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Wheelhouse Weekly – January 04, 2002

January 4th 2002


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WHEELHOUSE WEEKLY

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Volume 6. . . . . Number 1. . . January 4, 2002

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U.S. NAVY FORMALLY CERTIFIES MITAGS AS TRAINING SITE

Glen Paine, Executive Director of MITAGS and the Pacific Maritime Institute (PMI), has announced that the United States Navy has certified the institute as a Non-Traditional Training Site. MITAGS met the rigidly high standards of the Navy and has been granted a much wider range of formal training for its personnel.

To gain formal certification, MITAGS had to meet or exceed US Navy standards in Instructional Management, Curriculum Management, Evaluation Management and Student Management. The MITAGS Non-Traditional Training Site (NTTS) Certifications means that the institute will become an external source for naval training.

MITAGS went through a formal inspection process that verified its conformance to standards and examined its facilities. MITAGS certification success was attributable to a sound foundation already established through its rigorous adherence to USCG and Det Norske Veritas standards. The Chief of Naval Education and Training, based in Pensacola, FL, and its agent, the Local Training Authority, Hampton Roads ­ Norfolk, VA will identify specific training courses to be developed, or standard courses which are already offered by MITAGS, to be offered to naval personnel.

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MM&P-MANNED USNS MENDONCA SHINES IN OPERATION BRIGHT STAR

On her way back to Norfolk from Egypt as part of Operation Bright Star, the Military Sealift Command’s MM&P-manned USNS MENDONCA was on a tight schedule. Her crew had to oversee the unloading of 597 pieces of military equipment, including 200 containers, 234-wheeled vehicles and heavy oversized engineering equipment in just several days so the MENDONCA could depart for her next vital mission.

Arriving at Norfolk Naval Station’s Pier 14 in the cold, pre-dawn hours of Dec.1, the ship was met by members of the 1174th Transportation Terminal Battalion from Fort Totten, NY and a deployment support team from the 832nd Transportation Battalion from Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico.

With all personnel working around the clock in 12-hour shifts, the discharge of cargo moved with precision. As an added challenge, cranes had to be used to unload the heaviest vehicles directly onto Army watercraft alongside the ship. The equipment was then moved by water to Fort Eustis to avoid movement over local highways.

Successfully facing this and other discharge challenges through dedicated teamwork with the assembled pier-side personnel, the crew of the MENDONCA was able to cast-off lines on schedule on Dec.6 en route to her next crucial assignment as a rising star in the MSC LMSR (Large Medium Speed Roll-on/roll-off) fleet.

 

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MM&P LEGISLATIVE STATUS REPORT

As the 107th Congress heads into its second session, action has been successfully completed on a number of MM&P and MIRAID legislative priorities. At the same time, various other maritime initiatives supported by the MM&P and MIRAID await further action this year. The next two articles summarize some of these issues. More summaries are scheduled to appear in upcoming editions of the Wheelhouse Weekly.


MARITIME SECURITY PROGRAM FUNDING UPDATE

The President signed HR 2500, FY’02 appropriations legislation for the Departments of Commerce, Justice, State, and The Judiciary and Related Agencies, including the Maritime Administration, on November 28. This statute, Public Law 107-77, includes $98.7 million for the Maritime Security Program, the exact amount requested by the Bush Administration and supported by our industry. The amount is sufficient to fully support the 47-ship MSP fleet through fiscal year 2002.

The effort to secure full funding for the Maritime Security Program for fiscal year 2003 will begin when the Administration submits its budget request to the Congress in early 2002.

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THE LATEST ON TITLE XI FUNDING

Included within Public Law 107-77, FY’02 appropriations legislation for the Maritime Administration, is $33 million in new authority for the Title XI ship construction loan guarantee program. The $33 million will support approximately $660 million in new loan guarantees.

Congress approved the $33 million appropriations notwithstanding the fact that the Administration had requested no new funding for Title XI for FY’02.

It is unclear whether the Administration will request more Title XI funding for FY’03 in its upcoming budget, or will again recommend that the Program be eliminated.

 

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2002 DRUG TESTING RATE SET FOR COVERED CREWMEMBERS

The USCG has set the calendar year 2002 minimum random drug testing rate at 50 percent of covered crewmembers. An evaluation of the 2000 Management Information System (MIS) data collection forms submitted by marine employers determined that random drug testing on covered crewmembers for the calendar year 2000 resulted in positive test results 1.81 percent of the time. Based on this percentage, the USCG will maintain the minimum random drug testing rate at 50 percent of covered crewmembers for the calendar year 2002.

The minimum random drug testing rate is effective Jan.1 through Dec.31, 2002. MIS reports for 2001 must be submitted to the USCG no later than March 15. For questions of for further info, contact Lt. Commander Scott Budka, USCG HQ at 202-267-2026.

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USCG TOWING SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO MEET JAN. 16-17

The Towing Safety Advisory Committee’s (TSAC) Working Group for Crew Alertness, and its Working Group for the Review of a Report from the Gulf Coast Mariner’s Association (GCMA), will meet to discuss alertness risk factors on towing vessels and a variety of concerns expressed in a recent GCMA report. The meetings are open to the public.

The Working Groups will meet on Wed., Jan.16, from 1300 to 1700, and on Thur., Jan. 17, from 0800 to 1200. These meetings may close early if all business is finished.

The Working Groups will meet in room 6103 of USCG HQ, 2100 Second Street SW, Wash., DC 20593. This notice and the Gulf Coast Mariners Association Report #R-276 are available in docket USCG-2001-11225, which is on the Internet at http://dms.dot.gov. For further info, contact Gerald Miante, TSAC Asst. Exec. Director at phone: 202-267-0229, fax: 202-267-4570, or Email: gmiante@comdt.uscg.mil.

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AVONDALE’S FINAL CHAPTER IN 10-YEAR METAL TRADES BATTLE

The AFL-CIO reports that the New Orleans Metal Trade Council and Avondale Industries reached agreement to end long-running litigation over massive unfair labor practice charges stemming from the workers’ 10-year battle for a voice at work at the New Orleans shipyard.

Avondale, now owned by Northrup-Grumman, agreed to reinstate 54 workers who were illegally fired for their pro-union activities to their previous positions, with full back pay. Avondale workers voted to join the unions of the Metal Trades Council in 1993, but the company mounted a massive anti-union campaign, fired and harassed workers and refused to negotiate for years.

Avondale was sold in 1999, and a contract was negotiated and ratified in 2000. The National Labor Relations Board, which had found Avondale guilty of hundreds of unfair labor practices by its original management, approved the settlement last month.

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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

RENEWAL WEEK

Note that the week of Feb. 18 has a grouping of “renewal” offerings. Radar renewal, HAZMAT Seminar, EAP, and the new DOT Drug & Alcohol training will be offered in a 1-week package. This package will be offered again in May. Other possible combinations are also being explored.

 

NEW MSC COURSE

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

 

SCHEDULE INFO

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

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MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 1-3 CLOSE

 D O W

 N A S D A Q

 10,172.10

+40.80 for the week

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 107.49

 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)

23.26

 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)

 15.32

 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)

 14.80

 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)

 25.61

 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)

10.37

 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)

14.53

 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)

15.59

 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)

 37.54

Fidelity Magellan Fund (FAGX)

 105.08

 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)

  41.25

 

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