Wheelhouse Weekly – March 14, 2017

March 15th 2017

Volume 22…Number 11…March. 14, 2017


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The MM&P union halls in Boston and New York/New Jersey, MM&P headquarters, the MM&P Federal Credit Union and the MM&P Plan Office will be closed on Tuesday, March 14, because of inclement weather.

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Members of Congress are speaking out against President Donald Trump’s budget proposal to dramatically reduce funding for the U.S. Coast Guard.

“The proposed reduction of the Coast Guard’s budget by 11.8 percent would directly contradict the priorities articulated by the Trump Administration, in particular the President’s priorities regarding enhanced maritime security needs and a desire to invest in our nation’s military,” wrote 23 senators in a March 8 letter to John Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget.

One of the cuts proposed by the White House would zero-out funding for the ninth Legend-class National Security Cutter, already in preproduction at Huntington Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss.

Another would eliminate the Coast Guard’s Maritime Safety and Security Teams and the Maritime Security Response Team.

In the letter, the senators called the cuts “negligent and detrimental to our national security.”

The new Coast Guard cutters are at the forefront of U.S. efforts to stop illegal drugs and undocumented immigrants from entering the nation by sea.

In an average year, the Coast Guard seizes three times the amount of cocaine on water as is captured at the nation’s land borders.

The Coast Guard also intercepts thousands of migrants each year who attempt to enter the country illegally by sea from Cuba, Haiti and other nations.

“The Coast Guard is a lean service with 41,700 active duty members supporting 11 statutory missions worldwide,” the senators wrote, pointing out that the agency is expected to control a maritime border that is much larger and more extensive than the nation’s land border.

“We cannot defend our homeland and continue critical security missions without the U.S. Coast Guard. It is as simple as that,” says Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R-N.J.

Among the Coast Guard’s responsibilities is control of America’s increasingly ice-free Arctic borders.

Today, the U.S. icebreaker fleet consists of just two vessels, the HEALY, used for scientific research, and the POLAR STAR, first commissioned in 1976 and still in use in both the Arctic and the Antarctic.

Russia, by contrast, has 40 icebreakers and plans to build more to reinforce its own claims on the Arctic.

In the context of border security, some analysts have pointed to President Trump’s plan to build a border wall between the United States and Mexico as a factor that would make the Coast Guard’s role even more critical.

“Simultaneously fortifying the southern land border while cutting the budget for security at sea would push illicit traffic off shore,” said one.

“As you harden the land border, you open up the maritime border.”

The President’s budget proposal also calls for a 17 percent reduction in funding for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA).

Among its many other duties, the agency oversees the National Weather Service’s weather satellite division, which would suffer a 22 percent cut.

The satellite data is fundamental to its ocean weather modeling programs, which serve as the basis for virtually all the forecasts available to navigators in U.S. waters.

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The American Maritime Partnership (AMP) has issued a statement praising President Trump’s stated commitment to reinforce the nation’s economic and national security, pointing out that a good way to pursue these goals is to strengthen the American Merchant Marine.

The American Maritime Partnership is a coalition representing the domestic maritime industry, including MM&P and MIRAID.

“The ability of the nation to build and maintain a U.S.-flag fleet is of significant national interest,” a fact that has been acknowledged by the Department of Defense, the Department of the Navy, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Coast Guard, said AMP Chair Tom Allegretti in an official statement.

He added that “every modern President has also recognized the critical role of the Jones Act in maintaining the U.S. shipyard industrial base.”

The domestic maritime industry, which is supported by the Jones Act, sustains more than 478,000 jobs and has an annual economic impact of $92.5 billion according to a study conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers for the Transportation Institute.

Each year, the industry also accounts for approximately $29 billion in annual wages and $10 billion in tax revenue.

AMP issued the statement on March 2, following President Trump’s visit to the USS GERALD R. FORD in Newport News, Va.

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Maersk Line Ltd. plans to replace two ships in the Maritime Security Program (MSP) with two newer ships.

Since the MAERSK WISCONSIN and the MAERSK CALIFORNIA are approaching their MSP age-out dates, the company plans to bring in two “S” class ships to replace them.

In May, the MAERSK SENTOSA is scheduled to replace the WISCONSIN and the MAERSK SELETAR is expected to replace the CALIFORNIA.

Both the SENTOSA and the SELETAR were built in 2007.

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At least two people are dead and eight wounded after a Yemeni Coast Guard vessel struck a mine in the vicinity of Al Mocha.

The Associated Press reported the incident on March 10.

