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Wheelhouse Weekly – July 17, 2012

July 17th 2012

 

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

Volume 16 . . . Number 29. . . July 17, 2012

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MOST PACIFIC PORTS CLOSED JULY 30; HONOLULU OPEN

MM&P Offshore union halls in Seattle, San Francisco/Oakland and Los Angeles/ Long Beach will be closed on Monday, July 30, in honor of Harry Bridges Day. The Honolulu Hall will remain open.


STEALTH ATTACK ON CARGO PREFERENCE REQUIREMENTS GENERATES ANGER, CONCERN

The U.S.-flag maritime industry is reeling from last week’s news that the House Republican leadership pushed through legislation that will reduce the U.S.-flag share of PL 480 Food-for-Peace cargo from 75 percent to the pre-1985 level of 50 percent. Supporters of our industry in Congress are calling for the repeal of the legislation. Individual mariners worry about what it means for their future job prospects.

The shipment of food aid overseas on U.S.-flag vessels is responsible for approximately $520 million in U.S. household earnings and $2 billion in U.S. economic output. About 33,000 Americans are directly employed in the transportation of food aid cargoes from the point of production to those in need overseas.

As reported in last week’s Wheelhouse Weekly, the attack on cargo preference took place as Senate and House negotiators wrapped up work on surface transportation legislation, when Republican Congressman Paul Ryan–House Budget Committee Chair–offered language that guts U.S.-flag cargo preference requirements as a way to help pay for the surface transportation bill.

“This attack on the cargo preference program and the U.S.-flag merchant marine took place completely outside the rules and procedures that should govern Congressional actions,” said the MM&P International President. “There was no discussion about the impact that the reduction in U.S.-flag operations would have on the fleet, on our nation’s economy or on national security.”
 
There was also no opportunity for the Congressional Committees that have jurisdiction over the cargo preference statute to consider the proposal or vote on it. And there was no opportunity for the Department of Defense–which has consistently supported cargo preference as a means to help maintain a militarily useful U.S.-flag shipping capability–to express its views. “The U.S.-flag merchant marine and America’s maritime workforce deserve better,” the MM&P President said.  

In Congress, meanwhile, supporters of the U.S.-flag maritime industry called for repeal of the language that cuts cargo preference. This provision “has no business in this legislation and harms our maritime industry,” said Congressman Nick Rahall of West Virginia, Ranking Democrat on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

The provision that cuts cargo preference “should never have been included in this bill, and it should be immediately repealed,” said Maryland Democrat Elijah Cummings. “It is imperative that the maritime industries of the United States remain vibrant contributors to both our national security and economy,” said Congressman Rick Larsen of Washington State, lead Democrat on the House Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee. “This harmful provision does nothing to advance that mission.”

“For MM&P and others in our industry, this attack on cargo preference requirements should serve as a call to action,” said the MM&P International President. “We must intensify our efforts to educate members of Congress about the importance of our industry through our maritime grassroots campaign. And every member of MM&P should get on board and support our union’s Political Contribution Fund so that we can help elect pro-maritime candidates.”   

To contribute to the PCF, go to https://secure.bridgedeck.org/PCFLogin.asp


U.S. OLYMPIANS TO WEAR UNIFORMS MADE IN CHINA

If there was ever a time to push Made in America products, the 2012 Summer Olympics is certainly it. But Team U.S.A. will be wearing Ralph Lauren uniforms that were made in China when they compete in London this summer. ABC News interviewed American designer Nanette Lepore who said U.S. manufacturers could have made the uniforms and for less money. “I’m shocked…why shouldn’t we have pride not only in the American athletes but in the American manufacturers and laborers who are the backbone of our country?” ABC News quoted Lepore as saying. “What’s wrong? Why was that not a consideration?”

In the report, ABC News broke down exactly how much is being spent on the “Made in China” uniforms: Men: Beret – $55; Tie – $125; Belt – $85; Shirt – $425; Blazer – $795; Trousers – $295; Shoes – $165; for a grand total of $1945 for each male athlete. The costs of “Made in China” women’s uniform totals $1473 per athlete.

ABC News reached out to Ralph Lauren and the U.S. Olympic Committee and asked why American clothing manufacturers weren’t chosen. The committee responded: “The U.S. Olympic team is privately funded and we’re grateful for the support of our sponsors. We’re proud of our partnership with Ralph Lauren, an iconic American company.”

Commented a spokesman for the AFL-CIO, “The committee’s non-response certainly doesn’t answer the questions Americans are asking at Bring Jobs Home events all over the country.” The Bring Jobs Home Act would provide a tax credit for companies that bring jobs back to the United States and bar companies that ship jobs overseas from receiving tax breaks.

Act now! Call your senators at 888-659-9401 and tell them to support the Bring Jobs Home Act.


