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Wheelhouse Weekly – August 02, 2011

August 2nd 2011

 

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Volume 15 . . . . . Number 31. . . . August 2, 2011

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HAROLD DAGGETT ELECTED PRESIDENT OF INTERNATIONAL LONGSHOREMEN’S ASSOCIATION

Harold Daggett was unanimously elected president of the International Longshoremen’s Association during the ILA’s quadrennial convention in Hollywood, Fla., last week. He succeeds Richard Hughes Jr., a longtime friend of MM&P from the Port of Baltimore, who did not seek re-election. MM&P is the marine affiliate of the ILA. MM&P International President Tim Brown seconded Daggett’s nomination.

In a rousing speech that time and again brought cheering delegates to their feet, Daggett vowed to increase union organizing, work closely with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) on the West Coast, oppose the spread of fully automated terminals and do everything in his power to protect the jurisdiction of the ILA.

“It is my intention to bring the ILA closer to the ILWU,” Daggett said. “We have many matters of mutual interest in dealing with management in protecting our jurisdictions and memberships.” He said he would ask ILWU President Bob McEllrath to sit in on the next round of contract negotiations, which are expected to begin this fall. Seconding the call for union solidarity, McEllrath shouted from the audience, “I’ll be there because ‘We Are One!’”

Daggett said the ILA would demand that import containers be weighed at the piers to ensure they are safe and that carriers pay the required tonnage-based container royalty fees. “I want a scale on every pier,” he said. He also said the ILA will be more aggressive in organizing and will conduct extensive research on companies’ finances before entering into negotiations. During discussion of the resolutions that were submitted to the convention, Daggett reaffirmed the ILA’s commitment to MM&P and pledged to spare no effort to unify all sectors of the ILA.


SEALAND COMET CREW SAVES YACHTSMAN CAUGHT IN TYPHOON

The officers and crew of MLL’s SEALAND COMET saved a lone yachtsman caught in a typhoon off the coast of Japan on July 24 at around 1800 hours local time. The man, Joe McCracken, was lifted aboard the MM&P-contracted vessel as the typhoon raged. “The saving of Mr. McCracken’s life can be directly attributed to the training and skill of the SEALAND COMET officers and crew, capably demonstrated under extreme weather conditions,” said MLL Vice President Ed Hanley. MM&P members aboard the vessel at the time of the rescue were Capt. Frank Warnekros, Chief Mate Gerard Degenova II, Second Mate Daniel Hall and Third Mate Julien Maurel.


COAST GUARD ISSUES PROPOSED RULES TO IMPLEMENT STCW 2010

The Coast Guard has issued a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM) to implement the 2010 amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping (STCW Convention) and the STCW Code. In the same SNPRM, the Coast Guard has proposed changes “to reorganize, clarify, and update” additional regulations. The proposed rulemaking is posted on the web in the form of a 175-page PDF at http://tiny.cc/STCW. Public meetings are planned in Miami (Aug. 22), New Orleans (Aug. 24), Seattle (Aug. 26) and Washington, D.C. (Sept. 7). MM&P and MITAGS are reviewing the proposed regulations prior to commenting. We will keep the membership informed through articles in the Wheelhouse Weekly. The deadline to submit written comments to the Coast Guard is Sept. 30.


MERCHANT MARINE FOREVER STAMPS ISSUED AT CEREMONIES ABOARD LIBERTY SHIP JOHN BROWN AND AT KINGS POINT

The Postal Service last week released four “forever stamps” that salute the contributions made by American merchant mariners to our country’s economy and national security. The stamps feature a container ship, a Liberty ship, a clipper ship and an auxiliary steamship.

MM&P members and headquarters staffers attended a ceremony at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point and another in Baltimore, Md., aboard the Liberty ship SS JOHN W. BROWN. The Honorable Helen Delich-Bentley, a former maritime commissioner and member of Congress who has consistently been an advocate for the U.S.-flag maritime industry, was named Baltimore’s Honorary Postmaster for the event. “I’m so glad that the Postal Service is again recognizing the United States Merchant Marine,” Bentley said. “This honor is long overdue.” The last postage stamp honoring the merchant marine was a green 3-cent stamp, issued in February 1946, which showed a Liberty ship loading cargo.


AFL-CIO URGES CONGRESS TO REJECT BILL THAT WOULD HOBBLE THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD

The AFL-CIO says legislation introduced by Republican Congressman Tim Scott (S.C.) would undercut the National Labor Relations Board’s ability to defend workers from illegal retaliation for union activity. The bill, HR 2587, would “precipitate another race to the bottom” and make it much easier for companies to ship American jobs overseas, the AFL-CIO says.

In a letter to House Committee on Education and Workforce Chair John P. Kline and Ranking Member George Miller, AFL-CIO Government Affairs Director William Samuel said HR 2587 “would cripple workers’ rights and hobble the National Labor Relations Board.”

The bill was introduced in Congress in April, after the NLRB issued a complaint against the Boeing Company for retaliating against unionized workers by moving production away from its Washington state facility. “Retaliating against workers, as Boeing is alleged to have done, is against the law,” Samuel wrote. “Just as it is against the law for companies to get rid of workers for trying to a form a union or when companies refuse to bargain and instead, move work for the purpose of denying their workers union representation. Corporate interests are amassing a coordinated and focused attack on the NLRB and the workers’ rights it protects,” Samuel wrote. “Their attacks come from the same crowd that wants to defund and dismantle the NLRB entirely.”

