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Wheelhouse Weekly – August 01, 2002

August 1st 2002


THE MASTERS, MATES AND PILOTS’
WHEELHOUSE WEEKLY

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Volume 6. . . . . Number 31. . . August 1, 2002

STORIES COVERED

SPECIAL STCW-95 COMPLIANCE SECTION

ALSO



 

 

USCG TO ENFORCE FULL STCW-95 COMPLIANCE BEGINNING AUGUST 1

The USCG has announced that it will commence full enforcement of STCW-95 compliance on Aug.1. Port State Control boarding officers will verify that all seafarers hold required certificates or licenses issued in accordance with STCW-95.

Licensed officers serving aboard a vessel flagged by an Administration other than the Administration who issued the license, will be required to possess an endorsement or documentary proof that an application for endorsement has been submitted as provided in STCW-95 Regulation 1/10.

 

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IMO URGES A REALISTIC APPROACH ON STCW-95 ENFORCEMENT

The International Maritime Organization has called for authorities overseeing port state control around the world to take a “realistic and pragmatic” approach to seafarer documentation assessment when new STCW-95 requirements are enforced from August 1.

As reported in last week’s Wheelhouse Weekly, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) says there is widespread concern that ships will be detained for non-compliance because flag states have not endorsed seafarers’ STCW documentation in time.

The IMO says it does not know the size of the problem, but it is not realistic to have thousands of ships out of service at one time. Major seafaring source countries say thousands of crewmen still await the proper endorsement.

 

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STCW & LICENSE UPGRADE REQUIREMENTS

Effective Feb. 1, 2002, new STCW regulatory requirements came into effect for those officers wishing to upgrade their licenses. The “grandfathering” period is now over and STCW has come into force for all new and existing officers.

There are two exceptions to this requirement:

  • Maritime Academy graduates applying for an original Third’s license; and
  • Third or Chief Officers who were licensed based on service before August 1, 1998 and who apply for a Second Officer’s or Master’s license.

MITAGS is working with the National Maritime Center and a STCW Working Group to follow these changes and develop the training programs for Officer-in-Charge (OIC) of a Navigational Watch (Third and Second Officers) and Management (Chief Mate and Master) levels.

Before an Officer can sit for his/her license upgrade s/he will have to demonstrate skills and theoretical knowledge through practical assessments (78 assessments for Third/Second Officer, 53 for Chief Officer/Master) and by attending specific training courses. MITAGS will incorporate as many assessments as possible into its training programs to assist Officers through this maze.

To serve as a shipboard Assessor for assessment of an applicant’s practical demonstrations of skill, the Assessor must read the publication “Conducting Mariner Assessments”. Upon witnessing a successful practical demonstration, the Assessor must sign the assessment standard and indicate that s/he has read and followed the guidance in the manual. Members can download this Assessor manual as an Adobe Acrobat file at: http://www.uscg.mil/nmc/assessorman.pdf.

Besides the high quality standards now adopted throughout the world, there is an additional benefit associated with this new system. Upon successful completion of the Third/Second Mate examination the Mariner will be approved to sail as Third Mate. Upon accruing one year of sea service as 3/M, s/he will immediately be eligible for a 2/M’s license with no further training or testing.

Similarly, once a Second Officer successfully completes the Chief Officer/Master exam, s/he can sail as Chief Officer. Upon accruing one year of sea service as Chief Officer OR one year of service while holding a Chief Officer’s license AND serving six months as Chief Officer and one year as an officer-in-charge of a navigation watch s/he will be eligible for a Master’s Unlimited License with no further training or testing.

Further details associated with license upgrade requirements for OIC and Management Level can be found below. MITAGS, specifically, Walt Megonigal, phone:443-989-3252 or Email: WMegonigal@mitags.org; Craig Thomas, phone: 443-989-3358 or Email: CThomas@mitags.org; and Mike Wein, phone: 443-989-3238 or Email: Mwein@mitags.org stand ready to assist anyone who has questions.

 

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OFFICER IN CHARGE OF A NAVIGATIONAL WATCH (3/M AND 2/M)

USCG Policy Letter 01-02:

Applicants for ocean or near coastal Third and Second Mate licenses for service on vessels of 500 or more gross tons (GT), 200 gross register tons (GRT) with qualifying service or training beginning on or after August 1, 1998 and all applicants beginning February 1, 2002. (Part 2), (Part 3).

Part 2 contains the assessment sheets, with specification/check off sheets for each practical demonstration to be completed by the Mariner. Part 3 lists the criteria that the designated Assessor must follow when assessing a Mariner’s skills.

