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Wheelhouse Weekly – June 06, 2002


THE MASTERS, MATES AND PILOTS’
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Volume 6. . . . . Number 23. . . June 6, 2002

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DON’T MISS DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING CONVENTION RESOLUTIONS

The deadline for submitting convention resolutions is almost here for the MM&P’s biennial convention that begins at 1000 hours on July 15. The MM&P Constitution requires that the proposed resolution must be received by the International Secretary-Treasurer’s office 30 days or more in advance of the start of the convention to be included on the agenda.

Therefore, the deadline for receipt of proposed resolutions at MM&P HQ is Monday, June 17. This is the first business day following the 30-day deadline.

Members may contact Diane Chatham, Executive Secretary, by Email to dchatham@bridgedeck.org or by phone at 410-850-8700 x21 with questions.

 

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OVER 200 ATTEND OPENING OF MITAGS’ FULL-MISSION SIMULATOR

Over 200 people, from all sectors of the maritime industry attended the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for the $2.5 million STN Atlas SHS simulator on Wed., June 5.

In his welcoming remarks, MITAGS Executive Director Glen Paine introduced the persons instrumental in the installation of one of the most sophisticated simulators in the world. “Projects of this magnitude are very much a team effort. Directly or indirectly, everyone in the MITAGS/PMI organization (conference and academic) contributed to this project. I want to thank all of you for your dedication and hard work that made this simulator possible.”

The core development team included Hao Cheong, Hong Cheong, George Burkley, Capt. Steve Sadler, Capt. Curtis Fitzerald, Capt. Robert Dell, and Colin Mepstead and Melvin Foster for facilities infrastructure. Claus Bornhurst, Dr. Volker Koehler, Stefan Vogelsang, Andree Wiessner and other members made up the STN Atlas Team.

Paine presented an award to Capt. Timothy Brown, Chairman, MATES Program, and President, MM&P, for his steadfast support of maritime training. “He is one of the key persons that make the MATES Program work.”

Paine also noted that “many people do not realize that MITAGS/PMI are owned and operated by a non-profit trust called the Maritime Advancement, Training, Education, and Safety Program (MATES). It has been dedicated, for over 30 years, to improving the professionalism of the maritime industry. It is great example of what can be done when labor and management work together towards a common goal. Its success is in large measure due to the able leadership and contributions of the trustees.”

MITAGS/PMI also recognized Edward Morgan, Secretary, MATES Program, for his dedication to the MATES Program. Dennis McCarthy, CSX Lines, accepted the award for Morgan (E-Ships). The ITF Seafarers’ Trust and Polar Tankers were also recognized for their generous contribution towards the procurement of the simulator.

The new simulator employs the latest generation of photo-textured graphics, advanced ship maneuvering capabilities. The bridge is equipped with a Raytheon integrated bridge system utilizing Kamewa joystick control systems for steering and maneuverability.

Funding for the new simulator was made possible by a strategic partnership that included the MATES Program, ITF Seafarers’ Trust, Patriot Holdings, LLC, United States Ship Management (USSM), E-Ships, CSX Lines, Waterman/Central Gulf Lines, Matson Navigation Company, AHL, Inc., and Polar Tankers. The International Longshoremen Association (ILA) supported MITAGS request for an ITF grant.

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MATSON TO ACQUIRE TWO NEW CONTAINER SHIPS FROM KVAERNER

In an announcement made last Friday, MM&P-contracted Matson Navigation Co. said it will acquire two containerships that Kvaerner Philadelphia Shipbuilding currently has under construction for approximately $220 million.

When construction is completed in late 2003 and 2004 the ships will be deployed in the Hawaii trade most likely replacing the MANULANI and MANUKAI which were built in 1970.

The vessels are similar to Matson’s flagship MV R. J. PFEIFFER, and will be equipped with a number of features specifically designed to meet Hawaii’s current and projected market requirements including larger accommodations for refrigerated and dry containers.

