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Wheelhouse Weekly – May 27, 2004


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Volume 8 . . . . . Number 22 . . . . May 27, 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




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NEW OWNER FOR MM&P-CONTRACTED HORIZON LINES

The Carlyle Group, a private equity firm based in Wash, DC, has sold MM&P-contracted Horizon Lines to Castle Harlan, a private equity firm in New York, for $650 million. According to published reports, Carlyle paid $300 million when it purchased CSX Lines, as Horizon Lines was then known, from CSX Corp. in Feb. 2003.

At the time of that acquisition, Carlyle invested $80 million, the rest being debt. That company said that it had been motivated to sell Horizon Lines because of Horizon’s “strong performance in a strong capital market.”

Chuck Raymond, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Horizon Lines, said that, “Carlyle has served as an excellent financial partner in establishing Horizon Lines as an independent company.”

Raymond said there would be no change in Horizon Lines’ management, and that the company’s operations would remain autonomous. Horizon Services Group, which provides software for logistics and transportation providers, was part of the sale and will remain part of the company, Raymond said.

A spokesman for the buyer said that, “We’ve been impressed with the results that Horizon Lines has achieved over the last several years, and look forward to working with the management team to take Horizon Lines to the next level of profitability.”

Castle Harlan Inc. was established in 1987 by John Castle, former president and chief executive officer of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, an investment banking firm, and Leonard Harlan, former chairman of The Harlan Co. Inc., a diversified real estate and corporate finance advisory firm.

Castle Harlan has invested in companies as diverse as Ethan Allen Interiors Inc.; Morton’s Restaurant Group Inc.; US Compression Inc.; AdobeAir Inc.; US Synthetic Corp., and Land ‘N’ Sea Distributing Inc.

The company has become widely recognized as leaders and innovators in the field of private equity investments. The firm’s senior professionals are recognized as possessing a unique combination of analytical skill, creativity, and operations experience. The company is said to approach each investment with a sense of fairness and respect, along with a genuine enthusiasm about working with the management of acquired companies.


MOMENT OF REMEMBRANCE ON MEMORIAL DAY, MAY 31

Members of the US Merchant Marine are asked to honor the memory of those Americans who died for their country while in the Armed Forces. There will be a Moment of Remembrance this Memorial Day, Monday, May 31, at 1500 local time.

A three stroke ringing of the ship’s bell followed by a minute of silence and a final three stoke ringing of the ship’s bell would be an appropriate shipboard observance of the Moment of Remembrance.

In a message to all members of the US Merchant Marine, US Maritime Administrator Capt. William Schubert said that the purpose of this Memorial Day event is to remind all Americans of the importance of those who sacrificed for our freedoms, and to provide an opportunity for Americans to join in an act of unity this Memorial Day.

“I would also like to mention that on Saturday, May 29, the WWII Memorial in Washington, DC will be dedicated. At the ceremony I will be representing the American Merchant Marine as the Chief of Service. I am honored and humbled to be representing those who have done so much for our country in peace and in war. I offer my thanks to the loyal service and dedication of the men and women of the American Merchant Marine this Memorial Day,” Capt. Schubert said.

 


PRESIDENTIAL PROCLAMATION: NATIONAL MARITIME DAY, 2004

The traditional National Maritime Day proclamation prepared annually by the White House had not been issued as of press time last week. President George W. Bush signed the Proclamation late on Friday, May 21 and it is presented here in its entirety:

National Maritime Day provides an opportunity to recognize the men and women of the United States Merchant Marine and their contributions to our national security and economic strength.
Since they first offered their ships and services to assist the Continental Navy in our struggle for independence, to their distinguished service in World War II, merchant mariners have courageously sacrificed to protect our country and defend our freedoms.

In 1936, America recognized the contributions of these patriots and established the US Merchant Marine “as a naval or military auxiliary in time of war or national emergency.” Today, merchant mariners are delivering essential supplies and equipment to our troops in Iraq and bravely serving the cause of liberty. They continue to play an important role in our Nation’s efforts to advance democracy, peace, and freedom around the world, and we are grateful for their dedication.

Merchant mariners also contribute significantly to the US maritime transportation system. More than 95 percent of non-North American trade enters our country through our seaports. These ports handle more than $740 billion and 2 billion tons of domestic and international freight each year. Those in the maritime industry, including merchant mariners, enhance waterborne commerce and help promote America’s economic growth.

Today, we honor the courage, determination, and service of our Nation’s merchant mariners and remember the many who have given their lives in defense of our country. Their work reflects the patriotism and devotion to duty that make America great.

