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Wheelhouse Weekly – June 03, 2004

 


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Volume 8 . . . . . Number 23 . . . . June 3, 2004





 

Convention Call: MM&P 80th Convention

In accordance with Article IV, Section 2, of the International Constitution, members are hereby notified that a regular convention of the MM&P will be convened at 1000 on Monday, August 2, at MITAGS, 692 Maritime Blvd, Linthicum Heights, MD. Nominations for elective office will take place at this Convention. Constitutional amendments may also be considered at this Convention.

Members are also hereby notified that in accordance with Article IV, Section 6., Subsection b), all proposed resolutions must be forwarded to the International Secretary-Treasurer at least 30 days prior to the opening day of the Convention for inclusion on the Agenda and determination by the Convention.

 


STORIES COVERED

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REMINDERS




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MM&P WELCOMES ABOARD NEW OFFSHORE MEMBERS

The Offshore Advisory Committee and the General Executive Board (GEB) approved the following applicants for membership in the Offshore Membership Group at the May 27 GEB meeting:

LICENSED DECK OFFICERS

    Anders Brinch, Jr Paul Calvin Stanislaw Chomicz Peter Curtis Douglas Fisher Adam Guice George Higi, III Christian Johnsen Kevin Kavanagh Curtis McCamy Edward McManus Francisco Medal Kerry Phillips James Rettke Daniel Sell Travis Seely Kristi Taylor – and – Jason Teal


LICENSED ENGINEERS

Lewis Brooks, Jr Ralph Dickinson Cory Fales Thomas McNeil – and – William Shoemaker



 

TAKE THE HELM OF PMI’S NEW FULL-MISSION SIMULATOR ON JUNE 11

The grand opening of MITAGS’ Pacific Maritime Institute’s new bridge simulator will take place on June 11. The PMI staff and Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels will host an Open House and BBQ from 1100 to 1700 hrs.

Tours of the new 15,000 square-foot training facility, including PMI’s DNV Class A, full-mission, Transas Ship Simulator, the first of its kind on the West Coast, will also be offered. Official presentations and dedication will begin at noon.

For more info, contact Marci Eversole at 206-284-8285 or Email her at marci@rhpublishing.com.



 

US PORT SECURITY THREAT CITED FROM LACK OF US-FLAG PRESENCE

Maritime TV (www.MaritimeTV.com), an Internet TV channel dedicated to coverage of the maritime industry, reported late last week that there is deep industry and government concern about the threat to homeland security posed by the control of ships and crews in US ports.

Port and maritime security have recently been a top concern among security officials in Washington.

“In the attacks of Sept.11, clearly we saw that the airplane became the bomb,” stated Ed Kittel, Chief of the Explosives Division for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in a Maritime TV video news report. “It would not take much of a leap to show that a ship could become the bomb, particularly a ship with volatile cargo.”

Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) tankers are among the high profile ships that have many maritime experts worried, especially after recent Department of Justice pronouncements warning of potential summer and fall terrorist attacks in the US.

Maritime TV news reports have also highlighted that foreign flag ships and crews dominate US trade routes, accounting for 87 percent of the visits to US ports in 2002. US-flag ships transport about 4 percent of US international waterborne trade.

In late April, the Dept. of Homeland Security confirmed that stowaways aboard an Algerian-registered Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) tanker coming into Boston may have had ties to terrorists, a fact that came to light in former National Security Council Advisor Richard Clarke’s new book, Against All Enemies.

“Thousands of foreign-controlled ships manned by many tens-of-thousands of foreign personnel visit our many ports and navigable waterways, many of which are registered under ‘flags of convenience’ with owners, operators, and multinational crews that have no national relationship to the country where the ship is registered,” stated Capt. Dan Fuller, US Merchant Marine ship master and maritime consultant.

Due to the small size of the US-flag fleet, our nation’s military has begun to rely on foreign-flagged vessels with foreign crews to ship sensitive mission-essential cargo.

“More American ships carrying a larger proportion of our foreign trade give the US greater control over our trade, as well as significantly increased security for our ports, waterways, and adjacent communities,” Fuller said in mounting the argument for boosting the size of the US-flag fleet.

