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Wheelhouse Weekly – February 12, 2004

February 12th 2004

 


THE MASTERS, MATES & PILOTS’
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Volume 8 . . . . . Number 7 . . . . February 12, 2004

STORIES COVERED

ALSO

REMINDERS




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MM&P-CREWED USNS SEAY LOADS IN PHILLY FOR MIDDLE EAST

In frigid conditions with ice and snow encrusted decks, the MM&P-crewed 950-foot USNS SEAY was loaded in Philadelphia on Jan.30, with 253,000 square feet of Army equipment destined for the Middle East.

The noncombatant ship is under the command of MM&P member Capt. Roger Haskell. Patrick Hennessy is sailing as C/M, Robert Dobrowolski is 2/M, Ralph Hughes and Brent McClaine are sailing as 3/Ms.

The SEAY has been a prime mover for combat-essential cargo needed by deployed US forces during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The ship has sailed between the US and the Middle East four times during the past year, single-handedly transporting more than 1.5 million square feet of cargo for US troops ashore.

MSC, along with the Air Mobility Command and Surface Deployment and Distribution Command are Transportation Component Commands of US Transportation Command. The SEAY, which is owned by the Navy and operated under commercial contract with MM&P-contracted Patriot Contract services, is crewed by 30 commercial mariners, has a cargo-carrying capacity of more than 300,000 square feet – the equivalent of more than five football fields. The ship is one of about 34 MSC cargo ships currently moving cargo for ground troops into and out of the US Central Command area of operations.

The US military’s top sea transportation leader, Vice Adm. David Brewer III, USN, Commander, MSC, observed the loading operations aboard the SEAY and told the ship’s crew that, “…during Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, MSC has delivered more than 32 million square feet of combat cargo, the equivalent of more than 21 Pentagons, and more than one billion gallons of fuel via a ‘Steel Bridge of Democracy’ of more than 150 ships.”

Ship loading operations like the SEAY’s, as well as off-loading of returning cargo, have been occurring at US and overseas ports since early January. These operations are in conjunction with the rotation of roughly 240,000 US military personnel into and out of the Middle East, one of the largest troop rotations since World War II. Ninety-five percent of the combat-essential cargo needed by these troops moves by sea.

Learn More: USNS SEAY Fact Sheet

 



 

SLIP RESISTANT FOOTWEAR REDUCES SHIPBOARD FALL INJURIES

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.



 

BALTIMORE UNIONS DEMONSTRATE IN SUPPORT OF SO. CAL’S UFCW

On Tuesday, Feb.10, Baltimore area labor unions, including officers and members from MM&P HQ in Linthicum Heights, demonstrated in the name of Solidarity for the 70,000 striking and locked out workers members of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) in Southern California. Another demonstration is scheduled for Friday, Feb.13.

MM&P members in the Los Angeles area have been lending their support every day, joining their Safeway brother and sister unionists on the picket lines.

As good union and community citizens, members of Baltimore area unions want to support their union sisters and brothers at Safeway whose local contract will be expiring toward the end of March.

As reported two weeks ago in the Wheelhouse Weekly, the nation’s union leaders and the AFL-CIO have announced that the labor movement will extend nationwide its efforts to hold the line for affordable healthcare in its fight with grocery chains in Southern CA.

That announcement followed the latest breakdown of yet another effort to persuade Safeway, the lead grocery chain in the dispute, as well as Ralphs and Albertsons, to abandon their demand for the effective elimination of health care benefits.

Union leaders are gravely concerned that if Safeway is successful in its bid to eliminate effective health care benefits, it will start a domino effect by giving a green light to tens of thousands of companies in all industries to cut health care benefits during their next set of contract negotiations.

Learn More: Visit the UFCW and the AFL-CIO on the web



 

VOLUNTEER MATES, C/E and AB NEEDED FOR LST TO PUT-TO-SEA

Plans are underway for the restored World Ward II-vintage USS LST 325 (Landing Ship, Tank) to make a commemorative D-Day voyage from her home port in Mobile, AL to Boston, MA beginning on May 24 and returning July 9.

