Wheelhouse Weekly, May 18, 2021

Volume 27… Number 20… May 18, 2021


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The Department of Homeland Security issued temporary limited Jones Act waivers to two Gulf Coast oil refiners last week after a ransomware attack shut down the main fuel supply source for the US East Coast.

The target of the attack, the Colonial Pipeline, transports about half the gas, diesel and jet fuel supplied to the eastern seaboard.

Widespread gas shortages, price spikes and panic buying were reported in the southeastern part of the country during the week that the pipeline remained offline.

Large percentages of gas stations were out of fuel as of Wednesday afternoon and gas prices rose to over $3 per gallon for the first time since 2014.

In weighing its response to the crisis, the administration reportedly rejected a number of other waiver requests.

The ransomware attack resulted in the theft of Colonial Pipeline data and the malicious encryption of a portion of its business-side IT network.

The company took down all its operations as a precautionary measure aimed at limiting the risk that the attackers could compromise its entire system.

The American Maritime Partnership, the US-flag coalition to which MM&P and MIRAID belong, issued a statement saying that it understood the administration’s targeted approach, but warning policymakers “to hold accountable those who seek to benefit from any waiver to avoid undermining American jobs and consumers.”

“The Jones Act strengthens our industrial base and readiness, supports US jobs and infrastructure, and protects homeland and national security,” AMP said.

“It should not be waived unless, and only to the extent that, a waiver would respond to an urgent national security need that cannot reasonably be met with American ships.”

Reuters reported that the waiver was partly motivated by the fact that it would have taken more than a week to break idled Jones Act tonnage out of layup.
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The Senate has passed legislation that allows a foreign-flag cruise vessel to operate between Washington State and the State of Alaska without having to stop in Canada.

The Alaska Tourism Restoration Act was introduced by Alaska Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan after Canada extended its ban on large cruise ships until February 2022 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The cabotage law in question, the Passenger Vessel Services Act, requires that foreign-flag cruise ships make at least one stop in a foreign port before traveling between another US port and Alaska.

Large cruise ships traditionally have sailed either from the port of Vancouver, Canada, or Seattle, Wash.

The closing of the Canadian ports and Canada’s refusal to allow even technical calls, when a ship stops in the port but does not disembark passengers, was effectively blocking the cruise lines from Alaska this year.

The state’s Congressional delegation argues that a limited waiver of US cabotage law is necessary to prevent further damage to the state’s economy, which has been hit particularly hard by the halt to cruising.

The legislation approved by the Senate states simply that a round-trip voyage transporting passengers between a port or place in Alaska and a port or place in Washington is deemed a foreign voyage for purposes of the law of the United States.

The measure goes to the House of Representatives for approval before being sent to President Biden for his signature.

The waiver would expire on the date that Canada lifts its restrictions on cruise ships or on March 31, 2022, whichever is earlier.

The bill also stipulates that the permission to operate is revoked if the Centers for Disease Control issues an order that requires a cruise vessel to suspend operations.

Pro-foreign-flag shipping interests have advocated for the repeal of all American maritime cabotage laws—both the Passenger Vessel Services Act and the Jones Act—regardless of the impact on America’s national security.

A waiver of the PVSA is controversial: It would have the support of Alaskans but would be seen by many as a “camel’s nose under the tent” situation, raising the concern that it could set an unacceptable precedent.

Even with passage of the act by the Senate, it is far from certain that the cruise lines will be able to offer summer Alaska cruises.

Most of the cruise ships are not in position for the market and the cruise lines are still struggling to come to terms with the CDC’s extensive framework for resuming even limited cruise operations from US ports.
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Representatives of the Oakland A’s and Major League Baseball told the City of Oakland last week that the team will move away if city managers don’t approve a $12 billion private waterfront development project and fund it with massive subsidies from local taxpayers.

The project would push maritime activities, families and small businesses out of the area in and around the Port to make space for an enormous stadium, upscale condos and offices.

