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Wheelhouse Weekly – June 4th, 2019

Volume 24… Number 23… June 4, 2019

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COAST GUARD WARNS SHIP OPERATORS OF RISK OF CYBER-ATTACKS

The U.S. Coast Guard has issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin warning of attempts to use malware and phishing to compromise the secure operation of commercial ships.

Cyber-attacks have been launched to steal critical information, including in at least one case the content of an official Notice of Arrival (NOA).

In this case, cyber-spies used e-mail addresses that mimic those of actual Port State Control (PSC) authorities.

An example: port@pscgov.org.

The Coast Guard said in the advisory it had also received reports of malicious software designed to disrupt shipboard computer systems.

As a reminder, suspicious activity and breaches of security must be reported to the Coast Guard National Response Center at (800) 424-8802.

For cyber-attacks that do not affect the safe operation of the vessel or result in pollution, owners or operators may report to the 24/7 National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) at (888) 282-0870.

Questions related to the advisory should be directed to the Coast Guard Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance’s Port State Control Division at PortStateControl@uscg.mil.

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WEST VIRGINIA REPUBLICANS PASS LEGISLATION TO PUNISH TEACHERS WHO STRIKE

In what West Virginia teachers are calling “retribution” for their successful 2018 strike–which won a 5 percent pay raise not only for teachers but also for all other public sector workers in West Virginia–the Republican-dominated state senate has passed a bill that would establish significant penalties for teachers who strike.

It is already against the law for teachers in West Virginia to go on strike, and public sector workers in the state are also barred from collective bargaining.

Last year’s victory for the teachers was therefore all the more inspiring for educators in other school districts, including those in Oakland, Los Angeles, Denver and the state of Arizona.

Over the past 18 months, the wave of teacher protests over classroom size, funding, support staff and pay has swept the country.

West Virginia teachers returned to the picket line earlier this year to protest efforts by Republican legislators to privatize many state schools.

The new GOP-sponsored bill sets forth specific punishments for striking: teachers can be fired if they strike, their pay can be withheld on strike days and county superintendents can’t close schools in anticipation of a strike or to show support for a strike.

The bill passed the state senate Monday and is now headed to the West Virginia House of Delegates.

Fred Albert, president of the West Virginia chapter of the American Federation of Teachers, called the legislation “pure retribution, retaliation.”

“Already, we don’t have collective bargaining. It’s a right-to-work state,” he told a journalist for Politico.

“This is just I think another stab at trying to punish us, making the law perhaps a little more severe with such language.”

“If strikes weren’t effective, they wouldn’t be doing this,” said Jordan Uhl, the campaign director for the pro-labor news outlet Media Matters.

“All workers need to recognize the power they have when they unify and stand together.”

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FOUR INJURED WHEN CRUISE SHIP STRIKES TOUR BOAT IN VENICE

The cruise ship MSC OPERA struck a tour boat on June 2 as the larger vessel was being guided by two towboats through Riva San Basilio, the outer channel of Venice’s busy Giudecca Canal.

A number of passengers aboard the 130-passenger RIVER COUNTESS MICHELANGELO ended up in the water.

Four tourists, who authorities said had suffered “orthopedic injuries” in the scramble to escape the tour boat, were hospitalized.

Footage of the accident shows the giant cruise ship, towed by the tugs, approaching the San Basilio dock.

The tug boats appear to lose control of the cruise ship, which sounds its alarms and then careens into the smaller boat and the pier.

First reports are of “a technical issue” aboard the cruise ship, which had reportedly experienced engine failure on at least one previous occasion.

Tourism is far and away the largest source of income for Venice, but the incident has sparked new calls by some local residents who want to ban large cruise ships from the canal.

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LONGSHORE LOCALS AND EMPLOYERS IN BRITISH COLUMBIA REACH TENTATIVE AGREEMENT

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada (ILWU Canada) has reached a tentative agreement with the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA).

The agreement, which followed a two-hour period Thursday in which more than 6,000 ILWU members were locked out, has served to avoid a shutdown that would have affected almost all port facilities along the west coast of Canada.

Rank-and-file ILWU members had previously voted by an overwhelming margin to authorize a strike.

