Wheelhouse Weekly – July 19, 2016

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Volume 21 . . . Number 29. . . July 19, 2016


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Delegates representing each of the union’s five membership groups convened the 86th MM&P Regular Convention this morning at the MM&P training institute, MITAGS, in Linthicum Heights, Md.

The Regular Convention follows a one-day Constitutional Convention during which delegates debated a series of constitutional resolutions submitted by the members.

Monday’s speakers included Deputy U.S. Maritime Administrator Michael J. Rodriguez, MM&P’s Washington advocate C. James Patti, MM&P International Representative Roger Lash and Ernie Grecco, president of the Metropolitan Baltimore Council of AFL-CIO unions.

Rodriguez, who sailed as an MM&P deck officer, spoke of the Maritime Administration’s battle to contrast the decline in preference cargoes for U.S.-flagged, U.S.-crewed ships in the international trades, which now number only 78.

He said MARAD continues to push forward on a rule-making that would confirm its authority to enforce the cargo preference laws.

Patti, for years at the forefront of the battle to defend the U.S.-flag fleet from attempts to undercut or eliminate the programs and policies that sustain it, underlined the importance of voting at the federal and the state level for candidates who support the American Merchant Marine.

Our industry, he noted, has achieved significant successes on the legislative front in recent years—an increase in the funding authorization for the Maritime Security Program (MSP); defense of the Jones Act against attempts to eliminate it in the context of debt relief for Puerto Rico and other legislation; defense of the PL 480 Food for Peace program; and reauthorization of the charter of the Export-Import Bank.

But he said all of these victories, along with the jobs of all of America’s mariners, are “on the line,” in the November elections.

“We must look very closely at the two candidates for President,” he said, noting that the Heritage Foundation, which is “incredibly close” to the campaign of Donald C. Trump, has called in its “Blueprint for the Future” for the abolition of MARAD, the repeal of the Food for Peace Program and the elimination of the Jones Act.

In casting our vote, Patti said, “we have to ask ourselves whether we are going to build on the successes of the past years in defending our industry or not.”

He urged MM&P members and all U.S. mariners to “vote your job.”

Information on House and Senate candidates supported by the MM&P Political Contribution Fund (PCF) is posted on on the Members’ Only site under “Who We Support.”

The PCF gives to candidates in all parties who support the American Merchant Marine.

Complete coverage of the Conventions will be published in The Master, Mate & Pilot’s Special Convention Issue.

In the meantime, follow us on Facebook: @IOMMP; on Twitter @MMP_UNION; and on Instagram: BRIDGEDECK.ORG.

Important Reminder: the MM&P Headquarters Staff is assisting at the Convention.

You will be able to reach HQ staff by e-mail but members are advised not to leave important messages on staff voice mail during this period and not to come to HQ in person unless prior arrangements have been made.

Normal office hours will resume July 22.

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The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has once again spoken out forcefully in defense of maritime cabotage laws such as the Jones Act.

ITF Seafarers’ Section Secretary Jon Whitlow told participants in a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) stakeholder event in Brussels, Belgium, on July 13 that maritime cabotage laws play a vital role in protecting jobs, economies and skills.

“Trade agreements should be an opportunity to improve workers’ rights and have as a primary objective the facilitation of full employment and decent working conditions for the workers of the contracting parties,” Whitlow said.

“Therefore, we believe that TTIP should include a strong, legally binding labor chapter, with recognition of ILO global labor standards as minimum standards and European Union (EU) and U.S. standards on social and labor rights and should exclude transport from the scope of the negotiations.”

TTIP is a cousin of the hotly contested Transpacific Trade Partnership (TTP): TTIP would cover trade between the United States and the European Union while TTP would cover the United States and 11 other countries.

“The international maritime transport market, particularly in the U.S./EU trade, where the European Union has banned liner carrier conference and pricing agreements, is open, liberal and extremely competitive,” Whitlow said.

“Recent overcapacity, consolidation and downward freight rate trends confirm that.”

“Despite this,” Whitlow said, “and despite the clear success and valid economic and security reasons for national domestic maritime policies–including cabotage–the European Commission continues to insist on including maritime transport services in TTIP without providing any evidence that such inclusion would benefit either side or consideration of the detrimental impact it would have on national fleet development and employment of national seafarers in the EU and United States.”

The maritime provisions in the EU services proposal continue to seek access for EU vessels to certain U.S. cabotage markets, including for EU second register vessels which employ mostly non-EU seafarers; and to restrict any measures that would enable the United States to strengthen its remaining international flag fleet and related jobs.

“While the United States continues to defend its domestic cabotage and small U.S.-flag international presence (fewer than 80 U.S.-flag ships) for national security purposes, the EU continues to promote member state aid for their fleets, including their second registers,” Whitlow said.

“And they seek access to the U.S. domestic markets for those ships and non-EU seafarers as they did in Canada’s Comprehensive Economic and Trade (CETA) agreement. This is unacceptable.”

