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Wheelhouse Weekly – August 15, 2017

August 15th 2017

Volume 22… Number 33… Aug. 15, 2017

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REPUBLICAN STUDY COMMITTEE BUDGET OUTLINE CALLS FOR JONES ACT REPEAL

A group of 152 Republicans in Congress have called for the repeal of the Jones Act as part of a broad budget outline offered by their coalition, the Republican Study Committee (RSC), a right-leaning caucus founded in 1973.

Led by Congressman Mark Walker (R-N.C.), the committee recently issued an outline of their recommended Fiscal Year 2018 budget entitled “Securing America’s Future Economy.”

Amidst its proposals—including reforming the tax code, jettisoning the Davis-Bacon Act and implementing a National Right to Work scheme—the RSC outline calls for the end of “cronyism that uses the power of government to pick winners and losers in the economy, such as the Export-Import Bank and the Jones Act.”

At least 50 percent of the products exported with Export-Import Bank financing must be transported on U.S.-flag vessels, making the bank an essential source of cargo for the American Merchant Marine.

For transactions above $20 million, 100 percent of all cargo financed by the bank must be carried on U.S.-flag vessels.

The Jones Act protects the jobs of U.S.-citizen mariners, including every member of MM&P.

Though the RSC outline serves as a guideline for Conservative thinking, it is not being treated as a blueprint for the budget process.

However its provisions will likely be used as talking points during ongoing budget discussion.

The release of the RSC proposal comes on the heels of Sen. John McCain’s latest attack on the Jones Act: his bill, S 1561, would ship American mariners’ jobs to foreign-flag companies operating flag-of-convenience vessels crewed by seafarers from low-wage countries.

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REAR ADM. MARK BUZBY SWORN IN AS MARITIME ADMINISTRATOR

Rear Adm. Mark Buzby was sworn in Monday as the new head of the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD).

Buzby, a 30-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, is a highly respected military and maritime industry leader who enjoys broad support on both sides of the aisle on Capitol Hill.

He served as commander of Military Sealift Command (MSC) and then as president and chief executive officer of the National Defense Transportation Association.

MM&P President Don Marcus, a classmate of Buzby’s at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, Class of 1979, attended the swearing-in ceremony.

“Mark Buzby gets things done and commands respect,” Marcus says. “Aboard ship as a naval officer or in command at MSC, his guiding principle is always ‘the Mission and the People.’

“What better guideline can there be aboard ship or ashore, in the military or outside of it, when it comes to the workplace?”

As head of the Maritime Administration, Buzby’s role will be to advise Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, and to strengthen and expand relations between MARAD and the other maritime industry stakeholders.

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NOAA: “THIS YEAR’S HURRICANE SEASON COULD BE MOST ACTIVE SINCE 2010”

Government forecasters are now predicting a higher likelihood of an above-average hurricane season, with up to 19 named storms and five major hurricanes.

The forecast comes in the form of a scheduled update to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) 2017 hurricane season outlook.

NOAA forecasters now predict a 60-percent chance of an above-normal season, with 14 to 19 named storms and two to five major hurricanes.

The agency says the 2017 season could be the most active since 2010.

“We’re now entering the peak of the season, when the bulk of the storms usually form,” says Gerry Bell, the lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.

“The wind and air patterns in the area of the tropical Atlantic and Caribbean, where many storms develop, are very conducive to an above-normal season,” he says.

Factors that point to an above-normal season include warmer waters across the tropical Atlantic than models previously predicted and higher predicted activity from available models.

In the first nine weeks of this season, there have been six named storms, or half the number of storms registered during an average six-month season and double the number of storms that would typically form by early August, according to NOAA.

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WATCH: JAMES EARL JONES ON NABISCO WORKERS FIRED WHEN THEY WOULDN’T ACCEPT A 60-PERCENT PAY CUT

The 300 men and women who lost their jobs when the Nabisco/Mondelez bakery in Chicago was shuttered in 2015 are the focus of a new short documentary, “Made in America.”

