Wheelhouse Weekly – Mar. 24, 2015

March 25th 2015

Volume 19 . . . Number 12 . . . March 24, 2015


In this issue:

Sad News:

job Opportunities:

News for Union Members:

Other News:


Did you miss a week? Back editions of the Wheelhouse Weekly are available in the archives section.


The MM&P Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle union halls will be closed on March 31 for Cesar Chavez Day. The MM&P Plan Office, the MM&P Federal Credit Union, MM&P headquarters and all MM&P union halls will be closed on April 3 for Good Friday.

Back to Stories Covered


MM&P members, officials and representatives of MM&P-contracted companies were part of a 100-person team that visited the offices of 101 members of the House and Senate today to underline the important role played by the American maritime industry in our country’s security, economy and national defense. The meetings were part of the sixth annual Maritime Industry Congressional Sail-In. The Sail-In provided an excellent opportunity for our industry to speak with one voice in support of: full funding for the Maritime Security Program; maintaining the PL 480 food aid program; preserving the Jones Act to ensure that the waterborne carriage of domestic commerce is under the control of American vessels and crews; and reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank so it can continue to encourage the export of American-produced products, a percentage of which are carried on U.S.-flag ships.

Participating in the Sail-In on behalf of MM&P were President Don Marcus, Secretary-Treasurer Steve Werse, Vice Presidents Dave Boatner, Don Josberger, Mike Murray and Ron Tucker, Representatives Tom Bell, Jeremy Hope, Tim Saffle and Ray Shipway, Chief of Staff Klaus Luhta, MIRAID President Jim Patti, MIRAID Counsel Steve Wines and MITAGS Director Glen Paine.

Back to Stories Covered


Gen. Paul Selva and Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) took issue last week in two separate Senate hearings when oil refinery trade association executives called for changes to the Jones Act, the body of laws that protects the jobs of all U.S. maritime union members. The news was reported by Charlie Papavizas, a partner in Winston & Strawn’s Washington, D.C., office and chair of the firm’s maritime and admiralty practice, in the March 20 edition of MarEx newsletter.

The Senate hearings were held in the context of Congressional deliberations over whether or not to reverse the 1975 ban on crude oil exports. “That consideration also continues to overlap with the U.S. Jones Act, as evidenced in two separate U.S. Senate Committee hearings held on March 19,” Papavizas wrote. At a Senate Energy Committee hearing chaired by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) testified that any lifting of the ban should include changes to the Jones Act. Hawaii Democrat Sen. Mazie Hirono countered that the Jones Act is essential to national and economic security. Murkowski concluded by saying that her committee will remain focused on the topic of crude oil exports.

At a hearing the same day before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Gen. Paul J. Selva, commander of U.S. Transportation Command, testified that, “The Jones Act contributes to a robust domestic maritime industry that helps to maintain the U.S. industrial shipyard base and infrastructure” and “provides additional capacity and trained U.S. merchant mariners” to crew national defense vessels.

Back to Stories Covered


MM&P members and officials continue their work on behalf of maritime labor and the seafaring community as a whole in a number of international forums. Reports MM&P Captain Kevin Coulombe: “I recently traveled to London to attend the United Nations’ International Maritime Organization (IMO) annual meeting of the Subcommittee on Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue (NCSR2 Mar 9-13.) MM&P Pilots Group Vice President George Quick is a delegate for the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and Coulombe is a volunteer delegate for the Nautical Institute. “MM&P members who are interested in further information about the IMO, the ITF or the Nautical Institute are strongly encouraged to contact us,” Coulombe writes. To find out more about the work being done in international forums on behalf of merchant mariners, send an e-mail to

Back to Stories Covered


MM&P Pilot Group member John Traut photographed an accident in the Port of Baltimore which illustrates in dramatic terms the dangers of docking and undocking operations. He photographed the scene after a linehandler’s truck was pulled off the pier by the offshore headlines of the MSC ILONA as it departed on the evening of March 21. The linehandler leapt from the truck at the last moment. He had used his truck hitch to pull the eye of the mooring line away from the bollard so it could be let go. But the ship’s crew heaved away without observing that the truck was still attached. “This incident may be a useful reminder of the extreme need for watchfulness in berthing and unberthing operations,” Traut says. In the process of bailing out of his truck, the lineman reportedly suffered minor injuries to his leg.

