Wheelhouse Weekly – September 17, 2013

September 17th 2013


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Volume 17 . . . Number 38 . . . Sept. 17, 2013


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International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) President Harold Daggett has been elected to the AFL-CIO Executive Council. MM&P President Don Marcus called the news “an encouraging sign,” although he underlined the fact that recent events, in particular those that precipitated the withdrawal of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) from the AFL-CIO, highlight “the urgent need for the federation to reaffirm its commitment to maritime labor.”

MM&P is the marine affiliate of the ILA. Both unions partner with the ILWU, the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association, the Inland Boatmen’s Union and the American Radio Association in the Maritime Labor Alliance (MLA), which was formed last year to protect the working conditions and jurisdictional rights of members.

ILWU President and MLA Co-Founder Robert McEllrath announced earlier this month that the ILWU had decided to withdraw from the AFL-CIO, in part because of the federation’s unwillingness to address jurisdictional raiding on the waterfront. “It is inexplicable that AFL-CIO leadership did not attempt to fully address the concerns of the ILWU,” Marcus said. He called the result “particularly ironic” in view of the ILWU’s traditional stance “at the vanguard of American labor in the campaign for social justice and the defense of workers’ rights, which epitomizes the role of a labor union.”

MM&P is also expressing grave concern over a report that “Solidarity Charters,” which have been granted by the AFL-CIO to other non-AFL-CIO unions such as the Teamsters and the SEIU, would not be granted to the ILWU. “That report, if it is true, defies logic,” Marcus said, adding, “The withdrawal of the ILWU from the AFL-CIO will be a further loss to the U.S. labor movement as thousands of ILWU activists will no longer be allowed to participate in state and local councils of the federation.”

“MM&P stands in solidarity with every member of the ILWU whether inside or outside the AFL-CIO,” the MM&P President said. “At a time when labor generally and maritime labor in particular is under attack, we will redouble our efforts of mutual support. The election of Harold Daggett to the executive council of the AFL-CIO will give maritime labor a strong and effective voice at the highest level of the AFL-CIO. At the same time, MM&P’s commitment to the ILWU, the Inland Boatmen’s Union and the other Maritime Labor Alliance unions will not change.”


The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) has “not kept up its part” in enforcing the cargo preference requirements that are crucial to preserving the U.S.-flag fleet–and with it, our national security–a spokesman for USA Maritime told Congress at a Sept. 10 hearing. USA Maritime is a coalition of ship-owning companies, maritime labor organizations and trade associations that directly or indirectly represent all the vessels that participate in the Maritime Security Program. MM&P, MIRAID, the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association and the American Maritime Congress are all members of USA Maritime.

Our nation’s cargo preference laws and regulations require rigorous enforcement and protection–particularly in this era of budget austerity, says former U.S. Maritime Administrator (MARAD) William Schubert, who presented testimony on behalf of the coalition to the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation. “The history of cargo preference indicates that cargo reservation requirements are often not self-enforcing and strict MARAD oversight is necessary to ensure that the law is followed and its purposes fulfilled across the U.S. government,” Schubert said.

He noted that the privately owned U.S. merchant fleet has transported over 90 percent of the equipment and supplies used in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan–at a fraction of the cost of other alternatives. The fleet also employs a pool of highly trained U.S.-citizen mariners essential to support our government’s sealift objectives. “As this subcommittee is well aware, the U.S. government cannot mobilize its fleet of reserve vessels held in inactive and active status without that pool of mariners actively employed by the privately owned U.S.-flag fleet,” he said.

Schubert noted in his testimony that virtually every privately owned U.S.-flag vessel engaged in foreign trade depends to some degree on cargo preference to remain economically viable. But “MARAD has not kept up its part since 2008” in preserving the cargo preference program, Schubert said. “All too often, cargo preference is either not complied with at all or applied in a way as to make it ineffective,” he said. He reminded members of Congress that MARAD had organized “a listening session” in 2011 to gather industry input on how better to administer the cargo preference regulations, but “Now it is two years later and nothing has been done,” he said.

“The industry can no longer wait for MARAD and implores this subcommittee and the full Transportation Committee to use its influence to institute long-overdue regulations on cargo preference.”


Delegates to the 2013 AFL-CIO Convention last week elected three top officers to lead the labor federation going forward: Richard Trumka was reconfirmed in the role of president; Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler was elected to a second term; and Tefere Gebre, a 45-year-old Ethiopian political refugee who immigrated to the United States as a teenager, was elected executive vice president.

