Wheelhouse Weekly – February 28, 2017

March 1st 2017

Volume 22…Number 9…Feb. 28, 2017


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Transport workers marched through the streets of Vancouver, Canada, on Feb. 23 to demand that the government reject a plan that would eliminate maritime cabotage laws, reduce the extent of compulsory pilotage areas and privatize airports and seaports.

Cabotage laws–such as the Jones Act in the United States–reserve a portion of a country’s maritime trade to ships that fly the national flag and employ domestic workers.

They exist in numerous countries, in part to ensure the availability of citizen mariners and domestic vessels to meet the needs of war or other national emergency.

The plan being considered in Canada calls for opening employment in the coastwise maritime trade to foreign nationals and selling Canadian airports and ports to corporate interests.

In essence, it represents the regulatory implementation of the transnational trade pact known as the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union (EU). CETA has been ratified by the EU nations and is pending in Canada’s Senate.

The Feb. 23 “Rally to Save Our Coasts” was led by Canadian unions that represent workers in air, rail, ports, trucking, marine and ferry services.

The unions say 900,000 Canadian jobs will disappear if the government approves the plan.

“At risk is every Canadian who works aboard a ship, tug, ferry, barge or dredge because the government’s actions would allow the maritime industry to hire foreign seafarers paid as little as $1.26 per hour, a wage no Canadian worker can live on,” says Rob Ashton, president of International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada.

“Weak people who won’t stand up to multinationals have occupied political office in Canada, the United States and Australia,” said another speaker, International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) President Paddy Crumlin, who is also national secretary of the Maritime Union of Australia.

“And maritime and aviation workers are on the front lines because of our exposure to international trade.”

If the measures are approved, Ashton says, “foreign corporations with no stake in Canada could put our economy and environment at risk with no benefit to the nation.”

As a case in point, he cites the October 2016 grounding and oil spill by a Kirby Marine tug in protected waters off Bella Bella, British Columbia.

Kirby Marine had obtained a waiver allowing the tug to operate in the protected area without a local pilot on board.

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Captain Bob Lippold, a member of the Aransas-Corpus Christi Pilots Association, has received the Coast Guard’s meritorious service award for preventing a serious accident in the Corpus Christi Ship Channel in January.

Lippold received the award on Feb. 21 for “quick and decisive action” for an incident that occurred on Jan. 5, when the AP REVELIN, a Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier, lost power as it approached the difficult turn where the channel intersects the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.

A fuel injector had failed, causing the loss of power and crippling the ship.

Lippold used water currents and the ship’s anchors to steer it safely toward the south side of the channel before it reached the rock jetties.

“Captain Lippold’s actions prevented damage to the ship and nearby structures and avoided a possible pollution incident that would have resulted in closure of the ship channel for several days,” said Michael T. Cunningham, deputy captain of the port, in presenting Lippold with the award.

“He directly contributed to the safe anchoring of the AP REVELIN at a location away from passing ships and shoreline property.”

The Meritorious Public Service Award is one of the Coast Guard’s highest honors.

“Captain Bob Lippold exemplifies the caliber of harbor pilots who make up the Aransas-Corpus Christi Pilots,” said Captain Jay Rivera, presiding officer of the pilots’ association.

The Aransas-Corpus Christi Pilots are members of MM&P.

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The new issue of The Master, Mate & Pilot has been posted on In this issue of the magazine:

– maritime unions defend American mariners’ right to shore leave;
– how to access the 24 hour helpline for members of Nautilus unions;
– interviews with Rusty Bradshaw of Weeks Marine dredge RN WEEKS and Frank Segree of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dredge HURLEY;
– feature article by J. Timothy Bordelon on “Why we need the human factor in modern shipping”;
– quick thinking by Biscayne Bay pilot saves two lives;
– Alaska Marine Highway System Ferry AURORA to the rescue;
– MM&P says Civil Service mariners on the front lines deserve hazard pay;
– Columbia Bar Pilots on Oregon Public TV;
– MM&P holiday party photos.

Plus, news and photos from our members aboard:

– Washington State Ferries.

The Master, Mate & Pilot will be in your mailbox soon! In the meantime, look for it online on Just click on “News” at the top of the page, then on “MM&P Magazine.”

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International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) President Harold Daggett is seeking an urgent meeting with members of Congress to discuss issues of concern to the union, including job losses and interference by outsiders in personnel decisions in the Port of New York and New Jersey.

The news comes on the heels of published reports that some ILA members were considering work stoppages in East and Gulf coast ports and a march on Washington, D.C.

The unrest is said to be motivated by: the fact that many jobs at marine terminals in South Carolina are held by state employees rather than by union members; and involvement by the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor in labor force issues in the Port of New York and New Jersey.

“We hear your anger, we hear your frustration and we intend to address it,” Daggett said in an official statement to the ILA membership.

