Wheelhouse Weekly – August 11, 2005

August 11th 2005



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

Volume 9 . . . . . Number 32 . . . . August 11, 2005






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AP Moller­Maersk completed the acquisition of Royal P&O Nedlloyd NV on August 11. P&O Nedlloyd will soon give notice of withdrawal form specified shipping conferences. Until February 2006, P&O Nedlloyd and Maersk Sealand will continue to operate as separate shipping lines. This is to offer customers stability of services throughout the coming peak season and to honor P&O Nedlloyd’s commitments to various conferences. After February 2006, Maersk Sealand and P&O Nedlloyd will be branded under the new name of Maersk Line. The $4.7 billion purchase is considered to be the shipping industry’s largest takeover.




Published reports say that the China Shipping Group has teamed up with France’s CMA CGM in an attempt to purchase CP Ships. The French company has acknowledged that it is holding discussions with CP Ships. CP Ships operates seven shipping brands including Lykes Lines. Media reports also indicate that Switzerland’s Mediterranean Shipping Co. has also expressed an interest in acquiring CP Ships.

Industry sources say that further consolidation in the liner industry has been expected following the decision of AP Moller – Maersk to take over P&O Nedlloyd. The joint bid for CP Ships is said to be attractive because financial risks would be reduced as costs would be shared. China’s biggest shipping group, COSCO, is also said to be eyeing acquisitions of foreign shipping companies.



The commander of the US Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM), General John Handy, a strong supporter of the US Merchant Marine, was honored by the Air Mobility Command (AMC) enlisted force during an Order of the Sword ceremony on July 29. Gen. Handy became only the seventh person to receive the Order of the Sword. He is set to retire this fall. Besides the AMC, USTRANSCOM’s component commands consist of the Navy’s Military Sealift Command and the Army’s Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command. The three commands provide intermodal transportation across the spectrum of military operations.

“The Order of the Sword is the highest honor and tribute noncommissioned officers can bestow upon an individual,” said Command Chief Master Sgt. Mike Kerver, the AMC command chief. “General Handy is a leader among leaders and a man among men. It is only befitting we honor him by pledging our loyalty to him with a symbol of power, strength and justice.” General Handy replied by noting that, “Each of you doing your work with pride, professionalism and dedication has empowered me to do things for you. You all have made me so proud to wear our uniform. I am so proud of you all.”



MM&P-contracted Horizon Lines still requires the use of the EPSQ software until approval for the updated e-Qip software can be obtained. A new MSC Oceanographic Facts EPSQ.pdf file has been created by Richard Plant, MM&P’s Director of Special Projects and e-mailed to all ports and union officials. Any mariner interested in sailing on the T-AGS Oceanographic vessels should first send a resume as an attachment to Richard Plant at He will then send the Facts pdf file via return e-mail.

On a related issue, MM&P would like to recommend that all members taking a physical do so to the MSC standard. By doing this, a member opens up employment opportunities to sail on commercial as well as military chartered vessels. Commercial shipping companies will accept the MSC physical forms as will the MSC contracted companies. For those needing a copy of the MSC physical forms, e-mail Plant as the older SF 88 and SF 93 forms are now obsolete. In any event, DO NOT send in your security clearance forms or take your MSC physical for Horizon Lines without first being instructed to do so by a representative of Horizon Lines.



Major US ports are not suffering delays and congestion as they did last year despite continued increases in container imports, according to a report from the National Retail Federation. The report shows that US ports handled 11 percent more containers in June than in the same month last year, but three-quarters of ports show low levels of delay with no serious congestion projected. New measures have been put in place to alleviate last year’s problems. In Los Angeles and Long Beach, extra crews have been hired to offload cargo and gate hours have been expanded. More ships have also changed itineraries to less congested ports where streamlined intermodal transfers have helped cut delays.


MM&P-contracted APL has introduced an RFID-based system to track containers in its Los Angeles marine terminal, reducing by as much as 12 hours the time needed to locate a container in the 300-acre facility. APL is attaching radio frequency identification (RFID) tags to every chassis. The tags transmit location signals to computerized tracking equipment in the terminal. Since APL stores virtually all of its containers on chassis, longshoremen and truckers will have real-time information on the location of most of the containers in the yard.

Until now, drivers with tracking equipment would move up and down long rows of boxes in search of a single container, a process that could take as long as half a day. APL says the RFID technology will help equipment drivers immediately locate containers, improving productivity within the yard and as well as trucker efficiency.

