Wheelhouse Weekly – February 20th, 2018

February 20th 2018

Volume 23… Number 8… Feb. 20, 2018


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Four maritime programs essential to the survival of the American Merchant Marine would suffer serious—possibly fatal–cuts under the fiscal year 2019 budget that the Administration has sent to Congress.

On the chopping block are the Maritime Security Program (MSP), the PL 480 Food for Peace Program, the Food for Progress Program and the Title XI Ship Construction Program.

If Congress were to go along with the Administration’s budget requests, MSP would be cut by 25 percent, to a level so low as to call into question the continued operation of the 60-ship U.S.-flag maritime security fleet.

Food for Peace, the largest source of non-military government cargo for U.S.-flag ships, would essentially be wiped off the books; by replacing food shipments with cash payouts, the White House budget would take away a cargo base crucial to America’s mariners and the U.S.-flag fleet.

The Food for Progress and Title XI programs would also be subject to drastic, life-threatening cuts under the White House budget.

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The Department of Defense and the Maritime Administration are sounding the alarm about the decline of the maritime industry in the United States and the growing shortage of American mariners.

Critical maritime programs must be fully funded to ensure America has the commercial sealift capability and the professional mariners needed to protect the nation’s security by serving our military and our troops, wherever they are deployed.

We need legislators in Congress who understand the situation and who will work with us to strengthen the Maritime Security Program and cargo preference.

Our supporters in Congress will fight the short-sighted proposals in the White House budget.

But to do so, they need the support of every MM&P member, pensioner and employee!

Please help us elect pro-maritime legislators to Congress. Stand with your union brothers and sisters!

Support the MM&P Political Contribution Fund by making a contribution to the PCF today.

Go to and click on the “Donate Now” button in the top right-hand corner of the page.

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Pasha Hawaii’s HORIZON SPIRIT has returned to the West Coast of the United States after completing its hurricane relief deployment to Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

According to a Pasha Hawaii spokesperson, during its deployment, the ship made a total of eight round-trip voyages between Jacksonville and San Juan, transporting a total of 8,000 containers full of supplies to the island.

During her initial voyage from Los Angeles, HORIZON SPIRIT transported 800 containers filled with over 15 million bottles of water, setting a new world record for the largest single commodity shipment made on a containership, the spokesperson said.

The HORIZON SPIRIT will now return to its previous role as a dry-dock reserve ship in Pasha Hawaii’s service between the mainland and Hawaii, relieving the HORIZON RELIANCE, which will undergo regulatory dry-dock maintenance at a West Coast shipyard.

“We are grateful to be able to help our fellow Americans in time of crisis, and continue to hold the people of Puerto Rico in our hearts as they recover and rebuild,” said President and Chief Executive Officer George Pasha IV.

MM&P licensed deck officers were at the conn of the HORIZON SPIRIT throughout the relief mission. In the wheelhouse at present: Captain Michael D. Smith, Chief Mate John J. Walkup, Second Mate David Roach and Third Mate John R. Kennedy.

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Navy Secretary Richard Spencer announced last week that the 12th Military Sealift Command (MSC) Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) vessel will be named USNS NEWPORT.

The 10th and 11th vessels in the EPF Spearhead class, now under construction at Austal USA in Mobile, Ala., will be named the USNS BURLINGTON and the USNS PUERTO RICO.

The licensed deck officers aboard all the EPFs are represented by the MM&P Federal Employees Membership Group.

The engineers are represented by the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association and the unlicensed personnel are represented by the Seafarers International Union.

EPFs, formerly called Joint High Speed Vessels (JHSV), are shallow draft, all aluminum, commercial-based catamarans designed for High Speed Intra-Theater Surface Lift.

The EPFs are 338 feet in length, have a waterline beam of 93.5 feet, displace approximately 2,362 tons and operate at speeds of approximately 35-plus knots.

The 12th EPF will be the fourth Navy ship to honor Newport, Rhode Island, the city that is home to Naval Station Newport and the Naval War College.

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Efforts by the new administration to take away legal gains made by working people under previous presidents picked up steam last month with a proposal to demote the senior civil servants who resolve most labor cases.

They would have to answer in the future to a small cadre of officials installed above them in the hierarchy of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) by political appointees.

The NLRB is the government agency charged with protecting workers’ rights and limiting industrial conflict.

The administration’s proposal could pave the way for a big shift in the day-to-day workings of the agency, making it friendlier to employers accused of unfair labor practices or who are trying to derail union organizing drives.

