Wheelhouse Weekly – July 13, 2001

July 13th 2001


Bridging the Information Gap With E-News You Can Use

Volume 5. . . . . Number 28. . . July 13, 2001





International President Capt. Tim Brown reports that the MM&P and E-ships (formerly Farrell Lines) have reached a tentative agreement on a contract that will be retroactive to January 1, 2001. The final language is currently being written and will be announced in next week’s Wheelhouse Weekly.

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Friday, July 13, marked a historic moment for the US Navy and the US Navy’s Military Sealift Command. This morning at Naval Weapons Station Earle, NJ, fast combat support ship USS SUPPLY became fast combat support ship USNS SUPPLY. The vessel is crewed in part by members of the MM&P’s Government Employee’s Membership Group.

SUPPLY is the first of four ships in her class scheduled to transfer to MSC operational control by Sept. 2004. Her crew of 544 Navy personnel will be replaced by a total of 235 personnel consisting of 176 civilian mariners and 59 Navy personnel.

The crew size reduces by more than 50 percent due to the ship’s change in status to a noncombatant vessel. As a noncombatant ship, SUPPLY will no longer need personnel to maintain and operate the weapons and combat systems. The ship’s primary mission will remain the same: to provide fuel, ammunition and food to Navy ships underway.

This reduction in personnel enables the Navy to redirect these
sailors to war-fighting assignments. Hundreds of sailors will be reassigned to combatant ships throughout the fleet, returning them to the war-fighting jobs they joined the Navy to perform.

As a civilian mariner-crewed ship, SUPPLY will be able to spend significantly more days at sea because civilian-crewed ships are not restricted by the operational tempo and deployment cycle policies that govern USS ships. This translates into more service to the fleet. SUPPLY’s transfer and the transfer of the rest of her class will save the Navy $76 million per year in ship operating costs by 2004.

Vice Adm. G.S. Holder, USN, Commander, Military Sealift Command, was the principal speaker at the USS SUPPLY decommissioning and transfer to MSC. Retired Rear Adm. John Bepko, USN, was also be present at the ceremony. Bepko was the first Navy commanding officer of USS SUPPLY, and his last Navy assignment was as the deputy commander of MSC.

The Friday ceremony has broader significance than just the transfer of the SUPPLY class to MSC. The transfer marks the beginning of MSC operation of the entire Navy Combat Logistics Force. MSC already operates the Navy’s oilers, ammunition ships and combat stores ships.

The Navy Sailor-operated SACRAMENTO class of fast combat support ships are scheduled to be decommissioned beginning in fiscal year 2006; at the same time, the Navy is building 12 new Lewis and Clark-class combat logistics ships, hull designator T-AKE. The T-AKE ships will replace MSC’s KILAUEA-class ammunition ships and MARS-class and SIRIUS-class combat stores ships.

The T-AKE ships are scheduled to deliver to MSC from fiscal year 2005 through FY 2011. The acquisition of the 12 Lewis and Clark-class ships will re-capitalize the Combat Logistics Force fleet and allow the Navy to eventually retire aging CLF ships including the ammunition ships and the combat stores ships.

For more information on MSC, see the command web site at

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Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld has announced that the President has nominated Navy Vice Adm. Gordon Holder for appointment to the grade of vice admiral with assignment as Director for Logistics, J4, Joint Staff, Pentagon, Washington, DC. Adm. Holder is currently serving as commander, Military Sealift Command, (MSC), Washington, DC. Vice Admiral Holder was selected for promotion to admiral in December 1993. He became MSC Commander in February 1999 and was promoted to his current grade in March 2000.

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The House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations has approved a fiscal year 2002 funding proposal for the Maritime Security Program (MSP) and the shipbuilding Title XI loan guarantee program. The Committee’s action, coming on July 10, approved the amounts for these programs that had earlier been recommended by the Committee’s Subcommittee on State, Justice, Commerce, the Judiciary and Related Agencies (including the Maritime Administration).