Two Licensed Deck Officers, a Chief Engineer and an AB are still needed to make the voyage possible. These are all volunteer positions. The Trip may be broken down to three legs or the full 46-day trip with 23 days at sea. Other port visits include Washington, DC, and the Massachusetts ports of Boston, Gloucester, Quincy and New Bedford.

For more info, check out the website www.lstmemorial.org or call Bill Kapaus at 972-712-3394 or Capt Al Wilson at 508-830-5040.

Some of the stats:

LOA: 328ft Beam: 50 ft Speed: 12 knots Officers: 10 Crew: 35 unlicensed Propulsion: 2 General Motors 12-567 diesel engines, two shafts, two rudders.

Travel will be reimbursed. Required documents are a drug free certificate and STCW.



 

MM&P MEMBER SUPPORT ASKED FOR WWII MERCHANT MARINERS BILL

The US Maritime Service Veterans are requesting that MM&P members, families and friends ask their local Congressmen and Congresswomen to co-sponsor HR 3729, the Belated Thank You to Merchant Mariners of World War II bill. They are requesting members to go to the URGENT page on their website at: www.usmm.org/urgent.html and click on your State, and select your Member of Congress to find their phone, fax, Email, and a sample message.

Each person can also send a hand written post card. Post cards are effective now because of current security problems with closed mail. A post card message could read:

Please cosponsor HR 3729: Belated Thank You to the Merchant Mariners of World War II Act (Bob Filner, CA, sponsor).

During World War II, mariners suffered one of the highest rate of casualties of any service. After the war, they received no benefits. HR 3729 would grant $1,000 per month to mariners or widows to help make up for that.

See www.usmm.org/hr3729.html

Sincerely,
[name]
[home address]

In addition, please call the US Capitol switchboard toll-free at 1-877-762-8762 and ask for your Member of Congress. Also call their local office, which is listed in the Blue Pages of your telephone directory under US Government Offices-Congress.

Make sure the Aide or Volunteer writes down the following info about the Bill: HR 3729: Belated Thank You to the Merchant Mariners of World War II Act, Sponsor’s name – Bob Filner, YOUR NAME and ADDRESS. Be Persistent!

The above info was supplied by Dan and Toni Horodysky, American Merchant Marine at War – www.usmm.org. If you wish to support their research and website which documents the History of the American Merchant Marine at War, a contribution can be sent to:

Dan Horodysky P.O. Box 2361 Berkeley, CA 94702-0361



 

ATTENTION “BIG U” CREW – GIBBS WANTS YOU

Susan Gibbs is writing a book about her noted naval architect grandfather William Francis Gibbs and his favorite ship, the SS UNITED STATES. MM&P members crewed the “Big U” from 1952 until its decommissioning in 1969.

Gibbs wants to locate former Big U crewmembers that are willing to share their memories of life aboard the ship. She wants to hear from anyone familiar with the vessel, especially those who knew her grandfather. She can be reached via Email at sgibbs@starpower.net or 202-337-5767.

The SS UNITED STATES captured the Blue Riband for the fastest trans-Atlantic crossing in both directions on her maiden voyage in 1952. Norwegian Cruise Lines recently purchased the ship and plans to refurbish it.

A crew/passenger reunion is also being planned by the SS UNITED STATES Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the ship for future generations. For more info, visit www.ssunitedstates.org.



 

DOJ HANDS DOWN INDICTMENT AGAINST SS JUNEAU MASTER

The US Dept. of Justice has announced that three senior executives, a marine superintendent and two licensed ship-board officers were indicted by a federal grand jury in Miami for their role in overboard dumping of part of an oil-contaminated grain cargo from the SS JUNEAU, a US-flag vessel, into the waters of the South China Sea in early Feb. 1999 and their alleged efforts to impede the USCG and other authorities from learning of the illegal conduct.

The defendants named in the charges are: Rick Stickle, Chairman and CEO of Sabine Transportation, Inc., a Cedar Rapids, IA based company; Michael Reeve, President of Sabine; and John Karayannides, Vice President of Operations.

Also named are Michael Krider, Port Engineer; George McKay, Master of the SS JUNEAU; and Philip Hitchens, Chief Officer.

