Wheelhouse Weekly – September 21, 2001

September 21st 2001


Bridging the Information Gap With E-News You Can Use

Volume 5. . . . . Number 38. . . September 21, 2001





Tuesday, September 11 was shaping up to be a big day aboard the Sandy Hook Pilot boat NEW YORK. From its berth on Staten Island with a commanding view of lower Manhattan, the crew was preparing the 187-foot vessel for the Seaman’s Church Institute’s annual tour of New York Harbor. The NYC-based Institute is known worldwide for its humanitarian support of mariners sailing the world’s seven seas.

To fund its non-profit operations, the Institute depends in large part on contributions from both individual and corporate donors. Tuesday’s cruise was designed to be an appreciation tour of New York harbor for the Institute’s generous benefactors.

At 0848 hrs all that changed as a hijacked American Airlines Boeing 767 jumbo jet slammed into the north tower of the World Trade Center. Minutes later, the Sandy Hook pilots and crew looked on in horror across the harbor as a United Airlines Boeing 767 jumbo jet crashed into the WTC’s south tower.

Events then began to unfold rapidly at the pilot office. The USCG called to see if the pilots had a vessel that could serve as the On Scene Commanders’ platform for the evacuation effort. On an ordinary day, the NEW YORK, just finishing a yard period, would not have been crewed, but because the crew was preparing for the Institute’s cruise, it stood at-the-ready for this emergency mission.

In a little over an hour, just after the second tower collapsed, the NEW YORK with USCG personnel aboard, was underway on its voyage across the harbor to what many would later describe as the “Gates of Hell.” Besides the normal crew of apprentices, a number of Sandy Hook pilots were also onboard to lend whatever assistance they could.

“Arriving at the Battery, the NEW YORK, working in conjunction with the harbor’s Vessel Traffic System (VTS), became the on-scene commander for maritime activity in the harbor,” said Sandy Hook Pilot Capt. Jack Akerman.

Capt. Akerman reported that soon those aboard the vessel noticed that a great number of people were gathering on the seawall that surrounds the Battery section of lower Manhattan. “With all the bridges and tunnels leading in and out of the city closed, and the tremendous devastation to the streets in the area caused by the fires and hundreds of tons of burning debris, ground transportation was all but impossible. The only way in and out of the city was by water,” said Akerman.

The NEW YORK then began coordinating the evacuation efforts of hundreds of thousands of New York office workers by an armada of vessels including Staten Island ferries, Circle Line tour boats, high speed ferries, tug and tow boats, USCG vessels, NYC harbor patrol craft, local mariners and numerous dinner and sight-seeing watercraft.

The USCG estimates that one million New Yorkers were evacuated by sea. Later, when some of the bridges were reopened solely to pedestrian traffic, hoards of office workers streamed across them in a continuing mass exodus out of the city.

Capt. Hank Mahlmann, a pilot put ashore to coordinate getting people aboard the evacuation craft, was approached by a NY firefighter around 3 or 4 PM. “He came over to me and said that the rescue workers on the scene were in desperate need of potable drinking water,” said Mahlmann.

A supply of 5-gallon water cooler bottles was located on the New Jersey side of the harbor, and other pilot boats including the 65-ft. SANDY HOOK, 53-ft. PHANTOM and 48-ft. TRENTON as well as other harbor craft were pressed into service to deliver these as well as other much-needed supplies.

The vessels were also used to ferry fire department and other rescue personnel staged at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Harborside, Jersey City and other waterside locations to the scene.

The NEW YORK moored to the outer wall of North Cove Marina, just west of the collapsed World Trade Center, to coordinate the vessels moving the supplies across the river. The pilot boat crew as well as the pilots who volunteered assisted in transferring the supplies and equipment. They were able to commandeer a few golf carts and used them to move the supplies upland to the rescue workers.

Those onboard the NEW YORK worked 24-hour rotating shifts from Tuesday until Friday afternoon when the boat returned to its Staten Island berth.

