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Wheelhouse Weekly – January 27, 2005

January 27th 2005


 


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Volume 9 . . . . . Number 4 . . . . January 27, 2005


STORIES COVERED
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REMINDERS




Did you miss a week? Back editions of the Wheelhouse Weekly are available in the section.




MM&P PACIFIC PORT HALLS CLOSED FEB.14 AND FEB.21

The Pacific Port Halls will be closed for MM&P contractual holidays on Feb.14 for the observance of Lincoln’s Birthday and on Feb.21 for the observance of Presidents Day.



 

MM&P NEW ORLEANS HALL MOVING TO NEW LOCATION

The MM&P New Orleans Hall is moving to a new location on Jan.29. Effective that date, the NOLA Hall’s new location will be 3330 West Esplanade, Suite 209, Metairie, LA 70002. The telephone number, 504-837-5700, will remain the same. For more info, contact Representative Sue Bourcq by phone or by Email at sbourcq@bridgedeck.org .



 

MM&P-CREWED MSC SHIP TO SURVEY TSUNAMI-STRUCK SEABED

As first reported in the Jan.6 edition of the Wheelhouse Weekly, the newly MM&P-crewed Military Sealift Command’s USNS JOHN MCDONNELL will be surveying the Malacca Strait and coastal waters off Indonesia for signs that last month’s devastating Indian Ocean tsunami altered the sea bed under the world’s busiest shipping lane.

The 208-ft. ship uses a sophisticated sonar system to map the ocean floor. This data is critical in making the region’s water safe for ocean shipping and transit. The MCDONNEL is expected to complete her work by the middle of February in waters off Indonesia’s Aceh province near the epicenter of the earthquake that triggered the tsunami.

The mission comes after the local maritime authorities issued an advisory that said the earthquake and tsunami may have been powerful enough to alter sea depths near the Strait. Published reports say the tsunami may have reduced water depths in off Aceh by as much as 3,000-ft.

The narrow strait between Malaysia and Indonesia, with Singapore at its southern entrance, carries more than a quarter of world trade and almost all oil imports to Japan and China, and is one of Asia’s most strategically important channels.

About 50,000 vessels sail through the 500-mile waterway each year. To date, ships that ply the Malacca Strait have not reported any problems since the Dec. 26 tsunami that left as many as 290,000 dead or missing.



 

US NAVY CIVILIAN-CREWED SHIPS SUPPORT TSUNAMI RELIEF

Eleven non-combatant, civilian-crewed ships from the US Navy’s Military Sealift Command are now supporting Operation Unified Assistance which is America’s humanitarian relief response to the tsunami that struck Southeast Asia Dec. 26. Ordinarily, these ships move equipment and supplies to deployed US war fighters or serve in other military support roles. But when the forces of nature ravaged Indonesia and its outlying areas, selected MSC ships were called to duty to help in tsunami relief efforts.

Crewed by MM&P Licensed Deck Officers, the hospital ship USNS MERCY is scheduled to arrive in the area early next week. MERCY, with one of the nation’s largest trauma centers on board, was activated from reduced operating status in San Diego on Jan. 1 and underway five days later. The 894-foot ship is underway in the tsunami-affected area with 275 military medical personnel aboard, enough to staff about a quarter of the ship’s 1,000-hospital bed capacity.

Three MSC Maritime Prepositioning Ships, including the MM&P-crewed SS MAJ. STEPHEN W. PLESS, are in the tsunami-affected region, ready to offer assistance. Two of the three ships are currently providing fresh water, clearing debris and distributing relief supplies to the Republic of Maldives. These ships usually help the US Marine Corps respond rapidly in a crisis by strategically placing combat equipment and supplies at sea.

The ships are laden with Marine Corps equipment, food, fuel, medical supplies, construction and road building equipment, electrical power generating equipment, airfield matting, a Navy field hospital and Reverse Osmosis Water Purification Units. Each unit can produce 600 gallons of potable water per hour from seawater.

Four MSC underway replenishment ships are currently supporting Operation Unified Assistance. This includes the MM&P-crewed fast combat support ship USNS RAINIER, which is providing underway replenishment of fuel, food and other supplies to the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN carrier strike group, a major contributor to the humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts.

