Wheelhouse Weekly – Mar. 15, 2016

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Volume 21 . . . Number 11. . . March 15, 2016


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U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Dee Mewbourne, currently director of maritime operations at U.S. Fleet Forces Command, will be the new head of Military Sealift Command.

He will replace Rear Adm. Thomas K. Shannon, who has served as MSC commander since May 2013. A date for the Military Sealift Command change of command ceremony has not yet been set.

Before becoming director of maritime operations at U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Mewbourne served on the staff of the secretary and deputy secretary of defense, and as chief of staff for Navy Cyber Forces and a member of the staff of the Naval Air Force Atlantic commander.

He held command assignments and served as a flight instructor and project officer with the Navy, and completed flight assignments aboard SS JOHN F. KENNEDY, USS CARL VINSON and USS GEORGE WASHINGTON.

Mewbourne has deployed supporting Operations El Dorado Canyon, Provide Comfort, Deny Flight, Southern Watch, Iraqi Freedom, New Dawn, Enduring Freedom and the 2006 Lebanon War.

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During a Congressional hearing on March 8, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), the Ranking Democrat on the Senate’s Merchant Marine Subcommittee, reaffirmed the importance to America’s sealift capability of a strong U.S.-flag merchant marine.

He also warned that immediate and forceful action is necessary to shore up the U.S.-flag fleet.

“During the height of the U.S. military operation in Iraq and Afghanistan, from 2002 to 2008, privately owned U.S. flag vessels and U.S. crews carried the majority of military cargoes,” he said. “[But] the U.S. international fleet has diminished [and] U.S. mariners lose employment. This concerns me.”

“As we lose U.S. mariners, we lose sealift capacity to support the U.S. military during times of war and national disasters,” Booker said.

“However, there are ways to combat this decline, such as continuing to support increased funding for MARAD’s Maritime Security Program, which ensures that 60 militarily useful U.S. vessels are readily available to carry military cargoes.”

“We also need a long¬term strategy that bolsters and supports all sectors of the maritime industry,” he added.

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Rule changes that have streamlined the union election process are most likely a factor in the increase in National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) representation elections, which reached a five-year high in 2015, according to the Bureau of National Affairs (BNA).

The board held 1,628 representation elections last year, and unions won 1,128 of them—a ten-year high.

Labor unions prevailed in 69.3 percent of NLRB elections in 2015. The total is down slightly from a year earlier, but still the second-highest “win rate” for unions since BNA started keeping records more than 20 years ago. The news was reported by BNA labor-and-employment research director Robert Combs.

AFL-CIO affiliate unions registered 560 “wins,” a significant number of them in white collar fields such as finance, insurance and real estate.

For the fifth year in a row, unions in the manufacturing industry lost more elections than they won. Their 86 victories were equal to about 12 percent of the total for the services industry.

Construction unions also saw their win total decrease for the fifth straight year. Ten years ago, construction unions won 272 elections. In 2015, they won just 36.

The victories at the NLRB, although numerous, led to only 62,000 newly organized workers in 2015, less than the average over the course of the past decade, because the bargaining units involved last year were generally small.

BNA found that the smaller the potential bargaining unit, the greater the union’s chance of succeeding in an NLRB election. Of elections involving fewer than 50 workers, labor prevailed 73 percent of the time, compared to 62 percent for mid-size units (50-99 workers) and 59 percent for larger units.

More information is available on the BNA website, where readers can order a copy of NLRB Election Statistics Year-End 2015 Report.

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The newest issue of The Master, Mate & Pilot has been posted on

In this issue: union coalition prevails in APL arbitration case; MM&P celebrates new employer Chesapeake Crewing and two new ships; new government contracts for MM&P employers Matson and Patriot; 2016 MM&P election notice and guidelines, plus: MM&P holiday party photos.

To view the magazine in PDF form, go to, click on “News” and then on “MM&P Magazine.”

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MM&P member Richard Phillips, master of the MAERSK ALABAMA when it was hijacked by pirates in 2009, will be the keynote speaker at Leadership Howard County, on the morning ofApril 14, at the Turf Valley Resort.

Phillips became the center of a riveting international drama in 2009 when he was captured and held hostage for days in a lifeboat during the course of the hijacking. The story was detailed in his book and later in the movie “Captain Phillips,” which starred Tom Hanks.

Leadership Howard County is a local Maryland non-profit that works to empower senior level business people, community managers, administrators, and government employees to assume leadership roles in public organizations, boards of directors and community partnership groups.

The event, which begins at 1100 on April 14, is their major fundraiser. Speakers selected to keynote the event are leaders with inspiring stories.

Tickets are $100 for the general public and $75 for students, members of the military, veterans and employees of non-profits.

Go to to register and to find out more. All proceeds will go to benefit Leadership Howard County programs and scholarships.

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Three mariners died Saturday when a tugboat struck a construction barge at the Tappan Zee Bridge work site. Two bodies have been recovered from the Hudson River and a third has been located inside the wreck of the tugboat but not yet brought to the surface.

A team also has been working at the site of the accident to contain an oil slick created by thousands of gallons of diesel fuel leaking from the sunken tug.

The tugboat, known as the SPECIALIST, was one of three escorting a barge carrying a crane from Albany to Jersey City. The SPECIALIST was the boat on the right as the operation drifted towards the construction barge under the Tappan Zee Bridge.

There were reports of radio transmissions from the tug that crashed saying, according to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, “We are too close. We have to move left.” But it apparently was too late, the governor said.

“They didn’t move in time and sometimes it’s just that, just an accident,” he said.

The boat sank in moments, the impact caused severe damage and the wreckage has been deemed too dangerous for divers to risk going inside.

