Wheelhouse Weekly – July 28, 2015

July 29th 2015

Volume 20 . . . Number 30. . . July 28, 2015


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

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The 54th Quadrennial Convention of the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) ended Thursday with the reelection of President Harold J. Daggett to a second term. Voting were nearly 400 delegates representing some 65,000 men and women who work in ILA ports from Maine to Texas, the Great Lakes, Eastern Canada, major U.S. rivers and Puerto Rico.

During the course of the convention, Dennis Daggett, former president of the ILA’s Atlantic Coast District (ACD), was elected executive vice president of the ILA. “Starting today, this ILA is going to take charge and bring social and economic justice, not only to the longshoring industry, but to the middle class as a whole,” he told convention delegates in his speech.

MM&P President Don Marcus was elected to the ILA International Executive Council. In a speech to delegates, he thanked ILA officials and members for their partnership and solidarity throughout the years. MM&P has been the marine affiliate of the ILA since 1971.

Michael J. Vigneron was elected ACD president. MM&P Secretary-Treasurer Steve Werse was elected to serve as an ACD vice president. Filmed highlights of the convention and the ACD meetings are posted on the ILA’s website and Facebook page.

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In a highly unusual weekend session, the Senate voted on Sunday to renew the charter of the Export-Import Bank. The vote represents a major defeat for members of the most conservative wing of the Republican Party. It also sets the stage for a showdown this week in the House of Representatives.

The Export-Import bank helps finance the export of American goods and services from companies throughout the United States. A percentage of the products exported with Export-Import Bank financing must be shipped on U.S.-flag commercial vessels, providing a significant source of cargo for the U.S.-flag fleet.

The weekend’s bipartisan Senate vote, 67 to 26, broke a filibuster and allowed supporters to attach a measure to a three-year highway and infrastructure bill that would reauthorize the Export-Import Bank. That bill is expected to pass the Senate early this week. The vote split Senate Republicans, while all Senate Democrats voted in favor of reauthorizing the bank.

“We are one step closer to keeping American jobs here in America and not lost to countries like China,” said Sen. Mark Kirk, Republican of Illinois, when he voted in favor of reauthorization.

ExIm Bank’s authorization expired on June 30, halting all new loan guarantees and other assistance to foreign customers seeking to purchase goods from American companies. Since its mandate expired, the agency continues to service existing loans.

A majority in the House of Representatives supports the bank, but it will be up to House leaders to decide whether the chamber will get a vote, or whether to allow the bank’s powerful opponents–led by the House majority leader, the majority whip, the Ways and Means Committee chairman and the Financial Services Committee chairman–to stand in the way.

All but one Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, are advocating for the bank’s demise. The bank is supported by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers and other organized business groups.

“With more than 60 export credit agencies enabling our foreign competitors to seize opportunities away from workers, it’s critical that Congress restores this important tool for American exports,” Jay Timmons, the president of the manufacturers’ association, said on Sunday after the Senate vote.

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MM&P Chief of Staff Klaus Luhta’s comments on a case of murder on the high seas were selected by editors at The New York Times as last week’s “Quote of the Week.”

Luhta was interviewed about cellphone video footage of four men being shot and killed by unseen attackers aboard a ship. The victims are picked off one by one as they cling to a wooden boat. The article, entitled “Murder at Sea: Captured on Video, but Killers Go Free,” by journalist Ian Urbina, was published in the July 20 edition of The New York Times. Urbina reported that “law enforcement officials learned of the deaths after a video of the killings was found on a cellphone left in a taxi in Fiji last year, then posted on the Internet.”

“Summary execution, vigilantism, overzealous defense, call it what you will,” Luhta is quoted in The New York Times as saying. “This boils down just the same to a case of murder at sea and a question of why it’s allowed to happen.”

“Despite dozens of witnesses on at least four ships, the killings remain a mystery,” Urbina writes. “No one even reported the incident…” He adds: “Thousands of seamen every year are victims of violence, with hundreds killed, according to maritime security officials, insurers and naval researchers.” The article is part of a series being published in The New York Times entitled, “The Outlaw Ocean.”

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Yesterday, the Senate confirmed by unanimous consent the nomination of Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva as vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, replacing retiring Adm. James A. Winnefeld. Air Force Gen. Darren McDew, replacing Selva as the top officer at USTRANSCOM, was also confirmed.

