Wheelhouse Weekly – December 18, 2012
– Bridging the Information Gap With E-News You Can Use –
Volume 16 . . . Number 51. . . Dec. 18, 2012
- In this issue:
- MM&P Holiday Closing Schedule
- Coast Guard Legislation Passes Congress
- Remembering Sen. Daniel Inouye, Friend of Maritime Labor
- Military Sealift Command Accepts Delivery of New High-Speed Ship
- Michigan Anti-Labor Law Will Destroy Opportunity for All Workers in the State, AFL-CIO President Says
- New Chairman of Congressional Seapower Panel Named
- State-Passed Marijuana Initiatives Have No Impact on Federal Law, DOT Says
News for MM&P Members:
- GEB Seeking Resumes for MM&P Port Agent in Oakland
- MM&P General Executive Board 2013 Meeting Schedule
- Last Day for Processing 2012 Vacation and PRO Payments Is Dec. 27
- United Nations Court Orders Ghana to Free Argentine Ship
- MITAGS Academic Notes
- PMI Academic Notes
- MM&P Market Watch
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MM&P HOLIDAY CLOSING SCHEDULE
All MM&P port offices, the MM&P Federal Credit Union, the MM&P Plans Office and MM&P Headquarters will be closed on Monday, Dec. 24, Tuesday, Dec. 25 and Tuesday, Jan. 1. In addition, MM&P port offices will be closed on Monday, Dec. 31. Happy holidays to all and best wishes for the New Year.
COAST GUARD LEGISLATION PASSES CONGRESS
The House of Representatives and the Senate have passed and sent to the President the fiscal year 2013 Coast Guard authorizations legislation (HR 2838). The legislation includes the following provisions, which are strongly supported by MM&P:
REMEMBERING SEN. DANIEL INOUYE, FRIEND OF MARITIME LABOR
Maritime labor unions are joining the people of Hawaii and the entire nation in mourning the death and honoring the life of Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, a war hero and champion of the middle class. “For more than five decades, transportation workers could count on Sen. Inouye to defend their jobs and rights,” said Transportation Trades Department President Ed Wytkind in an official statement. “The Senator always advocated for increased investments in our transportation system and jobs, and aggressively led on policy initiatives that make our nation the world leader in the safe and efficient movement of goods and people. His unyielding view that Congress should give voice to everyone—not just the wealthy—will forever define the legacy of this truly remarkable leader. And he did so with a deep sense of humility and kindness. We will always remember and be inspired by the compassion and decency that defined his career in public life.”
MILITARY SEALIFT COMMAND ACCEPTS DELIVERY OF NEW HIGH-SPEED SHIP
USNS SPEARHEAD, the Navy’s first joint high-speed vessel (JHSV), has been delivered to Military Sealift Command (MSC). SPEARHEAD and the other vessels in the JHSV class are designed for the rapid intra-theater transportation of troops and military equipment. MSC will own and operate SPEARHEAD and the eight other JHSVs that are slated to be built. Members of MM&P’s Federal Employees Membership Group (FEMG) will be among the civil service mariners who operate and navigate the ships.
SPEARHEAD and the other 338-foot-long aluminum catamarans in the class are designed to be fast, flexible and maneuverable, even in shallow waters, making them ideal for transporting troops and equipment quickly within a theater of operations.
“Flexibility may be the best attribute of this ship,” says MM&P member Capt. Douglas D. Casavant Jr., SPEARHEAD’s civil service master. “Our 20,000-square-foot mission bay area can be reconfigured to quickly adapt to whatever mission we are tasked with, for instance, carrying containerized portable hospitals to support disaster relief or transporting tanks and troops.”
The JHSVs are capable of transporting approximately 600 tons of military troops, vehicles, supplies and equipment 1,200 nautical miles at an average speed of 35 knots, and can operate in shallow-draft ports and waterways. The aviation flight deck can support day and night flight operations.
All the JHSVs will be civilian-crewed. The first four will be crewed by civil service mariners, while the next six are slated to be crewed by civilian mariners working for a private company under contract to MSC.
SPEARHEAD is participating in operational testing before sailing to its lay berth in Little Creek, Va. The Navy expects the ship to begin conducting missions in the first quarter of fiscal year 2013.
