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Wheelhouse Weekly – February 03, 2005

February 3rd 2005


 


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Volume 9 . . . . . Number 5 . . . . February 3, 2005


STORIES COVERED
  • ALSO

REMINDERS




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MM&P NEW ORLEANS HALL MOVING TO NEW LOCATION

The MM&P New Orleans Hall moved to a new location on Jan.29. The NOLA Hall’s new location is 3330 West Esplanade Avenue, SW, Suite 209, Metairie, LA 70002-3454. The telephone number, 504-837-5700, remains the same. There will be a Grand Opening Party/Open House on Wed., March 9 after the noon job call. RSVPs are appreciated. For more info, contact Representative Sue Bourcq by phone or by Email at sbourcq@bridgedeck.org .



MM&P PACIFIC PORT HALLS CLOSED FEB.14 AND FEB.21

The Pacific Port Halls will be closed for MM&P contractual holidays on Feb.14 for the observance of Lincoln’s Birthday and on Feb.21 for the observance of Presidents Day.



 

MM&P-CREWED USNS MCDONNELL CONTINUES TSUNAMI MISSION

The Military Sealift Command hydrographic survey ship USNS JOHN MCDONNELL, crewed by MM&P Licensed Deck Officers, is in her second week of operation supporting US humanitarian relief efforts in Southeast Asia following the Dec.26 tsunami that devastated coastlines throughout the region.

One of 11 MSC ships currently involved in Operation Unified Assistance, MCDONNELL has been conducting hydrographic surveys off the coast of Indonesia, near the epicenter of the 9.0 earthquake that triggered one of the largest natural disasters in recent history.

Equipped with a multi-beam sonar system used to chart the ocean floor, MCDONNELL is working to map harbors and coastal channels in the area in order to identify navigational hazards and potential obstacles left by the tsunami. Once collected, survey data will be distributed to relief ships and involved countries to ensure the safe delivery of badly needed supplies and personnel throughout the region.

Twenty-three mariners employed by MM&P-contracted Horizon Lines under contract to MSC operate the 208-foot MCDONNELL while nine scientists from the US Naval Oceanographic Office operate the ship’s survey equipment. The ship is expected to stay in the region for nearly two months.

MSC’s seven hydrographic and oceanographic survey ships that are crewed by MM&P Licensed Deck Officers are used to study the earth’s oceans, collect data and chart three-fourths of the world’s coastlines.



 

LOWE’S RECOGNIZES HORIZON LINES FOR OUTSTANDING SERVICE

The Lowe’s Companies Home Improvement Transportation division has awarded MM&P-contracted Horizon Lines with the honor of Outstanding Ocean Service Provider for 2004.

“Our people, their operational expertise, experience and dedication to customer service are what allows Horizon Lines to continue to deliver for Lowe’s and the people of Alaska,” said Karen Richards, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Horizon Lines. “I am thrilled that our team can accept this award for a fourth straight year with the pride that comes from a job well done.”

Horizon Lines helped Lowe’s open two new stores in Wasilla and Fairbanks, AK, in Dec.2004. Horizon not only delivered the equipment to open stores, such as shelves, but also the retail goods that stocked the shelves.



 

CONTAINERSHIP INVOLVED IN LA PORT RADIATION SCARE

Even the smallest radioactive sources aboard a ship can set off the sophisticated monitors used by the Dept. of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents during routine inspections. That fact was demonstrated in an incident last week aboard a Maersk Sealand containership at the Port of Los Angeles.

At 2030 on January 26, CBP officers were performing a routine boarding inspection of the containership Maersk TOLEDO which had arrived from Kwang Yang, South Korea. During the boarding, the CBP officers were alerted to the possible presence of radioactivity by their personal radiation detectors.

These devices are worn on the belts of CBP officers and look similar to pagers. They emit audio signals and numeric alerts when radiation is present. Officers found the greatest intensity of radioactivity near the ceiling of the engine storage room. A scan of the area with a radiation isotope identifier device, similar to a Geiger counter, appeared consistent with the presence of Cobalt 60, a metal used for medical and industrial purposes.

CBP officers secured the area and info was relayed to the CBP Laboratory and Scientific Services at the National Targeting Center. At 0630 on January 27, the Dept. of Energy Radiation Assistance Program (RAP) team was dispatched from Las Vegas, NV. The RAP team began testing the suspicious area about 1000 hrs.

By noon it was determined that that a gauge used to test the ship’s fire extinguishing system was the source of the radioactive emission and that it posed no threat. The USCG, the FBI, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, along with the Department of Energy also responded to the incident.




