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Wheelhouse Weekly – April 01, 2004

April 1st 2004

 


THE MASTERS, MATES & PILOTS’
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Volume 8 . . . . . Number 14. . . . April 1, 2004

STORIES COVERED

ALSO

REMINDERS




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MM&P ISSUES CALL FOR 80TH CONVENTION

In accordance with Article IV, Section 2, of the International Constitution, members are hereby notified that a regular convention of the MM&P will be convened at 1000 on Monday, August 2, at MITAGS, 692 Maritime Blvd, Linthicum Heights, MD. Nominations for elective office will take place at this Convention. Constitutional amendments may also be considered at this Convention.

Members are also hereby notified that in accordance with Article IV, Section 6., Subsection b), all proposed resolutions must be forwarded to the International Secretary-Treasurer at least 30 days prior to the opening day of the Convention for inclusion on the Agenda and determination by the Convention.



 

CREWS THAT FOUGHT USNS SHUGHART FIRE COMMENDED BY MSC ADMIRAL

The following message was transmitted from Vice Admiral David Brewer, Commander of the Military Sealift Command in Wash DC to the shipmates from numerous MSC and RRF vessels and firefighters from land units that successfully battled the serious engine room fire that struck USNS SHUGHART on March 5.

As reported in the March 11th edition of the Wheelhouse Weekly, the fire erupted while the vessel was berthed at the Port of Shuaiba in Kuwait. The USNS SHUGHART is a Large Medium-Speed Roll-On/Roll-Off (LMSR) ship operated by MM&P-contracted Patriot Contract Services for the Military Sealift Command and crewed by MM&P licensed deck officers.

The message was addressed to the ships’ crews and land-based units that fought the fire. The text of the message follows:

“USNS SHUGHART firefighters//shipmates, I extend my gratitude and appreciation for your superb professionalism, dedication, and unrelenting efforts in swiftly handling a recent engine room fire aboard USNS SHUGHART. MSC Detachment Kuwait and the crews of USNS SISLER, USNS RED CLOUD, CAPE DUCATO, CAPE DOUGLAS and USNS SHUGHART banded together under extremely difficult conditions and demonstrated a level of heroism and pride that is often trained to, but rarely called upon to successfully prevent a major catastrophe. Your combined efforts saved a vessel and, more importantly, saved lives. Your leadership and perseverance under hazardous conditions reflect favorably upon the Military Sealift Command, the Navy and the Maritime Administration.
Well done. VADM Brewer.”



 

MV MOKIHANA CREW CONTRIBUTES OVER $4,000 TO AID UFCW WORKERS

The crew of the MV MOKIHANA donated $4100 to Harry Bridges Institute “Friends of Labor” Adopt a UFCW Family program during this trip. Capt. Dave Boatner, MMP’s Agent-Pacific Ports, along with agents representing other shipboard unions boarded the MM&P-contracted MV MOKIHANA in Los Angeles on Wednesday, March 31, the observance of Cesar Chavez Birthday. They were accompanied by Shannon Donato, Executive Director of the Harry Bridges Institute.

The MOKIHANA’s master, MM&P member Capt. Jim Hill presented Ms. Donato with the crew’s donation and expressed to her the crew’s belief that, “They can attack our will but they can never weaken our resolve”. Capt. Hill also noted that, “I cannot think of a more appropriate day than Cesar Chavez’s birthday to hand over our donations to the Harry Bridges Institute.”

Capt. Hill also noted that he was, “extremely proud of all the union members aboard the MV MOKIHANA in the way that they rallied to help support their union brothers and sisters who sacrificed so much in order to win their battle. It proves that if we all stand together, we cannot be beaten or intimidated.”

This donation like all donations to the Adopt a Family program will go to directly pay mortgage or utility bills for United Food and Commercial Workers union members who are facing the loss of their homes due to the five-month strike/lock-out at Safeway/Vons and other Southern California supermarkets.

Besides Capt. Hill, sailing aboard the MOKIHANA for MM&P are Chief Mate Dave Burchard, Second Mate Doug Hamlett, and Third Mate Don Wilkes.



 

EAST COAST STRIKE ADVERTED AS UFCW APPROVES NEW CONTRACT

United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union members who are employed at East Coast Safeway and Giant supermarkets unanimously approved a new four-year contract Tuesday after weeks of tough negotiations.

