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Wheelhouse Weekly – March 18, 2004

March 18th 2004

 


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Volume 8 . . . . . Number 12 . . . . March 18, 2004

STORIES COVERED

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PACIFIC PORT HOLIDAY OBSERANCES

Capt. Dave Boatner, MM&P’s Agent-Pacific Ports, advises that the Union’s Pacific Port Halls will be closed for the following holiday observances in March:

  • Honolulu: Harry Bridges Memorial Day – March 30.
  • Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles: Cesar Chavez Day – March 31.

The above are Longshore holidays in each of the respective ports.



 

IMPORTANT NOTE FROM THE PLAN OFFICE

All members currently getting prescription refills on line through Express Pharmacy Services who access Express through the NMHC website link will have to re-register in order to be able to renew prescriptions online.

If you access your prescription renewals directly through www.ehs.com, you will be fine and have no need to re-register. The Plans office apologizes for the inconvenience, but the issue is related to problems with the link to Eckerd on the NMHC website. Please contact the Plan Office if you experience any problems.



 

MM&P SAYS ARA HAS NO GROUNDS FOR ARTICLE XX CONCERNS

In last week’s edition of the ARA Free Press, there was an article regarding that union’s dispute with Patriot Contract Services regarding the MREO position on LMSRs operated by Patriot for the Military Sealift Command.

American Radio Association President William Schuman wrote to MM&P President Capt. Tim Brown, regarding ARA jurisdictional duties that might subject MM&P to proceedings under Article XX of the AFL-CIO Constitution.

In his letter of reply to the ARA, Capt. Brown noted that, “In your letter, you have threatened that ARA would file Article XX charges against MM&P over your jurisdictional concerns. I have reviewed this matter with our International Counsel and am confident that MM&P has taken no action that, in any way, violates Article XX of the AFL-CIO Constitution.

“As you are probably aware, any such claim, which would be regarded as frivolous, would have to be made against the ILA. I do not believe these threats further your cause and I would hope that you would be more restrained in making such allegations in the future.”

In a separate comment, he noted that, “It is not the policy of the MM&P to interfere in the jurisdiction of other crafts aboard vessels that MM&P crews.”

Capt. Brown also observed that the decision on the MREO position on the LMSRs was made by the Military Sealift Command and the ARA should raise whatever concerns it has with the MSC, not the MM&P.



 

MM&P ATTENDS SEATRADES CONFERENCE

Richard Plant, MM&P’s Director of Special Projects, attended the Seatrades Passenger Cruise Conference/Exhibition held in Miami, FL from March 15-18. The opening remarks indicated that for 2003 there was, again, an increase of 17 percent in passenger cruise travel in North America. The cruise lines are eyeing another 17 percent growth rate increase in passenger cruise travel for 2004.

The attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept.11, 2001 continue to affect the companies.

In a move designed to boost bookings of passengers who are new to cruising and to reduce travel time by American citizens, Carnival Cruise Lines and others have chosen to home-port their vessels in up to 19 different US coastal cities. It is estimated that 40 percent of cruise passengers are first-timers.

New York, Galveston, New Orleans, Mobile and Seattle are among port cities that have been or will be assigned as a vessel’s home port.

Vessel security and the ISPS code were also covered in-depth at the conference. Among others at the conference presenting information on the topic were USCG Rear Admiral Thomas Gilmore, Asst. Commandant for Marine Safety and Environmental Protection; Ray Barberesi, Director, Office of Domestic Shipping & Ports at MarAd; and J. Michael Crye, president of the International Council of Cruise Lines.

Richard Plant remarked that the USCG “still has a significant job ahead of them to increase and maintain vessel, crew, passenger, cargo and port security. The trick,” he said, “is the necessity to ensure safety while at the same time not damaging companies’ economic viability and not violating the rights of passengers, and of shipboard crews and port workers.”

Norwegian Cruise Lines’ chief Colin Veitch reported that NCL will reflag US and put into operation in Hawaii another of its vessels this coming July 4 while the PRIDE OF AMERICA, originally scheduled to go into service at that time, undergoes additional work following its sinking in heavy weather at a German shipyard. No decision, to date, has been made on an officers union to represent mariners aboard this and the subsequent vessels NCL will operate under US-flag in the Hawaiian cruise trade.

