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Wheelhouse Weekly – July 03, 2012

 

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Volume 16 . . . . . Number 27. . . .July 3, 2012

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MM&P HOLIDAY CLOSING SCHEDULE

All MM&P union halls, the MM&P Health & Benefits Plans, the MM&P Federal Credit Union and MM&P headquarters will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, for Independence Day. In addition, Pacific Ports will be closed for Bloody Thursday, which commemorates the July 5, 1934 strike by West Coast maritime workers and longshoremen, when two strikers were killed and many others injured on the San Francisco waterfront.


PLEASE NOTE: CHANGE TO MM&P CONVENTION DATES

There has been a change to the schedule of MM&P’s 84th Convention. The Convention is now scheduled to end on Tuesday, July 24


U.S.-FLAG SHIPPING REQUIREMENTS SLASHED BY HOUSE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP

U.S.-flag cargo preference shipping requirements will be significantly reduced under legislation put forth by the Republican leadership of the House of Representatives. Their language, which has been added to pending surface transportation legislation, will roll back the share of PL 480 food aid cargoes carried by U.S.-flag vessels from 75 percent to 50 percent. The U.S.-flag share has been at 75 percent since 1985. Until the actions taken by the Republican leadership of this House of Representatives, every President and every Congress since 1985 has supported the 75 percent level of U.S.-flag participation.

Reducing the use of U.S.-flag ships for the carriage of these commodities will adversely affect the economic viability of our industry, putting at risk the continued ability of our fleet to meet the commercial sealift capability requirements of the Department of Defense. Equally important, it will result in fewer seafaring jobs, thereby reducing the civilian maritime manpower pool relied on by our government to crew the public and private vessels that support American troops and U.S. security missions around the world. 

MM&P will be working with the other maritime unions and shipping companies to reverse this attack on the cargo preference program and our fleet.


MARITIME GRASSROOTS COMMITTEE MEETINGS CONTINUE

MM&P, MEBA and others participating in the maritime industry grassroots campaign met last week with Congressman James Clyburn (D-S.C.) and Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-La.). Clyburn is the third ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives and Richmond, a freshman representative, is one of the most vocal advocates for our industry in this Congress.

The importance of our effort to reach out to members of Congress in their home districts has been underlined by the recent attack on the cargo preference program. More members must be made aware of the importance of a strong maritime industry to the jobs of their constituents and to the economic viability of their districts. Members of all political ideologies must be made to understand that our nation’s economic, military and homeland security is dependent on a strong U.S.-flag merchant marine.


SHORT SEA SHIPPING PROSPECTS CHRONICLED ON POLITICO WEBSITE

Supporters of short sea shipping, including members of Congress and MIRAID President C. James Patti, say little progress will be made on marine highway projects in the United States until cost pressures and road congestion tip the balance in its favor among the country’s shippers.

Writer Jessica Meyers interviewed Patti and others for an article, entitled “Marine Highways Projects Often Sink,” that was posted on the Politico web site. “Without greater demand, the water road concept won’t float,” Meyers concluded.

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood has designated 18 “marine highway corridors” and directed over $ 110 million in funding to marine highway projects. DOT backs the Marine Highways Cooperative, a public-private group which focuses on developing the country’s 25,000 miles of water routes.

But members of Congress, including Rep. Rick Larsen (D-Wash.), ranking member of the House Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee, told POLITICO that things are not moving fast enough. “This administration has yet to request any funding goals for a marine transportation system,” Larsen was quoted as saying. “We still have a ways to go.”

Patti called first and foremost for rationalization of the harbor maintenance tax, which hits waterborne goods at each port stop. When freight moves by land, it doesn’t face this second tax. “Putting this forward would be an indication of how serious the government is to help the industry into existence,” Patti said.

Rep. Patrick Tiberi, (R-Ohio), who has sponsored a bipartisan bill to change the harbor maintenance tax, said doing so would, “level the playing field and achieve some balance in the movement of goods.”


