LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Carriers well-served in New York harbor

Thank you very much for your editorial "Threat or Exploitation?" on Page 6 of the JoC's June 23-29, 2003, issue. You have correctly pointed to the requirement that we all must have to separate fact from hyperbole.

Unfortunately, it's sometimes easy to simply listen to the media and just accept what we hear. In this case, a rather complex issue involving marine pilots in New York harbor has been used for narrow effect. It appears, however, that intelligent consideration of and response to this story will hopefully outweigh the distorted version originally given to us.

The fact is, ocean carriers are very well-served by the current docking masters as arranged via the tug companies in cooperation with the bar pilots and their mutual customers.

The docking masters are properly controlled by the U.S. Coast Guard and represent no threat to us at all. Rather the opposite is true. The docking masters that serve us are competent, licensed and controlled by the U.S. Coast Guard, and are cost-efficient.

Jim Butcher

HUAL North America Inc.

Jericho, N.Y.

New York pilots are professionals

The Board of Commissioners of Pilots, as the agency mandated by the legislature to oversee state pilotage issues in New York, reiterates its support of A-3198, the bill sponsored by Assemblyman Klein and Assembly-man Lavelle, and S-1452, sponsored by Sen. Marchi. There are security, safety and accountability issues that need to be addressed by the State of New York, and the sponsored legislation would provide a solution to this situation.

The Board of Commissioners supplied factual information as requested to Assemblyman Klein. The board has never stated that all docking pilots were unlicensed, untrained or unregulated, and the board regrets this implication by the media. The vast majority of docking pilots are experienced professionals.

It is undisputed that docking pilots hold federal licenses issued by the U.S. Coast Guard and are subject to federal oversight, but they do not hold licenses issued by the State of New York. The legislation requested by the board requires the board to issue state licenses to qualified docking pilots, which evidences the high regard the board and the state has for these pilots.

The board continues to stand by the legislation it has requested and trusts that this letter will clarify any misunderstandings.

The Board of Commissioners of Pilots of the State of New York

Correction

Last week's article on ocean carrier portals omitted several members of the Inttra portal. Carrier members include: Alianca, ANL, CMA CGM, Columbus Line, Crowley American Transport, Deutsche Afrika Linie, Hamburg Sud, Hapag-Lloyd, Maersk Sealand, Mediterranean Shipping Co., NYK Line, P&O Nedlloyd, Safmarine, United Arab Shipping Co., West-Afrika Linien-Dienste GmbH & Co.