Richard Plant reported that the conference this year “appeared to be less well attended than in the past, but was still well attended. The terrorist attacks in Madrid became a topic of conversation during the conference… Although the stance of the majority of the cruise lines is that the Madrid explosions should not impact on the cruise industry, many people at the conference were of the opinion that it probably will. To what extent is yet to be determined.”

MM&P is working with a number of people in the cruise sector on an ongoing basis to explore potential future job opportunities for our members.



 

IMO URGES EARLY MARITIME SECURITY IMPLEMENTATION

In the wake of the Madrid, Spain terrorist attacks that killed over 200 people and injured more than 1,000 others on March 11, International Maritime Organization Secretary-General Efthimios Mitropoulos has urged IMO member states to implement the maritime security regulations adopted in December 2002 as early as possible.

“The devastating news of last week’s atrocities in Madrid has filled us all with anguish and a feeling of personal loss for fellow human beings whom we did not know, while the pictures of the scenes where the atrocities were committed brought home the terror in its full dimension,” Mitropoulos said.

“Those atrocities should serve as a grim reminder of the vulnerability of all modes of transport to acts of terrorism. As far as we, servants of the maritime mode are concerned, our concern, in the context of the question posed by analysts and commentators as to which country will be the next target, should be which mode of transport will attract next the interest of the perpetrators of these unlawful acts,” he said.

The IMO Secretary-General urged all parties concerned to intensify their efforts to meet the entry-into-force deadline for the new security regime specified in SOLAS chapter XI-2 and the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code. The new measures enter into force July 1.

“I might even go one step further by urging all parties concerned, in particular SOLAS Contracting Governments and port organizations, to implement the new measures as early as possible, as far as ships entitled to fly their flags and port facilities under their jurisdiction are concerned,” Mitropoulos said. Visit www.imo.org to learn more on this vital maritime security issue.



 

U.S. NATO COMMANDER WARNS OF GAPS IN MARITIME SECURITY

Calling maritime security the weak link in the US-led war on terror, the commander of US naval forces in Europe said last week that extremists will one day exploit the shortcomings unless action is taken.

Admiral Gregory Johnson said that friendly nations needed to create an intelligence network to monitor the world’s main shipping lanes. “We have to develop a much more robust security regime in the maritime dimension…it is quite flimsy at the moment,” said Johnson.

Some 95 percent of the world’s commercial cargo moves by ship, with some 11 million containers traveling the seas every day, Johnson said. “There’s only a tiny, tiny portion of one percent of those containers that we know about before they reach our ports,” he said. “The volumes are such that over time any would-be terrorist is going to work this out.”



 

POTENTIAL HAZARD IN LAUNCHING 6.7 METER ENCLOSED LIFEBOAT

The USCG has recently been notified by a ship operator of a problem discovered during lifeboat launching drills. Although this event did not result in injury or death, there have been a number of lifeboat launching casualties that have. Readers should note that other manufacturers’ boats and launching arrangements need to be examined for similar possibilities of entanglement and snag hazards.

It is reported that on several occasions during lowering of a 6.7-meter totally enclosed lifeboat, the ring on the released end of the aft gripe snagged the boat’s “gripe bollard,” also known as a “stern post” or “lashing chock.”

This condition is unacceptable and may contribute to the loss of life during emergency evacuations or drills. The USCG strongly recommends that owners and operators of vessels having any type of webbing or wire cable used in a griping/securing system:

  • Contact the respective lifeboat manufacturers and class society representatives to find out what type of gripe entanglement incidents have been reported, and
  • Develop appropriate solutions that will minimize potential risks associated with such designs.

The purpose of the gripes are to secure the lifeboat against the davits when in the stowed position. The gripes are essentially straps that attach to the ends of the boat and are secured to the davits. One end attaches to a tightening and turnbuckle device, while the other end is attached to a ring that is placed over a slip hook. When the lifeboat is brought to its stowed position, the free end of the gripe is payed over the gripe bollards on both ends of the vessel and the rings are placed over the slip hooks. The hooks are then shifted to their closed position.

