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Wheelhouse Weekly – March 02, 2009

March 2nd 2009

 

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

Volume 13 . . . . . Number 9. . . .March 2, 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.


NEW ADDRESS FOR MM&P’S NEW YORK/NEW JERSEY HALL

Starting today, MM&P’s New York/New Jersey Hall will be at a new location: 35 Journal Square, Suite 912. The new office is in the Capital-One Bank Building (look for the Capital-One sign atop the building) a short distance from the old location at 26 Journal Square.  The entrance to the new office is on Bergin Avenue. The phone and fax numbers of the hall will remain the same.


IF YOU FORGET THE PIN NUMBER FOR YOUR TWIC, YOU MAY HAVE TO GET A NEW CARD

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has announced it no longer has the ability to reset PIN numbers on Transportation Worker Identification Credentials (TWIC) issued on or before Oct. 21, when the TWIC system was shut down because of a power outage. What this means in practice is that TWIC holders who can’t remember their PIN numbers may have to request a new TWIC card. The new TWIC card will be issued free of charge if the TWIC holder turns in the old card.

If you remember your PIN number, there is no reason to do anything. If you can’t remember the PIN or you think you might not remember it correctly, you should go to a TWIC enrollment center to test the PIN. Once at the enrollment center, if you cannot remember your PIN, you can request a new TWIC at no cost. There is no fee as long as you turn in your old card at the same time. If you do not have your old card, you will be charged the lost card fee of $60.

If you have questions, call the TWIC HelpDesk at 866-347-8942. When the prompts begin, press 3.  When you get to that menu, press 2.  That will get you in touch with a HelpDesk employee.


NEW SECRETARY OF LABOR CONFIRMED

California Rep. Hilda Solis won confirmation last Tuesday as President Barack Obama’s labor secretary, giving the agency a decidedly pro-worker tilt after years of management-oriented leadership under the Bush Administration. The 80-17 vote ended more than a month of delays prompted by the GOP. Democrats and unions say Solis will be a strong advocate for working families. A final vote came only after Democrats won assurances earlier in the day that Republicans would not filibuster the nomination. Solis, 51, will manage an agency with an annual budget of about $53 billion and nearly 17,000 employees. She is the daughter of immigrants: her father was a Teamsters shop steward in Mexico; her mother, a native of Nicaragua, worked on an assembly line and was a union member. Solis has pledged to increase oversight of wage-and-hour laws, worker health and safety regulations and rules covering overtime pay and pay discrimination.


SEEKING RESUMES FOR WORK ON GOVERNMENT CONTRACT VESSELS

Officers holding Unlimited Chief Mates’ or Masters’ licenses who seek employment aboard government contract vessels are urged to submit their resumes to LMS Shipmanagement and the Patriot Group at the following addresses:

John Howe
Senior Project Manager
The Patriot Group
Fax: 877-573-1094
john.howe@asmhq.com

And

W. M. Cameron
Senior Vice President
LMS Shipmanagement, Inc.
11 North Water Street
Suite 18290
Mobile, AL 36602
Fax: 251-706-6944
camerowm@intship.com


APL MARITIME SEEKS APPLICANTS FOR SENIOR OFFICER POSITIONS

MM&P-contracted employer APL Maritime is asking qualified union members interested in pursuing careers as senior officers to submit their resumes. “The APL Maritime fleet of nine contract ships is facing a period of change as far as manning is concerned,” the company says. “Retirements, particularly in our senior staff, could very well be at a high level based on projected changes in government pension rules.” The company says that although it is encouraging current employees to apply for some of the jobs, there are not enough junior officers to fill the potential vacancies.

If you are interested in applying for a senior level position at APL, please send a resume that includes a brief professional history, current license and any other qualifications or endorsements (GMDSS, VSO training, RTRC etc.) to Bill_mahoney@aplmaritime.com or APL Maritime, Ltd., 6901 Rockledge Drive; Ste 200, Bethesda, MD 20817-1822.


