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Wheelhouse Weekly – April 29, 2004

April 29th 2004


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Volume 8 . . . . . Number 18. . . . April 29, 2004





 

Convention Call: MM&P 80th Convention

In accordance with Article IV, Section 2, of the International Constitution, members are hereby notified that a regular convention of the MM&P will be convened at 1000 on Monday, August 2, at MITAGS, 692 Maritime Blvd, Linthicum Heights, MD. Nominations for elective office will take place at this Convention. Constitutional amendments may also be considered at this Convention.

Members are also hereby notified that in accordance with Article IV, Section 6., Subsection b), all proposed resolutions must be forwarded to the International Secretary-Treasurer at least 30 days prior to the opening day of the Convention for inclusion on the Agenda and determination by the Convention.

 


STORIES COVERED

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REMINDERS




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MOURN FOR THE DEAD, FIGHT FOR THE LIVING: WORKERS MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVED APRIL 28

“On Workers Memorial Day, we honor those who have died in the workplace by fighting for those who are still on the job,” said Ed Wytkind, president of the AFL-CIO’s Transportation Trades Department.

The first Workers Memorial Day was observed in 1989. April 28 was chosen because it is the anniversary of the passage of legislation in 1970 creating the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. It is also the day of a similar remembrance in Canada that began in 1984 as a National Day of Mourning. Canada’s National Day of Mourning has grown to become the International Day of Mourning and is observed in more than 100 countries.

The Canadian Labor Congress (CLC) notes that in Canada alone during 2002, one million workers were injured and 934 were killed on the job. In the US during that same time period 5,524 were killed on the job.

Worldwide in the past year about two million workers met their death on the job. Millions of others have suffered serious occupational injuries and illnesses within that time. “Those figures still do not include the many workers who died or continue to suffer from industrial diseases and cancers not yet recognized as having their roots in the workplace,” says the CLC.

TTD’s Wytkind remarked that, “Government statistics paint a terrible picture – 60,000 workers die each year from job-related illness and injury and 4.7 million workers are injured on the job annually. … When workers see enforcement of federal safety rules weakened to the point where compliance is often voluntary… when workers see politicians targeting a century of progress made by the labor movement, it makes many transportation workers think it is time for a change in Washington.”

Workers Memorial Day has been officially endorsed by the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU), the International Labor Organization; and is formally recognized by five countries – Canada, Portugal, Spain, Taiwan and Thailand. Visit www.aflcio.org/yourjobeconomy/safety/ to learn more.



 

STATE DEPT. WARNS OF POSSIBLE ASIAN SEA LANES ATTACKS

The US State Dept. has begun to focus on the potential for a maritime terrorist incident in the Asian sea lanes. Earlier this week, a State Dept. official told a security conference in Singapore that the US has good reason to believe that terror groups would target critical shipping lanes such as the Malacca and Singapore Straits.

He said that the US had raised its fears with Asian governments for the past year but remained deeply concerned about the safety of the region’s shipping arteries. The International Maritime Bureau has been issuing piracy warnings about these areas for years. The IMB Piracy Reporting Center and other international maritime and crime reporting can be found at www.iccwbo.org/index_ccs.asp.

An attack on the Straits of Malacca would strike at Asia’s economic heart. More than a quarter of the world’s trade, half its oil and much of its liquefied natural gas pass through the strait, which divides Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia.

In Hong Kong, FBI director Robert Mueller said the city and commercial centers like it could be targets for terror groups seeking to inflict economic damage. “Those where there are a number of Americans or American companies have to be alert to the possibility of terrorist attacks,” Mueller said.

“Hong Kong is one of the principal transit points in the world. People come through, monies comes through, and it’s important that…persons be alert to the abuse of the systems for terrorism, organized crime or other threats,” Mueller said.



 

CONTAINER SECURITY RECEIVES BOOST WITH FCC RULING

In an effort to increase homeland security and improve the efficiency of commercial shipping operations, the Federal Communications Commission has adopted a Third Report and Order (Order) that allows for the operation of improved radio frequency identification (RFID) systems for use in conjunction with commercial shipping containers.

