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Wheelhouse Weekly – August 11, 2000

August 11th 2000

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VOLUME 4. . . . . NUMBER 31. . . . . August 11, 2000 

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MATSON CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS HELD AT MM&P HQ

The latest round of Matson contract negotiations were held at MM&P HQ on Tue., Aug.8. MM&P was joined in the negotiations by observers from MEBA and the ARA whose contracts will also up for renewal. The MEBA team of observers included Larry O’Toole, Paul Krupa and Bill Ward. The ARA’s observers were Ed Steinberg and Phil Clegg. Progress was reported. The next round of MM&P negotiations are set for Sept.15 and Oct.10 and will be held in San Francisco. 

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LARGE BOOST IN MATSON’S INCOME FOR SECOND QUARTER

Citing continuing improvements in the local economy and solid performance from its shipping company, MM&P-contracted Matson Navigation, Alexander & Baldwin posted a 21 percent increase in net income in the second quarter, from $23.2 to $28.2 million. For the second quarter, Matson contributed profits of $27.9 million on revenues of $204.7 million, up from $25.3 million on revenues of $187.8 million in the same period last year. The company noted the improvement was made in spite of a doubling of bunker fuel prices from the year-earlier quarter. The boost was due primarily to higher Hawaii auto volume, an improved mix of cargo and better results for non-Hawaii operations. Auto operations jumped 34 percent over the period.  

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PRESIDENT BROWN TO ATTEND SPECIAL WEST COAST MEETINGS NEXT WEEK

MM&P International President Capt. Tim Brown and other Union officials will be attending special membership meetings on the West Coast next week as follows: Tue., 8-15 at 1230 hrs at the Wilmington (LALB) Union Hall Wed., 8-16 at 1230 hrs at the Seattle Union Hall Fri., 8-18 at 1230 hrs at the San Francisco Union Hall.  

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FIRST MSC COMMUNICATIONS COURSE SCHEDULED AT MITAGS

The first Strategic Sealift Communications Course will convene on Sept. 11 at MITAGS. Upon completion of this 5-day course, the student will have a basic understanding of communication requirements aboard ships under the operational control of the Military Sealift Command (MSC). An introduction to Navy message writing, communications security and publications is included with exercises to improve interoperability between merchant marine and US and allied military forces. Point of contact at MITAGS is Mike Wein at (443) 989-3238 or Email: mwein@mitags.org.  

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MITAGS ASSISTS WITH NEW HURRICANE ADVISORY DISSEMINATION

Extensive input from mariners attending MITAGS Heavy Weather Avoidance and Marine Weather courses led to MITAGS submitting a formal request to the National Weather Service for Tropical Hurricane Advisory messages, prepared by the National Hurricane Center, to be included with the Marine Prediction Centers High Seas Forecast (HSF). Until now complete and timely Hurricane Advisories have not been broadcast to mariners, depriving them of the crucial 24, 48, and 72 hour hurricane forecast positions needed for determining areas to avoid. MITAGS, as the only maritime training center offering USCG and STCW approved weather and routing courses, works closely with the National Weather Service’s Marine Prediction Center and National Hurricane Center to ensure mariners are properly trained in obtaining and using the numerous surface, 500 mb and sea state analysis and forecast products now available. For more info on MITAGS weather courses contact Michael Carr at MITAGS via Email: mcarr@MITAGS.org or phone 443-989-3254.  

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SATELLITE WEATHER IMAGE ANALYSIS COURSE OFFERED BY MITAGS

For the second year, MITAGS is offering “Tips and Tools for Satellite Weather Image Analysis” on Sept.9-10 in Seattle and Nov.4-5 in Linthicum. Building on success from last year, more topics and sample image analysis case studies using SeaStation 2000 have been added. Members sailing offshore or coastwise should know that during hurricane season satellites are the main method for taking indirect measurements of tropical cyclones. The two-day course demonstrates why satellite imagery is so powerful and an unmatched tool in gathering operational data. Questions on course topics can be directed to Michael Carr at MITAGS at: Voice: 410-859-5700 ext. 3254 or direct: 443-989-3254; Fax: 410-859-5181; or Email: mcarr@mitags.org.  

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NEW ASSISTANT ADMINISTRATOR NAMED FOR NATIONAL OCEAN SERVICE

Dr. D. James Baker, administrator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced the appointment of Margaret Davidson as acting assistant administrator for NOAA’s National Ocean Service. She is known as an innovative leader in key coastal resource issues. As acting assistant administrator of the National Ocean Service, Davidson will oversee operations for a diverse organization of more than 1,200 people working toward ensuring that the nation’s coasts remain safe, healthy and productive. MM&P licensed deck officers are in command of all 16 NOAA research vessels. Davidson succeeds Dr. Nancy Foster who died from complications of cancer on June 27.  

