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Wheelhouse Weekly – January 24, 2011

January 24th 2011

 

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Volume 15 . . . . . Number 4 . . . . January 24, 2011

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REPRESENTATIVES APPOINTED TO KEY MARITIME SUBCOMMITTEE

Leadership positions on the House Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee have been filled by two long-time friends and supporters of MM&P and the U.S.-flag shipping industry. Republican Congressman Frank LoBiondo (N.J.) has been chosen as subcommittee chairman for the 112th Congress. Congressman Rick Larsen (Wash.) will serve as the subcommittee’s top Democrat. Also named to serve on the subcommittee were an additional seven Republicans, five of whom are freshmen elected for the first time in 2010. Freshman Republican Jeff Landry (La.) will serve as the subcommittee’s vice chairman. He is joined on the panel by returning Reps. Don Young (Alaska) and Howard Coble (N.C.) and by freshmen Andy Harris (Md.), Frank Guinta (N.H.), Chip Cravaack (Minn.) and Blake Farenthold (Texas).
 
Serving on the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee on the Democratic side are returning members Elijah Cummings (Md.), Corrine Brown (Fla.), Tim Bishop (N.Y.), Mazie Hirono (Hawaii) and Michael Michaud (Maine).
 
The subcommittee has jurisdiction over virtually all non-national security aspects of our industry, including Coast Guard-issued credentials and other federal regulatory and policy matters that affect merchant mariners and U.S.-flag shipping companies.


BAILED-OUT WALL STREET EXEC AMONG THOSE FUNDING ATTACKS ON PUBLIC SECTOR WORKERS, SAYS AFL-CIO PRESIDENT

Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, whose company received a $12.9 billion payout from the taxpayer-funded bailout of AIG, is among the well-heeled backers of an anti-labor coalition funding the most recent wave of attacks targeting the salaries and pensions of public sector workers, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says.

Trumka made the remarks during a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 19. He was joined at the event by a New York City firefighter who sustained grave injuries in the aftermath of 9/11 and by an Ohio child care worker who has been blocked in her attempt to join a union. He called the two public sector employees–Stan Trojanowski and Ella Hopkins–“true American heroes,” and used their situations to illustrate what he called “the Alice-in-Wonderland” political climate in Washington.

In his speech, Trumka assailed “the hypocrisy of lawmakers who held Congress hostage last year as they fought to cut taxes for the wealthy and now lecture us about the imminent bankruptcy of Social Security and Medicare.”

“So let me get this straight,” he said. “We need to slash retirement and health benefits for the elderly because we are on the brink of fiscal crisis. But we can afford to squander hundreds of billions of dollars in tax cuts for the super-rich. Only at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party does this make sense.”

Trumka said recent attacks on public employees are “funded by shadowy committees, fueled and financed by people like Lloyd Blankfein, the CEO of Goldman Sachs, and Rupert Murdoch, the billionaire publisher behind Fox News… who claim that firefighters and nurses and medical orderlies are overpaid.”

“I don’t know what deep moral force drives Lloyd Blankfein and Jamie Dimon of JP Morgan Chase to fund attacks on firefighters’ pensions,” Trumka said, “but I know why firefighters and construction workers have always needed early retirement–because you can’t run into burning buildings in your sixties carrying a hundred pounds on your back. ‘Too old to work and too young to die’ has real meaning when you don’t have a Goldman Sachs partnership to live off.”

Trumka urged President Obama in his upcoming State of the Union address to call for new investments in high-speed mass transit, smart utilities and universal high-speed broadband. “People who live in Wonderland may not have noticed, but there is a lot of work to be done,” Trumka said. He said that a large portion of the investment necessary could be paid for by eliminating the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy and enacting a .05 percent financial speculation tax: “so small as to be of no concern to any real investor, but enough to raise more than $100 billion in revenue a year.”

Trumka said that because the nation can’t count on the political process here in Washington to get the job done, “the labor movement is engaging with business, public leaders and communities around the country to develop innovative regional and local plans for infrastructure investment… We are ready and eager to work more with business to make it happen. But the reality is that without federal involvement, the money simply can’t be raised at a local level at the scale needed for our major cities to compete globally.”

Trumka ended his speech with a call for the nation to focus on job creation, and on what he called “the real American dream: that if we work hard and do our part for each other, each of us can enjoy the economic security that allows us to live our lives with dignity and have hope for our future and for our children’s future.”

“This dream must be a reality in our time, and in our children’s and grandchildren’s time,” he said.

To read Trumka’s speech in its entirety, go to: http://www.aflcio.org/.


BISCAYNE BAY PILOTS PUBLISH MARITIME HISTORY BOOK IN CELEBRATION OF THEIR CENTENNIAL

The Biscayne Bay Pilots Association is celebrating a century of partnership with the City of Miami and Miami-Dade County by publishing a book that chronicles the role played by harbor pilots in the establishment of Miami as a port town.

