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Wheelhouse Weekly – June 10, 2004

June 10th 2004

 


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Volume 8 . . . . . Number 24 . . . . June 10, 2004





 

Convention Call: MM&P 80th Convention

In accordance with Article IV, Section 2, of the International Constitution, members are hereby notified that a regular convention of the MM&P will be convened at 1000 on Monday, August 2, at MITAGS, 692 Maritime Blvd, Linthicum Heights, MD. Nominations for elective office will take place at this Convention. Constitutional amendments may also be considered at this Convention.

Members are also hereby notified that in accordance with Article IV, Section 6., Subsection b), all proposed resolutions must be forwarded to the International Secretary-Treasurer at least 30 days prior to the opening day of the Convention for inclusion on the Agenda and determination by the Convention.

 


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REMINDERS




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MM&P-CONTRACTED HORIZON LINES WINS 7-SHIP MSC CONTRACT

The MM&P is pleased to announce that MM&P-contracted Horizon Lines is to be awarded a $22,877,960 Military Sealift Command (MSC) contract for the operation and maintenance of seven oceanographic ships (T-AGS) to support the Naval Oceanography Program. MM&P will represent the deck officers.

The ships are part of MSC’s Special Mission program that began in 1958. The original mission was to collect marine science data for the Navy and the scientific community. Today, MSC’s Special Mission ships perform oceanographic and hydrographic surveys, underwater surveillance, missile flight data collection and tracking, acoustic research and submarine support.

The cooperative effort between MM&P staff and officers and Horizon Lines staff helped win the contract. A Union representative noted that, “Now that we have this contract, the real work begins. We will be sending to each MM&P Vice President a list of qualifications along with the wage and benefit information that applies to this work. I cannot overstate the importance to our organization of performing well on this contract. I am very delighted for Horizon and for our members.”

The ships Horizon will manage are:


Coastal Surveys

    • USNS LITTLEHALES
    • USNS JOHN MCDONNELL (coastal surveys)

– and –


Deep Ocean Surveys and Surveillance

    • USNS PATHFINDER
    • USNS BOWDITCH
    • USNS SUMNER
    • USNS HENSON
    • USNS BRUCE C. HEEZEN
    • USNS MARY SEARS

For more info, please call the MM&P at 410-850-8700 x23 or send an email to mrodriguez@bridgedeck.org.



 

NOTICE TO MM&P MEMBERS REGARDING THE UPCOMING CONVENTION

The Convention will start at 1000 hours on the 2nd of August. This is a nominating Convention for all officers and Convention Delegates.

To be nominated for any Office (including Convention Delegate) in the Organization, you must have been a member for at least four years and be in continuous good standing for the 24 months preceding the nomination. In addition, you must meet the eligibility requirements for your specific membership group as listed in the International Constitution.

To run for International Office as Int. President or Int. Secretary-Treasurer, you must be nominated in Convention or, in lieu thereof, you may be nominated by a petition signed by fifty (50) members of the Organization.

To run for Vice President of any membership group, you must be nominated in Convention or, in lieu thereof, you may be nominated by a petition signed by at least five members of that particular membership group.

Nominations will be accepted up until the close of nominations which will take place on August 4th.

Nominating petitions shall be sent to the International Office to the attention of the International Secretary-Treasurer.

Any proposed resolutions to be acted on by the International Convention shall be received by the International Secretary-Treasurer at least 30 days prior to the opening of the Convention.



 

MM&P SUPPORTED TONNAGE TAX MAKES HEADWAY IN HOUSE

On Tuesday, June 8, Congressman William Jefferson (D-LA) urged Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Thomas (R-CA) to include a “tonnage tax” provision in a new version of the American Jobs Creation Act, that was originally scheduled to be taken up this Thursday, June 10, in the Ways and Means Committee.

As a result of the ceremonies marking the death of President Reagan taking place at the US Capitol, the Ways and Means Committee has postponed Thursday’s mark-up of the corporate tax legislation that includes the tonnage tax proposal until Monday, June 14th, with floor action scheduled for the end of that week.

The “tonnage tax” provision will benefit MM&P-contracted US-flag shipping companies. The enactment of the tonnage tax will preserve and enhance maritime employment opportunities for US seafarers.

