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Wheelhouse Weekly – January 28, 2008

January 28th 2008

 

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

Volume 12 . . . . . Number 4. . . .January 28, 2008

STORIES COVERED

Also

REMINDERS

T-AGS Oceanographic Survey Ships Info

Required Coursework

Security Clearances

MSC Physicals

MM&P FCU News

MM&P Health & Benefit Plan News

Meet Our New Prescription Benefit Manager, PHARMACARE

Notice to MM&P Health & Benefit Plan Participants

WWII USCG Veterans Outreach

Company Gives Bucks Back for buying Safe Shoes

Website Offers Union-Made Goods and Services




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


MARK YOUR CALENDAR: MM&P 2008 CONVENTION CALL!

The 82nd Convention of the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots will be held June 23-25 in Linthicum Heights, Md. The convention will kick off at 1000 on June 23. Only members in good standing for two continuous years in payment of their union dues are eligible to run for elected office. The two-year period for good-standing as far as nominations go is April 1, 2006, through March 31, 2008. Members in good standing as of June 30, 2008, are eligible to vote.


HOUSE PANEL REVIEWS TWIC PROGRESS, QUESTIONS ENROLLMENT DELAYS

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee held a hearing Jan. 23 to review the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program. Witnesses included representatives of the Coast Guard, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Lockheed Martin and the Maryland Department of Transportation. During the course of the hearing, Subcommittee Chair Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), expressed concerns over how the TWIC program will be managed going forward.  

Cummings asked Coast Guard Rear Adm. Brian Salerno why the agency had not set a deadline for ports to begin using the credential or detailed exactly which vessels will be required to install readers. “When the government is imposing new procedures on business,” he said, “it must ensure that these requirements are accompanied by a clear date of implementation and a reasonable timeline for compliance. The Coast Guard must separate from its long history of delays in the promulgation of rules so that mariners and businesses affected by TWIC are able to plan accordingly.”

Cummings said workers “have a right to expect reliable, efficient services, with little to no interruption to their schedule.” He pointed to reports of severe deficiencies in customer services, ranging from dysfunctional computers and loss of work data to delays of up to five hours in wait time. One center that was expected to serve over 30,000 people was staffed with only one employee, while another station closed for the day when its printer ran out of toner.

Judith Marks, president of Lockheed Martin Transportation and Security Solutions, said population shifts have accounted for more applicants in some areas than originally planned and that corrective measures are being taken to cut down on delays. TWIC Program Director Maurine Fanguy was asked about waiver requests. She said TSA has sent out about 900 letters to applicants asking for additional information, but that only eight waiver requests had so far been received. She said that only 1 percent of applicants so far had been disqualified, and not all of them had contacted the government to find out what additional information might be required for approval.


HORIZON FALCON CREW RECEIVES MERCHANT MARINE SEAMANSHIP TROPHY

The licensed deck officers and crew of MM&P-contracted HORIZON FALCON have received the American Merchant Marine Seamanship Trophy for skillful action in rescuing two Chinese sailors from stormy seas. The Seamanship Trophy, which recognizes extraordinary seafaring skills by American mariners, was accepted by the captain of the vessel, Tom McDorr, during a Jan 26 luncheon at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y.

On July 12 of last year, with 70 mph winds kicking up 30-foot swells, the crew of the FALCON rescued two Chinese seafarers who had been stranded in the ocean for two days after their 42-foot Panamanian-flagged ship sank 375 miles northwest of Guam. The storm surge of Typhoon Man-Yi had caused the ship’s cargo to shift. FALCON was the first vessel to arrive on the scene. McDorr navigated the ship through rough seas filled with floating logs to locate and rescue survivors. A lifeboat with three seamen aboard was dispatched under the command of Chief Mate Kevin McCarthy.

After one survivor was rescued, a large swell knocked the lifeboat over to a 45-degree angle, damaging the motor. The crew was ordered to abandon the lifeboat and climbed to safety up the ladder, bringing the survivor with them. A second man was rescued by crewmember J. Dacaug, an able-bodied seaman, who harnessed himself to the pilot’s ladder, attached a grappling hook to the second man and lifted him to safety.

