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Wheelhouse Weekly – January 21, 2000

January 21st 2000


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VOLUME 4. . . . . NUMBER 3. . . . . January 21, 2000

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MM&P-MEBA JOINT MEETING TO BE HELD AT MEBA NORFOLK HALL FEB. 10

MM&P International President Capt. Tim Brown and MEBA President Larry O’Toole will lead a joint meeting between MM&P and MEBA members in Norfolk on Feb.10. MM&P Offshore Vice President Atlantic Ports Capt. Robert Darley will also attend the joint meeting which will be held at 1300 hrs at the MEBA union hall. The MEBA Hall is located at 1058 W. 40th St. in Norfolk, one block from the MM&P Hall.

While in Norfolk, Capt. Brown, Capt. Darley, Glen Paine, Executive Director of MITAGS and other MITAGS staff members will join with MEBA officials to take a tour of the USNS FISHER one of MM&P’s newest Offshore contract vessels on Feb.9. The USNS FISHER is one of the Military Sealift Command’s Large, Medium-Speed, Roll-on, Roll-off vessels (LMSRs) that is operated by MM&P-contracted Patriot Contract Holdings.

As previously reported in the Wheelhouse Weekly, the USNS FISHER arrived at Newport News, Virginia on Dec. 19, following successful completion of a deployment to Egypt as part of Operation Bright Star under the command of MM&P deck officers Capt. Bob Smith, Chief Mate Joe Single, Second Mate Joanne Cantu and Third Mate Michelle Despot.

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APL ADDS KWANGYANG AS DIRECT CALL ON QINGDAO-LA RUN

MM&P-contracted APL, as a member of the New World Alliance, has added the new, fast-growing South Korean port of Kwangyang to their direct, weekly US-flag container service between Qingdao in the north of China and LA. The change to the carrier group’s “Guam China Express” service (GCX) is designed to benefit both trans-Pacific and intra-Asia customers, APL said. With the addition of Kwangyang, the service will call at the following ports: San Pedro (LA), Oakland, Guam, Naha, Qingdao, Kwangyang, Busan, Hakata, Nagoya, Yokohama, San Pedro (LA). It became effective with the sailing of the PRESIDENT GRANT on Jan. 17 from Kwangyang to LA.

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NTSB RECOMMENDS DOT TOXICOLOGY TESTING IN TRANSPORT ACCIDENTS

The National Transportation Safety Board has recommended that the US Department of Transportation establish, in coordination with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the Federal Railroad Administration, the Federal Transit Administration, and the US Coast Guard, comprehensive toxicological testing requirements for an appropriate sample of fatal highway, railroad, transit, and marine accidents to ensure the identification of the role played by common prescription and over-the-counter medications.

They seek a review and analysis of the results of such testing at intervals not to exceed every 5 years. Another element would involve developing, with assistance from experts on the effects of pharmacological agents on human performance and alertness, a list of approved medications and/or classes of medications that may be used safely when operating a vehicle.

Other elements prescribed by the NTSB:

  • Expressly prohibit the use of any medication not on the US Department of Transportation’s list of approved medications for twice the recommended dosing interval before or during vehicle operation, except as specifically allowed, when appropriate, by procedures or criteria established by the applicable modal administration (the Federal Aviation Administration, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the Federal Railroad Administration, the Federal Transit Administration, or the US Coast Guard).
  • Evaluate the applicability of the restrictions (for vehicle operators) to transportation employees in all safety-sensitive positions. If appropriate, implement such restrictions within 2 years of their implementation for vehicle operators.

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PROPOSED CHANGES TO DRUG AND ALCOHOL TESTING REGS AVAILABLE

As reported in last week’s Wheelhouse Weekly, US Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater is proposing requirements for strengthening the transportation sector drug and alcohol testing program to prevent affected transportation workers from circumventing the testing process. Because the revisions are extensive, DOT is providing a comment period of 120 days from the date of publication and is planning on holding three public listening sessions within approximately 90 days.

Please note the following correction. The NPRM was published in the Federal Register of Dec. 9th (not Dec.10th as stated last week) at 64FR 69076-69136. Copies may be obtained from the Internet at http://www.dot.gov/ost/dapc; by calling the fax-on-demand phone line (1-800-225-3784) and requesting document 151; by writing to the USDOT, Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance, 400 Seventh Street, SW, Room 10403, Washington, DC 20590; or by calling the Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance at 202-366-3784.

Comments on the proposal should be sent by April 7, 2000, to the

USDOT Docket Facility Docket No. OST 99-6578 400 Seventh St., SW Washington, DC 20590.

MM&P members submitting comments are asked to send a copy of their comments to MM&P HQ at the address listed below or via Email at: communications@bridgedeck.org.

