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Wheelhouse Weekly – Feb. 23, 2016

February 23rd 2016

Volume 21 . . . Number 8. . . Feb. 23, 2016

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MSP FUNDING, LONGSHOREMEN’S BARGAINING RIGHTS, ARE FOCUS OF TRANSPORTATION UNIONS’ 2016 AGENDA

Leaders of America’s transportation unions met over the course of last weekend to establish their major policy directives for 2016, in particular in view of the national presidential elections.

The unions, meeting under the auspices of the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department (TTD), discussed critical transportation appropriations battles pending in Washington, including the fight for full funding for the Maritime Security Program (MSP).

Leaders of MM&P and the other 31 TTD member unions also agreed on the importance of demonstrating to their membership and the public at large the stark choices American voters will face in the presidential election.

“We are committed to countering the dangerous austerity agenda in certain corners of Congress that threatens to starve job creation investments in transportation,” said TTD President Edward Wytkind.

“We will also focus on critical safety issues plaguing our sector and fighting corporate efforts to weaken the job security and collective bargaining rights of transportation workers.”

MM&P President Don Marcus and Secretary-Treasurer Steve Werse participated in the meeting, which included talks with U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx and Rep. Peter DeFazio of Oregon, the lead Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Charlie Cook, political analyst and editor and publisher of The Cook Political Report, provided a snapshot on the state of the presidential race and key U.S. Senate contests. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka held a roundtable with transportation union leaders that focused on pending policy priorities and collective bargaining battles in 2016.

While praising Congress for boosting authorized funding levels for MSP, which provides vital sealift capacity to the Department of Defense, the TTD Executive Committee vowed to push congressional appropriators and the Obama Administration to fully fund the program.

“Funding MSP is vital to national security and it supports middle class American maritime jobs,” Wytkind said.

Transportation union leaders also condemned underhanded attacks—disguised as measures to monitor the productivity of U.S. ports—on the rights of longshore workers to bargain for job security, and good wages and benefits.

“We will not let the world’s largest retailers and their army of lobbyists eviscerate the bargaining rights of the men and women in our ports,” Wytkind said.

Transportation unions focused on the upcoming presidential election with an agreement to work together to inform the public about the views and records of the eventual Republican and Democratic nominees for president.

“We are already seeing in this race a contest between candidates who want to massively rebuild our transportation system and expand our middle class, and those who will likely pursue a dangerous austerity agenda tantamount to economic retreat,” Wytkind says.

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GREAT LAKES SHIPPING NEEDS SECOND POE-SIZED LOCK, MORE ICE BREAKERS, MARITIME TASK FORCE SAYS

Too few U.S. and Canadian icebreakers and reliance on a single Poe-sized lock to connect Lake Superior to the Lower Lakes and Seaway are among the problems threatening the future of shipping on the Great Lakes, the Great Lakes Maritime Task Force (GLMTF) warned in its 2015 annual report.

“Another near arctic winter significantly impacted navigation, and then a 20-day closure of the MacArthur Lock in late summer gave us an uninviting preview of the delays and disruptions that will come should a mechanical or structural issue incapacitate the Poe Lock for a lengthy period of time,” says GLMTF President Thomas Curelli.

“If unaddressed, neither augers well for the future of Lakes/Seaway shipping.”

Curelli called the February 2015 incident involving the U.S.-flagged ARTHUR M. ANDERSON “the poster child” for the need for more icebreakers. The 767-foot-long Laker became lodged in ice on the southern shore of Lake Erie and remained stuck for five days before it was eventually freed by a Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker.

Curtelli also noted that in March, just days after the opening of the Soo Locks, the U.S. Coast Guard’s heavy icebreaker MACKINAW experienced a propulsion system problem that left it unable to operate at full strength for the remainder of the spring breakout.

In the report, GLMTF, hailed the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015, which was signed by President Obama this month, and the provision authored by Rep. Candice Miller (R-Mich.) that authorizes construction of a new heavy icebreaker for the Lakes.

GLMTF says it will now focus its attention on getting Congress to appropriate the funds to build the vessel, which is estimated to cost approximately $200 million.

GLMTF also warned that last summer’s 20-day closure of the MacArthur Lock highlights the need to create redundancy at the locks at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., by twinning the Poe Lock.

“The MacArthur Lock is 73 years old, the Poe Lock, 47. At least in this instance, vessels that normally transit the MacArthur Lock can use the Poe Lock, so cargo was delayed rather than cancelled. Poe-class vessels are too big to go through the MacArthur Lock, and they represent 70 percent of U.S.-flag carrying capacity on the Lakes. A lengthy closure of the Poe Lock would slow trade to a trickle at best,” GLMTF said in the report.

GLMTF said that although authorized by Congress at full federal expense, a second Poe-sized lock has been stalled by a flawed analysis of the benefit/cost ratio. “Fortunately, that flawed analysis is going to be reviewed, in part because a Department of Homeland Security report forecasts catastrophic and nationwide impacts if the Poe Lock is incapacitated,” the group says. “The Corps has reprogrammed $1.35 million for the re-evaluation and allotted 24 months for completion. We urge the Corps to complete the new analysis in not more than 18 months.”

