Wheelhouse Weekly – November 5th, 2019

November 6th 2019

Volume 24… Number 44… Nov. 5, 2019


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Offshore Familiarization Course:

MM&P Holiday Closing Notice:

Pacific Maritime Region Membership Meetings:


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Captain William Boyce and the crew of the MV GREEN LAKE were honored by the U.S.-flag fleet and the Maritime Administration on Nov. 1 for their part in the grueling, day-long rescue of mariners who had been forced to abandon their vessel, the SINCERITY ACE, in the wake of a raging fire.

During the Admiral of the Ocean Sea ceremony in New York, Maritime Administrator Mark Buzby presented the Gallant Ship Award to the MV GREEN LAKE and the Mariner’s Plaque and Merchant Marine Medal for Outstanding Achievement to the captain and crew.

Along with Boyce, the MM&P licensed deck officers aboard the ship at the time of the rescue were Chief Mate Kevin Camarda, Second Mate Chelsea Martin and Third Mate Matthew Morgan.

Representatives of Waterman Transport Inc., owner of the MV GREEN LAKE, were on hand to accept the award for the ship.

It was the first time in 25 years that the Gallant Ship Citation had been bestowed on a U.S.-flag vessel.

“The GREEN LAKE was there to respond in the time-honored tradition of mariners coming to the aid of fellow mariners,” Buzby said.

“This American-trained crew highlights the professionalism and valor of our nation’s mariners, whether conducting humanitarian aid missions or providing vital sustainment to the U.S. Armed Forces.”

The GREEN LAKE is part of the Maritime Security Program fleet of 60 U.S.-flag ships, active in international trade, yet available on-call to meet Department of Defense transport requirements.

“Today, as we honor the crew of a great American ship, we again see the value of the Maritime Security Program to our country,” Buzby said.

The Maritime Administration described the rescue as follows.

“The GREEN LAKE’s heroic actions began on New Year’s Eve 2018 when the crew of the U.S.-flag ship responded to a disaster unfolding 2,000 miles northwest of Hawaii.

The SINCERITY ACE, a massive 650-foot car carrier, had caught fire, forcing her 21-man crew to abandon ship.

Arriving on the scene, the GREEN LAKE encountered a daunting task–locating SINCERITY ACE crew members floating in unforgiving seas spread out across several miles.

The GREEN LAKE fought 17- to 20-foot waves and turbulent winds, making lifesaving attempts even more dangerous and challenging.

The rescue effort lasted 18 hours, with the GREEN LAKE’s entire deck crew working tirelessly to get the survivors onboard.

The crew and officers of the GREEN LAKE saved seven SINCERITY ACE crew members.”

The Gallant Ship Award dates back to an executive order issued by President Franklin D. Roosevelt during World War II to recognize excellence and bravery in merchant mariners.

Between 1944 and 1994, only 41 ships received Gallant Ship status.

Ships and crews receiving Gallant Ship status must have encountered substantial danger during rescue and lifesaving efforts while demonstrating efficiency, discipline and expertise in conducting such operations.

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Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao has received the Admiral of the Ocean Sea Award for her career-long commitment to the maritime industry.

The AOTOS Award is given by the United Seamen’s Service to individuals who demonstrate outstanding support for American seafarers and the U.S. maritime industry.

It is presented at an annual ceremony in the presence of hundreds of representatives of the U.S.-flag fleet.

Chao has partnered with the maritime community since she worked on transportation and trade issues in the White House in 1983.

Since then, she has served in a number of leadership roles in the U.S. government, including as deputy maritime administrator and chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission.

She says a recent highlight of her career has been working with Congress to obtain funding for the first new purpose-built academy training ships in nearly 50 years.

“Secretary Elaine L. Chao has worked hard to advance the U.S. maritime industry,” said MARAD Administrator Mark Buzby in presenting her with the AOTOS award.

“She has been a staunch defender of the U.S.-flag merchant marine fleet.”

“She has defended the budget of the Maritime Administration, and many of its policies in the interagency process.”

