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Wheelhouse Weekly – December 24th, 2019

December 26th 2019

Volume 24… Number 51… Dec. 24, 2019

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GOVERNMENT FUNDING BILL GOOD NEWS FOR MARITIME

Congress has passed, and the President has signed, an omnibus funding bill for Fiscal Year 2020 that includes a number of positive provisions for the U.S.-flag fleet.

Significantly, the measure contains the full authorized $300 million for the Maritime Security Program and provides this amount through the remainder of the fiscal year to Sept. 30, 2020.

This means that each vessel operating as part of the MSP maritime security fleet is eligible to receive $5 million as authorized.

In addition, the funding legislation reauthorizes the Export-Import Bank for a seven-year period.

At least 50 percent of the cargoes exported with Export-Import Bank financing must be transported on U.S.-flag vessels to the degree such vessels are available at fair and reasonable rates.

The legislation also contains $1.725 billion for the PL 480 Food-for-Peace Program and an additional $220 million for the McGovern/Dole foreign assistance program.

At least 50 percent of the cargoes exported pursuant to these programs must be transported on U.S.-flag vessels to the degree such vessels are available at fair and reasonable rates.

Finally, the legislation reflects one of organized labor’s top priorities: it permanently repeals the 40 percent so-called “Cadillac tax” on health benefits.

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ANTI-JONES ACT LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

The first session of the 116th Congress ended with the introduction of three anti-Jones Act bills.

The legislation, all introduced by Hawaii Congressman Ed Case (D), would effectively repeal the Jones Act for the carriage of cargo between the mainland United States and the non-contiguous states and Puerto Rico.

Case says his legislation is necessary “to end a century of monopolistic closed market domestic cargo shipping to and from my isolated home state of Hawai’i as well as the other island and separated jurisdictions of our country not part of the continental United States…”

“In doing so, we will break the stranglehold on the peoples and economies of these exposed communities and their resulting sky-high costs of living which results from just a few domestic shipping companies controlling the lifeline of commerce upon which we absolutely depend.”

The legislation is the most recent effort by individuals and organizations to weaken and eliminate the critically important Jones Act.

They spare no expense and miss no opportunity to attack the Jones Act and deny its importance to the military, economic and homeland security of the United States.

MM&P and MIRAID will continue to work with our carriers and the other maritime unions to defend the Jones Act and to make sure that the maritime jobs resulting from the operation of U.S.-flag vessels in our Jones Act trades are not lost to foreign workers.

It is imperative, as we go forward, that all members of MM&P not only work with us to ensure that their members of Congress understand the importance of the Jones Act but that we have the resources, though our Political Contribution Fund, to support those members of Congress who stand with us.

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MARINER GOLD MEDAL BILL ADVANCES

In one of its last acts before leaving for the holiday recess, the Senate approved by unanimous consent legislation authorizing the issuance of a Congressional Gold Medal to the class of World War II merchant mariners.

The Senate-passed bill (a slightly different version of the legislation had previously passed the House of Representatives) must now be considered by the House of Representatives in order to clear the legislation for action by the President.

Special thanks are due the sponsors of this legislation: Rep. John Garamendi (D-Calif.) and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).

We deeply appreciate their efforts and those of the bipartisan group of cosponsors to provide long-overdue and well-deserved recognition to World War II merchant mariners.

These mariners are the unsung heroes of World War II.

They have earned the gratitude of all Americans and their sacrifice should never be forgotten.

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PIRATES RELEASE 19 MEMBERS OF SUPERTANKER CREW

Pirates have released 19 people abducted from the Hong Kong-flagged supertanker NAVE CONSTELLATION earlier this month.

The men, who were kidnapped on Dec. 3, were freed on Saturday.

They had been abducted while the vessel transited the Gulf of Guinea en route from Bonny Offshore Terminal to India.

Seven seafarers who the pirates left on board navigated the vessel to safety.

“Since the attack, the prime concern has been the safety, well-being and early return of the seafarers taken by the pirate gang,” the shipowner said.

“We are now delighted to report that on Dec. 21, all those taken were released and are safe and undergoing medical tests and debriefing, following which they will return to their loved ones at home.”

