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Wheelhouse Weekly – January 08, 2013

January 8th 2013

 

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

Volume 17 . . . Number 2. . . Jan. 8, 2013

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MM&P CLOSED JAN. 21 FOR MARTIN LUTHER KING’S BIRTHDAY

All MM&P union halls, the MM&P Plan Office, the MM&P Federal Credit Union and MM&P headquarters will be closed on Jan. 21 for Martin Luther King’s Birthday.


PRESIDENT SIGNS DEFENSE BILL WITH MARITIME SECURITY PROGRAM AUTHORIZATION

President Barack Obama has signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013, which sets forth the terms and conditions for the Maritime Security Program (MSP) for the next ten years. The new law grandfathers the existing 60-ship MSP fleet for another ten years; specifically, it stipulates that within 60 days after it has been signed into law, an existing MSP contractor shall be offered the opportunity to extend his operating agreements to Sept. 30, 2025. The operator must decide whether to extend or not within 120 days after receiving the offer to extend. The final text of the legislation authorizes $3.1 million per ship through fiscal year 2018; $3.5 million per ship in fiscal years 2019, 2020 and 2021; and $3.7 million per ship in fiscal years 2022 through 2025.


PRESIDENT SIGNS COAST GUARD BILL

President Obama has also signed into law Fiscal Year 2013 Coast Guard Authorizations legislation (HR 2838), which contains numerous provisions important to MM&P members. The legislation is now Public Law 112-213. As reported in an earlier edition of The Wheelhouse Weekly, it includes the following provisions:

– Jones Act: Prior to issuing a Jones Act waiver, the Maritime Administrator will be required to identify the actions that can be taken to enable American vessels to carry the cargo in question and to make the findings and the waiver requests public.

– Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC): Requires the Department of Homeland Security to reform the process for the issuance and renewal of a TWIC so that an individual does not have to make more than one in-person visit to a TWIC enrollment center.

– Medical certificates: Allows the Coast Guard to extend for up to one year the medical certificate issued to a licensed or unlicensed merchant mariner if it is determined that such extensions are necessary to help alleviate the backlog in the processing of medical certificate applications or in response to a national emergency or disaster.

– Medical evaluation program: Requires the Coast Guard to submit to Congress an assessment of its merchant mariner medical evaluation program, focusing on the adequacy of the program for making medical evaluation determinations as well as on alternatives to the existing program.

– U.S.-flag shipping: Requires the Coast Guard to prepare and submit to Congress an assessment of the factors under the authority of the Coast Guard that impact the ability of U.S.-flag vessels to compete in the foreign trades. The Coast Guard is authorized to consult with vessel owners and maritime labor.

– Piracy: Authorizes the Secretary of Transportation to direct other government departments and agencies to provide armed security personnel or to reimburse vessel owners for the cost of armed security personnel when U.S.-flag vessels are transporting cargo under the auspices of such department or agency. It further requires the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security to jointly prepare and submit to Congress a report on the actions taken by the United States to protect foreign-flag vessels from acts of piracy and the estimated costs associated with such incidents and actions.


COAST GUARD OK’S ADDITIONAL 30 DAYS UNESCORTED ACCESS TO THOSE AWAITING TWIC CARDS

The Coast Guard has issued a policy letter stipulating that people who have applied for a new or re-issue TWIC card can be granted unescorted access to secure areas for up to 37 days. Current regulations grant an individual up to seven days of unescorted access without a TWIC while they await delivery of a replacement credential.

The recent policy letter allows operators of MTSA regulated vessels and facilities to authorize a total of 37 days of unescorted access to an individual who has reported their TWIC to the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) as lost, damaged or stolen and has yet to receive a replacement TWIC, on condition that: the individual provide proof that a replacement TWIC has been ordered (payment receipt or an enrollment e-mail confirmation) and the individual provide the vessel or facility security officer with information (first and last name) that can be used to confirm that he or she previously held a valid TWIC and has ordered a replacement. The Coast Guard advises the security officer to use the card status check feature at twicinformation.tsa.dhs.gov/twicinfo to confirm the status of the application.

The Coast Guard says that this authorization may also be extended to individuals who have applied for a TWIC renewal prior to the card’s expiration, and “through no fault of their own, are not able to take possession of their TWIC due to a significant delay in the application, production, issuance and/or activation process.”


22 SEAFARERS RESCUED AFTER ALMOST THREE YEARS AS HOSTAGES

After two years and nine months of captivity, 22 seafarers taken hostage aboard the Panamanian-flagged ship ICEBERG 1 are finally free. Their ordeal of captivity, starvation and torture is reportedly the longest hijacking ever by Somali pirates.