The FY ’02 spending measure contains $98.7 million for the MSP which is the amount needed to support the Program’s fleet of 47 militarily useful US-flag commercial vessels through the next fiscal year; and $30 million for Title XI that will support $600 million in new shipbuilding loan guarantees.

The full House of Representatives is expected to vote on the FY ’02 spending bill prior to the August Congressional recess. No action has yet been taken in the Senate.

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In a statement submitted to leaders in the House of Representatives and Senate, a united maritime industry has reaffirmed its opposition to the Bush Administration’s proposal to shift responsibility for the Maritime Security Program from the Department of Transportation to the Department of Defense. The Administration argues that the transfer would improve the efficiency of DOD’s management of all sealift related programs.

The industry statement, while reaffirming the MM&P’s unwavering commitment to ensure that the “United States will continue to have available the commercial vessel and transportation resources, and trained seafaring personnel, needed in time of war or other national emergency,” argued that the Administration’s proposal “could have the effect of placing the commercial, trade-related and promotional responsibilities for the privately-owned US-flag commercial vessels that comprise the Maritime Security fleet in the Department of Defense.”

The current set-up dictated by Congress in 1996 when it enacted the MSP, dividing responsibilities between DOD and DOT, better reflects, according to the industry statement, “the proper balance between the traditional commercial and defense aspects” of our fleet. No action has yet been taken by Congress on the Administration’s proposal.

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Responding to suggestions that the Maritime Security Program’s existing priority system for US-owned companies be changed, Senator Ernest Hollings (D-SC), Chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation (which has legislative jurisdiction over the MSP) and Senator Daniel Inouye (D-HI), Chairman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, have told Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta that they “will not move a bill through the Congress that in any way dilutes or eliminates the existing US citizenship requirements of the MSP program.”

The Senators stated that in times of crisis, “DOD cannot afford to rely on a foreign-owned company to unconditionally provide militarily-useful vessels required by DOD to supply US armed forces in regions throughout the world.”

Expressing their strong support to the effort to “reauthorize and extend the MSP program [and] to ensure that America’s security interests are protected,” the Senators said that “given the competitive pressures facing the US maritime industry, and the changing nature of the fleet, it may become necessary to increase the MSP program’s US citizen ownership and control requirements beyond the current 51 percent level … “

At the same time, former Maritime Administrator John Gaughan has similarly weighed-in in support of maintaining the existing requirements. In an article in the Journal of Commerce Week (July 9-15), Gaughan stated that “As we look toward a continuation and strengthening of the MSP to help ensure US sealift capabilities, we need to continue to be mindful of the assurance that only a US-citizen operator can provide. To do otherwise would be to place reliance on mercenaries rather than patriots which would imperil the very purpose of the MSP program.”

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The commander-in-chief of the US Transportation Command, General Tony Robertson, gave high marks to the US current sealift capabilities at the June meeting of the Washington Chapter of the National Defense Transportation Association.

He remarked that in Operation Desert Storm, it took 205 days to move five Army divisions. Now maritime assets are in place for the Military Traffic Management Command to move the same size Army force in just 30 days.

He said the maritime strength is based on the availability of both commercial vessels and Military Sealift Command ships. He noted that TRANSCOM maintains very sound commercial partnerships with US-flag carriers and that the commercial fleet is healthy and incentivized.

Gen. Robertson said that by October 1, the US Navy will have 4.6-million square feet of space in the Afloat Preposition program, but that having sufficient transportation platforms remains a challenge. ”We’re a one major war mobility force supporting two nearly simultaneous major regional conflicts. Efficiency is our watchword … we have to get it there faster and reduce customer waiting time. That’s why we’re trying to drive as much as we can from each component,” he said.

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The STCW-95 Problem Solving Working Group Meeting will be held at MITAGS, August 2-3. The purpose of the meeting is to identify and resolve issues related to the implementation of the STCW-95 Code.

