Wheelhouse Weekly – Aug. 4, 2015

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Volume 20 . . . Number 31. . . Aug. 4, 2015


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Patriot Contract Services (PCS) LLC has welcomed the MV MOKU PAHU to its managed fleet. PCS President and Chief Operating Officer Frank Angelacci said the transfer to the PCS subsidiary American Ship Management LLC took place in close collaboration with the ship’s owner, Hawaiian Sugar and Transportation Cooperative, and its long-time manager, Matson Navigation.

“I’d like to welcome Captains Lou Terramorse and Chris Johnsen and Chief Engineers Tim Bowling and Seth Warner, and the rest of the crew aboard and wish them fair winds and following seas on all of their voyages,” Angelacci said in an announcement to the Patriot Fleet. “I also want to thank the PCS and Matson transition teams for their hard work and diligence over the last couple of months to ensure that we were ready for a smooth transition,” he added.

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In a reflag operation set to take place today in Japan, Central Gulf is bringing the MV GREEN BAY back into its U.S.-flag fleet. The re-flagging Captain is Thomas A. Bagan. The Chief Mate aboard the vessel is Brandon Lynch. The GREEN BAY replaces the GREEN POINT, which was removed from the trade and deployed to the international fleet earlier this year. The GREEN BAY, which was flagged-out of the Waterman fleet in December 2014, will assume the GREEN POINT’s Maritime Security Program slot. The replacement vessel is covered by all terms and conditions of the GREEN POINT contract and will be crewed by officers who belong to MM&P and the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (MEBA).

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A provision to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im Bank) as part of a long-term highway funding bill was derailed last week when members of the House of Representatives decided to leave town after approving only a three-month “patch” on transportation funding.

Ex-Im Bank guarantees loans for foreign companies that want to buy U.S. exports. It also provides insurance and credit to help small businesses in the United States secure new customers and capital. A significant portion of cargo financed by the bank is transported aboard U.S.-flag ships. Its charter expired on June 30.

Businesses of all sizes have protested the failure by Congress to renew the bank’s charter. A spokesperson for Boeing, for example, said Wednesday that the company may move more jobs overseas where it could take advantage of other nations’ equivalents of Ex-Im Bank. “We’re actively considering now moving key pieces of our company to other countries, and we would’ve never considered that before this craziness on Ex-Im,” Boeing CEO Jim McNerney told journalists.

Trade finance companies say export credit agencies in other countries are already taking advantage of the situation to lure business away from U.S. exporters. Credit insurance policies are starting to run out for some of the roughly 3,000 American small businesses that rely on Ex-Im Bank coverage for export assistance.

The Senate voted July 26 to renew the bank’s charter. The vote split Senate Republicans, while all Senate Democrats voted in favor of reauthorizing the bank. “We are one step closer to keeping American jobs here in America and not lost to countries like China,” said Sen. Mark Kirk, Republican of Illinois, when he voted in favor of reauthorization.

The bank is supported by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers and other organized business groups. All but one Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, are advocating for the bank’s demise.

September is now the earliest a bill to renew the bank’s charter can be put up for a vote.

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Thirty-six Australian mariners who went on strike in July over a plan to outsource their jobs are now unemployed. Their ship, the MT ALEXANDER SPIRIT, is the fourth Australian-crewed fuel tanker to be offshored in the past year.

For a week, the Australian mariners had refused orders to sail the ship from Devonport, Tasmania, to Singapore, where they had been told they would be replaced. They were joined in protest at the port by several hundred local residents and members of labor unions.

The tense waterfront standoff took place in the context of the government of Australia’s push to do away with the nation’s cabotage laws. Such laws—the Jones Act in the United States is an example—require that coastwise domestic freight be handled by citizen mariners aboard ships that fly each country’s national flag. Besides Australia and the United States, Japan, China and Indonesia are among the nations that have cabotage laws.

After the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) lost a legal challenge appealing the lay-offs aboard the MT ALEXANDER SPIRIT, the crew had no choice but to set sail.

“It’s really disgraceful and underhanded the way they did it,” said Joanne Kerin, a member of the crew. “I was getting ready to refinance my house when I got home. Now I’m going to have to sell it.” She said that dockworkers in Devonport had been the ones to inform members of the crew that they were being laid off. It was only later that crewmembers were contacted by a representative of the company that operates the ship.

MUA State Secretary Jason Campbell said supporters had turned out to bid farewell to the ship and its crew when they finally set sail for Singapore. “There’s 36 Australian seafarers that will no longer have a job in our industry,” he said. “That’s another 36 guys that will virtually join dole queues.”

In May, Australia’s Conservative government announced it would dismantle the Revitalizing Australian Shipping Act, a law passed by the previous government to protect Australian ships and crews from cut-rate flag-of-convenience (FOC) operators.

“What we’re seeing now is a conscious government decision to replace Australian workers with foreign workers,” Anthony Albanese, an opposition politician, told ABC radio.

A spokesperson for the MUA said FOC ships in Australian waters use exploited workers who are paid as little as the equivalent of two Australian dollars (about $1.48 US) an hour. He also warned that lax safety standards aboard FOC ships risk a repeat of a 2010 incident in which a Chinese bulk carrier, the SHEN NENG 1, slammed into the Great Barrier Reef.

MUA National Secretary Paddy Crumlin said the government’s proposed shipping law reforms mean “this scenario will be played out many times across the country.”

There is now only one Australian-crewed fuel tanker left in Australia’s coastwise trades.

