Wheelhouse Weekly – April 4, 2017

April 4th 2017

Volume 22…Number 14…April 4, 2017


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MM&P-contracted Weeks Marine Inc. (WMI) has formally launched the MAGDALEN, a large class, 8,550 cubic yard hopper dredge.

The MAGDALEN will be the company’s third hopper dredge. It will also be its largest, fastest, most fuel efficient, most powerful and most highly automated.

The new vessel, like the other hopper dredges in the company’s fleet, will be crewed by MM&P members.

“MM&P congratulates Weeks Marine on the new hopper dredge,” said MM&P Vice President Great Lakes & Gulf Tom Bell.

“We are looking forward to the continued close relationship with Weeks Marine and the manning of the MAGDALEN with professional MM&P officers and crew members.”

The vessel is now being fitted out and is undergoing sea trials.

The company said in a press release that the MAGDALEN was designed specifically for conditions found offshore of the U.S. coast to meet the unique requirements of the U.S. market.

The MAGDALEN doubles WMI’s current hopper dredge capacity and is the capstone of a multi-year investment initiative by its Dredging Division that exceeds $200 million.

At more than $110 million, the new vessel is the largest single capital investment in the company’s 98-year history.

“With the demand for land reclamation and beach nourishment growing, we believe that better tools are needed to retain our competitive edge,” said WMI President Richard S. Weeks.

“I am exceedingly proud of our team that helped deliver the MAGDALEN to the water and look forward to her christening in the months ahead. She is a very important part of our continued growth as a fully integrated marine construction company.”

With roots in the New York Metropolitan Region, WMI was a regional dredging contractor until 1993 when it purchased American Dredging Company, then America’s third largest dredging company.

With the American Dredging purchase, WMI acquired the RN WEEKS, thus entering the hopper dredging market for the first time.

In early 1998, WMI purchased Gulf Coast Trailing from T.L James & Co., acquiring a second hopper dredge, the BE LINDHOLM.

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Gen. Darren McDew, head of the U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM), underlined his support for the Jones Act and the Maritime Security Program (MSP) in testimony last week before a joint meeting of two subcommittees of the House Armed Services Committee.

McDew told legislators that the Jones Act and MSP are essential to ensuring that America can call on trained American mariners in time of war or other national emergency.

“There are several pieces of U.S. law that are part of the industrial base,” McDew told Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), in response to a question.

“The Jones Act is probably the anchor for it, but without the Jones Act, without the Maritime Security Program, without cargo preference, our maritime industry is in jeopardy and our ability [to] project the force is in jeopardy.”

“If we think we need to project our force with U.S.-flagged vessels, with U.S. mariners on board, we need all of those things right now to secure that,” McDew said.

The general, who oversees logistics for the military, was the sole witness before a joint hearing of the Readiness and Seapower and Projection Forces subcommittees.

“Nearly 90 percent of wartime transportation requirements are delivered through strategic organic [government-owned] and U.S.-flagged commercial sealift,” he noted in his written remarks.

“Without a healthy and viable U.S. Commercial Sealift Fleet, (Military Sealift Command) Surge Fleet and (Maritime Administration’s) Ready Reserve Force, our nation’s military may not be able to deploy as quickly and efficiently as it can today.”

In his written testimony, he called the U.S.-flag shipping companies that participate in MSP “essential to our wartime U.S. commercial sealift capability.”

In the course of his remarks, McDew also expressed concern about the age of the Ready Reserve Force fleet, which he said averages 39 years.

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The AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department (TTD), which represents 32 American transportation unions, including MM&P, argues that the U.S. should correct policies that hinder the development of short sea shipping.

The most significant obstacles to short sea shipping are the current structure of the Harbor Maintenance Tax (HMT) and the problems that plague the Title XI loan guarantee program, TTD says.

Under current HMT statute, cargo is taxed on arrival at a U.S. port and would be taxed again if a shipper were to move it by water to another port.

