Wheelhouse Weekly – August 19, 2004

August 19th 2004


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

Volume 8 . . . . . Number 34 . . . . August 19, 2004


  • New Five-Year AHL Agreement Reached Aug.17
  • Maersk Line Ltd. Takes Over Direct Operation of SEALAND PRIDE
  • Chief Mate Opportunities aboard Patriot LMSR Vessels
  • Important Notice Regarding Horizon Contract
  • MM&P-UIG Job Action at Oscar Niemeth Towing Continues
  • Staten Island Ferry Crash Results in Federal Indictments
  • USCG and Maritime Transportation Act Signed into Law



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



MM&P and AHL Shipping Company concluded contract negotiations on August 17, arriving at a new 5-year agreement covering all shipboard personnel. The new contract goes into effect on Sept.1, 2004 and will remain in force through Aug.31, 2009. Highlights of the new agreement are:

  • A 2.5 percent increase on wages and all wage-related items effective Jan.1, 2005 and applied annually on Jan.1 of each succeeding year of the contract – 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.
  • An additional day of vacation per month for Licensed and Unlicensed personnel effective beginning Jan.1, 2005.
  • Another vacation day per month added for Licensed and Unlicensed personnel effective Jan.1, 2009.
  • Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday is added to the list of holidays observed effective Jan.1, 2005.
  • The company will continue to make health and welfare contributions for Licensed and Unlicensed personnel as under the current contract.
  • The company will continue to make pension plan contributions in the same manner for the Licensed personnel as under the current contract.
  • A 1.0 percent increase in the IRAP contribution rate for Unlicensed personnel will be applied effective Jan.1, 2005.

Congratulations and thanks are in order for rank-and-file members Capt. George MacDonough, Master of the SS ANASAZI and Don Armour, Pumpman on the H.A. DOWNING, for their work together with MM&P’s Offshore Gulf and Offshore Atlantic Vice Presidents on behalf of the entire MM&P membership to achieve a good, long-term agreement. The AHL agreement will be sent out in the near future for ratification vote along with several other sets of Offshore Membership Group contracts that are effective pending ratification.



As this edition of the Wheelhouse Weekly was readied for distribution, Maersk Lines, Ltd. (MLL) completed the transfer of the SEALAND PRIDE from operational management by U.S. Ship Management, Inc.

This is the first of three Maersk Sealand ships that were cleared for transfer from USSM to direct operation by MLL in a ruling issued Aug.12 by the US District Court for the District of Columbia. The three ships hold slots in the Maritime Security Program and are part of Maersk Sealand’s 19-ship MM&P-contracted US-flag fleet.

As noted in the Aug.16 “Special Edition” of the Wheelhouse Weekly, operational continuity of MLL’s ships is the most important issue to the MM&P. Senior MM&P officials emphasized that “all Licensed Deck Officers aboard Maersk’s ships currently managed by USSM are asked to provide the same degree of cooperation and professionalism to MLL that you have provided to USSM for the last four years.” They noted that “MM&P members provide the very best talent available in the country.”

The transfer process, which occurred today (Aug.19) in Houston, TX, took most of the day and involved obtaining a new USCG Certificate of Inspection and completion of Maritime Administration and other paperwork. Two senior MM&P officials were present onboard the PRIDE to provide full Union backing to MM&P deck officers and to MLL during the transfer. They remained aboard until the transfer was complete. Three representatives from the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association were also present at various times throughout the day.

MM&P officials noted that MLL personnel on-site in Houston maintained a high and impressive degree of professionalism and efficiency throughout the entire process, making the transition much easier than it may have gone otherwise. The ship is scheduled to sail on Friday morning Aug.20.

MM&P members aboard the PRIDE are the ship’s Master, Capt. Peter W. Mitchell, Chief Mate William Skye, Second Mate Joseph Swan and Third Mate Nathan Bagley. MM&P officials praised the LDOs for doing their part to ensure a smooth transition.



