Wheelhouse Weekly – August 27th, 2019

August 28th 2019

Volume 24… Number 34… Aug. 27, 2019


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The Coast Guard’s National Maritime Center has issued the following update on its efforts to mitigate the impact of the government shutdown that occurred at the beginning of the year.

Merchant mariner credentials and medical certificates (national endorsements only) that expired in December 2018, January 2019, February 2019, March 2019, April 2019, May 2019, June 2019 or July 2019 will remain valid only until Aug. 31, 2019. No further credential extensions are authorized.

The backlog of credential applications and increased net processing time caused by the lapse in appropriations and partial government shutdown has improved.

Within the next two weeks, NMC will resume processing all MMC applications within the stated goal of 30 net days. Applications for medical certificates are currently processed well under the stated goal of 20 net days.

The NMC recommends mariners submit their application packages at least two months prior to the expiration date of their current credentials.

If you need immediate assistance or require expedited processing, contact our Customer Service Center via the NMC online chat system, by e-mailing, or by calling 1-888-IASKNMC (427-5662).

For general information, visit the NMC website at

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The July-August issue of The Master, Mate & Pilot has been posted on bridgedeck.orgunder “Latest News.”

In this issue:

— changes in MM&P leadership;

— Matson’s new ConRo LURLINE is launched;

— House of Representatives extends Maritime Security Program and creates new tanker program;

— bill introduced in Congress would guarantee U.S. ships and crews can carry a share of America’s energy exports;

— World War Merchant Marine Congressional Gold Medal Act poised for House passage;
— Jones Act waiver proposal defeated;

— SUNY Maritime cadets visit MM&P;


Plus: interview with Atlantic Maritime Group International Representative Keith Poissant.

The July-August issue of The Master, Mate & Pilot will be in your mailbox soon.

In the meantime, look for it online on under “Latest News.”

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A hurricane watch is in effect for Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic as Tropical Storm Dorian barrels into the region.

The Coast Guard captain of the port for Sector San Juan has set Port Condition X-Ray for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

All ocean-going vessels over 500 GT are expected to make plans to depart the port before or at the time the Coast Guard sets Port Condition Yankee, which indicates that the storm is expected to hit within 24 hours.

Puerto Rico is still recovering from the devastation and tragedy brought by Hurricane Maria in 2017.

There are concerns about how resilient the island’s surviving and newly rebuilt infrastructure will be in the face of Dorian.

Residents were stocking up on supplies in advance of the storm, which is forecast to hit the island on Wednesday night.

By the end of the week, what remains of the storm system is expected to move toward the Bahamas and possibly parts of the southeastern U.S. mainland.

Dorian is the fourth named storm of this hurricane season.

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Four men have finally been allowed to disembark for the first time after spending almost three years floating on the TAMIM ALDAR, a United Arab Emirates flag cargo vessel abandoned by shipowner Eliteway Marine Services.

The crew had languished on the ship for 34 months, blocked by UAE authorities from disembarking.

To ensure that the men had basic supplies, the charity Mission for Seafarers made regular visits to the TAMIM ALDAR and other ships abandoned by Eliteway Marine Services.

“On every visit we would take with us food and water, along with a small amount of bunker fuel to provide some power so that the seafarers could charge their phones,” said a spokesperson for the charity.

“To keep spirits high, we would also bring a few small treats such as fresh chicken or something sweet. I cannot emphasize enough just how horrific a situation these men were subjected to onboard the abandoned vessel.”

The four—the last of the crewmembers to disembark—traveled on to Dubai to continue the fight for their unpaid wages.

Thirty-nine seafarers previously repatriated from the abandoned fleet have received 40-75 percent of the wages they were owed, thanks to efforts by Mission for Seafarers and a UAE legal team.

Enforcement of international standards is lax in the UAE, which is why shipowners abandoning vessels often do so off the northernmost emirate, Ras Al Khaimah.

Mission for Seafarers said it is currently working with the crews of six ships anchored off the UAE coast.

But it says there are dozens of other vessels in the area on which crews are paid only sporadically and may need assistance.

One man, Vikas Mishra, is reportedly owed over 30 months’ salary, or about $71,000. He spent 35 months and 13 days without pay onboard the TAMIM ALDAR.

“The fact that these seafarers, who have suffered significant personal hardships, are now forced to negotiate for less than all the pay they are owed is entirely unacceptable and a stain on the industry,” says a spokesperson for Human Rights at Sea.

“No seafarer should be short-changed, abused and forced to remain on a vessel in order to secure their pay.”

“There is a global lack of publicized prosecutions of owners behind such abuses which means that impunity continues unchecked due to the perceived lack of effective remedy for victims and survivors.”

HRAS has issued an independent review of the current legal and policy protections for seafarers operating in UAE waters following a series of high-profile abandonment cases since late 2018.