Two combat stores ships including the MM&P-crewed USNS SAN JOSE are in the tsunami-affected area providing fuel, food and other supplies to several US Navy ships in the region. USNS TIPPECANOE, a fleet replenishment oiler also crewed by MM&P Licensed Deck Officers, is replenishing Navy ships at sea to enable them to remain underway on their missions for extended periods of time.

MSC operates nearly 140 noncombatant, civilian-crewed ships around the world that move 95 percent of the military equipment and supplies used by deployed US forces.



 

US PUSHES FOR MORE SHIPPING SECURITY

Washington is pressing for wider global adoption of new shipping rules it enforced after the Sept.11 terrorist attacks that it credits for having deterred potential terrorists. New standards imposed by the US since the Sept.11 attacks in 2001 include a rule requiring shippers to supply US authorities with details of US-bound cargoes 24 hours before the goods are loaded at a foreign port.

The data is fed to a National Targeting Center in Virginia, which combs it for risk factors like vague cargo descriptions, suspicious-looking transport routes, wrong addresses or dispatchers shipping to the US for the first time. Once identified, the US can then ask authorities at the foreign port to investigate these cargoes further.




 

CONCERNS FOR SECURITY RAISES US MARITIME DETENTIONS

The USCG reports that heightened concern for maritime security in the post-9/11 world has led to an increase in the number of vessel detentions in US waters. While security issues are the main reason behind the high number of boardings and inspections, detentions for safety-related matters have been a secondary result. The USCG reported this week that the nine detentions in December capped a year in which 179 ships were detained, a significantly higher figure than the 139 detentions in 2003.

 


CAPTAIN MISSING AFTER TUG SINKS IN MISSISSIPPI

The USCG reports that search efforts were ended earlier this week for a tug captain missing and now presumed drowned after his vessel sank on the lower Mississippi River. The USCG was searching a 30-mile-long stretch of the river near Destrahan, LA for the tug’s 40-year-old Captain after his tug, JOHN 1:1 sank. Local officials continue the search, which has been hampered by strong currents and high river levels.

Reportedly, the tug was preparing to take control of a barge when the tug began to sink, but USCG officials offered no immediate explanation as to the cause of the casualty. Two crewmen on the barge were unhurt and the barge was not damaged in the incident, which is being investigated by the Marine Safety Office in New Orleans.


$53 MILLION APPROVED TO HELP CLEAR THE AIR IN LA HARBOR

The Los Angeles Harbor Commissioners have approved nearly $53 million in funding to support a number of near-term air quality measures as part of the Port of Los Angeles Clean Air Program. The measures that will come into effect over the next four years are expected to provide emissions reductions of up to 2,653 tons of NOx, 270 tons of PM10, 249 tons of PM2.5, and 756 tons of SO2. The measures are part of LA’s no net increase in Port emissions policy.

Separately, Harbor Commissioners have approved a policy resolution to promote LA’s Alternative Maritime Power (AMP) program by helping each existing Port customer underwrite the cost of building or retrofitting their first container ship to run on electrical power when berthed at the Port.

The financial incentive is capped at $810,000 per container steamship line or affiliate company that has signed the Port’s Alternative Maritime Power Program MOU. Eight companies currently qualify for the incentive.

The Port of Los Angeles is the only port worldwide where berthed container ships are running on shoreside electrical power, a practice the Port wants to aggressively expand over the next two years.


A NOTE FROM MM&P PLANS ON COMBATING DEPRESSION

Does someone close to you: Have little interest in or take little pleasure from daily activities? Feel down, depressed, or hopeless? Feel tired and have little energy or appetite? If so, they may be suffering from depression.

LifeWorks can help in many ways. Call anytime to speak with a professional, confidential consultant who can help you learn about depression, recognize the symptoms of depression in someone you love, and get you the help you need.

LifeWorks is offering a new recording, “When Someone You Love is Depressed”, featuring psychologist and author Mitch Golant, PhD. Through his own personal experience growing up with a depressed mother and his training as a psychologist; Dr. Golant has a unique perspective on how depression affects families, friendships, and couples.

