Wheelhouse Weekly – Dec. 15, 2015

December 16th 2015

Volume 20 . . . Number 50. . . Dec. 15, 2015


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

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The Maritime Labor Alliance (MLA) is expressing strong support for workers at Delta Western Fuel Terminal in Dutch Harbor, Alaska. Employees of the company joined the Inland Boatmen’s Union (IBU), an MLA member union, and are attempting to negotiate a first contract.

The other MLA member unions are MM&P, the International Longshoremen’s Association, the International Longshore & Warehouse Union, the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association and the American Radio Association.

Delta Western is a wholly owned subsidiary of Saltchuck Resources, which employs hundreds of workers who belong to MLA member unions. “We have enjoyed mutually beneficial partnerships” with Saltchuck Resources and its affiliates for years, wrote MLA Executive Director Tom Mackell Jr. in a Dec. 3 letter to officials at Saltchuck, Delta Western Fuel and North Star Petroleum.

But Mackell expressed the MLA’s “grave concern” regarding recent events at the Delta Western Fuel Terminal, including the firing of an employee involved in union organizing and other unfair labor practices, such as managers discriminating against employees who are Filipino and Pacific Islanders.

The MLA says no Delta Western Fuel manager has met with the employees to date and that a consultant hired by the company as an intermediary is engaging in “surface bargaining” on issues of no substance.

The MLA will support these workers and the IBU “with all of the influence and power that can be mustered until a fair contract is ratified and respect is given to the Union members,” Mackell wrote.

He called on Delta Western Fuel management to bargain directly with the workers and take other actions in keeping with “the ethical culture that Saltchuck’s companies so readily claim in their public relations campaigns.”

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A resolution to undercut or repeal the Jones Act will be introduced in the Hawaii State Legislature in 2016, the Hawaii State AFL-CIO predicts.

In a Dec. 7 letter to members of the state Assembly, Hawaii State AFL-CIO President Randy Perreira urged elected officials to reject any attempt to modify or repeal the Jones Act. “This is of grave concern to us,” Perreira said, “as any change in the Jones Act can have dire consequences for working people in the maritime industry, as well as for our national security.”

As concluded in a 2013 study by the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO), repealing the Jones Act would result in the elimination of thousands of family-supporting American jobs. It would also have a disastrous effect on national security and military readiness by further reducing the size of the U.S.-flag fleet, already at perilously low levels.

Perreira also cited Economist Lawrence Boyd of the Hawaii State University Center for Labor Education and Research. In an interview reported by Hawaii news outlets, Boyd refutes assertions by anti-Jones Act politicians that America’s cabotage law, which reserves domestic maritime trades to national-flag ships and U.S.-citizen crews, is responsible for higher food prices in Hawaii.

“It’s more expensive to ship from California to the East Coast using rail than it is to ship here using water,” Perreira said.

The reality is that comparatively high food costs in the state are attributable to Hawaii’s “inflated housing costs and high energy rates.”

“It is our hope that as an elected official, you understand the value the Jones Act provides to Hawaii’s economy,” Perreira wrote state legislators.

“We have a strong maritime industry that provides thousands of good jobs, vessels that are subject to much higher safety standards and have seen the myth of blaming the Jones Act for higher prices in Hawaii debunked by local experts,” he said.

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The newest edition of The Master, Mate & Pilot has been posted on In this issue: awards for heroism to officers and crew of MV MALASPINA and USNS MCLEAN; Maritime Labor Alliance unions meet and pledge solidarity in support of gains of recent longshore contracts; Maritime Security Program funding increase signed into law; MM&P meets with MSC management on behalf of CONMARS and CIVMARS; dependence on foreign-flag ships puts United States at risk of “sea strangulation,” study finds.

MM&P members will receive their copy of the magazine soon. In the meantime, look for it online at Just click on News and then on MM&P Magazine.

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A license granted to a flag-of-convenience (FOC) ship operated by multinational Alcoa should immediately be rescinded because of evidence that the ship’s captain paid bribes to a shipping inspector and to immigration and drug enforcement authorities, unions say.

The allegations are the latest twist in the case, which centers on a decision by the government of Australia to allow the multinational aluminum corporation Alcoa to outsource the jobs of Australian workers to foreign workers on a Singapore-flagged ship.

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has joined its affiliate the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) in calling for the suspension of the license following discovery of papers by ITF inspectors that appear to document a number of bribes paid to a shipping inspector and drug enforcement and immigration authorities by the captain of the foreign-flagged vessel.

“What we’re talking about here appears to be systematic and organized bribery which the captain may well be forced to be a part of due to external pressures,” said ITF Maritime Coordinator Jacqueline Smith.

