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Wheelhouse Weekly – April 18, 2002

April 18th 2002


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Volume 6. . . . . Number 16. . . April 18, 2002

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NPR BANKRUPTCY & ASSET SALE

NPR is attempting to wrap up the sale of assets by the end of the month. The projected date for the finalization of the sale to Sea Star is the 26th of April. There must be an auction prior to the finalization and any bidders must have bids in by April 22.

Interocean Ugland Management has had one meeting with MM&P, MEBA and ARA looking to continue the employment of the NPR personnel for a period of time after the sale to Sea Star. IUM is the management company that Sea Star uses for vessel crewing.

A second meeting is scheduled for tomorrow (Friday) in New Jersey with IUM and the three unions involved. The Wheelhouse Weekly will keep you informed of future developments as they occur.

 

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MARITIME SECURITY PROGRAM UPDATE

The MM&P, MEBA and SIU met on Monday, April 15, to continue the process of moving the Maritime Security Program to a new level and continuing the program after the September 2005 expiration date. All three unions remain committed that a new program can be achieved.

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MITAGS MEETING TARGETS MARINER RECRUITING AND RETENTION

With the continuing decline in US seagoing jobs, the recruitment and retention of mariners has taken on new urgency within the US-flag maritime community and will be the focus of a high-profile conference to be hosted by MITAGS on May 1.

Developing effective recruitment and retention strategies has taken on increasing importance as evidenced by recent public statements made by top leaders within the US-flag maritime community.

In recently published articles, US Maritime Administrator Capt. William Schubert has stressed his concerns that the merchant marine may not be able to attract enough qualified hands to support a long-term overseas military engagement.

According to one report, the nation’s privately owned, active merchant fleet is down from 536 ships in 1991 to fewer than 260 today. That same report states that US seagoing jobs have fallen from almost 20,000 to fewer than 10,000 during the same period.

Speaking before last week’s meeting of DC Chapter of the Kings Point Club, Military Sealift Commander Rear Admiral David Brewer III said that manpower is his number one priority. The MSC is the world’s largest employer of US mariners and many MM&P members sail on MSC vessels.

Adm. Brewer said he has set a goal to recruit at least 1,000 civilian mariners within the next year and that MSC has launched a major retention effort. He stated that getting and keeping quality people must be the MSC’s goal.

With that as a backdrop, the two-day MITAGS meeting will continue to work on developing effective recruiting and retention strategies that were first identified at last year’s conference.

Issues scheduled to be addressed include: Public Education and Awareness; Regulatory Burden ­ STCW-95; Criminal Liability; Maritime Policy, Tax Relief, Other Incentives; Lifestyle, Quality of Life; and Recruitment and Career Path form Military to Civilian Mariner. Attendees will explore the additional steps needed to move toward the implementation of an action plan.

Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta, USCG Commandant Admiral Loy and MarAd Administrator William Schubert are all expected to attend.

For additional information contact Andrea Dixon at MITAGS at:443-989-3235, adixon@mitags.org.

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MARINE CORPS GENERAL NOMINATED AS TRANSCOM CHIEF OF STAFF

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has announced that President Bush has nominated Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Gary Hughey for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general with assignment as the deputy commander and chief of staff, US Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, IL. Hughey is currently serving as the deputy commander and chief of staff, US Forces Japan, Yokota, Japan.

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MARAD CHIEF ADVOCATES US FLEET HIKE

In the April 2002 edition of American Shipper magazine, Capt. William Schubert, Maritime Administrator, addressed the issue of a shrinking US fleet and his plans to increase its numbers.

“One means of adding new tonnage to the US-flag would be to eliminate the three-year waiting period for newly constructed bulk and breakbulk vessels in order to carry civilian preference cargo and food aid,” he said.

The rule currently requires that foreign-built vessels, newly registered under the US-flag, must wait three years before becoming eligible to carry US government-impelled cargoes, primarily food aid.

According to the article, Schubert said MarAd’s objective is not just to bring more ships into the US-flag fleet, but to add brand new tonnage, the need for which he considered to be a matter of national importance.

Schubert said he will promote the elimination of the three-year rule because it’s good for the country.

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NY-NJ PORT OUTPERFORMS OTHERS IN NORTH ATLANTIC

Cargo volumes in the Port of New York and New Jersey grew by 5.6 percent in 2001, despite the economic aftershocks from Sept.11 and the general downturn in the economy that saw cargo volumes in other North Atlantic ports decline,

During 2001, total loaded and empty container volumes handled at the port’s container terminals, measured in 20-foot equivalent units (TEU’s), totaled 3,316,275. Loaded TEUs were 2,334,393, a 4.2-percent increase over last year.

