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Wheelhouse Weekly – February 21, 2012

February 21st 2012

 

– Bridging the Information Gap With E-News You Can Use –

Volume 16 . . . . . Number 8. . . . February 21, 2012

STORIES COVERED

Did you miss a week? Back editions of the Wheelhouse Weekly are available in the section.


MM&P MEMBERS HELM CROWLEY TUGS FOR DISCOVERY CHANNEL SHOW EXTREME MACHINES

The Crowley tugs NANUQ and AWARE and the mariners who crew them will be featured in an upcoming episode of The Discovery Channel’s “Extreme Machines.” Capt. Jim Sherburne was at the helm of NANUQ when The Discovery Channel came aboard earlier this month for a harbor tour and an outbound escort. Also aboard NANUQ at the time were Chief Mate Ross McDonald and Second Mate Kalin Downing. Capt. David Sweeney and Chief Mate Donovan Pudwell were in the wheelhouse when the film crew climbed aboard the Crowley Tug AWARE.

NANUQ is outfitted for tanker escort services, ship handling, firefighting and emergency and spill response in Alaskan waters. AWARE is a general purpose prevention and response tug, equipped for firefighting, emergency response and oil spill recovery. The Crowley tugs are the most recent in a dramatic line of “extreme machines” featured on the show, including a super-size transporter called “Beluga,” a gigantic “ice hammer,” the South African dirt mover “Behemooth,” and a “mean mining machine.”


HELP THE AFL-CIO PUT THE BRAKES ON BAD TRANSPORTATION POLICY

The AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department (TTD) asks that you go to its website, http://tiny.cc/tellit, to tell your elected officials to oppose HR 7, the surface transportation bill pending in the House of Representatives. “The bill would degrade worker and public safety protections and harm our national transportation system,” TTD says. As it is now written, the bill would: force privatization of public transportation systems in a give-away to foreign corporations; fire 2,000 Amtrak food and service worker jobs and slash Amtrak funding; take away health and safety protections for workers handling hazardous materials; and force outsourcing of state Department of Transportation engineering jobs.  

To help, please go to the TTD “Tell it to Congress” website, http://tiny.cc/tellit, and click on the link to send a letter to your representative expressing your opposition to the American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act (HR 7) as it is currently written.


KOREAN MASTER SHOT IN PIRATE ATTACK RECEIVES IMO AWARD

A ship captain who almost died after being shot several times during a pirate attack has been presented with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea. The magazine of the British and Dutch officers’ union, Nautilus Telegraph, has published the incredible story of the captain of the SAMHO JEWELRY, which was boarded by pirates in the Indian Ocean in January 2011.

Capt. Seog Hae-gyun steered the SAMHO JEWELRY on a zig-zag course for two days after 13 pirates boarded the ship, blew open the citadel and took the 21-person crew hostage. He also instructed that the fuel be contaminated so the engines would not work properly, pretended that the steering gear was malfunctioning and slowed the tanker’s speed from 14 knots to six, all in an attempt to increase the window of opportunity in which a rescue could take place.

South Korean commandos eventually re-took control of the ship, but not before the pirates had beaten the captain, breaking his legs and shoulders, and shot him four times. An IMO spokesman said that Capt. Seog, who was unconscious for a month after the attack, had been unanimously chosen to receive the award out of a total of 38 nominees. The captain, who now walks with a cane, says he hopes one day to be well enough to return to sea.


NATIONAL LABOR COLLEGE OFFERS UNBIASED FINANCIAL INFORMATION FOR WORKING FAMILIES

Financial issues can be confusing, and there aren’t many places to get straight, unbiased information about investing and financial security. The problem is that most financial information sites are aimed primarily at promoting the sale of financial products. The National Labor College has launched a public website, http://invested.nlc.edu/, which aims to make high-quality information available to working families facing challenges such as: planning for retirement; a need to reduce household debt; foreclosure; or the birth of a child. The website, which is part of the National Labor College’s Financial Empowerment Project, was designed to help working families master the concepts and tools that can help strengthen financial security, both now and in the future. For strategies and tips, visit http://invested.nlc.edu/


THE MASTER, MATE & PILOT NOW ONLINE

The January-February edition of The Master, Mate & Pilot will be arriving in your mailbox soon. In the meantime, look for it online on the union’s website, bridgedeck.org. In this issue: politicians in Hawaii and Puerto Rico take aim at the Jones Act; know your rights in the event of a maritime casualty; crew of U.S. Army Corps DREDGE MCFARLAND rescues boater; new owners take helm at Black Ball Ferry. Plus: MM&P holiday party photos! To view the most recent edition of The Master, Mate & Pilot, just go to bridgedeck.org and click on “MM&P magazine” at the top of the home page.


