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Wheelhouse Weekly – December 11, 2003

December 11th 2003


THE MASTERS, MATES & PILOTS’
WHEELHOUSE WEEKLY

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

Volume 7 . . . . . Number 50 . . . . December 11, 2003

STORIES COVERED

ALSO

REMINDERS




 

MM&P SADDENED BY THE SUDDEN DEATH OF CHARLES DARLEY

MM&P was saddened to learn of the sudden passing of active brother Charles Darley. The 32-year-old Darley was the son of retired MM&P Vice President of Atlantic Ports, Capt. Robert Darley and the brother of MM&P member George Darley.

Charles sailed off-the-board from East Coast ports and most recently sailed as Second Mate on the HORIZON HAWAII. Prior to that, he sailed as 2/M for Patriot Contract Services on the USNS GORDON and for E-Ships’ ENDURANCE.

For his service on the USNS GORDON, Charles received the US Merchant Marine Expeditionary Award for contributions supporting American International Coalition Military Forces in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

His wife and three young children survive him as do his two brothers and parents. Funeral services were held on Tuesday Dec.9 in Morganville, NJ, and were attended by a delegation of MM&P members and officers led by International President Tim Brown.

Donations may be made to his wife Deirdre at the family home to assist in the education of their children. Please contact Karl Schwartz at MM&P HQ by email to communications@bridgedeck.org or phone to 410-850-8700 x27 for address information. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.waittnelmsfh.com. MM&P’s heartfelt condolences are extended to the entire Darley family.



 

PHOTOS NEEDED OF MM&P-CONTRACTED VESSELS AT SEA

Director of Special Projects Richard Plant needs color photos or digital images of MM&P-contracted vessels, preferably while operating at sea.

Photos of the following ships are especially requested as they will be used in an upcoming Union publication.
They are:

  • Waterman’s ATLANTIC FOREST;
  • Sulphur Carrier’s BENNO SCHMIDT;
  • Sargeant Marine’s ASPHALT COMMANDER;
  • Matson’s MANUKAI;
  • E-Ships’ ARGONAUT; and
  • ASM’s PRESIDENT GRANT or PRESIDENT WILSON.

Plant is asking members and mariners who have sailed on these vessels to contact him if they have any images they would be willing to donate, or know of any that he can obtain from other sources. All material will be returned if so requested and accompanied by the sender’s name and address. Those interested sending photos can contact Plant at 410-850-8700 x36 or Email at rplant@bridgedeck.org.



 

HEAVY LIFT VESSEL CAPSIZES IN ALBANY NY DURING LOADING

A heavy lift vessel capsized in the port of Albany NY on Dec.9 as it was in the process of loading operations. The Netherlands Antilles registered M/V STELLAMARE is owned by Jumbo Navigation NV.

At the time of the accident there were 18 crewmembers on board, all of Russian nationality, 15 of whom were rescued from the water or from the vessel. Unfortunately three crewmembers are unaccounted for and presumed lost.

The vessel is equipped with 2 derricks, each rated at 180 mton safe work load. It has a combined capacity 360 mton. STELLAMARE was in the process of loading a heavy component of a power station, weighing some 300 mton, when the vessel unexpectedly obtained a list over her port side.

As the list increased, the vessel lost stability and capsized alongside her loading berth. The ship’s owners and agents have no explanation as to what caused the accident. An investigation is still underway. The MV STELLAMARE was built in 1982. Her last survey was in 2002.



 

US PORTS RECEIVE FUNDING FOR 442 FEDERAL SECURITY GRANTS

US ports seeking federal grants for 1,065 security projects learned on Dec.10 that 442 of the plans will be funded. The news came as the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) which named which ports were the recipients of $179,025,900 in the third round of federal grants for maritime security.

Applications totaling over $987 million had been submitted by ports across the country seeking funding assistance in order to comply with new USCG security regulations that take effect next year.

The grants are a combination of $104 million in FY ’03 funds and a portion of the $125 million in FY ’04 appropriations for port security. While the latest round of funding is significant, it covers only about 18 percent of the costs ports identified as needed security enhancements.

According to USCG estimates, ports will need to spend $5.4 billion on enhanced security measures over the next 10 years to comply with new regulations mandated by the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA), with $1.125 billion of that to be invested in the first year alone.

Since September 11, 2001, Congress has appropriated three rounds of TSA port security grants totaling $513.2 million and one $75 million grant from the Office of Domestic Preparedness.

With 95 percent of US international trade passing through US ports and trade projected to more than double by 2020, ports are finding it necessary to spend about $1.7 billion per year on operations and another $1.5 billion annually on capital improvements to support burgeoning trade growth.



