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Wheelhouse Weekly – April 03, 2012

April 3rd 2012

 

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

Volume 16 . . . . . Number 14. . . . April 3, 2012

STORIES COVERED

Did you miss a week? Back editions of the Wheelhouse Weekly are available in the section.


MM&P HOLIDAY CLOSING SCHEDULE

All MM&P Union Halls, the MM&P Health & Benefit Plans, the MM&P Federal Credit Union and MM&P headquarters will be closed on Good Friday, April 6.


SEN. JOHN MCCAIN THWARTED IN YET ANOTHER ATTEMPT TO REPEAL THE JONES ACT

Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain failed March 26 in an attempt to attach legislation repealing the Jones Act to an energy bill. The Jones Act protects the jobs of American mariners by requiring that ships that are American-built, -flagged and –crewed carry goods between U.S. ports. McCain has made repealing the Jones Act a central point of his Congressional career. His most recent attempt to eliminate the Jones Act was blocked by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who restricted the number of amendments that could be attached to the energy bill, S 2204. McCain had filed four amendments that would have repealed or waived the Jones Act as it applies to oil and petroleum product tank vessels, liquefied natural gas carriers and small passenger vessels.


MARCH-APRIL EDITION OF THE MASTER, MATE & PILOT NOW ONLINE

The new edition of The Master, Mate & Pilot will be arriving in your mailbox soon. In the meantime, look for it online on www.bridgedeck.org. In this issue: HORIZON RELIANCE officers and crew pluck three from Pacific in dramatic rescue; Alaska Marine Pilots play central role in Nome fuel delivery expedition; MM&P backs federal dredge employees in Oregon tax dispute; MM&P-crewed GREEN WAVE completes annual Antarctica resupply. Plus: feature article on the master, pilot and port state relationship, and how it may be affected in the future by the spread of e-navigation systems.


NTSB SEEKS DIRECTOR, OFFICE OF MARINE SAFETY

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is seeking a maritime professional to direct its Office of Marine Safety in Washington, D.C. The deadline for applying for the job is Monday, April 23. The NTSB Office of Marine Safety investigates all major marine casualties that occur in the United States or that involve U.S.-flagged vessels anywhere in the world; develops proposed probable causes(s) of accidents; formulates recommendations to minimize recurrence of similar accidents; prepares detailed reports for use by other international and domestic government agencies, Congress, the transportation community and the traveling public; conducts special investigations into selected marine accidents involving safety issues of concern to the NTSB; and improves public safety by advocating changes to international and domestic marine transportation laws, regulations, standards, policies, practices and systems in government and industry. The salary range for this job is: $119,554 to $179,700. The job announcement number is: MS-631595-LM. To find out more about this job and to apply, go to: http://www.usajobs.gov/getjob/viewdetails/312550600
For questions about this job, contact: Anh Bolles at anh.bolles@ntsb.gov or (202) 314-6230.


MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS IN BOSTON ON APRIL 4

There will be a union meeting in Boston on April 4 at 1:00 pm. All MM&P members in the area are encouraged to attend.


MEMBERSHIP MEETING IN LA/LB ON APRIL 11

There will be a union meeting in Los Angeles/Long Beach on April 11 at noon. Please also note that the Offshore Familiarization Course will be held at the LA/LB hall beginning at 8:30 am on April 11. There is no sea-time requirement to take the course. All Offshore applicants, potential transferees from other membership groups and other interested Offshore members are urged to attend. Please RSVP to the LA/LB hall at 310-834-7201.


SCHEDULE FOR 2012 OFFSHORE FAMILIARIZATION COURSES

The Offshore Familiarization Course, formerly called the D-Book Membership Course, will be held at regular intervals throughout 2012.

The schedule is as follows (but please note that course dates may change depending on the number of participants who sign up): April 3-4 in Boston; April 11-12 in Los Angeles; May 29-30 in New Orleans; May 30-31 in Charleston; June 8-9 at MM&P Headquarters; Sept. 7-8 at MM&P Headquarters; Oct. 9-10 in New Jersey; Oct. 10-11 in Los Angeles; Nov. 7-8 in Houston.

There is no sea-time requirement to take the course. All Offshore applicants, potential transferees from other membership groups and other interested Offshore members are urged to attend.

If you want to attend the course, please RSVP to the local hiring hall where the class is offered or, in the case of a course planned for headquarters, to MM&P Membership Secretary Mary Seidman: mseidman@bridgedeck.org.


