Wheelhouse Weekly – September 11th, 2018

September 11th 2018

Volume 23… Number 37… Sept. 11, 2018


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MM&P members who work at New York Water Taxi plucked a man from the water on Monday, Aug. 27.

The man had fallen into the water while posing for a photo aboard ROGOWSKY, one of Water Taxi’s 12 vessels.

He was rescued by Kristen Blatz, Roberto Delgado and Leroy Litchmore.

The three are members of the MM&P Atlantic Maritime Group. Blatz and Delgado are ABs, and Litchmore is a captain.

“The incident took place in the late afternoon, shortly after leaving the Dumbo Brooklyn dock,” reported Blatz.

“A man in his mid 20’s was standing alone on the stern of the boat. As I passed him on my rounds, he asked if I could take a picture. I said sure, took his phone and stepped back by the stairway to get a good shot. I took a few photos, and he said ‘Did you get the shot?’”

“I said yes, but that I would take a couple more just to be sure. As I said this, he proceeded to climb up onto the railing.”

“He then raised both of his arms over his head and fell backwards into the water.”

“I ran towards him and reached out but he was already gone,” she said.

“I immediately ran into the cabin to inform my other deckhand, Roberto Delgado. I then ran up the stairs to the top deck to inform the captain, Leroy Litchmore.”

“I propped open the door to the helm after announcing ‘Man Overboard’ to the captain, and pointed out the subject.”

“I asked the passengers on the top deck to remain seated. Once I felt confident that the captain had him in his sight, I went forward to the bow.”

“Roberto already had the ladder and the throw ring ready. I threw the ring as Roberto helped guide Captain Leroy to the victim.”

“I put on a life vest and retrieved the emergency blanket. As we approached the victim, I threw the life ring as Roberto was attaching the ladder.”

“The victim swam to the ring and made his way towards the ladder. I went onto the outer bow and prepared myself to tether and descend the ladder.”

“As I did so, the victim climbed up on his own. Roberto wrapped him in the blanket. I let Captain Leroy know that we had the victim on board, and we proceeded to drop him off at the Dumbo dock.”

“We were met by NYPD and an ambulance, and they took over from there,” Blatz said.

“The crew handled the situation extremely professionally. It was my forth trip on the boats, and I have complete confidence in my coworkers.”

“Job well done, by all,” she added. “I feel privileged to be a part of NY Water Taxi.”

New York Water Taxi offers sightseeing, charter and commuter services mainly to points along the East River and Hudson River.

It operates 12 vessels along 13 lines, serving East River, Hudson River and Upper New York Bay.

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The guided-missile destroyer USS JASON DUNHAM seized an illicit weapons shipment found aboard a stateless skiff in the international waters of the Gulf of Aden on Aug. 28.
The shipment included 2,521 AK-47 automatic rifles.

The skiff was determined to be stateless following a flag verification boarding, conducted in accordance with international law.

The origin and intended destination of the skiff have not yet been determined.

“We are actively involved in searching for illegal weapons shipments of all kinds,” said Vice Adm. Scott Stearney, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. 5th Fleet, and the Combined Maritime Forces.

“Ensuring the flow of commerce for legitimate traffic continues to be paramount to the U.S. Navy and its regional partners and allies.”

The seizure comes after four others in 2015 and 2016 by Combined Maritime Forces and U.S. 5th Fleet assets.

The first was by Royal Australian Navy’s HMAS MELBOURNE on Sept. 27, 2015, when it intercepted a dhow containing 75 anti-tank guided munitions, four tripods with associated equipment, four launch tubes, two launcher assembly units and three missile guidance sets.

The second was by the Royal Australian Navy’s HMAS DARWIN, which intercepted a dhow Feb. 27, 2016, confiscating nearly 2,000 AK-47 assault rifles, 81 rocket-propelled grenade launchers, 49 PKM general purpose machine guns, 39 PKM spare barrels and 20 60mm mortar tubes.

The third was by the French Navy destroyer FS PROVENCE March 20, 2016. It yielded almost 2,000 AK-47 assault rifles, 64 Dragunov sniper rifles, nine anti-tank missiles and six PK machine guns with bipods.

The fourth was by U.S. Navy coastal patrol ship USS SIROCCO (PC 6) operating as part of U.S. 5th Fleet March 28, 2016, when it intercepted a dhow containing 1,500 AK-47s, 200 RPG launchers and 21 .50 caliber machine guns.

