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Wheelhouse Weekly – June 13, 2011

June 13th 2011

 

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Volume 15 . . . . . Number 24. . . . June 13, 2011

STORIES COVERED

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WHEELHOUSE WEEKLY PUBLICATION DATE WILL CHANGE TO TUESDAY

Starting next week, The Wheelhouse Weekly will be distributed every Tuesday instead of every Monday. Readers will receive the next issue of the Weekly on Tuesday, June 21.


MV COHO CREWMEMBERS SAVE HEART ATTACK VICTIM

The crew of MV COHO is being commended for assisting a passenger stricken by a heart attack mid-way through the 90-minute crossing from Victoria, B.C., to Port Angeles, Wash., on May 27. First on the scene were MV COHO crewmembers Ben Rowland and Brandon Melville. Through the use of CPR and an AED, they were able to keep the passenger alive for 45 minutes until arrival in Port Angeles, where they were relieved by paramedics. Ten days later, the passenger was able to walk out of the hospital. The paramedics and hospital staff credit Rowland and Melville for saving the passenger’s life. MM&P United Inland Group member Ben Rowland sails as second mate aboard the COHO. Brandon Melville, who sails as quartermaster, recently attended the Pacific Maritime Institute’s training course for ship medical officers. Congratulations to all the professional mariners aboard MV COHO for a job well done!


MM&P-CREWED VESSELS RECOGNIZED FOR SAFE SHIP OPERATIONS

The U.S. maritime industry publicly recognized women and men responsible for safe ship operations at an awards ceremony organized in New Orleans earlier this month by the Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA). One award, named for maritime safety expert Jones F. Devlin, is given to vessels that have operated for at least two years without a lost-time injury. The second award, the Ship Safety Achievement Award, is given for acts of bravery that save lives, ships or other property.

Recipients of the 2010 Jones F. Devlin Awards included MM&P-contracted Crowley Maritime, AmNav, Farrell Lines, Foss, Horizon Lines and Maersk Line, Limited. During the ceremony, a special citation of merit was awarded to the HORIZON PRODUCER. Over 180 people, representing more than 70 companies, attended the event.


ANTI-LABOR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS SEEK TO PROHIBIT AUTOMATIC DEDUCTION OF UNION DUES FOR GOVERNMENT WORKERS

Republicans in the House of Representatives and the Senate have introduced a bill that would bar federal employees from having union dues deducted from their paychecks.
The legislation was sponsored in the House by Rep. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and in the Senate by Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.).

Federal employees fill out Form 1187 to choose payroll deductions, which they can elect to stop at any time. They are not required to participate in automatic deductions and already have the option to submit union dues by cash or by check.

Spokesmen for federal workers’ unions criticized the bills as an attack on collective bargaining rights. “This is union-busting in its purest form,” said Bill Dougan, who heads the Federal Workers’ Alliance, of which MM&P is a member. He said the proposed legislation is an example of the kind of “narrow-minded, ideologically driven partisan politics” that is causing gridlock in Washington, D.C.


POSTAL SERVICE HONORS AMERICAN MERCHANT MARINE WITH NEW STAMPS

The Postal Service will salute the U.S. Merchant Marine on four “forever stamps” that feature illustrations of a container ship, a Liberty ship, a clipper ship and an auxiliary steamship. In announcing release of the new stamps, the Postal Service issued the following statement: “Since the founding of the republic, the United States has looked to the commercial maritime industry for much of its growth and security. This issuance pays tribute to the U.S. Merchant Marine, the modern name for the maritime fleet that has played this vital role. The four-stamp design on this pane features types of vessels that have formed an important part of this history.”

To celebrate the release of the stamps, a ceremony will be held at 11:30 on July 28 at the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y. Admission is free and the public is welcome to attend. The ceremony will take place in the Ackerman Auditorium, 300 Steamboat Rd.