KUDOS IN LEADING MARITIME MAGAZINE FOR MITAGS MANAGEMENT COURSE

“Safety at Sea” has profiled the management communication course launched last year by MITAGS, the MM&P training institute. In an article entitled “Take Me to Your Leader,” journalist John Gallagher interviewed MITAGS instructor Walt Megonigal on topics ranging from the difference between leading and managing to how officers can motivate their crews “without trying to be friends with everyone.” Cultural and age differences are among the factors that can interfere with communications in any organization, and ships are no exception. Aboard ships today, Megonigal says, it is not uncommon to have people belonging to five generations trying to communicate with one another. The MITAGS course outlines strategies to bridge this type of gap. To find out more, contact MITAGS Training Director Eric Friend: efriend@mitags.org.


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

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

For class availability, contact Admissions Coordinator Kelly Michielli toll-free at 866-656-5568 or e-mail: admissions@mitags.org.

AB – Able Bodied Seaman: 5/21, 6/11

AIS-1 – Automatic Identification Systems (one day): 5/10, 6/6

ARPA – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 4/3AZIPOD (2-DAY) for Pilots: 4/5

BRM – Bridge Resource Management: 4/30

BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots:  5/9, 6/7

BST – Basic Safety Training: 4/9, 6/25

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 6/11

CMM-ADVNAV – Advanced Navigation (=ECDIS & VPEN):  5/14

CMM-ADVSTB – Advanced Stability: 4/9, 6/25

CMM-CHS – Advanced Cargo Operations (2 weeks): 4/16

CMM-ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems: 5/21

CMM-MPP – Marine Propulsion Plants: 6/4

CMM-SHMGT – Ship Management (2 weeks): 4/30

CMM-SHS-ADV-I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 4/9, 5/14, 6/11

CMM-SHS-ADV-I I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 4/16, 5/21, 6/18

CMM-WKP – Advanced Watchkeeping: 6/18

CNAV – Celestial Navigation: 4/30

CONSTAB – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 4/9

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning: 5/11

ECDIS-ENAV (2 DAY) for Pilots: 6/4

ENVIRO-Regs Permit – Environmental Regulations Permit: 5/21

EP – Emergency Procedures: 4/25

FF-BADV – Combined Basic and Advanced Fire Fighting: 4/9, 6/25

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep and Medications for Pilots: 6/6

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 6/11

LAP-ORG 3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3/Mate: 6/4

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 4/18, 5/9

MED-PIC – Medical Person In Charge: 4/16, 6/11

MED-PIC -R– Medical Person In Charge Refresher: 5/14

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 4/16, 6/11

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 4/21, 6/16

MSC -SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualification: 6/4

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (4 Evenings): 6/4

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic): 6/8

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 4/4

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 4/18, 5/2, 5/6, 6/13, 6/27

ROP-5 – Radar Observer Original and Renewal: 4/23

SAR – Search & Rescue: 4/23

SEC-VCF – Security Officer, Vessel, Company & Facility: 5/7

SHS-BAS – Basic Shiphandling: 4/23, 5/14, 6/25

SHS-ESH-BRMP3 – Emergency Shiphandling and Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 4/2

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling: 5/7

TPIC-DL – Tankerman Person In Charge Dangerous Liquids: 5/21

…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.
 
April 2012

4-6          Security Officer – Vessel, Company, and Facility
9-20       GMDSS
13th       Radar Renewal
16-20     Radar Observer Unlimited
23-27     Medical Care Provider
23-4       Medical Person-In-Charge
30th       Radar Renewal
30th       Flashing Light Exam

May 2012

1-4          ARPA
7-11       Bridge Resource Management w/ Simulation
7-18       GMDSS
14-18     ECDIS
14-1       Terrestrial and Coastal Navigation w/ Compasses
21-25     Radar Observer Unlimited
22-24     Security Officer – Vessel, Company, and Facility

June 2012

4-6          Emergency Procedures
4-22       Terrestrial and Coastal Navigation w/ Compasses
7-8          Search and Rescue
11th       Radar Renewal
11-22     GMDSS
18-22     ECDIS
18-22     Management, Communication, and Leadership (Horizon Lines)
25-29     Medical Care Provider


MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 3-30-12

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
13,171.00 2,758.00 1,406.70
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund (VAARX)
56.17
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
129.78
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
44.99
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
18.63
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
20.47
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
28.97
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
11.01
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
36.54
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
5.84
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
16.96
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
23.23
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
14.43
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
20.60
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
12.33
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
13.18
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
13.39
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
13.88
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
14.33
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.94
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
35.19
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
19.61
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
16.11
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
20.69
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
10.90
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
73.28
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
72.52
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
19.06
Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
50.38
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
28.74
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
30.10
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
11.60
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
12.28
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
13.99
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
14.16
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
14.07
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
8.15
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
9.51
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
10.97
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
40.57
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
50.08
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
34.20



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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