Wheelhouse Weekly – Apr. 19, 2016

April 19th 2016

Volume 21 . . . Number 16. . . April 19, 2016


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Family, friends, union officials and MM&P headquarters and Plan Office staff said good-byeFriday to Captain Timothy A. Brown at a funeral mass in Linthicum Heights, MD. Ships in the MM&P fleet rang eight bells in honor of Captain Brown, who led the Masters, Mates & Pilots as International President for 21 years before retiring at the end of 2012.

“We remember Tim for his quick and fertile mind and for his grace under pressure,” said MM&P President Don Marcus, who delivered the eulogy. “He defended the health and pension benefits of MM&P members and he was an advocate for decent health care and pension benefits for all Americans.”

“Brother Tim was a personal friend/advisor and a person that I had a great deal of respect for,” said Captain Bob Ramsey, master of the MV MATSON KODIAK, one of the ships that commemorated the end of Captain Brown’s watch by ringing eight bells. “He will be missed.”

“Tim always had a kind thought or remembrance for the families of others,” Marcus said. “He was forgiving and understanding of human frailty, and never without compassion for a mariner who was down on his or her luck. He also had a unique ability to turn yesterday’s opponent into today’s friend.”

Contributions in memory of Captain Brown can be made to the USMMA Alumni Fund ( and the Maryland Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (

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The American Maritime Partnership (AMP), which represents professional mariners, shipping companies and ship operators in America’s domestic fleet, has produced a new video that explains the value of the Jones Act to our country’s national, homeland and economic security.

The video is particularly timely given the fact that some on Capitol Hill are seeking to amend the Jones Act as part of a relief package for Puerto Rico.

Without congressional action or a major shift in funds, Puerto Rico’s government bank will default on May 1 on $422 million in debt.

The purpose of the AMP video is to raise awareness of the benefits of the American maritime industry and the Jones Act to the United States and Puerto Rico and to educate the general public and decision makers about why the Jones Act is critical to the economy and homeland security.

To view the video, go to:

Please share it using the hashtags #USMaritime or #JonesAct and “Like” the American Maritime Partnership on Facebook.

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Captain George A. Quick, who represents MM&P in numerous national and international forums and serves as vice president of the union’s Pilot Membership Group, was honored on April 11 with an award for lifetime achievement by members of the Marine Society of the City of New York.

Also honored during the course of the evening were members of the Johnsen family, leaders for generations of MM&P-contracted International Shipholding Corp. and Waterman/Central Gulf Lines.

Erik. F. Johnsen, who accepted the award on behalf of the family, noted the company’s history of strong support for the American Merchant Marine. “It’s getting harder and harder, but we have never forsaken the U.S. flag,” he said.

The awards were presented in the presence of maritime industry leaders and MM&P members, including numerous representatives of MM&P Pilot Group affiliate associations.

An expert on the maritime industry and an eloquent advocate for the world’s seafarers, Quick serves on the delegation of the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) to the IMO Maritime Safety Committee, the IMO Legal Committee and the IMO Facilitation Committee.

“George Quick means so much to America’s pilots, to MM&P and to the seafarers of the world,” said New York Marine Society President Timothy J. Ferrie, who also serves as East Coast representative of the MM&P Pilot Membership Group.

Quick is one of the foremost authorities on the laws and regulations affecting maritime pilots in the United States and around the world and has served as president of the Maryland Pilots Association and president of the Baltimore Maritime Exchange.

“It’s a fascinating industry and anyone who works in it is very lucky,” Quick said, adding “you don’t learn seamanship in calm waters.”

More than $85,000 in grants and scholarships to aspiring young mariners were awarded during the course of the dinner to deck and engineering cadets, many of whom were in attendance.

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An April 15 ruling by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) could wipe out thousands of family-sustaining jobs at U.S. air carriers.

The DOT order, unless it is reversed by Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx or by President Barack Obama, would pave the way for a flag-of-convenience (FOC) type airline, Norwegian Air International (NAI), to begin operations from the United States with contract crew working at low wages under the labor laws of Thailand and Singapore.

