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Wheelhouse Weekly – December 31st, 2019

January 2nd 2020

Volume 24… Number 52… Dec. 31, 2019

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HOLIDAY GREETINGS FROM MM&P

MM&P wishes all readers of The Wheelhouse Weekly, at sea and ashore, and their families and friends, a happy holiday season and all the best in 2020.

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MATSON TAKES DELIVERY OF MV LURLINE

Matson has taken delivery of MV LURLINE, the first of two Kanaloa Class vessels built for the company by General Dynamics NASSCO.

The largest combination container/roll-on, roll-off vessel ever built in the United States, LURLINE is the third of four new vessels that the company is putting into service between 2018 and 2020.

Delivery of the second Kanaloa Class vessel is expected in the third quarter of 2020.

LURLINE will make her maiden voyage to Hawaii next month, departing Oakland and Long Beach on Jan. 9 and Jan. 11, respectively, and arriving in Honolulu on Jan. 15.

MM&P licensed deck officers crew all the ships in the Matson fleet.

The 870-foot-long, 3,500 TEU vessel can transport containers, automobiles, trailers and rolling stock.

LURLINE has a beam of 114 feet and a deep draft of 38 feet.

It is one of Matson’s fastest vessels, with a top speed of 23 knots.

Both new Kanaloa Class vessels will have an enclosed garage with room for approximately 500 vehicles, plus ample space for rolling stock and breakbulk cargo.

The ship design incorporates LNG-capable main and auxiliary engines, compliant with Tier III emission requirements.

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

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

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FUNDING FOR NEW SOO LOCK IN GOVERNMENT APPROPRIATIONS BILL

Plans to build a new Soo lock took another step forward earlier this month when the House of Representatives approved funding for construction.

Money for the new lock was included in the more than $1 trillion year-end government appropriations bill approved on Dec. 18, that will fund the federal government through the end of September 2020.

The Soo Locks will get more than $75 million to fund the design and construction of the new, second Poe-sized lock.

Additional funding will need to be appropriated each year.

It is estimated that construction of the lock will create more than a thousand new jobs.

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COAST GUARD SETS 2020 MINIMUM RANDOM DRUG TESTING RATE

The US Coast Guard has set the calendar year 2020 minimum random drug testing rate at 50 percent of covered crewmembers.

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SECURITY CLEARANCE HOLDERS SHOULD AVOID USING DNA TESTING KITS, PENTAGON SAYS

The Defense Department is warning members of the armed services and others who hold security clearances not to use DNA testing kits because of the risk that their sensitive personal information could be shared with third parties.

The news was reported by Lindy Kyzer in an article entitled, “The Holiday Gifts That Could Get Feds Into Trouble.” It was posted online by Government Executive on Dec. 31.

“Exposing sensitive genetic information to outside parties poses personal and operational risks to service members,” two Pentagon officials wrote in a Dec. 20 memo.

They warned that the personal information provided to genealogy companies or uncovered by them could be made available to third parties.

The Pentagon also said there may be career implications if a service member discovers a personal—and reportable—health condition through a DNA screening company.

The government has not banned use of the kits, but it does urge caution.

It notes that “information provided to a third party—and anything that third party then finds—is certainly not personal information anymore.”

A security expert quoted in the article says anyone concerned about their privacy should avoid the kits because vendors are free to sell the information.

Even if a company claims personal data is only sold in an aggregated form, he said, “it has to reside somewhere non-aggregated and who is protecting that information?”

The Pentagon may have decided to issue the warning in response to DNA test kit marketing campaigns that offer discounts to members of the armed services.

Taking advantage of a government discount, officials say, gives vendors “another layer of information outside of your personal health information so it may not be wise to add military status or government employee to your personal DNA data.”

The memo also repeated previous warnings against use of any product containing cannabis derivatives, such as CBD oil, in particular by people who hold a security clearance and are subject to random drug testing.

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CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON MSC FLEET OILER NAMED FOR SLAIN GAY RIGHTS LEADER HARVEY MILK

The first piece of steel has been cut for the Military Sealift Command fleet oiler USNS HARVEY MILK (T-AO 206), a vessel which bears the name of the gay rights leader assassinated in 1978.

