Wheelhouse Weekly – September 19th, 2017

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Volume 22… Number 38… Sept. 19, 2017


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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has extended the one-week waiver of the Jones Act that was implemented in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.

The Jones Act requires that cargo moving between U.S. ports be transported on U.S.-flag vessels operated by U.S. citizen mariners.

The administration issued a waiver of the act on Sept. 8, in the wake of the hurricanes, to allow foreign-flagged tankers to carry refined petroleum products between ports in eight states on the East and Gulf Coasts.

On Thursday, DHS extended that waiver for loadings up to Sept. 22 and broadened its scope to include ten more states.

The department said it was extending the waiver for a second week in an effort to facilitate delivery of petroleum products to hurricane-affected areas along the Gulf and East coasts.

“Due to the severe disruptions of the oil supply system resulting from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the extended waiver will facilitate movement of refined petroleum products, including gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel, to be shipped from New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas to Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, and Puerto Rico,” DHS said in a statement.

The initial waiver was requested by both the Defense and Energy departments.

The last time that a waiver of the Jones Act was issued by the federal government was in December 2012 to assist with the emergency delivery of petroleum products in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

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Hurricane Maria was heading Tuesday towards the Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, after making landfall Monday night with 160 mph winds on the island of Dominica.

Much of the region that Hurricane Maria is now barreling through was devastated last week by Hurricane Irma.

Forecasters predict Maria will strike Puerto Rico on Wednesday, where the storm surge is expected to reach six to nine feet in the hurricane’s path, and rainfall will be in the range of six to 12 inches, with isolated areas receiving up to 20 inches.

Maria is the thirteenth named storm, seventh hurricane, fourth major hurricane, and second Category 5 hurricane of the unusually active 2017 Atlantic hurricane season.

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The U.S.-flag fleet’s highest award for courage in the line of duty will go to Captains Michael McGee and Michael Phillips, the United Seamen’s Service (USS) has announced.

The two, who are members of the Houston Pilots, will receive the Mariners’ Rosette on Oct. 13 in New York City in the presence of hundreds of representatives of the U.S.-flag shipping industry.

The award is the most recent in a string of accolades for McGee and Phillips, who for hours last Sept. 6 fought a fire that had broken out aboard the crude oil tanker AFRAMAX RIVER.

The Houston Pilots are members of MM&P.

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President Trump last week nominated three new directors to the board of the U.S. Export-Import Bank, the government agency that provides credit and loan guarantees to American exporters.

Along with two nominations he submitted earlier this year, the three new nominees–if approved by the Senate–would return the bank to a full complement of five board members.

At least 50 percent of the products exported with Export-Import Bank financing must be transported on U.S.-flag vessels.

For transactions above $20 million, 100 percent of cargo financed by the bank must be carried on U.S.-flag vessels.

The bank currently cannot finance projects of more than $10 million because three of the five seats on its board are empty.

MM&P, MIRAID and the rest of maritime labor are strong advocates of the bank.

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The U.S. 7th Fleet announced Monday in a brief statement that the commanders of Task Force 70 and its attached Destroyer Squadron 15 have been relieved of their duties.

The statement cited “a loss of confidence in their ability to command.”

The two warships involved in the collisions, the USS JOHN S. MCCAIN and the USS FITZGERALD, both belong to Destroyer Squadron 15.

Rear Adm. Marc Dalton, commander of Task Force 76, has assumed the duties of outgoing Task Force 70 commander Rear Adm. Charles Williams.

Captain Jonathan Duffy, deputy commander of Destroyer Squadron 15, assumed the duties of outgoing commodore Captain Jeffrey Bennett.

In all, the Navy has now dismissed six commanders over the collisions. The officers on watch the night of the FITZGERALD collision were also removed from their posts.

Multiple investigations into the causes of the collisions continue.

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The newest edition of MM&P’s monthly magazine, The Master, Mate & Pilot, has been posted on

In this issue:

— Matson announces new U.S.-flag Marshall Islands service crewed by MM&P licensed deck officers;

— MSC pursers vote to join MM&P;

— victory for Brusco mates in 20-year battle to join in union with MM&P Pacific Maritime Region;

— maritime unions meet with U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Maritime Administrator Mark Buzby;

— MM&P and IBU members aboard tug GRETCHEN DUNLAP help keep Danish-flagged Maersk vessel from running aground in Alaska;

— Great Lakes Towing welcomes new tug CLEVELAND;


The Master, Mate & Pilot will be arriving in your mailbox soon. In the meantime, look for it on under “Latest News” on the home page.

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The Coast Guard has posted a new set of Merchant Mariner Credential sample examinations on the National Maritime Center (NMC) website.

The agency says it will refresh the questions annually.

To view the questions, go to and select “Sample Exams” on the “Examinations” page. You can also enter the word “Examinations” in the Search bar.

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A representative of Colombia’s agricultural workers’ union was gunned down by two men in July as he watched his son play soccer.

Alberto Román Acosta González, president of the Guacarí branch of Colombia’s National Union of Agricultural Workers, fought for the rights of sugar cane cutters who work 14 hours a day and make, on average, the equivalent of $200/month.