 

MARITIME VULNERABILITY SELF-ASSESSMENT TOOL NOW AVAILABLE

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has announced the availability of its Maritime Self-Assessment Risk Module (TMSARM), developed to support the USCG’s regulatory efforts as part of the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) of 2002.

MTSA regulations mandate that any facility or vessel that might be involved in a transportation security incident conduct a vulnerability assessment and submit a security plan to the USCG by Dec.31. The USCG published a series of final rules implementing portions of the maritime security initiatives mandated by MTSA, including the assessment and security plan requirements.

The USCG final rules provide a list of tools that may be used to conduct vulnerability self-assessments. This list includes TMSARM, a no-cost, web-based, flexible vulnerability assessment tool designed by TSA specifically to meet the requirements of MTSA.

For more info, contact Nick Lakis at TSA HQ at Email: nick.lakis@dhs.gov. For issues regarding the DHS/TSA’s vulnerability self-assessment tool, contact Lynne Wolstenholme at TSA HQ at Email: tsarisk@dhs.gov.



 

TERRORIST ATTACK IS WORST NIGHTMARE FOR US PORTS

Terrorists ship a nuclear bomb into a US port and destroy an entire city. It is more than the plot of a Tom Clancy best seller. According to the Rueters News Service, it is the ultimate nightmare for many US security officials.

Clancy’s book “The Sum of All Fears” predated the Sept.11 attacks by roughly a decade, but federal officials and analysts say the vulnerability of US ports today is a clear and present danger.

“I worry about a nuclear terrorist incident” at a port, said Graham Allison, a former assistant secretary of defense. “Even if it were a small nuclear weapon (which explodes) in New York, Washington or Boston, you’ll end up with half a million dead. The whole world will change as much as it did on 9/11.”



 

MARITIME SECURITY HIGHLIGHTS STATE OF US MERCHANT MARINE

While the US is now focusing attention on the “bomb in the box” possibility, US-based shipping executive Conrad Everhard said “the critical need for maritime security casts a new light on the seriousness of the demise of the American merchant marine.”

Everhard, in a recent speech before the Foreign Commerce Club of New York, said the US is more vulnerable “when the vast majority of officers and crew bringing ships into our ports are not US citizens. Many, in fact, are from areas where Al Qaeda is very active. Driving a containership into a support on New York’s Verrazano Narrows Bridge or into an unloading supertanker in Bayonne, NJ could have an impact like 9/11 and is probably more foreseeable.”

Everhard explained that, although the US is now cognizant of the ‘bomb in the box,’ “we’re relying on foreign carriers to assist us in efforts to extend our boundaries outward.”

“Isn’t it rather strange that an administration that thumbed its nose at the rest of the world over Iraq is willing to rely almost exclusively on foreign carriers for our maritime transportation and for the security inextricably connected with that transportation?”

He asked why the Federal Maritime Commission is lacking a role in maritime security. “The FMC’s responsibilities include the regulation of all liner carriers, passenger vessels and NVOCCs, foreign and domestic, operating in US commerce, and all freight forwarders, ports and terminal operators located in the US,” Everhard said.

Everhard also spoke about what he sees as the declining state of the US as a maritime nation. “Our US-owned, US-flag merchant marine has disappeared, except for a few lines in the protected domestic offshore trades, and our shipyards have fared only a little better, those that remain being supported almost exclusively by Navy and Title XI work,” Everhard said.

“Less publicized, but equally disastrous, we’ve lost the maritime leadership that this great trading nation enjoyed for most of my long career in the industry.”

He said the decline has been gradual, but steady, since the end of World War II, and noted that the US ranks 12th among maritime nations behind such countries as Liberia, Panama, the Bahamas and the Marshall Islands in ranking maritime nations.

“While there seems to be no limit on the amount Congress is willing to subsidize corporate farms,” Everhard said, noting their $19 billion per year federal subsidy price tag, “there seems to be an attitude, formed with little or no debate, that a merchant fleet is not a priority for this country, and certainly not worth public support.”



 

2003 MM&P PORT OFFICE HOLIDAY PARTY SCHEDULE

BALTIMORE:
Dec.15; 1200-1400 at the MITAGS Dining Room. RSVP by Dec.11 to Diane at 410-850-8700, x21.

BOSTON:
Dec.12; 1200-1600 at the Knights of Columbus Hall
75 W. School Street; Charlestown, MA.

HONOLULU:
Dec.14; 1130-1400 at the MM&P Union Hall.
Multi-union party with MM&P, MFOW, SUP & MEBA. Contact: Union Hall for more info. Special Request: Please bring canned food items or a monetary donation for the food bank in Hawaii. Please also bring a toy suitable for a child between the ages of 2 and 10 years.

