Wheelhouse Weekly – Sept. 1, 2015

September 1st 2015

Volume 20 . . . Number 35. . . Sept. 1, 2015


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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, Sept. 7, for Labor Day.

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MM&P President Don Marcus, Secretary-Treasurer Steve Werse and Vice President-United Inland Group Mike Murray are on a nine-day trip to the Pacific Maritime Region where they are meeting with members in Alaska.

The Pacific Maritime Region of the United Inland Group (UIG) consists of approximately 1000 professional mariners, of whom almost one in five is employed in Alaskan waters with the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS), Crowley Maritime and other employers.

“We are making the rounds in Alaska to let our members know that we appreciate the challenges they face and understand the importance of the work they do and the value they bring both to the community and to our union,” Marcus said.

“We are very happy to have former AMHS licensed deck officer Shannon Adamson as our representative in Juneau and we are committed to moving our union forward in Alaska as well as in the Pacific Maritime Region generally.”

Membership meetings in Juneau, Ketchikan and Anchorage included visits to the conventional ferry MV COLUMBIA and the fast ferry MV CHENEGA. More visits are scheduled with members who work aboard Crowley escort vessels in Valdez.

“We are advocating some institutional changes in the way that the Pacific Maritime Region does business,” said UIG-Vice President Mike Murray. “In the next several weeks, we plan to meet with members in California and the Pacific Northwest with the goal of strengthening our group for the challenges ahead.”

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Captain George A. Werdann and the crew of the APL SINGAPORE received a visit on Aug. 21 from Rep. Grace Napolitano while the ship was docked in San Pedro. Napolitano, a Democrat who represents California’s 32nd district, is a member of the House Transportation & Infrastructure (T&I) Committee.

“A note of recognition for the great work by Captain Werdann and his crew on the APL SINGAPORE last Friday,” said APL Regulatory and Government Affairs Director Tim Perry.

“I’d invited the Congresswoman for a tour since she was on the House T&I Committee and didn’t know much about our industry. She got a great reception on the ship and Captain Werdann gets all the credit for putting that together. He did a great job–and the Congresswoman stayed for lunch!”

The licensed deck officers aboard the APL SINGAPORE are members of MM&P. The engineering officers are represented by the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (MEBA). While on board the SINGAPORE, Napolitano and her staff also toured the ship’s engine room.

“With all the pressure on the U.S. flag up on the Hill, it’s good to have folks like Captain Werdann to make a great impression for us all,” Perry said.

Napolitano’s website says she prides herself on being “highly responsive to the needs of constituents” and “fiercely protective” of federal resources used by those under her watch. “I’m focused on rendering service to the people who elected me to be here,” she says. “I’m their voice.”

Her primary issues include growing U.S. manufacturing by bringing jobs home, effective water resource management and railroad safety.

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An inspection campaign centered on crew familiarization with enclosed space entry procedures will be conducted by port state control (PSC) regimes belonging to the Paris, Tokyo, Indian Ocean and Black Sea MOUs from Sept. 1 through Nov. 30. Other PSC regimes may also participate. The objective of the campaign is to verify that effective procedures are in place to safeguard mariners serving aboard ships from the risks of confined spaces.

The U.S. Coast Guard has informed owners and operators of U.S.-flag vessels to expect that during regular inspections, PSC officers will use a questionnaire that covers nine areas including whether or not crewmembers have participated at least once every two months in drills on confined space entry in accordance with SOLAS. During the course of the inspections, PSC officers will also ask to observe first-person a confined space drill being conducted aboard ship.

If deficiencies are found, PSC officers may record them and instruct the master to undertake corrective action within a specified period of time. Serious deficiencies could result in detention of the ship.

The results of the campaign will be analyzed for submission to the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

“U.S.-flag vessel owners and operators are encouraged to take steps necessary to become familiar with the inspection criteria prior to the campaign,” a spokesperson for the Coast Guard says. “Verifying that vessels meet applicable requirements under SOLAS in advance of foreign voyages and port calls can go a long way toward facilitating PSC inspections.”

