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Wheelhouse Weekly – January 17, 2012

January 17th 2012

 

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Volume 16 . . . . . Number 3. . . . January 17, 2012

STORIES COVERED

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CALL TO ACTION IN SUPPORT OF THE ILWU

Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) are involved in a historic labor dispute with the multinational corporation EGT. After walking away from contract negotiations with the ILWU over terms of employment at its new grain elevator in the Port of Longview, EGT hired a contractor that pays substandard wages and benefits.

The ILWU expects that sometime this month, a vessel will call at the EGT facility. The vessel will be escorted by the Coast Guard from the mouth of the Columbia River. Its transit will be protected by small vessels and helicopters, manned by armed officers. The facility itself will be protected by a full complement of local law enforcement officers from multiple jurisdictions.

The name and timing of the ship will undoubtedly be kept secret until the last possible moment. When the time comes, the ILWU will publicize action that supporters can take to advance the cause against EGT and protest government collusion to protect commerce at the expense of workers and the community.

The labor dispute with EGT is symbolic of what is wrong in our country today. In this case, a company that promised good local jobs and then outsourced them is being protected by law enforcement. This means that middle class taxpayer dollars are subsidizing multinational corporate giant EGT’s fight against the ILWU and Longview’s working community.

All MM&P members are encouraged to support the legal activities of the ILWU. Members are reminded not to accept any non-MM&P marine employment. If you are working under an MM&P contract on the Columbia River, you should contact MM&P immediately for legal advice.

Take a stand in support of our Brothers and Sisters in the ILWU! Go to www.ilwu.org or www.longshoreshippingnews.com for updates. You can also register for the ILWU’s RSS feed to keep informed.


LOCAL MANAGERS TAKE HELM AT MM&P-CONTRACTED BLACK BALL FERRY LINE

Black Ball Ferry Line, which operates the MV COHO passenger and vehicle ferry between Port Angeles, Wash., and Victoria, B.C., announced last week that the current executive management team has agreed to purchase the company from the Oregon State University (OSU) Foundation.
 
Former owner Lois Acheson bequeathed the company as part of her estate to the OSU Foundation in 2004. Pursuant to her bequest, the company was placed in a long-term trust to preserve its commitment to employees and the region. The directors of the OSU Foundation and Black Ball Ferry Line voted unanimously in support of the sale to the current executive management team, agreeing that it best respected Acheson’s wishes.

“It was my aunt’s intention that the Coho Ferry would continue to provide long-term employment and continuing service for the Port Angeles and Victoria communities,” said Donna Lee Schoen, Black Ball Ferry Line Trustee and Board member. “This is a wonderful resolution for all the parties involved. She would be very happy with the outcome.”

“Congratulations to everyone at Black Ball Transportation,” said MM&P United Inland Group Vice President Mike Murray. “This is great news.” Murray said the new owners’ extensive knowledge of the business would benefit everyone involved in the ferry service. “We look forward to a long and productive relationship,” he said.
 
“Our management team will continue a strong commitment to the local community, the employees and the culture of Black Ball Ferry Line,” said company President and Chief Operating Officer Ryan Burles. “We will ‘stay the course’ while continuing to improve our service and invest in the future.”
 
The company’s executive management team also includes: MM&P member and Chief Executive Officer Capt. John Cox; Senior Vice President of Finance David Booth; Port Angeles District Manager Rian Anderson; and Marketing Director Ryan Malane.
 
Black Ball Ferry Line recently embarked on a multi-year program to improve the terminal in Port Angeles, as well as the continued renovation of its Victoria facilities. It employs more than 120 people and operates terminals in both cities. The ferry line transports 400,000 passengers and 120,000 vehicles annually, and has an estimated annual economic impact of more than $160 million within the local communities.


MERCHANT MARINERS SOUGHT FOR FILM ON MAERSK ALABAMA HIJACKING

A search is underway for professional mariners to be part of the cast of a new Sony Pictures film, scheduled to go into production at the end of February, about the MAERSK ALABAMA hijacking. The film will star Tom Hanks as Capt. Richard Phillips, the MM&P member who was held hostage by pirates for four days aboard a lifeboat. The other MM&P members aboard the ship at the time of the hijacking were Chief Mate Shane Murphy and Third Mate Colin Wright. The film is being directed by Paul Greengrass (“The Bourne Supremacy, “The Bourne Ultimatum” and “United 93”).