HOUSTON:
Dec.17; 1200-1600 at the Union Hall.

JACKSONVILLE:
Dec.12; 1200-1600 at the Union Hall.

LOS ANGELES/LONG BEACH:
Dec.12; 1200-1600 at Union Hall.

MIAMI-PORT EVERGLADES:
Dec.19; 1100-1400 at the Union Hall.

NEW ORLEANS:
Dec.10; 1200-1500 at the Hall. RSVP by 12/8.

NEW YORK/NEW JERSEY:
Dec.17; 1230-1630 at the Union Hall.

NORFOLK:
Dec.19; 1200-1600 at the Union Hall.

SAN FRANCISCO:
Dec.22; 1230; Location TBA. Contact Hall for info.

SAN JUAN:
Dec.19; Holiday Luncheon; 1330-1530 at Levi’s Sports Restaurant; 1109 Ponce De Leon Avenue; RSVP: in person, by phone, fax or Email to Frank Reyes at the Hall.

SEATTLE:
Dec.19; 1230-1600 at the Union Hall.

 

Other Holiday Happenings

AFL-CIO HAWAII PORTS MARITIME COUNCIL OF HONOLULU
December 17; Holiday Luncheon; 1200-1600 at the Waikiki Yacht Club; RSVP to Council Secretary-Treasurer Neil Dietz, 808-523-8183, or call Carmela Gomez, Council President, at the MM&P Union Hall for more info.

HAWAII AFL-CIO
December 26; Labor’s Community Service Program of Hawaii’s Annual Holiday Project: Holiday Party for Stroke Survivors
Call the Honolulu Union Hall for more info.



 

LIMITED TIME OFFER: MM&P FCU 12-12 HOLIDAY LOAN SPECIAL

Just in time for the holidays is a special 12-12 promotion for the MM&P Federal Credit Union. The special: $1,200 for 12 months at 7.5 percent for loans originated between December 1, 2003 and January 31, 2004.

“These loans, with an interest rate far below most credit card companies’ standard percentage rates, may be the perfect thing to help some of our members manage debt incurred during holiday shopping this year,” said Credit Union Manager Kathy Klisavage.

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. 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 800-382-7777 or by Email at mmpfcu@bridgedeck.org.



 

MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

Medical Person-in-Charge is a two week, intensive course covering all the components of shipboard medical care including emergency medical treatments, medication administration (including intravenous) and one day of clinical practice in a hospital setting. This course meets the standards for the highest level of STCW-95 medical care provider/person-in-charge.

Although it does not lead to a certification as an emergency medical technician, those students who are currently certified as National Registry EMT-Basics can use this course as their re-certification course. MED-PIC is offered Jan.5.

Class Openings

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

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  • ARPA — Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 1/5

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  • BRM — Bridge Resource Management: 1/12
  • BST — Basic Safety Training: 1/19

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CMM = Chief Mate and Master Courses

  • CMM-ADVWX — Advanced Meteorology: 1/26
  • CMM-ECDIS — Electronic Chart Display & Info Systems: 1/12
  • CMM-MPP — Marine Propulsion Plants: 1/19
  • CMM-VPEN — Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 1/5

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  • CONT-PLNG — Contingency Planning Workshop: 12/11, 1/15

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  • FF-ADV — Advanced Firefighting: 1/26

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  • LAP — License Advancement Program: 1/12
    (must be pre-approved to upgrade by USCG)

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  • MED-DOT-DA — Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 1/10
  • MEDIA-RSP — Media Response: 1/16
  • MED-PIC — Medical Person In Charge: 1/5
  • MED-PRO — Medical Care Provider: 1/5

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MSC = Military Sealift Command Courses

  • MSC-CBRD-1 — Chemical Biological Radiological Defense Training Orientation: 12/19, 1/26
  • MSC-DC — Damage Control: 1/22, 1/27, 1/29
  • MSC-SMA-Requalification: 1/27, 1/29
    (must have passed all 3 weapons within the previous 2 years)

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  • ROR-1 — Radar Observer Renewal: 1/5, 1/26

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  • SEC-OFF PCS — Security Officer-Port, Company, Ship: 1/12
  • SHS-BAS — Basic Shiphandling: 1/5

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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 NOTES

Course Schedule

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  • 1/5-16: Terrestrial and Coastal Navigation
  • 1/5-16: Advanced Cargo Operations
  • 1/5-16: GMDSS
  • 1/5-9: Tankerman-Person-In-Charge
  • 1/12-16: ECDIS
  • 1/12-16: Basic Safety Training
  • 1/19-23: Basic and Advanced Firefighting
  • 1/19/23: Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation
  • 1/19-23: Radar Observer Unlimited
  • 1/19-30: Medical Person-In-Charge
  • 1/19-21: Ship Security Officer
  • 1/26-28: Compasses

