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Wheelhouse Weekly – July 24, 2012

July 24th 2012

 

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

Volume 16 . . . Number 30. . . July 24, 2012

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MOST PACIFIC PORTS CLOSED JULY 30; HONOLULU OPEN

MM&P Offshore union halls in Seattle, San Francisco/Oakland and Los Angeles/Long Beach will be closed on Monday, July 30, in honor of Harry Bridges Day. The Honolulu Hall will remain open.


MM&P CONVENTION UNDERWAY

The 84th MM&P Convention began on July 23. The 34 Convention Delegates were joined by MM&P officials and representatives of the International Longshoremen’s Association, the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association and the Metropolitan Baltimore Council of AFL-CIO Unions. The Convention is scheduled to end today. Complete coverage of the Convention will be published in the July 31 issue of The Wheelhouse Weekly.


MM&P PILOT GROUP MEMBER MIKE LORINO JR. INTERVIEWED ABOUT DREDGING CRISIS

Only about half the fees paid into the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF) are actually spent on marine maintenance and operations. The rest is diverted by politicians to cover other budgetary items. In the meantime, silt accumulation is compromising use of U.S. waterways and ports, from the Great Lakes to the Mississippi River and New Orleans.

Mike Lorino Jr., president of the Associated Branch Pilots, was interviewed about the problem in the June issue of Marine News. The Lower Mississippi River, for example, has not yet recovered from record water levels in 2011. The district has received enough money this year after supplements, but we’re still trying to get the channel back to proper dimensions. The river’s draft is at 45 feet now but we don’t have the width we need, Lorino is quoted as saying.

The Congressionally authorized dimensions of the river’s shipping channel are 750 feet wide by 45 feet deep, but earlier in the year the width was down to 200 or 300 feet in the entrance to Southwest Pass. And after the expected rise of the river this summer, more dredging will be required.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers DREDGE MCFARLAND, which is crewed by members of the MM&P Federal Employees Membership Group, was pictured on the cover of the issue of Marine News in which Lorino was interviewed.


COAST GUARD HAS NEW E-MAIL ADDRESS FOR COURSE APPROVALS

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a bulletin last week informing course providers, companies and professional mariners that it now has a simple e-mail address for the submission of course approval requests: nmccourses@uscg.mil. (The previous address was D05-PF-NMC-2-COURSES@uscg.mil.) 

“Please use the new address, nmccourses@uscg.mil, for all future requests,” the agency says. For more information, or if you are experiencing any problems with transmission, please contact the Mariner Training and Assessment Division, NMC-2, at (304) 433-3720. You can also e-mail or call the Coast Guard’s Customer Service Center for support at IASKNMC@uscg.mil or 888-IASKNMC (888-427-5662).


JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENGINEERS ON THE GREAT LAKES

There are job openings for DDEs and unlimited HP engineers on the Great Lakes. If you are interested, please contact the MM&P Great Lakes Hall at (216) 776-1667 or send an e-mail to cmalue@bridgedeck.org.


WASHINGTON STATE TO HOLD MARINE PILOT EXAM OCT. 22

The Washington State Board of Pilotage Commissioners will hold an exam in Seattle on Oct. 22. The exam is being given to identify qualified candidates for entry into a training program in either the Grays Harbor Pilotage District or the Puget Sound Pilotage District. Applicants must elect to apply for a license in one or both districts, but training to become a state licensed pilot will be for one district only.

Go to www.portofgraysharbor.com for information about the Port of Grays Harbor. Go to www.pspilots.org for information about the Puget Sound Pilots. Go to http://www.pilotage.wa.gov/annualReports.htm for other detailed information about pilotage in Washington State.

Applicants must meet the pre-examination requirements cited in RCW 88.16.090, WAC 363-116-076, WAC 363-116-077 and WAC 363-116-0751. In general, applicants must meet specified service requirements as master for one to two years while holding a minimum license as master of steam or motor vessels of not more than 1600 GRT or 3000 GT (ITC). Other types of service may also qualify. A federal pilotage endorsement is not required for either pilotage district to take the exam but is required for licensure.

The board’s website contains links and other pertinent information regarding the exam. The written exam will be followed by a simulator evaluation for those eligible. Applicants who meet or exceed the cut score set by the board on the written exam and simulator evaluation will be placed on a waiting list to be called into the training program as needed. 

Applications to sit for the exam will be available on www.pilotage.wa.gov, in person or by written or e-mail request to: Board of Pilotage Commissioners, 2901 Third Avenue, Suite 500, Seattle, WA 98121; Fax 206-515-3906; e-mail PilotageInfo@wsdot.wa.gov.

Inquiries regarding the application or process must be made in writing. The complete application must be received at the board office at 2901 Third Avenue, Suite 500, Seattle, WA 98121, no later than 5:00 p.m. (PDT) on Sept. 17, 2012 unless prior written permission to file an application at a later time is obtained from the board.