The employers began the lockout at 0800 hours Thursday. The longshore workers immediately set up picket lines. Two hours later, the sides announced they had reached the tentative agreement.

The ILWU withdrew the pending strike notice and work in the terminals resumed on Thursday afternoon.

The primary obstacle to an agreement during the 18-month-long period of negotiation that preceded the lockout was job losses due to port automation.

No details of the agreement are being released pending the ratification vote by ILWU members.

“The effects that automated terminals could have not only on my work force but on the communities they live in… are massive,” said ILWU Canada President Robert Ashton in an interview with a member of the press.

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) Dockers’ Committee, which has come out strongly in favor of the ILWU, said job cuts caused by automation “have repercussions on and off the waterfront including less economic spending power in the community, which leads to a reduction in tax revenue that can be used for public schools and other essential services.”

“We send a strong and clear message of solidarity that there will be no introduction of automation and new technologies without negotiation and meaningful consultation with the ILWU Canada,” the ITF Dockers’ Section said in a statement.

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CAPTAIN RICHARD PHILLIPS LANE KIRKLAND MARITIME TRUST HOSTS WORLD WAR II MERCHANT MARINE VETERANS

The Captain Richard Phillips Lane Kirkland Maritime Trust held a reception on May 21 to honor merchant marine veterans and to raise scholarship funds for individuals pursuing careers in maritime and related industries.

The keynote speaker was Congressman Bradley Byrne (R- Alabama), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, who discussed the vital role that America’s mariners and the maritime industry play in the country’s economic strength and national security.

The honorees were three veterans who had manned Liberty and Victory ships in the service of the United States during World War II.

The three–Eugene “Gene” Barner, Gerard Driscoll and Charles Mills—had come to Washington, D.C., to urge Congress to pass legislation to give long overdue recognition—in the form of the Congressional gold medal–to merchant seamen who served in World War II.

They call their annual advocacy day “Storm the Hill.”

It is an oft-forgotten fact that more than 6,000 merchant mariners died in the service of our country during World War II.

The May 21 event was sponsored by six organizations that share the Trust’s commitment to helping motivated individuals achieve their goal of a career at sea and ensuring a strong commercial maritime industry through public education.

The six are: the American Maritime Congress, Bold Ocean, Invesco, MM&P, MIRAID and Gorfine Schiller Gardyn Certified Public Accountants and Consultants.

“I am so pleased to see an organization making the investment in the future of the industry by ensuring individuals have an opportunity to get engaged in the work and establish their careers,” said Scott Rodgville of Gorfine Schiller Gardyn (GSG).

“GSG is proud to be associated with such an important endeavor. In addition, it was quite the honor for us to spend a few minutes with the World War II Merchant Marines that evening, in addition to Captain Phillips. Congratulations on a great event!”

To find out more about the Trust and to get involved, go to: https://captainphillipstrust.org

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MARITIME OPERATIONS IN UNSTABLE GEOPOLITICAL ENVIRONMENTS

MARAD’s Office of Maritime Security will hold the Seventh Annual Company Security officer (CSO)/National Maritime Interagency Advisory Group (NIAG) Meeting from Tuesday-Thursday, Sept. 17-19 at the Maritime Conference Center (MCC) on the campus of the Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies (MITAGS).

Topics include: joint Navy-commerical maritime operations, transnational threats, cybersecurity and humanitarian operations.

For more information, email maradsecurity@dot.gov or call 202-366-0223.

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MITAGS-PMI SEEKING PHOTOS FROM MEMBERS FOR USE ON SOCIAL MEDIA

MITAGS-PMI is interested in receiving photo submissions from MM&P members for use on the official MITAGS-PMI social media platform.

The goal is to document members’ voyages and promote the maritime industry. As suggestions, photos can be of events and sights onboard, crewmembers at work or scenic locations.

If you are interested in sharing photos, please send them with caption information to MITAGS-PMI’s marketing manager, Lindsay Moran, at lmoran@mitags.org.

Be sure to tell us whether you would like to be credited for the photo.

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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.

