Wheelhouse Weekly – May 05, 2006


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

Volume 10 . . . . . Number 18. . . . May 5, 2006




T-AGS Oceanographic Survey Ships Info

Required Coursework

Security Clearances

MSC Physicals

MM&P Health & Benefit Plan News

Notice to Members who are taking Vioxx

NMHC Mail-Order Prescriptions Website Updated & Improved

WWII USCG Veterans Outreach

Company Gives Bucks Back for buying Safe Shoes

Website Offers Union-Made Goods and Services

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



Rich May, Vice President-Atlantic Ports, reports that as a result of discussions with Horizon Lines, MM&P and MITAGS, the following course equivalencies shall be honored:

Masters WX requirement: Anyone who has taken HWA, WX-HWA, WX-ADV, or CMM-ADWX courses will be credited with the weather course. Those who have only taken the very old OCN course will not.

Masters Emergency Shiphandling: There is no equivalency granted for this course.

Chief Mates Shiphandling requirement. Anyone who has taken (SHS-INT I and SHS-INT II) will be listed as completing the SHS courses required for Chief Mates. The old SHS, SHS-1 SHS-2 will not be granted equivalency.

Chief Mate 5-day HAZMAT: Each deck officer will be required to have the HAZMAT certificate that expires every 3 years.

Second Mate Ship Handling requirement. Any 5-day course taken previously at MITAGS will suffice.

For more info or questions on the Horizon training requirements, contact Rich May by email at or call the NY/NJ Hall at 201-963-1900.



Earlier this week, the maritime industry’s annual “Salute To Congress” dinner was held in Washington. MM&P International President Capt. Tim Brown lead a delegation from the General Executive Board that included Atlantic Ports Vice President Rich May, Gulf Ports Vice President Bob Groh and Pilots Vice President George Quick. Jim Patti and Steve Wines represented MIRAID.

Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-HI) was the honoree. During his remarks, Abercrombie said that, “As long as this member of Congress is in the House, the maritime industry will come first and foremost.” He also noted that, “If we all pull together, we can elect people to Congress who understand this industry.”


On May 4th, the House of Representatives passed sweeping maritime security legislation that would better protect US ports from terrorist attacks. The SAFE Port Act (HR 4954) passed by an overwhelming 421-2 vote. The bill contains provisions for sanctions that could be imposed on countries that do not provide cooperation to US authorities on various cargo-security measures.

The legislation also requires the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to develop standards for container seals and to formalize some maritime security programs. In addition, even though the legislation does not require 100 percent scanning of containers, the House adopted an amendment to require DHS to conduct a pilot program to test a full-scanning system.

All together, the legislation provides more than $7.4 billion over five years for ports and maritime shipping defense. An amendment that bars US ports from accepting cargo containers from countries that do not cooperate with US efforts to screen containers in the port of origin was also adopted.



The US Coast Guard has issued a notice informing the maritime community of acceptable identification credentials for access to US waterfront facilities. Operators of waterfront facilities are to restrict access to their facilities to persons with such acceptable credentials, which include:
(1) a merchant mariner document;
(2) an armed forces identification card;
(3) a federal law enforcement credential;
(4) ID credentials issued to public safety officers;
(5) a state-issued commercial driver’s license with hazardous materials endorsement issued after May 31, 2005;
(6) a state-issued driver’s license or identification card or a personal identification issued by the individual’s employer, union, or trade association, or a passport or commercial driver’s license issued by Canada or Mexico (for non-employees of the facility, excluding longshore workers); and
(7) facility-issued employee identification cards, a state-issued driver’s license, or a personal identification issued by the individual’s employer, union, or trade association, provided that the individual has been properly screened and has not been determined a threat (for employees of the facility and for longshore workers).

Facility operators, longshore unions, and long-term contractors are also required, within the next 30 days, to provide the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) with personal identifying information regarding each facility employee or longshore worker seeking to use as an identification credential, a facility-issued employee ID card, a state-issued driver’s license, or a personal ID issued by the individual’s employer, union, or trade association.

TSA will screen the submitted names for threats to national security (but will not conduct a criminal records check). The names will also be screened to determine immigration status. Individuals believed to pose a security risk will be notified and provided an opportunity to challenge to determination. Individuals found, after such opportunity, to present a security challenge will not be allowed access to waterfront facilities. This announcement is effective as of April 28, 2006. For questions or more info, contact James Bull, USCG, at 202-267-1630.


According to industry reports, US-flag ship owners and operators have been put on notice by the US government that reductions to the Ready Reserve Fleet (RRF) will be significantly larger than previously thought. Eight companies now under contract to operate ships are facing the possibility of cancellation of as much as half of the existing contracts by the end of fiscal year 2007.

