Wheelhouse Weekly – October 10th, 2017

October 11th 2017

Wheelhouse Weekly – October 3rd, 2017Volume 22… Number 41… Oct. 10, 2017


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MM&P members have formally approved the union’s affiliation with the Panamanian Union of Captains and Deck Officers (Union de Capitanes y Oficiales de Cubierta-UCOC).

The votes were counted Oct. 10 at MM&P headquarters.

UCOC is the exclusive representative for the bargaining unit covering all licensed deck officers of the tugboat fleet, dredges and related vessels operated by the Panama Canal Authority.

The group consists of approximately 200 masters and deck officers and traces its history with MM&P back to 1918, when it was an integral part of the union.

It remained so until the mid-1990s, subsequent to the turnover of the Panama Canal.

“Like the recent restoration of our connection to the harbor workers, tugmen and ferry personnel of the Atlantic Maritime Group—a connection that we can trace back to MM&P’s Associated Harbor Workers Local Number One in the early 1900s—the restoration of our fraternal ties to the captains and deck officers in the canal is exciting,” said MM&P President Don Marcus.

“Assisting them in their efforts to increase their profile internationally as well as improving their working conditions on the canal is a worthy endeavor in the true tradition of our union.”

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The Jones Act waiver instituted for Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria expired on Sunday night.

The Jones Act requires that cargo moving between U.S. ports be shipped on U.S.-flag vessels operated by U.S.-citizen mariners.

As is the case with other countries’ so-called “cabotage laws,” the Jones Act serves to ensure the existence of a national-flag fleet to be called into service in time of war or other emergency.

“We believe that extending the waiver is unnecessary to support the humanitarian relief efforts on the island,” said a DHS spokesperson.

“There is an ample supply of Jones Act-qualified vessels to ensure that cargo is able to reach Puerto Rico.”

He added that the Department of Defense had not asked for an extension, the formal mechanism required for a temporary waiver, and noted that no vessels had taken advantage of the waiver to date.

The Maritime Labor Alliance (MLA) released a statement on Sept. 28 refuting claims made by opponents of the act in Congress who sought to use the hurricanes as a platform for their attempt to repeal it.

“Contrary to misinformation spread in the media,” the MLA said in its statement, “the current crisis in Puerto Rico has nothing to do with the Jones Act. There is no shortage of U.S.-flag tonnage available to serve the island. The emergency is caused by lack of ability to distribute critical supplies, food, medicine, water and fuel to local communities from the ports where these supplies are located.”

The MLA consists of MM&P and five other maritime unions: American Radio Association (ARA), Inlandboatmen’s Union (IBU), International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA), International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (MEBA).

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MM&P Pacific Maritime Region (PMR) Representative Dan Twohig called on friends in the Coast Guard last week to ask that they check on the welfare of MM&P families in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria.

For his part, MM&P Pacific Ports Vice President Lars Turner has been leading an effort to contact as many MM&P members affected by the recent weather events as possible and to inform them of the union resources available to them.

With the communications and electrical grids in Puerto Rico down, it has been difficult—if not impossible—to get in touch with people on the island.

Twohig contacted a friend, Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer Matt Hampton, who was in St. Croix coordinating the agency’s efforts for all the Caribbean Islands.

Hampton, the chemical response officer for the USCG’s Pacific Strike Team, called on officers of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), who were on the ground making house calls.

They found MM&P Puerto Rico Rep Eduardo Iglesias at work in the union hall. They were also able to ascertain that the mother of MM&P International Counsel Gab Terrasa was safe.

Terrasa reported that it was “a bit of a surprise” for Iglesias “when three large DEA agents wearing full ops jackets, etc., walked into his office.”

After introductions and explanations, the group posed for a photo.

“Eduardo is OK, and so is his family,” Terrasa said.

“Like many others on the island, he is dealing with a lack of water and electricity, but still getting up and going to his office to do his job.”

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A long-time member of Masters, Mates & Pilots was first in line recently when a Long Island based relief organization began collecting supplies to help residents of Puerto Rico hit by Hurricane Maria.

Harry Stumme, a retired member of the MM&P Offshore Group, told a journalist for Newsday that he had seen the devastation in Puerto Rico caused by Hurricane Hugo—a Category 3 storm–in 1989.

He said it was difficult for him to imagine the damage caused by a Category 4 storm like Hurricane Maria.

“I saw what it was like to be there without power,” Stumme said.

“It’s terrible. To me, I see the pictures… and it’s crushing to see what people are going through.”

Hundreds of members of at least 20 American unions have flown to Puerto Rico to help people on the island rebuild.

