Wheelhouse Weekly – May 31, 2016

Volume 21 . . . Number 22. . . May 31, 2016


In This Issue:


  • Striking Workers and Verizon Reach Agreement in Principle
  • Also:

  • Another Step Forward in CMA CGM Purchase of APL Parent Company
  • Other News:

  • Australian Maritime Unions Continue Protests Over Job Outsourcing
  • And:

  • MITAGS Academic Notes
  • PMI Academic Notes

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    The crew of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) dredge HAYWARD joined the emergency response Friday after a vintage World War II plane crashed into the Hudson River during a promotional photo shoot.

    The pilot’s body was recovered shortly after the plane crashed into the water off West 79th Street in Manhattan.

    HAYWARD is a drift-collection vessel operated by USACE New York District. It is equipped with a heavy-duty crane.

    Licensed deck officers aboard the vessel, who are represented by the MM&P Federal Employees’ Membership Group, worked with the rest of the crew and Police Department divers to retrieve the wreckage.

    The plane, a P-47 Thunderbolt, belonged to the American Airpower Museum in Farmingdale, N.Y. It was with two other planes–a P-40 from World War II and a contemporary aircraft–in an area off West 79th Street in Manhattan when it crashed Friday around 7:30 p.m.

    The plane was being photographed as part of a promotion for an air show at Jones Beach on Long Island taking place over the Memorial Day weekend.

    HAYWARD, one of New York District’s three drift-collection vessels, was one of several USACE ships that helped ferry evacuees from lower Manhattan after the 9/11 attacks.

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    Shannon Adamson, who represents MM&P United Inland Group members in the state of Alaska, spoke on behalf of all the maritime unions who sail for the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) earlier this month when Alaska Governor Bill Walker signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) intended to improve the functioning of the state ferry system.

    The MOU establishes an agreement between the State of Alaska and Southeast Conference, a local nonprofit that supports economic development in Southeast Alaska, with an eye to restructuring ferry operations.

    “I want to thank the Governor and the Lieutenant Governor for working to make the ferry system more sustainable for everybody who uses it,” Adamson said. “That includes tourists, locals, and–most especially from my perspective–the people who live and work on the ships for half their lives.”

    “They spend a majority of their time on board these boats, which are their second homes. I know they appreciate what you are trying to do for them and their families by making the system more sustainable.”

    Representatives of the Inland Boatmen’s Union (IBU) and the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (MEBA) were also present at the ceremony, which took place May 20.

    In an official statement, the governor said the MOU “establishes a partnership… to reform and revitalize the state’s ferry system.”

    “For over 50 years, the Alaska Marine Highway System has served as a critical transportation link for Alaska’s coastal communities,” Walker said. “The ferries are a lifeline in many communities, and the economic benefits are felt throughout the state.”

    But “in recent years,” he added, “the AMHS has experienced rising costs and decreasing budgets. Ferry users have expressed concerns about service reductions, system unreliability and interruptions in service. The state’s current fiscal challenge adds imperative to taking a comprehensive look at the mission, governance, financing and operations of the state’s ferry system, with a goal of ensuring the system’s long-term viability. Input from stakeholders across the state will be a hallmark of the process initiated by this MOU.”

    “The ferry system is an essential part of our statewide transportation infrastructure,” said Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott. “I look forward to a robust process of public engagement as we look to transform the system for the future.”

    A February 2016 report by the Juneau-based McDowell Group found that the state-run ferry system generates a return of more than $2 to the state for every $1 invested. The report also found that Anchorage residents were the number two source of bookings, after Juneau, and that over half of all summer ferry passengers visit Anchorage.

    While two-thirds of AMHS users are Alaska residents, the system also generates significant tourism dollars, with AMHS nonresident summer passengers spending an average of $1,300 per person while in Alaska. In 2014, the AMHS carried 319,000 passengers, 108,000 vehicles, and almost 4,000 container vans.

