Wheelhouse Weekly – September 25th, 2018

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Volume 23… Number 39… Sept. 25, 2018


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Eighty percent of United Nations’ member states have laws on their books like the Jones Act that reserve a portion of domestic trade for their national fleets.

This is one finding of a newly released report, the most extensive research ever conducted on cabotage laws worldwide.

The report was commissioned by the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and conducted by Seafarers’ Rights International (SRI), a leading international research center on maritime and seafarers’ law.

It was released today in London and at the annual meeting of the American Maritime Partnership (AMP), of which MM&P and MIRAID are both members.

The Jones Act protects the jobs of all MM&P members and U.S.-citizen mariners by mandating that U.S. coastwise trade be shipped on vessels that are U.S. crewed, U.S. owned and U.S. built.

“As we know, the so called free-traders tend to describe the Jones Act as a relic of the 20th century and not acceptable in most parts of the world,” said Dave Heindel, head of the ITF Seafarers’ Section, in announcing release of the study.

“The research in the report debunks that argument.”

Through an exploration of the nature and extent of cabotage laws around the world using input from practicing lawyers in 140 U.N. member states, SRI described the historical utilization, prevalence and importance of cabotage laws globally by confirming the existence of cabotage laws in 91 U.N. member states.

“This was a complex project, given language and cultural barriers and difficulties in statutory interpretations,” Heindel said.

“But the subject is important. It affects a very wide range of trades, services and activities around the world, and with significant social and economic consequences. Policy makers, or the U.S. Congress, especially, need to know more about the subject.”

Key findings of the study include:

— Cabotage is widespread: 91 member states and 80 percent of U.N. member states with coastlines have cabotage laws;

— Cabotage policy objectives are diverse and are designed to: maintain national security, promote fair competition, develop human capacity, create jobs, promote vessel ownership, promote safety and security of ships in port, enhance marine environmental protection and preserve maritime knowledge and technology;

— Cabotage exists in every region of the world, and in a diversity of political, economic and legal systems;

— Cabotage laws have endured in some countries for centuries.

There has never been a report on cabotage as complete as the SRI’s.

The last report, researched and prepared by MARAD in 1991, received responses from only 53 U.N. member states.

The ITF commissioned the report because of the lack of a recent, comprehensive accounting of maritime cabotage laws around the world, which was an impediment to thoughtful policy-making and fact-based decision-making.

Findings highlight the historical origins of maritime cabotage, dating back to early rudimentary legal principles, and illustrate examples of the many different definitions of cabotage that exist at the national, regional and international levels designed to advance individual nation’s economic, national security, human capital and homeland security interests.

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The American Maritime Partnership (AMP) has recognized Congressman John Garamendi (D-Calif.) with the 2018 “Champion of Maritime” Award.

Each year, AMP confers the award on a member of Congress for extraordinary support and dedication to the American maritime industry.

“Through his years of work in Congress, Rep. Garamendi has shown unwavering and ardent support for domestic maritime, which includes the men and women who build, operate and crew the tens of thousands of vessels that transport goods and people safely in the more than 95,000 miles of U.S. coastline and inland waterways,” said AMP Chair Matt Woodruff.

Garamendi is ranking member of the House Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee of the House Transportation Committee.

Nationwide, the domestic maritime industry accounts for approximately 500,000 American jobs and more than $100 billion in annual economic impact.

“When we think about all the issues at the forefront of American politics right now–good-paying jobs, energy independence, national security, trade and rebuilding our manufacturing sector–the American maritime industry is at the forefront of all of them,” Garamendi says.

“Unfortunately, it’s not on the minds of many of our leaders in Washington,” he added.

“I’m proud of the work we’re doing together to change that.”

“As a united maritime industry, we will continue to rebuild this critical sector to advance America’s national and economic security.”

Both MM&P and MIRAID are members of AMP.

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The United States and China have both imposed a new round of tariffs on each other’s products.

On Monday, the United States implemented new tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods.

Beijing immediately retaliated with its own set of tariffs on $60 billion worth of U.S. products.

The U.S.-imposed tariffs are set at a level of 10 percent until the end of the year.
On Jan. 1, they will rise to 25 percent.

With no trade talks scheduled, there is little indication that the world’s largest economies will pull back from what is looking increasingly like a full-blown trade war.

The two had already levied tariffs on $50 billion worth of each other’s goods earlier this year.

President Trump 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.

China’s commerce ministry said on Sept. 20 that the United States is “opening fire on the entire world.”

Chinese products hit with new U.S. tariffs include vacuum cleaners and internet-connected devices.

U.S. products targeted by Beijing include liquefied natural gas and certain types of aircraft.

Economists have warned that if the standoff continues, economic growth in the United States—as well as in China and other countries–will be negatively affected.

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The death toll from an overcrowded ferry that capsized on Sept. 19 has risen to 224 people.

The captain and the owners of the ferry have been arrested.

A spokesperson for the government said an investigation would be conducted to ascertain who was responsible for the disaster.

