Wheelhouse Weekly – September 4th, 2018

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MM&P officials are commending the officers and crew of MAERSK DETROIT for putting out a fire that broke out above deck aft of the wheelhouse on June 10.

The fire parallels a blaze that took place approximately three months earlier aboard MAERSK KENSINGTON.

Both fires are said to have been caused by an electrical fault.

In the case of MAERSK KENSINGTON, the company said, the cause of the fire was a faulty splice for a reefer cable.

In the case of MAERSK DETROIT, the fire is believed to have started in the cord area.

Besides Captain John W. Muir, the MM&P members on board MAERSK DETROIT at the time of the blaze were: Chief Mate Eric D. Erving, Second Mate Michael F. McGahran and Third Mate Thomas R. Kiernan Jr.

Erving took charge at scene and coordinated the response, the captain said.

“We commend the licensed deck officers and the rest of the crew of MAERSK DETROIT for putting the fire out in a timely, professional manner,” said MM&P Atlantic Ports Vice President Don Josberger.

“They did their duty with courage and professionalism.”

Josberger said that the fact that electrical fires occurred aboard both the DETROIT and the KENSINGTON “reflects the fact that this is an ongoing problem our members are dealing with.”

The fire broke out when MAERSK DETROIT was leaving Suez Canal southbound.

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Coastal residents from Florida to Louisiana were making preparations Tuesday as Tropical Storm Gordon barreled towards the Gulf Coast.

The National Hurricane Center predicts Gordon will make landfall Tuesday night as a “life-threatening” storm.

A state of emergency has been declared in Louisiana and Mississippi.

Schools closed, barrier islands were under evacuation orders and coastal residents rushed to fill bags with sand and cover windows with plywood.

On Monday, the storm inundated South Florida with heavy rains and high winds.

A hurricane warning has been put into effect for the mouth of the Pearl River in Mississippi to the Alabama-Florida border.

The National Hurricane Center predicts that as much as eight inches of rain could fall in some areas through late Thursday as the weather system travels over the lower Mississippi Valley.

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The newest issue of The Master, Mate & Pilot has been posted on

In this issue:

— complete coverage of the 67th MM&P Convention;

— corporate think tanks, politicians, launch new attacks on the Jones Act;

— APL flags-in five ships to replace the C-11s;

— in big win for unions, Missouri voters reject “right-to-work”;

— Matson christens first of two new Aloha class ships;

— MM&P settles three Washington State Ferries contracts;

— Congress restores long-term travel rates for Department of Defense employees.

The new issue of The Master, Mate & Pilot will be in your mailbox soon.

In the meantime, find it on line on under “Latest News.”

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Sens. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) have introduced a bill to overturn an executive order issued earlier this summer by President Trump that changed the way administrative law judges (ALJs) are hired and managed.

ALJs are appointed by, and work for, the federal government, delivering rulings in many areas of statutory law.

At the Coast Guard, for example, they may be asked to rule on cases brought by merchant mariners who object to actions taken against them by the agency.

Before the order, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) had independently reviewed candidates and then submitted to agencies a short list of potential names.

Trump’s executive order, issued in July, would allow agency heads to pick any active lawyer or judge to be an ALJ, a change that many say would expose ALJs to an inordinate amount of political pressure.

“Overturning the executive order is necessary to ensure that federal agencies continue to have competent, non-partisan adjudicators,” said MM&P International Counsel Gab Terrasa.

“ALJs have a significant impact on our members’ rights and careers,” he added.

“They make final decisions on actions brought by the Coast Guard against seamen’s licenses, as well as on unfair labor practices charges brought by unions against employers. We cannot afford to have political hacks in these positions.”

The Association of Administrative Law Judges (AALJ) has also criticized the president’s executive order.

AALJ President Marilyn Zahm suggested the real intent of the order was to give agency heads broad authority to select ideological judges.

Sens. Cantwell and Collins are urging their colleagues to overturn the president’s order by passing their bill.

“Our bipartisan legislation would ensure that administrative law judges remain well qualified and impartial, while this crucial process remains nonpartisan and fair,” Collins said in a statement.

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Two members of the crew of the chemical tanker KEY FIGHTER died over the weekend of Aug. 25 when they were poisoned by hydrogen sulfide gas while cleaning a tank.

The news was reported by Maritime Executive.

The Malta-flagged KEY FIGHTER trades between Norwegian ports.

At the time of the accident, it was underway from Norway to the United Kingdom and maintenance work was being performed on board.

In a statement, vessel manager Fjord Shipping said that the two men had been found unconscious in an empty cargo tank.

