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MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly

Volume 28… Number 20, May 17, 2022


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The Senate has confirmed retired U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Ann Phillips to lead the Maritime Administration.

During her 31-year career, Phillips served at sea as the first commanding officer of the destroyer USS MUSTIN, the commander of Destroyer Squadron 28 and the head of Expeditionary Strike Group Two, which includes all amphibious warfare vessels on the US East Coast.

Ashore, she served on the Chief of Naval Operations’ Climate Change Task Force, advising on ways to make Navy bases and forces more resilient to climate change.

“The American Maritime Partnership congratulates Admiral Phillips on her confirmation to lead the Maritime Administration at a time when maintaining a strong American Maritime is more critical than ever,” AMP President Ku’uhaku Park said in a statement.

“We look forward to working with Admiral Phillips to ensure our nation has the shipbuilding, sealift capacity, and reliable movement of commerce that is essential to America’s security.”

MM&P and MIRAID are members of AMP, a coalition that works to defend the Jones Act and support and strengthen the domestic maritime industry.

As maritime administrator, Phillips will take on challenges that include developing a national maritime policy, strengthening the U.S.-flag fleet and growing the ranks of the American Merchant Marine by attracting more young people to the industry.
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Adm. Linda Fagan, an expert on marine safety, port and flag state issues, has been confirmed by the Senate as Coast Guard commandant.

After she relieves Adm. Karl L. Schultz on June 1, she will become the first woman to lead a branch of America’s armed services.

Fagan became the first female four-star admiral in Coast Guard history when she was sworn in as vice commandant in July 2021.

Her career has included work on flag state issues with the International Maritime Organization and the International Labor Organization, including development of the International Ship and Port Security Code and the Maritime Labor Convention.

Fagan is the Coast Guard’s first “Gold Ancient Trident”: the officer with the longest service record in the marine safety field.

“Admiral Fagan’s leadership, experience, and integrity are second to none, and I know she will advance the Coast Guard’s mission to ensure our nation’s maritime safety and security,” said President Joe Biden.

“My administration is committed to seeing more qualified women in senior leadership and command roles; making sure women can succeed and thrive throughout their military careers.”

“Admiral Fagan’s confirmation as commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard signals to women and girls across our nation they have a place in protecting their country at the highest level.”
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MM&P UIG–PMR Vice President Tim Saffle has announced his retirement, effective May 31.

He joined MM&P in 1979 while sailing as captain for Washington State Ferries and became the union’s Puget Sound representative in 2009.

He was first elected UIG–PMR vice president in 2016 and is now in his second term.

In retirement, he is looking forward to spending more time with his wife, Sue, family and friends.

“It has been a pleasure to represent the hard-working members of the MM&P United Inland Group–Pacific Maritime Region,” he said in a message to the membership.

“We have weathered the storms and come out stronger in the end.”

He took the opportunity to thank the UIG–PMR team—representatives Shannon Adamson, Antonio Amalfitano, Ezra (Sly) Hunter, Al Lewis, Mike Murray, Nick Sorber and Dan Twohig—as well as Counsel Rhonda Fenrich.

Above all, he thanked PMR members for their professionalism on the job and for their steadfast support of MM&P.

“Our members are second to none in the maritime industry,” MM&P President Don Marcus said. “I echo Tim’s feelings of gratitude.”

“Tim himself is a perfect example of the quality and professionalism of our membership.”

“His knowledge, intelligence, and leadership, both aboard Washington State ferries and ashore, have been a blessing. He will be missed.”

In accordance with the procedure set forth in the MM&P International Constitution, the General Executive Board has appointed Representative Dan Twohig to carry out the duties of UIG–PMR vice president until the next election in 2024.
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The Council of American Master Mariners has honored Captain William Boyce with the Father Maurice LaLonde Spirit of the Seas Award for rescuing members of the crew of the SINCERITY ACE, a car carrier that caught fire in the middle of the Pacific Ocean on Dec. 31, 2018.
The Spirit of the Seas Award is CAMM’s highest honor.

MV GREEN LAKE was the first ship to arrive on the scene.

By then, mariners forced to abandon the burning car carrier were spread out over miles of ocean and floating in heavy winds and 17- to 20-foot seas, conditions that magnified the daunting challenges the rescuers faced.

The distance between the deck of the GREEN LAKE and the waterline added to the difficulty of the rescue: crew on deck had to throw life rings to the floating survivors and pull them to the ship.

Exhausted survivors needed help climbing rope ladders or were lifted in nets to the accessible decks.

GREEN LAKE’s crew worked for more than 18 hours, recovering survivors and giving them medical and emotional support.

Together with the U.S. Navy, the Coast Guard and other commercial ships, MV GREEN LAKE ultimately saved the lives of 16 out of 21 SINCERITY ACE crewmembers.

In 2019, MARAD honored all the members of the crew of the MV GREEN LAKE with the U.S. Merchant Marine Medal for Outstanding Achievement.