James Earl Jones introduces the 6-minute video, which tells the story of how Nabisco transformed hundreds of good union jobs in Chicago into poverty-level jobs in Salinas, Mexico, devastating families and communities in the process.

Watch: http://bit.ly/BCTGMFrontPage

“Nabisco decided a few years ago that it would spend $130 million to build four new ovens either in Chicago or in Salinas,” says former Nabisco employee Jethro Head.

The company told the people who worked at the plant that for the ovens to be built in Chicago, they would have to accept a 60-percent reduction in pay and benefits and 125 of them would lose their jobs.

“I don’t know who could live off a 60-percent reduction in pay and benefits,” says Michael Smith, another former Nabisco employee.

Today, people who work for Nabisco at its new plant in Salinas, Mexico, earn about $1/hour and work 12-hour days.

“Here’s a company that makes over $2 billion a year and then takes the profits earned off the backs of the workers in Chicago to build a plant in Mexico,” Smith says.

“And then the insult of it is they make it somewhere else and turn around and sell it here at the same price as before… The only ones who benefit are the CEOs.”

Watch: http://bit.ly/BCTGMFrontPage

Please join the boycott of Nabisco snacks made in Mexico.

Make sure your family only purchases Nabisco snacks made by your fellow American workers.

Check the label on the back of every Nabisco package before you purchase.

If you see the words “Made in Mexico,” don’t buy the product and tell your grocery manager to stock only American-made Nabisco/Mondelez snacks!

You can also check the plant identification code.

Don’t Buy: MM = Monterrey, Mexico; MS = Salinas, Mexico.

Do Buy: AE = Chicago; AH = Portland, Ore.; AP = Fairlawn, N.J.; AX = Atlanta; AZ = Richmond, Va.; XL = Naperville, Ill.

Reject the global exploitation of workers, and support the Chicago workforce by only buying Nabisco snacks made in America!

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OFFSHORE MEMBERSHIP MEETING IN MM&P CHARLESTON HALL SEPT. 7

An Offshore membership meeting will be held at the MM&P Charleston Hall on Thursday, Sept. 7, at 1100 following job call.

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

The MM&P Charleston Hall is located at 1481 Tobias Gadson Blvd Suite 2C, Charleston, SC 29407-4794.

To contact the hall, call (843)766-3565, send a fax to (843)766-6352 or e-mail charleston@bridgedeck.org.

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OFFSHORE ORIENTATION COURSE IN MM&P CHARLESTON HALL SEPT. 6-7

The Offshore Orientation Course will be held at MM&P’s Charleston Hall on Wednesday andThursday, Sept. 6-7, beginning at 0900.

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 taking the course, please contact the Charleston Hall at:Charleston@bridgedeck.org or 843-766-3565.

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MM&P CLOSED FOR LABOR DAY ON SEPT. 4

All MM&P union halls, the MM&P Federal Credit Union, the MM&P Plan Office and MM&P headquarters will be closed for Labor Day on Monday, Sept. 4.

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/ MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES /

MITAGS needs your current address! Have you moved recently? Did you remember to send MITAGS your new address for communications regarding courses? Please send your current contact information to admissions@mitags.org or to the fax number below. New dedicated fax line for Admissions only: 1-443-568-1928. For all other MITAGS business, please continue to use: 410-859-5181.

For Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) processing, MMC problem resolution advice, STCW compliance and VA GI-Bill questions, contact MITAGS Student Services Coordinator Victor Tufts toll free at (877)725-1194 or by e-mail: vtufts@mitags.org. Please include your Mariner Reference Number, date of birth and the last four digits of your social security number in all emails.

For class availability or information on MITAGS courses and programs, contact Amanda Meadows, Admissions Coordinator, toll-free at 866-656-5568 or by e-mail: admissions@mitags.org.

Why not try our on-line calendar to register for class: mitags-pmi.org/courses/calendar.