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MAERSK SEALAND, APL ENTER INTO SLOT TRANSFER AGREEMENT

Under a proposed agreement, MM&P-contracted Maersk SeaLand would be allowed to sell space to MM&P-contracted APL aboard its vessels operating in the trade between US Atlantic and Gulf ports, and inland US points via such ports and ports in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Germany, and inland points in Europe via such ports. According to the agreement, the companies may consult and agree upon the sale by Maersk SeaLand to APL of slots on vessels operated in the trade by Maersk SeaLand. Such slot sales shall be limited to one Maersk SeaLand vessel per week (in each direction) operating fromto the US East Coast and Northern Europe and one Maersk SeaLand vessel per week (in each direction) operating fromto the US Gulf Coast and Northern Europe, and shall not exceed an annualized average of 250 TEUs per vessel per week.  

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APL-CCNI INK SLOT TRANSFER AGREEMENT

MM&P-contracted APL and Compania Chilena De Navegacion Interoceanica of Valpariso, Chile, have entered into a slot transfer agreement which will allow the parties, through space chartering, to provide more frequent sailings and achieve efficiencies and economies in the trades between ports on the US Gulf Coast and inland and coastal points and points in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, the Caribbean Coast of Colombia and Venezuela.  

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REDUCTIONS IN LOADED DRAFT AGAIN HINDER US-FLAG LAKERS

Shipments of dry-bulk commodities in US-flag vessels on the Great Lakes in June totaled 12.5 million net tons, a decrease of 3.2% compared to the corresponding period last year. Low water levels continue to plague US-flag carriers. A comparison of loads on 1,000-foot-long vessels show a decrease of 500 tons compared to a year ago and as much as 6,500 tons compared to June 1997, just before the Lakes began their now four-year plunge. Iron ore cargoes loaded in US bottoms in June totaled 6.1 million tons, also a decrease from a year ago and for the season. For the season, all US-flag carriage stands at 39.8 million tons, a decrease of one million tons compared to the same point in the 1999 navigation season.  

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AFL-CIO EXECUTIVE COUNCIL SETS ORGANIZING GOALS

The AFL-CIO Executive Council approved a statement outlining a new organizing plan that sets a goal of one million new members a year. The other three points of the plan, approved at the council’s Aug. 1-2 meeting in Chicago, ask affiliates to set higher organizing goals; call on the council’s Organizing Committee to regularly assess the new plan’s progress; and urge affiliates to report and share info on organizing campaigns.  

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UNIONS BACK FIRST INTERNATIONAL SEAFARERS’ PAY DEAL

Shipping union representatives from 56 countries have decided to back a pioneering international collective bargaining agreement with ship employers. Voting in Valencia at a meeting of the Fair Practices Committee of the International Transport Workers’ Federation, they agreed to accept a comprehensive package of pay and conditions hammered out earlier this month with the ship employers’ organization IMEC. At the same meeting delegates also designated Bolivia and Equatorial Guinea as two new flags-of-convenience because of their poor port control records and the high proportions of foreign vessels in their registries. The first ever internationally-negotiated pay agreement between unions and ship employers phases in a pay rise for seafarers to a US$1,400 benchmark by 2004, and guarantees an annual rise of US$50 to that date. It also lays down minimum standards for working conditions and contains a clause that will allow seafarers to respect industrial action by fellow workers, including dockers. For the first time seafarers worldwide will be free to choose not to cross picket lines. The terms of the agreement state that IMEC’s 30-40 members, who employ some 60,000 seafarers from 43 countries, will be obliged to bring to task any of their members who break the terms of the deal. ITF delegates will still keep their sights on the ongoing campaign against flags-of-convenience and abuses against workers at sea. Delegates also approved the blacklisting of six new shipping companies, adopted plans to set up a cruise ship campaign office in Miami, and fight unfair cargo handling practices by COSCO.  

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MITAGS HAS THE FOLLOWING COURSE OPENINGS

814-18: BST; VPM; COMP-APS. 816: CPR NITE. 826: CBRD 1-DAY. 828-901: EINS. 830 NIGHT HAZMAT. 905-08: SMALL ARMS. 911-15: MED-1st; BRM; GMDSS-REF; COMP-APS. 916 CBRD 1-DAY 918-22: TPIC; COMP-NET. 920: CPR NITE. 925-929: ROP; EINS; 930: ROR 1-DAY; 925 to 1027: LAP. Course applications are available from MITAGS, MM&P Union Halls, or from the MITAGS website at: www.mitags.org.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please check the course schedule on the MITAGS website since classes may have to be cancelled or moved to another date if not enough members enroll for a course. Course changes are posted on the website as soon as they are made and are updated in the Wheelhouse Weekly. It is highly recommended to check with Mary Matlock in admissions for the latest course info before departing for MITAGS: Phone: 410-859-5700 x3246, or 443- 989-3226; Fax: 410-859-5181; Email: admissions@mitags.org.  

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MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF THURSDAY 8-10

CLOSE DOW: 10,908.76 (+202.16 week);

NASDAQ: 3,759.99 (+0.11 week).

Vanguard 500 Index Fund: 134.95 (+1.08 for week)

Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund: 35.82 (+.18 for week)

Vanguard International Growth Fund: 22.32 (+.70 for week)

Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund: 22.61 (+.10 for week)

Vanguard Windsor II Fund: 26.21 (+1.02 for week)  

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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 and is posted on our web page under “News” at: http://www.bridgedeck.org.
 

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