Wheelhouse Weekly – November 04, 2004

November 4th 2004


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

Volume 8 . . . . . Number 45 . . . . November 4, 2004




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In a relatively close national vote count, President Geroge W. Bush was elected to a second term in office. The 20 Electoral College votes of Ohio was the deciding factor. For a presidential candidate to win office they must receive 270 Electoral College votes.

At press time, Bush had 274 and Kerry had 252 with final counts for Iowa and New Mexico still outstanding. Popular vote at press time was Bush 59,136,494 (51%) to Kerry’s 55,583,272 (48%). In most states, absentee, overseas military and provisional counts have not been included in these counts. On Wednesday, Nov.3, Sen. Kerry telephoned President Bush to concede the election. The following are excerpts from both candidates’ remarks.



The voters turned out in record numbers and delivered an historic victory. Senator Kerry called with his congratulations. We had a really good phone call. He was very gracious. Senator Kerry waged a spirited campaign, and he and his supporters can be proud of their efforts. Laura and I wish Senator Kerry and Teresa and their whole family all our best wishes. America has spoken, and I’m humbled by the trust and the confidence of my fellow citizens.

With that trust comes a duty to serve all Americans. And I will do my best to fulfill that duty every day as your president. There is an old saying, do not pray for tasks equal to your powers; pray for powers equal to your tasks. In four historic years, America has been given great tasks and faced them with strength and courage. Our people have restored the vigor of this economy and shown resolve and patience in a new kind of war.

Our military has brought justice to the enemy and honor to America. Our nation has defended itself and served the freedom of all mankind. I’m proud to lead such an amazing country, and I’m proud to lead it forward. Because we have done the hard work, we are entering a season of hope.

We will continue our economic progress. We’ll reform our outdated tax code. We’ll strengthen the Social Security for the next generation. We’ll make public schools all they can be. And we will uphold our deepest values of family and faith. We’ll help the emerging democracies of Iraq and Afghanistan … so they can grow in strength and defend their freedom. And then our service men and women will come home with the honor they have earned. With good allies at our side, we will fight this war on terror with every resource of our national power so our children can live in freedom and in peace.

Reaching these goals will require the broad support of Americans. So today I want to speak to every person who voted for my opponent. To make this nation stronger and better, I will need your support and I will work to earn it. I will do all I can do to deserve your trust. A new term is a new opportunity to reach out to the whole nation. We have one country, one Constitution, and one future that binds us. And when we come together and work together, there is no limit to the greatness of America.

Let me close with a word for the people of the state of Texas. We have known each other the longest, and you started me on this journey. On the open plains of Texas, I first learned the character of our country: sturdy and honest, and as hopeful as the break of day. I will always be grateful to the good people of my state. And whatever the road that lies ahead, that road will take me home. The campaign has ended, and the United States of America goes forward with confidence and faith. I see a great day coming for our country and I am eager for the work ahead. God bless you and may God bless America.



I spoke to President Bush and I offered him and Laura our congratulations on their victory. We had a good conversation, and we talked about the danger of division in our country and the need, the desperate need for unity, for finding the common ground, coming together.

Today I hope that we can begin the healing. In America, it is vital that every vote count, and that every vote be counted. But the outcome should be decided by voters, not a protracted legal process. I would not give up this fight if there was a chance that we would prevail. But it is now clear that even when all the provisional ballots are counted, which they will be, there won’t be enough outstanding votes for us to be able to win Ohio. And therefore we cannot win this election.

And building on itself, we go on to make a difference another day. I promise you, that time will come, the time will come, the election will come, when your work and your ballots will change the world. And it’s worth fighting for. I did my best to express my vision and my hopes for America. We worked hard and we fought hard, and I wish that things had turned out a little differently. But in an American election, there are no losers, because whether or not our candidates are successful, the next morning we all wake up as Americans. That is the greatest privilege and the most remarkable fortune that can come to us on Earth.

With that gift also comes obligation. We are required now to work together for the good of our country. In the days ahead, we must find common cause. We must join in common effort, without remorse or recrimination, without anger or rancor. America is in need of unity and longing for a larger measure of compassion. I hope President Bush will advance those values in the coming years. I pledge to do my part to try to bridge the partisan divide. I know this is a difficult time for my supporters, but I ask them, all of you, to join me in doing that. Now, more than ever, with our soldiers in harm’s way, we must stand together and succeed in Iraq and win the war on terror.

