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Wheelhouse Weekly – March 25, 2004

March 25th 2004

 


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Volume 8 . . . . . Number 13 . . . . March 25, 2004

STORIES COVERED

ALSO

REMINDERS




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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.



 

TAX FILING DELAY FOR OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM CIVILIAN MARINERS

As the income tax deadline of April 15 approaches, MM&P members are reminded that qualified merchant mariners serving on vessels under Dept. of Defense operational control in direct support of US Armed Forces have been determined by the IRS to be eligible for the benefits of section 7508(a)(1) of the Internal Revenue Service Code 26 USC 7508.

This includes individuals (as well as the spouse of such individuals) serving in the combat zone as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom aboard Maritime Administration and Military Sealift Command owned or controlled vessels.

MORE INFO: www.marad.dot.gov/Publications/employment/marinertaxes.html



 

MEETING PROPOSES RECLASSIFICATION OF USNS SHIPS

Vice Admiral David Brewer, Commander of the Military Sealift Command called a meeting of key officers from the MM&P, the Marine Engineers and the Seafarers International Union to meet at MSC headquarters in Washington, DC on March 24 to discuss and potentially resolve shore leave issues for civilian mariners that have been at issue for a long time. Other matters of concern were also addressed.

On Nov.14, 2003, the Navy ship USS CORONADO was transferred to MSC operational control. The plan was to operate the ship as a Navy auxiliary ship renamed USNS CORONADO and crewed with civilian Master, Deck, Engine and Supply departments. The Department of the Navy unilaterally changed the rules.

They declared that the ship had to be able to conduct “belligerent operations” and noted that under international law, “only warships may conduct belligerent operations;” and that “warships must have a military commanding officer” and “warships must have crews subject to military discipline.” The CORONADO was subsequently re-commissioned, returning it to USS status and was put under control of a Navy Commanding Officer.

MSC has now proposed to add a new section to Title 10, US Code, that would, according to MSC, “create a new category of mariner ­ one subject to assignment to a warship and required to maintain an affiliation with the Naval Reserve as a condition of employment.”

Among the questions raised by this proposal were:

  • Aboard which ships and during which periods should this apply?
  • Should these mariners be recruited and managed separately?
  • Should disparities between military pay and mariner base pay/overtime/bonus pay be addressed?
  • Should such mariners be waived or exempted from some military standards and benefits?
  • Would being placed in an active duty military status affect a mariner’s ability to retain membership in a collective bargaining unit?

MM&P President Tim Brown reacted to the proposal by stating that, “the MM&P is very confused and disappointed by the Navy’s decision to treat MSC mariners as less that full partners.”

 

MORE INFO: USS Coronado Background || Cornell University Legal Information Institute’s 10 USC page and Notes



 

E-SHIPS CONTRACT EXTENDED THROUGH 2005

Richard May, Offshore Membership Vice President, Atlantic Ports, reported good success in recent negotiations to extend by one year MM&P’s agreement with E-Ships for providing deck officers aboard E-Ships managed Farrell Lines vessels. Originally set to expire at the end of this year, terms of the agreement have been improved and the agreement is extended through Dec.31, 2005.

Three ships – ENDURANCE, ENDEAVOR and ENTERPRISE – are covered under the agreement that brings a three-percent increase in all wages and wage-related items including vacation, overtime and IRAP contributions.

An improved and extended agreement covering the ARGONAUT was also reached. The ARGONAUT contract packs a three-percent increase and one additional vacation day for each deck officer. The ARGONAUT operates under a different contract than other E-Ships vessels. It is not an enrolled Maritime Security Program-participating vessel and has periodically been layed-up for long periods of time. Its expiration date has been extended effective March 18, 2004, to run concurrently with the other three ships to a December 31, 2005, expiration.

P&O Nedlloyd, owner of Farrell Lines, recently took a positive step when it sent the ARGONAUT into the shipyard in Singapore. The company chose to make a substantial financial investment in the vessel to prolong its useful life. This is a significant turnaround in the face of earlier considerations to scrap the ship. The ARGONAUT came out of shipyard in mid-March.

Among improvements made, the ship’s lashing system was upgraded. ARGONAUT was one of the last ships to use wire lashings. She now sports current technology rod lashing systems that prove to be faster, easier and stronger than wire lashings. Not only is this an improvement for the ship and her operational efficiency, it is also better for longshore workers and contributes to a faster port turnaround time.

The ARGONAUT has quite a history behind her. Rich May noted that she was, “next to the last in the series of vessels built in Bath, Maine, originally intended for American Export line. MM&P members have been on the ship for its entire service life.” Last in that vessel series was the RESOLUTE which is now a reserve fleet vessel.

Rich May concluded, noting that the contract extensions “allow us to settle in to the new Maritime Security Program (which begins in 2005) before we have to sit down and negotiate a contract again.”



