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Wheelhouse Weekly – September 15, 2000

September 15th 2000


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VOLUME 4. . . . . NUMBER 37. . . September 15, 2000

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ELECTED OFFICIALS JOIN DC PROTEST AGAINST FLOATING SWEATSHOPS

Bipartisan support will be evident during the “Workers Against Floating Sweatshops” rally on Capitol Hill this Tues., Sept. 19. Expected to address the participants are Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Representatives Neil Abercrombie (D-HI), Brian Baird (D-WA), David Bonior (D-MI), William Clay (D-MO), Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Jerry Kleczka (D-WI), Lynn Rivers (D-MI) and Chris Smith (R-NJ).

Joining them at the podium will be AFL-CIO President John Sweeney, representatives of the MM&P and other US maritime unions as well as officers from the London-based International Transport Worlers’ Federation (ITF). The speeches should start around 1030 hrs on the west steps of the US Capitol.

For more details or info on transportation for members from MM&P HQ, contact Communications Director Karl Schwartz at 410-850-8700 x27 or Email: communications@bridgedeck.org. The rally is part of a ‘Week of Action’ organized by the ITF on the US East and Gulf Coasts starting Sept.18.

As reported in last week’s Wheelhouse Weekly, the rally is part of the ITF’s worldwide campaign against flag-of-convenience (FOC) ship registries. It will draw attention to the operation of unsafe FOC vessels and to the human rights violations as well as unconscionable working and living conditions endured on a daily basis by the crews aboard these ships. Many FOC vessels are likened to floating sweatshops.

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NOTICE OF PROPOSED EXEMPTION COULD CLEAR WAY FOR AHL ESOP

The MM&P has been advised that the Department of Labor expects to publish in the near future a Notice of Proposed Exemption in the Federal Register with regard to the pending AHL Shipping Company Employee Stock Ownership Plan. If the exemption is granted, it would enable the creation of the AHL Shipping Company Employee Stock Ownership Plan, better known as an ESOP.

This ESOP would be the first of its kind in the US maritime industry. Once published, the Notice will be available on the World Wide Web, and if it is issued prior to press deadline, the Notice of Proposed Exemption will also appear in the upcoming September-October edition of The Master, Mate & Pilot.

Comments on the Proposed Exemption will be permitted for a period of 60 days after publication in the Federal Register. It is anticipated that a final exemption may be issued before the end of the year. Details will follow as they become available.

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CONGRESSMAN HERB BATEMAN, CHAMPION OF U.S. MERCHANT MARINE, DIES

Funeral services for Representative Herbert Bateman, a nine-term congressman from Virginia who was a longtime friend of the MM&P and a champion of the US merchant marine, were held today (9-15) in Newport News. The 72-year-old Bateman, who died in his sleep of an apparent heart attack on Monday, had suffered from lung and prostate cancer over the last several years.

In January, he announced that he would retire from the House and was serving his final term as a senior member of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee and the Armed Services Special Panel on the Merchant Marine.

Bateman was a strong supporter of the Jones Act and a principal author of the Maritime Security Act, which established the Maritime Security Program. He was also an avid supporter of the military, and chaired the Armed Services Military Readiness Subcommittee. At a US Merchant Marine Academy function last Oct., Bateman said, “The United States is a world power because it is a maritime power, and Congress has a responsibility to secure that maritime power for today and for tomorrow.”

Upon hearing of his untimely death, John E. Graykowski, Acting Maritime Administrator said, “For more than three decades Herb Bateman served with distinction in Virginia’s Senate and in the US Congress representing his beloved First District. His leadership, courage and determination helped strengthen the maritime industry with which he had been so long associated.”

Mr. Bateman was the recipient of many awards and honors. He had received the Propeller Club of the United States Salute to Congress Award in 1995. This past June, the American Shipbuilding Association announced the establishment of the Herbert H. Bateman Award. Named in honor of its first recipient, Rep. Bateman, the award is to be presented to a government official or industry leader who the organization feels personified Bateman’s “years of consistent, outstanding leadership and support in strengthening American’s shipbuilding industry, and thus, America.”

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MEMORANDUM FROM MM&P PRESIDENT CAPT. TIM BROWN

The following memorandum from MM&P International President Tim Brown has been sent to all Offshore Ports:

As most of the membership of the Offshore Membership Group knows, the member who currently functions as the Executive Assistant to the President is running for Offshore Vice President on the West Coast. If this candidate is successful, the International will need to fill this position on or before the first of January 2001. I want to make this position as widely known as possible in order to attract highly qualified and motivated candidates.