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The MV NUR ALLYA, a bulk carrier loaded with nickel ore, has been missing since Aug. 20.

According to media reports, contact with the vessel and its 25-man crew was lost when it was approximately 44 nautical miles from Namlea, Indonesia, off the northeast coast of the island of Buru.

Nickel ore is considered one of the riskiest cargoes because it is highly susceptible to liquefaction, especially in damp conditions.

According to the International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners (INTERCARGO), between 2009 and 2018, 188 mariners died in bulk carrier accidents and 48 vessels were lost.

“Cargo failure and liquefaction continue to be a major concern for dry bulk shipping,” INTERCARGO says.

An INTERCARGO report attributed nine accidents in the period–and a total of 101 deaths–to cargo-related failures, overall the biggest cause of loss of life.

Of these ships, six were carrying nickel ore from Indonesia, two were carrying laterite (clay) iron ore from India and one was carrying a load of bauxite from Malaysia.

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Military Sealift Command has asked MM&P to publicize the following announcement.

As you know, MSC is hiring CIVMARs. We are pleased to inform you that we will be soliciting for external Third Officers and Third Assistant Engineers beginning Monday, Aug. 26.

These employment announcements will be posted on

We encourage unions to direct well-qualified officers to our website and to make application.

MSC is particularly interested in mariners with experience with Dynamic Positioning, Towing & Salvage and High Speed Craft, but such experience is not required.

The announcements will also inform the applicants that they apply with the understanding that they may be required to train at MSC expense, qualify for, and serve aboard T-EPF and/or T-ATS class ships, and maintain respective credentials as long as such ships remain in the MSC Fleet.

We trust that this will be very welcome news. We also appreciate any support that you may lend in helping us find the very best officers who will serve our Nation well into the future.

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Attention all MM&P members in the greater Los Angeles Area!

Sept. 2 marks the 40th anniversary of the Los Angeles Labor Day Parade!

Once again this year, MM&P will be participating in the Annual Labor Day March and Rally.

The march will be held on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2.

Members will meet between 0900 and 0930 at the MM&P Hall at 533 N. Marine Ave., Suite A, Wilmington, and head over one block to assemble for the march at the corner of Broad and E Streets.

The parade starts at 1000.

When the march ends at noon, hot dogs and drinks will be served at the rally at Banning Park.

There will be speakers, music and more!

Come one, come all, and bring your family members and friends!

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The Captain Richard Phillips Lane Kirkland Maritime Trust has assumed the sponsorship of the Jay Corcoran Memorial Golf Tournament, which was launched in 2001 to honor Jay Corcoran, a marine engineer who died in one of the planes that hit the World Trade Center on 9/11.

The Phillips Kirkland Trust was created to promote the strength of the U.S. maritime industry and the American Merchant Marine by generating awareness, assisting high-achieving individuals who want to pursue careers in maritime and advocating for public policy to ensure the viability of the industry and its workforce.

The Jay Corcoran Golf Tournament was organized by Diann Corcoran–now Diann Corcoran DuBois–to honor her husband and give back to the community of Norwell, where Jay grew up and where the couple lived with their two children.

It was held every year between 2001 and 2016, with all proceeds going to fund scholarships for seniors at Norwell High School, which Jay had attended.

Since then, the event has raised more than $300,000 for scholarships.

“Jay was a devoted husband, father and friend,” she says.

“He was a proud American and a hardworking merchant marine engineer… [We] are privileged to have the Captain Richard Phillips–Lane Kirkland Maritime Trust continue this tradition. We look forward to celebrating the love and brotherhood this tournament has brought to us all, as we continue to honor Jay’s legacy now and in the years to come.”

Under the sponsorship of The Phillips Kirkland Trust, the tournament and dinner will be held this year on Sept. 27 at the Easton Country Club, in Easton, Mass.

“As in past years, proceeds will be used to fund scholarships,” said Rear Adm. Wendi B. Carpenter (U.S. Navy retired), executive director of the Phillips Kirkland Trust.

“Going forward, the funds will be distributed to students pursuing education for careers in the U.S. maritime industry or related fields.”

“Jay was a beloved and well-respected member of the maritime industry who left us all too soon,” said Klaus Luhta, chairman of the board of the trust.

“We are proud to honor his memory through the golf tournament and dinner bearing his name.”
To find out more about the tournament and the dinner and to register, go to or email

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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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The Miami/Port Everglades Union Hall has moved! The new address is:

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, 4/13/20

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) – 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, 2/3/20, 4/13/20, 6/8/20

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 9/30/19, 12/9/19, 1/27/20, 4/6/20, 6/15/20

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, 4/27/20

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: 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): 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*, 1/6/20

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): 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) – 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): 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: 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): 1/27/20

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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