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Wheelhouse Weekly – April 22, 2004

April 22nd 2004


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Volume 8 . . . . . Number 17. . . . April 22, 2004




Convention Call: MM&P 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.



 

STORIES COVERED

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REMINDERS




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MM&P EMBRACES SHORT SEA SHIPPING INITIATIVES

Speaking at a national conference earlier this week on Short-Sea Shipping, Richard Plant, MM&P’s Director of Special Projects drew the interest of conference attendees when he emphasized that, “the MM&P will sit down with anyone bringing in new business and discuss manning Short Sea Shipping vessels.”

Plant continued by saying, “Whether it be one of our existing contract companies or a newly developed company, MM&P will negotiate in good faith for a fair and equitable contract. MM&P realizes that the employer must operate to make a profit. As long as the employer realizes that the workers, in our case mariners, also need to earn a decent living wage and receive decent benefits. If Short Sea Shipping is our future, let us together move forward now, rather than later, to make it a reality.”

Plant said that, “MM&P is proud to be a co-founding member of the Short Sea Shipping Cooperative Program, supported by MARAD. I am personally proud to be the Chairman of one of the four committees SCOOP created; that is, ‘Manning, Training and Outreach’. Outreach involves educating the public, all the way up to the Congress, about the benefits of Short Sea Shipping.”

Plant also cautioned that, “Too many jobs in the US are being outsourced to foreign countries and we must not allow our merchant marine jobs to go this route. If we learn anything from the shocking and horrific events of 9/11, and Operation Iraqi Freedom, it should be that our country must be ever prepared and ever vigilant.

“We cannot, and must not, use Short Sea Shipping as an excuse to decimate the Jones Act and to destroy the shipyard and seafaring jobs it supports. The Jones Act is absolutely critical to our industry’s continued ability to respond whenever and wherever we are called by the Department of Defense,” Plant said.

Richard Plant may be reached by email to rplant@bridgedeck.org



 

HORIZON CEO SAYS SHORT SEA SHIPPING WAVE OF THE FUTURE

Addressing the same Short Sea Shipping conference as Richard Plant, the CEO and President of MM&P-contracted Horizon Lines Chuck Raymond observed that that future freight demand will overwhelm any increase in US highway or rail capacity and that the maritime option was the best cost-efficient alternative for freight delivery.

Raymond said that building more highways would cost $32 million a mile and rail trade is about $1 million a mile, not including land costs. Even if the significant financial burdens highway and rail construction pose could be overcome, he said there were also numerous problems relating to environmental resources, congestion and the substantial time required to obtain the necessary permits.

Instead, he said, federal agencies are actively promoting the nation’s maritime transportation system and short sea shipping as an environmentally friendly, proven, timely and cost effective way to expand freight capacity. He noted that the European Union has been using short sea shipping as a major part of its transportation network for over 10 years and that now more than 44% of all EU freight movement is waterborne.

“Short sea shipping in an American context would use existing vessels and infrastructure to move cargo between coastal ports and then between ports and inland points and border crossing with NAFTA trading countries. This will help revitalize the American maritime and shipbuilding industries … as well as provide important environmental benefits, especially in reducing emission and energy uses cargo by rail or road,” Raymond said.



 

GLAXOSMITHKLINE RECOGNIZES HONORS HORIZON LINES

MM&P-contracted Horizon Lines has been awarded Best Performance for Ocean Carrier by GlaxoSmithKline pharmaceuticals, US Transportation division and FedEx Supply Chain Services. The honor was presented at its annual carrier appreciation and awards luncheon at the GSK HQ in Raleigh, NC. The award included special recognition of Horizon’s service delivery in achieving 100% billing accuracy and 100% claim-free in 2003.

Gabriel Serra, vice president and general manager of Horizon’s Puerto Rico division said, “It is Horizon Lines’ commitment to quality and service that makes the ocean transportation we provide a great fit for GSK and a valued partner for the pharmaceutical market in Puerto Rico.”



