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Wheelhouse Weekly – April 29, 2014

April 29th 2014

 

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Volume 18 . . . Number 17 . . . April 29, 2014

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SEAFARERS INTERNATIONAL HOUSE RECOGNIZES MM&P MEMBERS AND FRIENDS FOR ADVOCACY WORKAY

The global seafarers’ support group Seafarers International House (SIH) last week named two MM&P members—the union’s President Donald Marcus and Captain Richard Phillips—the recipients of its “Outstanding Friend of Seafarers” Award for 2014. Phillips was master of MAERSK ALABAMA; his kidnapping by pirates in 2009 was the subject of an Oscar-nominated film. The award was also given to long-time MM&P employer Edward R. Morgan, president of United Seamen’s Service.

“MM&P is proud of its tradition of advocating for the rights of seafarers worldwide,” Marcus said as he accepted the award. “This includes the vast mass of exploited seafarers working on flag-of-convenience ships.” He commended Phillips as being a ship’s officer “in the proud tradition of MM&P members who have answered the call of duty since 1887.”

On behalf of MM&P’s membership, Marcus also saluted Ed Morgan, a long-time MM&P employer and a member of the MM&P Health & Benefit Plan’s Board of Trustees. “Ed knows that to have mariners of the caliber of Captain Phillips, you have to provide high-quality training, health benefits and retirement security,” he said.

In accepting the award, Phillips noted that quality ship operations always depend on teamwork. “It wasn’t just Captain Phillips aboard the MAERSK ALABAMA,” he said. “It was everyone aboard the ship: members of MM&P, the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association and the Seafarers’ International Union, all working together. We did what shipmates always do, we look after each other,” he said.


MM&P VOICES SUPPORT FOR HOUSE BILL THAT WOULD RESTORE CARGO PREFERENCE LEVELS FOR FOOD AID SHIPMENTS

MM&P President Don Marcus says ensuring that U.S.-flag ships have the cargo necessary to remain economically viable is essential to ensuring America’s defense readiness and sealift capability. “Companies aren’t going to keep cargo ships if there’s no cargo,” Marcus told Kristina Peterson of The Wall Street Journal in an article that was published last week. “It’s personnel–trained mariners–that are really the key,” he said.

The April 24 article centers on a provision in the Coast Guard bill passed by the House this month which would return the percentage of food aid covered by cargo preference law to 75 percent, a level that was reduced to 50 percent two years ago by Congressional budget cutters. The new bill, which is on its way to the Senate, calls for relying more on U.S.-flag ships to deliver food aid to foreign countries, a proposal which has been sharply criticized by the White House.

Supporters of the House measure say government food aid programs should do as much as possible to protect American maritime jobs, in particular because the U.S.-flag fleet is still trying to regain ground that was lost in the economic downturn and at a time when the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are winding down.

Officials at the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Agency for International Development argue that the provision would slow the delivery of food aid and increase shipping costs by at least $75 million. The U.S. Maritime Administration, on the other hand, calculated in 2012 that restoring the cargo preference requirement that 75 percent of food aid be shipped on American bottoms would add only $15 million to annual program costs while assuring the U.S. fleet an important source of cargo. The Coast Guard bill was passed by voice vote in the House on April 1. The Coast Guard’s current authorization expires Sept. 30, and the Senate is expected to write a reauthorization bill. A link to the Wall Street Journal article is at http://tinyurl.com/wsjfoodaid.


THE MASTER, MATE & PILOT MAGAZINE NOW ONLINE

The most recent edition of The Master, Mate & Pilot will be arriving in your mailbox soon. In the meantime, look for it online on www.bridgedeck.org. In this issue: new jobs, new organizing campaigns and stronger ties with partner unions—building on MM&P’s strengths to position our union for the future; MM&P-contracted Patriot assumes management of Watson-class LMSRs; join us at the 85th MM&P Convention on July 15-16; photos from the Alaska Marine Highway System; important facts about new Coast Guard STCW95 medical certificates; retirement parties for Hong Cheong of MITAGS Engineering Department and United Inland Group Great Lakes Representative Charlie Malue.