Besides McDorr and McCarthy, MM&P members on board the FALCON at the time of the rescue include Second Mate Harvey Bert Smith and Third Mate Nicholas C. Moore.

MM&P International President Tim Brown and Atlantic Ports Vice President Rich May attended the ceremony at which the men were honored.


DEPUTY DIRECTOR POSITION OPEN AT THE NATIONAL MARITIME CENTER

The U.S. Coast Guard’s National Maritime Center (NMC) is seeking applicants for the position of Deputy Director. The incumbent serves as the Deputy to the Commanding Officer, has responsibility and authority to perform all the functions of the Commanding Officer, and acts as the Chief Operating Officer of the NMC. He or she directs daily operations and ensures compliance with established processes, the implementation of statutes, regulations and policies relating to merchant mariner licensing and documentation (MLD). In addition, the Deputy Director develops and issues policies, directives and procedures; directs the review of the National Maritime Center (NMC) and all Regional Examination Centers (REC); assures efficiency and compliance with regulations, laws and treaties; assures compliance with program goals and the effectiveness of all MLD programs; and performs a full range of managerial and supervisory duties and responsibilities. This position is open to members of the general public (D vacancy) and to current and former federal employees with competitive status (M vacancy).  The websites for this vacancy under both categories are provided below.
For questions about this job, contact: USCG Applicant Support, phone: 866-656-6830, fax: 703-235-1892; e-mail: mgshelp@monster.com

D vacancy
http://jobsearch.usajobs.gov/getjob.asp?JobID=67632688&AVSDM=2008%2D01%2D22+08%3A36%3A39&Logo=0&lid=660&FedEmp=Y&jbf574=HSAC&brd=3876&vw=d&ss=0&FedPub=Y&caller=/a9uscg.asp&SUBMIT1.x=66&SUBMIT1.y=18

M vacancy
http://jobsearch.usajobs.gov/getjob.asp?JobID=67632731&AVSDM=2008%2D01%2D22+08%3A38%3A31&Logo=0&lid=660&FedEmp=Y&jbf574=HSAC&brd=3876&vw=d&ss=0&FedPub=Y&caller=/a9uscg.asp&SUBMIT1.x=66&SUBMIT1.y=18



PIRACY IN NIGERIA AND SOMALIA FUELS UPSWING IN 2007 ATTACK STATISTICS

Reports of piracy increased by 10 percent last year and the attacks were characterized by an increasing level of violence, according to the International Maritime Bureau (IMB). The most significant increase was reported in the territorial waters of Nigeria and Somalia.

There were 263 attacks on ships in 2007, up from 239 in 2006, according to the IMB. The organization reported a 35 percent increase in incidents involving guns, with 64 people injured or assaulted, compared with 17 in 2006.
  
A spokesman for the IMB said the increase in incidents of piracy worldwide could be attributed to the upswing in attacks in the waters around Nigeria and Somalia. He also said pirates in these two countries attacked vessels further out at sea and were better armed and organized.

In Nigeria, most reported attacks (25) took place in Lagos and the Niger Delta region.   In Somalia, piracy incidents were 31, up from 10 in 2006. Pirates held 154 crewmembers hostage in 11 hijackings in Somalia in the course of 2007.

The bureau said “recent intervention by the international community and coalition forces may prove to be the only way to stop the pirates, which have until now shown complete disregard for the law.”

The number of incidents of piracy in Southeast Asia, Indonesia, the Malacca Straits, Malaysia, the Singapore Straits and Bangladesh dropped in 2007 as a result of organized government intervention, the agency said.


DOES YOUR SHIP RECEIVE THE MASTER, MATE & PILOT MAGAZINE BY REGULAR MAIL?

MM&P’s bimonthly magazine, The Master, Mate & Pilot, is distributed by “snail mail” to all MM&P members. All contracted vessels should also be receiving The Master, Mate & Pilot by snail mail. We have recently reports, however, that many vessels are not receiving the magazine through the postal service, and that postal addresses to which the magazine is being mailed are out of date. EVEN IF YOUR SHIP IS ALREADY RECEIVING THE MASTER, MATE & PILOT by mail, we ask that you take a moment to confirm the name of your ship and the correct U.S. Postal mail address, with zip code, by sending an e-mail to communications@bridgedeck.org. (If you sent us a snail mail address in response to last week’s request, there is no need to respond again.)