Peter B. Robb, the Trump appointee who is now the agency’s general counsel, outlined the plan in a January conference call with the NLRB civil servants, known as regional directors.

NLRB regional directors and their staffs typically resolve more than 85 percent of the roughly 20,000 cases filed with the agency each year over disputed labor practices.

Robb was a litigator in the 1981 air traffic controller strike that ended in all the controllers being fired. He is now the NLRB’s top enforcement official.

The latest proposal follows a series of pro-business changes at the agency since last fall, when Republicans gained a majority on the five-member board under President Trump.

In December, Robb released a memo announcing the end of many of his predecessors’ initiatives, including the fight against employers who profit by improperly classifying employees as independent contractors to avoid paying them benefits.

That same month, the agency overturned an Obama-era ruling that had made it easier to hold companies responsible for labor-law violations at outlets run by franchisees.

In February, members of the local unions that represent NLRB employees in Brooklyn, Manhattan and at the agency’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., distributed leaflets opposing some of the proposals made by the new board.

They argue, for example, that the plan to overhaul the regional office system and revise case processing standards would compromise the agency’s ability to achieve its mission of protecting workers and resolving workplace issues.

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Massive labor rights rallies will take place in cities nationwide on Feb. 24 in advance of Supreme Court arguments in a case that could severely compromise the ability of public sector unions to represent their members.

The “Working People’s Day of Action” will bring together thousands of union members, their families and supporters.

The case being argued, “Janus,” pits public sector unions against corporations, CEOs and lobbyists.

The business and anti-labor groups behind the case are trying to rig the rules to force public sector unions nationwide to represent free riders who benefit from union contracts without paying dues.

If the high court rules in favor of the plaintiffs, the entire country would become “right-to-work” for public sector unions.

The case poses a threat to all working Americans because labor unions bring about a better standard of living for union and non-union members alike.

Please check for updated information regarding Feb. 24 demonstrations in your city or town.

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Cafeteria workers at Airbnb will receive an increase in pay and better benefits after negotiating a first contract as new members of the United Auto Workers (UAW).

The cafeteria workers—chefs, dishwashers and servers–are employed by food service contractor Bon Appétit in Airbnb facilities in San Francisco and Portland.

They joined the UAW in November and completed contract negotiations last month.

Under the terms of the contract, a UAW spokesperson said, they will receive raises of 5 percent or more in the first year.

When it hired Bon Appétit to run its cafeterias, Airbnb required the food services company to take a neutral stance with regards to future employee unionization drives.

This is in contrast to its ongoing battle with several unions in a number of cities over the fact that by definition its online home/room rental service displaces hotel employees—many of them union members–and removes affordable housing units from the rental market.

Now the newly unionized Airbnb cafeteria workers join thousands of subcontracted service workers who have joined unions over the course of the past few years on the campuses of tech giants like Facebook and Yahoo.

They include shuttle bus drivers who have joined the Teamsters, security guards who have joined the SEIU and food service workers who have joined Unite Here.

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Libyan trade union leader Nermin Al-Sharif has had her passport returned and is now free to travel, thanks to tremendous support from union members and others responding to an International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) and LabourStart petition drive.

Last year, Al-Sharif, general secretary of the Dockers’ and Seafarers’ Union of Libya, an affiliate of the ITF, was detained and had her passport confiscated, which barred her from travelling to an international ITF women activists event in Morocco.

Al-Sharif is a highly respected and passionate advocate for labor rights, both nationally and internationally.

She has been subject to ongoing attacks, including several attempts on her life.

The ITF/LabourStart campaign to defend her attracted the support of over 6,800 people from 141 countries and territories.

“Thanks to the ITF and its members, I haven’t felt that I am alone,” Al-Sharif says.

“With this mass of supportive messages, the authorities who took action against me had to listen, sit with me and assure me that I am free now. The fast response from the ITF family is something that gave me real strength. Long live the ITF.”

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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 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 Amanda Meadows, Admissions Coordinator, toll-free at 866-656-5568 or by e-mail:

Why not try our on-line calendar to register for class:

For Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) processing, MMC problem resolution advice, STCW compliance and VA GI-Bill questions, contact MITAGS-PMI Student/Instructional Services Manager Jennifer Pitzen at 206-739-0720 (direct line); (888) 893-7829 (toll free); or by e-mail:

Please include your Mariner Reference Number, date of birth and the last four digits of your social security number in all emails.

