Wheelhouse Weekly – December 5th, 2017

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Volume 22… Number 49… Dec. 5, 2017


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The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the federal agency charged with prosecuting unfair labor practices, has issued a complaint against Pasha Hawaii, The Pasha Group, and other subsidiaries (“Pasha”), for violations involving two new containerships being built at Keppel AmFELS, in Brownsville, Texas.

MM&P has alleged, and the government agrees, that the National Labor Relations Act and the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) require Pasha to bargain in good faith with MM&P and to provide documents for MM&P to review and study before vessel construction begins so it can confirm that the vessels comply with the living standards set forth in the CBA.

The investigation by NLRB Region 20 determined that MM&P requested information that “is necessary for, and relevant to, the Union’s performance of its duties.”

The NLRB complaint alleges that Pasha, both orally and in writing, has failed and refused to furnish MM&P with the information requested.

The NLRB is seeking an order to compel Pasha to turn over the documents and to bargain in good faith with MM&P.

“We are pleased with the NLRB’s decision to prosecute Pasha,” said MM&P President Captain Donald Marcus.

“We will not hesitate to take any and all legal action necessary to vindicate the hard-fought contractual rights of MM&P members.”

“Employers who refuse to honor contractual obligations and federally protected rights must be held accountable,” said MM&P Vice President-Pacific Ports J. Lars Turner.

“The NLRB’s decision is critical to ending Pasha’s refusal to bargain in good faith.”

“We look forward to returning to the negotiating table in December to discuss proposals reflecting the tremendous skill and professionalism that MM&P Licensed Deck Officers bring to the Pasha vessels.”

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Maritime Administrator Rear Adm. Mark Buzby says the vital contribution of U.S.-flag ships to the Puerto Rico relief effort was mostly overlooked by the mainstream media, in part because it was “obliterated by a barrage of false narratives” about the Jones Act.

Buzby made the remarks in a speech at the International Workboat Show last week, and then doubled-down in his criticism of the mainstream press in an interview afterwards with MarEx newsletter.

After Hurricane Maria, at the same time that American shipping companies were making every effort to carry more goods to Puerto Rico, they were “falsely accused in the media of delaying the flow of relief supplies,” he said.

Buzby said there was never a shortage of Jones Act tonnage for post-hurricane humanitarian aid, despite the repeated calls for Jones Act waivers.

He said Jones Act carriers “literally built an iron mountain on the dock in Puerto Rico,” adding that at one point, “there were five thousand containers awaiting truck transport to their final destinations. ”

In response to a question from Paul Benecki of MarEx regarding the number of qualified mariners available for surge sealift, Buzby said the country cannot “sustain much more of a decrease in the number of licensed mariners, or soon we won’t have a surge capability.”

“If we ever have to do a full-blown mobilization, all 46 RRF ships plus the 15 surge sealift ships at Military Sealift Command, we’re going to be hard-pressed to man all of those if the peacetime merchant marine gets smaller,” he said.

“It’s so difficult to maintain a qualification these days unless you’re actively sailing on it, so there’s no economic reason to keep it up if you’re working on shore. If there aren’t enough U.S. seafaring jobs, those people won’t be around when we need them.”

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The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has presented its Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea to Houston Pilots Michael McGee and Michael Phillips.

The two received the award, the IMO’s highest honor, in a ceremony Nov. 27 at IMO headquarters in London.

McGee and Phillips have received accolades, including the 2017 AOTOS Award for Heroism, for saving lives and preventing a catastrophe on the Houston ship channel in September 2016 after the tanker they were piloting, AFRAMAX RIVER, struck a mooring dolphin and burst into flames.

The Houston Pilots are members of MM&P.

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Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) has reintroduced a bill that would award the Congressional Gold Medal of honor to merchant mariners who served our country during World War II.

Her bill, S 2127, recognizes the heroic role played by American mariners in World War II and underlines the fact that the accomplishments of our nation’s “Fourth Arm of Defense” deserve broader public recognition.

If the bill is passed, a single gold medal of appropriate design would be awarded collectively to World War II U.S. merchant mariners on behalf of Congress.

It would be placed in the American Merchant Marine Museum. Duplicates could be struck and made available to the public.

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A spokesperson for Argentina’s Navy says the search for survivors aboard the ARA SAN JUAN, which disappeared on Nov. 15, has been abandoned.

“The extreme environment, the time elapsed and the lack of any evidence eliminates a scenario compatible with human life,” he said.

There were 44 crewmembers aboard the sub.

In a statement, the navy said a sonar search of the area in which the sub is presumed to have gone missing picked up “a metallic contact” at a depth of 3,100 feet.

