Wheelhouse Weekly – June 26th, 2018

June 26th 2018

Volume 23… Number 26… June 26, 2018


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Every year on June 25, the global maritime industry marks the “Day of the Seafarer.”

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) works closely with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to sponsor and promote the event.

The focus of the 2018 campaign is to address seafarers’ wellbeing, particularly in the area of mental health.

A social media campaign to mark the day is ongoing.

All maritime affiliates, trade union members and their families can participate by using the hashtag #SeafarersMatter on social media.

Details of the campaign and how to participate, together with a variety of materials and “content opportunities” to assist participation, are available at

On that page, you will also find a link to participate in an online survey intended to ensure you know what your rights are and to gauge your opinion on whether your rights are being respected at work.

The survey results will be submitted to the IMO Council to make sure member states are aware of the findings.

Mariners and their families are also encouraged to upload photos illustrating the positive aspects of work in the maritime sector by going to

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A federal court in Australia has handed a significant win to the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA), rejecting an attempt by the government to fine the longshore workers’ union the equivalent of millions of U.S. dollars as a penalty for a week-long strike in Sydney and Brisbane.

The judge threw out a suit by the country’s “Fair Work Ombudsman” seeking substantial fines and penalties for the 2015 strike against Hutchison Ports Australia.

Federal Court Judge Jayne Jargot instead imposed a significantly reduced penalty of AUD 38,000 for the actions members took—including blocking access to port facilities–to protest the firing of 94 Hutchison workers who had been informed via text message in the middle of the night that they had been sacked.

Last year, the court blocked the firings themselves, brokering instead a settlement under which 60 longshore workers received generous compensation payments for accepting voluntary lay-offs.

After that ruling, the government sued the union, claiming unlawful industrial action and seeking AUD 3.5 million in penalties and a payment of AUD 620,217 in compensation to the employer, Hutchison Ports.

The judge in the most recent settlement rejected the government’s claims, which included fines for each of the 278 shifts during which longshore workers refrained from working.

She also rejected the government’s assertion that the employer’s conduct was not relevant to the case.

“This is a significant victory not only for the MUA, but for all workers,” the union said in a statement.

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Captain Robert Louis Adams, 65, a member of the Aransas-Corpus Christi Pilots Association, died June 16 while boarding a ship.

The Coast Guard is investigating whether the failure of a gangway fastening played a role in the tragedy.

When the gangway collapsed, Adams and another person fell about 20 feet into the water.

A port official said that it took rescuers about 45 minutes to get to Adams and that they had to cut through fencing to reach him.

“The gangway to the ship either collapsed or flipped over while Captain Adams was on it, and he fell into the water between the ship and the dock,” said American Pilots Association President Jorge Viso.

“He suffered severe internal injuries and subsequently died while undergoing surgery.”

Adams was 64 years old. He had been a member of the Aransas-Corpus Christi Pilots since 1989 and had twice been presiding officer of the group.

He is survived by his wife, Karen Elaine Womack Adams, two children and four grandchildren.

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Jacques R. Saadé, an industry leader with a worldwide reputation who founded the CMA CGM Group, died June 24 at the age of 81.

CMA CGM is the world’s largest privately held container shipping group and owner of Neptune Orient Lines Limited, parent company of MM&P-contracted American President Lines.

Saadé was born in Beirut in 1937, graduated from the London School of Economics and ran the family business in Lebanon until 1978, when civil war broke out.

He moved to Marseilles, France, and founded the Compagnie Maritime d’Affrètement (CMA), which started with four employees and a single ship that ran only between Marseilles and Beirut.

In 1986, Saadé launched a service linking North Europe to Asia, and in 1992 he opened CMA’s first office in Shanghai.

He was an early believer in containerized freight, world trade and the possibility of ever-larger container vessels.

Under his management, the company made a number of strategic acquisitions.
It took over Compagnie Générale Maritime (CGM) in 1996, ANL in 1998, Delmas in 2005 and COMANAV and US Lines in 2007.

In 2017, Saadé retired, appointing his son Rodolphe Saadé to the position of CEO of the CMA CGM Group and later, chairman of the board.

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Americans have a right to know whether the airplane on which they are flying has been serviced in a foreign repair station not subject to the same safety and oversight standards as U.S.-based maintenance operations, says Larry I. Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD).

