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MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly

Volume 28… Number 43, Oct.25, 2022


In This Issue:


Retirement Security is on the Ballot This Year:


Mark Your Calendar:

Offshore Meetings:

Job Opportunities:



The crew of the ALLIANCE FAIRFAX provided support and medical assistance to 18 migrants in a small boat in the Straits of Florida on Oct. 18.

“I cannot even describe how well the crew did in stepping up to help,” said Captain Chuck Hendricks, who was on his first voyage as relief master. “It made me proud.”

The incident began on the 4-8 watch, when Chief Mate Ernie Caponegro spotted heavy black smoke billowing from a small vessel.

“As we approached to investigate, we counted 18 onboard, all waving frantically,” the captain said.

“We reported to USCG Sector Key West and they requested us to remain on scene until they arrived.”

“I stopped the ship and a Spanish-speaking crew member was able to communicate with the vessel in distress.”

“We learned they were Cuban migrants, and one had passed out. They requested medical assistance.”

The USCG gave an ETA of one hour, so it was decided to launch the ship’s rescue boat with medical supplies to assist.

Caponegro and Third Mate Dustin Boren launched the rescue boat and proceeded to the small vessel.

They provided help and ensured that the person who had passed out was stable.

Shortly after that, the Coast Guard arrived, brought the migrants on board and transported them to safety.

“The chief mate and the third mate did an excellent job getting the rescue boat launched and providing medical assistance,” Hendricks said.

“Second Mate Kate Rastallis was outstanding on the bridge, coordinating with the Coast Guard, making the necessary calls, and assisting with navigation.”

“Congratulations to you and your crew for the great work,” said MM&P President Don Marcus.

“Well done on all accounts, in the finest tradition of MM&P.”

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Four members of the House of Representatives have written to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to express their concerns over Jones Act waivers issued by DHS for the delivery of fuel to Puerto Rico by foreign vessels.

“We write to express our concerns and disappointment with your recent decision to grant Jones Act waivers for the delivery of fuel to Puerto Rico, including to allow the delivery of diesel sourced from the mainland United States by British Petroleum Products North America to Puerto Rico on a foreign vessel on Sept. 28,” wrote Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.), ranking member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-Calif.), chair of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, and Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio), ranking member of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation.

“We concur with the Maritime Administration that consideration of a waiver while a vessel is already underway is ‘novel and problematic’ and would like to better understand the reasoning for your decision to issue a waiver for a company that appeared to be gaming the Jones Act waiver process,” they wrote.

The representatives also questioned the basis on which DHS had disregarded waiver requirements.

“The question of availability [of U.S.-flag vessels] was not intended to be answered in retrospect,” they wrote.

“[T]he statute is intended to be a prospective evaluation to give U.S.-flag ships the first opportunity to move the goods, without the need to waive the law.”

“We do not understand how DHS, either independently or acting through MARAD, made a retroactive determination that no U.S.-flag vessels could have performed the move for which the waiver was granted—and did so on the day the waiver was granted.”

They concluded by requesting written answers to the following:

— how DHS issued the waiver despite not following requirements;

— the legal justification for performing a retroactive vessel availability assessment;

— why the shipment was made when reports indicate the island had adequate fuel supplies;

— if DHS had considered whether the waiver was requested for disaster arbitrage purposes; and

— why the waiver was needed in the interest of national defense.
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A large-scale survey on gender-based discrimination and harassment in the maritime industry has found that both are widespread.

The survey was conducted online by WISTA, an international networking organization that seeks to attract and support women at the management level in the maritime, trading and logistics sectors.

The survey drew the overwhelming majority of its data (90 percent) from women who work aboard cruise ships, reflecting the high level of concentration of female seafarers in that sector of the industry.

Of the 1,128 female seafarers who responded, 60 percent reported having experienced gender-based discrimination aboard ship.

Sixty-six percent reported having witnessed harassment.

The results are significantly worse than the roughly 40 percent reported by women who work shoreside in the United States.

Twenty-five percent of the respondents to the WISTA survey said that they had been harassed onboard, including being “invited” to another crewmember’s cabin or being targeted by “overly familiar remarks.”

