Wheelhouse Weekly – June 21, 2016

June 21st 2016

Volume 21 . . . Number 25. . . June 21, 2016


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MM&P, MIRAID and representatives of U.S.-flag shipping companies, other maritime labor unions and their related maritime associations advocated for the U.S.-flag fleet on Capitol Hill last week during the seventh annual Maritime Industry Congressional Sail-In.

More than 70 people took part in the event.

Among them were MM&P President Don Marcus, Secretary-Treasurer Steve Werse, Vice Presidents Don Josberger and Mike Murray, UIG Regional Representative Tim Saffle, Chief of Staff Klaus Luhta, MIRAID President Jim Patti and Counsel Steve Wines.

Members of the group discussed the importance of the U.S.-flag merchant marine to our nation’s economic, military and homeland security with key senators, representatives and their staffs in 117 Congressional offices, making this the largest Sail-In ever.

Sail-In participants provided the Congressional offices with up-to-date information about the programs and policies that enable the U.S.-flag merchant marine to meet the commercial sealift requirements of the Department of Defense.

More information about the Sail-In and the issues discussed with members of Congress and their staffs is posted on the Sail-In web site:

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Dennis A. Daggett, executive vice president of the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA), has been appointed by Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx to serve on the Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) Port Performance Freight Statistics Working Group.

MM&P President Don Marcus will also serve on the group, which has been created to furnish recommendations to BTS that derive from nationally consistent measures of performance at the nation’s largest ports.

Marcus and Daggett begin their two-year terms when the working group meets in Washington onJuly 15. MM&P is the marine affiliate of the ILA.

Dennis Daggett was unanimously elected executive vice president of the ILA last year at the union’s 54th Quadrennial Convention.

He had previously served four years as president of the ILA’s Atlantic Coast District. He also serves as president of ILA Local 1804-1.

“The ILA has always maintained that our initials also stand for ‘I Love America’ and when one of President Barack Obama’s Cabinet members asks you to assist our nation’s ports, I enthusiastically accept on behalf of our great union,” Daggett said.

“This appointment speaks volumes about the respect our U.S. Transportation Secretary has for the ILA, its members and our contributions to moving commerce into and out of America’s ports,” he added.

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The crew of a flag-of-convenience ship has recovered three months of wages thanks to the efforts of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and Nautilus, the union that represents British, Dutch and Swiss maritime officers.

The news was reported in the May issue of the union’s magazine.

Port state control checks had found that the crew of the Russian-owned, Belize-flagged LUKA had not been paid in several months.

“On top of the problems with wages,” said Nautilus/ITF inspector Tommy Molloy, “the crew’s employment contracts did not make their employer clear and crew time on board had exceeded the contractual specified employment terms.”

The money was paid to the men before the ship was allowed to sail and the owner was required to repatriate a mariner whose contract had been completed.

Molloy said he contacted the shipowner, Rosshipcom, with the suggestion that it implement an ITF-approved employment contract, but the company refused.

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In a fight that has garnered relatively little attention in the national media, unions in Illinois and their advocates in the state legislature are holding firm in opposition to attempts by the governor to strip public sector employees of their union rights.

As a result of the stand-off, the Illinois state legislative session has ended without a budget for the second year in a row.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, a wealthy venture capitalist and equity fund manager who took office last year, has tied passage of the budget to his goal of eliminating prevailing wage laws in the state, cutting the pensions of retired public sector workers and ending collective bargaining rights for state employees, among other measures.

Illinois is now the only U.S. state since at least the 1930s to end a fiscal year without a complete budget.

As the stalemate has dragged on, Democrats have refused to give in to Rauner’s demands and thousands of union members have demonstrated in cities around the state.

The governor has made his anti-union legislation a quid pro quo for signing off on a tax increase to address a $5 billion deficit.

Unions and their allies in Congress say Rauner’s plans, if implemented, will further undercut the living standards of middle- and low-income families in Illinois.

As a result of the impasse, schools may not open in the fall, social service agencies are closing their doors and public universities are facing massive funding cuts.

In November, the battle will move to the ballot box, as Democrats who oppose the governor seek to increase their majorities in the House and Senate.

In related news, the governor’s office said last week that in the absence of a budget, the state lacks the authority to spend the proceeds of a recent municipal bond sale earmarked mainly for road construction and mass transit projects. A spokesperson for the governor says this could result in the imminent shutdown of transportation projects and the loss of 25,000 construction jobs.

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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 union halls, the MM&P Plan Office, the MM&P Federal Credit Union and MM&P headquarters will be closed on Monday, July 4, for Independence Day. Pacific Ports will also 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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There is an opening in Lewes, Del., for a pilot tower/vessel traffic information system watch officer.

This position serves two purposes. The first is to serve as a Vessel Traffic Information System (VTIS) watch officer for the Delaware Voluntary VTIS. Primary duties involve facilitating information exchange among vessels transiting the area for the purpose of enhancing vessel safety in the arrival zone.

