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Wheelhouse Weekly – April 25, 2002

April 25th 2002


THE MASTERS, MATES AND PILOTS’
WHEELHOUSE WEEKLY

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Volume 6. . . . . Number 17. . . April 25, 2002

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MM&P TO STAY ABOARD AS SEA STAR ACQUIRES NPR FLEET

As a result of extended negotiations, MM&P Licensed Deck Officers will continue to crew NPR/Navieras vessels when they are acquired by Sea Star Line.

Sea Star was the only company to submit a bid for MM&P-contracted NPR/Navieras by the court-ordered deadline of April 22. As a result, Sea Star will acquire the Puerto Rican ocean carrier owned by the Holt Group. Holt has been in financial difficulty for some time and has been operating under a bankruptcy reorganization plan.

Last Friday, April 19, MM&P International President Capt. Tim Brown, Vice President ­ Atlantic Ports Richard May, and International Counsel John Singleton met with officials of Interocean Ugland Management at their office in New Jersey for 11 hours. IUM is the company that Sea Star uses for vessel crewing. Also present were representatives from MEBA and ARA.

The MM&P insisted that unless the terms of its contract agreement with NPR were upheld that requires that any purchaser agree, as part of the sale agreement, to take all of the LDO’s on the transferred vessels, the Union would file suit to block the sale.

After some negotiation, the MM&P agreed that IUM would continue to employ MM&P masters and mates aboard the NPR vessels so long as they remain in service and are operated by Sea Star.

“We left New Jersey with an agreement in principal. We have not as yet signed a full agreement because IUM is reviewing the NPR agreement and additions. We are certain that IUM will continue the current rates of pay and honor the current work rules,” said Capt. Brown.

Capt. Brown noted that MEBA has filed suit to block the sale based upon several unresolved issues with NPR. “As always, the MM&P stands ready to assist our Brothers and Sisters in the MEBA. Hopefully these issues can be resolved in a timely manner,” stated Capt. Brown.

The combined Sea Star/Navieras shipping line will provide the intermodal transportation service between the US and Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and the US Virgin Islands. The operation will combine Sea Star’s Ro-Ro service with Navieras’ container service, providing five weekly sailings between the US and Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.

 

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CSX SEES BOOST IN FIRST QUARTER EARNINGS

CSX Corp. saw an upturn in first-quarter earnings despite declines in freight volumes and revenues. The Richmond, VA-based operator of rail, marine and intermodal transport, said revenues were $1.96 billion, down from $2.03 billion in the year-earlier quarter.

MM&P-contracted CSX Lines, which operates container vessels and terminals, saw earnings surge 33 percent to $12 million. The company serves the domestic trades to and from the US, Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, Puerto Rico, and Canada.

CSX Lines, which has 16 US-flagged containerships, operates terminal facilities at Anchorage, Kodiak and Dutch Harbor in Alaska; Apra Harbor in Guam; Honolulu in Hawaii; and San Juan in Puerto Rico.

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MATSON’S FIRST-QUARTER PROFIT TAKES BIG HIT

MM&P-contracted Maston Navigation’s operating profit in the first quarter fell 86 percent or $15 million from a year ago to $2.5 million. Published reports said the unusually low operating profit was due to lower cargo volume, caused principally by post Sept. 11 economic effects and from competitive losses.

Matson’s Hawaii service container volume was 3 percent below that of the 2001 first quarter, and automobile volume was 23 percent lower. Matson’s Guam service also reported weaker results. While cargo volume was off, dry-docking and terminal costs were higher than normal for the quarter.

Due to lower cargo demand, Matson had already reduced the number of vessels serving Hawaii from eight to seven earlier this year. To boost the bottom line, Matson imposed a 2.75 percent general rate increase on April 14.

Allen Doane, CEO of Matson’s parent company Alexander & Baldwin, said that the first quarter results are likely to be the low point for 2002.