I will also do everything in my power to ensure that my party, a proud Democratic Party, stands true to our best hopes and ideals. I believe that what we started in this campaign will not end here. Our fight goes on to put America back to work and to make our economy a great engine of job growth. Our fight goes on to make affordable health care an accessible right for all Americans, not a privilege.

Our fight goes on to protect the environment, to achieve equality, to push the frontiers of science and discovery and to restore America’s reputation in the world. I believe that all of this will happen, and sooner than we may think, because we’re America, and America always moves forward. So with a grateful heart, I leave this campaign with a prayer that has even greater meaning to me now that I’ve come to know our vast country so much better thanks to all of you and what a privilege it has been to do so. And that prayer is very simple: God bless America. Thank you.



The MM&P’s Political Contribution Fund contributed to 16 individuals running for election or reelection to the US Senate (12 Democrats and 4 Republicans). Based on current returns, 14 of the 16 candidates we supported won.

They are:

  • Alabama – Senator Richard Shelby (R)
  • Alaska – Senator Lisa Murkowski (R)
  • Arkansas – Senator Blanche Lambert Lincoln (D)
  • California – Senator Barbara Boxer (D)
  • Colorado – Ken Salazar (D)
  • Hawaii – Senator Daniel Inouye (D)
  • Indiana – Senator Evan Bayh (D)
  • Louisiana – David Vitter (R)
  • Maryland – Senator Barbara Mikulski (D)
  • Nevada – Senator Harry Reid (D)
  • North Dakota – Senator Byron Dorgan (D)
  • Oregon – Senator Ron Wyden (D)
  • Pennsylvania – Senator Arlen Specter (R)
  • Washington – Senator Patty Murray (D)

The two candidates for the Senate The MM&P PCF supported who lost are:

  • Missouri – Nancy Farmer (D) and
  • Oklahoma – Brad Carson (D).



The USCG Captain of the Port Industry Day is scheduled for November 10 at MITAGS. Presentations at the daylong meeting include Vessel/Facility Security (MTSA/ISPS), Ballast Water Management, Field Intelligence Support Team (FIST), Intelligence Coordination Center (ICC), Area Maritime Security, Crewmember Security, Advanced Notice of Ship Arrival and Notification System, Foreign Flagged Vessel Screening for Safety and Security. MM&P’s Executive Assistant to the President will be representing the Union at the event.

There will also be static displays on the International Safety Management Code, America’s Waterway Watch, Top 10 Vessel Discrepancies, Ballast Water Management, Marine Transportation Internet Resources, and Carriage of Hazardous Materials.



On November 22 at 2100 Eastern Time, the History Channel will broadcast a one-hour documentary on the SS MARINE ELECTRIC, an MM&P-crewed bulk coal carrier operated by MTL which sank off the Virginia Coast on February 12, 1983 with the loss of all hands except three.

The show is called “Sea Detectives” and will carry a segment interviewing Bob Cusick, an MM&P survivor along with a segment with author Robert Frump who wrote a book on the sinking entitled, “Until the Sea Shall Free Them”. The show will be rebroadcast at later dates and times to be announced. For more info, go to



This is to inform you that effective immediately Commander, Military Sealift Command is suspending anthrax immunizations for personnel embarked on MSC vessels, including, but not limited to, civilian and contract mariners, until further notice.

This decision is based on the Dept. of Defense (DoD) directive to stop anthrax vaccines due to a recent order of the District Court for the District of Columbia. This decision is subject to immediate change pending additional guidance from the Office of the Secretary of Defense. As soon as MSC receives additional guidance, all affected parties will be informed.

Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs Dr. William Winkenwerder emphasized the injunction was not related to the safety or effectiveness of the vaccine, but rather to a technical issue as to whether the Food and Drug Administration followed a proper procedure when it issued a rule about the vaccine one year ago.

“I just would like to reassure everyone that the vaccine is safe and effective,” Winkenwerder said. “The most definitive study was one that was independent, apart from the Department of Defense, done two years ago by the National Academy of Sciences. “They looked at all the evidence,” he said. “They said the vaccine is safe and effective against all forms of anthrax.”

The vaccination program was also paused briefly in late 2003. That ruling was reversed roughly two weeks after being handed down. Officials hope that, as in 2003, the current legal issues will be resolved quickly and the program will restart in the near future, he said.



MM&P-contracted International Shipholding Corp. chief executive Erik Johnsen told attendees at the 15th annual Breakbulk Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans last week of his plans to replace the company’s LASH (lighter-aboard-ship) vessels. After being honored with the Conference’s lifetime achievement award, Johnsen said the need for newer barge carrying vessels was indicated by market studies that show a continued need for such ships, especially in South-East Asia.