A total of 10 vessels are scheduled for removal from the RRF during this fiscal year. The need to replace 300,000 square feet of capacity that will depart from the RRF roughly coincides with a request for information issued to US-flag ship owners earlier this month by MARAD. US military planners constantly monitor logistics requirements and the assets needed to support those missions. Programs such at the RRF, Military Sealift command (MSC), and the ships of the Maritime Security Program (MSP) make up the maritime component of those contingencies.

Any reduction in RRF numbers or capabilities will require contracting with the commercial market for replacement tonnage. Ship owners hope that this could translate into still more ship subsidies, which would allow operators to keep ships under the US-flag. The MSP program, consisting of 60 ships, each receiving a $2.6 million annual operating subsidy, allows the government to keep private vessels with military value on retainer for emergency call-up.

TRANSCOM has not yet disclosed which vessel types or operators might be slated for elimination, but MARAD has issued recent requests for information from US commercial operators for RO/RO tonnage.


The US Senate cut President Bush’s request for funds to pay for continuing operations in Iraq last week. The amendment, passing on a 59-39 vote, will divert funds to pay for border patrols and much needed equipment for the USCG. House and Senate negotiations will continue next month, as law makers work to pare the bill down to a level where a promised veto by the White House would not be necessary. The President has signaled his intention to veto the bill, intended for Iraq and hurricane assistance, if it exceeds $94.5 billion.


Recently the US Coast Guard has learned that Brookdale International Systems is voluntarily recalling all EVAC-U8 and EVAC+ emergency escape smoke hoods currently in the marketplace worldwide that have not reached their expiration date. Additionally, a recall is in effect for several Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) emergency escape respirator models.

All Brookdale products are not USCG approved. However, these products may be found onboard various types of vessels worldwide. The company reports that recent tests have confirmed that the emergency smoke hoods could fail to work properly and expose the user to harmful carbon monoxide compromising the wearer’s ability to escape the fire threat.

The USCG strongly recommends that all vessel owners and operators who have this equipment onboard their vessels follow the recommendations listed on the company’s Web site at Questions or comments regarding this safety alert may be addressed to Ken Olsen of the USCG HQ Office of Investigations and Analysis at 202-267-1417 or


The Navigation Safety Advisory Council (NAVSAC) will meet in California to discuss various issues relating to the safety of navigation on Tuesday, May 9, from 0830 to 1600; Wednesday, May 10, from 0830 to 1600; and Thursday, May 11, from 0830 to 1300 hrs. The meetings may close early if all business is finished. The meetings will be held at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach Hotel. For further info contact: John Bobb, Executive Secretary at 202-267-2384, fax: 202-267-4700, or email at:

Agenda of Committee Meeting
The agenda includes the following items to be discussed:
(1) Standard Navigational Bridge Design.
(2) Transfer Radar Plotting for renewal of RDR Endorsements.
(3) Offshore Energy Applications (Regulated Navigation Areas and Security Zones).
(4) Right Whale Proposed Regulation Update.
(5) Navigation Bridge Visibility Update.
(6) Report on Automatic Identification Systems.
(7) Report on developments in Electronic Nav Systems.


In order to commemorate the 50th anniversary of containerization, Maersk Line is hosting a photo competition. They would like to see how people view the container and its role in creating opportunities in global commerce and are hosting a competition for the best photograph of a container and the opportunities it creates.
The photographs must contain a visual reference to the container or the interpretation of creating opportunities in global commerce. Submissions are due by May 29.

First prize is a digital camera, worth approximately USD 3,500. Second and third prizes are digital cameras, worth approximately USD 1,500 each. During the competition will be updated with feature articles on the anniversary and containerization in general.
For more information go to:


The National Archives will celebrate Maritime Month in May. Using federal records, the National Archives will highlight the country’s rich maritime history through special events, presentations, exhibits, and films at various National Archives facilities across the nation. Subjects include Civil War records; US Navy and USCG logs, muster rolls and photo records; maritime records in the diplomatic archives; merchant vessel searches; the Battle of Midway; overseas activities in World War II; the Panama Canal; the Mississippi River; Custom House records; lighthouses and early maritime records. For details, check the Archives Maritime Month Web page at


Notice: Check the date of your MED-DOT-DA certificate. In accordance with CRF Title 49, Subtitle A, Part 40 –Procedures For Transportation Workplace Drug And Alcohol Testing Programs, a refresher must be taken every FIVE YEARS. MITAGS began offering MED-DOT-DA over five years ago, so if you were one of the first to attend, your certificate may have expired. Members attending MITAGS this summer, should consider staying aboard an extra day to attend MED-DOT-DA on any of the following Saturdays: 5/13, 6/10, 6/24, 7/29.