The submarine was returning from a routine mission to Ushuaia, near the southernmost tip of South America, when it disappeared after reporting that water had entered through the snorkel, causing a battery short circuit.

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AP Moeller Maersk said last week it had received full regulatory approval for the acquisition by Maersk Line of German containership line Hamburg Sud.

Maersk paid $4 billion for the company and will integrate its 105 ships into its own fleet, which will now account for more than 19 percent of global fleet capacity.

The acquisition was subject to a regulatory approval process in 23 jurisdictions which was successfully concluded on Nov. 28, with the approval of the acquisition by the Korea Fair Trade Commission.

“With the final approval of the acquisition we have reached an important milestone in our strategy to become an integrated transport and logistics company delivering sustainable growth,” said Soren Skou, CEO of AP Moller-Maersk.

“Hamburg Sud is an outstanding brand with high quality products. By combining our two businesses we will reinforce the global positions of both companies and enhance our service offers towards customers.”

The companies said the benefits will include better market coverage and cost synergies primarily derived from integrating and optimizing networks and standardizing procurement.

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All MM&P union halls, the MM&P Federal Credit Union and MM&P headquarters will close at 1500 on Thursday, Dec. 21 and reopen on Dec. 27, after the Christmas holidays.

All MM&P union halls, the MM&P Federal Credit Union and MM&P headquarters will be closed on Dec. 29 and Jan. 1 for New Year’s.

The MM&P Plan Office will be closed on Dec. 25, Dec. 26 and Jan. 1.

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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 2017 no later than Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017at 3:00 p.m. EST.

All requests for 2017 Vacation and PRO payments received after this date and time will be held until Jan. 2, 2018 for processing and will therefore be taxable in 2018.

If you have any questions, please contact the Vacation Department at 410-850-8625, 410-850-8647 or Ken Ryan at 410-850-8617.

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There will be a membership meeting at the MM&P Seattle Hall on Wednesday, Dec. 13, immediately after job call.

All members in the area are encouraged to attend the meeting, which will include a representative of the Washington State Guaranteed Education Tuition Program (GET), who will discuss college savings accounts for children or grandchildren, along with the associated tax benefits.

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There will be an AMG Membership meeting at Ocean Yacht Club, 370 Front St., Staten Island, NY, 10304, on Wednesday, Dec. 6, at 2:00 p.m.

All AMG members are encouraged to attend the meeting.

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The MM&P Houston holiday party will be held on Friday, Dec. 15, from 1200-1500, at Perry’s Steakhouse and Grill, 700 Baybrook Mall Drive, Suite H 110, Friendswood, TX 77546.

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


Boston, Friday, Dec. 15, in the union hall, 1100-1500;

Pompano, Monday, Dec. 18, 1230-1530, at Brew Fish Bar & Grill in Pompano Beach;

Newark, Thursday, Dec. 21, for both the Offshore Group & the Atlantic Maritime Group, at the Robert Treat Hotel, 1200-1700.


Houston, Friday, Dec. 15, 1200-1500, at Perry’s Steakhouse and Grill, 700 Baybrook Mall Drive, Suite H 110, Friendswood, TX 77546.


Honolulu, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 1000-1400, in the union hall;

San Francisco/Oakland, Friday, Dec. 8, 1215, in the union hall;

Los Angeles/Long Beach, Friday, Dec. 15, 1200, in the union hall;

Seattle, Monday, Dec. 18, 1200, in the union hall.

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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:

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 – 4/16/18

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation: 3/19/18, 5/23/18

ARPA-OIC – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 1/16/18, 4/3/18

AZIPOD 2-Day – 3/22/18, 5/21/18

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 2/26/18, 6/18/18

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 1/16/18, 2/22/18, 3/29/18, 5/21/18

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling: Contact Admissions

BRMP-Refresher – 3/26/18, 5/23/18

BT – Basic Safety Training: 1/15/18, 4/9/18

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of seatime in last 5 years) – 12/12/17, 2/7/18, 3/6/18, 4/2/18, 4/30/18, 6/18/18

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 12/11/17, 2/7/18, 3/5/18, 4/29/18

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 10/30/17

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 12/11/17, 1/29/18, 4/2/18, 6/11/18

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 1/22/18, 3/12/18, 6/4/18

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (2 weeks): 4/9/18

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1: 3/5/18, 6/4/18, 8/6/18, 10/1/18

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific: 12/11/17, 3/12/18, 6/11/18, 8/13/18, 10/8/18

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems: 1/15/18, 3/26/18, 6/25/18

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM): 1/8/18, 2/19/18, 5/14/18, 6/18/18

