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Wheelhouse Weekly – July 11, 2002

July 11th 2002


THE MASTERS, MATES AND PILOTS’
WHEELHOUSE WEEKLY

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Volume 6. . . . . Number 28. . . July 11, 2002

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MM&P BIENNIAL CONVENTION COMMENCES JULY 15 AT MITAGS

The 79th MM&P Biennial Convention commences on July 15 at MITAGS. Delegates, members and guests will hear from an impressive list of speakers who will share their insights on the current course of organized labor and the maritime industry.

John Bowers, President, International Longshoremen’s Association; Richard Trumka, Secretary-Treasurer, AFL-CIO; Michael Sacco, President, Seafarers’ International Union; Edward Wytkind, Executive Director, Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO; Rear Admiral David Brewer, Deputy Commander, Military Sealift Command; and Ernie Greco, President, Metropolitan Baltimore Council, AFL-CIO, are among labor and maritime leaders scheduled to address the convention.

Ron Davis, President, Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association; Gunnar Lundeberg, President, Sailors’ Union of the Pacific, and Ron DeJuliis, International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 37 are also scheduled to attend.

James Patti, President, MIRAID; Valerie Verrecchio, Administrator, MM&P Health & Benefit Plans; David Shock, The Segal Company; and Glen Paine, Executive Director, MITAGS will make presentations on Wednesday. For further info, contact Audrey Scharmann at Email: ascharmann@bridgedeck.org or phone: 410-850-8700×17.

 

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ONE-ACT PLAY FEATURES LIFE AND TIMES OF HARRY BRIDGES

In conjunction with the MM&P Convention, Ian Ruskin’s one-act play entitled. “From Wharf Rats to Lords of the Dock” will be presented on Monday evening at 2000 at the MITAGS auditorium. Mr. Ruskin is a noted British actor and playwright who wrote and performs this play that depicts the life and times of Harry Bridges, the legendary West Coast labor leader.

The play runs approx. 1 hour 15 minutes. All members are invited to attend. For more info, contact Audrey Scharmann at 410-850-8700, ext.17 or Diane Chatham on ext. 21 to confirm your attendance.
 

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MM&P TO TESTIFY AT HOUSE PANEL HEARING ON MSP VESSELS

MM&P Assistant to the President Mike Rodriguez will testify at a hearing of the Merchant Marine Oversight Panel’s House Armed Services Committee regarding US ownership and control of vessels operating in the Maritime Security Program (MSP).

The hearing will be brought to order by panel Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) at 1400, Wednesday, July 16 at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, DC. Rodriguez will offer testimony on behalf of MM&P President Capt. Tim Brown who will be chairing the MM&P Biennial Convention at MITAGS.

Other scheduled witnesses from maritime labor include: Ron Davis, President, Marine Engineers Beneficial Association; Michael Sacco, President, Seafarers International Union; and Michael R. McKay, National President, American Maritime Officers.

Also scheduled to testify at the hearing will be executives from US-flag shipping companies including John Clancey, Chairman, Maersk Sealand; Roy Bowman, Vice President, American President Lines; Eric Johnsen, President of International Shipholding Corp.; Jordan Truchan, CEO, American Ship Management; and Jay Keegan, President, US Ship Management.

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CONTRACT TALKS CONTINUE BETWEEN ILWU AND PMA

MM&P Pacific Ports Vice President Don Marcus reports that the International Longshore and Warehouse Union is still working on a day-to-day basis without a contract as negotiations continue between the ILWU and the Pacific Maritime Association.

Introduction of new technology which could eliminate jobs, preservation of health care benefits, preservation of the ILWU’s hard-won hiring hall system and maintaining longstanding practices in the selection of arbitrators are among the many serious issues on the table. It is reported that both sides are far apart.

Information is available at all West Coast Union halls regarding what MM&P members’ rights are in the event of a strike by the ILWU. This info has also been distributed to MM&P-crewed vessels. Please contact your officials or representatives if you have questions. The MM&P is committed to provide the maximum support possible to our ILWU brothers and sisters.

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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 a paraplegic as the result of a tragic auto accident in March. Tragically, her brother was killed in another auto accident a little more than a year ago.

Brother Schmidt is a longtime member and a licensed deck officer with Matson Navigation. Matson established a fund for Gisele just after the accident to which many MM&P members contributed. Matson’s Gisele Schmidt Flower Fund received a significant amount of contributions and was able to purchase much-needed specialized equipment necessary for Gisele’s care in addition to brightening her surroundings with regular delivery of floral arrangements. That fund is now depleted.

After months of hospitalization, Gisele is home with her family in Santa Barbara, CA. Her dad reports she is adjusting to her new environment and is beginning to master the new computer with its specialized voice recognition software that was one of the items purchased by the Matson fund.

