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Wheelhouse Weekly – January 19, 2001

January 19th 2001


THE MASTERS, MATES AND PILOTS’
WHEELHOUSE WEEKLY

Bridging the Information Gap With E-News You Can Use

VOLUME 5. . . . . NUMBER 3. . . January 19, 2001

STORIES COVERED

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COPIES OF NEW MATSON CONTACT NOW AVAILABLE

Offshore Pacific Vice President Capt. Don Marcus reports that the new contract with Matson Navigation has been finalized and signed. Copies are now available in MM&P port offices.

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IMPORTANT MESSAGE ON LONG TERM CARE FROM HEALTH & BENEFIT PLAN

The Plan Office is pleased to report that due to an overwhelming response by the membership, open enrollment for the Aetna Long Term Care Plan has been extended until Feb.28. Plan participants or their family members who enroll prior to Jan.31 will become eligible under the Plan as of Feb.1. Participants or family members who enroll during the extended period in Feb. will become effective March 1 but will be age rated through Jan.31. Anyone with questions can call the Plan Office at 410-850-8500 between 0830 and 1630 EST.

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MM&P AND ILA JOIN AFL-CIO TRANSPORTATION TRADES DEPARTMENT

The MM&P, along with the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) have become the latest members of the Transportation Trades Department (TTD) of the AFL-CIO. The TTD was created in 1990 to advance a comprehensive transportation labor policy agenda for union workers employed in aviation, rail, transit, trucking, highway, longshore and related industries.

“The addition of the ILA and the MM&P as members of the TTD underscores the department’s mission of providing a strong, collective voice for America’s transportation workers,” TTD President Sonny Hall said. “What transpires in Washington has a tremendous impact on the lives of transportation workers and their families. With the ILA and the MM&P on board, our ability to positively affect crucial policy decisions is significantly enhanced, particularly on issues dealing with longshore and maritime policy.”

International MM&P President Capt. Tim Brown said, “We look forward to supporting our brothers and sisters across all segments of the transportation industry. It’s a positive step for both the MM&P and also for our parent, the ILA, to be a part of the AFL-CIO’s largest family of transportation unions and to be able to actively work with those unions for the mutual protection and advancement of all of transportation labor.”

The ILA is the largest union of maritime workers in the US, representing some 65,000 longshoremen who work at ports from Maine to Texas, on the Great Lakes, major US rivers, as well as in Puerto Rico and Eastern Canada. Founded in 1892, the ILA is headquartered in New York City.

“The International Longshoremen’s Association is proud to now be an affiliated member of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO. We pledge our solidarity to the TTD in the belief that the ILA and our members have much to add to the TTD and its efforts on behalf of all transportation workers,” ILA President John Bowers said.

Capt. Brown was the original maker of the motion to join the TTD at the last ILA Executive Board meeting. With MM&P and the ILA, the TTD now includes 32 AFL-CIO unions. To learn more about the TTD, visit their website at http://www.ttd.org.

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USCG TO HOLD FEB. MEETING ON TOWING VESSEL SAFETY

The USCG will hold a public meeting to discuss proposed rules for improving the safety of towing vessels. The rules would require the installation of fixed fire-extinguishing systems in the engine room and the completion of voyage plans among other safety upgrades. The meeting will be held Feb.8 from 1300 to 1700 hrs. at the Dept. of Transportation HQ in Wash., DC.

The USCG encourages interested parties to attend the meeting and submit comments for discussion during the meeting. In addition, the USCG seeks written comments from any party who is unable to attend. For further info, call 202-267-1181.

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HUGE 9,800-TEU BOXSHIPS EXPECTED FOR PACIFIC TRADE BY 2004

Lloyds List reports that MM&P-contracted Maersk Sealand has ordered a dozen new containerships covering a range of sizes. Amid industry speculation that the company is building ships in excess of 8,000-TEU, Maersk Sealand recently announced that four S-Class 6,600-TEU vessels have been ordered, along with four 3,700-TEU, three 2,800-TEU and two 2,200 vessels.

Other published reports on huge containerships in the offing indicate that the China Shipping Group is planning to order two of the world’s largest container ships, 9,800-TEU behemoths for its trans-Pacific service. The company said the ships would be built in South Korea. The vessels, which are expected to be delivered in 2004, will be deployed on a shuttle service between Hong Kong and LA.

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NEW PROCESS BLASTS BALLAST WATER BACTERIA

As reported in previously in the Wheelhouse Weekly, micro-organisms such as cholera and E.coli are increasingly found in the ballast water of ships. This heightens the potential for spreading harmful diseases from port to port. Two US researchers have developed a solution to the problem, which involves ‘zapping’ the bacteria with ultra violet light.

The method uses a lamp that emits UV rays to kill the disease-causing bacteria and other micro-organisms found in the water. Mounir Laroussi, an electrical engineering research professor and Fred Dobbs, an associate professor of oceanography at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, created a reactor built around a specially-designed UV lamp.

