Wheelhouse Weekly – April 3rd, 2018

April 3rd 2018

Volume 23… Number 14… April 3, 2018


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Legislation passed by Congress in March provides full funding for the Maritime Security Program (MSP) for the rest of Fiscal Year 2018.

Now, advocates for the U.S.-flag fleet in Congress are urging their colleagues to fund MSP at the full $300,000,000 level for Fiscal Year 2019.

In contrast to the strong bipartisan support in Congress for full MSP funding, the budget submitted to Congress by President Trump for Fiscal Year 2019 recommends only $214 million for MSP.

To assure that the program receives the funding necessary to fulfill its critical role in support of the Department of Defense (DOD), 90 members of the House have sent a letter to the chairman of the Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) and to Congressman David Price (D-N.C.), ranking member on the subcommittee.

“We are writing to request $300,000,000 for MSP when you develop your FY 2019 appropriations bill,” they wrote.

“$300,000,000 is the amount authorized by Congress for FY 2019 for the program.”

“Unfortunately, the administration only requested $214,000,000 for FY 2019. This amount is well below the required amount to maintain a viable U.S.-flag commercial merchant fleet.”

MSP is a vital component of our military strategic sealift and global response capability. It is designed to ensure that the United States has U.S.-flag commercial sealift capability and trained U.S. citizen merchant mariners available in times of war or national emergencies.

As a public-private partnership, MSP provides DOD with assured access to privately owned commercial shipping assets, related global intermodal systems, and the active pool of U.S citizen mariners necessary to support America’s defense objectives around the world.

It has been estimated that the cost to the federal government of replicating just the vessel capacity embodied by MSP would be $13 billion.

The United States Transportation Command has estimated an additional cost of $52 billion to replicate the global intermodal system that is made available to DOD by MSP participants.

Since 2009, privately owned U.S.-flag commercial vessels and their civilian U.S. citizen crews have transported more than 90 percent of the sustainment cargo needed to support U.S. military operations and rebuilding programs in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Significantly, U.S.-flag vessels enrolled in MSP carried 99 percent of these cargoes.

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The International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) and the United States Maritime Alliance (USMX) announced last week that they have made significant progress on terms for a six-year master contract, following two days of intensive meetings.

Some 50 negotiators from the two sides worked on master contract items with the goal of being able to present a complete contract package to the full ILA Wage Scale delegates sometime in the near future and then schedule a ratification vote for thousands of ILA members working at ports on the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts.

“We were able to accelerate master contract bargaining with smaller 20-member committees from the ILA and USMX to work out terms of an agreement,” said ILA President Harold J. Daggett and USMX Chairman David F. Adam in a joint statement.

“We are confident that the work we have performed these past two days will ultimately lead to a six-year agreement that will bring stability and growth to our industry to 2024.”

ILA officers from all major ports on the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts were represented on the union’s negotiating committee.

The USMX Bargaining Committee, representing ocean carriers, direct employers and port associations, participated as the management group.

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Tens of thousands of public school teachers in Arizona, Kentucky and Oklahoma are organizing walkouts to protest low pay, benefit cuts and a lack of funding for schools.

The demonstrations come on the heels of last month’s nine-day strike by teachers in West Virginia, who won a 5 percent pay hike for themselves and other public sector employees in the state.

In Oklahoma, teachers are poised to walk out to get lawmakers to restore school funding slashed over the past decade: since 2008, the state has reduced per-pupil funding by 28 percent, the largest cut in the nation, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Teachers in the state earn an average of $45,276 a year. Most say they live paycheck to paycheck, with some saying they make ends meet by selling their blood plasma, or by working second jobs as luggage handlers or Uber drivers.

Although state legislators voted last week to give them a raise, they will continue to earn well below the national average for public school teachers of $58,950 a year.

Only teachers in Mississippi and South Dakota earn less than teachers in Oklahoma, according to a report by the National Education Association.

In Kentucky, so many teachers staged a sickout on Friday that many school districts were forced to cancel classes.

Up to 10,000 teachers, parents and students demonstrated Monday in front of the state capitol building.

The union that represents the teachers, the Kentucky Education Association, called for the protests after state legislators passed a bill last week that besides not raising their pay would also cut their pensions.

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There is an employment opportunity available for MM&P members with SUNY Maritime. Please see the link below to find out more:

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A member of ILA Local 24 was killed last week in an accident during cargo operations at the Port of Houston.

Local media reported that longshore workers were unloading the ship, GREBE BULKER, when the accident occurred.

As workers used the ship’s crane to lift bundles of six-inch-diameter steel pipes, an adjacent stack toppled over and crushed the victim.

The last fatal accident at Port of Houston occurred in April 2017, when a truck driver was struck and killed by a rubber-tired gantry crane at the Barbours Cut terminal.

