Wheelhouse Weekly – January 10, 2017

January 11th 2017

Volume 22 . . . Number 2. . . Jan. 10, 2017


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MM&P and the other Nautilus Federation unions have launched a new legal support network for mariners.

The network, known as JASON, includes a 24/7 helpline.

A major goal is to protect union members from being unjustly “criminalized” after accidents at sea. The project was officially unveiled last month and the network became operational today, Jan. 10.

“The Guidelines on Fair Treatment of Seafarers in the Event of a Maritime Accident–adopted in 2006 by the International Maritime Organization/International Labor Organization–were intended to prevent seafarers from being singled out after maritime accidents and to ensure that they receive fair treatment from the authorities,” says Mark Dickinson, general secretary of Nautilus International.

“But the adoption of these guidelines is not sufficient to ensure that seafarers are not victimized.”

“The federation is therefore establishing an international support and assistance network to enhance the available support for our respective members.”

Here’s how the system works. When a member of one of the Nautilus Federation unions contacts the 24/7 helpline, the details (the member’s contact information and a description of the facts) will be forwarded for action to the relevant union.

The network can be accessed: at for an instant message chat; free call from 45 countries using the phone numbers listed on the same page; SMS text message to +44 (0)7860 017 119; e-mail to; or Skype (username nautilus-247).

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MM&P has called once again on Military Sealift Command (MSC) to adequately compensate Civil Service mariners for the dangers many of them are now facing as they carry out their jobs.

“MM&P is very concerned about the safety of our members,” Randi Ciszewski, the union’s Government Fleet representative, told MSC officials in an e-mail exchange written on the heels of the Jan. 9 clash between USS MAHAN and a group of Iranian attack boats.

At the time of the attack, USS MAHAN was escorting fleet oiler USNS WALTER S. DIEHL, which is operated by Civil Service mariners, including licensed deck officers who belong to the MM&P Federal Employees Membership Group (FEMG).

U.S. Navy officials said in statements that four Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps boats approached to within 900 yards and did not respond to MAHAN’s attempts to make radio contact.

The destroyer responded with a progressive set of warnings including the ship’s siren, ship’s whistle, flares and a helicopter-launched smoke float.

The incident is the latest and most dramatic confrontation between Iranian and U.S. forces near the Strait of Hormuz, and it follows a pattern of high-speed approaches by Iran’s patrol craft.

In a separate incident, in October of last year USS MASON responded in kind to missile attacks from the Red Sea coast of Yemen.

According to a U.S. military spokesperson, the crew detected multiple missiles fired toward MASON, which responded with onboard countermeasures.

The guided missile destroyer was accompanying a group of ships that included USS PONCE, which is operated by licensed deck officers represented by MM&P.

“MM&P submits that Civil Service mariners in the line of fire qualify for a vessel attack bonus or other form of danger pay/differential,” Ciszewski says.

“The Navy is knowingly sending civilian workers into combat where they are facing hostile forces (aka being shot at) and they’re risking life and limb. What monetary recognition and other benefits can be awarded to these members?”

An MSC request that the Department of Defense (DOD) rule on hazard or other danger pay for Civil Service mariners is reportedly pending.

Ciszewski says she has been informed that the timeframe for filing a grievance or grievances on behalf of MM&P members assigned aboard ships experiencing hostility will be extended until DOD responds.

MM&P officials have asked MSC to immediately schedule a time to discuss the union’s concerns and negotiate over allowances, hazard bonuses or pay differentials.

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Under the terms of the ballot resolution recently approved by members, the MM&P Pompano Hall is now operating under the jurisdiction of the Atlantic Ports Vice President.

The proposal to shift jurisdiction of the hall was made by Atlantic Ports Vice President Don Josberger.

“I greatly look forward to enabling both guidance and support to all our members and pensioners who utilize this important hall,” Josberger said.

He said he will soon schedule a membership meeting to discuss how best to further these objectives.

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The Coast Guard has fined a man who shone a high-powered laser beam at the bridge of Washington State Ferry TOKITAE, striking both the master and the chief mate in the eyes.

In an official statement, a Coast Guard spokesperson said that Washington State resident Mark Raden was aboard another Washington State Ferry, the KITSAP, on a route parallel to the TOKITAE’s on the night of Oct. 22, 2015, when he aimed the blue laser at the officers on the bridge.

In addition to the Coast Guard fine of $9,500 for interfering with the safe operation of a vessel, Raden was also charged with reckless endangerment.

He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 15 days in jail, 240 hours of community service and 24 months of probation.

He was also ordered to pay restitution of $3,700 to TOKITAE’s master and chief mate.

