Wheelhouse Weekly – October 15th, 2019

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Volume 24… Number 41… Oct. 15, 2019


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The International Transport Workers’ Federation has called on the authorities to continue searching for seven members of the 14-person crew of the BOURBON RHODE, a Luxembourg-flag tug that went down in Hurricane Lorenzo on Sept. 26.

Three crewmembers in a lifeboat were rescued and have been reunited with their families.

Four bodies have been recovered.

No survivors or bodies have been found since Oct. 1.

In a statement released last week, shipowner Bourbon said it was winding down the search.

The BOURBON RHODE was crewed by seafarers from Ukraine, Russia, South Africa, the Philippines and Croatia.

Ukrainian and Croatian maritime unions have joined the ITF in demanding that the search for the missing seven continue.

Rescued members of the crew have reported that some of the missing men had succeeded in entering a life raft, raising the possibility that they are still alive.

On Oct. 8, two mariners aboard one of the search vessels, the ALP STRIKER, reported that they had seen what might have been a distress flare, and the European Maritime Safety Agency has reported satellite images of an unknown object in the area that could be a life raft.

“Together with our affiliates, the Seafarers Union of Croatia and the Marine Transport Workers’ Trade Union of Ukraine, we demand that the search continue while there is still a glimmer of hope that the missing seafarers are alive,” said ITF Maritime Coordinator Jacqueline Smith.

Families and friends of the missing BOURBON RHODE crewmembers have started a petition urging Bourbon Offshore and the authorities to continue the search.

The petition, which had garnered over 44,000 signatures as of Tuesday, is posted at:

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The Iranian-owned tanker SABITI, which was hit by two explosions on Oct. 11, is expected to arrive in the port of Bandar Abbas by the end of the week, according to Iranian authorities.

Photos show the outer hull pierced in two places, reportedly by missiles.

None of the groups facing off in the region has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Aerial surveillance footage shows that the tanker got under way shortly after being hit.

Although the Iranians have released a statement saying that there has been no loss of cargo and that the holes have been plugged, photos show the ship leaking oil.

The attack is just the most recent involving oil tankers and oil fields in the Red Sea and Gulf region, where Iran, Saudi Arabia and their proxies are fighting and the consequences of U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement have further inflamed tensions.

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Five people are dead and three are missing after a cargo ship sank in Tokyo Bay in the worst typhoon to hit Japan in over 60 years.

The ship operator said it lost contact with the vessel, the JIA DE, at about 2140 local time on Oct. 12.

A spokesperson for Japan’s Coast Guard said authorities had received an alert regarding people wearing life jackets in the water near the general cargo ship JIA DE.

“Three persons wearing life jackets were said to be swimming nearby when the report was received,” according to the spokesperson.

“Patrol vessels and a rotating wing plane were sent to conduct a search.”

Eventually, four members of the ship’s 12-person crew were rescued and five bodies were recovered.

Search-and-rescue efforts are continuing.

Coastguard personnel said they believe that the missing crew members may have been trapped in the vessel.

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The MV RHODANUS, a cargo vessel heading to Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhone on the French mainland, ran aground on the island of Corsica early Sunday morning.

Officials at France’s network of coastal rescue and surveillance stations, CROSS, said they had sought to contact the vessel for almost an hour to warn the crew that it was headed towards the coast, but they had been unable to reach anyone on the bridge.

The ship has a crew of seven and is carrying 2,600 tons of steel coils.

As of Tuesday morning, no pollution had been reported.

A safety zone of 1,000 meters has been established around the grounded ship.

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Negotiators for the UAW and General Motors worked through the weekend on the terms of what could be a new, tentative contract, with several issues reportedly resolved and others still on the table.

Approximately 46,000 UAW members have been on strike for nearly a month.

The issue of a wage increase has reportedly been settled, without further details being released.

The company and the union are also said to have agreed on a pathway to make temporary workers permanent.

GM temp workers, many of whom do the same jobs as permanent workers, start at $15 an hour, receive reduced health care benefits and get no paid time off.

Issues still on the table include adjustments to the pension plan and the 401(k) plan, which covers workers hired after 2007.

The union is also pushing GM to commit to building future gasoline-powered vehicles in U.S. plants instead of allocating them to plants in Mexico.

In related news, about 3,500 Mack truck workers represented by the UAW went on strike Saturday night at three job sites operated by Volvo Trucks North America.

In a statement, the union said it had been hoping to avoid a strike at Mack, but that the two sides had been unable to resolve disagreements on wage increases, health care and prescription drug coverage, and work schedules.

