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Wheelhouse Weekly – August 8, 2017

August 9th 2017

Volume 22… Number 32… Aug. 8, 2017

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SENATE CONFIRMS REAR ADM. MARK BUZBY TO LEAD MARITIME ADMINISTRATION

The Senate has confirmed Rear Adm. Mark Buzby to head the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD).

A seasoned leader and maritime industry manager who enjoys broad, bipartisan support in Washington, he served as commander of Military Sealift Command and then as president and chief executive officer of the National Defense Transportation Association.

A graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, he served in the Navy for over 30 years—primarily aboard cruisers and destroyers–before retiring in 2013.

His Aug. 3 confirmation, by voice vote before the Senate left on its August recess, was reportedly the earliest in modern maritime history that an incoming maritime administrator has been confirmed.

“I want to serve because I believe I can make a difference in strengthening the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and ensuring the maritime industry is strong in peace and able to support this nation’s strategic sealift in time of conflict,” he said in a statement to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, which had earlier approved his nomination and sent it on to the full Senate for the confirmation vote.

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.

“Administrator Buzby’s distinguished military career and experience as president and CEO of the National Defense Transportation Association will serve him well as he works to support and strengthen America’s maritime transportation system,” said TTD President Larry Willis.

“A vibrant U.S. maritime industry is vital to the safety and security of our nation, and the health of our economy. We can and must do more to support measures that enhance this industry and its frontline workforce, including strengthening the Maritime Security Program, protecting cargo preference laws, and retaining skilled mariners. I look forward to working with Administrator Buzby to push these and other common-sense policies that will secure our nation’s port and maritime industries as engines for economic growth and job creation.”

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ILWU RATIFIES CONTRACT EXTENSION

Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) who work at 29 ports in California, Oregon and Washington have ratified a three-year extension of their contract.

Sixty-seven percent of ILWU rank-and-file members voted in favor of the extension, a result which had been forecast by the union a week earlier on the basis of early returns.

The contract with employers who belong to the Pacific Maritime Association, originally scheduled to expire on July 1, 2019, will now end on July 1, 2022.

It covers 20,000 dockworkers at ports handling nearly half of all U.S. maritime trade and more than 70 percent of all imports from Asia.

The ILWU and employers said the new contract will raise wages, maintain health benefits, and increase pensions for union members.

“During the past year we saw a healthy debate and heard different points of view, with concerns raised by all sides,” said ILWU International President Robert McEllrath in an official statement.

“The rank-and-file membership has made their decision and expressed a clear choice.”

Union members and representatives of the employers had each discussed a contract extension over the past year, as a way to avoid a standoff like the one that blocked West Coast ports three years ago.

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BAHAMAS-FLAGGED BULK CARRIER BANNED FROM AUSTRALIAN PORTS

Following a complaint by the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has banned the Bahamas-flagged bulk carrier MV RENA from Australian ports for six months.

On June 30, AMSA received a complaint from the ITF alleging the crew had not been paid for several months.

The authorities conducted a Port State Control inspection when the ship arrived at Hay Point in Queensland on July 6.

They found a series of serious deficiencies, including failure of the life-boat system and the emergency generator.

In addition, the crew was found to be owed about $53,000.

In view of the fact that the situation represented a clear risk to the safety of the crew and the marine environment, MV RENA was detained.

The ship had been detained earlier this year at another Australian port for a number of other serious deficiencies, including the crew having worked excess hours.

A spokesperson for AMSA says the ship has now been banned from Australian waters until Feb. 3 of next year. If it is detained again, it may be banned for an additional 12 months.

The proliferation of flag-of-convenience (FOC) ships in Australian waters as a consequence of the government’s decision to issue numerous extensive waivers of local cabotage law has led to a drastic decline in Australian-flag shipping, accompanied by an upswing in reports of deficient operators, unpaid wages and even criminal offenses.

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LOW-WAGE WORKERS AT DISNEY AND FACEBOOK SEEK “PATH OUT OF POVERTY”

Two highly profitable firms that in many respects exemplify “the American Dream” have an unseemly secret: they fail to pay many of their “associates” a living wage.

Thousands of cast members at Disney World in Orlando and cafeteria workers at Facebook in Silicon Valley are seeking help from unions.

They are following in the footsteps of other contract workers–janitors, security guards and shuttle bus drivers–at many major Silicon Valley tech firms, including Apple, Intel and Google.

In the Bay Area, 500 Facebook cafeteria workers have joined UNITE HERE.

On average, they earn $18/hour, significantly less than a living wage for the area.

Facebook, like many other large firms, seeks to keep the situation at arms’ length by contracting-out many services.

“Our vendor workers are valued members of our community,” a Facebook spokesperson said in an official release to the press that coincided with publication of a photo of one cafeteria worker and his family living in a garage.

“We are committed to providing a safe, fair, work environment to everyone who helps Facebook bring the world closer together, including contractors,” the spokesperson added.

In 2015, the tech firm implemented new standards so Facebook contractors in the United States earned a $15 minimum wage, a minimum of 15 days of paid leave and $4,000 of paid parental leave for new parents. But the pay has not kept pace with the rising cost of living in the Bay Area.

UNITE HERE hopes to start negotiating a contract for the cafeteria workers this month.

At Disney, labor unions representing 36,000 full-time and part-time workers announced last week that they will seek wage increases as a “path out of poverty.”

A consortium of Disney unions, the Service Trades Council Union (STCU), says 23,000 cast members in the union make less than $12 an hour, and out of those, 8,000 earn $10 an hour.

Union leaders said they will begin bargaining with Disney on Aug. 28 for an “accelerated” progression toward a living wage, raises for long-time employees who have been there since the 1970s, and simplified pay scales.

A spokesperson for UNITE HERE Local 737 says under the current contract, a worker making $10 per hour wouldn’t reach a living wage of $15 per hour until 2028.

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JOINT OFFSHORE-INLAND MEMBERSHIP MEETING IN SEATTLE ON AUG. 9

There will be a joint meeting of members of the MM&P Offshore and Inland groups at the union hall in Seattle on Wednesday, Aug. 9.

The meeting will begin after the 1100 job call.

All members in the area are encouraged to attend the meeting.

MM&P Pacific Ports Vice President Lars Turner and United Inland Group-Pacific Maritime Region Vice President Tim Saffle will both be in attendance.

The Seattle hall is located at 15208 52nd Ave. South, Suite 100, Seattle, WA 98188.

The phone number is 206-441-8700.

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OFFSHORE MEMBERSHIP MEETING IN NEW YORK/NEW JERSEY HALL ON AUG. 9

There will be an Offshore membership meeting in the MM&P New York/New Jersey Hall on Wednesday, Aug. 9, at 1100, following job call.

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

The New York/New Jersey Hall is located at 570 Broad St., Suite 701, Newark, N.J., 07102.

The phone number of the hall is: 201-963-1900.

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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: 8/14/17, 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: 8/14/17, 9/18/17, 1/15/18, 3/26/18

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM): 8/21/17,9/11/17, 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): 8/14/17, 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: 8/14/17, 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): 8/14/17, 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: 8/9/17 (Evening), 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 – 8/13/17, 10/16/17

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualification: 8/13/17, 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 – 8/18/17, 9/16/17, 10/13/17, 1/13/18, 3/3/18

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P – 8/14/17, 8/23/17, 10/2/17, 1/22/18, 1/24/18

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 8/17/17, 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

14th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
14-17 Advanced Firefighting
14-18 Leadership & Managerial Skills
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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