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Wheelhouse Weekly – August 24, 2001

August 24th 2001


THE MASTERS, MATES AND PILOTS’
WHEELHOUSE WEEKLY

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Volume 5. . . . . Number 34. . . August 24, 2001

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MM&P-CONTRACTED AMERICAN HEAVYLIFT UPDATE

International President Capt. Tim Brown and Offshore Gulf Coast Vice President Robert Groh met with Richard Horner and Boe Downing regarding a new building project for MM&P-contracted American Heavylift.

The discussions covered a wide range of subjects including wages for both the licensed and unlicensed crewmembers of the new vessels. According to current plans, the first of the proposed new vessels is projected to be built and in operation within the next two years.
 

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MM&P-CREWED INTERNATIONAL SHIPHOLDING CORPORATION NEWS

The MM&P met with Central Gulf/Waterman on Tuesday, August 21, regarding wages on the companyís newest car carrier, the CYGNUS LEADER. This vessel was renamed the new GREEN LAKE on Thursday evening, August 23.

The Union and the company are still working on a program to increase the wages on the pure car carriers. As the Wheelhouse Weekly goes to press, discussions are continuing. Further details will be contained in future issues of the Wheelhouse Weekly as they become available.
 
 

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US ITF INSPECTORATE BEING REORGANIZED

The International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) Inspectorate held a meeting earlier this week in New Orleans. International President Tim Brown and Offshore Gulf Vice President Robert Groh attended a meeting where it was announced that the US Inspectorate is being reorganized to better suit the needs of the international market.

President Brown also reported that Jim Given, Director of the ITF’s Cruise Ship Campaign, made an excellent presentation on the progress of the campaign in Cape Canaveral, FL and the organization’s future plans for the ongoing effort against flag-of-convenience ship registries.

 

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PRESIDENT BROWN SPEAKS OUT AGAINST TRICO’S LABOR POLICIES

 International President Tim Brown along with MEBA President Larry O’Toole and SIU President Michael Sacco spoke on behalf of US maritime labor at a press conference in New Orleans on Wednesday, August 22 designed to focus public attention to the plight of Trico Marine employees who are trying to form a union.

Trico Marine has launched a campaign of terror against its American workers by firing those who voice their support for the union and compelling mariners to attend mandatory closed-door meetings onboard its vessels to hear anti-union propaganda.

Trico workers around the world have signed petitions demanding that the company workers decide for themselves whether they want to form a union – without interference or intimidation from their employer.

In a show of international support, Richard Ponzi, head of the Brazilian Maritime Union, was also in attendance at the press conference. Besides Brazil, the Norwegian maritime unions also went on record as opposing Trico’s labor practices in the Gulf. Trico Marine has major maritime operations in both countries.

As reported previously, the AFL-CIO has strongly endorsed efforts by Trico Marine workers on three continents in support of American Trico workers who are trying to form a union in order to improve their lives.
 

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IMPORTANT INFO FROM MITAGS ON STCW-95 CERTIFICATION

It is very important for all members to remember that merely having completed all required courses does not satisfy the STCW-95 requirement. You will need to have the certificate in hand in order to sail on February 1, 2002.

Processing times at Coast Guard Regional Examining Centers are already long and the workload will only increase between now and the first of the year. MITAGS will continue to make every effort to expand capacity to accommodate demand but it is still possible that you may end up with all requirements complete except for one: the STCW-95 certificate itself! Don’t delay!


STCW-95 Courses

Additional capacity has been created in BRM, BST, and ARPA, primarily between now and the end of October. One of the consequences of significantly increasing the student population is a coincident increase in the likelihood that MITAGS will have to rely at times on off-campus housing. In those cases, MITAGS contracts with local quality hotels for rooms. MITAGS makes all reservations, provides meals, and shuttles students to/from campus.

Original Third Mate Program

The trial program conducted this past spring at MITAGS was not effective. Upon evaluation, MITAGS has decided that the best way to proceed is with a program supporting the STCW-95 requirements for “Officer in Charge of a Navigational Watch”, the likely framework for future deck license applicants. MITAGS staff members are working closely with the Coast Guard to develop the structure necessary to support implementation of the “OIC” requirements and, once procedures have been finalized, the original license program will be revisited. MITAGS does not envision scheduling a specific program for original third mates until mid-2002 at the earliest.

Openings in classes through the end of this year

  • 9/10-12: BRMP
  • 9/10-14: MED-FIRST, COMP-APS, BST
  • 9/17-20: SMA
  • 9/17-21: COMP-NET, TPIC, BST, BRM
  • 9/24-28: BRM
  • 10/1-5: FF-ADV, ECDIS
  • 10/1-12: GMDSS
  • 10/8-12: ARPA, BRM, BST
  • 10/22-25: SMA
  • 10/22-26: SHS-INT II, COMP-NET, BST, BRM
  • 10/22-11/02: MED-PIC
  • 10/29-11/2: BRM, WX-HWA
  • 11/5-7: BRMP
  • 11/5-9: ROP
  • 11/12-16: FF-ADV, BST, BRM, VPM
  • 11/12-15: SMA
  • 11/26-12/7: GMDSS
  • 11/26-30: BST, BRM, TPIC, HAZ
  • 12/3-7: ECDIS, BRM, FF-ADV
  • 12/10-21: MED-PIC, GMDSS
  • 12/10-14: BRM, ARPA, COMP-NET, DCS
  • 12/17-21: BST, FF-ADV, ARPA, COMP-MAR
  • 12/17-20: SMA

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

 

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AFL-CIO PRESIDENT SWEENEY TO SPEAK AT LA LABOR DAY RALLY

AFL-CIO President John Sweeney will be the featured speaker at the annual Los Angeles/Long Beach Labor Day Parade, Rally and Picnic on Sept.3 in Wilmington.

