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MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly

Volume 29… Number 12, March 21, 2023


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The Spring 2023 issue of The Master, Mate & Pilot has been posted on bridgedeck.org under Latest News. In this issue:

— International Maritime Organization honors MM&P Pilots Group Vice President George Quick for his contributions, over a span of almost 50 years, to improving seafarers’ lives and working conditions;

— Federal Appeals Court decides important case in favor of MM&P;

— law targeting sexual assault/sexual harassment designates shipmasters as “responsible entities,” requires them to “immediately” report to the USCG any complaint or incident of harassment or assault of which they are made aware;

— Alaska Marine Highway System to get massive funding infusion;

— crew of USNS JOHN LEWIS rescues man from sinking sailboat; 

— USS HERSHEL “WOODY” WILLIAMS delivers humanitarian aid to earthquake survivors in Türkiye;

— MM&P Employee Assistance Program offers three free couples counseling sessions; how to contact the EAP by phone or online; plus, how confidential is the EAP?

The Spring 2023 issue of The Master, Mate & Pilot will be in your mailbox soon! In the meantime, look for it online on bridgedeck.org.
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Matson Navigation will convert the main engine of the MV KAIMANA HILA to a dual-fuel engine capable of running on liquefied natural gas, the company has announced.

The conversion is scheduled to begin in the second quarter of 2024.

The MV DANIEL K. INOUYE began undergoing conversion in Nantong, China, in mid-January, and is scheduled to return to service in mid- 2023.

Following completion of work on the DANIEL K. INOUYE, Matson has scheduled a year-long drydock so that the MANUKAI can undergo an extensive dual-fuel re-engine project.

“As a company that cares deeply about the environment, Matson is committed to reducing its carbon footprint through numerous short- and long-term goals, including a 40 percent reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030 and net-zero CO2 emissions by 2050,” said Matt Cox, Matson chairman and chief executive officer.

“Conversion to LNG is a big step toward achieving these goals.”

News of the retrofit of the KAIMANA HILA comes on the heels of Matson’s recent announcement of the construction of three LNG-powered newbuilds.

The three additional Aloha class containerships, sisterships to the DANIEL K. INOUYE and the KAIMANA HILA, will be LNG-ready when they are delivered in 2026 and 2027.

The two KANALOA Class Con-Ro vessels, the LURLINE and the MATSONIA, were also outfitted with LNG-capable dual-fuel engines in anticipation of their eventual conversion.
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Military Sealift Command has accepted delivery of its newest expeditionary sea base, USNS JOHN L. CANLEY. The ESBs are flexible platforms designed to support a variety of missions.

CANLEY is the sixth ship in the expeditionary mobile base platform built for MSC, and the third expeditionary staging base model.

Vessels in the ESB-class support military operations that include airborne mine counter measures, special force operations, crisis response sea-basing, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance and unmanned aviation systems operations.

The ships are part of the critical access infrastructure that supports the deployment of forces.

In addition to a flight deck, the USNS JOHN L. CANLEY has a hangar with two aviation operating spots capable of handling MH-53E Sea Dragon-equivalent helicopters.

It also includes:

— accommodations, workspaces, and ordnance storage for embarked forces;

– enhanced command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence to support embarked force mission planning and execution; and

— a reconfigurable mission deck area to store embarked force equipment including mine sleds and rigid-hull inflatable boats.

The 784-foot ship is named to honor Gunnery Sgt. John L. Canley, a marine who distinguished himself during the Battle of Huế in Vietnam.

Canley was originally awarded the Navy Cross, but it was upgraded 50 years later to the Medal of Honor, making him the first living Black marine to receive the nation’s highest military decoration for valor.

The licensed deck officers aboard USNS JOHN L. CANLEY are represented by MM&P. The engineers are represented by MEBA and the unlicensed crewmembers are represented by SIU.
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The International Transport Workers’ Federation has targeted a thousand ships flagged to the Cook Islands, Palau, Sierra Leone, and Togo—“the four worst flags”—in a quest to rid the Mediterranean of employers who endanger their crews and damage the natural environment.

ITF inspectors, union representatives, and port authorities are now conducting a coordinated, two-month-long campaign of safety, maintenance, and seafarer welfare inspections on vessels flying the targeted flags that berth in Mediterranean ports.

“The Cook Islands, Palau, Sierra Leone, and Togo take money from shipowners to register ships that other countries wouldn’t touch,” says ITF Inspectorate Coordinator Steve Trowsdale.

“Many of these ships are dangerous and should not even be trading.”

When the ITF and its affiliates call on them to address problems, Trowsdale says, they are often nowhere to be seen, adding “they take the money and run.”

The ITF announced the campaign after releasing data that showed that together, the four registries account for millions of dollars of unpaid wages, more than 100 crewmembers abandoned and over 5,000 deficiencies or detentions during the past two years alone.

One example: a Sierra Leone-flagged general cargo vessel, the KASSANDRA, was recently detained for 23 days by Israel’s Port State Control in Haifa after 46 structural, navigation, fire safety and crew welfare defects were discovered.

The crew had been left without working freezers, meaning they had no way to keep food chilled in the scorching Mediterranean heat.

“It was August, when it is very hot and humid,” said ITF Inspector Assaf Hadar.

“Food supply was short with only a few vegetables on board. Things like this are typical for this flag.”

MM&P is one of the nearly 700 transport unions in 147 countries that belong to the ITF.
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The National Maritime Center mails credentials via standard mail, which does not include tracking. Delivery can take up to 21 days.

