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Wheelhouse Weekly – April 11, 2011

April 11th 2011

 

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Volume 15 . . . . . Number 15. . . . April 11, 2011

STORIES COVERED

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MM&P CLOSED APRIL 22 FOR GOOD FRIDAY

MM&P port offices, MM&P Plans, MM&P headquarters and the MM&P Federal Credit Union will be closed on April 22 for Good Friday.


GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN AVERTED

Congressional negotiators and President Barack Obama reached a compromise late Friday night to fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year, averting a government shutdown less than an hour before it was set to start. The deal was announced just before 11 p.m. If the government had shut down, federal agencies and national parks would have closed and more than 800,000 government workers would have been furloughed.


RRF VESSELS SHOULD REMAIN WITH MARAD, MM&P SAYS

A proposal to transfer the Maritime Administration’s Ready Reserve Fleet (RRF) to Military Sealift Command (MSC) would cause the nation’s taxpayers to forgo millions of dollars in efficiency savings, according to a group of maritime unions and U.S.-flag shipping companies.

In an April 8 letter to Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, MM&P and the other members of the group cited an independent cost-benefit analysis commissioned by the Department of Defense Transportation Command which found that MARAD’s vessel management program is significantly more cost effective than MSC’s. The 2006 report was used as the basis for the transfer of all eight Fast Sealift Ships (FSS) from MSC to the RRF during fiscal year 2009. Since the transfer, MARAD has improved the condition and reliability of the ships, and carried out all responsibilities assigned to it under the terms of the transfer.

The report estimated that the transfer of the FSS vessels to MARAD would save American taxpayers $19.9 million a year.

In light of this analysis and additional statistical information, MM&P and the other unions and U.S.-flag operators in the group urged that the remaining surge sealift vessels also be transferred to MARAD. “We believe there would be significant additional cost savings to taxpayers, and improved state of readiness for our strategic sealift, if the remaining surge sealift vessels (an estimated 8-10 LMSRs) were transferred from MSC to MARAD,” the group told LaHood.

The letter was signed by MM&P International President Tim Brown and the presidents of the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association, the Marine Firemen’s Union and the Sailors’ Union of the Pacific. It was also signed by Central Gulf Lines, Matson Navigation Company, Waterman Steamship Corporation and three former U.S. Maritime Administrators.


DOT REPORTS TO CONGRESS ON ADVANTAGES OF SHORT SEA SHIPPING

The Department of Transportation (DOT) last week submitted a congressionally mandated report that tells legislators how short sea shipping could benefit the nation. MARAD is currently implementing a “marine highway” program which aims to expand the use of waterways to mitigate landside congestion. The report cites examples of successful marine highway projects now operating in Europe, which have generated benefits that include improved economic competitiveness, job creation, and the reduction of wear and tear on roads and bridges.


UAE MILITARY RETAKES HIJACKED SHIP

The United Arab Emirates last week freed a bulker that had been hijacked by pirates in the Arabian Sea. The vessel, the ARRILAH-I, had been seized on April 1, east of Oman. The anti-terrorist unit was supported by the UAE air force and the U.S. 5th fleet. In related news, the NATO flagship HNLMS TROMP rescued the crew of a hijacked dhow after a gunfight off Somalia on April 2. “Ten pirates tried to escape in a skiff, but were quickly captured, and five were wounded and subsequently received medical care on board the Dutch warship,” NATO said in a statement, adding that two pirates had been killed in the battle. The report revealed that a previously hijacked container ship, the ALBEDO, began heading towards HNLMS TROMP as the gunfight raged, but retreated after the flagship fired warning shots across its bow.


USS ASHLAND ATTACKER RECEIVES ADDITIONAL 25-YEAR SENTENCE

A convicted Somali pirate was sentenced last week in Washington, D.C., to 25 years in prison for hijacking the MV CEC FUTURE in the Gulf of Aden in November 2008 and holding the vessel and its crew hostage for 71 days. Last year, the pirate, Jama Idle Ibrahim, was sentenced to 30 years by the Eastern District of Virginia on charges stemming from a 2010 attack on a U.S. Navy vessel, the USS ASHLAND. Last week’s sentence in the District of Columbia will run concurrently with the previous sentence. “Today’s sentencing demonstrates that the FBI is capable of conducting our investigations around the world through the help of our foreign law enforcement partners,” said an FBI spokesman. “This should serve as a warning to those who seek to attack American interests overseas that regardless of your ideology or intent, you will be identified, located and brought to justice.”


