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Wheelhouse Weekly – August 02, 2010

August 2nd 2010

 

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

Volume 14 . . . . . Number 31. . . .August 2, 2010

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CREW OF WASHINGTON STATE FERRY SPOKANE COMMENDED FOR RESCUE OF TWO DIVERS

The crew of Washington State Ferry (WSF) SPOKANE has been commended by the Coast Guard and the Washington State Department of Transportation for the heroic rescue of two divers. Aboard SPOKANE at the time of the rescue were MM&P members Capt. John Tullis, Chief Mate Alex Johnson, Second Mate Libby Christie and Seth Hamlin, who now sails as an officer on WSF WENATCHEE.

SPOKANE was on its way to Kingston on the morning of March 27 with a full load when a passenger reported seeing a diver in distress. “People often get in trouble at the dive park near the Edmonds Ferry Terminal because of the currents or a lack of diving expertise,” said Capt. Tullis. “Ferry crews are frequently called on to help divers in distress.” 

On receiving the report, the captain gave the order to launch the RHIB. Aboard were Seth Hamlin and IBU member Marjorie Ess. The two recovered a female diver who was motionless, face down in the water and unresponsive. Initial attempts to revive her failed, but Hamlin and Ess kept trying until they had succeeded in forcing out a significant quantity of water. “Seth and Marjorie did an amazing job,” Tullis said. After they had revived the woman and had passed her on to the police and emergency medical personnel, the crew of SPOKANE responded to a second distress call: this time a male diver, clinging to a buoy. “He was too exhausted to be dragged, so we had to use the Jason’s cradle,” Tullis said.

The rescued divers, who turned out to be man and wife, came aboard SPOKANE several days later to thank the captain and crew.  For their quick thinking and heroic action, the entire crew of SPOKANE received the Coast Guard’s Public Service Commendation on June 15 at a ceremony in Seattle. Additionally, the captain, Seth Hamlin and Marjorie Ess received the Washington State Department of Transportation’s “Life Ring” Award.


NOAA SHIPS CONTINUE TO PLAY VITAL ROLE IN OIL SPILL RESPONSE

There are five NOAA vessels currently operating in the Gulf of Mexico from homeports as far north as New England, with missions ranging from evaluating seafood safety to detecting submerged oil. MM&P licensed deck officers sail on NOAA vessels and are actively involved in the oil spill response. NOAA Ship PISCES has been supporting the Unified Command in its wellhead integrity testing effort since July 14. The ship has been using sophisticated acoustic echo-sounders and water column profiling instruments to monitor for oil and gas releases in the immediate vicinity of, and directly over, the well head. NOAA Ship GORDON GUNTER is studying sperm whales and other marine mammals to learn more about how they have been affected by the spill. NOAA Ship NANCY FOSTER is using a remotely operated vehicle to monitor deep-water bottom habitats that have been exposed to the oil/dispersant mixtures. The HENRY B. BIGELOW has sailed from Key West to the wellhead to use its echo-sounder to monitor for oil and gas releases while NOAA Ship PISCES is in the process of resupplying. OREGON II departed its homeport of Pascagoula on July 26 to collect samples of fish and shrimp off Louisiana at depths between 30 and 360 feet. The samples will be tested for contaminants as part of the ongoing program to ensure that seafood harvested from the Gulf is safe for consumers.


INCOMING BP CEO CALLS FOR SCALING BACK CLEANUP

Bob Dudley, the BP official who heads the Gulf cleanup and will take over as the company’s new chief executive officer in October, says the time has come to start winding down the massive effort to clean up the spill. With the apparent success of the most recent efforts to cap the leaking well, spill responders and government officials are reporting there is relatively little oil on the surface, leaving less work for skimmers.

Official estimates are that the April 20 oil rig explosion caused a spill that totals somewhere between 94 and 184 million gallons. A temporary cap stopped the flow July 15. A procedure aimed at paving the way for a permanent plug was expected to begin Monday, as this edition of The Wheelhouse Weekly was being distributed. The so-called “static kill” can begin when crews finish work drilling the relief well 50 miles offshore that is needed for a permanent fix. The static kill, which involves pumping heavy mud in from the top, is on track for completion this week. The next step will be the “bottom kill,” in which the relief well will be used to pump in mud and cement from below. That process will take days or weeks.


