Wheelhouse Weekly – Feb. 3, 2015

February 4th 2015 ,

Volume 19 . . . Number 5 . . . Feb. 3, 2015


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All MM&P union halls will be closed on Thursday, Feb. 12, for Lincoln’s Birthday. All MM&P union halls, the MM&P Plan Office, the MM&P Federal Credit Union and MM&P headquarters will be closed on Monday, Feb. 16, for Presidents’ Day. The MM&P New Orleans Hall will be closed on Tuesday, Feb. 17 for Mardi Gras.

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The Senate last week approved legislation authorizing the Keystone XL Pipeline without considering or voting on the anti-Jones Act amendment that had been attached to the bill by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz). The amendment was beaten back by advocates for the U.S.-flag fleet in Congress, the maritime unions and U.S.-flag shipping companies.

“This is an important victory for all of us,” said MM&P President Don Marcus. “I want to thank the many MM&P members who contacted their members of Congress in defense of the Jones Act and the hundreds of thousands of family-supporting jobs it represents. I also want to express my appreciation to the members who responded to the union’s grassroots campaign with a contribution to the MM&P Political Contribution Fund.”

As a first step to completely dismantling the Jones Act, McCain’s amendment would have eliminated its “build” requirement, which stipulates that vessels traveling between two U.S. ports be built in the United States. If it had been approved, the amendment would have decimated the nation’s shipping industry. McCain, the new chair of the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee, has stated that this is only round one and that he will persist in his efforts to weaken and repeal the Jones Act.

Remember: The MM&P Political Contribution Fund (PCF) is essential to our efforts to conserve the Jones Act and the other laws and statutes that protect the jobs of America’s merchant mariners. Go to and contribute to the PCF today!

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As has been reported in previous issues of The Wheelhouse Weekly, the Coast Guard is accepting comments on a proposal that would require U.S. terminals to ensure seafarers access to shore “in a timely manner and at no cost to the individual.” The issue of free and timely access to shore is one that can affect all MM&P members in each and every membership group. Please make your voice heard by sending comments on the proposed rule to the Coast Guard. The deadline to comment is Feb. 27, 2015. Go to and click on the link under Latest News for the union’s preliminary comments on the proposed rule as well as instructions on how to submit your own comments electronically, by fax or by mail.

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The City of Los Angeles is seeking port pilots. The deadline to apply is Feb. 12. Applications will only be accepted on-line. To apply go to

Requirements include three years of full-time paid experience as a USCG licensed master or chief mate of an inspected vessel of not less than 5,000 gross tons, on the waters of any ocean; or three years of full-time paid experience as a port pilot whose duties include docking and undocking of oceangoing or coastwise vessels in a major U.S. port; or three years of full-time paid experience as a master of a tugboat within the confines of San Pedro Bay and its tributaries, including experience as a docking master on flat tow vessels of at least 5,000 gross tons. More information can be obtained by going to and clicking on Competencies under Port Pilot.

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The State University of New York Maritime College is looking for watch officers, day workers and instructors for this year’s summer training cruise aboard the TS EMPIRE STATE. Employment on the summer training cruise offers an opportunity to assist with the at-sea, practical training of the mariners of tomorrow, as well as to participate in a great itinerary. Salary commensurate with licensure, certification and experience.

MM&P has a labor referral agreement with SUNY. It allows active members to extend their MM&P medical coverage and MITAGS training benefits. MM&P pensioners are allowed employment for the summer sea term under our Pension Plan Rules. For questions on this program, please contact J. Lars Turner, MM&P National Director of Collective Bargaining,

The overall training sea term will begin May 4 and end Aug. 12. You may apply and be considered for one of the following options: Cruise A (anticipated May 4-June 24); Cruise B (anticipated June 24-Aug. 12); Full Cruise (May 4-Aug. 12). Naval orders can be issued for MMR Officers. Requirements: senior licenses preferred, and recent sea experience required along with medical clearances. For more information or to apply, contact: Joann Sprague, office manager,, (718) 409-7352 and/or Captain Richard S. Smith, master of TS EMPIRE STATE,, (718) 409-7350.

