Wheelhouse Weekly – October 16th, 2018

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The crew of the Military Sealift Command fleet ordnance and dry cargo ship USNS WALLY SCHIRRA rescued five Filipino fishermen floating on a raft in the South China Sea on Oct. 8.

The fishermen said their boat had sunk after the hull was punctured by a blue marlin.

They told the crew of WALLY SCHIRRA that they had been adrift for five days before being spotted by the watch officer.

“The fishermen salvaged what they could from the rapidly sinking boat,” SCHIRRA Chief Mate Leon Hadley was quoted in news reports as saying.

He said the five removed the outriggers and planks from their boat to turn it into a raft with barrels underneath for floatation.

“They took with them some rice, clothes, batteries, an 8-watt bulb, an AM-receive only radio and a handheld GPS,” he added.

“They had no water.”

The crew deployed the rigid-hulled, inflatable boat to carry out the rescue.

The licensed deck officers aboard USNS WALLY SCHIRRA are represented by the MM&P Federal Employees Membership Group (FEMG).

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Legislation aimed at improving America’s ports, harbors and waterways is now headed to the White House for President Trump’s signature.

The legislation–America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018/Water Resources Development Act, or WRDA 2018–was passed Oct. 10 by the Senate by a vote of 99-1.

It had passed in the House of Representatives in August by unanimous voice vote.

Supporters of the legislation include transportation labor, dredging companies, port operators and coastal municipalities.

“The Water Resources Development Act of 2018 is the kind of bipartisan legislation needed to create and sustain middle-class jobs and make critical investments in key segments of our transportation infrastructure,” said Larry Willis, president of the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department (TTD), of which MM&P is a member.

Willis said the legislation “will facilitate the efficient movement of waterborne freight commerce.”

Among other things, it includes a provision to authorize construction of a second Poe-sized lock at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., a long-time objective of Great Lakes ship operators and businesses.

James H.I. Weakley, president of Lake Carriers’ Association, the trade association representing U.S.-flag vessel operators on the Great Lakes, praised Congress for moving the lock project forward and noted that President Trump in April declared his own support for “fixing” the Soo Locks.

One central part of the legislation authorizes $3.7 billion in federal funds for 12 Corps dredging, flood protection and other projects.

This includes $2.2 billion for flood protection and ecosystem restoration along the Texas Gulf Coast.

The authorizations still require annual appropriations before construction contracts for projects can move forward.

“America needs this comprehensive water infrastructure legislation,” said William P. Doyle, CEO and executive director of the Dredging Contractors of America.

“It cuts bureaucratic red tape, it creates jobs, and keeps our coastal communities, ports, harbors, and inland waterway system safe. It will grow the nation’s economy and speed up important projects.”

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Thousands of employees at Marriott hotels in eight major U.S. cities are on strike for higher wages and stronger on-the-job safety protections.

According to their union, Unite Here, nearly 8,000 housekeepers, bartenders and other service workers have walked out at 23 hotels in Detroit, Boston, San Diego, San Jose, Oakland, San Francisco, Maui and Oahu.

Marriott workers across the country voted to authorize the strike after negotiations with the hotel chain—the world’s largest and most profitable—stalled in September.

Marriott International runs more than 6,500 properties, including the Ritz-Carlton, Sheraton and Renaissance Hotels.

According to Forbes, it made $3.2 billion in profits in 2017.

The strikers say that servers’ and housekeepers’ low wages make it impossible to live in the areas in which they work without taking on a second or even a third job.

They’re also asking the company to ease workloads that lead to injuries and to implement measures to protect against sexual harassment and violence.

Housekeepers and room service staff are vulnerable to sexual harassment when they enter guest rooms alone.

The union wants hotels to provide them with panic buttons that allow them to immediately alert security staff when they feel threatened.

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Hurricane Michael, the fourth most powerful storm on record to hit the United States, has killed at least 19 people, while many others remain missing.

The first Category 4 hurricane to ever make landfall on the Florida Panhandle, it left a trail of destruction across Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas.

The hardest hit of the Gulf Coast beach towns were Panama City and Mexico Beach.

Destruction was also extensive at Tyndall Air Force Base, where several costly fighter jets were heavily damaged by the winds.

The Coast Guard said it rescued more than 60 people and assisted hundreds more after the storm struck last week.

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Sure, we could tell you about all the ways to provide healthy treats on Halloween, but that would be the surest way to earn a trick from a mischievous monster.

On Oct. 31, the kids want candy, and who are we to deny them their sugar fix? As Halloween nears, be sure to stock up on the following items to help make that spooky night a frightful success.

