Wheelhouse Weekly – May 17, 2016

Volume 21 . . . Number 20. . . May 17, 2016


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Hundreds of aviation workers from across the country gathered in front of the White House on May 12 to demonstrate their opposition to the decision by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to give tentative approval to the petition by Norwegian Air International (NAI) to fly to the United States.

NAI uses flight and cabin crews from developing countries employed at low wages under temporary work contracts. Although it calls itself Norwegian Air International, it is actually based in Ireland to take advantage of EU air rights while skirting Norway’s strict labor laws.

NAI has been branded a “flag-of-convenience airline” in that it uses the same strategies of “international registration” and sourcing employees in low-wage countries that have hollowed out the world maritime industry.

U.S. and European airlines, labor unions and members of Congress have come out strongly against the scheme, which violates the U.S.-European Union air transport agreement. More than 300 pilots who belong to the Airline Pilots Association (ALPA) participated in the May 12 demonstration, calling on the White House and DOT to honor its commitments and stand up for American workers.

ALPA and MM&P are both affiliated with the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department (TTD), which represents the interests of 32 member unions. The coalition has fought NAI for two years, since the airline first filed an application with DOT for a permit that would allow it to compete with U.S. airlines on long-haul international routes.

“Letting this kind of perverse business model stand will destroy the strong middle-class living standards U.S. aviation professionals have worked decades to achieve and open the floodgates for other bottom-feeding carriers with no regard for quality jobs,” said TTD President Edward Wytkind, who spoke at the demonstration. “We’re here to call on the DOT to live up to its trade agreements and protect American jobs at U.S. airlines that actually play by the rules.”

Among the other labor groups participating in the rally were the AFL-CIO, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers and the Transport Workers Union.

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Mississippi Republican Sen. Roger Wicker received the International Propeller Club’s 2016 “Salute to Congress” award on May 11. The honor is given annually to a lawmaker who has shown strong and consistent leadership on issues of importance of the American Merchant Marine.

As chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Seapower, Wicker has been an eloquent and effective advocate for the U.S.-flag fleet.

He was introduced by Sen. Trent Lott, the 1997 “Salute to Congress” awardee, who commended the U.S.-flag maritime industry for the effectiveness of its Washington, D.C., advocacy activities, which are based on labor-business partnership.

“I’ve suggested to other industries that they emulate the maritime industry,” Lott said. “You had business and labor all in the same room. It made it easier.”

Lott said that the U.S.-flag fleet must step up its work in Washington, in particular because “over the years, we’ve lost a lot of the advocates.”

In his acceptance speech, Wicker credited the maritime industry for “half a million direct jobs,” easing traffic congestion “by getting people off the roads” and being “an integral part of our national security.”

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The Port Commission of San Francisco last week approved a marine terminal agreement with Pasha for use of its Pier 80 cargo terminal to import and export vehicles from Mexico on foreign-flag vessels. The sheds would be used for on-terminal auto prep and detailing services.

The commission approved the agreement with the support of maritime labor. Port Commission President Willie Adams is the International Secretary-Treasurer of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU).

“Commission President Adams is very proud of this lease because it brings back much-needed cargo to these underutilized piers,” said Veronica Sanchez, who works closely with MM&P and other maritime labor organizations to support good, family-sustaining jobs in the Bay Area.

“The deal took two years of intense negotiations,” Sanchez says. At the informational hearing prior to the vote, she expressed MM&P’s support for the deal in solidarity with the ILWU, which has been commended for resolving the labor issues involved in moving the project forward.

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The U.S. Coast Guard Marine Board of Investigation on Monday resumed hearings in Jacksonville into the sinking of the EL FARO. The hearings are being live-streamed at:

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The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) says Brazil’s state-owned petroleum corporation, Petrobras, is illegally intimidating and threatening seafarers who have organized a series of strikes. The ITF has condemned the company’s actions as a breach of Brazilian law and a violation of the International Labor Organization’s principle of freedom of association.

On May 4, Brazilian maritime unions voted to take industrial action involving vessels operated by Petrobras subsidiary Transpetro.

In response, company representatives began informing crewmembers that military personnel could be used to forcibly disembark striking seafarers from ships. Masters were ordered to deny union leaders access to vessels to visit striking crew.

Brazilian maritime union leader Severino Almeida said that in his 30 years as a trade unionist he had “never witnessed such aggressive and illegal threats.”

“Instead of negotiating,” the ITF says, “Petrobras is using the uncertain political situation in Brazil to undermine the law that defends the right to strike.” The president of Brazil is being impeached, the economy is in free fall and the majority of members in both houses of Congress are under investigation for corruption.

The ITF has written to Guy Ryder, director general of the International Labor Organization, calling for urgent intervention in defense of the seafarers’ rights.

A large majority of the seafarers aboard Transpetro vessels voted in favor of the strike. Their stated motivations included workplace discrimination, health and safety concerns and the threat of job loss from privatization of shipping and port operations.

“We want to express our total support for our Brazilian colleagues,” says ITF General Secretary Steve Cotton. “These kinds of potentially discriminatory practices, which may undermine the national flag identity, are not consistent with how any fair and honest transnational corporation should perform–especially when the Brazilian government is the main stockholder. We are ready to support those taking this stand.”

Almeida said the workers “are ready to strike for as long as necessary, until Petrobras understands the need for honest and proper negotiation and an end to discrimination.”

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As previously announced, the MM&P Constitutional Convention will convene on July 18. It will be followed on July 19 by the 86th Regular Convention.