MARAD ADVISORY FOR VESSELS TRANSITING JAPANESE WATERS

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) has issued an advisory that provides updated guidance for vessels transiting to or from Japan or in waters in the vicinity of the northeast coast of the Island of Honshu. Ships that enter the Japanese-defined “Restricted Area” may be subject to additional screening by the U.S. Coast Guard if the United States is the next port call. The Coast Guard requires the master of the vessel to submit transit information, including the date and total time within the restricted area, to the appropriate Captain of the Port using the comment block on the 96-hour advance notice of arrival (ANOA).


ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS URGE LOWER SPEED LIMITS FOR SHIPS ON WEST COAST

To protect whales, four environmental groups last week filed a petition urging the Department of Commerce to establish a 10-knot speed limit for large ships in California National Marine Sanctuaries in the Channel Islands, Monterey Bay, the Gulf of the Farallones and Cordell Bank. In the past decade, about 50 whales have been hit by ships off the California coast. Although NOAA designated these shipping lanes as a “Whale Advisory Zone” in 2007, today the advice to reduce speeds can be implemented on a voluntary basis by ship masters. The petition was filed by the Center for Biological Diversity, the Environmental Defense Center, Friends of the Earth and Pacific Environment. This is the second time environmental groups have sought to enact stricter speed limits for the West Coast protected waters. The last proposal of a similar nature was rejected by federal regulators in 2007.


WORKERS KEEP UP THE PRESSURE ON ANTI-LABOR LEGISLATORS IN WISCONSIN

More than 1,000 Wisconsin firefighters, nurses, farmers and their families marched through Madison last week to continue the protest of Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s attacks on collective bargaining rights and middle class living standards in the state. The activists have erected a tent city they call “Walkerville.” Marchers carried signs calling on lawmakers to focus on Wisconsin working families and not the wealthy CEOs whom Walker’s budget favors. Recall elections for six Republican state senators who voted for Walker’s bill, which would eliminate the collective bargaining rights of public employees (but is now blocked in court), are just a month away.


SUPPORT THE MM&P PCF: THE FIGHT GOES ON!

Our fight to maintain a U.S.-flag merchant marine and to keep American maritime jobs from leaving our country is a non-stop battle. Opponents of our industry and of American maritime labor never miss a chance to attack us and to blame our industry for everything that’s wrong with America. Just last week, the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think-tank, called on Congress to “Kill the Jones Act” as a way to “stem the impending industrial base collapse.” 

These are the same so-called experts who falsely blamed the Jones Act for impeding the clean-up of last year’s oil spill in the Gulf–an allegation that was repeatedly and forcefully proved to be wrong. Now they are trying to convince the public that replacing American shipping companies and American jobs with foreign companies and foreign workers would somehow make our economy stronger.

We can’t allow the Heritage Foundation and its allies in Congress to have their way! We need your help and support. As you head into the summer, please consider making a contribution to the MM&P PCF. Help us keep up the fight for the American Merchant Marine and the U.S.-flag shipping industry, so that you have a job to return to.


UNITED INLAND GROUP NEWS UPDATE

In San Francisco, MM&P Regional Representative Ray Shipway reports that negotiations with contracted-employer Westar are underway. Scott Adams and Shipway will lead the United Inland Group negotiations committee into bargaining with the company. The first meeting over the new collective bargaining agreement is tentatively scheduled for June 20-21.

In other UIG news, the new third quarter sign-up for the permit program will begin on June 15. New and renewal permits are due July 1. Please make sure that your First Aid/CPR, MMD and drug certificates are all up to date. The cost for the three-month permit is $127.50, payable by money order or cashier’s check only. Permittees must sign up in person at the Oakland office: 548 Thomas L. Berkley Way, Oakland, CA 94612; 415-543-5694.


REMINDER: MM&P PLANS OFFERS LICENSE INSURANCE FOR OFFSHORE AND PMR MEMBERS

The MM&P Plan Office offers a program that provides members of the Offshore Division and the Pacific Maritime Region with the option to purchase license insurance for protection against loss of wages in the event of the suspension or revocation of an officer’s license, as well as property damage, loss of personal effects and legal representation. An application may be obtained from the Plan Office or in the Members’ Only section of www.bridgedeck.org. Coverage takes effect on the first day of the month following receipt and acceptance of the application and payment by the Plan Office.  Coverage is provided on an annual basis. Officers should apply for coverage in the highest rating at which it is expected that he or she will serve during the policy period.