Back to Stories Covered


Members of the MM&P Atlantic Maritime Group and the rest of the union extend their condolences to the family and friends of Captain Donald Maloney, a shipmate of many Local 333 members who died March 21 when the 62-foot, twin-screw tug MV SEA BEAR sank off Fire Island, N.Y. “Our deepest sympathies are with the family and friends of Captain Maloney,” said AMG Vice President Ron Tucker.

The Coast Guard rescued three survivors in emergency immersion suits from the 40-degree water. The crew of another tugboat recovered Captain Maloney’s body sometime later. The three survivors, Lars Vetland, Jason Reimer and Rainer Bendixen, were treated for hypothermia and then released. Maloney might have survived if he had been able to put on his survival suit, Suffolk County police said.

The tug was traveling from Shinnecock to New York City when the crew called a vessel traffic service to report that it was taking on water. As Coast Guard rescuers approached, the tugboat’s emergency transmission died. The vessel sank in heavy fog one mile off the coast of Fire Island Pines.

It was owned by Wittich Bros. Marine, Inc., which also owned the MV SEA LION, a tug that sank Jan. 15, 2014. The mariners aboard the MV SEA LION were rescued by MM&P and Local 333 members aboard the Sandy Hook Pilot vessels AMERICA and NEW YORK, for which they received the prestigious Admiral of the Ocean Seas Mariners’ Plaque in November of last year.

Back to Stories Covered


The St. Lawrence Seaway Pilots Association is growing and accepting applications for current and future openings for applicant/trainee pilots. The area of operation is District 1, consisting of the St. Lawrence River from Massena, N.Y., to Cape Vincent, N.Y. and Lake Ontario. For more information, write or email: St. Lawrence Seaway Pilots Assoc., PO Box 274 Cape Vincent, NY 13618; Requirements include 24 months’ licensed sea service (Master, Mate or Pilot) on vessels of at least 4,000 gross tons. Complete qualification requirements can be found in CFR 46, subpart b, sections 401.210 and 401.211.Qualified mariners can obtain application information by visiting:

Back to Stories Covered


The St. Lawrence Seaway Pilots Association is growing and accepting applications for current and future openings for applicant/trainee pilots. The area of operation is District 1, consisting of the St. Lawrence River from Massena, N.Y., to Cape Vincent, N.Y. and Lake Ontario. For more information, write or email: St. Lawrence Seaway Pilots Assoc., PO Box 274 Cape Vincent, NY 13618; Requirements include 24 months’ licensed sea service (Master, Mate or Pilot) on vessels of at least 4,000 gross tons. Complete qualification requirements can be found in CFR 46, subpart b, sections 401.210 and 401.211.Qualified mariners can obtain application information by visiting:

Back to Stories Covered


MM&P Atlantic Ports Vice President Don Josberger has scheduled a membership meeting at the Norfolk Hall on Thursday, April 16 at 1000. MM&P President Don Marcus and Secretary-Treasurer Steve Werse will participate in the meeting. All members in the area are encouraged to attend.

Back to Stories Covered


Researchers at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have detailed the impact on societies of low levels of unionization: as labor unions have declined in most countries around the world, CEO paychecks have ballooned. And that’s not just a coincidence, according to the IMF. In the latest issue of the IMF’s Finance & Development journal, researchers Florence Jaumotte and Carolina Osorio Buitron give a preview of their forthcoming study on the links between unionization rates and inequality. Their article, “Power from the People,” notes that “weaker unions can reduce workers’ influence on corporate decisions that benefit top earners, such as the size and structure of top executive compensation.” The researchers also found that unionization helps equalize wage distribution and that the welfare of populations can drop when “top earners manipulate the economic and political system in their favor.”

