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Wheelhouse Weekly – November 10, 2000

November 10th 2000


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VOLUME 4. . . . . NUMBER 45. . . November 10, 2000

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ONLY 10 DAYS LEFT TO RETURN BALLOTS FOR MM&P ELECTION

Only 10 days are left until the MM&P election ends. In order to be counted, ballots are due back at the collection facility on or before Nov.20. Members who have not received a ballot should contact MM&P Comptroller John Gorman at 410-850-8700×12 or Email jgorman@bridgedeck.org, to request a duplicate ballot request form. The ballot count will take place on Nov.21 beginning at 1000 hrs. at MITAGS.

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PRESIDENTIAL RACE IN DOUBT A DAY AFTER ELECTION ENDS

Vice President Al Gore and Texas Governor George W. Bush are still locked in a fierce struggle for the presidency more than a day after the tightest election finish in more than three decades and a roller coaster night of ever-changing vote counts. News reports now indicate it may take as long as 10 days before final results are known.

The day after the election, neither candidate could lay claim to the 270 electoral votes needed to become the 43rd US President because results from Florida, with 25 electoral votes, had to be recounted. VP Gore won the popular vote count, but needed Florida to win the electoral vote count where Bush leads by the slimmest of margins. Florida law requires that a recount be taken when the margin of difference is so close.

Around 0200 EST on Nov.8, Gore called Bush to concede the election, only to call back around 0400 to tell Bush he was not going to concede after all, pending the Florida results.

Voter turnout reached 80 percent and higher in many places, with a national turnout average around 51 percent. The AFL-CIO mobilized the biggest, most enthusiastic grassroots expression of people power in American history. Union members made more phone calls, walked more neighborhoods and passed out more leaflets than ever before in support of VP Gore.

The AFL-CIO felt Gore was on the right side of the issues that matter most to working families. On the other side, an AFL-CIO statement said that unions have been outspent 15-to-1 by Big Business which did everything it could to put a corporate agenda in control of the White House and both houses of Congress.

National election results indicate that the Republicans retained control of the House and Senate by very slim margins. Also newsworthy was the fact that first lady Hillary Clinton became the Senator-elect from New York, becoming the first First Lady ever to win an elective office.

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MATSON NEGOTIATIONS HELD AT MM&P HQ

Matson contract negotiations were held earlier this week at MM&P HQ. MEBA Representative Bill Ward and ARA Sec.-Treas. Phil Clegg were in attendance. Continuing progress was reported.

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MM&P PILOT VP CAPT. GEORGE QUICK SUFFERS MILD HEART ATTACK

Capt. George Quick, Vice President of the Pilot Membership Group suffered a mild heart attack while attending a national pilot’s meeting in New Orleans last week. He is expected to make a full recovery. At the present time, he expects to return to his home in the Maryland area later this week.

Members and friends who would like to send “get well” wishes to Capt. Quick or contact him for any reason, can send correspondence to him at the MM&P, 700 Maritime Blvd., Linthicum Heights, MD 21090-1941, and it will be forwarded to his home. All of us at MM&P HQ wish him a speedy recovery.

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NEW PLANS ADMINISTRATOR BEGINS DUTIES

On Monday, MM&P’s new Plans Administrator Valerie Verrecchio spent her first day on the job. She will be learning all the many aspects of her new position from current Plans Administrator Lisa De Simone who retires at the end of this year. Ms. Verrecchio is the former Administrator of MM&P’s Atlantic & Gulf Region Pension and Welfare Pans.

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NTSB WANTS USCG TO INCREASE REGS ON DOMESTIC TOWING SAFETY

The National Transportation Safety Board, in its latest response to a 1998 accident on the Mississippi River, wants the USCG to require domestic towing companies to have documented and effective safety management systems.

NTSB Chairman Jim Hall, in a recent letter to USCG Commandant Adm. James Loy, urged the agency to seek authority from Congress to mandate such systems, as well as formal training in crowd management, periodic drills and contingency plans for marine-related incidents.

In prior correspondence with the NTSB, the USCG has said it agrees in principle with the use of safety management systems but that the law does not give it the power to require them on domestic vessels.

In April 1998 a tow of the ANNE HOLLY struck a bridge pier on the Mississippi River in St. Louis. Eight barges broke loose and struck a permanently moored casino boat. The casino boat nearly broke loose, and 16 people on board were treated for minor injuries. Damages were estimated at $11 million.