“With a delegation of ILA leaders, I will be heading to Washington immediately to seek help for our industry from Congress.”

“I strongly urge all ILA members not to engage in any work stoppage or any other violation of the current master contract,” he added.

“I am confident Congress will understand the urgency of our issues and resolve any and all problems.”

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Labor unions and their allies in New Hampshire have succeeded in beating back an attempt by Republican Gov. Chris Sununu and other anti-worker politicians to pass “right-to-work” (RTW) legislation.

RTW laws require unions to represent free riders in a workplace who take advantage of union-negotiated contracts and benefits without paying any dues.

Such measures weaken unions by starving them of funds.

On average, workers in states with right-to-work laws have wages that are 12 percent lower than those of workers in other states.

Studies show that rates of occupational illness, injury and mortality are significantly higher in RTW states.

Household incomes are lower and there are fewer critical public services available to residents.

“This bill is deceiving in name,” said a member of a carpenters’ union who demonstrated outside the New Hampshire state house while the measure was being debated.

“It enables other workers on the job to get our benefits without having to pay for it.”

Sununu, who had pushed the anti-labor measure in New Hampshire, attributed its defeat to failure on the part of legislators to “understand this opportunity to unleash the untapped potential of our economy.”

Many had expected a close vote, but the final result was 200-177. A handful of Republicans spoke against the law during floor debate and enough joined with House Democrats to defeat right-to-work.

The House then voted to ban consideration of right-to-work for the rest of the session, effectively killing it for the next two years.

In Missouri, where the GOP majority legislature and governor passed RTW at the beginning of this year, unions and their allies are laying the groundwork to take the issue to voters in 2018 in the form of a referendum.

More than half the states in the country—but none in New England—now have RTW laws on the books.

On the federal level, Reps. Steve King (La.) and Joe Wilson (S.C.) last month introduced HR 785, a nationwide version of right-to-work.

President Donald Trump has said through his press spokesman that he is strongly in favor of the legislation.

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The Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC) and its working groups will meet in Washington, D.C., on March 22-23. The meetings will be open to the public.

MERPAC and its working groups are scheduled to meet on Wednesday, March 22, from 0800 until 1730 and the full committee is scheduled to meet on Thursday, March 23, from 0800 until 1730.

The meetings may adjourn early if the committee has completed its business.

Among the topics that will be discussed are STCW implementation, fatigue and issues relating to the National Maritime Center (NMC).

As a reminder, MERPAC meetings provide an opportunity for mariners to interact with NMC officials and staff to discuss pending issues. MM&P members are encouraged to attend these meetings.

The meetings will take place at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C. For information on entering the premises and parking, go to:

Attendees who are U.S. citizens must pre-register for the meetings no later than March 14, 2017, while non-U.S. citizens are required to pre-register no later than March 1, 2017.

For information on how to pre-register, what identification to bring and how to submit written comments in advance, go to:

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APL Maritime has new contract training requirements for rotary second mates, chief mates and masters.

Effective Jan. 1, 2017, second mates sailing on APL Maritime vessels must have the following:

· Medical Person-in-Charge (Med-PIC) Endorsement with refresher every five years;
· Drug and Alcohol Testing Certificate with refresher every five years;
· Vessel Security Officer Endorsement (no refresher).

Chief mates and masters must have the above, as well as Emergency SHS, Assessor and Hazardous Materials training.

As the result of a meeting with union officials and APL, MITAGS-PMI East has added a new 10-Day Med-PIC course that starts on March 13.

Please check the website or contact MITAGS admissions for a complete list of original and refresher offerings.

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The MM&P Houston Hall will be closed on Thursday, March 2, for Texas Independence Day. MM&P headquarters, the MM&P Federal Credit Union and Atlantic Ports Union Halls including Tampa will be closed on March 17 for Gleason’s Birthday.

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On Feb. 16, an Offshore contract ballot was mailed.

Please go to and enter the Members’ Only section to view the ballot regarding contracts at Central Gulf Lines/Waterman Steamship/Sulphur Carriers Inc. and Maersk Line, Limited and E-Ships Inc.

The voting period for the ballot is from Feb. 16, 2017 to 0900, Monday, April 17, 2017.

If you do not receive a ballot, please contact Star Dorsey,

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The MM&P Health and Benefit Plan has mailed new Identification Cards (ID) to all participants.

Participants should destroy their old ID card when they receive the new card.

Participants’ health benefits have not changed. Only their health identification number has changed.

The Plan Office has notified all health plan providers of the change and they have updated their records/files with participants’ new identification number.

Please note that receipt of the identification card does not mean that you automatically have eligibility.

If you have a question about your current eligibility, or if you have questions about the new ID card, please contact the Plan Office

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The 12 members of the crew of the MALAVIYA 20—a ship that was abandoned by its owners in a United Kingdom port last June–finally began their journey home on Feb. 21.

