Wheelhouse Weekly – October 02, 2012

October 2nd 2012


– Bridging the Information Gap With E-News You Can Use –

Volume 16 . . . Number 40. . . October 2, 2012


Did you miss a week? Back editions of the Wheelhouse Weekly are available in the section.


All MM&P union halls, the MM&P Plan Office, the MM&P Federal Credit Union and MM&P headquarters will be closed on Monday, Oct. 8, for Columbus Day.


The 2012 Congressional elections are only about five weeks away. The outcome will determine who will be in a position to decide the fate of the Jones Act, the cargo preference statutes, the Maritime Security Program and other programs and policies important to our jobs and to the future of the U.S.-flag fleet. 

There are two things each MM&P member can and should do. First, participate in the process by voting. To see the current list of MM&P-endorsed candidates running for election to the House of Representatives and the Senate, check out the “Who We Support” page in the Members’ Only section of If you have questions about any candidate whose name is or is not on this list, please send an e-mail to

Second, many of our Congressional friends and supporters are facing well-financed adversaries who oppose the U.S.-flag maritime industry and maritime labor. If you are a current PCF contributor, please know that it is not too late to make an additional contribution. If you have not contributed to the PCF before, please make a contribution now! Just go to and click on the PCF link in the left-hand column.

Remember: it doesn’t matter if you are a Democrat or a Republican, if you consider yourself a liberal or a conservative or an independent or a member of the Tea Party. The PCF has no political agenda other than to support those who support the U.S.-flag merchant marine.


The MM&P International Secretary-Treasurer and the MM&P Contracts Officer were among the participants in the 2012 National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA) Forum, which was held last week in Anchorage, Alaska. NDTA works to facilitate business relationships between transport and logistics contractors and government officials. It includes U.S. TRANSCOM, Military Sealift Command and the U.S. Maritime Administration.

Among the MM&P-contracted companies present at last week’s event were APL, Crowley, Horizon Lines, Matson, MLL and Waterman Central Gulf. “MM&P’s membership in NDTA enables us to build relationships with government agencies and employers,” said the MM&P Contracts Officer. “It gives us an opportunity to learn about issues from a variety of different points of view and to explore future opportunities for our members.”

NDTA’s official mission is to “facilitate the sharing of knowledge between government and transportation/distribution related industries” as a path to consolidating partnerships in the areas of logistics and transportation.


Officials in Hong Kong this morning said they had recovered the bodies of 37 people who had been aboard the ferry LAMMA IV, which collided yesterday evening with another boat, the SEA SMOOTH. The passenger ferry was traveling from Hong Kong Island to Lamma Island when it collided with the SEA SMOOTH, which is owned by the Hong Kong Electric Company. Seven crewmembers have been detained by police as part of the investigation. Over 100 passengers and crewmembers had been rescued as of Tuesday morning, but many people are still missing. The LAMMA IV sank within minutes of the collision. There was no immediate word about what caused the accident.


Sens. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) are working hard to promote passage of a bill that would keep good call center jobs in the United States. Both senators, who face re-election in November, have been taking the issue to the stump, promoting the United States Call Center Worker and Consumer Protection Act of 2012, which would make businesses that ship call center jobs overseas ineligible for federal grants or loans. The legislation would require that companies disclose when their calls are being transferred abroad and give consumers the right to talk to a U.S.-based operator. “There is no reason an issue like this shouldn’t be bipartisan,” Casey says. “It’s not a Democratic or a Republican issue. This is a workers’ issue. It’s an American issue.”

Casey, who introduced the bill, has been campaigning for its passage with the support of former Allentown, Pa., call center employees who lost their jobs when T-Mobile moved the operation overseas. The facility had employed 605 workers.

“Most Ohioans who have had to call a major company for a service repair or to get an answer about their cable bill have ended up speaking with a worker in a different time zone, on a different continent,” says Sen. Sherrod Brown, a cosponsor of the bill. “When companies send call center jobs overseas, they don’t just frustrate consumers: they hurt our economy as well. With thousands of Ohioans looking for work, it just doesn’t make sense to ship these jobs overseas.” According to Bureau of Labor Statistics data, Ohio has at least 167,480 call center jobs.