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Matson President Matthew Cox has been named one of three recipients of the 2015 Admiral of the Ocean Sea (AOTOS) award. He will receive the award along with TOTE President Anthony Chiarello and Pacific Maritime Association President James McKenna. The United Seamen’s Service’s AOTOS Awards will be presented Friday, Nov. 13, in New York City.

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), New Orleans District, is seeking highly motivated, career-minded professionals to sail as third mates aboard DREDGE WHEELER, the largest and most powerful dredging ship in the United States and in the Corps Fleet. The Wheeler is in increasingly high operational demand and USACE is reinforcing her base “crew of the future.”

Successful candidates should have the ability and drive needed to rise quickly through the ranks and gain the skills and leadership ability needed to lead the ship into the future. Excellent sea time, training opportunities, advancement opportunities and a superb working schedule coupled with enticing government benefits and a very comfortable and convenient shipboard environment make starting a seagoing officer career with USACE New Orleans an opportunity not to be missed.

There are three third mate positions to be filled. To apply, do a web search for: SWGY158067981448291D or go to the USA Jobs site The position closes Aug. 7.

For recent graduates of the maritime academies, please also check USAJobs for a separate “Pathways Recent Graduate” job announcement for the same position, offering separate consideration for licensed deck officers who have graduated from college within the past 24 months, as part of the career building program of the U.S. Government.

New Orleans District employees who want to interview for this position must submit notification no later than the closing date of the announcement to: Edward Morehouse,; (504) 862-1055.

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The Thurston County Department of Ecology Spill Prevention, Preparedness and Response (SPPR) seeks a full-time, permanent marine risk management specialist lead (marine transportation safety specialist 3).

Qualifications include a degree in marine transportation, marine engineering, naval architecture or closely related science field and several years of experience in marine transportation in the field of shipping management or marine engineering or superintendence, or marine safety focused on marine inspection or oil transfer operations.

Duties include working with stakeholders to conduct risk assessments of bulk oil transportation by vessels to facilities and risk mitigation. The successful candidate will have the responsibility to publicly present and discuss findings or outcomes from investigations or studies. Salary $63,480-$83,316. The job can be located either in Lacey or in Bellevue, Wash.

Initial screening scheduled on Aug. 12. To be considered, submit an application and required materials on or before Aug. 11. To apply, go to: If you need assistance applying, call Human Resources at (360) 407-6186 or To learn more about the agency, go to

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The next Offshore Membership Meeting at the Los Angeles/Long Beach Hall will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 5 after the 1100 job call.

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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 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 – 8/17/15, 10/12/15

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation: Contact Admissions

ARPA-OIC – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 8/4/15, 9/22/15, 1/26/16

AZIPOD 2-Day – 10/1/15

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 8/3/15, 10/19/15, 2/1/16

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 11/9/15

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling: 9/28/15

BT – Basic Safety Training: 8/10/15, 10/5/15, 1/25/16

BT-Revalidation – 8/4/15, 11/3/15

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 10/26/15

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

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

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 9/28/15, 1/25/16, 3/28/16

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 8/3/15, 10/19/15, 1/4/16, 3/7/16

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (2 weeks): 10/5/15

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information System: 8/17/15, 9/21/15, 10/5/15,11/2/15, 12/7/15, 1/11/16, 2/22/16, 3/21/16

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM):8/10/15, 8/17/15, 8/31/15, 9/7/15, 9/21/15, 9/28/15, 10/26/15, 11/2/15, 11/9/15,11/16/15, 11/30/15, 12/7/15, 12/14/15, 1/18/16, 2/15/16, 3/14/16

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 11/16/15

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: 8/24/15, 10/12/15, 3/28/16

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (2 weeks): 9/14/15

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 8/10/15, 8/24/15, 10/5/15,11/9/15, 11/30/15, 1/11/16, 2/8/16, 3/14/16

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 8/17/15, 8/31/15, 10/12/15,11/16/15, 12/7/15, 1/18/16, 2/15/16, 3/21/16

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 11/30/15, 2/29/16

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 11/9/15

CNAV-OIC – Celestial Navigation: 11/9/15

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop: Contact Admissions

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications: Contact Admissions