The United Kingdom-based investigative organization Conflict Armament Research linked three of the caches to weapons that could have come from Iranian stockpiles.

Based on crew interviews, a review of onboard records and an examination of the arms aboard the vessel, the United States concluded that the arms from the four interdictions in 2015 and 2016 originated in Iran and were intended to be delivered to the Houthis in Yemen in contravention of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2216.

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Section 315 of the 2015 Coast Guard Authorization Act required the U.S. Coast Guard to commission a working group to review existing and new examination questions for accuracy and availability of examination references.

Examination question review is an opportunity to help the NMC and your fellow mariners make long-term improvements to the knowledge examination system.

We need your expertise, the agency said in a statement. “Let your voice be heard.”

The Examinations page of the National Maritime Center (NMC) website has been updated to provide an outline of the process for requesting membership in the working group, and includes the forms and e-mail address for submission.

Once on the Examinations page, click “Working Group” to access the information. Requests may be submitted at any time.

In an effort to increase participation, the NMC will first hold a review session for engineers.

The review session will take place at the STAR Center in Dania Beach, Fla., on Nov. 6–8.

The group will review general engineer officer topics. “We need participation from a wide range of engineers to ensure a comprehensive review,” the agency says.

If you would like to participate in this session, or any other session, please follow the process on the Examinations page, as described above.

Once the NMC reviews your request, it will contact you to discuss further details.

Additional regional working group sessions may be scheduled.

Should you have any questions, please use the e-mail address provided on the Examinations page, or contact the NMC customer service center via e-mail at, by Chat from the NMC Website, or by phone at 888-IASKNMC (427-5662).

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A Dutch non-profit, Ocean Cleanup, last week launched the world’s first ocean cleanup system from the San Francisco Bay.

The cleanup system (System 001) is heading to a location 240 nautical miles offshore for a two-week trial before continuing its journey toward the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, 1,200 nautical miles offshore, to start the cleanup.

System 001 is being towed from San Francisco Bay by the MAERSK LAUNCHER, which has been made available to the project by A.P. Moller-Maersk and DeepGreen, its current charter holder.

After hundreds of scale-model tests, a series of prototypes, research expeditions and multiple iterations, The Ocean Cleanup has enough confidence in its technology to launch its first full-scale cleanup system.

System 001 consists of a 600-meter (2,000-foot) U-shaped floating barrier with a three-meter (10-foot) skirt attached below.

The system is designed to be propelled by wind and waves, allowing it to passively catch and concentrate plastic debris in front of it.

Due to its shape, the debris will be funneled to the center of the system. Moving slightly faster than the plastic, the system is anticipated to act like a giant Pac-Man, skimming the surface of the ocean.

The system will be deployed in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the world’s largest accumulation zone of ocean plastics.

Situated halfway between Hawaii and California, the patch contains 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic, and covers an area twice the size of Texas.

The Ocean Cleanup anticipates that the first plastic will be collected and returned to land within six months of deployment. This will mark the first time that free floating plastic will have been successfully collected at sea.

After returning the plastic to land, The Ocean Cleanup plans to recycle the material into products and use the proceeds to help fund the cleanup operations.

While the main objective of System 001 is to prove the technology and start the cleanup, a secondary goal is to collect performance data to improve the design for future deployments.

The system is equipped with solar-powered and satellite-connected sensors, cameras and navigation lights to communicate the position of System 001 to passing marine traffic and enable extensive monitoring of the system and the environment.

After delivery of the system to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the MAERSK LAUNCHER will remain active as an observation platform for several weeks.

Once successful, and if the funding is available, The Ocean Cleanup aims to scale up to a fleet of approximately 60 systems focused on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch over the next two years.

The Ocean Cleanup projects that the full fleet can remove half of the plastic in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch within five years’ time.

This is in line with The Ocean Cleanup’s ultimate goal: reducing the amount of plastic in the world’s oceans by at least 90 percent by 2040.

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The American Association of Port Authorities has announced the winning entries into its 2018 Environmental Improvement competition.

The Port of San Diego won three awards including one in the Environmental Enhancement category for its threatened and endangered species stewardship program.