He added that the small number of U.S.-flag ships and the many EU ships of all flags have unrestricted access to all commercial cargoes, to the limited available U.S. domestic feeder services and to all road and rail connections throughout the United States “on an equal and non-discriminatory basis.”

The small number of U.S.-flag ships in the U.S./EU international trade have no Jones Act coastwise privileges or any regulatory advantage over the EU-owned and operated ships. In fact, many of those EU ships regularly seek their own advantage by operating under low-cost, non-national flags including flags of convenience.

“The ITF and its unions are committed to defending cabotage, which is in operation in 47 countries,” said ITF President Paddy Crumlin.

“We are on record as pointing out that failing to protect cabotage undermines sovereignty and has national security implications. It also has serious economic implications for maritime regions and communities.”

MM&P is a member of the ITF.

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Members of the MM&P United Inland Group who work in ticket sales and customer service at San Francisco-based Blue and Gold Fleet have ratified a new five-year collective bargaining agreement.

The new contract, which was overwhelmingly approved by the members in a vote that was tallied July 13, includes a significant pay increase over the five-year period, as well as improvements in health and welfare benefits.

“The members are very pleased with the security offered by the five-year agreement,” says MM&P Regional Representative Ray Shipway.

Besides ticket sales and customer service, members of the MM&P United Inland Group-Pacific Maritime Region operate and maintain the Blue and Gold ferries.

Blue and Gold, in turn, has a contract to operate and maintain the vessels in the Bay Area’s public ferry service, which is overseen for the city by the WETA Board of Directors.

Earlier this year, the WETA board unanimously awarded Blue and Gold a five-year extension of its contract, which will now run until 2021.

Included in the terms of the contract extension was Blue and Gold’s assumption of box office operations in Vallejo and Oakland.

“The contract for our members who work in ticket sales took into account the expansion of box office operations due to the increased WETA work,” Shipway says. “We’ve taken over ticket sales in Vallejo and will soon do the same in Oakland.”

He commended Blue and Gold managers for “the professional level of contract negotiations throughout this process” and extended a special thanks to union members Margo Aparicio and Karen Chavez, who represented their co-workers “every step of the way.”

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MM&P is pleased to welcome into membership the Virgin Islands Port Authority Pilots, based in St. Thomas.

The officials of the Virgin Islands Port Authority Pilots are John Amaro (president); Robert MacKay (vice president); Eric Dobson (treasurer); and Shawn Bailey (secretary).

Their contact information is as follows:

Virgin Islands Port Authority Pilots
6877 Upper Wintberg
St. Thomas, VI 00802
Phone: 340-998-2260
Fax: 340-776-6081
E-mail: Srpilot580@gmail

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In today’s maritime world, Deck Officers have to keep track of a myriad of professional documents.

To assist members in maintaining their documents, the MM&P computer system has begun sending automatic e-mail notifications of expiring documents to active Offshore members and applicants.

Once the system is fully implemented, you will receive one e-mail 60 days and one e-mail 30 days prior to the expiration of each of your professional documents.

Members are encouraged to keep the system updated with their current e-mail address.

Initially only a small group of documents will be checked but we hope to have the system completely functional with all documents being checked in the coming days.

Please notify your local dispatcher if you encounter any problems with the system.

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The MM&P union halls in Seattle, San Francisco/Oakland and Los Angeles/Long Beach are closed on Thursday, July 28, for the holiday that commemorates the birthday of International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) founder Harry Bridges.

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The final batch of union-made OREOs to be baked in the United States came out of the ovens last week in Chicago.

Production of the iconic cookie–and nearly 600 jobs–has now officially moved to Mexico.

“Unfortunately,” says a spokesperson for BCTGM, the union that represents the now unemployed Chicago workers, “these jobs are only the latest casualty of corporate greed.”

“Nabisco/Mondelēz executives continue to take home outrageous paychecks–including a CEO who banks over $20 million each year, more than 300 times the average salary of a Mondelēz employee. Evidently, that’s just not enough.”

To learn more about the Fight for American Jobs and the working men and women of BCTGM, please visit

And remember to check the label and only buy Nabisco products that are made in the USA.

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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 – 8/22/16, 10/17/16

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation: 7/22/16

ARPA-OIC – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 8/9/16, 9/27/16, 1/24/17

AZIPOD 2-Day – 11/14/16, 3/6/17

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 8/8/16, 10/31/16, 1/30/17

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 11/14/16, 3/6/17

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling: Contact Admissions

BT – Basic Safety Training: 8/15/16, 10/10/16, 1/23/17

BT-Revalidation (2-day) – 8/22/16, 10/31/16, 3/9/17

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 10/30/16, 3/9/17

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 11/14/16

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVNAV-CMM – Advanced Navigation (=ECDIS & VPEN): Contact Admissions

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 8/1/16, 10/17/16, 1/16/17

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 8/8/16, 11/7/16, 1/9/17, 3/13/17