A spokesman for Matson said the company has held discussions with Kvaerner regarding the acquisition of additional vessels.

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FBI PROBING USCG CAPTAIN’S COMMENTS ON STOWAWAY MEMO

The Journal of Commerce reports that the FBI is investigating a USCG official after he spoke publicly about a classified agency document that reported as many as 25 terrorists had entered the US through the ports of Long Beach, Miami and Savannah, Ga.

Capt. John Holmes, the captain of the port for Los Angeles/Long Beach, was reassigned to the USCG’s marine safety unit while the FBI conducts its inquiry into his actions. USCG policy prohibits the discussion of classified government information.

Many members of the West Coast shipping community were critical of Holmes’ reassignment, noting that he spearheaded development of the nation’s first port security plan following the Sept.11 terrorist attacks. That plan was adopted by the entire Pacific Command of the USCG.

The plan includes three levels of preparedness. Under a Level One alert, a terrorist attack is considered possible, but not likely. Terminal operators must implement a number of security measures, such as securing the perimeter of their facilities and checking the identification of all vendors calling at the terminal.

If the Captain of the Port has evidence to indicate a terrorist action is likely, the USCG will call a Level Two alert, which requires even more stringent security measures. If a terrorist attack is considered imminent, the Captain of the Port calls a Level Three alert and implements extraordinary precautions.

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VETERAN MERCHANT MARINERS CAN NOW BE INURED AT ARLINGTON

It was reported in last week’s the Washington Post that “Groups of civilians who served the country during wartime, including some members of the merchant marine will be allowed to have their cremated remains inured at Arlington National Cemetery with military honors under a new interpretation of the rules.”

According to Army spokeswoman Martha Rudd, “Merchant Mariners who served on ocean-going vessels during World War II qualify for inurnment at Arlington.” Because of a shortage of space, the decision does not allow merchant mariners to be buried there.”

The article notes that “More than 200,000 crew members served on merchant ships under extremely dangerous conditions during World War II, when cargo carrying-ships were regularly sunk by German U-boats in the war’s first years. More than 8,000 US merchant mariners were estimated to have been killed.”

Changing the rules was, according to Ms. Rudd, “the most appropriate thing to do to honor these people’s services.”

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KENNEDY’S PT BOAT FOUND

Speaking of maritime war veterans, the Associated Press reports that shipwreck hunter Robert Ballard has found the World War II patrol boat commanded by John F. Kennedy in the Pacific Ocean off the Solomon Islands.

The remains of the wooden boat, PT 109, were lying on the seabed in the Blanket Strait near Gizo in the New Georgia group of islands. Gizo is 235 miles northwest of the capital of the Solomons, Honiara.

Ballard, who led a team that found the Titanic shipwreck in 1985, said he located the wreckage of Kennedy’s boat last week after searching for about a week. He did not provide further details of the discovery, citing contractual obligations over film and magazine rights to the search.

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INDIA PUTS MERCHANT FLEET UNDER MILITARY COMMAND

Published reports indicate that the Indian government has put all domestic vessels operating in the Arabian Sea and beyond under the command of the Indian Navy amid rising tensions between India and Pakistan over what New Delhi alleges Islamabad-sponsored cross border terrorism in its Jammu and Kashmir province.

“All Indian merchant ships present in the Arabian Sea have been put on high alert in view of the deteriorating security environment in the area”, a federal shipping ministry official in New Delhi said. All ships must file their voyage plans to the Bombay-based Maritime Administration on a round the clock basis. They have also been ordered to transmit a position report daily at a specified time, says a government directive.

It was not clear whether the government directives would also cover foreign vessels operating in the Indian waters. The directive in fact covers areas much beyond the Arabian Sea, generally perceived as “the threat area” due to its proximity with Pakistan.

The orders covers all Indian vessels operating in sea areas north of latitude 30S in the Indian Ocean including the Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal, on the west along the African coast between latitudes 10.30S and 12N and in the east up to longitude 95E.

