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Wheelhouse Weekly – July 12, 2011

July 12th 2011

 

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Volume 15 . . . . . Number 28. . . . July 12, 2011

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HOUSE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE PROPOSAL INCLUDES MARITIME POLICY INITIATIVE

In a significant development for the domestic maritime industry, the long-term surface transportation reauthorization legislation unveiled by Congressman John Mica (Fla.), chairman of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, includes–for the first time–a clear recognition that domestic shipping will be a component of national transportation policy. The legislation contains three maritime policy initiatives strongly supported by MM&P.

First, to encourage development of a domestic short sea shipping industry, the draft legislation would end the double taxation of waterborne cargo moving between American ports. Second, the proposal would require that federal funds in the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund are used as intended–to maintain and upgrade American ports–rather than to address budgetary issues. Finally, the draft would expand the allowable use of deposits to a Capital Construction Fund so that companies could use these monies to repair their vessels in American shipyards.
 
Following the release of the draft legislation, Congressman Frank LoBiondo (N.J.), chairman of the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee, issued a statement “applauding the Committee for recognizing the critical role the maritime industry plays in our nation’s economy, global commerce and job creation. It is therefore appropriate,” LoBiondo wrote, “to include a maritime title in this multi-year legislation for the first time. It is our shared goal to improve coordination between agencies and streamline the bureaucratic process to increase the efficiency of our marine transportation system.”
 
“While the U.S. economy is fueled by maritime commerce and millions of Americans depend on jobs created by imports, exports and the commercial shipping industry, government red tape has stifled the flow of commerce and our ability to effectively build and maintain our maritime infrastructure,” said freshman Congressman Robert Gibbs (Ohio), chairman of the Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee. “Today’s proposal cuts through the bureaucratic red tape, streamlines project delivery, eliminates double taxation on shippers, enhances our ports and waterways, and strengthens our economic foundation to help us compete globally. These reforms are critical as we work to grow our economy and create jobs.”
 
“We are extremely grateful that Chairman Mica, Chairman LoBiondo and Chairman Gibbs, along with their colleagues on the House Transportation Committee, have clearly indicated their support for a more coordinated approach to national transportation policy that includes waterborne transportation as a key and equal component,” said MM&P International President Tim Brown. “We look forward to continuing our work with the Transportation Committee to ensure that the maritime policy initiatives included in the draft legislation–initiatives we have long supported as key to the enhancement of our industry and the creation of jobs in all segments of America’s maritime industry–are enacted into law.”


INJURED ALASKA HIKER HAS FERRY CREW TO THANK FOR RESCUE

A lone hiker who fell off a ridge and onto a rocky beach near Skagway, Ala., was saved by the crew of Alaska State Ferry MALASPINA. MM&P member Capt. Nick Kollars told a reporter for the Juneau Empire that lookout Roger Sperber heard the injured hiker calling faintly for help as the MALASPINA was approaching Skagway harbor. “Sperber is one of the most skilled and impressive men in the fleet,” Kollars said. “He has been here a long time. Aside from keeping us safe going into port that night, he saved a life.”

After Sperber had alerted the bridge, Kollars, Chief Mate Mike Barrett and a deck cadet began scanning the shore with binoculars. Eventually, the injured hiker, 33-year-old Joey Nowiki, was spotted along a steep, rocky section of the shore. MALASPINA crewmembers immediately launched the fast rescue boat. On shore, they found Nowiki conscious but bleeding from multiple head wounds and suffering from cuts and scrapes all over his body. A member of the crew gave the injured man his survival suit, sweat shirt and cap for warmth.

Emergency personnel said Nowiki had apparently tumbled down a cliff. He reported later that at least one fishing boat had passed near his location but had not heard his cries for help. After the rescue by the MALASPINA crew, the hiker was taken to the local hospital for treatment and later released.