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (2 weeks): 10/24/16

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information System: 7/25/16, 8/15/16, 9/12/16, 10/10/16,11/28/16, 12/19/16, 1/23/17, 3/27/17

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM – 7/25/16,8/1/16, 8/8/16, 8/15/16,8/22/16, 8/29/16, 9/12/16, 10/3/16, 10/31/16, 11/14/16,11/28/16, 12/5/16,12/12/16, 12/19/16, 1/30/17, 2/20/17

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 9/19/16

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: 8/1/16, 10/31/16, 3/13/17

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (2 weeks): 10/3/16

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 8/15/16, 9/12/16, 10/24/16, 11/7/16,12/5/16, 1/16/17, 2/6/17, 3/6/17, 3/20/17

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 7/25/16, 8/22/16, 9/19/16, 10/31/16,11/14/16, 12/12/16, 1/23/17, 2/13/17, 3/13/17, 3/27/17

**SHS-ADV-I & II now approved to include SAR-CMM assessments at MITAGS effective immediately. Both weeks must be taken together in order to complete SAR-CMM**

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 9/12/16, 3/20/17

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 9/26/16

CNAV-OIC – Celestial Navigation: 10/24/16

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop: Contact Admissions

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications: 3/2/17

DDE – Great Lakes: 1/30/17

DPA – 8/2/17

ECDIS-OIC – Contact Admissions

ECDIS for Pilots – 7/20/16, 11/14/16, 2/28/17

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 8/22/16, 9/26/16, 10/24/16, 11/14/16, 11/28/16, 12/5/16,12/12/16, 12/19/16, 2/27/17

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 8/15/16, 10/10/16, 1/23/17

FF-ADV-REV – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation & Refresher: 3/7/17

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications: 9/20/16, 10/3/16

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

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System: 8/22/16, 3/6/17

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 8/29/16, 12/5/16

LAP- 9/19/16, 2/13/17

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: 8/8/16, 12/5/16

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 9/21/16, 11/15/16

LNG-TPIC – 12/5/16

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC): 9/26/16, 10/26/16*, 11/14/16*, 12/19/16*, 2/13/17 (*Evening Session)

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control: 8/29/16, 9/19/16, 10/17/16, 11/7/16, 11/28/16, 12/5/16, 12/12/16, 12/19/16

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 11/7/16, 12/12/16, 1/9/17, 3/20/17

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 8/29/16, 10/3/16, 1/30/17

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 11/7/16, 11/28/16, 12/12/16, 1/9/17, 3/20/17

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 8/28/16, 11/12/16, 12/17/16, 1/14/17, 3/6/17

MSA –Maritime Security Awareness: Contact Admissions

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic): 8/10/16, 10/17/16, 2/23/17

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control: 8/8/16, 10/18/16, 2/21/17

*MSC-ENVPRO – 8/7/16, 10/16/16, 2/26/17

*MSC-FF-HELO – 8/22/16, 10/31/16, 3/9/17

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualification: 8/14/16, 10/23/16, 1/9/17, 2/27/17

*MSC-Security Watch Basic – 8/11/16, 10/20/16, 2/24/17

*MSC-Security Watch Advanced – 8/13/16, 10/22/16, 1/13/17, 3/3/17

*MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force – 8/18/16, 10/27/16, 1/16/17

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P – 7/26/16, 10/25/16

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 8/8/16, 9/26/16, 1/23/17

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 7/27/16, 8/10/16, 8/24/16, 9/21/16, 10/5/16, 10/19/16, 11/2/16, 11/9/16, 11/16/16, 11/30/16, 12/7/16, 12/14/16, 1/11/17, 2/1/17, 2/8/17, 2/22/17, 3/8/17, 3/22/17

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 8/1/16, 1/16/17

SAR-OIC – Search & Rescue – 11/7/16

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 8/29/16, 10/17/16, 2/20/17

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling-5 Day: 8/1/16, 10/3/16, 11/28/16, 2/20/17

SMS – Contact Admissions

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 8/8/16, 1/9/17

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

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 8/8/16, 2/13/17

TRAC-TUG-2: Contact Admissions

TTT – Contact Admissions

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties: Contact Admissions

VSO – Vessel Security Officer: 9/7/16, 10/22/16, 2/14/17

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level): 10/3/16, 2/20/17

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 9/19/16, 3/20/17

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Please also see our schedule and enroll online at For registration contact our registrar, Mary McGhee: 206.838.1126 or

July 2016

25th Radar Renewal
25-29 Leadership & Managerial Skills
25-29 Engine Resource Management
25-29 MEECE
26-29 ARPA

August 2016

1-5 Leadership & Managerial Skills
1-5 Bridge Resource Management
8-12 Basic Meteorology
8-12 Engine Resource Management
15th Radar Renewal
15-19 Leadership & Managerial Skills
22-26 ECDIS
22-26 MEECE
22-2 GMDSS
29-2 Leadership & Managerial Skills

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