When the need to abandon ship occurs, the lifeboat is boarded, crewmembers are strapped in their harnesses and its lowering is initiated by a coxswain from inside the boat. A single lever releases the gripes by causing the slip hook to rotate allowing the rings at the terminal ends of the gripes to fall off.

Simultaneously the brake is released and the boat begins to lower. As the boat lowers, the gripes travel on the bollard. This is where the trouble can begin. Because the ring at the free end of the gripe is larger than the circular outer edge of the bollard, the ring can catch the bollard. Level lowering will continue until the gripe takes the load at which point the end of the vessel that hasn’t snagged will continue to lower. The gripe may or may not break when the lifeboat begins to hang, creating a potentially life-threatening situation.



 

GERMAN GOVERNMENT RESCUES “PRIDE OF AMERICA” SHIPYARD

The German government has now guaranteed a $10.2 million loan to secure bank credit, which will enable that country’s Lloyd Werft shipyard to carry on its shipbuilding business. The government has also created a fund to pay the yard’s suppliers that were hit by the yard’s insolvency.

The shipyard’s financial bailout by the government means it can continue work on the large US-flag cruise ship PRIDE OF AMERICA that was recently re-floated at its berth. The ship was undergoing a $340 million fit-out at the yard when it sank up to the third deck after being struck by a severe winter storm that also flooded its engine spaces.

Initial tests of the propulsion system are encouraging as three of the six engines were found to be operational. The propulsion system was underwater for over a month. The ship’s hull was built by Northrop Grumman’s Mississippi shipyard and was being fitted-out at the German yard.

NCL, the PRIDE’s owner, had planned to launch the ship on its inter-island Hawaii service this July 4. NCL is instead introducing a substitute vessel until the PRIDE OF AMERICA is ready for service.



 

USCG EXPANDS CARIBBEAN PATROL TERRITORY

The USCG has expanded its authority into Jamaican territorial waters. By signing a new “ship rider” agreement with the US last month, Jamaica has reversed its stance and now allows the USCG to board foreign-flag vessels within its territorial waters.

This comes as the USCG continues to post record numbers in its drug and migrant interdiction programs. Since Jan.20, the USCG has seized over 7,600 kg of drugs in the Caribbean and has repatriated over 2,000 migrants.

The Jamaica announcement came as the USCG was aided by the Royal Navy in seizing over two tons of cocaine in waters off Colombia last week. USCG TAMPA, a US Navy helicopter and the British Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessel WAVE KNIGHT joined in a high-speed sea chase that resulted in the seizure.


 

MITAGS Job Opening:
Academic Business Development Manager



 

HUMAN FACTORS CONFERENCE SET FOR APRIL 27-29

The USCG, Maritime Administration, Ship Operations Cooperation Program and MarineLog Magazine will sponsor this year’s Maritime Operations: Human Factors’ Conference on Aril 27-29 at MITAGS. To register or for more info on conference topics contact MarineLog Magazine at 212-620-7209 or online at: www.marinelog.com.



 

MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

NOTICE OF MITAGS SCHEDULE CHANGE: MSC-SMALL ARMS COURSE

MITAGS will offer a four day MSC-Small Arms Training Program, valid for original qualification or requalification, from March 22-25. Originally, two SMA requalification programs were scheduled in this time slot.

The MSC-SMA-Requal course was added to the MITAGS curriculum to provide additional opportunities for the MM&P members to keep their certification current. MITAGS’ schedule alternates original and requalification Small Arms courses throughout 2004.

 

Are you confident entering a confined space?

CSE-AAES – Confined Space Entry, Atmospheric Analysis of Enclosed Spaces (offered April 5) is designed for mariners who have a need to enter a vessel’s confined or enclosed spaces.

The course presents the construction, operational features, limitations and calibration of oxygen analyzers, portable gas detection instruments and colorimetric tubes. A training simulator is used along with various other training devices so that the attendee gets as close as possible to realistic training in testing, entering, working in and handling emergencies in a confined or enclosed space.