“We congratulate Secretary Chao on receiving the Admiral of the Ocean Sea Award, which is recognized as one of the most prestigious awards in the maritime industry.”

“I am honored to have my work over the years recognized by such a distinguished organization and audience,” Chao said.

“I understand very well the sacrifices that merchant mariners experience. The men and women in this industry are heroes; I am proud of them and work hard to support them.”

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The officers and crew of the expeditionary fast transport vessel USNS BRUNSWICK were honored at the AOTOS awards ceremony for humanitarian relief efforts in Micronesia in the wake of Super Typhoon Wutip.

Captain Adam Streeper accepted the award on behalf of the officers and crew of the Military Sealift Command ship.

The licensed deck officers aboard USNS BRUNSWICK are represented by the MM&P Federal Employees Membership Group.

“The crew implemented advanced ship handling techniques, which were not yet standard to expeditionary fast transport vessels in the Navy inventory, as it accepted local boats and personnel alongside to transfer critical supplies and relief workers ashore,” the awards committee said.

USNS BRUNSWICK crewmembers not only volunteered to go ashore in the disaster zone, distributing donated supplies and clothing to displaced residents, they also joined in cleanup and relief efforts and assisted local boats making their way to the ship with supplies.

“Braving currents, weather, waves and unknown hazards in Micronesia, the crew worked round the clock,” the awards committee said.

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Licensed deck officers represented by the MM&P Federal Employees Membership Group will crew the newest expeditionary fast transport ship, which Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer has announced will be named USNS CODY.

The vessel is the first ship to be named in honor of the city of Cody, Wyoming.

T-EPFs transport personnel, equipment and supplies.

They can transport 600 short tons of military cargo with a crew of 26 civilian mariners.

They are equipped with airline-style seating for 312 embarked troops, along with a fixed-wing berthing outfitted for an additional 104 people.

With a shallow draft of under 15 feet, a flight deck for helicopter operations and a vehicle offload ramp, EPFs can support a wide range of operations.

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Members of the Chicago Teachers Union have won a new five-year contract, ending a two-week strike.

As part of the agreement, the city agreed to cap class sizes, provide a 16-percent pay increase over five years and assign a nurse and a social worker to every school.

From the outset, the teachers union worked closely with SEIU Local 73, which represents 7,500 special education classroom assistants, nurses, bus aides and security guards.

Both unions went on strike the same day and even after the SEIU reached a tentative agreement with the city, its members voted unanimously to continue striking with the teachers.

The unions also coordinated their messaging campaigns, drawing connections between the austerity imposed on local schools and the $2 billion in taxpayer-funded grants that the city has recently awarded to developers of luxury condominiums and upscale shopping complexes.

Support staff won a 16 percent pay increase with additional dollars for seniority, and improvements in working conditions.

“This is a victory for working people in Chicago and shows what is possible when we unite and take action,” SEIU Local 73 President Dian Palmer said in a statement.

“The lowest paid support workers who are the backbone of our schools are going to see raises that mean their families won’t have to struggle living in an expensive city where costs keep going up.”

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The UAW reached a tentative labor agreement with Ford Motor Co. last week, just days after the end of the six-week strike against General Motors.

The four-year contract with Ford, which must still be ratified by union members, would cover 55,000 hourly workers.

Ford is generally agreed to have the best relationship with the UAW of any of the Detroit Three automakers.

Unlike GM, it has not closed or threatened to close any plants in the United States and has not opened any high-value facilities in other countries.

The union said Ford had agreed to invest $6 billion in factories in the United States, spending that will create or preserve 8,500 jobs.

It said the negotiations had focused on job security, health and safety, seniority, pension and retirement programs.

Other details of the proposed contract were not disclosed.

The GM deal became a template for talks with Ford and will be used next in negotiations with Fiat Chrysler.

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The Offshore Familiarization Course will be held at MM&P headquarters on Wednesday, Nov. 6 and Thursday, Nov. 7.

The course will begin both days at 1630.

There is no sea-time requirement to take the 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.