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The Office of Management and Budget has approved updated versions of the forms used in the Mariner Credentialing Program (MCP) application process: CG-719 series (B, K, K/E, P, S and C). The new forms will replace forms with a June 30, 2012, expiration date. The National Maritime Center (NMC) says “the data collected on the updated forms is nearly identical to data collected on the previous forms, with some notable exceptions.”

“The new K and K/E forms reflect the introduction of the Medical Certificate. The K also has a significant reduction in the number of conditions to be checked by the medical provider. The C is a new, non-mandatory form that standardizes the disclosure of conviction information.”

The agency says “users will note formatting changes designed to streamline the burden on the mariner and improve data entry.”

The Coast Guard says it will not stock the CG-719 series of forms in paper format. Beginning Oct. 1, 2015, the forms can be obtained electronically in a fillable PDF format by selecting the “Forms” link on the NMC website.

The agency encourages providers and applicants to throw out any old forms they have in inventory and to start using the new forms as soon as possible after Oct. 1. To avoid penalizing mariners who have already completed their forms, the agency says it will continue to accept the old forms for a period of time.

Implementation of the new forms begins Oct. 1. With the exception of the K and K/E, the Coast Guard will no longer accept outdated forms after April 1, 2016. K and K/E, forms signed by a physician after Dec. 31, 2015, must be in the new version. In accordance with 46CFR10.304(d), the K or K/E must be submitted within 12 months of the date signed by the licensed medical professional. For this reason, the Coast Guard says it will no longer accept the old K or K/E forms after Dec. 31, 2016.

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The National Maritime Center (NMC) has issued the following notice: “The Howard Coble Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2014, Section 316, amended 46 U.S.C. 8104(g)(1) to allow coal passers, firemen, oilers and water tenders serving on certain offshore supply vessels, towing vessels, and barges engaged on voyages of less than 600 miles to be divided into at least two watches. Before this amendment, only officers and deck crew members were permitted to be divided into two watches.”

“Engine ratings (QMEDs, wipers and oilers) serving on vessels authorized and practicing a two-watch, 12-hour working day, in accordance with the amended statute, may be given 1-1/2 days of service credit for each day (that) a total of 12 hours is worked. For mariners who applied for an endorsement on or after the effective date of the change (Dec. 18, 2014), this credit will be applied retroactively for service after that date. It will also be applied for service prior to Dec. 18, 2014 if the vessel’s certificate of inspection permitted a two-watch system and the mariner worked two-watch, 12-hour days.”

“NMC will begin applying this sea service credit immediately in accordance with the amended statute. Mariners who applied for an endorsement on or after Dec. 18, 2014, the effective date of the statute, and were not given credit for the 12-hour day, may contact the NMC and request reconsideration of the computation of sea service credit. Mariners who applied before Dec. 18, 2014 and would like to be re-evaluated for 1-1/2 days of service credit will have to reapply for the endorsement sought.

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The Coast Guard’s National Maritime Center (NMC) has announced it will soon begin using automated printers to produce Merchant Mariner Credentials (MMCs). The agency said the switch “will significantly improve the quality and security of the credentials.” The change will include a new laminate which contains the Department of Homeland Security, Coast Guard and U.S. Merchant Marine seals.

The agency said that all currently issued, active credentials will remain valid until their printed expiration dates and that there will be no change in the way endorsement labels are issued and applied to MMCs.

In the coming months, NMC also says it will introduce an updated MMC booklet that, “while retaining the same form, fit, and function,” will include new graphics on the credential pages.

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), New Orleans District, is seeking highly motivated, career-minded professionals to sail as third mates aboard DREDGE WHEELER, the largest and most powerful dredging ship in the United States and in the Corps Fleet. The Wheeler is in increasingly high operational demand and USACE is reinforcing her base “crew of the future.”

Successful candidates should have the ability and drive needed to rise quickly through the ranks and gain the skills and leadership ability needed to lead the ship into the future.

Excellent sea time, training opportunities, advancement opportunities and a superb working schedule coupled with enticing government benefits and a very comfortable and convenient shipboard environment make starting a seagoing officer career with USACE New Orleans an opportunity not to be missed.

There are three third mate positions to be filled.

To apply, do a web search for: SWGY158067981448291D or go to the USA Jobs site The position closes Aug. 7.

For recent graduates of the maritime academies, please also check USAJobs for a separate “Pathways Recent Graduate” job announcement for the same position, offering separate consideration for licensed deck officers who have graduated from college within the past 24 months, as part of the U.S. government’s career building program.

New Orleans District employees who want to interview for this position must submit notification no later than the closing date of the announcement to: Edward Morehouse,; (504) 862-1055.

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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 To learn more about the agency, go to

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The Coast Guard is seeking a full-time marine investigator in Corpus Christi. The job posting closes Aug. 11. Annual salary is $70,192 to $91,255. The incumbent will provide technical expertise to the Chief, Investigations Division, in all aspects of marine casualty investigations. For more information, go to

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The next Offshore Membership Meeting at the Los Angeles/Long Beach Hall will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 5 after the 1100 job call.

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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: 8/10/15, 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):8/10/15, 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: 8/24/15, 10/12/15, 3/28/16

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

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 8/10/15, 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: 8/10/15, 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

NG-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: 8/8/15, 10/19/15, 1/4/16, 2/29/16

*MSC-Security Watch Basic – 8/6/15, 10/17/15, 2/26/16

*MSC-Security Watch Advanced –8/12/15, 10/23/15, 1/8/16, 3/4/16

*MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force –8/13/15, 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: 8/19/15, 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

10-14 ECDIS
10-21 GMDSS
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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