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Two Coast Guard Academy cadets are working on a smart phone app that will give mariners the current locations of North Atlantic right whales.

First Class Cadets Ainsley Fruhwirth and Zoe Bolling, both marine science majors at the academy, have spent the past two years working on the project, which is aimed at reducing the precipitous decline in the number of right whales and the risk that the species will become extinct.

Scientists say only about 430 right whales remain. In the 2017 to 2018 birthing season, no calves have been seen.

The North Atlantic right whale is a baleen whale, one of three right whale species. Because of their docile nature, slow surface-skimming feeding behaviors, their tendency to stay close to the coast and their high blubber content, which makes them float when they are killed, right whales were once a preferred target for whalers.

Today, the largest cause of death is entanglement in fishing gear or being struck by boats.

On the North Atlantic coast, NOAA has acoustic buoys that listen for right whale calls, map their location and provide it to mariners transiting the area.

Bolling and Fruhwirth began their capstone research project by compiling years of research on right whales from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Their goal is to reduce the risk of fatal ship strikes by combining NOAA’s information on right whale locations and distributing it via a smart phone app and potentially via AIS.

The plan is to implement the application for military vessels planning operations through the use of a Coast Guard geospatial planning program and AIS notification, and ultimately for commercial vessels as well.

“The Coast Guard is doing its part to help,” said Bolling. “However, we can do more. Humans are the reason for the loss of the whales and humans can fix it.”

“Every step we make toward saving the whales makes me feel like I am having an impact,” Fruhwirth says.

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The Coast Guard’s National Maritime Center (NMC) has issued a bulletin advising that data on course completions may not be processing properly.

The agency said the cause of the problem was being investigated.

In the meantime, training providers are asked to provide all graduating students with a course completion certificate.

Mariners are encouraged to provide copies of their training certificates with their applications.

Mariners who receive a request for documentation of course completion from the NMC should either fax their course completion certificate to the NMC using the number on the letter or, if they do not have a certificate, contact their training provider for assistance in obtaining documentation.

Training providers are being asked to contact the NMC Customer Service Center 48 to 72 hours after uploading data to request a spot check confirming that the data has populated.

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The contributions of American merchant mariners will be celebrated during the month of May at Maritime Day ceremonies around the country.

In San Pedro, Calif., the American Merchant Marine Veterans Memorial Committee will begin the day with a service at the American Merchant Marine Veterans Memorial (Harbor Ave. and 6th Street, San Pedro) followed by a luncheon at the Ports O’Call Restaurant (Berth 76).

There is free parking at the restaurant, which is located at 1200 Nagoya Way, San Pedro, with free transportation provided by the San Pedro Trolley between Ports O’Call and the Memorial from 1000 to 1300.

The Memorial is maintained by the committee and supported by your donations and by advertisements in the National Maritime Day program book.

Your support is extremely important. The deadline for placing an ad is May 7. Reservations are required for the luncheon.

You can reserve a seat or a table for lunch, book advertising space and donate, at:

If you have any questions, please contact Jerry Aspland: or by phone or fax to: 714-968-4409.

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The Pacific Maritime Institute’s AB-to-Mate Program begins this April 9th with the 3-week Terrestrial and Coastal Navigation Course.

The program will run through September 21st.

For full program schedule details and to begin the enrollment process, please contact Jenny Pitzen: or 206-739-0720.

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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 – 4/16/18, 8/27/18, 10/15/18

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation: 5/23/18, 8/29/18

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

AZIPOD 2-Day – 5/21/18, 10/15/18

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 6/18/18, 9/24/18, 10/29/18

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 5/21/18, 7/16/18, 12/19/18

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

BRMP-Refresher – 5/23/18, 7/18/18, 9/11/18

BT – Basic Safety Training: 4/9/18, 8/13/18, 10/22/18

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of seatime in last 5 years) – 4/30/18, 6/18/18, 7/31/18, 8/27/18, 9/26/18, 10/31/18, 12/18/18

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 4/29/18, 7/30/18, 9/26/18, 12/17/18

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 5/7/18

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 6/11/18, 7/30/18, 9/24/18, 12/10/18

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 6/4/18, 8/6/18, 9/17/18, 12/3/18

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (2 weeks): 4/9/18, 10/1/18

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1: 6/4/18, 8/6/18, 10/1/18

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific: 6/11/18, 8/13/18, 10/8/18

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems: 6/25/18, 8/13/18, 11/12/18

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM): 5/14/18, 6/18/18, 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): 4/23/18, 10/29/18

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 4/9/18, 4/23/18, 5/7/18, 6/4/18, 6/18/18, 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): 4/16/18, 4/30/18, 5/14/18, 6/11/18, 6/25/18, 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: 5/7/18, 9/10/18

