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Wheelhouse Weekly – July 05, 2010

 

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Volume 14 . . . . . Number 27. . . .July 5, 2010

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MM&P CLOSED FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY

All MM&P port offices, MM&P Plans, MM&P headquarters and the MM&P Federal Credit Union will be closed on Monday, July 5, for Independence Day. In addition, the MM&P port offices in Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles will be closed on July 6.


SEN. JOHN MCCAIN INTRODUCES BILL TO REPEAL JONES ACT

Arizona Republican John McCain, a long-time opponent of the U.S.-flag shipping industry, has initiated a legislative push to repeal the Jones Act.

The Jones Act is the name commonly given to the body of U.S. maritime law that guarantees that America’s domestic waterborne commerce will be controlled by American companies operating U.S.-flag vessels built in American shipyards and crewed by American merchant mariners.

McCain and other opponents of the U.S.-flag shipping industry have been using the Gulf of Mexico oil spill as an opportunity to spread misinformation about the Jones Act, saying it has hindered the emergency mobilization of maritime assets. Numerous government officials have repeatedly refuted these claims.

MM&P, MIRAID, the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association and the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department issued a statement calling McCain’s campaign to repeal the Jones Act “a threat to the economic and military security of our nation.” In the official statement, which has drawn the support of all of America’s maritime unions and their legislative affiliates, MM&P and MIRAID called on McCain to withdraw the bill.

The senator has since announced he will change tactics and offer his Jones Act repeal language from the floor as an amendment to another piece of legislation.

To read the unions’ statement opposing McCain’s bill, go to www.bridgedeck.org and click on “What’s New.”


INTERNATIONAL FOOD AID SHIPMENTS STILL WIN-WIN PROPOSITION FOR U.S.

International food aid programs supported over 13,000 U.S. jobs and generated almost $2 billion in industrial output last year, according to a study released in June by Virginia-based consultancy Promar International.

According to the study, America’s four food aid programs are directly responsible for 11,500 U.S. jobs in deep sea freight transportation, which result in 97,000 additional jobs in the economy overall.

Collectively the food aid programs, the best known of which is “Food for Peace,” have objectives that range from alleviating hunger and improving nutrition in starving populations worldwide to promoting democracy, expanding trade and supporting U.S. foreign policy. The food is shipped on U.S.-flag vessels that are crewed by members of the American Merchant Marine.

The study was presented to members of Congress and their staffs at a panel discussion held in June on Capitol Hill. Among the speakers were MIRAID President C. James Patti, Rep. Betty McCollum of Minnesota, Maritime Administrator David Matsuda and Clint Eisenhauer, vice president for government affairs at MM&P-contracted Maersk Lines, Limited (MLL).

If food aid cargo were to be eliminated, Patti said, the U.S.-flag fleet would shrink by 15-30 percent, taking with it between 16,500 and 30,000 jobs nationwide. “Unlike foreign vessels, U.S.-flag vessels pay taxes to the U.S. government, pay mariners a living wage and comply with all U.S. environmental and other regulations,” he added.

According to the report, the all-in cost of buying the food from American farmers and shipping it internationally is significantly less than the retail prices paid for the same items by American consumers.

Matsuda said that food aid programs are an important corollary to U.S. foreign policy initiatives. “The U.S-flag emblem on a bag of sorghum sends a strong message around the world,” he said.

MLL’s Eisenhauer called the “Food for Peace” program “a bridge between rural communities in the United States and developing countries around the world.”


DAVID MATSUDA CONFIRMED AS MARITIME ADMINISTRATOR

The Senate has confirmed David Matsuda as maritime administrator. Matsuda has been leading MARAD, first as deputy maritime administrator and then as acting maritime administrator, since July 2009.


SINGAPORE-REGISTERED CHEMICAL TANKER HIJACKED IN GULF OF ADEN

Authorities in Singapore have reported that Somali pirates hijacked MT GOLDEN BLESSING, a petroleum and chemical tanker, on June 28. The vessel was transiting the Gulf of Aden on its way from Saudi Arabia to India. The 19 crewmembers aboard the vessel, all Chinese nationals, are reportedly unharmed. The owners of the ship said last week they had yet to receive a ransom request.