APL and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union worked together to implement the system. “The ILWU supports a policy of openness regarding educating the union on new technologies,” said Jim Spinosa, ILWU president. The framework for this cooperation falls under the 2002 waterfront contract in which the union accepted new technology with the understanding that longshoremen would work the jobs created by the new systems.


California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger recently announced a $5 million grant to improve port security at 11 of the state’s ports. The grant will be used for communications equipment, physical security improvements such as cameras, lighting and fencing, underwater surveillance, personal protective equipment for port first responders and training for security personnel. “Forty-three percent of our national cargo containers come through our ports,” Schwarzenegger said. “We must be sure that we’re ready for any threat.”

In addition to the grant money, the state’s Office of Homeland Security (OHS) has funded, through the California Maritime Academy, a $400,000 training program to use port workers to assist in port security efforts. OHS has also established the State Terrorism Threat Assessment Center and four Regional Terrorism Threat Assessment Centers to facilitate info sharing and analysis between federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. The USCG and the harbor police are part of this effort.

Schwarzenegger made the $5 million grant announcement at San Diego’s USCG Joint Operations Center (JOC), one of two centers in the nation to have this type of federal and local cooperation that maximizes port security, communication and collaboration. The JOC operates around the clock and merges local and federal monitoring and surveillance systems for vessels, swimmers and divers. The operation has been likened to the combat control center of a high-tech Navy warship. The center is one of two test sites. The other is located in Hampton Roads, VA. Similar centers could eventually be created at seaports nationwide.


Congressional approval is being sought by the US Maritime Administration (MARAD) for a plan to export more aging relicts from the US reserve fleet. MARAD must scrap some 77 decommissioned Navy ships by Sept. 2006. One holdup is the cost, and another involves environmental rules.

Some of the best deals for scrapping the reserve vessels come from overseas, but the Toxic Substances Control Act prevents exporting most of the rusting hulks because of solid PCBs in their paint, caulking and wiring. MARAD sources say an exemption from that Act is needed to secure the best deals under present rules, adding: “All foreign facilities must demonstrate an appropriate level of environmental, worker safety and health protection.”

While allocating $21M for scrapping work next year, the Senate Appropriations Committee recently said in a report, “The committee is very concerned about the progress, management and oversight of the ship disposal program.”
If the ships are scrapped overseas, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would have to waive federal laws that forbid exporting hazardous waste. MARAD has been attempting to rid fleets of languishing ships in Virginia, Texas and California for many years.

Environmental Recycling Systems (ERS) has floated a proposal to scrap the ships in yards in Turkey and Mexico. Dismantling the ships in developing countries is cheaper, because of lower labor costs and high demand for scrapped materials. Unlike ship breaking operations in India and Bangladesh, which have been shown to have deplorable conditions, ERS workers wear protective clothing, and conform to EPA standards a company spokesman said.


The foreign-flag 8,400-TEU containership SAVANNAH EXPRESS, operated by Hapag Lloyd Container Line, ran into a laid-up ferry docked in the port of Southampton in the UK after it lost main engine power. A UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokesman said the new containership, delivered by South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding in April, had two tugs attached but they were swinging the vessel and did not have time to prevent the incident. The ship hit the ferry BERGEN CASTLE that has been laid-up awaiting sale since the beginning of the year. The ferry received superficial damage and there were no injuries or pollution caused by the incident.


The Ukrainian master of the general cargo vessel HOO TERN has pleaded guilty to being over the alcohol limit five minutes before his vessel was due to sail from Southampton, UK. Government inspectors were onboard the vessel on July 5 when they suspected the master had been drinking. Maritime police were summoned and a Breathalyzer test found the ship’s master to be four times over the legal limit. The HOO TERN is owned and operated by Lapthorn Shipping. The International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) recently designated the Lapthorn fleet, which is all British flagged, as “Flag-of-Convenience” vessels because of “deficiencies in wages, conditions and work culture”.