Union negotiations were aided by an extensive local support campaign that coordinated labor unions, including the MM&P, community and religious organizations, and political support for protecting health care benefits. They were also propelled by the example and strong resolve of union members and supporters who demonstrated during the UFCW’s recently-settled West Coast confrontation with Safeway.

“We couldn’t have done it without our local labor movement and our tireless allies in the religious and neighborhood communities,” said a tired but jubilant Jimmy Lowthers, UFCW 400 President. “Solidarity works!” The contract largely preserves existing benefits for current workers and phases them in for new hires over a six-year period.



 

WORLD WAR II MERCHANT MARINER CELEBRATION TO BE HELD AT MITAGS

Glen Paine, Executive Director of MITAGS, has announced that MITAGS will host a celebratory Dinner-Dance evening honoring the Merchant Marine Veterans of World War II, the evening before the dedication of the National World War II Memorial in Wash DC on May 29. The May 28 Dinner-Dance event will be held on MITAGS’ campus in Linthicum Heights, Maryland.

The event is scheduled to begin at 1800, with music of the 1940s era being performed by The Radio King Orchestra at 1900. Vice Admiral Gordon Holder (USN), Director of Logistics (J-4), Joint Chief of Staff-Pentagon, and former Director of the Military Sealift Command, will be the guest speaker.

MITAGS is currently offering a special overnight package for those individuals wishing to attend. You may go directly to the MITAGS website at www.mitags.org or contact the MITAGS reservations department toll free at 866-900-3517. Please RSVP by Monday, May 3.



 

BLESSING OF THE FLEET CELEBRATES NATION’S MARITIME HERITAGE

The US Navy Memorial Foundation’s annual Blessing of the Fleet Ceremony, a celebration of our nation’s maritime heritage, is this Saturday, April 3. The US Navy Band starts the celebration at noon at the Memorial, with the Blessing of the Fleet Ceremony following at 1300 hrs. During Blessing of the Fleet, sailors from the Navy’s Ceremonial Guard pour water from the seven seas into the Navy Memorial’s surrounding fountains. The fountains are then turned on in their full splendor as the Navy Band performs for the crowd.

The annual event is hosted by US Navy Memorial President and CEO Rear Adm. Pierce Johnson, USNR (Ret.). Vice Admiral Charles Moore, Jr., USN, Deputy Chief of Navy Operations, Fleet Readiness and Logistics, is this year’s guest speaker and Rear Adm. Louis Iasiello, CHC, USN, Chief of Chaplains and Director of Religious Ministries will give the “blessing of the fleet.”

Following the ceremony at the Memorial, the Navy Memorial’s Naval Heritage Center will unveil a new maritime exhibit: “Sailors, Steamships and Samurai: Commodore Perry and the Opening of Japan”. The exhibit is a commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Treaty of Kanagawa between the US and Japan.

The public is welcome to attend. There is no admission required. For more info about the Blessing of the Fleet, please link to the US Navy Memorial Foundation’s website at www.lonesailor.org, or call Tami Faram, director of Public Relations at 202-380-0718.



 

MARAD SEES NEED TO PLAN FOR TOMORROW’S MARITIME INFRASTRUCTURE

“When it comes to developing and enhancing transportation infrastructure, the marine mode is far behind its counterparts in the surface transportation and aviation modes. When it comes to investing federal dollars on maritime infrastructure needs, maritime lags behind its transportation counterparts. This is because this nation has never before had a coordinated, comprehensive action plan to address its Marine Transportation System,” Maritime Administrator Capt. William Schubert told a gathering of the Connecticut Maritime Association’s Spring 2004 Conference earlier this week.

Capt. Schubert said that although business at the nation’s ports is booming and freight rates are sky high, “there is a serious need to start planning today for the future of this country’s maritime infrastructure,”

He said that America’s ports and freight system is increasingly operating at the limits of its capacity, warning that a slowdown or shutdown can have adverse consequences on both US and global economies.



 

APL SECURITY EXECUTIVE URGES HARMONIZED GLOBAL REGULATIONS

Ocean carriers and the world’s ports and marine terminals risk overlooking a real security threat unless nations align their regulations, a maritime security expert recently warned. Earl Agron, Director of Port and Container Security for MM&P-contracted ocean-container carrier APL, said the problem stemmed from the interrelated nature of global trade.

