Wheelhouse Weekly – Oct. 28, 2014

October 29th 2014 ,

Volume 18 . . . Number 43 . . . Oct. 28, 2014


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The crew of the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) ferry MALASPINA rescued a fisherman from a boat that sank off British Columbia in the early morning hours of Oct. 18. Two other fishermen missing in the accident are presumed to have died. The MM&P members aboard the MALASPINA at the time were Captain Scott Macaulay, Pilot Gabriel Baylous, Chief Mate Dave Turner and Mates Gary Homan, Shane Begley and Paul Kerber. The fishing boat, ATLANTIC HARVESTER 1, capsized for unknown reasons and quickly sank in the icy water.

The two missing men had disappeared before the MALASPINA arrived on the scene. “Their boat rolled over and sank so fast that there was nothing we could do for them,” Captain Macaulay said. The survivor told rescuers that he had only been able to escape the sinking boat because he was so close to the pilot house door.

The ferry crew received the distress call at 0130 as they traveled on their weekly wintertime run between Bellingham, Wash., and Ketchikan, Alaska, with several hundred passengers on board, and changed course to respond to the report of the capsized skow. “We just happened to be in the right place at the right time,” Macaulay said. There was no wind and only ambient light when the MALASPINA arrived on the scene and the crew sighted the debris field, with one man in the water, waving. The ferry’s fast rescue boat was quickly dispatched with a bosun, an able-bodied seaman and an ordinary seaman on board. They plucked the survivor from the water and brought him aboard the ferry, where he was given a change of clothes and treated for hypothermia. “It was a coordinated effort,” Macaulay said. “They say ‘it takes a village’ but in the case of a rescue, it takes everyone on board the ship.”

Before being transferred to a Coast Guard vessel that had arrived on the scene, the survivor “hugged everybody on the car deck,” Macaulay said. “We were happy to have been able to save him, but you can’t help but think of the family and friends of the other two,” he added. Crews searched all daySaturday for the missing fishermen–by land, sea and air. A dive team was scheduled to continue the search as this issue of the Weekly was being distributed.

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Union members should go to the polls and vote for candidates who support the labor movement onNov. 4, says International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) President Harold Daggett. “All workers deserve to be paid fairly for their labor, to have safe working conditions and to have the right to organize,” Daggett wrote in a letter to every member of the ILA. “There has never been a more important time to make sure that we elect pro-labor candidates who share these values,” he said.

“The election is crucial because many candidates are avowed enemies of the labor movement. If they are elected, they will not only seek legislation to weaken labor, they will be in a position to place anti-labor figures as heads of administrative agencies like the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the Department of Labor, as well as state boards and commissions. We have to do everything we can to defeat anti-labor candidates on Election Day.”

MM&P members can log on to the Members’ Only section of for a list of candidates who support the American Merchant Marine and America’s working families. The list can be accessed by clicking on the “Who We Support” button on the left-hand side of the page.

“The choices are clear and I am asking that you do everything you can to reach out to fellow union members and their families,” Daggett said. “When we participate in our democratic process by voting, we win and our country wins.” MM&P is the marine affiliate of the ILA.

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Mandatory nationwide standards are needed to protect American workers from the Ebola virus, says AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. He has called on President Obama and congressional leaders to implement standards to protect hundreds of thousands of workers, mostly in the health care sector, who could be exposed to the virus in the course of their jobs. “It is crucial that you lead the response to the Ebola virus with government-wide coordination,” Trumka told President Obama in an Oct. 21 letter. Specifically, he is urging Obama to direct his administration to issue “uniform enforceable national standards” for health workers who are on the front lines in fighting the disease, which has killed thousands in West Africa.

Trumka also called on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to collaborate on specific safety protocols, including the use of air purifiers, as well as hands-on training for all front-line medical and hospital personal. “Protecting these workers is integral to protecting the public from exposure and stopping the spread of Ebola,” Trumka wrote. In separate letters to House and Senate leaders, he called on Congress to work jointly with the administration and provide necessary support through legislation and funding.

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Hundreds of police officers stormed two terminals in the port of Limon, Costa Rica, on Oct. 23, attacking longhore workers and arresting 68 men and women who were peacefully striking. The port re-opened the next day manned by strikebreakers, some from nearby countries, replacing union members. The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has condemned the actions of the government.

The dispute arose over a 33-year, $1 billion expansion deal won by APM to run a new terminal. The deal grants significant competitive advantages to APM, which negotiated the exclusive right to handle containers, casting a shadow over the future of the state-owned port company Japdeva. Besides overseeing activities in the ports, Japdeva helps fund public education and health services in Costa Rica.

“This is another example of profit coming first, with governments putting effort–violent effort–into attacking public sector workers,” said ITF President Paddy Crumlin. The beatings by police–a shocking development in a country known for peacefulness and democracy—were broadcast on television. “Dockers’ unions worldwide will fight this,” Crumlin said.

