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Wheelhouse Weekly – January 3, 2017

January 3rd 2017

Volume 22 . . . Number 1. . . Jan. 3, 2017

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FIGHT TO SAVE MEMBERS’ JOBS IN PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND IS FOCUS OF NEW MM&P VIDEO REPORT

The battle to save the jobs of MM&P members who crew Crowley tanker escort tugs in Alaska is the focus of the most recent edition of “Notice to Mariners,” the union’s video magazine.

The new instalment is narrated by MM&P Vice President Gulf Ports and Government Affairs Klaus Luhta.

For 25 years, members of the MM&P United Inland Group-Pacific Maritime Region have safely crewed the tanker escort tugs on Prince William Sound.

Now Alyeska Pipeline is seeking to replace their employer, Crowley Maritime, with Edison Chouest Offshore, a cut-rate, out-of-state company with a history of oil spills and other maritime accidents, including the grounding of the KULLUK oil rig.

“Corporate cost-cutting is threatening Prince William Sound,” Luhta says. But MM&P and the Inland Boatmen’s Union are fighting back.

“Through advertising, news conferences, coalition building, meetings with the governor of Alaska, as well as industry, labor leaders and candidates for state and federal office, we have been sounding the alarm and educating the public about Edison Chouest’s notorious record of cutting corners,” Luhta says.

MM&P’s successful efforts to create new job opportunities for members, including aboard government ships, are outlined by the union’s San Francisco Coast Agent, Jeremy Hope, who reports from Pier 50, where the Matson-operated roll-on/roll-off ships CAPE HORN and CAPE HUDSON are homeported.

To view “Notice to Mariners,” go to bridgedeck.org and click on the TV icon in the top right-hand corner of the page.

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MM&P AND NOAA FINALIZE DETAILS OF SHORE LEAVE POLICY

MM&P and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently hashed out a clear, concise shore leave policy for MM&P members.

“NOAA and MM&P, along with the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (MEBA) and the Seafarers’ International Union (SIU), worked together to update NOAA’s shore leave policy,” says MM&P Government Fleet Representative Randi Ciszewski.

Each organizational stakeholder had input in formulating the new policy, she says, adding that the process was conducted “with genuine commitment from all parties.”

The new policy clearly defines procedures for the accrual and use of shore leave aboard NOAA ships; ashore and afloat managers can apply the procedures to ensure consistent compliance with the policy.

“The cornerstone of our partnership is an innovative relationship between MM&P officials and NOAA’s management team,” Ciszewski says.

The parties share the goal of ensuring a healthy workplace with an eye to improving both individual and organizational performance, an approach that is key to success in today’s maritime environment.

Making improvements in members’ working conditions, Ciszewski says, helps NOAA remain competitive with the private sector and other federal agencies in attracting qualified applicants for hard-to-fill civil service wage marine positions.

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MM&P MEMBER TED BERNHARD PROFILED IN MARITIME LOGISTICS MAGAZINE

Ted Bernhard, captain of Matson’s MV MAHIMAHI for the past 15 years, was profiled in a recent issue of Maritime Logistics Professional (MLP).

“He’s led the quintessential maritime life, the majority of his 37 years at sea at the helm of a Matson containership,” wrote MLP Editor Greg Trauthwein in the article, titled “Master & Commander.”

Bernhard said he had originally planned to join the Coast Guard, but opted instead, on the urging of a close friend, for the merchant marine.

“We ended up going on a grain ship to Egypt,” he says. “I joined the union and I’ve stayed with maritime ever since.”

The article focuses in part on whether life at sea in 1979, the year Bernhard graduated from Maine Maritime—when there were no cell phones, no internet and no e-mail—was better or worse than it is today.

It also touches on the Jones Act, which “for mariners like Bernhard… has proved an essential ingredient to a healthy career,” Trauthwein writes.

It’s not correct to say that the Jones Act just ‘levels the field’ for American mariners, Bernhard explains.

“It makes it possible to go back and forth between our own states so that a foreign operator simply can’t come along and muscle us out, undercutting on price, safety and security.”

To read the article, go to: http://tinyurl.com/mahimahimaster

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PRESIDENT OBAMA IMPLEMENTS 2.1 PERCENT CIVILIAN PAY RAISE

President Obama has issued an executive order that formally implements his proposal for a 2.1 percent civilian pay raise in 2017.

The executive order is the final step in the process.

Obama had originally proposed a 1.6 percent raise for civilians, but in a surprise move early in December, he increased the figure to 2.1 percent to equal the rate that legislators had granted troops as part of the National Defense Authorization Act.

