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MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly

Volume 28… Number 50, Dec.13, 2022


In This Issue:

Member News:

MM&P Holiday Parties:


Job Opportunities:



The 2023 National Defense Authorization Act, which was approved by the House of Representatives on Dec. 8, contains numerous provisions of importance to the maritime industry.

It is expected to gain bipartisan approval in the Senate this week before heading to the White House for President Biden’s signature.

The NDAA is an annual bill that establishes defense priorities and sets guidelines for military-related spending.

Besides full funding for the Maritime Security Program, this year it calls for the expansion of the Tanker Security Program to a total of 20 vessels in FY’24.

Among numerous provisions of importance to our industry, it also:

— amends the Jones Act waiver system to provide greater transparency and limit the opportunity to receive a waiver;

— requires MARAD to issue a final rule implementing and enforcing U.S.-flag cargo preference shipping requirements;

— introduces a range of measures aimed at eliminating sexual assault and sexual harassment in the industry;

— requires the Secretary of Transportation to develop and deliver to Congress a strategy to help the maritime academies increase the representation of women and underrepresented communities in the mariner workforce;

— mandates that steps be taken towards formulation and submission to Congress of a national maritime strategy, to be updated at least every five years;

— requires that the Coast Guard report back to Congress on the steps needed to establish an electronic merchant mariner licensing and documentation system, with the goal of processing applications within two weeks of receipt.

Finally, the bill states that it is “the sense of Congress that the United States merchant marine is a critical part of the national infrastructure of the United States, and the men and women of the United States merchant marine are essential workers.”
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A.P. Møller–Mærsk has announced that Vincent Clerc, the current head of its Ocean & Logistic business, will replace Søren Skou at the helm of the group on Jan. 1, 2023.

Skou is retiring after leading the Danish conglomerate for seven years.

Clerc, the incoming CEO, has worked for Maersk Line since 1998.

He became chief commercial officer at Maersk Line in 2015 and was appointed head of Ocean & Logistics, the largest part of the company’s business, in 2019.

“The strong tail winds that benefited the supply chain industries during the pandemic are coming to an end,” said Robert Uggla, who chairs Maersk’s board of directors, in announcing the transition.

“With an increasingly challenging outlook, the board believes Vincent holds the right experience and capabilities as CEO to pursue and oversee Maersk’s strategic and organizational development in the years to come.”

“I am looking forward, together with the leadership team and all the Maersk colleagues around the world, to take [the group] to the next level, building on the very strong foundation we obtained with Søren at the helm, and delivering on our promises to customers, shareholders, and to the society at large,” Clerc said during the event announcing the leadership change.

“It will demand of us that we stay the course on our strategy, delivering on our digitalization and decarbonization roadmaps, while keeping a sharper than ever eye on our operational excellence and performance.”

Maersk has been moving decisively in the shift to next-generation, environmentally friendly vessels: in addition to ordering methanol-ready containerships, it has assumed a leading role in developing the global supply network for green methanol.

Maersk is one of the world’s largest shipping and logistics companies, employing more than 100,000 people in 130 countries.
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The keel for the future USNS ROBERT F. KENNEDY, the fourth John Lewis–class replenishment oiler, was laid at General Dynamics NASSCO on Dec. 5.

Robert Kennedy, a U.S. attorney general and civil rights advocate, was the brother of President John F. Kennedy.

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, daughter of Robert Kennedy and a former lieutenant governor of Maryland, has been named sponsor of the new ship.

A steel plate with her initials will be permanently affixed to the keel and remain with the vessel throughout its service life.

In her remarks at the keel-laying, Kennedy Townsend spoke of her family’s tradition of Navy service.

“My grandfather served in the Navy in World War II. My uncle served in the Navy as a lieutenant on PT-109 in World War II and my father served as a seaman 2nd Class,” she said.

“My family has always believed that the Navy is a great place to serve and to learn.”

After construction and christening, the ship will go through a series of tests and inspections before joining the Military Sealift Command fleet.
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The labor movement needs a fully funded National Labor Relations Board to investigate unfair labor practices and conduct union elections.

But the NLRB is in a funding crisis.

It hasn’t had a budget increase since 2014. In other words, when inflation is factored in, its budget has actually decreased by 24 percent.

