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Wheelhouse Weekly – January 23, 2003

January 23rd 2003



THE MASTERS, MATES & PILOTS’
WHEELHOUSE WEEKLY

– Bridging the Information Gap WithE-News You Can Use –

Volume7 . . . . . Number 4. . . . . January 23, 2003

STORIES COVERED

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REMINDERS



 

 

READY RESERVE FORCE FLEET BREAKOUT UNDERWAY

The activation of Ready Reserve Force (RRF) vessels is underway. Over adozen RRF ships were activated last week and it is thought that many morewill be brought up to Full Operating Status (FOS) in the very near future.These activations could occur any day. All members are asked to remainalert for a personnel call-up.

All MM&P members, applicants, port offices and representatives arereminded that under terms of an existing agreement among MM&P, MEBAand AMO for the crewing of government RRF vessels in a time of nationalemergency, if any of the organizations experiences a shortfall in fillingcontracted billets, the ship operator is to advise MARAD. MARAD will thencontact the other unions to ensure that the billet is filled.

Under this agreement, none of the organizations are to directly contacta hiring hall of another organization for crewing of RRF vessels, nor shouldany of the unions directly recruit members or applicants of any of theother unions for employment. All such requests must flow from the shipoperator through MARAD and to the other unions.

Any requests received by MM&P members or applicants, hiring hallsor representatives that do not follow the prescribed pattern should bebrought to the attention of Mike Rodriguez at MM&P HQ or Capt. DavidBoatner at the LA/LB Hall so that appropriate arrangements may be madethat will ensure proper benefit payments, sea time and pension credits.

Questions regarding this issue may be directed to MM&P Secretary-TreasurerCapt. Glen Banks gbanks@bridgedeck.org;phone: 410-850-8700 ext.21, Capt. Dave 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.

Mike Rodriguez is MM&P’s weekend and after-hours point-of-contact.He will field questions from members and applicants, other unions and governmentagencies, and will respond to any crewing requests. Mike may be contactedat MM&P HQ, 410-850-8700×23, or by cell phone at 443-310-5868.
 

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UPDATE ON THE MSC AS READY RESERVE SHIPS ARE ACTIVATED

As the activation of the Ready Reserve Force (RRF) fleet gathers steam,an increasing number MM&P members may be called upon to crew thesecommercially contracted and operated reserve vessels.

MARAD is responsible for the operation and maintenance of RRF vesselswhile they are in reserve status. Once they are activated to Full OperatingStatus (FOS) and are crewed, loaded and ready to sail, these ships comeunder the control of the Military Sealift Command. Specialized trainingis required to sail as a licensed deck officer on these vessels.

MSC courses in Damage Control (DC) & Small Arms (SMA) are availableat MITAGS as a package. From Feb.17-21, members who need this trainingcan take advantage of MSC week at MITAGS and then follow-up the nextweek with either SMA or MSC Communications.

The following month, members can take DC on March 20-21 and start SMAon Mon., March 24. Members should consult the MITAGS website at www.mitags.orgor call MITAGS Admissions at 443-989-3226 for the latest MSC course offeringsas additional courses may be added to the schedule.

For those members not current with the scope of its global operations,the following overview is designed as an update on MSC activities outsideof RRF operations.

The MSC has more than 7,500 employees worldwide. Over 83 percent ofMSC personnel serve at sea. The MSC is the single largest employer of USmerchant mariners. Over 3500 Civil Service Mariners (CIVMARS) are federalemployees.

MSC’s five Area Commands coordinate regional requirements for MSC shipsin support of the Numbered Fleet Commanders and Geographic commanders.Each Area Commander is integrated into, and reports operationally through,the chain of command of a numbered fleet commander. Activated RRF vesselscan also be detailed to these fleets.

The Pacific Command is located in San Diego and supports the Navy’s3rd Fleet. The Atlantic Command is in Norfolk and supports the 2nd Fleet.The European Command is in Naples, Italy and services the 6th Fleet. TheCentral Command in Bahrain supports the 5th Fleet, and the Far East Commandbased in Yokohama, Japan services the 7th Fleet.

