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Wheelhouse Weekly – July 06, 2009

 

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

Volume 13 . . . . . Number 27. . . . July 6, 2009

STORIES COVERED

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.


HOUSE APPROVES BILL CONTAINING MM&P-BACKED ANTI-PIRACY INITIATIVE; SENATE ACTION NEEDED

The House of Representatives has approved HR 2647, a bill that includes language that would require the Department of Defense to assign security teams to U.S.-flag vessels carrying government cargo in areas at high risk of pirate attacks. The language, which was sponsored by Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), had earlier been adopted by the full House by voice vote. “We would never leave the U.S. homeland unguarded if it were at risk of an attack, and we should apply the same standard to our ships instead of leaving them to fend for themselves,” Cummings commented. “We anticipate that embarking military security personnel on these vessels will require far less manpower than patrolling the region with multiple Navy vessels and be much more efficient and effective in keeping our mariners safe.” The legislation now moves to the Senate.

The Maritime Administration has estimated that only about 50 U.S.-flag ships transit the Horn of Africa region each year, and that only a few of them are at serious risk of pirate attack. “Our merchant fleet has always depended on our nation’s naval power to ensure its safety, and we cannot shirk that duty now,” Cummings said. “Embarking military security personnel on these vessels makes a loud statement that our nation stands behind these ships and that we will not allow pirates to intimidate us.”
 
When he introduced his amendment in June, Cummings specifically referred to a letter of support that was sent to Congress by the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department on behalf of MM&P, MEBA and SUP. Cummings specifically mentioned on the floor that MM&P and MEBA support his amendment.


PIRATES RELEASE ONE VESSEL, ATTACK OTHERS

In related news, Somali pirates have released the Belgian ship POMPEII and its crew of 10. The vessel was hijacked in April as it traveled north of the Seychelles. All crewmembers aboard the POMPEII were reported to be in good health. Pirates also attacked an LPG tanker and a cargo ship in the South China Sea near Malaysia. The LPG tanker, SIGLOO DISCOVERY, was boarded off the coast of Indonesia by six pirates armed with crowbars and knives. The pirates tied up the crew and took cash, lap top computers, cell phones and a wrist watch.


MM&P PILOTS GROUP VICE PRESIDENT URGES THAT FOC MODEL NOT BE EXTENDED TO AIRLINE INDUSTRY

The flag-of-convenience (FOC) system has resulted in a large number of substandard ships and crews involved in an ever-increasing numbers of accidents. It should definitely not be adopted as a model for the international air transport system, says MM&P Pilots Group Vice President George Quick. He made the remarks during an international forum intended to weigh the pros and cons of a controversial proposal that would further open the U.S. airline industry to international competition.

Aviation labor is concerned that the proposal, which would give European Union (EU) companies the right to operate in both the U.S. international and domestic markets, would open the skies to low-cost foreign carriers operating outside U.S. regulatory control, with all the risks to safety, security, the environment and working conditions that would entail.

It is also possible that passage of the “open sky” initiative could ultimately undermine the Jones Act, which protects the jobs of American-citizen crews aboard U.S.-flag vessels. “Obviously labor is opposed to opening our country’s aviation markets to a model based on the open registry system that has created destructive competition for U.S. companies and workers in the international maritime sector,” Quick said.

The MM&P Pilots Group Vice President attended the forum at the urging of the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA). Quick told the group that the flag-of-convenience system has created serious safety concerns for port and coastal states which are suffering the environmental consequences of substandard ships having accidents in their waters.

“Not all countries within the EU have the same social and economic conditions,” Quick said. “The combined U.S. and EU playing field would resemble, to some extent and on a smaller scale, the international maritime arena. The lessons we have learned from the maritime experience would seem to indicate that air transport companies, if given the opportunity, would shift their various operating functions, such as maintenance, flight operations, crewing and aircraft registry, to the countries within the United States and the European Union with the least tax consequences, least regulatory oversight, and lowest wage costs.

“International shipping has evolved over the past 30-40 years from an industry under national regulation that protected labor and safety standards to a business model dominated by companies that have divided their operations into separate functions located in a multitude of countries that offer the greatest advantages to owners in financing, taxes, regulatory controls, labor standards and wages,” Quick said. “The FOC system of open registers and global competition has had a devastating effect on U.S. national flag shipping companies and U.S. maritime labor.”


