Wheelhouse Weekly – February 16, 2001

February 16th 2001


Bridging the Information Gap With E-News You Can Use

VOLUME 5. . . . . NUMBER 7. . . February 16, 2001




This week, MM&P and the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association finalized an agreement to allow a number of MEBA licensed deck officers to be taken in to the MM&P as Applicants. Highlights of the new agreement follow:

40 MEBA deck officers will be taken in as MM&P Applicants. To attain Applicant status, individuals must possess an unlimited Masters, Chief Mates or Second Mates license and must be STCW-95 certified. MEBA will determine all other criteria for eligibility for this group.

One of the objectives of this agreement is to permit as many MEBA mates as practical to obtain MEBA pension credits to complete a 20-year pension eligibility as soon as possible, within certain parameters, without significantly impacting MM&P shipping to any appreciable degree.

MEBA mates will be covered for all benefits (pension, medical, training, vacation, etc.) under MEBA Plans by a pass-through agreement to the MEBA Plans.

If either MM&P or MEBA has difficulty filling any deck officer slot, they will communicate with each other to fill that job. If it is an RRF position (ROS or FOS), the deck officer will work under the contracted union’s agreement in a pass-through arrangement.

MEBA mates working under MM&P contracts will be represented by MM&P and MM&P mates working under MEBA contracts will be represented by the MEBA. The MM&P and MEBA will establish a committee consisting of two delegates from each union to maintain an open dialog on new job opportunities and any other issue that may arise from this agreement. This agreement shall remain in full force and effect until September 30, 2005.

More detailed info on this agreement may be obtained at MM&P HQ at Email:; all MM&P Offshore Halls, or any Offshore Vice President.

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Wayne Farthing is the MM&P’s new Port Agent in Houston. Since joining MM&P he has sailed OTB primarily from Houston for various contract companies and last sailed on Lykes EXPLORER. Prior to joining MM&P, he sailed at all licensed levels including Master on oceanographic, deep water search and recovery vessels and MODUs on both civilian and government projects. He earned a BS in Marine Transportation from Texas A&M University and currently holds a limited Masters license and unlimited Chief Mate license. His Email address is:

Dave Boatner is both the new Agent-Pacific Ports and West Coast Contact for the Government Employees Membership Group.He joined the MM&P upon graduation from California Maritime Academy and has been a member for over 20 years. In 1985 he became a permanent Chief Mate with Lykes and has sailed as Master for Lykes and then Lykes/MTL since 1988. His last ship was also the Lykes EXPLORER.

Dave says while growing up all he ever wanted to be was a ship captain. “MM&P helped me fulfill my dream. Hopefully the ‘Agent, Pacific Ports’ job will be an opportunity to give something back to the union which has given me and my family so much.” His Email address is

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It is with deep sadness that MITAGS advises of the passing of Sally Hornberger on Monday after a courageous battle with cancer. Sally was an 18-year veteran of MITAGS and served in the position of Executive Secretary/Assistant to two Directors of the School. In addition, she served for more than 14 years as a volunteer on the board of the Masters, Mates & Pilots Federal Credit Union. She will be missed by her fellow employees and friends. The MM&P’s deepest sympathy goes out to members of her family: husband Dale, daughter Dayna Stancil, son Dale, and three grandchildren. The funeral service was held yesterday, Feb.15.

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As the newly-elected 107th Congress gets down to business, the Masters, Mates & Pilots and the Maritime Institute for Research and Industrial Development (MIRAID) have already resumed the essential job of promoting those issues and programs important to the US-flag merchant marine and to American merchant mariners.

The 107th Congress promises to be extremely significant to the survival and growth of the US-flag maritime industry and it will take an all hands effort to ensure that this Congress and the new Administration understand its importance to the military and economic security of our Nation, and work to enhance our capability to serve as America’s fourth arm of defense.

One of the MM&P’s legislative priorities for the 107th Congress will be maritime tax reform. US-flag commercial vessels and US citizen merchant mariners are forced to compete against foreign flag vessels and foreign crews that pay little or no taxes to their respective governments.