MM&P members and their families will meet at the Wilmington Union Hall at 533 No. Marine Ave. beginning at 0800 hrs for light refreshments. At 0915 they will leave the hall and walk to the parade site. The parade starts at 1000 hrs. A noon rally will be held at Banning Park.

More than 60 area unions will participate. MM&P members are encouraged to attend. For further info, contact the Hall at 310-834-7201 or Email Pacific Ports Agent Dave Boatner at: dboatner@bridgedeck.org.
 

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USCG PUBLIC MEETING TO DISCUSS DOUBLE HULL STANDARDS

The USCG will hold a public meeting to discuss the amendment of international standards for the phase-out of oil transportation service for existing single-hull tank vessels in international trade that were developed and adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in April 2001.

At the IMO meeting, the US reserved its position on adoption of this amendment to regulation 13G of Annex I to the International Convention for Pollution Prevention from Ships, 1973, as amended by the Protocol of 1978.

The US reserved its position due to technical differences with the mandated requirements for the phase-out of existing single hull tank vessel requirements of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90). This public meeting will be used to collect comments and information from the public and industry to develop a final US position to be formally presented to IMO on this matter.

The USCG encourages interested parties to attend the meeting and submit comments for discussion during the meeting. In addition the USCG seeks written comments from any party who is unable to attend the meeting.

The meeting will be on Tues, Sept. 25, from 0930 to 12 noon. Comments and related material for the public meeting must reach the Docket Management Facility before Sept. 1. Any other written comments or related material must reach the Docket Management Facility before Sept. 28.

The meeting will take place at:

USCG HQ Transpoint Building Room 2415 2100 Second Street SW Washington, DC 20593-0001

The phone number is 202-267-1181.

Please submit your comments by only one of the following means:


By mail

Docket Management Facility US Department of Transportation Room PL-401 400 Seventh Street, SW Washington, DC 20590-0001

Electronically

Through the Web Site for the Docket Management System at http://dms.dot.gov.


By Fax

To the Docket Management Facility: 202-493-2251.

You may find this docket on the Internet at http://dms.dot.gov.

For further info concerning this notice or the public meeting, contact Mr. Bob Gauvin, Project Manager, Vessel and Facility Operating Standards Division by Email to rgauvin@comdt.uscg.mil; or phone 202-267-1053.
 

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MM&P OFFSHORE SHIPPING RULES MEETING SET

November 1-2 has been set for the Offshore Membership Group Shipping Rules Committee to meet at MM&P HQ. Members wishing to provide input or who have interest in committee service should contact their area Offshore Membership Group vice president. Atlantic: Richard May at rmay@bridgedeck.org; Gulf: Robert Groh at rgroh@bridgedeck.org; and Pacific: Donald Marcus at dmarcus@bridgedeck.org.

 

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REMINDER: MEMBER-ONLY EMAIL BULLETIN BOARD IN OPERATION

The members-only MM&P bulletin board is operational. To be able to sign-on, members should send an Email to John Gorman, MM&P Comptroller, who is administering the board. His Email address is: jgorman@bridgedeck.org.

The following info is required for bulletin board access:

  • Member’s Full Name
  • SS Number
  • Date of Birth
  • Email Address

 

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NEW QUARTERS FOR MM&P PORT EVERGLADES AND GL&R HALLS

MM&P’s Port Everglades union hall is relocating effective Sept.1. The new address is:

540 East McNab Road, Suite B Pompano Beach, FL 33060-9354

Office phone number: 954-946-7883; fax number: 954-946-8283.

Also effective Sept. 1, the MM&P Great Lakes & Rivers Membership Group new office address will be:

1250 Old River Rd. Cleveland, OH 44113

The new phone number is 216-774-1667 and the new fax number is 216-774-1668. For further  info, contact GL&R’s Vice President Bill Rabatsky at Email: brabatsky@bridgedeck.org; phone: 216-228-8111.
 

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PACIFIC NORTHWEST MARITIME INSTITUTE (PMI) COURSE OPENINGS

Openings in classes through December

  • 8/27-31: TPIC
  • 9/3-7: ARPA, BRM
  • 9/10-14: BRM, GMDSS
  • 9/17-21: ARPA, FF, AFF
  • 9/24-28: BRM, GMDSS
  • 10/8-12: ARPA, BRM
  • 10/15-19: ARPA
  • 10/22-26: ECDIS
  • 10/29-11/2: BRM
  • 11/5-99: ARPA
  • 12/3-7: ARPA
  • 12/10-14: ARPA, GMDSS, BRM
  • 12/17-21:ARPA, BRM
     

For more info on courses or PMI, visit their website at www.stcw95.com.
 

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MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 8-23 CLOSE

 D O W

 N A S D A Q

 10,229.15

-163.37 for the week 

 1,842.97

 -88.35 for the week 
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)

 107.48

 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)

22.62

 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)

 15.70

 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)

 14.54

 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)

 27.01

 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)

10.44 

 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)

15.47 

 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)

15.94

 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)

 38.15

Fidelity Magellan Fund (FAGX)

 104.80

 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)

  41.25

 

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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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