MASTER LOCK BRINGS SOME JOBS HOME TO WISCONSIN

Members of AFL-CIO unions last week launched the “America Wants to Work” campaign near Master Lock’s flagship factory, which brought back production jobs from China last year. Members of the United Auto Workers (UAW) say that Master Lock’s decision to negotiate a new contract that brings some jobs home is “a beacon of hope.”

“The return of solid, middle-class jobs to Milwaukee was huge for us, especially in this economy,” said Ron McInroy, director of UAW Region 4, which covers Wisconsin. “Master Lock provides a great example of what we can achieve when we work together to invest in America and American workers.”

The campaign also focuses on the Bring Jobs Home Act, a legislative package introduced by Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.). Stabenow’s legislation would eliminate tax breaks that allow companies to deduct expenses associated with moving operations overseas. It would also provide a tax credit to corporations that bring jobs back to the United States. The Bring Jobs Home Act is expected to be voted on in early July when Congress convenes after the Independence Day recess.


CONSTRUCTION OF NEW WASHINGTON STATE FERRY TO BEGIN IN DECEMBER

Construction of Washington State Ferry’s (WSF) second 144-car ferry is set to begin this December under an agreement signed in May by WSF and Vigor Industries’ Fab Shipyard. The shipyard is under contract to design and build four of the new ferries. The first new ferry is expected to start service in 2014. The second is expected to start service in 2015. Construction of the third and fourth ferries is contingent on funding being available. Members of the MM&P United Inland Group’s Pacific Maritime Region are in the wheelhouse of all the ferries in the WSF system.


OPEN THE DOOR TO SAVINGS WITH CONSUMER REPORTS ONLINE

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For just $22 (instead of the regular annual subscription fee of $30) you receive: the same great consumer advice found in Consumer Reports Magazine but with more interactive tools; lab-tested ratings on thousands of brand-name products and helpful shopping tips so you can buy the right products at the right price; easy online access to Consumer Reports shopping advice 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Recent articles include: strategies to save on your grocery bill; best used cars under $20,000; how to cut your health care costs; how refrigerator thermometers save money; and how to use frequent-flyer miles wisely. You can also access Consumer Reports on-the-go and make the smartest purchase with the mobile website, Consumer Reports Mobile. It’s included for ConsumerReports.org subscribers and offers: easy-to-read mobile interface; product ratings and images; side-by-side product comparisons. Just go to ConsumerReports.org on your phone’s browser. No download is required. To find out more, go to http://www.unionplus.org/consumer-reports-online


SCHEDULE FOR 2012 OFFSHORE FAMILIARIZATION COURSE

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): Sept. 7-8 at MM&P Headquarters; Oct. 9-10 in New Jersey; Oct. 10-11 in Los Angeles; Nov. 7-8 in Houston. The Offshore Familiarization Course, May 30-31 in Charleston is postponed and will be rescheduled (depending on continued interest) for a later date.

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.


NEW SUPERINTENDENT FOR U.S. MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY AT KINGS POINT

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has named Colonel James Helis as the new superintendent of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.  Helis, a 30-year army veteran, will begin work at the academy this month. For the past eight years he has been a department chair at the United States War College. “Colonel Helis is an ideal fit,” LaHood said in an official statement. “His extensive military and academic experience reflects the academy’s mission of training and educating its students to support our country’s maritime needs, and I look forward to working with him to ensure a strong future for Kings Point.” Helis was an Army Ranger and master parachutist and is a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, where he served as Chief of Plans for the NATO International Security Assistance Force. 


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

Try our on-line interactive calendar to register for class: http://mitags-pmi.org/courses/calendar/  Between now and the end of September, the following courses are scheduled at MITAGS. For class availability or info on MITAGS courses and programs, contact Kelly Michielli, Admissions Coordinator, toll-free at 866-656-5568 or Email: admissions@mitags.org.

