Wheelhouse Weekly – November 06, 2012

November 6th 2012


– Bridging the Information Gap With E-News You Can Use –

Volume 16 . . . Number 45. . . November 6, 2012


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All MM&P union halls, the MM&P Health & Benefit Plans, the MM&P Federal Credit Union and MM&P headquarters will be closed on Monday, Nov. 12 for Veterans Day.


The Coast Guard’s National Maritime Center will issue duplicate Merchant Mariner Credentials free of charge to mariners whose credentials were lost or destroyed as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Mariners should follow these steps to obtain an expedited replacement credential.

Fax a “statement of loss” containing the information listed below to the National Maritime Center at (304) 433-3416. You can also e-mail the statement to The statement should include: your full name; your date of birth; your mariner’s reference number (if you don’t know the reference number please include your social security number); the mailing address that the replacement credential should be sent to; your current phone number and/or e-mail address so NMC can contact you with any questions; a description of the circumstances surrounding the loss/destruction of the credential.

NMC says it will make every effort to have duplicate credentials mailed out the next business day. You can also submit a 719B Application containing the information listed above to one of the Regional Exam Centers. If your credential is unserviceable due to damage or your lost credential is subsequently found, please mail it to: NMC, 100 Forbes Drive, Martinsburg, WV 25404.


The MM&P New York/New Jersey Hall opened this morning after a week without power. The hall was not damaged by the storm.


In a tremendous display of community spirit and generosity, two MM&P members joined forces with local restaurant owners in the City of Long Beach, N.Y., on Sunday to feed over a thousand local residents, many of whom had not had a hot meal since Hurricane Sandy struck a week earlier.  

Working out of a catering truck with a barbecue and smoker, MM&P members Ryan Leo and Conor Sullivan spent five hours preparing chicken, burgers, hot dogs and ribs. “We just got behind the grill and started cooking,” Sullivan said. “We cooked up everything we could.”

The first batch of food was donated by local restaurants including SwingBellys Beachside BBQ—which is owned by Sullivan’s brother Sean–the Saloon, Shine’s and J.W. Trainer’s. “Then other people started bringing what they had in their refrigerators and freezers, and we cooked that, too,” Sullivan said. Leo and Sullivan had spent the previous day grilling and barbecuing food on the street for hundreds of policemen, firefighters and National Guard members.

“I can no longer live in my apartment,” Sullivan said. “My brother lost his apartment. But we consider ourselves lucky and we’re going to continue doing everything we can. Some people here lost everything that they own.”


The American Maritime Partnership (AMP), which represents the U.S.-flag shipping industry, has reiterated the fact that our country’s professional mariners and American shipping companies “stand by ready to help in any way as our nation responds to the devastation of Hurricane Sandy.”

“Nothing is more important right now than the safety and security of our fellow Americans,” the organization wrote in a letter to President Obama and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano. “Our industry is working around the clock responding to this emergency.”

In the wake of the hurricane, Napolitano issued a temporary Jones Act waiver for tankers that load petroleum products in the Gulf no later than Nov. 13 and offload at their destinations in affected ports no later than Nov. 20.


Many MM&P members who live in the Northeast have suffered damage as a result of Hurricane Sandy. The MM&P General Executive Board has voted to activate the union’s disaster relief fund to help members who live in the affected areas. The fund will begin accepting donations from members and distributing aid to members as soon as possible. We will publish an update with details in the next issue of The Wheelhouse Weekly.


The Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the loss of the tall ship HMS BOUNTY, a replica three-mast sailing ship that set sail just as Hurricane Sandy was bearing down on the Eastern Seaboard. Coast Guard emergency responders working in the dark amidst 30-foot waves saved 14 crewmembers and recovered the body of one, 42-year-old Claudene Christian. After more than 90 hours spent scouring 12,000 square nautical miles by airplane, helicopter and cutter, the rescuers abandoned the search for Robin Walbridge, 63, who had been the BOUNTY’s captain for 17 years.

The ship, which was built in 1960 along the lines of an 18th-century design, was powered by two 375 horsepower John Deere diesel engines. Those engines apparently failed, as did two bilge pumps. The BOUNTY was headed from Connecticut to St. Petersburg, Fla., when it foundered 90 miles southeast of Hatteras, N.C., 160 miles west of the hurricane’s eye.