Not only will these sugary treats delight your little monsters, they are all made by companies that treat their workers fairly: 5th Avenue; Abba-Zaba; Baby Ruth; Big Hunk; Butterfinger; Cadbury; Caramello; Clark Bar; Dum Dums; Ghirardelli Chocolates; Hershey’s Kisses; Hot Tamales; Jawbreakers; Kit Kat; Laffy Taffy; LOOK!; Mike and Ike; Necco; Rocky Road; Rolo; See’s Candies; Smarties; Sour Patch Kids; Toblerone; Tootsie Rolls; Zagnut.

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Two permanent Chief Mate ROS jobs are open aboard CAPE HENRY and CAPE HUDSON in San Francisco.

Master’s license required (expected to sail as FOS Captain during turbo activation, maintenance sea trial or mission operation).

Applicants should send resume to Danny Defanti of Matson at:

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MM&P Atlantic Ports Vice President Don Josberger will hold an Offshore Membership Meeting at the Charleston Union Hall on Friday, Oct. 26, at 1100.

MM&P President Don Marcus and Great Lakes & Gulf Vice President Tom Bell will also attend the meeting.

All Offshore members in the area are encouraged to attend.

The Charleston Union Hall is located at 1481 Tobias Gadson Blvd., Suite 2C, Charleston, SC 29407-4794.

The phone number is 843-766-3565.

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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. 12, for Veterans Day.

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The mid-term elections are right around the corner.

Do you know whether your member of Congress stands with American mariners and the U.S.-flag fleet?

To find out, go to, enter the Members’ Only site and click on “Who We Support.”

There you will find the list of all the Congressional candidates who have received a contribution from the MM&P Political Contribution Fund (PCF) and/or the ILA COPE for their 2018 races as well as others who we support for election on Nov. 6.

The list will be periodically updated as additional information about the candidates and their position on issues important to the Masters, Mates & Pilots become available.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, send an e-mail to

And remember, every MM&P member, pensioner and employee should contribute to the union’s political contribution fund!

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

The goal is to document members’ voyages. 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 or

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 – 4/15/19

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation (1-Day): 5/2/19

ARPA-OIC (4-Day) – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 1/15/19, 4/2/19

AZIPOD (2-Day) – 3/11/19, 5/2/19

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 2/18/19

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 12/19/18, 1/29/19, 3/11/19, 4/9/19

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling – (Now also included in BRMP-Refresher) (3-Day): 3/13/19, 4/29/18

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

BT – Basic Safety Training: 10/22/18, 1/14/19, 4/8/19

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – 10/31/18, 12/18/18, 2/5/19, 3/6/19, 4/3/19, 4/30/19, 6/19/19

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 12/17/18, 2/4/19, 3/6/19, 4/29/19

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 4/29/19

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 12/10/18*, 1/14/19, 3/11/19, 6/10/19

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 12/3/18, 1/7/19, 4/8/19, 6/3/19

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 3/18/19

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1: 3/18/19, 5/6/19

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific: 3/25/19, 5/13/19

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems: 11/12/18, 3/25/19

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM): 11/26/18, 2/18/19, 5/20/19

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 4/15/19 (DCS-1 available on request – contact Admissions)

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: Not Currently Scheduled

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management: 10/29/18, 2/25/19

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 11/5/18*, 11/26/18*, 1/21/19, 2/4/19, 3/4/19, 3/18/19, 4/8/19, 4/29/19, 5/13/19, 6/3/19, 6/17/19

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 11/12/18*, 12/3/18*, 1/28/19, 2/11/19, 3/11/19, 3/25/19, 4/15/19, 5/6/19, 5/20/19, 6/10/19, 6/24/19

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

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 10/22/18, 4/1/19

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: TBD

WX-HW-ATL – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Atlantic Ocean (2-day) – 3/11/19, 6/10/19

WX-HW-IND – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Indian Ocean (2-day) – 3/15/19, 6/14/19

WX-HW-PAC – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Pacific Ocean (2-day) – 3/13/19, 6/12/19

CNAV-OIC (10-Day) – Celestial Navigation: 4/8/19

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications (1-Day): 2/19/19

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior (1-Day) – Not currently scheduled

CDMGT – Crowd Management (1-Day) – Not currently scheduled

CSE – Confined Space Entry (3-Day): Contact Admissions

CSE-AWR – Confined Space Entry Awareness (2-Day): 5/23/19

CY-MAR – Cyber-Skilled Mariner – 12/10/18
DDE – Great Lakes (20-Day): 1/21/19, 6/3/19

