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Wheelhouse Weekly – March 20, 2003

March 20th 2003


THE MASTERS, MATES & PILOTS’
WHEELHOUSE WEEKLY

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

Volume 7 . . . . . Number 12. . . . . March 20, 2003

STORIES COVERED

ALSO

REMINDERS




 

MILITARY OPERATIONS BEGIN TO DISARM IRAG

Operations to disarm Iraq have begun as US-led coalition forces attacked Iraq on Wednesday night. The MM&P extends Godspeed to all merchant mariners who are sailing in support of the US military personnel who are engaged in this operation.

“On my orders, coalition forces have begun striking selected targets of military importance to undermine Saddam Hussein’s ability to wage war,” the president said from the Oval Office at 2215 hrs Eastern time March 19. Bush stressed this will be a broad and concerted campaign.

He said that a coalition of over 35 nations is contributing in a variety of ways in moving to disarm Hussein. “Every nation in this coalition has chosen to bear the duty and share the honor of sharing in our common defense,” Bush said.

President Bush had direct words to the more than 250,000 US service members in the area of operations. “The peace of a troubled world and the hopes of an oppressed people now depend on you,” the president said. “That trust is well-placed. The enemies you confront will soon know your skill and bravery. The people you liberate will witness the honorable and decent spirit of the American military.”

The president also spoke of the sacrifice made by the relatives of American service members and those civilians that support them. “I know that their families are now praying that all those who serve in this operation will return safely and soon,” he said.

He stressed the US military will apply decisive force to ensure a speedy campaign. “I assure you this will not be a campaign of half-measures and we will accept no outcome but victory,” he said.

Back in the US, as the bombs began falling in Baghdad, the country battened down under security not seen since the Sept.11 attacks. Earlier in the week, the national terrorist alert level went to orange, which is the second highest security alert level. It is the third time the country has gone to orange since the five-tier security alert system was created last year.

The USCG is stepping up patrols at the nation’s borders and will escort passenger ships in and out of harbors. In addition, the Customs Service is increasing the amount of cargo and freight it screens.

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SOME PROGRESS REPORTED ON CREWING MATSON NEWBUILDS

MM&P International President Capt. Tim Brown reports that incremental progress was made during the most recent round of talks that MM&P and MEBA had with Matson Navigation March 13-14 at the MEBA Union Hall in San Francisco. The goal of the talks is to retain jobs for members of currently-contracted unions on two newbuilds under construction for Matson at Kvaerner Philadelphia Shipyard.

Matson recently informed their contracted unions that they are considering turning their rights to purchase these vessels over to a third party who would in turn hire crews for the vessel. Matson would then time charter the vessels from that party for operation in the Hawaiian service.

Matson has recently come to all of their maritime unions and asked for wage concessions on the new vessels as a means to help the company achieve the financial viability to continue with a direct purchase rather than pursuing the time charter scenario. Capt. Brown remarked that “Matson has offered the MM&P a long-term contract on these two vessels, but at substantial wage cuts.”

Capt. Brown and Pacific Ports VP Capt. Don Marcus have been negotiating for MM&P while the MEBA officials are doing similar negotiations with Matson. The initial set of negotiations was held at MEBA HQ on March 5-6.

Capt. Brown summarized the status of the situation, saying he believes “that we have narrowed the differences somewhat but there is no final agreement as yet. Matson is still meeting with the ARA, SUP and the MFOW.” We will keep you informed as things develop.

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LIMITED SPACE STILL AVAILABLE FOR MATSON REQUIRED COURSES

Matson Chief Mates & Masters: Please be aware that limited space is still available at MITAGS for the March 31-April 4 Advanced Weather course and the April 7-11 Hazardous Materials course. These courses are required for senior officers aboard Matson vessels effective April 1, 2003.

Preference will be given in last minute registrations to those with Chief Mate licenses and above who have recent employment with Matson. The Advanced Weather course is also being offered at the Pacific Maritime Institute in Seattle on March 24-28, and class space might still be available.

