Wheelhouse Weekly – July 10th, 2018

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Delegates representing each of the union’s five membership groups convened the 87th MM&P Regular Convention on Monday, July 9, at MITAGS, the MM&P training institute, in Linthicum Heights, MD.

The convention will run until Wednesday, July 11.

Speakers on the first day of the proceedings included MM&P President Don Marcus and Secretary-Treasurer Steve Werse.

“Every MM&P membership group has had to fend off attacks in the past two years,” Marcus said.

“But we are well suited to face the challenges ahead.”

All the MM&P vice presidents, the MM&P Plans administrator and the president of MIRAID addressed the convention on the second day.

Delegates serving on committees performed convention-related functions, examined the union’s financials and considered a number of resolutions submitted by union members.

Along with union representatives and staff, delegates also participated in working groups on topics that included labor law, health and benefit plans, negotiating techniques and the MM&P Political Contribution Fund.

MM&P’s fraternal ties with other labor unions and allied organizations were outlined in speeches by officials of: the International Longshoremen’s Association, the MM&P Panama affiliate UCOC, Actors’ Equity, the Organization of Black Maritime Graduates and the Captain Phillips-Lane Kirkland Maritime Trust Foundation.

Texas A&M Maritime Academy Superintendent Mike Rodriguez also spoke.

Awards for outstanding service to MM&P members over the course of many years were given to West Coast Pilots Representative Kip Carlson, East Coast Pilots Representative Tim Ferrie, former Pacific Ports Vice President Paul Nielsen, United Inland Group Portland Representative John Schaeffner and San Francisco Representative Ray Shipway.

Carlson and Nielsen also received their 50-year pins. “The best thing I ever did in my life was to join MM&P two days after graduating from the California Maritime Academy,” Carlson said.

A solemn remembrance was held for long-time MM&P member Charlie Malue–a staunch labor advocate, the MM&P Great Lakes & Rivers representative from 2005 to 2014 and a personal friend to many of those present–who died earlier this year.

Convention delegates dedicated the MITAGS Academic Building to MM&P President Emeritus Tim Brown–leader, mentor, friend, and true union brother–who served as International President from April 1991 to December 2012.

Complete coverage of the convention will be published in the July-August issue of The Master, Mate & Pilot.

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The world-class research vessel MARCUS G. LANGSETH, which is crewed top-to-bottom by members of MM&P, will be put up for sale by the government agency that owns it is.

MM&P Atlantic Ports Vice President Don Josberger is meeting with employer Columbia University to discuss what options are available to protect union members working aboard the vessel.

An article in The Washington Post reports that scientists are also extremely worried about the prospect of losing the ship.

Journalist Ben Guarino interviewed a number of them about LANGSETH’s contributions to marine research.

Sean Higgins, director of marine operations at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, which operates the LANGSETH on behalf of the government, told Guarino that it “can make observations as varied as the salt content in seawater and the detection of nearby marine mammals.”

Its specialty is conducting “deep crustal imaging studies.”

LANGSETH uses an array of pneumatic guns to generate a blast that bounces off Earth’s crust and penetrates dozens of miles into the planet.

Behind the ship, miles of cables strung with microphones capture the reflection of the blast.

The sonic bounce creates maps of undersea features that are otherwise difficult, if not impossible, to survey.

The ship has been at the forefront of scientific advances, and experts agree there are no comparable vessels available to academic researchers.

Imaging studies conducted by scientists aboard LANGSETH have, for example, helped scientists identify where underwater earthquakes could occur.

Recent research conducted aboard the ship found a fault near the Alaskan coast similar to the fault responsible for the 2011 tsunami that devastated Japan and other areas across the Pacific.

But, citing a budget shortfall, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced a plan to sell the 235-foot ship.

NSF has told scientists who want the vessel to continue operating to come up with ideas to generate enough money to close a $3 million shortfall.

One suggestion was to lease the ship to offshore energy companies. But because the LANGSETH often operates in areas poor in natural resources, it would not be a good fit for the demands of industry.

NSF plans to sell it in 2020. It has told scientists that if they want to continue their research, they will have to find international partners or secure time on industry ships.

Scientists say the sale of the ship would represent a step backward for the United States, which has been at the forefront of marine seismology since the field’s inception in the 1950s.

They warn it would also increase the risks of underwater drilling.

