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Wheelhouse Weekly – November 02, 2001

November 2nd 2001



THE MASTERS, MATES AND PILOTS’
WHEELHOUSE WEEKLY

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Volume5. . . . . Number 44. . . November 2, 2001

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CSX LINES OFFERS NEW PAYROLL OPTION EFFECTIVE JAN. 02

CSX Lines will be using Automatic Data Processing, (ADP) to process payrollsfor all vessel personnel effective January 1, 2002. As part of this newprocess all crewmembers will have the option to have a portion or all oftheir net pay directly deposited in a banking institution of their choice.

Once an individual signs up for Direct Deposit he/she will automaticallybe included in the program on subsequent assignments on CSX Lines vessels.No additional activity is required unless the individual wishes to changea previously made election.

Individuals who wish to sign up for direct deposit after the currentinitial enrollment period may do so at any time but it will probably taketwo payroll periods before the individual’s pay will be directly depositedinto the account of his/her choice.

According to Janet Sanderson in the CSX payroll office, a member mayalso elect to make direct deposits to the MM&P Federal Credit Union.They would just need to inform CSX and CSX would take it from there,said Sanderson who can be reached at 972-813-5374 for members who wouldlike further info on the Direct Deposit service.

For questions concerning services and rates offered by the MM&PFederal Credit Union, members can contact credit union manager Kathy Kilsavageat 410-850-8700×43, or Email her at: mmpfcu@bridgedeck.org.
 

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REFUNDS OF OREGON TAXES FOR COLUMBIA RIVER MARINE WORKERS

As a result of the efforts begun by the MM&P and by Cong. Brian Baird(D-WA) to provide relief to Columbia River waterways workers who were beingtaxed by the State of Oregon, the Oregon legislature passed SB 426 exemptingthese non-residents of the State from paying Oregon taxes.

The bill allows the taxpayer to file an amended return for the tax yearsbeginning on or after Jan. 1 1986 for any taxes paid plus any associatedpenalty and interest. It also provides that any taxpayer that did not paythese taxes shall have his assessment canceled.

According to Jeanne Bennett, Chief of Staff to Congressman Baird, MM&Pmembers will have to file an amended tax return for each year in whichthey paid these taxes. For more info, members should call the Oregon officeof taxpayer assistance at 503-378-4988.

Due to the complexity of this issue and the need for up to 15 yearsof past forms for each member and the need for up to 15 years of blankOregon tax return forms, it is likely that most members will require theassistance of a professional tax preparer.

Additional info on this subject can obtained by contacting Capt. SteveDemeroutis, Vice President of MM&P’s Pacific Maritime Region MembershipGroup at 206-441-1070; Email: sdemeroutis@bridgedeck.org.Members have until Jan. 1, 2003 to file these amended Oregon state taxreturns.
 
 

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USCG ADMIRAL LOY DESCRIBES CHALLENGES OF MARITIME SECURITY

In addressing the subject of protecting the nation’s maritime securityagainst elusive terrorists threats,” USCG Commandant Admiral James Loysaid that the old paradigm of prevention, response, and consequence managementmust now become awareness, prevention, response, and consequence management.

In a recent speech before Wash DC Propeller Club, Adm. Loy noted thatMaritime Domain Awareness would be the umbrella that covers all of theinfo requirements for homeland security in the maritime domain.

Applied to the government interest of getting more cargo through Customsand USCG inspectors in less time with greater security, he said its keyelements would be an integrated, accessible database of information; one-stopcoordinated inspections; high technology sensors, readers, x-rays, andscanners; solid risk based decision-making forums charged with taking onand solving problems.

The following are some key excerpts from his remarks:

As we get better at collaborative approaches to maritime security issues,we quickly realize how many agencies and companies have important roles,and how varied and complex their information requirements are.

Imagine for a moment the information requirements associated with ahypothetical 6000 TEU flag-of-convenience container ship with a multi-nationalcrew cobbled together by a hiring agent who works for an Algerian vesseloperator who chartered the vessel from a Greek ship owner whose corporateoffices are in the Cayman Islands.

How would you begin to manage the information required to prosecutean inter-agency response to any of the various threats that might be aboardsuch a hypothetical ship such as a report of a nuclear device being smuggled,chemical or biological agents, or any of hundreds of other possibilities?Maritime Domain Awareness can become the forum we use to get our arms aroundthat issue.