Opponents include MM&P, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, the Inland Boatmen’s Union, the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association, maritime employers, shipping organizations and religious, community and environmental groups.

“While the Oakland A’s have claimed to be ‘Rooted in Oakland,’ we now see that was only if the city would hand out hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to fund a massive real estate development,” says the East Oakland Stadium Alliance, which represents opponents of the massive gentrification plan.

“A working waterfront is no place for a ballpark and a luxury development.”

Among the opponents is long-time San Francisco Chronicle sports columnist Scott Ostler.

“The team has thrown down a greedy and opaque demand that the city of Oakland approve a $12 billion residential and commercial waterfront development project that happens to include a new ballpark—and requires a massive taxpayer subsidy,” he writes.

“If that’s the best the A’s can offer, the city should let them go.”

Unions and community groups fighting the plan are standing firm in their opposition.

“We will continue to push back against the false narrative that the Coliseum in East Oakland—which is perfectly served by public transportation and shovel-ready for a new stadium—isn’t good enough for the A’s,” they said in a statement.

“Oakland can have a state-of-the-art stadium and new affordable housing without putting West Oakland residents, or our thriving working port, at risk.”

To make your voice heard and to receive updates on the fight, please go to
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The International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the International Transport Workers’ Federation say they will work closely together to improve the lives of people who work in the maritime cargo industry on the West Coast.

The ILWU is an affiliate of the ITF. The two say they will share resources and information, gather data and track employment standards to build industry profiles, train members and develop strategies to tackle employer abuses throughout maritime cargo chains along the West Coast.

“There are still too many areas where women or ethnic minorities are exploited to keep labor costs down,” said ILWU International President Willie Adams.

“By putting pressure on one area of the supply chain, employers have too often manipulated people working in other areas. Partnerships like this give us a chance to make it a fair fight.”

ITF’s supply chain strategy involves wide-ranging campaigns and international lobbying to increase transport workers’ influence with global logistics companies, their clients, investors and regulators.

The partnership with the ILWU will draw on resources from ITF’s maritime, research and campaign teams.

The program will be led by the ILWU and ITF Maritime Coordinator Jacqueline Smith.

“This partnership comes at a critical moment in the global struggle against the rise of sweatshop logistics,” said ITF General Secretary Stephen Cotton.

“By uniting workers across supply chains, we can take collective action and support each other, rather than allowing global employers to pit worker against worker.”

MM&P is an ITF affiliate and partners with the ILWU in the Maritime Labor Alliance, along with the American Radio Association, the Inland Boatmen’s Union and the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association.
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About 50 cadets at Northwestern Michigan College’s Great Lakes Maritime Academy (GLMA) departed today on the first of four training cruises.

The cruises will keep GLMA’s training ship, the TS STATE OF MICHIGAN, at sea for five months, until Oct. 25, providing an opportunity for 140-160 cadets to earn sea time.

“This plan will allow all cadets to accrue some sea time in 2021, and allow cadets who could not sail in 2020 due to COVID to make up for what they missed and graduate per their model schedules,” said Academy Superintendent Jerry Achenbach.

Cadets must earn 360 days of sea time during their four-year program.

Before 2020, GLMA usually operated two cruises that lasted between 10 and 12 weeks.

The pandemic shortened last year’s sailing season, and it has been more difficult to find berths for the cadets aboard commercial vessels.

Both factors have contributed to the decision to make this year’s cruise season longer.

Cadets and crew must either be vaccinated or quarantine and test negative for Covid-19 prior to departure.

The first four-week cruise will visit Lake Huron, Lake St. Clair, Lake Erie, the Detroit River and the St. Mary’s River.

Phase 2 departs Traverse City June 15 bound for Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, the St. Mary’s River, Lake Huron, Detroit and Lake St. Clair.

Phase 3 departs Traverse City July 21 for Lake Huron, Lake St. Clair, Lake Erie, the Detroit River, the St. Mary’s River and Lake Superior.

