Wheelhouse Weekly – July 14, 2000

July 14th 2000


Bridging the Information Gap With E-News You Can Use

VOLUME 4. . . . . NUMBER 28. . . July 14, 2000



Capt. Timothy Brown, who has served as International President of the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots since coming to office in April 1991 following a special election, was de facto reelected to his fourth term of office following the closing of nominations for office at the MM&P’s 78th Convention, held July 10-12 in Linthicum Heights, MD. Capt. Brown faces no opponents in his bid for reelection — a first in the modern history of the MM&P.

Capt. Brown stated “I am deeply honored to have been given the opportunity to represent the membership of the MM&P for another term. By its action, the MM&P membership has placed a great deal of faith in me and has signaled that continuing the course of progress we are on is of great importance. I will continue to work diligently for the good of our Union and all of its members, and for the good of the US maritime industry as a whole into the new millennium.”

Also unopposed for reelection is Capt. George A. Quick, who has served as Vice President of the MM&P’s Pilot Membership Group for the past 18 years. Capt. William Rabatsky, who has served for several years as Representative for the MM&P’s Great Lakes & Rivers Maritime Region Membership Group, is running unopposed to serve as Vice President of the membership group in what will be his first term of office.

Terms for international officers, membership group vice presidents, convention delegates and alternate convention delegates run for four years, beginning in January of the year following an election.

The positions of International Secretary-Treasurer, Offshore Vice Presidents for the Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific regions, Vice President of the MM&P’s Pacific Maritime Region Membership Group and the MM&P’s Atlantic & Gulf Maritime Region Membership Group have multiple candidates nominated. A 20 day period began effective with the close of nominations in which candidates for elective positions will be notified by the MM&P and may accept or decline nomination. The period for response closes with end-of-business on August 1, 2000. Captains Brown, Quick and Rabatsky each have accepted nomination for office and have each declined nomination for any other positions.

Biographies of Captains Brown, Quick and Rabatsky will be posted on the MM&P web site in the near future.

MM&P Headquarters is in the process of notifying all candidates for all elective positions of their nomination by overnight delivery. Acceptances and declinations must take place not later than 20 days from the conclusion of nominations. A full listing of candidates will be publicized after that time. Special information for nominees may be found in this edition of the Wheelhouse Weekly.

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The MM&P was victorious this week in a ruling handed down by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region 19 that upheld the election by the employees of Brusco Tug and Barge Company to join the MM&P’s Pacific Maritime Region Group. After the ballots have been counted, this decision should clear the channel to launch collective bargaining on behalf of Brusco employees unless the employer appeals.

The bargaining unit of employees includes all mates, deckhands, and engineer/deckhands employed by Brusco out of its Longview/Cathlamet, WA home port. The MM&P’s Capt. Mike Simonsen was instrumental in the organizing effort. International Counsel John Singleton represented the MM&P’s winning position.

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All nominees for MM&P elective positions, including nominees for MM&P office and nominees for convention delegate or alternate delegate, are advised that in accepting nomination for election, they must submit as part of their acceptance certification that they are not prohibited from standing for election under provisions of the Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA) of 1959 or by any provision of the MM&P International Constitution. Nominees are also advised that they may only stand for election for one office.

A sample nomination acceptance letter follows:

I, (name of candidate) hereby accept the nomination for the position of (title of position). I hereby certify that I have no knowledge of anything that would prevent me from holding office under any provision of the Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA) or under any provision of the IOMM&P International Constitution. I have been advised in writing of the twenty day acceptance rule and of the right of those candidates who will be running for the office of International President or International Secretary-Treasurer or for any membership group Vice President position to submit a statement of fact for inclusion on the ballot not to exceed 200 words.

(Signature of Candidate)


The LMRDA, 29 US Code, Section 504, Prohibition against certain persons holding office states that:

No person who is or has been a member of the Communist Party or who has been convicted of, or served any part of a prison term resulting from his conviction of, robbery, bribery, extortion, embezzlement, grand larceny, burglary, arson, violation of narcotics laws, murder, rape, assault with intent to kill, assault which inflicts grievous bodily injury, or a violation of subchapter III or IV of this chapter any felony involving abuse or misuse of such person’s position or employment in a labor organization or employee benefit plan to seek or obtain an illegal gain at the expense of the members of the labor organization or the beneficiaries of the employee benefit plan, or conspiracy to commit any such crimes or attempt to commit any such crimes, or a crime in which any of the foregoing crimes is an element, shall serve or be permitted to serve…

The complete cite may be found on the web by going to and entering “29” at the Title prompt, followed by “504” at the Section prompt.

