Wheelhouse Weekly – May 3, 2016

Volume 21 . . . Number 18. . . May 3, 2016


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Never has our country been so dependent on ships to carry our imports and exports. Yet never have we had fewer of our own ships to maintain America’s trade flows with the rest of the world.

The dramatic drop in the size of the U.S.-flag fleet, which now numbers fewer than 100 vessels in the international trade, puts America’s competitiveness and security at considerable risk.

This is particularly true in light of the rapid expansion of China in terms of number of ships, number of mariners and ambitions of territorial and political expansion.

The grave and growing risks are the focus of the most recent edition of “Notice to Mariners,” the MM&P video news magazine, which is posted on

In this installment, MM&P National Director of Collective Bargaining J. Lars Turner reports on the conclusions of a recent report, “Sea Strangulation: How the United States Has Become Vulnerable to Chinese Maritime Coercion.”

The authors of the report are Carl Schuster, former director of operations at the U.S. Joint Intelligence Center Pacific, and Patrick Bratton, associate professor of political science at Hawai`i Pacific University.

In the newest instalment of “MM&P’s Notice to Mariners,” they describe the risks of America’s over-dependence on the ships of other nations, in particular China, and the vulnerability caused by the dearth of American-flagged vessels in international trade.

“The U.S. Merchant Marine is a shadow of what it used to be,” Bratton says. “It’s important not to take the level of maritime security that the U.S. has enjoyed for the past 50 years for granted. We should not just assume that it will always be there.”

Since 2010, as America continues to allow its own fleet to dwindle, The People’s Republic of China has nearly doubled the size of its own commercial fleet. Today almost 4,000 ships fly the Chinese flag. An increasingly aggressive China, the study warns, can use its growing dominance in global shipping to enforce its strategic and military objectives, including control and potential cut-off of military and civilian goods.

“Most people think of these things in a purely military dimension,” Schuster says. “Actually there are many more dimensions in modern security affairs than military: there’s economic leverage for example,” he says, adding: “We’ve gotten to a point where we don’t control the vast majority of goods and services that we ship around the world.”

“The best and perhaps the only way we can counter the threat of ‘sea strangulation’ is to strengthen and expand the United States’ merchant marine,” the authors of the study say.

To view “Notice to Mariners,” go to and click on the TV icon in the top right-hand corner of the page.

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The European Union’s directorate of competition has approved, subject to certain conditions, the acquisition by France’s CMA CGM of Singapore-based Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) and its subsidiary, APL.

The deal has been closely examined by regulators because it will lead to the combination of two competing container shipping businesses.

CMA CGM and NOL operate on many trade routes mainly through “consortia,” or cooperation agreements with other shipping companies.

Consortia members decide on capacity setting, scheduling and ports of call. Consortia with the same members operating across several trade routes are often grouped into alliances. CMA CGM is a founding member of the Ocean Three Alliance. NOL is a member of the G6 Alliance.

The Commission found that the merger would have resulted in anti-competitive effects on trade routes between Northern Europe and North America, and between Northern Europe and the Middle East. To address these concerns, the companies offered to make the transaction contingent on NOL leaving the G6 Alliance.

NOL will continue to operate for G6 until March 31, 2017, but a trustee will be appointed to ensure that no anti-competitive information is shared during that remaining period.

“Container liner shipping plays a central role in global trade, so competition in this sector is essential for businesses and consumers in the EU,” Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, who oversees EU competition policy, said in an official statement.

“Today’s decision ensures that the takeover will not lead to price increases for the many EU companies using these container shipping services.”

Under the terms of the operation, CMA CGM will buy Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) and APL for $2.4 billion.

The takeover, which is expected to close in mid-2016, would make CMA CGM the world’s third-largest container shipping line. CMA CGM is a family-owned company that was founded in 1978 by Jacques Saadé. It currently has 469 vessels and a global market share of 8.8 percent.

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The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has commissioned an in-depth study on implementation and enforcement of the ILO Maritime Labor Convention of 2006 (MLC), which came into force in August 2013. The study will be carried out by Seafarers’ Rights International (SRI).

The ITF was a major mover in the development of the MLC, which sets out comprehensive and enforceable minimum standards for seafarers’ working and living conditions, and which has been described as “the most ambitious convention ever, covering the modern realities of working conditions on board a 21st century ship.”

The MLC is the “fourth pillar” in the maritime regulatory regime, along with SOLAS, MARPOL and the STCW conventions.

