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Wheelhouse Weekly – September 07, 2001

September 7th 2001


THE MASTERS, MATES AND PILOTS’
WHEELHOUSE WEEKLY

Bridging the Information Gap With E-News You Can Use

Volume 5. . . . . Number 36. . . September 7, 2001

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OFFSHORE CONTRACT UPDATES ON E-SHIPS AND NPR/HOLT

E-Ships Update

Final details were worked out on a new four-year extension agreement which was signed in mid-August between MM&P and E-Ships (formerly Farrell Lines). The contract provides increases in each year and also provides other beneficial improvements. Highlights of the new agreement include:

  • Increases on wages and wage related items as follows:
    • a 4-percent increase for 2001 to be paid retroactive to 1/1/2001
    • a 4.5-percent increase for 2002
    • a 4-percent increase in 2003 and in 2004.
    • The wage increase in year four is subject to a 5-percent COLA cap.
  • Master is guaranteed 1.6 hours overtime per day.
  • Penalty rates are increased.
  • Port Relief Officer rates are increased.
  • IRAP increased to 7.5-percent plus Feinberg.
  • Contribution rates to MIRAID and MITAGS are increased.

 

NPR/Holt Update

MM&P has been working closely with NPR/Holt to achieve new contract terms that will benefit our members while helping the company to emerge from bankruptcy reorganization. MM&P International President Capt. Tim Brown reported that MM&P is “confident that the company will return to profitability and a firm financial footing.”

The agreement between the MM&P and NPR/Holt has been extended for two years, with a new expiration of 6/16/2004.

The Pop-Up scheduled to take place 8/1/2001 has been deferred for one year. A 3-percent increase on wages and wage-related items is scheduled to go into effect in the final year of the contract.
 
 

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MARAD TO CELEBRATE 25th RRF ANNIVERSARY IN BALTIMORE

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Ready Reserve Force (RRF) on Friday, September 14, onboard the M/V CAPE WRATH which is home-ported in Baltimore, MD. The event will begin with a buffet breakfast at 0800 hrs on board the vessel, followed by the ceremony itself from 0900 to 1030 hrs.

MM&P International President Capt. Tim Brown has been asked by MARAD to speak on behalf of maritime labor. Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta will be the keynote speaker. MTL President Richard duMoulin will speak on behalf of ship managers.

The Ready Reserve Force (RRF) program was initiated in 1976 as a subset of MARAD’s National Defense Reserve Fleet (NDRF) to support the rapid worldwide deployment of US military forces. A key element of strategic sealift, the RRF is specifically structured to transport Army and Marine Corps unit equipment and initial resupply for forces deploying anywhere in the world during the critical period before adequate numbers of commercially available ships can be marshaled. The current RRF fleet includes 76 vessels maintained in various readiness categories.

MM&P members are invited to attend the ceremony aboard the WRATH. In order to attend, contact MM&P Director of Communications Karl Schwartz by close-of-business Monday, Sept. 10 at phone: 410-850-8700 x27 or by Email to communications@bridgedeck.org. The dress is “business casual” with shoes appropriate for the vessel. Location and directions will be provided after making reservations through the MM&P.

 

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USCG HONORS MM&P-CREWED WASHINGTON STATE FERRY FOR RESCUE

The USCG recently honored the MM&P Pacific Maritime Region-crewed Washington State Ferry HYAK for rescuing two men from the frigid waters off Orchard Point, WA. One of the men was suffering from extreme hypothermia and required extended medical treatment.

MM&P PMR members Capt. Mark Haupt and C/M Beth Stowell were among those of the HYAK’s crew to receive a Public Service Commendation for exemplary performance during the July 10 rescue. US Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Washington State Transportation Secretary Doug MacDonald attended the award ceremony, which was held onboard the WSF ferry WALLA WALLA on Aug.17.

 

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MM&P SHOWS THE COLORS AT LA/LB HARBOR LABOR DAY PARADE

MM&P joined with other area unions in marching in this year’s LA/LB Harbor Coalition Labor Day Parade. MM&P has participated in the parade since its inception. Pacific Ports Agent Dave Boatner reports that about 30 participants showed the Union’s colors by wearing blue MM&P shirts.

Joining MM&P in the march were representatives of the SUP, MFOW, MEBA and SIU. Reportedly over 3,000 union members participated in this march.

AFL-CIO President John Sweeney spoke at the rally after the march. He condemned “Fast Track” trade authority for FTAA (Free Trade Area of the Americas). This NAFTA-like agreement would result in the loss of more American jobs overseas and does not include provisions to ensure that trade and investment support, sustainable human development, a clean environment, and dignified work.

MM&P gives a special thanks to the members and their families who helped support the Union at the Labor Day march and rally.

 

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CHANGE IN CONTACT NUMBERS FOR NEW MM&P GL&R HALL

Due to a local phone company administrative error, the new phone numbers previously listed for the new Great Lakes & Rivers Hall were not correct.

The correct numbers should be:

  • 216-776-1667 Voice
  • 216-776-1668 Fax

For further info, call GL&R’s Vice President Bill Rabatsky at the new hall or contact him via Email at: brabatsky@bridgedeck.org.

Also effective Sept. 1, MM&P’s Port Everglades union hall has relocated to:

540 East McNab Road – Suite B Pompano Beach, FL 33060-9354

The new office phone number: 954-946-7883; fax number: 954-946-8283.

