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Wheelhouse Weekly – January 02, 2003

January 2nd 2003


THE MASTERS, MATES & PILOTS’
WHEELHOUSE WEEKLY

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

Volume 7 . . . . . Number 1. . . . . January 2, 2003

STORIES COVERED

ALSO

REMINDERS



 

MM&P HQ MEMORANDUM TO ALL OFFSHORE PORTS

The following memorandum from MM&P International Secretary-Treasurer Glen Banks has been sent to all Offshore Ports regarding the clearing or dispatching of MM&P Personnel on Surge and RRF vessels:

Maritime Administration (MarAd) and Military Sealift Command (MSC) officials have advised maritime labor that a break-out of surge and RRF vessels is possible in the near future. In order to ensure that enough qualified mariners are available to man these ships, MM&P, MEBA and AMO agreed, in 1999, to provide manpower aboard each other’s contracted vessels in times of national emergency.

The agreement established a process for filling vacant billets aboard vessels manned by other unions. The process is as follows:

  1. A ship operator identifies a crewing shortfall.
  2. The operator contacts the appropriate government agency.
  3. The agency contacts the other unions.
  4. The other unions fill the requirement.

The ONLY points of contact at MM&P will be Capt. David Boatner in our LA/LB office or Mike Rodriguez at International HQ.

Capt. Boatner and Mike Rodriguez will receive calls only from the appropriate government officials. In other words, ports are NOT TO CLEAR OR DISPATCH our people directly to any vessel not under contract with MM&P without the specific authorization of Capt. Boatner or Mr. Rodriguez.

When these positions become available they will go to active offshore members and applicants first. The jobs will be called in the appropriate halls in accordance with MM&P shipping rules.

In an emergency, Pensioners will be our second choice for filling these jobs. For instance, a pensioner may be shipped to prevent a ship from sailing late. Pensioner earning limitations and contribution issues will be addressed as necessary.

Members and Applicants are reminded that in order to receive pension credit, vacation and other benefits, you must ship through a MM&P hall in the manner described above. Shipping in any other way will not ensure that benefits will passed be through to MM&P Plans. Applicant points will be awarded only for assignments shipped through MM&P offices.

You may direct your questions regarding this issue to:

  • Capt. Banks: gbanks@bridgedeck.org; phone: 410-850-8700 ext. 21
  • Capt. Boatner: dboatner@bridgedeck.org; phone: 310-834-7201
  • Mike Rodriguez: mrodriguez@bridgedeck.org; 410-850-8700 ext. 23
  • or to the Vice President in your area.

     

    MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly


     

    MM&P-CREWED USNS COMFORT ACTIVATED FOR FLEET SERVICE

    The MM&P-crewed Navy hospital ship USNS COMFORT has been activated from her layberth in the port of Baltimore to support US forces in the war against terrorism. She will sail in the near future to an undisclosed destination where she will join with the US Fifth Fleet.

    She is under the command of her Master, MM&P member Capt. Richard Cicchetti. MM&P member Dean Bradford is serving as Chief Mate. David Lieberman is currently aboard as Second Mate with MM&P member Nick Nowaski scheduled to relieve him. Third Mate Kirby rounds out the MM&P complement.

    The Medical Treatment Facility on board ship will be staffed by a team of doctors, nurses, corpsman and other specialists who are active duty Navy personnel mostly from the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. Hundreds of pallets of medical and surgical supplies, food and pharmaceuticals have been loaded aboard the ship. USNS COMFORT has a crew of 61 civilian mariners. She will initially be staffed by about 290 medical and non-medical support personnel — enough to staff two of the vessel’s 12 operating rooms.

    At 894 feet in length, the COMFORT is about the size of three football fields. It is equal in size to one of the nation’s five largest trauma centers. The hospital ship is designed to provide emergency, on-site care for US combatant forces deployed in war or other operations.

    COMFORT is a unique medical treatment facility with up to 1,000 beds, fully-equipped with 12 operating rooms, medical laboratory, optometry lab, dental operatory, radiological services, CT scan, pharmacy and two oxygen producing plants.

    In addition, a new million-dollar angiography scanner has just been installed. It enables minimally invasive surgery to be performed by X-ray guidance. It is vital to the surgical repair of heart vessels, pelvic injuries and penetrating and crush injuries of soft tissue where internal bleeding needs to be controlled quickly.