If you would like to participate or if you want additional information, please contact the MM&P Executive Office by emailing or, or by calling 410-850-8700 ext. 121.

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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 Monday, Nov. 11, for Veterans Day.

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There will be a Pacific Maritime Region membership meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 9:30 a.m., at the Seafarers’ Memorial Park Building at 601 Seafarers’ Way, Anacortes, WA 98221.

MM&P International President Don Marcus, PMR Vice President Timothy Saffle, Regional Representative Nick Sorber and Regional Representative Dan Twohig will be in attendance to give their reports and answer your questions.

If you have any items you wish to have placed on the agenda or questions that may require research, please contact Dan Twohig at

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MITAGS is interested in receiving photo submissions from MM&P members for use on the official MITAGS social media platforms.

The goal is to document members’ voyages and promote the maritime industry. 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 MITAGS Marketing Manager Lindsay Moran, at

Be sure to tell us whether you would like to be credited for the photo.

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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:

For Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) processing, MMC problem resolution advice, STCW compliance and VA GI-Bill questions, contact MITAGS-PMI Student/Instructional Services Manager Jennifer Pitzen at 206-739-0720 (direct line); (888) 893-7829 (toll free); or by e-mail:

Please include your Mariner Reference Number, date of birth and the last four digits of your social security number in all emails.

Classes are 5-day unless otherwise noted

Class dates followed by an * are full

AB – Able Seaman – 4/13/20

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

ARPA-OIC (4-Day) – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 1/14/20, 3/31/20

AZIPOD (2-Day) – 3/9/20, 4/30/20

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 2/24/20, 5/11/20

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 1/15/20, 3/9/20, 3/31/20, 4/30/20, 5/18/20

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling – (Now also included in BRMP-Refresher) (3-Day): 3/11/20, 4/27/20

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

BT – Basic Safety Training: 2/24/20, 4/20/20

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – 10/29/19, 12/17/19, 2/4/20, 3/4/20, 4/2/20, 4/28/20, 6/15/20

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 12/16/19, 3/4/20, 4/27/20

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 4/6/20

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 12/16/19, 2/3/20, 4/13/20, 6/8/20

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 12/9/19, 1/27/20, 4/6/20, 6/15/20

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 2/10/20

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1: 12/2/19*, 3/16/20, 6/1/20

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific: 12/9/19*, 3/23/20, 6/8/20

CM-OPS 2 APL – Chief Mate Operations II APL Specific – 12/2/19*, 3/9/20*

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems: 12/2/19, 3/9/20, 6/1/20

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM): 12/16/19, 3/2/20, 4/20/20, 6/22/20

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 11/4/19 [with DCS-1], 1/13/20 (DCS-1 available on request – contact Admissions)

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: Not Currently Scheduled

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management: 10/28/19, 1/6/20

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 12/2/19*, 1/13/20, 2/10/20, 3/2/20*, 3/16/20, 4/13/20, 4/27/20, 6/1/20, 6/15/20

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 11/11/19*, 12/9/19*, 1/20/20*, 2/17/20, 3/9/20, 3/23/20, 4/20/20, 5/4/20, 6/8/20, 6/22/20

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

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 2/24/20

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 1/20/20

WX-HW-ATL – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Atlantic Ocean (2-day) – 5/18/20

WX-HW-IND – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Indian Ocean (2-day) – 5/22/20

WX-HW-PAC – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Pacific Ocean (2-day) – 5/20/20

CIW-DPA/IA – Continual Improvement Workshop: Designated Person Ashore & Internal Auditor (3-Day) ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program ** –Not currently scheduled

CIW-SMS – Continual Improvement Workshop: Successful Safety Management (2-Day) – Not currently scheduled

CNAV-OIC (15-Day) – Celestial Navigation: 4/27/20

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications (1-Day): 2/21/20

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior (1-Day) – 2/14/20

CDMGT – Crowd Management (1-Day) – 2/13/20

CSE – Confined Space Entry (3-Day): Not currently scheduled

CSE-AWR – Confined Space Entry Awareness (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

