Wheelhouse Weekly – September 18th, 2018

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Volume 23… Number 38… Sept. 18, 2018


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Rivers continued rising Tuesday and more deaths were feared as Hurricane Florence began pushing away from North Carolina.

Emergency crews have been conducting operations in the state since the arrival of the hurricane last Friday.

Thousands remain out of their homes. Floodwaters caused by record rainfall were not expected to recede for days.

Coast Guard helicopter crews redeployed from around the region in preparation for the storm have rescued hundreds of people.

As of Monday, there were more than 3,000 Coast Guard members responding to the hurricane, including 35 shallow-water boat teams.

Meanwhile, the majority of U.S. Navy vessels stationed at Naval Station Norfolk have been ordered back to port after weathering the storm at sea.

While the worst of the storm’s high winds have passed, Florence is expected to continue delivering plenty of rain, and flooding will likely continue for days.

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House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) has named Rep. Brian Mast (R-Fla.) to serve as chairman of the Subcommittee on the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation for the remainder of the 115th Congress.

The Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation is one of six subcommittees of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

“Oversight of the Coast Guard and the Nation’s maritime transportation system is a vital responsibility of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee,” Shuster said in an official statement.

“The Coast Guard, as one of the Nation’s five Armed Services, conducts an array of critical missions on behalf of the American people.”

“Brian is an effective member of this subcommittee and has a firm grasp of the issues. He understands the critical nature of the Coast Guard’s missions and is ready to take the gavel.”

“Maritime transportation is a critical issue for Florida and the Coast Guard has an important presence in our state, which is why I asked Chairman Bill Shuster for the opportunity to take on leadership of this subcommittee,” Mast said.

“The Coast Guard plays an essential role in maintaining the rule of law on our waterways, including securing our borders and enforcing marine pollution laws.”

“Working together, I’m confident we can ensure they have the tools they need to succeed at these critical missions.”

The Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation conducts oversight of the U.S. Coast Guard, the service responsible for enforcing the Nation’s laws on waters under U.S. jurisdiction and on the high seas.

The Coast Guard’s many missions include search and rescue, illegal drug and migrant interdiction, oil spill prevention and response, maritime safety and security, maintaining aids to navigation, icebreaking, and enforcement of U.S. fisheries and marine pollution laws.

The subcommittee also has jurisdiction over regulation of ocean shipping, maritime transportation safety, marine environmental protections as they relate to vessel operation, and the Jones Act.

It also oversees the merchant marine, except as it relates to national security.

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Congressional negotiators have budgeted for a 1.9 percent pay raise for civilian employees, including Civil Service mariners, in 2019, a move that indicates they may be ready to overrule President Trump’s proposal for a government-wide civilian employee pay freeze.

The pay raise language was included in a conference report that would establish funding for the departments of Defense, Labor, Education and Health and Human Services.

Bipartisan conference reports reconcile differences between previous versions of a bill that have been approved separately by the House and Senate.

The pay raise funding is contingent on lawmakers formally authorizing an across-the-board increase in other legislation.

That typically happens in the financial services and general government spending bill, one of 12 that Congress must pass each year.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers spoke out against a freeze when Trump formalized the proposal late last month.

Providing a pay boost, the bipartisan lawmakers wrote, will help agencies recruit and retain “a strong federal workforce.”

Unions that represent government workers, including Masters, Mates & Pilots, have been working to make sure federal employees are treated fairly.

“I urge Congress to provide federal employees with a modest pay adjustment in January, which would help prevent workers from falling further behind next year and help federal agencies recruit and retain the high-caliber workforce that the public expects and deserves,” said American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr.

“Federal employees deserve the full measure of pay comparability provided by the law, and a 1.9 percent increase is the minimum that Congress should consider.”

“President Trump’s plan to freeze wages for these patriotic workers next year ignores the fact that they are worse off today financially than they were at the start of the decade.