“Keep in mind that one country’s imports are another country’s exports, and still other countries’ in-transit and transshipment boxes,” Agron told an audience of shippers, carriers, port officials and others at the Asia Pacific Maritime Summit 2004 in Singapore on March 26.

“Each nation naturally wants to protect itself, and so issues regulations about container security. The danger is that without harmonizing those regulations, we will all get lost in a maze of administrative requirements.”

The potential outcome, he said, was that maritime officials might become so involved in satisfying regulations that they could miss a real security threat when it happened. Agron urged the World Customs Organization to take on the task of standardizing security regulations, which are being issued by the US, Canada, Australia, Singapore and other nations.

He also questioned what would happen to vessels and ports that failed to meet the requirements of the International Maritime Organization’s International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS), scheduled to come into effect July 1.

“It seems clear that the US, at least, will more than likely deny entry of non-compliant vessels after July 1,” Agron observed. “The big question is, really, what will happen when a compliant vessel arrives at a compliant port, but has previously called someplace that is not in compliance?”

“The consequences are still being considered. It is very important that this question be cleared up immediately to allow carriers to build back-up plans based on a well defined set of consequences.”



 

US-FLAG LAKES TRADE SOARS IN JANUARY

The surge in demand for iron ore that developed in late 2003 translated into one of the strongest Januarys for the US-flag Great Lakes fleet in recent history. US-flag lakers moved 3.5 million net tons of iron ore in January, an increase of nearly 70 percent when compared to a year ago, and 52 percent when compared to the month’s 5-year average.

The iron ore total also reflects the one-time extension of the closing date for the locks at Sault Ste. Marie, MI. To meet demand, the Jan.15 closing was extended to Jan.24, and during that period, US-flag lakers carried an additional 536,000 net tons of iron ore from Lake Superior ports. Iron ore continued to move from Escanaba, Michigan, until early February.

US-flag coal cargoes totaled 650,000 net tons in January, nearly a 5-fold increase compared to a year ago. Compared to the month’s 5-year average, the January US-flag coal float represents an increase of more than 50 percent. That total includes nearly 200,000 tons of western coal that were delivered to Lake Superior destinations after Jan.15.



 

HUMAN FACTORS CONFERENCE SET FOR APRIL 27-29

The USCG, Maritime Administration, Ship Operations Cooperation Program and MarineLog Magazine will sponsor this year’s Maritime Operations: Human Factors’ Conference on Aril 27-29 at MITAGS. To register or for more info on conference topics contact MarineLog Magazine at 212-620-7209 or online at: www.marinelog.com.


 

MITAGS Job Opening:
Academic Business Development Manager



 

MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

CLASS OPENINGS

Between now and the end of May 2004, seats are available in the following courses:

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  • ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 4/26

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  • BRM – Bridge Resource Management: 4/5, 5/24
  • BST – Basic Safety Training: 5/17

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CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses

  • CMM-ADVSTAB – Advanced Stability: 4/26
  • CMM-CHS-I – Cargo Handling and Stowage (week 1): 5/10
  • CMM-CHS-II – Cargo Handling and Stowage (week 2): 5/17
  • CMM-ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems: 5/24
  • CMM-SHS-ADV-I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 4/12
  • CMM-SHS-ADV-II – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 4/19
  • CMM-VPEN – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 4/19
  • CMM-WKP – Watchkeeping: 5/24

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  • COMP-NET – Computer Networks: 5/10
  • COMP-OPSYS – (Basic)Computer Operating Systems: 4/19
  • CONT-PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop: 4/8, 5/6, 5/13

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  • FF-BADV – Combined Basic & Advanced Firefighting: 5/10

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  • HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5-day): 4/5

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  • MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 4/17
  • MEDIA-RSP – Media Response: 4/9, 5/14
  • MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 4/12, 5/3
  • MED-PIC – Medical Care Person-In-Charge: 4/12, 5/3

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MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses

  • MSC-CBRD-1 – Chemical Bio Radiological: 4/10, 5/22
  • MSC-COMMS – Strategic Sealift Communications: 5/3
  • MSC-DC – Damage Control: 4/23, 5/18, 5/20
  • MSC-SMA-R – Small Arms Renewal (2-day): 5/18, 5/20
    (must have passed all 3 weapons within 2 years)

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  • ROR-1 — Radar Observer Renewal: 4/3, 5/1
  • ROP-5 – Radar Observer Unlimited and Renewal: 5/17

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  • SEC-OFF PCS — Security Officer-Port, Company, Ship: 5/3, 5/10
  • SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling: 5/10

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  • T-PIC – Tankship (/Barge) Haz Liquids, Person-In-Charge: 5/3
  • TTT – Train the Trainer: 4/19

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  • WX-BAS – Basic Weather 2-days: 5/1

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

 

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, 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.

