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Wheelhouse Weekly – August 03, 2000

August 3rd 2000


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VOLUME 4. . . . . NUMBER 31. . . August 4, 2000

STORIES COVERED



CHANGES IN THE MM&P-CONTRACTED USSM FLEET

The latest information that the MM&P has on the transfer of two vessels out of the current USSM fleet is as follows: The first vessel will probably go to the shipyard around the first of November. The two SL-31s will probably enter the fleet sometime prior to the time that the first ship goes to the shipyard. The second vessel may not go to the shipyard before March of next year. The Wheelhouse Weekly will carry further info on these changes as warranted.

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BALLOT COMMITTEE MEETS AT HQ; BANKS UNOPPOSED FOR SEC-TREAS.

The MM&P International Ballot Committee met Aug.3 at MM&P HQ to review candidate nominations and finalize ballot information. Ballots are scheduled to be mailed out Aug.21 to all members eligible to vote and they must be received by the designated collection facility by close of business Nov.20.

At the close of the candidate acceptance period on Aug.1, all nominees for the office of Sec-Treas withdrew with the exception of Offshore Gulf VP Glen Banks, thereby leaving him unopposed and de facto elected to the office of MM&P International Secretary-Treasurer for the 2001-2004 term.

The Wheelhouse Weekly will provide a listing of all candidates in the Aug.18 edition. Ballot Committee members are Don Fuller Jr. (PMR), Chair; John Conrad (O/S) Sec.; James Avera (A&G); Maurice Lizott (O/S); and Eric Quick (Pilots).

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SILENT KEYS: ARA FOUNDER WILLIAM STEINBERG

MM&P was saddened to learn of the death of American Radio Association, ILA, AFL-CIO founder and President Emeritus William Steinberg on Aug. 1. Mr. Steinberg served as a radio officer on merchant ships during World War II. He came ashore in 1944 to become an elected ARA official and was elected president in 1948. He held that position until 1984 when he retired and was named President Emeritus. He remained active in union affairs until his death. A memorial service was held yesterday at Riverside Gordon Memorial Chapel in Miami Beach, FL. MM&P has made a donation in his memory. Donations can be made to: U/M Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, PO Box 016960 (M-867), Miami FL 33101.

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MM&P REPRESENTED AT IMO NAVIGATION SAFETY MEETING IN LONDON

The 46th Session of the International Maritime Organization’s Navigation Safety Committee was held from July 10-14 at IMO HQ in London. 54 member countries were represented along with 26 non-governmental organizations with varied interests in maritime affairs. Capt. Robert Ross, USCG, headed the US Delegation that was comprised of USCG personnel and members of the US maritime industry including Capt. Joe Stone of the MM&P’s HQ staff.

Topics taken up at the session were Traffic Separation Schemes, Ship Reporting, Amendments to the COLREGS, Ergonomic Bridge Design, Automatic Identification Systems, and Training and Certification of Maritime Pilots. All but one of the topic Working Groups reported consensus in their efforts to date. The Working Group on pilot/master exchange was not able to complete its work due to a lack of agreement.

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FORMER ITF EXHIBITION SHIP “GLOBAL MARINER” SINKS

The following report on the sinking of the GLOBAL MARINER was excerpted from yesterday’s (Aug.3) edition of Lloyds List and is presented here as many MM&P members and their families took the opportunity to tour the ship when she visited US ports last year as part of the ITF’s anti-flag-of-convenience campaign.

The former International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) exhibition ship the GLOBAL MARINER has sunk in Venezuela’s Matanzas harbour following a collision with ice strengthened multipurpose cargoship ATLANTIC CRUSADER.

It is an ignominious fate for a vessel which won worldwide publicity as she sailed around the world until April this year, after which she was bareboat chartered to the UK’s Clyde Marine as a training ship under the management of Northern Marine.
The accident happened at 1421 hrs GMT yesterday (Aug.2) when the tweendecker GLOBAL MARINER left her berth at the Orinoco port and headed into the channel.

She had three pilots on board at the time of the accident and two tugs were in attendance, one of which had a line on her.
With a 4-knot tide running, she was in collision with the Cyprus-flag, 1992-built ATLANTIC CRUSADER and was holed in her No. 2 hold. No. 3 hold subsequently flooded and the vessel sank. She was carrying 17,000 tons of steel coils and products. The crew of the GLOBAL MARINER, including 22 regular crew and 9 cadets were safely evacuated. There were no injuries on either vessel.

According to Capt. Ulrich Adami of Hartman Shipping, which manages the 8,670 dwt ATLANTIC CRUSADER, the Bulgarian built cargoship was at anchor when the GLOBAL MARINER “ran directly into” her. Captain Adami said the GLOBAL MARINER was being towed off the berth by two tugs at the time of the incident.

He rejected the suggestion that the boxship might have dragged her anchor. “For sure that was not the case,” he told Lloyd’s List. Hartman is flying technical experts and inspectors to Venezuela to inspect the ATLANTIC CRUSADER, which Capt Adami said had a one square metre hole in her port side “near the anchor”.

GLOBAL MARINER was built at the Deptford yard of Sunderland Shipbuilders for Andrew Weir’s Bank Line in 1979, one of a series of heavily geared general purpose cargoships that were designed to be container adaptable. Initially named RUDDBANK, she was a 18,501 dwt five hold tweendecker. Acquired from Far Eastern owners by the ITF in 1999, she was converted as an exhibition ship and spent just over a year in her high profile role in a circumnavigation of the world before returning to the United Kingdom to pay off this spring. She left Europe in June and has been trading in the Caribbean and Central America.