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 – 4/16/18, 8/27/18, 10/15/18

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation: 5/23/18, 8/29/18

ARPA-OIC – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 4/3/18, 9/25/18

AZIPOD 2-Day – 5/21/18, 10/15/18

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 2/26/18, 6/18/18, 9/24/18, 10/29/18

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 2/22/18, 3/29/18, 5/21/18, 7/16/18, 12/19/18

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

BRMP-Refresher – 3/26/18, 5/23/18, 7/18/18, 9/11/18

BT – Basic Safety Training: 4/9/18, 8/13/18, 10/22/18

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of seatime in last 5 years) – 3/6/18, 4/2/18, 4/30/18, 6/18/18, 7/31/18, 8/27/18, 9/26/18, 10/31/18, 12/18/18

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 3/5/18, 4/29/18, 7/30/18, 9/26/18, 12/17/18

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 5/7/18

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 4/2/18, 6/11/18, 7/30/18, 9/24/18, 12/10/18

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 3/12/18, 6/4/18, 8/6/18, 9/17/18, 12/3/18

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (2 weeks): 4/9/18, 10/1/18

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1: 3/5/18, 6/4/18, 8/6/18, 10/1/18

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific: 3/12/18, 6/11/18, 8/13/18, 10/8/18

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems: 3/26/18, 6/25/18, 8/13/18, 11/12/18

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM): 5/14/18, 6/18/18, 8/20/18, 11/26/18

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 3/5/18, 10/15/18

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: 3/12/18, 10/1/18

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (2 weeks): 4/23/18, 10/29/18

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 3/5/18, 3/19/18, 4/9/18, 4/23/18, 5/7/18, 6/4/18, 6/18/18, 7/16/18, 7/30/18, 8/13/18, 9/10/18, 10/1/18, 11/5/18, 11/26/18

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 3/12/18, 3/26/18, 4/16/18, 4/30/18, 5/14/18, 6/11/18, 6/25/18, 7/23/18, 8/6/18, 8/20/18, 9/17/18, 10/8/18, 11/12/18, 12/3/18

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

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 3/19/18, 10/22/18

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 5/7/18, 9/10/18

CNAV-OIC – Celestial Navigation: 4/23/18

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop: Contact Admissions

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications: 5/1/18

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior – 7/12/18

CDMGT – Crowd Management – 7/13/18

CSE – Confined Space Entry: 7/23/18

CSE-AWR – Confined Space Entry Awareness: 5/24/18, 7/26/18

DDE – Great Lakes: 6/4/18

DPA – Contact Admissions

ECDIS for Pilots – 5/24/18, 8/27/18, 12/17/18

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 4/23/18, 7/9/18, 11/26/18

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 4/9/18, 8/13/18, 10/22/18

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of seatime in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 3/8/18, 4/4/18, 5/2/18, 6/20/18, 8/2/18, 8/29/18, 9/25/18, 10/30/18

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 3/3/18, 4/27/18, 7/28/18, 9/29/18, 12/15/18

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications: 4/17/18, 9/11/18

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization: Contact Admissions

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System: 3/5/18

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 5/21/18, 8/20/18, 12/10/18

IEN – Integrated Electronic Navigation – Contact Admissions

LAP – 2/26/18, 7/9/18, 9/17/18

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes: Contact Admissions

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License: Contact Admissions

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 3/28/18, 4/18/18, 5/8/18, 9/12/18

LNG-TPIC – 12/3/18

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC): 5/21/18

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): 4/30/18, 7/16/18, 12/3/18

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 3/19/18, 5/7/18, 7/9/18, 10/8/18, 11/26/18

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 4/23/18, 6/25/18, 8/20/18, 9/17/18

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 3/19/18, 4/16/18, 5/7/18, 10/8/18, 11/26/18

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 3/9/18, 4/5/18, 5/3/18, 5/12/18, 6/21/18, 7/14/18, 8/30/18, 9/24/18, 10/13/18, 10/29/18, 12/1/18, 12/21/18

MSA –Maritime Security Awareness: Contact Admissions

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic): 5/24/18, 6/8/18, 8/8/18, 9/12/18, 11/14/18

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control: 5/22/18, 6/6/18, 8/6/18, 9/13/18, 11/12/18

