Wheelhouse Weekly – October 4, 2016

October 5th 2016

Volume 21 . . . Number 40. . . Oct. 4, 2016


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Congress has passed, and President Obama has signed, legislation to fund the federal government through Dec. 9, 2016.

The measure, known as a CR or continuing resolution, continues funding for the Maritime Security Program (MSP) at the existing Fiscal Year 2016 level that provides $3.5 million to each ship enrolled in the MSP maritime security fleet.

The CR was necessary to keep the government running while Congress continues to work on a long-term funding proposal for Fiscal Year 2017.

Congress had previously authorized $300 million for the Maritime Security Program for Fiscal Year 2017, an amount that would provide each vessel with a $5 million annual stipend.

MM&P and MIRAID will be working with our supporters in Congress to ensure that the final Fiscal Year 2017 funding legislation includes this amount for MSP.

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Residents of Haiti faced 145-mph winds, mudslides and rainfall of up to three feet as Hurricane Matthew, a Category 4 storm, made landfall Tuesday.

From western Haiti, the storm was expected to move towards Cuba during the course of the day with heavy rains and damaging wind gusts.

The storm surge pressing in toward Haiti was expected to be seven to 10 feet. There is no protective sea wall in Haiti to help block the surge. Jamaica and the Turks and Caicos are also in the storm’s path.

“Life-threatening flash floods and mudslides are likely from this rainfall in southern and northwestern Haiti, the southwestern Dominican Republic, and eastern Cuba,” the hurricane center warned.

It forecast “very dangerous” beach and boating conditions along much of the East Coast of the United States throughout this week and weekend.

On Saturday, Matthew reached Category 5 status before dropping to Category 4 status the next day.

The hurricane is forecast to maintain strength until Wednesday night at least.

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Crews aboard Hanjin Shipping Co. vessels docked at some American ports are being barred by U.S. immigration officials from coming ashore, a policy that the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) says is in violation of international seafarers’ rights conventions as well as a denial of basic human rights.

The ITF has praised members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) in Seattle who have drawn the problem to public attention.

The issue was revealed when a visit to the chartered vessel HANJIN MARINE by ITF inspector Jeff Engels to check on the crew’s welfare last week (after the ship had waited three weeks for a berth) revealed that, although the crew was being paid and there was two months’ food onboard, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) was refusing them shore leave.

Engels called CBP officials several times, he says, but was told that the crew were considered at risk of jumping ship because of the company’s financial situation.

Hanjin, South Korea’s largest container-shipping line, has sought court protection to shield its vessels from seizure by creditors as part of its bankruptcy filing. As a result, many of the company’s cargo ships and their crews have been blocked in mid-voyage around the globe.

At their 18:00 crew shift change in Seattle one evening, the crew of the HANJIN MARINE decided to make the situation public by standing at the gangway with a banner that read: “We deserve shore leave.”

When they heard about the situation, members of ILWU Local 19 staged a spontaneous demonstration of support, cheering the crew on from dockside and sounding horns.

“The dockers’ action was the type of urgent expression of solidarity that ILWU members are known for taking to help any worker who is in distress,” said ITF President Paddy Crumlin.

“It not only showed the seafarers that their voice is being heard, but also helped reveal that these entirely innocent workers are being denied that most basic of rights: to step on land after weeks or months at sea. It should be inconceivable that they are being denied that right. We hope that wiser heads at the CBP will now prevail and they will be allowed ashore.”

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The September-October edition of The Master, Mate & Pilot will be in your mailbox soon. In the meantime, look for it on

In this issue of the magazine: Jones Act “essential” to protecting the homeland, security expert says; some thoughts on autonomous ships; MM&P United Inland Group employer Westar Marine celebrates 40-year anniversary; decline in union membership nationwide costs non-union workers $3,000 year in lost earnings; MM&P members at New York Water Taxi unanimously approve first contract.

To view the magazine, go to and click on “News” at the top of the page.

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The Department of Justice and the Coast Guard said last week that Kirby Inland Marine will pay $4.9 million in civil penalties to settle claims related to the March 2014 oil spill in the Houston Ship Channel.