“With more than two billion tons of freight traveling through US ports and waterways yearly, ensuring the efficient flow of goods while reducing the possibility of terrorism and fraud is no easy task,” said FCC chairman Michael Powell.

The FCC expects this to lower shipping costs and improve security at ports, rail yards and warehouses in commercial and industrial settings by enabling the contents of containers to be rapidly inventoried. “When you consider that a trillion dollars worth of goods pass through our ports annually, the potential economic benefits of this technology become clear,” Powell said.

RFID systems use radio signals to identify items. Current uses of RFID include electronic toll collection such as the E-Z Pass system and anti-theft tags. A RFID system consists of a tag mounted on the item to be identified and a device that receives information transmitted from the tag.



 

MATSON TO RAISE RATES IN GUAM/CNMI SERVICE

MM&P-contracted Matson Navigation Company announced last week that it will raise its rates for the company’s Guam/CNMI service by $125 per container, effective June 6. In addition, the company will increase its West Coast terminal handling charge by $25 per container, also effective June 6.

“This rate increase marks only the second time Matson has taken any rate action, other than terminal handling fees and fuel surcharges, in its Guam/CNMI service since it was inaugurated in 1996,” said James Andrasick, Matson president and CEO. He further noted that international container rates in the Pacific rose by $700 per container in 2003 and are expected to increase another $450 per container in May.



 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AS LST READIES FOR HISTORIC VOYAGE

MM&P member Capt. Bill Doherty has volunteered to sail as Master of the World War II-era USS LST 325 on its historic May voyage from Mobile, AL to Boston, MA. The LST will then sail to Wash, DC where it will be the focal point during the dedication of the World War II Memorial on May 29.

Capt. Doherty writes, “The history of this ship, which participated in most of the major invasions in Europe, including D-Day, June 6, 1944 is still being made. The epic voyage in the winter of 2001 across the North Atlantic on a vessel over 60 years old was only overshadowed by the spirit of her intrepid veteran crew.”

The ship is now fully documented and USCG inspected. Therein lies the dilemma. Capt. Doherty says that, “There is no question in anyone’s mind that the crew of dedicated veterans who sailed this ship from Crete to Mobile in 2001 would have no problem sailing her up the coast to Boston and then down to Washington, DC. No problem, if it were not for the USCG requirements for licensed officers with full STCW certification.”

This LST is manned with an entirely voluntary group. She is a registered Naval historic vessel and has earned the respect of veterans, seafarers and the general public. She has even been allowed to retain her original US Navy call sign, something unique in historic Navy ships.

Capt. Doherty reports that, “We still need volunteers to make the voyage possible. It would truly be an opportunity of a lifetime for any MM&P deck officer to sail on this ship. Voluntary participation from any MM&P members can only bring about favorable public attention and respect for our Union. I would love to see a full MMP crew.”

Members interested in learning how they can help make maritime history to life can call Capt. Doherty at 508-363-5179 for complete details.



 

MARAD-DOD BATTLE OVER MILITARY VALUE OF GHOST FLEET

A sea of controversy continues to swirl around the reserve “ghost fleet” of obsolete ships berthed in Virginia’s James River. This time it is the Pentagon at odds with the US Maritime Administration over the usefulness of the vessels.

The military maintains it has no use for any of the ships, that now present environmental hazardous, while MARAD argues that nearly a quarter of the vessels cannot be removed and dismantled because they have military or other emergency use value. Published reports say that MARAD’s policy is to keep 19 of the 83 ships in the James River Reserve Fleet from being scrapped.

MARAD faces a congressional mandate to dispose of all obsolete ships in the James by Sept. 30, 2006. Ships marked for retention because of their military value or other potential emergency uses are exempt from the 2006 deadline.

The controversy between the Pentagon and MARAD is just the latest skirmish in a time-consuming, costly and contentious battle to get rid of the rotting ships. Despite tens of millions of dollars in new funding from Congress to pay for the scrapping work in the last few years, most of the ships still sit idle.

