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Wheelhouse Weekly – May 13, 2014

 

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Volume 18 . . . Number 19 . . . May 13, 2014

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MM&P HOLIDAY CLOSING SCHEDULE

All MM&P union halls, the MM&P Plan Office, the MM&P Federal Credit Union and MM&P headquarters will be closed on Monday, May 26, for Memorial Day. In addition, Atlantic Ports will be closed on Thursday, May 22, for Maritime Day.


MARITIME INDUSTRY UNDER ATTACK: YOUR HELP NEEDED NOW

A House of Representatives subcommittee has proposed cutting funding for the Maritime Security Program (MSP) by $20 million, putting six U.S.-flag MSP vessels and countless American maritime jobs at risk. The State Department and its allies are working to strip the U.S.-flag fleet of its rightful share of food aid cargo and turn the PL 480 program into a cash giveaway scheme. A commission in Hawaii is just the latest group to call for a blanket waiver of the Jones Act for the shipment of various commodities.

MM&P is working with the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (MEBA), our contracted companies and our friends and supporters in Congress to turn back the latest round of attacks against the U.S.-flag fleet and American maritime jobs. But we need your help! Unless we have the resources to help our friends in Congress fight off their political opponents, they will lose and we will lose. We must be able to support those who support our industry–regardless of political party, philosophy or geography.

Please consider a contribution to the MM&P Political Contribution Fund now. We need your help. Together we can continue to fight and win against those who would wipe out our industry and send our jobs overseas. 

For information about the MM&P PCF and how to contribute, please go to the Members Only section of bridgedeck.org or send an e-mail to communications@bridgedeck.org


U.S.-FLAG MARITIME INDUSTRY TAKES DEFENSE OF CARGO PREFERENCE, JONES ACT AND MARITIME SECURITY PROGRAM TO HALLS OF CONGRESS

MM&P members, officials and representatives of MM&P-contracted companies were part of a 130-person team that visited the offices of 170 members of the House and Senate last Wednesday 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 fifth 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 and restoring the U.S.-flag fleet’s share of this cargo to 75 percent; 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, Wayne Farthing, Don Josberger and Mike Murray, Chief of Staff Klaus Luhta, Representatives Tom Bell and Jeremy Hope, Captains Richard Phillips and Jack Boak and MITAGS Director Glen Paine. MIRAID President Jim Patti and MIRAID Counsel Steve Wines participated as well.


PROPELLER CLUB AWARDEE REP. DUNCAN HUNTER CALLS FOR DEFENSE OF KEY MARITIME PROGRAMS

Congressman Duncan D. Hunter (R-Calif.), the 2014 recipient of the U.S. Propeller Club’s prestigious Salute to Congress Award, told the audience at the award ceremony on May 8 that the battle to defend the U.S.-flag fleet shows no sign of letting up. “We have struggles ahead,” he told the crowd. “There are people who don’t like the Jones Act. We have to convince the naysayers that cargo preference is central to our nation’s security. While we don’t know what the next conflict will look like, we know that in war, you always have to get to the fight. We will always need sealift and merchant mariners to get there.” Hunter, a third-term congressman, is chair of the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation.


MM&P MEMBERS WHO CROSSED THE FINAL BAR IN PAST YEAR TO BE REMEMBERED AT WREATH-LAYING CEREMONY

The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) and Military Sealift Command (MSC) will pay tribute to the American mariners who passed away during the course of the past year at the official Maritime Day ceremony at Washington Navy Yard on May 22. For the ceremony, MM&P has submitted the names of 106 members who have died since May 22, 2013; their names will be listed on a memorial scroll and placed on the wreath at the Navy Memorial.

“The National Capital Region 2014 Maritime Appreciation Day Ceremony will conclude with a wreath-laying to remember and pay tribute to our shipmates (actively sailing and retired) who have crossed the bar for the final time,” said a MARAD spokesman. The union also provided the job title/position and last vessel sailed on of the “youngest” and “longest sailing” members who crossed the final bar.


U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND GREAT LAKES FLEET HONOR FORMER REP. JAMES OBERSTAR

Members of the House of Representatives on May 6 observed a moment of silence for former Rep. James Oberstar, who passed away unexpectedly on May 3. Oberstar was Minnesota’s longest-serving Congressman and a staunch advocate for U.S. workers and the U.S.-flag fleet. Last Thursday, Great Lakes freighters flew their flags at half-mast in his honor.

“Congressman Oberstar fought on behalf of American maritime workers from the moment he was first elected to Congress and began serving on the Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee,” said MM&P President Don Marcus. “His leadership was indispensable to the passage of every major piece of maritime legislation that was enacted during his tenure.”

“Great Lakes shipping has lost its greatest friend and staunchest supporter,” said James Weakley, president of Lake Carriers’ Association, in an official statement. “He was at the forefront of every effort to make waterborne commerce on the Lakes and Seaway safer and more efficient.”