No further details were released by the shipowner.

Maritime security analysts said the attack took place in the waters south of the Niger River Delta near the southeastern boundary of the Nigerian exclusive economic zone and was most likely carried out by pirates operating from one or more motherships.

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CREW OF MAERSK KINLOSS SAVES IRANIAN MARINERS ADRIFT IN A PLASTIC TANK

The officers and crew of MAERSK KINLOSS rescued three men floating in a large plastic tank on Dec. 18.

The three said they were Iranian fishermen who had been adrift for 19 days after their boat sank.

The MM&P licensed deck officers aboard MAERSK KINLOSS were Captain Chris Murray, Chief Mate Kimberleigh Navradszky, Second Mate Christine Hogan and Third Mate Ryan McAfee.

The captain, who estimated the size of the tank the men were floating in as approximately 400 gallons, described the rescue as follows.

“After sighting, we performed a Williamson turn to starboard and returned on a nearly reciprocal course. We overshot the tank on first past as distance was hard to judge in the dark.”

“We could hear them yelling and see they were waving an Iranian flag. They also had a flashlight, which was critical in being able to find them again.”

“We eventually were able to pick the tank up on radar at minimum range and very high gain.”

“After missing the first pass, we stopped upwind of the tank and backed and filled with bow thruster at maximum and then overtook the drifting tank and were able to maneuver to within 5 meters.”

“The first two persons were able to exit the tank and climb up the pilot ladder, needing assistance from KINLOSS crew to make it all the way. The third person fell out of the tank when it capsized due to lack of stability, clung to a lifebuoy and was then able to climb the accommodation ladder, which had been lowered into the water.”

“The fishermen were installed in the Suez room which is exterior to the vessel accommodation. After hydration, food and clothing, they were secured in the Suez room until interviewed by Omani officials.”

The stranded mariners were then transferred to the Omani coast guard.

“After rescue operations were completed, we proceeded for scheduled arrival at Salalah,” the captain said.

The Navy released a statement that said in part: “This rescue is an example of professional mariners rendering assistance to others in distress at sea, a responsibility and mission that we in the U.S. Navy share and take very seriously.”

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MM&P CLOSING SCHEDULE

MM&P union halls, the MM&P Federal Credit Union and MM&P headquarters will be closed on Tuesday, Dec. 24 and Wednesday, Dec. 25, for the Christmas holidays, and on Tuesday, Dec. 31 and Wednesday, Jan. 1 for New Year’s.

The MM&P Plan Office will be closed on Dec. 24, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.

The MM&P Hawaii Hall will be closed on Thursday, Jan. 2 for Jack Hall Day, an ILWU holiday.

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LAST DAY FOR PROCESSING VACATION AND PRO PAYMENTS

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 2019 no later than Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. EST.

All requests for 2019 Vacation and PRO payments received after this date and time will be held until January 2, 2020 for processing and will therefore be taxable in 2020.

If you have any questions, please contact the Vacation Department at 410-850-8625, 410-850-8647.

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METLIFE OPTIONAL LIFE INSURANCE SIMPLIFIED ENROLLMENT PERIOD ENDS DEC. 31

If you are interested in applying for Optional Life Insurance through MetLife but have not yet done so, please keep in mind that the simplified enrollment period ends on Dec. 31.

All MM&P members and employees are eligible to apply for coverage.

Note: MM&P does not receive financial compensation either for making this plan available or in the event that you choose to purchase Optional Life Insurance through this plan.

If you would like to learn more or apply, visit www.metlife.com/MMP by Dec. 31.

If you have questions, please contact MM&P Federal Credit Union Manager Kathy Klisavage at: 1- 800-382-7777.

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MITAGS SEEKING PHOTOS FROM MEMBERS FOR USE ON SOCIAL MEDIA

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

The goal is to document members’ voyages and promote the maritime industry. 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 MITAGS Marketing Manager Lindsay Moran, at lmoran@mitags.org.

Be sure to tell us whether you would like to be credited for the photo.

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MITAGS EAST ACADEMIC NOTES

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 admissions@mitags.org 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: admissions@mitags.org.

