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Wheelhouse Weekly – June 05, 2012

 

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Volume 16 . . . . . Number 23. . . .June 5, 2012

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MM&P HOLIDAY CLOSINGS

All Pacific Ports will be closed on June 11 for Kamehameha Day. The MM&P Houston Hall will be closed on June 19 for Texas Emancipation Day.


WASHINGTON STATE FERRY WENATCHEE IN DRAMATIC RESCUE IN PUGET SOUND

The crew of Washington State Ferry WENATCHEE rescued a woman who had either jumped or fallen overboard into the cold waters of Puget Sound on the night of May 26. The story began around 9:00 p.m., shortly after the vessel had departed Seattle en route to Bainbridge Island, when WENATCHEE Master Steve Hopkins and Mate Dan Twohig were alerted that a passenger had seen a person go into the water.

The alarm was sounded. Hopkins ordered “full astern” and the crew threw life rings over the side to mark the position at which the incident had been reported. In the operating wheelhouse, MM&P member Vic Lotorto initiated a “crash stop,” fully reversing both propellers, and pushed the “Man Overboard” button on the radar to create an electronic data point for the search.

The deck crew and the engineers prepared the rescue boat for launch while the cabin crew readied first aid response and conducted crowd control. Two other WSF ferries, MV TACOMA and MV YAKIMA, diverted from their scheduled runs to assist. At WSF Headquarters, Operations Watch Supervisor Scott Braymer, also a member of MM&P, began coordinating shore-side response.

At 9:25 p.m., a person was spotted in the water and the order was given to launch the rescue boat. Twohig directed the passengers on deck to keep their eyes on the person as he called directions to crewmembers Karen Galegher and Charles Mares in the rescue boat. Galegher maneuvered the rescue boat alongside the woman and then together, she and Mares slipped the rescue collar around her and pulled her in.

Back on board the ferry, the victim was examined by a doctor who determined that she was suffering both the trauma of a 40-foot plunge from the upper observation deck and hypothermia from having spent 15 minutes in the 45-50 degree water. He directed that she be transported from Bainbridge Island via life-flight helicopter to Harborview Medical Center.

“The ferry crew did a great job,” said Bainbridge Island Assistant Fire Chief Luke Carpenter, who had also been traveling as a passenger aboard WENATCHEE. When the ferry arrived at the dock at 9:46 p.m., the crew was greeted by the sound of hundreds of cheering passengers.

“Congratulations to the entire crew of the WENATCHEE,” said the MM&P United Inland Group Vice President. “This was an outstanding rescue that saved a life.”


JUNE 25 IS DAY OF THE SEAFARER

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has designated June 25 as the Day of the Seafarer. “This is an opportunity to raise awareness of the vital role that seafarers play in the world economy and of the many issues they face,” an IMO spokesman said in an official statement. “Seafarers make an invaluable contribution to international trade, often at great personal cost to themselves and their families.” The IMO is encouraging governments and all maritime industry participants “to promote and celebrate the day in an appropriate and meaningful manner.” 
 
The Day of the Seafarer was first celebrated in 2011, following its establishment by a resolution adopted by the Conference of Parties to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), 1978, held in Manila in June 2010, which adopted major revisions to the STCW Convention and Code. It has now been included in the annual list of United Nations Observances.


MM&P MEMBERS IN HAWAII SPEAK OUT IN DEFENSE OF JONES ACT

MM&P member Louis Mendez and MM&P Honolulu Port Representative Randy Swindell picked up pen and paper earlier this month to correct yet another example of the misinformation that is frequently published about the Jones Act: an opinion piece in the Honolulu Star Advertiser entitled, “Natural gas is cheap, but Jones Act rules it out for Hawaii.”

“Attacking the Jones Act in this context is a red herring,” wrote Swindell in a letter to the editor which was published in the paper on May 6. “The Jones Act is not even applicable in this case,” agreed Mendez in his own letter, which was published the following day. “Hawaii doesn’t have the terminals, technical facilities or infrastructure to even handle shipments of LNG.”

“The Jones Act has provided Hawaii consumers with a stable and reliable supply of goods and decent paying jobs since 1920,” Mendez wrote. “It’s been supported by every president since Woodrow Wilson, including Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Generals like Colin Powell and Norman Schwarzkopf have voiced their support for it as being vital to supply our armed forces in time of war and peace,” he added.


MAERSK LINE WILL CUT 400 JOBS IN HEADQUARTERS REORGANIZATION

Maersk Line has announced it will restructure its global headquarters operation and eliminate 400 jobs. Details of the new organization will be presented on June 12, a company spokesman said. Two hundred and fifty of the positions to be eliminated are in Copenhagen. The company said the reorganization is part of its drive to “de-layer” its operation, off-shore work to shared service centers and “empower the front line.” It said the next step is to make its central organization “more agile” in a quest to enhance the corporate focus on customers and markets by moving decision-making out to the field.


HOUSE AFFIRMS PROJECT LABOR AGREEMENTS FOR MILITARY CONSTRUCTION

Thirty-four Republicans joined 184 Democrats in voting to eliminate language in the military construction appropriations bill that would have prohibited government agencies from requiring companies bidding on a federal construction contract to accept a project labor agreement. 