MM&P members are encouraged to contact their legislators to ask that they oppose HR 2587. The telephone number of the U.S. Capitol switchboard is 202-224-3121.


WISCONSIN GOVERNOR SHUTS DMV OFFICES, MAKING IT HARDER TO OBTAIN NEWLY REQUIRED VOTER ID

Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker has announced plans to close 10 Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) offices at which residents can obtain the photo IDs they will need to vote under a law that was pushed through by Republican legislators earlier this year. Democratic State Rep. Andy Jorgensen says it appears the decisions were based on politics, with the department targeting offices for closure in Democratic areas and expanding hours for those in Republican districts. Critics charge Wisconsin’s ID law will disenfranchise tens of thousands of students, seniors, poor and minority voters who don’t have drivers’ licenses or state-issued photo IDs.


SCHEDULE FOR 2011 OFFSHORE DIVISION ORIENTATION 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): Oct. 13-14 in Los Angeles/Long Beach; Oct. 21-22 at MM&P headquarters in Linthicum Heights; 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.


COAST GUARD POSTS NEW DECK & ENGINE EXAM GUIDE

The Coast Guard has posted on the web a new version of its “Deck & Engine Examination Guide,” which has been renamed “Guide for Mariners – Merchant Marine Examinations.” The agency says the examination guide has been rewritten in a more user friendly format. To access the new guide, go to http://www.uscg.mil/nmc/ and click on “Exams” in the left-hand column. For more information, contact the National Maritime Center at IASKNMC@uscg.mil or 1-888-IAskNMC.


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

Between now and the end of September 2011, 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: 8/22

ARPA � Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 9/27

BRM � Bridge Resource Management: 9/26
BST – Basic Safety Training: 8/15

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]
CMM-ADVWX � Advanced Meteorology: 9/12
CMM-ECDIS � Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems: 8/15
CMM-MPP � Marine Propulsion Plants: 8/8
CMM-SHMGT I – Ship Management (week 1): 9/19
CMM-SHMGT II – Ship Management (week 2): 9/26
CMM-SHS-ADV-I � Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 8/22, 9/12, 9/26
CMM-SHS-ADV-I I � Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 8/15, 9/19
CMM-VPEN � Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation: 8/22
CMM-WKP � Advanced Watchkeeping: 8/29

CHS BAS � Basic Cargo Handing and Stowage: 8/8

ENAV � Electronic Navigation: 9/12
ENVIRO-Regs Permit � Environmental Regulations Permit: 8/29

FF-BADV � Combined Basic and Advanced Fire Fighting: 8/15

GMDSS � Global Maritime Distress and Safety System: 8/22

HAZ � Hazardous Materials (5 day): 8/22

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 9/12
LFBT-LTD � Lifeboatman Limited: 8/20

MCL – Management, Communications and Leadership: 9/12
MED-PIC – Medical Person In Charge: 8/1
MED-PIC -R� Medical Person In Charge Refresher: 9/12
MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 8/6

MSC-CBRD1 � Basic Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense: 8/12
MSC-DC � Damage Control: 8/8
MSC -SMA � Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualification: 8/8

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 8/18, 9/14
ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal Day Class: 8/29, 9/26
ROP-5 � Radar Observer Original and Renewal: 8/1

SHS-BAS � Basic Shiphandling: 8/29

TPIC-DL � Tankerman Person In Charge Dangerous Liquids: 8/15

WX BAS � Basic Meteorology: 9/19

…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

August 2011

8-12    ECDIS
15-19   Tankerman PIC
15-19   Basic Meteorology
22nd   Radar Renewal
22-26  Medical Care Provider
27th    Medical DOT
22-2    Medical Person-In-Charge
23-26  ARPA

September 2011

6-16    Celestial Navigation
12-23  GMDSS
19-23  Medical Care Provider
26-30 Med PIC Refresher
26-30 ECDIS
26-30 Basic Shiphandling

October 2011

3-7      Basic Construction and Stability
3-14    GMDSS
10-14  ECDIS
11th      Flashing Light
12-13   Basic Environmental Awareness w/ Vessel General Permit
17th      Radar Renewal
17-21   Management, Communication, and Leadership
17-21   Basic Shiphandling
18-20  Security – Vessel, Company, and Facility
24-28 Basic Cargo Handling and Stowage


MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 7-29-11

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
12,240.11 2,756.38 1,292.28
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund (VAARX)
56.35
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
119.16
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
42.90
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
19.93
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
18.85
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
26.32
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
11.01
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
33.07
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
5.82
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
16.76
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
22.67
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
14.39
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
20.13
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
12.31
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
12.93
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
13.10
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
13.56
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
13.98
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.83
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
32.54
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
18.20
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
15.82
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
18.58
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
10.82
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
71.85
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
69.58
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
18.31
 Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
48.16
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
30.97
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
28.96
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
11.58
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
12.30
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
14.06
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
14.27
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
14.21
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
8.25
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
9.65
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
11.01
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
39.06
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
45.78
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
31.56



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