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Wheelhouse Weekly – September 06, 2011

September 6th 2011

 

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

Volume 15 . . . . . Number 36. . . . September 6, 2011

STORIES COVERED

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LABOR UNIONS CALL FOR ACTION ON UNEMPLOYMENT

Leaders of the nation’s labor unions are calling on Congress and President Obama to take decisive steps to lower the nation’s unemployment rate, which has been hovering in the range of 9 percent since April. The 9.1 percent unemployment rate announced at the end of August does not include people who have given up and stopped looking for work, or the roughly 16 percent of Americans who want full-time jobs but can only find part-time employment.

“Labor Day is a time to honor working Americans but it’s also a time to honor the millions of people who want to work but are unable to find jobs,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. “Working people didn’t cause the economic crisis, but they certainly have paid a heavy price for it,” he said.

“Labor Day reminds us of the contributions of working people to our economy and to the life of all Americans,” said Ed Wytkind, president of the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department (TTD). “It also serves as a reminder during this time of unacceptably high unemployment that our elected leaders must put our nation back to work as millions of Americans suffer.”

Trumka and Wytkind called for “bold action” on unemployment. The AFL-CIO is urging politicians to adopt the labor movement’s new “Six-Point Agenda for Good Jobs”:

1) rebuild schools, roads, ports, airways and energy systems;

2) revive U.S. manufacturing and stop exporting good jobs overseas;

3) put people to work in communities doing work that needs to be done by directly creating millions of jobs;

4) help state and local governments avoid more layoffs and service cuts by increasing federal Medicaid funding during periods of high unemployment;

5) help fill the massive shortfall of consumer demand by extending unemployment benefits and keeping homeowners in their homes;

6) reform Wall Street so it helps Main Street create jobs by encouraging lending to small businesses, enacting a financial speculation tax and ending Wall Street cheating and fraud.

“Some will say America can’t afford to invest big to create jobs,” Trumka said. “You and I know we can’t afford not to.” To add your voice to the call for jobs, go to http://tinyurl.com/unionjobs and sign the pledge.


PRESIDENT OBAMA URGES CONGRESS TO ACT ON EXPIRING TRANSPORTATION PROGRAMS

President Obama has called on Congress to quickly approve extensions of critical transportation funding programs that are set to expire in September. If Congress fails to act quickly, huge disruptions in construction projects and related jobs will result. In a statement made last week in the White House Rose Garden, with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood by his side, Obama said he will ask lawmakers when they return to Washington this week to quickly extend federal aviation programs that expire in mid-September, and the larger Highway Trust Fund and surface transportation programs that expire Sept. 30.

Congress in late July caused Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) funding to lapse, putting 4,000 FAA employees out of work, along with thousands of construction workers employed on FAA-funded projects. Transportation and state government officials, who use federal funds for many road and bridge projects, have warned that a repeat of that delay could disrupt thousands of projects nationwide.

Obama has said a new disruption would be “unacceptable,” pointing out that it would lead to lay-offs of federal transportation employees and the loss to the government of significant amounts of transportation tax receipts.

The President has said he will propose a set of new job-creating proposals this week, as Congress returns to Washington after a month-long recess. Obama says his proposals will include more transportation infrastructure funding, plus extensions of some expiring tax breaks and other measures. First, however, Congress must extend expiring programs, since lawmakers do not have enough time in the legislative calendar this month to agree on major new transportation legislation.

To highlight the importance of the transportation programs, Obama was joined in the Rose Garden by top labor and business officials, including AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, who is a member of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, and David Chavern, chief operating officer of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Obama said extending federal transport programs would “protect nearly a million American jobs and highlight the opportunity we have to work in a bipartisan way to further invest in rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure to strengthen our economy and create new jobs.”