Thanks to the intervention of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), they left with all the wages they were owed.

The MALAVIYA 20 is one of two Indian-owned and -flagged vessels abandoned by their owners after they were detained in Aberdeen and Great Yarmouth.

The ITF assisted both crews from the beginning. It was routine ITF inspections that first revealed problems with the vessels and uncovered the fact that members of the crew had not been paid.

“The ship was detained by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency primarily because of owed wages,” said ITF inspector Paul Keenan.

“The company initially paid some of the owed money and some members of the crew were repatriated.

Then nothing. So in December, we arrested the vessel on the crew’s behalf. The bank which owned the ship contacted us and sent a representative over to meet with the ITF in January. They agreed to pay all owed wages to the crew currently on the vessel and those who had left earlier.”

In all, $689,679 was paid to a total of 33 crewmembers who were owed wages dating back to October 2015. In the time when they were abandoned, some crewmembers had taken loans out so that their families could survive.

Meanwhile the crew of the detained sister ship the MALAVIYA SEVEN remains stranded in Aberdeen. The ITF is moving to arrest the vessel on the crew’s behalf in order to secure for them the wages and tickets home to which they too are entitled.

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Libyan militia forces on Feb. 21 seized and then released a car carrier operated by the Korean shipping firm EUKOR.

The twelve Filipino seafarers who were aboard the car carrier at the time were not harmed.

The vessel, MORNING COMPASS, was sailing from South Korea to Misrata carrying a load of 5,000 cars.

The militiamen diverted the vessel to the port of Ras Al-Hilal, northeast of Benghazi.

A spokesperson for the government of Eastern Libya told journalists that the vessel had been seized because it had entered a military zone and had not responded to repeated radio warnings to exit.

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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 – 4/17/17, 8/21/17, 10/16/17

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation: 5/23/17

ARPA-OIC – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 4/4/17, 8/8/17, 9/26/17

AZIPOD 2-Day – 3/6/17, 5/22/17, 10/16/17

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 4/3/17, 6/19/17, 9/25/17, 11/13/17

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 3/6/17, 5/22/17, 7/20/17, 11/14/17

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

BRMP-Refresher – 3/8/17, 5/24/17, 7/17/17, 9/12/17, 10/18/17

BT – Basic Safety Training: 4/10/17, 8/14/17, 10/9/17

BT-Revalidation (2-day) – 3/9/17, 5/4/17, 6/22/17, 8/21/17, 9/28/17, 11/8/17, 12/14/17

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 3/9/17, 5/4/17, 6/22/17, 8/20/17, 9/28/17, 11/8/17, 12/14/17

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 5/8/17, 10/30/17

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

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

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 4/10/17, 6/12/17, 7/31/17, 10/2/17, 12/11/17

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 3/13/17, 6/5/17, 8/7/17, 9/25/17, 12/4/17

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (2 weeks): 4/17/17, 10/9/17

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information System: 3/27/17, 6/26/17, 8/14/17, 9/18/17

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM) 5/22/17,6/19/17, 8/21/17, 9/11/17

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 4/3/17

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: 3/13/17, 7/31/17, 11/6/17

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (2 weeks): 5/1/17, 10/30/17

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 3/6/17, 3/20/17, 4/10/17, 4/24/17, 5/8/17,6/5/17, 7/17/17, 7/31/17, 8/14/17, 9/11/17, 10/2/17, 10/30/17, 12/4/17

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 3/13/17, 3/27/17, 4/17/17, 5/1/17, 5/15/17, 6/12/17, 7/24/17, 8/7/17, 8/21/17, 9/18/17, 10/9/17, 11/6/17, 12/11/17

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

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 3/20/17, 10/23/17

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 5/15/17, 11/13/17

CNAV-OIC – Celestial Navigation: 4/24/17, 11/6/17

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop: Contact Admissions

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications: 3/2/17

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior – 7/11/17

CDMGT – Crowd Management – 7/10/17

DDE – Great Lakes: 6/5/17

DPA – Contact Admissions

ECDIS-OIC – Contact Admissions

ECDIS for Pilots – 5/24/17, 11/14/17

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 7/10/17, 8/28/17, 10/16/17, 12/4/17

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 4/10/17, 8/14/17, 10/9/17

FF-ADV-REV – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation & Refresher: 3/7/17, 5/2/17, 6/20/17, 8/23/17, 9/26/17, 11/6/17, 12/12/17

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications: 4/4/17, 4/18/17, 9/12/17

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization: Contact Admissions

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System: 3/6/17, 8/21/17

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 6/26/17, 8/28/17, 11/27/17

LAP- 9/11/17

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

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License: 3/20/17, 6/5/17, 8/7/17, 12/4/17