“It would be very difficult for me to vote against the Thomas bill if it included the tonnage tax provision,” Jefferson said. “This provision would not only help maintain the shipping industry’s international trade activities but it would improve its economic conditions, ultimately providing more jobs for American, and more specifically Louisiana, mariners.”

Once enacted, the tonnage tax is expected to provide additional employment for thousands of US mariners and shore-side personnel. Currently, there are only 89 privately-owned US-flag vessels that participate in international trade, down from the approximately 2,000 vessels that engaged in international trade 50 years ago.

Under present law, the US shipping companies that own those ships are subject to significantly higher taxes than foreign-based companies, limiting their profit margins and ability to compete with their foreign counterparts. This proposed tonnage tax legislation would authorize a US tax regime based on the “tonnage” (weight in tons) of a taxpayer’s US-flag fleet. The Joint Tax Committee has scored the proposed cost of the legislation over a 10-year period at only $68 million.

Maritime officials are praising the Jefferson’s efforts. “Maritime management and labor are in complete agreement that the tonnage tax will be critically important to the rebirth of the great American flag shipping tradition. At a time when our national security is of paramount importance, we applaud the efforts of Congressman Jefferson to urgently restore the sealift capability of the US-flag merchant marine through the enactment of the tonnage tax legislation,” stated a MM&P official.

“This tax regime is necessary to the growth and success of our US-flag commercial fleet in the international trade business.” Jefferson said. “Given the inexpensive nature of the proposal and the critical economic benefits it provides for our shipping industry, I can see no reason this legislation could be ignored.”



 

ILA MEMBERS AGREE ON SIX-YEAR MASTER CONTRACT

Members of the International Longshoremen Association (ILA) from ports along the East and Gulf Coasts ratified a six-year Master Contract on Tuesday, June 8th. The new contract goes into effect Oct.1, 2004 and continues through Sept.30, 2010. The ILA completed negotiations on the new contract with the United States Maritime Alliance (USMX) which represents port employers last March.

Some local agreements in ports including Baltimore, Charleston, and Hampton Roads were rejected and must now be renegotiated by Sept.30. Major port areas including Philadelphia, Tampa, Mobile, Gulfport and Pascagoula did not reach agreement for a local contract in time for the ratification vote and are also continuing negotiations.

The new master agreement between 15,000 ILA members and the United States Maritime Alliance grants newer ILA members, whose base pay this year was at $21 an hour or less, an increase of $7 throughout the life of the contract. Higher waged ILA workers will receive four pay hikes amounting to a total of $4.

Another important issue in the new contract was providing adequate and affordable health care coverage. Rising medical and prescription drug costs are taxing most health care plans and the industry’s MILA plan was no exception. ILA and USMX negotiators were faced with the challenge of confronting mounting deficits in the MILA program while trying to maintain adequate health care coverage for ILA workers.

“Both labor and management officials believe this new six-year contract includes the necessary provisions to tackle higher costs while providing benefits to the widest possible number of ILA members and their families,” said ILA spokesman Jim McNamara.



 

GRAND OPENING OF PMI’S FULL-MISSION SIMULATOR ON JUNE 11

The grand opening of MITAGS’ Pacific Maritime Institute’s new bridge simulator will take place on June 11. The PMI staff and Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels will host an Open House and BBQ from 1100 to 1700 hrs. Tours of the new 15,000 square-foot training facility, including PMI’s DNV Class A, full-mission, Transas Ship Simulator, the first of its kind on the West Coast, will also be offered. Official presentations and dedication will begin at noon. For more info, contact Marci Eversole at 206-284-8285 or Email her at marci@rhpublishing.com.



 

100 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF A HORRIFIC US MARITIME DISASTER

While the 60th anniversary of the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944 is one of America’s best-known maritime operations, there is another anniversary that will be observed on June 15 that is far less known but has had a greater effect on the US maritime community. It is the 100-year anniversary of one of this country’s worst maritime disasters.

On June 15, 1904, shortly after getting underway on New York City’s East River, the steamship GENERAL SLOCUM caught fire, burned, and eventually sank, killing 1021 people. During the accident, hoses used to fight the fire burst under the pressure of the fire main because of their poor condition, and life preservers were in such bad condition that they actually contributed to the death of many whom wore them.

As tragic as it was, it was not the first steam-powered vessel to burn in New York that held great implications for the maritime industry. In fact, the MM&P traces its beginnings to another tragic burning of a steamboat during the month of June in New York Harbor.