According to a security expert familiar with the region, those coordinates cover the entire area that can be reached by the Pakistani Navy.

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FMC PROPOSES TO AMEND GMDSS RULE

The Federal Communications Commission is proposing to amend its rules for the purpose of furthering the implementation of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS). The proposal is also intended to continue the process of streamlining, consolidating, and revising domestic maritime radio regulations.

The proposal would, among other things, establish a voluntary restricted GMDSS license to address needs of recreational vessel operators, permit unattended operation of non-DSC (digital selective calling) equipment, and prohibit ship stations from including any device capable of transmitting on a distress frequency without regulatory authorization.

It would also permit use of Channels 75 and 76 for navigation-related port operations, incorporate DSC and GMDSS procedures, require small passenger vessels to be equipped with DSC equipment, mandate that on passenger ships at least one qualified person be assigned to perform only radio communications during distress situations, and incorporate additional SOLAS requirements for equipment.

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REMINDER: STCW-95 MUST INDICATE GMDSS QUALIFICATION

All MM&P members and applicants are reminded that their STCW-95 certificate must indicate a current GMDSS qualification. This is a USCG and Port State Control issue, not a Union issue.

Members and applicants are also reminded to make sure their FCC GMDSS license is still current as it can expire before the expiration of the STCW-95 certificate.

Members should contact their local MM&P Hall if they have any questions regarding this requirement.

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REMINDER: MM&P CONVENTION CALL

In accordance with Article IV, Section 2, of the International Constitution, a regular convention of the IOMM&P will be convened at 1000 hrs on Monday, July 15, 2002, at MITAGS, 5700 Hammonds Ferry Road, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090. Constitutional Amendments may also be considered at this Convention.

In accordance with Article IV, Section 6., Subsection (b), all proposed resolutions must be forwarded to the International Secretary-Treasurer at least 30 days prior to the opening day of the Convention for inclusion on the Agenda and determination by the Convention.

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MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

Openings in Classes Through the End of August 2002

  • 6/10-14: BST, BRM, FRB
  • 6/13: ATER
  • 6/14: ENVPRO
  • 6/17-21: FF-ADV, BRM, ARPA, WX-HWA
  • 6/17: ROR
  • 6/24-28: VPM
  • 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, ECDIS, 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: HAZ, BST, SHS INT II, COMP-MAR
  • 8/26-30: FF-ADV, SHS-EMR-5, BRM, ARPA

 

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.

 

HAZMAT & MSC-COMMS CLASSES ADDED

Note that a 5-day HAZMAT has been added in August and MSC-COMMS courses have been added Oct. 7-11 and Nov. 4-8. See the website for details.

 

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 NORTHWEST MARITIME INSTITUTE ACADEMIC NOTES

Openings in Classes Through the End of August 2002

  • 6/10-14: ARPA, GMDSS
  • 6/17-21: Radar, GMDSS Refresher
  • 6/24-28: Computer Basics (IC3 Ceritification), ECDIS, BAFF
  • 7/8-12: ARPA, Med 1st, Med PIC, BST
  • 7/22-26: GMDSS, BAFF
  • 7/29-8/2: GMDSS Refresher, Advanced Navigation (new)
  • 8/5-9: ECDIS, Med 1st, Med PIC
  • 8/12-16: TPIC, Med PIC (second week)
  • 8/19-23: ARPA, BRM, BAFF
  • 8/26-30: Heavy Weather Avoidance (new)

 

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.

 

MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly


 

MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 6-5 CLOSE

 D O W

 N A S D A Q

 9,796.80

-126.20 for the week

 1,595.26

 -29.13 for the week
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)

 97.11

 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)

22.18

 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)

 14.79

 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)

 13.22

 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)

 25.30

 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)

10.50

 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)

14.85

 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)

14.82

 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)

 35.13

Fidelity Magellan Fund (FAGX)

 94.12

 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)

  37.25

 

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

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