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SOME MM&P WEST COAST OFFICES CLOSED MARCH 31

March 31st is Cesar Chavez’ Birthday and it is an ILWU holiday in the ports of Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Honolulu. MM&P offices will be closed Monday March 31st in these ports.

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MM&P-SUPPORTED TAX INITIATIVE MOVING FORWARD

A US-flag shipping tax initiative strongly supported by the Delegates to the MM&P’s 79th Convention (July 2002), MIRAID and MM&P-contracted companies has moved closer to enactment. Specifically, the House of Representatives has passed “miscellaneous tax legislation” that includes a repeal of the 50 percent ad valorem duty on at-sea ship repairs imposed by the US only on US-flag commercial vessels.

This duty is one of many US-government imposed disincentives to the operation of vessels under the US-flag and it has long been the position of the MM&P and MIRAID that it should be repealed.

As stated by MM&P President Tim Brown, “it is extremely difficult for US-flag vessels to compete for the carriage of commercial cargoes against foreign flag vessels that operate in a more advantageous if not tax free environment. The repeal of the 50 percent duty and other changes in US tax law must be enacted so our fleet can operate on a more equal footing with its foreign competition.”

The Senate Finance Committee has cleared this legislation for action in the Senate and we are awaiting word when the Senate will vote. At the same time, the recently negotiated US-Singapore Free Trade Agreement includes a provision that exempts ship repairs performed in Singapore on US-flag commercial vessels from the 50 percent duty. Congress is expected to consider legislation to implement this agreement later this Spring.

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TTD URGES SENATE ACTION TO STRENGTHEN PORT SECURITY

On March 20, the AFL-CIO’s Transportation Trades Department (TTD) called upon the US Senate to adopt an amendment offered by Senator Ernest Hollings (D-SC) that would provide an additional $2 billion annually over the next two years to meet our nation’s port security needs. The amendment will be offered as part of the Senate’s consideration of the Fiscal Year 2004 budget resolution.

Specifically, these funds would be used for grants to ports and waterfront facilities to help ensure compliance with federally approved security plans, to conduct security assessments, and to assist the Customs Service with the installation of screening equipment.

In its letter, TTD noted that America’s ports handle over 95 percent of the volume and 75 percent of the value of cargo moving into and leaving the nation, and said that any attack on the maritime industry would have sweeping consequences on our economy.

Additionally, the letter said, “it must be remembered that for thousands of American workers, ports and maritime facilities are also job sites and these workers deserve a safe and secure environment.”

The 35 AFL-CIO unions in TTD include the MM&P along with the International Longshoremen’s Association, International Longshore and Warehouse Union, and MEBA. “The longshore and maritime workers represented by these unions, as well as the entire transportation labor movement, understand that our ports and maritime system is still too vulnerable to attack and thus the Hollings Amendment is urgently needed to address many of the security deficiencies that have been identified,” the letter stated.

“Unfortunately, 18 months after the September 11th terrorist attacks, our ports face far too many unmet security challenges. I thank Senator Hollings for his leadership, and urge the Senate to support this critically important amendment,” said TTD President Sonny Hall. For more info visit www.ttd.org.

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NEW BILL CALLS FOR 100-PERCENT CHECKS OF INCOMING BOXES

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) is pressing for inspection of all US-bound containers originating from foreign ports and airports. He recently introduced the Port Protection Act of 2003 in the House of Representatives.

The new bill would direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to require US authorities to inspect, verify and seal at the foreign port any cargo containers headed for the United States. The bill would also empower the USCG to search any cargo vessel up to 200 miles offshore for chemical, biological or nuclear weapons.

Customs’ policy of targeting two to three percent of the more than 6 million inbound containers that arrive in this country annually for inspection has drawn criticism from a growing number of politicians.

