Wheelhouse Weekly – Nov. 11, 2014

November 12th 2014 ,

Volume 18 . . . Number 45 . . . Nov. 11, 2014


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All MM&P union halls, the MM&P Plan Office, the MM&P Federal Credit Union and MM&P headquarters will be closed on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 27 and 28, for Thanksgiving. The MM&P San Juan Hall will be closed on Wednesday, Nov. 19, for Puerto Rico Discovery Day.

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The officers and crew of four MM&P-crewed vessels were honored for acts of heroism at the Admiral of the Ocean Sea Awards (AOTOS) in New York City on Nov. 7. The four vessels are the Matson containership MV MANUKAI, the Sandy Hook Pilots boats NEW YORK and AMERICA and the Military Sealift Command Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship USNS RICHARD E. BYRD. The event is sponsored by the United Seamen’s Service to help fund the operation of seafarers’ welfare centers worldwide.

The officers and crew of MV MANUKAI received the AOTOS Mariners’ Plaque for rescuing three men from a sailboat that had become disabled in Hurricane Julio about 400 miles northeast of the island of Oahu. Captain John H. Bloomingdale accepted the award on behalf of the officers and crew.

Military Sealift Command (MSC) ship USNS RICHARD E. BYRD received the AOTOS Mariners’ Plaque for rescuing nine men aboard a Yemeni-flagged cargo vessel, the AL-SAED, which had lost power and was taking on water in the Gulf of Oman. The master of the vessel, MM&P member Captain Daniel A. Glazier, accepted the plaque on behalf of the officers and crew.

The Sandy Hook Pilots and the crew of NEW YORK and AMERICA received the AOTOS Mariners’ Plaque for saving four men from a sinking tug in six-foot swells and zero visibility conditions in January off the coast of Long Island. Accepting the award on behalf of the officers and crew were Captain Robert Dobrowolski of the AMERICA and Captain Mark Wanderer of the Pilot Boat NEW YORK.

Among the other AOTOS honorees were Stephen Cotton, general secretary of the International Transport Workers’ Federation, Joseph J. Cox, president and CEO of the Chamber of Shipping of America and Frederick J. Harris, president of General Dynamics NASSCO and Bath Iron Works.

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The international maritime officers’ union Nautilus has spoken out strongly against the criminalization of the crew of the South Korean ferry SEWOL, which sank in April with the loss of more than 300 lives. On Nov. 11, the master, three senior officers and 11 members of the crew received lengthy sentences.

Prosecutors had sought the death penalty for the captain, Lee Joon-seok, arguing that he was guilty of murder. At the conclusion of the five-month trial, Lee was acquitted of the most serious charge but found guilty of “abandonment causing death and injury.” He received a 36-year sentence. Chief Engineer Park Gi-ho was sentenced to 30 years. The court meted out sentences of between five and 20 years to 13 other members of the crew.

“From the outset, there has been a concerted drive to criminalize the officers and crew,” said Nautilus General Secretary Mark Dickinson. “These extreme penalties take the practice of scapegoating seafarers to an unprecedented level.”

“This isn’t justice,” Dickinson said. “It’s about shifting responsibility away from a government safety agency and the operating company.” Contributing to the disaster were cargo overloading, problems in ship design and construction, lack of training and experience and poor safety management practices on the part of the company and regulators. Dickinson said he is “appalled” by the sentences, which fail to take into account “systemic shortcomings in (South Korea’s) maritime regulations and enforcement.”

“From what has come to light so far, this accident appears to be the consequence of mismanagement at many levels,” said MM&P President Don Marcus. “To crucify the master and crew for the errors of others is a travesty of justice.” Nautilus and MM&P assert that the sentences should have been determined “exclusively on the basis of a thorough and impartial accident investigation by competent professionals.”

“Ferry disasters continue to occur with regularity around the world,” Marcus said. “The notion that imprisoning a group of seafarers will in some way bring about improvements in passenger vessel safety is as absurd as it is barbaric.”

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Americans have “clearly grown weary” of politicians “who push legislative gimmicks to placate their base instead of embracing policies that create jobs and put our economy on a stronger footing,” says AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department (TTD) President Ed Wytkind. In an official statement on the results of last week’s mid-term Congressional elections, Wytkind said the issue of which party gained or lost seats is dwarfed by the fact that exit polls showed 8 in 10 voters gave elected officials across the board “a resounding thumbs down.”

