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Wheelhouse Weekly – June 22, 2001

June 22nd 2001


THE MASTERS, MATES AND PILOTS’
WHEELHOUSE WEEKLY

Bridging the Information Gap With E-News You Can Use

Volume 5. . . . . Number 25. . . June 22, 2001

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DECK OFFICERS SAY “AYE” TO MM&P ON COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY VESSEL

The deck officers of the Columbia University oceanographic research vessel MAURICE EWING based in Palisades, NY, have voted to be represented by the MM&P. The votes were counted at the National Labor Relations Board office in New York City on June 12. MM&P Vice President of Atlantic Ports Rich May reports that he will be negotiating a contract with the university shortly. MM&P currently represents Masters aboard the 239-ft vessel through a CBA with Columbia. MEBA represents the engineers.

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MM&P-CREWED VESSELS HONORED FOR SAFETY RECORDS

The Chamber of Shipping of America, host of the Jones F. Devlin Award luncheon in New Orleans on June 14, honored two MM&P-crewed vessels for operating with over two years of accident-free service.

The CSX CRUSADER was awarded this prestigious distinction; accepting on behalf of the vessel was the Master, Captain Bill Boyce and Chief Mate Bob Anderson. Wally Becker, Senior Vessel Superintendent of CSX Lines attended on behalf of the company.

The other MM&P-crewed recipient of the Jones F. Devlin Award for the safe operation of a vessel for two years was the LYKES LIBERATOR. Captain John O’Conner accepted the award on behalf of the vessel. Captain Ron Meiczinger, Director Technical Management, Americana Ships and Nicholas Orfandidis, VP Fleet Ops., Marine Transport Lines represented the operating company. Capt. Bob Groh, VP of Gulf Ports represented the MM&P at the awards ceremony.

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MM&P AMONG MANY GROUPS CALLING FOR PASSAGE OF CRUISE BILL

MM&P along with other seagoing labor organizations, maritime trade associations, port representatives, and travel industry groups circulated a letter to a group of bipartisan senators on June 11 urging swift passage of S.127, the United States Cruise Vessel Act.

As previously reported in the Wheelhouse Weekly, the MM&P strongly supports S.127 because, among other provisions, it provides a limited authority for US companies to operate foreign built, US-flag cruise vessels between American ports on a temporary basis.

The legislation allows the use of foreign-built ships only if the company has entered into a contract to build a replacement cruise ship in an American shipyard, and only if the foreign-built vessel is crewed by US citizens and complies with all US laws, regulations, and tax obligations.

The letter stated that: “We support S.127 because it would create a much-needed opportunity for American businesses, ports, and workers to share in the economic benefits that will result from expanded, US cruise vessel operations.” S. 127 will not repeal the current US-build requirements that apply to domestic cruise vessels.

Senator John McCain (R-AZ), now the Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, introduced S.127, and the bill is co-sponsored by 16 Senators from both political parties, including Committee Chairman Senator Fritz Hollings (D-SC),and Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA), John Breaux (D-LA), Conrad Burns (D-MT), Max Cleland (D-GA). Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), Daniel Inouye (D-HI), John Kerry (D-MA), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Zell Miller (D-GA), Frank Murkowski (R-AK), Paul Sarbanes (D-MD), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Gordon Smith (R-OR), and Strom Thurmond (R-SC).

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A FIRST ON THE COLUMBIA IS A WAY OF LIFE IN THE C&D CANAL

Often it is the West Coast that sets the firsts for the rest of the country, but as we have learned this week, that’s not so when it comes to the first transfer of a vessel by female pilots. So in last week’s issue, while we were accurate in reporting the first such transfer by females on the Columbia River in Oregon, we were somewhat off course by implying it was a first for the country.

In fact, thanks to an Email from MM&P member Capt. Allison Ross of the Association of Maryland Pilots, we now know that such transfers have been a way of life in the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal “since the early part of 1996 when myself and Captain Christman from the Maryland Pilots were passing command and vise versa with Delaware Pilots Captains Moran, Sparks and Musto in the C&D Canal.”

Maryland Pilots sail from the port of Baltimore north to the C&D Canal and pass command to a Delaware Pilot at Chesapeake City where the Delaware Pilot takes the ship either to ports along the Bay and River Delaware or down to Cape Henlopen out to sea.

Casting astern the issue of female firsts, Capt. Ross states that: “I just care about whether or not another pilot trusts my ability and wants to meet me in the fog in a narrow channel.”

As for us at the helm of the Wheelhouse Weekly, we trust we are now off the shoals of foggy reporting and back on course in our unending voyage to bridge the information gap in being the widest channel for in-depth E-news MM&P members can use.

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EMERGENCY DREDGING STARTS FRIDAY IN HOUSTON SHIP CHANNEL

Emergency dredging of the Houston Ship Channel will be carried out during the next several weeks to rid the channel of silt that built up as a result of flooding from Tropical Storm Allison.

The USCG has restricted channel traffic as a result of the ship channel shoaling. That action was taken after an evaluation by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). The silting includes a buildup in the ship channel’s Turning Basin, where the draft has been reduced from the normal 36 feet to 32 feet, according to a port authority spokeswoman who reported that ships are still getting in and no traffic has been diverted.