According to a recent General Accounting Office Report, about 43% of major equipment shipped in 2001 by the US Dept. of Defense in support of overseas operations was carried on foreign-flagged ships.

The GAO concluded, “There may be an increased risk of the equipment being tampered with, seized or destroyed by individuals or groups whose interests run counter to those of the US, and an increased chance that those weapons or equipment might be used against military or civilian targets.”

“Laws, regulations, and tax policies must be thoroughly addressed and adjusted as practical and necessary to allow American citizen mariners and American ship owners and operators to effectively compete against foreign counterparts who operate under much lighter legal and tax burdens,” said Capt. Fuller.



 

MM&P AND MITAGS HONOR WWII MERCHANT MARINE VETS

At the dinner dance for World War II veterans held at MITAGS on May 28, the International office presented the following excerpted remarks:

“We can’t tell you how much it pleases the International that you are here tonight and MM&P feels honored to be with you this evening. We are especially pleased that we are here at the MM&P’s MITAGS training and conference center, foremost in the nation in supporting the skills, development and advancement of licensed merchant mariners and built in response to the build up of American Forces during the Vietnamese Conflict.

“At that time of the Vietnamese Conflict, the base of trained merchant mariners had declined significantly from the wartime peaks reached during World War II and Korea.

“For those of you who served and sacrificed during World War II, we cannot say that we were there with you, but we can say unequivocally that we honor and commend you for answering the nation’s call. You are the ones who define what newsman Tom Brokaw has declared to be, ‘The Greatest Generation’.

“In preparing these remarks for this evening, we remember Capt. Frank Murdock, a former employee of MM&P who, at the age of 27, was Master on the SS ANDREW JACKSON when it was torpedoed on July 12, 1942 off the coast of Cuba. He spent a day in a lifeboat before landing in Cuba. However, only four months later, while ship’s Master on the SS YAKA, Capt. Murdock’s ship was torpedoed on November 18, 1942 and spent four days in a lifeboat before being picked up by HMS VERVAIN.

“Another personal MM&P hero is Capt. Thomas Potter who was not as fortunate as Capt. Murdock in terms of time spent in a lifeboat. Capt. Potter’s Liberty ship, the ROGER B. TANEY, was torpedoed on the evening of Feb.7, 1943. The following morning found the 54 men huddled in the remaining two lifeboats. In the first night, the two lifeboats lost contact with each other.

“With only a small compass and the stars to navigate by, Capt. Potter and the lifeboat he commanded survived 42 days in the open ocean prior to being picked up by a tramp steamer approximately 20 miles from Santos, a port on the Brazilian Coast. Twenty-two men out of the 26 men in the lifeboat survived the crossing, living off of rain water, crackers and milk tablets. Capt. Potter continued sailing and died less than two years ago at the age of 89.

“Consider this: According to the US Maritime Administration, at the outbreak of World War II, the US ranked 17th in the world as a maritime power. We were just behind Bulgaria in maritime strength. It took hundreds of thousands of volunteers, many of whom had never been off of dry land, to sail newly constructed Liberty ships and keep the supply chain moving that was necessary to care for our troops. Unfortunately and sadly, far too many did not come home.

“Statistics now tell us that the sacrifice of life by those sailing aboard merchant ships during World War II was second only to the losses suffered by the United States Marine Corps.

“The price of war was and continues to be significant. The personal cost borne to you from your service to the nation is immeasurable. The thanks of the nation was far too long in coming, 42 years too long, before our own government rightfully recognized your service and your sacrifice by granting veteran status to World War II merchant mariners.

“We are moved that this evening and tomorrow your service to this nation and the sacrifices that you made will be recognized along with your uniformed brothers. The thread of your service and your contribution to these United States, and to the freedom of Europe and much of Asia, is now woven visibly and inextricably into the fabric of our nation’s history.

“Our featured speaker tonight, Admiral Gordon Holder, is another champion of sea power. At the MM&P, we were delighted that Admiral Holder’s talents in the logistics field were recognized when he moved to a Staff position with the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon in August of 2001 after having held the position of Commander at Military Sealift Command. We always find it beneficial to have people in government who know the value of the American Merchant Marine and what we bring to the table whenever there is a military conflict.

