Wheelhouse Weekly – January 11, 2002

January 11th 2002


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Volume 6. . . . . Number 2. . . January 11, 2002




A Special Membership meeting will be held at the Seattle Offshore Hall at 2333 Third Avenue on Tuesday, Jan.15 at 1230 hrs. The meeting is being held in lieu of the Regular Membership meeting in order to accommodate the schedule of Richard Plant, MM&P’s Director of Special Projects. Plant will be addressing MM&P’s organizing efforts. Also speaking at the meeting will be Capt. Bill Good who will discuss the latest developments regarding ESOP at MM&P- contracted AHL shipping. All members and applicants are urged to attend. For further info, contact MM&P Vice President, Pacific Ports Capt. Don Marcus at 206-441-8700 or Email:  


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The MM&P was saddened to learn of the sudden death earlier this week of Capt. Russ Woodill, 57, an active long-time MM&P member and former Master with US Lines. He was assigned to the SeaLand PERFORMANCE with USSM at he time of his death. Capt. Woodill served as Position Chairman with the Council of American Master Mariners. His wife, Sara, and two sons survive him. MM&P International President Capt. Tim Brown commented that, “Capt. Woodill was instrumental in establishing the Chapter of the Council of American Master Mariners in Tampa in the late 1980s. He was always willing to work to maintain the integrity of his chosen profession and had a long and distinguished sailing career. He is a credit to the vessels he sailed on, the companies he worked for, and the Union he belonged to. He will be missed.” Funeral services will be held next Tuesday or Wednesday (Jan.15-16) in Norwell, MA. For more info contact Beverly Gutmann at MM&P HQ at phone: 410-850-8700 x11 or Email:  


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There is an immediate temporary employment opportunity from Jan through Feb 2002 supporting MSC in the Congressional Affairs Office which is located at the Washington Navy Yard. Required experience: deck or dual license. An officer with law background or congressional experience is preferred but all applications will be considered. For further info, contact Mr. Chris Thayer, Director, Strategic Planning, Military Sealift Command, phone: 202-685-5549, or Email: The second immediate temporary employment opportunity is with MSC Sealift Program, Tanker Operations also located at the Washington Navy Yard. Duration: 12 to 17 days. Requirements: 0304 (LT-LCDR). Duties and responsibilities: The individual will work with the Tanker Operations officer to review fuel movement requirements, assist in assignment of existing fleet assets again the movement requirements and, when necessary, work with the Tanker Operations officer on the procurement of suitable ships from the commercial market to meet lift requirements. This will include preparation of statements of work for charter requests, review of offers for technical compliance, preparation of cargo orders to ships, brokers andor owners and preparation of internal financial documentation requirements. Qualification requirements: 1. MUST have shipboard TANKER experience or TANKER chartering experience. 2. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office software products 3. The ability to analyze ship specifications and cargo for compatibility with DoD products to be carried. For further info contact Mr. John M. Joerger; Tanker Project Officer at phone: 202-685-6305 or Email:  


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Members are reminded that the MM&P has a bulletin board in operation that is for members only. This is an ideal forum for members to use to discuss issues of concern and it is available only by subscription. After registering, any member is free to post to this board subject to terms of use that are posted to the bulletin board, and which are provided to members at the time they sign up or upon request of any member prior to signing up. To be able to sign-on or for additional info, members should send an Email to John Gorman, MM&P Comptroller, who is administering the board. His Email address is: The following info is required in order to be provided access information: Full name; Social Security Number; Date of birth; and Email address.  


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Beginning last week and running for the next several weeks, the Wheelhouse Weekly will carry status reports on legislative action that has been successfully completed on a number of MM&P and MIRAID legislative priorities. At the same time, as the 107th Congress heads into its second session, various other maritime initiatives supported by the MM&P and MIRAID await further action. The next two articles summarize some of these issues.  


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The Bush Administration’s FY’02 budget included a proposal that the administrative responsibilities over the Maritime Security Program be transferred from the Department of Transportation (Maritime Administration) to the Department of Defense. The MM&P and MIRAID (and an overwhelming majority of MSP interests) vigorously opposed this recommendation and Congress did not approve the Administration’s request. According to House Merchant Marine Panel Chairman Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-CA), who led the opposition to the MSP transfer proposal, the Bush Administration did not demonstrate that transferring the program was necessary from an economic or efficiency standpoint.  


