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Wheelhouse Weekly – March 22, 2002

March 22nd 2002


THE MASTERS, MATES AND PILOTS’
WHEELHOUSE WEEKLY

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

Volume 6. . . . . Number 12. . . March 21, 2002

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PLANS ADMINISTRATOR TO ATTEND WEST COAST MEETINGS IN APRIL

A general membership meeting will be held at the Los Angeles /Long Beach Hall on Wednesday, April 10, directly after job call and in Seattle on Thursday, April 11, at 1230 hrs.

MM&P Plans Administrator Valerie Verrecchio will be present at these meetings and will provide information about MM&P Offshore Membership Group pensions. She will also be available to answer questions about the Health & Benefit Plan and other MM&P Plans.

Members and their families are encouraged to attend this meeting and educate themselves about the many benefits of being a member of the Masters Mates, & Pilots.

Don Marcus, Vice President, Pacific Ports will also be attending both meetings. For more info, contact Dave Boatner at the LA/LB Hall at 310-834-7201; Email: dboatner@bridgedeck.org or Don Marcus at the Seattle Hall at 206-441-8700; Email: dmarcus@bridgedeck.org.

 

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HELP NEEDED IN LOCATING FORMER AHL EMPLOYEES

Checks have been issued to people who sailed aboard AHL Shipping Co. vessels and had portions of their wages deferred as part of the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) buyout of the company. Unfortunately, a number of checks were returned as undeliverable.

MM&P is attempting to locate:

  • Joshua Aslanian
  • Piotr Budlewski
  • Diego C. Galindo
  • James Ham
  • Paul Laurence
  • James M. Lowrey
  • William McNeil
  • Fredrick D. Olsen
  • Raymond Rawlins and
  • Robert L. Ross

Anyone having information about the above individuals is asked to contact John Gorman, MM&P Comptroller. He may be reached at 410-850-8700 ext. 12, or by email to jgorman@bridgedeck.org.

 

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MITAGS TO HOST MARINER RECRUITING AND RETENTION CONFERENCE

MITAGS is hosting a Maritime Recruiting and Retention Conference on May 1-2. The meeting will continue the work started at last year’s conference which identified six principal issues and trends as fundamental inhibitors to mariner recruiting and retention.

The conference will target the following issues: Public Education and Awareness; Regulatory Burden ­ STCW-95; Criminal Liability; Maritime Policy, Tax Relief, Other Incentives; Lifestyle, Quality of Life; and Recruitment, Career Path. Attendees will explore the additional steps needed to move toward the implementation of an action plan.

Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta, USCG Commandant Admiral Loy and MARAD Administrator William Schubert are all expected to attend along with many top leaders of the US-flag maritime community.

For additional information contact Andrea Dixon at MITAGS at:443-989-3235, adixon@mitags.org.

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MERPAC SETS APRIL MEETING ON MARINER TRAINING AND FITNESS

The Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC) and its working groups will meet on April 9-10 to discuss various issues relating to the training and fitness of merchant marine personnel.

MERPAC advises the Secretary of Transportation on matters relating to the training, qualifications, licensing, certification and fitness of seamen serving in the US merchant marine. All meetings will be open to the public.

MERPAC will meet on Tue. April 9, from 0800 to 1600 and on Wed., April 10 from 0800 to 1500 at the MEBA Engineering School, 27050 St. Michaels Road, Easton, MD. Requests to make presentations should reach the USCG before March 26. This notice is available on the net at http://dms.dot.gov.

For further info, contact Commander Brian Peter or Mark Gould at 202-267-0229; fax 202-267-4570, or Email mgould@comdt.uscg.mil.

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MARAD ADMINISTRATOR SCHUBERT LEADS DELEGATION TO CHINA

Maritime Administrator William Schubert led a US delegation to Beijing, China this week to conduct maritime policy discussions with the Chinese government. A central topic of these talks will be the Regulations on International Maritime Transportation that were issued by China’s Ministry of Communications in December 2001.

Industry observers say these regulations appear to impose sweeping new restrictions on US and other non-Chinese maritime companies, affecting shipping companies, shippers, and intermediaries.

In addition to discussing the new maritime regulations, Capt. Schubert will discuss US maritime carriers’ operations in the People’s Republic of China which have been restricted by Chinese government controls for several years, affecting their ability to deploy their vessels, market their services and conduct intermodal operations. The delegation will also include representatives of the Department of State.

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HOUSE COMMITTEE APPROVES MARITIME ANTITERRORISM BILL

Earlier this week, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved the Maritime Transportation Antiterrorism Act of 2002 (H.R. 3983). It now goes to the House floor. Chairman Don Young (R-AK) said that the bill will help “ensure that our ports and harbors will not become a target of opportunity” for terrorists.

The bill calls for port vulnerability assessments, anti-terrorism action teams, and evaluations of foreign ports for adequate security measures. The bill also orders the Transportation Security Administration to develop an “anti-terrorism cargo identification system” by June 30, 2003.

The Senate Port and Maritime Security Act of 2001 (S. 1214) included both Customs and DOT provisions. The House only focused on transportation issues and anti-terrorism.

The House still has a version of the Senate port security bill that was referred last December to Transportation, Armed Services and Judiciary committees. The following article details the many provisions of that legislation.