“We are strongly opposed to today’s show cause order issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation that could pave the way for Norwegian Air International to launch a job-killing flag-of-convenience airline that perverts the transatlantic airline market and violates our nation’s aviation trade agreement with the European Union,” said TTD President Ed Wytkind in an official statement released on April 18.

NAI, a subsidiary of Norway-based Norwegian Air Shuttle, was incorporated in Ireland with the goal of gaining an advantage over air carriers on both sides of the Atlantic by skirting Norway’s regulations and employment laws.

The airline uses Bangkok-based flight crews employed under Singaporean individual employment contracts to avoid complying with collective bargaining obligations in Norway while reaping the benefits of the U.S.-EU Air Transport Agreement.

“It is for these reasons that a bipartisan Congress has spoken loudly against the NAI application and why a coalition of European and U.S. airlines has opposed this application for more than two years,” Wytkind said.

“When an airline company like NAI scours the globe for the cheapest labor it can find, evades the social and employment laws of its own country, and uses a rogue business model in violation of our trade agreements and laws, our government should not reward that airline with new rights to seize our markets, compete unfairly with our air carriers and kill our members’ jobs,” Wytkind added.

TTD’s 32 member unions, including MM&P, will be urging President Obama and Secretary Foxx to reverse course and reject the NAI application.

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Effective immediately, MLL has announced it is suspending all crew changes in Turkey based on the U.S. State Department travel warning. Family members of U.S. government employees have been ordered to depart Turkey. The State Department has restricted official travel in the country to mission critical travel only.

The southeastern provinces including Adana, where the airport is located, are specifically mentioned.

All MAERSK CALIFORNIA crew changes have previously been accomplished in Mersin, Turkey, the company says. The vessel’s ports of call include Port Said, Egypt; Damietta, Egypt; Iskenderun, Turkey; and Mersin, Turkey.

Going forward, MLL will conduct crew changes in Port Said. The company says it will continue to monitor State Department travel notices, alerts and warnings and will adjust the ports for crew changes accordingly.

It said the CALIFORNIA will be calling on Cyprus/Limassol on approximately May 12 for a U.S. Coast Guard COI. MLL will conduct crew changes in Cyprus on this occasion.

The U.S. travel warning for Turkey is posted at:

It advises people who must travel to Turkey to:

— avoid travel to the southeastern part of the country, particularly near the Syrian border;

— stay away from large crowds, including at popular tourist destinations;

— exercise heightened vigilance and caution when visiting public access areas, especially those heavily frequented by tourists;

— stay away from political gatherings and rallies;

— follow the instructions of local authorities in an emergency;

— monitor local media;

— stay at hotels with identifiable security measures in place.

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Thousands of Australian trade unionists, including merchant mariners recently replaced on domestic ships by foreign workers earning as little as 2 Australian dollars an hour, rallied outside Parliament House in Canberra on April 18.

The protestors carried signs, such as “Sacked for Being Aussie,” demanding that Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull’s government end policies that lead to job outsourcing and growing income inequality.

The theme of the demonstration was “questions for Malcolm.” Protesters wore black t-shirt with white question marks and carried banners that read, for example: “What about our jobs? What about our pensions? What about tax dodgers?”

“Why Malcolm, in the last three years, have you created a society of exclusivity for the rich, while the rest can be damned?” asked Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) Assistant National Secretary Ian Bray in his speech to the crowd outside Parliament. “Why Malcolm are you ignoring the high youth unemployment in this country, while systematically closing down the training institutions that give them the chance to get jobs and careers?”

Mariners Dale Eaton and Zach Kinzett spoke at the rally about getting kicked off the MV PORTLAND, the last Australian tanker to sail in the domestic trades, and replaced by foreign workers earning starvation wages.

To coincide with the demonstration, union members nationwide “tweeted” at the prime minister using the hashtag #questionsformalcolm. The unions said the hashtag amassed over 15,000 tweets in a single day with a reach of over 1 million people.

