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Wheelhouse Weekly – September 09, 2004

September 9th 2004


THE MASTERS, MATES & PILOTS’
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Volume 8 . . . . . Number 37 . . . . September 9, 2004




STORIES COVERED

ALSO

REMINDERS




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UNIONS MEET WITH MSC OVER LOSS OF LMSR BID

The MM&P, MEBA, SUP and MFOW met with Admiral Brewer and his staff at MSC headquarters on Wednesday, September 9th to object to the elimination of Patriot Contract Services as the managing entity for the LMSR program.

The four union presidents attending this meeting made their case and objected to the recent award to AMSEA based on the downgrading of the manpower pool of sailors available for Operation Iraqi Freedom 3 and the possible effect on the carriage of war materials overseas to our troops in the field. The unions also pointed out that the continuity of management is important.

The union leaders presented evidence of the number of sailors currently sailing on the LMSRs who would not be available to the new management company. The unions also made their case by pointing out the cost of training that each union had provided over the five-year period that Patriot had run these vessels. The unions also quantified the number of personnel that are currently qualified to sail on these vessels and what would be lost in the change of management companies.

Admiral Brewer pointed out that MSC could not take union considerations into the bidding process and told the union officials that the contract had been awarded on best value and that legally MSC had to follow guidelines that had been laid down by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

The MM&P will continue to support Patriot Contract Services in any attempt to overturn this award. The Masters, Mates & Pilots continues to be outraged over this recent action by MSC contracting. We also acknowledge with gratitude the hard work, dedication and trials that our members and applicants have gone through to make this program a visible success.



 

MAERSK NEGOTIATIONS

The MM&P will open up negotiations with Maersk Lines on Tuesday, September 14th at MM&P headquarters. The three Offshore Membership Group vice presidents will negotiate with Maersk personnel. Assisting the vice presidents will be three rank-and-file members: one master, one chief mate and one rotary member.

There are three days set aside for this negotiating session and the membership will be kept informed after each negotiating session has taken place.



 

HORIZON LINE ORDERS 900 NEW REEFERS

MM&P-contracted Horizon Lines has placed an order for 900 new high-cube refrigerated containers with an expected delivery date to the fleet of November 2004. This acquisition is part of the refrigerated container reinvestment program that commenced last December with the delivery of an initial order of 300 units. The equipment will be used across the entire Horizon Lines network.

“Horizon Lines stands for operational excellence. In recent months, we have added a crane and new terminal handling equipment in Hawaii, two new cranes in Puerto Rico and now 1,200 new refrigerated containers to our 5,000 unit refrigerated fleet to further reinforce our service levels” said Chuck Raymond, Horizon Lines chairman and CEO.



 

MM&P BALLOT COMMITTEE MAKES FINAL DETERMINATION

The MM&P International Ballot Committee met at International Headquarters on August 31 to complete the work necessary to approve and publish the ballot for the upcoming International Election for MM&P’s Officers and Delegates for the next four years.

The following individuals were certified as eligible to run and will appear on the ballot for the membership’s consideration. Ballots are scheduled to be mailed by September 14, 2004. All names are listed in the order they will appear on the ballot.

 

International Officers

INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT

James F. Hill

Timothy A. Brown

 

INTERNATIONAL SECRETARY-TREASURER

Glen P. Banks

 


 

Offshore Membership Group

VICE PRESIDENT – ATLANTIC PORTS

David Ryan

Richard W. May

 

VICE PRESIDENT – GULF PORTS

Fred H. Schick

Robert Groh


 
VICE PRESIDENT – PACIFIC PORTS

Donald Marcus

David Haa

 

CONVENTION DELEGATES
  1. Peter S. Smith
  2. Gregory S. Walsh
  3. John F. Schmidt
  4. Steve E. Werse
  5. Fred H. Schick
  6. William D. Good, Jr.
  7. John P. Kelley
  8. Glen Paine
  9. Richard M. Plant
  10. James K. Boak
  11. Peter Bailey
  12. David A. Mociun
  13. Mark D. Remijan
  14. Ryan Evans
  15. Carolyn Casado
  16. David C. Ryan
  17. Walter K. Allison
  18. Thomas D. McDorr
  19. James F. Hill
  20. David H. Boatner
  21. Jeffrey Hill
  22. Paul F. McQuarrie
  23. D. Scott Putty
  24. William C. Mack
  25. Lawrence T. Lyons
  26. Michael K. Welch
  27. Timothy M. Carey
  28. Mark J. Nemergut
  29. John H. Bloomingdale
  30. William J. Mahoney
  31. David C. Haa