Another 25 percent reported obscene comments, body shaming and insistent advances, in most cases (90 percent) by male seafarers.

Although almost all respondents (97 percent) said their employers had policies banning harassment onboard, only a small minority said that they had reported incidents to their companies, either through a hotline or through their direct superior.

“The report revealed unacceptable figures with women facing gender discrimination, harassment and bullying on the sea,” said Sanjam Sahi Gupta, the founder of WISTA India and the co-chair of WISTA International’s Diversity Committee.

“There is an urgent need to create a more diverse, inclusive and equitable maritime community, with women seafarers deserving a respectful and safe working environment.”
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The Department of Transportation and New York State have announced they now have “concurrent jurisdiction” over crimes alleged to have been committed at Kings Point.

This means that victims of crimes now have access to resources and assistance from local authorities in response to—and investigation and prosecution of—felony and misdemeanor crimes on campus property, including sexual assault and sexual harassment.

Under the agreement, as outlined in Marine Log, TradeWinds and other industry publications, the Nassau County and Kings Point police departments have authority to investigate misdemeanor sex crimes and most felonies, including sexual assault, occurring on property owned and controlled by USMMA.

Officers are authorized to make arrests, and the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office has the authority to prosecute. Cases will be heard in New York State Court.

“We are proud to partner with the State of New York on this change to increase support for a culture of respect and accountability at USMMA,” said Maritime Administrator Ann Phillips.

“Every midshipman must have a safe environment in which to learn—both during Sea Year and on campus.”

“Our focus is on the safety and wellbeing of midshipmen,” said DOT Deputy Secretary Polly Trottenberg.

“Concurrent jurisdiction is another critical step in our ongoing effort to strengthen safety and support at USMMA.”

“Working together, we can strengthen enforcement by ensuring a uniform response to criminal activity across the entirety of USMMA’s campus, creating a safer community for midshipmen.”
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The Singapore-flagged RIO MADEIRA lost propulsion and drifted south of Sydney for more than 30 hours last week before power was restored and it could be helped by several tugboats into a berth at the Port of Botany.

The vessel, which is operated by Maersk, lost propulsion before midnight on Oct. 20 on a voyage from Singapore.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority said it coordinated incident response with Maersk and Svitzer Australia and that the vessel and crew were never in immediate danger.

AMSA reported that the vessel was loaded with 3,380 containers, including 126 classed as hazardous, 3,075 tons of heavy fuel oil and 236 tons of diesel.

Maersk issued a statement confirming that the vessel had suffered an electrical power outage causing a loss of propulsion.

It added that the 27-person crew was not in danger and that the ship had a power supply from the emergency generator that allowed some functions to be carried out.

In July a bulker, PORTLAND BAY, lost power in a storm off the coast near Sydney.

Tugs worked for up to 36 hours to reposition it in a sheltered area and avoid it being pushed onto the rocks.
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Imagine working hard every day at your job, contributing to your community and growing the economy for 40 or 50 years.

After a lifetime of work, all you want is to retire with dignity.

But your employer and your government say: “Thanks for everything, but you can’t afford retirement. Get back to work.”

For millions of Americans, that’s the reality. As many as half of all working Americans retire in poverty. And 57 percent have no retirement savings at all.

Big corporations have slashed pensions and other retirement benefits to pad their bottom lines.

Now, extremist politicians want to gut our pensions, slash Social Security and end Medicare as we know it.

Working Americans deserve better. In November, we will let them know.

Up and down the ballot, we must elect leaders who will fight for our pensions, Social Security and Medicare.

Please take the time to decide how and when you’re going to vote, and encourage your friends and family to do the same.

Make a plan to vote today.

P.S. If you need to check your voter registration or find your polling place, you can do that here.
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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

— 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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There will be an Atlantic Maritime Group membership meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 9, from 1100 hours to 1300 hours.

You must be a member in good standing to participate in the meeting.

The meeting will be held both in person and virtually so that all interested parties can attend.

The in-person meeting will be held at the NY/NJ Union Hall, 570 Broad Street, Suite 701, Newark, NJ 07102.

