THE MASTERS, MATES & PILOTS'
WHEELHOUSE WEEKLYonline

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

Volume 8 . . . . . Number 47 . . . . November 18, 2004


STORIES COVERED

ALSO

REMINDERS



 

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

 


MM&P HEADQUARTERS, MM&P PLANS AND MM&P FEDERAL CREDIT UNION WILL BE CLOSED THANKSGIVING THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 25, AND THE DAY AFTER THANKSGIVING, FRIDAY NOVEMBER 26



 

OFFSHORE CONTRACTS RATIFICATION BALLOTS IN THE MAIL

On Friday, Nov.19, ballots will be mailed to members of the MM&P's Offshore Membership Group to vote on the ratification of the following collective bargaining agreements:

Ballots must be received by 0900 Eastern Time on Feb.16, 2005 in order to be counted. For further info, contact MM&P International Comptroller John Gorman at Email: jgorman@bridgedeck.org or phone: 410-850-8700 x12.

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SPECIAL NOTE TO ALL HORIZON LINES EMPLOYEES FROM PMI

The Pacific Maritime Institute's last "Company/Ship Security Officer" course for the year is December 20-22, 2004 (Mon.-Wed.). The deadline to take this course is December 31, 2004 for all Masters and Chief Mates. Sign up today by sending an email to admin@mates.org or call toll-free 888-893-7829.

 

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR PORT HOLIDAY PARTIES

Contact the Union Halls directly for additional info. Additional events and info will be provided as available.

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MEMBERS GIVE COMMENDATION FOR WORK ON WASMOC

MM&P members unanimously adopted a resolution at the monthly membership meeting held at the New York/New Jersey Union Hall on November 11, recognizing the hard work of and thanking the Committee that secured and distributed the funds from the sale of the MM&P's former Local 88 building. The property trust was held as the Washington Street Marine Officers' Corporation, WASMOC.

The committee charged with these responsibilities was comprised of Brothers Henri Nereaux, Bob Darley, John Seybert, Dimos Koukeas, and Charles Moy. Henri Nereaux was singled-out for special recognition for the amount of work he had personally performed on behalf of the surviving members of the former Local 88 WASMOC in New York.

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WASMOC FUNDS DISTRIBUTED

Checks have been mailed to all known, surviving members of WASMOC. In spite of best efforts at updating all records before the mailing, a few checks have been returned due to a bad address.

Anyone who was expecting a distribution from the WASMOC but has not yet received it should write to advise that their distribution is outstanding and to provide current contact and mailing info. Such info should be sent to:

Washington Street Marine Officers' Corporation
Box 1761
New York, NY 10113-0945

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JUDGE GRANTS INJUNCTION TO USSM HALTING MLL MSP TRANSFER

MM&P-contracted Maersk Lines Ltd. (MLL) will have to wait to introduce newer vessels into the US Maritime Security Program Fleet following a federal judge's order last week granting MM&P-contracted US Ship Management's (USSM) call for a preliminary injunction to halt the transfer by the US Maritime Administration.

Chief Judge Graham Mullen of the Western District of North Carolina federal court agreed with USSM's argument that 15 MSP contracts should not be transferred to Maersk at least until the arbitration process is completed. Arbitration over the contracts, each worth at least $2.1M annually, began in October. USSM told the Court it anticipates that the arbitration should be completed by the end of the year.

This is the latest chapter in an long battle between USSM, MLL and MarAd that broke out in 2003 when MLL asked MarAd to transfer the contracts to them directly. USSM has held the slots and operated Maersk Sealand's ships for MLL in the MSP fleet.

USSM was created to operate international trade vessels of SeaLand after AP Moller Maersk purchased SeaLand's international fleet. As previously reported in the Wheelhouse Weekly, AP Moller Maersk, which also owns MLL, wants to transfer the 15 additional contracts to the four it already controls under a separate, longstanding pact with the US government that was in place when the Maritime Security Program was created.