His union, SINTRAINAGRO, represents 35,000 people who grow and process bananas, sugar cane, palm oil, rice and flowers.

Over the past five decades, 1,300 members of the union have been murdered.

Union offices are now being targeted with grenade attacks.

Please sign the petition demanding that Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos conduct a full and transparent investigation into the murder of Alberto, and that the country’s government implement safety measures to protect union leaders and members.

Click on the link below to send your message:

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SOCP, the Ship Operations Cooperative Program, invites the maritime community to attend its 2017 Fall Meeting, the focus of which is “Managing Maritime Risks.”

The event will be held at: MITAGS, 692 Maritime Blvd., Linthicum Heights, MD, Oct. 31–Nov. 1.

The two-day event will include the following facilitated panel discussions: Overcoming Impediments to Maritime Recruitment and Diversity; Incident Command and Crisis Response; Incident Investigation & Root Cause Analysis; Underwater Noise Mitigation; Maritime Sexual Assault/Sexual Harassment Prevention.

Here is the agenda:

Monday, Oct. 30: Pre-Meeting – Autonomous Vessel Technology Applications and Operations (2:00pm – 5:00pm).

Tuesday, Oct. 31: Main Meeting Day 1 (8:30am – 4:30pm); Cocktail Reception & Networking (5:00pm – 6:30pm); Future Leaders Halloween Event (6:30pm – 9:00pm).

Wednesday, Nov. 1: Main Meeting Day 2 (8:30am – 12:00pm); SOCP Members Lunch & Business Meeting (12:30pm – 5:00pm); SOCP Members Leadership Meeting & Dinner (6:15pm – 9:00pm).

Exhibit booths and activity sponsorships are still available. All maritime industry representatives are welcome to attend the meeting.

For more information and to register, visit:

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The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point is seeking three people to fill positions as assistant professors/nautical science in the Marine Transportation Department.

The positions close Sept. 26. The vacancy number is USMMA-2017-06

The salary range is: $66,903-$105,086.

All supporting documents must be provided when applying for these positions. Applications without supporting documents will not be considered.

The vacancy announcement is posted at:

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MITAGS-PMI is seeking a part-time assistant safety instructor to work at the PMI campus in Seattle.

Under supervision of the PMI lead marine safety instructor, the part-time instructor provides classroom and hands-on training in the fire trainer and in the pool, relating to marine firefighting, damage control, at-sea personal survival techniques, first aid and HAZWOPER. The part-time instructor also assists in managing training equipment for hands-on exercises.

The major duties and responsibilities of this position are: deliver Coast Guard-approved courses in areas of marine safety, firefighting, personal survival and other courses as approved/desired; set-up field training facilities; ensure training aids are present and serviceable; advise lead instructor of any unique requirements in any given class, potential problems or impediments to training.

Desired qualifications include: instructor experience (Fire Instructor I credential or military equivalent is desired or Coast Guard accepted Train the Trainer); at least five years’ experience in marine firefighting, damage control (civilian or military); emergency medical technician certifications or equivalent emergency responder qualifications; experience in personal survival and water rescue training.

Candidate should also have strong language skills and strong speaking presence, both in classroom and in hands-on training environment, and good interpersonal and communication skills.

Position may require travel to provide off-site training.

Possession of a USCG license or knowledge of, or work experience in the maritime field, is a definite plus. If you are interested in applying for this position, please contact

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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:

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 – Contact Admissions

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation: Contact Admissions

ARPA-OIC – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 9/26/17, 1/16/18

AZIPOD 2-Day – Contact Admissions

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 11/13/17, 2/26/18

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 11/14/17, 1/16/18, 2/22/18, 3/29/18

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling: Contact Admissions

BRMP-Refresher – 10/18/17

BT – Basic Safety Training: 10/9/17, 1/15/18

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of seatime in last 5 years) – 9/26/17, 11/8/17,10/16/17, 12/12/17, 2/7/18, 3/6/18

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 9/25/17, 10/15/17, 11/8/17, 12/11/17, 2/7/18, 3/5/18

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 10/30/17

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 10/2/17, 12/11/17, 1/29/18

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 9/25/17, 12/4/17, 1/22/18, 3/12/18

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (2 weeks): 10/9/17

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1: 12/4/17

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific: 9/25/17, 12/11/17

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems: 1/15/18, 3/26/18

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM): 1/8/18,2/19/18

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 11/27/17, 3/5/18

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: 11/6/17, 3/12/18

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (2 weeks): 10/30/17

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 10/2/17, 10/30/17, 12/4/17, 1/15/18,2/5/18, 3/5/18, 3/19/18

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 10/9/17, 11/6/17, 12/11/17, 1/22/18,2/12/18, 3/12/18, 3/26/18

