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Wheelhouse Weekly – Dec. 23, 2014

December 29th 2014 ,

Volume 18 . . . Number 51 . . . Dec. 23, 2014

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

MM&P wishes you happy holidays and a prosperous 2015.

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MM&P HOLIDAY CLOSING SCHEDULE

The MM&P Federal Credit Union, MM&P headquarters and all port offices will be closed on Dec. 24, 25 and 26, and onJan. 1. The MM&P Plan Office will be closed on Dec. 24, 25, 26 and on Jan. 1. Atlantic Ports, Pacific Ports and Gulf Ports are also closed on Dec. 31.

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AFL-CIO TRANSPORTATION TRADES DEPARTMENT PRESIDENT HONORED WITH CITY OF JUSTICE AWARD

Edward Wytkind, president of the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department (TTD), has received the prestigious City of Justice Award from the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy. TTD represents 32 affiliate unions, including MM&P. The union was represented at the awards ceremony by Coast Agent Jeremy Hope and Pacific Ports Vice President Dave Boatner.

Wytkind was honored for more than two decades of work as a national expert and advocate for economic justice and increased investment in America’s transportation systems and infrastructure. In accepting the award, he reflected on the roles of cities and transportation infrastructure in our country’s economic prosperity.

“The failure to invest in and modernize our transportation systems has not only jeopardized our economic health, it has contributed to a larger crisis of faith in what this nation once was known for: getting things done,” Wytkind said. “Cities of the future must be about creating not just jobs but careers. They must be about getting back to a time when America builds things and uses smart, strategic investments to create grand and modern infrastructure, symbols of a thriving and powerful economy.”

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NEW ZEALAND ISSUES INTERIM REPORT ON 2011 MV RENA GROUNDING

The New Zealand Transport Accident Investigation Commission has attributed to human error the grounding of the Liberian-flagged containership MV RENA, which struck the Astrolabe Reef at full speed on Oct. 5, 2011. In an interim report, the commission found that the master had failed to take unfavorable currents into account when he calculated the ship’s estimated time of arrival at the Tauranga pilot station. He then authorized watchkeepers to modify the course to optimize travel time and left the bridge to go to sleep.

The commission concluded that the grounding was caused by the crew “not following standard good practice for: planning and executing the voyage; navigation watchkeeping; and taking over control of the ship.” The investigators have recommended that the ship operator, CIEL Shipmanagement SA, conduct a full review of its safety management systems. They have also recommended that the IMO work to promote more transparent and in-depth audits of seafarer training since the findings show that the Philippines’ maritime education, training and certification system does not meet STCW Convention standards.

The investigators found that the planned course to the Tauranga pilot station was to pass two nautical miles north of the Astrolabe Reef before making the final adjustment in course to the pilot station. The second mate reported to the authorities that he had decided to reduce the two miles to one mile in order to save even more time. He then made a series of small course adjustments towards Astrolabe Reef to make the shortcut. In doing so he altered the course five degrees past the required track and did not make an allowance for any compass error or sideways “drift.”

When the master was awakened to assume control of the ship, the authorities said he did so “having received virtually no information on where the ship was, where it was heading, and what immediate dangers to navigation he needed to consider.” At 0214 the Rena ran aground at full speed on the Astrolabe Reef. The ship remained stuck fast on the reef and in the ensuing months it broke in two. The aft section later moved off the reef and sank.

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SOUTHEAST ALASKA PILOTS’ ASSOCIATION SCHEDULES EXAMS FOR NEW TRAINEES

The Southeast Alaska Pilots’ Association has scheduled an exam for new trainees at the Pacific Maritime Institute in Seattle from May 11-15, 2015. Basic details of the application process are on the pilots’ association web page at http://www.seapa.com/application_info.html. The exam fee for simulator and classroom time is expected to be about $2000 and will be payable to PMI. Applications must be postmarked by March 23, 2015. Please direct all questions to training@seapa.com. Absolutely no phone calls should be made to the SEAPA Business Office. All candidates must be able to qualify for a USCG Pilotage endorsement without tonnage restriction. If the applicant has sea time that may be applicable (i.e., combined tug and tow), but does not currently hold an Unlimited license, he or she will need to provide proof from the USCG Regional Exam Center in Juneau that they are eligible for the appropriate federal endorsement. The webpage and FAQs will be updated periodically.

