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Wheelhouse Weekly – May 01, 2012

 

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Volume 16 . . . . . Number 18. . . .May 1, 2012

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NEW MM&P JOBS WITH APL

MM&P is pleased to announce that there will be new jobs for MM&P members at American President Lines (APL). Over the course of the next six months, this long-time MM&P employer will be replacing its four U.S.-flag C-10 Class vessels with four newer S-12 Class vessels as part of its Maritime Security Program (MSP) fleet. Two of the four S-12 Class vessels are currently under contract with the American Maritime Officers. These vessels, the MV CYPRINE and the MV PEARL, will join the MV AGATE and the MV CORAL under MM&P contract. The transfer of MSP vessels and the resulting terms of employment are in accordance with the existing collective bargaining agreement between MM&P and APL.

Although the C-10 Class ships–MV PRESIDENT ADAMS, MV PRESIDENT JACKSON, MV PRESIDENT POLK and MV PRESIDENT TRUMAN–will be leaving the MSP program, they are slated to remain in U.S.-flag operation under the terms of the MM&P-APL collective bargaining agreement for non-MSP vessels. These developments will result in a net gain of two ships under contract and will safeguard the jobs of all MM&P members currently employed aboard the vessels.


INSUFFICIENT SHIPBOARD MANNING FUELS FATIGUE, BOOSTS RISKS; U.S. MARITIME OFFICERS CALL ON CONGRESS TO TAKE ACTION

Burgeoning paperwork loads and regulatory duties are increasing the risk of maritime accidents worldwide. At a time when carriers have reduced crewing levels, ships’ officers are required to manage the workload generated by a rapidly expanding number of government regulations. Representatives of officers aboard U.S.-flag ships are calling on Congress to urgently review the situation and respond to the growing risks it entails for people, the environment and professional mariners–who are increasingly being held criminally liable for accidents.

“The criminalization of simple professional error–often the result of fatigue or excessive workload–is without justification when there is no oversight regarding the sufficiency of personnel available to carry out shipboard responsibilities,” says the MM&P International Secretary-Treasurer. “While the number of crewmembers has been reduced, the number of international, federal and state regulations that must be complied with and documented has grown exponentially.”

The MM&P official made the remarks in Congressional testimony April 26 before members of the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation. He spoke on behalf of members of MM&P, the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (MEBA) and the American Maritime Officers (AMO). Together, the three unions represent almost all the captains and licensed engineering and deck officers aboard U.S.-flag merchant vessels in the international trade.

“The choice is often between attending to the traditional duties that affect the safe operation of the ship or documenting compliance with a multitude of regulations,” the MM&P International Secretary-Treasurer told members of Congress. “Regrettably, paperwork and perfunctory reporting requirements are often prioritized at the expense of real safety.”

U.S. maritime officers are calling on Congress to direct the Coast Guard to conduct an assessment of fatigue and crewing levels based on the recommendations of independent professionals experienced in workplace fatigue. To read the testimony in its entirety, go to www.bridgedeck.org and click on “What’s New.”

Note: MM&P members are reminded that it is necessary to comply with all applicable international and federal rest requirements. If there are instances in which the level of work exceeds the permissible hours of duty, safety must be the priority and non-conformity reports must be submitted to the employer in accordance with the requirements of the International Ship Management Code.


PUERTO RICO HAS JONES ACT TO THANK FOR 20,000 FAMILY-SUPPORTING MARITIME JOBS, MM&P TELLS GAO

Representatives of MM&P met last week in San Juan with officials of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), a research arm of the federal government. Participants in the meeting included MM&P Pilot Group member Capt. Roberto Candelario, MM&P Puerto Rico Representative Eduardo Iglesias and MM&P International Counsel Gab Terrasa.

The meeting took place in the context of a study requested by a politician, Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi, who has asked the GAO to examine “the impact of the Jones Act on the economy of Puerto Rico.” The Jones Act is the body of law that requires that ships in America’s domestic trades be built in U.S. shipyards, crewed by U.S.-citizen mariners and operated by U.S. companies. Pierluisi says his goal is “to determine once and for all the impact the Jones Act has on our economy… [because] a broad array of economists in Puerto Rico have expressed concern that the Jones Act hinders the island’s economic growth…”

First off, the MM&P representatives told GAO that the Jones Act guarantees thousands of well-paying maritime jobs to residents of Puerto Rico. Candelario, who is president of the San Juan Pilots Association, then underlined the fact that only American maritime workers are subject to Department of Homeland Security background and security checks. Candelario pointed out that exempting Puerto Rico from the Jones Act would give access to the island’s waterways and ports to foreign companies and foreign maritime workers not subject to U.S. background and security checks.

