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Wheelhouse Weekly – November 29, 2016

November 30th 2016

Volume 21 . . . Number 48. . . Nov. 29, 2016

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ENVIRONMENTAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS TO MM&P VESSELS AND CREWS

MM&P-contracted companies received multiple awards at the annual Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) Environmental Achievement Awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., in November.

The event is held to recognize outstanding achievement in environmental safety in the maritime sector.

Among the operators to receive awards this year were AMNAV, Crowley, Marine Transportation Management, Matson, Moran, Patriot Contract Services, Reinauer and Weeks Marine.

Vessels and crews were honored for years of safe operations. Companies received an award for each ship that worked at least two consecutive years without an environmental incident.

Each year, CSA invites all owners and operators of vessels that work on oceans or inland waterways to nominate their vessels for environmental achievement awards.

Presenting the awards was Kathy J. Metcalf, president of CSA. “These awards celebrate the dedication to environmental excellence of our seafarers and the company personnel shore-side who operate our vessels to the highest standards,” she said.

“In today’s world, it seems our industry only gets front-page news when spills or other environmental problems occur. It is encouraging to see how many vessels go for years achieving environmental excellence. It should be clear to the American public that we in the maritime industry take our stewardship of the marine environment very seriously.”

The awards are open to all owners and operators of vessels on oceans or inland waterways.

CSA encourages operators and owners to take advantage of this opportunity to recognize their crews and shore-side operating personnel by participating in next year’s program. More information is posted on CSA’s website, www.knowships.org.

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WORKERS IN SOUTH KOREA ATTACKED, IMPRISONED, IN GOVERNMENT CRACKDOWN

The government of South Korea launched a brutal assault on union members and civil liberties last November.

In the past year, six trade unionists have been sentenced to prison for union activities; many more are in jail awaiting trial.

Korean unions are fighting government plans to speed up privatization, increase the use of part-time and temporary workers and introduce a performance pay system that unions say is discriminatory and divisive.

A high-level delegation of global union leaders traveled to South Korea last month to protest the brutal crackdown on democratic rights and the criminalization of trade union activity by the government of President Park Geun-hye.

They also joined calls for the resignation of President Park, who is enmeshed in a massive corruption scandal.

The delegation included ITF Assistant General Secretary Rob Johnston, as well as leaders from the International Trade Union Confederation, the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and numerous other representatives of U.S. and European unions.

“Trade unions across the world believe that the attack on South Korea’s unions is symptomatic of a deeper crisis of democracy, which is characterized by the collusion between the government, corporations and the rich, in the pursuit of private profit,” said Valter Sanchez, general secretary of IndustriALL, who traveled to South Korea to join the protest.

As well as attending rallies and meeting parliamentarians, the delegation met with imprisoned trade unionists to express solidarity and the commitment of the global trade union movement to aggressively campaign for their immediate release.

“When these union leaders were sentenced, we told the world,” said Johnston, “and we will continue to expose what is happening here. We will challenge the Korean government’s continuing attempts to crush the union movement.”

The assault on workers’ rights in South Korea is intensifying, with more than 20 trade union leaders and members now imprisoned simply for standing up for workers’ rights.

The international trade union movement has launched a major online campaign on LabourStart to press for the release of the union leaders and for union rights in South Korea.

It will take you just a minute to add your name–please do so here: http://tinyurl.com/skorealabor

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CONGRESS SCHEDULED TO CONSIDER BILL TO PRESENT COLLECTIVE GOLD MEDAL TO WORLD WAR II MERCHANT MARINERS

Members of Congress who return to Washington today are tentatively scheduled to consider a bill that would honor World War II merchant mariners as a group with the Congressional gold medal.

The Merchant Marine of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act, HR 2992, would direct the Speaker of the House and the President pro tem of the Senate to arrange for the presentation of a Congressional gold medal to the U.S.-flag merchant marine of World War II in recognition of its “dedicated and vital service.”

If the House passes the bill, the Senate would still have to act. Similar legislation was introduced in the Senate in June by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).

“Merchant mariners were instrumental during World War II—providing valuable support transporting troops and vast quantities of war material needed to fight and win that war,” Murkowski said in introducing her bill.

“Their dedication and vital service to our nation cannot be overstated, and recognizing them through this bill is the least we can do to honor the efforts and service of merchant mariners.”

During World War II, merchant mariners were vital in providing transoceanic transport of military and civilian personnel as well as combat equipment, fuel, food, commodities and raw materials pivotal in the Allied victory.

The Merchant Marine bore a higher per-capita casualty rate than any other branch of the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II except for the marines. Thousands were killed, wounded or went missing, and hundreds were held as prisoners of war.

Despite their honorable service in wartime, the men of the Merchant Marine were not accorded veteran status until decades after the end of World War II, in 1988.

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YOUR CHANCE TO WIN $30,000 IN UNION PLUS “AMERICAN DREAM” SWEEPSTAKES

It could be a holiday wish come true: all union members have a chance to win $30,000 in the Union Plus American Dream Sweepstakes.

Here’s how it works. Visit UnionPlusSweeps.com and provide a valid e-mail address. Fill out a one-time registration form. You can then enter the sweepstakes up to 30 times per week, right up until Dec. 31, without filling out any additional forms.