HORIZON LINES ANNOUNCES NEW AGREEMENT ON REFINANCING

A spokesman for Horizon Lines said Friday that the company has entered into a definitive debt refinancing deal with a group of noteholders who will become majority shareholders of the company. The company has been negotiating details of the deal all summer. The Horizon Lines spokesman said that investors who hold 99 percent of $330 million in 4.25 percent convertible senior notes that expire in 2012 have agreed to the transaction. Under the terms of the agreement, these investors will provide Horizon Lines with $655 million in new funds that will replace the company’s current debt. The spokesman said Horizon Lines expects to complete the exchange offer of the existing 2012 convertible notes by the end of September.


JUSTICE AT VERIZON: YOUR SUPPORT IS NEEDED

The Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, the two unions representing 45,000 Verizon workers who struck for two weeks last month, have returned to the bargaining table. Spokesmen for the unions said their resolve to negotiate a fair deal for their members has been strengthened by an article published last week in the New York Times, which lists Verizon among numerous U.S. companies that pay their chief executive officers more than they pay in federal taxes. The fight is far from over. Verizon workers need our support. To join a leafleting action near you, go to http://local.we-r-1.org/adopt.


GRIM TOLL FOR WORLD’S TRADE UNIONISTS IN 2010

Ninety union organizers around the world were killed in 2010, according to a study conducted by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC). Among the negative global trends highlighted in the annual survey were increased government failure to enforce labor laws and a lack of funding for worker health and safety protections.

Besides the 90 murders, the survey listed 75 substantiated death threats against trade unionists, over 2,500 arrests and 5,000 firings for union organizing campaigns. Latin American countries held the record for the most murders of union members. The Gulf States had the worst record of abuse of migrant workers.

“Workers, communities and populations are trying to claim basic rights to decent work and a decent life, and in many countries these people are being met with sackings, violence and in extreme cases, murder by governments and by businesses,” said ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow in announcing the findings.


QUICK ACCESS TO UNITED INLAND GROUP PAGES ON WWW.BRIDGEDECK.ORG

We’ve upgraded www.bridgedeck.org to create a new section dedicated to the members of the MM&P United Inland Group (UIG). The UIG now has its own section on the site and its own button on the home page: to find it, just go to www.bridgedeck.org and look in the left-hand column. Click on “United Inland Group” to find out all about the group, to view a directory of UIG halls and to read updates and important news.

We have also added another new section to our site, “Join MM&P,” which makes it easier to apply for membership in every MM&P membership group by helping prospective members assemble the documents necessary to apply. To access the new section, go to www.bridgedeck.org, and click on “Join MM&P” in the left-hand column. There, you’ll find all the information and forms you need to become a member.


OFFSHORE DIVISION ORIENTATION COURSE REQUIRED FOR UPGRADES TO A-BOOK AND B-BOOK

Under the changes to the shipping rules that were ratified by the membership in August, members who want to upgrade to a B-Book or an A-Book are now required to attend the Offshore Division Orientation Course.

The course will be held: Oct. 13-14 in Los Angeles/Long Beach; Oct. 21-22 at MM&P headquarters in Linthicum Heights; and Nov. 8-9 in New Orleans. If sufficient showing of interest is demonstrated at other union halls, additional courses may be added to the schedule. 

If you want to attend the course, please RSVP to the hiring hall or, in the case of a course at headquarters, to Mary Seidman at mseidman@bridgedeck.org.


INDIA ANNOUNCES RULES ON ARMED SECURITY DETACHMENTS ABOARD SHIPS

India has just announced new rules for the use of armed guards to protect ships. A government spokesman says the guidelines are among numerous steps being undertaken by India to fight piracy. Under the new rules, Indian shipowners can hire private maritime security companies that have been evaluated and approved under a specific selection processes. All ships visiting ports in India must provide information about the guards on board, firearms carried and license details. The government of India also said it will create an inter-ministerial group of officers to respond to hostage situations involving Indian seafarers. The topic of armed guides aboard merchant ships is one of the main agenda items at the International Maritime Organization meetings now taking place in London.


MERPAC MEETING OCT. 6-7

The first MERPAC meeting of 2011 will be held at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 6-7. For more information, please contact Mark C. Gould: mark.c.gould@uscg.mil or (202) 372-1409.