The MSC’s 30 CIVMAR operated Naval Fleet Auxiliary Force ships are thelifeline to US Navy ships at sea. Providing the beans and the bullets– fuel, food, ammunition, spare parts and other supplies — these shipsenable the Navy fleet to operate at the highest operational tempo possible,alleviating the need for combatants to constantly return to port for suppliesor refueling.

In 2001, MSC took a significant step in its growth when the Navy transferredthe fast combat support ship, USS SUPPLY, to MSC. This marked the firstof four such ships that will transfer to MSC by 2004. When all four shipshave transferred, the MSC will be saving the Navy more than $74 millionannually in operational costs. Almost 2,000 sailors will be freed up toserve in the Navy’s combatant fleet. Better yet, more than 700 new civilservice mariner positions will be added to the MSC fleet.

In the next decade, MSC will take delivery of up to 12 new dry cargo/ammunitionships to modernize combat fleet logistics. These new dual-product shipswill be built from the keel up to replace MSC’s KILAUEA-class ammunitionships and MARS-class and SIRIUS-class stores ships. Operating these shipswill take 1,500 new civil service mariners.

In the MSC’s Prepositioning Program, 37 prepositioned ships are strategicallylocated in three areas: Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean, Guam/Saipan inthe western Pacific, and in the Mediterranean Sea. Of those, 16 ships supportthe Marine Corps, 13 vessels support the Army and 8 Logistics PrepositioningShips support the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and Defense Logistics Agency.Like other MSC and MSC-chartered ships, these are also operated by civilianmerchant mariners.

The 1991 Gulf War brought to light the need for additional capacityin MSC’s prepositioning fleet for Army equipment. As a result, a programbegan that gained twenty ships for MSC: 5 were existing cargo ships convertedto the Army’s needs while 15 were new builds that were designed for Armyequipment. All have a roll-on/roll-off capability.

By way of comparison, it would take almost 140 C-5s (the Air Force’slargest cargo aircraft) to transport the combat supplies that one LMSRcan carry. Prepositioning allows MSC to deliver large amounts of militarycargo via sealift faster and far more efficiently than airlift. For moreinfo on the MSC, check their website at www.msc.navy.mil
 

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ILWU MEMBERS RATIFY NEW SIX-YEAR CONTRACT

International Longshore and Warehouse Union members have overwhelminglyratified a landmark six-year contract agreement with the Pacific MaritimeAssociation. The contract will be effective on Feb. 1, 2003.

The agreement provides ILWU members with substantial wage and benefitsincreases. This includes fully employer-paid health care, an increase inpension benefits, and job protection guarantees to ensure that no currentworker will lose a job as a result of technology. The union also gets jurisdictionover waterfront planning jobs.

The vote brings to a close a turbulent negotiating process that includeda 10-day lock-out of longshoremen by employers that shut down 29 West Coastports. President Bush invoked provisions of the traditionally anti-laborTaft-Hartley Act to end the shutdown.
 
 

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US CUSTOMS TO SHARE INFO WITH EPA ON DANGEROUS SHIPMENTS

In an agreement signed earlier this week, the US Customs Service will nowshare info on incoming cargo ships with the US Environmental ProtectionAgency to help both agencies better respond to potentially hazardous shipments.

EPA will now have access to the Customs Service’s database on incomingcargo ships, including what is being shipped, who sent it, where it camefrom, and where it’s headed. The pact covers 301 ports of entry nationwide.
 
 

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OVER ONE BILLION TONS OF CARGO HANDLED BY US PORTS

As one of the world’s largest ocean trading nations, getting a handle onUS maritime security issues continues to be an enormous undertaking. Accordingto the US Department of Transportation, almost 1.2 billion tons of waterborneforeign trade moved through US seaports in 2000 (the most recent statisticsavailable).

About 90 percent of US overseas international trade tonnage and a significantportion of domestic trade is carried by water. The report notes significantregional differences in US waterborne foreign trade:

The West Coast: California, Oregon and Washington rank first in containertraffic because of their heavy use in trade with Asia.

