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Wheelhouse Weekly – November 09, 2009

November 9th 2009

 

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

Volume 13 . . . . . Number 45. . . . November 9, 2009

STORIES COVERED

REMINDERS

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.


MM&P CLOSED FOR VETERANS DAY

MM&P union halls, MM&P headquarters, MM&P Plans and the MM&P Federal Credit Union will be closed on Wednesday, Nov. 11, for Veterans Day.


ANOTHER U.S-FLAGGED SHIP EVADES PIRATE ATTACK

The U.S.-flagged MV HARRIETTE evaded an attack by pirates about 360 nautical miles from Mombasa last week. Pirates in two skiffs fired on the vessel with AK-47 weapons and closed to within three feet of the ship, according to a U.S. Navy spokesman. No one aboard MV HARRIETTE was harmed. The vessel sustained damage to the bridge and port wing, according to the Navy report. The ship increased speed and the pirates gave up the attempt to board. The vessel, which is operated by Sealift Inc. and manned by members of the American Maritime Officers and the Seafarers International Union, had completed discharge of U.S. food-aid cargo to Mombasa and was en route to its next port of call when the pirates attacked. After successfully evading the attack, the ship continued its voyage on schedule.


RIGHT WHALE PROTECTIVE SPEED LIMITS NOW IN EFFECT

The Coast Guard reminds ship operators that the Right Whale Ship Strike Reduction Rule took effect Nov. 1. The rule requires vessels to slow down while operating in the waters where North Atlantic right whales are known to migrate, calve and nurse. The speed restrictions, which are based on the migration pattern of the right whale, are in effect in coastal waters from Rhode Island to Georgia through April 30, 2010. Maps of the area and a compliance guide are posted at www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/shipstrike. To report a suspected violation in the seasonal management areas, call the national hotline at 1-800-853-1964. North Atlantic right whales are among the world’s rarest animals. Only 400 of them are estimated to remain.


COAST GUARD RELEASES NEW MEDICAL EVALUATION FORMS

The Coast Guard has released the revised versions of the merchant mariner credential medical evaluation report form (CG-719 K, Revision 01-09) and the merchant mariner evaluation of fitness for entry level ratings form (CG-719 K/E, Revision 01-09). These forms are available for voluntary use until Dec. 31. All physical exams completed on or after Jan. 1 must be documented on Revision 01-09. Available resources on NMC’s website include an instruction guide to the merchant mariner credential medical evaluation report; an electronic form CG-719 K with embedded instructions; and an electronic CG-719 K/E. For questions on use of the forms, you can contact NMC by calling 1-888-IASKNMC or by using the contact form posted at http://www.uscg.mil/nmc/announcements/medical_eval_forms_bulletin_2.pdf


WASHINGTON STATE FERRIES FEATURED IN MARINE LOG MAGAZINE

MM&P-contracted Washington State Ferries (WSF) is the focus of a two-page article in the most recent edition of Marine Log magazine. A new 64-car ferry, now under construction at Todd Pacific Shipyards in Seattle, is scheduled for delivery next summer. WSF is awaiting bids for two more of the new ships, which are expected to be completed and delivered in spring 2011 and spring 2012. The article describes the successful efforts by Washington State Sen. Patty Murray to obtain funds for the enhancement of the state ferry system under President Obama’s stimulus plan, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The magazine reports that Washington State will use the stimulus money to replace the Anacortes Terminal, fund procurement of a passenger-only, fast ferry prototype for the Seattle-Bremerton route and launch a passenger-only ferry on the Seattle-Vashon Island route.


COAST GUARD PROPOSES 5.07 PERCENT GREAT LAKES PILOTAGE RATE ADJUSTMENT

The Coast Guard proposes to update pilotage rates on the Great Lakes by 5.07 percent. The proposed update reflects an Aug. 1, 2010 increase in benchmark contractual wages and benefits and an adjustment for inflation. Comments and related material must reach the Docket Management Facility at the Department of Transportation on or before Nov. 30. Submit comments identified by Coast Guard docket number USCG–2009–0883.


