Wheelhouse Weekly – November 15, 2016

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Volume 21 . . . Number 46. . . Nov. 15, 2016


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Negotiations continue over two flag-of-convenience (FOC) ships detained for several months in the United Kingdom for failure to pay the crew.

The Mumbai-registered MALAVIYA SEVEN was detained last month in Aberdeen, Scotland, for the second time this year.

The offshore supply vessel is one of several in the area chartered by oil industry giant BP. A sister ship, MALAVIYA TWENTY, is now detained in the port of Great Yarmouth.

In June, the MALAVIYA SEVEN was first detained on charges the crew had not been paid.

It was allowed to leave the harbor two months later after the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) reached agreement with the operators on behalf of the crew.

During the months that the ship was detained, the ITF provided the crew with food and other assistance.

A spokesperson for the British transport union called the ship an example of “modern day slavery.”

A second ship chartered by BP, the MALAVIYA TWENTY, was also detained in June for nonpayment of crew. It is still being held by authorities in Great Yarmouth.

The ITF has vowed to help crewmembers “arrest” the ships unless everyone gets paid.

“We have repeatedly made it clear that we won’t stop until everyone gets what is owing to them,” says ITF UK and Ireland coordinator Ken Fleming.

Aboard the MALAVIYA SEVEN, according to RMT spokesperson Jake Molloy, crewmembers were supposed to be paid the equivalent of £2 per hour, which is about 70 percent less than the minimum wage in the UK. In any case, it appears the crew was not getting paid at all.

“If these payments were in line with those enjoyed by some of the senior executives in the oil and gas industry, we might be able to understand it,” he said.

“But the fact is that these poor Indian nationals are paid at modern day slavery rates of pay of just a few U.S. dollars an hour, and this is to service one of the richest industry sectors on the planet exploiting our natural resources. It is outrageous and is deplorable behavior from some of the biggest corporations in the world.”

“The need for an EU Continental Shelf cabotage arrangement providing an EU minimum wage is long overdue,” he told a reporter with Offshore Energy Today.

“By applying such an arrangement, similar to those which exist in the United States, Canada, Brazil, Australia and other regions, we could protect the jobs of EU nationals whilst preventing this type of social dumping and exploitation. We could seek to ensure that if workers from other regions of the world did come to work in the EU region they would be protected and paid at standards we quite reasonably expect in most of EU society today.”

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The U.S Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) supports millions of U.S. jobs and helps businesses of all sizes compete in a global economy. While a super-majority of Congress approved a multi-year reauthorization of the Ex-Im Bank about a year ago, the bank is not fully back at work.

As a result of congressional inaction, the governing board of directors for this critical agency is currently without a quorum, and cannot approve loans of more than $10 million.

As a result, businesses of all sizes in the United States–and their suppliers and workers–are still at a global disadvantage, as foreign governments continue to use their own export credit agencies to support their own exporters with generous and aggressive export credit.

Equally important, the inability of the Export-Import Bank to approve loans is directly depriving the U.S.-flag fleet of much needed cargo-carrying opportunities.

All of the transactions that are part of the $20 billion backlog waiting for Ex-Im Bank action are subject to the U.S.-flag shipping requirements. It is imperative that Congress act now to rectify this situation.

Please go to the following Ex-Im Call to Action link to tell your Congressman and Senators how important it is for them to act now:

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Gunmen abducted six Vietnamese mariners and shot another on Nov. 11 when the bulk carrier ROYAL 16 was intercepted in Philippine waters off a southern island stronghold of the militant Abu Sayyaf group, according to a spokesperson for the Philippine coast guard.

The cargo ship, en route to Davao City, was intercepted as it passed through a strait off Basilan Island by 10 armed men who came aboard and took hostages: the master, chief mate, second officer and third officer, bosun and assistant bosun.

One member of the crew was shot. He is now in a local hospital.

A spokesperson for the coast guard said the fate of the captives was unknown and that they had been transferred by the pirates to a small boat. It was the second kidnapping incident in the area in a week.

