Wheelhouse Weekly – July 31st, 2018

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A Washington think tank seeking to facilitate entry by foreign shipping interests into the domestic maritime industry has announced a plan aimed at generating public antipathy to the Jones Act.

The Cato Institute (CATO), a corporate-backed group that says it is fighting to “open markets,” has announced a new campaign aimed at repealing the Jones Act.

The Jones Act protects the jobs of all MM&P members and employees, along with those of every U.S.-citizen mariner, by mandating that cargo moving between U.S. ports be carried on ships that are U.S. built, U.S. crewed and U.S. flagged.

In a release to the press, Cato said last week that it is stepping up its campaign to repeal the law, an announcement that immediately drew fire from the American Maritime Partnership (AMP) and other supporters of the U.S.-flag fleet and the American Merchant Marine.

“CATO’s Jones Act analysis misses the law’s national, homeland and economic security benefits,” the AMP said in an official statement.

“The Jones Act continues to enjoy broad bipartisan backing today because it supports American jobs and the U.S. economy, preserves our ability to defend our nation, and makes our nation more secure.”

AMP said CATO “misstates the law’s national security benefits, ignores its contribution to homeland security and mischaracterizes its economic contribution to our nation.”

CATO sarcastically refers to “those who actually believe the law is essential to national security,” AMP continues.

“Notable vocal ‘believers’ include Secretary of the U.S. Department of Defense James Mattis; Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Paul Selva; former U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft; multiple four-star generals who have led the U.S. Transportation Command, which oversees all military cargo logistics; multiple commanders of the U.S. Military Sealift Command; Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation Elaine Chao; and national security experts in Congress and beyond.”

As part of its anti-Jones Act campaign, CATO claims that the Jones Act raises consumer costs.

It concedes, however, that it does not have any data to support the claim.

Studies by AMP and others, including the non-partisan Government Accountability Office, have found that the Jones Act has no effect on consumer prices.

To find out more about CATO’s campaign to repeal the Jones Act and the U.S.-flag fleet’s response, go to

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The officers and crew of PRESIDENT KENNEDY, the first of five new vessels to be flagged-in to the APL fleet to replace the C-11s, celebrated the ship’s maiden arrival at the Port of Yokohama on July 21.

The 7500-TEU containership, formerly the CMA CGM NARMADA, replaced the APL PHILIPPINES.

MM&P licensed deck officers are at the conn of the PRESIDENT KENNEDY and all APL vessels.


The PRESIDENT KENNEDY and the other newly flagged-in vessels have been deployed in APL’s Eagle Express 1 (EX1) service.

APL says the EX1 service now offers a faster transit from Los Angeles to Yokohama, arriving in Japan two days sooner than before.

The EX1 service rotation is: Qingdao; Shanghai; Busan; Los Angeles; Oakland; Yokohama; Naha; Busan; Qingdao.

EX1 cargoes bound for Guam and Saipan via APL’s Guam Saipan Express (GSX) service from Yokohama will now reach Guam every Monday, the earliest cargo arrival of the week on the island, the company says.

APL brought the newer vessels in from the CMA CGM international fleet to replace the five C-11s.

The C-11s were approaching the Maritime Security Program (MSP) 25-year dry cargo vessel age limit.

The newer ships, which will assume the C-11s’ MSP operating agreements, range in age from three to 12 ½ years.

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The House of Representatives last week passed the Save Our Seas Act of 2018 (S 756), which includes a detailed amendment on maritime safety with language originally offered by Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.).

The legislation had already been passed by the Senate.

The amendment includes parts of the Maritime Safety Act of 2018, which Hunter sponsored following release by the Coast Guard of the results of its investigation into the loss of the EL FARO
Among other provisions, the act includes:

. steam plant inspection training for Coast Guard marine inspectors;

. class inspection oversight training for Coast Guard marine inspectors;

. an independent review of Coast Guard oversight of class society performance;

. a review of Coast Guard policies for designating a ship modification as a “major conversion”;

. recordkeeping requirements for small weight changes to merchant vessels and each vessel’s weight change over time;

. a U.S-led effort at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to mandate float-free, EPIRB-equipped VDRs, which could reduce the need to search for lost data recorders on the seafloor in the event of a sinking;

. a parallel IMO effort to require vessels to receive graphical weather charts.

The amended bill now returns to the Senate for consideration.

If passed in the Senate without further modification, it would be sent to the White House for the president’s signature.

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A tug operated by Louisiana-based Edison Chouest Offshore touched bottom in Prince William Sound before colliding with a work skiff on June 29, the Coast Guard says.

The accident occurred when the tug “briefly lost steerage,” according to a spokesperson for Alyeska Pipeline Services.

The work skiff was crushed between Edison Chouest’s 140-foot tug CHALLENGER and a barge.

There were no injuries and no oil was spilled, the pipeline spokesperson said.

In 2016, Alyeska Pipeline Services contracted with Edison Chouest–a company with a questionable safety record and little experience in Alaska aside from involvement in a 2012 oil rig grounding–to replace Crowley Marine, which had provided vessel-assist and spill-prevention services on Prince William Sound for more than 25 years.

The Crowley vessels were crewed by members of the MM&P United Inland Group-Pacific Maritime Region.

The June 29 collision between the Edison Chouest tug and barge was the second to occur in the days before the Louisiana-based company officially replaced Crowley Marine and its MM&P crews.

The first accident had taken place just two days earlier, when an Edison Chouest tug collided with an oil tanker at the Valdez Marine Terminal.

The Coast Guard and the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation are investigating both accidents.

The head of a Prince William Sound citizens’ group has suggested that both Edison Chouest crews and managers “may need more training to improve communications, fine-tune vessel operations and learn the response system and local weather.”