As part of the settlement, Kirby has agreed to implement fleet-wide “operational improvements,” including installing enhanced navigational equipment on vessels. The company has also agreed to train employees using simulator exercises based on the 2014 accident.

About 160 miles of shoreline were oiled as a result of the 168,000 gallon spill, including sensitive marsh habitat, the national wildlife refuge on Matagorda Island, Mustang Island State Park and Padre Island National Seashore, the Justice Department said.

A complete assessment of the damage caused by the spill to marine and terrestrial natural resources is ongoing.

The accident, which took place on March 22, 2014, involved the SUMMER WIND, a bulk carrier, and two fuel-laden tank barges being towed by the MISS SUSAN. The collision breached the hull of the forward tank barge in the tow, spilling the bunker fuel into the channel.

Kirby owned the barges and the towboat. The bulk carrier was owned by a Liberian company, Sea Galaxy Marine.

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The Council of American Master Mariners (CAMM) has issued a call for papers to be presented at the International Federation of Shipmasters’ Association (IFSMA)/CAMM Conference, April 17-21, 2017, at MITAGS in Linthicum Heights, MD.

The theme of the conference is “Today’s Master Mariner.”

Suggested topics for papers could include: interacting with IFSMA and CAMM to get information needed to be successful/safe/secure; environmental challenges/requirements in the 21st century; the new electronic age (ECDIS, ARPA, communications, e-paperwork); cyber threats to navigation, safety and cargo operations (theft, smuggling, pirate attacks, GPS vulnerability); the next generation of master mariners (training, mentoring, fostering junior mates for advancement); protecting/defending/promoting our cabotage laws (the Jones Act, cargo preference, etc.); working with the International Maritime Organization (IMO)–what’s in it for the master mariner?

Presenters will receive one-day accommodation at MITAGS with meals on day of presentation and access to remaining presentations.

Submissions accepted until Dec. 31, 2016. Selections made by Feb. 1. Send submissions via e-mail to CAMM National President Jeff Cowan:

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Vote your job in the upcoming election by supporting candidates who support the American Merchant Marine.

To see a list of the candidates who have received a contribution from the MM&P Political Contribution Fund (PCF) and/or the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) COPE for their 2016 races, go to the Members Only section of and click on “Who We Support.”

Early voting is underway in a number of states, and absentee ballots are being mailed. For a list of state election dates and deadlines, go to:

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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, Oct. 10, for Columbus Day.

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The Delaware Board of Pilot Commissioners and the Pennsylvania Navigation Commission for the Delaware River and its Tributaries are accepting applications for apprentice pilot for the Delaware River.

The Delaware Board of Pilot Commissioners is accepting Apprentice Pilot applications fromSept. 1 through Oct. 14 only.

To access the application, go to:

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The U.S. Coast Guard seeks an experienced Merchant Marine Engineer to work at the National Maritime Center in Martinsburg, W. Va. The position is responsible for evaluating maritime training courses and programs to determine if they meet national and international requirements.

The work involves using international code, U.S. regulation and policy, industry experience and subject matter expertise to review course materials and instructor qualifications to independently certify courses and programs for applicability toward qualification for a U.S. Merchant Mariner Credential.

The position also evaluates and certifies the competence of mariners to act as Qualified Assessors allowing them to independently certify the competence and proficiency of mariners working toward international endorsements.

The successful candidate will play a significant role in the establishment and review of U.S. regulation and policy as a subject matter expert for all matters related to merchant marine engineering including review and applicability of new technology used in the industry and to train mariners.

The position requires applicants to hold or have held a U.S. Merchant Mariner Credential in the grade of 2nd Assistant Engineer, Unlimited; Chief Engineer Limited; Designated Duty Engineer, Unlimited; or higher in the Merchant Marine or the equivalent military experience.

Previous experience as an instructor or trainer of maritime engineering subject matter would be a plus.

This is a General Services Level 12 Position with potential for advancement.

For more information:

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MM&P Secretary-Treasurer Steve Werse, Offshore Vice President Atlantic Ports Don Josberger and the Vice President of the MM&P Atlantic Maritime Group (AMG) will conduct a meeting at the MM&P Boston Union Hall on Thursday, Oct. 13 at 1100.

