Wheelhouse Weekly – July 08, 2014


– Bridging the Information Gap With E-News You Can Use –

Volume 18 . . . Number 27 . . . July 8, 2014


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The MM&P San Juan Hall will be closed on Monday, July 21, for Luis Munoz Rivera Day, on Friday, July 25, for Constitution Day and on Monday, July 28, in honor of Jose Celso Barbosa, the father of the Puerto Rico statehood movement. The MM&P union halls in Seattle, San Francisco/Oakland and Los Angeles/Long Beach will be closed on Monday, July 28, for the ILWU holiday that commemorates the birthday of visionary labor leader and ILWU founder Harry Bridges.


As previously announced in The Wheelhouse Weekly and The Master, Mate & Pilot, the 85th MM&P Convention will be held July 15-16. The Convention will be convened at 1000 at the Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies, 692 Maritime Blvd., Linthicum Heights, MD 21090. The Convention and all meetings of the MM&P General Executive Board (GEB) are open to all members of the union. We will publish full coverage of the convention in The Wheelhouse Weekly. Photographs and resolutions will be published in the July-August issue of The Master, Mate & Pilot.


MM&P and the Inland Boatmen’s Union (IBU) yesterday launched a radio and online petition campaign in an effort to end the 17-month lockout of International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) workers at two Japanese-owned Vancouver grain terminals. The radio advertisement raises questions about water safety and environmental risks to the Columbia and Willamette rivers as a result of the lock-out.

The ad directs listeners to an online petition posted at as well as on the care2 petition site at Care2, which is regularly used by the environmental community to sound the alarm about environmental hazards, is an online community of 25 million activists.

United Grain Corp. at the Port of Vancouver and Columbia Grain in Portland have forced an ongoing lockout of ILWU dockworkers and have been using unqualified, non-union tug and towboat operators to move grain. The Japanese conglomerates Marubeni Corp. and Mitsui & Co. own the terminals.

As a result of the ILWU picket lines and the festering 17-month labor dispute, experienced crews represented by IBU and MM&P have been unable to move cargo.
“United Grain and Columbia Grain have called in a fly-by-night tug and towboat operator using questionable equipment and tugboat personnel with no prior experience on the Columbia and Willamette rivers,” said IBU President Alan Cote.  “Unqualified boat operators jeopardize the safety of commerce on our rivers and invite an environmental disaster.”

“This lockout affects communities beyond those who work on the water,” said MM&P President Don Marcus. “These rivers are fragile environments, and it is important to operate tugs and barges with high standards. What Mitsui and Marubeni are doing is both wrong and risky. We have heard from many environmentalists who share our concerns.”

The two unions are also asking the Coast Guard to take a more active role in policing the rivers. Over the past year, a number of accidents have occurred with the replacement tugs hitting objects.

“These Japanese companies have become riverboat gamblers,” said Marcus. “They’re gambling nothing really bad will happen before they settle with ILWU. It’s a bad bet for the people of Oregon and Washington who care about the environment they live in.”

To listen to the radio commercial produced by MM&P and IBU, go to


Recently we published a notice issued by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) regarding Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) cards that were mistakenly produced by the agency without fingerprint template files. The agency said workers holding these cards who need to prove their identity by biometric match will not be able to do so until their cards are replaced. MITAGS Instructor Victor Tufts, who had been issued one of the defective cards, has provided us with a step-by-step guide that mariners who have a defective card should follow. The Coast Guard notice did not provide complete information and could cause members to waste an inordinate amount of time in seeking to obtain a replacement.

First, to find out if you have a defective card, go to, where the agency has posted a 192-page list of the affected cards. Next, call TWIC Customer Service at 1-855-347-8371, extension 3, to request the replacement credential. At this point, TSA issues a coupon to authorize and pay for the replacement card at no cost to you. The TSA Customer Service Desk then will order your replacement credential. When you’re contacted via e-mail or phone by your local TWIC enrollment office, you can pick up your card. TSA will replace improperly produced cards at no cost to the card holder.


