Wheelhouse Weekly – July 3rd, 2018

Volume 23… Number 27… July 3, 2018


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Delegates representing each of the union’s five membership groups will convene the 87th MM&P Regular Convention on Monday, July 9, at MITAGS, the MM&P training institute, in Linthicum Heights, MD.

Complete coverage of the convention will be published in The Wheelhouse Weekly and The Master, Mate & Pilot.

In the meantime, follow us on Facebook: @IOMMP; on Twitter @MMP_UNION; and on Instagram: BRIDGEDECK.ORG.

Important Reminder: the MM&P Headquarters Staff is assisting at the Convention.

You will be able to reach Headquarters staff by e-mail but members are advised not to leave important messages on staff voice mail during this period and not to come to Headquarters in person unless prior arrangements have been made.

Normal office hours will resume July 12.

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The Supreme Court has ruled that public sector employees who are not union members cannot be required to pay “fair share fees”—amounts that are lower than dues–to help cover the union’s costs in representing them.

Anti-labor groups funded by billionaires and corporate CEOs had been working for decades to achieve this result.

The vote in the June 27 decision, in the case known as Janus v. AFSCME, was 5–4.

In effect, the court’s conservative majority voted to impose so-called “right-to-work” status on public sector unions nationwide, undercutting thousands of contracts that affect 5 million workers in 22 states.

The result is expected to be a drop in wages and benefits for public sector employees and a decline in unions’ bargaining power nationwide.

The case reverses a unanimous 1977 decision, Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, in which the Supreme Court ruled that public sector unions may collect fair share fees from nonmembers to fund collective bargaining.

The court’s recent decision to overturn the previous ruling in “Abood” was immediately met with widespread protest.

“This decision is an assault on working families,” said Larry I. Willis, president of the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department (TTD), which represents 32 transportation sector unions, including MM&P.

“The rich and powerful who have bankrolled and controlled this case from the beginning–and who stand to benefit from this decision–are forgetting one thing: no amount of corporate sabotage is going to stop working people from joining unions.”

He noted that despite the surge of new attacks by anti-labor groups and politicians, “the labor movement welcomed 260,000 new members last year…. and thousands of teachers in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Arizona and South Carolina took to the streets to demand fair pay and better learning environments for their students.”

“Workers know the importance of unions in the workplace and they will survive,” Willis said.

“We need to come together as workers and use this as our moment to stand up, join the union, and organize like never before.”

Among the unions that will be hardest hit by the decision are teachers’ unions.

“Let’s be clear: The Janus case was about defunding unions,” said American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten.

“It was about who will have power in our country–working people or big corporate interests. That’s why the case was funded by wealthy donors and corporate interests. First, they pledged $80 million to ‘defund and defang’ unions.”

“Then, the Kochs, after receiving the Trump tax cut, upped the ante with $400 million to undermine public education and ‘break’ the teachers’ unions. Why? Because unions fight for a better life for people, and corporate interests see that as a threat to their power.”

“By sticking together,” she added, “we are stronger than their attacks.”

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MM&P-contracted Matson has christened the DANIEL K. INOUYE, the first of two new Aloha Class containerships.

MM&P President Don Marcus and Pacific Ports Vice President Lars Turner represented the union at the ceremony, which took place at Philly Shipyard.

Also present were MM&P members Frank Reed and Leonard Lambert. Reed will be the first captain of the vessel. Lambert will be the first chief mate.

All the Matson vessels are crewed by members of Masters, Mates & Pilots.

The ship will be delivered to Matson in the third quarter of 2018. A sister ship will be delivered in the first quarter of 2019.

Designed specifically for Hawaii service, the two will be the largest containerships ever built in the United States.

Sen. Daniel Inouye, a highly decorated World War II veteran and a powerful advocate for the U.S.-flag fleet, represented Hawaii in Congress from 1959 until his death in 2012, first as a member of the House of Representatives and then as a member of the Senate.

The 850-foot long, 3,600 TEU Aloha Class vessels will be Matson’s largest ships.

They will also be faster, designed to operate at speeds in excess of 23 knots.

The ships are also designed to accommodate future needs by being able to navigate safely into some of Hawaii’s smaller ports.

Matson says the new vessels will incorporate a number of “green ship technology” features that will help protect the environment, including a more fuel efficient hull design, dual fuel engines that can be adapted to use liquefied natural gas, environmentally safe double hull fuel tanks and fresh water ballast systems.

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Civil Service mariners represented by the MM&P Federal Employees Membership Group (FEMG) receive a 1.67 percent increase in pay for 2018.

