Wheelhouse Weekly – October 14, 2004

October 14th 2004


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

Volume 8 . . . . . Number 42 . . . . October 14, 2004




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



On Columbus Day, October 11, major corporate tax legislation containing a provision key to the US maritime industry was sent to the White House for signature by President Bush. The legislation, called the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004, establishes a tonnage-based tax system for US-flag commercial vessels operating in the foreign trades.

Jim Patti, president of the MM&P’s Maritime Institute for Research and Industrial Development, remarked that, “this is undoubtedly the most significant maritime tax reform proposal to reach the President’s desk in decades.”

The tonnage tax provision will benefit US-flag vessel owners by allowing them to elect a US tax regime based on the “net tonnage” – or weight in tons – of their US-flag fleet, in lieu of regular income tax. This is an approach like that used in numerous, major trading nations and is aimed at aiding US-flag shipping companies’ competitiveness in the global market.

“I have been in the shipping industry for my entire career,” said Erik Johnsen, Chairman of New Orleans-based International Shipholding Corp (ISC). “During that entire time, there has never been a more significant piece of legislation for US-flag shipping than the tonnage tax.” ISC is the parent corporation of MM&P-contracted Central Gulf, LMS Ship Management, Sulphur Carriers, Inc. and Waterman Steamship.

In addition to the changes in the tonnage tax provisions that will benefit US-flag shipping companies operating in the international trade, the legislation phases-out the 4.3-percent excise tax on diesel fuel for the inland waters and railroad industries. According to Congressman William Jefferson, who also spearheaded the final drive to enact the tonnage tax proposal, the excise tax had placed an inequitable and unnecessary economic burden on critical components of the nation’s transportation industry. He said that its elimination preserves equal tax treatment for competing modes of transportation and enhances opportunities for the towing and railroad services to provide cost effective services to their customers.

The MM&P extends special thanks to Congressman Bill Jefferson (D-LA) and to Congressman Jim McCrery (R-LA), who led the effort to obtain the revenue estimate for the tonnage tax proposal. Thanks also goes out to three Senators, John Breaux (D-LA), Trent Lott (R-MS) and Gordon Smith (R-OR) who took up the cause and led the Senate effort in support of the tonnage tax in conference. US Maritime Administrator Capt. Bill Schubert was also a significant champion of this legislation within the Administration.



The MM&P and U.S. Ship Management signed an agreement on October 7 and October 12, respectively, to extend the current collective bargaining agreement “in its entirety including all applicable wage, benefit and work rules” for 90 days – until midnight, January 15, 2005.

The current contract was set to expire at midnight, October 15, 2004. The extension stipulates that the new agreement, including any wage and/or benefit adjustments will be effective retroactive to June 16, 2004.

MM&P and USSM have held a series of negotiating sessions to work on a new collective bargaining agreement. MM&P HQ will provide updates as negotiations progress.



International Headquarters and the Board of Trustees for the MM&P Pension Plan is pleased to announce that there will be a 3-percent increase in pensioner checks for those pensioners who qualify for a cost of living adjustment on their pensions. This 3-percent increase will be effective with a pensioners’ check in January of 2005.



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:



Michelle Stewart is an applicant with the MM&P, has worked for MSC and graduated from Texas A&M at Galveston in 1993. With her first-hand knowledge of the mariner’s sailing environment, she is currently enrolled in graduate school at Florida State University where she intends to get her master’s in Meteorology. She is hoping to specialize in marine meteorology and use her knowledge to improve marine weather forecasting.

In her studies at FSU she has come across several web sites that have not previously been mentioned in the Wheelhouse Weekly that are designed to assist mariners in ship routing while at sea. The first two track ships via their ship weather reports and plot them on a chart.

The first one,, displays ship weather data by call sign (and an additional table with ship names) and produces charts of wave height.

The second one,, displays ship weather data by call sign only but also produces charts of sea surface temperature and wind speed and direction. Both of these websites allow a person to track a ship across the ocean as they are updated every 6 hours with weather reports from the ships.

