Wheelhouse Weekly – November 21st, 2017

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MM&P is preparing to make the case for pay raises for Civil Service mariners following action by Congress to boost the pay of members of the military.

The Senate on Nov. 16 approved a nearly $700 billion defense authorization bill for fiscal 2018, paving the way for members of the armed forces to receive an across-the-board 2.4 percent pay raise next year.

The House of Representatives approved its own measure, the fiscal 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, on Nov. 14.

The legislation is heading to President Trump’s desk, and he is expected to sign it.

MM&P will now act to justify a comparable pay raise for the Civil Service mariners it represents through the union’s Federal Employees Membership Group (FEMG).

As part of the process, MM&P FEMG Vice President Captain Randall Rockwood and MM&P Government Fleet Representative Randi Ciszewski will attempt to motivate a similar increase for CIVMARS based on prevailing wages for comparable deep-sea maritime jobs as per the union’s collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with Military Sealift Command (MSC).

Rockwood and Ciszewski have also underlined the persistent threat to personnel aboard ships operating in contested waters.

MSC Commander Rear Adm. Dee L. Mewbourne said recently in fact: “After seven decades of conducting global logistical support missions in a generally benign maritime environment, the growing threat from near-peer competitors and extremists means that the ships of the Military Sealift Command must be ready to sail in contested waters.”

MM&P is calling on MSC, the U.S. Navy and the Maritime Administration to take appropriate and immediate action to compensate CIVMARS with additional hazard pay or bonus pay when sailing in contested waters or in support of belligerent operations.

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The U.S. Navy League says almost 20,000 letters in defense of the Jones Act have been sent to Congress through its online portal since the law came under attack in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

It takes just a minute to add your voice to the campaign.

Speak up in defense of the law that protects the job of every member of Masters, Mates & Pilots and all U.S.-citizen merchant mariners.

Go to

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The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) last week wrote in a letter to the Senate Finance Committee that the tax plan now pending in Congress could compromise financing for port infrastructure projects.

States now use “private activity bonds,” or PABs, to raise private funds for certain types of infrastructure projects.

PABs are exempt from federal taxes, but the House and Senate versions of the Republican tax reform package would eliminate the exemption, which currently covers about $20 billion in bond financing for local projects, including much-needed investments in the nation’s ports.

AAPA has called on Congress to expand the program “instead of making it less attractive to investors by removing its federal-tax-exempt status.”

“Abruptly ending this incentive for private sector financing would further constrain available funding for certain infrastructure projects,” the port operators said in a letter to members of the Senate Finance Committee.

“It is therefore likely that many future projects would never be built or would cost significantly more.”

The group said that the proposal now under consideration in Congress could increase funding pressures on states and lead to problems for public projects as well as privately funded ones.

Republicans are making rapid strides toward approving the tax package.

The House passed its version just two weeks after it was introduced.

Senate prospects are less clear, considering the party’s narrower margin and criticism of the plan by a number of Republicans senators.

The House bill delivers more than 80 percent of its overall cuts to corporations, business owners and wealthy families, according to estimates released by the Joint Committee on Taxation.

Most middle-class Americans would see an immediate tax cut because of a lowering of individual tax rates along with the near-doubling of the standard deduction and a larger child tax credit, but many households that itemize their deductions could see immediate tax increases.

Sponsors of the bill have argued that it would lead to new jobs, but many economists disagree.

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Maersk Line has appointed Omar Shamsie as the new president of Maersk Line in North America effective Dec. 1.

His predecessor, Michael White, stepped down in October to take on the newly created role of head of global trade digitization for AP Moller-Maersk Transport & Logistics.

Most recently, Shamsie served as president of Maersk Line Latin America & the Caribbean.

Before that, he served as president of Maersk Line Canada.

Maersk said in a statement that next year, Shamsie will continue developing reliable end-to-end container shipping solutions and supply chain services made possible by the integration and synergies of the A.P. Moller-Maersk Transport & Logistics Company.

At Maersk Line, the company said, he will focus on the use of innovative technology to reduce the complexity for customers of freight management and add greater efficiency to the shipping process.

