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Wheelhouse Weekly – June 30, 2000

June 30th 2000


MASTER AND MMP MEMBERS ABOARD AND INTERESTED PERSONS THE MASTERS, MATES AND PILOTS’ — WHEELHOUSE WEEKLY

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VOLUME 4. . . . . NUMBER 26. . . June 30, 2000

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CRESCENT TOWING/SAVANNAH DOCKING PILOTS CONTRACT SIGNED

MM&P HQ is pleased to announce the signing of the first collective bargaining agreement for Docking Pilots with Crescent Towing Company, Inc./Savannah Docking Pilots Association, Inc. in the Port of Savannah, GA. This new bargaining unit will join the MM&P Atlantic & Gulf Region. The contract, which is effective tomorrow, July 1, is the successful culmination of a hard fought organizing effort and first contract campaign that began in 1997.

The contract will bring our docking pilots increases in earnings of up to 40 percent as well as participation in the MM&P IRAP, Health & Benefit Plan, Joint Employment Committee and Atlantic & Gulf Training Plan. Congratulations to this determined group of docking pilots who hung together and persevered through many lean years before achieving vindication.

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MM&P HQ AND PLANS OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED TUE., JULY 4TH

MM&P HQ and Plans offices will be closed Tues., July 4. Some port offices will also be closed on Monday, July 3.

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AS FIREWORKS FLY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MM&P

June 28 marked the 120th anniversary of the SEAWANHAKA disaster. The tragic burning and grounding of the wooden paddle-wheeled commuter ferry carrying homeward bound passengers from New York City to several prestigious towns fronting the Long Island Sound ultimately led to the birth of the MM&P.

While proceeding from its last port of call at East 33rd Street in Manhattan and passing through Hellgate toward Long Island Sound, the vessel’s boiler exploded. Fire erupted. Panic ensued. About 100 passengers were lost by jumping overboard and drowning or being pummeled by the ferry’s paddles. The vessel’s Master, Capt. Charles Smith, himself burned severely, made the only sensible command decision. He grounded the ferry off of Randall’s Island saving the lives of all who did not jump ship.

Hero that he was, burned and battered and having stayed at the wheel, Capt. Smith was charged with second degree manslaughter along with the vessel’s engineer and 11 others. Only his peers and industry associates recognized his acts of valor. A hostile society, ignorant of the perils of the sea, were determined to prosecute the Master, the owners and steamboat inspectors regardless of the cause.

Why has the SEAWANHAKA incident been memorialized again and again? Because this event was the spawning of the Masters, Mates & Pilots union. Capt. Smith was the catalyst who brought his peer Master Mariners together in unity. What happened to him could happen to them. Although Capt. Smith passed away in 1881, before his peers could honor him and before his trial, (the charges were subsequently dropped in 1883) his spirit and courage gave strength to his fellow masters.

The organizers of what was to become the modern MM&P were more than friends and peers. They witnessed the SEAWANHAKA disaster and aided in the rescue. They were outraged by the government’s pithy attitude in bringing manslaughter charges in its flank- speed determination to find a scapegoat at any price.

Unfortunately, the need to protect the reputation of MM&P members from attempts to make them dupes for accidents at sea has never ended. Fortunately, with their high degree of training and skill, MM&P members continue to demonstrate professionalism and heroism at sea. As the MM&P moves into its 121st year, one must never forget the honorable traditions and distinguished history which MM&P members are entrusted to continue.

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MARYLAND PILOTS HELP TALL SHIPS DEPART BALTIMORE FOR NEW YORK

Over 30 of the world’s most picturesque tall ships from Europe, South America, Asia and the US departed Baltimore’s waterfront on June 29 en route to New York as part of OpSail 2000. The event is the largest gathering of tall ships in history.

15 Maryland Pilots were involved in guiding the larger vessels out of Baltimore’s harbor where they sailed down the Patapsco River and into the Chesapeake Bay. The smaller vessels followed in their wake.

Sandy Hook pilots will be onboard every major sailing vessel as they make their way into New York Harbor. There will also be a Sandy Hook pilot on each vessel during the International Naval Review which will include an armada of US Navy combatants. Sandy Point Pilot Boat 1 will lead the fleet into the harbor.

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WEATHER & ROUTING TRAINING FOR BT GLOBAL CHALLENGE YACHT RACE

An intensive two-day global weather & routing seminar is being held August 12-13 at MITAGS for skippers and crews of the upcoming BT Global Challenge (www.btchallenge.com) yacht race.

Weather & oceanographic features, analysis and forecast techniques for each of the race’s seven legs will be examined & discussed. Use of satellite imagery, routing software & GRIB files, and use of Internet and wefax information sources will be demonstrated. Hurricane and tropical weather detection and avoidance will also be covered. Lessons from recent Whitbread and Around Alone Races will be used in discussing tactics.

