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Wheelhouse Weekly – February 21, 2002

February 21st 2002



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IMO MARITIME SAFETY COMMITTEE UPDATE ON MARITIME SECURITY

MM&P’s Special Representative Capt. Joe Stone attended a special meetingof the Maritime Safety Committee’s Working Group on Maritime Security heldat the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) London HQ last week.

The USCG called this unusual meeting to discuss important issues ofmaritime safety and security. The next two articles detail some of thesubjects that were discussed that are of special interest to offshore mariners.
 
 

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 IMO RESTRUCTURE STRESSES SAFETY

The International Maritime Organization’s Secretariat has been restructuredin order to ensure a systematic and consistent approach to maritime securityissues. The Navigation Section of the Maritime Safety Division (MSD) hasbeen re-designated as the Navigational Safety and Maritime Security Section.

In addition to its traditional duties pertaining to the work of theSubcommittees on Safety of Navigation (NAV) and on Radiocommunicationsand Search and Rescue (COMSAR), the new section will be responsible forregulatory matters relating to the prevention and suppression of acts ofterrorism against shipping.

It will continue to bear responsibility for matters relating to piracyand armed robbery against ships and, in co-operation with the TechnicalCooperation Implementation and Project Management Section of the MaritimeSafety Division, will assist the Technical Cooperation Division in thedelivery of technical cooperation projects relevant to maritime security.

It will also act as the focal point in MSD for the implementation, fromthe safety point of view, of resolution A.920(22) on the review of safetymeasures and procedures for the treatment of persons rescued at sea. There-structuring reflects IMO’s continuing pro-active approach to the issueof maritime security, which was the subject of a special Working Groupof the Maritime Safety Committee meeting last week.
 

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IMO ADDRESS MEASURES TO BOLSTER SHIP SECURITY

After its meeting last week, the IMO Maritime Safety Committee’sWorking Group on Maritime Security (ISWG), issued a report that containsthe following recommendations to the May 2002 meeting of the Maritime SafetyCommittee (MSC 75) for further consideration.

To accelerate the implementation schedule for the mandatory fittingof Automatic Identification Systems for all ships of 500 gross tonnageand above, on international voyages. The final implementation date wouldbe decided by a Diplomatic Conference on maritime security, scheduled forDecember 2002.

To amend SOLAS chapter XI to include special measures for maritime securityand to amend the title accordingly. The general idea for considerationby MSC 75 is to incorporate new regulations XI/5 to 7 containing definitions,requirements for ships and requirements for port facilities respectively,supported by a draft International Code for the Security of Ships and PortFacilities, which should have a mandatory section.

To require by the Code all ships of 500 gross tonnage and above engagedin international voyages to carry ship security plans (SSPs). The needfor such plans to be ultimately incorporated in the ISM Code was acknowledged.It was considered essential that the mandatory requirements relating tosuch plans should be developed prior to the Diplomatic Conference on maritimesecurity.

To include a requirement for a Ship Security Officer (SSO) in the Code.The training needs of this officer to be developed in the context of theSTCW Convention and that initially his/her responsibilities should includeany necessary instruction to the crew of the ship. Training requirementsfor the SSO would need to be developed as a matter of urgency.

To incorporate a requirement for a Company Security Officer (CSO) includingresponsibilities and training requirements in the Code.

To recommend to MSC 75 to incorporate a requirement for port facilitysecurity plans (PFSP), but addressing only the Ship Port Interface, whichneeded further identification and definition and to stipulate which portsit would apply to. MSC will be invited to authorize more detailed workto be undertaken in close co-operation with ILO on comprehensive PFSP requirements.There was concern that it may not be appropriate to require such plansfor small ports.

Port Vulnerability Assessment (PVA) was considered an essential partof the port facility security process and it was agreed to incorporatea new requirement for PVA in the Code and develop guidance/criteria forPVA based on the existing level of threat.

