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Wheelhouse Weekly – May 06, 2004


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Volume 8 . . . . . Number 19 . . . . May 6, 2004





 

Convention Call: MM&P 80th Convention

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

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

 


STORIES COVERED

ALSO

REMINDERS




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




 

MARAD ADMINISTRATOR BRIEFS MIRAID ON MSP, OTHER ISSUES

In remarks to the Board of Directors of MM&P’s Maritime Institute for Research and Industrial Development (MIRAID) on May 4th, Maritime Administrator Capt. Bill Schubert said that he believes that the Bush Administration will support the increased funding level for the new Maritime Security Program (MSP).

Beginning in fiscal year 2006, the MSP will need $156 million to support 60 militarily-useful US-flag vessels, as compared to the current $98.7 million needed to support 47 MSP ships. Schubert noted that MARAD’s efforts last fall successfully brought the government’s Office of Management and Budget on board for the larger MSP budget.

He further told the Board that the top priority for MARAD and for the industry is to make sure all 60 MSP slots are filled by Oct.1, 2005, so that the industry can achieve the defense objectives envisioned by DOD and the Congress.

In other matters, Capt. Schubert said that the solicitations for the RRF vessels would be released in June. He indicated that MARAD has decided to maintain the Section 2 US citizen requirements for RRF ship manager contracts and he acknowledged that MARAD wants the contracts spread around so that it has access to a broader, more diversified labor pool. MM&P’s Mike Rodriguez and other union personnel have been working with a number of companies in preparation for submitting bids under the forthcoming RRF solicitations.

Capt. Schubert also emphasized MARAD and DOT’s commitment to advancing a short sea shipping initiative that complies with the requirements of the Jones Act, and that he and DOT Secretary Norman Mineta are working to convince others in the Administration to support a maritime tax reform initiative. MM&P is actively involved with development of a Short Sea Shipping program for the US. Richard Plant represents the Union in these efforts.

Additional info about Captain Schubert’s remarks and the MIRAID Board meeting is scheduled to appear in the next edition of the MM&P Newspaper.



 

USSM-MLL DISPUTE CONTINUES OVER CONTROL OF US-FLAG SHIPS

In another MARAD-related case, two US-flag shipping companies continue to be at odds over vessel contract rights. In March, Maersk’s US-flag subsidiary Maersk Lines Ltd. (MLL) won an arbitration decision over the issue, which MM&P-contracted US Ship Management (USSM) is attempting to overturn in US federal court.

As in many arbitration cases, money is at the center of the dispute … in this case, big money. At stake is control of 15 container ships and subsidies of $2.1 million per year per ship under the US Maritime Security Program (MSP).

Charlotte-based USSM presently collects the subsidy monies as bareboat charterer and manager of the ships for Norfolk-based MLL. The Danish parent company has long sought to eliminate USSM from its triangular relationship with MARAD. In light of its arbitration win, last week MARAD granted MLL permission to apply to have the 15 vessels’ subsidies transferred from USSM to itself, but emphasized that, “No final disposition of Maersk’s application was made.”

According to published reports, MLL has taken the position that the arbitration victory gives it the go ahead to take control of the ships and says it will “work closely with the MARAD to expedite the transfer process.”

Meanwhile, USSM is saying, not so quick. A US federal district court in Washington DC has ruled in USSM’s favor on the issue. A MARAD motion to dismiss a complaint against it by USSM has been denied.

During the many months of legal maneuvering by both companies, USSM has remained in possession of the ships despite MLL’s continuing demand that it surrender them. MLL declared USSM in default of charter agreements when it did not give up control of the vessels. Last year, MM&P stated its support of MLL’s position and continues to support the company on the issue.

As often is the case in arbitration and court procedures, the process looks like it will continue to drag anchor as a spokesman for USSM stated late last week that, “USSM intends to continue to take all steps necessary to preserve, protect and defend its operations.”



 

SEN. JOHN KERRY REAFFIRMS SUPPORT FOR MARITIME POLICIES

Responding to questions submitted by the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades on behalf of its affiliates, including the MM&P, Senator John Kerry, the AFL-CIO and MM&P-endorsed candidate for President, reiterated his support for a number of MM&P’s top maritime programs and policy objectives.

Specifically, Senator Kerry stated that he supports “full enforcement of cargo preference laws because I believe that government cargo should be shipped on US-flag ships whenever possible in accordance with the law.” He further expressed his continuing support for the Maritime Security Program and pledged as President to “support long-term funding for 60 vessels so that we have an adequate fleet available for our military and commercial needs.”