“This ‘double taxation’ of the same goods serves to discourage shippers and negatively impacts the ability of coastal and inland shipping services to offer competitive rates to landside shipping,” TTD noted in a recent letter to officials at the Maritime Administration.

Another obstacle to the development of short sea shipping in this country is the failure of Congress to fund the Title XI loan guarantee program, which is intended to guarantee private loans for the construction of vessels in U.S. shipyards.

“In recent years this program, which represents an important component in the advancement of domestic shipbuilding, has faced threats of significant funding cuts causing uncertainty in the processing of applications,” TTD says.

The result: multiple years in which not a single project has been accepted.

Short sea shipping could be a valuable supplement to surface shipping and should be promoted and expanded, TTD says.

But despite efforts by MARAD to expand its marine highways program and promote a short sea shipping industry, any positive revisions will fall short in the absence of statutory changes.

TTD’s 32 affiliate unions represent workers in all transportation modes.

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The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) announced last week it had petitioned to have the India-flagged MALAVIYA SEVEN arrested on behalf of its crew.

The move is the latest by the ITF in support of the crewmembers, who have been abandoned in Aberdeen, Scotland, for months, and are surviving on charity and the support of local union members.

“The owners and the Indian flag state should hang their heads in shame,” said ITF UK and Ireland coordinator Ken Fleming.

“The ITF will now deal aggressively with the situation. Should the company or the bank not come in on record by early next week, we will apply to the courts to dispose of the vessel by way of a sale to recover the crew wages. The situation will not be allowed to drag on unnecessarily.”

He said the mariners aboard the vessel are owed a total of almost $667,000.

“We’ve been helping these men since the beginning, particularly with their basic needs such as food and water, while trying to recover the money that is due to them,” said ITF inspector Liam Wilson, who has been working with the crew since a routine inspection last June showed that 15 of them had not been paid in four months.

“We have reached a point where the only way that these men are going to get home with the money they are due is to help them arrest the ship, and we have now taken that move,” he said.

The ITF has said it expects the ship will be sold in 12 to 16 weeks so the men—all from India—can get their back wages and return to their homes.

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The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) is protesting the government of Madagascar’s refusal to reinstate 43 longshoremen who were fired when they tried to form a labor union.

The ITF has lodged a complaint with the International Labor Organization (ILO) in favor of the fired workers.

Madagascar is one of the poorest countries in the world.

In the country’s ports, many workers are only paid a piece rate of a few dollars when there are containers to unload—not enough to support their families.

“These longshoremen face very dangerous working conditions,” said ITF General Secretary Steve Cotton. “And they were engaged in legitimate union activity.”

He says the ITF filed the complaint only after the government of Madagascar refused to obey a court order which found that the workers should be allowed to organize for better working conditions.

Although the local union took action through the courts and won, none of the 43 workers dismissed for union activity has been reinstated.

“Unless the Madagascan Government reinstates the sacked workers, it will face international condemnation for failure to observe the basic human rights of its own citizens,” Cotton said.

“Unions across the globe are supporting these workers and won’t rest until they receive justice,” said ITF President Paddy Crumlin, who is also chair of the ITF Dockers’ Section.

“The ITF will be coordinating escalating action to get the message to the government that they must act to reinstate them.”

For more information on the campaign, go to

The ITF is an international union federation representing around 700 transport unions and more than 4.5 million transport workers in 150 countries.

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There will be an Offshore membership meeting in the MM&P Seattle Union Hall on Wednesday, April 12, immediately after job call.

All MM&P Offshore members and applicants are encouraged to attend the meeting.

The Seattle Hall is located at: 15208 52nd Ave. S., Ste. 100, Seattle, WA 98188.

The phone number is: 206-441-8700.

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MM&P Atlantic and Gulf Ports, the MM&P Hawaii Union Hall, the MM&P Plan Office, the MM&P Federal Credit Union and MM&P headquarters will be closed on April 14 for Good Friday.

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The Union Boot Pro has decided to start offering made in the USA work products and to launch a loyalty rewards program.

