Wheelhouse Weekly – Dec. 2, 2014

December 3rd 2014 ,

Volume 18 . . . Number 48 . . . Dec. 2, 2014


In this issue:


News for MM&P Members:

Upcoming Events:


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The MM&P Federal Credit Union, MM&P headquarters and all port offices will be closed on Dec. 24, 25 and 26, and on Jan. 1. The MM&P Plan Office will be closed on Dec. 24, 25 and on Jan. 1. Atlantic Ports, Pacific Ports and Gulf Ports are also closed on Dec. 31.

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The leadership of MM&P and the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (MEBA) conducted a joint meeting with Horizon Lines Inc. principles today to discuss the potential sale of Horizon Lines to Matson Inc. and Pasha. While there are still several hurdles in order for these transactions to occur, Horizon Lines did inform both unions that they are working with the buyers to make this a smooth transition. The unions asserted their contractual rights and Horizon Lines confirmed their intentions to honor their obligations. This potential sale is still likely six months away at a minimum and all MM&P and MEBA members sailing aboard the Horizon vessels are urged by their respective leadership to continue to work in their usual professional manner. MM&P and MEBA will continue to stay involved in order to make this sale as seamless to the affected members as possible.

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MM&P-contracted companies won multiple awards at the eleventh annual Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) Environmental Achievement Awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 13. The event is held to recognize outstanding achievements in environmental safety in the maritime sector. Among the ship operators to receive awards were AMNAV Maritime Services, Crowley, Foss, Horizon Lines, MLL, Patriot Contract Services and Weeks Marine.

The vessels and crews were honored for years of safe operations. Companies received an award for each vessel that worked at least two consecutive years without an environmental incident. Each year, CSA invites all owners and operators of vessels that work on oceans or inland waterways to nominate their vessels for Environmental Achievement awards.

Presenting the awards was Joseph J. Cox, president and CEO of CSA. “These awards celebrate the dedication to environmental excellence of our seafarers and the company personnel shore side who operate our vessels to the highest standards,” he said. “In today’s world, it seems our industry only gets front-page news when spills or other environmental problems occur. It is encouraging to see how many vessels go for years achieving environmental excellence. It should be clear to the American public that we in the maritime industry take our stewardship of the marine environment very seriously.”

“Safety is our No. 1 core value,” said Mike Golonka, vice president, ship management, at Crowley, one of the MM&P-contracted companies honored at the ceremony. “These awards recognize the rigorous work of our crews, who ensure that our vessels operate safely and in an environmentally responsible manner.”

The awards are open to all owners and operators of vessels on oceans or inland waterways. CSA encourages all operators and owners to take advantage of this opportunity to recognize their crews and shore-side operating personnel by participating in next year’s program. More information is posted on CSA’s website,

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The crew of the Matson container ship MANUKAI has been awarded the Coast Guard’s prestigious Meritorious Public Service award for the rescue of three men from a dismasted sailboat caught in Hurricane Julio 414 miles northeast of Oahu on Aug. 10. The Meritorious Public Service award is the second highest award presented by the Coast Guard. It recognizes “unusual courage in advancing a Coast Guard mission, substantial contribution to the Coast Guard that produced tangible results and specific individual accomplishments that provide unique benefits to the public.”

After hours of coordination between the sailing vessel and the Coast Guard, the container ship crew successfully shot a line to the sailboat and pulled the boat alongside the MANUKAI. The passengers disembarked the sailboat and climbed a 30-foot ladder draped over the side of MANUKAI’s hull. On-scene conditions during the rescue were winds of 20 mph with 13-foot seas.

Rear Adm. Cari Thomas, commander of the 14th Coast Guard District, presented the award to the captain of the MANUKAI John Bloomingdale, Third Mate Justin Moore and Second Engineer Josef Eggert, who accepted it on behalf of all the officers and crew. The officers and crew of MANUKAI were honored for the rescue last month when they were given the maritime community’s AOTOS Mariners’ Plaque at a ceremony in New York.

