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Wheelhouse Weekly – May 05, 2008

 

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

Volume 12 . . . . . Number 18. . . .May 5, 2008

STORIES COVERED

Also

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.


TWIC DEADLINE EXTENDED!

Great news: April 15, 2009 is the new deadline by which mariners and other maritime industry workers will have to carry a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) in order to access secure areas of vessels and ports. The deadline had originally been set for Sept. 25. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the extension on Friday.

In announcing the new date, DHS said that facilities in Captain of the Port Zones Boston, Northern and Southeastern New England will be required to comply with the requirements of the program by Oct. 15 of this year, since many workers in this part of the country already have their TWICs. The Coast Guard is working on a list of other ports that will be asked to roll out the program before next April 15. DHS says these facilities will receive at least 90 days notice prior to enforcement.


CONGRESSMAN GENE TAYLOR HONORED AT SALUTE TO CONGRESS

Rep. Gene Taylor (D-Miss.) was honored April 29 for his staunch support of America’s maritime industry at the International Propeller Club’s annual “Salute to Congress.” In attendance at the event were representatives of U.S.-flag shipping companies, the Maritime Administration, the U.S. Navy, the Coast Guard and maritime labor, including the MM&P International President and Pilots Group Vice President.

Taylor, who serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, took the opportunity to speak of his commitment to the maritime industry and in particular, to the Jones Act fleet. “I believe we need to look towards the future,” he told the audience, “to a moment when America regains its former role as a maritime power: building ships, operating them and crewing them.” Taylor calls the U.S. maritime industry “a perfect example of Americans working for Americans.”

In introductory remarks, Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-Hawaii), who had himself been honored with the “Salute to Congress” award in 2006, called Taylor a personal friend, as well as a “legislator who represents the people and knows what it means to uphold an oath.”


MM&P AND MEBA ESTABLISH LNG INITIATIVE

In keeping with the terms, spirit and intent of the Merchant Officers’ Labor Alliance (MOLA), MM&P and the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (MEBA) have agreed to work together to provide deck and engineering officers for employment aboard liquefied natural gas (LNG) vessels in the domestic and international trades. Both unions recognize the advantages of combining their strengths to develop meaningful career opportunities for their respective memberships

“The LNG field offers excellent opportunities,” said the MM&P International President in an official statement. “It’s also clear, however, that cooperation among the U.S. officers’ unions is essential to establishing appropriate conditions of employment for our members.”

“MM&P and MEBA are seeking first class jobs for the officers we represent,” he said. “The only way to ensure uniformity in labor standards and the protection of a U.S. living wage for the membership is through cooperation and coordination on all collective bargaining issues.”


MLL CONTAINER SHIPPING STRATEGIC REALIGNMENT SUCCESSFUL, SAYS MAERSK CEO JOHN REINHART

Maersk Line Limited (MLL) has concluded the strategic realignment of its Integrated Business Logistics unit and can now turn its attention to cost and process improvements across its entire organizational structure, says MLL President and Chief Executive Officer John Reinhart. “We are emerging into spring with renewed focus and ample opportunity to grow and refresh our organization,” Reinhart writes in the most recent edition of MLL’s corporate newsletter, “Momentum.”

As part of the reorganization, Maersk reduced the size of its container shipping division and cut several thousand jobs. The company said at the time it hoped to improve profitability by decentralizing management into regional teams and splitting its container operations into three separate divisions. Many of the positions cut were in mid-level management. The central focus of the plan was to streamline regional organizations into smaller teams and push decision making out to the countries.
“The challenges of the current markets, business climate and economic trends are significant,” Reinhart wrote in his column. “Each of us can make a difference by building our internal effectiveness, collaboration, open communication and leading the positive changes required.”