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HR 3507, the “Coast Guard Authorization Act” for FY’02 includes a provision (section 203) strongly supported by the MM&P that would allow the Secretary of Transportation to “make grants to the American Merchant Marine Veterans Memorial Committee, Inc., to construct an addition to the American Merchant Marine Memorial Wall of Honor located at the Los Angeles Maritime Museum in San Pedro, California.” Most importantly, Congress authorized $500,000 for the grant for FY’02 while capping the total Federal share of the cost of the activities carried out with the grant at 50 percent. The bill containing this provision has been sent to the Senate where action may be taken early this year.  


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Speaking before the US Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Association Luncheon Jan.10, in Wash. DC, new Maritime Administrator William Schubert called for the maritime industry to work together to support the many challenges that face today’s US-flag shipping community, including the war on terrorism. A graduate of the USMMA, this was Schubert’s first Washington public speaking appearance, “The September 11 attacks altered the culture at the Department of Transportation and we now face a new era in managing our transportation infrastructure and other transportation-related assets not only to ensure our economic strength and viability, but also our nation’s self defense and security,” Schubert said.

The following are excerpts from his speech likely to be of interest to MM&P members:

I would like to begin by saluting my alma materThe United States Merchant Marine Academy. I am very thankful that I had the opportunity to attend the Academy and to actively sail in the Merchant Marine over a 12-year period. Our nation is fortunate to have Kings Point and all of the state maritime academies. These institutions of higher learning are national assets that we must seek to protect. As graduates of these schools, we are also charged with providing a maritime future for the next generation. I sincerely wish I could stand here today and proclaim that the maritime industry is healthy or that we are poised for an immediate turnaround. An industry-wide turnaround may take some time. However, if industry and government will work together to promote sound maritime policy, we will certainly get there sooner rather than later. The maritime industry, labor, management, shipyards, the maritime academies, US-flag carriers, US shipowners, the maritime press, and anyone whose livelihood is dependent upon the existence of a US maritime industry, can learn something from Secretary Mineta’s recent strong words to the modal administrators. He said, “The only turf you need to be worried about is the turf under your feet.” The Secretary was very diplomatic in telling us that we cannot be worried about internal squabbles when we have a larger issue of homeland security facing us,” Schubert said. “The realities of the new security environment that surround us have forced every mode within the Department to consider each other and recognize that we are all interconnected and interdependent.” We in the industry can either worry about our petty fights, the arguments over who has more or less, the back- stabbing, the in-fighting, or we can worry about our own survival. The great statesman Ben Franklin said it best, “We must indeed all hang together, or assuredly, we shall all hang separately.” We must not accept the continued overall decline of the US-flag fleet. There has been an unprecedented decline in US-flag tonnage over the past ten years. I have pledged to work diligently with industry and labor over the next few years to encourage new tonnage to enter the commercial market. As I have said in my hearings and in virtually every press interview, we must also work hard to form a consensus on the reauthorization of the MSP program. And it won’t stop there. We need to find innovative ways to encourage other types of vessels to enter the domestic and foreign trades, flying the US-flag. I will use resources available to me, department-wide, in order achieve this goal. I will stand behind any company that is considering adding new tonnage to the US-flag. The US is the world’s only superpower and we did not reach this point without being a sea power. Our strong 200- plus year maritime heritage helped build a critical foundation for the development of this nation. And merchant mariners have served the nation with bravery and dedication, in peacetime and in war, ever since there has been an American flag to fly. Now, we too must serve our nation by working together to strengthen our merchant marine and develop a maritime policy for the 21st century.  



