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Wheelhouse Weekly – August 29, 2002

August 29th 2002


THE MASTERS, MATES AND PILOTS’
WHEELHOUSE WEEKLY

– Bridging the Information Gap With E-News You Can Use –

Volume 6. . . . . Number 35. . . August 29, 2002

STORIES COVERED

 

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REMINDERS

 



 

 

NEW FOUR-YEAR CONTRACT ENDORSED FOR MATSON’S MOKU PAHU

A new contract for the ITB MOKU PAHU was formally endorsed last Thursday, August 22, at Matson Headquarters in San Francisco. Pacific Ports Vice President Don Marcus was on hand with MEBA and Company officials to sign off on the four-year agreement that was jointly negotiated with MEBA earlier this summer.

The new agreement will provide labor rate increases of 4%, 4%, 4% and 3.75% over the four-year term. Much of the increase will be allocated to improving the vacation rate which will bring vacation increases of six days per month for the Third Mate and Master and seven days per month for the Second Mate and Chief Mate over the term of the agreement. The permanent Third Mate position is now a rotary position. Complete terms will be mailed to member’s homes for ratification.

Our thanks to the members and applicants aboard the MOKU PAHU who earlier this summer stood ready for an imminent job action and to Jeremy Walton, Zack Kellerman, Dan Martin and Al Garfinckle who participated in our negotiations.

Marcus reported that at the negotiating table MM&P’s Pacific Ports Agent Dave Boatner provided outstanding support and San Francisco Port Agent Chuck Viebrock laid the groundwork with our labor allies away from the table.

Of particular note was the steadfast mutual support and cooperation of MEBA. Special thanks to MEBA Executive Vice President Bud Jacque, Patrolman Jon Anderson and Rep. Kevin Nichols for their hard work and for the solidarity of the MEBA and MM&P officers aboard the vessel.

 

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PATRIOT CONTRACT SERVICES PROTESTS LSMR CONTRACT AWARD

Patriot Contract Services, a subsidiary of MM&P-contracted American Ship Management, has filed a protest with the Government Accounting Office (GAO) over the Military Sealift Command awarding an eight-vessel management contract to Maersk Lines Ltd.

Patriot’s bid to manage and operate the eight LMSRs (Large Medium Speed Roll-On/Roll-Off) was millions of dollars less than the winning bid. Even so, the MSC decided that the Maersk bid was a “better overall value” to the US government.

Patriot claims that the MSC evaluation process was seriously flawed. Patriot pointed out that it has more LSMR experience than other bidders and has consistently received outstanding performance ratings for its operation and management of other LMSRs. Yet, it received a low technical rating from the MSC that helped steer the award to Maersk.

In its protest to the GAO, Patriot is asking the MSC to terminate the awarded contract and reevaluate the proposals.

 

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ITF DOCKERS CONGRESS UNANIMOUS IN SUPPORT FOR ILWU

Last week, over 900 delegates from 60 countries attended the 40th ITF Congress in Vancouver, Canada where many resolutions passed that were designed to protect the rights of mariners while securing financial and security safeguards at sea.

One of the high-water marks occurred when the Dockers’ Section unanimously backed a call for “maximum support and solidarity” with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. The emergency motion passed by delegates said that port unions around the world should “take whatever action they can within their national laws until the ILWU achieves a fair settlement”.

The motion noted that the ILWU has a strong history of supporting ITF affiliates and has made significant contributions to international solidarity and the ITF’s flag-of-convenience campaign.

As previously reported in the Wheelhouse Weekly, the ILWU is currently locked in a bitter stand-off with the Pacific Maritime Association in negotiating a new five-year contract. Among other serious issues, the union is facing intransigent employer demands for job cuts and attacks on its collective bargaining agreement (CBA).

The ILWU says the PMA’s demands for the introduction of new technology would mean thousands of job cuts over the years and the removal of jobs from the scope of the CBA.

Members can stay informed of developments at the MM&P website, ILWU website at www.ilwu.org and also by visiting www.labournet.net/docks2/other/update.htm.

Thanks to all MM&P members who are continuing show their support and solidarity with the ILWU.

MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly


 

OUIS BOARD CONVENES DURING ITF MEETINGS

While the ITF meetings were taking place, the joint MM&P-MEBA sponsored Officers’ Union of International Seamen (OUIS) conducted a board meeting to review ongoing business.

Attending the meeting for the MM&P were International President Capt. Tim Brown, Secretary-Treasurer Capt. Glen Banks and Gulf Ports Vice President Capt. Robert Groh.

The Marine Engineers Beneficial Association representatives attending the meeting were Executive Vice President Bud Jacque, Secretary-Treasurer Cecil McIntyre and Representative George Clements.

Observers present were Tony Sasso, MEBA’s ITF Inspector, MM&P Pacific Ports Vice President Capt. Don Marcus and Atlantic Ports Vice President Richard May.

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LA-LB LABOR DAY MARCH SET FOR SEPTEMBER 2

MM&P’s Pacific Ports Agent Dave Boatner is encouraging all members and their families living in the Los Angeles area to participate in the annual Labor Day March. The march will take place on Labor Day, Monday, September2.