Meanwhile, the NEW JERSEY, the companion boat to the NEW YORK, was on its usual pilot duty station off Ambrose Light when the Port of New York was closed to all vessel traffic. Since then, the port has reopened to commercial traffic and the NEW YORK has relieved the NEW JERSEY on station and has taken on several teams of USCG inspectors who board all ships entering New York harbor along with the pilot. “Entry to the port is now granted on a case-by-case basis,” Akerman reports.

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MM&P is saddened to advise that Paul Keating, brother of Sandy Hook Pilot member Cornelius Keating and son of retired Sandy Hook Pilot C.J. Keating, is among those listed as missing following the attack on the World Trade Center last week in New York. Paul Keating, a New York firefighter, was on site and involved in rescue efforts when the buildings collapsed.

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Commercial vessel traffic continues to flow into the Port of New York, though additional reporting requirements and approval are required for transit through an emergency response security zone in the Hudson River below the Holland Tunnel and north of the Statue of Liberty. Passenger ferry service also resumed Monday with uniformed security personnel aboard. The port, however, remains closed to cruise ships and recreational boaters

Thousands of cruise ship passengers bound for New York are arriving into alternate ports this week under the USCG’s watchful eyes after being delayed at sea following Tuesday’s horrific events. Since Saturday morning, cruise ships originally bound for New York have been pulling into the ports of Boston; Providence, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Annapolis, MD. The USCG has been working in tandem with the International Council of Cruise Lines to select these alternate locations.

Approximately 1,600 active duty, reserve and civilian Coast Guard men and women are now working around the clock in New York Harbor to support FEMA and New York City officials with rescue efforts and to ensure the safety and security of the port.

Thirty-eight Coast Guard cutters and boats are now on patrol and dozens of Coast Guard Auxiliary vessels, owned and operated by the Coast Guard’s volunteer arm, are also on the water assisting with personnel transfers and providing back-up search and rescue support.

The USCG has recalled more than 1,500 reservists throughout the Atlantic Area since September 11 and now has authority to activate up to 8,000 members of the USCG Reserve for assistance.

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From their 15th floor offices in Jersey City’s Journal Square across the Hudson River from the Twin Towers of New York’s World Trade Center, MM&P Offshore Atlantic VP Richard May, Assistant Port Agent Charles Moy and Representative Marilyn Brunner watched in horror and disbelief as the majestic 110-story buildings fell victim to the catastrophic terrorist attacks of Sept.11.

Here is Richard May’s account of what he saw:

Upon arriving at work Tuesday September 11 and emerging from the PATH train, everyone was running to the street saying that a plane had hit the World Trade Towers. My first thoughts were that it must have been a helicopter or small plane that frequently fly by many times at a lower altitude than the top floors of the buildings. I had been to the top at Windows of the World restaurant several months ago attending an annual benefit luncheon sponsored by the ILA for the Boy Scouts and it was amazing to look down on the helicopters.

I entered my office just as the second plane struck the South Tower. Charles Moy and Marilyn Brunner were photographing this horrible tragedy with disposable cameras kept for ship visits. The window of my office on the fifteenth floor provided a unique view of the horror that took place throughout the day.

The view from my office, and I’m afraid of the whole country, is now forever changed. We at the MM&P in New York are deeply saddened by the loss of life and have had numerous phone calls from members active and retired ready to do what is required to support our country in any way possible.

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What started out as a mission to save lives, ended up being a call to care for and comfort a city in need. As reported in last week’s Wheelhouse Weekly, at 1500 HRS on September 12, USNS COMFORT left its layberth in Baltimore, with about 150 sailors from the National Naval Medical Center and other commands, along with 61 civil service mariners, and headed for New York City.