MAIB REPORT FINDS FLAWED DESIGN A FACTOR IN MSC NAPOLI ACCIDENT

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has found that the failure to the hull in the region of MSC NAPOLI’s engine room was due to the vessel’s design, rather than its material condition or construction. MAIB has determined that the speed of the ship, and the way in which it had been loaded, also contributed to the accident. MSC NAPOLI broke up on Jan. 18, 2007, in heavy seas, in the English Channel.

MAIB found that the following factors contributed to the accident: insufficient buckling strength of the hull (the classification rules which applied at the time of the vessel’s construction did not require buckling strength calculations to be undertaken beyond the midships area); load on the hull likely increased by the whipping effect; the ship was going too fast, given the weather conditions.

MAIB said other container ships of similar design could have the same design flaw. In the context of its analysis, MAIB screened over 1,500 ships. It found 12 vessels required remedial action. Until remedial action is taken and safety is ensured, MAIB said, the ships’ operations will be limited.

MAIB recommended that the International Association of Classification Societies improve the current technical rules regarding container ship design. The International Chamber of Shipping and the owners of the vessel, Zodiac Maritime Agencies Ltd., were also urged to take steps to ensure the safety of container ship operations.

In August, seven months after the accident, MSC NAPOLI was towed in pieces to the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast to be stripped. Contractors used cutting charges to remove the propeller and rudder and to sever the ship’s main drive shaft. Explosives are now being used to dismantle the vessel so that it can be taken to land by barge and recycled.


MORE DETAILS EMERGE IN DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE PRICING PROBE

Federal law enforcement officials have released more details surrounding the investigation they began in mid-April into the pricing practices of the ocean carriers that operate in the Puerto Rico trades. The investigators have requested information from all four major container carriers between the U.S. mainland and Puerto Rico: Horizon Lines, Crowley Maritime, Sea Star Line and Trailer Bridge. In addition, Alexander & Baldwin Inc., parent company of Matson Navigation, announced it had also been informed it would receive a subpoena, although it does not operate in the Puerto Rico trades. All the companies have said they will cooperate fully with investigators. The probe is in response to a suit brought by a meat packing company, Century Packing Corp., in the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico in San Juan. The company has requested that the suit be made into a class action case with jury trial.


WILLIAM H. FRASER NOMINATED TO BE NEXT LEADER OF UNITED STATES TRANSPORTATION COMMAND

Gen. Norton A. Schwartz, commander of the United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM), has announced his retirement and the nomination of his successor, Air Force Lt. Gen. William M. Fraser III. Fraser now serves as assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Subject to confirmation by the Senate, he is slated to become the commander of USTRANSCOM on Nov. 14.

Fraser’s past operational assignments include duty as a T-37 instructor pilot and evaluator; B-52 aircraft commander, instructor and evaluator; and deputy commander of a B-1 operations group. Fraser’s staff duties include tours on the Air Staff, Joint Staff and Joint Strategic Target Planning Staff at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.


WATERWAYS COUNCIL OPPOSES BUSH ADMINISTRATION PROPOSAL TO LEVY NEW USER FEES ON INDUSTRY

Waterways Council Inc. (WCI) opposes new user fees and taxes on the industry that are being proposed by the Bush Administration, says WCI General Counsel Stephen Little.  In testimony last week, he told the House Committee on Public Works and Transportation Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment that WCI is particularly critical of a new barge lockage fee proposed in April by the Bush Administration. Little said the Administration proposal incorrectly assumes that the barge and towing industry is the only beneficiary of the inland system. He pointed out that recreation, water supply, flood control, hydropower and environmental interests also benefit from a modern inland waterways system and should be partly responsible for its maintenance and expansion.


AFL-CIO AND GUATEMALAN UNIONS FILE PROTEST UNDER CAFTA

The AFL-CIO and six Guatemalan unions have filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Trade & Labor Affairs alleging violations of the labor chapter of the CAFTA trade agreement. The complaint is the first of its kind under the labor provisions of DR-CAFTA. It lays out five cases in which the Guatemalan government has failed to effectively enforce its own labor laws and has fallen short of its commitment to respect workers’ rights.