The ship was hijacked in late March 2010. The pirates demanded a $10 million ransom for the return of the ship and crew, which the ship’s owners failed to pay.

The men were finally set free in late December after police in the Somali Puntland region laid siege to the ship for two weeks. Three pirates were killed in the battle. Another three have been sentenced by a court in Puntland to three to 10 years in prison for piracy and kidnapping.


SHIPPING LANES OFF CALIFORNIA WILL BE MODIFIED TO PROTECT WHALES

Ship traffic off the coast of California will be re-routed under new rules designed to protect whales. The International Maritime Organization has approved lane changes on approaches to San Francisco Bay and the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, as well as in the Santa Barbara Channel. The modifications will take effect next year, after the Coast Guard completes its rulemaking process.

Endangered blue whales, fin whales and humpback whales are particularly vulnerable to ship strikes since they are attracted to the California shoreline by the abundance of krill. There are believed to be about 2,000 blue whales, 2,000 fin whales and 2,500 humpbacks in the northeast Pacific.

In 2010, five whales died in ship accidents in the area outside San Francisco Bay. Under the lane modifications, three lanes on the approach to San Francisco Bay will be extended, a change that will limit the risk of collisions within the Cordell Bank and Gulf of the Farallones national marine sanctuaries. In the Santa Barbara Channel, where four blue whales were killed in 2007, a southbound lane will be shifted a mile north, steering ships away from feeding grounds used by blue whales and humpback whales. Other lanes will be narrowed. Lane changes are also planned for the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) helped craft the latest shipping lane changes. The agency said that the lane changes that went into effect off the coast of Massachusetts five years ago have reduced the risk of whale strikes from ships.


HAVE YOU SUFFERED A LOSS AS A RESULT OF HURRICANE SANDY? THE MM&P DISASTER RELIEF FUND IS THERE FOR YOU

The MM&P Disaster Relief Fund is standing by to help all members of our union who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy. Have you experienced hardship as a result of the storm? Do you know of MM&P members who have suffered damage to home, car or other property? Have you incurred expenses for displacement as a result of Sandy or do you know a member who has? Thanks to the generosity of MM&P members and employees, the union’s Disaster Relief Fund is ready and waiting to help. To apply for compensation, to put us in touch with a member who has suffered a loss or to find out more, please contact MM&P International Comptroller Beverly Gutmann: bgutmann@bridgedeck.org or 410-691-8134.



HAVE YOU VOTED YOUR OFFSHORE CONTRACT RATIFICATION BALLOT?

A 75-day contract ratification ballot was mailed on Nov. 30 to all members of the Offshore Group. It is very important that all members vote. If you expect to be away from your address of record for the next 75 days, please send an e-mail to ballotrequest@bridgedeck.org that includes your name and the best mailing address for your ship. If you have questions, please contact MM&P International Comptroller Beverly Gutmann, bgutmann@bridgedeck.org, 410-850-8700 ext. 112 or Juli Rodriguez, jrodriguez@bridgedeck.org, 410-850-8700, ext. 129.



NEW YORK/NEW JERSEY MEMBERSHIP MEETING JAN. 9

There will be a membership meeting at the MM&P New York/New Jersey Hall on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 1300. MM&P International Secretary-Treasurer Steve Werse and Atlantic Ports Vice President Don Josberger will be present. All members in the area are encouraged to attend.


LOS ANGELES/LONG BEACH MEMBERSHIP MEETING JAN. 9

There will be a membership meeting at the MM&P Los Angeles/Long Beach Hall on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 1200. All members in the area are encouraged to attend.


SHIPPING RULES COMMITTEE MEETING JAN. 15-16

A meeting of the Offshore Shipping Rules Committee is scheduled for Jan. 15-16.


GROUNDED DRILLING RIG TOWED TO SAFE HARBOR IN ALASKA

A conical drilling unit that ran aground last week off southern Alaska has been towed to Kiliuda Bay where it will be examined by experts. Salvage crews refloated the 266-foot-diameter KULLUK on Jan. 6 and began towing it a few hours later. The rig ran aground about 200 miles south of Anchorage, after the crew of the tug that was towing it lost power and had to cut it loose in a storm. The Coast Guard had evacuated the rig a day earlier as it was being towed back to Seattle after drilling in the Beaufort Sea, off Alaska’s North Slope. As much as 150,000 gallons of ultra low sulfur diesel and about 12,000 gallons of other petroleum products are on board the KULLUK, according to Royal Dutch Shell. The incident response team that is handling the situation reports no signs of leaking oil.

A Coast Guard cutter, two U.S. Army Chinook CH-47 helicopters and two oil spill response ships are on standby should any spills occur, a spokesman for the incident response team said. Salvors have been placed on the KULLUK to assess its condition and biologists are conducting an environmental and wildlife assessment.