“Interfering with the safe operation of a vessel, particularly a large passenger vessel, endangers all of those on board,” said Commander Darwin Jensen, Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound chief of prevention.

“This one person’s irresponsible actions could have had a much more tragic outcome for the passengers of the TOKITAE as the vessel was preparing to arrive in Clinton. The Coast Guard will pursue appropriate criminal or civil enforcement actions against anyone who interferes with the safe operation of vessels.”

The case is among many recent incidents in which powerful laser beams have been deliberately aimed at vessels and airplanes.

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Congressman Al Green (D-Texas) has introduced legislation that would establish a Merchant Mariner Equity Compensation Fund to provide benefits to certain individuals who served in the American Merchant Marine (including the Army Transport Service and the Naval Transport Service) during World War II.

If passed, the legislation would confer a $25,000 one-time payment on eligible applicants who, between Dec. 7, 1941, and Dec. 31, 1946, were members of the American Merchant Marine (including the Army Transport Service and the Naval Transport Service) serving as a documented crewmember of a vessel that was operated internationally by the War Shipping Administration or the Office of Defense Transportation under contract or charter to the United States.

The bill, HR 154, the “Honoring Our WWII Merchant Mariners Act of 2017,” has been referred to the Veterans Affairs Committee.

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Military Sealift Command (MSC) has recognized Captain James Dolan for “outstanding integrity, development, interest in the seafaring profession” and performance over the course of his career.

Dolan, a member of the MM&P Federal Employees Membership Group (FEMG), has sailed as master for MSC for the past 26 years and on the underway replenishment oiler USNS KANAWHA for the past 12 years.

During the course of his 36 years with MSC, he has sailed in all licensed deck officer positions on numerous vessels.

“I am pleased to recognize and suitably honor the selected Civil Service Marine Officers, considered by the fleet to be the most outstanding during the past five years,” said then MSC Commander Rear Adm. T.K. Shannon in announcing the award, which includes a certificate and a cash bonus.

Dolan, whose brother John is a member of MM&P’s Offshore Group, said MSC offers professional mariners “many great opportunities for professional development on a variety of government-operated ships, and ways to quickly advance their careers.”

He says the emphasis the government places on reducing military costs will position MSC for sustained growth, because “Civil Service mariners can operate ships more efficiently than their Navy counterparts.”

In closing he said, “It has been an honor and a privilege to sail with such hard-working, committed and dedicated mariners in the MSC fleet.”

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International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) President Harold Daggett says union officials will focus on two issues–the importance of local contract bargaining and automation–in upcoming informal talks with representatives of the United States Maritime Alliance (USMX).

In the informal talks, Daggett said, “we set our sights on 2017 and beyond. Our current six-year Master Contract will run until Sept. 30, 2018, giving us 20 months to negotiate a new Master Contract at Atlantic and Gulf Coast ports or extend the current agreement.”

The talks, which are scheduled to begin on Feb. 13, are intended to give both parties an opportunity to address issues relating to the collective bargaining agreement.

Daggett said he intends to convey to employers the union’s intent to put greater emphasis on local contract bargaining.

He said during the last round of negotiations, several ILA ports did not reach agreements on their local contracts before the Master Contract was ratified in April 2013.

He said the ILA will “make certain that members at all ports are satisfied with their local agreements before we ask them to ratify the entire contract package.”

Daggett predicts that the issue of automation will dominate the Master Contract talks.

He said the ILA “will not allow automation to rip apart our livelihoods and destroy our jobs and families.”

“Right from the outset,” he said, “the ILA intends to let management know that we are totally opposed to fully automated terminals.”

“The ILA has no problem with semi-automated terminals,” Daggett said.

“We look to work with our management partners keeping our industry strong and vibrant, but will not submit to agreeing on anything that eliminates jobs.”

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Members employed or seeking employment aboard International Shipholding Corporation (ISH) vessels (Central Gulf Lines, Waterman Steamship Corporation, Sulphur Carriers) are urged to review posted notices in the hiring halls and in the Members’ Only section of

These notices were transmitted to contracted ISH vessels on Nov. 14, Nov. 22 and Dec. 27, 2016, and on Jan. 6, 2017.

The same information has also been posted in the Members’ Only section of

To view the documents in the Members’ Only section of, go to, enter the Members’ Only site and, in the left-hand column, click on “Documents,” then on “Document Downloads” and then on “ISH Bankruptcy.”

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A meeting of the Offshore Shipping Rules Committee is scheduled for Feb. 22-23. Members who wish to submit a resolution should send it to the Office of the International Secretary-Treasurer.

