Wheelhouse Weekly – Jan. 6, 2015

January 7th 2015 ,

Volume 19 . . . Number 1 . . . Jan. 6, 2015


In this issue:

String of Accidents Mars Beginning of 2015:



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The MM&P New Orleans Hall will be closed on Jan. 7 for Chink Henry’s Birthday. The San Juan Hall will be closed on Jan. 12 for the Birthday of Eugenio Hostos. All MM&P union halls, the MM&P Plan Office, the MM&P Federal Credit Union and MM&P headquarters will be closed on Jan. 19 for Martin Luther King’s Birthday. The Nobel Prize laureate and civil rights activist was assassinated in 1968 while on a trip to Memphis in support of a strike by sanitation workers.

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The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) has joined others in criticizing a December decision by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) that France should compensate convicted Somali pirates for trial delays. “These criminals have been responsible for taking hostage thousands of seafarers who were subjected to unprovoked violence and sometimes torture,” a spokesperson for the IMB said in an official statement. “Some seafarers have also been murdered by pirates while carrying out their lawful business on the high seas.”

The ECHR last month ordered France to pay thousands of euros to Somali pirates who had attacked French ships in 2008. The pirates were captured by the French military on the Somali coast after they hijacked two French yachts in separate attacks in 2008. French authorities held one group for four days and the other group for six days and 16 hours before they were taken to France to stand trial. The ECHR said the pirates should be paid compensation because they were not immediately brought before a French court but instead kept in custody for a further two days after their arrival in France. The judge ruled that the delay constituted a “violation of their rights to freedom and security.”

The IMB spokesperson said that among other things, the court had failed to take into account “practical difficulties with respect to the gathering of evidence and transporting of the alleged perpetrators when a crime is committed at sea, thousands of miles from where the court proceedings take place, compared to a crime committed ashore.” The IMB added it was worried about the message that the ECHR’s decision might send other pirates and the implications it could have on shipping and seafarers’ safety.

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Authorities in Scotland say the coast guard has stopped searching for the eight-person crew of the Cyprus-flagged cement carrier CEMFJORD, which sank on Jan. 4. An extensive search has turned up no sign of the crew. The upturned hull of the CEMFJORD was spotted by a passing ferry on Saturdayand the wreck has now been located by sonar on the seabed. A spokesperson for the coast guard said it appears that the seven Polish nationals and one Filipino on board did not have time to send out a distress signal. A life raft from the cargo ship was discovered drifting in the Firth, but the authorities said it had apparently broken free when the vessel sank. The ship, operated by Brise of Hamburg, was carrying 2,000 tons of cement. A company spokesperson said in a statement that no distress call had been received from the vessel. The CEMFJORD was built in 1984 and converted to a cement carrier in 1998. It had been sailing from Aalborg, Denmark, to Runcorn, England, when it sank. There was no indication as to the cause of the accident.

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Two bodies have been recovered and 16 people are missing and presumed dead in the Jan. 2 sinking of the Bahamas-flagged BULK JUPITER. Only one man, the chief cook, was saved. He is reportedly in a state of shock and unable to supply information to the investigators. The ship, manned by an all-Filipino crew, sank in Vietnamese waters on its way to China from Malaysia. The BULK JUPITER, owned by Bermuda-based Gearbulk Holdings , was carrying 46,400 metric tons of bauxite.

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Salvors say they have not yet decided how to right the HOEGH OSAKA, which began listing shortly after leaving the Port of Southampton on Saturday evening and was grounded by its crew and a pilot off the Isle of Wight. All 25 mariners aboard the ship are said to be safe. One member of the crew was pulled from the water during the rescue operation while the others had made their way to the high side of the ship and were taken to safety. Two senior officers and the pilot stayed on board before being taken ashore.

“Our vessel developed a severe list shortly after she left port and the pilot and the master took the decision to save the vessel and its crew by grounding her on the bank,” said Hoegh Autoliners CEO Ingar Skiaker. “This showed great skill and seamanship,” he added.