The program assists in the management and recovery of two federally listed species that occur at the D Street Fill: the California least tern and western snowy plover.

Tern nesting success has increased from sporadic nesting in the 1970s and 1980s (zero to a few dozen nests) to over one hundred nests in each of the past 14 years.

The port was also recognized for its successful marine debris removal project.

Through its newly established Blue Economy Incubator, the port, in partnership with Zephyr Marine Debris Removal, is demonstrating a new marine vessel and skimming technology.

Since the start of the pilot project operations in February 2018, over 5,000 pounds of marine debris has been removed from the San Diego Bay.

The Port of San Diego also won the Stakeholder Education, Awareness and Involvement category for its environmental education program.

One million students have been reached since its inception in 1995, and over 24,500 students were reached in 2016-17.

The program currently supports 11 programs for a cumulative total of $300,000 per year through 2022.

They highlight environmental awareness through hands-on lessons including outdoor classrooms, living labs, eco-tours, educational hikes, field trips and boat tours, in addition to in-class lessons using watershed models and scientific experimentation.

Another Southern California port authority, the Port of Hueneme, is this year’s Comprehensive Environmental Program category winner for its environmental certification success.

The project involved assessing the port’s environmental management approach across six categories, including invasive species, greenhouse gas and air pollutants, spill prevention, community impacts, environmental leadership and waste management.

The news was reported by Maritime Executive.

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The Charleston Hall closed at 1200 today due to a mandatory evacuation in preparation for Hurricane Florence. The hall will remain closed until the storm passes.

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The Norfolk Hall will close on Wednesday, Sept. 12 due to Hurricane Florence. Anticipate closure through the weekend.

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Members who regularly access the Port of Charleston terminals to work aboard contract vessels will soon have the opportunity to acquire a vehicle pass/decal.

This will help to speed up access to moored vessels, especially for PROs who would be standing temporary cargo watches and therefore are not listed on vessels’ crew lists.

As a first step in obtaining the decals for members, MM&P must first provide a list of candidates to the Charleston Port Police.

If you are interested in obtaining a vehicle decal, please contact MM&P Charleston Port Representative John Livingston at or (843)766-3565.

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There will be an Offshore Membership Meeting at the MM&P New York/New Jersey union hall on Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 1100.

All Offshore members are encouraged to attend the meeting.

The hall is located at 570 Broad St., Suite 701, Newark, NJ, 07102. The phone number is: 201-963-1900.

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The mid-term elections are just a few months away.

We need to elect members of Congress who will support the U.S.-flag fleet and keep U.S. maritime jobs from becoming outsourced.

Please go to now and click on the “1-Click PCF Donation” button in the top right-hand corner of the home page.

Or enter the Members’ Only site and click on “Make PCF Contribution” in the column on the left-hand side of the page.

Stand with your union brothers and sisters!

Support the MM&P Political Contribution Fund by making a contribution to the PCF today.

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MITAGS-PMI is interested in receiving photo submissions from MM&P members for use on the official MITAGS-PMI social media platform.

The goal is to document members’ voyages. 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 or

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.

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.

**Classes are 5-day unless otherwise noted**

AB – 10/15/18

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

ARPA-OIC (4-Day) – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 9/25/18

AZIPOD (2-Day) – 10/15/18

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 9/24/18, 10/29/18

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 12/19/18

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling – (Now also included in BRMP-Refresher) (3-Day): 10/17/18

BRMP-Refresher (Now including Emergency Shiphandling for Pilots) (3-Day) – Not currently scheduled

BT – Basic Safety Training: 10/22/18, 1/14/19, 4/8/19

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – 9/26/18, 10/31/18, 12/18/18

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 9/26/18, 12/17/18

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: Contact Admissions

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 9/24/18, 12/10/18, 1/14/19, 3/11/19, 6/10/19

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 9/17/18, 12/3/18, 1/7/19, 4/8/19, 6/3/19

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 10/1/18

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1: 10/1/18

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific: 10/8/18

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems: 11/12/18

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM): 11/26/18

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 10/15/18

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: Not Currently Scheduled

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management: 10/29/18

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 10/1/18, 11/5/18, 11/26/18

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 9/17/18, 10/8/18, 11/12/18, 12/3/18

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

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 10/22/18

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: Contact Admissions

CNAV-OIC (10-Day) – Celestial Navigation: Contact Admissions

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior (1-Day) – Not currently scheduled

