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Wheelhouse Weekly – May 25, 2001


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Volume 5. . . . . Number 21. . . May 25, 2001

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MM&P HQ CLOSED MAY 28 IN OBSERVANCE OF MEMORIAL DAY



 

INTERNATIONAL JOB OPPORTUNITIES MEETING HELD WITH MAERSK SEA-LAND

MM&P International President Capt. Tim Brown, former Pacific Offshore VP Capt. Paul Nielsen and MITAGS Executive Director Glen Paine met with Maersk Sea-Land on Friday, May 25 in Norfolk, VA.

This was a follow-up meeting to a meeting held in Denmark last year that Capt. Brown and Capt. Nielsen attended. The focus of the meeting was on job opportunities for the MM&P in the International market. No decisions were finalized and the dialogue continues.

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LEADERS PROPOSE PLAN FOR MARINER RECRUITING AND RETENTION

In response to industry-wide concern over recruiting and retaining qualified crews for American commercial vessels, maritime leaders drafted a national action plan to attract and retain men and women to maritime careers.

On May 23-24, 150 participants at an intensive two-day conference at the United States Merchant Marine Academy developed a proposed national action plan. The conference, entitled Maritime Careers: Creating an Action Plan for Recruiting and Retaining American Mariners, was sponsored by the USCG, the MM&P and other maritime labor unions, companies, and organizations.

Attendees included a broad spectrum of senior maritime union leaders; deep-sea, inland, Great Lakes, research, offshore oil supply and coastal vessel operators; maritime academies; training institutions; USCG; MARAD; MSC; other maritime organizations and mariners.

Representing the MM&P were International President Capt. Tim Brown, Executive Assistant to the President Mike Rodriguez, Director of Special Projects Richard Plant and Special Representative Capt. Joe Stone.

The broad spectrum of conference participants resulted in an in-depth perspective on issues and cooperation to develop industry-wide solutions to the looming problems of recruiting and retaining qualified mariners in the country’s far-flung maritime industry.

The resulting action plan is designed to address issues relating to government maritime policy, mariners’ quality of life, burdensome regulations, public awareness, training, industry-wide coordination and recruitment strategies and criteria. A comprehensive conference report will be made available in the future.

In addition, the conference co-chairs RADM Paul J. Pluta, the Coast Guard’s Assistant Commandant for Maritime Safety and Environmental Protection and Marine Transport Corporation CEO Richard duMoulin, along with other participants plan to present the results of the conference to key governmental officials involved in maritime policy.

RADM Robert North, USCG (Ret.), who initiated the conference idea said: “We proposed the conference to address growing problems in the American maritime industry: How can we attract and retain quality crews to operate commercial vessels? The conference was a first step in bringing the diverse sectors of the US maritime industry together to address a common issue.”

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TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY MINETA KEYNOTES MARITIME DAY OBSERVANCE IN WASHINGTON, DC

US Dept. of Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta headed a distinguished list of dignitaries that paid tribute to American merchant seafarers who lost their lives in service to their country at the Merchant Marine Memorial Service held at the US Naval Memorial in Washington, DC on May 22.

Besides DOT Sec. Mineta, tributes to fallen mariners were delivered by Rear Admiral Edward Fahy (USN) of the US Transportation Command, MEBA President Larry O’Toole and Chuck Raymond, President and CEO of CSX Lines.

In their remarks, all paid tribute to those brave mariners who contributed so much to American’s proud maritime heritage. They also noted the serious challenges faced by the US-flag maritime community today and into the future. While space limitations prohibit reporting their remarks here, future issues of the Wheelhouse Weekly will contain key excerpts from their presentations.

Later that day, Secretary Mineta became the first Secretary of Transportation to deliver the keynote speech at the National Maritime Day luncheon hosted by the Propeller Club of Washington DC at the Washington Navy Yard.

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NATIONAL MARITIME DAY PROCLAMATION BY PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH

“Throughout our history, America’s economic prosperity has been closely tied to its maritime geography. From indigenous peoples navigating our majestic rivers to colonists settling along the New World’s eastern shores, natives and immigrants alike have relied on the sea and our bountiful inland waterways for commerce and security.

In colonial days and in the 19th century, America’s maritime industries facilitated the exchange of goods and the migration of pioneers. During World War II, some 6,000 American seafarers and more than 700 U.S. merchant ships fell to enemy action, many in the infamous Run to Murmansk. No branch of our Armed Forces, save the Marine Corps, suffered a higher casualty rate. Today, our Merchant Marine continues this proud tradition.

As recently as the Persian Gulf War and during humanitarian and military operations since, a unique partnership of Government, industry, and labor has continued its vital maritime service to our Nation. Many civilian merchant mariners crew the Maritime Administration’s Ready Reserve Force, which is observing its 25th anniversary.