Abu Sayyaf, a militant group that swears allegiance to the Islamic State, said on Nov. 7 it had kidnapped a German national. The military said a woman found dead in an abandoned yacht off an island near Basilan was believed to have been traveling with the hostage before the kidnapping.

Since March, Abu Sayyaf rebels have been intercepting slow-moving tugboats towing coal barges in waters near the borders of Malaysia and the Philippines. They have kidnapped more than a dozen Indonesian and Malaysian mariners.

The latest attack on commercial shipping occurred just hours after the leaders of the Philippines and Malaysia agreed to step up maritime cooperation to stop piracy.

Though Abu Sayyaf officially proclaims an Islamist agenda, it has become better known for piracy and similar crimes that help it to generate funds.

It currently has 16 captives, including a citizen of the Netherlands, a German, five Malaysians, two Indonesians and seven Filipinos.

In related news, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has adopted a resolution with respect to Somalia calling for, among other things, continued counter-piracy patrols in the vicinity for at least another year.
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Union members who work at Honeywell’s Aerospace plant in South Bend, Ind., rejected by a large margin the latest contract proposal from management on Nov. 12.

The vote extends a lockout that began in May, when 340 members of United Automobile Workers (UAW) Local 9 were ejected from the plant and replaced with temporary workers.

“I really think they’re just trying to hold us out, to make us hungry, to make the membership fold,” said Bryan Rodgers, the recording secretary of Local 9.

Honeywell has also locked out 42 UAW members at a second factory in Green Island, N.Y. Both plants produce wheels and brakes for airplanes.

The company has reportedly offered a five-year contract with four years of raises, one year of no raise and concessions on health coverage that the union says will cost the average worker several thousand dollars annually.

The company is also demanding the power to unilaterally change health coverage, premiums and deductibles without the union’s approval.

Honeywell reported record profits of $4.77 billion in 2015 and income in its aerospace division rose. Last year, the company’s CEO, David Côte, was paid $25 million.

Full-time Honeywell workers average $22 an hour–or $45,760 a year before overtime.

“I am proud to say the resolve of Local 9 members to stand firm until a fair and just agreement is reached has never been more clear,” said UAW International President Dennis Williams, who has joined the workers on the picket line along with faith leaders, community leaders and public servants.

“It is unfortunate that Honeywell has jeopardized our ability to protect our reputation of quality and delivery by locking us out of the plant and replacing us with less experienced, out-of-state scab workers. Honeywell has not only turned their backs on a highly skilled workforce, they have turned their backs on this community.”

The union has said it is pursuing charges with the National Labor Relations Board that Honeywell violated labor laws during the bargaining process.

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The end of the year is the deadline for STCW-Gap Closing Training Requirements: in less than two months, the requirements go into force.

There are mandatory training requirements for operational and management deck/engine officers.

Unless the training has been completed, deck and engine officers will not be able to sail on their STCW credential after Dec. 31.

For the latest course availability for deck and engine officer training, please check the MITAGS website, send an e-mail to or call the toll free number 866-656-5568.

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The Plan Office received approval to close the year-end Internal Revenue Service and company reports and to process Vacation and PRO payments for 2016 no later than Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. EST.

All requests for 2016 Vacation and PRO payments received after this date and time will be held until Jan. 3, 2017 for processing and will therefore be taxable in 2017.

If you have any questions, please contact Ken Ryan at (410) 850-8617 or by e-mail at

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Atlantic Ports:
— Norfolk, Monday, Dec. 5, at The Dockside, 12:30–3:30pm;
— Charleston, Wednesday, Dec. 7, at the Kickin Chicken, 12:30-3:30pm;
— Newark, for both the Offshore Group and the Atlantic Maritime Group, Wednesday, Dec. 14, the Robert Treat Hotel, 12pm-5pm;
— Boston, Friday, Dec. 16, MM&P Boston Hall, 11am-3pm.

Gulf Ports:
— Pompano, Monday, Dec. 19, at the Pompano Hall, 11am–2pm;
— Houston, Thursday, Dec. 8, 12pm-3pm at Brady’s Landing.

