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Wheelhouse Weekly – May 22, 2012

 

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Volume 16 . . . . . Number 21. . . .May 22, 2012

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MM&P HOLIDAY CLOSINGS

All MM&P union halls, the MM&P Health & Benefit Plans, MM&P headquarters andthe MM&P Federal Credit Union will be closed on Monday, May 28, for MemorialDay.


KEY LAWMAKERS URGE JONES ACT SUPPORT

In a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, a bipartisan group of representatives has called for a reaffirmation of the Administration’s support of the Jones Act. The Congressional communication, spearheaded by Rep. Jeff Landry (La.) and signed by 14 of his colleagues, was intended to coincide with the President’s proclamation declaring May 18as “National Defense Transportation Day.”

“The Jones Act is an important piece of our defense transportation networkas it helps ensure that our military can deploy to far corners of theglobe,” the lawmakers wrote. “During Operation Enduring Freedom andOperation Iraqi Freedom, privately owned domestic vessels helped move 90percent of all Iraq and Afghanistan-bound cargo.”

“A strong statement of support for the Jones Act from the official primarilycharged with defending our homeland is a necessary and appropriate way tocommemorate National Defense Transportation Day,” the lawmakers wrote.

Joining Landry in signing the letter were Reps. Tim Bishop (N.Y.), BillCassidy (La.), Elijah Cummings (Md.), Colleen Hanabusa (Hawaii), MazieHirono (Hawaii), Rick Larsen (Wash.), Frank LoBiondo (N.J.), Ed Markey(Mass.), Steve Palazzo (Miss.), Nick Rahall (W.Va.), Steve Scalise (La.),Adam Smith (Wash.), Steve Southerland (Fla.) and Don Young (Alaska).


REP. RICK LARSEN CALLS ON ADMINISTRATION TO ADHERE TO JONES ACT IF STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE IS TAPPED

The Administration should adhere to the Jones Act and require that any oilreleased from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) be carried by U.S.-flagvessels, Rep. Rick Larsen (Wash.) said last week. Larsen, the ranking memberof the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, hasrecommended an oversight hearing on how the Administration plans to protectAmerican jobs if the SPR is tapped.

“At a time when far too many Americans remain unemployed, we must make surethat any oil released from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve is carried onU.S.-built, U.S.-owned and U.S.-crewed vessels,” Larsen said. “The JonesAct’s restriction that waterborne cargo between two points in the UnitedStates be carried on American vessels is a sensible requirement thatprotects American jobs and ensures that the U.S. maritime industry remains avibrant contributor to our national security and our economy.”


PRESIDENT OBAMA SIGNS EXPORT-IMPORT BANK REAUTHORIZATION BILL

In a major victory for U.S. manufacturers, America’s maritime industry andAmerican workers, Congress approved and President Obama has signedlegislation reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank of the United States untilMay 2015 and increasing its lending ceiling from $100 billion to $140billion. The bank provides financing to encourage the purchase of U.S.manufactured products for export. A portion of the products financed by theExport-Import Bank must be transported to their overseas destination byprivately owned U.S.-flag commercial vessels, providing an important sourceof cargo for the U.S.-flag fleet.


FINAL MSC DRY CARGO/AMMUNITION SHIP CHRISTENED IN SAN DIEGO

Military Sealift Command ship USNS CESAR CHAVEZ (T-AKE 14) was christenedearlier this month in a ceremony at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard inSan Diego. The 689-foot CHAVEZ continues the Lewis and Clark-class traditionof honoring legendary pioneers and explorers, in this case Cesar Chavez, theAmerican farm worker, labor leader and civil rights activist who co-foundedthe National Farm Workers Association, which later became the United FarmWorkers.

CHAVEZ, the 14th and final dry cargo/ammunition ship, is slated for use byMSC’s Combat Logistics Force, which delivers ammunition, food, fuel andother supplies to U.S. and allied ships at sea. Two T-AKEs are beingassigned to MSC’s maritime prepositioning ship squadrons, which are deployedto strategic locations worldwide, carrying U.S. Marine Corps cargo ready forrapid delivery to marines ashore.

Civil service mariners who belong to the MM&P Federal Employees MembershipGroup sail in the wheelhouses of the T-AKE ships. “Being the first master ofthis ship is a real honor for me,” said MM&P member Capt. Keith Walzak,CHAVEZ’s civil service master. “I’m excited to lead this great crew and tofollow in the footsteps of the example set by a great leader, Cesar Chavez.”USNS CHAVEZ is scheduled for delivery to MSC in November.


USS ESSEX COLLIDES WITH USNS YUKON

The Navy assault ship USS ESSEX collided with USNS YUKON on May 15 about 120miles off the coast of California. The ESSEX was pulling alongside USNSYUKON for a routine refueling stop when it collided with the supply ship.There were no injuries, officials said, and although there was some damageto both vessels, no fuel was spilled.

ESSEX had missed previous commitments because of maintenance issues and theAssociated Press reports that the collision was caused by “a steeringmalfunction” aboard the ship, which was on its way to San Diego after 12years of deployment in the Pacific. ESSEX had been based at Sasebo, Japan,and was carrying a crew of 982.

