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Wheelhouse Weekly – August 16, 2010

August 16th 2010

 

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Volume 14 . . . . . Number 33. . . .August 16, 2010

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MM&P CONVENTIONS UNDERWAY

The 83rd MM&P Regular Convention will be held this Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 18-19, in Linthicum Heights, Md. It will be preceded by a Constitutional Convention Aug. 16-17. The conventions are open to all MM&P members as observers.

Confirmed speakers at the Regular Convention include: International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) President Richard Hughes; AFL-CIO Metropolitan Baltimore Council President Ernie Grecco; American Maritime Officers President Tom Bethel; Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association President Don Keefe; Sailors Union of the Pacific President Gunnar Lundeberg; and Seafarers International Union President Mike Sacco.


MILITARY SEALIFT COMMAND TO RE-EXAMINE DISPUTED CONTRACT AWARDS

MM&P-contracted Waterman Steamship Corporation has received notice that Military Sealift Command (MSC) will re-open discussions with all parties who submitted final proposals for Lot 5 of the MSC Maritime Prepositioning Ship awards under solicitation No. N00033-09-R-3316. The protested awards include USNS KOCAK, USNS OBREGON and USNS PLESS. This means that Waterman will remain in the running for the potential award of one or more contracts to manage the eight ships that make up Lots 4 and 5.


EXTRAORDINARY RESPONSE BY AMERICAN MARITIME INDUSTRY IS TRUE STORY OF GULF OIL SPILL

The highly effective unified response mounted by all sectors of the American maritime industry in the face of BP’s catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf is the “true story” the world should take home from the events that unfolded from April to June of this year, says Mark Ruge, president of the Maritime Cabotage Task Force (MCTF).

In a July 29 speech to members of the Washington Propeller Club, Ruge said that the attacks against the Jones Act which were mounted by anti-U.S.-flag industry forces as a corollary to the spill were “no more than a red herring that obscured the true story, which was the extraordinary response by the American maritime industry.”

The Jones Act is the name commonly given to the body of U.S. maritime law that guarantees that America’s domestic waterborne commerce will be controlled by American companies operating U.S.-flag vessels built in American shipyards and crewed by American merchant mariners.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and other opponents of our industry attempted to use the spill as an opportunity to spread misinformation about the Jones Act, saying it hindered the emergency mobilization of maritime assets. Numerous government officials repeatedly refuted these claims.

Ruge, a partner in international law firm K&L Gates, said that the MCTF—of which MM&P and MIRAID are members—had spent the past four months “basically doing maritime education.” The U.S.-flag industry based its response to the unfounded attacks on three fundamental truths: the Jones Act does not even apply outside the three-mile limit (the Deepwater Horizon spill took place over 50 miles from shore); foreign skimmers are always allowed under the Jones Act; Jones Act waiver procedures exist. Foreign skimmers participated from the outset in the oil spill response.

To ensure increased local readiness for future spills, a number of proposals are on the table. One proposal that has been discussed at various forums, and which was offered at the Propeller Club luncheon by MEBA President Don Keefe, calls for stationing fully equipped and manned U.S.-flag skimmers on each coast.


CREW OF AMHS FERRY CHENEGA RESCUES STRICKEN PASSENGER ON CHARTER VESSEL

Crewmembers of Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) ferry CHENEGA put their lifesaving and emergency response skills to work once again in Prince William Sound on the afternoon of Aug. 8. The fast vehicle ferry was traveling to Cordova after departing Whittier at 4 p.m., when the crew overheard a radio call to the U.S. Coast Guard from the 28-foot charter vessel PATRIOT EXPRESS. The caller indicated a man aboard the boat was suffering seizures.

CHENEGA Capt. Sam Daniels determined the fast ferry crew could aid the 71-year-old man. He directed a crewmember to determine if any of the ferry passengers were healthcare professionals. There were two volunteers: Phillip Myers, a doctor from Illinois, and Gayleen Marmarelis, a registered nurse from California. In fewer than 20 minutes, Daniels and the crew launched CHENEGA’s fast rescue boat with Myers and Marmarelis on board. “It only took a minute or two before our rescue boat was alongside the PATRIOT EXPRESS and the doctor and nurse were stabilizing and treating the man with oxygen,” Daniels said.

Twice in 2008, crewmembers aboard CHENEGA rescued mariners in distress. The crew of AMHS ferry TAKU saved two fishermen in October after their boat burst into flames near Juneau.


WEST COAST PORTS REPORT SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN CONTAINER TRAFFIC

In the first half of 2010, ports on the West Coast of the United States reported a 15 percent jump in container traffic. The Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), which made the announcement, said the 15 percent includes both inbound and outbound loaded containers. PMA said containerized imports on the West Coast increased 17 percent, while exports were up 11 percent. In Los Angeles-Long Beach, total container volume increased 16 percent compared to the first six months of 2009. 


AFL-CIO PRESIDENT’S CALL TO ACTION FOR 2010 ELECTIONS

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is calling on union members and their families to rally around pro-labor candidates in the November elections in a drive to pass the Employee Free Choice Act and other legislation that favors working families. In a July 28 speech to members of the Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco and Grain Millers Union, Trumka drew a parallel between the BP oil spill and the enormous problems the Obama Administration inherited from the previous Administration.

