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Wheelhouse Weekly – January 22, 2004

January 22nd 2004


THE MASTERS, MATES & PILOTS’
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Volume 8 . . . . . Number 4 . . . . January 22, 2004

STORIES COVERED

ALSO

REMINDERS




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MSC SETS LARGEST MOVEMENT OF TROOPS/EQUIPMENT SINCE WW II

The Military Sealift Command is projecting that at least 23 million square feet of dry cargo will move during the most recent phase of Operation Iraqi Freedom from now through end of June and US-ships crewed by MM&P members and other US citizen merchant mariners are gearing up to meet the challenge.

The latest phase involves moving supplies and equipment needed by 110,000 members of the Armed Forces being moved into theater and 130,000 along with an expected 130,000 troops out of the region. According to MSC, this “is believed to require the largest, fastest sealift effort since World War II.”

Unlike last yearís initiative which focused on shipments of armored equipment to Iraq in preparation of US hostilities, the current sealift will consist mainly of equipment needed for the stabilization and post-war reconstruction of the country.

MSC said that during the new cycle, support cargo will be loaded at seven key US ports, including Beaumont, TX; Charleston, SC; Jacksonville, FL; Philadelphia; PA; San Diego, CA; Wilmington, NC; and, Pearl Harbor, HI. Other ports will also be involved in the MSC effort. For example, the USNS YANO is expected to sail from Baltimore by the weekend.

MM&P members interested in more info on upcoming MSC shipping opportunities should contact their local port office or Director of Special Projects Richard Plant at MM&P HQ at 410-850-8700 x36; Email: rplant@bridgedeck.org.
 



 

GENERAL DUNWOODY PRAISES EFFORTS OF US MERCHANT MARINERS

Major General Ann Dunwoody, USA, Commanding General of the Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) has nothing but praise for the US Merchant Marine in its support during the first phase of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

In remarks before the Wash. DC Chapter of the National Defense Transportation Association, the general noted that her agency moved some 102 road miles of containers (373 football fields) during military efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. “Without the maritime industryís services we could not have gotten the job done.” She noted further that “we had some 150 vessels either loading or unloading.”

General Dunwoody concluded by noting that as the US continues the global war on terror, her agency will continue to look to the US Merchant Marine for support and ideas as she predicted an even greater partnership with the US-flag shipping industry in the years ahead. The SDDC was formerly named the Military Traffic Management Command (MTMC).
 



 

PRESIDENT POLK PARTICIPATES IN WEATHER REPORTING PILOT PROGRAM

In mid-December, the MM&P-crewed APL containership PRESIDENT POLK, under the command of MM&P member Capt. Nick Sinkevich, was equipped with a specialized weather-reporting module designed to collect North Pacific weather data as part of a pilot program to improve global weather reporting.

The module, which consists of three major components, was installed on the POLKís forward masthead. It is designed to send weather condition updates via satellite to the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) every three hours or every hour in storm conditions. The info will help scientists predict the weather and monitor global climate change.

APL containerships are the first in the shipping industry to participate in the pilot project. The company plans to use the weather info to assist in forecasting weather patterns and scheduling along its routes.

The weather reporting equipment was supplied by the International SeaKeepers Society, a five-year-old Miami-based nonprofit organization that actively protects the oceans by equipping vessels, yachts, and ocean platforms around the world with sophisticated ocean and atmospheric monitoring sensors.

SeaKeepers President Tom Houston said, ìWe are grateful that APL has agreed to participate in this pilot project for container vessels. We believe that the success of this project will eventually lead to greater economic benefits and synergies for all sea users.î =

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has a formal agreement with the Society to distribute SeaKeepers data to weather forecasters, government agencies like NASA, and ocean research institutes around the world. For more info about SeaKeepers, go to: www.seakeepers.org.
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MARAD UPDATE ON SHORT SEA SHIPPING PROGRESS

During remarks before the January luncheon gathering of the Kings Point Club of Wash DC, Ray Barberesi, Director of Ports and Domestic Shipping for the US Maritime Administration updated attendees on the agencyís short sea shipping initiative.

Barberesi noted that while it is still several years away from implementation, short sea shipping promises to be one of the most positive things that has happened to the US maritime industry in decades. He said that the US global shipping industry is expected to double by 2020 adding 10,000 more container carrying trucks on the East Coastís I-95 corridor.