The march begins about a block away from the LA/LB hall. The Hall will be open at 0800 with coffee and donuts available for all participants. Departure for the assembly area is at 0900. There will be a truck available for MM&P members that may need assistance to participate in the march. Members are encouraged to wear their blue MM&P T-shirt. They will also be available on Monday at the hall.

The march ends at Banning Park, which is about one mile from the union hall. There will be free hot dogs and soft drinks at the park. Shuttle buses will be provided to return you to the assembly area.

This is an ideal opportunity to have a fun day with your family and support your union on Labor Day. Come out and meet new members and see old friends. Your participation helps MM&P represent you more effectively. For additional info please call the LA/LB hall at 310-834-7201.

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USCG ANNOUNCES POLICY FOR RESOLVING SOLAS CONFLICTS

The USCG is announcing its policy for resolving conflicts between its own regulations on navigation equipment on ships and the recent amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974, (SOLAS).

The amendments to SOLAS entered into force on July 1, 2002. Until the USCG can align its regulations with these amendments, this policy should benefit ship operators by relieving them of the need to meet existing USCG regs that are incompatible with the new SOLAS requirements.

This policy became effective on August 15, 2002. For more info, contact Lt. Alan Blume, USCG HQ at phone: 202-267-0550 or Email: ablume@comdt.uscg.mil.

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USCG REPORTS STCW-95 COMPLIANCE GOOD IN US PORTS

The USCG says compliance with SCTW-95 regulations on vessels calling at US ports appears to be high. About 600 ships have called at US ports since the August 1 implementation date and only two vessels have been detained for STCW-95 related violations.

The USCG estimates that about one in five of the 7,500 vessels that call at US ports annually is subject to Port State Control checks. The new IMO standards require all crew to carry updated STCW certificates of compliance or flag state endorsements to avoid ship detention.

If seafarers have been unable to secure STCW-95 endorsement from flag states in time for the deadline, the USCG is accepting a fax or phone call from a flag state representative vouching for that seafarer’s credentials being in order.

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SOMALIA A “NO-GO” AREA DUE TO INCREASE IN PIRACY ATTACKS

The latest piracy report by the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) states that the coastal waters of Somalia have become a virtual “no go” area for merchant shipping. It advises that the risk of attacks to vessels straying too close to the coastline of the war-torn east African nation has increased from a possibility to a certainty.

The IMB warns that any vessel which slows down or stops close to the Somali coast is subject to boarding by armed gangs who have so far been successful in extorting substantial sums from owners for the return of the vessel and crew. The ransom demands could be as high as $500,000.

The MM&P-crewed Columbia University research vessel MAURICE EWING was attacked in Somali waters not too long ago. In another recent attack in Somali waters, the 14,921-gt Cyprus-flagged bulker PANAGIA TINOU was fought over by rival gangs. One of the gangs even mounted a 50 mm machine gun on one of the vessel’s hatch covers.

Worldwide, reported piracy attacks increased to 171 for the first six months of 2002, from 165 incidents in the corresponding period last year.

Indonesia continues to record the highest number of attacks with 44 reported incidents. Piracy attacks in India are ranked second highest with twelve attacks. Bangladesh is third with eleven attacks.

The report also revealed that the number of actual hijackings also increased, up from 12 in all of 2001 to 14 in just the first six months of this year.

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FACULTY POSITION OPEN AT MASSACHUSETTS MARITIME

Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s BS program in International Maritime Business is seeking a business administration generalist for a full-time tenure track faculty appointment. The position is available beginning March 1, 2003.

Apply to:

Associate Dean of Human Resources Massachusetts Maritime Academy 101 Academy Drive Buzzards Bay, MA 02532

Include cover letter, resume and three references.

MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly



 

MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

DOT Training for D&A

The 3-day course on the MITAGS schedule (MED-DOT-DA) fully satisfies the new DOT requirements.

In lieu of the 3-day program, a 1-day course that substantially complies with the new requirements and is acceptable to the USCG will be presented at LA/Long Beach on September 30, San Francisco on October 2, and Seattle on October 4. Each site will host a class of 20 students.

Those who currently meet the MATES Program eligibility requirements will be given priority. Persons out of eligibility will be accommodated on a space available basis.

Space will be limited so contact the LA/LB Hall, San Francisco Hall, or PMI to sign up as soon as possible. Based on demand, follow-on similar “mobile training” programs may follow.

 

September/October Classes

Students can come to MITAGS week of September 9-13 and earn four certificates covering HAZMAT seminar, EAP, 1-day CBRD, and new DOT Drug & Alcohol training requirements. Remember that you only have to attend for one week to be eligible for transportation.

Plenty of September seats also are available in Vessel Personnel Management, ABS Safenet, Computer Networking, BST, Confined Space Entry, and Advanced Fire Fighting.

In October, seats remain in MSC Communications, Computer Applications, Advanced FF, ARPA, BST, Confined Space Entry, and GMDSS.