MM&P-contracted Patriot Holdings has immediate employment opportunities for Chief Mates aboard LMSR vessels. To be qualified as a Chief Mate aboard LMSR vessels, the following Military Sealift Command (MSC) courses must have been successfully completed:

  • Small Arms – available from MITAGS or MSC.
  • Damage Control – available from MITAGS and MSC.
  • 6-day Chemical Biological Radiological Defense Training – available through MSC.
  • 5-day Anti-Terrorism Officer (ATO) – available through MSC.

Qualified Chief Mates are urged to contact their local hiring hall or their representatives regarding these openings.



Please be advised that all Second and Third Mates that desire to ship off-the-board on Horizon vessels must have successfully completed the 3-day Security Officer: Port, Company, Ship (SEC-OFF-PCS) course before Dec.31, 2005. This course is taught at both MITAGS and at PMI.



Brothers and Sisters of MM&P’s United Inland Membership Group (UIG) are continuing to hold the line in the San Francisco Bay area against Oscar Niemeth Towing. The first session with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service is set for 8/20.

MM&P members and friends have given generously already to help support the striking UIG members, who have extended their heartfelt thanks for the support. Additional contributions to the strike fund are encouraged and will be put to good use by bargaining unit members in meeting basic living expenses.

Checks may be made payable to:

MM&P-ONT Strike Fund 450 Harrison St. East Mezzanine ­ Room 205 San Francisco, CA 94105-2691

To volunteer time or for more info, contact MM&P’s UIG-PMR San Francisco Branch Agent at 415-543-2533; Email: or John Schaeffner, MM&P’s UIG-PMR Portland Branch Agent at 503-283-0518; Email:



Federal prosecutors have issued far-ranging indictments in the wake of last year’s fatal Staten Island ferry crash. Earlier this month, New York City’s Director of Ferries pleaded not guilty to 11 counts of manslaughter, one for each victim of 2003’s crash of the Staten Island Ferry ANDREW J. BARBERI. He was released on $100,000 bond and instructed to remain in the tri-state area.

The ferry’s port captain and a doctor who treated the ferry’s pilot (assistant captain) both pleaded not guilty to making false statements. The port captain was also charged with obstructing justice. Prosecutors said he lied to National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators to hide the Director’s history of mismanagement. Since New York’s Staten Island Ferry System is not a MM&P-contracted employer, MM&P members do not work aboard these vessels.

The ferry’s pilot has pleaded guilty to 11 counts of manslaughter, acknowledging he neglected his duties by taking medications that made him lose consciousness at the helm. His doctor pleaded not guilty to falsifying an USCG license renewal form that stated the pilot was not taking medications and had no medical conditions. In fact, prosecutors said, the pilot’s high blood pressure and back-pain medication could have led to the loss of his pilot’s license.

Prosecutors allege the Ferry Director neglected long-established safety practices, including the requirement that a ship’s captain and assistant captain (pilot) share the wheelhouse during docking. The two-pilot requirement was put in place in 1958 to prevent an accident if one person was incapacitated.

But the Ferry Director never told new pilots about the rule or enforced it, prosecutors said. After the crash, he falsely told his superiors and federal investigators that the rule was being observed, prosecutors said, leading to additional charges of making false statements and obstructing justice.

Also charged in the incident is a former ferry captain, who is accused of making false statements for telling USCG investigators that he was in the pilot house when the pilot passed out and had tried in vain to right the ship. He was fired in November for failing to cooperate with the investigation.

The ferry’s pilot, who had been suspended without pay since the November incident, also resigned earlier this month. He fled after the crash and tried to commit suicide, slashing his wrists and shooting himself with a pellet gun. He also pleaded guilty last week to concealing his medications and high blood pressure on the USCG form. He could be sentenced to more than three years in prison under federal guidelines.

The plea and indictments followed a 10-month investigation into the crash, when a routine trip across New York Harbor turned into a sea of shattered glass and twisted metal as the ferry slammed into the pier. The crash tore open a 250-foot long gash that ran 8-feet deep into the ship’s hull.

The accident revealed serious problems with safety rules on the ferries. The city has revamped its procedures and now requires three crewmembers in the wheelhouse.