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

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 10/23/17, 3/19/18

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 11/13/17

CNAV-OIC – Celestial Navigation: 11/6/17

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop: Contact Admissions

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications: 2/19/18

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior – Contact Admissions

CDMGT – Crowd Management – Contact Admissions

CSE – Confined Space Entry: 1/15/18

CSE-AWR – Confined Space Entry Awareness: Contact Admissions

DDE – Great Lakes: 1/22/18

DPA – Contact Admissions

ECDIS for Pilots – 11/14/17, 2/20/18

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 10/16/17,

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 10/9/17, 1/15/18

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of seatime in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 10/18/17, 11/7/17, 12/14/17, 2/6/18, 3/8/18

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 9/28/17, 11/1/17, 12/9/17, 2/10/18, 3/3/18

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications: Contact Admissions

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization: 1/19/18

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System: 3/5/18

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 11/27/17

IEN – Integrated Electronic Navigation – 11/28/17

LAP – 2/26/18

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes: 1/22/18

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License: 12/4/17

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: Contact Admissions

LNG-TPIC – 12/4/17

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC): 9/25/17 (*2-Evening Session)

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): 10/23/17,

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 10/23/17, 1/22/18, 3/19/18

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 11/13/17, 12/4/17, 1/8/18

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 10/23/17, 11/27/17, 1/22/18, 3/19/18

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 9/30/17, 10/28/17, 11/6/17, 12/15/17, 1/13/18, 1/27/18, 2/5/18, 3/9/18

MSA –Maritime Security Awareness: Contact Admissions

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic): 10/2/17, 2/23/18

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control: 10/3/17, 2/21/18

*MSC-ENVPRO – 10/1/17, 2/25/18

*MSC-FF-HELO – 10/16/17

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications: 10/9/17, 1/8/18, 2/26/18

*MSC-Security Watch Basic – 10/5/17, 2/24/18

*MSC-Security Watch Advanced – 10/7/17, 1/12/18, 3/2/18

*MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force – 10/13/17, 1/13/18, 3/3/18

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P – 10/2/17, 10/30/17, 1/22/18, 1/24/18, 3/29/18

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 9/25/17, 1/15/18

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 9/20/17, 10/4/17, 10/18/17, 11/1/17, 11/8/17, 11/15/17, 11/29/17, 12/6/17, 12/13/17, 1/10/18, 1/31/18, 2/7/18, 2/21/18, 3/7/18, 3/21/18

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 11/27/18, 1/8/18

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments): 10/16/17

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 10/23/17, 1/29/18

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling-5 Day – 9/25/17, 10/23/17, 11/27/17, 2/19/18

SMS – Contact Admissions

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 1/22/18

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses: 1/29/18

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 2/12/18

TRAC-TUG-2: Contact Admissions

TTT – Contact Admissions

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties: Contact Admissions

VSO – Vessel Security Officer: 2/14/18

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level): 2/19/18

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 3/19/18

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Spring 2017

For registration, please contact our registrar, Mary McGhee, at 206.838.1126 or You can also view our schedule and enroll online at

September 2017

23rd Medical DOT
23-24 Basic Training – Revalidation
23-25 Basic Training – Refresher
23-6 GMDSS
25th Radar Renewal

October 2017

2-3 ECDIS for Pilots
2-6 Medical Care Provider
4th HAZWOPER Refresher
7-8 Basic Training – Revalidation
7-9 Basic Training – Refresher
9-13 Basic Training
9-13 Meteorology (Operational Level)
9-13 Engine Resource Management
10-12 Integrated Electronic Navigation
16th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
16-17 ECDIS for Pilots
16-19 Advanced Firefighting
16-27 Watchkeeping (Operational Level)
21-22 Basic Training – Revalidation
21-23 Basic Training – Refresher
23rd Radar Renewal
23-27 Leadership & Managerial Skills
25-27 24-Hour HAZWOPER
30-10 GMDSS

November 2017

4-5 Basic Training – Revalidation
4-6 Basic Training – Refresher
6-10 Basic Training
6-10 ECDIS
9th HAZWOPER Refresher
13th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
13-14 ECDIS for Pilots
13-16 Advanced Firefighting
13-17 Tankship Dangerous Liquids
17th Leadership & Teamworking Skills
17th Flashing Light Exam
18-19 Basic Training – Revalidation
18-20 Basic Training – Refresher
20th Radar Renewal
20-22 Security Officer – Vessel, Company, & Facility
27-29 24-Hour HAZWOPER
27-1 Radar Observer Unlimited
27-1 Basic Shiphandling

December 2017

2-3 Basic Training – Revalidation
2-4 Basic Training – Refresher
4th Flashing Light Exam
4-8 Basic Training
4-8 Leadership & Managerial Skills
4-8 Medical Care Provider
4-15 Medical Person-In-Charge
4-15 GMDSS
8th HAZWOPER Refresher
11th Radar Renewal
11th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
11-15 Construction & Stability (Operational Level)
11-15 Engine Resource Management
16-17 Basic Training – Revalidation
16-18 Basic Training – Refresher
18-20 Search & Rescue
18-21 Advanced Firefighting
18-22 ECDIS
20-22 24-Hour HAZWOPER

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