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MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly

Volume 28… Number 17, April 26, 2022


In This Issue:

Mark Your Calendar:

Job Opportunities:

Mortgages for Union Families:


  • Covid-19 Vaccination Required for All MITAGS Students; MITAGS Requires Negative Test for Unvaccinated Students Who Have Received Exemptions
  • MITAGS East Academic Notes
  • MITAGS West Academic Notes


    he Coast Guard has announced that following the ruling by a U.S. District Court Judge in Florida to vacate the Centers for Disease Control’s public transport mask mandate, it will stop requiring that masks be worn on public transport and in transport hubs.

    “On April 18, 2022, the U.S. District Court for the Intermediate District of Florida overturned the CDC mandate for mask wearing at airports, train stations, and other transportation hubs as well as in airplanes, buses, trains, and most other public transportation in the United States, including ships,” the agency said in a safety bulletin.

    “Consistent with this decision, the CDC has declared that the warrant is no longer in effect.”

    CDC has said its health experts believe lifting the mandate was premature and a Justice Department appeal is in process.

    CDC continues to recommend that people wear masks in indoor public transportation settings.

    Questions concerning this notice may be forwarded to the Coast Guard Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance at wearamask@uscg.mil.
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    President Biden said Thursday that his administration will ban all ships linked to Russia from American ports.

    “[This] means that no ship… that sails under the Russian flag or that is owned or operated by a Russian entity will be allowed to dock in a United States port or access our shores,” the President said in a statement.

    The move brings U.S. policy into alignment with the policies of Canada and the U.K.

    The European Union has a similar but less stringent ban that exempts ships controlled by Russians but flagged to other countries.

    The new policy represents an additional step in the effort by the U.S., Europe and allies to isolate the Russian economy in response to the invasion of Ukraine.

    “This is yet another critical step we are taking in concert with our partners in the European Union, United Kingdom and Canada to deny Russia the benefits of the international economic system that they so enjoyed in the past,” Biden said.

    The American Maritime Partnership, a coalition that works to increase awareness of the importance of the domestic maritime industry to our nation’s economy, defense and homeland security, said the ban is more evidence of the need to strengthen the American maritime industry.

    “The President’s ban on Russian ships is yet another reminder of why this nation has demanded a strong American maritime industry for more than a century,” said AMP President Ku’uhaku Park.

    “A capable domestic maritime industry ensures that U.S. national security, homeland security, and economic security are not reliant on global competitors and adversaries.”

    “Without a strong American maritime industry, our nation would be at the mercy of foreign entities like Russia.”
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    A.P. Moller–Maersk is laying the foundation for the first-ever global production and supply network for green methanol.

    Green methanol is a low-carbon fuel that can be made from either biomass gasification or renewable electricity and captured carbon dioxide.

    Working with six partner firms, the company is building a network that in three years’ time will be capable of supplying far more green ethanol than will be needed to fuel its first 12 methanol-ready dual-fuel containerships.

    In 2021, Maersk became the first large shipping company to announce the construction of methanol-fueled containerships.

    It ordered a dozen large, next-generation containerships with dual-fuel engines and a smaller feeder ship to operate in the Baltic region.

    When it announced the strategy, Maersk said a major challenge would be sourcing sufficient quantities of methanol for the ships, in particular in the early stage.

    “To transition towards decarbonization, we need a significant and timely acceleration in the production of green fuels,” said Henriette Hallberg Thygesen, Maersk CEO of Fleet & Strategic Brands.

    “Production must be increased through collaboration across the ecosystem and around the world. That is why these partnerships mark an important milestone to get the transition to green energy underway.”

    She said Maersk believes that green methanol is the only market-ready, scalable solution now available for shipping

    By the end of 2025 at the latest, the company expects to be sourcing at least 730,000 tons of green fuels annually, far more than the amount required for the 12 green container vessels on order.

    European Energy will produce e-methanol for Maersk´s first green feeder vessel, which is expected to enter service before the end of 2023.