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TERRORIST ATTACK ON SEAPORTS WOULD COLLAPSE U.S. ECONOMY

The US economy would collapse within 20 days resulting from a terrorist attack on seaports, according to a recent “war game” held by the highly respected Booz Allen Hamilton strategic management and technical consulting firm.

As a result, Sens. Ernest Hollings (D-SC), Patty Murray (D-WA) and Charles Schumer (D-NY) are among an increasing number of Senators urging the Bush Administration to fully fund port security measures passed by the Senate and boost security at US border crossings and ports.

The senators noted that new intelligence gleaned from the Khalid Sheikh Mohammed arrest shows that building a dirty bomb is high on Al Qaeda’s list of priorities and underscores the need for increased border measures. The senators pointed out that most people in the US take for granted that goods from all over the world are transported through our ports at minimal costs.

The war game also showed that companies that retail or manufacture would be crippled by the government’s inability to reopen US ports, and with 20 days of a port attack, the New York Stock Exchange would stop trading due to restated earnings estimates and resulting shareholder panic.

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MITAGS HOLDS ITS FIRST MARITIME SECURITY CLASS

If companies, mariners, and vessel operators are to be secure from the treats of terrorism, they need to clearly understand:

(a) the new international and national regulations; (b) how to establish a detailed security plan; and (c) company/ship security from professionals such as the instructors at MITAGS.

Twelve maritime executives attended the first MITAGS class on maritime security, a few of whom came from Australia and Canada. It was a cross section of company executives and marine operations managers, masters, pilots, and educators.

After reviewing the requirements of the International Ship and Port Security code (ISPS) and USCG NAVIC 10-02, MITAGS instruction centered on threat analysis, suspicious behavior, crowd management, the ship security plan, security inspections, physical searches, mitigation, and training and drills.

The class spent one day aboard the SS JOHN W. BROWN, the historic World War II Liberty ship, in Baltimore Harbor for more realistic onboard training, including search-the-vessel drills.

Check the MITAGS website for more info on this new maritime security course.

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MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

Class Openings

Between now and the end of June, seats are available in the courses listed below:

  • 3/31-4/4: BRM, CMM-ECDIS
  • 4/7-11: HAZ, “MSC” Week courses
  • 4/7-10: SEC-ShpOff
  • 4/14-18: MED-PRO, MSC-COMMS, CMM-VPEN
  • 4/19: MED-DOT-DA
  • 4/25: CBRD-1
  • 4/28: ROR-1
  • 4/28-5/2: ARPA, CSE-AAES, CMM-ADVSTB
  • 5/5-16: MED-PIC, CMM-CHS
  • 5/5-9: BST, MED-PRO
  • 5/10: MED-DOT-DA
  • 5/12-23: GMDSS
  • 5/12-16: FF-ADV, SHS-BAS, COMP-NET
  • 5/12-15: SEC-ShpOff
  • 5/16-17: MSC-DC
  • 5/19-23: GMDSS-REF, ROP
  • 5/19: ISM/REG-UPDT
  • 5/20: CONTG PLNG
  • 5/21: MEDIA RSP
  • 5/22: SEC-MAR
  • 5/23: ASSESSOR TRNG
  • 6/2-27: MED-SMC
  • 6/2-6: COMP-ABSS, T-PIC
  • 6/9-12: SEC-ShpOff
  • 6/14: MED-DOT-DA
  • 6/16: CBRD-1
  • 6/17: MSC-ENVPRO
  • 6/18: MSC-ATER
  • 6/19-20: MSC-DC
  • 6/21: MED-DOT-DA
  • 6/23-27: SHS-EMR5, COMP-MAR, CMM-MPP
  • 6/27: CBRD-1

Advanced Cargo-handling Course Approved

The USCG recently announced approval of the MITAGS 70-hour Advanced Cargo Operations course (CMM-CHS) as satisfying the cargo operations training requirements for STCW certification as Master or Chief Mate. All candidates for Chief Mate/Master falling under the new scheme as outlined in NMC Policy Ltr 04-02 will thus have to take the course. This new course may be taken in a single, continuous program, or in two 35-hour modules. Both modules must be completed within one year to receive the Advanced Cargo Handling certificate. Additionally, the 1-week Advanced Stability course (CMM-ADVSTB) will be a prerequisite for CMM-CHS. The first convening of Advanced Cargo Handling will be May 5th. There will be an Advanced Stability course the week April 28th.

