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Wheelhouse Weekly – June 19, 2012

June 19th 2012

 

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Volume 16 . . . . . Number 25. . . .June 19, 2012

STORIES COVERED

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MM&P HOLIDAY CLOSING SCHEDULE

All MM&P union halls, the MM&P Health & Benefits Plans Office, the MM&P Federal Credit Union and MM&P headquarters will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, for Independence Day. In addition, Pacific Ports will be closed on Thursday, July 5, for Bloody Thursday, which commemorates the 1934 strike by maritime workers and longshoremen in San Francisco, when two strikers were killed and many others injured.


NEW TWIC OPTION AIMS TO SAVE CARDHOLDERS TIME AND MONEY

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will offer people who hold a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) the option of replacing their expiring card with a new one that costs $60 instead of $129.75, requires only one trip to an enrollment center and expires in three years instead of five.

The new option, to be called an extended expiration date (EED) TWIC, entails only one visit to an enrollment center because existing cardholders can start the renewal process over the telephone. The EED TWIC will be offered starting Aug. 30.

Only U.S. citizens or nationals with a TWIC that expires on or before Dec. 31, 2014, are eligible for the new option. They can either replace their expiring TWIC with an EED TWIC or get a standard five-year replacement.

TSA says the EED TWIC is a one-time temporary extension option intended to provide convenience and cost-savings. People who want to apply for an EED TWIC can start the process by calling the help desk at 1-866-347-8942, Mon–Fri, 8AM to 10PM Eastern Time.

When the EED TWIC arrives at the enrollment center specified by the individual, the individual will be notified for pick up and activation. The original TWIC must be turned in when the EED TWIC is picked up.

The standard renewal process for a five-year TWIC requires an initial trip for a photograph, fingerprints and document review, as well as a second trip to pick-up and activate the card. TSA advises all TWIC holders to begin the application process at least 30 days before their current card expires.


HORIZON RELIANCE CREW RESCUES CRITICALLY ILL SAILOR

HORIZON RELIANCE and the highly trained union members who crew her are in the news again. Just months after coming to the aid of a family adrift in the Pacific, the RELIANCE was called into action again on June 11. This time the victim was an 82-year-old man who had suffered a stroke aboard a sailboat about 1,100 miles from Oahu. The Coast Guard identified HORIZON RELIANCE through the Amver system as the closest vessel to the scene. MM&P members aboard the ship at the time were Master Barry V. Costanzi, Chief Mate Steven M. Itson, Second Mate Paul J. Grepo and Third Mate Jack K. Walker.

Once alongside the sailboat GALIVANT, the crew first planned to lower the port lifeboat to the water’s edge without launching and have the sailboat, under power, come alongside to transfer the patient and bring him aboard using the lifeboat falls. This plan was aborted when the wind shifted and the seas became too rough. Plan B was to use the Stokes litter and the stores crane. This plan was also scrapped because of the sailboat’s motion and the concern that the litter would get caught in its rigging.

Plan C was the accommodation ladder, which Chief Engineer Sean Stevens and Bosun Quy Taylor used to reach the man and carry him up to the safety of the main deck. “The man was dead weight,” Itson said. “These guys showed bravery and seamanship in the time-old tradition of rendering assistance at sea. It’s an honor to sail with them.” Once the patient, Robert Bourdon, was on the main deck, Itson began administering oxygen.

“The entire crew performed admirably, especially Sean Stevens and Quy Taylor, who are real heroes,” Costanzi said. “My hat is also off to the bravery of the two men who were lowered in the lifeboat. There was an excellent air of cooperation and teamwork during the rescue and in the ensuing 2 1/2 days of 24-hour a day medical care for the patient.”

“Everyone on board was simply living up to the long-standing traditions of the sea and our union heritage,” Costanzi said. “We are fortunate it went well with no injuries and no other rescues resulting.”


