Wheelhouse Weekly – June 13, 2017

June 13th 2017

Volume 22… Number 24… June 13, 2017


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Members of MM&P’s Offshore Group have approved all the items on the Shipping Rules and Work Rules ballot. The votes were counted on Thursday, June 8th, at MM&P Headquarters in Linthicum Heights, Maryland. The union extends sincere thanks to Ballot Committee Members Richard May and Mark Nemergut, the members who participated as members of the committees and all those who cast their vote. For full results, please visit the members website at

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The newest addition to the Washington State Ferry (WSF) fleet is set to begin service on the Seattle-Bremerton route on June 25.

CHIMACUM, the third of four Olympic-class vessels replacing older ferries in the fleet, was delivered in April.

Four 15-person crews began training aboard the vessel in May.

The licensed deck officers who sail aboard the Washington State Ferries are members of the MM&P United Inland Group-Pacific Maritime Region.

CHIMACUM was put through its paces during sea trials by a team that included Captain Bob Corbin, Captain Greg Sugden and First Mate Genevieve Fritschen.

The three were interviewed for the Kitsap Sun by journalist Ed Friedrich, who accompanied them as they put the vessel through its paces.

The CHIMACUM will replace the HYAK on the Bremerton route.

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June 25 marks the annual Day of the Seafarer, an occasion to recognize the unique contribution made by the seafarers of the world to international trade, the world economy and civil society as a whole.

June 25 was designated as the Day of the Seafarer in a resolution by the 2010 Diplomatic Conference in Manila on the revised STCW Convention.

The resolution “encourages governments, shipping organizations, companies, shipowners and all other parties to promote the Day of the Seafarer and take action to celebrate it meaningfully.”

This year’s theme is: “Seafarers Matter.”

“Even though seafaring can provide the basis for a fulfilling and satisfying career, it is a difficult and demanding job,” says International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Kitack Lim.

“Long periods away from family and friends, and the pressure to perform in today’s economic environment can create their own stress.”

For 2017, the IMO is reaching out in particular to ports and seafarers’ centers, asking them to showcase best practices and organize special activities, such as offering free wi-fi in port or inviting members of the public to visit seafarers’ centers.

Mariners, shipping companies and maritime organizations are encouraged to use social media to share photos of their work using the hashtag #SeafarersMatter.

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The MM&P MATES Program has purchased Fremont Maritime Services, which includes the India Tango Marine Fire Fighting Training Programs.

The acquisition substantially increases the number of fire-fighting courses and programs available for trust and tuition-paying students, said MITAGS-PMI Executive Director Glen Paine.

“By joining forces, we will realize the benefits of operating efficiencies, expanded facilities and additional course offerings to meet the growing demand for our services, particularly in the Seattle area.”

“MITAGS/PMI has the size, connections and resources to pursue new opportunities which draw on Fremont’s expertise and facilities, and they can market our services to a much bigger audience,” said Fremont Maritime founder Jon Kjaerulff.

Fremont Maritime will become part of MITAGS-PMI’s Seattle facility, the Pacific Maritime Institute.

All other aspects of the two programs will remain the same.

Kjaerulff founded Fremont in 1989 to provide much-needed training: even though vessels had often been outfitted with high-quality survival equipment, many mariners had not been taught how to use the equipment.

Today, Fremont operates out of a training center located in Seattle’s Fishermen’s Terminal, but Fremont’s instructors travel worldwide, training hundreds of mariners on their own vessels or in their home ports.

The company offers an array of U.S. Coast Guard-approved safety and survival classes, as well as programs developed in response to specific customer requirements.

The Pacific Maritime Institute, which is part of MITAGS, is based in downtown Seattle on the waterfront next to the U.S. Coast Guard base.

It occupies a 16,000-square-foot building with classrooms, three full-mission bridge simulators, radar, ARPA, ECDIS, GMDSS and medical labs.

MITAGS and PMI are the primary training centers of the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots (MM&P).

To learn more, visit

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The Ocean Cleanup, a Dutch foundation seeking to dramatically reduce pollution from plastics in the world’s oceans, has unveiled a design update to its cleanup system.

The company said in an official statement that the new technology will be deployed in “the Great Pacific Garbage Patch” in the first half of 2018.