“Two years ago, working Americans had the courage to elect a President whose very victory gave new life to our nation’s pledge to be ‘one nation, with liberty and justice for all,’” Trumka told the crowd. “Over the past 18 months, with our help, President Obama has continued to make history–fulfilling six decades of struggle for health coverage for all Americans; pushing through the most sweeping reforms of Wall Street since the Great Depression; maintaining America’s tradition of providing extended unemployment compensation when times are tough; and enacting an economic recovery plan with job-creating, community-building investments in education and the environment, transportation and technology.”

“But not since Franklin D. Roosevelt told a trembling nation that we had nothing to fear has a President taken office in such terrible times.”

“Herbert Hoover left President Roosevelt the Great Depression. George Bush left President Obama–and all Americans –the worst economy since those terrifying days.” 

“George Bush gave away trillions in tax breaks to the wealthy. George Bush let Wall Street and the Big Banks run wild. George Bush took a rare federal budget surplus and turned it into a record federal budget deficit. And George Bush left us with an even more serious deficit: more than 10 million jobs have been lost since the Great Recession started in 2007.  Even those who are fortunate enough to be working are living in fear of pink slips and givebacks, hollowed-out health care, foreclosures and pension freezes.”  

Trumka compared George Bush to “Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter series: ‘He who must not be named,’” saying that anti-labor forces “don’t want you to blame this economy on George Bush, they want you to blame President Obama and his allies in Congress. But, think about it: Who do you blame for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico? The workers who are cleaning up the oil from the wetlands and the beaches? Or BP, who made the mess?”

To read Trumka’s speech in its entirety, go to www.bridgedeck.org and click on “What’s New.”


FORMER SEN. TED STEVENS DIES IN PLANE CRASH

Former Sen. Ted Stevens, a strong supporter of the U.S.-flag shipping industry who played a key role in a number of maritime legislative efforts and battles, including the enactment of the Maritime Security Program, was killed last week in the crash of a small plane near Dillingham, Alaska. He was 86. Stevens was the longest serving Republican in Senate history.


PASSENGER FERRY SINKS IN INDONESIA

Eleven people drowned and rescuers pulled 80 survivors from the water last Monday after a passenger ferry sank in eastern Indonesia. The wooden ship, the HASTINA III, capsized and sank between the islands of Adonara and Lembata after it was struck by a large wave.  


SHOP AT UNIONIZED ONLINE BOOKSTORE FOR YOUR BACK-TO-SCHOOL BOOKS

Did you know that there is a unionized online bookstore that offers new and used books at affordable prices? Visit http://www.powells.com/ for your back-to-school book purchases, including textbooks. At Powell’s, you can also sell your gently used books. Go to www.powells.com to find out more.


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

CLASS OPENINGS: Between now and the end of September 2010, as of the Friday before this publication, seats are available in the following courses:

BRM-Bridge Resource Management: 9/27

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]
CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 9/13
CMM-ADVSTB – Advanced Stability: 9/20
CMM-CHS I – Advanced Cargo Operations (week 1): 9/27
CMM-MPP – Marine Propulsion Plants (with optional DCS): 8/30
CMM-SHS-ADV-I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 9/13, 9/27
CMM-SHS-ADV-I I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 9/20
CMM-WKP – Advanced Watchkeeping: 8/23

CNAV – Celestial Navigation: 8/23

ENVIRO-Regs Permit – Environmental Regulations Permit: 9/1
EP � Emergency Procedures: 9/15

HAZ- Hazardous Materials (5 Day): 8/23

[LAP – Must be USCG Approved for the Licensing Test to attend]
LAP – License Advancement Program for Chief Mate & Master: 9/20

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 9/14, 9/20

MED-PIC – Medical Person In Charge: 8/23, 9/27
MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 8/23, 9/27
MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 8/28, 10/2

SAR � Search and Rescue: 9/13
SHS-BAS – Basic Shiphandling: 8/30
SHS-EMR- Emergency Shiphandling: 8/23

TPIC – Tankerman Person In Charge: 9/27

WKP-BAS – Basic Watchkeeping: 9/27
WX-BAS – Basic Meteorology: 9/20

…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 2010

23        Radar Renewal

September 2010

7-17   Celestial Navigation
13       Security Refresher
13-24  GMDSS
14-16  Security VCF
20-24  Basic Construction & Stability
20-22  Fast Rescue Boat
27       Radar Renewal
27-1   Basic Shiphandling
27-1   ECDIS

October 2010

4-8    Tankerman Person-In-Charge
4-15  Basic Watchkeeping with BRM
11-22GMDSS
12-15ARPA
18-29 Celestial Navigation
18-22 Medical Care Provider
18-29 Medical Person-In-Charge
23     Med DOT
25-27 Fast Rescue Boat
27     Radar Renewal


MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 8-13-10

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
10,319.95 2,173.48 1,079.25
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund (VAARX)
49.29
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
99.60
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
32.87
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
16.45
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
14.74
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
22.43
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
11.09
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
26.33
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
5.58
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
15.47
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
19.44
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
13.79
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
17.89
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
11.34
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
11.50
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
11.34
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
11.48
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
11.87
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.84
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
26.74
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
14.70
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
14.00
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
15.29
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
10.69
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
59.70
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
57.18
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
15.66
 Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
36.71
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
26.06
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
23.02
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
10.93
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
11.58
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
12.55
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
12.47
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
12.18
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
6.98
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
8.08
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
11.00
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
30.48
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
38.28
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
25.43



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