IRS LAUNCHES INVESTIGATION OF FOREIGN VESSEL OPERATIONS ON CONTINENTAL SHELF

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has begun to probe tax issues related to the operation of foreign vessels in the field of natural resource exploration on the Outer Continental Shelf in the Gulf of Mexico (the OCS). In announcing the investigation, the IRS released a statement saying that an increased number of foreign vessels have applied to work in the OCS, and that its preliminary analysis “indicates that a significant number of foreign vessels permitted to work in the OCS do not comply with U.S. filing requirements.” Income derived by foreign individuals and corporations from U.S. sources is generally taxable by the United States.


COAST GUARD SEEKS TRAINING SPECIALIST IN VIRGINIA; MARINE INSPECTOR IN LOUISIANA

The Coast Guard is seeking a training specialist, GS-1712-12, to work in Yorktown, Va.      Announcement #:  09-2431-WE-DM-D or M. The full-time, permanent position is open to all U.S. citizens. Salary range: $67,613 – $87,893. The purpose of the position is to plan, develop, implement and review Coast Guard resident training and distance learning material in support of the newly established National Centers of Expertise. The position closes Nov. 13. To find out more, go to http://m1e.net/c?84769144-hHjXNmplpALuA%404765548-oek4gikLr5eEE

The Coast Guard is also seeking a marine inspector, GS-1801-12, to work in Morgan City, La. Announcement #:  09-2091-WE-DM-D or M. The full-time, permanent position is open to all U.S. citizens. Salary range: $67,613 – $87,893.  Duties: serve as subject-matter expert and repository of best practices for the issuance of Certificate of Inspections and Certificate of Compliance examinations; and monitor and assess inspections on facilities, units, and vessels to ensure uniform application of regulations and policies. The position closes Nov. 13. To find out more, go to http://m1e.net/c?84769144-zbn1g5f9wFln2%404765549-CvQR2eeJ2/vHo


SHIP OPERATIONS COOPERATIVE (SOCP) MEETING AT MITAGS NOV. 10-11

The next meeting of the Ship Operations Cooperative Program (SOCP), on the topic of air emissions, will be held at MM&P’s training institute, MITAGS, in Linthicum, Md. The meeting will be held Nov. 10-11. Among the invited speakers are Cole Cosgrove of Crowley Liner Services, Acting/Deputy U.S. Maritime Administrator David Matsuda and former Maritime Administrator Sean Connaughton, now with the American Bureau of Shipping. Among the topics to be discussed are diesel emissions reduction technology, incentives and funding.


VETERANS DAY KINGS POINT DINNER AT MITAGS

The Chesapeake Chapter of the Kings Point Alumni Association will hold a Veterans Day Maritime Dinner Program at MITAGS on Nov. 11. The evening begins with a tour of the MITAGS Simulator Technology Center. The keynote speaker is Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby, commander, Military Sealift Command. The event, which honors all military and merchant marine veterans, will feature 30 table top exhibits, a Veterans Day Ceremony and the USMMA Regimental Color Guard. For more information, contact Gary Hicks at kpchesapeake@comcast.net.


DRUG AND ALCOHOL TESTING CERTIFICATION MUST BE RENEWED EVERY FIVE YEARS

Senior licensed deck officers are reminded of the requirement that Department of Transportation (DOT) Drug and Alcohol Testing Certification be renewed every five years. This is a federal requirement for licensed deck officers who administer drug and alcohol tests aboard ship.


LOS ANGELES/LONG BEACH MEMBERSHIP MEETING MOVED TO NOV. 12

The Los Angeles/Long Beach General Membership Meeting has been moved to Thursday, Nov. 12, because of the Veterans Day holiday. The meeting will be held immediately after job call.


