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About the CoverBlue & Gold Fleet has signed a new contract with WETA, which manages Bay Area ferry service. MM&P's United Inland Group represents the LDOs and maintenance engineers employed by Blue & Gold. Kvichak Marine Industries in Seattle built the WETA ferries and designed this photo montage of the ferry Gemini in triple vision.
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Blue & Gold Fleet Wins Contract for Bay Area FerriesMM&P Pilots Group VP George Quick Honored for Seafarer Advocacy WorkAwards to Crews of Horizon Producer, USNS Bridge and USNS SafeguardCoast Guard Proposes Sweeping Changes to Licensing RegulationsKeep Maritime Off the Chopping Block: Support the PCF!
Vol. 47, No. 6 Nov. - Dec. 2011 The International Marine Division of ILA/AFL-CIO
Table of ContentsVol. 47, No. 6 November-December 2011
Letter From the President 1Keep maritime off the chopping block: support the MM&P Political Contribution Fund.
News Briefs 2MM&P Pilots Group Vice President George Quick and our members aboard Horizon Producer, USNS Bridge and USNS Safeguard honored by maritime community; USCG proposes changes in licensing regulations; Horizon Eagle celebrates three years without lost-time injury; MM&P members in Hawaii on the front lines; Horizon Lines ends FSX service.
Cover Story 10Members of MM&Ps United Inland Group who work at Blue & Gold Fleet are celebrating a big victory: a five-year operating and maintenance contract with WETA, the regional agency that manages Bay Area ferry services.
MM&P Health & Benefit Plans 12Open enrollment for dependents aged 19-26; long-term care insurance open enrollment; new vision care benefit cycle; voluntary disability insurance; pensioner COLA; change to rules regarding pensioner employment aboard military vessels; reimbursement of Medicare Part B premiums.
MM&P Offshore Scholarship Winners 16News From MITAGS 17MM&P Federal Credit Union News 18
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MM&P Directory 19Postal Service Statement of Ownership 23Crossd the Final Bar 24Beck Notice 25Thank you for contributing to the PCF! 26
The Master, Mate & Pilot - 1 - November - December 2011
The Master, Mate & Pilot - 1 - November - December 2011
FROM THe PresiDeNTKeep Maritime Off the Chopping BlockContribute to the MM&P Political Contribution FundDear Sisters and Brothers: I have not written many columns over the past three years, but the current situation in Washington, D.C., makes this one necessary. First, it was the Department of Energy. Next, it was the
Maritime Administration (MARAD). Then the House of Representatives. Then MARAD again. Month after month, it seems as if the only thing that changes is who is going after the U.S.-flag merchant marine and one or more of our programs. The only constant seems to be that someone is always trying to make American seafarers the scapegoats for everything that is wrong with our nations economy.
To listen to these voices, you would think that if U.S.-flag ship-ping requirements were eliminated, our economy would some-how miraculously be strengthened. Or that if American maritime jobs were sent overseas and even more Americans put out of work, our economy would somehow be stronger. To say that these attacks are misguided is a gross understate-ment. We know, and our friends and supporters know, that our fleet contributes significantly to Americas military, economic and homeland security. But like it or not, American maritime jobs and the programs that guarantee the very existence of the U.S.-flag merchant marine are at great risk.
Join the fight to protect our fleet and your own job by contributing to the MM&P PCF!
Earlier this year, the Department of Energy (DOE) decided to ignore the law and deny U.S.-flag vessels their rightful share of cargoes financed with DOE loan guarantees. MARAD did noth-ing to protect these American jobs. The decision was reversed only thanks to the unrelenting pressure from our allies on Capitol Hill. Then MARAD decided to grant an unprecedented number of Jones Act waivers for the movement of domestic oil. Our sup-
porters in Congress are moving forward with legislation to guard against this happening again in the future. A special note regarding MARAD is in order here. More than a year ago, MARAD was tasked by Congress with identifying ways to boost American-flag shipping. Instead, the agency issued a report based on incomplete information whose main conclusionthat in the deep-sea commercial sector, it often costs more to use U.S.-flag shipsisnt news to anyone. This is particularly galling since MARADs mission is to promote the American Merchant Marine. Meanwhile, in the House of Representatives, self-proclaimed budget hawks have been trying to dramatically cut food aid and other programs that provide cargo for U.S.-flag ships.
Help us help those who fight for us! Contribute to the PCF!
The battle will only intensify next year: people running for elected office will once again try to scapegoat our programs and our jobs. The Senate campaign in Hawaii is a good example of how far some politicians will go to promote themselves by attack-ing the Jones Act. Without friends in Congress willing to stand up to those who would wipe out our industry and send our jobs overseas, our programs will simply disappear. Unless our PCF has the neces-sary resources, we will not have the help we need in Congress. I have never seen the situation as challenging as it is today. The simple truth is that if we dont elect maritime supporters to Congress, we stand to lose our U.S.-flag fleet. If you have contributed to the PCF in the past, thank you and please do so again. If you havent contributed before, now is the time to stand with your MM&P Brothers and Sisters to support legislators who, regardless of party or political philosophy, share our conviction that the United States needs a strong, competitive U.S.-flag merchant marine.
Timothy A. BrownInternational President
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