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Wheelhouse Weekly – September 29, 2000

September 29th 2000

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VOLUME 4. . . . . NUMBER 39. . . . . September 29, 2000  

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MSC OILER LEROY GRUMMAN AND SPANISH FRIGATE COLLIDE IN MED

The 650-foot MM&P-crewed MSC oiler LEORY GRUMMAN and the Spanish Navy frigate NUMANCIA collided Monday morning during unrep operations in the western Mediterranean Sea, causing relatively minor damage and no injuries. The GRUMMAN, with a mainly civilian crew of 104, was steaming about 250 miles east of Gibraltar when the incident occurred around 0930 hrs. A third ship, the Norfolk-based destroyer USS CARON, was on the port side of the oiler, also preparing to be unreped, but maneuvered to avoid the collision. Navy officials said all three ships continued their missions and successfully completed the unrep maneuvers. According to an unofficial account on the incident, the GRUMMAN was proceeding on a fixed course. As the NUMANCIA began to approach the oiler’s right side to line up for the supply transfer, its stern apparently was sucked into the GRUMMAN’s side. The frigate slid along the GRUMMAN’s starboard bow and almost crossed the T with the oiler but the oiler took evasive action by slowing and turning to port. It was mainly just one large bump, said an MSC official in Washington. The NUMANCIA is a member of the Standing Naval Force Mediterranean, a NATO force comprising ships from various allied nations. It has safely conducted such unrep missions with US supply ships in the past. The collision’s cause is being investigated. The Virginia Pilot newspaper reports that while damage from this collision is considered relatively minor, classified so far as a mishap involving less than $1 million in damages, it is another in a Navywide string of accidents involving ships at sea. The number of groundings and collisions in the past 12 months has now grown to 10. Both the Atlantic and Pacific Fleet commanders have ordered their ship commanders to conduct a safety stand-down in order to review seamanship skills and assess the latest accidents. Second Fleet Commander Vice Adm. William Fallon told ship captains under his command to send their own assessments, conclusions and recommendations to him this week.  

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SOCP MEETING AT MITAGS TO COVER WIDE RANGE OF MARITIME ISSUES

The Ship Operations Cooperative Program (SOCP) invites members of the maritime industry to attend the next SOCP meeting on October 31, 2000, at MITAGS. Vice Admiral Gordon S. Holder, Commander of the Military Sealift Command (MSC) will be the featured speaker. The program will also include a panel discussion moderated by former MARAD Administrator Vice Admiral Albert Herberger, (USN retired) on US Maritime Policies and Issues. A presentation on pending maritime legislation by Carl Benztel, Counsel on the Senate Commerce Committee, is also scheduled. Joe Cox of the Chamber of Shipping will be the dinner speaker. In addition, there will be panel participants from the Maritime Administration and US Coast Guard who will discuss issues facing the maritime industry. Presentations on Smart Cards, STCW Computer Based Training, and Forward Looking Sonar will round out the day-long program. There are no fees to attend but registration is required. SOCP is an industrygovernmentlabor partnership formed in 1993 to share resources and the application of technology to improve profitability, ship safety, training, quality of operations, equipment reliability, productivity and competitiveness for its members. More info regarding SOCP and the Oct.31 meeting is available on the SOCP web site at http:www.socp.org. To make reservations, contact Mr. Ram Nagendran, at voice: 703-620-8158; Fax: 703-620-8563; or Email: nagendran_ram@prc.com.  

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PROFIT AT APL PARENT COMPANY NOL WAY UP

The Journal of Commerce reports that Neptune Orient Lines Ltd., the parent company of APL Ltd., earned $49 million in the six months ending June 30, compared with a profit of $8 million in the first half of 1999. The performance, while impressive, is all the more so considering that the first half of 1999 included $104 million in non-recurring gains from the sale of the company’s double-stack train business, APL Stacktrain, to Pacer International. Without the non-recurring items, the bottom line had a turnaround of $149 million,” dramatic by any measure,” a company spokesman said. The company had revenue of $2.19 billion in the half, up 8% from the comparable period last year, and up 22% if revenue from the stack-train business was taken out of the equation. Revenue for NOL’s liner business jumped 24% to $1.8 billion, and the APL liner business had the strongest first quarter in years.  