JETBLUE PILOTS VOTE TO UNIONIZE

Pilots who fly for JetBlue Airways have voted by a large margin in favor of representation by the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), the union announced on April 22. The majority of JetBlue’s 2,529 pilots participated in the election, with 71 percent of them voting to join ALPA, the largest airline pilots’ union in the United States. In a statement, JetBlue said it would set up negotiating committees after the National Mediation Board authorizes ALPA as the representative body for the pilots. ALPA represents about 50,000 pilots in the United States and Canada, including officers who fly for Delta and United.


COAST GUARD RE-ISSUES SAFETY ALERT ON REVERE LIFEJACKET MODELS 198RT AND 160RT

The Coast Guard has re-issued a safety alert regarding defective snaphooks on the waist belts of some Revere lifejacket models 198 RT and 160 RT. The agency said it had decided to re-issue the alert because Washington State Ferry personnel had discovered problem snaphooks on the lifejackets carried on one of their vessels. The issue is the spring-loaded tab in the snaphook on the waist belt. The tab is too long: when the D-ring of the main waist belt is “hooked,” the length of the tab prevents it from snapping closed. The spring-loaded tab may also lose its resiliency. The Coast Guard recommends that owners/operators with Revere model 198 RT or 160 RT lifejackets or vests on board their vessels inspect them closely for this potential defect. If you have a lifejacket with this problem, call 904-562-5900 or email jacksonville.sales@survitecgroup.com for instructions on how to obtain replacement snaphooks. If you find numerous lifejackets with this problem, contact the Coast Guard at typeapproval@uscg.mil.


A COMMITMENT TO MAKE OUR TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM AND WORKPLACES SAFER

April 29 is Workers Memorial Day, which honors the memory of all workers who have lost their lives on the job. “On Workers Memorial Day, we renew our commitment to fight for safe workplaces and transportation systems and good jobs,” said AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department (TTD) President Edward Wytkind.             

“In today’s economy, a race-to-the-bottom mentality rules. In no industry is that more dangerous than transportation, where chronic fatigue, under-staffing, under-investment and an obsession with outsourcing continue to plague workers in the transportation sector while undermining safety.”

“As lawmakers debate the state of our deteriorating transportation infrastructure and various investment policy proposals, we’re reminded that the outcome of those debates will impact transportation safety, both for workers and the public. And as extremists and the anti-union corporate lobby make it more difficult for working people to form and join unions, workplace safety suffers as well.”

“The fact is that one of the best ways to make America’s workplaces safer is to give more working people a union voice on the job,” Wytkind said. “On Workers Memorial Day, we pledge to do even more to make our transportation system and our workplaces safer, and implore lawmakers, businesses and communities to join us.”


INTERNATIONAL WORKER’S DAY IS MAY 1

On May 1, people in more than 80 countries will recognize International Worker’s Day, which celebrates the struggles and achievements of the labor movement. The holiday commemorates events that took place on and after May 4, 1886, in Haymarket Square in Chicago, when what began as a peaceful rally in support of an eight-hour work day ended in tragedy: a dynamite bomb was thrown at police, the blast and ensuing gunshots resulted in the deaths of seven police officers and at least four civilians, and more than 60 people were wounded. Eight men were convicted of conspiracy in the aftermath of the bombing. Four of them were hanged and one committed suicide.


GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES TO GET WELL-EARNED RECOGNITION NEXT WEEK

Public Service Recognition Week runs May 4 through May 10. The theme is “Proud to Serve.” The week-long celebration of government employees, which began in 1985, is managed by the Public Employees Roundtable, a coalition of government employee advocacy groups. Featured events in Washington include a public town hall meeting with Cabinet secretaries moderated by an ABC News political commentator, a Washington Nationals baseball game and a congressional breakfast.