In some cases, the credential may be returned or lost in the mail. Here are things you can do to reduce the chances of this happening.

Make sure the address on your application is accurate and legible.

If you change your address after submitting your application, notify us immediately by calling 1-888-IASKNMC (427-5662).

Consider using an expedited mail option. The cost for expedited mail is the responsibility of the mariner.

A replacement credential will be issued free to mariners whose credentials have been lost in the mail through no fault of their own.

If you think your credential has been lost in the mail, follow these steps.

Confirm we mailed your credential.

If you have not received your credential by 21 days after it was mailed, provide a CG-719B application for a Merchant Mariner Credential and affidavit of loss to the NMC within 60 days of mailing of the original credential.

You can provide these two documents either by email or in person to your servicing Regional Examination Center.

The affidavit should contain: mariner’s full name; date of birth; mariner’s reference number; mailing address the replacement should be sent to; current phone number and/or email address that NMC can use to contact the mariner with questions, if necessary; description of circumstances surrounding the loss, i.e., never received the initial credential.

We will make every effort to mail replacement credentials as soon as possible.

If your original credential is subsequently received, you must immediately return it to the NMC.

Note: E-mailing your application is the preferred method. While the Coast Guard can accommodate emails with attachments up to 35 MB in size, prior to sending, verify any size restrictions your email provider may have.

Missing attachments will cause applications to be delayed or rejected.

If you have questions, call 1-888-IASKNMC (427-5662).
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MM&P Atlantic Ports Vice President Tom Larkin has scheduled an in-person membership meeting at the Norfolk Union Hall on Thursday, March 23, at 1100 EDT following job call.

All members and applicants are welcome to attend.

The Norfolk Union Hall is located at:

Interstate Corporate Center, Building 8

6353 Center Dr., Ste 200

Norfolk, VA 23502

The phone number is: 757-489-7406
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All MM&P union halls, the MM&P Plan Office, the MM&P Federal Credit Union and MM&P headquarters will be closed on April 7 for Good Friday.
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The Trustees approved changing of the four-day requirement of taking courses at MITAGS East to be eligible for travel reimbursement to three days for the new MITAGS USCG-approved LNG as Fuel Basic and Advanced Course (3 days total) and the combination of Basic Training Revalidation (2 days) and Advanced Firefighting Revalidation (1 day) only to be eligible for travel reimbursement.

All other courses still require four days of attendance and successful completion of the course(s).
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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 job openings at Grand River Navigation for licensed personnel (pilotage preferred), assistant engineers (AE’s) and able-bodied seamen (AB’s).

There are job openings at Key Lakes for licensed officers (pilotage preferred).

There are job openings at WMI for able-bodied seamen (AB’s) and licensed deck officers.

There are also engineering positions available for both licensed and unlicensed personnel.

For GRN, Key Lakes and WMI positions, contact MM&P Vice President Great Lakes & Gulf Region Tom Bell, tbell@bridgedeck.org, or (216) 776-1667.
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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): 06/05/23
AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

ARPA-OIC– Automated Radar Plotting Aids (4-Day): 04/03/23, 06/19/23, 09/04/23, 11/13/23

AZIPOD (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

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

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): 05/08/23, 09/11/23

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

BT-Refresher (3-day) – *04/24/23, 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, 12/18/23

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

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM) (5-Day): 04/24/23, 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): 05/01/23, 11/06/23

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1) (5-Day): 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): 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): 04/10/23, 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) – Not Currently Scheduled

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– Celestial Navigation (15-Day): 05/08/23, 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): 05/01/23, 08/22/23

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): Not currently scheduled

ERM – Engine Resource Management (5-Day): 03/27/23, 08/07/23

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

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced (5-Day): 03/27/23, 05/08/23, 07/24/23

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 04/26/23, 06/07/23, 09/27/23, 10/16/23, 11/17/23, 12/21/23

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 04/27/23, 06/08/23, 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): Not currently scheduled

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (10-Day): 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): 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, 11/27/23

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): 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): 04/10/23*, 07/10/23, 08/21/23, 10/02/23, 12/04/23

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

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: (5-Day): 04/10/23*, 07/10/23, 08/21/23, 09/18/23, 10/02/23

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

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 05/23/23, 06/09/23, 08/11/23, 09/08/23, 10/27/23

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day): 06/19/23, 08/21/23, 11/16/23

MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day): 06/06/23, 09/13/23

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 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) – 05/13/23, 06/10/23, 08/12/23, 09/09/23, 10/28/23

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) – 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) – 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): 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): 04/24/23, 09/18/23

PSC-REF – Personal Survival Craft Refresher (2-Day): 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: 06/19/23, 08/28/23, 11/27/23

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3-Day): 05/01/23, 10/23/23

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 06/26/23, 09/25/23, 12/11/23

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day): 04/24/23, 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): 07/31/23

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 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): 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, 07/10/23
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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
March 2023
27-9 Search & Rescue

27-9 Security Officer–Vessel, Company & Facility

30th 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

20-21 Basic Training Revalidation

20-2 Basic Training Refresher

22 Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

22-6 Basic Training (original)

23 Radar Renewal

30-1 Security Officer – Vessel, Company & Facility

June 2023

12-3 Basic Training Revalidation

14 Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

19-23 Basic Training (original)

26-30 Tankerman Person-In-Charge
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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©2021. Articles can be reprinted without prior permission if credit is given to The MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly.

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