Federal employees have had their pay and benefits cut by over $200 billion since 2011, and they are earning nearly 5 percent less today than they did at the start of the decade.”

“Federal workers truly are America’s workforce – more than 2 million dedicated and committed federal workers who care for our veterans, support our military, protect our environment, and help working families make ends meet. More than one-third are veterans themselves, while many more work to support spouses or children who are actively serving.”

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President Trump ordered Monday that additional tariffs be placed on about $200 billion worth of imports from China.

The tariffs, which will take effect Sept. 24, will be set at a level of 10 percent until the end of the year.

On Jan. 1, they will rise to 25 percent.

China Tuesday responded with its own set of tariffs, a move the president said would be met with new tariffs on $267 billion worth of additional imports from China.

The president has said China is engaged in numerous unfair policies and practices relating to U.S. technology and intellectual property that constitute a grave threat to the long-term health and prosperity of the U.S. economy.

On June 15, Trump announced that the U.S. would impose tariffs of 25 percent on $50 billion worth of Chinese imports. China responded with tariffs targeting $50 billion on American goods.

The American Petroleum Institute (API) released a statement saying that escalation of the trade dispute would have negative impacts on the American economy and consumers.

“We understand the need to address discriminatory trade practices, but this policy will essentially impose a new tax on $200 billion worth of products on which American families and businesses rely,” said API Vice President for Economic Policy Kyle Isakower.

“The U.S. natural gas and oil industry delivers affordable and abundant energy to households and businesses across the country, strengthening the U.S. economy every day. However, this current trade dynamic works against U.S. energy sector growth and counter to the Administration’s stated goal of energy dominance.”

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Thousands of members of the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) at ports from Maine to Texas have overwhelmingly approved a six-year Master Contract extension with United States Maritime Alliance (USMX).

MM&P is the marine affiliate of the ILA.

The ILA said that the agreement will bring “generous pay increases, landmark protections against job-killing fully automated ports and labor peace and stability through Sept. 30, 2024.”

Chief ILA Negotiator was ILA President Harold J. Daggett.

He said the agreement was the best contract he had witnessed in his 50-plus-year ILA career.

“This is a great day for the ILA and our union membership,” he said.

“ILA members covered under this ILA-USMX Master Agreement can now look to a bright future where their salaries will increase and the threat of job loss from fully automated terminals, semi-automated terminals and automated equipment is eliminated.”

“Our national health care plan remains strong and our members will benefit from increases in Container Royalty.”

“I am particularly pleased with the jurisdictional protections that the ILA has negotiated that will ensure ILA jobs will be preserved in the years ahead,” Daggett added.

The current ILA Master Contract was set to expire at the end of September. The new contract is now in effect for six years until Sept. 30, 2024.

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William Adams, secretary-treasurer of the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU), will become the union’s new president.

He was the winner in a contested election, running against Ray Familathe, vice president (mainland), to replace Robert McEllrath, who is retiring after heading the union for 12 years and spending 21 years as an officer.

In addition to the presidency, union members voted for two vice presidents — one for the mainland and one for Hawaii — as well as secretary-treasurer and members of the union’s executive board, which currently has 21 members.

The ILWU has approximately 42,000 members in more than 60 locals in California, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii and Alaska as well as 3,500 members of the Inlandboatman’s Union and 14,000 in the autonomous Canadian area.

In addition to dockworkers, the ILWU represents warehousemen, chemical processing and packaging workers, clerical and retail workers, port police, hotel workers and ship pilots in San Pedro Bay and the Panama Canal.

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The Executive Committee of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), gathered last week to set an aggressive agenda focused on creating and sustaining the kind of good jobs working families want and need by strengthening America’s transportation network and improving workplace safety.

MM&P is one of the 32 transportation sector labor unions that belong to TTD.

The meeting comes at a time when stagnating wages, a changing economy and coordinated, sustained attacks on the rights of working people have fueled a new wave of activism among workers.