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The Offshore Familiarization Course will be held at the MM&P San Francisco/Oakland Hall on Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 4-5. If you are interested in participating in the course, please contact the hall: 415-777-5074. There is no sea-time requirement to take the course. All Offshore applicants, potential transferees from other membership groups and other interested Offshore members are encouraged to take the course as soon as possible.

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States which have enacted laws drafted by the anti-labor group known as the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) have experienced sharp drops in public sector union membership. ALEC is a well-funded lobby that seeks to influence politics by generating “model legislation” that targets labor unions and other groups. The organization says it introduces about 1,000 bills a year, of which 20 percent are eventually enacted.

A new study published in Perspectives in Politics, a peer-reviewed academic journal, shows that laws that restrict collective bargaining rights, make it more difficult to collect union dues and easier to privatize public services have taken their toll. On average, the laws cause a drop in union membership of three percentage points annually, for a total so far of nearly 10 percent of public sector union membership for the United States as a whole. The study found no comparable decline in states where no ALEC anti-union bill had been signed into law. Studies have shown that when family-supporting public sector jobs are privatized, they are often transformed into low-wage jobs with few benefits. The author of the study is Alex Hertel-Fernandez, a PhD student in Government and Social Policy at Harvard University.

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Authorities operating within the context of the Paris, Indian Ocean and Black Sea memoranda of understanding (MOUs) last month released preliminary results of their joint inspection campaign on STCW hours of rest, which was carried out last year between Sept. 1 and Nov. 30.

During the campaign, a total of 57 ships were detained. Overall, the authorities identified 174 ships with 246 deficiencies. The most significant: lack of correctly recorded records on hours of rest; non-compliance with the STCW requirements of rest periods for all watch-keeping personnel, including the weekly requirements of rest; and failure to maintain records indicating that a bridge lookout is being maintained. The flag with the highest number of detentions was Moldova. The inspections showed that a total of 1,268 ships were operating with a two-watch system for the navigational watch; 13 of these ships were detained.

Paris MoU reported that 16 ships were detained over the three-month period for deficiencies related to hours of rest. The main areas of concern were hours of rest not being recorded properly, watch-keeping personnel without sufficient rest and bridge lookout not maintained. A total of 21 inspections revealed that the manning level was not in accordance with the Minimum Safe Manning Document.

Australia carried out the most inspections (837, with 13 detentions), followed by India (160 inspections with 11 detentions). The Black Sea MoU detained six ships. The results will be analyzed and presented to the 16th meeting of the Port State Control Committee in April 2015, after which the report will be submitted to the International Maritime Organization.

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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 Kelly Michielli, 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 – 4/13/15, 8/17/15, 10/12/15

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation: 6/19/15, 7/13/15

ARPA-OIC – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 3/31/15, 8/4/15, 9/22/15

AZIPOD 2-Day – 4/6/15, 10/1/15

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 3/23/15, 5/18/15, 8/3/15, 10/19/15

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 3/2/15, 4/13/15, 6/17/15, 7/16/15, 11/9/15

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling: 3/4/15, 4/8/15, 9/28/15

BT – Basic Safety Training: 4/6/15, 6/8/15, 8/10/15, 10/5/15

BT-Revalidation –8/4/15, 11/3/15

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 4/13/15, 10/26/15

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

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

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 4/20/15, 6/15/15, 7/27/15, 9/28/15

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 4/13/15, 6/1/15, 8/3/15, 10/19/15

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (2 weeks): 4/27/15, 10/5/15

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information System: 4/6/15, 6/8/15, 8/17/15, 11/2/15, 12/7/15

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM): 2/16/15, 3/9/15, 3/30/15, 4/20/15,5/11/15, 6/22/15, 7/13/15, 8/10/15, 8/31/15, 10/26/15, 11/30/15

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 3/2/15, 11/16/15

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (2 weeks): 3/9/15, 9/14/15

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 3/9/15, 3/30/15, 4/13/15, 5/4/15, 6/1/15, 7/13/15, 8/10/15, 8/24/15,10/5/15, 11/9/15, 11/30/15

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 2/9/15, 3/16/15, 4/6/15, 4/20/15, 5/11/15, 6/8/15, 7/20/15, 8/17/15,8/31/15, 10/12/15, 11/16/15, 12/7/15

