Wheelhouse Weekly – August 20th, 2019

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Leaders of the House Committee on Education and Labor have notified officials appointed by President Trump to the National Labor Relations Board that they have mounted an investigation into a raft of recent agency decisions that reverse years of legal precedent to favor business at the expense of working people and their unions.

The NLRB was created by Congress with the mandate to “encourage the practice and procedure of collective bargaining.”

But Congressional investigators say that instead of being even-handed in enforcing the law, the agency under Trump appears to be “significantly narrowing employers’ liability… and reviving charges against unions at an unprecedented level.”

In an Aug. 12 letter to NLRB General Counsel Peter Robb, they request documents for Trump’s first two and a half years in office that show, for example, the number of times the agency has reversed its previous decisions regarding which part is at fault in labor disputes.

In the first months of fiscal year 2019, for example, the board reversed its position and brought charges against 21 labor groups in cases in which the unions had previously been found to not be at fault.

Committee Chair Robert “Bobby” Scott (D-Va.) and Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.)–chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions—want “a list of cases in which the Office of the General Counsel has requested that the Board overrule or modify its own existing precedent since Nov. 8, 2017.”

Another request: detailed information on instances in which Trump appointees have modified the agency’s position to the detriment of unions while regional NLRB offices, administrative law judges or appeals court judges were still in the midst of investigating or deciding the cases in question.

The committee has set a Sept. 2 deadline for the agency to comply with its document requests.

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Maritime facilities have until June 1 of next year to ensure access to ports and terminals mandated by the Coast Guard rule on terminal access that was finalized earlier this year.

The rule requires facility owners and operators to ensure free access between ship and shore to seafarers, pilots and representatives of seamen’s welfare and labor organizations.

Specifically, it requires each facility to “provide a system for seamen assigned to a vessel at that facility, pilots, and representatives of seamen’s welfare and labor organizations to board and depart the vessel through the facility in a timely manner at no cost to the individual.”

Under the rule, access procedures must be documented in each vessel’s Facility Security Plan and approved by the local Captain of the Port.

The agency said earlier this month that most facilities are already in compliance with the rule.

The others have until Feb. 3, 2020 to document exactly how they will meet the requirements and until June 1 to achieve full compliance.

Questions about an individual facility’s compliance or security plan should be directed to the local Captain of the Port.

Under the terms of the rule, the facility owner or operator must ensure that access is provided through one or more of the following methods:

— regularly scheduled escort between the vessel and the facility gate that conforms to the vessel’s watch schedule as agreed upon between the vessel and facility;

— an on-call escort between the vessel and the facility gate;

— arrangements with taxi services or other transportation services, ensuring that any costs for providing the access described, above the service’s standard fees charged to any customer, are not charged to the individual to whom such access is provided.

If a facility provides arrangements with taxi services or other transportation services as the only method for providing access, the facility is responsible for paying any fees for transit within the facility.

If an access method relies on a third party, a back-up access method that will be used if the third party is unable to or does not provide the required access in any instance must be provided by the owner or operator.

The owner or operator must ensure that access is actually provided in all instances.

The rule is expected to have a positive impact on the working conditions of mariners in every MM&P Membership Group.

It was the result of years of work by maritime attorney and MM&P Vice President George Quick, who shepherded the measure from legislation through agency regulatory channels.

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The 26 crewmembers of the APL LE HAVRE were reportedly unharmed after battling a fire that broke out in several containers while the vessel was traveling off the coast of India.

The blaze comes after the announcement by several companies that they will begin fining shippers who misidentify or fail to declare hazardous materials.

In the aftermath of the blaze, which was reported on the morning of Aug. 9, India’s coast guard diverted the APL LE HAVRE to the port of Mundra.

Crewmembers are said to have fought the fire by pouring water into holes they had drilled in the burning containers.

Maersk said earlier this month that it will require anyone shipping dangerous goods to confirm in writing that the cargo has been correctly identified, declared and packed.

