Wheelhouse Weekly – March 31, 2000

March 31st 2000


Bridging the Information Gap With E-News You Can Use

VOLUME 4. . . . . NUMBER 13 . . . . March 31, 2000



Ballots will be in the mail to all Licensed Offshore Members by April 7, for ratification vote on eight contracts with six MM&P Offshore-contracted employers. The balloting period is 60 days, with counting set for June 8 at MITAGS.

The contracts up for vote are:

  • SeaLand
  • NPR
  • American Ship Management
  • Matson Navigation
  • Matson – ITB Moku Pahu
  • Central Gulf – Master Contract
  • Central Gulf – Green Point
  • Waterman – Green Dale

Ballot Committee Members are John Conrad, Chairman; Maurice Lizotte, Recording Secretary; and Lou Ramey. John Gorman, MM&P’s International Comptroller, is serving as Liaison to the Ballot Committee. The Ballot Committee designated TrueBallot, Inc., of Bethesda, MD, to serve as the Impartial Balloting Agent.

The Balloting Agent will serve as coordinator during the balloting period and will be responsible for receiving returned or undeliverable ballots and attempting to re-mail them with a correct address if available. The Balloting Agent will also issue duplicate ballots to any member requesting one in writing.

Duplicate ballots may be requested by writing to:

IOMM&P Contract Ratification Ballot c/o TrueBallot, John L. Seibel, Esq. 3 Bethesda Metro Center – Suite 700 Bethesda, MD 20814.

Members have the right to mail literature to other members concerning this ballot. Info about mailing may be found on the MM&P website at Any member wishing to send a mailing may also contact John Gorman at MM&P Headquarters, 410-850-8700 ext 12, for additional info.

Good Standing & Eligibility to Vote:

The Ballot Committee noted that Article III, Section 5, Membership Standing, of the MM&P International Constitution states, in part: “A member in arrears in dues and or assessments or other indebtedness for one year and a day shall stand suspended.” In addition, the Ballot Committee advised that “all applicants, one percenters, and one-half dues are ineligible to vote.” The Committee also noted that “all ballots received from members prior to a member becoming inactive would be counted.

“All ballots received after a member becomes inactive will not be counted. Any person who might become a new member or a transferee into the Offshore Membership Group during the balloting period will be eligible to vote.”

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MITAGS recently earned USCG approval for a five-day Basic Shiphandling Course designed to exceed the requirements for knowledge, understanding and proficiency in maneuvering a ship under the Seafarer’s Training, Certification and Watchkeeping Code (STCW Code).

With the requirements set forth in STCW Code Section A-II/1, Table A-II/1 for officers in charge of a navigational watch on ships over 500 gross tons as guidelines, the course was constructed to cover basic shiphandling principles and provide training in practical shiphandling situations that a deck officer can expect to encounter during a routine voyage.

The course addresses the following topics:

  • The basic forces involved in shiphandling
  • Common navigational emergencies
  • Embarking and debarking pilots
  • Anchoring, and Proper utilization of personnel.

Bridge simulators, equipped with electronic and visual navigation gear, are used to recreate both day and night conditions. The motion base simulator can generate sea state conditions up to force seven. All instructors are licensed, experienced masters skilled in simulator training.

MITAGS’ certification by Det Norske Veritas (DNV) as both a Maritime Training Center and a Maritime Simulator Center attests to the high quality of training development and course delivery.

The inaugural class for Basic Shiphandling will convene on May 15. Successful completion of the course will entitle the student to either 21 days of sea service towards a raise of license or recognition by the USCG of compliance with the above referenced shiphandling requirements as set forth in the STCW Code.

If you would like to apply, or would like additional info, please contact MITAGS Admissions Coordinator, Mary Matlock, at (443) 989-3226 or Email to: The MITAGS website at offers detailed info on course dates, descriptions, facilities and accommodations.

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The Pacific Northwest Maritime Institute will offer the course “Tankerman Person-in-Charge (Barge)” on April 17-21. The MITAGS-affiliated facility is located at 2333 Third Avenue, Seattle WA 98121-1711. For further info check the Institute’s website at: To register On-Line go to: The Instiute has received exceptional reviews of this course and references can also be found on their website.

