Wheelhouse Weekly – July 5, 2016

Volume 21 . . . Number 27. . . July 5, 2016


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The House of Representatives and the Senate have passed identical legislation to alleviate the economic crisis in Puerto Rico.

The legislation is on its way to the President who is expected to quickly sign the bill into law.

Despite vigorous efforts by the Heritage Foundation and other opponents of the U.S. maritime industry, Congress refused to include language in the legislation that would have weakened or repealed the applicability of the Jones Act to cargo moving between Puerto Rico and the rest of the United States.

Congress completely rejected the argument put forward by Heritage that the Jones Act has caused and is compounding the crisis in Puerto Rico and concluded instead that there is absolutely no evidence to support such claims.

In fact, it became clear in Congressional discussions that the Jones Act provides significant employment for residents of Puerto Rico and protects the citizens of Puerto Rico from rate gouging by foreign vessel operators.

MM&P and MIRAID worked closely with others in our industry to ensure the legislation advanced without provisions undermining the Jones Act.

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The AFL-CIO’s submission to the Democratic Party Platform Committee calls for the inclusion of provisions important to the U.S.-flag maritime industry.

Adhering to recommendations made earlier to the committee by MM&P, other seafaring unions and the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department, the AFL-CIO urged that the party platform reaffirm the U.S.-flag fleet’s unwavering opposition to allowing maritime services and maritime programs such as the Jones Act to be included for discussion in international trade negotiations.

They urged instead that the platform state: “Negotiation of maritime and aviation agreements should remain under the jurisdiction of the Departments of Transportation and State and should remain separate from other bilateral and multilateral trade negotiations.”

With regard to national energy policy, the AFL-CIO urged that the platform include the following: “When the United States imports or exports energy products and related manufactured components, it should utilize, to the fullest extent possible, U.S.-flagged vessels crewed by American mariners.”

Finally, the AFL-CIO urged that the Democratic Party Platform include as a statement of national maritime policy the following:

“We must reaffirm the military, economic and homeland security benefit to our nation of a larger, stronger and more viable privately owned U.S.-flag merchant marine capable of meeting defense sealift needs and executing humanitarian missions. To this end, the Maritime Security Program must be fully funded, U.S. government financed exports must adhere to cargo preference laws and the Jones Act must be enforced.”

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The International Dockworkers’ Council (IDC), the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) are calling on dockers’ unions around the world to organize an hour of activities on Thursday, July 7, which has been designated International Dockers’ Action Day.

The goal is to raise public awareness of the vital contributions dockworkers make to the world economy, the risks they face at work every day and the wave of attacks being waged on their working conditions in ports. A tribute to fallen and injured comrades will be included.

Under the slogan “Defend Dockers’ Rights,” the global day of union action is an opportunity for port workers to call for: improved health and safety in the workplace, respect for bargaining rights and universal labor standards.

“This is the first time dock workers worldwide will act in unison to demonstrate our contribution to the world economy and underline the risks involved in our work,” says Jordi Aragunde, IDC general coordinator.

He said the event will show workers’ resolve to “defend not only the security of their jobs, but also their working conditions, dignity and collective bargaining power.”

“This day is a reaction to the fact that attacks on dockers aren’t going away, they’re escalating all the time all over the world,” said ITF President Paddy Crumlin. “The international dockers’ community isn’t going to stand for poor conditions, automation without union consultation or downgrading of the professional status of dockworkers.”

“This is longshoremen, dockers, wharfies in every corner of the world being clear about that and taking collective action to raise their profile and send a message to employers.”

Action will take place at 0800 local time for an hour.

The International Dockworkers Council (IDC) is a global trade union confederation that brings together more than 85,000 dockworkers on five continents, and works to defend workers and their jobs through training and continuous improvement of their working conditions.

Headquartered in Barcelona, Spain, the IDC is organized into six areas (Europe, Africa, Western North America and Pacific Coast, East Coast of North America, Oceania and Latin America), each with its coordinator-appointed assembly.

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) is an international federation of transport workers’ trade unions. All independent trade unions with members in the transport industry are eligible for ITF membership.

MM&P and around 700 other unions representing over 4.5 million transport workers from some 150 countries are members of the ITF. It is one of several global union federations allied with the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC).

The European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) is a new pan-European trade union organization that embraces transport trade unions from the European Union, the European Economic Area and Central and Eastern European countries.