MARSHALL ISLANDS-FLAGGED TANKER STRIKES SAN FRANCISCO-OAKLAND BAY BRIDGE; NO OIL SPILLED

A Marshall Islands-flagged tanker struck the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge on Monday morning at approximately 11:30. TV footage showed what appeared to be scrapes on the side of the OVERSEAS REYMAR, as well as on a support in the western span of the bridge. No oil leaks were reported and the Coast Guard said traffic under the bridge had not been interrupted and that an investigation is underway.


MATSON WILL ACQUIRE ASSETS OF SMALL SOUTH PACIFIC SHIPPING COMPANY

Matson said last week it plans to acquire four vessels and some container equipment formerly owned by Reef Shipping, a South Pacific shipping company based in Auckland, New Zealand. “While the purchase itself is relatively small, it complements our growing network of Pacific island services,” said Matson President and CEO Matt Cox in an official statement.


/ MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES /

Between now and the end of March 2013, the following courses are scheduled at MITAGS. (Please keep in mind, however, that the schedule may be subject to change.)

For class availability or information on courses and programs, contact MITAGS Admissions Coordinator Kelly Michielli toll free at 866-656-5568 or e-mail her at admissions@mitags.org.

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

Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 1/22/2013, 3/26/2013

AZIPOD (2-DAY) for Pilots: 3/20/2013

BRM – Bridge Resource Management: 1/14/2013, 3/18/2013

BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 1/21/2013, 2/7/2013, 3/7/2013

BST – Basic Safety Training: 1/21/13

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 1/21/2013

CMM-ADVNAV – Advanced Navigation (=ECDIS & VPEN): 3/18/2013

CMM-ADVSTB – Advanced Stability: 2/18/2013

CMM-CHS – Advanced Cargo Operations (2 weeks): 2/25/2013

CMM-MPP – Marine Propulsion Plants: 3/11/13

CMM-SHMGT – Ship Management (2 weeks): 2/4/13

CMM-SHS-ADV-I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 1/14/2013, 1/28/2013, 2/18/2013, 3/4/2013

CMM-SHS-ADV-I I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 1/21/2013, 2/4/2013, 2/25/2013, 3/11/2013

CMM-WKP – Advanced Watchkeeping: 1/28/2013

DDE: Designated Duty Engineer: 1/28/2013

ENVIRO-Regs Permit – Environmental Regulations Permit: 3/5/2013

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep and Medications: 3/7/13

FF-BADV – Combined Basic and Advanced Fire Fighting: 1/21/13

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 2/11/13

LAP – License Advancement Program for Great Lakes: 1/28/2013

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 3/6/2013

MCL – Management, Communications and Leadership, 3/25/2013

MEDIA RSP – Media Response Workshop: 3/8/2013

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 2/18/13, 3/18/13

MED-PIC -R– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 1/28/2013

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 2/18/2013, 3/18/2013

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 1/12/2013, 1/26/2013, 2/23/2013, 3/23/2013

MSC -SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualification: 3/11/13

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (4 Evenings): 3/11/13

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic): 3/15/13

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 1/9/2013, 1/23/2013, 2/6/2013, 2/20/2013, 3/6/2013, 3/20/2013,

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 1/21/2013, 3/25/2013

ROP-5 – Radar Observer Original and Renewal: 1/14/13

SHS-BAS – Basic Shiphandling: 1/28/13, 3/25/13

SEC-VSO – Vessel Security Officer: 3/4/2013

SHS-ESH-BRMP3 – Emergency Shiphandling and Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 3/4/13

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling: 2/11/13

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 2/25/13

… Remember: If you can’t make the class, make the call. Be courteous, don’t be a “no show.”

Check the MITAGS website at mitags-pmi.org/courses/calendar 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 mitags-pmi.org/courses/calendar. For registration, call our registrar, Jennifer Pitzen, at (206) 838-1126.

January 2013

14-18 Medical Care Provider
23-25 Vessel Security Officer
28th Med DOT
28-1 Radar Observer Unlimited

February 2013

4th Flashing Light Exam
11th Radar Renewal
11-15 Tankerman Person-In-Charge
11-15 Bridge Resource Management
18-22 ECDIS
20-21 Environmental Regulations in the Maritime Industry / Vessel General Permit
25-1 Medical Care Provider
25-8 Medical Person-In-Charge
25-8 GMDSS

March 2013

4-15 Celestial Navigation
11th Radar Renewal
12-15 ARPA
18-19 ECDIS for Pilots
18-22 Able Bodied Seaman
20th Fatigue, Sleep, and Medications
21-22 Azipod for Pilots
25-29 ECDIS
27-29 Vessel Security Officer


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