Mariners can also determine what other courses are required to meet the STCW 2002 deadline by downloading the STCW matrix at:

The Institute’s curriculum has expanded to include the following courses:

  • RADAR – Radio Detection and Ranging
  • ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aid
  • GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress & Safety System
  • BRM – Bridge Resource Management
  • FF / AFF – Basic Firefighting and Advanced Firefighting
  • BST –
  • CMHB – Crisis Management and Human Behavior
  • Wx – Weather – Call for Details
  • Medical First Aid Provider – Call for Details
  • Medical Person in Charge – Call for Details

Contact Gregg Trunnell, the Institute’s Director toll free at 888-893-7829 for further info or Email him at

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Working families and their unions will come together for a series of actions in April to spread the message that the global economy should support people, not profits.

On Wed., April 12, members and staff of the MM&P will join more than 10,000 working men and women who will lobby their members of Congress to demand “No Blank Check for China!” and urge Congress to refuse to grant China permanent Normal Trade Relations status, discarding annual reviews of that country’s trade and human rights practices. A noon rally will be held outside the Capitol. The MM&P will be providing transportation from the Union’s HQ in Linthicum Heights. MM&P members and their families interested in participating in the Capitol rally should contact MM&P’s Director of Special Projects Richard Plant at 410-850-8700×36, Email:

Earlier that same week, on April 9, trade unionists from across the country will join students, people of faith and human rights activists for the Jubilee 2000/USA rally and form a human chain to call on Congress to cancel the crushing debt of the world’s poorest countries, which locks their citizens in poverty and erodes living standards and workers’ and human rights.

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Courts and Administrative Appeal Panels in four states – New Jersey, North Carolina, Texas and Louisiana – have ruled in favor of MM&P off-the-board members being eligible for unemployment compensation.

Suits or appeals were filed in cases in three of these states where rotary (off-the-board) MM&P members were originally denied unemployment compensation after they had filed claims. In Texas, the grant of unemployment benefits were affirmed on appeal. The majority of MM&P-contracted companies maintain their headquarters in these states.

Generally, unemployment claims are processed by the state in which the vessel operator maintains its headquarters. In Texas, however, unemployment claims are processed based on the residence of the person applying for benefits.

The decision in each case was that rotary shipboard personnel are eligible for unemployment benefits under applicable state laws when they have completed a rotary shipboard assignment and have registered for employment with a MM&P port office.

The cases are:

  • Barry Verbois v Chris Houston, Secretary of Labor, et. al.
    State of Louisiana, Orleans Parish Civil District Court No. 99-2568 (December 20, 1999)
  • Michael S. Shanley – Employment Security Commission of North Carolina Decision No. 99(OA)3469 (December 9, 1999)
  • Alain Froutan – Texas Workforce Commission, Appeal Tribunal
    Appeal No. 99-137682-1-0999 (September 29, 1999)
  • Joseph A. Perry, Paul D. Hatley, William M. McManus and Peter J. Piaseckyj – New Jersey Department of Labor, Board of Review BR Docket No. 99-B-03365-000-K0 (May 27, 1999)

Copies of these decisions are available on request from Karl Schwartz, MM&P Communications Director, at 410-850-8700, ext. 27; Email:

Members are advised that it may be helpful to present a copy of this article when filing any unemployment application, provided the criteria have been met of having sailed in a rotary assignment and having registered for employment at a MM&P port office following completion of the rotary assignment.

In the event a member meeting these criteria is denied unemployment compensation in any state, please contact John Singleton, MM&P International Counsel, at 410-850-8700, ext. 19; Email:

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Capt. Ed Sherrill, Master of the MM&P-contracted MV S/L METEOR, reports that a recent story carried in the Khaleej Times (United Arab Emirates) outlines the plans for expansion at the Port of Salalah. Located in Oman, on the southern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, Salalah is a new port. Built in 1998 by Maersk, it is a hub for their Persian Gulf, East Africa, and Arabian Sea feeder services, and is a port of call for linehaul vessels. Several MM&P-crewed vessels in the Maersk fleet make stops at Salalah.

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MITAGS has the following course openings:

  • April 3-7: BRM
  • April 10-21: GMDSS
  • April 15: 1 Day Renewal
  • April 17-21: FF-ADV; COMP-APS
  • May 1-5 BRM
  • May 1-12 GMDSS
  • May 8-12: COMP-OPSYS
  • May 15-19: FF-ADV, TPIC, COMP-NET
  • May 15-26: GMDSS
  • May 22-26: BRM, BST
  • June 5-9: MED-PIC

Contact Mary Matlock at MITAGS admissions at: Email: or phone: 443-989-3226. Information and applications are also available on the MITAGS web site at

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