Wheelhouse Weekly – April 21, 2005

April 21st 2005



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

Volume 9 . . . . . Number 16 . . . . April 21, 2005

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As previously reported in the Wheelhouse Weekly, the US Navy’s Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS MERCY and combat stores ship USNS NIAGARA FALLS are among MM&P-crewed MSC vessels providing disaster relief and humanitarian assistance following a recent rash of earthquakes that have occurred off the west coast of Sumatra.

MM&P member Capt. Mike Leahy, Master of the USNS MERCY reports that, “the MM&P-crewed USNS SAN JOSE has joined our group in what is officially being called ‘Operation Unified Assistance II.’ The MM&P Deck Officers on the SAN JOSE are Capt. Dan O’Brien, Master; James Moree, Chief Mate; Jonathan Zier, Cargo Mate; Christopher O’Toole, 2nd Mate; Michael Hlastava, 3rd Mate and Justin Griffith, 3rd Mate.”

Capt. Leahy notes that, “We’re proud to be here in direct support of this effort. There are many selfless acts daily out here. It’s fulfilling to be a part of it. I can honestly say that it is one of the highlights of my career.” He added that NIAGARA FALLS crewmembers recently brought gifts of clothing and small toys for patients that are being treated. “Most of the mariners had purchased the clothing and toys for their own family and then decided to give them to our worthy cause. One young lady who received a pair of shoes was thrilled! Apparently, her house was destroyed during the earthquake and a number of her family members died. It was fantastic to see her smile.”

Capt. Leahy continued by noting that, “In other instances the crew gave some patients T-shirts and other much needed apparel. Other members of the crew gave one young patient a football and another a hand-held electronic game. They were really excited to receive these gifts. Many, many thanks to the NIAGARA FALLS crewmembers who donated the gifts. They put a lot of smiles on the faces of our patients down in the wards. The nursing staff also asked that their thanks be passed along. ‘We love the CIVMARs’ was their specific quote.”

On April 15th, US Ambassador to Indonesia B. Lynn Pascoe and Rear Adm. Kevin Quinn, USN, Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific, paid a visit to the MERCY, one of two 1,000-bed hospital ships in the US Navy. Ambassador Pascoe and Adm. Quinn spent two hours aboard the ship touring the ship’s medical facilities, speaking with the crew and visiting patients.

“You are truly angels of mercy,” said Adm. Quinn addressing the ship’s combined civilian mariner, US Navy and NGO Project HOPE crew during an all-hands call on the ship’s mess deck. “Coming to rescue people who had no hope of any type of medical care — you have saved their lives and changed their lives forever.” In his remarks to the crew, Ambassador Pascoe noted that when the most recent earthquake in Nias occurred, “the same thing popped into everybody’s mind. What we need is the MERCY. What the people of Indonesia wanted was you guys back.”

The MERCY deployed to Banda Aceh, Indonesia, Jan. 5 in response to the Dec. 26 tsunami that killed more than 200,000 people in nearly a dozen countries. After treating nearly 10,000 patients in 40 days in Banda Aceh, MERCY, en route to her homeport in San Diego, was conducting medical and dental aid missions in Southeast Asia and the Western Pacific when the ship was again called upon to provide assistance to Indonesia.

“I’d like to say, on behalf of the embassy and from the hearts of the Indonesians,” said the ambassador, “thank you for coming back. Thank you for taking the time. We appreciate all the good work you’re doing here.” Since the MERCY’s arrival in Nias on April 5, the ship’s medical staff has performed nearly 7,500 procedures on nearly 1,900 patients ashore and afloat and performed 64 surgeries aboard ship.


Workers Memorial Day is observed each year on April 28th to mourn workers killed and injured on the job. Every year, 6,000 people are killed at work, another 50,000 die from occupational diseases and millions more are injured. While decades of struggle by workers and their unions have resulted in significant improvements in working conditions, the toll of workplace injuries, illnesses and deaths remains enormous.

The first Workers Memorial Day was observed in 1989. April 28 was chosen because it is the anniversary of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the day of a similar remembrance in Canada. Every year, people in hundreds of communities and at worksites recognize workers who have been killed or injured on the job. Trade unionists around the world now mark April 28 as an International Day of Mourning.

This year’s Workers Memorial Day theme is “Good Jobs, Safe Jobs, Protect Workers Now.” Events will be held in hundreds of communities and workplaces across the country to highlight the AFL-CIO’s concern about the increased pressures on workers to produce more with less and do it faster than ever. Changes such as downsizing, increased hours of work and increased pace of work are taking a huge toll on workers and contributes to the overall decline in the quality of jobs that is becoming increasingly apparent. For more info on Workers Memorial Day, go to the AFL-CIO website at:



Acting Maritime Administrator John Jamian has sent the following letter to members of the US-flag shipping community: “As Acting Maritime Administrator, I encourage you to participate in the National Moment of Remembrance, taking one minute at 1500 hrs local time on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, to remember the sacrifices of America’s fallen, from the Revolutionary War to the present. This honors not only members of the Armed Services, but also the US Merchant Marine and other civilians whose devotion has preserved and defended our heritage of freedom.