Second, the person will serve as the Delaware Pilots Association watch officer, coordinating the embarkation of pilots on arriving vessels and the disembarkation of pilots from vessels departing the Capes.

The job is based in the Maritime Tower at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes. Starting salary range is $62,000-$65,000, with full benefits.

Requirements are an upper level U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Marine license, minimum 1600 GRT, eligible for first-class pilotage endorsement in the lower Delaware Bay and as a radar observer; completion of an ARPA course; and extensive underway experience in positions demonstrating initiative, judgment and leadership.

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills essential. Area familiarity is helpful.

For more information, please contact Pat Harris, Director of Operations, 302-645-6559,, 41 Cape Henlopen Dr., Lewes, DE 19958-3142.

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The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has joined the chorus of voices decrying the murder of a member of Britain’s Parliament last week.

Jo Cox, a 41-year-old mother of two who was elected to Parliament for the first time last year, was shot and stabbed last Thursday by a person authorities are calling “a neo-Nazi sympathizer.”

“We pass on the deepest and most profound sympathy and condolences of the affiliates, members, offices and staff of the ITF, including the Maritime Union of Australia, to the family, friends and comrades of Jo Cox, who was so brutally and senselessly taken from them and us,” said ITF President Paddy Crumlin.

“Jo was very well known within and throughout the labor and progressive movement in the United Kingdom and the world for her extraordinary commitment to peace and human rights and her leadership and absolute commitment to building a more functional, fairer and accountable world.”

“Her work in campaigning and activism in pursuit of that ideal was inspirational, courageous consistent and pervasive. Small in stature but huge in compassion, empathy and courage, Jo was transformative to all who had the blessing of her company and of course most importantly to the exploited, damaged and isolated human beings throughout the world and in her own country and community she dedicated her life to.”

“Her work against slavery, for a sustainable peace, for refugees and especially for the world’s dislocated and vulnerable children shines and will continue to shine as a beacon for trust, hope, determination and love now and into the future.”

“Her life and work reassure our international family of the importance and value of our lives and work in turn.”

“Jo’s campaigning, her activism, her determination to help those in need touched countless lives,” said ITF General Secretary Steve Cotton.

“She stood up for peace, social justice and human rights. She was a well-known and loved figure inside the labor movement, but the reaction of people in the United Kingdom and around the world shows just how much she and her life’s work meant to so many people.”

“For us in the labor movement, her legacy will live on.”

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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

AZIPOD 2-Day – 11/14/16

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 8/8/16, 10/31/16

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 7/18/16, 11/14/16

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

BT – Basic Safety Training: 06/27/16, 8/15/16, 10/10/16

BT-Revalidation (2-day) – 8/22/16, 10/31/16

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 10/30/16

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

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 8/8/16, 11/7/16

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

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM – 6/27/16,7/11/16, 7/25/16, 8/1/16, 8/8/16, 8/15/16,8/22/16, 9/12/16, 10/3/16, 10/31/16, 11/14/16,11/28/16,12/5/16, 12/12/16, 12/19/16

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 9/19/16

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: 8/1/16, 10/31/16

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

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

**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

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

DDE – Great Lakes: Contact Admissions

DPA – Contact Admissions

ECDIS-OIC – Contact Admissions

ECDIS-Pilots – 7/20/16, 11/14/16

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

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 06/27/16, 8/15/16, 10/10/16

FF-ADV-REV – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation & Refresher: 11/2/16

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications: 9/20/16

GL Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization: Contact Admissions

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System: 8/22/16

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 8/29/16, 12/5/16

LAP- 9/19/16

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes: Contact Admissions

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* (*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

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 8/29/16, 10/3/16

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 11/7/16, 11/28/16, 12/12/16

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 8/28/16, 11/12/16, 12/17/16

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

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control: 8/8/16, 10/18/16

*MSC-ENVPRO – 8/7/16, 10/16/16

*MSC-FF-HELO – 8/22/16, 10/31/16

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualification: 7/18/16, 8/14/16, 10/23/16

*MSC-Security Watch Basic – 8/11/16, 10/20/16

*MSC-Security Watch Advanced – 7/22/16, 8/13/16, 10/22/16

*MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force – 7/25/16, 8/18/16, 10/27/16

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

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

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 8/1/16

SAR-OIC – Search & Rescue – 11/7/16

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 06/27/16, 8/29/16, 10/17/16

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling-5 Day: 8/1/16, 10/3/16, 11/28/16

SMS – Contact Admissions

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 8/8/16

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses: 7/11/16

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 8/8/16

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

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level): 10/3/16

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 9/19/16

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Please also see our schedule and enroll online at For registration contact our registrar, Mary McGhee: 206.838.1126 or

June 2016

20-24 MEECE
20-24 Train the Trainer
27-1 Leadership & Managerial Skills

July 2016

5th Flashing Light
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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