BIG DISCOUNTS FOR MM&P MEMBERS ON PADI OPEN WATER SCUBA CERTIFICATION IN PUGET SOUND

Edmonds Underwater Sports is offering all MM&P members the opportunity to become PADI certified in two weekends for $99. The academic and pool portions take place the first weekend, while the second weekend is dedicated to the four open water training dives in the Puget Sound. MM&P members can receive the PADI Open Water Certification tuition for just $99. They will also receive priority registration in one of the classes listed below, if booked through Edmonds Underwater Sports before July 27. Students will be required to provide their own snorkel equipment (mask, fins, snorkel, boots and gloves). The academic books must also be purchased separately. Snorkel gear and academics may be purchased through the Edmonds shop or at the Diver’s fair which is held July 27-9 at 10545 Aurora Ave. North. If you would like to register or have any questions please call the Edmonds store at: 425-771-6322. Priority registration is only available through the Edmonds location!

Class/Pool Puget Sound Dives
Aug. 3, 4, 5 11, 12
Aug. 17, 18, 19 25, 26
Sept. 7, 8, 9 15, 16
Sept. 21, 22, 23 29, 30
Oct. 5, 6, 7 13, 14
Nov. 2, 3, 4 10, 11
Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 2 8, 9

MM&P has no affiliation or business connection with Edmonds Underwater Sports. This message is provided only to inform our members of potential savings offered to them for this particular service.


MM&P PACIFIC PORTS JULY AND AUGUST MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS

There will be a meeting for MM&P members in the Seattle Hall on July 19 and in the Los Angeles/Long Beach Hall on Aug. 8. All MM&P members in the area 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. 17-18 in 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.


WORLD PIRACY DROPS IN FIRST SIX MONTHS OF 2012

The number of pirate attacks decreased in the first half of 2012, according to a report released last week by the International Maritime Bureau (IMB). The authors of the report noted, however, that a drop in the number of Somali pirate attacks had been somewhat offset by what they called a worrying increase in the number of attacks in the Gulf of Guinea.

IMB said it received reports of 177 incidents in the first six months of 2012, compared to 266 incidents for the corresponding period in 2011. At least four crew members were killed. Twenty vessels were hijacked worldwide and 334 crew members taken hostage. Another 80 vessels were boarded and 25 were fired on. There were 52 attempted attacks reported.

The overall drop was mostly attributed to a big decrease in the number of reported incidents of Somali piracy: 69 in the first six months of 2012 as compared to 163 last year. Somali pirates cover a vast area, from the Southern Red Sea, Gulf of Aden and Gulf of Oman to the Arabian Sea and Somali Basin, threatening all shipping routes in the northwest Indian Ocean. As of June 30, Somali pirates were holding 11 vessels and 218 crew members, 44 of whom were being held ashore in unknown locations and conditions.

The drop in Somali piracy has been accompanied by a jump in the number of attacks in the Gulf of Guinea. There, 32 incidents have been reported in the first six months of 2012, versus 25 for all of 2011. In Nigeria, there were 17 reported attacks, compared to six in all of 2011. Additionally, there were five incidents, including a hijacking, reported in Togo, which had not reported any attacks in the same period last year.

The IMB report emphasized that high levels of violence were also being used against crew members in the Gulf of Guinea. Guns were reported in at least 20 of the 32 incidents. At least one crew member was killed and another later died as a result of an attack.


COURSE EQUIVALENCIES FOR REQUIRED COMPANY TRAINING

Given the number of required company training courses, it is extremely important for new members to request a transcript review to determine whether they meet the course equivalency requirements. 

The courses that are eligible for equivalency are listed in the MITAGS Trust Student Guide located on www.mitags.org in the MM&P Member Section. You may also request a copy from Diane Ford (dford@mitags.org or call 443-989-3238). Remember, the dispatcher in the union hall cannot assign you a job unless you meet the company’s training requirements!

Did you know that you can view your course history on www.bridgedeck.org? Just go to the “Members Only” section and click the “Course History” tab. You can print the course list yourself. 


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-MPP – Marine Propulsion Plants: 8/20

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

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

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

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: 7/25, 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

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

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

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 7-24-2012 at 11:15 a.m. (EST)
Mutual fund prices as of 7-23-12 market close

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
12,656.07 2,884.24 1,344.37
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund (VAARX)
56.17
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
124.60
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
41.92
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
16.63
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
18.93
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
27.58
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
11.10
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
34.76
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
5.93
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
16.82
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
22.10
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
14.58
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
19.97
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
12.33
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
12.94
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
12.94
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
13.22
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
13.60
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
11.23
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
33.58
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
18.87
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
15.76
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
19.80
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
11.11
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
68.92
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
68.12
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
18.71
Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
46.47
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
26.40
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
27.90
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
11.59
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
12.29
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
13.77
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
13.86
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
13.63
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
7.82
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
9.09
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
11.27
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
37.49
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
47.88
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
32.04



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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