AB – Able Bodied Seaman: 8/20

ARPA – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 8/7, 9/25

BRM – Bridge Resource Management: 8/27

BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots:  8/23

BST – Basic Safety Training: 8/13

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 9/10

CMM-ADVNAV – Advanced Navigation (=ECDIS & VPEN): 7/23

CMM-CHS – Advanced Cargo Operations (2 weeks): 7/9

CMM-MPP – Marine Propulsion Plants: 8/20

CMM-SHMGT – Ship Management (2 weeks): 8/6, 9/17

CMM-SHS-ADV-I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 7/16, 7/30, 9/10, 9/4

CMM-SHS-ADV-I I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 7/9, 8/6, 9/17

CMM-WKP – Advanced Watchkeeping: 8/27

CONSTAB – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 8/6

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning: 7/19

ECDIS-ENAV (2 DAY) for Pilots: 8/13

ENVIRO-Regs Permit – Environmental Regulations Permit: 8/28

FF-BADV – Combined Basic and Advanced Fire Fighting: 8/13

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep and Medications for Pilots: 7/25

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress Safety Signal: 8/20

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 8/20

LAP – License Advancement Program for Chief Mate & Master: 9/17

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 8/16

MCL – Management, Communication & Leadership: 8/20

MEDIA RSP – Media Response Workshop: 7/20

MED-PIC – Medical Person In Charge: 9/17

MED-PIC -R– Medical Person In Charge Refresher: 7/30

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 9/17

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 9/22

MSC -SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualification: 8/6

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (4 Evenings): 8/6

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic): 8/10

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes:  7/11, 7/25, 8/1, 8/15, 8/29, 9/14

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 8/6, 9/24

ROP-5 – Radar Observer Original and Renewal: 7/30

SEC-VCF – Security Officer, Vessel, Company & Facility: 7/16

SHS-BAS – Basic Shiphandling: 8/13

SHS-ESH-BRMP3 – Emergency Shiphandling and Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 8/15

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling: 8/20

TC/NAV – Terrestrial & Costal Navigation and Compasses: 9/19

TPIC-DL – Tankerman Person In Charge Dangerous Liquids: 8/27

TRAC-TUG-2 for Pilots:  Tractor Tug (2 day) 7/23

WX-BAS – Basic Meteorology: 9/17

… Remember: If you can’t make the class, make the call. Be courteous, don’t be a “no show.”

Check the MITAGS website at http://mitags-pmi.org/courses/calendar/ 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 http://mitags-pmi.org/courses/calendar/. For registration, call our registrar, Jennifer Pitzen, at (206) 838-1126.

July 2012

9-13       Radar Observer Unlimited
9-20       GMDSS
9-27       Terrestrial & Coastal Navigation w/ Compasses
16th       Radar Renewal
16-20     Marine Pilot Exam Prep Course
23-27     Bridge Resource Management w/ Simulation
23-27     Able Bodied Seaman
30-1       Emergency Procedures
30-2       ARPA
30-10     GMDSS

August 2012

6-17       Celestial Navigation
13-17     Marine Pilot Exam Prep Course
20-24     Radar Observer Unlimited
20-24     Medical Care Provider
20-31     Medical Person-In-Charge
27th       Radar Renewal
27th       Flashing Light
28-31     ARPA

September 2012

4-7          Basic Cargo Handling and Stowage
5-6          Vessel Security Officer
10-14     Radar Observer Unlimited
10-14     Bridge Resource Management w/ Simulation
10-21     Celestial Navigation
17-21     Basic Construction and Stability
17-28     GMDSS
24-27     ARPA
24-28     Able Bodied Seaman
24-28     Medical Care Provider


MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 6-26-2012 at 1:30 p.m.

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
12,905.07 2,959.45 1,368.92
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund (VAARX)
56.17
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
125.86
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
43.11
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
17.25
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
19.27
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
27.92
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
11.08
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
35.12
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
5.88
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
16.85
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
22.42
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
14.51
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
20.13
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
12.33
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
13.02
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
13.09
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
13.43
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
13.84
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
11.13
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
34.02
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
19.19
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
15.90
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
20.03
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
11.04
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
69.60
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
69.24
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
18.90
Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
47.11
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
27.15
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
28.30
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
11.58
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
12.26
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
13.78
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
13.89
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
13.69
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
7.88
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
9.16
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
11.17
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
38.53
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
48.65
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
32.73



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