JAPANESE PILOTS ASSOCIATION GIVES TOP RATING TO OFFICERS AND CREW OF APL KOREA

The Japanese Pilots Association has named APL KOREA one of the seven “highest quality” vessels calling on Japanese ports. The pilots based their evaluation on a survey they conducted in the fourth quarter of 2010. Among the factors taken into consideration: the professionalism demonstrated by the officers and crew on the bridge, and the care with which navigation equipment, the pilot ladder and charts were maintained. “The captain and crew are to be congratulated on the high level of professionalism and pride demonstrated in carrying out and implementing SOLAS regulations,” said APL Maritime Operations Director Mark Remijan. “Congratulations to all on a job well done!”


MARITIME FATALITIES UP IN ACCIDENTS IN EUROPEAN UNION WATERS

The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) has reported an increase in fatalities linked to shipping accidents in and around European Union (EU) waters. The agency said that 61 fatalities occurred as a result of 559 shipping accidents in 2010, as compared to 52 deaths from 540 accidents in 2009. But the organization said the fatality rate was still below that registered in the years before the recession sharply reduced shipping activity. In 2008, there were 670 accidents involving 82 fatalities; in 2007, 715 accidents and 76 deaths were reported. A spokesman for the organization said that after 2008, maritime traffic in EU waters dropped by 15-20 percent.

Fishing vessels were involved in the greatest number of fatalities in 2010, with a total of 20 lives lost. Accidents involving general cargo vessels, bulkers, reefers, RO/RO ships and car carriers claimed 17 lives. Box ships were the only type of vessel on which no loss of life was reported.


AT LEAST 125 DEAD AFTER CRUISE SHIP SINKS ON VOLGA RIVER

Divers searching the wreckage of an aging cruise ship which sank on the River Volga in Russia reportedly saw more than 100 corpses trapped inside when they recovered eight bodies on Monday. The overloaded two-deck BULGARIA sank on Sunday afternoon during a heavy storm. At least 125 people are confirmed dead but it remains unclear exactly how many were on the ship, which almost certainly carried more than its licensed maximum. About 60 children were believed to have been on board, according to Russian news reports.


UIG SAN FRANCISCO CONTRACT UPDATES: BLUE AND GOLD, WESTAR

MM&P San Francisco Regional Representative Ray Shipway reports that the Blue and Gold Box Office Negotiating Committee has just obtained a tentative five-year agreement. Karen Chavez, Margo Aparicio, Michael Masucci and Shipway conducted negotiations for the union. “This agreement is similar to the one recently ratified by the Blue and Gold Maritime Division,” Shipway said. “It amounts to a 12 percent increase in pay over the life of the CBA, as well as a substantial increase in medical coverage.” All the members of the negotiating committee will recommend ratification of the contract by the membership in the coming weeks, Shipway said.

In other San Francisco news, Westar negotiations are ongoing. The negotiating committee will meet with company representatives again on July 12. Westar is demanding concessions that total almost 10 percent. “The union went into the negotiations with a strong desire to do the right thing by the company and still hopes to complete the mission,” Shipway says. “Capt. Scott Adams, the shop steward and MM&P delegate, has done a yeoman’s duty and has been great at keeping the members informed,” he adds.


IN OHIO, REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR TO SIGN LAW ALLOWING POLL WORKERS TO REFUSE TO TELL VOTERS WHERE THEY CAN VOTE

In Ohio, the GOP-led House passed an election bill in the last week of June that weakens a law mandating poll workers to direct voters to the correct precinct. Under the new law, poll workers no longer have to tell voters in which precinct they are eligible to vote. The new law stipulates that “it is the duty of the individual casting the ballot to ensure that the individual is casting that ballot in the correct precinct.”

Members of the Democratic minority assert that allowing poll workers to refuse to help people who are confused about their voting precinct opens the door for increased voter suppression. Voting in the wrong precinct led over 14,000 registered Ohio voters to lose their vote in 2008, according to statistics compiled by the state.

As the Cleveland Plain Dealer pointed out, mixing up precincts “most often occurs” in “urban and impoverished areas of the state.” The bill now heads to Republican Governor John Kasich for signature.