Last summer, MARAD had hoped to remove reserve ships from the river by signing a $17.8 million contract that called for 13 to be towed to Great Britain for disposal. As reported in the Wheelhouse Weekly, that deal triggered vocal protests in Britain and lawsuits on both sides of the Atlantic, which are still pending.

Even as the first four ships were en route to England, the British government withdrew its permission for the project to proceed. Those four ships now sit in legal limbo on the English coast. The ships, some of which date to World War II, contain toxic PCBs, asbestos and other hazardous materials.



 

US UNVEILS OCEAN POLICY OVERHAUL

The first comprehensive review of US ocean policy in 30 years says major changes are urgently needed. The long-awaited US Commission on Ocean Policy report, released last week, unveiled far-reaching recommendations to Congress and the Bush Administration.

The report recommended that the Clean Water Act should be amended to set up a “new national regime for managing wastewater discharges from large passenger ships”, including uniform discharge standards, testing, and monitoring. It also put forward regulations requiring new marine sanitation devices that meet “more stringent pathogen-reduction standards”.

After a 30-day review period, the commission will submit its report, after which it is anticipated that the report’s recommendations will translate into an overhaul of current US ocean regulation.



 

NEW CAREER GUIDANCE SECTION ADDED TO MITAGS WEBSITE

On the MITAGS website downloadable files are now updated on a regular basis in response to info received from the various government agencies and mariners. As always, these checklists are for guidance only. The final arbiter of training requirements is your local USCG Regional Examination Center. For more info, visit the Career Guidance section on the MITAGS website by CLICKING HERE, or go to www.mitags.org and select “Career Guidance” from the top menu.

Also, given the number of courses offered at MITAGS, the website now has new links to the various industry segment pages. These pages make it easier for mariners and companies to find the training designed specifically for them.

The links include:

  • Ship and Port Modeling Simulation Training;
  • Security Training;
  • State Pilot Training;
  • US Navy and Military Sealift Command Training;
  • High Speed Craft Training;
  • Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels (OUPV);
  • Limited Master Training; and
  • Custom Training.


 

WORLD WAR II MERCHANT MARINER CELEBRATION TO BE HELD AT MITAGS

MITAGS will host a celebratory Dinner-Dance evening honoring the Merchant Marine Veterans of World War II, the evening before the dedication of the National World War II Memorial in Wash DC on May 29. The May 28 Dinner-Dance event will be held on MITAGS’ campus.

The event is scheduled to begin at 1800, with music of the 1940s era being performed by The Radio King Orchestra. Vice Admiral Gordon Holder (USN), Director of Logistics, Joint Chief of Staff-Pentagon, and former Director of the Military Sealift Command, will be the guest speaker.

Tickets are $40 each or $75 per couple. MITAGS is currently offering a special overnight package for those individuals wishing to attend. Go to the MITAGS website at www.mitags.org or contact the MITAGS reservations department toll free at 866-900-3517. Please RSVP by Monday, May 3.



 

MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

CLASS OPENINGS

Between now and the end of June 2004, seats are available in the following courses:

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  • BRM – Bridge Resource Management: 5/24
  • BST – Basic Safety Training: 6/14

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CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses

  • CMM-CHS-I – Cargo Handling and Stowage (week 1): 5/10
  • CMM-CHS-II – Cargo Handling and Stowage (week 2): 5/17
  • CMM-ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Info Systems: 6/21
  • CMM-MPP – Marine Propulsion Plants: 5/24
  • CMM-SHS-ADV-I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 5/17, 6/14
  • CMM-SHS-ADV-II – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 6/21
  • CMM-SHMGT-I – Ship Management (week 1): 6/7
  • CMM-SHMGT-II – Ship Management (week 2): 6/14
  • CMM-WKP – Watchkeeping: 5/24

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  • COMP-DC – Computer Database Systems: 6/14
  • CONT-PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop: 5/6, 5/13, 6/10
  • CSE-AWR-2 – Confined Space Entry Awareness (2-day): 5/27