Pacific Ports:
— Los Angeles/Long Beach, Friday, Dec. 2, 12:00 noon, at the union hall;
— San Francisco/Oakland, Friday, Dec. 9, 12:00 noon, at the union hall;
— Honolulu, Thursday, Dec. 15, 10am-2pm, at the union hall;
— Seattle, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 12:00 noon at union hall.

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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. 24-25, for Thanksgiving.

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Ballots for the 2016 MM&P officer election and Constitutional amendments were mailed to all union members in September. There are two separate ballots—both of which go into the same Secret Ballot Envelope.

If you do not receive a ballot, or if you lose or destroy your ballot, you may request a duplicate ballot by contacting American Arbitration Association at 1-800-273-0726 (Monday to Friday, 0900 to 1700 ET).

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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 – 4/17/17, 8/21/17, 10/16/17

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation: 5/23/17

ARPA-OIC – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 1/24/17, 4/4/17, 8/8/17, 9/26/17

AZIPOD 2-Day – 3/6/17, 5/22/17, 10/16/17

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 1/30/17, 4/3/17, 6/19/17, 9/25/17, 11/13/17

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 3/6/17, 5/22/17, 7/20/17, 11/14/17

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling: Contact Admissions

BRMP-Refresher – 3/8/17, 5/24/17, 7/17/17, 9/12/17, 10/18/17

BT – Basic Safety Training: 1/23/17, 4/10/17, 8/14/17, 10/9/17

BT-Revalidation (2-day) – 3/9/17, 5/4/17, 6/22/17, 8/21/17, 9/28/17, 11/8/17, 12/14/17

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 3/9/17, 5/4/17, 6/22/17, 8/20/17, 9/28/17, 11/8/17, 12/14/17

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 5/8/17, 10/30/17

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

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

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 1/16/17, 4/10/17, 6/12/17, 7/31/17, 10/2/17, 12/11/17

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 1/9/17, 3/13/17, 6/5/17, 8/7/17, 9/25/17, 12/4/17

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (2 weeks): 4/17/17, 10/9/17

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information System: 11/28/16, 12/19/16, 1/23/17, 3/27/17, 6/26/17, 8/14/17, 9/18/17

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM) – 11/28/16, 12/5/16, 12/12/16, 12/19/16, 1/30/17, 2/20/17, 5/22/17, 6/19/17, 8/21/17, 9/11/17

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 4/3/17

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: 3/13/17, 7/31/17, 11/6/17

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (2 weeks): 5/1/17, 10/30/17

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 11/28/16, 12/5/16, 1/16/17, 2/6/17, 3/6/17, 3/20/17, 4/10/17, 4/24/17, 5/8/17, 6/5/17, 7/17/17, 7/31/17, 8/14/17, 9/11/17, 10/2/17, 10/30/17, 12/4/17

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 12/5/16, 12/12/16, 1/23/17, 2/13/17, 3/13/17, 3/27/17, 4/17/17, 5/1/17, 5/15/17, 6/12/17, 7/24/17, 8/7/17, 8/21/17, 9/18/17, 10/9/17, 11/6/17, 12/11/17

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

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 3/20/17, 10/23/17

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 5/15/17, 11/13/17

CNAV-OIC – Celestial Navigation: 4/24/17, 11/6/17

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop: Contact Admissions

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications: 3/2/17

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior – 7/11/17

CDMGT – Crowd Management – 7/10/17

DDE – Great Lakes: 1/30/17, 6/5/17

DPA – Contact Admissions

ECDIS-OIC – Contact Admissions

ECDIS for Pilots – 2/28/17, 5/24/17, 11/14/17

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 11/28/16, 12/5/16, 12/12/16, 12/19/16, 2/27/17, 7/10/17, 8/28/17, 10/16/17, 12/4/17

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 1/23/17, 4/10/17, 8/14/17, 10/9/17

FF-ADV-REV – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation & Refresher: 3/7/17, 5/2/17, 6/20/17, 8/23/17, 9/26/17, 11/6/17, 12/12/17

