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Wheelhouse Weekly – March 28, 2011

March 28th 2011

 

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Volume 15 . . . . . Number 13. . . . March 28, 2011

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MM&P PACIFIC PORTS CLOSED MARCH 31 IN HONOR OF CESAR CHAVEZ

The MM&P union halls in Seattle, Oakland and Los Angeles will be closed on Thursday, March 31, in honor of Cesar Chavez. Cesar Chavez Day is a longshore holiday as well as a California state holiday. Chavez began working as a migrant farm worker at the age of 10. He co-founded the National Farm Workers Association in the 1960s.


MERPAC REAUTHORIZED BY DHS

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has decided to reestablish the Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC). The committee’s role is to advise DHS on matters relating to the training, qualification, licensing, certification and fitness of merchant mariners. Its membership includes licensed merchant marine officers, unlicensed mariners, pilots and representatives of maritime training institutions and ship operating companies. DHS allowed MERPAC’s charter to lapse last year, and until now there has been uncertainty about whether the committee would be authorized to continue its important mission.

MM&P and the other maritime unions expressed support for the DHS decision in a letter to Congress. “We enthusiastically support the Secretary’s decision, and we encourage the Secretary to proceed as expeditiously as possible to appoint the members of the Committee so that it can conduct its meetings and work with the Coast Guard in support of our industry,” the unions wrote. “MERPAC provides the Coast Guard and the industry a much-needed forum in which the practical impact of proposed policy and regulatory changes affecting American mariners and the U.S.-flag merchant marine can be assessed.” 


CSA NOW ACCEPTING ENTRIES FOR SHIP SAFETY ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

The Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) is seeking nominations for the Ship Safety Achievement Awards and the Jones F. Devlin Awards. Ship Safety Achievement Awards will be presented to vessels that have performed outstanding feats of safety during the course of calendar year 2010. Devlin Awards will be awarded to self-propelled merchant vessels and barges that have operated for two full years or more without a crewmember losing a full turn at watch because of an occupational injury. A vessel is recognized for the number of qualifying years beyond the basic two-year award. To qualify for a Devlin Award, a vessel must be in operation with a full crew. Days in protracted lay-up resulting in crew reduction are not considered days in operation.

The deadline for entries is Friday, April 15. The awards will be presented at a luncheon at the Loews New Orleans Hotel on Poydras Street in New Orleans on June 2.

The Ship Safety Awards are presented to vessels that perform outstanding feats of safety which may include, but are not limited to: rescue; assistance to distressed vessels; transfer of ill or injured persons under difficult sea conditions; and demonstrations of safety and ship operations which have contributed to saving a life or a ship. They are actions in which the ship and crew as a whole were involved.

All vessels, including container ships, tankers, Great Lakes carriers, offshore supply vessel and tugboats representing all segments of the industry (international and domestic deep-sea, coastwise and inland) are eligible to participate in this award program. The program is open to all companies, including members and non-members of CSA. All vessel owners and operators are encouraged to participate.

To nominate a vessel for these awards, go to www.knowships.org and click on Other Award Programs. Completed forms should be sent to omoore@knowships.org. Background material should be mailed to the Ship Safety Awards Committee or the Jones F. Devlin Awards Committee at the Chamber of Shipping of America, 1730 M Street, NW, Suite 407, Washington, DC 20036.


MM&P OFFICERS AT WASHINGTON STATE FERRIES RATIFY NEW CONTRACT

MM&P members at Washington State Ferries (WSF) have voted overwhelmingly in favor of a new contract. The vote came after weeks of intense negotiations conducted against a backdrop of attacks on public sector workers nationwide. “I want to thank UIG Branch Manager Tim Saffle and all the delegates on the negotiating committee for their hard work on this agreement,” said United Inland Group Vice President Mike Murray. Four bills aimed at eliminating collective bargaining for WSF employees and other public sector workers in Washington are still pending in the state legislature. The bills would reclassify masters and mates as management, thus denying them the right to collectively bargain their contracts.