JONES ACT FORUM OCT. 12-13

The Jones Act has the potential to generate hundreds of thousands of new jobs and should be a central focus of the campaign to jumpstart the nation’s economy. This is the tenet of a national forum sponsored by Maritime Executive, the publishing company that produces Maritime Executive magazine and MarEx newsletter. The company will hold a national forum on the Jones Act at MITAGS Oct. 12-13.

“Today, U.S. vessel operators, shipbuilders, training institutions and port authorities have been overlooked as vital assets in the U.S. economic recovery plan,” the company said in an official release. “With your support, we aim to change that perspective in Congress and, most importantly, among the American people through a media campaign titled ‘Strong Ships for America’ and a series of strategic Jones Act conferences. The Oct. 12-13 conference at MITAGS is “the beginning of a national campaign to jumpstart the American economy, a campaign that will continue throughout 2012 and right up to Election Day in November.” To register, go to: http://www.maritime-executive.com/registration.php.


SOCP SEEKS MEMBERS FOR USCG EXAM OVERSIGHT PANEL

The Ship Operations Cooperative Program (SOCP) is looking for instructors and mariners to develop exam questions for STCW95 Deck and Engine Ratings and Endorsements. The subject areas are as follows.

Deck Ratings and Officer Endorsements: navigation; meteorology; watchkeeping procedures; rules of the road; emergency procedures; search and rescue procedures; legislative requirements; maritime law; ship handling; cargo handling and stowage; environmental protection procedures; vessel construction terminology; vessel stability calculations and procedures; and shipboard medical care.

Engine Ratings and Officer Endorsements: Management skills and practices; crisis management; international law and conventions; codes and regulations; maintenance systems; arbitration and labor relations; stability and trim; vessel safety and security; marine environmental protection; troubleshooting techniques; and risk analysis.

If you are interested in participating in this project, please contact SOCP President Glen Paine at gpaine@mitags.org or 443-989-3233.

SOCP is an industry-government partnership formed in 1993 to share resources in the development and evaluation of technologies to advance shipboard safety, regulations, environment, training, reliability and productivity.


TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY CONSTITUTES MARITIME INDUSTRY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood last week announced the appointment of 29 members to the new Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council (MTSNAC), established to advise the department on matters relating to marine transportation. “Shifting some of our freight from the highways to open inland waterways is a fuel-efficient, cost-effective way to move goods and reduce roadway congestion,” LaHood said. “The recommendations developed by the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council will help us increase transportation efficiency, improve the environment and grow the economy.” He said that DOT will task MTSNAC with developing recommendations on establishing new marine highway services and port infrastructure development, among other issues.


GREENLAND GLACIER WILL CALVE A SECOND ICE ISLAND

Photos taken in July of the Petermann Glacier in northern Greenland show that it will soon “calve” a second gigantic ice island. In August 2010, a piece of the glacier about four times the size of Manhattan Island broke off. The scientist who took the most recent photos, Alun Hubbard of the Centre for Glaciology in the United Kingdom, told journalists at MSNBC that he was “rendered speechless by the gob-smacking rate” at which the glacier is breaking up. He says the new ice island that is about to separate is about twice the size of Manhattan.

In 2009, scientists installed GPS masts on the glacier to track its movement. But when they returned in July of this year, they found the ice had been melting so quickly–at an unexpected 16-and-a-half feet in two years–that some of the masts stuck into the glacier were no longer in position.

Hubbard said that while sea glacier’s “calving” of ice bergs is a natural process, scientists are now witnessing something out of the ordinary. “The break-off last year is bigger than anything seen for at least 150 years,” he said.