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  • FF-ADV – Advanced Firefighting: 5/10

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  • MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 5/8
  • MEDIA-RSP – Media Response: 5/7, 5/14, 6/11
  • MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 5/3
  • MED-PIC – Medical Care Person-In-Charge: 5/3

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MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses

  • MSC-CBRD-1 – Chemical Biological Radiological Defense Training Orientation: 5/22, 6/12
  • MSC-COMMS – Strategic Sealift Communications: 5/3
  • MSC-DC – Damage Control: 5/18, 5/20, 6/18
  • MSC-SMA-R – Small Arms Renewal (2-day): 5/18, 5/20
    (must have passed all 3 weapons within 2 years)

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  • ROP-5 – Radar Observer Unlimited and Renewal: 5/17
  • ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 5/10, 6/7, 6/12

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  • SEC-OFF-PCS – Security Officer: Port, Company, Ship: 5/24, 6/7
  • SHS-BAS – Basic Shiphandling: 6/7
  • SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling: 5/10, 6/21

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  • T-PIC – Tankship (/Barge) Dangerous Liquids, Person-In-Charge: 5/3

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Check the MITAGS website for up-to-date course descriptions associated with the course title abbreviations, and for schedule revisions.

 

Attendance Verification & Cancellation is Vital

If you are scheduled for a course, call, write, or Email admissions to advise whether or not you will attend. Many classes are in demand and maintain a Standby List. “No Shows” are missed training opportunities for other members.

 

Schedules, Course Info & Registration

Courses are subject to change. Always check the MITAGS website for updated course availability. You can also check future schedules, review detailed course descriptions and register on-line or contact Admissions at admissions@mitags.org or by calling toll-free, 1-866-656-5568.

 


 

PMI ACADEMIC SCHEDULE

All the courses below will be conducted at the new Pacific Maritime Institute facility located in Seattle at 1727 Alaskan Way South, Pier 34. The new facility features a state-of-the art Ship Simulator that has to be experienced. PMI phone numbers remain the same. Come see the new facility at PMI’s “Maritime Technology and Career Center”.

 

May 2004 Courses

  • 5/3-7: Basic and Advanced Firefighting
  • 5/3-7: Basic Shiphandling
  • 5/3-7: Radar Observer Unlimited
  • 5/3-5: Ship Security Officer
  • 5/10-21: GMDSS
  • 5/10-21: Advanced Shiphandling I & II
  • 5/17-21: Advanced Shiphandling II
  • 5/17-21: Basic Safety Training
  • 5/24-28: ARPA
  • 5/24: Radar Renewal

 

June 2004 Courses

  • 6/7-18: Terrestrial and Coastal Navigation
  • 6/7-11: Medical Care Provider
  • 6/7-18: Medical Person-In-Charge
  • 6/14-18: Basic Safety Training
  • 6/14-22: Able Bodied Seaman
  • 6/21/25: Radar Observer Unlimited
  • 6/28-7/2: ECDIS
  • 6/28-30: Compasses
  • 6/30-7/2: Ship Security Officer

Contact DeeDee Lazik at 206-441-2880 or 888-893-7829 (toll free) for registration or visit the PMI website at mates.org.


 

MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF APRIL 28, 2004 CLOSE

 

 D O W    N A S D A Q
 10,342.60 +25.33 for the week  1,989.54  -6.09 for the week

Fund Name & Trading Symbol

Closing
Price

Year-to-Date Fund
Percentage Return

5 Year
Fund
Percentage Return
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)

105.17

+2.80
-2.19
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)

28.26

+6.00
+3.82
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)

17.08

+5.89
+0.96
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)

15.43

+3.77
-0.71
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)

27.99

+5.66
+2.02
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)

10.36

+0.18
+6.13
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate Fund (VWEHX)

6.34

+1.68
+4.21
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)

10.20

+0.46
+6.18
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)

16.15

+8.39
+3.22
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)

16.03

+2.22
+3.12
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)

36.38

+2.38
-1.68
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)

100.27

+2.59
-2.87
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)

40.37

+2.79
-2.27



~ Reminders ~



 

TAX FILING DELAY OK FOR OIF MARINERS

The April 15 deadline for filing US federal tax returns has passed, but for merchant mariners sailing in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom “on vessels under Department of Defense operational control in direct support of the United States Armed Forces” (and for their spouses ­ even if separate returns are filed), missing the dreaded deadline may be OK.