This meeting will be open to all members and specifically concern both offshore and AMG issues.

The MM&P Boston Hall is located at Marine Industrial Park, 12 Channel St., Suite 606-A, Boston 02210. The phone number is 617-671-0769.

All Offshore and AMG members in the area are encouraged to attend the meeting.

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The next Los Angeles/Long Beach Offshore Membership Meeting will be held on Oct. 12, directly after the 1100 job call. All members in the area are encouraged to attend the meeting.

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The Offshore Familiarization Course will be held in the Los Angeles/Long Beach Hall on Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 12-13.

The course begins at 0830 on both days.

Interested applicants should sign up for the Familiarization Course by calling the hall at 310-834-7201.

The Los Angeles/Long Beach Hall is located at 533 N. Marine Ave., Suite A, Wilmington, CA 90744.

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.

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Without any taxpayer funding, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) serves 150 million households and businesses in our country each day, providing affordable, universal mail service to all at a cost that is lower than that of mail service in most other industrialized countries.

But in recent years, the USPS has been attacked by well-funded private interests trying to undermine, dismantle and privatize it.

As part of this campaign, in 2006 Congress passed a law requiring the postal service to prepay future retiree health benefits 75 years in advance over a 10-year period–at a cost of approximately $5.5 billion per year. No other business or government agency is required to do this.

Without this unreasonable burden, the USPS, which is entirely self-funded, would enjoy an operating surplus.

Some postal executives have been complicit in the drive to eliminate public postal service: they have slowed mail deliveries, closed community based post offices and mail processing facilities, slashed hours of operations, tried again and again to end six-day service as well as door-to-door delivery and eliminated hundreds of thousands of living wage jobs delivering and processing the mail.

By making the service slower and less competitive, they are fueling calls to carve out and privatize the most profitable areas of the postal service’s operations.

In response, a range of national and local organizations have come together to create “A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service.”

The members of the Grand Alliance are united in the demand that the public good must not be sacrificed for the sake of private investment and profit.

They are fighting to protect and enhance vibrant public postal services now and for generations to come.

Their goal is to expand post office service hours, improve delivery times and introduce new areas of activity, such as postal banking, that would fill a public need and generate additional revenue for the postal service.

An efficient postal service is our democratic right, enshrined by the founding fathers in the U.S. Constitution.

For more information, go to

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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 – 10/17/16

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation: Contact Admissions

ARPA-OIC – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 1/24/17, 4/4/17

AZIPOD 2-Day – 11/14/16, 3/6/17

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 10/31/16, 1/30/17, 4/3/17, 6/19/17

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 11/14/16, 3/6/17

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

BRMP-Refresher – 11/16/16, 3/8/17

BT – Basic Safety Training: 10/10/16, 1/23/17, 4/10/17

BT-Revalidation (2-day) – 10/31/16, 3/9/17, 5/4/17, 6/22/17

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 10/30/16, 3/9/17, 5/4/17, 6/22/17

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 11/14/16

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVNAV-CMM – Advanced Navigation (=ECDIS & VPEN): Contact Admissions

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 10/17/16, 1/16/17, 4/10/17, 6/12/17

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 11/7/16, 1/9/17, 3/13/17

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (2 weeks): 10/24/16, 4/17/17

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information System: 10/10/16, 11/7/16, 11/28/16, 12/19/16,1/23/17, 3/27/17

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM) –10/31/16,11/14/16,11/28/16, 12/5/16, 12/12/16, 12/19/16, 1/30/17, 2/20/17, 5/22/17, 6/19/17

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 4/3/17

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: 10/31/16, 3/13/17

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (2 weeks): 5/1/17

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 10/24/16, 11/7/16, 11/28/16, 12/5/16,1/16/17, 2/6/17, 3/6/17, 3/20/17, 4/10/17, 4/24/17, 5/8/17, 6/5/17

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 10/31/16, 11/14/16, 12/5/16, 12/12/16,1/23/17, 2/13/17, 3/13/17, 3/27/17, 4/17/17, 5/1/17, 5/15/17, 6/12/17