Boyan Slat, the 22-year-old founder and CEO of the nonprofit, said at a presentation that a “technological breakthrough” has allowed the project to be cheaper and more effective than originally anticipated.

Instead of the initial estimates of removing 42 percent of the trash in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch over 10 years at a cost of $320 million, the foundation now hopes to remove 50 percent of trash within five years at a significantly lower cost.

The original design involved massive floating barriers fixed to the seabed to passively corral plastics with wind and ocean currents.

The new design involves “a fleet of many smaller systems” that will not be attached to the seabed. Each of up to 30 smaller barriers will measure about one to two-kilometers in length.

Slat says that the first system is already in production and that large-scale trials will be initiated in the Pacific Ocean later this year.

But critics say that The Ocean Cleanup’s system has technical limitations and can potentially harm marine life.

Additionally, most experts say that the best way to solve the world’s ocean plastic problem is to prevent trash from getting into the water in the first place.

Particularly promising are the “Fishing for Litter” campaigns that incentivize the fishing industry to recoup old nets and rope they find floating in the water.

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There will be a membership meeting in the Los Angeles/Long Beach Union Hall on Thursday, June 15, after job call.

MM&P Coast Agent Jeremy Hope, President Don Marcus and Pacific Ports Vice President Lars Turner will be in attendance.

All Offshore members in the area are encouraged to attend.

The hall is located at 533 N. Marine Ave., Suite A, Wilmington, CA 90744-5527.

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The MM&P Offshore Familiarization course will be held in the Los Angeles/Long Beach Hall on June 14 and 15.

Please call Los Angeles Dispatcher Wendy Karnes to save your space: 310-834-7201 or

The hall is located at 533 N. Marine Ave., Suite A, Wilmington, CA 90744-5527.

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.

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The MM&P Houston Hall will be closed on Monday, June 19 for Emancipation Day in Texas, an ILA holiday.

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Peace of mind, vet of your choice, quick reimbursements and multiple coverage plans? Yes to all!

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Union members save an additional 10 percent on monthly premiums. Use the link to learn more about Union Plus Pet Health Insurance and get a quote today!

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There are several potential full/part-time positions that could open up in the coming months at MITAGS-PMI West (PMI). The Marine Safety Instructor and Navigation Instructor positions would require the individual to live in the Seattle area. Full job descriptions are being developed. Please forward information on any potential candidates to Jane Sibiski, Human Resources Manager, at

Fremont Fire School – Marine Safety Instructor
The ideal person would have a management level license and extensive experience in fire-fighting, damage control, hazards materials, medical first responder (EMT, etc.), and safety management systems, as well as be physically fit due to a lot of strenuous activities at the fire-field.

Navigation Instructor
Master with extensive experience in the tug / barge and deep-sea (more tug / barge than deep-sea since that is the primary student base in Seattle). The instructor would primarily focus on the AB to MATE suite of courses.

NSAP Administrator
Primarily an administrative position, plus oversight of the NSAP development team. Recent master’s experience encouraged.

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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 Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) processing, MMC problem resolution advice, STCW compliance and VA GI-Bill questions, contact MITAGS Student Services Coordinator Victor Tufts toll free at (877)725-1194 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.

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 – 8/21/17, 10/16/17

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation: Contact Admissions

ARPA-OIC – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 8/8/17, 9/26/17, 1/16/18

AZIPOD 2-Day – 10/16/17

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 6/19/17, 9/25/17, 11/13/17, 2/26/18

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 7/20/17, 11/14/17, 1/16/18, 2/22/18, 3/29/18

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

BRMP-Refresher – 7/17/17, 9/12/17, 10/18/17

BT – Basic Safety Training: 8/14/17, 10/9/17, 1/15/18

BT-Revalidation (2-day) – 6/20/17, 8/21/17, 9/26/17, 11/8/17, 12/12/17

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 6/19/17, 8/20/17, 9/25/17, 11/8/17, 12/11/17

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 10/30/17

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

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

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 7/31/17, 10/2/17, 12/11/17, 1/29/18

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 8/7/17, 9/25/17, 12/4/17, 1/22/18, 3/12/18

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (2 weeks): 10/9/17

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information System: 6/26/17, 8/14/17, 9/18/17, 1/15/18, 3/26/18