    Maersk says that it will keep working with a wide-ranging group of leading companies on these and other projects to accelerate the transition to green energy.
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    The Ship Operations Cooperative Program (SOCP) is reaching out to professional mariners and others in the industry for suggestions on how to update its anti-sexual-assault and anti-sexual-harassment (SASH) products.

    The effort is being spearheaded by SOCP’s “Achieving a Respectful Onboard Culture” team.

    “We need your input to provide updated, user-friendly, and helpful tools to address your areas of concern and to help build a respectful workplace culture in the maritime industry,” the team says.

    SOCP has developed a ten-minute, sixteen-question survey to capture your input on the current SOCP SASH prevention products.

    The information gathered will be critical to the effort to assure that every maritime workplace is a safe workplace.

    Please take the survey and share the link with others.

    Here are some links to products mentioned in the survey:

    CBT, BEST PRACTICES GUIDE, TOOLKIT (one link for all 3)


    Please complete the survey by April 30, 2022.
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    More than thoughts and prayers are needed to reverse the trend of increasing workplace-related safety and health risks.

    “Too often,” the AFL-CIO reminds us, “the onus for safety is laid entirely on workers, while employers who are responsible for unsafe conditions get by unnoticed or with a slap on the wrist.”

    “One reason Amazon and other anti-union, anti-worker companies oppose the right to organize is precisely because they would be compelled to accept responsibility for making work safer.”

    The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 was signed into law on April 28 of that year by President Richard Nixon.

    It created a new agency in the Department of Labor to address hazardous working conditions.

    Despite political and corporate opposition, OSHA has accomplished many improvements in the American workplace.

    The labor movement has stood by OSHA, helping to guide it and building on its work.

    But the time when Workers’ Memorial Day will no longer be needed is still far away.

    In the meantime, making America safer for workers remains a pressing concern.
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    There will be a membership meeting in the Charleston hall at 1200 on Tuesday, May 3.

    MM&P International Secretary-Treasurer Don Josberger and Atlantic Ports Vice President Tom Larkin will participate.

    All members and applicants in the area are encouraged to attend the meeting.

    The Charleston Hall is located at 1481 Tobias Gadson Blvd., Suite 2C, Charleston, SC 29407-4794.

    The phone number is: 843-766-3565.
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    There will be a virtual meeting of the Atlantic Maritime Group from 1100 to 1300 on Wednesday, May 4.

    Attendance will be limited to members in good standing.

    The link to access the meeting will be distributed in the coming days.
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    Urgent need for Second Mate for SLNC PAX. Tankerman PIC OR ASSIST, MSC Courses required. Job open nationwide and for early return from vacation.

    Tanker Chief Mates needed with and without MSC Classes or Security Clearance.

    Car carrier and Heavy Lift Chief Mates needed in the commercial fleet!

    If you are interested, please contact Jeremy Hope, VP Gulf Ports and Gov’t Contracts, at JHope@bridgedeck.org.

    Chesapeake Crewing has opportunities available for First Assistant Engineers. If you are interested, please contact Tom Larkin, VP Atlantic Ports, at TLarkin@bridgedeck.org.

    Any Member or Applicant who already has a valid security clearance and is interested in taking the MSC courses required for Patriot Watson Class and Chesapeake Crewing vessels but does not have training eligibility to take the courses, please email Jeremy Hope, VP of Gulf Ports and Gov’t Contracts, at jhope@bridgedeck.org with the words “MSC Training” in the subject line.
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    The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University is seeking a marine operations manager to be responsible for the personnel and the operation, maintenance, and safety of Columbia University’s research vessel, the RV MARCUS G. LANGSETH.

    Qualifications for the position are posted at https://academic.careers.columbia.edu/#/80810

    The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory seeks fundamental knowledge of the origin, evolution, and future of the natural world.

    LDEO scientists study the planet from its deepest interior to the outer reaches of the atmosphere, on every continent and in every ocean, providing a rational basis for the difficult choices facing humanity.

