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Wheelhouse Weekly – September 06, 2010

September 6th 2010

 

– Bridging the Information Gap With E-News You Can Use –

Volume 14 . . . . . Number 36. . . .September 6, 2010

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ALL MM&P OFFICES CLOSED FOR LABOR DAY

MM&P union halls, MM&P headquarters, MM&P Plans and the MM&P Federal Credit Union are closed on Monday, Sept. 6, in honor of Labor Day.

The first Labor Day parade was held in New York City on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 1882. After that, the parade took place every year, but not always on a Monday, until a group of states and then Congress settled on the first Monday in September. “Those first parades were really protest rallies for the adoption of the 8-hour day,” writes author Ted Watts. To participate in the march, workers had to give up a day’s pay. Watts has written a booklet, “The First Labor Day Parade,” which is available from the Illinois Labor History Society for $5.00.


ADVOCATE FOR A STRONG COAST GUARD BILL THAT BENEFITS YOU!

Legislation pending in Congress would bring about a number of legal and regulatory improvements that would benefit MM&P members and all professional mariners. Included in the bill are provisions that would: put the medical review process for document renewal back into the hands of trained medical professionals; streamline the application approval process for the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC); facilitate access to shore leave; stop states and localities from requiring redundant background checks and duplicative security credentials; create a new workforce development program aimed at helping working mariners who don’t qualify for traditional student loan programs.

The Coast Guard bill is now being negotiated in Congress. Please write your senators and representatives today to urge passage of the bill. The AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department has prepared an extremely easy, streamlined online process that allows you to contact both your senators and your representative in just a few minutes. To send a message to Congress urging passage of this important bill, please go to http://tiny.cc/hrsgw today.


LABORERS RETURN TO AFL-CIO, CITING NEED TO UNIFY AMERICAN LABOR MOVEMENT

The Laborers Union of North America (LIUNA) has announced it is re-affiliating with the AFL-CIO effective Oct. 1. “Despite the historic success of the 2008 federal elections, too much is not getting done on Capitol Hill,” said LIUNA President Terence O’Sullivan in an official statement. “A united union movement can better focus Congress–and particularly the U.S. Senate–on helping to lead our nation, rather than being locked in inaction.”

LIUNA disaffiliated from the AFL-CIO in June 2006. At that time, the union expressed hope for an eventual reunification. It has continued to organize much of its political efforts through the AFL-CIO and has been engaged in discussions about reunification for some time.


DANISH WARSHIP CAPTURES, THEN FREES PIRATES

Danish authorities have announced that the warship ESBERN SNARRE in August detained but then released a group of pirates which had attacked two cargo ships. The warship had been called to assist the Panamanian-flagged MV CARIBBEAN CARRIER after it reported being under attack. Pirates also attacked the Norwegian MV HOEGH OSLO. A military detachment from the Danish warship discovered knives and ammunition shells onboard the pirate skiffs. There was no explanation as to why the pirates had been released.


SUPPORT THE FIGHT AGAINST PIRACY! PLEASE SIGN THE ONLINE ITF PETITION

Your support is urgently needed. Please visit http://tiny.cc/nteo9 today to sign the international anti-piracy petition that will be delivered to world governments on Sept. 23. The petition, which is being promoted by a global coalition of labor unions and shipping organizations, demands stronger action from governments to stop piracy. The sponsoring group includes the International Transport Workers Federation, of which MM&P is a member, and the International Chamber of Shipping. The coalition is hoping to gather more than half a million signatures by Sept. 23, which is World Maritime Day.

The petition demands that governments “dedicate significant resources and work to find real solutions to the growing piracy problem, take immediate steps to secure the release and safe return of kidnapped seafarers to their families and work within the international community to secure a stable and peaceful future for Somalia and its people.”


MM&P MEMBERS AT SHAVER TRANSPORTATION ARE IN THE NEWS!

Professional Mariner magazine accompanied the Shaver Transportation tug WILLAMETTE on parts of a recent journey from Portland, Ore., to Almota, Wash. The result was a cover story in the magazine’s July-August issue, “Towing on the Great River of the West,” that featured photos of members of the MM&P United Inland Group-Pacific Maritime Region.

At the wheel of the 91-foot z-drive combination ship-assist/pushboat was Capt. Gary Setvin, who was maneuvering the WILLAMETTE and four barges on the 325-mile journey. “The wind is everything to us,” Setvin told writer Brian Gauvin as the 615-foot-long unit traversed Lake Umatilla, also known as the John Day Pool. “When it blows from the west in here, it’s big,” Setvin said. Also aboard the WILLAMETTE at the time and photographed for the magazine article were Mate Michael Rike and deck hands Clifford Austin and Phil Jackson. Portland-based Shaver Transportation is a family-run, family-owned business which owns 10 tugs, four of them z-drives like the WILLAMETTE, and 16 grain barges.  


