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Wheelhouse Weekly – May 03, 2010

 

– Bridging the Information Gap With E-News You Can Use –

Volume 14 . . . . . Number 18. . . .May 03, 2010

STORIES COVERED

REMINDERS

MM&P FCU News

MM&P Health & Benefit Plan News

Meet Our New Prescription Benefit Manager, PHARMACARE

Notice to MM&P Health & Benefit Plan Participants

WWII USCG Veterans Outreach

Company Gives Bucks Back for buying Safe Shoes

Website Offers Union-Made Goods and Services



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


U.S.-FLAG MARITIME COMMUNITY HONORS SEN. VITTER WITH SALUTE TO CONGRESS AWARD

Members of the U.S.-flag maritime community gathered under the auspices of the International Propeller Club last week to honor Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) with the prestigious Salute to Congress Award for 2010. The award recognizes members of Congress who make outstanding contributions to the maritime community.

“The United States must remain a great sea power and to do this, we have to do the basics: we have to build enough ships,” Vitter told the crowd, which included MM&P International President Timothy Brown, International Secretary-Treasurer Don Marcus, Atlantic Ports Vice President Steven Werse and MIRAID President C. James Patti.

Vitter said a strong U.S. shipbuilding program is needed “to underscore our national commitment to the Jones Act.” He also underlined the importance of the Maritime Security Program, calling it “a great example of a bipartisan effort that ensures we have the military sealift capability and the U.S.-citizen mariners necessary to serve in the event of war or other national emergency.”

Vitter seized the opportunity to commend labor unions and U.S.-flag companies for working side-by-side in Washington to advance their shared interests. “Your management-labor cooperation works in Congress,” Vitter said. “It’s a unique, rare and valuable approach.”

Vitter serves on a number of committees that are active in the maritime policy arena, including the Senate Committee on Armed Services, where he is ranking member on the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces. He also sits on the committees on Commerce, Science & Transportation and Environment & Public Works.


MM&P MEMBERS RALLY TO SUPPORT LOCKED-OUT ILWU WORKERS

MM&P members responded to the call when the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) stepped up its campaign in support of the 600 ILWU workers who have been locked out of their jobs since January by British anti-union mining giant Rio Tinto. The company orchestrated the lockout after failing in its attempt to force members of ILWU Local 30 to accept a contract riddled with concessions aimed at breaking the union.

MM&P members who picketed the British Consulate in Los Angeles include Pacific Ports Vice President David Boatner and former Pacific Ports Vice President Paul Nielsen. The officials were joined by MM&P members Peter Grate, Liz Marconi, Jerry Mastricola, Mike Morrison and West Wilson.

The ILWU and the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor Community Services Program are raising money to help Local 30 workers and their families through these extremely difficult times. MM&P is making a contribution and all MM&P members and employees are encouraged to lend a hand. Tax deductible contributions can be made by writing a check to “Labor Community Services” with the notation “Boron Lockout” in the memo portion. Send your check to Labor Community Services, 2130 W. James M. Wood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90006. Your support will be greatly appreciated.

For updates on the lockout, go to the ILWU home page, http://www.ilwu.org/


HORIZON LINES REPORTS FIRST QUARTER LOSS

MM&P-contracted employer Horizon Lines Inc. has reported a first quarter net loss of $13.2 million compared to a net loss of $10 million in the same period a year earlier. Horizon Lines Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Chuck Raymond said the first quarter of the year is typically the most difficult, and that the company saw a slight uptick in volumes in March and April. He said ongoing cost-control efforts allowed Horizon Lines to register better returns than would otherwise have been possible in the face of ongoing rate pressures, high fuel costs and higher labor expenses. 


ALLEGED SOMALI PIRATES INDICTED FOR ATTACKS ON NAVY SHIPS

Federal grand juries in the Eastern District of Virginia have returned indictments charging 11 men from Somalia with engaging in piracy in two cases in which U.S. Navy ships were targeted. The indictments charge separate attacks by two different pirate groups against the USS NICHOLAS and the USS ASHLAND. According to the first six-count indictment, five accused pirates allegedly used two small vessels loaded with assault weapons and a rocket propelled grenade, along with a larger ship full of supplies. The indictment charges that they opened fire on what they thought was a merchant ship, but which actually turned out to be the USS NICHOLAS. In a second five-count indictment, six other men were charged with offenses involving the USS ASHLAND. If convicted, all 11 men face mandatory life sentences in prison. 


