Wheelhouse Weekly – August 29, 2017

August 30th 2017

Volume 22… Number 35… Aug. 29, 2017


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The entire Masters, Mates & Pilots community extends its sincere condolences to everyone affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Our hearts go out to those who are suffering because of the hurricane itself and the floods that have occurred in its aftermath.

Union members in the area should be aware that the MM&P Houston Hall is closed until further notice. Members can contact the Tampa Hall in the meantime: 813-247-2164 or

MM&P provides assistance to members in distress through various beneficial funds.

Members in good standing with MM&P who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey should contact International Secretary-Treasurer Steve Werse at for information on how to petition for assistance from one of these funds.

Other members, please consider making a contribution to the MM&P Members Welfare Fund.

You can make a contribution by credit card on our website:

To make a contribution by check, please make your check payable to the MM&P Members Welfare Fund and send it to:

MM&P Members Welfare Fund
c/o Juli Rodriguez
700 Maritime Blvd., Suite B
Linthicum Heights, MD 21090-1953

Please note that contributions to the MM&P Members Welfare Fund are not tax deductible.

Thank you for standing in solidarity with your fellow MM&P members.

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MM&P President Donald Marcus and officials of three other maritime unions met with U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao and Maritime Administrator Mark Buzby on Aug. 29.

“All present voiced their appreciation for the support that the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Maritime Administration give to the U.S. Merchant Marine,” Marcus said.

The meeting, which was held at DOT headquarters, also included past Maritime Administrator William Schubert, President Gunnar Lundeberg of the Sailors’ Union of the Pacific, President Marshall Ainley of the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association and President Paul Doell of the American Maritime Officers.

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In the aftermath of the collision of the USS JOHN MCCAIN with a containership on Aug. 21, the Navy said last week it had suspended the search for eight missing sailors. The remains of two other sailors were recovered.

The Navy also said it had relieved of duty Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, commander of the U.S. 7th Fleet in Yokosuka, Japan, due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command.

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, a Liberian-flagged oil and chemical tanker.

Aucoin, a three-star commander, had been scheduled to retire in a few weeks.

Rear Adm. Phil Sawyer, who had already been nominated and confirmed for the position and promotion to vice admiral, immediately assumed command of the 7th Fleet.

Besides the recent accident, there have been three other incidents involving U.S. Navy vessels in the region this year: the USS FITZGERALD collided with a container ship off the coast of Japan in June, killing seven sailors; the USS LAKE CHAMPLAIN hit a South Korean fishing boat in May; and the USS ANTIETAM ran aground off the coast of Japan in January.

Adm. John Richardson, U.S. Navy Chief of Naval Operations, has called for a global operational pause after the last incident as well as a comprehensive review of Navy operations.

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The Navy should not wait until 2019 to finalize its recapitalization plan, according to a study released last week by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

Waiting longer could compromise readiness, the study found, in particular because both the surge sealift fleet and the combat logistics fleet are aging, with an increasing number of “mission-limiting equipment casualties,” or incidents of degraded or out-of-service equipment, and maintenance taking significantly longer than planned.

The fleets assessed for the study include the Ready Reserve Force (RRF) and Military Sealift Command-contracted vessels, as well as the MSC civilian mariner-crewed vessels that support Navy ships around the globe.

The Navy has concurred with GAO’s recommendations.

The readiness of both the surge sealift and the combat logistics fleets “has trended downward” since 2012, the study found.

The average age of the ships in the surge sealift fleet is nearly 40 years, and the number of surge sealift ships reaching the end of their programmed service lives over the next 10 years will reduce sealift capacity by over 25 percent, according to the report.

“Without effective capital planning to ensure the availability of surge sealift capability, the equipment and supplies needed by the Army, Marine Corps and other forces may not arrive when needed, potentially hindering U.S. operations,” the agency says.

In addition, although the Navy is now planning for ships to travel farther to support “a more distributed fleet,” it has not assessed the impact of such demands on the number and type of combat logistics ships it will need, GAO said.

The study concluded that waiting until 2019 or 2020 to conduct an assessment “could result in poor investment decisions as the Navy works to modernize its fleet.”

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The Maritime Labor Alliance (MLA) unions and the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department (TTD) have expressed their support for the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (MEBA) in its dispute with Liberty Maritime over the manning of a new Liberty vessel, the MV LIBERTY PEACE.

“We are compelled to express our extreme disapproval of the manning of the new Liberty vessel, the MV LIBERTY PEACE, with licensed deck and engineering officers that are not MEBA and the manner in which Liberty Maritime/Liberty Global Logistics is treating these same officers who are responsible for the success of Liberty’s United States operations,” the MLA unions wrote in an Aug. 25 letter to the company.

“We demand your immediate reversal and a correction of your actions to honor the valid collective bargaining agreement in place with MEBA,” they added.

The MLA member unions are: the American Radio Association, the Inland Boatmen’s Union, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, the International Longshoremen’s Association, the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association and Masters, Mates & Pilots.

TTD has also called on Liberty Maritime to adhere to the agreed-upon terms and conditions of the collective bargaining agreement.

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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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An Offshore membership meeting will be held at the MM&P Norfolk Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 5, at 1100 following job call.

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

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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 andThursday, 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 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is seeking a permanent master pipeline dredge class I. The position is based in Memphis. Duty location is wherever the DREDGE HURLEY is located.

The position closes Sept. 1.

To apply, search SWGL172583182002605D on

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MITAGS-PMI is seeking a part-time assistant safety instructor to work at the PMI campus in Seattle.

Under supervision of the PMI lead marine safety instructor, the part-time instructor provides classroom and hands-on training in the fire trainer and in the pool, relating to marine firefighting, damage control, at-sea personal survival techniques, first aid and HAZWOPER. The part-time instructor also assists in managing training equipment for hands-on exercises.

The major duties and responsibilities of this position are: deliver Coast Guard-approved courses in areas of marine safety, firefighting, personal survival and other courses as approved/desired; set-up field training facilities; ensure training aids are present and serviceable; advise lead instructor of any unique requirements in any given class, potential problems or impediments to training.

Desired qualifications include: instructor experience (Fire Instructor I credential or military equivalent is desired or Coast Guard accepted Train the Trainer); at least five years’ experience in marine firefighting, damage control (civilian or military); emergency medical technician certifications or equivalent emergency responder qualifications; experience in personal survival and water rescue training.

Candidate should also have strong language skills and strong speaking presence, both in classroom and in hands-on training environment, and good interpersonal and communication skills.

Position may require travel to provide off-site training.

Possession of a USCG license or knowledge of, or work experience in the maritime field, is a definite plus. If you are interested in applying for this position, please contact

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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 – 10/16/17

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) (Must have 1 year of seatime in last 5 years) – 9/26/17, 11/8/17,10/16/17, 12/12/17, 2/7/18, 3/6/18

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 9/25/17, 10/15/17, 11/8/17, 12/11/17, 2/7/18, 3/5/18

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 – Week 1: 9/18/17, 12/4/17

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific: 9/25/17, 12/11/17

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): 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, 3/12/18

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: 10/16/17, 12/4/17

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

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of seatime in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 10/18/17, 11/7/17, 12/14/17, 2/6/18, 3/8/18

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 9/28/17, 11/1/17, 12/9/17, 2/10/18, 3/3/18

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): 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: 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, 11/6/17, 12/15/17, 1/13/18, 1/27/18, 2/5/18, 3/9/18

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, 10/30/17, 1/22/18, 1/24/18, 3/29/18

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: 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

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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