“Voters had a chance to express their views on the state of our politics and our country and they doled out low grades to almost everyone,” Wytkind said. “With that in mind, we now move forward, resolved as ever to shift the debate away from senseless wedge issues… and toward the economy and modernization of our failing transportation infrastructure.”

“Indeed, the landscape in Washington has changed,” Wytkind said. “These pendulum swings occur every few years. What hasn’t changed is that too many politicians talk a good game in their states and congressional districts about the need to create jobs, expand the shrinking middle class, and boost America’s economy, but act very differently when they’re in Washington. Too many lawmakers seem indifferent at best to the long-term economic consequences of sitting still–or even worse, embracing dangerous austerity policies–as our transportation system slides into a severe state of disrepair.”

An analysis of the impact of the elections on legislation of importance to the U.S.-flag maritime industry will be published in the next issue of The Master, Mate & Pilot.

Going forward, Wtykind said, transportation labor as a whole “will mine both sides of the aisle for lawmakers who want to work with us to protect the rights and jobs of working people and to find bipartisan solutions to the transportation investment deficit that has become a noose around our economy.”

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Holiday parties are being scheduled for the MM&P union halls. We will publish more information when it becomes available. For now, the schedule is as follows:

Pacific Ports: San Francisco-Oakland, Friday, Dec. 5; Seattle, Wednesday, Dec. 10; Los Angeles,Friday, Dec. 12; Honolulu, Tuesday, Dec. 23, 1200 to 1600. The Seattle Christmas Party will be held at 1200, at Billy Baroo’s Restaurant at Foster Golf Links, 13500 Interurban Ave S. Tukwila, WA 98168. When times and locations are not listed please call the local union hall for more information.

Atlantic Ports: Charleston, Monday, Dec. 8 in the Charleston Hall, at 1300 local time; Norfolk,Thursday, Dec. 11 in the Norfolk Hall, at 1100 local time; San Juan, Friday, Dec. 12, at Restaurant Aire Libre, Calle Aldea, San Juan, at 1600 local time; Boston, Monday, Dec. 15, at 1230 in the Boston Hall; New York-New Jersey, Wednesday, Dec. 17.

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There will be a membership meeting at the Boston Hall on Monday, Dec. 15 at 1100, prior to the holiday party. There will be a membership meeting at the San Juan Hall at 1100 on Friday, Dec. 12.

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The following meetings have been scheduled at MM&P Pacific Ports union halls during the month of November: Los Angeles-Long Beach, Nov. 12, directly after the 1100 job call with Pacific Ports Vice President Dave Boatner; San Francisco-Oakland, Nov. 12, directly after the 1100 job call with Coast Agent Jeremy Hope; Seattle, Nov. 13, directly after 1100 job call with Pacific Ports Vice President Dave Boatner.

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The Offshore Familiarization Course will be held at the MM&P Seattle Hall Nov. 13-14. If you would like to participate in the course, please sign up with the Seattle Dispatcher: 206-441-8700.

There is no sea-time requirement to take the Offshore Orientation 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.

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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 Kelly Michielli, 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.

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation: Contact Admissions

ARPA-OIC – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 1/20/15, 3/31/15, 8/4/15, 9/22/15

AZIPOD 2-Day – 2/2/15, 4/6/15

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 1/26/15, 3/23/15, 5/18/15, 8/3/15, 10/19/15

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 2/4/15, 3/2/15, 4/13/15, 5/20/15, 6/17/15, 7/16/15,11/9/15

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling: 3/4/15, 4/8/15

BT – Basic Safety Training: 1/19/15, 2/9/15, 4/6/15, 6/8/15

BT-Revalidation –8/5/15, 11/3/15

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 4/13/15, 10/26/15

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

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

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 1/19/15, 4/20/15, 6/15/15, 7/27/15, 9/28/15

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 1/12/15, 4/13/15, 6/1/15, 8/3/15, 10/19/15

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (2 weeks): 4/27/15, 10/5/15

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information System: 12/1/14, 1/5/15, 4/6/15, 6/8/15, 8/17/15,11/2/15, 12/7/15

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM): 11/17/14,12/8/14, 1/26/15, 2/16/15, 3/30/15, 6/22/15, 8/10/15, 10/26/15, 11/30/15