 

YOUNG CRITICIZES ‘FAIL SAFE’ APPROACH TO PORT SECURITY

Earlier this week, the ranking member of the House Homeland Security Committee criticized the “fail-safe” approach that he feels the Bush administration and Congress is taking toward port security. Rep. Don Young (R-AK) said he believes in security, “but I also believe in commerce.”

“There are some within the administration, and outside, within the Congress, that believe security comes first,” Young said during a conference on port security. “And I say that if we become so fail-safe it interferes with the flow of commerce, especially maritime and rail, the bad guys have won.”

Young said he believed that the maritime and rail industries were ahead of the curve when it comes to security developments, and says Congress should not micromanage that. He noted that commerce is “what keeps this nation growing. It’s what gives us the freedom. It’s what allows us to be leaders in the world. And we cannot run from that aspect by being too secure.”

He said that those involved in maritime operations have a responsibility to let their congressmen know the importance of keeping the commerce moving. And don’t let Congress decide how to do it. “Don’t let Congress mini-manage what I think the maritime industry can do on its own because if you let us do it, we’ll screw it up for sure,” Young concluded.

 


USCG FACES BIG BARRIERS IN ACHIEVING SECURITY MANDATE

The Acting Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security told a Senate panel last week that despite the USCG’s willingness to work hard and long hours, use innovative tactics, and work through partnerships in close inter-agency cooperation, it faces significant barriers. Of most concern is the deteriorating readiness of the USCG’s fleet assets.

Testifying before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Richard Skinner discussed three major barriers to improving and sustaining its readiness to perform its legacy missions:

The lack of a comprehensive and fully defined performance management system impedes the Coast Guard’s ability to gauge its performance, allocate resources effectively, and target areas for improved performance.

The workload demands on the USCG will continue to increase as it implements the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 (MTSA). This complex work requires experienced and trained personnel; however, the USCG has in recent years suffered from declining experience levels among its personnel.

Sustaining a high operating tempo due to homeland security demands, like added port, waterway, and coastal security patrols, will tax the USCG’s infrastructure including its aging cutter and aircraft fleet.

It was noted that the USCG has yet to define a performance management system that includes all the input, output, and outcomes needed to gauge results and target performance improvements, balance its missions, and ensure the capacity and readiness to respond to future crises or major terrorist attacks.


SEARCH UNDERWAY FOR MISSING CREW AFTER BULKER SINKS

Japan’s Coast Guard is conducting a search for six Ukrainian seafarers missing from a Malta-registered Handysize bulk carrier that sank off the Japanese island of Chichijima earlier this week. Sixteen of the 22 crew members, all Ukrainians, on Seven Seas Maritime-owned and operated AURELIA were rescued from life rafts after the ship sent out distress signals early Wednesday morning.

The 1981-built ship was en route from Peru to Japan with a cargo of zinc ore when the accident occurred. A spokesman for Seven Seas said that are currently unaware of the cause of the accident but heavy weather was reported to be in the area. An investigation into the sinking is underway.


HISTORY OF CONTAINERIZATION PROJECT NAMES CHAIRPERSONS

The Containerization & Intermodal Institute (CII) recently announced that Chuck Raymond, Chairman, President and CEO of MM&P-contracted Horizon Lines and Mrs. Malcom (Irena) McLean and will serve as Honorary Chairpersons of the CII History of Containerization Project.

Mrs. McLean, is the widow of Malcom McLean, the inventor of containerization. In accepting her appointment, she said that “I am honored to participate in this project that will honor the industry and Malcom’s contributions,” she said. “Malcom was a humble man who was frequently surprised at all the fuss made about containerization. But we all know the genius that went into his innovative spirit.”

In accepting his appointment as honorary co-chairperson, Mr. Raymond said that, “The IDEAL X, the first ship to ever carry containers, sailed about 49 years ago. The people of Horizon are proud to carry the legacy of that event which so changed world trade. I am especially pleased to be involved in the project that will forever recognize the significance of how our industry has grown in the past half-century.”

It is the mission of the CII History of Containerization project to preserve the containerization industry’s decorated past for future generations. The project’s ultimate goal is to create a permanent museum exhibit documenting the birth and rise of containerization in the latter half of the 20th Century due to the vision of Mr. McLean, and to ensure that this development is recorded in history books.

The Project Committee will oversee progress in several important programs already underway.

50th Anniversary Gala Celebration: On April 26, 2006, CII and industry sponsors will host a gala event in Washington, DC, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Ideal X’s first voyage out of Newark, NJ.

CII Preservation Program: CII is asking for help in collecting the historical memorabilia associated with the development of containerization and modern intermodalism. This effort will help CII to build the world’s most comprehensive exhibit of Containerization.