*MSC-ENVPRO – 2/25/18, 6/3/18, 8/5/18, 11/4/18

*MSC-FF-HELO – 6/4/18, 8/13/18, 10/31/18

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications: 2/26/18, 5/14/18, 6/11/18, 7/16/18, 8/12/18, 9/17/18, 11/5/18

*MSC-Security Watch Basic – 2/24/18, 5/13/18, 6/9/18, 8/9/18, 9/15/18, 11/2/18

*MSC-Security Watch Advanced – 3/2/18, 5/18/18, 6/10/18, 7/15/18, 8/10/18, 9/16/18, 11/3/18

*MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force – 3/3/18, 5/19/18, 6/15/18, 7/20/18, 8/17/18, 9/21/18, 11/9/18

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P – 3/29/18, 4/23/18, 4/25/18, 6/25/18, 6/27/18, 7/31/18, 8/2/18, 8/28/18, 8/30/18, 11/12/18, 11/14/18, 12/17/18, 12/19/18

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 9/24/18

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 3/7/18, 3/21/18, 4/4/18, 4/18/18, 5/2/18, 5/9/18, 5/16/18, 6/6/18, 6/20/18, 7/11/18, 7/25/18, 8/8/18, 8/22/18, 10/3/18, 10/17/18, 10/31/18, 11/7/18, 11/14/18, 11/28/18, 12/5/18, 12/12/18, 12/19/18

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 9/17/18

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments): 5/22/18, 12/17/18

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 5/14/18, 8/27/18, 10/22/18

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling-5 Day – 3/12/18, 4/2/18, 5/21/18, 7/23/18, 9/24/18, 10/29/18, 12/10/18

SMS – Contact Admissions

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: Contact Admissions

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses: Contact Admissions

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 4/16/18, 7/9/18

TRAC-TUG-2: Contact Admissions

TTT – Contact Admissions

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties: 4/12/18

VSO – Vessel Security Officer: 4/9/18, 7/9/18

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level): Contact Admissions

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 3/19/18

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Winter-Spring 2018

For registration, please contact our registrar, Mary McGhee, at 206.838.1126 or You can also view our schedule and enroll online at

February 2018
23rd Medical DOT
24-26 Basic Training Revalidation (no class on Sunday)
26-2 Medical Care Provider
26-9 Medical Person-In-Charge
27th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
27th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)

March 2018
5-9 Engine Resource Management
7th Hazwoper Refresher
8th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
9-10 Basic Training Revalidation
12th Radar Renewal
12-16 MEECE
12-16 Tankerman PIC
13-16 Advanced Firefighting
19-21 24-Hour Hazwoper
19-23 Basic Training
19-23 Leadership & Managerial Skills
23-24 Basic Training Revalidation
26th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
26th Medical DOT
26-30 Able Seaman
27th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)

April 2018
3-6 ARPA
9-13 Basic Training
9-20 GMDSS
9-20 Watchkeeping (Operational Level)
9-27 Terrestrial & Coastal Navigation
11th Hazwoper Refresher
13th Radar Renewal
13-14 Basic Training Revalidation
16th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
16-18 24-Hour Hazwoper
16-20 Medical Care Provider
16-27 Medical Person-In-Charge
23rd Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
23-4 GMDSS
23-4 Watchkeeping (Operational Level)
26th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
27-28 Basic Training Revalidation
30-4 Leadership & Managerial Skills

May 2018
7-11 Radar Observer Unlimited
7-18 License Preparation
9th Hazwoper Refresher
11-12 Basic Training Revalidation
11-14 Basic Training Refresher (no class on Sunday)
14th Radar Renewal
14-18 Basic Training
14-18 Ship Construction and Basic Stability
15th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
21-23 Search and Rescue
21-25 ECDIS
23-25 24-Hour Hazwoper
25th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
29-31 Security Officer – Vessel, Company, and Facility
29-1 Advanced Firefighting

June 2018
2-4 Basic Training Revalidation (no class on Sunday)
4th Radar Renewal
4th Leadership & Teamworking Skills
4-8 Medical Care Provider
4-15 Medical Person-In-Charge
5-8 ARPA
11-14 Advanced Firefighting
11-22 GMDSS
11-22 Watchkeeping (Operational Level)
18-22 Engine Resource Management
22-23 Basic Training Revalidation
22-24 Basic Training Refresher
25th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
25-29 Meteorology (Operational Level)
25-29 Leadership & Managerial Skills
26th Medical DOT

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