Most volunteered to spend two weeks sleeping on cots in the Roberto Clemente Coliseum and working all day–clearing roads, caring for patients, delivering supplies and restoring power and communications.

United Airlines dispatched a Boeing 777-300 at no charge to transport the union members, along with 35,000 pounds of supplies, and to carry out evacuees.

United, like several other carriers, has flown supplies to San Juan nearly every day since the airport reopened.

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Members of the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) working out of the port of New York/New Jersey last week collected two containers’ worth of household goods–including generators, batteries, blankets and bottled water—and dispatched them to union members in Puerto Rico.

Hundreds of ILA members live and work throughout Puerto Rico, in particular in the major port areas of San Juan and Ponce.

The ILA International kicked-off the effort with a donation of 10 generators and 100 cases of water.

Individual ILA members and locals joined in, donating electrical supplies, clothing, water and food.

“The ILA loves Puerto Rico,” Daggett said.

“We will continue to do whatever we can to help our sisters and brothers there recover and rebuild.”

He thanked: the ILA members who donated the goods and loaded the containers: Maher Terminals, which hosted the effort; members of the Seafarers’ International Union, which transported the supplies by barge; and Integrated/C&C, the company that donated the containers and transported them for loading to South Jersey.

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Since major hurricanes struck the Gulf Coast region, Puerto Rico and other islands in the Caribbean, the MM&P Members Welfare Fund has received contributions from a number of MM&P members and union employees.

The generosity of everyone who has contributed is deeply appreciated.

Donations to the MM&P Members Welfare Fund may be used to cover the cost of essentials, including temporary housing or clothing to replace items lost or damaged in flooding.

In the longer term, some families whose homes have been damaged or destroyed will look to the fund for help with rebuilding.

If you have not contributed but would like to, you can make a contribution by credit card on our website:

To make a contribution by check, please make your check payable to the MM&P Members Welfare Fund and send it to:

MM&P Members Welfare Fund
c/o Juli Rodriguez
700 Maritime Blvd., Suite B
Linthicum Heights, MD 21090-1953

Please note that contributions to the MM&P Members Welfare Fund are not tax deductible.

Members in good standing with MM&P who have been affected by the hurricanes and need assistance should contact MM&P Vice President Gulf Ports-Government Affairs Klaus Luhta ( for information on how to petition for assistance.

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The families of the six men imprisoned in India’s notorious Chennai Prison after being removed from their ship, the SEAMAN GUARD OHIO, are stepping up pressure on the British government to fight for their release.

The men were working on the anti-piracy vessel to protect ships and crews from Somali pirates when they were detained in 2013 by the Indian coast guard and accused of carrying firearms without permits.

On Oct. 12, their families will lobby members of Parliament and deliver a petition to 10 Downing Street demanding that the British government exert pressure on India to free the group, known as “the Chennai Six.”

The men’s U.K.-government-issued paperwork was in order, yet a judge in India still sentenced them in 2016 to five years in Chennai, a violent, overcrowded prison, where food and water are scarce, rats abound, medical care is non-existent and temperatures routinely soar to well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

The legal case for the six, along with the other 29 men on board who are also in jail, has come to a standstill.

The ship operator, Advanfort, has not paid the men since their arrest and has never paid any legal fees.

A page has been set up via the Mission to Seafarers to help pay the men’s legal fees. It is aimed at the six British citizens but has been used to assist with the legal fees of the Estonian and Ukrainian mariners as well.

To contribute, please go to:

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The U.S. Coast Guard has released the SS EL FARO Marine Board of Investigation (MBI) Report, which includes a detailed account of the event along with conclusions on contributing factors and recommendations.

The report proposes a total of 31 safety recommendations and four administrative recommendations for future actions to the Commandant of the Coast Guard.

The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Coast Guard with the cooperation of the National Transportation Safety Board, which is conducting its own investigation into the accident.

NTSB investigators will meet in December to determine probable cause and vote on safety recommendations identified in their own investigation.

The Coast Guard Marine Board Investigation Report can be accessed along with other investigation documents at

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The National Maritime Center (NMC) has released a statement saying that it has noted an increase in the number of Designated Examiner (DE) and Qualified Assessor (QA) requests being included with Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) applications.

The agency says this has delayed the processing of some DE and QA requests, adding “DE and QA approvals are not MMC endorsements and are not requested through the MMC application process.”

NMC says that mariners who wish to serve as a DE or QA should send an e-mail request to

Alternatively, submissions can be mailed to: Commanding Officer (NMC-2) USCG National Maritime Center, 100 Forbes Drive, Martinsburg, WV 25404.

