Wheelhouse Weekly – Sept. 8, 2015

September 9th 2015

Volume 20 . . . Number 36. . . Sept. 8, 2015


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The Pure Car/Truck Carrier (PCTC) MV ALLIANCE FAIRFAX arrived in Baltimore this weekend on her maiden voyage with MM&P Licensed Deck Officers. The vessel is owned by Maersk Line Ltd. and is under charter with Hoegh Autoliners.

Aboard the vessel on its initial MM&P run are Captain Robert Haradon, Chief Mate Nick Marcantonio, Second Mate Homer McGee and Third Mate Jay Santo Domingo.

A smooth transition to MM&P officers took place in Port Newark on Sept. 4, and the vessel proceeded down the coast to Philadelphia and Wilmington prior to its arrival in Baltimore.

“We are gratified to have this vessel under contract,” said MM&P Atlantic Ports Vice President Don Josberger, “and we are confident that our officers and the rest of the crew complement will make a success of the operation.”

The MV ALLIANCE FAIRFAX is headed to Charleston and then on to Jacksonville prior to sailing foreign. The vessel is in service under a Maritime Security Program Operating Agreement.

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“Every Labor Day there’s a quick nod to past labor victories, followed by the knee-jerk assertion that ‘organized labor is in decline,’ says AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka.

“It’s time to retire that tired line because it’s simply not true. In the past year, we’ve witnessed a series of milestones as working people and their unions fight to improve living standards and working conditions—in the face of corporate opposition, archaic labor laws, and gridlock in Washington.

“And we’ve achieved some big victories in the course of the past year.”

“From Main Street to the White House, our country is taking notice of the different ways working people are on the rise,” Trumka says.

“A new Gallup poll shows that support for unions is at its highest since 2008, with 58 percent of Americans expressing approval. The Obama Administration will host a White House summit this fall on working men and women.”

Here’s a snapshot of some of the victories that have been achieved since Labor Day 2014.

Working people are raising wages: 2015 stands to be the biggest year for collective bargaining in generations. Approximately 5 million workers will bargain for new contracts this year. From airport janitors in Phoenix to musicians in New York City, workers have won good contracts and will continue to fight to raise wages through collective bargaining.

Being in a union is cool again:  from traditional occupations to the “new economy,” workers are surging to join unions and they are doing it on their own terms. Less than a year ago, 9,000 American Airlines agents joined the Communications Workers of America (CWA). AFSCME grew by an astounding 135,000 new members from last year through this March.

And workers at digital outlets including, Gawker, Vice, The Guardian and Salon all joined a union despite the difficulties involved in organizing in the digital economy.

Common-sense rules are leveling the playing field: working people have had the deck stacked against them for far too long, but their voices are starting to turn the tide. Rulings of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) have restored common sense to the union election process, and made it harder for companies to hide behind contractors and franchisees.

Making workplaces safer: today, too many people put their health and safety on the line to put food on the table. That’s why workers have fought hard to make workplaces safer. Whether it is the United Steel Workers (USW) and the Building Trades working together to improve worker safety at oil refineries or mine workers ensuring high standards, a union workplace is a safe workplace.

Corporations respond to worker pressure:  working people are standing up and speaking out for a robust raising wages agenda, and some of America’s biggest corporations are listening. Under pressure from workers, corporations such as Walmart, Target and McDonald’s have all raised their minimum wage over the past year.

Workers are winning at the ballot box: last November, five states and two cities voted to raise their minimum wage. Working people in major cities such as Seattle and Los Angeles now have more money in their pockets, with many cities from Huntsville to St. Louis debating raising the minimum wage.

We’re winning in the South: over the past year, workers have made great gains in the South. From peanut shellers in Alabama to steelworkers in southern Virginia, workers are beating back the efforts of big corporations to keep wages low and conditions poor.