“Finally, we hope that your visit tomorrow to the World War II Memorial dedication is a good one and we wish each and every one of you all the best and the MM&P is personally honored to be able to spend this evening with you. Thank you.”

Maritimetv.com covered the dinner dance. To view their webcast coverage of the event on the Internet, go to: www.tvworldwide.com/events/maritimetv/us_flag_shipping/.



 

MATSON INTRODUCES AN EXPRESS FOR HAWAII’S CATTLE INDUSTRY

MM&P-contracted Matson Navigation has announced that it has launched a new “Paniolo Empress,” providing direct eastbound RO/RO service from the Big Island of Hawaii and Maui to the West Coast. The new service will offer Hawaii’s cattle industry a number of time-saving service enhancements.

Under the current service, cattle are shipped from the Neighbor Islands to Honolulu on barges and then transshipped on Matson’s long haul vessels, which sail between Honolulu and the West Coast; by eliminating this step, transit time will be reduced from eight to five days. The new service may also provide some benefits for Hawaii agricultural products.

The initial service will include direct calls from the Big Island to Long Beach and from Maui to Oakland. Plans are underway to expand the service to include direct calls from the Big Island to Oakland later this summer.



 

TOUGH TUG ESCORT PROPOSAL FOR LA-LB HARBORS

The California Office of Spill Prevention and Response has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding guidelines for tanker escorts for Los Angeles/Long Beach harbors. A public meeting will be held in Long Beach on June 15. Written comments on the notice should be submitted by the same date.

The proposed amendments would, among other things, impose STCW hours of rest requirements on tug crews, even though as written the STCW does not directly apply to the tugs. For more info, go to the agency’s website at: www.dfg.ca.gov/ospr/.



 

MM&P FEDERAL CREDIT UNION ANNUAL MEETING SET FOR JUNE 9

The MM&P Federal Credit Union will hold its annual meeting on Wed., June 9 beginning at 2:30 PM in the main conference room at MM&P HQ. The annual meeting is open to all Credit Union members as voting participants, and to non-members as observers. All are invited to attend.

The MM&P FCU is seeking to fill two slots on its board of directors. Nominees must be MM&P FCU members and must be able to attend monthly board meetings in Linthicum Heights, MD on a regular basis.

For more info contact FCU Manager Kathy Klisavage by Email at mmpfcu@bridgedeck.org, or by calling 410-850-8700 x43 or toll-free 1-800-382-7777.



 

WEBSITES PROVIDE LATEST INFO ON PRESIDENTIAL RACE

The Presidential race is heating up as both candidates criss-cross the country educating voters on their various positions. The MM&P and the AFL-CIO have endorsed Democratic candidate Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) for President.

For members who want to find out detailed info on the candidates’ positions, both have extensive websites packed with the latest news from the campaign trail. The Kerry website is www.johnkerry.com. His Republican opponent, President George W. Bush’s website is www.georgewbush.com.



 

NEW AT MITAGS: AUTOMATIC ID SYSTEM (AIS) ONE-DAY SEMINAR

All international sailing merchant mariners will shortly have to contend with this new system as it is installed on the bridge of every international sailing vessel. This one-day seminar is designed to acquaint the attendee with technologies that make up the AIS and to expose the attendee to the advantages and possible problems a professional mariner may confront with the new equipment.

When AIS is combined with the electronic chart technologies it potentially can provide the watch officer with a icon for every significant ship within radio range, display its indicating speed and heading, reflect its actual size, name, classification, call sign, registration number, and other important information.

The following vessels must have a properly installed, operational, type approved Automatic Identification System:

  • Self-propelled vessels of 65 feet or more in length, other than passenger and fishing vessels, in commercial service and on an international voyage, not later than Dec.31, 2004.
  • Passenger vessels, of 150 gross tonnage or more, not later than July 1, 2003;
  • Tankers, regardless of tonnage, not later than the first safety survey for safety equipment on or after July 1, 2003;
    Vessels, other than passenger vessels or tankers, of 50,000 gross tonnage or more, not later than July 1, 2004.
  • Vessels, other than passenger vessels or tankers, of 300 gross tonnage or more but less than 50,000 gross tonnage, not later than the first safety survey for safety equipment on or after July 1, 2004, but no later than Dec. 31, 2004.
  • Self-propelled vessels of 65 feet or more in length, other than fishing vessels and passenger vessels certified to carry less than 151 passengers-for-hire, in commercial service no later than Dec.31, 2004.
  • Towing vessels of 26 feet or more in length and more than 600 hp, in commercial service no later than Dec.31, 2004.
  • Passenger vessels certified to carry more than 150 passengers-for-hire no later than Dec.31, 2004.

