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Wheelhouse Weekly – December 21, 2001

December 21st 2001



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VOLUME5. . . . . NUMBER 51. . . December 21, 2001

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MM&P HOLIDAY CLOSINGS

Members should take note and plan accordingly for the upcoming MM&PHQ, Plans and Port office holiday closings:

MM&P HQ will be closed on Dec.24-25 for the Christmas holiday andone-half day on Dec. 31 and all day on Jan.1.

The Plans office will be closed on Dec. 24-25 for Christmas and one-halfday on Dec.31 and all day on Jan.1.

All Offshore Port offices will be closed on Dec. 24-25 and on Dec 31and Jan 1. All PROs must be dispatched on the Fridays before (Dec.21stand 28th).

The Great Lakes and Rivers Port offices will be closed Dec.24-25 andDec.31 and Jan.1.

The Pacific Maritime Region offices will close at noon on Dec.24 andbe closed Dec. 25-26 and on Dec.31 and Jan.1.
 

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SEASON’S GREETINGS FOR FAIR WINDS AND FOLLOWING SEAS

On behalf of MM&P President Capt. Tim Brown, the officers and staffof the MM&P, we would like to wish you and yours the very best theholidays have to offer.
— In 1997, MM&P member Capt. Donald Brookover passed away andbequeathed the Union $100,000 to further the cause of the US merchant marine.Besides an extraordinary mariner, Capt. Brookover was also a sea poet.In what has become a Wheelhouse Weekly tradition in the spirit of the season,we would like to share one of his poems with our members sailing the world’soceans during Christmas.
    A Mariner’s ”Someday In Always”
    It’s Christmas time, it’s Christmas time,
    But we ring the bells all year.
    It’s Christmas time, it’s Christmas time,
    But who holds the helm to steer.
    Who bakes the bread, who makes the bed,
    Our day is never done.
    Who looks ahead, who heaves the lead,
    Our crew takes every one.
    Someday we’ll find the silver lining,
    To mend old boiler seams.
    Someday we’ll find a haven,
    For every sailor’s dreams.
    Someday we’ll sail through rainbows,
    Each watch will be below.
    Someday we’ll find contentment,
    On this restless sea below.
    Someday, in all ways.
 

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MITAGS ISSUES UPDATES ON STCW-95 AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS

Earlier this week, MITAGS issued a special informational bulletin concerningSTCW-95 and regulatory updates that was sent via Email to all MM&P-crewedvessels, ports and those members on MITAGS STCW-95 update Email list.

The bulletin covered a number of policy letters have been issued bythe United States Coast Guard’s National Maritime Center (NMC) that amendprevious rulings on training for existing mariners under STCW-95.

There are many policies and procedures still pending. MITAGS is coordinatingthe industry’s effort to have input in the final resolution. Mariners thatwant to be a part of this proccess should contact Ms. Andrea Dixon at adixon@mitags.organd request to be placed on the STCW-95 Email update list.

MITAGS (as a service to the membership and the Coast Guard) forwardsthe drafts out and collates comments for submission. Comments submittedare archived on the SOCP Website homepage (www.socp.org)under “STCW Policy.” The following draft policies are still open for comment.

MITAGS has also developed a checklist for assisting mariners in usingthe new Coast Guard License renewal forms (they are being used in Baltimore,and are expected to go into use nationwide in 2002). Contact Andrea Dixonat adixon@mitags.org, or visit:www.mitags.orgunder LAP.

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USCG WILL BE THE LEADERS IN MARITIME HOMELAND SECURITY

At a Wash DC conference this week on Maritime Legislation, Regulation &Policy, USCG Capt. Tony Regalbuto, the director for waterways security,said his agency will be the leaders in maritime homeland security,Hesaid the Coast Guard has pretty good statutory resources in place, thuslimiting the need for any legislative fixes.

Regalbuto, noted that the size of the Coast Guard�35,000�is about thesame as the New York Police Department.He said high interest vesselshave to be identified�meaning vessels likely to have terrorist intent.

Usually, he said, just two sea marshals are needed on vessels cominginto or going out of ports, which he said would be determined by the riskinvolved. Regalbuto said he’s trying to provide sea marshals for all ourports. It’s resource driven. He explained that if the USCG gets the resources,it will do it, and if not, the agency is going to be limited in what itcan do. =
 

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EUROPEAN INSURERS CALL FOR FEWER BOXES ON DECK

Quoting P&I club claims that 10,000 containersare lost overboard each year leading to insurance claims totaling Euro4 billion, European maritime interests are calling for reduced deck cargoeson container ships.

Various maritime groups have called for port authoritiesto abandon gross tonnage-based port fees which exclude deck cargoes andprovide an incentive to design vessels with relatively high deck cargocapacities. A campaign to persuade governments in Europe to address theproblem will be launched shortly.