Hapag-Lloyd has said that starting Sept. 16, it will impose a $15,000 fine for every misdeclared container it discovers.

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International tensions in the maritime industry remain high as a result of regional conflicts in the Middle East and the fallout from President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

In the most recent development, the British territory of Gibraltar has released a tanker that had been detained over charges of violating the sanctions imposed on Iran.

The vessel, which had previously flown the flag of Panama and been named the GRACE 1, was renamed the ADRIAN DARYA 1 and raised the flag of Iran before departing for Kalamata, Greece, on the night of Aug. 18.

British Royal Marines had seized the GRACE 1 in Gibraltar last month on suspicion that it was carrying oil to Syria, an ally of Iran, in violation of sanctions.

The detention ended last week, but a federal court in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 16 issued a warrant for the seizure of the tanker, the oil it was carrying and nearly $1 million.

The court based its ruling on a finding that the tanker was linked to Iran’s Islamic Guard Corps, which the Trump administration has designated a terrorist organization.

Iran has denied the tanker was ever headed to Syria and had said it was ready to dispatch its naval fleet to escort it out of detention if required.

The initial impounding of the GRACE 1 sparked a diplomatic row that escalated when Tehran seized a British-flagged oil tanker in the Gulf on July 19.

That tanker and its 23-person crew are still being held.

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No one was injured in an engine room fire that broke out aboard the Ready Reserve Force ship MV CAPE HENRY on Aug. 12.

The ship was at San Francisco’s Pier 96 beginning the process of shifting into Full Operating Status after receiving orders to activate.

The San Francisco Fire Department was notified of the fire around 0330.

Minutes later, the blaze had been completely extinguished.

There were no injuries, but as a precautionary measure, a member of the crew was reportedly sent to the hospital for observation.

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Ohio Republican Senator Rob Portman has been named 2019 Great Lakes Legislator of the Year, an honor presented annually by the Great Lakes Maritime Task Force, a labor-management coalition that includes MM&P.

The award is given to a legislator who has advanced waterborne commerce on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway.

“We are especially grateful that Senator Portman played a key role in passing the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act as part of the Coast Guard Authorization bill,” said Great Lakes Maritime Task Force President John Baker.

“While preserving a role for the states and the Environmental Protection Agency, it charged the Coast Guard with primary responsibility for implementing and enforcing vessel regulations. Senator Portman negotiated language that overwhelmingly passed the House and Senate.”

“I’m honored to be named the 2019 Great Lakes Legislator of the Year by the Great Lakes Maritime Task Force,” Portman said.

“As co-chair of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, I will continue to lead the fight to protect our Great Lakes while ensuring our shipping industry in Ohio and across the region remains competitive.”

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There will be an Offshore membership meeting in the New York/New Jersey Union Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 4, immediately after job call.

MM&P President Don Marcus, International Secretary-Treasurer Don Josberger and Atlantic Ports Vice President Tom Larkin will participate in the meeting.

All Offshore members in the area are encouraged to attend.

The MM&P New York/New Jersey Hall is located at 570 Broad Street, Suite 701, Newark, NJ.

The phone number is: 201-963-1900.

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As of Aug. 26, the Miami/Port Everglades Union Hall will have a new address:

Broward Outpatient Medical Center
150 SW 12th Ave., Suite 205
Pompano FL 33069-3237

The phone number will remain the same: 954-946-7883.

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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. 2, for Labor Day.

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MITAGS is interested in receiving photo submissions from MM&P members for use on the official MITAGS social media platforms.

The goal is to document members’ voyages and promote the maritime industry. As suggestions, photos can be of events and sights onboard, crewmembers at work or scenic locations.

If you are interested in sharing photos, please send them with caption information to MITAGS Marketing Manager Lindsay Moran, at

Be sure to tell us whether you would like to be credited for the photo.