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MM&P LEGISLATIVE REPORT: PORT SECURITY

As passed by the Senate, S.1214:

  • Creates a National Maritime Security Advisory Committee comprised of 21 members appointed by the Sec. of Trans.;
  • Requires employment investigations and criminal background checks to ensure that individuals who have access to controlled or sensitive port areas do not pose a threat to national security or to the safety and security of maritime commerce;
  • Directs the Secretary of Transportation to assess the effectiveness of the security measures maintained at a foreign port served by US-flag vessels and by foreign flag vessels that serve the United States. It allows the Secretary to prohibit an US-flag or foreign flag vessel from providing transportation between the US and a foreign port that is not maintaining effective security measures;
  • Directs the Secretary to provide a report to the Congress that lists all nations whose flag vessels have entered US ports in the previous year, with a separate list naming those nations whose vessels have been found to provide false or fraudulent information or which are otherwise noncompliant with international security measures. It further requires the Secretary to list those countries whose laws do not allow for adequate tracking of the ownership and registration histories of their flag vessels;
  • Directs the Secretary to develop standards and curriculum for the training and certification of maritime security professionals;
  • Authorizes the use of Title XI loan guarantees for port security infrastructure improvements;
  • Prohibits any cargo from being loaded onto a vessel in a US port unless the cargo has been documented a complete set of shipping documents no later than 24 hours after the cargo is delivered to the terminal operator;
  • Requires the vessel’s master or operator to provide by electronic means all crew info prior to entry in a US port;
  • Allows the use of properly trained and qualified armed USCG personnel to board vessels to deter, prevent, or respond to acts of terrorism or to otherwise provide for safety and security.

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THE REAL STORY BEHIND THOSE TERRORIST VISAS

It was headline news last week when 9/11 terrorists received visas six months after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, but there’s more to the story that hasn’t been reported in the mainstream press.

According to an article in this week’s Metropolitan Washington (DC) Council AFL-CIO’s “UNION CITY” E-newsletter, while the President, political leaders and pundits piled onto the government employees at the Immigration and Naturalization Service, they ignored the inconvenient fact that the visas were issued by non-union contractors.

David Schlein, a spokesman for the American Federation of Government Employees Local 12 based in Washington DC said: “It’s just another example of how contractors are providing shoddy service without any oversight or accountability but when something goes wrong the union members are blamed.” He noted that legislation to hold contractors accountable is now in Congress.

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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 June 2002

  • 4/1-5: FF-ADV
  • 4/8-12: BST, ARPA, TPIC
  • 4/8-19: GMDSS
  • 4/13: CBRD-1, ROR
  • 4/15-19: HAZ, ECDIS
  • 4/19: ATER, ENV PRO
  • 4/29-5/3: MED FIRST, FF-ADV, ROP, COMP-MAR, WX-HWA, BRM
  • 5/6-10: BST, ARPA
  • 5/10: ATER, ENVPRO
  • 5/11: CBRD-1, ROR
  • 5/13-17: BST, ARPA, COMP-NET
  • 5/20-24: FF-ADV, CSE-AAES, SHS-EMR
  • 5/20: CBRD-1
  • 5/21: HAZMAT, EAP
  • 5/22-24: MED-DOT-DA
  • 6/3-28: SMC
  • 6/3-7: HAZ, DCS, BRM, COMP-OPSYS, ARPA
  • 6/3: ROR
  • 6/3-14: GMDSS
  • 6/10-14: BST, SHS-BAS, BRM, COMP-NET, FRB
  • 6/10-13: SMA
  • 6/14: ATER, ENVPRO
  • 6/15: CBRD-1, ROR
  • 6/17-21: FF-ADV, BRM, ARPA, WX-HWA
  • 6/17: ROR
  • 6/24-28: SHS-EMR, BRM, VPM

TRANSPORTATION

Remember that eligible trust students now only require one week of class at MITAGS to have transportation covered. You can get more details on the transportation reimbursement policy, as well as other important policies, by going to the MITAGS web-site home page and clicking on “Training Policy & Procedures” or by clicking here to visit the page directly.

 

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

 

SCHEDULE INFO

Schedule through June 2002 is being maintained on the website. Hard copies of the January-June 2002 schedule have been mailed to the halls. Check the MITAGS website at: www.mitags.org for up-to-date info. For additional course info, contact Mary Matlock 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 June 2002

  • 4/1-5: TPIC, Med 1st, Med PIC
  • 4/8-12: ARPA, BST
  • 4/15-19: NEW: Computer Basics (IC3 Ceritification)
  • 4/22-26: ECDIS, GMDSS, BAFF
  • 4/29-5/3: ARPA
  • 5/6-10: Radar, Med 1st, Med PIC, BST
  • 5/13-17: GMDSS
  • 5/20-24: BRM, BAFF, GMDSS Refresher
  • 5/27-31: ECDIS, Med 1st, Med PIC
  • 6/3-7: TPIC, BST
  • 6/10-14: ARPA, GMDSS
  • 6/17-21: Radar, GMDSS Refresher
  • 6/24-28: Computer Basics (IC3 Ceritification), ECDIS, BAFF

 

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 3-20 CLOSE

 D O W

 N A S D A Q

 10,501.50

-0.30 for the week

 1,832.87

 -29.16 for the week
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)

 106.54

 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)

23.37

 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)

 15.14

 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)

 14.34

 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)

 26.66

 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)

10.32

 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)

14.93

 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)

15.48

 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)

 37.74

Fidelity Magellan Fund (FAGX)

 103.36

 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)

  40.75

 

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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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