HELP END TAX BREAKS FOR COMPANIES THAT SHIP JOBS OVERSEAS: TEXT JOBS TO 235246

In the past decade, 50,000 U.S. manufacturing sites have been closed and six million American jobs have been lost because of offshoring and outsourcing. The Kimberly-Clark mill in Everett, Wash., which was shut down for good earlier this year, directly costing 750 people their family-wage jobs and affecting thousands more jobs in the community–is yet another example.

Union members, legislators and community leaders held a “Bring Jobs Home” event last week at the former Kimberly-Clark mill site to call for passage of HR 5542, the Bring Jobs Home Act, which could be voted on in Congress as soon as this week. The legislation would eliminate tax breaks that allow American companies to deduct expenses associated with moving operations overseas. It also would provide a tax credit to corporations that bring jobs back to the United States.

The AFL-CIO’s Bring Jobs Home campaign aims to call attention to the offshoring of American manufacturing and urge our elected leaders to support trade, tax and other policies that create jobs in our own country instead of elsewhere. Text JOBS to 235246 to get information and action alerts to help bring America’s jobs home.


BILL PENDING IN CONGRESS WOULD DEPRIVE FOREIGN CRUISE SHIP EMPLOYEES OF JONES ACT PROTECTION IN CASE OF INJURY

Language added to the House-passed version of the FY 2012 Coast Guard authorization bill would effectively deprive foreign seafarers working aboard cruise ships of the right to seek redress in U.S. courts for on-the-job injuries.

The language was added to HR 2838 at the request of the cruise line lobby. It would remove crew members on cruise ships from Jones Act protection by placing a nearly impossible burden on them before they could bring an action in a U.S. court. In essence, the bill would require them to prove that they are unable to seek redress in their home country. The bill would affect tens of thousands of foreign crew members working on cruise ships owned by U.S. corporations and working out of U.S. ports under flag-of-convenience (FOC) registers.

The bill reads as follows: “A claim for damages or expenses relating to personal injury, illness, or death of a seaman who is a citizen of a foreign nation, arising during or from the engagement of the seaman by or for a passenger vessel duly registered under the laws of a foreign nation, may not be brought under the laws of the United States if (1) such seaman was not a permanent resident alien of the United States at the time the claim arose; (2) the injury, illness, or death arose outside the territorial waters of the United States; and (3) the seaman or the seaman’s personal representative has or had a right to seek compensation for the injury, illness, or death in, or under the laws of (A) the nation in which the vessel was registered at the time the claim arose; or (B) the nation in which the seaman maintained citizenship or residency at the time the claim arose.”


AFL-CIO WILL FOCUS ONLY ON WORKER ISSUES DURING DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION

AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka says the labor organization will limit its involvement in the Democratic National Convention to a strategy meeting and reception for union members who are convention delegates. Trumka outlined the plan in a letter to all AFL-CIO Executive Council members and National Union Presidents.

The AFL-CIO is supporting union members and retirees who plan to serve as delegates from their home states and encouraging union members and leaders to engage in policy discussions around the convention committees. “Our participation reflects the important, substantive contributions of working families and our unions to our democracy,” Trumka says, “and we’ll be working to make sure their voices are heard.”

He said that targeting the AFL-CIO’s presence to issues that affect working families is “in recognition of the changes we have made in our political program and our desire to engage in politics in a more effective and grassroots way.” Trumka says there will be no major monetary contributions to the Convention, no events outside those for labor delegates and only a limited number of AFL-CIO staffers at the event.

“The priority in this cycle is to register and protect voters and to educate and mobilize working class voters to stand up for themselves and their families and elect leaders who’ll stand with us,” Trumka says.


ONE DEAD, ONE MISSING, IN FIRE ABOARD GERMAN CONTAINERSHIP

The German container ship MSC FLAMINIA suffered an explosion and fire in a cargo hold on July 14. As this issue of The Wheelhouse Weekly was being distributed, the ship was still burning. One crew member is confirmed dead, another is missing and presumed dead and three are undergoing treatment for burns. The 6,732 teu MSC FLAMINIA was travelling to Belgium from Charleston, S.C., when a blast ripped through the cargo hold. Two firefighting tugs on the way to the ship were expected to arrive Tuesday. A tanker that arrived first on the scene picked up the surviving members of the crew. They were later transferred to another box ship, MSC STELLA, which took them to the Azores.


CON ED RAKES IN PROFITS, CUTS OFF WORKERS’ HEALTH CARE

New York’s Consolidated Edison Power Co. (Con Ed) reported $1 billion in profits for 2011. Company CEO Kevin Burke has received pay increases totaling nearly 40 percent in the past several years. Yet the power company locked out some 8,500 workers after contract negotiations stalled July 1. Con Ed wants to replace pensions with a 401(k)-type savings plan. After locking out the workers, members of Utility Workers UWUA Local 1-2, Burke cut off health care for all of them. AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka called the company’s proposal to cut health care and retirement benefits “hypocritical and inhumane.” According to a newspaper report, pressure from labor and community activists resulted in health care being restored to the locked out workers on Sunday.


JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENGINEERS ON THE GREAT LAKES

There are job openings for DDEs and unlimited HP engineers on the Great Lakes. If you are interested, please contact the MM&P Great Lakes Hall at (216) 776-1667 or send an e-mail to cmalue@bridgedeck.org.


WASHINGTON STATE TO HOLD MARINE PILOT EXAM OCT. 22

The Washington State Board of Pilotage Commissioners will hold an exam in Seattle on Oct. 22. The exam is being given to identify qualified candidates for entry into a training program in either the Grays Harbor Pilotage District or the Puget Sound Pilotage District. Applicants must elect to apply for a license in one or both districts, but training to become a state licensed pilot will be for one district only.

Go to www.portofgraysharbor.com for information about the Port of Grays Harbor. Go to www.pspilots.org for information about the Puget Sound Pilots. Go to http://www.pilotage.wa.gov/annualReports.htm for other detailed information about pilotage in Washington State.

Applicants must meet the pre-examination requirements cited in RCW 88.16.090, WAC 363-116-076, WAC 363-116-077 and WAC 363-116-0751. In general, applicants must meet specified service requirements as master for one to two years while holding a minimum license as master of steam or motor vessels of not more than 1600 GRT or 3000 GT (ITC). Other types of service may also qualify. A federal pilotage endorsement is not required for either pilotage district to take the exam but is required for licensure.

The board’s website contains links and other pertinent information regarding the exam. The written exam will be followed by a simulator evaluation for those eligible. Applicants who meet or exceed the cut score set by the board on the written exam and simulator evaluation will be placed on a waiting list to be called into the training program as needed.

Applications to sit for the exam will be available on www.pilotage.wa.gov, in person or by written or e-mail request to: Board of Pilotage Commissioners, 2901 Third Avenue, Suite 500, Seattle, WA 98121; Fax 206-515-3906; e-mail PilotageInfo@wsdot.wa.gov.

Inquiries regarding the application or process must be made in writing. The complete application must be received at the board office at 2901 Third Avenue, Suite 500, Seattle, WA 98121, no later than 5:00 p.m. (PDT) on Sept. 17, 2012 unless prior written permission to file an application at a later time is obtained from the board.


NEW WARNING FOR GULF OF OMAN, GULF OF ADEN, NORTH ARABIAN SEA AND BAB EL MANDEB

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) has issued an advisory providing guidance to vessels operating in the Gulf of Oman, North Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden and Bab el Mandeb regions. It recommends that vessels in these waters at anchor, operating in restricted maneuvering environments, or at slow speeds be especially vigilant and report suspicious activity.


BIG DISCOUNTS FOR MM&P MEMBERS ON PADI OPEN WATER SCUBA CERTIFICATION IN PUGET SOUND

Edmonds Underwater Sports is offering all MM&P members the opportunity to become PADI certified in two weekends for $99. The academic and pool portions take place the first weekend, while the second weekend is dedicated to the four open water training dives in the Puget Sound. MM&P members can receive the PADI Open Water Certification tuition for just $99. They will also receive priority registration in one of the classes listed below, if booked through Edmonds Underwater Sports before July 27. Students will be required to provide their own snorkel equipment (mask, fins, snorkel, boots and gloves). The academic books must also be purchased separately. Snorkel gear and academics may be purchased through the Edmonds shop or at the Diver’s fair which is held July 27-9 at 10545 Aurora Ave. North. If you would like to register or have any questions please call the Edmonds store at: 425-771-6322. Priority registration is only available through the Edmonds location!

Class/Pool                               Puget Sound Dives
Aug. 3, 4, 5                                          11, 12
Aug. 17, 18, 19                                    25, 26
Sept. 7, 8, 9                                         15, 16
Sept. 21, 22, 23                                   29, 30
Oct. 5, 6, 7                                          13, 14
Nov. 2, 3, 4                                          10, 11
Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 2                                8, 9

MM&P has no affiliation or business connection with Edmonds Underwater Sports. This message is provided only to inform our members of potential savings offered to them for this particular service.


MM&P PACIFIC PORTS JULY AND AUGUST MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS

There will be a meeting for MM&P members in the Seattle Hall on July 19 and in the Los Angeles/Long Beach Hall on Aug. 8. All MM&P members in the area are encouraged to attend the meetings.


SCHEDULE FOR 2012 OFFSHORE FAMILIARIZATION COURSE

The Offshore Familiarization Course, formerly called the D-Book Membership Course, will be held at regular intervals throughout 2012.

