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MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly

Volume 29… Number 40, October 3, 2023


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Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro is calling for a new maritime strategy to meet heightened competition from other world powers.

He told defense and security experts last week during a speech at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government that the U.S. must build “naval diplomacy” and “a maritime statecraft” to respond to rapid change.

Among many emerging challenges, he listed competition over the industrialization of the oceans, the need to “re-define territorial waters and economic exclusive zones as sea levels rise” and China’s rapid expansion.

“In the 20 years since I left active duty, the PRC Navy has tripled in size, and is on pace to have over 400 naval warships by 2030,” Del Toro said.

“The PRC is today the world’s largest builder of commercial, ocean-going ships, with over forty percent of the global market being built in Chinese shipyards.”

“History proves that, in the long run, there has never been a great naval power that wasn’t also a maritime power—a commercial shipbuilding and global shipping power.”

In response, he said, “our new maritime statecraft should be bold [and] founded on a strong Navy and Marine Corps to fulfill our national security interests.”

“It should also be equally strong on engagement in areas of economic development, trade, and climate diplomacy to enable us to compete more successfully on a global scale.”

To revitalize the maritime industry, Del Toro called for:

— invigorating U.S. shipbuilding;

— building coalitions with other maritime nations; and

— increased emphasis on maritime education and training.

He also suggested that the Maritime Administration and NOAA be included in the nation’s current “Advantage at Sea” strategy, which currently covers only the Navy, the Marine Corps, and the Coast Guard.

“Like President Kennedy,” Del Toro said, “my time as a naval officer and now as Secretary of the Navy has been defined by a deep appreciation for and personal commitment to the ‘power of naval diplomacy’ to make the world a more free, democratic, and prosperous place for all to benefit.”

“We must renew our commitment to recapitalizing national maritime power.”

“Your Department of the Navy is at flank speed on this journey, and I ask you to join us.”
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In a historic “first” for a U.S. president, Joe Biden joined striking auto workers last week on a picket line outside Detroit.

He put on a union cap, exchanged first bumps with members of UAW Local 174 and encouraged them to “stick with it,” adding “you deserve the significant raise you need.”

“President Biden is demonstrating once again that he is the most pro-union president in history,” said AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler.

“Working people know he has our backs every day and that he understands that UAW members’ fight for a fair contract is deeply connected to the struggle over the soul of our country.”

“Our president has chosen to stand with workers in our fight for economic and social justice,” said UAW President Shawn Fain.

The strike, which began on Sept. 15, initially targeted one assembly plant operated by each of “the Big Three”: Ford, GM, and Stellantis.

The following week, the union expanded the strike to 38 parts-distribution centers run by GM and Stellantis.

Seven thousand more union members joined the strike on Sept. 29.

The job action is historic in that it is the first to simultaneously hit all three companies.

Today the starting wage at the Big Three is around $17 an hour—less than workers earn in some nonunion auto plants around the country.

The top wage at plants covered by UAW contracts is $32.32 an hour.

After adjusting for inflation, over the last 20 years, the average wage for American autoworkers has decreased by 30 percent.

The Big Three made a combined $23 billion in profits during the first half of 2023, up 80 percent from the same period last year.

Last year, the CEO of General Motors was paid about $29 million in total compensation, the CEO of Ford made approximately $21 million, and the CEO of Stellantis was paid over $25 million.
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The crew of USACE YAQUINA saved a woman who had been swept into the Columbia River on Aug. 24.

“YAQUINA responded to a person in the water struggling to stay afloat and crying for help,” reported Captain Jane E. Favors.

“The crew deployed the fast rescue boat, pulled the victim out of the water, and provided medical assistance.”

The victim was hypothermic: her skin was pale, her lips were blue, she was stuttering, and struggling to communicate.

She said she had been swept into the water while walking on a sand bar.

When asked how long she had been in the water, she responded, “a very long time.”

After providing care and coordinating with the Coast Guard and 911, the crew carried her onto the launch and transported her to Steamboat Landing Park Boat Dock in Washougal, Wash., where she was transferred to an ambulance.