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The newest instalment of “Notice to Mariners,” the union’s quarterly update for the membership, has been posted on It focuses on Congressional testimony by MM&P President Don Marcus on the state of the American Merchant Marine, as well as on the proposed merger of the union with International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) Local 333. MM&P is the marine affiliate of the ILA and the merger, if approved by MM&P members, will take place within the context of both unions’ affiliation with the ILA. Local 333 members have already voted overwhelmingly in favor of the merger. The votes of MM&P members will be tabulated Dec. 4. This edition of “Notice to Mariners” is narrated by MM&P Chief of Staff Klaus Luhta.

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The AFL-CIO reports that its week of action against “Fast Track,” which would give the administration authority to move controversial international trade deals forward with only an up or down vote by Congress, has paid off. During last month’s week of action, the AFL-CIO and its member unions posted ads throughout Washington, D.C., and Capitol Hill showing how Fast Track hurts American workers. Unions partnered with dozens of other organizations to fight Fast Track. The AFL-CIO says that members of Congress received more than 700,000 petition signatures, thousands of phone calls and hundreds of thousands of e-mails, tweets and social media postings. Twenty rallies were held, along with town halls in targeted districts around the country.

“And it worked,” a spokesperson for the union confederation says. “Congress heard more than a million voices against ‘Fast Track’ during our week of action, and it has taken us a long way toward making sure that the lame-duck Congress doesn’t make this mistake.”

International trade agreements moved with Fast Track authority, such as the one concluded recently between Canada and the European Union (EU), threaten the job security and working conditions of the citizens of participating countries. The International Trade Union Congress has adopted a position of “outright opposition” to the EU-Canada agreement (CETA), which was finalized Aug. 8 but still must be approved by participating countries. Maritime labor unions have sounded the alarm over one provision of CETA which would gut Canada’s cabotage law and allow foreign-flag operators what amounts to unfettered access to that country’s domestic maritime trade.

But Fast Track authority on trade deals is being pushed by some very powerful corporate interests. There’s no doubt they’re going to try again, if not this year, then with the new Congress in 2015. With your help, we stopped them a year ago, and we’ve stopped them now. If you haven’t already, go to and sign the AFL-CIO petition. Call the AFL-CIO “Trade Action Line” at 1-855-712-8441 to find out more.

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Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin reminding the maritime industry that the 2014-15 North Atlantic Right Whale Season commenced Nov. 15 for the coastal waters of southern Georgia and northern Florida out to 30 miles offshore. During the season, which runs through April 15, commercial vessels displacing 300 gross tons and greater are required to report when they enter the WHALESOUTH Reporting Area. In addition, vessels of 65 feet in length or greater within the reporting area may not operate at more than 10 knots. No vessel may approach within 500 yards of a right whale. Vessels entering or departing the ports of Brunswick, Fernandina or Jacksonville are requested to use the recommended two-way routes.

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The Plan Office has received approval to close the year-end Internal Revenue Service and company reports and to process Vacation and PRO payments for 2014 no later than Monday, Dec. 29, at 1:00 p.m. EST. All requests for 2014 Vacation and PRO payments received after this date and time will be held until Friday, Jan. 2, 2015 for processing and payment, and will therefore be taxable in 2015. If you have any questions, contact Ken Ryan at 410-850-8617.

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Holiday parties are being scheduled in the MM&P union halls. We will publish more information when it becomes available. For now, the schedule is as follows:

Pacific Ports: San Francisco-Oakland, Friday, Dec. 5; Seattle, Wednesday, Dec. 10; Los Angeles,Friday, Dec. 12; Honolulu, Tuesday, Dec. 23, 1200 to 1600. The Seattle Christmas Party will be held at 1200, at Billy Baroo’s Restaurant at Foster Golf Links, 13500 Interurban Ave S. Tukwila, WA 98168. When times and locations are not listed please call the local union hall for more information.