MM&P has signed a tentative agreement with the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) that covers members of the United Inland Group-Pacific Maritime Region who sail as licensed deck officers on AMHS ferries. The tentative agreement, signed on June 29, will be sent to eligible members for ratification in the coming days. The members of the MM&P rank-and-file negotiating team were David Butler, Robert Dersham, Kenneth Grieser, Scott Macaulay, Derek Nystrom and David Turner, working alongside PMR Regional Representative Ron Bressette. “I would like to thank Captain Bressette and every member of the committee for all of their hard work in negotiating with the State of Alaska,” said MM&P United Inland Group Vice President Mike Murray. “It was by no means an easy task and many long hours were spent fighting with the State to save what we have.”

“The negotiating committee members put in huge numbers of hours over more than half a year during negotiations which were at times quite contentious,” Murray said. “They deserve a big pat on the back for their efforts on behalf of the members who elected them to those positions of trust.”


The MM&P United Inland Group last month concluded contract negotiations with Connolly-Pacific in Los Angeles Harbor. MM&P California Regional Representative Ray Shipway, working with MEBA Branch Agent Richard Doherty and IBU Regional Director John Skow, secured a five-year agreement that has since been ratified by the members. Connolly-Pacific moves quarried rock from Catalina Island to projects on the Pacific Coast. The company also provides dredging services in Los Angeles and Long Beach harbors.


The Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) has recognized numerous MM&P-crewed ships and officers for long records of safe operations. CSA has held annual award ceremonies since 1958 to honor professional mariners and shore-side personnel for their contributions to safety. This year awards were given to 1,583 vessels, including ships operated by MM&P-contracted companies such as AMNAV Maritime Services, Crowley, Farrell Lines, Foss, Horizon Lines, Maersk Line Limited and Patriot Contract Services.


Massachusetts Maritime Academy is seeking to fill two full-time, tenure track teaching positions in its Marine Transportation Faculty. Successful candidates must be able to teach an academic course load of 12 credits per semester in subjects such as basic safety training, radar, ARPA, ECDIS, or any other courses or practical labs in the department’s curriculum. Requirements for the instructor level opening include a USCG Second Mate’s Oceans Unlimited License and a bachelor’s degree. Requirements for the assistant professor level opening include a Chief Mate’s Oceans Unlimited License and a master’s degree. Both positions require at least three years’ full-time experience in maritime.

Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, an application, an affirmative action form and the contact information for five professional references. For more information about these jobs and how to apply, go to, and choose “Employment” on the scroll-down menu in the bar on the left-hand side of the page or send an e-mail to


MITAGS-PMI is seeking a program manager for the Workboat Academy. The program manager provides operational and administrative assistance to the program director and staff, performs a variety of administrative, coordination and logistical services in support of the operations of the programs, and assists with information management to related staff members of PMI.

He or she will: act as the main contact person during the absence of the Workboat Academy director; draft preliminary versions of correspondence; coordinate the interview process for potential student applicants; maintain the filing system; track programs; edit and proofread; participate in developing and executing long-term strategic goals. This job may require some travel. Qualifications include: Project Management Professional certification or equivalent experience; degree in business administration/management, education, maritime technology or similar field; proficient use of management tools, such as MS Project and related processing software; strong interpersonal and communication skills. To apply, send an e-mail to:


The MM&P Tampa Hall has a new e-mail address: Please also note the new address of the Charleston Hall, which coincides with the arrival of our new Charleston Port Representative Allexis Underwood: it is


MM&P says it welcomes the June 23 memorandum issued by President Barack Obama that expands workplace flexibility in the federal government. The memorandum promotes flexible employee work schedules and encourages agency heads to expand flexible workplace policies, such as telework, alternative work schedules and temporary part-time duty.

“It is clear that President Obama recognizes that there is an undeniable link between flexible work options and employee well-being,” said MM&P Government Fleet Representative Randi Ciszewski. “Managers who want to retain top employees understand the importance of supporting work-life balance practices.”

Obama’s directive to federal agencies states that employees have the right to request flexible options “without fear of retaliation or adverse employment action,” and that supervisors will meet with employees who request these options to “understand fully the nature and need for the requested flexibility,” according to the memo. The memorandum is posted at


President Barack Obama is again praising federal workers, while forecasting more fights with anti-worker politicians in Congress over federal employees’ pay and working conditions. “It will be a tough negotiation just because everything is a tough negotiation in Washington right now,” he said at a June 26 “town hall” meeting in the Twin Cities.  There are almost 2 million federal workers.

