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Wheelhouse Weekly – July 03, 2002


THE MASTERS, MATES AND PILOTS’
WHEELHOUSE WEEKLY

– Bridging the Information Gap With E-News You Can Use –

Volume 6. . . . . Number 27. . . July 3, 2002

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MARINERS REQUESTED TO LET FREEDOM RING ON JULY 4

Maritime Administrator Capt. William Schubert has requested that US merchant vessels at port and at sea ring their ships’ bells 13 times at 1800Z (UTC) on July 4, to honor the 13 original colonies as part of “Let Freedom Ring”, a national bell ringing ceremony on Independence Day. More than 5,000 other participants will also chime in to honor the signing of the Declaration of Independence at the invitation of the Society of the Sons of the Revolution which is sponsoring the event.

“I ask you to join Americans everywhere in honoring not only those who helped achieve our country’s independence during the American Revolution, but also all men and women who continue to work and sacrifice in support of our Nation’s liberty. I certainly include in this category America’s merchant mariners, whose support remains vital to our national security,” he said.

 

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MM&P INDEPENDENCE DAY CLOSINGS

MM&P Port Offices, HQ, PLANS, CREDIT UNION, MITAGS and MIRAID will be closed July 4.

  • MM&P HQ will be open July 5.
  • MM&P Federal Credit Union will be open July 5.
  • Plan Office staff has selected Friday July 5 as their floater holiday and the majority of the office will be closed. A skeleton crew will be on duty at the Plan Office to issue vacation checks and answer critical questions.
    • Health & Benefit calls, for those members and providers that do not choose to use the automated system, will be taken in turn. You may call Ken Ryan directly for vacation checks.
    • Direct dial numbers to reach individuals staffing the Plan Office on Friday, July 5 are:
      • Ken Ryan: 410-850-8617
      • Valerie Verrecchio: 410-850-8603
      • Madeline Petrelli: 410-850-8615

 

West Coast Longshore Holiday Closings

MM&P West Coast Halls in Los Angeles/Long Beach, San Francisco and Seattle will be closed on July 5 in observance of Bloody Thursday and on July 29 in observance of the Harry Bridges birthday longshore holidays.

 

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MM&P FEDERAL CREDIT UNION SUMMER VACATION CLOSINGS

The MM&P Federal Credit Union office will be closed from Tuesday, July 9 through Tuesday, July 16, and will reopen for regular business on July 17. Credit Union members are asked to please plan ahead to transact all business prior to July 9.

If there is an emergency and withdrawal of funds are needed during this time, please call the MM&P Plans switchboard at 410-850-8500 and press “0” to reach the operator. This number is for withdrawals only. No loans will be processed during the vacation time.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Kathy Klisavage, Credit Union manager, at 1-800-382-7777 or by email to mmpfcu@bridgedeck.org before July 9.

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MM&P MEMBERS JOIN IN WEST COAST ILWU RALLIES

Maritime labor turned out in force last week as Port Workers Solidarity rallies were held up and down the West Coast on June 27 in a show of support for the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. The ILWU is facing a major battle to retain its hard-won contract benefits in negotiations with the Pacific Maritime Association, a coalition of major shippers.

As the Wheelhouse Weekly went to press, the ILWU and PMA had failed to reach a new agreement. The old contract expired at 1700 hrs on Monday, July 1. Both sides have agreed to extend the contract on a day-to-day basis as negotiations continue.

At last week’s rallies, MM&P members showed up in force in Seattle, Oakland and Los Angeles in a show of solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the ILWU. In Oakland, Pacific Ports Vice President Don Marcus publicly pledged the support of MM&P to the ILWU, a union that has been instrumental in supporting the MM&P throughout the years.

In his address to several thousand port workers, Marcus reminded the crowd that “MM&P has been on the waterfront since 1880. We were here standing side-by-side with the ILWU in 1934, during the brief, but golden era of the Maritime Federation of the Pacific and during the many ups and downs of maritime labor since that time. On behalf of our International President, Tim Brown and the rest of our membership we pledge the full support of Masters, Mates & Pilots”

Officials of many other unions including Teamsters President James P. Hoffa, SUP President Gunnar Lundeberg, MFOW Vice President Bobby Iwata, SIU Vice President West Coast Nick Marrone and Londor Rankin of the Panama Canal Pilots were also on the Oakland waterfront to pledge their support.

