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Wheelhouse Weekly – May 08, 2012

 

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Volume 16 . . . . . Number 19. . . .May 8, 2012

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THREE MM&P MEMBERS HONORED FOR EXCELLENCE BY MILITARY SEALIFT COMMAND

Military Sealift Command has named Medical Services Officer (MSO) Nicole Shounder its “Marine Employee of the Year” for 2012. Shounder, who is currently assigned to USS PONCE, has also been selected to receive the Navy League of the United States Oscar Chappell Award.

MSO Jack Grimberg and First Officer Sarah T. Daleo have also been recognized by Military Sealift Command for exemplary performance. Grimberg sails aboard USS EMORY S. LAND. Daleo sails aboard USNS RICHARD E. BYRD. The three awardees are all members of the MM&P Federal Employees Membership Group.


U.S. ABILITY TO MONITOR WEATHER WILL DIMINISH WITH DROP IN SATELLITE FUNDING

The number of weather satellites orbiting the planet is starting a rapid decline at a time when cuts in funding have either delayed or eliminated missions to replace them, according to a National Research Council study released last week. The report found that the number of in-orbit and planned observation missions by NASA and NOAA will plummet from 23 this year to only six by 2020. This means that the number of scientific instruments monitoring the weather will drop from about 110 in 2011 to fewer than 30 by the end of 2020.

The report says NASA has found ways to extend the lives of existing satellites and is working with international organizations to compensate for forecasting gaps. But, the authors of the study said, such remedial measures will not solve the problem. When a similar analysis was conducted in 2007, eight satellites were expected to be in space by 2012 to monitor specific conditions. Only three of them are now in orbit. Two of the others failed, one was defunded and two others were delayed until 2012 or later.

And the future looks even bleaker over the next decade. Of 18 missions recommended in the 2007 study, only two are close enough to completion to have been assigned launch dates. Scientists warn that the loss of satellite capacity will have serious consequences in areas that range from weather forecasting to responding to natural hazards.


MSC HOSPITAL SHIP MERCY DEPARTS ON NEW HUMANITARIAN MISSION

Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS MERCY departed Naval Station San Diego May 3 as part of Pacific Partnership 2012, a four-and-a-half month humanitarian and civic assistance mission to Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Cambodia. The mission will take medical, dental, veterinary, engineering and civic assistance projects to Southeast Asia and Oceania. “

MSC’s civil service mariners, including members of the MM&P Federal Employees Membership Group, are vital to the mission’s success. They navigate the ship and provide the freshwater and electricity needed to run the shipboard hospital and support personnel living and working aboard. In addition, they operate two 33-foot utility boats that transport patients and personnel between ship’s anchorage and shore.


AVERAGE OF 13 U.S. WORKERS DIED ON THE JOB EACH DAY IN 2010

Since Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act in 1970, workplace safety and health conditions have improved. But too many American workers remain at serious risk of injury, illness or death.

In 2010, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 4,690 workers were killed on the job—an average of 13 workers every day—and an estimated 50,000 died from occupational diseases. Workers suffer an additional 7.6 million to 11.4 million job injuries and illnesses each year. The cost of job injuries and illnesses is enormous—estimated at $250 billion to $300 billion a year.

The risk of job fatalities and injuries varies widely from state to state—from 13.1 fatalities per 100,000 workers in West Virginia to 0.9 fatalities per 100,000 in New Hampshire. Latino workers continue to be at increased risk of job fatalities, with a fatality rate of 3.9 per 100,000 workers in 2010.


GOVERNMENT CONTRACT VESSEL EMPLOYMENT

Patriot Contract Services is currently seeking resumes for specific government RFPs (“requests-for-proposal”). All licensed deck officers who have experience and/or qualifications for service aboard Military Sealift Command or other government contract vessels are encouraged to send in their resumes.

Early identification of potential officers is important because TOP SECRET and/or SECRET security clearance and specialized training certification are required. Please send your resume, including most recent training, to Patriot Contract Services and MM&P via e-mail to the following contacts:

Michael Gillihan, Logistics Manager: michael.gillihan@asmhq.com or fax to (866) 349-2297.

MM&P Offshore Vice President-Gulf Ports, wfarthing@bridgedeck.org or fax to (281) 464-9652.

Note: MM&P licensed deck officers are urged to keep up their government training to remain eligible for employment aboard vessels in the MM&P government contract fleet. Of particular importance are small arms training, damage control and CBRD-level 1.


PLANNING A MOVE? SAVE WITH YOUR UNION DISCOUNT

Whether you’re moving across town or across the country, moving can be less expensive if you take advantage of your union membership and use Union Plus discounts. For example, you can save 20 percent on renting a Budget truck or van. And if you’re using a full-service moving company, you can get discounts from Allied Van Lines and North American Van Lines. There are also discounts on packing supplies and an online calculator to estimate how many boxes you will need for each room in your house. Go to http://tiny.cc/unionmove to find out more.