For a complete copy of rates, benefits and coverage, please refer to the Plan Rules and Regulations.


SAVE MONEY WITH THE UNION PLUS AUTO BUYING SERVICE

Union Plus is offering rebates to union members who buy a union-assembled vehicle. If you are a dues-paying member of a labor union or a Union Plus credit card holder, you are eligible for this service. To take advantage of this offer, you should first contact a Union Plus vehicle advisor at 1-877-683-0110, 8:30am-5:30pm weekdays EST for car buying tips, help locating a vehicle and to receive pre-negotiated pricing. Once you are ready to buy or lease a car, you can complete the vehicle purchase/lease order form online. If you have purchased a new union-assembled vehicle, you will receive a check for $100 within 6 to 8 weeks. If you have purchased a union-made EPA Green Car, you will receive a $200 rebate. To view lists of union-made vehicles and to access the purchase order form, please visit: http://tinyurl.com/8pggdz.


SCHEDULE FOR 2011 D-BOOK MEMBERSHIP 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 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.


NLRB SAYS UNIONS CAN DISPLAY GIANT INFLATABLE RATS IN COURSE OF LABOR DISPUTES

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has ruled that labor unions have a legal right to display 16-foot high rat balloons during labor disputes. The NLRB says that use of the enormous rat balloons is even allowed in cases in which the business outside of which the rat is displayed is not directly involved in the conflict. Many labor unions use the giant rat as a prop during demonstrations. Business lobbyists say the giant rat is too aggressive a symbol, but the NLRB found that the rats are a form of free speech that do not interfere with business activity.


GREEK SHIP MANAGEMENT COMPANY SENTENCED TO PAY FINE IN TEXAS POLLUTION CASE

Noka Shipping, a Greek ship management company, will pay $900,000 in fines for concealing pollution from MV FLORIN, which docked in two Texas ports in 2010. The company had pleaded guilty to the charges of concealing pollution, failure to accurately maintain an oil record book, and failing to report oil leaks in the main engine and generator and the fire suppression system. During the period covered in the case, the ship docked at Corpus Christi port and in Houston. The $900,000 penalty consists of a $750,000 criminal fine and a $150,000 community service payment to the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. During a five-year probationary period imposed by the court along with the fine, all Noka ships are barred from entering U.S. ports and territorial waters.


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

Between now and the end of September, 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: 6/27, 8/15

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]
CMM-ADVWX � Advanced Meteorology: 9/12
CMM-ADVSTB � Advanced Stability: 6/27
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): 6/20, 7/18, 8/15, 9/19
CMM-VPEN � Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation: 8/22
CMM-WKP � Advanced Watchkeeping: 6/20, 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: 6/27, 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: 6/18, 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: 6/16, 6/28, 7/20, 7/27, 8/18, 9/14
ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal Day Class: 6/16, 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: 6/20, 8/29
SHS-ESH-BRMP3 � Emergency Shiphandling and Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 6/8
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
TPIC-LNG � Tankerman Person In Charge Liquefied Gases: 7/11

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

June 2011

20-24 ECDIS
27-29  Emergency Procedures
30-1    Search and Rescue

July 2011

5-15     GMDSS
7-8      Vessel Security Officer
11-15   Radar Observer Unlimited
11-15   Medical Care Provider
11-22   Medical Person-In-Charge
16th    Medical DOT
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


MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 6-10-11

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
11,951.91 2,643.73 1,270.98
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund (VAARX)
55.68
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
117.48
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
42.08
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
19.55
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
18.27
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
26.50
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.98
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
31.90
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
5.80
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
16.65
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
22.44
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
14.33
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
19.98
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
12.08
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
12.72
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
12.89
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
13.33
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
13.75
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.78
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
32.05
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
17.76
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
15.71
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
18.50
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
10.77
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
70.65
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
69.53
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
18.43
 Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
45.98
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
30.36
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
28.45
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
11.48
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
12.18
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
13.88
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
14.08
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
14.02
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
8.14
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
9.52
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
10.96
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
38.37
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
45.15
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
30.62



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