There is no prerequisite for this seminar.



 

MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

CLASS OPENINGS

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

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  • AIS-1/PPU – Automatic ID System/Portable Pilot Unit: 7/12, 7/17
  • ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 6/28, 7/12
  • AZIPOD-KAM – Azipod and Kamewa Steering and Propulsion: 7/12

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  • BRM – Bridge Resource Management: 7/26
  • BST – Basic Safety Training: 6/14, 6/28

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CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses

  • CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 7/12
  • CMM-ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems:7/26
  • CMM-SHMGT-II – Ship Management:
  • CMM-SHMGT-I – Ship Management: 6/14
  • CMM-SHS-ADV I – Advanced Shiphandling [week 1]: 7/19
  • CMM-SHS-ADV II – Advanced Shiphandling [week 2]: 7/26
  • CMM-VPEN – Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation: 7/19

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  • CONT-PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop: 6/10, 7/1, 7/15, 7/29

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  • FL – Flashing Light: 7/30
  • FSM – Fatigue, Sleep and Medications: 7/14

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  • HAZ – Hazardous Materials [5-day]: 7/12

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  • LAP – License Advancement Program: 7/26
  • LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 7/14

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  • MEDIA-RSP – Media Response: 6/11, 7/2, 7/16, 7/30
  • MED-PIC – Medical Person In Charge: 7/19
  • MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 7/19

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MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses

  • MSC-CBRD-1 – Chemical Biological Radiological Defense Training Orientation: 6/12
  • MSC-DC – Damage Control: 6/18

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  • ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 6/12, 6/23

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  • SEC-OFF-PCS – Security Officer: Port, Company, Ship: 6/28, 7/12, 7/26
  • SEC-PLT – Security Training for Pilots: 7/13
  • SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling: 6/21

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  • TRAC-TUG – Water Tractor and Azimuth Stern Drive Tugs: 7/15

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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

All the courses below will be conducted at the new Pacific Maritime Institute facility located in Seattle at 1727 Alaskan Way South, Pier 34. The new facility features a state-of-the art Ship Simulator that has to be experienced. PMI phone numbers remain the same. Come see the new facility at PMI’s “Maritime Technology and Career Center”.

 

June 2004 Courses

  • 6/07-18: Terrestrial and Coastal Navigation
  • 6/07-11: Medical Care Provider
  • 6/07-18: Medical Person-In-Charge
  • 6/14-18: Basic Safety Training
  • 6/14-22: Able Bodied Seaman
  • 6/21-25: Radar Observer Unlimited
  • 6/28-7/2: ECDIS
  • 6/28-30: Compasses
  • 6/30-7/2: Ship Security Officer

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 JUNE 2, 2004 CLOSE

 

 D O W    N A S D A Q
 10,262.97 +153.08 for the week  1,988.98  +12.38 for the week

Fund Name & Trading Symbol

Closing
Price

Year-to-Date Fund
Percentage Return

5 Year
Fund
Percentage Return
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)

104.19

+1.84
-1.40
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)

27.68

+3.83
+3.72
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)

16.51

+2.36
+1.10
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)

15.22

+2.35
-0.27
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)

27.67

+4.45
+2.15
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)

10.20

-0.90
+6.28
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate Fund (VWEHX)

6.15

-0.60
+4.18
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)

10.03

-0.77
+6.35
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)

16.11

+8.12
+4.53
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)

15.71

+0.18
+3.39
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)

36.01

+1.34
-0.90
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)

98.73

+1.23
-2.02
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)

39.99

+1.82
-1.48



~ Reminders ~



 

MM&P FCU NEWS

Rates Drop, Limits Increase On Auto Loans

MM&P FCU vehicle loan rates have dropped across-the-board. Effective May 5, borrowers may finance up to $30,000 on vehicle loans for terms up to 72 months. This is an increase of $5,000 and 12 months over past maximum financing amounts and terms.