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FARRELL LINES TO ENHANCE MEDITERRANEAN EXPRESS SERVICE

The Journal of Commerce reports that Germany’s Hapag-Lloyd will join the new US-Mediterranean service of MM&P-contracted Farrell Lines and P&O Nedlloyd next month. Hapag-Lloyd will provide the sixth ship for the route, allowing the service, currently operated by Farrell on an 8-9 day schedule, to go weekly.

The Maritime Administration recently approved P&O Nedlloyd’s $35 million acquisition of Farrell, one of the last US-flag carriers, after allowing an arrangement under which Farrell’s US-flag subsidies will be paid to a US-controlled intermediary that will charter Farrell’s ships to P&O Nedlloyd. Hapag-Lloyd’s vessel will not be a US-flag ship. The new service will be marketed as Farrell Mediterranean Express Service (Famex).

The five US-flag Farrell ships, ranging between 1,900 and 2,400 TEUs, will be retained in the service. They are CHESAPEAKE BAY AND DELAWARE BAY, each of 2,409 TEUs, and the ENDURANCE, ENDEAVOR AND ENTERPRISE, each of 1,928 TEUs. The Hapag-Lloyd vessel will be around 2,000 TEUs.

The Famex service will call New York-New Jersey; Norfolk, Va. or Baltimore; Charleston or Savannah, SC; Lisbon, Portugal, Cadiz or Algeciras, Spain; Malta or Gioia Tauro, Italy; Alexandria, Haifa, Izmir, Malta or Gioia Tauro, Naples or Salerno; Livorno or La Spezia, Cadiz or Algeciras; and New York-New Jersey. Regular calls at Thessaloniki, Macedonia, will be included to serve the requirements of the US military. By US law, military goods must move on US-flag ships.

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GROWING HAWAII MARKET SPURS CONTAINER EXPANSION

MM&P-contracted CSX Lines has announced it will buy more than 130 new chassis for use in Hawaii. The chassis will be delivered to the carrier’s Sand Island container terminal in Sept.

“This million dollar investment will increase our chassis fleet by more than 10 percent and enable us to serve Hawaii’s growing container market,” said Brian Taylor, vice president and general manager of CSX Lines’ Hawaii/Guam Division.

After eight years of economic stagnation, Hawaii has experienced an economic turnaround over the past 12 months, Taylor said. “CSX Lines’ investment in new chassis confirms our faith that this long-awaited turnaround has commenced and will be expanding over the next several years.”

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MAERSK SEALAND TO CONTINUE DIRECT CALLS TO BOSTON

MM&P-contracted Maersk SeaLand will continue making direct weekly calls at the Port of Boston for at least four more months, according to a recent announcement by the Mass. Port Authority. Reportedly, it is still under review whether it makes financial and operational sense for the carrier to continue serving the New England port after Nov. The only other ocean carrier that still has direct service to Boston is Mediterranean Shipping Co.

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AMMV MEMORIAL WALL OF HONOR PROGRESS REPORT

On June 29, California Governor Gray Davis signed the state budget for 2000-2001 into law which included $100,000 for the American Merchant Marine Wall of Honor to be erected in San Pedro, CA. The request for state funding was introduced by Sen. Betty Karnette, CA 27th Senate District, and Assemblyman Alan Lowenthal, CA 54th Assembly District.

The Memorial Wall will honor all the American Merchant Mariners who sacrificed their lives during World War II and subsequent conflicts. It will list the names of the ships and mariners lost on each. Other major contributors include the MM&P, SUP, MFU, USMMVWWII-S.S. Lane Victory; Council of American Master Mariners-LA/LB Chapter, James Ackerman, Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, Nancy and Ted Kedzierski, and L. LeRoy Wright.

The Memorial Wall committee is seeking support from all Americans. Contributions can be sent to AMMVMC, PO Box 1659, Wilmington, CA 90748-1659.

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MITAGS HAS THE FOLLOWING COURSE OPENINGS

  • 8/07-11: GMDSS-REF; COMP-OPSYS
  • 8/07: ROR 1-DAY RENEWAL
  • 8/14-18: VPM; COMP-APS
  • 8/16: CPR
  • 8/28-9/01: EINS; SHS-BAS
  • 8/30 NIGHT HAZMAT
  • 9/05-08: SMALL ARMS
  • 9/11-15: MED-1st; BST; GMDSS-REF; COMP-APS
  • 9/16 CBRD-1 DAY
  • 9/18-22: TPIC; COMP-NET
  • 9/18-09/29: GMDSS
  • 9/20: CPR 1-DAY
  • 9/25-9/29: FF-ADV; BRM; ROP; EINS
  • 9/30: ROR 1-DAY
  • 9/25 to 10/27: LAP

For an application or for further info, check the MITAGS website at www.mitags.org or contact: Mary Matlock, MITAGS Admissions, Voice: 410-859-5700 ext. 3246; Fax: 410-859-5181; Email: admissions@mitags.org.

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MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 8-03

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

 10,706.58

+120.45 for the week

 NASDAQ

 3,759.88

-82.35 for the week

We have also received requests to list the following five funds that are representative of many members’ IRAP holdings in Vanguard Mutual Funds. Space limitations preclude listing additional funds at this time. 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

 133.87

-5.00 for the week

 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund

35.64

unchanged for the week

 Vanguard International Growth Fund

21.62

-1.05 for the week

 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund

22.51

unchanged for the week

 Vanguard Windsor II Fund

25.19

+1.40 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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