Keep U.S. jobs in the U.S.! Call your Senators today toll free at 1-877-426-8013 and ask them to support Senate Bill 3402, the United States Call Center Worker and Consumer Protection Act of 2012. If you do call, please let us know by sending an e-mail to


The September-October issue of The Master, Mate & Pilot will be in your mailbox soon. In the meantime, look for it online at In this issue of the MM&P magazine: MM&P joins five other leading maritime unions in new alliance to protect members’ rights; friends of maritime labor in Congress seek to restore cuts to cargo preference; MM&P members triumph in Oregon tax fight; MM&P members on the picket line in Charleston and Washington, D.C., in support of the International Longshoremen’s Association; MM&P officers now at helm of APL’s MV PEARL. Go to and click on MM&P magazine to read more.

And remember: the MM&P Communications Department is always looking for photographs of MM&P members and ships! Please e-mail your photos today to


Effective Monday, Oct. 1, the e-mail addresses for the MM&P Plan Office have been changed.  The general e-mail address for the MM&P Plan Office is now: In addition, please make a note of the following new addresses:

Patrick McCullough, Administrator,

Ken Ryan, Director Pension, Vacation and IRAP,

Ann Marie McCullough, Director of Claims,

Paula Phillips, Controller,

Dave Romano, Trust Accounting,

Stacey Sullivan, Accounting Manager,

Dale Clark, Operations Manager EDP,


The MM&P Federal Credit Union is happy to announce a great new service for members: the MM&P FCU ATM/Debit Card! With this card, you can: access your MM&P Federal Credit Union accounts 24 hours a day, seven days a week; get cash and check your balance instantly at any ATM machine that displays the Cirrus and Star symbols; make purchases at stores with terminals that display the Cirrus and Star symbols.

You can use your card just like a check at any store or restaurant that accepts VISA, MasterCard or Discover. Just give your card to the cashier, sign the receipt, and your purchase will be deducted from your checking account. If you use the card to place a phone order, just give your card number, the expiration date and the identification code to the catalog representative and the purchase amount will be deducted from the available funds (up to your daily card limit) in your MM&P Federal Credit Union checking (share draft) account.

Apply for your card today and enjoy a whole new level of banking and shopping convenience. Just go to, click on “Credit Union” at the top of the page and then scroll down to the forms section and print the application. Contact us at 800-382-7777 for more information.


While many benefits of union membership are readily apparent, some risk going “under the radar.” Don’t let these special savings for union members pass you by!

With the coldest months of the year right around the corner, home heating expenses are looming. If you use oil to heat your home, the Union Plus HEAT USA program will save you an average of $200-$300 annually. With the Union Plus Home Heating Discount, you can also get a free or discounted service contract from a local full-service oil company. Details are at

Taking care of pets can be expensive, but Union Plus can help you save in this area as well. With the Union Plus Pet Savings Difference, you can save up to 20 percent on the costs of a veterinarian. What’s more, you can get discounts of up to 30 percent on the cost of other pet services, including boarding and training. For more information, go to

Looking for a new car? You may be eligible to receive up to $550 in rebates from Union Plus, especially if you buy a union-made, EPA-certified car. To view this Union Plus offer, go to

And remember: there’s a host of other discounts waiting for you as a union member. Go to to find out more.


MITAGS-PMI is seeking part-time simulator operators for the Transas system.  Responsibilities include: maintaining simulator performance; planning for use of simulators in courses; system support. Major duties include: preparing and operating simulators; helping engineers in daily system checks; helping develop models, databases and other reports. Qualifications include: background or degree in computer science/engineering or related field; two years’ experience in network support, systems integration and programming; experience servicing and designing local area networks and personal computer systems; knowledge of maritime industry; ability to work flexible hours, including early morning, evening and/or weekend schedules; excellent writing and communications skills; proficiency in MS Office Suite. Position requires moderate physical activity.  If you are interested, please send your resume to MITAGS-PMI East Coast Campus Director Eric Friend at


A membership meeting will be held at MM&P’s Boston Hall at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16. The candidates for International Secretary-Treasurer and Atlantic Ports Vice President will be present at the meeting. All MM&P members in the area are encouraged to attend. Membership meetings in the other East Coast halls will be announced soon.


The following meetings have been scheduled for Pacific Ports: Los Angeles/Long Beach on Oct. 17 in conjunction with the Offshore Orientation Course; Seattle on Oct. 23; San Francisco/Oakland on Oct. 24; Honolulu on Nov. 7. All members in the vicinity are encouraged to attend the meetings.


The Ship Operations Cooperative Program (SOCP) invites you to participate in the SOCP Fall 2012 Meeting to be held at Rhode Island Convention Center (RICC) & Westin Providence Hotel Oct. 22-24. The meeting will be held in conjunction with the annual Society of Naval Architects & Marine Engineers (SNAME) meeting Oct. 24-26.

