Wheelhouse Weekly – August 23, 2016

August 24th 2016

Volume 21 . . . Number 34. . . Aug. 23, 2016


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The Jones Act plays a critical role in protecting the United States from terrorist attack. Any attempt to weaken or repeal it should be rejected in the interests of national security.

So says Daniel Goure, an expert on national security and defense, in a just-published paper entitled, “The Jones Act and Homeland Security in the 21st Century.”

The Jones Act requires that ships traveling between U.S. ports be built in the United States and crewed by American citizens.

Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Goure writes, the attention of American legislators and policymakers has focused primarily on our 1,989-mile border with Mexico and, to a lesser extent, our 5,525-mile border with Canada.

“But all this country’s land borders taken together are dwarfed by the 95,000 miles of national shoreline,” writes Goure, a vice president with the Lexington Institute, a nonprofit public-policy research organization headquartered in Arlington, Va.

A ship entering the homeland through a coastal port has access to the deep interior of the United States and its over 25,000 miles of navigable waterways, he notes.

The prospect of terrorists on the inland waterways is a particularly daunting challenge to homeland security because via the inland waterways, a terrorist could reach many of our largest urban centers, as well as critical oil, gas and communications channels.

“Guarding every potential target along the inland waterways against terrorist attack is an impossible task,” he writes.

For this reason it is particularly important that vessels and crews that travel between U.S. ports and especially on the inland waterways through America’s heartland pose no threat.

And this is precisely why “the higher standards with respect to ownership and manning requirements of the Jones Act are so significant,” he says.

Should the law be modified or repealed, he writes, enormous investments of personnel and resources would be required to track and surveil vessels of all types on the coasts and inland waterways.

And since the budget of the Department of Homeland Security has been flat for several years, the resources would have to come from those currently expended to keep foreign threats from entering the country.

Goure has held senior positions in the private sector and the government. He was a member of the 2001 Department of Defense Transition Team and director of the Office of Strategic Competitiveness in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Prior to joining the Lexington Institute, he was deputy director of the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He is frequently interviewed by the major networks on topics of national security.

To read the study in its entirety, go to:

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A cruise ship carrying 512 passengers was evacuated off Puerto Rico by the Coast Guard on Aug. 17 after a fire broke out in the engine room.

While the crew of the CARIBBEAN FANTASY battled the fire, which spread rapidly from the engine room to other parts of the ship, the Coast Guard safely evacuated all the passengers to San Juan Harbor.

Two dozen people were treated for smoke inhalation and several suffered broken bones or dislocated limbs in the rush to escape the burning ship via an inflatable rescue slide.

The CARIBBEAN FANTASY was about an hour out of San Juan when the fire broke out at 0715.

The vessel, which is operated by American Cruise Ferries, eventually ran aground about 800 feet offshore. It was later towed to San Juan Harbor.

An engineer told The Associated Press that a hose carrying fuel had burst and caught fire. The crew apparently fought the fire for some time before the alarm was sounded.

The ship, which has a crew of 26, runs several times weekly between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

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Crewmembers of a Chinese coal ship, the FIVE STARS FUJIAN, have been stuck off Australia’s east coast since mid-July.

The ship had originally been detained because of a court-ordered “arrest” for an unsatisfied commercial debt.

After the court released it to sail in late July, it was again detained, this time by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) in response to complaints from the captain—later substantiated by the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF)–that there was not enough food or fuel on board for the return trip to China.

In addition to the lack of food and fuel, the ITF reported that crewmembers were being paid about $2/hour and had not received their wages since May.

As a result, AMSA determined that the situation violated the crew welfare provisions in the international Maritime Labor Convention.

The ship, which is carrying approximately $40 million worth of coal, is owned by Hong Kong-based Five Stars Fujian Shipping and operated by MCL Management.

Gladstone port authorities last week organized an emergency helicopter drop to the crew of 200 kg of food donated by the Gladstone Mission to Seafarers.

Queensland Ports Minister Mark Bailey has called the behavior of the shipowner and operator “shameful and disrespectful,” according to The Guardian.

“No seafarer should be abandoned by the employer on the other side of the globe, let alone be left without basic provisions,” he said.

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Public sector unions in Washington and Oregon are trying to fend off a new type of attack: door-to-door campaigns by anti-worker groups trying to peel off their members, one at a time.

A reporter for The Wall Street Journal reported recently that employees of the largest such group, the “Freedom Foundation,” have knocked on the doors of about 15,000 home health-care and child-care workers in Washington State in the past 18 months.

Their pitch is simple: “You can save about $10 a pay period by cancelling your union membership… and we’ll even help you fill out the paperwork.”

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) represents home child-care workers in the state. Similar anti-labor groups, targeting members of teachers unions, for example, have been springing up across the country.