Atlantic Ports: Charleston, Monday, Dec. 8, at 1300, at The Kickin’ Chicken West Ashley, 1179 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. (please RSVP by Dec. 3 to or call (843) 766-3565); Norfolk, Thursday, Dec. 11 in the Norfolk Hall, at 1100 local time; San Juan, Friday, Dec. 12, at Restaurant Aire Libre, Calle Aldea, San Juan, at 1600 local time; Boston, Monday, Dec. 15, at 1230 in the Boston Hall; New York-New Jersey, Wednesday, Dec. 17.

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There will be a membership meeting at the Boston Hall on Monday, Dec. 15 at 1100, prior to the holiday party. There will be a membership meeting at the San Juan Hall at 1100 on Friday, Dec. 12.

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The National Maritime Center (NMC) Customer Service Center will close at 1400 EST on Wednesday, Nov. 26, and will reopen on Friday, Nov. 28, with modified hours of 0800 EST to 1630 EST. While the offices are closed, the agency says mariners should send an e-mail to to receive a response within 1-2 business days.

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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 Kelly Michielli, 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 – 4/13/15, 8/17/15, 10/12/15

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation: Contact Admissions

ARPA-OIC – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 1/20/15, 3/31/15, 8/4/15, 9/22/15

AZIPOD 2-Day – 2/2/15, 4/6/15

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 1/26/15, 3/23/15, 5/18/15, 8/3/15, 10/19/15

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 2/4/15, 3/2/15, 4/13/15, 5/20/15, 6/17/15, 7/16/15,11/9/15

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling: 3/4/15, 4/8/15

BT – Basic Safety Training: 1/19/15, 2/9/15, 4/6/15, 6/8/15

BT-Revalidation –8/5/15, 11/3/15

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 4/13/15, 10/26/15

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVNAV-CMM – Advanced Navigation (=ECDIS & VPEN):

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 1/19/15, 4/20/15, 6/15/15, 7/27/15, 9/28/15

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 1/12/15, 4/13/15, 6/1/15, 8/3/15, 10/19/15

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (2 weeks): 4/27/15, 10/5/15

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information System: 1/5/15, 4/6/15, 6/8/15, 8/17/15, 11/2/15,12/7/15

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM): 12/8/14,1/26/15, 2/16/15, 3/30/15, 6/22/15, 8/10/15, 10/26/15, 11/30/15

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 3/2/15, 11/16/15

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (2 weeks): 3/9/15, 9/14/15

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 2/2/15, 3/9/15, 3/30/15, 4/13/15, 5/4/15, 6/1/15,7/13/15, 8/10/15, 8/24/15, 10/5/15, 11/9/15, 11/30/15

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 12/8/14, 2/9/15, 3/16/15, 4/6/15, 4/20/15, 5/11/15, 6/8/15, 7/20/15, 8/17/15, 8/31/15, 10/12/15, 11/16/15, 12/7/15

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 3/23/15

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 5/11/15, 11/9/15

CNAV-OIC – Celestial Navigation: 4/27/15, 11/9/15

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop: Contact Admissions

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications: 7/9/15

DDE – Great Lakes: 1/26/15, 6/1/15

DPA – Contact Admissions

ECDIS-OIC – 2/16/15

ECDIS-Pilots – 3/2/15, 6/15/15, 7/14/15, 11/12/15

ERM – Engine Resource Management: Contact Admissions

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 1/19/15, 2/9/15, 4/6/15, 6/8/15, 8/10/15, 10/5/15

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications: 4/15/15, 5/19/15, 7/6/15, 9/15/15, 11/11/15

GL Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization: 1/23/15

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System: 3/16/15, 8/24/15

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 6/22/15, 8/31/15, 11/16/15

LAP- 4/6/15, 9/14/15

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes: 1/26/15

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License: 1/5/15, 3/2/15, 6/1/15, 8/3/15, 11/30/15

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 3/3/15, 4/15/15, 5/20/15, 7/16/15, 9/16/15, 11/10/15

