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Wheelhouse Weekly – October 04, 2011

October 4th 2011

 

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Volume 15 . . . . . Number 40. . . . October 4, 2011

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MM&P CLOSED MONDAY OCT. 10 FOR COLUMBUS DAY

All MM&P union halls, the MM&P Health & Benefit Plans, the MM&P Federal Credit Union and MM&P headquarters will be closed on Monday, Oct. 10, for Columbus Day.


MEBA PICKETS LIBERTY MARITIME CORPORATION

After a contractual relationship lasting over twenty years, Liberty Maritime Corporation has declined to renew its collective bargaining agreement with the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (MEBA) aboard its five U.S.-flag dry bulk carriers. At issue is continued participation in the MEBA defined benefit pension plan, which has been long-recognized as providing the finest retirement security in the industry. On Oct. 1, 2011, Liberty Maritime entered into a contract with the American Maritime Officers (AMO), an organization that recently froze its defined benefit pension plan and replaced it with a defined contribution plan that shifts retirement plan risks from participating employers to individual ship’s officers. AMO has defended its decision to sign a contract with Liberty by pointing fingers at MEBA. In 2007, MEBA took over collective bargaining agreements formerly held by AMO on the Great Lakes.

It is outrageous that the maritime officers unions have been unable to cooperate to protect and improve hard-earned terms of employment, commented MM&P International President Tim Brown. Members suffer when one organization is played off against another. This should be a wake-up call to ships’ officers of all stripes.

Over the weekend, MEBA began picketing Liberty Maritime in the Port of Galveston. Further information will follow when it becomes available.


ILWU PRESIDENT CHARGED AFTER WILDCAT PROTEST

International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) President Bob McEllrath last week reported to authorities in Kelso, Wash., in response to charges stemming from last month’s wildcat protests over the controversial EGT grain terminal in Longview. Wildcat protests are demonstrations that are not authorized by the labor union to which the employees belong. The union says about 135 longshore workers and their supporters have been arrested this summer.

The EGT terminal, the first to be built on the West Coast in almost 25 years, is owned and operated by a consortium of three companies: Missouri-based Bungie, South Korea-based STX Pan Ocean and Japan-based Itochu Corp. After securing tax and land concessions from the local community, EGT signed an agreement with the Port of Longview that obligated EGT to staff the facility with ILWU members. EGT also negotiated directly with ILWU Local 21–then walked away from the talks and hired a subcontractor who employed some workers covered by an agreement with Operating Engineers Local 107. EGT is now suing the Port of Longview–and taxpayers–in court, claiming that they were never obligated to hire ILWU members despite signing agreements with the port and negotiating with ILWU Local 21. MM&P members joined other unions over the course of the summer in demonstrations outside the EGT facility to support the ILWU.

Today I’m standing with Longview’s longshore workers and their supporters who have been harshly punished for standing up to multinational bully EGT, said McEllrath as he reported to the authorities. The ILWU issued an official release saying that a protest had been organized up and down the West Coast to correspond with McEllrath’s surrender: All machinery and equipment in West Coast ports stopped for 15 minutes as McEllrath turned himself in, and the presidents of the local unions at the ports of Seattle, Tacoma, Portland and Vancouver accompanied him through the front door of the Hall of Justice, the union said in a statement. Also with McEllrath were representatives of the International Longshoremen’s Association, including ILA Vice President Ken Riley.


FIRST GRASSROOTS MARITIME ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING HELD

MM&P, MEBA and others in our industry have embarked on a nationwide grassroots campaign aimed at increasing awareness among members of Congress of the importance of the U.S.-flag merchant marine. The campaign is based on local Maritime Advisory Committees which will meet with members of Congress and their staffs on a regular basis. The first Maritime Advisory Committee meeting took place last week with Congressman Tim Bishop (D-N.Y). The participants included MM&P International President Tim Brown and International Secretary-Treasurer Don Marcus, and MEBA President Mike Jewell and Secretary-Treasurer Bill Van Loo. If you are interested in joining the campaign by participating in a local Maritime Advisory Committee, please contact MM&P Headquarters at communications@bridgedeck.org.


MILITARY SEALIFT COMMAND WELCOMES NEWEST T-AKE SHIP

Military Sealift Command (MSC) last week accepted delivery of dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS WILLIAM MCLEAN in a ceremony at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego. MM&P Licensed Deck Officers will sail aboard the 689-foot vessel, the 12th of 14 dry cargo/ammunition (T-AKE) ships scheduled for delivery to the Navy by the end of next year.