The observance is sponsored by the White House Commission on Remembrance, a bipartisan, independent executive branch agency. I will be directing the ships of the Maritime Administration’s Ready Reserve Force to dress ship on that day and to ring eight bells at 1500 hrs local time, wherever they are in the world. I will also be encouraging them to send an e-mail to the Commission, with a picture if possible, at

I encourage all US-flag ships and all gatherings of members of the maritime industry to take appropriate steps to participate in the National Moment of Remembrance. We are grateful to the brave men and women who have served this great country so bravely to ensure the many freedoms we enjoy every day.” For more info about the National Moment of Remembrance go to:



Across the nation this week, news outlets have carried terrifying tales from passengers who were onboard NCL’s cruise ship NORWEGIAN DAWN, which was hit by a 70-foot high rogue wave last weekend. The huge wave struck while the vessel was sailing to New York after a cruise to the Bahamas. It smashed windows and flooded over 60 cabins on the 965-foot vessel.

The ship was sailing from Miami to New York early Friday morning when it encountered waves up to 25 feet high and winds greater than 55 mph. Passengers reported violent pitching for more than 20 hours, causing tables to overturn and glass to break. A freak 70-foot wave smashed into the ship’s bow just before daybreak on Saturday flooding 62 cabins. Four people required treatment for their injuries.

According to news accounts, the NORWEGIAN DAWN kept in contact with the USCG throughout the storm. At 0831 hrs EDT Saturday, the crew informed the USCG that it was changing course and heading to Charleston, SC, for repairs. The USCG inspected the ship in port and declared it seaworthy.

A statement issued by NCL parent Star Cruises confirmed the ship had suffered damage to a forward area of the superstructure. Damage was primarily confined to Decks 9 and 10, where windows in two forward cabins broke and “a large volume of water” breached and spread through 62 cabins. Other damage included a bent frame underneath the spare anchor.

In one newspaper account of the incident, David Feit, a meteorologist for the federal Ocean Prediction Center said that the only way the ship’s captain could have avoided the bad weather was to stay moored in Miami until the storm blew over Sunday morning. But the captain didn’t. “He went right into the teeth of the storm,” Feit said.

The NORWEGIAN DAWN finally arrived at Pier 88 in New York Harbor at 0930 Monday. Since then, disgruntled passengers have been featured on national news broadcasts and in numerous newspaper articles claiming that NCL was irresponsible to take the vessel through the fierce Atlantic storm. They reported that just about everything unsecured fell onto the floor inside their cabins — and the experience didn’t just involve one big wave. Passengers said the ship rocked violently forward and backward for hours.



According to published industry reports, the West Coast container peak season may already be underway, months earlier than the usual July peak, says Jim McKenna, president of the Pacific Maritime Association. He said that the season may have started early as shippers rush to get their goods to stores in anticipation of the holiday season. McKenna said that the PMA estimates that traffic volumes at California ports were up an average of 29.5-percent in the first two months of the year, while Seattle and Tacoma saw 51-percent and 19-percent increases respectively.

“We may be seeing a new starting point of the peak season,” McKenna said. “The peak season that normally begins in July started in April last year with volumes 10 times above what we expected.” The PMA forecasts that this year, combined traffic volume along the West Coast will increase about 13.7-percent over last year, McKenna said.



Two bodies were discovered in the cargo hold of the Panamanian-flagged bulker OCEAN BELLE when she recently docked in Tampa, FL, after returning from the Dominican Republic. The badly decomposed bodies were removed from the vessel and the county medical examiner later said the individuals had been dead for about two weeks. Sources with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement say it is unclear if the two were Dominicans and even their sex was in question because of the “advanced state of decay”. No identification papers were found.

According to local authorities, the 32,130-dwt vessel arrived in the Dominican Republic on March 27 with a cargo of grain from New Orleans and departed on April 6 for its return to Tampa to pick up a cargo of fertilizer. While at sea, the crew smelled a very foul odor below decks. Investigators are uncertain whether the pair were aboard as stowaways, but are questioning the Korean master and mate and the 18 Chinese crewmen as part of the probe.


MM&P has received reports of terminals and port facilities improperly denying access to crewmembers and visitors to and from ships in violation of the ISPS code. We are planning to protest the practice at the national and if need be international level, but to do so, we need your help. Please send an e-mail to to report incidents of access denial, as well as cases in which a fee to access port facilities is levied on crewmembers or their visitors. Please provide the day the incident took place, the names of the port, facility and ship, and a brief description of what occurred.