The past few years have not been easy for federal workers, including members of the MM&P Federal Employees Membership Group (FEMG). Sequestration, which began in March 2013, caused unpaid furloughs across the government in the spring and summer. The 16-day government shutdown in October 2013 resulted in even more furloughs, with 800,000 federal employees wondering for weeks whether they would receive retroactive pay for the time they couldn’t work (they did eventually). President Obama and Congress lifted the three-year federal civilian pay raise in January, but there are still many efforts across government, mostly in the Republican-controlled House, to eliminate or reduce federal pay and benefits. Obama and other administration leaders typically send a public message of thanks to government employees at the start of Public Service Recognition Week.


MM&P WANTS TO FEATURE YOUR HI-RES MARITIME PHOTOS AND VIDEOS ON NEW SITE

Calling all hands: do you have high resolution maritime photos and videos that you would like to share with the rest of the MM&P fleet? If so, we would like to feature them on the redesigned bridgedeck.org website! Our new site is now being finalized. If you would like to share photos and videos of coworkers, ships and voyages, please e-mail MM&P Communications Director Lisa Rosenthal (lrosenthal@bridgedeck.org) for a link to transmit your work to the union. All membership groups are encouraged to participate in this effort! Your work will be posted with attribution, along with the photos and videos provided by other members, on our redesigned site. Please help us to make our new site as representative as possible of all of our membership groups!


MM&P MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS MAY 13 IN BOSTON AND MAY 15 IN CHARLESTON

There will be membership meetings in the Boston Hall on May 13 at 1100 and in the Charleston Hall on May 15 at 1100. MM&P International Secretary-Treasurer Steve Werse and Atlantic Ports Vice President Don Josberger will attend both meetings. All members in the area are encouraged to participate.


CERTIFIED PORT EXECUTIVE COURSE IN BALTIMORE MAY 5-9

The Certified Port Executive Program (CPE) is a five-day management course designed to promote professional development in areas that include port, vessel and transport system operations. The program seeks to instill a comprehensive understanding of the marine transportation system, port, vessel and terminal management and maritime administration. To find out more, go to http://macdonnell.com/port-management-training/cpe or contact Dean Hovey-Smith, vice president sales and marketing of the MacDonnell Group, deanhoveysmith@macdonnell.com


2014 SHIP STRUCTURE SYMPOSIUM MAY 19-20 AT MITAGS

The Ship Structure Committee, an interagency research and development group that works to promote vessel safety and longevity, will hold a two-day symposium May 19-20 at MITAGS/CCMIT in Linthicum Heights, Md. The symposium will highlight recent ship structure research focused on sustaining vessels throughout their service life in an environmentally conscious global market. Presentations in the first day’s paper track will emphasize structural longevity through extended service life of new vessels, recent fatigue studies, including forecasting, fatigue management and full scale ship instrumentation, use of lightweight materials to reduce fuel consumption and inspection techniques for composite structures. The second day will focus on engineering, including an “Introduction to Marine Composites” and a “Workshop on Aluminum Vessel Structures.” The cost of attending the two-day symposium is $125. To find out more and to register: http://tinyurl.com/shipstructure.


EMPIRE STATE VI HOSTS RECEPTIONS IN PORT OF BALTIMORE AND PORT OF PHILADELPHIA

SUNY Maritime’s TS EMPIRE STATE VI will hold receptions in honor of Maritime Day in the Port of Baltimore and the Port of Philadelphia. The reception in Baltimore will take place on Wednesday, May 21, from 1900 to 2100. The reception in the Port of Philadelphia will take place on Friday, May 23, from 1900 to 2100. Due to limited capacity aboard the ship, please register here by May 14: http://tinyurl.com/sunyparty. There is no fee to attend the receptions. For questions, please contact Ashley Scotti at 718-409-4001 or ascotti@sunymaritime.edu.