U.S. OPENS PROBE OF LAST WEEK’S FIRE ON OFFSHORE DRILLING PLATFORM

The agency that oversees offshore drilling will investigate the fire that broke out last Thursday on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico. The accident took place five months after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that killed 11 people and caused the worst offshore oil spill in the nation’s history. This time no one was killed and the Coast Guard said no crude was leaking. A spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, says his agency will work with the Coast Guard to investigate the fire. The oil platform is owned by Houston-based Mariner Energy Inc. All 13 crew members jumped into the water wearing immersion suits. They were rescued by helicopter and by the crew of an offshore supply vessel. The rig and platform are situated in 104 m-deep water on Vermilion Block 380 off Grand Isle in Louisiana.


REP. CUMMINGS WANTS MORE STUDIES OF GULF OF MEXICO WATERS IN WAKE OF BP SPILL

Congressman Elijah Cummings has called on his colleagues in Congress to continue investigations into how much oil remains in the Gulf of Mexico following BP’s catastrophic Deepwater Horizon spill. Cummings says the public needs more information about whether the remaining oil poses threats to the environment and to consumers of Gulf seafood.

Cummings has pointed out that although federal officials claim that as much as three-quarters of the oil that spilled into the Gulf has been ‘cleaned up or chemically dispersed, or naturally deteriorated, evaporated or dissolved,’ other media reports indicate that scientists have found extensive plumes of oil lingering below the water’s surface.

Cummings wants hearings on the extent of the remaining pollution, as well as on reports that BP is requiring scientists under contract to sign confidentiality agreements that compel them to withhold their research findings from the public.


2010 MID-TERM ELECTION NEWS: LIST OF CONGRESSMEN AND SENATORS FIGHTING TO PROTECT OUR JOBS NOW ON WWW.BRIDGEDECK.ORG

The names of congressmen and senators who have supported MM&P and the other maritime unions in the ongoing fight to protect the jobs of American maritime workers have been posted in the Members Only pages of www.bridgedeck.org. Just click on the “Who We Support” link to see a clickable state-by-state listing of the legislators who have received support in this election from the MM&P Political Contribution Fund (PCF) and the International Longshoremen’s Association Committee on Political Education (COPE).


BIG DISCOUNTS FOR UNION MEMBERS ON RENTAL CARS

The AFL-CIO has negotiated substantial discounts for union members on rental cars. To take advantage of the discounted rates available to union members through the AFL-CIO Car Rental Program, just enter the discount codes in the appropriate spaces when reserving your car. The AFL-CIO does not advocate use of one vendor over another. It is continuing to negotiate with other car rental companies on behalf of union members and will be happy to share the cost savings with MM&P members as soon as possible. At present, the discounts are available through Dollar, Enterprise/National, Hertz and Thrifty. The discount codes are: Dollar CD – TB6391; Thrifty CD – 0010205725; Enterprise/National – XZ16076; Hertz CP-ID – 1216760.


COME TO THE LOS ANGELES LABOR DAY MARCH!

The Los Angeles Labor Day March will be held on Monday, Sept. 6. Thousands of union members and their families attend the march every year to demonstrate their support for America’s working families and our country’s labor unions. As is our proud tradition, this year once again the Masters, Mates & Pilots will march shoulder to shoulder with the members of our fellow deep sea unions. All MM&P members, applicants and their families are encouraged to attend the march. The MM&P hall will be open by 0830. At 0900, we will begin the walk to the assembly area. Enjoy a fun morning with your shipmates and show your union pride! Join us as we march in Los Angeles Sept. 6 in honor of Labor Day.


SHIP OPERATIONS COOPERATIVE (SOCP) WILL HOLD OPEN MEETING ON STCW REVISIONS AT MITAGS SEPT. 8-9

The Ship Operations Cooperative Program (SOCP) invites everyone to take part in its summer 2010 meeting at the Maritime Institute of Technology & Graduate Studies (MITAGS) in Linthicum Heights, Md. There are no membership requirements to attend. 

This public session will provide maritime professionals, members of labor unions, seafarers, training institutions and regulatory representatives the opportunity to participate in working groups focused on the development of performance measures to assess mariner competencies listed in the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW),1978, as amended in 1995, and again in June 2010.

The working groups will focus on generating recommendations on the assessments of “performance conditions” and “behaviors,” as well as on the “criteria” for the Code’s tables of competencies. The work products generated will be forwarded to the Coast Guard. The size of each working group may be limited to ensure the groups remain at a manageable size, so please be flexible. Volunteers for working group chairpersons are being accepted and should be forwarded to Glen Paine: gpaine@mitags.org.

There is no charge for attending or participating in the working groups. However, participants must register for the event at the SOCP website, www.socp.us, under Upcoming Events. Please indicate whether you would like to participate in a specific working group to ensure ample seating.

Hotel accommodations are being made available for attendees at the MITAGS Conference Center. The room rate is $168/night and includes all meals.  Day attendees may purchase lunch and break service tickets at the front desk for $20. To make an online reservation please go to www.ccmit.org, click the [RESERVATION] icon on the home page, then select the [Group] icon on the reservation page.  Enter the following codes:

Group ID – 16439
Password – 1298

You may also e-mail a reservation to reservations@ccmit.org or call 866-900-3517. For day participants, lunch tickets can be purchased at the front desk. For directions, please visit www.mitags.org. For questions please contact Kumar Samanta via e-mail at programadmin@socp.us or by calling (301) 440-1936.