Rates on 6 year auto financing range between 5.50% and 6.25%. Vehicle loan rates are as low as 4.00%. Rates apply to new and used cars, and to loans refinancing higher rate vehicle loans from other institutions. Contact the Credit Union office to find out how these rates may cost less than dealers incentives and how you qualify for new, low rate vehicle financing.

 

Signature Loan Rates Dip

As an added bonus, Signature Loan rates have also been lowered. Now is the time to start thinking about those summer vacation plans or home improvement projects. Signature loan rates range from 9.00% to 9.75%. Hurry and take advantage of these new lower rates and start saving money today.

Need More Info? Contact Kathy Klisavage, MM&P FCU Manager, to learn more about loan rates and products, direct deposit, share savings accounts and certificates of deposit, benefits of membership and membership eligibility. Kathy Klisavage can be reached by email to mmpfcu@bridgedeck.org, or by calling 410-850-8700 x43 or toll-free 1-800-382-7777.

All MM&P FCU loan rate percentages are APR or Annual Percentage Rate. All MM&P FCU savings and certificate rates are APY or Annual Percentage Yield. Loan terms and conditions are subject to change. Contact the MM&P FCU for eligibility info and for full terms and conditions.

Protect Your Personal Information – Beware of Email Scams

“It’s the curse of technology,” was overheard recently as someone talked about Email scams. Email scams are rampant these days, just like telephone scams were not so long ago. In the most-common current scenario, an Email is received from what looks like a legitimate entity that asks you to provide sensitive, private information to “verify” your identity or account. Scam artists are now even posing as the Internal Revenue Service to try and get your info.

The IRS recently issued a warning that fraudulent emails disguised as being from them are aimed at tricking taxpayers into providing their Social Security numbers, driver’s license information and bank and credit card numbers through a web site that’s set up to look like it belongs to a federal agency. If this information is obtained it can be used by identity thieves to take over a person’s financial accounts, run up charge cards, apply for loans and file fraudulent tax returns.

Protect yourself. No financial institution, federal agency or legitimate business will initiate contact by Email or phone and ask for any such personal information. Legitimate entities with which you are already established should have that info. If you receive such a request, contact the sender to verify if it is legitimate. The MM&P Federal Credit Union has never been the target of such a scam and will never initiate an Email to you that asks for this type of private information.



 

TAX FILING DELAY OK FOR OIF MARINERS

The April 15 deadline for filing US federal tax returns has passed, but for merchant mariners sailing in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom “on vessels under Department of Defense operational control in direct support of the United States Armed Forces” (and for their spouses ­ even if separate returns are filed), missing the dreaded deadline may be OK.

For merchant mariners and several other groups, the Internal Revenue Service is allowing an extension of time for tax filing. The extension, authorized in section 7508(a)(1) of the Internal Revenue Service Code, 26 United States Code, gives an additional 180 days PLUS the number of days served in a combat zone between January 1, 2004 and April 15, 2004. IRS reports that merchant mariners qualified for the extension are those “serving in the combat zone as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom aboard Maritime Administration and Military Sealift Command owned or controlled vessels.”

In addition to the tax filing extension, section 7508 also allows to be postponed the “payment of income, estate, or gift taxes (except employment and withholding taxes), tax claims filings or bringing suits for credits or refunds, filing any petition with the US Tax Court, making a qualified retirement contribution to an IRA, or performing any other act listed in Revenue Procedure 2002-71.” According to the notice, “no penalties or interest will be imposed for failure to file a return or pay taxes during the extension period.”

IRS Tax Tip 2004-40 published Feb.27, 2004 says, “the various extensions granted to combat zone participants to file returns or pay taxes will also apply to those serving in Contingency Operations, as designated by the Secretary of Defense. This is effective for any acts whose deadline has not expired before November 11, 2003.”

Paper returns must be filed if claiming an extension under section 7508. When the return is sent, print the words “COMBAT ZONE” in bold red ink at the top of the return and in large red letters on the mailing envelope. For mariners, the IRS says to attach a brief statement listing the date(s) of service within the combat zone in order to provide them with the total number of days of extension to which you are entitled.

