Wheelhouse Weekly – Aug. 11, 2015

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Volume 20 . . . Number 32. . . Aug. 11, 2015


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All MM&P union halls, the MM&P Plan Office, the MM&P Federal Credit Union and MM&P headquarters will be closed on Monday, Sept. 7, for Labor Day.

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The officers and crews of USNS CHARLTON and USNS SODERMAN are providing desperately needed aid to residents of Saipan in the aftermath of a destructive typhoon. President Barack Obama has declared the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands a disaster area.

Typhoon Soudelor destroyed homes, toppled trees and snapped utility poles on the 48-square-mile island Aug. 2-3. Many homes that were not swept away were completely flooded. About 50,000 people live on the commonwealth’s four populated islands, with most residing on Saipan, which took the brunt of the storm, with wind speeds reaching 120 mph.

“The island is devastated right now,” said Captain Michael V. Parr, master of USNS CHARLTON. Officers and crew aboard CHARLTON and USNS SODERMAN have been helping whenever and wherever possible, he reports. The master of USNS SODERMAN is Gregory Goolishian.

Both ships are using their fast rescue boats daily to deploy much needed aid and supplies to desperate people on the island. “We have been providing ice and water to whoever we can get it to,” Parr says. The crews have been focusing in particular on the Guma Esperansa Shelter for victims of domestic violence and human trafficking. Crewmembers from CHARLTON and SODERMAN have also deployed to help the Red Cross ashore.

CHARLTON and SODERMAN are operated by Patriot Contract Services and crewed by licensed deck officers who belong to MM&P.

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The Coast Guard has published Navigation and Vessel Circular NVIC 01-15 to provide new guidance for the identification and reporting of marine casualties.

“Over the years,” the agency said in a statement that accompanied the release of the NVIC, “maritime industry stakeholders frequently noted that Coast Guard field commands had varying interpretations regarding what types of marine incidents should be reported and investigated under 46 CFR Part 4. To address the concerns, NVIC 01-15 clarifies terminology used in the reporting regulation, draws attention to additional regulatory citations related to reporting and provides detailed regulatory interpretations to assist in the marine casualty reporting and investigation process.”

“I’m confident that promulgation of the NVIC will focus industry resources and Coast Guard investigative efforts on the higher priority investigations that lead to critical safety recommendations and alerts,” said Jason Neubauer, chief of the Coast Guard’s Office of Investigation and Casualty Analysis, in an official statement.

A draft of the new NVIC was originally published for comment in the Federal Register in January 2014. The agency said that the majority of the comments received from multiple industry segments and organizations made it clear that more detail was needed for specific types of marine casualties that had led to uncertainty in the past. As a result, several new definitions, interpretations, and common casualty scenarios were added to the updated NVIC.

The change means that, for example, vessels are excluded from the requirements of 4.05-1(a)(5) and (a)(6) with respect to the death or injury of shipyard or harbor workers when such accidents are not the result of either a vessel casualty (e.g., collision) or a vessel equipment casualty (e.g., cargo boom failure) and are subject to the reporting requirements of Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) under 29 CFR 1904.

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If you are not a member of a labor union, you are losing hundreds of thousands of dollars in lifetime earnings, according to a report released in July by the Century Foundation. The report, which was based on information published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, found that median earnings for a two-income, non-union family are $400 a week less than those of a union family. Over a lifetime, that adds up to more than a half million dollars.

Even when one accounts for characteristics that can affect earnings other than unionization, such as education, experience, occupation, hours worked, marital status, having children and state of residence, the gap between union and non-union workers remains nearly as significant. Among private-sector workers who are otherwise similar, union members have per hour earnings that are 27.6 percent greater, on average, than those of non-union workers.

Labor unions are in fact a mechanism that allows workers to obtain for themselves and their families a larger portion of the money generated by employers. Without an organized workforce that is able to assert its power through collective bargaining, that extra money tends to go to executives and managers at the very top of a company or to outside investors rather than to the mass of workers.

The fact that the vast majority of American workers are not unionized means that they make less money than they could, and that money goes to the relatively rich people who run the companies rather than the many people who do the work. If you want to change that, organize.

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The Postal Service’s outsourcing to Staples of stamp sales and other retail services traditionally offered by post offices has led to protests by USPS employees and a nationwide boycott of the office supply retail chain.

