Wheelhouse Weekly – November 10, 2005

November 10th 2005



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

Volume 9 . . . . . Number 45 . . . . November 10, 2005




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.


After having to vacate New Orleans due to Hurricane Katrina, then leave Port Arthur because of Hurricane Rita, MM&P-contracted AHL has now settled in San Antonio. The company reports that the main server is now back on line and AHL email capability has been fully restored. Contact info for the new (temp) offices are: AHL Shipping Company, 8000 IH 10 West, Suite 600, San Antonio, TX 78230. Phone: 210-524-7727; fax: 210-524-7728. All cell phones remain the same.




The captains and crew of Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS MERCY crewed by MM&P Licensed Deck Officers were honored during the 39th Admiral of the Ocean Sea awards gala hosted by the United Seamen’s Service in New York City on Nov. 4th. AOTOS awards are handed out annually to recognize American mariners who have demonstrated extraordinary seamanship, devotion to duty and courage while at sea.

USNS MERCY played a vital role in the United States’ relief efforts following the tsunami that struck Southeast Asia on Dec. 26th. In addition to operating and maintaining the ship during its five-month humanitarian mission to Indonesia, East Timor and Papua New Guinea, MERCY’s 65 civil service mariners worked alongside the ship’s Navy medical personnel to improve the lives of those affected by the disaster.

In Banda Aceh, Indonesia, MERCY’s engineering department helped rebuild the region’s badly damaged Abidin University Hospital and personally donated thousands of dollars of equipment and supplies. In Nias Island, Indonesia, the site of a second earthquake that struck the country March 28th, the ship’s crew again ventured ashore to help rebuild damaged infrastructure and collect donations to buy clothes, food and other necessities for the disaster victims.

Capt. Nathan Smith, one of the Masters of MERCY during her mission, accepted the award on behalf of the ship’s crew during the ceremony. “Being aboard MERCY to help others that were suffering from tremendous hardships was the most rewarding experience I’ve had as a mariner,” said Capt. Michael Leahy, who also acted as the ship’s master for a portion of the mission. “The experience we gained, the friends we made and the bonds we formed will not be broken for years to come.”



Two senior International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) officials were acquitted of racketeering charges by a federal jury in Brooklyn, NY earlier this week. Harold Daggett, assistant general organizer and head of the New York-New Jersey maintenance local, and Arthur Coffey, International Vice President from Miami, were acquitted on charges of extortion conspiracy and mail and wire fraud conspiracy.

In a written statement released after the verdict was announced, the ILA noted that, “through the criminal indictment of three ILA officers in this case, plus the filing of a Civil RICO case against the entire International last July, our government has chosen to perpetuate an outdated image of the ILA while ignoring long standing efforts by the ILA leaders to strengthen union members’ rights and to eradicate any unlawful conduct.”

“Today is a wonderful day for our ILA,” President John Bowers said. “Harold Daggett and Arthur Coffey have served this ILA with distinction. They and their families have endured many painful months during this trial. We rejoice in the happy outcome.”

The ILA statement said that it will continue its long-standing efforts to strengthen union members’ rights and to eradicate any unlawful conduct. These steps include the adoption of a Code of Ethics nearly three years ago and the creation of the position of an Ethical Practices Counsel, whose duties include “dealing with organized crime influences, corruption, and enforcing the provisions of the Code of Ethics.”



Gregg Trunnell, Director of the Pacific Maritime Institute (PMI), announced that the Institute has received approval for GI Bill funding by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs for mariner license training programs.

“Retired or military personnel entitled to GI Education Benefits may now enroll at PMI for our Mate and Master License Advancement Programs,” said Gregg Trunnell. “This financial assistance is critical for retired or active military mariners that want to transition into the US Merchant Marine. The GI Bill benefits will cover US Coast Guard training that is necessary for ‘Officer in Charge of Navigational Watch’ at the operational or management level of Mate or Captain.”

Retired military personnel with adequate sea service can use the GI Bill to accelerate advancement to Mate or Captain. Ex-military personnel without adequate sea service may use their GI benefits to help pay for PMI’s two-year “Mate 500/1600 Gross Tons Program.” Students successfully completing the programs at the Institute are entitled to sit for US Coast Guard licenses.

PMI has also applied for Accreditation through the Department of Education (DOE). As an accredited training facility, eligible students will be entitled to student aid, which would include student loans and grants. Upon DOE certification, PMI will be the only maritime training facility in the United States that provides both VA Education Benefits and DOE student loan and grant opportunities for its students.