    A digital X-ray machine has been added so X-rays can be sent by Email to the Bethesda Naval Hospital or other medical institutions if further consultation is required.

    The ship has 80 intensive care beds, 20 recovery beds, 400 intermediate care beds and 500 minimal care beds and a helicopter deck capable of landing the world’s largest military helicopters. She also is outfitted with side ports to take on patients at sea.

    The COMFORT was originally a San Clemente-class tanker that was transformed into a hospital ship in 1987. Its sister ship, the USNS MERCY, is based in San Diego.

    Ordinarily, COMFORT is kept in reduced operating status with a crew of 13 civilian mariners and 58 Navy personnel. When the ship is activated, additional civilian mariners are assigned to the ship, and additional medical personnel are pulled from East Coast medical facilities whose positions are back-filled with reserve military personnel.

    USNS COMFORT is operated by the Navy’s Military Sealift Command, the ocean transportation provider for the Department of Defense. For more information about USNS COMFORT including photos of her various treatment facilities, visit MSC on the web at www.msc.navy.mil.

    MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly



     

    MM&P MEETINGS IN NEW YORK, NORFOLK AND SAN FRANCISCO

    New York/New Jersey

    There will be a meeting on Wednesday, January 8, at the Union Hall, 26 Journal Square, Suite 1502 following job call. Ms. Valerie Verrecchio, Administrator of the Plans will be present to answer all questions pertaining to the various plans. The Health and Welfare Plan has undergone some significant changes so the meeting should be very informative. Spouses are invited to attend.

    Norfolk

    Ms. Verrecchio will also be present at a special membership meeting on Wednesday, January 22 at the Norfolk Hall. Both meetings will start at 1300 hours.

    San Francisco

    The next membership meeting will be held at the MM&P Hall at 450 Harrison St. on Thursday, January 9 after the noon job call. Pacific Ports Vice President Don Marcus will be in attendance to report and answer your questions. All members and applicants are urged to attend.

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    CAPT. STONE REPRESENTS MM&P AT CRITICAL IMO MEETINGS

    The International Maritime Organization (IMO) met at their London Headquarters from December 2-13. This meeting was an unusual affair in that there were two distinct meetings in progress. The first was the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) and there was also a Delegates Convention that culminated in the signing of a new Safety Of Life At Sea (SOLAS) agreement.

    The SOLAS Treaty was signed by all delegations in attendance. USCG Commandant Admiral Thomas Collins signed on behalf of the US. He requested that all members of the US Delegation sign the Document. MM&P’s Capt. Joe Stone signed the Document as a member of the US Delegation.

    There were significant changes made to the SOLAS Treaty by the Maritime Security and Bulk Carrier Safety committees. Many of these changes will impact MM&P members. For example, SOLAS, Chapter V, Safety of Navigation, Regulation 19 will be amended to incorporate Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) for large vessels beginning in July 2004.

    The most extensive work was done on Chapter XI of SOLAS. The chapter has been significantly expanded into two sections. Section XI-1 will deal with Maritime Safety and section XI-2 will deal with Maritime Security.

    Section XI-2 has thirteen new regulations. Those that effect MM&P members will be detailed in a future issue of the Wheelhouse Weekly.

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    MM&P-CONTRACTED TRINITY DREDGE RECEIVES USCG RECOGNITION

    Capt. William Anderson, master of the MM&P-contracted dredge COLUMBIA recently received a Good Samaritan Certificate of Appreciation from U.S. Coast Guard Group Key West for the vessel’s role in the rescue of 34 people at sea from their overloaded and disabled motor vessel in the Straits of Florida. The COLUMBIA is operated by Trinity Management.

    The USCG citation says in part:

    “Because of the COLUMBIA’s diligence at sea, the USCG was able to successfully assist these individuals to safety. These are the scenarios that have resulted in catastrophes in the past, and could have easily spelled disaster for the 34 migrants aboard this small vessel you spotted today. Your seamanship is heartily commended.”

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    CREWMEMBER KILLED AS BRUSCO TUG SINKS OFF OREGON COAST

    One crewmember was killed and four others were rescued by the USCG after the 99-foot Ocean Going Tug PRIMO BRUSCO sank in 500 feet of water about 20 miles off Florence, OR, in the early morning hours on December 30. The vessel was owned by Brusco Tug and Barge Co. of Longview, WA.