Total bulk cargo grew by 16.7 percent in 2001 to 53,739,000 metric tons. Bulk cargo exports rose 79 percent to 2,333,000 metric tons.

The export of iron and steel rose dramatically in 2001. Bulk imports grew from 44,758,000 metric tons in 2000 to 53,738,000 metric tons in 2001, a 14.9-percent increase.

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MM&P FCU PREFERRED RATE BORROWING MAKES DOLLARS AND SENSE

Need a place to stash your income tax refund? Thinking about using that tax refund to help buy a new or used car? Masters, Mates & Pilots Federal Credit Union offers competitive rates on share savings accounts and on auto loans. Take advantage of both with MM&P FCU’s preferred borrower loan rates.

When you apply for your MM&P loan, if you have 10 percent of the amount requested on deposit in shares you will get a 3/4-percent discount on your loan rate percentage, plus the amount on deposit with the Credit Union earns interest.

MM&P Federal Credit Union membership is open to all MM&P members, to all MM&P, MITAGS, MIRAID and Plans staff, and to their immediate families. Rates and terms of offer are subject to change. Call Kathy Klisavage, Credit Union Manager, toll free 1-800-382-7777 or email mmpfcu@bridgedeck.org for all the details.

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MARITIME NIGHT AT THE BALLPARK

Join the MD, DC, VA maritime community for an evening of family fun, fellowship and baseball. Bowie Baysox vs. Erie Seawolves. Saturday, May 18, Prince George’s Stadium, Bowie, MD. Game time: 1900 hrs. Picnic before game, fireworks after. Picnic package (picnic buffet, & drinks, souvenir baseball and reserved box seat: $30, Youngsters (6 -12): $24, 5 and under: free. Reserved box seat w/o picnic: $10 For tickets and info, contact: Tim Sumner: 202-675-2195; Email: Tsumner@erols.com.

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REMINDER: MM&P CONVENTION CALL

In accordance with Article IV, Section 2, of the International Constitution, a regular convention of the IOMM&P will be convened at 1000 hrs on Monday, July 15, 2002, at MITAGS, 5700 Hammonds Ferry Road, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090. Constitutional Amendments may also be considered at this Convention.

In accordance with Article IV, Section 6., Subsection (b), all proposed resolutions must be forwarded to the International Secretary-Treasurer at least 30 days prior to the opening day of the Convention for inclusion on the Agenda and determination by the Convention.

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MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

Openings in Classes Through the End of September 2002

  • 4/29-5/3: WX-HWA
  • 5/10: ATER, ENVPRO
  • 5/13-17: BST, ROP, COMP-NET
  • 5/20-24: FF-ADV, CSE-AAES
  • 5/20: CBRD-1
  • 5/21: HAZMAT, EAP
  • 5/22-24: MED-DOT-DA
  • 6/3-28: SMC
  • 6/3-7: HAZ, DCS, BRM, COMP-OPSYS, ARPA
  • 6/3: ROR
  • 6/3-14: GMDSS
  • 6/10-14: BST, SHS-BAS, BRM, COMP-NET, FRB
  • 6/14: ATER, ENVPRO
  • 6/17-21: FF-ADV, BRM, ARPA, WX-HWA
  • 6/15: ROR
  • 6/17: ROR
  • 6/24-28: VPM
  • 7/29-8/2: MED FIRST, BRM, ROP
  • 7/29: ROR
  • 7/30: HAZMAT, EAP
  • 7/31-8/2: MED-DOT-DA
  • 8/5-9: CSE-AAES, SHS-BAS, ECDIS, TPIC
  • 8/5-8: SMA
  • 8/9: ATER, ENVPRO
  • 8/12-23: MED-PIC, GMDSS
  • 8/12-16: SHS-INT I, BRM, COMP-APS, ARPA,WX-HWA
  • 8/12: CBRD-1, ROR
  • 8/13: HAZMAT, EAP
  • 8/14-16: MED-DOT-DA
  • 8/19-23: BST, SHS INT II, COMP-MAR
  • 8/26-30: FF-ADV, SHS-EMR-5, BRM, ARPA
  • 9/9-13: DCS, SHS-INT I, BRM, FRB, ARPA, COMP-ABSS, VPM
  • 9/9: ROR, CBRD-1
  • 9/10: HAZMAT, EAP
  • 9/11-13: MED-DOT-DA
  • 9/16-27: MED-PIC, GMDSS
  • 9/16-20: BST, CSE-AAES, SHS-INT II, COMP-NET, ROP
  • 9/16-19: SMA; 9/20: ATER, ENVPRO
  • 9/23-27: FF-ADV, SHS-EMR-5, BRM

 

