Wheelhouse Weekly – August 25, 2005

August 25th 2005



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

Volume 9 . . . . . Number 34 . . . . August 25, 2005






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On August 9th, MM&P received the signed MOU from APL which engages APL Marine Services LTD (APLMS) to operate the vessels currently being managed by American Ship Management (ASM).

The effective date of this agreement is July 29, 2005 and in the MOU, APLMS expressly assumes and adopts the Collective Bargaining Agreement recently ratified by MM&P membership that expires on September 30, 2015. At that time the contract can be reopened or renewed.

MM&P looks forward to renewing its relationship with APL and wishes ASM continued success in pursuing new business in the government sector area.




A federal court ruling that struck down the labor-management relations portion of new personnel rules adopted by the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) might benefit MM&P Government Employees’ Group members who are employed by the Department of Defense (DOD). The DHS case could set a legal precedent for other federal departments.

The judge in the case found that the new rules did not “ensure collective bargaining,” which was the intent of Congress in the DHS authorizing language. The new DHS personnel system was considered by many to be the benchmark for future federal labor relations.

In fact, the DHS regulations were used as the model for the National Security Personnel System (NSPS) that DOD has developed, and the one under which civilian mariners, civil service pilots and US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) mariners would fall. NSPS would do away with the present civil service system and replace it with a new structure that is designed primarily for DOD’s 700,000 non-military personnel.

Significant concerns have been raised regarding the inclusion of MM&P Government Employees’ Group members into NSPS since many insiders believe it would prove to be a major disturbance to the current system that has been praised many times over for its efficient sea transport of military cargo. MM&P and other maritime unions have been working with the DOD, Congress and the Bush Administration to ensure that any changes to DOD’s personnel policies do not adversely effect Government Employees’ Group members.



MM&P and MIRAID recently submitted a joint statement to the Maritime Administration opposing proposed rule changes to the Title XI program. This ship-financing program is a significant component of US Maritime policy. It is MM&P/MIRAID’s opinion and the opinion of MM&P-contracted companies that these changes will impose onerous and unnecessary administrative burdens on Title XI applicants, effectively killing the program. Significantly, Senators Trent Lott (R-MS), Ted Stevens (R-AK) and Daniel Inouye (D-HI) also submitted comments to MARAD taking the same position as MM&P, MIRAID, AHL, Matson Navigation and Horizon Lines.

Among other things, MM&P/MIRAID’s statement said in part: “We believe that the changes, if implemented as proposed, may damage the utility of the program and will discourage rather than facilitate the construction of vessels in American shipyards, threatening the viability of the domestic shipbuilding industry and jeopardizing the jobs of seafaring, shipbuilding and shoreside American workers.”

The statement concluded by noting that MM&P/MIRAID agrees with the conclusion reached by MM&P member and contracted companies that, “the proposed changes to the Title XI ship construction loan guarantee program are unwise, unwarranted and unnecessary.”



Oil prices surged to a new record of $68 a barrel on Thursday as on fears that Hurricane Katrina could threaten oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. At 1700 hrs on Thursday, hurricane warnings were posted from Jupiter Inlet to Florida City.

In preparation for the Atlantic season’s 10th named storm, ports in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach are closed to all inbound and outbound shipping. Cruise lines have modified itineraries away from the area. Crews at the ports began securing equipment yesterday when the USCG declared Condition Whiskey. Procedures included re-stacking containers in anticipation of high winds.

The slow-moving Category 1 hurricane is forecast to come ashore sometime Thursday evening somewhere between Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. It is expected to cross the state and re-emerge in the Gulf where it could threaten western Gulf oil platforms. Forecasters say it could also turn north and miss the platforms and make a second landfall in the Florida panhandle early next week.



The 2005 Atlantic hurricane season will be worse than previously expected, with as many as 21 tropical storms and 11 hurricanes, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) now says. “Although we have already seen a record-setting seven tropical storms during June and July, much of the season’s activity is still to come,” said Gerry Bell, a NOAA meteorologist.

In May, NOAA predicted the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season would be above normal, with 12 to 15 tropical storms and 7 to 9 hurricanes. The new forecast would mean a record number of named tropical storms, based on atmospheric conditions and ocean temperatures. The previous record was 19 tropical storms in 1995.

NOAA said that it is certainly reasonable to expect above-normal hurricane seasons for the next decade or perhaps even longer. A study published in the science journal Nature said hurricanes have become more destructive during the last 30 years, and could see their intensity increase as a result of global warming.


Hundreds of barges have been delayed on the Ohio River because of low water levels brought on by a severe mid-western drought. According to the USCG, the Ohio River in the Paducah, KY area normally runs about 17 feet deep, but has been reduced to as low as 8 feet at times this summer. Since the barges are normally moved by tugs with draughts in excess of 8 feet, the USCG has had to monitor the situation closely and in some instances has closed the waterway to commercial traffic. In several cases, the USCG reported that single barges carrying critical cargoes were being allowed to pass because they were being moved by smaller harbor tugs with draughts of around six feet.