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COAST GUARD SEEKS OPA ’90 PHASE-OUT DEADLINE CLARIFICATION

The USCG has issued a proposed rule in order to clarify its regulations to determine certain phase-out dates for single-hull tankers under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990. Specifically, they note that neither OPA ’90 or their own regulations address if or when a vessel owner can convert a single hull tank vessel to include only double sides or only a double bottom to change its phase-out date. After many inquiries on the subject the Coast Guard wishes to make it clear that conversion of a single-hull tank vessel to add only double sides or only a double bottom after August 18, 1990, will not change the vessel’s scheduled phase-out date under OPA ’90.

OPA ’90 requires a tanker owner to remove single hull tank vessels from bulk oil service on specific dates, depending on the vessel’s gross tonnage, build date, and hull configuration. The phase-out schedule allows more years of service for single-hull tank vessels that have been configured to include double sides or a double bottom than for ones without these hull configurations.

MM&P’s AHL Shipping Company tanker fleet were the first US-flag tankers to adopt OPA ’90 double hull standards with the reconstruction of their four product carriers.

Further info can be sought from Bob Gauvin, USCG Project Manager, at (202) 267-1053.

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FIRE REPORTED ABOARD CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES’ CELEBRATION

Carnival Cruise Lines has reported that its cruise ship CELEBRATION experienced a fire in an auxiliary generator at approximately midnight on Wed., Jan.12. The serious fire had to be extinguished by the vessel’s automated Halon system.

At the time of the fire, the ship was approximately 100 miles northwest of Montego Bay, Jamaica. Electrical and propulsion power was ultimately restored and the CELEBRATION limped into Montego Bay under its own power. From there, guests were forced to disembark the ship and arrangements had to be made to provide them with hotel accommodations and/or flight arrangements back to New Orleans, the ship’s port of embarkation.

The CELEBRATION left New Orleans Sunday, Jan.9 carrying 1,586 guests and 667 crew on what was to be a seven-day western Caribbean voyage. Carnival canceled the vessel’s Jan. 16 departure from New Orleans.

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ROYAL CARIBBEAN SETTLES WITH ALASKA FOR $3.5 MILLION

The Congressional Information Bureau reports that Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines has agreed to a $3.5 million settlement with the State of Alaska after admitting to dumping oily bilge water and other hazardous chemicals into state waters in 1994 and 1995, Attorney General Bruce Botelho announced late last week. The settlement is on top of an $6.5 million fine paid by the cruise line to settle similar charges for dumping in Alaska waters brought under federal law.

“This settlement sends a clear signal to the cruise ship industry that this kind of illegal activity will not be tolerated in Alaska,” Botelho said. “It is unconscionable that an industry that depends on Alaska’s clean and healthy environment would soil its own nest. It is appropriate that we use this settlement to maintain clean water through additional environmental monitoring and planning, and spill prevention and preparedness.”

Under the settlement, Royal Caribbean has agreed to:

  • Pay $700,000 in damages to the State Oil and Hazardous Substance Release Prevention Mitigation Account;
  • Pay $250,000 in damages to the State Oil and Hazardous Substance Release Response Account;
  • Donate $2.1 million worth of spill response equipment and materials for the containment and recovery of bunker oil to a spill response organization, to be available for use by the response organization or by any federal or state on-scene coordinator. Donations must be approved by the state;
  • Pay $250,000 for a program to identify environmentally sensitive areas along normal cruise ship routes in Southeast Alaska and develop appropriate response strategies for each; and,
  • Pay $250,000 for a five-year program to monitor cruise ship smokestack emissions on each regularly scheduled cruise ship at least once each summer.

In addition to the monetary terms, Royal Caribbean has agreed to join or form a spill response organization, such as SEAPRO, the Southeast Alaska Petroleum Resource Organization. The cruise line also agreed not to discharge any gray water or black water (water from toilets, sinks, showers, laundry facilities, and galleys) within 3 nautical miles of the nearest land in Alaska.

The settlement, which resolves all issues raised in the complaint against Royal Caribbean filed by the state in August, must still be approved by the court.

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USCG MARINE SAFETY NEWSLETTER AVAILABLE AT NO CHARGE

The Coast Guard’s National Maritime Center publishes the Marine Safety Newsletter monthly. The subscription is free. To subscribe, send your name & address to:

Marine Safety Newsletter Editor National Maritime Center 4200 Wilson Blvd., Suite 510 Arlington, VA 22203-1804

OR, fax the information to (202) 493-1065.

Current & past issues are available on the web at:
http://www.uscg.mil/hq/g-m/nmc/pubs/newsltr/index.htm.

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MM&P SPORTS SHORTS

NFL Divisional Playoff Results
Sat: Jac 62 Mia 7, TB 14 Was 13. Sun: StL 49 Min 37, Ten 19 Ind 16.

NFL Championship
Sun: Ten at Jac, TB at StL.

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