On August 10, President Bush signed into law the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2004 (HR 2443). Among other things, the comprehensive new law approves funds to be appropriated for fiscal year 2005 for necessary expenses of the USCG as follows:

  1. For USCG operations and maintenance, $5,404,300,000, of which $25,000,000 is authorized to be derived from the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund to carry out the purposes of section 1012(a)(5) of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990.
  2. For the acquisition, construction, rebuilding, and improvement of aids to navigation, shore and offshore facilities, vessels, and aircraft, including equipment related thereto, $1,500,000,000.
  3. For research, development, test, and evaluating of technologies, materials, and human factors directly related to improving the USCG’s mission, $24,200,000 to remain available until expended of which $3,500,000 shall be derived from thee Oil Spill Trust Fund.

Among the many other provisions, the legislation also authorizes funds for the Federal Maritime Commission as follows:

  1. for fiscal year 2005 – $19,500,000
  2. for fiscal year 2006 – $20,750,000
  3. for fiscal year 2007 – $21,500,000
  4. for fiscal year 2008 – $22,575,000.

Text of the new 61-page public law may be downloaded at:



The US Coast Guard celebrated its 214th birthday on August 4, at a time of near-unprecedented growth and modernization, the USCG commandant said during a joint interview with the Pentagon Channel and the American Forces Press Service.

Adm. Thomas Collins said the “fifth armed service” is expanding its force by 2,000 members per year, which will bring the USCG to almost 41,000 uniformed members by fiscal 2005. At the same time, recruiting is up and retention rates are at the highest rates since the early 1950s.

Retention for first-term enlisted members at the end of their first term is 88.5 percent, and for junior officers at the end of their service obligations, 94.5 percent, he said. “Overall, it’s a great story on both the recruiting front and the retention front,” the commandant said.

Collins attributes this success to the attraction of the service’s missions. “I think it has a lot to do with the relevancy of our missions in today’s world,” he said. “Every one of our missions is incredibly relevant, and some of the things we do are very, very appealing to the young men and women of our country: saving people’s lives, cleaning up the environment and providing security for our hometown maritime ports.”

Since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Collins said, the USCG’s security missions, both in the US and overseas, have also taken on increased significance. “We have the same portfolio of missions. It’s just that the balance between the parts has changed,” the commandant explained. “The coastal and port security business has been taken off the back burner and put on the front burner with the flames turned up.”

Meanwhile, the USCG is also is undergoing the largest and most sweeping modernization in its history. Operation Deepwater, a long-term project, is designed to replace all the Coast Guard’s major aircraft and vessels. When completed, the new Integrated Deepwater System will include three classes of new cutters and their associated small boats, a new fixed-wing manned aircraft fleet, a combination of new and upgraded helicopters and cutter-based unmanned aerial vehicles.

With a larger force and new, state-of-the-art equipment, Adm. Collins said the USCG will be more capable of living up to its motto, “Semper Paratus,” or “Always Ready.”



Two men were killed when a 36-foot sailboat was struck and sunk by the containership CANADA SENATOR in the St. Lawrence River, CA, last week (8-10). Several people reported the sailboat was sailing erratically before the accident. Police said that the Liberian-flagged ship made sound signals to warn of its presence. A man and woman were rescued from the sailboat by the crew of the ship and were treated in a Quebec City hospital.




Three more rusting cargo ships in the James River Ghost Fleet will be scrapped in Texas, maritime officials have announced. The SANTA ISABEL, the MORMACWAVE and the AMERICAN RANGER, all built in the 1960s, will be towed soon to a salvage facility in Brownsville, TX, where they will be scrapped under a $3.2 million US Maritime Administration contract.

The vessels are among the river’s deep layup National Defense Reserve Fleet of large cargo and military-support ships anchored off Fort Eustis in Newport News, VA. The ships contain oil, asbestos, lead and other toxic chemicals that have posed environmental concerns for years.

The contract announced Monday leaves about 60 Ghost Fleet vessels that need to be scrapped.



The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee will hold an oversight hearing on August 25 on the 9/11 Commission Report and Maritime Transportation Security.

The session will be held in Room 2167 of the Rayburn House Office, beginning at 1400 hrs. If you have questions concerning the hearing or would like to testify, please contact John Rayfield of the USCG Subcommittee, at 202-226-0204.



