Wheelhouse Weekly – July 01, 2014


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Volume 18 . . . Number 26 . . . July 1, 2014


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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 Friday, July 4, for Independence Day. Pacific Ports will also be closed on Monday, July 7, for the ILWU holiday Bloody Thursday, in memory of the union members who were shot and killed during the 1934 maritime strike.


The officers and crew of Grand River Navigation’s MV MANISTEE on Monday saved a scuba diver who had drifted off as he ascended from the shipwreck of the schooner SANDUSKY, five miles west of the Mackinac Bridge. The MANISTEE was westbound with a cargo of road salt bound for Green Bay when the crew was alerted to the situation by the Coast Guard at 1220.

“I was on the bridge talking to Second Mate JB Collings as we watched an approaching storm front line to our west,” reported Captain Dave Miller. After being contacted by the Coast Guard, the MANISTEE, which is manned top to bottom by members of the MM&P Great Lakes & Rivers Group, altered course to render assistance. AB Jay Love manned the helm. Third Mate Jeff Porinchok alerted the bosun and deckhands and helped launch the MANISTEE’s 14-foot work boat after the diver was spotted half a mile from the anchored dive boat.

The captain brought the MANISTEE to a stop approximately 500 feet upwind of the diver to create a lee from the building seas. Assisting on deck were First Mate Seth Porter, OS Steve Hammond and Converyormen Jon Nelson and Brian Thompson, who helped launch the workboat and monitor the diver’s position. Third Assistant Engineer Martin Grindley was in the engine room. The work boat was manned by AB Bosun Rob Bentley and OS Mike Flanagan.

“By this time the thunderstorm had arrived with heavy rain and winds gusting over 30 knots,” the captain said. “The diver was fatigued and unable to climb into the boat. He held onto the side and Mike Flanagan held on to him as Rob Bentley piloted the work boat back to the anchored dive boat. The diver stated that he had been in the water for over two hours. He was wearing proper diving attire but the water temperature was 55 degrees. After the Coast Guard came and took the dive boat under tow, we safely recovered our work boat in three-to-four foot waves and continued on our way to Green Bay,” the captain said. He reported that the entire operation took just under one hour.


The crew of Washington State Ferry (WSF) WENATCHEE, including members of MM&P and the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (MEBA), rescued a man who had fallen off his small boat in the vicinity of Elliott Bay Marina on the morning of June 21. Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound watchstanders logged the call for help from the man, who had managed to keep hold of a VHF marine radio as he drifted away from the boat in his lifejacket. The crew of the WENATCHEE launched their small boat and rescued the man from the water. He was taken to a Seattle Fire Station, given emergency care and diagnosed with mild hypothermia. According to the Coast Guard, his 39-foot craft was moving at the moment he fell overboard. The boat continued on its course until it hit the Elliot Bay Marina break wall, where it sank.


Steven L. Rubin has been named interim president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Horizon Lines. A member of the company’s board of directors since November 2011, Rubin replaces Samuel Woodward. According to the biography provided by Horizon Lines, the new head of the company is a principal of InterPro Advisory LLC, a consulting practice serving the container shipping, intermodal and chassis markets. He has also served as chairman of the board of directors of the Intermodal Association of North America, which represents the intermodal freight industry. Between 2008 and 2011, Rubin was president and CEO of the chassis leasing company TRAC Intermodal. Before that, he worked for 17 years in the North American operations of the Japanese shipping company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Inc. (K Line).


Steven L. Rubin has been named interim president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Horizon Lines. A member of the company’s board of directors since November 2011, Rubin replaces Samuel Woodward. According to the biography provided by Horizon Lines, the new head of the company is a principal of InterPro Advisory LLC, a consulting practice serving the container shipping, intermodal and chassis markets. He has also served as chairman of the board of directors of the Intermodal Association of North America, which represents the intermodal freight industry. Between 2008 and 2011, Rubin was president and CEO of the chassis leasing company TRAC Intermodal. Before that, he worked for 17 years in the North American operations of the Japanese shipping company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Inc. (K Line).


