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Wheelhouse Weekly – February 07, 2011

February 7th 2011

 

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Volume 15 . . . . . Number 6. . . . February 7, 2011

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PIRATES KILL ONE SEAFARER, TORTURE OTHERS

The maritime industry is expressing outrage at reports that pirates aboard the hijacked Antigua-and-Barbuda-flagged ship BELUGA NOMINATION have murdered at least one mariner in cold blood and tortured others. The International Transport Workers Federation and the shipping roundtable, which includes international shipowner trade associations, have redoubled calls for international governments to take immediate steps to protect merchant ships and their crews from further attacks.

BELUGA NOMINATION was hijacked on Jan. 22. After an attempt by the Seychelles coast guard to free the crew resulted in the death of one of the pirates, three mariners were reportedly taken aside by the hijackers and subjected to torture; another was killed in circumstances that are not yet clear. As this issue of The Wheelhouse Weekly was being distributed, there were unsubstantiated reports from the Russian sailors’ union that a second seafarer aboard the ship had been killed.

“The escalation of violence on the part of the pirates is a game-changer,” said MM&P International President Tim Brown. “It warrants greater emphasis on armed security teams onboard merchant ships and early intervention by military forces to retake captured ships and release hostages.” Somali pirates now hold 31 ships and more than 700 mariners.

“We wholeheartedly condemn these violent acts and once again strongly urge governments to empower their naval forces to take fast and robust action against pirates and the vessels under their control before passing ships are boarded and hijacked,” said a spokesman for the shipping roundtable. “The shipping industry will be looking at all possible options, including alternative routes, which could have a dramatic effect on transport costs and delivery times.”

The Associated Press quotes Royal Marines Major Gen. Buster Howes as saying that to keep naval forces at bay, pirates have beaten seafarers, locked them in freezers, tied them upside down and keelhauled them. He told the AP that the information comes from sources that include freed hostages and naval intelligence.

The authorities say that one reason for the increase in violence is the fact that ransoms are getting larger. The sums involved are attracting more “professional,” better-organized and violent gangs. Another reason is the increased use of citadels and the defenses mounted by better-prepared crews. Pirates are responding by firing rocket-propelled grenades at citadel doors at close range, using plastic explosives and even setting ships afire. When ransom negotiations drag on, pirates are using torture to pressure owners to settle quickly. 


MARITIME LABOR MEETS WITH COAST GUARD COMMANDANT TO DISCUSS SHORE ACCESS

Leaders of America’s maritime unions, including representatives of MM&P, met last month with Adm. Robert Papp and other Coast Guard officials to discuss issues of concern to mariners. Among the topics addressed were the implementation of the 2010 International Maritime Organization amendments to the STCW code and the 2010 Coast Guard authorizations legislation, which requires port facilities to give mariners, pilots and welfare and labor organizations the ability to board and depart vessels in a timely manner and at no cost to the individual.

The Coast Guard recently issued an ALCOAST bulletin advising captains of the port to enforce these requirements. The Jan. 11 bulletin was described by the Coast Guard as an interim measure pending clarification of terms covering shore access in the Maritime Transportation Security Act.

The Coast Guard has asked the National Maritime Security Advisory Committee to participate in formulating definitions to incorporate into the law. “Although the language in the act appears self explanatory, there are several terms within the provision–‘system,’ ‘timely and ‘at no cost to the individual’–that have raised questions amongst the maritime industry and require further clarification,” the Coast Guard says.


NO REPORTS OF TRAFFIC DISRUPTION ON SUEZ CANAL

The maritime industry is closely monitoring developments in Egypt—in particular following a weekend explosion at a gas terminal in the Sinai Peninsula–but so far there have been no reports of disruption to shipping through the Suez Canal. The explosion set off a massive fire that was contained by shutting off the flow of gas to Jordan and Israel. To protect the canal from closure in the wake of the protests that have rocked the country, the army has increased security in the canal and around nearby pipelines.

Disruptions in government port services are said to have interfered with the discharge of oil at the Red Sea port of Ain Sukhna and the southern entrance into the canal. According to one shipping company, the east side of Port Said was closed, operations at the west side had been limited and the port of Alexandria was only accepting vessels to discharge cargoes. About 4.5 percent of global oil supplies move through the Suez Canal and the Sumed pipeline, which connects the Red Sea with the Mediterranean.