PIRATES SEIZE ANTIGUA-AND-BARBUDA-FLAGGED CARGO SHIP

A German-owned cargo ship, the SUSAN K, has been seized by pirates about 35 nautical miles off the coast of Oman, the European Union Naval Force said. The vessel had six Filipino and four Ukrainian crew members on board when it was attacked and boarded by at least 10 pirates last Friday. The Antigua-and-Barbuda-flagged and German-owned vessel was on its way to Port Sudan from Mumbai when it was attacked.


UNITED INLAND GROUP-PACIFIC MARITIME REGION MEETINGS

The following dates, times and locations have been selected for UIG-PMR meetings in the Puget Sound region for the first half of 2011.

Monday, April 11 – Edmonds Office: 1400-1600

Tuesday, May 10 – Anacortes (site TBD: 1000-1200 and 1500-1700)

Thursday, June 9 – Edmonds Office: 1000-1200


SCHEDULE FOR 2011 D-BOOK MEMBERSHIP COURSE

The Offshore Division Orientation Course, formerly called the D-Book Membership Course, will be held at regular intervals throughout 2011.

The schedule is as follows (but please note that course dates may change depending on the number of participants who sign up): June 10-11 and Oct. 21-22 at MM&P headquarters in Linthicum Heights; Oct. 13-14 in Los Angeles/Long Beach; and Nov. 8-9 in New Orleans.

There is no sea-time requirement to take the course. All Offshore applicants, potential transferees from other membership groups and other interested Offshore members are urged to attend.

If you want to attend the course, please RSVP to the local hiring hall where the class is offered or, in the case of a course planned for headquarters, to Mary Seidman at mseidman@bridgedeck.org.


IMPACT OF TRISTAN DA CUNHA SPILL ON WILDLIFE STILL BEING ASSESSED

Rescuers working to save thousands of Northern Rockhopper penguins and other seabirds in the wake of a March 16 wreck and oil spill say it will be impossible to know how many birds survived until the penguins return to the area to begin breeding next August. The team of rescuers, including officials from the British territory, Nightingale Island, and wildlife rehabilitators, worked tirelessly for days to save the island’s population of penguins. The island chain is located in the middle of the ocean, halfway between Argentina and Africa.

Rescuers said 5,000 penguins were moved to safety and 300 dead penguins were recovered. The Malta-flagged MS OLIVIA ran aground at Spinner Point, a rocky peninsula on Nightingale Island’s rugged northern coast. The vessel eventually split in two. None of the 22 crewmembers was injured in the accident.

The vessel was transporting soya beans from Rio de Janeiro to Singapore for use in fuel production. Environmentalist worry about the impact of the 65,000 tons of soya beans on the local marine ecosystem and fishing beds. They also say that besides the oil, another threat lies in the risk of egg-eating rodents from the broken ship being introduced to the islands.


BAE SYSTEMS TO PURCHASE ABANDONED AHL TANKER

BAE Systems’ Mobile River facility will complete work on a Jones Act oil tanker that was abandoned when AHL Shipping declared bankruptcy last year. Completion of the 49,000 dwt tanker, the MV AMERICAN PHOENIX, is now contracted with BAE Southeast Shipyards in Mobile, Ala.


HORIZON LINES SETTLES THREE ADDITIONAL LAWSUITS

Horizon Lines and two other defendants in the Puerto Rico trade lines price-fixing case announced last week that they have entered into an agreement to pay $5.3 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and two other parties to the suit, both shippers who indirectly purchased Puerto Rican cabotage services through third parties.  The settlement calls for the $4 million judgment to be used for projects to benefit Puerto Rican consumers. Other lawsuits stemming from the case are still pending.


COURSE EQUIVALENCIES FOR REQUIRED COMPANY TRAINING

Given the number of required company training courses, it is extremely important for new members to request a transcript review to determine whether they meet the course equivalency requirements.  The courses that are eligible for equivalency are listed in the MITAGS Trust Student Guide located on www.mitags.org in the MM&P Member Section. You may also request a copy from Diane Ford (dford@mitags.org or call 443-989-3238). Remember, the dispatcher in the union hall cannot assign you a job unless you meet the company’s training requirements!


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

Between now and the end of June, the following courses are scheduled at MITAGS.  For class availability or information on MITAGS courses and programs, contact Kelly Michielli, Admissions Coordinator, toll free at 866-656-5568 or e-mail: admissions@mitags.org.