CDMGT – Crowd Management (1-Day) – Not currently scheduled

CSE – Confined Space Entry (3-Day): Contact Admissions

CSE-AWR – Confined Space Entry Awareness (2-Day): Contact Admissions

DDE – Great Lakes (20-Day): 1/21/19, 6/3/19

DPA (2-Day) – Contact Admissions

ECDIS for Pilots (2-Day) – 12/17/18

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 11/26/18

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 10/22/18, 1/14/19, 4/8/19

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 9/25/18, 10/30/18, 12/20/18

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 9/29/18, 12/15/18

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization (2-Day): 1/18/19

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (10-Day): Not currently scheduled

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 12/10/18

IEN – Integrated Electronic Navigation (3-Day) – Not currently scheduled

LAP – License Advancement Program for Mate to Master (20-Day): 9/17/18, 2/25/19

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes (20-Day): 1/21/19

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License (15-Day): Contact Admissions

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage (1-Day): 9/12/18

LNG-TPIC (10-Day) – 12/3/18

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC) (1-Day): Contact Admissions

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): 12/3/18

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 10/8/18, 11/26/18, 1/21/19, 3/18/19, 5/6/19

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: Not Currently Scheduled

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 10/8/18, 11/26/18

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 9/24/18, 10/13/18, 10/29/18, 12/1/18, 12/21/18

MSA –Maritime Security Awareness: Not currently scheduled

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic) (1-Day): 11/14/18

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 11/12/18

*MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) – 11/4/18

*MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day) – 10/31/18

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 9/17/18, 11/5/18

*MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day) – 9/15/18, 11/2/18

*MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) – 9/16/18, 11/3/18

*MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) – 9/21/18, 11/9/18

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P (2-Day) – 11/12/18, 11/14/18, 12/17/18, 12/19/18

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal (1-Day): 9/24/18

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes (1-Night): 10/3/18, 10/17/18, 10/31/18, 11/7/18, 11/14/18, 11/28/18, 12/5/18, 12/12/18, 12/19/18

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 9/17/18, 1/7/19

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3-Day): 12/17/18

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 10/22/18

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day) – 9/24/18, 10/29/18, 12/10/18, 2/25/19, 4/1/19

SMS – Successful Safety Management (2-Day) – Not currently scheduled

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: Contact Admissions

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (15-Day): Contact Admissions

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: Contact Admissions

TRAC-TUG-2 (2-Day): Contact Admissions

TTT – Not currently scheduled

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (1-Day): Contact Admissions

VSO – Vessel Security Officer (3-Day): Contact Admissions

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) (10-Day): Contact Admissions

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): Contact Admissions

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Summer-Fall 2018

For registration, contact our admissions department: 206.441.2880 or

Please also see our schedule and enroll online at

September 2018
17-20 Advanced Firefighting
17-21 ECDIS
20-21 Basic Training Revalidation
21st Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
24th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
24-28 Medical Care Provider
24-5 Medical Person-In-Charge

October 2018
4-5 Basic Training Revalidation
4-8 Basic Training Refresher
8th Radar Renewal
8-12 Leadership & Managerial Skills
8-12 Basic Training
9th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
8-12 Pilot Exam Preparation
15-18 Advanced Firefighting
15-19 ECDIS
15-19 Engine Resource Management (ERM)
18-19 Basic Training Revalidation
19th Medical DOT
22nd Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
22-26 MEECE
22-2 Celestial Navigation
31-1 Basic Training Revalidation
31-5 Basic Training Refresher

November 2018
2nd Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
5th Radar Renewal
5-8 Advanced Firefighting
5-9 Basic Training
12-14 Security Officer – Vessel, Company, and Facility
13-16 Advanced Firefighting
16th Medical DOT
16th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
19-20 Basic Training Revalidation
21st Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
26-30 Radar Observer Unlimited
29-30 Basic Training Revalidation

December 2018
3rd Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
3-7 Leadership & Managerial Skills
3-7 Medical Care Provider
3-14 Medical Person-In-Charge
10-13 ARPA
10-14 Basic Training
14th Radar Renewal
14th Medical DOT
14-18 Basic Training Refresher
17-18 Basic Training Revalidation
17-20 Search & Rescue
18-21 Advanced Firefighting
19th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

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