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Wheelhouse Weekly – April 25, 2011

April 25th 2011

 

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Volume 15 . . . . . Number 17. . . . April 25, 2011

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APL CORAL Is Newest Addition to MM&P Fleet

The APL CORAL entered APL’s Suez Express Service on Friday, April 15, after several days undergoing class certification and Coast Guard inspections in Charleston, S.C. MM&P Atlantic Ports Vice President Steve Werse was in Charleston to convey the union’s congratulations to the officers and crew as the vessel was flagged-in.

“It’s an honor to be chosen as the lead master of APL’s newest U.S.-flag vessel,” said Capt. Jonathan Komlosy. “I am very proud of the CORAL’s crew and grateful for everyone’s can-do efforts to accomplish the transmission ahead of schedule.” The other MM&P officers aboard the vessel are Chief Mate Erik Cutworth and Second Mate Benjamin D. Rosson. “We very much appreciate the hard work and professionalism displayed by the MM&P deck officers and the other union partners in making this a success,” said APL Director of Operations Mark Remijan as the ship was flagged-in.

The CORAL has permanently replaced the APL TURQUOISE. APL is the world’s fourth-largest container transportation and shipping company, providing services to more than 140 countries.


CARGO SHIP USNS WILLIAM MCLEAN JOINS MILITARY SEALIFT COMMAND

The USNS WILLIAM MCLEAN, the newest ship in the Navy’s Lewis and Clark-class of dry cargo/ammunition ships, was launched on April 16 at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego. The vessel will be crewed by licensed deck officers who belong to MM&P’s Federal Employees Membership Group. MCLEAN is the 12th of a projected 14 dry cargo/ ammunition ships, all of which will be operated by Military Sealift Command (MSC) and crewed either primarily or solely by civil service mariners, depending on the ship’s mission. Eleven of the ships will serve as part of the command’s Naval Fleet Auxiliary Force and three are slated to be part of the Maritime Prepositioning Force.

Naval Fleet Auxiliary Force ships deliver ammunition, food, fuel and other supplies to U.S. and allied ships at sea, enabling the Navy to maintain a worldwide forward presence. Maritime Prepositioning Force ships are continuously deployed to strategic locations worldwide, carrying Marine Corps cargo ready for rapid delivery to shore. MCLEAN is to be delivered to Military Sealift Command in the fall. The ship was named in honor of Navy research scientist William McLean.


SAFE JOBS SAVE LIVES IS THEME OF THIS YEAR’S WORKERS’ MEMORIAL DAY

Thursday, April 28, is Workers’ Memorial Day, a time to remember men and women killed or injured on the job. This year’s theme is “Safe Jobs Save Lives,” a call to renew the fight for strong workplace safety and health protections. Hundreds of workers in the U.S. transportation sector lost their lives in 2009, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). “There is still much work to do to prevent the loss of life on our roads, rails, waterways and skies,” says NTSB Chairman Deborah A. P. Hersman. “We continue to see far too many accidents in all segments of the transportation community.”


BILL HAMLIN JOINS HORIZON LINES AS SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS

Horizon Lines has announced that William A. Hamlin has been named Senior Vice President of Operations for the company’s Horizon Lines, LLC operating subsidiary. He reports to Horizon Lines Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Brian Taylor. In his new role, Hamlin oversees the company’s ocean transportation services, inland services, the order-to-cash cycle, maintenance, safety, security, network operations, North America terminals and technology. He is based in Dallas.

“Bill Hamlin brings an extensive background in all aspects of our operating environment and unique experience working with other leaders in our industry,” Taylor said in an official statement. “In addition, he has strong relationships with sea-going and shore-side maritime union leaders. Throughout his career, Bill has demonstrated the management and team-building skills critical to creating successful organizations.”


REP. MICA PUSHES TSA TO MOVE FASTER ON TWIC READERS

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair John L. Mica (R-Fla.) is pushing the government agencies responsible for deploying biometric technology in transportation worker credentials to move forward quickly, calling the prospect of additional delays “a waste of taxpayer dollars.”

