Wheelhouse Weekly – May 29th, 2018

Volume 23… Number 22… May 29, 2018


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Democratic Congressman John Garamendi (Calif.) and Republican Senator Roger Wicker (Miss.) have introduced identical legislation that would require that a percentage of U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) and crude oil exports be carried on U.S.-built, U.S.-flagged and U.S.-crewed vessels by 2040.

The legislation, the Energizing American Shipbuilding Act, would result in the construction of up to 50 U.S.-flag vessels in U.S. shipyards, creating important new shipboard job opportunities for American mariners.

Garamendi and Wicker unveiled their legislation (HR 5893 and S 2916) at a press conference on National Maritime Day which featured remarks by key supporters of the legislation, including MM&P Vice President Klaus Luhta.

“Congress has neglected our maritime industry for too long, to the point that we’re now several dozen merchant ships and 1,800 mariners short of what’s needed to guarantee sufficient sealift support in times of crisis,” Garamendi said in announcing the introduction of the legislation.

“This bill seeks to turn the ship around by taking advantage of America’s energy export boom to bring back American shipbuilding, shipyard and mariner jobs rather than continuing to outsource them to countries like China.”

“I believe this bill is the start of a long-term reinvestment in the idea of America as a maritime, seafaring nation.”

“The domestic maritime industry supports hundreds of thousands of American jobs and is critical to our military readiness and national security,” Wicker said.

“This bill would strengthen our shipbuilding industry and recognize the importance of having more American-flagged ships to transport our growing exports of oil and natural gas. China, India, and other nations are investing heavily in their shipbuilding capacity. The United States must keep up.”

MM&P will be working closely with Garamendi, Wicker and others in our industry in support of this important maritime initiative.

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The House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations has approved legislation that would provide full funding for the Maritime Security Program (MSP) in Fiscal Year 2019.

As approved by the committee on May 23, MSP would be funded at its congressionally authorized level of $300 million from Oct. 1, 2018 to Sept. 30, 2019.

The committee rejected the suggestion made by the Administration in its FY ‘19 budget proposal that MSP be funded at only $214 million.

Earlier this year, MSP supporters led by House Seapower Subcommittee Chairman Rob Wittman (R-Va.) and Ranking Member Joe Courtney (D-Conn.) sent a “Dear Colleague” letter to the committee urging full appropriations for MSP.

The bipartisan letter, which was signed by an additional 87 members of Congress, reminded the committee of the critical role MSP and the U.S.-flag industry play in support of our nation’s commercial sealift capability.

The legislation has now been cleared for action by the full House of Representatives. It is expected that a vote will occur prior to Labor Day.

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The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has joined the International Dockers’ Council (IDC) in pledging full support to members of the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) at the Port of Philadelphia and Wilmington in their battle with Ports of Delaware River Marine Trade Association and two companies.

Last week, the ILA announced that at the same time that it engages in negotiations with United States Maritime Alliance (USMX) on a possible six-year contract extension, it is working on plans with ILA members in the Port of Philadelphia and Wilmington to recapture work lost to non-ILA and non-union companies.

“It’s time to address the Port of Philadelphia and Wilmington and how certain companies, the Ports of Delaware River Marine Trade Association (PMTA) and the Philadelphia Port Authority have exploited our ILA members there for decades, gutting local ILA contracts, and stripping them of their dignity and livelihoods,” said International President Harold J. Daggett.

“All waterfront jobs at the Port of Philadelphia and Wilmington belong to my ILA members and we are ready and prepared to do whatever it takes to get those jobs back.”

The union says one strategy may be to allow the ILA in the Port of Philadelphia and Wilmington to “carve itself out” of the ILA-USMX Master Contract, freeing the members there to exercise their right to strike and freedom of assembly against non-ILA and non-union companies.

“The IDC stands in full solidarity with our Sister and Brother members of the ILA in the Port of Philadelphia and Wilmington as it battles employers Holt Logistics and J & H Stevedores as well as the employer group, PMTA, Ports of Delaware River Marine Trade Association, all of whom have demonstrated horrible contempt for ILA union workers,” says Jordi Aragunde Miguens, IDC General Coordinator.

“We will join the ILA in fighting attempts to strip workers and their families of decent and livable wages and benefits.”

“You have the undivided solidarity in the fight of your ITF sisters and brothers,” says ITF General Secretary Stephen Cotton.

The ILA said in a statement that it believes its Master Contract with USMX has allowed non-ILA companies operating out of the Port of Philadelphia to prosper and grow while ILA workers suffer.

According to ILA officers in the port of Philadelphia, the PMTA consists of two “double-breasted” operators—the Holts and the Browns–that work at three significant facilities on the Delaware River.

The Holts operate Greenwich Terminals at the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal through a lease with the State of Pennsylvania; ILA members are employed at that facility.