The captain provided the following timeline:

13:59 – Boatswain Brian Marshall and AB deckhand/mechanic Tanner Ensworth were standing at the launch davit control station on deck when they heard a faint yell, and then a more discernible “help” coming from the water.

They spotted a person who was being swept down river by strong wind and currents approximately a quarter mile from the ship.

Marshall reported to the bridge that there was a man overboard off YAQUINA’s STBD quarter. The captain was on the bridge and confirmed the sighting.

14:00 – Bridge watch team rings MOB on the general alarm, ship’s whistle, and ship’s corps radio.

All personnel report to their MOB station bill assignments. Fast rescue boat prepared for launch.

“Two minutes later, fast rescue boat is away with small craft operator/coxswain Craig Wilson and deckhand Tanner Ensworth,” Favors said.

“Ship’s crew on the golf course deck kept a visual on the person in the water and directed the rescue boat to position.”

At 14:05, Wilson pulled the woman into the boat, where she was covered in blankets.

At 14:08, the rescue boat was back onboard, and the victim had been carried to the ship’s hospital, where care for hypothermia was started.

At 14:45, the victim was carried to the launch, which was crewed by Ensworth, Wilson, third mate Aslyn Fisher, chief steward Faith St. John, and electronics tech Brian Campbell.

At 15:00, the launch arrived at the dock, where EMTs and the Coast Guard were waiting.

By 15:28, the launch was back onboard, and the vessel continued normal operations.

Every member of the crew was key to the success of the rescue, the captain said. Besides those listed above, they include:

— Assistant/Acting Master Erich Krueck;

— 2M Michael Morrisey, who served as on-scene leader, led the medical assessment, and dealt with GW;

— 3M Bridge Team Austin Wittman, conning officer during rescue;

— 2M Bridge Team Chris Ochs, lookout, communications and assist conning officer during rescue;

— 3M Logan Conlan, lookout, spotting victim and tracking until rescue boat pick-up; and

— the entire engineering department, led by chief engineer Eric Risheim, 1st AE Tom Martincello, 2nd AE Michael Lange, 3rd AE Matt Carlsen, MERO Jake Moreland, and chief electrician Keith Ashby.

Cook Samantha Orem provided medical assistance to the victim.

“The entire crew was part of this rescue, and they all deserve acknowledgment for their efforts,” Favors said. “The response by all hands was outstanding.”

“Kudos to the YAQUINA team for saving a human life,” said MM&P Federal Employees Membership Group Representative Randi Ciszewski.
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The International Longshore and Warehouse Union said Saturday it has commenced a chapter 11 case under subchapter V of the Bankruptcy Code in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California.

The ILWU represents a range of workers on the U.S. West Coast, in Hawaii, and in British Columbia, including dock workers, warehouse workers, tourism and hospitality workers, agricultural workers, and miners.

In an official statement, the union said it will use the bankruptcy process to resolve litigation with ICTSI Oregon that dates from 2012.

It said it is confident that the process “will provide the most favorable course of action to safeguard the union’s future.”

The ILWU will continue to operate as usual, fulfilling its obligations to members, locals, affiliates, and employees.

“Since 1937, our democratic, rank-and-file union has fought to protect the interests of ILWU members, including bargaining for fair wages, benefits, and working conditions,” said ILWU President Willie Adams.

“We have been extremely successful and are over 40,000 members strong, and we are proud of the work that our members do each and every day across our 50 local unions and affiliates.”

“While we have attempted numerous times to resolve the decade-long litigation with ICTSI Oregon, at this point, the union can no longer afford to defend against ICTSI’s scorched-earth litigation tactic.”

“We intend to use the chapter 11 process to implement a plan that will bring this matter to resolution and ensure that our union continues to do its important work for our members and the community.”

“The Officers are confident that we are taking the right step to put our organization on the best path forward—and we are optimistic for all that is ahead.”

MM&P is a proud partner of the ILWU in the Maritime Labor Alliance, which includes the American Radio Association, the Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific, and the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association.

“The ILWU will weather this storm as it has weathered far more treacherous ones in the past,” said MM&P President Don Marcus.

