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Wheelhouse Weekly – September 05, 2002

September 5th 2002


THE MASTERS, MATES AND PILOTS’
WHEELHOUSE WEEKLY

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Volume 6 . . . . . Number 36 . . . . . September 5, 2002

STORIES COVERED

 

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REMINDERS

 



 

 

NEW TRANSPORTATION 9-11 MEDAL PRESENTED IN NEW YORK CITY

On Thursday, September 5, US Department of Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta recognized the bravery, dedication and teamwork displayed last September and the 12 months since by members of the USCG by presenting them with the new Transportation 9/11 Medal.

The new medal is awarded to employees of the USDOT and private citizens for meritorious service resulting from unique and outstanding achievement in response to the attacks on September 11, 2001.

In addition, the Secretary presented the Outstanding Unit Award pennant to various USCG units who responded to the catastrophic events of September 11. The awards ceremony took place in New York City onboard the CGC JUNIPER berthed at South Street Seaport.
 

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ILA TO COMMEMORATE SEPTEMBER 11 WITH FIVE MINUTES OF SILENCE

The ILA is asking all members to observe five minutes of silence beginning at 0848 ET on Wed., September 11 to commemorate the tragic events that occurred on that date one year ago. All employers covered by the ILA Master Contract have consented to this observance.
 

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IMPORTANT NOTICE ON PRESCRIPTION DRUG MAIL ORDER PROGRAM

The MM&P Plan Rules and Regulations for mail order drugs state that in situations where a generic equivalent of a drug is available, if your physician checks off Dispense as Written (DAW) or you specifically request a name brand drug, you will be responsible for the difference between the generic equivalent and the cost of the brand name drug. This rule has been in effect since September 1, 1998.

The Plan Office recently discovered an error in the manner in which NMHCRX has been administering the mail order prescription drug benefit for members who receive name brand drugs where a generic equivalent is available. This error has gone on for an undetermined period of time and at this time, the Plan is working with the vendor to correct the problem.

NMHCRX will be notifying participants in the near future that, effectively immediately, the following choices will be available:

  1. Your physician can write a prescription for the generic equivalent of the drug you are currently taking. You will incur no additional expense.
  2. You can choose to continue receiving the Brand Name Drug and NMHCRX will bill you the difference between the generic equivalent and the name brand drug.

If you are currently receiving a brand name drug and you elect to receive the generic equivalent, please contact your physician immediately for a new prescription. Your physician can also contact the doctor’s only line at Express Pharmacy at 1-800-454-8257.

If you should experience any delay in getting your medication as a result of this situation, please contact the Plan Office so that we can assist you.

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PMI TO OFFER 2-DAY COURSE ON USE OF CSX MAXIMO SYSTEM

The Pacific Maritime Institute (MITAGS West) will be offering a two-day training course in the Operational Use of Maximo as used by CSX Lines.

This course will be appropriate for any Master, Mate or Engineer who sails on CSX vessels. It will be particularly relevant for those who are sailing as permanent or relief, Chief Mate, or First Engineer. Marine Officers using AmosD on a CSX Vessel will now be using Maximo and could benefit from this course.

The Maximo training course will consist of a general introduction to Maximo followed by a specific description of how CSX uses the program. Each area of use, including Consumables and Spares ordering, Work Order Generation (used by the Deck Department to request Deck repairs), Maintenance tracking, Preventive Maintenance, and Spares tracking will be covered in the course.

There will be time for each participant to practice on a computer using the areas of the program most likely to be relevant. Sample exercises will be provided that will be appropriate for each area of interest.

The course will help students gain a better understanding for the overall Maximo program as well as provide valuable practice time on a test database resembling the one used by CSX.

PMI will be offering the Maximo Training on:

  • October 21­22
  • November 18-19; and
  • December 2-3

Contact Ms. Rita Nalette at 206-441-2880 or 888-893-7829 (toll free) to schedule. PMI requires a six-student minimum to run these courses, so please schedule as far in advance as possible. CSX will be covering transportation to and from Seattle for all eligible MM&P and MEBA members. Contact PMI for any questions regarding eligibility.

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ILWU SUSPENDS CONTRACT TALKS WITH THE PMA

Last Sunday, September 1, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union suspended negotiations with the Pacific Maritime Association after rejecting a PMA proposal to introduce new technology that would mean a loss of union jobs.

For the first time during these negotiations, the ILWU also refused to extend the previous contract, which had been extended on a day-to-day basis since July 1.

