Wheelhouse Weekly – October 27, 2000

October 27th 2000


Bridging the Information Gap With E-News You Can Use

VOLUME 4. . . . . NUMBER 43. . . October 27, 2000



A new five-year contract agreement covering the SULPHUR ENTERPRISE was reached this week. It incorporates improvements in wages and vacation benefits and safeguards all benefit plans. The new accord would become effective retroactive to July 1, 2000.

Wages as well as wage-related increases would rise 3.5 percent dating back to July 1, with additional 3.5 percent annual increases every July 1 for the duration of the agreement.

Advances were also made with the vacation days with a total of one day per month added for all LDOs effective July 1, 2003. Other improvements include the addition of Columbus Day as a paid holiday and an increase in the IRAP contribution rate.

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Congratulations to Jim Patti and his staff at MIRAID for a major legislative victory this week. The House of Representatives passed S.893, the “Transportation Employee Fair Taxation Act” by voice vote earlier this week. This bill would exempt interstate water transportation workers from multiple state taxation by allowing only the worker’s state of residence to impose taxes on the income earned in the course of his/her interstate water transportation employment.

The Senate has previously passed this legislation by unanimous consent. Consequently, the House action means that the bill has been cleared for the President’s signature.

MM&P members Captains George Quick, Mike Simonsen, and Chris Eckardt were instrumental in helping to get this legislation through the Congress. In addition, thanks are extended to Rep. Baird (D-WA), the lead sponsor of the legislation, Rep. George Gekas (R-PA) and Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), who moved the bill through the Judiciary Committee, and Senators Slade Gorton (R-WA) and Patty Murray (D-WA), who were the lead Senate sponsors.

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The Masters, Mates & Pilots Political Contribution Fund (PCF) is a non-partisan fund supported exclusively through voluntary contributions from MM&P Members and Pensioners. Contributions from MM&P’s PCF are made to candidates running for election to State or Federal office without regard to their party affiliation or ideology.

The only criteria used in determining who is supported is the individual’s position on issues of importance to the jobs and economic well-being of MM&P members, pensioners and their families.

Using this criteria, in this and next week’s Wheelhouse Weekly and on the MM&P web site MM&P will highlight the most hotly contested and important races involving candidates who have clearly indicated support for a strong, competitive US-flag merchant marine and for programs such as the Jones Act, Cargo Preference, the Maritime Security Program, tax equity and other maritime tax reform proposals that are necessary to the survival and growth of our industry.

If you need help finding your Congressional district number, or want general information about your Rresentative or Senators, go to:

Among those seeking reelection or election to the Senate whom we recommend you consider supporting with your vote are:

  • California: Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D)
  • Delaware: Gov. Tom Carper (D)
  • Florida: Bill Nelson (D)
  • Hawaii: Sen. Daniel Akaka (D)
  • Maine: Sen. Olympia Snowe (R)
  • Maryland: Sen. Paul Sarbanes (D)
  • Mississippi: Sen. Trent Lott (R)
  • Pennsylvania: Cong. Ron Klink (D)
  • Rhode Island: Cong. Bob Weygand (D)
  • Tennessee: Sen. Bill Frist (R)
  • Texas: Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R)
  • Virginia: Sen. Chuck Robb (D)
  • Washington: Sen. Slade Gorton (R)

Among those seeking reelection or election to the House of Rresentatives whom we recommend you consider supporting with your vote on are the following (listed by state and district number):

  • Alaska:
    • Cong. Don Young (R)
  • Arizona:
    • 5th District Tucson-George Cunningham (D)
  • California:
    • 8th District San Francisco-Cong. Nancy Pelosi (D)
    • 10th – Walnut Creek-Cong. Ellen Tauscher (D)
    • 15th San Jose-Mike Honda (D)
    • 27th Los Angeles-Adam Schiff (D)
    • 36th Torrance-Cong. Steve Kuykendall (R)
    • 38th Long Beach-Gerry Schipske (D)
    • 50th San Diego-Cong. Bob Filner (D)
    • 51st San Diego-Cong. Duke Cunningham (R)
    • 52nd San Diego-Cong. Duncan Hunter (R)
  • Florida:
    • 1st District Pensacola-Cong. Joe Scarborough (R)
    • 10th District St. Petersburg-Cong. Bill Young (R)
  • Hawaii:
    • 1st District Honolulu-Cong. Neil Abercrombie (D)
  • Illinois:
    • 17th District Rock Island-Cong. Lane Evans (D)
  • Louisiana:
    • 1st District Slidell-Cong. David Vitter (R)
    • 2nd New Orleans-Cong. Bill Jefferson (D)
    • 4th Shreveport-Cong. Jim McCrery (R)
    • 7th Lake Charles-Cong. Chris Jon (D)
  • Maryland:
    • 1st District Salisbury-Cong. Wayne Gilchrest (R)
    • 3rd Linthicum-Cong. Ben Cardin (D)
  • Minnesota:
    • 8th District Duluth-Cong. Jim Oberstar (D)
  • Mississippi:
    • 3rd District Columbus-Cong. Chip Pickering (R)
    • 5th Biloxi-Cong. Gene Taylor (D)
  • Nevada:
    • 1st District Las Vegas-Cong. Shelley Berkley (D)
  • New Jersey:
    • 3rd District Toms River-Cong. Jim Saxton (R)
    • 4th Trenton-Cong. Chris Smith (R)
    • 7th Summit-Maryanne Connelly (D)
    • 12th Hopewell Township-Cong. Rush Holt (D)
  • New York:
    • 3rd District Seaford-Cong. Peter King (R)
    • 8th Manhattan-Cong. Jerrold Nadler (D)
    • 15th Manhattan-Cong. Charles Rangel (D)
    • 16th Bronx-Cong. Jose Serrano (D)
    • 17th Bronx-Cong. Eliot Engel (D)
    • 20th Middletown-Cong. Ben Gilman (R)
    • 30th Buffalo-Cong. Jack Quinn (R)
  • North Carolina:
    • 6th District High Point-Cong. Howard Coble (R)
  • Oregon:
    • 1st District Astoria-Cong. David Wu (D)
    • 4th Coos Bay-Cong. Peter DeFazio (D)
  • Pennsylvania:
    • 3rd District Philadelphia-Cong. Bob Borski (D)
    • 13th Norristown-Cong. Joe Hoeffel (D)
  • South Carolina:
    • 2nd District Beaufort-Cong. Floyd Spence (R)
  • Washington:
    • 1st Dist Bainbridge Island-Cong. Jay Inslee (D)
    • 2nd Bellingham-Rick Larsen (D)
    • 3rd Vancouver-Cong. Brian Baird (D)