 

ALTERNATE CONVENTION DELEGATES
  1. Michael Rodriguez
  2. Paul Schulman
  3. Robert T. Kimball
  4. Peter W. Mitchell
  5. Kenneth Halsall
  6. John Forsberg, Jr.
  7. Kenneth Ryan
  8. Thomas P. Sullivan
  9. Wayne Farthing
  10. George M. Darley

 


 

Pilot Membership Group

VICE PRESIDENT

George A. Quick

 


WEST COAST REGIONAL REPRESENTIVE

Kenneth J. Carlson, Jr.

 

AT-LARGE CONVENTION DELEGATE

Brian H. Hope

 


EAST COAST REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE

Timothy J. Ferrie

 


GULF COAST REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE

Richard Moore

 

WEST COAST ALTERNATE DELEGATE

Alan J. Widme

 

EAST COAST ALTERNATE DELEGATE

Peter Rooss

 

GULF COAST ALTERNATE DELEGATE

No Candidate

 


 

United Inland Membership Group

VICE PRESIDENT

Steven J. Demeroutis

 

UIG-PACIFIC MARITIME REGION CONVENTION DELEGATES
  1. John J. Schaeffner
  2. Mike Santini
  3. Ray Shipway
  4. Darrell Kimmerly
  5. Lee Andersen
  6. Ezra Hunter
  7. Ron Leighton

 

UIG-ATLANTIC & GULF REGION CONVENTION DELEGATE
  1. Terry Swan
  2. Luis Ramirez

 

UIG-GREAT LAKES & RIVERS REGION CONVENTION DELEGATE

William Rabatsky



 

NOTE FROM MM&P PLANS ON 24/7 PHONE COUNSELING SERVICE

LifeWorks provides you with free 24-hour phone access to caring, experienced consultants who can help you talk through issues around life transitions, from going through a divorce or sending a child off to college, to planning for retirement. You can also go to www.lifeworks.com anytime to read articles that can help you with specific concerns, including:

  • Motherhood and Career: Challenges and Choices
  • Adjusting to High School
  • Coping With Grief and Loss
  • When You or a Family Member Has a Chronic Illness
  • Myths and Realities of Retirement
  • Adjusting to Life After Divorce

You can also go online to use an interactive self-assessment tool, “Are Life Changes Causing You Stress?”

Change can be hard. If you or someone you know is going through a difficult time, don’t try to handle it all on your own. Whether you need practical assistance, or just someone to talk to, LifeWorks can help.

Call LifeWorks anytime at 877-234-5151 to speak with an experienced consultant, or to read or download articles, visit the LifeWorks website at www.lifeworks.com (user ID: mmp ; password: 5100) and click on “This Month’s Feature”.



 

USCG JOB OPENINGS OF INTEREST TO RETIRED MM&P MEMBERS

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 www.uscg.mil 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”.



 

MAERSK SEALAND TO IMPLEMENT ISPS SECURITY CHARGES

MM&P-contracted Maersk Sealand will introduce globally a “Carrier Security Charge” in the amount of six dollars per container effective Oct.2. The new charge is designed to cover the company’s expense in meeting the newly mandated International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS) rules and requirements for carriers aimed at significantly improving vessel security against international terrorism.

The ocean carrier’s cost elements associated with ISPS code compliance include: vessel security risk assessment; vessel certification; and related security implementation, administrative expenses and operational expenses.

As of July 1, all Maersk Sealand vessels are in compliance with the ISPS Code.



 

DEFENSE DEPARTMENT ACTIONS IN UNION TALKS ARE CRITICIZED

The Washington Post reports that talks between federal employee unions and the Bush administration over the development of a new personnel system for the Defense Department appeared to be stalled, several weeks after similar discussions broke down at the Department of Homeland Security. The two sides have met four times since June. Another meeting is set for Sept. 10.

Leaders of a coalition of three dozen unions say officials from the Pentagon and the Office of Personnel Management have refused to provide details of their plans or give serious consideration to ideas and questions from the unions. Congress paved the way for a new system last year when it gave Pentagon officials the authority to rewrite personnel rules affecting nearly 750,000 civilian employees. Defense is expected to release a detailed proposal by the end of the year and to begin implementing the new system in late 2005.

