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Wheelhouse Weekly – March 28, 2002

March 28th 2002


THE MASTERS, MATES AND PILOTS’
WHEELHOUSE WEEKLY

– Bridging the Information Gap With E-News You Can Use –

Volume 6. . . . . Number 13. . . March 28, 2002

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MM&P PLANS AND HQ CLOSED MARCH 29 FOR GOOD FRIDAY HOLIDAY

Members should check with their individual port halls to determine their holiday status.

Pacific Ports Holidays

The following Pacific Ports Halls will be closed for ILWU longshore holidays:

  • Honolulu for Good Friday on March 29.
  • Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles for Cesar Chavez Day on April 1.

     

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MEDICAL EVACUATION AT SEA ABOARD MOKU PAHU

The following dispatch was received from Jason Harju, 2nd Mate aboard the MM&P-contracted Matson Navigation’s MOKU PAHU.

The MOKU PAHU recently out of shipyard in Nantong China, had departed Kahului, Hawaii on the 14th of March, bound for Crockett, California with a full load of sugar.

On the morning of 3/17, the 2nd Assistant Engineer Jon Erlandson began suffering from severe abdominal pain. After examination and consultation with Medical Health Service doctors it was determined that he was suffering from appendicitis.

Capt. Paul Schulman and 2nd Mate/Medical Officer Jason Harju began treating the patient as instructed by the MHS Doctors. The treatment included starting and continuously running an IV set, administering potent antibiotics and regularly administering pain medication to the patient to make the pain manageable.

With treatment the patient’s condition remained somewhat stable, but fear of a ruptured appendix prompted the MHS Doctors along with Matson officials to arrange for a medical evacuation by helicopter. The USCG has a limited range of 300 nautical miles offshore for medivac helicopters, so they called in the US Air Force. Plans were made for a rendezvous point 550 nm offshore.

The Air Force helicopter along with a P-3 refueling aircraft arrived on scene the morning of the 19th. The helicopter dropped 3 air force Pararescuemen to the deck of the ship along with a stokes litter. They assessed the patient, loaded him in the litter and had him safely in the helicopter in approx. 18 minutes. Practically all hands participated in the evacuation, led by Capt. Schulman, Chief Mate Glenn Fortin, 2/M Harju and 3/M Zachary Kellerman.

2 A/E Erlandson was transported to Stanford Hospital and an appendectomy was performed shortly after arrival. San Francisco TV News Channel 2 and various other reporters covered his arrival at the airport. Apparently the ship was on the San Francisco news as well. Capt. Schulman reports that “Jon is doing fine” and is in good condition after surgery.

MM&P President Capt. Tim Brown expressed his congratulations to all crewmembers aboard the MOKU PAHU on a job well done and his wishes for a speedy recovery to Jon Erlandson.

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PLANS ADMINISTRATOR TO ATTEND WEST COAST MEETINGS IN APRIL

A general membership meeting will be held at the Los Angeles /Long Beach Hall on Wednesday, April 10, directly after job call and in Seattle on Thursday, April 11, at 1230 hrs.

MM&P Plans Administrator Valerie Verrecchio will be present at these meetings and will provide information about MM&P Offshore Membership Group pensions. She will also be available to answer questions about the Health & Benefit Plan and other MM&P Plans.

Members and their families are encouraged to attend this meeting and educate themselves about the many benefits of being a member of the Masters Mates, & Pilots.

Don Marcus, Vice President, Pacific Ports will also be attending both meetings. For more info, contact Dave Boatner at the LA/LB Hall at 310-834-7201; Email: dboatner@bridgedeck.org or Don Marcus at the Seattle Hall at 206-441-8700; Email: dmarcus@bridgedeck.org.

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REAR ADMIRAL BENNIS WILL LEAD MARITIME AND LAND SECURITY AT TSA

Rear Admiral Richard Bennis, USCG, (ret.) has been named Associate Under Secretary of Transportation for Maritime and Land Security at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

Admiral Bennis, who led USCG response in New York to the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, will direct TSA exercise of security responsibilities for the nation’s seaports and land transportation assets. In his last Coast Guard assignment as Captain of the Port of New York, Bennis directed the successful evacuation by water of about 500,000 people from lower Manhattan.

Admiral Bennis served the USCG for 30 years in a variety of HQ and field assignments and was captain of the nation’s three largest East Coast ports. In addition to service as Captain of the Port and Commander of USCG Activities New York, he was Port Captain and Commander of the USCG Marine Safety Offices in Charleston, SC and Hampton Roads, VA. He retired on March 15.

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USCG ADM LOY SAYS MARITIME SECURITY NEEDS MORE ACTION

The Journal of Commerce reports that USCG Commandant James Loy warned last week that the US maritime transportation system should be at work improving security, rather than continuing to talk about it. “We’re talking about what we ought to do rather than getting on with the job of getting it done,” Loy said.

He also noted that six months after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, the US is still in “reaction mode when we should be moving to prevention mode.” Loy said that a maritime security strategy will depend on risk-based decision-making that prevents terrorism while ensuring that legitimate cargo is not delayed.

