Wheelhouse Weekly – August 30, 2016

August 31st 2016

Volume 21 . . . Number 35. . . Aug. 30, 2016


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MM&P members at New York Water Taxi have voted 33-0 to approve their first contract.

“Captains and deckhands at New York Water Taxi have won a hard-fought campaign in support of collective bargaining and the principle of solving employee relations issues by discussion and agreement,” said MM&P Secretary-Treasurer Steve Werse.

New York Water Taxi operates a high-profile transportation and sightseeing business aimed at visitors to the New York City area. Workers at the company, seeking union representation, contacted the MM&P Atlantic Maritime Group (AMG) last year.

“This new contract represents an important step in our campaign to build the AMG,” Werse said, “and to make New York Harbor a 100 percent unionized waterfront once again.”

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Matson Navigation Company has signed a contract with General Dynamics NASSCO to build two new combination container and roll-on/roll-off (CON-RO) vessels for its Hawaii fleet.

The new vessels will be part of the Kanaloa Class, named to honor the ocean deity revered in native Hawaiian culture. Each ship in the class will be named after predecessors in the company’s 134-year history.

The first vessel will be named LURLINE. It will be the sixth Matson vessel with that name. The second will be the company’s fifth to be named MATSONIA.

Deliveries of the two vessels are scheduled for the end of 2019 and mid-2020.

The Kanaloa Class ships will be built on a 3,500 TEU platform: 265 m long, 34.9 m wide (beam) and a deep draft of 11.5 m. There will be enclosed garage space for up to 800 vehicles.

They will have state-of-the-art green technology features, including a fuel efficient hull design, environmentally safe double-hull fuel tanks, fresh water ballast systems and dual-fuel engines, making them capable of operating at speeds up to 23 knots on either conventional fuel oils or liquefied natural gas (LNG) with some adaptation for LNG.

The company said the two new ships will replace three diesel-powered vessels in active service, which will be moved to reserve status.

With the delivery of the Kanaloa Class ships, along with its two new Aloha Class ships, the company said it will have completed the renewal of its Hawaii fleet, allowing it to retire seven older steamships it says will no longer comply with environmental regulations in 2020 without substantial modification.

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MM&P officials participated last week in the Military Sealift Command (MSC) change of command ceremony, in which Rear Adm. Dee L. Mewbourne officially assumed the reins of the MSC fleet.

The ceremony took place in Norfolk aboard the Expeditionary Sea Base (ESB) vessel USNS LEWIS B. PULLER.

The licensed deck officers aboard PULLER are represented by the MM&P Federal Employees Membership Group (FEMG).

The incoming MSC commander was most recently director of maritime operations at U.S. Fleet Forces Command.

MM&P President Don Marcus and FEMG Vice President Randall Rockwood represented the union at the change of command.

“Captain Rockwood and I had an opportunity to thank outgoing MSC Commander Rear Adm. Thomas Shannon for his contributions to Military Sealift Command and to wish him well in retirement,” Marcus said.

“We were also pleased to touch base with our Federal Employee Membership Group members aboard the ESB USNS LEWIS B. PULLER, a state-of-the-art vessel.”

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There were no coastal warnings or watches in effect as Tropical Depression 9, described by meteorologists as “a poorly organized depression,” moved into the Gulf of Mexico on Monday evening.

But the system is expected to gain strength Tuesday over the warm waters of the gulf and to grow into a named storm.

The National Hurricane Center predicts wind speeds of 35-63 knots and significant rainfall over western Cuba and Florida, leading to a risk of flash floods.

Several Gulf of Mexico oil platforms were evacuated Monday as the storm approached.

The majority of meteorological organizations have predicted a normal-to-above-normal Atlantic hurricane season this year. NOAA predicts 12-17 named storms and 5-8 hurricanes, trending above the average year numbers of 12 and six respectively.

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Students who work as teaching and research assistants at private universities will be allowed to join labor unions under an Aug. 23 ruling by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

The board is an independent agency whose members are appointed by the president.

The closely watched case has assumed particular relevance in light of the fact that institutions of higher learning are shifting more and more work onto the shoulders of graduate students who have no job security and earn far less than regular faculty.

Over the past fifty years, according to an article published on Aug. 24 in The New York Times, “the proportion of tenured and tenure-track faculty at postsecondary institutions declined from about three-quarters to about one-third.”