Project labor agreements, which are strongly supported by organized labor, establish terms of employment, including wage scales, for large projects. Government agencies had been barred from requiring project labor agreements by an Executive Order issued by President George W. Bush. That order was reversed by President Barack Obama in 2009. The language that was added to the military construction appropriations bill for FY 2013 sought to reverse President Obama’s decision. The 218-198 vote to strike the language from the appropriations bill represents a victory for organized labor and a defeat for the House Republican leadership.

The vote to strike the PLA prohibition occurred on an amendment sponsored by New York Congressman Michael Grimm. His amendment, which was strongly supported by the AFL-CIO, restored the option for the Department of Defense to use project labor agreements for military construction projects. “I grew up in a union home where my father taught me the value of a hard day’s work,” Grimm told his colleagues.


MARITIME GRASSROOTS COMMITTEE MEETS WITH TOP TAX COMMITTEE DEMOCRAT

The unprecedented maritime industry grassroots campaign and its maritime advisory committees are continuing their activities: last week, a meeting was held with Congressman Sander Levin, the Ranking Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee. The campaign is part of the effort to ensure that members of Congress understand the importance of our industry to the military, economic and homeland security of our nation, as well as the importance of the U.S.-flag maritime industry to jobs and the economic well-being of their constituents, districts and states. Representatives of MM&P, MEBA and U.S.-flag shipping companies and shipyards attended the session.
 
“The more you do at home, the more you can accomplish in D.C.,” Levin told the group. In praising the grassroots effort, he underlined the fact that members are spending less time in Washington, which means that the best opportunity to meet with them is in their district offices.

More maritime advisory committee meetings with other members of Congress in their home districts and in Washington have already been scheduled. We will keep members informed through articles in The Wheelhouse Weekly and The Master, Mate & Pilot.


FORMER COAL MINER BEATS MILLIONAIRE IN WEST VIRGINIA DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY

Clyde McKnight, a retired West Virginia coal miner, defeated millionaire and former gubernatorial candidate Melvin Kessler in the state House of Delegates Democratic primary by a razor-thin margin of 52 votes on May 8. McKnight, a miner for more than 30 years, currently serves as president of the South Central AFL-CIO. Drawing on his experience in the mines, McKnight campaigned on a platform of investing in affordable energy and bringing back American manufacturing. “As a coal miner, I understand the unique struggles we have in West Virginia,” McKnight said. More than one-third of the 100 candidates that the West Virginia AFL-CIO endorsed this year were union members. Thirty of the 34 union members who ran in the state primary won their races.


MILITARY SEALIFT COMMAND ACCEPTS DELIVERY OF T-AKE CLASS USNS MEDGAR EVERS

Military Sealift Command announced it accepted delivery earlier this spring of its newest dry cargo/ammunition ship, USNS MEDGAR EVERS (T-AKE 13). The ship, which was christened last Nov. 12, honors slain civil rights leader Medgar Wiley Evers, who is remembered for his efforts to end segregation at the University of Mississippi and for his campaign against Jim Crow laws. Since its launch, the ship has been undergoing a series of tests and trials in preparation for its delivery to MSC.

The 689-foot long EVERS is the 13th of 14 new dry cargo/ammunition ships scheduled for delivery to the Navy by the end of 2012. The first 11 dry cargo/ ammunition ships are currently operating as part of MSC’s Combat Logistics Force, delivering fuel, equipment and supplies to Navy warships at sea. The remaining three of the 14-ship T-AKE class are expected to be assigned to maritime prepositioning squadrons, which strategically place combat cargo at sea for rapid delivery to warfighters ashore.

USNS MEDGAR EVERS has a crew of 125 civil service mariners, including licensed deck officers who belong to the MM&P Federal Employees Membership Group (FEMG).


UPDATE ON MM&P-MEBA MERCHANT OFFICERS’ LABOR ALLIANCE POSTED IN MEMBERS’ ONLY SECTION OF WWW.BRIDGEDECK.ORG

MM&P members are encouraged to view an update on the MM&P-MEBA Merchant Officers’ Labor Alliance which has been posted in the members’ only section of www.bridgedeck.org.


NEWEST ISSUE OF THE MASTER, MATE & PILOT NOW ONLINE

The May-June issue of The Master, Mate & Pilot will be arriving in your mailbox soon. In the meantime, look for it online on www.bridgedeck.org. In this issue of the magazine: new MM&P jobs with APL; greetings from our members aboard U.S. Army Corps dredge ESSAYONS, MAERSK OHIO and MAERSK WYOMING; MM&P members aboard MAERSK ALABAMA brief military officers on piracy; U.S. maritime unions call on Congress to take action on insufficient shipboard crewing; strong opposition meets U.S.-U.K. proposal to “discourage ransom payments to pirates”; MM&P members tell Government Accountability Office that Puerto Rico has Jones Act to thank for 20,000 maritime jobs; San Francisco Bar Pilots at conn of giant containership; MM&P advocates for the U.S.-flag fleet and America’s merchant mariners during the 2012 Congressional Sail-In.