The AFL-CIO is asking union members to take two minutes to send a letter to their senators to demand funding for the NLRB.

Send a letter

All over the country, workers are organizing to win union elections and fight illegal corporate union-busting.

The NLRB is supposed to back them up by enforcing labor law and worker protections.

But because it lacks funds, it doesn’t have enough staff to do the job.

Without the NLRB, the labor movement can’t hold corporations accountable or build worker power through stronger unions. It’s that simple.

Please take two minutes to write a letter and tell your senators to fund the National Labor Relations Board.
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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 for Christmas on Dec. 23 and Dec. 26.

All MM&P union halls, the MM&P Plan Office, the MM&P Federal Credit Union, and MM&P headquarters will be closed for New Year’s on Dec. 30 and Jan. 2.
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he holidays are in full swing, with many of us rushing to make travel plans, find the perfect gifts, and get ready for parties and get-togethers.

Chances are you will be doing some cooking over the next few weeks, making this a good opportunity to shop union.

Below is a list of foods that are made by proud union members. When you shop union, you know you will be supporting good jobs with each purchase.

Happy Holidays from Labor 411!


Boar’s Head (UFCW)

Butterball (UFCW, IBT)

Foster Farms (UFCW)

Thumann’s (UFCW)

Hoffman’s (UFCW)

Honest John (UFCW)

Rogers Poultry (UFCW)


Stroehmann Bakery Products (BCTGM)

Manischewitz (BCTGM, UFCW)


Boar’s Head (UFCW)

Appleton Farms (UFCW)

Tyson (UFCW)

Hormel Honey Roasted (UFCW)

Farmer John (UFCW)

Kunzler Brand (UFCW)

Cook’s (UFCW)


Andy Boy Lettuce (UFW)

Birds Eye Vegetables (UFCW, IBT)

Del Fresh (UFW)

Fresh Express Salad (IBT)

Potatoes and Sides

Del Monte canned vegetables (UFCW)

Dole (IBT, UFCW)

Kraft Mac & Cheese (UFCW)

Ocean Spray cranberry sauce (UFCW)

Ore-Ida (IBT, UFCW)

Check out the complete Labor 411 directory here.
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The Kings Point Club of Washington, D.C., is holding its holiday brunch on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022, at the Army Navy Country Club in Fairfax, VA.

The club has extended a special invitation to all midshipmen in the area, in the hopes that they will “bring extra cheer by sharing their dynamic KP stories with the group.”

Please RSVP at the link below and forward to other alumni who may be interested in attending!

RSVP: https://usmmaaf-kpcwdc.wildapricot.org/event-5067263

Location: Army Navy Country Club–Fairfax, VA

3315 Old Lee Highway

Fairfax, VA 22030

(703) 359-5825

Check-In Time: 10:00 am

Brunch and Program 10:30 am

Fare: $35.00 Adults

$15.00 Children ages 5-12

Free for children ages 4 and under
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The Plan Office received approval to close the year-end Internal Revenue Service and company reports and to process Vacation and PRO payments for 2022 no later than Friday, Dec. 16, 2022, at 3:00 p.m. EST.

All requests for 2022 Vacation and PRO payments received after this date and time will be held until Jan. 3, 2023, for processing and will therefore be taxable in 2023.

If you have any questions, please contact the Vacation Department at 410-850-8625, 410-850-8629 or Ken Ryan at 410-850-8617.
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A representative of Fidelity Investments will attend the MM&P Newark holiday party to give a short presentation on market volatility and answer some questions regarding the 401K and IRAP.

As a reminder, the MM&P Newark Holiday party will take place on Dec. 15, at 1200, in the MM&P Newark Hall, 570 Broad Street, Suite 701, Newark, NJ 07102.
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The San Francisco/Oakland holiday party will be held on Friday, Dec. 16, from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm at:

Drake’s Dealership Restaurant & Beer Garden

2325 Broadway

Oakland, CA 94612

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Here are the dates, times, and locations of the MM&P Atlantic Ports holiday parties.

— Norfolk, Dec. 6, 1200, at Dockside Seafood, 3311 Shore Dr., Virginia Beach, VA 23451 – RSVP REQUESTED.