 


 

PMI ACADEMIC SCHEDULE

Contact DeeDee Lazik at 206-441-2880 or 888-893-7829 (toll free) for registration or visit the PMI website at mates.org.


 

MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF MARCH 31, 2004 CLOSE

 

 D O W    N A S D A Q
 10,357.70 +309.47 for the week  1,994.22  +89.74 for the week

Fund Name & Trading Symbol

Closing
Price

Year-to-Date Fund
Percentage Return

1 Year Fund
Percentage Return
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)

104.01

+1.66
+34.94
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)

28.24

+5.93
+57.11
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)

17.13

+6.20
+54.47
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)

15.27

+2.69
+39.20
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)

27.75

+4.76
+42.29
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)

10.54

+1.64
+3.10
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate Fund (VWEHX)

6.39

+1.98
+14.62
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)

10.46

+2.74
+5.45
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)

16.14

+8.32
+27.79
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)

15.93

+1.58
+20.24
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)

36.01

+1.34
+23.40
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)

99.13

+1.42
+30.35
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)

39.92

+1.64
+39.43



~ Reminders ~


 


 

TAX FILING DELAY FOR OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM CIVILIAN MARINERS

As the income tax deadline of April 15 approaches, MM&P members are reminded that qualified merchant mariners serving on vessels under Dept. of Defense operational control in direct support of US Armed Forces have been determined by the IRS to be eligible for the benefits of section 7508(a)(1) of the Internal Revenue Service Code 26 USC 7508.

This includes individuals (as well as the spouse of such individuals) serving in the combat zone as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom aboard Maritime Administration and Military Sealift Command owned or controlled vessels.

MORE INFO: www.marad.dot.gov/Publications/employment/marinertaxes.html


 


 

IMPORTANT SHIPPING NOTICE ON COURSE DOCUMENTATION

All members shipping off-the-board and all company employees are reminded that they are responsible to insure that all of the company required courses they have completed are listed in the Union computer system.

In order to be dispatched/cleared, members must have certificates for any courses not listed in the computer in their possession and available for inspection by the dispatcher. Please double check that your documentation is in order prior to leaving your home to ship out of our Union halls. This can be done by checking your course history on the “Members Only” section of the MM&P website.



 

RE-REGISTRATION NEEDED FOR EXPRESS PHARMACY MAIL-ORDER PRESCRIPTIONS THROUGH NHMC SITE LINK

All members currently getting prescription refills online through Express Pharmacy Services who access Express through the NMHC website link will have to re-register in order to be able to renew prescriptions online.

If you access your prescription renewals directly through www.ehs.com, you will be fine and have no need to re-register. The Plans office apologizes for the inconvenience, but the issue is related to problems with the link to Eckerd on the NMHC website. Please contact the Plan Office if you experience any problems.



 

VOLUNTEER MATES, C/E and AB NEEDED FOR LST TO PUT TO SEA

Plans are underway for the restored World Ward II-vintage USS LST 325 (Landing Ship, Tank) to make a commemorative D-Day voyage from her home port in Mobile, AL to Boston, MA beginning on May 24 and returning July 9.

Two Licensed Deck Officers, a Chief Engineer and an AB are still needed to make the voyage possible. These are all volunteer positions. The Trip may be broken down to three legs or the full 46-day trip with 23 days at sea. Other port visits include the Massachusetts ports of Boston, Gloucester, Quincy, New Bedford and Washington, DC.

For more info, check out the website www.lstmemorial.org or call Bill Kapaus at 972-712-3394 or Capt Al Wilson at 508-830-5040.

