Wheelhouse Weekly – September 20, 2016

September 21st 2016

Volume 21 . . . Number 38. . . Sept. 20, 2016


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Apprentice Pilots Sought:

Coast Guard Update:

MM&P Membership Meetings:



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Fortunately, this headline is not true–at least not yet. But the threat we face and the possibility that it could happen is all too real: if we do not do all we can to ensure that our friends and supporters in Congress are successful on Election Day, the actions taken in the next Congress could signal the demise of our industry and the loss of our jobs.

We cannot let our frustrations with the political system or our feelings about individual candidates keep us on the sidelines.

That is exactly what our opponents–who are united in their opposition to the programs and policies that support the U.S.-flag merchant marine–hope we will do.

We must support candidates for the House of Representatives and the Senate–whether they are Republicans or Democrats, conservatives or liberals–who stand by us and fight against those who want send our jobs overseas.

This is why we again ask each and every active member, pensioner and employee of our union to contribute to the MM&P Political Contribution Fund (PCF).

If you have never contributed, now is the time. If you have contributed, thank you and please do so again.

The time between now and Nov. 8 is short.

We need your help so we can help those who support us.

If we all stand together and we all get involved, we have the chance to make sure the above headline is never anything more than an attention grabber.

For more information and to contribute to the MM&P Political Contribution Fund, go and click on the “Protect Your Job” link in the top right-hand corner of the page.

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Members are reminded that if there are any limitations on their merchant mariner credential (MMC) due to a lack of ECDIS courses or a lack of Leadership courses, they must submit proof to the Coast Guard of having taken the ECDIS course or the Leadership course to obtain a new MMC.

Companies may reject officers for employment if they have limits on their MMC.

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The CHIMACUM, the newest addition to the Washington State Ferries (WSF) fleet, was christened at Vigor Shipyard in Seattle on Sept. 14.

WSF’s Lynne Griffith, who oversees the ferry system, smashed the bottle in the traditional ceremony welcoming the vessel into service.

“May she bring fair winds and good fortune to all who sail on her,” Griffith said.

Licensed deck officers who belong to the MM&P United Inland Group-Pacific Maritime Region operate the ferries in the WSF fleet.

The CHIMACUM is scheduled to begin sea trials in early 2017 and to enter service on the Bremerton-Seattle run in the spring.

The new ferry is the third in a group of four 144-vehicle Olympic Class vessels constructed at Vigor.

The first, the TOKITAE, entered the Mukilteo-Clinton route in June 2014; the SAMISH, the second, started in the San Juan Islands in March 2015. A fourth boat, the SUQUAMISH, is under construction at the Harbor Island shipyard and will go into service in early 2019.

The vessels are replacing the 1950s-era Evergreen State class boats.

Among the speakers at the christening was Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee. “The Washington State Ferry system is among the best in the world,” he said, adding, “I am so pleased that the CHIMACUM is being built efficiently, on budget and ahead of schedule. This is great for the State’s taxpayers and our maritime industry.”

The Washington State Transportation Commission named the vessel to honor the gathering place of the Chimacum people, the present-day town of Chimacum near Port Townsend.

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Steve Lindbeck, who is running to represent the state of Alaska in the U.S. House of Representatives, has made the fight to protect jobs the centerpiece of his campaign.

In his first ad, he outlines the case against the incumbent–Don Young–who “looked the other way” when Alyeska Pipeline moved to outsource tanker vessel escort services on Prince William Sound and eliminate in the process the jobs of several hundred members of MM&P and the Inland Boatmen’s Union (IBU).

“I don’t think our congressman should be caught by the FBI doing favors for big contributors,” Lindbeck says, a reference to the fact that Young was targeted for FBI indictment and reprimanded by the House Ethics Committee for questionable earmarks and accepting gifts to his campaign from big donors.

In his first ad, Lindbeck documents Young’s history of doing favors for large contributors, including Edison Chouest Offshore, the Louisiana company that Alyeska Pipeline has contracted with to replace Crowley Maritime and its MM&P and IBU workers.

Edison Chouest is known in Alaska primarily for its involvement in the wreck of an oil rig in 2012. The company, its employees and their families have given $300,000 in campaign donations to Young.

The company has said it will bring in out-of-state workers to operate the escort tugs, displacing the MM&P and IBU members living in Alaska who have manned the service decades.

“It’s time for leadership that always puts Alaska first,” Lindbeck says. “The Don Young of 40 years ago would have fought like hell for those jobs…I will.”