In his acceptance speech, Trumka, a Pennsylvania coal miner who rose to the presidency of the Mine Workers (UMWA) and then served as AFL-CIO secretary-treasurer until his election to the top post in 2009, spoke of his grandfathers who were UMWA organizers, his coal mining father who also served as a union officer and “the union brothers and sisters who showed me the ropes, who taught me about life and unionism, who stood strong with me when I was too young to even know what it meant to stand.”

Trumka called on union members nationwide to “build a stronger, broader movement… We have a responsibility to lift others up” he said, “to give to those in need in this generation and in future generations what has already been given to us. “ Trumka said he will push far-reaching changes, including forging closer partnerships and even accepting as members such outside groups as the Sierra Club and the NAACP.

The changes, some of which will require amending the AFL-CIO’s bylaws, are part of a strategy aimed at reviving the labor movement as a champion for all American workers. “What we’ve been doing the last 30 years hasn’t worked real well,” Trumka told a journalist. “We need to do things differently.” Last year, just 11.3 percent of American wage and salary workers were unionized, the lowest percentage in nearly a century. Thirty years ago, 20.1 percent were, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. “We are in crisis,” Trumka said.

Among the groups he plans to reach out to are Americans who traditionally haven’t been represented by unions, including graduate students, fast-food workers, child-care providers and young people who now may hold two or three part-time jobs. He also envisions a closer and more continuous relationship with liberal-leaning religious, environmental and civil-rights groups.


The White House issued a notice announcing Presidential nominations that have been sent to the Senate for advice and consent.  Among those nominations is Paul Nathan Jaenichen Sr. to be the next Maritime Administrator. Jaenichen is the deputy administrator and currently serves as the acting administrator.


A Lake County, Ind., judge has determined that Indianaâ��s â��right-to-workâ�� law, which allows people who donâ��t pay union dues to benefit from all the advantages of working under a collective bargaining agreement, violates a provision in the state constitution barring the delivery of services â��without just compensation.â�� Lake Superior Court Judge John Sedia found the law wrongly requires unions to represent workers who do not pay dues. The Republican governor and state legislature made Indiana the 23rd state in the nation to institute a â��right-to-workâ�� law in 2012. Since then, unions have gone to court to try to overturn the law. A spokesman for the Indiana State Attorney General says it will appeal the ruling directly to Indiana’s Supreme Court.


Richard P. Hughes Jr., who served as eighth president of the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) from July 2007 until July 2011, passed away on Sept. 11 in Baltimore. He was 79.

Prior to his election as ILA president, he served as both executive vice president of the ILA and secretary-treasurer of the ILA’s Atlantic Coast District (ACD). “The International Longshoremen’s Association is deeply saddened by the passing of our President Richard P. Hughes Jr., who served our ILA membership with distinction and honor for more than half a century,” said current ILA President Harold J. Daggett. “Rich Hughes’ accomplishments throughout his long career with the ILA were vast and his memory will endure.”

Richard Hughes was elected ILA president emeritus at the union’s 2011 convention. Hughes came from a rich tradition of longshoremen and was a third generation ILA member. He went to work on the Baltimore docks as a young man in 1954, first joining ILA Local 1429.

“Richard Hughes was a great friend of MM&P and a personal friend of mine,” said former MM&P President Tim Brown. “He loved the membership of the ILA and the waterfront, and he always looked after the interests of MM&P. He will be missed by all of us.” Brown attended funeral services today in the old Baltimore waterfront neighborhood of Locust Point in the shadow of Fort McHenry. Current MM&P President Don Marcus and the rest of the MM&P General Executive Board were also present and paid their final respects to Richard Hughes.

Hughes was one of only nine presidents of the ILA since its founding in 1892. In addition to serving as the president of the ILA, he also served on the executive councils of the AFL-CIO, the Transportation Trades Department and the Dockers Section of the International Transport Workers Federation.


A former Navy reservist killed at least 12 people and injured eight others on Sept. 16 in a mass shooting at Navy Yard, the U.S. Navy’s Washington, D.C., headquarters. Portions of the city were locked down by law enforcement officers as they searched for the gunman, 34-year-old Aaron Alexis of Fort Worth, Texas, who was eventually shot and killed by police. Alexis, a government contractor, had been discharged from the military for misconduct.

The Washington Navy Yard, located in Southeast D.C., is the oldest shore establishment of the U.S Navy. The yard currently serves as a ceremonial and administrative center for the U.S. Navy, and as headquarters for the Naval Sea Systems Command, the Naval Historical Center, the Department of Naval History, the Marine Corps Institute, the United States Navy Band and other classified facilities.


APL continues to apply its policy of no shore leave in Egypt. The company said it had been in the process of reviewing the policy when the COSCO ASIA was attacked on Sept. 1 by militants armed with RPGs. APL has requested its vessels raise their security level equivalent to MARSEC 2 for Egyptian port calls and Suez Transit until further notice and also to continue the no shore leave policy.


