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Wheelhouse Weekly – November 29, 2010

November 29th 2010

 

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Volume 14 . . . . . Number 48. . . .November 29, 2010

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MM&P-CREWED SHIPS HONORED FOR EXCELLENCE IN SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP

A number of MM&P-contracted companies, including Crowley Maritime and Horizon Lines, accepted awards earlier this month on behalf of MM&P-crewed ships with exemplary safety records. Among the ships singled out for awards were the HORIZON ENTERPRISE, with 20 years of safety achievement, and numerous Crowley vessels with licensed deck officers on board who belong to the MM&P United Inland Group’s Pacific Maritime Region.

Since 1968, the Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) has sponsored two safety programs, the Jones F. Devlin and the Ship Safety Achievement Awards. The awards publicly recognize the skills and dedication of the men and women responsible for safe ship operations. The awards, which are open to CSA members and non-members alike, are presented at an annual luncheon held in June of each year.

The Devlin Awards are presented to self-propelled merchant vessels that have operated for two full years or more without a crew member losing a full turn at watch because of an occupational injury. Three levels of achievement are recognized: a basic two-year award; a three-year award; and a four-year award. A special award is given annually to ships with five or more years of accident-free operation. To qualify for a Devlin Award, a vessel must be in operation with a full crew.

To be eligible for the Environmental Achievement Award, a vessel must have at least a two-year period of: no reportable spills (a report of a “potential spill” is not disqualifying); no U.S. Coast Guard citations for violations of MARPOL; no port state citations for violations of MARPOL; no violations of state/local pollution regulations. Vessels are eligible for additional awards beyond the initial two-year period.

“The Environmental Achievement Awards are a great opportunity for owners and operators to recognize the accomplishments of their mariners and shore-side staff,” says a CSA spokesperson. “While the public hears of instances when there are environmental problems, they should know that this industry has an excellent record of environmental accomplishment. The awards were initiated to let our seagoing and shore-side personnel know that we appreciate all they do as good stewards of our marine environment.” CSA encourages all vessel owners and operators to nominate eligible ships for this award. For more information about the program, contact Ms. Odell Moore omoore@knowships.org.


SEAFARERS PUT THEIR OWN SAFETY ON THE LINE FOR EVERYONE, INTERTANKO SAYS

Taking its cue from the release of a British couple held hostage in Somalia for over a year, the organization of independent tanker operators has issued a statement calling attention to the dangerous nature of the work of modern seafarers.

“Hundreds of professional mariners are risking their freedom every day to allow ships to keep moving through the busy international marine corridor linking West with East, thereby ensuring that oil, chemicals and gas, food, raw materials and finished products all reach their destinations unhindered,” a spokesman for INTERTANKO said. The organization called on world governments to do more to stop piracy. “There are more than 530 seafarers currently held by Somali pirate gangs,” it said. “Seafarers are putting their safety on the line for the benefit of every single one of us all over the world. Yet their role in global trade is barely acknowledged outside the shipping industry. They are working for you. They need your support.”


MEMBERS OF MM&P FEDERAL EMPLOYEES MEMBERSHIP GROUP INTERVIEWED IN MILITARY SEALIFT COMMAND MAGAZINE

Civilian officers aboard USNS ALAN SHEPARD, USNS JOHN ERICSSON and USNS NAVAJO were interviewed in the most recent issue of the Military Sealift Command (MSC) magazine, “Sealift.” The three vessels were participants in Valiant Shield 2010, which included a training session for marines practicing for search-and-seizure operations involving hijacked ships. In this case, the targeted ship was MSC dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS ALAN SHEPARD, which served as a staging platform.

Valiant Shield also included the sinking of the ex-USS ACADIA off the coast of Guam. USNS NAVAJO towed the 22,000-ton destroyer tender more than 3,400 miles from Pearl Harbor so air and surface forces could use the ship for live-fire target practice. Before the tow wire could be released and the vessel sunk, civilian mariners had to board ACADIA to re-energize its navigation lights, which had unexpectedly failed. “Without navigation lights, the dead ship presented a real danger to navigation,” said Capt. P. Todd Christian, NAVAJO’s civil service master.