Because Gisele has no control below her neck, she requires extensive care and support that has been lovingly given by her family and friends. She still needs additional equipment to aid her in daily life. The MM&P’s Gisele Schmidt Fund can continue the efforts to help her and her family obtain these items.

The MM&P’s Gisele Schmidt Fund is open through the end of 2002. Members and friends are encouraged to contribute generously.

Costs associated with administration of the fund are being absorbed by the Union so that all proceeds will directly benefit Gisele Schmidt. The fund was established pursuant to a request made by MM&P’s Seattle Offshore Membership at a monthly Union membership meeting. The purpose of the fund is to help with medical expenses not covered under the MM&P Health & Benefit Plan.

Contributions may be made payable to the:

Gisele Schmidt Fund c/o MM&P 700 Maritime Blvd. Linthicum Heights, MD 21090

Questions may be directed to John Gorman, MM&P Comptroller, at jgorman@bridgedeck.org or by calling 410-850-8700 x12.

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USCG ISSUES SAFETY ALERT ON LIFEBOUY SMOKE SIGNALS

The USCG Lifesaving and Fire Safety Standards Division has issued a safety alert on the Ikaros model Mk II Man-Overboard Smoke Signal which is approved around the world for use on ring lifebouys deployed from a ship’s bridge. In the US, it holds USCG approval No. 160.157/5/0.

Recently a seaman on foreign ship in a US port received fatal injuries after he was sent to check the ring lifebuoy and smoke signal on the bridge wing. In the process of doing this, he started to move the signal out of its bracket. Since movement of only 10 mm is necessary to start ignition of the signal, it began to produce gas and smoke. The seaman apparently tried to stop the production of smoke by forcing the igniter mechanism back into the signal. This caused pressure to build up rapidly inside the body of the signal, and it exploded. The seaman died of his injuries.

The manufacturer has developed and is producing a modified signal that includes a pressure relief mechanism. If pressure builds up inside the container due to the smoke orifice being blocked after the signal is ignited, two plugs will blow out and prevent the signal from exploding. This new signal is designated as the MkIII.

The USCG recommends replacement of MkII signals with MkIII signals. Content questions may be addressed to LCDR Brian Gilda – gilda@comdt.uscg.mil. Questions or comments related to this info may also be addressed to Mr. Ken Olsen at 202.267.1417 or kolsen@comdt.uscg.mil.

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STCW-95 WORKING GROUP TO HOLD FOLLOW-UP MEETING IN SEPTEMBER

The STCW-95 Working Group will hold a follow up meeting at MITAGS. The working group, created by the Recruiting and Retaining American Mariners Conference, will identify the progress made to date in resolving the remaining STCW-95 related issues. The meeting is in response to the recommendations for the MRR Conference held at MITAGS in May of this year.

Individuals wishing to attend the meeting may register online at www.mitags.org under the “News and Events” button or follow this link. Point of Contact for this event is Ms. Andrea Dixon, Marketing Associate. Please mail, fax or Email your application to her at (443) 989-3235 phone, Email adixon@mitags.org, or fax (410) 859-5181.

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MM&P FEDERAL CREDIT UNION SUMMER VACATION CLOSINGS

The Credit Union office will be closed from July 9 through Tuesday, July 16, and will reopen on July 17. If there is an emergency and withdrawal of funds are needed during this time, please call the MM&P Plans switchboard at 410-850-8500 and press “0” to reach the operator. This number is for withdrawals only. No loans will be processed during the vacation time.

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MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

Openings in Classes Through the End of October 2002

  • 7/29-8/2: MED FIRST, BRM, ROP
  • 7/29: ROR
  • 7/30: HAZMAT, EAP
  • 7/31-8/2: MED-DOT-DA
  • 8/5-9: CSE-AAES, SHS-BAS, TPIC
  • 8/5-8: SMA
  • 8/8: ATER
  • 8/9: ENVPRO
  • 8/12-23: MED-PIC, GMDSS
  • 8/12-16: SHS-INT I, BRM, COMP-APS, ARPA, WX-HWA
  • 8/13: CBRD-1
  • 8/12: ROR, HAZMAT, EAP
  • 8/14-16: MED-DOT-DA
  • 8/19-23: VPEN, HAZ, BST, SHS INT II, COMP-MAR
  • 8/26-30: ECDIS, FF-ADV, SHS-EMR-5, BRM, ARPA
  • 9/9-13: DCS, SHS-INT I, BRM, FRB, ARPA, COMP-ABSS, VPM
  • 9/9: ROR, HAZMAT, EAP
  • 9/10: CBRD-1
  • 9/11-13: MED-DOT-DA
  • 9/16-27: MED-PIC, GMDSS
  • 9/16-20: BST, CSE-AAES, SHS-INT II, COMP-NET, ROP
  • 9/16-19: SMA
  • 9/19: ATER
  • 9/20: ENVPRO
  • 9/23-27: FF-ADV, SHS-EMR-5, BRM
  • 10/7-18: MED-PIC
  • 10/7-11: SHS-BAS, BRM, ARPA, MSC-COMMS
  • 10/7: ROR
  • 10/14-18: BST, SHS-INT I, ECDIS
  • 10/21-11/15: MED-SMC
  • 10/21: HAZMAT, EAP
  • 10/22: CBRD-1
  • 10/23-25: MED-DOT-DA
  • 10/21-11/1: GMDSS
  • 10/21-25: FF-ADV, SHS-INT II, BRM, ROP, COMP-APS, WX-HWA
  • 10/21-24: SMA
  • 10/24: ATER
  • 10/25: ENVPRO
  • 10/28-11/1: CSE-AAES, SHS-EMR5, COMP-NET

