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Wheelhouse Weekly – November 12, 2013

November 12th 2013

 

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Volume 17 . . . Number 46 . . . Nov. 12, 2013

STORIES COVERED

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MATSON SIGNS CONTRACT TO BUILD TWO JONES ACT CONTAINERSHIPS

Matson Navigation Company has signed a contract with Aker Philadelphia Shipyard to build two new 3,600 TEU containerships at a total cost of $418 million. The new 850-foot vessels, which will feature dual-fuel engines that have liquefied natural gas (LNG) capability, are expected to be delivered during the third and fourth quarters of 2018. Matson announced that the first of the two new ships will be named after the late Sen. Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii), who championed the role the U.S. maritime industry played in supporting Hawaii’s economy.

“We are pleased to introduce the Aloha Class containership, built specifically to meet Hawaii’s future freight demands with increased cargo capacity,” said Matson President and CEO Matt Cox in an official statement. “The ships are designed to accommodate the diversified mix of cargo needed to support the state’s economy and will boost our capacity for moving 45-foot containers and refrigerated cargo.” He said the investment “underscores Matson’s long-term commitment to providing Hawaii with a strong, reliable lifeline to and from the U.S. mainland.”

The company says the new vessels will be the largest Jones Act containerships ever constructed and are designed to operate at speeds in excess of 23 knots. The ships, which will also be able to navigate into some of Hawaii’s smaller ports, will incorporate a number of green technology features, such as a fuel-efficient hull design, dual-fuel engines, environmentally safe double-hull fuel tanks and fresh water ballast systems.


MAERSK CALIFORNIA PARTICIPATES IN MULTINATIONAL SECURITY EXERCISE

For the second year in a row, the MM&P-MEBA-crewed MAERSK CALIFORNIA participated in the multinational security exercise known as “Lucky Mariner.” The operation is an annual U.S. Navy, international naval coalition and commercial shipping exercise in the U.S. Fifth Fleet area of responsibility.

“It’s a multinational exercise designed to put best management practices into a real-life scenario for a variety of contingencies that may affect normal shipping in the Persian Gulf,” says MAERSK CALIFORNIA Master Robert C. Beauregard. The other MM&P members aboard MAERSK CALIFORNIA during the course of the exercise were Chief Mate Patrick Hennessy, Second Mate Dan Marks and Third Mate Blake Archer.

The Navy says the exercise is aimed at testing mobilization and coordination among military and commercial partners in the event of a maritime crisis to ensure “safety and freedom of navigation of merchant vessels which deliver goods and energy resources throughout the world.” Photos of the exercise will be published in the November-December issue of The Master, Mate & Pilot.


NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO VISITS MM&P LOS ANGELES/LONG BEACH HALL

Journalists for National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” interviewed MM&P members at the Los Angeles/Long Beach Hall for a show that aired on Nov. 10. “If you’re adamant about your job–which I am–you come to the union hall every day,” MM&P member Liz Marconi, who sails as second mate, told “All Things Considered” host Arun Rath.

The report focused on how professional mariners “bid” for jobs at the MM&P halls, as well as on the loss of maritime jobs that has resulted from the sharp decline in the number of ships that fly the U.S. flag. “Even as U.S. exports have grown, the U.S. share of shipping has declined dramatically, and that means fewer jobs,” reported NPR. MM&P Pacific Ports Vice President Dave Boatner cited a stark statistic that illustrates the situation: “When I graduated from Cal Maritime in 1978, the company I first worked for had 50 ships,” he said. “Now it has four.”


U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION MARKS OPENING OF CALIFORNIA GREEN TRADE CORRIDOR

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Maritime Administration (MARAD) last week dedicated the California Green Trade Corridor. Among those present at the ceremony were MM&P United Inland Group Regional Representative Ray Shipway and Veronica Sanchez, who works to promote job opportunities for MM&P members in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Corridor will help take freight traffic off California’s congested I-580 by offering shippers an option to move cargo along the waterways between the Ports of Oakland, Stockton and Sacramento. The project received a $30 million grant from the Department of Transportation, as well as $5 million from local sources. Acting Maritime Administrator Paul Jaenichen and state and local leaders were on hand for the dedication.

