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Wheelhouse Weekly – May 15, 2002


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Volume 6. . . . . Number 20. . . May 16, 2002

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REPORT SAYS AL-QAEDA EXTREMISTS ENTER US AS STOWAWAYS

Earlier this week, Fox News and the New York Post reported that a classified USCG document quoted intelligence sources as saying that 25 extremists with links to the al-Qaeda terrorist organization had illegally entered the US since March as stowaways on cargo ships at the ports of Miami, Savannah and Los Angeles-Long Beach.

According to the report, the USCG notified federal, state, and local officials that the extremists entered the US on “prominent commercial cargo vessels.”

The document also indicated that a classified briefing is scheduled to take place later this week “to provide specifics to various law enforcement officials about the nature of the Al-Qaeda extremists and the quantity and quality of the information that the government has obtained,” Fox reported.

The ports mentioned in the report remain on a Level One alert, which means the USCG considers a terrorist action at the ports to be possible, but not likely. A Level Two alert would be issued if there were evidence to indicate the threat of terrorism in the area was significant. The highest alert, Level Three, would be initiated if a terrorist action at the ports is considered imminent.

 

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IMO SAFETY MEETING TO FOCUS ON MARITIME SECURITY

Maritime security issues are high on the agenda of International Maritime Organization’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), which meets at the IMO’s HQ in London for its 75th session from May 15 until May 24

Other major issues scheduled to be addressed include the adoption of proposed amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS); ongoing work on the safety of bulk carrier ships and large passenger vessels; implementation of the revised STCW Convention; and the adoption of new and amended ships routing measures.

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REMINDER: MOKU PAHU NEGOTIATIONS TO BEGIN MAY 21

Negotiations are scheduled with Matson Navigation Company for a successor collective bargaining agreement for the ITB MOKU PAHU. The current agreement expires in mid-June.

Members or Applicants with experience aboard the vessel who are interested in participating are urged to contact VP-Pacific Ports Don Marcus at 206-441-8700 or by email to dmarcus@bridgedeck.org, Agent-Pacific Ports Dave Boatner at 310-834-7201 or by email to dboatner@bridgedeck.org, or by calling the San Francisco Hall at 415-777-5074.

A caucus will be held with negotiation partners MEBA on the afternoon of Tuesday, May 21, 2002 with negotiations scheduled for Wednesday, May 22, 2002 and Thursday, May 23, 2002. All meetings will be held in San Francisco.

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NATIONAL MARITIME DAY OBSERVANCES

DC

National Maritime Day, which honors merchant mariners who gave their lives in service to the nation, will be officially celebrated on May 22 in Wash DC. The observance will feature remarks from key government and maritime industry officials and will be held at the US Navy Memorial on Pennsylvania Ave. at 1030 hrs.

Following the service, Congressman Don Young (R-AK), the Chairman of the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, will be the featured guest speaker at a joint Propeller Club of the Port of Washington, DC, and Kings Point Club luncheon. After the luncheon, the annual MSC Wreath Laying Ceremony will be held at the Washington Navy Yard. MM&P and MITAGS representatives will be attending the observances.

 

New York

In New York, the dedication of a memorial for merchant mariners will take place at 1030 hrs at Eisenhower Park in Mineola, Long Island on May 22. At 1100, there will be a wreath laying ceremony at the South Street Seaport in lower Manhattan on the Wavertree boat. At 0130, there will be a barbeque lunch at the Seaman’s Church Institute which is also located in lower Manhattan at 241 Water St. For more info, call the Institute at 212-349-9090.

 

San Pedro, CA

In San Pedro, CA, National Maritime Day will be celebrated at the American Merchant Marine Veterans Memorial commencing at 1000 hrs on May 22. A luncheon will follow at 1230 at the Ports o’ Call restaurant. For further info, contact the AMMVMC at voice: 310-830-7899 or Email: nan4tedked@home.com.

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DEFENSE BILL PASSES HOUSE

The House defense bill (HR 4546) passed late last week by a vote of 359-58. The bill included $93,132,000 for operations and training activities for the Maritime Administration.

In addition, the bill appropriates $54,126,000 for the Title XI shipbuilding loan program, of which $50 million is for the cost of the loan guarantees of the program, and another $4,126,000 for administrative expenses related to loan guarantees commitments under the program. The National Defense Reserve Fleet received $20 million to dispose of its obsolete vessels.