UNION MEMBERSHIP GREW IN 2007 AT FASTEST RATE SINCE 1979

Union membership in the United States increased to 15.7 million in 2007, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the largest single-year increase in union membership since 1979. Overall, union density increased slightly, from 12.0 percent to 12.1 percent last year, reversing a trend of decline in recent years. In numbers, the increase between the end of 2006 and the end of 2007 was 311,000.

“Today’s numbers show working people are pushing to form and join unions in order to improve their lives, despite record levels of resistance from employers,” AFL-CIO President John Sweeney said. “They know that a union card is the single best ticket into the middle class, especially in today’s economy.” 

Private sector union membership grew by 133,000 and density grew to 7.5 percent in 2007, the first time private sector density grew since 1979. In construction, more than 96,000 members were added last year, bumping union density in that industry to 13.9 percent from 13.0 percent in 2006.

The largest increase in union membership was in health services, where unions added 142,000 members, a 0.9 percent increase in density from 2006 to 7.9 percent. 

Union membership among women grew again in 2007, continuing a trend in recent years. More than 201,000 women joined unions in 2007, nearly twice the number of men.  Women now account for 44 percent of all union members, a new high.

The advantages of having a union on the job were clear in 2007. Last year, median weekly pay for union members was $863, while those who were not represented by unions had median weekly earnings of $663.

Much of the growth in 2007 was due to the increase in the number of workers joining or forming unions, reflecting an increased commitment by unions to help workers organize, especially in growing industries.

“Our unions have been working hard over the last 10 years to build their strategic capacity to help workers join unions, even in this hostile legal environment where workers’ right to organize has been all but eliminated,” Sweeney said.  “The fact that our unions have been able to grow despite a slowing economy and a decline in the public sector is a good sign. As we’ve built political support and held elected officials who oppose workers’ rights accountable, more working people have been able to exercise their choice to join unions.”

The growth in union membership comes at a time when workers say they want and need unions more than ever. More than half of all workers – 60 million – say they would join a union tomorrow if given the chance, according to independent research by Peter Hart Research Associates.


HOUSE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE SAYS TSA WEB SITE PLACED TRAVELERS AT RISK OF IDENTITY THEFT

A report by a congressional oversight committee has concluded that security flaws in a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) web site intended to help travelers whose names were mistakenly listed on airline watch lists put thousands of Americans at risk of identity theft. The report, “Information Security Breach at TSA: The Traveler Redress Website,” was released this month by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) had ordered an investigation of TSA’s data acquisition practices after an Internet blogger identified the security vulnerabilities of the Department of Homeland Security’s Travel Redress Inquiry Program.

The investigation found that the site was not hosted on a government domain. Its homepage was not encrypted, one of its data submission pages was not encrypted and its encrypted pages were not properly certified. The web site was taken offline and replaced by another site hosted on a Department of Homeland Security domain. 

In a Jan. 11 statement, TSA said that 247 people had used the non-secure document and upload to apply for redress from TSA. The agency “immediately reached out” to them, alerting them to the situation, and suggesting “several methods of monitoring their credit.” At the time they were contacted by TSA, none of the individuals reported having been the victim of identity theft.

According to the report, TSA awarded a “no-bid” contract to design and operate the redress web site to a small, Virginia-based contractor, Desyne Web Services. The report said that the TSA official in charge of the project was a former employee of the contractor. The report also revealed that TSA didn’t detect the website’s security weaknesses for months.

An internal TSA investigation of the case found there were problems with the planning, development and operation of the site and said that TSA program managers had been “overly reliant on contractors” in this case.


TUG STANDS GUARD OVER SUNKEN GREEK CARGO SHIP

British coastal authorities report that the tug boat ANGLIAN EARL is standing guard in the waters above the wreck of the Greek cargo ship ICE PRINCE. The ship went down in high seas Jan. 15 about 26 miles south southeast of the Portland Bill. All 20 members of the crew were evacuated safely, except for one mariner who suffered a broken leg. Authorities said the cargo on the vessel, which was en route to Alexandria, Egypt, had shifted in rough weather. The authorities said that as a result of the accident, several thousand tons of untreated lumber were floating in the water and would have to be recovered. The wreck is not considered a hazard to navigation because there are 46.8 meters of water clearance above it.