For those mariners with an interest in tracking hurricanes, Ms. Stewart notes that there is a great site showing both Atlantic and Pacific hurricanes, computer model data and other interesting graphics not found on the National Hurricane web site:

Our thanks to Michelle for taking the time to share these helpful maritime websites and as always, we encourage our readers to send us material of interest to all MM&P members at



The USCG recently alerted the maritime community that it has concerns about the security of ports in 17 countries because those countries have failed to report compliance with new international port security requirements.

The USCG will be targeting vessels for increased boardings when arriving in US ports if they have visited one of those countries during their last five port calls. “Shipping is a global industry,” said Adm. Thomas Collins, USCG Commandant. “In order for us to protect our ports, we must be concerned about the security of the entire shipping chain, including ports overseas.”

“We strongly encourage all nations to take steps to protect their ports,” he said. “Terrorism is a global problem, and an attack on any country’s ports could have a significant impact on their economy.”

“Right now, we are relying on countries to report the actions they have taken to increase security in their ports,” Collins said. “Over the next three years, we plan to visit 135 countries around the world to share and align our security practices. We will use that info to help us make decisions about security for vessels arriving here. In the meantime, it is vital that countries report this info so that all countries can help protect their ports.”

The USCG recommends that ships calling on ports in these countries take several steps to protect themselves, which the USCG will take into consideration when making decisions about boardings and other port state control actions.

Those steps include setting a higher security condition, in keeping with their vessel security plans; executing a declaration of security that details specific security arrangements between the vessel and the port facility; logging their actions and reporting those actions to the USCG Port Captain prior to arrival in the US.



A 25-minute maritime security training video, which was originally developed for Coast Guard field personnel, has been released to the maritime industry. The video details various items that should be checked during a vessel examination to help verify compliance with the ISPS Code and the Maritime Security Transportation Act (MTSA).

The video provides consistent and uniform enforcement of the security requirements, with minimal disruption to shipping. The film is not copyright protected and does not contain any confidential security information.

MITAGS can provide copies of this video for $25, which covers the cost of copying and shipping. To place an order, please contact Captain Bob Becker toll free at 1-866-656-5569 or via Email at Please indicate the preferred format (CD-ROM, DVD, or VHS).

For more info on security, visit the following websites:


IMO Database:

USCG Port Security Directorate:

USCG MTSA/ISPS Code Information Site:



The US Maritime Administration (MARAD) has released a new report, US Domestic Ocean Trades 2002. The report is divided into two sections, Highlights and Summary Tables. The Highlights section includes selected time series (1998-2002) detailing traffic by vessel type. The Summary Tables section presents traffic by major commodity groups, contiguous and non-contiguous trades, and shipping and receiving coasts.

The report is available in print or CD-ROM formats, or it may be downloaded from the MARAD website at

Inquiries should be directed to:

United States Maritime Administration Office of Statistical & Economic Analysis 400 Seventh Street, SW – Room 8107 Washington, DC 20590

Phone: 202-366-2267, Fax: 202-366-8886, Email:



Industry sources say that the Bush Administration has agreed to cut diesel pollution 90 percent in everything from tractors and construction equipment to lawnmowers, forklifts, and diesel generators. However, they have avoided pushing worldwide standards on oceangoing vessels.

According to the U.S. government’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), containerships are the worst polluters, belching as much exhaust as 12,000 cars. With international trade expected to triple by 2020, especially in the Transpacific trades, the EPA expects that ships will be responsible for at least a quarter of the dirty air affecting the nation.

Ships are powered by low-quality diesel bunker, so dirty that each particle of exhaust can be 3,000 times higher in sulfur than the fuel used by new diesel trucks. EPA officials are building a case to assert authority over foreign ships, which account for 95 percent of calls to US ports. However, the Bush Administration has decided to put off action on foreign ships until 2007.

The Bush Administration argues that working with other nations and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) over the next several years to establish international pollution standards will be more productive and effective. One environmentalist says that the IMO is heavily influenced by the shipping industry itself, and are not considered as being particularly progressive.