In the first four months of 2008, four union leaders and/or their family members have been murdered in Guatemala, and many others have been victims of attempted murder or have received death threats. Workers who attempt to form or join a union, bargain collectively or conduct a strike are still routinely fired.

The complaint demands that the Bush Administration require the government of Guatemala to take all measures necessary to assure that trade unionists in the country can exercise their rights to freedom of association without intimidation, threats of violence, illegal dismissals by employers and assassination. “Guatemalan workers are being targeted for their union activity,” said AFL-CIO President John Sweeney. “Without the freedom from fear to join unions and bargain collectively, how can we expect any workers to benefit from a trade agreement?”


ILWU WORKERS IN WORK STOPPAGE TO PROTEST WARS IN AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ

Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) shut down West Coast ports May 1 to protest the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. “Longshore workers are standing down on the job and standing up for America,” said ILWU International President Bob McEllrath. “We’re supporting the troops and telling politicians in Washington that it’s time to end the war.” The union represents 25,000 workers at 29 West Coast ports.


DHS WANTS AIRLINES AND CRUISE SHIPS TO COLLECT BIOMETRIC INFO ON DEPARTING INTERNATIONAL PASSEGNERS

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has proposed a rule that would require commercial air carriers and cruise line operators to collect biometric information on international visitors and send it to the agency within 24 hours of their departure from the United States. The airline industry opposes the proposal, arguing that airline counter staff shouldn’t be doing the job of trained border patrol officers. In addition, the industry says it can’t absorb millions of dollars in expenses “for something the government should pay for,” says Giovanni Bisignani, chief executive officer of the International Air Transport Association.  It is estimated that the program will cost over $2 billion over the course of 10 years.


DHS LAUNCHES SMALL VESSEL SECURITY STRATEGY

DHS has unveiled a plan it says will protect against the threat that terrorists could use small boats to smuggle radioactive materials into the United States or launch an attack.  The plan hinges on the involvement of other agencies, international operators and the private sector, because DHS says it will need to track nearly 17 million small vessels and doesn’t have the resources to do it alone.


MROP AND GMDSS OP LICENSES NOW GOOD FOR LIFE

On March 25, the requirement to renew the MROP and GMDSS Operator’s Licenses every five years was been changed. The licenses are now good for life. Holders of either license who would like one that does not show an expiration date must apply to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for a duplicate. Be sure you do this, as many countries will see the expiration date on your permit/license and think it’s no longer valid. Apply for a duplicate as soon as possible.


MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR DICK CONNELLY

A memorial service for Dick Connelly’s will be held this Friday, May 9, at the Maritime Memorial – San Pedro, at the foot of 6th Street, at 1700. The MM&P International President will be in attendance.


JOBS AVAILABLE ON THE GREAT LAKES

MM&P Great Lakes and Rivers Representative Charlie Malue reports that numerous jobs are available on the Great Lakes for licensed mates with pilotage and engineers. Retirees are also encouraged to apply. The rules of the MM&P Pension Plan allow pensioners to accept without penalty employment–other than Covered Employment–aboard vessels covered by collective bargaining agreements with MM&P membership groups, on condition that the employment is first approved by the Organization. Interested parties should call Charlie Malue at 216-776-1667 or e-mail him at cmalue@bridgedeck.org.