Why not try our on-line calendar to register for class: mitags-pmi.org/courses/calendar.

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: jpitzen@mates.org.

Please include your Mariner Reference Number, date of birth and the last four digits of your social security number in all emails.

Classes are 5-day unless otherwise noted

Class dates followed by an * are full

AB – Able Seaman – 4/13/20, 8/17/20, 10/5/20

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation (1-Day): 9/4/20

ARPA-OIC (4-Day) – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 1/14/20, 3/31/20

AZIPOD (2-Day) – 3/9/20, 4/30/20

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 2/24/20, 5/11/20, 8/3/20, 9/28/20

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 1/15/20, 3/9/20, 3/31/20, 4/30/20, 5/18/20, 7/13/20, 9/15/20

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling – (Now also included in BRMP-Refresher) (3-Day): 3/11/20, 4/27/20, 7/15/20, 10/7/20

BRMP-Refresher (Now including Emergency Shiphandling for Pilots) (3-Day) – Not currently scheduled

BT – Basic Safety Training: 2/24/20, 4/20/20, 8/10/20, 10/12/20

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – 2/4/20, 3/4/20, 4/2/20, 4/28/20, 6/15/20, 7/28/20, 8/31/20, 9/23/20, 10/28/20, 12/15/20

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 3/4/20, 4/27/20, 7/27/20, 9/23/20, 12/14/20

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 4/6/20

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 2/3/20, 4/13/20, 6/8/20, 7/27/20, 10/5/20, 11/30/20

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 1/27/20, 4/6/20, 6/15/20, 8/3/20

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 2/10/20

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1: 3/16/20, 6/1/20, 8/24/20

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific: 3/23/20, 6/8/20, 8/31/20

CM-OPS 2 APL – Chief Mate Operations II APL Specific – 3/9/20*

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems: 3/9/20, 6/1/20, 8/17/20, 11/9/20

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM): 3/2/20, 4/20/20, 6/22/20, 8/10/20, 11/16/20, 12/14/20

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 1/13/20, 9/14/20 (DCS-1 available on request – contact Admissions)

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: Not Currently Scheduled

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management: 1/6/20

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 1/13/20, 2/10/20, 3/2/20*, 3/16/20, 4/13/20, 4/27/20, 6/1/20, 6/15/20, 7/20/20, 8/10/20, 9/14/20, 9/28/20, 10/12/20, 11/2/20, 1/30/20

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 1/20/20*, 2/17/20, 3/9/20*, 3/23/20, 4/20/20, 5/4/20, 6/8/20, 6/22/20, 7/27/20, 8/17/20, 9/21/20, 10/5/20, 10/19/20, 11/9/20, 12/7/20

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

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 2/24/20

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 1/20/20

WX-HW-ATL – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Atlantic Ocean (2-day) – 5/18/20

WX-HW-IND – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Indian Ocean (2-day) – 5/22/20

WX-HW-PAC – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Pacific Ocean (2-day) – 5/20/20

CIW-DPA/IA – Continual Improvement Workshop: Designated Person Ashore & Internal Auditor (3-Day) ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program ** – 6/24/20, 10/14/20

CIW-SMS – Continual Improvement Workshop: Successful Safety Management (2-Day) – Not currently scheduled

CNAV-OIC (15-Day) – Celestial Navigation: 4/27/20

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications (1-Day): 2/21/20

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior (1-Day) – 2/14/20, 7/24/20

CDMGT – Crowd Management (1-Day) – 2/13/20, 7/23/20

CSE – Confined Space Entry (3-Day): 7/20/20

CSE-AWR – Confined Space Entry Awareness (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

CY-MAR – Cyber-Skilled Mariner ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program ** – Not currently scheduled

DDE – Great Lakes (20-Day): 2/3/20

ECDIS for Pilots (2-Day) – 1/20/20, 4/30/20, 7/20/20

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 3/9/20, 6/8/20, 8/17/20, 12/7/20

FF-ADV – Advanced Fire-Fighting (4-day) – 1/13/20

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 2/24/20, 4/20/20, 8/10/20, 10/12/20