UPHOLD THE JONES ACT, DEFENSE EXPERTS IN CONGRESS TELL THE ADMINISTRATION

“It is critical that the Administration ensure that U.S. vessels and U.S. seafarers are fully utilized before granting any Jones Act waivers,” Congressmen Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) and Adam Smith (D-Calif.), have told the Secretaries of Defense, Transportation, Homeland Security and Energy. McKeon is the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and Smith is the committee’s ranking member. “We urge the Administration to take all steps necessary to ensure that Jones Act vessels are used in the future and that the transportation of goods, including petroleum products, is in compliance with our nation’s cabotage laws.”

McKeon and Smith made the remarks in a letter to the four Cabinet Secretaries. Their action was in response to the Administration’s decision last year to grant Jones Act waivers to foreign vessels for the carriage of oil from the strategic petroleum reserve. The House Armed Services Committee has primary Congressional jurisdiction and oversight responsibility for the Jones Act.
 
“The Jones Act supports our industrial base and maintains a national maritime infrastructure that helps to ensure there will be ample U.S. sealift capacity to defend our nation,” the two Congressional leaders said. “As Members of the House Armed Services Committee, we recognize the importance of the Jones Act and its invaluable contribution to our nation’s security, which is why we are concerned about any efforts to weaken the law.”


SHIP HANDLING EXPERTS WANTED

Are you an expert in ship handling with at least two years of experience working as a master or a docking master? MM&P seeks professionals who are expert in handling approaches and maneuvering alongside another vessel while underway and/or have extensive experience with lightering. If you are interested, please send your resume now to MM&P Government Relations Director Klaus Luhta, kluhta@bridgedeck.org.


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.


MLL HAS OPENINGS FOR VESSEL MANAGERS AND TECHNICAL SERVICES MANAGER

MLL has several positions available. Please cut and paste the links below into your browser to review the postings online and to express interest. 
 
120205 – Manager, Vessel: http://tiny.cc/ui05fw
120204 – Manager, Vessel: http://tiny.cc/xj05fw
120183 – Manager, Technical Services: http://tiny.cc/uk05fw
 
Feel free to forward the links to friends or colleagues who may be qualified and interested in joining the MLL team.


MM&P CONVENTION RESOLUTION DEADLINE REMINDER

The 84th MM&P Convention will take place July 23-25, 2012. Per Article IV, Section 6 (c) of the MM&P Constitution, resolutions must be submitted 30 days prior to the opening day of the Convention.


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.


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

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

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

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: 6/25, 8/13

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 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): 7/16, 7/30, 9/10, 9/4

CMM-SHS-ADV-I I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 7/9, 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: 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): 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: 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-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 www.mitags-pmi.org/courses/calendar/.
For registration, call our registrar, Jennifer Pitzen, at (206) 838-1126.

June 2012

25-29     Medical Care Provider

July 2012

6th         Flashing Light
9-13       Radar Observer Unlimited
9-20       GMDSS
9-27       Terrestrial & Coastal Navigation w/ Compasses
16th       Radar Renewal
16-20     Marine Pilot Exam Prep Course
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 6-12-12

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
12,807.93 2,914.88 1,351.40
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund (VAARX)
56.17
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
124.48
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
41.80
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
16.80
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
19.17
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
27.65
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
11.07
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
34.82
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
5.80
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
16.76
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
22.17
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
14.51
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
20.02
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
12.33
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
12.85
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
12.87
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
13.17
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
13.56
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
11.12
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
33.55
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
19.20
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
15.71
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
19.57
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
11.02
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
68.71
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
67.47
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
18.58
Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
46.57
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
26.37
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
27.69
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
11.50
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
12.18
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
13.60
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
13.67
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
13.43
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
7.70
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
8.95
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
11.13
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
37.34
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
47.88
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
32.26



The MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly is the official electronic newsletter of the International Organization of Masters, Mates, and Pilots, ILA, AFL-CIO, 700 Maritime Blvd. Suite B, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090-1953. Phone: 410-850-8700; Fax: 410-850-0973; Email: iommp@bridgedeck.org. For further info or to subscribe contact Lisa Rosenthal at lrosenthal@bridgedeck.org. The Wheelhouse Weekly is sent via Email to MM&P-contracted vessels at sea and is posted on our web page.

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