Mariners and others who qualify for combat zone tax filing relief may notify the IRS of their status in advance through a special e-mail address: combatzone@irs.gov. Include in the email the following:

  • name
  • stateside address
  • date-of-birth and
  • date of deployment to the combat zone.

Do not include any social security numbers in an email. Notification may be made by the taxpayer, or by the taxpayer’s spouse, authorized agent or representative.

At present, the combat zone for Operation Iraqi Freedom is defined as follows:

  • Persian Gulf, the Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden, and the Gulf of Oman;
  • That portion of the Arabian Sea that lies north of 10 degrees north latitude and west of 68 degrees east longitude; and
  • The total land area of Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates.

More detailed information can be found on the IRS website at www.irs.gov. From the main page, click on “The Newsroom” link and go to “Armed Forces” under the “Related Topics” headline. You’ll find useful info in the following titles:

Taxpayers in the US may seek assistance by calling the IRS at 1-800-829-1040. Taxpayers outside the US may call the IRS in Philadelphia at 215-516-2000. The information presented here is to serve as a guideline only. As always, readers are urged to seek the advice of a tax professional to discuss their own circumstances.



 

NEW CAREER GUIDANCE SECTION ADDED TO MITAGS WEBSITE

On the MITAGS website downloadable files are now updated on a regular basis in response to info received from the various government agencies and mariners. As always, these checklists are for guidance only. The final arbiter of training requirements is your local USCG Regional Examination Center. For more info, visit the Career Guidance section on the MITAGS website by CLICKING HERE, or go to www.mitags.org and select “Career Guidance” from the top menu.

Also, given the number of courses offered at MITAGS, the website now has new links to the various industry segment pages. These pages make it easier for mariners and companies to find the training designed specifically for them.

The links include:

  • Ship and Port Modeling Simulation Training;
  • Security Training;
  • State Pilot Training;
  • US Navy and Military Sealift Command Training;
  • High Speed Craft Training;
  • Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels (OUPV);
  • Limited Master Training; and
  • Custom Training.


 

IMPORTANT SHIPPING NOTICE ON COURSE DOCUMENTATION

All members shipping off-the-board and all company employees are reminded that they are responsible to insure that all of the company required courses they have completed are listed in the Union computer system.

In order to be dispatched/cleared, members must have certificates for any courses not listed in the computer in their possession and available for inspection by the dispatcher. Please double check that your documentation is in order prior to leaving your home to ship out of our Union halls. This can be done by checking your course history on the “Members Only” section of the MM&P website.



 

COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR FRESHMAN DEPENDENTS

Attention all Members in good standing with dependent children who will be college freshman in September: A local Baltimore law firm is awarding two $2,500 one-time only scholarships to children of Union members. Since the MM&P is headquartered in the Baltimore area, Union members’ children would be eligible to apply for these scholarships.

One scholarship is for Undergraduate and the other is for Graduate School. Students must already be accepted to a college prior to applying. The deadline for application is Aug.20. The scholarships will be awarded Sept.24.

If your son or daughter would like to make application for this scholarship, please have them contact the MM&P Plan Office at 410-850-8600 for an application. The member’s name is required so that the Union can sign the application to certify that he/she is a member in good standing prior to sending the application to your child.

Members can also Email Plans Administrator Valerie Verrecchio at mmpplansval@aol.com with the member info including address where the application can be mailed.



 

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.



 

LMS OFFERS REIMBURSEMENT FOR SLIP-RESISTANT FOOTWEAR

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.



 

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.



The MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly is the official electronic newsletter of the International Organization of Masters, Mates, and Pilots, ILA, AFL-CIO, 700 Maritime Blvd., Linthicum Heights, MD 21090-1941. Phone: 410-850-8700; Fax: 410-850-0973; Email: iommp@bridgedeck.org. For further info or to subscribe contact John Peige at jpeige@bridgedeck.org. The Wheelhouse Weekly is sent via Email to MM&P-contracted vessels at sea, broadcast worldwide via FEC marine telex and is posted on our web page.

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