Also in the spirit of the holidays, Union Plus is giving away over $100,000 in prizes, with new winners every week.

If you become a Union Plus Credit Cardholder, you can register your new card and enter automatically with your everyday purchases. You can also enter through the site, and both options give you the same chance to win.

Prizes include: $500 gift cards to 12 winners every week and a $30,000 Grand Prize to one winner. Go to UnionPlusSweeps.com today to enter the contest!

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DEADLINE LOOMS FOR STCW STOPGAP TRAINING

The end of the year is the deadline for STCW-Gap Closing Training Requirements: in less than a month, the requirements go into force.

There are mandatory training requirements for operational and management deck/engine officers.

Unless the training has been completed, deck and engine officers will not be able to sail on their STCW credential after Dec. 31.

For the latest course availability for deck and engine officer training, please check the MITAGS website www.mitags.org, send an e-mail to Admissions@mitags.org or call the toll free number 866-656-5568.

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REMINDER: ISH INFORMATION WAS POSTED LAST WEEK 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 and Nov. 22, 2016.

The same information was also posted in the Members’ Only section of bridgedeck.org earlier this month.

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

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LAST DAY FOR PROCESSING VACATION AND PRO PAYMENTS

The Plan Office received approval to close the year-end Internal Revenue Service and company reports and to process Vacation and PRO payments for 2016 no later than Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. EST.

All requests for 2016 Vacation and PRO payments received after this date and time will be held until Jan. 3, 2017 for processing and will therefore be taxable in 2017.

If you have any questions, please contact Ken Ryan at (410) 850-8617 or by e-mail at KRyan@mmpplans.com.

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HOLIDAY PARTY SCHEDULE

Atlantic Ports:
— Norfolk, Monday, Dec. 5, at The Dockside, 12:30–3:30pm;
— Charleston, Wednesday, Dec. 7, at the Kickin Chicken, 12:30-3:30pm;
— Newark, for both the Offshore Group and the Atlantic Maritime Group, Wednesday, Dec. 14, the Robert Treat Hotel, 12pm-5pm;
— Boston, Friday, Dec. 16, MM&P Boston Hall, 11am-3pm.

Gulf Ports:
— Pompano, Monday, Dec. 19, at the Pompano Hall, 11am–2pm;
— Houston, Thursday, Dec. 8, 12pm-3pm at Brady’s Landing.

Pacific Ports:
— Los Angeles/Long Beach, Friday, Dec. 2, 12:00 noon, at the union hall;
— San Francisco/Oakland, Friday, Dec. 9, 12:00 noon, at the union hall;
— Honolulu, Thursday, Dec. 15, 10am-2pm, at the union hall;
— Seattle, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 12:00 noon at union hall.

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MM&P OFFICER ELECTION AND CONSTITUTION BALLOT INFORMATION

Ballots for the 2016 MM&P officer election and Constitutional amendments were mailed to all union members in September. There are two separate ballots—both of which go into the same Secret Ballot Envelope.

If you do not receive a ballot, or if you lose or destroy your ballot, you may request a duplicate ballot by contacting American Arbitration Association at 1-800-273-0726 (Monday to Friday, 0900 to 1700 ET).

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THOROGOOD WORK BOOT SALE!

To thank its 78,000 customers, the Union Boot Pro is offering deep discounts on American union-made work boots.

Here’s how the discount works: get 27 percent OFF our suggested retail price, 24/7, 365 days a year…either as an active or retired union member.

No annual renewal required, discount good for life. Union member savings will vary depending on the boot purchased.

Save even more on select styles of made-in-the-USA Thorogood job-fitted safety work boots until Thursday night, Dec. 1.

Go to the UnionBootPro.com or call 800-723-5384 today to find out more.

Remember: buying American employs Americans. Your choice. Our country. Great American boots.

Shop at http://theunionbootpro.com/.

The Union Boot Pro features Thorogood footwear made in the United States by union members at the Weinbrenner Shoe Company, one of America’s oldest manufacturers of quality constructed, handcrafted, job-fitted safety work boots.

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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: 11/28/16, 12/19/16, 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) – 11/28/16, 12/5/16, 12/12/16, 12/19/16, 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): 11/28/16, 12/5/16, 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): 12/5/16, 12/12/16, 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: 11/28/16, 12/5/16, 12/12/16, 12/19/16, 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): 12/5/16, 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: 12/5/16, 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 – 12/5/16, 12/4/17

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC): 12/19/16*, 2/13/17, 4/3/17, 8/15/17, 9/25/17 (*2-Evening Session)

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control: 11/28/16, 12/5/16, 12/12/16, 12/19/16,

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 12/12/16, 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: 11/28/16, 12/12/16, 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: 12/17/16, 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: 11/30/16, 12/7/16, 12/14/16, 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 – 11/28/16, 2/20/17, 5/1/17, 6/26/17, 9/25/17, 11/27/17

SMS – 12/19/16

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 – 12/12/16

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

Please also see our schedule and enroll online at www.mitags-pmi.org. For registration contact our registrar, Mary McGhee: 206.838.1126 or mmcghee@mates.org.

December 2016

5th Radar Renewal
5-9 Leadership & Managerial Skills
5-9 Engine Resource Management
12-16 ECDIS
12-16 Leadership & Managerial Skills
12-16 MEECE
19-23 Tankerman Person-In-Charge


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