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 3/7/17, 4/19/17, 9/13/17

LNG-TPIC – 12/4/17

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC): 4/3/17, 8/15/17, 9/25/17 (*2-Evening Session)

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control: Contact Admissions

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 3/13/17, 3/20/17, 5/8/17, 7/10/17, 9/11/17, 10/23/17

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 4/24/17, 6/26/17, 8/28/17, 11/13/17, 12/4/17

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 3/20/17, 4/17/17, 5/8/17, 9/11/17, 10/23/17, 11/27/17

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 3/6/17, 3/18/17, 5/1/17, 6/12/17 (Evening), 6/19/17, 7/16/17, 8/25/17, 9/25/17, 10/28/17, 12/11/17

MSA –Maritime Security Awareness: Contact Admissions

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic): 6/9/17, 8/9/17, 10/2/17

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control: 6/7/17, 8/7/17, 10/3/17

*MSC-ENVPRO – 6/4/17, 8/6/17, 10/1/17

*MSC-FF-HELO – 6/5/17, 8/13/17, 10/16/17

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualification: 6/12/17, 7/17/17, 8/13/17, 10/9/17

*MSC-Security Watch Basic – 6/10/17, 8/10/17, 10/5/17

*MSC-Security Watch Advanced – 6/16/17, 7/21/17, 8/12/17, 10/7/17

*MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force – 6/17/17, 7/24/17, 8/18/17, 10/13/17

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P – 3/22/17, 5/9/17, 6/13/17, 8/14/17, 10/2/17

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 8/17/17, 9/25/17

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 3/8/17, 3/22/17, 4/5/17, 4/19/17, 5/3/17, 5/10/17, 5/17/17, 6/7/17, 6/21/17, 7/12/17, 7/26/17, 8/9/17, 8/23/17, 9/20/17, 10/4/17, 10/18/17, 11/1/17, 11/8/17, 11/15/17, 11/29/17, 12/6/17, 12/13/17

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 7/31/17

SAR-OIC – Search & Rescue – 4/10/17, 10/16/17

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 5/15/17, 8/28/17, 10/23/17

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling-5 Day – 5/1/17, 6/26/17, 9/25/17, 11/27/17

SMS – Contact Admissions

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 8/7/17

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses: 7/10/17

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 5/8/17, 8/7/17

TRAC-TUG-2: Contact Admissions

TTT – Contact Admissions

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties: Contact Admissions

VSO – Vessel Security Officer: 4/17/17, 5/22/17, 7/13/17, 9/6/17

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

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 3/20/17, 9/11/17

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Winter-Spring 2017

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

March 2017

2nd Radar Renewal
4-6 Basic Training Refresher
6th Leadership & Teamworking Skills
6-10 Radar Observer Unlimited
6-10 Basic Training
13th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties
13-16 Advanced Firefighting
13-17 ECDIS
13-17 Tankerman Person-In-Charge
13-17 Meteorology – Operational Level
18-20 Basic Training Refresher
20-24 Engine Resource Management
20-24 Basic Construction and Stability
21st Radar Renewal
21-23 Security Officer – Vessel, Company, and Facility
22-24 Integrated Electronic Navigation
27th Flashing Light
27-31 Leadership & Managerial Skills
28-31 ARPA

April 2017

3-4 ECDIS for Pilots
3-7 Search & Rescue / Emergency Procedures
3-14 GMDSS
8-10 Basic Training Refresher
10-14 Basic Training
10-14 Medical Care Provider
10-21 Medical Person-In-Charge
10-21 Watchkeeping – Operational Level
17th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties
17-20 Advanced Firefighting
18th Radar Renewal
22-24 Basic Training Refresher
24-28 Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation (VPEN)
24-5 GMDSS

May 2017

2-4 Rating Forming Part of a Navigational Watch
6-8 Basic Training Refresher
8-12 ECDIS
8-12 Basic Training
8-12 Marine Propulsion Plants
15th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties
15-18 Advanced Firefighting
15-19 Able Seaman
15-26 Watchkeeping – Operational Level
15-26 Celestial Navigation
16-18 Integrated Electronic Navigation
20-22 Basic Training Refresher
23rd Radar Renewal
30th Leadership & Teamworking Skills
31-2 Security Officer – Vessel, Company, and Facility

June 2017

5-9 Medical Care Provider
5-9 Basic Shiphandling
5-16 Medical Person-In-Charge
10-12 Basic Training Refresher
12-16 Basic Training
12-16 Cargo Handling and Stowage – Operational Level
19th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties
20th Radar Renewal
19-22 Advanced Firefighting
19-23 Advanced Watchkeeping
19-23 Leadership & Managerial Skills
24-26 Basic Training Refresher
26-30 Engine Resource Management
27-29 Integrated Electronic Navigation

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