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Wheelhouse Weekly – January 31, 2012

January 31st 2012

 

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

Volume 16 . . . . . Number 5. . . . January 31, 2012

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ALASKA MARINE PILOTS PLAY PIVOTAL ROLE IN FUEL DELIVERY TO ICED-IN CITY OF NOME

Members of the MM&P Pilot Membership Group were central to the success of a dramatic voyage across the Bering Sea earlier this month to deliver 1.3 million gallons of fuel to the iced-in western Alaska city of Nome. To provide fuel to the town, which would have run out completely by March or April, the Russian tanker RENDA set out on a 5,000 mile journey from Russia in mid-December, picking up diesel fuel in South Korea before heading to Dutch Harbor, Alaska.

The Alaska Marine Pilots were heavily involved in all stages of the planning and execution of the project, lending much needed expertise. Capt. Peter Garay, president of the Alaska Marine Pilots Association, was on the RENDA for the entire voyage from Dutch Harbor, serving as the communications link between the Russian crew and the Coast Guard icebreaker HEALY. “Garay was the de facto navigator for the enterprise the entire time the vessel was moving through the approximately 300 miles of pack ice between Nome and the open sea,” said American Pilots Association Executive Director Paul Kirchner. “This was a job extremely well-done.” Garay also served as the compulsory state pilot once the tanker reached pilotage waters. 

The week-long voyage in frigid temperatures, through 1.5 meter thick ice, is detailed in a film that has been posted to You Tube, “Historic Fuel Delivery to Nome,” at http://tiny.cc/Nome.


BLUE & GOLD CAPT. TOM DOUGHERTY PROFILED IN SAN FRANCISCO BAY CROSSINGS NEWSPAPER

Long-time MM&P member Capt. Tom Dougherty was profiled in the most recent issue of “Bay Crossings,” a newspaper for passengers on San Francisco Bay Area ferries. Journalist Matt Larson conducted the interview, which was published in the column, “Who’s at the Helm?”

In his 14 years at Blue & Gold, Dougherty has been in the wheelhouse of ferries serving almost every route in the Bay Area. A Hawaii native, he started sailing with his father at the age of four, and by 14, had saved up enough money to purchase his own Sunfish sailboat. He worked as a commercial diver and as a tourist submersible pilot in Kona and Waikiki before going to work at Blue & Gold.

Dougherty says the best part about being a ferry captain is also the best part about being a passenger: “The views: sunrises are the absolute best,” he says. “You’re flying along at 30 knots; it’s a beautiful, clear day and you can just kind of be there. And with that dynamic feeling of being on the water, it’s incredible.”

In October 2011, WETA, the regional public agency that operates Bay Area ferry services, awarded Blue & Gold Fleet a five-year contract for operations and maintenance of the ferry system.


UNION MEMBERSHIP IN U.S. INCREASED FROM 2010 TO 2011

Overall union membership in the United States increased by 49,000 from 2010 to 2011, including 15,000 new 16- to 24-year-old members, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. An increase of 110,000 in the private sector was partially offset by a decline of 61,000 in the public sector, making the rate of union membership essentially unchanged at 11.8 percent, with some 14.8 million U.S. workers union members.

“Despite an unprecedented volley of partisan political attacks on workers’ rights and the continuing insecurity of our economic crisis, union membership increased slightly last year,” commented AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. “Working men and women want to come together and improve their lives.”

Public-sector union density increased from 36.2 percent to 37 percent though November 2011. Private-sector union membership remains at 6.9 percent. The largest increases in union membership were in construction, health care services, retail, primary metals and fabricated metal products, hospitals, transportation and warehousing.


INDIANA ANTI-UNION LAW ADVANCES

Republicans lawmakers began a final push on Tuesday to approve a law that would make Indiana the first “right-to-work” state in the nation’s manufacturing belt. Currently, people working under and benefiting from a union contract in Indiana have to pay their fair share towards the process. If the “right-to-work” law passes, a worker could get all the benefits of a union-negotiated contract without paying his or her fair share. Opponents of the measure call it “right-to-work-for less,” in that it has been shown to drive down wages. No state has approved “right-to-work” legislation since Oklahoma a decade ago.