SHOW YOUR SOLIDARITY FOR MM&P-CONTRACTED BLUE & GOLD FLEET WHEN YOU VISIT SAN FRANCISCO

Long-time MM&P-contracted employer Blue & Gold is facing intensified competition in the Bay area from the notorious anti-union operator Hornblower. Under the Bush Administration, Hornblower succeeded in displacing Blue & Gold from its National Park Service contract to conduct ferry service to Alcatraz Island. Now Hornblower has launched a new Bay Area cruise service which is intended to compete directly with Blue & Gold in its main business area.

Members of the MM&P United Inland Group-Pacific Maritime Region, who crew the Blue & Gold ferries, have succeeded in persuading the National Park Service to limit the number of Bay cruises that Hornblower can operate. But Blue & Gold needs our support to hold the line!

If your vacation plans include a trip to the San Francisco Bay area, remember to take a ride with the Bay Area’s premier provider of Bay cruise, ferry service and motor coach tours: long-time MM&P employer Blue & Gold. Blue & Gold Fleet’s famous one-hour Bay cruise sails along the San Francisco waterfront, past the PIER 39 sea lions, under the Golden Gate Bridge, by Sausalito, past Angel Island and around Alcatraz. And Blue & Gold has a penchant for innovation: its exciting new “RocketBoat” offers the whole family a 30-minute, thrilling high-speed adventure on San Francisco Bay.

To buy tickets or for more information, go to http://www.blueandgoldfleet.com/ or call 415-705-8200. Family discount packages are available at the Blue & Gold Fleet box office at San Francisco’s PIER 39. And remember: Blue & Gold Fleet’s motor coach tours travel to some of the most picturesque sites in Northern California. Blue & Gold Fleet also provides scheduled ferry service to Sausalito, Tiburon, Angel Island, Vallejo, Alameda and Oakland.


OFFSHORE MEMBERS: EXERCISE YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE!

A contract ratification ballot was mailed to all members of the Offshore Membership Group on April 22. These contracts are also posted in the Members Only pages of www.bridgedeck.org. Your vote is important! Please read the contracts and vote your ballot as soon as possible. All ballots must be received at the post office in Linthicum Heights by July 20. Please remember to exercise your right to vote!


MM&P OFFSHORE PENSION PLAN INFORMATION ON WWW.BRIDGEDECK.ORG

New information regarding the MM&P Offshore Pension Plan has been posted in the Members Only pages of www.bridgedeck.org. The same information was also mailed to all Pension Plan participants on April 15. To view the material, go to www.bridgedeck.org and log in as a member. Then click on “Offshore Pension Plan Information” at the top of the page.


DIRECTOR OF INTERNATIONAL HYDROGRAPHIC ORGANIZATION AT MITAGS ON MAY 13

IHO Director Robert Ward will speak at MITAGS on Thursday, May 13, at 9:30 a.m., on the use and misuse of nautical charts and the proper use of ECDIS. Ward is one of the foremost experts in the world on ECDIS. He will be available after the morning lecture to take questions from the audience. There is no charge for the lecture, but seating is limited. To sign up, please send an e-mail to Glen Paine at gpaine@mitags.org. Hotel and meal accommodations are available for attendees. Please indicate in your e-mail if you need hotel and/or meal arrangements. For more information, please call 443-989-3233.


PARTY PLANNED FOR NEW SAN FRANCISCO FAST FERRY CHRISTENING ON MAY 17

Join in the fun on Monday, May 17, when the San Francisco Water Transit Authority (WETA) welcomes the newest MM&P-crewed environmentally friendly ferryboat into service. The festivities include: free rides for everyone on TAURUS; raffles and prizes; and the christening celebration. The festivities will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. at the Oakland Ferry Terminal in Jack London Square. Free ferry rides depart hourly at 11:30, 12:30 and 1:30. Everyone is invited so please bring your friends! The terminal is located at 530 Water Street in Oakland, at the foot of Clay Street. Free parking is available at the nearby Jack London Square Washington St. Garage (please remember to bring your parking ticket with you for validation at the terminal). TAURUS is the fourth vessel purchased by WETA, the agency charged with consolidating and expanding regional ferry service for the San Francisco Bay Area. For more information, please visit www.watertransit.org or contact Public Affairs Manager Leamon Abrams at abrams@watertransit.org or 415-364-3191.