— Charleston, Dec. 8, 1130, at Kickin’ Chicken, 1179 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., Charleston, SC 29407

— Boston, Dec. 13, 1200, Boston Hall, 2 Channel Street, Unit 606-A, Boston, MA 02210-2333

— Newark, Dec. 15, 1200, Newark Hall, 570 Broad Street, Suite 701, Newark, NJ 07102

— Miami/Port Everglades, Dec. 16, 1200, Umberto’s, 3051 E. Commercial Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308.
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The Honolulu holiday party will be held on Dec. 15, from 1100-1500, at the Honolulu Hall, located at 521 Ala Moana Blvd., Ste 254.
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The Houston holiday party will be held on Dec. 16, 1200, at Whiskey Cake at Baybrook, 18840 Gulf Fwy, Friendswood, TX 77546.

Please send your RSVPs to Representative Sara Gasper at the Houston Hall: Houston@bridgedeck.org.
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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.

MM&P and WSF have begun a program that will allow deck officers from both inside and outside the agency who do not currently hold the pilotage to be employed by WSF as “Mates in Training” at $41.00/hour.

Mates in Training can ride the ships for up to a year to obtain the pilotage endorsements necessary to get on the MM&P seniority list.

The first cadre of pilotage riders (internal) has entered the program.

MM&P anticipates a solicitation for outside candidates early in the new year. An application process for that program should be forthcoming.

If you are interested in this opportunity, contact MM&P Pacific Maritime Region Vice President Dan Twohig: dtwohig@bridgedeck.org or 206-390-9907.
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There are openings for engineers in the MM&P Offshore fleet and the Great Lakes & Gulf Region.

For engineering jobs in the Offshore Group, contact Atlantic Ports Vice President Tom Larkin, tlarkin@bridgedeck.org, or 201-963-1900.

For engineering jobs on the Lakes, contact MM&P Great Lakes & Gulf Region Vice President Tom Bell, tbell@bridgedeck.org, or (216) 776-1667.
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There are jobs for unlicensed personnel at Grand River Navigation.

There are jobs for licensed officers at Key Lakes.

If you are interested, please contact MM&P Vice President Great Lakes & Gulf Region Vice President Tom Bell, tbell@bridgedeck.org, or (216) 776-1667.
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Fully MSC trained LDO’s, all levels, needed for the Watson Class fleet. Jobs available today!

Tanker Chief Mates and 2nd mates needed with and without MSC Classes or Security Clearance.

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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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 test within 72 hours of attendance and masks must be worn.

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.

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): 01/30/23, 06/05/23
AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

ARPA-OIC– Automated Radar Plotting Aids (4-Day): 02/06/23, 03/13/23, 04/17/23, 06/19/23, 09/04/23, 11/13/23,

AZIPOD (2-Day): 04/03/23

BRM – Bridge Resource Management (5-Day): 05/01/23, 07/24/23, 10/09/23, 12/11/23

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

Online: Not currently scheduled

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling – (Now also included in BRMP-Refresher) (3-Day) : 01/11/23

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

BT – Basic Safety Training (5-Day) : 01/30/23, 05/08/23, 09/11/23

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) –02/20/23, 04/24/23, 06/05/23, 09/26/23, 10/16/23, 11/15/23, 12/19/23

BT-Refresher (3-day) –02/20/23, 04/24/23, 09/26/23, 11/15/23, 12/18/23

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic (5-Day): 03/27/23, 09/18/23

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability (5-Day): 01/23/23, 03/20/23, 06/26/23, 07/24/23, 12/18/23

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology (5-Day): 01/16/23, 04/17/23, 06/19/23, 07/31/23, 10/30/23, 12/11/23

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 03/27/23, 10/16/23

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1 (5-Day): 02/27/23, 7/10/23, 11/27/23

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific (5-Day): 03/06/23, 07/17/23, 12/04/23

CM-OPS 2 APL – Chief Mate Operations II APL Specific (5-Day): Not currently scheduled

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems (5-Day): 01/30/23, 04/10/23, 08/07/23, 10/02/23

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM) (5-Day): 01/30/23, 04/24/23, 08/14/23, 10/16/23

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants (5-Day): 03/13/23, 10/02/23

(DCS-1 available on request – contact Admissions)

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: Not Currently Scheduled

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (5-Day): 05/01/23, 11/06/23

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1) (5-Day): 01/16/23, 02/27/23, 03/27/23, 04/10/23, 06/05/23, 07/10/23, 08/14/23, 09/11/23, 10/02/23, 10/30/23 12/04/23

