): 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

LNG-BADV (3 Day): Coming Soon!

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): 07/10/23*, 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): 07/10/23*, 08/21/23, 09/18/23, 10/02/23

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 06/04/23, 07/15/23, 08/26/23, 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): 06/08/23, 08/10/23, 09/07/23, 10/26/23

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

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day): 06/19/23, 08/12/23, 09/09/23, 10/28/23

MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day): 06/05/2023

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 06/12/23, 08/13/23, 09/11/23, 10/30/23

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

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) – 06/11/23, 08/17/23, 09/10/23, 10/29/23

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) – 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): *07/31/23, *08/02/23, 11/13/23*, 11/15/23

PSC – Personal Survival Craft (Lifeboatman) (5-Day): 06/12/23, 09/18/23

PSC-REF – Personal Survival Craft Refresher (2-Day): 06/12/23, 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: 06/19/23, 11/27/23

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

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 06/26/23, 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: 09/11/23

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

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

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): 06/26/23

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) (10-Day): 12/04/23

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 07/10/23
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You can enroll online at www.mitags.org or contact our Admissions Department 866.656.5568 or admissions@mitags.org

June 2023
12-13 Basic Training Revalidation
14th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
19-23 Basic Training (original)
26-30 Tankerman Person-In-Charge

July 2023

10-28 Terrestrial & Coastal Navigation
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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