We’re winning fair scheduling standards: corporations increasingly create unfair and unsustainable work schedules, but we are fighting back. Over the past year, working people from across the country have spoken out for scheduling reform, earning big wins in California and at one of the world’s largest telecom corporations.

The ‘labor in decline’ storyline is yesterday’s news. Stay tuned this year for more wins for America’s working families.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont Independent who’s been a strong voice for working Americans, on Friday joined a picket line outside a factory in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Sanders marched with workers at an informational picket outside the Penford Products plant, which produces potato starch.

“We are sick and tired of the war against working families,” the senator told workers gathered in a park next to the plant, where the union that represents them is locked in a bitter contract dispute with a new out-of-state owner. “We have got to stand together and tell this company that greed is not acceptable,” he said.

Workers at the plant, represented by Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers Union Local 100G, are on the job without a contract as they grapple with new owner Ingredion Inc.

Sanders has marched in solidarity with workers throughout his career in politics. “Bernie has shown that it’s not about talking the talk,” Chris Eby, Local 100G president, told the gathering Friday. “It’s about walking the walk.”

The story was reported on Sept. 4 in The Washington Post online by political reporter John Wagner, who is covering the race for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.

Sanders has been endorsed by National Nurses United. The Executive Director of that union, RoseAnn DeMoro, cited as reasons his support for single-payer health care and his opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline and the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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The following statement was issued by Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), in advance of the Labor Day holiday:

“For far too long, our country has distanced itself from the true meaning of Labor Day. Labor Day can’t be just another federal holiday – it must be a celebration of the contributions of working people, and a commitment by elected officials to advance policies that help working families.

“For generations, the United States has been a place that honors hard work, respects the need for balance between the responsibilities of a job and family and empowers its people to pursue the American dream. That empowerment has come from the simple notion that working people can come together to form strong unions and bargain collectively for fair wages, good benefits and safe working conditions.

“Sadly, these values are being undermined by brutal attacks on the jobs and rights of working people by well-funded special interests. Even worse, these sinister forces have the backing of many public officials at the highest levels of government who are leading the charge down this dangerous and unsustainable path.

“We have come to a tipping point in this country. Our middle class is shrinking and the people we elect are failing to advance common sense policies — like funding transportation infrastructure — that for decades have fueled prosperity, boosted American competitiveness and expanded the middle class.

“We will use this Labor Day as a springboard to demand more from public officials, so that America is once again a place that honors working people every day, not just on the first Monday in September.”

MM&P is one of the 32 transportation sector unions that belong to the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department.

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Cost-benefit analysis of a bill being pushed by anti-worker politicians in Australia shows that only 88 Australian seafarer jobs would remain if Prime Minister Tony Abbott were to be successful in repealing the country’s cabotage laws. This represents a loss of 1,089 Australian seafarer jobs, or 93 per cent of the current workforce.

An investigation by The Australia Institute that was commissioned by the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) contains the cost-benefit analysis of the bill. Researchers at The Australia Institute found that the bill includes millions in benefits to foreign-owned companies.

The researchers said the proposed legislation does not consider job losses to Australian seafarers. They found “an unstated $74 million present value loss to Australian seafarers…” which was not taken into account by the authors of the bill.

To justify passage of the legislation, the researchers said, the government has relied on a faulty exchange rate that overstates the benefits of the reform to users of shipping by up to 35 percent.

“The proposed Shipping Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 is likely to reduce employment in exchange for relatively little economic benefit,” says Australia Institute Research Director Roger Campbell. What little benefit that is generated will accrue largely to foreign-owned shipping companies and foreign companies that use bulk freight, he added.

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As reported last week, the MM&P New York/New Jersey Union Hall is moving to Newark. The complete address for the new location is: 570 Broad Street, Suite 701, Newark, NJ 07102. The building is located across from Newark’s Washington Square Park and within walking distance of Newark’s Penn and Broad Street Stations.