Phase 4 departs Traverse City Aug. 27 and will visit Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, the Detroit River, Lake St. Clair, Lake Erie, the St. Mary’s River and Lake Superior, and returns Oct. 25.
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The maritime authorities have issued two alerts regarding threats to commercial vessels in international conflict areas.

In the Eastern Mediterranean, multiple rocket strikes have been reported in the vicinity of the Israeli ports of Ashdod and Ashkelon.

Commercial vessels are advised to exercise caution when transiting or operating in or near Israeli ports and territorial waters.

Regional conflict and piracy threats continue to pose risks to commercial vessels operating in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea, and Indian Ocean.

Threats may come from a variety of sources including, but not limited to, missiles, rockets, projectiles, mines, small arms, unmanned aerial vehicles, unmanned surface vessels, or waterborne improvised explosive devices.

Piracy poses a threat in the Gulf of Aden, Western Arabian Sea, and Western Indian Ocean.

Vessels operating in this area are advised to review security measures, ensure AIS is transmitting at all times (except in extraordinary circumstances), consistent with provisions of the International Convention for Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), and monitor VHF Channel 16.

Vessels are advised to be especially vigilant if at anchor, operating in restricted maneuvering environments, or proceeding at slow speeds, and to ensure that small boats do not approach within close proximity.

For more information about US Maritime Alerts and Advisories, including subscription details, please visit
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The past year and a half have been traumatic for the MM&P family and the world.

Even before the elevated level of stress and challenges brought about by Covid-19, going to sea has always been a demanding profession: separation from family, friends and significant others; hyper-isolation; sleep deprivation; and a working life that has been described as, “99 percent routine and 1 percent sheer terror.”

With that in mind, the MM&P General Executive Board has authorized the formation of a committee made up of members and employees of MM&P to discuss the mental health challenges we all face at sea and ashore with the goal of evaluating and enhancing the connection between members and the resources and help that are available.

We are initially looking for 10 people who are committed to this endeavor, along with several alternates.

The meetings will be held virtually and volunteers will be given an individual link to join.

If you would like to participate, please send an email to
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National Maritime Day honors the merchant mariners who bravely serve our country in peace and war.

2021 will be the 88th year that the Maritime Day commemoration takes place.

This year, MARAD will hold Maritime Day online on Thursday, May 20, at 1030 EST.

To view the ceremony, go to:

The theme of the event is “America’s Maritime Workforce: Connecting the Nation and the World.”
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MM&P Atlantic Ports Vice President Tom Larkin and Pacific Ports Vice President Lars Turner will hold a virtual membership meeting on Wednesday, May 26, at 1200 EDT (0900 Pacific Time).

All Offshore members and applicants are welcome to participate.

To register for the meeting, you will need to log into either the MM&P app or the Members’ Only section of the MM&P website.

You can download the MM&P app at

Once you are on the Members’ Only site, click on Offshore Membership Meeting Registration located under the Documents tab.
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All MM&P union halls, the MM&P Plan Office, the MM&P Federal Credit Union and MM&P headquarters will be closed on Monday, May 31, for Memorial Day.
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MM&P Atlantic Ports union halls will be closed on Friday, May 21, for National Maritime Day.
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Prior to attending any training at MITAGS East or MITAGS West, you must read the MITAGS Covid‐19 policy, which is posted on

At the end of the Covid-19 policy there is a statement acknowledging receipt of the policy and acceptance of the policy.

Before you attend either school, you must acknowledge receipt of the policy and acceptance of the policy by emailing a signed copy of the statement at the end of the policy document to or

In addition, students coming to the MITAGS East Campus must send Admissions a negative Covid-19 test result. The test must have been taken within 72 hours of arrival.

Students who cannot access testing but who otherwise meet all the requirements of the MATES Program Covid-19 policy will have to take a Covid-19 test offered at MITAGS East every Monday morning.

Members may also reschedule their classes for later in the year when the infection rates are expected to drop.

MITAGS West currently does not require negative Covid-19 test results and does not have the ability to test.

MITAGS West continues to follow established Covid-19 protocols, including daily temperature screening, health checks, masking and physical distancing.