Class Openings

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

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  • ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 4/26
  • AZIPOD – Azimuthing Podded Drive Steering and Propulsion: 4/3

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  • BRM – Bridge Resource Management: 4/5
  • BST – Basic Safety Training: 3/22

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CMM = Chief Mate and Master Courses

  • CMM-ADVSTAB – Advanced Stability: 4/26
  • CMM-SHS-ADV-1 – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 3/22, 4/12
  • CMM-SHS-ADV-11 – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 4/19
  • CMM-SHMGT-2 – Ship Management (week 2): 3/22
  • CMM-VPEN – Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation: 4/19

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  • COMP-DB – Computer Database Programs: 3/22
  • COMP-OPSYS – (Basic)Computer Operating Systems: 4/19
  • CONT-PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop: 4/8
  • CSE-AAES – Confined Space Entry, Analysis of Spaces: 4/5

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  • FRB – Fast Rescue Boat: 4/26

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  • HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5-day): 4/5

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  • MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 3/27, 4/17
  • MEDIA-RSP – Media Response: 4/9
  • MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 4/12
  • MED-PIC – Medical Care Person-In-Charge: 4/12

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MSC = Military Sealift Command Courses

  • MSC-CBRD-1 – Chemical Biological Radiological Defense: 3/28, 4/10
  • MSC-DC – Damage Control: 3/26, 4/23

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  • ROR-1 — Radar Observer Renewal: 4/3, 5/1

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  • SEC-OFF PCS — Security Officer-Port, Company, Ship: 3/29
  • SHS-BAS – Basic Shiphandling: 4/26
  • SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling: 4/12

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  • TTT – Train the Trainer: 4/19

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  • WX-BAS – Basic Weather 2-days: 5/1

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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

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  • 3/22-26: ARPA
  • 3/22: Radar Recertification
  • 3/22-24: Ship Security
  • 3/29-4/2/04: Medical Provider
  • 3/29-4/9/04: Medical Person-In-Charge

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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 MARCH 17, 2004 CLOSE

 

 D O W    N A S D A Q
 10,300.30 – 156.66 for the week  1,976.76  +12.61 for the week

Fund Name & Trading Symbol

Closing
Price

Year-to-Date Fund
Percentage Return

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

104.12

+0.21
+35.44
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)

27.78

+ 2.59
+56.58
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)

16.70

+ 2.42
+56.28
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)

15.09

+ 0.20
+40.03
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)

27.66

+ 3.25
+42.96
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)

10.58

+ 1.78
+3.45
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate Fund (VWEHX)

6.40

+ 1.83
+15.40
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)

10.54

+ 3.07
+5.71
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)

15.87

+ 4.97
+26.44
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)

15.90

+ 0.81
+21.03
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)

35.96

+ 0.19
+24.61
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)

98.75

+ 0.20
+30.80
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)

39.82

+ 0.19
+35.39



~ Reminders ~



 

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.



 

VOLUNTEER MATES, C/E and AB NEEDED FOR LST TO PUT TO SEA

Plans are underway for the restored World Ward II-vintage USS LST 325 (Landing Ship, Tank) to make a commemorative D-Day voyage from her home port in Mobile, AL to Boston, MA beginning on May 24 and returning July 9.

Two Licensed Deck Officers, a Chief Engineer and an AB are still needed to make the voyage possible. These are all volunteer positions. The Trip may be broken down to three legs or the full 46-day trip with 23 days at sea. Other port visits include the Massachusetts ports of Boston, Gloucester, Quincy, New Bedford and Washington, DC.

For more info, check out the website www.lstmemorial.org or call Bill Kapaus at 972-712-3394 or Capt Al Wilson at 508-830-5040.

Some of the stats:

  • LOA 328ft
  • Beam 50 ft
  • Speed 12 knots
  • Officers 10
  • Crew 35 unlicensed
  • Propulsion:
    • Two General Motors 12-567 diesel engines
    • two shafts
    • two rudders.

Travel will be reimbursed. Required documents are a drug free certificate and STCW.


