Wheelhouse Weekly – Aug. 5, 2014

August 7th 2014

Volume 18 . . . Number 31 . . . August 5, 2014


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Legislation aimed at boosting the amount of cargo transported on American ships has been introduced in the House of Representatives by Congressman John Garamendi (D-Calif.), with the co-sponsorship of Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.). The “Growing American Shipping Act,” HR 5270, would “promote the revitalization of the U.S. shipping industry through the export of liquefied natural gas,” said Garamendi, ranking member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure’s Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee. Hunter is the subcommittee’s chairman. Both MM&P and MIRAID have endorsed the legislation.

Current law, written before the natural gas boom at a time when it was believed that the United States would be a liquefied natural gas (LNG) importer, authorizes the Secretary of Transportation to develop and implement a program to promote the transportation of imported LNG on U.S.-flag vessels. Under the Deepwater Ports Act, the Secretary is also required to give top priority to the processing of licenses for LNG import facilities that will use U.S.-flag vessels.

The Garamendi-Hunter bill would modernize the law, ensuring that the country’s commitment to U.S. maritime is maintained as it considers export opportunities. HR 5270 would: authorize the Secretary of Transportation to develop and implement a program to promote the export of LNG on U.S.-flag vessels; and require the Secretary to give priority processing to export applications for deep-water port terminals that would use U.S.-flag vessels.

“The export market for LNG, a strategic national asset, is ready to take off,” Garamendi said in an official statement. “At the same time, our nation’s maritime industry has been declining for years. Our nation must take the bull by the horns. When it is deemed appropriate to export LNG, it should be on American-flagged vessels.”

“A strong U.S. maritime industry is essential to the national economy and global security,” Hunter said. “This legislation will help strengthen this industry by promoting LNG export opportunities on U.S. flag-vessels–which is most certainly in the national interest.”


Highly trained professional mariners on U.S.-flag ships are essential to maintaining America’s sealift capability, Maritime Administrator Chip Jaenichen told members of a House subcommittee last week. In testimony before the House Armed Services Committee’s Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, Jaenichen underlined the fact that America’s national defense depends on the availability of American ships and American-citizen crews. He described the dramatic drop in the size of the U.S.-flag fleet in recent decades and underlined the risks it poses to sealift capability. The subcommittee is chaired by Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.).

There are now about 83 U.S.-flag vessels in the international trades, 60 of which participate in the Maritime Security Program (MSP). MSP has been threatened recently with a reduction in funds under sequestration and other budget-cutting proposals, some of which would dramatically reduce or eliminate the amount of government-impelled cargoes assigned to our nation’s ships.

Without MSP, Jaenichen said, the Department of Defense would have to spend billions of dollars to replace the services and infrastructure that the program now guarantees. The maritime administrator also underlined the fact that the ships must be operated by highly trained professional mariners. “I talked about needing cargo to have ships,” Jaenichen testified. “We need ships to have mariners.” In his testimony, he cited statistics showing that U.S. mariners require a decade of training and experience, on average. You can’t just “turn on a faucet…and suddenly they’re there,” he said. As a result, Jaenichen said, the government must fully fund MSP and guarantee support for programs that ensure the requisite flow of cargoes to U.S.-flag ships and crews.


President Obama last week signed an Executive Order that requires private contractors bidding on government contracts over $500,000 to disclose violations of specific labor and employment laws that have occurred in the past three years. The “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” order requires government agencies to take any violations into consideration in determining whether the work should be awarded to the bidder in question. Once a contract has been awarded, the Executive Order requires the contractor to update the information every six months. The new process is also structured to encourage companies to settle existing disputes, for example by paying back wages.

Companies with good records of compliance and labor relations peace are expected to begin citing their positive records when bidding for government work.

The goal is to “increase efficiency and cost savings in the work performed by parties who contract with the Federal Government by ensuring that they understand and comply with labor laws,” the policy letter states. “Labor laws are designed to promote safe, healthy, fair and effective workplaces. Contractors that consistently adhere to labor laws are more likely to have workplace practices that enhance productivity and increase the likelihood of timely, predictable, and satisfactory delivery of goods and services to the Federal Government.”

The executive order is “a common sense measure that will make our contracting system fairer,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. “Preventing tax dollars from being funneled to chronic violators of workers’ rights is good for workers, our economy and companies who play by the rules. When Congress shows the same leadership, all workers will be better off.”

“While the vast majority of federal contractors play by the rules, every year tens of thousands of American workers are denied overtime wages, not hired or paid fairly because of their gender or age, or have their health and safety put at risk by corporations contracting with the federal government that cut corners,” the White House says. “Taxpayer dollars should not reward corporations that break the law, so today President Obama is cracking down on federal contractors who put workers’ safety and hard-earned pay at risk.”


