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Wheelhouse Weekly – September 19, 2002

September 19th 2002


THE MASTERS, MATES AND PILOTS’
WHEELHOUSE WEEKLY

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Volume 6 . . . . . Number 38 . . . . . September 19, 2002

STORIES COVERED

 

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REMINDERS

 



 

 

UPDATE ON VOYAGER US-FLAG CRUISE SHIP PROJECT

Voyager Cruise Lines and its partners, especially the Marine Engine Division of the General Electric Company, has successfully concluded various agreements that has enabled Voyager to make significant changes to its pending Title XI MARAD application.

The MM&P has been working with Voyager to develop a US-flag fleet of passenger vessels. The changes will reduce the amount of Title XI loan guarantee Voyager is seeking to build three US-flag cruise vessels from 87.5 percent to no more than 65 percent. This will greatly reduce the Maritime Administration’s and American taxpayers’ exposure and risk.

In another positive development, Baltimore Marine Industries (BMI), the shipyard Voyager has contracted with to build its cruise vessels, has entered into a technology and personnel transfer agreement with Kvaerner Masa Marine (KMM) which will greatly enhance BMI’s cruise ship construction capabilities.

KMM is a subsidiary of the highly qualified Masa Yards of Finland that is responsible for constructing a sizable percentage of the world’s cruise fleet, including the largest cruise vessels built to date.

Still another important development is that Voyager has been informed that its design of two very high-speed trimaran cruise vessels meets National Defense Sealift requirements for High Speed Sealift vessels. Approximately $500 million in loan guarantee funding has been appropriated and is presently available under this program.

In short, this means that it is Voyager’s understanding that any or all of the loan guarantee it is seeking for the construction of these high speed vessels can, upon MARAD recommendation and with the approval of the Department of Defense, come through this program rather than Title XI directly. Voyager’s amended Title XI application will in fact request MARAD consideration of such a loan guarantee arrangement.

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ILWU DENIES SLOWDOWN ALLEGATIONS AT PORT OF LONG BEACH

Industry sources say that a work dispute between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association at the Port of Long Beach poses the risk of escalating into a coast-wide work stoppage by the end of the week.

As previously reported in the Wheelhouse Weekly, both sides have been engaged in intense negotiations for the last several months over a new five-year contract. On Wednesday, the PMA alleged that ILWU members at Long Beach were engaged in a work slowdown. The ILWU has categorically denied such charges.

The Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), which represents all the major terminal operators and shipping lines on the West Coast, has threatened to lockout the ILWU if it engaged in work slowdowns.

If there is a strike or lockout halting traffic through West Coast ports, it is estimated the work stoppage could hit the US economy at a cost of $1 billion a day. The PMA says that slowdowns by the ILWU during the last two contract negotiations were effectively “strikes with pay” by the union. The ILWU, which represents 10,500 workers at West Coast ports, denies it has ever participated in slowdowns.

Members can stay informed of developments at the ILWU website at www.ilwu.org and also by visiting www.labournet.net/docks2/other/update.htm. Thanks to all MM&P members who are continuing show their support and solidarity with the ILWU.

 

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PACIFIC MARITIME INSTITUTE TO OFFER CHIEF MATE UPGRADING COURSES

The Pacific Maritime Institute is pleased to offer the USCG approved course, Advanced Meteorology on October 14. This is a requirement for upgrading to Chief Mate. The current requirements for upgrading from 2/M to C/M are as follows:

  • Advanced Navigation (Comprised of VPEN and ECDIS)
  • Advanced Meteorology
  • Advanced Stability – Pending NMC Approval
  • Advanced Shiphandling

After February 1, 2003, upgrade candidates will need the additional courses listed below that are expected to receive NMC approval by the end of this year.

  • Cargo Handling & Stowage
  • Advanced Search & Rescue
  • Marine Propulsion Plants
  • Ship Management and Emergency Response
  • Watchkeeping Procedures

It is difficult to schedule these courses as there are very few mariners who are upgrading at this time. PMI will be running the Advanced Navigation Course from September 30 to October 11 and the Advanced Meteorology Course from October 14-18.

Contact PMI at www.mates.org for any questions regarding the training and assessment requirements for Second Mates upgrading to Chief Mate. Policy Letter 04-02 of January 11 can be reviewed at www.uscg.mil/STCW/m-policy.htm

 

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DOT TRAINING ON WEST COAST FOR DRUG & ALCOHOL TESTING

The 3-day course on the MITAGS schedule (MED-DOT-DA) fully satisfies the new DOT requirements for Breath Alcohol Technician (BAT) and Screening Test Technician (STT). The BAT portion covers evidentiary breath testing for blood alcohol levels and the STT covers collection of drug testing urine specimens. Training must be completed before February 1, 2003.

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. Additional 1-day courses will be presented at MITAGS on October 12, November 9, and December 14.

 

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NEW SOLAS REQUIREMENTS FOR CARRYING NAVIGATION EQUIPMENT

The USCG Notice entitled “New Requirements for Carrying Navigation Equipment for All Ships Subject to SOLAS” details the new SOLAS requirements relating to navigation equipment that recently came into effect. Port state control personnel have been encouraged to take appropriate action with regard to vessels found not to be in compliance.

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SOCP MAINE MEETING TO HIGHLIGHT MLD AND SMART CARD

The Ship Operations Cooperative Program (SOCP) will hold its next maritime industry public meeting at the Maine Maritime Institute in Castine, ME, on October 16-17.