CREW OF SS CAPE JACOB RECEIVES ADMINISTRATOR’S PROFESSIONAL SHIP AWARD

Maritime Administrator David Matsuda presented the Administrator’s Professional Ship Award to the captain and crew of the SS CAPE JACOB in Alameda in a ceremony that took place last month. The crew received the award for supporting sealift operations in the Far East and Middle East.


LEE KINCAID APPOINTED INTERIM PRESIDENT OF THE AMERICAN MARITIME CONGRESS

The American Maritime Congress (AMC) has announced the appointment of Lee Kincaid as interim president. “Under his direction, the AMC will advocate to strengthen the state of American-flag shipping,” said AMC Board Chairman Mike Jewell. “Capt. Kincaid brings to this role a wealth of maritime industry knowledge and experience, as well as a deep passion for the U.S.-Flag Merchant Marine.”

Kincaid sailed for 15 years in every merchant marine deck officer position and holds an unlimited U.S. Coast Guard Master’s license. A graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, he has held numerous high level jobs in the maritime industry. He is a member of the Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC) and a former chairman of the MARAD Ship Operations Cooperative Program (SOCP). Additionally, he served for a number of years as a member of the U.S. Delegation to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London.


U.S. NOMINATES USCG’S LANTZ FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL OF THE INTERNATIONAL MARITIME ORGANIZATION

The United States has nominated Jeffrey Lantz, a 35-year veteran of the Coast Guard, to replace Efthimios E. Mitropoulos as the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Lantz is director for commercial regulations and standards for the USCG, a role in which he is responsible for developing U.S. national maritime safety and environmental protection regulations and policies. He has been involved for many years with the IMO issues and now serves as head of the U.S. delegation to the IMO Maritime Safety Committee and Marine Environment Protection Committee.


AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL TAKES A STAND AGAINST STATE CAMPAIGNS TO SEVERELY RESTRICT WORKERS’ RIGHTS

The global human rights group Amnesty International says it strongly opposes the campaigns underway in a growing number of U.S. states to eliminate collective bargaining rights for public sector employees. States where anti-collective-bargaining legislation is being pushed through local legislatures by anti-labor politicians include Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Wisconsin.

“State governors must withdraw support for these measures which, if adopted, would violate international law,” said Shane Enright, Amnesty International’s trade union adviser. “The United States has an obligation to uphold the rights of American workers, including the specific right to organize and bargain collectively,” he said.

As well as restricting collective bargaining rights, politicians in as many as 37 states have introduced hundreds of anti-union bills. Some affect negotiation of healthcare benefits, others restrict freedom of association, place caps on the minimum wage and deprive workers of the right to strike. Similar measures being promoted in Congress would affect federal public employees.

“The Wisconsin bill is symbolic of a wider attack on unions in the United States, where workers and are facing an onslaught from the authorities,” Enright said. “Many employees are already struggling because of the economic crisis and these laws will undermine fundamental human rights and labor rights protections, which are sorely needed to ensure that employees do not bear the brunt of the crisis. They will also jeopardize the delivery of vital public services that these employees deliver.”

Under international law, all workers have a human right to organize and to bargain collectively. These rights are an essential foundation to the realization of other rights, and are enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), the International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families, as well as conventions adopted by the International Labor Organization (ILO). As a state party to the ICCPR and a signatory to the ICESCR, the United States has an obligation to respect human rights under these instruments and treaties. As a member of the ILO, the USA also has a commitment, through the 1998 ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, to respect, promote and realize the fundamental rights set out in the organization’s core conventions.

Moves to limit such rights in the United States are also at odds with commitments made under the North American Agreement on Labor Cooperation (NAALC), as well as numerous subsequent trade agreements negotiated and ratified over the last 15 years.

Amnesty International called on politicians across the United States to abandon the pursuit of laws that would drastically restrict workers’ rights. “Fundamental human rights are at stake, and we stand in solidarity with the U.S. labor movement in this struggle,” a spokesman for the organization said.