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  • 2/2-6/04: ARPA
  • 2/2-6: Advanced Stability
  • 2/2: Radar recertification
  • 2/2-13: GMDSS
  • 2/9-13: Electronic Navigation
  • 2/9-17: Able Bodied Seaman
  • 2/9-13: Basic Safety Training
  • 2/9-13: Tankerman Person-In-Charge
  • 2/16-20: Basic and Advanced Firefighting
  • 2/16-27: Celestial Navigation
  • 2/16-20: Advanced Watchkeeping
  • 2/16-20: ARPA
  • 2/23-25: Ship Security
  • 2/23-3/5: Ship Management

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Contact DeeDee Lazik at 206-441-2880 or 888-893-7829 (toll free) for registration.


 

MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 12-10 CLOSE

 D O W

 N A S D A Q

 9,921.80

+ 48.40 for the week

 1,904.65

 – 55.60 for the week
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)

 98.16

 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)

25.65

 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)

 15.50

 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)

 14.25

 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)

 25.38

 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)

10.50

 Vanguard High Yield Corporate Fund (VWEHX):

 6.35

 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)

 10.28

 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)

14.16

 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)

15.41

 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)

 34.26

Fidelity Magellan Fund (FAGX)

 93.14

 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)

  37.66



~ Reminders ~



 

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 21090-1996
      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.



 

AFL-CIO PROMOTES “BUY UNION WEEK” FOR THE HOLIDAYS AND EVERY DAY

Give the Gift of Good Jobs: Holiday shoppers have a new way to support good jobs as well as please family and friends, AFL-CIO President John Sweeney said in announcing AFL-CIO support for “Buy Union Week,” which ran from Nov.29 – Dec.7.

“Shoppers can take the sweat(shop) out of holiday shopping and can give the gift of good jobs – the gift our country needs most of all,” he said. Although the push was on for holiday shopping, these web sites are active all year around.

Consumers can visit new Internet web sites that specialize in selling union-made clothing and other items, Sweeney said. One site – www.nosweatshop.com – serves as a “virtual mall” populated by such union companies as No Sweat Apparel; SweatX; Union Jean and Apparel; Union Threads and Unionwear. Shoppers can also visit the AFL-CIO’s The Union Shop at www.aflcio.org/shop, and Justice Clothing [www.justiceclothing.com].

“You can fill 10 shopping carts with union-made gifts through these companies. You could shop all day at any mall in the US and have problems filling even one cart with US union-made goods. That’s an indication of how bad the economy is for US workers, but here is a chance for us to start turning things around,” Sweeney said.



 

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.



 

JOB OPENINGS IN SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA

A MM&P Pacific Maritime Region-contracted company with operations in the San Francisco Bay area is seeking to add up to six tug captains to their employee roster. The jobs are located in the Bay area.

  • Tractor Tug and Conventional Tug experience is highly desired.
  • MM&P members from any Membership Group are encouraged to apply.
  • Living within commuting distance is a necessity.
  • Relocation assistance may be available.

For additional info or to indicate interest, contact John Schaeffner, PMR’s Portland Branch Agent, by Email to jschaeffner@bridgedeck.org or by phone to 503-283-0518.

Resumes may be sent to him by Email, faxed to 503-283-0518, or delivered to the PMR Portland Hall:

John Schaeffner, Branch Agent Pacific Maritime Region – IOMM&P 2225 N. Lombard St. #206 Portland, OR 97217



 

CIVIL SERVICE MARINERS: JOB OPPORTUNITIES AWAIT

In an increasing tight job market, many former private sector employees are considering a civil service mariner position with Military Sealift Command, a global Navy command that operates more than 100 civilian-crewed, non-combatant ships in support of the Department of Defense.

Civilian mariners who are licensed deck officers are MM&P bargaining unit members. MSC offers its civil service mariners many benefits including competitive pay, health insurance, lodging, meals and training.

It is a branch of the Navy, but its mariners are not military personnel. MSC is the largest single employer of US merchant mariners. MSC’s Naval Fleet Auxiliary Force ships provide underway replenishment of supplies, towing and salvage operations for the Navy’s combatant fleet.

Two NFAF ships also serve as afloat medical facilities normally kept in reduced operating status. MSC ships also conduct oceanographic and hydrographic surveys, underwater surveillance, missile flight data collection, submarine support and other specialized services through its Special Mission Program ships.

