Wheelhouse Weekly – March 28, 2017

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Volume 22…Number 13…March 28, 2017


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Sen. Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) will be this year’s recipient of the Propeller Club’s Salute to Congress award.

Hirono is the ranking minority member of the Senate Subcommittee on Seapower and has been a champion on maritime issues throughout her time in Congress.

The award will be presented on May 2 at the Army-Navy Club in Arlington, Va.

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WETA, the public agency that operates ferry services in the San Francisco Bay Area, has just christened the first of seven new ferries that will be delivered to its fleet in the next two years.

On hand for the big event were employees of Blue & Gold Fleet who operate the ferries for WETA, as well as public officials, agency representatives and members of the press.

The new boat–the 135-foot-long ferry HYDRUS–can carry 400 passengers and 50 bicycles.

According to WETA, it’s the cleanest 27-knot 400-passenger ferry in the world.

It will go into service on the run between San Francisco, Oakland and Alameda in early April, making 15 round trips a day.

MM&P Captain Al Lewis was at the helm of the new ferry for the christening, showing visitors around.

“This boat is very smooth, very quick. It does what you want it to do,” he told Carl Nolte of The San Francisco Chronicle.

Lewis, who started out as a deckhand, has worked as a master for Blue & Gold for 29 years.

The next boat, the CETUS, is due in July. Two more Hydrus-class boats will arrive next year. Three other larger high-speed vessels are expected by the end of 2019.

At the christening, WETA Board President Jody Breckenridge acknowledged the agency’s close partnership with the crews, MM&P and the other unions that represent them.

WETA’s ridership has increased 74 percent since 2012 and 29 percent over the past two years.

The ferry system now carries 2.7 million people annually.

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A four-member team of representatives of International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) unions today committed to continued dialogue with AP Moeller-Maersk at the company’s annual general meeting in Copenhagen.

The union members were at the event to deliver a progress report on the continuing dialogue between the company and unions established by the ITF’s Maersk Network, which was set up to represent the thousands of transport workers employed across the Maersk organization.

The team of four attending the annual meeting was made up of: Karsten Kristensen of the 3F union in Denmark and chair of the Maersk Network Steering Group; Don Josberger, MM&P Vice President-Atlantic Ports; Joost Van Der Lecq of the FNV union of The Netherlands; and Steve Yandell, ITF senior section assistant, seafarers, fisheries and inland navigation.

The delegation spoke of research that has been carried out amongst ITF affiliates worldwide on AP Moeller Maersk’s corporate social responsibility policies.

The research covers transport workers employed on ships, tugs and in ports.

It found that in many Maersk workplaces, communications and industrial relations are positive.

But there are still serious challenges in certain areas–in particular with regards to union recognition–and work is needed to share best practices throughout the company’s global network.

The ITF wants to ensure that, as a major multinational company, Maersk continues to employ workers from all regions of the world, including northern Europe.

“We are pleased that our delegation–with the help of our 3F colleagues, who kindly made their shares available–has been able to personally deliver to Maersk shareholders the message that we aim to strengthen our constructive dialogue with the company and are looking to ensure that its corporate social responsibility policies are working,” said ITF Maritime Coordinator Jacqueline Smith.

“We look forward to continuing to engage with Maersk to achieve an environment throughout its operations that is good for workers and good for its business,” said ITF Seafarers’ Section Chair Dave Heindel.

“A growing world economy with demand for trade worldwide is important for the health of the company’s shipping and ports business, and a profitable company is good for its workers.”

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The nation’s largest ferry system could lose half its captains in the next five years if they all took retirement, MM&P members told Washington State legislators during the course of a March 21 hearing.

Three Washington State Ferries (WSF) captains—Bryan Hanley, Darrell Kimmerly and MM&P Pacific Maritime Region Representative Dan Twohig—told members of the Washington State Senate Transportation Committee that technically most WSF masters are eligible to retire right now.

Twohig urged legislators to follow a recommendation by the Washington State Governor’s Office of Financial Management that salaries be raised to attract and retain skilled officers.

“We’re going to lose these people unless we can find a way to retain them,” Twohig said.

It takes a minimum of 15 to 17 years of professional training to become eligible to sail as master in the WSF fleet, he said.