On June 28, 1880, the 612-ton, 230-foot side paddle-wheeler SEAWANHAKA, under the command of Capt. Charles P. Smith, suffered an explosion in the boiler room; an event not uncommon in the early days of steam-powered vessels. As flames spread rapidly through the wooden-hulled boat, Capt. Smith was faced with few options in the narrow Hell Gate channel. He stayed at the helm and was burned by the flames while taking the boat aground in shallow waters where passengers could safely escape the burning vessel.

While there were lives lost, it was only among those passengers who panicked and jumped while the ship was underway. No lives were lost among the passengers on the SEAWANHAKA after Capt. Smith had her grounded.

Ultimately, Capt. Smith was recognized for his heroism in handling the situation, but he was first scapegoated. Stated Frank Braynard, maritime historian and curator of the American Merchant Marine Museum at Kings Point, NY, “Eventually he was cleared of any wrongdoing, but his shabby treatment, especially since the evidence indicated that he had risked his life, so outraged his colleagues, other pilots and captains that they formed a committee. That committee was the genesis of the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots.”

These tragedies revealed the continuing need for on-going safety programs designed to protect workers in the maritime trades. The MM&P has worked to secure and protect the rights and working conditions of its members and of all persons who work in the seagoing maritime industry.

The MM&P also works closely with the USCG and with US port commissions to establish safe vessel traffic standards to safeguard the environment, life and property. The result has been an expanding maritime safety system of oversight that now ranks among the world’s finest.



 

MORE USCG CUTTERS SHIP OUT TO SUPPORT OPERATIONS IN IRAQ

The United States Coast Guard continues to deploy vessels overseas in support Operation Iraqi Freedom. Last week Admiral Thomas Collins, USCG Commandant, approved a Dept. of Defense request and ordered the deployment of two additional USCG 110-foot Patrol Boats and two Law Enforcement Detachments to support US Central Command (CENTCOM) operations.

As a multi-mission, maritime force, the USCG has had a presence in Operation Iraqi Freedom since its inception and has provided forces to this area since the Gulf War in 1990. Currently, four patrol boats, one Port Security Unit, two Law Enforcement Detachments, and one support unit continue to operate in the US Central Command area of responsibility, supporting national defense requirements in this vital theater of operations.

“The Coast Guard has a long history of operating jointly with Dept. of Defense forces in matters of national security,” said a USCG spokesman. “These deployments demonstrate how the Coast Guard’s missions and expertise can play an important role in the broader DOD operation to fight terrorism and prepare for future contingencies.”

These new deployments will raise the number of USCG deployed forces from approx. 300 personnel to about 400. In addition to this support, the USCG is also responsible for protecting the American public at home by preventing the threat of terrorism along our coasts, saving lives in peril at sea, interdicting illegal drugs, protecting natural resources, and ensuring the safe flow of commerce.

Two 110-foot Island-Class Patrol Boats units are scheduled to deploy to support CENTCOM operations:

The Cutter MONOMOY, home ported in Woods Hole, MA, and manned by the crew of the Cutter TYBEE, home ported in San Diego, CA; and

The Cutter MAUI, home ported in San Juan, PR, and manned by the crew of the Cutter MANITOU, home ported in Miami, FL.



 

WEBSITES PROVIDE LATEST INFO ON PRESIDENTIAL RACE

The Presidential race is heating up as both candidates criss-cross the country educating voters on their various positions. The MM&P and the AFL-CIO have endorsed Democratic candidate Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) for President.

For members who want to find out detailed info on the candidates’ positions, both have extensive websites packed with the latest news from the campaign trail. The Kerry website is www.johnkerry.com. His Republican opponent, President George W. Bush’s website is www.georgewbush.com.