MSC plays such an important role in the support of the Navy, and the T-AKEs are the future of that role, said Capt. Robert Baus, McLean’s civil service master. It’s very exciting to be a part of this process. I have an outstanding crew, and we are all looking forward to getting underway for a mission.

Eleven of the dry cargo/ammunition ships are expected to serve in the Combat Logistics Force (CLF). The remaining three will be attached to maritime prepositioning squadrons, which strategically place combat cargo at sea for rapid delivery to military forces on land. When fully crewed, MCLEAN will have a crew of 124 civil service mariners and 11 Navy sailors. The ship will begin conducting CLF missions in the summer of 2012 following a series of sea trials.


HOT OFF THE PRESSES: THE SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER ISSUE OF THE MASTER, MATE & PILOT

The newest issue of The Master, Mate & Pilot will be in your mailbox soon. In the meantime, you can read the magazine on our website, www.bridgedeck.org. In this issue: MM&P and MIRAID fight for maritime jobs amidst partisan conflict in Washington, D.C.; heroic officers and crew of MLL SEALAND COMET travel 100 miles back into a typhoon to save a lone yachtsman; a victory for our union in Washington State, where Washington State Ferry captains voted in August in favor of MM&P representation in a state-imposed referendum; Harold Daggett elected as the new president of the International Longshoremen’s Association. Plus, MM&P FEMG members are in the news!


HUMANITARIAN AID CAMPAIGN FOR PIRACY VICTIMS LAUNCHED IN LONDON

A program to help seafarers and their families cope with the physical and mental trauma caused by torture and abuse at the hands of pirates was launched last week in London. OUIS Executive Director Ake Selander covered the event for MM&P. He reported that the new program is essential because pirates are now routinely using extreme brutality and the threat of death against seafarers and their relatives. The new Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Program (MPHRP) is intended to help seafarers and their families cope with the resulting pain and anguish.

The program is funded by the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), the Seafarers’ Trust and The TK Foundation. Its participants include ship owners, trade unions, managers, manning agents, insurers and welfare associations that represent the entire shipping industry. The group is chaired by Peter Swift, formerly managing director of the industry body INTERTANKO.

Its mission is to aid seafarers who have been or may be subject to pirate attack. Somali-based pirates now regularly treat hostage seafarers with extreme violence in order to put pressure on their families and/or employers to expedite their ransom demands. This includes phoning family members and making the seafarer plead for his life while he is abused and threatened with death, and filming this and posting it online for relatives to see.

Until now, there has been little coordinated help for those who are suffering, said MPHRP Program Manager Roy Paul of the ITF Seafarers’ Trust. Now that will change. We intend to build up a network of first responders and get psychosocial help for affected crews.

We have already been listening to seafarers and recording their experiences, he said. This will lay the foundation for new guides for seafarers, families and employers, for training in their use, and for building the networks of human and medical help that are now desperately needed. Among the speakers at the launch was Second Engineer Chirag Bahri, who was held hostage by pirates for eight months and was subjected to torture.


SENATE CANDIDATE CAMPAIGNS AGAINST JONES ACT

John Carroll, a former State Senator in Hawaii, has announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination to run for the United States Senate in 2012. What is most significant about his announcement is that Carroll wasted no time in basing his campaign on the repeal of the Jones Act. He claims that the Jones Act has a stranglehold on Hawaii and blamed it for driving the daily cost of living up for every resident of Hawaii.

It is essential that we have the resources to support candidates for office who will oppose individuals like John Carroll. We must be able to support candidates who are willing to stand up for American maritime jobs–for MM&P jobs–and fight against efforts to turn over our domestic trades to foreign ships and foreign mariners. It is important that each of us support our union’s Political Contribution Fund (PCF) so that we have the resources needed to fight back against those who would destroy the U.S.-flag merchant marine. For more information about the MM&P PCF, go to https://secure.bridgedeck.org/PCFLogin.asp


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OFFSHORE DIVISION ORIENTATION COURSE SCHEDULE

The Offshore Division Orientation course, formerly called the D-Book Membership Course, will be held: Oct. 12-13 in Los Angeles/Long Beach; Oct. 21-22 at MM&P headquarters in Linthicum Heights; and Nov. 8-9 in New Orleans. If sufficient showing of interest is demonstrated at other union halls, additional courses may be added to the schedule.

