Wheelhouse Weekly – August 7, 2018

August 8th 2018

Volume 23… Number 32… August 7, 2018


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Negotiations for the 2019-2021 collective bargaining agreements with Washington State Ferries (WSF) have been settled for a significant wage increase and changes to contract language that will improve working conditions for MM&P members who sail as masters and mates of the 22-vessel fleet.

MM&P also settled the contract for the WSF Watch Center Supervisors/Fleet Facility Security Officers.

Chief negotiator on the contracts was MM&P Regional Representative Dan Twohig.

He reports that the union has settled the contracts for 180 MM&P members with a 6 percent wage increase along with:

— beneficial changes to the vacation/comp-time rules;

— changes to the dispatching rules; and

— a major change to the bidding/seniority bumping process that better serves seniority and takes into account the 28 percent pay increase afforded to the classification of Staff Master that was awarded to MM&P in arbitration after the last round of negotiations in 2016.

This is the first time in recent memory that the State of Washington and MM&P have settled the contracts without going through the arbitration process.

Congratulations to the WSF negotiating team which includes Bryan Hanley, Dave Cole, Jamie Pelland, Noah Landau, Alison Seamans, Ben Berke, Harlow Wood, Joel Michelson, Marie Waterman and Scott Braymer.

Twohig says that continued successful efforts to improve the working conditions of MM&P members will help the union and the company field the highly trained deck officers needed to move people and commerce across the Puget Sound Region.

Washington State Ferries has been experiencing a surge in retirements in the past few years and is in need of deck officers to operate its fleet.

Minimum license requirements include an unlimited inland mate license or equivalent, along with federal pilotage endorsements for the Puget Sound Ferry routes.

WSF solicits for new employees in the fall who then are hired and trained to serve as deckhands (ABs) while obtaining the familiarization trips necessary to sit for pilotage endorsement testing with the Coast Guard.

Once the licensing requirements are met, new mates are put through a period of intense training and orientation before becoming fully qualified as chief mates aboard any vessel on any run in the fleet.

Mariners who are interested in employment with Washington State Ferries should contact Dan Twohig in the Seattle Hall.

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Controversial regulations that slashed travel reimbursement rates for Civil Service mariners and other Department of Defense (DOD) employees will soon be reversed.

Today, a DOD employee traveling for 31 to 180 days receives a per diem reimbursement of only 75 percent of the locality rate (for example, a $108 per diem rate if the standard government-wide per diem is $144).

A DOD employee on travel for longer than 180 days receives a per diem reimbursement of only 55 percent of the locality rate (for example, a $79 per diem rate if the standard government-wide per diem is $144).

Friends of MM&P in Congress, including Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.), have been fighting to correct this injustice since 2014, the year the cuts were introduced.

Language to restore DOD travel reimbursement rates to their previous levels has now been included in the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act.

The act has been passed by the Senate and the House and is headed to the White House for the president’s signature.

“Passage of this provision demonstrates how important it is to have supporters in Congress who appreciate the sacrifices that MM&P members and their families make on a daily basis,” said MM&P Government Fleet Representative Randi Ciszewski.

Hirono says that the restoration of per diem rates for Civil Service mariners and other DOD employees is “long overdue.”

“Military members and DOD civilians should not have to worry about potential financial burdens and red tape related to travel away from home,” she said in a statement.
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RIMPAC, a month-long training mission that took place in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California, was successfully concluded last week.

The massive exercise was hosted by U.S. Pacific Fleet and included ships and military personnel from 25 countries.

Participating were 46 surface ships, five submarines, 17 land forces, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 people.

This year’s exercise included forces from Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, the United Kingdom, the United States and Vietnam.

For the first time since RIMPAC 2002, U.S. Third Fleet’s Command Center relocated from San Diego to Pearl Harbor to support command and control of all Third Fleet forces in the area of responsibility, including forces operating forward in the Western Pacific.

The exercises focused on areas ranging from disaster relief and maritime security operations to sea control and complex warfighting.

The training program included amphibious operations, gunnery, missile, anti-submarine and air defense exercises, as well as counter-piracy operations, mine clearance, explosive ordnance disposal and diving and salvage.

Military Sealift Command combat logistics vessels crewed by members of the MM&P Federal Employees Membership Group (FEMG) provided logistical support throughout the mission.

According to the MSC Pacific Logistics and Operations departments, over the course of the exercise, MSC ships delivered over 8 million gallons of diesel ship fuel, 4 million gallons of JP5 aviation fuel and 1,130 pallets of food and supplies during 101 resupply evolutions at sea.

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Unions that represent federal workers say that President Trump’s attempts to cut government employees’ pay and weaken unions are encouraging more people to become dues-paying union members.

The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), the largest federal employees union, has reported a membership increase of nearly 7,000 since Trump took office.

The International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE) said its membership has increased by about 10 percent since the beginning of last year.

Both unions have attributed their membership growth in large part to White House anti-labor policies.

