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Wheelhouse Weekly – April 05, 2010

April 5th 2010

 

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

Volume 14 . . . . . Number 14. . . .April 5, 2010

STORIES COVERED

REMINDERS

MM&P FCU News

MM&P Health & Benefit Plan News

Meet Our New Prescription Benefit Manager, PHARMACARE

Notice to MM&P Health & Benefit Plan Participants

WWII USCG Veterans Outreach

Company Gives Bucks Back for buying Safe Shoes

Website Offers Union-Made Goods and Services



Did you miss a week? Back editions of the Wheelhouse Weekly are available in the section.


INTERNATIONAL TRANSPORT WORKERS FEDERATION LAUNCHES ANTIPIRACY CAMPAIGN

Delegates to the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) meeting in Berlin last month launched a campaign to persuade world governments to work harder to end the growing problem of piracy off the coast of Somalia. As part of the campaign, the ITF will deliver 500,000 signatures to governments by World Maritime Day, Sept. 23.

The delegates took the opportunity to reiterate the ITF’s staunch opposition to arming seafarers. They also voted “to support the inclusion, where appropriate, of armed military personnel on ships.”

The delegates expressed grave concerns over attempts to prevent the payment of ransoms, affirming that it is the duty of ship owners and flag states to take all necessary measures to swiftly reunite kidnapped seafarers with their families.


FISHERMEN RESCUED AFTER PIRATE ATTACK

The Spanish warship NAVARRA has reported the rescue, at the end of March, of the crewmembers of an Iranian fishing boat who had been left to die by pirates who attacked their vessel and robbed them. The 13-man crew had been left without food, water or fuel. The crewmembers were on deck, waving their arms and signaling for help as a helicopter from NAVARRA approached. They had been drinking sea water. NAVARRA provided the crew with food, water and ample fuel to get to shore.


NEW PHOTOS OF OUR MEMBERS ON THE MM&P HOME PAGE!

Photos of men and women in every MM&P membership group have been posted on our home page, www.bridgedeck.org, as part of a “flash” film sequence. The new photos depict: Great Lakes & Rivers members on the MANITOWOC, MANISTEE and MAUMEE; Offshore members on the GREEN RIDGE; MM&P members marching in the Los Angeles Labor Day Parade; MAERSK ships KENTUCKY, WISCONSIN, ALABAMA and ALLIANCE CHARLESTON; Crowley ATB SEA RELIANCE/550-1; the new Blue and Gold Lines ferry GEMINI; ILA members in Cleveland with MM&P Great Lakes Rep Charlie Malue and United Inland Group VP Mike Murray; officers of the Alaska Marine Highway System ferry TAKU; Association of Maryland Pilots boat PATUXENT; Sandy Hook Pilots station boat NEW YORK; NOAA ship OSCAR DYSON and Military Sealift Command T-AKE ship USNS RICHARD E. BYRD.

Visit www.bridgedeck.org today to view the new photos. And remember: we are always looking for photos of our members and contracted vessels. Please send them with captions to communications@bridgedeck.org.


MARITIME ADMINISTRATION SETTLES LAWSUIT OVER SUISUN BAY GHOST FLEET

The federal government has agreed to remove from Suisun Bay the armada of obsolete military vessels that has floated there for decades. MARAD and the National Resources Defense Council last week both issued announcements saying that half the ships will be removed by September 2012 and the rest by September 2017. Government studies report the warships have dumped more than 20 tons of copper, lead, zinc and other metals into the estuary, a critical habitat for a number of endangered species.


MASSACHUSETTS LOSES COURT BATTLE OVER MANNING AND ESCORT RULES IN BUZZARDS BAY

A U.S. District Court has barred Massachusetts from applying state vessel manning and escort rules to tank ships traversing Buzzards Bay. In issuing the ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Douglas P. Woodlock took the side of the federal government, which had allied itself in the case with the American Waterways Operators, BIMCO, the Chamber of Shipping of America and Intertanko. The case has important implications because it upholds Coast Guard authority over ship operations in U.S. waters and seconds a 2000 Supreme Court decision that reinforces the U.S. Constitution’s supremacy clause, which holds that federal law trumps state law in certain areas. The recent case, decided March 31, arose from a catastrophic oil spill in Buzzards Bay in 2003 and centered on whether certain sections of the Massachusetts Oil Spill Prevention Act had to give way to the federal Ports and Waterways Safety Act of 1972.

“In the final analysis,” Woodlock ruled, “the law of preemption leaves the last word under federal law regarding the formulation of regulations to control vessel traffic, to enhance vessel safety and to decrease environmental hazards in Buzzards Bay to the Coast Guard.”


RALLIES ON WEST COAST AND LONDON APRIL 16 TO SUPPORT LOCKED-OUT ILWU WORKERS

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) is calling on union members and their families to turn out for demonstrations on Friday, April 16, at the British consulates in Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Contact names and addresses for the rallies are listed below.