The Southwest: Texas ranks first for tanker traffic because of theiruse in the petro-chemical trade with Latin American countries.

The Southeast: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, NorthCarolina, South Carolina and Virginia rank first for dry-bulk traffic becauseof heavy dry bulk trade with Asia, Europe, the Med. and Latin America.

Great Lakes maritime trade is primarily dry bulk and generates over$4.3 billion in total personal income for this region of the country.
 
 

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NEW STEPS ANNOUNCED TO TOUGHEN EUROPEAN MARITIME SAFETY

Maritime safety has become a hot topic in Europe following several high-profileshipping incidents. The most recent was the collision of the Turkish tankerVICKY with a sunken bulk carrier off the French coast on Jan.1. The tankerwas transporting 70,000 tons of highly flammable kerosene.

Just two months ago, massive oil pollution was caused by the sinkingof the heavily-loaded tanker PRESTIGE off the Spanish coast. Large quantitiesof oil still leaking from the vessel continue to devastate marine lifeand scar the pristine coastlines of Spain, France and Portugal.

The PRESTIGE was carrying twice the amount of oil that the EXXON VALDEZwas when she caused a huge environmental disaster in Prince William Sound,AK over a decade ago. That incident resulted in the US adopting much toughermaritime safety legislation that will ultimately ban the use of singlehull tankers in US waters.

The overwhelming conclusion now drawn by the leaders of the EuropeanCommunity is that their maritime safety remains far from satisfactory.New legislative initiatives are underway to set forth a detailed policyregarding the legal responsibility for maritime accidents.

The European Council has also just adopted its first set of rules prohibitingthe transport of heavy fuel in single hull tankers and has now set an earlierdate for their complete phase-out.
 

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REMINDER: USCG SAYS COME IN EARLY TO AVOID REC DELAYS

January 31 marks the end of the STCW-95 grandfathering deadline. It isexpected that the Regional Exam Centers will be very busy as mariners rushto meet the deadline. The USCG is strongly urging all members to come inearly during the day and to avoid waiting until the last few days of January.
 
 

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MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

Class Openings

Between now and the end of February, seats are available in the courseslisted below:

  • 2/3-7: CMM-SHS ADV II, CSE-AAES
  • 2/10-14: MED-PRO, CMM-SHS ADV I
  • 2/17-21: CMM ADVSTB, CMM-SHS ADV II
  • 2/24-28: SHS-EMR5, ROP, MSC-COMMS, CMM-MPP
  • 2/24-27: SMA
  • 2/24-3/7: CMM-CHS

MSC Courses

Military Sealift Command (MSC) courses in Damage Control (DC) & SmallArms (SMA) are available at MITAGS as a package. From February 17-21, takethe “MSC” week, including DC, and then follow-up the next week with eitherSMA or MSC Communications. In March, take DC on 20-21 and start SMA onMonday, March 24.

 

“MSC” Week Courses

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

HWA Accepted for CMM

The MITAGS 35-hour Heavy Weather Avoidance (HWA) course will now be acceptedby the USCG as satisfying the Advanced Meteorology requirement for ChiefMate/Master set forth in NMC Policy Letter 04-02. USCG will accept allcertificates for HWA completed after May 1, 1999. This recognition is forthe training area only. No specific assessments or control sheets are included.

 

1-Day MED-DOT-DA at JAX

Another 1-day DOT Drug & Alcohol class has been scheduled for Wednesday,February 5 in Jacksonville. The course is designed to provide instructionand proficiency in DOT collection procedures, as described in 49 CFR 40,to individuals designated as urine specimen collectors for drug testing.Course also provides instruction in breath testing for alcohol as requiredin 46 CFR 4. Contact the Hall to register.
 
 

Schedules, Course Info & Registration

Courses are subject to change. Always check the MITAGS website for updatedcourse availability. You can also check future schedules, review detailedcourse descriptions and register on-lineor contact Admissions at admissions@mitags.orgor 443-989-3226.
 