Now the battle moves to Washington, where the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) will rule in August on whether the Staples deal violates the Postal Service’s collective bargaining agreement with the American Postal Workers Union (APWU), which represents about 200,000 employees, about half the postal workforce.

USPS launched a pilot program with Staples in 2013 to offer counter services in 82 stores. After the pilot ended last year, Staples became an approved shipper for the Postal Service. Under the program, Staples employees in stores offer a range of post office services. The shipping program is now operating in about 1,000 Staples outlets.

The union argues that the Postal Service violated its collective bargaining agreement by illegally subcontracting work to Staples without bargaining first with the union. APWU called last year for a boycott of Staples stores and the company’s Web site.

A sales associate at Staples makes about $8.50 an hour. The average wage of a post office employee is $25 an hour.

The union filed charges last fall with the NLRB regional office in Baltimore. The regional director ruled against the Postal Service in late June, finding that the union’s claims had merit and that the Postal Service had violated the National Labor Relations Act. The Baltimore regional director filed a complaint against USPS and ordered a hearing in August.

“This ruling represents an important step forward in the battle against the privatization of our nation’s public postal service,” APWU President Mark Dimondstein said in a statement. “Every person who organized their friends and neighbors to boycott Staples and warned them about the dangers of allowing a private company to take over the mail helped us get to this point.”

An administrative law judge from the labor board is scheduled to hear the case on Aug. 17.

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The Thurston County Department of Ecology Spill Prevention, Preparedness and Response (SPPR) seeks a full-time, permanent marine risk management specialist lead (marine transportation safety specialist 3).

Qualifications include a degree in marine transportation, marine engineering, naval architecture or closely related science field and several years of experience in marine transportation in the field of shipping management or marine engineering or superintendence, or marine safety focused on marine inspection or oil transfer operations.

Duties include working with stakeholders to conduct risk assessments of bulk oil transportation by vessels to facilities and risk mitigation. The successful candidate will have the responsibility to publicly present and discuss findings or outcomes from investigations or studies. Salary $63,480-$83,316. The job can be located either in Lacey or in Bellevue, Wash.

Initial screening scheduled on Aug. 12. To be considered, submit an application and required materials on or before Aug. 11. To apply, go to: If you need assistance applying, call Human Resources at (360) 407-6186 or e-mail To learn more about the agency, go to
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MM&P Atlantic Ports Vice President Don Josberger will hold a membership meeting at the Norfolk Union Hall on Tuesday, Aug. 18, at 1100. All members in the area are encouraged to attend the meeting.

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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 Kelly Michielli, 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 – 8/17/15, 10/12/15

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation: Contact Admissions

ARPA-OIC – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 9/22/15, 1/26/16, 4/5/16

AZIPOD 2-Day – 10/1/15, 2/29/16

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 10/19/15, 2/1/16, 4/4/16

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 11/9/15, 2/29/16

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling: 9/28/15, 3/2/16

BT – Basic Safety Training: 10/5/15, 1/25/16, 2/22/16

BT-Revalidation –11/3/15

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 10/26/15

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

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

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 9/28/15, 1/25/16, 3/28/16

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 10/19/15, 1/4/16, 3/7/16

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (2 weeks): 10/5/15

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information System: 8/17/15, 9/21/15, 10/5/15,11/2/15, 12/7/15, 1/11/16, 2/22/16, 3/21/16

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM):8/17/15, 8/31/15, 9/7/15, 9/21/15, 9/28/15, 10/26/15, 11/2/15, 11/9/15, 11/16/15,11/30/15, 12/7/15, 12/14/15, 1/18/16, 2/15/16, 3/14/16, 4/4/16, 4/11/16, 5/23/16, 6/27/16

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 11/16/15

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: 10/12/15, 3/28/16

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (2 weeks): 9/14/15

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 8/24/15, 10/5/15, 11/9/15,11/30/15, 1/11/16, 2/8/16, 3/14/16

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 8/17/15, 8/31/15, 10/12/15,11/16/15, 12/7/15, 1/18/16, 2/15/16, 3/21/16