Following in the family tradition, Milk enlisted in the Navy in 1951.

He worked as a diving instructor in San Diego before being elected as the first openly gay official in a major American city.

Less than a year after being elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, he was fatally shot by a former political opponent.

During the 11 months he served in office, he sponsored a bill banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in public accommodations, housing and employment.

“Naming this ship after Harvey Milk is a fitting tribute to a man who had been at the forefront of advocating for civil and human rights,” Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus said in 2016, when he announced the name of the new ship.

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PIRATES FREE SEVEN KIDNAPPED IN NOVEMBER IN GULF OF GUINEA; NEW ATTACKS IN SINGAPORE STRAITS

Seven members of the crew of the offshore tug/supply vessel PACIFIC WARDEN who were kidnapped off the coast of Equatorial Guinea on Nov. 20 have been released.

All have now returned to their homes, said ship operator Swire Pacific Offshore.

“I would like to recognize our crewmembers and their families for the extraordinary courage, resilience and patience they demonstrated throughout this ordeal,” a company official said in a statement.

The pirates, who boarded the PACIFIC WARDEN while the vessel was supporting oil field operations, left eight crewmembers on board and abducted the other seven.

In related news, armed attackers boarded four vessels off Libreville, Gabon, on Dec. 22, killing the master of a freighter and taking four Chinese fishermen hostage.

The Gulf of Guinea is considered the area of the world most at risk of pirate attacks.

Authorities in another high-risk area, the Singapore Straits, have issued a new warning following a spate of recent incidents.

On Dec. 20, at about 0532 hours, the bulk carrier JIAN FA was underway in the strait, headed for China, when an unknown number of pirates came on board.

Members of the crew said they had not been harmed, and that nothing had been stolen.

At about 2325 hours, the tanker JAG LALIT was underway in the strait bound for Kaoshiung, Taiwan, when it was boarded by six pirates armed with knives.

They stole personal property and attacked two engineers, neither of whom was severely injured.

Five pirates attacked the bulk carrier AKIJ GLOBE on the same day, escaping with engine and generator parts.

Pirates armed with knives were discovered several days later aboard the tanker BAMZI and a
bulk carrier, the TRUST STAR.

No one was injured and nothing was stolen in either attack, but in both cases several members of the crew were found tied up.

In a Christmas Day attack, six unarmed pirates were discovered in the engine room of the chemical products tanker STENA IMMORTAL.

They escaped empty-handed in a small boat.

The authorities said the recent attacks bring to 30 the total of number of incidents reported in the Singapore Straits in 2019.

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NEW YEAR’S RELIEF – UNION STYLE

Welcome to 2020, a new year filled with the promise of new horizons!

But first, for those who need to shake off the after-effects of New Year’s Eve reveling, there are plenty of union-made items to help you face 2020 with a clear head and pep in your step.

Fill your system, your medicine cabinet and your kitchen with the following brands made by companies that treat their workers fairly and give them a voice on the job:

RELIEF
Afrin
Aleve
Alka-Seltzer
Bayer
Milk of Magnesia
Pepto-Bismol

THAT FIRST CUP
Eight O’Clock Coffee
Folgers
Kauai Coffee
Maxwell House
Millstone Coffee
USA Coffee Company

HYDRATION
All Sport
American Springs
Apothic Red
Dasani
DejaBlue
Mio
Nothern Fall’s
Penafiel
Pocono
Poland Spring
Realemon
Realime
Venom Energy

Happy new year from Labor 411! Let’s recharge our way to a stronger America.

Remember: when you shop union, you support good jobs with fair working conditions.

For a searchable list of union-made products by category, go to Labor 411 today: https://tinyurl.com/supportgoodjobs

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MM&P CLOSING SCHEDULE

MM&P union halls, the MM&P Federal Credit Union and MM&P headquarters are closed on Tuesday, Dec. 31, and Wednesday, Jan. 1 for New Year’s.

The MM&P Plan Office will be closed on 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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