“Transportation workers belong to unions and are organizing today because working people know collective bargaining is the best path to good jobs and a fair economy,” said TTD President Larry I. Willis.

“The policies we fight for today and every day are focused on improving quality of life for frontline transportation workers and creating an economy that enables those who work hard to lead dignified lives.”

TTD’s Executive Committee discussed their priorities with Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Rep. John Katko (R-N.Y.), a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

“The dedicated men and women who power our transportation network and enable our economy to thrive deserve to be treated with dignity, respect, and know they are safe at work, receiving fair pay and benefits,” Schumer said.

“Fixing our transportation infrastructure, revitalizing the middle class, and enhancing the rights and working conditions of those who work in the transportation trades should be a priority for Congress.”

“Making sure our transportation system is safe, secure, and a creator of good jobs is one of my top priorities,” Katko said.

“I look forward to working with TTD unions and all stakeholders to develop comprehensive, commonsense solutions to our most pressing transportation challenges.”

Union leaders committed to shaping FAA legislation that will cement America’s aviation industry as a hub of good, middle-class jobs by prioritizing pro-safety, pro-worker initiatives.

Key issues transportation labor leaders will push for include securing minimum rest requirements for flight attendants, prohibiting dangerous flag-of-convenience business models, stopping assaults against customer service agents, upholding strict pilot training requirements, and barring the operation of single-pilot cargo planes.

Taking aim at changes made by Amtrak that threaten the carrier’s long-distance routes and the good jobs those routes provide, Executive Committee members pledged to fight for a national passenger rail system that serves the entire country.

They also called on the Trump Administration and lawmakers to halt dangerous efforts by the freight carrier Kansas City Southern to move rail operations, brake inspections, and jobs to Mexico.

“Strict freight rail regulations exist for a reason,” Willis said.

“By seeking to write their own rules and undermine longtime standards, Kansas City Southern is jeopardizing good jobs and safety. Transportation labor will not stand for it.”

Labor leaders also vowed to work with members of Congress to pass legislation designed to mitigate the epidemic of assault facing America’s transit operators.

Bipartisan legislation in the House and Senate requiring transit agencies to work with frontline employees to develop risk-reduction plans and implement proven safeguards is a priority for transportation labor leaders.

Finally, TTD’s Executive Committee pledged to fight for regulations that would ensure the temperatures in commercial aircraft cabins remain at healthy, safe levels.

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A massive strike by hotel workers in Chicago is now in its seventh day.

On the picket line are cooks, dishwashers, bartenders, servers, housekeepers and bellhops employed at 26 Chicago hotels.

It’s the first strike in the city’s history to include all hotel workers, including food service employees, alongside housekeepers and bellhops.

Over 3,000 employees at 25 hotels voted overwhelmingly in favor of the strike two weeks before their annual contracts ended Aug. 31.

A full list of hotels affected is posted on the website of Unite Here, the union representing the workers:

Striking staffers are demanding guarantees of year-round health insurance and more manageable workloads.

Their absence in hotels has caused room service and other food options to come to a grinding halt.

As for when the strike will end, that’s a question that Bob Reiter, president of Chicago Federation of Labor, says people keep asking him. His response: “Go ask the hotels.”

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The MITAGS Admissions Office has updated the MITAGS Academic Notes section of The Wheelhouse Weekly to make it as a useful as possible to members as they plan for future attendance.

All classes that are full are now marked with an asterisk.

Members can assume that there is space available in all other courses.

Please contact the MITAGS Admissions Office,, with any questions.

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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.


Classes are 5-day unless otherwise noted

Class dates followed by an * are full

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): 10/10/18, 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: 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): 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

WX-HW-ATL – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Atlantic Ocean – 9/24/18

WX-HW-IND – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Indian Ocean – 9/28/18

WX-HW-PAC – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Pacific Ocean – 9/26/18

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): 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): Not currently scheduled

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): 11/5/18*

MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day) – 11/2/18

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

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) – 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: 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): 1/28/19

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
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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