The increase is applicable to base pay, overtime, penalty and non-watch allowances except as limited by legislated pay caps, the Department of Defense (DOD) and Statute (5 USC 5348).

It extends to all MM&P bargaining unit members employed by federal agencies sailing as MM&P licensed deck officers, medical services officers and pursers.

MM&P made the case for pay raises for Civil Service mariners and as part of the process, MM&P FEMG Vice President Captain Randall Rockwood and MM&P Government Fleet Representative Randi Ciszewski worked to motivate a similar increase for CIVMARS based on prevailing wages for comparable deep-sea maritime jobs as per the union’s collective bargaining agreements (CBA) with the federal agencies and Statute.

“The reason our FEMG members receive yearly increases is that the union justifies the raises before the DOD Wage Setting Authority and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM),” Ciszewski says.

“There is no doubt that it pays to be a union member. These wage increases are based solely on MM&P justifying them through negotiated MM&P commercial/deep-sea CBAs.”

“I’m thrilled that MM&P was able to secure this well-deserved increase for our FEMG brothers and sisters,” Ciszewski says.

“Federal agencies remain responsive and continue to be viable operations because of the daily sacrifices made by FEMG CIVMARS and their families.”

“MM&P members overcome all challenges to ensure that DOD and the Department of Commerce safely and successfully accomplish their missions.”

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A longshore worker at the Port of Longview, Wash., was killed June 28 when he was struck by a mooring line that had parted.

A second man died several days later at a local hospital.

The accident that killed longshoreman Byron Jacobs, 34, took place in the early hours of the morning as the ANSAC SPLENDOR, a Panama-flagged bulker, was moving along her berth from one loading hatch to another.

A line parted during the evolution and recoiled towards the dock, striking Jacobs.

He died at the scene of the accident, according to the county coroner’s office.

Three other people were injured, including the chief mate of the ANSAC SPLENDOR, Pingshan Li, 41, who later died at Southwest Washington Medical Center.

The port was closed for the rest of the day while the Coast Guard and Washington State authorities conducted an investigation.

In a statement released on social media, Jacobs’s wife Megan asked for the community’s prayers.

“My husband was an absolutely amazing man, husband, father, brother, uncle and friend,” she wrote.

“Last night, he was fatally injured at work while working a job that he loved and was very proud of. He is loved and missed very much,” she wrote.

“Please pray for our family while we take this time to grieve.”

Jacobs was a third-generation longshoreman who had worked at the Port of Longview for 16 years.

“This is a tragic day on the waterfront,” said ILWU Local 21 President Jake Ford in a statement.

“Byron was an active member of the union, loved his work and will be incredibly missed.”

“This is an unimaginable loss felt throughout both the maritime and local community,” said Port of Longview CEO Norm Krehbiel.

“Our hearts are with his family and friends as we all grieve this tragic loss.”

The other two people involved in the accident, a second longshoreman and a security guard, suffered minor injuries.

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MM&P-contracted Seabulk is now accepting applications for chief mate aboard the GREEN LAKE.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please contact MM&P Gulf Ports and Government Affairs Vice President Klaus Luhta: or 410-691-8139.

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The Washington State Board of Pilotage Commissioners will hold an exam for prospective pilot trainees in Seattle on Nov. 5.

The opportunity to become a pilot in Puget Sound or Grays Harbor is available to candidates who have sailed as master within the parameters posted here:

The exam is a combination of multiple choice questions and a simulator evaluation.

Successful applicants will be placed on a list, by rank, to be called in to the training program when a position becomes available.

Information about the exam is posted at

Send an e-mail to to be added to the exam interest distribution list.

Qualified candidates may also contact Sheila LaFleur at

Please include your phone number and the best means of communication (e-mail or phone).

Sheila will contact you to provide more information regarding the exam and process.

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The mid-term elections are fast approaching and some of our supporters in Congress are in jeopardy of losing their elections.

If they lose, they could potentially be replaced with new members who do not support a U.S.-flag maritime fleet.

Cargo preference, the Maritime Security Program and the Jones Act could be in even more danger than they are now.

We need to help our friends in Congress win their races.

To do so, we need the support of every MM&P member, pensioner and employee!

Please help us elect and re-elect pro-maritime legislators.

Stand with your union brothers and sisters!

Support the MM&P Political Contribution Fund by making a contribution to the PCF today.

Go to and click on the “Donate Now” button in the top right-hand corner of the page.

Also, please visit the Who We Support page and find out if your representative stands with you and the rest of the American Merchant Marine.

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All MM&P union halls, the MM&P Plan Office, the MM&P Federal Credit Union and MM&P headquarters will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, for Independence Day.