“We are committed to bringing to justice those who seek to pollute our waters, lie to our government and endanger our well-being,” said Tom Sansonetti, Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division. “Companies and individuals who navigate our waters should take note that we are keeping a watchful eye.”

A spokesman for the DOJ said that this prosecution reflects the US government’s commitment to seek out those who would degrade the environment for profit and hold them accountable. “The use of the oceans as a dumping ground for unscrupulous operators will not be tolerated. The Justice Dept. will aggressively pursue these operators no matter where they are or how long it takes to hold them accountable for their actions.”

In an earlier federal trial, Sabine admitted to discharging an oily mixture of approx. 440 tons of diesel oil-contaminated grain and agreed to pay a $200,000 criminal fine with respect to the dumping incident and an additional $1.8 million for other charges against it.

The government’s investigation began when the SS JUNEAU arrived in Portland, OR at the end of her voyage and crew members alerted USCG personnel there that a diesel oil leak into one of JUNEAU’s main cargo tanks was discovered while the humanitarian shipment of grain was being off-loaded in Bangladesh in Dec. 1998. According to the information provided, approximately 442 metric tons of wheat became saturated with the oil and could not be off-loaded.

Allegedly, over the course of the following month, while in Bangladeshi waters and later during a dry docking in Singapore, company officials and vessel officers discussed various ways of off-loading the cargo legally, but this option was ultimately rejected as too expensive.

Instead, company officials are said to have intentionally misled USCG officers in Singapore and Portland by failing to disclose the true nature of the contaminated residue and seeking authorization to discharge the residue at sea under the guise of it merely being an oily waste.

Such wastes can ordinarily be processed through an oil pollution prevention device on a ship, which would limit any oily waste discharge to the standards set by US and international law. The Sabine officers and employees were well aware, according to court documents, that discharging the oil-laden mixture in this fashion from the SS JUNEAU was not feasible since the monitoring system was designed to handle liquids and not solids.

Although concealed from the USCG at the time, Sabine’s executives allegedly had decided to hire a team of 15 Bulgarian nationals and several technicians to board the SS JUNEAU in Singapore and directly discharge the contaminated wheat into the ocean during the return voyage to the US. During the first week of February 1999, the SS JUNEAU, while transiting the South China Sea, emptied the contaminated cargo tank and failed to report the discharge to the USCG as required by law.

The indictment alleges that the defendants engaged in:

  • a multi-purpose conspiracy to illegally discharge the oil contaminated grain at sea;
  • to obstruct a proceeding initiated by the USCG by presenting the USCG false and misleading statements and records; and
  • to defraud the US by hampering and impeding the USCG and the Dept. of Agriculture in their efforts to enforce environmental laws and the laws and regulations governing the carriage and delivery of donated agricultural commodities.

Counts 1 and 2 of the indictment charge felony violations of US law, each of which carries possible penalties of up to five years imprisonment and a criminal fine of the greater of $250,000 per count or twice the gain or loss caused by the relevant conduct.

Count 3, charging Port Engineer Michael Krider with false pretenses, carries a possible penalty of up to one year imprisonment and a fine of the greater of $100,000, or twice the gain or loss caused by the relevant conduct.



 

MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

You walk the walk, but can you talk the talk? Thinking about a job aboard a ship under the operational control of MSC? Then you should know the MSC communication procedures!

MSC-COMMS, Strategic Sealift Communications course (offered Feb.23) is designed to give students a basic understanding of communication requirements, an introduction to Navy message writing, radiotelephone procedures, communications security and publications. Excellent practical exercises are included to improve interoperability between the merchant marine, US and allied military forces.