NATIONAL MARITIME DAY LUNCHEON AT WASHINGTON NAVY YARD ON MAY 22

The Washington Propeller Club and the Kings Point Club of Washington are sponsoring a National Maritime Day Luncheon on Tuesday, May 22 at 11:45 a.m. at the Washington Navy Yard’s Catering and Conference Center. The luncheon speaker will be General William M. Fraser, III, Commander, USTRANSCOM. Military Sealift Command will conduct a solemn memorial service and wreath-laying ceremony at 2:00 p.m., immediately following the luncheon. To reserve a place at the luncheon, please contact Linda Arquette by Monday, May 14, close-of-business:  LArquette@MLLnet.com. A separate reservation is needed for the MSC Memorial Service and Wreath-Laying. If you would like to attend, please send an e-mail by Monday, May 14, close-of-business to: mschq_front_office@navy.mil  or call:  202-685-5013


NATIONAL MARITIME DAY OBSERVANCE IN SAN PEDRO ON MAY 22

The 2012 National Maritime Day Observance and Memorial Service in San Pedro, Calif., begins at 11 a.m. on May 22 at the foot of Sixth Street at the American Merchant Marine Veterans Memorial. The service will be followed by a luncheon at the nearby Ports O’Call Restaurant. For more information, please call Paul Nielsen at 310-325-3506.


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): 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; Oct. 10-11 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.


NEW NAUTICAL CHART INSET MAKES FOR SAFER SAILING IN NORFOLK INNER HARBOR

NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey has released an updated chart of Norfolk Harbor in time for Virginia’s War of 1812 Bicentennial events, when boats of all sizes descend on the area for twelve days of maritime activities. The updated chart includes a new inset of the Norfolk Inner Harbor, which provides updated depth measurements and more details than the current chart.
 
The new inset on existing NOAA chart 12253, Norfolk Harbor and Elizabeth River, is at a 1:10,000 scale. The improvement incorporates data acquired by two hydrographic surveys: one last year by NOAA Ship 6 and another by a Coast Survey navigation response team in 2010. The re-surveys of the Norfolk Inner Harbor updated more than 600 charted features and provided new bathymetry along the entire Norfolk waterfront.


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.

AB – Able Bodied Seaman: 5/21, 6/11

AIS-1 – Automatic Identification Systems (one day): 5/10, 6/6

BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots:  5/9, 6/7

BST – Basic Safety Training: 6/25

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 6/11

CMM-ADVNAV – Advanced Navigation (=ECDIS & VPEN):  5/14

CMM-ADVSTB – Advanced Stability: 6/25

CMM-ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems: 5/21

CMM-MPP – Marine Propulsion Plants: 6/4

CMM-SHS-ADV-I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 5/14, 6/11

CMM-SHS-ADV-I I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 5/21, 6/18

CMM-WKP – Advanced Watchkeeping: 6/18

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning: 5/11

ECDIS-ENAV (2 DAY) for Pilots: 6/4

ENVIRO-Regs Permit – Environmental Regulations Permit: 5/21

FF-BADV – Combined Basic and Advanced Fire Fighting: 6/25

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep and Medications for Pilots: 6/6

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 6/11

LAP-ORG 3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3/Mate: 6/4

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 5/9

MED-PIC – Medical Person In Charge: 6/11

MED-PIC -R– Medical Person In Charge Refresher: 5/14

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 6/11

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 6/16

MSC -SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualification: 6/4

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

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic): 6/8

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 5/16, 6/13, 6/27

SHS-BAS – Basic Shiphandling: 5/14, 6/25

TPIC-DL – Tankerman Person In Charge Dangerous Liquids: 5/21

…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.
 
May 2012

14-18    ECDIS
14-1     Terrestrial and Coastal Navigation w/ Compasses
21-25    Radar Observer Unlimited
22-24    Security Officer – Vessel, Company, and Facility

June 2012

4-6       Emergency Procedures
4-22     Terrestrial and Coastal Navigation w/ Compasses
7-8       Search and Rescue
11th      Radar Renewal
11-22   GMDSS
18-22    ECDIS
18-22    Management, Communication, and Leadership (Horizon Lines)
25-29    Medical Care Provider


MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 5-4-12

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
13,038.27 2,956.34 1,369.10
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund (VAARX)
56.17
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
126.33
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
43.38
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
18.01
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
19.46
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
28.18
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
11.08
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
35.55
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
5.90
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
16.89
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
22.69
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
14.50
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
20.32
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
12.33
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
13.02
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
13.12
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
13.51
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
13.93
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
11.07
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
34.20
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
19.36
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
15.90
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
20.02
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
11.00
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
70.28
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
69.98
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
18.68
Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
48.22
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
27.80
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
28.79
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
11.58
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
12.24
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
13.81
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
13.98
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
13.77
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
7.94
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
9.26
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
11.11
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
38.73
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
48.58
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
33.07



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