LEADING ECONOMISTS SAY EMPLOYEE FREE CHOICE ACT IS KEY TO REBUILDING U.S. ECONOMY

In a statement delivered to Capitol Hill and published as a full-page advertisement in The Washington Post, more than three dozen of the nation’s top economists called on Congress to pass the Employee Free Choice Act, a bill that would make it easier to form unions. The statement, which was signed by 39 of America’s top economists, including two Nobel Prize winners, points to the failure of U.S. labor laws to protect employees’ freedom to form a union and bargain as a major factor in our economic crisis.

“From 2000 to 2007, the income of the median working-age American household fell by $2,000—an unprecedented decline,” the statement reads in part. “In that time, virtually all the nation’s economic growth went to a small number of wealthy Americans. An important reason for the shift from broadly shared prosperity to growing inequality is the erosion of workers’ ability to form unions and bargain collectively.”

“The Employee Free Choice Act would level the playing field after a generation of anti-union policies, and in a world where far more workers are in decentralized, hard-to-organize workplaces than was true a generation back,” says James K. Galbraith of the University of Texas, one of the economists who signed the statement. He said unions “is a proven ally of progress, not only in politics but also in economics: unionized workforces promote technical change and productivity growth, because they make it possible to distribute more fairly and less brutally the costs of change.”

Millions of American workers – more than half of non-managers – have said they want a union at their workplace. Yet only 7.5 percent of private sector workers are now represented by a union. And in all of 2007, fewer than 60,000 workers won union status through government-sanctioned elections. What explains this disconnect? The problem is that the election process overseen by the National Labor Relations Board has become drawn out and acrimonious, with management campaigning fiercely to deter unionization, sometimes to the extent of violating labor laws. Union sympathizers are routinely threatened or even fired, and they have little effective recourse under the law. Even when workers overcome this pressure and vote for a union, they are unable to obtain contracts one-third of the time because of management stonewalling.

The Employee Free Choice Act would give workers the choice of using majority sign-up—a simple, established procedure in which workers sign cards to indicate their support for a union–or staging an NLRB election; it triples damages for employers who fire union supporters or break other labor laws; and it creates a process to ensure that newly unionized employees have a fair shot at obtaining a first contract by calling for arbitration after 120 days of unsuccessful bargaining.


ASSOCIATION OF MARYLAND PILOTS EMPLOYEES ARE IN THE NEWS FOR HEROIC RESCUE

Several Association of Maryland Pilots employees are cited in an article in “The Virginian-Pilot” for their participation in the rescue of a group of fishermen whose boat overturned in the icy waters of the Chesapeake Bay in January. The fishermen had only a 5-watt handheld radio, but both the Coast Guard and Tim Barco, a tower operator for the Association of Maryland Pilots (AMP), picked up the mayday message. Barco radioed AMP launch captains Reed Sutherland and Matt Bailey, who had just dropped off pilots at two container ships, advising them to be on the lookout. “Launch captains train every week for man-overboard situations,” wrote journalist Lon Wagner. “Every day, they pull their vessels alongside container ships or coal colliers and, while both are moving at 8 to 10 knots, pass a pilot to the ship.”

As they neared the scene of the accident, Sutherland and Bailey saw six people in the water. A Coast Guard helicopter was already in the vicinity. In the meantime, Barco called from the tower for more help. Four of the six fishermen were ultimately rescued by a Coast Guard rescue swimmer, the crew of the Coast Guard helicopter, the Virginia Beach police and the crewmembers of two Maryland pilot boats. “Our pilot boat crews train constantly in man overboard drills,” commented AMP pilot Bill Band. “In this case, their timely arrival on the scene of an overturned boat helped save lives.” The Maryland pilot boats pulled two men out of the water, one of whom later died. The total for the entire operation was four rescued and two dead. It is probable that all the fishermen would have perished if they had remained in the water for ten more minutes. The article is posted on the Internet at http://hamptonroads.com/2009/02/route-their-rescue-lay-fortuitous-arrival


TWIC COUNTDOWN: 44 DAYS UNTIL ALL MARINERS MUST HAVE A TWIC

Reminder: April 15 is the deadline for all mariners and other maritime industry workers to obtain the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC).


