Wheelhouse Weekly – June 02, 2000


Bridging the Information Gap With E-News You Can Use

VOLUME 4. . . . . NUMBER 22 . . . June 2, 2000



An omission in the May 2000 Notice of Nomination & Election special edition of The Master, Mate & Pilot affects members of MM&P’s Pilot Membership Group. In the section “Offices to be Elected by the Pilot Membership Group”, the positions of Alternate Convention Delegates were left out. In addition to those positions previously published, the following elective positions are also open for nomination within the MM&P Pilot Membership Group during the upcoming Union elections:

  • East Coast Alternate Convention Delegate (1)
  • Gulf Coast Alternate Convention Delegate (1)
  • West Coast Alternate Convention Delegate (1)
  • At-Large Alternate Convention Delegate (1)

Details regarding the nomination process are contained in the Notice of Nomination & Election. Please contact Karl Schwartz, MM&P Communications Director, at 410-850-8700 x27, or by Email to with any questions or for additional information.

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The USCG will be revising the Official Logbook (CG-706B) in the coming months. They believe that Masters and other licensed deck officers concerned with entries made in the official log could be of great assistance by reviewing the revision in order to assist them in providing the best possible document.

Comments are particularly solicited regarding the publication’s usability. For instance, is the amount of space provided for each type of entry sufficient? The existing Logbook has 55 pages for drills, inspections, and miscellaneous entries. The revision only provides 30.

The revised publication is available on the Internet at: It has been formatted to permit viewing and downloading using Adobe Acrobat Reader.

The changes include updating citations to the US Code and the Code of Federal Regulations, providing guidance on the use of the Official Logbook including examples of log entry requirements, and clearly indicating what vessel types are required to use the log. The revision will allow the Master to maintain the log in accordance with laws and regulations while reducing the number of entries and total paperwork required to do so. The number of pages provided for each type of entry has been re-allocated to better reflect actual usage.

Comments will be accepted through June 16, 2000 and should be directed to Mr. James Cratty of the USCG staff at Email:; Fax: 202-493-1062 or US mail at: USCG, National Maritime Center, 4200 Wilson Blvd., Suite 510, Arlington, VA 22203-1804.

MM&P members submitting comments should also send a copy to MM&P HQ at: or Fax: 410-850-0973.

Several comments from MM&P members have been received to date. Here are some excerpts from comments on the current Logbook sent by Capt. Mark Remijan, a deep-sea Master for the last 9 years who has worked aboard large merchant ships for 20 years.

  1. I rarely use more than 1/5 of the pages of an official logbook. Our total crew is usually 23 and voyage durations are 35 or 42 days. I recommend the number of pages be trimmed down considerably. In my view, there should be around 20 to 25 pages formatted as a page in the miscellaneous entries section (current page 20, for example) plus 2 pages for crew list (page 10) plus 8 to 10 pages for cash accounts plus a couple pages summarizing the regulations with cross reference information in the CFRs. Total of around about 35 to 40 pages as opposed to over 100 currently.
  2. The section of the book relating to cash accounts is 42 pages in length. I typically use only 6 or 7 during a voyage.
  3. Pages 2-4 are for specifically required log entries. Today we have numerous required log entries. I routinely log 20 separate entries required by our CFRs.
  4. I would like a section in log that lists the sections in the CFRs for the master’s required entries, inspections, etc. This cross reference would help us keep up with new regulations, follow existing regulations and also be valuable training for new masters. Besides knowing exactly what a master is required to log and when, it is also difficult keeping track of changes in the regs and the locations of the logging requirements in the various parts of the CFRs.
  5. Finally, most masters aboard deep sea vessels have a computer. I would further recommend that the log be acceptable in an electronic format. This electronic document should be accepted at an archival facility as an Email attachment; or for ships without Email systems, the log could be forwarded as a copy printed from a letter quality printer and properly bound.

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As previously reported, US Maritime Administrator Clyde Hart has been temporarily reassigned to take on the duties of the Acting Deputy Administrator for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). John Graykowski will once again serve as MARAD’s Acting Administrator and Bonnie Green will be Acting Deputy Administrator.

Hart said he was flattered to be asked to take up his new responsibilities. “DOT Secretary Slater impressed upon me the notion that my background and prior federal service made me uniquely qualified to take this temporary position. I am also challenged by the idea of helping the FMCSA begin its life. Few people get the opportunity to set an agency on the path at the beginning of that agency’s existence,” he said.

In a message to the agency’s employees Hart noted that, “I will miss the men and women of MARAD for even the short time that I will be away. You have all been outstanding in your dedication to the agency and its mission; in your willingness to come early and stay late in order to get the job done; and in your conviction that the America’s marine transportation is an absolute requirement for the nation.”

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MM&P-Contracted Patriot Holdings, (ASM-APL) will be taking over five MSC chartered vessels this fall. Deck officers interested in working on these vessels should contact MM&P HQ at 410-850-8700 ext.23 and Archie Morgan, Patriot Holdings, at 925-296-2013 or Email:

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On the 25th anniversary of the SS MAYAGUEZ incident, six Marines missing in action during the operation to rescue the MM&P-crewed vessel have been accounted for and their remains are being returned to their families for burial in the US.