 

MITAGS Web Site

A new and improved website will be coming on-line within the next week. Check routinely for up-to-date info on class schedules, trust student policies and procedures, and regulatory changes. Visit the home page at www.mitags.org.

 

New Courses

Note that the prefix “CMM” is now included in several course abbreviations. These courses have been designed specifically to satisfy training area requirements for the new Chief Mate/Master scheme as set forth in NMC Policy Letter 04-02. See www.uscg.mil/STCW/m-policy.htm and www.mitags.org for policy letter and additional info.


New CMM courses are:

  • VPEN: Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation
  • ECDIS: Electronic Chart Display & Info Systems
  • SHS-ADV I&II: Advanced Shiphandling
  • ADVWX: Advanced Meteorology
  • ADVSTB: Advanced Stability

Complete course schedule through December 2002 is on the website. For more info, contact Debbie Walton or Mary Matlock at voice: 443-989-3226 or Email: admissions@mitags.org.

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PACIFIC MARITIME INSTITUTE ACADEMIC NOTES

Openings in ClassesThrough October

  • 9/2-6: ARPA
  • 9/2-13: GMDSS
  • 9/9-13: BST
  • 9/16-20: BRM, RADAR, Med 1st
  • 9/16-27: MPIC
  • 9/23-27: ARPA, BAFF
  • 9/30-10/11: ADNAV-VPEN, GMDSS
  • 10/7-11: ECDIS, BST
  • 10/14-18: TPIC­B, ADV STAB, Med 1st
  • 10/14-25: MPIC
  • 10/21-25: BAFF, ADV METEOR
  • 10/28-11/1: ARPA
  • 10/28-11/8: GMDSS

For the latest up-to-date info on class schedules, visit the newly updated PMI website at www.mates.org.

 

MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly


 

MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 8-28 CLOSE

 D O W

 N A S D A Q

 8,824.20

-132.80 for the week

 1,347.78

 -61.47 for the week
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)

 84.98

 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)

19.12

 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)

 13.05

 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)

 11.37

 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)

 22.41

 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)

10.68

 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)

13.66

 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)

13.89

 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)

 31.91

Fidelity Magellan Fund (FAGX)

 82.77

 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)

  32.59

 

MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly



Reminders


 

CORRECTED OFFSHORE SHIPPING AND WORK RULES BALLOT IN MAIL

A new, corrected Offshore Shipping and Work Rules Ballot was mailed to members on July 30. The ballot sent previously was incorrect. That ballot incorrectly contained 13 shipping rule questions and one proposed work rule change.

The new, correct ballot contains 16 shipping rules questions and one work rule question. For any questions, contact MM&P International Comptroller John Gorman at jgorman@bridgedeck.org or 410-850-8700 x12.

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MEMBER’S-ONLY WEB BULLETIN BOARD SLATED FOR SHUTDOWN

Pursuant to a Resolution adopted at the MM&P’s 79th Convention, the web-based bulletin board established by the MM&P for communication among its members is going to be discontinued. The bulletin board was set up following passage of a Resolution calling for its establishment during the MM&P’s 78th Convention in 2000.

Since its establishment, fewer than one percent of MM&P members have registered to use the system and even fewer registered members have actually posted messages.

Members are advised that the bulletin board will go off-line about October 31, 2002 which is 90 days from the date of publication of the July-August edition of The Master, Mate & Pilot which was printed July 31.

Note: Shut-down of the bulletin board should not be confused with operation of the Members’-only web site accessed from the MM&P’s main web page. That site continues to get excellent traffic and improvements continue to be made.

MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly


 

FUND ESTABLISHED FOR GISELE SCHMIDT

MM&P has established a Fund to receive donations on behalf of Gisele Schmidt, the daughter of Brother Gary Schmidt. Gisele, who is 21, was rendered paralyzed as the result of a tragic auto accident in March.

Contributions may be made payable to the Gisele Schmidt Fund and should be mailed in care of MM&P, 700 Maritime Blvd., Linthicum Heights, MD 21090.

 

MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly


 

STCW-95 WORKING GROUP TO HOLD FOLLOW-UP MEETING SEPTEMBER 4-5

The STCW-95 Working Group will hold a follow up meeting at MITAGS September 4-5. For more info and to register online, see the MITAGS website at www.mitags.org under “News and Events” or go there directly by clicking here.

For more info, contact Craig Thomas, MITAGS Marketing Director at phone: 443-989-3358; Email: cthomas@mitags.org; or fax: 443-989-3206.
 

MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly


 

AHL JOB LINE UPDATED MONTHLY

MM&P-contracted AHL Shipping maintains a “job line” that provides info on available rotary jobs. Information is posted at the beginning of each month for the current month. It is only updated during the month if an error occurred in the original month’s posting. All jobs continue to be posted and shipped out of the Union Halls, the line is for info purposes only. The job line may be reached by calling 504-522-3300 and requesting the Job Line at extension 10.

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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 or to subscribe 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.

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