More information can be found in the USCG Marine Safety Bulletin posted at

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The MM&P New York/New Jersey Union Hall is moving to 570 Broad, 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 before Oct. 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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International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) Australia National Coordinator Dean Summers last week swam the English Channel to raise funds for a charity that supports needy and abandoned seafarers. He spent years in training before attempting the crossing, which took him 13 hours and 19 minutes.

Summers dedicated his swim “to the 1.3 million seafarers around the world who sacrifice their time, their labor and their health to transport the world’s wealth around on merchant ships.”

He began swimming from Dover and was greeted on the shores of France by ITF Inspector Christian Roos of Belgium.

“Although over 90 percent of the world’s trade is carried by sea, seafarers are not recognized for their contributions and they have largely become an invisible workforce,” Summers said in a statement that was posted on his website.

“Seafarers are among the most vulnerable and exploited workers in the world. These men and women can spend months, even a year, living and working in extreme conditions and far away from their homes and families.”

He undertook the swim to raise funds for Hunterlink Recovery Services, an organization that helps mariners working in Australia as well as seafarers who are stranded or need help while in an Australian port.

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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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Many Americans consider Labor Day a uniquely American experience, but it actually originated in Canada: members of the Toronto Printers Union were fighting for a shorter work week and went on strike in 1872, drawing 10,000 supporters to their “Labor Day Parade.”

The first American Labor Day rally took place in New York City on Sept. 5, 1882. Labor Day became a national holiday in the United States in 1894.

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Attention all MM&P members in the greater Los Angeles Area: The Annual Labor Day March and BBQ will be held on Sept. 7, 2015. Members will meet at the MM&P Hall in Wilmington and head over to assemble for the march at 0900. Hot dogs and drinks will be served at the park at the end of the march. Come one, come all, and bring your family members and friends!

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The 70th anniversary of the end of World War II is Saturday, Sept. 5. Join us in Baltimore Harbor at Pier 13, 4601 Newgate St., from 1000 to 1600, to tour two vessels on which many members of our union once sailed: the NS SAVANNAH and the Liberty Ship JOHN W. BROWN. Tours of the ships, including their engine rooms, will take placeFriday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 4, 5 and 6, 1200 to 1600.

Bring the whole family! Watch the BROWN’s 140-ton triple expansion engine operate. Check out events including: Rosie the riveter; WWII cartoons and news reels; the Ultimate Abbott & Costello Tribute Show; Miss Victory; beer tasting hosted by Max’s Taphouse,; see a World War II tug, a Coast Guard vessel and World War II vehicles.

For more information, go to or e-mail: Parking is free. Admission is free as well, but donations for ship maintenance and restoration are greatly appreciated. The BROWN is one of only two fully operational Liberty Ships in the United States.

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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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The National Maritime Center (NMC) has provided additional information regarding the open house on Tuesday, Sept. 15, from 0830 to 1530.

The morning will consist of seven 20-minute information sessions with members of the Coast Guard Headquarters policy division and NMC staff who work in the areas of medical, safety and suitability, professional qualification and course evaluations. Guided tours of the facility will take participants through the entire credential production process.

“The afternoon will consist of three breakout sessions in which mariners and industry can meet face to face and have discussions with our experienced credentialing staff from the Training and Assessments Division, the Medical Evaluation Division, and the Mariner Evaluation Division,” the NMC said in an official statement. “We will also have a sign-up sheet available to reserve a time to meet with NMC staff on individual mariner cases.”

A valid government-issued ID card will be required to enter the facility. Individuals who do not RSVP and/or who are missing a valid ID may be denied access. Space is limited, so please RSVP early to guarantee participation.

To maximize participation by all interested industry personnel, the NMC says it may limit the number of attendees from any one organization. Once RSVP limits have been reached, the online RSVP application will notify you, and an NMC representative will contact you regarding a wait list and your possible attendance.

To RSVP, go to

The NMC is a drug-free and weapons-free facility. All persons and vehicles entering the facility are subject to search. The NMC will not be issuing credentials or accepting application packages during this event.

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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):9/7/15, 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: 9/2/15, 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: 9/9/15, 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

8th Leadership & Teamworking Skills
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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