CII-CPIN “Living History” Project: In cooperation with the Commonwealth Policy Institute Network (CPIN) in Washington, DC, CII has begun to videotape the memoirs of industry pioneers who worked side-by-side with Malcom McLean at the beginning and during the development of containerization. This “living history” will be preserved and made available to the public.

For more info or to get involved in the CII History of Containerization project, please call 877-552-5299 or Email history@containerization.org. Barbara Yeninas is Executive Director of the Holmdel, NJ-based organization that was founded in 1960 and is the oldest trade association in the containerization field.



 

REMINDER: APPLICATIONS FOR 2004 “SHEP” AWARD

The Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) is now accepting nominations for the 2004 Rear Admiral Halert Shepheard Award. Presentation of the “Shep” Award will take place at CSA’s annual meeting on April 19 in New York City.

Nominations for a living individual may be submitted for a single outstanding contribution to merchant marine safety; or in recognition of, dedication to, or exceptional leadership in activities associated with merchant marine safety over time. Nominations should be based upon direct personal and professional knowledge of an individual.

Nominations must be received no later that Friday, March 4. A web-based nomination form may be downloaded from CSA’s website: www.knowships.org, or may be obtained by writing to: “Shep” Award Committee, Chamber of Shipping of America, 1730 M Street, NW, Suite 407, Washington, DC 20036.


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

 

CLASS OPENINGS

Between now and the end of March 2005 seats are available in the following courses:

  • AIS – Automatic Identification System: 4/24
  • ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 2/07, 3/14, 4/4
  • BRM – Bridge Resource Management: 2/14
  • BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 4/26
  • BST – Basic Safety Training: 3/07, 4/25

    CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses

  • CMM-ADVSTB – Advanced Stability: 2/14
  • CMM-CHS I- Cargo Handling & Stowage (week 1): 3/28
  • CMM-CHS II- Cargo Handling & Stowage (week 2): 3/21
  • CMM-ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display and Info Systems: 3/21, 4/18
  • CMM-MMP – Marine Propulsion Plants: 2/21
  • CMM-SHMGT-I – Ship Management (week 1): 2/07, 2/28
  • CMM-SHMGT-II – Ship Management (week 2): 3/07
  • CMM-SHS-ADV-I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 2/14, 3/14, 3/28, 4/18
  • CMM-SHS-ADV-II- Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 3/21, 4/25
  • CMM-WKP- Advanced Watchkeeping: 3/14, 4/11
  • CMM-VPEN-Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation: 4/25
  • CONT-PLNG – Contingency Planning: 2/11, 3/04, 4/8
  • FF-BADV – (Combined) Basic and Advanced Firefighting: 3/07, 4/20
  • HAZ – Hazardous Materials [5-day]: 3/28, 4/11
  • KAM-AZIPOD-3 – Kamewa & Azipod Steering and Propulsion Systems (3 day): 2/21
  • LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 2/08, 4/13
  • MEDIA-RSP – Media Response: 2/10, 3/03, 3/17
  • MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 2/12, 3/19, 4/23
  • MED-PIC – Medical Person-In-Charge: 2/07, 3/14, 4/18
  • MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 2/07, 3/14, 4/18

    MSC – Military Sealift Command

  • MSC-CBRD-1 – Chemical Biological Radiological Defense Training Orientation: 3/03, 4/23, 5/1
  • MSC-DC – Damage Control: 4/18, 4/27
  • MSC-SMA – Small Arms Training (4-day): 4/25
  • MSC-SMA-R – Small Arms Re-Qualification (2-day): 4/29
    (must have proof of passing all 3 weapons within 2 years)
  • ROP-5 – Radar Observer Original and Renewal (5-day): 3/28
  • ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 2/07, 3/14, 4/4
  • SEC-FSO – Facility Security Officer: 2/08, 4/4
  • SEC-MAR-PRO – Maritime Security Professional Train The Trainer Training [5 days], 4/11
  • SEC-OFF-PCS – Security Officer: Port, Company, Ship: 2/28
  • SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5-day): 3/28
  • TPIC – Tankerman Person-In-Charge: 4/4

 


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, UPDATED COURSE AVAILABILITY, INFO & REGISTRATION

Courses are subject to change. Check the MITAGS website for up-to-date course descriptions associated with all course title abbreviations, and for schedule revisions and 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 MARITIME TECHNOLOGY & CAREER CENTER ACADEMIC SCHEDULE – Winter 2004 – Spring 2005

All the courses below will be conducted at our new facility at 1729 Alaskan Way South, home to the “Maritime Technology and Career Center” which houses PMI’s state-of-the-art Full Mission Ship Simulator.

