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Wheelhouse Weekly – October 20, 2000

October 20th 2000


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VOLUME 4. . . . . NUMBER 42. . . October 20, 2000

STORIES COVERED



MATSON CONTRACT UPDATE

MM&P and Matson held another round of contract negotiations at Matson offices in San Francisco on Thursday, October 19. Progress continues to be made. Joining MM&P’s negotiators to observe the negotiations were Carl Young from the American Radio Association and Bill Ward from the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association.

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HAWAII TRADE HEATS UP AS MATSON AND CSX LINES ADD NEW VESSELS

Notable to the MM&P as negotiations with Matson Navigation continue is that in response to the strengthening Hawaii economy and the concurrent increase in market demand, Matson Navigation and CSX Lines, both MM&P-contracted, are increasing their competitive stance with the addition of capacity and increase of service frequency to their Hawaii Service.

Effective October 29, Matson will add an eighth vessel to its current seven ship Hawaii Service fleet. With the new schedule, Matson’s service will feature four arrivals from the West Coast every week. From Northern California, the schedule provides twice-weekly service, with direct sailings every Tuesday and Friday afternoon from Oakland to Honolulu. From Southern California, Matson will offer twice weekly service, with direct sailings from Los Angeles to Honolulu every Wednesday afternoon and Saturday morning. The Pacific Northwest service will continue to offer a weekly Sun. departure.

Earlier this week, CSX Lines also announced the introduction of a new fortnightly Hawaii service called the Midweek Express. The service offers direct sailings from Southern California to Honolulu; from Honolulu to Tacoma; and Intercoastal service from Tacoma to Long Beach.

The Midweek Express service complements CSX Lines’ California-Hawaii Express service, which sails at the end of the week, by providing two direct sailings from the trade’s largest market. Eight CSX Line vessels will now be committed to the Hawaii trade, with three Honolulu arrivals every other week.

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CSX LINES TO ADD NEW WEEKLY SAILING TO US-PUERTO RICO SERVICE

MM&P-contracted CSX Lines has also announced that starting November 3, the company will begin a second weekly sailing from San Juan direct to Jacksonville, Florida.

A CSX Lines spokesman said that the company will now have the fastest service in the trade. It will depart San Juan on Friday nights and discharge customers’ cargo on Monday mornings. The existing northbound service sails each Tuesday with a Friday morning arrival in Jacksonville. The new service is designed to provide inventory savings to many manufacturing facilities and, in some cases, provide a better option than airfreight.

In another service change related to the Puerto Rican trade, CSX will consolidate its Gulf service into a single port call in Houston, Texas. This will be a fixed day service departing Houston on Fridays and Wednesdays, every ten days. New Orleans will be serviced by rail and/or truck service to either Houston or Jacksonville, depending on the service needs of the cargo.

The company stated that this change will significantly reduce the ocean transit from Houston to San Juan from eight days to five. CSX believes this will generate interest from customers who have transit sensitive cargo such as perishables.

In addition to these changes, CSX Lines is adding to its recent investments in San Juan with the addition of a third crane later this month, aiming at improvements in cargo availability and vessel reliability.

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MM&P FEDERAL ELECTION GUIDE COMING SOON

November 7 is fast approaching and all MM&P members are urged to go to the polls to vote. Voting is not only a right, but it is also a privilege and a duty. Over the next couple of weeks, the Wheelhouse Weekly and the MM&P web site will highlight supporters of the US-flag maritime industry and of the MM&P locked in key races for U.S. congressional office. Any MM&P member having questions about a particular federal election issue is urged to contact the MM&P’s Washington, DC, office at 202-463-6265 or by email to miraid@email.msn.com.

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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. Professional Mariner magazine is producing the conference which will focus is on lowering the human and financial risks and cost of maritime casualties.

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.

For those with an interest in attending, conference, registration can be accomplished through the MarCas website, www.mar-cas.com. Make sure you indicate that you are an Offshore member of the MM&P and are eligible to attend MITAGS.

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MARITIME LABOR URGES HILL SUPPORT ON FOREIGN FLAG ISSUES

The MM&P along with several other US maritime labor unions have petitioned Rep. Wayne Gilchrest (R-MD), chairman of the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Marine Transportation (Transportation and Infrastructure) to support efforts spearheaded by Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) to include within the USCG authorizations legislation in conference his amendment to address the serious humanitarian and environmental problems presented through the operation of unsafe, substandard foreign flag commercial vessels.