 

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.

 

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PMI ACADEMIC NOTES

Training Packages Include:

  • OS to AB
  • AB to Mate
  • Second Mate to Chief Mate

Call for details at 888-893-7829 or download the PMI course schedule with descriptions at www.mates.org/Schedule/Schedule.pdf or visit their web site at www.mates.org.

MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly


 

MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 3-20 CLOSE

 D O W

 N A S D A Q

 8,266.60

+762.60 for the week

 1,402.77

 +131.30 for the week
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)

 81.10

 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)

18.83

 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)

 11.52

 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)

 11.22

 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)

 20.43

 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)

10.68

 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)

12.74

 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)

13.74

 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)

 20.11

Fidelity Magellan Fund (FAGX)

 79.20

 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)

  31.00

 

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~ Reminders ~



 

IMPORTANT RENEWAL INFO ON USCG DRUG FREE CERTIFICATES

Mariners renewing their license or Z-cards should be aware that some USCG Regional Exam Centers are now only accepting the “Drug Free Certificates” from Greystone Health Services or other USCG approved drug testing agencies. Any other drug test certifications will no longer be accepted.

Upon request Greystone will send duplicate “Drug Free Certificates” on their own stationary to members and applicants so that they can satisfy the USCG. Request forms for this purpose are available at MM&P West Coast ports, which is where this USCG demand is now being enforced.

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IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR MM&P HEALTH PLAN PARTICIPANTS: Delta Dental Payment Errors

Effective January 1, 2003, the reimbursement under the dental portion of the Plan was changed from 90 percent in-network to 80 percent in-network and from 80 percent out-of-network to 70 percent out-of-network.

DUE TO AN ERROR at Delta Dental, the claims for MM&P members for services rendered after 1/1/2003, in some cases, have been paid at the old reimbursement rate. The error has been corrected, however, and Delta will be asking for refunds from providers for the 10 percent overpayments. That means that members who were affected by this error will most likely receive a bill from dentists for the additional 10 percent.

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MM&P HQ MEMORANDUM TO ALL OFFSHORE PORTS

The following memorandum from MM&P International Secretary-Treasurer Glen Banks has been sent to all Offshore Ports regarding the clearing or dispatching of MM&P Personnel on Surge and RRF vessels:

Maritime Administration (MarAd) and Military Sealift Command (MSC) officials have advised maritime labor that a break-out of surge and RRF vessels is possible in the near future. In order to ensure that enough qualified mariners are available to man these ships, MM&P, MEBA and AMO agreed, in 1999, to provide manpower aboard each other’s contracted vessels in times of national emergency.

The agreement established a process for filling vacant billets aboard vessels manned by other unions. The process is as follows:

  1. A ship operator identifies a crewing shortfall.
  2. The operator contacts the appropriate government agency.
  3. The agency contacts the other unions.
  4. The other unions fill the requirement.

The ONLY points of contact at MM&P will be Capt. David Boatner in our LA/LB office or Mike Rodriguez at International HQ.

Capt. Boatner and Mike Rodriguez will receive calls only from the appropriate government officials. In other words, ports are NOT TO CLEAR OR DISPATCH our people directly to any vessel not under contract with MM&P without the specific authorization of Capt. Boatner or Mr. Rodriguez.

When these positions become available they will go to active offshore members and applicants first. The jobs will be called in the appropriate halls in accordance with MM&P shipping rules.