“It will continue to be a powerful advocate for its members and a beacon of light for the American labor movement overall.”
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The Offshore Familiarization Course will be held in the MM&P Charleston Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 10 and Wednesday, Oct. 11.

There is no sea-time requirement to take the course.

All Offshore applicants, potential transferees from other membership groups and other interested Offshore members are encouraged to take the course as soon as possible.

If you are interested in participating in the course, please contact John Livingston at charleston@bridgedeck.org

Here is the schedule:

— Day 1, Oct. 10, from 0930 to 1500;

— Day 2, Oct. 11, from 0930 to 1100;

— Day 2 Oct. 11, from 1100 to 1330 Membership Meeting.

The Charleston Hall is located at:

1481 Tobias Gadson Blvd Suite 2C Charleston, SC 29407

The phone number is: 843-766-3565.
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Atlantic Ports Vice President Tom Larkin has scheduled a membership meeting in the Charleston Union Hall on Wednesday, October 11, at 1100 EDT following job call.

MM&P Secretary-Treasurer Don Josberger will be in attendance.

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

The Charleston Union Hall is located at:

1481 Tobias Gadson Blvd, Suite 2C

Charleston, SC 29407

Phone: 843-766-3565
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The Offshore Familiarization Course will be held over a two-day period in the MM&P Seattle Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 1, and Thursday, Nov. 2.

The schedule on both days that the course is held will be from 0930 to 1500.

The Seattle Hall is located at:

15208 52nd Ave. S., Ste 100

Tukwila, WA 98188

The phone number is: 206-441-8700

There is no sea-time requirement to take the course.

All Offshore applicants, potential transferees from other membership groups and other interested Offshore members are encouraged to take the course as soon as possible.

If you are interested in participating in the course, please contact Kirsten Wilhelm at kwilhelm@bridgedeck.org.
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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 Monday, Oct. 9, for Indigenous People’s Day (Columbus Day).
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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.

GRN now offers a signing/retention bonus of $3,000 to all mates and assistant engineers who complete the 2023 sailing season and return for the 2024 sailing season.

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.

WMI is offering a $3,000 new hire sign-on bonus. It is payable in three payments of $1,000 each, the first $1,000 after the successful completion of the second hitch, the second $1,000 upon successful completion of the third hitch, and $1,000 upon successful completion of the fourth hitch.

Cross-shipping rights for Offshore applicants/members are available for licensed personnel, with sea time and points counting towards upgrading Offshore membership.

Key Lakes is looking for a mate with Great Lakes pilotage and an open-water mate.

The regular relief is for 30 days but could be modified if mutually agreed on.

These are long-term, permanent jobs.

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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Tanker CM, 2M and 3M’s needed, including for new tanker ALLIED PACIFIC.

Positions available aboard Patriot LMSR’s at all levels including new vessels SEAY and PILILAAU.

Members and applicants who are interested in MSC training, please sign up with MITAGS and for those who do not qualify for training benefits yet, please email Jeremy Hope, VP Gulf and Gov’t Contracts at jhope@bridgedeck.org with the subject line MSC TRAINING.

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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): 01/22/24, 01/29/24

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

ARPA-OIC– Automated Radar Plotting Aids (4-Day): 11/13/23, 02/05/24, 03/04/24

AZIPOD (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

BRM – Bridge Resource Management (5-Day): 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): 01/15/24, 02/12/24

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years): 10/16/23, 11/13/23, 01/29/24, 03/11/24

BT-Refresher (3-day): 01/29/24

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic (5-Day): 04/15/24

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability (5-Day): 10/09/23, 12/18/23, 01/29/24, 04/29/24, 06/24/24

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology (5-Day): 12/11/23, 01/22/24, 04/22/24, 06/17/24

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 10/16/23, 02/05/24

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations (5-Day): 11/27/23, 02/26/24

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific (5-Day): 12/04/23, 03/04/24

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

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems (5-Day): 12/11/23, 03/11/24

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM) (5-Day): 11/13/23, 03/18/24

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants (5-Day): 03/11/24

(DCS-1 available on request – contact Admissions)