Please refer to Article XIII of the Offshore Shipping Rules for additional information on submitting resolutions.

The Offshore Shipping Rules are posted in the Members’ Only section of

The deadline for submission of proposed changes is prior to close of business on Feb. 10, 2017.

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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, Jan. 16, for Martin Luther King’s birthday.

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There will be an Offshore membership meeting in the MM&P New York/New Jersey Hall on Wednesday, Jan. 11, immediately after the 1100 job call.

All Offshore members in the area are encouraged to attend the meeting.

The hall is located at 570 Broad Street, Suite 701, Newark, NJ 07102.

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There will be a membership meeting in the MM&P Los Angeles/Long Beach Hall on Wednesday, Jan. 11, immediately after job call.

All members in the area are encouraged to attend the meeting.

The LA/LB Hall is located at 533 N. Marine Ave., Suite A, Wilmington, CA 90744-5527. The phone number is: 310-834-7201.

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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: 1/24/17, 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: 1/30/17, 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: 1/23/17, 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: 1/16/17, 4/10/17, 6/12/17, 7/31/17, 10/2/17, 12/11/17

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 1/9/17, 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: 1/23/17, 3/27/17, 6/26/17, 8/14/17,9/18/17

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM) – 1/30/17,2/20/17, 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): 1/16/17, 2/6/17, 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): 1/23/17, 2/13/17, 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: 1/30/17, 6/5/17

DPA – Contact Admissions

ECDIS-OIC – Contact Admissions

ECDIS for Pilots – 2/28/17, 5/24/17, 11/14/17

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 2/27/17, 7/10/17, 8/28/17, 10/16/17, 12/4/17

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 1/23/17, 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: 1/17/17, 4/4/17, 4/18/17, 9/12/17

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization: 1/6/17

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- 2/13/17, 9/11/17

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes: 1/9/17

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: 1/18/17, 3/7/17, 4/19/17, 9/13/17

LNG-TPIC – 12/4/17

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC): 2/13/17, 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: 1/9/17, 3/20/17, 5/8/17, 7/10/17, 9/11/17, 10/23/17

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 1/30/17, 4/24/17, 6/26/17, 8/28/17, 11/13/17, 12/4/17

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 1/9/17, 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: 1/14/17, 3/6/17, 5/1/17, 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): 2/23/17, 6/9/17, 8/9/17, 10/2/17

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control: 2/21/17, 6/7/17, 8/7/17, 10/3/17

*MSC-ENVPRO – 2/26/17, 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: 1/9/17, 2/27/17, 6/12/17, 7/17/17, 8/13/17, 10/9/17

*MSC-Security Watch Basic – 2/24/17, 6/10/17, 8/10/17, 10/5/17

*MSC-Security Watch Advanced – 1/13/17, 3/3/17, 6/16/17, 7/21/17, 8/12/17, 10/7/17

*MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force – 1/16/17, 6/17/17, 7/24/17, 8/18/17, 10/13/17

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P – 1/25/17, 3/22/17, 5/9/17

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 1/23/17, 8/17/17, 9/25/17

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 1/11/17, 2/1/17, 2/8/17, 2/22/17, 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: 1/16/17, 7/31/17

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

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 2/20/17, 5/15/17, 8/28/17, 10/23/17

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling-5 Day – 2/20/17, 5/1/17, 6/26/17, 9/25/17, 11/27/17

SMS – Contact Admissions

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 1/9/17, 8/7/17

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses: 1/30/17, 7/10/17

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 2/13/17, 8/7/17

TRAC-TUG-2: Contact Admissions

TTT – Contact Admissions

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties: Contact Admissions

VSO – Vessel Security Officer:, 2/14/17, 4/17/17, 5/22/17

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level): 2/20/17

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

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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

January 2017

16-20 Leadership & Managerial Skills
16-20 Basic Shiphandling
16-20 Medical Care Provider
16-27 Medical Person-In-Charge
21-23 Basic Training Refresher
23-24 ECDIS for Pilots
23-27 Train the Trainer
23-27 Basic Training
27th Leadership & Teamworking Skills
30th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties
30-2 Advanced Firefighting
30-2 ARPA
30-17 Terrestrial & Coastal Navigation w/ Compasses

February 2017

3rd Radar Renewal
6-7 ECDIS for Pilots
6-10 Engine Resource Management
10th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties
11-13 Basic Training Refresher
13-17 ECDIS
13-17 Basic Training
20-24 Leadership & Managerial Skills
20-24 Medical Care Provider
21-23 Integrated Electronic Navigation
27-2 Advanced Firefighting

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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