In recognition of the importance of the US Merchant Marine, the Congress, by joint resolution approved on May 20, 1933, as amended, has designated May 22 of each year as ‘National Maritime Day,’ and has authorized and requested that the President issue an annual proclamation calling for its appropriate observance.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 22, 2004, as National Maritime Day. I call upon the people of the United States to celebrate this observance and to display the flag of the United States at their homes and in their communities. I also request that all ships sailing under the American flag dress ship on that day.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-first day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand four, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and twenty-eighth.


“ROSIE THE RIVETER” AMONG THOSE HONORED THIS MEMORIAL DAY

When the nation turns it attention to Wash., DC this Memorial Day to remember those who fought anddied for the US, Ford Motor Company will help a very important but often forgotten group of people to share in the honor: our nation’s “Rosie the Riveters,” and the women who heroically managed the home front during World War II.

Rosie the Riveter is the muscle-flexing woman in the famous WWII poster, exclaiming “We Can Do It,” and who has become an icon not only for women who kept the US factories rolling during wartime, but for all women of strength and will. As the original Rosie the Riveter was a Ford employee, the company is honoring all Rosies in conjunction with the National World War II Memorial dedication by unveiling of a special collection of the Rosie-era stories and memorabilia.

The history of Rosie the Riveter begins when Rose Will Monroe became the nation’s poster girl for women joining the labor force during World War II. The term “Rosie,” taken from Monroe’s first name, came to symbolize all women who continued to fill men’s factory jobs in the ’40s, maintaining the company’s labor force as thousands of men fought overseas. Monroe worked on the assembly line building B-29 and B-24 military planes. While on duty, she caught the eye of Hollywood producers who were casting a “riveter” for a promotional film.

The Rosies are often credited with being the first substantial force of working women, and for creating the modern model for child day care. The Rosie phenomenon broke race barriers, as women of all races worked side by side in the factories. The Rosies also created a new model of economic freedom for women, as many of them were earning a paycheck for the first time.

As a result, while some Rosies returned home to their previous lives following the war, many did not. Many went on to start businesses, fulfill vocations or to balance work and home.


MM&P FEDERAL CREDIT UNION ANNUAL MEETING SET FOR JUNE 9

The MM&P Federal Credit Union will hold its annual meeting on Wed., June 9 beginning at 2:30 PM in the main conference room at MM&P HQ. The annual meeting is open to all Credit Union members as voting participants, and to non-members as observers. All are invited to attend. The MM&P FCU is seeking to fill two slots on the board of directors. Nominees must be MM&P FCU members and must be able to attend monthly board meetings on a regular basis. For more info contact FCU Manager Kathy Klisavage by Email at mmpfcu@bridgedeck.org, or by calling 410-850-8700 x43 or toll-free 1-800-382-7777.

For info on current loan rates, CLICK HERE.


MERPAC SETS MEETING FOR JUNE 2

The Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC) and its working groups will meet to discuss various issues relating to the training and fitness of merchant marine personnel. MERPAC advises the Secretary of Homeland Security on matters relating to the training, qualifications, licensing, and certification of seamen serving in the US merchant marine.

MM&P’s Richard Plant and Capt. Joe Stone will represent the Union at the meetings that will be held on Wed., June 2 from 0800 to 1600 and on Thur., June 3 from 0800 to 1600. MERPAC will meet on both days at USCG HQ in Wash, DC.

For further info contact Mark Gould, Assistant to the Executive Director, 202-267-6890, fax 202-267-4570, or Email mgould@comdt.uscg.mil; or by contacting Richard Plant, MM&P Director of Special Projects, at rplant@bridgedeck.org or by calling 410-850-8700 x36.


USCG VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

The USCG’s National Maritime Center located in Arlington, VA has a position opening for a Marine Transportation Specialist Grade GS-2101-11/12. Promotion potential: GS-12 Salary: $50,593.00 to $78,826.00.

MAJOR DUTIES: The incumbent serves as one of the Coast Guard’s focal points for the authoring and administration of the nationwide Merchant Marine course approval and certification programs. The incumbent assists in coordinating and developing USCG policy and writing directives; advises training organizations; and evaluates and revises knowledge standards of Merchant Marine training. The incumbent serves as a public contact within the USCG relative to Merchant Marine training submitted for its approval. The incumbent represents the USCG at conferences and other functions in support of the program.

For further info and to apply, CLICK HERE to go to the announcement on the government’s USAJobs website or go to www.usajobs.com, click on “search” and enter the job ID “22119229” in the “keyword search” box.