The United Seaman’s Service is seeking candidates for its Honored Seafarer Awards. These awards commend the heroism of American seafarers that have risked their lives to save others and the outstanding seamanship of officers and crews of vessels participating in rescue operations from about mid-2003 to date.

These awards will be presented at the AOTOS Award Dinner on Nov.5 in New York City. MM&P will be forwarding nominations for actions taken by the officers and crews of MM&P-contracted ships and is seeking member input. If you have a ship or individual to nominate, please forward detailed information by Aug.23 to Karl Schwartz at MM&P HQ, Email:




Complete Basic and Advanced Fire Fighting in a combined one week course, offered September 20th.



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

  • AIS-1 – Automatic Identification System: 8/23, 10/4
  • AIS-1/PPU – Automatic ID System/Portable Pilot Unit: 8/30, 11/1
  • ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 8/30, 9/20, 9/27, 11/1
  • AZIPOD – Azipod Propulsion System: 10/2, 11/1
  • AZIPOD-KAM – Azipod and Kamewa Steering and Propulsion: 8/30, 11/5


  • BRM – Bridge Resource Management: 10/4
  • BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 10/5
  • BST – Basic Safety Training: 9/13, 10/25, 11/15


CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses

  • CMM-ADVSTB – Advanced Stability: 9/27, 10/25
  • CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 9/20
  • CMM-CHS I – Cargo Handling & Stowage (week 1): 11/1
  • CMM-CHS II – Cargo Handling & Stowage (week 2): 11/8
  • CMM-ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display and Info Systems: 10/11, 11/1
  • CMM-MMP – Marine Propulsion Plants: 10/18
  • CMM-SHS-ADV I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 9/20, 10/18
  • CMM-SHS-ADV II – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 9/27, 10/25
  • CMM-SHMGT-I – Ship Management (week 1): 8/23
  • CMM-SHMGT-II – Ship Management (week 2): 8/30
  • CMM-VPEN – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 10/4
  • CMM-WKP – Watchkeeping: 9/13, 11/15
  • CONT-PLNG – Contingency Planning: 9/3, 10/15, 10/26, 10/28, 11/5
  • CSE-AAES – Confined Space Awareness-Atmospheric Analysis: 11/8
  • CSE-AWR – Confined Space Awareness Seminar: 9/24
  • CSE-AWR2 – 2-day Confined Space Awareness Seminar: 9/30, 11/18


  • FF-BADV – (Combined) Basic and Advanced Firefighting: 9/20, 11/8
  • FSM – Fatigue, Sleep and Medications: 9/1, 11/3
  • FL – Flashing Light: 8/27 p.m., 9/3


  • GMDSS – Global Marine Distress & Safety System: 10/25


  • HAZ – Hazardous Materials [5-day]: 11/1


  • LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 8/23, 9/1, 11/3


  • MEDIA-RSP – Media Response: 9/2, 10/14, 10/27, 10/29, 11/4
  • MED-DOT-DA – DOT Drug & Alcohol Testing: 9/18, 10/16
  • MED-PIC – Medical Person In Charge: 10/11
  • MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 10/11
  • MED-SMC – Shipboard Medical Care (4 weeks): 8/30


MSC – Military Sealift Command

  • MSC-CBRD-1 – Chemical Biological Radiological Defense Training Orientation: 8/26, 9/15, 9/29, 10/25, 11/3, 11/17
  • MSC-DC – Damage Control: 8/24, 8/26, 9/16, 9/27, 10/21, 11/15
  • MSC-ENVPRO – Environmental Protection: 8/21
  • MSC-SMA-R – Small Arms Renewal (2-day): 8/26, 10/26, 10/28
    (must have proof of passing all 3 weapons within 2 years)


  • ROP-5 – Radar Observer Original & Renewal: 11/8
  • ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 8/30, 9/18, 9/20, 10/2, 11/8


  • SEC-FSO – Facility Security Officer: 9/28, 11/8
  • SEC-OFF-PCS – Security Officer: Port, Company, Ship: 10/11, 11/1
  • SEC-PLT – Security Training for Pilots: 8/31, 11/2
  • SHS-BAS – Basic Shiphandling: 9/13, 10/11
  • SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5-day): 8/23, 11/15


  • TPIC – Tankerman Person-In-Charge: 9/20, 11/15
  • TRAC-TUG – Water Tractor and Azimuth Stern Drive Tugs: 9/2



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.