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (5-Day): 11/06/23, 02/26/24

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1) (5-Day): *10/30/23, 12/04/23, 01/08/24, 02/05/24, 04/08/24, 05/06/24, 06/03/24

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2) (5-Day): 10/09/23, *11/06/23, 12/11/23, 01/15/24, 02/12/24, 04/15/24, 05/13/24, 06/10/24

**SHS-ADV-I & II are now approved to include SAR-CMM assessments at MITAGS**

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation (5-Day): 02/19/24

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping (5-Day): 03/18/24

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) –12/02/23, 01/27/24

CIW-DPA/IA – Continual Improvement Workshop: Designated Person Ashore & Internal Auditor (3-Day) ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program **

Online: 10/11/24

CIW-SMS – Continual Improvement Workshop: Successful Safety Management (2-Day) – Online: Not Currently Scheduled

CNAV-OIC– Celestial Navigation (15-Day): 05/06/24

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): 02/05/24

ECDIS for Pilots (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

ERM – Engine Resource Management (5-Day): 11/27/23

ADV-FF – Advanced Fire-Fighting (4-day): 02/19/24, 03/24/24

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced (5-Day): Not currently scheduled

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 10/18/23, 11/15/23, 01/31/24, 03/13/24

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 02/01/24

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

Online: Not currently scheduled

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization (2-Day): 02/02/24

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (10-Day): 01/15/24

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 11/16/23

LAP – License Advancement Program for Mate to Master (20-Day): 10/16/23, 03/04/24

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes (15-Day): 02/05/24

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross

Ton License (15-Day): 06/03/24

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage (1-Day): Not Currently Scheduled

LNG-BADV – Basic and Advanced IGF Code Operations (3 Day): 10/09/23, *10/16/23, *11/13/23, 01/08/24, 02/12/24, 03/11/24

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC) (1-Day): 04/04/24

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

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 12/04/23, 01/08/24

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 11/27/23, 01/22/24

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: (5-Day): 01/08/24

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 09/24/23, 10/07/23, 10/15/23, 11/16/23, 12/09/23, 01/13/24, 03/14/24

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic) (1-Day): 10/26/23, 02/29/24, 05/09/24, 06/07/24, 08/08/24, 09/12/24, 10/31/24

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 10/27/23, 03/01/24, 05/10/24, 06/07/24, 08/09/24, 09/13/24, 11/01/24

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day – Evening Class): 10/28/23, 03/01/24, 05/10/24, 06/07/24, 08/09/24, 09/13/24, 11/01/24

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

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 10/30/23, 01/08/24, 03/04/24, 05/13/24, 06/10/24, 07/15/24, 08/12/24, 09/16/24, 11/04/24

MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day/ 8-hour): 10/28/23, 03/02/24, 05/11/24, 06/08/24, 08/10/24, 09/14/24, 11/02/24

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day): 10/29/23, 01/07/24, 03/03/24, 05/12/24, 06/09/24, 07/14/24, 08/11/24, 09/15/24, 11/03/24

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day): 11/03/23, 01/12/24, 03/08/24, 05/17/24, 06/14/24, 07/19/24, 08/16/24, 09/20/24, 11/08/24

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): 11/06/23*, 11/08/23*

PSC – Personal Survival Craft (Lifeboatman) (5-Day): 01/29/24, 02/05/24

PSC-REF – Personal Survival Craft Refresher (2-Day): 01/25/24

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): 11/18/23, 01/31/24

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 11/16/23, 01/29/24, 02/26/24

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3-Day): 10/23/23, 04/01/24

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 04/29/24

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day): 10/16/23, 11/13/23, 02/26/24

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 04/05/24

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (15-Day): 02/05/24

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 11/13/23, 01/29/24, 03/04/24

TRAC-TUG-2 (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

TTT – ** NOT covered by the MATES Program **: 10/23/24

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties: Not Currently Scheduled

VSO – Vessel Security Officer (3-Day): 10/11/23, 05/31/24

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) (10-Day): 12/04/23, 03/18/24

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 04/22/24
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You can enroll online at www.mitags.org or contact our Admissions Department 866.656.5568 or admissions@mitags.org

October 2023

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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