TRANSPORTATION UNIONS SALUTE DEPARTING CONGRESSMAN JIM OBERSTAR

MM&P joined other transportation sector labor unions in a good-bye salute to Jim Oberstar, former chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, who lost his reelection bid in November. “From the time he was first elected to his leadership in enacting Coast Guard authorizations legislation a few short months ago, Jim Oberstar fought alongside the licensed maritime officers and State-licensed maritime pilots we represent,” said MM&P International President Tim Brown in an official statement. “We are enormously proud to have been among his supporters in each of his campaigns for the House of Representatives.” Brown commended Oberstar on his willingness to work with individuals from both political parties to further his “unfailing commitment to put the American people – and the American maritime worker – first.”


NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION PLANS TO REFURBISH USS UNITED STATES

A private non-profit group has purchased the SS UNITED STATES, the vintage flag-ship of United States Lines, for $3 million. The vessel was navigated throughout her four decades of service by MM&P masters and mates. The non-profit that purchased the ship, SS United States Conservancy, is seeking funds to restore her, possibly in the context of a waterfront redevelopment project in Philadelphia, Miami or New York. A spokeswoman for the organization said complete restoration of the ship could cost more than $200 million. The SS UNITED STATES was completed in 1952. On her maiden voyage on July 4, 1952, she broke the transatlantic speed record by more than 10 hours. Since 1996, she has been docked at Pier 83 on the Delaware River in Philadelphia.


GREAT LAKES PILOTAGE RATE ADJUSTED

The Coast Guard has issued a final rule increasing the rates for pilotage service on the Great Lakes to generate sufficient revenue to cover allowable expenses, target pilot compensation, and return on investment. The rule takes effect on Aug. 1.


COLLECTIVE BARGAINING RIGHTS FOR TRANSPORTATION SECURITY OFFICERS

Airport screeners have sought to be part of a collective bargaining unit since the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was created on the heels of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Over the years, however, their attempts to unionize were beaten back by anti-labor forces in Congress and the Bush Administration. But on Friday, following a TSA review of the issue, John Pistole, the agency’s administrator, said screeners will now be allowed to vote on whether they want a union to collectively bargain with the agency on their behalf.

“This announcement is welcome news for the 40,000 working men and women of TSA,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. “Allowing TSA officers to exercise their right to come together to bargain collectively will improve their lives and enhance all air travelers’ experience and safety. As a third-generation coal miner,” Trumka added, “I know first-hand the differences in safety at the workplace for those workers who have a voice and those who don’t. When workers don’t fear for their jobs, they can raise concerns without fear of retaliation.”


ROLLING PORT STRIKES CONTINUE IN FRANCE

French ports were at a standstill over the weekend as dockworkers staged the fourth in a series of nationwide strikes since the beginning of the year. The main dockworkers’ union claims solid support for the strikes, which have closed down Le Havre, the top container hub, and Marseille, the country’s largest port by tonnage. The union says it will escalate strike action in the coming weeks because the government refuses to agree to the demand for early retirement for up to 6,000 dockworkers with arduous jobs. The government is coming under increasing pressure from private port employers and business leaders to reach agreement with the union. Politicians are also calling on the government to pass a law that would require workers to provide minimum service at ports during strikes.


CREWMEMBERS OF SAMHO JEWELERY SAY THEY WERE BEATEN BY PIRATES

South Korean sailors aboard the SAMHO JEWELERY, which was rescued from pirates two weeks ago, say they were brutalized by their captors. They said the pirates beat and threatened to kill them.  They were rescued after a South Korean military raid, during which eight pirates were killed. When the ship was retaken, a pirate shot the ship’s captain in the stomach. The captain is now in a hospital in South Korea, where he is said to be in stable condition. In the meantime, his crew is hailing him as a hero, saying he ran the vessel in a zigzag course to give the military time to catch up. The ship’s engineers said they also sabotaged the rudder and mixed water in with the oil to slow the ship down. The five surviving pirates are being held in Busan.


UN LAUNCHES NEW ANTI-PIRACY PLAN CALLING FOR INCREASED NAVAL SUPPORT

The United Nations last week announced a new plan to combat piracy off the Somali coast. One of the prime objectives of the new plan is “to promote greater levels of support from, and coordination with, navies” off Somalia, where patrols by the European Union, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and UN member states already operate. “We are appalled by news that pirates have executed, apparently in cold blood, a seafarer on the BELUGA NOMINATION,” said International Maritime Organization Secretary-General Efthimios Mitropoulos. “We are resolved to redouble our efforts and, in so doing, generate and galvanize a broader, global response to modern-day piracy.” The IMO leader also called for tracing ransom money and imposing sanctions on the proceeds derived from hijacked ships.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon echoed his comments, underlining the need for action on shore in Somalia. “Although piracy manifests itself at sea, the roots of the problem are to be found ashore,” he said. “In essence, piracy is a criminal offence that is driven by economic hardship, and that flourishes in the absence of effective law enforcement.” He called for international efforts to support alternative livelihoods in Somalia and the rehabilitation of coastal fisheries.