Between now and the end of June 2005 seats are available in the following courses:

  • AIS – Automatic Identification System: 4/29, 5/7
  • ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 5/9, 6/13
  • AZIPOD – Azipod Propulsion System (2 day): 4/30
  • BRM – Bridge Resource Management: 6/13
  • BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 4/26, 6/14
  • BST – Basic Safety Training: 4/25, 5/23, 6/27
  • CEM- Crew Endurance Management Coaches Training (2 day): 5/2

    CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses

  • CMM-ADVSTB – Advanced Stability: 5/2
  • CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 5/9, 6/6
  • CMM-ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display and Info Systems: 5/16
  • CMM-MPP – Marine Propulsion Plants: 6/27
  • CMM-SHS-ADV-I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 5/23, 6/20
  • CMM-SHS-ADV-II – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 6/27
  • CMM-SHMGT I – Ship Management (week 1): 6/20
  • CMM-SHMGT II – Ship Management (week 2): 6/13
  • CMM-VPEN – Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation: 4/25
  • CMM-WKP- Advanced Watchkeeping: 6/6
  • CONT-PLNG – Contingency Planning: 5/6, 5/13, 6/17
  • FF-BADV – (Combined) Basic and Advanced Firefighting: 5/23, 6/27
  • GMDSS – Global Marine Distress and Safety System: 6/20
  • HAZ – Hazardous Materials [5-day]: 5/2, 6/6
  • LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 5/10, 5/18, 6/8, 6/14
  • MEDIA-RSP – Media Response: 5/5, 5/12, 6/16
  • MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 5/14, 6/25
  • MED-PIC – Medical Person-In-Charge: 5/9, 6/13
  • MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 5/9, 6/13

MSC – Military Sealift Command

  • MSC-CBRD-1 – Chemical Biological Radiological Defense Training Orientation: 5/19
  • MSC-DC – Damage Control: 5/16
  • MSC-ENVPRO: Environmental Protection: 5/18
  • MSC-SMA – Small Arms Training (4 day): 6/20
  • MSC-SMA-R – Small Arms Re-Qualification (2-day): 4/29, 5/20
    (must have proof of passing all 3 weapons within 2 years)
  • ROP-5 – Radar Observer Original and Renewal (5-day): 5/23
  • ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 5/2, 5/9, 6/13
  • SEC-OFF-PCS – Security Officer, Port, Company & Ship: 6/13
  • SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5-day): 5/23
  • SHS-ESH-BRMP-3: Emergency Shiphandling/Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (3-day): 5/2
  • TRAC-TUG – Water Tractor and Azimuth Stern Drive Tugs: 5/5



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.


Courses are subject to change. Check the MITAGS website for up-to-date course descriptions associated with all course title abbreviations, and for schedule revisions and updated course availability. You can also check future schedules, review detailed course descriptions and register on-line or contact Admissions at or by calling toll-free, 1-866-656-5568.



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~ Reminders ~




All MM&P members are reminded that to sail aboard the T-AGS ships that MM&P-contracted Horizon Lines will be operating, you must have the required training certification and your certificates must be current in accordance with Military Sealift Command requirements. Members are also required to have had a MSC pre-employment physical and to possess Ship Security Clearance (see below).

The MSC Contract calls for all training certificates required for manning of these vessels to be no older than 5 years and that all STCW-95 courses be renewed every 5 years, or annually, as applicable.

Five-year renewable courses include, but are not limited to:

  • Advanced Fire Fighting
  • Basic Safety Training, and
  • Damage Control

Small Arms certificates must be less than 1 year old.

Members interested in applying for one of the positions onboard the T-AGS vessels are advised to make sure your certificates are up to date. If not, contact Mary Matlock or Diane Ford at MITAGS Admissions, email:, and schedule to take the course(s) needed.

Those MM&P members interested in obtaining more information and facts about the T-AGS Oceanographic Vessels are asked to email the Director of Special Projects requesting the “facts sheet”. It will be provided by return email in an Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

Members interested in employment on the T-AGS ships are asked to provide a 1-2 page resume. Please list the desired position you are seeking along with the certificates of training you possess and their dates. Upon receipt it will be forwarded to Horizon Lines and a confirmation sent back to the member. Vessel turnover commences Oct.17, 2004 and will continue until Jan.3, 2005. Crew rotations will start beginning as early as January 2005 and will continue through as late as June 2005. Positions for all ratings remain open.