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications: 1/17/17, 4/4/17, 4/18/17, 9/12/17

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization: 1/6/17

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System: 3/6/17, 8/21/17

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 12/5/16, 6/26/17, 8/28/17, 11/27/17

LAP- 2/13/17, 9/11/17

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes: 1/9/17

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License: 12/5/16, 3/20/17, 6/5/17, 8/7/17, 12/4/17

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 1/18/17, 3/7/17, 4/19/17, 9/13/17

LNG-TPIC – 12/5/16, 12/4/17

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC): 12/19/16*, 2/13/17, 4/3/17, 8/15/17, 9/25/17 (*2-Evening Session)

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control: 11/28/16, 12/5/16, 12/12/16, 12/19/16,

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 12/12/16, 1/9/17, 3/20/17, 5/8/17, 7/10/17, 9/11/17, 10/23/17

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 1/30/17, 4/24/17, 6/26/17, 8/28/17, 11/13/17, 12/4/17

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 11/28/16, 12/12/16, 1/9/17, 3/20/17, 4/17/17, 5/8/17, 9/11/17, 10/23/17, 11/27/17

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 12/17/16, 1/14/17, 3/6/17, 5/1/17, 6/19/17, 7/16/17, 8/25/17, 9/25/17, 10/28/17, 12/11/17

MSA –Maritime Security Awareness: Contact Admissions

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic): 2/23/17, 6/9/17, 8/9/17, 10/2/17

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control: 2/21/17, 6/7/17, 8/7/17, 10/3/17

*MSC-ENVPRO – 2/26/17, 6/4/17, 8/6/17, 10/1/17

*MSC-FF-HELO – 6/5/17, 8/13/17, 10/16/17

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualification: 1/9/17, 2/27/17, 6/12/17, 7/17/17, 8/13/17, 10/9/17

*MSC-Security Watch Basic – 2/24/17, 6/10/17, 8/10/17, 10/5/17

*MSC-Security Watch Advanced – 1/13/17, 3/3/17, 6/16/17, 7/21/17, 8/12/17, 10/7/17

*MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force – 1/16/17, 6/17/17, 7/24/17, 8/18/17, 10/13/17

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P – 1/25/17, 3/22/17, 5/9/17

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 1/23/17, 8/17/17, 9/25/17

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 11/30/16, 12/7/16, 12/14/16, 1/11/17, 2/1/17, 2/8/17, 2/22/17, 3/8/17, 3/22/17, 4/5/17, 4/19/17, 5/3/17, 5/10/17, 5/17/17, 6/7/17, 6/21/17, 7/12/17, 7/26/17, 8/9/17, 8/23/17, 9/20/17, 10/4/17, 10/18/17, 11/1/17, 11/8/17, 11/15/17, 11/29/17, 12/6/17, 12/13/17

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 1/16/17, 7/31/17

SAR-OIC – Search & Rescue – 4/10/17, 10/16/17

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 2/20/17, 5/15/17, 8/28/17, 10/23/17

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling-5 Day – 11/28/16, 2/20/17, 5/1/17, 6/26/17, 9/25/17, 11/27/17

SMS – 12/19/16

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 1/9/17, 8/7/17

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses: 1/30/17, 7/10/17

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 2/13/17, 8/7/17

TRAC-TUG-2: Contact Admissions

TTT – 12/12/16

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties: Contact Admissions

VSO – Vessel Security Officer:, 2/14/17, 4/17/17, 5/22/17

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level): 2/20/17

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 3/20/17

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Please also see our schedule and enroll online at For registration contact our registrar, Mary McGhee: 206.838.1126 or

November 2016

28-2 Medical Care Provider
28-9 Medical Person-In-Charge
28-9 GMDSS

December 2016

5th Radar Renewal
5-9 Leadership & Managerial Skills
5-9 Engine Resource Management
12-16 ECDIS
12-16 Leadership & Managerial Skills
12-16 MEECE
19-23 Tankerman Person-In-Charge

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