Wheelhouse Weekly – September 26th, 2017

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Eight members of Congress have written to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) asking that the government “provide a one-year comprehensive waiver” for transports to Puerto Rico.

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

As is the case with other countries’ so-called “cabotage laws,” the Jones Act serves to ensure the existence of a national-flag fleet to be called into service in time of war or other emergency.

It also provides jobs in maritime and shipbuilding for hundreds of thousands of Americans.

DHS issued a one-week waiver of the Jones Act on Sept. 8 in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma to allow foreign-flagged tankers to carry refined petroleum products between ports in eight states on the East and Gulf Coasts.

On Sept. 15, the agency extended the waiver for loadings up to Sept. 22 and broadened its scope to include ten more states.

The Trump administration said on Sept. 26 that it is not planning to issue further extensions of the waiver because officials believe there is sufficient capacity on U.S.-flagged vessels to move goods to Puerto Rico.

The members of Congress who requested the one-year waiver of the Jones Act were Reps. Nydia M. Velazquez (N.Y.), Luis V. Gutierrez (Ill.), Jose E. Serrano (N.Y.), Darren M. Soto (Fla.), Adriano Espaillat (N.Y.), Norma J. Torres (Calif.) and Joseph Crowley (N.Y.).

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Congressman John Garamendi (D-Calif.), a strong advocate for the U.S.-flag fleet, is the recipient of the Navy League’s Vincent T. Hirsch Maritime Award for Outstanding Leadership.

Garamendi is the ranking member of the House Subcommittee on the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation. He also serves on the Congressional Maritime Caucus and the Shipbuilding Caucus.

“America is a maritime, seafaring nation,” Garamendi said in accepting the award during a Sept. 15 ceremony at California Maritime Academy.

“Our maritime and shipbuilding industries and the U.S.-flag Merchant Marine are vital to our economy and our national security.”

“I’m looking forward to continuing our collaboration to rebuild these crucial American industries.”

The Navy League said it had decided to honor Garamendi because of “his singular effectiveness in creating a broader understanding of the importance to national security of the merchant marine and the maritime industry.”

“The U.S.-flag Merchant Marine and maritime industry will be forever grateful for his contributions and his efforts that reflect the highest traditions of the Navy League of the United States.”

One measure that Garamendi introduced in Congress earlier this year with bipartisan support, the “Energizing American Maritime Act,” would require that 15 percent of exported crude oil and liquefied natural gas (LNG) travel on U.S.-flag vessels starting in 2020. The requirement would increase to 30 percent in 2025.

Garamendi has also led efforts to make it easier for veterans’ experience to translate to mariner credentialing.

The Navy League, founded in 1902, is dedicated to promoting a strong sea service. It is the foremost citizens’ organization serving, supporting and standing with the Navy, the Marine Corps, the Coast Guard and the U.S.-flag Merchant Marine.

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The Maersk Group has released a statement saying it will sell Maersk Tankers to the foundation controlled by the Maersk family.

The news comes on the heels of last month’s sale by the group of its international energy subsidiary, Maersk Oil.

The maritime press is reporting that the group is about to announce the sale of another energy subsidiary, Maersk Drilling, to Houston-based oilfield-services company Rowan.

AP Moeller-Maersk executives have said the company is moving to narrow its operational focus by spinning off its energy-related activities so as to concentrate on Maersk Line, APM Terminals and other transport and logistics businesses.

Maersk has said it is also planning a change in ownership for Maersk Supply.

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The government of Australia has introduced legislation that would expand the “temporary license” scheme that allows flag-of-convenience (FOC) ships to displace Australian ships in the coastal trades.

A new bill introduced by the Conservative government earlier this month would remove a requirement that shippers applying for the temporary licenses commit to a five-voyage minimum.

If the bill passes, shippers would be able to engage FOC ships on a “one-off” basis, without meeting the five-voyage minimum or other restrictions.

“Put simply, the proposed changes would make it more difficult for Australian ships with Australian crew to compete in the coastal trade,” said Paddy Crumlin, president of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF).

“Without strong rules, Australian companies have to compete with cheap, exploited foreign labor on FOC vessels, the owners of which pay no tax and often flout safety laws.”

An investigation by a parliamentary committee found that unlike Australian seafarers, crewmembers aboard FOC ships operating on temporary licenses do not undergo any background checks–although they are now carrying petroleum products, ammonium nitrate and LNG around the Australian coast.

“Exploited crew on flag-of-convenience vessels earn as little as $1.25 an hour, have less training and are often unaware of Australia’s fragile coastal environment,” said Crumlin, who is also national secretary of the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA).

“Australian workers cannot and should not be expected to compete with slave labor and systemic tax avoidance under the FOC system.”

“The government has been abusing the temporary license system, issuing licenses in circumstances where the work was not temporary and in which Australian vessels were available,” agreed a member of the opposition party in a statement to Parliament.

He said the government “wants to replace the Australian flag on the back of ships with the white flag of surrender when it comes to Australian jobs.”

“There is nothing in this new bill to help Australian shipowners compete with foreign ships that have all but unfettered access to the coastal trades,” said Teresa Lloyd, chief executive officer of the Maritime Industry of Australia.

“We held low expectations on that front and unfortunately we have not been disappointed.”

In related news, an FOC bulk carrier has been banned by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) for systematically underpaying its crew.

The Panama-flagged bulk carrier DL CARNATION was banned for 12 months after ITF inspectors discovered it was keeping two sets of wage accounts.

One set of accounts showed the amount the crew should have been receiving in line with their Seafarer Employment Agreements. The other showed what they were actually being paid.

A comparison of the accounts showed crewmembers were being underpaid more than $17,000 USD per month.

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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. 9, for Columbus Day.

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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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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: 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) – 11/8/17, 10/16/17,12/12/17, 2/7/18, 3/6/18

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 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: 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: 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: 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): Contact Admissions (*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: 1/15/18

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 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 – 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

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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