Wheelhouse Weekly – April 18, 2017

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The thoughts and prayers of the entire MM&P community are with our member Victor Goady, who was gravely injured while on the job in New York Harbor on the night of April 13.

The 27-year-old, a member of the MM&P Atlantic Maritime Group, was working on a tug operated by Buchanan Marine when a mooring line he was securing between the tug and a barge cinched his arm just below the elbow, severing it.

Our hearts go out to Brother Goady and his family. MM&P will keep members informed on his progress and opportunities to help.

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President Donald Trump last week signaled that he plans to return the U.S. Export-Import Bank to full operational status and has appointed two former legislators to fill vacancies on its governing board.

The agency, which provides credit and loan guarantees to American exporters, currently cannot finance projects of more than $10 million because three of the five seats on its board are empty.

At least 50 percent of the products exported with Export-Import Bank financing must be transported on U.S.-flag vessels. For transactions above $20 million, 100 percent of all cargo financed by the bank must be carried on U.S.-flag vessels.

MM&P, MIRAID and the rest of maritime labor are strong advocates of the bank.

The bank subsidizes exports by offering direct loans as well as credit guarantees to foreign companies buying American products. Foreign countries have similar public lenders of their own.

The bank helps keep American businesses competitive by assisting U.S. companies with financing the export of U.S. goods and services to international markets–at no cost to taxpayers.

Trump’s nominee for president of the bank is former Rep. Scott Garrett (R-N.J.), an attorney and former state representative. His nominee for board member is former Rep. Spencer T. Bachus III (R-Ala.), also an attorney.

“We are heartened by President Trump’s statement in an interview regarding the Export-Import Bank and his appreciation of the role the agency plays in boosting U.S. exports abroad and supporting U.S. jobs,” said Caroline Scullin, senior vice president of communications at Ex-Im Bank.

She added that since fiscal 2007, the bank has earned nearly $5.6 billion in profit for U.S. taxpayers.

“We look forward to the president nominating, and the Senate confirming a full slate of five directors to the board, restoring the bank to its full functionality to support U.S. exports,” she said.

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The newest state ferry, CHIMACUM, joined the Washington State Ferries (WSF) fleet on April 7. The CHIMACUM will carry ferry riders on the Seattle/Bremerton route this summer after crews complete vessel outfitting, operational training and drills.

The new ferry’s name honors the Chemakum tribe’s gathering place, the present-day town of Chimacum near Port Townsend, Wash.

“We’re excited to welcome the CHIMACUM to our fleet,” said Washington State Ferries Assistant Secretary Amy Scarton.

“The new vessel replaces the 59-year-old KLAHOWYA and allows us to continue providing safe and reliable service for the 2.7 million customers who use the Seattle/Bremerton route each year.”

With room for 144 cars and 1,500 passengers, CHIMACUM, like its sister vessels TOKITAE and SAMISH, offers flexible seating configurations, wider vehicle lanes and two passenger elevators, making it the most accessible vessel in the fleet for passengers with disabilities.

The fourth 144-car vessel, SUQUAMISH, is now under construction at Vigor’s Harbor Island shipyard in Seattle.

Licensed deck officers who belong to the MM&P United Inland Group-Pacific Maritime Region sail on the ferries in the WSF fleet.

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Two transport workers’ unions in the United Kingdom are calling for an investigation into safety deficiencies aboard flag-of-convenience ships following the British authorities’ decision to detain the Cyprus-flagged CEMGULF.

The CEMGULF is the “sister ship” of the Cyprus-flagged CEMFJORD, the cement carrier that capsized and sank in 2015 in a violent storm in the Pentland Firth with the loss of all eight members of the crew.

A report released last year by the U.K. Marine Accident Investigation Branch found the tragedy could have been avoided: investigators labelled it in fact “a predictable accident,” the result of “poor passage planning” and commercial pressures.

The two unions now calling for a broader investigation into the deficiencies of cargo ships sailing under flags of convenience are Nautilus, which represents ships’ officers in the U.K., the Netherlands and Switzerland, and RMT, which represents specialized transport workers.

The CEMGULF was detained for 10 days earlier this year at Ellesmere Port in the U.K. for defects in its safety management system, inoperative lifeboats, lack of abandon ship drills, lack of onboard training and inadequate voyage or passage plan.

Its ill-fated sister ship, the CEMFJORD, had been at sea in the period preceding the accident despite significant safety deficiencies in the rescue-boat launching equipment and in the bilge pumping system for the void spaces beneath the cement cargo holds.

During the previous 13 months, it had spent 54 percent of the time operating under exemptions issued by its flag state for a range of serious safety deficiencies. The exemptions from safety regulations were specifically approved by Cyprus to allow the ship to sail.

“As well as insufficient passage planning, the master’s decision to press ahead with the voyage, rather than seek shelter, was almost certainly influenced by an underestimation of the severity of the conditions, his personal determination to succeed and an unwillingness to turn the vessel across the heavy sea,” the investigators concluded.