Borax/Rio Tinto locked-out the 600 ILWU members on Jan. 31 in an attempt to force them to accept a concessionary contract that would destroy their union. The ILWU workers are united in their opposition to the company’s attempt to gut the contract, but since US Borax is part of Rio Tinto, the second largest mining company in the world, members of ILWU Local 30 will need lots of support to win.

Rio Tinto Day of Action at British Consulates on Friday, April 16

Seattle – 12:00 Noon – 900 Fourth Avenue Suite 3100 Seattle, 98164. Contact is Terri Mast (Inland Boatmen’s Union) 206-284-6001 #20

San Francisco  – 11:00 AM – 1 Sansome  Street Suite 850.

Los Angeles – 11:00 AM – 11766 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1200. Contacts are Agustin Ramirez, ILWU, 916-606-4681.

The rallies will follow a demonstration in London at the Rio Tinto annual shareholders meeting on Thursday, April 15. If you have questions about these activities, call ILWU Organizing Director Peter Olney at 415-775-0533 #220. If you want to find out more about what you can do to support the locked-out workers, go to the ILWU home page, http://www.ilwu.org/


SHIP OPERATIONS COOPERATIVE PROGRAM MEETS ON SAFETY APRIL 22-23

The Ship Operations Cooperative Program (SOCP) invites you to take part in its spring 2010 meeting at the Hilton Houston North, where senior federal and state government and maritime industry professionals will present a comprehensive discussion of safety. Among the topics to be discussed: safety training, inspections, safety audits, safety assessments, safety reporting systems, safety data standards and safety bench marking. There will also be updates on projects being carried out by SOCP’s education, training, security, safety and environmental working groups. To find out more and to register, go to www.socp.us. Sponsorship and exhibit opportunities are available. Contact Ram Nagendran [ramnagendran@socp.us or (240) 605-7429] to become a sponsor or exhibitor. SOCP is an industry-government partnership formed in 1993 to improve the competitiveness of the U.S. maritime industry through advances in shipboard safety, training, reliability and productivity.


MITAGS AND PMI ANNOUNCE TRAIN THE TRAINER COURSE SCHEDULE

Do you have training responsibilities in your organization? If so, you may want to take the “STCW Train the Trainer” course. The 40-hour program is designed for instructors who present the Coast Guard-approved training course, as well as everyone involved in training. The focus of the course includes: development of a learning system; course design; classroom management; training aids; learning system evaluation; evaluating trainees; monitoring progress; using tests and exams.

The next course is scheduled to start on April 12 at MITAGS in Linthicum, MD. The course will also be held at the Pacific Maritime Institute in Seattle, July 12-16. For more information, send an e-mail to admissions@mitags.org or admin@pmi.org.


NEW ADDRESS FOR MM&P’S SAN JUAN HALL

MM&P’s San Juan office has a new address: 1959 Building Center; 1959 Loiza St., Ste 200; San Juan, PR 00911. The phone and fax numbers will remain the same.


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

CLASS OPENINGS: Between now and the end of June 2010, as of the Friday before this publication, seats are available in the following courses:

AB – Able Bodied Seaman: 6/14

ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 5/17

BST – Basic Safety Training: 4/12, 6/7

BRM – Bridge Resource Management: 5/24

BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 4/19, 5/13, 6/14

CNAV � Celestial Navigation: 5/3

CONT PLNG � Contingency Planning Workshop: 5/13

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

CMM-ADVSTB – Advanced Stability: 6/21

CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 5/17, 6/28

CMM-CHS-I – Advanced Cargo Operations (week 1): 4/12

CMM-CHS-II – Advanced Cargo Operations (week 2): 4/19

CMM-ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information System:  6/7

CMM-MPP – Marine Propulsion Plants:  6/14

CMM-SHMGT I � Ship Management (week 1): 5/3

CMM-SHMGT II � Ship Management (week 2): 5/10

CMM-SHS-ADV-I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 4/12, 5/24, 6/21

CMM-SHS-ADV-I I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 6/7, 6/28

CMM-VPEN � Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation: 5/24

ECDIS/ENAV for PILOTS (2-day): 5/18

EP – Emergency Procedures: 4/21

ENVRO-REGS PERMIT – Environmental Regulations In The Maritime Industry / Epa General Permit For Commercial Vessels: 5/26

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Basic & Advanced Combined: 4/12, 6/7

FSM for Pilots � Fatigue, Sleep & Medications: 4/21, 5/13, 5/20

HAZ – Hazardous Materials Course (5-day): 6/21

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 4/19, 5/3, 5/13, 6/15

LNG-GCC-Term – Liquefied Natural Gas for Terminal Operators: 4/26

MEDIA RSP � Media Response Workshop: 5/14

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 5/8, 6/19

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 5/3, 6/14

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 4/26, 5/3, 6/14

[MSC-Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC CBRD-1 � CBRD Orientation: 5/21

MSC-DC � Damage Control (Special Evening Course): 5/17 to 5/20

MSC-SMA � Small Arms Training: (Standby Only 5/17)

ROP-5 � Radar Observer Original or Renewal: 5/3

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 5/17

SAR – Search & Rescue: 4/19

SEC-VCF – Security Officer: Vessel, Company & Facility: 5/10

SHS-BAS � Basic Shiphandling: 6/21

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling: 4/26

TPIC � Tankerman Person-in-Charge: 5/17

No classes scheduled for Memorial Day week (May 31-June 6).