He said the number of containers that pose a security risk may be around 16,000 per year. The threat can also be handled by expediting legitimate cargo to focus resources on the risks.

“We can be successful (in risk management) by identifying the good guys to facilitate their path, and do it up front,” Loy said. “It’s all about point-of-origin sensitivity, in-transit transparency and technology” to turn “dumb steel containers into secure boxes that detect tampering, he said.

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IMO MEETING DISCUSSES BULK CARRIER SAFETY

A meeting of maritime experts to consider bulk carrier safety issues has agreed that the approach currently being taken within the International Maritime Organization (IMO) is the right one but that more work needs to be done to prevent continuing losses.

The meeting was convened by the Secretary-General of IMO, William O’Neil, at IMO Headquarters in London on March 22. O’Neil observed that bulk carrier safety had been a priority on IMO’s agenda for over ten years and said that, while considerable improvements had been made, the work had not been finalized.

Upon his proposal, the meeting decided to exchange views on the current state of affairs, discuss measures currently under development and consider possible additional measures that should be taken to stem the continuing loss of bulk carriers and the seafarers who work on them.

Specifically, some of the additional measures include looking at alternative means of sealing up anchor chain pipes to prevent water entry and whether access to chain lockers should be by bolted manholes and not doors. Other recommendations include the mandatory installation of a level monitoring system in the spaces forward of the collision bulkhead on all capesize bulk carriers and the need for an independent pumping system for such spaces.

Another idea under consideration is that classification societies should require shipowners to maintain onboard and ashore as-built construction drawings and other plans showing subsequent structural alterations, with the aim of helping shipowners to develop an effective and comprehensive maintenance program for their ships.

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REMINDER: MM&P CONVENTION CALL

In accordance with Article IV, Section 2, of the International Constitution, a regular convention of the IOMM&P will be convened at 1000 hrs on Monday, July 15, 2002, at MITAGS, 5700 Hammonds Ferry Road, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090. Constitutional Amendments may also be considered at this Convention.

In accordance with Article IV, Section 6., Subsection (b), all proposed resolutions must be forwarded to the International Secretary-Treasurer at least 30 days prior to the opening day of the Convention for inclusion on the Agenda and determination by the Convention.

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MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

Openings in Classes Through the End of June 2002

  • 4/8-12: BST, ARPA, TPIC
  • 4/8-19: GMDSS
  • 4/13: CBRD-1, ROR
  • 4/15-19: HAZ, ECDIS
  • 4/19: ATER, ENV PRO
  • 4/29-5/3: MED FIRST, FF-ADV, ROP, COMP-MAR, WX-HWA, BRM
  • 5/6-10: BST, ARPA
  • 5/10: ATER, ENVPRO
  • 5/11: CBRD-1, ROR
  • 5/13-17: BST, ARPA, COMP-NET
  • 5/20-24: FF-ADV, CSE-AAES, SHS-EMR
  • 5/20: CBRD-1
  • 5/21: HAZMAT, EAP
  • 5/22-24: MED-DOT-DA
  • 6/3-28: SMC
  • 6/3-7: HAZ, DCS, BRM, COMP-OPSYS, ARPA
  • 6/3: ROR
  • 6/3-14: GMDSS
  • 6/10-14: BST, SHS-BAS, BRM, COMP-NET, FRB
  • 6/10-13: SMA
  • 6/14: ATER, ENVPRO
  • 6/15: CBRD-1, ROR
  • 6/17-21: FF-ADV, BRM, ARPA, WX-HWA
  • 6/17: ROR
  • 6/24-28: SHS-EMR, BRM, VPM

TRANSPORTATION

Remember that eligible trust students now only require one week of class at MITAGS to have transportation covered. You can get more details on the transportation reimbursement policy, as well as other important policies, by going to the MITAGS web-site home page and clicking on “Training Policy & Procedures” or by clicking here to visit the page directly.

 

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

 

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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PACIFIC NORTHWEST MARITIME INSTITUTE ACADEMIC NOTES

Openings in Classes Through the End of June 2002

  • 4/8-12: ARPA, BST
  • 4/15-19: NEW: Computer Basics (IC3 Ceritification)
  • 4/22-26: ECDIS, GMDSS, BAFF
  • 4/29-5/3: ARPA
  • 5/6-10: Radar, Med 1st, Med PIC, BST
  • 5/13-17: GMDSS
  • 5/20-24: BRM, BAFF, GMDSS Refresher
  • 5/27-31: ECDIS, Med 1st, Med PIC
  • 6/3-7: TPIC, BST
  • 6/10-14: ARPA, GMDSS
  • 6/17-21: Radar, GMDSS Refresher
  • 6/24-28: Computer Basics (IC3 Ceritification), ECDIS, BAFF

 

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 3-27 CLOSE

 D O W

 N A S D A Q

 10,426.91

-74.51 for the week

 1,826.75

 -6.12 for the week
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)

 105.03

 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)

23.26

 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)

 14.95

 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)

 14.19

 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)

 26.40

 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)

10.34

 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)

14.89

 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)

15.39

 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)

 37.38

Fidelity Magellan Fund (FAGX)

 101.90

 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)

  40.29

 

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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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