The move will involve the offices of the MM&P Atlantic Maritime Group (AMG) as well as the Offshore Group. Telephone numbers are anticipated to change only for the AMG, but remain unchanged for the Offshore. If you would like to assist in the move on Friday, Sept. 11, please send an e-mail to

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The Coast Guard/Department of Homeland Security National Maritime Security Advisory Committee is seeking new members. Completed applications should reach the Coast Guard on or beforeOct. 30.

The full committee normally meets at least two times per fiscal year. Each member serves for a term of three years. At least one member is being sought to represent the interests of maritime labor.

Applicants should send a cover letter expressing interest in an appointment to the National Maritime Security Advisory Committee that identifies which membership category the applicant is applying under, along with a resume detailing the applicant’s experience via one of the following methods: e-mail with subject line: National Maritime Security Advisory Committee; fax:202–372–8353, ATTN: Ryan Owens, National Maritime Security Advisory Committee, Alternate Designated Federal Officer; or mail: Ryan Owens, National Maritime Security Advisory Committee, Alternate Designated Federal Officer, CG–FAC, U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters, 2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20593, Stop 7501, Washington, DC 20593–7501.

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The Maritime Institute of Technology & Graduate Studies (MITAGS) is seeking a full-time instructor for the NAV Systems & License Advancement Department. The instructor is responsible for developing courses in the maritime field and providing quality classroom instruction to students. He or she will ensure course content is current, consistent with latest directives from regulatory authorities and practices in the maritime industry.

Qualifications include maritime command experience, license at the captain and chief mate level, experience with bridge systems and teaching, computer skills, outstanding presentation skills before a variety of groups, supervisors, peers and students. For more information, send an e-mail to or call 443-989-3258.

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MITAGS-PMI is seeking a program manager to work under the director of the Workboat Academy in Seattle. The program manager provides operational and managerial support to the programs at both campuses. He or she maintains confidential records, edits and proofreads, acts as the main contact person during the absence of the director, maintains the filing system, maintains a tracking system of responses to proposals, updates databases and mailing lists and helps in the orientation of new cadets, among other tasks.

Qualifications include office admin skills, ability to mentor young people and a passion for helping the next generation of mariners reach their full potential, five years of sea service on near coastal or ocean going vessels, license as mate/master 1600 near coastal or oceans license or equivalent military rank. If you are interested, please send a resume to or call 443-989-3258.

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The Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC) will meet on Sept. 16-17 in Martinsburg, W. Va. Topics on the agenda include: using military education, training and assessment for merchant mariner certifications; communications with the National Maritime Center; training guidelines for mariners on vessels subject to the Gas Fuel Code; and competency requirements for vessel personnel in polar regions.

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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 – 10/12/15

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation: Contact Admissions

ARPA-OIC – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 9/22/15, 1/26/16,4/5/16

AZIPOD 2-Day – 10/1/15, 2/29/16

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 10/19/15, 2/1/16, 4/4/16

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 11/9/15, 2/29/16

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling: 9/28/15, 3/2/16

BT – Basic Safety Training: 10/5/15, 1/25/16, 2/22/16

BT-Revalidation –11/3/15

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

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

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

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 9/28/15, 1/25/16, 3/28/16

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 10/19/15, 1/4/16, 3/7/16

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

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information System: 9/21/15,10/5/15, 11/2/15, 12/7/15, 1/11/16, 2/22/16, 3/21/16

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM): 9/21/15, 9/28/15, 10/26/15, 11/2/15,11/9/15, 11/16/15, 11/30/15, 12/7/15, 12/14/15, 1/18/16,2/15/16, 3/14/16, 4/4/16, 4/11/16, 5/23/16, 6/27/16

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

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: 10/12/15, 3/28/16

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

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 10/5/15,11/9/15, 11/30/15, 1/11/16, 2/8/16, 3/14/16

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 10/12/15,11/16/15, 12/7/15, 1/18/16, 2/15/16, 3/21/16