In an emergency, Pensioners will be our second choice for filling these jobs. For instance, a pensioner may be shipped to prevent a ship from sailing late. Pensioner earning limitations and contribution issues will be addressed as necessary.

Members and Applicants are reminded that in order to receive pension credit, vacation and other benefits, you must ship through a MM&P hall in the manner described above. Shipping in any other way will not ensure that benefits will passed be through to MM&P Plans. Applicant points will be awarded only for assignments shipped through MM&P offices.

You may direct your questions regarding this issue to:

  • Capt. Banks: gbanks@bridgedeck.org; phone: 410-850-8700 ext. 21
  • Capt. Boatner: dboatner@bridgedeck.org; phone: 310-834-7201
  • Mike Rodriguez: mrodriguez@bridgedeck.org; 410-850-8700 ext. 23
  • or to the Vice President in your area.

     

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    GENERAL EXECUTIVE BOARD CLARIFIES OFFSHORE QUOTA SYSTEM

    During MM&P General Executive Board meetings held at MM&P HQ on January 15-16, 2003, the quota system established for admittance to the Offshore Membership Group was clarified to make it clear that this quota system does not apply to MM&P Offshore Unlicensed members.

    On October 3-4, 2002, the GEB established quotas effective October 4, 2002, stating that “No member of any membership group, including the Offshore Unlicensed Membership Group, may transfer into the Offshore Licensed Membership Group without having been a member of the organization for at least as long as the length of time that the lowest applicant admitted into membership has in the organization.” The wording of this statement was subsequently determined to be incorrect.

    On January 16, 2003, the GEB corrected the quota guidelines to read:

    “No member of any MM&P membership group, except for members of the MM&P Offshore Unlicensed Membership Group, may transfer into the Offshore Licensed Membership Group without having been a member of the organization for at least as long as the length of time that the lowest applicant admitted into membership has in the organization.”

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    USCG WARNS OF FAULTY LIFERAFT SERVICING BY AMPAK

    The Coast Guard has recently received reports of faulty servicing of several inflatable life rafts that were last serviced by facilities operating under the name “AMPAK” in Baton Rouge, LA, and Panama City, FL.

    In at least one instance, the life raft gas cylinder was found empty, and the life raft would not have worked in an emergency. Others were marked as having been subjected to required tests that were not in fact performed.

    Although the life rafts were USCG approved and of several different makes, the AMPAK facilities were not Coast Guard approved to service any of them. It is not known how many other life rafts may be involved. The USCG strongly recommends that any inflatable life rafts last serviced by those AMPAK facilities be taken to a USCG approved servicing facility as soon as possible. The USCG reports that both AMPAK facilities “appear to have since ceased operations.”

    This recommendation applies to USCG approved life rafts on US-flag vessels, and foreign approved life rafts on SOLAS ships; the AMPAK facilities are known to have serviced both. For more info, contact Kurt Heinz of the USCG Lifesaving and Fire Safety Standards Division at 202-267-1444 or kheinz@comdt.uscg.mil.

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    IMPORTANT UPDATE FROM THE MM&P PLANS OFFICE

     

    HEALTH & BENEFIT PLAN CHANGES

    The Board of Trustees, based on recommendations by the Cost Containment Committee, adopted changes to the Health & Benefit Plan. The following changes will become effective January 1, 2003:

    Annual Deductible

    The current annual deductible of $150/$300 will be raised to $250/$500.

    Out-of-Pocket Maximum

    The current out of pocket maximum of $2,000 will be raised to $3,000.

    Dental Reimbursement Levels

    • The Plan payment to in-network dental providers will go from 90% to 80%.
    • The Plan payment for out-of-network providers will go from 80% of UCR to 70% of UCR.
    • New contract with Delta Dental replaces Aetna/US Healthcare (Prudential Dental) agreement. See below for additional information.

    Prescription Drug Program

    Mail order drugs will be subject to a 20% co-pay for all single source brand name and generic drugs with a maximum out of pocket, per prescription, of $75.