They are identified as Lance Cpl. Gregory S. Copenhaver, Port Deposit, MD; Lance Cpl. Andres Garcia, Carlsbad, NM; Pfc. Walter Boyd, Norfolk, VA; and Pfc. Kelton R. Turner, LA, CA. The names of two Marines were withheld at the request of their families.

MM&P member Capt. Charles Miller, who passed away several years ago, was the Master of the SS MAYAGUEZ when it was captured and was extremely grateful for the actions of these men. He later authored a book on the incident and donated all proceeds to the families of the soldiers killed in this action.

As reported previously in the Wheelhouse Weekly, on May 12, 1975, Khmer Rouge gunboats captured the SS MAYAGUEZ in the Gulf of Thailand approximately 60 nautical miles off the coast of Cambodia. The MM&P-contracted Sea-Land vessel was taken to Koh [island] Tang. Alerted to the capture, US Navy and Air Force aircraft began surveillance flights around the island. After efforts to secure the release of the ship and its crew failed, US military forces were ordered to undertake a rescue mission.

Three days after the MAYAGUEZ seizure, six Air Force helicopters were dispatched to the island. One of the helicopters came under heavy enemy fire as it approached the eastern beach of the island. The aircraft crashed into the surf with 26 men on board. Half were rescued at sea, leaving 13 unaccounted-for.

The US, Cambodian and Vietnamese government efforts to resolve the cases of these unaccounted-for Marines was massive. Between 1991-99, US and Cambodian investigators conducted seven joint investigations. In Oct. and Nov. 1995, US and Cambodian specialists conducted an underwater recovery of the crash site where they located numerous remains, personal effects and aircraft debris associated with the loss. The USS BRUNSWICK, a Navy salvage vessel, enabled the specialists to conduct their excavation off shore.

With the accounting of these six Marines, 2,022 Americans remain missing in action from the Vietnam War. Another 561 have been identified and returned to their families since the end of the war. For more info, go to the DefenseLINK News website at: Thanks to Capt. Gary Cordes, Master aboard the S/L EXPLORER for providing info used in this report.

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The National D-Day Museum Grand Opening Celebration will take place in New Orleans on Tues., June 6 beginning at 1200 hrs at the New Orleans Arena. This Sat. marks the beginning of four days of public grand opening events featuring military band and chorus concerts, USO Swing Dance, downtown parade, aerial reviews and flyovers, international naval port visit, special WWII film premier and remembrances by veteran soldiers of the war.

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Congress voted May 24 to give China a blank check to continue its systematic and widespread abuse of human and workers’ rights. By a 237-197 margin, the US House approved permanent Normal Trade Relations with China and abandoned the United State’s annual review of that nation’s human and workers’ rights record.

Estimates show that Big Business poured some $12 million into its advertising and lobbying blitz to gain access to China’s oppressed, low-paid and sometimes imprisoned workforce.

“This vote was a choice between casting a vote dictated by conscience or a vote dictated by corporate money. We stood for what’s right, but big money won,” said AFL-CIO President John Sweeney. Steelworkers President George Becker said, “Congress had a chance to stand up for the brutally oppressed workers in China and the hundreds of thousands of US manufacturing workers who will lose their jobs because of increased imports from the sweatshops of China. Instead, it turned its back on China.”

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In accordance the MM&P International Constitution, Article IV, 6(b), “All proposed resolutions shall be forwarded to the International Secretary-Treasurer at least 30 days prior to the opening day of the Convention…”. Because that day falls on a weekend, the date for receipt is extended to the close-of-business on Mon., June 12. The 2000 MM&P Biennial Convention is scheduled to commence July 10 and conclude on or about July 12.

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The Boston Hall has relocated effective June 1. The new address is: Harbour Pointe East, 80 Everett Avenue, Suite 207, Chelsea, MA 02150. The current phone number (617-242-7450) will be in service for the month of June and will work in conjunction with the new phone (617-884-8680) and fax (617-884-8438) numbers.

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MITAGS has the following course openings:

  • Week 23: BRM, HWA, MED-PIC, GMDSS, ROR-1 DAY (6-5)
  • Week 24: BST, CBRD-1 (6/17), HAZ-MAT (6/14)
  • Week 25: CBRD-1 (6/24), DAMAGE CONTROL (6/24-25), 25 BST,
    COMP-APS, GMDSS, CPR (6/21)
  • Week 26: FF-ADV. ROP and TPIC-BARGE have been cancelled.

PLEASE NOTE: Those interested in the MSC-approved weekend Damage Control session should contact Mike Wein at: 443-989-3238 or Email MITAGS is closed in July. Admissions head Mary Matlock will be on vacation part of that time. Members interested in attending MITAGS courses should send in their applications and a copy of their last 30 days sea time. She will reply as soon as possible to those who leave messages. Currently, all course offerings for August are open.

For an application, schedule, or more info check the MITAGS website at:, or contact Mary Matlock at: Email: or phone: 443-989-3226.

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