Seafarers’ Rights International (SRI) has joined MM&P and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) in insisting on the need for due legal process in the trial of the 15 surviving crew members of the SEWOL. “The recent tragic incident of the South Korean ferry and the heart-breaking loss of life have been exacerbated by an apparent rush to judgment and early condemnation of the master and the crew,” said SRI Executive Director Deirdre Fitzpatrick. “What we seek in every case is a fair and just process in accordance with the guidelines.” The captain and three members of the crew are charged with “homicide by willful negligence,” which can be punishable by death. Eleven other members of the crew are charged with “negligence and violation of maritime law.” Investigators have said the large amount of cargo–more than double the ferry’s limit–and the failure to tie it down properly were partly responsible for the tragedy, in which more than 300 people died.


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking a Master Tender, XH-5784-07, to serve aboard DREDGE POTTER in St Louis. This full-time, permanent job is open to U.S. citizens. Although the posting on USA Jobs closed on June 10, the position is still open. To find out more, contact Chiane K. Creamer, Human Resources Specialist, St. Louis District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, phone:  314-331-8549; fax:  314-331-8331;


Allexis Underwood is the new MM&P Charleston Port Representative. Many members have already had the opportunity to meet her and welcome her personally, since she has been working in the hall for several months. At the same time as we welcome Allexis, MM&P members and officials bid a fond farewell to long-time MM&P Charleston Rep Elise Silvers, who retired on June 30. “We are very grateful for her many years of dedicated service,” said MM&P Atlantic Ports Vice President Don Josberger.  “She will be missed by the many members she has served over the past 39 years.”  A retirement event will be held at a later date. In the meantime, please send your well wishes to the Charleston Hall ( and we will make sure Elise receives them.


If you’ve changed your e-mail address or e-mail provider, please let us know by sending a message to The message should include your full name and the name of your MM&P Membership Group. The Wheelhouse Weekly distribution list is separate from the union database, so please note that the change should be made in both places. Thank you for helping us to keep our database up-to-date.


The MM&P online merchandise store is open for business. To buy MM&P mugs, t-shirts and hats that are made in the USA, visit the online store today via the “Store” button posted at the top of The online store was established at no cost to the union.


Now is the time many of us will head to the store to stock up on supplies for the summer’s top cookout event. Here are a few ideas on how to celebrate the Fourth with a made in America union label.

Buy an American flag produced by union shops Annin Flagmakers or Artflag. For picnic supplies choose a Weber Q-series grill, coolers by Igloo or Rubbermaid and red Solo cups. For hot dogs, sausages and other meat products, turn to Ball Park, Boar’s Head, Calumet, Dearborn Sausage Co., Fischer Meats, Hebrew National, Hofmann, Johnsonville or Oscar Mayer.

Try buns and bread made by Ottenberg’s Bakery, Sara Lee or Vie de France. As condiments, choose French’s Mustard, Gulden’s Mustard, Heinz Ketchup, Hidden Valley Ranch, Lucky Whip and Vlasic. Union producers of sodas and bottled water include Bart’s, Coke, Diet Sprite, Pepsi, Sprite, American Springs, Pocono Northern Falls and Poland Spring. Union brewers make Budweiser, Bud Light, Henry Weinhard’s Private Reserve, Lionshead, Mad River, Michelob, Miller and Rolling Rock.

For dessert, try Breyers Ice Cream or Good Humor. And don’t forget to use sunscreen: union-made brands include Coppertone and Bain de Soleil.


If you are interested in attending the Offshore Familiarization Course, please contact your MM&P Vice President to request that one be scheduled in your area. An Offshore Orientation Course is now scheduled for New York/New Jersey on June 10 and for Los Angeles/Long Beach on Oct. 8-9. If you are interested in participating in the course, please contact the Los Angeles/Long Beach Hall: 310-834-7201 or 310-834-6667 (fax). 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.


The 2006 Maritime Labor Convention (MLC) entered into force on Aug. 20. It has been described as the fourth pillar of international shipping regulations along with SOLAS, MARPOL and STCW.  The International Labor Organization consolidated a number of previous conventions in MLC 2006. It establishes minimum standards on conditions of employment, accommodations, health and safety, medical care, crew welfare, recruitment, working conditions and social security protection. MLC will be strictly enforced during port state control inspections, including the potential for more detailed inspections and possible detention where hazardous conditions may exist if ships are not to be in compliance. Visit for more information or to register for the MLC course.


