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Wheelhouse Weekly – December 01, 2000

December 1st 2000


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VOLUME 4. . . . . NUMBER 48. . . . . December 1, 2000

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GEB APPROVES CHANGE TO ARTICLE IX OF THE MM&P CONSTITUTION

 

The following memo was sent out to all ports last week by MM&P International President Capt. Tim Brown:

The General Executive Board (GEB) met on Nov.20 and reviewed the MM&P Constitution, particularly, Article IX, Section 3 a)(5). Article X, Section 3 of the International Constitution provides that if any portion of the Constitution is in variance with Federal Law, then, it can and must be changed.  Several indications have been provided that a section of the above referenced Article violates free speech provisions. This section was questioned in the Hayes v. Lowen Case and, again, in the depositions in the Prevas v. MM&P case.

Therefore, by unanimous GEB approval, Article IX, Section 3 a) (5) is being rewritten to remove the current language which reads: The basis for charges against any member of the Organization shall be as follows: … (5) Abuse of fellow members by libelous or slanderous communications.

and to replace that language with the following language: The basis for charges against any member of the Organization shall be as follows: … (5) Interference with the Organization’s Institutional interests or with the Organization’s performance of its legal and contractual obligations.

 

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MATSON CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS HELD AT MM&P HQ

 

The latest round of ongoing negotiations with Matson Navigation Company were held at MM&P HQ on Friday, December 1.

 

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MATSON FILES RATE INCREASE IN US PACIFIC COASTHAWAII SERVICE

 

MM&P-contracted Matson Navigation Company has filed a 3.5-percent rate increase in its US Pacific Coast Hawaii Service, effective Feb.14, 2001. The increase has been filed with the Surface Transportation Board.

Matson said the increase is needed to offset rises in operating costs and to support ongoing investments. Operating expenses included the addition of two vessels in 2000, bringing the Matson Hawaii Service fleet to a total of eight ships. That has allowed Matson to provide four weekly direct arrivals in Hawaii from the West Coast. Matson’s last rate increase of 3.9 percent was implemented in February 1999.

 

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MAERSK SEALAND ADDS SAVANNAH PORT CALL

 

MM&P-contracted Maersk Sealand has begun direct services via the Port of Savannah with its new transatlantic TA2 service, which is composed of five US-flagged Maersk vessels with carrying capacities of 3,700 TEU. The weekly rotation will include Rotterdam, Bremerhaven, Felixstone, Charleston, Houston, Savannah, Norfolk and then back to Rotterdam.

 

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LESSONS LEARNED FROM CATASTROPHIC SWITCHBOARD FAILURE

 

Earlier this year a large US-flag passengervehicle ferry experienced a catastrophic failure of its main electrical switchboard. Although the damage was limited to the switchboard, repair estimates exceeded one million dollars while lost revenues due to the vessel’s unavailability were significantly higher.

Fortunately, no one was injured and switchboard damage was localized. The exact cause of the casualty has not been identified. This costly incident serves as a reminder for vessel operators to recognize the need for routine switchboard maintenance, inspection and out-of-service procedures.

The USCG advises that vessel operators are encouraged to examine their switchboard systems, related maintenance and vessel lay-up routines in accordance with their safety management system procedures. Any work performed on switchboards and other electrical distribution systems should follow manufacturer recommendations or other well documented and approved procedures.

To obtain a copy of the General Guidelines for Switchboard Maintenance or for questions pertaining to this info, contact Ken Olsen of the USCG HQ, Office of Investigations and Analysis, at 202-267-1417 or kolsen@comdt.uscg.mil. For additional marine safety info and casualty reports visit the USCG Office of Investigation and Analysis website at: http:www.uscg.milhqg-mmoacasualty.htm.

 

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NORWEGIAN UNION BLASTS TRICO MARINE

 

A multi-national campaign strongly supported by the MM&P to defend the rights of maritime workers in the Gulf of Mexico received a major boost last week with the announcement of support from a large and influential European labor organization.

The Norwegian Oil and Petrochemical Workers Union (NOPEF) released a statement sharply critical of the anti-labor policies of one American maritime company Trico Marine Services of Houma, LA and supporting the broader international effort to extend full labor rights to the men and women working in the Gulf of Mexico oil sector.

NOPEF’s criticism of Trico comes in the wake of a Sept. 27 “International Day of Action” in which human rights and labor activists in a half dozen countries protested Trico Marine’s unfair dismissal of workers who support Offshore Mariners United (OMU), a new organization for marine employees in the Gulf of Mexico. During the “Day of Action,” demonstrations were held outside Trico facilities in the US, the United Kingdom, Norway, Brazil, and Trinidad.

