Wheelhouse Weekly – August 22, 2017

August 22nd 2017

Volume 22… Number 34… Aug. 22, 2017


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Mates who work aboard Brusco Tug & Barge vessels in Washington State will finally be able to join the MM&P Pacific Maritime Region–almost 20 years after they voted in favor of becoming part of Masters, Mates & Pilots.

Mates, engineers and deckhands working for Brusco in the port of Longview voted to join the union in 1999.

But the company refused to bargain, arguing that the mates were actually supervisors and thus not eligible for union representation.

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued the definitive ruling on the case, reaffirming the finding of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that Brusco violated the law by refusing to bargain with MM&P over the unit, including mates.

The NLRB found—and the Court agreed—that Brusco’s claim that the mates were supervisors was completely without merit.

The most recent court hearing in the long-running saga took place on May 9, when MM&P International Counsel Gab Terrasa and AFL-CIO Attorney James Coppess appeared before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in Washington, D.C., to urge the Court to uphold the mates’ right to representation.

Arguing in support of the mates’ right to bargain was also NLRB attorney Michael Hickson.

“For almost twenty years, MM&P has been fighting to protect the right of Brusco Tug & Barge employees to have the union representation they elected,” said MM&P President Don Marcus.

“While we are gratified that the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit agreed and ordered Brusco to bargain with MM&P, the absurdity of a simple organizing drive taking close to twenty years to wind its way through our legal system speaks volumes about the anti-worker bias of our national labor laws.”

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The guided-missile destroyer USS JOHN S. MCCAIN was damaged early Monday morning in a collision east of Singapore with a Liberian-flagged tanker.

Ten members of the crew of the destroyer are missing or dead. Five others suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

The remains of some of the missing have been found by divers performing recovery operations aboard the ship, according to Adm. Scott Swift, the commander of the U.S. Navy Pacific Fleet.

The Royal Malaysian Navy has said it found what may be the remains of another missing sailor.

There were no reports of injuries aboard the oil tanker.

The USS JOHN S. MCCAIN was passing east of the Strait of Malacca on its way to a port visit in Singapore when it collided at 0524 local time with the ALNIC MC, an oil and chemical tanker.

“Significant damage to the hull resulted in flooding to nearby compartments, including crew berthing, machinery and communications rooms,” a Navy spokesperson said in an official statement.

“Damage control efforts by the crew halted further flooding.”

The spokesperson said the destroyer is undergoing damage assessment at Changi Naval Base in Singapore.

The disaster comes just two months after seven people died when another 7th Fleet destroyer, USS FITZGERALD, was struck by a containership south of Japan.

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Representatives of the MM&P Pacific Maritime Region (PMR) met with Washington State Governor Jay Inslee earlier this month to sign the three contracts that cover MM&P members who sail for Washington State Ferries (WSF).

The contracts cover WSF masters, WSF mates and WSF Watch Center Supervisors, a bargaining unit that now includes WSF Fleet/Facility Security Officers.

PMR Vice President Tim Saffle and Regional Representative Dan Twohig signed the three, two-year contracts.

“On behalf of the union, I want to extend my sincere thanks to the members who assisted in the negotiations on these contracts,” Saffle said.

“Many thanks to masters Jim Bauer, Tim Koivu, Matt Miller and Gary Simpson; to mates Brett Bartanen, Glen Hogarth and Harlow Wood; and to Watch Center Supervisors Scott Braymer and Marie Waterman.”

In other contract news, PMR members who work at Crowley Marine Services have voted overwhelmingly in favor of a three-year agreement.

The ballots were counted Aug. 17.

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Working people in Missouri have forced the state to suspend implementation of a law that would allow people who don’t pay union dues to benefit from the wages and benefits in union-negotiated contracts.

Gov. Eric Greitens and anti-labor politicians in the state legislature have pushed the so-called “right-to-work” (RTW) law, which had been set to take effect on Aug. 28.

But opponents of the law collected over 300,000 signed petitions from Missouri residents, more than three times the number required to allow voters to weigh in on it in a referendum next year.

RTW laws require unions to represent free riders in a workplace who take advantage of union-negotiated contracts and benefits without paying any dues.

Such measures weaken unions by starving them of funds.

More than half the states in the country now have RTW laws on the books.

On the federal level, Reps. Steve King (La.) and Joe Wilson (S.C.) have introduced HR 785, a nationwide RTW law.

On average, workers in states with RTW laws have wages that are 12 percent lower than those of workers in other states.

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AP Moeller-Maersk has moved to narrow its operational focus by spinning off its international energy subsidiary, Maersk Oil.

The $7.45 billion sale of Maersk Oil to Total had been expected since last year, when the Danish conglomerate announced its intention to withdraw from energy-related activities to concentrate on Maersk Line, APM Terminals and other transport and logistics businesses.

Maersk has said it is also planning changes in ownership for Maersk Drilling, Maersk Supply and Maersk Tankers.

Maersk Group Chief Executive Soren Skou said in an official statement that the company’s plans to purchase Hamburg Sud are part of the strategic realignment.