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 3/2/15, 11/16/15

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (2 weeks): 3/9/15, 9/14/15

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 12/1/14, 2/2/15, 3/9/15, 3/30/15, 4/13/15,5/4/15, 6/1/15, 7/13/15, 8/10/15, 8/24/15, 10/5/15, 11/9/15, 11/30/15

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 12/8/14, 2/9/15, 3/16/15, 4/6/15, 4/20/15, 5/11/15, 6/8/15, 7/20/15, 8/17/15, 8/31/15, 10/12/15, 11/16/15, 12/7/15

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 11/17/14, 3/23/15

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 5/11/15, 11/9/15

CNAV-OIC – Celestial Navigation: 4/27/15, 11/9/15

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop: Contact Admissions

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications: 7/9/15

DDE – Great Lakes: 1/26/15, 6/1/15

DPA – Contact Admissions

ECDIS-OIC – 2/16/15

ECDIS-Pilots – 3/2/15, 6/15/15, 7/14/15, 11/12/15

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 12/1/14

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 1/19/15, 2/9/15, 4/6/15, 6/8/15, 8/10/15, 10/5/15

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications: 4/15/15, 5/19/15, 7/6/15, 9/15/15, 11/11/15

GL Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization: 1/23/15

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System: 3/16/15, 8/24/15

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 6/22/15, 8/31/15, 11/16/15

LAP- 4/6/15, 9/14/15

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes: 1/26/15

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License: 1/5/15, 3/2/15, 6/1/15, 8/3/15, 11/30/15

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 3/3/15, 4/15/15, 5/20/15, 7/16/15, 9/16/15, 11/10/15

LNG-TPIC – Contact Admissions

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC): 3/30/15

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 12/1/14, 1/5/15, 3/16/15, 4/20/15, 6/15/15, 8/24/15, 12/7/15

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 3/2/15, 5/11/15, 7/27/15, 9/28/15

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 12/1/14, 1/5/15, 3/16/15, 4/20/15, 6/15/15, 8/24/15, 10/12/15, 12/7/15

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 12/6/14, 1/10/15, 1/24/15, 3/21/15, 4/25/15, 6/20/15, 7/25/15, 8/28/15, 11/5/15, 12/12/15

MSA –Maritime Security Awareness: Contact Admissions

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic): 2/26/15, 8/19/15, 11/1/15

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (4 Evenings): 2/23/15, 8/17/15, 10/26/15

*MSC-ENVPRO – 2/15/15, 8/16/15, 10/31/15

*MSC-FF-HELO – 2/10/15, 8/3/15, 11/2/15

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualification: 2/16/15, 8/8/15, 10/23/15

*MSC-Security Watch Basic – 11/14/14, 2/20/15, 8/6/15, 10/21/15

*MSC-Security Watch Advanced –11/17/14, 2/22/15, 8/12/15, 10/27/15

*MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force –11/18/14, 2/23/15, 8/13/15, 10/28/15

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 1/19/15, 3/30/15, 8/3/15, 9/21/15

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 12/3/14, 12/10/14, 1/7/15, 1/14/15, 1/28/15, 2/4/15, 2/18/15, 3/6/15, 3/18/15, 4/1/15, 4/15/15, 4/29/15, 5/6/15, 5/13/15, 6/3/15, 6/17/15, 7/8/15, 7/22/15, 8/5/15, 8/19/15, 9/2/15, 9/16/15, 9/30/15, 10/14/15, 10/28/15, 11/18/15, 12/2/15, 12/10/15

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 1/12/15, 2/2/15, 3/23/15, 6/1/15, 7/27/15

SAR-OIC – Search & Rescue – 4/6/15

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 11/17/14, 2/16/15, 5/11/15, 6/22/15, 11/2/15

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling-5 Day: 1/19/15, 3/2/15, 4/27/15, 7/27/15, 9/28/15

SMS – Contact Admissions

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 1/26/15, 8/3/15

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses: 1/5/15, 7/6/15

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 2/23/15, 8/3/15

TRAC-TUG-2: Contact Admissions

TTT – Train the Trainer: Contact Admissions

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties: Contact Admissions

VSO – Vessel Security Officer: 2/4/15, 5/20/15, 6/22/15, 9/9/15, 10/7/15

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level): 3/2/15, 9/28/15

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 2/23/15, 9/14/15

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Please also see our schedule online at For registration, send an e-mail to our registrar, Jennifer Pitzen, at or call her at (206) 838-1126.

November 2014

17-20 ARPA

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