The MM&P believes that the first session of the 107th Congress should make changes in US tax law that will bring US maritime tax law more in line with that in other nations. For example:

Priority No.1

Many foreign nations exempt their mariners from income tax. No such exemption is available to American merchant mariners, making it more expensive for US-flag vessel operators, and harder for American mariners to get jobs on American owned US-flag and foreign flag commercial vessels. The MM&P believes that section 911 of the Internal Revenue Code, which provides a foreign source income exclusion for other Americans working outside the US, should be extended to American mariners when working aboard an American-owned commercial vessel operating outside US territorial waters. This proposed change in section 911 was included in legislation (National Security Sealift Enhancement Act of 1999) introduced in the 106th Congress by Senator John Breaux (D-LA) (S. 1858) and Representatives Jim McCrery (R-LA) and Bill Jefferson (D-LA) (HR 3225).

Priority No. 2

Existing tax law allows an individual who attends a business meeting or convention aboard a US-flag cruise ship that operates exclusively between American ports to deduct up to $2,000 annually of the cost of attending such shipboard functions. It is the MM&P’s belief that this tax incentive should be extended to individuals attending a business meeting or convention aboard a US-flag cruise ship operating between American and foreign ports.

Because of the tax and economic advantages enjoyed by foreign flag passenger vessels, and the lack of incentives for US-flag cruise vessels, there are no US-flag cruise vessels operating between American and foreign ports. Extending the so-called convention tax deduction as proposed will encourage the development of a US-flag foreign trade cruise vessel fleet. This proposed expansion of the “convention tax deduction” for cruise ships was also included in MM&P-supported S.1858/HR 3225.

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Openings in classes through the first week of May follows:

  • 2/24: ROR-1
  • 2/26-3/2: HAZ
  • 3/12-15 SMA
  • 3/12-16: HAZ
  • 3/12-23: GMDSS
  • 3/14-16: SHS-EMR
  • 3/23: MED-MGMT
  • 3/24:ROR-1
  • 3/26-30: FF-ADV
  • 4/2-6: MSC-COMMS
  • 4/9-11: BRM-3
  • 4/9-13: COMP-MAR, FF-ADV
  • 4/9-20: GMDSS
  • 4/10-11: BRMP
  • 4/16-18: BRM-3
  • 4/16-20: FRB
  • 4/30-5/4: ARPA, BST, SHS-EMR


3-day class running from Wed-Fri, March 14-16, has one person enrolled. If two additional students are not confirmed by Feb. 28, the convening will be canceled.


On Mar.23 the first MED-MGMT class will be held at MITAGS. Although not required now, after Feb.1, 2002 it will be required under STCW for persons moving from “Officer in Charge of a Navigation Watch” to “Chief Mate/Master”. Thus, after Feb.1, 2002, mariners going from 2nd Mate to Chief Mate will need to satisfy the requirement. MED-MGMT is a 1-day course. Persons who complete either MED-SMC or MED-PIC will satisfy the requirement and will not need to take the 1-day course.

MSC Classes

 The Strategic Sealift Communications Course will be held at MITAGS April 2-6, 2001.

GMDSS License Renewal

There have been significant changes to the renewal process. Fee has increased to $50. Forms have been revised. You cannot apply for renewal prior to 90 days before expiration date. Check under GMDSS on the MITAGS website at: for up-to-date forms and submission info.  New forms are also being sent to the halls.

Schedule through Dec. 2001 is being maintained on the website. Hard copy schedule updates are also provided to the halls. For additional MITAGS course info, please contact Mary Matlock at Voice: 443-989-3226 or e-mail:

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Classes with availability through March are as follows:

  • 2/26-3/2 ECDIS
  • 3/5-7 BRM-3 day
  • 3/19-23 TPIC-Barge

Note: The ECDIS course will meet the EINS (Electronic Integrated Navigation Systems) Standards.

Download their entire schedule at: The latest PNMI press releases are at: For further info contact Gregg Trunnell at voice: 206 239-9965; fax: 206-441-2995; Email:

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