The Green Trade Corridor, which was launched in June, brought with it a new source of steady, dependable work for the MM&P members who crew the tugboat ARTHUR BRUSCO. The biweekly service runs from Stockton to the Ports America Outer Harbor and Oakland International Terminal. A crew of five–two captains, a chief engineer and two deckhands–works the ARTHUR BRUSCO on a time-charter agreement with the Port of Stockton. The MM&P crew converted the former ocean tug for the service, building the high tower, retrofitting the equipment and giving it a new coat of paint.

“The new M-580 tug work will definitely improve the quality of life for MM&P crews and offer valuable training opportunities,” says Shipway. “We’re glad to have signed an agreement with Brusco last year, just in time to be part of the launch of the M-580 service.” MM&P represents 14 members working Brusco tugs out of the Ports of Stockton and Sacramento.


RUSSIA REFUSES TO PARTICIPATE IN INTERNATIONAL MARITIME TRIBUNAL CASE OVER ARCTIC SUNRISE

Russian authorities say the country will not participate in an international maritime tribunal case regarding the arrest of the crewmembers of the Greenpeace ship ARCTIC SUNRISE during a protest in the Barents Sea in September. The government of the Netherlands has asked the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) to order Russia to free all 30 crewmembers of the Greenpeace ship. Members of the crew were charged with piracy for attempting to climb onto a Gazprom oil rig. Russia has now reduced the charge to “hooliganism,” which carries a seven-year sentence. ITLOS can only decide cases in which both sides agree to accept its jurisdiction in seeking impartial resolution of a dispute. Russia’s refusal to participate means the case cannot proceed.


TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF REC IN HONOLULU

Due to a renovation project taking place on Honolulu Harbor Pier 4, the Regional Exam Center (REC) Honolulu will be closed on Nov. 18, 2013. It will re-open Dec. 9, 2014, in a new location. Applicants will be unable to schedule application or exam appointments during the period in which the REC is closed. The National Maritime Center says applications should be submitted to one of the other 16 RECs. The address of the new REC Honolulu location will be published at a later date. If you have questions, please contact the NMC at 1-888-IASKNMC (1-888-427-5662) or IASKNMC@uscg.mil.


PIRATES FREE TWO AMERICAN MARINERS KIDNAPPED IN GULF OF GUINEA

Two U.S. citizens who were kidnapped from an oilfield supply ship in the Gulf of Guinea in October have been released, a spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department said Tuesday. The news comes nearly three weeks after pirates attacked the U.S.-flagged C-RETRIEVER and kidnapped the two Americans. The ship, owned by Louisiana-based Edison Chouest Offshore, was attacked on Oct. 23.


YOUR INPUT REQUESTED: WHAT SHOULD A “NATIONAL MARITIME POLICY” LOOK LIKE?

Attention all hands: The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) is soliciting suggestions from maritime industry stakeholders about what a National Maritime Policy should include. MM&P wants your input! Please visit this link at our website to submit your ideas: . MARAD has scheduled a National Maritime Strategy Symposium Jan. 14 to 16 in Washington to discuss the ideas submitted. Make your voice heard!


MCDONALD’S FIRES EMPLOYEE IN NEW ZEALAND FOR EXPOSING COMPANY’S FAILURE TO PROVIDE MEAL BREAKS

McDonald’s in New Zealand has fired a worker for speaking out about the restaurant making employees work for more than four hours without a meal break. The worker, Sean Bailey, was called to testify on the issue before a parliamentary committee investigating violations of New Zealand employment law. After he testified, Bailey received a letter from McDonald’s informing him that he was being fired because his testifying on the missed meal breaks “may give rise to breaches of your obligations to your employer.” To sign a petition voicing support for Sean Bailey, please go to http://tinyurl.com/kc65jt9


MITAGS SEEKS PART-TIME SIMULATOR OPERATOR

MITAGS-PMI is looking for experienced mariners interested in part-time full-mission ship simulation operator positions for our Transas Simulation Systems. Simulator operators are responsible for planning the use of the simulators in all courses. Operators assist other team members of the Engineering Department with service and support of computer network system. The ideal candidate will exhibit excellent interpersonal and multi-tasking skills, be detailed oriented and have the ability to handle stressful situations during simulation operations.

Major duties include preparing and operating ship simulators for use in courses, assisting simulation engineers in the daily simulation system checks and problem solving. The position requires a high-level of computer skills and manual dexterity similar to video gaming. Proficiency in use of Microsoft Office Suite is essential. The Simulation Operator position operates on a flexible instruction schedules which includes irregular hours both evenings and weekends. Simulator operators must be flexible. This position requires moderate physical activity.

