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Wheelhouse Weekly – September 16, 2004

September 16th 2004



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MAERSK CONTRACT MEETING UPDATE

MM&P’s three offshore Vice Presidents along with rank and file committeemembers Bob Lamb, Greg Oelkers and Darren Collins met at MM&P HQ withMaersk for a collective bargaining agreement on Tuesday and Wednesday withtalks ongoing on Thursday as the Wheelhouse Weekly was being distributed.



 

LOCAL 88 TRUST PREPARES TO DISBURSE FUNDS

MM&P was advised this week that distributions to the 717 living, knownmembers of the Washington Street Marine Officers Corporation, WASMOC, Local88 Trust have been delivered to a mailing house and are expected to bein the mail by the end of September. A small contingency fund is beingheld in reserve for those of the “lost battalion” or other unforeseen expenses.

If you have received no info, and believe that you are entitled to WASMOCproceeds and were a member of the Local 88 Trust on September 30, 1970,contact the New York/New Jersey Union Hall at 201-963-1900 for additionalinfo.
 



 

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE ON MSC T-AGS SHIPS

MM&P-contracted Horizon Lines will soon take over the operation andmaintenance of seven oceanographic ships (T-AGS) for the Military SealiftCommand (MSC). The mission of these vessels is to support the Naval OceanographyProgram. MM&P will represent the deck officers.

For those members and applicants interested in employment possibilitieson these ships, contact MM&P HQ by calling 410-850-8700 x23 or by Emailat: mrodriguez@bridgedeck.org. For more info about the ships and theMSC’s Special Mission Program, visit www.msc.navy.mil/pm2.
 



 

MM&P MEMBERS HELP BRING OLD IRONSIDES HOME FROM IRAQ

The US Army’s 1st Armored Division (1st AD) M1-A1 tanks recentlyreturned to their base in Germany after 15 months in Iraq. Many were transportedaboard the US Navy’s Military Sealift Command’s Large, Medium Speed, Roll-on,Roll-off (LMSR)ship, the USNS GORDON, which is crewed by M&MP deckofficers.

Overall, the 1st AD covered some 17,000 square miles of territory inIraq during their course of deployment. The stifling heat and blowing desertsand took its toll on the division’s rolling stock, immobilizing a numberof wheeled and tracked vehicles.

Discharging the damaged wheeled and tracked vehicles, or vehicles thatsimply had broken down, slowed cargo operations to some extent, said GORDON’sChief Mate Kevin Kavanaugh. But, the port’s contracted stevedores, whoworked around-the clock off-loading the cargo from the vessel, respondedextremely well.

The 1st AD’s equipment, which secured some of Baghdad’s toughest neighborhoods,and put down an uprising by radical militias in number of cities in southernIraq, arrived at ports in Antwerp, Belgium and Bremerhaven, Germany, aboardsix MSC ships, Aug. 4-25.

Overall, more than 70,000 tons of heavy combat equipment and supplies,armored personnel carriers, tanks, heavy trucks, ambulances, Apache andBlackhawk helicopters, as well as containers carrying everything from bandagesto night vision equipment was discharged from five LMSRs, and one fastsealift ship. Most of the cargo will return to Germany by rail, while thechoppers will travel by barge.

The Navy’s Military Sealift Command, Europe, and the Army’s SurfaceDeployment and Distribution Command’s 598th Transportation Terminal Group,component commands of US Transportation Command, teamed up to completethe massive off-load. The Army handles port operations and ensures thecargo is safely delivered to units in the field, while MSC handles theduties of moving the cargo by sea.

In addition to GORDON, other ships involved included the USNS BRITTINand USNS BENEVIDEZ that are also crewed by MM&P licensed deck officers.Both the BRITTIN and the BENEVIDEZ off-loaded their cargo at Bremerhaven,Aug.11-13 and Aug.21-23, respectively.

