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Wheelhouse Weekly – May 05, 2005


 


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Volume 9 . . . . . Number 18 . . . . May 05, 2005


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MM&P-CREWED MSC SHIPS WRAP UP RELIEF WORK IN INDONESIA

The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS MERCY, the MSC combat stores ships USNS SAN JOSE and the USNS NIAGARA FALLS, all crewed by MM&P Licensed Deck Officers, left Nias Island, Indonesia, late last week after providing humanitarian assistance and medical aid to local residents in the wake of the 8.7 magnitude earthquake that rocked the island March 28. MERCY had been conducting a string of medical aid missions in Southeast Asia following 40 days of tsunami relief work in Banda Aceh when the ship was summoned to help the people of Nias.

MERCY spent 25 days operating off the coast of Nias, airlifting critically injured patients to the ship and sending personnel ashore to work in local hospitals and healthcare clinics. During this time, MERCY’s combined US Navy, NGO Project HOPE and uniformed Public Health Service medical staff performed 19,319 procedures on nearly 6,200 patients both ashore and afloat, as well as performed 123 surgeries aboard ship. Civilian mariners from MERCY, SAN JOSE and NIAGARA FALLS, along with Navy personnel, also participated in community relations projects painting and repairing equipment at area schools, libraries and other facilities.

“MERCY provided healthcare to people in need, trained local hospital staffs, sampled the island’s water supply and tested the structural integrity of local buildings,” said MERCY’s Master Capt. Michael Leahy, recounting some highlights of the mission. “We were proud to participate in this humanitarian effort and will not forget the lasting friendships we’ve created with the people of Nias.”

“The people of Western Indonesia will forever be in our hearts and minds,” echoed Capt. Mark Llewellyn, MC, USN, commanding officer of MERCY’s Medical Treatment Facility. “We have seen the courage and determination with which the people of Nias have responded to this tragedy. I am certain that this beautiful area will soon recover and thrive.”

MERCY, about to begin her fifth month of deployment, will conduct an additional humanitarian aid mission in the Western Pacific providing medical and dental care to the region before returning to her San Diego homeport this summer.

 




 

PRINTS OF SEAWANHAKA ON SALE TO BENEFIT MM&P PCF FUND

Beautiful large prints of the SEAWANHAKA, signed by the artist, Capt. Brian Hope, are now available for sale to benefit the MM&P Political Contribution Fund. The $40 price includes shipping and handling. The fire aboard the SEAWANHAKA and the scapegoating of her Master, Capt. Charles Smith one hundred and twenty-five years ago, mark the beginnings of the MM&P.

Capt. Hope is a self-taught artist who graduated from the US Merchant Marine Academy in 1965. He joined the MM&P upon graduation from Kings Point and sailed on the Vietnam Sealift and later with US Lines, until joining the Association of Maryland Pilots in 1970. Capt. Hope’s paintings hang in several museums and in many businesses and private homes throughout the Baltimore-Washington area.

For more info on how you can obtain one of these colorful maritime prints while also assisting the MM&P PCF, contact Asst. Comptroller Beverly Gutmann at MM&P HQ, 700 Maritime Blvd., Linthicum Heights, MD 21090-1941. Phone: 410-850-8700 ext. 11, Fax: 410-850-8384, Email: bgutmann@bridgedeck.org.



 

MARAD ANNOUNCES TWO SENIOR LEVEL POSITIONS ARE OPEN

The Maritime Administration has announced that two senior level positions are open:
1. Position: DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT
Announcement number: MARAD-SES-2005-0002
Open: April 26, 2005; Close: May 26, 2005.
ES-0301, Salary Range ($107,550 – $162,100) – Agency has a certified SES Performance Appraisal System Office: Office of United States Merchant Marine Academy
Location: Kings Point, NY
Relocation Expenses will not be paid.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The incumbent reports to the Superintendent, USMMA. This position is located at the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA), Maritime Administration (MARAD), United States Department of Transportation (DOT). Responsibilities include the development of scholastic standards, develops and enunciates polices and programs to facilitate placement of midshipmen aboard US-flag vessels for prescribed periods of training for graduates in seafaring professions; near-term and long-rang planning for the Academy; promoting an espirt de corps among midshipmen and encouraging through the regimental system, the development of maturity and leadership qualities; and promoting the Department’s commitment to work force diversity.

