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Wheelhouse Weekly – May 02, 2002


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Volume 6. . . . . Number 18. . . May 2, 2002

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MITAGS CONFERENCE EXAMINES RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION ISSUES

On May 1, MM&P Secretary-Treasurer Glen Banks welcomed Maritime Administrator Capt. William Schubert along with top representatives of labor, industry, government and the maritime academies to MITAGS to continue their work at developing strategies to improve opportunities for mariner recruitment and retention.

Attendees further explored the six principal issues and trends identified at last year’s conference as the fundamental inhibitors to mariner recruiting and retention. That meeting took place at the US Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY.

Those issues are Public Education and Awareness; Regulatory Burden ­ STCW-95; Criminal Liability; Maritime Policy; Tax Relief, and Other incentives; Lifestyle, Quality of Life; and Recruitment and Career Paths.

Among other things, this year’s conference reviewed the progress made at reaching the goals and objectives set last year. It also highlighted the adjustments that had to be made to accommodate the new and proposed maritime security measures created after Sept.11, and what effect these measures would have on recruitment and retention.

One of the principal issues identified as a major inhibitor to mariner recruitment and retention is that the public is not aware of the value of and critical need for the US Marine Transport System and those employed in it. Mariners are often held in low esteem.

Most media attention given to the maritime industry revolves around negative issues such as oil spills and accidents. Due this negative image, many potential recruits are not motivated toward employment within the industry.

To counter this image, attendees explored what progress had been made at developing a positive public awareness program of the maritime industry for the general public which emphasizes the importance of mariners for the safety, environment, economy, and security of our nation.

Regarding the regulatory burden and STCW-95, problems identified included the time needed to comment on policy letters; separating the “It is too expensive” from “it is not needed” arguments when evaluating the merits of a particular draft policy; failure of the industry and USCG to meet the original deadline of Feb.1, 2002; and the inconsistencies in the interpretation of Code at RECs.

Another problem identified was the need to harmonize the US Licensing System with STCW. For example, there are currently 23 US deck licenses vs. 6 STCW licenses.

In the regulatory arena, concerns addressed included the fact that existing tax policies discourage the operation of US-flag vessels and the employment of American maritime personnel. It was recommended that a number of existing regulatory requirements should be examined to determine the extent to which they adversely affect the economics of US-flag vessel operations.

Other recommendations in the regulatory area include: renew and expand the MSP; repeal the ad valorem duty on ship repairs; extend foreign source income exclusion to American mariners; personal injury claim caps; adopt corporate tonnage tax system; and allow SOLAS-classed vessels to re-flag to the US.

Since the conference was still underway as of press time, look for additional coverage of recruitment and retention recommendations from the MITAGS meeting in future editions of the Wheelhouse Weekly.

 

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FUNDS AVAILABLE TO ELIGIBLE MARINERS FOR STCW TRAINING

Grant funds are available to mariners who do not have access or means for the costs associated with STCW mandated training at a quality school such as MITAGS.

A Department of Labor Grant, managed by the Louisiana Human Resources Development Institute (LHRDI) will provide such funds to eligible mariners. This grant will cover transportation, room, board and tuition at MITAGS.

For more info, contact the Gulf Coast Mariners Association at their toll-free number 1-877-935-7829 to determine if you are eligible for this substantial grant. Mariners must have worked in the industry since Feb. 1, 1998. The grant expires on June 28, 2002 (training has to be scheduled before this date).

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MM&P REPRESENTED AT NDTA MILITARY SEALIFT MEETING

MM&P International President Capt. Tim Brown and Special Representative Capt. Joe Stone are attending the National Defense Transportation Association’s Military Sealift Committee meeting being held today (May 2) in Jacksonville, FL.

Items on the May 2 agenda include remarks by Rear Admiral David Brewer, USN, Commander of the Military Sealift Command, General John Handy, USAF, Commander in Chief of the US Transportation Command and Maritime Administrator Capt. William Schubert.