“For too long, airlines have been allowed to outsource maintenance work to foreign facilities that do not need to meet the same safety, security and oversight standards as U.S.-based repair stations,” he said in announcing TTD’s support for bills that would ensure passengers know where the planes they fly on are maintained.

The legislation, the Aircraft Maintenance Outsourcing Disclosure Act of 2018, was introduced in Congress by Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Reps. John Garamendi (D-Calif.) and Dan Donovan (R-N.Y.).

“By requiring airlines to publicly disclose to customers their aircraft maintenance practices, the Aircraft Maintenance Outsourcing Disclosure Act of 2018 will create a level of transparency previously unseen in the aviation industry,” Willis said.

“This will empower consumers to make smart choices and hold airlines accountable for their maintenance decisions.”

Willis said shining a light on the practice of outsourcing aircraft maintenance work was a good first step, but that federal agencies must step up and address “the blatant double standard” that allows foreign repair stations to work without being subject to the same level of scrutiny as U.S. shops.

In 2012, Congress directed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to ensure that foreign repair stations working on U.S. aircraft adhere to drug and alcohol testing rules.

But TTD says the FAA “has irresponsibly failed to implement this basic safety requirement.”

Security standards mandated by Congress have likewise not been implemented and unannounced inspections of foreign stations–a staple of oversight at U.S. stations–do not occur.

“This uneven playing field incentivizes the outsourcing of good-paying American jobs and can no longer be tolerated,” Willis says.

MM&P is one of the 32 U.S. transportation sector unions that belong to TTD.

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The Washington State Board of Pilotage Commissioners will hold an exam for prospective pilot trainees in Seattle on Nov. 5.

The opportunity to become a pilot in Puget Sound or Grays Harbor is available to candidates who have sailed as master within the parameters posted here:

The exam is a combination of multiple choice questions and a simulator evaluation.

Successful applicants will be placed on a list, by rank, to be called in to the training program when a position becomes available.

Information about the exam is posted at

Send an e-mail to to be added to the exam interest distribution list.

Qualified candidates may also contact Sheila LaFleur at

Please include your phone number and the best means of communication (e-mail or phone).

Sheila will contact you to provide more information regarding the exam and process.

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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 Wednesday, July 4, for Independence Day.

Pacific Ports will also be closed on Thursday, 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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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: 7/16/18, 12/19/18

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling: **Now included in BRMP-Refresher**

BRMP-Refresher – 7/18/18, 9/11/18

BT – Basic Safety Training: 8/13/18, 10/22/18

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) –7/31/18, 8/27/18, 9/26/18, 10/31/18, 12/18/18

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 7/30/18, 9/26/18, 12/17/18

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: Contact Admissions

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 7/30/18, 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): 7/16/18, 7/30/18,8/13/18, 9/10/18, 10/1/18, 11/5/18, 11/26/18

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 7/23/18, 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: 7/23/18

CSE-AWR – Confined Space Entry Awareness: 7/26/18

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: 7/28/18, 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: Contact Admissions

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 8/20/18, 12/10/18

IEN – Integrated Electronic Navigation – Not currently scheduled

LAP – 7/9/18, 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): 7/16/18, 12/3/18

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 7/9/18, 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: 7/14/18,8/30/18, 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: 7/16/18, 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 – 7/15/18, 8/10/18, 9/16/18, 11/3/18

*MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force – 7/20/18, 8/17/18, 9/21/18, 11/9/18

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P – 7/31/18, 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: 7/11/18, 7/25/18, 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 – 7/23/18, 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: 7/9/18

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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Spring 2018

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

June 2018

25th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
25-29 Meteorology (Operational Level)
25-29 Leadership & Managerial Skills
26th Medical DOT

July 2018
6-7 Basic Training Revalidation
6-9 Basic Training Refresher
9th Radar Renewal
9-13 Basic Cargo Handling & Stowage
9-13 Basic Training
9-27 Terrestrial & Coastal Navigation
10th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
16-19 Advanced Firefighting
16-20 ECDIS
16-20 Emergency Shiphandling
20th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
20th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
23-24 ECDIS for Pilots
23-27 Basic Shiphandling
26th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
27th Medical DOT
27-28 Basic Training Revalidation
30-10 Celestial Navigation

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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