PMI is currently enrolling students who are eligible for the “GI Bill”. For more information regarding Veterans’ Administration Education Benefits or any other programs available at PMI, please contact DeeDee Lazik at 206-838-8328 or via e-mail at You may also visit the PMI website at


The Miami-based cruise ship SEABOURN SPIRIT was attacked by two fast-moving small boats about 100 miles off the Somali coast earlier this week. The attackers fired rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns at the 10,000-ton liner. The pirates never maneuvered close enough to board the SPIRIT as the ship’s captain took evasive action by increasing speed and heading out into the open sea.

The ship was carrying approximately 150 passengers that included a large number of Americans. One member of the 161-person crew was injured by shrapnel during the attack that caused minor damage to the vessel. The 440-foot-long SPIRIT is registered in the Bahamas and was bound for Mombassa, Kenya, after a 16-day voyage that departed from Alexandria, Egypt.

According to published reports, the failed assault was repelled in part by security personnel onboard the SPIRIT using a sonic defense system known as a “Long Range Acoustic Device” (LRAD). Originally developed for the US military after the 2000 attack on the USS COLE off Yemen, the dish-shaped device blasts an earsplitting high-pitched tone in a concentrated beam that is designed to keep operators of small boats from approaching US warships. More recently, LRAD has been installed on commercial vessels as part of their terrorist defense system.


The outcome of many state and local contests and ballot initiatives that were part of Election 2005 last Tuesday demonstrated that working people working together through the unions of the AFL-CIO can still make a big difference when it comes to upholding what’s right for America’s working families.

A statement released by the AFL-CIO said that, “In Tuesday’s string of election victories, voters rejected the anti-worker, radical right wing agenda of our nation’s current leadership. People are fed up with the big business special interest agenda. They see the basic challenges that affect their lives every day going unmet — good jobs, health care, retirement security, schools. They see basic values being corrupted by national leaders — while politicians like Arnold Schwarzenegger try to punish hard-working families and weaken our ability to have a voice through our unions.”

The AFL-CIO cited the election returns in California where, “The Terminator took on working families and working families won. The resounding defeat of Prop 75 by a 6-point margin (as well as the defeat of Props 74 and 76) in California is a huge, important victory for the labor movement. Bad things start in California, and without this win, anti-worker initiatives would be gaining steam all over the country. This misleading measure to weaken the ability of working people to speak out through their unions started out with a 32-point advantage — 55 to 23 percent. Many people doubted the ability of a divided labor movement to beat it back, but the unions came together and an intensive education and mobilization campaign worked.”

The AFL-CIO statement also noted that it, “put staff on the ground full time and brought all the know-how from our battleground state campaigns to a state union movement that hasn’t had such an important election in years. Union members passed out nearly two million leaflets against Prop 75 in their workplaces and made over 4 million phone calls. More than 180 union staff people were working full time on this issue, and 13,000 union volunteers were out on election day.”


An opportunity to work in the marine industry as Administrator for the Boston Marine Society is currently available. Headquartered in historic Charlestown Navy Yard, the Boston Marine Society is also an active maritime museum. The Administrator will report to the President and Board of Trustees. Duties include coordination of Marine Society functions, oversight of office operation, and performance of curatorial duties for the Society’s museum. College degree with experience in operation of non-profit organization, business management and administration is required. Experience in the maritime industry a plus. Salary is $45,000 to $55,000. For more info, go to the society’s web site at


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

AIS – Automatic Identification System: 12/15
ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 12/12, 1/9
AZIPOD – Azipod Propulsion System (2 day): 12/5

BRM – Bridge Resource Management: 1/23
BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 12/12
BST – Basic Safety Training: 1/30

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]
CMM-CHS II – Advanced Cargo Handling (week 2): 11/14
CMM-ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display and Info Systems: 12/5, 1/9, 1/30
CMM-MPP – Marine Propulsion Plants: 12/5, 1/16
CMM-SHS-ADV-I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 11/14, 1/23
CMM-SHS-ADV-II – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 1/16, 1/30
CMM-SHMGT I – Ship Management (week 1): 12/12, 1/9
CMM-VPEN – Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation: 1/23
CMM-WKP – Watchkeeping: 11/28, 12/5