…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 2010

12-16   ECDIS
12-16   Medical Care Provider
12-16   Basic Stability
12-23  Medical Person-In-Charge
19-23  Basic Cargo Handling
26-30 Basic Shiphandling
26-7    GMDSS

May 2010

3          Radar Renewal
3-7      Medical Care Provider
10-14  Medical Care Provider
10-21  Basic Watchkeeping w/BRM
24-28 Medical Care Provider
24-28 ECDIS
26-28 Security VCF

June 2010

2-4      Security VCF
7-10    ARPA
7-11     Medical Care Provider
7-18    Medical Person-In-Charge
7-18    GMDSS
8-10    BRM & Emergency Shiphandling for Pilots
11         Radar Renewal
14-2    Terrestrial & Coastal Navigation w/ Compasses
21-25  Tankerman Person-in-Charge


MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 4-2-2010

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
10,856.63 2,402.58 1,178.10
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund (VAARX)
50.62
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
108.54
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
35.89
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
17.74
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
16.14
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
25.27
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.69
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
28.76
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
5.56
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
15.59
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
20.59
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
13.55
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
18.46
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
11.31
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
11.80
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
11.89
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
12.28
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
12.70
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.41
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
29.21
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
16.01
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
14.42
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
17.10
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
10.29
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
68.24
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
62.84
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
17.44
 Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
40.29
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
28.66
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
25.54
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
10.98
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
11.63
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
12.96
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
13.07
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
12.98
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
7.52
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
8.77
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
10.64
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
33.65
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
41.86
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
27.58





~ Reminders ~



MM&P FCU NEWS

GET NEW WHEELS OR LOWER EXISTING PAYMENTS WITH MM&P FCU VEHICLE FINANCING

Is it time to replace that car you’re driving? Vehicle loan rates are looking great at MM&P FCU.

Drive away in a new or used vehicle for a standard loan rate of:

6.50 percent for terms up to 24 months.
Standard loan rates for longer-term loans are:

6.75 percent for 25-48 months;
7.50 percent for 49-60 months ($20,000 minimum); and
8.00 percent for terms extending from 61-72 months ($25,000 minimum).
You can lower your loan rate even more — by 0.75 percent — by becoming a Preferred Borrower.

Are you paying a higher rate on your current vehicle loan at another institution? Consider refinancing your outside loan at the MM&P FCU and taking advantage of our lower loan rates.

MM&P FCU will finance up to 100 percent of your new vehicle loan, and up to 90 percent of NADA Book Value on a used vehicle. Maximum vehicle loan amount is $30,000.

PREFERRED BORROWERS GET LOWER LOAN RATES
MM&P FCU members can reduce the interest rate they pay on any new loan even further by becoming a preferred borrower. What is a preferred borrower? That’s a member who deposits at least 10 percent of the original loan amount into their MM&P FCU savings account and keeps those funds on deposit until the loan is paid in full. By doing this you save twice – first, your deposit works for you by earning our regular dividend savings rate, and second, you save money by reducing the interest rate on your loan by 0.75 percent.

Contact the MM&P FCU for full details on all loan programs by email to mmpfcu@bridgedeck.org or call 1-800-382-7777 toll-free.



 

MM&P HEALTH & BENEFIT PLAN NEWS

MEET OUR NEW PRESCRIPTION BENEFIT MANAGER, PHARMACARE

As you know, effective July 1, 2007, MM&P will have a new Prescription Benefit Manager, PharmaCare. If you use the mail service and have not sent your Confidential Mail Service Enrollment Form to the MM&P Plan Office, you have until June 30 to do so. Otherwise, you can call PharmaCare’s customer service line and give them the information over the telephone or send the form with your first new mail prescription directly to PharmaCare. In the next couple of days, you will be receiving a letter with your new MM&P identification cards and a prescription booklet with information on how to obtain your prescriptions. PharmaCare’s customer service number is listed in the booklet. If you have any questions, please contact the MM&P Health & Benefit Plan Advisors.