But the Holts also own and operate Gloucester Terminals in New Jersey, a facility from which they displaced ILA workers in the early 1990s.

Through a lease with the State of New Jersey, the Holts also operate the Paulsboro Marine Terminal, where they employ non-ILA workers.

The Browns own J&H Stevedores and operate Pier 80 using ILA workers through a lease with the State of Pennsylvania.

They also use ILA workers at their Murphy Marine Terminal in the port of Wilmington, as well as for Dole and Chiquita.

But the Browns do not use ILA workers at Horizon Inc., which operates at Pier 82.

“These companies’ ILA operations are part of the PMTA, and therefore parties to the Master Agreement by virtue of their memberships,” the ILA said in a statement.

The union charges that the companies keep wages and benefits stagnant by pitting their non-ILA operations against the ILA workers and have put little effort into negotiating a local agreement that could be paired with the potential six-year Master Contract.

ILA leaders in Philadelphia report that ILA Locals have been prepared to negotiate since August 2017.

The PMTA canceled negotiations in December 2017.

Mandated by USMX to hold local negotiations, PMTA produced what the ILA described as a “ridiculous proposal filled with major concessions,” followed by giving its last and final proposal on the industry-imposed deadline of May 15, 2018.

“By its actions, the PMTA has proven itself to be an enemy of ILA workers, committed to stripping workers of decent wages, proper pensions and other protections,” the union said in a statement.

The ILA said in the statement that its membership at all ports on the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts and the members of the IDC and the ITF worldwide would support ILA members in the port of Philadelphia and Wilmington.

The IDC and the ITF indicated they will take all lawful steps to help the ILA reclaim the lost work.

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Tensions continue to run high on the Panama Canal, where tugboat captains have gone to court to reverse unilateral cuts in the size of their crews.

The captains are members of the Union de Capitanes y Oficiales de Cubierta (UCOC), which represents about 200 tug captains and associated vessel personnel.

They have been protesting dangerous working conditions for months.

On May 14, they filed suit to reverse a Panama Canal Authority (ACP) crewing policy change that reduced the number of deckhands engaged in line-handling operations aboard tugboats in the NEOPANAMAX locks from three to two.

Line-handling is one of the most dangerous operations carried out by shipboard personnel.

As of midnight on April 12, the ACP unilaterally cut the size of the crew aboard the tugs despite the fact that a deckhand was killed in a line-handling accident in the NEOPANAMAX locks in November 2017.

Following implementation of the new policy, a second deckhand was seriously injured on April 27.

MM&P will continue to publish updates on the situation in Panama as it evolves.

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There are several openings in the Hapag Lloyd fleet for permanent chief mates. If you are interested, please apply online.

The link for the application is posted at: and is listed as “Chief Mate Hapag Lloyd.”

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MM&P Pacific Ports will be closed on Monday, June 11, for King Kamehameha Day.

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There will be an Offshore Membership Meeting in the MM&P Oakland Hall on Thursday, June 14, immediately after job call at 1100.

All Offshore members in the area are encouraged to attend the meeting.

As a reminder, the Oakland Hall is located at 548 Thomas L. Berkley Way, Oakland, CA 94612.

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The Offshore Orientation Course will be held in the MM&P Oakland Hall on Wednesdayand Thursday, June 13 and 14.

The course begins at 0930 on Wednesday.

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.

If you are interested in participating in the course, please contact the MM&P Oakland Hall at 510-808-7068.

As a reminder, the Oakland Hall is located at 548 Thomas L. Berkley Way, Oakland, CA 94612.

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MITAGS-PMI is interested in receiving photo submissions from MM&P members for use on the official MITAGS-PMI social media platform.

The goal is to document members’ voyages. As suggestions, photos can be of events and sights onboard, crewmembers at work or scenic locations.

If you are interested in sharing photos, please send them with caption information to or

Be sure to tell us whether you would like to be credited for the photo.

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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:

For Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) processing, MMC problem resolution advice, STCW compliance and VA GI-Bill questions, contact MITAGS-PMI Student/Instructional Services Manager Jennifer Pitzen at 206-739-0720 (direct line); (888) 893-7829 (toll free); or by e-mail:

Please include your Mariner Reference Number, date of birth and the last four digits of your social security number in all emails.