Their shipmates lifted them out of the tank and performed first aid.

One man died at the scene; the other died shortly afterwards in hospital.

Authorities investigating the accident said they had found no technical problems aboard the ship.

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A port worker in New Zealand died Sept. 3, days after being crushed when his straddle carrier overturned.

The accident at Ports of Auckland follows the deaths of three other New Zealand longshore workers in 2017.

Union representatives have called the situation “a matter of life and death,” demanding that the government act immediately to improve safety.

“This tragic death indicates again the urgent need for enforceable regulations together with mandatory standards of work practices across the New Zealand waterfront,” said Joe Fleetwood, general secretary of the Maritime Union of Australia-New Zealand.

“If the government, port companies and stevedoring employers are serious about preventing deaths on the waterfront they must commit to reform the current lack of enforceable regulations.”

“This is fast becoming an epidemic,” said MUA National Secretary Paddy Crumlin.

“We know that ports are among the most dangerous places to work in the world, but every workplace death is preventable.”

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The mid-term elections are just a few months away.

We need to elect members of Congress who will support the U.S.-flag fleet and keep U.S. maritime jobs from becoming outsourced.

Please go to now and click on the “1-Click PCF Donation” button in the top right-hand corner of the home page.

Or enter the Members’ Only site and click on “Make PCF Contribution” in the column on the left-hand side of the page.

Stand with your union brothers and sisters!

Support the MM&P Political Contribution Fund by making a contribution to the PCF today.

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When inflation is factored in, Americans’ hourly earnings are lower than they were a year ago, according to the Federal Reserve Bank.

Labor Department figures show inflation-adjusted hourly wages dropped 0.2 percent in July from a year earlier, the worst result since 2012.

President Trump had promised that his policies would immediately lead to a big boost in the wages of the average American worker, with the tax cuts increasing average pay by $4,000 to $9,000.

That hasn’t happened.

Despite sky-high corporate profits and record stock prices, real wages have for the most part been stagnant or fallen.

Workers are failing to reap any benefits from the GOP tax cuts, an outcome predicted by some economists before Congress passed the law in December.

The benefits of the tax plan are not “trickling down” to the average worker, but are going instead to corporate shareholders.

By a margin of 58 percent to 38 percent, U.S. voters responding to an Aug. 14 Quinnipiac poll said they believe the Trump administration isn’t doing enough to help middle-class Americans.

A majority said they think their personal financial situation has remained the same or gotten worse over the past two years.

President Trump’s actions on tariffs may drive consumer prices higher and further erode consumers’ buying power.

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There will be an Offshore Membership Meeting at the MM&P New York/New Jersey union hall on Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 1100.

All Offshore members are encouraged to attend the meeting.

The hall is located at 570 Broad St., Suite 701, Newark, NJ, 07102. The phone number is: 201-963-1900.

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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.

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.

**Classes are 5-day unless otherwise noted**

AB – 10/15/18

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

ARPA-OIC (4-Day) – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 9/25/18

AZIPOD (2-Day) – 10/15/18

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 9/24/18, 10/29/18

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 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) – 9/11/18

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) – 9/26/18, 10/31/18, 12/18/18

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 9/26/18, 12/17/18

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: Contact Admissions

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 9/24/18, 12/10/18, 1/14/19, 3/11/19, 6/10/19

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 9/17/18, 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): 9/10/18, 10/1/18, 11/5/18, 11/26/18

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 9/17/18, 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: 9/10/18

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: 9/25/18, 10/30/18, 12/20/18

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 9/29/18, 12/15/18

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications (1-Day): 9/11/18

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): 9/17/18, 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): 9/12/18

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): 9/24/18, 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): 9/12/18, 11/14/18

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 9/13/18, 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): 9/17/18, 11/5/18

*MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day) – 9/15/18, 11/2/18

*MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) – 9/16/18, 11/3/18

*MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) – 9/21/18, 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): 9/24/18

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: 9/17/18, 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) – 9/24/18, 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): Contact Admissions

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: Contact Admissions

TRAC-TUG-2 (2-Day): Contact Admissions

TTT – 9/17/18

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

September 2018
5-7 Security Officer – Vessel, Company, and Facility
6th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
7-8 Basic Training Revalidation
7-10 Basic Training Refresher
10th Radar Renewal
10-14 Basic Training
10-21 License Preparation (OICNW)
17-20 Advanced Firefighting
17-21 ECDIS
20-21 Basic Training Revalidation
21st Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
24th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
24-28 Medical Care Provider
24-5 Medical Person-In-Charge

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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