Meanwhile in Wilmington, CA and Seattle an outstanding turnout of members attended similar rallies. In Wilmington, former MM&P Pacific Ports Vice President Paul Nielsen led a large group of members showing the MM&P flag. As always, Paul had picket signs available and ready for use in the trunk of his car.

In Seattle, a similar group of members turned out at Pier 25 on the Seattle waterfront in an outstanding show of support. Member Will Morgan came out of the woods to make the rally and provided the local newspaper with a front page photo opportunity. In Oakland, Frank Madeiros led the offshore contingent along with PMR officials Ray Shipway and Mark Siemes

MM&P thanks all members and applicants as well as their family members who attended. Included in our contingents were Brothers/Sisters Sawyer, Koster, Anacker, W. Morgan, Schoonejans, Lewis, Dukes, Ryan, Palombo, Adkins, Jalkio, Christian, MacDonough, Legaspi, McManus, D. Morgan, Crandall, Gruninger, Colla, Larsen, Embley, Willis, Aldrick, Mazsick, McKittrick, Jensen, Valez, Nielsen, Stein, and Bateman.

Information is available at all West Coast Union halls regarding what MM&P members’ rights are in the event of a strike by the ILWU. This is also being distributed to MM&P-crewed vessels. Please contact your officials or representatives if you have questions. Our rights vary according to particular employer contracts. In order to provide maximum support to the ILWU it is important that you are aware of the specific actions that we can take.

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MARCUS TESTIFIES TO SENATE SUBCOMMITTEE ON MARINE SECURITY

On Monday, July 1, 2002 Vice President-Pacific Ports Don Marcus presented testimony to Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Patty Murray (D-WA) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) on the subject of securing our Maritime Trade Routes and Ports. Marcus spoke on behalf of the Puget Sound Ports Council of the Maritime Trades Department, AFL-CIO, which includes the SUP, IBU, MFOW, SIU and MEBA.

The Senate Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and the Merchant Marine hearing was held in Seattle. The other labor spokesman was Del Bates of Local 19 of the ILWU. Special thanks to Vince O’Halloran, SUP’s Seattle Branch Agent and Terri Mast and David Freiboth, respectively, the Secretary-Treasurer and President of the Inland Boatmen’s Union for their efforts in ensuring that seagoing labor was represented at this important forum.

Among the highlights of his testimony, Capt. Marcus told the senators that maritime security demands a viable US merchant marine. He pointed out that there are now only 102 US-flag vessels engaged in international trade which can only carry 2.6 percent of US foreign commerce. “Our economic and military security, not to mention our port security, are now largely at the mercy of foreign-flag ocean carriers, foreign shippers and foreign seafarers,” he said.

In order to increase US maritime security, he urged that the Maritime Security Program be expanded from 47 to a minimum of 100 militarily useful vessels and extended to a 20-year program in order to sustain a US-flag fleet in international trade.

He also testified that maritime tax reform was essential to encourage investment in US-flag shipping along with other investment incentives.

Marcus told the senators that maritime security demands accountability from all participants in the transportation chain. “Starting at foreign points of origin, shippers and ocean carriers need to be examined to ascertain responsible parties. Cargo profiles must be established to identify suspicious shipments. Vessel ownership, the identity of shippers, and cargo manifest information must be transparent. There is absolutely no legitimate reason not to require all parties in the transportation chain to be gradually certified in order to continue doing business in this country, ” he said.

He further testified that in order to protect US trade routes we must have a US-flag, US-citizen-crewed merchant fleet capable of carrying a reasonable proportion of US foreign trade. He noted that the USCG subjects American mariners engaged in foreign trade to the latest STCW-95 requirements but has delayed implementing these requirements for foreign seafarers. “The USCG must be instructed to vigorously enforce these standards aboard all flag-of-convenience vessels entering US ports.”

Capt. Marcus concluded his remarks by saying that self-reliance is the best guarantee of economic and national independence.