Taking the opportunity to tour the port facilities, observe cargo operations,and visit GORDON was US Ambassador to Belgium, Tom Korologos. The Ambassadortoured the vessel Aug. 10 observing cargo being moved from the ship’s holds,cargo staged on the pier from the ship’s weather deck and helicopter landingdeck, and paying a lengthy visit to the bridge.

This is a very impressive operation, the Ambassador said, peeringover the ship’s massive main deck. Ambassador Korologos was appointed toBrussels in June, after a posting as senior counselor to the CoalitionProvisional Authority in Iraq working directly for former Civil AdministratorL. Paul Bremer.

Ship’s Master Capt. Karl Faulkner led the Ambassador on the tour, alongwith Will Imbrie, the Embassy’s Deputy Chief of Mission, economic officersTerri Robl and Guy Van Habberney, and Office of Defense Cooperation chief,Col. Ulysses Rhodes, USAF. Faulkner, a long-time MSC civilian mariner whoserved as master of no less than 12 MSC vessels before retiring last year,wrapped up his third transit to the Middle East in support of OperationIraqi Freedom.
 



 

USCG STARTS ON CONSTRUCTION OF NEW GENERATION CUTTERS

USCG officials joined with executives from Northrop Grumman in Pascagoula,MS last week to mark the start of construction on the service’s first newclass of multi-mission cutter in 25 years, to be known as the MaritimeSecurity Cutter � Large.

The 385-ft. vessel will be able to travel 28 kts and have a range of12,000 n-miles. It carries two inflatables, has a flight deck to accommodatehelicopter landings and is armed with an Mk 3 57-mm gun among other armaments.The cutter is being built at Ship Systems Ingalls Operations under a $250-millioncontract and is expected to be launched during the second quarter of 2007.

Under the deepwater program, the USCG is also building a new class of312-ft cutters to be known as Maritime Security Cutter � Medium as wellas a new series of smaller coastal patrol boats.
 



 

NEW USCG GUIDELINES FOR HANDLING SENSITIVE SECURITY INFO

The USCG has issued a Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC)containing guidelines for handling sensitive security information (SSI).

According to regulations promulgated by the Transportation SecurityAdministration (TSA), SSI includes such items as security plans and contingencyplans; security directives; info circulars; performance specifications;vulnerability assessments; security inspection or investigative information;threat info; security measures; security screening info; security trainingmaterials; critical maritime infrastructure asset info; systems securityinfo; and confidential business info, among other things.

Improper handling of SSI may result in civil penalty or other enforcementor corrective action. For more info see: www.uscg.mil/hq/g-m/nvic/04/NVIC10-04.pdf.
 


 
 


 

USCG WANTS NEW AIS VESSEL ID REGULATIONS

Under current international regulations, all commercial ships must be equippedwith an Automatic Identification System (AIS) by December, 2004 that willbroadcast their position within 50 miles of a country’s coast.

Now the USCG has announced that it is working with the InternationalMaritime Organization to have a long range-tracking requirement for allcommercial vessels that would require them to broadcast their positionfor up to 2,000 miles from the coast.

The USCG says that AIS is one of the many efforts to improve US maritimesecurity. Other parts of the USCG’s maritime security strategy include;getting better info on incoming cargo, vessels, and people, increasingthe number of USCG ships and personnel in ports and waterways, and trainingpersonnel to respond to threats.

The USCG is in charge of protecting 361 US ports that are visited byover 7,500 ships carrying more than 14 million containers each year.
 



 

FOURTH ANNUAL AIS CONFERENCE COMING THIS OCTOBER

Since July 1, 2003, AIS Systems have been in use on many US-flag oceangoingvessels. As deck officers aboard these vessels you have practical operationalexperiences that regulators and industry need to hear about.

The Fourth Annual AIS Conference, presented by Pacific Maritime Magazine,UAIS.org and Coastwatch will be held October 12 at the Westin Hotel inSeattle.