For merchant mariners and several other groups, the Internal Revenue Service is allowing an extension of time for tax filing. The extension, authorized in section 7508(a)(1) of the Internal Revenue Service Code, 26 United States Code, gives an additional 180 days PLUS the number of days served in a combat zone between January 1, 2004 and April 15, 2004. IRS reports that merchant mariners qualified for the extension are those “serving in the combat zone as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom aboard Maritime Administration and Military Sealift Command owned or controlled vessels.”

In addition to the tax filing extension, section 7508 also allows to be postponed the “payment of income, estate, or gift taxes (except employment and withholding taxes), tax claims filings or bringing suits for credits or refunds, filing any petition with the US Tax Court, making a qualified retirement contribution to an IRA, or performing any other act listed in Revenue Procedure 2002-71.” According to the notice, “no penalties or interest will be imposed for failure to file a return or pay taxes during the extension period.”

IRS Tax Tip 2004-40 published Feb.27, 2004 says, “the various extensions granted to combat zone participants to file returns or pay taxes will also apply to those serving in Contingency Operations, as designated by the Secretary of Defense. This is effective for any acts whose deadline has not expired before November 11, 2003.”

Paper returns must be filed if claiming an extension under section 7508. When the return is sent, print the words “COMBAT ZONE” in bold red ink at the top of the return and in large red letters on the mailing envelope. For mariners, the IRS says to attach a brief statement listing the date(s) of service within the combat zone in order to provide them with the total number of days of extension to which you are entitled.

Mariners and others who qualify for combat zone tax filing relief may notify the IRS of their status in advance through a special e-mail address: combatzone@irs.gov. Include in the email the following:

  • name
  • stateside address
  • date-of-birth and
  • date of deployment to the combat zone.

Do not include any social security numbers in an email. Notification may be made by the taxpayer, or by the taxpayer’s spouse, authorized agent or representative.

At present, the combat zone for Operation Iraqi Freedom is defined as follows:

  • Persian Gulf, the Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden, and the Gulf of Oman;
  • That portion of the Arabian Sea that lies north of 10 degrees north latitude and west of 68 degrees east longitude; and
  • The total land area of Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates.

More detailed information can be found on the IRS website at www.irs.gov. From the main page, click on “The Newsroom” link and go to “Armed Forces” under the “Related Topics” headline. You’ll find useful info in the following titles:

Taxpayers in the US may seek assistance by calling the IRS at 1-800-829-1040. Taxpayers outside the US may call the IRS in Philadelphia at 215-516-2000. The information presented here is to serve as a guideline only. As always, readers are urged to seek the advice of a tax professional to discuss their own circumstances.



 

MAY 21 DEADLINE APPROACHES FOR MASTER TOWING LICENSE

The USCG advises that if you began your service or training in the towing industry before May 21, 2001, you may receive a license for Master of Towing Vessels if, before May 21 2004, you complete the exam required by 46 CFR 10.903(a)(18)(i) and meet either of the following two requirements:

1. Three years of service, including:

  • Two years on deck aboard a vessel 26-feet or more in length;
  • One year on deck aboard a towing vessel, with at least six months of training or duty in the wheelhouse of the towing vessel; and
  • Three months in each particular geographic area for which you are seeking authority.

~ OR ~

2. Three years of service aboard towing vessels, including:

  • One year on deck, with at least six months of training or duty in the wheelhouse of the towing vessel; and
  • Three months in each particular geographic area for which you are seeking authority.