There are many details to this position which can be discussed upon your inquiry. Interested candidates are invited to email a resume and cover letter to jsibiski@mitags.org


ARMY CORPS NEW ORLEANS DISTRICT SEEKS THIRD MATE ON HOPPER DREDGE

The Operations Division, Physical Support Branch, Marine Management Section, Dredge Wheeler has announced an opening for a third mate hopper dredge (WJ-5782-07.) The job announcement number is: SWGY13741190978831. To view a description of this position on USA Jobs, go to: usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/353574400. The position closes Nov. 22. New Orleans District employees who want an interview for this position must submit notification no later than the closing date to: Edward Morehouse; (504) 862-1055; Edward.A.Morehouse@usace.army.mil


MITAGS SEEKS PART-TIME SIMULATOR OPERATOR

MITAGS-PMI is looking for experienced mariners interested in part-time full-mission ship simulation operator positions for the Transas Simulation Systems. Simulator operators are responsible for planning the use of the simulators in all courses. Operators assist other team members of the Engineering Department with service and support of computer network system. The ideal candidate will exhibit excellent interpersonal and multi-tasking skills, be detailed oriented and have the ability to handle stressful situations during simulation operations.

Major duties include preparing and operating ship simulators for use in courses, assisting simulation engineers in daily simulation system checks and problem solving. The position requires a high-level of computer skills and manual dexterity similar to that needed for video-gaming. Proficiency in use of Microsoft Office Suite is essential. The Simulation Operator position operates on a flexible instruction schedule which includes irregular hours both evenings and weekends. Simulator operators must be flexible. This position requires moderate physical activity.

There are many details to this position which can be discussed upon your inquiry. Interested candidates are invited to email a resume and cover letter to jsibiski@mitags.org


ATLANTIC PORTS MEMBERSHIP MEETING

There will be a membership meeting at the New York/New Jersey Hall on Nov. 13 at 1100 a.m. All members in the area are encouraged to attend.


PACIFIC PORTS MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS

The following is the schedule of membership meetings for Pacific Ports for the month of November: Los Angeles/Long Beach, Nov. 13; Honolulu, Nov. 19; and Seattle, Nov. 21.


OFFSHORE FAMILIARIZATION COURSE NOV. 13-14 IN LA/LB

The Offshore Familiarization Course will be held in Los Angeles at the MM&P LA/LB Hall on Nov. 13-14. If you are interested in participating in the course, please contact the Los Angeles/Long Beach Hall: 310-834-7201 or 310-834-6667 (fax). 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.


MM&P HOLIDAY PARTY SCHEDULE

The schedule for MM&P Atlantic Ports holiday parties is as follows: Norfolk, Dec. 5; San Juan, Dec. 6; Charleston, Dec. 17; Boston, Dec. 19; New York/New Jersey, Dec. 20. All Atlantic Ports parties begin at noon. Most Atlantic Ports parties will begin with a brief membership meeting. The Norfolk party, which is a joint party with members of the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (MEBA), also begins at noon but will not be preceded by a membership meeting.

The schedule of holiday parties for Gulf Ports is as follows: Houston, Dec. 19; Jacksonville, Dec. 13; Miami-Port Everglades, Dec. 16; New Orleans, Dec. 18.

The schedule of holiday parties for Pacific Ports is as follows: San Francisco/Oakland, Dec. 6; Los Angeles/Long Beach, Dec. 13 and Seattle, Dec. 18. The parties in Honolulu, Los Angeles/Long Beach and San Francisco/Oakland are joint parties with MEBA. 


MM&P HOLIDAY PARTIES SCHEDULE

Atlantic Ports have announced the schedule of their holiday parties: Norfolk, Dec. 5; San Juan, Dec. 6; Charleston, Dec. 17; Boston, Dec. 19; and New York/New Jersey, Dec. 20.

The schedule of holiday parties for Pacific Ports is as follows: San Francisco/Oakland, Dec. 6; Los Angeles/Long Beach, Dec. 13; and Seattle, Dec. 18.


MARITIME LABOR CONVENTION COURSE REMINDER

The 2006 Maritime Labor Convention (MLC) entered into force on Aug. 20. It has been described as the fourth pillar of international shipping regulations along with SOLAS, MARPOL and STCW.  The International Labor Organization consolidated a number of previous conventions in MLC 2006. It establishes minimum standards on conditions of employment, accommodations, health and safety, medical care, crew welfare, recruitment, working conditions and social security protection. MLC will be strictly enforced during port state control inspections, including the potential for more detailed inspections and possible detention where hazardous conditions may exist if ships are not to be in compliance. Visit www.mitags-pmi.org for more information or to register for the MLC course.