DDE – Great Lakes: 2/1/16

DPA – Contact Admissions

ECDIS-OIC – Contact Admissions

ECDIS-Pilots – 11/12/15

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 8/24/15, 9/21/15, 10/19/15, 11/9/15, 12/14/15,1/4/16, 2/8/16, 3/21/16

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 8/10/15, 10/5/15, 1/25/16, 2/22/16

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications: 9/15/15, 11/11/15

GL Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization: 1/22/16

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System: 8/24/15, 3/7/16

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 8/31/15, 11/16/15

LAP- 9/14/15

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes: 1/25/16

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License: 8/3/15, 11/30/15, 3/7/16

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 9/16/15, 11/10/15

LNG-TPIC – 12/7/15

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC): 9/21/15

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control: 8/17/15, 9/14/15, 10/12/15, 11/2/15, 12/7/15, 1/11/16, 2/22/16, 3/28/16

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 8/24/15, 12/7/15, 1/4/16

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 9/28/15, 2/1/15, 3/14/16

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 8/24/15, 10/12/15, 12/7/15, 1/4/15, 2/15/16

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 8/28/15, 11/5/15, 12/12/15, 1/9/15, 1/31/16

MSA –Maritime Security Awareness: Contact Admissions

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic): 8/19/15, 10/29/15, 3/8/16

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control: 8/17/15, 10/27/15, 3/5/16 (March is 4 evenings)

*MSC-ENVPRO –8/16/15, 10/31/15, 2/28/16

*MSC-FF-HELO –8/3/15, 11/2/15, 2/22/16

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualification: 8/8/15, 10/19/15, 1/4/16, 2/29/16

*MSC-Security Watch Basic – 8/6/15, 10/17/15, 2/26/16

*MSC-Security Watch Advanced –8/12/15, 10/23/15, 1/8/16, 3/4/16

*MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force –8/13/15, 10/24/15, 1/10/16, 3/5/16

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 8/3/15, 9/21/15, 1/25/16

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 7/28/15, 8/5/15, 8/19/15, 9/2/15, 9/16/15, 9/30/15, 10/14/15, 10/28/15, 11/3/15, 11/11/15, 11/18/15, 12/2/15, 12/10/15, 1/6/16, 1/13/16, 2/3/16

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 1/18/16, 2/1/16

SAR-OIC – Search & Rescue – 10/19/15

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 11/2/15, 2/15/16

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling-5 Day: 9/28/15, 1/25/16

SMS – Contact Admissions

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 8/3/15, 2/8/16

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses: 1/4/16

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 8/3/15

TRAC-TUG-2: Contact Admissions

TTT – Contact Admissions

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties: Contact Admissions

VSO – Vessel Security Officer: 9/9/15, 10/7/15, 10/17/15, 2/15/16

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level): 9/28/15, 3/21/16

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 9/14/15, 2/29/16

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

August 2015

3rd Flashing Light
3-7 Leadership & Managerial Skills (waitlist only)
3-7 Engine Resource Management
4-7 ARPA
10-14 ECDIS
10-21 GMDSS
17-21 Leadership & Managerial Skills (waitlist only)
17-21 Tankerman Person-In-Charge
17-21 Rules of the Road
24th Radar Renewal
24-28 MEECE
24-28 Bridge Resource Management
25-26 Designated Person Ashore
31-4 Leadership & Managerial Skills (waitlist only)
31-4 Basic Meteorology

September 2015

8th Leadership & Teamworking Skills
9th OICNW Assessments
10th Radar Renewal
14-18 Leadership & Managerial Skills (waitlist only)
14-18 Basic Cargo Handling
14-18 Medical Care Provider
14-25 Medical Person-In-Charge
14-25 GMDSS
21-25 ECDIS
21-25 Leadership & Managerial Skills (waitlist only)
21-2 Celestial Navigation
28-30 Security Officer – Vessel, Company, and Facility
28-2 MEECE

October 2015

5th Radar Renewal
5-9 Leadership & Managerial Skills (waitlist only)
5-9 Medical Care Provider
5-9 Basic Shiphandling
5-9 Engine Resource Managemet
12-16 ECDIS
12-16 Leadership & Managerial Skills
12-23 GMDSS
19-23 Radar Observer Unlimited
19-23 Leadership & Managerial Skills (waitlist only)
19-23 MEECE
26-30 Leadership & Managerial Skills (waitlist only)

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