The ship capsized and sank so quickly that the crew was unable to issue a distress call.

Nautilus and RMT have called on the U.K. shipping minister to examine the situation in the context of the 2015 collision off the British coast of another Cyprus-flagged cargo ship, the DAROJA, with a bunker barge.

Investigators in that case also pointed to substandard operations and “excessive commercial pressures.”

“Nautilus and the RMT both question how many more times it will take before such systemic safety failures are effectively challenged,” the two unions wrote.

They said some flags “apparently take little interest in the quality of the vessels on their books,” a serious problem that also puts ships run by safety compliant operators, and the seafarers who crew them, at grave risk.

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Abu Sayyaf terrorists said last week they had killed the captain of a fishing boat who was taken hostage last year.

A spokesperson for the government of the Philippines said the terrorists had killed the captain of the RAMONA 2 because he was slowing them down as they fled from the armed forces, who are now pursuing them through the jungle.

The pirates are still holding the chief engineer and two members of the crew of the fishing boat hostage.

In total, Philippine authorities say that Abu Sayyaf has over two dozen hostages, including 20 seafarers captured during a year-long series of pirate attacks.

Four members of the armed forces were killed in a battle with the militants that took place earlier this month on the island of Bohol.

In recent weeks, armed forces in the Philippines have rescued six hostages.

In related news, a Somali official said two pirates were killed and one was wounded when international naval forces blocked their attempt to hijack a ship in the Gulf of Aden.

Six pirates reportedly fled the scene in two boats. Villagers reported finding two bodies—presumably of the pirates–off the coast on the morning after the attack.

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The Australian government’s campaign to lift the regulations that reserve a portion of the domestic trades to its national shipping fleet is putting the country’s security at risk, according to the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) Cabotage Task Force.

The task force issued a statement last week blasting a recommendation by Australia’s Productivity Commission that coastal shipping be completely deregulated so as to remove all barriers to entry for foreign vessels.

“The ITF strongly rejects any suggestion that coastal shipping laws should be wound back,” says ITF Cabotage Task Force Chair James Given.

“In fact,” he added, “they should be strengthened to ensure better national security, better fuel security and protection of Australia’s pristine coastline.”

“The continuation of a domestic fleet logically should be of national and strategic interest [to the government of Australia],” said Chair of the ITF Seafarers’ Section Dave Heindel.

“Rather than allow unscrupulous tax dodgers running flag-of-convenience ships and exploiting foreign labor in a race to the bottom, any sensible person can see Australia needs Australian crews under Australian pay and conditions working on the Australian coast.”

The government has been issuing “temporary licenses” to foreign ships that allow them to compete in the coastal trades with Australian vessels.

The ITF is urging the government at least to work with the Maritime Union of Australia to develop a “maritime crew visa” for non-nationals employed on ships using the temporary licenses to ensure that foreign crewmembers are covered by the appropriate worker protections.

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Members of the MM&P Ballot Committee meeting at the union’s headquarters on Monday, April 17, certified the results of the ballot to ratify three Offshore contracts (SEACOR-Central Gulf Lines/Waterman Steamship Corporation & Sulphur Carriers; Maersk Line, Limited; E-Ships, Inc.).

All three contracts were overwhelmingly approved.

MM&P thanks the members of the Ballot Committee who oversaw the vote count: Charles Hendricks, Christopher Kavanagh and Jennifer Phurchpean.

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New requirements will soon be introduced for officers sailing as extended Second Mate and new relief Chief Mate on all MLL vessels.

To respond to the new requirements, MITAGS is developing a course that will be offered in the coming months.

The course will consist of one week of general training followed by one week of company-specific training.

Details of the new course have now been posted in the Members’ Only pages of

To view this information, go to, enter the Members’ Only site and click on the “MLL Relief CM/Extended 2M Courses” button at the top of the left-hand column.

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MM&P Atlantic Ports Vice President Don Josberger will be holding a union meeting at the Boston Hall at 1200 on Tuesday, May 9.

All Offshore members in the area are encouraged to attend the meeting.

The Boston Hall is located in Marine Industrial Park, 12 Channel St., Suite 606-A, Boston, MA 02210. The phone number of the hall is 617-671-0769.

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The American Merchant Marine Veterans Memorial Committee invites you to the National Maritime Day Observance and Memorial Service in San Pedro, Calif., on, Monday, May 22.

Maritime Day honors the merchant mariners who serve our country in peace and war.

The service begins at 1100 at the American Merchant Marine Veterans Memorial at the foot of Sixth Street.

You are also invited to join us after the memorial service for a luncheon at 1200 at the nearby Ports O’Call Restaurant, Berth 76, San Pedro ($45 per person; tables are available).

To support National Maritime Day activities in San Pedro, a commemorative program is produced. Proceeds from the sale of advertising in the commemorative program also go to maintain the memorial itself.