    Initial reports indicate that at 0230, the master of the PRIMO BRUSCO reported flooding and within five minutes the crew abandoned the ship. Three of the crew took refuge in the tug’s life raft, while the other two were reported to have entered the water in immersion suits.

    Two rescue helicopters arrived on scene and quickly located the life raft. An USCG rescue boat recovered the three on board the life raft. One helicopter crew located a person in the water and hoisted him to safety. He was taken to the hospital in Florence for evaluation.

    All four survivors were recovered in good condition. The weather at the time of the sinking was reported to be 50-knot winds, 30-foot seas, and rain. The body of the fifth crewmember, 47-year old Monty Nelson, was recovered the next day.

    The PRIMO BUSCO, was towing a 260-foot barge loaded with a million board feet of logs from Aberdeen, WA, to Eureka, CA. After the vessel sank, the barge was taken under tow by another tug and taken to Coos Bay, OR.

    According to media accounts, a crewmember said that an alarm went off about 2230 hours on Sunday while he was on watch, indicating flooding in a rear compartment. He thought the problem was solved when the tugboat’s engineer pumped the water out of the compartment and went to bed after finishing his watch. He awakened to find the tug listing badly with the starboard stern area under water.

    The crewmember said he reported to the captain and was told to don his survival suit. He said he tried unsuccessfully to release the barge’s tow cable, then headed back to the wheelhouse and saw other crewmembers putting on their suits before abandoning the rapidly sinking vessel.

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    SHIPPERS “MUST ADAPT TO US RULES”

    How much does it cost per container to meet stricter US maritime security rules? Shippers in the Philippines are being told to expect delays and added costs with the many new rules and requirements implemented by the US after last year’s terrorist attacks. It is estimated that the enhanced security requirements added $25 per TEU-container for US shipments.

     

    MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly



     

    MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

    Holiday Schedule

    Classes resume on Monday, January 6, 2003.

     

    Class Openings

    Between now and the end of February 2003, seats are available in following courses:

    • 1/6-17: MED-PIC
    • 1/6-10: MED-PRO, HAZ, ARPA, CMM-ADVWX, CMM-SHS ADV I
    • 1/6-11: MED-DOT-DA
    • 1/13-17: CMM-VPEN, CMM-SHS ADV II
    • 1/20-31: GMDSS
    • 1/20-24: SHS-BAS, CMM-ECDIS

    “Refresher” Week courses

    • 1/23-24: MSC-DC
    • 1/25: LIC-EXAM PREP
    • 1/27-31: FF-BADV, GMDSS-REF, CMM-SHS ADV I, BRM, CMM-ADVSTB
    • 1/27-30: SMA
    • 2/3-7: CMM-SHS ADV II, CSE-AAES
    • 2/10-21: MED-PIC
    • 2/10-14: MED-PRO, CMM-SHS ADV I

    “Shipboard Management” Week courses

    • 2/17-21: CMM ADVSTB, CMM-SHS ADV II

    “MSC” Week courses

    • 2/24-28: SHS-EMR5, ROP, MSC-COMMS, CMM-MPP
    • 2/24-27: SMA
    • 2/24-3/7: CMM-CHS

     

    New “Cluster” Weeks

    Look for the “Course Cluster” weeks in the 2003 schedule.

    “Refresher” week offers Radar Renewal, BST elements, HAZMAT renewal, and sessions covering the admin requirements associated with license renewal, as well as tips on license exam preps.

    “Shipboard Management” week provides an ISM/Regulatory update, contingency planning, media response, maritime security, and shipboard assessor training.

    “MSC” week has MSC certified courses in Environmental Protection, Anti-Terrorism (Level I), CBRD Orientation and Damage Control.

     

    Damage Control & Small Arms

    Starting in January, Military Sealift Command (MSC) courses in Damage Control (DC) & Small Arms (SMA) will be available at MITAGS as a package:

    • DC will be held January 23-24 (Thursday-Friday); and
    • SMA will be held January 27-30 (Monday-Thursday)

    From February 17-21, take the “MSC” week, including DC, then follow-up the next week with either Small Arms or MSC Communications. In March, take DC on 20-21 and start SMA on Monday, March 24.

    These courses are required for all LDOs sailing on LMSRs and are highly recommended for all members.