The October jobs report showed that 171,000 new jobs were added last month. It also included upward revisions to previous monthly jobs figures. “This report is welcome news for working families all over the country who are desperate to get back to work,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. “It confirms that President Obama’s leadership has put our country on the road to economic recovery.”

Four years ago this month, the nation lost 489,000 jobs. “The President inherited a labor market with 12 straight months of job losses,” Trumka said. “Under his watch, we have now seen two and a half straight years of job growth, with more than 5 million new private sector jobs created since 2010.”

More than half a million additional workers began looking for and finding jobs in October, swelling the workforce in an important sign of confidence in the future. “But 7.9 percent unemployment means far too many people are still out of work, and we need much more action to create good jobs,” Trumka said.

“Once the election is over, we need the President and Congress to build on the momentum of our recovery and to invest in our future: to say ‘no’ to more tax cuts for the richest 2 percent, ‘no’ to benefit cuts in our important family protection programs of Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid and ‘yes’ to creating good jobs.”


The meeting that was scheduled to be held this week at the MM&P Charleston Hall has been cancelled. The meeting will be rescheduled as soon as possible and advance notice will be published in The Wheelhouse Weekly.


Important issues pertaining to the MM&P Offshore Pension Plan will be among the items discussed at membership meetings through the end of the year.

There will be a meeting at the Honolulu Hall on Nov. 7 with the MM&P Pacific Ports Vice President.

The MM&P International Secretary-Treasurer will join the Gulf Ports Vice President at a meeting at the Houston Hall on Thursday, Nov. 8. A meeting will also be held at the Norfolk Hall on a date to be decided.


Members of MM&P’s United Inland Group-Pacific Maritime Region are encouraged to attend a meeting at the MM&P Hall in Edmonds on Tuesday Dec. 11, at 10:00 a.m. If you have specific questions for the Union that may need to be researched, please e-mail the questions prior to the meeting to the MM&P Regional Representative:


All MM&P Offshore and United Inland Group members, employees, their families and friends are encouraged to attend the holiday parties now being scheduled in our union halls.

Joint MM&P-MEBA party dates on the West Coast:

— Honolulu, Tuesday, Dec. 11, from 1000-1400;

— Los Angeles/Long Beach, Friday, Dec. 14, at 1300 in the Los Angeles Hall;

— San Francisco/Oakland, Friday, Dec. 7, at 1300 in the Oakland Hall;

— Seattle, Thursday, Dec. 6, location pending.

Come one, come all. Please join us to celebrate!


As previously reported in The Wheelhouse Weekly, the Coast Guard recently made available a series of policy letters that provide guidance to vessels and mariners subject to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978 (STCW Convention). We encourage you to go to the National Maritime Center’s website,, to view the letters in their entirety.

Policy Letter CG-CVC 12-06 requires that, by January 2014, mariners with designated security duties and personnel required to have security awareness training must have an endorsement to their STCW Certificate. (Mariners with Vessel Security Officer Endorsement already meet this requirement.) Mariners can obtain this endorsement by submitting documentary evidence (such as an approved course certificate or letter from the company) to the National Maritime Center. To avoid delays, we recommend submitting your documentation to NMC as soon as practical. 

Policy Letter CG-CVC 12-07, New Endorsements and Refresher Training Requirements, comes into force (with some exceptions) on Jan. 1, 2017. The updated STCW Code contains a number of new endorsements and refresher training requirements. Deck officers sailing on vessels equipped with ECDIS must have approved training in the use and operation of ECDIS. (As a practical matter, this will include most MM&P-manned vessels by 2017.)  If you have taken the MITAGS or PMI CMM-ECDIS Course, you have already met this requirement. Again, please make sure that NMC has proof that you have taken the course.

Other new training requirements include “Leadership and Team Working Skills for the Operational Level (Deck and Engine) and “Leadership and Managerial Skills” for Management Levels (Deck and Engine). MITAGS and PMI are currently seeking NMC recognition that our courses meet the new requirements. For engineers, there is also a new requirement for Engine Resource Management (ERM) Training.