The deadline to complete testing and service is May 21, 2004. If you miss this deadline, then the requirement to work up through Apprentice Mate, Mate, and then Master will apply. Although the deadline is this May, applications submitted after January may not allow sufficient time for evaluation and testing.

For additional info, please contact Richard Wells at 504-240-7300, ext 232, or via Email at REWells@msoneworleansrec.uscg.mil.



 

IMPORTANT SHIPPING NOTICE ON COURSE DOCUMENTATION

All members shipping off-the-board and all company employees are reminded that they are responsible to insure that all of the company required courses they have completed are listed in the Union computer system.

In order to be dispatched/cleared, members must have certificates for any courses not listed in the computer in their possession and available for inspection by the dispatcher. Please double check that your documentation is in order prior to leaving your home to ship out of our Union halls. This can be done by checking your course history on the “Members Only” section of the MM&P website.



 

COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR FRESHMAN DEPENDENTS

Attention all Members in good standing with dependent children who will be college freshman in September: A local Baltimore law firm is awarding two $2,500 one-time only scholarships to children of Union members. Since the MM&P is headquartered in the Baltimore area, Union members’ children would be eligible to apply for these scholarships.

One scholarship is for Undergraduate and the other is for Graduate School. Students must already be accepted to a college prior to applying. The deadline for application is Aug.20. The scholarships will be awarded Sept.24.

If your son or daughter would like to make application for this scholarship, please have them contact the MM&P Plan Office at 410-850-8600 for an application. The member’s name is required so that the Union can sign the application to certify that he/she is a member in good standing prior to sending the application to your child.

Members can also Email Plans Administrator Valerie Verrecchio at mmpplansval@aol.com with the member info including address where the application can be mailed.



 

RE-REGISTRATION NEEDED FOR EXPRESS PHARMACY MAIL-ORDER PRESCRIPTIONS THROUGH NHMC SITE LINK

All members currently getting prescription refills online through Express Pharmacy Services who access Express through the NMHC website link will have to re-register in order to be able to renew prescriptions online.

If you access your prescription renewals directly through www.ehs.com, you will be fine and have no need to re-register. The Plans office apologizes for the inconvenience, but the issue is related to problems with the link to Eckerd on the NMHC website. Please contact the Plan Office if you experience any problems.



 

NEW MAILING ADDRESSES FOR MITAGS, PLANS & CREDIT UNION

The buildings remain where they have always stood, but they have now been assigned new addresses. Local authorities have determined that it was necessary to put in place new street numbering for the MM&P’s MITAGS facility and for the MM&P Health & Benefit Plan office. The longstanding address of 5700 Hammonds Ferry Rd., used for both MITAGS and the Plan, has been eliminated.

Effective immediately:

  • The mailing address for MITAGS has been changed to:
    • 692 Maritime Blvd
      Linthicum Heights, MD 21090
      USA

 

  • The new mailing address for the Plan Office is now:
    • 700 Maritime Blvd.
      Suite A
      Linthicum Heights, MD 21090-1996
      USA
    • This is the same street address as the Union headquarters since both offices are housed in the same building, but the Plan Office is denoted with a suite number.

 

  • The mailing address for the MM&P Federal Credit Union, located in the Plans Building Lobby, is now:
    • 700 Maritime Blvd.
      Linthicum Heights, MD 21090-1941
      USA

The change brings the MITAGS, Plans and MM&P FCU addresses into conformance with Postal and 911 emergency mapping since all the buildings are located on the same road of the campus.

Plan Administrator Valerie Verrecchio advises Plan participants that “it is important to remember when you send mail to the Plans that you clearly address it to ‘MM&P Plans’ and to include our new suite number. This is what the Post Office will use to differentiate mail between the Union and the Plan office. Otherwise, the Post Office may send it through the mail system at the Union and your claims processing could be delayed for a couple of days.”

There is no change to the Union HQ mailing address.



 

MITAGS JOB OPENING: ACADEMIC BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

The Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies (MITAGS) seeks an individual who can apply his/her knowledge and experience in marine shipboard operations to help solve organizational problems through training and education.