 

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SHORESIDE POSITION OPEN FOR TECH AND WEATHER SAVVY MARINER

 

An opening for the Product Manager for RayTech software and related services at Raytheon Marine exists for someone who would like to play a major role in defining the future of navigation software and services for the recreational boating market.

Candidate must possess good project management skills, a marine background, and working knowledge of PCs and software. Knowledge of climatology or weather systems would be a strong plus. Good communication skills are required. Location is flexible but the position will require frequent presence in the New Hampshire HQ as well as travel to other locations.

The product manager is responsible for defining requirements for RayTech, defining new service offerings, and ensuring the rest of the company, partners, and dealers are prepared for new product launches. For further info, contact Terry Startsman via Email at: Terry_Startsman@rmc.raytheon.com.

 

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REMINDER: CABLESHIP WORK AVAILABLE FOR MM&P MEMBERS

 

Resumes are being accepted from Licensed Deck Officers for work aboard a cableship that is expected to be under MM&P contract as early as mid-December of this year.

Interviews will be scheduled be shortly. Cableship experience is desired, but not required. More details are available from MM&P HQ or from local MM&P port offices. Please Email rplant@bridgedeck.org for more info or call 410-850-8700 x36 or x23.

 

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WASH DC KINGS POINT CLUB MEETING TO FEATURE MSC COMMANDER

 

The Dec. luncheon for the Kings Point Club of Washington is next Thurs., Dec.7 at the ArmyNavy Country Club in Arlington, VA. Check-in begins at 1130 with lunch at 1200.

The guest speaker is Vice Admiral Gordon Holder, Commander, Military Sealift Command. During this luncheon, the Chapter will also be presenting their annual Acta Non Verba Award to Virgil Allen and Tom Harrelson. Reservations may be made no later than December 5th by calling Lennis Fludd at 202-366-2308.

 

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MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

 

Classes with openings in the next month:

124:ROR; 124-8:COMP-APS, BRM; 125-6:BRMP; 1211-15:COMP-NET.

–Schedule Change: SHS-INT (124-22) and ROP (1211-15) have been cancelled. An extra BRM (124-8) has been added.

–Small Arms Classes: The 4-day MSC Small Arms course will be offered at MITAGS Jan 15-18; Feb 12-15; and Mar 12-15, 2001. Contact Mike Wein or Mary Matlock for quotas.

Original Third Mate: Inaugural course will start on Jan.8 and run for 10 weeks with the 10th week being the USCG exam. The course will accommodate ABs that desire licenses ranging from 500 GRT OceansNear Coastal to Third Mate OceansNear Coastal. For further info, contact Mike Wein at mwein@mitags.org.

–For additional MITAGS course info, please contact Mary Matlock at Voice: 443-989-3226 or e-mail: admissions@mitags.org.

 

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MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF THURSDAY 11-30 CLOSE

 

DOW: 10,414.49 (-47.16 week); NASDAQ: 2,597.93 (-277.71 week).

Vanguard 500 Index Fund: 121.62 (-2.50 for week)

Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund: 28.67 (-2.05)

Vanguard International Growth Fund: 19.68 (-.05)

Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund: 19.31 (-.77)

Vanguard Windsor II Fund: 26.87 (-.22)

Chase Growth Fund (CHASX): 17.04 (-.24)

Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX) 18.04 (-.27)

Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX) 42.64 (-.74)

Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX) 120.26 (-2.97)

Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX) 46.72 (-1.13)

 

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MM&P SPORTS SHORTS

 

NFL Week 14 Schedule

Thur: Min 24 Det 17. Sun: Ari at Cin, Dal at TB, Den at NO,

Mia at Buf, NYG at Was, Oak at Pit, StL at Car, Sea at Atl,

Ten at Phi, SF at SD, Ind at NYJ, Cle at Jac, GB at Chi.

NFL Week 13 Results

Det 34 NE 9, Min 27 Dal 15, Bal 44 Cle 7, NYJ 17 Chi 10,

NO 31 StL 24, Phi 23 Was 20, TB 31 Buf 17, Pit 48 Cin 28,

Oak 41 Atl 14, Den 38 Sea 31, Mia 17 Ind 14, SD 17 KC 16,

Jac 16 Ten 13, NYG 31 Ari 7. Mon: Car 31 GB 14.

College Football Bowl Championship Series Poll

1.Oklahoma 2.Florida St. 3.Miami 4.Wash. 5.Va.Tech 6.Oregon St. 7.Florida. 8.Nebraska 9.Kan.St. 10.Oregon 11.Notre Dame 12.Texas 13.Georgia Tech 14.Texas Christ. Univ. 14.Clemson 15.Michigan
 

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