At the time, COMFORT’s mission was to provide medical assistance to the victims of Tuesday’s terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Within 24 hours, though, everything changed. By the time the ship reached Naval Weapons Station Earle, NJ, on Friday and loaded about 500 more sailors, COMFORT received orders to change missions. She would now provide logistical and support services to fire fighters and emergency personnel working in the disaster recovery effort.

“Things are changing so rapidly in this operation,” explained Military Treatment Facility commanding officer Capt. Charles Blankenship, MC, USN, to the crew as he told them about the change in missions during a captain’s call on board the ship. “We just have to be prepared and realize that what we do today may not be what we are doing tomorrow.”

For many of the NNMC sailors, the change in missions meant turning around and going back home. In a little more than an hour, nearly 450 medical and support personnel had packed, disembarked and boarded buses, destined to return to their normal duty stations, including Bethesda and other Navy hospitals and clinics along the East Coast. The nearly 150 critical core personnel who remained on board were left with the task of converting the hospital ship from a major medical and surgical facility to a logistics support facility, ready to care for possibly thousands of disaster relief workers.

For the crew remaining on board COMFORT, the next week was a lesson in readiness, flexibility and dedication. Every day, hundreds of police officers, firemen and government workers passed through the ship’s quarterdeck, looking for a hot shower, a real meal and a place to sleep.

The casualty receiving area on board the ship that would normally be used to give initial medical care to patients was converted to a check-in location for the relief workers. The hospital beds are now covered with snacks, drinks and other donated supplies for the relief workers checking aboard. Lining the walls are tee shirts, donated from all over the country, with handwritten messages of thanks to the workers for their efforts.

There are cards, too. One, obviously written by a child, reads:

“Dear Firemen, Thank you for trying to find people. If you can, can you please find my aunt? Her name is Donna Clarke. Thank you, Kristina Clarke.”

Although most of the USNS COMFORT crew has not been permitted to leave the pier, some small groups have been down to the center of the disaster site. Cmdr. Ralph Jones, MC, USN, Director of Surgical Services on board COMFORT and an NNMC surgical oncologist, led an advance group of five crewmembers down to what most are referring to as “ground zero” to visually assess the damage. Jones said the scene was unimaginable.

“There’s paper everywhere and dins of disruption,” said Jones. “People are sleeping on debris. Rescue workers standing up, leaning against street posts, trying to get some shuteye. When we got there, people started clapping, telling us ‘thanks’ for coming. “Then, all of a sudden, I had about 40 or 50 firefighters gathered around me, crying,” Jones added. “They needed help, a break, but they were afraid that if they left the scene, they wouldn’t be able to come back.”

Jones realized that just how important the new mission was for COMFORT and its crew. The ship provides a place for the disaster relief workers to get away for a few hours. The sailors aboard provide smiles to lift their morale and ears to listen to their stories. It’s true that some of the corpsmen aboard feel disappointed that they won’t be able to lend more medical assistance, but most realize the value of their current role.

Since the COMFORT’s arrival, thousands of rescue workers have trekked on and off the ship for showers, food and some rest. The ship’s galley has also fed hundreds of additional emergency personnel and workers from the mayor’s command center located adjacent to the ship on Pier 92.

“We’ll provide anything we can,” said MM&P Government Employees’ Membership Group Capt. Ed Nanartowich, Master of USNS COMFORT. “We’re here to help the people of New York any way we can.”


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The toll of dead and missing has climbed above 6,000, with another 6,000 plus injured, in the aftermath of Sept. 11’s catastrophic terrorists attacks.

MM&P members interested in disaster relief efforts or organizations can refer to the links page on the MM&P website where they can find a comprehensive listing geared towards union members and to the general public.

To visit this page, scroll down the frame on the left side of this screen to “Links and Other Information Sources” and click there, or to go directly to the links page.

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The US Coast Guard has established a Protection Zone around all US naval vessels in the Atlantic Area (which includes the US waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean Sea, and the Great Lakes, in addition to the Atlantic seaboard) and the Pacific Area (which includes the waters of California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, and all US territories and possessions in the Pacific Ocean).