To receive a link to participate in the meeting virtually, you must register with AMG Representative Paulina Czernek before noon on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Her email address is: pczernek@bridgedeck.org.
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The Offshore Orientation Course will be held in the Los Angeles/Long Beach Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 2 from 0830 to 1700.

The address of the hall is 533 N. Marine Ave., Ste A Wilmington, CA 90744-5527.

The phone is: 310-834-7201.

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 Wendy Karnes: wkarnes@bridgedeck.org.
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MM&P Atlantic Ports Vice President Tom Larkin has scheduled a membership meeting at the Newark Union Hall on Wednesday Nov. 2, at 1100 EDT following job call.

MM&P Secretary-Treasurer Don Josberger will participate in the meeting.

All members and applicants are welcome to attend.

The Newark Union Hall is located at:

570 Broad Street, Ste 701

Newark, NJ 07102

The phone number is: 201-963-1900
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MM&P Atlantic Ports Vice President Tom Larkin has scheduled a membership meeting at the Charleston Union Hall on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 1100 EDT following job call.

MM&P Secretary-Treasurer Don Josberger will participate in the meeting.

All members and applicants are welcome to attend.

The Charleston Union Hall is located at:

1481 Tobias Gadson Blvd., Suite 2C

Charleston, SC 29407-4794

The phone number is: 843-766-3565.
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There are jobs for licensed and unlicensed personnel at Grand River Navigation and 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.

There is an immediate need for a 1/AE on the SLNC Corsica to join in Singapore.

Vacation: 28/30.

Contract pays into the Pension and all the fringe benefits.

Wage estimate for six months of work is approximately $165,000.

There is a company bonus of $500 for each 15-Day period served on board paid upon sign-off. There is no COVID vaccine requirement for this job.
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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): Not currently scheduled
AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

ARPA-OIC (4-Day) – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: Not currently scheduled

AZIPOD (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

BRM – Bridge Resource Management (5-Day): Not currently scheduled

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

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

BT – Basic Safety Training (5-Day) : Not currently scheduled

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) –11/14/22

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 11/14/22

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic (5-Day): Not currently scheduled

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability (5-Day): Not currently scheduled

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology (5-Day): 12/12/22

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 10/31/22

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

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

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

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems (5-Day): Not currently scheduled

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM) (5-Day): 11/14/22

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants (5-Day): Not Currently Scheduled

(DCS-1 available on request – contact Admissions)

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: Not Currently Scheduled

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (5-Day): Not currently scheduled

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1) (5-Day): 12/5/22*

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2) (5-Day): 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): Not currently scheduled

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping (5-Day): Not currently scheduled

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: 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): 11/28/22

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

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: 11/16/22

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 11/17/22

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): Not Currently Scheduled

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 12/12/22

IEN – Integrated Electronic Navigation (3-Day): Not currently scheduled

LAP – License Advancement Program for Mate to Master (20-Day): Not currently scheduled

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) : Not currently scheduled

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage (1-Day): 11/14/22

LNG-TPIC (10-Day): Not currently scheduled

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC) (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

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

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 12/5/22*

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 11/28/2022

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: (5-Day): Not currently scheduled

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): /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): 11/5/22

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 11/4/22

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) –11/3/22

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

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 11/7/22

MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day/ 8-hour) –11/4/22

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) –11/6/22

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) –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): 12/19/2022*

PSC – Personal Survival Craft (5-Day) – Contact Admissions

PSC-REF – Personal Survival Craft Refresher (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

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: Not Currently Scheduled

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3-Day): Not currently scheduled

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 11/07/22

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day) – 11/28/22

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: Not Currently Schedule

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (15-Day): Not Currently Schedule

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: Not Currently Schedule

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) : Not currently scheduled

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) (10-Day): Not currently scheduled

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level
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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

October 2022
31-4 Advanced Meteorology

November 2022

1-4 ARPA

7-10 Advanced Firefighting

7-11 Leadership & Managerial Skills

7-11 Advanced Shiphandling I

14-18 Advanced Shiphandling II

14-16 Search & Rescue

14-18 Meteorology (Operational Level)

14th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

15-16 Basic Training Revalidation

28-9 GMDSS

28-2 Basic Training

28-9 Medical Person-In-Charge

28-16 License Preparation (Original Mate License)

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