International Shipholding Corp was founded in the late 1940s by brothers Erik and Niels Johnsen and their father as the single ship Gulf Coast Lines. That company has grown into a broader carrier that operates bulk vessels and Ro-Ro vessels in addition to LASH and other ships. Johnsen received the award from Peter Tirschwell, vice president of Commonwealth Business Media, which sponsored the conference and the award.



Vice Adm. David L. Brewer III, USN, Commander, Military Sealift Command, was named Government Man of the Year by the Maritime Port Council of Greater New York and Vicinity on Oct.16. As commander of the US Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC) since August 2001, Vice Adm. Brewer has directed the ocean transport of 95 percent of all combat cargo used by US forces in Operation Iraqi Freedom and the global war on terrorism.

The council, representing 500,000 members and 58 affiliated unions in the greater New York area, including the MM&P, honored Vice Adm. Brewer for his active role in promoting the relationship between maritime industry trade unions and the military. MSC is the ocean transportation provider for the Department of Defense and the largest employer of US merchant mariners in the world. More than 6,300 civil service and civilian mariners work aboard MSC government-owned and commercially contracted ships.

“America’s maritime unions are the unsung heroes of the US maritime industry and our national defense team,” said Vice Adm. Brewer. “Without the mariners, sheet metal workers, shipping company clerks, longshoremen and all other highly skilled workers who bring the maritime industry to life, we at MSC couldn’t complete our mission.”

Since Sept.11, 2001, MSC has moved more than 60 million square feet of US military cargo in support of the global war on terrorism. That’s the equivalent of more than 623,000 SUVs. If lined up bumper-to-bumper, they would stretch from New York City to Denver. In addition, MSC ships have delivered more than six billion gallons of fuel to US forces, enough to fill the Empire State Building 21 times.



A Note from the MM&P Plan’s EAP Provider at LifeWorks:

Are you a caregiver? The answer may surprise you.

  • Do you run errands and provide transportation for an older family member?
  • Do you provide most of the day-to-day care for a spouse or parent?
  • Have you ever thought about when Mom and Dad can’t live on their own safely?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, please read on. You may not think of yourself as a caregiver, but if you answered yes to any of these questions, you probably are or will be soon. You may be providing hands-on care for an older or disabled relative, worrying about relatives who live far away, or just thinking about the future when you may have to care for someone you love.

No matter what questions you have, or what situation you face, LifeWorks offers you a wide range of support, information and resources that can help. You can call LifeWorks anytime to speak with a caring, professional elder care consultant who can answer your questions, help you handle practical concerns, deal with stress, and find the resources you and your family need such as lawyers specializing in elder law, specialized transportation, or support groups for caregivers.

Read or download dozens of articles including:

  • Involving Family Members in Caring for an Older Relative
  • Caregiving Stress and Finding Support
  • The Rewards of Caring for Aging Parents and Relatives

No matter what kind of care you provide, LifeWorks is there to answer your questions and get you the confidential help you need, whenever you need it. To order a free Caregiving recording or to speak with a consultant, you can call LifeWorks any time at 877-234-5151. To read or download articles visit the LifeWorks Web site at (user id: mmp; password: 5100) and click on “This Month’s Feature”. You can also order materials, email a consultant and find useful resources.

LifeWorks is brought to you by the MM&P Health and Benefit Plan at no cost to you. It’s effective and easy to use. And best of all, it’s there for you and your entire family to use any time of day, wherever you are. They have consultants who speak Spanish and offer simultaneous translation into more than 140 other languages. To access TTY/TDD lines, call 800-999-3004.



Those members who have not received a MM&P election ballot in the mail and are interested in receiving a duplicate ballot, should contact MM&P Comptroller John Gorman at 410-850-8700 x12 or Email him at:



Current address info is needed to re-send MM&P election ballots to the following members of the membership groups listed below. For further information or to provide contact information, contact MM&P Comptroller John Gorman at 410-850-8700 x12 or by email to

  • Duval Evans
  • Christopher Yarbrough


UIG formerly PMR
  • Ted Biringer
  • Hazard Book
  • Mark Brower
  • Bill Cornwell
  • Timothy DeBauw
  • Faigata Falo
  • Mark Fredette
  • Mark Gustin
  • Steven Lang
  • Lane Lindberg
  • Peggy Miller
  • Gennadius Novichihn
  • John Pelland
  • Milton Rogers
  • Rosario San Pedro
  • Bart Sappington
  • Michael Sax
  • Matthew Stephens


