Wheelhouse Weekly – March 24, 2005

March 24th 2005



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

Volume 9 . . . . . Number 12 . . . . March 24, 2005




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


MM&P members are advised that the halls in Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles/Long Beach will be closed on Thursday, March 31 in observance of Cesar Chavez Day which is a longshore holiday.


The fate of the nine LMSRs contracted to Patriot Contract Services remains up in the air. As previously reported in the Wheelhouse Weekly, Patriot filed a lawsuit against the Military Sealift Command (MSC) to prevent the turnover of the vessels to AMSEA, a subsidiary of General Dynamics Corporation. AMSEA is an employer that was recently determined by the Maritime Administration to be “substandard” for government contracting.

As part of this lawsuit, the MSC should be forced to explain why it has chosen to ignore the efforts and loyalty of the mariners, including the scores of MM&P deck officers, that made the LMSR program work and successfully transport thousands of tons of military supplies and equipment to our troops during the most recent Iraq War.

In mid-March, 2005, the MM&P joined with the Sailors Union of the Pacific in intervening in Patriot’s lawsuit in order to support Patriot’s effort to obtain a Preliminary Injunction to prevent MSC from implementing a turnover of the LMSR’s prior to the time that the underlying legal case is heard. The lawsuit was filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California. Whatever the outcome of the lawsuit, MM&P members should take pride in the professional manner in which they have performed their difficult duties before, during (and no doubt, after) the ongoing Iraq War.



Here’s the complete list of licensed, unlicensed and associate applicants that were approved for membership in the Offshore Membership Group by the Offshore Advisory Committee and the General Executive Board at the March 16, 2005 GEB meeting held at MM&P HQ.

Offshore-Licensed Deck: Susan Begg, Kevin Franssen, Achim Huber, Michael LaMaina, Joao Lima, John Marcin (conditional), Jerome McGourthy and John Young.

Transfer From Offshore Unlicensed To Licensed Deck: Dennis Hoak

Transfer Not Prior Offshore Member (Government) To Licensed Deck: Richard Gilmore

Licensed Engineers: William Smith

Offshore Unlicensed: Vera Brennan, David Cantrell, Marco Chimilio, Amy Fossett, Travis Galloway, Gregg Gardner, William Markcum III, Linda Millner, Robert Noe and Thomas Steinke

Transfer Not Prior Offshore Member To Unlicensed Deck: John Gray UIG (PMR), Shaunne Olson UIG (GL&R)

Offshore-Associate Member: From the US Merchant Marine Academy: Justin Backus, Phillip C. Choi, Tormod Engvig, Jason Mayorga, Anthony McDonald, Brendan Myers, Andrew Rogers, Christopher Salmonese; From the Mass Maritime Academy: Michael Cormier; from the California Maritime Academy: Scott Keever, Christopher Kojima, Taelson K. Larrow and Brandt Montgomery.



With a budget already set at $6.9 billion for 2006, the USCG has sent Congress a request for even more money for next year’s operations, including $637 million to upgrade its deteriorating ships and helicopters. USCG Commandant, Admiral Thomas Collins submitted the list to Senator Thad Cochran, (R-MS), Chair of the Appropriations Committee’s Homeland Security Subcommittee.

The wish list totals $919 million; and includes $62.2 million to maintain existing ships and aircraft; $70 million for expanded patrols by maritime security teams, $60 million for USCG shore facilities, and $31 million for security programs (including tracking dangerous cargoes).

Congressional members said that the money will be hard to find, but they were also quick to note that the USCG has been under-funded for too long.



The US State Department has issued special warnings regarding terrorists using speed boats to attack western ships off East Africa. The threat applies to inland channels, ports, and to territorial and international waters in and off the coasts of Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, the Seychelles, Somalia, Sudan, and Tanzania.

The threat info contained in the warning was complied by the State Department in coordination with the Departments of Defense and Commerce and the CIA. It has been broadcast to US military ships, the USCG, and to US-flag shipping companies.



USCG investigators are probing a collision between a Singapore-flagged bulker and a barge in the Mobile, Alabama ship channel that occurred on March 21. The collision between the 43,052-dwt STAR DRIVANGER, carrying lumber and steel beams, and a fully-loaded coal barge caused a closure of the ship channel for two days. No injuries and no pollution resulted from the incident that occurred at 0230 hours just east of the Mobile Coal Terminal.