 

KEY TO COURSE ABBREVIATIONS
  • ARPA: Automatic Radar Plotting Aids
  • ATER: Anti-Terrorism Awareness Training
  • BRM: Bridge Resource Management
  • BRMP: Bridge Resource Management For Pilots
  • BST: Basic Safety Training
  • CBRD: Chemical Biological Radiological Defense Training
  • COMP-ABSS: Computer Am Bureau Ship Management Software
  • COMP-APS: Computer Application Programs
  • COMP-MAR: Computer Mariner Application Program
  • COMP-NET: Computer Network Systems
  • CSE-AAES: Confine Space Entry-Atmos. Analy of Enc Spaces
  • EAP: Employee Assistance Program
  • ECDIS: Electronic Chart Display And Information Systems
  • ENVPRO: Environmental Protection
  • FF-ADV: Advanced Fire Fighting
  • GMDSS: Global Maritime Distress Safety System
  • HAZMAT: Hazardous Materials
  • MED-DOT-DA: Dept. of Trans. Drug and Alcohol Testing
  • MED-PIC: Medical Person-In-Charge
  • MSC-COMMS: Strategic Sealift Communications
  • ROR: Radio Operator Renewal
  • SMA: Small Arms
  • SHS-EMR: Emergency Shiphandling
  • SHS-INT: Intermediate Shiphandling
  • TPIC: Tankerman Person-In-Charge
  • VPM: Vessel Personnel Management
  • WX-HWA: Heavy Weather Avoidance
MITAGS WEBSITE

Check the website routinely for up to date information on class schedules, trust student policies and procedures, and regulatory changes. Visit the home page at www.mitags.org.

 

NEW COURSE

A 5-day Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation (VPEN) course has been added the week of Aug 19. This course and the ECDIS course, when taken within a year of each other, will satisfy the Advanced Navigation topic area requirements for the new Chief Mate/Master scheme. Both courses must have been completed to satisfy the requirements.

 

SCHEDULE INFO

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

 

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PACIFIC MARITIME INSTITUTE ACADEMIC NOTES

Openings in Classes Through the End of October 2002

  • 7/22-26: BAFF
  • 7/22-8/2: GMDSS
  • 8/5-9: ECDIS, BST, Med 1st
  • 8/5-16: MPIC
  • 8/12-16: TPIC Ship and Barge
  • 8/19-21: BRM
  • 8/19-23: ARPA, BAFF
  • 9/2-6: ARPA
  • 9/2-13: GMDSS
  • 9/9-13: BST
  • 9/16-20: BRM, Med 1st
  • 9/16-27: MPIC
  • 9/23-27: ARPA, BAFF
  • 9/30-10/11: ADNAV (new), GMDSS
  • 10/7-11: ECDIS, BST
  • 10/14-18: TPIC­B, TPIC DL (new)
  • 10/14-18: Med 1
  • 10/14-25: MPIC
  • 10/21-25: BAFF
  • 10/28-11/1: ARPA
  • 10/28-11/8: GMDSS

 

PMI MEDICAL COURSES

PMI is now offering two week “Medical Person in Charge” and one week “Medical First Aid Provider” course. To learn more about the STCW Requirements for Medical First Aid Provider and Medical Person in Charge, refer to PMI’s webpage at www.mates.org.

 

REGISTRATION

Register online at mates.org.

 

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MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 7-10 CLOSE

 D O W

 N A S D A Q

 8,813.500

-194.20 for the week

 1,346.01

 -11.81 for the week
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)

 87.49

 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)

20.03

 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)

 14.05

 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)

 11.60

 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)

 23.22

 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)

10.57

 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)

14.12

 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)

13.76

 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)

 32.46

Fidelity Magellan Fund (FAGX)

 84.78

 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)

  33.57

 

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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 andis posted on our web page.

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