/ 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

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation: 11/21/13

ARPA – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 1/21/14

AZIPOD 2-Day – 2/6/14

BRM – Bridge Resource Management: 12/16/13, 1/27/14, 3/24/14

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 11/19/13, 2/4/14, 3/3/14

BST – Basic Safety Training: 1/20/14, 2/10/14

CHS-BAS – Cargo Handling Basic: 4/14/14

CONSTB – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 1/27/14

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

CMM-ADVNAV – Advanced Navigation (=ECDIS & VPEN): 12/2/13, 2/24/14

CMM-ADVSTB – Advanced Stability: 2/3/14

CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 11/18/13, 3/10/14

CMM-CHS – Advanced Cargo Operations (2 weeks): 2/10/14

CMM-ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information System: 12/2/13, 12/16/13, 2/24/14

CMM-LDRSHP – Management, Communication, & Leadership (Management Level): 3/17/14

CMM-MPP – Marine Propulsion Plants:  1/20/14

CMM-SHMGT – Ship Management (2 weeks): 1/6/14

CMM-SHS-ADV-I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 12/2/13, 1/6/14, 2/17/14, 3/10/14

CMM-SHS-ADV-I I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 12/9/13, 1/13/14, 2/24/14, 3/17/14

CMM-VPEN – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 12/9/13, 3/3/14

CMM-WKP – Advanced Watchkeeping: 12/16/13, 1/27/14

CNAV – Celestial Navigation: 4/28/14

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop:

DDE – Great Lakes: 1/27/14

ECDIS-Pilots – 3/5/14

ENVIRO-Regs Permit – Environmental Regulations Permit:

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 1/20/14, 2/10/14

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep & Medications:  1/8/14, 2/3/14

GL Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization: 1/24/14

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System: 3/17/14

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 12/2/13, 1/13/14

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes:  1/27/14

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross Ton License: 12/2/13

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 1/22/14, 3/5/14

MCL – Management, Communications and Leadership

MCL OICNW –Management, Communications, and Leadership OICNW level: 9/5/14, 10/7/14

MEDIA-RSP – Media Response Workshop:  2/7/14

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 12/2/13, 1/6/14, 2/17/14, 3/17/14

MED-PIC -R– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 1/27/14

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 12/2/13, 1/6/14, 2/17/14, 3/17/14

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 12/7/13, 1/11/14, 1/25/14, 3/22/14

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic): 11/20, 3/14/14

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (4 Evenings): 11/18-11/19, 3/10/14

MSC -SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualification:  11/11/13, 3/10/14

ROP-5 – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 1/13/14, 2/3/14

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 1/20/14

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 11/13/13, 12/4/13, 12/11/13, 1/8/14, 1/22/14, 2/5/14, 2/19/14, 3/6/14, 3/20/14

SEC-MSA –Maritime Security Awareness: 12/10/13 PM

SEC-VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties: 11/13/13, 12/11/13

SEC-VSO – Vessel Security Officer: 2/4/14

SHS-BAS – Basic Shiphandling:  11/18/13, 2/10/14

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling-5 Day: 1/20/14, 3/3/14

SHS-ESH-BRMP3 – Emergency Shiphandling and Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 3/5/14

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses: 1/6/14

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge:  2/24/14

TTT – Train the Trainer: 4/7/14

WKP-BAS – Basic Watchkeeping: 3/3/14

WX-BAS – Basic Meteorology: 2/24/13

…And remember: If you can’t make the class, make the call.  Be courteous, don’t be a “no show.”

Check the MITAGS website at mitags-pmi.org/courses/calendar for course descriptions associated with the course title abbreviations, and schedule revisions.


PMI ACADEMIC NOTES

Please also see our schedule online at mitags-pmi.org/courses/calendar. For registration, call our registrar, Jennifer Pitzen, at (206) 838-1126.

November 2013

18-20     Vessel Security Officer
18-22     ECDIS

December 2013

2-6          Tankerman Person-in-Charge
2-6          Medical Care Provider
2-13       Medical Person-in-Charge
2-13       GMDSS
9-13       ECDIS
11th       Med DOT


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