On this recording he offers advice on how to recognize depression, get help for someone who is depressed, and understand the profound effect that depression can have on family members and friends. The recording also includes the voices of people who have dealt with depression and who share their experiences and what they have learned. It’s available at no charge to you as part of the LifeWorks program.

Go to www.lifeworks.com today to read or download informative Life Articles: Depression in Children and Teenagers; Helping an Older Relative Who is Depressed; Quick Facts about Depression; Depression; When Someone Close to You Talks About Committing Suicide; and How to Use the EAP Program.

Depression is a treatable illness. If you or someone you know has questions or concerns about depression, let LifeWorks help. To speak with a consultant, or to order your copy of “When Someone You Love is Depressed”, call LifeWorks at 877-234-5151 anytime. En espanol: 888-732-9020, TTY/TDD: 800-999-3004.

You can also visit the LifeWorks Web site at www.lifeworks.com (user id: mmp ; password: 5100) and click on This Month’s Feature. You can also order free materials or Email a consultant.



 

MARYLAND USMMA LICENSE PLATES NOW AVAILABLE

The USMMA license plate for Maryland is now available. The plate features the Academy’s official seal and cost a one-time fee of $25. The current Maryland registration will roll over to the USMMA plates. The Maryland MVA requires that interested individuals in the USMMA plate contact the sponsoring organization (Kings Point Club of Washington DC) to apply for the plates. The State of Maryland’s designated representative for the USMMA license plate is: Josh Rall who can be contacted at joshrall@juno.com.



 

REMINDER: APPLICATIONS FOR 2004 “SHEP” AWARD

The Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) is now accepting nominations for the 2004 Rear Admiral Halert Shepheard Award. Presentation of the “Shep” Award will take place at CSA’s annual meeting on April 19 in New York City.

Nominations for a living individual may be submitted for a single outstanding contribution to merchant marine safety; or in recognition of, dedication to, or exceptional leadership in activities associated with merchant marine safety over time. Nominations should be based upon direct personal and professional knowledge of an individual.

Nominations must be received no later that Friday, March 4. A web-based nomination form may be downloaded from CSA’s website: www.knowships.org, or may be obtained by writing to: “Shep” Award Committee, Chamber of Shipping of America, 1730 M Street, NW, Suite 407, Washington, DC 20036.


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

 

CLASS OPENINGS

Between now and the end of March 2005 seats are available in the following courses:

  • AIS – Automatic Identification System: 4/24
  • ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 2/07, 3/14, 4/4
  • BRM – Bridge Resource Management: 2/14
  • BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 4/26
  • BST – Basic Safety Training: 1/31, 3/07, 4/25

    CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses

  • CMM-ADVSTB – Advanced Stability: 2/14
  • CMM-CHS I- Cargo Handling & Stowage (week 1): 3/28
  • CMM-CHS II- Cargo Handling & Stowage (week 2): 3/21
  • CMM-ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display and Info Systems: 2/07, 3/21, 4/18
  • CMM-MMP – Marine Propulsion Plants: 2/21
  • CMM-SHMGT-I – Ship Management (week 1): 2/07, 2/28
  • CMM-SHMGT-II – Ship Management (week 2): 3/07
  • CMM-SHS-ADV-I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 2/14, 3/14, 3/28, 4/18
  • CMM-SHS-ADV-II- Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 3/21, 4/25
  • CMM-WKP- Advanced Watchkeeping: 3/14, 4/11
  • CMM-VPEN-Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation: 4/25
  • CONT-PLNG – Contingency Planning: 2/11, 3/04, 4/8
  • FF-BADV – (Combined) Basic and Advanced Firefighting: 3/07, 4/20
  • HAZ – Hazardous Materials [5-day]: 3/28, 4/11
  • LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 2/08, 4/13
  • MEDIA-RSP – Media Response: 2/10, 3/03, 3/17
  • MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 2/12, 3/19, 4/23
  • MED-PIC – Medical Person-In-Charge: 2/07, 3/14, 4/18
  • MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 2/07, 3/14, 4/18