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

Try our on-line interactive calendar to register for class: MITAGS:PMI :: Courses

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: 10/17

ARPA � Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 9/27
AZIPOD (2-DAY) for Pilots: 10/13

BRM � Bridge Resource Management: 9/26, 11/14
BRMP � Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 11/28
BST – Basic Safety Training: 10/10

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]
CMM-ADVWX � Advanced Meteorology: 9/12, 11/14
CMM-ADVNAV � Advanced Navigation (=ECDIS & VPEN): 10/31
CMM-ADVSTB � Advanced Stability: 10/3
CMM-CHS � Advanced Cargo Operations (2 weeks): 10/10
CMM-ECDIS � Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems: 11/17, 12/5
CMM-MPP � Marine Propulsion Plants: 10/24
CMM-SHMGT – Ship Management (2 weeks): 9/19, 12/5
CMM-SHS-ADV-I � Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 9/12, 9/26, 10/24, 11/7, 11/28
CMM-SHS-ADV-I I � Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 9/19, 10/3, 10/31, 11/14, 12/5
CMM-VPEN � Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation: 10/31
CMM-WKP � Advanced Watchkeeping: 11/28

CONT PLNG � Contingency Planning: 11/10
CHS BAS � Basic Cargo Handing and Stowage: 10/31

ECDIS-ENAV (2 DAY) for Pilots: 10/17
EP � Emergency Procedures: 10/19
ENAV � Electronic Navigation: 9/12
ENVIRO-Regs Permit � Environmental Regulations Permit: 11/8

FF-BADV � Combined Basic and Advanced Fire Fighting: 10/10
FSM � Fatigue, Sleep and Medications for Pilots: 10/19

HAZ � Hazardous Materials (5 day): 11/28

LAP � License Advancement Program for Chief Mate & Master: 10/3
LAP-ORG 3rd � License Advancement Program for Original 3/Mate: 12/5
LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 9/12, 10/17, 11/28

MCL – Management, Communications and Leadership: 9/12
MEDIA-RSP � Media Response Workshop: 11/11
MED-PIC – Medical Person In Charge: 10/24
MED-PIC -R� Medical Person In Charge Refresher: 9/12, 11/14
MED-PRO � Medical Care Provider: 10/24
MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 10/29

MSC-CBRD1 � Basic Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense: 10/7
MSC-DC � Damage Control: 10/3
MSC -SMA � Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualification: 10/3, 11/14

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 9/14, 10/5, 10/19, 11/2, 11/16, 12/7, 12/14
ROP-5 � Radar Observer Original and Renewal: 11/7

SAR � Search & Rescue: 10/17
SEC-VCF � Security Officer, Vessel, Company & Facility: 11/7
SHS-BAS � Basic Shiphandling: 10/10, 12/12
SHS-ESH-BRMP3 � Emergency Shiphandling and Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 10/10
SHS-EMR5 � Emergency Shiphandling: 10/17

C-NAV � Celestial Navigation: 11/7

WX BAS � Basic Meteorology: 9/19, 10/3

…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

September 2011

12-23  GMDSS
19-23  Medical Care Provider
26-30 Med PIC Refresher
26-30 ECDIS
26-30 Basic Shiphandling

October 2011

3-7      Basic Construction and Stability
3-14    GMDSS
10-14  ECDIS
11th      Flashing Light
12-13   Basic Environmental Awareness w/ Vessel General Permit
17th      Radar Renewal
17-21   Management, Communication, and Leadership
17-21   Basic Shiphandling
18-20  Security – Vessel, Company, and Facility
24-28 Basic Cargo Handling and Stowage


MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 9-2-11

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
11,240.26 2,480.33 1,173.97
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund (VAARX)
51.54
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
108.53
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
37.35
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
17.76
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
16.84
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
23.90
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
11.20
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
30.12
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
5.62
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
16.11
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
20.79
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
14.18
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
18.95
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
12.10
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
12.31
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
12.21
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
12.40
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
12.75
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
11.05
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
29.38
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
16.68
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
15.03
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
16.97
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
10.94
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
63.74
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
60.68
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
16.10
 Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
43.40
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
27.53
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
25.31
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
11.35
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
12.08
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
13.42
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
13.47
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
13.20
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
7.57
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
8.78
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
11.11
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
34.08
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
41.70
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
28.60



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