“Without imaging, it’s really irresponsible to drill holes in the ocean,” James Austin, a geoscientist at the University of Texas at Austin, told The Washington Post.

Normally, in cases like these, scientists would seek the support of the White House’s science adviser.

But the Trump administration has not yet filled this role.

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The new issue of The Master, Mate & Pilot will be in your mailbox soon. In the meantime, look for it online on

In this issue of the magazine:

— U.S. Supreme Court rules against working families;
— Nautilus says new fuel standards will save mariners’ lives;
— America salutes merchant mariners on Maritime Day;
— fight continues for U.S.-flag role in energy exports;
— lawmakers call on Trump administration to enforce cargo preference laws;
— USNS TRENTON saves 41 migrants off the coast of Libya;
— CIVMARS represented by MM&P Federal Employees Membership Group get 1.67 percent raise.

To read The Master, Mate & Pilot online, go to and click on “Latest News.”

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Maritime authorities in Australia have detained an Australia-flagged vessel, MV TOMIN, and local police have arrested its owners.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) detained the ship last week in New South Wales, after inspectors found it to be “unseaworthy, substandard and a threat to the marine environment.”

The New South Wales Police arrested the owners of the ship, who were on board when the vessel was detained.

The two could face a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison or a fine of $126,000, or both.

Inspectors boarded the ship at the Port of Yamba on suspicion that it had undertaken a voyage to Australia from the Solomon Islands without having the required documents.

The inspectors also found leaks and oily waste inside the vessel.

“AMSA will continue to take strong action in response to suspected contraventions that may pose a threat to maritime safety or the marine environment,” the agency said in a statement.

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Following threats by the president of Iran and Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, the U.S. military Central Command says the Navy is ready to guarantee free navigation and the flow of commerce through the Strait of Hormuz.

The Central Command made the statement on July 5, after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani threatened to disrupt oil shipments from the Gulf countries if Washington tries to cut Tehran’s exports.

In May, U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out of a multinational deal under which sanctions on Iran were lifted in return for curbs to its nuclear program.

Washington has since told countries they must stop buying Iranian oil from Nov. 4 or face financial penalties.

The Strait of Hormuz is the most important oil transit channel in the world with about one-fifth of global oil consumption passing through it each day.

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The U.S. maritime authorities have issued Maritime Advisory 2018-009 on violence due to regional conflict and piracy in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea, Gulf of Oman and Indian Ocean.

The conflict in Yemen continues to pose a risk to U.S. flagged commercial vessels transiting the southern Red Sea, Bab al Mandeb Strait and Gulf of Aden.

Combat operations continue between the Houthis and the Saudi-led Coalition, mainly in the vicinity of Al Hudaydah, Yemen.

In May, a missile or rocket damaged a Turkish-flagged bulk cargo vessel at anchor in the Red Sea awaiting entry into As-Salif.

As combat operations continue, potential attacks by Houthi forces pose a direct or collateral risk to U.S. flagged commercial vessels operating in the region.

Additionally, piracy poses a significant threat in the southern Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and Gulf of Oman.

U.S. flagged commercial vessels are advised to avoid entering or loitering near Yemen’s Red Sea ports.

Vessels at anchor, operating in restricted maneuvering environments, or proceeding at slow speeds should be especially vigilant.

U.S. flagged commercial vessels transiting the region should conduct a pre-voyage risk assessment and incorporate appropriate protective measures into their vessel security plans.

Threats may come from a variety of different sources including, but not limited to, missiles, projectiles, mines, small arms, or waterborne improvised explosive devices.

Vessels in this region should report hostile activities immediately and contact coalition naval forces on VHF Channel 16.

U.S. flagged commercial vessels should also contact the U.S. Fifth Fleet Naval Cooperation and Guidance for Shipping detachment via the Fifth Fleet Battle Watch Captain at phone: +011 973 1785 3879 or email: prior to entering the region.

Vessels are urged to navigate at least 200 nautical miles from the Somali coast to the extent practicable.

For further information, contact

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The U.S. Coast Guard announces it is seeking marine transportation specialists:

“Help to maintain the safety of the world’s marine transportation system. Join our passionate team of Marine Transportation Specialists where you can put your knowledge and experience to work ensuring that mariners receive necessary training and relevant testing in order to qualify for a U.S. Merchant Mariner Credential.”