Attendees will be briefed on a number of critical US-flag issues including the Maritime Security Program (MSP), tax and regulatory reform, foreign competition, EUSC/NATO issues, container security, the tanker shortfall, cargo preference, and coastwise trade.

Updates will also be provided on the latest USCG maritime security initiatives, mariner availability and the first 90 days of operating under STCW. Look for detailed coverage of these issues in future issues of the Wheelhouse Weekly.

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USNS SIOUX RESCUES TWO OFF THE COAST OF GUATEMALA

It was business as usual as MM&P-crewed USNS SIOUX steamed off the coast of Guatemala heading toward the Panama Canal. Suddenly the third mate suddenly spotted something unusual.

“My third mate, ‘Eagle Eye’ Robert Campbell, spotted a small fishing boat and what he thought were two people waving a flag,” said Capt. Brad Smith, master of the fleet ocean tug.

“We pulled up along side, and sure enough they had no propellers on either outboard.” Chief Mate Dave Bradshaw climbed down a Jacob’s ladder, boarded the small boat and checked to see if it could be fixed. The two stranded individuals aboard did not speak much English, and they had been drifting for about seven days.

“My officer-in-charge, ITC Christopher Sedillo, USN, was able to communicate a little,” said Capt. Smith. “They had fuel, some rain water they had collected and a compass, but lost both screws over the side.”

Based on limited communication, the crew aboard SIOUX pieced together what might have occurred. “From what we can understand, the screws got caught in their nets and broke the shear pins,” said Capt. Smith. “They thought they were only six miles or so off the coast. Their eyes got pretty big when I showed them they were about 200 miles offshore.”

The two men had rigged a temporary sail, but it was actually taking them further out into the ocean. “If someone didn’t run across them soon they would have been goners,” said Capt. Smith. “Needless to say, we had two very happy campers on board!”

The two rescued men enjoyed SIOUX hospitality, eating supper and watching movies with the crew. Once they were safely aboard, Capt. Smith contacted Commander Task Force 40 and the Pacific Fleet. “We wanted to drop them off at the nearest port. I had to let them point to the their port on the chart near the El Savaldor/Guatemala border before I could nail down where I was heading and call back CTF 40 with the plan,” said Capt. Smith.

“I was hoping to get permission from CTF 40 to head for Porto San Jose, Guatemala, which is where the rescued fishermen indicated would be a good drop off.” Meanwhile, the crew used vessel’s 10-ton crane to lift the small boat onto SIOUX’s deck.

Capt. Smith was ready to take the rescued passengers back to their homeport, but the captain was instructed to bring the rescued men back to Panama. The ship SIOUX was supposed to tow was scheduled to arrive early.

Once in Panama, the Panamanian National Maritime Service, along with the US naval attache, coordinated the off-load of the rescued passengers and their small fishing boat. The SIOUX continued with its mission and is currently towing a deactivated naval vessel to San Diego, CA.

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USNS YUKON TAKES STARRING ROLE IN EXERCISE

The MM&P-crewed USNS YUKON, along with the Navy’s USS CROMMELIN, USS HOPPER, USS LASSEN and USS HOWARD participated in the Prospective Commanding Officer School exercise held earlier this year off the coast of Kauai, HI.

The exercise provided prospective submarine commanding officers the opportunity to hone their skills in submarine warfare. During the weeklong exercise, YUKON participated as a high-value unit, or target, requiring protection from the other ships and also providing refueling services for USS LASSEN and USS HOWARD.

As part of the script, both ships came alongside at the same time. “It can get busy with two ships,” said Cargo Mate Lee Apsley, who is responsible for the overall refueling operation. “It’s a great opportunity for the prospective commanding officers to get a feel for what it is going to be like to be in command during high-tempo operations,” commented OS1 Robert Cooper, USN.

During the refueling operations, the high winds and difficult weather became a concern, but as the two ships took their positions on the port and starboard stations, it was business as usual.

“The fact is that when YUKON gets called to action, we respond,” said the ship’s master, MM&P-member Capt. Mark Wilson, who is a graduate of the US Merchant Marine Academy. “The YUKON’s success is based on a very professional crew of civilian mariners and military department personnel that make things happen.”