“We are looking for extras ages 25 to 70 to work alongside the actors and advise Tom [Hanks] about the way things are actually done aboard ship,” a spokeswoman for the casting company told the MM&P communications director last week in a telephone interview. Shooting will begin in Morocco towards the end of February and is expected to last for approximately three months. The roles will work for various timeframes and durations.

If you are interested, send an e-mail with a brief description of your experience at sea, your age and a photo to: maritimecasting@gmail.com. For more information, contact Kathy Driscoll-Mohler or Michelle White at Francine Maisler Casting, Sony Pictures, 10202 West Washington, Poitier Bldg. #3200, Culver City, CA  90232; phone:  310-244-6945.


UNION BROTHER TURNED NYC FIREFIGHTER SAVES RAFTER IN EAST RIVER

New York City firefighters conducted a water rescue in the East River on the night of Jan. 12, saving the life of a young man who had entered the water at 86th Street and FDR Drive on a homemade raft. Rescue swimmer Michael Krochak, a long-time MM&P member who now belongs to the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), pulled the man from the frigid water. “He was incoherent, right on the verge,” Krochak said. “The symptoms really kicked in when we got him on the fireboat.”

It was all in a day’s work for New York City Fire Department Marine Unit 6. “You respond to a lot of waterborne incidents,” Krochak says. “Jumpers, ships on fire.” Thursday’s rescue of the man on the homemade raft, whom Krochak found “hanging in the water by a 45-foot line from the seawall,” was reported by major news outlets, including NBC and Fox. “The greatest reward is when you can make a difference,” says Krochak. “That’s what we like doing.”


MILITARY SEALIFT COMMAND REORGANIZES TO BOOST EFFICIENCY AND CUT COSTS

Military Sealift Command will reorganize by realigning three parts of its Washington-based command’s shore-side operations: the roles of three of the command’s Senior Executive Service (SES) personnel; the number and structure of programs that conduct the command’s seagoing missions; and the reporting structure of several field activities. Under the new structure, one SES will be the program executive over MSC’s government-operated ships, a second will be the program executive over contract-operated ships, and a third will oversee total force manpower for MSC worldwide. MSC said it will also realign two of its four mission-driven programs and add a fifth.

Here are the details of the new structure. Combat Logistics Force will include the 32 government-operated fleet underway replenishment ships from the former Naval Fleet Auxiliary Force (NFAF): dry cargo/ammunition, fast combat support, ammunition, and fleet replenishment oilers. A new program, Service Support, will be composed of four government-operated ships formerly in the Special Mission program (two submarine tenders, one command ship and one cable laying and repair ship), as well as 10 government-operated ships formerly under NFAF (hospital ships, fleet ocean tugs and rescue and salvage ships). Special Mission will maintain all its 24 contract-operated ships: missile range instrumentation, ocean surveillance, submarine and special warfare support, oceanographic survey and navigation test support. Prepositioning will maintain its current inventory of 31 ships. Sealift will maintain its current inventory of 16 ships.

MSC’s 12 worldwide Ship Support Units, which previously reported to Military Sealift Fleet Support Command in Norfolk, will now report to the MSC operational area command in their respective areas of responsibility. MSC’s area commands are MSC Atlantic in Norfolk; MSC Pacific in San Diego; MSC Europe and Africa in Naples; MSC Central in Bahrain; and MSC Far East in Singapore.

MSC says it will also establish a competency-based support structure to provide technical knowledge, skills and abilities to the two program executives. Functions such as human resources, logistics, engineering, information technology and others will be “competency-aligned” in support of the programs.

“MSC is an agile force, and we are proactively streamlining and improving our organization so that we will be ready for anything that comes our way in this challenging fiscal environment,” said Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby, commander, MSC. “I am confident going into the future.”


U.S. NAVAL FORCES RESCUE MORE IRANIAN SEAFARERS

A U.S. Coast Guard ship helped six Iranian sailors on Jan. 10 after their cargo vessel began taking on water, according to a statement issued by the U.S. Fifth Fleet. Last Tuesday night, the patrol boat MONOMY, which is assigned to Task Force 55 in the Persian Gulf, saw distress flares coming from the dhow YA-HUSSAYN. The dhow’s master requested assistance from MONOMY, indicating the engine room was flooding and the vessel was no longer seaworthy.