2. Position: Director, Office of Ship Operations
Announcement number: MARAD-SES-2005-1
Open: April 15, 2005; Close: May 21, 2005.
ES-0301, Salary Range ($107,550 – $162,100) – Agency has a certified SES Performance Appraisal System Office: Office of Ship Operations (Immediate Office)
Location: Washington, DC.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The incumbent reports to the Department of Transportation-Maritime Administration’s Associate Administrator for National Security. Responsibilities include planning, developing, directing, coordinating and administering national programs and policies for the acquisition, operation, maintenance, and repair of Government-owned or acquired merchant ships. In support of military defense sealift requirements, duties also include the maintenance, inspection, and reactivation activities of the Ready Reserve Force (RRF) and the National Defense Reserve Fleet (NDRF). In discharging these responsibilities, the Director, Office of Ship Operations, exercises direction over the following functions: Ship Maintenance and Repair, Reserve Fleet, Ship Disposal, Logistics Support, and Operations Support. Full deals on both positions may be found on MARAD’s website: www.marad.dot.gov.



 

THIRD MATE NEEDED FOR VINTAGE LST EAST COAST VOYAGE

LST-325, a World War II vintage museum ship is scheduled to get underway from Mobile, AL, on May 17 for an East Coast voyage with several stops along the way, including a layover at Massachusetts Maritime Academy from June 3-8. Capt. Ron Colpus, MMA ’67, sailing as Master, will lead the all volunteer crew.

LST-325 is in need of a Third Mate for the at-sea periods: May 17-26, May 30-June 3, and June 25-July 4. Volunteers may crew any or all of these periods. Transportation to and from the ship will be paid. For further info, contact Capt. Ron Colpus at 781-983-0945 or Bill Colpus at 972-712-3394.

 


MARITIME DAY 2005 TO BE HELD MAY 19 IN WASHINGTON DC

The Maritime Administration’s ceremony observing National Maritime Day will be held this year on May 19, at 1030 hrs, in the auditorium of the US Navy Memorial and Naval Heritage Center at 701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, in Washington, DC.

This year, the ceremony will also honor the creators of the US Merchant Marine flag and seal, the late Walter Oates of MARAD, and Capt. George Bark, a World War II Merchant Marine veteran. An accompanying video will tell the story of the design, and also the story behind the choice of the date 1775 as the beginning of the US Merchant Marine: a skirmish at Round Island, in Machias, Maine.

Later in the morning, the Propeller Club of Washington, DC will co-host a luncheon at the DC Navy Yard and the traditional wreath laying ceremony. More detains on both events will published in the Wheelhouse Weekly as they become available.


LYKES LINES NAME SINKS AS CP SHIPS ADOPTS A SINGLE BRAND

CP Ships Limited has announced that it plans to re-brand its container shipping services under the CP Ships name and retire its seven operating brands by the end of the year.
“We are listening to our customers and our own people,” said chairman Ray Miles. “They have told us they prefer us to simplify our business and trade under a single brand.”
Since 1993, CP Ships has acquired nine container shipping companies, seven of whose brands are currently active: ANZDL, Canada Maritime, Cast, Contship Containerlines, Italia Line, Lykes Lines and TMM Lines.

“As CP Ships developed, multiple branding was a key element of our core strategy. It helped us maintain customer loyalty and build further on strong regional positions after each acquisition. Our aims, which we achieved, were not to lose any business when we acquired a new line and then make the business grow. But now that our acquisitions are fully integrated and will be on the same operational and financial systems later in the year, it is time to move on,” Miles added.

All other aspects of CP Ships’ core strategy remain unchanged, including its regional focus with strong market positions and building investment capacity to manage through the industry cycle and make business and asset acquisitions when conditions are right.


 

MAERSK SEALAND WINS SHIPPING LINE OF THE YEAR 2004 AWARD

Maersk Sealand has won the Lloyds Loading List’s award “Shipping Line of the Year 2004”. At the award ceremony held in London last week, Maersk Sealand received in total 20 “Star Performer” awards in the following categories:
Shipping Line of the Year 2004; Customer service – Far East route; Schedule reliability awards: South Africa, West Africa, South America (Pacific Coast), South America (Caribbean), South America (Atlantic Coast); Australia & New Zealand; Japan & South Korea; China, Hong Kong & Taiwan; South Asia (India); US North Atlantic (Main range); US South Atlantic and the US Gulf.