AB – Able Bodied Seaman: 4/18, 6/13
AIS – Automatic Identification Systems: 5/12
ARPA – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 5/16

BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 5/9, 6/6
BST – Basic Safety Training: 6/27

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]
CMM-ADVWX � Advanced Meteorology: 6/12
CMM-ADVSTB � Advanced Stability: 6/27
CMM-CHS I � Advanced Cargo Operations (week 1): 4/18
CMM-CHS II � Advanced Cargo Operations (week 2): 4/25
CMM-ECDIS � Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems: 5/23
CMM-MPP � Marine Propulsion Plants: 6/13
CMM-SHMGT I – Ship Management (week 1): 5/2
CMM-SHMGT II – Ship Management (week 2): 5/9
CMM-SHS-ADV-I � Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 4/18, 5/16, 6/13
CMM-SHS-ADV-I I � Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 4/25, 5/23, 6/20
CMM-VPEN � Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation: 5/16
CMM-WKP � Advanced Watchkeeping: 6/20

CNAV � Celestial Navigation: 5/2

ENVIRO-Regs Permit � Environmental Regulations Permit: 5/24
EP � Emergency Procedures: 4/27

FF-BADV � Combined Basic and Advanced Fire Fighting: 6/27
FSM � Fatique, Sleep and Medications for Pilots: 6/8

HAZ � Hazardous Materials (5 day): 6/13

LAP-ORG 3rd � License Advancement Program for Original 3/Mate: 6/6

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 5/9, 6/6

MEDIA-RSP � Media Response Workshop: 5/13
MED-PIC – Medical Person In Charge: 5/2, 6/13
MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 5/2, 6/13
MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 5/7, 6/18

MSC-CBRD1 � Basic Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense: 6/10
MSC-DC � Damage Control: 6/6
MSC -SMA � Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualification: 6/6

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 4/13, 4/20, 5/11, 5/25, 6/16, 6/28
ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal Day Class: 6/16
ROP-5 � Radar Observer Original and Renewal: 5/2

SAR � Search and Rescue: 4/25
SEC-VCF � Security Officer, Vessel, Company & Facility: 5/9
SHS-BAS � Basic Shiphandling: 4/18, 6/20
SHS-EMR3 � Emergency Shiphandling for Pilots: 6/8
SHS-EMR5 � Emergency Shiphandling: 5/2

TPIC � Tankerman Person in Charge: 5/16

…remember: If you can’t make the class, make the call.  Be courteous, don’t be a “no show.”

Check the MITAGS website at www.mitags.org for course descriptions associated with the course title abbreviations, and schedule revisions. For class availability or info on MITAGS courses and programs, contact admissions toll-free at 866-656-5568 or e-mail: admissions@mitags.org


PMI ACADEMIC NOTES

Schedule of Courses – Please also see our schedule online at www.mates.org

For registration, call our registrar, Jennifer Pitzen, at (206) 838-1126

April 2011

18-22  Medical Care Provider
23rd    Medical DOT
18-29  Medical Person-in-Charge
25th    Radar Renewal
25-29  Basic Meteorology

May 2011

2-13    Basic Watchkeeping
16th    Radar Renewal
16-20  Medical Care Provider
16-27  Medical Person-In-Charge
17-18   Environmental Regulations/VGP
21st     Medical DOT
23-25  Fast Rescue Boat
23-27  ECDIS
23-27  Management, Communication, and Leadership
25th    Flashing Light

June 2011

2-3      Vessel Security Officer
6-24    Terrestrial and Coastal Navigation
13-24  GMDSS
20-22 Fast Rescue Boat
20-24 ECDIS
27-29  Emergency Procedures
30-1    Search and Rescue


MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 4-8-11

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
12,380.05 2,780.42 1,328.17
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund (VAARX)
57.73
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
122.40
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
44.66
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
20.50
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
19.06
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
27.52
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.68
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
33.06
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
5.83
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
16.76
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
23.21
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
14.21
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
20.35
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
12.02
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
12.88
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
13.20
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
13.82
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
14.26
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.50
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
33.49
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
18.44
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
15.96
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
19.28
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
10.53
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
75.28
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
74.37
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
19.53
 Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
47.91
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
31.82
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
30.42
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
11.50
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
12.22
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
14.15
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
14.45
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
14.54
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
8.51
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
10.00
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
10.73
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
41.14
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
47.03
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
31.71



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