Wheelhouse Weekly – Sept. 30, 2014

October 1st 2014 ,

Volume 18 . . . Number 39 . . . Sept. 30, 2014


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News for MM&P Members:

Upcoming Events:


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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 onMonday, Oct. 13, for Columbus Day.

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The 2014 Congressional elections are fast approaching, and the results will go a long way in determining the fate of the most important maritime programs. Many of our strongest supporters in Congress are in extremely tight races. If they lose, our ability to obtain full funding for the Maritime Security Program, to maintain the Jones Act and to ensure U.S.-flag vessels carry a share of government cargo will be in severe jeopardy. We must protect U.S.-flag jobs. We need your help.

Without the resources to enable our friends in Congress to turn back their challengers, we won’t be able to ensure the survival of the U.S.-flag fleet and with it American jobs on ferryboats, in the international and coastal trades, on the Great Lakes, on U.S.-flag tugboats, containerships and dredges.

How much is your job worth to you? If you have already given to our Union’s Political Contribution Fund (PCF), please consider making another contribution now. If you have not contributed to the PCF in the past, now is the time to join the fight to protect your family’s future.

Please go to today and contribute to the PCF with the “Contribute and Save Jobs” button in the top right-hand corner of the home page. A list of candidates who support maritime is published on in the Members’ Only section under the link “Who We Support.”

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A June 28 accident aboard the bulk carrier JULIA N in Port Hedland, Australia, was the result of a lack of training and communications aboard the Liberia-flagged ship, according to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB). In its investigation report, the agency found that the incident, which resulted in serious injury to one member of the crew, could well have been prevented. “Mooring operations are often seen as a routine task, but contain dangers that are often not realized until it is too late,” the agency wrote. “As they cannot be directly observed, the forces that can be exerted on mooring and towing lines, even by their own weight, are often underestimated by those working around them.”

On the day of the accident, the bulk carrier entered the port with the assistance of four tugs. The agency’s report reads: “When it had been confirmed that the ship was in position, the pilot called the master of the tug at the stern of the ship to come in and retrieve its tow line. When the tug was in position, the pilot asked JULIA N’s master to instruct the aft mooring team (second mate and two seamen) to let go the tug’s tow line. As the tow line was retrieved, a seaman’s right leg somehow became entangled in the messenger line. He was then dragged about 4 meters across the deck and into the rollers of the fairlead that served to guide the line. When his legs entered the fairlead, the messenger line came under tension and severed the seaman’s right foot.” The man was evacuated to a hospital by helicopter.

“Serious injury is likely when there is an incident during tug and mooring operations, but the likelihood of such an occurrence can be managed through effective risk assessment, training, supervision, communications and good housekeeping, both prior to and during berthing operations,” the ATSB concluded.

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A Sept. 22 arbitration decision in a dispute over the staffing of smaller post offices will result in about 9,000 new jobs with good salaries and benefits at the U.S. Postal Service. Full-time, career employees, according to the American Postal Workers Union (APWU), will fill 3,000 of those jobs within the next 90 days.

Under a postal service reorganization launched in 2012, postmasters who no longer had managerial or supervisory responsibilities were replaced with part-time postmasters and temporary postmaster reliefs. In its grievance, the union challenged the use of part-timers to perform work typically done by postal service employees. The collective bargaining agreement between the union and USPS committed management to assign any newly created or revised retail positions that had no managerial or supervisory duties to union employees. An arbitrator agreed with the APWU and a memorandum of understanding between the union and the USPS was reached earlier this week on how the new jobs will be filled.

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An MM&P A-Book Member is currently preparing to write a thesis to complete an MBA in Shipping and Logistics at Middlesex University/Lloyd’s Maritime Academy. The title of the thesis is: “Safe Manning Levels, STCW Rest Hour Regulations & Fatigue: An Analysis of the Chief Officer Position.” Questionnaires have been created for the purpose of collecting primary data for the compilation of accurate statistics. The data collected for the thesis will ultimately provide hard facts about the Chief Officer position. If you would like to take part and are currently a Chief Officer sailing for MM&P or have sailed as Chief Officer, please request a questionnaire by sending an e-mail to Any and all information received will be 100 percent confidential. No names will be used in the thesis. The purpose of the survey is academic and the intent is to gather statistics only.

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The MM&P Federal Credit Union is running a promotion: all loan rates are reduced by 1 percent until Nov. 30, 2014. Auto loans start as low as 1.50 percent. Personal loans can be as low as 4 percent. Remember: credit union membership is open to all members and employees of MM&P, the MM&P Plan Office, MITAGS-PMI and MIRAID—as well as to their families. And the credit union now offers free checking accounts, free electronic bill pay and surcharge-free ATMs. Contact the credit union today to find out more: 1-800-382-7777 or

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The SOCP cordially invites the maritime community to attend the SOCP Annual Fall Meeting. This event will be held at MITAGS-PMI-CCMIT, 692 Maritime Boulevard, Linthicum, MD 21090 on Oct. 29-30, 2014. A high caliber line up of speakers has been invited to this event, which will focus on upcoming regulatory issues facing the maritime industry. The meeting will include the following facilitated panel discussions to help drive future cooperative program development: Polar Code Issues and Proposed Solutions; STCW Issues and Proposed Solutions; Environmental Regulatory Issues and Proposed Solutions; Ballast Water Management; ECA Compliance; EPA’s Ports Initiative, Shorepower and Incentives; and Workforce Issues and Proposed Solutions. All maritime industry representatives are welcome to attend the meeting.