EPA ANNOUNCES NEW RULES TO CURB VESSEL EMISSIONS

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced it is taking more steps to bring about reductions in emissions from ocean-going vessels. The agency has proposed new rules under the Clean Air Act that set stringent engine and fuel standards for U.S.-flag ships. The agency says the new rule is being proposed to bring U.S. standards into alignment with internationally mandated emissions levels and that it would lead to significant air quality improvements nationwide. “Lowering emissions from American ships will help safeguard our port communities and demonstrate American leadership in protecting our health and the environment around the globe,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. On a national and international level, by 2030 the new measures are expected to reduce annual emissions of nitrogen oxides from large marine diesel engines by about 1.2 million tons and particulate matter emissions by about 143,000 tons. When fully implemented, the coordinated effort would reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 80 percent and particulate matter emissions by 85 percent compared to current emissions.


ONE DEAD, SIX INJURED, IN AD22 STARBOARD LIFEBOAT ACCIDENT

A June 9 sea trial of an AD22 Starboard lifeboat ended in tragedy, the company reported. Seven people were on board for the periodic test. Before the accident took place, the lifeboat had been launched successfully and sailed for 20 minutes. But when it was re-connected to the davit pendant lines for recovery and hoisted by the crew, the aft pendant hook released, causing it to swing on the foreword pendant, which also released. At this point, the lifeboat dropped into the sea. The result is one person dead, one in critical condition and five injured. An investigation is in progress.


USCG RULE WOULD INCREASE LIABILITY FOR OIL POLLUTION

The Coast Guard has published an interim rule that changes liability limits for vessels and ports under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990. The interim rule, which takes effect July 31, increases the current OPA 90 limits of liability to reflect increases in the Consumer Price Index since 2006. A final rule will be published after the public comment period ends Aug. 31. The Coast Guard encourages the public to submit comments and related materials concerning the single-hull tank vessel limit of liability clarification to the docket: www.regulations.gov, docket number: USCG-2008-0007. 


USCG INVESTIGATES JULY 1 STATEN ISLAND FERRY ALLISION

The Coast Guard is responding to a Staten Island ferry allision at the Saint George’s Ferry Terminal in Staten Island at 1900 hours on the night of July 1. At least 17 injuries were reported after the SEN. JOHN J. MARCHI allided with the pier. Four rescue boat crews from Coast Guard Station New York and several local and federal agencies responded to the incident. Preliminary reports are that the ferry lost power before it hit the pier.


MATSON CONTRACT DETAILS POSTED ON WWW.BRIDGEDECK.ORG

Details of the contract signed on June 27 between Matson Navigation Company and MM&P are posted in the Members’ Only section of www.bridgedeck.org and will be available for viewing in MM&P union halls. Wage increases and improved terms of employment were achieved for all classes of vessels by MM&P, the ARA and the MEBA. The Licensed Officers Bargaining Coalition, which represents all three unions, thanks everyone who supported them during the negotiating process.


MM&P FEDERAL CREDIT UNION INFO NOW ONLINE

The MM&P Federal Credit Union has its own web page. Just go to www.bridgedeck.org and click on “About Us” to find out basic facts about the credit union, including hours of operation and contact information. The credit union is a nonprofit financial organization owned and operated by its members for the benefit of all who belong. It is open to all MM&P members and their families. You can join the credit union by filling out a membership form (which is posted on the website) and submitting it, along with verification of identity and a minimum share deposit of $20. Each member’s savings account is federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration up to $250,000. Loans can be made for tuition, home improvements, tax payments, medical bills, consolidation of debt and financing of durable goods, such as cars, boats, motorcycles and recreational vehicles. To find out more, go to www.bridgedeck.org and click on “About Us,” or contact Credit Union manager Kathy Ann Klisavage at 410-850-8700 ext. 43 or by e-mail at mmpfcu@bridgedeck.org.


COAST GUARD TO HIRE MARINE INSPECTORS

The Coast Guard has published the first civilian vacancy announcements for its five new “National Centers of Expertise (NCOE).” The positions will be GS-12 and GS-13. Each center will have four to a maximum of nine inspectors. The employees will also train student inspectors, advise policy-makers, regulation developers or operational program managers on trends, best practices, leading indicators, problematic issues or other functional area concerns. The five centers hiring are: Towing Vessel Center, Paducah, Ky.; Liquefied Gas Carrier Center, Port Arthur, Texas; Outer Continental Shelf Center, Morgan City, La.; Vintage Vessel Center, Duluth, Minn.; and Investigations Center, New Orleans. If you are interested in finding out more about these positions, as well as how to apply, please go to www.usajobs.gov, keywords: Marine, US Coast Guard. Contact Daryle Merlock at daryle.j.merlock@uscg.mil or 202-475-5353 with questions.


