Wheelhouse Weekly – February 11, 2000

February 11th 2000


Bridging the Information Gap With E-News You Can Use

VOLUME 4. . . . . NUMBER 6. . . . . February 11, 2000



The Clinton Administration sent a record $1.840 trillion budget for Fiscal Year 2001 to Congress earlier this week. Of that amount, $185 million is being requested for continued operations within the Maritime Administration, compared to the current fiscal year budget of $179 million.

Funding for MARAD comes out of the Dept. of Transportation (DOT) budget which is $54.9 billion for 2001, a 9 percent hike over the current year’s DOT budget of $50.2 billion.

The Maritime Security Program receives $99 million to provide operating assistance to 47 vessels in support of the Dept. of Defense (DOD).

Operations and Training receive $80 million, 10 percent above the current budget, to support the US Merchant Marine Academy, state maritime schools and MARAD operations.

Title XI Loans: $6 million to cover susidy costs of loan guarantees for US flag and export ship construction, shipyard modernization and administrative costs. From 1994 to 1999, MARAD approved $4.7 billion of Title XI financing for 405 vessels and 8 shipyard modernization projects.

Ready Reserve Force (RRF) is managed by MARAD, but funded in the DOD budget. The 2000 level for the RRF is $257 million. DOD has requested $262 million for the 2001 fiscal year.

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According to the American Assoc. of Port Authorities, the Administration’s budget request of $2.9 billion in Fiscal Year 2001 (FY 01) for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Services (NOAA) leaves US coastal areas at risk for ship groundings and collisions. The AAPA’s position is that despite a modest increase over FY 2000 (FY 00), the Administration’s request does not go far enough in providing the necessary funds to support critical navigation safety programs that protect ships and ports from potential disaster.

NOAA’s navigation programs, including tides and currents and mapping and charting, provide critical environmental protection and safety tools for marine commerce. In particular, the Physical Oceanographic Real Time System (PORTS) provides real-time tide and current information that allows vessels to better understand the conditions faced when entering a port, helping to eliminate the risk that oil spills and other hazards will occur.

The Administration’s FY 01 budget request calls for $56.4 million for mapping and charting, nearly $14 million less than the amount Congress authorized for FY 01 in the Hydrographic Services Improvement Act of 1998. Fifteen million is budgeted for the tides and currents program, $7.4 million less than the authorized numbers.

In FY 00 the basic tides and currents program was level funded and PORTS was not given the $2.75 million minimum appropriation necessary to allow NOAA to maintain the program. The Administration’s request of $2.8 million for PORTS in FY 01 does not go far enough in meeting the obligations from FY 00 and the growing demands of the program.

PORTS has been recognized as a model program throughout the maritime industry because it is the only state-of-the-art system that can provide accurate detailed info on a real time basis.

According to the AAPA, public ports generate significant local and regional economic growth, including job creation. In 1994 the port industry, port users and capital expenditures generated: 16 million jobs nationwide; $154 billion in federal taxes; $515 billion in income; $56 billion instate and local taxes; $1.6 trillion in sales; and $783 billion to the GDP.

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The US Maritime Adm. has the above position open in Wash DC that pays a salary of $115,811 to $130,200. Relocation expenses will be paid. This is a general position in the Senior Executive Service (SES). Appointment is subject to Office of Personnel Management (OPM) qualifications and completition of a probationary period.

The Director, Office of Ports and Domestic Shipping, functions as the principal advisor to the Associate Administrator for Ports, Intermodal and Environmental Activities on the formulation, performance, review and analysis, and evaluation of broad, long-range goals and programs in the operational efficiency and readiness of ports and connecting transportation carriers, both in peace time and during defense emergencies.

Eligibility for this position will be based on written documentation that the applicant has had experience of the scope and quality sufficient to carry out the duties of the position

MANDATORY technical qualifications include:

  1. Mastery level of knowledge of the maritime transportation system and industry and the various elements of transportation finance, economics and ocean-borne trade. An in-depth understanding of the various elements of the US transportation system. This includes a mastery level knowledge of the dynamics of domestic and international issues on the maritime transportation industry.
  2. Mastery level of knowledge of (1) port development and operations, including analysis nationwide, port emergency management and safety and security, dredging and port access, and intermodal connections; (2) military and civil shipping operations and requirements in national emergency or wartime; (3) domestic shipping practices including the national infrastructure and the trade transaction and financing; (4) financial expertise in economics, statistics and budgeting.
  3. Mastery level of knowledge of developing and managing a national policy level technical program.

This position closes March 20. For more info, you can check the complete job description and requirements on MARAD’s website at: or Any additional questions and requests for applications should be addressed to Raymond Pagliarini at 202-366-4141.