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 2/6/20, 3/2/20, 4/1/20, 4/30/20, 6/17/20, 7/30/20, 9/2/20, 9/22/20, 10/27/20, 12/17/20

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 3/7/20, 4/25/20, 7/25/20, 9/26/20, 12/12/20

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications (1-Day): 1/7/20, 4/7/20, 9/15/20

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization (2-Day): 3/14/20

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (10-Day): 3/16/20, 8/24/20

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 4/13/20, 8/24/20, 11/16/20

IEN – Integrated Electronic Navigation (3-Day) – Not currently scheduled

LAP – License Advancement Program for Mate to Master (20-Day): 1/6/20*, 7/27/20, 9/28/20

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes (15-Day): 3/9/20

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License (15-Day): 6/1/20

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage (1-Day): 1/8/20, 3/12/20, 4/8/20, 5/18/20, 9/16/20

LNG-TPIC (10-Day) – Not currently scheduled

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC) (1-Day): 5/26/20

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): 3/16/20, 6/15/20, 8/24/20, 11/30/20

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 1/20/20, 3/16/20, 5/4/20, 7/6/20, 9/28/20, 11/30/20

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 1/6/20, 3/9/20, 6/22/20, 8/17/20, 10/19/20

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 1/20/20, 3/16/20, 4/13/20, 5/4/20

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 1/11/20, 1/25/20, 2/7/20, 3/21/20, 3/31/20, 5/1/20, 5/9/20, 6/18/20, 7/11/20, 9/3/20, 9/21/20, 10/3/20, 10/26/20, 12/5/20, 12/18/20

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic) (1-Day): 2/20/20, 5/21/20, 6/3/20, 8/5/20, 9/11/20, 11/10/20

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 2/18/20, 5/19/20, 6/1/20, 8/3/20, 9/9/20, 10/30/20

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) – 2/23/20, 5/31/20, 8/2/20, 11/1/20

MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day) – Not currently scheduled

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 1/6/20, 2/24/20, 5/11/20, 6/7/20, 7/6/20, 8/9/20, 9/14/20, 11/2/20

MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day) – 2/21/20, 5/10/20, 6/4/20, 8/6/20, 9/12/20, 11/2/20

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) – 1/5/20, 2/22/20, 5/15/20, 6/5/20, 7/10/20, 8/8/20, 9/13/20, 11/6/20

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) – 1/10/20, 2/28/20, 5/16/20, 6/11/20, 7/11/20, 8/14/20, 9/18/20, 11/7/20

NDMS-ENAV – Navigational Decision Making Series – Best Practice in eNav (3-Day) – 1/22/20

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P (2-Day) – 1/13/20*, 3/16/20*, 4/9/20, 6/22/20, 6/24/20, 7/13/20, 8/31/20, 9/2/20, 10/26/20, 10/28/20, 12/14/20, 12/16/20

RFPNW – Ratings Forming Part of a Navigational Watch (3-day) – Not currently scheduled

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal (1-Day): 1/13/20

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes (1-Night): 3/6/20, 3/7/20, 4/27/20, 4/28/20, 7/27/20, 9/15/20, 12/14/20

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 1/6/20, 7/27/20

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3-Day): 3/28/20, 10/14/20, 11/30/20

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 2/3/20, 5/18/20, 8/24/20, 10/19/20

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day) – 1/27/20*, 3/30/20*, 5/4/20, 7/13/20, 8/31/20, 11/16/20, 12/14/20

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 1/20/20, 8/3/20

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (15-Day): 7/6/20

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 1/6/20, 5/11/20, 7/6/20

TRAC-TUG-2 (2-Day): 2/17/20

TTT – ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program ** Not currently scheduled

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (1-Day): 2/9/20

VSO – Vessel Security Officer (3-Day): 2/10/20, 4/6/20, 5/27/20, 9/9/20

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) (10-Day): 2/17/20

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 3/2/20

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MITAGS WEST ACADEMIC NOTES

For registration, contact our admissions department: 206.441.2880 or admissions@mates.org.

Please also see our schedule and enroll online at www.mitags-pmi.org.

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