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Wheelhouse Weekly – December 27, 2010

December 27th 2010

 

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Volume 14 . . . . . Number 52. . . .December 27, 2010

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MM&P HOLIDAY CLOSING SCHEDULE

All MM&P union halls, MM&P Plans, the MM&P Federal Credit Union and MM&P headquarters will be closed on Monday, Dec. 27 for Christmas, and on Friday, Dec. 31 for New Year’s. In addition, all MM&P union halls will be closed on Monday, Jan. 3.


CONGRESS EXTENDS MARITIME SECURITY PROGRAM

The “lame duck” Congressional session ended on a high note for MM&P and the rest of the U.S.-flag maritime industry. In one of its final acts before leaving for the holidays, Congress voted to extend the Maritime Security Program (MSP) for another ten-year period, through fiscal year 2025.

Without an extension, MSP was set to expire in 2014. The language that extends MSP was included in compromise legislation authorizing programs for the Department of Defense. Ike Skelton, the outgoing chairman of the House Committee on Armed Services and a long-time friend of MM&P and the U.S.-flag shipping industry, was instrumental in making sure that the language extending MSP survived the House-Senate negotiations and was included in the final bill.  The legislation is now pending action by the President.


NEW CHAIRMAN, COMMITTEE MEMBERS, NAMED FOR TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE

Republican Congressman John Mica (Fla.), who has been serving as ranking member on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, has been chosen by the new Republican majority to serve as chairman of the committee in the 112th Congress. A strong supporter of the Maritime Security Program and the Jones Act, he is one of the most ardent and outspoken Congressional advocates of legislation that would facilitate development of a marine highway system. He has pledged that under his leadership, the committee will improve our nation’s infrastructure, put people back to work, get stalled projects moving and conduct aggressive oversight of transportation projects and policy.  Mica says that the committee and its new Republican members will be at the forefront of efforts to cut government waste and red tape and find cost-effective ways to “get our country moving in the right direction.”
 
Congressman Mica and the Republican leadership also announced that the following Republican freshmen will be joining the committee in the 112th Congress. The 20 new Republican members are, in alphabetical order: Lou Barletta (Penn.); Larry Bucshon (Ind.); Chip Cravaack (Minn.); Rick Crawford (Ark.); Jeff Denham (Calif.); Blake Farenthold (Texas); Stephen Fincher (Tenn.); Bob Gibbs (Ohio); Frank Guinta (N.H.); Richard Hanna (N.Y.); Andy Harris (Md.); Jaime Herrera Beutler  (Wash.); Randy Hultgren (Ill.); Jeff Landry (La.); James Lankford (Okla.); Billy Long (Mo.); Tom Reed (N.Y.); Jim Renacci (Ohio); Tim Scott (S.C.); and Daniel Webster (Fla.).
 
In January, Mica will announce which members of the committee will serve on the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee. 
 
MM&P President Tim Brown and MIRAID President Jim Patti applauded the selection of Congressman John Mica as chairman of the Transportation Committee for the 112th Congress. They noted that he has been a strong supporter of the programs and policies important to our industry as well as a good friend to American merchant mariners.  MM&P and MIRAID look forward to working with him and his committee in the 112th Congress.


KEY HOUSE SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMEN NAMED

As the incoming Republican leadership decides on the organization of House of Representatives committees for 2011, a number of positions key to our industry are being filled. Congressman Todd Akin (Mo.) has been selected by his party to serve as chairman of the Seapower Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee. This subcommittee has initial jurisdiction over the national security-related programs of our industry, including the Maritime Security Program (MSP). Over the years, MM&P has worked closely with and supported Todd Akin. We look forward to building on this relationship in the 112th Congress.

In an equally important development, Congresswoman Candice Miller (Mich.) has been chosen to serve as chair of the Border, Maritime and Global Counterterrorism Subcommittee of the Committee on Homeland Security. Throughout her career, Candice Miller has been one of the strongest supporters of our industry and a great friend to MM&P and maritime labor. We look forward to working with her in her new capacity.


DEC. 29 (NOON LOCAL TIME) LAST DAY FOR PROCESSING 2010 VACATION AND PRO PAYMENTS

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 2010 no later than Wednesday, Dec. 29 at noon local time. All requests for 2010 Vacation and PRO payments received after this date and time will be held until Monday, Jan. 3, 2011, for processing and payment, and will therefore be taxable in 2011. If you have any questions, contact Ken Ryan at 410-850-8617.


SCHEDULE FOR 2011 D-BOOK MEMBERSHIP COURSES ANNOUNCED

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: Jan. 11-12 in Houston; Feb. 8-9 in New York/New Jersey; March 8-9 in Los Angeles/Long Beach; April 1-2, 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. For more information, contact your area MM&P Vice President.


PIRATES SEIZE PANAMA-FLAGGED BULKER

Pirates last Monday hijacked MV ORNA, a Panama-flagged bulker owned by the Dubai-based company Sirago Ship Management. The vessel was seized while transiting the Indian Ocean, approximately 400 nautical miles northeast of the Seychelles. The pirates who took the vessel fired small arms and rocket-propelled grenades from two skiffs. The authorities said that MV ORNA was not registered with either the Maritime Security Center-Horn of Africa (MSCHOA) or the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO), so the number and nationality of crew is unknown.


PIRATES ALLOW EVACUATION OF SICK CREWMEMBER

In related news, authorities report that on Dec. 16, a seafarer suffering from appendicitis was airlifted by military forces from the pirated MV HANNIBAL II. The master of the ship had succeeded in convincing the pirates to allow the man to be transported by RHIB and helicopter to a navy ship, FGS HAMBURG, for emergency treatment.  