The ETF represents more than 3.5 million transport workers from more than 230 transport unions and 41 European countries in the following sectors: railways, road transport and logistics, maritime transport, inland waterways, civil aviation, ports and docks, tourism and fisheries.

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Recent events may give reason to hope that a bid to export the flag-of-convenience (FOC) model from shipping—where it is has had disastrous consequences–to aviation has at least been slowed.

Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) rejected an application by Norwegian Air UK (NAUK) for a foreign air carrier permit exemption.

NAUK is a sister company of Norwegian Air International (NAI), which has been seeking to expand its FOC service to the United States.

NAI flights are crewed by citizens of Singapore and Thailand working on temporary labor contracts governed by the laws of those countries. Their wages are low and they have few benefits.

Opponents say allowing such an airline to compete in the U.S. market would lead to extensive job losses in the aviation industry and erode living standards among airline workers.

DOT’s rejection of the application “is a sound decision that boosts our continuing effort to ensure that Norwegian Air, either through NAUK or its Ireland-based subsidiary, Norwegian Air International (NAI), isn’t allowed to game our trade rules and gain an unfair advantage in the transatlantic market over its U.S. and European competitors that play by the rules,” said Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD).

“Norwegian Air should not be permitted to create shell subsidiaries designed to undermine labor standards…”

“Now that Norwegian Air’s exemption application has been dismissed, the company’s business model–described by DOT as ‘novel and complex’–will face the careful scrutiny it deserves,” he added.

Meanwhile “Brexit,” the British referendum to separate from the European Union (EU), casts uncertainty on how international air rules will apply to airlines in the United Kingdom.

“DOT should halt Norwegian Air UK’s application to gain access to more airports in the U.S. and EU,” says the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), which along with MM&P is a member of TTD.

“Significant uncertainty surrounds the timing of the U.K.’s exit from the EU and its effect on air transportation, including how U.K. airlines that no longer fall under the U.S.-EU air transport agreement will need to seek approval to serve the United States,” Tim Canoll, ALPA’s president, said in a statement.

ALPA and other union groups submitted a new filing with DOT last week, urging the agency to delay further decisions “until the post‐exit regulatory structure that will pertain to the grant of operating authorizations to UK air carriers is determined.”

The low-cost air carrier has for years been seeking approval to use airports covered under the U.S. and EU’s Open Skies agreement. The company also established a subsidiary, Norwegian Air International, in Ireland, a member of the EU.

Norwegian currently flies to some airports in the U.S. under the banner of its parent company, Norwegian Air Shuttle. But the company says its model for cheaper transatlantic flights requires access to more Open Skies airports.

DOT tentatively approved a permit for the carrier’s Ireland-based subsidiary in April after consulting with both the Justice and State departments and finding “no basis to reject the application.”

The agency’s move roiled the aviation industry, union groups and lawmakers from both sides of the aisle. Critics argue that Norwegian Air is attempting to skirt more stringent Norwegian labor and tax laws and claim the air carrier is undermining competition by hiring pilots contracted through Asia.

A former U.S. official who helped draft the current U.S.-EU aviation accord weighed in on the debate in an OpEd published in the June 27 edition of Huffington Post.

“Expanding global connectivity through aviation only succeeds when the playing field is level and the rules are both universally understood and scrupulously enforced,” says John Porcari, former deputy secretary at DOT.

“That was the core principle behind our government’s negotiation of an amended air services agreement with the EU, known as the U.S.-EU Air Transport Agreement (ATA).”

“NAI is requesting to launch a complex international airline operation that at its core challenges explicit provisions of the agreement, in particular those specifically designed to protect high labor standards for cabin crews on both sides of the Atlantic.”

Porcari says NAI’s model, if approved, “would gut the core of the ATA’s labor provision… which unambiguously sets out a clear commitment to protect against air services that ‘undermine labor standards or the labor-related rights and principles contained in the Parties’ respective laws.’”

“This administration should be justifiably proud that appropriate labor provisions were negotiated into this agreement,” he adds. “Let’s use them for their intended purpose.”

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MM&P President Don Marcus will receive the prestigious Admiral of the Ocean Sea Award for 2016. The award will be presented on Oct. 28 in New York City at an event that draws hundreds of American maritime industry leaders.