    The LDEO is the scientific research heart of the Columbia Climate School, which was founded in 2020 to develop and inspire knowledge-based solutions and educate future leaders for just and prosperous societies on a healthy planet.

    The contact for the marine operations manager position is Sean Higgins, sean@ldeo.columbia.edu or 845-365-8528.
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    Washington State Ferries is seeking deckhands and mates. The minimum license requirements are an Inland Mate (unlimited) with Federal Pilotage for all ferry routes in Puget Sound.

    The ferry system hires “on-call” deck employees (OS/AB), including those who walk in the door with an upper level license, and gives them work until they have completed the pilotage requirements and New Mate Orientation and Assessment.

    WSF is currently paying second mates $41.65/hour, chief mates $44.62/hour and relief mates $53.55/hour.

    Regular masters are making $55.27/hour, relief masters are making $66.34/hour and staff masters are making $71.12/hour.

    WSF does not direct hire deck officers. All deck hires are through their website, key word “Deckhands”

    WSF offers good working conditions, medical and retirement benefits.

    With the current retirement curve hitting its peak, new employees are gaining seniority very quickly: experience has shown that newly hired mates who apply themselves can be working as master within about five years.

    Anyone seeking more information on this opportunity should contact MM&P Pacific Maritime Region Representative Dan Twohig: dtwohig@bridgedeck.org or 206-390-9907.
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    MITAGS East is seeking a part-time simulator operator to work a maximum of 1000 hours per year per contract at a minimum salary of $19.00 to $23.88 per hour.

    The job entails preparation and operation of the ship and tug simulators in support of classroom instruction and research, including correction of technical issues that occur during operations and assisting engineers in simulation system checks and problem solving.

    Desired qualifications include a background or degree in computer science/engineering/gaming or related fields and knowledge of, or work experience in, the field of maritime or aviation.

    Position may require some travel to MITAGS West or other sites and company locations as directed.

    If you are interested, please submit a cover letter with your resume to MITAGS-MCC Human Resource Manager Jane Sibiski, jsibiski@mitags.org.
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    Whether you’re buying a home or looking to refinance, the Union Plus Mortgage Company offers competitive rates and exclusive benefits.

    It was founded by the AFL-CIO to provide current and retired union members and their families with mortgages through a union-controlled company.

    It is owned by the AFL-CIO, Union Privilege, and a group of unions.

    Its mission is simple: to give you the best available mortgages, great customer service, and access to the unique Union Plus Mortgage Assistance Program, which provides members with hardship benefits.

    It can help you find competitive rates on conventional, FHA, and VA loans. It also offers these exclusive benefits:

    — $500 gift card after closing;

    — award for first-time home buyers;

    — $1,000 Union Plus Veteran’s Grant.

    Have questions? Call 855-UNION-53.

    Union Plus Mortgage Company believes that supporting union members through good and bad times keeps our unions strong.

    Masters, Mates & Pilots is one of the 57 affiliates of the AFL-CIO.
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    Full COVID vaccination is mandatory for everyone attending training on campus at MITAGS East and MITAGS West.

    In addition, for unvaccinated participants who have received exemptions only, MITAGS requires a negative PCR test within 72 hours of attendance and to be masked at all times while on campus unless drinking, eating, or speaking.

    Contact MITAGS for information about exemptions.

    Scans, photocopies, or electronic images of your Covid-19 vaccination cards (records) or certification by a medical provider are acceptable.

    Additionally, face masks are required at MITAGS West, regardless of vaccination status.