NEW YORK/NEW JERSEY MEMBERSHIP MEETING MOVED TO NOV. 18

The New York/New Jersey Membership Meeting has been moved to Nov. 18 because of the Veterans Day holiday.


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

CLASS OPENINGS: Between now and the end of February 2010, seats are available in the following courses:

AB- Able Bodied Seaman: 2/8

ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 11/16, 1/5

AZIPOD-KAM-3: Azipod and Kamewa Propulsion Systems: 2/1

BST – Basic Safety Training: 12/7, 2/1

BRM � Bridge Resource Management: 2/8

BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 12/3, 1/18

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

CMM-ADVSTB � Advanced Stability: 12/14, 2/8

CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 11/16, 1/18

CMM-CHS I � Advanced Cargo Operations (week 11): 01/04

CMM-CHS II – Advanced Cargo Operations (week 2): 1/11

CMM-ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems: 1/25

CMM-SHMGT I – Ship Management (week 1) : 11/30, 2/22

CMM-SHMGT II – Ship Management (week 2) : 12/7

CMM-SHS-ADV-I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1):  11/30, 12/14, 1/25, 2/1, 2/15

CMM-SHS-ADV-I I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 11/16, 12/7, 01/04, 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/22

CMM-VPEN – Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation: 2/1

CMM-WKP – Advanced Watchkeeping: 2/15

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop: 1/28

ENVRO-REGS PERMIT – Environmental Regulations In The Maritime Industry / Epa General Permit For Commercial Vessels:  11/11, 1/13

FF-BADV – Basic and Advanced Fire Fighting Combined: 2/1

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety Systems: 2/22

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5-Day) course: 1/18

LAP – License Advancement Program (Original Third Mate Only): 11/30

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 12/2, 1/19, 2/22

LNG AWAR � Liquefied Natural Gas Awareness: 12/14

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 01/04, 2/15

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 01/04, 2/15

MEDIA RSP – Media Response Workshop: 11/19, 1/29, 2/20

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 11/14, 1/9, 2/20

[MSC – Military Sealift Command]

MSC-CBRD-1 – CBRD Orientation: 11/20

MSC-DC Damage Control: (Special Evening Course: 11/16 – 19/09)

MSC-SMA – Small Arms Training: 11/16

ROP-5 – Radar Observer Original or Renewal: 2/8

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 11/16, 1/04

SEC-VCF – Security Officer: Vessel, Company & Facility: 11/16, 1/25

SEC-VSO-R – Vessel Security Officer Refresher (1 day):  11/13

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling: 2/15

SHS-EMR-BRMP3 – Emergency Shiphandling and Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 11/30

TC/NAV – Terrestrial/Coastal Navigation: 1/11

TPIC – Tankerman Person-In-Charge: 2/8

…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 e-mail: admissions@mitags.org.


PMI ACADEMIC NOTES

Schedule of Courses – Please also see our schedule online at www.mates.org

For registration, call our registrar, Jennifer Pitzen, at (206) 838-1126

November 2009

10-12  Security VCF
16-20  Tankerman Person In Charge
20       Flashing Light
30       Security Refresher

December 2009

7          Radar Renewal
8-11     ARPA
14-16   Security VCF


MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 11-6-2009

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
10,005.96 2,112.44 1,069.30
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund(VAARX)
47.55
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
98.74
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
30.59
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
16.86
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
14.56
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
22.98
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.79
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
25.95
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
5.36
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
14.99
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
19.13
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
13.27
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
17.47
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
11.07
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
11.28
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
11.18
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
11.39
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
11.78
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.43
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
26.26
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
15.01
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
13.51
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
15.33
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
10.23
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
60.97
 Fidelity Small Company Instl (FMACX)
15.05
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
53.88
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
15.85
 Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
35.46
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
27.61
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
22.27
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
10.68
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
11.42
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
12.49
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
12.44
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
12.20
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
7.03
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
8.17
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
10.50
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
28.72
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
37.88
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
24.99





~ Reminders ~



MM&P FCU NEWS

GET NEW WHEELS OR LOWER EXISTING PAYMENTS WITH MM&P FCU VEHICLE FINANCING

Is it time to replace that car you’re driving? Vehicle loan rates are looking great at MM&P FCU.