Students attending MITAGS East or West under the MATES Program: Please note that the minimum number of days to obtain eligibility continues to be 42 days instead of 30, with a sunset date of Dec. 31, 2021.

We appreciate your cooperation during these very trying times.
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\\Classes are 5-day unless otherwise noted\\

Class dates followed by an * are full

AB – Able Seaman – 6/28/21

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation (1-Day): 8/13/21

ARPA-OIC (4-Day) – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 9/21/21

AZIPOD (2-Day) – 8/9/21, 9/27/21

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management 35-Hour: 8/2/21, 10/25/21

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 8/9/21, 9/14/21, 11/9/21
Online: Not currently scheduled

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling – (Now also included in BRMP-Refresher) (3-Day): 8/11/21, 9/8/21, 9/29/21

BRMP-Refresher (Now including Emergency Shiphandling for Pilots) (3-Day) – Not currently scheduled

BT – Basic Safety Training: 8/2/21, 10/11/21

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – 6/22/21, 8/16/21, 9/21/21, 10/27/21, 12/14/21

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 9/20/21, 12/13/21

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: Not currently scheduled

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 6/21/21, 8/9/21, 10/18/21

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 6/14/21, 8/2/21, 10/11/21, 12/6/21

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 10/25/21

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1: 6/7/21*, 8/23/21, 11/29/21

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific: 6/14/21*, 8/30/21, 12/6/21

CM-OPS 2 APL – Chief Mate Operations II APL Specific – Not currently scheduled

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems: 6/7/21, 7/26/21, 10/4/21, 11/29/21

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM): 6/28/21, 8/16/21, 11/8/21, 12/13/21

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 9/13/21
(DCS-1 available on request – contact Admissions)

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: Not Currently Scheduled

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management: 9/20/21

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 6/7/21, 7/19/21, 8/9/21, 9/13/21, 9/27/21, 10/11/21, 11/1/21, 11/29/21

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 6/14/21, 7/26/21, 8/16/21, 9/20/21, 10/4/21, 10/18/21, 11/8/21, 12/6/21

**SHS-ADV-I & II are now approved to include SAR-CMM assessments at MITAGS**

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 9/27/21

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: Not currently scheduled

WX-HW-ATL – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Atlantic Ocean (2-day) – Contact Admissions

WX-HW-IND – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Indian Ocean (2-day) – Contact Admissions

WX-HW-PAC – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Pacific Ocean (2-day) – Contact Admissions

CIW-DPA/IA – Continual Improvement Workshop: Designated Person Ashore & Internal Auditor (3-Day) ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program **
Online: 7/7/21, 10/6/21

CIW-SMS – Continual Improvement Workshop: Successful Safety Management (2-Day) – Online: 6/10/21, 12/9/21

CNAV-OIC (15-Day) – Celestial Navigation: 11/1/21

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior (1-Day) – 8/27/21

CDMGT – Crowd Management (1-Day) – 8/26/21

CSE – Confined Space Entry (3-Day): 8/23/21

CSE-AWR – Confined Space Entry Awareness (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

CY-MAR – Cyber-Skilled Mariner ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program ** – Not currently scheduled

DDE – Great Lakes (20-Day): Not currently scheduled

ECDIS for Pilots (2-Day) – 8/11/21, 11/11/21

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 8/30/21, 12/6/21

ADV-FF – Advanced Fire-Fighting (4-day) – Not currently scheduled

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 8/2/21, 10/11/21

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 6/21/21, 8/18/21, 9/23/21, 10/26/21, 12/16/21

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 9/16/21, 12/11/21

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications (1-Day): 9/14/21
Online: Not currently scheduled

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (10-Day): 8/9/21

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 8/30/21, 11/15/21

IEN – Integrated Electronic Navigation (3-Day) – Not currently scheduled

LAP – License Advancement Program for Mate to Master (20-Day): 8/2/21, 10/18/21

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes (15-Day): Not currently scheduled