Pacific Ports will also be closed on Thursday, July 5, for the ILWU holiday Bloody Thursday, in memory of the union members who were shot and killed during the 1934 maritime strike.

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On its first day on the job, a tugboat operated by Edison Chouest collided with an oil tanker on Prince William Sound, causing a sizable dent to the larger ship.

The accident took place on June 27, during a docking maneuver at the Valdez Marine Terminal.

Edison Chouest, a non-union company based in Louisiana, displaced longtime operator Crowley Marine and its MM&P member crews in a hard-fought battle over the tanker-escort and spill-prevention contract with Alyeska Pipeline.

The day of the accident was the first day on the job for the new tug, the INGOT, which had just been approved for docking operations by local authorities.

The Coast Guard and the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) are investigating the accident.

Alex DeMarban, a reporter for the Anchorage Daily News, quoted Geoff Merrell, DEC’s on-scene coordinator, as saying that the regulators want to ensure the accident is not indicative of a larger problem, such as possible design flaws in the new tugs that Edison Chouest has deployed.

A spokesperson for the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council said the fact that the accident happened in calm weather raises questions about whether the crews are ready to take over the contract.

There were no injuries reported in the accident.

The impact left what investigators are calling a “sizable” dent in the double-hulled 600-foot tanker FLORIDA.

A spokesperson for terminal operator Alyeska Pipeline Service Co., which hired Edison, said it was investigating the accident and reviewing procedures.

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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. 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 or

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

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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 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:

Why not try our on-line calendar to register for class:

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:

Please include your Mariner Reference Number, date of birth and the last four digits of your social security number in all emails.

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 – 8/27/18, 10/15/18

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation: 8/29/18

ARPA-OIC – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 9/25/18

AZIPOD 2-Day – 10/15/18

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 9/24/18, 10/29/18

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 7/16/18, 12/19/18

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling: **Now included in BRMP-Refresher**

BRMP-Refresher – 7/18/18, 9/11/18

BT – Basic Safety Training: 8/13/18, 10/22/18

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) –7/31/18, 8/27/18, 9/26/18, 10/31/18, 12/18/18

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 7/30/18, 9/26/18, 12/17/18

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: Contact Admissions

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 7/30/18, 9/24/18, 12/10/18

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 8/6/18, 9/17/18, 12/3/18

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (2 weeks): 10/1/18

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1: 8/6/18, 10/1/18

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific: 8/13/18,10/8/18

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems: 8/13/18, 11/12/18

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM): 8/20/18, 11/26/18

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 10/15/18

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: 10/1/18

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (2 weeks): 10/29/18

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 7/16/18, 7/30/18,8/13/18, 9/10/18, 10/1/18, 11/5/18, 11/26/18

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 7/23/18, 8/6/18,8/20/18, 9/17/18, 10/8/18, 11/12/18, 12/3/18

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

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 10/22/18

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 9/10/18

CNAV-OIC – Celestial Navigation: Contact Admissions

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop: Not currently scheduled

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications: Not currently scheduled

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior – Not currently scheduled

CDMGT – Crowd Management – Not currently scheduled

CSE – Confined Space Entry: Contact Admissions

CSE-AWR – Confined Space Entry Awareness: Contact Admissions

DDE – Great Lakes: Contact Admissions

DPA – Contact Admissions

ECDIS for Pilots – 8/27/18, 12/17/18

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 11/26/18

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 8/13/18, 10/22/18

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 8/2/18, 8/29/18, 9/25/18, 10/30/18

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 7/28/18, 9/29/18,12/15/18

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications: 9/11/18

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization: Contact Admissions

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System: Contact Admissions

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 8/20/18, 12/10/18

IEN – Integrated Electronic Navigation – Not currently scheduled

LAP – 7/9/18, 9/17/18

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes: Contact Admissions

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License: Contact Admissions

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 9/12/18

LNG-TPIC – 12/3/18

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC): Contact Admissions

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): 7/16/18, 12/3/18

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 7/9/18, 10/8/18, 11/26/18

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 8/20/18, 9/17/18

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 10/8/18, 11/26/18

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 7/14/18,8/30/18, 9/24/18, 10/13/18, 10/29/18, 12/1/18, 12/21/18

MSA –Maritime Security Awareness: Not currently scheduled

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic): 8/8/18, 9/12/18, 11/14/18

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control: 8/6/18, 9/13/18, 11/12/18

*MSC-ENVPRO – 8/5/18, 11/4/18

*MSC-FF-HELO – 8/13/18, 10/31/18

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications: 7/16/18, 8/12/18, 9/17/18, 11/5/18