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SHIP OPERATIONS PROGRAM MEETING SET FOR FEB IN SEATTLE

The Ship Operations Cooperative Program (SOCP) will hold its first meetingof the 2002 Program Year on February 12-13, 2002 in Seattle, WA.

The meeting will be hosted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrationat their Western Regional Center Conference facilities and will highlightMaritime Security, Ferry industry and Ballast Water Management issues.

Other panel presentations will include SOCP’s Maritime Smart Card anda presentation on the SOCP’s just-released Vessel Familiarization CD-ROM- produced as a result of STCW 95’s requirement that newly employed marinersbe provided opportunity to become familiar with a ship.

Additional information regarding the SOCP and the meeting on Feb 12-13,2002 is available on the SOCP web site at http://www.socp.org.To confirm your attendance, contact Mrs. Kim Rester, by voice at 202-366-0364,by fax at 202-366-9580, or by E-mail at kim.rester@marad.dot.gov

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VIRGINIA, MARYLAND AND TAMPA PILOTS TO GET NEW BOATS

The Virginia, Maryland and Tampa pilots will be thefirst to operate the Gladding-Hearn shipyard’s new Chesapeake class of53-ft. pilot boats. The first two boats will be delivered to the VirginiaPilot Boat Corp. and Association of Maryland Pilots next October. The TampaPilots’ boat and a sister ship for the Maryland pilots will be deliveredin 2003.

The Chesapeake class all-aluminum boat measuresapproximately 52.5 ft., with a 17-ft. beam and a 4.8-ft. draft. The Marylandand Virginia boats will be powered by two Detroit Diesel Series 60 engines,developing 600bhp at 2100 rpm, with top speeds expecting to reach 26 knots.

Although the delivery dates are different, thefour boats were designed at the same time, instead of through phases. Thedesign decisions were made before construction started in order to accommodatedifferences in the boats’ outfit.

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REMINDER: FREE 2002 CALENDARS AVAILABLE

Ceridian Life Balance, the EAP provider for the MM&PPlans is offering free 2002 wall calendars that contain monthly helpfulhints on maintaining balance in your daily life.

To receive a calendar free of charge, send anEmail with your name and address to 2002calendars@ceridan.com.

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MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

    Openings in classes through the end of March 2002:
     
  • 1/7-11: FF-ADV, BRM
  • 1/12: ROR, CBRD-1
  • 1/14-18: FF-ADV, BRM, COMP-ABSS
  • 1/19: ROR
  • 1/21-25: FF-ADV
  • 1/26: CBRD-1, ROR
  • 1/28-2/1: FF-ADV, BRM, ARPA, COMP-NET
  • 2/2: ROR
  • 2/4-7: SMA
  • 2/4-8: HAZ, SHS-BAS, BRM, WX-HWA
  • 2/8: ENVPRO
  • 2/11-15: ARPA
  • 2/16: CBRD-1, ROR
  • 2/18-22: FF-ADV, COMP-MAR
  • 2/18-19: BRMP
  • 2/18: ROR
  • 2/19: HAZMAT & EAP
  • 2/20-22: DOT-DA
  • 2/25-3/1: BST, BRM
  • 2/25-27: SHS-EMR
  • 3/2: CBRD-1, ROR
  • 3-8: BRM, VPM
  • 3-15: GMDSS
  • 3/11-15: FF-ADV, ARPA, COMP-APS
  • 3/11-14: SMA
  • 3/15: ENVPRO
  • 3/18-22: BST, ECDIS
  • 3/23: CBRD-1, ROR
  • 3/25-29: HAZ, BRM, COMP-NET, WX-HWA
  • 3/25-27: SHS-EMR

HOLIDAY SCHEDULE: Classes will resume at MITAGS on Monday, January7. Over the holidays the number of administrative staff members in theoffice will be reduced, but, with the exceptions of weekends, ChristmasDay and New Year’s Day, there will be someone in the office to respondto your calls to the admissions number, (443) 989-3226. If no one happensto answer your call, leave a voice-mail message.  Emails to admissionswill also be checked several times a day.

RENEWAL WEEK: Note that the week of Feb. 18 has a grouping of renewalofferings. Radar renewal, HAZMAT Seminar, EAP, and the new DOT Drug &Alcohol training will be offered in a 1-week package.  This packagewill be offered again in May. Other possible combinations are also beingexplored.

NEW MSC COURSE: Beginning with the week of Feb 4, MITAGS plans to introducethe 1-day MSC Environmental Protection (ENVPRO) course on Fridays followingthe 4-day Small Arms class. This will afford members the opportunity toearn Small Arms, Anti-Terrorism Threat Awareness (Level I), and EnvironmentalProtection certificates in one week.

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

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