February 2005

  • 2/07-11: Electronic Navigation
  • 2/07-18: GMDSS
  • 2/14: Radar Recertification
  • 2/14-18: Basic Safety Training
  • 2/14-18: ARPA
  • 2/14-18: Emergency Shiphandling
  • 2/14-25: Celestial Navigation
  • 2/14-25: 100 Ton Course
  • 2/21-25: Personal Survival Craft/Lifeboatman
  • 2/21-25: Basic Shiphandling
  • 2/21-24: Fast Rescue Boat
  • 2/28-3/4: Basic and Advanced Firefighting
  • 2/28-3/4: Basic Meteorology
  • 2/28-3/2: Ship/Company Security Officer
  • 2/28-3/11: GMDSS

March 2005

  • 3/07-11: Construction and Stability
  • 3/14-18: Basic Safety Training
  • 3/17-18: Basic Firefighting
  • 3/14-18: Cargo Handling and Stowage
  • 3/14-18: ARPA
  • 3/14-18: Tankerman Person-In-Charge
  • 3/21-25: Able Bodied Seaman
  • 3/21-24: Personal Survival Craft/Lifeboatman
  • 3/21-25: Medical Care Provider
  • 3/21-4/01: Medical Person-In-Charge
  • 3/21-25: ECDIS
  • 3/21-24: Fast Rescue Boat
  • 3/28-29: Ratings Forming Part of a Navigational Watch
  • 3/28-29: Search and Rescue
  • 3/30-4/01: Emergency Procedures
  • 3/28-4/01: ARPA
  • 3/28: Radar Recertification
  • 3/28-4/01: Emergency Shiphandling

For registration and more info call DeeDee Lazik or Jennifer Fowler at 888-893-7829, check the PMI website at mates.org or Email PMI at admin@mates.org.




 
 

MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF JANUARY 26, 2005 CLOSE


 D O W    N A S D A Q
 10,596.79 +98.20 for the week  2,075.06  +28.97 for the week
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
Closing
Price
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
110.02
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
30.67
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
18.59
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
15.93
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
30.58
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.48
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate Fund (VWEHX)
6.40
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.30
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
17.58
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
16.08
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
37.68
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
102.72
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
42.23





~ Reminders ~




 

T-AGS OCEANOGRAPHIC SURVEY SHIPS MANNING REQUIREMENTS

REQUIRED COURSEWORK

All MM&P members are reminded that to sail aboard the T-AGS ships that MM&P-contracted Horizon Lines will be operating, you must have the required training certification and your certificates must be current in accordance with Military Sealift Command requirements. Members are also required to have had a MSC pre-employment physical and to possess Ship Security Clearance (see below).

The MSC Contract calls for all training certificates required for manning of these vessels to be no older than 5 years and that all STCW-95 courses be renewed every 5 years, or annually, as applicable.

Five-year renewable courses include, but are not limited to:

  • Advanced Fire Fighting
  • Basic Safety Training, and
  • Damage Control

Small Arms certificates must be less than 1 year old.

Members interested in applying for one of the positions onboard the T-AGS vessels are advised to make sure your certificates are up to date. If not, contact Mary Matlock or Diane Ford at MITAGS Admissions, email: admissions@mitags.org, and schedule to take the course(s) needed.

Those MM&P members interested in obtaining more information and facts about the T-AGS Oceanographic Vessels are asked to email the Director of Special Projects requesting the “facts sheet”. It will be provided by return email in an Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

Members interested in employment on the T-AGS ships are asked to provide a 1-2 page resume. Please list the desired position you are seeking along with the certificates of training you possess and their dates. Upon receipt it will be forwarded to Horizon Lines and a confirmation sent back to the member. Vessel turnover commences Oct.17, 2004 and will continue until Jan.3, 2005. Crew rotations will start beginning as early as January 2005 and will continue through as late as June 2005. Positions for all ratings remain open.

The point of contact for sending a resume for employment on the Horizon Lines T-AGS Oceanographic Vessels is Richard Plant, MM&P’s Director of Special Projects. Send resumes in an email or as a Word file attachment to him at: rplant@bridgedeck.org, by fax to 410-850-0973 or by mail to:

Richard Plant, Director of Special Projects

IOMM&P
700 Maritime Blvd.
Linthicum Heights, MD 21090



SHIP SECURITY CLEARANCE NEEDED

Members who want to sail for Horizon Lines on the T-AGS Oceanographic Survey vessels the company is set to begin operating for MSC must have Ship Security Clearance before going aboard.

Special software must be downloaded from the US Government’s Defense Security Service to complete the Security Clearance application. You must have an Internet connection and a Windows-based computer to retrieve the application and run the program.