Each student will receive a comprehensive routing handbook as well as the recently released “Mariners Guide for Hurricane Awareness in the North Atlantic Basin”, written through a cooperative effort between the National Hurricane Center (www.nhc.noaa.gov), MITAGS, and the Marine Prediction Center (www.mpc.ncep.noaa.gov). For more info contact Michael Carr at: mcarr@mitags.org.

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FCC PROPOSES STREAMLINING OF MARITIME COMMUNICATION REGS

The Federal Communications Commission has proposed to consolidate, revise and streamline rules governing maritime communications. The rule changes address new international maritime requirements, improves the operational ability of all users of marine radios and removes unnecessary or duplicative requirements from the Commission’s Rules. The proposed action should significantly reduce the number of regulations applicable to mariners and reduce the potential for confusion.

Comments are due July 24. Reply Comments are due August 22. Comments may be filed using the Commission’s Electronic Filing System, which can be accessed via the Internet at www.fcc.gov/e-file/ecfs.html. For further info contact Keith Fickner, Policy and Rules Branch, Public Safety and Private Wireless Division, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau at 202-418-0680.

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USCG PROPOSES NEW TRAINING-CERTIFICATION FOR MARINERS

The USCG is proposing to establish requirements of training and certification for mariners serving on ships (other than roll-on/roll-off ships which are covered by another rule) carrying more than 12 passengers on international voyages. These regs would not apply to any passenger ships on domestic voyages.

Regulation V/3 of the International Convention for Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978 (STCW), as amended in 1997, mandated that its parties ensure this training and certification. This rule would seek to reduce human error, improve the ability of crew members to assist passengers during emergencies and promote safety.

Comments and related materials must reach the Facility of the Docket Management System by Sept. 15 and should be sent:

  • By mail to the DMS (USCG 1999-5610], US Department of Transportation (DOT), room PL-401, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590-0001.
  • By fax to the DMS at 202-493-2251.
  • Electronically through the Web Site for the DMS at http://dms.dot.gov.

For questions about this proposed rule, call Mark Gould, Project Manager, Commandant (G-MSO-1), Coast Guard 202-267-0229.

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PORT OF LA SETS NEW CONTAINER RECORD IN MAY

Last month, the Port of Los Angeles surpassed its one-month container volume record established just one month earlier, handling 408,035 units of 20-foot-long marine cargo containers to raise its calendar-year 2000 total to 1,867,494 TEUs.

The port’s container traffic last month exceeded the April total of 407,032 TEUs and marked the first time that the port has topped the 400,000 TEU threshold in consecutive months.

The May 2000 grand total represents a 21.5% increase of 72,074 TEUs compared to the 335,961 TEUs in May 1999. Inbound loaded traffic last month totaled 204,192 TEUs, marking a 16.3% rise of 28,657 TEUs compared to May 1999 as the holiday shipping season maintained its strong momentum.

Outbound loaded container volume last month was 81,592 TEUs, fourth highest in port history. Exports in May represented a 16.2% increase of 11,381 TEUs compared to May 1999, and marked the fifth consecutive month of year-to-year (5-99 to 5-00) growth in outbound container traffic destined for Asia.

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VOTER ELIGIBILITY AND GOOD STANDING REQUIREMENTS

MM&P members are advised that under the newly-revised MM&P International Constitution, in order to be eligible to vote in upcoming Officer Elections, a member must be in good standing by the close of nominations for office.

Nominations for elective office for the 2000 MM&P Officer Elections close as of the last day of the 2000 MM&P Biennial Convention, scheduled to commence July 10, and which should conclude on or about July 12. Members must be in good standing by or before this date in order to be included on the list of eligible voters. To avoid confusion and potential errors, members must have all dues paid and be in Good Standing by June 30.

Members should keep a copy of their current dues receipts. Election guidelines may be found in the January-February and March-April editions of The Master, Mate & Pilot newspaper and are available at MM&P port offices and on the MM&P website.

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UPCOMING MITAGS COURSE OPENINGS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

MITAGS is closed for vacation during the month of July. Please check the updated schedule on the MITAGS website for any changes. Members can download an application off the website at http://www.mitags.org.

The only August openings at this time are:

  • 7/31-8/04: BST
  • 8/07-8/11: GMDSS-REF
  • 08/07: 1 DAY RENEWAL
  • 8/14-18: VPM
  • 8/28-9/01 EINS.

There are openings in all September classes except MED-PIC 9/18-29. All classes in October, November, and December remain open.

PLEASE NOTE: If you have completed the STCW95 required training and have received the new certificate (the STCW95 certificate has your picture on it), please send a copy to the MITAGS Registrar at FAX 410-859-5181. MITAGS will update your training record. This will also help determine number of course offerings that need to be in the 2001 schedule to ensure that all members receive this important certificate before Feb.1, 2002.

For an application, schedule, or more info check the MITAGS website at: mitags.org, or contact Mary Matlock at: Email: admissions@mitags.org or phone: 443-989-3226.

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The MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly is being produced under MM&P election guidelines which have been previously published and may be found in their entirety on the MM&P website. The 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 and is posted on our web page under “News” at: http://www.bridgedeck.org.

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