    For brand name drugs where the generic equivalent is available, the member will be responsible for paying the total cost of the difference between the brand name and the generic drug. The Plan will then pay 80% of the cost of the generic and the member will be responsible for the 20% up to a per prescription maximum of $75.

    The Plan has also removed the mandatory mail order provision. This means that any prescription, regardless of the number of refills, can be obtained at a retail level but will be limited to a 30-day supply. However, obtaining maintenance medications through the mail order program may still be less expensive to you.

    A synopsis of these changes and additional changes effective April 1, 2003 appears in the November-December 2002 issue of the MM&P’s Master, Mate & Pilot newspaper. The Plan Office has also mailed a summary of all changes, with examples, to Health & Benefit Plan participants.




    ADDRESS CHANGES

    Remember to notify the Plan office whenever you move or have a change of address. There are a number of important mailings scheduled for the next few months and we would like to keep all members well informed. You can fax your address changes to the Plan Office at 410-850-8655 or you can email them to the Plan Office at mmpplans@aol.com.

     




     

    NEW DENTAL PROGRAM WITH DELTA DENTAL

    This is a reminder that effective October 1, 2002, the MM&P Plan’s contract with Prudential Dental expired. Prudential was purchased by Aetna/US HealthCare in 2001 and could no longer offer the Plan the same type of fee-for-service arrangement as before.

    In order to continue to offer Plan Participants an in-network dental benefit option, the Plan reviewed proposals from organizations that provide network dental services. After review, the Trustees approved a contract with Delta Dental, the largest provider of dental services in the US.

    The Delta Dental Claims Processing Center in Mechanicsburg, PA, will handle claims administration for all MM&P eligible participants and dependents. This includes claims submitted by out of network dentists as well as those who are Delta Dental providers.

    Plan participants who choose to go to a contracted provider will pay 10 percent of the contracted amount and the Plan will pay 90 percent. Participants will have access to all Delta providers in the Delta Premier Network option that includes over 133,000 dentists nationwide.

     

    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

    ~ Where Does My Dentist Submit My Claims?

    Effective October 1, 2002, all dental claims with dates of service on or after October 1, 2002, from both in and out-of-network providers, should be sent directly to: Delta Dental, One Delta Drive, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055-6999. Participants will receive a claim form in the mailing sent out by the Plan Office on August 11. Your dentist can copy this form and use it to submit all dental claims incurred on or after October 1, 2002.

    ~ How Do I Find A Delta Dentist?

    You can locate participating dentists in your area in two ways. You can call 1-800-932-0783 from 8 AM to 8 PM Eastern Time, Monday-Friday, or you can sign on to the Delta website at www.MidAtlanticDeltaDental.com. Once you have signed on to the website, key on the bar marked “Pennsylvania”. (MM&P Plan members are enrolled in the Delta Premier Option through Delta Dental of Penn.) Next enter the search criteria to find participating Delta dentists in your area or enter your own dentist’s name to find out if he/she participates with the Premier network.

     

    WORK IN PROCESS

    Delta Dental will coordinate with the Plan Office to transition all billing for “work in process”. This means that all root canals, orthodontia work and other staged procedures that are not completed under the old arrangement will be carried over and the remaining balance billing, for work performed on or after October 1, 2002 will be processed by Delta Dental.

    It is important to remember that all work that has been pre-determined by Prudential/Aetna must be completed and billed with a billing date on or prior to September 30, 2002, in order to assure that your co-pay will remain the same as quoted in the initial pre-determination.

    Any work started under the old Plan but billed for date of service on or after October 1, 2002 will be reimbursed according to whether the dentist is participating in the Delta Dental network. If your dentist is not a participating dentist, the balance billing will be paid at the out-of-network rate of 80 percent of the Plan’s UCR schedules.