During debate on the Indiana law, 10,000 workers packed the statehouse to show their opposition. Democrats have demonstrated their opposition to the measure by staying away from hearings and introducing an alternative bill that called for a public referendum on the measure. Indiana will join 22 other states with “right-to-work” laws, most of them in the South and West.


HORIZON LINES AND JUSTICE DEPARTMENT REACH AGREEMENT ON RECORD-KEEPING INCIDENT

Horizon Lines says it has entered into an agreement with the Department of Justice regarding charges of improper oil record-keeping entries on one of its ships. The company says it will plead guilty to two counts of providing federal authorities with false vessel oil record-keeping entries. Under the agreement, which is subject to court approval, the company will pay a fine of $1 million and donate an additional $500,000 to the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation for environmental community service programs. The company also has agreed to be placed on probation for three years and to institute an environmental compliance plan. The charges stem from the improper use of an oily water separator and related inappropriate record-keeping aboard HORIZON ENTERPRISE.

“Horizon Lines has always endeavored to operate as a responsible environmental steward,” said Company President and Chief Executive Officer Stephen Fraser. “We do not in any way minimize the unauthorized actions by a few individuals that run contrary to the care and training normally demonstrated by our vessel crews throughout the company. We are making every effort to see that this does not happen again, as we continue to provide service to our customers as an environmentally responsible American corporation.”


NOAA SATELLITES AID IN THE RESCUE OF 207 PEOPLE IN 2011

NOAA satellites were critical in the rescue of 207 people from life-threatening situations throughout the United States and its surrounding waters last year. The satellites picked up distress signals from emergency beacons carried by downed pilots, shipwrecked boaters and stranded hikers, and relayed the information about their location to first responders on the ground.

NOAA’s polar-orbiting and geostationary satellites are part of the international Search and Rescue Satellite Aided Tracking System, called COSPAS-SARSAT. The system uses a network of satellites to quickly detect and locate distress signals from emergency beacons onboard aircraft and boats, and from smaller, handheld personal locator beacons called PLBs.

Of the 207 rescues last year, 122 people were saved from the water, 14 from aviation incidents, and 71 in land situations where they used their PLBs. Alaska had the most people rescued on land last year with 39, followed by Florida with 11, and California with eight.

When a NOAA satellite finds the location of a distress signal, the information is relayed to the SARSAT Mission Control Center based at NOAA’s Satellite Operations Facility in Suitland, Md. From there, the information is quickly sent to a Rescue Coordination Center, operated by either the U.S. Air Force for land rescues or the U.S. Coast Guard for water rescues.

Since 1982, COSPAS-SARSAT has been credited with supporting more than 30,000 rescues worldwide, including more than 6,700 in the United States and its surrounding waters.


U.S. MILITARY FREES TWO RELIEF WORKERS IN DRAMATIC RESCUE IN SOMALIA

The Navy SEAL team that killed Osama bin Laden last week rescued an American and a Danish hostage from kidnappers in Somalia. American Jessica Buchanan, 32, and a 60-year-old Dane, Poul Thisted, were working for a Danish relief organization in northern Somalia when they were kidnapped last October. U.S. officials described their kidnappers as “heavily armed common criminals with no known ties to any organized militant group.” According to the U.S. officials, two teams of Navy SEALs landed by helicopter near the compound where the hostages were being held. As the SEALS approached the compound on foot, gunfire broke out, the U.S. officials said, and several militants were reportedly killed. “The United States will spare no effort to secure the safety of our citizens and to bring their captors to justice,” said President Obama in an official statement. “This is yet another message to the world that the United States of America will stand strongly against any threats to our people.”