Mariners should check with the local US Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) well in advance of arrival or departure to determine current conditions and restrictions, which may change without notice. Vessels may not enter a security, safety, or protection zone without USCG permission.

Non-military vessels are not allowed to enter within 100 yards of a US naval vessel, whether underway or moored, unless authorized by an official patrol. The patrol may be either USCG or USN. A US naval vessel is any vessel owned, operated, chartered, or leased by the US Navy and any vessel under the operational control of the US Navy or a Unified Commander.

Mariners are advised that breaching the safety zone regulation may result in seizure of the vessel, fines up to $25,000, and up to five years imprisonment. Willful violation of this regulation may result in the seizure of the vessel, imprisonment up to five years, and fines up to $50,000.

Mariners who violate a Naval Protection Zone are subject to arrest, punishable as a Class D felony, with imprisonment up to six years and a fine of not more than $250,000. The regulation is effective immediately and these protection zones will remain in effect through June 15, 2002 and are subject to change without prior notice:

BOSTON: All commercial vessels of greater than 300 tons must notify the COTP at least 24 hours prior to arrival.

PROVIDENCE: All deep draft vessels of greater than 300 gross tons must notify the COTP prior to arrival at any port or anchorage between Manomet Point, MA and Watch Hill, RI, or transit through the Cape Cod Canal. While in port, vessels should expedite cargo transfer and get underway as soon as reasonably possible. Passenger vessels must fully implement their security plans. Vessels carrying hazardous cargoes will be treated as high risk and must undergo a safety assessment prior to entry.

NEW LONDON: Closed to foreign flag vessels until further notice. No vessel may enter or move within the port without COTP authorization. The Thames River, in the vicinity of US Naval Base New London, is closed to all vessels after dark.

LONG ISLAND SOUND: Security zone established. Foreign flag vessels may enter Long Island Sound only with specific COTP authorization. No restrictions on US-flag vessel arrivals. All marine facility and/or vessel owners, operators and agents should increase and maintain robust security measures.

NEW YORK/NEW JERSEY: Reopened, but with restrictions. The port is closed to high capacity passenger vessels and to recreational vessels. The ban on recreational vessels extends south from the George Washington and Triboro Bridges to the Verrazano Narrows Bridge and the Outer Bridge Crossing. Other areas prohibited to recreational boating traffic include the Arthur Kill north of Ferry Point in Perth Amboy, the Kill van Kull west of Constable Hook, and Newark Bay south of Droyers Point. Large commercial vessels are restricted to transiting into the port through Ambrose or Sandy Hook Channels. They must also successfully meet specific safety precautions. Each vessel must: satisfactorily complete a USCG safety inspection; have a certified harbor pilot and an armed Coast Guard boarding party on board; be under escort of two authorized escort tugs; and confirm that the ship’s berth is ready to receive the ship. Anchoring in port may only be done with USCG approval, which will generally be given only for lightering. The area around southern Manhattan may not be entered without specific USCG approval. Delays should be expected.

PHILADELPHIA: Commercial vessels transiting Delaware Bay or the C&D Canal or arranging for a pilot must obtain permission from USCG. All vessels of greater than 1600 tons inbound to Phila. must provide the USCG with an advance notice of arrival.

BALTIMORE: Security zone established for the Inner Harbor.

WASHINGTON, DC: Security zone established upstream from Woodrow Wilson Bridge. Vessels may enter the security zone between 0700 and 1900 hrs local time, subject to USCG inspection. Vessels may not enter the security zone between 1900 and 0700 without specific approval from the USCG.

HAMPTON ROADS: Security zone around vessels in transit.

WILMINGTON, NC: Security measures on an ‘as needed’ basis.

CHARLESTON: Security zone established around USCG base. Additional security measures on an ‘as needed’ basis.