 

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PACIFIC MARITIME INSTITUTE ACADEMIC NOTES

Training Packages include:

  • OS to AB;
  • AB to Mate; and
  • Second Mate to Chief Mate

Call for details at 888-893-7829 or download the PMI course schedule withdescriptions at www.mates.org/Schedule/Schedule.pdf.

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

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MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 1-225 CLOSE

 D O W
 N A S D A Q
 8,373.60
-349.50 for the week
 1,359.48
 -79.32 for the week
 Vanguard 500 IndexFund (VFINX)  81.08
 Vanguard Extended MarketIndex Fund (VEXMX) 18.62
 Vanguard InternationalGrowth Fund (VWIGX)  12.08
 Vanguard Morgan GrowthFund (VMRGX)  11.16
 Vanguard Windsor IIFund (VWNFX)  20.90
 Vanguard GNMA Fund(VFIIX) 10.74
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX) 12.62
 Fidelity Asset Manager(FASMX) 13.93
 Fidelity Growth andIncome (FGRIX)  30.24
Fidelity Magellan Fund (FAGX)  78.63
 Spartan US Equity IndexFund (FUSEX)   31.12

 

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~Reminders ~


 

 

MM&P HQ MEMORANDUM TO ALL OFFSHORE PORTS

The following memorandum from MM&P International Secretary-TreasurerGlen Banks has been sent to all Offshore Ports regarding the clearing ordispatching of MM&P Personnel on Surge and RRF vessels:
Maritime Administration (MarAd) and MilitarySealift Command (MSC) officials have advised maritime labor that a break-outof surge and RRF vessels is possible in the near future. In order to ensurethat enough qualified mariners are available to man these ships, MM&P,MEBA and AMO agreed, in 1999, to provide manpower aboard each other’s contractedvessels in times of national emergency.

The agreement established a process for filling vacantbillets 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 beCapt. David Boatner in our LA/LB office or Mike Rodriguez at InternationalHQ.

Capt. Boatner and Mike Rodriguez will receive callsonly from the appropriate government officials. In other words, ports areNOT TO CLEAR OR DISPATCH our people directly to any vessel not undercontract with MM&P without the specific authorization of Capt. Boatneror Mr. Rodriguez.

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

In an emergency, Pensioners will be our second choicefor filling these jobs. For instance, a pensioner may be shipped to preventa ship from sailing late. Pensioner earning limitations and contributionissues will be addressed as necessary.

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

You may direct your questions regarding this issueto:

  • 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.
     
     
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    NEW US CUSTOMS 24-HOUR RULE REQUIRES ADVANCE CARGO LISTS

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

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

    Customs has posted a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section on itswebsite for those who have questions about the program. It may be accessedby going to: www.customs.gov/impoexpo/24hour_faq.htmor 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 berevisited 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) availablein Adobe Acrobat PDF format is circular 9-02 “Guidelines for Port SecurityCommittees, and Port Security Plans For US Ports” and, more importantly,10-02 “Security Guidelines For Vessels”. The latest hard copy issued, butnot yet available on the Internet, is titled “Recommended Security Guidelinesfor Waterfront Facilities.

    The 9-02 and 10-02 NVICs can be downloaded via accessing: www.uscg.mil/hq/g-m/nvic/index.htmand selecting “2000s” on the left and then clicking on the PDF icon onthe 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 beassigned as collateral duties to a deck officer. With the existing workloadlicensed deck officers currently have, additional duties will make theLDOs job much more difficult and time-consuming.

    Richard Plant, Director of Special Projects, has requested that theUSCG IMO Delegation call for all port state authorities to review theircertification of inspection (COI) manning requirements. In doing so, theyshould consider the present and future workloads that these regulationswill impose on the crew.

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

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    “SOSPENDERS” LIFE JACKETS RECALLED

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

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

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

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

    Questions regarding this recall may be addressed to Daniel McCormick ofthe USCG at dmccormick@comdt.uscg.milor 202-267-2713.
     
     

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    IMPORTANT UPDATE FROM THE MM&P PLANS OFFICE


     


    HEALTH & BENEFIT PLAN CHANGES

    The Board of Trustees, based on recommendations by the Cost ContainmentCommittee, adopted changes to the Health & Benefit Plan. The followingchanges 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 raisedto $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 to70% of UCR.
    • New contract with Delta Dental replaces Aetna/US Healthcare (PrudentialDental) agreement. See below for additional information.