“I joined Maersk 28 years ago, because I wanted to be part of a company that enables global opportunities through trade while making the world more connected and accessible for all,” Shamsie was quoted as saying.

“I’m honored and excited to take on this new position in a region that contributes to almost one-third of global trade, with a robust key client portfolio and limitless trade opportunities. My top priority will remain with our customers, as we help them grow their businesses while improving their overall end-to-end experience. We will do this by leveraging technology and innovation, providing excellence in our customer service, and delivering reliable and consistent products.

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A missing submarine belonging to Argentina’s navy may soon run out of oxygen, a military spokesperson said, lending increased urgency to the multinational search for the vessel and its 44-person crew.

Argentina lost contact with the ARA SAN JUAN on Nov. 15, shortly after the captain of the sub reported a failure in the battery system while it was submerged off Argentina’s South Atlantic coast.

Since then, ships and aircraft from at least seven countries have been searching portions of the South Atlantic for the missing sub. In the worst case scenario, the government spokesperson said, the crew could be out of oxygen by Wednesday.

Under normal circumstances, the vessel has sufficient fuel, water, oil and oxygen to operate for weeks without external help, and “snorkel,” or raise a tube to the surface, to charge batteries and draw fresh air for the crew.

But if the sub can’t surface, the oxygen might last only seven days.

The vessel was submerged when the navy last made contact with it, and Tuesday is the sixth full day since its disappearance.

The submarine was traveling from a base in far southern Tierra del Fuego archipelago to its home base in Mar del Plata, a city hundreds of miles to the northeast, when the navy lost contact with it last week.

The sub’s last known location in the San Jorge Gulf, off southern Argentina’s Patagonia region, is nearly midway between the bases.

The vessel had been due to arrive at its destination Sunday.

The SAN JUAN is a German-built, 65-meter long (213-foot) TR-1700 submarine, powered by one electric engine and four diesel engines.

The U.S. Navy has dispatched two complete sets of submarine rescue equipment to the South Atlantic in case the vessel is found.

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Courts in a number of countries have recently denied fair treatment to mariners seeking to defend themselves against charges stemming from maritime accidents.

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has fought for years against this tendency to “criminalize” mariners for events beyond their control.

Maritime labor and the ITF want to see the widespread adoption, promotion and enforcement of the International Labor

Organization (ILO)/International Maritime Organization (IMO) Guidelines on the Fair Treatment of Seafarers in the Event of a Maritime Accident.

The Criminalization Toolkit, now posted at, is designed to support this objective.

It reports on recent examples of criminalization, including the wreck of the PRESTIGE and the imprisonment of the crew of the SEAMAN GUARD OHIO.

It also includes draft letters that can be sent to shipping companies and to national governments, encouraging them to speak out in defense of mariners and to push for full implementation of the IMO/ILO guidelines.

Although the guidelines were adopted by the international organizations on July 1, 2006, many countries do not follow them.

To find out more, and to access the toolkit, go to:

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Thanksgiving is a time for gratitude, reflection and of course, plenty of delicious food.

As we gather with the family, friends and special people in our life, Labor 411 reminds us to also be grateful for the employers who provide their workers with living wages and good working conditions.

Let’s feast our way to a stronger America with a Thanksgiving shopping list that supports good jobs:

. Whole Turkey: Butterball; Foster Farms

. Ham: Boar’s Head; Hormel; Farmland; Cook’s; Hillshire Farm; Thumann’s; John Morrell; Alexander & Hornung; Sahlen’s

. Potatoes/Sweet Potatoes: Betty Crocker; Dole; Ore-Ida; Homestyle Bakes; Mann’s

. Stuffing: Stroehmann Bakery Products; Kraft

. Cranberries/Cranberry Sauce: Dole; Ocean Spray

. Pie: Entenmann’s; Marie Callender’s

. Salad/Vegetables: Amaral Ranches broccoli and romaine lettuce; Andy Boy broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce; Birds Eye and Mann’s green beans; Del Fresh mushrooms; Dole salads; Fresh Express salad; Gargiulo tomatoes.

Remember: When you buy union, you’re supporting good jobs in American communities, jobs that provide living wages and benefits, safe working conditions, dignity and respect.

