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Wheelhouse Weekly – March 10, 2005

March 10th 2005


 


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Volume 9 . . . . . Number 10 . . . . March 10, 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’S UIG SIGNS FIRST FAST VEHICLE FERRY CONTRACT IN US

As the Wheelhouse Weekly is being prepared for distribution, MM&P’s United Inland Membership Group Vice President Steve Demeroutis reports that the UIG has signed the first fast vehicle ferry contract in the country. More info on this historic contract will be forthcoming as soon as details become available.



NSPS COMMENT GUIDANCE ON PROPOSED DOD PERSONNEL RULES

The Department of Defense (DoD) and MM&P are encouraging all members to submit comments by email regarding the proposed rules that would implement the National Security Personnel System (NSPS). Comments must be submitted no later than March 16, 2005. You may download a copy of the proposed rules in Adobe format from: http://www.cpms.osd.mil/nsps/.

The new rules are a total overhaul of DoD’s personnel management system.
MM&P members should be particularly concerned with certain provisions of the proposed rules that restrict MM&P’s ability to represent members employed by Military Sealift Command, the Army Corps of Engineers and civil service pilots.

DoD is encouraging comments from its employees and has authorized official time and the use of government equipment, including computers. All MM&P members of each division and their families are also encouraged to submit comments. To submit a comment, go to www.bridgedeck.org and click on “NSPS: Comments.” There you will find a document that you can copy and paste into a comment field and submit, along with your own comments if you wish, at http://www.cpms.osd.mil/nspscomments/. A link is provided in the comment letter. You may provide your name and address at your discretion. The MM&P and our brothers and sisters employed by DoD are grateful for your participation.



 

MATSON ANNOUNCES PURCHASE OF NEW US-BUILT CONTAINERSHIPS AND PLANS NEW GUAM, CHINA SERVICES FOR 2006

MM&P-contracted Matson Navigation Company has announced that it intends to invest $365 million in vessel, container and terminal assets to launch a new Guam and China service beginning in February 2006 when its present ten-year alliance agreement expires with APL. As a key element of that plan, the company has entered into cash on delivery purchase contracts for two new US-built containerships with Kvaerner Philadelphia Shipyard, Inc.(KPSI).

The vessels to be acquired will be similar in capacity, speed and operating efficiency to Matson’s MV MANUKAI and MV MAUNAWILI, both built by the same yard and placed in service in 2003 and 2004, respectively. The two new ships are expected to be delivered and placed in service by July 2005 and June 2006 at an estimated combined cost of $315 million. Matson has the option to time charter these vessels in lieu of purchasing. It also will have a right-of-first-refusal with KPSI for up to four other containerships of similar design that are deliverable by the Philadelphia yard before June 2010.

By mid-2006, both new ships will be deployed in an integrated weekly West Coast-Hawaii-Guam-China service together with three of Matson’s most efficient diesel-powered containerships. The planned routing will include port calls at Long Beach, Honolulu, Guam and two ports in China.

“Matson’s highest priority for the past two years has been the development of a viable replacement service for Guam,” said James Andrasick, Matson president and CEO. “We also have a continuing interest in expanding our reach into new markets, and at the same time strengthening our service reliability to our home state of Hawaii. This further investment in new US-built containerships satisfies all of those objectives. Matson has been proudly serving the Pacific since 1882, and this new service underscores that commitment, particularly with regard to Hawaii.”

Andrasick added: “These new ships, coupled with our other two new KPSI vessels, will ensure that Matson continues to provide Hawaii with efficient, dependable ocean transportation services for decades to come.
The investment marks a significant milestone in achieving our fleet replacement objectives. With their more fuel-efficient diesel engines, state-of-the art shipboard technology and a number of “green”
environmentally friendly design elements, these new ships will provide Hawaii with a strong, modern, reliable lifeline to the US Mainland.”



 

UPDATE ON USCG SAFETY ALERT ON GPS POSITION OFFSET

On February 4, the USCG Office of Investigations and Analysis distributed Safety Alert 1-05 regarding GPS Receiver Position Offset. The manufacturer, Furuno USA has provided more info describing the problem and the availability of a software update that can be accessed at http://www.uscg.mil/hq/g-m/moa/docs/furunosafety.pdf



 

BILL WOULD PROVIDE MONETARY BENEFIT FOR WW II MARINERS

Congressman Bob Filner (D-CA) has once again introduced legislation that would provide a monthly monetary benefit of $1,000 a month to certain individuals who served in the US merchant marine (including the Army Transport Service and the Naval Transport Service) between Dec.5, 1941 and Dec.31, 1946. Surviving spouses of eligible merchant marine veterans could also qualify for the benefit.