     


    Please Note:

    • With the Damage Control course now being presented on the MITAGS campus, DC quotas will no longer be arranged at the MSC sites at San Diego, CA and Freehold, NJ.
    • Effective January 1, 2003, Damage Control and Small Arms will be on the list of courses available through the Trust Student Out-of-Eligibility Program.

     

    Schedules, Course Info & Registration

    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 443-989-3226.

     

    MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly



     

    PACIFIC MARITIME INSTITUTE ACADEMIC NOTES

    PMI will be providing DOT Training for D&A on the following dates and locations:

    • January 13: Honolulu
    • January 17: Seattle

     

    Upgrader Course: Able Seaman to Mate

    ~ Act Quickly: 40% Discount for January 2003 Start Date ~

    The Pacific Maritime Institute will be running the programs necessary to upgrade from Able Seaman to Mate in January 2003. PMI is offering a 40-percent discount to mariners wishing to start their training in January.

    For the latest up-to-date info on class schedules, visit the PMI website at www.mates.org.

     

     

    MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly


     

    MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 12-31 CLOSE

     D O W

     N A S D A Q

     8,341.60

    -106.50 for the week

     1,335.51

     -32.97 for the week
     Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)

     81.15

     Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)

    18.74

     Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)

     12.16

     Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)

     11.35

     Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)

     20.80

     Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)

    10.75

     Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)

    12.64

     Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)

    13.80

     Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)

     30.31

    Fidelity Magellan Fund (FAGX)

     78.96

     Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)

      31.15

     

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    ~ Reminders ~


     


     

    NEW US CUSTOMS 24-HOUR RULE REQUIRES ADVANCE CARGO LISTS

    The new 24-hour rule requiring advance cargo manifests from sea carriers went into effect on December 2. Under the new rule, US Customs will grant sea carriers a 60-day grace period to fully implement the program.

    “By quickly implementing the ’24-hour rule’, we can do a better job of protecting the American people and the global trading system as a whole,” said US Customs Commissioner Robert Bonner. “Knowing the contents of a container before it is loaded onto a ship bound for the US is a critical part of our efforts to guard against the terrorist threat.”

    Customs has posted a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section on its website for those who have questions about the program. It may be accessed by going to: www.customs.gov/impoexpo/24hour_faq.htm or downloaded as an Acrobat file by going to www.customs.gov/impoexpo/24hour_rule.pdf. Questions can also be E-mailed to Customs at: traderelations@customs.treas.gov.

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    SECURITY INFO FOR MARINERS AVAILABLE OVER THE INTERNET

    With maritime security remaining a vital issue in the US and soon to be revisited at the International Maritime Organization’s December meeting, mariners should be aware that security info is available via the Internet.

    The latest Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) available in Adobe Acrobat PDF format is circular 9-02 “Guidelines for Port Security Committees, and Port Security Plans For US Ports” and, more importantly, 10-02 “Security Guidelines For Vessels”. The latest hard copy issued, but not yet available on the Internet, is titled “Recommended Security Guidelines for Waterfront Facilities.

    The 9-02 and 10-02 NVICs can be downloaded via accessing: www.uscg.mil/hq/g-m/nvic/index.htm and selecting “2000s” on the left and then clicking on the PDF icon on the right next to the 9-02 and 10-02 subject title. Read these NVICs carefully. This information is being supplied to the world at the IMO meeting in December.

    Most of the responsibilities listed under 10-02 will most likely be assigned as collateral duties to a deck officer. With the existing workload licensed deck officers currently have, additional duties will make the LDOs job much more difficult and time-consuming.

    Richard Plant, Director of Special Projects, has requested that the USCG IMO Delegation call for all port state authorities to review their certification of inspection (COI) manning requirements. In doing so, they should consider the present and future workloads that these regulations will impose on the crew.

    Due consideration should also be given to whether additional unlicensed crew or LDOs are needed aboard foreign and domestic vessels to successfully complete the many tasks mandated under these new security proposals.

     

    MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly



     

    “SOSPENDERS” LIFE JACKETS RECALLED

    SOS Incorporated, manufacturer of SOSPENDERS brand life jackets has alerted the USCG and the public that they have recalled approximately 7,200 automatic inflatable personal flotation devices (PFDs).

    The purpose of this recall is to investigate a safety defect involving the Hammar model MA1 Manual/Automatic inflators. Approximately 300 defective Hammar units in one lot of 500 were loaded incorrectly and will not inflate the vest. SOSpenders Corp. has made the decision to recall all Hammar products for 100-percent safety inspection.