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

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 3/20/17

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 5/15/17

CNAV-OIC – Celestial Navigation: 10/24/16, 4/24/17

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop: Contact Admissions

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications: 3/2/17

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior – Contact Admissions

CDMGT – Crowd Management – Contact Admissions

DDE – Great Lakes: 1/30/17

DPA – Contact Admissions

ECDIS-OIC – Contact Admissions

ECDIS for Pilots – 11/14/16, 2/28/17

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 10/24/16, 11/14/16, 11/28/16, 12/5/16, 12/12/16, 12/19/16, 2/27/17

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 10/10/16, 1/23/17, 4/10/17

FF-ADV-REV – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation & Refresher: 3/7/17, 5/2/17, 6/20/17

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

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization: 1/6/17

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System: 3/6/17

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 12/5/16, 6/26/17

LAP- 2/13/17

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes: 1/9/17

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License: 12/5/16, 3/20/17

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 11/15/16, 1/18/17, 3/7/17

LNG-TPIC – 12/5/16

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC): 10/26/16*, 11/14/16*, 12/19/16*, 2/13/17, 4/3/17 (*2-Evening Session)

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control: 10/17/16, 11/7/16, 11/28/16, 12/5/16, 12/12/16, 12/19/16

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 11/7/16, 12/12/16, 1/9/17, 3/20/17, 5/8/17

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 1/30/17, 4/24/17, 6/26/17

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 11/7/16, 11/28/16, 12/12/16, 1/9/17, 3/20/17, 4/17/17, 5/8/17

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 11/12/16, 12/17/16, 1/14/17, 3/6/17, 5/1/17, 6/19/17

MSA –Maritime Security Awareness: Contact Admissions

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic): 10/17/16, 2/23/17, 6/9/17

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control: 10/18/16, 2/21/17, 6/7/17

*MSC-ENVPRO – 10/16/16, 2/26/17, 6/4/17

*MSC-FF-HELO – 10/31/16, 3/9/17, 6/5/17

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualification: 10/23/16, 1/9/17, 2/27/17, 6/12/17

*MSC-Security Watch Basic – 10/20/16, 2/24/17, 6/10/17

*MSC-Security Watch Advanced – 10/22/16, 1/13/17, 3/3/17, 6/16/17

*MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force – 10/27/16, 1/16/17, 6/17/17

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P – 10/25/16

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 1/23/17

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

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 1/16/17

SAR-OIC – Search & Rescue – 11/7/16

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 10/17/16, 2/20/17, 5/15/17

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling-5 Day – 11/28/16, 2/20/17, 5/1/17, 6/26/17

SMS – 12/19/16

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 1/9/17

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses: 1/30/17

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 2/13/17

TRAC-TUG-2: Contact Admissions

TTT – 12/12/16

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties: Contact Admissions

VSO – Vessel Security Officer: 10/22/16, 2/14/17, 4/17/17, 5/22/17

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

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 3/20/17

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Please also see our schedule and enroll online at For registration contact our registrar, Mary McGhee: 206.838.1126 or

October 2016

10-14 Radar Observer Unlimited
10-14 Engine Resource Management
10-14 MEECE
10-21 GMDSS
17th Radar Renewal
17-21 Leadership & Managerial Skills
17-21 Basic Stability
18-21 ARPA
24-28 Leadership & Managerial Skills
24-28 Tankerman Person-In-Charge
24-28 MEECE
31-1 Search & Rescue
31-4 Leadership & Managerial Skills
31-4 Engine Resource Management

November 2016

7th Radar Renewal
8th Leadership & Teamworking Skills
14-18 ECDIS
14-18 Leadership & Managerial Skills
14-18 Engine Resource Management
14-18 MEECE
28-2 Medical Care Provider
28-9 Medical Person-In-Charge
28-9 GMDSS

December 2016

5th Radar Renewal
5-9 Leadership & Managerial Skills
5-9 Engine Resource Management
12-16 ECDIS
12-16 Leadership & Managerial Skills
12-16 MEECE
19-23 Tankerman Person-In-Charge

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