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MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly

Volume 28… Number 48, Nov. 29, 2022


In This Issue:

Member News:

MM&P Holiday Parties:

Job Opportunities:



Retired Navy Rear Adm. Mark Buzby, who served as the maritime administrator from 2017 to 2021, has proposed increasing the size of the USMMA graduating class to help address the shortage of qualified American merchant mariners.

“Four years ago, the nation was about 1,800 mariners short to sustain sealift in a crisis beyond six months,” Buzby wrote in an article that was published in the Nov. 19 edition of RealClear Defense.

“Today that number is only increasing.”

In the article, Buzby referenced his 2018 testimony as part of a panel of military leaders before the House Armed Services Committee.

He testified at the time that the U.S. did not have enough licensed merchant marine officers “to sustain movement of armaments, troops, tanks and supplies by sea if a major war broke out,” putting the shortfall at about 1,800.

“My colleagues and I spoke these words at a time of relative peace abroad,” he writes.

“The nation was prospering economically, there was no global pandemic and Russia had not invaded Ukraine.”

But today, “[w]ith an escalating conflict in Europe and an increasingly bellicose China, the lack of seasoned merchant mariners is a clear and present danger to our national security.”

Buzby suggests “a partial—but quick—solution: expand the USMMA’s enrollment and class size.”

USMMA is unique in that it is the only school in which every graduate earns an unlimited merchant marine license as third mate or third assistant engineer and commits to eight years of military reserve service.

Today, there are 975 midshipmen at Kings Point, well below the 1100+ when Buzby graduated in 1979.

He notes that toward the end of his service as maritime administrator, the administration was budgeting for the expansion of enrollment back to 1100.

“Global unrest has increased exponentially since then and so too must the pool of militarily obligated merchant marine officers for which USMMA is the primary source,” he concludes.

“If we act promptly, the nation will be better prepared for conflicts we hope never materialize.”
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The Coast Guard has presented public service awards to the mariners and good Samaritan vessels who responded to the SPIRIT OF NORFOLK passenger vessel fire on June 7.

Among them were two MM&P members: Virginia Pilot Chadwick Jamison, who received the Coast Guard’s Certificate of Merit; and CNO Pilot Roger Warren, who received the Distinguished Public Service Award.

The SPIRIT OF NORFOLK was on a sightseeing cruise on the Elizabeth River near Naval Station Norfolk when it caught fire with 108 people on board, many of them children on a field trip.

During the evacuation, a 600-foot cargo ship suffered an engineering problem that put it on a collision course with the SPIRIT OF NORFOLK.

But thanks to the pilots, the crews of the responding vessels and the tugs, the burning vessel and the cargo ship did not collide and no injuries were reported.

It took five days to put out the fire aboard the SPIRIT OF NORFOLK.

“This community is truly fortunate for the professionalism and quick actions of these extraordinary people,” said USCG Commander-Sector Virginia Jennifer Stockwell.

“Each and every one played a valuable part in saving the lives of 108 people.”

“These awards recognize and celebrate their selfless actions to save others.”
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The government of Nigeria has detained the 26-person crew of a Marshall-Islands-flagged tanker for three months on allegations that include “making a false report of a pirate attack.”

The crew of the VLCC HEROIC IDUN—most of whom are nationals of India or Sri Lanka—have been detained since August.

The story began on Aug. 8 at an anchorage off Port Harcourt, Nigeria, when the crew of the HEROIC IDUN—while waiting to load a cargo of crude at Akpo oil field—noted a small boat approaching with its AIS turned off.

Fearing a pirate attack in the making, the master reported his concerns to the shipowners and the International Maritime Bureau and left Nigerian waters for the waters of Equatorial Guinea.

What followed was a convoluted series of events that continues to this day.

Authorities in Nigeria asked authorities in Equatorial Guinea to detain the HEROIC IDUN and its crew until the Nigerian Navy could arrive, take custody of the ship, and return it to Port Harcourt.

Once back in Nigeria’s territorial waters, members of the crew were removed from their vessel and imprisoned ashore, where they are still being held, the ITF says, “in appalling conditions.”

They have been interrogated without legal representation, in some cases for as long as 14 hours at a time. Some have contracted malaria and typhoid fever.
A trial has been scheduled for Jan. 10 in Port Harcourt.

“These seafarers have been subjected to lengthy detentions and unfair legal action apparently because of a mix-up,” said ITF Seafarers’ Section Chair Dave Heindel.

“Nigeria must recognize the complete lack of evidence in this case and free the crew immediately.”

MM&P is one of the nearly 700 transport unions in 150 countries that belong to the ITF.
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MARK YOUR CALENDAR: The National Weather Service is offering two free webinars on winter weather.

The number of participants in each webinar is limited to 250, so if you are interested, you should register as soon as possible using the links below.