Authorities have said that the accident took place after the captain of the ferry, MV NYERERE, gave control of the ship to “an untrained person.”

The ferry sank when it was just a few feet away from the dock.

Two days after the disaster, rescuers saved an engineer who had locked himself inside the engine room and survived in an air pocket.

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The Coast Guard’s National Maritime Center has issued the following announcement.
“Guidance is posted on the NMC website to help mariners submit a complete and accurate Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) application package.”

“These guidance documents are intended to aid mariner applicants in properly completing the CG-719B Application for MMC and the Evidence of Sea Service forms.”

“To ensure mariners receive credentials within the NMC-stated processing goal of 30 days, proper submission of this documentation is essential.”

The agency says two guides are currently available to assist mariner applicants in submitting application packages:

— How to Fill Out the CG-719B Form, which can be found by clicking on the Forms link, located on the NMC homepage at

— Sea Service Instructions, which can be found by clicking on the MMC Evaluation link, located on the NMC homepage at

For questions, go to the NMC website or contact the NMC Customer Service Center by e-mailing, by using the NMC online chat system, or by calling 1-888-IASKNMC (427-5662).

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Graduate students across the country are fighting for better pay and working conditions, as schools increasingly shift work to them—and away from permanent teaching staff—as a way to cut costs.

Many graduate and postdoctoral students perform the same work as tenured staff, but for a fraction of the pay and with few or no benefits.

In a recent victory, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled Sept. 21 that postdoctoral students at Columbia University are employees and have the right to form a union.

Elections are scheduled for Oct. 2 and 3.

Students will vote on whether to join the Postdoctoral Workers of Columbia-United Auto Workers Union, a national union which also currently represents Columbia’s graduate students.

Theirs will be the first certified postdoctoral union at a private university in the United States.

“We are very excited that the NLRB finally issued the decision that Columbia’s postdoctoral workers can unionize despite the University’s efforts to undermine us,” said a member of the student organizing committee.

“We look forward to the opportunity to really have our voices heard.”

Members of the graduate student union went on strike for a week this spring because Columbia refused to bargain with them.

As with the postdocs, the graduate students had initially received a favorable ruling from the NLRB.

They are threatening to strike again this fall to force the school to sit down at the bargaining table with them.

Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at Columbia serve as core instructors and academic researchers.

Columbia had argued unsuccessfully that the graduate students and postdocs were actually “trainees.”

But the NLRB found that the work of a postdoc at Columbia is indistinguishable from that of other university employees such as associate researchers.

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Workers at two downtown Chicago hotels who have been on strike for over two weeks have ratified new contracts, bringing the number of hotels affected by the strike down to 17.

Unite Here Local 1, which represents the roughly 6,000 housekeepers, servers, cooks and doormen who hit the picket line outside 26 upscale Chicago hotels on Sept. 7, announced the agreement with Hotel Allegro and Hotel Palomar on Sept. 21.

On Sept. 19, after two weeks on the picket line, workers at seven downtown Marriott hotels ratified a new deal as well.

Union officials have not released details of either contract, but Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel indicated in a statement following the Marriott agreement that workers gained year-round health care, which was a main sticking point in negotiations.

Under the workers’ previous contract, which expired at the end of August, they could be classified as full-time but still lose benefits if they were laid off during the winter months, when business slows.

The striking workers have also been fighting for wage increases, job security, pensions and sick days.

Workers are still on strike at 17 Chicago hotels and union representatives say staff at an additional four hotels could walk out at any time.

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There will be an Offshore Membership Meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Norfolk Union Hall.

The meeting will begin at 1100.

All Offshore members in the area are encouraged to attend.

As a reminder, the MM&P Norfolk Union Hall is located at Interstate Corporate Center, 6325 North Center Drive, Suite 100, Norfolk, VA 23502.

The phone number is: 757-489-7406.

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All MM&P union halls, the MM&P Plan Office, the MM&P Federal Credit Union and MM&P headquarters will be closed on Monday, Oct. 8, for Columbus Day.

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There will be an Offshore Membership Meeting at the MM&P Los Angeles/Long Beach Union Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 10.

A representative of Fidelity Investments will be on hand to discuss the 401(k) plan and the IRAP plan.

The meeting will begin immediately after job call at 1100.

All Offshore members in the area are encouraged to attend the meeting.

As a reminder, the MM&P Los Angeles/Long Beach Hall is located at: 533 N. Marine Ave., Ste A Wilmington, CA 90744-5527.

The phone number is: 310-834-7201.

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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: Not currently scheduled

AZIPOD (2-Day) – 10/15/18

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: Not currently scheduled

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) – 10/31/18, 12/18/18

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 12/17/18

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: Contact Admissions

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 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 – Not currently scheduled

WX-HW-IND – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Indian Ocean – Not currently scheduled

WX-HW-PAC – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Pacific Ocean – Not currently scheduled

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: 10/30/18, 12/20/18

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 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): 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): Not currently scheduled

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) – 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

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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