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Wheelhouse Weekly – November 15, 2010

November 15th 2010

 

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Volume 14 . . . . . Number 46. . . .November 15, 2010

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PACIFIC MARITIME REGION MEMBERS HONORED FOR HEROISM

Capt. Thomas Moore of the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) and other members of MM&P’s United Inland Group-Pacific Maritime Region were honored by the American maritime community on Nov. 12 for the heroic rescue of two men from a blazing boat in Funter Bay, Alaska, in December of last year.
 
Capt. Moore accepted the award, the AOTOS Seafarers’ Plaque, on behalf of the officers and crew of the AMHS ferry TAKU. Aboard the vessel at the time of the rescue were also Chief Mate Colin Vogler, Second Mate Kristina Mogel and Third Mates Brett Merrill and David Mesdag. The dramatic rescue, which took place in rough seas and at night, also earned TAKU’s officers and crew a Coast Guard award for bravery.


MEMBERS OF MM&P FEDERAL EMPLOYEES GROUP RECOGNIZED FOR HAITI EARTHQUAKE RESPONSE

At the AOTOS Ceremony, Capt. Randall H. Rockwood and Capt. David C. Bradshaw of the MM&P Federal Employees Membership Group accepted an award on behalf of the merchant mariners who participated in the post-earthquake Haitian relief effort in January of this year. Among the Military Sealift Command vessels deployed to the scene of the disaster were: hospital ship USNS COMFORT; fleet replenishment oiler USNS BIG HORN; rescue and salvage ship USNS GRASP; and dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS SACAGAWEA.

Bill Pennella, vice chairman and executive vice president of MM&P-contracted Crowley Maritime Corporation, was also honored at the event. He told the crowd that every time an award of this type is bestowed on an individual, it means that he or she is supported by a highly professional team. He also seized the opportunity to recognize what Tom Crowley called the company’s “tremendous partnership with labor.” Pennella, whose father was a New Jersey longshoreman, hailed the maritime unions for their contribution to the nation’s economy and in particular for “allowing an entire generation of Americans… to attain a decent standard of living and join the middle class.”


MM&P CIVMAR OFFICERS INTERVIEWED IN MSC MAGAZINE

Three MM&P officers who sail aboard Military Sealift Command ships were interviewed in a recent issue of Sealift magazine about their involvement in large-scale humanitarian projects in Southeast Asia and Pakistan. The three are Capt. David C. Bradshaw, master of hospital ship USNS MERCY, and two MM&P members aboard USNS LEWIS AND CLARK: Second Officer Justin Griffith and Third Officer Terry Anderson.
 
MERCY traveled to Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia and Timor-Leste last summer as the lead vessel for Pacific Partnership 2010, a five-month humanitarian and civic assistance mission in which over 100,000 people received much needed medical care. “MERCY’s master, Capt. David Bradshaw and his embarked crew worked around the clock to operate and navigate the ship and provide a comfortable ‘home away from home’ for the nearly 1,000 personnel on board,” according to the publication. “We had a dream team assembled for this mission, from senior Navy leadership, to the medical group, to partner nations, to the civilian mariners,” Bradshaw said. During the mission, the ship’s surgical team performed over 800 major medical operations.
 
MSC dry cargo and ammunition ship LEWIS AND CLARK played a key role in the maritime response to the floods that devastated Pakistan in July and August. The vessel was on station on Aug. 11, and immediately began operations as the resupply bridge for the U.S. and coalition ships providing disaster relief. “I’m very proud of what we do on a regular basis,” said Second Officer Justin Griffith. “When I explain it to my family, they’re proud of me, and that’s when I realize the significance of what we do.”

Upon arriving in Pakistan, LEWIS AND CLARK offloaded its entire stock of humanitarian and disaster relief kits, which are designed to support up to 2,500 survivors for three days. “At the time, it’s just another mission,” said Third Officer Terry Anderson. “But when I watch CNN, that’s when it hits me—to know that I do something that affects the world.”


AP REPORTS SOMALI PIRATES HOLD 500 HOSTAGES; BRITISH COUPLE NOW FREE

The Associated Press reports that Somali pirates currently hold about 500 people and 20 vessels hostage. In related news, Paul and Rachel Chandler, a British couple kidnapped last fall as they sailed their private yacht from the Seychelles, were set free on Nov. 14. Local officials who saw the Chandlers said they appeared thin, but otherwise in satisfactory health. The two flew from the town of Adado to Mogadishu and after a short stop continued on to Kenya’s capital. “We are happy to be alive, happy to be here, desperate to see our family, and so happy to be amongst decent, everyday people, Somalis, people from anywhere in the world who are not criminals, because we’ve been a year with criminals and that’s not a very nice thing to be doing,” Rachel Chandler said during the course of a news conference. A ransom of somewhere between $300,000 and $1 million was reportedly paid by private individuals to obtain the couple’s release.


