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Wheelhouse Weekly – May 21, 2013

 

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Volume 17 . . . Number 21. . . May 21, 2013

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MM&P CLOSED FOR MEMORIAL DAY; ATLANTIC PORTS ALSO CLOSED FOR 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 27, for Memorial Day. In addition, Atlantic Ports including San Juan will be closed on Wednesday, May 22, for National Maritime Day. Please contact your local hiring hall if you have questions about office hours.


FORMER MM&P PRESIDENT TIM BROWN HONORED AT CEREMONY ABOARD NS SAVANNAH

Former MM&P International President Tim Brown was honored by the U.S. Maritime Administration at a National Maritime Day Commemoration on Saturday in the Port of Baltimore. The event was held aboard NS SAVANNAH. Among the speakers was Maritime Administrator David T. Matsuda, who spoke of his respect “for the hard work and dedication of mariners who serve aboard the vessels in our country’s U.S.-flag fleet.” Matsuda, who has announced he will be stepping down as Maritime Administrator, said that the event was particularly important for him because it would be his final Maritime Day in the role of Administrator.

Deputy Maritime Administrator Chip Jaenichen, who is slated to become Acting Administrator at the end of the month, presented the Merchant Marine Medal for Outstanding Achievement to Brown for his “contributions to the U.S. Merchant Marine and the maritime industry during his years at sea and ashore as leader of the Masters, Mates & Pilots.”

“Tim Brown, by his rational, intelligent leadership, preserved our benefit plans and our employment standards for a period of over twenty years during a time when there was unrelenting pressure and competition,” said MM&P International President Don Marcus, who represented the union at the event. “He has been a forceful advocate for the Maritime Security Program, for the preservation of the Jones Act, cargo preference and for decent health care benefits for all Americans.”

The event was sponsored by groups that include the Port of Baltimore National Maritime Day Committee, the USMMA KP Alumni-Chesapeake Chapter, the Ft. Schuyler Maritime Alumni-Baltimore Chapter, the Baltimore Port Alliance, the Baltimore Maritime Exchange, the Baltimore & Chesapeake Steamboat Company, the Maryland Port Administration and the NS SAVANNAH Association. It ended with a solemn wreath-laying ceremony, a moment of silence and ringing of the ship’s bell.


MM&P OFFICERS HELM MV MAERSK DETROIT

MM&P Licensed Deck Officers are now in the wheelhouse of MAERSK DETROIT, one of the new K-class ships purchased by Maersk Line, Limited (MLL) to upgrade the ocean transportation services provided to its U.S. military, government and commercial customers. MM&P Licensed Deck Officers will sail aboard six of the eight new vessels in a ship-for-ship replacement of six older vessels under contract with MM&P. The total number of ships under MM&P contract with MLL will be unchanged. The MM&P officers aboard the newly reflagged MV MAERSK DETROIT are Captain Alan. G. Hinshaw, Chief Mate Eric D. Erving, Second Mate Matthew D. Holt and Third Mate Phillip A. Brady III. The vessels will join Maersk Line’s weekly Middle East Container Line service (MECL1) throughout May and June. All the vessels will join the Maritime Security Program (MSP) and Voluntary Intermodal Sealift Agreement (VISA).


OBSTRUCTION OF LABOR BOARD APPOINTMENTS MAY RENDER THE AGENCY INOPERATIVE

Anti-labor politicians in the Senate say they will not support five nominees to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which raises the possibility that the agency could be completely paralyzed in coming months. American workers count on the agency to resolve complaints of unfair labor violations and issue key legal decisions on labor-management disputes.

The five-member board needs at least three members to conduct business. It is now functioning with the bare minimum of three, but the term of its chairman, Mark Pearce, expires in August. At a Senate confirmation hearing for the nominees, Republican lawmakers restated their opposition to two recess appointees, Sharon Block and Richard Griffin. Democrats accuse the Republicans of obstructionism.

Prompt confirmation of all five nominees would lift the cloud that otherwise hangs over the agency and its decisions. But while the committee’s Democratic majority is expected to endorse the nominees, Republicans are likely to demand 60 votes for a full vote to proceed on the Senate floor. Absent confirmation, the term of Chairman Mark Pearce will expire Aug. 27, and with it the board’s quorum and ability to act.

“Surely, the unions, employers and individual employees who rely on the NLRB to resolve disputes over unfair labor practices and union representation deserve better than this crisis of governance,” says Wilma Liebman, the immediate past chairwoman of the NLRB, who served on the board for nearly 14 years. “They deserve–indeed need–a government that works, not dysfunction and partisan warfare,” Liebman wrote in an OpEd published Monday in Politico.


VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR SIMULATED MARITIME READINESS EXERCISE

Mariners interested in volunteering for “Breakout 2013,” the Maritime Administration’s simulated readiness exercise, should contact MM&P Regional Representative Jay Tripaldi in the MM&P New York/New Jersey Hall. Participation in the exercise, which will take place from early to mid-June, is limited to role playing on the telephone. There is no requirement that participants report to a ship. “Breakout 2013” is a table-top exercise involving shipboard personnel, the Maritime Administration, the Department of Defense and Military Sealift Command. It is designed to test and evaluate select emergency functions and the interaction of various levels of government, response organizations and industry in a simulated emergency environment.


ILWU LONGSHOREMAN RECOVERING AFTER BEING STRUCK BY SEMI TRUCK AT PICKET LINE

A Portland longshore worker is recovering at home after being struck by a Marubeni-Columbia Grain customer who was crossing an ILWU picket line at the Port of Portland on May 16. The worker, a member of ILWU Local 92, was knocked to the ground after the driver of the semi confronted picketers and then allowed his truck to lurch forward into about a dozen workers. “The District Attorney’s office is reviewing video of the truck driving into the picket line, and we believe any fair process will result in charges bring brought against the driver,” said ILWU Local 8 President Bruce Holte. “There’s no excuse for driving into picketers and putting their lives at risk.” The injured longshore worker was knocked to the ground and remained there until medical staff arrived. He was brought to the hospital and found to have minor injuries to his knee, elbow and back.

ILWU members are volunteering to staff round-the-clock picket lines to protest the employer-initiated lockout at the Port of Portland’s Columbia Grain, which is owned by Japan-based Marubeni. The lockout began on May 4 and results in about 75 local workers being left unemployed each day.


YOUR VISIT TO DISNEY WORLD SUPPORTS LABOR UNION MEMBERS

Planning a trip to Disney World? Did you know that besides being one of the world’s great vacation destinations, Disney World is also one of America’s largest employers of union workers? More than 27,000 Disney World employees are members of the following unions: 

— UNITEHERE! Local 362: Attractions, custodial, vacation planning, auto plaza.

— International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 385: Bus operations, character department, laundry, ranch, parking attendants.

— United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1625: Florists, merchandise, tipped banquet employees.

— UNITEHERE! Local 737: Food & beverage, servers, housekeepers.

— Transportation and Communication International Union Local 1908: Front desk, concierges, child care, bell services, valet, lifeguards, golf operations, house persons, arcades, watercraft operations and monorails.

— International Alliance of Theatrical & Stage Employees Local 631: Costuming, cosmetology, stage techs.

— Actors’ Equity Association: Actors, singers, dancers, stunt performers, stage managers.

— International Union of Painters and Allied Trades: Painters.

— International National Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 2088: Telephone/video workers.


KINGS POINT ALUMNI CHESAPEAKE CHAPTER HOSTS JUNE 1 WELCOME FOR INCOMING CLASS

The Chesapeake Chapter of the Kings Point Alumni Association is hosting a free “Plebe Welcome” at the Maritime Institute for Graduate Studies in Linthicum Heights on Saturday, June 1, from 10:00 to 2:00. The event begins with a continental breakfast and “Meet & Greet,” followed by a forum of maritime and military career professionals. All participants will have opportunities to speak with presenters one-on-one. Lunch will be provided. All USMMA Class of 2017 appointees and their families are invited. To find out more, go to the KP Chessie site at http://www.kpa-cpa.com. All attendees should RSVP today. Kings Point Alumni Mid-Atlantic Region Chapter Presidents and all KP Alumni who are interested in making a presentation should contact Gary Hicks, Chairman & President, USMMA KP Alumni – Chapter Presidents Alliance; tel: 410-420-0080; e-mail: kpa-cpa@kpa-cpa.com; cell: (410) 652-8141.


MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR CAPT. DAVE GOFF ABOARD SS JOHN BROWN ON JUNE 2

There will be a memorial service for Capt. Dave Goff on June 2 aboard the Liberty Ship SS JOHN BROWN. Dave was an active volunteer member of the crew of the SS JOHN BROWN for many years. The ceremony is scheduled for 1000 on Sunday, June 2.  Everyone who knew Dave is encouraged to attend..


YOUR VISIT TO DISNEY WORLD SUPPORTS LABOR UNION MEMBERS

Planning a trip to Disney World? Did you know that besides being one of the world’s great vacation destinations, Disney World is also one of America’s largest employers of union workers? More than 27,000 Disney World employees are members of the following unions: 

— UNITEHERE! Local 362: Attractions, custodial, vacation planning, auto plaza.

— International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 385: Bus operations, character department, laundry, ranch, parking attendants.

— United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1625: Florists, merchandise, tipped banquet employees.

— UNITEHERE! Local 737: Food & beverage, servers, housekeepers.