MICHIGAN ANTI-LABOR LAW WILL “DESTROY OPPORTUNITY” FOR ALL WORKERS IN THE STATE, AFL-CIO PRESIDENT SAYS
The “right-to-work” law passed in Michigan earlier this month will lower the living standards of all workers in the state, according to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. The average worker in a “right-to-work” state makes $1,540 less than workers in other states. Fewer people have health insurance and the poverty rate is significantly higher, as is the rate of workplace deaths.
The law “will undoubtedly please the Koch Brothers and corporate CEOs,” Trumka says, “but it will diminish the voice of every working man and woman in Michigan.” The AFL-CIO president made the remarks in an official statement and in an OpEd that was posted online in USA Today last week.
The Republican-controlled Michigan state legislature approved the law earlier this month, as thousands of workers and their supporters protested inside and outside the state capitol building in Lansing. Republican Gov. Rick Snyder signed the measure into law shortly thereafter. Like similar legislation on the books in 23 other states, the Michigan law allows employees to opt out of financially supporting a workplace union while profiting from the same wages and benefits as dues-paying union members.
“Some people would have us believe that the answer to the weak economy is to continue to downgrade jobs, and to make college, retirement security and home ownership less affordable,” Trumka said. “Instead of asking how working people can do better, the critics say middle-class workers with good union jobs don’t deserve their hard-earned benefits.”
Trumka said attacks on unions such as “right-to-work” laws “grease the downward slide” of working conditions in America. He vowed that unions would work harder to promote policies that “put America back on track with good jobs and shared prosperity.”
NEW CHAIRMAN OF CONGRESSIONAL SEAPOWER PANEL NAMED
Republican Congressman Randy Forbes (Va.) has been chosen to serve as chairman of the House Seapower Subcommittee of the Armed Services Committee in the 113th Congress. The subcommittee has jurisdiction over the national security programs and policies affecting the U.S.-flag merchant marine, including the Maritime Security Program (MSP). Forbes has been a strong proponent of the MSP and our industry.
STATE-PASSED MARIJUANA INITIATIVES HAVE NO IMPACT ON FEDERAL LAW, DOT SAYS
The Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued a notice about the initiatives passed by some states in the last election to permit use of marijuana. “We want to make it perfectly clear that the state initiatives will have no bearing on the Department of Transportation’s regulated drug testing program,” the agency said in a statement. “49 CFR Part 40 does not authorize the use of Schedule I drugs, including marijuana, for any reason,” the agency said, even if recommended by a physician in one of the states that permits use of marijuana for medical purposes.
GEB SEEKING RESUMES FOR MM&P PORT AGENT IN OAKLAND
The MM&P General Executive Board is seeking resumes from members interested in working as Port Agent in the Port of Oakland. If you wish to apply, please send your resume to the Offshore Division Pacific Vice President by Jan. 25. The resume should include work experience under MM&P contracts, labor relations experience and higher education or labor training degrees/certificates. Remuneration and benefits will be based on qualifications and experience, and shall be in accordance with the Offshore Division Work Rules.
MM&P GENERAL EXECUTIVE BOARD 2013 MEETING SCHEDULE
The MM&P General Executive Board (GEB) has scheduled the following meetings for 2013: March 19-20; June 25-26; September 17-18; and December 10-11. All meetings will take place at MM&P Headquarters in Linthicum Heights, Md.
LAST DAY FOR PROCESSING 2012 VACATION AND PRO PAYMENTS IS DEC. 27
The Plan Office has received approval to close the year-end Internal Revenue Service and company reports and to process Vacation and PRO payments for 2012 no later than Thursday, Dec. 27, at 1:00 p.m. EST. All requests for 2012 Vacation and PRO payments received after this date and time will be held until Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, for processing and payment, and will therefore be taxable in 2013. If you have any questions, contact Ken Ryan at 410-850-8617.
UNITED NATIONS COURT ORDERS GHANA TO FREE ARGENTINE SHIP
The United Nations International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea has ordered authorities in Ghana to release an Argentine Navy training ship that had been impounded in the port of Tema since October. The case stems from Argentina’s default on part of its external debt in 2002. NML Capital, a U.S. hedge fund, says the country still owes it over $200 million and has been pursuing the country’s assets, including its ships, in international courts. About 300 crewmembers and naval cadets were repatriated from the vessel in the fall, leaving a skeleton crew on board. The UN court ordered release of the ship, the ARA LIBERTAD, after ruling that it had immunity from the claims because it is a military vessel.
/ MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES /
Between now and the end of March 2013, the following courses are scheduled at MITAGS. (Please keep in mind, however, that the schedule may be subject to change.)
For class availability or information on courses and programs, contact MITAGS Admissions Coordinator Kelly Michielli toll free at 866-656-5568 or e-mail her at
Try our on-line calendar to register for class: Click Here
Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 1/22/2013, 3/26/2013
AZIPOD (2-DAY) for Pilots: 3/20/2013
BRM – Bridge Resource Management: 1/14/2013, 3/18/2013
BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 1/21/2013, 2/7/2013, 3/7/2013
BST – Basic Safety Training: 1/21/13
[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]
CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 1/21/2013
CMM-ADVNAV – Advanced Navigation (=ECDIS & VPEN): 1/7/2013, 3/18/2013
CMM-ADVSTB – Advanced Stability: 2/18/2013
CMM-CHS – Advanced Cargo Operations (2 weeks): 2/25/2013
CMM-MPP – Marine Propulsion Plants: 3/11/13
CMM-SHMGT – Ship Management (2 weeks): 2/4/13
CMM-SHS-ADV-I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 1/14/2013, 1/28/2013, 2/18/2013, 3/4/2013
CMM-SHS-ADV-I I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 1/21/2013, 2/4/2013, 2/25/2013, 3/11/2013
CMM-WKP – Advanced Watchkeeping: 1/28/2013
DDE: Designated Duty Engineer: 1/28/2013
ENVIRO-Regs Permit – Environmental Regulations Permit: 3/5/2013
FSM – Fatigue, Sleep and Medications: 3/7/13
FF-BADV – Combined Basic and Advanced Fire Fighting: 1/21/13
HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 2/11/13
LAP – License Advancement Program for Great Lakes: 1/28/2013
LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 3/6/2013
MCL – Management, Communications and Leadership, 3/25/2013
MEDIA RSP – Media Response Workshop: 3/8/2013
MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 1/7/13, 2/18/13, 3/18/13
MED-PIC -R– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 1/28/2013
MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 1/7/2013, 2/18/2013, 3/18/2013
MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 1/12/2013, 1/26/2013, 2/23/2013, 3/23/2013
MSC -SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualification: 3/11/13
MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (4 Evenings): 3/11/13
MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic): 3/15/13
ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 1/9/2013, 1/23/2013, 2/6/2013, 2/20/2013, 3/6/2013, 3/20/2013,
ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 1/21/2013, 3/25/2013
ROP-5 – Radar Observer Original and Renewal: 1/14/13
SHS-BAS – Basic Shiphandling: 1/28/13, 3/25/13
SEC-VSO – Vessel Security Officer: 3/4/2013
SHS-ESH-BRMP3 – Emergency Shiphandling and Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 3/4/13
SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling: 2/11/13
TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 2/25/13
… Remember: If you can’t make the class, make the call. Be courteous, don’t be a “no show.”
Check the MITAGS website here for course descriptions associated with the course title abbreviations, and schedule revisions.
PMI ACADEMIC NOTES
Schedule of Courses – Please also see our schedule online. For registration, call our registrar, Jennifer Pitzen, at
|4th Radar Renewal|
|7-25 Terrestrial and Coastal Navigation|
|14-18 Medical Care Provider|
|23-25 Vessel Security Officer|
|28th Med DOT|
|28-1 Radar Observer Unlimited|
|4th Flashing Light Exam|
|11th Radar Renewal|
|11-15 Tankerman Person-In-Charge|
|11-15 Bridge Resource Management|
|20-21 Environmental Regulations in the Maritime Industry / Vessel General Permit|
|25-1 Medical Care Provider|
|25-8 Medical Person-In-Charge|
|4-15 Celestial Navigation|
|11th Radar Renewal|
|18-19 ECDIS for Pilots|
|18-22 Able Bodied Seaman|
|20th Fatigue, Sleep, and Medications|
|21-22 Azipod for Pilots|
|27-29 Vessel Security Officer|
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