“We’re just talking to people who are sitting there. I don’t know if they are listening,” said John Gage, president of the American Federation of Government Employees, the largest federal employee union. “…Our people are very frustrated because we’re ready to provide meaningful input and to really see if we can get a personnel system that both sides can live with.”

Pentagon officials said they believe the development of the National Security Personnel System is going well but there are no details yet, only concepts. Employees have provided feedback through town hall meetings, an interactive Web site and meetings between top officials and union leaders, they said.

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld has said that managers need more freedom over how workers are paid, promoted, deployed and disciplined to better fight the war on terrorism. The administration won similar authority to rewrite personnel rules as part of legislation creating the Department of Homeland Security in 2002. The final systems in both departments could serve as templates for civil service changes across the government, experts say.

In February, Pentagon officials issued a 13-page memo outlining labor relations “concepts” that union leaders said would end meaningful collective bargaining over work rules and eliminate third-party review of labor disputes. Soon afterward, Navy Secretary Gordon England was named to oversee development of the system at a slower pace.

Several weeks ago, Administration officials distributed a 12-page outline list of management’s concerns with the current labor relations and employee appeals systems, as well as options for change. The document suggests limiting union rights to bargaining over workplace policy changes to matters that have a “significant impact” on employees, and then only after the changes have been implemented.

In response, the unions submitted a 10-page document challenging officials’ right to make many of the changes and asking management to provide specific examples of how the current system has hurt national security.

R. Thomas Buffenbarger, president of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, said: “It’s becoming more and more transparent by the day that it is a form of union-busting. … There’s another agenda operating behind the warm and fuzzy facade that’s out there. And that agenda is the one that’s going to cut the legs out from under the civil service system.”

 

WANT TO KNOW MORE?

Read the Washington Post article.

Download the following PDF files from the NSPS website to read their official statements. Acrobat Reader required.

 “EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT AND APPEALS

Potential Options for the National Security Personnel System

Labor-Management Relations & Employee Appeals

Presented to: Department of Defense Unions

 “PAY BANDS

HIRING FLEXIBILITIES

PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT

and

LABOR RELATIONS

Potential Options for the National Security Personnel System

Human Resource Management System

 “NSPS GUIDING DOCUMENTS

NSPS Law



Employment of Civil Service Retirees



Employment of Highly Qualified Experts



Voluntary Early Retirement Authority (VERA) and Voluntary Separation Incentive Pay (VSIP) Policy



 

LASSA SUSPECTED IN US SEAFARER DEATH

The Lloyd’s of London publication “Fairplay” reports that the US-flag bulk carrier OVERSEAS MARILYN was at anchor off Galveston, TX in quarantine after a crewmember is suspected to have died of Lassa fever. The 25,515dwt vessel is awaiting the results of a post mortem on the 36-year-old seafarer who died on August 31 while the ship was en route from Casablanca with a cargo of phosphate.

The captain of the US-flagged OVERSEAS MARILYN, which does not sail under MM&P contract, voluntarily quarantined the ship following a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. The USCG transferred the deceased’s body to shore where the county’s chief medical examiner performed the examination. Results should be known shortly.

Lassa fever, named after the Nigerian village where it was first documented, is a viral infection carried by rats that are common throughout western Africa. The CDC estimates that the infection carries a one per cent mortality rate. The OVERSEAS MARILYN, which has an all-US crew, is owned by investors through Chase Manhattan Bank and is operated by OSG Shipping Management. MM&P extends its condolences to the deceased’s family and crewmates.



 

MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

NEW AT MITAGS

Complete Basic and Advanced Fire Fighting in a combined one week course, offered September 20th.