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US MILITARY CARGO RUNS AGROUND EN ROUTE TO CUBA

A US Army cargo barge bound for Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, ran aground on a jetty off Jacksonville, FL, last week. The 250-foot container barge, which contains some hazardous cargo, is under control of TransAtlantic Lines of Iceland as contractor to the Army.

The barge, called GUANTANAMO BAY EXPRESS, ran aground on the Mayport Jetties at the mouth of the St. John River last Thursday while being pulled by the tugboat SPENCE, according to local press reports.

There were no initial reports of pollution. USCG inspectors were on the scene and monitoring the salvage efforts. The foreign-flag tug-barge tandem makes regular runs between Jacksonville and Guantanamo Bay.

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MARITIME LAWYER ALLEGES US SEEKING TO PROSECUTE SEAFARERS

Michael Chalos, a partner at the US maritime law firm of Fowler Rodriguez & Chalos believes that US authorities are actively looking to prosecute seafarers and shipping companies. "It's a dastardly thing that's happening in the US, but it's a reality," he said recently at a Nautical Institute seminar, The Criminalization of the Seafarer.

Chalos highlighted efforts he says are being made by a USCG task force that effectively has police powers to arrest crew and question them.

He advises seafarers that they have a constitutional right to not speak to such investigators and urged ship owners that, if they find their ships are at the center of an investigation, they should tell their crew to say nothing until a lawyer is present, and that anything they do say should be the truth.

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MM&P-CREWED MSC AND COMMERCIAL SHIPS HONORED AT AOTOS

The masters and crews of seven Military Sealift Command ships, including those crewed by MM&P Government Employees' Membership Group licensed deck officers were among those honored by the United Seamen's Service at the 38th annual Admiral of the Ocean Sea Awards in New York City on Nov.5.

Representatives from each ship honored were presented with an AOTOS Mariners' Plaque for displaying outstanding seamanship, courage and devotion to duty at sea.

 

USNS SHUGHART FIRE

Ships and crews involved in a combined, unrelenting and successful effort to save the USNS SHUGHART from a dangerous engine room fire that broke out while the ship was offloading cargo at the Port of Ash Shuaiba in Kuwait on March 5, 2004 received this outstanding maritime industry recognition for their work. The vessel was being operated by MM&P-contracted Patriot Contract Services for the Military Sealift Command and crewed by MM&P LDOs.

SHUGHART was under the command of Capt. Peter Strez. In addition to Capt. Strez, other MM&P LDOs aboard were Chief Mate Eric Erving, Second Mate Steve Kravitz, and Third Mates Jeremiah Turner and Matthew Tanner. Patriot flew Capt. Joe Byrne, SHUGHART's other Master, to the vessel following the fire to lend additional assistance. Her cargo of military trucks and equipment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom was safely off-loaded.

The masters and crews of LMSR ships RED CLOUD and SISLER were among those that received a Mariner's Plaque for their assistance in this incident.

 

USNS GUADALUPE - FISHING BOAT RESCUE

The crew of the fleet replenishment oiler USNS GUADALUPE, also crewed by MM&P Government Employees' Membership Group LDOs, was recognized for the rescue of the crew of a Taiwanese fishing vessel that was adrift and on fire in the Pacific Ocean on June 22, 2004. The 13 seafarers and one dog on the 65-foot HSIN CHIN CHANZ had been adrift for five days with little food or water after the fire broke out.

The rescue was executed as the GUADALUPE was maneuvered upwind of the fishing vessel and launched a rigid hull inflatable boat to successfully retrieve all hands from the fishing vessel.