“I think people understand that the only way to fight back is to be bigger, better and stronger,” says AFGE President J. David Cox Sr.

The president’s actions are “making us stronger than ever,” he says.

In a recent show of force, hundreds of government employees gathered outside a courthouse in Washington, D.C., on July 25 to protest three anti-union executive orders issued by the White House in May.

Specifically, the orders:

— weaken grievance procedures to make it easier to fire federal employees;

— instruct government officials to negotiate collective bargaining agreements that weaken unions;

— slash “official time,” the amount of paid hours that union representatives can devote to representing employees in a bargaining unit.

The July 25 demonstration coincided with the first court hearing on a lawsuit brought by more than a dozen federal employee unions—including the Federal Workers’ Alliance, of which MM&P is a member–challenging the constitutionality of the three executive orders.

Politicians who spoke at the rally included Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders, who said the president has not followed through on a number of key promises.

“During his campaign for president, Trump told the American people that he would be a champion of working families,” Sanders said.

“You are not a champion of working families when you sign anti-labor executive orders that make it easier to fire union workers and take away their constitutional rights to bargain collectively.”

Sen. Mark R. Warner, D-Va., took to the Senate floor to give an impassioned speech defending federal workers and expressing “great gratitude” for their service to the nation.

“The way our federal government treats its workforce… is an issue that impacts all American who pay their taxes, follow the laws, and expect their federal government to work for them, and to work well,” he said.

“My advice for this president, if he’s really serious about ‘draining the swamp,’ is to leave our federal employees alone,” he added.

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Army Gen. Stephen R. Lyons was confirmed by the full Senate last week to serve as the new commander of U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM).

USTRANSCOM is responsible for the global movement of combat units and sustainment cargo for America’s armed forces.

Lyons, who will be the first non-Air Force officer to lead USTRANSCOM, takes over from Gen. Darren McDew, who is retiring.

Lyons previously served as deputy commander at USTRANSCOM and then as director for logistics at the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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The November mid-term elections are fast approaching.

To protect American maritime jobs and the U.S.-flag fleet, we must help our friends in Congress win their elections.

To do so, we need the support of every MM&P member, pensioner and employee.

Stand with your union brothers and sisters!

Support the MM&P Political Contribution Fund by making a contribution to the PCF today.

Go to and click on the “Protect Your Job” button in the top right-hand corner of the page.

Visit the “Who We Support” page in the Members’ Only section of to find out whether your representatives in Congress stand with the American Merchant Marine and the U.S.-flag fleet.

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The first edition of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) U.S. Coast Pilot (Vol. 1, 48th Edition, 2018) is now available.

It includes the Navigation Rules and the amalgamated International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea.

All U.S. Coast Pilot books are free to download from NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey website.

The U.S. Coast Pilot is issued in nine volumes that contain supplemental information important to navigators of coastal and intra-coastal waters and the Great Lakes but difficult to portray on a nautical chart.

U.S. Coast Pilot publications include Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Service regulations.

The newest edition covers the Atlantic Coast from Eastport, Maine to Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

To access the new edition, click here or navigate to the U.S. Coast Pilot website and select the New England region on the interactive map.

The publication dates of the other volumes are available by selecting each geographic region on the map.

Incomplete and otherwise inaccurate reproductions of U.S. Coast Pilot are being sold on the commercial market, NOAA reports.

To download the official version free of charge, go to:

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The MM&P Cleveland Hall has a new address: 1322 Old River Rd., 3rd Floor, Cleveland, OH 44113.

The phone and fax numbers will remain the same: 216-776-1667 (phone) and 216-776-1668 (fax).

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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. 3, for Labor Day.

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MITAGS-PMI is interested in receiving photo submissions from MM&P members for use on the official MITAGS-PMI social media platform.

The goal is to document members’ voyages. 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 or

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.

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 – 10/15/18

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation: 8/29/18

ARPA-OIC – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 9/25/18

AZIPOD 2-Day – 10/15/18

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 9/24/18, 10/29/18

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 12/19/18

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling: **Now also included in BRMP-Refresher** 10/17/18

BRMP-Refresher – 9/11/18

BT – Basic Safety Training: 8/13/18 (PST, PSSR, AID-CPR portions only), 10/22/18

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – 8/27/18, 9/26/18, 10/31/18, 12/18/18

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 9/26/18, 12/17/18

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: Contact Admissions

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 9/24/18, 12/10/18

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 9/17/18, 12/3/18

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (2 weeks): 10/1/18

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1: 10/1/18

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific: 8/13/18, 10/8/18

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems: 8/13/18, 11/12/18

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM): 8/20/18, 11/26/18

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 10/15/18

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: 10/1/18

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (2 weeks): 10/29/18

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 8/13/18, 9/10/18, 10/1/18, 11/5/18, 11/26/18

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 8/20/18, 9/17/18, 10/8/18, 11/12/18, 12/3/18