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From now until Nov. 27, union-made job-fitted occupational workboots are 30 percent off at

The Union Boot Pro offers high-quality, Wisconsin-made workboots.

It also now carries U.S.-made accessories, including: Thorogood outsoles; Powerstep work inserts; Wigwam workhats and work socks; toeguards, boot guards, leather conditioners and gloves; P’Blues work jeans; and “Proud-Union-Member” hardhat stickers

Free U.S.-flag lace fobs with boot order.

Promo code BLCK7XD

Sale ends midnight, Monday, Nov. 27. Discount taken from The Union Boot Pro suggested retail price.

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All MM&P union halls, the MM&P Federal Credit Union, MM&P headquarters and the MM&P Plan Office will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 23 and Friday, Nov. 24 for Thanksgiving.

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There will be an AMG Membership meeting at Ocean Yacht Club, 370 Front St., Staten Island, NY, 10304, on Wednesday, Dec. 6, at 2:00 p.m.

All AMG members are encouraged to attend the meeting.

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The MM&P Houston holiday party will be held on Friday, Dec. 15, from 1200-1500, at Perry’s Steakhouse and Grill, 700 Baybrook Mall Drive, Suite H 110, Friendswood, TX 77546.

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Holiday parties are being scheduled at the MM&P union halls. The schedule is as follows:


Norfolk, Monday, Dec. 4, at The Dockside, 1230-1530;

Charleston, Tuesday, Dec. 5, at The Kickin Chicken, 1230-1530;

Boston, Friday, Dec. 15, in the union hall, 1100-1500;

Pompano, Monday, Dec. 18, 1230-1530, at Brew Fish Bar & Grill in Pompano Beach;

Newark, Thursday, Dec. 21, for both the Offshore Group & the Atlantic Maritime Group, at the Robert Treat Hotel, 1200-1700.


Houston, Friday, Dec. 15, 1200-1500, at Perry’s Steakhouse and Grill, 700 Baybrook Mall Drive, Suite H 110, Friendswood, TX



Honolulu, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 1000-1400, in the union hall;

San Francisco/Oakland, Friday, Dec. 8, 1215, in the union hall;

Los Angeles/Long Beach, Friday, Dec. 15, 1200, in the union hall;

Seattle, Monday, Dec. 18, 1200, in the union hall.

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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 – 4/16/18

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation: 3/19/18, 5/23/18

ARPA-OIC – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 1/16/18, 4/3/18

AZIPOD 2-Day – 3/22/18, 5/21/18

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 2/26/18, 6/18/18

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 1/16/18, 2/22/18, 3/29/18, 5/21/18

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

BRMP-Refresher – 3/26/18, 5/23/18

BT – Basic Safety Training: 1/15/18, 4/9/18

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of seatime in last 5 years) – 12/12/17, 2/7/18, 3/6/18, 4/2/18, 4/30/18, 6/18/18

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 12/11/17, 2/7/18, 3/5/18, 4/29/18

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

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 12/11/17, 1/29/18, 4/2/18, 6/11/18

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 12/4/17, 1/22/18, 3/12/18, 6/4/18

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (2 weeks): 4/9/18

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1: 12/4/17

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific: 12/11/17

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems: 1/15/18, 3/26/18, 6/25/18

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM): 1/8/18, 2/19/18, 5/14/18, 6/18/18

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 11/27/17, 3/5/18

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: 3/12/18

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (2 weeks): 4/23/18

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 12/4/17, 1/15/18, 2/5/18, 3/5/18, 3/19/18, 4/9/18, 4/23/18, 5/7/18, 6/4/18, 6/18/18

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 12/11/17, 1/22/18, 2/12/18, 3/12/18, 3/26/18, 4/16/18, 4/30/18, 5/14/18, 6/11/18, 6/25/18

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

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 3/19/18

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 5/7/18

CNAV-OIC – Celestial Navigation: 4/23/18

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop: Contact Admissions

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications: 2/19/18

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior – 7/12/18

CDMGT – Crowd Management – 7/13/18

CSE – Confined Space Entry: 1/15/18

CSE-AWR – Confined Space Entry Awareness: 5/24/18

DDE – Great Lakes: 1/22/18, 6/4/18

DPA – Contact Admissions

ECDIS for Pilots – 2/20/18, 3/20/18, 5/24/18

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 4/23/18, 7/9/18, 11/26/18

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 1/15/18, 4/9/18

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of seatime in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 12/14/17, 2/6/18, 3/8/18, 4/4/18, 5/2/18, 6/20/18