Meanwhile Australian dock workers engaged in a series of rolling strikes received a pledge of support last week from the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA).
“The 65,000-member International Longshoremen’s Association, AFL-CIO… expresses our full solidarity with the Maritime Union of Australia Dockworkers,” wrote ILA President Harold Daggett. “We stand ready to back up these words and expressions of solidarity with action and support to our Sister and Brother MUA dockworkers.”

The MUA held two 72-hour strikes in Fremantle last week. It has planned strikes for Brisbanetomorrow.

Job actions against Patrick Stevedores in January 2016 were the first national port strikes in Australia since 1998. Patrick has warned it may lock workers out, as it did 17 years ago, if they go on strike again.

“The MUA and ILA have enjoyed a long history of cooperation and solidarity and we renew our pledge to stand with our fellow MUA dockworkers until a successful resolution is achieved in this current battle with Patrick,” Daggett wrote.

“Patrick insists on greater work hours at the port during midnight and weekend shifts, but still refuses to meet the demands of dockers for increased job security… We join with the worldwide dockers’ organization–the International Dockworkers Council—of which we are proud affiliates and note that Patrick’s disregard for the rights of workers and continued inaction remain a threat to the livelihood of more than 260 dockworkers at the Patrick terminal.”

Patrick Stevedores has reduced jobs in the Port of Botany, Sydney, from 440 to 260 over the course of the past two years.

“The ILA will call on labor organizations it is affiliated with, namely the AFL-CIO, the Maritime Labor Alliance and the Transportation Trades Department in the United States and the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) and International Dockworkers Council, to enlist the strength of the worldwide labor body to demonstrate to Patrick that MUA does not stand alone. We are one and we are united,” the ILA President said.

MM&P is the marine affiliate of the ILA.

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On April 13, 39,000 Verizon workers, including employees at seven Verizon wireless locations, walked off their jobs.

They are members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). Their contracts expired eight months ago. They are expected to picket hundreds of Verizon facilities from Virginia to Massachusetts.

The company is pushing to offshore more call-center jobs, outsource more line work to low-wage contractors and force workers to accept assignments away from home for up to two months at a time.

It has reported to shareholders that it is making $1.8 billion in profit a month. “We work for the poster child of corporate greed,” commented Josey Allgor, a 25-year employee and chief steward with CWA Local 1101 in Manhattan. “They are making tons of money off our labor. We are not working for a company that’s suffering.”

Verizon workers last struck in 2011. After two weeks they returned to work without a deal, finally signing a new contract a year later.

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MM&P headquarters is seeking a qualified candidate to be contracts officer. The position requires a high level of proficiency in Microsoft Excel, as well as excellent spoken and written business communications skills. Necessary qualifications include a college degree. A post-graduate degree in labor relations, business or law would be advantageous, but is not required. The position is based at MM&P Headquarters in Linthicum Heights, MD. Generous benefit package; pay commensurate with experience.

Interested candidates can submit a resume to MM&P Human Resources Director Patrice Wooten (

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The Saint Lawrence Seaway Pilots Association (SLSPA) ( is seeking applications for apprentice pilots.
SLSPA provides pilotage in the Great Lakes in District 1, areas 1 and 2. Area 1 encompasses the Saint Lawrence River from Snell Lock, Massena, N.Y., to Cape Vincent, N.Y. Area 2 encompasses Lake Ontario and all associated ports.

The Great Lakes are bordered by eight states and the Province of Ontario. As a result of binational pilotage agreements, SLSPA is regulated by the U.S Coast Guard Great Lakes Pilotage Division (CG-WWM-2), and headed by the Director, Great Lakes Pilotage.

More information can be obtained at:

An applicant must:

— Have a license as master, mate, or pilot issued under section 7101 of 46 CFR;

— Have acquired at least 24 months’ licensed service or equivalent experience on vessels or integrated towing vessels and tows of at least 4,000 gross tons as measured under section 14502 of this title, or an alternate tonnage measured under section 14302 of this title as prescribed by the Secretary under section 14104 of this title, operating on the Great Lakes or oceans, with a minimum of six months of that service or experience having been on the Great Lakes (applicants may acquire the Great Lakes service experience described in paragraph 2 during their training period); and

— Agree that, if appointed as a United States registered pilot, the applicant will be available for service when required.