It is important to note that for a nominee to be a candidate and be placed on the ballot, the nominee’s acceptance letter and certification must be received by the MM&P Secretary-Treasurer’s office no later than August 1, 2000.

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An imposing list of speakers shared their insights on the current state of the US-flag maritime industry with delegates, members and guests of the 2000 MM&P Biennial Convention held this week at the MITAGS Conference Center.

For the first time, both US Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and US Senator Paul Sarbanes (D-MD) addressed the convention. Both gave keen insight into the Senate’s mood on policy issues affecting the US-flag maritime industry. Both senators pledged to continue their unwavering support of legislation vital to the future US Merchant Marine.

Maritime union presidents addressing the convention delegates included John Bowers, President of the International Longshoremen’s Association; Gunnar Lundeberg, President of the Sailors’ Union of the Pacific; and Larry O’Toole, President of the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association.

Rear Admiral Marke Shelley, USN, Deputy Commander of the Military Sealift Command; Jay Keegan, President and CEO, US Ship Management; Jack Sullivan, Senior Vice President of Matson Navigation Co.; Dave Tolan, former Exec. Vice President, Sea-Land, and now Chairman of the Carriers Container Council; and James Patti, President of MIRAID also made presentations to the convention delegates.

Upcoming editions of the Wheelhouse Weekly will include reports on these presentations as well as resolutions which were adopted and other news from the 2000 biennial convention.

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The Journal of Commerce reports that now P&O Nedlloyd has won US Maritime Administration approval to buy MM&P-contracted Farrell Lines, plans are afloat to upgrade the US-flag carrier’s US-Mediterranean service to weekly and offer faster transit times to the Eastern Mediterranean. P&O Nedlloyd officials said the addition of a sixth ship will allow sailing frequency to be improved from the current eight or nine days.

Transit times to the Eastern Mediterranean will be shortened by using Malta as a transshipment point for Italian cargo. Eastbound cargo to Italy will be offloaded at Malta and delivered by a vessel on Farrell’s westbound service.

Last week, MARAD approved the deal, which includes the transfer of three Maritime Security Program (MSP) operating agreements and calls for Farrell to spin off its own wholly owned subsidiary, FLI Ships Inc., which will be renamed E Ships Inc.

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MITAGS advises that guidelines have been finalized for reimbursement of costs associated with completion of Military Sealift Command (MSC) training in calendar year 2000. Letters with required forms and all specifics are being mailed to those members who have either completed or are confirmed for eligible training sessions. From this point on, required materials will be forwarded with confirmation letters. For further info, contact: Mike Wein at MITAGS at phone: 443-989-3238; fax: 410-859-5181; or Email:

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We have received requests from members at sea to include the Dow Jones Industrial Average and NASDAQ Composite Index closing numbers for the week. Since the Wheelhouse Weekly is usually distributed before the markets close on Friday, the numbers cited will be from Thursday’s close unless otherwise specified.

 DOW  10,788.71  NASDAQ


We have also received requests to list the following five funds that are representative of many members’ IRAP holdings in Vanguard Mutual Funds. Space limitations preclude listing additional funds at this time. In future weeks, the change up or down for the week will also be indicated for the stock averages quoted above and the mutual funds listed below:

 Vanguard 500 Index Fund


 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund


 Vanguard International Growth Fund


 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund


 Vanguard Windsor II Fund


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AL beat the NL 6-3 in the All-Star Game. The NY Yankees’ Derek Jeter was the first Yankee to take All-Star MVP honors.

Tennis: At Wimbledon, Venus Williams beat last year’s champ Lindsay Davenport for the championship. Men: Pete Sampras beat Australia’s Pat Rafter for the crown.

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The MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly is being produced under MM&P election guidelines which have been previously published and may be found in their entirety on the MM&P website. The 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 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 under “News” at:

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