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TWO MARITIME HEROS OF WWII’S “ARSENAL OF DEMOCRACY” LIVE ON

As Maritime Day and Memorial Day approach, it is only fitting to note that while they are obsolete by today’s standards, the last two remaining Liberty Ships live on as “heroes” of World War II.

Many will say that Liberty Ships won the war. There were 2,710 of the ships built at 18 shipyards during World War II. The Liberty Ships, built in an average of 30 days, carried two-thirds of all cargo that left the US during World War II. The nation that President Franklin Roosevelt called the “Arsenal of Democracy” had a means of transporting that arsenal to victory.

Some 200 of the Liberty Ships were lost to enemy action, accident or storm during the war. Hundreds of Liberty Ship members were among the 7,000 Merchant Seamen and 1,800 US Navy Armed Guards that were lost in the conflict.

Today there are only two Liberty Ships left. The JOHN W. BROWN is home-ported in Baltimore and the JEREMIAH O’BRIEN is berthed in San Francisco. Both vessels are operated as living museums with all-volunteer crews.

The JOHN W. BROWN made nine voyages in World War II, and then four immediately afterward. These days, things are different. Several weeks ago, the BROWN’s latest mission was to carry 400 race and history buffs to the starting point of Leg 7 of the around-the-world Volvo Ocean Race off Annapolis, MD.

The Volvo Race was the 47th voyage the vessel has made as part of Baltimore’s Project Liberty Ship. Nostalgia buffs and sailing race fans watched the Chesapeake shoreline and listened to old-timers who were in the fight again.

Tom Gross, 76, stared from the fantail of the JOHN BROWN at picturesque cottages and brightly colored sailboats. When World War II ended in August 1945, 20-year-old Tom Gross was on convalescent leave at his parent’s home on Long Island. Gross, just past his teenage years, was a world traveler.

He had been an Armed Guard on numerous ships and sailed in both Atlantic and Pacific waters. “We sailed all over,” said Gross. “Kwajalein, the Solomons, and all over Europe. Mostly, I was on tankers that sailed alone at high speed.”

George Macey, 81, had a similar wartime career. Looking back, Macey said the escort vessel refueling missions his tanker ship performed at the Arctic Circle were most memorable. “I spent 11 months working along the Arctic Circle, working out of Iceland,” said Macey, who said he later appreciated missions to the warmer climates of the Pacific Ocean.

All of this is quite fascinating to Kathy Bauer, of Saginaw, MI. “I have been to a lot of museums,” said Bauer, “but it all comes alive on the JOHN BROWN. The stories the veterans tell are never really chronicled in history books.”

Her husband, Bill, agreed. “This is a voyage in history on a contemporary course. I came many miles for this opportunity and I would certainly come a great many more if I had too.”

Gray skies, mist and rain shrouded the BROWN’s voyage to the Volvo start. Water driped from overhead wires and structure and seeped into hatchways. Minutes before the sailing race started, the mists even covered the top of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge starting line. Then, at precisely 0100 hrs, like gray ghosts, the sleek, million-dollar Volvo racing yachts surged across the starting line headed south. The next stop for these eight magnificent sailing machines is an ocean away.

Later, on the homeward voyage, the sun came out. Ship’s members poured from cramped compartments and companionways. Wet weather gear came off and warm canvas-covered sailing hatches became a community park. Sailing on a sunlit sea is a joy.

For more info on the JOHN W. BROWN, go to the Project Liberty Ship website at: www.liberty-ship.com. More info on the JEREMIAH O’BRIEN can be found at: www.maritime.org/hnsa-job.htm. To get full details and daily updates on the Volvo Ocean Race go to: www.VolvoOceanRace.org.

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WEBSITE PROVIDES VALUABLE INFO ON MERCHANT MARINERS AT WAR

Over the last four years, the “American Merchant Marine at War” website at www.usmm.org has become an increasingly valuable resource for info on and about veteran merchant mariners. Hosted by Dan and Toni Horodysky, the site has:

  • Continued to document the history of the Merchant Marine at War, especially casualties of mariners and ships. The WWII and the Lone Sailor Memorials to be built in Washington, DC will use info from their database.
  • Answered thousands of info requests from Library of Congress, government agencies, public libraries, newspaper and television reporters, writers, and individuals throughout the world.
  • Served as a resource for teachers and students in schools, colleges, and military post-graduate schools.
  • Provided info about veteran status by mail and online to over 10,000 people in response to a letter published by “Dear Abby.” (One year later they still receive requests.)
  • Brought people together through the Shipmate Search page.
  • Created a reference library to enable them to research maritime facts and figures.

