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Wheelhouse Weekly – February 27th, 2018

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Volume 23… Number 9… Feb. 27, 2018

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87th MM&P REGULAR CONVENTION CALL

July 9-11, 2018, Linthicum Heights, MD

In accordance with Article IV, Section 2, of the International Constitution, you are hereby notified that the 87th Convention of the MM&P will be convened at 9:00 am on Monday, July 9, 2018. The Convention will be held at the Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies, 692 Maritime Boulevard, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090.

You are also hereby notified that in accordance with Article IV, Section 6, Subsection c), all proposed resolutions for the Convention must be forwarded to the International Secretary-Treasurer at least thirty (30) days prior to the opening day of the Convention for inclusion on the agenda and determination by the Convention.

Steve Werse
International Secretary-Treasurer

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SUPREME COURT DEBATES FUTURE OF PUBLIC SECTOR UNIONS

The Supreme Court yesterday heard oral arguments in a case with far-reaching implications for union members nationwide.

The case, known as “Janus,” has been mounted by business interests seeking to cripple public sector unions by forcing them to represent “free riders” who benefit from union-negotiated contracts without paying dues.

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

The momentous implications of the case were highlighted in a front-page article in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal that was headlined: “Supreme Court to Decide Fate of Public Sector Unions.”

During oral arguments yesterday, several of the justices likewise did not mince words.

“You’re basically arguing, ‘Do away with unions,’” Justice Sonia Sotomayor told the attorney for the business groups who have bankrolled the case.

Piling on in support of the anti-labor groups is the Department of Justice under President Trump.

The Obama administration had intervened in previous iterations of the case on behalf of unions.

In yesterday’s oral arguments, the State of Illinois joined AFSCME and other public sector unions in defending legal precedent, which was set over 50 years ago by a unanimous Supreme Court ruling in a case called “Abood.”

“The state’s interest here is dealing with a single spokesman”–the union–which has “a duty of representing everyone,” Illinois Solicitor General David Franklin argued yesterday.

That includes those who are not union members, he said.

“A two-tiered workplace” where some people pay dues and the rest are free riders “would be corrosive to collaboration and cooperation,” he added.

As the justices heard the case inside the court’s white-marbled hall, union members and their supporters made themselves heard outside as they demonstrated for workers’ rights

The court will issue a decision on the case by late June.

Massive labor rights rallies took place in cities nationwide on Feb. 24 in advance of the oral arguments.

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

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PROTECT YOUR JOB: TAKE ACTION NOW!

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.

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

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REUTERS: “U.S. PREPARING TO INTERCEPT NORTH KOREA SANCTIONS EVADERS”

Reuters news agency is reporting that the United States and certain of its Asian allies will begin intercepting ships suspected of violating sanctions on North Korea.

The Reuters report, based on anonymous U.S.-government sources, said the operation may include deployment of U.S. Coast Guard personnel to stop and search vessels in Asia-Pacific waters.

The Trump administration has been talking to officials of Japan, South Korea, Australia and Singapore about a crackdown aimed at further limiting North Korea’s access to fuel and supplies.

While suspect ships have been intercepted before, the emerging strategy would expand the scope of such operations but stop short of imposing a naval blockade.

North Korea has warned it would consider a blockade an act of war.

The new strategy revealed in the Reuters report entails closer tracking and possible seizure of ships suspected of carrying banned weapons components and other prohibited cargo.

Depending on the scale of the campaign, the sources said, the United States could consider buttressing the naval and air power of its Pacific Command.

Washington is expected to start ratcheting up such operations soon even if discussions with allies have not been completed, according to the Reuters report.

U.S. officials have said that the use of boarding crews would be decided on a case-by-case basis.

Washington is especially interested in detecting ship-to-ship transfers of banned goods, something North Korea has increasingly resorted to as vessels have faced greater scrutiny of their cargo in Asian ports.

Reuters reported in December that Russian tankers had supplied fuel to North Korea at sea in a violation of sanctions.

Washington also said at the time it had evidence that vessels from several countries, including China, had engaged in maritime shipments of oil products and coal to North Korea.

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NAVY ACCEPTS DELIVERY OF USNS HERSHEL “WOODY” WILLIAMS

General Dynamics NASSCO has delivered the second mobile afloat “sea base” to Military Sealift Command (MSC).

The licensed deck officers aboard the ship will be represented by the MM&P Federal Employees Membership Group (FEMG).

The USNS HERSHEL “WOODY” WILLIAMS (ESB 4) is named in honor of the last surviving Medal of Honor recipient recognized for heroism at the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II.

The vessel’s delivery to MSC followed successful completion of sea trials in January.

The 784-foot Montford Point-class expeditionary ship is designed as a mobile base to carry out missions including air mine counter measures, counter-piracy operations, maritime security operations, humanitarian aid, disaster relief missions and Marine Corps crisis response.

The vessel features an aviation hangar and flight deck that include two operating spots capable of landing MH-53E equivalent helicopters, accommodations, workspaces and ordnance storage.

A reconfigurable deck area can store equipment including mine sleds and rigid hull inflatable boats.

Originally called the Mobile Landing Platform and later the MLP Afloat Forward Staging Base (AFSB), the Montford Point-class is comprised of five ships in two categories: expeditionary transfer docks and expeditionary sea bases.

USNS MONTFORD POINT (ESD 1), USNS JOHN GLENN (ESD 2) and USS LEWIS B. PULLER (ESB 3) have been delivered.

ESB 4 is expected to join the fleet in 2018, with ESB 5, the future USNS MIGUEL KEITH to follow in March 2019.

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U.S. ISSUES MARITIME ALERTS ON PIRACY AND NORTH KOREA SANCTIONS EVASION

The maritime authorities have issued two alerts. The first, 2018-003, involves piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.

A maritime incident has been reported and confirmed in the Gulf of Guinea in the vicinity of position 03-30N 006-31E on Feb. 22 at 1320Z involving a U.S.-flagged vessel.

The nature of the event is reported to be a suspicious approach to an offshore supply vessel that did not result in a boarding.

Exercise caution when transiting this area.

The second, 2018-005, is a global alert involving North Korea sanctions evasion.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), with the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Coast Guard, issued an advisory on Feb. 23 to alert persons globally to deceptive shipping practices used by North Korea to evade sanctions.

These practices may create significant sanctions risk for parties involved in the shipping industry, including insurers, flag registries, shipping companies, and financial institutions.

Guidance is available at: https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/OFAC-Enforcement/Documents/dprk_vessel_advisory_02232018.pdf.

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HOUSTON PILOTS ASSOCIATION SEEKING NEW PILOTS

The Houston Pilots Association has voted to take eight more pilots this year and will need additional pilots for the next few years due to retirements.

All applicants have to apply with the Port of Houston first as the Houston Pilots can only accept applications that have been cleared by the Port.

To apply, go to the Port of Houston’s website and view the requirements:

http://www.houstonpilotboard.com/application_procedure.html

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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 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.

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: jpitzen@mates.org.

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: 6/18/18, 9/24/18, 10/29/18

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 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 – 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 – 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: 5/14/18, 6/11/18, 7/16/18, 8/12/18, 9/17/18, 11/5/18

*MSC-Security Watch Basic – 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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PMI ACADEMIC NOTES

Winter-Spring 2018

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.

March 2018
5-9 Engine Resource Management
7th Hazwoper Refresher
7-9 RFPNW
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
4-8 MEECE
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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