Wheelhouse Weekly – March 31, 2005

March 31st 2005



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

Volume 9 . . . . . Number 13 . . . . March 31, 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.


MM&P has received reports of terminals and port facilities improperly denying access to crewmembers and visitors to and from ships in violation of the ISPS code. We are planning to protest the practice at the national and if need be international level, but to do so, we need your help. Please send an Email to to report incidents of access denial, as well as cases in which a fee to access port facilities is levied on crewmembers or their visitors. Please provide the day the incident took place, the names of the port, facility and ship, and a brief description of what occurred.



As reported by Pacific Vice President Don Marcus, a MM&P negotiating committee met with officials of Matson yesterday in San Francisco. This is the most recent of a series of meetings held over the last year to discuss new vessel acquisitions. The discussion yesterday concerned Matson’s acquisition of two new container vessels under construction at Kaeverner Shipyard in Philadelphia, PA. MEBA hosted the meeting at their hiring hall. MEBA and MM&P were joined by the ARA. The meetings were inconclusive and are expected to be continued toward the end of April.



The US Maritime Administration has been and continues to recognize any merchant mariners who supported Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom on a Ready Reserve Force vessel from November 2002 to the present. Public recognition ceremonies for Ready Reserve Force mariners commenced in April 2003. Any mariner who believes he/she is eligible for an Expeditionary Medal, and has not yet received it should contact MARAD in writing at the following address: Office of Sealift Support, Maritime Administration Room 7304, MAR 630, ATTENTION: Ms. Patricia Thomas – AWARDS, Department of Transportation, Washington, DC 20590. A detailed notice on the criteria that needs to be submitted to MARAD for consideration for an Expeditionary Medal is available at MM&P Offshore Hiring Halls.



Some well-known maritime law firms are advising ship operators facing US investigations of oily-water separator violations to resign themselves to paying a settlement to avoid a prolonged and costly court battle that has little chance of success. A position paper by one law firm released at the recent Connecticut Maritime Association conference outlined how the strict liability nature of MARPOL offences – together with the US government’s demonstrated commitment to vigorous enforcement – leaves little legal maneuvering room for ship operators.

The firm asserted that it is often in the best interests of ship owners to seek timely resolution through the negotiation of a plea agreement. While some operators have successfully resolved their liability early for substantially less than stipulated penalties, the firm noted that the strength of the government’s evidence is expected to limit an operator’s ability to cut a deal. That means that from a legal perspective, a corporate owner will likely be held liable, despite the company’s lack of knowledge or awareness of the behavior of its employees.



The American Association of Port Authorities has selected US Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta as its Port Person of the Year. This is AAPA’s most prestigious annual award, honoring an individual whose outstanding work or service has made a significant contribution to public port authorities and/or maritime commerce.

Secretary Mineta will receive the award and serve as the keynote luncheon speaker at the AAPA’s annual Spring Conference in Washington, DC on April 5th. During his address, the DOT secretary is expected to discuss transportation policies and initiatives that will affect the maritime industry’s future.

In nominating Mineta for the award, the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey stated that he “has brought freight transportation to the forefront of the Administration and has been a strong advocate for the port industry.” The NY/NJ port authority declared in its nomination that under Mineta’s leadership, “the operating principle is that the US Department of Transportation is more than a collection of modal agencies. The policy from the top has examined major transportation needs and developed policy solutions not from a single mode perspective, but from a system perspective.”


Acting Maritime Administrator John Jamian has announced that the US Maritime Administration delivered on its promise to remove all ten ‘high-priority’ ships from the James River Reserve Fleet.

“In less than 10 months we followed through on our commitment to getting these ships out of here,” said Acting Administrator John Jamian. “With the safe removal of these ships, we will now turn our attention to a new group of aging vessels as we work to dispose of these ships as quickly and safely as possible.”

The recent departures of the LAUDERDALE and the MORMACMOON to the North American Ship Recycling facility at Sparrows Point, MD follows through on the promise of the Administration to move the worst ships in the aging fleet out of the river and on to qualified shipyards to be dismantled. Additionally, since 2001 this Administration has successfully removed 35 ships from the James River Reserve fleet, Jamian said.

There are three remaining ‘high-priority’ ships that were not available for disposal as they are on congressional hold or undergoing a historical review process. These ships are the SAUGATUCK, HOIST and SPHINX.


The Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security of the House Committee on the Judiciary recently conducted an oversight hearing on US port security. The purpose of the hearing was to focus on the operations and effectiveness of the agencies charged with inspecting ships and cargo entering US ports and on methods used by the public and private sector to enhance the security of the ports.

The Assistant Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection testified regarding various activities utilized by the agency to target and inspect sea cargo, including the smart box initiative, non-intrusive inspection technology, and the automated targeting system. All of these measures have combined to increase security at the major ports in the US but they all come at a high price.

A spokesperson for the Virginia Port Authority, testified that upgrading the security of that state’s various port facilities (as mandated by federal law) will cost an estimated $40 million, but port security grants have only totaled $11.4 million.


Last week, the House Committee on Homeland Security held a field hearing in Vicksburg, MS, to examine first-hand the security of US ports and inland waterways. The hearing was the culmination of a two-day visit by Homeland Security Committee Members. Some of the issues discussed included the benefits of the Maritime Transportation and Security Act and its regulations requiring exercises and drills on an annual basis, as well as the costs of implementation.