“In light of the decision of Congress to provide a 2.1 percent pay increase for military personnel in 2017 and reconsideration of current and projected economic conditions, I have concluded it would be appropriate to revise my original alternative plan for locality payments so that the total combined cost of the 1.0 percent across-the-board base pay increase and varying locality payments will be 2.1 percent of basic payroll,” Obama said.

The new rates take effect on the first day of the first pay period beginning on or after Jan. 1.

The civilian raise will be split into a 1 percent across-the-board pay hike and 1.1 percent in locality-based boosts. This means the actual raise civilian employees will see in their paychecks will vary depending on where they live.

The largest locality pay increases are concentrated in major American cities, with the biggest ones for California’s Bay area, Washington-Baltimore-Arlington (which includes parts of Pennsylvania and West Virginia), and the New York-Newark, N.J. area (which includes parts of Connecticut and Pennsylvania).

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IN SHIPYARD WAGER, OFFICERS AND CREW OF MAERSK MEMPHIS PLACE EMPHASIS ON SAFETY

Shipboard work is replete with risks, as all professional mariners are well aware.

To place increased emphasis on safety during a recent stop at Bahrain’s Arab Shipbuilding and Repair Yard (ASRY), Bill Dutour, master of MV MAERSK MEMPHIS, made a bet with crew.

“Knowing how dangerous the shipyard can be with the constant operations going on 24/7, I wanted to give them a goal to help them concentrate on keeping safe,” Dutour says.

“Besides the regular Toolbox Talks and other safety programs, I decided to make a bet. I bet the crew that if there were no lost-time accidents (LTAs) while in the yard, I’d shave my head.”

“While I admit this was a simple gimmick, I did have crewmembers asking me about when I was going to get my haircut. If that simple thing kept their minds on the job, then it was worth it,” he added.

After 40 days in ASRY with no LTAs, it was time for the captain to pay up. Chief Mate Shawn Ouellette did the honors with a pair of sheep clippers.

“This is why I don’t bet in Vegas,” the captain says. “I haven’t been this scraggly in years. Although I must admit, it does feel cooler.”

Photos will be published in an upcoming issue of The Master, Mate & Pilot.

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REMINDER: UPDATED ISH INFORMATION ON BRIDGEDECK.ORG

Members employed or seeking employment aboard International Shipholding Corporation (ISH) vessels (Central Gulf Lines, Waterman Steamship Corporation, Sulphur Carriers) are urged to review posted notices in the hiring halls and in the Members’ Only section of bridgedeck.org.

These notices were transmitted to contracted ISH vessels on Nov. 14, Nov. 22 and Dec. 27, 2016.

The same information has also been posted in the Members’ Only section of bridgedeck.org.

To view the documents in the Members’ Only section of bridgedeck.org, go to bridgedeck.org, enter the Members’ Only site and, in the left-hand column, click on “Documents,” then on “Document Downloads” and then on “ISH Bankruptcy.”

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OFFSHORE FAMILIARIZATION COURSE JAN. 10-11 IN NY/NJ HALL

The Offshore Familiarization Course will be held in the New York/New Jersey Union Hall on Tuesday, Jan. 10 and Wednesday, Jan. 11.

The course begins Tuesday at 0900. It begins Wednesday at 0930 and will be followed by the monthly membership meeting after the 1100 job call.

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 would like to sign up for the Familiarization Course, please call the hall at 201-963-1900 or send an e-mail to nynj@bridgedeck.org.

The hall is located at 570 Broad Street, Suite 701, Newark, NJ 07102.

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OFFSHORE MEMBERSHIP MEETING IN NY/NJ HALL ON JAN. 11

There will be an Offshore membership meeting in the MM&P New York/New Jersey Hall on Wednesday, Jan. 11, immediately after the 1100 job call.

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

The hall is located at 570 Broad Street, Suite 701, Newark, NJ 07102.

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MEMBERSHIP MEETING IN LA/LB HALL ON JAN. 11

There will be a membership meeting in the MM&P Los Angeles/Long Beach Hall on Wednesday, Jan. 11, immediately after job call.

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

The LA/LB Hall is located at 533 N. Marine Ave., Suite A, Wilmington, CA 90744-5527. The phone number is: 310-834-7201.

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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.