PIRATES ABOARD MV IZUMI ATTACK WARSHIP BY MISTAKE

A Spanish warship, the SPS INFANTA CRISTINA, was attacked off the East coast of Somalia on Nov. 6 by pirates aboard the MV IZUMI, a ship that was seized Oct. 10. At the time, the warship was escorting a vessel carrying food aid. Because the attack was carried out by a pirated merchant vessel with hostages onboard, the SPS INFANTA CRISTINA used minimal force to rout the pirates.


TWO SHIPS RELEASED, A THIRD IS SEIZED

On Nov. 5, pirates released the Marshall Islands-flagged MV SAMHO DREAM, a crude oil tanker, and its crew of 24. The following day, another pirate group released the Singapore-flagged MV GOLDEN BLESSING and its crew of 19. The GOLDEN BLESSING had been hijacked in the Gulf of Aden approximately 90 miles off the Somali coast on June 28. The authorities report that MV HANNIBAL II, a Panamanian-flagged vessel, was hijacked by pirates last week en route from Malaysia to Suez. The ship has a crew of 31.


MM&P EAST COAST HOLIDAY PARTIES SCHEDULED

MM&P members, employees, their families and friends are encouraged to attend the holiday parties now being scheduled in our union halls. On the East Coast:

  • Boston, Tuesday, Dec. 14, 12:00 PM, in the MM&P Boston Union Hall
  • New York/New Jersey, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 12:00 PM, in the MM&P Jersey City Union Hall
  • Norfolk, Wednesday, Dec. 15, 12:00 PM, MM&P Norfolk Union Hall
  • Puerto Rico, Friday, Dec. 10, 12:00 PM, MM&P San Juan Union Hall

  • APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR UNION PLUS 2011 SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

    All MM&P members, associate members and their families with college- or technical school-bound children are eligible to apply for the “Union Plus” Scholarship Program.
     
    Since 1992, the “Union Plus” Scholarship Program has awarded more than $3 million to students of working families who want to begin or continue their post-secondary education. For 2010, some 121 union members and union family members have been awarded $150,000 in scholarships. The students selected for university, college, trade school or technical scholarships represent a wide sampling of backgrounds, union affiliations, goals and accomplishments. The selection process is very competitive: “Union Plus” says it receives 5,000 scholarship applications each year.
     
    The program is open to students attending or planning to attend a college or university, a community college, or a technical college or trade school. Applicants are evaluated on the basis of academic ability, social awareness, financial need and appreciation of labor. The amount of the award ranges from $500 to $4,000. This is a one-time cash award sent to individual winners for study beginning in the fall of the same year.
     
    To download an application, go to www.unionplus.org, click on “Legal and Education” at the top of the page, then click on “College Planning Center” and then on “Scholarships.” The application deadline is Jan. 31, 2011.


    OPENING FOR MARINE SERVICES MANAGER AT KWAJALEIN ATOLL

    A contractor working with the U.S. Army is seeking a manager to oversee operations and maintenance of army vessels at the Kwajalein Atoll. The contractor, Kwajalein Range Services (KRS), is seeking a person to oversee all aspects of the Marine Department including budget, staffing, safety programs, ferry schedules for the outer islands and weekly watercraft, vessel and crew assignments. Successful applicants must be able to obtain a secret security clearance. Preferred experience includes 10 years on Navy or merchant marine vessels and or experience in ship management, port operations or as a harbor pilot. To find out more and to apply, go to: http://tiny.cc/yxfev.


    EXONERATED CHIEF ENGINEER SUES GREEK SHIP OWNER FOR FRAMING HIM

    Ioannis Mylonakis, formerly chief engineer aboard the tanker GEORGIOS M, has filed a $23 million lawsuit against the Mamidakis Group. The story was reported in an article published in a recent edition of “Nautilus,” the magazine of the British and Dutch marine officers’ union.

    In the suit, Mylonakis alleges that the company set him up to take the fall as part of its plea bargain agreement with the U.S. government for an oily waste water dumping case. His lawyers point out that he had been employed by the company for only two months before the “magic pipe” was discovered. They argue that he was totally unaware of the existence of the equipment, which had been concealed beneath the engine room framing. Before he was cleared by a Texas jury in May, Mylonakis was incarcerated in the United States for 14 months. During that time, he became seriously ill, and his pension and health insurance benefits lapsed. His lawyers say they are seeking to “restore the chief engineer’s dignity and obtain just compensation for the ordeal he and his family were forced to endure as a result of the company’s scapegoat strategy.”  