MARAD believes that the existing infrastructure cannot handle such traffic. The agency says that water transportation of goods along the nationís coasts will provide expansion of the Jones Act, increase Title XI loan guarantee opportunities as well as expand the Capital Construction Fund.
 



 

CARGO SHIP CAPSIZES OFF NORWAY; NCL VESSEL SINKS AT DOCK

Twelve crewmembers survived the capsizing of the 544-ft cargo ship ROCKNES in the icy waters off the Norwegian coast near the port of Bergen on Monday. Three of the 12 were miraculously rescued after being trapped for almost 7 hours inside the shipís overturned hull.

Eighteen crewmembers are thought to have perished in the incident as rescuers have called off a search for any more of the survivors from the ship. Fifteen of the presumed dead are believed to be trapped inside the hull. The bodies of three other crewmembers were recovered from the frigid water after the unexplained North Sea accident occurred in a shallow fjord a short distance from shore.

Of the dead, 16 were Filipinos, one was German and one Norwegian, all between 26 and 56 years old, police said.
Late on Monday, the trapped men had been heard knocking and shouting from inside, prompting rescuers to cut a hole in the hull. Crewmembers passed scribbled notes through a small opening, one reading: “Hurry up, my friend is dying.”

The last three last survivors pulled from the ship had been on duty in the engine room and had desperately watched the water rising inside the wreck as they waited to be rescued. A hospital official said the 12 survivors were the crew’s three Dutch members, eight Filipinos and one Norwegian.

The flag-of-convenience ship was carrying rock for the construction of submarine pipelines and cables off Germany. Built in Germany in 2001, the Antigua and Barbuda-registered ship had 445 tons of bunker fuel aboard and authorities were concerned about the pollution potential to the areaís pristine recreational beaches.

The vesselís Norwegian owners Jebsen Management AS said the cause of the accident was not known. Witnesses said there were large gashes on the hull, indicating the ship might have run aground, shifting the cargo and causing the 28,000 dwt ton vessel to list.

Meanwhile, in Germany, NCLís US-flag mega passenger liner PRIDE OF AMERICA began listing in stormy weather and sank at its berth while undergoing the final phases of construction on Jan.14. The 15-deck ship was swamped up to the third deck and came to rest in 36 feet of water at Lloyd Werft in Bremerhaven.

German authorities were investigating the accident and were trying to determine why the ship took on water. Police believe a storm may have blown water into openings in the hull. Inside, authorities the ship looked like a battlefield, with many cabins full of scattered furniture and fittings tossed everywhere.

NCL has big plans for the US-flag passenger ship that was undergoing a $340 million final construction phase that was to be completed by the end of April. The ship was scheduled to sail six cruises starting in May from a number of US ports including Miami, New York and LA with stops in several coastal cities.

NCL says the extensive water damage suffered by the PRIDE OF AMERICA will cause a substantial delay in its completion date. On Jan.20, the company announced the early introduction of the newly registered US-flag PRIDE OF ALOHA. That ship will now take over the PRIDE OF AMERICA’s published program of seven-day inter-island Hawaii cruises, beginning on July 4th.

This is just the latest setback for the huge cruise ship. NCL acquired the PRIDE hull from Northrop Grumman Corp. in Sept. 2002 for an undisclosed price. The ship was being built at the Ingallís shipyard in Mississippi for American Classic Voyages, which filed for bankruptcy protection in Oct. 2001, citing losses after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Northrop stopped work on the ship after the US Maritime Administration ended its guarantee of $1.1 billion in construction loans.
 



 

COAST GUARD SEEKING APPLICATIONS FOR TSAC MEMBERSHIP

The USCG is seeking applications for membership on the Towing Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC). TSAC advises the agency on maters relating to shallow-draft inland and coastal waterway navigation and towing safety.

Application forms, which should reach the USCG before March 15, may be obtained by calling 202-267-0214; or by faxing 202-267-4570. For further info contact: Gerald Miante, Assistant Executive Director of TSAC at 202-267-0214.
 



 

STATEMENT BY AFL-CIO PRESIDENT ON STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS

AFL-CIO President John Sweeney has released the following statement on the State of the Union address President Bush made to the nation on Jan.20.

ìThe President must be experiencing a different America than the one in which most working families live. In his State of the Union address last night, he offered no solutions to the urgent, immediate job crisis that his economic policies have worsened. He did not address the hammering of the middle class as a result of the loss of good jobs with benefits and the trend toward low-paying jobs that do not provide health care or pensions.