“The men and women of the USCG are doing all they can to protect our ports from terrorist attacks,” said Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), ranking member for the committee. “They deserve to get all the tools, equipment, and support necessary to perform their duties. Adequate funding must be a priority to ensure that our ports and inland waterways are no longer vulnerable to terrorist attacks.”


The article above, as well as several articles in last week’s edition of the Wheelhouse Weekly, make the case that the USCG now requires more funding than ever before to carry out its massive security responsibilities in the wake of 9/11. The following article provides an in-depth look at how the traditionally under-funded USCG’s mission has grown since 9/11 along with some of the innovative strategies it has implemented for achieving its numerous operating objectives.

First and foremost, the USCG is the country’s leading agency charged with protecting US maritime assets from terrorist attack. The value of the US maritime industry’s intrastructure and the consequence of any significant attack cannot be understated as these facilities contribute nearly $750 billion to US gross domestic product annually and handle 95-percent of all overseas trade each year,.

In explaining its protection plan, USCG Commandant Admiral Thomas Collins recently briefed a House Subcommittee on the agency’s “four pillars” of maritime strategy for homeland security.

The Commandant noted that the USCG first seeks to increase its awareness and knowledge of what is happening in the maritime arena, not just in US waters, but globally. He said the USCG needs to know which vessels are in operation, the names of the crews and passengers, and the ship’s cargo, especially those inbound for US ports. “Global Maritime Domain Awareness is critical to separate the law-abiding sailor from the anomalous threat,” Adm. Collins said.

Next, to help prevent terrorist attacks, the USCG has developed and continues to improve an effective maritime security program, both domestically and internationally.

Third, The USCG seeks to better protect critical maritime infrastructure and improve its ability to respond to suspect activities by increasing its operational presence in ports, coastal zones and beyond so as to implement a layered security posture, a defense-in-depth.

Finally, the USCG is improving its ability to respond to and aid in recovery if there were an actual terrorist attack.

In using this approach in daily operations last year, Admiral Collins noted that USCG personnel:
o Prevented more than 376,000 pounds of illegal narcotics from reaching the US including seizing over 241,000 pounds of cocaine, shattering the previous record of 138,000 pounds,
o Interdicted nearly 11,000 undocumented migrants attempting to enter the country illegally by sea,
o Dispatched several cutters, aircraft, and personnel for four months as part of US efforts to stabilize Haiti after the departure of President Aristide,
o Aggressively conducted more than 36,000 port security patrols, 6,900 air patrols, and 19,000 security boardings; escorted 7,200 vessels; and maintained more than 115 security zones to reduce maritime risk,
o Provided humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, including 42 personnel, one 378-foot High Endurance Cutter (WHEC), and four C-130 aircraft, to the governments of Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Thailand in the aftermath of the devastating tsunami,
o In support of Operation Iraqi Freedom the Coast Guard protected, safely secured, and escorted to sea over 200 military sealift departures at 10 different major US seaports, carrying over 25 million square feet of indispensable cargo,
o Deployed two additional patrol boats and two additional LEDETs to DoD’s Central Command joining four USCG patrol boats, two LEDETs, one Port Security Unit (PSU), and supporting logistics and command and control support elements already participating in Operation Iraqi Freedom,
o Leveraged the USCG’s 34,000 member USCG Auxiliary workforce, receiving approximately 3 million volunteer hours of maritime safety and security services.




Between now and the end of June 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, 6/13
  • AZIPOD – Azipod Propulsion System (2 day): 4/30
  • BRM – Bridge Resource Management: 6/13
  • BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 4/26, 6/13
  • BST – Basic Safety Training: 4/25, 5/23, 6/27

    CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses

  • CMM-ADVSTB – Advanced Stability: 5/2
  • CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 6/6
  • CMM-ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display and Info Systems: 5/16
  • CMM-MPP – Marine Propulsion Plants: 6/27
  • CMM-SHS-ADV-I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 4/18, 5/23, 6/20
  • CMM-SHS-ADV-II – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 6/27
  • CMM-SHMGT I – Ship Management (week 1): 6/20
  • CMM-SHMGT II – Ship Management (week 2): 6/13
  • CMM-VPEN-Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation: 4/25
  • CMM-VPEN – Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation: 4/25
  • CONT-PLNG – Contingency Planning: 5/6, 5/13, 6/17
  • FF-BADV – (Combined) Basic and Advanced Firefighting: 4/20, 5/23, 6/27
  • GMDSS – Global Marine Distress and Safety System: 6/20
  • HAZ – Hazardous Materials [5-day]: 4/11, 5/2, 6/6
  • LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 4/13, 4/26, 5/4, 5/10, 5/18, 6/8, 6/14
  • MEDIA-RSP – Media Response: 5/5, 5/12, 6/16
  • MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 4/23, 5/14, 6/25
  • MED-PIC – Medical Person-In-Charge: 4/18, 5/9
  • MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 4/18, 5/9
  • MED-SMC – Shipboard Medical Care (4 weeks): 6/6

    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 – Small Arms Training (4 day): 6/20
  • MSC-SMA-R – Small Arms Re-Qualification (2-day): 4/29, 5/20, 6/24
    (must have proof of passing all 3 weapons within 2 years)
  • ROP-5 – Radar Observer Original and Renewal (5-day): 5/23
  • ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 4/4, 5/2, 5/9, 6/13
  • SEC-MAR-PRO – Maritime Security Professional Train The Trainer Training [5 days], 4/11
  • SEC-OFF-PCS – Security Officer, Port, Company & Ship: 5/2, 6/13
  • SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5-day): 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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