The command’s sealift ships provide ocean transportation of cargo for the Department of Defense. Through the Prepositioning Program, MSC maintains ships laden with combat equipment and supplies in strategic ocean areas around the world for US forces. These ships are ready to sail quickly to potential contingency sites.

The NFAF ships and two special mission ships are crewed by federal civil service mariners hired by MSC. Sealift ships, prepositioning ships and the remaining special mission ships are crewed by commercial mariners working for operating companies under contract to MSC.

Based on the fiscal year 2004 Congressional budget, MSC is expecting a 33 percent increase in the civil service mariner workforce from 4,044 in 2003 to 5,385 in 2008. About 1,340 civil service mariners will be needed to crew the additional eight ships that will join the MSC fleet in the next five years. For more on employment info with the MSC, visit www.sealiftcommand.com or call 877-JOBS-MSC.



 

MITAGS AND PMI DISCOUNT COST FOR ADVANCED MARINER LICENSES

MITAGS Executive Director Glen Paine announced that MITAGS and PMI have implemented an innovative program, with reduced tuition and hotel costs, to assist professional mariners seeking license advancement to Chief Mate/Master (CMM).

The Institutes now offer one of the fastest, most versatile, and cost-effective routes for mariners to obtain their CMM licenses. The MITAGS/PMI program, which covers all USCG requirements, is only 12 weeks in duration.

Forty-one of the 53 required assessments may be completed during these courses. To flexibly meet their schedule, students can take the required courses at the PMI campus in Seattle, Washington and/or at the MITAGS campus in Baltimore, Maryland.

The MITAGS/PMI program can be completed in 60 days for under $14,000. Other programs take up to 71 days and charge $19,000 to complete the CMM requirements. Students taking ALL of the CMM courses at MITAGS and/or PMI will receive a 15 percent tuition discount from the normal pricing, which brings the total CMM tuition down to $13,303.

In addition to this cost reduction, those students taking ALL of the CMM courses at MITAGS/PMI will receive a substantial reduction in the room and board rates. If needed, MITAGS and PMI will also provide a convenient and flexible payment plan.

For more info regarding the CMM License Advancement, or any other course programs offered by MITAGS or PMI, please contact Capt. Craig Thomas (MITAGS) toll free at 866-656-5569 or via Email at cthomas@mitags.org. You may also contact Gregg Trunnell at PMI in Seattle at 206-239-9965 or via Email at gtrunnell@mates.org.



 

PFEIFFER MEMORIAL FUND ESTABLISHED AT CAL MARITIME

The Robert J. Pfeiffer Memorial Fund has been established at California Maritime Academy Foundation with the input and guidance from Brad Mulholland, Jeff Hull, and Capt. Lynn Korwatch.

It is anticipated that many seagoing personnel as well as Matson employees will wish to donate to this fund in honor of Mr. Pfeiffer. Donations may be sent to:

California Maritime Foundation Attn: Robert Pfeiffer Memorial Fund 200 Maritime Academy Dr. Vallejo, CA 94590

or contact Mr. Chris Walker at 707-654-1245 or Email at CWalker@csum.edu.

All donations are tax deductible and all contributors will receive a letter of thanks acknowledging their donation. Names and donation amounts will also be passed on to the Pfeiffer family.


 

MM&P MEMBERS AT SEA CAN NOW SAVE ON SHIP-TO-SHORE CALLS

Through a special arrangement with ShipCom, MM&P members at sea will now receive a significant discount on personal ship-to-shore radiotelephone calls. The rate is $2.50 per minute to any phone number in the US. This is a significant discount from the usual rate of $3.99 per minute. Calls may be placed collect, or billed to any major credit card.

To take advantage of this offer or for more info contact Station WLO on HF SSB channels 405, 607, 824, 1212, 16401, 1807, or 2237 or on HF radio telex channels (selcall 1090) 406, 606, 806, 810, 815, 1205, 1211, 1605, 1615, 1810 or 2215.

MM&P members must identify themselves as an MM&P member and provide the operator with the last 4 digits of their MM&P book number in order to get the discounted rate.

Any vessel equipped with HF radio telex may send and receive Internet email via the telex terminal. For more info contact WLO radio via telex or HF SSB voice.


 

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.

 



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., Linthicum Heights, MD 21090-1941. Phone: 410-850-8700; Fax: 410-850-0973; Email: iommp@bridgedeck.org. For further info or to subscribe contact John Peige at jpeige@bridgedeck.org. The Wheelhouse Weekly is sent via Email to MM&P-contracted vessels at sea, broadcast worldwide via FEC marine telex and is posted on our web page.

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