The U.S. Coast Guard currently has four Marine Transportation Specialist positions open at the National Maritime Center in Martinsburg, W. Va. To learn more and apply for these positions, or select the links below:

• 18-1738-SE-RD-M and/or 18-1738-SE-RD-D
• 18-1534-SE-BK-M and/or 18-1534-SE-BK-D
• 18-1662-SE-RD-M and/or 18-1662-SE-RD-D
• 18-1703-SE-RD-M and/or 18-1703-SE-RD-D

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MM&P-contracted SeaCor is now accepting applications for chief mate aboard the GREEN LAKE.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please contact MM&P Gulf Ports and Government Affairs Vice President Klaus Luhta: or 410-691-8139.

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The Washington State Board of Pilotage Commissioners will hold an exam for prospective pilot trainees in Seattle on Nov. 5.

The opportunity to become a pilot in Puget Sound or Grays Harbor is available to candidates who have sailed as master within the parameters posted here:

The exam is a combination of multiple choice questions and a simulator evaluation.

Successful applicants will be placed on a list, by rank, to be called in to the training program when a position becomes available.

Information about the exam is posted at

Send an e-mail to to be added to the exam interest distribution list.

Qualified candidates may also contact Sheila LaFleur at

Please include your phone number and the best means of communication (e-mail or phone).

Sheila will contact you to provide more information regarding the exam and process.

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MITAGS-PMI is interested in receiving photo submissions from MM&P members for use on the official MITAGS-PMI social media platform.

The goal is to document members’ voyages. As suggestions, photos can be of events and sights onboard, crewmembers at work or scenic locations.

If you are interested in sharing photos, please send them with caption information to or

Be sure to tell us whether you would like to be credited for the photo.

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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:

For Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) processing, MMC problem resolution advice, STCW compliance and VA GI-Bill questions, contact MITAGS-PMI Student/Instructional Services Manager Jennifer Pitzen at 206-739-0720 (direct line); (888) 893-7829 (toll free); or by e-mail:

Please include your Mariner Reference Number, date of birth and the last four digits of your social security number in all emails.

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 – 8/27/18, 10/15/18

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation: 8/29/18

ARPA-OIC – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 9/25/18

AZIPOD 2-Day – 10/15/18

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 9/24/18, 10/29/18

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 7/16/18, 12/19/18

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling: **Now included in BRMP-Refresher**

BRMP-Refresher – 7/18/18, 9/11/18

BT – Basic Safety Training: 8/13/18, 10/22/18

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – 7/31/18, 8/27/18, 9/26/18,10/31/18, 12/18/18

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 7/30/18, 9/26/18, 12/17/18

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: Contact Admissions

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 7/30/18, 9/24/18, 12/10/18

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 8/6/18, 9/17/18, 12/3/18

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (2 weeks): 10/1/18

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1: 8/6/18, 10/1/18

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific: 8/13/18, 10/8/18

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems: 8/13/18, 11/12/18

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM): 8/20/18, 11/26/18

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 10/15/18

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: 10/1/18

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (2 weeks): 10/29/18

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 7/16/18, 7/30/18, 8/13/18, 9/10/18, 10/1/18,11/5/18, 11/26/18

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 7/23/18, 8/6/18, 8/20/18, 9/17/18, 10/8/18,11/12/18, 12/3/18

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

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 10/22/18

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 9/10/18

CNAV-OIC – Celestial Navigation: Contact Admissions

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop: Not currently scheduled

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications: Not currently scheduled

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior – Not currently scheduled

CDMGT – Crowd Management – Not currently scheduled

CSE – Confined Space Entry: Contact Admissions

CSE-AWR – Confined Space Entry Awareness: Contact Admissions

DDE – Great Lakes: Contact Admissions

DPA – Contact Admissions

ECDIS for Pilots – 8/27/18, 12/17/18

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 11/26/18

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 8/13/18, 10/22/18

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 8/2/18, 8/29/18, 9/25/18, 10/30/18

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 7/28/18, 9/29/18, 12/15/18

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications: 9/11/18

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization: Contact Admissions

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System: Contact Admissions

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 8/20/18, 12/10/18

IEN – Integrated Electronic Navigation – Not currently scheduled

LAP – 9/17/18

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

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

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 9/12/18

LNG-TPIC – 12/3/18

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC): Contact Admissions

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included):7/16/18, 12/3/18

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 10/8/18, 11/26/18

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 8/20/18, 9/17/18

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 10/8/18, 11/26/18

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 8/30/18, 9/24/18, 10/13/18, 10/29/18,12/1/18, 12/21/18