The only AIS Conference held in the US, this is your only opportunityto learn first-hand from USCG and industry about early experiences withAIS systems, both in the US and around the world.

In addition, this is your only opportunity to share your experienceswith the regulators and industry on:
    Relative value of minimum keyboard display vs. integrationwith Radar and/or ECDIS;
    Differences between ARPA and AIS targets;
    Training Issues; and
    AIS as aid to collision avoidance/identification.

Further topics for discussion include USCG updates, AIS as a port managementtool, security aspects, bridge management aspects and commercial viabilityof AIS. Visit the AIS Conference website below for agenda and reg form:http://www.rhppublishing.com/aisconf04.html.Or call Pacific Maritime Magazine at 206-284-8285 for more info.
 



USCG ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING SET FOR SEPT.20-21

The USCG encourages merchant mariners to attend a meeting from Sept.20-21of the Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC) to discussa range of issues, including STCW requirements, training and assessmentprograms for licensed and unlicensed mariners, and utilizing military seaservice for STCW certifications.

We are very interested in the participation of the maritime industryto help us shape beneficial and practical requirements for their training,said Captain David Scott, the USCG’s executive director of MERPAC. Historically,these meetings have not been well-attended, so we are taking extra effortsto encourage your attendance. If you are interested but cannot attend inperson, we encourage you to send written comments for our consideration.

Issues up for discussion include:
    Utilizing military sea service for STCW certifications;
    Training programs for officers-in-charge of an engineeringwatch coming up through the hawsepipe;
    Methods to determine the date when a mariner establishedcompetency in Basic Safety Training;
    Training and assessment for able-bodied seamen onseagoing vessels;
    Review of the draft Navigation and Vessel Inspection;and Circular concerning the medical standards applicable to merchant mariners.



 

JUDGE GIVES FOREIGN BOMB JOKE CAPT. THE HEAVE-HO FROM US

A federal judge has ordered that the captain who joked that there was abomb aboard his foreign-flagged vessel be deported from the US. The 47-year-oldTurkish national plead guilty in US District Court to making a false statementin regards to the July 22 incident where he told a USCG boarding partythat a bomb in his cargo holds would explode when the ship reached thePort of Philadelphia.

In court, the judge described Tumer as a “well-educated family man whomade a mistake. The captain apologized to the court and the whole Americanpublic for his action. Tumer made the explosive remark after tiring ofthe boarding party’s extensive inspection of his ship.

The vessel was seized, subjected to a detailed inspection and held fordays before being allowed to proceed to port under command of a new master.Tumer, who had been in jail since the incident, was released after thehearing and ordered to leave the country.



 

MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

NEW AT MITAGS

Complete Basic and Advanced Fire Fighting in a combined one week course,offered September 20th.
 
 

CLASS OPENINGS

Between now and the end of November, seats are available in the followingcourses:

  • AIS-1 – Automatic Identification System: 10/04, 10/19
  • AIS-1/PPU – Auto ID System/Portable Pilot Unit: 11/01, 11/05
  • ARPA – Auto Radar Plotting Aids: 9/20, 9/27, 10/18, 11/01
  • AZIPOD – Azipod Propulsion System: 10/02, 11/01
  • AZIPOD-KAM – Azipod and Kamewa Steering and Prop: 11/5
  • BRM – Bridge Resource Management: 10/04
  • BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 10/05
  • BST – Basic Safety Training: 10/25, 11/08