*MSC-Security Watch Basic – 8/9/18, 9/15/18, 11/2/18

*MSC-Security Watch Advanced – 7/15/18, 8/10/18, 9/16/18, 11/3/18

*MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force – 7/20/18, 8/17/18, 9/21/18, 11/9/18

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P – 7/31/18, 8/2/18, 8/28/18, 8/30/18, 11/12/18, 11/14/18, 12/17/18, 12/19/18

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 9/24/18

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 7/11/18, 7/25/18, 8/8/18, 8/22/18, 10/3/18, 10/17/18, 10/31/18, 11/7/18, 11/14/18, 11/28/18, 12/5/18, 12/12/18, 12/19/18

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 9/17/18

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments): 12/17/18

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 8/27/18, 10/22/18

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling-5 Day – 7/23/18, 9/24/18, 10/29/18, 12/10/18

SMS – Not currently scheduled

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: Contact Admissions

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses: Contact Admissions

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: Contact Admissions

TRAC-TUG-2: Contact Admissions

TTT – Not currently scheduled

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties: Contact Admissions

VSO – Vessel Security Officer: Contact Admissions

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level): Contact Admissions

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): Contact Admissions

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Spring 2018

For registration, please contact our registrar, Mary McGhee, at 206.838.1126 or You can also view our schedule and enroll online at

July 2018
6-7 Basic Training Revalidation
6-9 Basic Training Refresher
9th Radar Renewal
9-13 Basic Cargo Handling & Stowage
9-13 Basic Training
9-27 Terrestrial & Coastal Navigation
10th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
16-19 Advanced Firefighting
16-20 ECDIS
16-20 Emergency Shiphandling
20th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
20th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
23-24 ECDIS for Pilots
23-27 Basic Shiphandling
26th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
27th Medical DOT
27-28 Basic Training Revalidation
30-10 Celestial Navigation

August 2018
6-10 MEECE
6-10 Basic Training
10th Radar Renewal
10-13 Basic Training Refresher
11-13 Basic Training Revalidation
13-17 Leadership & Managerial Skills
13-24 GMDSS
14th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
14-17 Advanced Firefighting
20-24 Engine Resource Management (ERM)
23rd Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
24-25 Basic Training Revalidation
27th Medical DOT
27-31 Medical Care Provider

September 2018
4th Flashing Light
5-7 Security Officer – Vessel, Company, and Facility
6th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
7-8 Basic Training Revalidation
7-10 Basic Training Refresher
10th Radar Renewal
10-14 Basic Training
10-21 License Preparation (OICNW)
17-20 Advanced Firefighting
17-21 ECDIS
20-21 Basic Training Revalidation
21st Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
24th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
24-28 Medical Care Provider
24-5 Medical Person-In-Charge

October 2018
4-5 Basic Training Revalidation
4-8 Basic Training Refresher
8th Radar Renewal
8-12 Leadership & Managerial Skills
8-12 Basic Training
9th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
8-12 Pilot Exam Preparation
15-18 Advanced Firefighting
15-19 ECDIS
15-19 Engine Resource Management (ERM)
18-19 Basic Training Revalidation
19th Medical DOT
22nd Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
22-26 MEECE
22-2 Celestial Navigation
31-1 Basic Training Revalidation
31-5 Basic Training Refresher

November 2018
2nd Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
5th Radar Renewal
5-8 Advanced Firefighting
5-9 Basic Training
12-14 Security Officer – Vessel, Company, and Facility
13-16 Advanced Firefighting
16th Medical DOT
16th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
19-20 Basic Training Revalidation
21st Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
26-30 Radar Observer Unlimited
29-30 Basic Training Revalidation

December 2018
3rd Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
3-7 Leadership & Managerial Skills
3-7 Medical Care Provider
3-14 Medical Person-In-Charge
10-13 ARPA
10-14 Basic Training
14th Radar Renewal
14th Medical DOT
14-18 Basic Training Refresher
17-18 Basic Training Revalidation
17-20 Search & Rescue
18-21 Advanced Firefighting
19th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

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The MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly is the official electronic newsletter of the International Organization of Masters, Mates, & Pilots, ILA, AFL-CIO, 700 Maritime Blvd. Suite B, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090-1953. Phone: 410-850-8700; Fax: 410-850-0973. All rights reserved. The MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly © 2018. Articles can be reprinted without prior permission if credit is given to The MM&P WheelhouseWeekly. For subscriptions, address changes or messages to the editor or to MM&P headquarters, e-mail Back issues of The Weekly are posted on