    Prescription Drug Program
    Mail order drugs will be subject to a 20% co-pay forall 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 differencebetween 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 programmay still be less expensive to you.
    A synopsis of these changes and additional changes effective April 1, 2003appears in the November-December 2002 issue of the MM&P’s Master,Mate & Pilot newspaper. The Plan Office has also maileda 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 ofaddress. There are a number of important mailings scheduled for the nextfew months and we would like to keep all members well informed. You canfax your address changes to the Plan Office at 410-850-8655 or you canemail 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’scontract with Prudential Dental expired. Prudential was purchased by Aetna/USHealthCare in 2001 and could no longer offer the Plan the same type offee-for-service arrangement as before.

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

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

    Plan participants who choose to go to a contracted provider will pay10 percent of the contracted amount and the Plan will pay 90 percent. Participantswill have access to all Delta providers in the Delta Premier Network optionthat 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 onor after October 1, 2002, from both in and out-of-network providers, shouldbe 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 PlanOffice on August 11. Your dentist can copy this form and use it to submitall 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. Youcan 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 throughDelta Dental of Penn.) Next enter the search criteria to find participatingDelta dentists in your area or enter your own dentist’s name to find outif he/she participates with the Premier network.
     
     

    WORK IN PROCESS

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

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

    Any work started under the old Plan but billed for date of service onor after October 1, 2002 will be reimbursed according to whether the dentistis participating in the Delta Dental network. If your dentist is not aparticipating dentist, the balance billing will be paid at the out-of-networkrate 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 bedirected to Delta Dental at 1-800-932-0783. You have been provided witha Delta claim form to forward to your dentist, however, your dentist maysubmit any standard dental billing form as long as the bill is sent directlyto Delta at the above listed address.
     
     

    IDENTIFICATION CARDS

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

    It is important to remember that MM&P claims will be processed byDelta Dental of Pennsylvania. You or your dentist can access your eligibilityby calling either the Plan Office or Delta Dental at 1-800-932-0783.
    If you or your dentist have any questions, you can contactDelta 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 GroupPlan number for MM&P which is 7117.
    Billing for both in and out of network claims should be submitted on standarddental 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 theDelta networks.
     
     

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    CREDIT UNION MEMBERS: PAY YOURSELF FIRST WITH DIRECT DEPOSIT

    • Do you want an easy way togrow your savings?
    • Do you want an easier way tomake deposits to your Masters, Mates & Pilots Federal Credit Unionaccount?

    Consider establishingpayroll or pension direct deposit.

    Many employers allow you to directly deposit your pay into several differentfinancial institutions. Trinity Management, Strong America, Moran Towingof Florida, and McAllister Brothers are among the MM&P-contracted companiesthat already provide for employees to deposit funds directly into the MM&PFederal Credit Union.

    MM&P Health & Benefit Plans Pensioners and A&G Region Pensionersmay have deductions made directly from their pension check to their CreditUnion account. In addition, employees of MM&P, Plans, MITAGS and MIRAIDare also eligible for payroll deduction directly into their Credit Unionaccount.

    Add to your savings by paying yourself first! Contact your payroll officeto establish Credit Union direct deposit or to find out if this is availablefor you. For additional details or to get answers to your questions onthis 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 CreditUnion is offering vehicle loans as low as 5.25 percent. Rates range from5.25 to 6.99 percent for terms of 24 to 60 months. It doesn’t matter ifit’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 termsand 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 immediatefamilies.

    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.orgfor all the details.
     
     

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    REMINDER: JERRY BACKMAN MEMORIAL FUND

    A memorial fund has been established in the memory of recently deceasedMM&P member Jerry Backman. Jerry shipped out of San Francisco and was49-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 educationof his children, a 22-year old daughter and a 15-year old son.

    The Backman family is privately managing the fund. They are most appreciativeof all the messages expressing sympathy and the positive stories from hisshipmates 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

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