HORIZON LINES TO PROVIDE WORK SHOES TO OFFICERS AND CREW

Horizon Lines has signed a contract with Red Wing Shoes to provide hard-toed work shoes to officers and crew members. Under the contract, every officer and crew member will be able to choose from approximately 300 styles of work shoes at any Red Wing Shoe store. Horizon Lines will pay for the actual price of the shoes up to $125 toward the purchase of one pair per year. Red Wing shoes are available nationwide, including at nearly every port at which Horizon Lines vessels call.

The contract coincides with the new Horizon Lines policy that hard-toed work shoes must be worn on board as of Aug. 1. Here’s how the system will work: Once an officer or crew member gets a job at a union hall, a Horizon Lines crewing manager will fax a personalized authorization form to the hall. The crew member will then take the form to any Red Wing Shoe store, where he/she will be fitted for the shoes of his/her choice. A picture ID plus a TWIC will be required. Permanently assigned individuals can e-mail or call Crewing for their authorization form, which will be e-mailed to them.

The hard-toed shoes policy and the Red Wing program will also apply to all Horizon Lines associates who board Horizon Lines vessels. Bills will go directly to Horizon Lines and no further action will be required by crew members. “Horizon Lines is committed to an injury-free workplace,” said HL Manager of Safety and Environmental Services Bill Barclay. “We expect that the new contract and policy will enhance on-board safety and safety awareness.”


WASHINGTON STATE MARINE PILOT EXAM PRELIMINARY ANNOUNCEMENT

The Washington State Board of Pilotage Commissioners plans to hold an exam in Seattle on or after Oct. 19. An official Notice of Examination will be published no later than June 22 with specific details about the exam, including dates and how to apply. 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 specific links and other pertinent information regarding the exam. A request to receive exam information directly can be made by contacting: Peggy Larson, Executive Director, Washington State Board of Pilotage Commissioners, 2901 Third Avenue, Suite 500, Seattle, WA 98121; Phone 206-515-3904 and 206-515-3647; Fax 206-515-3906; PilotageInfo@wsdot.wa.gov; www.pilotage.wa.gov.


MITAGS SEEKS INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN COORDINATOR

MITAGS is looking for an Instructional Design Coordinator to develop curricula (classroom-based and distance learning), assess educational programs for quality and adherence to regulations and standards and submit curricula to governing entities for approval and review. The coordinator will: help implement technology in the classroom; assist the Director of Training in providing onsite education for instructors; assist with accreditation reviews and audits submitted for certification.

Qualifications include: degree in educational /instructional design or relevant work experience; three to five years’ experience in an academic/training environment highly desired; excellent computer skills, including MS Word Suite and related automated information systems. Strong interpersonal and communication skills required. Possession of a USCG license or knowledge of the maritime field is a definite plus. Must have the ability to work flexible hours and travel to Seattle office if required.

Responsibilities may require evening and weekend work in response to needs of the customers. For more information, contact MITAGS Training Director Eric Friend, efriend@mitags.org, 410-859-5700 ext. 3259; 443-989-3259; Skype: training.director.mitags


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): June 8-9 at MM&P Headquarters; 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.


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.

AB – Able Bodied Seaman: 6/11, 8/20

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

BRM – Bridge Resource Management: 8/27

BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots:  6/7, 8/23

BST – Basic Safety Training: 6/25, 8/13

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 6/11, 9/10

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

CMM-ADVSTB – Advanced Stability: 6/25

CMM-CHS – Advanced Cargo Operations (2 weeks): 7/9

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): 6/11, 7/16, 7/30, 9/10, 9/4

CMM-SHS-ADV-I I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 6/18, 7/9, 8/6, 9/17

CMM-WKP – Advanced Watchkeeping: 6/18, 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: 6/25, 8/13

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

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress Safety Signal: 8/20

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 6/11, 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: 6/11, 9/17

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

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 6/11, 9/17

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 6/16, 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): 6/8, 8/10

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 6/13, 6/27, 7/11, 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

SEC-VCF – Security Officer, Vessel, Company & Facility: 7/16

SHS-BAS – Basic Shiphandling: 6/25, 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 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.
 
June 2012

7-8       Search and Rescue
11th      Radar Renewal
11-22   GMDSS
18-22    ECDIS
18-22    Management, Communication, and Leadership (Horizon Lines)
25-29    Medical Care Provider


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

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
12,104.00 2,460.00 1,274.90
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund (VAARX)
56.17
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
118.21
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
40.16
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
15.94
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
18.27
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
26.27
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
11.09
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
33.17
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
5.76
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
16.45
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
16.45
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
21.31
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
14.39
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
12.33
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
12.51
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
12.42
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
12.61
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
12.96
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
11.16
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
31.93
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
18.14
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
15.35
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
18.60
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
11.04
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
65.17
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
64.56
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
17.61
Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
44.31
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
25.06
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
26.38
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
11.39
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
12.06
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
13.28
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
13.31
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
12.97
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
7.40
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
8.57
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
11.15
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
35.87
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
45.46
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
30.81



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