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 –8/11/14, 10/13/14

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation: Contact Admissions

ARPA-OIC – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 8/5/14, 9/23/14, 11/18/14

AZIPOD 2-Day –7/10/14, 10/9/14

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 8/25/14, 10/13/14

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 7/24/14, 8/20/14, 9/22/14, 11/20/14

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling:  7/7/14, 10/6/14

BST – Basic Safety Training: 8/11/14, 10/6/14

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 10/27/14

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVNAV-CMM – Advanced Navigation (=ECDIS & VPEN): 8/4/14, 11/10/14

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 9/22/14

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 9/8/14

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (2 weeks): 7/7/14, 9/29/14

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information System: 7/14/14, 8/4/14, 10/20/14, 11/10/14

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications: 7/23/14, 11/19/14

MCL-CMM – Management, Communication, & Leadership (Management Level): 9/15/14

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants:  7/21/14, 10/27/14

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (2 weeks): 8/18/14, 10/13/14

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 8/4/14, 9/8/14, 9/22/14, 10/20/14, 11/3/14, 12/1/14

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 8/11/14, 9/15/14, 9/29/14, 10/27/14, 11/10/14, 12/8/14

TRAC-TUG-2: 7/21/14

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 8/11/14, 11/17/14

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 7/28/14, 11/3/14

CNAV-OIC – Celestial Navigation: 11/3/14

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop: Contact Admissions

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications:  10/7/14

DDE – Great Lakes: Contact Admissions

DPA – Contact Admissions

ECDIS-OIC –9/8/14

ECDIS-Pilots – Contact Admissions

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 8/11/14, 10/6/14

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep & Medications:  7/23/14, 11/19/14

GL Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization: Contact Admissions

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System: 8/18/14

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 9/15/14, 11/17/14

LAP- 9/8/14

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross Ton License:

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 7/8/14, 10/7/14, 11/20/14

LNG-TPIC – Contact Admissions

MCL-OIC –Management, Communications, and Leadership OICNW level: 9/5/14, 10/7/14

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 9/8/14, 11/3/14, 12/1/14

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 8/4/14, 10/13/14

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 9/8/14, 10/20/14, 11/3/14, 12/1/14

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 8/3/14, 9/13/14, 10/12/14, 11/8/14, 12/6/14

MSA –Maritime Security Awareness: 8/4/14 (PM), 10/6/14 (PM)

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic): 8/22/14, 10/3/14

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (4 Evenings): 8/18/14, 9/29/14, 2/23/15

MSC-ENV –8/23/14, 2/26/15

MSC-FF-HELO – 2/10/15

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualification:  8/18/14, 9/29/14, 11/10/14, 2/16/15

*MSC-Security Watch Basic –8/25/14, 11/14/14, 2/20/15

*MSC-Security Watch Advanced –8/27/14, 11/17/14, 2/22/15

*MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force –8/28/14, 11/18/14, 2/23/15

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 8/4/14, 9/22/14, 11/17/14

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 7/9/14, 7/24/14, 8/6/14, 8/20/14, 9/10/14, 9/17/14, 10/1/14, 10/15/14, 10/29/14, 11/12/14, 12/3/14, 12/10/14

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 7/28/14, 11/10/14

SAR-OIC – Search & Rescue –10/13/14

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling:  8/18/14, 11/17/14

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling-5 Day: 7/14/14, 10/6/14

SMS – Contact Admissions

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 8/4/14

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses: 7/7/14

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge:  8/25/14

TTT – Train the Trainer: Contact Admissions

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties: 8/5/14, 10/7/14

VSO – Vessel Security Officer: 8/6/14, 9/2/14, 10/8/14, 10/22/14

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) : 9/29/14

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

…And remember: If you can’t make the class, make the call.  Be courteous, don’t be a “no show.”

Check the MITAGS website at for course descriptions associated with the course title abbreviations, and schedule revisions.


Please also see our schedule online at For registration, call our registrar, Jennifer Pitzen, at (206) 838-1126.

July 2014

7-11       Radar Observer Unlimited
7-18       GMDSS
14th       Radar Renewal
14th       Flashing Light
15-18     ARPA
21-25     Bridge Resource Management
28-1       ECDIS
28-1       Medical Care Provider

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