Drive away in a new or used vehicle for a standard loan rate of:

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

6.75 percent for 25-48 months;
7.50 percent for 49-60 months ($20,000 minimum); and
8.00 percent for terms extending from 61-72 months ($25,000 minimum).
You can lower your loan rate even more — by 0.75 percent — by becoming a Preferred Borrower.

Are you paying a higher rate on your current vehicle loan at another institution? Consider refinancing your outside loan at the MM&P FCU and taking advantage of our lower loan rates.

MM&P FCU will finance up to 100 percent of your new vehicle loan, and up to 90 percent of NADA Book Value on a used vehicle. Maximum vehicle loan amount is $30,000.

PREFERRED BORROWERS GET LOWER LOAN RATES
MM&P FCU members can reduce the interest rate they pay on any new loan even further by becoming a preferred borrower. What is a preferred borrower? That’s a member who deposits at least 10 percent of the original loan amount into their MM&P FCU savings account and keeps those funds on deposit until the loan is paid in full. By doing this you save twice – first, your deposit works for you by earning our regular dividend savings rate, and second, you save money by reducing the interest rate on your loan by 0.75 percent.

Contact the MM&P FCU for full details on all loan programs by email to mmpfcu@bridgedeck.org or call 1-800-382-7777 toll-free.



 

MM&P HEALTH & BENEFIT PLAN NEWS

MEET OUR NEW PRESCRIPTION BENEFIT MANAGER, PHARMACARE

As you know, effective July 1, 2007, MM&P will have a new Prescription Benefit Manager, PharmaCare. If you use the mail service and have not sent your Confidential Mail Service Enrollment Form to the MM&P Plan Office, you have until June 30 to do so. Otherwise, you can call PharmaCare’s customer service line and give them the information over the telephone or send the form with your first new mail prescription directly to PharmaCare. In the next couple of days, you will be receiving a letter with your new MM&P identification cards and a prescription booklet with information on how to obtain your prescriptions. PharmaCare’s customer service number is listed in the booklet. If you have any questions, please contact the MM&P Health & Benefit Plan Advisors.



NOTICE TO MM&P HEALTH & BENEFIT PLAN PARTICIPANTS

As you know, MM&P Health & Benefit Plan members have a new prescription benefit manager, PharmaCare. When you first obtain a prescription at your retail drug store, please show your new Health & Benefit Identification Card with PharmaCare’s information. If you do not show your card, please inform your pharmacist of the following information so you can receive your prescriptions through the Plan. Your identification number HAS NOT CHANGED. Please provide the pharmacist with your full member identification number. You will have to also provide the following numbers. RxGrp#- Z50136968, RxBin: 610468 and RxPCN: PC2 

If your pharmacist has any questions, he or she should call PharmaCare directly at (800) 503-3241.  If you have any questions, PharmaCare members can call the company directly at (888) 364-6815.


WWII USCG VETERANS OUTREACH

The U.S. Coast Guard has announced an initiative to identify and collect the oral histories of its World War II veterans. Coast Guard WWII veterans, including SPARS and merchant mariners, are encouraged to record their histories online with the Library of Congress Veterans History Project at www.loc.gov/folklife/vets.

Those veterans needing assistance in recording their stories can receive help from their local Coast Guard Auxiliary public affairs contact by leaving a message at 1-877-875-6296, a toll-free call.



 

COMPANY GIVES BUCKS BACK FOR BUYING SAFE SHOES

LMS Ship Management, the company that manages vessels for Central Gulf, Sulphur Carriers and Waterman Steamship, wants to remind MM&P members that they offer their crewmembers a $75 reimbursement on the cost of purchasing certain slip-resistant shoes and boots for use aboard ship.