CY-MAR – Cyber-Skilled Mariner ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program ** – Not currently scheduled

DDE – Great Lakes (20-Day): 2/3/20

ECDIS for Pilots (2-Day) – 11/21/19, 1/20/20, 4/30/20

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 12/9/19, 3/9/20, 6/8/20

FF-ADV – Advanced Fire-Fighting (4-day) – 1/13/20

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 2/24/20, 4/20/20

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 12/19/19, 2/6/20, 3/2/20, 4/1/20, 4/30/20, 6/17/20

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 12/14/19, 3/7/20, 4/25/20

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications (1-Day): 3/2/20

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization (2-Day): 3/14/20

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (10-Day): 3/16/20

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 11/18/19, 4/13/20

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

LAP – License Advancement Program for Mate to Master (20-Day): 1/6/20*

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes (15-Day): 3/9/20

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License (15-Day): 6/1/20

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage (1-Day): 1/8/20, 3/12/20, 4/8/20, 5/18/20, 9/16/20

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

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC) (1-Day): 5/26/20

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): 12/2/19, 3/16/20, 6/15/20

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 12/2/19*, 1/20/20, 3/16/20, 5/4/20, 7/6/20, 9/28/20, 11/30/20

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 1/6/20, 3/9/20, 6/22/20

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 11/18/19, 1/20/20, 3/16/20, 4/13/20, 5/4/20

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 12/7/19, 12/20/19, 1/11/20, 1/25/20, 2/7/20, 3/21/20, 3/31/20, 5/1/20, 5/9/20, 6/18/20

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic) (1-Day): 2/20/20, 5/21/20, 6/3/20

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 2/18/20, 5/19/20, 6/1/20

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) – 2/23/20, 5/31/20

MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day) – Not currently scheduled

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 1/6/20, 2/24/20, 5/11/20, 6/7/20 (2020 dates may shift based on gun range availability)

MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day) – 2/21/20, 5/10/20, 6/4/20

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) – 1/5/20, 2/22/20, 5/15/20, 6/5/20 (2020 dates may shift based on gun range availability)

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) – 1/10/20, 2/28/20, 5/16/20, 6/11/20 (2020 dates may shift based on gun range availability)

NDMS-ENAV – Navigational Decision Making Series – Best Practice in eNav (3-Day) – 11/18/19, 1/22/20

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P (2-Day) – 11/18/19*, 11/20/19, 12/16/19*, 12/18/19, 1/13/20, 3/16/20, 4/9/20, 6/22/20, 6/24/20

RFPNW – Ratings Forming Part of a Navigational Watch (3-day) – Not currently scheduled

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal (1-Day): 1/13/20

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes (1-Night): 12/18/19, 3/6/20, 3/7/20, 4/27/20, 4/28/20

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 1/6/20

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3-Day): 12/2/19, 3/28/20

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 2/3/20, 5/18/20

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day) – 11/18/19, 12/16/19*, 1/27/20*, 3/30/20, 5/4/20

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 1/20/20

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (15-Day): 1/27/20

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 1/6/20, 5/11/20

TRAC-TUG-2 (2-Day): 2/17/20

TTT – ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program ** Not currently scheduled

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (1-Day): 2/9/20

VSO – Vessel Security Officer (3-Day): 2/10/20, 4/6/20, 5/27/20

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) (10-Day): 2/17/20

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 3/2/20

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For registration, contact our admissions department: 206.441.2880 or

Please also see our schedule and enroll online at

November 2019
12th Radar Renewal
13th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
14-15 Basic Training Revalidation
18-19 Advanced Firefighting Refresher
18-20 Security Officer – Vessel, Company, & Facility
18-22 Radar Observer Unlimited
18-22 Advanced Watchkeeping
25-27 Search & Rescue

December 2019
2-6 Leadership & Managerial Skills
2-20 License Preparation (Mate Level)
3-6 Advanced Firefighting
9-12 ARPA
9-13 Basic Training
13th Radar Renewal
16th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
17-18 Basic Training Revalidation

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