IN MCTEER BRIDGE ALLISION, COAST GUARD RECOMMENDS COMPANY BE FINED FOR MANNING VIOLATIONS

The Coast Guard has recommended that Savannah Marine Services, operator of a crane barge that hit a South Carolina bridge in April, be fined up to $75,000 for allowing the vessel to operate for more than 24 hours with only one credentialed mariner on board. In its preliminary investigation into the incident, the Coast Guard has also charged the mariner who was operating the vessel at the time with negligence and misconduct, operating beyond the scope of his license and neglecting to immediately report the collision. The Coast Guard said Savannah Marine Services’ hiring practices would be monitored in the future to ensure the company employs only properly licensed mariners.


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

CLASS OPENINGS: Between now and the end of March 2008, seats are available in the following courses:

AIS ECDIS 3 for Pilots � Automatic Identification System and Electronic Chart Display Information System (3 day) for Pilots: 1/28

BRM � Bridge Resource Management: 3/24
BRMP � Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 1/31, 3/27
BST � Basic Safety Training: 2/4

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]
CMM-ADVWX � Advanced Meteorology: 1/21
CMM-CHS I � Advanced Cargo Handling (week 1): 2/4
CMM-CHS II � Advanced Cargo Handling (week 2): 2/11
CMM-ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display & Information Systems: 3/24
CMM-MPP � Marine Propulsion Plants: 2/18
CMM-SHS-ADV-I-Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 1/21, 2/25, 3/10
CMM-SHS-ADV-II-Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 3/17
CMM-SHMGT-I � Ship Management (week 1): 2/25
CMM-SHMGT-II� Ship Management (week 2): 3/3
CMM-VPEN � Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation: 3/17
CMM-WKP � Advanced Watchkeeping: 3/10

CONT PLNG � Contingency Planning Workshop: 1/25
CSE-AWR2 � Confined Space Entry Awareness (2 day): 3/20

FF-BADV � Combined Basic & Advanced Fire Fighting: 2/4

HAZMAT � Hazardous Materials Seminar (1 day) Course: 3/21

LEG � Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 1/30, 3/26

MED-PIC � Medical Person-In-Charge: 2/11, 3/10
MED-PRO � Medical Care Provider: 2/11, 3/10
MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 2/16, 3/15
MEDIA RSP � Media Response: 1/24, 3/20

[MSC – Military Sealift Command]
MSC-CBRD-1 � CBRD Orientation: 1/26
MSC-DC � Damage Control: 1/24
MSC-SMA � Small Arms Training (4 days): 3/24

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 2/18
ROP-5 � Radar Observer Program (Original or Renewal): 3/10

SEC-VCF � Security Officer: Vessel, Company & Facility: 1/21, 3/17
SHS-BAS � Basic Shiphandling: 2/18, 3/24
SHS-ESH- BRMP � Emergency Shiphandling & Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 1/28, 3/24

TPIC – Tankerman Person-In-Charge Dangerous Liquids: 2/11, 3/17

�and remember: If you can’t make the class, make the call. Be courteous, don’t be a no show.

Check the MITAGS website at www.mitags.org for course descriptions associated with the course title abbreviations, and schedule revisions. For class availability or info on MITAGS courses and programs, contact admissions toll-free at 866-656-5568 or Email: admissions@mitags.org.


PMI ACADEMIC NOTES

Winter 2008

Due to the high demand for this program, PMI has now scheduled another that is already close to full enrollment for its 2007-start date. See the PMI Web site at www.mates.org for more info on this new development.

