Wheelhouse Weekly – June 20, 2017

June 21st 2017

Volume 22… Number 25… June 20, 2017


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U.S. authorities have issued a maritime advisory on an unconfirmed report that waterborne improvised explosive devices (IED) have been discovered in the Southern Red Sea.

The IEDs were reported “on or about June 11,” according to the advisory.

Ships transiting the area are urged to exercise caution.

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Seven Navy sailors died last weekend in the collision between the destroyer USS FITZGERALD and a containership, the ACX CRYSTAL.

The seven were found in the flooded berthing compartments of the destroyer when search and rescue crews gained access to the spaces that were damaged during the collision.

The FITZGERALD collided with the NYK-chartered container ship at approximately 0230 local time while operating about 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka, Japan.

Several other members of the crew were injured, including the commander of the destroyer.

There were no injuries reported aboard the container ship.

U.S. 7th Fleet Commander Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin held a press conference on Sunday saying the damage included a significant impact under the ship’s pilothouse on the starboard side and a large puncture below the waterline which opened the hull to the sea.

The ship suffered severe damage, with rapid flooding in three large compartments that included a machine room and two berthing areas. The commanding officer’s cabin was also directly hit.

The Navy is initiating an investigation into the collision. The U.S. Coast Guard will lead a separate marine casualty investigation.

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The Port of Charleston was closed for several hours last week after officials received a tip-off that a “dirty bomb” had been planted in a shipping container aboard the MM&P-crewed MAERSK MEMPHIS, which was docked at Wando Terminal.

The ship was evacuated while units from federal, state and local law enforcement agencies investigated.

A unified command was established to oversee the coordinated response.

Four containers aboard the vessel were scanned and cleared.

The terminal was reopened several hours later.

Authorities said they had detained “the original reporting source of the threat” for questioning.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is involved in the case because it is a crime to make a false threat against a U.S.-flagged ship.

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Longshore workers at ports throughout Europe will conduct a two-hour strike on June 29 to show their support for dockworkers in Spain.

Spanish longshore workers are fighting a government deregulation plan that would allow employers to phase out hiring union port workers over a three-year period, substituting them with temps and other casual workers.

Last week in Spain, longshore workers organized a two-day strike, bringing dozens of ports to a halt.

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and the International Longshoremen’s Association are among the labor organizations that have been protesting in support of Spanish dockworkers.

The pan-European strike is set for 1000 to 1200 on June 29 at ports in Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Greece, Latvia, Malta, Montenegro, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Spain, Slovenia and Sweden, according to the International Dockworkers’ Council (IDC).

In a June 19 statement, the IDC, which represents members in 41 countries, said that Spanish dockworkers “are now forced to defend their jobs because of the deplorable situation created by the Spanish government, which has unilaterally imposed a legislative decree that, while achieving the consent of the European Commission, has never been agreed to by Spanish dockworkers.”

“This stoppage has been called for two main reasons: to support the struggle of Spanish dockworkers in their conflict with that nation’s government; and to fight the ultra-liberal model of the European Union that goes against the interests of workers and trade unions,” the IDC said in the statement.

In addition to the pan-European strike, dockworkers in Spain are planning a new wave of part-day strikes from June 26 to 28, June 29 to July 1, July 3 to 5, and July 6 to 8.

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MM&P is preparing to submit comments to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which has called for public input on how to reduce red tape in Coast Guard regulations.

The move is in the context of an executive order by the Trump Administration seeking to reduce the paperwork burden of complying with government agency directives.

“We are seeking comments on Coast Guard regulations, guidance documents, and interpretative documents that you believe should be repealed, replaced, or modified,” DHS says.

“Also, we welcome your comments on our approved collections of information, regardless of whether the collection is associated with a regulation.”

If you would like to contribute to the union’s comments, either by suggesting areas that could be streamlined or submitting a detailed proposal of your own, please send an e-mail to MM&P Vice President Gulf Ports and Government Affairs Klaus Luhta:

The deadline for submitting comments to DHS is July 10.

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Do you think widespread unmanned/remotely controlled shipping is inevitable within the foreseeable future?

Do you consider unmanned remotely controlled ships to be a threat to safety at sea?

The Nautilus Federation, an international union coalition of which MM&P is a member, is asking for your opinion on autonomous shipping.

