Wheelhouse Weekly – November 13th, 2018

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An unprecedented push by union members resulted in the election on Nov. 6 of a record number of labor-endorsed candidates at all levels of government, say leaders of America’s unions.

“As the dust settles, there is one story that has come to define this election: working people standing together to make a difference,” says AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

“Across the country, union members made the difference, fighting for our issues, for union candidates and for our proven allies.”

In the months leading up to the election, union members knocked on more than 2.3 million doors and distributed 5 million fliers at more than 4,600 worksites.

The AFL-CIO organized a 12-million-piece direct mail program and the largest digital ad campaign in its history.

“At the heart of every effort we made, there was a powerful advantage unique to the labor movement: working people trust our unions,” Trumka said.

“Persuadable voters trust unions more than any other source of political information, including friends and family,” he added.

“We earned that trust and built on it, mobilizing our members to go to the polls.”

With some elections still too close to call, more than 900 union members were elected to office last week, including a senator, two governors and at least 18 members of the House of Representatives.

Two state governors who have targeted unions with anti-labor legislation—Republicans Scott Walker (Wis.) and Bruce Rauner (Ill.)—“will be packing their bags in the coming weeks,” Trumka said.

“But, it gives me even greater confidence knowing that we elected an army of pro-worker governors all across America, not just in Wisconsin and Illinois, but Nevada, Maine and even Kansas,” he added.

“The face of American politics is changing for the better and for the ILA,” said Harold Daggett, president of the International Longshoremen’s Association.

“A record number of women were elected to the House of Representatives, which will now serve as a much-needed check on an anti-union president and Senate,” he added.

“Labor’s voice has returned to Washington and to many State Houses across the nation.”

“This vote was a loud statement by Americans that they want action on jobs, healthcare, education, fair trade, income growth and a future for their children,” said UAW President Gary Jones.

“If 2016 was a statement about being fed up with politics as usual and wages being too low to make ends meet, 2018 was about working people telling politicians they want less rhetoric and more action.”

“Voters expect government to focus on quality of life issues like the water we drink, the roads we drive on, the education of our children and the jobs of the future,” Jones said.

“Working men and women are tired of partisan attacks on working families, on workplace health and safety, on privatization schemes that benefit wealthy donors who focus less on public services and more on profit,” he added.

“This is a clear sign that the political pendulum had swung too far in favor of Wall Street and corporate CEOs,” said Machinists Union President Robert Martinez Jr.

A detailed overview of the results of the election campaigns of MM&P-backed candidates in both political parties who work to advance the interests of American mariners will be published in the November-December issue of The Master, Mate & Pilot.

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By a large margin, members of the MM&P Federal Employees Membership Group (FEMG) have approved a dues increase.

The votes were counted Nov. 13 at MM&P headquarters in the presence of Ballot Committee members Laura Hammond and Matt Nettleton, MM&P International Secretary-Treasurer Steve Werse and Government Group Representative Randi Ciszewski.

“FEMG members expressed strong support for the union,” Werse said.

“I’m glad to see the members appreciate the value of our union and its representation, and are willing to pay for it through their dues,” Hammond agreed.

Nettleton said he was “overwhelmed by the positive response of the FEMG brothers and sisters.”

“The vote by members who supported this much-needed boost in dues has reinforced my passion for the FEMG,” Ciszewski said.

“I’m proud to represent members of the Government Group and their families, who sacrifice so much on a daily basis for our great nation.”

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Two MM&P members who saved a humpback whale entangled in ropes were interviewed on Nov. 8 by Ellen Degeneres for The Ellen Show.

“I love heroes like this,” Degeneres said in introducing the two, Sam Synstelien and Nick Taron, friends who were out fishing when the incident occurred.

“They risked their own lives to save the humpback,” Degeneres told the studio audience, which gave them a standing ovation.

Synstelien is a member of the Federal Employees Membership Group who sails as a deck officer for Military Sealift Command.

Taron is a member of the United Inland Group-Pacific Maritime Region who works for Baydelta Maritime in San Francisco.

When they spotted the whale, which was entangled in a rope and dragging a buoy, they alerted the Coast Guard.

But after three hours “with a lot of back and forth,” they realized that help would take too long to arrive.

So Taron maneuvered the fishing boat to the side of the whale, and Synstelien jumped in with a knife.

“Nick screamed at her ‘stay still,’” Synstelien said. “And she did.”

“I grabbed the whale by the dorsal fin, made one cut, and then the second cut, and then she swam away,” he said.