CNAV-OIC – Celestial Navigation: 4/23/18

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop: Contact Admissions

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications: 5/1/18

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior – 7/12/18

CDMGT – Crowd Management – 7/13/18

CSE – Confined Space Entry: 7/23/18

CSE-AWR – Confined Space Entry Awareness: 5/24/18, 7/26/18

DDE – Great Lakes: 6/4/18

DPA – Contact Admissions

ECDIS for Pilots – 5/24/18, 8/27/18, 12/17/18

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 4/23/18, 7/9/18, 11/26/18

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 4/9/18, 8/13/18, 10/22/18

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of seatime in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 5/2/18, 6/20/18, 8/2/18, 8/29/18, 9/25/18, 10/30/18

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 4/27/18, 7/28/18, 9/29/18, 12/15/18

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications: 4/17/18, 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): 5/21/18, 8/20/18, 12/10/18

IEN – Integrated Electronic Navigation – Contact Admissions

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: 4/18/18, 5/8/18, 9/12/18

LNG-TPIC – 12/3/18

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC): 5/21/18

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): 4/30/18, 7/16/18, 12/3/18

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 5/7/18, 7/9/18, 10/8/18, 11/26/18

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 4/23/18, 6/25/18, 8/20/18, 9/17/18

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 4/16/18, 5/7/18, 10/8/18, 11/26/18

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 5/3/18, 5/12/18, 6/21/18, 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: Contact Admissions

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic): 5/24/18, 6/8/18, 8/8/18, 9/12/18, 11/14/18

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control: 5/22/18, 6/6/18, 8/6/18, 9/13/18, 11/12/18

*MSC-ENVPRO – 6/3/18, 8/5/18, 11/4/18

*MSC-FF-HELO – 6/4/18, 8/13/18, 10/31/18

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications: 5/14/18, 6/11/18, 7/16/18, 8/12/18, 9/17/18, 11/5/18

*MSC-Security Watch Basic – 5/13/18, 6/9/18, 8/9/18, 9/15/18, 11/2/18

*MSC-Security Watch Advanced – 5/18/18, 6/10/18, 7/15/18, 8/10/18, 9/16/18, 11/3/18

*MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force – 5/19/18, 6/15/18, 7/20/18, 8/17/18, 9/21/18, 11/9/18

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P – 4/23/18, 4/25/18, 6/25/18, 6/27/18, 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: 4/18/18, 5/2/18, 5/9/18, 5/16/18, 6/6/18, 6/20/18, 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): 5/22/18, 12/17/18

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 5/14/18, 8/27/18, 10/22/18

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling-5 Day – 5/21/18, 7/23/18, 9/24/18, 10/29/18, 12/10/18

SMS – Contact Admissions

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

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses: Contact Admissions

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 4/16/18, 7/9/18

TRAC-TUG-2: Contact Admissions

TTT – Contact Admissions

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties: 4/12/18

VSO – Vessel Security Officer: 4/9/18, 7/9/18

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

April 2018
9-13 Basic Training
9-20 GMDSS
9-20 Watchkeeping (Operational Level)
9-27 Terrestrial & Coastal Navigation – Start date for 2018 AB to Mate Program
11th Hazwoper Refresher
13th Radar Renewal
13-14 Basic Training Revalidation
16th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
16-18 24-Hour Hazwoper
16-20 Medical Care Provider
16-27 Medical Person-In-Charge
23rd Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
23-4 GMDSS
23-4 Watchkeeping (Operational Level)
26th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
27-28 Basic Training Revalidation
30-4 Leadership & Managerial Skills

May 2018
7-11 Radar Observer Unlimited
7-18 License Preparation
9th Hazwoper Refresher
11-12 Basic Training Revalidation
11-14 Basic Training Refresher (no class on Sunday)
14th Radar Renewal
14-18 Basic Training
14-18 Ship Construction and Basic Stability
15th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
21-23 Search and Rescue
21-25 ECDIS
23-25 24-Hour Hazwoper
25th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
29-31 Security Officer – Vessel, Company, and Facility
29-1 Advanced Firefighting

June 2018
2-4 Basic Training Revalidation (no class on Sunday)
4th Radar Renewal
4th Leadership & Teamworking Skills
4-8 Medical Care Provider
4-15 Medical Person-In-Charge
5-8 ARPA
11-14 Advanced Firefighting
11-22 GMDSS
11-22 Watchkeeping (Operational Level)
18-22 Engine Resource Management
22-23 Basic Training Revalidation
22-24 Basic Training Refresher
25th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
25-29 Meteorology (Operational Level)
25-29 Leadership & Managerial Skills
26th Medical DOT

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