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM) 6/19/17, 8/21/17, 9/11/17, 1/8/18, 2/19/18

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 11/27/17, 3/5/18

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: 7/31/17, 11/6/17

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (2 weeks): 10/30/17

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 7/17/17, 7/31/17, 8/14/17, 9/11/17, 10/2/17, 10/30/17, 12/4/17, 1/15/18, 2/5/18, 3/5/18, 3/19/18

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 7/24/17, 8/7/17, 8/21/17, 9/18/17, 10/9/17, 11/6/17, 12/11/17, 1/22/18, 2/12/18, 3/12/18, 3/26/18

**SHS-ADV-I & II now approved to include SAR-CMM assessments at MITAGS effective immediately**

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 10/23/17, 3/19/18

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 11/13/17

CNAV-OIC – Celestial Navigation: 11/6/17

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop: Contact Admissions

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications: 2/19/18

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior – 7/11/17

CDMGT – Crowd Management – 7/10/17

CSE – Confined Space Entry: 7/26/17, 1/15/18

DDE – Great Lakes: 1/22/18

DPA – Contact Admissions

ECDIS-OIC – Contact Admissions

ECDIS for Pilots – 11/14/17, 2/20/18

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 7/10/17, 8/28/17, 10/16/17, 12/4/17

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 8/14/17, 10/9/17, 1/15/18

FF-ADV-REV – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation & Refresher: 6/22/17, 8/23/17, 9/28/17, 11/6/17, 12/14/17

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications: 9/12/17

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization: 1/19/18

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System: 8/21/17, 3/5/18

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 6/26/17, 8/28/17, 11/27/17

LAP- 9/11/17, 2/26/18

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes: 1/22/18

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License: 12/4/17

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 9/13/17

LNG-TPIC – 12/4/17

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC): 8/15/17, 9/25/17 (*2-Evening Session)

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control: 7/17/17, 8/14/17, 10/23/17, 12/11/17

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 7/10/17, 9/11/17, 10/23/17, 1/22/18, 3/19/18

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 6/26/17, 8/28/17, 11/13/17, 12/4/17, 1/8/18

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 9/11/17, 10/23/17, 11/27/17, 1/22/18, 3/19/18

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 6/24/17, 7/16/17, 8/9/17 (Evening), 8/25/17, 9/30/17, 10/28/17, 12/16/17, 1/13/18, 1/27/18, 3/5/18

MSA –Maritime Security Awareness: Contact Admissions

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic): 8/9/17, 10/2/17, 2/23/18

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control: 8/7/17, 10/3/17, 2/21/18

*MSC-ENVPRO – 8/6/17, 10/1/17

*MSC-FF-HELO – 8/13/17, 10/16/17

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualification: 7/17/17, 8/13/17, 10/9/17, 1/8/18, 2/26/18

*MSC-Security Watch Basic – 8/10/17, 10/5/17, 2/24/18

*MSC-Security Watch Advanced – 7/21/17, 8/12/17, 10/7/17, 1/12/18, 3/2/18

*MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force – 7/24/17, 8/18/17, 10/13/17, 1/13/18, 3/3/18

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P – 6/19/17, 7/31/17, 8/14/17, 10/2/17, 1/22/18, 1/24/18

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 8/17/17, 9/25/17, 1/15/18

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 6/21/17, 7/12/17, 7/26/17, 8/9/17, 8/23/17, 9/20/17, 10/4/17, 10/18/17, 11/1/17, 11/8/17, 11/15/17, 11/29/17, 12/6/17, 12/13/17, 1/10/18, 1/31/18, 2/7/18, 2/21/18, 3/7/18, 3/21/18

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 7/31/17, 11/27/18, 1/8/18

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments): 10/16/17

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 8/28/17, 10/23/17, 1/29/18

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling-5 Day – 6/26/17, 8/7/17, 9/25/17, 11/27/17, 2/19/18

SMS – Contact Admissions

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 8/7/17, 1/22/18

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses: 7/10/17, 1/29/18

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 8/7/17, 2/12/18

TRAC-TUG-2: 6/29/18

TTT – Contact Admissions

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties: Contact Admissions

VSO – Vessel Security Officer: 7/13/17, 9/6/17, 2/14/18

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level): 10/2/17, 2/19/18

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 9/11/17, 3/19/18

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Spring 2017

For registration, please contact our registrar, Mary McGhee, at 206.838.1126 or You can also view our schedule and enroll online at