The speakers will be: Darin Figurskey, chief of the Operations Branch of the Ocean Prediction Center; and Chris Landsea, chief of the Tropical Analysis and Forecast Branch of the National Hurricane Center.

The first webinar, “North Atlantic, Caribbean Sea, and Gulf of Mexico: Wind and Wave Forecasts and Warnings,” will be offered from 2:00-3:00 PM EST, Monday, Dec. 5.

To register, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4660964357436665615

The second webinar, “Northeast Pacific: Wind and Wave Forecasts and Warnings,” will be offered from 2:00-3:00 PM EST, Tuesday, Dec. 6.

To register, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6160284801351099664

For marine forecasts, go to: ocean.weather.gov/ and hurricanes.gov/marine. WINTER WEATHER WEBINARS FOR BLUE WATER MARINERS

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A majority of American consumers say they would prefer to purchase holiday gifts that are made in the United States, but many say they rarely or never see American-made products while shopping.

In response, the Alliance for American Manufacturing—with support from the United Steelworkers—has compiled its ninth annual Made in America Gift Guide, featuring gift ideas from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.

“It’s no surprise that the majority of Americans want to buy domestically made goods, both to make the holidays brighter and to help support good jobs and a stronger U.S. economy,” says USW International Vice President Roxanne Brown.

“USW members proudly make a number of high-quality products that make great gifts. We’re grateful to the AAM for putting together this important resource to make both holiday shopping and investing in our communities easier.”

The guide offers a variety of products at a variety of price points, so there’s something for everyone on your holiday shopping list.
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The MM&P Mental Health Resources Committee has been collaborating with members to find ways to improve access to mental health resources on ship and ashore.

Do you have ideas to help this cause?

Feel free to reach out to Miriam Anthony at manthony@bridgedeck.org with your ideas, or if you’d like to be a part of the Mental Health Resources Committee.
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The Plan Office received approval to close the year-end Internal Revenue Service and company reports and to process Vacation and PRO payments for 2022 no later than Friday, Dec. 16, 2022, at 3:00 p.m. EST.

All requests for 2022 Vacation and PRO payments received after this date and time will be held until Jan. 3, 2023, for processing and will therefore be taxable in 2023.

If you have any questions, please contact the Vacation Department at 410-850-8625, 410-850-8629 or Ken Ryan at 410-850-8617.
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Eligible dependent children of eligible Offshore members and co-pay pensioners in good standing are reminded to request an application for the scholarship program.

Applicants must be high school seniors during the 2022-23 school year.

Completed applications must be returned to the Plan Office by Nov. 30, 2022.

For more information, contact Madeline Petrelli at the Plan Office at mpetrelli@mmpplans.com or 410-850-8615.
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The MM&P Offshore Group and the Pacific Maritime Region are having a combined holiday party in the Seattle Hall on Friday, Dec. 9. Here is the schedule:

11-Noon, meet in the hall for drinks and socially distanced socializing

Noon-1400, Lunch Buffet in the meeting room downstairs.

So that enough food can be ordered, if you plan to attend, it is very important that you contact the Seattle Hall by email or phone: kwilhelm@bridgedeck.org or 206-441-8700.

The Seattle Hall is located at 15208 52nd Ave., South, Ste 100, Seattle.
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Here are the dates, times, and locations of the MM&P Atlantic Ports holiday parties.

— Norfolk, Dec. 6, 1200, at Dockside Seafood, 3311 Shore Dr., Virginia Beach, VA 23451 – RSVP REQUESTED.

— Charleston, Dec. 8, 1130, at Kickin’ Chicken, 1179 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., Charleston, SC 29407

— Boston, Dec. 13, 1200, Boston Hall, 2 Channel Street, Unit 606-A, Boston, MA 02210-2333

— Newark, Dec. 15, 1200, Newark Hall, 570 Broad Street, Suite 701, Newark, NJ 07102

— Miami/Port Everglades, Dec. 16, 1200, Umberto’s, 3051 E. Commercial Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308.
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The Honolulu holiday party will be held on Dec. 15, from 1100-1500, at the Honolulu Hall, located at 521 Ala Moana Blvd., Ste 254.
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The Houston holiday party will be held on Dec. 16, 1200, at Whiskey Cake at Baybrook, 18840 Gulf Fwy, Friendswood, TX 77546.

Please send your RSVPs to Representative Sara Gasper at the Houston Hall: Houston@bridgedeck.org.
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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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There are jobs for unlicensed personnel at Grand River Navigation.

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

Tanker Chief Mates and 2nd mates needed with and without MSC Classes or Security Clearance.