In addition, he offered only platitudes to the tens of millions struggling with the high cost of health care. For seniors who cannot afford prescription drugs, he failed to propose any changes to the deeply flawed Medicare prescription drug bill, a bill that actually prevents Medicare from negotiating with drug companies for lower prices and that leaves seniors with huge gaps in drug coverage.

His proposed tax credits for low-income families will barely scratch the surface of the health care crisis for tens of millions of uninsured Americans. His solution for the lack of retirement security is to put Social Security funds into risky private accounts that cannot serve as the foundation for reliable retirement income for all older Americans. And he chose to brag about the Leave No Child Behind Act, even though his Administration’s budgets have failed to provide the funds the program needs to succeed.

The president’s agenda reveals a deep disconnect between the Administration and the concerns of average workers. His tax cuts and economic policies have benefited the wealthy but have not led to sustained job growth. They have led to huge deficits that prevent us from investing to meet the needs of working families and that will pass on a mountain of debt to our children.

Working Americans cannot applaud an economic program that has failed to create good jobs to replace the 2.3 million jobs lost under President Bush’s watch or plans to strip overtime protections from millions of workers. Nor can we take seriously claims of compassion and concern for jobless workers from a president and Administration that have turned a deaf ear to the pleas of the unemployed and underemployed.

It is clear that President’s Bush plans for the future do not include any real strategies to solve the nation’s jobs crisis, and that his vision of a strong nation does not include the priorities of working Americans.î For additional information visit www.aflcio.org.
 



 

NEW MAILING ADDRESSES FOR MITAGS, PLANS & CREDIT UNION

Effective immediately, the mailing address for MITAGS has been changed to 692 Maritime Blvd. The new mailing address for the Plan office is 700 Maritime Blvd, Suite A.

The mailing address for the MM&P Federal Credit Union, located in the Plans Building Lobby, now uses 700 Maritime Blvd., the same address as Union HQ.



 

MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

On Jan.4, two men were overcome in a confined space and could not be revived after being exposed to toxic fumes on a bulk carrier in international waters. How would you deal with what is lurking in there?

CSE-AAES=Confined Space Entry, Atmospheric Analysis of Enclosed Spaces (offered Feb.2) is designed for mariners who have a need to enter a vessel’s confined or enclosed spaces. The course presents the construction, operational features, limitations and calibration of oxygen analyzers, portable gas detection instruments and colorimetric tubes.

A training simulator is used along with various other training devices so that the attendee gets as close as possible to realistic training in testing, entering, working in and handling emergencies in a confined or enclosed space.

Class Openings

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

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  • ARPA — Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 2/9, 3/15

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  • BRM — Bridge Resource Management: 2/16, 3/15
  • BST — Basic Safety Training: 3/1

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CMM = Chief Mate and Master Courses

  • CMM-ADVSTB — Advanced Stability, 2/16
  • CMM-CHS-1 — Cargo Handling & Stowage (week 1), 2/23
  • CMM-CHS-2 — Cargo Handling & Stowage (week 2), 3/1
  • CMM-ECDIS — Electronic Chart Display & Info Systems, 3/15
  • CMM-MPP — Marine Propulsion Plants: 2/9
  • CMM-SHS-ADV-1 — Advanced Shiphandling (week 1), 2/23, 3/22
  • CMM-SHS-ADV-2 — Advanced Shiphandling (week 2), 2/9 , 3/1
  • CMM-SHMGT-1 — Ship Management (week 1) , 3/15
  • CMM-SHMGT-2 — Ship Management (week 2) , 3/22
  • CMM-WKP — Watchkeeping, 3/8

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  • COMP-ABSS — Computer ABS Safenet Program: 3/8
  • COMP-DC — Computer Database Program: 3/22
  • CONT-PLNG — Contingency Planning Workshop: 2/5, 2/26, 3/11
  • CSE-AWR — Confined Space Entry Awareness (1-day): 3/22

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  • FF-ADV — Advanced Firefighting: 1/26

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  • HAZ — Hazardous Materials: 2/2

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  • MED-DOT-DA — Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 2/14, 3/27
  • MEDIA-RSP — Media Response: 2/6, 2/27, 3/12
  • MED-PIC — Medical Person In Charge: 2/9
  • MED-PRO — Medical Care Provider: 2/9
  • MED-SMC — Shipboard Medical Care: 3/1

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MSC = Military Sealift Command Courses