Last week’s case involved a union election petition filed by a group of primarily graduate students at Columbia University seeking to form a union under the auspices of the United Automobile Workers (UAW).

The three Democratic members of the NLRB made up the majority, voting in favor of students’ right to unionize. The sole Republican member dissented. A fifth position on the board has been vacant since last year.

Last Tuesday’s decision reverses a 2004 ruling made by the board under Republican George W. Bush’s administration.

That case, which involved graduate student assistants at Brown University, ended with a ruling that the assistants could not unionize because they “are primarily students and have a primarily educational, not economic, relationship with their university.”

The current board disagreed, arguing that students can be considered employees if they carry out and are paid for work overseen by the university. The board found their right to unionize had the full backing of federal labor law.

“Today’s momentous decision by the NLRB marks a major victory for teaching and research assistants at Columbia University, whose right to organize and form a union has been restored,” said AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka.

“Like all other working people, they deserve a say in determining their wages, benefits and working conditions.”

Last week’s decision covered private universities. Some 35,000 teaching and research assistants at public universities across the country are currently in unions authorized under the laws of nine states.

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Members of the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) are refusing orders from global stevedoring giant DP World that they take on the work of mooring linesmen in the port of Melbourne.

Australia’s Fair Work Commission has also issued a temporary order prohibiting the company from moving forward on a plan to eliminate external mooring providers from port operations and force the longshoremen to take on the dangerous work, which the MUA says falls completely outside the scope of the dockworkers’ collective bargaining agreement.

The union says the plan would also eliminate dozens of linesmen jobs at the port. “Linesmen’s lives will be destroyed as mooring work flows to the big stevedores and ultimately families will be destroyed by this greedy global terminal operator,” says MUA Assistant National Secretary Warren Smith.

He called DP World’s actions “a profit grab.”

The bargaining agreement between DP World and the MUA was signed five months ago. The company is now seeking to change work practices that were part of the negotiation but ultimately not included in the agreement because of worker opposition.

“Wharfies, seafarers and port workers are standing together and fighting DP World’s greed,” Smith said.

“We are escalating our campaign and will not stop on this issue until mooring work is safe and is unequivocally performed by linesmen.”

In the face of strong opposition, DP World recently stopped its push for longshoremen to perform mooring operations in the ports of Sydney and Fremantle.

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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 U.S. Coast Guard seeks an experienced Merchant Marine Engineer to work at the National Maritime Center in Martinsburg, W. Va. The position is responsible for evaluating maritime training courses and programs to determine if they meet national and international requirements.

The work involves using international code, U.S. regulation and policy, industry experience and subject matter expertise to review course materials and instructor qualifications to independently certify courses and programs for applicability toward qualification for a U.S. Merchant Mariner Credential.

The position also evaluates and certifies the competence of mariners to act as Qualified Assessors allowing them to independently certify the competence and proficiency of mariners working toward international endorsements.

The successful candidate will play a significant role in the establishment and review of U.S. regulation and policy as a subject matter expert for all matters related to merchant marine engineering including review and applicability of new technology used in the industry and to train mariners.

The position requires applicants to hold or have held a U.S. Merchant Mariner Credential in the grade of 2nd Assistant Engineer, Unlimited; Chief Engineer Limited; Designated Duty Engineer, Unlimited; or higher in the Merchant Marine or the equivalent military experience.

Previous experience as an instructor or trainer of maritime engineering subject matter would be a plus.

This is a General Services Level 12 Position with potential for advancement.

For more information:

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Thorogood, purveyor of American-made, union-made work boots since 1892, is having a Labor Day sale.

Stride out of summer and into fall with new work boots!

The sale ends at midnight on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Use discount code LABOR16XD at checkout at or shop by phone: 1-800-723-5384.

Thorogood believes that the “livelihood of American working families and our national economy depend on us, as consumers, creating a demand for WHAT WE MAKE.”

Buying American Employs Americans. Your Choice. Our Country. Great American Boots.

Enjoy your 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 andWednesday, 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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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) – 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): 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: 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: 11/7/16, 12/12/16, 1/9/17, 3/20/17

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 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: 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 – 10/5/16, 10/25/16

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

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 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: 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

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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