NEW ADDRESS AND PHONE NUMBER FOR MM&P HOUSTON HALL

The MM&P Houston Hall will move on or about Feb. 25. The new address will be:
13850 Gulf Freeway, Suite 250, Houston, TX 77034. The new phone numbers will be: 281-464-9650 (phone) and 281-464-9652 (fax).


UNITED INLAND GROUP BY-LAWS POSTED AND MAILED

The MM&P United Inland Group By-Laws, approved by referenda and adopted Dec. 8, 2011, have been posted in the Members Only pages of bridgedeck.org. To view the By-Laws, go to the Members Only site and click on “UIG Downloads” at the top of the page. A copy of the By-Laws has also been mailed to every UIG member’s address of record.


OFFSHORE SHIPPING AND WORK RULES POSTED AND MAILED

A copy of the Offshore Shipping and Work Rules has been mailed to every Offshore Group member’s address of record. The shipping and work rules can also be viewed in the Members Only section of bridgedeck.org.


MITAGS SEEKS PART-TIME SIMULATOR OPERATORS

MITAGS-PMI is seeking part-time simulator operators for the Transas simulation system. A simulator operator is primarily responsible for the performance of, and planning for, the use of the simulators in all courses and assists other team members of the Engineering Department in service and support of computer network systems.  Major duties include preparing and operating ship simulators for any course requiring their use, assisting Simulation Engineers in the daily simulation system checks and problem solving, assisting in the development of ship models and databases for simulation systems by organizing and preparing documentation of model and database testing as well as other reports as required and other duties within the scope of the position as assigned by the Supervisor.

Desired qualifications include background or degree in Computer Science/Engineering or other related field, with two years’ experience in network support, systems integration and programming, experience servicing and designing local area networks and personal computer systems and analyzing computer systems, knowledge of, or work experience in the maritime industry, able to work flexible hours, to include early morning, evening and/or weekend schedules, excellent writing and communications skills, and proficiency in use of Microsoft Office suite. This position requires moderate physical activity.  If you are interested in this position, forward a cover letter and resume to MITAGS Director of Training Eric Friend at efriend@mitags.org.


SCHEDULE FOR 2012 OFFSHORE FAMILIARIZATION COURSES

The Offshore Familiarization Course, formerly called the D-Book Membership Course, will be held at regular intervals throughout 2012.

The schedule is as follows (but please note that course dates may change depending on the number of participants who sign up): Feb. 28-29 in Honolulu; April 3-4 in Boston; April 11-12 in Los Angeles; May 29-30 in New Orleans; May 30-31 in Charleston; June 8-9 at MM&P Headquarters; Sept. 7-8 at MM&P Headquarters; Oct. 9-10 in New Jersey and Los Angeles; Nov. 7-8 in Houston.

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 MM&P Membership Secretary Mary Seidman: mseidman@bridgedeck.org.


MARK YOUR CALENDAR: PACIFIC PORTS MEETINGS IN FEBRUARY

A membership meeting will be held at the Honolulu Hall on Feb. 28. All members in the area are encouraged to attend.


REVITALIZING THE MARITIME INDUSTRY CONFERENCE SPONSORED BY THE MARITIME EXECUTIVE MAY 7-8 AT MITAGS

A two-day conference, “Revitalizing the Maritime Industry,” will be held at MITAGS on May 7-8 by The Maritime Executive. America’s marine highways have been underutilized for decades due to failed federal policies and inadequate funding mechanisms. Today, while the infrastructure is in place, U.S. vessel operators, shipbuilders, training institutions and port authorities have been overlooked as vital assets in the U.S. economic recovery plan. The Maritime Executive, with your support, aims to change that perspective in Congress and, most importantly, among the American people. To register for the event, go to: http://tiny.cc/MarEx


MISSISSIPPI RIVER TEMPORARILY CLOSED AFTER BARGE COLLISION

The Coast Guard reported Sunday that it had emptied and relocated a tanker barge involved in a collision that spilled oil into the Mississippi River approximately 50 miles upriver of New Orleans. According to the Coast Guard report, the MV CLARENCE W. SETTOON was towing the tanker barge when it collided with another tug, the ALYDAR, which was towing construction equipment. The collision tore a hole in the double-hulled tanker barge, causing the release of an amount of oil that the Coast Guard estimates was less than 10,000 gallons. Following the accident, the authorities temporarily closed the river to commercial traffic and began a cleanup effort in St. John the Baptist Parish. There is no word yet on the cause of the accident.


