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MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly

Volume 28… Number 36, Sept. 6, 2022


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A report issued by insurance giant Allianz warns that the number of fires at sea has increased significantly over the past decade.

The report was issued by a division of the company, Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS).

The common denominator in many of the fires, Allianz says, is the presence of lithium-ion batteries.

“AGCS has long warned about the potential dangers that lithium-ion batteries can pose for the shipping and wider logistics industries, whether they are being transported inside electric vehicles or as standalone cargo, if they are not handled, stored, or transported correctly, with fire being a significant hazard,” said Rahul Khanna, AGCS global head of marine risk consulting.

“Batteries are not only a potential cause of fire if damaged, overcharged or subjected to high temperatures, they can also aggravate other causes of fire at sea and are difficult to extinguish as they have the potential to reignite days or even weeks later.”

Allianz highlights four main hazards involving lithium-ion batteries: fire, explosion, toxic gases, and the potential for thermal runaway (a rapid self-heating fire that can cause an explosion).

The company warns that in most shipboard incidents, a thermal runaway event can be a significant possibility unless immediate action is taken by the crew, such as suppressing a fire with copious amounts of water over a long period of time.

But, the company says, “this can be extremely challenging due to factors such as early detection being difficult, a shortage of crew members, and a lack of adequate firefighting capabilities on board.”

It identified the most common causes of fire risk as: substandard manufacturing of battery cells/devices; over-charging of battery cells; over-temperature by short-circuiting; and damaged battery cells or devices, which can result from poor packing and handling or cargo shift in rough seas.

Allianz noted that ro-ro’s and car carriers can be more exposed to fire and stability issues than other vessels because the internal spaces are not divided into separate sections.

The lack of internal bulkheads can have an adverse impact on fire safety and a small fire on one vehicle or battery can grow out of control very quickly, the company says.

It added that vehicles are not easily accessible once loading has been completed and that the large volume of air inside the open cargo decks provides a ready supply of oxygen in case of fire.

“Safe carriage has become an emerging risk concern for the shipping community, raising questions about the adequacy of fire detection and firefighting capabilities on board vessels, cargo loading procedures, and even whether changes in vessel design may be necessary, given specialist equipment is required to extinguish any blazes,” Khanna says.

The company says shoreside staff must be trained to follow correct packing and handling procedures and mariners must have specific training in fighting lithium-ion battery fires.

“Companies should do all that they possibly can to implement, develop and follow robust loss-prevention measures, given [that] the growing popularity of electric vehicles means many more vehicles with lithium-ion batteries will be transported by sea in future,” Khanna says.

To mitigate fire risk, when possible, Allianz suggests: checking the battery’s state of charge is at the optimal level for transportation; ensuring that EVs with low ground clearance are labelled as this can present loading/ discharging challenges; and checking all EVs are properly secured to prevent cargo shift.

In transit, the company says, anything that can aid early detection is critical, including watchkeeping/fire rounds and using thermal scanners, gas detectors, heat/smoke detectors, and CCTV cameras.
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A Gallup poll released last week found that 71 percent of Americans approve of labor unions, the highest number since 1965.

The results were announced in a period marked by numerous high-profile organizing campaigns, including some at giant corporations like Starbucks and Amazon.

Nearly half of nonunion workers say they would join a union in their workplace if they had the chance.

Young workers are even more enthusiastic about unions.

In a separate poll conducted earlier in the summer, Gallup focused on union members and non-members.

Forty percent of the union members said that their union membership was extremely important to them, rating it five on a five-point scale.

Another 28 percent rated it at four out of five.

Most union members said the biggest benefit of membership was “better pay and benefits,” followed closely by “employee rights and representation.”

Other factors that were cited included, in order, job security, better pension and retirement benefits, a better work environment and more fairness and equality at work.
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Adm. Al Herberger, a vigorous supporter of the U.S.-flag fleet, died last week at the age of 91.

He served as maritime administrator from 1993 to 1997, and played a critical role in the enactment of the Maritime Security Program.

“He was always accessible and always ready to help: a true champion for our industry,” said MIRAID President C. James Patti.

Herberger was the first Kings Point graduate to attain the rank of vice admiral of the United States Navy.

As a merchant mariner, he sailed with Grace Line and United States Lines.

He served in the Navy for 35 years before becoming maritime administrator.

“On behalf of the Maritime Administration, we are saddened to hear of the recent passing of former Maritime Administrator Vice Admiral Al Herberger, and our sincerest condolences go to his family and loved ones during this time,” a MARAD spokesperson said in a statement.

“During his tenure as MARAD’s Administrator, he led efforts to implement the enactment of the 1993 National Shipbuilding Initiative and the Maritime Security Act of 1996.”

“He had a long, successful maritime career, and was often described as someone who ‘stood tall yet remained approachable and friendly.’”

“We will forever remain inspired by his leadership and his impact on the maritime community.”
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An Aframax tanker sailing southbound in the Suez Canal became wedged across the navigational channel on Sept. 1, blocking all traffic.

The incident occurred close to the spot in the narrow southern section of the canal where the EVER GIVEN caused a week-long halt to traffic in March 2021, dominating headlines and paralyzing supply chains around the world.

