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Wheelhouse Weekly – November 29, 2011

November 29th 2011

 

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Volume 15 . . . . . Number 48. . . . November 29, 2011

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MM&P SHIPS AND CREWS HONORED FOR ENVIRONMENTAL ACHIEVEMENT

Six MM&P-contracted companies and the men and women who crew their ships have been honored for environmental excellence by the Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA). Operators chosen for the awards include AmNav, Crowley, Farrell Lines, Foss, Horizon Lines and MLL. The awards were made on Nov. 17 in Washington, D.C., to a total of 1,181 ships and 71 companies which achieved environmental excellence by operating for at least a two-year period without incident. “The great record evidenced by the ships and vessels is due to the dedication of the seafarers working on board and the support of shore operating personnel,” said Mike Bohlman of Horizon Lines, current CSA chair.

The awards program is open to all owners and operators of vessels that operate on oceans or inland waterways. The CSA Board encourages all operators and owners to take advantage of this opportunity to recognize their crews and shore-side operating personnel and encourages all operators and owners to consider participating in next year’s program. Participation guidance is found on CSA’s website, www.knowships.org. A list of the vessels that received the 2011 Environmental Achievement Award is posted on the website under “Press Releases.”


REPRESENTATIONAL RIGHTS IN ARMY CORPS ROCK ISLAND DISTRICT: A BIG WIN FOR MM&P

MM&P has been recognized by the government as the official representative of the licensed deck officers employed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Rock Island District. The good news comes after months of hard work by MM&P Government Fleet Representative Randi Ciszewski and the intervention of MM&P International Counsel Gabriel Terrasa. Representation of members of the bargaining unit–Master Towboat, Assistant Master Towboat and Master Tender–had mistakenly been awarded to another union, the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE).

AFGE Local 584 President Jon Savoia concurred with MM&P that the professional mariner positions “are properly included in MM&P’s bargaining unit at the Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District.” MM&P recently participated in AFGE’s campaign to win representation rights for transportation security officers (TSOs) employed at U.S. airports.


BLUE & GOLD CAPT. SLY HUNTER PROFILED IN SAN FRANCISCO’S “BAY CROSSING” MAGAZINE

Capt. Sly Hunter, a long-time member of the MM&P United Inland Group who works for Blue & Gold Fleet, is the focus of an article published in the most recent edition of “Bay Crossing” magazine, the publication for passengers on Bay Area ferries. He was interviewed for the magazine’s regular feature, “Who’s at the Helm?”

Hunter started out as a deckhand at Blue & Gold while attending St. Mary’s College on a basketball scholarship, playing football and earning a degree in business administration. After graduation, he continued at Blue & Gold but also took a job at a bank. The financial world was not for him, he soon discovered, and he quickly left the office job to get his captain’s license. Over two decades later, Hunter is the senior captain for Blue & Gold Fleet. “I just fell in love with it,” he says.

WETA, the regional public agency that operates Bay Area ferry services, last month awarded Blue & Gold Fleet a five-year contract for operations and maintenance of the ferry system.


LAKE CARRIERS’ ASSOCIATION SEES REASON FOR OPTIMISM IN FREIGHT VOLUMES

U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters carried 9.8 million tons of dry-bulk cargo in October, an increase of 3.2 percent compared to a year ago, according to the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA). The “lakers” carry the raw materials that drive the nation’s economy: iron ore and fluxstone for the steel industry, aggregate and cement for construction, coal for power plants. Lake cargos support more than 103,000 U.S. jobs with an average annual wage of $47,000.

Although the October 2011 “float” was 5 percent below the month’s five-year average, the decrease was due in part to weather-related delays, LCA said. In a positive sign for the U.S. economy, iron ore cargos for the steel industry increased 12.8 percent compared to a year ago. LCA said limestone cargos for construction, steel production and environmental applications slightly surpassed last year’s figures, but coal for power generation and steel production was down 10 percent. Through October 2011, total U.S.-flag cargos were 75 million tons, an increase of 3.8 percent over 2010 figures.


OCCUPY GROUP ANNOUNCES DEMONSTRATIONS AT WEST COAST PORTS ON DEC. 12

The Occupy Movement has said it will sponsor demonstrations on Dec. 12 at West Coast ports. A spokesman for the Port of Long Beach said the demonstrators will be allowed to express their views, as long as they do not interfere with traffic and keep a safe distance from trucks and construction. In the Port of Los Angeles, police and port officials have reportedly been developing a response plan. The only “Occupy” demonstration to affect a U.S. port so far took place on the night of Nov. 2, when Occupy Oakland shut down the port for the night shift.


DATE CHANGE FOR SEATTLE HOLIDAY PARTY

The date for the Seattle holiday party has been changed to Wednesday, Dec. 14 at noon.


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.