Several media reports speculated that by working without a contract, the ILWU was sending a strong message to employers that work slowdowns might be a possibility since both strikes and slowdowns are forbidden under the existing waterfront contract. The ILWU used slowdowns successfully in the 1999 and 1996 contract negotiations.

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MM&P TURNS OUT FOR LA-LB HARBOR LABOR DAY MARCH

Pacific Ports Agent Capt. Dave Boatner extends thanks to the more than 25 MM&P members and their families who participated in this year’s Los Angeles/Long Beach Harbor Labor Coalition Labor Day March. Boatner reports that the Union contingent braved 95-degree heat wearing their MM&P shirts to show solidarity with other labor unions.

More than 90 unions with several thousand members provided a massive show of support for the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Rich Trumka, who was expected to attend, was briefly hospitalized causing him to miss the rally. His speech was sent over from the hospital and read to the crowd followed by an inspiring speech by the Rev. Jesse Jackson.

ILWU President James Spinosa addressed the assembled unions and explained the difficult struggle between the ILWU and the Pacific Maritime Association.

In addition to the Wheelhouse Weekly and the MM&P website, members can stay informed of developments at the ILWU website, www.ilwu.org and also by visiting www.labournet.net/docks2/other/update.htm

Information is also available at all West Coast Union halls regarding what MM&P members’ rights are in the event of a strike by the ILWU. This info has also been distributed to MM&P-crewed vessels. Please contact your officials or representatives if you have questions. The MM&P is committed to provide the maximum support possible to our ILWU brothers and sisters. Thanks to all MM&P members for their continuing show of solidarity with the ILWU.

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MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

DOT Training for D&A

The 3-day course on the MITAGS schedule (MED-DOT-DA) fully satisfies the new DOT requirements.

In lieu of the 3-day program, a 1-day course that substantially complies with the new requirements and is acceptable to the USCG will be presented at:

  • LA/Long Beach on September 30
  • San Francisco on October 2; and
  • Seattle on October 4

Each site will host a class of 20 students.

Those who currently meet the MATES Program eligibility requirements will be given priority. Persons out of eligibility will be accommodated on a space available basis.

Space will be limited so contact the LA/LB Hall, San Francisco Hall, or PMI to sign up as soon as possible. Based on demand, follow-on similar “mobile training” programs may follow.

 

September/October Classes

Students can come to MITAGS week of September 9-13 and earn four certificates covering HAZMAT seminar, EAP, 1-day CBRD, and new DOT Drug & Alcohol training requirements. Remember that you only have to attend for one week to be eligible for transportation.

Plenty of September seats also are available in:

  • Vessel Personnel Management
  • ABS Safenet
  • Computer Networking
  • BST
  • Confined Space Entry; and
  • Advanced Fire Fighting

In October, seats remain in:

  • MSC Communications
  • Computer Applications
  • Advanced FF
  • ARPA
  • BST
  • Confined Space Entry; and
  • GMDSS

 

MITAGS Web Site

A new and improved website will be coming on-line within the next week. Check routinely for up-to-date info on class schedules, trust student policies and procedures, and regulatory changes. Visit the home page at www.mitags.org.

 

New Courses

Note that the prefix “CMM” is now included in several course abbreviations. These courses have been designed specifically to satisfy training area requirements for the new Chief Mate/Master scheme as set forth in NMC Policy Letter 04-02. See www.uscg.mil/STCW/m-policy.htm and www.mitags.org for policy letter and additional info.


New CMM courses are:

  • VPEN: Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation
  • ECDIS: Electronic Chart Display & Info Systems
  • SHS-ADV I&II: Advanced Shiphandling
  • ADVWX: Advanced Meteorology
  • ADVSTB: Advanced Stability

Complete course schedule through December 2002 is on the website. For more info, contact Debbie Walton or Mary Matlock at voice: 443-989-3226 or Email: admissions@mitags.org.

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PACIFIC MARITIME INSTITUTE ACADEMIC NOTES

 
REQUIRED TRAINING FOR 2/MATE UPGRADING TO CHIEF MATE

– 35 hour Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation (VPEN)

Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation, when combined with an approved ECDIS course (taken within 1 year of each other), satisfies the STCW-95 competencies for Advanced Navigation as delineated in Table A-II/2 and as specified in the USCG’s NMC Policy Letter Number 04-02 of Jan.11, 2002. Additionally, the course satisfies assessment task numbers M-1-1A, M-1-1B, M-1-2G, M-1-2H, M-1-2I, M-2-1A, M-2-1D, M-2-1E, M-2-1F, M-6-3A, M-6-3B, M-6-3C.