MM&P members applying for this position are asked to advise MM&P HQ at:

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MEBA won a victory in court this last week as the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit granted a motion to stay a decision by MARAD which allowed the re-flagging of the last eight US-flag Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) vessels to Marshall Islands registry. The stay, granted on Feb.3, could prevent re-flagging of the ships for potentially up to nine months. Pronav Ship Management, the manager/operator of the vessels had planned to re-flag the ships quickly and could have achieved that goal as soon as this month if not for the court action.

MM&P has strongly supported MEBA’s efforts to keep the LNG vessels flying the Stars and Stripes.

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The increasingly frequent occurrence of pirate attacks on vessels passing through Indonesian waters and the Malacca-Singapore Straits has led to the development of the Fleet Remote Monitoring System (FROM) that automatically communicates the locations, courses and speeds of vessels via communication satellites. This allows those on shore to keep a constant watch over the ships.

Since pirate activity is becoming more sophisticated and systematic, the FROM system also includes what is known as a seajack alarm function.

Under this system, an alarm signal via cellular telephone is sent to safety personnel ashore if other communications from the ship are halted while it is in a danger zone.

The system operates round the clock, gives notice of a possible emergency and the ship’s position when the emergency occurred, even if pirates destroy the ship’s other communication equipment or cut off electric power before a call for help can be sent. Receipt of the signal from the alarm system allows onshore personnel to initiate a search for the vessel without delay.

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Newspaper Publication Standards and Membership Mailings

The General Executive Board has determined that the 2000 MM&P election period shall commence February 15, 2000, and until the conclusion of the 2000 MM&P election, the MM&P has determined to exclude in its publications any reference by name, photograph or title to any known candidate in the 2000 MM&P election. The MM&P has also determined to suspend publication of Letters to the Editor in the MM&P newspaper until after the election.

Since the MM&P may not have knowledge of whether or not an individual intends to be a candidate in the 2000 election until mailings are sent or petitions filed, unless a person advises that he or she is candidate in the 2000 election, they will be not considered a candidate and their name will not be deleted from any articles appearing in MM&P publications through the end of the election period unless the MM&P has knowledge of their candidacy.

These determinations have been made to ensure that publications by the MM&P to MM&P members are not used for campaign purposes. These exclusions will end upon the completion of the election.

Any member wishing to communicate with other members may do so at his or her own expense through a mailing service which will have access to addresses of all members. Arrangements for mailings may be made through John Gorman, International Comptroller, by calling 410-850-8700, ext. 12. Questions relating to this policy may be addressed to Karl Schwartz, Communications Director, by calling 410-850-8700, ext. 27.

Voter Eligibility and Good Standing Requirements

MM&P members are advised that under the newly-revised MM&P International Constitution, in order to be eligible to vote in upcoming Officer Elections, a member must be in good standing by the close of nominations for office.

Nominations for elective office for the 2000 MM&P Officer Elections close as of the last day of the 2000 MM&P Biennial Convention, scheduled to commence July 10, 2000, and which should conclude on or about July 12, 2000. Members must be in good standing by or before this date in order to be included on the list of eligible voters. To avoid confusion and potential errors, members must have all dues paid and be in Good Standing by June 30, 2000. In all cases, it is advised that members keep a copy of their current dues receipts.

Election guidelines may be found in the January-February 2000 edition of the “Master, Mate & Pilot” newspaper. They are being furnished to all MM&P offices and will also be available shortly on the MM&P website.

Besides nominations for elective office, Constitutional Amendments may also be considered at this Convention. All proposed resolutions must be forwarded to the International Secretary-Treasurer at least 30 days prior to the opening day of the Convention for inclusion on the Agenda.

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MITAGS will be offering the one day Chemical, Biological, and Radiological Defense (CBRD) Orientation course on Sat. Feb.12, Feb.26, and March 11. The course, certified as meeting Military Sealift Command (MSC) requirements, is designed to inform personnel of the hazards of weapons of mass destruction. For a reservation please contact Mary Matlock in admissions at Email: or telephone: 443-989-3226.

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MITAGS has the following course openings:

  • Feb.14-18: TPIC
  • Feb.14-25: SHS
  • Feb.21-25: DCS
  • Feb.28-March 10: GMDSS
  • March 13-24: GMDSS; SHS
  • March 13-17: HWA; Comp-Opsys
  • March 20-24: Comp-APS
  • March 27-31: Haz.

For a reservation please contact Mary Matlock in admissions at Email: or telephone: 443-989-3226. The current edition of the MITAGS 2000 schedule covering can be found on the MITAGS website at:

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Golf: Tiger Woods becomes the first player to win six consecutive PGA tournments since the legendary Ben Hogan. He shot an amazing 64 to win the Pebble Beach Golf Classic after starting the final round seven shots behind the front runner.

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