The vessel was reportedly only one-third full of cargo. No oil leaks have been reported. There are 1,400 cars, many of them luxury vehicles, and 70 to 80 pieces of construction equipment on board the Singapore-flagged ship. The vessel is not in a shipping channel, so there has been no impact on other ships in the area. The Marine Accident Investigation Branch has launched an investigation into the causes of the accident.

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The Washington State Board of Pilotage Commissioners plans to hold an exam during the first half of October 2015 to identify qualified candidates for pilot training for the Puget Sound Pilotage District or Grays Harbor Pilotage District. The Board foresees the need for an unknown number of newly licensed pilots in the next several years. A monthly training stipend is available to full-time trainees who meet certain criteria. The stipend is now set at $6,000/month. A trainee is not an employee of the State and there are no taxes of any kind withheld from stipend payments, and no taxes or benefits are paid on a trainee’s behalf. Puget Sound pilots are independent contractors, all of whom are currently members of the Puget Sound Pilots Association. Grays Harbor pilots are employees of the Port of Grays Harbor.

To qualify to take the exam, applicants must meet the pre-examination requirements of statute RCW 88.16.090 and rules set forth in WAC 363-116-076. A federal pilotage endorsement for the area is no longer required prior to the exam or to obtain a training license. However, it will be required prior to getting a state pilot license. In general, applicants must meet specified service requirements as master for one to two years, while holding a minimum license as master of steam or motor vessels of not more than 1600 GRT or 3000 GT (ITC). Other types of service may also qualify. Refer to the Board’s web site for specific links at:

If you are interested in receiving more information or signing up for notices regarding the examination, please contact the Washington State Board of Pilotage Commissioners via e-mail at

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The Southeast Alaska Pilots’ Association has scheduled an exam for new trainees to be held at the Pacific Maritime Institute in Seattle from May 11-15, 2015. Basic details of the application process are on the Southeast Alaska Pilots’ Association web page at The exam fee for simulator and classroom time is expected to be about $2000 and will be payable to PMI. Applications must be postmarked by March 23, 2015. Please direct all questions to Absolutely no phone calls should be made to the SEAPA Business Office. All candidates must be able to qualify for a USCG Pilotage endorsement without tonnage restriction. If the applicant has seatime that may be applicable (i. e. combined tug and tow,), but does not currently hold an Unlimited license, he or she will need to provide proof from the USCG Regional Exam Center in Juneau that they are eligible for the appropriate federal endorsement.

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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: 1/20/15, 3/31/15, 8/4/15, 9/22/15

AZIPOD 2-Day – 2/2/15, 4/6/15, 10/1/15

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 1/26/15, 3/23/15, 5/18/15, 8/3/15, 10/19/15

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 2/4/15, 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: 1/19/15, 2/9/15, 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: 1/19/15, 4/20/15, 6/15/15, 7/27/15, 9/28/15

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 1/12/15, 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: 1/5/15, 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): 1/26/15,2/16/15, 3/30/15, 6/22/15, 8/10/15, 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): 2/2/15, 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: 1/26/15, 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: 1/19/15, 2/9/15, 4/6/15, 6/8/15, 8/10/15, 10/5/15

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications: 1/20/15, 4/14/15, 7/6/15, 9/15/15, 11/11/15

GL Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization: 1/23/15

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: 1/26/15

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License: 1/5/15, 3/2/15, 6/1/15, 8/3/15, 11/30/15

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 1/21/15, 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: 1/5/15, 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: 1/5/15, 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: 1/10/15, 1/24/15, 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: 1/19/15, 3/30/15, 8/3/15, 9/21/15

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 1/7/15, 1/14/15, 1/28/15, 2/4/15, 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: 1/12/15, 2/2/15, 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: 1/19/15, 3/2/15, 4/27/15, 7/27/15, 9/28/15

SMS – 3/17/15

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 1/26/15, 8/3/15

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses: 1/5/15, 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: 2/4/15, 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

January 2015

12th Flashing Light
12-16 Leadership and Managerial Skills
12-16 ECDIS
12-23 GMDSS
26-30 Radar Observer Unlimited
26-30 Leadership and Managerial Skills

February 2015

2nd Flashing Light
3-7 ARPA
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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