Authorities said the sunken tug is wedged directly underneath the barge it struck at the mid-span of the bridge.

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MM&P Atlantic Ports Union Halls, the Pompano Hall and the Tampa Hall, MM&P Headquarters and the MM&P Federal Credit Union will be closed on Thursday, March 17, for Gleason’s Birthday, an International Longshoremen’s Association holiday. MM&P Atlantic and Gulf Ports, the Honolulu Union Hall, MM&P Headquarters, the MM&P Plan Office and the MM&P Federal Credit Union will be closed on March 25 for Good Friday.

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The Offshore Orientation Course will be held in the San Francisco/Oakland hall on April 13-14. Interested applicants should sign up with the San Francisco/Oakland dispatcher: 415-777-5074(phone); 415-777-0209 (fax). 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 U.S. Coast Guard’s Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC) will meet on March 16-17 in Jacksonville, Fla. Topics on the agenda include: competency requirements for the polar regions; mariner occupational health risk study; and fatigue mitigation and management. To find out more, go to:

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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 Elisabeth Cruz, 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 – 4/18/16, 8/22/16, 10/17/16

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation: 5/27/16, 7/22/16

ARPA-OIC – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 4/5/16, 8/9/16, 9/27/16

AZIPOD 2-Day – 5/25/16, 11/14/16

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 4/4/16, 8/8/16, 10/31/16

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 05/23/2016, 7/18/16, 11/14/16

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling: 04/13/16

BT – Basic Safety Training: 04/11/16, 06/27/16, 8/15/16, 10/10/16

BT-Revalidation – 05/10/16, 8/22/16, 10/31/16

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 4/25/16, 11/14/16

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

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

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 3/28/16, 06/20/16, 8/1/16, 10/17/16

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 06/06/16, 8/8/16, 11/7/16

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (2 weeks): 04/04/16, 10/24/16

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information System: 3/21/16, 06/13/16, 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) 3/28/16,4/4/16, 4/11/16, 5/16/16, 5/23/16, 6/27/16, 7/11/16, 7/25/16, 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: 05/02/16, 9/19/16

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: 3/28/16, 6/20/16, 8/1/16, 10/31/16

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (2 weeks): 04/18/16, 10/3/16

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 04/18/16, 05/09/16, 06/13/16, 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): 3/21/16, 04/25/16, 05/16/16, 06/20/16,7/25/16, 8/22/16, 9/19/16, 10/31/16, 11/14/16, 12/12/16

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 9/12/16

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 05/09/16, 9/26/16

CNAV-OIC – Celestial Navigation: 05/02/16, 10/24/16

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop: Contact Admissions

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications: 7/19/16

DDE – Great Lakes: 6/6/16

DPA – Contact Admissions

ECDIS-OIC – Contact Admissions

ECDIS-Pilots – 05/25/16, 7/20/16, 11/14/16

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 3/21/16, 4/18/16, 5/9/16, 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: 04/11/16, 06/27/16, 8/15/16, 10/10/16

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications: 04/19/16, 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): 6/27/16, 8/29/16, 12/5/16

LAP- 4/4/16, 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: 06/06/16, 8/8/16, 12/5/16

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 4/20/16, 5/23/16, 7/19/16, 9/21/16, 11/15/16

LNG-TPIC – 12/5/16

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC): 4/4/16, 4/28/16, 7/12/16, 9/26/16, 10/26/16*, 11/14/16*, 12/19/16* (*Evening Session)

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control: 3/28/16, 4/25/16, 5/16/16, 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: 3/21/16, 05/16/16, 7/11/16, 11/7/16, 12/12/16

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 05/02/16, 8/29/16, 10/3/16

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 3/21/16, 05/16/16, 11/7/16, 11/28/16, 12/12/16

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 3/19/16, 05/14/16, 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): 6/10/16, 8/10/16, 10/17/16

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control: 6/8/16, 8/8/16, 10/18/16

*MSC-ENVPRO – 6/5/16, 8/7/16, 10/16/16

*MSC-FF-HELO – 6/6/16, 8/22/16, 10/31/16

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualification: 6/13/16, 8/14/16, 10/23/16

*MSC-Security Watch Basic – 6/11/16, 8/11/16, 10/20/16

*MSC-Security Watch Advanced – 6/17/16, 8/13/16, 10/22/16

*MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force – 6/18/16, 8/18/16, 10/27/16

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P – 5/23/16, 7/26/16, 10/25/16

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 5/9/16

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 3/29/16, 04/06/16, 4/13/16, 04/20/16, 05/04/16, 05/18/16, 06/08/16, 06/22/16, 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 – 04/18/16, 11/7/16

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 04/11/16, 06/27/16, 8/29/16, 10/17/16

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling-5 Day: 05/02/16, 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: 04/25/16, 7/13/16, 9/7/16, 10/22/16

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level): 3/21/16, 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, Jennifer Pitzen: 206.838.1126 or

March 2016

16-17 Security Officer – Vessel, Company, and Facility
21-25 ECDIS (waitlist only)
21-25 Leadership & Managerial Skills (waitlist only)
21-25 Engine Resource Management (waitlist only)
28-8 Celestial Navigation
30-31 Leadership for Shoreside Managers

April 2016

4-8 Leadership & Managerial Skills (waitlist only)
4-8 Engine Resource Management (waitlist only)
11th Radar Renewal
11-22 GMDSS
18-22 Leadership & Managerial Skills (waitlist only)
18-22 Medical Care Provider
18-22 MEECE (waitlist only)
25-29 ECDIS
27-29 Bridge Resource Management & Emergency Shiphandling for Pilots

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