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Wheelhouse Weekly – January 10, 2012

January 10th 2012

 

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Volume 16 . . . . . Number 2. . . . January 10, 2012

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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 Monday, Jan. 16, in observance of the birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.


USCG NOTICE ON HOURS OF WORK AND REST, AND SECURITY TRAINING

The Coast Guard has issued a notice relating to two provisions of the STCW Manila Amendments. The notice implements the following changes to the Hours of Rest requirements found in 46 CFR 15.1111:  (1) Where application of the hours of work and rest periods previously applied to “each person assigned duty as officer in charge of a navigational or engineering watch, or duty as a rating forming part of a navigational or engineering watch,” the provision has been expanded to include “all personnel with designated safety, prevention of pollution, and security duties onboard any vessel”;  (2) weekly rest hours have been changed from 70 hours to 77 hours; and (3) hours of rest must be recorded. 

The practical result is that a greater number of crew members will fall under the hours of work and rest period requirements. The identity of the crew members included under the work and rest rules on any given vessel will depend on how crew responsibilities are actually assigned aboard the vessel.

Under the Coast Guard notice, all crew members to whom the rule applies will now be afforded an additional seven hours of rest per week, and the hours of rest must be documented. Most U.S. vessels already comply with a Safety Management System that requires that work and rest periods be documented.

The Coast Guard notice also stipulates that ships operating in foreign ports must ensure that all personnel, except for the vessel security officer (VSO), are in possession of the appropriate course completion certificate or a company letter as proof of meeting the requirements in 33 CFR 104.220 or 104.225, and Section 13 of the ISPS Code. VSOs must hold the appropriate endorsement on their credential.

To fully implement the STCW amendments, the United States will have to initiate regulatory changes. Taking into account a five-year transitional period, complete implementation will occur on Jan. 1, 2017.


PRESIDENT OBAMA NAMES THREE NEW MEMBERS TO NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD

President Obama last week made three recess appointments to fill vacancies on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The vacancies had been left open by Republicans’ refusals to confirm appointees as part of an overall strategy that has bottled up hundreds of Administration nominations. But with the Senate in recess, Obama is allowed to make appointments that last through the current session of Congress.

The appointments to the NLRB are Sharon Block, currently deputy assistant secretary for congressional affairs at the Labor Department; Terence Flynn, now the chief counsel to NLRB member Brian Hayes; and Richard Griffin, general counsel for the International Union of Operating Engineers.

“The American people deserve to have qualified public servants fighting for them every day–whether it is to enforce new consumer protections or uphold the rights of working Americans,” Obama said in announcing the appointments.

“We commend the President for exercising his constitutional authority to ensure that crucially important agencies protecting workers and consumers are not shut down by obstructionism,” said AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka. “Working families and consumers should not pay the price for political ploys that have repeatedly undercut the enforcement of rules against Wall Street abuses and the rights of working people.”


ILA MEMBERS RALLY TO PROTEST NEW JERSEY DOCK AUTOMATION PLAN

More than 200 members of the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) demonstrated last Friday outside the offices of Global Container Terminals (GCT), which has announced plans to build an automated terminal on the Jersey City-Bayonne border. The new facility is to be part of the $312 million expansion of the Port of New York and New Jersey, scheduled to be completed in 2014.

ILA members say the plan represents a serious threat to their long-term job and benefits security. A spokesman for ILA Local 1588 said the union had received no information about the plan from GCT management, adding that implementation of new technology without union input could result in the loss of more than 250 union jobs within the next few years.

“We know we have to adapt and we want to be more effective,” Virgil Maldonado, president of ILA Local 1588 in Bayonne, told a journalist at the scene. “But we don’t want to lose our salaries and our livelihood over it. We’ve lost enough with E-Z Pass and self-checkouts at every shopping center you go to. That’s a physical person that lost a job. That’s a physical person that can’t pay bills. You have no blue-collar jobs anymore. What we have, we need to fight for and keep.”