“The agreement will strengthen the financial flexibility of AP Moller-Maersk and free up resources to focus our future growth on container shipping, ports and logistics,” he said.

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MITAGS has announced the schedule for the Chief Mate Operations Course and the Maersk-Specific Chief Mate Course for the final quarter of 2017:

— Maersk-Specific Chief Mate Course (CM-Ops II Maersk): Sept. 25-9;

— Chief Mate Operations Course (CM-Ops I): Dec. 4-8;

— Maersk-Specific Chief Mate Course (CM-Ops II Maersk): Dec. 11-15.

If you would like to attend the courses, contact Amanda Meadows, Admissions Coordinator, toll-free at 866-656-5568 or by e-mail:

Details of the courses are posted in the Members’ Only pages of

To view this information, go to, enter the Members’ Only site and click on the “MLL Relief CM/Extended 2M Courses” button at the top of the left-hand column.

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There will be a meeting of the MM&P Atlantic Maritime Group (AMG) on Wednesday, Sept. 6 at 1400 at the New York/New Jersey Hall.

The New York/New Jersey Hall is located at 570 Broad St., Suite 701, Newark, N.J., 07102.

The phone number of the hall is: 201-963-1900.

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An Offshore membership meeting will be held at the MM&P Charleston Hall on Thursday, Sept. 7, at 1100 following job call.

All Offshore members and applicants are encouraged to attend the meeting.

The MM&P Charleston Hall is located at 1481 Tobias Gadson Blvd Suite 2C, Charleston, SC 29407-4794.

To contact the hall, call (843)766-3565, send a fax to (843)766-6352 or e-mail

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The Offshore Orientation Course will be held at MM&P’s Charleston Hall on Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 6-7, beginning at 0900.

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.

If you are interested in taking the course, please contact the Charleston Hall at: or 843-766-3565.

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All MM&P union halls, the MM&P Federal Credit Union, the MM&P Plan Office and MM&P headquarters will be closed for Labor Day on Monday, Sept. 4.

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The AFL-CIO has issued the following statement regarding the resignation of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and AFL-CIO Deputy Chief of Staff Thea Lee from President Trump’s council on manufacturing:

“We cannot sit on a council for a President who tolerates bigotry and domestic terrorism. President Trump’s remarks on Aug. 15 repudiate his forced remarks on Aug. 14 about the KKK and neo-Nazis. We must resign on behalf of America’s working people, who reject all notions of legitimacy of these bigoted groups.”

“It’s clear that President Trump’s Manufacturing Council was never an effective means for delivering real policy that lifts working families and his remarks on Aug. 15 were the last straw. We joined this council with the intent to be a voice for working people and real hope that it would result in positive economic policy, but it has become yet another broken promise on the President’s record. From hollow councils to bad policy and embracing bigotry, the actions of this administration have consistently failed working people.”

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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 Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) processing, MMC problem resolution advice, STCW compliance and VA GI-Bill questions, contact MITAGS Student Services Coordinator Victor Tufts toll free at (877)725-1194 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.

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:

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 – 10/16/17

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation: Contact Admissions

ARPA-OIC – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 9/26/17, 1/16/18

AZIPOD 2-Day – 10/16/17

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 9/25/17, 11/13/17, 2/26/18

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 11/14/17, 1/16/18, 2/22/18, 3/29/18

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

BRMP-Refresher – 9/12/17, 10/18/17

BT – Basic Safety Training: 10/9/17, 1/15/18

BT-Revalidation (2-day) – 9/26/17, 11/8/17, 12/12/17

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 9/25/17, 11/8/17, 12/11/17

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 10/30/17

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 10/2/17, 12/11/17, 1/29/18

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 9/25/17, 12/4/17, 1/22/18, 3/12/18

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (2 weeks): 10/9/17

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations Course – Week 1: 8/28/17, 9/18/17

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information System: 9/18/17, 1/15/18, 3/26/18

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM): 8/21/17,1/8/18, 2/19/18

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 11/27/17, 3/5/18

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: 11/6/17

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (2 weeks): 10/30/17

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 9/11/17, 10/2/17, 10/30/17, 12/4/17,1/15/18, 2/5/18, 3/5/18, 3/19/18

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 9/18/17, 10/9/17, 11/6/17,12/11/17, 1/22/18, 2/12/18, 3/12/18, 3/26/18

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

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 10/23/17, 3/19/18

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 11/13/17

CNAV-OIC – Celestial Navigation: 11/6/17

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop: Contact Admissions

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications: 2/19/18

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior – Contact Admissions

CDMGT – Crowd Management – Contact Admissions

CSE – Confined Space Entry: 1/15/18

CSE-AWR – Confined Space Entry Awareness: Contact Admissions

DDE – Great Lakes: 1/22/18

DPA – Contact Admissions

ECDIS for Pilots – 11/14/17, 2/20/18

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 8/28/17, 10/16/17, 12/4/17

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 10/9/17, 1/15/18

FF-ADV-REV – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation & Refresher: 9/28/17, 11/6/17,12/14/17