    The USCG and SOS Inc. stress that is important for consumers to stop using the PFDs immediately and return them to SOS.

    Important info to assist in the identification of potential defective units and what to do when units are identified is available from two websites:

    Questions regarding this recall may be addressed to Daniel McCormick of the USCG at dmccormick@comdt.uscg.mil or 202-267-2713.

    MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly



     

    IMPORTANT UPDATE FROM THE MM&P PLANS OFFICE

     

    HEALTH & BENEFIT PLAN CHANGES

    The Board of Trustees, based on recommendations by the Cost Containment Committee, adopted changes to the Health & Benefit Plan. The following changes will become effective January 1, 2003:

    Annual Deductible

    The current annual deductible of $150/$300 will be raised to $250/$500.

    Out-of-Pocket Maximum

    The current out of pocket maximum of $2,000 will be raised to $3,000.

    Dental Reimbursement Levels

    • The Plan payment to in-network dental providers will go from 90% to 80%.
    • The Plan payment for out-of-network providers will go from 80% of UCR to 70% of UCR.
    • New contract with Delta Dental replaces Aetna/US Healthcare (Prudential Dental) agreement. See below for additional information.

    Prescription Drug Program

    Mail order drugs will be subject to a 20% co-pay for all single source brand name and generic drugs with a maximum out of pocket, per prescription, of $75.

    For brand name drugs where the generic equivalent is available, the member will be responsible for paying the total cost of the difference between the brand name and the generic drug. The Plan will then pay 80% of the cost of the generic and the member will be responsible for the 20% up to a per prescription maximum of $75.

    The Plan has also removed the mandatory mail order provision. This means that any prescription, regardless of the number of refills, can be obtained at a retail level but will be limited to a 30-day supply. However, obtaining maintenance medications through the mail order program may still be less expensive to you.

    A synopsis of these changes and additional changes effective April 1, 2003 appears in the November-December 2002 issue of the MM&P’s Master, Mate & Pilot newspaper. The Plan Office has also mailed a summary of all changes, with examples, to Health & Benefit Plan participants.




    ADDRESS CHANGES

    Remember to notify the Plan office whenever you move or have a change of address. There are a number of important mailings scheduled for the next few months and we would like to keep all members well informed. You can fax your address changes to the Plan Office at 410-850-8655 or you can email them to the Plan Office at mmpplans@aol.com.

     




     

    NEW DENTAL PROGRAM WITH DELTA DENTAL

    This is a reminder that effective October 1, 2002, the MM&P Plan’s contract with Prudential Dental expired. Prudential was purchased by Aetna/US HealthCare in 2001 and could no longer offer the Plan the same type of fee-for-service arrangement as before.

    In order to continue to offer Plan Participants an in-network dental benefit option, the Plan reviewed proposals from organizations that provide network dental services. After review, the Trustees approved a contract with Delta Dental, the largest provider of dental services in the US.

    The Delta Dental Claims Processing Center in Mechanicsburg, PA, will handle claims administration for all MM&P eligible participants and dependents. This includes claims submitted by out of network dentists as well as those who are Delta Dental providers.

    Plan participants who choose to go to a contracted provider will pay 10 percent of the contracted amount and the Plan will pay 90 percent. Participants will have access to all Delta providers in the Delta Premier Network option that includes over 133,000 dentists nationwide.

     

    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

    ~ Where Does My Dentist Submit My Claims?

    Effective October 1, 2002, all dental claims with dates of service on or after October 1, 2002, from both in and out-of-network providers, should be sent directly to: Delta Dental, One Delta Drive, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055-6999. Participants will receive a claim form in the mailing sent out by the Plan Office on August 11. Your dentist can copy this form and use it to submit all dental claims incurred on or after October 1, 2002.

    ~ How Do I Find A Delta Dentist?

    You can locate participating dentists in your area in two ways. You can call 1-800-932-0783 from 8 AM to 8 PM Eastern Time, Monday-Friday, or you can sign on to the Delta website at www.MidAtlanticDeltaDental.com. Once you have signed on to the website, key on the bar marked “Pennsylvania”. (MM&P Plan members are enrolled in the Delta Premier Option through Delta Dental of Penn.) Next enter the search criteria to find participating Delta dentists in your area or enter your own dentist’s name to find out if he/she participates with the Premier network.