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 3/5/18

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: 3/12/18, 10/1/18

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (2 weeks): 4/23/18

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 1/15/18, 2/5/18, 3/5/18, 3/19/18, 4/9/18, 4/23/18, 5/7/18, 6/4/18, 6/18/18

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 12/11/17, 1/22/18, 2/12/18, 3/12/18, 3/26/18, 4/16/18, 4/30/18, 5/14/18, 6/11/18, 6/25/18

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

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 3/19/18

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 5/7/18

CNAV-OIC – Celestial Navigation: 4/23/18

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop: Contact Admissions

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications: 2/19/18

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior – 7/12/18

CDMGT – Crowd Management – 7/13/18

CSE – Confined Space Entry: 1/15/18

CSE-AWR – Confined Space Entry Awareness: 5/24/18

DDE – Great Lakes: 1/22/18, 6/4/18

DPA – Contact Admissions

ECDIS for Pilots – 2/20/18, 3/20/18, 5/24/18

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 4/23/18, 7/9/18, 11/26/18

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 1/15/18, 4/9/18

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of seatime in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 12/14/17, 2/6/18, 3/8/18, 4/4/18, 5/2/18, 6/20/18

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 12/9/17, 2/10/18, 3/3/18, 4/27/18

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications: 1/16/18, 4/17/18

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization: 1/19/18

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System: 3/5/18

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 5/21/18, 8/20/18, 12/10/18

IEN – Integrated Electronic Navigation – Contact Admissions

LAP – 2/26/18, 7/9/18, 9/17/18

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes: 1/22/18

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

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 3/28/18

LNG-TPIC – 12/3/18

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC): 5/21/18 (*2-Evening Session)

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): 2/12/18, 4/30/18, 7/16/18, 12/3/18

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 1/22/18, 3/19/18, 5/7/18, 7/9/18, 10/8/18, 11/26/18

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 1/8/18, 4/23/18, 6/25/18

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 1/22/18, 3/19/18, 4/16/18, 5/7/18

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 12/15/17, 1/13/18, 1/27/18, 2/5/18, 3/9/18, 4/5/18, 5/3/18, 5/12/18, 6/21/18

MSA –Maritime Security Awareness: Contact Admissions

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic): 2/23/18, 5/24/18, 6/8/18

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control: 2/21/18, 5/22/18, 6/6/18

*MSC-ENVPRO – 2/25/18, 6/3/18

*MSC-FF-HELO – 6/4/18

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications: 1/8/18, 2/26/18, 5/14/18, 6/11/18

*MSC-Security Watch Basic – 2/24/18, 5/13/18, 6/9/18

*MSC-Security Watch Advanced – 1/12/18, 3/2/18, 5/18/18, 6/10/18

*MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force – 1/13/18, 3/3/18, 5/19/18, 6/15/18

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P – 1/22/18, 1/24/18, 3/29/18, 4/23/18, 4/25/18, 6/25/18, 6/27/18

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 1/15/18

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 12/13/17, 1/10/18, 1/31/18, 2/7/18, 2/21/18, 3/7/18, 3/21/18, 4/4/18, 4/18/18, 5/2/18, 5/9/18, 5/16/18, 6/6/18, 6/20/18, 7/11/18, 7/25/18, 8/8/18, 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: 1/8/18

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments): 5/22/18

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 1/29/18, 5/14/18

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling-5 Day – 2/19/18, 3/12/18, 4/2/18, 5/21/18

SMS – Contact Admissions

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 1/22/18

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses: 1/29/18

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 2/12/18, 4/16/18, 7/9/18

TRAC-TUG-2: Contact Admissions

TTT – Contact Admissions

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties: 4/12/18

VSO – Vessel Security Officer: 2/14/18, 4/9/18, 7/9/18

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level): 2/19/18

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 3/19/18

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For registration, please contact our registrar, Mary McGhee, at 206.838.1126 or You can also view our schedule and enroll online at

December 2017

2-3 Basic Training – Revalidation
2-4 Basic Training – Refresher
4th Flashing Light Exam
4-8 Basic Training
4-8 Leadership & Managerial Skills
4-8 Medical Care Provider
4-15 Medical Person-In-Charge
4-15 GMDSS
8th HAZWOPER Refresher
11th Radar Renewal
11th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
11-15 Construction & Stability (Operational Level)
11-15 Engine Resource Management
16-17 Basic Training – Revalidation
16-18 Basic Training – Refresher
18-20 Search & Rescue
18-21 Advanced Firefighting
18-22 ECDIS
20-22 24-Hour HAZWOPER

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