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Wheelhouse Weekly – August 08, 2002

August 8th 2002


THE MASTERS, MATES AND PILOTS’
WHEELHOUSE WEEKLY

– Bridging the Information Gap With E-News You Can Use –  

Volume 6. . . . . Number 32. . . August 8, 2002

 

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MED-PIC TRAINING PAYS OFF IN MEDICAL EMERGENCY AT SEA

On June 20th, the MM&P-contracted SEA-LAND EXPLORER was transiting the southern part of the Bering Sea on her great circle route to Yokohama, Japan. Aboard were MM&P members Capt. Gary Cordes, C/M David George, 2/M Fred Reust and 3/M Jim King.

The EXPLORER had been underway since departing Oakland on June 15. She had bypassed her usual port call in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, and was en route for a scheduled June 27 arrival in Yokohama.

C/M George had recently completed the MED-PIC training course at the Pacific Maritime Institute in Seattle taught by former Capt. and now Dr. (emeritus) Richard Brooks. C/M George was soon to put the valuable life-saving skills he learned at PMI to good use.

At 1100 Capt. Cordes was notified by the bridge that an AB was in distress in his cabin. Within a few minutes Captain Cordes, C/M George and 2/M Mate Reust were in the AB’s cabin performing an initial survey. The patient was in severe abdominal pain, with vital signs supporting a generally healthy but distressed patient.

By 1110 a call was made to MHS (Maritime Health Services) and Dr. Michael Brown took over the management of the patient. C/M George continued 20-minute interval vital signs, while a detailed assessment was being performed by the Captain to further assist Dr. Brown in his diagnosis and related shipboard treatment.

The release of pain from palpitating the patient’s lower abdomen gave a good indication of appendicitis, although a gallbladder attack could not be ruled out.

The ship diverted to Adak, Alaska, some seven hours away, which was the closest port that could provide a medical evacuation. As the patient’s abdominal pain was increasing to near unbearable levels, C/M George packed his side in ice and within 30 minutes a shot of pain-relief medication was administered by Capt. Cordes.

In the meantime, Dr. Brown had arranged for an air ambulance (Lear jet) to fly from Anchorage to Adak. Around 1800 the EXPLORER reached Adak and the starboard gangway was rigged for a launch which soon came alongside. The weather was cooperating with smooth seas and little wind.

By 1815 the patient was delivered to the launch and within 45 minutes he was on the plane being transported to Anchorage. By early June 22, the AB was in surgery for a ruptured appendix. He was released nine days later and is expected to make a complete recovery.

Credit for the successful outcome to this acute medical emergency goes to the MM&P crew aboard the EXPLORER, to Dr. Brown of MHS, and to Capt. Brooks of PMI who delivered the comprehensive MED-PIC training to C/M George. Congratulation on a job well done.

 

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SOLAS FIRE PROTECTION AMENDMENTS AFFECTING US-FLAG SHIPS

On July 1, 2002, the changes to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Chapter II-2 came into force. The amendments that are retroactive to existing US-flag vessels include:

  • Emergency Escape Breathing Devices (EEBDs) for machinery and other spaces
  • Training in the use of EEBDs
  • Training manuals and fire safety operational booklets in crew mess and rec room or cabins
  • Updates to fire control plans.

Copies of the NVIC can be down loaded directly from the USCG website at http://www.uscg.mil/hq/g-m/nvic/. For more info on NVIC 6-02, please contact Don Merkle, MITAGS Marine Safety Dept. at: dmerkle@mitags.org, or phone: 443-989-3256

PS: The “Marine Firefighting Manual” (IFSTA First edition), used as a text in the firefighting courses at MITAGS, meets the “training manual” requirement of this NVIC. Copies can be purchased from the MITAGS $30.00, plus $5.00 for S&H. For more info call Tracy at 410-859-5700, extension 2160.

 

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NEW SOLAS CHANGES REQUIRE VDR AND AIS ON NEWBUILDS

Some other SOLAS changes effective as of July 1 include:

Voyage Data Recorders (VDRs) are required on most new ships constructed on or after July 1, 2002. A study is underway to determine VDR requirements for existing ships.

Automatic Identification Systems (AISs) are required on most new ships constructed on or after July 1, 2002. Carriage requirements for existing ships provide for a phase-in period extending through July 1, 2007, depending upon the size and type ship.

Ships carrying an approved Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) will be accepted as meeting the chart carriage requirements of SOLAS.

 

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LA-LB LABOR DAY MARCH SET FOR SEPT.2

MM&P’s Pacific Ports Agent Dave Boatner is encouraging all members and their families living in the Los Angeles area to participate in the annual Labor Day March. The march will take place on Labor Day, Mon., Sept. 2.