FOR REGISTRATION CALL JENNIFER FOWLER: 206 838-1126

SCHEDULE OF COURSES – (Course schedule also posted online at www.mates.org)

January 2008
28-1MED PRO
28-2GMDSS
28-8MED PIC
28-1FF ADV
28-29FF BAS

February 2008
4-8 ROR
4-8 BST
4-8 AB
11-15TPIC
12-15LFBT
11ROR
11-12SAR
11-15TPIC
12-15ARPA
12-15LFBT
13-15EP
16FL
18-22ENAV
18-22MED PRO
18-29MED PIC
18-22SHS BAS
25ROR
25-29ARPA
25-29ECDIS
25-7CNAV

March 2008
3-7BST
3-14GMDSS
4-7LFBT
10-11SAR
10-12SEC VCF
10-14AB
12-14EP
17-21TPIC
17-28SHS ADV
17-28GMDSS
24-28ECDIS
24-28FF ADV
24-4GMDSS
27-28FF BAS

April 2008
7          ROR
7-11     STB BAS
7-11     SHS EMR
7-11     BST
8-11     ARPA
14-18  CHS BAS
14-18  SHS ADV
21-25  ROP
22-25  AFF
28-5/2 WX BAS
28-5/2 SHS BAS
28-5/16 TCNAV

May 2008
5-9       MED PRO
5-9       SHS EMR
8-9       BFF
12-15   SHS BAS
12-16   ECDIS
12-16   BST
12-16   ROP
12-15   TPIC
19-23   WKP BAS
19-23   ROP
26        ROR
27         FL
27-30  ARPA
27-29  AFF
27-31  WKP BAS/BRM
28-30 CHS BAS

June 2008
2          FL
2-20    TCNAV/CO
2-6      ROP
2-6      SHS ASSESS
3-5      AFF
9         ROR
9-13    SHS ASSESS
9-13    BST
9-20    GMDSS
10        FL
10-13  ARPA
16-20  MED PRO
16-20  SHS BAS
16-20  BST
16-27  MED PIC
23-25  SEC VCF
23-27  ROP
23-27  BAFF

For registration call Jennifer Fowler 888-893-7829

PMI MERCHANDISE FOR SALE!!!

High-quality clothing embroidered with the NEW PMI logo! We can ship these items also! Acceptable forms of payment are check, credit card, money order and exact cash. Call Laura Bendixen at 888-893-7829 for prices and to order. If we don’t have your size, we’ll be glad to special order for you at no extra cost.


MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 1-25-2008

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
12,2070 2,326 1,3331
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund(VAARX)
61.15
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
122.57
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
35.91
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
22.14
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
17.35
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
28.78
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.48
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
29.76
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
5.80
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
16.46
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
22.96
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
14.01
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
19.90
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
11.65
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
12.32
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
12.72
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
13.37
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
13.81
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.31
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
32.02
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
18.82
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
14.69
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
24.88
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
10.27
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
82.77
 Fidelity Small Company Instl (FMACX)
16.64
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
67.52
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
20.71
 Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
39.25
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
35.39
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
26.74
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
11.31
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
12.14
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
14.12
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
14.72
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
15.08
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
8.83
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
10.30
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
10.44
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
34.63
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
47.07
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
28.64






~ 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 and MUST NOT expire during your tour of duty.

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 commenced Oct.17, 2004. 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.



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.


MM&P FCU NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



 

MM&P HEALTH & BENEFIT PLAN NEWS

MEET OUR NEW PRESCRIPTION BENEFIT MANAGER, PHARMACARE

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



NOTICE TO MM&P HEALTH & BENEFIT PLAN PARTICIPANTS

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

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



WWII USCG VETERANS OUTREACH

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

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



 

COMPANY GIVES BUCKS BACK FOR BUYING SAFE SHOES

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

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

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

Vessels in the LMS footwear reimbursement program are:

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

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

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

LOOK FOR THE UNION LABEL:

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

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

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

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

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



 

WEBSITE OFFERS UNION-MADE GOODS AND SERVICES

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

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

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

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

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



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. Suite B, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090-1953. Phone: 410-850-8700; Fax: 410-850-0973; Email: iommp@bridgedeck.org. For further info or to subscribe contact Lisa Rosenthal at lrosenthal@bridgedeck.org. The Wheelhouse Weekly is sent via Email to MM&P-contracted vessels at sea and is posted on our web page.

© 2008, International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots. All the material contained in this publication is protected by copyright. For permission to reprint text from the Weekly, contact the MM&P Communications Department: lrosenthal@bridgedeck.org. For changes of address, contact Lisa Rosenthal at lrosenthal@bridgedeck.org.

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