The union has strong support from other public sector workers as well as environmentalists, because the new facility could compromise the nesting grounds of leatherback turtles and endanger manatees, dolphins and coral reefs. On a regional level, Latin American dockworkers’ unions have rallied and presented petitions to Costa Rican embassies. Now the ITF has stepped up the pressure, writing to port unions globally asking them for support.

“All the union members want is observance of the law, security for existing jobs and protection of their community. Instead, the government authorized disproportionate force and hired strikebreakers. Of course the international union community is shocked,” said ITF Regional Secretary Antonio Rodriguez Fritz. “We will fight this and we will win.”

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Prosecutors in South Korea are seeking the death penalty for the captain of the SEWOL ferry, which capsized April 16 with the loss of 304 lives. Three other members of the crew are facing life in prison. Prosecutors argue that the four are guilty of murder for not using all means at their disposal to evacuate the passengers, even as they themselves were being rescued. At least 294 people died–including hundreds of high school students on a field trip–when the ferry sank. Ten bodies are still missing. Prosecutors are seeking 30 years in prison for a female crew member who was at the helm of the ferry when it sank, and lesser sentences for nine other crewmembers. Judges have said they will issue a verdict and announce sentences on Nov. 11.

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Chris Brown, the brother of MM&P President Emeritus Tim Brown, died unexpectedly last week. A viewing will be held Oct. 29 from 1800 to 1930 at Hollywood Memorial Gardens, 6301 Taft Street, Hollywood, FL 33024. There will be a service at 1930. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Rita’s Church in Dallas. Address and donation information will be made in the next issue of The Wheelhouse Weekly. For more information, call 954-210-5275 or send an e-mail to

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The Oregon Board of Maritime Pilots and the Columbia River Bar Pilots are accepting applications to fill vacancies expected to occur over the next few years. Applicants must have at least one year of sea time as Master on ships over 5,000 GT to apply and two years’ sea time to be accepted. The Columbia River Bar Pilots are an equal opportunity organization looking for Captains with a broad range of experience capable of working in the demanding conditions of the winter bar. Successful applicants must have the command personality needed to make the wide range of decisions the job requires. They must also be willing and able to contribute to running the business side of the organization.

If you are interested, please contact: Susan Johnson, Administrator, Oregon Board of Maritime Pilots, 800 N.E. Oregon St. #15, Suite 507, Portland, OR 97232;; 971-673-1530(phone); 971-673-1531 (fax).

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The following meetings have been scheduled at MM&P Pacific Ports union halls during the month of November: Honolulu, Nov. 6, directly after the 1000 job call with Pacific Ports Vice President Dave Boatner; Los Angeles-Long Beach, Nov. 12, directly after the 1100 job call with Dave Boatner and MM&P President Don Marcus; San Francisco-Oakland, Nov. 12, directly after the 1100 job call with Coast Agent Jeremy Hope; Seattle, Nov. 13, directly after 1100 job call with Dave Boatner and Don Marcus.

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The Offshore Familiarization Course will be held at the MM&P Seattle Hall Nov. 13-14. If you would like to participate in the course, please sign up with the Seattle Dispatcher: 206-441-8700.

There is no sea-time requirement to take the Offshore Orientation 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.

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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 Kelly Michielli, 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 – 4/13/15, 8/17/15, 10/12/15

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation: Contact Admissions

ARPA-OIC – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 11/18/14, 1/20/15, 3/31/15, 8/4/15, 9/22/15

AZIPOD 2-Day – 2/2/15, 4/6/15

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 1/26/15, 3/23/15, 5/18/15, 8/3/15, 10/19/15

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 11/20/14, 2/4/15, 3/2/15, 4/13/15, 5/20/15, 6/17/15,7/16/15, 11/9/15

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling: 3/4/15, 4/8/15

BT – Basic Safety Training: 1/19/15, 2/9/15, 4/6/15, 6/8/15

BT-Revalidation –8/5/15, 11/3/15

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 4/13/15, 10/26/15

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVNAV-CMM – Advanced Navigation (=ECDIS & VPEN): 11/10/14

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 1/19/15, 4/20/15, 6/15/15, 7/27/15, 9/28/15

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 1/12/15, 4/13/15, 6/1/15, 8/3/15, 10/19/15

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (2 weeks): 4/27/15, 10/5/15

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information System: 11/10/14, 12/1/14, 1/5/15, 4/6/15, 6/8/15,8/17/15, 11/2/15, 12/7/15

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM): 11/17/14,12/8/14, 1/26/15, 3/30/15, 6/22/15, 8/10/15, 10/26/15, 11/30/15