If you have any questions, contact the MM&P’s Washington, DC office at Voice: 202-463-6265 or Email:

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The Board of Directors of Masters, Mates and Pilots Federal Credit Union is pleased to announce a special certificate of deposit program. Credit Union members can earn 6 % on a certificate with a deposit of $5000 or more for a term of 30 months. This offer is limited to new deposits and will only be available for a limited time.

Want to invest for 24 months? The new rate is 5.5 % for a minimum deposit of $5000. These rates are effective Oct.25, 2000, and are subject to change without notice. Dividends are simple interest and are paid at maturity. Other rates and terms are available.

The Credit Union’s Board of Directors also voted to increase the dividend rate on shares for the 4th quarter of 2000. The new rates are: 2 % on balances between $25.00 and $249.99; 2.5 % for balances between $250.00 and $2,499.99; and 2.75 % for balances of $2,500.00 and up. Dividends are calculated based on member’s average daily balance. Dividends are posted quarterly and are not paid on closed accounts. Dividends are based on earnings and are not guaranteed.

Want to know more? Interested in joining? Contact Kathy Klisavage, Credit Union Manager, toll-free at 1-800-382-7777 or by Email at:

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The Ship Operations Cooperative Program (SOCP) meeting on Tue., Oct.31, at MITAGS will be made available in live interactive webcast via’s Maritime TV Channel beginning at 0900 EST at For more info on the wecast, contact Todd Ripley at MARAD at voice: 202-366-2625 or Email:

Vice Admiral Gordon S. Holder, Commander of the Military Sealift Command (MSC) will be the featured speaker. Presentations will also be made by former MARAD Administrator Vice Admiral Albert Herberger (ret), Carl Benztel, Counsel on the Senate Commerce Committee, and Joe Cox of the Chamber of Shipping.

More info on the Oct.31 meeting is available on the SOCP web site at To make reservations, contact Ram Nagendran, at voice: 703-620-8158; Fax: 703-620-8563; or Email:

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The Maritime Casualty Conference & Expo (MarCas) will take place at MITAGS on Nov.14-15. The regular, single attendee registration fee for the Conference is $495.00. MITAGS has secured a special discounted price of $250.00 for all MM&P Offshore Members with eligibility to attend MITAGS. For those with an interest in attending, conference, registration can be accomplished through the MarCas website, Indicate that you are an Offshore member of the MM&P and are eligible to attend MITAGS.

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The following classes are available:

  • 11/6-10: GMDSS REF
  • 11/13-17: ROP, VPM, COMP-OPS
  • 11/27-12/1: MED-1st, HAZ, WX-HWA, EINS, TPIC
  • 12/4: ROR
  • 12/4-8: COMP-APS
  • 12/11-15: ROP, COMP-NET

DC class: A few spots still remain in the MSC certified Damage Control class to be held at MITAGS the weekend of Nov 18-19.

Original Third Mate: Inaugural course will start on Jan.8 and run for 10 weeks with the 10th week being the USCG exam. The course is designed for ABs who have started their sea careers before 8-1-98 (pre STCW-95). ABs who started their careers after that date are welcome to take the course, but it is unlikely that they will be qualified to sit for the license since they must be in full compliance with the STCW-95 Code. Course will accommodate ABs that desire licenses ranging from 500 GRT Oceans/Near Coastal to Third Mate Oceans/Near Coastal. For further info, contact Mike Wein at

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Course changes are posted on the MITAGS website as soon as they are made and are also updated in the Wheelhouse Weekly. It is highly recommended to check with Mary Matlock, MITAGS Admissions, for the latest course info. She may be reached at: Voice: 410-859-5700 ext. 3246; Fax: 410-859-5181; Email:

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Ballots were mailed to all members eligible to vote in the MM&P 2000 election on Aug.21. Members who have not received a ballot should contact MM&P Controller John Gorman at 410-850-8700×12 or Email, to request a duplicate ballot request form. To be counted ballots must be received at the collection facility by Monday, Nov. 20.

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Since the Wheelhouse Weekly is usually distributed before the markets close on Friday, the numbers cited will be from Thursday’s close unless otherwise specified.



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