DAVE LYMAN SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISER JUNE 30 IN HONOLULU

Pilot Dave Lyman, the legendary Hawaiian mariner and MM&P member who touched the hearts of so many because of his love of the sea, generosity and guidance to young sailors, will be honored June 30 at the Aloha Tower Market Place with a fundraising dinner intended to provide tuition assistance to maritime students in Hawaii. The first event held to honor Lyman was a huge success: over $30,000 was raised. Coupled with the pledge to match funds from the California Maritime Academy, the grand total was over $60,000. For more information, contact Leilani at (808) 848-1259 or lperchan@matson.com.


COAST GUARD SEEKS MEMBERS FOR NMSAC

The Coast Guard has announced it is seeking members for the National Maritime Security Advisory Committee (NMSAC). The committee makes recommendations on national maritime security matters to the Secretary of Homeland Security. Applicants with a minimum of five years’ experience in one or more of the following sectors are encouraged to apply: maritime labor; port operations management/port authorities; maritime security operations and training; vessel owners/operators; maritime hazardous materials handling/shipping. Each member serves for a three-year term. All members serve at their own expense and receive no salary. While attending meetings or when otherwise engaged in committee business, members will be reimbursed for travel and per diem expenses.

Completed application forms should be received on or before May 31. To request an application:

— send an e-mail to NMSAC@uscg.mil, with the subject line: NMSAC Application Form Request;

— send a fax to 202-372-1990, ATTN: NMSAC DFO/EA (please provide your name, mailing address and telephone and fax numbers and specify where you want the application form to be sent);

— send a written request to USCG-NMSAC Designated Federal Officer, CG–5441, Room 5302, Coast Guard Headquarters, 2100 Second St., SW, Stop 7581,
Washington, DC 20593–7581.

In all communications regarding these NMSAC openings, please provide your full name, mailing address and telephone and fax numbers.

You can also download an application form from the NMSAC website: http://tiny.cc/v3gr7.

For more information, contact Ryan Owens, Commandant (CG–5441), NMSAC Assistant Designated Federal Officer, Coast Guard Headquarters, 2100 Second St., SW, Stop 7581, Washington, DC 20593–7581; ryan.f.owens@uscg.mil; Phone: 202– 372–1108, Fax: 202–372–1990.


SOUTH KOREANS SUSPECT NORTH KOREAN TORPEDO IN SHIP SINKING

South Korea has given an emotional farewell to 46 sailors killed when their ship sank in March. There is widespread suspicion among South Koreans that the ship was hit by a North Korean torpedo. Investigators are studying the salvaged wreck of the ship, which broke in half on March 26. They are also searching the seabed for evidence of what caused the explosion. South Korea’s defense minister has said a torpedo was the most likely cause, although he has not openly blamed North Korea, which has denied involvement.


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

CLASS OPENINGS: Between now and the end of June 2010, as of the Friday before this publication, seats are available in the following courses:

AB – Able Bodied Seaman: 6/14

ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 5/17

BST – Basic Safety Training: 6/7

BRM – Bridge Resource Management: 5/24

BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 5/13

CONT PLNG � Contingency Planning Workshop: 5/13

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

CMM-ADVSTB – Advanced Stability: 6/21

CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 5/17, 6/28

CMM-MPP – Marine Propulsion Plants:  6/14

CMM-SHMGT I � Ship Management (week 1): 5/3

CMM-SHMGT II � Ship Management (week 2): 5/10

CMM-SHS-ADV-I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 5/24, 6/21

CMM-SHS-ADV-I I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 6/7, 6/28

ECDIS/ENAV for PILOTS (2-day): 5/18

ENVRO-REGS PERMIT – Environmental Regulations In The Maritime Industry / Epa General Permit For Commercial Vessels: 5/26

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Basic & Advanced Combined: 6/7

FSM for Pilots � Fatigue, Sleep & Medications: 5/20

HAZ – Hazardous Materials Course (5-day): 6/21

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 5/13

MEDIA RSP � Media Response Workshop: 5/14

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 6/19

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 6/14

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 6/14

[MSC-Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-DC � Damage Control (Special Evening Course): 5/17 to 5/20

MSC-SMA � Small Arms Training: (Standby Only 5/17)

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 5/17

SEC-VCF – Security Officer: Vessel, Company & Facility: 5/10

SHS-BAS � Basic Shiphandling: 6/21

TPIC � Tankerman Person-in-Charge: 5/17

No classes scheduled for Memorial Day week (May 31-June 6).