TENSIONS GROW IN CHINA-SOUTH KOREA FISHING CONFLICT

The government of China has demanded compensation from South Korea over last weekend’s skirmish among Chinese fishermen and members of the South Korean Coast Guard. The fight, which resulted in the death of one of the fishermen, took place last weekend in the South China Sea when a Chinese fishing boat capsized after ramming a South Korean patrol ship.

The Chinese boat was among about 50 that were fishing in South Korean waters. At one point, South Korean Coast Guard officers attempted to board the vessel and were attacked by the fishermen with pipes and shovels. Four members of the Coast Guard were injured.

Last year, the South Korean Coast Guard said it had captured more than 300 fishing boats for illegal fishing in South Korean waters.


CREW OF GREAT LAKES FREIGHTER OVERCOME BY FUMES

A phosphorus gas leak aboard a ship carrying grain on the Great Lakes caused the evacuation of 16 crewmembers last week. The vessel, the HERMANN SCHOENING, was evacuated after vapor from a fumigant entered the ventilation system, causing those on board to experience nausea and breathing problems. The captain and four other crewmembers remained onboard.


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

Between now and the end of March 2011, the following courses are scheduled at MITAGS.  For class availability or information on MITAGS courses and programs, contact admissions toll free at 866-656-5568 or e-mail: admissions@mitags.org.

AB � Able Bodied Seaman: 1/10
ARPA � Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 1/25
AZIPOD-3 day – Azipod Propulsion System: 3/15

BRM- Bridge Resource Management: 2/21
BRMP � Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 1/24, 3/3
BST � Basic Safety Training: 1/24

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]
CMM-ADVWX � Advanced Meteorology: 1/10, 3/21
CMM-ADVSTB – Advanced Stability: 1/17
CMM-CHS I – Advanced Cargo Operations (week 1): 1/31
CMM-CHS II � Advanced Cargo Operations (week 2): 2/7
CMM-ECDIS � Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems: 1/24, 3/7
CMM-MPP � Marine Propulsion Plants: 1/24, 3/28
CMM-SHMGT I – Ship Management (week 1): 2/21
CMM-SHMGT II – Ship Management (week 2): 2/28
CMM-SHS-ADV-I � Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 1/10, 1/31, 2/28, 3/14, 3/28
CMM-SHS-ADV-I I � Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 1/17, 2/7, 3/7, 3/21
CMM-VPEN � Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation: 3/14
CMM-WKP � Advanced Watchkeeping: 2/14

CONSTAB � Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 1/10
CONT PLNG � Contingency Planning: 3/17

ECDIS-ENAV – Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems and Electronic Navigation for Pilots: 3/3
ENAV � Electronic Navigation: 3/21
ENVIRO-Regs Permit � Environmental Regulations Permit: 3/15

FF-BADV � Combined Basic and Advanced Fire Fighting: 1/24
FSM � Fatique, Sleep and Medications for Pilots: 3/18

GMDSS � Global Maritime Distress Safety Signal: 2/21
Great Lakes: DDE � Designated Duty Engineer: 1/10
Great Lakes: LAP � License Advancement Program: 1/31

HAZ � Hazardous Materials (5 day): 3/7

LAP CMM � License Advancement Program of Upgrade to Chief Mate/Master: 3/28

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 1/24, 3/2

MCL – Management, Communications and Leadership: 3/21
MED-PIC – Medical Person In Charge: 1/10, 2/14, 3/21
MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 1/10, 2/14, 3/21
MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 1/15, 3/26

MSC -SMA � Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualification: 3/14

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 1/12, 1/25, 2/9, 2/23, 3/9, 3/30
ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal Day Class: 1/24, 3/14
ROP-5 – Radar Observer Original and Renewal: 1/17

SEC-VCF � Security Officer, Vessel, Company & Facility: 3/14
SHS-BAS – Basic Shiphandling: 2/14
SHS-EMR3 – Emergency Shiphandling for Pilots: 1/26
SHS-ESH-BRMP3 � Emergency Shiphandling and Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 2/28
SHS-EMR5 � Emergency Shiphandling: 3/7

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial and Coastal Navigation and Compasses: 1/31
TPIC � Tankerman Person In Charge: 3/7
TTT � Train-the-Trainer: 1/17

WKP BAS – Watchkeeping Basic � 3/7
WX BAS � Basic Meteorology: 3/28

…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

January 2011

10-14  ECDIS
24th    Radar Renewal
24-28 Tankerman Person-In-Charge
25-28  ARPA
31-4    Medical Care Provider
31-11   Medical Person-In-Charge

February 2011

5th      Med DOT
7th      Radar Renewal
7-8      Tractor Tug for Pilots
14th    Fatigue, Sleep, and Medications (Pilot Training Course)
15-16   Bridge Resource Management for Pilots
17-18   Azipod (Pilot Training Course)


MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 12-24-10

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
11,573.49 2,665.60 1,256.77
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund (VAARX)
54.68
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
115.72
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
41.34
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
19.14
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
18.14
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
25.90
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.92
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
31.60
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
5.68
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
16.45
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
22.26
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
14.13
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
19.78
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
11.99
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
12.66
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
12.83
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
13.33
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
13.79
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.55
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
31.55
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
17.65
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
15.36
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
18.29
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
10.51
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
71.41
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
68.63
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
18.19
 Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
45.40
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
30.04
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
28.35
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
11.34
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
12.13
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
13.81
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
14.00
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
13.97
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
8.12
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
9.49
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
10.67
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
38.20
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
44.44
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
29.77



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