Parking is available at the Ports O’Call Restaurant and shuttle service between the memorial and the restaurant will be provided by San Pedro Trolley.

If you would like more information about attending the event or about advertising, please contact Jerry Aspland, Vice President:; telephone/fax: 714-968-4409.

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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:

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 – 8/21/17, 10/16/17

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation: 5/23/17

ARPA-OIC – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 8/8/17, 9/26/17

AZIPOD 2-Day – 5/22/17, 10/16/17

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 6/19/17, 9/25/17, 11/13/17

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 5/22/17, 7/20/17, 11/14/17

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling: Contact Admissions

BRMP-Refresher – 5/24/17, 7/17/17, 9/12/17, 10/18/17

BT – Basic Safety Training: 8/14/17, 10/9/17

BT-Revalidation (2-day) – 5/4/17, 6/22/17, 8/21/17, 9/28/17, 11/8/17, 12/14/17

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 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: 6/12/17, 7/31/17, 10/2/17, 12/11/17

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 6/5/17, 8/7/17, 9/25/17, 12/4/17

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (2 weeks): 10/9/17

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information System: 6/26/17, 8/14/17, 9/18/17

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM) 5/22/17,6/19/17, 8/21/17, 9/11/17

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 11/27/17

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: 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): 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): 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: 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: Contact Admissions

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior – 7/11/17

CDMGT – Crowd Management – 7/10/17

DDE – Great Lakes: 6/5/17

DPA – Contact Admissions

ECDIS-OIC – Contact Admissions

ECDIS for Pilots – 5/24/17, 11/14/17

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 7/10/17, 8/28/17, 10/16/17, 12/4/17

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 8/14/17, 10/9/17

FF-ADV-REV – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation & Refresher: 5/2/17, 6/20/17, 8/23/17, 9/26/17, 11/6/17, 12/12/17

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications: 9/12/17

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization: Contact Admissions

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System: 8/21/17

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 6/26/17, 8/28/17, 11/27/17

LAP- 9/11/17

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

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License: 6/5/17, 8/7/17, 12/4/17

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 9/13/17

LNG-TPIC – 12/4/17

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

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control: Contact Admissions

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 5/8/17, 7/10/17, 9/11/17, 10/23/17

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 4/24/17, 6/26/17, 8/28/17, 11/13/17, 12/4/17

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 5/8/17, 9/11/17, 10/23/17, 11/27/17

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 5/1/17, 6/12/17 (Evening), 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): 6/9/17, 8/9/17, 10/2/17

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control: 6/7/17, 8/7/17, 10/3/17

*MSC-ENVPRO – 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: 6/12/17, 7/17/17, 8/13/17, 10/9/17

*MSC-Security Watch Basic – 6/10/17, 8/10/17, 10/5/17

*MSC-Security Watch Advanced – 6/16/17, 7/21/17, 8/12/17, 10/7/17

*MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force – 6/17/17, 7/24/17, 8/18/17, 10/13/17

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P – 5/9/17, 6/13/17, 8/14/17, 10/2/17

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 8/17/17, 9/25/17

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 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: 7/31/17

SAR-OIC – Search & Rescue – 10/16/17

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 5/15/17, 8/28/17, 10/23/17

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling-5 Day – 5/1/17, 6/26/17, 9/25/17, 11/27/17

SMS – Contact Admissions

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 8/7/17

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses: 7/10/17

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 5/8/17, 8/7/17

TRAC-TUG-2: Contact Admissions

TTT – Contact Admissions

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties: 5/25/17

VSO – Vessel Security Officer: 5/22/17, 7/13/17, 9/6/17

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level): 10/2/17

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 9/11/17

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Winter-Spring 2017

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

April 2017

22-24 Basic Training Refresher
24-28 Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation (VPEN)
24-5 GMDSS

May 2017

2-4 Rating Forming Part of a Navigational Watch
6-8 Basic Training Refresher
8-12 ECDIS
8-12 Basic Training
8-12 Marine Propulsion Plants
15th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties
15-18 Advanced Firefighting
15-19 Able Seaman
15-26 Watchkeeping – Operational Level
15-26 Celestial Navigation
16-18 Integrated Electronic Navigation
20-22 Basic Training Refresher
23rd Radar Renewal
30th Leadership & Teamworking Skills
31-2 Security Officer – Vessel, Company, and Facility

June 2017

5-9 Medical Care Provider
5-9 Basic Shiphandling
5-16 Medical Person-In-Charge
10-12 Basic Training Refresher
12-16 Basic Training
12-16 Cargo Handling and Stowage – Operational Level
19th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties
20th Radar Renewal
19-22 Advanced Firefighting
19-23 Advanced Watchkeeping
19-23 Leadership & Managerial Skills
24-26 Basic Training Refresher
26-30 Engine Resource Management
27-29 Integrated Electronic Navigation

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