DeFazio’s proposal would permit the Federal Maritime Commission to initiate a proceeding pursuant to section 19 of the Merchant Marine Act, 1920 (relating to conditions unfavorable to shipping in the United States trade) to determine if a vessel receives an unfair financial advantage because its country of registry fails to enforce international shipping standards that pertain to the operation of such commercial vessels.

The October 17 letter states:

“We are keenly aware of the impact that substandard, unsafe commercial vessels have not only on the economic viability of the US-flag merchant marine but on the safety of life and property at sea and the protection of the marine environment. We have joined with the International Transport Workers’ Federation in a worldwide campaign against the operation of unsafe foreign-flag and flag-of-convenience vessels and to draw attention to the unconscionable working and living conditions these vessels’ crews are subjected to daily.

“We believe it is time for the United States, the world’s largest trading nation, to stop rewarding these unsafe, substandard vessels with unlimited access to American ports and cargo. Through Congressman DeFazio’s proposed legislation, the US government and the American people will have the opportunity to learn which vessels are able to offer the lowest costs anywhere in the world because their country of registry has little if any regard for human rights and the environment and does not properly enforce international shipping standards.

“We believe that the enactment of Congressman DeFazio’s proposal will help put the United States in the forefront of the effort to stop the operation of foreign flag vessels that are registered in countries that have a reckless disregard for human rights and marine safety and which are allowed to operate outside the scope of international standards. We ask that you support the inclusion of Congressman DeFazio’s proposed amendment relating to the operation of substandard vessels in the Coast Guard authorizations legislation pending action in conference.”

The letter represents the views of MM&P International President Capt. Timothy Brown as well as the presidents of other US sea-going maritime unions.

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BOSTON SHIP REPAIR AGREES TO PAY $250K IN KICKBACK PROBE

United States Attorney Donald K. Stern has announced that Boston Ship Repair, Inc., of Boston, Mass., has agreed to pay the United States $250,000 in order to settle the government’s civil claims that Boston Ship Repair paid illegal kickbacks in connection with a government contract.

In September 1999, Stephen A. DiLeo, the President and majority shareholder of Boston Ship Repair, and Harry J. Nicholson, the Chief Financial Officer and minority shareholder of Boston Ship Repair, pled guilty in US District Court to paying illegal kickbacks to Donald Allender of AMO-contracted BayShip Management, Inc., in connection with a government contract. The federal anti-kickback statute provides that anyone who knowingly provides, accepts, or charges an illegal kickback in connection with a government contract is strictly liable for a civil penalty equal to twice the amount of each kickback.

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MITAGS TO OFFER ORIGINAL THIRD MATE’S PROGRAM

At MM&P’s 78th Convention held this summer, a resolution was introduced and adopted by the delegates to develop an Original License Program, working in conjunction with SUP.

The dates have now been set for MITAGS to hold its inaugural Third Mate’s program. The course will start on Mon., Jan.8 and run for 10 weeks with the 10th week being the Coast Guard exam. (The USCG exams for original Third generally start on a Tuesday.)

The course is designed for ABs who have started their sea career before August 1, 1998 (i.e. 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, and the regulations for them have not been finalized.

The Course can handle 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.

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MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

The following classes are available:

  • 10/30-11/3: MED 1st
  • 11/13-17: ROP, VPM, COMP-OPS
  • 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

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.

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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REMINDER: BALLOTS FOR MM&P ELECTION 2000 DUE BACK BY NOV.20

Ballots were mailed to all members eligible to vote in the MM&P 2000 election on Aug.21. Members who have not received a ballot should contact MM&P Controller John Gorman at 410-850-8700×12 or Email jgorman@bridgedeck.org, to request a duplicate ballot request form. To be counted ballots must be received at the collection facility by Monday, Nov. 20.

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MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 10-19 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

 10,142.98

+108.40 for the week

 NASDAQ

 3,418.60

+343.92 for the week

 

 Vanguard 500 Index Fund

 128.23

 +5.44 for the week

 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund

 34.15

 +1.85 for the week

 Vanguard International Growth Fund

 19.54

 -0.25 for the week

 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund

 21.32

 +1.11 for the week

 Vanguard Windsor II Fund

 26.46

 +0.27 for the week

 Chase Growth Fund

 17.00

  +0.60 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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