Transportation costs of Jones Act ships do not have a significant influence on the final market price of goods in Puerto Rico, the three MM&P representatives told GAO. In the U.S. Virgin Islands, for example, market prices of U.S. manufactured goods are comparable to or higher than those in Puerto Rico. The Virgin Islands, which are part of the United States and in close proximity to Puerto Rico, are outside the Jones Act and open to foreign shipping.

Candelario, Iglesias and Terrasa told the GAO officials that higher market prices in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands compared to mainland U.S. prices are due to a lack of economy of scale in the distribution system and control of the distribution system by a limited number of suppliers. 

“We don’t believe the final market prices of goods going into or out of Puerto Rico would be significantly changed if U.S. ships were replaced by foreign-flagged ships,” Candelario said. “The major impact would be to shift wages, profits, taxes and the economic contributions of U.S. jobs into the hands of foreign interests–to the detriment of the U.S. economy and U.S. jobs.”


NMC ADDS NEW FEATURE TO E-MAIL NOTIFICATION SERVICE

The National Maritime Center (NMC) says it has added a new feature to its automated e-mail system. Mariners who have provided the agency with an e-mail address will now receive an e-mail notification 90 days prior to the expiration of their Merchant Mariner Credential, License, Merchant Mariner Document or Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping.

The agency asks those who want to continue receiving its e-mails to check their e-mail settings to ensure their systems do not block or automatically delete messages from: donotreply_MMLD_NOTIFICATION@uscg.mil. It encourages anyone with questions to contact it at IASKNMC@uscg.mil or 888-427-5662. NMC continues to solicit feedback on its performance via an online survey that can be accessed on its web page by clicking on the “Online Survey” tab in the left-hand column.


GOVERNMENT CONTRACT VESSEL EMPLOYMENT

Patriot Contract Services is currently seeking resumes for specific government RFPs (“requests-for-proposal”). All licensed deck officers who have experience and/or qualifications for service aboard Military Sealift Command or other government contract vessels are encouraged to send in their resumes.

Early identification of potential officers is important because TOP SECRET and/or SECRET security clearance and specialized training certification are required. Please send your resume, including most recent training, to Patriot Contract Services and MM&P via e-mail to the following contacts:

Michael Gillihan, Logistics Manager: michael.gillihan@asmhq.com or fax to (866) 349-2297.

MM&P Offshore Vice President-Gulf Ports, wfarthing@bridgedeck.org or fax to (281) 464-9652.

Note: MM&P licensed deck officers are urged to keep up their government training to remain eligible for employment aboard vessels in the MM&P government contract fleet. Of particular importance are small arms training, damage control and CBRD-level 1.


PIRATES RELEASE CHEMICAL TANKER ENRICO IEVOLI

Somali pirates last week released the chemical tanker ENRICO IEVOLI. The ship had been seized off the coast of Oman last Dec. 27 with 18 crewmembers on board after departing the United Arab Emirates. There was no word on the condition of the crewmembers, reported to be heading to Djibouti aboard an Italian military vessel.


MORE PIRATE ATTACKS REPORTED IN WEST AFRICA

The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) has reported a growing number of pirate attacks off the coast of West Africa: during the first quarter of 2012, there were a total of 11 reports from Nigeria and Benin, the same number as for all of 2011.

Overall, IMB recorded 102 incidents of piracy and armed robbery in the first quarter of 2012. Eleven vessels were hijacked, with 212 crewmembers taken hostage and four killed. An additional 45 vessels were boarded, with 32 attempted attacks and 14 vessels fired on by Somali or Nigerian pirates. At least six of the 11 reported incidents in Nigeria occurred at distances greater than 70 nautical miles from the coast, often by fishing vessels used as mother ships. The increase in the number of pirate attacks in West Africa has been coupled with a decrease in the number of attacks off the coast of Somalia.