Among the civilian mariners who boarded the ghost ship by climbing a 60-foot Jacob’s ladder was MM&P member First Officer Michael Keller. The group used flashlights to move through the compartments of the darkened vessel. “The ship was eerily quiet and dark,” Keller said, “without fan or engine noise, only the sounds of our footsteps on the steel deck and an open hatch creaking as the ship rolled back and forth.”

ERICSSON and SHEPARD also conducted underway replenishment operations as part of the exercise, which took place earlier this fall and is held annually.   


FIVE CONVICTED OF PIRACY IN ATTACK ON U.S. NAVY FRIGATE

Five Somali nationals have been convicted of engaging in piracy and related offenses in what is believed to be the first time since 1820 in which a U.S. court has issued a conviction for piracy. The case involves the April 1 attack on the Navy frigate USS NICHOLAS, which the pirates mistook for a merchant ship. USS NICHOLAS returned fire and captured the attackers, who were brought to Norfolk for trial. Sentencing is scheduled for March 14. A conviction for piracy carries a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment.


UN SECURITY COUNCIL COMMENDS KENYA AND SEYCHELLES FOR PROSECUTING PIRATES

The UN Security Council has issued a resolution reiterating its condemnation of piracy. The resolution also commends Kenya and the Seychelles for prosecuting suspected pirates and expresses gratitude to the countries that have deployed naval forces in the region. The resolution calls on Member States to assist Somalia with nation-building and to criminalize piracy under their domestic law.


MALAYSIAN CONTAINERSHIP SEIZED; PANAMANIAN TANKER ESCAPES

On Nov. 26, pirates seized a Malaysian-flagged container ship with a crew of 23 about 900 nautical miles off the Somali coast. There has been no further contact with the vessel since it reported being under attack, but it was confirmed Monday that it is heading towards Somalia. In related news, European naval forces reported that the Panamanian-flagged chemical tanker NORNA N escaped from a band of pirates who attacked it in the Indian Ocean approximately 700 nautical miles east of Socotra Island.


UPDATED MM&P HOLIDAY PARTY SCHEDULE: NEW INFO FOR HONOLULU AND SAN JUAN

MM&P members, employees, their families and friends are encouraged to attend the holiday parties now being scheduled in our union halls. An updated schedule appears below. Please note that there is a change in the time and location of the Puerto Rico Christmas party. The party will take place on the same date, Dec. 10, but will start at 2:00 PM. The party will be held at El Camaron, on Ponce De Leon Ave., close to the old MM&P hall in San Juan. Everyone is invited to attend this party, which is being organized by members of both the United Inland Group and the Offshore Group.

The date for the joint MM&P-MEBA Christmas Party in Honolulu has been announced: Tuesday, Dec. 14, at JJ Dolan’s, 1147 Bethel Street, Honolulu, 96813-2219; (808) 537-4992, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

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, 2:00 PM, El Camaron, on Ponce De Leon Ave., close to the old MM&P hall in San Juan.

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
— Honolulu, Joint MM&P-MEBA party, Tuesday, Dec. 14, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, at JJ Dolan’s, 1147 Bethel Street, Honolulu, 96813-2219; (808) 537-4992
— 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


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: 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: 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): 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

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

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 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: 12/1, 12/15, 1/12, 1/26
ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal Day Class: 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

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 11-26-10

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
11,187.28 2,543.12 1,198.35
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund (VAARX)
53.13
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
109.82
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
39.08
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
18.56
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
17.30
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
24.35
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
11.07
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
30.29
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
5.69
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
16.17
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
21.31
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
14.09
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
19.21
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
11.88
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
12.33
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
12.36
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
12.70
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
13.14
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.78
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
29.92
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
16.99
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
14.98
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
17.25
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
10.69
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
68.27
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
64.98
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
16.95
 Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
43.49
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
29.14
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
26.47
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
11.26
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
12.00
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
13.43
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
13.53
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
13.39
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
7.74
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
9.01
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
10.92
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
36.33
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
42.24
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
28.52



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