Please note the special addition to our on-campus schedule of MSC classes marked with an asterisk (*), which are not normally scheduled to be held at MITAGS.

AB – 8/21/17, 10/16/17

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation: Contact Admissions

ARPA-OIC – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 9/26/17, 1/16/18

AZIPOD 2-Day – 10/16/17

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 9/25/17, 11/13/17, 2/26/18

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 11/14/17, 1/16/18, 2/22/18, 3/29/18

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling: Contact Admissions

BRMP-Refresher – 9/12/17, 10/18/17

BT – Basic Safety Training: 10/9/17, 1/15/18

BT-Revalidation (2-day) – 8/21/17, 9/26/17, 11/8/17, 12/12/17

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 8/20/17, 9/25/17, 11/8/17, 12/11/17

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 10/30/17

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 10/2/17, 12/11/17, 1/29/18

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 9/25/17, 12/4/17, 1/22/18, 3/12/18

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (2 weeks): 10/9/17

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations Course – Week 1: 8/28/17, 9/18/17

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information System: 9/18/17, 1/15/18, 3/26/18

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM): 8/21/17,1/8/18, 2/19/18

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 11/27/17, 3/5/18

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: 11/6/17

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (2 weeks): 10/30/17

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 9/11/17, 10/2/17, 10/30/17, 12/4/17,1/15/18, 2/5/18, 3/5/18, 3/19/18

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 8/21/17, 9/18/17, 10/9/17, 11/6/17,12/11/17, 1/22/18, 2/12/18, 3/12/18, 3/26/18

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

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 10/23/17, 3/19/18

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 11/13/17

CNAV-OIC – Celestial Navigation: 11/6/17

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop: Contact Admissions

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications: 2/19/18

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior – Contact Admissions

CDMGT – Crowd Management – Contact Admissions

CSE – Confined Space Entry: 1/15/18

CSE-AWR – Confined Space Entry Awareness: Contact Admissions

DDE – Great Lakes: 1/22/18

DPA – Contact Admissions

ECDIS for Pilots – 11/14/17, 2/20/18

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 8/28/17, 10/16/17, 12/4/17

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 10/9/17, 1/15/18

FF-ADV-REV – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation & Refresher: 8/23/17, 9/28/17, 11/6/17,12/14/17

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications: 9/12/17

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization: 1/19/18

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System: 8/21/17, 3/5/18

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 8/28/17, 11/27/17

IEN – Integrated Electronic Navigation – 11/28/17

LAP- 9/11/17, 2/26/18

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes: 1/22/18

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License: 12/4/17

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 9/13/17

LNG-TPIC – 12/4/17

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC): 9/25/17 (*2-Evening Session)

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): 10/23/17, 12/11/17

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 9/11/17, 10/23/17, 1/22/18, 3/19/18

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 8/28/17, 11/13/17, 12/4/17, 1/8/18

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 9/11/17, 10/23/17, 11/27/17, 1/22/18, 3/19/18

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 8/25/17, 9/16/17, 9/30/17, 10/28/17, 12/16/17, 1/13/18, 1/27/18, 3/10/18

MSA –Maritime Security Awareness: Contact Admissions

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic): 9/8/17, 10/2/17, 2/23/18

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control: 9/6/17, 10/3/17, 2/21/18

*MSC-ENVPRO – 10/1/17, 2/25/18

*MSC-FF-HELO – 10/16/17

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualification: 9/11/17, 10/9/17, 1/8/18, 2/26/18

*MSC-Security Watch Basic – 9/10/17, 10/5/17, 2/24/18

*MSC-Security Watch Advanced – 9/15/17, 10/7/17, 1/12/18, 3/2/18

*MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force – 9/16/17, 10/13/17, 1/13/18, 3/3/18

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P – 8/23/17, 10/2/17, 1/22/18, 1/24/18