Under the changes to the shipping rules that were ratified by the membership in August, members who want to upgrade to a B-Book or an A-Book are now required to attend the course. It is also a pre-requisite for D-Book status. Applicants should take this course as soon as possible.

If you are interested in taking the course, please contact the local union hall or Mary Seidman at mseidman@bridgedeck.org.



COURSE EQUIVALENCIES FOR REQUIRED COMPANY TRAINING

Given the number of required company training courses, it is extremely important for new members to request a transcript review to determine whether they meet the course equivalency requirements. The courses that are eligible for equivalency are listed in the MITAGS Trust Student Guide located on http://www.mitags.org in the MM&P Member Section. You may also request a copy from Diane Ford (dford@mitags.org or call 443-989-3238). Remember, the dispatcher in the union hall cannot assign you a job unless you meet the company’s training requirements!


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

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

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: 10/17
 
AZIPOD (2-DAY) for Pilots: 10/13

BRM – Bridge Resource Management: 11/14

BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots:  11/28
 
BST – Basic Safety Training: 10/10

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 11/14
 
CMM-ADVNAV – Advanced Navigation (=ECDIS & VPEN): 10/31
 
CMM-CHS – Advanced Cargo Operations (2 weeks): 10/10
 
CMM-ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems: 12/5
 
CMM-MPP – Marine Propulsion Plants: 10/24
 
CMM-SHMGT – Ship Management (2 weeks): 12/5
 
CMM-SHS-ADV-I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 10/24, 11/7, 11/28
 
CMM-SHS-ADV-I I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 10/31, 11/14, 12/5
 
CMM-WKP – Advanced Watchkeeping: 11/28

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning: 11/10
 
CHS BAS – Basic Cargo Handing and Stowage: 10/31
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ECDIS-ENAV (2 DAY) for Pilots: 10/17
 
EP – Emergency Procedures: 10/19
 
ENVIRO-Regs Permit – Environmental Regulations Permit: 11/8
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FF-BADV – Combined Basic and Advanced Fire Fighting: 10/10
 
FSM – Fatigue, Sleep and Medications for Pilots: 10/19

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 11/28

LAP-ORG 3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3/Mate: 12/5
 
LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 10/17, 11/28

MEDIA-RSP – Media Response Workshop: 11/11
 
MED-PIC – Medical Person In Charge: 10/24
 
MED-PIC -R– Medical Person In Charge Refresher: 11/14

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 10/24
 
MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 10/29

MSC-CBRD1 – Basic Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense: 10/7
 
MSC -SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualification: 11/14

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 10/5, 10/19, 11/2, 11/16, 12/7, 12/14
 
ROP-5 – Radar Observer Original and Renewal: 11/7

SAR – Search & Rescue: 10/17
 
SEC-VCF – Security Officer, Vessel, Company & Facility: 11/7
 
SHS-BAS – Basic Shiphandling: 10/10, 12/12
 
SHS-ESH-BRMP3 – Emergency Shiphandling and Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 10/10
 
SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling: 10/17

C-NAV – Celestial Navigation: 11/7
 
…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
 
October 2011
 
10-14  ECDIS
11th         Flashing Light
12-13     Basic Environmental Awareness w/ Vessel General Permit
17th         Radar Renewal
17-21     Management, Communication, and Leadership
17-21     Basic Shiphandling
18-20  Security – Vessel, Company, and Facility
24-28 Basic Cargo Handling and Stowage


MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 9-30-11

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
10,913.38 2,418.46 1,131.42
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund (VAARX)
50.51
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
104.18
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
34.99
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
15.75
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
16.06
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
23.13
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
11.16
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
28.76
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
5.46
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
15.67
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
19.85
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
13.94
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
18.32
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
11.85
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
11.91
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
11.71
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
11.77
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
12.10
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
11.03
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
28.07
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
16.10
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
14.47
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
16.33
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
10.85
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
58.58
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
57.14
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
15.29
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
24.87
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
23.33
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
11.13
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
11.84
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
12.88
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
12.84
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
12.46
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
7.08
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
8.17
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
11.02
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
32.00
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
40.24
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
27.41



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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