Merchant marine veterans were excluded from the GI Bill of Rights, which was signed into law in 1945. Rep. Filner, who serves on the House Veterans’
Affairs Committee, said that the average age of World War II merchant marine veterans is now 81. “Many have outlived their savings. A monthly benefit to compensate for the loss of nearly a lifetime of ineligibility for the GI Bill would provide some measure of comfort and some measure of security for veterans of the US merchant marine,” he said.

HR 23, the “Belated Thank You to the Merchant Mariners of World War II Act of 2005” was introduced in January. It was referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means.




 

MM&P MEMBER GUIDE BOOK FOR 2005 NOW AVAILABLE AT HALLS

The “Member Guide Book” developed by Richard Plant and Dave Boatner has been revised and updated with 2005 changes. One color copy has been sent to all officials and ports along with one black and white copy to be used for duplication purposes for members wishing to receive a copy.

The Member Guide Book is an offshoot of the original Applicant Guide Book for new members. This latest edition contains the history of the MM&P, where MM&P is today, discussion on MIRAID, the PCF Fund and the importance of EACH MEMBER supporting same.

It also contains a list of names, addresses, Email addresses and phone numbers of all union officials in all membership groups, location of our union/hiring halls, a brief overview of benefits and plans info and contact points as well as membership group dues and initiation fees, the training requirements for offshore shipping companies, a history of MITAGS/PMI and a review of the BECK decision.

The booklet ends with a discussion of MM&P’s hiring hall process, transferring from one membership group to another, an Applicant summary, and publications available from MM&P; namely the “Wheelhouse Weekly” and “The Master Mate & Pilot” newspaper and how you can subscribe to receive a copy.

Richard Plant and Dave Boatner have developed this booklet in response to the numerous questions and queries received over the years by retirees, members, applicants and perspective members. If there is any additional info you might feel is needed in the book please feel free to Email Richard Plant, MM&P Director of Special Projects at rplant@bridgedeck.org.

 


REPORT ON IMO MARITIME SAFETY COMMITTEE’S 79TH SESSION

In the post 9/11 atmosphere, many more new maritime security and safety regulations are being adopted worldwide than at any time in recent decades.
At the center of this adoption process is the International Maritime Organization, the maritime rule making arm of the United Nations that has its headquarters in London. In many cases, the issues discussed at these IMO meetings have led to the adoption of new regulations that impact an increasing number of MM&P members as well as mariners throughout the world.

The Seventy-ninth and most recent session of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) met at IMO Headquarters in London last December. Delegations from 107 nations and 38 non-governmental organizations were in attendance. Representing the MM&P were Pilots Membership Group Vice President Capt. George Quick and Special Representative Capt. Joe Stone.

The following are excerpts from a report Capt. Quick prepared on the session designed to present an overview of some of the main issues discussed that are of interest to MM&P members. Other excerpts from the report will be published in future issues of the Wheelhouse Weekly as space permits.

The primary issues were considered by three Working Groups: Maritime Security, Large Passenger Ship Safety, and Goal Based Standards. All other issues were considered by the MSC in plenary session. Progress on these issues will be discussed at the next IMO MSC session this May.

Maritime Security Working Group (MSWG): The MSWG consisted of basically the same chairman and delegations that drafted the initial version of the ISPS Code and the SOLAS amendments creating the present maritime security framework. Its main task at this time is to attempt to resolve problems that have arisen in implementation of the ISPS Code and issue circulars with guidance seeking to establish uniform interpretation and application of the ISPS Code.

Pre-arrival security information form: At the present time there is a proliferation of security related info being required by port states prior to a ships entry into port placing a difficult paper work burden on ships personnel. One of the goals at this session was to develop a standard data set of info containing both security and normal port entry info in the form of a single electronic data interchange message (EDI).

Unfortunately the General Declaration form containing the normal port entry info is widely distributed and the security related info is restricted in its distribution. The MSWG was of the opinion that the two types of info could not be combined into a single form at this time and focused its efforts on developing a separate security related data set. It is anticipated that the security related data set will eventually be included in part B of the ISPS Code.

It was the view of the industry participants that much of the “security” info is a duplication of the normal port entry info or can be obtained from other available sources and there is little reason to require separate security and entry forms.

Port Facility Security Plan checklist: The MSWG developed self-assessment guidelines in the form of a checklist to determine if Port Facility Security Plans (PFSP’s) are in compliance with the ISPS Code and SOLAS XI-2 requirements. The ITF/ICFTU has an interest in preserving the language we had included in the ISPS Code relating to the rights of crewmembers and representatives of welfare and labor organizations. Included in the checklist are procedures for facilitating shore leave for ship’s crew members or personnel changes as well as visitor access to the ship, including representatives of seafarers’ welfare and labor organizations.
The guidelines will be issued as an IMO MSC Circular.