Media reports say that California legislators seeking to fund anti-pollution and road improvement projects are eyeing new taxes on containers that move through the state’s ports. One state senator representing Long Beach is asking for a $60 tax on most inbound and outbound containers moving through the state’s ports. If the tax were enacted, it would raise an estimated $800 million annually.

Maritime industry leaders oppose the container tax saying it is unconstitutional because it violates commerce provisions that preclude states from imposing taxes on exported goods. Others critics point to the fact that the bill would force just 13 terminal operators to bear the burden for funding infrastructure and anti-pollution improvements. They contend that asking a handful of private sector companies to repair an aging and neglected infrastructure will almost certainly produce a predictable result – the export of jobs.

The tax move comes just as the Port of Long Beach released figures that indicate container shipments increased 17 percent in June. According to the port’s preliminary data, Asian imports pushed overall volume to 576,604 TEUs from 494,098 TEUs a year earlier. Import volume in June totaled 294,252 TEUs, while export containers reached 101,381 TEUs.


Copenhagen-based AP Moller-Maersk, the parent company of MM&P-contracted Maersk Sealand, has reported first-half profits of $1.86 billion, an increase of 8 percent from $1.7 billion earned a year ago. Net revenues reached $15.21 billion, up 19.7 percent. Profits from container shipping and related activities, including ports and logistics, totaled $871 million, up 52 percent from $639 million. Container revenues rose 22 percent to $8.84 billion from $7.246 billion.


Missing for more than three years, the general cargo ship NATRIS has been located in Malaysian waters. The ship was hijacked on November 17, 2002 and never seen again. Malaysian marine police arrested the crew of 20 Chinese nationals after storming the vessel earlier this week following a chase through the Malacca Strait.

According to the Piracy Reporting Center of the International Maritime Bureau (IMB), the Center had tipped off the Malaysian police regarding the ship’s movement. A spokesman said that the IMB had tracked the vessel and alerted the Malaysian police after receiving information that the ship would be passing through the Strait on the way to Vietnam. The name of the ship had been changed to PAULIJING. The registry had also been switched from Panama to Belize.


Vehicle loan rates are looking great at MM&P FCU. Drive away in a new or used vehicle for a standard loan rate of:
5.50 percent for terms up to 24 months.

Standard loan rates for longer-term loans are:
5.75 percent for 25-48 months;
6.50 percent for 49-60 months ($20,000 minimum); and
7.00 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 MM&P FCU and take 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.

Just announced by the Credit Union. Effective Sept. 1, new auto rates can be lowered with a 20% down payment.
5.00 percent for terms up to 48 months with 20% down
5.25 percent for terms 49 to 60 months with 20% down and
5.75% for terms 61 to 72 months with 20% down. The preferred borrower discount does not apply to 20% down financing.

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



MM&P Membership Poll — Would you like MITAGS to offer a course in Container Refrigeration Maintenance for deck officers? Please reply by e-mail to Mary Matlock: Thank you for taking the time to contribute your opinion.

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

CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 10/17
CMM-SHMGT I – Ship Management (week 1): 10/24
CMM-VPEN – Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation: 9/12
Also, still room:
MSC-SMA – Small Arms Training (4 day): 9/5
MSC-SMA-R – Small Arms Re-Qualification (2-day): 9/8 (must have proof of passing all 3 weapons within 2 years)

AIS – Automatic Identification System: 9/2, 10/13
ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 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): 11/14
CMM-CHS II – Advanced Cargo Handling (week 2): 11/7
CMM-ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display and Info Systems: 9/19
CMM-MPP – Marine Propulsion Plants: 10/24
CMM-SHS-ADV-I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 9/26, 10/10, 11/14
CMM-SHS-ADV-II – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 10/03, 10/31, 11/28
CMM-SHMGT I – Ship Management (week 1): 9/26, 10/24
CMM-SHMGT I I- Ship Management (week 2): 9/19, 10/31
CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 10/17, 10/31
CMM-VPEN – Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation: 9/12
CMM-WKP – Watchkeeping: 11/28

CONT-PLNG – Contingency Planning: 9/9, 10/7, 11/11, 12/2

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

HAZ-Hazardous Materials (5-day): 9/12, 10/17, 11/14

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

MEDIA-RSP – Media Response: 9/8, 10/6, 11/10, 12/1
MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 9/24, 10/22
MED-PIC – Medical Person-In-Charge: 9/26, 10/17
MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 9/26, 10/17
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): 9/8, 11/4 (must have proof of passing all 3 weapons within 2 years)

ROP-5 – Radar Observer Original and Renewal (5-day): 11/28
ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 9/26, 10/17, 10/24

SEC-OFF-VCF – Security Officer, Vessel, Company & Facility: 10/4, 11/7, 11/28
SHS-BAS – Basic Shiphandling: 10/24, 11/7
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

8/29-9/2 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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 D O W  N A S D A Q  S & P 500
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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 and MUST NOT expire during your tour of duty.

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 commenced Oct.17, 2004. 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.



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.




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.