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Ship masters and all other mariners with crew members working under their charge are reminded of the requirement to ensure compliance with work/rest hour regulations.

As all professional mariners are aware, failure to ensure compliance with work/rest hour requirements is a violation of federal administrative law.

Please be advised that it has been brought to our attention that a management level USCG Licensed Officer was recently issued a Letter of Warning for failure to ensure compliance with work/rest requirements for crew members working under his/her charge as provided in 46 CFR 15.710.

This section of the Code of Federal Regulations specifies the following:

§ 15.710 Working hours. In addition to prescribing watch requirements, 46 U.S.C. 8104 sets limitations on the working hours of licensed individuals and crew members, prescribes certain rest periods and prohibits unnecessary work on Sundays and certain holidays when the vessel is in a safe harbor.

It is the responsibility of the master or person in charge to ensure that these limitations are met. However, under 46 U.S.C. 8104 (f), the master or other licensed individual can require any part of the crew to work when, in his or her judgment, they are needed for: (a) Maneuvering, shifting berth, mooring, unmooring; (b) Performing work necessary for the safety of the vessel, or the vessel’s passengers, crew, or cargo; (c) Saving of life on board another vessel in jeopardy; or (d) Performing fire, lifeboat, or other drills in port or at sea.

Members are strongly encouraged to take action and/or to notify their employer of potential problems in complying with work/rest hour regulations and to ensure that accurate hours of work/rest logs are maintained.

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The tax cuts passed by Republicans in Congress at the end of 2017 are further enriching corporate executives and the wealthiest elites.

But the vast majority of Americans have seen no significant gains.

The new law reduced the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent.

President’s Trump’s Council of Economic Advisers had predicted that, as a result of the tax cuts, working Americans would receive, on average, raises totaling $4,000 to $9,000.

But although a small number of companies announced one-time bonuses after the law was signed, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in June that when inflation is factored in, wages for nonsupervisory workers actually fell by 0.1 percent from May 2017 to May 2018.

And a study released in May has found that the tax cuts “have provided no income boost for workers making less than $200,000 per year.”

The study was conducted by professors at the Harvard Business School and Duke University.

They concluded that along with the absence of benefits for people making less than $200,000 annually, “the small number of earners above the $200,000 income level have reaped gains” as a result of the new law.

One reason: companies are buying back record amounts of their own stock, a practice that rewards shareholders by boosting the value of shares.

U.S. companies have announced more than $600 billion in buybacks in the first half of this year, a figure that in the first six months of 2018 had already topped the previous annual record.

Top managers at Fortune 500 companies are quickly cashing in by selling their own shares.

The CEOs of Oracle, Apple, Wells Fargo, McDonald’s and MasterCard are among those who have sold tens of millions of dollars’ worth of stock since the tax cuts were signed into law by President Trump.

“When Republicans in Congress passed a big, fat tax break bill in December, they insisted it meant American workers would be singing ‘Happy Days Are Here Again’ all the way to the bank,” says United Steelworkers President Leo Gerard.

“But something bad happened to workers on their way to the repository,” he says.

“They never got that money. In fact, their real wages declined because of higher inflation.”
No wonder public opinion on the tax cut law has been trending negative.

A RealClearPolitics polling summary indicates that 36.1 percent of Americans are in favor of the law and 43 percent oppose it.

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Our friends in Congress–Republicans, Democrats and Independents–have fought to protect the U.S. maritime fleet. They have stood with us, even when it was not popular within their own party.

It is up to all of us to do the same. Many of our allies are being challenged in the mid-term elections. They need our help just like we needed theirs when we were being challenged.
We need to help our friends in Congress win their elections.

But to do so, we need the support of every MM&P member, pensioner and employee!
Please help us re-elect pro-maritime legislators to Congress.

Stand with your union brothers and sisters!

Support the MM&P Political Contribution Fund by making a contribution to the PCF today.

Also, please visit the “Who We Support” page and find out if your representative stands with the American Merchant Marine.

Go to and click on the “Protect Your Job” button in the top right-hand corner of the page to contribute to the PCF.

The “Who We Support” page is posted in the Members’ Only section of the website.

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The Southeast Alaska Pilots’ Association (SEAPA) will hold an exam the week of March 4, 2019, to select pilot trainees.

SEAPA has approximately 50 members with backgrounds from across the maritime industry.

The association’s mission is to protect life, property and the marine environment by providing safe navigation of vessels from the Canadian border though the Alaska Panhandle plus Yakutat Bay.

Interested mariners are encouraged to make an optional three-day visit to the Association’s headquarters in Ketchikan in mid-September 2018 to learn more about piloting in Southeast Alaska.

For more information, go to:

All questions should be addressed to

Please do not call the SEAPA business office about this announcement under any circumstances.

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The Washington State Department of Ecology is seeking a Marine Transportation Safety Specialist.

The job is located in Clark County, Vancouver. The annual salary range is $67,236.00 to $88,236.00.

To find out more, go to and click on “Jobs” and then “Find Current Job Openings.”

The job number is: 2018-SPPR3542-07005.

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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: 12/19/18

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling: **Now also included in BRMP-Refresher** 10/17/18

BRMP-Refresher – 9/11/18

BT – Basic Safety Training: 8/13/18 (PST, PSSR, AID-CPR portions only), 10/22/18

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

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

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: Contact Admissions

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 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): 8/13/18, 9/10/18, 10/1/18, 11/5/18, 11/26/18

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 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: 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: 8/20/2018

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): 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: 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 – 8/10/18, 9/16/18, 11/3/18

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

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P – 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: 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 – 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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Summer-Fall 2018

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You can also view our schedule and enroll online at

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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