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Wheelhouse Weekly – November 22, 2010

November 22nd 2010

 

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

Volume 14 . . . . . Number 47. . . .November 22, 2010

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MM&P CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING

All MM&P union halls, MM&P Plans, the MM&P Federal Credit Union and MM&P headquarters will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 25 and Friday, Nov. 26, for Thanksgiving. Best wishes for the holiday to every reader of the Wheelhouse Weekly.


NEW ITF CLEARINGHOUSE WILL FIGHT TO PROTECT SEAFARERS’ RIGHTS

A new research organization launched with the financial backing of the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) will work to advance the interests of mariners through legal research, education and training. Its priorities include ensuring seafarers know their rights under the law and making it easier for maritime industry stakeholders to defend seafarers who are targeted by legal actions. The organization, called Seafarers’ Rights International (SRI), will be governed by an advisory board of maritime industry stakeholders and led by international maritime lawyer Dierdre Fitzpatrick.

“SRI will be an international resource for seafarers and for all stakeholders with a genuine concern for the protection of seafarers,” Fitzpatrick says. In an ironic twist, SRI’s launch preceded by only a few weeks the European Human Rights Court ruling that Spain did not violate the rights of the captain of the PRESTIGE, Apostolo Mangouras, when it jailed him for 83 days without trial and then ordered him to pay more than $4 million in bail. Mangouras had sued Spain on the grounds that he had a right to be free before trial and that his financial situation had not been taken into account when bail was set. 

“The Mangouras ruling was politically motivated,” according to an editorial published in the Oct. 14 issue of Fairplay magazine. “Shipmasters increasingly see themselves as scapegoats, especially when politicians and prosecutors are looking for someone to blame.”

A spokesman for the ITF said the new seafarers’ rights organization will focus on cases in which ships’ crews are criminalized for accidents that result in pollution. SRI will also push for greater protections against piracy and stronger health and safety regulations. MM&P is a member of the International Transport Workers’ Federation.


NOAA LEVIES $16,500-$49,500 PENALTIES FOR SEASONAL SPEED VIOLATIONS

NOAA announced last week it is proposing administrative penalties against seven vessels for violating seasonal speed limits designed to protect right whales. The penalties are the first assessed since the Right Whale Ship Strike Reduction Rule was enacted on Dec. 9, 2008.

Because there are as few as 350 North Atlantic right whales left, they are protected under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 and the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972. The rule restricts vessels of 65 feet or greater to speeds of 10 knots or less in seasonal management areas along the East Coast.

The penalty assessments issued last week are against vessels that allegedly traveled multiple times through the seasonal management areas for right whales at speeds well in excess of the 10 knots allowed.

Penalty assessments range from $16,500 to $49,500, depending on the frequency of the violations. Ship owners and operators have 30 days to respond by paying the penalty, seeking to have it modified or requesting a hearing before an administrative law judge.

The seasonal management areas went into effect Nov. 1 in areas from Rhode Island to Brunswick, Ga., and last week for areas from Brunswick, Ga., to St. Augustine, Fla. The speed restrictions are based on the migration pattern of right whales and are in effect through April 30 each year. Maps of these areas and a compliance guide are available at www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/shipstrike

NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement (OLE) focused on outreach during the rule’s first season, sending letters to alleged violators to educate them about the new federal regulation. The Notices of Violation and Assessment (NOVAs) issued by NOAA’s Office of General Counsel for Enforcement and Litigation involve alleged violations of the speed restrictions during the second season the regulations were in place, Nov. 2009 through April 2010.


PIRACY UPDATE

EU NAVFOR reported last week that pirates are currently holding 21 vessels and 498 hostages. A Chinese cargo ship with 29 crewmembers aboard was hijacked by pirates on Nov. 13 in the Arabian Sea. China has reported that the Panama-flagged YUAN XIANG was heading towards Somalia after being boarded about 650 nautical miles east of Salalah.


MM&P CONSTITUTION RATIFICATION BALLOT MAILED

A ballot authorized by the 2010 MM&P Constitutional Convention was mailed on Friday, Nov. 19, 2010, to all eligible MM&P members. Ballots must be returned no later than 9:00 AM on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011. Any member who does not receive his or her ballot may request a duplicate either by mail, e-mail or fax by contacting:
Beverly Gutmann, MM&P International Comptroller, 700 Maritime Blvd., Suite B, Linthicum, MD 21090-1953; 410-850-8384; bgutmann@bridgedeck.org.

The Ballot Committee has authorized that any member who wishes to mail literature concerning this ballot may do so at his or her own expense. Those interested should refer to the “Constitution Ballot” information posted in the Members’ Only section of www.bridgedeck.org for instructions.