Today, the U.S. maritime fleet has decreased in the number of vessels in the international trades, but it transports goods more efficiently and economically than ever before. These U.S. ships deliver a billion tons of imports and exports each year in our foreign trade and another billion tons of waterborne domestic trade. Many merchant seafarers are trained at out-standing institutions such as the US Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York, the six State maritime academies, and several union and industry training facilities.

To help ensure continued competitiveness, we must tailor our maritime policy to the challenges of the 21st century. America’s Marine Transportation System will help determine our long-term economic health and improve our ability to respond quickly and effectively in crisis. Within the next 2 decades, cargo will double. Accordingly, my Administration is working with Government agencies, the maritime industry, shippers, labor unions, and environmental groups to ensure that our waterways continue to serve as a sound transportation option in the face of ever-growing congestion on highways and rail lines.

In recognition of the importance of the U.S. Merchant Marine, the Congress, by joint resolution approved on May 20, 1933, has designated May 22 of each year as “National Maritime Day” and has authorized and requested that the President issue an annual proclamation calling for its appropriate observance.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 22, 2001, as National Maritime Day.”

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MM&P’S CAPT. BROWN FEATURED SPEAKER AT LA-LB MARITIME DAY

Los Angeles/Long Beach celebrated Maritime Day last Saturday, May 19, at the Merchant Marine Veterans Memorial in San Pedro. Attending were MM&P International President Capt. Brown, Offshore VP Pacific Ports Capt. Don Marcus, former Pacific VP Paul Nielsen, LA/LB Offshore Port Agent Capt. David Boatner and about 25 other MM&P Members. Captain Brown gave the keynote speech at the luncheon after the ceremony.

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MSC HONORS MARINERS PAST AND PRESENT

The US Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC) commemorated the US Merchant Marine’s proud tradition of sacrifice and service to the nation at a National Maritime Day memorial service Tuesday, May 22, at the Sail Loft on the historic Washington Navy Yard. Retired Navy Capt. Thomas J. Hudner, a Korean War Medal of Honor recipient, was the guest speaker for the event, a hero to honor heroes.

Merchant mariners have been making the supreme sacrifice since before the US was a nation. “As this nation began more than 225 years ago, it was her merchant mariners who led the way, capturing the first British vessel in our War of Independence,” said Vice Adm. Gordon S. Holder, USN, Commander, MSC. “Merchant mariners have been part of this nation’s security and prosperity ever since.”

Capt. Hudner detailed the Merchant Marine’s contribution to the Korean War, specifically the evacuation of Hungnam, Korea, in late 1950. China intervened in the Korean War in 1950 and pushed South Korean troops, UN forces and refugees out of the north to the ports of Hungnam and Wonsan. Saving the troops and refugees from encirclement by the enemy, 193 merchant ships evacuated 105,000 UN troops, 91,000 refugees, 350,000 metric tons of cargo and 17,500 vehicles to the port of Pusan.

Merchant mariners continue to be vital assets for MSC, the Navy and the Dept. of Defense. MSC operates about 110 noncombatant ships daily around the world, all crewed by civilians, both civil service and contract mariners.

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MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

Openings in classes through the end of August follow
  • 6/4-29: MED-SMC
  • 6/4-8: WX-HWA, BST
  • 6/11-15: COMP-MAR
  • 6/11-14: SMA
  • 6/18-22: BST, COMP-NET, FF-ADV
  • 6/25-29: BST
  • 7/30: ROR-1
  • 7/30-8/3: COMP-OPSYS
  • 8/6-31: SMC
  • 8/6-10: ARPA, WX-HWA, COMP-APS, GMDSS-REF
  • 8/13-17: BST, GMDSS, ECDIS
  • 8/13-16: SMA
  • 8/20-24: BST, ARPA, VPM, ROR-1
  • 8/27-31: FF-ADV, BRM-3, ROP

Drug & Alcohol Testing Regulations: MITAGS will have a training program available this summer to support the August 1, 2001 change regarding training for “collectors.” The immediate impact will be on new collectors, as those already designated will have until February 2003 to complete a formal training program.

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: 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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MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 5-24 CLOSE

 D O W

 N A S D A Q

 11,122,42

-126.16 for the week 

 2,282.02

 +88.34 for the week 

 Vanguard 500 Index Fund

 119.55

+0.46 for the week

 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund 

25.35

+0.44 for the week

 Vanguard International Growth Fund

 17.37

-0.08  for the week

 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund

 16.93

+0.10 for the week

 Vanguard Windsor II Fund

 28.99

+0.08 for the week

 Vanguard GNMA Fund

10.27

-0.03 for the week

 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)

16.36

-0.09 for the week

 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)

16.68

+0.06 for the week

 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)

 40.58

-0.01 for the week

Fidelity Magellan Fund (FAGX)

 116.99

+0.49 for the week

 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)

  45.89

 +0.18 for the week

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