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License (15-Day): Not currently scheduled

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage (1-Day): 8/9/21, 9/15/21, 11/9/21

LNG-TPIC (10-Day) – Not currently scheduled

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC) (1-Day): 9/20/21

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): 8/23/21, 11/29/21

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 7/12/21, 9/27/21, 11/29/21

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 6/28/21, 8/30/21, 11/15/21

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 7/12/21, 9/27/21

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 6/24/21, 7/17/21, 8/19/21, 9/24/21, 10/2/21, 10/25/21, 12/4/21, 12/17/21

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic) (1-Day): 6/11/21, 8/4/21, 9/16/21, 10/31/21

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 6/9/21, 8/2/21, 9/14/21, 10/29/21

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) – 6/13/21, 8/6/21, 11/9/21

MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day) – 6/21/21, 8/2/21, 10/27/21

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 6/14/21*, 7/12/21, 8/9/21, 9/20/21, 11/1/21

MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day/ 8-hour) – 6/12/21 (Evening), 8/7/21, 9/17/21, 11/1/21 (Evening)

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) – 6/12/21*, 7/16/21, 8/8/21, 9/18/21, 11/5/21

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) – 6/18/21*, 7/17/21, 8/13/21, 9/24/21, 11/6/21

NDMS-ENAV – Navigational Decision Making Series – Best Practice in eNav (3-Day) – Not currently scheduled

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P (2-Day) – 6/22/21*, 6/24/21*, 7/12/21, 8/30/21, 9/1/21, 11/15/21, 11/17/21, 12/13/21, 12/15/21

PSC – Personal Survival Craft (5-Day) – Contact Admissions

PSC-REF – Personal Survival Craft Refresher (2-Day) – 9/18/21, 12/16/21

RFPNW – Ratings Forming Part of a Navigational Watch (3-day) – Not currently scheduled

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal (1-Day): 9/20/21

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes (1-Night): 9/14/21, 9/20/21

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 5/29/21, 8/23/21

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3-Day): 12/6/21

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 8/23/21, 10/25/21

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day) – 6/14/21, 7/12/21, 8/30/21, 11/15/21, 12/13/21

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 8/30/21

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (15-Day): 6/7/21, 7/12/21

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 6/28/21

TRAC-TUG-2 (2-Day): 11/9/21

TTT – ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program ** Not currently scheduled

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (1-Day): 6/15/21

VSO – Vessel Security Officer (3-Day): 6/16/21, 9/8/21

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) (10-Day): 10/11/21

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 9/13/21
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Schedule of Courses – Please also see our schedule and enroll online at For Registration Contact our Admissions Department: 206.441.2880 or

Schedule of Courses – Please also see our schedule and enroll online at

For Registration Contact our Admissions Department: 206.441.2880 or

June 2021

1st Leadership & Teamworking Skills
2-3 Search & Rescue
7-11 Advanced Shiphandling I
7-11 Medical Care Provider
7-18 GMDSS
14-18 Advanced Shiphandling II
16-17 Basic Training Revalidation
18th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
21-23 Security Officer – Vessel, Company and Facility
28-2 Basic Shiphandling

July 2021

6-9 Advanced Firefighting
12-16 Tankerman Person-In-Charge
12-30 Terrestrial & Coastal Navigation w/ Compasses
19-23 Basic Training
26-27 Basic Training Revalidation
28th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

August 2021

2-6 Radar Observer Unlimited
9-20 Watchkeeping (Operational Level)
23-24 Basic Training Revalidation
23-27 Cargo Handling & Stowage
25th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
30-3 Meteorology (Operational Level)

September 2021

7-10 ARPA
7-8 Advanced Firefighting Refresher
8th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
9-10 Basic Training Revalidation
9-10 & 13 Basic Training Refresher
13th Flashing Light
13-17 Basic Training
13-17 Advanced Shiphandling I
14th Leadership & Teamworking Skills
20-23 Advanced Firefighting
20-24 Advanced Shiphandling II
27-1 ECDIS
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