Transit times awards: South Africa, South America (Pacific Coast), Western India, Australia & New Zealand, US South Atlantic and the US Gulf.

The “Shipping Line of the Year” and “Customer Service” awards were based on a customer poll. The awards for schedule reliability and transit times were based on detailed and independent analysis of schedules and performance by Lloyds Liner Analysis.

 


COAST GUARD SEEKING APPLICATIONS FOR TSAC

The Coast Guard is seeking applications for membership on the Towing Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC). TSAC advises the USCG on matters relating to shallow-draft inland and coastal waterway navigation and towing safety. Application forms should reach the USCG on or before May 27, 2005
You may request an application form by writing to Commandant (G-MSO-1), USCG, 2100 Second Street, SW., Washington, DC 20593-0001; by calling 202-267-0214; or by faxing 202-267-4570. Send your original completed and signed application in written form to the above street address.

This notice is available on the Internet at http://dms.dot.gov in docket USCG-2005-21002 and the application form is also available at http://www.uscg.mil/hq/g-m/advisory/index.htm (click on “ACM Application”). For further info contact: Mr. Gerald Miante; Assistant Executive Director of TSAC, telephone 202-267-0214, fax 202-267-4570, or e-mail: gmiante@comdt.uscg.mil.


BARGE OPERATOR FINED $10 MILLION FOR NEW ENGLAND SPILL

New York-based Bouchard Transportation has pled guilty to criminal charges and has agreed to pay a $10 million fine related to April 2003 Buzzards Bay Oil Spill, the largest oil spill fine in New England history.

The fine is for the incident that occurred when a barge being towed by the company’s tug EVENING TIDE veered outside a channel and onto the rocks of south-eastern Massachusetts’ Buzzard’s Bay. About 330 tons of the barge’s cargo of 13,600 tons of Number 6 oil spilled into the sound and eventually washed ashore in nearby watershed and migratory bird habitat areas. The April 2003 oil spill killed 450 federally protected birds, necessitated the closure of thousands of acres of shellfish beds in Buzzards Bay, and affected close to 90 miles of Massachusetts’ beaches and coastline.

The court found that BTC negligently caused the oil spill because its employee, the mate in charge of the vessel, operated the tugboat in a negligent manner and because BTC allowed this individual to remain at the helm of one of its tugboats despite repeated concerns that were raised about his competency.

Federal magistrate Marianne Bowler followed recommendations from the US Attorney and the US Fish and Wildlife Service that $7 million of the fine be used to improve the damaged wetlands. According to court documents, the incident occurred on a clear, sunny day while an unqualified mate was at the helm of the vessel.

“The US Attorney’s Office is committed to protecting the precious natural resources in Buzzards Bay and throughout the Commonwealth,” stated US Attorney Michael Sullivan. “This substantial fine of $10 million will provide critically needed funds to enhance conservation efforts. Bouchard Transportation will also be required to comply with strict requirements aimed at preventing this type of environmental tragedy from ever happening again.”

Under the terms of the plea agreement, BTC will be required to pay $9 million of the $10 million fine at the time of sentencing. Seven million of the fine proceeds will be deposited in the North American Wetlands Conservation Fund for BTC’s violations of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. This fund is used by the Department of the Interior to finance public-private partnerships aimed at carrying out long term conservation projects that provide and enhance habitat for the migratory birds, fish and wildlife which depend on these fragile areas for their survival.

The other $2 million will be directed toward the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund for BTC’s violations of the Clean Water Act. The Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund is administered by the USCG and used to pay clean up costs and damage claims for oil spills in which the responsible party is unknown.

BTC will also be placed on probation for a period of three years. The final $1 million portion of the criminal fine will be suspended and will be imposed only if BTC fails to comply with the conditions of probation. The conditions of probation imposed through the plea agreement include several remedial measures designed to prevent this type of oil spill from re-occurring.