SAVANNAH RIVER: The Coast Guard is boarding all high capacity passenger vessels and other vessels with certain hazardous cargoes transiting the Savannah River.

KINGS BAY, GA: Security zone established.

JACKSONVILLE/MAYPORT: Security zone established. Armed Coast Guard escorts are required on all high capacity passenger vessels, tank vessels, and other commercial vessels.

PORT CANAVERAL: Security zone established. Armed Coast Guard escorts are required on all high capacity passenger vessels, tank vessels, and other commercial vessels.

PALM BEACH: Security zone established for port and surrounding waters. Moving security zones established around cruise ships and tank ships.

PORT EVERGLADES: Security zone established for port and surrounding waters. Moving security zones established around cruise ships and tank ships. Armed Coast Guard escorts are required on all high capacity passenger vessels and tank vessels.

MIAMI: Security zone established for port and surrounding waters. Moving security zones established around cruise ships and tank ships. Armed Coast Guard escorts are required on all high capacity passenger vessels and tank vessels.

KEY WEST: Security zone established for port and surrounding waters. Moving security zones established around cruise ships and tank ships.

TAMPA: Closed until further notice. Check with the COTP.

NEW ORLEANS: Safety zone from sea buoy at Southwest Pass and South Pass at mouth of Mississippi River to mile marker 233 Above Head of Passes (AHP). Oceangoing vessels must provide, with their notice of arrival, a crew list and a list of cargoes carried. Crew list must contain name, nationality, and rating on vessel. Movements within the zone must be preceded by notification to USCG. Vessels carrying oil, chemicals, or hazardous materials as cargo must provide continuous roving patrols while moored.

LOUSIANNA OFFSHORE OIL PORT (LOOP): The following information must be provided before a tanker will be allowed to discharge at LOOP: list of all persons onboard and any persons who will be joining or departing the ship at LOOP and their respective nationalities; name of agent; agent interest (owner/cargo agent) agent address; agent contact information. LOOP is also to be notified of any changes to the above information.

HOUSTON-GALVESTON: Safety zone established for the ports of Houston, Galveston, Freeport, Texas City, and the surrounding navigable waters of the United States. Within the safety zone, all vessels over 1600 tons, including those participating in AMVER, must report their last three ports of call and a crew roster indicating nationality, rating, and embarkation date for each crewmember. These notices must be provided at least 24 hours prior to arrival, departure, or movement within the port area and should be provided 72 hours in advance in order to minimize delays. The USCG will establish moving safety zones around ships carrying liquefied hazardous gases (LHG) and provide escorts. LHG vessels are restricted to daylight movements. Once moored, LHG vessels must provide continuous roving patrols. Facilities at which LHG vessels are moored must provide continuous manned waterfront security. Chemical and oil tankers must provide continuous roving topside patrols while moored. Facilities at which chemical and oil tankers are moored must provide continuous manned waterfront security. Chemical ships must provide a cargo stowage plan with their advance notice of arrival. Waterfront facilities that conduct transfer operations must provide the USCG with a one-time notification that they have, at a minimum, reviewed and updated their access lists, established positive access controls, established a security program, and restricted vehicles from parking within 100 yards of moored vessels.

ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY/GREAT LAKES: Vessels of other than US or Canadian registry will be inspected at Montreal by a joint Canadian/US boarding team prior to transit through the Snell and Eisenhower Locks. Similar clearance is needed to pass through the St. Mary’s Locks and under the Mackinac Bridge. USCG will screen all arriving commercial vessels. Security measures will be imposed on an ‘as needed’ basis.

SAN DIEGO: USCG will examine all vessels, commercial and recreational, prior to entry.

LOS ANGELES/LONG BEACH: USCG will board all deep-draft vessels entering the port. USCG will escort all outbound vessels. For small passenger vessels, all ticketing offices and landings are required to check passengers’ picture identification prior to ticket issuance and boarding. In addition, all baggage must be physically examined prior to being placed on board the small passenger vessel.