Also named honorees for 2016 are the president of New York Waterways, Arthur Imperatore, and the chairman and CEO of American Bureau of Shipping, Christopher Wiernicki.

Awardees are selected by a committee of maritime industry representatives from the military, government agencies, shipping companies and labor unions.

The Admiral of the Ocean Sea Award ceremony is the primary fundraiser for United Seamen’s Service, which provides health, communication, counseling, dining and recreation services to thousands of seafarers at its eight centers worldwide as well as those on ships, in hospital or detention.

During the course of the event, recognition is also given to American seafarers for specific acts of bravery and heroism while at sea.

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The MM&P Headquarters Staff will be assisting at the Constitutional and 86th Conventions July 18-22, 2016.

If members are planning to use HQ services (including company assignments) if possible please do so by July 15, 2016.

Normal office hours will resume July 22. You will still be able to reach staff members by e-mail during the Conventions.

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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, beginning last week, the MM&P computer system began 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 by mid-July.

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

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For a limited time only, the MM&P Federal Credit Union is running a promotion: a 1 percent reduction in all interest rates across the board.

Plus: our new lending program offers clients with high credit scores an opportunity to save even more money.

Under the new program, different lending rates are offered based on an individual’s credit score. Your credit score is determined by an outside service (Equifax Information Services LLC) as part of your credit report. Equifax assigns a credit score based on credit history.

Once you have been approved for a loan based on the credit union’s standard loan policy, your credit score determines your interest rate: auto loan rates range from 2.50 percent for those with a credit score of 720 and above to 11.00 percent for “rebuilders,” with a credit score of 579 and below.

If you take into account the loan sale, you could get an auto loan for just 1.50 percent!

The application process is easy and has not changed. To find out more, call the credit union today at 1-800-382-7777 or 410-691-8136. You can also e-mail us at mmpfcu@bridgedeck.orgor go to and click on the credit union link at the top of the page.

As a reminder, credit union membership is offered to all MM&P regular, applicant and retired members, and to employees of MM&P, MIRAID, MITAGS, the MM&P Plan Office and their immediate family members.

Don’t waste time: contact Kathy at the MM&P Federal Credit Union today!

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There will be an Offshore membership meeting at the MM&P Seattle Hall on July 12 at 1100. MM&P President Don Marcus and Pacific Ports Vice President Dave Boatner will be attending.
The meeting will begin after the 1100 job call. All Offshore members in the area are encouraged to attend the meeting.

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All MM&P Pacific Ports will be closed on Tuesday, July 5, for the ILWU holiday Bloody Thursday, in memory of the union members who were shot and killed during the 1934 maritime strike.

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As we mark the birthday of our country, we can also celebrate the benefits of being a union member and having the freedom to choose to join a union.

In contrast to the freedoms we enjoy, being a union member in some parts of the world is dangerous.

It has been more than 100 days since 41-year-old Han Kwang-ho, a union organizer at a Hyundai auto supplier in South Korea, committed suicide.

Han, an elected official for a branch of the Korean Metal Workers’ Union, suffered five years of intimidation, repression and attacks in retaliation for his trade union activities at YooSung Enterprise, a key supplier for Hyundai Motor Company.

There is evidence of Hyundai conspiring with YooSung Enterprise and anti-labor consultants to crush the union at the factory.

Please take a moment to show your support and ask Hyundai Motor Company to stop union-busting at their suppliers.

Demand #JusticeForHan and go to this link:
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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: 7/18/16, 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 – 7/11/16,7/25/16, 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): 7/18/16, 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: 7/19/16, 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: 7/18/16, 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: 7/19/16, 9/21/16, 11/15/16

LNG-TPIC – 12/5/16

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC): 7/12/16, 9/26/16, 10/26/16*, 11/14/16*, 12/19/16*, 2/13/17 (*Evening Session)

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control: 7/11/16, 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: 7/11/16, 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: 7/18/16, 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 – 7/22/16, 8/13/16, 10/22/16, 1/13/17, 3/3/17

*MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force – 7/25/16, 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: 7/13/16, 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: 7/11/16, 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: 7/13/16, 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

6-8 Security Officer – Vessel, Company & Facility
11-15 Radar Observer Unlimited
11-15 Leadership & Managerial Skills
11-15 Engine Resource Management
11-22 GMDSS
18th Leadership & Teamworking Skills
18-22 ECDIS
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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