 

MM&P-CONTRACTED HORIZON LINES EXTENDS AGREEMENTS WITH MAERSK

MM&P-contracted Horizon Lines has renewed its terminal and equipment agreements with Maersk Inc. and its affiliates through 2007 with options through the end of the decade.

The agreement covers several aspects of the domestic liner business, including continued port calls on seven terminal locations on the East, West and Gulf coasts. Horizon Lines will also retain its ability to utilize Maersk equipment including its container fleet and North America chassis network.

Horizon Lines CEO and Chairman Chuck Raymond noted that, “The relationship with Maersk goes back to the 1999 sale of Sea-Land.” In addition, Horizon Lines will continue its agency activity on behalf of Maersk-Sealand in Alaska, Hawaii, Guam and Puerto Rico. Maersk-Sealand will continue to have access to Horizon’s TP1 vessel string that provides service to Asia via the domestic carrier’s Hawaii/Guam service under a new agreement.



 

ILA INKS SIX YEAR MASTER WATERFRONT CONTRACT

“Historic in terms of length,” described the new master collective bargaining agreement between the International Longshoremen’s Association and the US Maritime Alliance, LTD. The statement was made in a joint labor-management press release announcing the new pact that runs until Sept.30, 2010.

The agreement was reached fully six months before the current waterfront contract expires and is the result of extensive negotiations that concluded in Tampa, FL, on March 23. Early agreement affords shippers the assurance that their cargo flow will not be disrupted, the release noted.

“We expect local negotiations to commence immediately to allow our ILA rank-and-file to hold a ratification vote sometime around June 1,” said John Bowers. ILA rank-and-file members in port areas from Maine to Texas will vote on both the Master Contract and their respective local agreements at that time.

Negotiations took place between ILA President Bowers and more than 200 ILA Wage Scale delegates on the union side, and Maritime Alliance President and CEO James Capo along with scores of management officials on the employer side. The US Maritime Alliance (USMX) is comprised of container carriers, direct employers and port associations serving the US East and Gulf Coasts. The new deal includes raises for ILA members, guaranteed funds for local plans and resolves the issue of the projected deficit in the industry’s national health care plan, MILA.

In a joint statement, John Bowers and James Capo declared, “We set, and met, a March 31 deadline to reach agreement on a Master Contract. We commend both ILA wage scale delegates and employer representatives for their dedicated efforts in achieving an early settlement. We think we’ve put together a generous package that will be ratified by the ILA membership.”



 

COAST GUARD ESTABLISHES MTSA-ISPS HELP DESK

In an effort to assist with the July 1 implementation of the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA)-International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code, the USCG has established the MTSA-ISPS Help Desk, a “one-stop-shop” for up-to-date info.

The Help Desk operates from 0800-2000 EST and can be reached at 1-877-MTSA-Air (1-877-687-2243) or 202-366-9991 for all MTSA-ISPS needs. The staff will immediately respond to questions or will research issues and promptly provide a written response.

For additional info and a visual guide to the type info available, go to: www.uscg.mil/hq/g-m/mp/MTSA.shtml.



 

STATE DEPARTMENT PLANS TO ELIMINATE ISSUANCE OF CREW-LIST VISAS

In a move they say will further increase Homeland maritime security, the State Department has announced that it will eliminate the issuance of crew-list visas.

The move becomes effective on June 16 and will require each non-US crewmember entering the US to complete the nonimmigrant visa application forms, submit a valid passport and undergo an interview and background checks.

Comments on the interim final rule must be received by May 17. The remaining 30 days until implementation will provide the Department time to evaluate and review public comments received and determine if any additional steps, including a possible 90-day extension, needs to be taken to ameliorate effects on the shipping industry.

This rule is online at www.regulations.gov. For further info, or to submit comments, contact Ron Acker, Legislation and Regulations Division, Visa Services, Department of State at ackerrl@state.gov.



 

DOT’S MINETA SAYS TRANSPORTATION HAS NEVER BEEN MORE IMPORTANT

“Transportation has never been more important to America’s economic future than it is right now. And working together, we can ensure that our transportation engine runs at peak efficiency and continues to drive the American economy forward,” Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta said last week.

“We have seen how increases in freight volumes can strain the transportation network. So we are preparing now to add capacity and to keep the economy moving. Critical first steps of our Freight Action Plan can be found in the surface transportation proposal that the President submitted to the Congress last May that is entitled the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, and Efficient Transportation Equity Act, or SAFETEA.

“In SAFETEA, we target investment on the critical-last-mile-road connections from the National Highway System to important intermodal freight facilities. Too often, the connections between trucks and trains and merchant ships are neglected, which causes needless congestion and slows the efficiency of the entire freight system,” Mineta said.

He noted that, “We are bringing ‘new thinking’ to the maritime transportation system through our SEA 21 initiative… SEA 21 will do for the maritime transportation system what ISTEA did for surface transportation, and will ensure a more competitive and modern system.”