Degeneres gave the two life vests inscribed with the words, “Stay calm—we speak whale.”

Shutterfly gave them each a check for $10,000.

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Philly Shipyard has formally delivered the DANIEL K. INOUYE, the first of two Aloha-class containerships, to MM&P-contracted Matson.

With 3,600 TEU of capacity, the DANIEL K. INOUYE, named after the late senator from Hawaii, is the largest container ship ever built in the United States.

The vessel–with MM&P licensed deck officers at the conn—is now embarked on a 5,000-mile, 13-day voyage to Oakland via the Panama Canal.

After a port call at Long Beach on Nov. 22, she will make her first call at Honolulu on the morning of Nov. 28.

A sister ship will be delivered to Matson in the first quarter of 2019.

The two vessels were designed specifically for Hawaii service.

Matson says they incorporate a number of “green ship technology” features that will help protect the environment, including a more fuel efficient hull design, dual-fuel engines that can be adapted to use liquefied natural gas, environmentally safe double-hull fuel tanks and fresh water ballast systems.

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Representatives of Masters, Mates & Pilots joined with members of the Inland Boatmen’s Union of the Pacific (IBU), the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU), numerous other unions and IBU employers on Sunday, Nov. 11, for the IBU Centennial Anniversary event in Seattle.

MM&P President Don Marcus, United Inland Group Pacific Maritime Region Vice President Tim Saffle and Representative Dan Twohig were on hand to join in celebrating the IBU’s 100 years of progressive unionism.

The following day, at the opening of the convention, Marcus stated on behalf of MM&P members: “Congratulations both for 100 years of fighting on behalf of maritime workers and also for electing two outstanding women to your top positions of leadership.”

“That is a great achievement in any union, but particularly a maritime union, where we might be known to resist change.”

President Marina Secchitano and Secretary-Treasurer Terri Mast are the senior officials of the IBU.

“MM&P pledges to continue on the strong foundations of cooperation and progress between our two unions,” Marcus said.

The IBU is the marine division of the ILWU, which has recently sworn in a new leadership team.

Participating in the convention were ILWU President Willie Adams, Vice President (Hawaii) Wes Furtado, Vice President (Mainland) Bobbie Olvera Jr. and Secretary-Treasurer Ed Ferris.

All the newly elected officials, along with Rob Ashton, president of ILWU Canada, took the floor during the proceedings to convey their congratulations and best wishes to the IBU.

MM&P partners with the IBU and the ILWU in the Maritime Labor Alliance, which works to protect the working conditions and jurisdictions of union members.

The other members of the Maritime Labor Alliance are: the International Longshoreman’s Association (ILA), the American Radio Association (ARA) and the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (MEBA).

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Three men died Nov. 8 while they were working in a hold aboard the Panama-flagged timber carrier APOLLO KITA.

The suspected cause of death was asphyxiation.

The three entered the hold and lost consciousness while the vessel was under way off Ishigakijima, bound for Osaka with a load of wood.

They were flown to a hospital but could not be saved, the authorities said.

The Transportation Safety Commission of Japan has launched an investigation into the deaths of the three men, who were all nationals of the Philippines.

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MITAGS-PMI is seeking a full-time instructor for its West Coast campus in Seattle.

The instructor will present curriculum that aligns with the school’s industry-recognized apprenticeship program.

These courses are for mariners who want to serve as an officer in charge of a navigational watch (OICNW).

The instructor will also present courses in the Marine Safety and Security Department, including custom safety programs.
Desired qualifications include: USCG officer level license; experience sailing under his/her highest level license and similar experience are a plus, but may be substituted by equivalent uniformed service experience (NOAA, USCG or USN); degree in adult education, maritime sciences or related field; two years of experience supervising staff in a similar environment; experience teaching adults (including cadets) professional subjects for one or more years.

The successful applicant must have the experience, training and qualifications necessary to obtain Coast Guard approval to teach courses in the field.