    MSC – Military Sealift Command

  • MSC-CBRD-1 – Chemical Biological Radiological Defense Training Orientation: 2/06, 3/03, 4/23, 5/1
  • MSC-DC – Damage Control: 2/02, 4/18, 4/27
  • MSC-SMA – Small Arms Training (4-day): 4/25
  • MSC-SMA-R – Small Arms Re-Qualification (2-day): 2/04, 4/29
    (must have proof of passing all 3 weapons within 2 years)
  • ROP-5 – Radar Observer Original and Renewal (5-day): 3/28
  • ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 2/07, 3/14, 4/4
  • SEC-FSO – Facility Security Officer: 2/08, 4/4
  • SEC-OFF-PCS – Security Officer: Port, Company, Ship: 2/28
  • SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5-day): 3/28
  • TPIC – Tankerman Person-In-Charge: 4/4

 


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, UPDATED COURSE AVAILABILITY, INFO & REGISTRATION

Courses are subject to change. Check the MITAGS website for up-to-date course descriptions associated with all course title abbreviations, and for schedule revisions and 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 MARITIME TECHNOLOGY & CAREER CENTER ACADEMIC SCHEDULE – Winter 2004 – Spring 2005

All the courses below will be conducted at our new facility at 1729 Alaskan Way South, home to the “Maritime Technology and Career Center” which houses PMI’s state-of-the-art Full Mission Ship Simulator.

January 2005

  • 1/31: Radar Recertification
  • 1/31-2/04: ARPA
  • 1/31-2/04: Electronic Navigation
  • 1/31-2/11: Advanced Shiphandling

February 2005

  • 2/07-11: Electronic Navigation
  • 2/07-18: GMDSS
  • 2/14: Radar Recertification
  • 2/14-18: Basic Safety Training
  • 2/14-18: ARPA
  • 2/14-18: Emergency Shiphandling
  • 2/14-25: Celestial Navigation
  • 2/14-25: 100 Ton Course
  • 2/21-25: Personal Survival Craft/Lifeboatman
  • 2/21-25: Basic Shiphandling
  • 2/21-24: Fast Rescue Boat
  • 2/28-3/4: Basic and Advanced Firefighting
  • 2/28-3/4: Basic Meteorology
  • 2/28-3/2: Ship/Company Security Officer
  • 2/28-3/11: GMDSS

March 2005

  • 3/07-11: Construction and Stability
  • 3/14-18: Basic Safety Training
  • 3/17-18: Basic Firefighting
  • 3/14-18: Cargo Handling and Stowage
  • 3/14-18: ARPA
  • 3/14-18: Tankerman Person-In-Charge
  • 3/21-25: Able Bodied Seaman
  • 3/21-24: Personal Survival Craft/Lifeboatman
  • 3/21-25: Medical Care Provider
  • 3/21-4/01: Medical Person-In-Charge
  • 3/21-25: ECDIS
  • 3/21-24: Fast Rescue Boat
  • 3/28-29: Ratings Forming Part of a Navigational Watch
  • 3/28-29: Search and Rescue
  • 3/30-4/01: Emergency Procedures
  • 3/28-4/01: ARPA
  • 3/28: Radar Recertification
  • 3/28-4/01: Emergency Shiphandling

For registration and more info call DeeDee Lazik or Jennifer Fowler at 888-893-7829, check the PMI website at mates.org or Email PMI at admin@mates.org.




 
 

MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF JANUARY 26, 2005 CLOSE


 D O W    N A S D A Q
 10,498.59 -41.38 for the week  2,046.09  -27.50 for the week
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
Closing
Price
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
108.23
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
29.95
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
18.41
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
15.65
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
30.07
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.47
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate Fund (VWEHX)
6.38
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.28
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
17.14
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
15.96
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
37.18
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
101.85
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
42.02





~ Reminders ~




 

T-AGS OCEANOGRAPHIC SURVEY SHIPS MANNING REQUIREMENTS

REQUIRED COURSEWORK

All MM&P members are reminded that to sail aboard the T-AGS ships that MM&P-contracted Horizon Lines will be operating, you must have the required training certification and your certificates must be current in accordance with Military Sealift Command requirements. Members are also required to have had a MSC pre-employment physical and to possess Ship Security Clearance (see below).

