Wheelhouse Weekly – June 08, 2001


Bridging the Information Gap With E-News You Can Use

Volume 5. . . . . Number 23. . . June 8, 2001





International MM&P President Tim Brown and Sec.-Treas. Glen Banks will head a contingent of MM&P members set to demonstrate in a massive multi-union rally in Columbia, SC on June 9th in support of the “Charleston 5.”

As previously reported in the Wheelhouse Weekly, the five members of Charleston ILA Local 1422 were arrested on felony charges in Jan. 2000 when they engaged in a peaceful protest against Nordana Line after the company hired non-union workers to replace them. This peaceful protest turned violent when more than 600 riot police began using clubs and tear gas against ILA members.

This Saturday, protestors will march to the SC State House for a large rally at noon. They will set sail from Columbia’s Memorial Park at 1100 hrs. For further info, contact Brett Bursey at 800-849-1803 or 803-808-3384 in the Columbia area.

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The following Email dispatch was recently received from the MM&P-contracted ASPHALT COMMANDER, trading in the South Pacific. The all California Maritime Academy alumni deck officer contingent onboard consisted of Capt. Gerald Anderson, C/M Manny Kelakios, 2/M Jacob Crawford, 3/M Freedom Dennis and 3/M Chris Schlarb. MM&P members are also represented in the deck, engine and steward departments. Here’s their report:

“We recently visited Pitcairn Island on our way back from New Zealand to Ecuador… About 0600, 2/M Crawford sighted the island and hailed Pitcairn via VHF 16. The islanders responded and informed the ship to come close abeam on the north side of the island so that their long boat could approach from Bounty Bay and bring out fruits and fish.

“At 0800 the ASPHALT COMMANDER was at ‘Dead Slow’ one mile off Bounty Bay. About 17 islanders (about half of the island’s population of 35) boarded the vessel and proceeded to lay out mats and blankets on deck. They were selling shirts, hats and the famous Pitcairn stamps. We traded them some fresh milk and meat for fresh apples, bananas and fish. It looked like a flea market on the main deck!

“The entire village is composed of descendants of the original BOUNTY crew. The mayor, Steve Christian (7th generation of the BOUNTY’s Chief Mate Fletcher Christian) also came out to the ship and welcomed us to the island. He told us that we were the first US-flagged vessel since the AUSTRAL PATRIOT visited the island in 1970! The overall visit was exciting and by 1000 the island was in our wake. Hopefully with luck the ship will be back again someday.

“The islanders encourage ships to come by and visit the island. They rely solely on trade with ships and were very excited to see us. We, the MM&P officers of the ASPHALT COMMANDER recommend any passing MM&P ship to visit.”

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US government weather experts predict an average hurricane season in the Atlantic this year, with five to seven hurricanes expected to threaten the Caribbean and southeast US coasts.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said the 2001 North Atlantic hurricane season, which officially starts on June 1, would likely see 8 to 11 tropical storms, of which 5 to 7 will reach hurricane strength. Of those, two or three could be classified as major hurricanes with sustained winds of at least 110 mph.

Meanwhile, another leading forecaster said the current Atlantic hurricane season will be more intense than he predicted in April, thanks to cool Pacific temperatures and heavy rains in West Africa.

Colorado State University professor William Gray released his updated predictions Thursday, boosting the number of named storms to 12 from 10, the number of hurricanes to seven from six and the number of intense hurricanes to three from two. Gray, a professor of atmospheric science, said he also believes there is a greater possibility hurricanes will hit land on the East Coast this year.

Cooler-than-expected temperatures off the west coast of North America and around Hawaii are weakening El Nino, a warm body of water in the Pacific. El Nino produces strong upper winds that move across the Atlantic and rip the tops off forming storms, Gray said.

Gray said above-average rainfall in Africa will fuel Atlantic storms. Another factor is the buildup of warm, salty water flowing to the northern Atlantic. Gray said the saltier water sinks and redistributes energy, which can intensify a hurricane. The season’s first named tropical storm was reported this week off southeast Texas. Allison dumped up to 12 inches of rain before winding down Wed.

Last year, the Atlantic produced 15 tropical storms, of which 8 reached hurricane strength and 3 – Alberto, Isaac and Keith – were categorized as intense hurricanes with sustained winds of at least 110 mph.

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The USCG proposes to revise its chemical drug testing regulations to conform with the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) final rule on drug testing procedures published in the Federal Register on Dec. 19, 2000.

The Coast Guard proposes to amend the regulations on Marine Casualties and Investigations and Chemical Testing by removing obsolete sections and sections duplicating the DOT regulations; adding new definitions; and modifying existing text to incorporate new terms and procedures contained in the DOT procedural requirements.

This rulemaking would conform Coast Guard rules to the new requirements established by the Dec. 19, 2000, DOT final rule. Comments and related material must reach the Docket Management Facility on or before June 29, 2001.

To make sure that comments and related material are not entered more than once in the docket, please submit them by only one of the following means:

By mail to the Docket Management Facility (USCG-2000-7759), U.S. Department of Transportation, room PL401,400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, D.C. 20590-0001.