Urgent action on an up-to-date seafarer identification document. TheSecretary-General of IMO has written to the Director-General of the InternationalLabour Organization (ILO), emphasising the importance the Member Statesof IMO give to updating the ILO seafarer identification document as a significantcontribution to enhanced maritime security and requesting early actionon this matter,offering the assistance of IMO in this process.

Information on the ship, its cargo and people: full transparency ofownership information was desirable, but could be difficult to achieve.Nevertheless the owner of a ship needed to be defined in future, bearingin mind that many IMO instruments place responsibilities on the shipowner,who may not be easy to identify. Proposals will be referred to the LegalCommittee for comments on the effective control of the ship; the issueshould be further considered at MSC 75, based on substantive proposalssubmitted.

The Sub-Committees on Radiocommunications and Search and Rescue (COMSAR),Ship Design and Equipment (DE) and Safety of Navigation (NAV) to be requestedto consider means for providing a capability for seafarers to activatean alarm to notify authorities and other ships of a terrorist hijacking,including a recommendation on whether such an alarm should be surreptitious.

A recommended formalization of cooperation with the World Customs Organization(WCO) on the question of container inspection and ensuring that the effectiveand efficient flow of multi-modal cargo is maintained in spite of the needfor cargo security. IMO should work together with WCO through an appropriatemechanism with the aim of establishing international measures that wouldenhance the integrity of all cargo. In view of the annual volumes of containersbeing moved globally (about 150 million full and 40 million empty containermovements in 2001), the ISWG considered this issue to be a particularlycomplex and difficult one to solve in the short term.

DE 49 (meeting in March) is to consider the issue of maritime securityequipment to prevent unauthorized boarding in ports and at sea and reportto MSC 75. It was recognized that the kind of equipment to be used on boardwould largely depend again on risk assessment (e.g. ship types, tradingareas, etc.) and impacted on the SSP and the interface between SSO andCSO. If appropriate, a new regulation may be incorporated in the Code requiringship security equipment. The ISWG will send its report for considerationby the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), which meets on May 15 to 24, 2002.The results of the MSC’s deliberations will be submitted (if appropriate)to a Diplomatic Conference on Maritime Security scheduled for December2002, at which any new or amended legislation could be adopted.
 
 
 
 
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IMB GETTING STRICT ABOUT BOGUS MARITIME DOCUMENTS

 

The International Maritime Bureau has issued a warning to vesseloperators concerning the thousands of unqualified mariners of all licensesand ratings working illegally with false papers. IMB has called for tightersecurity by those issuing licenses. The notice follows the release of figuresthat show of 54 maritime administrations surveyed there were more than12,000 cases of forged certificates. Seafarers’ International ResearchCenter, Cardiff University in Wales conducted the study.
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ILWU FILES CHARGE OF UNFAIR LABOR PRACTICE WITH NLRB

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union filed an unfair labor practicecharge with the National Labor Relations Board Feb. 14 against the PacificMaritime Association.

The union charges that the association, which represents 80 shippingcompanies, refuses to share information necessary for upcoming contractnegotiations. The current contract expires July 1.
 
 
 

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SHOWTIME PRESENTS POWERFUL STORY ON UNION ORGANIZINGING

The powerful story of A. Philip Randolph and the 12-year battle to organizePullman Co. porters is captured in “10,000 Black Men Named George,” a movieto be aired Feb. 24 on Showtime at 8 PM EST. It will be rebroadcast onShowtime TOO on Feb. 26 at 9 PM EST.

Randolph, portrayed by actor Andre Braugher, founded the Brotherhoodof Sleeping Car Porters. The movie’s
title comes from white passengers’ routine practice at the time ofdisrespectfully calling all porters
“George,” the first name of the company’s owner. There will be a specialshowing of the movie during the AFL-CIO’s
Executive Council meeting in New Orleans Feb. 26-27.
 