“Forty-four harbor pilots have played an intricate role in the development of Biscayne Bay as a major seaport over the last century,” said Capt. John Jacobsen, chairman of the Biscayne Bay Pilots Association, in an official statement. “We are honored to be celebrating our collaboration with the Port of Miami and our contribution to the safety, environmental integrity and economic development of this beautiful port city.”

The book, which was written by Capt. Andrew D. Melick and edited by Miami historian Paul George, chronicles the harbor pilots’ role in the evolution of the city and its seaport. The Biscayne Bay Pilots Association is a member association of the Florida Harbor Pilots Association. The book is called: “A Century of Service, A History of the Biscayne Bay Pilots.”

In the past century, harbor pilots in Miami have safely handled the navigation of hundreds of thousands of ships; today, the 16 professionals who belong to the Biscayne Bay Pilots Association handle about 7,000 ships each year. 

“The Port of Miami joins the Biscayne Bay Pilots in celebrating their anniversary of service to the seaport,” said Port Director Bill Johnson in an official statement. “We count on the pilots to assist us with seaport development, new ship operations and port security by providing their expertise in planning the seaport’s growth.”

Planned modifications to the port to allow it to accommodate “post-Panamax” ships include: a roadway connecting it to the MacArthur Causeway via a tunnel under the Main Channel; dredging the channels to a depth of 50 feet and upgrades to the port’s rail connections. After the work is completed, Miami will be one of only three East Coast ports that can accommodate the giant container ships. Harbor pilots in the Biscayne Bay Pilots Association have trained extensively to handle these ships as part of their commitment to the Port of Miami.

Today there are 97 harbor pilots serving Florida’s 14 deepwater ports. In a recent three-year period, they controlled the navigation in Florida seaports of about 90,000 ships.


ILA LASHERS AND MAINTENANCE WORKERS RATIFY CONTRACT WITH N.Y.-N.J. EMPLOYERS

Lashers and maintenance workers represented by New York and New Jersey locals of the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) have ratified a new contract with the Metropolitan Marine Maintenance Contractors Association (Metro). The agreement with Locals 1814 and 1804-1 will extend the contract through the end of 2012. A spokesman for the employers said the most difficult issue involved lasher manning on container vessels with more than 1,500 moves. Under the terms of the agreement, lasher manning will remain the same on the 75 percent of vessels calling at the Port of New York and New Jersey that require 1,500 or fewer moves.  The base wage for all Metro-ILA workers will increase $1 per hour on Jan. 1, 2012 under the contract extension.


NEW WAVE OF DOCK WORKER STRIKES DISRUPTS FRENCH PORTS

A dock workers’ strike shut down shipping terminals at all of France’s main ports from Friday to Monday. It was the second weekend port strike in France in a row. Dock workers and port staff are striking to win early retirement for those who carry out hard physical work. The government of France, the major shareholder in the ports, says any labor agreement must be in keeping with its national pension reform, approved by Parliament in October. That law raised the retirement age for all workers from 60 to 62 and the threshold for full benefits from 65 to 67. National strikes late last year caused several weeks of major disruption to shipments and oil terminals, particularly those in Marseille.  


PIRATES KIDNAP RECORD NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN 2010

Attacks on merchant vessels hit a seven-year high in 2010, according to the International Maritime Bureau. Last year, pirates took a record number of hostages, 1,181, and killed eight mariners. Somali pirates accounted for 49 of the 53 ships hijacked last year and 1,106 of the kidnappings. A total of 445 attacks on ships were logged by the IMB’s piracy reporting centre in Kuala Lumpur, a ten percent increase over 2009 and the highest figure since the previous peak in 2003.
 


SOUTH KOREAN SPECIAL FORCES STORM PIRATED SHIP

South Korean commandos raided a hijacked freighter in the early morning of Jan. 21, rescuing all 21 members of the crew, killing eight pirates and capturing five others. The master of the hijacked vessel sustained serious injuries but is expected to fully recover. Three South Korean commandos were injured in the attack.

The dramatic rescue took place about 800 miles off the northeast coast of Somalia, one week after pirates had seized the South Korean freighter, the SAMHO JEWELRY.

“We will not tolerate any behavior that threatens the lives and safety of our people in the future,” South Korean President Lee Myung-bak was quoted as saying in a televised news report. The SAMHO JEWELRY had been seized Jan. 15, about 350 nautical miles southeast of Muscat, Oman.