The port is working with the corps of engineers on the dredging, and the corps has secured funding from existing projects sources to hire dredge contractors until it can obtain an emergency supplemental appropriation. The channel dredging is expected to begin Friday and will take about three weeks to complete.

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SECOND SHIP OPERATIONS CO-OP PROGRAM HELD AT MASSACHUSETTS MARITIME

The Ship Operations Cooperative Program (SOCP) held its second tri-annual meeting which was hosted by the Massachusetts Maritime Academy at Buzzards Bay, MA, last week.

The June meeting featured Mr. Bernardo Obando-Rojas, Seafarers International Research Center, Cardiff University, speaking on Fraudulent Practices for Certificates and Endorsements. Other presentations included an Alternative Fuels discussion panel, a panel discussion on Issues Facing Fishing and Ferry Operators, and a presentation on Air Emissions Regulations and Technologies.

The US Maritime Administration’s James J. Zok, Associate Administrator for Financial Approvals and Cargo Preference, provided a perspective on SOCP’s past, present, and future during the dinner session.

Members can view archived video web cast footage of the meeting at SOCP’s website: www.socp.org.

 

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DRUG SHIPS TO BE SUNK OFF MIAMI

Three cargo ships used to smuggle nearly $8 million worth of cocaine will be sent to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Miami as artificial reefs for fishers and divers, the US Customs Service said.

Dozens of old ships have been sunk deliberately by authorities as artificial reefs in Florida coastal waters. The man-made debris attracts marine growth and provides shelter for fish and other sea animals.

The agency seized the ships after finding drugs on board earlier this year and turned them over to Miami-Dade County. Customs inspectors found 186 pounds of cocaine in a false wall on the ETOILE DE MER on Jan. 18, The drugs were valued at $1.5 million wholesale. The next day they discovered 614 pounds of cocaine worth $5.1 million on the TACOMA, in a false compartment beneath a fuel tank. On Feb. 27, the MIGUANA was seized when Customs agents found 125 pounds of cocaine worth $1.1 million inside two propane tanks.

 

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STILL SEEKING OFFSHORE WORK RULES COMMITTEE VOLUNTEERS

Sec.-Treas. Capt. Glen Banks and the General Executive Board have recommended that a committee be established to study Offshore Work Rules and make recommendations for changes to address changing times and industry conditions. It has been several years since these Work Rules have been reviewed. Offshore members interested in serving on the committee and those wishing to submit suggestions for rule changes or items for review should contact one of the Offshore VPs. It is currently anticipated that the Committee will be established by mid-summer.

 

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MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

Openings in classes through the end of this year
  • 7/30-8/3: COMP-OPSYS
  • 8/6-31: MED-SMC
  • 8/6-10: WX-HWA, COMP-APS, GMDSS-REF
  • 8/13-17: BST, GMDSS
  • 8/13-16: SMA
  • 8/20-24: ARPA, VPM
  • 8/27-31: FF-ADV, ROP
  • 9/10-14: MED-FIRST, DCS, BRM, COMP-APS
  • 9/17-20: SMA
  • 9/17-21: ARPA, COMP-NET, TPIC
  • 9/17-28: GMDSS
  • 9/24-28: FF-ADV, BRM, COMP-MAR
  • 10/1-5: BRM
  • 10/8-12: BST, GMDSS-REF, SHS-BAS, ROP
  • 10/22-26: BST, SHS-INT II, COMP-NET
  • 10/29-11/2: MED-FIRST, FF-ADV, BRM, WX-HWA
  • 11/5-9: BST, ROP
  • 11/5-16: GMDSS
  • 11/12-16: FF-ADV, BST, BRM, ARPA, VPM
  • 11/12-15: SMA
  • 11/26-30: MED-FIRST, HAZ, BRM, TPIC
  • 12/3-7: DCS, GMDSS-REF, ECDIS, BRM
  • 12/10-14: BRM, BST, ARPA, COMP-NET
  • 12/10-21: GMDSS
  • 12/17-21: FF-ADV, ARPA, COMP-MAR
  • 12/17-20: SMA
STCW-95 Courses

There are only six BST classes remaining this year with available seats. Don’t get caught short!

Schedule through Dec. 2001 is being maintained on the website. Hard copy schedule updates are also provided 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 6-21 CLOSE

 D O W

 N A S D A Q

 10,715.43

+25.30 for the week 

 2,058.76

 +14.69 for the week 

 Vanguard 500 Index Fund

 114.45

+1.59 for the week

 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund 

23.84

-0.03 for the week

 Vanguard International Growth Fund

 16.09

-0.36  for the week

 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund

 16.01

+0.28 for the week

 Vanguard Windsor II Fund

 27.99

+0.20 for the week

 Vanguard GNMA Fund

10.36

unchanged for the week

 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)

15.83

+0.03 for the week

 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)

16.18

+0.06 for the week

 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)

 40.00

+0.72 for the week

Fidelity Magellan Fund (FAGX)

 112.42

+1.93 for the week

 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)

  43.81

 +0.61 for the week

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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 under “News” at: http://www.bridgedeck.org.

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