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”.

August 2004

  • 8/23-27: Basic and Advanced Firefighting
  • 8/30-9/03: Medical Care Provider
  • 8/30-9/10: Medical Person-In-Charge
  • 8/30-9/01: ARPA
  • 8/30: Radar Recertification
  • 8/30-9/01: Ship/Company Security Officer


September 2004

  • 9/06-07: Search and Rescue (OIC)
  • 9/08-10: Emergency Procedures (OIC)
  • 9/13-17: Basic Shiphandling
  • 9/13-17: Basic Safety Training
  • 9/13-17: Radar Observer Unlimited
  • 9/13-17: Tankerman Person-In-Charge
  • 9/13-24: GMDSS
  • 9/20-24: Basic and Advanced Firefighting
  • 9/20-10/01: Watchkeeping (OIC)
  • 9/27-29: Bridge Resource Management


October 2004

  • 10/04-08: Basic Safety Training
  • 10/04: Flashing Light (OIC)
  • 10/11-22: Advanced Shiphandling
  • 10/11-22: GMDSS
  • 10/11-15: ARPA
  • 10/11: Radar Recertification
  • 10/11-13: Ship/Company Security Officer
  • 10/25-29: Basic and Advanced Firefighting
  • 10/25-29: ECDIS


Contact DeeDee Lazik at 206-441-2880 or 888-893-7829 (toll free) for registration or visit the PMI website at



 D O W    N A S D A Q
 10,083.15 +146.67 for the week  1,831.37  +48.95 for the week

Fund Name & Trading Symbol

 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)

 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)

 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)

 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)

 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)

 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)

 Vanguard High Yield Corporate Fund (VWEHX)

 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)

 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)

 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)

 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)

 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)

 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)


~ Reminders ~



MM&P Health & Benefit Plan Participants should have received information in the mail in early August a letter from NMHC regarding the mail order benefit through the Plan. Effective August 15, NMHC Mail will take over the mail order portion of the pharmacy benefit currently handled by Eckerd Pharmacy Services. This change in providers does not affect your prescription benefit.

For members with existing prescriptions on file with EPS, NMHC Rx has coordinated all MM&P member information with EPS so that all of your prescriptions with remaining refills will be automatically transferred to NMHC Mail. Simply call NMHC Mail at 1-800-456-4803 or visit the website at to request your prescription refill.

As always, if you should have any questions, please contact the Plan Office at 410-850-8500.


When you or your provider use the IVR system at the Plan Office to check eligibility, remember that the Plan Office updates eligibility on a monthly basis. This does not mean that your eligibility will terminate at the end of the month simply because the system states that you are eligible until a certain date. Individual contracts have different extension of eligibility rules and the only way we can provide accurate eligibility information for the membership is to download a new eligibility tape on a monthly basis.



Raffle tickets for a chance on winning an original painting of the SEAWANHAKA by MM&P member, Maryland Pilot and artist Capt. Brian Hope commissioned by the MM&P are available at $25 each, 5 for $100. Proceeds will benefit the Masters, Mates & Pilots Political Contribution Fund. (The fire aboard the SEAWANHAKA and the scapegoating of Capt. Charles Smith are the beginnings of the MM&P.)

Ticket purchases should be made payable to the MM&P PCF with a notation for the raffle in the memo line, and mailed to the:

MM&P Political Contribution Fund 700 Maritime Blvd. Linthicum Heights, MD 21090

Members making PCF contributions through the Members Only section of the MM&P website, noting that the contribution is for the raffle, can also obtain tickets. Raffle tickets will also shortly be available through MM&P port offices.

Cutoff for ticket purchases is December 31, 2004. Drawing for the prize will take place at Noon on January 7, 2005 at MITAGS. Also available at a later date will be a limited number of prints of this painting, numbered and signed by the artist, for a $50 contribution to the PCF designated for the print.