PIRATES RELEASE TURKISH-FLAGGED BULKER

Somali pirates have released the Turkish-flagged bulker FRIGIA, more than four months after it was hijacked. The ship and its 21-person crew were taken hostage on March 24, about 1,000 nautical miles east of northern Somalia, while travelling from Egypt to Thailand. All members of the crew are said to be safe and in good health.


APL RETROFITS FIVE VESSELS FOR COLD IRONING

APL announced it has retrofitted five container ships for cold-ironing, a move it says could cut nitrogen oxide emissions by 50,000 pounds a year and particulate matter emissions by 1,500 pounds a year. The ships are scheduled to plug in at the port of Oakland beginning early in 2011. 


DISCOUNTS FOR UNION MEMBERS ON UNION-MADE CLOTHES

Wear your union pride on your sleeve…or pant leg…with union-made clothing! The new Union Plus clothing discounts are designed by and for union members only. What’s in it for you? A 5-10 percent discount on union-made clothing from three providers of union-made apparel. Find the union label on everything from union-made jeans, T-shirts and sweats to socks, dresses and pants. And save on every purchase with your union-only family discount–even order gift certificates for your friends. Just go to www.unionplus.org and type “clothing” in the search box.


MM&P NEW ORLEANS HALL HAS MOVED

The MM&P NOLA Hall moved on July 31 to 300 Mariner’s Plaza, Suite 321B, Mandeville, LA 70448. The telephones will be connected on Aug. 3. The new phone number will be (985) 626-7133. The new fax number will be (985) 626-7199.


BALTIMORE LAW FIRM OFFERS TWO SCHOLARSHIPS FOR UNION FAMILIES

Ashcraft & Gerel law firm is sponsoring two scholarships, one for undergraduate students and one for post-graduate students. Each scholarship is in the amount of $2,500. All applicants must be members in good standing of a Baltimore area AFL-CIO affiliated union, such as MM&P. To obtain an application, call Ashcraft & Gerel at 410-539-1122. The deadline for submitting an application is Oct. 15. Winners will be selected on or about Nov. 12.


NORTHWEST MARITIME CENTER & WOODEN BOAT FOUNDATION SEEKS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

The Northwest Maritime Center & Wooden Boat Foundation, headquartered in Port Townsend, Wash., is looking for an executive director. Port Townsend is the only designated “Historic Victorian Seaport” on the West Coast and one of only three in the entire nation. Although its harbor is no longer filled with commercial sailing ships, Port Townsend’s restored piers, wharfs and historic buildings provide a welcoming stop-over to tall ships and recreational boaters and offer the unique experience of an authentic working waterfront. Port Townsend is host to many annual festivals and events, such as the Wooden Boat Festival, which was started in 1976 by local people who appreciated wooden boats and wanted to preserve the skills and fine craftsmanship of traditional shipwrights while honoring the maritime heritage of the Puget Sound. The festival was so successful it led to the creation of the Wooden Boat Foundation. The board of directors is seeking an “entrepreneurial and visionary leader” to serve as executive director, with oversight of programs, administration and operations, revenue centers, fundraising, financial affairs, facilities, Board relations, and external relations, including with the marine trades, local and regional communities. Among the qualifications sought are “a deep and abiding love for all things maritime,” and a “charismatic and compelling personality.” For more information, go to http://tiny.cc/xybx4, visit www.woodenboat.org or e-mail the president of the board care of Lenore Goldstein, len@nwmaritime.org


NTSB SEEKS MARINE ACCIDENT INVESTIGATOR

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is seeking a marine accident investigator. Salary range: $74,872 – $136,771 year. The position closes Aug. 13.  NTSB was ranked one of the top ten best places to work in the federal government last year. To find out more about this job, go to: http://tiny.cc/7smuj.


APU GRADUATE DEGREE ORIENTATION AT MITAGS ON AUG. 11

The American Public University (APU) system will conduct a graduate degree orientation seminar at MITAGS on Wednesday, Aug. 11, at 7:00 p.m. All previous and current MITAGS Chief Mate/Master (CMM) program students are invited to attend. APU allows transfer of academic credit earned from completing the MITAGS CMM License Advancement Program courses into its own graduate degree and certificate programs. All APU courses are delivered on-line so mariners can pursue their educational goals from wherever they are. “This ground-breaking agreement affords merchant mariners the opportunity to complete their graduate degrees from anywhere they have access to the Internet, no matter where and when they travel throughout their maritime career,” said Victor Tufts, program manager at MITAGS. For additional information, contact him at 443-989-3531 or e-mail vtufts@mitags.org. You can also visit the MITAGS website: www.mitags.org.