 

LYKES DISCOVERER - FISHING BOAT RESCUE

The officers and crew of the LYKES DISCOVERER received a Mariners' Plaque for quick and professional response in a potentially life-threatening situation when they rescued the three-member crew of the drifting 45-foot fishing vessel SEA GYPSY on Dec.22, 2003, 130 nm northeast of Bermuda. The SEA GYPSY was on her delivery voyage from St. John's, Newfoundland. MM&P LDOs serve aboard the LYKES DISCOVERER, which was under command of Capt. Scott Putty.

The fishing vessel had been adrift for four days after losing power. She had suffered structural damage and was not carrying an EPIRB. USCG aircraft located the vessel, which was firing distress rocket flares.

The LYKES DISCOVERER diverted course while en route to Charleston, and was successful in rescuing the crew despite heavy swells and an extended outrigger on the fishing vessel that hampered the operation.

 

The United Seamen's Service was established more than 60 years ago to promote the welfare of seafarers through various assistance programs offered around the world.

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MASS MARITIME PRESIDENT DIES AT 68

The MM&P was saddened to learn of the passing of Rear Adm. Maurice Bresnahan, a retired Navy officer who was president of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. ADM Bresnahan died last week at his home after an 18-month long battle with brain cancer. He was 68 and is survived by his wife, Alice, and a grown son and daughter.

Bresnahan first arrived on the maritime academy campus as a freshman in 1954, a working-class kid from the Boston neighborhood of Mission Hill. After graduating in 1959 he entered the Navy, where he served on five combatant ships - including as commander of the USS A.M. SUMNER and the USS DAMATO, rising to the rank of four-star admiral.

During his Navy career, he served as special assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations at the Pentagon after graduating from the Naval War College in Newport. Other duties including command of the Military Sealift Command in the Far East and command of the Seventh Fleet Logistic Task Force Group based in Yokohama, Japan. When he was promoted to Flag Rank, he was appointed commander of Surface Reserve Forces and commander of Naval Surface Group Six - anti-submarine warfare frigates that were commended during the first Gulf War.

After retiring from active duty in 1993, Bresnahan returned to MMA to become vice president for external affairs and marine operations. Five years later, he became president after former president Peter Mitchell resigned. Bresnahan oversaw a series of capital projects that revitalized the academy. He was also instrumental in arranging $30 million in federal aid that landed the school its own training vessel, the ENTERPRISE, a former cargo ship that was converted into a floating college campus.

Memorial donations may be made to the

Emery Rice Scholarship Fund
Massachusetts Maritime Academy
101 Academy Drive
Buzzards Bay, MA 02532

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MARINE ELECTRIC SINKING TO BE ON HISTORY CHANNEL NOV.22

On Nov.22 at 2100 Eastern Time, the History Channel will broadcast a one-hour documentary on the SS MARINE ELECTRIC, an MM&P-crewed bulk coal carrier operated by MTL which sank off the Virginia Coast in the early 1980s with the loss of all hands except three.

The show is called "Deep Sea Detectives" and will carry a segment interviewing Bob Cusick, an MM&P survivor along with a segment with author Robert Frump who wrote a book on the sinking entitled, "Until the Sea Shall Free Them".

The show will be rebroadcast at later dates and times to be announced. For more info, go to www.historychannel.com.

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ELECTION PERIOD CLOSE TO END: DUPLICATE BALLOTS AVAILABLE

The period for casting ballots in the MM&P election is coming to an end. Ballots must be received by 0900 Eastern Time on Dec.13 to be counted.

The ballot count will commence at 1100 Eastern Time on Dec.13 at MITAGS.

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: jgorman@bridgedeck.org.

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MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

 

CLASS OPENINGS THROUGH DECEMBER 2004


CMM - Chief Mate and Master Courses

MSC - Military Sealift Command

 

 

 

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.

 

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PMI MARITIME TECHNOLOGY & CAREER CENTER ACADEMIC SCHEDULE - Winter 2004-2005

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

November

December

January 2005

For registration and more info call DeeDee Lazik or Jennifer Fowler at 888-893-7829, check the PMI website at mates.org or Email PMI at admin@mates.org.