    NIGHTMARE CRUISE PASSENGERS RETURN TO THE UNITED STATES

    Passengers who disembarked the Panamanian-flagged CARNIVAL SPLENDOR Thursday after four days adrift or being towed said they were thrilled to be back on land. The vessel lost power Monday morning after a fire in the engine room, leaving those on board with no air conditioning, plumbing or prepared food. Carnival says it will reimburse the 3,300-plus passengers for the cost of the voyage and offer them a free cruise in the future aboard one of its ships. Six tugboats dragged the ship, escorted by Coast Guard cutters, to a San Diego dock last Thursday morning. The vacationers had signed up for a seven-day trip to the Mexican Riviera.


    MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

    Between now and the end of January 2011, the following courses are scheduled at MITAGS.  For class availability or information on MITAGS courses and programs, contact admissions toll free at 866-656-5568 or e-mail: admissions@mitags.org.

    AB � Able Bodied Seaman: 1/10
    ARPA � Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 11/30, 1/25

    BRM- Bridge Resource Management: 12/13
    BRMP � Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 11/29, 1/24
    BST � Basic Safety Training: 1/24

    [CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]
    CMM-ADVWX � Advanced Meteorology: 1/10
    CMM-ADVSTB – Advanced Stability: 1/17
    CMM-CHS I – Advanced Cargo Operations (week 1): 1/31
    CMM-ECDIS � Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems: 12/13
    CMM-MPP � Marine Propulsion Plants: 11/29, 1/24
    CMM-SHMGT I – Ship Management (week 1): 12/6
    CMM-SHMGT II – Ship Management (week 2): 12/13
    CMM-SHS-ADV-I � Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 11/29, 1/10, 1/31
    CMM-SHS-ADV-I I � Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 12/6, 1/17
    CMM-VPEN � Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation: 12/6
    CMM-WKP � Advanced Watchkeeping: 11/29

    CONSTAB � Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 1/10

    FF-BADV � Combined Basic and Advanced Fire Fighting: 1/24
    FSM � Fatique, Sleep and Medications for Pilots: 12/1

    HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 11/29

    LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 11/29, 1/24

    MCL – Management, Communications and Leadership: 12/6
    MED-PIC – Medical Person In Charge: 1/10
    MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 1/10
    MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 1/15


    ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 11/17, 12/1, 12/15, 1/12, 1/26
    ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal Day Class: 11/29, 1/24
    ROP-5 – Radar Observer Original and Renewal: 1/17

    SHS-BAS – Basic Shiphandling: 12/13
    SHS-EMR3 – Emergency Shiphandling for Pilots: 12/1, 1/26

    TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial and Coastal Navigation and Compasses: 1/31

    …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. For class availability or info on MITAGS courses and programs, contact admissions toll-free at 866-656-5568 or e-mail: admissions@mitags.org


    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

    November 2010

    29        Radar Renewal

    December 2010

    6-10    Medical Care Provider
    6-17     Medical Person-in-Charge
    6-17     GMDSS
    7-9      Security VCF
    11         Med DOT
    13-15   Emergency Shiphandling
    20       Radar Renewal

    January 2011

    10-14  ECDIS
    24th    Radar Renewal
    24-28 Tankerman Person-In-Charge
    25-28  ARPA
    31-4    Medical Care Provider
    31-11   Medical Person-In-Charge

    February 2011

    5th      Med DOT
    7th      Radar Renewal
    7-8      Tractor Tug for Pilots
    14th    Fatigue, Sleep, and Medications (Pilot Training Course)
    15-16   Bridge Resource Management for Pilots
    17-18   Azipod (Pilot Training Course)


    MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 11-12-10

    D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
    11,283.10 2,555.52 1,199.21
    Fund Name & Trading Symbol
     Closing
    Price
     Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund (VAARX)
    53.47
     Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
    110.63
     Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
    38.39
     Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
    19.09
     Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
    17.12
     Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
    24.71
     Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
    11.07
     Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
    30.14
     Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
    5.80
     Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
    16.24
     Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
    21.49
     Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
    14.12
     Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
    19.33
     Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
    11.93
     Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
    12.40
     Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
    12.44
     Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
    12.80
     Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
    13.25
     Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
    10.81
     Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
    30.00
     Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
    16.96
     Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
    15.07
     Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
    17.29
     Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
    10.74
     Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
    68.31
     Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
    65.23
     Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
    17.26
     Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
    42.91
     Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
    29.86
     Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
    26.45
     Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
    11.30
     Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
    12.04
     Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
    13.51
     Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
    13.62
     Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
    13.49
     Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
    7.80
     Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
    9.09
     Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
    10.96
     Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
    35.72
     Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
    42.55
     Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
    28.51



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