 

APL WINS BAXTER HEALTHCARE’S SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR AWARD

MM&P-contracted APL was named Supplier of the Year 2003 by Baxter Healthcare SA (Singapore Branch) at a recent awards ceremony in Singapore, giving APL an unbroken record since the service category was introduced in 1991.

Baxter’s annual awards recognize the performance excellence of its business partners in providing quality products and services. Suppliers are assessed on quality, delivery and service performance throughout the year, including equipment condition, documentation, equipment and space availability, transit time, documentation delivery, customer service accessibility, competitiveness, and responsiveness and commitment.



 

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.



 

COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR FRESHMAN DEPENDENTS

Attention all Members in good standing with dependent children who will be college freshman in September: A local Baltimore law firm is awarding two $2,500 one-time only scholarships to children of Union members. Since the MM&P is headquartered in the Baltimore area, Union members’ children would be eligible to apply for these scholarships.

One scholarship is for Undergraduate and the other is for Graduate School. Students must already be accepted to a college prior to applying. The deadline for application is Aug.20. The scholarships will be awarded Sept.24.

If your son or daughter would like to make application for this scholarship, please have them contact the MM&P Plan Office at 410-850-8600 for an application. The member’s name is required so that the Union can sign the application to certify that he/she is a member in good standing prior to sending the application to your child.

Members can also Email Plans Administrator Valerie Verrecchio at mmpplansval@aol.com with the member info including address where the application can be mailed.



 

TSAC WORKING GROUPS SET MEETINGS

Two Working Groups of the Towing Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC) will meet to discuss issues relating to towing vessel safety. The Regulatory Review Working Group will discuss travel time for towing vessel officers. The Maritime Security Working Group will discuss implementation of security plan regulations and development of timely feedback to the USCG on port, vessel and facility security plan requirements.

The meetings will be open to the public. The Working Groups will meet in Room 725 of the National Pollution Funds Center, 4200 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22203. The Regulatory Review Working Group will meet on Tue., April 27, from 1300 to 1700. The Maritime Security Working Group will meet on Wed., April 28 from 0800 to 12 noon.

Requests to make presentations should reach the USCG before April 26. For further info contact: Gerald Miante, Assistant Executive Director of TSAC, phone 202-267-0214, fax 202-267-4570, or Email gmiante@comdt.uscg.mil.



 

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED TO GET TOUGH ON CRUISE DUMPING

The Clean Cruise Ships Act of 2004, was introduced on April 1 by Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Congressman Sam Farr (D-CA). If enacted, it would prohibit all discharges of sewage, gray water and bilge water within 12 miles of US shores. It would also require the use of the latest discharge treatment methods beyond this limit, with regular inspections of shipboard operations and equipment.

The stricter federal bill would replace the current state-by-state voluntary compliance model for cruise-dumping regulations. It would also place independent observers on board cruise ships to monitor compliance.

The legislation raises current pollution control standards by creating coastal zones in which cruise ships are prohibited from dumping waste, strengthening standards for waste treatment, and increasing surveillance to ensure cruise ship compliance with anti-pollution laws.

Sen. Durbin said his interest in this legislation was sparked by a report on ocean pollution that was published last summer by the Pew Commission. The report cites five priorities: implementing a sustainable national ocean policy; coordinating the governance of ocean resources; reorienting our fisheries policy to emphasize sustainability; protecting ocean habitat and managing coastal development; and controlling the sources of pollution threatening our marine ecosystems.



 

CAL MARITIME AND RUSSIAN ACADEMY TO HOST CONFERENCE

The California Maritime Academy and the Admiral Makarov State Maritime Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia, are hosting an international security conference called MARSEC-CON ’04 that will take place May 16-18 at Cal Maritime’s campus in Vallejo, CA. Former US Sec. of Defense Dr. William Perry and Rear Admiral Kevin Eldridge, Commander USCG District 11 will be the keynote speakers.