On the East Coast:

— Boston, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 12:00 to 4:00 p.m., Boston Union Hall, 12 Channel St., Suite 606-A;

— New York/New Jersey, Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 1:00 p.m., at the New York/New Jersey Hall;

— Norfolk, Thursday, Dec. 15, at noon, Norfolk Commerce Centre III, 5425 Robin Hood Rd.,  Suite 204,  Norfolk (conveniently located off I-64/Military Hwy and Norfolk International Airport; HRT bus stops front of building).

On the West Coast:

— Honolulu, Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 11:00 a.m. in the Honolulu Hall, together with members of the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (MEBA);

— Los Angeles, Friday, Dec. 16, at noon, in the Los Angeles Hall with MEBA;

— Oakland, Friday, Dec. 9, 12:30 p.m., in the Oakland Hall with MEBA;

— Seattle, Wednesday, Dec. 14, at noon, in the Seattle Hall.


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!


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

Try our on-line interactive calendar to register for class: http://mitags-pmi.org/courses/calendar/

For class availability or info on MITAGS courses and programs, contact Kelly Michielli, Admissions Coordinator, toll-free at 866-656-5568 or Email: admissions@mitags.org.

AB – Able Bodied Seaman: 1/9

ARPA – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 1/24, 3/13

AZIPOD (2-DAY) for Pilots: 3/13

BRM – Bridge Resource Management: 2/20

BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots:  1/23, 3/1

BST – Basic Safety Training: 1/23

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 1/9, 3/19

CMM-ADVNAV – Advanced Navigation (=ECDIS & VPEN): 3/5

CMM-ADVSTB – Advanced Stability: 1/16

CMM-CHS – Advanced Cargo Operations (2 weeks): 1/30

CMM-ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems: 1/23

CMM-MPP – Marine Propulsion Plants: 1/23, 3/26

CMM-SHMGT – Ship Management (2 weeks): 12/5, 2/20

CMM-SHS-ADV-I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 1/16, 1/30, 2/27, 3/12, 3/26

CMM-SHS-ADV-I I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 12/5 , 1/23, 2/6, 3/5, 3/19

CMM-WKP – Advanced Watchkeeping: 11/28, 2/13


CONSTAB – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 1/9

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning: 3/15

DDE-GL – Designated Duty Engineer Great Lakes: 1/30

ECDIS-ENAV (2 DAY) for Pilots: 3/1

ENAV – Electronic Navigation: 3/19

ENVIRO-Regs Permit – Environmental Regulations Permit: 3/13

FF-BADV – Combined Basic and Advanced Fire Fighting: 1/23

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep and Medications for Pilots: 3/16

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress Safety Signal: 2/20

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 3/5

LAP – License Advancement Program for Chief Mate & Master: 3/19

LAP-GL – License Advancement Program for Great Lakes: 1/30

LAP-ORG 3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3/Mate: 12/5

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 1/23, 3/1

MCL – Management, Communication & Leadership: 3/26

MED-PIC – Medical Person In Charge: 1/9, 2/13, 3/19

MED-PIC -R– Medical Person In Charge Refresher: 3/5

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 1/9, 2/13, 3/19

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 1/14, 3/24

MSC -SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualification: 3/12

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 12/7, 12/14, 1/11, 1/25, 2/8, 2/22, 3/7, 3/21

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 1/23, 3/12

ROP-5 – Radar Observer Original and Renewal: 1/16

SEC-VCF – Security Officer, Vessel, Company & Facility: 3/12

SHS-BAS – Basic Shiphandling: 12/12, 2/13

SHS-ESH-BRMP3 – Emergency Shiphandling and Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 1/11, 2/27

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling: 3/5

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial and Costal Navigation and Compasses: 1/30

TPIC-DL – Tankerman Person In Charge Dangerous Liquids: 3/5

WKP BAS – Basic Watchkeeping: 3/5

WX-BAS – Basic Meteorology: 3/26

…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
 
December 2011

5th      Radar Renewal
5-9      Train the Trainer
5-16     GMDSS
12-16   Radar Observer Unlimited
19-22  ARPA


MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 11-25-11

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
11,231.78 2,441.51 1,158.67
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund (VAARX)
51.52
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
107.06
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
36.41
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
15.66
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
16.56
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
23.87
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
11.13
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
29.87
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
5.55
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
15.82
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
20.09
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
14.03
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
18.51
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
11.98
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
12.04
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
11.85
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
11.93
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
12.26
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.99
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
28.91
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
16.39
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
14.48
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
16.64
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
10.82
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
58.67
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
58.90
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
15.88
Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
39.90
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
24.59
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
23.83
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
11.18
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
11.92
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
13.00
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
12.97
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
12.60
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
7.17
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
8.29
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
10.88
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
33.28
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
41.14
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
27.96



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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