Wheelhouse Weekly – July 29, 2014

July 29th 2014

Volume 18 . . . Number 30 . . . July 29, 2014


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The Maritime Labor Alliance (MLA) and other strategic partnerships with sister unions strengthen individual unions’ bargaining power and aid in the fight to protect and enhance wages and working conditions, says International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) President Harold J. Daggett. He made the remarks last week at the 90th Convention of the ILA South Atlantic and Gulf Coast District in Savannah.

MM&P is the marine affiliate of the ILA. In 2012, the two joined four other maritime unions—the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (MEBA), the Inland Boatmen’s Union (IBU) and the American Radio Association (ARA)—to form the Maritime Labor Alliance, which is aimed at protecting the jurisdictional rights of members.

“I am encouraged by our programs to promote solidarity among us, with other unions here in America and around the world,” Daggett told the convention delegates. He said that the founding of the MLA was particularly significant in that it coincided with a time in which “so many of the maritime unions in this country were suffering from an ugly and new development to infect our great labor movement, including unions raiding unions, substandard contracts and attacks on jurisdiction.”

Daggett said that in the MLA, he “immediately, recognized an opportunity to amplify the voice of America’s maritime unions by bringing these maritime unions together under a new umbrella organization… that would be the true and honest and forceful voice of maritime labor in this country.”

Daggett took the opportunity to recognize the work being done by the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department (TTD). “We have received constant and strong support in our negotiations and legislative efforts from TTD President Ed Wytkind and his team,” Daggett said. He said the union continues to “look out at the world with high-powered binoculars to make certain the ILA shares its rightful place in international commerce,” an endeavor that has led it to tighten relations with the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and affiliate with the International Dockworkers’ Council (IDC). “Their messages of solidarity and pledges of support to us became powerful assets of ours during negotiations” on the ILA’s new master contract, a six-year agreement that covers all ports from Maine to Texas, he said.

The convention ended with the reelection of Clyde Fitzgerald as district president, the election of Willie J. Seymore as the new district executive vice president and the election of Benny Holland Jr., ILA executive vice president, to a fourth term as president emeritus.


Articles published in the trade press that remain unsubstantiated say Crowley Maritime Corp. is “in talks to acquire Horizon Line’s port facilities in San Juan and its service between the mainland and Puerto Rico.” Caribbean Business originally published the report, citing unnamed sources. The publication said acquisition talks began several months ago and had recently resumed after a temporary hiatus. Horizon Lines Interim Chief Executive Officer Steve Rubin has not commented on the news reports. Crowley spokesman Mark Miller issued a statement by e-mail saying that the company’s plans “have not changed. We are building two new, LNG-powered ConRo ships at VT Halter, and we are talking with the Puerto Rico Ports Authority about making improvements to our existing Isla Grande terminal to accommodate those ships when they are delivered and put into service in 2017.”


Senior managers of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) met last week with MM&P Government Fleet Representative Randi Ciszewski and representatives of the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (MEBA) and the Seafarers’ International Union (SIU). The meeting was part of the labor-management forum process established by President Obama in 2009 under an executive order intended to improve the delivery to the public of government services. The forums are intended to complement existing collective bargaining agreements by facilitating an exchange of ideas and information. “Our meeting was very productive,” Ciszewski said. “USACE senior managers, SIU and MEBA emphasized how smoothly the MM&P headquarters team operated in hosting us.”


Speakers and delegates at last week’s MM&P convention reaffirmed the need for more member involvement in the legislative arena. The jobs of every member of our union, in every membership group, depend on what happens in Washington, D.C.

The convention heard from speaker after speaker on the need for concerted action in Washington to protect the programs and policies on which the American Merchant Marine depends for its existence. “This is a very, very trying time for our industry,” said C. James Patti, president of MIRAID, which advocates for MM&P members and contracted shipping companies in Washington, D.C.

Among the programs now being targeted for elimination or substantial cuts: the Maritime Security Program (MSP), which is the object of a funding battle expected to continue into the fall; PL 480, the Food for Peace Program, which is targeted for elimination by a Senate bill; and the Export-Import Bank, which will cease to exist if it is not reauthorized by Sept. 30.

If you are a mariner and a member of this union, your job depends on the Jones Act and other laws that help guarantee the survival of the U.S.-flag fleet. Won’t you do your part today by going to and making a contribution? Just click the “One-Click PCF Contribution” button at the top of the home page.