The risk of “brain drain” as officers retire was also the focus of a recent King5 News TV broadcast.

Harlow Wood, who sails as chief mate for the ferry system, participated in the broadcast, recorded in a ship simulator in demonstration of the high level of preparation required of WSF deck officers.

To view the testimony of the WSF captains before Washington State legislators, go to

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Members of the MM&P Pacific Maritime Region who operate the Whatcom County Ferry have unanimously approved a new, three-year contract.

The union thanks MM&P member Bryan Thurber, who participated in the negotiations.

Whatcom County Public Works Ferry Division is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the ferry, the WHATCOM CHIEF.

The ferry serves Lummi Island residents, visitors and businesses.

Ridership shows strong seasonal variations, according to the ferry division.

July and August are the busiest months: over 10 percent of all vehicle and pedestrian trips are taken during this period, when the population of Lummi Island increases with summer visitors.

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MITAGS is looking for an instructional design coordinator (IDC).

The instructional design coordinator reports to the director of training and, under general direction, develops curricula, selects textbooks and other materials, assesses educational programs for quality and adherence to regulations and standards, and submits curricula to appropriate governing entities.

The IDC assists in implementing new technology in the classroom and evaluates how well the training program’s curriculum meets students’ and customers’ needs.

The IDC also makes improvements based on research and observations of instructional practices.

The IDC monitors procedures to ensure that instructors are implementing the curriculum successfully and meeting program goals.

The IDC meets with instructors and advisory groups to explore how curriculum materials relate to students’ occupations and meet their needs.

Desired qualifications include:

— degree in educational/instructional design or relevant work experience;

— three to five years’ experience in an academic/training environment;

— curriculum development experience;

— strong interpersonal and communication skills;

— ability to work effectively with a wide variety of individuals at all levels within the organization as well as all external customers;

— strong customer service orientation demonstrated through prior work experiences.

For more details and a copy of the job description, please contact MITAGS Human Resource Manager Jane Sibiski:

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The captain of a tugboat that was attacked by armed militants on March 23 has succeeded in escaping from his captors.

The captain, chief engineer and two other crewmembers were abducted by pirates believed to belong to the Abu Sayyaf group.

Local news outlets reported that the captain escaped in the night or, alternatively, that the terrorists released him to slow the progress of the military, which has mounted a push into Basilan Island and the rest of the Sulu Archipelago.

One hijacker was wounded and captured, it was reported on Friday.

There has been no word on the fate of the chief engineer or the other members of the crew who were taken hostage.

The kidnapped men were part of the 11-person crew of MT TUG R9, which was attacked as it towed the Panama-flagged MV SUPER SHUTTLE RORO 9 from Cebu to General Santos.

In related news, a team of Philippine sailors and marines rescued two members of the crew of another tugboat, SERUDUNG 3, that was seized by Abu Sayyaf last July.

Villagers came to the aid of three more hostages, handing them over to the authorities on March 27.

The terrorist group is now said to be holding 27 hostages, mostly mariners.

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Whether you have been put in charge of your SMS or have been formally assigned the DPA role, you will need to know what your responsibilities are for monitoring safety and pollution prevention within your company.

This 2-Day workshop provides an overview of the Designated Person Ashore’s (DPA) roles, responsibilities and authority within the Company’s Safety Management System (SMS).

The course combines in-depth knowledge with a practical approach to provide a better understanding of this critical function to ensure safe operations.

This facilitated workshop is part of the Continual Improvement Workshop Series developed by QSE Solutions and is geared toward all sectors of the maritime industry.

The course fulfills the classroom training portion of the IMO MSC-MEPC.7/Circ.6 “Guidance on the Qualifications, Training and Experience Necessary for Undertaking the Role of Designated Person” under the Provisions of the International Safety Management (ISM) Code.

For more information or to register for this course via telephone, please contact MITAGS Admissions Coordinator Amanda Meadows at 443 989-3246 or by e-mail at:

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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: 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): 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): 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: 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 – 4/10/17

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: 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: 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: 4/17/17, 5/8/17, 9/11/17, 10/23/17, 11/27/17

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 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 – 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: 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: 5/25/17

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

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

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 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

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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