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The Subcommittees of the Chemical Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC) on Prevention Through People (PTP) and Vessel Cargo Tank Overpressurization will meet to continue their work on their Subcommittee Task Statements. The PTP Subcommittee will meet to review its draft of the Marine Operations Risk Assessment Guide and to continue its work with the Ovepressurization Subcommittee in conducting a risk assessment for purging operations. These meetings will be open to the public. The PTP Subcommittee will meet on Thur., Jan. 17, from 0900 to 1600. The Vessel Cargo Tank Overpressurization Subcommittee will meet on Fri. Jan. 18, 2002, from 0900 to 1530. Both Subcommittees will meet at Stolt-Nielsen Transportation Group Ltd., 15635 Jacintoport Blvd., Houston, Texas. This notice is available on the Internet at For further info, contact Lt. Greg Herold, USCG Tech Rep for the PTP Subcommittee, phone: 202-267-0084, fax: 202-267- 4570, or Lt. Michael McKean, USCG Tech Rep for the Vessel Cargo Tank Overpressurization Subcommittee, phone: 202-267- 0087, fax: 202-267-4570.  


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Openings in classes through the end of March 2002: 114-18: FF-ADV, BRM, COMP-ABSS; 119: ROR; 121-25: FF-ADV; 126: CBRD-1, ROR; 128-21: FF-ADV, BRM, ARPA, COMP-NET; 22: ROR; 24-7: SMA; 24-8: HAZ, SHS-BAS, BRM, WX-HWA; 28: ENVPRO; 211-15: ARPA; 216: CBRD-1, ROR; 218-22: FF-ADV, COMP-MAR; 218-19: BRMP; 218: ROR; 219: HAZMAT & EAP; 220-22: DOT-DA; 225-31: BST, BRM; 225-27: SHS-EMR; 32: CBRD-1, ROR; 3-8: BRM, VPM; 3-15: GMDSS; 311-15: FF-ADV, ARPA, COMP-APS; 311-14: SMA; 315: ENVPRO; 318-22: BST, ECDIS; 323: CBRD-1, ROR; 325-29: HAZ, BRM, COMP-NET, WX-HWA; 325-27: SHS-EMR.


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Beginning with the week of Feb 4, MITAGS plans to introduce the 1-day MSC Environmental Protection (ENVPRO) course on Fridays following the 4-day Small Arms class. This will afford members the opportunity to earn Small Arms, Anti-Terrorism Threat Awareness (Level I), and Environmental Protection certificates in one week. Schedule through June 2002 is being maintained on the website at Hard copies of the Jan-June 2002 schedule have been mailed to the halls. For additional course info, contact Mary Matlock at voice: 443-989-3226 or Email:  


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Openings in classes through the end of March, 2002: 24-8: ARPA, BRM, GMDSS, BAFF; 211-15: TPIC, Radar, BST 218-22: ARPA, Med 1st, Med PIC; 225-31: ECDIS 34-8: Radar, BRM, GMDSS, BST; 311-15: Comp. Basics, BAFF 318-22: ARPA, Med 1st, Med PIC; 325-29: ECDIS. Register online at PMI is now offering two week “Medical Person in Charge” and one week “Medical First Aid Provider” course. To learn more about the STCW Requirements for Medical First Aid Provider and Medical Person in Charge, refer to PMI’s webpage at http:www.stcw95.commedical.htm which will link you to the relevant policy 

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DOW: 10,067.80 (-104.30 for week); NASDAQ: 2047.24 (+2.97)

Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX): 106.72

Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX): 23.23

Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX): 14.85

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Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX): 10.45

Chase Growth Fund (CHASX): 14.47

Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX) 15.59

Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX) 37.33

Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX) 104.18

Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX) 40.95


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NFL Wild Card Playoff Schedule

Sat: TB (9-7) vs. Phi (11-5); Sun: NYJ (10-6) vs. Oak (10-6)

Sun: SF (12-4) vs. GB (12-4); Bal (10-6) vs. Mia (11-5).

NFL Results Week 16

Pit 28, Cle 7, Was 20 Ari 17, GB 34 NYG 25, Chi 33 Jac 13,

cin 23 Ten 21, SF 38 NO 0, Ind 29 Den 10, Det 15 Dal 10,

NE 38 Car 6, Sea 21 kC 18, Mia 34 Buf 7, StL 31 Atl 13,

NYJ 24 Oak 22, Phi 17 TB 13. Mon: Bal 19 Min 3.


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