– Voyage Planning

Students will become familiar with the IMO Guidelines for voyage planning and will undertake voyage planning tasks, including appraisal, documentation and assessing a plan for completeness and accuracy. This is a thorough revision and assessment of voyage planning techniques.

– Electronic Navigation

Students will understand the errors and limitations of primary electronic navigation systems such as GPS and DGPS. Additionally, the use and limitations of shipboard equipment such as gyro, autopilots and integrated bridges systems will be covered in this course.

– ECDIS (35 hours)

This course is USCG approved and when combined with VPEN satisfied the requirement for Advanced Navigation training. The ECDIS course identifies the errors and limitations of ECDIS, while promoting its benefits and usefulness. Bridge watchkeepers will learn the full potential of ECDIS. It incorporates individual laptop workstations for software familiarization and “Norcontrol” bridge simulation to create a realistic navigational environment.

 

OPENINGS IN CLASSES THROUGH OCTOBER
  • 9/16-20: BRM, RADAR, Med 1st
  • 9/16-27: MPIC
  • 9/23-27: ARPA, BAFF
  • 9/30-10/11: ADNAV-VPEN, GMDSS
  • 10/7-11: ECDIS, BST
  • 10/14-18: TPIC­B, ADV STAB, Med 1st
  • 10/14-25: MPIC
  • 10/21-25: BAFF, ADV METEOR
  • 10/28-11/1: ARPA
  • 10/28-11/8: GMDSS

For the latest up-to-date info on class schedules, visit the newly updated PMI website at www.mates.org.

 

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MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 9-4 CLOSE

 D O W

 N A S D A Q

 8,425.10

-401.10 for the week

 1,292.31

 -55.47 for the week
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)

 82.76

 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)

18.99

 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)

 12.54

 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)

 11.15

 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)

 21.88

 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)

10.72

 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)

13.57

 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)

13.76

 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)

 31.22

Fidelity Magellan Fund (FAGX)

 80.54

 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)

  31.74

 

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Reminders


 

CORRECTED OFFSHORE SHIPPING AND WORK RULES BALLOT IN MAIL

A new, corrected Offshore Shipping and Work Rules Ballot was mailed to members on July 30. The ballot sent previously was incorrect. That ballot incorrectly contained 13 shipping rule questions and one proposed work rule change.

The new, correct ballot contains 16 shipping rules questions and one work rule question. For any questions, contact MM&P International Comptroller John Gorman at jgorman@bridgedeck.org or 410-850-8700 x12.

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MEMBER’S-ONLY WEB BULLETIN BOARD SLATED FOR SHUTDOWN

Pursuant to a Resolution adopted at the MM&P’s 79th Convention, the web-based bulletin board established by the MM&P for communication among its members is going to be discontinued. The bulletin board was set up following passage of a Resolution calling for its establishment during the MM&P’s 78th Convention in 2000.

Since its establishment, fewer than one percent of MM&P members have registered to use the system and even fewer registered members have actually posted messages.

Members are advised that the bulletin board will go off-line about October 31, 2002 which is 90 days from the date of publication of the July-August edition of The Master, Mate & Pilot which was printed July 31.

Note: Shut-down of the bulletin board should not be confused with operation of the Members’-only web site accessed from the MM&P’s main web page. That site continues to get excellent traffic and improvements continue to be made.

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FUND ESTABLISHED FOR GISELE SCHMIDT

MM&P has established a Fund to receive donations on behalf of Gisele Schmidt, the daughter of Brother Gary Schmidt. Gisele, who is 21, was rendered paralyzed as the result of a tragic auto accident in March.

Contributions may be made payable to the Gisele Schmidt Fund and should be mailed in care of MM&P, 700 Maritime Blvd., Linthicum Heights, MD 21090.

 

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AHL JOB LINE UPDATED MONTHLY

MM&P-contracted AHL Shipping maintains a “job line” that provides info on available rotary jobs. Information is posted at the beginning of each month for the current month. It is only updated during the month if an error occurred in the original month’s posting. All jobs continue to be posted and shipped out of the Union Halls, the line is for info purposes only. The job line may be reached by calling 504-522-3300 and requesting the Job Line at extension 10.

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FACULTY POSITION OPEN AT MASSACHUSETTS MARITIME

Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s BS program in International Maritime Business is seeking a business administration generalist for a full-time tenure track faculty appointment. The position is available beginning March 1, 2003.

Apply to:

Associate Dean of Human Resources Massachusetts Maritime Academy 101 Academy Drive Buzzards Bay, MA 02532

Include cover letter, resume and three references.

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The MM&P 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 or to subscribe 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 andis posted on our web page.

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