Some of the stats:

  • LOA 328ft
  • Beam 50 ft
  • Speed 12 knots
  • Officers 10
  • Crew 35 unlicensed
  • Propulsion:
    • Two General Motors 12-567 diesel engines
    • two shafts
    • two rudders.

Travel will be reimbursed. Required documents are a drug free certificate and STCW.


 


 

NEW MAILING ADDRESSES FOR MITAGS, PLANS & CREDIT UNION

The buildings remain where they have always stood, but they have now been assigned new addresses. Local authorities have determined that it was necessary to put in place new street numbering for the MM&P’s MITAGS facility and for the MM&P Health & Benefit Plan office. The longstanding address of 5700 Hammonds Ferry Rd., used for both MITAGS and the Plan, has been eliminated.

Effective immediately:

  • The mailing address for MITAGS has been changed to:
    • 692 Maritime Blvd
      Linthicum Heights, MD 21090
      USA

 

  • The new mailing address for the Plan Office is now:
    • 700 Maritime Blvd.
      Suite A
      Linthicum Heights, MD 21090-1996
      USA
    • This is the same street address as the Union headquarters since both offices are housed in the same building, but the Plan Office is denoted with a suite number.

 

  • The mailing address for the MM&P Federal Credit Union, located in the Plans Building Lobby, is now:
    • 700 Maritime Blvd.
      Linthicum Heights, MD 21090-1941
      USA

The change brings the MITAGS, Plans and MM&P FCU addresses into conformance with Postal and 911 emergency mapping since all the buildings are located on the same road of the campus.

Plan Administrator Valerie Verrecchio advises Plan participants that “it is important to remember when you send mail to the Plans that you clearly address it to ‘MM&P Plans’ and to include our new suite number. This is what the Post Office will use to differentiate mail between the Union and the Plan office. Otherwise, the Post Office may send it through the mail system at the Union and your claims processing could be delayed for a couple of days.”

There is no change to the Union HQ mailing address.



 

MITAGS JOB OPENING: ACADEMIC BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

The Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies (MITAGS) seeks an individual who can apply his/her knowledge and experience in marine shipboard operations to help solve organizational problems through training and education.

Excellent written and verbal skills a must. Person must also have an outgoing personality and be a goal-oriented self-starter with the ability to work independently. Travel expected 25 percent of time to seek opportunities and present proposals.

Desired background:

  • bachelor’s degree, graduate degree a plus;
  • unlimited tonnage license (or military equivalent), and
  • a record of continuing education.
  • Extensive industry contacts preferred.

MITAGS is located near the BWI airport, convenient to Baltimore, Washington and Annapolis, MD. Excellent full Union benefits, competitive salary. See our web site, www.mitags.org for more info. Resumes to Human Resources Fax: 443-989-3341; Email: hr@mitags.org. EOE.



 

IMPORTANT REMINDER FOR ALL LDOs ON STCW-95 CERTIFICATION

All Licensed Deck Officers who possess STCW-95 certificates containing Basic Safety Training (BST) completion dates close to or more than five years old need to carry copies of their USCG discharges with them so they can prove that they have the required sea service necessary to extend their BST qualification. For questions or further info, contact Mike Rodriguez at 410-850-8700 ext.23 or Email: mrodriguez@bridgedeck.org.



 

LMS OFFERS REIMBURSEMENT FOR SLIP-RESISTANT FOOTWEAR

MM&P-contracted LMS Ship Management recently reviewed the causes of injuries on board their vessels and found that accidental falls tend to be the cause of many of the crew’s injuries. In an effort to reduce the number of injuries caused by these falls, LMS is offering crewmembers that sail with them an incentive to purchase and wear proper shoe attire. The goal is for every crewmember to wear slip resistant footwear during their working hours aboard their vessels.

LMS will offer a reimbursement of up to $75 for the cost of the shoes to each crewmember who provides them 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.

LMS requests that crewmembers purchase one of the following recommended brands in order to be reimbursed:

  • 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 (with steel toe & slip resistant sole)

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

Red Wing has contracts with the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) while Wolverine World Wide has contracts with UNITE!, the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees, for production of its Caterpillar brand (as well as its Hy-Test, Durashock and Bates Military labels). Some other Wolverine branded products including combat boots are manufactured under UFCW contract. 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.