 

MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

CLASS OPENINGS

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

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  • AIS-1/PPU – Automatic ID System/Portable Pilot Unit: 7/12, 7/17
  • ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 6/28, 7/12
  • AZIPOD-KAM – Azipod and Kamewa Steering and Propulsion: 7/12

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  • BRM – Bridge Resource Management: 7/26
  • BST – Basic Safety Training: 6/14, 6/28

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CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses

  • CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 7/12
  • CMM-ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems:7/26
  • CMM-SHMGT-I – Ship Management: 6/14
  • CMM-SHS-ADV II – Advanced Shiphandling [week 2]: 7/26
  • CMM-VPEN – Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation: 7/19

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  • CONT-PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop: 7/1, 7/15, 7/29

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  • FL – Flashing Light: 7/30
  • FSM – Fatigue, Sleep and Medications: 7/14

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  • HAZ – Hazardous Materials [5-day]: 7/12

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  • LAP – License Advancement Program: 7/26
  • LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 7/14

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  • MEDIA-RSP – Media Response: 7/2, 7/16, 7/30
  • MED-PIC – Medical Person In Charge: 7/19
  • MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 7/19

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MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses

  • MSC-DC – Damage Control: 6/18

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  • ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 6/28, 7/12

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  • SEC-OFF-PCS – Security Officer: Port, Company, Ship: 6/28, 6/30, 7/12, 7/26
  • SEC-PLT – Security Training for Pilots: 7/13
  • SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling: 6/21

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  • TRAC-TUG – Water Tractor and Azimuth Stern Drive Tugs: 7/15

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Check the MITAGS website for up-to-date course descriptions associated with the course title abbreviations, and for schedule revisions.

 

Attendance Verification & Cancellation is Vital

If you are scheduled for a course, call, write, or Email admissions to advise whether or not you will attend. Many classes are in demand and maintain a Standby List. “No Shows” are missed training opportunities for other members.

 

Schedules, Course Info & Registration

Courses are subject to change. Always check the MITAGS website for updated course availability. You can also check future schedules, review detailed course descriptions and register on-line or contact Admissions at admissions@mitags.org or by calling toll-free, 1-866-656-5568.

 


 

PMI ACADEMIC SCHEDULE

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

 

June 2004 Courses

  • 6/14-18: Basic Safety Training
  • 6/14-22: Able Bodied Seaman
  • 6/21-25: Radar Observer Unlimited
  • 6/28-7/2: ECDIS
  • 6/28-30: Compasses
  • 6/30-7/2: Ship Security Officer

Contact DeeDee Lazik at 206-441-2880 or 888-893-7829 (toll free) for registration or visit the PMI website at mates.org.


 

MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF JUNE 9, 2004 CLOSE

 

 D O W    N A S D A Q
 10,368.44 +105.47 for the week  1,990.61  +1.63 for the week

Fund Name & Trading Symbol

Closing
Price

Year-to-Date Fund
Percentage Return

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

104.80

+2.43
-1.64
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)

27.54

+3.30
+3.20
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)

16.64

+3.16
+0.71
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)

15.29

+2.82
-0.57
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)

27.79

+4.91
+1.84
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)

10.19

-0.91
+6.27
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate Fund (VWEHX)

6.17

-0.13
+4.03
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)

10.00

-0.98
+6.34
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)

16.08

+7.92
+3.99
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)

15.73

+0.30
+3.19
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)

36.20

+1.87
-1.09
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)

99.08

+1.59
-2.34
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)

40.22

+2.40
-1.73



~ Reminders ~



 

MM&P FCU NEWS

Rates Drop, Limits Increase On Auto Loans

MM&P FCU vehicle loan rates have dropped across-the-board. Effective May 5, borrowers may finance up to $30,000 on vehicle loans for terms up to 72 months. This is an increase of $5,000 and 12 months over past maximum financing amounts and terms.

Rates on 6 year auto financing range between 5.50% and 6.25%. Vehicle loan rates are as low as 4.00%. Rates apply to new and used cars, and to loans refinancing higher rate vehicle loans from other institutions. Contact the Credit Union office to find out how these rates may cost less than dealers incentives and how you qualify for new, low rate vehicle financing.

 

Signature Loan Rates Dip

As an added bonus, Signature Loan rates have also been lowered. Now is the time to start thinking about those summer vacation plans or home improvement projects. Signature loan rates range from 9.00% to 9.75%. Hurry and take advantage of these new lower rates and start saving money today.

Need More Info? Contact Kathy Klisavage, MM&P FCU Manager, to learn more about loan rates and products, direct deposit, share savings accounts and certificates of deposit, benefits of membership and membership eligibility. Kathy Klisavage can be reached by email to mmpfcu@bridgedeck.org, or by calling 410-850-8700 x43 or toll-free 1-800-382-7777.