UNITED NATIONS ENVOY SUGGESTS NEW COURTS IN SOMALIA TO TRY PIRATES

The United Nations special envoy on piracy last month proposed that the international community establish new courts in Somalia and Tanzania to deal with piracy suspects. Jack Lang, the UN’s special adviser on piracy, encouraged the international community to work towards “Somaliazation” of the anti-piracy fight by helping authorities in Puntland and Somaliland to expand their judicial and prison capacities. Lang made his comments in a report to the U.N. Security Council. He estimated that the measures he proposes would cost about $25 million, compared to the estimated $7 billion which he said was the annual cost to the world of piracy.


COAST GUARD SEEKS COMMENTS ON CHANGES TO ITS ANTI-PIRACY POLICY

The Coast Guard says it is reviewing its policy on the use of force for self defense against piracy. The current rules on the defense of ships are published in Port Security Advisory (PSA) 3-09. They state that an owner, operator, time charterer, master, mariner or individual who uses force or authorizes the use of force to defend a U.S.-flagged vessel against an act of piracy is not liable for monetary damages for any injury or death caused by defending vessels against those engaging in piracy as long as the standard rules of force were used. The USCG is seeking comment as to the continued viability of PSA 3-09 as the standard policy. It said the guidance is intended to aid companies in development of their vessel security plan submissions. The deadline for comments is March 1.


PIRATE IN MAERSK ALABAMA CASE TO BE SENTENCED FEB. 16

The pirate found guility in the MAERSK ALABAMA case, Abdiwali Abdiqadir Muse, is due to be sentenced in federal court next week. He pleaded guilty last year to hostage-taking and conspiracy for leading the band of four pirates who attacked the MM&P-contracted MAERSK ALABAMA in April 2009. The master of the vessel, MM&P member Richard Phillips, was held hostage for four days on a lifeboat until Navy sharpshooters freed him and killed three pirates in a dramatic rescue. Muse faces a maximum term of 34 years in prison. His lawyers are pleading for leniency, arguing that he was a minor at the time of the attack and that he was trying to convince the other pirates to release Phillips when the sharpshooters intervened.


MM&P PLAN TRUSTEES APPROVE, IN PRINCIPLE, INCREASE IN PENSIONER EARNINGS LIMIT

The Trustees at their Feb. 2-3 meetings approved, in principle, a change to the Rules & Regulations to increase the health and benefit pensioner annual earnings limitation effective Jan. 1, 2011 from $30,000 to $32,000. Pensioners who are under 65, who have retired under the MM&P Pension Plan with 20 or more years of pension credit and their dependents under age 65 who are employed can now receive annual earnings of up to $32,000 without losing their health coverage under the Plan. If pensioners exceed the $32, 000, the Plan office will offer them the option of paying COBRA premiums for the Plan year on their own behalf and/or their dependents’ behalf.  If a pensioner’s spouse exceeds the earnings limitation and the pensioner does not, the spouse will be offered the same COBRA option.


ANNUAL VERIFICATION OF PENSIONER BENEFITS

In order to safeguard pension benefits, the Trustees have decided to require all pensioners to annually verify that they have received all their pension benefits from the previous year. The Plan office will be sending pensioners this notification shortly. It must be notarized and returned to the Plan office. If the pensioner resides in a city with an MM&P Port Office, the MM&P Port Official can sign the form instead of a notary.  If the properly completed verification form is not received back in the Plan office within 60 days of the date of the letter, the Trustees have directed the Plan office to hold the next pension benefit payment and all future benefit payments until the form is received.  The Plan Office will be providing additional information directly to all pensioners in the near future. 


YOUR 2010 DUES STATEMENT NOW AVAILABLE ON-LINE

Starting immediately, all active members and applicants can view and print their 2010 dues statement in the Members’ Only section of www.bridgedeck.org. Just enter the Members’ Only section and click on “2010 Dues Statement” at the top of the page. Please note that the statement only reflects payments made during 2010.


JOB OPPORTUNITY IN VARIOUS PORTS

National cargo surveying firm has career opportunities available in various U.S. ports. Qualified individuals with master and chief mate licenses are welcome to apply by sending a resume to icibod1@verizon.net or calling Tom at 973-568-5792.


MM&P INTERNATIONAL SECRETARY-TREASURER AT FEB. 9 MEETING IN NY/NJ HALL

A membership meeting will be held at MM&P’s NY/NJ Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 9, after the 1300 job call. MM&P Atlantic Ports Vice President Steve Werse and MM&P International Secretary-Treasurer Don Marcus will both present reports at the meeting. The NY/NJ Hiring Hall is located at 35 Journal Square, Suite 912, Jersey City, NJ 07306.  All members and applicants are urged to attend.


