Wheelhouse Weekly – Aug. 26, 2014

August 27th 2014 ,

Volume 18 . . . Number 34 . . . Aug. 26, 2014


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Did you miss a week? Back editions of the Wheelhouse Weekly are available in the archives section.


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. 1, for Labor Day.

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The 2014 Congressional elections are less than three months away, and the results will go a long way in determining the fate of the most important maritime programs. Many of our strongest supporters in Congress are in extremely tight races. If they lose, our ability to obtain full funding for the Maritime Security Program, to maintain the Jones Act and to ensure U.S.-flag vessels carry a share of government cargo will be in severe jeopardy. We must protect U.S.-flag jobs. We need your help.

Without the resources to enable our friends in Congress to turn back their challengers, we won’t be able to ensure the survival of the U.S.-flag fleet and with it American jobs on ferryboats, in the international and coastal trades, on the Great Lakes, on U.S.-flag tugboats, containerships and dredges.

How much is your job worth to you? If you have already given to our Union’s Political Contribution Fund (PCF), please consider making another contribution now. If you have not contributed to the PCF in the past, now is the time to join the fight to protect your family’s future.

Please go to today and contribute to the PCF with the “One-Click PCF Contribution” button in the top right-hand corner of the home page.

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President Barack Obama in his Aug. 23 weekly address to the nation urged owners and employees of U.S. businesses that rely on Export-Import Bank financing to tell their members of Congress to renew the bank’s charter. Ex-Im Bank’s mandate is to help American companies deal on a more equal footing with foreign companies when they sell their products overseas: creating jobs in the United States while promoting U.S. exports. At least 50 percent of the cargo exported with Ex-Im Bank financing moves on U.S.-flag ships, providing an important base of cargo for militarily useful U.S.-flag vessels.

But the same minority in the House of Representatives that is leading the charge against full funding for the Maritime Security Program is also fighting against the reauthorization of Ex-Im Bank. Obama told listeners to his weekly address to demand Congress “quit treating your business like it’s expendable.” The president’s remarks came as Congress prepares to decide whether or not to renew the bank’s charter, which expires at the end of the fiscal year in September.

Ex-Im Bank’s “sole mission is to create American jobs,” Obama said. “It helps many American entrepreneurs take that next step and take their small business global.” The bank has been reauthorized 16 times before, always with bipartisan support and under both Republican and Democratic presidents.
“This time around shouldn’t be any different,” Obama said. “Because the bank works. It’s independent. It pays for itself. But if Congress fails to act, thousands of businesses, large and small, that sell their products abroad will take a completely unnecessary hit.”

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Participants in the Paris, Black Sea and Tokyo Memoranda of Understanding on Port State Control (PSC) will launch a joint inspection campaign on STCW hours of rest. Other PSC regimes will also be able to participate. The campaign runs Sept. 1 through Nov. 30.

For the next three months, during regular PSC inspections, owners and operators of U.S.-flag vessels should expect that specific items will be examined in more detail. Port State Control officers will use a questionnaire that covers nine areas. If deficiencies are found, the Port State may instruct the captain of the vessel to take corrective action within a specified period of time. Serious deficiencies can lead to detention. The Coast Guard says U.S. vessel detentions may result in a follow-up inspection by the USCG. The results of the campaign will be analyzed and the findings will be presented to the governing bodies of the PSC authorities for submission to the International Maritime Organization.

Ship owners and operators should become familiar with the criteria that will be used for the evaluations as soon as possible so they can verify their vessels meet the applicable requirements under STCW in advance of foreign voyages and port calls. The Coast Guard says it stands ready to assist vessels owners and operators in the compliance effort.

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Attention all MM&P members in the greater Los Angeles Area: The Annual Labor Day March and BBQ will be held on Sept. 1, 2014. Members will meet at the MM&P Hall in Wilmington and head over to assemble for the march at 0900. Hot dogs and drinks will be served at the park at the end of the march. Come one, come all, and bring your family members and friends!