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The Captain Richard Phillips Lane Kirkland Maritime Trust is pleased to announce that the Fall Gala and Fundraiser will be held Nov. 4 in Washington, D.C., at the Westin Hotel in National Harbor.

The event will honor Captain Steve Werse and the late Jay Corcoran for lifetime impact in the maritime industry and community.

Special guest speaker at the event will be U.S. Maritime Administrator Mark Buzby (Rear Admiral USN retired).

The evening begins at 5:30 with a cocktail reception, followed by dinner, presentation of awards and key note address.

Donations to the Trust directly fund a scholarship program that supports students of all ages and backgrounds pursuing careers in the maritime industry.

For information, registration and sponsorship opportunities, please contact:

Wendi Carpenter, Rear Admiral USN Retired, Executive Director of the Phillips Trust: 678-472-7097 or

More information is posted at:

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SUNY Maritime College is seeking a permanent second mate/regulatory officer.

The successful applicant will be assigned to the TS EMPIRE STATE to: facilitate deck maintenance labs; develop and maintain a preventative maintenance program as required by ISM; maintain compliance and recordkeeping of all associated documentation with regards to the EPA, VGP, inventory control and the vessel security plan.

Participation in Summer Sea Term (SST) would be required for at least one half of the SST (Cruise A or Cruise B) with duties to include training and development of at least 500 deck cadets in regards to shipboard operations and repair.

The successful candidate will serve as liaison between the ship, the regiment, academia and professional development programs, and work with the dean of admissions when necessary to recruit potential students.

He or she may be required to attend open houses and other events to make presentations designed to showcase the college and in particular the engine training program on the ship.

Required qualifications include: Bachelor’s degree; active 2/M license with at least 5 years maritime experience; strong desire to work in a student-oriented environment in higher education; ability to obtain and maintain a valid driver’s license, Transportation Worker’s Identification and passport for international travel.

Preferred qualifications include: Master’s degree and military experience.

Anticipated salary range is $70,000 – $72,000 annually, with an outstanding benefits package.

Review of applications to commence immediately and conclude on Oct. 25, or when the position is filled.

If you are interested in this position, please apply online:

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The U.S. Coast Guard currently has two Marine Transportation Specialist positions open at the National Maritime Center in Martinsburg, W. Va.

To learn more and apply for these positions, visit and input the job opportunity announcement numbers below or select the following links:


. 19-1749-SE-RD-D –
. 19-1749-SE-RD-M –

. 18-1662-SE-RD-M-R1 –
. 18-1662-SE-RD-D-R1 –

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There will be an Offshore membership meeting in the MM&P Los Angeles/Long Beach union hall on Tuesday, Oct. 22.

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

As a reminder, the MM&P Los Angeles/Long Beach Hall is located at 533 N. Marine Ave., Ste A
Wilmington, CA 90744-5527.

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There will be an Offshore membership meeting in the MM&P Oakland Hall on Thursday, Oct. 24.

The meeting will begin immediately after 1100 job call.

As a reminder, the MM&P Oakland Hall is located at: 548 Thomas L. Berkly Way, Oakland, 94612.

The phone number is: 510-808-7068.

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The Offshore Familiarization Course will be held in the MM&P Oakland Hall on Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 23-24.

The course begins both days at 0900.

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 take the course, please contact Veronica Schaible, or 510-808-7068.

The MM&P Oakland Hall is located at: 548 Thomas L. Berkly Way, Oakland, 94612.

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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: 10/28/19, 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: 10/21/19, 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*, 3/23/20, 6/8/20

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, 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): 11/4/19*, 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): 10/21/19*, 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: 10/21/19, 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: 11/4/19, 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: 10/31/19, 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): 10/21/19, 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

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 10/21/19, 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): 10/28/19, 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): 11/1/19 (evening), 2/20/20, 5/21/20, 6/3/20

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 11/1/19, 2/18/20, 5/19/20, 6/1/20

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) – 11/3/19, 2/23/20, 5/31/20

MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day) – 10/30/19*

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 11/4/19*, 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) – 11/4/19 (evening), 2/21/20, 5/10/20, 6/4/20

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) – 11/8/19*, 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) – 11/9/19*, 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): 11/6/19, 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: 10/28/19, 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): Contact Admissions

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

October 2019
18th Medical DOT
21-25 Advanced Meteorology
21-25 Ship Construction & Basic Stability
28-1 Advanced Stability
28-15 Celestial Navigation

November 2019
4-8 Advanced Cargo Operations
4-15 Basic Training
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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