\\Classes are 5-day unless otherwise noted\\

Class dates followed by an * are full

AB – Able Seaman – 9/9/19

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation (1-Day): 8/14/19

ARPA-OIC (4-Day) – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 9/24/19

AZIPOD (2-Day) – 9/30/19

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 8/5/19, 10/28/19

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 7/15/19, 7/29/19, 9/30/19

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling – (Now also included in BRMP-Refresher) (3-Day): 7/17/19, 10/2/19

BRMP-Refresher (Now including Emergency Shiphandling for Pilots) (3-Day) – Not currently scheduled

BT – Basic Safety Training: 8/12/19, 10/14/19

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – 6/18/19, 7/30/19, 8/26/19, 9/25/19, 10/30/19, 12/17/19

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 7/29/19, 9/25/19, 12/16/19

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 10/21/19

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 6/10/19, 7/29/19, 9/23/19, 12/16/19

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 8/5/19, 9/30/19, 12/9/19

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 10/7/19

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1: 8/5/19*, 12/2/19

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific: 8/12/19*, 12/9/18

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems: 9/9/19, 12/2/19

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM): 8/19/19, 12/16/19

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 11/4/19 (DCS-1 available on request – contact Admissions)

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: Not Currently Scheduled

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management: 10/28/19

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 6/17/19*, 7/15/19, 8/12/19*, 9/9/19, 9/30/19, 10/14/19, 11/4/19, 12/2/19

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 6/10/19, 6/24/19*, 7/22/19*, 8/19/19, 9/16/19*, 10/7/19, 10/21/19, 11/11/19, 12/9/19

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

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 10/21/19

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 9/16/19

WX-HW-ATL – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Atlantic Ocean (2-day) – 6/10/19, 9/23/19

WX-HW-IND – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Indian Ocean (2-day) – 6/14/19, 9/27/19

WX-HW-PAC – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Pacific Ocean (2-day) – 6/12/19, 9/25/19

CIW-DPA/IA – Continual Improvement Workshop: Designated Person Ashore & Internal Auditor (3-Day) ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program ** – 6/25/19, 11/12/19

CIW-SMS – Continual Improvement Workshop: Successful Safety Management –7/16/19, 10/15/19

CNAV-OIC (15-Day) – Celestial Navigation: 11/4/19

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior (1-Day) – 7/11/19

CDMGT – Crowd Management (1-Day) – 7/12/19

CSE – Confined Space Entry (3-Day): 8/19/19

CSE-AWR – Confined Space Entry Awareness (2-Day): 8/22/19

CY-MAR – Cyber-Skilled Mariner ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program ** – 8/5/19

DDE – Great Lakes (20-Day): Not currently scheduled

ECDIS for Pilots (2-Day) – 8/12/19, 11/21/19

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 8/12/19, 12/9/19

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 8/12/19, 10/14/19

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 6/20/19, 8/1/19, 8/28/19, 9/24/19, 10/29/19, 12/19/19

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 7/27/19, 9/28/19, 12/14/19

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications (1-Day): 9/17/19

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (10-Day): 8/19/19

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 8/26/19, 11/18/19

IEN – Integrated Electronic Navigation (3-Day) – Not currently scheduled

LAP – License Advancement Program for Mate to Master (20-Day): 7/29/19*, 10/21/19*

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes (20-Day): Not currently scheduled

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License (15-Day): Not currently scheduled

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage (1-Day): 9/18/19

LNG-TPIC (10-Day) – Not currently scheduled

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC) (1-Day): 9/23/19

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): 8/5/19, 12/2/19

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 7/8/19*, 9/30/19*, 12/2/19

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 6/24/19, 8/19/19, 10/21/19

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 9/30/19, 11/18/19

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 6/17/19, 7/14/19, 8/29/19, 9/23/19, 10/5/19, 10/28/19, 12/7/19, 12/20/19


[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic) (1-Day): 8/7/19, 9/12/19 (evening), 11/1/19 (evening)

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 8/5/19, 9/12/19, 11/1/19

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) – 8/4/19, 11/3/19

MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day) – 8/10/19, 10/30/19

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 7/15/19, 8/11/19, 9/16/19, 11/4/19

MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day) – 8/8/19, 9/14/19, 11/4/19 (evening)

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) – 7/14/19, 8/9/19, 9/15/19, 11/8/19