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

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 10/22/18

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 9/10/18

CNAV-OIC – Celestial Navigation: Contact Admissions

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop: Not currently scheduled

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications: Not currently scheduled

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior – Not currently scheduled

CDMGT – Crowd Management – Not currently scheduled

CSE – Confined Space Entry: Contact Admissions

CSE-AWR – Confined Space Entry Awareness: Contact Admissions

DDE – Great Lakes: Contact Admissions

DPA – Contact Admissions

ECDIS for Pilots – 8/27/18, 12/17/18

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 11/26/18

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 8/13/18, 10/22/18

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 8/29/18, 9/25/18, 10/30/18, 12/20/18

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 9/29/18, 12/15/18

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications: 9/11/18

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization: Contact Admissions

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System: 8/20/2018

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 8/20/18, 12/10/18

IEN – Integrated Electronic Navigation – Not currently scheduled

LAP – 9/17/18

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes: Contact Admissions

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License: Contact Admissions

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 9/12/18

LNG-TPIC – 12/3/18

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC): Contact Admissions

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): 12/3/18

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 10/8/18, 11/26/18

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 8/20/18, 9/17/18

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 10/8/18, 11/26/18

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 8/30/18, 9/24/18, 10/13/18, 10/29/18, 12/1/18, 12/21/18

MSA –Maritime Security Awareness: Not currently scheduled

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic): 9/12/18, 11/14/18

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control: 9/13/18, 11/12/18

*MSC-ENVPRO – 11/4/18

*MSC-FF-HELO – 8/13/18, 10/31/18

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications: 8/12/18, 9/17/18, 11/5/18

*MSC-Security Watch Basic – 9/15/18, 11/2/18

*MSC-Security Watch Advanced – 8/10/18, 9/16/18, 11/3/18

*MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force – 8/17/18, 9/21/18, 11/9/18

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P – 8/28/18, 8/30/18, 11/12/18, 11/14/18, 12/17/18, 12/19/18

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 9/24/18

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 8/22/18, 10/3/18, 10/17/18, 10/31/18, 11/7/18, 11/14/18, 11/28/18, 12/5/18, 12/12/18, 12/19/18

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 9/17/18

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments): 12/17/18

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 10/22/18

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling-5 Day – 9/24/18, 10/29/18, 12/10/18

SMS – Not currently scheduled

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: Contact Admissions

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses: Contact Admissions

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: Contact Admissions

TRAC-TUG-2: Contact Admissions

TTT – Not currently scheduled

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties: Contact Admissions

VSO – Vessel Security Officer: Contact Admissions

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level): Contact Admissions

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): Contact Admissions

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Summer-Fall 2018

For registration, contact our admissions department: 206.441.2880 or

You can also view our schedule and enroll online at

August 2018

10th Radar Renewal
10-13 Basic Training Refresher
11-13 Basic Training Revalidation
13-17 Leadership & Managerial Skills
13-24 GMDSS
14th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
14-17 Advanced Firefighting
20-24 Engine Resource Management (ERM)
23rd Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
24-25 Basic Training Revalidation
27th Medical DOT
27-31 Medical Care Provider

September 2018
4th Flashing Light
5-7 Security Officer – Vessel, Company, and Facility
6th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
7-8 Basic Training Revalidation
7-10 Basic Training Refresher
10th Radar Renewal
10-14 Basic Training
10-21 License Preparation (OICNW)
17-20 Advanced Firefighting
17-21 ECDIS
20-21 Basic Training Revalidation
21st Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
24th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
24-28 Medical Care Provider
24-5 Medical Person-In-Charge

October 2018
4-5 Basic Training Revalidation
4-8 Basic Training Refresher
8th Radar Renewal
8-12 Leadership & Managerial Skills
8-12 Basic Training
9th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
8-12 Pilot Exam Preparation
15-18 Advanced Firefighting
15-19 ECDIS
15-19 Engine Resource Management (ERM)
18-19 Basic Training Revalidation
19th Medical DOT
22nd Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
22-26 MEECE
22-2 Celestial Navigation
31-1 Basic Training Revalidation
31-5 Basic Training Refresher

November 2018
2nd Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
5th Radar Renewal
5-8 Advanced Firefighting
5-9 Basic Training
12-14 Security Officer – Vessel, Company, and Facility
13-16 Advanced Firefighting
16th Medical DOT
16th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
19-20 Basic Training Revalidation
21st Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
26-30 Radar Observer Unlimited
29-30 Basic Training Revalidation

December 2018
3rd Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
3-7 Leadership & Managerial Skills
3-7 Medical Care Provider
3-14 Medical Person-In-Charge
10-13 ARPA
10-14 Basic Training
14th Radar Renewal
14th Medical DOT
14-18 Basic Training Refresher
17-18 Basic Training Revalidation
17-20 Search & Rescue
18-21 Advanced Firefighting
19th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

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