Excellent written and verbal skills a must. Person must also have an outgoing personality and be a goal-oriented self-starter with the ability to work independently. Travel expected 25 percent of time to seek opportunities and present proposals.

Desired background:

  • bachelor’s degree, graduate degree a plus;
  • unlimited tonnage license (or military equivalent), and
  • a record of continuing education.
  • Extensive industry contacts preferred.

MITAGS is located near the BWI airport, convenient to Baltimore, Washington and Annapolis, MD. Excellent full Union benefits, competitive salary. See our web site, www.mitags.org for more info. Resumes to Human Resources Fax: 443-989-3341; Email: hr@mitags.org. EOE.



 

IMPORTANT REMINDER FOR ALL LDOs ON STCW-95 CERTIFICATION

All Licensed Deck Officers who possess STCW-95 certificates containing Basic Safety Training (BST) completion dates close to or more than five years old need to carry copies of their USCG discharges with them so they can prove that they have the required sea service necessary to extend their BST qualification. For questions or further info, contact Mike Rodriguez at 410-850-8700 ext.23 or Email: mrodriguez@bridgedeck.org.



 

LMS OFFERS REIMBURSEMENT FOR SLIP-RESISTANT FOOTWEAR

MM&P-contracted LMS Ship Management recently reviewed the causes of injuries on board their vessels and found that accidental falls tend to be the cause of many of the crew’s injuries. In an effort to reduce the number of injuries caused by these falls, LMS is offering crewmembers that sail with them an incentive to purchase and wear proper shoe attire. The goal is for every crewmember to wear slip resistant footwear during their working hours aboard their vessels.

LMS will offer a reimbursement of up to $75 for the cost of the shoes to each crewmember who provides them 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.

LMS requests that crewmembers purchase one of the following recommended brands in order to be reimbursed:

  • 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 (with steel toe & slip resistant sole)

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

Red Wing has contracts with the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) while Wolverine World Wide has contracts with UNITE!, the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees, for production of its Caterpillar brand (as well as its Hy-Test, Durashock and Bates Military labels). Some other Wolverine branded products including combat boots are manufactured under UFCW contract. 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.



 

WWII REGISTRY SITE OPEN TO ALL WHO SERVED IN ANY CAPACITY

The National WWII Memorial has a site on its webpage for individuals who served in any capacity during WWII to register to be included in the Memorial’s Registry. The main site is www.wwiimemorial.com.

If the individual clicks on WWII Registry, he/she can find out if he/she is already included as a result of one of the WWII databases and, if not, can follow the directions to register. Any American who contributed to the war effort is eligible for the Registry.


 

CREDIT UNION MEMBERS: PAY YOURSELF FIRST WITH DIRECT DEPOSIT

Do you want an easy way to grow your savings?

Do you want an easier way to make deposits to your Masters, Mates & Pilots Federal Credit Union account?

Consider establishing payroll or pension direct deposit.

Many employers allow you to directly deposit your pay into several different financial institutions. Trinity Management, Strong America and Moran Towing of Florida are among the MM&P-contracted companies that already provide for employees to deposit funds directly into the MM&P Federal Credit Union.

MM&P Health & Benefit Plans Pensioners and A&G Region Pensioners may have deductions made directly from their pension check to their Credit Union account. In addition, employees of MM&P, Plans, MITAGS and MIRAID are also eligible for payroll deduction directly into their Credit Union account.

Add to your savings by paying yourself first! Contact your payroll office to establish Credit Union direct deposit or to find out if this is available for you.

 

Who Can Be a Member?

MM&P Federal Credit Union membership is open to all MM&P members, to all MM&P, MITAGS, MIRAID and Plans staff, and to their immediate families.

 

Want to Know More?

For additional details or to get answers to your questions on all MM&P Federal Credit Union programs, contact Kathy Klisavage, Credit Union Manager, toll-free at 1-800-382-7777 or by Email at mmpfcu@bridgedeck.org.

 



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