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Wheelhouse Weekly – August 2, 2016

August 2nd 2016

Volume 21 . . . Number 31. . . August 2, 2016

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ISH, SEEKING TO REORGANIZE AS STRONGER AND MORE COMPETITIVE COMPANY, MOVES TO RESTRUCTURE DEBT

Longtime-MM&P employer International Shipholding (ISH) and several of its affiliates last week filed voluntary petitions for relief under the bankruptcy provisions of Chapter 11 of the U.S. Code.

ISH President and CEO Erik L. Johnsen described the move as the planned culmination of the company’s ongoing efforts to restructure its balance sheet in the context of the challenging economic environment that has persisted in the shipping industry over the course of the past few years.

“While the company is facing challenges with its debt and capital structure, we believe our core business segments are performing satisfactorily,” he said.

Throughout the Chapter 11 process, ISH will continue conducting normal business operations as it completes its financial restructuring with stakeholders.

More information will be provided to ISH (Central Gulf Lines, Waterman Steamship Corporation and Sulphur Carriers) vessels and to our hiring halls after initial court proceedings, which are scheduled for tomorrow in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

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SEAFARERS’ RIGHTS ENFORCEMENT CAMPAIGN PLANNED BY “PARIS MOU” COUNTRIES

The Paris Memorandum of Understanding (Paris MoU), which encompasses the maritime administrations of 27 nations, will carry out a three-month-long campaign this fall aimed at identifying and sanctioning a record number of operators of substandard ships.

Together, the maritime administrations that participate in the Paris MoU cover the waters of the European coastal states and the North Atlantic basin from North America to Europe.

In the course of the campaign, which will run Sept. 1 through Nov. 30, port state control officials will step up their efforts to verify compliance with the 2006 Maritime Labor Convention (MLC).

The MLC establishes minimum working and living standards for all seafarers working on ships registered in ratifying countries.

Besides improving the quality of shipboard life, the MLC was promulgated to create a level playing field by ensuring that substandard operators can’t “game the rules” to obtain an unfair monetary advantage over competitors that provide decent working conditions for the men and women who work aboard their ships.

During the campaign, port state control officers will board ships to ensure they maintain the certificates required under MLC, including records of inspection of accommodations, food and food service, and the existence of a shipboard safety committee.

When a deficiency is found, the port state has a range of options, from instructing the master to rectify it within a certain period of time to detaining the ship.

When ships are detained, their owners are identified in “detention lists” published monthly.

The Paris MoU expects to carry out approximately 4,500 inspections during the three-month period.

Every year, more than 18,000 inspections take place aboard foreign ships in Paris MoU ports.

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COAST GUARD SEEKS PILOT MEMBER FOR MERPAC

There is a vacancy on the Coast Guard’s Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC) for a marine pilot.

The committee advises the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security on matters related to personnel in the U.S. Merchant Marine, including but not limited to training, qualifications, certification, documentation and fitness standards.

Completed applications should reach the Coast Guard on or before Sept. 30, 2016.

Applicants should send a cover letter expressing interest in an appointment to the Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee that also identifies which membership category the applicant is applying under, along with a resume detailing the applicant’s experience via one of the following methods: by e-mail: davis.j.breyer@uscg.mil; by fax: (202) 372–8382; by mail: Davis J. Breyer, Alternate Designated Federal Officer, Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee Commandant (CG–MMC–1), U.S. Coast Guard Stop 7509, 2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE., Washington, DC 20593–7509.

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COAST GUARD STREAMLINES MERCHANT MARINER CREDENTIALING PROGRAM

The Coast Guard says it expects efficiency improvements from a recent reorganization of its Mariner Credentialing Program (MCP).

The agency announced last month that it had created a single centralized office at headquarters responsible for all technical aspects of mariner credentialing, including statutory, regulatory and policy development.

The Coast Guard said in a statement that all aspects of its credentialing program will now report to a single directorate, which will have responsibility for oversight of National Maritime Center operations, as well as a newly created Office of Merchant Mariner Credentialing.

The agency said it expects the reorganization will lead to improved customer support, consistency and efficiency gains.

Questions about the office can be directed to MerchantMarinerCredentialing@uscg.mil or (202) 372-1492.

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COAST GUARD RELEASES UPDATED MARINE CASUALTY REPORTING FORM CG-2692

The Coast Guard last month released a new “fillable-form” version of the CG-2692 series for reports of marine casualties, commercial diving and outer continental shelf-related accidents.