MARSEC-CON ’04 will focus on effective planning, training, and exercising to satisfy the requirements mandated by the International Code for the Security of Ships and Port Facilities (ISPS Code) and the Marine Transportation Security Act (MTSA) implementation.

This is the first time that international security experts and maritime industry executives will converge onto the Cal Maritime campus for a conference of this magnitude and significance to homeland and international security.



 

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.



 

MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

You walk the walk, but can you talk the talk?

Thinking about a job aboard a ship under the operational control of MSC? Then you should know the MSC communication procedures! MSC-COMMS, Strategic Sealift Communications course (offered May 3) is designed to give students a basic understanding of communication requirements, an introduction to Navy message writing, radiotelephone procedures, communications security and publications. Excellent practical exercises are included to improve interoperability between the merchant marine, U.S. and allied military forces.

CLASS OPENINGS

Between now and the end of June 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: 5/24
  • BST – Basic Safety Training: 6/14

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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 Info Systems: 5/24
  • CMM-SHS-ADV-I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 6/14
  • CMM-SHS-ADV-II – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 6/21
  • CMM-SHMGT-I – Ship Management (week 1): 6/17
  • CMM-SHMGT-II – Ship Management (week 2): 6/14
  • CMM-WKP – Watchkeeping: 5/24

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  • COMP-DC – Computer Database Systems: 6/14
  • COMP-NET – Computer Networks: 5/10
  • CONT-PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop: 5/6, 5/13, 6/10

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  • FF-ADV – Advanced Firefighting: 5/10

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  • MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 5/8
  • MEDIA-RSP – Media Response: 5/7, 5/14, 6/11
  • MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 5/3
  • MED-PIC – Medical Care Person-In-Charge: 5/3

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MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses

  • MSC-CBRD-1 – Chemical Biological Radiological Defense Training Orientation: 5/22, 6/12
  • MSC-COMMS – Strategic Sealift Communications: 5/3
  • MSC-DC – Damage Control: 5/18, 5/20, 6/18
  • 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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  • ROP-5 – Radar Observer Unlimited and Renewal: 5/17
  • ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 5/10, 6/7, 6/12

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  • SEC-OFF-PCS – Security Officer: Port, Company, Ship: 6/7
  • SHS-BAS – Basic Shiphandling: 4/26, 6/7
  • SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling: 5/10, 6/21

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  • T-PIC – Tankship (/Barge) Dangerous Liquids, Person-In-Charge: 5/3

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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

All the courses below will be conducted at the new Pacific Maritime Institute facility located in Seattle at 1727 Alaskan Way South, Pier 34. The new facility features a state-of-the art Ship Simulator that has to be experienced. PMI phone numbers remain the same. Come see the new facility at PMI’s “Maritime Technology and Career Center”.

 

April 2004 Courses

  • 4/26-30: Basic Safety Training
  • 4/26-30: Bridge Resource Management

 

May 2004 Courses

  • 5/3-7: Basic and Advanced Firefighting
  • 5/3-7: Basic Shiphandling
  • 5/3-7: Radar Observer Unlimited
  • 5/3-5: Ship Security Officer
  • 5/10-21: GMDSS
  • 5/10-21: Advanced Shiphandling I & II
  • 5/17-21: Advanced Shiphandling II
  • 5/17-21: Basic Safety Training
  • 5/24-28: ARPA
  • 5/24: Radar Renewal

 

June 2004 Courses

  • 6/7-18: Terrestrial and Coastal Navigation
  • 6/7-11: Medical Care Provider
  • 6/7-18: Medical Person-In-Charge
  • 6/14-18: Basic Safety Training
  • 6/14-22: Able Bodied Seaman
  • 6/21/25: Radar Observer Unlimited
  • 6/28-7/2: ECDIS
  • 6/28-30: Compasses
  • 6/30-7/2: Ship Security Officer