UNION MEMBERS CAN SAVE $25 ON AT&T PRODUCTS WHEN THEY SHOP ONLINE

Save $25 on AT&T wireless phones and accessories when you open a new account online. Just go to unionplus.org, click on “Home and Discounts,” then on “AT&T Wireless,” and then “Shop Online.” Establish an online account, and the credit will be automatically added at checkout. In addition, union members can save 15 percent off AT&T individual and family monthly wireless service plans. Remember, AT&T is the only unionized wireless service company. To find out more, go to unionplus.org and click on AT&T Wireless Discounts.


SCHEDULE FOR 2012 MM&P FAMILIARIZATION COURSES

The MM&P 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. 3-4 at MM&P Headquarters; 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

Four membership meetings will be held in Pacific Ports during the month of February. The schedule is: Feb. 7 Seattle; Feb.8 Los Angeles; Feb. 9 Oakland; and Feb. 28 Honolulu. All members in the area are encouraged to attend the meetings.


CARGO SHIP STRIKES BRIDGE IN KENTUCKY

The MV DELTA MARINER, a cargo ship that carries rocket components for NASA and the Air Force, struck a two-lane traffic bridge in the Tennessee River on Jan. 26.  The ship was traveling on its regular route to Florida’s Atlantic coast when it hit the aging steel structure, which is known as the Eggner’s Ferry Bridge. The Coast Guard is investigating the collision, which opened up a 300-foot gap in the bridge but reportedly did not seriously damage the ship.


CRUISE SHIP WRECK COULD TAKE A YEAR TO DISMANTLE

Authorities in Italy say that the wrecked Carnival Cruise Lines vessel COSTA CONCORDIA, now resting on its side off the island of Giglio, could take almost a year to remove. Over the weekend, bad weather delayed plans to begin pumping 500,000 gallons of fuel off the ship. In the meantime, a 17th body was recovered. At least 16 other people are still missing. In related news, Carnival Corp. last week offered the more than 3,000 passengers $14,460 each in compensation on condition they drop any legal action against the company. The captain of the vessel, Francesco Schettino, remains under house arrest.


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.

ARPA – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 3/13

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

BRM – Bridge Resource Management: 2/20

BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots:  3/1

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 3/19

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

CMM-MPP – Marine Propulsion Plants: 3/26

CMM-SHMGT – Ship Management (2 weeks): 2/20

CMM-SHS-ADV-I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 2/27, 3/12, 3/26

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

CMM-WKP – Advanced Watchkeeping: 2/13

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning: 3/15

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

ENAV – Electronic Navigation: 3/19

ENVIRO-Regs Permit – Environmental Regulations Permit: 3/13

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

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress Safety Signal: 2/20

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 3/5

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

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 3/1

MCL – Management, Communication & Leadership: 3/26

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 2/13, 3/19

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

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 2/13, 3/19

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 3/24

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

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 2/8, 2/22, 3/7, 3/21

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 3/12


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

SHS-BAS – Basic Shiphandling: 2/13

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

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling: 3/5

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

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

10th       Flashing Light
13th       Radar Renewal
13-17     Bridge Resource Management
20-24     Medical Care Provider
20-24     Able Seaman
21-24     ARPA
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 1-30-12 at 11:00 a.m. EST
Mutual Fund Data at 1-27-12 Market Close

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
12,625.00 2,460.00 1,3101.50
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund (VAARX)
55.48
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
121.33
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
42.59
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
17.86
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
18.83
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
26.81
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
11.08
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
33.78
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
5.82
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
16.66
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
22.16
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
14.36
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
19.91
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
12.26
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
12.76
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
12.83
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
13.19
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
13.59
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
11.03
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
32.99
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
17.91
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
15.60
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
19.08
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
10.96
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
66.99
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
68.30
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
17.98
Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
45.39
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
27.35
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
28.11
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
11.46
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
12.11
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
13.56
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
13.65
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
13.45
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
7.75
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
9.02
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
11.00
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
38.39
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
46.62
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
31.72



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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