MM&P OFFSHORE DIVISION SHIPPING AND WORK RULES COMMITTEE MEETS OCT. 19-21

The Offshore Division Shipping and Work Rules Committee is scheduled to meet at MM&P headquarters in Linthicum Heights Oct. 19-21. During the meeting, the committee will address the Offshore Division Shipping Rules and Work Rules. Please submit recommendations for rule changes by Tuesday, Oct. 5 at the latest, to the Offshore Division Shipping and Work Rules Committee c/o the International Secretary-Treasurer.

Procedure for Submitting Items to Amend Offshore Shipping & Work Rules

All Shipping & Work Rule changes for consideration by the Rules Committee must be submitted to the International Secretary-Treasurer no later than at least ten (10) days prior to the first day of the Rules Committee meetings. Submissions must include the following to be accepted for submission by the Rules Committee: the page number of the proposed change/addition; the section heading of the Rule being changed; the paragraph (ex: 2. (a) (iii) ¶3 etc.) to be changed; the wording of the change/addition; the purpose of the change/addition; the name(s) of the submitter(s).

Resolutions received after the cut-off date will be considered for submission by the Rules Committee on a case-by-case basis. The cut-off date for submitting resolutions to the Rules Committee is Oct, 5, 2010. If you are interested in serving on the Rules Committee, contact your area Vice President.


SIX MISSING AFTER CHINESE CARGO SHIP SINKS

A Chinese cargo ship, HUA CHI 8, sank off the coast of Zhejiang province on Friday after a collision with a French-flagged VLCC, the FLANDRE. At the time of this writing, six crewmembers aboard the Chinese ship were missing and presumed dead. Bad weather is being blamed for the accident.


CANADIAN COAST GUARD RESCUES PASSENGERS FROM ARCTIC CRUISE SHIP

Crewmembers of the Canadian Coast Guard vessel AMUNDSEN disembarked 128 tourists and 69 crewmembers on Aug. 28 from the MV CLIPPER ADVENTURER, after the ship ran aground on an uncharted rock at 67 58 N 112 40 W. No one was injured in the accident, which took place while the vessel was en route from Port Epworth to Kugluktuk.


SEVENTEEN SAVED AFTER TURKISH SHIP SINKS

The MEDY, a Turkish ship carrying a load of scrap metal, sank last Wednesday in the Black Sea off the coast of Romania. All 17 crew members were rescued by the Romanian Coast Guard. The ship had left the port of Constanta on Wednesday morning. A few hours later, the crew called for help, reporting that the vessel was listing. The authorities say bad weather was responsible for the accident.


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

Between now and the end of September 2010, the following courses are scheduled at MITAGS.  For class availability or information on MITAGS courses and programs, contact admissions toll free at 866-656-5568 or e-mail: admissions@mitags.org.

BRM- Bridge Resource Management: 9/27

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 9/13

CMM-ADVSTB – Advanced Stability: 9/20

CMM-CHS I – Advanced Cargo Operations (week 1): 9/27

CMM-SHS-ADV-I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 9/13, 9/27

CMM-SHS-ADV-I I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 9/20


EP – Emergency Procedures: 9/15

[LAP – Must be USCG Approved for the Licensing Test to attend]

LAP – License Advancement Program for Chief Mate & Master: 9/20

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 9/14, 9/20

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 9/27

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 9/27

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 10/2


SAR – Search and Rescue: 9/13

SHS-BAS – Basic Shiphandling: 8/30

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 9/27

WKP-BAS – Basic Watchkeeping: 9/27

WX-BAS – Basic Meteorology: 9/20

…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

September 2010

7-17   Celestial Navigation
13       Security Refresher
13-24  GMDSS
14-16  Security VCF
20-24  Basic Construction & Stability
20-22  Fast Rescue Boat
27       Radar Renewal
27-1   Basic Shiphandling
27-1   ECDIS

October 2010

4-8       Tankerman Person-in-Charge
4-15      Basic Watchkeeping with BRM
11-22    GMDSS
12-15    ARPA
18-29   Celestial Navigation
18-22   Medical Care Provider
18-29   Medical Person-in-Charge
23         Med DOT
25-27   Fast Rescue Boat
27         Radar Renewal


MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 9-3-10

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
10,447.93 2,233.75 1,104.51
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund (VAARX)
50.34
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
102.07
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
34.45
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
17.09
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
15.23
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
22.84
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
11.05
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
27.04
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
5.60
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
15.68
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
19.92
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
13.90
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
18.23
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
11.47
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
11.71
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
11.60
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
11.78
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
12.19
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.82
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
27.51
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
15.27
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
14.25
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
15.74
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
10.68
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
61.47
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
59.46
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
16.09
 Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
37.84
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
26.84
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
23.78
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
11.00
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
11.67
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
12.75
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
12.72
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
12.46
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
7.16
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
8.30
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
11.00
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
31.96
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
39.23
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
25.97



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