Wheelhouse Weekly – September 27, 2016

September 27th 2016

Volume 21 . . . Number 39. . . Sept. 27, 2016


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The A.P. Moller Maersk Group will split into two divisions, the company announced last week.

One division, which will include the Maersk Line container shipping business, will operate in the areas of transportation and logistics. The second division will encompass the company’s oil assets.

Separating the transport business from the energy business, the company said, will allow it to hone its strategic focus and concentrate more on each market to improve profitability.

The downturn in the shipping industry and nearly two years of low crude oil prices are seen as the impetus for the decision.

Maersk Line, the company’s biggest unit and the world’s largest container operator by capacity, will spearhead the transport and logistics division. Management says the new structure will give Maersk Line the flexibility needed to acquire other ocean carriers.

“I expect to see consolidation in the industry because many carriers haven’t made money for years and that can’t be sustainable in the long run,” Maersk group Chief Executive Officer Soren Skou told The Wall Street Journal in an interview that was published on Sept. 22. He said he expects freight rates to remain below sustainable levels for the foreseeable future.

Skou, who will remain CEO of the group as a whole, will also lead the transport and logistics division.

Shipping industry analysts predict that in 2016, the world’s 20 largest container operators will lose more than $8 billion.

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The Maritime Administration (MARAD) has authorized the award of the Merchant Marine Expeditionary Medal (MMEM) for service aboard U.S.-flag vessels in support of Operations Restore Hope and United Shield and related operations in Somalia from Dec. 5, 1992, to March 31, 1995.

Civilian U.S. merchant mariners employed on U.S.-flag vessels delivering cargo and supplies to deployed U.S. military, allied and United Nations forces, as well as supporting associated humanitarian cargo and personnel movements to and from Somalia port facilities or national waters during the period cited, are eligible for the award.

The MMEM was created to recognize the contributions of U.S. merchant mariners in times of national conflict or emergency. The medal has been previously awarded for Merchant Marine service in Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm and Operations Enduring Freedom/Iraqi Freedom.

For additional information, contact MARAD: Deveeda Midgette at or202-366-2354.

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UNITAS is a multinational maritime exercise conducted to enhance security cooperation. It fosters teamwork and understanding between participating navies and public security forces.

UNITAS was conducted for the first time in 1960 and has been held every year since then, making it the world’s longest running annual multinational maritime exercise.

UNITAS 2016, which is being held off the coast of Panama from Sept. 18 to 28, is training forces from the Western Hemisphere in a variety of maritime scenarios. Ships, aircraft and personnel from the United States and 10 other countries are taking part.

USNS SPEARHEAD, with MM&P licensed deck officers on board, is among the participants. The vessel is the first Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport vessel to be operated by Military Sealift Command.

A photo of the ship “spearheading” the U.S. contingent of the UNITAS 2016 fleet is posted under “Latest News” on

This year’s exercise, hosted by Panama, is designed to train each navy and public security force to conduct joint naval operations through the execution of littoral warfare, anti-piracy and maritime interdiction operations, anti-surface warfare, electronic warfare, communications exercises and air operations.

Naval, maritime and public security forces from the United States, Panama, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico and Peru are participating, with backing from operations personnel from three other countries.

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The Staten Island Ferry has reported a year-on-year increase in ridership of 5 percent, for a record 23.1 million riders.

The MM&P Atlantic Maritime Group (AMG) represents all the unlicensed deck and engine ratings aboard the Staten Island Ferry. The Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (MEBA) represents the licensed deck and engine officers.

Last year, the city expanded service so the ferry runs round the clock, half-hour trips.

Ridership on the ferry increased by 5 percent from July 2015 to June 2016 over the previous year and surpassed the previous record of 22.2 million riders set in 2012, the Staten Island Advance first reported.

The Mayor’s Management Report, in which the numbers were contained, also found that 92.3 percent of Staten Island Ferry trips were on time this year, a sizeable increase from the 88.9 percent of on-time trips reported in 2012.

The estimated cost to the city for each passenger to take the ride, which is free to users, is $5.87. That did not change from the previous year, according to the report.

Another report found that approximately 13,000 people, or 44 percent of all passengers, are tourists who take the ferry on the weekend. These numbers make the ferry one of the most popular attractions in the city for visitors.