UIG formerly A&G
  • Victor Carbone
  • Felix Carrion
  • James Heggie
  • Vivan Hill
  • Betty Jackson
  • Tyrone Moore
  • Leandro Potter
  • Ricardo Ramos


  • George Carrington
  • Calvin Cunningham
  • Cory Fales
  • Clifford Hall
  • Kurt Holen
  • Charles McConaghy
  • David McDonald
  • Joseph Novellino
  • Steven Peterson


  • John Beasley
  • Raymond Bleam
  • Richard Bulvid
  • Addison Burroughs
  • Lawrence Calame
  • Allen Hinson
  • Theodore Hunt
  • Jonathan Mellow
  • Joe Milan
  • Robert Potter
  • William Riley
  • Shaun Shiraishi
  • Keith Walzak
  • William Wiggins
  • Jose Rivera
  • Daniel Sanchez
  • Hyo Smith



The Company Required Courses list has been updated. You can access and download the latest version from MITAGS website.

  • CLICK HERE to download the list of required courses.

(NOTE: This is a PDF file and requires Adobe Acrobat Reader, available as a free download by CLICKING HERE.)

  • You can also go to the main Admissions Info page by CLICKING HERE.



  • BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 11/15
  • BST – Basic Safety Training: 11/08, 12/13

CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses

  • CMM-CHS II – Cargo Handling & Stowage (week 2): 11/08
  • CMM-ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display and Info: 11/29
  • CMM-LAP – License Advancement Program for upgrade to Chief Mate-Master: 11/29
    (Must have written approval to be examined from USCG in to Baltimore REC by 11/15/04 to enter class.)
  • CMM-MMP – Marine Propulsion Plants: 11/29
  • CMM-SHMGT-I – Ship Management (week 1): 11/08, 12/06
  • CMM-SHMGT-II – Ship Management (week 2): 12/13
  • CMM-SHS-ADV-I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 12/06
  • CMM-SHS-ADV-II – Advanced Shiphandling (wk. 2): 12/13
  • CMM-WKP – Advanced Watchkeeping: 11/15
  • CONT-PLNG – Contingency Planning: 12/09
  • CSE-AAES – Confined Space Awareness-Analysis: 11/08
  • CSE-AWR2 – 2-day Confined Space Seminar: 11/18, 12/02, 12/16
  • FF-BADV – (Combined) Basic and Adv Firefighting: 11/08, 12/13
  • LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 11/10, 12/07
  • MEDIA-RSP – Media Response: 10/28, 11/04, 12/10
  • MED-DOT-DA – U.S. Department of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 12/04
  • MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 11/29
  • MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 11/29

MSC – Military Sealift Command

  • MSC-CBRD-1 – Chemical Biological Radiological Defense Training Orientation: 11/13, 11/17, 12/15
  • MSC-COMMS – Strategic Sealift Communications: 12/06
  • MSC-DC – Damage Control: 11/15, 12/10, 12/13
  • MSC-SMA – Small Arms Training (4-day): 12/06


  • ROP-5 – Radar Observer Original and Renewal (5-day): 12/13


  • SEC-FSO – Facility Security Officer: 11/09, 12/13
  • SEC-OFF-PCS – Security Officer: Port, Company, Ship: 12/06
  • SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5-day): 12/13


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.




All the courses below will be conducted at the new Pacific Maritime Institute facility located in Seattle at 1727 Alaskan Way South, Pier 34. The new facility features a state-of-the art Ship Simulator that has to be experienced. PMI phone numbers remain the same. Come see the new facility at PMI’s “Maritime Technology and Career Center”.

November 2004

  • 11/08-12: ARPA
  • 11/08-12: MEDPRO
  • 11/08-19: GMDSS
  • 11/08-19: MEDPIC
  • 11/08-19: Radar Recertification
  • 11/15-19: Emergency Shiphandling-5 day
  • 11/15-19: Tankerman Person-In-Charge
  • 11/15-19: Basic Safety Training
  • 11/22-24: BRM
  • 11/29-12/03: ARPA
  • 11/29-12/03: MEDPRO
  • 11/29: Radar Recertification
  • 11/29-12/02: CSO/SSO
  • 11/29-12/10: MEDPIC
  • 11/29-12/10: Advanced Shiphandling



  • 12/06-10: Basic and Advanced Firefighting
  • 12/06-17: GMDSS
  • 12/13-17: SAR/EP
  • 12/13-17: Basic Safety Training
  • 12/13-17: Advanced Meteorology
  • 12/13-17: Basic Shiphandling