— Transportation and Communication International Union Local 1908: Front desk, concierges, child care, bell services, valet, lifeguards, golf operations, house persons, arcades, watercraft operations and monorails.

— International Alliance of Theatrical & Stage Employees Local 631: Costuming, cosmetology, stage techs.

— Actors’ Equity Association: Actors, singers, dancers, stunt performers, stage managers.

— International Union of Painters and Allied Trades: Painters.

— International National Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 2088: Telephone/video workers.


/ MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES /

Between now and the end of June, the following courses are scheduled at MITAGS. (Please keep in mind, however, that the schedule may be subject to change.)

For class availability or information on courses and programs, contact MITAGS Admissions Coordinator Kelly Michielli toll free at 866-656-5568 or e-mail her at admissions@mitags.org.

Or, try our on-line calendar to register for class: mitags-pmi.org/courses/calendar.

ARPA – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 8/13/13, 9/24/13

AZIPOD (2-DAY) for Pilots: 7/22/13

BRM – Bridge Resource Management: 8/28/13

BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots:  5/23/13, 8/19/13, 9/23/13

BST – Basic Safety Training: 6/24/13, 8/12/13

CONSTB – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 7/29/13

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 6/17/13, 9/23/13

CMM-ADVNAV – Advanced Navigation (=ECDIS & VPEN): 6/3/13, 9/16/13

CMM-ADVSTB – Advanced Stability: 8/5/13

CMM-CHS – Advanced Cargo Operations (2 weeks): 8/12/13

CMM-ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information System: 7/29/13

CMM-MPP – Marine Propulsion Plants: 8/26/13

CMM-SHMGT – Ship Management (2 weeks): 7/22/13

CMM-SHS-ADV-I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 6/24/13, 7/29/13, 9/9/13, 9/23/13

CMM-SHS-ADV-I I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 6/17/13, 8/5/13, 9/16/13

CMM-WKP – Advanced Watchkeeping: 6/24/13

ENVIRO-Regs Permit – Environmental Regulations Permit: 3/5/2013, 5/23/13

ECDIS-ENAV for Pilots (2 day): 6/13/13

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep and Medications:  8/26/13

FF-BADV – Combined Basic and Advanced Fire Fighting: 6/24/13, 7/22/13, 8/12/13

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System: 7/8/13, 8/19/13

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 6/24/13, 9/16/13

LAP – License Advancement Program for C/Mate & Master: 9/23/13

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 7/24/13, 9/25/13

MCL – Management, Communications and Leadership: 8/19/13

MCL OICNW –Management, Communications, and Leadership OICNW level: 9/3/13

MLC – Maritime Labor Convention: 7/22/13

MEDIA-RSP – Media Response Workshop:  7/26/13

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 6/10/13, 7/8/13, 9/9/13

MED-PIC -R– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 7/29/13

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 6/10/13, 7/8/13, 9/9/13

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 6/15/13, 6/29/13, 7/13/13, 7/28/13, 8/17/13, 9/14/13

MSC -SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualification: 6/3/13, 8/19/13

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (4 Evenings): 6/3/13, 8/19/13

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic): 6/7/13, 8/23/13

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 5/22/13, 6/5/13, 6/19/13, 6/26/13, 7/10/13, 7/24/13, 8/1/13, 8/14/13, 8/28/13, 9/11/13, 9/18/13

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 8/12/13, 9/23/13

ROP-5 – Radar Observer Original and Renewal: 8/5/13

SEC-VSO – Vessel Security Officer: 7/22/13, 9/4/13

SHS-BAS – Basic Shiphandling: 6/24/13, 8/12/13

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling: 8/19/13

SHS-ESH-BRMP3 – Emergency Shiphandling and Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 5/20/13, 7/24/13

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses: 7/8/13

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge:  8/26/13

WX-BAS – Basic Meteorology: 7/29/13, 9/16/13


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


Check the MITAGS website at www.mitags.org for course descriptions associated with the course title abbreviations.


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 2013

28-31     ARPA
29-31     Vessel Security Officer

June 2013

3-7          ECDIS
3-14       GMDSS
3-21       Terrestrial and Coastal Navigation
10th       Radar Renewal
10th       Med DOT
17-21     Tankerman PIC
24-28     Radar Observer Unlimited
24-28     Medical Care Provider

July 2013

8th         Radar Renewal
8th         Flashing Light Exam
9-12       ARPA
15-19     ECDIS
15-26     GMDSS
22-26     Bridge Resource Management w/ Simulation
29-2       Medical Care Provider

August 2013

5-16       Celestial Navigation
6-7          Successful Safety Management Systems Workshop
12th       Radar Renewal 
12th       Med DOT
12-23     GMDSS
19-23     Medical Care Provider
20th       RFPNW Assessments
26-30     ECDIS
26-30     Basic Cargo Handling and Stowage