The COSTA CONCORDIA resurfaced from the Mediterranean on Sept. 17 after a 19-hour “parbuckling” operation that capped an $800 million, 21 month salvage effort.  Fifty-six giant pulleys heaved the half-submerged vessel back to an upright position. “It could not have gone better than this,” an engineer working on the salvage operation said. “It was a perfect operation.”

The 950-foot-long, 114,000-ton vessel had lain impaled on two underwater granite outcrops since January 2012, when it ran aground after attempting a “sail past” maneuver close to Giglio Island. Capt. Francesco Schettino is standing trial on charges of manslaughter and abandoning his ship.


MM&P members seeking employment on the eight Watson-class LMSRs awarded to Patriot Contract Services can view a sample resume format on the home page. Completed resumes should be sent to MM&P Gulf Ports Vice President Wayne Farthing as “Point of Contact,”, and to the MM&P International Secretary-Treasurer’s Office,

The contract to operate the vessels should begin on approximately Oct. 1, 2013. It has a term of one-year firm, with four one-year options. “Patriot would like to thank its labor unions for their hard work in helping prepare a winning proposal,” said Patriot Executive Vice President and General Counsel Tim Gill. Further information will be available soon in the halls. MM&P looks forward to working with Patriot to crew and operate these vessels.


A 90-day shipping rules/work rules ballot was mailed to members of the Offshore Group on Sept. 9. For the first time, members will be able to choose between voting their ballot electronically or by mail. The deadline for voting your ballot online (or for receipt of your ballot at the Linthicum post office) is 9:00 a.m., Dec. 9.

A link to vote your ballot electronically is posted in the Members’ Only section of You can also go directly to the balloting agency’s site: To vote your ballot, you will need the PIN number included in your ballot package. After entering your vote, wait for the confirmation page to appear before closing. After you submit your vote, it will be made anonymous and you will be recorded as having voted. Complete instructions are included in the information packet that will be mailed to all Offshore members on Sept. 9. You may vote in the election between September 20, 2013 at 3:00 PM ET until December 19, 2013 at 9:00 AM ET.

If you do not receive a ballot, or if you accidentally lose or destroy your ballot, you may request a duplicate by contacting Beverly Gutmann at, 410-850-8700, Ext. 112, or Juli Rodriguez at 410-850-8700, Ext. 129.


An MM&P member who had financed a motor home with a bank turned to the MM&P Federal Credit Union recently to see what other options were available. The original 10-year loan in the amount of $21,800 had been issued by the bank at an interest rate of 17.95 percent. Over the life of the loan, the interest charges would have totaled $25,279. “We financed the motor home and the amount of interest we will charge will be $2,171.81,” says MM&P Federal Credit Union Manager Kathy Klisavage. “By financing the motor home with the credit union, they will own it in four years and will save over $22,000 as compared to the finance company. They couldn’t believe it!”

The MM&P Federal Credit Union, a nonprofit financial organization owned and operated by its members for the benefit of all those who belong, is open to all MM&P members, employees and their families. To contact the credit union, e-mail: or call 800-382-7777, Monday thru Thursday 10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. and Friday – 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.

The credit union can finance any type of motor vehicle, boat, RV, motorcycle or ATV. It offers a variety of other services, including checking and automatic bill pay. To find out more about the credit union, go to


The Offshore Orientation course originally scheduled for October in Los Angeles has been delayed to Nov. 13-14. If you are interested in participating in the course, please contact the Los Angeles/Long Beach Hall: 310-834-7201 or 310-834-6667 (fax). 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.


This job, a nine-month tenure track position covered by a collective bargaining agreement, requires the successful candidate to work on the Ketchikan campus. A bachelor’s degree in Nautical Industrial Technology, Marine Transportation or related field is necessary (master’s degree preferred). Applicants should be USCG licensed as 1600T master or higher. At least one year of experience as Officer in Charge of Navigation Watch on a vessel over 500 GRT. Successful candidate must: provide administrative leadership in the continued development, implementation and expansion of the UAS Marine Transportation program; develop and deliver curricula for classroom, workshops, seminars, and web-based delivery of MT courses using appropriate methodologies and modalities; provide credit, non-credit and professional development training and technical assistance to MT related organizations, Federal and State regulatory agencies including the Alaska Marine Highway. For job description and application requirements, go to posting #0065235. Questions please contact Personnel at or The first review of applications will be Oct. 16. UAS is an AA/EO Employer and Educational Institution. 