SAN FRANCISCO BAY: Security zone established from San Francisco Bay entrance seaward to 12 nm. The Coast Guard is inspecting deep-draft vessels prior to entry. The latest information, including a listing of vessels in the queue to be boarded, may be accessed at the MSO San Francisco Web site.

PORTLAND, OR: USCG will screen all arriving commercial vessels. Security measures on an ‘as needed’ basis.

PUGET SOUND: USCG will screen all arriving commercial vessels. Security measures on an ‘as needed’ basis.

HONOLULU: USCG will screen all arriving commercial vessels. Security measures will be imposed on an ‘as needed’ basis.

VALDEZ: Reopened, security measures on an ‘as needed’ basis.

OTHER ALASKA PORTS: Security measures ‘as needed’.

The above listing is based on the most current info available, but is subject to change without notice. Mariners are encouraged to listen to channels 16 and 22 VHF for further info.

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Openings in classes through the end of this year

  • 10/1: ROR-1
  • 10/1-5: FF-ADV
  • 10/1-12: GMDSS
  • 10/8-10: BRM
  • 10/13: ROR-1
  • 10/22-25: SMA
  • 10/22-26: SHS-INT II, COMP-NET, BRM
  • 10/27: CBRD-1, ROR-1
  • 10/29-11/2: BRM, WX-HWA
  • 11/5-7: BRMP
  • 11/5-9: ROP
  • 11/12-16: FF-ADV, BST, BRM, VPM
  • 11/12-15: SMA
  • 11/26-12/7: GMDSS
  • 11/26-30: BRM, TPIC, HAZ
  • 12/3-7: BRM, FF-ADV
  • 12/10-21: GMDSS
  • 12/10-14: BRM, ARPA, COMP-NET, DCS
  • 12/17-21: BST, FF-ADV, ARPA, COMP-MAR
  • 12/17-20: SMA

STCW-95 Certificate

Remember that merely having completed all required courses does not satisfy the STCW-95 requirement. You will need to have the certificate in hand in order to sail on February 1, 2002. Processing times at Coast Guard Regional Examining Centers are already long and the workload will only increase between now and the first of the year. MITAGS will continue to make every effort to expand capacity to accommodate demand but it is still possible that you may end up with all requirements complete except for one — the STCW-95 certificate itself! Don’t delay!


Schedule Info

Schedule through December 2001 is being maintained on the website and 2002 schedule through June will be on the site soon. Hard copies of the January-June 2002 schedule are being mailed 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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Openings in classes through December

  • 10/8-12: ARPA, BRM
  • 10/15-19: ARPA
  • 10/22-26: ECDIS
  • 10/29-11/2: BRM
  • 11/5-99: ARPA
  • 12/3-7: ARPA
  • 12/10-14: ARPA, GMDSS, BRM
  • 12/17-21: ARPA, BRM

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NFL Schedule Week 2

  • Bal at Cin
  • Buf at Ind
  • Car at Atl
  • Det at Cle
  • Min at Chi
  • NYG at KC
  • Oak at Mia
  • SD at Dal
  • Ten at Jac
  • NYJ at NE
  • Phi at Sea
  • StL at SF
  • Den at Ari
  • Mon: Was at GB
  • Open: NO, Pit, TB.

NFL Results Week 1

  • Car 24 Min 13
  • Bal 178 Chi 6
  • GB 28 Det 6
  • Ind 45 NYJ 24
  • Cin 23 NE 17
  • NO 24 Buf 6
  • Oak 27 KC 24
  • Jac 21 Pit 3
  • Sea 9 Cle 6
  • TB 10 Dal 6
  • SF 16 Atl 13 (OT)
  • StL 20 Phi 17 (OT)
  • SD 30 Was 3
  • Mia 31 Ten 23
  • Mon: Den 31 NYG 20
  • Open: Ari.

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