Yemen’s Shiite rebel forces, known as Houthis, are believed to be responsible.

It was the first such explosion since Yemen’s civil war began. Saudi-led coalition forces combating the Houthis warned in February that the militants had planted naval mines in the Red Sea.

The war in Yemen, which began when Houthis seized Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, in September 2014, has killed more than 10,000 civilians and displaced over 3 million people.

U.S. maritime authorities have advised ships to exercise extreme caution when transiting the area.

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Texas A&M University at Galveston (TAMUG) is seeking a master for the training ship.

The master of the training ship, under general direction, is responsible for navigating vessel safely, ensuring readiness, maintenance and well-being of vessel and crew, and compliance with all USCG-mandated emergency drills and procedures.

Required education and experience: bachelor’s degree in maritime-related discipline or any equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered; two years post-licensure experience as ship’s master operating unlimited tonnage vessels.

Preferred education and experience: five years post-licensure industry experience; experience at a U.S maritime academy operating training vessels or experience at a maritime training school.

Required licenses: USCG Masters Unlimited Oceans License, GMDSS, STCW endorsements; Master, Medical PIC, VSO, TWIC; Safety Management System certification. Preferred licenses, certifications or registrations: Additional STCW endorsements-ECDIS, Fast Rescue Boat. To view the posting and to apply for the job, go to

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MM&P headquarters, the MM&P Federal Credit Union and Atlantic Ports Union Halls including Miami/Port Everglades will be closed on March 17 for Gleason’s Birthday.

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On Feb. 16, an Offshore contract ballot was mailed. Please go to and enter the Members’ Only section to view the ballot regarding contracts at Central Gulf Lines/Waterman Steamship/Sulphur Carriers Inc. and Maersk Line, Limited and E-Ships Inc. The voting period for the ballot is from Feb. 16, 2017 to 0900, Monday, April 17, 2017. If you do not receive a ballot, please contact Star Dorsey,

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St. Patrick’s Day is almost here. That means corned beef and cabbage with a side of green beer and a dash of good luck, all union made of course!

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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 – 4/17/17, 8/21/17, 10/16/17

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation: 5/23/17

ARPA-OIC – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 4/4/17, 8/8/17, 9/26/17

AZIPOD 2-Day – 5/22/17, 10/16/17

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 4/3/17, 6/19/17, 9/25/17, 11/13/17

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 5/22/17, 7/20/17, 11/14/17

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

BRMP-Refresher – 5/24/17, 7/17/17, 9/12/17, 10/18/17

BT – Basic Safety Training: 4/10/17, 8/14/17, 10/9/17

BT-Revalidation (2-day) – 5/4/17, 6/22/17, 8/21/17, 9/28/17, 11/8/17, 12/14/17

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 5/4/17, 6/22/17, 8/20/17, 9/28/17, 11/8/17, 12/14/17

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 5/8/17, 10/30/17

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

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

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 4/10/17, 6/12/17, 7/31/17, 10/2/17, 12/11/17

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 6/5/17, 8/7/17, 9/25/17, 12/4/17

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (2 weeks): 4/17/17, 10/9/17

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information System: 3/27/17, 6/26/17, 8/14/17, 9/18/17

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM) 5/22/17,6/19/17, 8/21/17, 9/11/17

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 4/3/17

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: 7/31/17, 11/6/17

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (2 weeks): 5/1/17, 10/30/17

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 3/20/17, 4/10/17, 4/24/17, 5/8/17, 6/5/17,7/17/17, 7/31/17, 8/14/17, 9/11/17, 10/2/17, 10/30/17, 12/4/17

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 3/27/17, 4/17/17, 5/1/17, 5/15/17,6/12/17, 7/24/17, 8/7/17, 8/21/17, 9/18/17, 10/9/17, 11/6/17, 12/11/17

**SHS-ADV-I & II now approved to include SAR-CMM assessments at MITAGS effective immediately**

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 3/20/17, 10/23/17

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 5/15/17, 11/13/17

CNAV-OIC – Celestial Navigation: 4/24/17, 11/6/17

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop: Contact Admissions

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications: Contact Admissions

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior – 7/11/17

CDMGT – Crowd Management – 7/10/17

DDE – Great Lakes: 6/5/17

DPA – Contact Admissions

ECDIS-OIC – Contact Admissions

ECDIS for Pilots – 5/24/17, 11/14/17

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 7/10/17, 8/28/17, 10/16/17, 12/4/17