“The ITF is delighted that the convention is now in force, but there is a clear need for a critical evaluation of its implementation and enforcement,” says ITF Seafarers’ Section Chair Dave Heindel.

“Both port state control and ITF inspectors have reported numerous breaches of the MLC. That’s why we’ve decided to commission SRI to do a thorough study to assess its effectiveness, and identify any areas where it may need strengthening.”

The ITF expects that the study is likely to take around two years to complete.

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Until Dec. 31, 2016, mariners who have one year of sea service in the past five years and have regularly participated in safety drills may renew their STCW Certificates without “revalidation” training.

After this date, the STCW Code will require revalidation training.

Therefore, we encourage members to consider renewing their MMC this year.

For a more detailed description of the new STCW training requirements going into force on Jan. 1, 2017, please visit the MITAGS-PMI website at

You can download the STCW Guide from the home page marquee. If you have specific questions, please contact Vic Tufts, Student Services Coordinator, at

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The Coast Guard has issued an urgent marine safety alert regarding certain Kannad SAFELINK brand emergency position indicating radio beacons (EPIRBs), which have been recalled. “When subject to specific environmental conditions,” the agency said, the devices may fail to operate. The recall affects SAFELINK Manual+ GPS and SAFELINK Auto GPS.

The Coast Guard strongly encourages ship operators to check their Kannad-brand EPIRB against an online serial number list to determine whether it is among the models affected.

The product number can be found on the back of the EPIRB and entered at

After registration of a defective model, Kannad will provide owners with a new, equivalent replacement EPIRB with a five-year warranty, at no charge.

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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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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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The National Park Service (NPS), in partnership with the Maritime Administration, recently announced the award of $2.58 million in Maritime Heritage Program grants for projects in 19 states that preserve sites and objects related to America’s maritime history.

“As a nation with vast coastlines and interior waterways, our maritime heritage is an integral part of the story of our economic growth and the defense of our nation,” said NPS Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “These grants will enable our state historic preservation partners to connect local communities to their maritime heritage from sea to shining sea.”

“These iconic maritime treasures must be preserved for future generations–ships, lighthouses, and the vast array of strategic maritime vessels that served and protected our nation at critical times in our history,” said Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen.

“The Maritime Administration is committed to preserving these assets and artifacts from our past, so that future generations can fully appreciate, and be inspired by, our nation’s maritime legacy.”

The awards are funded by proceeds from the recycling of vessels in MARAD’s National Defense Reserve Fleet. The grant program supports a broad range of maritime education and preservation projects, without expending tax dollars, while ensuring that the vessels are dismantled in an environmentally sound manner.

The grants are available to state, tribal and local governments, as well as private non-profit organizations. Education projects are funded in amounts between $15,000 and $50,000; preservation projects are funded in amounts between $50,000 and $200,000.

Examples of projects that will be supported by this year’s grants: an educational program providing students studying state history at California Title 1 schools an overnight stay aboard historic tall ship SPIRIT OF DANA POINT; a plan to rehabilitate four offshore lighthouses to enhance public education and tourism related to Michigan’s unique maritime history; the refinishing of the steel superstructure of the Liberty Ship JOHN W. BROWN to stabilize and preserve the ship from hull and superstructure corrosion; a grant to the USS CONSTITUTION Museum to renew “Old Ironsides”; a grant to the Steamship Historical Society of America, publisher of “Power Ships,” to fund the “Steaming into the Future” program; and Maine Maritime Museum for the construction of a building addition for a simulated lighthouse lantern room.

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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 – 5/9/16,5/16/16, 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): 05/09/16, 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): 05/16/16, 06/20/16, 7/25/16, 8/22/16,9/19/16, 10/31/16, 11/14/16, 12/12/16

**SHS-ADV-I & II now approved to include SAR-CMM assessments at MITAGS after August 1, 2016. Both weeks must be taken together in order to complete SAR-CMM**

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 9/12/16

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 05/09/16, 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 – 05/25/16, 7/20/16, 11/14/16

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 5/9/16, 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: 5/16/13, 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: 5/23/16, 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: 05/16/16, 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: 05/16/16, 11/7/16, 11/28/16, 12/12/16

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 05/14/16, 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, 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, 8/13/16, 10/22/16

*MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force – 6/18/16, 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: 5/9/16, 8/8/16, 9/26/16

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 05/18/16, 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

9-13 Leadership & Managerial Skills
9-13 MEECE
16-20 ECDIS
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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