…remember: If you can’t make the class, make the call.  Be courteous, don’t be a “no show.”


Check the MITAGS website at www.mitags.org for course descriptions associated with the course title abbreviations, and schedule revisions. For class availability or info on MITAGS courses and programs, contact admissions toll-free at 866-656-5568 or e-mail: admissions@mitags.org.


PMI ACADEMIC NOTES

Schedule of Courses – Please also see our schedule online at www.mates.org

For registration, call our registrar, Jennifer Pitzen, at (206) 838-1126

May 2010

10-14  Tankerman Person-in-Charge
10-14  Medical Care Provider
10-21  Basic Watchkeeping w/ BRM
24-28 Medical Care Provider
24-28 ECDIS
26-28 Security VCF

June 2010

1-3       Security VCF
7-10    ARPA
7-11     Medical Care Provider
7-18    Medical Person-in-Charge
7-18    GMDSS
8-10    BRM & Emergency Shiphandling for Pilots
11         Radar Renewal
14-2    Terrestrial & Coastal Navigation w/ Compasses
21-25  Tankerman Person-in-Charge


MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 4-30-10

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
11,167.32 2,461.19 1,186.68
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund (VAARX)
51.36
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
109.43
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
37.34
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
17.22
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
16.36
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
25.21
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.76
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
29.02
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
5.62
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
15.74
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
20.73
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
13.71
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
18.62
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
11.43
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
11.89
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
11.96
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
12.35
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
12.77
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.51
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
29.62
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
16.18
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
14.47
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
17.28
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
10.38
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
68.54
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
65.24
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
17.67
 Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
40.93
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
27.76
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
26.04
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
11.07
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
11.74
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
13.07
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
13.18
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
13.06
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
7.56
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
8.81
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
10.76
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
34.62
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
42.03
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
27.81





~ Reminders ~



MM&P FCU NEWS

GET NEW WHEELS OR LOWER EXISTING PAYMENTS WITH MM&P FCU VEHICLE FINANCING

Is it time to replace that car you’re driving? Vehicle loan rates are looking great at MM&P FCU.

Drive away in a new or used vehicle for a standard loan rate of:

6.50 percent for terms up to 24 months.
Standard loan rates for longer-term loans are:

6.75 percent for 25-48 months;
7.50 percent for 49-60 months ($20,000 minimum); and
8.00 percent for terms extending from 61-72 months ($25,000 minimum).
You can lower your loan rate even more — by 0.75 percent — by becoming a Preferred Borrower.

Are you paying a higher rate on your current vehicle loan at another institution? Consider refinancing your outside loan at the MM&P FCU and taking advantage of our lower loan rates.

MM&P FCU will finance up to 100 percent of your new vehicle loan, and up to 90 percent of NADA Book Value on a used vehicle. Maximum vehicle loan amount is $30,000.

PREFERRED BORROWERS GET LOWER LOAN RATES
MM&P FCU members can reduce the interest rate they pay on any new loan even further by becoming a preferred borrower. What is a preferred borrower? That’s a member who deposits at least 10 percent of the original loan amount into their MM&P FCU savings account and keeps those funds on deposit until the loan is paid in full. By doing this you save twice – first, your deposit works for you by earning our regular dividend savings rate, and second, you save money by reducing the interest rate on your loan by 0.75 percent.

Contact the MM&P FCU for full details on all loan programs by email to mmpfcu@bridgedeck.org or call 1-800-382-7777 toll-free.



 

MM&P HEALTH & BENEFIT PLAN NEWS

MEET OUR NEW PRESCRIPTION BENEFIT MANAGER, PHARMACARE

As you know, effective July 1, 2007, MM&P will have a new Prescription Benefit Manager, PharmaCare. If you use the mail service and have not sent your Confidential Mail Service Enrollment Form to the MM&P Plan Office, you have until June 30 to do so. Otherwise, you can call PharmaCare’s customer service line and give them the information over the telephone or send the form with your first new mail prescription directly to PharmaCare. In the next couple of days, you will be receiving a letter with your new MM&P identification cards and a prescription booklet with information on how to obtain your prescriptions. PharmaCare’s customer service number is listed in the booklet. If you have any questions, please contact the MM&P Health & Benefit Plan Advisors.