The NMC adds that the documentary evidence that must be provided as part of the request to become a DE is listed in Title 46 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 10.405, and described in Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 03-16, paragraph 5.c.2.

The documentary evidence necessary to become a QA is listed in 46 CFR 10.405. Additional guidance is found in NVIC 19-14, Enclosure 1, on how to obtain approval as a QA. Enclosure 2 provides guidance on professional qualification criteria for assessors for various STCW endorsements.

Additional information can be found on the Training and Assessment Page of the NMC Website. For general questions, please see the NMC Website or contact the Customer Service Center by e-mail at, by Chat, or by calling 1-888-IASKNMC (427-5662).

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There will be an Offshore membership meeting in the MM&P Los Angeles/Long Beach Union Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 11, directly after job call.

Offshore Vice President-Pacific Ports Lars Turner will be in attendance.

All Offshore members and applicants are encouraged to attend the membership meeting. The hall is located at 533 N. Marine Ave. Suite A, Wilmington, CA 90744-5527.

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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 – Contact Admissions

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation: Contact Admissions

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

AZIPOD 2-Day – Contact Admissions

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 11/13/17, 2/26/18

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 11/14/17, 1/16/18, 2/22/18, 3/29/18

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

BRMP-Refresher – 3/26/18

BT – Basic Safety Training: 10/9/17, 1/15/18, 4/9/18

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of seatime in last 5 years) – 10/16/18, 11/8/17,12/12/17, 2/7/18, 3/6/18, 4/2/18, 4/30/18, 6/18/18

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 11/8/17, 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): 10/9/17, 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): 10/30/17, 4/23/18

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 10/30/17, 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): 10/9/17, 11/6/17, 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: 10/23/17, 3/19/18

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 11/13/17, 5/7/18cnav

CNAV-OIC – Celestial Navigation: 11/6/17

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop: Contact Admissions

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

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior – Contact Admissions

CDMGT – Crowd Management – Contact Admissions

CSE – Confined Space Entry: 1/15/18

CSE-AWR – Confined Space Entry Awareness: Contact Admissions

DDE – Great Lakes: 1/22/18

DPA – Contact Admissions

ECDIS for Pilots – 11/14/17, 2/20/18

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 10/16/17

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 10/9/17, 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: 10/18/17, 11/7/17, 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: 11/1/17, 12/9/17, 2/10/18, 3/3/18, 4/27/18

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications: Contact Admissions

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

IEN – Integrated Electronic Navigation – 11/28/17

LAP – 2/26/18

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 – 12/4/17

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC): Contact Admissions (*2-Evening Session)

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): Contact Admissions

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 10/23/17, 1/22/18, 3/19/18, 5/7/18

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 11/13/17, 12/4/17, 1/8/18, 4/23/18, 6/25/18

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 10/23/17, 11/27/17, 1/22/18, 3/19/18, 4/16/18, 5/7/18

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 10/28/17, 11/6/17, 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 – 10/16/17, 6/4/18

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications: 10/9/17, 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 – 10/7/17, 1/12/18, 3/2/18, 5/18/18, 6/10/18

*MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force – 10/13/17, 1/13/18, 3/3/18, 5/19/18, 6/15/18

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P – 10/30/17, 1/22/18, 1/24/18, 3/29/18

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

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 10/18/17, 11/1/17, 11/8/17, 11/15/17, 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

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

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments): 10/16/17

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 10/23/17, 1/29/18

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling-5 Day – 10/23/17, 11/27/17, 2/19/18, 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

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

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

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

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Spring 2017

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

October 2017

16th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
16-17 ECDIS for Pilots
16-19 Advanced Firefighting
16-27 Watchkeeping (Operational Level)
21-22 Basic Training – Revalidation
21-23 Basic Training – Refresher
23rd Radar Renewal
23-27 Leadership & Managerial Skills
25-27 24-Hour HAZWOPER
30-10 GMDSS

November 2017

4-5 Basic Training – Revalidation
4-6 Basic Training – Refresher
6-10 Basic Training
6-10 ECDIS
9th HAZWOPER Refresher
13th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
13-14 ECDIS for Pilots
13-16 Advanced Firefighting
13-17 Tankship Dangerous Liquids
17th Leadership & Teamworking Skills
17th Flashing Light Exam
18-19 Basic Training – Revalidation
18-20 Basic Training – Refresher
20th Radar Renewal
20-22 Security Officer – Vessel, Company, & Facility
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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