PATRIOT SEEKS RESUMES FOR JOBS ON GOVERNMENT CONTRACT VESSELS

Patriot Contract Services is accepting resumes for deck officer positions on the pre-positioning vessel USNS MARTIN as well as on four LMSRs currently in ROS status. Members are urged to keep up their government training in order to remain eligible for employment aboard these vessels and others in the MM&P government contract fleet. Of particular importance are small arms training, damage control, helo fire fighting, helo control officer, CBRD-level 1 and Shipboard Security Team training. Early identification of all officer crewing is vital because a SECRET security clearance is required for senior officers and training certification is required prior to assignment to the ships. Please send your resume, including most recent training, to Patriot Contract Services:

John Howe, Program Manager, john.howe@asmhq.com or (866) 340-3072 (fax)

Michael Gillihan, Logistics Manager, michael.gillihan@asmhq.com or (866) 340-3072 (fax)

Also please send your most recent resume and contact information to MM&P New Orleans representative Sue Bourcq at sbourcq@bridgedeck.org or (504) 834-1815  (fax).


MARITIME INDUSTRIES ACADEMY HIGH SCHOOL SEEKS INSTRUCTOR

Maritime Industries Academy, an urban public school in Baltimore, invites applications for a full-time faculty teaching position that will require curriculum development, maritime program coordination and direct instruction of students. The school serves approximately 600 students in grades 9-12.The maritime instructional program, which will be implemented over the next four years, will offer courses in maritime studies, shipboard operations, intermodal transport, maritime law, navigation, business and maritime affairs. Minimum qualifications are a bachelor’s degree in an appropriate discipline related to maritime studies such as marine transportation, oceanography, engineering or naval architecture; excellent communication and leadership skills; computer skills; USCG third mate or third assistant engineer license, or other significant maritime experience. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. A background investigation is required prior to employment. Applicants must possess criminal background and child abuse clearances and must provide proof of U.S. citizenship or eligibility to work in the United States. Applicants should send a letter of interest, resume, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references to: Joy Pinder Savage, Principal, Maritime Industries Academy High School, 5001 Sinclair Lane, Baltimore, MD 21206. Applications may also be submitted by e-mail to jsavage@bcps.k12.md.us or by fax to 410-396-0085.


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.


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

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

AIS – Automatic Identification Systems: 7/21

BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 7/28

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

CMM-CHS I – Advanced Cargo Operations (week 1): 7/12

CMM-CHS II – Advanced Cargo Operations (week 2): 7/19

CMM-SHS-ADV-I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 7/12

CMM-SHS-ADV-I I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 7/19

CMM-SHMGT I � Ship Management (week 1): 7/26

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning: 7/15

CSE-AAES – Confined Space Entry-Atmospheric Analysis of Enclosed Spaces: 7/21

ECDIS/ENAV for PILOTS (2-day): 7/27

FSM for Pilots � Fatigue, Sleep & Medications: 7/22, 7/29

MEDIA RSP – Media Response Workshop: 7/16

SEC-VCF – Security Officer, Vessel, Company and Facility: 7/12

TC NAV – Terrestrial and Coastal Navigation: 7/12

…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

July 2010

12-16   Radar Observer Unlimited
12-16   Train the Trainer
12-23  GMDSS
19-23  Electron Navigation
27-29  Security VCF

August 2010

2          Flashing Light
2-6      Medical Care Provider
2-13    Medical Person-In-Charge
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 7-5-10

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
9,686.48 2,091.79 1,022.58
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund (VAARX)
46.75
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
94.17
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
31.61
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
15.44
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
14.17
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
21.24
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
11.00
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
24.93
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
5.44
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
14.93
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
18.94
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
13.42
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
17.11
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
11.00
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
11.03
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
10.82
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
10.88
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
11.25
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.69
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
25.36
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
14.88
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
13.52
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
14.60
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
10.51
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
58.37
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
53.86
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
14.86
 Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
34.78
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
24.40
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
21.79
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
10.74
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
11.34
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
12.11
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
11.96
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
11.61
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
6.64
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
7.66
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
10.82
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
29.36
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
36.36
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
24.27



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