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    The contributions of America’s mariners, in particular those who have served the nation in time of war or other national emergency, were lauded by speakers at the National Maritime Day ceremony in San Pedro, Calif.

    Organizers say it was the largest annual commemoration held at the site to date, with upwards of 200 attendees and coverage by a number of news outlets.

    Speakers at the commemoration and the luncheon that followed included Rep. Janice Hahn (D-Calif.), David Arian, vice president of the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners and past-president of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and MM&P President Don Marcus.

    The event was organized by former MM&P Pacific Ports Vice President Paul Nielsen, current Pacific Ports Vice President Dave Boatner, Los Angeles/Long Beach Representative Wendy Karnes and Bent Christiansen, a Los Angeles Harbor pilot and former MM&P master.

    Nielsen, Boatner, Karnes and Christiansen all serve on the Merchant Marine Veterans Memorial Committee.

    Congresswoman Hahn told the audience gathered beside the memorial that she intends to continue fighting for passage of the bill she introduced to honor the sacrifice of merchant mariners who served during World War II.

    The bill, which would provide a $25,000 benefit to surviving World War II merchant mariners, has the strong support of MM&P, the other maritime unions and advocates for the American Merchant Marine in Congress, but has been blocked in committee on several occasions.

    In February 2015, Hahn announced she was retiring from Congress to run for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

    “I am looking forward to moving on from Congress, but I want to pass this bill before I go,” she told the crowd. “These brave men have waited long enough. They deserve this benefit now.”

    Hahn said that during the war, her father served in the Navy on a refrigerator ship. Her uncle served in the Merchant Marine. “They both delivered supplies in dangerous waters. But after the war, my father used the GI Bill to buy my family’s first home. My uncle didn’t qualify.”

    Over 200,000 merchant mariners served during World War II, facing enemy fire. Many of them perished at sea delivering supplies to U.S. troops and our allies. Between the kamikaze and German U-boat attacks, the Merchant Marine lost thousands of men, suffering a casualty rate second only to that of the Marine Corps.

    “But they did not die in vain,” Hahn said. “I often think of a quote by then-general Dwight Eisenhower who said: ‘When final victory is ours, there is no organization that will share its credit more deservedly than the Merchant Marine.’”

    “Congress did a disservice to these brave men in 1944,” she added. “It is time that we make up for that injustice.”

    MM&P President Don Marcus, who spoke at the luncheon that followed the ceremony, noted that our industry has long been a victim of peacetime neglect. He said the size of the U.S.-flag fleet is now at a level that should set alarm bells ringing throughout the halls of government.

    “The sad fact is that the legacy of those who came before us will be nothing more than monuments and museum ships if the present trend in the global economic system and in our national priorities continues on the current course,” Marcus said.

    For at least the past 120 years, the industry has suffered through “a relentless cycle of neglect and revitalization,” to the point that the motto of the American Merchant Marine, “In Peace and War,” might more aptly be rendered “In Poverty or War,” he said.

    “As we meet here today, the United States is back to a bare-bones merchant fleet with barely enough trained mariners necessary to support U.S. military in a moderate and short-term military conflict,” he warned.

    He called the government’s response to the decline of our industry “by and large pitiful,” comparing the U.S. situation to that of China, which carries 90 percent of its foreign commerce aboard its own vessels, builds its own ships and has seven out of 10 of the world’s busiest ports.

    He called for full funding of the Maritime Security Program, enforcement of cargo preference laws, restoring the U.S.-flag share of the Food for Peace program, returning the Export-Import Bank to full functionality, funding the Title XI Shipbuilding Loan Program and tax incentives to shippers and carriers to help finance the rebuilding of merchant marine infrastructure.

    He also thanked Hahn and others in Congress who are working for passage of HR 563, the “Thank You to World War II Merchant Mariners” bill.

    “It was an honor for me to accompany some of the veterans last year in their march on Congress in support of HR 563,” he said.

