Wheelhouse Weekly – June 27, 2017

June 28th 2017

Volume 22… Number 26… June 27, 2017


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President Donald Trump has nominated Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby to be the next head of the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD).

Buzby served as commander, Military Sealift Command, and has also held key positions on the Navy Staff, the Joint Staff, and several Navy fleet staffs.

He is a recipient of the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the Bronze Star and numerous other personal and unit awards.

His naval career–including serving in at-sea billets, primarily on cruisers and destroyers–has spanned 34 years.

Buzby currently serves as president and CEO of the National Defense Transportation Association, a group of transportation, logistics and passenger travel professionals in industry and government.

“Admiral Buzby is a remarkable leader with the skills and experience needed to enhance the American Merchant Marine’s ability to carry out its essential roles in support of the U.S. economy and national defense,” said MM&P President Don Marcus.

“We commend the administration on his selection.”

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As this issue of The Wheelhouse Weekly was being distributed, Maersk reported that its computer system was experiencing a major outage caused by a cyber attack.

“We can confirm that Maersk IT systems are down across multiple sites and business units due to a cyber attack,” the company posted on its Twitter account.

“We are currently assessing the situation,” it added.

“The safety of our employees, our operations and our customers’ business is our top priority,” the company said.

It said it would continue to post updates on the situation on its Twitter account.

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The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced it is rolling back several pro-labor measures introduced by the Obama administration.

The department said last week that it is rescinding the so-called “persuader rule,” which would have required employers to disclose their relationships with lawyers and other consultants they hire to keep their employees from joining labor unions.

The rule required companies to disclose the name of any consultant hired to develop plans or policies to fight union campaigns, including by holding mandatory anti-union meetings or producing materials, such as flyers and videos, for distribution in the workplace.

Employers would also have been required to disclose the amount of money paid to consultants for this purpose; the consultants themselves would have faced similar reporting requirements.

Anti-union consulting is a multi-million dollar industry.

Another major DOL rollback involves a standard for determining when companies are “joint employers” of contract and franchise workers.

The joint employment rule promulgated by the Obama administration extended to parent firms the liability for many violations of workers’ rights.

Giant corporations like McDonald’s, which is 90 percent franchisee-owned and operated, were against the expansion of the joint employer designation.

Also last week, the Labor Department withdrew 2015 guidance that said many workers are improperly treated as independent contractors when they are actually employees, which would make them eligible for minimum wage, overtime and other legal protections.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has applauded the Trump administration’s decision to rescind the rules.

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The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has issued the report of its investigation into the failure of a mooring line on board the LNG carrier ZARGA in March 2015.

A deck officer suffered severe head injuries when struck by a parted High Modulus PolyEthylene (HMPE) mooring rope during a berthing operation.

The investigators found that although the area where the officer was standing was clearly within the “snap back zone,” it had erroneously been designated as a safe zone.

Investigators also noted that “The perception on board was that HMPE ropes did not recoil on failure.”

They said the elasticity introduced by the rope’s tail had not been properly assessed, and the vessel’s mooring lines were unfit and did not have the minimum breaking strength specified at build.

They also reported that the predominant failure mode, axial compression fatigue, had not previously been associated with HMPE rope failures.

The investigators have urged changes to guidance provided by rope manufacturers and shipping industry bodies for the selection and use of high modulus synthetic fiber mooring lines.

They said changes were urgently needed to improve knowledge among ship owners, managers, builders and crew regarding the complex properties of high modulus synthetic fiber ropes, and the advantages and limitations they present when used on board ships for mooring line applications.

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The following is excerpted from a bulletin posted by the U.S. Coast Guard’s National Maritime Center.

To maintain compliance with U.S. Coast Guard directives, the National Maritime Center’s (NMC) website will be transitioning to a new platform on June 29, 2017.

Users entering will be redirected to the new NMC homepage, which is being hosted on the Department of Defense American Forces Public Information Management System (AFPIMS).

“While we will make every effort to ensure this is a successful transition, we encourage users to provide detailed feedback when using the new website,” according to the NMC bulletin.

“Feel free to tell us what you like and what you don’t like by using our website feedback form. A link to this document can be found on the left side of each website page. Complete the form and submit via e-mail to”

“For all other questions or comments, please contact the NMC via our Online Chat or Ticketing System, by e-mailing, or by calling 1-888-IASKNMC (427-5662).”

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When a small group of World War II merchant mariners met with members of Congress last month seeking long-overdue compensation for the crucial role they played in winning the war, they were accompanied by the daughters of two veterans who died waiting for legislators to take action.

One of them, Sheila Sova, has picked up the cause on behalf of her father Orville, who passed away two years ago at the age of 88.

Sova is waging a one-woman campaign to get local governments throughout the state of Illinois to add plaques honoring the contributions of America’s merchant seamen to veterans’ memorials.

“People need to recognize the vital role and sacrifice that the merchant marine gave to keep our country free,” Sova told a journalist for her local paper, the Belleville News Democrat.

Orville Sova, who was interviewed by the newspaper before his death, said he resented the federal government’s failure to provide merchant marine veterans with the benefits that the nation showered on veterans of uniformed branches of the service.

“Every merchant seaman you see floating around today has this fire in their belly because we didn’t get recognition,” Sova said at the time.

The National World War II Memorial, in Washington, D.C., honors American mariners: the emblems of the American Merchant Marine are forged in bronze to the base of two flag poles at the entrance to the national memorial, alongside the emblems of the Marine Corps, Navy, Army and Air Force.

At the Illinois Veterans’ Memorial in Springfield, Sheila Sova says, a plaque recognizing merchant mariners is prominently displayed. But other memorials in the state do not recognize the role of mariners in winning the war.

Her quest to obtain official recognition for merchant marine veterans like her father has led to appearances at county council meetings, newspaper interviews and even reports on local TV.

“If I teach just one person about the role of the United States Merchant Marine during World War II, then I have done my job,” she says.

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As you may know, the United Marine Division, National Maritime Union, AFL-CIO, Local 333 merged into the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots (“MM&P”) to create the Atlantic Maritime Group, an independent division within the Masters, Mates & Pilots United Inland Group.

The MM&P Plan Office is now administering the Local 333 Beneficial Fund Annuity Plan.

In order to properly administer these benefits, the MM&P Plan Office requires your most up-to-date contact information.

If you are entitled to benefits from the Annuity Plan, please provide this information to Patrick McCullough at the Plan Office by email at, by mail at 700 Maritime Boulevard, Suite A, Linthicum, MD, 21090-1996, or by telephone at 410-850-8500.

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To All Members of the Atlantic Maritime Group who work at the Staten Island Ferry: The Union is having three Ferry meetings at Ocean Yacht Club, 370 Front Street, Staten Island. The nominated candidates for Shop Stewards will be chosen by the members at these meetings onJuly 14 at 0930 and 1600, and on July 17 at 1100. AMG will also address other Ferry issues. All members should attend one of these meetings.

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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 Shipping 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.

Background on these courses was posted last month in the Members’ Only section of if you would like additional information.

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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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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: 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: 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): 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 (Assessments not included): 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: 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: 7/16/17, 8/9/17 (Evening), 8/25/17, 9/16/17, 9/30/17, 10/28/17, 12/16/17, 1/13/18, 1/27/18, 3/10/18

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 – 8/7/17, 9/25/17, 10/23/17, 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: 6/29/17

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

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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