MCNEIL ISLAND FERRY (PUGET SOUND) SEEKS MECHANIC SUPERVISOR AND TUG OPERATOR

The State of Washington is seeking a marine engine mechanic supervisor and a marine boat/tug operator to work on the McNeil Island Ferry in Puget Sound. To find out more about these positions, go to www.mmp-uig.org. The complete job descriptions are posted on the home page as PDF files. The deadline for applying for these jobs is close of business on July 28.


ALL UNITED INLAND GROUP-PACIFIC MARITIME REGION MEMBERS URGED TO ATTEND UPCOMING UNION MEETINGS IN JULY

Members of the United Inland Group-Pacific Maritime Region are strongly encouraged to attend the MM&P membership meetings that are scheduled for the months of July and August.

There will be a general membership meeting at the Edmonds Hall on July 12 from 1000 to 1200. In the afternoon, from 1400 to 1600, there will be a second meeting at the Edmonds Hall at which matters of importance to members who work at Washington State Ferries will be discussed.

Matters of importance to members who work at Washington State Ferries will also be discussed in Anacortes at the Steelworkers Hall on July 13 (1000-1200 and 1400-1600) and in Kingston at the North Kitsap Fire Hall on July 14 (1000-1200 and 1400-1600).

In addition, there will be a general membership meeting at the Edmonds Hall on Aug. 9, at 1000.


SCHEDULE FOR 2011 OFFSHORE DIVISION ORIENTATION COURSE

The Offshore Division Orientation Course, formerly called the D-Book Membership Course, will be held at regular intervals throughout 2011.

The schedule is as follows (but please note that course dates may change depending on the number of participants who sign up): Oct. 13-14 in Los Angeles/Long Beach; Oct. 21-22 at MM&P headquarters in Linthicum Heights; and Nov. 8-9 in New Orleans.

There is no sea-time requirement to take the course. All Offshore applicants, potential transferees from other membership groups and other interested Offshore members are urged to attend.

  If you want to attend the course, please RSVP to the local hiring hall where the class is offered or, in the case of a course planned for headquarters, to Mary Seidman at mseidman@bridgedeck.org.


MAERSK REAFFIRMS COMMITMENT TO “SUSTAINABLE SHIPPING”

A.P. Moller-Maersk has joined a sustainability group, the World Ocean Council, as part of its efforts to support “sustainable shipping” and other initiatives aimed at promoting environmental stewardship of the oceans. “The oceans are core to our activities in shipping and energy,” said a spokesman for the company in making the announcement. “We are pleased to join this forum which provides an important collaborative platform for sustainable advancement.” The World Ocean Council is a Honolulu-based coalition which focuses on developing science-based solutions to challenges facing the ocean business community.


COURSE EQUIVALENCIES FOR REQUIRED COMPANY TRAINING

Given the number of required company training courses, it is extremely important for new members to request a transcript review to determine whether they meet the course equivalency requirements.  The courses that are eligible for equivalency are listed in the MITAGS Trust Student Guide located on www.mitags.org in the MM&P Member Section. You may also request a copy from Diane Ford (dford@mitags.org or call 443-989-3238). Remember, the dispatcher in the union hall cannot assign you a job unless you meet the company’s training requirements! Also: please remember that all MM&P members can view and print their own course history on www.bridgedeck.org. Just go to the “Members Only” section and click on the “Course History” tab.


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

Between now and the end of September 2011, the following courses are scheduled at MITAGS.  For class availability or information on MITAGS courses and programs, contact Kelly Michielli, Admissions Coordinator, toll free at 866-656-5568 or e-mail: admissions@mitags.org.