Contact DeeDee Lazik at 206-441-2880 or 888-893-7829 (toll free) or by email to for class openings and registration, or visit the PMI website at



 D O W    N A S D A Q
 10,137.05 +180.59 for the week  2,004.33  +41.79 for the week

Fund Name & Trading Symbol

 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)

 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)

 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)

 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)

 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)

 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)

 Vanguard High Yield Corporate Fund (VWEHX)

 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)

 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)

 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)

 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)

 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)

 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)


~ 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 MM&P’s Director of Special Projects. Send resumes in an email or as a Word file attachment to:, by fax to 410-850-0973 or by mail to:

Director of Special Projects IOMM&P 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.




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 inconvenience 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 a number of jobs that might be of interest to retired MMP members. Go to the USCG website at then click on the link for “Coast Guard Jobs” in the lower left column, then “Jobs/Careers”, then “Civilian Careers” and then “Current Job Openings”.



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”.



Raffle tickets for a chance on winning a beautiful original painting of the SEAWANHAKA by MM&P member, Maryland Pilot and artist Capt. Brian Hope commissioned by the MM&P are available at $25 each, 5 for $100. Proceeds will benefit the Masters, Mates & Pilots Political Contribution Fund. (The fire aboard the SEAWANHAKA and the scapegoating of Capt. Charles Smith are the beginnings of the MM&P.)

Ticket purchases should be made payable to the MM&P PCF with a notation for the raffle in the memo line, and mailed to the

MM&P PCF 700 Maritime Blvd. Linthicum Heights, MD 21090

Tickets can also be obtained by members making PCF contributions through the Members Only section of the MM&P website, noting that the contribution is for the raffle. Tickets are also available through MM&P port offices.

Cutoff for ticket purchases is Dec.31, 2004. Drawing for the prize will take place at noon on Jan.7, 2005 at MITAGS. Also available at a later date will be a limited number of prints of this painting, numbered and signed by the artist, for a $50 contribution to the PCF designated for the print.

Capt. Brian Hope is a self-taught artist. He graduated from the US Merchant Marine Academy in 1965. He joined the MM&P upon graduation from Kings Point and sailed on the Vietnam Sealift and later with US Lines, until joining the Association of Maryland Pilots in 1970.

He continues as an active pilot and an at-large convention delegate with the Pilot Division of the MM&P. His son, Jeremy, a 1999 Kings Point graduate, is a member of the Offshore Division of the MM&P. Capt. Hope’s paintings hang in several museums and in many businesses and private homes throughout the Baltimore-Washington area.

Several of his works may be seen at MITAGS as well. He considers himself to be a “folk artist”, that is, one whose artistic subject revolves around his field of work, but who does not make a living as an artist. He says, “If I relied on my art to survive I would have starved to death long ago! I paint because it’s fun.”

In addition to his art work, Capt. Hope was Chairman of Project Liberty Ship from 1988 to 2002, helping to guide the restoration of the Liberty Ship JOHN W. BROWN.


The fine print:

Raffle tickets are available only to those individuals who are otherwise eligible to make a contribution to the MM&P PCF. Contributions in exchange for raffle tickets or for a signed and numbered print do not qualify for any other PCF contribution incentive premiums. All contributions to the MM&P PCF, including contributions in exchange for raffle tickets, are voluntary contributions for political purposes and no physical force, job discrimination, financial reprisals or thereat thereof has been or will be used to secure such contributions. PCF contributions are not deductible for tax purposes.



Members are reminded that for the duration of the MM&P election period the name or likeness of any known candidate for any elected MM&P position will not be referred to by name or photo in any MM&P publication. Reference may be made by title or in contact information such as an email address when it is directly relevant to the communication.

As example, the Master of a MM&P-contracted ship who has declared himself to be a candidate for a MM&P elective position was recently quoted in an article appearing in the “Master, Mate & Pilot”, but was referenced as the Master of the vessel and not by name. Similarly, this member’s likeness was not included in a photo published with the article. This same rule was applied within the same publication with regard to two other members employed by MM&P at Union headquarters who are candidates for elective position.

This rule has been put into effect to ensure that publications by the MM&P to MM&P members are not used on behalf of any candidate for campaign purposes. These exclusions will end upon completion of the election.

Members wanting to know more about this policy may contact International Counsel John Singleton at 410-850-8700 x19, email:, or Communications Director Karl Schwartz at 410-850-8700 x27, email:

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.