To complete the survey, go to:

The survey will close on Sept. 30, after which Nautilus will compile and share the results.

Please take 10 minutes and respond to the survey now.

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Legislation that would make it even more difficult for workers to unionize was introduced last month in the House of Representatives.

HR 2723, introduced by David P. Roe (R-Tenn.), now has 33 Republican cosponsors.

It would require that all union elections be conducted by secret ballot and with a federal monitor.

Additionally, the bill would mandate that in an election, those who do not vote at all be counted as having voted against the union.

“If U.S. political elections were held in this fashion, virtually no one would have ever been elected to office because the number of people who stay home… outstrips the number of votes officeholders receive,” the AFL-CIO said in an official statement.

Poe’s bill, deceptively titled “The Employee Rights Act,” has been referred to a House committee.

In a related development, anti-labor groups are moving swiftly in their quest to overturn state laws that allow public sector unions to collect dues from everyone they represent in a given workplace.

The Supreme Court gave unions a win last March when the justices deadlocked 4-4 in a case known as Friedrichs vs. California Teachers Association.

The tie vote affirmed a lower court ruling that had found in favor of the teachers’ union.

Heartened by the addition to the court of Justice Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s nominee, anti-labor groups have filed a spate of new lawsuits against public sector unions that are now working their way up the judicial pipeline.

Meanwhile, on the federal level, earlier this year Reps. Steve King (R-La.) and Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) introduced HR 785, a nationwide version of right-to-work, which would require all unions to represent “free riders” who benefit from union contracts and representation but do not pay dues.

President Donald Trump has said through his press spokesman that he is strongly in favor of right-to-work legislation.

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President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement on climate change will have no impact on the shipping industry’s commitment to reducing harmful emissions, according to the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), a trade group that represents ship owners.

The ICS has called for the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to adopt ambitious industry-wide CO2 reduction commitments in keeping with the pledges made by the countries participating in the Paris Agreement.

It also says the global shipping industry remains fully committed to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal for the protection of the world’s oceans.

The ICS has proposed that the IMO set an objective of keeping total CO2 emissions from the shipping sector below 2008 levels and then, by 2050, cutting emissions by a further percentage, the amount of which is to be agreed.

The trade group says this is in addition to an existing industry commitment to cut—by 50 percent compared to 2008 figures–CO2 emissions per ton of cargo carried one kilometer.

“Shipping, because of its great size, is currently responsible for about 2.2 percent of annual anthropogenic CO2 emissions,” says ICS Policy Director Simon Bennett.

According to IMO, he says, the shipping industry reduced its total CO2 emissions by more than 13 percent between 2008 and 2012, despite an increase in maritime trade.

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The new five-day Chief Mate Operations Course for Maersk (MLL) will be held twice at MITAGS during the month of July.

The first session will run through the week that begins July 10.

The second session will run through the week that begins July 24.

The Chief Mate Operations Course is an introduction to the duties, responsibilities and requirements of filling the Chief Mate billet.

This generic course, which will enable the attendee to become familiar with sailing Chief Mate, is being offered in keeping with the results of the recent Offshore Membership Group 2017 Work Rules Ballot.

To register for this course, contact Amanda Meadows, MITAGS admissions coordinator, toll-free at 866-656-5568 or by e-mail:

The dates and availability of the second required five-day Maersk Specific Course will be announced in the next few weeks.

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All MM&P union halls, the MM&P Plan Office, the MM&P Federal Credit Union and MM&P headquarters will be closed on Tuesday, July 4, for Independence Day. Pacific Ports will also be closed on Wednesday, 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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The International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) has joined other labor organizations in tweeting their disgust at a deceptive, offensive anti-union video created by Lowe’s, the building supply and home improvement chain.

The video, which drags on for almost 90 minutes, seeks to frighten Lowe’s employees with threats and misinformation about what could happen to them if they seek to join a labor union.

Employees of Lowe’s earn an average of $13.10/hour, the company says.

In its tweet, the ILA echoed sentiments expressed by Labor411, which proclaimed, “This anti-union video by Lowe’s is why I won’t be shopping there anymore.”

After watching any part of the video, you will probably agree:

Keep a bag of popcorn handy so you have something to throw at the screen!

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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: 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) – 8/21/17, 9/26/17, 11/8/17, 12/12/17

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 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): 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: 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 – 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: 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

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
25th Radar Renewal

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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