The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) issued the following statement yesterday on the negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and Pacific Northwest grain handlers: “Bargaining continued during the weekend between the Grain Group and the ILWU, with assistance from FMCS Acting Director Scot Beckenbaugh. The parties had lengthy discussions regarding their interests and worked to address the remaining issues that separate them. Bargaining is scheduled to continue August 10 and 11.”

The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service is an independent U.S. government agency, created in 1947, with a mission of preserving and promoting labor-management peace and cooperation. The agency provides mediation and conflict resolution services to industry, government agencies and communities.


A federal judge last week issued an injunction ordering the Kellogg Company to end its lockout of 226 workers–members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) Local 252–and reinstate them in their jobs at its Memphis cereal plant within five days. The lockout began Oct. 22. Judge Samuel H. Mays Jr., of the Western District of Tennessee, also ordered the company to: bargain with the union in good faith; offer reinstatement to every worker in their former or an equivalent position; reestablish the same terms and conditions of employment prior to the company’s best offer; and submit to the court details of its compliance with the order within 20 days.

“This decision validates what the BCTGM has contended all along in this lockout,” said BCTGM President David B. Durkee. “Our members and their families have been subjected to more than 280 days of unnecessary pain and suffering at the hands of Kellogg. We applaud Judge Mays for beginning the process of righting this senseless tactic that was brutally imposed on these workers and their families. We look forward to our members returning to what they do best, producing a quality product.”


The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has issued a notice stating that the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) “OneVisit” program is now available everywhere. Under this program, the TWIC card can now be mailed directly to the applicant’s home or other location, instead of the applicant having to return to an enrollment center to pick it up. A mailer with the card’s preset Personal Identification Number (PIN) is mailed separately. If the applicant elects to pick up the card at an enrollment center, the applicant may select the PIN associated with the card, an option not available if the card is delivered by mail.


In its continuing mission to find new ways to serve union members and their families, Union Plus is sponsoring a contest to help three winners pay off a portion of their student loan debt. The Grand Prize winner will receive $10,000 toward his or her student loan obligations. There will be two $5,000 prizes for runners-up. Other prizes will also be given away, including courses, consultations and books provided by the Princeton Review. In related news, Union Plus now offers a new mobile app that delivers union-made shopping lists right to your phone. To find out more about the student loan pay-off contest, go to:


Membership meetings have been scheduled for the following dates and times in MM&P Pacific Ports Union Halls: Honolulu, Aug. 5; Seattle, Aug. 12; Los Angeles/Long Beach, Aug. 13 In each case the meeting will be held in the union hall and directly after the 1100 job call, except in Honolulu where it will be directly after the 1000 job call.


If you are interested in attending the Offshore Familiarization Course, please contact your MM&P Vice President to request that one be scheduled in your area. An Offshore Orientation Course is now scheduled for Los Angeles/Long Beach on Oct. 8-9. If you are interested in participating in the course, please contact the Los Angeles/Long Beach Hall: 310-834-7201 or 310-834-6667 (fax). There is no sea-time requirement to take the 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.


The 2006 Maritime Labor Convention (MLC) entered into force on Aug. 20, 2013. It has been described as the fourth pillar of international shipping regulations along with SOLAS, MARPOL and STCW.  The International Labor Organization consolidated a number of previous conventions in MLC 2006. It establishes minimum standards on conditions of employment, accommodations, health and safety, medical care, crew welfare, recruitment, working conditions and social security protection. MLC will be strictly enforced during port state control inspections, including the potential for more detailed inspections and possible detention where hazardous conditions may exist if ships are not to be in compliance. Visit for more information or to register for the MLC course.


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 –8/11/14, 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: 8/25/14, 10/13/14, 1/26/15, 3/23/15

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 8/20/14, 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: 8/11/14, 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): 8/18/14, 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): 8/11/14, 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: 8/11/14, 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: 8/11/14, 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: 8/18/14, 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): 8/22/14, 10/3/14, 2/26/15

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (4 Evenings): 8/18/14, 9/29/14, 2/23/15

*MSC-ENV –8/23/14, 2/27/15

*MSC-FF-HELO – 2/10/15

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualification: 8/18/14, 9/29/14, 11/10/14, 2/16/15

*MSC-Security Watch Basic –8/25/14, 11/14/14, 2/20/15

*MSC-Security Watch Advanced – 8/27/14, 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: 8/14/14, 8/20/14, 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: 8/18/14, 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: 8/25/14, 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: 8/6/14, 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


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.

August 2014

19th Radar Renewal
25-29 ECDIS

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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