NATIONAL MARITIME DAY OBSERVANCE IN SAN PEDRO, MAY 22

The annual National Maritime Day Observance and Memorial Service will be held at the American Merchant Marine Veterans Memorial and Walls of Honor, located on Harbor Boulevard at the foot of 6th Street, San Pedro, Calif., on Thursday, May 22. The ceremony begins at 1100. It will be the 25th anniversary of the construction of the American Merchant Marine Veterans Memorial and the observance of National Maritime Day in San Pedro.

National Maritime Day honors the American merchant mariners who have served their country in peace and war since the American Revolution. The observance will include speakers representing state and local organizations and the American maritime industry. A memorial service will be conducted by local clergy and veterans groups. A luncheon at Ports O’Call Restaurant at Berth 76, San Pedro, will follow the observance at 1230. For more information, please contact John Pitts at 562-716-2899 or ameucman@aol.com or Paul Nielsen at 7-seas@sbcglobal.net or 310-325-3506.


U.S. AIR FORCE ANNOUNCES GPS MODERNIZATION

The Department of Defense (DOD) has issued a news release stating that the U.S. Air Force on April 28 began initial broadcast of CNAV message-populated L2C and L5 signals from certain GPS satellites.  In December, the CNAV data updates will increase.  L2C and L5 are the first of several new civil capabilities being added to GPS as part of the GPS modernization program announced in 1999. The L2C signal is designed to meet commercial needs and L5 meets safety-of-life transportation requirements. 


INTERESTED IN TAKING THE MM&P OFFSHORE FAMILIARIZATION COURSE?

If you are interested in attending the Offshore Familiarization Course, please contact your MM&P Vice President to request that one be scheduled in your area. An Offshore Orientation Course is now scheduled for Los Angeles/Long Beach on Oct. 8-9. If you are interested in participating in the course, please contact the Los Angeles/Long Beach Hall: 310-834-7201 or 310-834-6667 (fax). 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 encouraged to take the course as soon as possible.


MARITIME LABOR CONVENTION COURSE REMINDER

The 2006 Maritime Labor Convention (MLC) entered into force on Aug. 20. It has been described as the fourth pillar of international shipping regulations along with SOLAS, MARPOL and STCW.  The International Labor Organization consolidated a number of previous conventions in MLC 2006. It establishes minimum standards on conditions of employment, accommodations, health and safety, medical care, crew welfare, recruitment, working conditions and social security protection. MLC will be strictly enforced during port state control inspections, including the potential for more detailed inspections and possible detention where hazardous conditions may exist if ships are not to be in compliance. Visit www.mitags-pmi.org for more information or to register for the MLC course.


/ 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 Kelly Michielli, 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 –8/11/14, 10/13/14

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation: 5/6/14

ARPA-OIC – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 8/5/14, 9/23/14, 11/18/14

AZIPOD 2-Day – 5/7/14, 7/10/14, 10/9/14

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 6/2/14, 8/25/14, 10/13/14

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 5/22/14, 7/24/14, 8/20/14, 9/22/14, 11/20/14

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling:  7/7/14, 10/6/14

BST – Basic Safety Training: 6/9/14, 8/11/14, 10/6/14

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 10/27/14

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVNAV-CMM – Advanced Navigation (=ECDIS & VPEN): 6/2/14, 8/4/14, 11/10/14

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 6/23/14, 9/22/14

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 6/16/14, 9/8/14

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (2 weeks): 5/5/14, 7/7/14, 9/29/14

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information System: 5/5/14, 6/2/14, 7/14/14, 8/4/14, 10/20/14, 11/10/14

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications: 7/23/14, 11/19/14

MCL-CMM – Management, Communication, & Leadership (Management Level): 5/19/14, 9/15/14

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants:  7/21/14, 10/27/14

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (2 weeks): 8/18/14, 10/13/14

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 6/9/14, 8/4/14, 9/8/14, 9/22/14, 10/20/14, 11/3/14, 12/1/14