    We appreciate your cooperation during these very trying times.
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    For registration contact our Admissions Department: 866.656.5568 or admissions@mitags.org

    \\Classes are 5-day unless otherwise noted\\

    Class dates followed by an * are full
    AB – Able Seaman (5-Day) – 8/15/22
    AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

    ARPA-OIC (4-Day) – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 9/27/22, 11/1/22

    AZIPOD (2-Day) – 5/12/22, 9/12/22

    BRM – Bridge Resource Management (5-Day): Not currently scheduled

    BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 4/26/22, 5/26/22, 9/20/22, 11/14/22

    Online: Not currently scheduled

    BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling – (Now also included in BRMP-Refresher) (3-Day): 5/23/22, 9/14/22

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

    BT – Basic Safety Training (5-Day): 5/9/22, 9/12/22

    BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – 6/8/22, 9/28/22, 10/19/22, 11/14/22, 12/20/22

    BT-Refresher (3-day) – 9/28/22, 11/14/22, 12/19/22

    CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic (5-Day): 9/26/22

    [CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

    ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability (5-Day): 6/27/22, 8/15/22, 10/24/22, 12/19/22

    ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology (5-Day): 6/20/22, 8/22/22, 10/17/22, 12/12/22

    CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 10/31/22

    CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1 (5-Day): 7/11/22, 12/5/22

    CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific (5-Day): 7/18/22, 12/12/22

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

    ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems (5-Day): 5/2/22, 8/1/22, 10/10/22

    LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM) (5-Day): 8/8/22, 11/14/22

    MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants (5-Day): 9/19/22

    (DCS-1 available on request – contact Admissions)

    SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: Not Currently Scheduled

    SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (5-Day): 9/26/22

    SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1) (5-Day): 5/16/22*, 6/6/22*, 7/25/22, 8/8/22, 9/19/22, 10/3/22, 10/17/22, 11/7/22, 12/5/22

    SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2) (5-Day): 5/23/22, 6/13/22*, 8/1/22, 8/15/22, 9/26/22, 10/10/22, 10/24/22, 11/14/22, 12/12/22

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

    VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation (5-Day): 10/3/22

    WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping (5-Day): Not currently scheduled

    WX-HW-ATL – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Atlantic Ocean (2-day) – 6/15/22

    WX-HW-IND – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Indian Ocean (2-day) – Not Currently Scheduled

    WX-HW-PAC – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Pacific Ocean (2-day) – 6/13/22

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

    Online: Not currently scheduled

    CIW-SMS – Continual Improvement Workshop: Successful Safety Management (2-Day) – Online: Not Currently Scheduled

    CNAV-OIC (15-Day) – Celestial Navigation: 5/9/22, 8/15/22, 10/31/22

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

    CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior (1-Day) – Not Currently Scheduled

    CDMGT – Crowd Management (1-Day) – Not Currently Scheduled

    CSE – Confined Space Entry (3-Day): Not Currently Scheduled

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

    CY-MAR – Cyber-Skilled Mariner (5-Day) **NOT covered by the MATES Program ** – Not currently scheduled

    Cyber-MAR-ONL – Cyber Skilled Mariner, Management of Information & Systems Security (Online Seminar) **NOT covered by the MATES Program ** – Not Currently Scheduled

    DDE – Great Lakes (20-Day): Not Currently Scheduled

    ECDIS for Pilots (2-Day) – 5/10/22, 11/16/22

    ERM – Engine Resource Management (5-Day): 8/1/22, 11/28/22

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

    FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced (5-Day): 5/9/22, 9/12/22

    FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 6/7/22, 9/27/22, 10/18/22, 11/16/22, 12/22/22

    FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 10/1/22, 11/12/22, 12/17/22

    FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications (1-Day): 9/20/22

    Online: Not currently scheduled

    GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization (2-Day): Not Currently Scheduled

    GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (10-Day): 8/15/22

    HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 5/2/22, 9/12/22, 12/12/22

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

    LAP – License Advancement Program for Mate to Master (20-Day): 7/11/22, 10/17/22

    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): 6/6/22

    LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage (1-Day): 9/21/22, 11/14/22

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

    LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC) (1-Day): 9/26/22

    MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): 7/25/22, 12/5/22

    MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 7/11/22, 10/3/22, 12/5/22

    MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 5/23/22*, 8/1/22, 11/28/22

    MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 7/11/22, 10/3/22

    MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 6/6/22, 7/16/22, 9/26/22, 10/8/22, 10/17/22, 11/17/22, 12/23/22