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MEMBERSHIP GROUP TRANSFER LIMITS DISCUSSED

MM&P members from the Atlantic & Gulf Maritime Region, Government Employees, Great Lakes & Rivers Maritime Region, Pacific Maritime Region and the Pilot Membership Groups who may be considering a transfer into MM&P’s Offshore Membership Group (OMG) are reminded that, in accordance with the MM&P International Constitution, limits on the number of individuals accepted into the OMG via membership transfer may be imposed. The possibility of imposing such limits was discussed by OMG Officials June 25-26 during the Union’s most recent General Executive Board meeting.

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SAIL MOBILE – A SALUTE TO THE SEA, JULY 3-7

To celebrate the Mobile, AL tricentenial, for the first time in the city’s modern history a fleet of tall sailing ships from all over the world will gather in the Gulf of Mexico on July 3 and sail together into Mobile Bay. Leading the Parade of “Sail up the Mobile River on July 4th” will be the USCG’s EAGLE, the largest tall ship flying the Stars and Stripes and the only square-rigger in US government service.

The ships will be moored along the city’s revitalized waterfront and convention center and some will be open to the public through July 7. Over 1,000 sailing cadets and officers will be in port. Tall ships from Brazil, Columbia, Canada and the Cook Islands will represented along with many others from the US including the PRIDE OF BALTIMORE II. For more info, go to www.mobile.org or call Mobile River Harbor at 251-208-2099.

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MM&P PLANS NEWS

E-Mail Requests for Automatic Debit of Health & Benefit Co-Pay, Continuation of Coverage and COBRA payments. If you are interested, please Email Valerie Verrecchio at mmpplansval@aol.com and she can download the form to you in a Word file.

LifeBalance, the Plan’s EAP provider, is offering free assessments on line. If you think you may be depressed, or you know someone who has a drinking problem, or your stress is at an unhealthy level, you can have answers in a matter of minutes. And it is completely confidential. Just sign on to www.lifebalance.net, user ID: MMP, password: 5100. In the lower right hand corner, you will see “Assessment Tools”. Try one. It will take less than five minutes and at the very least, you will get some helpful information.

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REMINDER: MM&P CONVENTION SET FOR JULY 15

The 79th Convention of the MM&P will be convened at 1000 hrs on Monday, July 15 at MITAGS and is anticipated to run through July 17. Members interested in attending can stay at MITAGS at union rates. Email reservations@mitags.org or call the front desk at 410-859-5181 for further information.

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MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

Openings in Classes Through the End of October 2002

  • 7/29-8/2: MED FIRST, BRM, ROP
  • 7/29: ROR
  • 7/30: HAZMAT, EAP
  • 7/31-8/2: MED-DOT-DA
  • 8/5-9: CSE-AAES, SHS-BAS, TPIC
  • 8/5-8: SMA
  • 8/8: ATER
  • 8/9: ENVPRO
  • 8/12-23: MED-PIC, GMDSS
  • 8/12-16: SHS-INT I, BRM, COMP-APS, ARPA, WX-HWA
  • 8/13: CBRD-1
  • 8/12: ROR, HAZMAT, EAP
  • 8/14-16: MED-DOT-DA
  • 8/19-23: VPEN, HAZ, BST, SHS INT II, COMP-MAR
  • 8/26-30: ECDIS, FF-ADV, SHS-EMR-5, BRM, ARPA
  • 9/9-13: DCS, SHS-INT I, BRM, FRB, ARPA, COMP-ABSS, VPM
  • 9/9: ROR, HAZMAT, EAP
  • 9/10: CBRD-1
  • 9/11-13: MED-DOT-DA
  • 9/16-27: MED-PIC, GMDSS
  • 9/16-20: BST, CSE-AAES, SHS-INT II, COMP-NET, ROP
  • 9/16-19: SMA
  • 9/19: ATER
  • 9/20: ENVPRO
  • 9/23-27: FF-ADV, SHS-EMR-5, BRM
  • 10/7-18: MED-PIC
  • 10/7-11: SHS-BAS, BRM, ARPA, MSC-COMMS
  • 10/7: ROR
  • 10/14-18: BST, SHS-INT I, ECDIS
  • 10/21-11/15: MED-SMC
  • 10/21: HAZMAT, EAP
  • 10/22: CBRD-1
  • 10/23-25: MED-DOT-DA
  • 10/21-11/1: GMDSS
  • 10/21-25: FF-ADV, SHS-INT II, BRM, ROP, COMP-APS, WX-HWA
  • 10/21-24: SMA
  • 10/24: ATER
  • 10/25: ENVPRO
  • 10/28-11/1: CSE-AAES, SHS-EMR5, COMP-NET