CLASS OPENINGS: Between January and the end of July 2006, seats are available in the following courses:

ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 6/5, 7/24
AZIPOD-KAM-2 – Two-Day Azipod and Kamewa Steering and Propulsion Systems: 6/6, 8/5

BRM – Bridge Resource Management: 5/15
BRMP – Bridge Resource Mangement for Pilots: 6/20
BST – Basic Safety Training: 5/22, 6/26

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]
CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 5/22, 6/26
CMM-CHS I – Advanced Cargo Handling (week 1): 6/12
CMM-CHS II – Advanced Cargo Handling (week 2): 6/19
*WX-BASREF-2 – Two day Basic weather refresher, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED PREP for Advanced Meteorology: 6/22
CMM-ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display and Info Systems: 5/15, 7/31
CMM-MPP – Marine Propulsion Plants: 6/26
CMM-SHMGT-I – Ship Management I (week 1): 6/19
CMM-SHMGT-II – Ship Management II (week 2): 5/15, 6/12
CMM-SHS-ADV-I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 6/19, 7/24
CMM-SHS-ADV-II – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 5/29, 6/26, 7/31
CMM-VPEN – Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation: 5/8, 6/5, 7/24
CMM-WKP – Watchkeeping: 6/5

COMP-OPSYS – Basic Computer Operating Systems: 6/26
CONT-PLNG – Contingency Planning: 6/9, 7/14
CSE-AASE – Confined Space Entry: 5/15

FF-BADV – Combined Basic and Advanced Fire Fighting: 5/22, 6/26

HAZ-Hazardous Materials (5-day): 6/12, 7/13

MEDIA-RSP – Media Response: 6/8, 7/13
MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 5/13, 6/10, 6/24, 7/29
MED-PIC – Medical Person-In-Charge: 5/8, 6/5, 6/19, 7/24
MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 5/8, 6/5, 6/19, 7/24

[MSC – Military Sealift Command]
MSC-CBRD-1 (Chemical Biological Radiological Defense Orientation): 5/10, 6/19
MSC-DC (Damage Control): 5/11, 6/20
MSC-SMA-R – Small Arms Re-Qualification (2-day): 5/19, 6/23 (must have proof of passing all 3 weapons within 2 years)

ROP-5 – Radar Observer Original and Renewal (5-day): 5/22
ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 5/15, 6/5, 6/21, 7/15, 7/24

SEC-OFF-VCF – Security Officer, Vessel, Company & Facility: 6/5, 7/10
SHS-BAS -Basic Shiphandling: 7/10
SHS-EMR – Emergency Shiphandling: 6/26, 7/31

Check the MITAGS website at for course descriptions associated with the course title abbreviations, and schedule revisions. For class availability or info on MITAGS courses and programs, contact admissions toll-free at 866-656-5568 or Email:


Spring – Fall 2006


May 2006

5/15-19 MEDPRO
5/15-26 MEDPIC
5/22 Flashing Light

June 2006
6/5-9 ECDIS
6/5-9 ARPA
6/5-9 BST
6/6-9 Survival Craft (Lifeboatman)
6/5-23 TCNAV/CO
6/19-23 Tankerman Person-In-Charge
6/19-30 GMDSS
6/26-30 Radar Observer Unlimited
6/26-30 Basic Shiphandling

August 2006
31 Jul-4 Aug Basic Shiphandling
7-11 ECDIS
7-11 Basic Safety Training
7-11 Meteorology – Basic
8-11 Survival Craft / Lifeboatman
14-18 Able Bodied Seaman
14-18 Basic and Advanced Firefighting
14-25 GMDSS
14-25 Shiphandling – Advanced
21-25 Ship Construction & Basic Stability
21-25 Tankerman Person-In-Charge
28-1 Sep Cargo Handling & Stowage – Basic

September 2006
5-9 (tu-sa) Medical Care Provider
5-9 (tu-sa) Emergency Shiphandling 5-day
5-15 Medical Person-In-Charge
11-12 Search and Rescue
11-15 Basic Safety Training
11-23 100 Ton OUPV
12-15 Survival Craft / Lifeboatman
13-15 Emergency Procedures
18-22 Radar Observer Unlimited
18-22 Shiphandling – Basic
18-22 Able Bodied Seaman
18-6 Oct Terrestrial & Coastal Navigation with Compasses
25th Radar Recertification
25-29 ARPA
25-2 Oct Watchkeeping & BRM

10/2-4 Ship Security Officer
10/2-4 Basic Safety Training
10/2-13 Shiphandling – Advanced
10/9-13 ECDIS
10/9-13 Radar Observer Unlimited
10/9-20 GMDSS
10/10-13 Survival Craft / Lifeboatman
10/16-20 Basic & Advanced Firefighting
10/23 Flashing Light
10/23-27 ARPA
10/23-27 Cargo Handling & Stowage – Basic
10/24-25 Simulation Assessment

For registration call Jennifer Fowler 888-893-7829


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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 and MUST NOT expire during your tour of duty.

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 commenced Oct.17, 2004. 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.



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.




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”.

The MM&P 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 or to subscribe 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.