ALASKA GOP LAWMAKER SEEKS TO CURB STATE WORKERS’ COLLECTIVE BARGAINING RIGHTS

A Republican state lawmaker in Alaska, Rep. Carl Gatto, has introduced legislation that would strip most public employees of the right to collectively bargain for hours, benefits and working conditions. The bill exempts firefighters, police officers and emergency medical technicians. “This would be a particularly onerous thing to drop on state employees,” House minority leader Beth Kerttula, D-Juneau, told CNN. She said Alaska public employees had already made major concessions when the state’s retirement, pension and health care system was overhauled in 2005. She said those changes have had a highly negative impact on the state’s already significant problems retaining qualified teachers and police officers.


PENDING HOUSE BILL WOULD DENY FOOD STAMPS TO FAMILIES OF WORKERS WHO STRIKE

A bill that is now pending in the U.S. House of Representatives would prohibit the family of a worker on strike from receiving food stamps. The provision is buried in H.R. 1135, a bill designed to “provide information on total spending on means-tested welfare programs, to provide additional work requirements, and to provide an overall spending limit on means-tested welfare programs.” Republican Reps. Jim Jordan (Ohio), Tim Scott (S.C.), Scott Garrett (N.J.), Dan Burton (Ind.) and Louie Gohmert (Texas) introduced the bill, which also includes a provision that would exempt households from losing eligibility, “if the household was eligible immediately prior to such strike, however, such family unit shall not receive an increased allotment as the result of a decrease in the income of the striking member or members of the household.”


BULKER USED AS MOTHER SHIP IMMEDIATELY AFTER BEING HIJACKED

The Indonesian-flagged and owned MV SINAR KUDUS was hijacked on March 16 approximately 320 nautical miles northeast of the island of Socotra in the Somali Basin. The ship was on its way to Suez from Singapore when it was boarded by 30 to 50 pirates. Less than a day later, the authorities say, it was used as a mother ship in an attack on the MV EMPEROR.


PIRATES RELEASE MV HANNIBAL II

European naval forces said Somali pirates had released the Panamanian-flagged chemical tanker, MV HANNIBAL II, The ship was hijacked Nov. 11, about 860 nautical miles east of the Horn of Africa. It was held along with its 30-member crew for four months. One crewmember was evacuated from captivity for an emergency operation. All crew members are reportedly in satisfactory condition. The authorities released a statement saying that a $2 million ransom had been paid.


MM&P INTERNATIONAL CONSTITUTION NOW ONLINE

The MM&P International Constitution, as amended and approved by a referendum of the MM&P membership which was certified on Feb. 18, 2011, has been posted in the Members Only section of www.bridgedeck.org.


STORY OF WOMEN SEAFARERS MARCH 30 IN NEW YORK

The documentary “Shipping Out – The Story of America’s Seafaring Women” will be shown in Manhattan on Wednesday, March 30, at 6:00 p.m., at the Community Church of New York, 40 East 35th Street. The film will be followed by a conversation with seven women mariners who work as mates aboard cargo ships, tug captains, marine engineers, pilots, port officials and more. The 60-minute documentary is by filmmaker Maria Brooks.


MM&P INTERNATIONAL SECRETARY-TREASURER AT APRIL 1 BOSTON UNION MEETING

MM&P Atlantic Ports Vice President Steve Werse and International Secretary-Treasurer Don Marcus will present their reports to the membership at the union’s Boston meeting on April 1 at 1200. All union members are encouraged to attend.


THE USE AND MISUSE OF ELECTRONIC CHARTS AT MITAGS APRIL 1

Robert Ward, the director of the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO), will discuss the use and misuse of nautical paper and electronic charts on Friday, April 1, at 1000 hours at MITAGS. He will also discuss upcoming STCW95 electronic chart training standards. There is a nominal registration charge of $25 that covers lunch and a coffee break. To register, go to: http://shop.ccmit.org/products/maritime-lecture-series, call 443-989-3200 or send an e-mail to Allen Birch abirch@mitags.org.