AIS generated ship data on the world-wide-web: The delegations representing shipowners have strong objections to Fairplay/Lloyds List publishing AIS generated info on the world-wide-web. The shipowners argued that AIS has the potential to place in the public domain a vast amount of data about ships, cargoes, destinations, positions, estimated times of arrival, etc.

This data will be available at all times to any person or organization with the right equipment, positioned within 20 to 30 miles of the ship. The ship will be unaware that data is being gathered and by whom. There appears to be little to prevent its potential use by terrorists, pirates or belligerent nations to identify a particular ship or type of ship, using the dynamic data to aid an interception from relatively long range.

Knowledge of the course, speed and ETA of ships will make interception easy and the rapid response of AIS will immediately reveal and invalidate any attempt at evasive maneuvering. They stated that they are extremely concerned with the development of such websites and believe that freely available information on such websites unnecessarily compromises the security of ships and their cargoes and the safety of life at sea.

Some delegations were of the opinion that there may be safety benefits in the publication of AIS info on the world-wide-web. My own opinion is that we live in an info age where emerging info technology is expected to produce efficiencies and increased productivity that benefit industry and society as a whole. The availability of info generated by AIS can have an impact on expediting the scheduling of port services and increase the efficiency of port operations. We should be very careful about restricting the free flow of info on the basis of alleged security concerns. There may well be a security aspect to the shipowners concerns, but there is also a commercial concern in the protection of proprietary info that has colored the shipowners view of AIS from the beginning.

The MSWG concluded that since AIS is a public broadcast system it would be practically impossible to control the activities of those who make the info available. But, the MSWG strongly condemned the action of those who publish the info on the world-wide-web as detrimental to the safety and security of ships and port facilities. A request was made to the Secretary General of the IMO to bring the MSWG’s conclusions to the attention of Fairplay/Lloyds List.

 


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

 

CLASS OPENINGS

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

  • AIS – Automatic Identification System: 4/29, 5/7
  • ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 3/14, 4/4, 5/2, 5/9
  • BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 4/26
  • BST – Basic Safety Training: 4/25, 5/23

    CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses

  • CMM-ADVSTB – Advanced Stability: 5/2
  • 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: 3/21, 4/18, 5/16
  • CMM-SHS-ADV-I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 3/28, 4/18, 5/23
  • CMM-SHS-ADV-II- Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 4/25
  • CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 5/9
  • CMM-WKP- Advanced Watchkeeping: 4/11
  • CMM-VPEN-Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation: 4/25
  • CONT-PLNG – Contingency Planning: 4/8, 5/6, 5/13
  • FF-BADV – (Combined) Basic and Advanced Firefighting: 4/20, 5/23
  • HAZ – Hazardous Materials [5-day]: 4/11, 5/2
  • LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 4/13, 4/26, 5/4, 5/10
  • MEDIA-RSP – Media Response: 4/7, 5/5, 5/12
  • MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 3/19, 4/23, 5/14
  • MED-PIC – Medical Person-In-Charge: 3/14, 4/18, 5/9
  • MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 3/14, 4/18, 5/9

    MSC – Military Sealift Command

  • MSC-CBRD-1 – Chemical Biological Radiological Defense Training Orientation: 4/23, 5/1, 5/19
  • MSC-DC – Damage Control: 4/18, 4/27, 5/16
  • MSC-ENVPRO: Environmental Protection: 5/18
  • MSC-SMA – Small Arms Training (4-day): 4/25, 5/16
  • MSC-SMA-R – Small Arms Re-Qualification (2-day): 4/29, 5/20
    (must have proof of passing all 3 weapons within 2 years)
  • ROP-5 – Radar Observer Original and Renewal (5-day): 3/28, 5/23
  • ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 4/4, 5/2, 5/9
  • SEC-FSO – Facility Security Officer: 4/4
  • SEC-MAR-PRO – Maritime Security Professional Train The Trainer Training [5 days], 4/11
  • SEC-OFF-PCS – Security Officer: Port, Company, Ship: 5/2
  • SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5-day): 3/28, 5/23
  • SHS-ESH-BRMP-3: Emergency Shiphandling/Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (3-day): 5/2
  • TRAC-TUG – Water Tractor and Azimuth Stern Drive Tugs: 5/5
  • 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.

March 2005

  • 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 March 9, 2005 CLOSE


 D O W    N A S D A Q
 10,805.62 +139.39 for the week  2,061.29  +9.57 for the week
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
Closing
Price
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
111.56
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
30.88
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
19.37
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
16.05
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
31.22
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.36
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate Fund (VWEHX)
6.41
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.14
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
17.96
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
16.13
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
36.74
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
103.23
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
42.83





~ 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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