The schedule is as follows (but please note that course dates may change depending on the number of participants who sign up): Sept. 7-8 at MM&P Headquarters; Oct. 9-10 in New Jersey; Oct. 10-11 in Los Angeles; Nov. 7-8 in Houston. The Offshore Familiarization Course, May 30-31 in Charleston is postponed and will be rescheduled (depending on continued interest) for a later date.

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 MM&P Membership Secretary Mary Seidman: mseidman@bridgedeck.org.


NORWEGIAN CRUISE SHIP WAKE DAMAGES SUBMARINE ON EXHIBIT AT NY MUSEUM

A decommissioned sub suffered minor damage last weekend from a Norwegian cruise ship’s wake. The NORWEGIAN STAR was in the process of docking at a Hudson River pier when its wake shook the GROWLER submarine, which has been on exhibit at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City for over 20 years. A gangway leading to the sub fell off as the cruise ship fired up its thrusters, but the museum was able to reopen the sub to visitors the same day.


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

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

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.

Between now and the end of September, the following courses are scheduled at MITAGS.

AB – Able Bodied Seaman: 8/20

ARPA – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 8/7, 9/25

BRM – Bridge Resource Management: 8/27

BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 8/23

BST – Basic Safety Training: 8/13

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 9/10

CMM-ADVNAV – Advanced Navigation (=ECDIS & VPEN): 7/23

CMM-MPP – Marine Propulsion Plants: 8/20

CMM-SHMGT – Ship Management (2 weeks): 8/6, 9/17

CMM-SHS-ADV-I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 7/30, 9/10, 9/4

CMM-SHS-ADV-I I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 8/6, 9/17

CMM-WKP – Advanced Watchkeeping: 8/27

CONSTAB – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 8/6

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning: 7/19

ECDIS-ENAV (2 DAY) for Pilots: 8/13

ENVIRO-Regs Permit – Environmental Regulations Permit: 8/28

FF-BADV – Combined Basic and Advanced Fire Fighting: 8/13

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep and Medications for Pilots: 7/25

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress Safety Signal: 8/20

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 8/20

LAP – License Advancement Program for Chief Mate & Master: 9/17

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 8/16

MCL – Management, Communication & Leadership: 8/20

MEDIA RSP – Media Response Workshop: 7/20

MED-PIC – Medical Person In Charge: 9/17

MED-PIC -R– Medical Person In Charge Refresher: 7/30

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 9/17

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 9/22

MSC -SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualification: 8/6

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (4 Evenings): 8/6

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic): 8/10

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 7/25, 8/1, 8/15, 8/29, 9/14

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 8/6, 9/24

ROP-5 – Radar Observer Original and Renewal: 7/30

SHS-BAS – Basic Shiphandling: 8/13

SHS-ESH-BRMP3 – Emergency Shiphandling and Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 8/15

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling: 8/20

TC/NAV – Terrestrial & Costal Navigation and Compasses: 9/19

TPIC-DL – Tankerman Person In Charge Dangerous Liquids: 8/27

TRAC-TUG-2 for Pilots: Tractor Tug (2 day) 7/23

WX-BAS – Basic Meteorology: 9/17

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

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

July 2012

23-27 Bridge Resource Management w/ Simulation
23-27 Able Bodied Seaman
30-1 Emergency Procedures
30-2 ARPA
30-10 GMDSS

August 2012

6-17 Celestial Navigation
13-17 Marine Pilot Exam Prep Course
20-24 Radar Observer Unlimited
20-24 Medical Care Provider
20-31 Medical Person-In-Charge
27th Radar Renewal
27th Flashing Light
28-31 ARPA

September 2012

4-7 Basic Cargo Handling and Stowage
5-6 Vessel Security Officer
10-14 Radar Observer Unlimited
10-14 Bridge Resource Management w/ Simulation
10-21 Celestial Navigation
17-21 Basic Construction and Stability
17-28 GMDSS
24-27 ARPA
24-28 Able Bodied Seaman
24-28 Medical Care Provider


MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 7-17-2012 at 11:30 a.m. (EST)
Mutual fund prices as of 7-16-12 market close

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
12,695.35 2,883.55 1,350.53
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund (VAARX)
56.17
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
124.85
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
42.55
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
16.88
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
18.97
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
27.74
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
11.09
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
34.72
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
5.92
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
16.85
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
22.24
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
14.57
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
20.05
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
12.33
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
12.98
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
13.01
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
13.31
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
13.71
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
11.20
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
33.72
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
18.96
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
15.79
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
19.85
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
11.09
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
69.07
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
68.52
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
18.73
Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
46.39
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
26.80
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
28.01
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
11.59
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
12.28
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
13.79
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
13.89
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
13.67
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
7.85
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
9.13
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
11.25
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
38.04
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
47.98
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
32.33



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