The agency said the new form is the result of “an extensive initiative to overhaul the previous form, which had remained unchanged for nearly 40 years.”

The new version includes changes such as: revised addendums for barge involvement, personnel casualties, witnesses and chemical testing; streamlined data fields to align with statutory and regulatory language; and the ability to be filled out electronically, including with a digital signature.

To access the forms, go to Coast Guard Homeport. On the left-hand side of the screen, click “Investigations.”

The new CG-2692 forms are located under the header “Casualty Reporting Forms.”
You can also view the forms at the Coast Guard forms library.

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U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION OPENS NEW “JONES ACT OUTREACH” OFFICE

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced last week that it has set up a new office in New Orleans focused on Jones Act compliance.

The agency said the office will serve as “a national center of expertise on questions of cabotage regulations and a resource for industry, for customs and for the Coast Guard.”

The office, called the Jones Act Division of Enforcement, or JADE, will focus on education and outreach.

“Our focus is not writing penalties,” said Supervisor Mike Hebert, who heads the new office.

“There are times when there are enforcement actions, but we want to make sure that the industry is familiar with the regulations. We want to get the word out that we’re here to help.”

He says the new office will not give formal rulings on the application of cabotage law to specific cases.

JADE will instead provide informal preliminary findings for those looking for general guidance.

For the most common questions, the office is assembling printed reference materials for distribution to interested parties.

As part of the outreach effort, the office offers presentations for industry associations and training for CBP and Coast Guard officers.

People with questions about coastwise trade can reach the office at jonesact@cbp.dhs.gov.

Allegations of violations of cabotage law can be submitted online at https://eallegations.cbp.gov.

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/ MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES /

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 admissions@mitags.org 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: admissions@mitags.org. Why not try our on-line calendar to register for class: mitags-pmi.org/courses/calendar.

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 – 8/22/16, 10/17/16

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation: Contact Admissions

ARPA-OIC – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 9/27/16, 1/24/17

AZIPOD 2-Day – 11/14/16, 3/6/17

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 8/8/16, 10/31/16, 1/30/17

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 11/14/16, 3/6/17

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling: Contact Admissions

BT – Basic Safety Training: 8/15/16, 10/10/16, 1/23/17

BT-Revalidation (2-day) – 8/22/16, 10/31/16, 3/9/17

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 10/30/16, 3/9/17

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 11/14/16

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

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

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 10/17/16, 1/16/17

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 8/8/16, 11/7/16, 1/9/17, 3/13/17

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (2 weeks): 10/24/16

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information System: 8/15/16, 9/12/16, 10/10/16, 11/28/16,12/19/16, 1/23/17, 3/27/17

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM 8/8/16,8/15/16,8/22/16, 8/29/16, 9/12/16, 10/3/16, 10/31/16, 11/14/16,11/28/16, 12/5/16, 12/12/16,12/19/16, 1/30/17, 2/20/17

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 9/19/16

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: 10/31/16, 3/13/17

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (2 weeks): 10/3/16

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 8/15/16, 9/12/16, 10/24/16, 11/7/16,12/5/16, 1/16/17, 2/6/17, 3/6/17, 3/20/17

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 8/22/16, 9/19/16, 10/31/16, 11/14/16,12/12/16, 1/23/17, 2/13/17, 3/13/17, 3/27/17

**SHS-ADV-I & II now approved to include SAR-CMM assessments at MITAGS effective immediately. Both weeks must be taken together in order to complete SAR-CMM**

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 9/12/16, 3/20/17

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 9/26/16

CNAV-OIC – Celestial Navigation: 10/24/16

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop: Contact Admissions

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications: 3/2/17

DDE – Great Lakes: 1/30/17

DPA – Contact Admissions

ECDIS-OIC – Contact Admissions

ECDIS for Pilots – 11/14/16, 2/28/17

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 8/22/16, 9/26/16, 10/24/16, 11/14/16, 11/28/16, 12/5/16,12/12/16, 12/19/16, 2/27/17

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 8/15/16, 10/10/16, 1/23/17

FF-ADV-REV – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation & Refresher: 3/7/17

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications: 9/20/16, 10/3/16

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization: 1/6/17

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System: 8/22/16, 3/6/17

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 8/29/16, 12/5/16

LAP- 9/19/16, 2/13/17

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes: 1/9/17

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License: 8/8/16, 12/5/16

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 9/21/16, 11/15/16

LNG-TPIC – 12/5/16

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC): 9/26/16, 10/26/16*, 11/14/16*, 12/19/16*, 2/13/17 (*Evening Session)