MSA –Maritime Security Awareness: Not currently scheduled

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic):8/8/18, 9/12/18, 11/14/18

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control: 8/6/18, 9/13/18, 11/12/18

*MSC-ENVPRO – 8/5/18, 11/4/18

*MSC-FF-HELO – 8/13/18, 10/31/18

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications: 7/16/18, 8/12/18, 9/17/18, 11/5/18

*MSC-Security Watch Basic – 8/9/18, 9/15/18, 11/2/18

*MSC-Security Watch Advanced – 7/15/18, 8/10/18, 9/16/18, 11/3/18

*MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force – 7/20/18, 8/17/18, 9/21/18, 11/9/18

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P – 7/31/18, 8/2/18, 8/28/18, 8/30/18, 11/12/18, 11/14/18, 12/17/18, 12/19/18

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 9/24/18

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 7/25/18, 8/8/18, 8/22/18, 10/3/18, 10/17/18, 10/31/18, 11/7/18, 11/14/18, 11/28/18, 12/5/18, 12/12/18, 12/19/18

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 9/17/18

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments): 12/17/18

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 8/27/18, 10/22/18

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling-5 Day – 7/23/18, 9/24/18, 10/29/18, 12/10/18

SMS – Not currently scheduled

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: Contact Admissions

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses: Contact Admissions

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: Contact Admissions

TRAC-TUG-2: Contact Admissions

TTT – Not currently scheduled

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties: Contact Admissions

VSO – Vessel Security Officer: Contact Admissions

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level): Contact Admissions

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): Contact Admissions

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Spring 2018

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

July 2018
16-19 Advanced Firefighting
16-20 ECDIS
16-20 Emergency Shiphandling
20th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
20th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
23-24 ECDIS for Pilots
23-27 Basic Shiphandling
26th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
27th Medical DOT
27-28 Basic Training Revalidation
30-10 Celestial Navigation

August 2018
6-10 MEECE
6-10 Basic Training
10th Radar Renewal
10-13 Basic Training Refresher
11-13 Basic Training Revalidation
13-17 Leadership & Managerial Skills
13-24 GMDSS
14th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
14-17 Advanced Firefighting
20-24 Engine Resource Management (ERM)
23rd Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
24-25 Basic Training Revalidation
27th Medical DOT
27-31 Medical Care Provider

September 2018
4th Flashing Light
5-7 Security Officer – Vessel, Company, and Facility
6th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
7-8 Basic Training Revalidation
7-10 Basic Training Refresher
10th Radar Renewal
10-14 Basic Training
10-21 License Preparation (OICNW)
17-20 Advanced Firefighting
17-21 ECDIS
20-21 Basic Training Revalidation
21st Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
24th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
24-28 Medical Care Provider
24-5 Medical Person-In-Charge

October 2018
4-5 Basic Training Revalidation
4-8 Basic Training Refresher
8th Radar Renewal
8-12 Leadership & Managerial Skills
8-12 Basic Training
9th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
8-12 Pilot Exam Preparation
15-18 Advanced Firefighting
15-19 ECDIS
15-19 Engine Resource Management (ERM)
18-19 Basic Training Revalidation
19th Medical DOT
22nd Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
22-26 MEECE
22-2 Celestial Navigation
31-1 Basic Training Revalidation
31-5 Basic Training Refresher

November 2018
2nd Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
5th Radar Renewal
5-8 Advanced Firefighting
5-9 Basic Training
12-14 Security Officer – Vessel, Company, and Facility
13-16 Advanced Firefighting
16th Medical DOT
16th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
19-20 Basic Training Revalidation
21st Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
26-30 Radar Observer Unlimited
29-30 Basic Training Revalidation

December 2018
3rd Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
3-7 Leadership & Managerial Skills
3-7 Medical Care Provider
3-14 Medical Person-In-Charge
10-13 ARPA
10-14 Basic Training
14th Radar Renewal
14th Medical DOT
14-18 Basic Training Refresher
17-18 Basic Training Revalidation
17-20 Search & Rescue
18-21 Advanced Firefighting
19th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

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