PANAMA CANAL CONSTRUCTION WORKERS END STRIKE

Construction workers in Panama ended a nationwide strike last Thursday, allowing the expansion of the canal to resume after a delay of several weeks. “Work has partially resumed … it is estimated that staff as a whole will gradually return in the coming days,” Grupo Unidos por el Canal, the consortium expanding the waterway, said in an official statement. There was no word from the group about whether the target completion date for the canal had been pushed back. The walk-out by workers asking for higher wages stopped numerous projects throughout the country, including addition of a third set of locks to the canal. Earlier this year, a dispute between the consortium and the Panama Canal Authority over $1.6 billion in cost overruns halted the expansion project for several weeks. The two sides are fighting through an international arbitration panel over who should foot the bill.


MEMBERSHIP MEETING MAY 14 IN LOS ANGELES/LONG BEACH HALL

There will be an Offshore Division union meeting at the MM&P Los Angeles/Long Beach Hall this Wednesday, May 14, directly after the 1100 Job Call. All members in the area are encouraged to attend the meeting.


MEMBERSHIP MEETING MAY 15 IN CHARLESTON

There will be a membership meeting in the Charleston Hall on May 15 at 1100. MM&P International Secretary-Treasurer Steve Werse and Atlantic Ports Vice President Don Josberger will attend the meeting. All members in the area are encouraged to participate.


2014 SHIP STRUCTURE SYMPOSIUM MAY 19-20 AT MITAGS

The Ship Structure Committee, an interagency research and development group that works to promote vessel safety and longevity, will hold a two-day symposium May 19-20 at MITAGS/CCMIT in Linthicum Heights, Md. The symposium will highlight recent ship structure research focused on sustaining vessels throughout their service life in an environmentally conscious global market. Presentations in the first day’s paper track will emphasize structural longevity through extended service life of new vessels, recent fatigue studies, including forecasting, fatigue management and full scale ship instrumentation, use of lightweight materials to reduce fuel consumption and inspection techniques for composite structures. The second day will focus on engineering, including an “Introduction to Marine Composites” and a “Workshop on Aluminum Vessel Structures.” The cost of attending the two-day symposium is $125. To find out more and to register: http://tinyurl.com/shipstructure.


EMPIRE STATE VI HOSTS RECEPTIONS IN PORT OF BALTIMORE AND PORT OF PHILADELPHIA

SUNY Maritime’s TS EMPIRE STATE VI will hold receptions in honor of Maritime Day in the Port of Baltimore and the Port of Philadelphia. The reception in Baltimore will take place on Wednesday, May 21, from 1900 to 2100. The reception in the Port of Philadelphia will take place on Friday, May 23, from 1900 to 2100. Due to limited capacity aboard the ship, please register here by May 14: http://tinyurl.com/sunyparty. There is no fee to attend the receptions. For questions, please contact Ashley Scotti at 718-409-4001 or ascotti@sunymaritime.edu.


NATIONAL MARITIME DAY OBSERVANCE IN SAN PEDRO, MAY 22

The annual National Maritime Day Observance and Memorial Service will be held at the American Merchant Marine Veterans Memorial and Walls of Honor, located on Harbor Boulevard at the foot of 6th Street, San Pedro, Calif., on Thursday, May 22. The ceremony begins at 1100. It will be the 25th anniversary of the construction of the American Merchant Marine Veterans Memorial and the observance of National Maritime Day in San Pedro.

National Maritime Day honors the American merchant mariners who have served their country in peace and war since the American Revolution. The observance will include speakers representing state and local organizations and the American maritime industry. A memorial service will be conducted by local clergy and veterans groups. A luncheon at Ports O’Call Restaurant at Berth 76, San Pedro, will follow the observance at 1230. For more information, please contact John Pitts at 562-716-2899 or ameucman@aol.com or Paul Nielsen at 7-seas@sbcglobal.net or 310-325-3506.


INTERESTED IN TAKING THE MM&P OFFSHORE FAMILIARIZATION COURSE?

If you are interested in attending the Offshore Familiarization Course, please contact your MM&P Vice President to request that one be scheduled in your area. An Offshore Orientation Course is now scheduled for Los Angeles/Long Beach on Oct. 8-9. If you are interested in participating in the course, please contact the Los Angeles/Long Beach Hall: 310-834-7201 or 310-834-6667 (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.


MARITIME LABOR CONVENTION COURSE REMINDER

The 2006 Maritime Labor Convention (MLC) entered into force on Aug. 20. It has been described as the fourth pillar of international shipping regulations along with SOLAS, MARPOL and STCW.  The International Labor Organization consolidated a number of previous conventions in MLC 2006. It establishes minimum standards on conditions of employment, accommodations, health and safety, medical care, crew welfare, recruitment, working conditions and social security protection. MLC will be strictly enforced during port state control inspections, including the potential for more detailed inspections and possible detention where hazardous conditions may exist if ships are not to be in compliance. Visit www.mitags-pmi.org for more information or to register for the MLC course.


/ MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES /

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 admissions@mitags.org 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: admissions@mitags.org. Why not try our on-line calendar to register for class: mitags-pmi.org/courses/calendar

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 –8/11/14, 10/13/14

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation: Contact Admissions

ARPA-OIC – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 8/5/14, 9/23/14, 11/18/14

AZIPOD 2-Day –7/10/14, 10/9/14

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 8/25/14, 10/13/14

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 5/22/14, 7/24/14, 8/20/14, 9/22/14, 11/20/14

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling:  7/7/14, 10/6/14

BST – Basic Safety Training: 6/9/14, 8/11/14, 10/6/14

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 10/27/14

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVNAV-CMM – Advanced Navigation (=ECDIS & VPEN): 6/2/14, 8/4/14, 11/10/14

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 6/23/14, 9/22/14

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 6/16/14, 9/8/14

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (2 weeks): 7/7/14, 9/29/14

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information System: 6/2/14, 7/14/14, 8/4/14, 10/20/14, 11/10/14

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications: 7/23/14, 11/19/14

MCL-CMM – Management, Communication, & Leadership (Management Level): 5/19/14, 9/15/14

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants:  7/21/14, 10/27/14

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (2 weeks): 8/18/14, 10/13/14

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 6/9/14, 8/4/14, 9/8/14, 9/22/14, 10/20/14, 11/3/14, 12/1/14

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 6/16/14, 8/11/14, 9/15/14, 9/29/14, 10/27/14, 11/10/14, 12/8/14

TRAC-TUG-2: 7/21/14

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 6/9/14, 8/11/14, 11/17/14

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 7/28/14, 11/3/14

CNAV-OIC – Celestial Navigation: 11/3/14

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop: Contact Admissions

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications:  10/7/14

DDE – Great Lakes: Contact Admissions

DPA – Contact Admissions

ECDIS-OIC –9/8/14

ECDIS-Pilots – Contact Admissions

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 6/9/14, 8/11/14, 10/6/14

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep & Medications:  5/21/14, 11/19/14

GL Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization: Contact Admissions

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System: 8/18/14

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 6/23/14, 9/15/14, 11/17/14

LAP- 9/8/14

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross Ton License: 6/2/14

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 7/8/14, 10/7/14, 11/20/14

LNG-TPIC – Contact Admissions

MCL-OIC –Management, Communications, and Leadership OICNW level: 9/5/14, 10/7/14

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 6/16/14, 9/8/14, 11/3/14, 12/1/14

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 8/4/14, 10/13/14

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 6/16/14, 9/8/14, 10/20/14, 11/3/14, 12/1/14

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 6/21/14, 8/3/14, 9/13/14, 10/12/14, 11/8/14, 12/6/14

MSA –Maritime Security Awareness: 8/4/14 (PM), 10/6/14 (PM)

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic): 6/6/14, 8/22/14, 10/3/14

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (4 Evenings): 6/2/14, 8/18/14, 9/29/14

MSC-ENV – Contact Admissions

MSC-FF-HELO – Contact Admissions

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualification:  6/2/14, 8/18/14, 9/29/14, 11/10/14

*MSC-Security Watch Basic – Contact Admissions

*MSC-Security Watch Advanced – Contact Admissions

*MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force – Contact Admissions

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 8/4/14, 9/22/14, 11/17/14

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 5/14/14, 6/5/14, 6/11/14, 6/18/14, 7/9/14, 7/24/14, 8/6/14, 8/20/14, 9/10/14, 9/17/14, 10/1/14, 10/15/14, 10/29/14, 11/12/14, 12/3/14, 12/10/14

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 7/28/14, 11/10/14

SAR-OIC – Search & Rescue –10/13/14

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling:  6/16/14, 8/18/14, 11/17/14

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling-5 Day: 7/14/14, 10/6/14

SMS – Contact Admissions

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 8/4/14

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses: 7/7/14

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge:  8/25/14

TTT – Train the Trainer: Contact Admissions

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties: 8/5/14, 10/7/14

VSO – Vessel Security Officer: 8/6/14, 9/2/14, 10/8/14, 10/22/14


WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) : 9/29/14

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

…And remember: If you can’t make the class, make the call.  Be courteous, don’t be a “no show.”

Check the MITAGS website at mitags-pmi.org/courses/calendar for course descriptions associated with the course title abbreviations, and schedule revisions.


PMI ACADEMIC NOTES

Please also see our schedule online at mitags-pmi.org/courses/calendar. For registration, call our registrar, Jennifer Pitzen, at (206) 838-1126.

May 2014

19-21     Vessel Security Officer
19-23     Train the Trainer

June 2014

2-6          Basic Meteorology
9th         Radar Renewal
9-20       GMDSS
9-27       Terrestrial and Coastal Navigation
11-13     Vessel Security Officer
16-20     ECDIS

July 2014

7-11       Radar Observer Unlimited
7-18       GMDSS
14th       Radar Renewal
14th       Flashing Light
15-18     ARPA
21-25     Bridge Resource Management
28-1       ECDIS
28-1       Medical Care Provider


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