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Wheelhouse Weekly – July 10, 2012

July 10th 2012

 

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Volume 16 . . . Number 28. . . July 10, 2012

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LICENSED DECK OFFICERS ABOARD APL MV CYPRINE ARE NOW MM&P!

Following a successful turnover operation which took place in New York on July 2, MM&P licensed deck officers are in the wheelhouse of the American President Lines (APL) vessel MV CYPRINE. “The turnover was done to the highest professional standards,” said the MM&P Atlantic Ports Vice President. The two-phase operation, which began with a pre-turnover meeting on Sunday, was carried out by Capt. Douglas Helmer, Chief Mate Brian Arthur, Second Mate Joseph Perry, Third Mate “Cole” Newman and PROs Joe Ahlstrom and Kyle Grant.

APL is replacing its four U.S.-flag C-10 Class vessels with four newer S-12 Class vessels as part of its Maritime Security Program (MSP) fleet. Two of the four S-12 Class vessels were under contract with the American Maritime Officers. These vessels, the MV CYPRINE and the MV PEARL, are joining the MV AGATE and the MV CORAL under MM&P contract.

Although the C-10 Class ships–MV PRESIDENT ADAMS, MV PRESIDENT JACKSON, MV PRESIDENT POLK and MV PRESIDENT TRUMAN–will be leaving the MSP program, they are slated to remain in U.S.-flag operation under the terms of the MM&P-APL collective bargaining agreement for non-MSP vessels. These developments have resulted in a net gain of two ships under contract.


MM&P MEMBERS IN PUERTO RICO USE MEDIA TO MOUNT JONES ACT DEFENSE

Politicians in Puerto Rico continue to seek campaign traction by attacking the Jones Act, but members of America’s maritime unions have taken to the airwaves in its defense. MM&P Puerto Rico Representative Eduardo Iglesias appeared recently in a televised news report. Iglesias refuted claims by local politician Rafael Cox Alomar, who had called for repeal of the Jones Act as part of his campaign to become Puerto Rico’s next resident commissioner. The resident commissioner is a non-voting member of the U.S. House of Representatives who represents Puerto Rico in Congress.

“Repealing the Jones Act would eliminate thousands of family-supporting jobs in Puerto Rico,” Iglesias told Cox Alomar during a televised press conference. “It would take money out of Puerto Rico’s economy and direct it into the pockets of foreign-flag shippers and non-U.S. companies.”

Following the news coverage, Cox Alomar met with Iglesias and other members of the U.S. Maritime Alliance for several hours on June 16. “Since then, he has concentrated on other issues that are more important for the people of Puerto Rico,” Iglesias said.

MM&P member Louis Mendez, in the meantime, has been wielding his pen to defend the Jones Act in the Puerto Rico Star Advertiser. In a letter to the editor that was published in June, Mendez explained why the Jones Act is essential to our country’s security. “I think it comforts most citizens to know certain safeguards are in place on all vessels covered by the Jones Act,” Mendez wrote. “The attack on the World Trade Center is a recent testament to the dangerous times we live in. It is an example of what can happen when security of our transportation system becomes an afterthought. The Jones Act ensures extensive vetting and training of crews on U.S.-flag vessels by Homeland Security and the FBI. It also requires vessels carrying dangerous cargoes to be built to standards set by the U.S. government. The Jones Act provides a safe, secure and reliable supply line of goods to and from Hawaii and all ports in the United States.”

Note: To support our industry, every MM&P member is encouraged to contribute to the MM&P Political Contribution Fund. Please go to https://secure.bridgedeck.org/PCFLogin.asp to make your contribution today.


MM&P-CREWED VESSELS RECOGNIZED FOR SAFETY ACHIEVEMENTS

U.S. maritime industry representatives last month publicly recognized the safety achievements of a group of professional mariners—including many MM&P members–at the Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) annual awards ceremony in New Orleans.

This year HORIZON RELIANCE received top honor for the crew’s actions in the recovery of three persons, including a nine-year-old boy, from near certain death in brutal weather conditions in the Pacific Ocean. “The crew of HORIZON RELIANCE, with disregard for their own personal safety, demonstrated exceptional seamanship, maneuvering the vessel with limited steerage in harsh and difficult sea and weather conditions, to successfully rescue the persons in need,” said a CSA spokesman in announcing the award.

Recipients of the Jones F. Devlin Safety Achievement Awards included MM&P-contracted AMNAV, Crowley, Farrell Lines, Foss, Horizon Lines, MLL and Patriot Contract Services.

CSA represents 37 U.S.-based companies that own, operate or charter oceangoing tankers, container ships, and other merchant vessels engaged in the domestic and international trades.


CNN SLAMS CRUISE SHIP INDUSTRY IN TV REPORT

Journalists working for CNN International used the COSTA CONCORDIA disaster as the starting point for a report on lax safety practices and the tax-sheltered status of cruise lines headquartered in the United States and Europe that operate their ships through “flag-of-convenience” registries.

For “Cruise to Disaster,” which was broadcast last weekend, CNN spoke with COSTA CONCORDIA passengers who said they had received little or no safety training after boarding the ship. International guidelines at the time recommended a safety drill within 24 hours of embarkation. In addition, passengers had no idea where to gather in the emergency and many said that crewmembers met the question about where to go “with blank stares.” Thirty-two people died in the accident. Carnival, the parent company of Costa, now requires safety instruction before leaving port.