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MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF NOVEMBER 17, 2004 CLOSE

 D O W    N A S D A Q
 10,549.57 -+421.52 for the week  2,099.68  +93.35 for the week

Fund Name & Trading Symbol

Closing
Price
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)

109.48
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)

30.00
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)

18.20
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)

15.85
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)

30.00
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)

10.45
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate Fund (VWEHX)

6.44
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)

10.30
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)

16.86
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)

16.10
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)

37.86
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)

102.59
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)

42.02


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~ Reminders ~




MM&P FCU NEWS

SPECIAL LOAN RATE FOR HOLIDAY SHOPPERS

Now is a great time to start thinking about the holidays and the Masters, Mates & Pilots Federal Credit Union is offering a special Holiday Signature Loan to give you some extra shopping cash or to pay off those higher-rate credit card balances.

From November 12004 through January 31, 2005, eligible MM&P FCU members may borrow up to $1,500 for 10 months at a Standard Rate of 8.75 percent or a Preferred Borrower Rate of 8.00 percent. Special terms and conditions apply and funds for this promotion may be limited.

 

GET NEW WHEELS OR LOWER EXISTING PAYMENTS WITH MM&P FCU VEHICLE FINANCING

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:

Standard loan rates for longer-term loans are:

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.

 

PREFERRED BORROWERS GET LOWER LOAN RATES

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.

 


 

Loan percentage rates for all loans are APR, or Annual Percentage Rate. Savings percentage rates are APY, or Annual Percentage Yield. Loan and Dividend rates are subject to change without notice. Loan approval is subject to income requirements and credit review. Contact the MM&P FCU for full details on all loan programs by email to mmpfcu@bridgedeck.org or call 1-800-382-7777 toll-free.

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T-AGS OCEANOGRAPHIC SURVEY SHIPS MANNING REQUIREMENTS

REQUIRED COURSEWORK

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:

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: admissions@mitags.org, 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: rplant@bridgedeck.org, by fax to 410-850-0973 or by mail to:

Director of Special Projects
IOMM&P
700 Maritime Blvd.
Linthicum Heights, MD 21090
 

 


 

 

SHIP SECURITY CLEARANCE NEEDED

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 https://sclient.dss.mil/download/w9xfull.htm 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:

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, Mbohlman@horizon-lines.com. 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.

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MM&P HEALTH & BENEFIT PLAN NEWS

NOTICE TO MEMBERS WHO ARE TAKING VIOXX

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 www.vioxx.com 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."

 

 


 

NMHC MAIL-ORDER PRESCRIPTIONS WEBSITE UPDATED & IMPROVED

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 www.nmhcmail.com 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 https://members.nmhcrx.com/Login/Login.aspx.

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.

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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".

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WWII USCG VETERANS OUTREACH

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 www.loc.gov/folklife/vets.

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.

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COMPANY GIVES BUCKS BACK FOR BUYING SAFE SHOES

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:

LMS notes that in order to receive reimbursement, crewmembers must purchase one of the following recommended brands:

 

LOOK FOR THE UNION LABEL:

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 www.unionlabel.org and click on "Union Made Product Search". To shop for union-made products online, go to www.ShopUnionMade.org.

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NEW WEBSITE OFFERS UNION-MADE GOODS AND SERVICES

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, www.shopunionmade.org, 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".

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PCF RAFFLE FEATURES ORIGINAL PAINTING OF SS SEAWANHAKA

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.

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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.

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INFO ON HOW TO RECEIVE DUPLICATE MM&P ELECTION BALLOTS

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: jgorman@bridgedeck.org.

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NEW ADDRESS INFO NEEDED TO RE-SEND MM&P ELECTION BALLOTS

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 jgorman@bridgedeck.org.


PILOTS

 

UIG formerly PMR

 

UIG formerly A&G

 

OFFSHORE

 

GOVERNMENT

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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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