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 5/5/14, 6/16/14, 8/11/14, 9/15/14, 9/29/14, 10/27/14, 11/10/14, 12/8/14

TRAC-TUG-2: 7/21/14

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 6/9/14, 8/11/14, 11/17/14

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 7/28/14, 11/3/14

CNAV-OIC – Celestial Navigation: 11/3/14

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop: Contact Admissions

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications:  10/7/14

DDE – Great Lakes: Contact Admissions

DPA – Contact Admissions

ECDIS-OIC –9/8/14

ECDIS-Pilots – Contact Admissions

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 6/9/14, 8/11/14, 10/6/14

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep & Medications:  5/21/14, 11/19/14

GL Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization: Contact Admissions

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System: 8/18/14

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 6/23/14, 9/15/14, 11/17/14

LAP- 9/8/14

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross Ton License: 6/2/14

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 5/21/14, 7/8/14, 10/7/14, 11/20/14

LNG-TPIC – Contact Admissions

MCL-OIC –Management, Communications, and Leadership OICNW level: 9/5/14, 10/7/14

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 6/16/14, 9/8/14, 11/3/14, 12/1/14

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 5/12/14, 8/4/14, 10/13/14

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 6/16/14, 9/8/14, 10/20/14, 11/3/14, 12/1/14

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 6/21/14, 8/3/14, 9/13/14, 10/12/14, 11/8/14, 12/6/14

MSA –Maritime Security Awareness: 5/5/14 (PM), 8/4/14 (PM), 10/6/14 (PM)

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic): 6/6/14, 8/22/14, 10/3/14

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (4 Evenings): 6/2/14, 8/18/14, 9/29/14

MSC-ENV – Contact Admissions

MSC-FF-HELO – Contact Admissions

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualification:  6/2/14, 8/18/14, 9/29/14, 11/10/14

*MSC-Security Watch Basic – Contact Admissions

*MSC-Security Watch Advanced – Contact Admissions

*MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force – Contact Admissions

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 8/4/14, 9/22/14, 11/17/14

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 4/30/14, 5/7/14, 5/14/14, 6/5/14, 6/11/14, 6/18/14, 7/9/14, 7/24/14, 8/6/14, 8/20/14, 9/10/14, 9/17/14, 10/1/14, 10/15/14, 10/29/14, 11/12/14, 12/3/14, 12/10/14

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 7/28/14, 11/10/14

SAR-OIC – Search & Rescue –10/13/14

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling:  5/12/14, 6/16/14, 8/18/14, 11/17/14

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling-5 Day: 7/14/14, 10/6/14

SMS – Contact Admissions

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 8/4/14

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses: 7/7/14

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge:  8/25/14

TTT – Train the Trainer: Contact Admissions

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties: 5/6/14, 8/5/14, 10/7/14

VSO – Vessel Security Officer: 5/7/14, 8/6/14, 9/2/14, 10/8/14, 10/22/14


WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) : 9/29/14

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 9/15/14

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

Check the MITAGS website at mitags-pmi.org/courses/calendar for course descriptions associated with the course title abbreviations, and schedule revisions.


PMI ACADEMIC NOTES

Please also see our schedule online at mitags-pmi.org/courses/calendar. For registration, call our registrar, Jennifer Pitzen, at (206) 838-1126.

May 2014

5th         Radar Renewal
12-16     ECDIS
12-16     Tankerman Person-In-Charge
19-21     Vessel Security Officer
19-23     Train the Trainer

June 2014

2-6          Basic Meteorology
9th         Radar Renewal
9-20       GMDSS
9-27       Terrestrial and Coastal Navigation
11-13     Vessel Security Officer
16-20     ECDIS

July 2014

7-11       Radar Observer Unlimited
7-18       GMDSS
14th       Radar Renewal
14th       Flashing Light
15-18     ARPA
21-25     Bridge Resource Management
28-1       ECDIS

28-1       Medical Care Provider


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