Tests carried out with a prototype have shown that it is effective in killing many bacteria. The treatment length depends on the target micro-organisms. Low doses of the light prevent the cells from replicating, at higher doses they are killed.

The creation of the lamp and chamber follows research carried out last year by the US Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. The ballast water of commercial vessels arriving in Chesapeake Bay was tested and found to contain billions of microbes, some disease-causing.

Each liter of water taken from the hull had about a billion bacteria as well as seven billion virus-causing particles. Cholera-causing bacteria were detected in all 15 ships examined. In the US alone more than 79 million tons of ballast water is dumped into the sea each year.

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MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

Openings in classes over the next six weeks are listed below. Notice that there are very few openings in courses required for STCW-95. MITAGS is making every effort to accommodate the increasing demand but there is still 6-8 week lead-time.

  • 1/22-26: WX-HWA, FF-ADV
  • 1/29-2/2: EINS, HAZ, MED-1ST, ROP
  • 2/5-9: BRMP
  • 2/10: ROR-1, CBRD-1
  • 2/12-15 SMA
  • 2/12-16: COMP-NET, FF-ADV, GMDSS, TPIC
  • 2/24: ROR-1

MSC Classes

The next 4-day MSC Small Arms (SMA) courses at MITAGS will be Feb 12-15 and Mar 12-15, 2001. Remember that to maintain currency in Small Arms, you must take the course once a year. The Strategic Sealift Communications Course will be held at MITAGS April 2-6, 2001. The reimbursement program for MITAGS arranged MSC training will remain in effect for 2001. Claim forms are provided with course confirmations.

GMDSS License Renewal

There have been significant changes to the renewal process. Fee has increased to $50. Forms have been revised. You cannot apply for renewal prior to 90 days before expiration date. Check under GMDSS on the MITAGS website at: www.mitags.org for up-to-date forms and submission info.

For additional MITAGS course info, please contact Mary Matlock at Voice: 443-989-3226 or e-mail: admissions@mitags.org.

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PACIFIC NORTHWEST MARITIME INSTITUTE (PNW) ACADEMIC NOTES

January classes at PNMI in Seattle with available spaces include:

  • 1/15-19 TPIC Barge
  • 1/15-19 GMDSS
  • 1/15-17 BRM 3-day

Classes with availability through February are as follows:

  • 1/29-2/1 BRM-3 day
  • 2/12-14 BRM-3 Day
  • 2/12-16 Train the Trainer
  • 2/26-3/2 ECDIS

Note: The ECDIS course will meet the EINS (Electronic Integrated Navigation Systems) Standards.

Download their entire schedule at: http://www.stcw95.com. The latest PNMI press releases are at: http://www.stcw95.com/press_releases.htm. For further info contact Gregg Trunnell at voice: 206 239-9965; fax: 206-441-2995; Email: info@stcw95.com.

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PNMI OFFERS FIRST USCG APPROVED ECDIS TRAINING COURSE

The first USCG approved Electronic Chart Display And Information Systems (ECDIS) training course will be offered at Pacific Northwest Maritime Institute on Feb. 26. ECDIS integrates the navigational functions of chart upkeep, voyage planning, route monitoring, traffic management, and computer operation.

Increasingly, mariners must plan passages, navigate routes, negotiate traffic, and handle their vessels while making use of ARPA, paper chart plotting, visual piloting, and managing ECDIS. “Full-scale, certified ECDIS training, such as this 35-hour course, is the surest way for mariners to confidently integrate the powerful ECDIS tool into the complexities of modern bridge operations,” says PNMI Director Gregg Trunnell.

The course conforms to the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Performance Standards for ECDIS. Training and assessments incorporate the use of live marine ECDIS equipment networked with blind and visual bridge simulators. Course enrollment is limited.

Course topics include the development of skills in validity of sensor data (including radar overlay), potential errors of interpretation, selecting operational settings and alarms for route monitoring, installation and correction of electronic charts, route planning and scheduling, navigational calculations, accessing ship’s log and data playback functions, ARPA, and AIS and trial maneuver functions.

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MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 1-18 CLOSE

 DOW

 10,678.28

+68.73 for the week

 NASDAQ

 2.768.49

+127.92 for the week

 Vanguard 500 Index Fund

 124.49

+1.96 for the week

 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund

 27.56

+0.76 for the week

 Vanguard International Growth Fund

 18.92

+0.13  for the week

 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund

 18.27

+0.47 for the week

 Vanguard Windsor II Fund

 26.39

+0.06 for the week

 Chase Growth Fund

 16.11

+0.02  for the week

 Fidelity Asset Manager

 16.91

+0.15 for the week

 Fidelity Growth and Income

 41.31

+0.25  for the week

 Fidelity Magellan Fund

 122.62

+1.80 for the week

 Spartan US Equity Index Fund

 47.82

+0.76  for the week

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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 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 and is posted on our web page under “News” at: http://www.bridgedeck.org.

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