Please submit a cover letter with your resume to MITAGS-PMI Human Resource Manager Jane Sibiski:

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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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\\Classes are 5-day unless otherwise noted\\

Class dates followed by an * are full

AB – 4/15/19, 9/9/19

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation (1-Day): 5/2/19, 8/14/19

ARPA-OIC (4-Day) – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 1/15/19, 4/2/19, 9/24/19

AZIPOD (2-Day) – 3/11/19, 5/2/19, 9/30/19

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 2/18/19, 8/5/19, 10/28/19

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 12/19/18, 1/29/19, 3/11/19, 4/9/19, 5/2/19, 7/15/19, 7/29/19, 9/30/19

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling – (Now also included in BRMP-Refresher) (3-Day): 3/13/19, 4/29/18, 7/17/19, 10/2/19

BRMP-Refresher (Now including Emergency Shiphandling for Pilots) (3-Day) – Not currently scheduled

BT – Basic Safety Training: 1/14/19, 4/8/19, 8/12/19, 10/14/19

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – 12/18/18, 2/5/19, 3/6/19, 4/3/19, 4/30/19, 6/19/19, 7/30/19, 8/26/19, 9/25/19, 10/30/19, 12/17/19

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 12/17/18, 2/4/19, 3/6/19, 4/29/19, 7/29/19, 9/25/19, 12/16/19

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 4/29/19, 10/21/19

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 12/10/18*, 1/14/19, 3/11/19, 6/10/19, 7/29/19, 9/23/19, 12/16/19

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 12/3/18, 1/7/19, 4/8/19, 6/3/19, 8/5/19, 9/30/19, 12/9/19

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 3/18/19, 10/7/19

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1: 3/18/19, 5/6/19, 8/5/19, 12/2/19

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific: 3/25/19, 5/13/19, 8/12/19, 12/9/18

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems: 11/12/18, 3/25/19, 9/9/19, 12/2/19

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM): 11/26/18, 2/18/19, 5/20/19, 8/19/19, 12/16/19

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 4/15/19, 11/4/19 (DCS-1 available on request – contact Admissions)

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: Not Currently Scheduled

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management: 2/25/19, 10/28/19

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 11/26/18*, 1/21/19*, 2/4/19, 3/4/19, 3/18/19, 4/8/19, 4/29/19, 5/13/19, 6/3/19, 6/17/19, 7/15/19, 8/12/19, 9/9/19, 9/30/19, 10/14/19, 11/4/19, 12/2/19

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 11/12/18*, 12/3/18*, 1/28/19*, 2/11/19*, 3/11/19, 3/25/19, 4/15/19, 5/6/19, 5/20/19, 6/10/19, 6/24/19, 7/22/19, 8/19/19, 9/16/19, 10/7/19, 10/21/19, 11/11/19, 12/9/19

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

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 4/1/19, 10/21/19

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 9/16/19

WX-HW-ATL – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Atlantic Ocean (2-day) – 3/11/19, 6/10/19, 9/23/19

WX-HW-IND – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Indian Ocean (2-day) – 3/15/19, 6/14/19, 9/27/19

WX-HW-PAC – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Pacific Ocean (2-day) – 3/13/19, 6/12/19, 9/25/19

CNAV-OIC (15-Day) – Celestial Navigation: 4/8/19, 11/4/19

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications (1-Day): 2/19/19

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior (1-Day) – 7/11/19

CDMGT – Crowd Management (1-Day) – 7/12/19

CSE – Confined Space Entry (3-Day): 8/19/19

CSE-AWR – Confined Space Entry Awareness (2-Day): 5/23/19, 8/22/19

CY-MAR – Cyber-Skilled Mariner – 12/10/18, 2/18/19*

DDE – Great Lakes (20-Day): 1/21/19, 6/3/19

DPA/IA – Designated Person Ashore & Internal Auditor (3-Day) – 1/16/19

ECDIS for Pilots (2-Day) – 12/17/18, 2/18/19, 4/30/19, 8/12/19, 11/21/19

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 11/26/18, 3/4/19, 4/22/19, 8/12/19, 12/9/19

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 1/14/19, 4/8/19, 8/12/19, 10/14/19

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 12/20/18, 2/7/19, 3/5/19, 4/2/19, 5/2/19, 6/18/19, 8/1/19, 8/28/19, 9/24/19, 10/29/19, 12/19/19

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 12/15/18, 3/9/19, 4/27/19, 7/27/19, 9/28/19, 12/14/19

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications (1-Day): 1/29/19, 4/9/19, 9/17/19

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization (2-Day): 1/18/19

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (10-Day): 3/4/19, 8/19/19

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 12/10/18, 4/15/19, 8/26/19, 11/18/19

IEN – Integrated Electronic Navigation (3-Day) – Not currently scheduled

LAP – License Advancement Program for Mate to Master (20-Day): 2/25/19*, 7/29/19, 10/21/19