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

Try our on-line interactive calendar to register for class: http://mitags-pmi.org/courses/calendar/

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

AB � Able Bodied Seaman: 5/21, 6/11

AIS-1 � Automatic Identification Systems (one day): 5/10, 6/6

ARPA – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 3/13

AZIPOD (2-DAY) for Pilots: 3/13

BRM – Bridge Resource Management: 4/30

BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 5/9, 6/7

BST � Basic Safety Training: 4/9, 6/25

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 3/19, 6/11

CMM-ADVNAV – Advanced Navigation (=ECDIS & VPEN): 3/5, 5/14

CMM-MPP – Marine Propulsion Plants: 3/26, 6/4

CMM-SHMGT – Ship Management (2 weeks): 4/30

CMM-SHS-ADV-I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 3/12, 3/26, 4/9, 5/14, 6/11

CMM-SHS-ADV-I I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 3/5, 3/19, 4/2, 4/16, 5/21, 6/18

CMM-WKP � Advanced Watchkeeping: 4/2, 6/18

CNAV – Celestial Navigation: 4/30

CONSTAB – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 4/9

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning: 3/15, 5/11

ECDIS-ENAV (2 DAY) for Pilots: 3/1, 6/4

ENAV – Electronic Navigation: 3/19

ENVIRO-Regs Permit – Environmental Regulations Permit: 3/13, 5/21

EP � Emergency Procedures: 4/25

FF-BADV � Combined Basic and Advanced Fire Fighting: 4/9, 6/25

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep and Medications for Pilots: 3/16, 6/6

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress Safety Signal: 2/20

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 3/5, 6/11

LAP – License Advancement Program for Chief Mate & Master: 3/19

LAP-ORG 3rd � License Advancement Program for Original 3/Mate: 6/4

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 3/1, 4/18, 5/9

MCL – Management, Communication & Leadership: 3/26

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 3/19, 4/16, 6/11

MED-PIC -R– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 3/5, 5/14

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 3/19, 4/16, 6/11

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 3/24, 4/21, 6/16

MSC -SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualification: 3/12, 6/4

MSC-DC � Military Sealift Command Damage Control (4 Evenings): 6/4

MSC-CBRD-1 � Military Sealaif Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic): 6/8

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 2/22, 3/7, 3/21, 4/4

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 3/12, 4/1, 4/18, 5/2, 5/6, 6/13, 6/27

ROP-5 � Radar Observer Original and Renewal: 4/23

SAR � Search & Rescue: 4/23

SEC-VCF – Security Officer, Vessel, Company & Facility: 3/12, 5/7

SHS-BAS � Basic Shiphandling: 4/23, 5/14, 6/25

SHS-ESH-BRMP3 – Emergency Shiphandling and Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 2/27, 4/2

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling: 3/5, 5/7

TPIC-DL – Tankerman Person in Charge Dangerous Liquids: 3/5, 5/21

WKP BAS – Basic Watchkeeping: 3/5

WX-BAS – Basic Meteorology: 3/26
 
…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.


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 2012
27-2       Basic Meteorology
27-9       Celestial Navigation

March 2012
5-9          ECDIS
12-16     Radar Observer Unlimited
12-23     GMDSS
12-30     License Preparation (Mate – 500Ton, 1600Ton, 3rd Unlimited)
20-21     Safety Management Systems
22-23     Build Your Own Internal Auditing Team Seminar
26th       Radar Renewal
26-30     Medical Care Provider


MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 2-17-12

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
12,991.54 2,961.00 1,366.47
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund (VAARX)
56.17
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
125.68
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
44.53
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
18.48
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
19.65
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
27.88
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
11.07
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
35.16
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
5.85
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
16.90
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
22.82
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
14.47
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
20.34
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
12.33
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
13.02
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
13.18
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
13.62
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
14.05
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
11.01
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
34.24
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
18.60
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
15.96
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
19.93
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
10.93
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
70.16
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
71.40
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
18.54
Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
48.06
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
28.26
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
29.52
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
11.55
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
12.22
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
13.83
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
13.97
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
13.83
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
7.99
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
9.32
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
11.00
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
40.12
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
48.30
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
33.32



The MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly is the official electronic newsletter of the International Organization of Masters, Mates, and Pilots, ILA, AFL-CIO, 700 Maritime Blvd. Suite B, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090-1953. Phone: 410-850-8700; Fax: 410-850-0973; Email: iommp@bridgedeck.org. For further info or to subscribe contact Lisa Rosenthal at lrosenthal@bridgedeck.org. The Wheelhouse Weekly is sent via Email to MM&P-contracted vessels at sea and is posted on our web page.

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