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Wheelhouse Weekly – March 03, 2000

March 3rd 2000


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VOLUME 4. . . . . NUMBER 9. . . . . March 3, 2000

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USCG REAR ADM. NORTH MAKES MM&P HQ AND MITAGS VISIT

USCG Rear Adm. Robert North visited MM&P HQ and the MITAGS training facility earlier this week to discuss the ongoing process of reinventing the USCG.

Among items discussed were potential changes to the existing license testing system, administration of examinations, privatization issues, deterioration of the US Merchant Marine crewing pool, maintaining standardization of training in STCW, definition of the 12-hour workday, addressing fatigue on all class of vessels, the industry workload associated with STCW and ISM compliance, the OSV license scheme, NGOs attempting to influence flag-state pilotage issues at the IMO, training institutions trying to take shortcuts in training and assessment, and further partnering initiatives between the MM&P and the USCG.

Those participating in the lengthy discussion with Adm. North included a number of members and staff representing the various segments of the MM&P.

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MATSON TRAINING AGREEMENT REACHED

Earlier this week, MM&P’s offshore west coast office completed negotiations with Matson Navigation addressing required shipboard training standards for MM&P Matson deck officers. A crew member of the Matson Navigation vessel MATSONIA, was part of the Union team which negotiated the standards with Capt. Jack Sullivan, Matson’s Director, Vessel Operations and Offshore Labor Relations. Specific information on the training standards will be provided in the near future.

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NEW POLICY FOR PARTIAL REIMBURSEMENT FOR OFF-SITE MSC TRAINING FOR OFFSHORE MEMBERS

The Trustees have approved a policy which will allow partial reimbursement of costs associated with attendance at the off-site Military Sealift Command (MSC) training courses for offshore members arranged through MITAGS. The policy contains provisions for recovering costs incurred as far back as Jan. 1, 1999. Administrative guidelines and submission requirements are being developed now and will be disseminated as soon as possible. In the interim, collect and retain all receipts associated with MSC training that you have completed through MITAGS.

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MITAGS MARITIME HUMAN FACTORS 2000 CONFERENCE MARCH 13-14

MITAGS will host an extensive two-day conference on Maritime Human Factors featuring some of the country’s leading authorities speaking on their areas of expertise. The keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Vern Ellingstad, Director of Research and Engineering, National Transportation Safety Board, Wash, DC.

Complete two-day conference package including conference proceedings, breaks, lunch, receptions, tours and parking is $495.00. One day registration is $300. Lodging is available at MITAGS for $121.00 per night, single; $165.00 per night, double. MM&P member discount: $90.00 single occupancy. All lodging includes breakfast, dinner and use of the MITAGS facility.

For detailed info on the conference content contact Vincent Cantwell at phone: 410-859-5700×3262; Email: vincent@mitags.org; or check the MITAGS website at www.mitags.org. For registration and lodging info contact Eileen Rucchio at phone: 443-989-3517 or 410-859-5700×3517; Fax: 410-859-0942; or Email: conference_sales@mitags.org.

The conference will include presentations on:

  • Current and Suggested Role of Human and Organizational Factors for the Reduction of Human Induced Accidents and Incidences in the Maritime Industry by Gerry Miller, CPE.
  • The Role of Human Factors in Developing a Healthy US Merchant Marine by Alexander C. Landsburg, Acting Coord. for Research and Development; US Maritime Administration.
  • Human Factors and the Implementation of PTP by CDR Timothy Close, US Coast Guard; Chief, Human Element & Ship Design Division, US Coast Guard Headquarters.
  • Human performance in the 21st century: A sea of troubles? by David F. Dinges, Ph.D.; Chief, Division of Sleep and Chronobiology, Director, Unit for Experimental Psychiatry, Dept. of Psychiatry University of Penn. School of Medicine.
  • Human Factors, Seaworthiness and Ships by Ralph Mellusi.
  • Quantifying the Risk of Physical Injury in Physically Demanding Maritime Tasks by Gary Allread, Ph.D., Program Director, Institute of Ergonomics, Ohio State University.
  • HF Design Standards by Denise McCafferty, ABS.
  • Human Thermal Environments by CDR Bruce Cohen, MD, USN.
  • Team Decision Making by Judith Orasanu, Ph.D., NASA – Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA.
  • Tour of MITAGS ship, VTS, GMDSS, and ECDIS simulators.
  • The Human Factor of Maritime Safety Behavior Management by Ron Newton, Peak, Inc.
  • Human Performance Eval. by George Bruno, Bowles-Langley Tech.
  • Human Error and Maritime Safety by Anita Rothblum, Ph.D, USCG.
  • Evaluation of Hazards/Exposures to Marine Inspectors by CDR Bruce Cohen, MD, MPH; USN.
  • Navigating Through the Sea of Troubles – Dead Reckoning of Human Performance by Nancy Wesensten, Ph.D. and Colonel Gregory Belenky, MD; Division of Neuropsychiatry, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, WRAIR, Wash, DC.
  • Universal Automated Information Systems Research in San Francisco Bay by Lt. JG Michael Edwards, USCG R&D Center.
  • HF Training and Education by Alan Stokes, Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
  • Successes and Failures in Maritime Human Factors by Michael Carr, George Burkley, Vincent Cantwell.