 

DEADLINE APPROACHES FOR MASTER TOWING LICENSE

The USCG advises that if you began your service or training in the towing industry before May 21, 2001, you may receive a license for Master of Towing Vessels if, before May 21 2004, you complete the exam required by 46 CFR 10.903(a)(18)(i) and meet either of the following two requirements:

1. Three years of service, including:

  • Two years on deck aboard a vessel 26-feet or more in length;
  • One year on deck aboard a towing vessel, with at least six months of training or duty in the wheelhouse of the towing vessel; and
  • Three months in each particular geographic area for which you are seeking authority.

~ OR ~

2. Three years of service aboard towing vessels, including:

  • One year on deck, with at least six months of training or duty in the wheelhouse of the towing vessel; and
  • Three months in each particular geographic area for which you are seeking authority.

The deadline to complete testing and service is May 21, 2004. If you miss this deadline, then the requirement to work up through Apprentice Mate, Mate, and then Master will apply. Although the deadline is this May, applications submitted after January may not allow sufficient time for evaluation and testing.

For additional info, please contact Richard Wells at 504-240-7300, ext 232, or via Email at REWells@msoneworleansrec.uscg.mil.



 

MITAGS AND PMI DISCOUNT COST FOR ADVANCED MARINER LICENSES

MITAGS Executive Director Glen Paine announced that MITAGS and PMI have implemented an innovative program, with reduced tuition and hotel costs, to assist professional mariners seeking license advancement to Chief Mate/Master (CMM).

The Institutes now offer one of the fastest, most versatile, and cost-effective routes for mariners to obtain their CMM licenses. The MITAGS/PMI program, which covers all USCG requirements, is only 12 weeks in duration.

Forty-one of the 53 required assessments may be completed during these courses. To flexibly meet their schedule, students can take the required courses at the PMI campus in Seattle, Washington and/or at the MITAGS campus in Baltimore, Maryland.

The MITAGS/PMI program can be completed in 60 days for under $14,000. Other programs take up to 71 days and charge $19,000 to complete the CMM requirements. Students taking ALL of the CMM courses at MITAGS and/or PMI will receive a 15 percent tuition discount from the normal pricing, which brings the total CMM tuition down to $13,303.

In addition to this cost reduction, those students taking ALL of the CMM courses at MITAGS/PMI will receive a substantial reduction in the room and board rates. If needed, MITAGS and PMI will also provide a convenient and flexible payment plan.

For more info regarding the CMM License Advancement, or any other course programs offered by MITAGS or PMI, please contact Capt. Craig Thomas (MITAGS) toll free at 866-656-5569 or via Email at cthomas@mitags.org. You may also contact Gregg Trunnell at PMI in Seattle at 206-239-9965 or via Email at gtrunnell@mates.org.



 

MM&P MEMBERS AT SEA CAN NOW SAVE ON SHIP-TO-SHORE CALLS

Through a special arrangement with ShipCom, MM&P members at sea will now receive a significant discount on personal ship-to-shore radiotelephone calls. The rate is $2.50 per minute to any phone number in the US. This is a significant discount from the usual rate of $3.99 per minute. Calls may be placed collect, or billed to any major credit card.

To take advantage of this offer or for more info contact Station WLO on HF SSB channels 405, 607, 824, 1212, 16401, 1807, or 2237 or on HF radio telex channels (selcall 1090) 406, 606, 806, 810, 815, 1205, 1211, 1605, 1615, 1810 or 2215.

MM&P members must identify themselves as an MM&P member and provide the operator with the last 4 digits of their MM&P book number in order to get the discounted rate.

Any vessel equipped with HF radio telex may send and receive Internet email via the telex terminal. For more info contact WLO radio via telex or HF SSB voice.



 

WWII REGISTRY SITE OPEN TO ALL WHO SERVED IN ANY CAPACITY

The National WWII Memorial has a site on its webpage for individuals who served in any capacity during WWII to register to be included in the Memorial’s Registry. The main site is www.wwiimemorial.com.

If the individual clicks on WWII Registry, he/she can find out if he/she is already included as a result of one of the WWII databases and, if not, can follow the directions to register. Any American who contributed to the war effort is eligible for the Registry.


 

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 and Moran Towing of Florida 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.

 

Who Can Be a Member?

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.

 

Want to Know More?

For additional details or to get answers to your questions on all 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.

 



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 and is posted on our web page.