Despite healthy profits, Alcoa recently fired 40 Australian mariners who had worked aboard MV PORTLAND, which traded exclusively between the states of Western Australia and Victoria. The company intends to maintain the route with the FOC ship. Smith has called the move “a direct attack on cabotage” and “a case of social dumping.”

“This is a very important campaign for the ITF,” she added. “It’s very upsetting that a hugely profitable company like Alcoa would engage in a race-to-the bottom by using an FOC ship on a domestic route.”

ITF President and Maritime Union of Australia National Secretary Paddy Crumlin said Alcoa’s product had been moved around the Australian coast for more than 50 years on Australian ships with Australian crews.

“Alcoa has profited off the back of Australian workers for many decades and is now using a loophole in Australia’s Coastal Trading Act to undermine cabotage,” he said.

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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 2015 no later than Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. EST. All requests for 2015 Vacation and PRO payments received after this date and time will be held until Jan. 4, 2016 for processing and will therefore be taxable in 2016. If you have any questions, please contact Ken Ryan at 410-850-8617.

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The list of candidates for national elective office who have received support from the MM&P Political Contribution Fund (PCF) for their 2016 races has been posted in the Members’ Only section of There are many others who we do support and will be contributing to as the election season continues. This list will be periodically updated as additional contributions are made by the PCF.

The MM&P PCF contributes to the election campaigns of candidates in any political party who support the American Merchant Marine and stand with us in the battle to preserve the Jones Act, cargo preference, the Maritime Security Program and other policies and programs that protect the jobs of MM&P members.

If you have not yet contributed to the MM&P PCF, we ask that you do so now so that together, we can keep our ships sailing and MM&P members working. To contribute, go to bridgedeck.organd click on PCF.

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Holiday parties have been scheduled at the MM&P union halls. The schedule is as follows:

Atlantic Ports:

Boston, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 1100-1500, at the MM&P/MEBA Boston Hall;

New York/New Jersey, Thursday, Dec. 17, 1200-1600, at the Noble Maritime Collection (same as last year), 1000 Richmond Terrace Building D, Staten Island, NY. This event will include both the Offshore Group and the Atlantic Maritime Group.

Gulf Ports:

Houston, Thursday, Dec. 17, 1200-1500, Brady’s Landing Turning Point Room;

Miami/Port Everglades, Friday, Dec. 17, 1200, Miami/Port Everglades Union Hall;

Pacific Ports:

Seattle, Joint party with UIG, Thursday, Dec. 17, at 1200, downstairs in the Seattle Union Hall.

Please note: if you are planning to attend the Seattle party, you must call the hall so enough food can be ordered. The phone number of the Seattle Hall is: 206-441-8700.

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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 Elisabeth Cruz, 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 – 4/18/16, 8/22/16, 10/17/16

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation: 5/27/16, 7/22/16

ARPA-OIC – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 1/26/16, 4/5/16, 8/9/16, 9/27/16

AZIPOD 2-Day – 2/29/16, 5/25/16, 11/14/16

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 2/1/16, 4/4/16, 8/8/16, 10/31/16

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 2/29/16, 05/23/2016, 7/18/16, 11/14/16

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling: 3/2/16,04/13/16

BT – Basic Safety Training: 1/25/16, 2/22/16, 04/11/16, 06/27/16, 8/15/16, 10/10/16

BT-Revalidation – 05/10/16, 8/22/16, 10/31/16

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 4/25/16, 11/14/16

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

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

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 1/25/16, 3/28/16, 06/20/16, 8/1/16, 10/17/16

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 1/4/16, 3/7/16, 06/06/16, 8/8/16, 11/7/16

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (2 weeks): 04/04/16, 10/24/16

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information System: 1/11/16, 2/22/16, 3/21/16, 06/13/16,7/25/16, 8/15/16, 9/12/16, 10/10/16, 11/28/16, 12/19/16

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM) 1/18/16,2/15/16, 2/29/16, 3/14/16, 4/4/16, 4/11/16, 5/23/16, 6/27/16, 7/11/16, 7/25/16, 8/15/16,8/22/16,9/12/16, 10/3/16, 10/31/16, 11/14/16,11/28/16, 12/5/16, 12/12/16, 12/19/16

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 05/02/16, 9/19/16

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: 3/28/16, 6/20/16, 8/1/16, 10/31/16

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (2 weeks): 04/18/16, 10/3/16

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 1/11/16, 2/8/16, 3/14/16, 04/18/16,05/09/16, 06/13/16, 7/18/16, 8/15/16, 9/12/16, 10/24/16, 11/7/16, 12/5/16