Word of the automation plans comes as the ILA prepares to start negotiating a new master contract. The current contract, which expires Sept. 30, allows employers to implement labor-saving technology with a six-month notice, after negotiating the impact on jobs with the union.

ILA President Harold Daggett, who took office last July, has vowed to oppose the elimination of union jobs and do everything in his power to protect the jurisdiction of the ILA. Some 27,000 longshoremen worked the region’s docks before the use of containers revolutionized the shipping industry in the mid 1960s. The number of local longshoreman has since dropped to about 3,500.


JOBS ROSE BY 200,000 IN DECEMBER

The nation gained 200,000 jobs in December, and the unemployment rate improved, dropping to 8.5 percent from 8.6, according to Department of Labor data released last week. The unemployment rate has declined by 0.6 percentage points since August, and the number of unemployed workers dropped to 13.1 million from close to 14 million. Most industries added jobs, with the exception of construction and government. In 2011, 280,000 jobs were cut by local governments, state governments and the U.S. Postal Service.

“The jobs report is a “step in the right direction,” according to the nonprofit Economic Policy Institute (EPI), which pointed out that data also show hours and wages were up, underemployment dropped and the duration of unemployment declined.

The organization cautioned, however that, the jobs deficit left from losses in 2008-09 remains well over 10 million jobs; even at December’s growth rate, it would still take about seven more years–until around 2019–to fill the gap and get back to the pre-recession unemployment rate.


ANTI-LABOR POLITICIANS IN INDIANA PLOW AHEAD WITH RIGHT-TO-WORK FOR LESS LAW

The Republican-controlled Indiana Senate will likely pass so-called “right-to-work” legislation this week. “Right-to-work” laws have the effect of lowering wages and benefits for union and non-union workers, and undercutting the tax base for local communities. The state of Oklahoma, for example, has lost a third of its manufacturing jobs since it enacted “right-to-work” legislation in 2001.

In Indiana, Democrats on the Senate Labor Committee unanimously voted against the bill. Democrats in the House are boycotting sessions to prevent the legislation from being introduced and assigned to committee. Thousands of workers have been packing the Indiana statehouse during hearings on the bill. Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels, a strong proponent of the legislation, had sought to bar protesters from the statehouse. The ban did not include lobbyists, who would have continued to have unlimited access.


REMEMBERING CAPT. FRANK V. MEDEIROS, SHIP MASTER, FRIEND AND UNION BROTHER

Capt. Frank V. Medeiros, accomplished ship master, World War II veteran and long-time member of the Masters, Mates & Pilots, died Jan. 2 at the age of 90. A veteran of the perilous “Murmansk Run” convoys, which transported essential supplies to Russia, Frank served the union for many years as a union official and volunteer at the San Francisco hiring hall. His enthusiasm and wisdom, and his extensive knowledge of seafaring and the union’s history, helped connect many members with the proud heritage of MM&P. In honor of Frank’s wishes, the family has requested that there be no memorial service. Donations to the SS JEREMIAH O’BRIEN are suggested.


2011 DUES STATEMENTS CAN BE VIEWED IN MEMBERS’ ONLY SECTION OF WWW.BRIDGEDECK.ORG

Members’ 2011 dues statement are in the mail. You can also access your dues statement online by logging into the Members’ Only pages of www.bridgedeck.org.


LETTER FROM UIG VICE PRESIDENT MIKE MURRAY POSTED ON WWW.BRIDGEDECK.ORG

MM&P Vice President Mike Murray has written to all members of the United Inland Group (UIG). The letter has been posted on the UIG website, .


LIKE HUNTING AND FISHING�AND LIKE BEING A UNION MEMBER? THEN YOU’RE IN LUCK

“Brotherhood Outdoors,” the series that celebrates hardworking union sportsmen and women, airs exclusively on the Sportsman Channel, the official network of the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance. The 2012 season premiere starred Jessica Reagor, a member of Ironworkers Local 395 from Chesterton, Ind. Jessica took up deer hunting a few years ago, proving “it’s not only a sport for males.” The show is scheduled to run Monday, Thursday and Friday. Check with your local cable provider to see if you get the Sportsman Channel.          