I would like to see the successful candidate for this position have the following qualifications:

  • An Unlimited Master’s or Chief Mate’s License;
  • An undergraduate degree, preferably some postgraduate work;
  • Substantial verbal and written communication skills;
  • An emphasis on generating computer spreadsheets and word processing. Data base management and analysis will be helpful;
  • A strong work ethic;
  • An ability to meet deadlines in a team environment.

This position will pay between $75,000 and $80,000 per year depending on qualifications and experience. The position is covered by Pension, Health and IRAP contributions. The successful candidate will also be able to contribute to a 401(k) from his or her salary.

Individuals interested in being interviewed for this position are asked to send a resume and a cover letter detailing related job experience to:

Capt. Timothy Brown c/o Ms. Audrey Scharmann Masters, Mates, & Pilots 700 Maritime Blvd. Linthicum Heights, MD 21090-1941

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OSI WEATHER ROUTING PROGRAM CREATOR TO LECTURE AT MITAGS

Henry Chen, President of Ocean Systems Inc. and creator of the OSI Weather routing System will be a guest instructor at the MITAGS Heavy Weather Avoidance Course being held during the week of Nov.27-Dec.1. He will instruct for a full day on the operation and use of the OSI program. Students will use individual workstations equipped with OSI installed in MITAGS state-of-the-art computer lab.

All ship masters, chief mates, and METOC routers who sail on vessels equipped with OSI or use OSI shoreside are encouraged to attend this special session of Heavy Weather Avoidance. In addition to a full day of OSI training, Heavy Weather Avoidance topics include: wave formation and propagation, use of 500 mb charts, tropical systems, rapidly intensifying lows, and satellite imagery. Contact admissions@mitags.org to register. Questions on HWA should be addressed to Michael Carr, mcarr@mitags.org.

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FMC WEB SITE HACKED BY PROTESTER

A computer hacker defaced the Federal Maritime Commission’s Web site last week. The FMC was one of many government corporate, and private sites targeted by the hacker as part of a protest against legal actions taken by the federal government. “I guess we’re not the smallest agency in government that everyone ignores,” said one FMC official wryly, noting that the agency site wasn’t damaged and was up and running again within several hours.

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FORMER USCG ADMIRAL NAMED ABS VICE PRESIDENT OF TECHNOLOGY

Vice Adm. James Card, recently retired vice commandant of the USCG, has been appointed vice president of technology at the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), one of the world’s leading classification societies. He will be based at the ABS HQ in Houston and assume his new duties in early October.

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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 their nearest port office or contact MM&P Controller John Gorman at 410-850-8700×12 or Email jgorman@bridgedeck.org, to request a duplicate ballot request form. Ballots to be counted must be received at the collection facility by close of business on Monday, Nov. 20. The ballot count will take place at MITAGS on Tuesday, Nov. 21.

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DEADLINE FOR MARITIME SERVICE AWARD NOMINATION IS OCT. 15

Reminder: The deadline for nominations for the Samuel Plimsoll Awards for Outstanding Maritime Service is Oct.15. The awards recognize the ingenuity, hard work, and selfless commitment put forth by individuals and companies operating vessels in US waterways. Send award nominations to: Twain Braden; MarCas Program Director; PO Box 569; Portland, Maine 04101. You can also fax nominations to Braden at 207-772-2879 or use the nomination form at the MarCas website: http://www.mar-cas.com.

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MITAGS HAS THE FOLLOWING COURSE OPENINGS

  • 9/18-22: SHS-INT II; FRB
  • 9/18-29: MED-PIC
  • 9/20: CPR
  • 10/2-6: BST
  • 10/2: ROR 1-DAY
  • 10/9-13: GMDSS-REF
  • 10/16-20: ROP
  • 10/30-11/03: MED-1ST
  • 11/1: HAZMAT-NIGHT
  • 11/13-17: BST; ROP; VPM

COMP-NET cancelled for 10/23-27

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 9-14

We have received requests from members at sea to include the Dow Jones Industrial Average and NASDAQ Composite Index closing numbers for the week. 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

 11,087.47

-172.40 for the week

 NASDAQ

 3,913.86

-184.49 for the week

We have also received requests to list the following six funds that are representative of many members’ IRAP holdings in Vanguard and Chase Mutual Funds. In future weeks, the change up or down for the week will also be indicated for the stock averages quoted above and the mutual funds listed below:

 Vanguard 500 Index Fund

 136.98

 -1.97 for the week

 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund

 38.48

 -0.53 for the week

 Vanguard International Growth Fund

 21.43

 -0.56 for the week

 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund

 23.45

 -0.75 for the week

 Vanguard Windsor II Fund

 27.25

 +0.19 for the week

 Chase Growth Fund

 17.983

  -0.05 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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