AMERICAN MERCHANT MARINE VETERANS MEMORIAL: A SPECIAL NOTE FROM THE MM&P PRESIDENT

The American Merchant Marine Veterans (AMMV) Memorial Committee is embarking on a fund-raising campaign to ensure the continued existence of the AMMV Memorial in San Pedro, Calif. For those who have never seen the memorial, a bit of history may be in order. The memorial itself was built with private funds raised by merchant seamen and others, including some money contributed by the city of Los Angeles. The inspiration for the memorial was a group of MM&P members led by Captain Richard Connelly, a former Sealand master.

Over the years, there have been attempts to relocate the memorial to allow for redevelopment of the property on which it is sited. Although the AMMV Committee has been successful in fighting off these attempts, its members believe that more money is needed to ensure the survival of the monument going forward. I have contributed to the memorial myself. Contributions can be sent to: AMMVC Memorial Inc., P.O. Box 1659, Wilmington, CA 90748-1659.


U.K. AUTHORITIES ISSUE REPORT ON 2008 GROUNDING OF ANTARI

Watchkeeper fatigue and the failure to post a lookout on the bridge were to blame in the grounding of the cargo ship ANTARI off the coast of Northern Ireland last June, according to Britain’s Maritime Accident Investigations Branch (MAIB). The officer of the watch, who was working shifts of six hours on/six hours off, had fallen asleep shortly after taking over the watch at midnight when the vessel was passing the peninsula of Kintyre, Scotland. The vessel continued on for over three hours with nobody awake on the bridge, crossing the North Channel of the Irish Sea before grounding on a beach about seven miles north of Larne. “As has been demonstrated in many previous accidents,” the investigators noted in the report, the six on/six off schedule “on vessels engaged in near coastal trade poses a serious risk of cumulative fatigue.” The investigators said that safety measures which could have mitigated the risk were not used on the grounded ship: despite the requirements of STCW, there was no lookout on the bridge throughout the night and the watch alarm was not switched on.


PIRACY UPDATE: GREEK SHIP SEIZED, NAVY FORCES AVERT OTHER ATTACKS, NIGERIA URGED TO HELP OUT

A Maltese-flagged cargo ship, MV SALDANHA, has reportedly been seized by Somali pirates. The vessel, which was carrying a crew of 22, was transporting coal to Slovenia. According to reports by authorities, in a different attack, a Greek captain was killed by pirates in January when his ship was seized off the coast of Cameroon. European Union navies, a Danish warship and a Chinese destroyer reportedly succeeded in blocking a series of attacks in the first two months of 2009. IMO Secretary-General Efthimios Mitropoulos has called on Nigeria to help reduce the incidence of acts of piracy and armed robbery against ships in the Gulf of Guinea and in the waters off the coast of Nigeria.


DISCOUNTS ON COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES FOR UNION MEMBERS AND AFFILIATES

AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Richard Trumka has announced that the AFL-CIO has entered into agreements with three communications vendors which have agreed to provide labor unions and their members with significant savings for a range of phone services. The three discount programs being offered are:

1) up to 65 percent discount on various AT&T Communications services – long distance, local and international service, Internet, voice and video conference (which includes services such as webinars). Contact: Jeff Yoakum or Dave Waszak, jyoakum@att.com, dw2694@att.com or 1-888-474-8646.

2) assorted discounts (see below) from AT&T Mobility – Wireless (Voice and Data). Contact: Dave Frederick, Dave.Frederick@attmobility-b2b.com or 1-800-718-5005 ext. 2397 (20 percent for corporate/union billed wireless phones; 18 percent for union staff and their families; 10 percent for union members and their families).

3) NACR/Avaya- PBX, telephone equipment and maintenance. Contact: Jonathan Haynie or Wayne Sutton, jhaynie@nacr.com or wsutton@nacr.com, or 1-800-431-1333 ext. 1630 (up to 36 percent for purchase of new phone equipment; up to 26 percent for maintenance of phone equipment).