The MSC Contract calls for all training certificates required for manning of these vessels to be no older than 5 years and that all STCW-95 courses be renewed every 5 years, or annually, as applicable.

Five-year renewable courses include, but are not limited to:

  • Advanced Fire Fighting
  • Basic Safety Training, and
  • Damage Control

Small Arms certificates must be less than 1 year old.

Members interested in applying for one of the positions onboard the T-AGS vessels are advised to make sure your certificates are up to date. If not, contact Mary Matlock or Diane Ford at MITAGS Admissions, email: admissions@mitags.org, and schedule to take the course(s) needed.

Those MM&P members interested in obtaining more information and facts about the T-AGS Oceanographic Vessels are asked to email the Director of Special Projects requesting the “facts sheet”. It will be provided by return email in an Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

Members interested in employment on the T-AGS ships are asked to provide a 1-2 page resume. Please list the desired position you are seeking along with the certificates of training you possess and their dates. Upon receipt it will be forwarded to Horizon Lines and a confirmation sent back to the member. Vessel turnover commences Oct.17, 2004 and will continue until Jan.3, 2005. Crew rotations will start beginning as early as January 2005 and will continue through as late as June 2005. Positions for all ratings remain open.

The point of contact for sending a resume for employment on the Horizon Lines T-AGS Oceanographic Vessels is Richard Plant, MM&P’s Director of Special Projects. Send resumes in an email or as a Word file attachment to him at: rplant@bridgedeck.org, by fax to 410-850-0973 or by mail to:

Richard Plant, Director of Special Projects

IOMM&P
700 Maritime Blvd.
Linthicum Heights, MD 21090



SHIP SECURITY CLEARANCE NEEDED

Members who want to sail for Horizon Lines on the T-AGS Oceanographic Survey vessels the company is set to begin operating for MSC must have Ship Security Clearance before going aboard.

Special software must be downloaded from the US Government’s Defense Security Service to complete the Security Clearance application. You must have an Internet connection and a Windows-based computer to retrieve the application and run the program.

Go to https://sclient.dss.mil/download/w9xfull.htm to download the software titled “EPSQ SUBJECT2_2”.

After the software is installed and the program is launched, select “Create” from the menu bar at the top of the screen. You will be required to enter your Social Security Number and a case-sensitive password. A window titled “Type of Form” will appear.

All Deck Officers should select the first button titled “Request for Security Clearance (SF86)” and then click “OK” to go to the next screen, “Type of Investigation”.

From the “Type of Investigation” screen:

  • Masters and Radio Officers should select the first button, “Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI)”.
  • All other Deck Officers (C/M, 2/M, 3/M) should click on the second button, “National Agency Check (NAC or NACLC)”.

After selecting the appropriate investigation type, click on “OK” to begin filling in the forms.

When complete and all information has been validated, click on “Communications” from the menu bar at the top of the screen and select “Transmit to Security Officer”. Save the file to the hard drive on your computer using your last name (surname) as the file name. Send this file as an email attachment to Mike Bohlman at Horizon Lines, Mbohlman@horizon-lines.com. His phone number is 908-259-2803. You will need to provide Mike Bohlman with your name and the case-sensitive password you assigned to the file in order for Horizon Lines to open the file and process your Security Clearance.



MSC PHYSICALS

Horizon Lines requests all mariners seeking employment aboard the T-AGS Oceanographic vessels to take their MSC Physical at specially-designated facilities only after being advised to do so by the Company. This is to assure that all requirements of the MSC Physical are properly met.

On Dec.6, MM&P members will begin manning the third of seven T-AGS ships operated by Horizon. The USNS SUMNER will be crewed-up in Portland, OR. MM&P wishes the crew a safe voyage and happy holidays.


MM&P FCU NEWS

GET NEW WHEELS OR LOWER EXISTING PAYMENTS WITH MM&P FCU VEHICLE FINANCING

Is it time to replace that car you’re driving? Vehicle loan rates are looking great at MM&P FCU.