The meeting will focus on the impact of standards/rules/enforcement/compliance and regulatory changes in the areas of safety, environment and training in the maritime industry. The agenda includes presentations and panel discussions on a broad range of topics, including Vessel General Permit, ballast water regulations, human factors and mariner safety, North American ECA, vessel response plans, work force development and STCW.

All industry representatives are welcome to attend. You must, however, register to attend this event using the links on the SOCP website at under Upcoming Events or on the SNAME site at SOCP members can register to attend the SNAME meeting at the SNAME Member rate using the same link.


The Offshore Familiarization Course, formerly called the D-Book Membership Course, will be held at regular intervals throughout 2012.

The schedule is as follows (but please note that course dates may change depending on the number of participants who sign up): Oct. 9-10 in New Jersey; Oct. 17-18 in Los Angeles; Nov. 7-8 in Houston.

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 urged to attend.

If you want to attend the course, please RSVP to the local hiring hall where the class is offered or, in the case of a course planned for headquarters, to MM&P Membership Secretary Mary Seidman:


Try our on-line calendar to register for class:

For class availability or information on courses and programs, contact MITAGS Admissions Coordinator Kelly Michielli toll free at 866-656-5568 or e-mail her at

Between now and the end of September, the following courses are scheduled at MITAGS.

AB – Able Bodied Seaman: 10/15

AIS-1 – Automatic Identification Systems (one day): 10/10

ARPA – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 10/23, 12/3

AZIPOD (2-DAY) for Pilots: 10/11, 11/12

BRM – Bridge Resource Management: 10/19

BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots:  11/29

BST – Basic Safety Training: 10/8

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 11/12

CMM-ADVNAV – Advanced Navigation (=ECDIS & VPEN): 10/22

CMM-ADVSTB – Advanced Stability: 12/17

CMM-CHS – Advanced Cargo Operations (2 weeks): 10/8

CMM-ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems: 11/12

CMM-MPP – Marine Propulsion Plants: 11/26

CMM-SHMGT – Ship Management (2 weeks): 12/3

CMM-SHS-ADV-I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 10/22, 11/5, 11/26, 12/10

CMM-SHS-ADV-I I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 10/29, 11/12, 12/3, 12/17

CMM-WKP – Advanced Watchkeeping: 11/5

CHS-BAS – Basic Cargo Handling & Stowage: 10/22

CNAV – Celestial Navigation: 11/5

CONSTAB – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 12/15

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning: 11/10

ECDIS-ENAV (2 DAY) for Pilots: 10/11

ENVIRO-Regs Permit – Environmental Regulations Permit: 11/8

EP – Emergency Procedures: 10/17

FF-BADV – Combined Basic and Advanced Fire Fighting: 10/8

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 11/26

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 10/10, 11/29

MEDIA RSP – Media Response Workshop: 11/6

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 10/15, 12/3

MED-PIC -R– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 11/12

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 10/15, 10/29, 12/3

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 10/20, 12/8

MSC -SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualification: 11/12

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic): 10/5

RFPNW – Rating Forming Part of a Navigational Watch: 10/1

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 10/3, 10/17, 10/31, 11/14, 12/5, 12/12

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 10/11

ROP-5 – Radar Observer Original and Renewal: 10/7, 11/26

SAR – Search & Rescue: 10/15

SEC-VCF – Security Officer, Vessel, Company & Facility: 11/7

SHS-BAS – Basic Shiphandling: 10/8, 11/16

SHS-ESH-BRMP3 – Emergency Shiphandling and Bridge Resource Management for Pilots:  10/8

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling:  10/15

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

Check the MITAGS website at for course descriptions associated with the course title abbreviations, and schedule revisions.


Schedule of Courses – Please also see our schedule online at For registration, call our registrar, Jennifer Pitzen, at (206) 838-1126.

September 2012

28thRadar Renewal

October 2012

8-12       ECDIS
8-12       Tankerman PIC
9th         Flashing Light
15-26     GMDSS
22-26     Radar Observer Unlimited
29th       Radar Renewal
29-2       Basic Construction and Stability

November 2012

5-9          Bridge Resource Management w/ Simulation
6-9          ARPA
7-9          Z-Drive / Tractor Tug Training
12-16     ECDIS
26-30     Radar Observer Unlimited
26-7       GMDSS

December 2012

3rd         Radar Renewal
3-7          Medical Care Provider
3-14       Medical PIC
10-14     ECDIS
17th       Flashing Light


MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 10-2-2012 at 1:45 p.m. (EST)

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