The members of the Ballot Committee are Timothy Ferrie, John J. O’Boyle and Kenneth Ryan.


MM&P HOLIDAY PARTY SCHEDULE

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

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

Gulf Coast
— Houston, Thursday, Dec. 9, 12:00 PM, Brady’s Landing, 8505 Cypress Street, Houston
— Jacksonville, Friday, Dec. 10, 12:00 PM, Jacksonville Union Hall
— Miami/Port Everglades, Friday, Dec. 10, 10 AM-2:00 PM, Miami/Port Everglades Union Hall
— New Orleans, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 12:00-3:00 PM, Portobello Catering, 400 E. William David Pkwy. , Metairie, LA  70005, 504-833-2120

West Coast
— Los Angeles/Long Beach, Thursday, Dec. 9, 12:00 PM, Los Angeles/Long Beach Union Hall
— San Francisco, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 1:00 PM, MEBA Hall
— Seattle, Thursday, Dec. 16, 1:00 PM, Billy Baroo’s/Foster Golf Links, 13500 Interurban Avenue S, Tukwila, WA  98168


MM&P HEALTH & BENEFIT OFFSHORE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM REMINDER

Applications for the 2011-12 Scholarship Program are now available for eligible dependent children of eligible Offshore members and co-pay pensioners in good standing. Applicants must be high school seniors during the 2010-11 school year. Please contact Madeline Petrelli at the Plan Office at (410) 850-8615 to request an application packet. Completed applications must be returned to the Plan Office by Nov. 30, 2010, in order for them to be submitted for review and processing by the Scholarship Recognition Award Program in Princeton, N.J. After this organization reviews all qualifications of the applicants, it will select the winners. The names of the winners will be presented to the Trustees for their final approval at the Board’s May 2011 meeting.


ADDITIONAL SETTLEMENT IN BUZZARDS BAY POLLUTION CASE

Bouchard Transportation Co. and its affiliates have agreed to pay more than $6 million to settle a portion of the federal and state natural resource damages claims for the April 2003 spill of up to 98,000 gallons of oil into Buzzards Bay. The settlement announced last week is in addition to damage assessment costs for federal and state governments of almost $1.6 million. A spokesman for the Department of Justice said the settlement will be used to restore shoreline and aquatic habitats vital to fisheries and to birds such as the piping plover.

The accident occurred on April 27, 2003. The tug EVENING TIDE was towing the unmanned tank barge BOUCHARD B. 120, which was carrying No. 6 fuel oil. The barge grounded on a shoal soon after entering the western approach to Buzzards Bay, rupturing its hull. Bouchard had earlier reached a criminal plea agreement as a result of the spill, agreeing to a fine of $10 million. In the criminal case, Bouchard was charged with negligently piloting the EVENING TIDE resulting in the death of migratory birds.


PALESTINIAN STOWAWAYS DISCOVERED ON MASSACHUSETTS-BOUND FREIGHTER

Two Palestinian men were found stowing away on the PRINCE OF SOUND, a freighter bound for New Bedford, Mass. Crewmembers found the two and notified authorities. The ship was kept offshore, and state and local police as well as Coast Guard officials boarded it to take custody of the two. Federal agents searched the ship before it was allowed to enter New Bedford. The men said they were trying to get to Canada, and authorities are treating this as a case of human smuggling, not as a threat to national security. The men were discovered hiding in a crane during a routine security check. A search of the ship found no weapons or explosives.


CELEBRITY MERCURY CRUISE SHIP PASSENGERS ROBBED BY ARMED MEN ON ST. KITTS

Associated Press has reported that two masked gunmen on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts held up a tour bus on the island’s main road Nov. 14, robbing 16 passengers of cash and cameras. No one was injured. According to the AP, the robbers blocked the road with a fallen tree. When the bus driver got out to clear the way, the thieves emerged from the bushes with weapons drawn.


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 11-19-10

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
11,181.23 2,518.12 1,199.73
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund (VAARX)
53.49
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
110.74
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
38.72
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
19.19
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
17.23
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
24.70
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
11.08
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
30.31
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
5.74
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
16.24
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
21.52
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
14.11
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
19.34
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
11.92
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
12.41
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
12.46
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
12.83
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
13.27
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.78
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
30.07
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
17.02
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
15.08
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
17.36
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
10.69
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
68.36
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
65.46
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
17.23
 Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
43.36
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
29.93
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
26.60
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
11.29
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
12.03
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
13.50
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
13.62
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
13.50
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
7.81
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
9.10
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
11.06
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
36.01
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
42.59
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
28.58



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