The fine print:

Raffle tickets are available only to those individuals who are otherwise eligible to make a contribution to the MM&P PCF.

No double dipping: Contributions in exchange for raffle tickets or for a signed and numbered print do not qualify for other PCF contribution incentive premiums.

All contributions to the MM&P PCF, including contributions in exchange for raffle tickets, are voluntary contributions for political purposes and no physical force, job discrimination, financial reprisals or threat thereof has been or will be used in any way to secure such contributions. PCF contributions are not deductible for tax purposes.



Members are reminded that for the duration of the MM&P election period the name or likeness of any known candidate – any person nominated or self-declared to be a candidate – for any elected MM&P position will not be referred to by name or photo in any MM&P publication. Reference may be made by title or in contact information such as an email address when it is directly relevant to the communication.

As example, the Master of a MM&P-contracted ship who has declared himself to be a candidate for a MM&P elective position was recently quoted in an article appearing in the “Master, Mate & Pilot”, but was referenced as the Master of the vessel and not by name. Similarly, this member’s likeness was not included in a photo published with the article. This same rule was applied within the same publication with regard to two other members employed by MM&P at Union headquarters who are candidates for elective position.

This rule has been put into effect to ensure that publications by the MM&P to MM&P members are not used on behalf of any candidate for campaign purposes. These exclusions will end upon completion of the election.

Members wanting to know more about this policy may contact International Counsel John Singleton at 410-850-8700 x19, email:, or Communications Director Karl Schwartz at 410-850-8700 x27, email:


The Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies (MITAGS) is accepting applications for a full time instructor to work at its Pacific Maritime Institute in Seattle, WA.

This state-of-the-art facility requires an instructor who will develop courses in the maritime field and provide quality classroom and simulation instruction to merchant marine deck officers at all levels of their professional development.

A broad background with experience on dry and liquid cargo vessels is preferred. Outstanding verbal and written presentation skills with experience and enthusiasm in teaching adults in both a classroom and on-the-job setting are desired. Excellent computer skills are a must: MS Office Suite and Windows operating systems.

Five years maritime experience at the Chief Mate or Master level with in-depth knowledge and technical skills with bridge systems, completion of STCW-95 requirements desired. Maritime or military academy graduate preferred.

Union membership following employment is required. Competitive salary and outstanding Union benefits. Email resume to or fax to: HR Manager, 443-989-3341. EEO AA.



MM&P-contracted Horizon Lines recently won the bidding to manage MSC’s seven oceanographic ships (T-AGS) to support the Naval Oceanography Program. The Licensed Deck Officer billets will be filled by MM&P members. MM&P needs to hear from members and applicants interested in working aboard these ships. Vessel assignments may be permanent.

The T-AGS ships will pay competitive wages and will have 15-for-30 vacation, pension, health & welfare, IRAP and training contributions made on the employees’ behalf. Members and applicants selected to sail aboard the T-AGS ships will be required to have a US Government-issued Secret clearance. The Company will assist the mariner in obtaining this clearance.

All interested members and applicants are requested to send a resume to your local area Offshore Vice President or to International Headquarters in care of the Executive Assistant to the President at 700 Maritime Blvd., Linthicum Heights, MD 21090; Fax: 410-850-0973. Calls with questions may be directed to 410-850-8700 x23. Resumes or questions may also be sent by Email to,, and



The USCG is seeking applications for appointment to membership on the Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC). MERPAC provides advice and makes recommendations to the USCG on matters related to the training, qualification, licensing, certification, and fitness of seamen serving in the US merchant marine. Applications should reach the USCG by August 30.

Application forms may be obtained via the Internet by logging on to or by writing to:

Commandant (G-MSO-1) United States Coast Guard 2100 Second Street SW Washington, DC 20593-0001


Send completed applications to:

Mark Gould, Assistant Executive Director MERPAC Room 1210, U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters 2100 Second Street SW Washington, DC 20593-0001


For further info, call MERPAC at 202-267-6890, fax 202-267-4570 or contact Capt. Joe Stone at MM&P HQ at 410-850-8700 x24, Email: .



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 August 20. The scholarships will be awarded September 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 with the member info including address where the application can be mailed.

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.