In Congressional hearings last week, Mica chastised the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for delays in implementing readers for the TWIC card. He also criticized the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for failing to develop a commercial pilot’s license that includes biometric identifiers. Maritime sector workers have been required to purchase the TWIC card for several years, but there are still no approved readers. “Without any readers, TWIC is about as useful as a library card,” Mica said.

TSA says it has spent $420 million on the TWIC program, although the agency has still not published a final rule outlining the technical specifications for the readers.


CONNECTICUT SEEKS APPLICANTS FOR PILOT APPRENTICE PROGRAM

The Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Transportation is soliciting applications for the Connecticut Apprentice Marine Pilot Training and Certification Program. Qualified mariners should provide the following information in writing to Charles Beck, Maritime Manager, Connecticut Department of Transportation, 2800 Berlin Turnpike, Newington, CT 06131 or via e-mail to charles.beck@ct.gov by Wednesday, June 1: 

1. Name and contact information.
2. Social Security number.
3. Date of birth.
4. Educational history (names of school, years graduated).
5. Dated copy of most recent physical examination (see Connecticut Regulations Sec. 15-15a-10).
6. Copy of federal license held (grade and date).
7. Copy of endorsements to federal license.
8. Copy of training certificates held.
9. Copy of Transportation Workers Identification Card certification.
10. Documented pilotage experience in the waters of Block Island Sound, Long Island Sound, the boundary waters of the states of Connecticut and New York and all ports and terminals thereon including docking experience (dates and trip routes, names and size of vessels, name and location of port facility).
11. Additional documented pilotage experience (outside the waters listed above).

Applicants will be required to take a written examination on a date, time and place to be determined. Applications will be reviewed, scored and ranked based on criteria established by the Connecticut Pilot Commission, including the written examination. Leading applicants will be interviewed at a date and time to be determined.


MAY 9 DEADLINE FOR AMHS BALLOTS

MM&P members at Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) are now voting on a new contract. The last day to return ballots to the MM&P PMR office in Juneau is Monday, May 9.  The tentative agreement and supplementals have been e-mailed to all members and are now posted in the Members Only pages of the UIG website, http://www.mmp-uig.org/.


TWENTY PERCENT DISCOUNT ON FLOWER DELIVERY FOR UNION MEMBERS

Mother’s Day is right around the corner. The Union Plus flower delivery service provider, Teleflora, is committed to a 100 percent local florist delivered model with no drop shipments for flowers and gifts ordered online or by phone. Teleflora provides hand-delivered flower arrangements, baskets, and gifts through local florists rather than flowers delivered in a box by express mail. Teleflora’s network of U.S. local florists is significantly larger than that of its largest competitor. Labor union members receive a 20 percent discount on all flowers when they browse arrangements and order online or call 1-888-667-7779. All customer service calls are answered in the United States.


PIRATES ABANDON HIJACKED SHIP WHEN SOUTH KOREAN NAVY ARRIVES ON SCENE

Somali pirates who had boarded a South Korean-owned container ship last Thursday were chased off by a South Korean military response team. The Panamanian-flagged 75,000-ton HANJIN TIANJIN was sailing from Spain to Singapore when pirates seized it several hundred kilometers off the Somali coast. Maritime industry experts noted that the fact that pirates were able to board a fast ship with high freeboard flies in the face of the conventional wisdom as expressed in the “best management practices” espoused by some international authorities.

The dramatic story began to unfold at about 0500 hours Thursday Korean time, when the company said it had lost contact with the ship after the crew transmitted a distress call about 250 miles east of Yemen’s Socotra Island. The 20-member crew reportedly stopped the ship’s engine and hid in the citadel, as the South Korean Navy formed an emergency response team, dispatching a 4,400 ton helicopter-carrying warship with a crew of 200. When the warship, the CHOI YONG, arrived on the scene, the pirates fled.