DPA (2-Day) – Contact Admissions

ECDIS for Pilots (2-Day) – 12/17/18, 2/18/19, 4/30/19

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 11/26/18, 3/4/19, 4/22/19

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 10/22/18, 1/14/19, 4/8/19

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 10/30/18*, 12/20/18, 2/7/19, 3/5/19, 4/2/19, 5/2/19, 6/18/19

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 12/15/18, 3/9/19, 4/27/19

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications (1-Day): 1/29/19, 4/9/19

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization (2-Day): 1/18/19

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (10-Day): 3/4/19

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 12/10/18, 4/15/19

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

LAP – License Advancement Program for Mate to Master (20-Day): 2/25/19*

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes (20-Day): 1/21/19

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License (15-Day): 6/3/19

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage (1-Day): 1/30/19, 3/12/19, 4/10/19, 4/30/19

LNG-TPIC (10-Day) – 12/3/18

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC) (1-Day): 4/1/19

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): 12/3/18, 2/25/19, 4/29/19

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 11/26/18*, 1/21/19, 3/18/19, 5/6/19

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 1/7/19, 3/11/19, 6/24/19

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 11/26/18*, 1/21/19, 3/18/19, 5/6/19

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 10/29/18, 12/1/18, 12/21/18, 1/12/19, 1/26/19, 2/8/19, 3/9/19, 3/23/19, 4/1/19, 5/3/19, 5/11/19, 6/17/19

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic) (1-Day): 11/14/18, 2/22/19, 5/21/19, 6/5/19

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 11/12/18, 2/18/19, 5/21/19, 6/5/19

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) – 11/4/18, 2/24/19, 6/2/19

MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day) – 10/31/18, 6/3/19

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 11/5/18*, 1/7/19, 2/25/19, 5/13/19, 6/9/19

MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day) – 11/2/18, 2/23/19, 5/12/19, 6/7/19

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) – 11/3/18*, 1/11/19, 3/1/19, 5/17/19, 6/8/19

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) – 11/9/18*, 1/13/19, 3/2/19, 5/18/19, 6/13/19

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P (2-Day) – 11/12/18*, 11/14/18*, 12/17/18*, 12/19/18*, 1/24/19, 3/18/19, 4/22/19, 4/24/19, 6/24/19, 6/26/19

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal (1-Day): 1/14/19

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes (1-Night): 10/31/18*, 11/7/18, 11/14/18, 11/28/18, 12/5/18, 12/12/18, 12/19/18*, 1/9/19, 1/30/19, 2/5/19, 2/20/19, 3/6/19, 3/20/19, 4/3/19, 4/17/19, 4/24/19, 4/30/19, 5/8/19, 5/15/19, 6/5/19, 6/12/19, 6/19/19

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 1/7/19, 3/4/19

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3-Day): 12/17/18, 4/21/19

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 10/22/18*, 1/28/19, 5/13/19

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day) – 10/29/18*, 12/10/18*, 2/25/19*, 4/1/19, 6/17/19

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 1/21/19

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (15-Day): 1/28/19

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 1/14/19, 4/8/19

TRAC-TUG-2 (2-Day): Contact Admissions

TTT – Not currently scheduled

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (1-Day): 2/14/19, 4/23/19

VSO – Vessel Security Officer (3-Day): 2/11/19, 4/24/19

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) (10-Day): 2/18/19

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

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Summer-Fall 2018

For registration, contact our admissions department: 206.441.2880 or

Please also see our schedule and enroll online at

October 2018
18-19 Basic Training Revalidation
19th Medical DOT
22nd Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
22-26 MEECE
22-2 Celestial Navigation
31-1 Basic Training Revalidation
31-5 Basic Training Refresher

November 2018
2nd Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
5th Radar Renewal
5-8 Advanced Firefighting
5-9 Basic Training
12-14 Security Officer – Vessel, Company, and Facility
13-16 Advanced Firefighting
16th Medical DOT
16th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
19-20 Basic Training Revalidation
21st Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
26-30 Radar Observer Unlimited
29-30 Basic Training Revalidation

December 2018
3rd Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
3-7 Leadership & Managerial Skills
3-7 Medical Care Provider
3-14 Medical Person-In-Charge
10-13 ARPA
10-14 Basic Training
14th Radar Renewal
14th Medical DOT
14-18 Basic Training Refresher
17-18 Basic Training Revalidation
17-20 Search & Rescue
18-21 Advanced Firefighting
19th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

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