AB – Able Bodied Seaman: 8/22

ARPA � Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 9/27
AZIPOD (2-DAY) for Pilots: 7/25, 7/28

BRM � Bridge Resource Management: 9/26
BST – Basic Safety Training: 8/15

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]
CMM-ADVWX � Advanced Meteorology: 9/12
CMM-CHS I � Advanced Cargo Operations (week 1): 7/11
CMM-CHS II � Advanced Cargo Operations (week 2): 7/18
CMM-ECDIS � Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems: 8/15
CMM-MPP � Marine Propulsion Plants: 8/8
CMM-SHMGT I – Ship Management (week 1): 7/25, 9/19
CMM-SHMGT II – Ship Management (week 2): 8/1, 9/26
CMM-SHS-ADV-I � Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 7/11, 8/22, 9/12, 9/26
CMM-SHS-ADV-I I � Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 7/18, 8/15, 9/19
CMM-VPEN � Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation: 8/22
CMM-WKP � Advanced Watchkeeping: 8/29

CONT PLNG � Contingency Planning: 7/29
CHS BAS � Basic Cargo Handing and Stowage: 8/8

ECDIS-ENAV (2 DAY) for Pilots: 7/25
ENAV � Electronic Navigation: 9/12
ENVIRO-Regs Permit � Environmental Regulations Permit: 8/29

FF-BADV � Combined Basic and Advanced Fire Fighting: 8/15
FSM � Fatique, Sleep and Medications for Pilots: 7/27

GMDSS � Global Maritime Distress and Safety System: 8/22

HAZ � Hazardous Materials (5 day): 8/22

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 9/12
LFBT-LTD � Lifeboatman Limited: 8/20
LNG Awar-4 � Liquefied Natural Gases Awareness (4 Day): 8/1

MCL – Management, Communications and Leadership: 9/12
MEDIA-RSP � Media Response Workshop: 7/28
MED-PIC – Medical Person In Charge: 8/1
MED-PIC -R� Medical Person In Charge Refresher: 9/12
MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 8/1
MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 8/6

MSC-CBRD1 � Basic Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense: 8/12
MSC-DC � Damage Control: 8/8
MSC -SMA � Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualification: 8/8

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 7/20, 7/27, 8/18, 9/14
ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal Day Class: 7/27, 8/29, 9/26
ROP-5 � Radar Observer Original and Renewal: 8/1

SEC-VCF � Security Officer, Vessel, Company & Facility: 7/25
SHS-BAS � Basic Shiphandling: 8/29
SHS-EMR5 � Emergency Shiphandling: 8/1

TC-NAV/CO � Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses: 7/11
TPIC-DL � Tankerman Person In Charge Dangerous Liquids: 8/15

WX BAS � Basic Meteorology: 9/19

…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 2011

18th    Radar Renewal
18-22  ECDIS
18-22  Management, Communication, and Leadership
19-21   Security – Vessel, Company, and Facility
25-29  Basic Construction and Stability

August 2011

1-12     GMDSS
8-12    ECDIS
15-19   Tankerman PIC
15-19   Basic Meteorology
22nd   Radar Renewal
22-26  Medical Care Provider
27th    Medical DOT
22-2    Medical Person-In-Charge
23-26  ARPA

September 2011

6-16    Celestial Navigation
12-23  GMDSS
19-23  Medical Care Provider
26-30 Med PIC Refresher
26-30 ECDIS
26-30 Basic Shiphandling

October 2011

3-7      Basic Construction and Stability
3-14    GMDSS
10-14  ECDIS
11th      Flashing Light
12-13   Basic Environmental Awareness w/ Vessel General Permit
17th      Radar Renewal
17-21   Management, Communication, and Leadership
17-21   Basic Shiphandling
18-20  Security – Vessel, Company, and Facility
24-28 Basic Cargo Handling and Stowage


MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 7-1-11

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
12,522.98 2,824.13 1,343.80
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund (VAARX)
58.61
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
123.85
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
45.55
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
20.42
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
19.70
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
27.53
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.95
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
34.14
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
5.81
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
16.97
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
23.36
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
14.44
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
20.55
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
12.32
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
13.13
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
13.40
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
13.98
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
14.42
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.75
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
33.96
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
18.98
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
16.02
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
19.25
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
10.75
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
72.82
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
72.82
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
19.17
 Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
49.67
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
31.26
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
30.19
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
11.60
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
12.32
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
14.21
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
14.48
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
14.50
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
8.45
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
9.91
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
10.95
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
41.52
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
47.58
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
32.78



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