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 3/2/15, 11/16/15

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (2 weeks): 3/9/15, 9/14/15

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 11/3/14, 12/1/14, 2/2/15, 3/9/15, 3/30/15,4/13/15, 5/4/15, 6/1/15, 7/13/15, 8/10/15, 8/24/15, 10/5/15, 11/9/15, 11/30/15

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 11/10/14, 12/8/14, 2/9/15, 3/16/15, 4/6/15, 4/20/15, 5/11/15, 6/8/15, 7/20/15, 8/17/15, 8/31/15, 10/12/15, 11/16/15, 12/7/15

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 11/17/14, 3/23/15

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 11/3/14, 5/11/15, 11/9/15

CNAV-OIC – Celestial Navigation: 11/3/14, 4/27/15, 11/9/15

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop: Contact Admissions

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications: 7/9/15

DDE – Great Lakes: 1/26/15, 6/1/15

DPA – Contact Admissions

ECDIS-OIC – 2/16/15

ECDIS-Pilots – 3/2/15, 6/15/15, 7/14/15, 11/12/15

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 12/1/14

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 1/19/15, 2/9/15, 4/6/15, 6/8/15, 8/10/15, 10/5/15

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications: 11/19/14, 4/15/15, 5/19/15, 7/6/15, 9/15/15, 11/11/15

GL Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization: 1/23/15

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System: 3/16/15, 8/24/15

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 11/17/14, 6/22/15, 8/31/15, 11/16/15

LAP- 4/6/15, 9/14/15

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes: 1/26/15

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License: 1/5/15, 3/2/15, 6/1/15, 8/3/15, 11/30/15

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 11/20/14, 3/3/15, 4/15/15, 5/20/15, 7/16/15, 9/16/15, 11/10/15

LNG-TPIC – Contact Admissions

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC): 3/30/15

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 11/3/14, 12/1/14, 1/5/15, 3/16/15, 4/20/15, 6/15/15, 8/24/15, 12/7/15

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 3/2/15, 5/11/15, 7/27/15, 9/28/15

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 11/3/14, 12/1/14, 1/5/15, 3/16/15, 4/20/15, 6/15/15, 8/24/15, 10/12/15, 12/7/15

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 11/8/14, 12/6/14, 1/10/15, 1/24/15, 3/21/15, 4/25/15, 6/20/15, 7/25/15, 8/28/15, 11/5/15, 12/12/15

MSA –Maritime Security Awareness: Contact Admissions

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic): 2/26/15, 8/19/15, 11/1/15

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (4 Evenings): 2/23/15, 8/17/15, 10/26/15

*MSC-ENVPRO – 2/15/15, 8/16/15, 10/31/15

*MSC-FF-HELO – 2/10/15, 8/3/15, 11/2/15

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualification: 11/10/14, 2/16/15, 8/8/15, 10/23/15

*MSC-Security Watch Basic – 11/14/14, 2/20/15, 8/6/15, 10/21/15

*MSC-Security Watch Advanced –11/17/14, 2/22/15, 8/12/15, 10/27/15

*MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force –11/18/14, 2/23/15, 8/13/15, 10/28/15

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 11/17/14, 1/19/15, 3/30/15, 8/3/15, 9/21/15

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 10/29/14, 11/12/14, 12/3/14, 12/10/14, 1/7/15, 1/14/15, 1/28/15, 2/4/15, 2/18/15, 3/6/15, 3/18/15, 4/1/15, 4/15/15, 4/29/15, 5/6/15, 5/13/15, 6/3/15, 6/17/15, 7/8/15, 7/22/15, 8/5/15, 8/19/15, 9/2/15, 9/16/15, 9/30/15, 10/14/15, 10/28/15, 11/18/15, 12/2/15, 12/10/15

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 1/12/15, 2/2/15, 3/23/15, 6/1/15, 7/27/15

SAR-OIC – Search & Rescue – 4/6/15

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 11/17/14, 2/16/15, 5/11/15, 6/22/15, 11/2/15

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling-5 Day: 1/19/15, 3/2/15, 4/27/15, 7/27/15, 9/28/15

SMS – Contact Admissions

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 1/26/15, 8/3/15

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses: 1/5/15, 7/6/15

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 2/23/15, 8/3/15

TRAC-TUG-2: Contact Admissions

TTT – Train the Trainer: Contact Admissions

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties: Contact Admissions

VSO – Vessel Security Officer: 2/4/15, 5/20/15, 6/22/15, 9/9/15, 10/7/15

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level): 3/2/15, 9/28/15

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 2/23/15, 9/14/15

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Please also see our schedule online at For registration, send an e-mail to our registrar, Jennifer Pitzen, at or call her at (206) 838-1126.

October 2014

30-31 Search and Rescue

November 2014

3-7 Medical Care Provider
3-14 Medical Person-In-Charge
10-21 GMDSS
17-20 ARPA

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