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 1/18/16, 2/15/16, 3/21/16, 04/25/16, 05/16/16, 06/20/16, 7/25/16, 8/22/16, 9/19/16, 10/31/16, 11/14/16, 12/12/16

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 2/29/16, 9/12/16

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 05/09/16, 9/26/16

CNAV-OIC – Celestial Navigation: 05/02/16, 10/24/16

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop: Contact Admissions

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications: 3/2/16, 7/19/16

DDE – Great Lakes: 2/1/16, 6/6/16

DPA – Contact Admissions

ECDIS-OIC – Contact Admissions

ECDIS-Pilots – 3/2/16, 05/25/16, 7/20/16, 11/14/16

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 1/4/16, 2/8/16, 3/21/16, 4/18/16, 5/9/16, 7/18/16, 8/22/16, 9/26/16, 10/24/16, 11/14/16, 11/28/16, 12/5/16, 12/12/16, 12/19/16

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 1/25/16, 2/22/16, 04/11/16, 06/27/16, 8/15/16, 10/10/16

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications: 1/26/16, 04/19/16, 9/20/16

GL Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization: 1/22/16

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System: 3/7/16, 8/22/16

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 6/27/16, 8/29/16, 12/5/16

LAP- 4/4/16, 9/19/16

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes: 1/25/16

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License: 3/7/16, 06/06/16, 8/8/16, 12/5/16

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 1/27/16, 3/1/16, 4/20/16, 5/23/16, 7/19/16, 9/21/16, 11/15/16

LNG-TPIC – 12/5/16

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC): 1/7/16, 4/4/16

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control: 1/11/16, 2/22/16, 3/28/16, 4/25/16, 5/16/16, 7/11/16, 8/29/16, 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: 1/4/16, 3/21/16, 05/16/16, 7/11/16, 11/7/16, 12/12/16

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 2/1/15, 3/14/16, 05/02/16, 8/29/16, 10/3/16

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 1/4/15, 2/15/16, 3/21/16, 05/16/16, 11/7/16, 11/28/16, 12/12/16

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 1/9/16, 1/31/16, 3/19/16, 05/14/16, 8/28/16, 11/12/16, 12/17/16

MSA –Maritime Security Awareness: Contact Admissions

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic): 3/8/16, 6/10/16, 8/10/16, 10/17/16

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control: 3/5/16 (March is 4 evenings), 6/8/16, 8/8/16, 10/18/16

*MSC-ENVPRO –2/28/16, 6/5/16, 8/7/16, 10/16/16

*MSC-FF-HELO – 2/22/16, 6/6/16, 8/22/16, 10/31/16

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualification: 1/4/16, 2/29/16, 6/13/16, 8/14/16, 10/23/16

*MSC-Security Watch Basic – 2/26/16, 6/11/16, 8/11/16, 10/20/16

*MSC-Security Watch Advanced – 1/8/16, 3/4/16, 6/17/16, 8/13/16, 10/22/16

*MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force – 1/10/16, 3/5/16, 6/18/16, 8/18/16, 10/27/16

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P – Contact Admissions

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 1/25/16, 5/9/16

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 1/6/16, 1/13/16, 2/3/16, 2/10/16, 2/24/16, 3/9/16, 3/16/16, 04/06/16, 04/20/16, 05/04/16, 05/18/16, 06/08/16, 06/22/16, 7/13/16, 7/27/16, 8/10/16, 8/24/16, 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

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 1/18/16, 2/1/16, 8/1/16

SAR-OIC – Search & Rescue – 04/18/16, 11/7/16

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 2/15/16, 04/11/16, 06/27/16, 8/29/16, 10/17/16

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling-5 Day: 1/25/16, 3/7/16, 05/02/16, 8/1/16, 10/3/16, 11/28/16

SMS – Contact Admissions

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 2/8/16, 8/8/16

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses: 1/4/16, 7/11/16

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 2/22/16, 8/8/16

TRAC-TUG-2: Contact Admissions

TTT – Contact Admissions

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties: 4/28/16

VSO – Vessel Security Officer: 2/15/16, 04/25/16, 7/13/16, 9/7/16, 10/22/16

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level): 3/21/16, 10/3/16

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 2/29/16, 9/19/16

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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 2015

14-18 Leadership & Managerial Skills (waitlist only)
14-18 MEECE

January 2016

4-8 Leadership & Managerial Skills (waitlist only)
4-8 Engine Resource Management
4-22 Terrestrial & Coastal Navigation
11th Flashing Light
11-15 ECDIS
11-15 Train the Trainer
18-22 Leadership & Managerial Skills (waitlist only)
25-29 Radar Observer Unlimited
25-29 MEECE

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