Five members of the House of Representatives, who want to prevent oil spills such as November’s massive spill into the Delaware River, have introduced a bill to compel mariners to report hazardous objects lost overboard. Officials now believe that three submerged objects – a large pump housing, an anchor and a concrete slab – punctured the hull of the Greek-owned tanker ATHOS I, causing the spill.

The action came after the federal legislators learned that no present law mandates reporting of hazards to navigation lost from vessels. Their bill would impose civil fines of up to $25,000 and criminal jail terms up to 10 years for failing to report such lost objects. The proposed measure also seeks $15 million to fund a three-year Corps of Engineers project to search the Delaware River and remove any other hazardous objects.

As previously reported in the Wheelhouse Weekly, the $100 million-plus cleanup of the ATHOS I spill is still underway and is expected to continue into the summer. The spill fouled the shoreline on a 57-mile stretch of the river, killed scores of birds and caused millions in property damage.


Earlier this week, the USCG took the fish processing vessel INDEPENDENCE under tow after the ship’s rudders failed and it drifted aimlessly in the Gulf of Alaska. There are 204 crew on board the 5,700gt vessel. The ship issued a call for assistance on Monday when, according to a Coast Guard statement, it lost its steering in 60-75 mph winds and 20-foot seas with blowing snow. The tug CHAHUNTA was dispatched to the site, about 95 miles south of Kayak Island, to relieve the USCG cutter STORIS. No injuries have been reported and it is not known what caused the rudders to fail.


An internationally known shipping executive said that vessel owners have dramatically under-funded global lobbying efforts, leaving the entire industry open to knee-jerk regulation by local politicians.

Intertanko chairman Stephen Van Dyck said at the recent Connecticut Maritime Association conference that while ship owners made an estimated $80 billion in profits during 2004, they only budgeted a combined $70 million for all shipping associations worldwide. In contrast, industries such as the pharmaceutical sector spend up to five percent of revenues (not profits) on protecting their image and political turf.

Van Dyck said that partly as a result of shipping’s under-funded lobbying and public relations efforts, regulation is now moving away from an international model and “going local around the world.” Meanwhile, the Internet and the increased pace of modern communications bring headlines on oil spills to more people, decreasing trust in the industry despite a dramatically improved track record and spurring local politicians to play to their constituents via uninformed regulations.

“It’s tiresome to be begging for money,” Van Dyck said, but stated that ship owners must look beyond short-term profit motives and fund an aggressive lobbying campaign to protect the shipping industry’s long-term interests.


The Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, which is visited by millions of Americans each year, is planning a new public exhibition, “On the Water: Stories from Maritime America.” Opening is anticipated in 2008.

This major exhibition, together with a website and a teachers’ package that will be distributed nationally, will highlight the all-important maritime influence in American history and then bring that great story right up to the 21st century. Our country began as a maritime nation, and – today – our economy depends on our maritime connections.

Few modern Americans appreciate any of this vital history or realize our critical dependence on maritime commerce.
For those who appreciate the history of the sea and want that story told publicly and in a highly visible way, “On the Water” presents an unparalleled opportunity. Ever since the 1980s, all exhibitions and programs at the Smithsonian have depended on private support, and “On the Water” is no different. Only the maritime industry can make this project happen.

“On the Water” will be on view for a minimum of 20 years, in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, on the National Mall between the Capitol and the White House.
The museum receives 5 million visitors a year, and 7 to 10 million across America access the museum’s exhibitions each year in classrooms and at home computers.

“On the Water” will cover 8,000 square feet and is organized chronologically into seven sections, from the 17th Century to the beginning of the 21st: “The Atlantic World,” “Maritime Nation,” “Harvesting the Sea,” “Inland Waterways,” “Crossing Oceans,” “Answering the Call,” and “Modern Maritime America.” Project director Paula Johnson says that more than 200 artifacts, 300 graphics, and many interactive video components are included. In addition, “virtual field trips” – electronically connecting classrooms with real-life maritime experiences – are also planned.