In addition, an educational display about the Merchant Marine at War is currently being prepared for exhibit in public places. (Contact them at the address below if you have items you would like to donate to the exhibit or reference library.)

The newest pages on the site include:

  • Gunnery: Stories of mariner heroes who manned the guns during WWII.
  • Armed Force: WWII statements by President Franklin D. Roosevelt about the Merchant Marine.
  • Meritorious Service Medal Citations: Accounts of WWII heroism.
  • China Coasters AMMV: One of the Founders of the American Merchant Marine Veterans.
  • URGENT: Ask your Member of Congress to co-sponsor HR 2442, veteran status to mariners of other wars.
  • World War II Compensation Task Force: A group pursuing compensation in lieu of promised benefits for WWII service.

The hosts of the website receive no pay for their work, just the satisfaction gained from helping people and publicizing the vital role and bravery of mariners. For more info contact them at www.usmm.org or by US mail at: USMSV, PO Box 2361, Berkeley, CA 94702.

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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 December 2002

  • 6/3-28: MED-SMC
  • 6/3-7: DCS, BRM, COMP-OPSYS, ARPA
  • 6/3: ROR
  • 6/3-14: GMDSS
  • 6/10-14: BST, BRM
  • 6/13: ATER
  • 6/14: 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
  • 8/8: ATER
  • 8/9: ENVPRO
  • 8/12-23: MED-PIC, GMDSS
  • 8/12-16: SHS-INT I, BRM, COMP-APS, ARPA,WX-HWA
  • 8/13: CBRD-1
  • 8/12: ROR, 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, HAZMAT, EAP
  • 9/10: CBRD-1
  • 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
  • 9/19: ATER
  • 9/20: ENVPRO
  • 9/23-27: FF-ADV, SHS-EMR-5, BRM
  • 10/7-18: MED-PIC
  • 10/7-11: SHS-BAS, BRM, ARPA, MSC-COMMS
  • 10/7: ROR
  • 10/14-18: BST, SHS-INT I, ECDIS
  • 10/21-11/15: MED-SMC
  • 10/21: HAZMAT, EAP
  • 10/22: CBRD-1
  • 10/23-25: MED-DOT-DA
  • 10/21-11/1: GMDSS
  • 10/21-25: SHS-INT II, BRM, ROP, COMP-APS, WX-HWA
  • 10/21-24: SMA
  • 10/24: ATER
  • 10/25: ENVPRO
  • 10/28-11/1: CSE-AAES, SHS-EMR5, COMP-NET
  • 11/4: ROR
  • 11/4-8: BST, SHS-INT I, BRM, ARPA, MSC-COMMS
  • 11/11-15: FF-ADV, SHS-INT II, COMP-OPSYS
  • 11/11-14: SMA
  • 11/14: ATER
  • 11/15; ENVPRO
  • 11/18-22: HAZ, SHS-EMR5, BRM, COMP-MAR
  • 12/2-6: DCS, SHS-BAS, ECDIS
  • 12/2-13: GMDSS
  • 12/9-20: MED-PIC
  • 12/9-13: BST, SHS-INT II, BRM, ARPA, TPIC
  • 12/9: ROR
  • 12/9-12: SMA
  • 12/12: ATER
  • 12/13: ENVPRO
  • 12/16-20: FF-ADV, SHS-INT II, WX-HWA
  • 12/16: ROR
  • 12/17: HAZMAT, EAP
  • 12/18-20: MED-DOT-DA

 

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 seats are available in June for 5-day HAZMAT, HWA, VPM, ARPA, BRM, GMDSS, and FF-ADV. In fact, several of the classes now have no students registered and may be cancelled if required minimums are not met in the next few weeks.

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

  • 5/20-24: 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 5-15 CLOSE

 D O W

 N A S D A Q

 10,243.60

+101.80 for the week

 1,725.56

 +29.27 for the week
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)

 100.83

 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)

23.53

 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)

 15.31

 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)

 13.76

 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)

 26.18

 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)

10.45

 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)

14.96

 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)

15.03

 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)

 36.05

Fidelity Magellan Fund (FAGX)

 97.71

 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)

  38.68

 

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