 


 

NEW MAILING ADDRESSES FOR MITAGS, PLANS & CREDIT UNION

The buildings remain where they have always stood, but they have now been assigned new addresses. Local authorities have determined that it was necessary to put in place new street numbering for the MM&P’s MITAGS facility and for the MM&P Health & Benefit Plan office. The longstanding address of 5700 Hammonds Ferry Rd., used for both MITAGS and the Plan, has been eliminated.

Effective immediately:

  • The mailing address for MITAGS has been changed to:
    • 692 Maritime Blvd
      Linthicum Heights, MD 21090
      USA

 

  • The new mailing address for the Plan Office is now:
    • 700 Maritime Blvd.
      Suite A
      Linthicum Heights, MD 21090-1996
      USA
    • This is the same street address as the Union headquarters since both offices are housed in the same building, but the Plan Office is denoted with a suite number.

 

  • The mailing address for the MM&P Federal Credit Union, located in the Plans Building Lobby, is now:
    • 700 Maritime Blvd.
      Linthicum Heights, MD 21090-1996
      USA

The change brings the MITAGS, Plans and MM&P FCU addresses into conformance with Postal and 911 emergency mapping since all the buildings are located on the same road of the campus.

Plan Administrator Valerie Verrecchio advises Plan participants that “it is important to remember when you send mail to the Plans that you clearly address it to ‘MM&P Plans’ and to include our new suite number. This is what the Post Office will use to differentiate mail between the Union and the Plan office. Otherwise, the Post Office may send it through the mail system at the Union and your claims processing could be delayed for a couple of days.”

There is no change to the Union HQ mailing address.



 

MITAGS JOB OPENING: ACADEMIC BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

The Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies (MITAGS) seeks an individual who can apply his/her knowledge and experience in marine shipboard operations to help solve organizational problems through training and education.

Excellent written and verbal skills a must. Person must also have an outgoing personality and be a goal-oriented self-starter with the ability to work independently. Travel expected 25 percent of time to seek opportunities and present proposals.

Desired background:

  • bachelor’s degree, graduate degree a plus;
  • unlimited tonnage license (or military equivalent), and
  • a record of continuing education.
  • Extensive industry contacts preferred.

MITAGS is located near the BWI airport, convenient to Baltimore, Washington and Annapolis, MD. Excellent full Union benefits, competitive salary. See our web site, www.mitags.org for more info. Resumes to Human Resources Fax: 443-989-3341; Email: hr@mitags.org. EOE.



 

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.



 

DEADLINE APPROACHES FOR MASTER TOWING LICENSE

The USCG advises that if you began your service or training in the towing industry before May 21, 2001, you may receive a license for Master of Towing Vessels if, before May 21 2004, you complete the exam required by 46 CFR 10.903(a)(18)(i) and meet either of the following two requirements:

1. Three years of service, including:

  • Two years on deck aboard a vessel 26-feet or more in length;
  • One year on deck aboard a towing vessel, with at least six months of training or duty in the wheelhouse of the towing vessel; and
  • Three months in each particular geographic area for which you are seeking authority.

~ OR ~

2. Three years of service aboard towing vessels, including:

  • One year on deck, with at least six months of training or duty in the wheelhouse of the towing vessel; and
  • Three months in each particular geographic area for which you are seeking authority.

The deadline to complete testing and service is May 21, 2004. If you miss this deadline, then the requirement to work up through Apprentice Mate, Mate, and then Master will apply. Although the deadline is this May, applications submitted after January may not allow sufficient time for evaluation and testing.

For additional info, please contact Richard Wells at 504-240-7300, ext 232, or via Email at REWells@msoneworleansrec.uscg.mil.



 

MITAGS AND PMI DISCOUNT COST FOR ADVANCED MARINER LICENSES

MITAGS Executive Director Glen Paine announced that MITAGS and PMI have implemented an innovative program, with reduced tuition and hotel costs, to assist professional mariners seeking license advancement to Chief Mate/Master (CMM).

The Institutes now offer one of the fastest, most versatile, and cost-effective routes for mariners to obtain their CMM licenses. The MITAGS/PMI program, which covers all USCG requirements, is only 12 weeks in duration.