    “The sacrifices of these mariners are scarcely remembered by Congress. However, we remember and we are proud to follow in the shadow of those who served so courageously and gave so much.”

    David Arian, vice president of the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners and past-president of the ILWU, also addressed the crowd, speaking eloquently of the personal sacrifices made by mariners in time of armed conflict.

    Noting that the heroism of merchant mariners and U.S. military personnel in World War II preserved our way of life, he urged that it not be sacrificed in the name of corporate greed.

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    The Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) announced Friday that they had reached an agreement in principle with Verizon on a four-year contract. The announcement comes on the heels of a 45-day strike. The agreement will now be submitted to CWA and IBEW members for ratification.

    CWA said Verizon has agreed to a 10.9 percent raise over four years for 40,000 workers employed as network technicians and customer service representatives in the company’s FiOS internet, telephone and television services units.

    Achievement of the agreement in principle coincided with the involvement of U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and arbitrators from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

    Verizon also faced growing political pressure. Eighty-eight members of the House of Representatives issued a joint statement during the week of May 16 expressing concern about the strike; additionally, about 15 municipalities in Verizon’s service area, which runs from Virginia to Massachusetts, passed resolutions siding with striking workers.

    In a statement, CWA President Chris Shelton said that among the gains were new union jobs, including the first contract ever for workers at seven Verizon Wireless retail stores.

    The company will withdraw proposed cuts to pensions as well as to accident and disability benefits. It did however obtain cost savings through changes in healthcare plans and limits on post-retirement health benefits.

    “The agreement in principle at Verizon is a victory for working families across the country and an affirmation of the power of working people,” Shelton said.

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    CMA CGM has received approval from authorities in China to proceed with its estimated $2.4 billion acquisition of Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) and its APL container shipping subsidiary.

    The ruling, by the Anti-Monopoly Bureau of the Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM), comes on the heels of the nod given to the transaction by the European Commission.

    European approval was given on condition that APL leave the G6 ocean carrier alliance by April of next year.

    With regulatory approvals now received from MOFCOM and the European Commission, CMA CGM said it expects to announce the offer by June 2 at the latest.

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

    The operation, 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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    Approximately 50 members of the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) rallied outside a Brisbane smelter earlier this month to demand a meeting with leaders of Pacific Aluminum, which recently fired the Australian mariners who worked aboard one of the last remaining tankers in the country’s coastwise trades. The rally coincided with Rio Tinto’s Annual General Meeting in Brisbane.

    The company had applied for a special license from Australia’s government allowing it to sack the Australian seafarers, a move that the union says contravenes Australian labor, safety and wage laws.

    The mariners were thrown off the Pacific Aluminum-chartered CSL MELBOURNE in February by the police to be replaced with foreign workers earning about $2 an hour.

    MUA Newcastle Branch Secretary Glen Williams said Pacific Aluminum was a profitable subsidiary of mining giant Rio Tinto and as a result did not have a valid business case for sacking its local workers.

    “Rio Tinto are right now claiming bad times, poor commodity prices, etcetera but that didn’t stop them paying the same dividend to shareholders that they did the year before,” Williams said.

    “They say they can’t afford Australian workers on Australian wages, yet Alfred Barrios–the global CEO of Aluminum–pocketed $3.6 million in wages and because of their generous decision to pay out US$2.15 per share, he made another $300,000.”

    “Apparently one Alfred Barrios is worth more than 40 Australian seafarers, who are now faced with long-term unemployment because of an ever-shrinking industry,” he added.

    “Why is Rio Tinto replacing Australian seafarers with highly exploited foreign labor to the complete disregard of local jobs, national security and environmental risk?”

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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:

    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: 7/22/16

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

    AZIPOD 2-Day – 11/14/16

    BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 8/8/16, 10/31/16

    BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 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 – 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

    **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: 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: 11/2/16

    FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications: 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: 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 – 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, Mary McGhee: 206.838.1126 or

    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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