In the aftermath of the rescue, Boyce has sought to focus the industry’s attention on the psychological cost of going to sea and the need to provide crewmembers involved in traumatic events with counseling and other mental health supports.

The Spirit of the Seas Award is CAMM’s highest honor.
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The International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 4 negotiating committee announced last week that it has reached a tentative collective bargaining agreement covering grain-handling operations at the Port of Vancouver USA’s export grain terminal.

The announcement comes after years of negotiations between the ILWU and United Grain beginning in the spring of 2018.

ILWU members at bulk grain terminals in the Pacific Northwest handle nearly half of U.S. wheat exports and about a quarter of all grain and oilseed at nine bulk grain terminals at Oregon and Washington ports.

United Grain’s terminal at Port Vancouver USA has the largest storage capacity and elevator on the West Coast, with an annual handling capacity of 5 million tons.

“Negotiations are never easy, but both the union and the employer stayed committed to bargaining a successor agreement as we have for decades, and in the end, we reached an agreement that maintains good jobs for U.S. workers and strong exports for U.S. farmers,” said ILWU Coast Committeeman Cam Williams, who chairs the ILWU negotiating team.

“ILWU workers are proud of exporting our nation’s grain to markets around the world since the 1930’s, and ensuring that employers at our public ports generate good jobs that support our West Coast port communities.”

The new agreement is separate from the West Coast bargaining covering all West Coast ports that began earlier this month between the ILWU and the Pacific Maritime Association.
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The International Maritime Organization has declared May 18 of every year the International Day for Women in Maritime.

Registration is now open for a global online symposium on women in maritime beginning at 2:00 London time this Wednesday.

The theme of the symposium is “Training–Visibility–Recognition: Supporting a Barrier-Free Working Environment.”

The symposium will also address skills development for women in maritime.

The designation by the IMO of May 18 as Women in Maritime Day is intended to underline the need to give greater visibility to female maritime industry professionals and to ensure they are more widely represented at decision-making levels.

The IMO is inviting women in maritime to share images of themselves in their working environments. The hashtag for the day on social media is: #WomenInMaritimeDay.

The International Day for Women in Maritime was adopted by the IMO in 2021 as part of its commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals on gender equality.

The aims are to promote the recruitment, retention, and sustained employment of women in the maritime sector, raise the profile of women in maritime, and support work to address the current gender imbalance in maritime.

The International Symposium on Women in Maritime begins at 2:00 p.m. London Time on Wednesday, May 18. Register here to attend.
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The American Merchant Marine Veterans Memorial Committee invites everyone to attend the National Maritime Day Observance and luncheon on May 22.

The observance begins at 1100 at the foot of 6th Street in San Pedro. Luncheon will follow at the Double Tree Hotel.

As tradition, the service will consist of a few speakers, a Memorial Service, and a Blessing of the Wreaths.

Once again, the committee recommends Massey’s House of Flowers on Western Ave. in Lomita (310) 325-8222.

Massey’s will deliver all the wreaths on Sunday morning before the program begins.

There is a new parking lot located next to the American Merchant Marine Veterans Memorial.

Since there is plenty of parking at the hotel, there will not be trolley service.

The Double Tree Hotel, where luncheon will be served, is located at 2800 Via Cabrillo (off 22nd Street) in San Pedro. The no-host bar will open at 1200.

If you have any questions, please contact Jerry Aspland, jaaspland@gmail.com, (714) 968-4409.

We look forward to seeing you there!
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MM&P Atlantic Ports will be closed on Monday, May 23, for National Maritime Day.

All MM&P union halls, the MM&P Plan Office, the MM&P Federal Credit Union and MM&P headquarters will be closed on Monday, May 30, for Memorial Day.
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Urgent need for Second Mate for SLNC PAX. Tankerman PIC OR ASSIST, MSC Courses required. Job open nationwide and for early return from vacation.

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

Car carrier and Heavy Lift Chief Mates needed in the commercial fleet!

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.
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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.
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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 PCR test within 72 hours of attendance and to be masked at all times while on campus unless drinking, eating, or speaking.

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.

Additionally, face masks are required at MITAGS West, regardless of vaccination status.

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

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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): 5/26/22, 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): 5/23/22, 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) – 6/8/22, 9/26/22, 10/17/22, 11/14/22, 12/19/22

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 06/08/22, 9/26/22, 11/14/22, 12/19/22

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic (5-Day): 9/26/22

[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): 6/6/22*, 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): 5/23/22, 6/13/22*, 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) – 6/15/22

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) – 6/13/22

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) – 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): 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

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): 6/6/22

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: 5/23/22*, 8/1/22, 11/28/22

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

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 05/22/2022, 6/6/22*, 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) – 6/10/22, 11/3/22

MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day) – 6/8/22, 9/14/22

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) –6/11/22, 8/6/22, 9/17/22, 11/4/22

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) –6/12/22, 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

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: 7/11/22

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
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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

1st Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
2-3 Basic Training Revalidation

6-10 Basic Training

6-10 Tankerman Person-In-Charge

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
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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. 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