Go to https://sclient.dss.mil/download/w9xfull.htm to download the software titled “EPSQ SUBJECT2_2”.

After the software is installed and the program is launched, select “Create” from the menu bar at the top of the screen. You will be required to enter your Social Security Number and a case-sensitive password. A window titled “Type of Form” will appear.

All Deck Officers should select the first button titled “Request for Security Clearance (SF86)” and then click “OK” to go to the next screen, “Type of Investigation”.

From the “Type of Investigation” screen:

  • Masters and Radio Officers should select the first button, “Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI)”.
  • All other Deck Officers (C/M, 2/M, 3/M) should click on the second button, “National Agency Check (NAC or NACLC)”.

After selecting the appropriate investigation type, click on “OK” to begin filling in the forms.

When complete and all information has been validated, click on “Communications” from the menu bar at the top of the screen and select “Transmit to Security Officer”. Save the file to the hard drive on your computer using your last name (surname) as the file name. Send this file as an email attachment to Mike Bohlman at Horizon Lines, Mbohlman@horizon-lines.com. His phone number is 908-259-2803. You will need to provide Mike Bohlman with your name and the case-sensitive password you assigned to the file in order for Horizon Lines to open the file and process your Security Clearance.



MSC PHYSICALS

Horizon Lines requests all mariners seeking employment aboard the T-AGS Oceanographic vessels to take their MSC Physical at specially-designated facilities only after being advised to do so by the Company. This is to assure that all requirements of the MSC Physical are properly met.

On Dec.6, MM&P members will begin manning the third of seven T-AGS ships operated by Horizon. The USNS SUMNER will be crewed-up in Portland, OR. MM&P wishes the crew a safe voyage and happy holidays.


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:

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

5.00 percent for 25-48 months;
5.75 percent for 49-60 months ($20,000 minimum); and
6.25 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

NOTICE TO MEMBERS WHO ARE TAKING VIOXX

On Sept.30, Merck & Co. voluntarily withdrew Vioxx, a popular anti-inflammatory medication, from the market. As a result, individuals who are currently taking the drug have been asked to contact their health care professionals to discuss discontinuing use of Vioxx and possible alternative treatments.

MM&P Plans Administrator Valerie Verrecchio reports that, “We have gotten a number of calls from members who want to know what to do with their remaining supply of Vioxx and whether the Plan or NMHC will refund their co-pay for the unused portion.

“Unfortunately, neither NMHC nor the Plan was aware of the Merck decision prior to the public announcement on Sept.30. As of that date, all deliveries of Vioxx to our members was suspended in accordance with Merck’s announcement. Orders that had already been processed and were in transit could not be stopped.

“In regard to refunds, Merck has set up a website at www.vioxx.com where members can obtain information on how to recover refunds from Merck for the unused portion of medication. Members can also call following toll free number for information: 1-888-368-4699.

“We are sorry for any inc onvenience this may have caused to members currently taking this medication, however, the matter is out of the control of the Plans.”



NMHC MAIL-ORDER PRESCRIPTIONS WEBSITE UPDATED & IMPROVED

MM&P Plans Administrator Valerie Verrecchio reports, “Good news! NMHC mail has finally gotten their website upgraded and functioning properly. I went in and tested it myself and found it to be quite user friendly.”

To use NMHC’s upgraded service, go to the NMHC Mail website at www.nmhcmail.com and click on “MEMBER LOGIN” at the bottom of the screen.

First-time and Registered users may bypass the welcome screen and go directly to the log-in page at https://members.nmhcrx.com/Login/Login.aspx.

  • First-time users should then click on the link marked “NEW USER: REGISTER HERE”.
    This will take you to a page titled “MEMBER REGISTRATION” where you will need to enter demographic information and submit it by clicking on the
  • “CREATE ACCOUNT” button.

After creating your account, NMHC will email you a password to gain entry into your records. With your first sign-in, the NMHC system will prompt you to change the NMHC password to one of your own choosing.

Once you are registered at NMHC, you can check the status of open orders by logging-in to the system through the “MEMBER LOGIN” page and going into the “MAIL ORDER” menu. You can look up all prescriptions and get the price our members will pay for any medication. You can also view an order history of all of your medication transactions (both retail and mail) for the last 24 months, locate 24-hour pharmacies in your zip code region as well as access other helpful member education information.

“We hope this welcome improvement will assist our members. Although you cannot order refills on line if you don’t provide a credit or debit card number, you can phone in your refill. Once you register on the website, you will still have access to all of the other information including checking the status of your order once it is phoned in,” said Ms. Verrecchio.



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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