NEW AT MITAGS: AUTOMATIC ID SYSTEM (AIS) ONE-DAY SEMINAR

All international sailing merchant mariners will shortly have to contend with this new system as it is installed on the bridge of every international sailing vessel. This one-day seminar is designed to acquaint the attendee with technologies that make up the AIS and to expose the attendee to the advantages and possible problems a professional mariner may confront with the new equipment.

When AIS is combined with the electronic chart technologies it potentially can provide the watch officer with a icon for every significant ship within radio range, display its indicating speed and heading, reflect its actual size, name, classification, call sign, registration number, and other important information.

The following vessels must have a properly installed, operational, type approved Automatic Identification System:

  • Self-propelled vessels of 65 feet or more in length, other than passenger and fishing vessels, in commercial service and on an international voyage, not later than Dec.31, 2004.
  • Passenger vessels, of 150 gross tonnage or more, not later than July 1, 2003.
  • Tankers, regardless of tonnage, not later than the first safety survey for safety equipment on or after July 1, 2003.
  • Vessels, other than passenger vessels or tankers, of 50,000 gross tonnage or more, not later than July 1, 2004.
  • Vessels, other than passenger vessels or tankers, of 300 gross tonnage or more but less than 50,000 gross tonnage, not later than the first safety survey for safety equipment on or after July 1, 2004, but no later than Dec. 31, 2004.
  • Self-propelled vessels of 65 feet or more in length, other than fishing vessels and passenger vessels certified to carry less than 151 passengers-for-hire, in commercial service no later than Dec.31, 2004.
  • Towing vessels of 26 feet or more in length and more than 600 horsepower, in commercial service no later than Dec.31, 2004.

– and –

  • Passenger vessels certified to carry more than 150 passengers-for-hire no later than Dec.31, 2004.

There is no prerequisite for this seminar.


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

CLASS OPENINGS

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

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

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

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CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses

  • CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 7/12
  • CMM-ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems:7/26
  • CMM-SHMGT-II – Ship Management: 6/7
  • CMM-SHMGT-I – Ship Management: 6/14
  • CMM-SHS-ADV I – Advanced Shiphandling [week 1]: 7/19
  • CMM-SHS-ADV II – Advanced Shiphandling [week 2]: 7/26
  • CMM-VPEN – Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation: 7/19

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  • CONT-PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop: 6/10, 7/1, 7/15, 7/29

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

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

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

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  • MEDIA-RSP – Media Response: 6/11, 7/2, 7/16, 7/30
  • MED-PIC – Medical Person In Charge: 7/19
  • MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 7/19

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MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses

  • MSC-CBRD-1 – Chemical Biological Radiological Orientation: 6/12
  • MSC-DC – Damage Control: 6/18

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

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

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

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

 

Attendance Verification & Cancellation is Vital

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

Schedules, Course Info & Registration

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


 

PMI MARITIME TECHNOLOGY AND CAREER CENTER ACADEMIC NOTES

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

June 2004 Courses

  • 6/07-18: 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
  • 6/28-7/02: ECDIS
  • 6/28-30: Compasses
  • 6/30-7/02: 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 26, 2004 CLOSE

D O W N A S D A Q

10,109.89

+172.18 for the week 1,976.15 +77.88 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)

103.22

-0.89
-1.72
Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)

27.35

-2.59
+3.47
Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)

16.21

+0.50
+0.70
Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)

15.09

-1.48
-0.47
Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)

27.46

+3.66
+1.85
Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)

10.23

-0.72
+6.08
Vanguard High Yield Corporate Fund (VWEHX)

6.16

-0.62
+4.03
Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)

10.06

-0.58
+6.19
Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)

15.90

+6.71
+4.36
Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)

15.63

-0.34
+3.23
Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)

35.63

+0.27
-1.19
Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)

97.88

+0.36
-2.33
Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)

39.61

+0.85
-1.81



~ Reminders ~


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.


MM&P FCU NEWS

Rates Drop, Limits Increase On Auto Loans

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

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

Signature Loan Rates Dip

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

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

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

Protect Your Personal Information – Beware of Email Scams

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

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

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


TAX FILING DELAY OK FOR OIF MARINERS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


NEW CAREER GUIDANCE SECTION ADDED TO MITAGS WEBSITE

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

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

The links include:

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

IMPORTANT SHIPPING NOTICE ON COURSE DOCUMENTATION

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

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


COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR FRESHMAN DEPENDENTS

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

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

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

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

 


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.


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.



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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