UPCOMING 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.

Wednesday, Feb. 9 – Edmonds Office: 1000-1200

Tuesday, March 15 – Poulsbo (site TBD): 1000-1200 and 1800-2000

Monday, April 11- Edmonds Office: 1400-1600

Tuesday, May 10- Anacortes (site TBD: 1000-1200 and 1500-1700

Thursday, June 9 – Edmonds Office: 1000-1200


PACIFIC PORTS CLOSED FEB. 14 AND 21 FOR CONTRACTED HOLIDAYS

MM&P Pacific Ports union halls will be closed in February for two contracted holidays: Lincoln’s Birthday, Monday, Feb. 14, and Presidents’ Day Monday, Feb. 21. On Feb. 21, all MM&P union halls, MM&P Plans, the MM&P Federal Credit Union and MM&P headquarters will also be closed.


SCHEDULE FOR NEW HORIZON LINES MEDICAL REFRESHER COURSE

MITAGS has developed a new five-day medical refresher course for members who have already completed the STCW-95 Medical Person-in-Charge course (MED-PIC).  The new course meets Horizon Lines five-year medical refresher training requirements for chief mates and masters. It will be offered at MITAGS on the following dates: March 7-11; Sept. 12-16; and Nov. 14-18. The course will be offered at PMI beginning in 2012. Please contact the MITAGS Admissions Office for more details: 866-656-5568 or e-mail admissions@mitags.org.  The course is open to any member who has completed MED-PIC in the past five years.


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): Feb. 8-9 in New York/New Jersey; Feb. 9-10 in Honolulu; 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.

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 Lars Turner at lturner@bridgedeck.org.


CRUISE SHIP STRIKES UNCHARTED ROCK IN ANTARCTICA

An expedition cruise ship, the POLAR STAR, sustained a punctured outer hull on Jan. 31 after striking an uncharted rock in Antarctic waters. The ship reportedly hit the rock as she was anchoring just north of Detaille Island at the Antarctic Peninsula. At the time of the accident, the ship was carrying 80 passengers.


COURSE EQUIVALENCIES FOR REQUIRED COMPANY TRAINING

Given the number of required company training courses, it is extremely important for new members to request a transcript review to determine whether they meet the course equivalency requirements.  The courses that are eligible for equivalency are listed in the MITAGS Trust Student Guide located on www.mitags.org in the MM&P Member Section. You may also request a copy from Diane Ford (dford@mitags.org or call 443-989-3238). Remember, the dispatcher in the union hall cannot assign you a job unless you meet the company’s training requirements!


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 Kelly Michielli, Admissions Coordinator, toll free at 866-656-5568 or e-mail: admissions@mitags.org.

AZIPOD-3 day – Azipod Propulsion System: 3/15

BRM- Bridge Resource Management: 2/21
BRMP � Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 3/3

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

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

FSM � Fatique, Sleep and Medications for Pilots: 3/18

GMDSS � Global Maritime Distress Safety Signal: 2/21

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: 3/2

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

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

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 2/9, 2/23, 3/9, 3/30
ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal Day Class: 3/14

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

TPIC � Tankerman Person In Charge: 3/7

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

February 2011

8-10    Security VCF
14-18  Electronic Navigation
21-23  Fast Rescue Boat
28-4    Tankerman Person-in-Charge

March 2011

7th      Flashing Light
7-11   Basic Meteorology
7-11   Able Seaman
8-11    ARPA
14-18  ECDIS
21-1   Celestial Navigation
21-23  Fast Rescue Boat
28th   Radar Renewal

April 2011

4-15     GMDSS
11-13   Security VCF
11-15   Basic Stability
18-22  Medical Care Provider
23rd    Medical DOT
18-29  Medical Person-in-Charge
25th    Radar Renewal
25-29  Basic Meteorology


MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 2-4-11

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
12,062.26 2,753.88 1,307.10
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund (VAARX)
56.40
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
120.87
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
42.76
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
19.68
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
18.89
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
26.94
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.63
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
32.83
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
5.80
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
16.57
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
22.71
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
14.10
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
19.96
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
11.81
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
12.65
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
12.94
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
13.52
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
13.95
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.47
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
32.90
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
18.14
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
15.72
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
19.09
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
10.48
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
74.50
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
71.94
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
19.08
 Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
47.37
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
30.92
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
29.68
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
11.36
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
12.05
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
13.84
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
14.10
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
14.16
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
8.27
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
9.71
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
10.67
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
39.46
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
46.43
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
30.77



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