If you have questions about how these programs work, contact AFL-CIO Project Manager Ted Karp at (301) 332-1447 or tkarp@aflcio.org.


MM&P-CONTRACTED HORIZON LINES AND MATSON NAVIGATION WILL RELOCATE MARINES TO GUAM

Horizon Lines and Matson Navigation have announced that they have been chosen to assist in the relocation of thousands of U.S. marines from Okinawa to Guam. The news comes on the heels of an announcement by Crowley Maritime that it has transported three gantry cranes from Los Angeles to Guam to handle the new business for Horizon and Matson. Work on the contracts is expected to begin this spring and end in the fall.


SHIP SECURITY OFFICER REFRESHER COURSE WILL BE HELD IN ON THE WEST COAST IN APRIL

MITAGS and Matson are sponsoring three, one-day VSO refresher courses on the West Coast in April. The courses are designed for members who have not yet taken a certified VSO course. Anyone who took the MITAGS or PMI VCF or PCS course after April 2003 has taken a certified course. (If you are in doubt about whether you need the refresher course, please check with Diane Ford at dford@mitags.org.)  Captain John Kessler of PMI will be presenting the course. The schedule is as follows; please call the MM&P halls at the numbers listed in parentheses to confirm your seat:  Friday, April 17, Honolulu at the Matson Terminal Tower (808-523-8183); Tuesday, April 28, Los Angeles, at the MM&P Hall (310-834-7201) and Thursday, April 30, San Francisco at the MM&P Hall (415-777-5074).


TRUSTEES APPROVE NEW TRAVEL REIMBURSEMENT POLICY FOR MM&P TRUST STUDENTS

Starting March 1, MITAGS will no longer purchase airline tickets in advance for eligible students traveling to MITAGS. Eligible students will be reimbursed upon their successful completion of at least four days of classes. Furthermore, reimbursements are limited to the cost of a 14-day advance fare purchase. If the ticket is over $500 round trip, you must have written permissions from the MITAGS Admissions Office. Call or e-mail Admissions for a complete copy of this policy. It is also posted at www.mitags.org on the MM&P Trust Student page.


MIAMI’S NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER OPENS DOORS TO MM&P MEMBERS

MM&P members have an opportunity to tour the National Hurricane Center in Miami on Saturday, March 14. The tour will begin at 10:00 and should be finished at about 12:00. It will include the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Analysis & Forecast Branch, as well as the local Miami forecast center. The NHC tour can accommodate 25 to 30 people. NHC Director Bill Read and Executive Officer Christopher Burr will be on hand to answer questions. If you are interested, contact the MM&P Miami/Port Everglades Hall at pompano@bridgedeck.org or (954) 946-7883 by March 1. The National Hurricane Center is located with the Miami National Weather Service Forecast Office on the main campus of Florida International University, 11691 SW 17th St., about 12 miles west of downtown and eight miles southwest of Miami International Airport. Parking is available near the main entrance on the south side of the center, which faces SW 17th Street.


PREVIOUSLY REPORTED NEWS ON THE MM&P DEFINED BENEFIT PENSION PLAN

As previously reported in the Wheelhouse Weekly, the MM&P Board of Trustees met Feb. 3–4 to discuss the current economic situation as it has affected the MM&P Defined Benefit Pension Plan. As permitted by the Worker, Retiree, and Employer Recovery Act of 2008, agreement was reached to remain in the “green,” or safe zone under the Pension Protection Act of 2006. All current benefit options will be available for another year. As part of this agreement, employer pension plan contributions will be increased and deductions will be taken from Offshore vacation pay. The Board of Trustees will meet again in May 2009 to discuss long-term pension plan design changes and other measures to safeguard our retirement security.


REP. ELIJAH CUMMINGS WILL CONVENE HEARING ON CIVIL RIGHTS AT COAST GUARD

Rep. Elijah Cummings, chairman of the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, will convene a hearing in April on Coast Guard compliance with civil rights laws. Cummings made the announcement in a letter to USCG Commandant Adm. Thad Allen. Allen had commissioned an outside consultant’s report that found deficiencies in administration by the Coast Guard Office of Civil Rights.