NATIONAL MARITIME DAY OBSERVANCE IN SAN PEDRO ON MAY 22

The 2012 National Maritime Day Observance and Memorial Service in San Pedro, Calif., begins at 11 a.m. on May 22 at the foot of Sixth Street at the American Merchant Marine Veterans Memorial. The service will be followed by a luncheon at the nearby Ports O’Call Restaurant. For more information, please call Paul Nielsen at 310-325-3506.


INDUSTRY VIPS TO SPEAK AT MARITIME EXECUTIVE CONFERENCE MAY 7-8

The agenda for the May 7-8 conference on strategies for the future of the U.S.-flag maritime industry features experts on maritime policy, law, infrastructure and funding. The speakers and panelists will address topics that include: why short sea shipping makes sense for America: how public/private partnerships will be key to maritime industry job creation; and how the next generation of Jones Act vessels and related infrastructure can be funded. To read the entire agenda, and to register for the event, go to: http://tiny.cc/marex


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): May 29-30 in New Orleans; May 30-31 in Charleston; 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.

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.


THREE DEAD, ONE MISSING IN WEST COAST YACHT RACE

The Associated Press reports that a yacht participating in a race off California and Mexico apparently collided during the night of Aug. 26 with a much larger vessel, in an accident that left three crewmembers dead and one missing. The 37-foot AEGEAN was reported missing Saturday during the 125-mile Newport, Calif., to Ensenada, Mexico, yacht race. Officials of the sailing organization that sponsored the race said they believe the small boat was hit by a freighter. When the accident occurred, conditions were said to be fine for sailing, with good visibility and moderate swells.


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: 5/21, 6/11

AIS-1 – Automatic Identification Systems (one day): 5/10, 6/6

BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots:  5/9, 6/7

BST – Basic Safety Training: 6/25

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 6/11

CMM-ADVNAV – Advanced Navigation (=ECDIS & VPEN):  5/14

CMM-ADVSTB – Advanced Stability: 6/25

CMM-ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems: 5/21

CMM-MPP – Marine Propulsion Plants: 6/4

CMM-SHS-ADV-I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 5/14, 6/11

CMM-SHS-ADV-I I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 5/21, 6/18

CMM-WKP – Advanced Watchkeeping: 6/18

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning: 5/11

ECDIS-ENAV (2 DAY) for Pilots: 6/4

ENVIRO-Regs Permit – Environmental Regulations Permit: 5/21

FF-BADV – Combined Basic and Advanced Fire Fighting: 6/25

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep and Medications for Pilots: 6/6

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

LAP-ORG 3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3/Mate: 6/4

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 5/9

MED-PIC – Medical Person In Charge: 6/11

MED-PIC -R– Medical Person In Charge Refresher: 5/14

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 6/11

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

MSC -SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualification: 6/4

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

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic): 6/8

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 5/2, 5/6, 6/13, 6/27

SEC-VCF – Security Officer, Vessel, Company & Facility: 5/7

SHS-BAS – Basic Shiphandling: 5/14, 6/25

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling: 5/7

TPIC-DL – Tankerman Person In Charge Dangerous Liquids: 5/21

…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.
 
May 2012

1-4          ARPA
7-11       Bridge Resource Management w/ Simulation
7-18       GMDSS
14-18     ECDIS
14-1       Terrestrial and Coastal Navigation w/ Compasses
21-25     Radar Observer Unlimited
22-24     Security Officer – Vessel, Company, and Facility

June 2012

4-6          Emergency Procedures
4-22       Terrestrial and Coastal Navigation w/ Compasses
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 4-27-12

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
13,177.00 2,741.00 1,399.70
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund (VAARX)
56.17
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
129.45
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
45.01
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
18.53
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
20.46
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
28.75
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
11.04
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
36.62
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
5.86
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
17.03
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
23.17
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
14.53
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
20.62
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
12.33
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
13.20
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
13.37
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
13.83
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
14.27
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
11.03
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
35.12
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
19.88
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
16.10
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
20.56
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
10.98
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
72.94
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
72.22
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
19.04
Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
50.27
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
28.48
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
29.87
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
11.63
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
12.33
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
14.02
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
14.18
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
14.07
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
8.14
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
9.49
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
11.07
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
40.15
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
49.78
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
34.20



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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