Drive away in a new or used vehicle for a standard loan rate of:

4.75 percent for terms up to 24 months.
Standard loan rates for longer-term loans are:

5.00 percent for 25-48 months;
5.75 percent for 49-60 months ($20,000 minimum); and
6.25 percent for terms extending from 61-72 months ($25,000 minimum).
You can lower your loan rate even more — by 0.75 percent — by becoming a Preferred Borrower.

Are you paying a higher rate on your current vehicle loan at another institution? Consider refinancing your outside loan at the MM&P FCU and taking advantage of our lower loan rates.

MM&P FCU will finance up to 100 percent of your new vehicle loan, and up to 90 percent of NADA Book Value on a used vehicle. Maximum vehicle loan amount is $30,000.

PREFERRED BORROWERS GET LOWER LOAN RATES
MM&P FCU members can reduce the interest rate they pay on any new loan even further by becoming a preferred borrower. What is a preferred borrower? That’s a member who deposits at least 10 percent of the original loan amount into their MM&P FCU savings account and keeps those funds on deposit until the loan is paid in full. By doing this you save twice – first, your deposit works for you by earning our regular dividend savings rate, and second, you save money by reducing the interest rate on your loan by 0.75 percent.

Contact the MM&P FCU for full details on all loan programs by email to mmpfcu@bridgedeck.org or call 1-800-382-7777 toll-free.



 

MM&P HEALTH & BENEFIT PLAN NEWS

NOTICE TO MEMBERS WHO ARE TAKING VIOXX

On Sept.30, Merck & Co. voluntarily withdrew Vioxx, a popular anti-inflammatory medication, from the market. As a result, individuals who are currently taking the drug have been asked to contact their health care professionals to discuss discontinuing use of Vioxx and possible alternative treatments.

MM&P Plans Administrator Valerie Verrecchio reports that, “We have gotten a number of calls from members who want to know what to do with their remaining supply of Vioxx and whether the Plan or NMHC will refund their co-pay for the unused portion.

“Unfortunately, neither NMHC nor the Plan was aware of the Merck decision prior to the public announcement on Sept.30. As of that date, all deliveries of Vioxx to our members was suspended in accordance with Merck’s announcement. Orders that had already been processed and were in transit could not be stopped.

“In regard to refunds, Merck has set up a website at www.vioxx.com where members can obtain information on how to recover refunds from Merck for the unused portion of medication. Members can also call following toll free number for information: 1-888-368-4699.

“We are sorry for any inc onvenience this may have caused to members currently taking this medication, however, the matter is out of the control of the Plans.”



NMHC MAIL-ORDER PRESCRIPTIONS WEBSITE UPDATED & IMPROVED

MM&P Plans Administrator Valerie Verrecchio reports, “Good news! NMHC mail has finally gotten their website upgraded and functioning properly. I went in and tested it myself and found it to be quite user friendly.”

To use NMHC’s upgraded service, go to the NMHC Mail website at www.nmhcmail.com and click on “MEMBER LOGIN” at the bottom of the screen.

First-time and Registered users may bypass the welcome screen and go directly to the log-in page at https://members.nmhcrx.com/Login/Login.aspx.

  • First-time users should then click on the link marked “NEW USER: REGISTER HERE”.
    This will take you to a page titled “MEMBER REGISTRATION” where you will need to enter demographic information and submit it by clicking on the
  • “CREATE ACCOUNT” button.

After creating your account, NMHC will email you a password to gain entry into your records. With your first sign-in, the NMHC system will prompt you to change the NMHC password to one of your own choosing.

Once you are registered at NMHC, you can check the status of open orders by logging-in to the system through the “MEMBER LOGIN” page and going into the “MAIL ORDER” menu. You can look up all prescriptions and get the price our members will pay for any medication. You can also view an order history of all of your medication transactions (both retail and mail) for the last 24 months, locate 24-hour pharmacies in your zip code region as well as access other helpful member education information.

“We hope this welcome improvement will assist our members. Although you cannot order refills on line if you don’t provide a credit or debit card number, you can phone in your refill. Once you register on the website, you will still have access to all of the other information including checking the status of your order once it is phoned in,” said Ms. Verrecchio.