The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance is looking for union members to star in “Brotherhood Outdoors.” If you want to join host Tom Ackerman on a North American hunting or fishing adventure or act as Tom’s guide in your neck of the woods, apply today by going to: http://tinyurl.com/3lvejsh


U.S. NAVY RESCUES 13 IRANIAN SEAMEN FROM PIRATES

The U.S. Navy last Friday rescued 13 Iranian seamen who were being held captive by Somali pirates in the Gulf of Oman. A Navy helicopter dispatched from the aircraft carrier USS JOHN C. STENNIS chased the pirates to their “mother ship,” an Iranian-flagged dhow that had earlier been hijacked. A heavily armed counter-piracy team from the Navy destroyer USS KIDD met little resistance when they boarded the dhow, where they found 15 armed pirates and the 13 hostages. The pirates were taken into custody. The Iranians were set free in their dhow.

The rescue occurred about 175 miles southeast of Muscat, Oman. It came less than two days after the government of Iran threatened never to allow the USS JOHN C. STENNIS back into the Persian Gulf following its departure last week for the Gulf of Oman and North Arabian Sea.


UNITED INLAND GROUP MONTHLY MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Members of the United Inland Group-Pacific Maritime Region are encouraged to attend the monthly membership meetings that take place at the Edmonds Hall on the second Tuesday of every month, between 10:30 and noon. The Edmonds Hall is located at: 144 Railroad Ave., Suite 222. The telephone number is: 425-775-1403.


CARGO SHIP RENA SPLITS IN TWO

The stern section of the Liberian-flagged cargo ship RENA was about half submerged as this issue of The Wheelhouse Weekly was being distributed. The Greek-owned ship, which ran aground on New Zealand’s Astrolabe Reef on Oct. 5, split in two over the weekend. About 150 containers fell off the ship when it broke up. A spokesman for Maritime New Zealand, which oversees shipping, said it estimates that fewer than 100 tons of oil remain on the wreck. The spill is considered the worst maritime environmental disaster in New Zealand history. Hundreds of containers are still aboard the wreck as it breaks apart.


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.

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: 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): 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): 1/23, 2/6, 3/5, 3/19

CMM-WKP – Advanced Watchkeeping: 2/13

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

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

MCL – Management, Communication & Leadership: 3/26

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 2/13, 3/19

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

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 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: 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: 2/13

SHS-ESH-BRMP3 – Emergency Shiphandling and Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 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.
 
January 2012

20th       Radar Renewal
23-27     Radar Observer Unlimited
23-3       GMDSS
26-27     Vessel Security Officer
30-3       ECDIS
30-3       Medical Care Provider
30-10     Medical Person-In-Charge

February 2012

10th       Flashing Light
13th       Radar Renewal
13-17     Bridge Resource Management
20-24     Medical Care Provider
20-24     Able Seaman
21-24     ARPA
27-2       Basic Meteorology
27-9       Celestial Navigation

March 2012

5-9          ECDIS
12-16     Radar Observer Unlimited
12-23     GMDSS
12-30     License Preparation (Mate – 500Ton, 1600Ton, 3rd Unlimited)
20-21     Safety Management Systems
22-23     Build Your Own Internal Auditing Team Seminar
26th       Radar Renewal
26-30     Medical Care Provider


MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 1-6-12

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
12,330.00 2,360.25 1,275.60
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund (VAARX)
53.14
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
117.73
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
39.97
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
16.47
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
17.85
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
26.17
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
11.08
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
32.40
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
5.72
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
16.29
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
21.31
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
14.16
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
19.30
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
12.03
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
12.38
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
12.38
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
12.64
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
13.02
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.98
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
31.81
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
17.33
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
15.13
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
18.56
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
10.87
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
64.30
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
63.60
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
17.56
Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
43.30
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
25.66
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
25.03
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
11.29
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
11.94
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
13.21
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
13.25
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
12.99
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
7.45
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
8.65
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
10.92
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
36.04
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
45.24
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
30.41



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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