USNS YUKON has a crew of 82, including 78 civil service mariners, among themmembers of the MM&P Federal Employees Membership Group. YUKON’s civilservice master is Capt. Nate Smith.


636 UNION MEMBERS WHO DIED ON SEPT. 11 INDUCTED INTO LABOR HALL OF FAME

More than 600 union members who perished on Sept. 11, 2001 have beeninducted as a group into Labor’s International Hall of Fame. Overall, one infive of those who died in the terrorist attacks were union members.

“We are extremely proud to be able to honor the legacy of these true heroesof American history,” the members of Labor’s International Hall of FameExecutive Board said in an official statement. “Many of those who perishedon Sept. 11 were serving the American public.” The 9/11 death toll of unionmembers includes 343 New York fire fighters, 60 police officers and another73 people who died trapped in the Windows on the World Restaurant on the topfloor of the Trade Center’s North Tower. Flight attendants and airlinepilots were among those killed on four planes used as weapons by theterrorists.


GOVERNMENT CONTRACT VESSEL EMPLOYMENT

Patriot Contract Services is seeking resumes for the LMSR program. Allactive and retired licensed deck officers who are interested in permanent orrelief work are asked to send their resumes, including most recent trainingcourses, to Patriot Contract Services Crewing Manager Michael Gillihan:crewing@asmhq.com; or by fax (866) 349-2297.


JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENGINEERS ON THE GREAT LAKES

There are job openings for DDEs and unlimited HP engineers on the GreatLakes. If you are interested, please contact the MM&P Great Lakes Hall at(216) 776-1667 or send an e-mail to cmalue@bridgedeck.org.


NAVAL FORCES RETAKE TWO PIRATE MOTHERSHIPS

A NATO spokesperson said last week that an allied warship had intercepted adhow which was functioning as a pirate mothership in the Arabian Sea. NATOforces discovered 14 suspected pirates and seven Yemeni hostages on board.The spokesperson said the pirates’ weapons were destroyed and the dhowreturned to the control of the Yemeni crew.

A spokesperson for European Union naval forces said last week that an EUwarship had intercepted a second dhow off the coast of Somalia. Officersfound 11 pirates and 17 Iranian fishermen on board. The weapons weredisposed of and the dhow was returned to the control of the Iranianfishermen.


AMERICAN MERCHANT MARINE VETERANS OF WWII AT MITAGS JUNE 3-6

The American Merchant Marine Veterans of World War II will hold theirconvention this year at the Maritime Institute of Graduate Studies (MITAGS)on June 3-6. The schedule includes a tour of the Liberty ship SS JOHN W.BROWN.


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 changedepending on the number of participants who sign up): May 29-30 in NewOrleans; 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. TheOffshore Familiarization Course, May 30-31 in Charleston is postponed andwill be rescheduled (depending on continued interest) for a later date.

There is no sea-time requirement to take the course. All Offshoreapplicants, potential transferees from other membership groups and otherinterested Offshore members are urged to attend.

If you want to attend the course, please RSVP to the local hiring hall wherethe class is offered or, in the case of a course planned for headquarters,to MM&P Membership Secretary Mary Seidman: mseidman@bridgedeck.org.


COSTA CONCORDIA SALVAGE DETAILS ANNOUNCED

Salvage teams will take a year or longer to remove the COSTA CONCORDIA fromthe waters off Giglio Island, it was announced last week. The salvageoperation, which is expected to cost at least $300 million, will employmassive air tanks and cranes. Spokespersons for the two contractors, theAmerican firm Titan Salvage and an Italian company, Micoperi MarineContractors, say removal of the giant ship will be the largest refloatproject in history. Two cranes attached to an underwater platform will pullthe ship upright. Large, water-filled tanks will be fitted on the part abovewater. Once the ship is upright, tanks will be fitted to the other side ofthe hull and then all the tanks will be emptied and filled with air torefloat the wreck.


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

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

BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots:  6/7

BST – Basic Safety Training: 6/25

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 6/11

CMM-ADVSTB – Advanced Stability: 6/25

CMM-MPP – Marine Propulsion Plants: 6/4

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

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

CMM-WKP – Advanced Watchkeeping: 6/18

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

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

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

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: 6/13, 6/27

SHS-BAS – Basic Shiphandling: 6/25

…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

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 5-11-12

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
12,369.38 2,778.79 1,295.22
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund (VAARX)
56.17
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
119.70
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
40.61
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
16.49
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
18.54
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
26.58
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
11.06
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
33.52
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
5.80
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
16.49
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
21.56
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
14.35
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
19.57
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
12.33
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
12.58
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
12.54
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
12.78
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
13.14
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
11.09
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
32.33
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
18.22
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
15.43
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
18.89
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
10.98
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
65.95
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
65.36
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
17.83
Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
44.91
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
25.80
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
26.62
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
11.42
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
12.08
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
13.40
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
13.44
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
13.16
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
7.53
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
8.74
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
11.09
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
36.28
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
46.03
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
31.18



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