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications: 9/12/17

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization: 1/19/18

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System: 3/5/18

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 8/28/17, 11/27/17

IEN – Integrated Electronic Navigation – 11/28/17

LAP- 9/11/17, 2/26/18

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes: 1/22/18

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License: 12/4/17

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 9/13/17

LNG-TPIC – 12/4/17

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC): 9/25/17 (*2-Evening Session)

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): 10/23/17, 12/11/17

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 9/11/17, 10/23/17, 1/22/18, 3/19/18

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 8/28/17, 11/13/17, 12/4/17, 1/8/18

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 9/11/17, 10/23/17, 11/27/17, 1/22/18, 3/19/18

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 9/16/17, 9/30/17, 10/28/17, 12/16/17, 1/13/18, 1/27/18, 3/10/18

MSA –Maritime Security Awareness: Contact Admissions

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic): 9/8/17, 10/2/17, 2/23/18

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control: 9/6/17, 10/3/17, 2/21/18

*MSC-ENVPRO – 10/1/17, 2/25/18

*MSC-FF-HELO – 10/16/17

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualification: 9/11/17, 10/9/17, 1/8/18, 2/26/18

*MSC-Security Watch Basic – 9/10/17, 10/5/17, 2/24/18

*MSC-Security Watch Advanced – 9/15/17, 10/7/17, 1/12/18, 3/2/18

*MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force – 9/16/17, 10/13/17, 1/13/18, 3/3/18

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P – 10/2/17, 1/22/18, 1/24/18

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 9/25/17, 1/15/18

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 9/20/17, 10/4/17, 10/18/17, 11/1/17, 11/8/17, 11/15/17, 11/29/17, 12/6/17, 12/13/17, 1/10/18, 1/31/18, 2/7/18, 2/21/18, 3/7/18, 3/21/18

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 11/27/18, 1/8/18

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments): 10/16/17

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 8/28/17, 10/23/17, 1/29/18

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling-5 Day – 9/25/17, 10/23/17, 11/27/17, 2/19/18

SMS – Contact Admissions

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 1/22/18

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses: 1/29/18

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 2/12/18

TRAC-TUG-2: Contact Admissions

TTT – Contact Admissions

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties: Contact Admissions

VSO – Vessel Security Officer: 2/14/18

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level): 10/2/17, 2/19/18

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 9/11/17, 3/19/18

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Spring 2017

For registration, please contact our registrar, Mary McGhee, at 206.838.1126 or You can also view our schedule and enroll online at

August 2017

23-25 Security – Vessel, Company, & Facility
28-30 Search & Rescue
29-31 Integrated Electronic Navigation

September 2017

5-9 ARPA
6th HAZWOPER Refrehser
8th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
9-10 Basic Training – Revalidation
9-11 Basic Training – Refresher
11-15 Basic Training
11-15 ECDIS
11-15 Cargo Handling & Stowage (Operational Level)
18-21 Advanced Firefighting
18-21 Medical Care Provider
18-29 Celestial Navigation
18-29 Medical Person-In-Charge
23rd Medical DOT
23-24 Basic Training – Revalidation
23-25 Basic Training – Refresher
23-6 GMDSS
25th Radar Renewal

October 2017

2-3 ECDIS for Pilots
2-6 Medical Care Provider
4th HAZWOPER Refresher
7-8 Basic Training – Revalidation
7-9 Basic Training – Refresher
9-13 Basic Training
9-13 Meteorology (Operational Level)
9-13 Engine Resource Management
10-12 Integrated Electronic Navigation
16th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
16-17 ECDIS for Pilots
16-19 Advanced Firefighting
16-27 Watchkeeping (Operational Level)
21-22 Basic Training – Revalidation
21-23 Basic Training – Refresher
23rd Radar Renewal
23-27 Leadership & Managerial Skills
25-27 24-Hour HAZWOPER
30-10 GMDSS

November 2017

4-5 Basic Training – Revalidation
4-6 Basic Training – Refresher
6-10 Basic Training
6-10 ECDIS
9th HAZWOPER Refresher
13th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
13-14 ECDIS for Pilots
13-16 Advanced Firefighting
13-17 Tankship Dangerous Liquids
17th Leadership & Teamworking Skills
17th Flashing Light Exam
18-19 Basic Training – Revalidation
18-20 Basic Training – Refresher
20th Radar Renewal
20-22 Security Officer – Vessel, Company, & Facility
27-29 24-Hour HAZWOPER
27-1 Radar Observer Unlimited
27-1 Basic Shiphandling

December 2017

2-3 Basic Training – Revalidation
2-4 Basic Training – Refresher
4th Flashing Light Exam
4-8 Basic Training
4-8 Leadership & Managerial Skills
4-8 Medical Care Provider
4-15 Medical Person-In-Charge
4-15 GMDSS
8th HAZWOPER Refresher
11th Radar Renewal
11th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
11-15 Construction & Stability (Operational Level)
11-15 Engine Resource Management
16-17 Basic Training – Revalidation
16-18 Basic Training – Refresher
18-20 Search & Rescue
18-21 Advanced Firefighting
18-22 ECDIS
20-22 24-Hour HAZWOPER

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