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Labor Day is the unofficial end of the summer holiday season. It honors the hard-working men and women who make this nation go and grow, and it also gives us a chance for a final barbecue blowout. Here are some union-made food and drink ideas to get your barbecue off to a great start.

Hot dogs, sausages, other meat for grilling: Ball Park; Boar’s Head; Calumet; Dearborn Sausage Co.; Fischer Meats; Hebrew National; Hofmann; Johnsonville; and Oscar Mayer. Condiments: French’s Mustard; Gulden’s Mustard; Heinz Ketchup; Hidden Valley Ranch; Lucky Whip; and Vlasic.

Buns and bread: Ottenberg’s; Sara Lee; Vie de France Bakery. Bottled water: American Springs; Pocono Springs; and Poland Spring. Beer: Budweiser; Bud Light; Leinenkugel’s; Mad River; Michelob; Miller; and Rolling Rock. Ice cream and frozen treats: Del Monte Fruit Chillers; Breyers; Carvel; Good Humor; Hiland Dairy; Labelle Ice Cream; Laura Secord; MacArthur; Orchard Harvest; Prairie Farms; President’s Choice.

Snacks: Flips Pretzels; Frito-Lay Chips; Oreos; Triscuits; Wheat Thins. Visit the AFL-CIO Made in America board on Pinterest. And Text MADE to 235246 for more union-made-in-America product lists.

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The California Maritime Alumni Association (CMA) is organizing casual, monthly, “come-if-you-can” gatherings in major cities. Dubbed “4th Thursdays,” the concept was spearheaded in the San Francisco Bay Area and Seattle and has expanded to other regions across the country. The event is conducted on the 4th Thursday of each month in cities that include Anchorage, Atlanta, Honolulu, Houston, Jacksonville, Long Beach, New Orleans, Panama City, Phoenix/Scottsdale, Portland, Sacramento, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Ventura and Washington, D.C. All take place beginning at 1730 on the Fourth Thursday of every month at popular local brewpubs and restaurants. The goal is to have the 4th Thursday events in major cities where CMA alumni are based. That way, whether at home or traveling, alumni will know on the fourth Thursday of the month, they’ll find a place near them where they can connect with fellow CMA alumni. For more information, please contact Kit Carlan, (808) 445-0080, or

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The Offshore Orientation Course will be held at the MM&P New York/New Jersey Hall on Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 2-3. The course will begin on Tuesday at 0930. To register, please call the New York/New Jersey Hall at 201-963-1900. The Offshore Orientation Course will be held at the MM&P Los Angeles/Long Beach Hall on Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 8-9. If you are interested in participating in the course, please contact the Los Angeles/Long Beach Hall at 310-834-7201 or 310-834-6667 (fax).

There is no sea-time requirement to take the Offshore Orientation 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.

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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 – 10/13/14, 4/13/15

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation: Contact Admissions

ARPA-OIC – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 9/23/14, 11/18/14, 1/20/15, 3/31/15

AZIPOD 2-Day –10/9/14, 2/2/15

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 10/13/14, 1/26/15, 3/23/15

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 9/22/14, 11/20/14, 2/4/15, 3/2/15, 4/13/15, 5/20/15

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling: 10/6/14, 3/4/15

BT – Basic Safety Training: 10/6/14, 1/19/15, 2/9/15, 4/6/15, 6/8/15

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 10/27/14, 4/13/15

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVNAV-CMM – Advanced Navigation (=ECDIS & VPEN): 11/10/14

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 9/22/14, 1/19/15, 4/20/15, 6/15/15

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 9/8/14, 1/12/15, 4/13/15, 6/1/15

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (2 weeks): 9/29/14, 4/27/15

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information System: 10/20/14, 11/10/14, 1/5/15, 4/6/15, 6/8/15

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM): 9/15/14, 9/29/14, 12/8/14, 1/26/15, 3/30/15, 6/22/15

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 10/27/14, 3/2/15

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (2 weeks): 10/13/14, 3/9/15

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 9/8/14, 9/22/14, 10/20/14, 11/3/14, 12/1/14, 2/2/15, 3/9/15