Its key characteristics would be a system that integrates the many andvaried efforts of military civil agencies, and private sector entities;transparency in the domain from over there internationally to the U.S.port; collaboration among federal agencies; coordination among international,national, and local interests; sensitivity to customer service; risk-baseddecision making; and facilitation of the Incident Command System when incidentsdo arise. Jointness plus with an emphasis on the plus.

Its tools would have to include solid vulnerability assessments withaction plan follow-ups; a model port guide with special attention to securityguidelines; counter-terrorism and contingency plans and exercises; real-timecargo, people, vessel tracking systems; and rigorous analytic models &simulations capable of producing tactically actionable products.

But perhaps the most important characteristic of MDA is that it is notjust a system. It is a state of mind. You can’t buy that. It is constant,unyielding vigilance. Its most important assets are the eyes and ears ofpeople in the private industry and in the federal, state and local lawenforcement officials in US ports and waterways.

The National Response Center is ready and waiting to receive telephonereports of suspicious activity that you might see from day to day. Theyhave a toll-free number: 1-800-424-8802. I urge you to use it. You canhelp us develop the awareness I’m talking about.

We are a maritime nation. We already know how porous our maritime borderscan be, especially in comparison to our land and air borders. Ninety-fivepercent of our trade is shipped by maritime means. Threats can pose aslegitimate trading vessels very easily among such a large volume.

Somebody has to engage these vessels one at a time up close and personal.Somebody has to distinguish the suspicious from the obviously innocent.To separate the guilty from the merely suspicious, somebody has to getalongside and put a boarding team aboard, even if the suspect vessels resistor won’t stop.

Somebody has to size up each case and dispose of it based on the complexhumanitarian, diplomatic, military, geo-political, environmental, and legalissues at stake.

Somebody has to coordinate proposed enforcement actions with other governmentdepartments, flag states, law enforcement agencies, and everybody elsewho has a legitimate voice in the matter. It must all be done accordingto the rule of law. For 211 years, that somebody has been the USCG.
 

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NAVAL ACADEMY SUPERINTENDANT TO HEAD SUNY MARITIME

Vice Admiral John Ryan, USN, currently Superintendent of the US Naval Academyin Annapolis, has been selected as the next President of the State Universityof New York Maritime College. He will take office on June 15, 2002 witha mandate to increase enrollment and the level of private financial supportthe college receives. SUNY Maritime is located at historic Fort Schuylerin Throggs Neck, NY.

Admiral Ryan graduated from the Naval Academy in June of 1967 and earnedthe designation of Naval Aviator in October 1968. He has distinguishedhimself as a line officer and effective leader, most recently serving asCommander, Maritime Surveillance and Reconnaissance Force, US Sixth Fleet;Commander, Fleet Air Mediterranean; and Commander, Maritime Air Forces,Mediterranean. Ryan was Commander, Patrol Wings, US Pacific Fleet/Commander,Anti-Submarine Warfare Forces, US Pacific Fleet.

He was awarded the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the Legions ofMerit and the Meritorious Service Medal, along with various other Serviceawards. Ryan has served in his current position since 1998.

Vice Admiral John W. Craine Jr. USN (Ret.) will serve as interim presidentof the State University of New York
(SUNY) Maritime College. He recently retired as the Chief of NavalEducation and Training for the Navy where he was responsible for all trainingand education programs across the Navy, including technical and flighttraining, and Naval ROTC programs. Craine took office last week and willserve through June 2002.
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PENTAGON SEEKS IDEAS ON COMBATING TERRORISM

The Department of Defense recently announced that it is sponsoring a BroadAgency Announcement (BAA) asking for help in fighting terrorism. The BAA,issued Oct. 23 (No. 02-Q-4655), specifically seeks help in combating terrorism,defeating difficult targets, conducting protracted operations in remoteareas, and developing countermeasures to weapons of mass destruction. Itsobjective is to find concepts that can be developed within 12 to 18 months.

The BAA provides for a three-phase process in which interested partiesinitially submit a one-page description of their concept. Initial responsesare due by Dec. 23, 2001. After a review of a submission and if DoD isinterested in further information, the submitter will then be asked toprovide a more detailed description of up to 12 pages. Submitters of conceptsthat the department is not interested in pursuing further will be so notified.