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) – 7/19/19, 8/16/19, 9/20/19, 11/9/19

NDMS-ENAV – Navigational Decision Making Series – Best Practice in eNav – 11/18/19

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P (2-Day) – 6/24/19*, 6/26/19*, 7/25/19*, 7/29/19*, 8/26/19*, 8/28/19, 11/18/19, 11/20/19, 12/16/19, 12/18/19

RFPNW – Ratings Forming Part of a Navigational Watch (3-day) – Not currently scheduled

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal (1-Day): 9/23/19

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes (1-Night): 6/12/19*, 6/19/19*, 7/10/19, 7/24/19, 8/1/19*, 8/7/19, 8/21/19, 8/28/19, 9/17/19, 9/18/19, 10/2/19, 10/16/19, 10/30/19, 11/6/19, 11/13/19, 12/4/19, 12/18/19

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 7/29/19

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3-Day): 12/2/19

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 8/26/19, 10/28/19

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day) – 6/17/19*, 8/5/19*, 9/23/19, 11/18/19, 12/16/19

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 8/5/19

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (15-Day): 7/8/19

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 7/8/19

TRAC-TUG-2 (2-Day): Contact Admissions

TTT – ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program ** Not currently scheduled

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

VSO – Vessel Security Officer (3-Day): 7/8/19, 9/4/19

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) (10-Day): 10/7/19

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 9/16/19

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PMI ACADEMIC NOTES

For registration, contact our admissions department: 206.441.2880 or admissions@mates.org.

Please also see our schedule and enroll online at www.mitags-pmi.org.

June 2019
3-5 Security Officer – Vessel, Company, & Facility
3-21 Celestial Navigation
3-28 License Advancement Preparation (Chief Mate/Master Level)
10-13 Advanced Firefighting
17-21 Basic Firefighting
24-28 Meteorology (Operational Level)
21-25 Basic Training Refresher (no class on weekend)
24-25 Basic Training Revalidation
26th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
28th Medical DOT

July 2019
8-12 Advanced Meteorology
8-26 Terrestrial & Coastal Navigation w/ Compasses
9th Radar Renewal
10-11 Basic Training Revalidation
10-15 Basic Training Refresher (no class on weekend)
12th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
15-19 Basic Shiphandling
15-19 Advanced Stability
16-18 Advanced Firefighting Refresher
22-25 Advanced Firefighting
22-26 Cargo Handling & Stowage
22-26 Advanced Shiphandling I
29-31 Security Officer – Vessel, Company, & Facility
29-2 Advanced Shiphandling II

August 2019
5-8 Advanced Firefighting
12-13 Basic Training Revalidation
14th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
12-30 License Preparation (Mate Level)

September 2019
4th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
5-6 Basic Training Revalidation
6th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
9th Radar Renewal
9-13 Basic Training
9-13 Marine Propulsion Plants
16-19 Advanced Firefighting
16-20 Ship/Shipboard Management
23-27 Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation
30-1 ECDIS
30-1 Leadership & Managerial Skills

October 2019
2nd Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
3-4 Basic Training Revalidation
7-11 Engine Resource Management
7-11 Basic Training
7-11 Advanced Shiphandling I
8th Radar Renewal
14-18 Management of Electrical & Electronic Control Equipment (MEECE)
14-18 Advanced Shiphandling II
15-18 Advanced Firefighting
18th Medical DOT
21-25 Advanced Meteorology
21-25 Ship Construction & Basic Stability
28-1 Advanced Stability
28-15 Celestial Navigation

November 2019
4-8 Advanced Cargo Operations
4-15 Basic Training
12th Radar Renewal
13th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
14-15 Basic Training Revalidation
18-19 Advanced Firefighting Refresher
18-20 Security Officer – Vessel, Company, & Facility
18-22 Radar Observer Unlimited
18-22 Advanced Watchkeeping
25-27 Search & Rescue

December 2019
2-6 Leadership & Managerial Skills
2-20 License Preparation (Mate Level)
3-6 Advanced Firefighting
9-12 ARPA
9-13 Basic Training
13th Radar Renewal
16th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
17-18 Basic Training Revalidation

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