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

 

CLASS OPENINGS

Between now and the end of July 2005 seats are available in the following courses:

  • AIS – Automatic Identification System: 7/23
  • ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 5/9, 6/13, 7/18, 7/25
  • BRM – Bridge Resource Management: 6/13
  • BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 6/14
  • BST – Basic Safety Training: 5/23, 6/27
  • CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses

  • CMM-ADVSTB – Advanced Stability: 7/18
  • CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 5/9, 6/6
  • CMM-ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display and Info Systems: 8/1
  • CMM-MPP – Marine Propulsion Plants: 6/27
  • CMM-SHS-ADV-I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 6/20, 7/25
  • CMM-SHS-ADV-II – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 7/18
  • CMM-SHMGT I – Ship Management (week 1): 6/20, 7/11
  • CMM-SHMGT II – Ship Management (week 2): 6/13
  • CMM-VPEN – Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation: 7/25
  • CMM-WKP- Advanced Watchkeeping: 6/6
  • CONT-PLNG – Contingency Planning: 6/17, 7/15, 7/22
  • FF-BADV – (Combined) Basic and Advanced Firefighting: 5/23, 6/27
  • HAZ – Hazardous Materials [5-day]: 5/9, 6/6, 7/25
  • HF-FSM – Human Factors-Fatigue, Sleep & Medications: 7/20
  • LAP License Advancement Program: 7/11
  • LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 5/10, 5/18, 6/8, 6/14
  • MEDIA-RSP – Media Response: 6/16, 7/14, 7/21
  • MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 5/14, 6/25, 7/30
  • MED-PIC – Medical Person-In-Charge: 5/9, 6/13, 7/25
  • MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider (1st week of MED-PIC): 5/9, 6/13, 7/25

MSC – Military Sealift Command

  • MSC-CBRD-1 – Chemical Biological Radiological Defense Training Orientation: 5/19
  • MSC-DC – Damage Control: 5/16
  • MSC-ENVPRO: Environmental Protection: 5/18
  • MSC-SMA – Small Arms Training (4 day): 6/20
  • MSC-SMA-R – Small Arms Re-Qualification (2-day): 5/20, 6/24
    (must have proof of passing all 3 weapons within 2 years)
  • ROP-5 – Radar Observer Original and Renewal (5-day): 5/23
  • ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 5/9, 5/23, 6/13, 7/18, 7/21, 7/25
  • SEC-OFF-VCF – Security Officer,Vessel, Company & Facility: 6/13
  • SEC-OFF-FSO Security Officer, Facility: 7/12
  • SEC-PLT-AWR Security Awareness for Pilots: 7/19
  • SHS-ESH-BRMP-3: Emergency Shiphandling/Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (3-day): 5/9, 7/20
  • TPIC Tankerman Person-In-Charge: 6/27
  • TRAC-TUG – Water Tractor and Azimuth Stern Drive Tugs: 7/18

 


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, UPDATED COURSE AVAILABILITY, INFO & REGISTRATION

Courses are subject to change. Check the MITAGS website for up-to-date course descriptions associated with all course title abbreviations, and for schedule revisions and 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.




 

MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF May 04, 2005 CLOSE


 D O W  N A S D A Q  S&P 500
 10,384.64 +185.84 for the week  1,962.23  +31.80 for the week  1,175.65  +19.27 for the week

 

Fund Name & Trading Symbol
Closing
Price
Change
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
108.46
+2.22
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
29.86
+.39
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
18.62
+.28
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
15.59
+.22
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
30.95
+.57
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.41
+.02
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate Fund (VWEHX)
6.16
-.02
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.21
+.01
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
17.26
+.16
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
15.79
+.17
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
37.22
+.57
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
100.57
+1.46
 Fidelity Small Company Instl (FMACX)
20.38
+.16
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
70.55
+.96
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
41.64
+.70





~ 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.

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 commences Oct.17, 2004 and will continue until Jan.3, 2005. Crew rotations will start beginning as early as January 2005 and will continue through as late as June 2005. Positions for all ratings remain open.

The point of contact for sending a resume for employment on the Horizon Lines T-AGS Oceanographic Vessels is Richard Plant, MM&P’s Director of Special Projects. Send resumes in an email or as a Word file attachment to him at: rplant@bridgedeck.org, by fax to 410-850-0973 or by mail to:

Richard Plant, Director of Special Projects

IOMM&P
700 Maritime Blvd.
Linthicum Heights, MD 21090



SHIP SECURITY CLEARANCE NEEDED

Members who want to sail for Horizon Lines on the T-AGS Oceanographic Survey vessels the company is set to begin operating for MSC must have Ship Security Clearance before going aboard.

Special software must be downloaded from the US Government’s Defense Security Service to complete the Security Clearance application. You must have an Internet connection and a Windows-based computer to retrieve the application and run the program.