MARINE HIGHWAYS CONFERENCE APRIL 5-6 AT MITAGS

The Journal of Commerce’s 8th Annual Conference on North American Marine Highways will be held April 5-6 at MITAGS in Linthicum Heights, Md. “The marine highway can be a link in an intermodal supply chain that moves goods to their destination by ocean, inland river or Great Lakes in a cost-effective, environmentally friendly way,” says a Journal of Commerce spokesperson in an official release to the press. “Marine transportation can lower a shipper’s carbon footprint, avoid crowded highways and provide reliable just-in-time service.”

Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood has been invited to speak at the conference, as has former Maritime Administrator Sean Connaughton, now Virginia state secretary of transportation. Topics will include DOT TIGER grants, research into ongoing marine highway projects and a discussion of intermodal trucking. Among the speakers is also John M. Cullather, recently retired staff director for the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Marine Transportation.


CAMM ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING APRIL 27-29 AT MITAGS

The Council of American Master Mariners (CAMM) will hold its Annual Meeting and Professional Development Conference April 27-29 at MITAGS. The topic of the conference is “The Master and the Burden of Regulations.” Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), ranking member of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, will be the keynote speaker. Among the other speakers will be MM&P Pilots Group Vice President George Quick. To find out more and to register, go to http://www.mastermariner.org.


UNITED INLAND GROUP-PACIFIC MARITIME REGION MEETINGS

The following dates, times and locations have been selected for UIG-PMR meetings in the Puget Sound region for the first half of 2011.

Monday, April 11 – Edmonds Office: 1400-1600

Tuesday, May 10 – Anacortes (site TBD: 1000-1200 and 1500-1700)

Thursday, June 9 – Edmonds Office: 1000-1200


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 course dates may change depending on the number of participants who sign up): April 1-2, June 10-11 and Oct. 21-22 at MM&P headquarters in Linthicum Heights; Oct. 13-14 in Los Angeles/Long Beach; 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.


ENDANGERED NORTHERN ROCKHOPPER PENGUINS THREATENED BY OIL SPILL AT TRISTAN DA CUNHA

Hundreds of heavily oiled Rockhopper penguins are coming ashore on the remote Tristan da Cunha islands following the grounding of the Greek-operated MS OLIVA at Nightingale Island in the Tristan da Cunha territory. Environmentalists have labeled the wreck “a devastating ecological disaster” because this small group of islands in the middle of the Southern Atlantic Ocean is home to most of the world’s population of endangered Northern Rockhopper penguins as well as millions of other seabirds.

The ship was miles off course when it steamed full ahead into the island in the early morning hours of March 16. Half of the crew was removed that day and the rest were rescued on March 17, at which point oil began appearing on the water. On March 18, the ship broke in two.

The extremely endangered penguins are just completing their annual molts. Because they are just finishing molting, the birds are already underweight (they fast while replacing their feathers during their 2-3 week molt), and they are now taking to the sea again to hunt for food.

Tragically, this small group of islands is incredibly remote, making a large-scale rescue effort extremely challenging. There is not even a landing strip for airplanes, so the only way to reach the islands is by ship. The closest landmass is South Africa, some 1,700 miles away (to the East). Getting the necessary resources, as well as enough people to care for the birds out to these islands will prove to be a superhuman endeavor. The Ocean Foundation has created an emergency rescue fund. To contribute, go to http://tiny.cc/brjc5


MORE ON MADE IN AMERICA

MM&P has received several letters in response to articles published in The Wheelhouse Weekly and The Master, Mate & Pilot on the topic of American-made products. One reader has provided the names of two American producers of kitchen appliances, Dacor and Wolf. “Recently we bought an oven and a matching microwave,” he writes. “Both items are made in California by Dacor Inc. at 1440 Bridge Gate Drive, Diamond Bar, CA 91765. When I installed the appliances in our kitchen, I noted that all the components carried the ‘Made in America’ label.”