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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 Amanda Meadows, Admissions Coordinator, toll-free at 866-656-5568 or by e-mail:

Why not try our on-line calendar to register for class:

For Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) processing, MMC problem resolution advice, STCW compliance and VA GI-Bill questions, contact MITAGS-PMI Student/Instructional Services Manager Jennifer Pitzen at 206-739-0720 (direct line); (888) 893-7829 (toll free); or by e-mail:

Please include your Mariner Reference Number, date of birth and the last four digits of your social security number in all emails.

Classes are 5-day unless otherwise noted

Class dates followed by an * are full

AB – Able Seaman – 9/9/19

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

ARPA-OIC (4-Day) – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 9/24/19, 1/14/20

AZIPOD (2-Day) – 9/30/19

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 10/28/19

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 9/30/19, 1/15/20, 3/9/20, 3/31/20, 4/30/20, 5/18/20

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling – (Now also included in BRMP-Refresher) (3-Day): 10/2/19

BRMP-Refresher (Now including Emergency Shiphandling for Pilots) (3-Day) – Not currently scheduled

BT – Basic Safety Training: 10/14/19

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – 8/26/19, 9/25/19, 10/30/19, 12/17/19

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 9/25/19, 12/16/19

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 10/21/19

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 9/23/19, 12/16/19

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 9/30/19, 12/9/19

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 10/7/19

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1: 12/2/19

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific: 12/9/18

CM-OPS 2 APL – Chief Mate Operations II APL Specific – 9/3/19*, 12/2/19*

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems: 9/9/19, 12/2/19

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM): 12/16/19

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 11/4/19, 1/13/20 (DCS-1 available on request – contact Admissions)

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: Not Currently Scheduled

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management: 10/28/19, 1/6/20

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 9/9/19*, 9/30/19, 10/14/19*, 11/4/19, 12/2/19, 1/13/20, 2/10/20, 3/2/20, 3/16/20, 4/13/20, 4/27/20, 6/1/20, 6/15/20

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 9/16/19*, 10/7/19, 10/21/19, 11/11/19*, 12/9/19*, 1/20/20, 2/17/20, 3/9/20, 3/23/20, 4/20/20, 5/4/20, 6/8/20, 6/22/20

**SHS-ADV-I & II are now approved to include SAR-CMM assessments at MITAGS**

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 10/21/19

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 9/16/19

WX-HW-ATL – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Atlantic Ocean (2-day) – 9/23/19

WX-HW-IND – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Indian Ocean (2-day) – 9/27/19

WX-HW-PAC – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Pacific Ocean (2-day) – 9/25/19

CIW-DPA/IA – Continual Improvement Workshop: Designated Person Ashore & Internal Auditor (3-Day) ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program ** –11/12/19

CIW-SMS – Continual Improvement Workshop: Successful Safety Management (2-Day) –10/15/19

CNAV-OIC (15-Day) – Celestial Navigation: 11/4/19

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior (1-Day) – Not currently scheduled

CDMGT – Crowd Management (1-Day) – Not currently scheduled

CSE – Confined Space Entry (3-Day): Not currently scheduled

CSE-AWR – Confined Space Entry Awareness (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

CY-MAR – Cyber-Skilled Mariner ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program ** – Not currently scheduled

DDE – Great Lakes (20-Day): 2/3/20

ECDIS for Pilots (2-Day) – 11/21/19

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 12/9/19

FF-ADV – Advanced Fire-Fighting (4-day) – 1/13/20

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 10/14/19

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 8/28/19, 9/24/19, 10/29/19, 12/19/19

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 9/28/19, 12/14/19

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications (1-Day): 9/17/19

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (10-Day): Not currently scheduled

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 8/26/19, 11/18/19

IEN – Integrated Electronic Navigation (3-Day) – Not currently scheduled

LAP – License Advancement Program for Mate to Master (20-Day): 10/21/19*, 1/6/2020

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes (15-Day): 3/9/20

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License (15-Day): Not currently scheduled

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage (1-Day): 9/18/19

LNG-TPIC (10-Day) – Not currently scheduled

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC) (1-Day): 9/23/19

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): 12/2/19

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 9/30/19*, 12/2/19*, 1/20/20, 3/16/20, 5/4/20