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 – 4/17/17, 8/21/17, 10/16/17

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation: 5/23/17

ARPA-OIC – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 1/24/17, 4/4/17, 8/8/17, 9/26/17

AZIPOD 2-Day – 3/6/17, 5/22/17, 10/16/17

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 1/30/17, 4/3/17, 6/19/17, 9/25/17, 11/13/17

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 3/6/17, 5/22/17, 7/20/17, 11/14/17

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

BRMP-Refresher – 3/8/17, 5/24/17, 7/17/17, 9/12/17, 10/18/17

BT – Basic Safety Training: 1/23/17, 4/10/17, 8/14/17, 10/9/17

BT-Revalidation (2-day) – 3/9/17, 5/4/17, 6/22/17, 8/21/17, 9/28/17, 11/8/17, 12/14/17

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 3/9/17, 5/4/17, 6/22/17, 8/20/17, 9/28/17, 11/8/17, 12/14/17

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 5/8/17, 10/30/17

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

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

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 1/16/17, 4/10/17, 6/12/17, 7/31/17, 10/2/17, 12/11/17

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 1/9/17, 3/13/17, 6/5/17, 8/7/17, 9/25/17, 12/4/17

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (2 weeks): 4/17/17, 10/9/17

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information System: 1/23/17, 3/27/17, 6/26/17, 8/14/17, 9/18/17

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM) – 1/30/17, 2/20/17, 5/22/17, 6/19/17, 8/21/17, 9/11/17

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 4/3/17

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: 3/13/17, 7/31/17, 11/6/17

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (2 weeks): 5/1/17, 10/30/17

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 1/16/17, 2/6/17, 3/6/17, 3/20/17, 4/10/17, 4/24/17, 5/8/17, 6/5/17, 7/17/17, 7/31/17, 8/14/17, 9/11/17, 10/2/17, 10/30/17, 12/4/17

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 1/23/17, 2/13/17, 3/13/17, 3/27/17, 4/17/17, 5/1/17, 5/15/17, 6/12/17, 7/24/17, 8/7/17, 8/21/17, 9/18/17, 10/9/17, 11/6/17, 12/11/17

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

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 3/20/17, 10/23/17

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 5/15/17, 11/13/17

CNAV-OIC – Celestial Navigation: 4/24/17, 11/6/17

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop: Contact Admissions

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications: 3/2/17

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior – 7/11/17

CDMGT – Crowd Management – 7/10/17

DDE – Great Lakes: 1/30/17, 6/5/17

DPA – Contact Admissions

ECDIS-OIC – Contact Admissions

ECDIS for Pilots – 2/28/17, 5/24/17, 11/14/17

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 2/27/17, 7/10/17, 8/28/17, 10/16/17, 12/4/17

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 1/23/17, 4/10/17, 8/14/17, 10/9/17

FF-ADV-REV – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation & Refresher: 3/7/17, 5/2/17, 6/20/17, 8/23/17, 9/26/17, 11/6/17, 12/12/17

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications: 1/17/17, 4/4/17, 4/18/17, 9/12/17

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization: 1/6/17

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System: 3/6/17, 8/21/17

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 6/26/17, 8/28/17, 11/27/17

LAP- 2/13/17, 9/11/17

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes: 1/9/17

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License: 3/20/17, 6/5/17, 8/7/17, 12/4/17

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 1/18/17, 3/7/17, 4/19/17, 9/13/17

LNG-TPIC – 12/4/17

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC): 2/13/17, 4/3/17, 8/15/17, 9/25/17 (*2-Evening Session)

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control: Contact Admissions

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 1/9/17, 3/20/17, 5/8/17, 7/10/17, 9/11/17, 10/23/17

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 1/30/17, 4/24/17, 6/26/17, 8/28/17, 11/13/17, 12/4/17

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 1/9/17, 3/20/17, 4/17/17, 5/8/17, 9/11/17, 10/23/17, 11/27/17

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 1/14/17, 3/6/17, 5/1/17, 6/19/17, 7/16/17, 8/25/17, 9/25/17, 10/28/17, 12/11/17

MSA –Maritime Security Awareness: Contact Admissions

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic): 2/23/17, 6/9/17, 8/9/17, 10/2/17

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control: 2/21/17, 6/7/17, 8/7/17, 10/3/17

*MSC-ENVPRO – 2/26/17, 6/4/17, 8/6/17, 10/1/17

*MSC-FF-HELO – 6/5/17, 8/13/17, 10/16/17

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualification: 1/9/17, 2/27/17, 6/12/17, 7/17/17, 8/13/17, 10/9/17

*MSC-Security Watch Basic – 2/24/17, 6/10/17, 8/10/17, 10/5/17

*MSC-Security Watch Advanced – 1/13/17, 3/3/17, 6/16/17, 7/21/17, 8/12/17, 10/7/17

*MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force – 1/16/17, 6/17/17, 7/24/17, 8/18/17, 10/13/17

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P – 1/25/17, 3/22/17, 5/9/17

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 1/23/17, 8/17/17, 9/25/17

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 1/11/17, 2/1/17, 2/8/17, 2/22/17, 3/8/17, 3/22/17, 4/5/17, 4/19/17, 5/3/17, 5/10/17, 5/17/17, 6/7/17, 6/21/17, 7/12/17, 7/26/17, 8/9/17, 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

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 1/16/17, 7/31/17

SAR-OIC – Search & Rescue – 4/10/17, 10/16/17

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 2/20/17, 5/15/17, 8/28/17, 10/23/17

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling-5 Day – 2/20/17, 5/1/17, 6/26/17, 9/25/17, 11/27/17

SMS – Contact Admissions

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 1/9/17, 8/7/17

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses: 1/30/17, 7/10/17

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 2/13/17, 8/7/17

TRAC-TUG-2: Contact Admissions

TTT – Contact Admissions

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties: Contact Admissions

VSO – Vessel Security Officer:, 2/14/17, 4/17/17, 5/22/17

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level): 2/20/17

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 3/20/17

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PMI ACADEMIC NOTES

Winter-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.

January 2017

9-13 ECDIS
9-13 Engine Resource Management
9-13 Meteorology – Operational Level
16-20 Leadership & Managerial Skills
16-20 Basic Shiphandling
16-20 Medical Care Provider
16-27 Medical Person-In-Charge
21-23 Basic Training Refresher
23-24 ECDIS for Pilots
23-27 Train the Trainer
23-27 Basic Training
27th Leadership & Teamworking Skills
30th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties
30-2 Advanced Firefighting
30-2 ARPA
30-17 Terrestrial & Coastal Navigation w/ Compasses

February 2017

3rd Radar Renewal
6-7 ECDIS for Pilots
6-10 Engine Resource Management
10th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties
11-13 Basic Training Refresher
13-17 ECDIS
13-17 Basic Training
20-24 Leadership & Managerial Skills
20-24 Medical Care Provider
21-23 Integrated Electronic Navigation
27-2 Advanced Firefighting

March 2017

2nd Radar Renewal
4-6 Basic Training Refresher
6th Leadership & Teamworking Skills
6-10 Radar Observer Unlimited
6-10 Basic Training
13th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties
13-16 Advanced Firefighting
13-17 ECDIS
13-17 Tankerman Person-In-Charge
13-17 Meteorology – Operational Level
18-20 Basic Training Refresher
20-24 Engine Resource Management
20-24 Basic Construction and Stability
21st Radar Renewal
21-23 Security Officer – Vessel, Company, and Facility
22-24 Integrated Electronic Navigation
27th Flashing Light
27-31 Leadership & Managerial Skills
28-31 ARPA

April 2017

3-4 ECDIS for Pilots
3-7 Search & Rescue / Emergency Procedures
3-14 GMDSS
8-10 Basic Training Refresher
10-14 Basic Training
10-14 Medical Care Provider
10-21 Medical Person-In-Charge
10-21 Watchkeeping – Operational Level
17th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties
17-20 Advanced Firefighting
18th Radar Renewal
22-24 Basic Training Refresher
24-28 Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation (VPEN)
24-5 GMDSS

May 2017

2-4 Rating Forming Part of a Navigational Watch
6-8 Basic Training Refresher
8-12 ECDIS
8-12 Basic Training
8-12 Marine Propulsion Plants
15th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties
15-18 Advanced Firefighting
15-19 Able Seaman
15-26 Watchkeeping – Operational Level
15-26 Celestial Navigation
16-18 Integrated Electronic Navigation
20-22 Basic Training Refresher
23rd Radar Renewal
30th Leadership & Teamworking Skills
31-2 Security Officer – Vessel, Company, and Facility

June 2017

5-9 ECDIS
5-9 Medical Care Provider
5-9 Basic Shiphandling
5-16 Medical Person-In-Charge
10-12 Basic Training Refresher
12-16 Basic Training
12-16 Cargo Handling and Stowage – Operational Level
19th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties
20th Radar Renewal
19-22 Advanced Firefighting
19-23 Advanced Watchkeeping
19-23 Leadership & Managerial Skills
24-26 Basic Training Refresher
26-30 Engine Resource Management
27-29 Integrated Electronic Navigation


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