NATIONAL MARITIME CENTER SEEKS PROGRAM SUPPORT DIVISION CHIEF

The NMC is looking to fill a vacant GS-14 position as soon as possible. The incumbent is Chief of the Program Support Division and a member of NMC’s senior Leadership Team, responsible to the Commanding Officer for the support of the administration and operation of the Coast Guard’s Merchant Mariner Licensing and Documentation (MLD) Program. The incumbent plans, schedules, directs, and is held accountable for the quality, quantity, and timeliness of the work of two functional elements: the finance branch and the administration team. For more info and to apply, go to:

http://jobsearch.usajobs.gov/getjob.asp?JobID=71297896&AVSDM=2008%2D04%2D28+14%3A45%3A22&Logo=0&lid=18646&paygrademin=13&paygrademax=15&FedEmp=N&sort=rv&vw=d&brd=3876&ss=0&FedPub=Y&SUBMIT1.x=58&SUBMIT1.y=14

or

http://jobsearch.usajobs.gov/getjob.asp?JobID=71297819&AVSDM=2008%2D04%2D28+14%3A42%3A44&Logo=0&lid=18646&paygrademin=13&paygrademax=15&FedEmp=Y&sort=rv&vw=d&brd=3876&ss=0&FedPub=Y&SUBMIT1.x=82&SUBMIT1.y=19


USCG MARINE SAFETY PROGRAM EVALUATION NOW ON MM&P WEBSITE

The “Card Report,” which outlines the challenges facing the Coast Guard’s marine safety program and makes suggestions on how it could be improved, has been posted in its entirety on MM&P’s website. To read the report, go to www.bridgedeck.org and click on “What’s New.” The report was authored by former Coast Guard Commandant James C. Card.


  • USMAA ALULMNI FOUNDATION SEEKS NEW PRESIDENT

    The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMAA) Alumni Foundation seeks a leader who will work to boost funding for the foundation through the development of programs that increase support from alumni as well as from other individuals, corporations and foundations. The position reports to the board of directors. Qualifications include good general business skills, nonprofit fundraising experience and the ability to adapt new technologies and practices to ensure the lowest administrative expenses. The position is located on the grounds of the USMM Academy on Long Island Sound. A detailed job description is posted on MM&P’s web site under “What’s New.” The need to hire a president for the foundation is an immediate concern for the academy and the timeframe is short. If, after reading the job description on the MM&P website, you believe you are qualified, please send your resume immediately to pete.rackett@alumni.usmma.edu.


    FREE PODCAST ON CONTAINER SHIPPING SAFETY

    “Maritime Accident Casebook” is a free podcast that focuses on ship safety. It describes the circumstances surrounding accidents through an audio podcast and online materials. The service has created a special, two-part episode on the MSC NAPOLI grounding, which can be accessed at www.maritimeaccident.org. Each podcast is backed by an illustrated online transcript that seafarers can read, discuss and share with their crewmates and other seafarers. Those with training and safety responsibilities can use the broadcasts and the transcripts freely. For more information, contact Bob Couttie at http://maritimeaccident.org or mac@maritimeaccident.org


    MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

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

    AIS-1 � Automatic Identification System (1 day), 7/11
    AIS ECDIS 3 for Pilots – Automatic Identification System and Electronic Chart Display Information System (3 day) for Pilots:  6/23

    ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 6/2

    BST – Basic Safety Training:  6/23
    BRM – Bridge Resource Management: 5/19, 6/16, 7/21
    BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 6/26

    [CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]
    CMM-ADVSTB – Advanced Stability: 6/16
    CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 6/9
    CMM-CHS I – Advanced Cargo Handling (week 1):  6/23
    CMM-CHS II – Advanced Cargo Handling (week 2): 7/7
    CMM-ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display & Information Systems: 6/16
    CMM-MPP – Marine Propulsion Plants: 5/19, 7/28
    CMM-SHS-ADV-I-Advanced Shiphandling (week 1):  5/5
    CMM-SHS-ADV-II-Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 7/14
    CMM-SHMGT-I � Ship Management(week 1): 7/14
    CMM-SHMGT-II � Ship Management(week 2): 5/5, 7/21
    CMM-WKP – Advanced Watchkeeping: 5/12

    CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop: 5/9
    CSE-AWR2 – Confined Space Entry Awareness (2 day): 6/16