WWII USCG VETERANS OUTREACH

The U.S. Coast Guard has announced an initiative to identify and collect the oral histories of its World War II veterans. Coast Guard WWII veterans, including SPARS and merchant mariners, are encouraged to record their histories online with the Library of Congress Veterans History Project at www.loc.gov/folklife/vets.

Those veterans needing assistance in recording their stories can receive help from their local Coast Guard Auxiliary public affairs contact by leaving a message at 1-877-875-6296, a toll-free call.




 

COMPANY GIVES BUCKS BACK FOR BUYING SAFE SHOES

LMS Ship Management, the company that manages vessels for Central Gulf, Sulphur Carriers and Waterman Steamship, wants to remind MM&P members that they offer their crewmembers a $75 reimbursement on the cost of purchasing certain slip-resistant shoes and boots for use aboard ship.

This offer has been in place for some time and LMS reports that “we have been pleased with the participation to date, but feel a reminder may be in order.” Their goal is for every crewmember to wear slip resistant footwear during working hours aboard their vessels.

The $75 reimbursement is available to each crewmember who provides LMS with an original receipt for the purchase of slip resistant footwear. In order for the crewmember to obtain the reimbursement, they must wear the shoes while on duty. Upon presentation of the receipt, the crewmember will be reimbursed on their pay voucher. The receipt will be retained by the Master and will remain aboard the vessel.
 
 

Vessels in the LMS footwear reimbursement program are:

  • Green Cove
  • Green Dale
  • Green Lake
  • Green Point
  • Atlantic Forest
  • Sulphur Enterprise
  • Energy Enterprise
  • SGT Matej C. Kocak
  • MAJ Stephen W. Pless, and
  • PFC Eugene A. Obregon

LMS notes that in order to receive reimbursement, crewmembers must purchase one of the following recommended brands:

  • WORX by Red Wing Slip Resistant Footwear
  • Caterpillar (must have steel toe & slip resistant sole)
  • Wolverine (must have steel toe and slip resistant sole)
  • Dunham Sierra Work Boot EH
  • Steel Toe Voyager
  • Georgia Boot 6- or 8-inch Safety Toe Boot
  • Dr. Marten’s (must have steel toe & slip resistant sole)

LOOK FOR THE UNION LABEL:

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

Redwing’s Union-made products are: Red Wing shoes and boots, Red Wing motorcycle boots and Craftsman (Sears).

Wolverine World Wide manufactures boots under the Caterpillar brand using US union labor. (Other union made safety-shoe brands by Wolverine are the company’s Hy-Test, Durashock and Bates Military labels. The company’s Wolverine brand combat boots are also produced using US union labor.)

Most Dr. Marten’s shoes and boots are produced in the UK.

To find US, union-made products, visit the AFL-CIO Union Label Service and Trades website at www.unionlabel.org and click on “Union Made Product Search”. To shop for union-made products online, go to www.ShopUnionMade.org.




 

WEBSITE OFFERS UNION-MADE GOODS AND SERVICES

The Union Label recently went digital with a new website offering shoppers an array of union-made gifts, from clothing and chocolates to computers, games and greeting cards.

The website, www.shopunionmade.org, launches on the eve of the fall and winter holidays, when shoppers will spend an estimated $1 trillion on gifts, food, drinks and other seasonal items, explained Matt Bates, Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO Union Label & Service Trades Department. The all-union shopping site, however, will be a year-round operation because that is what consumers demand, he added.

“Shoppers spent $56 billion in Internet sales last year, and on-line spending is doubling every two to three years. Everyday we receive Email and calls from people who want to support good jobs by buying union-made goods and services. The website will reach millions of people, 24 hours a day, with a quick convenient way to shop union,” Bates said.

“The public is ready for this. People have seen millions of good jobs disappear and they are looking for ways to take a stand and make a difference,” he added.

The AFL-CIO will target the peak of the holiday shopping season by promoting “Buy Union Week” Nov. 26 through Dec. 5. The newly-launched, all-union shopping site will be a cornerstone of that campaign. MM&P has a link to the Shop Union Site on this website under “Links and Other Sources”.



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