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 3/23/15

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 5/11/15, 11/9/15

CNAV-OIC – Celestial Navigation: 4/27/15, 11/9/15

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop: Contact Admissions

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications: 7/9/15

DDE – Great Lakes: 5/27/15

DPA – 3/19/15

ECDIS-OIC – 2/16/15

ECDIS-Pilots – 3/2/15, 6/15/15, 7/14/15, 11/12/15

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 2/23/15

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 2/9/15, 4/6/15, 6/8/15, 8/10/15, 10/5/15

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications: 4/14/15, 7/6/15, 9/15/15, 11/11/15

GL Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization: Contact Admissions

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System: 3/16/15, 8/24/15

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 6/22/15, 8/31/15, 11/16/15

LAP- 4/6/15, 9/14/15

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes: Contact Admissions

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License: 3/2/15, 6/1/15, 8/3/15, 11/30/15

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 3/3/15, 4/15/15, 6/17/15, 7/16/15, 9/16/15, 11/10/15

LNG-TPIC – 12/7/15

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC): 3/30/15, 9/21/15

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 3/16/15, 4/20/15, 6/15/15, 8/24/15, 12/7/15

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 3/2/15, 5/11/15, 7/27/15, 9/28/15

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 3/16/15, 4/20/15, 6/15/15, 8/24/15, 10/12/15, 12/7/15

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 3/21/15, 4/25/15, 6/20/15, 7/25/15, 8/28/15, 11/5/15, 12/12/15

MSA –Maritime Security Awareness: Contact Admissions

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic): 2/26/15, 6/5/15, 8/19/15, 10/29/15

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (4 Evenings): 2/23/15, 6/2/15, 8/17/15, 10/27/15

*MSC-ENVPRO – 2/15/15, 6/6/15, 8/16/15, 10/31/15

*MSC-FF-HELO – 2/10/15, 6/9/15, 8/3/15, 11/2/15

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualification: 2/16/15, 5/26/15, 8/8/15, 10/19/15

*MSC-Security Watch Basic – 2/20/15, 5/30/15, 8/6/15, 10/17/15

*MSC-Security Watch Advanced – 2/22/15, 6/1/15, 8/12/15, 10/23/15

*MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force – 2/23/15, 6/2/15, 8/13/15, 10/24/15

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 3/30/15, 8/3/15, 9/21/15

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 2/18/15, 3/6/15, 3/18/15, 4/1/15, 4/15/15, 4/29/15, 5/6/15, 5/13/15, 6/3/15, 6/17/15, 7/8/15, 7/22/15, 8/5/15, 8/19/15, 9/2/15, 9/16/15, 9/30/15, 10/14/15, 10/28/15, 11/3/15, 11/11/15, 11/18/15, 12/2/15, 12/10/15

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 3/23/15, 6/1/15, 7/27/15

SAR-OIC – Search & Rescue – 4/6/15, 10/19/15

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 2/16/15, 5/11/15, 6/22/15, 11/2/15

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling-5 Day: 3/2/15, 4/27/15, 7/27/15, 9/28/15

SMS – 3/17/15

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 8/3/15

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses: 7/6/15

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 2/23/15, 8/3/15

TRAC-TUG-2: Contact Admissions

TTT – 3/23/15

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties: 5/21/15

VSO – Vessel Security Officer: 4/18/15, 5/18/15, 7/22/15, 9/9/15, 10/7/15, 10/17/15

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level): 3/2/15, 9/28/15

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 2/23/15, 9/14/15

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Please also see our schedule and enroll online at For registration contact our registrar, Jennifer Pitzen: 206.838.1126 or

February 2015

9-13 ECDIS
9-13 Leadership and Managerial Skills
9-13 Medical Care Provider
16-20 Rules of the Road
16-27 GMDSS
23-27 ECDIS
23-27 Leadership and Managerial Skills

March 2015

2-6 Leadership and Managerial Skills
2-6 Basic Construction and Stability
9th Radar Renewal
9-20 Celestial Navigation
16-20 Leadership and Managerial Skills
16-20 Medical Care Provider
16-27 GMDSS
16-27 Medical Person-In-Charge
23-27 ECDIS
30-3 Leadership and Managerial Skills

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