NOTICE TO MM&P HEALTH & BENEFIT PLAN PARTICIPANTS

As you know, MM&P Health & Benefit Plan members have a new prescription benefit manager, PharmaCare. When you first obtain a prescription at your retail drug store, please show your new Health & Benefit Identification Card with PharmaCare’s information. If you do not show your card, please inform your pharmacist of the following information so you can receive your prescriptions through the Plan. Your identification number HAS NOT CHANGED. Please provide the pharmacist with your full member identification number. You will have to also provide the following numbers. RxGrp#- Z50136968, RxBin: 610468 and RxPCN: PC2 

If your pharmacist has any questions, he or she should call PharmaCare directly at (800) 503-3241.  If you have any questions, PharmaCare members can call the company directly at (888) 364-6815.


WWII USCG VETERANS OUTREACH

The U.S. Coast Guard has announced an initiative to identify and collect the oral histories of its World War II veterans. Coast Guard WWII veterans, including SPARS and merchant mariners, are encouraged to record their histories online with the Library of Congress Veterans History Project at www.loc.gov/folklife/vets.

Those veterans needing assistance in recording their stories can receive help from their local Coast Guard Auxiliary public affairs contact by leaving a message at 1-877-875-6296, a toll-free call.



 

COMPANY GIVES BUCKS BACK FOR BUYING SAFE SHOES

LMS Ship Management, the company that manages vessels for Central Gulf, Sulphur Carriers and Waterman Steamship, wants to remind MM&P members that they offer their crewmembers a $75 reimbursement on the cost of purchasing certain slip-resistant shoes and boots for use aboard ship.

This offer has been in place for some time and LMS reports that “we have been pleased with the participation to date, but feel a reminder may be in order.” Their goal is for every crewmember to wear slip resistant footwear during working hours aboard their vessels.

The $75 reimbursement is available to each crewmember who provides LMS 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.
 

Vessels in the LMS footwear reimbursement program are:

  • Green Cove
  • Green Dale
  • Green Lake
  • Green Point
  • Atlantic Forest
  • Sulphur Enterprise
  • Energy Enterprise
  • SGT Matej C. Kocak
  • MAJ Stephen W. Pless, and
  • PFC Eugene A. Obregon

LMS notes that in order to receive reimbursement, crewmembers must purchase one of the following recommended brands:

  • 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 (must have steel toe & slip resistant sole)

LOOK FOR THE UNION LABEL:

Of the boots listed above, Red Wing, Caterpillar and Wolverine boots are produced by US union labor.

Redwing’s Union-made products are: Red Wing shoes and boots, Red Wing motorcycle boots and Craftsman (Sears).

Wolverine World Wide manufactures boots under the Caterpillar brand using US union labor. (Other union made safety-shoe brands by Wolverine are the company’s Hy-Test, Durashock and Bates Military labels. The company’s Wolverine brand combat boots are also produced using US union labor.)

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”. To shop for union-made products online, go to www.ShopUnionMade.org.


 

WEBSITE OFFERS UNION-MADE GOODS AND SERVICES

The Union Label recently went digital with a new website offering shoppers an array of union-made gifts, from clothing and chocolates to computers, games and greeting cards.

The website, www.shopunionmade.org, launches on the eve of the fall and winter holidays, when shoppers will spend an estimated $1 trillion on gifts, food, drinks and other seasonal items, explained Matt Bates, Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO Union Label & Service Trades Department. The all-union shopping site, however, will be a year-round operation because that is what consumers demand, he added.

“Shoppers spent $56 billion in Internet sales last year, and on-line spending is doubling every two to three years. Everyday we receive Email and calls from people who want to support good jobs by buying union-made goods and services. The website will reach millions of people, 24 hours a day, with a quick convenient way to shop union,” Bates said.

“The public is ready for this. People have seen millions of good jobs disappear and they are looking for ways to take a stand and make a difference,” he added.

The AFL-CIO will target the peak of the holiday shopping season by promoting “Buy Union Week” Nov. 26 through Dec. 5. The newly-launched, all-union shopping site will be a cornerstone of that campaign. MM&P has a link to the Shop Union Site on this website under “Links and Other Sources”.



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. Suite B, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090-1953. Phone: 410-850-8700; Fax: 410-850-0973; Email: iommp@bridgedeck.org. For further info or to subscribe contact Lisa Rosenthal at lrosenthal@bridgedeck.org. The Wheelhouse Weekly is sent via Email to MM&P-contracted vessels at sea and is posted on our web page.

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