Auto loans start as low as 1.50 percent, all rates are reduced by 1 percent and personal loans can be as low as 4.0 percent under a new promotion offered by the MM&P Federal Credit Union (MM&P FCU) which lasts until July 31. Members with a higher credit rating get a preferred rate; members who are seeking to rebuild their credit scores can obtain rates they are sure to find convenient. The MM&P Federal Credit Union is a nonprofit financial organization owned and operated by its members with the purpose of promoting thrift through convenient, systematic savings, and providing a quick, economical source of dignified credit. It was founded in 1959.

Did you know? The MM&P FCU offers financial and credit counseling as well as a full range of services including free checking accounts, free electronic bill pay and surcharge-free ATMs.  “A member came to us because they didn’t have the money to pay the taxes on their home. If the taxes weren’t paid, the house would be put up for auction,” says credit union manager Kathy Klisavage. “The credit union agreed to lend them the money for the taxes; however they would have to sit down with us, baring their financial souls… I am very happy to say that the house was not put up for auction and when the next year’s tax bill was due, the money was in their credit union account.”

Contact the MM&P Federal Credit Union today. Go to and click on “Credit Union” and the top of the page, or call 800-382-7777 during business hours.


Membership meetings have been scheduled for the following dates and times in MM&P Pacific Ports Union Halls: San Francisco/Oakland, July 31; Honolulu, Aug. 5; Seattle, Aug. 12; Los Angeles/Long Beach, Aug. 13 In each case the meeting will be held in the union hall and directly after the 1100 job call, except in Honolulu where it will be directly after the 1000 job call.


The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) says the government of Thailand should abandon attempts to criminalize a British researcher who exposed what many are calling “modern-day slavery” in the country’s canned fruit and fishing industry. The ITF has demanded that all charges against human rights activist and filmmaker Andy Hall be dropped immediately. The ITF describes the trial, which is planned for September, as “a national and international embarrassment.”

Thailand’s Natural Fruit Company lodged civil and criminal charges against Hall earlier this year after he exposed labor and human rights abuses, including violence against employees, forced overtime, the use of child workers and confiscation of the passports of Burmese migrant workers. Hall published his findings in a report, “Cheap Has a High Price,” in January 2013 and was hit with a libel suit a month later.

ITF Acting General Secretary Steve Cotton said Hall should be “praised, not prosecuted” for his expose on working conditions, adding “Thailand’s attorney general must act now to disallow this case, which is an example of blatant victimization of someone for no greater crime than telling an unacceptable truth.” ITF President Paddy Crumlin added: “If ever a country needed to allow defenders of human rights to identify problems, it’s this one.”


IndustriALL Global Union’s Turkish affiliate Lastik-Is on July 22 signed a collective bargaining agreement with George Fischer Hakan Plastik. The news followed a successful online campaign which drew messages of support from all over the world. The agreement means the end of a hard-fought campaign to organize workers at the Turkish subsidiary of Swiss based Georg Fischer, a market-leading producer of plastic tubing. Nine thousand people pledged their support to the IndustriALL-LabourStart campaign demanding that the company sign a collective bargaining agreement and end union busting of Lastik-Is members. “This is a real victory,” said Kemal Ozkan, assistant general secretary of IndustriALL. “Our international campaign, coupled with a determined struggle in the field by Lastik-Is, has brought this achievement. This is our way to fight back worldwide.”


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 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, 2013. 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 –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: 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: 8/4/14, 10/20/14, 11/10/14, 1/5/15, 4/6/15, 6/8/15

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM): 9/15/14, 9/29/14, 12/8/14, 1/26/15, 3/30/15, 6/22/15

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 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

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

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 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

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 9/22/14, 12/1/14

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: 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: 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-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, 1/19/15, 3/30/15

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 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: 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: 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: 1/5/15

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

TRAC-TUG-2: Contact Admissions

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


Please also see our schedule online at For registration, send an e-mail to our registrar, Jennifer Pitzen, at or call her at (206) 838-1126.

August 2014

4-15       Celestial Navigation

19th       Radar Renewal

25-29     ECDIS

September 2014

8-12       Basic Cargo Handling

8-19       GMDSS

15th       Radar Renewal

16-19     ARPA

22-24     Vessel Security Officer

22-26     ECDIS

29-3       Medical Care Provider

October 2014

1-3          Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling

6-10       Radar Observer Unlimited

6-17       GMDSS

13th       Management and Teamworking Skills

14-17     ARPA

20-24     ECDIS

20-24     Basic Stability

20-31     GMDSS

27-29     Emergency Procedures

30-31     Search and Rescue

November 2014

3-7          ECDIS

3-7          Medical Care Provider

3-14       Medical Person-In-Charge

10-21     GMDSS

17-20     ARPA

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