CLASS OPENINGS: Between now and the end of October 2005, seats are available in the following courses:

AIS – Automatic Identification System: 9/2, 10/13
ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 8/15, 9/26, 10/24
AZIPOD-KAM – pod and Kamewa Steering and Propulsion: 10/03

BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 10/11, 11/2
BST – Basic Safety Training: 8/29, 9/26, 10/31

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]
CMM-ADVSTB – Advanced Stability: 10/3
CMM-CHS I – Advanced Cargo Handling (week 1): 8/22
CMM-CHS II – Advanced Cargo Handling (week 2): 8/15
CMM-ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display and Info Systems: 9/19, 10/17
CMM-MPP – Marine Propulsion Plants: 10/24
CMM-SHS-ADV-I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 8/15, 8/22, 9/26, 10/24
CMM-SHS-ADV-II – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 10/03, 10/31
CMM-SHMGT I – Ship Management (week 1): 9/26, 10/31
CMM-SHMGT I – Ship Management (week 2): 9/19
CMM-VPEN – Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation: 10/10
CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 9/12, 10/31
CMM-WKP- Advanced Watchkeeping: 8/29

CONT-PLNG – Contingency Planning: 9/9, 10/7

FF-BADV – (Combined) Basic and Advanced Firefighting: 8/24, 9/26, 10/26

HAZ-Hazardous Materials (5-day): 9/12, 10/17

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage [Evening Seminar]: 8/9, 9/21

MEDIA-RSP – Media Response: 9/8, 10/6
MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 8/20, 9/24, 10/22
MED-PIC – Medical Person-In-Charge: 8/15, 9/26
MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 8/15, 9/26, 10/17 (1st week of MED-PIC)
MED-SMC – Shipboard Medical Care (4 weeks): 10/17

[MSC – Military Sealift Command]
MSC-SMA – Small Arms Training (4 day): 9/5, 10/31
MSC-SMA-R – Small Arms Re-Qualification (2-day): 9/2, 9/8, 11/4 (must have proof of passing all 3 weapons within 2 years)

ROP-5 – Radar Observer Original and Renewal (5-day): 8/22
ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 8/15, 8/20, 9/26, 10/17, 10/24

SEC-OFF-VCF – Security Officer, Vessel, Company & Facility: 10/3
SHS-BAS – Basic Shiphandling: 10/24
SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 day): 8/29, 10/10

TPIC – Tankerman Person-In-Charge: 9/26

Check the MITAGS website at 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 Email:




August 2005

8/15-19 Basic Safety Training
8/15-19 ECDIS
8/15-19 Ship Construction and Basic Stability
8/15-19 ARPA
8/15 Radar Renewal
8/15-17 Ship Security Officer
8/22-26 Basic Cargo Handling & Stowage
8/22-9/2 GMDSS
8/23-26 Lifeboat/Survival Craft
8/29-9/2 Tankerman Person-In-Charge
8/29-9/2 Basic Shiphandling
8/30-31 MAXIMO

September 2005

9/6-9 Basic Shiphandling
9/12-16 Medical Care Provider
9/12-16 Radar Observer Unlimited
9/12-24 100 Ton OUPV (12 days Mon.-Sat.)
9/12-23 Medical Person-In-Charge
9/12-23 GMDSS
9/19-23 Basic Safety Training
9/19-23 Emergency Shiphandling – 5 day
9/19-23 ARPA
9/19/05 Radar Renewal
9/19-20 Search and Rescue
9/20-23 Lifeboat/Survival Craft
9/21-23 Emergency Procedures

October 2005

10/3-7 ECDIS
10/3-14 Basic Watchkeeping
10/10-12 Bridge Resource Management
10/10-10-14 Basic Safety Training
10/10-14 Tankerman Person-In-Charge
10/10-14 Emergency Shiphandling – 5 day
10/17-28 GMDSS
10/18-21 Lifeboat/Survival Craft
10/24-26 Ship Security Officer
10/24-28 ARPA
10/24 Radar Renewal
10/31 Flashing Light

November 2005

10/31-11/2 Medical Care Provider
10/31-11/11 Medical Person-In-Charge
11/7-11 TPIC
11/7-18 GMDSS
11/7-19 100 Ton OUPV
11/14-18 ECDIS
11/28-12/2 Radar Observer Unlimited
11/28-12/2 Emergency Shiphandling 5-day

December 2005

12/5-9 Medical Care Provider
12/5-9 ARPA
12/5-16 Basic Safety Training
12/5-16 GMDSS
12/5-16 Medical Person-In-Charge
12/13-16 Lifeboat/Survival Craft
12/19-21 Ship Security Officer
12/19-23 ARPA
12/19-23 Basic Shiphandling
12/26-30 Emergency Shiphandling 5-day


For registration call Jennifer Fowler 888-893-7829

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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”.

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: For further info or to subscribe contact John Peige at 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.