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Wheelhouse Weekly – August 22, 2002

August 22nd 2002


THE MASTERS, MATES AND PILOTS’
WHEELHOUSE WEEKLY

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

Volume 6. . . . . Number 34. . . August 22, 2002

STORIES COVERED

ALSO

REMINDERS

 



 

 

MM&P RAISES CONCERNS OVER GAP IN USCG TOWING VESSEL REGULATIONS

MM&P’s Director of Special Projects Richard Plant raised numerous concerns on behalf of coastal, inland and Great Lakes towing vessel mariners at the USCG’s Towing Safety Advisory Committee’s (TSAC) Working Group on Regulations Review that met last week at USCG HQ in Washington, DC.

Plant raised a number of concerns with the existing regulations including gaps in the 12-hour work rules, Whistle Blower Legislation, safety issues and working conditions. A number of other items were also raised and discussed as potential areas of concern.

The TSAC agenda included:

  1. Reviewing current USCG regulatory requirements pertaining to uninspected towing vessels;
  2. Assessing the adequacy of these existing regulations;
  3. Identifying any gaps in these regulations and research; and
  4. Ascertaining the best method to address any gaps not covered in regulatory or non-regulatory requirements.

The next full TSAC meeting will take place in Washington, DC, on September 12-13 at USCG HQ. Plant said he, “intends to keep working on these concerns until an equitable solution to these gaps can be developed.”
 

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AHL JOB LINE

MM&P-contracted AHL Shipping has established a “job line” that provides info on rotary jobs available in the upcoming month. The line is updated daily. 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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MITAGS UPDATE: STCW-95 — IT’S NOT OVER YET

Capt. Craig Thomas, MITAGS Marketing Director, reports that while many MM&P members have completed the first tier of USCG approved STCW-95 course requirements for Bridge Resource Management (BRM) Basic Safety Training (BST), GMDSS, ARPA, and Advanced Firefighting, it is important to remember that the second phase of STCW-95 has just begun.

On February 1, 2002, in addition to the initial requirements, the next element of STCW also came into play. Those deck officers who want to raise their licenses may not even be aware of this until they apply at the Regional Examination Center (REC). There is a whole new world of training requirements and assessments to be done. There is an easier and more cost-effective route if you act now before the next deadline of February 1, 2003.

For example, and depending on an individual’s service record, a person may:

  • Take the upgrade license exam under the old system.
  • Receive a Second Mates license based simply on sea service with no exam.
  • Be required to take a number of training courses including Advanced Shiphandling (2 weeks), Advanced Meteorology (1 week), Advanced Navigation (2 weeks) and Advanced Stability (1 week) for upgrade to a Chief Mate/Master (CMM).
  • Be required to take a number of training courses including, but not limited to, Emergency Procedures (one week), Stability (one week) and Meteorology (one week) for Officer in Charge of a Navigational Watch (OICNW), new term for 3rd and 2nd Mates.
  • Be required to complete 78 (OICNW) or 53 (CMM) specific assessments.

MITAGS and PMI will assist officers through the continuing STCW maze. Many officers must now be familiar with the USCG’s Assessor’s Manual for Conducting Mariner Assessments. License upgrades will not be allowed without successful completion of approved courses and assessments. There will be more requirements after February 1, 2003.

For more info, the MITAGS contact is Craig Thomas at 443-989-3358 or cthomas@mitags.org. The PMI contact is Gregg Trunnell at 206-239-9965 or gtrunnell@mates.org. There is also a lot of related info on our websites at www.mitags.org and www.mates.org.

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RETIRED MEMBERS CAN RENEW VALID MARINER’S LICENSE

Recently, several retired members have inquired regarding the procedures required to renew their valid USCG mariner’s license. CDR David Doloff of the USCG’s National Maritime Center (NMC) advises that the basic renewal procedure for a retired member with a valid license or with a license already in “Continuity” is to submit a license renewal application along with the $45 fee.

No testing is required, no exams, no renewal of Merchant Mariner Documents. If your license was valid and you now want it renewed in continuity simply ask for that. For further info, contact NMC Assistant Director Stewart Walker at 202-493-1022.

 

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FORMER MITAGS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MAX CARPENTER PASSES AWAY

The MM&P was saddened to learn of the passing of Max Carpenter, former MITAGS Executive Director and Special Projects Director. Max passed away on Friday, August 16, after a fall down his basement steps.

MM&P International President Capt. Tim Brown commented that, “Max Carpenter steered MITAGS through the founding times of the Institute in the early 70s. He excelled as both a technician and an author. Following his retirement in the 80s, he stayed active and involved with both MITAGS and the MM&P. Always a steady contributor to the PCF fund, he was much loved by his own family as well as his MITAGS and MM&P families.”

On Sunday, August 19, a small family viewing was conducted. The body was then released to the University of Maryland Medical School, where Max had made arrangements for his body to be donated. A small memorial service at the home is being planned for a future date. Additional info will be provided when it is received. The MM&P extends its condolences to Max’s family, friends, and associates.

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MAERSK SEALAND’S PIER 400 CONTAINER TERMINAL OPENS IN L.A.