“The disaster… has focused attention on how some international cruise companies operate, registering their ships in countries where there may be weak regulations or where international rules are poorly enforced, but at the same time headquartering their companies in the United States and Europe,” CNN reported. The story included testimony from a U.S. Senate hearing in which Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia said U.S.-headquartered cruise lines that register ships elsewhere are getting a free ride on the backs of U.S. taxpayers, placing demands on federal agencies such as Immigration, Customs and the Coast Guard, which are charged with oversight when cruise ships enter and leave U.S. ports. “They don’t reimburse the Coast Guard, they don’t pay taxes that will help with these 20 federal agencies that are watching over them in various ways and whose services they use or might use,” Rockefeller told CNN.

In the five years before 2010, Carnival, the company that owns Costa, paid 1.1 percent tax on $11.3 billion in profits, CNN reported.


BLUE & GOLD CAPT. DUSHAN CRAWFORD PROFILED IN BAY CROSSINGS MAGAZINE

Capt. Dushan Crawford went to work at San Francisco’s Blue & Gold Fleet straight out of high school. “I started out as a photographer in 1994, became a ticket seller, then a deckhand, and in 2002 I officially got my captain’s license,” he says. Today he works aboard the Oakland/Alameda ferry route, Bay Cruises, and Blue & Gold’s popular tourist ride, the “RocketBoat.”

When he captains a Bay Cruise, he enjoys observing marine life. “We have a huge pod of harbor porpoise that are frequently in the Bay,” he says. “When I point them out to the passengers, it brings another type of excitement to the tour.” The RocketBoat is a different kind of beast: Crawford describes it as a “hot rod on the water” and likes to talk about the time when he got it up to 42 knots in a good current.

He says he once wanted to be a killer whale trainer at Sea World, but these days he’s happy to be one of the captains assisting on the daily commute or showing tourists the Bay. “There aren’t too many jobs out there like this,” he says. “It definitely makes you feel good inside. I love being out there, and it brings a smile to my face every day.”

Crawford was interviewed in the wheelhouse of the ferry GEMINI by journalist Matt Larson for “Bay Crossings,” the magazine for commuters on San Francisco Bay Area ferries (www.baycrossings.com).


MLL IS BIG WINNER IN USTRANSCOM SWEEPSTAKES

MM&P extends its congratulations to MLL and its subsidiary Farrell Lines for the contracts totaling $2,665,000,000 that were awarded to the two companies by USTRANSCOM last week. Maersk Line, Ltd. has been awarded a $2,100,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity fixed-price contract for international ocean and intermodal distribution services. Work will be performed worldwide as specified on each individual order, and is expected to be completed Aug. 31, 2013. Farrell Lines has been awarded a $565,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity fixed-price contract for international ocean and intermodal distribution services. Work will be performed worldwide as specified on each individual order, and is expected to be completed Aug. 31, 2013. “MM&P members working aboard Maersk vessels will be glad to know that, based on these awards, the economic prospects of MLL are as bright as ever,” said the MM&P International President.

Among the other awardees are: American President Lines, $1,700,000,000; Hapag-Lloyd, $338,000,000; Central Gulf Lines, $142,000,000; and Matson Navigation, $39,000,000.


CHANGE TO MM&P CONVENTION DATES

As reported in last week’s Wheelhouse Weekly, 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.


NEW ONLINE MAP SHOWS ALL MM&P UNION HALLS

The MM&P Information Technology Department has enhanced the “Contact Us” section of www.bridgedeck.org. To view the addresses and phone numbers of all MM&P Offshore and United Inland Group union halls, go to http://www.bridgedeck.org/mmp_offices.htm.

And remember: we are always looking for photos of MM&P members at work, and of MM&P ships, to feature in the union’s publications and on www.bridgedeck.org! Please e-mail your photos and story ideas today to communications@bridgedeck.org.


MM&P PACIFIC PORTS JULY MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS

The following meetings are scheduled to take place in the month of July in MM&P union halls: July 11, Los Angeles/Long Beach; July 12, San Francisco/Oakland; July 19, Seattle. All MM&P members are encouraged to attend the meetings.


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.


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

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

For class availability or information on courses and programs, contact MITAGS Admissions Coordinator Kelly Michielli toll free at 866-656-5568 or e-mail her at admissions@mitags.org.

Between now and the end of September, the following courses are scheduled at MITAGS.

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-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): 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

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
12,746.66 2,919.88 1,349.90
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund (VAARX)
56.17
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
124.73
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
42.91
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
16.93
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
19.10
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
27.62
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
11.08
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
34.93
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
5.90
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
16.82
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
22.25
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
14.53
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
20.04
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
12.33
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
12.97
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
13.00
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
13.32
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
13.72
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
11.17
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
33.75
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
19.08
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
15.76
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
19.72
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
11.07
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
69.20
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
68.58
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
18.63
Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
46.86
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
26.71
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
28.07
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
11.57
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
12.26
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
13.76
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
13.86
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
13.64
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
7.84
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
9.11
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
11.21
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
38.37
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
47.93
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
32.59



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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