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Oktoberfest begins in September: now is the time to shop for your seasonal union-made brews and bites!

Hearty meals start with Boar’s Head or Saag’s bratwurst topped with Thumann’s or Vlasic sauerkraut. Add a side of Rold Gold or Snyder of Berlin pretzels, topped off with Gulden’s or Heinz mustard.

Seasonal beer includes Dundee Oktoberfest, Mad River Brewer’s Secret, Mendocino Brewing Engine 45 Pumpkin Ale or Schell’s Oktoberfest.

The list is long. For even more ideas, check out

By making the choice to spend your money on products and services that are made in our country by workers who are treated fairly and paid a living wage, you can help protect the middle class, strengthen our national economy and build a stronger America.

Go to today to find out more.

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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 MM&P Federal Credit Union (MM&P FCU) will introduce chip cards on Oct. 3. Members who already have the MM&P FCU ATM/debit card will have a new chip card sent to them. Their account number and PIN number will remain the same. All cards issued to new account holders after Oct. 3 will be new “EMV” chip cards.

Wondering how your new chip debit card actually works? What about how safe it is? Or why transactions on the new chip card readers take so long to process?

We’ve got your answers! Here’s everything you need to know—well, everything we could fit into 11 questions, anyway.

1. What does EMV mean? EMV stands for Europay, MasterCard and Visa. These three companies joined forces to come up with the new chip-enabled technology.

2. How do the cards work? That little metallic microchip embedded in the front of your card allows it to “talk” to the latest chip-enabled terminals at your favorite stores. When you put your card in, the chip technology creates a unique code for your transaction every time you check out.

3. Why the big push for chip cards? Basically, retailers and credit card companies are sick of losing money to hackers. Chip cards make stealing mass amounts of data extremely difficult.

4. What makes chip cards so secure? Your chip card produces a one-time transaction code each time you buy something. So the retailer doesn’t even know your actual account or card number, and it can’t be hacked and stolen later from the system.

5. Why do retailers ask me to swipe my card when they clearly have a chip-enabled machine? The process of getting a chip-enabled terminal up and running is easier said than done. There’s more involved than just plugging it in. Retailers have to install special software and go through a certification process. Hang in there. You’ll be using the chip soon!

6. Who’s responsible if my card gets hacked? Generally speaking, the card issuer (your bank) assumes the main responsibility for your account and it provides fraud and purchase protection backed by Visa and MasterCard. If you file a fraud claim, though, the bank will probably check to see if the retailer bears the burden. That’s a fight between the bank and the retailer. On your end, the bank should refund any money lost due to fraud.

7. Can I still hit “credit” at checkout? If you’re using your chip debit card at an EMV chip-enabled retailer, you probably won’t have the option of choosing “credit” at checkout. That’s good, though, because chip debit cards are much more secure than your old magnetic stripe card when used with a PIN.

8. Why does the chip card transaction take so long? When you insert your card into the reader, the two communicate with each other. The reader is encrypting a new code, sending it off for verification, and authenticating the data. Increased security is worth a few extra seconds in the checkout lane.

9. Is it true that a thief can scan my card as I walk by and steal my information? EMV chip cards are not RFID cards (radio-frequency identification cards). That means they don’t emit a radio wave that could be stolen by a bad guy with a card scanner.

10. What’s the big fuss about card skimmers? Skimmers are small devices that fit over ATMs or magnetic card readers to steal your debit card information. This is a real issue to be aware of because your card still has a magnetic stripe. When you’re at the ATM or a gas station, look for signs of tampering. If something looks fishy, go elsewhere or pay inside.

11. Since chip cards are so secure, am I safe if I lose my card? No. The new chip cards still have an actual card number printed on them (for online or over-the-phone purchases). If someone steals your card number, they can make fraudulent purchases online using your card number. Or they can swipe your card’s magnetic stripe at any store that still allows that process. So if you lose your card, call the issuer and cancel it right away.

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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. 10, for Columbus Day.