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.



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
  • David DeZutter
  • Allen Hinson
  • Theodore Hunt
  • Jonathan Mellow
  • Joe Milan
  • Robert Potter
  • William Riley
  • Shaun Shiraishi
  • Keith Walzak
  • William Wiggins
  • Jose Rivera
  • Daniel Sanchez
  • Hyo Smith





  • AIS-1 – Automatic Identification System: 10/19
  • AIS-1/PPU – Auto ID System/Portable Pilot Unit: 11/01, 11/06
  • ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 10/18, 11/01, 12/06
  • AZIPOD – Azipod Propulsion System: 11/01
  • BST – Basic Safety Training: 10/25, 11/08, 12/03

CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses

  • CMM-ADVSTB – Advanced Stability: 10/25
  • CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 10/25
  • CMM-CHS I – Cargo Handling & Stowage (week 1): 11/01
  • CMM-CHS II – Cargo Handling & Stowage (week 2): 11/08
  • CMM-ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display and Info: 11/01, 11/29
  • CMM-LAP – License Advancement Program for upgrade to Chief Mate-Master: 11/29
  • CMM-MMP – Marine Propulsion Plants: 10/18, 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): 10/18, 12/6
  • CMM-SHS-ADV-II – Advanced Shiphandling (wk. 2): 10/25,12/13
  • CMM-WKP – Advanced Watchkeeping: 11/15
  • CONT-PLNG – Contingency Planning: 10/27, 10/29, 11/05, 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
  • FSM – Fatigue, Sleep and Medications: 11/03
  • GMDSS – Global Marine Distress & Safety System: 10/25
  • HAZ – Hazardous Materials [5-day]: 11/01
  • HAZMAT – Hazardous Materials Evening Seminar: 10/20
  • LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 10/31, 11/03, 11/10, 12/07
  • MAR-SEC-PRO – Security Training for Port Facility Security Professionals: 10/18
  • MEDIA-RSP – Media Response: 10/26, 10/28, 11/04, 12/10
  • MED-DOT-DA – DOT Drug & Alcohol Testing: 10/16, 12/04
  • MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 10/25, 11/29
  • MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 10/25, 11/29

MSC – Military Sealift Command

  • MSC-CBRD-1 – Chemical Biological Radiological Defense Training Orientation: 10/25, 11/13, 11/17, 12/15
  • MSC-DC – Damage Control: 10/21, 11/15, 12/10, 12/13
  • MSC-SMA-R – Small Arms Renewal (2-day): 10/28
    (must have proof of passing all 3 weapons within 2 years)


  • ROP-5 – Radar Observer Original and Renewal (5-day): 12/13
  • ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 10/13, 10/18, 11/01


  • SEC-FSO – Facility Security Officer: 11/09, 12/13
  • SEC-OFF-PCS – Security Officer: Port, Company, Ship: 11/01, 12/06
  • SEC-PLT – Security Training for Pilots: 11/02
  • SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5-day): 11/15, 12/13


  • TPIC – Tankerman Person-In-Charge: 11/15
  • TRAC-TUG – Water Tractor and Azimuth Stern Drive Tugs: 11/04


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”.

October 2004

  • 10/18: VSO 1-day Security
  • 10/18-29: GMDSS
  • 10/25-29: Basic and Advanced Firefighting; ECDIS; AB Seaman

November 2004

  • 11/01-02: RFPNW
  • 11/01-05: Radar Observer Unlimited
  • 11/01-05: Basic Shiphandling
  • 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) for class openings and registration, or visit the PMI website at



 D O W    N A S D A Q
 10,002.33 -237.51 for the week  1,920.53  -40.97 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 ~







Don’t know just what to believe anymore? Filter through the facts and figures tossed around by Presidential Candidates George Bush and John Kerry in the heat of the campaign to find out if what they say measures-up. Visit, the nonpartisan website of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, where their motto is, “Holding Politicians Accountable”.



The following AFL-CIO website has some good links regarding the upcoming national elections in November:





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”.



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.