MARAD SEEKS PROGRAM ANALYST EXPERT IN MARINER WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) is looking for a professional to join its staff in Washington, D.C., as a program analyst in the Office of Maritime Workforce Development. The professional will serve as the primary MARAD representative in discussions with other agencies involving the current and projected mariner pool and ways to ensure its adequacy. He or she will be responsible for developing, selecting, coordinating, executing, monitoring and analyzing a variety of agency programs including those that focus on the availability, recruitment and retention of merchant mariners and shipyard workers. Among the duties to be carried out: development of automated tools and systems for analyzing and reporting mariner availability; conducting studies in labor economics affecting industry, including shipboard, longshore and shipbuilding labor; analyzing mariner crewing availability to ensure that adequate qualified merchant mariners are available to fully crew the commercial fleet as well as our nation’s sealift assets in peacetime and national emergency. To find out more, go to: http://m1e.net/c?84769144-v2yB6K2n8lDZs%404381424-zcoPy2xSqhLN%2e


NTSB OFFICIAL COMMENDS OUR COUNTRY’S MARINE PILOTS

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Acting Chairman Mark V. Rosenker commended America’s marine pilots for their efforts to reduce risks associated with movement of passenger vessels in and out of ports and waterways, especially in conditions of restricted visibility. “I realize it is no small feat to plan, execute and maintain timely schedules for high-passenger-capacity cruise vessels along with all other marine traffic and for your effort to do so safely, I commend you,” Rosenker said. He made the remarks in a recent speech to members of the Crescent River Pilots Association.


NATIONAL MARITIME CENTER ISSUES NOTICES ON PAYING FEES, MAILING MERCHANT MARINER CREDENTIAL APPLICATIONS TO RECS

The National Maritime Center (NMC) has published a notice describing changes to procedures for mariners mailing application packages for merchant mariner credentials to its regional examination centers (RECs). The changes are intended to simplify the application process by allowing mariners to send photocopies of supporting documents by mail. The bulletin, “Update – Mailing Merchant Mariner Credential Applications to RECs & Pay.Gov User Fee Payment,” offers instructions for paying fees associated with document issuance and renewal online at www.pay.gov. The Coast Guard reminds mariners that it cannot accept cash or money-order payments submitted with applications mailed to a REC.


MITAGS ANNOUNCES 2009 SCHEDULE FOR NEW PILOT TRAINING COURSES

Following are the latest convening dates for MITAGS’ state pilot training programs:

July:
Contingency Planning Workshop (CONT-PLNG-WKSH) – July 9, 2009
Media Response Workshop (MEDIA-RSP-WKSH) – July 10, 2009
Radar Observer Renewal (ROR-1-N) – July 15, 2009 (Evening Seminar)

August:
Radar Observer Renewal (ROR-1-N) – August 5, 2009 (Evening Seminar)
Emergency Shiphandling/Bridge Resources Management for Pilots (SHS-ESH-BRMP-3) – August 24, 2009
Radar Observer Renewal (ROR-1) – August 24, 2009
Legal Aspects of Pilotage (LEG) – August 26, 2009 (Evening Seminar)
Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (BRMP) – August 27, 2009

September:
Contingency Planning Workshop (CONT-PLNG-WKSH) – September 17, 2009
Media Response Workshop (MEDIA-RSP-WKSH) – September 18, 2009
Radar Observer Renewal (ROR-1) – September 21, 2009
Radar Observer Renewal (ROR-1-N) – September 24, 2009 (Evening Seminar)
Emergency Shiphandling/Bridge Resources Management for Pilots (SHS-ESH-BRMP-3) – September 28, 2009
Legal Aspects of Pilotage (LEG) – September 28, 2009 (Evening Seminar)

October:
Azipod (AZIPOD-2) – October 1, 2009
Radar Observer Renewal (ROR-1) – October 5, 2009
Radar Observer Renewal (ROR-1-N) – October 7, 2009 (Evening Seminar)
Radar Observer Renewal (ROR-1) – October 12, 2009
Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (BRMP) – October 14, 2009
Radar Observer Renewal (ROR-1-N) – October 21, 2009 (Evening Seminar)

November:
Radar Observer Renewal (ROR-1) – November 9, 2009
Radar Observer Renewal (ROR-1) – November 16, 2009
Media Response Workshop (MEDIA-RSP-WKSH) – November 19, 2009 (TENTATIVE)
Emergency Shiphandling/Bridge Resources Management for Pilots (SHS-ESH-BRMP-3) – November 30, 2009

December:
Legal Aspects of Pilotage (LEG) – December 2, 2009 (Evening Seminar)
Radar Observer Renewal (ROR-1-N) – December 2, 2009 (Evening Seminar)
Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (BRMP) – December 3, 2009

To register for a course at MITAGS, including the state pilot training programs listed above; please contact Mary Matlock, Admissions Coordinator: (410) 859-5700, Ext. 3246 or 3226; toll free (866) 656-5568; admissions@mitags.org; www.mitags.org under the “Schedule and Registration” page.