PIRATES RELEASE ONE SHIP, HIJACK ANOTHER

European naval forces reported that pirates on Jan. 16 released the MV MOTIVATOR off the coast of Somalia. The product tanker, which had been hijacked on July 4, had reportedly been used by the pirates on numerous occasions as a mother ship. The authorities have also reported that pirates hijacked the MV EAGLE in the Somali Basin south of Salalah on Jan. 17. The Cypriot-flagged, Greek-owned bulk carrier has a crew of 24. It was reportedly hijacked by pirates in a single skiff firing rocket-propelled grenades.


NEW SUITE NUMBER FOR UNITED INLAND GROUP’S SEATTLE HALL

On Jan. 28, the United Inland Group will change offices. Although the street address will remain the same, the suite number will change to 222. The new address will be: 144 Railroad Ave., Suite 222, Edmonds, WA 98020.


JAN. 31 DEADLINE FOR UNION PLUS 2011 SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

All MM&P members, associate members and their families with college- or technical school-bound children are eligible to apply for the “Union Plus” Scholarship Program.

Since 1992, the “Union Plus” Scholarship Program has awarded more than $3 million to students of working families who want to begin or continue their post-secondary education. For 2010, some 121 union members and union family members have been awarded $150,000 in scholarships. The students selected for university, college, trade school or technical scholarships represent a wide sampling of backgrounds, union affiliations, goals and accomplishments. The selection process is very competitive: a spokesman for “Union Plus” says it receives 5,000 scholarship applications each year.
 
The program is open to students attending or planning to attend a college or university, a community college, or a technical college or trade school. Applicants are evaluated on the basis of academic ability, social awareness, financial need and appreciation of labor. The amount of the award ranges from $500 to $4,000. This is a one-time cash award sent to individual winners for study beginning in the fall of the same year.
 
To download an application, go to www.unionplus.org, click on “Legal and Education” at the top of the page, then click on “College Planning Center” and then on “Scholarships.” The application deadline is Jan. 31, 2011.


SCHEDULE FOR 2011 D-BOOK MEMBERSHIP COURSES

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.


MARINE HIGHWAYS CONFERENCE APRIL 5-6 AT MITAGS

The Journal of Commerce’s 8th Annual Conference on North American Marine Highways will be held April 5-6 at MITAGS in Linthicum Heights, Md. “The marine highway can be a link in an intermodal supply chain that moves goods to their destination by ocean, inland river or Great Lakes in a cost-effective, environmentally friendly way,” says a Journal of Commerce spokesperson in an official release to the press. “Marine transportation can lower a shipper’s carbon footprint, avoid crowded highways and provide reliable just-in-time service.”

Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood has been invited to speak at the conference, as has former Maritime Administrator Sean Connaughton, now Virginia state secretary of transportation. Topics will include DOT TIGER grants, research into ongoing marine highway projects and a discussion of intermodal trucking. Among the speakers is also John M. Cullather, recently retired staff director for the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Marine Transportation.


TWO DIE AFTER SWEDISH-FLAGGED CARGO SHIP HITS FISHING BOAT OFF JUTLAND

Two fishermen, a father and a son, died of hypothermia the night of Jan. 20 after their boat collided with the cargo ship VINGA in the freezing waters between Jutland and Zealand, Denmark. The crew of the larger vessel managed to pull one of the men out of the water after 55 minutes. The other man was recovered by rescue services some 40 minutes later. The water temperature was only one degree at the time. VINGA is now docked in an eastern Zealand port, where an investigation into the accident is under way. 


CRUISE SHIP WAITER FOUND GUILTY OF COCAINE SMUGGLING

The High Court of Bermuda has found a cruise ship waiter guilty of smuggling almost half a million dollars worth of cocaine. The 32-year-old man had worked as a waiter aboard the Royal Caribbean cruise ship EXPLORER OF THE SEAS. The cocaine was found hidden under a chair in the ship’s discotheque.


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.

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: 3/3

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]
CMM-ADVWX � Advanced Meteorology: 3/21
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: 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): 1/31, 2/28, 3/14, 3/28
CMM-SHS-ADV-I I � Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 2/7, 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
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: 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: 1/25, 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-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

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

25-28  ARPA
31-4    Medical Care Provider
31-11   Medical Person-In-Charge

February 2011

5th      Med DOT
7th      Radar Renewal
7-11   ECDIS
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 1-21-11

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
11,822.80 2,704.29 1,280.26
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund (VAARX)
55.63
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
118.29
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
41.30
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
19.61
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
18.32
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
26.45
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.72
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
32.03
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
5.76
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
16.47
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
22.32
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
14.10
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
19.74
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
11.77
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
12.52
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
12.75
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
13.26
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
13.68
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.56
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
32.11
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
17.59
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
15.56
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
18.67
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
10.55
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
72.14
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
69.92
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
18.77
 Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
45.85
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
30.30
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
28.80
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
11.33
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
12.00
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
13.70
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
13.93
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
13.94
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
8.12
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
9.51
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
10.73
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
38.15
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
45.43
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
30.05



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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