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 10/21/19, 1/6/20, 3/9/20, 6/22/20

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 9/30/19*, 11/18/19, 1/20/20, 3/16/20, 4/13/20, 5/4/20

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 8/29/19, 9/23/19, 10/5/19, 10/28/19, 12/7/19, 12/20/19, 1/11/20, 1/25/20, 2/7/20, 3/21/20, 3/31/20, 5/1/20, 5/9/20, 6/18/20

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic) (1-Day): 9/12/19 (evening), 11/1/19 (evening)

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 9/12/19, 11/1/19

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) – 11/3/19

MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day) – 10/30/19

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 9/16/19, 11/4/19, 1/6/20, 2/24/20, 5/11/20, 6/7/20 (2020 dates may shift based on gun range availability)

MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day) – 9/14/19, 11/4/19 (evening)

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) – 9/15/19, 11/8/19, 1/5/20, 2/22/20, 5/15/20, 6/5/20 (2020 dates may shift based on gun range availability)

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) – 9/20/19, 11/9/19, 1/10/20, 2/28/20, 5/16/20, 6/11/20 (2020 dates may shift based on gun range availability)

NDMS-ENAV – Navigational Decision Making Series – Best Practice in eNav (3-Day) – 11/18/19

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P (2-Day) – 8/26/19*, 8/28/19*, 11/18/19, 11/20/19, 12/16/19, 12/18/19, 1/13/20, 3/16/20, 4/9/20, 6/22/20, 6/24/20

RFPNW – Ratings Forming Part of a Navigational Watch (3-day) – Not currently scheduled

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal (1-Day): 9/23/19, 1/13/20

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes (1-Night): 8/28/19, 9/17/19, 10/2/19, 10/16/19, 10/30/19, 11/6/19, 11/13/19, 12/4/19, 12/18/19

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 1/6/20

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3-Day): 12/2/19

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 8/26/19, 10/28/19

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day) – 9/23/19*, 11/18/19, 12/16/19*, 1/27/20, 3/30/20, 5/4/20

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: Not currently scheduled

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (15-Day): Not currently scheduled

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 1/6/20, 5/11/20

TRAC-TUG-2 (2-Day): Contact Admissions

TTT – ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program ** Not currently scheduled

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

VSO – Vessel Security Officer (3-Day): 9/4/19

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) (10-Day): 10/7/19

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 9/16/19

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For registration, contact our admissions department: 206.441.2880 or

Please also see our schedule and enroll online at

September 2019
4th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
5-6 Basic Training Revalidation
6th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
9th Radar Renewal
9-13 Basic Training
9-13 Marine Propulsion Plants
16-19 Advanced Firefighting
16-20 Ship/Shipboard Management
23-27 Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation
30-1 ECDIS
30-1 Leadership & Managerial Skills

October 2019
2nd Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
3-4 Basic Training Revalidation
7-11 Engine Resource Management
7-11 Basic Training
7-11 Advanced Shiphandling I
8th Radar Renewal
14-18 Management of Electrical & Electronic Control Equipment (MEECE)
14-18 Advanced Shiphandling II
15-18 Advanced Firefighting
18th Medical DOT
21-25 Advanced Meteorology
21-25 Ship Construction & Basic Stability
28-1 Advanced Stability
28-15 Celestial Navigation

November 2019
4-8 Advanced Cargo Operations
4-15 Basic Training
12th Radar Renewal
13th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
14-15 Basic Training Revalidation
18-19 Advanced Firefighting Refresher
18-20 Security Officer – Vessel, Company, & Facility
18-22 Radar Observer Unlimited
18-22 Advanced Watchkeeping
25-27 Search & Rescue

December 2019
2-6 Leadership & Managerial Skills
2-20 License Preparation (Mate Level)
3-6 Advanced Firefighting
9-12 ARPA
9-13 Basic Training
13th Radar Renewal
16th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
17-18 Basic Training Revalidation

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