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes (20-Day): 1/21/19

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License (15-Day): 6/3/19

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage (1-Day): 1/30/19, 3/12/19, 4/10/19, 4/30/19, 9/18/19

LNG-TPIC (10-Day) – Not currently scheduled

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC) (1-Day): 9/23/19

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): 12/3/18, 2/25/19, 4/29/19, 8/5/19, 12/2/19

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 11/26/18*, 1/21/19*, 3/18/19, 5/6/19, 7/8/19, 9/30/19, 12/2/19

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 1/7/19, 3/11/19, 6/24/19, 8/19/19, 10/21/19

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 11/26/18*, 1/21/19*, 3/18/19, 5/6/19, 9/30/19, 11/18/19

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 12/1/18, 12/21/18, 1/12/19, 1/26/19, 2/8/19, 3/9/19, 3/23/19, 4/1/19, 5/3/19, 5/11/19, 6/17/19, 7/14/19, 8/29/19, 9/23/19, 10/5/19, 10/28/19, 12/7/19, 12/20/19

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic) (1-Day): 11/14/18, 2/22/19, 5/21/19 (evening), 6/5/19 (evening), 8/7/19, 9/12/19 (evening), 11/1/19 (evening)

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 11/12/18, 2/18/19, 5/21/19, 6/5/19, 8/5/19, 9/12/19, 11/1/19

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) – 2/24/19, 6/2/19, 8/4/19, 11/3/19

MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day) – 6/3/19, 8/10/19, 10/30/19

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 1/7/19, 2/25/19, 5/13/19, 6/9/19, 7/15/19, 8/11/19, 9/16/19, 11/4/19

MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day) – 2/23/19, 5/12/19, 6/7/19, 8/8/19, 9/14/19, 11/4/19

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) – 1/11/19, 3/1/19, 5/17/19, 6/8/19, 7/14/19, 8/9/19, 9/15/19, 11/8/19

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) – 1/13/19, 3/2/19, 5/18/19, 6/13/19, 7/19/19, 8/16/19, 9/20/19, 11/9/19

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P (2-Day) – 11/12/18*, 11/14/18*, 12/17/18*, 12/19/18*, 1/24/19*, 3/18/19, 4/22/19, 4/24/19, 6/24/19, 6/26/19, 7/25/19, 7/29/19, 8/26/19, 8/28/19, 11/18/19, 11/20/19, 12/16/19, 12/18/19

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal (1-Day): 1/14/19, 9/23/19

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes (1-Night): 11/14/18, 11/28/18, 12/5/18, 12/12/18, 12/19/18*, 1/9/19, 1/30/19, 2/5/19, 2/20/19, 3/6/19, 3/20/19, 4/3/19, 4/17/19, 4/24/19, 4/30/19, 5/8/19, 5/15/19, 6/5/19, 6/12/19, 6/19/19, 7/10/19, 7/24/19, 8/1/19, 8/7/19, 8/21/19, 8/28/19, 9/17/19, 9/18/19, 10/2/19, 10/16/19, 10/30/19, 11/6/19, 11/13/19, 12/4/19, 12/18/19

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 1/7/19, 3/4/19, 7/29/19

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3-Day): 12/17/18, 4/21/19, 12/2/19

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 1/28/19, 5/13/19, 8/26/19, 10/28/19

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day) – 12/10/18*, 2/25/19*, 4/1/19, 6/17/19, 8/5/19, 9/23/19, 11/18/19, 12/16/19

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 1/21/19, 8/5/19

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (15-Day): 1/28/19, 7/8/19

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 1/14/19, 4/8/19, 7/8/19

TRAC-TUG-2 (2-Day): Contact Admissions

TTT – 1/28/19

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (1-Day): 2/14/19, 4/23/19

VSO – Vessel Security Officer (3-Day): 2/11/19, 4/24/19, 7/8/19, 9/4/19

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) (10-Day): 2/18/19, 10/7/19

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 3/18/19, 9/16/19

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Summer-Fall 2018

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November 2018
16th Medical DOT
16th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
19-20 Basic Training Revalidation
21st Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
26-30 Radar Observer Unlimited
29-30 Basic Training Revalidation

December 2018
3rd Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
3-7 Leadership & Managerial Skills
3-7 Medical Care Provider
3-14 Medical Person-In-Charge
10-13 ARPA
10-14 Basic Training
14th Radar Renewal
14th Medical DOT
14-18 Basic Training Refresher
17-18 Basic Training Revalidation
17-20 Search & Rescue
18-21 Advanced Firefighting
19th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

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