Part I: Human-Centered Automation; Maritime Institute. Reviews a range of successes and failures in the application of technology to maritime systems. Including: Weather Routing Programs, Electronic Charting, ECDIS, Advanced RADAR and ARPA, Integrated bridge systems, Dynamic Underkeel Positioning, DUKC, Marine pilot carry-aboard packages and other technology.

Part II: Design and Installation of Marine Equipment, Systems, and Structures, including: Labeling and Signage; Valve and equipment placement; Console design; Workspace and work environmental design; Man overboard retrieval apparatus; Pilot launch safety equipment and other innovations.

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MM&P CREDIT UNION LOWERS AUTO LOAN RATES TO AS LOW AS 6.9%

With the recent interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve Bank, you may wonder what your Masters, Mates & Pilots Federal Credit Union has done with its rates. Fact is, auto loan rates have been lowered. That’s right, the rates have been lowered!

Now, new cars can be financed for as low as 6.90% for terms of 36 months and 7.90% for terms up to 60 months. Members can now finance up to $25,000. These rates and conditions are subject to change without notice.

Call the office for the most recent information. The toll free number is 800-382-7777; Email is: mmpfcu@bridgedeck.org. Your Credit Union offers competitive rates on other loan programs. Call today for details.

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CSX LINES ANNOUNCES WEEKLY SERVICE BETWEEN NEW ORLEANS AND PR

MM&P-contracted CSX Lines, the name given to the US domestic shipping business of Sea-Land Service which CSX retained after it sold Sea-Land’s international liner operations to Maersk, announced last week changes to their US/Puerto Rico services. Starting in late March, the company will begin a weekly service between New Orleans and San Juan, Puerto Rico. This service will be part of a weekly vessel string that include calls in Houston, Texas, and Jacksonville.

In another service change, CSX Lines will consolidate their current Northeast services into a weekly Friday night departure arriving San Juan, PR, the following Tuesday morning. This change will take place Friday, March 31. The service restructuring will take CSX Lines completely out of international trade routes.

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SALUTE TO AFRO-AMERICAN SEAMEN

MM&P’s Director of Research, Dr. Henry (Frank) Trutneff reports that on Feb. 16 an awards reception was held at historic Federal Hall, 26 Wall Street, in downtown New York, the site where George Washington held his inauguration, honoring Afro-American seamen who served in World War II.

It was sponsored by the American Merchant Mariner’s Memorial Maritime Association Foundation as its contribution to the many recognitions and honors awarded during this Black Heritage month. Supplemental thereto, was the visit to the Merchant Mariners Memorial prominently displayed in Battery Park.

Trutneff said, “This honorarium to our black brothers of the sea has been a long time coming…. In retrospect, heartwarming as all the tributes given by the attendant dignitaries were, for those of us who are members of the Masters, Mates & Pilots it was a poignant ceremony in that many of those honored were MM&P members then, remain MM&P members now, with many new members of color joining the ranks of the MM&P subsequently. Many of these members also served in the later arenas of Korea, Viet Nam and Desert Storm.

“Perhaps the foremost feeling one gets as an MM&P member experiencing this event is that of pride in the egalitarian spirit upon which our Union is founded and operates. Our heritage is an integral part of the great brotherhood of the sea.”

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UPCOMING MITAGS COURSE OPENINGS THROUGH APRIL

MITAGS has the following course openings:

  • March 13-17: HWA; Comp-Opsys
  • March 13-24: GMDSS; SHS
  • March 20-24: Comp-APS, ARPA
  • March 27-31: Haz
  • March 27-April 7: GMDSS
  • April 3-7: MED1ST, BST, BRM
  • April 10-14: BRM
  • April 10-21: GMDSS
  • April 17-21: FF-ADV, COMP-APS; FRB.
  • April 14-15: 1 Day Renewal

For a reservation please contact Mary Matlock in admissions at Email: admissions@mitags.org or telephone: 443-989-3226. The current edition of the MITAGS 2000 schedule covering can be found on the MITAGS website at: http://www.mitags.org.

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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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