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MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

Openings in Classes Through the End of June 2002

  • 3/4-8: BRM, VPM
  • 3/4-15: GMDSS
  • 3/11-15: FF-ADV, ARPA, COMP-APS
  • 3/15: ATER, ENVPRO
  • 3/18-22: BST
  • 3/23: CBRD-1, ROR
  • 3/25-29: HAZ, BRM, COMP-NET, SHS-EMR
  • 4/1-5: FF-ADV, COMP-ABSS
  • 4/8-12: BST, ARPA, TPIC
  • 4/8-19: GMDSS
  • 4/13: CBRD-1, ROR
  • 4/15-19: HAZ, BRM, ECDIS
  • 4/15-18: SMA
  • 4/19: ATER, ENV PRO
  • 4/29-5/3: MED FIRST, FF-ADV, ROP, COMP-MAR, WX-HWA, BRM, SHS-BAS
  • 5/6-10: BST, ARPA
  • 5/6-9: SMA
  • 5/10: ATER, ENVPRO
  • 5/11: CBRD-1, ROR
  • 5/13-24: MED-PIC
  • 5/13-17: BST, ARPA, COMP-NET
  • 5/20-24: FF-ADV, CSE-AAES, BRM, ECDIS, SHS-EMR
  • 5/20: CBRD-1
  • 5/21: HAZMAT, EAP
  • 5/22-24: MED-DOT-DA
  • 6/3-28: SMC
  • 6/3-7: HAZ, DCS, BRM, COMP-OPSYS, ARPA
  • 6/3: ROR
  • 6/3-14: GMDSS
  • 6/10-14: BST, SHS-BAS, BRM, COMP-NET, FRB
  • 6/10-13: SMA
  • 6/14: ATER, ENVPRO; 6/15: CBRD-1, ROR
  • 6/17-21: FF-ADV, BRM, ARPA, WX-HWA
  • 6/17: ROR
  • 6/24-28: SHS-EMR, BRM, VPM

 MSC COMMS

Please note that the course convening originally scheduled for April 8has been cancelled. Class is now scheduled for May 6-10.
 

BRM & SHS-EMR

Standard offerings for BRM and SHS-EMR are now five days. Three day versionsare no longer scheduled.

SCHEDULE INFO

Schedule through June 2002 is being maintained on the website. Hard copiesof the January-June 2002 schedule have been mailed to the halls. Checkthe MITAGS website at: www.mitags.orgfor up-to-date info. For additional course info, contact Mary Matlock atvoice: 443-989-3226 or Email: admissions@mitags.org.
 
 

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PACIFIC NORTHWEST MARITIME INSTITUTE ACADEMIC NOTES

Openings in Classes Through the End of March 2002

  • 2/18-22: ARPA, Med 1st, Med PIC
  • 2/25-3/1: ECDIS
  • 3/4-8: Radar, BRM, GMDSS, BST
  • 3/11-15: Comp. Basics, BAFF
  • 3/18-22: ARPA, Med 1st, Med PIC
  • 3/25-29: ECDIS

 

PMI MEDICAL COURSES

PMI is now offering two week “Medical Person in Charge” and one week “MedicalFirst Aid Provider” course. To learn more about the STCW Requirements forMedical First Aid Provider and Medical Person in Charge, refer to PMI’swebpage at stcw95.com/medical.htmwhich will link you to the relevant policy letter.

 

REGISTRATION

Register online at stcw95.com.
 
 

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MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 2-20 CLOSE

 D O W
 N A S D A Q
 9,941.10
-48.50 for the week
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 Vanguard 500 IndexFund (VFINX)  101.44
 Vanguard Extended MarketIndex Fund (VEXMX) 21.83
 Vanguard InternationalGrowth Fund (VWIGX)  14.02
 Vanguard Morgan GrowthFund (VMRGX)  13.77
 Vanguard Windsor IIFund (VWNFX)  24.61
 Vanguard GNMA Fund(VFIIX) 10.50
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX) 14.50
 Fidelity Asset Manager(FASMX) 15.29
 Fidelity Growth andIncome (FGRIX)  36.50
Fidelity Magellan Fund (FAGX)  98.30
 Spartan US Equity IndexFund (FUSEX)   38.93

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