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 4/10/17, 8/14/17, 10/9/17

FF-ADV-REV – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation & Refresher: 5/2/17, 6/20/17, 8/23/17, 9/26/17, 11/6/17, 12/12/17

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications: 4/4/17, 4/18/17, 9/12/17

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization: Contact Admissions

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System: 8/21/17

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 6/26/17, 8/28/17, 11/27/17

LAP- 9/11/17

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

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License: 3/20/17, 6/5/17, 8/7/17, 12/4/17

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 4/19/17, 9/13/17

LNG-TPIC – 12/4/17

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC): 4/3/17, 8/15/17, 9/25/17 (*2-Evening Session)

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control: Contact Admissions

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 3/20/17, 5/8/17, 7/10/17, 9/11/17, 10/23/17

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 4/24/17, 6/26/17, 8/28/17, 11/13/17, 12/4/17

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 3/20/17, 4/17/17, 5/8/17, 9/11/17, 10/23/17, 11/27/17

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 3/18/17, 5/1/17, 6/12/17 (Evening), 6/19/17, 7/16/17, 8/25/17, 9/25/17, 10/28/17, 12/11/17

MSA –Maritime Security Awareness: Contact Admissions

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic): 6/9/17, 8/9/17, 10/2/17

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control: 6/7/17, 8/7/17, 10/3/17

*MSC-ENVPRO – 6/4/17, 8/6/17, 10/1/17

*MSC-FF-HELO – 6/5/17, 8/13/17, 10/16/17

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualification: 6/12/17, 7/17/17, 8/13/17, 10/9/17

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

*MSC-Security Watch Advanced – 6/16/17, 7/21/17, 8/12/17, 10/7/17

*MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force – 6/17/17, 7/24/17, 8/18/17, 10/13/17

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P – 3/22/17, 5/9/17, 6/13/17, 8/14/17, 10/2/17

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 8/17/17, 9/25/17

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 3/22/17, 4/5/17, 4/19/17, 5/3/17, 5/10/17, 5/17/17, 6/7/17, 6/21/17, 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

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 7/31/17

SAR-OIC – Search & Rescue – 4/10/17, 10/16/17

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 5/15/17, 8/28/17, 10/23/17

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling-5 Day – 5/1/17, 6/26/17, 9/25/17, 11/27/17

SMS – Contact Admissions

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 8/7/17

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses: 7/10/17

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 5/8/17, 8/7/17

TRAC-TUG-2: Contact Admissions

TTT – Contact Admissions

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties: Contact Admissions

VSO – Vessel Security Officer: 4/17/17, 5/22/17, 7/13/17, 9/6/17

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level): 10/2/17

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 3/20/17, 9/11/17

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Winter-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

March 2017

18-20 Basic Training Refresher
20-24 Engine Resource Management
20-24 Basic Construction and Stability
21st Radar Renewal
21-23 Security Officer – Vessel, Company, and Facility
22-24 Integrated Electronic Navigation
27th Flashing Light
27-31 Leadership & Managerial Skills
28-31 ARPA

April 2017

3-4 ECDIS for Pilots
3-7 Search & Rescue / Emergency Procedures
3-14 GMDSS
8-10 Basic Training Refresher
10-14 Basic Training
10-14 Medical Care Provider
10-21 Medical Person-In-Charge
10-21 Watchkeeping – Operational Level
17th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties
17-20 Advanced Firefighting
18th Radar Renewal
22-24 Basic Training Refresher
24-28 Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation (VPEN)
24-5 GMDSS

May 2017

2-4 Rating Forming Part of a Navigational Watch
6-8 Basic Training Refresher
8-12 ECDIS
8-12 Basic Training
8-12 Marine Propulsion Plants
15th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties
15-18 Advanced Firefighting
15-19 Able Seaman
15-26 Watchkeeping – Operational Level
15-26 Celestial Navigation
16-18 Integrated Electronic Navigation
20-22 Basic Training Refresher
23rd Radar Renewal
30th Leadership & Teamworking Skills
31-2 Security Officer – Vessel, Company, and Facility

June 2017

5-9 Medical Care Provider
5-9 Basic Shiphandling
5-16 Medical Person-In-Charge
10-12 Basic Training Refresher
12-16 Basic Training
12-16 Cargo Handling and Stowage – Operational Level
19th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties
20th Radar Renewal
19-22 Advanced Firefighting
19-23 Advanced Watchkeeping
19-23 Leadership & Managerial Skills
24-26 Basic Training Refresher
26-30 Engine Resource Management
27-29 Integrated Electronic Navigation

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