Interested candidates must submit the following for consideration: copy of Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC); copy of Transportation Workers Identification Card (TWIC); sea service record; CG-4509 Application for Registration as United States Registered Pilot, (; three letters of reference; resume; drug test participation letter; copy of Radar Observer Certificate; two full face passport photos; Merchant Mariner Credential Medical Evaluation Report (CG-719K) completed within one year of application (

This paperwork must be submitted to SLSPA and USCG, Director of Great Lakes Pilotage via FedEx at the following addresses: Saint Lawrence Seaway Pilots Association; PO Box 274; 733 East Broadway; Cape Vincent, NY 13618.

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The family of Captain Peter Smith has asked that contributions in his name be made to the Maine Maritime Academy.

Donations can be mailed to the Maine Maritime Academy Development Office with a note citing “Capt Peter Smith Memorial”:

Maine Maritime Academy
Development Office
Pleasant Street
Castine, ME 04420

Donations can also be made by phone. The Maine Maritime Academy Development Office can be reached at (207) 326-2470.

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There will be an Offshore membership meeting at the MM&P Charleston Hall on April 20 1100. All members in the area are encouraged to attend the meeting.

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On Sunday, May 22, the annual National Maritime Day Observance and Memorial Service will be held at the American Merchant Marine Veterans Memorial at Harbor Boulevard and 6th Street in San Pedro at 1000.

The service is hosted by the American Merchant Marine Veterans Memorial Committee. It honors American Merchant Mariners who have served their country in peace and war since the American Revolution–when they acted as our first Navy–until the present day.

Among the speakers will be MM&P President Don Marcus.

Organizations wishing to send wreaths to be displayed during and after the services are requested to have them delivered to the memorial site by 0900 on Sunday, May 22. Massey’s Florist on Western Avenue in Lomita (310-325-8222) has provided very good service and is the preferred florist of the committee.

The committee is again planning to have an interesting program, with national, state, and city officials invited to participate as speakers.

The committee is seeking sponsors to help us this year by purchasing an advertisement in our 2016 program booklet.

A luncheon will be held immediately following the National Maritime Day Observance at the Ports O’Call Restaurant located at Berth 76 in Ports O’Call Village. A no host bar will open at 1100 hours, with lunch being served at approximately 1130 hours. Parking is available in Ports O’Call with transportation provided to and from the memorial service.

The committee cordially invites all sponsors and the general public to attend the National Maritime Day Observance and luncheon. For more information, please contact Paul Nielsen at(310) 325 3506.

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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 Elisabeth Cruz, Admissions Coordinator, toll-free at 866-656-5568 or by e-mail: Why not try our on-line calendar to register for class:

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 – 8/22/16, 10/17/16

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation: 5/27/16, 7/22/16

ARPA-OIC – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 8/9/16, 9/27/16

AZIPOD 2-Day – 5/23/16, 11/14/16

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 8/8/16, 10/31/16

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 05/23/2016, 7/18/16, 11/14/16

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling: 04/19/16

BT – Basic Safety Training: 06/27/16, 8/15/16, 10/10/16

BT-Revalidation – 05/10/16, 8/22/16, 10/31/16

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 4/25/16, 11/14/16

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVNAV-CMM – Advanced Navigation (=ECDIS & VPEN): Contact Admissions

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 06/20/16, 8/1/16, 10/17/16

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 06/06/16, 8/8/16, 11/7/16

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (2 weeks): 10/24/16

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information System: 06/13/16, 7/25/16, 8/15/16, 9/12/16,10/10/16, 11/28/16, 12/19/16

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM – 4/25/16,5/9/16, 5/16/16, 5/23/16, 6/27/16, 7/11/16, 7/25/16, 8/1/16, 8/8/16, 8/15/16,8/22/16, 9/12/16,10/3/16, 10/31/16, 11/14/16,11/28/16, 12/5/16, 12/12/16, 12/19/16

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 05/02/16, 9/19/16

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: 6/20/16, 8/1/16, 10/31/16

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (2 weeks): 10/3/16

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 05/09/16, 06/13/16, 7/18/16, 8/15/16,9/12/16, 10/24/16, 11/7/16, 12/5/16