All MM&P FCU loan rate percentages are APR or Annual Percentage Rate. All MM&P FCU savings and certificate rates are APY or Annual Percentage Yield. Loan terms and conditions are subject to change. Contact the MM&P FCU for eligibility info and for full terms and conditions.

Protect Your Personal Information – Beware of Email Scams

“It’s the curse of technology,” was overheard recently as someone talked about Email scams. Email scams are rampant these days, just like telephone scams were not so long ago. In the most-common current scenario, an Email is received from what looks like a legitimate entity that asks you to provide sensitive, private information to “verify” your identity or account. Scam artists are now even posing as the Internal Revenue Service to try and get your info.

The IRS recently issued a warning that fraudulent emails disguised as being from them are aimed at tricking taxpayers into providing their Social Security numbers, driver’s license information and bank and credit card numbers through a web site that’s set up to look like it belongs to a federal agency. If this information is obtained it can be used by identity thieves to take over a person’s financial accounts, run up charge cards, apply for loans and file fraudulent tax returns.

Protect yourself. No financial institution, federal agency or legitimate business will initiate contact by Email or phone and ask for any such personal information. Legitimate entities with which you are already established should have that info. If you receive such a request, contact the sender to verify if it is legitimate. The MM&P Federal Credit Union has never been the target of such a scam and will never initiate an Email to you that asks for this type of private information.



 

TAX FILING DELAY OK FOR OIF MARINERS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



 

NEW CAREER GUIDANCE SECTION ADDED TO MITAGS WEBSITE

On the MITAGS website downloadable files are now updated on a regular basis in response to info received from the various government agencies and mariners. As always, these checklists are for guidance only. The final arbiter of training requirements is your local USCG Regional Examination Center. For more info, visit the Career Guidance section on the MITAGS website by CLICKING HERE, or go to www.mitags.org and select “Career Guidance” from the top menu.

Also, given the number of courses offered at MITAGS, the website now has new links to the various industry segment pages. These pages make it easier for mariners and companies to find the training designed specifically for them.

The links include:

  • Ship and Port Modeling Simulation Training;
  • Security Training;
  • State Pilot Training;
  • US Navy and Military Sealift Command Training;
  • High Speed Craft Training;
  • Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels (OUPV);
  • Limited Master Training; and
  • Custom Training.


 

IMPORTANT SHIPPING NOTICE ON COURSE DOCUMENTATION

All members shipping off-the-board and all company employees are reminded that they are responsible to insure that all of the company required courses they have completed are listed in the Union computer system.

In order to be dispatched/cleared, members must have certificates for any courses not listed in the computer in their possession and available for inspection by the dispatcher. Please double check that your documentation is in order prior to leaving your home to ship out of our Union halls. This can be done by checking your course history on the “Members Only” section of the MM&P website.



 

COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR FRESHMAN DEPENDENTS

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

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

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

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



 

IMPORTANT REMINDER FOR ALL LDOs ON STCW-95 CERTIFICATION

All Licensed Deck Officers who possess STCW-95 certificates containing Basic Safety Training (BST) completion dates close to or more than five years old need to carry copies of their USCG discharges with them so they can prove that they have the required sea service necessary to extend their BST qualification. For questions or further info, contact Mike Rodriguez at 410-850-8700 ext.23 or Email: mrodriguez@bridgedeck.org.



 

LMS OFFERS REIMBURSEMENT FOR SLIP-RESISTANT FOOTWEAR

MM&P-contracted LMS Ship Management recently reviewed the causes of injuries on board their vessels and found that accidental falls tend to be the cause of many of the crew’s injuries. In an effort to reduce the number of injuries caused by these falls, LMS is offering crewmembers that sail with them an incentive to purchase and wear proper shoe attire. The goal is for every crewmember to wear slip resistant footwear during their working hours aboard their vessels.

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

LMS requests that crewmembers purchase one of the following recommended brands in order to be reimbursed:

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

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

Red Wing has contracts with the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) while Wolverine World Wide has contracts with UNITE!, the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees, for production of its Caterpillar brand (as well as its Hy-Test, Durashock and Bates Military labels). Some other Wolverine branded products including combat boots are manufactured under UFCW contract. Most Dr. Marten’s shoes and boots are produced in the UK.

To find US, union-made products, visit the AFL-CIO Union Label Service and Trades website at www.unionlabel.org and click on Union Made Product Search.



 

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.



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