Back to Stories Covered


The Union Plus AT&T Wireless Discount for union members and retirees is still 15 percent–and AT&T is still the ONLY nationwide unionized wireless service company. Haven’t switched to AT&T Wireless yet? You can earn a rebate of up to $250 when you do if you have a Union Plus Credit Card. From now through July 17, anyone who refers a fellow union member to the program will earn a chance to win a hot new smartphone. And the more often you make referrals, the more chances you’ll have to win the Grand Prize: two tickets for the 2016 Super Bowl! You’ll find the referral form at

Back to Stories Covered


A coordinated effort involving the international maritime authorities, Interpol and the law enforcement officers of three nations led to the capture of the internationally blacklisted poaching ship KUNLUN in Phuket, Thailand, earlier this month. The KUNLUN was reportedly detained with an estimated 180 tons of toothfish, more commonly referred to as sea bass. According to one report, after arriving in Phuket, the operators of the KUNLUN falsely reflagged it Indonesian and changed its name to TAICHAN. They then attempted to offload what they claimed was grouper before being detained by officials from New Zealand, Australia and Thailand. Sea Shepherd Conservation Society reports that the KUNLUN has changed names at least ten times since 2008 to avoid prosecution for fisheries-related violations.

Back to Stories Covered


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 Kelly Michielli, 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 – 4/13/15, 8/17/15, 10/12/15

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation: 6/19/15, 7/13/15

ARPA-OIC – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 3/31/15, 8/4/15, 9/22/15

AZIPOD 2-Day – 4/6/15, 10/1/15

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 5/18/15, 8/3/15, 10/19/15

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 4/13/15, 6/17/15, 7/16/15, 11/9/15

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling: 4/8/15, 9/28/15

BT – Basic Safety Training: 4/6/15, 6/8/15, 8/10/15, 10/5/15

BT-Revalidation –8/4/15, 11/3/15

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 4/13/15, 10/26/15

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

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

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 4/20/15, 6/15/15, 7/27/15, 9/28/15

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 4/13/15, 6/1/15, 8/3/15, 10/19/15

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (2 weeks): 4/27/15, 10/5/15

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information System: 4/6/15, 6/8/15, 8/17/15, 11/2/15, 12/7/15

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM): 3/30/15, 4/20/15, 5/11/15, 6/22/15,7/13/15, 8/10/15, 8/31/15, 9/28/15, 10/26/15, 11/16/15, 11/30/15

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 11/16/15

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (2 weeks): 9/14/15

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 3/30/15, 4/13/15, 5/4/15, 6/1/15, 7/13/15, 8/10/15, 8/24/15, 10/5/15,11/9/15, 11/30/15

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 4/6/15, 4/20/15, 5/11/15, 6/8/15, 7/20/15, 8/17/15, 8/31/15, 10/12/15,11/16/15, 12/7/15

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: Contact Admissions

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 5/11/15, 11/9/15

CNAV-OIC – Celestial Navigation: 4/27/15, 11/9/15

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop: Contact Admissions

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications: 7/9/15

DDE – Great Lakes: 5/27/15

DPA – Contact Admissions

ECDIS-OIC – Contact Admissions

ECDIS-Pilots – 6/15/15, 7/14/15, 11/12/15

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 5/4/15, 6/15/15, 7/20/15, 8/24/15, 9/21/15, 10/19/15, 11/9/15, 12/14/15

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 4/6/15, 6/8/15, 8/10/15, 10/5/15

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications: 4/14/15, 7/6/15, 9/15/15, 11/11/15

GL Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization: Contact Admissions

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System: 8/24/15

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 6/22/15, 8/31/15, 11/16/15

LAP- 4/6/15, 9/14/15

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

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License: 6/1/15, 8/3/15, 11/30/15

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 4/15/15, 6/17/15, 7/16/15, 9/16/15, 11/10/15