 

CLASS OPENINGS

Between now and the end of November, seats are available in the following courses:

  • AIS-1 – Automatic Identification System: 10/04
  • AIS-1/PPU – Auto ID System/Portable Pilot Unit: 11/01, 11/05
  • ARPA – Auto Radar Plotting Aids: 9/20, 9/27, 10/18, 11/01
  • AZIPOD – Azipod Propulsion System: 10/02, 11/01
  • BRM – Bridge Resource Management: 10/04
  • BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 10/05
  • BST – Basic Safety Training: 9/13, 10/25, 11/08


CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses

  • CMM-ADVSTB – Advanced Stability: 10/25
  • CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 9/20
  • CMM-CHS I – Cargo Handling & Stowage (week 1): 11/01
  • CMM-CHS II – Cargo Handling & Stowage (week 2): 11/08
  • CMM-ECDIS ­ Elect. Chart Display and Info Systems: 11/01
  • CMM-MMP – Marine Propulsion Plants: 10/18
  • CMM-SHS-ADV II – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 10/25
  • CMM-SHMGT-I – Ship Management (week 1): 11/08
  • CMM-VPEN – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 10/04
  • CMM-WKP – Watchkeeping: 9/13, 11/15
  • CONT-PLNG – Contingency Planning: 10/15, 10/26, 10/28, 11/05
  • CSE-AAES – Confined Space Awareness-Analysis: 11/08
  • CSE-AWR – Confined Space Awareness Seminar: 9/24
  • CSE-AWR2 – 2-day Confined Space Seminar: 9/30, 11/18
  • FF-BADV – (Combined) Basic and Adv Firefighting: 9/13, 11/08
  • FSM – Fatigue, Sleep and Medications: 11/03
  • FL – Flashing Light: 9/27
  • GMDSS – Global Marine Distress & Safety System: 10/25
  • HAZ – Hazardous Materials [5-day]: 11/01
  • LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 11/3, 11/10
  • MEDIA-RSP – Media Response: 10/14, 10/27, 10/29, and 11/04
  • MED-DOT-DA – DOT Drug & Alcohol Testing: 9/18, 10/16
  • MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 10/11
  • MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 10/11

MSC – Military Sealift Command

  • MSC-CBRD-1 – Chemical Biological Radiological Defense Training Orientation: 9/15, 9/29, 10/25, 11/3, and 11/17
  • MSC-DC – Damage Control: 9/16, 9/27, 10/21, 11/15
  • MSC-SMA-R – Small Arms Renewal (2-day): 10/26, 10/28
    (must have proof of passing all 3 weapons within 2 years)

 

  • ROP-5 – Radar Observer Original & Renewal: 10/11
  • ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 9/18, 9/20, 10/02, 10/18, 11/01

 

  • SEC-FSO – Facility Security Officer: 9/28, 11/08
  • SEC-OFF-PCS – Security Officer: Port, Company, Ship: 10/11, 11/01
  • SEC-PLT – Security Training for Pilots: 11/02
  • SHS-BAS – Basic Shiphandling: 10/11
  • SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5-day): 11/15

 

  • TPIC – Tankerman Person-In-Charge: 9/20, 11/15
  • TRAC-TUG – Water Tractor and Azimuth Stern Drive Tugs: 11/04

 

ATTENDANCE VERIFICATION & CANCELLATION IS VITAL

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.

 

SCHEDULES, COURSE INFO & REGISTRATION

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 admissions@mitags.org or by calling toll-free, 1-866-656-5568.

 


 

PMI MARITIME TECHNOLOGY & CAREER CENTER ACADEMIC SCHEDULE

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”.

September 2004

  • 9/13-17: Basic Shiphandling
  • 9/13-17: Basic Safety Training
  • 9/13-17: Radar Observer Unlimited
  • 9/13-17: Tankerman Person-In-Charge
  • 9/13-24: GMDSS
  • 9/20-24: Basic and Advanced Firefighting
  • 9/20-10/01: Watchkeeping (OIC)
  • 9/27-29: Bridge Resource Management

 

October 2004

  • 10/04-08: Basic Safety Training
  • 10/04: Flashing Light (OIC)
  • 10/11-22: Advanced Shiphandling
  • 10/11-22: GMDSS
  • 10/11-15: ARPA
  • 10/11: Radar Recertification
  • 10/11-13: Ship/Company Security Officer
  • 10/25-29: Basic and Advanced Firefighting
  • 10/25-29: ECDIS

 

Contact DeeDee Lazik at 206-441-2880 or 888-893-7829 (toll free) for registration or visit the PMI website at mates.org.