CONT-PLNG – Contingency Planning: 12/2, 12/16, 1/20

HAZ-Hazardous Materials (5-day): 11/14, 1/9

LAP – License Advancement Program: 1/9

MEDIA-RSP – Media Response: 12/1, 1/19
MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 12/10, 1/14
MED-PIC – Medical Person-In-Charge: 12/5, 1/9
MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 12/5, 1/9

[MSC – Military Sealift Command]
MSC-SMA – Small Arms (4-day): 1/30
MSC-SMA-R – Small Arms Re-Qualification (2-day): 2/3 (must have proof of passing all 3 weapons within 2 years)

ROP-5 – Radar Observer Original and Renewal (5-day): 11/28, 1/16
ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 12/10, 12/12, 1/9

SEC-OFF-VCF – Security Officer, Vessel, Company & Facility: 11/28, 12/12, 1/16
SHS-BAS – Basic Shiphandling: 1/9

TRAC-TUG – Water Tractor and Azimuth Stern Drive Tugs (3-day): 12/8

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:


PMI is offering a USCG Crew Endurance Management Coaches Seminar in Seattle from October 26-27 in addition to its regular course offerings listed below. This training is designed to provide commercial mariners the knowledge and skills to develop, deploy, and assess Crew Endurance Management Systems (CEMS) within their companies.

As a Crew Endurance Coach, the employee is critical to the success of CEMS implementation. Coaches provide education and guidance on the principles of light and sleep management, assist with changes to the work and rest environment, make recommendations on schedule changes, and help create personal endurance plans for each crewmember. Once successfully completing the training the Coach will have the necessary training to educate personnel on a vessel, and the processes and practices specific to the USCG Crew Endurance Management Program. The training session spans two full days and includes a written exam. Cost: $425 per person To Register: Call Pacific Maritime Institute at 206-441-2880 or toll free 888-893-7829.

November 2005

11/14-18 ECDIS
11/21-23 Ship Security Officer
11/28-12/2 Radar Observer Unlimited
11/28-12/2 Emergency Shiphandling 5-day

December 2005

12/5-9 Medical Care Provider
12/5-9 ARPA
12/5 Radar Renewal
12/5-16 Basic Safety Training
12/5-16 GMDSS
12/5-16 Medical Person-In-Charge
12/12-16 Med Pro
12/12-23 Med Pic
12/13-16 Lifeboat/Survival Craft
12/19-21 Ship Security Officer
12/19-23 ARPA
12/19-23 Basic Shiphandling
12/26-30 Emergency Shiphandling 5-day

12/27-29 Ship Security Officer

January 2006

1/ 2-6 BST
1/9-27 TCNAV
1/9-12 Lifeboat/Survival Craft
1/9-13 Tankerman Person-In-Charge
1/9-20 GMDSS
1/9-21 100 Ton OUPV
1/16-20 ECDIS
1/16-20 ARPA
1/16-20 Emergency Shiphandling 5-day
1/23-27 MEDPRO
1/23-2/3 MEDPIC
1/30-2/1 Ship Security Officer
1/30-2/3 RADAR Observer Unlimited
1/30-2/10 GMDSS

February 2006

2/6-10 BST
2/6-9 Lifeboat/Survival Craft
2/6-10 ARPA
2/6 Radar Renewal
2/13-17 ENAV
2/20-3/3 CNAV
2/20-3/3 Advanced Shiphandling
2/20-3/4 100 Ton OUPV
2/27-3/3 Tankerman Person-In-Charge
2/27-3/3 ARPA
2/27 Radar Renewal

March 2006

3/6-10 BST
3/6-9 Lifeboat/Survival Craft
3/6-10 Basic Meteorology
3/6-18 100 Ton OUPV
3/13-24 GMDSS
3/13-17 CONSTB
3/20-24 CHS BAS
3/27-31 MEDPRO
3/27-31 ARPA
3/27 Radar Renewal
3/27-4/7 MEDPIC

For registration call Jennifer Fowler 888-893-7829

PMI Merchandise for Sale: High quality with embroidered PMI logo. All prices include tax. Navy Caps: $18.00; Button Down Long Sleeve Dress Shirts Blue or Khaki: $38.00; Coming Soon: Navy, Burgundy, Khaki T-shirts, high quality thick Hanes shirt with pocket $22.00; 15 oz. Beautiful Cobalt Blue Ceramic Mug $10.Call DeeDee Lazik 206-838-8328 or e-mail



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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.