Lindbeck has also questioned why Young pushed the U.S. Coast Guard during a Congressional hearing to lease an Edison Chouest vessel, while staying silent on the Chouest contract in Prince William Sound, which also falls under the Coast Guard’s purview.

The ad is running on broadcast and cable in Anchorage, Juneau and Fairbanks.

View it here:

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Maersk Line Ltd. has announced it plans to swap out a pair of vessels in its MM&P-crewed fleet
with two newer ships.

The company plans to remove a vessel from its U.S. liner service and grow its U.S.- flag feeder service with the addition of one ship.

The company will move the 1999-built MAERSK IDAHO from its liner service and flag-out the vessel to Maersk’s international fleet in a ceremony tentatively scheduled for late December in Jebel Ali.

The company plans to bring the SAFMARINE KURAMO under the U.S. flag in early December
and place it into the feeder service.

The KURAMO, built in 2004, is a geared 2500 TEU containership. The vessel will trade in the upper Persian Gulf and be the third Maersk ship in the feeder service joining the MAERSK CALIFORNIA (West Med) and the SAFMARINE NGAMI (East Africa).

The company also informed the union that next year, because of age restrictions, it will swap out the MAERSK CALIFORNIA.

The company says it will probably replace it with a sister ship of the SAFMARINE KURAMO, although no timetable has been given.

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The Delaware Board of Pilot Commissioners and the Pennsylvania Navigation Commission for the Delaware River and its Tributaries are accepting applications for apprentice pilot for the Delaware River.

The Delaware Board of Pilot Commissioners is accepting Apprentice Pilot applications from Sept. 1 through Oct. 14 only.

To access the application, go to:

The Pennsylvania Navigation Commission for the Delaware River and its Navigable Tributaries announces openings in its apprentice river pilot program.
The Commission will accept apprentice pilot applications through Sept. 23. At this time, the commission anticipates appointing a maximum of four apprentices in 2016.

To access the application, go to:

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The U.S. Coast Guard seeks an experienced Merchant Marine Engineer to work at the National Maritime Center in Martinsburg, W. Va. The position is responsible for evaluating maritime training courses and programs to determine if they meet national and international requirements.

The work involves using international code, U.S. regulation and policy, industry experience and subject matter expertise to review course materials and instructor qualifications to independently certify courses and programs for applicability toward qualification for a U.S. Merchant Mariner Credential.

The position also evaluates and certifies the competence of mariners to act as Qualified Assessors allowing them to independently certify the competence and proficiency of mariners working toward international endorsements.

The successful candidate will play a significant role in the establishment and review of U.S. regulation and policy as a subject matter expert for all matters related to merchant marine engineering including review and applicability of new technology used in the industry and to train mariners.

The position requires applicants to hold or have held a U.S. Merchant Mariner Credential in the grade of 2nd Assistant Engineer, Unlimited; Chief Engineer Limited; Designated Duty Engineer, Unlimited; or higher in the Merchant Marine or the equivalent military experience.

Previous experience as an instructor or trainer of maritime engineering subject matter would be a plus.

This is a General Services Level 12 Position with potential for advancement.

For more information:

For more information, go to!events/c192n

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The next Los Angeles/Long Beach Offshore Membership Meeting will be held on Oct. 12, directly after the 1100 job call. All members in the area are encouraged to attend the meeting.

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The Offshore Familiarization Course will be held in the Los Angeles/Long Beach Hall on Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 12-13.

The course begins at 0830 on both days.

Interested applicants should sign up for the Familiarization Course by calling the hall at 310-834-7201.

The Los Angeles/Long Beach Hall is located at 533 N. Marine Ave., Suite A, Wilmington, CA 90744.

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.

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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 – 10/17/16

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation: Contact Admissions

ARPA-OIC – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 9/27/16, 1/24/17

AZIPOD 2-Day – 11/14/16, 3/6/17

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 10/31/16, 1/30/17

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 11/14/16, 3/6/17

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

BT – Basic Safety Training: 10/10/16, 1/23/17

BT-Revalidation (2-day) – 10/31/16, 3/9/17

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 10/30/16, 3/9/17

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 11/14/16

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVNAV-CMM – Advanced Navigation (=ECDIS & VPEN): Contact Admissions

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 10/17/16, 1/16/17

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 11/7/16, 1/9/17, 3/13/17

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (2 weeks): 10/24/16

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information System: 10/10/16, 11/7/16, 11/28/16, 12/19/16,1/23/17, 3/27/17

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM) –10/3/16,10/31/16, 11/14/16,11/28/16, 12/5/16, 12/12/16, 12/19/16, 1/30/17, 2/20/17