On the positive side, the report confirmed major progress on the dredging crisis: the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been able to dredge 21 ports and waterways and remove 3.1 million cubic yards of sediment. The Corps’ work plan for 2016 calls for dredging 25 projects and removing 3.4 million cubic yards.

GLMTF says it is also continuing to support S. 373, the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act, as it would establish a uniform, federal ballast water standard.

The Task Force concluded its report by calling for fair trade in steel imports: “We believe in ‘May the best man win,’ but dumping steel into the U.S. market has cost the Lakes jobs and cargo. Trade in any commodity must be free but fair,” the group says.

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MM&P SEEKING MASTERS, CHIEF MATES

MM&P is seeking masters and chief mates. If you are interested, please send your resume to MM&P Secretary-Treasurer Steve Werse (swerse@bridgedeck.org), Atlantic Ports Vice President Don Josberger (djosberger@bridgedeck.org) or National Director of Collective Bargaining Lars Turner (lturner@bridgedeck.org).

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OFFSHORE MEMBERSHIP MEETING MARCH 4 AT THE BOSTON HALL

An Offshore membership meeting has been scheduled for Friday, March 4, at 1100 in the Boston Hall. All members in the area are encouraged to attend the meeting.

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MM&P HOLIDAY CLOSING SCHEDULE

The MM&P Houston Hall will be closed on Wednesday, March 2, for Texas Independence Day.

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FLAG-OF-CONVENIENCE SHIP BANNED FROM AUSTRALIAN WATERS AFTER FIVE DETENTIONS IN THREE YEARS

For the second time in fewer than twelve months, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has banned the Indonesian-flagged general cargo ship NOAH SATU from entering any Australian port.

The vessel, which is on charter to a company based in Singapore, had been detained by AMSA five times since August 2013 for failure to comply with the Maritime Labor Convention (MLC) as well as deficiencies related to equipment, operations and safety management, and in particular, “repeated failings related to navigation safety, compliance with pollution prevention requirements and fire safety.”

The NOAH SATU had previously been banned from Australian ports for three months in September 2015. When it returned to Australian waters in January, it was again subject to inspection and detained for the same violations, plus failure to ensure adequate hours of rest for ship personnel as mandated under the MLC.

The authorities also found that the condition of the ship was such that compliance could not be ensured with the Safety of Life at Sea Convention or the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships. The vessel will now be banned from Australian waters until February of next year.

“The performance of this vessel is completely unacceptable,” said AMSA Chief Executive Officer Mick Kinley in an official statement. “Unsafe vessels put the lives of seafarers at risk and pose a threat to Australia’s marine environment. Operators and charterers of ships that repeatedly fail to meet Australian standards need to accept that these ships are not welcome in Australian waters.”

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/ MITAGS 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 Elisabeth Cruz, 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.

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: 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: 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: 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: 3/28/16, 06/20/16, 8/1/16, 10/17/16

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 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: 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) 2/29/16,3/14/16, 3/28/16, 4/4/16, 4/11/16, 5/16/16, 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): 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): 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: 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: 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: 04/11/16, 06/27/16, 8/15/16, 10/10/16

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

GL Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization: Contact Admissions

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: Contact Admissions

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: 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): 4/4/16

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control: 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: 3/21/16, 05/16/16, 7/11/16, 11/7/16, 12/12/16

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

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

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 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 – 6/6/16, 8/22/16, 10/31/16

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

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

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

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

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P – 5/23/16, 7/26/16, 10/25/16

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

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 3/9/16, 3/16/16, 3/29/16, 04/06/16, 4/13/16, 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: 8/1/16

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

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

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling-5 Day: 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: 8/8/16

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

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 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: 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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PMI ACADEMIC NOTES

Please also see our schedule and enroll online at www.mitags-pmi.org. For registration contact our registrar, Jennifer Pitzen: 206.838.1126 or jpitzen@mates.org.

February 2016

29-4 Basic Meteorology

March 2016

7th Radar Renewal
7-11 Leadership & Managerial Skills (waitlist only)
14-18 MEECE (waitlist only)
15th Leadership & Teamworking Skills
16-17 Security Officer – Vessel, Company, and Facility
21-25 ECDIS (waitlist only)
21-25 Leadership & Managerial Skills (waitlist only)
21-25 Engine Resource Management (waitlist only)
28-8 Celestial Navigation
30-31 Leadership for Shoreside Managers

April 2016

4-8 Leadership & Managerial Skills (waitlist only)
4-8 Engine Resource Management (waitlist only)
11th Radar Renewal
11-22 GMDSS
18-22 Leadership & Managerial Skills (waitlist only)
18-22 Medical Care Provider
18-22 MEECE (waitlist only)
25-29 ECDIS
27-29 Bridge Resource Management & Emergency Shiphandling for Pilots


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