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MARITIME UNIONS RALLY GLOBALLY IN SUPPORT OF TRICO WORKERS

In support of mariners working for Trico Marine, or one of its subsidiaries, representatives of maritime unions and Trico workers conducted global rallies on Wednesday (9-27) at the company’s facilities in Brazil, Norway, Scotland, Trinidad and Tobago along with those in Houma, LA and Houston, TX. The solidarity rallies were in support of the efforts of American mariners to form a union known as Offshore Mariners United. For over a year, MM&P has worked with this organizing effort that seeks to unionize offshore workers who are subjected to substandard safety and working conditions. Trico has launched a vigorous and vehement fight against its workers’ right to form a union. Company actions have included firing union supporters and compelling mariners to attend vessel meetings where managers promote anti-union propaganda. In support of the solidarity action, AFL-CIO President John Sweeney said, The AFL-CIO and the 13 million members of today’s unions stand firmly behind the mariners of Trico. We echo their demand that Trico management reinstate those they have unfairly fired for supporting the union and that they respect their workers’ freedom to choose a voice on the job. The global rallies demanded that Trico cease its anti-union campaign and allow workers to decide whether or not to form a union of their own free of interference, harassment, discrimination or threats of any kind.  

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MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

Upcoming class openings have routinely been printed in the Wheelhouse Weekly. Beginning with this issue, additional notes of interest will be published concerning course offerings, schedules, procedures, and special projects.  Classes Available: 1030-1103: MED-1ST, DCS, SHS-EMR; 1113-17: BST, VPM, COMP-OPS; 1127-121: MED-1ST, HAZ, ENIS, TPIC, WX-HWA; 124-8: COMP-APS; 1211-15: COMP-NET, ROP. AWN Simulator Renovation: Upcoming work on the simulator will require the cancellation of one ARPA class previously scheduled for Jan 8th. The majority of the work will be accomplished over the Xmas Holidays so as to minimize the training impact. Outdated equipment will be removed and improvements made to briefing and classroom areas. Additional Students Required for VPM Class: There are only two persons confirmed for the Vessel Personnel Management (VPM) class scheduled for November 13th. Six persons are required to run the course. If the class minimum is not attained before October 30th, the convening will be canceled. Course changes are posted on the MITAGS website (www.mitags.org) as soon as they are made. Check with Mary Matlock in admissions for the latest course info: Phone: 410-859- 5700 x3246, or 443-989-3226; Fax: 410-859-5181; Email: admissions@mitags.org.  

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PNMI OFFERS TANKERMAN-PIC COURSE OCT.9-13

MITAGS-affiliated Pacific Northwest Maritime Institute will offer a Tankerman-Barge PIC Course from 109-13 in Seattle. For more info and to download the PIC Table of Requirements visit their website at: http:www.stcw95.comtpic-barge.htm   

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

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. Ballots are due back at the collection facility Nov.20.   

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MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF THURSDAY 9-28

CLOSE DOW: 10,824.06 (+58.54 week);

NASDAQ: 3,778.32 (-50.55 week).

Vanguard 500 Index Fund: 134.59 (+.55 for week)

Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund: 37.79 (+.85 for week)

Vanguard International Growth Fund: 20.79 (+.32 for week)

Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund: 22.96 (+.28 for week)

Vanguard Windsor II Fund: 27.25 (+.93 for week)

Chase Growth Fund (CHASX): 17.95 (+.08 for week)  

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MM&P SPORTS SHORTS NFL

Week 5 Schedule NYG at Ten, Ind at Buf, Bal at Cle, Min at Det, SD at StL, Dal at Car, Pit at Jac, Mia at Cin, NE at Den, Chi at GB, Ari at SF, TB at Was, Atl at Phi. Mon: Sea at KC.

NFL Week 4 Results StL 41 Atl 20, Det 21 Chi 14, SF 41 Dal 24, Mia 10 NE 3, Phi 21 NO 7, Ten 23 Pit 20, Bal 37 Cin 0, GB 29 Ari 3, KC 23 Den 22, Oak 36 Cle 10, Sea 20 SD 12, NYJ 21 TB 17, Was 16 NYG 6. Mon: Ind 43 Jac 14.

College Football Top 10 1.Nebraska, 2.Florida St. 3.Florida 4.Va.Tech 5.Kansas St. 6.Washington 7.Clemson 8.USC 9.Michigan 10.Miami.

Summer Olympic Medal Race And US Highlights

Country . Gold . Silver . Bronze . Total

USA . . . .32 . . .18 . . .26 . . . 76

Russia. . .19 . . .18 . . .21 . . . 58

China . . .26 . . .15 . . .15 . . . 56

Australia. 15 . . .22 . . .14 . . . 51

Germany . . 9 . . .12 . . .20 . . . 41

France . . 12 . . .13 . . . 8 . . . 33

Italy . . .11 . . . 6 . . .11 . . . 28

S. Korea. . 6 . . . 8 . . . 9 . . . 23

Britian . . 6 . . . 9 . . . 5 . . . 20

Romania . .10 . . . 4 . . . 4 . . . 18  

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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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