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 9/15/14, 9/29/14, 10/27/14, 11/10/14, 12/8/14, 2/9/15, 3/16/15

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 11/17/14, 3/23/15

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 11/3/14, 5/11/15

CNAV-OIC – Celestial Navigation: 11/3/14, 4/27/15

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop: Contact Admissions

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

DDE – Great Lakes: 1/26/15, 6/1/15

DPA – 10/27

ECDIS-OIC –9/8/14, 2/16/15

ECDIS-Pilots – 3/2/15

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 9/22/14, 12/1/14

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 10/6/14, 1/19/15, 2/9/15, 4/6/15, 6/8/15

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications: 11/19/14, 4/15/15, 5/19/15

GL Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization: 1/23/15

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System: 3/16/15

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

LAP- 9/8/14, 4/6/15

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes: 1/26/15

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross Ton License: 3/2/15, 6/1/15

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 10/7/14, 11/20/14, 3/3/15, 4/15/15, 5/20/15

LNG-TPIC – 5/11/15

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC): 9/5/14, 10/7/14

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 9/8/14, 11/3/14, 12/1/14, 1/5/15, 3/16/15, 4/20/15, 6/15/15

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 10/13/14, 3/2/15, 5/11/15

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 9/8/14, 10/20/14, 11/3/14, 12/1/14, 1/5/15, 3/16/15, 4/20/15, 6/15/15

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 9/13/14, 10/12/14, 11/8/14, 12/6/14, 1/10/15, 1/24/15, 3/21/15, 4/25/15, 6/20/15

MSA –Maritime Security Awareness: 10/6/14 (PM)

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic): 10/3/14, 2/26/15

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (4 Evenings): 9/29/14, 2/23/15

*MSC-ENV – 2/27/15

*MSC-FF-HELO – 2/10/15

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualification: 9/29/14, 11/10/14, 2/16/15

*MSC-Security Watch Basic – 11/14/14, 2/20/15

*MSC-Security Watch Advanced –11/17/14, 2/22/15

*MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force – 8/28/14, 11/18/14, 2/23/15

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 9/22/14, 11/17/14, 1/19/15, 3/30/15

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 9/10/14, 9/17/14, 10/1/14, 10/7/14, 10/15/14, 10/29/14, 11/12/14, 12/3/14, 12/10/14, 1/7/15, 1/14/15, 1/28/15, 2/4/15, 2/18/15, 3/6/15, 3/18/15, 4/1/15, 4/15/15, 4/29/15, 5/6/15, 5/13/15, 6/3/15, 6/17/15

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 1/12/15, 2/2/15, 3/23/15

SAR-OIC – Search & Rescue –10/13/14, 4/6/15

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 11/17/14, 2/16/15, 5/11/15

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling-5 Day: 10/6/14, 1/19/15, 3/2/15

SMS – Contact Admissions

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 1/26/15

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses: 1/5/15

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 2/23/15

TRAC-TUG-2: Contact Admissions

TTT – Train the Trainer: Contact Admissions

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties: 10/7/14

VSO – Vessel Security Officer: 9/2/14, 10/8/14, 10/22/14, 2/4/15, 5/20/15

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level): 9/29/14, 3/2/15

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 9/15/14, 2/23/15

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Please also see our schedule online at For registration, send an e-mail to our registrar, Jennifer Pitzen, at or call her at (206) 838-1126.

September 2014

8-12 Basic Cargo Handling
8-19 GMDSS
15th Radar Renewal
16-19 ARPA
22-24 Vessel Security Officer
22-26 ECDIS
29-3 Medical Care Provider

October 2014

1-3 Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling
6-10 Radar Observer Unlimited
6-17 GMDSS
13th Management and Teamworking Skills
14-17 ARPA
20-24 ECDIS
20-24 Basic Stability
20-31 GMDSS
27-29 Emergency Procedures
30-31 Search and Rescue

November 2014

3-7 Medical Care Provider
3-14 Medical Person-In-Charge
10-21 GMDSS
17-20 ARPA

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