 
CMM – Chief Mate and MasterCourses

  • CMM-ADVSTB – Advanced Stability: 10/25
  • CMM-CHS I – Cargo Handling & Stowage (week 1): 11/01
  • CMM-CHS II – Cargo Handling & Stowage (week 2): 11/08
  • CMM-ECDIS ­ Elect. Chart Display and Info Systems: 11/01
  • CMM-MMP – Marine Propulsion Plants: 10/18
  • CMM-SHMGT-I – Ship Management (week 1): 11/08
  • CMM-WKP – Watchkeeping: 11/15
  • CONT-PLNG – Contingency Planning: 10/15, 10/26, 10/28, 11/05
  • CSE-AAES – Confined Space Awareness-Analysis: 11/08
  • CSE-AWR – Confined Space Awareness Seminar: 9/24
  • CSE-AWR2 – 2-day Confined Space Seminar: 9/30, 11/18
  • FF-BADV – (Combined) Basic and Adv Firefighting: 11/08
  • FSM – Fatigue, Sleep and Medications: 11/03
  • FL – Flashing Light: 9/27
  • GMDSS – Global Marine Distress & Safety System: 10/25
  • HAZ – Hazardous Materials [5-day]: 11/01
  • LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 11/3, 11/10
  • MEDIA-RSP – Media Response: 10/14, 10/27, 10/29, and 11/04
  • MED-DOT-DA – DOT Drug & Alcohol Testing: 9/18, 10/16
  • MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 10/11
  • MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 10/11

MSC – Military SealiftCommand

  • MSC-CBRD-1 – Chemical Biological Radiological Defense Training Orientation:9/29, 10/25, 11/3, and 11/17
  • MSC-DC – Damage Control: 9/27, 10/21, 11/15
  • MSC-SMA-R – Small Arms Renewal (2-day): 10/26, 10/28
  • (must have proof of passing all3 weapons within 2 years)

  • ROP-5 – Radar Observer Original & Renewal: 10/11
  • ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 9/20, 9/27, 10/02, 10/18, 11/01
  • SEC-FSO – Facility Security Officer: 9/28, 11/08
  • SEC-OFF-PCS – Security Officer: Port, Company, Ship: 10/11, 11/01
  • SEC-PLT – Security Training for Pilots: 11/02
  • SHS-BAS – Basic Shiphandling: 10/11
  • SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5-day): 11/15
  • TPIC – Tankerman Person-In-Charge: 9/20, 11/15
  • TRAC-TUG – Water Tractor and Azimuth Stern Drive Tugs: 11/04

ATTENDANCE VERIFICATION & CANCELLATIONIS VITAL

If you are scheduled for a course, call, write, or Email admissions toadvise whether or not you will attend. Many classes are in demand and maintaina Standby List. “No Shows” are missed training opportunities for othermembers.
 
 

SCHEDULES, COURSE INFO & REGISTRATION

Courses are subject to change. Check the MITAGS website for up-to-datecourse descriptions associated with all course title abbreviations, andfor schedule revisions and updated course availability. You can also checkfuture schedules, review detailed course descriptions and register on-lineor contact Admissions at admissions@mitags.orgor by calling toll-free, 1-866-656-5568.
 
 


 

PMI MARITIME TECHNOLOGY & CAREER CENTER ACADEMIC SCHEDULE

All the courses below will be conducted at the new Pacific Maritime Institutefacility located in Seattle at 1727 Alaskan Way South, Pier 34. The newfacility features a state-of-the art Ship Simulator that has to be experienced.PMI phone numbers remain the same. Come see the new facility at PMI’s “MaritimeTechnology and Career Center”.

September 2004

  • 9/20-24: Basic and Advanced Firefighting
  • 9/20-10/01: Watchkeeping (OIC)
  • 9/27-29: Bridge Resource Management

 

October 2004

  • 10/04-08: Basic Safety Training
  • 10/04: Flashing Light (OIC)
  • 10/11-22: Advanced Shiphandling
  • 10/11-22: GMDSS
  • 10/11-15: ARPA
  • 10/11: Radar Recertification
  • 10/11-13: Ship/Company Security Officer
  • 10/25-29: Basic and Advanced Firefighting
  • 10/25-29: ECDIS
  •  

November 2004

  • 11/1-2: RFPNW
  • 11/1-5: Radar Observer Unlimited
  • 11/1-5: Basic Shiphandling
  • 11/8-19: GMDSS
  • 11/8-12: ARPA
  • 11/8-12: MEDPRO
  • 11/8-19: MEDPIC
  • 11/8: Radar Recertification
  • 11/15-17: Emergency Shiphandling
  • 11/15-17: Tankerman Person-In-Charge
  • 11/15-19: Basic Safety Training

 Contact DeeDee Lazik at 206-441-2880 or 888-893-7829 (toll free)for registration or visit the PMI website at mates.org.