This offer has been in place for some time and LMS reports that “we have been pleased with the participation to date, but feel a reminder may be in order.” Their goal is for every crewmember to wear slip resistant footwear during working hours aboard their vessels.

The $75 reimbursement is available to each crewmember who provides LMS with an original receipt for the purchase of slip resistant footwear. In order for the crewmember to obtain the reimbursement, they must wear the shoes while on duty. Upon presentation of the receipt, the crewmember will be reimbursed on their pay voucher. The receipt will be retained by the Master and will remain aboard the vessel.
 

Vessels in the LMS footwear reimbursement program are:

  • Green Cove
  • Green Dale
  • Green Lake
  • Green Point
  • Atlantic Forest
  • Sulphur Enterprise
  • Energy Enterprise
  • SGT Matej C. Kocak
  • MAJ Stephen W. Pless, and
  • PFC Eugene A. Obregon

LMS notes that in order to receive reimbursement, crewmembers must purchase one of the following recommended brands:

  • WORX by Red Wing Slip Resistant Footwear
  • Caterpillar (must have steel toe & slip resistant sole)
  • Wolverine (must have steel toe and slip resistant sole)
  • Dunham Sierra Work Boot EH
  • Steel Toe Voyager
  • Georgia Boot 6- or 8-inch Safety Toe Boot
  • Dr. Marten’s (must have steel toe & slip resistant sole)

LOOK FOR THE UNION LABEL:

Of the boots listed above, Red Wing, Caterpillar and Wolverine boots are produced by US union labor.

Redwing’s Union-made products are: Red Wing shoes and boots, Red Wing motorcycle boots and Craftsman (Sears).

Wolverine World Wide manufactures boots under the Caterpillar brand using US union labor. (Other union made safety-shoe brands by Wolverine are the company’s Hy-Test, Durashock and Bates Military labels. The company’s Wolverine brand combat boots are also produced using US union labor.)

Most Dr. Marten’s shoes and boots are produced in the UK.

To find US, union-made products, visit the AFL-CIO Union Label Service and Trades website at www.unionlabel.org and click on “Union Made Product Search”. To shop for union-made products online, go to www.ShopUnionMade.org.


 

WEBSITE OFFERS UNION-MADE GOODS AND SERVICES

The Union Label recently went digital with a new website offering shoppers an array of union-made gifts, from clothing and chocolates to computers, games and greeting cards.

The website, www.shopunionmade.org, launches on the eve of the fall and winter holidays, when shoppers will spend an estimated $1 trillion on gifts, food, drinks and other seasonal items, explained Matt Bates, Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO Union Label & Service Trades Department. The all-union shopping site, however, will be a year-round operation because that is what consumers demand, he added.

“Shoppers spent $56 billion in Internet sales last year, and on-line spending is doubling every two to three years. Everyday we receive Email and calls from people who want to support good jobs by buying union-made goods and services. The website will reach millions of people, 24 hours a day, with a quick convenient way to shop union,” Bates said.

“The public is ready for this. People have seen millions of good jobs disappear and they are looking for ways to take a stand and make a difference,” he added.

The AFL-CIO will target the peak of the holiday shopping season by promoting “Buy Union Week” Nov. 26 through Dec. 5. The newly-launched, all-union shopping site will be a cornerstone of that campaign. MM&P has a link to the Shop Union Site on this website under “Links and Other Sources”.



The MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly is the official electronic newsletter of the International Organization of Masters, Mates, and Pilots, ILA, AFL-CIO, 700 Maritime Blvd. Suite B, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090-1953. Phone: 410-850-8700; Fax: 410-850-0973; Email: iommp@bridgedeck.org. For further info or to subscribe contact Lisa Rosenthal at lrosenthal@bridgedeck.org. The Wheelhouse Weekly is sent via Email to MM&P-contracted vessels at sea and is posted on our web page.

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