The SOCP is a non-profit organization comprised of representatives of business, government, education and workforce. This business-led cooperative includes individuals from every sector of the maritime community who explore challenges facing the U.S. maritime industry and work together in the areas of safety, security, regulations, environmental protection and workforce development. Please visit the website to view SOCP’s product offerings. MITAGS-PMI-CCMIT is conveniently located near the Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI). Free shuttle service to the BWI Airport, MARC, AMTRAK and Baltimore Light Rail Stations is available. For more information and to register for the fall meeting, visit

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The Offshore Orientation Course will be held at the MM&P Los Angeles/Long Beach Hall on Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 8-9. If you are interested in participating in the course, please contact the Los Angeles/Long Beach Hall at 310-834-7201 or 310-834-6667 (fax).

There is no sea-time requirement to take the Offshore Orientation 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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In response to requests, MITAGS has added an additional ECDIS course to the schedule. The course will be held beginning onDec. 1. All other sessions for the rest of the year are already full. Please send an e-mail to if you are interested in signing up for the Dec. 1 course.

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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 – 10/13/14, 4/13/15

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation: Contact Admissions

ARPA-OIC – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 11/18/14, 1/20/15, 3/31/15

AZIPOD 2-Day –10/9/14, 2/2/15

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 1/26/15, 3/23/15

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 11/20/14, 2/4/15, 3/2/15, 4/13/15, 5/20/15

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling: 10/6/14, 3/4/15

BT – Basic Safety Training: 10/6/14, 1/19/15, 2/9/15, 4/6/15, 6/8/15

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 10/27/14, 4/13/15

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVNAV-CMM – Advanced Navigation (=ECDIS & VPEN): 11/10/14

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 1/19/15, 4/20/15, 6/15/15

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 1/12/15, 4/13/15, 6/1/15

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (2 weeks): 4/27/15

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information System: 10/20/14, 11/10/14, 12/1/14, 1/5/15, 4/6/15, 6/8/15

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM): 12/8/14, 1/26/15, 3/30/15, 6/22/15

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 10/27/14, 3/2/15

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (2 weeks): 10/13/14, 3/9/15

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 10/20/14, 11/3/14, 12/1/14, 2/2/15, 3/9/15

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 10/27/14, 11/10/14, 12/8/14, 2/9/15, 3/16/15

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 11/17/14, 3/23/15

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 11/3/14, 5/11/15

CNAV-OIC – Celestial Navigation: 11/3/14, 4/27/15

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop: Contact Admissions

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications: 10/7/14

DDE – Great Lakes: 1/26/15, 6/1/15

DPA – 10/27

ECDIS-OIC – 2/16/15

ECDIS-Pilots – 3/2/15

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 12/1/14

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 10/6/14, 1/19/15, 2/9/15, 4/6/15, 6/8/15

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications: 11/19/14, 4/15/15, 5/19/15

GL Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization: 1/23/15

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System: 3/16/15

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 11/17/14

LAP- 4/6/15

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes: 1/26/15

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License: 1/5/15, 3/2/15, 6/1/15

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 10/7/14, 11/20/14, 3/3/15, 4/15/15, 5/20/15

LNG-TPIC – 5/11/15

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC): 10/7/14

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 11/3/14, 12/1/14, 1/5/15, 3/16/15, 4/20/15, 6/15/15

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 10/13/14, 3/2/15, 5/11/15

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 10/20/14, 11/3/14, 12/1/14, 1/5/15, 3/16/15, 4/20/15, 6/15/15

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 10/12/14, 11/8/14, 12/6/14, 1/10/15, 1/24/15, 3/21/15, 4/25/15, 6/20/15

MSA –Maritime Security Awareness: 10/6/14 (PM)

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic): 10/3/14, 2/26/15

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (4 Evenings): 2/23/15

*MSC-ENV – 2/15/15

*MSC-FF-HELO – 2/10/15

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualification: 11/10/14, 2/16/15

*MSC-Security Watch Basic – 11/14/14, 2/20/15

*MSC-Security Watch Advanced –11/17/14, 2/22/15

*MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force –11/18/14, 2/23/15

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 11/17/14, 1/19/15, 3/30/15

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 10/1/14, 10/7/14, 10/15/14, 10/29/14, 11/12/14, 12/3/14, 12/10/14, 1/7/15, 1/14/15, 1/28/15, 2/4/15, 2/18/15, 3/6/15, 3/18/15, 4/1/15, 4/15/15, 4/29/15, 5/6/15, 5/13/15, 6/3/15, 6/17/15

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 1/12/15, 2/2/15, 3/23/15

SAR-OIC – Search & Rescue –10/13/14, 4/6/15

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 11/17/14, 2/16/15, 5/11/15

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling-5 Day: 10/6/14, 1/19/15, 3/2/15

SMS – Contact Admissions

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 1/26/15

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses: 1/5/15

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 2/23/15

TRAC-TUG-2: Contact Admissions

TTT – Train the Trainer: Contact Admissions

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties: 10/7/14

VSO – Vessel Security Officer: 10/8/14, 10/22/14, 2/4/15, 5/20/15

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level): 3/2/15

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 2/23/15

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Please also see our schedule online at For registration, send an e-mail to our registrar, Jennifer Pitzen, at or call her at (206) 838-1126.

October 2014

1-3 Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling
6-10 Radar Observer Unlimited
6-17 GMDSS
13th Management and Teamworking Skills
14-17 ARPA
20-24 ECDIS
20-24 Basic Stability
20-31 GMDSS
27-29 Emergency Procedures
30-31 Search and Rescue

November 2014

3-7 Medical Care Provider
3-14 Medical Person-In-Charge
10-21 GMDSS
17-20 ARPA

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