An NTSB investigation said the ramming was probably caused by “the poor decision-making of the master of the tug and the failure of the management of the tug’s owner to provide adequate policy and direction to ensure safe operation of its towboats.”

The NTSB also made recommendations concerning increased protection for permanently moored vessels. The NTSB letter to the Coast Guard may be viewed with an Adobe Acrobat Reader at http://www.ntsb.gov/recs/letters/2000/m00_10_16.pdf

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STCW CERTIFICATION DEADLINE APPROACHING – DO NOT GET BEACHED

Like the time posted on the sailing board beside the ship’s gangway, the STCW-95 sailing date of Feb.1, 2002 is one to keep in mind. Missing it can have grave consequences for your professional seafaring status.

A year and a few months may seem like a long time, but the classes or courses you may still require for obtaining your STCW-95 certificate may take some long-term planning. And the closer the deadline gets, the harder it will be to reserve a seat in the courses you are required to take.

Besides those members currently sailing, there are some serious implications for members who are not actively sailing and who hold a license, either active or one that has been renewed for continuity purposes.

Under STCW, mariners must demonstrate their competence in specific skills. Simply passing a written exam and acquiring some sea time will not be enough. In addition to a license, anyone serving on vessels of 200 gross tons or more beyond the boundary line must comply with STCW and have a valid STCW certificate.

By Feb.1, 2002, members must meet the STCW requirements or risk losing the ability to sail on their license. There is currently a transition period in which mariners who began their service or training before August 1, 1998 will not have to meet the full requirements of STCW.

Any member that has a license renewed for continuity purposes that considers sailing on their license to be a serious possibility would be prudent to re-activate that license now and get the training to get a STCW 95 certificate before 2/1/02. MM&P members with specific STCW 95 questions should contact Mike Wein at MITAGS at Voice: 443-989-3238 or Email: mwein@mitags.org.

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MITAGS TO HOST MARITIME CASUALTY CONFERENCE & EXPO NOV.14-15

The Maritime Casualty Conference & Expo (MarCas) will take place at MITAGS on Nov.14-15. The regular, single attendee registration fee for the Conference is $495.00. MITAGS has secured a special discounted price of $250.00 for all MM&P Offshore Members with eligibility to attend MITAGS. Registration can be made through the MarCas website, www.mar-cas.com. Indicate that you are an Offshore member and are eligible to attend MITAGS.

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MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

The following classes are available:

  • 11/13-17: ROP, VPM, COMP-OPS, BST
  • 11/27-12/1: MED-1st, HAZ, WX-HWA, EINS, TPIC
  • 12/4: ROR
  • 12/4-8: COMP-APS
  • 12/11-15: ROP, COMP-NET, BST

DC class: A few spots still remain in the MSC certified Damage Control class to be held at MITAGS the weekend of Nov 18-19.

Original Third Mate: Inaugural course will start on Jan.8 and run for 10 weeks with the 10th week being the USCG exam. The course is designed for ABs who have started their sea careers before 8-1-98 (pre STCW-95). ABs who started their careers after that date are welcome to take the course, but it is unlikely that they will be qualified to sit for the license since they must be in full compliance with the STCW-95 Code. Course will accommodate ABs that desire licenses ranging from 500 GRT Oceans/Near Coastal to Third Mate Oceans/Near Coastal. For further info, contact Mike Wein at mwein@mitags.org.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Course changes are posted on the MITAGS website as soon as they are made and are also updated in the Wheelhouse Weekly. It is highly recommended to check with Mary Matlock, MITAGS Admissions, for the latest course info. She may be reached at: Voice: 410-859-5700 ext. 3246; Fax: 410-859-5181; Email: admissions@mitags.org.

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MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 11-7 CLOSE

Since the Wheelhouse Weekly is usually distributed before the markets close on Friday, the numbers cited will be from Thursday’s close unless otherwise specified.

 DOW

 10,952.18

+71.67 for the week

 NASDAQ

 3,415.79

-13.23 for the week

 

 Vanguard 500 Index Fund

 132.28

 +0.34 for the week

 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund

 35.22

 -0.10 for the week

 Vanguard International Growth Fund

 20.68

 +0.19 for the week

 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund

 21.96

 -0.11 for the week

 Vanguard Windsor II Fund

 27.46

 -0.03 for the week

 Chase Growth Fund

 17.53

  -0.07 for the week

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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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