The participants conducted the training events successfully and YUKON performed her refueling operations well beyond the required 50 nautical miles offshore. The difficulties inherent with this type of training seemed to fade as all the participants played their roles and executed their tasked actions promptly and safely.

USNS YUKON is the middle Pacific duty oiler currently stationed in Pearl Harbor, HI.

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NEW, USED OR REFI: VEHICLE LOAN RATES DROP AT MM&P FCU

The Masters, Mates & Pilots Federal Credit Union is pleased to announce new, lower vehicle loan rates. Effective immediately, the MM&P FCU is offering vehicle loans as low as 5.25%.

Rates range from 5.25% to 6.99% for terms of 24 to 60 months. It doesn’t matter if it’s for a new, used or a refinanced vehicle. These rates are also in effect for new or used recreational vehicles, motorcycles or boats.

Act fast to start saving money today. Limited funds available at this rate, certain terms and conditions apply.

MM&P Federal Credit Union membership is open to all MM&P members, to all MM&P, MITAGS, MIRAID and Plans staff, and to their immediate families. Rates and terms of offer are subject to change. Call Kathy Klisavage, Credit Union Manager, toll free 1-800-382-7777 or email mmpfcu@bridgedeck.org for all the details.

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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 September 2002

  • 5/10: ATER, ENVPRO
  • 5/13-17: ROP, COMP-NET
  • 5/20-24: FF-ADV, CSE-AAES
  • 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
  • 6/14: ATER, ENVPRO
  • 6/17-21: FF-ADV, BRM, ARPA, WX-HWA
  • 6/17: ROR
  • 6/24-28: VPM
  • 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, ECDIS, TPIC
  • 8/5-8: SMA
  • 8/9: ATER, ENVPRO
  • 8/12-23: MED-PIC, GMDSS
  • 8/12-16: SHS-INT I, BRM, COMP-APS, ARPA,WX-HWA
  • 8/12: CBRD-1, ROR
  • 8/13: HAZMAT, EAP
  • 8/14-16: MED-DOT-DA
  • 8/19-23: BST, SHS INT II, COMP-MAR
  • 8/26-30: FF-ADV, SHS-EMR-5, BRM, ARPA
  • 9/9-13: DCS, SHS-INT I, BRM, FRB,ARPA,COMP-ABSS, VPM
  • 9/9: ROR, CBRD-1
  • 9/10: HAZMAT, EAP
  • 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; 9/20: ATER, ENVPRO
  • 9/23-27: FF-ADV, SHS-EMR-5, BRM

 

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.

 

PLAN AHEAD

Plenty of class space is available in June for 5-day HAZMAT, HWA, VPM, ARPA, BRM, GMDSS, and FF-ADV. Remember that trust students now require only one week of training to be eligible for travel reimbursement and the reimbursement is based on a 14-day advance purchase airfare.

 

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 NORTHWEST MARITIME INSTITUTE ACADEMIC NOTES

Openings in Classes Through the End of August 2002

  • 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
  • 7/8-12: ARPA, Med 1st, Med PIC, BST
  • 7/22-26: GMDSS, BAFF
  • 7/29-8/2: GMDSS Refresher, Advanced Navigation (new)
  • 8/5-9: ECDIS, Med 1st, Med PIC
  • 8/12-16: TPIC, Med PIC (second week)
  • 8/19-23: ARPA, BRM, BAFF
  • 8/26-30: Heavy Weather Avoidance (new)

 

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 5-1 CLOSE

 D O W

 N A S D A Q

 10,059.60

+29.20 for the week

 1,677.53

 -35.81 for the week
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)

 100.31

 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)

23.36

 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)

 15.22

 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)

 13.68

 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)

 26.14

 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)

10.49

 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)

15.02

 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)

15.03

 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)

 36.04

Fidelity Magellan Fund (FAGX)

 97.12

 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)

  38.48

 

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