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 11/30/15, 2/29/16

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 11/9/15

CNAV-OIC – Celestial Navigation: 11/9/15

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop: Contact Admissions

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications: 3/2/16

DDE – Great Lakes: 2/1/16

DPA – Contact Admissions

ECDIS-OIC – Contact Admissions

ECDIS-Pilots – 11/12/15, 3/2/16

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 8/24/15, 9/21/15, 10/19/15, 11/9/15, 12/14/15,1/4/16, 2/8/16, 3/21/16, 4/18/16, 5/9/16

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 10/5/15, 1/25/16, 2/22/16

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications: 9/15/15, 11/11/15, 1/26/16

GL Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization: 1/22/16

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System: 8/24/15, 3/7/16

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 8/31/15, 11/16/15

LAP- 9/14/15, 4/4/16

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes: 1/25/16

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License: 11/30/15, 3/7/16

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 9/16/15, 11/10/15, 1/27/16, 3/1/16

LNG-TPIC – 12/7/15

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC): 9/21/15

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control: 8/17/15, 9/14/15, 10/12/15, 11/2/15, 12/7/15, 1/11/16, 2/22/16, 3/28/16, 4/25/16, 5/16/16

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 8/24/15, 12/7/15, 1/4/16, 3/21/16

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 9/28/15, 2/1/15, 3/14/16

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 8/24/15, 10/12/15, 12/7/15, 1/4/15, 2/15/16, 3/21/16

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 8/18/16, 8/28/15, 11/5/15, 12/12/15, 1/9/16, 1/31/16, 3/19/16

MSA –Maritime Security Awareness: Contact Admissions

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic): 8/19/15, 10/29/15, 3/8/16

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control: 8/17/15, 10/27/15, 3/5/16 (March is 4 evenings)

*MSC-ENVPRO –8/16/15, 10/31/15, 2/28/16

*MSC-FF-HELO –11/2/15, 2/22/16

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualification: 10/19/15, 1/4/16, 2/29/16

*MSC-Security Watch Basic –10/17/15, 2/26/16

*MSC-Security Watch Advanced –10/23/15, 1/8/16, 3/4/16

*MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force –10/24/15, 1/10/16, 3/5/16

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 9/21/15, 1/25/16, 5/9/16

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 8/11/15, 8/19/15, 9/2/15, 9/16/15, 9/30/15, 10/14/15, 10/28/15, 11/3/15, 11/11/15, 11/18/15, 12/2/15, 12/10/15, 1/6/16, 1/13/16, 2/3/16, 2/10/16, 2/24/16, 3/9/16, 3/16/16

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 1/18/16, 2/1/16

SAR-OIC – Search & Rescue – 10/19/15

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 11/2/15, 2/15/16

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling-5 Day: 9/28/15, 1/25/16, 3/7/16

SMS – Contact Admissions

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 2/8/16

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses: 1/4/16

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 2/22/16

TRAC-TUG-2: Contact Admissions

TTT – Contact Admissions

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties: Contact Admissions

VSO – Vessel Security Officer: 9/9/15, 10/7/15, 10/17/15, 2/15/16

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level): 9/28/15, 3/21/16

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 9/14/15, 2/29/16

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

August 2015

17-21 Leadership & Managerial Skills (waitlist only)
17-21 Tankerman Person-In-Charge
17-21 Rules of the Road
24th Radar Renewal
24-28 MEECE
24-28 Bridge Resource Management
25-26 Designated Person Ashore
31-4 Leadership & Managerial Skills (waitlist only)
31-4 Basic Meteorology

September 2015

8th Leadership & Teamworking Skills
9th OICNW Assessments
10th Radar Renewal
14-18 Leadership & Managerial Skills (waitlist only)
14-18 Basic Cargo Handling
14-18 Medical Care Provider
14-25 Medical Person-In-Charge
14-25 GMDSS
21-25 ECDIS
21-25 Leadership & Managerial Skills (waitlist only)
21-2 Celestial Navigation
28-30 Security Officer – Vessel, Company, and Facility
28-2 MEECE

October 2015

5th Radar Renewal
5-9 Leadership & Managerial Skills (waitlist only)
5-9 Medical Care Provider
5-9 Basic Shiphandling
5-9 Engine Resource Managemet
12-16 ECDIS
12-16 Leadership & Managerial Skills
12-23 GMDSS
19-23 Radar Observer Unlimited
19-23 Leadership & Managerial Skills (waitlist only)
19-23 MEECE
26-30 Leadership & Managerial Skills (waitlist only)

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