PIRATES RELEASE MV ASPHALT VENTURE BUT HOLD SEVEN CREWMEMBERS HOSTAGE

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is expressing alarm over reports that pirates who released the Indian ship MV ASPHALT VENTURE are still holding seven members of the crew. “IMO reiterates its condemnation of all acts of piracy and armed robbery against ships and expresses its concern over the treatment of seafarers being held hostage by pirates operating in waters off the coast of Somalia,” said a spokesman for the organization. “In particular, the IMO condemns the use of seafarers as ‘human shields’ on board recently hijacked ships used as mother ships or ashore.”

The MV ASPHALT VENTURE was hijacked on Sept. 29, 2010, and released last week. Six officers and one rating are still being held at an undisclosed location ashore.

An advocacy group that monitors piracy off the east African coast, says Somalia-based pirates now hold 49 ships and 769 hostages.


PIRATES HIJACK ITALIAN BULKER

Somali pirates seized an Italian bulker with 21 crewmembers aboard 350 nautical miles southeast of Salalah. The ship, the ROSALIA D’AMATO, was en route from Brazil to Iran when it was attacked by pirates in a single skiff. The pirates reportedly warned coalition warships that they were in control of the vessel and told them to stay away.


CAMM ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING APRIL 27-29 AT MITAGS

The Council of American Master Mariners (CAMM) will hold its Annual Meeting and Professional Development Conference April 27-29 at MITAGS. The topic of the conference is “The Master and the Burden of Regulations.” Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), ranking member of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, will be the keynote speaker. Among the other speakers will be MM&P Pilots Group Vice President George Quick. To find out more and to register, go to http://www.mastermariner.org.


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.

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.


CLOSE VOTE BY TSA SCREENERS MEANS RUNOFF ELECTION

Airport screeners employed by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will have to vote again in a runoff election since the ballots tallied last Wednesday failed to produce a majority of votes for either of the two unions vying to represent them, the American Federal of Government Employees (AFGE) and a non-affiliated union, the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU). No date has been set for the runoff. 

The ballot offered three choices: AFGE, no union or NTEU. AFGE led the voting but did not achieve enough votes to win representation rights for the 43,000 TSOs. The AFL-CIO is asking union members to speak with TSOs in airports and urge them to “Vote Yes for AFGE.”


PASSENGERS EVACUATED FROM CRUISE SHIP AFTER ENGINE ROOM FIRE

Over 700 passengers and crewmembers were evacuated from the OCEAN STAR PACIFIC cruise ship after a fire in a generator knocked out power to the ship while it was sailing off the Mexican coast over the weekend. The passengers and crew were taken by catamaran to the port of Huatulco on Mexico’s West Coast.


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: 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-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): 5/16, 6/13
CMM-SHS-ADV-I I � Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 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: 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

SEC-VCF � Security Officer, Vessel, Company & Facility: 5/9
SHS-BAS � Basic Shiphandling: 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

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 4-25-11

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
12,505.99 2,820.16 1,337.38
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund (VAARX)
58.23
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
123.28
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
45.04
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
20.79
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
19.42
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
27.58
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.78
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
33.56
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
5.84
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
16.89
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
23.39
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
14.33
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
20.52
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
12.13
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
12.99
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
13.31
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
13.92
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
14.37
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.59
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
33.74
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
18.85
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
16.09
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
19.36
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
10.60
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
76.27
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
74.65
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
19.44
 Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
48.87
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
32.16
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
30.56
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
11.57
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
12.29
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
14.26
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
14.56
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
14.65
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
8.57
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
10.07
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
10.81
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
40.98
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
47.37
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
32.30



The MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly is the official electronic newsletter of the International Organization of Masters, Mates, and Pilots, ILA, AFL-CIO, 700 Maritime Blvd. Suite B, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090-1953. Phone: 410-850-8700; Fax: 410-850-0973; Email: iommp@bridgedeck.org. For further info or to subscribe contact Lisa Rosenthal at lrosenthal@bridgedeck.org. The Wheelhouse Weekly is sent via Email to MM&P-contracted vessels at sea and is posted on our web page.

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