DoD will evaluate phase two submissions and ask those who have offeredthe most promising ideas to submit full proposals in a third phase thatmay form the basis for a contract. Interested parties can obtain more informationconcerning this BAA by visiting http://www.bids.tswg.gov.
 

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MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

Openings in classes through the end of February 2002

Remainder 2001

  • 11/12-16: FF-ADV, BRM, VPM
  • 11/12-15: SMA
  • 11/26-30: BRM, TPIC, HAZ
  • 12/1: ROR-1
  • 12/3-7: BRM, FF-ADV
  • 12/10-21: GMDSS
  • 12/10-14: BRM, COMP-NET, DCS
  • 12/15: ROR-1
  • 12/17-21: FF-ADV, ARPA, COMP-MAR
  • 12/17-20: SMA

January 2002

  • 1/7-18: GMDSS
  • 1/7-11: FF-ADV, BRM, ROP, TPIC
  • 1/12: CBRD-1, ROR-1
  • 1/14-18: FF-ADV, BST, BRM, ARPA
  • 1/19: ROR-1
  • 1/21-2/1: MED-PIC, GMDSS
  • 1/21-25: FF-ADV, BST, BRM, ECDIS
  • 1/21-24: SMA
  • 1/26: CBRD-1, ROR-1
  • 1/28-2/1: FF-ADV, BST,BRM, ARPA, COMP-NET
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    February 2002
  • 2/4-2/8: HAZ, SHS-BAS, BRM, WX-HWA
  • 2/11-2/15: BST, SHS-INT I, ARPA
  • 2/11-14: SMA
  • 2/11-22: MED-PIC
  • 2/18-22: FF-ADV, SHS-INT II, COMP-MAR
  • 2-25-3/1: BST, SHS-EMR, BRM

Course Equivalency

Before submitting requests for equivalencies, members should ensure thattheir submissions are in accordance with established policy. Policy canbe found in hard copy at the halls or on the MITAGS website at www.mitags.orgunder Training Policy & Procedures.

Schedule Info

Schedule through June 2002 is being maintained on the website. Hard copiesof the January-June 2002 schedule have been mailed to the halls. Checkthe MITAGS website at: www.mitags.orgfor up-to-date info. For additional course info, contact Mary Matlock atvoice: 443-989-3226 or Email: admissions@mitags.org.

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PACIFIC NORTHWEST MARITIME INSTITUTE (PMI) COURSE OPENINGS

Openings in classes through December

  • 12/3-7: ARPA
  • 12/10-14: ARPA, GMDSS, BRM
  • 12/17-21: ARPA, BRM

The first Medical Person-In-Charge course will commence on February 18,2002 in Seattle. Successful candidates will receive STCW certificates inElementary First Aid, Medical First Aid Provider and Medical Person inCharge.

Registration is available on-line at http://www.stcw95.com/register.htm.

For further info, contact:

    Gregg Trunnell, Director Pacific Northwest Maritime Institute 2333 Third Avenue Seattle, WA 98121-1711

Phone: 206-239-9965; Fax: 206-441-2995; Email: info@stcw95.com
 

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MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 11-1 CLOSE

 D O W
 N A S D A Q
 9,263.90
-199.00 for the week
 1,746.30
 -29.13 for the week
 Vanguard 500 IndexFund (VFINX)  100.12
 Vanguard Extended MarketIndex Fund (VEXMX) 20.76
 Vanguard InternationalGrowth Fund (VWIGX)  14.21
 Vanguard Morgan GrowthFund (VMRGX)  13.47
 Vanguard Windsor IIFund (VWNFX)  24.87
 Vanguard GNMA Fund(VFIIX) 10.63
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX) 14.13
 Fidelity Asset Manager(FASMX) 15.18
 Fidelity Growth andIncome (FGRIX)  35.99
Fidelity Magellan Fund (FAGX)  98.45
 Spartan US Equity IndexFund (FUSEX)   38.42

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The MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly is the officialelectronic 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 vesselsat sea, broadcast worldwide via FEC marine telex and is posted on our webpage under “News” at: http://www.bridgedeck.org.
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