 

Class Openings

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

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  • ARPA — Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 2/9, 3/15

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  • BRM — Bridge Resource Management: 2/16, 3/15
  • BST — Basic Safety Training: 3/1

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CMM = Chief Mate and Master Courses

  • CMM-ADVSTB — Advanced Stability, 2/16
  • CMM-CHS-1 — Cargo Handling & Stowage (week 1), 2/23
  • CMM-CHS-2 — Cargo Handling & Stowage (week 2), 3/1
  • CMM-ECDIS — Electronic Chart Display and Info Systems: 3/15
  • CMM-SHS-ADV-1 — Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 2/23, 3/22
  • CMM-SHS-ADV-11 — Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 3/1, 3/29
  • CMM-SHMGT-1 — Ship Management (week 1), 3/15
  • CMM-SHMGT-2 — Ship Management (week 2), 3/22
  • CMM-WKP — Watchkeeping 3/8

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  • COMP-ABSS — Computer ABS Safenet Program: 3/8
  • COMP-DC — Computer Database Program: 3/22
  • CONT-PLNG — Contingency Planning Workshop: 2/26, 3/11
  • CSE-AWR — Confined Space Entry Awareness (1-day): 3/22

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  • FF-ADV — Advanced Firefighting: 3/15

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  • MED-DOT-DA — Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Test: 2/14, 3/27
  • MEDIA-RSP — Media Response: 2/27, 3/12
  • MED-SMC — Shipboard Medical Care: 3/1

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MSC = Military Sealift Command Courses

  • MSC-CBRD-1 — Chemical Biological Radiological Defense Training Orientation: 2/27
  • MSC-COMMS — Strategic Sealift Communications: 2/23
  • MSC-DC — Damage Control: 2/28, 3/23, 3/25
  • MSC-SMA-Requalify — Small Arms Requalification: 3/23, 3/25
    (must have passed all 3 weapons within the previous 2 years)

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  • ROP-5 — Radar Observer Program (Original and Renewal): 2/23
  • ROR-1 — Radar Observer Renewal: 2/14, 3/20

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  • SEC-OFF PCS — Security Officer-Port, Company, Ship: 2/23, 3/8
  • SHS-BAS — Basic Shiphandling: 3/15
  • SHS-EMR5 — Emergency Shiphandling: 3/8

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  • T-PIC — Tankship or Barge Hazardous Liquids, Person-In-Charge: 3/8

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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

Course Schedule

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  • 2/23-25: Ship Security
  • 2/23-3/5: Ship Management
  • 2/23-27: Tankerman Person-In-Charge

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  • 3/1-2:Search & Rescue
  • 3/3-5: Emergency Procedures
  • 3/1-5:Radar Observer Unlimit
  • 3/8-12: Ship Construction and Basic Stability
  • 3/8-12: Advanced Meteorology
  • 3/15-19:Basic Safety Train
  • 3/15-19: Basic Cargo Handling and Stowage
  • 3/15-19: ECDIS
  • 3/15-26: GMDSS
  • 3/22/26: Basic and Advanced Firefighting
  • 3/22-26: ARPA
  • 3/22: Radar Recertification
  • 3/22-24: Ship Security
  • 3/29-4/2: Medical Provider
  • 3/29-4/9: Medical Person-In-Charge

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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 FEBRUARY 11, 2004 CLOSE

 

 D O W    N A S D A Q
 10,737.70 + 107.09 for the week  2,089.66  + 75.52 for the week

Fund Name & Stock Symbol

Closing Price

Year-to-Date Fund Percentage Return

Year-to-Date Industry or Category Return
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)

107.09

+ 3.80 %

+ 3.67 %
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)

27.14

+ 5.96 %

+ 4.94 %
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)

16.46

+ 5.83 %

+ 4.75 %
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)

15.08

+ 4.37 %

+ 3.68 %
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)

27.19

+ 5.13 %

+ 3.84 %
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)

10.54

+ 1.03 %

+ 1.11 %
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate Fund (VWEHX)

6.37

+ 0.83 %

+ 1.36 %
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)

10.37

+ 1.39 %

+ 1.23 %
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)

15.22

+ 5.44 %

+ 3.68 %
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)

15.96

+ 2.68 %

+ 2.91 %
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)

36.14

+ 3.31 %

+ 3.67 %
Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)

98.64

+ 3.45 %

+ 3.67 %
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)

39.96

+ 3.78 %

+ 3.67 %



~ 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.



 

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.



 

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.



 

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, contact Randi Ciszewski, MM&P’s Government Fleets Representative, at rciszewski@bridgedeck.org.



 

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.



 

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.