Custom Courses
If you are interested in a training program that is not listed on this flyer, please contact Robert Becker, Business Development Manager: (410) 859-5700, Ext. 3235; toll free (866) 656-5569; rbecker@mitags.org.

For additional information on state pilot training, please visit the MITAGS website at www.mitags.org under the “State Pilots” page.


D-BOOK MEMBERSHIP CLASS IN NOLA HALL JULY 7-8

The D-Book Membership class will be held at the MM&P New Orleans Hall July 7-8.All applicants should complete this course as soon as possible to avoid delays in becoming members. Applicants should take the course before completing 360 days of covered employment. For more information and to sign up, please contact the New Orleans Hall at 504-837-5700.


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

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


ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 8/24, 9/22

AZIPOD – (2-Day) Azipod Propulsion Systems: 10/1

BRM – Bridge Resource Management: 7/27, 9/14

BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 8/27

BST – Basic Safety Training: 8/3

CONSTB – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 8/17

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning:  9/17

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 9/21

CMM-ADVSTB – Advanced Stability: 8/10, 9/29

CMM-ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems: 7/27

CMM-MPP – Marine Propulsion Plants: 8/24

CMM-SHMGT I – Ship Management (week 1) : 7/13, 9/7

CMM-SHMGT II – Ship Management (week 2) : 7/20, 9/14

CMM-SHS-ADV-I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1):  8/3, 817, 8/24, 8/31, 9/14, 9/28

CMM-SHS-ADV-I I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 7/20, 8/1o, 8/17, 8/31, 9/21

CMM-VPEN – Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation: 8/3

CMM-WKP – Advanced Watchkeeping: 8/17, 8/31

CSE-AAES – Confined Space Entry, Atmospheric Analysis of Enclosed Spaces (3 day): 7/13

ENAV – Electronic Navigation: 9/7

ENVIRO-REGS PERMIT – Environmental Regulations in the Maritime Industry / EPA General Permit for Commercial Vessels (2 day): 7/29

ENVIRO-REGS – Introduction to Environmental Regulations in the Maritime Industry (1 Day): 7/29

FF-BADV – Basic and Advanced Fire Fighting Combined: 8/3

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5-Day) course: 8/31

LAP – License Advancement Program (Chief Mate & Master Only): 09/14

LAP – License Advancement Program (Original Third Mate Only): 08/17

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 8/26, 9/28

LNG AWAR – Liquefied Natural Gas Awareness: 8/18

MEDIA RSP – Media Response Workshop: 9/18

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 8/10

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 8/15

[MSC – Military Sealift Command]

MSC-CBRD-1 – CBRD Orientation: 7/18, 8/14

MSC-DC Damage Control: 7/16 (Special Evening Course: 8/10 – 13/09)

MSC-SMA – Small Arms Training: (8/10 Standby Only), 9/14

ROP-5 – Radar Observer Original or Renewal: 8/31

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 8/24, 9/21

SEC-VCF – Security Officer: Vessel, Company & Facility: 9/14

SEC-VSO-R – Vessel Security Officer Refresher (1 day):  8/14

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling: 8/10

SHS-EMR-BRMP3 – Emergency Shiphandling and Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 8/24, 9/28

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses: 7/13

TPIC – Tankship Dangerous Liquids Person In Charge: 8/31

WKP BAS – Basic Watchkeeping: 9/21

WX BAS – Basic Meteorology: 9/14

…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 e-mail: admissions@mitags.org.


PMI ACADEMIC NOTES

Schedule of Courses – Please also see our schedule online at www.mates.org

For registration, call our registrar, Jennifer Pitzen, at (206) 838-1126

July 2009

6-10       Basic Shiphandling
13             Radar Renewal
14-17     ARPA
13-17     Emergency Shiphandling

August 2009

3                 Radar Renewal
4-7           ARPA
3-5           Security VCF
10-14    ECDIS
10-14    TPIC

September 2009

21             Radar Renewal
22-25    ARPA
21-25    Medical Care Provider
21-2       Medical Person-in-Charge


MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 6-26-2009

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
8,504.06 1,796.52 896.42
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund(VAARX)
40.91
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
82.63
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
25.59
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
13.69
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
12.18
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
18.87
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.63
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
21.82
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
4.92
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
13.55
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
16.24
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
12.39
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
15.28
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
10.04
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
9.89
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
9.60
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
9.58
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
9.91
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.19
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
21.95
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
13.31
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
12.00
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
13.00
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
9.72
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
51.79
 Fidelity Small Company Instl (FMACX)
12.64
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
42.05
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
13.06
 Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
28.46
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
22.97
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
18.03
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
9.97
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
10.52
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
10.98
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
10.69
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
10.31
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
5.90
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
6.81
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
9.93
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
24.01
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
31.89
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
20.50





~ 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. Suite B
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.

© 2009, 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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