Policy Letter 12-07 also outlines a number of new refresher training requirements. BST, Advanced Fire Fighting, Personal Survival Craft (the old Lifeboatman) and Fast Rescue Boat now have mandatory refresher training that cannot be satisfied with “in-service sea time.” MITAGS and PMI are developing a refresher training program that will satisfy this requirement, along with radar and MED-DOT-DA renewals, in a single week (either evening or Saturday classes will be scheduled in addition to the day-time courses). The goal is to allow mariners to get everything needed to renew the Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) in a single visit. We expect to roll out this new program some time in 2013.    

Technically speaking, all the training courses listed above are voluntary since the Final Rules updating 46 CFR have not been promulgated. However, if you are sailing on vessels that operate internationally, it is worth the time and aggravation to get these endorsements onto your STCW certificate as soon as practical. We recommend that all members subscribe to The Wheelhouse Weekly at home and to the National Maritime Center’s Mariner Updates to keep abreast of the changes.


Try our on-line calendar to register for class:

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

Between now and the end of March 2013, the following courses are scheduled at MITAGS.

Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 1/22/2013, 3/26/2013

AZIPOD (2-DAY) for Pilots: 3/20/2013

BRM – Bridge Resource Management: 1/14/2013, 3/18/2013

BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots:  11/29/12, 1/21/2013, 2/7/2013, 3/7/2013

BST – Basic Safety Training: 1/21/13

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 11/12/2012, 1/21/2013

CMM-ADVNAV – Advanced Navigation (=ECDIS & VPEN): 1/7/2013, 3/18/2013

CMM-ADVSTB – Advanced Stability: 12/17/2012, 2/18/2013

CMM-CHS – Advanced Cargo Operations (2 weeks): 2/25/2013

CMM-MPP – Marine Propulsion Plants: 11/26/12, 3/11/13

CMM-SHMGT – Ship Management (2 weeks): 12/3/12, 2/4/13

CMM-SHS-ADV-I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 12/10/2012, 1/14/2013, 1/28/2013, 2/18/2013, 3/4/2013

CMM-SHS-ADV-I I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 11/12/2012, 12/17/2012, 1/21/2013, 2/4/2013, 2/25/2013, 3/11/2013

CMM-WKP – Advanced Watchkeeping: 1/28/2013

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning: 11/10/12

DDE: Designated Duty Engineer: 1/28/2013

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

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep and Medications:  3/7/13FF-BADV – Combined Basic and Advanced Fire Fighting: 1/21/13

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 11/26/12, 2/11/13

LAP – License Advancement Program for Great Lakes: 1/28/2013

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 11/29/2012, 3/6/2013

MCL – Management, Communications and Leadership, 3/25/2013

MEDIA RSP – Media Response Workshop: 3/8/2013

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 12/3/12, 1/7/13, 2/18/13, 3/18/13

MED-PIC -R– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 11/12/2012, 1/28/2013

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 12/3/2012, 1/7/2013, 2/18/2013, 3/18/2013

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 11/17/2012, 12/8/2012, 1/12/2013, 1/26/2013, 2/23/2013, 3/23/2013

MSC -SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualification: 11/12/12, 3/11/13

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (4 Evenings): 3/11/13

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic): 3/15/13

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 11/14/2012, 12/5/2012, 12/12/2012, 1/9/2013, 1/23/2013, 2/6/2013, 2/20/2013, 3/6/2013, 3/20/2013,

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 1/21/2013, 3/25/2013

ROP-5 – Radar Observer Original and Renewal: 1/14/13

SHS-BAS – Basic Shiphandling: 11/26/12, 1/28/13, 3/25/13

SEC-VSO – Vessel Security Officer: 3/4/2013

SHS-ESH-BRMP3 – Emergency Shiphandling and Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 3/4/13

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling: 2/11/13

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge:  2/25/13

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

Check the MITAGS website at for course descriptions associated with the course title abbreviations, and schedule revisions.


Schedule of Courses – Please also see our schedule online at For registration, call our registrar, Jennifer Pitzen, at (206) 838-1126.

November 2012

7-9         Z-Drive / Tractor Tug Training
12-16     ECDIS
26-30     Radar Observer Unlimited
26-7       GMDSS

December 2012

3rd         Radar Renewal
3-7         Medical Care Provider
3-14       Medical PIC
10-14     ECDIS
17th       Flashing Light

MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 11-06-2012 at 10:00 a.m. EST

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
13,172.26 3,002.89 1,421.68

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