 
 

MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF SEPTEMBER 15, 2004 CLOSE

 DO W    NA S D A Q
 10,313.36 -82.00 for the week  1,896.52  +45.88 for the week
Fund Name & TradingSymbol
Closing
Price
 Vanguard 500 IndexFund (VFINX)
103.89
 Vanguard Extended MarketIndex Fund (VEXMX)
27.48
 Vanguard InternationalGrowth Fund (VWIGX)
16.59
 Vanguard Morgan GrowthFund (VMRGX)
14.71
 Vanguard Windsor IIFund (VWNFX)
28.18
 Vanguard GNMA Fund(VFIIX)
10.45
 Vanguard High YieldCorporate Fund (VWEHX)
6.36
 Vanguard Total BondIndex (VBMFX)
10.29
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
15.87
 Fidelity Asset Manager(FASMX)
15.72
 Fidelity Growth andIncome (FGRIX)
36.07
 Fidelity Magellan Fund(FMAGX)
97.69
 Spartan US Equity IndexFund (FUSEX)
39.88


~Reminders ~



 

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE, MEMBER INFO NEEDED FOR T-AGS VESSELS

MM&P-contracted Horizon Lines recently won the bidding to manage MSC’ssevenoceanographic ships (T-AGS) to support the Naval Oceanography Program.The Licensed Deck Officer billets will be filled by MM&P members. MM&Pneeds to hear from members and applicants interested in working aboardthese ships. Vessel assignments may be permanent.

The T-AGS ships will pay competitive wages and will have 15-for-30 vacation,pension, health & welfare, IRAP and training contributions made onthe employees’ behalf. Members and applicants selected to sail aboard theT-AGS ships will be required to have a US Government-issued Secret clearance.The Company will assist the mariner in obtaining this clearance.

All interested members and applicants are requested to send a resumeto your local area Offshore Vice President or to International Headquartersin care of the Executive Assistant to the President at 700 Maritime Blvd.,Linthicum Heights, MD 21090; Fax: 410-850-0973. Calls with questions maybe directed to 410-850-8700 x23. Resumes or questions may also be sentby Email to mrodriguez@bridgedeck.org,rmay@bridgedeck.org, rgroh@bridgedeck.org and dmarcus@bridgedeck.org.



 

SECURITY OFFICER COURSE REQUIRED TO SAIL ON HORIZON VESSELS

MASTERS AND CHIEF MATES

Masters and Chief Mates sailing on Horizon vessels must have successfullycompleted the 3-day Security Officer: Port, Company, Ship (SEC-OFF-PCS)course before December 31, 2004.
 
 

SECOND AND THIRD MATES

All Second and Third Mates that desire to ship off-the-board on Horizonvessels must have completed the SEC-OFF-PCS course before December31, 2005.

This course is taught at both MITAGS and at PMI. These training requirementsare contained in the latest Horizon contract MOU that is available forreview at all MM&P Offshore Hiring Halls.
 



 

MAIL-ORDER Rx PLAN UPDATE

MM&P Health & Benefit Plan Participants should have received informationin the mail in early August a letter from NMHC regarding the mail orderbenefit through the Plan. Effective August 15, NMHC Mail will take overthe mail order portion of the pharmacy benefit currently handled by EckerdPharmacy Services. This change in providers does not affect your prescriptionbenefit.