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 APRIL 21, 2004 CLOSE

 

 D O W    N A S D A Q
 10,317.27 +60.68 for the week  1,995.63  +29.22 for the week

Fund Name & Trading Symbol

Closing
Price

Year-to-Date Fund
Percentage Return

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

103.87

+1.52
-2.04
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)

27.97

+4.80
+4.02
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)

16.94

+5.02
+1.55
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)

15.29

+2.82
-0.33
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)

27.63

+4.30
+1.86
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)

10.36

+0.10
+6.09
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate Fund (VWEHX)

6.33

+1.40
+4.18
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)

10.20

+0.39
+6.15
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)

16.05

+7.72
+3.59
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)

15.93

+1.58
+3.26
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)

35.99

+1.28
-1.61
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)

99.24

+1.53
-2.73
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)

39.87

+1.51
-2.13



~ Reminders ~


 


 

TAX FILING DELAY OK FOR OIF MARINERS

The April 15 deadline for filing US federal tax returns has passed, but for merchant mariners sailing in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom “on vessels under Department of Defense operational control in direct support of the United States Armed Forces” (and for their spouses ­ even if separate returns are filed), missing the dreaded deadline may be OK.

For merchant mariners and several other groups, the Internal Revenue Service is allowing an extension of time for tax filing. The extension, authorized in section 7508(a)(1) of the Internal Revenue Service Code, 26 United States Code, gives an additional 180 days PLUS the number of days served in a combat zone between January 1, 2004 and April 15, 2004. IRS reports that merchant mariners qualified for the extension are those “serving in the combat zone as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom aboard Maritime Administration and Military Sealift Command owned or controlled vessels.”

In addition to the tax filing extension, section 7508 also allows to be postponed the “payment of income, estate, or gift taxes (except employment and withholding taxes), tax claims filings or bringing suits for credits or refunds, filing any petition with the US Tax Court, making a qualified retirement contribution to an IRA, or performing any other act listed in Revenue Procedure 2002-71.” According to the notice, “no penalties or interest will be imposed for failure to file a return or pay taxes during the extension period.”

IRS Tax Tip 2004-40 published Feb.27, 2004 says, “the various extensions granted to combat zone participants to file returns or pay taxes will also apply to those serving in Contingency Operations, as designated by the Secretary of Defense. This is effective for any acts whose deadline has not expired before November 11, 2003.”

Paper returns must be filed if claiming an extension under section 7508. When the return is sent, print the words “COMBAT ZONE” in bold red ink at the top of the return and in large red letters on the mailing envelope. For mariners, the IRS says to attach a brief statement listing the date(s) of service within the combat zone in order to provide them with the total number of days of extension to which you are entitled.

Mariners and others who qualify for combat zone tax filing relief may notify the IRS of their status in advance through a special e-mail address: combatzone@irs.gov. Include in the email the following:

  • name
  • stateside address
  • date-of-birth and
  • date of deployment to the combat zone.

Do not include any social security numbers in an email. Notification may be made by the taxpayer, or by the taxpayer’s spouse, authorized agent or representative.

At present, the combat zone for Operation Iraqi Freedom is defined as follows:

  • Persian Gulf, the Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden, and the Gulf of Oman;
  • That portion of the Arabian Sea that lies north of 10 degrees north latitude and west of 68 degrees east longitude; and
  • The total land area of Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates.

More detailed information can be found on the IRS website at www.irs.gov. From the main page, click on “The Newsroom” link and go to “Armed Forces” under the “Related Topics” headline. You’ll find useful info in the following titles:

Taxpayers in the US may seek assistance by calling the IRS at 1-800-829-1040. Taxpayers outside the US may call the IRS in Philadelphia at 215-516-2000. The information presented here is to serve as a guideline only. As always, readers are urged to seek the advice of a tax professional to discuss their own circumstances.


 


 

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.



 

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.