     

    CLAIMS QUESTIONS

    All questions about any dental claims incurred on or after October 1, 2002, including claims submitted by out-of-network providers, should be directed to Delta Dental at 1-800-932-0783. You have been provided with a Delta claim form to forward to your dentist, however, your dentist may submit any standard dental billing form as long as the bill is sent directly to Delta at the above listed address.

     

    IDENTIFICATION CARDS

    Participants have been sent a brochure that includes a perforated generic identification card. This card lists the telephone number and the billing address for Delta. You are not required to carry an identification card because your social security number and birth date will identify you as an eligible participant in the Delta Dental Network.

    It is important to remember that MM&P claims will be processed by Delta Dental of Pennsylvania. You or your dentist can access your eligibility by calling either the Plan Office or Delta Dental at 1-800-932-0783.

    If you or your dentist have any questions, you can contact Delta Dental at 1-800-932-0783 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.

    Plan members are identified by social security number and the Group Plan number for MM&P which is 7117.

    Billing for both in and out of network claims should be submitted on standard dental billing forms and sent directly to Delta at

    Delta Dental of Pennsylvania One Delta Drive Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

    You can locate participating providers on-line at www.MidAtlanticDeltaDental.com. Masters, Mates and Pilots members have access to providers in all of the Delta networks.

     

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    CREDIT UNION MEMBERS: PAY YOURSELF FIRST WITH DIRECT DEPOSIT

    • Do you want an easy way to grow your savings?
    • Do you want an easier way to make deposits to your Masters, Mates & Pilots Federal Credit Union account?

    Consider establishing payroll or pension direct deposit.

    Many employers allow you to directly deposit your pay into several different financial institutions. Trinity Management, Strong America, Moran Towing of Florida, and McAllister Brothers are among the MM&P-contracted companies that already provide for employees to deposit funds directly into the MM&P Federal Credit Union.

    MM&P Health & Benefit Plans Pensioners and A&G Region Pensioners may have deductions made directly from their pension check to their Credit Union account. In addition, employees of MM&P, Plans, MITAGS and MIRAID are also eligible for payroll deduction directly into their Credit Union account.

    Add to your savings by paying yourself first! Contact your payroll office to establish Credit Union direct deposit or to find out if this is available for you. For additional details or to get answers to your questions on this or other MM&P Federal Credit Union programs, contact Kathy Klisavage, Credit Union Manager, toll-free at 1-800-382-7777 or by Email at mmpfcu@bridgedeck.org.

     

     

    NEW, USED OR REFI: LOW VEHICLE LOAN RATES AT MM&P FCU

    Members are reminded that the Masters, Mates & Pilots Federal Credit Union is offering vehicle loans as low as 5.25 percent. Rates range from 5.25 to 6.99 percent for terms of 24 to 60 months. It doesn’t matter if it’s for a new, used or a refinanced vehicle.

    These rates are also in effect for new or used recreational vehicles, motorcycles or boats. Limited funds available at this rate, certain terms and conditions apply.

    MM&P Federal Credit Union membership is open to all MM&P members, to all MM&P, MITAGS, MIRAID and Plans staff, and to their immediate families.

    Rates and terms of offer are subject to change. Call Kathy Klisavage, Credit Union Manager, toll free 1-800-382-7777 or Email mmpfcu@bridgedeck.org for all the details.

     

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    JERRY BACKMAN MEMORIAL FUND

    A memorial fund has been established in the memory of recently deceased MM&P member Jerry Backman. Jerry shipped out of San Francisco and was 49-years old at the time of his tragic death as the result of an auto accident. Jerry leaves a widow and two children.

    Donations made in memory of Jerry will be used to assist with the education of his children, a 22-year old daughter and a 15-year old son.

    The Backman family is privately managing the fund. They are most appreciative of all the messages expressing sympathy and the positive stories from his shipmates and friends.

    Contributions may be sent to:

    The Jerry B. Backman Memorial Fund c/o Bank of the West 2900 Railroad Avenue Pittsburg, CA 94565

     

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    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 andis posted on our web page.

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