The good news is that auto shipments also are expected to improve, as rental car fleets in Hawaii are renewed. Anticipated growing demand in Hawaii should also help to boost Matson’s results in subsequent quarters.

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USCG PROPOSING NEW SYSTEM OF RECORDS UNDER PRIVACY ACT

The USCG is proposing to establish a new system of records under the Privacy Act of 1974 and exempt the system from certain provisions of the Act. If no comments are received, the proposal will become effective this June 3. If comments are received, they will be considered and, where adopted, the documents will be republished with changes.

The proposed new system will maintain info regarding the operation, management, and decision-making functions of the USCG as they pertain to marine safety, maritime security, maritime law enforcement, and marine environmental protection activities.

It will be known as the Marine Information for Safety and Law Enforcement system (MISLE). MISLE will replace the Marine Safety Information System (MSIS). As of Dec. 13, 2001, MSIS is no longer used to collect info. MISLE is an information system that will support the information needs and business processes of Marine Safety and operations activities within the USCG.

MISLE may contain info on vessel owners, operators, charterers, managers, agents, crewmembers, or passengers; facility owners, operators, managers, or employees; individuals who own, operate, or represent marine transportation companies, and other individuals who come into contact with the USCG through its maritime law enforcement, investigation, marine safety, maritime security, and environmental protection activities.

Information collected may include name, Social Security number, Drivers License number, Foreign ID number, Passport number, VISA number, Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) number, Military ID number, USCG License number, Cedula number, Foreign Seaman’s Booklet number, resident alien number, Merchant Mariners License number, Merchant Mariner Documentation number, or taxpayer ID number.

Comments may be sent electronically through the Website for the Docket Management System at http://dms.dot.gov. Include the docket number OST-1996-1437. The Docket Management Facility maintains the public docket for this rulemaking. You may also find this docket on the Internet at http://dms.dot.gov.

For more info or questions on the proposed new system of records, contact Gary Chappell, USCG Marine Safety Data Administration, USCG, voice: 202-267-1061 or Email at: gchappel@comdt.uscg.mil.

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AFL-CIO WORKERS MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVED APRIL 28

Decades of struggle by workers and their unions have resulted in significant improvements in working conditions. But the toll of workplace injuries, illnesses and deaths remains enormous. The AFL-CIO reports that each year more than 60,000 workers die from job injuries and illnesses and another 6 million are injured.

The unions of the AFL-CIO remember these workers on April 28. The first Workers Memorial Day was observed in 1989. April 28 was chosen because it is the anniversary of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the day of a similar remembrance in Canada.

Every year, people in hundreds of communities and at work sites recognize workers who have been killed or injured on the job. Trade unionists around the world now mark April 28 as an International Day of Mourning.

On Workers Memorial Day 2002, as those who lost their lives on Sept. 11 and all those killed, injured and diseased on the job are remembered, workers will organize and mobilize for better working conditions.

Demands will be heard for a strong ergonomics standard, stronger enforcement of the law and protections from known workplace hazards and from new safety and security threats.

Calls will also be heard for OSHA coverage for all workers and the freedom of workers to organize, and through their unions, speak out and bargain for safe jobs, respect and a better future.

For more info on how America’s fallen workers are being honored on April 28, a collection of workers’ memorials and tributes, and the latest facts about death on the job, go to the AFL-CIO website at: www.aflcio.org. The specific webpage is: http://www.aflcio.org/safety/wmd

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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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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: 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
  • 6/14: ATER, ENVPRO
  • 6/17-21: FF-ADV, BRM, ARPA, WX-HWA
  • 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

  • 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 4-24 CLOSE

 D O W

 N A S D A Q

 10,030.40

-190.30 for the week

 1,713.34

 -97.33 for the week
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)

 100.90

 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)

23.33

 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)

 15.41

 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)

 13.81

 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)

 26.22

 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)

10.48

 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)

14.97

 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)

15.09

 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)

 36.13

Fidelity Magellan Fund (FAGX)

 97.79

 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)

  38.70

 

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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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