After praising federal, state and local workers, including teachers, “who work really hard doing important stuff,” Obama confessed he’s puzzled by how and when government work “somehow (became) not a real job… It frustrates me when I hear people acting as if somebody who is working for the federal government somehow is less than somebody working in the private sector,” the President said. “If they’re doing a good job and carrying on an important function, we should praise them.”

While the private sector drives the economy, public workers “helped create the platform and the wealth we enjoy,” Obama said. “So this whole idea that somehow government is the enemy or the problem is just not true.” 


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, 4/13/15

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation: Contact Admissions

ARPA-OIC – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 8/5/14, 9/23/14, 11/18/14, 1/20/15, 3/31/15

AZIPOD 2-Day –7/10/14, 10/9/14, 2/2/15              

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 8/25/14, 10/13/14, 1/26/15, 3/23/15

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 7/24/14, 8/20/14, 9/22/14, 11/20/14, 2/4/15, 3/2/15, 4/13/15, 5/20/15

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling:  10/6/14, 3/4/15

BT – Basic Safety Training: 8/11/14, 10/6/14, 1/19/15, 2/9/15, 4/6/15, 6/8/15

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 10/27/14, 4/13/15

[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, 1/19/15, 4/20/15, 6/15/15

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 9/8/14, 1/12/15, 4/13/15, 6/1/15

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (2 weeks): 9/29/14, 4/27/15

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information System: 7/14/14, 8/4/14, 10/20/14, 11/10/14, 1/5/15, 4/6/15, 6/8/15

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications: 7/23/14, 11/19/14, 4/15/15, 5/19/15

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM): 9/15/14, 1/26/15, 3/30/15, 6/22/15

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants:  7/21/14, 10/27/14, 3/2/15

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (2 weeks): 8/18/14, 10/13/14, 3/9/15

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, 2/2/15, 3/9/15

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 8/11/14, 9/15/14, 9/29/14, 10/27/14, 11/10/14, 12/8/14, 2/9/15, 3/16/15

TRAC-TUG-2: 7/21/14

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 8/11/14, 11/17/14, 3/23/15

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 7/28/14, 11/3/14, 5/11/15

CNAV-OIC – Celestial Navigation: 11/3/14, 4/27/15

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop: Contact Admissions

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

DDE – Great Lakes: 1/26/15, 6/1/15

DPA – Contact Admissions

ECDIS-OIC –9/8/14, 2/16/15

ECDIS-Pilots – 3/2/15

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 8/11/14, 10/6/14, 1/19/15, 2/9/15, 4/6/15, 6/8/15

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep & Medications:  7/23/14, 11/19/14, 4/15/15, 5/19/15

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

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System: 8/18/14, 3/16/15

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

LAP- 9/8/14, 4/6/15

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: 3/2/15, 6/1/15

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 10/7/14, 11/20/14, 3/3/15, 4/15/15, 5/20/15

LNG-TPIC – 5/11/15

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC): 9/5/14, 10/7/14

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 9/8/14, 11/3/14, 12/1/14, 1/5/15, 3/16/15, 4/20/15, 6/15/15

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 8/4/14, 10/13/14, 3/2/15, 5/11/15

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 9/8/14, 10/20/14, 11/3/14, 12/1/14, 1/5/15, 3/16/15, 4/20/15, 6/15/15

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 8/3/14, 9/13/14, 10/12/14, 11/8/14, 12/6/14, 1/10/15, 1/24/15, 3/21/15, 4/25/15, 6/20/15

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, 2/26/15

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

MSC-ENV –8/23/14, 2/27/15


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


*MSC-Security Watch Advanced – CONTACT ADMISSIONS

*MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force – CONTACT ADMISSIONS

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 8/4/14, 9/22/14, 11/17/14, 1/19/15, 3/30/15

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 7/9/14, 7/24/14, 7/30/14, 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, 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

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 7/28/14, 11/10/14, 1/12/15, 2/2/15, 3/23/15

SAR-OIC – Search & Rescue –10/13/14, 4/6/15

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling:  8/18/14, 11/17/14, 2/16/15, 5/11/15

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling-5 Day: 7/14/14, 10/6/14, 1/19/15, 3/2/15

SMS – Contact Admissions

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

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses: 7/7/14, 1/5/15

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge:  8/25/14, 2/23/15

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, 2/4/15, 5/20/15

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) : 9/29/14, 3/2/15

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

…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

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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