KEY TO COURSE ABBREVIATIONS
  • ARPA: Automatic Radar Plotting Aids
  • ATER: Anti-Terrorism Awareness Training
  • BRM: Bridge Resource Management
  • BRMP: Bridge Resource Management For Pilots
  • BST: Basic Safety Training
  • CBRD: Chemical Biological Radiological Defense Training
  • COMP-ABSS: Computer Am Bureau Ship Management Software
  • COMP-APS: Computer Application Programs
  • COMP-MAR: Computer Mariner Application Program
  • COMP-NET: Computer Network Systems
  • CSE-AAES: Confine Space Entry-Atmos. Analy of Enc Spaces
  • EAP: Employee Assistance Program
  • ECDIS: Electronic Chart Display And Information Systems
  • ENVPRO: Environmental Protection
  • FF-ADV: Advanced Fire Fighting
  • GMDSS: Global Maritime Distress Safety System
  • HAZMAT: Hazardous Materials
  • MED-DOT-DA: Dept. of Trans. Drug and Alcohol Testing
  • MED-PIC: Medical Person-In-Charge
  • MSC-COMMS: Strategic Sealift Communications
  • ROR: Radio Operator Renewal
  • SMA: Small Arms
  • SHS-EMR: Emergency Shiphandling
  • SHS-INT: Intermediate Shiphandling
  • TPIC: Tankerman Person-In-Charge
  • VPM: Vessel Personnel Management
  • WX-HWA: Heavy Weather Avoidance
MITAGS WEBSITE

Check the website routinely for up to date information on class schedules, trust student policies and procedures, and regulatory changes. Visit the home page at www.mitags.org.

 

PLAN AHEAD

Plenty of class space is available in June for 5-day HAZMAT, HWA, VPM, ARPA, BRM, GMDSS, and FF-ADV. Remember that trust students now require only one week of training to be eligible for travel reimbursement and the reimbursement is based on a 14-day advance purchase airfare.

 

SCHEDULE INFO

Schedule through December 2002 is being maintained on the website. Hard copies of the June-December 2002 schedule are being mailed to the halls. Check the MITAGS website at: www.mitags.org for up-to-date info. For additional course info, contact Mary Matlock at voice: 443-989-3226 or Email: admissions@mitags.org.

 

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PACIFIC NORTHWEST MARITIME INSTITUTE ACADEMIC NOTES

Openings in Classes Through the End of August 2002

  • 4/22-26: ECDIS, GMDSS, BAFF
  • 4/29-5/3: ARPA
  • 5/6-10: Radar, Med 1st, Med PIC, BST
  • 5/13-17: GMDSS
  • 5/20-24: BRM, BAFF, GMDSS Refresher
  • 5/27-31: ECDIS, Med 1st, Med PIC
  • 6/3-7: TPIC, BST
  • 6/10-14: ARPA, GMDSS
  • 6/17-21: Radar, GMDSS Refresher
  • 6/24-28: Computer Basics (IC3 Ceritification), ECDIS, BAFF
  • 7/8-12: ARPA, Med 1st, Med PIC, BST
  • 7/22-26: GMDSS, BAFF
  • 7/29-8/2: GMDSS Refresher, Advanced Navigation (new)
  • 8/5-9: ECDIS, Med 1st, Med PIC
  • 8/12-16: TPIC, Med PIC (second week)
  • 8/19-23: ARPA, BRM, BAFF
  • 8/26-30: Heavy Weather Avoidance (new)

 

PMI MEDICAL COURSES

PMI is now offering two week “Medical Person in Charge” and one week “Medical First Aid Provider” course. To learn more about the STCW Requirements for Medical First Aid Provider and Medical Person in Charge, refer to PMI’s webpage at www.mates.org.

 

REGISTRATION

Register online at mates.org.

 

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MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 4-17 CLOSE

 D O W

 N A S D A Q

 10,220.70

-161.00 for the week

 1,810.67

 +43.60 for the week
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)

 103.94

 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)

23.81

 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)

 15.40

 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)

 14.19

 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)

 26.58

 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)

10.43

 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)

14.87

 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)

15.29

 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)

 36.82

Fidelity Magellan Fund (FAGX)

 100.62

 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)

  39.87

 

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The MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly is the official electronic newsletter of the International Organization of Masters, Mates, and Pilots, ILA, AFL-CIO, 700 Maritime Blvd., Linthicum Heights, MD 21090-1941. Phone: 410-850-8700; Fax: 410-850-0973; Email: iommp@bridgedeck.org. For further info contact John Peige at jpeige@bridgedeck.org. The Wheelhouse Weekly is sent via Email to MM&P-contracted vessels at sea, broadcast worldwide via FEC marine telex andis posted on our web page under “News” at: http://www.bridgedeck.org.

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