As part of the SEA-21 initiative, the Bush Administration also is taking a serious look at how the largely untapped maritime component of the US transportation system can help move commercial goods more effectively and efficiently.

Short Sea Shipping, the shifting of land-based cargo movement to coastal and inland waterways, is one major component to help handle the dramatic cargo increase bearing down on the transportation system. “We must add capacity to keep vital shipments moving – to keep the American economy moving and competitive in the global arena. This is true across the system including land, sea, and air,” Mineta noted.

He also said that, “At a record $256 billion, a 21 percent increase over the last surface transportation act, TEA-21, SAFETEA strikes the appropriate balance between the need for a substantial Federal infrastructure investment and the need for fiscal discipline.”

The Transportation Secretary noted that, “The US transportation system annually carries more than 16.3 billion tons of freight that is valued at over $12 trillion. And, as the economy takes off, we project freight volume will increase by more than 50 percent in the next 20 years.”



 

SALVAGE EFFORT BEGINS IN BOW MARINER SINKING OFF VIRGINIA

Salvage work is set to begin in the case of the tanker BOW MARINER, which sank 50 nautical miles off the coast of Virginia on Feb.28 after experiencing several explosions and fire. Six crewmen survived, 3 bodies have been recovered and 18 are missing.

The salvage team will deploy a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) and specialized divers to locate the missing crewmembers of this tragic accident. The salvor’s second task will be to remove bunker oil from the tanker that lies in the Atlantic Ocean at a depth of approximately 264 feet.

Heavy weather has hampered ROV operations to locate the missing seamen as well as survey operations to determine whether recoverable quantities of its cargo of ethanol or bunker fuel remain in the vessel. The salvage team also plans to deploy it’s unique pollution recovery system (ROLS) that has been designed to remove oil and chemicals from vessels lying on the seabed in very deep water without the assistance of divers.



 

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 Job Opening:
Academic Business Development Manager



 

MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

CLASS OPENINGS

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

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  • ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 4/26

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  • BRM – Bridge Resource Management: 4/5, 5/24
  • BST – Basic Safety Training: 5/17

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CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses

  • CMM-ADVSTAB – Advanced Stability: 4/26
  • CMM-CHS-I – Cargo Handling and Stowage (week 1): 5/10
  • CMM-CHS-II – Cargo Handling and Stowage (week 2): 5/17
  • CMM-ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems: 5/24
  • CMM-SHS-ADV-I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 5/17
  • CMM-SHS-ADV-II – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 4/19, 5/24
  • CMM-WKP – Watchkeeping: 5/24

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  • COMP-NET – Computer Networks: 5/10
  • COMP-OPSYS – (Basic)Computer Operating Systems: 4/19
  • CONT-PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop: 4/8, 5/13
  • CSE-AAES – Confined Space Entry, Analysis on Enclosed 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, 5/14
  • MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 4/12, 5/3
  • MED-PIC – Medical Care Person-In-Charge: 4/12, 5/3

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MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses

  • MSC-CBRD-1 – Chemical Bio Radiological: 3/28, 4/10, 5/22
  • MSC-COMMS – Strategic Sealift Communications: 5/3
  • MSC-DC – Damage Control: 3/26, 4/23, 5/18, 5/20
  • MSC-SMA-R – Small Arms Renewal (2-day): 5/18, 5/20
    (must have passed all 3 weapons within 2 years)

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  • ROR-1 — Radar Observer Renewal: 4/3, 5/1
  • ROP-5 – Radar Observer Unlimited and Renewal: 5/17

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  • SEC-OFF PCS — Security Officer-Port, Company, Ship: 5/10
  • SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling: 5/10

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  • T-PIC – Tankship (/Barge) Haz Liquids, Person-In-Charge: 5/10
  • 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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  • 3/29-4/2/04: 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 24, 2004 CLOSE

 

 D O W    N A S D A Q
 10,048.23 – 252.07 for the week  1,904.48  -72.28 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)

101.11

-1.52
+28.30
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)

26.95

+1.09
+49.54
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)

16.52

+2.42
+45.47
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)

14.68

+1.28
+32.74
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)

26.89

+1.51
+35.97
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)

10.58

+1.88
+3.83
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate Fund (VWEHX)

6.39

+1.83
+15.20
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)

10.52

+3.07
+6.51
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)

15.54

+4.30
+23.33
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)

15.62

-0.40
+16.95
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)

34.99

-1.53
+18.34
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)

95.80

-1.98
+23.64
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)

38.67

-1.54
+28.27



~ 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.



 

RE-REGISTRATION NEEDED FOR EXPRESS PHARMACY MAIL-ORDER PRESCRIPTIONS THROUGH NHMC SITE LINK

All members currently getting prescription refills online 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.



 

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 21090-1941
      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.

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