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 04/25/16, 05/16/16, 06/20/16, 7/25/16,8/22/16, 9/19/16, 10/31/16, 11/14/16, 12/12/16

**SHS-ADV-I & II now approved to include SAR-CMM assessments at MITAGS after August 1, 2016. Both weeks must be taken together in order to complete SAR-CMM**

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 9/12/16

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 05/09/16, 9/26/16

CNAV-OIC – Celestial Navigation: 05/02/16, 10/24/16

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop: Contact Admissions

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications: 7/19/16

DDE – Great Lakes: 6/6/16

DPA – Contact Admissions

ECDIS-OIC – Contact Admissions

ECDIS-Pilots – 05/25/16, 7/20/16, 11/14/16

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 5/9/16, 7/18/16, 8/22/16, 9/26/16, 10/24/16, 11/14/16, 11/28/16, 12/5/16, 12/12/16, 12/19/16

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 06/27/16, 8/15/16, 10/10/16

FF-ADV-REV – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation & Refresher: 5/12/16, 8/24/16, 11/2/16

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications: 4/27/16, 5/16/13, 6/1/16, 6/15/16, 9/20/16

GL Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization: Contact Admissions

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System: 8/22/16

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 6/27/16, 8/29/16, 12/5/16

LAP- 9/19/16

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

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License: 06/06/16, 8/8/16, 12/5/16

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 5/23/16, 7/19/16, 9/21/16, 11/15/16

LNG-TPIC – 12/5/16

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC): 4/28/16, 7/12/16, 9/26/16, 10/26/16*, 11/14/16*, 12/19/16* (*Evening Session)

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control: 4/25/16, 5/16/16, 7/11/16, 8/29/16, 9/19/16, 10/17/16, 11/7/16, 11/28/16, 12/5/16, 12/12/16, 12/19/16

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 05/16/16, 7/11/16, 11/7/16, 12/12/16

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 05/02/16, 8/29/16, 10/3/16

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 05/16/16, 11/7/16, 11/28/16, 12/12/16

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 05/14/16, 8/28/16, 11/12/16, 12/17/16

MSA –Maritime Security Awareness: Contact Admissions

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic): 6/10/16, 8/10/16, 10/17/16

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control: 6/8/16, 8/8/16, 10/18/16

*MSC-ENVPRO – 6/5/16, 8/7/16, 10/16/16

*MSC-FF-HELO – 6/6/16, 8/22/16, 10/31/16

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualification: 6/13/16, 8/14/16, 10/23/16

*MSC-Security Watch Basic – 6/11/16, 8/11/16, 10/20/16

*MSC-Security Watch Advanced – 6/17/16, 8/13/16, 10/22/16

*MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force – 6/18/16, 8/18/16, 10/27/16

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P – 5/23/16, 7/26/16, 10/25/16

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 5/9/16, 8/8/16, 9/26/16

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 04/20/16, 4/27/16, 05/04/16, 05/18/16, 06/08/16, 06/22/16, 7/13/16, 7/27/16, 8/10/16, 8/24/16, 9/21/16, 10/5/16, 10/19/16, 11/2/16, 11/9/16, 11/16/16, 11/30/16, 12/7/16, 12/14/16

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 8/1/16

SAR-OIC – Search & Rescue – 11/7/16

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 06/27/16, 8/29/16, 10/17/16

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling-5 Day: 05/02/16, 8/1/16, 10/3/16, 11/28/16

SMS – Contact Admissions

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 8/8/16

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses: 7/11/16

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 8/8/16

TRAC-TUG-2: 4/25/16

TTT – Contact Admissions

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties: Contact Admissions

VSO – Vessel Security Officer: 04/25/16, 7/13/16, 9/7/16, 10/22/16

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level): 10/3/16

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

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Please also see our schedule and enroll online at For registration contact our registrar, Jennifer Pitzen: 206.838.1126 or

April 2016

25-29 ECDIS
27-29 Bridge Resource Management & Emergency Shiphandling for Pilots

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