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NATIONAL MARITIME CENTER HOLIDAY CLOSING SCHEDULE

The National Maritime Center (NMC) and Regional Exam Centers (RECs) have issued an announcement saying they will be closed on Thursday, Dec. 25, Friday, Dec. 26 and Thursday, Jan. 1. The NMC Customer Service Center will be closing at 1400 EST on Wednesday, Dec. 24 and Wednesday, Dec. 31. While the office is closed, customers who send an e-mail to IASKNMC@uscg.mil will receive a response within 1-2 business days, the agency says. REC customers are encouraged to check the REC web pages for local closures and to use the appointment scheduler to make appointments prior to visiting a REC. The scheduler can be accessed from the NMC website.

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DOCKERS RALLY TO PROTECT JOBS IN ROTTERDAM

Dockworkers from across Europe participated in a rally last Wednesday in the port of Rotterdam to protest the potential loss of employment associated with a planned increase in automation and expansion in capacity. The changes are being pushed by Rotterdam Gateway, a joint venture of Dubai Ports World and four shipping lines. ”When making decisions on port expansion, neither the administration nor the port authority in Rotterdam has taken into account the impact it could have on employment and on normal working families in this city,” said a spokesperson for the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) Netherlands affiliate FNV Ports. Another issue on the table is a collective bargaining agreement with Dubai Ports World. “Our union members worldwide are standing together on this because that’s the only way to defend the rights, jobs and pride of dockworkers,” said a spokesperson for the European Transport Workers Federation.

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NOTICE FOR PARTICIPANTS IN THE MM&P PENSION PLAN AND THE MM&P IRAP PLAN

On January 7, 2015, the MM&P Pension Plan and the MM&P Individual Retirement Account Plan will file applications with the Internal Revenue Service for determination letters confirming that their provisions continue to satisfy the qualification requirements of the Internal Revenue Code. The IRS requires new applications every five years. Further information about them is included in notices posted at the Union Halls, International Headquarters, Plan Office, and MITAGS and on the Plan’s section of the Union website.

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LAST DAY FOR PROCESSING 2014 VACATION AND PRO PAYMENTS IS DEC. 29

The Plan Office has received approval to close the year-end Internal Revenue Service and company reports and to process Vacation and PRO payments for 2014 no later than Monday, Dec. 29, at 1:00 p.m. EST. All requests for 2014 Vacation and PRO payments received after this date and time will be held until Friday, Jan. 2, 2015 for processing and payment, and will therefore be taxable in 2015. If you have any questions, contact Ken Ryan at 410-850-8617.

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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 class availability or information on MITAGS courses and programs, contact Kelly Michielli, 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 – 4/13/15, 8/17/15, 10/12/15

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation: 6/19/15, 7/13/15

ARPA-OIC – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 1/20/15, 3/31/15, 8/4/15, 9/22/15

AZIPOD 2-Day – 2/2/15, 4/6/15, 10/1/15

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 1/26/15, 3/23/15, 5/18/15, 8/3/15, 10/19/15

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 2/4/15, 3/2/15, 4/13/15, 6/17/15, 7/16/15, 11/9/15

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling: 3/4/15, 4/8/15, 9/28/15

BT – Basic Safety Training: 1/19/15, 2/9/15, 4/6/15, 6/8/15, 8/10/15, 10/5/15

BT-Revalidation –8/4/15, 11/3/15

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 4/13/15, 10/26/15

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVNAV-CMM – Advanced Navigation (=ECDIS & VPEN):

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 1/19/15, 4/20/15, 6/15/15, 7/27/15, 9/28/15

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 1/12/15, 4/13/15, 6/1/15, 8/3/15, 10/19/15

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (2 weeks): 4/27/15, 10/5/15

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information System: 1/5/15, 4/6/15, 6/8/15, 8/17/15, 11/2/15, 12/7/15

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM): 1/26/15, 2/16/15, 3/30/15, 6/22/15,8/10/15, 10/26/15, 11/30/15

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 3/2/15, 11/16/15

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (2 weeks): 3/9/15, 9/14/15

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 2/2/15, 3/9/15, 3/30/15, 4/13/15, 5/4/15, 6/1/15, 7/13/15, 8/10/15,8/24/15, 10/5/15, 11/9/15, 11/30/15

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 2/9/15, 3/16/15, 4/6/15, 4/20/15, 5/11/15, 6/8/15, 7/20/15, 8/17/15, 8/31/15, 10/12/15, 11/16/15, 12/7/15

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 3/23/15

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 5/11/15, 11/9/15

CNAV-OIC – Celestial Navigation: 4/27/15, 11/9/15

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop: Contact Admissions

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications: 7/9/15

DDE – Great Lakes: 1/26/15, 5/27/15

DPA – 3/19/15

ECDIS-OIC – 2/16/15

ECDIS-Pilots – 3/2/15, 6/15/15, 7/14/15, 11/12/15

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 2/23/15

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 1/19/15, 2/9/15, 4/6/15, 6/8/15, 8/10/15, 10/5/15