LNG-TPIC – Contact Admissions

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC): 3/30/15

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 1/5/15, 3/16/15, 4/20/15, 6/15/15, 8/24/15, 12/7/15

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 3/2/15, 5/11/15, 7/27/15, 9/28/15

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 1/5/15, 3/16/15, 4/20/15, 6/15/15, 8/24/15, 10/12/15, 12/7/15

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 12/6/14, 1/10/15, 1/24/15, 3/21/15, 4/25/15, 6/20/15, 7/25/15, 8/28/15, 11/5/15, 12/12/15

MSA –Maritime Security Awareness: Contact Admissions

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic): 2/26/15, 8/19/15, 11/1/15

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (4 Evenings): 2/23/15, 8/17/15, 10/26/15

*MSC-ENVPRO – 2/15/15, 8/16/15, 10/31/15

*MSC-FF-HELO – 2/10/15, 8/3/15, 11/2/15

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualification: 2/16/15, 8/8/15, 10/23/15

*MSC-Security Watch Basic – 2/20/15, 8/6/15, 10/21/15

*MSC-Security Watch Advanced – 2/22/15, 8/12/15, 10/27/15

*MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force – 2/23/15, 8/13/15, 10/28/15

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 1/19/15, 3/30/15, 8/3/15, 9/21/15

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 12/10/14, 1/7/15, 1/14/15, 1/28/15, 2/4/15, 2/18/15, 3/6/15, 3/18/15, 4/1/15, 4/15/15, 4/29/15, 5/6/15, 5/13/15, 6/3/15, 6/17/15, 7/8/15, 7/22/15, 8/5/15, 8/19/15, 9/2/15, 9/16/15, 9/30/15, 10/14/15, 10/28/15, 11/18/15, 12/2/15, 12/10/15

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 1/12/15, 2/2/15, 3/23/15, 6/1/15, 7/27/15

SAR-OIC – Search & Rescue – 4/6/15

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 2/16/15, 5/11/15, 6/22/15, 11/2/15

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling-5 Day: 1/19/15, 3/2/15, 4/27/15, 7/27/15, 9/28/15

SMS – Contact Admissions

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 1/26/15, 8/3/15

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses: 1/5/15, 7/6/15

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 2/23/15, 8/3/15

TRAC-TUG-2: Contact Admissions

TTT – Train the Trainer: Contact Admissions

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties: Contact Admissions

VSO – Vessel Security Officer: 2/4/15, 5/20/15, 6/22/15, 9/9/15, 10/7/15

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level): 3/2/15, 9/28/15

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 2/23/15, 9/14/15

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Please also see our schedule and enroll online at For registration contact our registrar, Jennifer Pitzen: 206.838.1126 or

December 2014

5th Radar Renewal
1-12 Medical Person-In-Charge
8-12 ECDIS
8-12 Tankerman Person-In-Charge
8-19 GMDSS
16th Leadership and Teamworking Skills
17-19 Security Officer – Vessel, Company, and Facility

January 2015

5th Radar Renewal
5-23 Terrestrial and Coastal Navigation
12th Flashing Light
12-16 Leadership and Managerial Skills
12-16 ECDIS
12-23 GMDSS
26-30 Radar Observer Unlimited
26-30 Leadership and Managerial Skills

February 2015

2nd Flashing Light
3-7 ARPA
9-13 ECDIS
9-13 Leadership and Managerial Skills
9-13 Medical Care Provider
16-20 Rules of the Road
16-27 GMDSS
23-27 ECDIS
23-27 Leadership and Managerial Skills

March 2015

2-6 Leadership and Managerial Skills
2-6 Basic Construction and Stability
9th Radar Renewal
9-20 Celestial Navigation
16-20 Leadership and Managerial Skills
16-20 Medical Care Provider
16-27 GMDSS
16-27 Medical Person-In-Charge
23-27 ECDIS
30-3 Leadership and Managerial Skills

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