“MONOMY immediately launched its small boat and approached the YA-HUSSAYN,” according to a statement from the Fifth Fleet. “Two persons were rescued from the vessel, and four from a life raft tied off to the dhow’s stern. The men were given water, blankets and Halal meals in accordance with Islamic law.”

The rescue comes in the wake of the rescue the previous week by U.S. naval forces of a group of Iranian seamen who had been taken hostage by Somali pirates.


SCUBA DIVERS CONTINUE SEARCH OF CARNIVAL CRUISE SHIP WRECK

Divers on Monday continued the search for survivors aboard the stricken cruise ship COSTA CONCORDIA, which foundered Dec. 14 off Italy’s west coast. The ship was carrying approximately 4,200 passengers and crew. Investigators say it was only about 500 feet from the shore when it struck submerged rocks or a reef, which tore a 150-foot gash in its hull. Eleven bodies had been recovered and 20 people were still reported as missing as this issue of The Wheelhouse Weekly was being distributed.

Experts are analyzing the ship’s black box, which has already revealed a one-hour lag between the impact at 9:45 p.m. local time and the alarm call to the coast guard at about 10:43 p.m. Italian law enforcement officials on Tuesday had not yet decided what charges to bring against the ship’s captain, Francesco Schettino. The authorities say he disembarked at approximately 12:30 a.m., while thousands of people were still aboard the ship, waiting to be rescued.

Carnival Cruise Lines is the parent company of Costa Cruises, which owns the COSTA CONCORDIA.


MITAGS SEEKS PART-TIME SHIP-HANDLING INSTRUCTOR

MITAGS in Baltimore is looking for an additional part-time ship-handling simulation instructor. The ideal would be a Master and/or Pilot with docking and tug-handling experience, and familiarity with Bridge Resource Management. It would also be a plus (but not mandatory) that the instructor be fairly local to Maryland, an MM&P member and have teaching experience. The maximum class size is six. Anyone looking for a challenge, and to give back to the next generation, please contact Jerry Hasselbach, GHasselbach@MITAGS.org or 949-637-0146.


JAN. 31 DEADLINE FOR UNION PLUS SCHOLARSHIPS

Applications for the 2012 Union Plus Scholarship Program are due by Jan. 31. The program provides $150,000 in scholarships to union members, their spouses and dependents. Since 1991, Union Plus has distributed more than $3.2 million in scholarships to working families. Union Plus also offers scholarships to help union members and leaders finish their degrees with an affordable, flexible and convenient online program at the National Labor College, as well as discounts of up to 60 percent on college and graduate school test preparation courses from The Princeton Review. This includes classroom, online and private tutoring for the SAT, ACT, GMAT, LSAT, GRE and MCAT, as well as college affordability and admissions online courses. To find out more, visit the Union Plus website.


NAVAL FORCES RESCUE 20 FROM HIJACKED NORWEGIAN BULK CARRIER

International naval forces rescued 20 Indian seafarers after pirates hijacked their ship, the SPAR RIGEL, off the coast of Nigeria on Jan. 10. The crewmembers, who had locked themselves in the safe room, were reportedly unharmed.


NOAA COLLECTS PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS OF RIGHT WHALE SHIP STRIKE REDUCTION RULE

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release stating that civil penalties assessed against three large commercial vessels for violating seasonal speed limits intended to protect the endangered North Atlantic right whales last fall have been paid in full. Cases against six other vessels for the same offense are still open. Vessels of 65 feet or greater in length are restricted to speeds of ten knots or less in seasonal management areas along the East Coast. One vessel was charged with 16 counts of speeding. Each count carries a penalty of $5,750.


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-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): 1/30, 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: 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


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 1-17-12 at 11:oo am EST
(Mutual Fund Data at 1-13-12 Market Close)

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
12,542.85 2,741.09 1,300.51
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund (VAARX)
54.60
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
118.17
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
40.78
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
16.75
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
18.10
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
26.47
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
11.10
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
32.67
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
5.73
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
16.40
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
21.53
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
14.23
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
19.46
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
12.10
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
12.49
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
12.50
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
12.78
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
13.16
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
11.03
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
32.17
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
17.46
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
15.26
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
18.67
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
10.91
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
64.98
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
65.66
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
17.67
Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
43.64
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
25.88
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
26.90
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
11.33
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
11.98
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
13.28
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
13.33
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
13.08
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
7.51
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
8.72
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
10.96
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
36.77
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
45.65
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
30.65



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