NOTICE TO MM&P HEALTH & BENEFIT PLAN PARTICIPANTS

As you know, MM&P Health & Benefit Plan members have a new prescription benefit manager, PharmaCare. When you first obtain a prescription at your retail drug store, please show your new Health & Benefit Identification Card with PharmaCare’s information. If you do not show your card, please inform your pharmacist of the following information so you can receive your prescriptions through the Plan. Your identification number HAS NOT CHANGED. Please provide the pharmacist with your full member identification number. You will have to also provide the following numbers. RxGrp#- Z50136968, RxBin: 610468 and RxPCN: PC2 

If your pharmacist has any questions, he or she should call PharmaCare directly at (800) 503-3241.  If you have any questions, PharmaCare members can call the company directly at (888) 364-6815.


WWII USCG VETERANS OUTREACH

The U.S. Coast Guard has announced an initiative to identify and collect the oral histories of its World War II veterans. Coast Guard WWII veterans, including SPARS and merchant mariners, are encouraged to record their histories online with the Library of Congress Veterans History Project at www.loc.gov/folklife/vets.

Those veterans needing assistance in recording their stories can receive help from their local Coast Guard Auxiliary public affairs contact by leaving a message at 1-877-875-6296, a toll-free call.



 

COMPANY GIVES BUCKS BACK FOR BUYING SAFE SHOES

LMS Ship Management, the company that manages vessels for Central Gulf, Sulphur Carriers and Waterman Steamship, wants to remind MM&P members that they offer their crewmembers a $75 reimbursement on the cost of purchasing certain slip-resistant shoes and boots for use aboard ship.

This offer has been in place for some time and LMS reports that “we have been pleased with the participation to date, but feel a reminder may be in order.” Their goal is for every crewmember to wear slip resistant footwear during working hours aboard their vessels.

The $75 reimbursement is available to each crewmember who provides LMS with an original receipt for the purchase of slip resistant footwear. In order for the crewmember to obtain the reimbursement, they must wear the shoes while on duty. Upon presentation of the receipt, the crewmember will be reimbursed on their pay voucher. The receipt will be retained by the Master and will remain aboard the vessel.
 

Vessels in the LMS footwear reimbursement program are:

  • Green Cove
  • Green Dale
  • Green Lake
  • Green Point
  • Atlantic Forest
  • Sulphur Enterprise
  • Energy Enterprise
  • SGT Matej C. Kocak
  • MAJ Stephen W. Pless, and
  • PFC Eugene A. Obregon

LMS notes that in order to receive reimbursement, crewmembers must purchase one of the following recommended brands:

  • WORX by Red Wing Slip Resistant Footwear
  • Caterpillar (must have steel toe & slip resistant sole)
  • Wolverine (must have steel toe and slip resistant sole)
  • Dunham Sierra Work Boot EH
  • Steel Toe Voyager
  • Georgia Boot 6- or 8-inch Safety Toe Boot
  • Dr. Marten’s (must have steel toe & slip resistant sole)

LOOK FOR THE UNION LABEL:

Of the boots listed above, Red Wing, Caterpillar and Wolverine boots are produced by US union labor.

Redwing’s Union-made products are: Red Wing shoes and boots, Red Wing motorcycle boots and Craftsman (Sears).

Wolverine World Wide manufactures boots under the Caterpillar brand using US union labor. (Other union made safety-shoe brands by Wolverine are the company’s Hy-Test, Durashock and Bates Military labels. The company’s Wolverine brand combat boots are also produced using US union labor.)

Most Dr. Marten’s shoes and boots are produced in the UK.

To find US, union-made products, visit the AFL-CIO Union Label Service and Trades website at www.unionlabel.org and click on “Union Made Product Search”. To shop for union-made products online, go to www.ShopUnionMade.org.


 

WEBSITE OFFERS UNION-MADE GOODS AND SERVICES

The Union Label recently went digital with a new website offering shoppers an array of union-made gifts, from clothing and chocolates to computers, games and greeting cards.

The website, www.shopunionmade.org, launches on the eve of the fall and winter holidays, when shoppers will spend an estimated $1 trillion on gifts, food, drinks and other seasonal items, explained Matt Bates, Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO Union Label & Service Trades Department. The all-union shopping site, however, will be a year-round operation because that is what consumers demand, he added.

“Shoppers spent $56 billion in Internet sales last year, and on-line spending is doubling every two to three years. Everyday we receive Email and calls from people who want to support good jobs by buying union-made goods and services. The website will reach millions of people, 24 hours a day, with a quick convenient way to shop union,” Bates said.

“The public is ready for this. People have seen millions of good jobs disappear and they are looking for ways to take a stand and make a difference,” he added.

The AFL-CIO will target the peak of the holiday shopping season by promoting “Buy Union Week” Nov. 26 through Dec. 5. The newly-launched, all-union shopping site will be a cornerstone of that campaign. MM&P has a link to the Shop Union Site on this website under “Links and Other Sources”.



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