  • MSC-CBRD-1 — Chemical Biological Radiological Defense Training Orientation: 1/26, 2/27
  • MSC-COMMS — Strategic Sealift Communications: 2/23
  • MSC-DC — Damage Control: 1/27, 1/29, 2/28, 3/23, 3/25
  • MSC-SMA-Requalification: 1/27, 1/29, 3/23, 3/25
    (must have passed all 3 weapons within the previous 2 years)

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  • ROP-5 — Radar Observer Program (Original and Renewal): 2/23
  • ROR-1 — Radar Observer Renewal: 2/14, 3/20

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  • SEC-OFF PCS — Security Officer-Port, Company, Ship: 2/2, 2/23, 3/8
     

     
     
     

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  • SHS-BAS — Basic Shiphandling: 3/15
  • SHS-EMR5 — Emergency Shiphandling: 3/8
     

     
     
     

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  • T-PIC — Tankship or Barge Dangerous Liquids, Person-In-Charge: 3/8

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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 NOTES

Course Schedule

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  • 1/26-28: Compasses

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  • 2/2-6/04: ARPA
  • 2/2-6: Advanced Stability
  • 2/2: Radar recertification
  • 2/2-13: GMDSS
  • 2/9-13: Electronic Navigation
  • 2/9-13: Basic Safety Training
  • 2/16-27: Celestial Navigation
  • 2/16-20: ARPA
  • 2/23-25: Ship Security
  • 2/23-3/5: Ship Management
  • 2/23-27: Tankerman Person-In-Charge

For the entire PMI schedule go to the PMI website at www.mates.org or call DeeDee Lazik at 888-893-7829.


 

MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 01-14-2004 CLOSE

 D O W

 N A S D A Q

 10,623.62

+ 85.25 for the week

 2,142.45

 + 31.32 for the week
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)

 106.02

 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)

28.19

 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)

 16.87

 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)

 15.47

 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)

 27.40

 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)

10.55

 Vanguard High Yield Corporate Fund (VWEHX):

 6.47

 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)

 10.41

 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)

15.28

 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)

16.09

 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)

 36.42

Fidelity Magellan Fund (FAGX)

 100.46

 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)

  40.69



~ Reminders ~


 

 
 
 
 
 


 

MARAD ADVISES US-FLAG VESSELS TO BE ON HEIGHTENED ALERT

The US Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) raised the Homeland Security Advisory System (HSAS) from elevated (yellow) to threat condition high (orange) on Dec. 21. This condition signifies a high risk of terrorist attack.

The US Maritime Administration issued an advisory on Dec.30 that US merchant vessels and cruise ships should be on a heightened state of security, should closely monitor the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency’s (NGA) broadcast warnings (pollux.nss.nima.mil/warn) and should review the emergency communication procedures for assistance in NGA publication 117, chapter 8, available for download in PDF at pollux.nss.nima.mil/NAV.PUBS/RNA/117chapter8.pdf

Public and private owners of maritime vessels and facilities are requested to:

  1. review all vessel security plans,
  2. monitor restricted areas,
  3. control access to the vessel,
  4. monitor deck areas and areas surrounding the vessel,
  5. implement security lookouts and/or security patrols to ensure continuous monitoring,
  6. perform waterside boat patrols and monitoring,
  7. use divers to inspect the underwater pier structures associated with vessel berthing and
  8. loading/unloading operations, including piers, docks, moles, pol dolphins, etc, prior to
  9. vessel arrival and upon vessel’s arrival, and in other situations where deemed appropriate,
  10. control the embarkation of persons, and
  11. supervise handling of cargo, ship stores, and fuel.

Maritime industry operators are urged to maintain high levels of security and implement appropriate protective measures that correspond to threat condition orange.

The US Intelligence Community (www.intelligence.gov) also believes that Al-Qaeda continues to develop plans to use aircraft as a weapon in suicide attacks in the US, and continues to study countries to determine those that have the least stringent aviation security measures.

In addition, the acquisition, production, or theft of chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear materials and subsequent dissemination is thought to be a top Al-Qaeda objective.

DHS encourages recipients of this advisory to report info concerning suspicious or criminal activity to local law enforcement, local FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force or the Homeland Security Operations Center (HSOC). The HSOC may be contacted at phone: 202-282-8101.