    [MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

    MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic) (1-Day): 5/24/22, 6/21/22, 8/4/22, 9/14/22, 11/5/22

    MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 5/23/22, 6/20/22, 8/5/22, 9/16/22, 11/4/22

    MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) – 6/10/22, 11/3/22

    MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day) – 6/8/22, 9/14/22

    MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 5/16/22, 6/13/22, 7/18/22, 8/8/22, 9/19/22, 11/7/22

    MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day/ 8-hour) – 5/14/22, 6/11/22, 8/6/22, 9/17/22, 11/4/22

    MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) – 5/15/22, 6/12/22, 7/17/22, 8/7/22, 9/18/22, 11/6/22

    MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) – 5/20/22, 6/17/22, 7/22/22, 8/12/22, 9/23/22, 11/11/22

    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) – 5/3/22*, 5/5/22*, 6/27/22*, 6/29/22*, 7/18/22, 8/29/22, 8/31/22

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

    PSC-REF – Personal Survival Craft Refresher (2-Day) – 10/3/22

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

    ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal (1-Day): Not Currently Scheduled

    ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes (1-Night): 9/20/22, 9/28/22

    ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 8/29/22

    SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3-Day): 9/7/22

    SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 9/12/22, 12/5/22

    SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day) – 6/20/22, 8/22/22, 11/28/22

    STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 8/8/22

    TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (15-Day): 7/18/22

    TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 5/9/22, 7/11/22

    TRAC-TUG-2 (2-Day): 11/16/22

    TTT – ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program ** — Not Currently Scheduled

    VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (1-Day): Not Currently Scheduled

    VSO – Vessel Security Officer (3-Day): 6/22/22, 9/7/22

    WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) (10-Day): 10/17/22

    WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 9/19/22
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    2022 Spring/Summer/Fall

    Schedule of Courses – Please also see our schedule and enroll online at www.mitags.org

    For registration contact our admissions department: 866.656.5568 or admissions@mitags.org

    May 2022
    2-6 ECDIS

    6-7 Advanced Firefighting Refresher

    8-10 Basic Training Refresher

    8-9 Basic Training Revalidation

    10th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

    16-27 GMDSS

    June 2022

    1st Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

    2-3 Basic Training Revalidation

    6-10 Basic Training

    6-10 Tankerman Person-In-Charge

    23rd Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

    24-25 Basic Training Revalidation

    July 2022

    5-8 Advanced Firefighting

    11-15 Advanced Stability

    11-29 Terrestrial & Coastal Navigation

    18-22 Advanced Meteorology

    25-29 Advanced Shiphandling I

    August 2022

    1-5 Radar Observer Unlimited

    1-5 Medical Care Provider

    1-5 Advanced Shiphandling II

    8-12 Ship Construction & Basic Stability

    15-19 Basic Cargo Handling & Stowage

    22-26 Radar Observer Unlimited

    29-2 Basic Meteorology

    September 2022

    6-8 Security Officer – Vessel, Company & Facility

    9th Flashing Light

    12-23 Watchkeeping (Operational Level)

    26-30 Basic Shiphandling

    October 2022

    3-7 ECDIS

    10-14 Advanced Stability

    10-28 Celestial Navigation

    17-21 Advanced Shiphandling I

    24-28 Advanced Shiphandling II

    31-4 Advanced Meteorology

    November 2022

    1-4 ARPA

    7-10 Advanced Firefighting

    7-11 Leadership & Managerial Skills

    14-16 Search & Rescue

    17th Leadership & Teamworking Skills

    28-9 GMDSS

    December 2022

    12-16 Tankerman Person-In-Charge
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    The MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly is the official electronic newsletter of the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots, 700 Maritime Blvd. Suite B, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090-1953. Phone: 410-850-8700; Fax: 410-850-0973. All rights reserved. The MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly©2021. Articles can be reprinted without prior permission if credit is given to The MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly. For subscriptions, address changes or messages to the editor or to MM&P headquarters, e-mail communications@bridgedeck.org. Back issues of The Weekly are posted on www.bridgedeck.org