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 4/3/17

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: 10/31/16, 3/13/17

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (2 weeks): 10/3/16

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 10/24/16, 11/7/16, 11/28/16, 12/5/16,1/16/17, 2/6/17, 3/6/17, 3/20/17

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 10/31/16, 11/14/16, 12/5/16, 12/12/16,1/23/17, 2/13/17, 3/13/17, 3/27/17

**SHS-ADV-I & II now approved to include SAR-CMM assessments at MITAGS effective immediately. Both weeks must be taken together in order to complete SAR-CMM**

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 3/20/17

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 9/26/16

CNAV-OIC – Celestial Navigation: 10/24/16

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop: Contact Admissions

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications: 3/2/17

DDE – Great Lakes: 1/30/17

DPA – Contact Admissions

ECDIS-OIC – Contact Admissions

ECDIS for Pilots – 11/14/16, 2/28/17

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 9/26/16, 10/24/16, 11/14/16, 11/28/16, 12/5/16, 12/12/16,12/19/16, 2/27/17

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 10/10/16, 1/23/17

FF-ADV-REV – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation & Refresher: 3/7/17

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications: 10/3/16

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization: 1/6/17

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System: 3/6/17

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 12/5/16

LAP- 2/13/17

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes: 1/9/17

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License: 12/5/16

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 11/15/16

LNG-TPIC – 12/5/16

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC): 9/26/16, 10/26/16*, 11/14/16*,12/19/16*, 2/13/17 (*2-Evening Session)

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control: 10/17/16, 11/7/16, 11/28/16, 12/5/16, 12/12/16, 12/19/16

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 11/7/16, 12/12/16, 1/9/17, 3/20/17

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 1/30/17

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 11/7/16, 11/28/16, 12/12/16, 1/9/17, 3/20/17

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 9/25/16, 11/12/16, 12/17/16, 1/14/17, 3/6/17

MSA –Maritime Security Awareness: Contact Admissions

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic): 10/17/16, 2/23/17

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control: 10/18/16, 2/21/17

*MSC-ENVPRO – 10/16/16, 2/26/17

*MSC-FF-HELO – 10/31/16, 3/9/17

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualification: 10/23/16, 1/9/17, 2/27/17

*MSC-Security Watch Basic – 10/20/16, 2/24/17

*MSC-Security Watch Advanced – 10/22/16, 1/13/17, 3/3/17

*MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force – 10/27/16, 1/16/17

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P – 10/5/16, 10/25/16

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 9/26/16, 1/23/17

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 10/5/16, 10/19/16, 11/2/16, 11/9/16, 11/16/16, 11/30/16, 12/7/16, 12/14/16, 1/11/17, 2/1/17, 2/8/17, 2/22/17, 3/8/17, 3/22/17

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 1/16/17

SAR-OIC – Search & Rescue – 11/7/16

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 10/17/16, 2/20/17

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling-5 Day: 10/3/16, 11/28/16, 2/20/17

SMS – 12/19/16

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 1/9/17

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses: 1/30/17

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 2/13/17

TRAC-TUG-2: Contact Admissions

TTT – 12/12/16

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties: Contact Admissions

VSO – Vessel Security Officer: 10/22/16, 2/14/17

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level): 10/3/16, 2/20/17

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 3/20/17

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Please also see our schedule and enroll online at For registration contact our registrar, Mary McGhee: 206.838.1126 or

September 2016

26-30 MEECE

October 2016

3-7 Leadership & Managerial Skills
3-7 Medical Care Provider
3-14 License Preparation
10-14 Radar Observer Unlimited
10-14 Engine Resource Management
10-14 MEECE
10-21 GMDSS
17th Radar Renewal
17-21 Leadership & Managerial Skills
17-21 Basic Stability
18-21 ARPA
24-28 Leadership & Managerial Skills
24-28 Tankerman Person-In-Charge
24-28 MEECE
31-1 Search & Rescue
31-4 Leadership & Managerial Skills
31-4 Engine Resource Management

November 2016

7th Radar Renewal
8th Leadership & Teamworking Skills
14-18 ECDIS
14-18 Leadership & Managerial Skills
14-18 Engine Resource Management
14-18 MEECE
28-2 Medical Care Provider
28-9 Medical Person-In-Charge
28-9 GMDSS

December 2016

5th Radar Renewal
5-9 Leadership & Managerial Skills
5-9 Engine Resource Management
12-16 ECDIS
12-16 Leadership & Managerial Skills
12-16 MEECE
19-23 Tankerman Person-In-Charge

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