 

MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF SEPTEMBER 8, 2004 CLOSE

 D O W    N A S D A Q
 10,313.36 +244.90 for the week  1,850.64  +0.23 for the week

Fund Name & Trading Symbol

Closing
Price
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)

103.48
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)

27.09
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)

16.64
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)

14.49
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)

28.09
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)

10.47
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate Fund (VWEHX)

6.32
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)

10.30
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)

15.75
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)

15.71
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)

36.11
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)

97.27
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)

39.72



~ Reminders ~




 

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE, MEMBER INFO NEEDED FOR T-AGS VESSELS

MM&P-contracted Horizon Lines recently won the bidding to manage MSC’s seven oceanographic ships (T-AGS) to support the Naval Oceanography Program. The Licensed Deck Officer billets will be filled by MM&P members. MM&P needs to hear from members and applicants interested in working aboard these ships. Vessel assignments may be permanent.

The T-AGS ships will pay competitive wages and will have 15-for-30 vacation, pension, health & welfare, IRAP and training contributions made on the employees’ behalf. Members and applicants selected to sail aboard the T-AGS ships will be required to have a US Government-issued Secret clearance. The Company will assist the mariner in obtaining this clearance.

All interested members and applicants are requested to send a resume to your local area Offshore Vice President or to International Headquarters in care of the Executive Assistant to the President at 700 Maritime Blvd., Linthicum Heights, MD 21090; Fax: 410-850-0973. Calls with questions may be directed to 410-850-8700 x23. Resumes or questions may also be sent by Email to mrodriguez@bridgedeck.org, rmay@bridgedeck.org, rgroh@bridgedeck.org and dmarcus@bridgedeck.org.



 

SECURITY OFFICER COURSE REQUIRED TO SAIL ON HORIZON VESSELS

MASTERS AND CHIEF MATES

Masters and Chief Mates sailing on Horizon vessels must have successfully completed the 3-day Security Officer: Port, Company, Ship (SEC-OFF-PCS) course before December 31, 2004.

 

SECOND AND THIRD MATES

All Second and Third Mates that desire to ship off-the-board on Horizon vessels must have completed the SEC-OFF-PCS course before December 31, 2005.

This course is taught at both MITAGS and at PMI. These training requirements are contained in the latest Horizon contract MOU that is available for review at all MM&P Offshore Hiring Halls.



 

MAIL-ORDER Rx PLAN UPDATE

MM&P Health & Benefit Plan Participants should have received information in the mail in early August a letter from NMHC regarding the mail order benefit through the Plan. Effective August 15, NMHC Mail will take over the mail order portion of the pharmacy benefit currently handled by Eckerd Pharmacy Services. This change in providers does not affect your prescription benefit.

For members with existing prescriptions on file with EPS, NMHC Rx has coordinated all MM&P member information with EPS so that all of your prescriptions with remaining refills will be automatically transferred to NMHC Mail. Simply call NMHC Mail at 1-800-456-4803 or visit the website at www.nmhcmail.com to request your prescription refill.

As always, if you should have any questions, please contact the Plan Office at 410-850-8500.

 
NOTICE REGARDING ELIGIBILITY

When you or your provider use the IVR system at the Plan Office to check eligibility, remember that the Plan Office updates eligibility on a monthly basis. This does not mean that your eligibility will terminate at the end of the month simply because the system states that you are eligible until a certain date. Individual contracts have different extension of eligibility rules and the only way we can provide accurate eligibility information for the membership is to download a new eligibility tape on a monthly basis.



 

BRIAN HOPE PAINTING RAFFLE TO RAISE FUNDS FOR PCF

Raffle tickets for a chance on winning an 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 Political Contribution Fund 700 Maritime Blvd. Linthicum Heights, MD 21090

Members making PCF contributions through the Members Only section of the MM&P website, noting that the contribution is for the raffle, can also obtain tickets. Raffle tickets will also shortly be available through MM&P port offices.

Cutoff for ticket purchases is December 31, 2004. Drawing for the prize will take place at Noon on January 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.

 

The fine print:

Raffle tickets are available only to those individuals who are otherwise eligible to make a contribution to the MM&P PCF.

No double dipping: Contributions in exchange for raffle tickets or for a signed and numbered print do not qualify for 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 threat thereof has been or will be used in any way to secure such contributions. PCF contributions are not deductible for tax purposes.



 

MM&P ELECTION PERIOD PUBLICITY GUIDELINES

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: jsingleton@bridgedeck.org, or Communications Director Karl Schwartz at 410-850-8700 x27, email: communications@bridgedeck.org.


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: iommp@bridgedeck.org. For further info or to subscribe contact John Peige at jpeige@bridgedeck.org. 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.

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