With respect to our effort to enact meaningful maritime tax reform legislation, Senator Kerry stated that since “it is in the best interests of our economic and national security to maintain a US merchant fleet . . . my administration will thoroughly review international shipping practices to determine which steps can be taken to achieve parity with foreign merchant fleets.”

 

VISIT JOHN KERRY’S CAMPAIGN WEBSITE AT www.johnkerry.com.



 

GRAND OPENING FOR PMI’S NEW SIMULATOR SET FOR JUNE 10

The Grand Opening for the MM&P-MITAGS Pacific Maritime Institute’s new 15,000 square-foot facility which features a DNV Class A, full-mission, visual ship simulator is scheduled for June 10th for government officials and June 11th for maritime industry guests.

The new simulator boasts a combination of state-of-the-art visual technologies, accurate hydrodynamic modeling, and modern bridge design that will offer a highly realistic training environment. Four secondary bridges are available for interactive operational exercises.

“PMI’s expansion and relocation signals our commitment to provide customers with a comprehensive and all-inclusive training environment. Our new full-mission simulator will provide an efficient and realistic way to train and assess mariners. Students and companies can rely on PMI for all their training requirements,” said Gregg Trunnell.

The new training facility will enhance PMI’s ability to providing regulatory and customized courses to a wide range of maritime professions, including ship and towing officers, tankermen, pilots, the fishing industry, port security officers, and vessel traffic control personnel.

For more info about PMI or license advancement courses currently being offered, contact Gregg Trunnell at 206-719 2801 or via Email at gtrunnell@mates.org, or visit PMI’s website at www.mates.org.



 

PILOT CANDIDATES SOUGHT FOR PORT OF FORT PIERCE FLORIDA

Florida’s Port of Fort Pierce has announced an opening for a certified deputy pilot. Those interested should submit a completed application and a non-refundable application fee of $200 by June 1.

The application is available via the web at: www.myflorida.com/dbpr/pro/pilotc/pilot_index.shtml.

The Deputy Pilot Examination is currently scheduled for Sept.9 in Tallahassee.

For more info contact the Board of Pilot Commissioners at 850-922-2918; Fax: 850-922-2918.

 



 

TIME IS RUNNING OUT:
VOLUNTEER MARINERS SOUGHT FOR WORLD WAR II LST VOYAGE

MM&P member Capt. Bill Doherty, the volunteer Master of the historic World War II landing ship USS LST 325 is still looking for a few good licensed members to volunteer for the vessel’s voyage up the East Coast that begins in just over two weeks.

Here is the sailing schedule:

  • 5/17: readied for sea trials in Mobile
  • 5/24: sail date from Mobile
  • 6/05: scheduled arrival in Boston
  • Return trip will include stops at Gloucester, Mass Maritime, New Bedford and Washington DC.
  • 7/10: scheduled arrival in Mobile

The crew list needs to be finalized before the 5/24 sailing date. Volunteers can sign on for segments of the trip if they do not want to sail the entire voyage.

For more details, members can call Capt. Doherty at his home phone number 508-362-5179. Please note that this number was incorrectly listed in last week’s edition. His Email address is: oldshellback@earthlink.net.

Capt. Doherty reports that, “At this point with two MM&P members already aboard we are one or two billets short of a full MM&P crew. Maybe we could go for the fences and get her ‘vertically crewed’ since we still need a licensed Chief Engineer and an AB.”



 

STARS AND STRIPES NEWSPAPER NOW AVAILABLE FREE ON THE WEB

Service members and civilian support personnel who don’t have access to the “Stars and Stripes” newspaper but do have access to a computer can now go online to read or download an exact replica of the paper at no charge. The electronic version of the newspaper is an effort to reach readers in remote areas.

Free online versions of the newspaper’s European, Pacific and Middle East editions became available April 26. Service members, civilian support personnel and their families can read the paper online or download it in the .pdf file format at the estripes.osd.mil web site.

Officials recommend that readers who want to print the paper and read it that way use the “fit to paper” option when printing. The site also offers free access to past newspapers up to seven days.

Each day nearly 45,000 copies of the printed version are delivered throughout the Middle East region. The newspaper delivers an estimated 25,000 copies to Iraq, another 3,500 to Afghanistan, and 15,000 to Kuwait.



 

MM&P FCU NEWS

Rates Drop, Limits Increase On Auto Loans

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

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

 

Signature Loan Rates Dip

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

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

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

 

Protect Your Personal Information – Beware of Email Scams

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

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

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



 

WORLD WAR II MERCHANT MARINER CELEBRATION TO BE HELD AT MITAGS

MITAGS will host a celebratory Dinner-Dance evening honoring the Merchant Marine Veterans of World War II, the evening before the dedication of the National World War II Memorial in Wash DC on May 29. The May 28 Dinner-Dance event will be held on MITAGS’ campus.