LNG-TPIC – 12/7/15

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC): 3/30/15, 9/21/15

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control: 4/27/15, 6/8/15, 7/6/15, 8/17/15, 9/14/15, 10/12/15, 11/2/15, 12/7/15

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 4/20/15, 6/15/15, 8/24/15, 12/7/15

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 5/11/15, 7/27/15, 9/28/15

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 4/20/15, 6/15/15, 8/24/15, 10/12/15, 12/7/15

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 4/25/15, 6/20/15, 7/25/15, 8/28/15, 11/5/15, 12/12/15

MSA –Maritime Security Awareness: Contact Admissions

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic): 6/5/15, 8/19/15, 10/29/15

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (4 Evenings): 6/2/15, 8/17/15, 10/27/15

*MSC-ENVPRO – 6/6/15, 8/16/15, 10/31/15

*MSC-FF-HELO – 6/9/15, 8/3/15, 11/2/15

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualification: 5/26/15, 8/8/15, 10/19/15

*MSC-Security Watch Basic – 5/30/15, 8/6/15, 10/17/15

*MSC-Security Watch Advanced –6/1/15, 8/12/15, 10/23/15

*MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force – 6/2/15, 8/13/15, 10/24/15

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 3/30/15, 8/3/15, 9/21/15

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 4/1/15, 4/15/15, 4/29/15, 5/6/15, 5/13/15, 6/3/15, 6/10/15, 6/17/15, 7/8/15, 7/22/15, 8/5/15, 8/19/15, 9/2/15, 9/16/15, 9/30/15, 10/14/15, 10/28/15, 11/3/15, 11/11/15, 11/18/15, 12/2/15, 12/10/15

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 6/1/15, 7/27/15

SAR-OIC – Search & Rescue – 4/6/15, 10/19/15

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 5/11/15, 6/22/15, 11/2/15

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling-5 Day: 4/27/15, 7/27/15, 9/28/15

SMS – Contact Admissions

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 8/3/15

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses: 7/6/15

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 8/3/15

TRAC-TUG-2: Contact Admissions

TTT – Contact Admissions

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties: 5/21/15

VSO – Vessel Security Officer: 4/18/15, 5/18/15, 7/22/15, 9/9/15, 10/7/15, 10/17/15

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level): 9/28/15

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 9/14/15

Back to Stories Covered


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

March 2015

30-3 Leadership and Managerial Skills

April 2015

6th Radar Renewal
6-10 Leadership and Managerial Skills
13-17 Leadership and Managerial Skills
13-17 Medical Care Provider
13-17 Basic Shiphandling
13-24 GMDSS
20-24 Leadership and Managerial Skills
27-29 Security – Vessel, Company, and Facility
27-1 Bridge Resource Management

May 2015

4-8 Train the Trainer
4-8 Leadership and Managerial Skills
4-15 GMDSS
11-15 Leadership and Managerial Skills
11-15 Medical Care Provider
18-22 Leadership and Managerial Skills
26th Radar Renewal
27-29 Bridge Resource Management and Emergency Shiphandling for Pilots

June 2015

1-3 Security – Vessel, Company, and Facility
1-5 Medical Care Provider
1-12 Medical Person-In-Charge
8-12 Leadership and Managerial Skills
15-19 ECDIS
15-19 Tankerman Person-In-Charge
22-26 Leadership and Managerial Skills
22-26 Basic Meteorology
29-3 Leadership and Managerial Skills

July 2015

6-24 Terrestrial and Coastal Navigation
13-17 Leadership and Managerial Skills
13-24 GMDSS
20-23 ARPA
27-31 Radar Observer Unlimited

Back to Stories Covered
The MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly is the official electronic newsletter of the International Organization of Masters, Mates, & Pilots, ILA, AFL-CIO, 700 Maritime Blvd. Suite B, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090-1953. Phone: 410-850-8700; Fax: 410-850-0973. All rights reserved. The MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly © 2015. Articles can be reprinted without prior permission if credit is given to The MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly. For new subscriptions or address changes, send an e-mail to Back issues of The Weekly are posted on