 

KEY TO COURSE ABBREVIATIONS
  • ARPA: Automatic Radar Plotting Aids
  • ATER: Anti-Terrorism Awareness Training
  • BRM: Bridge Resource Management
  • BRMP: Bridge Resource Management For Pilots
  • BST: Basic Safety Training
  • CBRD: Chemical Biological Radiological Defense Training
  • COMP-ABSS: Computer Am Bureau Ship Management Software
  • COMP-APS: Computer Application Programs
  • COMP-MAR: Computer Mariner Application Program
  • COMP-NET: Computer Network Systems
  • CSE-AAES: Confine Space Entry-Atmos. Analy of Enc Spaces
  • EAP: Employee Assistance Program
  • ECDIS: Electronic Chart Display And Information Systems
  • ENVPRO: Environmental Protection
  • FF-ADV: Advanced Fire Fighting
  • GMDSS: Global Maritime Distress Safety System
  • HAZMAT: Hazardous Materials
  • MED-DOT-DA: Dept. of Trans. Drug and Alcohol Testing
  • MED-PIC: Medical Person-In-Charge
  • MSC-COMMS: Strategic Sealift Communications
  • ROR: Radio Operator Renewal
  • SMA: Small Arms
  • SHS-EMR: Emergency Shiphandling
  • SHS-INT: Intermediate Shiphandling
  • TPIC: Tankerman Person-In-Charge
  • VPM: Vessel Personnel Management
  • WX-HWA: Heavy Weather Avoidance
MITAGS WEBSITE

Check the website routinely for up to date information on class schedules, trust student policies and procedures, and regulatory changes. Visit the home page at www.mitags.org.

 

NEW COURSE

A 5-day Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation (VPEN) course has been added the week of Aug 19. This course and the ECDIS course, when taken within a year of each other, will satisfy the Advanced Navigation topic area requirements for the new Chief Mate/Master scheme. Both courses must have been completed to satisfy the requirements.

 

SCHEDULE INFO

Schedule through December 2002 is being maintained on the website. Hard copies of the June-December 2002 schedule are being mailed to the halls. Check the MITAGS website at: www.mitags.org for up-to-date info. For additional course info, contact Mary Matlock or Debbie Walton at voice: 443-989-3226 or Email: admissions@mitags.org.

 

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PACIFIC MARITIME INSTITUTE ACADEMIC NOTES

Openings in Classes Through the End of October 2002

  • 7/8-12: ARPA, BST, Med 1st
  • 7/8-19: MPIC
  • 7/15-17: BRM
  • 7/22-26: BAFF
  • 7/22-8/2: GMDSS
  • 8/5-9: ECDIS, BST, Med 1st
  • 8/5-16: MPIC
  • 8/12-16: TPIC Ship and Barge
  • 8/19-21: BRM
  • 8/19-23: ARPA, BAFF
  • 9/2-6: ARPA
  • 9/2-13: GMDSS
  • 9/9-13: BST
  • 9/16-20: BRM, Med 1st
  • 9/16-27: MPIC
  • 9/23-27: ARPA, BAFF
  • 9/30-10/11: ADNAV (new), GMDSS
  • 10/7-11: ECDIS, BST
  • 10/14-18: TPIC­B, TPIC DL (new)
  • 10/14-18: Med 1
  • 10/14-25: MPIC
  • 10/21-25: BAFF
  • 10/28-11/1: ARPA
  • 10/28-11/8: GMDSS

 

PMI MEDICAL COURSES

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 www.mates.org.

 

REGISTRATION

Register online at mates.org.

 

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MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 7-2 CLOSE

 D O W

 N A S D A Q

 9,007.70

-112.40 for the week

 1,357.82

 -71.51 for the week
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)

 87.49

 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)

20.03

 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)

 14.05

 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)

 11.60

 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)

 23.22

 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)

10.57

 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)

14.12

 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)

13.76

 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)

 32.46

Fidelity Magellan Fund (FAGX)

 84.78

 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)

  33.57

 

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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^pFax: 410-850-0973^pEmail: 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 andis posted on our web page under “News” at: http://www.bridgedeck.org.

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