The 2006 Maritime Labor Convention (MLC) entered into force on Aug. 20. It has been described as the fourth pillar of international shipping regulations along with SOLAS, MARPOL and STCW.  The International Labor Organization consolidated a number of previous conventions in MLC 2006. It establishes minimum standards on conditions of employment, accommodations, health and safety, medical care, crew welfare, recruitment, working conditions and social security protection. MLC will be strictly enforced during port state control inspections, including the potential for more detailed inspections and possible detention where hazardous conditions may exist if ships are not to be in compliance. Visit for more information or to register for the MLC course.


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:

AB – Able Seaman: 10/14/13

AIS-1 – Automatic Identification  Systems Orientation: 11/21/13

ARPA – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 9/24/13, 10/29/13

BRM – Bridge Resource Management: 12/16/13

BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots:  9/23/13

BST – Basic Safety Training: 10/7/13

CHS-BAS – Cargo Handling Basic: 10/21/13

CONSTB – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 1/27/14

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 9/23/13

CMM-ADVSTB – Advanced Stability:  10/28/13

CMM-ADVWX – 11/18/13

CMM-CHS – Advanced Cargo Operations (2 weeks): 11/4/13

CMM-ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information System: 10/28/13, 12/16/13

CMM-MPP – Marine Propulsion Plants:  10/21/13

CMM-SHMGT – Ship Management (2 weeks): 10/7/13

CMM-SHS-ADV-I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 9/23/13, 10/21/13, 11/4/13, 12/2/13

CMM-SHS-ADV-I I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 9/30/13, 10/28/13, 11/11/13, 12/9/13

CMM-VPEN – 12/9/13

CMM-WKP – Advanced Watchkeeping: 9/30/13, 12/16/13

CNAV – 9/30/13, 11/4/13

CONT PLNG – 11/5/13

ECDIS-ENAV – 10/1/13

ECDIS-OICNW – 10/14/13

ENVIRO-Regs Permit – Environmental Regulations Permit: 11/4/13

EP – 10/30/13

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep and Medications:  1/8/14

FF-BADV – Combined Basic and Advanced Fire Fighting: 10/7/13

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System: 3/17/14

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 12/2/13

LAP – License Advancement Program for C/Mate & Master: 9/23/13

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross Ton License: 12/2/13

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 9/25/13, 10/8/13

MCL OICNW –Management, Communications, and Leadership OICNW level: 9/5/14, 10/7/14

MEDIA-RSP – Media Response Workshop:  11/6/13

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 10/14/13, 12/2/13

MED-PIC -R– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 11/11/13

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 10/14/13, 10/28/13, 12/2/13

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 10/12/13, 10/19/13, 12/7/13

MSC -SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualification:  9/30/13, 11/11/13

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (4 Evenings): 9/30/13 PM

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic): 10/4/13

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 9/23/13, 10/28/13

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 10/2/13, 10/9/13, 10/16/13, 10/30/13, 11/13/13, 12/4/13, 12/11/13

ROP-5 – Radar Observer Original and Renewal: 10/21/13

SAR – 10/28/13

SEC-MSA – 10/17/13 PM, 11/12PM, 12/10/13 PM

SEC-VPDSD –10/18/13, 11/13/13, 12/11/13

SEC-VSO – Vessel Security Officer: 10/14/13, 11/6/13

SHS-BAS – Basic Shiphandling:  10/7/13, 11/18/13

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling: 10/14/13

SHS-ESH-BRMP3 – Emergency Shiphandling and Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 3/5/14

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses: 1/6/14

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge:  8/26/13

TTT – Train the Trainer: 4/7/14

WKP-BAS – 11/4/13

WX-BAS – Basic Meteorology: 2/24/13

…And remember: If you can’t make the class, make the call.  Be courteous, don’t be a “no show.”

Check the MITAGS website at for course descriptions associated with the course title abbreviations, and schedule revisions.


Please also see our schedule online at For registration, call our registrar, Jennifer Pitzen, at (206) 838-1126.

September 2013

19-21     Z-Drive/Tractor Tug Training
23-27     ECDIS

October 2013

1-2          Vessel Security Officer
7-11       Radar Observer Unlimited
7-18       GMDSS
14th       Radar Renewal
15-18     ARPA
21-25     Basic Construction and Stability
21-25     Medical Care Provider
21-1       Medical Person-in-Charge
23rd       RFPNW Assessments
28-1       Emergency Procedures/Search and Rescue
28-1       ECDIS

November 2013

4th         Med DOT
11th       Radar Renewal
11-22     GMDSS
18-20     Vessel Security Officer
18-22     ECDIS

December 2013

2-6          Tankerman Person-in-Charge
2-6          Medical Care Provider
2-13       Medical Person-in-Charge
2-13       GMDSS
9-13       ECDIS
11th       Med DOT

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