D-BOOK MEMBERSHIP CLASS AT MM&P HEADQUARTERS AUG. 13-14

The D-Book Membership class will be held at MM&P headquarters on the evening of Aug. 13 and all day Saturday, Aug. 14. All applicants should complete the D-Book Membership Class as soon as possible to avoid delays in becoming members. Applicants should take the course before completing 360 days of covered employment. For more information and to sign up for the Aug. 13-14 course, please contact MM&P Contracts Officer Lars Turner: lturner@bridgedeck.org or 410-850-8700 ext. 28.


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

CLASS OPENINGS: Between now and the end of September 2010, as of the Friday before this publication, seats are available in the following courses:

ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 9/10

BRM-Bridge Resource Management: 9/27
BST-Basic Safety Training: 8/16

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]
CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 9/13
CMM-ADVSTB – Advanced Stability: 9/20
CMM-CHS I – Advanced Cargo Operations (week 1): 9/27
CMM-MPP – Marine Propulsion Plants (with optional DCS): 8/30
CMM-SHS-ADV-I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 8/16, 9/13, 9/27
CMM-SHS-ADV-I I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 8/9, 9/20
CMM-SHPMGT II – Ship Management (week 2) 8/2
CMM-VPEN – Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation: 8/9
CMM-WKP – Advanced Watchkeeping: 8/23

CONSTB – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 8/9
CNAV – Celestial Navigation: 8/23

ENVIRO-Regs Permit – Environmental Regulations Permit: 9/1
EP � Emergency Procedures: 9/15

FF-BADV – Combined Basic and Advanced Fire Fighting: 8/16

HAZ- Hazardous Materials (5 Day): 8/23

[LAP – Must be USCG Approved for the Licensing Test to attend]
LAP – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, 500/1600T: 8/16
LAP – License Advancement Program for Chief Mate & Master: 9/20

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 9/14, 9/20

MED-PIC – Medical Person In Charge: 8/23, 9/27
MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 8/23, 9/27
MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 8/28, 10/2

[Military Sealift Command Courses]
MSC-CBRD1 – Basic CBR Defense: 8/13
MSC-DC – Damage Control: 8/9
MSC-SMA – Small Arms: 8/9

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 8/9

SAR � Search and Rescue: 9/13
SHS-BAS – Basic Shiphandling: 8/30
SHS-EMR- Emergency Shiphandling: 8/23
SHS-ESH-BRMP3 – Emergency Shiphandling/Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 8/2

TPIC – Tankerman Person In Charge: 9/27

WKP-BAS – Basic Watchkeeping: 9/27
WX-BAS – Basic Meteorology: 9/20

…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

August 2010

3-5      ARPA
16-20  ECDIS
16-20  Tankerman Person-In-Charge
23        Radar Renewal

September 2010

7-17   Celestial Navigation
13       Security Refresher
13-24  GMDSS
14-16  Security VCF
20-24  Basic Construction & Stability
20-22  Fast Rescue Boat
27       Radar Renewal
27-1   Basic Shiphandling
27-1   ECDIS

October 2010

4-8    Tankerman Person-In-Charge
4-15  Basic Watchkeeping with BRM
11-22GMDSS
12-15ARPA
18-29 Celestial Navigation
18-22 Medical Care Provider
18-29 Medical Person-In-Charge
23     Med DOT
25-27 Fast Rescue Boat
27     Radar Renewal


MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 7-31-10

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
10,467.16 2,254.70 1,101.60
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund (VAARX)
49.75
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
101.55
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
34.36
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
16.82
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
15.19
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
22.92
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
11.08
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
26.90
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
5.60
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
15.56
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
19.76
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
13.79
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
18.08
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
11.38
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
11.62
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
11.52
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
11.70
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
12.11
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.78
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
27.38
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
15.07
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
14.14
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
15.75
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
10.62
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
61.82
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
59.14
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
16.13
 Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
37.63
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
26.59
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
23.84
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
10.97
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
11.62
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
12.69
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
12.65
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
12.40
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
7.13
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
8.26
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
10.95
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
31.85
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
39.03
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
26.00



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