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control: 8/29/16, 9/19/16, 10/17/16, 11/7/16, 11/28/16, 12/5/16, 12/12/16, 12/19/16

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 11/7/16, 12/12/16, 1/9/17, 3/20/17

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 8/29/16, 10/3/16, 1/30/17

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 11/7/16, 11/28/16, 12/12/16, 1/9/17, 3/20/17

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 8/28/16, 11/12/16, 12/17/16, 1/14/17, 3/6/17

MSA –Maritime Security Awareness: Contact Admissions

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic): 8/10/16, 10/17/16, 2/23/17

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control: 8/8/16, 10/18/16, 2/21/17

*MSC-ENVPRO – 8/7/16, 10/16/16, 2/26/17

*MSC-FF-HELO – 8/22/16, 10/31/16, 3/9/17

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualification: 8/14/16, 10/23/16, 1/9/17, 2/27/17

*MSC-Security Watch Basic – 8/11/16, 10/20/16, 2/24/17

*MSC-Security Watch Advanced – 8/13/16, 10/22/16, 1/13/17, 3/3/17

*MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force – 8/18/16, 10/27/16, 1/16/17

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P – 10/25/16

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 8/8/16, 9/26/16, 1/23/17

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 8/10/16, 8/24/16, 9/21/16, 10/5/16, 10/19/16, 11/2/16, 11/9/16, 11/16/16, 11/30/16, 12/7/16, 12/14/16, 1/11/17, 2/1/17, 2/8/17, 2/22/17, 3/8/17, 3/22/17

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 1/16/17

SAR-OIC – Search & Rescue – 11/7/16

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 8/29/16, 10/17/16, 2/20/17

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling-5 Day: 10/3/16, 11/28/16, 2/20/17

SMS – 12/19/16

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 8/8/16, 1/9/17

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses: 1/30/17

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 8/8/16, 2/13/17

TRAC-TUG-2: Contact Admissions

TTT – 12/12/16

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties: Contact Admissions

VSO – Vessel Security Officer: 9/7/16, 10/22/16, 2/14/17

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level): 10/3/16, 2/20/17

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 9/19/16, 3/20/17

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PMI ACADEMIC NOTES

Please also see our schedule and enroll online at www.mitags-pmi.org. For registration contact our registrar, Mary McGhee: 206.838.1126 or mmcghee@mates.org.

August 2016

1-5 Leadership & Managerial Skills
1-5 Bridge Resource Management
8-12 Basic Meteorology
8-12 Engine Resource Management
15th Radar Renewal
15-19 Leadership & Managerial Skills
22-26 ECDIS
22-26 MEECE
22-2 GMDSS
29-2 Leadership & Managerial Skills

September 2016

7th Leadership & Teamworking Skills
12-16 Basic Cargo Handling & Stowage
12-16 Engine Resource Management
12-16 MEECE
12-23 GMDSS
19-23 ECDIS
19-23 Medical Care Provider
19-23 Leadership & Managerial Skills
19-30 Celestial Navigation
19-30 Medical Person-In-Charge
26-30 MEECE

October 2016

3-7 ECDIS
3-7 Leadership & Managerial Skills
3-7 Medical Care Provider
3-7 MEECE
3-14 License Preparation
10-14 Radar Observer Unlimited
10-14 Engine Resource Management
10-14 MEECE
10-21 GMDSS
17th Radar Renewal
17-21 Leadership & Managerial Skills
17-21 Basic Stability
18-21 ARPA
24-28 Leadership & Managerial Skills
24-28 Tankerman Person-In-Charge
24-28 MEECE
31-1 Search & Rescue
31-4 Leadership & Managerial Skills
31-4 Engine Resource Management

November 2016

7th Radar Renewal
8th Leadership & Teamworking Skills
14-18 ECDIS
14-18 Leadership & Managerial Skills
14-18 Engine Resource Management
14-18 MEECE
28-2 Medical Care Provider
28-9 Medical Person-In-Charge
28-9 GMDSS

December 2016

5th Radar Renewal
5-9 Leadership & Managerial Skills
5-9 Engine Resource Management
12-16 ECDIS
12-16 Leadership & Managerial Skills
12-16 MEECE
19-23 Tankerman Person-In-Charge


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