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 12/9/17, 2/10/18, 3/3/18, 4/27/18

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications: 1/16/18, 4/17/18

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization: 1/19/18

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System: 3/5/18

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 11/27/17, 5/21/18, 8/20/18, 12/10/18

IEN – Integrated Electronic Navigation – Contact Admissions

LAP – 2/26/18, 7/9/18, 9/17/18

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes: 1/22/18

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License: 12/4/17

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 3/28/18

LNG-TPIC – 12/3/18

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC): 5/21/18 (*2-Evening Session)

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): 2/12/18, 4/30/18, /16/18, 12/3/18

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 1/22/18, 3/19/18, 5/7/18, 7/9/18, 10/8/18, 11/26/18

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 1/8/18, 4/23/18, 6/25/18

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 11/27/17, 1/22/18, 3/19/18, 4/16/18, 5/7/18

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 12/15/17, 1/13/18, 1/27/18, 2/5/18, 3/9/18, 4/5/18, 5/3/18,
5/12/18, 6/21/18

MSA –Maritime Security Awareness: Contact Admissions

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic): 2/23/18, 5/24/18, 6/8/18

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control: 2/21/18, 5/22/18, 6/6/18

*MSC-ENVPRO – 2/25/18, 6/3/18

*MSC-FF-HELO – 6/4/18

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications: 1/8/18, 2/26/18, 5/14/18, 6/11/18

*MSC-Security Watch Basic – 2/24/18, 5/13/18, 6/9/18

*MSC-Security Watch Advanced – 1/12/18, 3/2/18, 5/18/18, 6/10/18

*MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force – 1/13/18, 3/3/18, 5/19/18, 6/15/18

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P – 1/22/18, 1/24/18, 3/29/18, 4/23/18, 4/25/18, 6/25/18, 6/27/18

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 1/15/18

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 11/29/17, 12/6/17, 12/13/17, 1/10/18, 1/31/18, 2/7/18, 2/21/18, 3/7/18,

3/21/18, 4/4/18, 4/18/18, 5/2/18, 5/9/18, 5/16/18, 6/6/18, 6/20/18, 7/11/18, 7/25/18, 8/8/18, 8/22/18, 10/3/18, 10/17/18, 10/31/18, 11/7/18, 11/14/18, 11/28/18, 12/5/18, 12/12/18, 12/19/18

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 11/27/18, 1/8/18

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments): 5/22/18

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 1/29/18, 5/14/18

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling-5 Day – 11/27/17, 2/19/18, 3/12/18, 4/2/18, 5/21/18

SMS – Contact Admissions

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 1/22/18

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses: 1/29/18

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 2/12/18, 4/16/18, 7/9/18

TRAC-TUG-2: Contact Admissions

TTT – Contact Admissions

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties: 4/12/18

VSO – Vessel Security Officer: 2/14/18, 4/9/18, 7/9/18

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level): 2/19/18

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

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For registration, please contact our registrar, Mary McGhee, at 206.838.1126 or You can also view our schedule and enroll online at

November 2017

27-29 24-Hour HAZWOPER
27-1 Radar Observer Unlimited
27-1 Basic Shiphandling

December 2017

2-3 Basic Training – Revalidation
2-4 Basic Training – Refresher
4th Flashing Light Exam
4-8 Basic Training
4-8 Leadership & Managerial Skills
4-8 Medical Care Provider
4-15 Medical Person-In-Charge
4-15 GMDSS
8th HAZWOPER Refresher
11th Radar Renewal
11th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
11-15 Construction & Stability (Operational Level)
11-15 Engine Resource Management
16-17 Basic Training – Revalidation
16-18 Basic Training – Refresher
18-20 Search & Rescue
18-21 Advanced Firefighting
18-22 ECDIS
20-22 24-Hour HAZWOPER

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