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications: 1/20/15, 4/14/15, 7/6/15, 9/15/15, 11/11/15

GL Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization: 1/23/15

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System: 3/16/15, 8/24/15

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 6/22/15, 8/31/15, 11/16/15

LAP- 4/6/15, 9/14/15

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes: 1/26/15

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License: 1/5/15, 3/2/15, 6/1/15, 8/3/15, 11/30/15

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 1/21/15, 3/3/15, 4/15/15, 6/17/15, 7/16/15, 9/16/15, 11/10/15

LNG-TPIC – 12/7/15

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC): 3/30/15, 9/21/15

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 1/5/15, 3/16/15, 4/20/15, 6/15/15, 8/24/15, 12/7/15

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 3/2/15, 5/11/15, 7/27/15, 9/28/15

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 1/5/15, 3/16/15, 4/20/15, 6/15/15, 8/24/15, 10/12/15, 12/7/15

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 1/10/15, 1/24/15, 3/21/15, 4/25/15, 6/20/15, 7/25/15, 8/28/15, 11/5/15, 12/12/15

MSA –Maritime Security Awareness: Contact Admissions

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic): 2/26/15, 6/5/15, 8/19/15, 10/29/15

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (4 Evenings): 2/23/15, 6/2/15, 8/17/15, 10/27/15

*MSC-ENVPRO – 2/15/15, 6/6/15, 8/16/15, 10/31/15

*MSC-FF-HELO – 2/10/15, 6/9/15, 8/3/15, 11/2/15

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualification: 2/16/15, 5/26/15, 8/8/15, 10/19/15

*MSC-Security Watch Basic – 2/20/15, 5/30/15, 8/6/15, 10/17/15

*MSC-Security Watch Advanced – 2/22/15, 6/1/15, 8/12/15, 10/23/15

*MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force – 2/23/15, 6/2/15, 8/13/15, 10/24/15

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 1/19/15, 3/30/15, 8/3/15, 9/21/15

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 1/7/15, 1/14/15, 1/28/15, 2/4/15, 2/18/15, 3/6/15, 3/18/15, 4/1/15, 4/15/15, 4/29/15, 5/6/15, 5/13/15, 6/3/15, 6/17/15, 7/8/15, 7/22/15, 8/5/15, 8/19/15, 9/2/15, 9/16/15, 9/30/15, 10/14/15, 10/28/15, 11/3/15, 11/11/15, 11/18/15, 12/2/15, 12/10/15

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 1/12/15, 2/2/15, 3/23/15, 6/1/15, 7/27/15

SAR-OIC – Search & Rescue – 4/6/15, 10/19/15

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 2/16/15, 5/11/15, 6/22/15, 11/2/15

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling-5 Day: 1/19/15, 3/2/15, 4/27/15, 7/27/15, 9/28/15

SMS – 3/17/15

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 1/26/15, 8/3/15

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses: 1/5/15, 7/6/15

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 2/23/15, 8/3/15

TRAC-TUG-2: Contact Admissions

TTT – 3/23/15

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties: 5/21/15

VSO – Vessel Security Officer: 2/4/15, 4/18/15, 5/18/15, 7/22/15, 9/9/15, 10/7/15, 10/17/15


WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level): 3/2/15, 9/28/15

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 2/23/15, 9/14/15

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PMI ACADEMIC NOTES

Please also see our schedule and enroll online at www.mitags-pmi.org. For registration contact our registrar, Jennifer Pitzen: 206.838.1126 or jpitzen@mates.org.

January 2015

5th Radar Renewal
5-23 Terrestrial and Coastal Navigation
12th Flashing Light
12-16 Leadership and Managerial Skills
12-16 ECDIS
12-23 GMDSS
26-30 Radar Observer Unlimited
26-30 Leadership and Managerial Skills

February 2015

2nd Flashing Light
3-7 ARPA
9-13 ECDIS
9-13 Leadership and Managerial Skills
9-13 Medical Care Provider
16-20 Rules of the Road
16-27 GMDSS
23-27 ECDIS
23-27 Leadership and Managerial Skills

March 2015

2-6 Leadership and Managerial Skills
2-6 Basic Construction and Stability
9th Radar Renewal
9-20 Celestial Navigation
16-20 Leadership and Managerial Skills
16-20 Medical Care Provider
16-27 GMDSS
16-27 Medical Person-In-Charge
23-27 ECDIS
30-3 Leadership and Managerial Skills

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