     

    WORK IN PROCESS

    Delta Dental will coordinate with the Plan Office to transition all billing for “work in process”. This means that all root canals, orthodontia work and other staged procedures that are not completed under the old arrangement will be carried over and the remaining balance billing, for work performed on or after October 1, 2002 will be processed by Delta Dental.

    It is important to remember that all work that has been pre-determined by Prudential/Aetna must be completed and billed with a billing date on or prior to September 30, 2002, in order to assure that your co-pay will remain the same as quoted in the initial pre-determination.

    Any work started under the old Plan but billed for date of service on or after October 1, 2002 will be reimbursed according to whether the dentist is participating in the Delta Dental network. If your dentist is not a participating dentist, the balance billing will be paid at the out-of-network rate of 80 percent of the Plan’s UCR schedules.

     

    CLAIMS QUESTIONS

    All questions about any dental claims incurred on or after October 1, 2002, including claims submitted by out-of-network providers, should be directed to Delta Dental at 1-800-932-0783. You have been provided with a Delta claim form to forward to your dentist, however, your dentist may submit any standard dental billing form as long as the bill is sent directly to Delta at the above listed address.

     

    IDENTIFICATION CARDS

    Participants have been sent a brochure that includes a perforated generic identification card. This card lists the telephone number and the billing address for Delta. You are not required to carry an identification card because your social security number and birth date will identify you as an eligible participant in the Delta Dental Network.

    It is important to remember that MM&P claims will be processed by Delta Dental of Pennsylvania. You or your dentist can access your eligibility by calling either the Plan Office or Delta Dental at 1-800-932-0783.

    If you or your dentist have any questions, you can contact Delta Dental at 1-800-932-0783 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.

    Plan members are identified by social security number and the Group Plan number for MM&P which is 7117.

    Billing for both in and out of network claims should be submitted on standard dental billing forms and sent directly to Delta at

    Delta Dental of Pennsylvania One Delta Drive Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

    You can locate participating providers on-line at www.MidAtlanticDeltaDental.com. Masters, Mates and Pilots members have access to providers in all of the Delta networks.

     

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    QUOTAS SET FOR OFFSHORE LICENSED GROUP AT GEB MEETING

    MM&P’s General Executive Board met on October 3-4. One item of particular note is that the Offshore Advisory Committee established quotas for admittance to the Offshore Membership Group.

    Effective October 4, 2002, no member of any membership group, including the Offshore Unlicensed Membership Group, may transfer into the Offshore Licensed Membership Group without having been a member of the organization for at least as long as the length of time that the lowest applicant admitted into membership has in the organization.

    Please see your local Offshore Vice President for additional information.

     

    MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly


     

    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, Moran Towing of Florida, and McAllister Brothers 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. For additional details or to get answers to your questions on this or other 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.

     

     

    NEW, USED OR REFI: LOW VEHICLE LOAN RATES AT MM&P FCU

    Members are reminded that the Masters, Mates & Pilots Federal Credit Union is offering vehicle loans as low as 5.25 percent. Rates range from 5.25 to 6.99 percent for terms of 24 to 60 months. It doesn’t matter if it’s for a new, used or a refinanced vehicle.

    These rates are also in effect for new or used recreational vehicles, motorcycles or boats. Limited funds available at this rate, certain terms and conditions apply.

    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.

    Rates and terms of offer are subject to change. Call Kathy Klisavage, Credit Union Manager, toll free 1-800-382-7777 or Email mmpfcu@bridgedeck.org for all the details.

     

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    REMINDER: JERRY BACKMAN MEMORIAL FUND

    A memorial fund has been established in the memory of recently deceased MM&P member Jerry Backman. Jerry shipped out of San Francisco and was 49-years old at the time of his tragic death as the result of an auto accident. Jerry leaves a widow and two children.

    Donations made in memory of Jerry will be used to assist with the education of his children, a 22-year old daughter and a 15-year old son.

    The Backman family is privately managing the fund. They are most appreciative of all the messages expressing sympathy and the positive stories from his shipmates and friends.

    Contributions may be sent to:

    The Jerry B. Backman Memorial Fund c/o Bank of the West 2900 Railroad Avenue Pittsburg, CA 94565

     

    MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly


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