The new products are available at a 40 percent discount to those who purchase a pair of work boots (at a 15 percent discount).

They include supplies for premium leather conditioning, waterproofing and preserving; five styles of work boot laces, from braided Kevlar to rawhide; and original replacement outsoles.

To sign up for the program, go to and click on “Member Loyalty Rewards Program” at the top of the page.

Every Union Loyalty Rewards customer will receive a free pair of American-flag boot lace fobs, branded Thorogood logo hardhat sticker and a chance to win a free pair of work boots and an all-expenses paid tour of the Thorogood Factory in Wisconsin. No purchase is necessary to enter the contest.

For questions, go to or e-mail

Order online or call toll-free: 1-800-723-5384

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The Steamship Historical Society (SSHA) is dedicated to recording, preserving and disseminating information on the history of engine-powered vessels.

It publishes PowerShips, launched in 1940 as The Steamboat Bill of Facts and published continuously for 75 years.

In addition to the quarterly magazine, SSHSA publishes maritime books, media and newsletters of interest to thousands of SSHA members throughout the world.

The next issue of PowerShips includes: a brief history of the French Line’s transatlantic “dreamboat,” the 43,100-grt ILE DE FRANCE, one of the most important liners of the 20th century; details of the recent upgrade of the QUEEN MARY 2, the only true “ocean liner” in operation and still the longest, widest, tallest and grandest ever built; and the chronicle of a trip aboard the Alaska Marine Highway System’s MV TUSTUMENA, “Navigating Treacherous Waters.”

If you would like to read the publication and find out more about the Steamship Historical Society, go to

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MITAGS is looking for an instructional design coordinator (IDC).

The instructional design coordinator reports to the director of training and, under general direction, develops curricula, selects textbooks and other materials, assesses educational programs for quality and adherence to regulations and standards, and submits curricula to appropriate governing entities.

The IDC assists in implementing new technology in the classroom and evaluates how well the training program’s curriculum meets students’ and customers’ needs.

The IDC also makes improvements based on research and observations of instructional practices.

The IDC monitors procedures to ensure that instructors are implementing the curriculum successfully and meeting program goals.

The IDC meets with instructors and advisory groups to explore how curriculum materials relate to students’ occupations and meet their needs.

Desired qualifications include:

— degree in educational/instructional design or relevant work experience;

— three to five years’ experience in an academic/training environment;

— curriculum development experience;

— strong interpersonal and communication skills;

— ability to work effectively with a wide variety of individuals at all levels within the organization as well as all external customers;

— strong customer service orientation demonstrated through prior work experiences.

For more details and a copy of the job description, please contact MITAGS Human Resource Manager Jane Sibiski:

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A spokesperson for the Philippine authorities says the military has rescued the chief engineer of the SUPER SHUTTLE RORO 9.

The chief engineer and the master of the vessel, who escaped and reached Philippine forces on March 25, were abducted by armed men on March 23.

The armed forces also announced they had arrested five people suspected of working with the terrorists, killed one and confiscated a large cache of weapons, including a .50-caliber machine gun, a mortar, two grenade launchers and an assortment of rifles and ammunition.

The military is battling the Abu Sayyaf terrorist group in the Sulu Archipelago.

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

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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 – 4/17/17, 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: 4/10/17, 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: 4/10/17, 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): 4/17/17, 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): 4/10/17, 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): 4/17/17, 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 – 4/10/17

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: 4/10/17, 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: 4/18/17, 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: 4/19/17, 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: 4/17/17, 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: 4/19/17, 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 – 4/10/17, 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

3-4 ECDIS for Pilots
3-7 Search & Rescue / Emergency Procedures
3-14 GMDSS
8-10 Basic Training Refresher
10-14 Basic Training
10-14 Medical Care Provider
10-21 Medical Person-In-Charge
10-21 Watchkeeping – Operational Level
17th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties
17-20 Advanced Firefighting
18th Radar Renewal
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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