    FF-BADV – Combined Basic & Advanced Fire Fighting: 6/23

    LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 6/25

    [MSC – Military Sealift Command]
    MSC-CBRD-1 – CBRD Orientation: 6/20
    MSC-DC – Damage Control: 6/18
    MSC-SMA – Small Arms Training: 6/16

    MED-PIC – Medical Person-In-Charge: 5/12, 6/9, 7/21
    MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 5/12, 6/9, 7/21  
    MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 5/17, 6/7, 7/26
    MEDIA RSP – Media Response: 5/8, 7/10

    ROP-5 – Radar Observer Original or Renewal (5 Day): 5/26
    ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 6/2, 7/7

    SEC-VCF – Security Officer: Vessel, Company & Facility: 7/7
    SHS-BAS – Basic Shiphandling: 6/16, 7/21
    SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling: 6/23, 7/28

    TPIC – Tankship Dangerous Liquids (PIC): 6/9

    …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)

    May 2008
    12-15   SHS BAS
    12-16   ECDIS
    12-16   BST
    12-16   ROP
    12-15   TPIC
    19-23   WKP BAS
    19-23   ROP
    26        ROR
    27         FL
    27-30  ARPA
    27-29  AFF
    27-31  WKP BAS/BRM
    28-30 CHS BAS

    June 2008
    2          FL
    2-20    TCNAV/CO
    2-6      ROP
    2-6      SHS ASSESS
    3-5      AFF
    9         ROR
    9-13    SHS ASSESS
    9-13    BST
    9-20    GMDSS
    10        FL
    10-13  ARPA
    16-20  MED PRO
    16-20  SHS BAS
    16-20  BST
    16-27  MED PIC
    23-25  SEC VCF
    23-27  ROP
    23-27  BAFF

    July 2008
    7-11ENAV
    7-11MED PRO
    7-18GMDSS
    14-18MED PIC
    14-25CNAV
    21-25ECDIS
    21-25TPIC
    21-25STB BAS
    21-8/1SHS ADV
    28-29SAR
    28-30SEC VCF
    28-8/8GMDSS
    28-8/1TPIC
    30-8/1EP

    August 2008
    4-8MED PRO
    4-15GMDSS
    11-15MED PRO
    11-15SHS BAS
    11-22GMDSS
    18-19SAR
    20-22EP
    25-29MED PRO
    25-29SHS BAS

    September 2008
    2FL
    2-5APRA
    2-6CHS BAS
    2-6MED PRO
    3ROR
    8-12MED PIC
    9-12SHS EMR-5
    15-19WX BAS
    15-19TPIC
    15-26GMDSS
    22-26MED PRO

    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 5-2-2008

    D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
    13,058 2,477 1,413
    Fund Name & Trading Symbol
     Closing
    Price
     Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund(VAARX)
    65.30
     Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
    130.30
     Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
    38.61
     Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
    24.32
     Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
    18.70
     Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
    30.09
     Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
    10.41
     Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
    32.20
     Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
    5.86
     Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
    16.91
     Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
    24.47
     Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
    14.16
     Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
    20.91
     Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
    12.01
     Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
    12.91
     Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
    13.47
     Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
    14.27
     Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
    14.74
     Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
    10.17
     Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
    34.10
     Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
    19.79
     Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
    15.05
     Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
    26.35
     Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
    9.99
     Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
    86.42
     Fidelity Small Company Instl (FMACX)
    17.98
     Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
    73.65
     Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
    21.99
     Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
    42.24
     Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
    38.52
     Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
    28.66
     Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
    11.22
     Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
    12.34
     Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
    14.64
     Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
    15.46
     Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
    16.00
     Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
    9.40
     Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
    11.00
     Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
    10.26
     Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
    36.45
     Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
    50.03
     Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
    31.24





    ~ 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.
    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.

     



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    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.

    © 2008, International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots. All the material contained in this publication is protected by copyright. For permission to reprint text from the Weekly, contact the MM&P Communications Department: lrosenthal@bridgedeck.org. For changes of address, contact Lisa Rosenthal at lrosenthal@bridgedeck.org.

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