For members with existing prescriptions on file with EPS, NMHC Rx hascoordinated all MM&P member information with EPS so that all of yourprescriptions with remaining refills will be automatically transferredto NMHC Mail. Simply call NMHC Mail at 1-800-456-4803 or visit the websiteat www.nmhcmail.comto request your prescription refill.

As always, if you should have any questions, please contact the PlanOffice at 410-850-8500.

 
NOTICE REGARDING ELIGIBILITY

When you or your provider use the IVR system at the Plan Office to checkeligibility, remember that the Plan Office updates eligibility on a monthlybasis. This does not mean that your eligibility will terminate at the endof the month simply because the system states that you are eligible untila certain date. Individual contracts have different extension of eligibilityrules and the only way we can provide accurate eligibility informationfor the membership is to download a new eligibility tape on a monthly basis.



 

BRIAN HOPE PAINTING RAFFLE TO RAISE FUNDS FOR PCF

Raffle tickets for a chance on winning an original painting of the SEAWANHAKAby MM&P member, Maryland Pilot and artist Capt. Brian Hope commissionedby the MM&P are available at $25 each, 5 for $100. Proceeds will benefitthe Masters, Mates & Pilots Political Contribution Fund. (The fireaboard the SEAWANHAKA and the scapegoating of Capt. Charles Smith are thebeginnings of the MM&P.)

Ticket purchases should be made payable to the MM&P PCF with a notationfor the raffle in the memo line, and mailed to the:

MM&P Political Contribution Fund 700 Maritime Blvd. Linthicum Heights, MD 21090
Members making PCF contributions through the Members Only section of theMM&P website, noting that the contribution is for the raffle, can alsoobtain tickets. Raffle tickets will also shortly be available through MM&Pport offices.

Cutoff for ticket purchases is December 31, 2004. Drawing for the prizewill take place at Noon on January 7, 2005 at MITAGS. Also available ata later date will be a limited number of prints of this painting, numberedand signed by the artist, for a $50 contribution to the PCF designatedfor the print.
 
 

The fine print:

Raffle tickets are available only tothose individuals who are otherwise eligible to make a contribution tothe MM&P PCF.

No double dipping: Contributionsin exchange for raffle tickets or for a signed and numbered print do notqualify for other PCF contribution incentive premiums.

All contributions to the MM&PPCF, including contributions in exchange for raffle tickets, are voluntarycontributions for political purposes and no physical force, job discrimination,financial reprisals or threat thereof has been or will be used in any wayto secure such contributions. PCF contributions are not deductible fortax purposes.
 



 

MM&P ELECTION PERIOD PUBLICITY GUIDELINES

Members are reminded that for the duration of the MM&P election periodthe name or likeness of any known candidate for any elected MM&P positionwill not be referred to by name or photo in any MM&P publication. Referencemay be made by title or in contact information such as an email addresswhen it is directly relevant to the communication.

As example, the Master of a MM&P-contracted ship who has declaredhimself to be a candidate for a MM&P elective position was recentlyquoted in an article appearing in the “Master, Mate & Pilot”, but wasreferenced as the Master of the vessel and not by name. Similarly, thismember’s likeness was not included in a photo published with the article.This same rule was applied within the same publication with regard to twoother members employed by MM&P at Union headquarters who are candidatesfor elective position.

This rule has been put into effect to ensure that publications by theMM&P to MM&P members are not used on behalf of any candidate forcampaign purposes. These exclusions will end upon completion of the election.

Members wanting to know more about this policy may contact InternationalCounsel John Singleton at 410-850-8700 x19, email: jsingleton@bridgedeck.org,or Communications Director Karl Schwartz at 410-850-8700 x27, email: communications@bridgedeck.org.


The MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly is theofficial 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 or to subscribe contact John Peige at jpeige@bridgedeck.org.The Wheelhouse Weekly is sent via Email to MM&P-contracted vesselsat sea, broadcast worldwide via FEC marine telex and is posted on our webpage.

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