The event is scheduled to begin at 1800, with music of the 1940s era being performed by The Radio King Orchestra. Vice Admiral Gordon Holder (USN), Director of Logistics, Joint Chief of Staff-Pentagon, and former Director of the Military Sealift Command, will be the guest speaker.

Tickets are $40 each or $75 per couple. MITAGS is currently offering a special overnight package for those individuals wishing to attend. Go to the MITAGS website at www.mitags.org or contact the MITAGS reservations department toll free at 866-900-3517.



 

MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

CLASS OPENINGS

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

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  • BRM – Bridge Resource Management: 5/24
  • BST – Basic Safety Training: 5/17, 6/14

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CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses

  • 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 Info Systems: 6/21
  • CMM-MPP – Marine Propulsion Plants: 5/24
  • CMM-SHS-ADV-I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 5/17, 6/14
  • CMM-SHS-ADV-II – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 5/24
  • CMM-SHMGT-II – Ship Management (week 1): 6/7
  • CMM-SHMGT-I – Ship Management (week 2): 6/14
  • CMM-WKP – Watchkeeping: 5/24

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  • COMP-DC – Computer Database Systems: 6/14
  • CONT-PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop: 5/13, 6/10
  • CSE-AWR-2 – Confined Space Entry Awareness (2-day): 5/27

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  • FF-ADV – Advanced Firefighting: 5/10

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  • MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 5/8
  • MEDIA-RSP – Media Response: 5/14, 6/11

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MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses

  • MSC-CBRD-1 – Chemical Biological Radiological Defense Training Orientation: 5/22, 6/12
  • MSC-DC – Damage Control: 5/18, 5/20, 6/18
  • 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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  • ROP-5 – Radar Observer Unlimited and Renewal: 5/17
  • ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 5/10, 6/7, 6/12, 6/23

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  • SEC-OFF-PCS – Security Officer: Port, Company, Ship: 5/10, 5/24, 6/7
  • SHS-BAS – Basic Shiphandling: 6/7
  • SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling: 6/21

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

 

Attendance Verification & Cancellation is Vital

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

 

Schedules, Course Info & Registration

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

 


 

PMI ACADEMIC SCHEDULE

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

 

May 2004 Courses

  • 5/10-21: GMDSS
  • 5/10-21: Advanced Shiphandling I & II
  • 5/17-21: Advanced Shiphandling II
  • 5/17-21: Basic Safety Training
  • 5/24-28: ARPA
  • 5/24: Radar Renewal

 

June 2004 Courses

  • 6/07-18: Terrestrial and Coastal Navigation
  • 6/07-11: Medical Care Provider
  • 6/07-18: Medical Person-In-Charge
  • 6/14-18: Basic Safety Training
  • 6/14-22: Able Bodied Seaman
  • 6/21/25: Radar Observer Unlimited
  • 6/28-7/2: ECDIS
  • 6/28-30: Compasses
  • 6/30-7/2: Ship Security Officer

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


 

MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF MAY 5, 2004 CLOSE

 

 D O W    N A S D A Q
 10,310.95 -31.73 for the week  1,957.26  -32.38 for the week

Fund Name & Trading Symbol

Closing
Price

Year-to-Date Fund
Percentage Return

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

103.70

+1.16
-2.06
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)

27.54

+2.93
+3.35
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)

16.84

+3.78
+0.60
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)

15.12

+1.08
-0.59
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)

27.75

+4.57
+1.68
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)

10.26

-0.41
+6.03
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate Fund (VWEHX)

6.28

+1.18
+4.11
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)

10.10

-0.14
+6.17
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)

15.87

+6.11
+3.74
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)

15.89

+1.26
+3.24
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)

36.06

+1.31
-1.42
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)

98.80

+0.89
-2.67
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)

39.80

+1.13
-2.15



~ Reminders ~



 

TAX FILING DELAY OK FOR OIF MARINERS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



 

MAY 21 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.



 

NEW CAREER GUIDANCE SECTION ADDED TO MITAGS WEBSITE

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

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

The links include:

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


 

IMPORTANT SHIPPING NOTICE ON COURSE DOCUMENTATION

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

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



 

COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR FRESHMAN DEPENDENTS

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

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

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

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



 

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.



 

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.



 

WWII REGISTRY SITE OPEN TO ALL WHO SERVED IN ANY CAPACITY

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

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



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