 

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REPORT URGES SPEED LIMITS TO REDUCE WHALE DEATHS

The Journal of Commerce reports that the National Marine Fisheries Service has received a final draft report from a Ship Strike Committee that urges speed and routing restrictions for ships to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales from collisions. A committee working with federally mandated whale protection teams in the Northeast and Southeast US compiled the report.

“Ship strikes are a well-documented threat to these endangered whales,” said Pat Kurkul, the Northeast Regional administrator for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) fisheries. “Two right whales have died this year with injuries indicating they were hit by ships. We’ll look very closely at the committee’s recommendations for ways to minimize this threat.”

After a period of intense whaling in the Nineteenth and early Twentieth centuries, the North Atlantic right whale population is now estimated at approximately 300 animals.
The report recommends routing of ships over 65 feet around observed whales, as well as speed restrictions and shipping lanes to minimize ship traffic through whale habitats.

The report pays special attention to the area around Boston and Cape Cod where many of the whales feed during the winter. The report generally recommends limiting vessel speed to 10 knots in many areas, generally from 20 nautical miles to the harbor entrance.

In the report’s industry comments, J.J. Keever, executive vice president of the Hampton Roads Maritime Association and an officer of the National Assoc. of Maritime Organizations, said that his members did not support the speed restrictions, which should differ from vessel to vessel.

Whitemarsh S. Smith, president of the Charleston Branch Pilots Associations said that while “10 knots is a typical speed at which the transfers of pilots to and from ships takes place… there is no authority that we know of that can regulate their speed on the open ocean,” provided the ships are operated in compliance with international treaties.

 

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NEW INFO AVAILABLE ON WEB SITE MEMBERS-ONLY SECTION

Offshore members who have signed up for access to the Members Only section of MM&P’s website at www.bridgedeck.org can now view shipping information online. The information is updated daily and provides shipping lists, assignment lists and open registration information by port.

The lists provide information for all Off-the-Board, Applicants, Permit, Unlicensed, Company Employees and Company Referrals by registration number and port.

Within the next month, Offshore members should also be able to access their own employment and training course histories.

All members from all membership groups who log-in can view their member information, print out change of address forms, view their dues payment histories, make dues payments and PCF contributions.
 

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IMPORTANT INFO FROM MITAGS ON STCW-95 CERTIFICATION

Openings in classes through the end of this year

  • 9/17-21: BST
  • 9/17-19: BRM
  • 9/26-28: BRM
  • 10/1-5: FF-ADV, ECDIS
  • 10/1-12: GMDSS
  • 10/8-12: BRM, BST
  • 10/22-25: SMA
  • 10/22-26: SHS-INT II, COMP-NET, BST, BRM
  • 10/29-11/2: BRM, WX-HWA
  • 11/5-7: BRMP
  • 11/5-9: ROP
  • 11/12-16: FF-ADV, BST, BRM, VPM
  • 11/12-15: SMA
  • 11/26-12/7: GMDSS
  • 11/26-30: BST, BRM, TPIC, HAZ
  • 12/3-7: ECDIS, BRM, FF-ADV
  • 12/10-21: GMDSS
  • 12/10-14: BRM, ARPA, COMP-NET, DCS
  • 12/17-21: BST, FF-ADV, ARPA, COMP-MAR
  • 12/17-20: SMA

Off-campus Housing

Additional capacity has been created in BRM, BST, and ARPA, primarily between now and the end of October. One of the consequences is an increased reliance on off-campus housing. MITAGS contracts with local hotels, makes all reservations, provides meals, and shuttles students to/from campus.

STCW-95 Certificate

Remember that merely having completed all required courses does not satisfy the STCW95 requirement. You will need to have the certificate in hand in order to sail on February 1, 2002. Processing times at Coast Guard Regional Examining Centers are already long and the workload will only increase between now and the first of the year. MITAGS will continue to make every effort to expand capacity to accommodate demand but it is still possible that you may end up with all requirements complete except for one: the STCW95 certificate itself. Don’t delay!

Schedule through June 2002 is being maintained on the MITAGS web-site at www.mitags.org. Hard copies of the Jan-June 2002 schedule are being mailed to the halls. For additional course info, contact Mary Matlock at voice: 443-989-3226 or Email: admissions@mitags.org.

 

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PACIFIC NORTHWEST MARITIME INSTITUTE (PMI) COURSE OPENINGS

Openings in classes through December

  • 9/17-21: ARPA, FF, AFF
  • 9/24-28: BRM, GMDSS
  • 10/8-12: ARPA, BRM
  • 10/15-19: ARPA
  • 10/22-26: ECDIS
  • 10/29-11/2: BRM
  • 11/5-99: ARPA
  • 12/3-7: ARPA
  • 12/10-14: ARPA, GMDSS, BRM
  • 12/17-21: ARPA, BRM
     

For more info on courses or PMI, visit their website at www.stcw95.com.
 

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MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 9-6 CLOSE

 D O W

 N A S D A Q

 9,840.80

-388.35 for the week 

 1,791.68

 -137.33 for the week 
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)

 102.38

 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)

21.68

 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)

 14.69

 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)

 13.78

 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)

 26.14

 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)

10.45

 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)

14.90

 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)

15.50

 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)

 36.84

Fidelity Magellan Fund (FAGX)

 99.77

 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)

  39.29

 

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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 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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