The march begins about a block away from the LA/LB hall. The Hall will be open at 0800 with coffee and donuts available for all participants. Departure for the assembly area is at 0900. There will be a truck available for MM&P members that may need assistance to participate in the march. Members are encouraged to wear their blue MM&P T- shirt. They will also be available on Monday at the hall.

The march ends at Banning Park, which is about one mile from the union hall. There will be free hot dogs and soft drinks at the park. Shuttle busses will be provided to return you to the assembly area.

This is an ideal opportunity to have a fun day with your family and support your union on Labor Day. Come out and meet new members and see old friends. Your participation helps MM&P represent you more effectively. For additional info please call the LA/LB hall at 310-834-7201.

 

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TRUSTEE NAMED IN HOLT BANKRUPTCY CASES

Charles Stanziale, a well-known bankruptcy attorney has been named interim trustee in the Chapter 7 cases of 23 former Holt family companies including NPR-Navieras. Among other cases, he formerly acted as bankruptcy trustee for Kiwi International Air Lines and Tower Air and represented three casinos owned by Donald Trump during their reorganization in the 1990s.

 

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NEW GUIDE FOR MASTERS ON HATCH COVERS NOW AVAILABLE

Lloyd’s Register and The Standard P&I Club have jointly produced a booklet on hatch cover safety. This publication, “A Master’s Guide to Hatch Cover Maintenance”, is primarily designed to assist members of the crew with the safe operation and maintenance of large hatch covers.

The guide provides extensive info concerning many aspects of hatch cover operation and maintenance and contains sections covering: hatch covers and their function, basic advice, common false beliefs about hatch covers, leakage problems, leak detection tests, monitoring and inspection, maintenance and repair, heavy weather precautions and safety when working with hatch covers. Lloyd’s analysis shows that leaking hatch covers are a major recurring cause of cargo damage claims.

For further info on the guide, contact Lloyd’s Register David Jones at: Email: marine@lr.org, or Eric Murdoch at: eric.murdoch@ctcplc.com.

 

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STCW-95 WORKING GROUP TO HOLD FOLLOW-UP MEETING SEPT. 4-5

 The STCW-95 Working Group will hold a follow up meeting at MITAGS on Sept.4-5 to identify the progress made to date in resolving STCW-95 related issues. The meeting is in response to the recommendations for the Maritime Recruiting and Retention Conference held at MITAGS earlier this year. Individuals may register online at www.mitags.org under the “News and Events” button.

 

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USCG MATE/PILOT TOWING VESSEL GUIDELINES AVAILABLE

The USCG has announced the availability of guidelines for assessing merchant mariners through demonstrations of proficiency as mate (pilot) of towing vessels. These measures were developed from recommendations and input provided by the Towing Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC).

Public comments are being sought on the guidelines. Comments must reach the USCG’s Docket Management Facility before Oct.7 and can be sent by fax: 202-493-2251 or through their website at: http://dms.dot.gov. The measures are available on the Internet at http://dms.dot.gov, under docket number: USCG 2002-12973. They are also available by Email at: gmiante@comdt.uscg.mil.

 

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COAST GUARD SEEKING APPLICATIONS FOR NOSAC MEMBERSHIP

The USCG is seeking applications for membership on the National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee (NOSAC). NOSAC provides advice and makes recommendations to the Coast Guard on matters affecting the offshore industry.

Applications are due before Sept.30. Application forms can be requested by calling 202-267-1181 or by faxing 202- 267-4570. The form is available electronically at: http://www.uscg.mil/hq/g-m/advisory/index.htm. Forms are also available at http://dms.dot.gov. For further info contact: Capt. M.W. Brown or James M. Magill at phone: 202- 267-1181 or fax 202-267-4570.

 

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NEW OFFSHORE SHIPPING AND WORK RULES BALLOT IN MAIL 

A new 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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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 a paraplegic 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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MEMBER’S-ONLY WEB BULLETIN BOARD TO SHUTDOWN OCT.31

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. Members are advised that the bulletin board will go off-line about October 31, 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 at www.bridgedeck.org. That site continues to get excellent traffic and improvements continue to be made.

 

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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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PMI ACADEMIC NOTES

For the latest up-to-date info on class schedules, visit the newly updated PMI website at http://www.mates.org .

 

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MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 8-7 CLOSE

 
D O W
 

 N A S D A Q

 8,456.10

-280.40 for the week

 1,280.90

 -47.36 for the week
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)

 81.09

 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)

18.47

 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)

 12.63

 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)

 10.87

 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)

 21.30

 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)

10.69

 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)

13.35

 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)

13.32

 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)

 30.68

Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)

 78.60

 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)

  31.10

 

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