The point of contact for sending a resume for employment on the Horizon Lines T-AGS Oceanographic Vessels is Richard Plant, MM&P’s Director of Special Projects. Send resumes in an email or as a Word file attachment to him at:, by fax to 410-850-0973 or by mail to:

Richard Plant, Director of Special Projects

700 Maritime Blvd.
Linthicum Heights, MD 21090


Members who want to sail for Horizon Lines on the T-AGS Oceanographic Survey vessels the company is set to begin operating for MSC must have Ship Security Clearance before going aboard.

Special software must be downloaded from the US Government’s Defense Security Service to complete the Security Clearance application. You must have an Internet connection and a Windows-based computer to retrieve the application and run the program.

Go to to download the software titled “EPSQ SUBJECT2_2”.

After the software is installed and the program is launched, select “Create” from the menu bar at the top of the screen. You will be required to enter your Social Security Number and a case-sensitive password. A window titled “Type of Form” will appear.

All Deck Officers should select the first button titled “Request for Security Clearance (SF86)” and then click “OK” to go to the next screen, “Type of Investigation”.

From the “Type of Investigation” screen:

  • Masters and Radio Officers should select the first button, “Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI)”.
  • All other Deck Officers (C/M, 2/M, 3/M) should click on the second button, “National Agency Check (NAC or NACLC)”.

After selecting the appropriate investigation type, click on “OK” to begin filling in the forms.

When complete and all information has been validated, click on “Communications” from the menu bar at the top of the screen and select “Transmit to Security Officer”. Save the file to the hard drive on your computer using your last name (surname) as the file name. Send this file as an email attachment to Mike Bohlman at Horizon Lines, His phone number is 908-259-2803. You will need to provide Mike Bohlman with your name and the case-sensitive password you assigned to the file in order for Horizon Lines to open the file and process your Security Clearance.


Horizon Lines requests all mariners seeking employment aboard the T-AGS Oceanographic vessels to take their MSC Physical at specially-designated facilities only after being advised to do so by the Company. This is to assure that all requirements of the MSC Physical are properly met.

On Dec.6, MM&P members will begin manning the third of seven T-AGS ships operated by Horizon. The USNS SUMNER will be crewed-up in Portland, OR. MM&P wishes the crew a safe voyage and happy holidays.



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:

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

5.00 percent for 25-48 months;
5.75 percent for 49-60 months ($20,000 minimum); and
6.25 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.

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 or call 1-800-382-7777 toll-free.




On Sept.30, Merck & Co. voluntarily withdrew Vioxx, a popular anti-inflammatory medication, from the market. As a result, individuals who are currently taking the drug have been asked to contact their health care professionals to discuss discontinuing use of Vioxx and possible alternative treatments.

MM&P Plans Administrator Valerie Verrecchio reports that, “We have gotten a number of calls from members who want to know what to do with their remaining supply of Vioxx and whether the Plan or NMHC will refund their co-pay for the unused portion.

“Unfortunately, neither NMHC nor the Plan was aware of the Merck decision prior to the public announcement on Sept.30. As of that date, all deliveries of Vioxx to our members was suspended in accordance with Merck’s announcement. Orders that had already been processed and were in transit could not be stopped.

“In regard to refunds, Merck has set up a website at where members can obtain information on how to recover refunds from Merck for the unused portion of medication. Members can also call following toll free number for information: 1-888-368-4699.

“We are sorry for any inc onvenience this may have caused to members currently taking this medication, however, the matter is out of the control of the Plans.”


MM&P Plans Administrator Valerie Verrecchio reports, “Good news! NMHC mail has finally gotten their website upgraded and functioning properly. I went in and tested it myself and found it to be quite user friendly.”

To use NMHC’s upgraded service, go to the NMHC Mail website at and click on “MEMBER LOGIN” at the bottom of the screen.

First-time and Registered users may bypass the welcome screen and go directly to the log-in page at

  • First-time users should then click on the link marked “NEW USER: REGISTER HERE”.
    This will take you to a page titled “MEMBER REGISTRATION” where you will need to enter demographic information and submit it by clicking on the
  • “CREATE ACCOUNT” button.

After creating your account, NMHC will email you a password to gain entry into your records. With your first sign-in, the NMHC system will prompt you to change the NMHC password to one of your own choosing.

Once you are registered at NMHC, you can check the status of open orders by logging-in to the system through the “MEMBER LOGIN” page and going into the “MAIL ORDER” menu. You can look up all prescriptions and get the price our members will pay for any medication. You can also view an order history of all of your medication transactions (both retail and mail) for the last 24 months, locate 24-hour pharmacies in your zip code region as well as access other helpful member education information.

“We hope this welcome improvement will assist our members. Although you cannot order refills on line if you don’t provide a credit or debit card number, you can phone in your refill. Once you register on the website, you will still have access to all of the other information including checking the status of your order once it is phoned in,” said Ms. Verrecchio.


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

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.



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)


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 and click on “Union Made Product Search”. To shop for union-made products online, go to



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,, 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”.

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