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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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.
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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): 01/30/23
AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

ARPA-OIC– Automated Radar Plotting Aids (4-Day): 02/06/23, 03/13/23, 04/17/23, 06/19/23, , 08/28/23, 10/23/23,

AZIPOD (2-Day): 04/03/23

BRM – Bridge Resource Management (5-Day): 04/24/23, 05/15/23, 07/18/23, 08/28/23, 10/09/23, 12/11/23

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): Not currently scheduled Online: Not currently scheduled

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling – (Now also included in BRMP-Refresher) (3-Day) : 01/11/23

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

BT – Basic Safety Training (5-Day) : 01/30/23, 05/08/23, 09/11/23

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) –02/20/23, 04/24/23, 06/05/23, 09/26/23, 10/16/23, 11/15/23, 12/19/23

BT-Refresher (3-day) –02/20/23, 04/24/23, 09/26/23, 11/15/23, 12/18/23

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic (5-Day): 03/27/23

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability (5-Day): 01/23/23, 03/20/23, 06/26/23, 09/11/23, 11/27/23

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology (5-Day): 12/12/22, 01/16/23, 04/17/23, 06/19/23, 09/18/23

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 03/27/23, 08/21/23

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1 (5-Day): 12/5/22, 02/27/23

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific (5-Day): 12/12/22, 03/06/23

CM-OPS 2 APL – Chief Mate Operations II APL Specific (5-Day): Not currently scheduled

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems (5-Day): 01/30/23, 04/10/23, 08/07/23

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM) (5-Day):, 01/30/23, 04/24/23, 08/14/23, 10/16/23

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants (5-Day): 03/13/23, 08/14/23, 11/13/23 (DCS-1 available on request – contact Admissions)

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: Not Currently Scheduled

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (5-Day): 05/01/23, 09/25/23

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1) (5-Day): 12/5/22, 01/16/23, 02/27/23, 03/27/23, 04/10/23, 06/05/23, 07/24/23, 12/04/23

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2) (5-Day): 12/12/22*, 01/23/23, 03/06/23, 04/03/23, 06/12/23, 07/31/23, 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): 01/23/23, 04/10/23, 06/26/23, 10/09/23

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping (5-Day): 01/09/23, 03/06/23, 08/07/23

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 (15-Day) – Celestial Navigation: 05/08/23, 08/14/23

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): 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): 02/06/23

ECDIS for Pilots (2-Day) –03/13/23

ERM – Engine Resource Management (5-Day): 11/28/22, 03/27/23, 08/07/23

ADV-FF – Advanced Fire-Fighting (4-day): 02/06/23, 04/03/23,

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced (5-Day): 01/30/23, 05/08/23, 08/28/23

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 02/22/23, 06/07/23, 09/27/23, 10/16/23, 11/17/23, 12/21/23

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 02/24/23, 04/27/23, 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): 01/13/23

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (10-Day): 01/16/23, 07/17/23

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 12/12/22, 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): 01/30/23, 07/10/23, 10/16/23

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes (15-Day): 01/16/23,

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

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC) (1-Day): 05/04/23

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): 12/5/22; 04/03/23

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 12/5/22*, 01/16/23, 04/10/23, 07/10/23, 12/04/23

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 11/28/22*, 01/09/23, 03/20/23, 05/22/23, 08/07/23, 11/27/23

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: (5-Day): 01/16/23, 04/10/23, 07/10/23, 09/18/23, 10/03/23

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 12/03/22, 12/10/2022, 01/14/23, 01/21/23, 02/19/23, 03/12/23, 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): 02/23/23, 05/22/23, 08/10/23, 09/07/23, 10/26/23

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 02/24/23, 05/23/23, 06/09/23, 08/11/23, 09/08/23, 10/27/23

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) –03/06/23, 06/19/23, 08/21/23, 11/16/23

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

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 01/09/23, 02/27/23, 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) –02/25/23, 05/13/23, 06/10/23, 08/12/23, 09/09/23, 10/28/23

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) –01/08/23, 02/26/23, 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) –01/13/23, 03/03/23, 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): 12/19/2022*

PSC – Personal Survival Craft (Lifeboatman) (5-Day) – 02/06/23, 04/24/23, 09/18/23

PSC-REF – Personal Survival Craft Refresher (2-Day): 02/27/23, 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: 01/23/23, 03/06/23, 06/19/23, 07/31/23, 09/18/23, 11/27/23

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3-Day): 02/27/23, 05/01/23, 09/19/23, 12/12/23

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 03/20/23, 04/24/23, 06/12/23, 09/11/23, 12/11/23

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day) – 11/28/22*, 02/06/23, 06/19/23, 09/11/23, 12/11/23

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 02/27/23

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (15-Day): 01/30/23, 07/31/23

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 01/09/23, 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): 02/20/23, 05/31/23, 06/26/23

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) (10-Day): 02/06/23, 07/24/23, 12/04/23

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 03/27/23, 08/21/23, 12/04/23
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2022 Fall/Winter

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

December 2022 

12-16 Tankerman Person-In-Charge 

19th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation 

20-21 Basic Training Revalidation
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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