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 – 8/27/18, 10/15/18

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation: 8/29/18

ARPA-OIC – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 9/25/18

AZIPOD 2-Day – 10/15/18

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 6/18/18, 9/24/18, 10/29/18

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 7/16/18, 12/19/18

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling: **Now included in BRMP-Refresher**

BRMP-Refresher – 7/18/18, 9/11/18

BT – Basic Safety Training: 8/13/18, 10/22/18

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – 6/18/18, 7/31/18, 8/27/18, 9/26/18, 10/31/18, 12/18/18

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 7/30/18, 9/26/18, 12/17/18

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: Contact Admissions

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 6/11/18, 7/30/18, 9/24/18, 12/10/18

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 6/4/18, 8/6/18, 9/17/18, 12/3/18

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (2 weeks): 10/1/18

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1: 6/4/18, 8/6/18, 10/1/18

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific: 6/11/18, 8/13/18, 10/8/18

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems: 6/25/18, 8/13/18, 11/12/18

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM): 6/18/18, 8/20/18, 11/26/18

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 10/15/18

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: 10/1/18

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (2 weeks): 10/29/18

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 6/4/18, 6/18/18, 7/16/18, 7/30/18, 8/13/18, 9/10/18, 10/1/18, 11/5/18, 11/26/18

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 6/11/18, 6/25/18, 7/23/18, 8/6/18, 8/20/18, 9/17/18, 10/8/18, 11/12/18, 12/3/18

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

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 10/22/18

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 9/10/18

CNAV-OIC – Celestial Navigation: Contact Admissions

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop: Not currently scheduled

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications: Not currently scheduled

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior – Not currently scheduled

CDMGT – Crowd Management – Not currently scheduled

CSE – Confined Space Entry: 7/23/18

CSE-AWR – Confined Space Entry Awareness: 7/26/18

DDE – Great Lakes: 6/4/18

DPA – Contact Admissions

ECDIS for Pilots – 8/27/18, 12/17/18

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 11/26/18

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 8/13/18, 10/22/18

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 6/20/18, 8/2/18, 8/29/18, 9/25/18, 10/30/18

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 7/28/18, 9/29/18, 12/15/18

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications: 9/11/18

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization: Contact Admissions

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System: Contact Admissions

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 8/20/18, 12/10/18

IEN – Integrated Electronic Navigation – Not currently scheduled

LAP – 7/9/18, 9/17/18

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

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross

Ton License: Contact Admissions

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 9/12/18

LNG-TPIC – 12/3/18

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC): Contact Admissions

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): 7/16/18, 12/3/18

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 7/9/18, 10/8/18, 11/26/18

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 6/25/18, 8/20/18, 9/17/18

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 10/8/18, 11/26/18

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testinng: 6/21/18, 7/14/18, 8/30/18, 9/24/18, 10/13/18, 10/29/18, 12/1/18, 12/21/18

MSA –Maritime Security Awareness: Not currently scheduled

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic): 6/8/18, 8/8/18, 9/12/18, 11/14/18

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control: 6/6/18, 8/6/18, 9/13/18, 11/12/18

*MSC-ENVPRO – 6/3/18, 8/5/18, 11/4/18

*MSC-FF-HELO – 6/4/18, 8/13/18, 10/31/18

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications: 6/11/18, 7/16/18, 8/12/18, 9/17/18, 11/5/18

*MSC-Security Watch Basic – 6/9/18, 8/9/18, 9/15/18, 11/2/18

*MSC-Security Watch Advanced – 6/10/18, 7/15/18, 8/10/18, 9/16/18, 11/3/18

*MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force – 6/15/18, 7/20/18, 8/17/18, 9/21/18, 11/9/18

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P – 6/25/18, 6/27/18, 7/31/18, 8/2/18, 8/28/18, 8/30/18, 11/12/18, 11/14/18, 12/17/18, 12/19/18

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 9/24/18

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 6/6/18, 6/20/18, 7/11/18, 7/25/18, 8/8/18, 8/22/18, 10/3/18, 10/17/18, 10/31/18, 11/7/18, 11/14/18, 11/28/18, 12/5/18, 12/12/18, 12/19/18

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 9/17/18

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments): 12/17/18

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 8/27/18, 10/22/18

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling-5 Day – 7/23/18, 9/24/18, 10/29/18, 12/10/18

SMS – Not currently scheduled

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: Contact Admissions

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses: Contact Admissions

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 7/9/18

TRAC-TUG-2: Contact Admissions

TTT – Not currently scheduled

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties: Contact Admissions

VSO – Vessel Security Officer: Contact Admissions

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level): Contact Admissions

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): Contact Admissions

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Spring 2018

For registration, please contact our registrar, Mary McGhee, at 206.838.1126 or You can also view our schedule and enroll online at

June 2018
2-4 Basic Training Revalidation (no class on Sunday)

4th Radar Renewal

4th Leadership & Teamworking Skills

4-8 Medical Care Provider


4-15 Medical Person-In-Charge

5-8 ARPA

11-14 Advanced Firefighting

11-22 GMDSS

11-22 Watchkeeping (Operational Level)

18-22 Engine Resource Management

22-23 Basic Training Revalidation

22-24 Basic Training Refresher

25th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

25-29 Meteorology (Operational Level)

25-29 Leadership & Managerial Skills

26th Medical DOT

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