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 9/25/17, 1/15/18

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 8/23/17, 9/20/17, 10/4/17, 10/18/17, 11/1/17, 11/8/17, 11/15/17, 11/29/17, 12/6/17, 12/13/17, 1/10/18, 1/31/18, 2/7/18, 2/21/18, 3/7/18, 3/21/18

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 11/27/18, 1/8/18

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments): 10/16/17

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 8/28/17, 10/23/17, 1/29/18

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling-5 Day – 9/25/17, 10/23/17, 11/27/17, 2/19/18

SMS – Contact Admissions

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 1/22/18

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses: 1/29/18

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 2/12/18

TRAC-TUG-2: Contact Admissions

TTT – Contact Admissions

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties: Contact Admissions

VSO – Vessel Security Officer: 2/14/18

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level): 10/2/17, 2/19/18

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 9/11/17, 3/19/18

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PMI ACADEMIC NOTES

Spring 2017

For registration, please contact our registrar, Mary McGhee, at 206.838.1126 or mmcghee@mates.org. You can also view our schedule and enroll online at www.mitags-pmi.org.

August 2017

19-20 Basic Training – Revalidation
19-21 Basic Training – Refresher
21-25 Radar Observer Unlimited
21-25 Tankship Dangerous Liquids
21-25 Engine Resource Management
23-25 Security – Vessel, Company, & Facility
28-30 Search & Rescue
29-31 Integrated Electronic Navigation

September 2017

5-9 ARPA
6th HAZWOPER Refrehser
8th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
9-10 Basic Training – Revalidation
9-11 Basic Training – Refresher
11-15 Basic Training
11-15 ECDIS
11-15 Cargo Handling & Stowage (Operational Level)
18-21 Advanced Firefighting
18-21 Medical Care Provider
18-29 Celestial Navigation
18-29 Medical Person-In-Charge
23rd Medical DOT
23-24 Basic Training – Revalidation
23-25 Basic Training – Refresher
23-6 GMDSS
25th Radar Renewal

October 2017

2-3 ECDIS for Pilots
2-6 Medical Care Provider
4th HAZWOPER Refresher
7-8 Basic Training – Revalidation
7-9 Basic Training – Refresher
9-13 Basic Training
9-13 Meteorology (Operational Level)
9-13 Engine Resource Management
10-12 Integrated Electronic Navigation
16th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
16-17 ECDIS for Pilots
16-19 Advanced Firefighting
16-27 Watchkeeping (Operational Level)
21-22 Basic Training – Revalidation
21-23 Basic Training – Refresher
23rd Radar Renewal
23-27 Leadership & Managerial Skills
25-27 24-Hour HAZWOPER
30-10 GMDSS

November 2017

4-5 Basic Training – Revalidation
4-6 Basic Training – Refresher
6-10 Basic Training
6-10 ECDIS
9th HAZWOPER Refresher
13th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
13-14 ECDIS for Pilots
13-16 Advanced Firefighting
13-17 Tankship Dangerous Liquids
17th Leadership & Teamworking Skills
17th Flashing Light Exam
18-19 Basic Training – Revalidation
18-20 Basic Training – Refresher
20th Radar Renewal
20-22 Security Officer – Vessel, Company, & Facility
27-29 24-Hour HAZWOPER
27-1 Radar Observer Unlimited
27-1 Basic Shiphandling

December 2017

2-3 Basic Training – Revalidation
2-4 Basic Training – Refresher
4th Flashing Light Exam
4-8 Basic Training
4-8 Leadership & Managerial Skills
4-8 Medical Care Provider
4-15 Medical Person-In-Charge
4-15 GMDSS
8th HAZWOPER Refresher
11th Radar Renewal
11th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
11-15 Construction & Stability (Operational Level)
11-15 Engine Resource Management
16-17 Basic Training – Revalidation
16-18 Basic Training – Refresher
18-20 Search & Rescue
18-21 Advanced Firefighting
18-22 ECDIS
20-22 24-Hour HAZWOPER

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