“While some national conservative groups engage in broad lobbying fights in Washington, D.C., seeking to make it harder for labor unions to recruit new members or collect dues,” writes Wall Street Journal reporter Brody Mullins, “the foundation’s strategy involves engaging unions… in door-to-door combat…”

The Freedom Foundation is not legally required to disclose the names of the individuals and organizations that fund it; that information is considered confidential.

The names of union members, on the other hand, are subject to public release under freedom of information laws, making it relatively simple to execute the door-to-door anti-union campaigns.

The SEIU is fighting back in court. It recently filed suit unsuccessfully to block state governments from releasing the names of its members to anti-union groups. Unions are also collecting signatures for a ballot initiative that would keep confidential the names of their members.

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The Coast Guard says it is required to commission a working group to review existing and new examination questions for accuracy, availability of exam references, length of exams and the use of standard technologies in administering, scoring and analysis.

The working group will include: credentialed deck officers or ratings; representatives of approved training providers; a deck representative from a state maritime academy; an engineering representative from a maritime academy; credentialed engineering officers or ratings; and a member of the Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC).

Cover letters expressing interest in participating in the working group identifying which category the party seeks consideration for, and their resume with supporting experience, should reach the Coast Guard on or before Oct. 15: by e-mail to; fax: (202) 372-8382; or mail to Cathleen Mauro, Commandant (CG-MMC-1), US Coast Guard Stop 7509, 2703 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE, Washington, DC 20593-7509.

If you have questions, contact Cathleen Mauro, Maritime Personnel Qualifications Division (CG-MMC-1), U.S. Coast Guard; at

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All 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. 5, for Labor Day.

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The Atlantic Maritime Group (AMG) will hold its September membership meeting on Sept. 7 at 1500. The meeting will be held at the Ocean Yacht Club, 370 Front Street, Staten Island, NY 10304. All AMG members in the area are encouraged to attend the meeting.

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MM&P President Don Marcus and Secretary-Treasurer Steve Werse will join Atlantic Ports Vice President Don Josberger at the Offshore Membership Meeting at the New York/New Jersey Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 7.

All Offshore members in the area are encouraged to attend the meeting, which will start at 1100.

The New York/New Jersey Hall is located at 570 Broad Street, Suite 701, Newark, NJ 07102. The phone number is 201-963-1900.

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MM&P President Don Marcus and Secretary-Treasurer Steve Werse will join Atlantic Ports Vice President Don Josberger to inaugurate the new MM&P Charleston Hall on Thursday, Sept. 15, at 1200. An Offshore membership meeting will follow. All members in the area are urged to attend.

The MM&P Charleston Hall is located at 1481 Tobias Gadson Blvd., Suite 2C, Charleston, SC 29407-4794. The phone number is 843-766-3565.

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The Offshore Familiarization Course will be held in the New York/New Jersey Hall on Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 6-7. On Sept. 6, the class begins at 0900.

On Sept. 7, the class begins at 0830 with the Labor History section of the course presented by MM&P President Don Marcus.

All Offshore members—not just applicants—are encouraged to participate in the course on Sept. 7.

It will be followed by an Offshore Membership Meeting at 1100 with Don Marcus, Secretary Treasurer Steve Werse and Atlantic Ports Vice President Don Josberger.

Interested applicants should sign up for the Familiarization Course by calling the hall at 201-963-1900. (There is no need to sign up if you are attending just the Labor History part of the course and the membership meeting on Sept. 7.)

The New York/New Jersey Hall is located at 570 Broad Street, Suite 701, Newark, NJ 07102.

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.

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Labor Day is a great opportunity to support your brothers and sisters and buy union-made.

Are you thinking of buying a new car? There are hundreds of U.S. union-made vehicles, enough to suit the needs of every driver.

To call attention to the wide variety of union-made cars on the market today, Union Plus has developed a quiz called “Find Out Your Union-Made Car Personality.”

Take the quiz from Aug. 18 to Sept. 5 and be automatically entered to win!

One lucky winner will win $5,000.

That’s enough cash to put down on your very own union-made vehicle purchased through the Union Plus Auto Buying Service.

Go to or go to and visit the “What Kind of Union-Made Vehicle Are You?” link.

The link has also been added to the MM&P Facebook page and Twitter feed.

Take the survey and keep your fingers crossed!

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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:

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 – 10/17/16

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: 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: 10/10/16, 1/23/17

BT-Revalidation (2-day) – 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: 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: 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 8/29/16,9/12/16, 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): 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): 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 10/3/16, 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): 10/17/16, 2/23/17

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

*MSC-ENVPRO – 10/16/16, 2/26/17

*MSC-FF-HELO – 10/31/16, 3/9/17

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

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

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

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

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

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

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 8/31/16, 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: 1/9/17

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

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 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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Please also see our schedule and enroll online at For registration contact our registrar, Mary McGhee: 206.838.1126 or

August 2016

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 Leadership & Managerial Skills
3-7 Medical Care Provider
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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