 

SUMMARY:

Because Mariners did not have sufficient time to complete all the training requirements, the USCG developed the following “alternative scheme”.

In addition to normal requirements (e.g. evidence of sea time, physical, etc.), those Mariners wishing to apply for a Third or Second Mate’s license between May 1, 2002 and Jan. 31, 2003 MUST complete the following USCG approved courses:

  • Advanced Firefighting
  • Medical First Aid Provider
  • ARPA
  • BRM
  • Proficiency in Survival Craft
  • GMDSS
  • Celestial Navigation (For Ocean’s Endorsement)
  • Terrestrial Navigation
  • Coastal Navigation
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Stability; and
  • Meteorology.

After Feb.1, 2003 all Third and Second Officer (OIC­Operational level) applicants MUST complete these additional courses:

  • BST (currently required)
  • Radar Observer Training (Currently Required)
  • Compass ­ Magnetic and Gyro
  • Steering Control Systems
  • Watchkeeping (Includes BRM)
  • Search and Rescue
  • Basic Ship Maneuvering and Handling
  • Cargo Handling, Stowage and Securing
  • Prevention of Pollution of the Marine Environment
  • Ship Construction; and
  • Life-Saving

There is an obvious benefit for any mariner who is interested to apply for an Upgrade before Feb. 1, 2003.

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MANAGEMENT LEVEL UPGRADE (CHIEF MATE AND MASTER)

Policy Letter 04-02:

Applicants for ocean or near coastal Chief Mate and Master licenses for service on vessels of 3,000 or more gross tons (GT) with qualifying service or training beginning on or after August 1, 1998 and all applicants beginning February 1, 2002.

This policy letter contains the training requirements and assessment sheets with a summary of tasks that must be demonstrated by license upgrade candidates.

 

SUMMARY:

Because Mariners did not have sufficient time to complete all the training requirements, the USCG developed the following “alternative scheme”.

In addition to normal requirements (e.g. evidence of sea time, physical, etc.), those Mariners wishing to sit for a Chief Mate/Master’s license between June 1, 2002 and January 31, 2003 MUST complete the following USCG approved training courses:

  • BST (currently required)
  • Advanced Firefighting (one time in career)
  • BRM
  • Radar (currently required)
  • ARPA
  • GMDSS (if sailing on vessels so equipped)
  • Advanced Navigation — includes ECDIS and VPEN (Voyage Planning/Electronic Navigation)
  • Advanced Shiphandling
  • Advanced Stability; and
  • Advanced Meteorology

If a candidate possesses a USCG approved ECDIS course certificate they will have fulfilled part of the Advanced Navigation requirement.

MITAGS offers these USCG approved courses during the following weeks in 2002:

  • Advanced Navigation (w/ECDIS): 8/19
  • Advanced Shiphandling: 8/12, 9/09, 10/14, 11/04, 12/09
  • Advanced Stability: 9/23
  • Advanced Meteorology: 8/12, 10/21, 12/16

After February 1, 2003 mariners applying for their Chief Mate/Master license must complete training in the above subjects plus:

  • Advanced Colregs
  • Cargo Handling
  • Search and Rescue; and
  • Marine Propulsion Plants

There is an obvious benefit for any mariner who is interested to apply for a Chief Mate or Master license before Feb. 1, 2003.

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ILWU TO SEEK STRIKE AUTHORIZATION

Last week, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union’s caucus of about 80 rank-and-file members unanimously rejected a contract proposal by the Pacific Maritime Association.

The caucus voted to allow the union’s negotiating committee to go directly to the ILWU membership to seek strike authorization. They also voted to extend the current contract, which officially expired on July 1, until Aug. 13, when negotiators are expected to resume talks.

If required, an ILWU spokesman indicated that it would take three to five weeks for the 10,500-member union to execute a mail-in strike vote.

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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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REMINDER: 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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MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

For the latest up-to-date info on class schedules, trust student policies and procedures, and regulatory changes, visit the MITAGS website at www.mitags.org. Schedule through December 2002 is being maintained on the website. For additional course info, contact Debbie Walton at voice: 443-989-3226 or Email: admissions@mitags.org.

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PACIFIC MARITIME INSTITUTE ACADEMIC NOTES

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 7-31 CLOSE

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13.69

 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)

13.54

 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)

 31.61

Fidelity Magellan Fund (FAGX)

 82.02

 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)

  32.32

 

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