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

Between now and the end of June, 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: 4/18, 6/13
AIS – Automatic Identification Systems: 5/12
ARPA – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 5/16

BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 5/9, 6/6
BST – Basic Safety Training: 4/11, 6/27

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]
CMM-ADVWX � Advanced Meteorology: 6/12
CMM-ADVSTB � Advanced Stability: 4/11, 6/27
CMM-CHS I � Advanced Cargo Operations (week 1): 4/18
CMM-CHS II � Advanced Cargo Operations (week 2): 4/25
CMM-ECDIS � Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems: 5/23
CMM-MPP � Marine Propulsion Plants: 6/13
CMM-SHMGT I – Ship Management (week 1): 5/2
CMM-SHMGT II – Ship Management (week 2): 5/9
CMM-SHS-ADV-I � Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 4/18, 5/16, 6/13
CMM-SHS-ADV-I I � Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 4/4, 4/25, 5/23, 6/20
CMM-VPEN � Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation: 5/16
CMM-WKP � Advanced Watchkeeping: 4/4, 6/20

CHS BAS � Basic Cargo Handing and Stowage: 4/11
CNAV � Celestial Navigation: 5/2

ENVIRO-Regs Permit � Environmental Regulations Permit: 5/24
EP � Emergency Procedures: 4/27

FF-BADV � Combined Basic and Advanced Fire Fighting: 4/11, 6/27
FSM � Fatique, Sleep and Medications for Pilots: 6/8

HAZ � Hazardous Materials (5 day): 6/13

LAP-ORG 3rd � License Advancement Program for Original 3/Mate: 6/6

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 5/9, 6/6

MEDIA-RSP � Media Response Workshop: 5/13
MED-PIC – Medical Person In Charge: 5/2, 6/13
MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 4/4, 5/2, 6/13
MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 5/7, 6/18

MSC-CBRD1 � Basic Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense: 6/10
MSC-DC � Damage Control: 6/6
MSC -SMA � Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualification: 6/6

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 3/30, 4/6, 4/13, 4/20, 5/11, 5/25, 6/16, 6/28
ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal Day Class: 6/16
ROP-5 � Radar Observer Original and Renewal: 5/2

SAR � Search and Rescue: 4/25
SEC-VCF � Security Officer, Vessel, Company & Facility: 5/9
SHS-BAS � Basic Shiphandling: 4/18, 6/20
SHS-EMR3 � Emergency Shiphandling for Pilots: 6/8
SHS-EMR5 � Emergency Shiphandling: 5/2

TPIC � Tankerman Person in Charge: 5/16

…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

April 2011

4-15     GMDSS
11-13   Security VCF
11-15   Basic Stability
18-22  Medical Care Provider
23rd    Medical DOT
18-29  Medical Person-in-Charge
25th    Radar Renewal
25-29  Basic Meteorology

May 2011

2-13    Basic Watchkeeping
16th    Radar Renewal
16-20  Medical Care Provider
16-27  Medical Person-In-Charge
17-18   Environmental Regulations/VGP
21st     Medical DOT
23-25  Fast Rescue Boat
23-27  ECDIS
23-27  Management, Communication, and Leadership
25th    Flashing Light

June 2011

2-3      Vessel Security Officer
6-24    Terrestrial and Coastal Navigation
13-24  GMDSS
20-22 Fast Rescue Boat
20-24 ECDIS
27-29  Emergency Procedures
30-1    Search and Rescue


MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 3-25-11

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
12,220.59 2,743.06 1,313.80
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund (VAARX)
57.24
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
120.98
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
43.83
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
19.66
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
18.89
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
27.17
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.72
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
32.73
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
5.80
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
16.71
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
22.83
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
14.25
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
20.12
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
11.95
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
12.74
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
13.01
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
13.57
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
14.00
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.55
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
33.03
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
18.34
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
15.80
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
19.00
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
10.56
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
74.59
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
72.85
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
19.24
 Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
47.22
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
30.78
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
29.85
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
11.44
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
12.14
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
13.96
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
14.22
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
14.26
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
8.33
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
9.77
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
10.75
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
40.35
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
46.67
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
31.28



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