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 11/30/15,2/29/16

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 11/9/15

CNAV-OIC – Celestial Navigation: 11/9/15

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop: Contact Admissions

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications: 3/2/16

DDE – Great Lakes: 2/1/16

DPA – Contact Admissions

ECDIS-OIC – Contact Admissions

ECDIS-Pilots – 11/12/15, 3/2/16

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 9/21/15, 10/19/15, 11/9/15,12/14/15, 1/4/16, 2/8/16, 3/21/16, 4/18/16, 5/9/16

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 10/5/15,1/25/16, 2/22/16

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications: 9/15/15, 11/11/15, 1/26/16

GL Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization: 1/22/16

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System: 3/7/16

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 11/16/15

LAP- 9/14/15, 4/4/16

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes: 1/25/16

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License: 11/30/15, 3/7/16

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 9/16/15, 11/10/15, 1/27/16, 3/1/16

LNG-TPIC – 12/7/15

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC): 9/21/15

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control: 9/14/15, 10/12/15, 11/2/15, 12/7/15, 1/11/16, 2/22/16, 3/28/16, 4/25/16, 5/16/16

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 12/7/15, 1/4/16, 3/21/16

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 9/28/15, 2/1/15, 3/14/16

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 10/12/15, 12/7/15, 1/4/15, 2/15/16, 3/21/16

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 11/5/15, 12/12/15, 1/9/16, 1/31/16, 3/19/16

MSA –Maritime Security Awareness: Contact Admissions

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic): 10/29/15, 3/8/16

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control: 10/27/15, 3/5/16 (March is 4 evenings)

*MSC-ENVPRO – 10/31/15, 2/28/16

*MSC-FF-HELO – 2/22/16

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualification: 10/19/15, 10/31/15, 1/4/16, 2/29/16

*MSC-Security Watch Basic –10/17/15, 2/26/16

*MSC-Security Watch Advanced –10/23/15, 10/30/15, 1/8/16, 3/4/16

*MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force –10/24/15, 11/4/15, 1/10/16, 3/5/16

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 9/21/15, 1/25/16, 5/9/16

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 9/16/15, 9/30/15, 10/14/15, 10/28/15, 11/3/15, 11/11/15, 11/18/15, 12/2/15, 12/10/15, 1/6/16, 1/13/16, 2/3/16, 2/10/16, 2/24/16, 3/9/16, 3/16/16

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 1/18/16, 2/1/16

SAR-OIC – Search & Rescue – 10/19/15

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 11/2/15, 2/15/16

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling-5 Day: 9/28/15, 1/25/16, 3/7/16

SMS – Contact Admissions

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 2/8/16

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses: 1/4/16

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 2/22/16

TRAC-TUG-2: Contact Admissions

TTT – Contact Admissions

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties: Contact Admissions

VSO – Vessel Security Officer: 10/7/15, 10/17/15, 2/15/16

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level): 9/28/15, 3/21/16

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 9/14/15, 2/29/16

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

September 2015

9th OICNW Assessments
10th Radar Renewal
14-18 Leadership & Managerial Skills (waitlist only)
14-18 Basic Cargo Handling
14-18 Medical Care Provider
14-25 Medical Person-In-Charge
14-25 GMDSS
21-25 ECDIS
21-25 Leadership & Managerial Skills (waitlist only)
21-2 Celestial Navigation
28-30 Security Officer – Vessel, Company, and Facility
28-2 MEECE

October 2015

5th Radar Renewal
5-9 Leadership & Managerial Skills (waitlist only)
5-9 Medical Care Provider
5-9 Basic Shiphandling
5-9 Engine Resource Managemet
12-16 ECDIS
12-16 Leadership & Managerial Skills
12-23 GMDSS
19-23 Radar Observer Unlimited
19-23 Leadership & Managerial Skills (waitlist only)
19-23 MEECE
26-30 Leadership & Managerial Skills (waitlist only)

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