To better identify the issues that are of most concern to the attendees, please send your STCW-95 related issues to MITAGS via Email, fax, or mail by July 23. MITAGS will collate the comments for the conference. If time permits, the information will be forwarded to the USCG before the meeting. Comments are welcome regardless of whether you plan to attend the meeting.

Please send the comments to the attention of Ms. Andrea Dixon at; fax: 410-859-5181, or mailed to MITAGS, 5700 Hammonds Ferry Road, Linthicum Heights, MD, 21090. Ms. Dixon may also be reached via phone at 410-859-5700, ext. 3235.

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Openings in classes through the end of this year
  • 7/23-25: BRMP
  • 8/6-31: MED-SMC
  • 8/13-17: BST
  • 8/13-16: SMA
  • 8/20-24: ARPA, VPM
  • 8/27-31: BST, FF-ADV, ROP
  • 9/10-12: BRMP
  • 9/10-14: MED-FIRST, DCS, COMP-APS, BST
  • 9/17-20: SMA
  • 9/17-21: COMP-NET, TPIC
  • 9/17-28: GMDSS
  • 9/24-28: BRM, COMP-MAR
  • 10/1-5: BRM, FF-ADV
  • 10/8-12: BST, GMDSS-REF, SHS-BAS, ROP
  • 10/22-26: BST, SHS-INT II, COMP-NET
  • 10/22-11/02: MED-PIC
  • 10/29-11/2: FF-ADV, BRM, WX-HWA
  • 11/5-7: BRMP
  • 11/5-9: ROP
  • 11/5-16: GMDSS
  • 11/12-16: FF-ADV, BST, BRM, ARPA, VPM
  • 11/12-15: SMA
  • 11/26-12/7: MED-PIC
  • 11/26-30: BST, BRM, TPIC
  • 12/10-21: MED-PIC
  • 12/10-14: BRM, BST, ARPA, COMP-NET
  • 12/10-21: GMDSS
  • 12/17-21: BST, FF-ADV, ARPA, COMP-MAR
  • 12/17-20: SMA
Additional Classes
  • BST classes have been added for weeks of 8/27, 9/10, 11/26, and 12/17.
  • The MED-PIC class originally scheduled for week of 12/3 has been shifted to start the week of 12/10 so that an additional session can begin 11/26.
  • New MED-PIC has been added for 10/22.
  • FF-ADV has been added 10/7.
Admissions During the Month of July

Although the class schedule drops off significantly in July to accommodate staff vacations and in-house training requirements, there should be no impact on the admissions process. When Mary Matlock, our admissions coordinator, is out of the office, her Email and voice mail will be checked routinely. Diane Ford, our registrar, will be handling the admissions duties on those days when Mary is not in the office. Diane’s number is 443-989-3222 and her Email is

Drug & Alcohol Testing Regulations

MITAGS is developing a 1-day program to support the August 1, 2001 change regarding training for ‘collectors’. There are essentially five elements of the change which impact directly on our members. Schedule for course will be announced here. Once again, current collectors have until February 2003 to complete the initial training.

Schedule through Dec. 2001 is being maintained on the website. Hard copy schedule updates are also provided to the halls. Check the MITAGS website at: for up-to-date info. 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 this year
  • 7/23-27: ARPA
  • 7/30-8/3: BRM
  • 8/6-10: ARPA, BRM
  • 8/20-24: ARPA
  • 8/27-31: TPIC
  • 9/3-7: ARPA, BRM
  • 9/10-14: BRM, GMDSS
  • 9/17-21: ARPA, FF, AFF
  • 9/24-28: BRM, GMDSS
  • 10/8-12: ARPA, BRM
  • 10/15-19: ARPA
  • 10/22-26: ECDIS
  • 10/29-11/2: BRM
  • 11/5-99: ARPA
  • 12/3-7: ARPA
  • 12/10-14: ARPA, GMDSS, BRM
  • 12/17-21: ARPA, BRM

For more info on courses or PMI, visit their website at  

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