Five tugs deployed by the Suez Canal Authority succeeded in refloating and repositioning the vessel after about five hours.

The six-year-old tanker, the Singapore-flag AFFINITY V, had unloaded its cargo in Portugal and was transiting the canal with only ballast on its way to Saudi Arabia.

A spokesperson for the canal authority said the ship had experienced “a technical malfunction of the rudder… which caused the loss of ability to steer it.”
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A federal judge has tossed out the criminal indictment of a dive boat captain who was charged with manslaughter in the deaths of 34 people in a 2019 fire off the coast of California.

The dive boat CONCEPTION caught fire while 33 passengers and one member of the crew were sleeping down below.

The indictment—issued by a grand jury in 2020—accused Captain Jerry Boylan of causing their deaths through “misconduct, negligence, and inattention to his duties.”

On Sept. 2, U.S. District Judge George Wu threw out the indictment, saying prosecutors had failed to accuse Boylan of gross negligence.

The fire began in the back of a middle deck salon where lithium-ion batteries were being charged, according to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation.

But the agency could not say whether it was the lithium-ion batteries, the ship’s electrical system or an unattended fire source that ignited the blaze.

The agency found that the fire had been burning for at least 30 minutes before a member of the crew who was sleeping in the wheelhouse atop the three-deck boat was awakened by a pop, crackle and the glow of the flames from the middle deck.

NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt has said that regardless of the source of the fire, the 33 passengers and one crew member below deck probably could have escaped if the blaze had been detected early.

In its indictment, the U.S. District Court grand jury cited three federal safety violations: failure to assign a night watch or roving patrol aboard the boat, failure to conduct sufficient crew training and failure to conduct adequate fire drills.

In the aftermath of the accident, the NTSB recommended sweeping changes to small vessel oversight by the U.S. Coast Guard, including better smoke detection systems and emergency exits that lead to different areas of the boat.
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The U.S. maritime authorities have issued two maritime advisories.

Maritime advisory 2022-008 warns of threats to commercial vessels in the Persian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz, Gulf of Oman, Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden, Bab al Mandeb Strait, Red Sea, and Western Indian Ocean.

The advisory states in part:

Regional conflict, military activity, and political tensions pose threats to merchant vessels.

The U.S. is continually assessing the maritime security situation to safeguard freedom of navigation; ensure the free flow of commerce; and protect U.S. vessels, personnel, and interests.

While some past incidents may have targeted specific merchant vessels due to their association with certain countries, individuals, or companies, not all did, and the potential remains for miscalculation or misidentification that could lead to aggressive actions against non-associated merchant vessels.

Among the threats to U.S.-flag merchant vessels are: unmanned aerial vehicle attacks; Iranian boarding/detention/seizure; limpet mines; explosive boats; piracy; and navigation or communication disruptions such as AIS spoofing, communications jamming and fake bridge-to-bridge communications.

Maritime advisory 2022-009 warns of combat operations in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.

It states in part that since Russia’s further invasion of Ukraine in late February, there have been reports of multiple commercial vessels being struck by projectiles and/or experiencing explosions in Ukrainian ports, and in the northwestern Black Sea off the coast of Ukraine.

There have also been reports of mines, both moored and drifting, in many areas of the Black Sea.

There is a high risk of damage to U.S.-flag commercial vessels in this region.

Vessels operating in these areas may also encounter GPS interference, AIS spoofing, and communications jamming.

U.S.-flag commercial vessels should avoid entering or approaching the Sea of Azov, Ukrainian ports, or Ukrainian territorial waters in the northwestern Black Sea unless participating in the UN Black Sea Grain Initiative.

Vessels operating near these areas are advised to: exercise caution; conduct a risk assessment; review security measures; review current NATO Shipping Center, NAVAREA III and other local broadcast warnings; and incorporate appropriate protective measures into their vessel security plans.

All US maritime alerts and advisories are posted at https://go.usa.gov/xtHYH.
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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: 9/27/22

AZIPOD (2-Day) –9/12/22

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

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 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): 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) –9/26/22*, 10/17/22, 11/14/22, 12/19/22

BT-Refresher (3-day) –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): 10/24/22, 12/19/22

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology (5-Day): 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): 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 – Not currently scheduled

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems (5-Day): 10/10/22

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM) (5-Day): 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): 10/3/22*, 10/17/22, , 12/5/22

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

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): 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) : Not currently scheduled

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): 12/5/22

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 10/3/22*, 12/5/22*

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 11/28/22

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 09/19/2022, 10/3/22*

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 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): 9/14/22, and 11/5/22

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 9/16/22, 11/4/22

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) –11/3/22

MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day) –9/12/22

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 9/19/22, 11/7/22

MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day/ 8-hour) –9/17/22, 11/4/22

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) –9/18/22, 11/6/22

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) – 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): 10/06/2022*, 12/19/2022, 12/21/2022

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: Not Currently Scheduled

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3-Day): 9/7/22

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 9/12/22*, 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): 9/7/22

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

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 9/19/22
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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
September 2022
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