By fax to the Docket Management Facility at 202-493-2251, or electronically through the website forth a Docket Management System at For further info contact Jennifer Ledbetter, USCG at 202-267-0684.

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MM&P members are asked to send in photos of life at sea. The photos will be enlarged and used in various MM&P displays to promote public understanding of the duties performed by today’s merchant mariner. Contact Richard Plant at or call 410-850-8700 x36 for details.

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The Employee Stock Ownership Plan buyout of MM&P Plan-owned AHL Shipping Company continues to make progress. The next step is putting it in front of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. This Court retains jurisdiction over portions of Plan assets, including AHL, that were part of the Tower Asset Management litigation dating back to the 1980s. Text of the petition to the Court follows:



In re Masters, Mates & Pilots Pension Plan and IRAP Litigation

Lead File No. 85 Civ. 9545 (DLC)


PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, that upon the Affidavit of Ernest Allen Cohen, sworn to on the 29th day of May, 2001, together with the exhibits attached thereto, the Affidavit of Ralph Hellmold, sworn to on the 24th day of May, 2001, together with the exhibits attached thereto, the Affidavit of Captain Timothy A. Brown, sworn to on the 24th day of May, 2001, together with the exhibits attached thereto, the Affidavit of Carolyn Traister Schiff, sworn to on the 29th day of May, 2001, and the accompanying Memorandum of Law, and upon all prior pleadings, papers and proceedings had herein, Hellmold Associates, Inc., Independent Fiduciary Services, Inc., the Trustees of the American Heavy Lift Employment Stock Ownership Plan, AHL Shipping Company, AHL Holdings, Inc., and the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots, ILA, AFL-CIO (“MMP”) will move this Court before the Honorable Denise L. Cote U.S.D.J. at the United States Court House, 500 Pearl Street, New York, New York on the 16th day of July, 2001, at 9:30 o’clock in the forenoon of that day, or as soon thereafter as counsel can be heard, for an order approving the sale of all of the capital stock of AHL Shipping Company by the Masters, Mates & Pilots Pension Plan and the Masters, Mates & Pilots Individual Retirement Account Plan to AHL Holdings, Inc. (the “ESOP Transaction”), and for such other and further relief as may be just and proper.

PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that any opposition to this motion must be submitted in written form and served upon the undersigned on or before July 2, 2001.

PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that the affidavits and memorandum of law referenced above are available for review at the United States Court House, 500 Pearl Street, New York, New York, and at MMP headquarters and all MMP port offices.

Dated: May 29, 2001, New York, New York

Respectfully submitted,

McDERMOTT, WILL & EMERY Robert A. Weiner Carolyn Traister Schiff 50 Rockefeller Plaza New York, New York 10020-1605 (212) 547-5400

On behalf of Movants the Trustees of the American Heavy Lift Employee Stock Ownership Trust, Independent Fiduciary Services, Inc., AHL Shipping Co., AHL Holdings, Inc., and the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots, ILA, AFL-CIO

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KRONISH LIEB WEINER & HELLMAN LLP Robert J. Feinstein 1114 Avenue of the Americas New York, New York 10036 (212) 479-6000

On behalf of Movant Hellmold Associates, Inc.


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Openings in classes through the end of September follow
  • 6/18-20: BRM-3
  • 6/18-22: BST
  • 7/30: ROR-1
  • 7/30-8/3: COMP-OPSYS
  • 8/6-31: SMC
  • 8/13-17: BST, GMDSS
  • 8/13-16: SMA
  • 8/20-24: BST, ARPA, VPM, ROR-1
  • 8/27-31: FF-ADV, BRM-3, ROP
  • 9/10-14: MED-FIRST, DCS, BRM, COMP-APS
  • 9/17-20: SMA
  • 9/24-28: FF-ADV, BRM, COMP-MAR
BRM Added for June

An additional 3-day BRM class has been added in June. Call Mary Matlock if you would like a seat in the class convening on June 18.

Contract Awarded for Bridge Upgrade

STN ATLAS of Bremen, Germany has been awarded the contract to upgrade one of MITAGS full mission simulation systems. The new system will be installed by in the fall of this year and will employ the latest generation of photo-textured on-screen graphics, advanced ship maneuvering capabilities and a complete Raytheon integrated bridge system using Kamewa joystick control systems for steering and ship maneuverability. Through the use of STN ATLAS designed removable bridge equipment sections, the MITAGS Raytheon Integrated Bridge System (IBS) will be configurable and adaptable to many different types of shiphandling and bridge training.

New FCC Procedures

Effective May 21, 2001 persons applying for or renewing a license with Form 756 will need to make an entry in Block #1. An FCC Registration Number (FRN) or, in those cases where applicant does not have an FRN, a social security number must be entered in the block. Applications without an entry could be delayed 30-45 days. FRNs can be obtained on-line at For questions regarding FCC renewals, contact MITAGS GMDSS staff at or (443) 989-3257.

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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