For more info about “On the Water”, contact either Paula Johnson, Project Director, at 202-633-3908; Email: or Bill Withuhn, at 202-633-1919; Email:


Citing concerns about the safety and efficiency of USCG ships and aircraft, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee chairman Susan Collins (R-ME) and ranking member Joe Lieberman (D-CT) are renewing their call for an acceleration of the 22-year timetable for the USCG’s modernization program, known as the Integrated Deepwater System.

In a letter sent this week to Office of Management and Budget Director Joshua Bolten, the senators asked that he consider a 10-year schedule, arguing that “the nation simply cannot afford to wait until 2024 or later for the USCG to employ more effective and reliable assets to achieve more effective homeland security.”

Of the world’s 42 major naval fleets, the USCG has the third oldest – behind the Philippines and Mexico – with some aircraft and cutters dating back 30 and 40 years. Given a 25 percent increase in the Guard’s responsibilities post 9/11, the senators expressed deep concern about the readiness of the fleet.

“With many aircraft and cutters dating back more than a quarter of a century and some to World War II, we believe that the USCG cannot afford to wait 20 or more years to replace its deteriorating equipment,” the senators wrote. “The daily demands on operational USCG assets are unrelenting in the post 9-11 environment. That unyielding pace is taking a serious toll on aging ships and aircraft, resulting in a surge in maintenance costs at the expense of Deepwater.” The Coast Guard estimates that speeding up the program would “provide up to one million more resource hours and save approximately $4 billion over the course of the acquisition.”


Late last week, the Indonesian tanker, M/T TRI SAMUDRA was transporting methane gas when it was attacked along the coastline of Borneo Island. Eventually, the ship was released, but the Captain and Chief Engineer were kidnapped and are currently being held for ransom.

The pirates are believed to be from the Free Aceh Movement, which is fighting for independence of the Areh province, north of Sumatra Island. Malaysia has now announced that it will be boosting security in the straits because of the attack.




Between now and the end of May 2005 seats are available in the following courses:

  • AIS – Automatic Identification System: 4/29, 5/7
  • ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 4/4, 5/2, 5/9
  • BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 4/26
  • BST – Basic Safety Training: 4/25, 5/23

    CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses

  • CMM-ADVSTB – Advanced Stability: 5/2
  • CMM-CHS I- Cargo Handling & Stowage (week 1): 3/28
  • CMM-ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display and Info Systems: 5/16
  • CMM-SHS-ADV-I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 3/28, 4/18
  • CMM-WKP- Advanced Watchkeeping: 4/11
  • CMM-VPEN-Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation: 4/25
  • CONT-PLNG – Contingency Planning: 4/8, 5/6, 5/13
  • FF-BADV – (Combined) Basic and Advanced Firefighting: 4/20, 5/23
  • HAZ – Hazardous Materials [5-day]: 4/11, 5/2
  • LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 4/13, 4/26, 5/4, 5/10, 5/18
  • MEDIA-RSP – Media Response: 4/7, 5/5, 5/12
  • MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 4/23, 5/14
  • MED-PIC – Medical Person-In-Charge: 4/18, 5/9
  • MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 4/18, 5/9

    MSC – Military Sealift Command

  • MSC-CBRD-1 – Chemical Biological Radiological Defense Training Orientation: 4/23, 5/19
  • MSC-DC – Damage Control: 4/18, 5/16
  • MSC-ENVPRO: Environmental Protection: 5/18
  • MSC-SMA-R – Small Arms Re-Qualification (2-day): 4/29, 5/20
    (must have proof of passing all 3 weapons within 2 years)
  • ROP-5 – Radar Observer Original and Renewal (5-day): 3/28, 5/23
  • ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 4/4, 5/2, 5/9
  • SEC-FSO – Facility Security Officer: 4/4
  • SEC-MAR-PRO – Maritime Security Professional Train The Trainer Training [5 days], 4/11
  • SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5-day): 3/28, 5/23
  • SHS-ESH-BRMP-3: Emergency Shiphandling/Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (3-day): 5/2
  • TRAC-TUG – Water Tractor and Azimuth Stern Drive Tugs: 5/5
  • TPIC – Tankerman Person-In-Charge: 4/4



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.



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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”.

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