Maersk Sealand has opened its new Pier 400 container terminal at the Port of LA. The new facility is projected to handle over 1 million TEU during the next 12 months.

The nearly 500-acre complex will be the largest proprietary container terminal in the world. Upon completion of the second phase of construction in 2004, projected annual container throughput will be 2.4 million TEU. Plans call for over 40 Maersk Sealand vessel calls per month at the new facility.

The just completed Phase I of the Pier 400 project includes a 343 acre terminal, 4,000 feet of berth, with 10 post-Panamax cranes, capable of handling 3 post-Panamax vessels simultaneously. There are enough power outlets to accommodate 1,200 refrigerated containers, with advanced remote sensors to assure temperature integrity.

The terminal’s first phase cost $343 million, and the facility will cost a total of $484 million when it is completed. Maersk Sealand’s 25-year lease will generate more than $2 billion for the Port of LA. The company will continue to shift operations from its two container terminals in Long Beach, the Maersk Inc. terminal and the former Sea-Land Service facility.

The centerpiece of the new terminal is a 40-acre on-dock rail facility with 12 loading tracks, each capable of handling eight rail cars. Moving containers bound for interior destinations directly at the on-dock rail facility eliminates over 1,000 truck moves per day at the terminal.

The Pier 400 program, which was begun in 1994, required massive dredging and landfill to create what will be a 484 acre facility (equal in area to almost 370 football fields) at the completion of Phase II of the project in 2004. Over 53 million cubic yards of soil was dredged to accommodate the necessary 55 foot drafts of the world’s largest containerships, and 11 million tons of quarry stone was barged from Santa Catalina Island to help build the retaining walls.

The company says Pier 400 was designed from the ground up to offer the best safety and efficiency, using the most advanced technology and security designs. For more info and photos, see the following websites:

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LA-LB LABOR DAY MARCH SET FOR SEPTEMBER 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, Monday, September 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 buses 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 or Email dboatner@bridgedeck.org.

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MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

September Classes

Students can come to MITAGS the week of September 9-13 and earn four certificates covering HAZMAT seminar, EAP, 1-day CBRD, and new DOT Drug & Alcohol training requirements. Remember that you only have to attend for a week to be eligible for transportation. Plenty of September seats are also available in Vessel Personnel Management, ABS Safenet, Computer Networking, BST, and Advanced Fire Fighting.

 

MITAGS Web Site

A new and improved website will be coming on-line soon. Check routinely for up-to-date info on class schedules, trust student policies and procedures, and regulatory changes. Visit the home page at www.mitags.org.

 

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

 

DOT Training for D&A

The 3-day course on the MITAGS schedule (MED-DOT-DA) satisfies the new DOT requirements. Additionally, a 1-day course that satisfies the requirement has been developed. Plan is to present the 1-day course at halls with a West Coast swing through LA, San Francisco, and Seattle scheduled for the week of September 30. Details to be promulgated as schedule firms up.

 

Openings in Classes for the Next Four Weeks

  • 8/26-30: FF-ADV, SHS-EMR5
  • 9/9-13: DCS, CMM-SHS-ADV I, BRM, COMP-ABSS, VPM
  • 9/16-20: BST, CSE-AAES, CMM-SHS-ADV II, COMP-NET, ROP
  • 9/16-27: MED-PIC, GMDSS
  • 9/23-27: FF-ADV, SHS-EMR-5, CMM-ADVSTB
  • 10/7-18: MED-PIC
  • 10/7-11: BRM, ARPA, MSC-COMMS

Complete course schedule through December 2002 is on the website. For more info, contact Debbie Walton or Mary Matlock at voice: 443-989-3226 or Email: admissions@mitags.org.

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PACIFIC MARITIME INSTITUTE ACADEMIC NOTES

Openings in ClassesThrough October

  • 9/2-6: ARPA
  • 9/2-13: GMDSS
  • 9/9-13: BST
  • 9/16-20: BRM, RADAR, Med 1st
  • 9/16-27: MPIC
  • 9/23-27: ARPA, BAFF
  • 9/30-10/11: ADNAV-VPEN, GMDSS
  • 10/7-11: ECDIS, BST
  • 10/14-18: TPIC­B, ADV STAB, Med 1st
  • 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 newly updated PMI website at www.mates.org.

 

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MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 8-21 CLOSE

 D O W

 N A S D A Q

 8,957.20

+213.90 for the week

 1,409.25

 +74.95 for the week
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)

 87.88

 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)

19.80

 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)

 13.31

 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)

 11.90

 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)

 22.81

 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)

10.69

 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)

13.96

 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)

14.13

 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)

 32.69

Fidelity Magellan Fund (FAGX)

 86.05

 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)

  33.71

 

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Reminders


 

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

The STCW-95 Working Group will hold a follow up meeting at MITAGS September 4-5. For more info and to register online, see the MITAGS website at www.mitags.org under “News and Events” or go there directly by clicking here.

For more info, contact Craig Thomas, MITAGS Marketing Director at phone: 443-989-3358; Email: cthomas@mitags.org; or fax: 443-989-3206.

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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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