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

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

AIS � (1-Day) Automatic Identification System: 4/2
ARPA � Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 4/13
AZIPOD � (2-Day) Azipod Propulsion Systems: 4/20
BRM � Bridge Resource Management: 5/4
BST � Basic Safety Training: 4/6
CONT PLNG � Contingency Planning: 5/15

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]
CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 4/6
CMM-CHS I � Advanced Cargo Handling (week 1): 4/27
CMM-CHS II � Advanced Cargo Handling (week 2): 5/4
CMM-MPP � Marine Propulsion Plants: 4/13
CMM-SHMGT I � Ship Management (week 1) : 5/11
CMM-SHMGT II � Ship Management (week 2) : 5/18
CMM-SHS-ADV-I � Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 4/27, 5/11
CMM-SHS-ADV-I I � Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 3/30, 5/4, 5/18
CMM-WKP – Advanced Watchkeeping: 3/9, 5/25

CSE-AWR2 � Confined Space Entry Awareness (2 day): 5/14
FF-BADV � Basic and Advanced Fire Fighting Combined: 4/6
GMDSS � Global Maritime Distress and Safety System: 4/6
HAZ � Hazardous Materials (5 day): 5/4
LAP � License Advancement Program for upgrade to Chief Mate/Master: 3/30
LEG � Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 4/22

MED-PIC – Medical Person-In-Charge: 4/13
MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 4/13, 5/4
MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 4/3, 4/18, 5/14

[MSC – Military Sealift Command]
MSC-CBRD-1 � CBRD Orientation: 3/27, 5/22
MSC-DC � Damage Control: Special Evening MSC-DC Class: 5/18 to 5/21
MSC-SMA � Small Arms Training: 3/23, 5/18

[OICNW � Officer in Charge of a Navigation Watch Courses]
OICNW-CHS-BAS � Basic Cargo Handling and Stowage: 4/20, 5/25
OICNW-CNAV � Celestial Navigation: 4/20
OICNW-ENAV � Electronic Navigation: 3/9
OICNW-EP � Emergency Procedures: 5/14
OICNW-SAR � Search and Rescue: 5/11
OICNW-WKP BAS � Basic Watchkeeping: 3/30
OICNW-WX BAS � Basic Meteorology: 3/23

ROP-5 � Radar Observer Program (Original or Renewal): 5/4
ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 4/13

SEC-VCF – Security Officer: Vessel, Company & Facility: 3/30, 5/11
SEC-VSO-R � Vessel Security Officer Refresher (1 day): 4/21, 5/14
SHS-BAS � Basic Shiphandling: 5/18
SHS-EMR � Emergency Shiphandling: 4/20

TPIC � Tankerman Person in Charge (Dangerous Liquids): 5/25

…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 by e-mail: admissions@mitags.org.


PMI ACADEMIC NOTES

PMI Web site at www.mates.org for more info

FOR REGISTRATION CALL JENNIFER PITZEN: 206 838-1126

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

March 2009
2 ROR
2-6 WX BAS
9-20 GMDSS
10-13 ARPA
9-20 SHS ADV
16-20 ENAV
23-3 CNAV

For registration call Jennifer Pitzen 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 2-27-2009

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
7,062.93 1,377.84 735.09
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund(VAARX)
34.55
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
67.99
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
19.76
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
10.06
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
10.03
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
15.31
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.54
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
17.94
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
4.32
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
12.07
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
13.36
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
11.55
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
13.10
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
8.90
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
8.40
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
7.92
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
7.71
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
7.98
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
9.99
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
17.91
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
12.10
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
10.07
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
10.54
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
9.08
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
39.18
 Fidelity Small Company Instl (FMACX)
10.59
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
31.17
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
10.32
 Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
22.86
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
17.64
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
13.06
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
9.16
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
9.59
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
9.39
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
8.37
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
8.38
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
4.75
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
5.43
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
9.21
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
18.73
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
26.10
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
16.13





~ 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.