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The family of Sue Ellen Bourcq, our much-loved dispatcher in the New Orleans Hall, requests that donations in her memory be made to St. Joseph Hospice, 985-892-6955 or to The Samaritan Center,

The family also encourages friends to share their memories of Sue on the Tribute Wall at

As previously reported in The Wheelhouse Weekly, there will be a memorial service on Oct. 15for Sue. Relatives and friends are invited to the E.J. Fielding Funeral Home, 2260 W. 21st Avenue, Covington, LA 70433 on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 1500. Visitation will take place from 1200 until 1500.

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is seeking a permanent Second Mate PLD Class I to work in Memphis. The salary range is $28.78 to $33.58/hour.

Please go to to apply for this position. If you are a first time user, you will need to create an account. You will also need to have a resume saved to a file as you will need to upload the resume into USAJOBS.

The position closes Wednesday, Oct. 3.

This position is located with the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, Memphis District, Operations Division, Physical Support Branch, Navigation Section, MV DREDGE HURLEY, Memphis, TN 38103. Duty location is wherever DREDGE HURLEY is located.

To find out more about this job, Google USA Jobs SWGL166431261800745D.

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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 fromSept. 1 through Oct. 14 only.

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:

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MM&P Secretary-Treasurer Steve Werse, Offshore Vice President Atlantic Ports Don Josberger and the Vice President of the MM&P Atlantic Maritime Group (AMG) will conduct a meeting at the MM&P Boston Union Hall on Thursday, Oct. 13 at 1100.

This meeting will be open to all members and specifically concern both offshore and AMG issues.

The MM&P Boston Hall is located at Marine Industrial Park, 12 Channel St., Suite 606-A, Boston 02210. The phone number is 617-671-0769.

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

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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: 1/24/17, 4/4/17

AZIPOD 2-Day – 11/14/16, 3/6/17

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 10/31/16, 1/30/17, 4/3/17, 6/19/17

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

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

BRMP-Refresher – 11/16/16, 3/8/17

BT – Basic Safety Training: 10/10/16, 1/23/17, 4/10/17

BT-Revalidation (2-day) – 10/31/16, 3/9/17, 5/4/17, 6/22/17

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 10/30/16, 3/9/17, 5/4/17, 6/22/17

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, 4/10/17, 6/12/17

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

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (2 weeks): 10/24/16, 4/17/17

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, 5/22/17, 6/19/17

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, 5/1/17

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, 4/10/17, 4/24/17, 5/8/17, 6/5/17

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, 4/17/17, 5/1/17, 5/15/17, 6/12/17

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

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

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 5/15/17

CNAV-OIC – Celestial Navigation: 10/24/16, 4/24/17

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop: Contact Admissions

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

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior – Contact Admissions

CDMGT – Crowd Management – Contact Admissions

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: 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, 4/10/17

FF-ADV-REV – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation & Refresher: 3/7/17, 5/2/17, 6/20/17

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications: 10/3/16, 1/17/17, 4/4/17

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, 6/26/17

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, 3/20/17

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 11/15/16, 1/18/17, 3/7/17

LNG-TPIC – 12/5/16

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC): 10/26/16*, 11/14/16*, 12/19/16*, 2/13/17, 4/3/17 (*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, 5/8/17

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 1/30/17, 4/24/17, 6/26/17

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 11/7/16, 11/28/16, 12/12/16, 1/9/17, 3/20/17, 4/17/17, 5/8/17

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 11/12/16, 12/17/16, 1/14/17, 3/6/17, 5/1/17, 6/19/17

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, 6/9/17

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control: 10/18/16, 2/21/17, 6/7/17

*MSC-ENVPRO – 10/16/16, 2/26/17, 6/4/17

*MSC-FF-HELO – 10/31/16, 3/9/17, 6/5/17

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualification: 10/23/16, 1/9/17, 2/27/17, 6/12/17

*MSC-Security Watch Basic – 10/20/16, 2/24/17, 6/10/17

*MSC-Security Watch Advanced – 10/22/16, 1/13/17, 3/3/17, 6/16/17

*MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force – 10/27/16, 1/16/17, 6/17/17

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

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 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, 4/5/17, 4/19/17, 5/3/17, 5/10/17

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, 5/15/17

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling-5 Day: 10/3/16, 11/28/16, 2/20/17, 5/1/17, 6/26/17

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, 4/17/17, 5/22/17

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

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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