Agenda highlights include a USCG Advisory Workshop on the Reengineering of the Marine Licensing and Documentation (MLD) Program and an SOCP Mariner Administrative Smart Card Project Demonstration.

Attendees can also learn more about the Ballast Water Technology Testing Program and newly developed ballast water technologies. Full agenda and info on logistics and no-fee registration can be viewed at www.socp.org.

Those interested in attending please can contact Kim-Ann Rester by Email at kim.rester@marad.dot.gov or by voice at 202-366-0364.

SOCP will also offer a live webcast starting at 0900 hrs EST on October 16 at www.maritimetv.com. Contact Beverly O’Brien at phone: 703-961-9250 or Email: beverly@tvworldwide.com for any technical questions regarding the webcast.

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NEW, USED OR REFI: LOW VEHICLE LOAN RATES AT MM&P FCU

Members are reminded that the Masters, Mates & Pilots Federal Credit Union is offering vehicle loans as low as 5.25 percent. Rates range from 5.25 to 6.99 percent for terms of 24 to 60 months. It doesn’t matter if it’s for a new, used or a refinanced vehicle.

These rates are also in effect for new or used recreational vehicles, motorcycles or boats. Limited funds available at this rate, certain terms and conditions apply.

MM&P Federal Credit Union membership is open to all MM&P members, to all MM&P, MITAGS, MIRAID and Plans staff, and to their immediate families.

Rates and terms of offer are subject to change. Call Kathy Klisavage, Credit Union Manager, toll free 1-800-382-7777 or Email mmpfcu@bridgedeck.org for all the details.

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CSX LINES FEATURES LIVE WEB CAMS FROM JAX AND TACOMA

On the beach and want to check out what’s happening at CSX Lines terminals in Jacksonville, FL and Tacoma, WA? Just go to: csxlines.com/wwwsite/GateCam.asp to view live images of the marine facilities and main gate from both ports. Scheduling, tracking, maps and other helpful info is also available. The Jacksonville site includes current Doppler weather radar images that provide vital info, especially during hurricane season.

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VIOLENCE UP AGAINST TRADE UNIONISTS

Some 223 trade unionists around the world were murdered or “disappeared” last year, 14 more than the year before, according to an annual report by the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions.

The report cites the race for profits and the bitter competition in the global market as a major cause of the violence against unionists. To download the ICFTU survey, visit www.icftu.org and go to “Annual Report 2002.”

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MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

Class Openings

Plenty of seats remain in Advanced Fire Fighting, BST, Computer, and GMDSS classes between now and the end of the year. There are open seats in the MSC Communications courses beginning October 7 and November 4. Confined Space Entry class has seats available for week of October 28.

 

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


Course Openings in the Coming Weeks

  • 9/23-27: CMM-ADVST, FF-ADV
  • 10/7-11: ARPA, MSC-COMM
  • 10/7-18: MED-PIC
  • 10/7: ROR-1
  • 10/14-18: BST
  • 10/21-25: COMP-APS, FF-ADV
  • 10/21-11/1: GMDSS
  • 10/21-11/15: LAP
  • 10/28-11/1: COMP-NET, CSE-AAES
  • 11/4-8: ARPA, BRM, CMM-SHS-1, MSC-COMM
  • 11/4: ROR-1

 

You can now check schedule and register on-line or contact Admissions at admissions@mitags.org or 443-989-3226.

 

MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly



 

PACIFIC MARITIME INSTITUTE ACADEMIC NOTES

Openings in classes through October

  • 9/23-27: ARPA, BAFF
  • 9/30-10/11: ADNAV-VPEN, GMDSS
  • 10/7-11: ECDIS, BST
  • 10/14-18: TPIC­B, ADV STAB, MED 1
  • 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 PMI website at www.mates.org.

 

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MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 9-18 CLOSE

 D O W

 N A S D A Q

 8,172.40

-408.70 for the week

 1,252.13

 -53.59 for the week
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)

 80.58

 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)

18.59

 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)

 12.06

 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)

 11.10

 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)

 21.17

 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)

10.74

 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)

13.69

 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)

13.52

 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)

 30.61

Fidelity Magellan Fund (FAGX)

 78.88

 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)

  30.79

 

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Reminders


 

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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USCG ISSUES SAFETY ALERT ON EPIRB ANTENNA FAILURE

The USCG has issued a Safety Alert reporting that a high percentage of antennas attached to Satellite 406 Category I EPIRBs, product number 2754, manufactured by ACR Electronics, have failed.

On several occasions the antenna’s outer rubber coating was discovered ripped or torn. Closer inspection often revealed extensive internal corrosion. Other antennas showed no perforations on the outer rubber coating but displayed bulges on the antennae near its base. Upon closer inspection when the bulging area was sliced open, total wastage of the antennae interior was revealed.

It is reported that evidence of a corrosion failure may be discovered when the antenna is unscrewed from the EPIRB body assembly. Rusty liquid dripping from the antenna or moisture present inside the threaded section are tell-tale signs of failing equipment.

The company will replace damaged antennas at no cost.

If similar problems are encountered with your vessel’s 2754 EPIRB antenna, contact ACR Electronics Customer Service Representatives at 800-432-0227, ext. 110 to receive a replacement antenna.

The USCG strongly recommends that vessel operators carefully examine their EPIRB antennas, particularly those manufactured by ACR Electronics.

 

MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly


 

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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