Forty-one of the 53 required assessments may be completed during these courses. To flexibly meet their schedule, students can take the required courses at the PMI campus in Seattle, Washington and/or at the MITAGS campus in Baltimore, Maryland.

The MITAGS/PMI program can be completed in 60 days for under $14,000. Other programs take up to 71 days and charge $19,000 to complete the CMM requirements. Students taking ALL of the CMM courses at MITAGS and/or PMI will receive a 15 percent tuition discount from the normal pricing, which brings the total CMM tuition down to $13,303.

In addition to this cost reduction, those students taking ALL of the CMM courses at MITAGS/PMI will receive a substantial reduction in the room and board rates. If needed, MITAGS and PMI will also provide a convenient and flexible payment plan.

For more info regarding the CMM License Advancement, or any other course programs offered by MITAGS or PMI, please contact Capt. Craig Thomas (MITAGS) toll free at 866-656-5569 or via Email at cthomas@mitags.org. You may also contact Gregg Trunnell at PMI in Seattle at 206-239-9965 or via Email at gtrunnell@mates.org.



 

MM&P MEMBERS AT SEA CAN NOW SAVE ON SHIP-TO-SHORE CALLS

Through a special arrangement with ShipCom, MM&P members at sea will now receive a significant discount on personal ship-to-shore radiotelephone calls. The rate is $2.50 per minute to any phone number in the US. This is a significant discount from the usual rate of $3.99 per minute. Calls may be placed collect, or billed to any major credit card.

To take advantage of this offer or for more info contact Station WLO on HF SSB channels 405, 607, 824, 1212, 16401, 1807, or 2237 or on HF radio telex channels (selcall 1090) 406, 606, 806, 810, 815, 1205, 1211, 1605, 1615, 1810 or 2215.

MM&P members must identify themselves as an MM&P member and provide the operator with the last 4 digits of their MM&P book number in order to get the discounted rate.

Any vessel equipped with HF radio telex may send and receive Internet email via the telex terminal. For more info contact WLO radio via telex or HF SSB voice.



 

WWII REGISTRY SITE OPEN TO ALL WHO SERVED IN ANY CAPACITY

The National WWII Memorial has a site on its webpage for individuals who served in any capacity during WWII to register to be included in the Memorial’s Registry. The main site is www.wwiimemorial.com.

If the individual clicks on WWII Registry, he/she can find out if he/she is already included as a result of one of the WWII databases and, if not, can follow the directions to register. Any American who contributed to the war effort is eligible for the Registry.


 

CREDIT UNION MEMBERS: PAY YOURSELF FIRST WITH DIRECT DEPOSIT

  • Do you want an easy way to grow your savings?
  • Do you want an easier way to make deposits to your Masters, Mates & Pilots Federal Credit Union account?

Consider establishing payroll or pension direct deposit.

Many employers allow you to directly deposit your pay into several different financial institutions. Trinity Management, Strong America and Moran Towing of Florida are among the MM&P-contracted companies that already provide for employees to deposit funds directly into the MM&P Federal Credit Union.

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

Add to your savings by paying yourself first! Contact your payroll office to establish Credit Union direct deposit or to find out if this is available for you.

 

Who Can Be a Member?

MM&P Federal Credit Union membership is open to all MM&P members, to all MM&P, MITAGS, MIRAID and Plans staff, and to their immediate families.

 

Want to Know More?

For additional details or to get answers to your questions on all MM&P Federal Credit Union programs, contact Kathy Klisavage, Credit Union Manager, toll-free at 1-800-382-7777 or by Email at mmpfcu@bridgedeck.org.

 



The MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly is the official electronic newsletter of the International Organization of Masters, Mates, and Pilots, ILA, AFL-CIO, 700 Maritime Blvd., Linthicum Heights, MD 21090-1941. Phone: 410-850-8700; Fax: 410-850-0973; Email: iommp@bridgedeck.org. For further info or to subscribe contact John Peige at jpeige@bridgedeck.org. The Wheelhouse Weekly is sent via Email to MM&P-contracted vessels at sea, broadcast worldwide via FEC marine telex and is posted on our web page.