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2) (5-Day): 01/23/23, 03/06/23, 04/03/23, 06/12/23, 07/17/23, 10/09/23, 11/06/23, 12/11/23

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

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation (5-Day): 01/23/23, 04/10/23, 06/26/23, 10/09/23

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping (5-Day): 01/09/23, 03/06/23, 09/25/23

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

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) – 03/18/23

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: 05/08/23, 08/14/23, 10/30/23

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): 02/06/23

ECDIS for Pilots (2-Day) –03/13/23

ERM – Engine Resource Management (5-Day): 03/27/23, 08/07/23

ADV-FF – Advanced Fire-Fighting (4-day): 02/06/23, 04/03/23,

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced (5-Day): 01/30/23, 03/27/23, 05/08/23, 08/28/23

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 02/22/23, 06/07/23, 09/27/23, 10/16/23, 11/17/23, 12/21/23

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 02/24/23, 04/27/23, 09/29/23, 11/13/23, 12/16/23

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

Online: Not currently scheduled

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization (2-Day): 01/13/23

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (10-Day): 01/16/23, 07/17/23

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 05/01/23, 06/19/23, 09/11/23, 11/16/23

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

LAP – License Advancement Program for Mate to Master (20-Day): 01/30/23, 07/10/23, 10/16/23

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes (15-Day): 01/16/23,

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross

Ton License (15-Day) : 06/05/23

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage (1-Day): Not Currently Scheduled

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

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC) (1-Day): 05/04/23

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): 04/17/23, 08/07/23, 12/04/23

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 01/16/23, 04/10/23, 07/10/23, 10/02/23, 12/04/23

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 01/09/23, 03/20/23, 05/22/23, 08/07/23, 11/27/23

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: (5-Day): 01/16/23, 04/10/23, 07/10/23, 09/18/23, 10/02/23

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 12/03/22, 12/10/22, 01/14/23, 01/21/23, 02/19/23, 03/12/23, 03/25/23, 04/15/23, 04/23/23, 05/20/23, 06/04/23, 07/15/23, 09/24/23, 10/07/23, 10/15/23, 11/18/23, 12/09/23, 12/22/23

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic) (1-Day): 02/23/23, 05/22/23, 06/08/23, 08/10/23, 09/07/23, 10/26/23

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 02/24/23, 05/23/23, 06/09/23, 08/11/23, 09/08/23, 10/27/23

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) –03/06/23, 06/19/23, 08/21/23, 11/16/23

MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 01/09/23, 02/27/23, 04/17/23, 05/15/23, 06/12/23, 08/14/23, 09/11/23, 10/30/23

MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day/ 8-hour) –02/25/23, 05/13/23, 06/10/23, 08/12/23, 09/09/23, 10/28/23

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) –01/08/23, 02/26/23, 04/16/23, 05/14/23, 06/11/23, 08/13/23, 09/10/23, 10/29/23

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) –01/13/23, 03/03/23, 04/21/23, 05/19/23, 06/16/23, 08/18/23, 09/15/23, 11/03/23

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): 12/19/22*, 03/20/23, 03/22/23

PSC – Personal Survival Craft (Lifeboatman) (5-Day) – 02/06/23, 04/24/23, 09/18/23

PSC-REF – Personal Survival Craft Refresher (2-Day): 02/27/23, 05/01/23, 10/02/23

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): Upon Request

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 01/23/23, 03/06/23, 06/19/23, 07/31/23, 09/18/23, 11/27/23

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3-Day): 02/27/23, 05/01/23, 09/19/23, 12/12/23

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 03/20/23, 04/24/23, 06/26/23, 09/11/23, 12/11/23

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day) – 02/06/23, 06/19/23, 08/28/23, 10/16/23, 12/18/23

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 02/27/23, 09/11/23

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (15-Day): 01/30/23, 07/31/23

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 01/09/23, 07/10/23

TRAC-TUG-2 (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

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) : 02/20/23, 05/31/23, 06/26/23

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) (10-Day): 04/17/23, 10/09/23,

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 03/27/23, 08/21/23, 12/04/23
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2022 Fall/Winter

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

December 2022

19th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

20-21 Basic Training Revalidation
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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