June 2017

19th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties
20th Radar Renewal
19-22 Advanced Firefighting
19-23 Advanced Watchkeeping
19-23 Leadership & Managerial Skills
24-26 Basic Training Refresher
26-30 Engine Resource Management
27-29 Integrated Electronic Navigation

July 2017

7th Radar Renewal
8-9 Basic Training – Revalidation
8-10 Basic Training – Refresher
10-14 Basic Training
10-21 License Preparation (Mate 500 – 3rd Mate Unlimited)
17th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
17th HAZWOPER Refresher
17-20 Advanced Firefighting
17-21 ECDIS
17-21 Train the Trainer
22-23 Basic Training – Revalidation
22-24 Basic Training – Refresher
24-26 24-Hour HAZWOPER
25-27 Integrated Electronic Navigation
31-18 Terrestrial & Coastal Navigation
31-11 GMDSS

August 2017

2-4 24-Hour HAZWOPER
5-6 Basic Training – Revalidation
5-7 Basic Training – Refresher
7-11 Basic Training
8th Radar Renewal
14th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
14-17 Advanced Firefighting
14-18 Leadership & Managerial Skills
19-20 Basic Training – Revalidation
19-21 Basic Training – Refresher
21-25 Radar Observer Unlimited
21-25 Tankship Dangerous Liquids
21-25 Engine Resource Management
23-25 Security – Vessel, Company, & Facility
28-30 Search & Rescue
29-31 Integrated Electronic Navigation

September 2017

5-9 ARPA
6th HAZWOPER Refrehser
8th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
9-10 Basic Training – Revalidation
9-11 Basic Training – Refresher
11-15 Basic Training
11-15 ECDIS
11-15 Cargo Handling & Stowage (Operational Level)
18-21 Advanced Firefighting
18-21 Medical Care Provider
18-29 Celestial Navigation
18-29 Medical Person-In-Charge
23rd Medical DOT
23-24 Basic Training – Revalidation
23-25 Basic Training – Refresher
23-6 GMDSS

October 2017

2-3 ECDIS for Pilots
2-6 Medical Care Provider
4th HAZWOPER Refresher
7-8 Basic Training – Revalidation
7-9 Basic Training – Refresher
9-13 Basic Training
9-13 Meteorology (Operational Level)
9-13 Engine Resource Management
10-12 Integrated Electronic Navigation
16th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
16-17 ECDIS for Pilots
16-19 Advanced Firefighting
16-27 Watchkeeping (Operational Level)
21-22 Basic Training – Revalidation
21-23 Basic Training – Refresher
23rd Radar Renewal
23-27 Leadership & Managerial Skills
25-27 24-Hour HAZWOPER
30-10 GMDSS

November 2017

4-5 Basic Training – Revalidation
4-6 Basic Training – Refresher
6-10 Basic Training
6-10 ECDIS
9th HAZWOPER Refresher
13th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
13-14 ECDIS for Pilots
13-16 Advanced Firefighting
13-17 Tankship Dangerous Liquids
17th Leadership & Teamworking Skills
17th Flashing Light Exam
18-19 Basic Training – Revalidation
18-20 Basic Training – Refresher
20th Radar Renewal
20-22 Security Officer – Vessel, Company, & Facility
27-29 24-Hour HAZWOPER
27-1 Radar Observer Unlimited
27-1 Basic Shiphandling

December 2017
2-3 Basic Training – Revalidation
2-4 Basic Training – Refresher
4th Flashing Light Exam
4-8 Basic Training
4-8 Leadership & Managerial Skills
4-8 Medical Care Provider
4-15 Medical Person-In-Charge
4-15 GMDSS
8th HAZWOPER Refresher
11th Radar Renewal
11th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
11-15 Construction & Stability (Operational Level)
11-15 Engine Resource Management
16-17 Basic Training – Revalidation
16-18 Basic Training – Refresher
18-20 Search & Rescue
18-21 Advanced Firefighting
18-22 ECDIS
20-22 24-Hour HAZWOPER

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