Go to https://sclient.dss.mil/download/w9xfull.htm to download the software titled “EPSQ SUBJECT2_2”.

After the software is installed and the program is launched, select “Create” from the menu bar at the top of the screen. You will be required to enter your Social Security Number and a case-sensitive password. A window titled “Type of Form” will appear.

All Deck Officers should select the first button titled “Request for Security Clearance (SF86)” and then click “OK” to go to the next screen, “Type of Investigation”.

From the “Type of Investigation” screen:

  • Masters and Radio Officers should select the first button, “Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI)”.
  • All other Deck Officers (C/M, 2/M, 3/M) should click on the second button, “National Agency Check (NAC or NACLC)”.

After selecting the appropriate investigation type, click on “OK” to begin filling in the forms.

When complete and all information has been validated, click on “Communications” from the menu bar at the top of the screen and select “Transmit to Security Officer”. Save the file to the hard drive on your computer using your last name (surname) as the file name. Send this file as an email attachment to Mike Bohlman at Horizon Lines, Mbohlman@horizon-lines.com. His phone number is 908-259-2803. You will need to provide Mike Bohlman with your name and the case-sensitive password you assigned to the file in order for Horizon Lines to open the file and process your Security Clearance.



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.

On Dec.6, MM&P members will begin manning the third of seven T-AGS ships operated by Horizon. The USNS SUMNER will be crewed-up in Portland, OR. MM&P wishes the crew a safe voyage and happy holidays.


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:

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

5.00 percent for 25-48 months;
5.75 percent for 49-60 months ($20,000 minimum); and
6.25 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

NOTICE TO MEMBERS WHO ARE TAKING VIOXX

On Sept.30, Merck & Co. voluntarily withdrew Vioxx, a popular anti-inflammatory medication, from the market. As a result, individuals who are currently taking the drug have been asked to contact their health care professionals to discuss discontinuing use of Vioxx and possible alternative treatments.

MM&P Plans Administrator Valerie Verrecchio reports that, “We have gotten a number of calls from members who want to know what to do with their remaining supply of Vioxx and whether the Plan or NMHC will refund their co-pay for the unused portion.

“Unfortunately, neither NMHC nor the Plan was aware of the Merck decision prior to the public announcement on Sept.30. As of that date, all deliveries of Vioxx to our members was suspended in accordance with Merck’s announcement. Orders that had already been processed and were in transit could not be stopped.

“In regard to refunds, Merck has set up a website at www.vioxx.com where members can obtain information on how to recover refunds from Merck for the unused portion of medication. Members can also call following toll free number for information: 1-888-368-4699.

“We are sorry for any inc onvenience this may have caused to members currently taking this medication, however, the matter is out of the control of the Plans.”



NMHC MAIL-ORDER PRESCRIPTIONS WEBSITE UPDATED & IMPROVED

MM&P Plans Administrator Valerie Verrecchio reports, “Good news! NMHC mail has finally gotten their website upgraded and functioning properly. I went in and tested it myself and found it to be quite user friendly.”

To use NMHC’s upgraded service, go to the NMHC Mail website at www.nmhcmail.com and click on “MEMBER LOGIN” at the bottom of the screen.

First-time and Registered users may bypass the welcome screen and go directly to the log-in page at https://members.nmhcrx.com/Login/Login.aspx.

  • First-time users should then click on the link marked “NEW USER: REGISTER HERE”.
    This will take you to a page titled “MEMBER REGISTRATION” where you will need to enter demographic information and submit it by clicking on the
  • “CREATE ACCOUNT” button.

After creating your account, NMHC will email you a password to gain entry into your records. With your first sign-in, the NMHC system will prompt you to change the NMHC password to one of your own choosing.

Once you are registered at NMHC, you can check the status of open orders by logging-in to the system through the “MEMBER LOGIN” page and going into the “MAIL ORDER” menu. You can look up all prescriptions and get the price our members will pay for any medication. You can also view an order history of all of your medication transactions (both retail and mail) for the last 24 months, locate 24-hour pharmacies in your zip code region as well as access other helpful member education information.

“We hope this welcome improvement will assist our members. Although you cannot order refills on line if you don’t provide a credit or debit card number, you can phone in your refill. Once you register on the website, you will still have access to all of the other information including checking the status of your order once it is phoned in,” said Ms. Verrecchio.



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”.



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