Members are encouraged to submit resolutions to the conventions. All resolutions must be forwarded to the International Secretary-Treasurer at least thirty (30) days prior to the opening day of the Convention for inclusion on the agenda and determination by the Convention.

Procedures for Submitting Constitutional Resolutions

All Constitutional Resolutions submitted for consideration by the Convention must include the following to be accepted for submission:

1. The page number of the proposed change/addition;

2. The heading of the section of the Constitution being changed;

3. The paragraph (ex: 2. (a) (iii) etc.) to be changed;

4. The wording of the change/addition;

5. The purpose of the change/addition;

6. The name(s) of the submitter(s).

All proposed resolutions for the 86th Convention must be forwarded to the International Secretary-Treasurer at least thirty (30) days prior to the opening day of the Convention for inclusion on the agenda and determination by the Convention.

Resolutions may be sent by e-mail to:

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MM&P Atlantic Ports union halls will be closed on Monday, May 23 for National Maritime Day. 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 30, for Memorial Day.

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There will be a membership meeting at the MM&P Los Angeles/Long Beach union hall on Monday, May 23, the day after Maritime Day, at 1100. MM&P President Don Marcus will attend the meeting. All members in the area are encouraged to attend.

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Atlantic Ports Vice President Don Josberger will hold the monthly Offshore Membership Meeting at the New York/New Jersey Hall at 1100 on Wednesday, May 18.

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On Sunday, May 22, the annual National Maritime Day Observance and Memorial Service will be held at the American Merchant Marine Veterans Memorial at Harbor Boulevard and 6th Street in San Pedro at 1000.

The service is hosted by the American Merchant Marine Veterans Memorial Committee. It honors American Merchant Mariners who have served their country in peace and war since the American Revolution–when they acted as our first Navy–until the present day.

Among the speakers will be MM&P President Don Marcus.

Organizations wishing to send wreaths to be displayed during and after the services are requested to have them delivered to the memorial site by 0900 on Sunday, May 22. Massey’s Florist on Western Avenue in Lomita (310-325-8222) has provided very good service and is the preferred florist of the committee.

The committee is again planning to have an interesting program, with national, state, and city officials invited to participate as speakers.

The committee is seeking sponsors to help us this year by purchasing an advertisement in our 2016 program booklet.

A luncheon will be held immediately following the National Maritime Day Observance at the Ports O’Call Restaurant located at Berth 76 in Ports O’Call Village. A no host bar will open at 1100 hours, with lunch being served at approximately 1130 hours. Parking is available in Ports O’Call with transportation provided to and from the memorial service.

The committee cordially invites all sponsors and the general public to attend the National Maritime Day Observance and luncheon. For more information, please contact Paul Nielsen at (310) 325 3506.

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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 – 8/22/16, 10/17/16

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

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

AZIPOD 2-Day – 5/23/16, 11/14/16

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 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: 04/19/16

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

BT-Revalidation (2-day) – 8/22/16, 10/31/16

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 10/30/16

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

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

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

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 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): 10/24/16

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information System: 6/6/16, 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 – 5/23/16,6/13/16, 6/27/16, 7/11/16, 7/25/16, 8/1/16, 8/8/16, 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: 9/19/16

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

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

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 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): 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: 9/26/16

CNAV-OIC – Celestial Navigation: 10/24/16

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop: Contact Admissions

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

DDE – Great Lakes: Contact Admissions

DPA – Contact Admissions

ECDIS-OIC – Contact Admissions

ECDIS-Pilots – 7/20/16, 11/14/16

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 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: 06/27/16, 8/15/16, 10/10/16

FF-ADV-REV – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation & Refresher: 8/24/16, 11/2/16

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications: 6/1/16, 6/15/16, 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- 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: 7/19/16, 9/21/16, 11/15/16

LNG-TPIC – 12/5/16

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

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control: 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: 7/11/16, 11/7/16, 12/12/16

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

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

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 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, 7/18/16, 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, 7/22/16, 8/13/16, 10/22/16

*MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force – 6/18/16, 7/25/16, 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: 8/8/16, 9/26/16

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 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 – 11/7/16

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

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

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level): 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

May 2016

23-27 Leadership & Managerial Skills
23-27 MEECE

June 2016

1-2 Risk Based Internal Auditing
1-3 Security Officer – Vessel, Company & Facility
6-10 ECDIS
6-10 Leadership & Managerial Skills
6-10 Engine Resource Management
6-10 Bridge Resource Management w/ Simulation
13th Radar Renewal
13-24 License Preparation
13-24 GMDSS
13-1 Terrestrial & Coastal Navigation w/ Compasses
15-17 Bridge Resource Management and Emergency Shiphandling for Pilots
20-24 MEECE
20-24 Train the Trainer
27-1 Leadership & Managerial Skills

July 2016

5th Flashing Light
6-8 Security Officer – Vessel, Company & Facility
11-15 Radar Observer Unlimited
11-15 Leadership & Managerial Skills
11-15 Engine Resource Management
11-22 GMDSS
18th Leadership & Teamworking Skills
18-22 ECDIS
25th Radar Renewal
25-29 Leadership & Managerial Skills
25-29 Engine Resource Management
25-29 MEECE
26-29 ARPA

August 2016

1-5 Leadership & Managerial Skills
1-5 Bridge Resource Management
8-12 Basic Meteorology
8-12 Engine Resource Management
15th Radar Renewal
15-19 Leadership & Managerial Skills
22-26 ECDIS
22-26 MEECE
22-2 GMDSS
29-2 Leadership & Managerial Skills

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