The transportation industry can also report info concerning suspicious activity to their local FBI office through the FBI website www.fbi.gov/contact/fo/fo.htm or to the National Infrastructure Protection Center (NIPC) at its website www.nipc.gov/incident/cirr.htm

All US-flag operators are requested to forward this advisory to their ships by the most expedient means. This advisory will subsequently be published in the “Weekly Notice to Mariners” and MARAD internet web site: www.marad.dot.gov

For further info regarding this advisory contact the Maritime Administration’s Office of Ship Operations by Email at opcentr1@marad.dot.gov


 


 

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 21090-1996
      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.



 

AFL-CIO PROMOTES “BUY UNION WEEK” FOR THE HOLIDAYS AND EVERY DAY

Give the Gift of Good Jobs: Holiday shoppers have a new way to support good jobs as well as please family and friends, AFL-CIO President John Sweeney said in announcing AFL-CIO support for “Buy Union Week,” which ran from Nov.29 – Dec.7.

“Shoppers can take the sweat(shop) out of holiday shopping and can give the gift of good jobs – the gift our country needs most of all,” he said. Although the push was on for holiday shopping, these web sites are active all year around.

Consumers can visit new Internet web sites that specialize in selling union-made clothing and other items, Sweeney said. One site – www.nosweatshop.com – serves as a “virtual mall” populated by such union companies as No Sweat Apparel; SweatX; Union Jean and Apparel; Union Threads and Unionwear. Shoppers can also visit the AFL-CIO’s The Union Shop at www.aflcio.org/shop, and Justice Clothing [www.justiceclothing.com].

“You can fill 10 shopping carts with union-made gifts through these companies. You could shop all day at any mall in the US and have problems filling even one cart with US union-made goods. That’s an indication of how bad the economy is for US workers, but here is a chance for us to start turning things around,” Sweeney said.



 

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.



 

CIVIL SERVICE MARINERS: JOB OPPORTUNITIES AWAIT

In an increasing tight job market, many former private sector employees are considering a civil service mariner position with Military Sealift Command, a global Navy command that operates more than 100 civilian-crewed, non-combatant ships in support of the Department of Defense.

Civilian mariners who are licensed deck officers are MM&P bargaining unit members. MSC offers its civil service mariners many benefits including competitive pay, health insurance, lodging, meals and training.

It is a branch of the Navy, but its mariners are not military personnel. MSC is the largest single employer of US merchant mariners. MSC’s Naval Fleet Auxiliary Force ships provide underway replenishment of supplies, towing and salvage operations for the Navy’s combatant fleet.

Two NFAF ships also serve as afloat medical facilities normally kept in reduced operating status. MSC ships also conduct oceanographic and hydrographic surveys, underwater surveillance, missile flight data collection, submarine support and other specialized services through its Special Mission Program ships.

The command’s sealift ships provide ocean transportation of cargo for the Department of Defense. Through the Prepositioning Program, MSC maintains ships laden with combat equipment and supplies in strategic ocean areas around the world for US forces. These ships are ready to sail quickly to potential contingency sites.

The NFAF ships and two special mission ships are crewed by federal civil service mariners hired by MSC. Sealift ships, prepositioning ships and the remaining special mission ships are crewed by commercial mariners working for operating companies under contract to MSC.

Based on the fiscal year 2004 Congressional budget, MSC is expecting a 33 percent increase in the civil service mariner workforce from 4,044 in 2003 to 5,385 in 2008. About 1,340 civil service mariners will be needed to crew the additional eight ships that will join the MSC fleet in the next five years. For more on employment info with the MSC, visit www.sealiftcommand.com or call 877-JOBS-MSC.



 

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.



 

PFEIFFER MEMORIAL FUND ESTABLISHED AT CAL MARITIME

The Robert J. Pfeiffer Memorial Fund has been established at California Maritime Academy Foundation with the input and guidance from Brad Mulholland, Jeff Hull, and Capt. Lynn Korwatch.

It is anticipated that many seagoing personnel as well as Matson employees will wish to donate to this fund in honor of Mr. Pfeiffer. Donations may be sent to:

California Maritime Foundation Attn: Robert Pfeiffer Memorial Fund 200 Maritime Academy Dr. Vallejo, CA 94590

or contact Mr. Chris Walker at 707-654-1245 or Email at CWalker@csum.edu.

All donations are tax deductible and all contributors will receive a letter of thanks acknowledging their donation. Names and donation amounts will also be passed on to the Pfeiffer family.



 
 
 

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.

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