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MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly

Volume 28… Number 52, Dec.27, 2022

STORIES COVERED

In This Issue:

Member News:

Job Opportunities:

And:

NEW ISSUE OF THE MASTER, MATE & PILOT NOW ONLINE

The Winter 2022 issue of the MM&P magazine will be in your mailbox soon. In the meantime, look for it online on bridgedeck.org under News and Announcements. In this issue:

— Voyage planning: the MM&P General Executive Board charts the union’s course through 2023 and beyond;

— Statement by the General Executive Board on the MM&P Political Contribution Fund;

— Crews of CMA CGM HERODOTE and USNS YUMA honored for rescues at sea;

— MM&P member receives Congressional Gold Medal for World War II service;

— Matson orders three new LNG-powered containerships;

— ALLIANCE FAIRFAX crew helps migrants in Straits of Florida.

Plus, a message from the MM&P Mental Health Resources Committee:

— Life at sea can be exciting and rewarding, but it can also be lonely and difficult. We all need to remember to reach out for support when things feel off balance.

And:

— Did you know that the MM&P Federal Credit Union offers home banking, a surcharge-free ATM network and more?

If you’re not already an MM&P FCU member, join today!
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OMNIBUS LAW ADDRESSES SEXUAL ASSAULT AND SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN MARITIME INDUSTRY

The omnibus legislation signed into law by President Biden Friday includes a series of measures aimed at eliminating sexual assault and sexual harassment in the maritime industry.

One set of provisions is specifically aimed at protecting midshipmen at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point. It includes requirements that:

— the maritime administrator establish a system to track and store information regarding claims and incidents of sexual assault and sexual harassment;

— the maritime administrator establish a student advisory board at the USMMA composed of no fewer than 12 midshipmen, including no fewer than three cadets from each class—this board will be tasked with identifying “health and wellbeing, diversity, and sexual assault and harassment challenges” and other topics of importance to USMMA midshipmen on campus, off campus and aboard ships during Sea Year or other training opportunities;

— the U.S. transportation secretary establish a sexual assault advisory council to include no fewer than eight and no more than 14 current midshipmen, USMMA alumni who have graduated in the last four years, and governmental and nongovernmental subject-matter experts;

— the U.S. transportation secretary designate an attorney to serve as a special victims’ advisor to provide legal assistance to any USMMA midshipman who is the victim of an alleged sex-related offense.

The legislation also includes the following provisions:

— an individual convicted of sexual assault shall be denied a USCG license or merchant mariner’s document;

— an individual convicted of sexual harassment within a five-year period of applying for a merchant mariner’s license or USCG document shall be denied a license or merchant mariner’s document;

— a license or merchant mariner’s document may be suspended or revoked within five years of the commencement of a suspension or revocation proceeding in cases in which the holder is subject to an official finding of sexual harassment;

— a license or document shall be revoked within ten years of commencement of a suspension or revocation proceeding in cases in which the holder is subject to an official finding of sexual assault.

The law defines “official finding” as a legal proceeding or agency finding or decision that determines that the individual committed sexual harassment or sexual assault in violation of any law or regulation, or a determination, after an investigation by the Coast Guard that, by a preponderance of the evidence, the individual committed sexual assault or sexual harassment, provided the investigation affords appropriate due process rights to the individual.

The law states that an administrative law judge “shall review and affirm” any USCG determination leading to suspension or revocation of a license or merchant mariner’s document.

Additional provisions included in the legislation require that:

— each berthing area include information regarding policies prohibiting sexual assault and harassment, retaliation, drug and alcohol abuse, as well as the procedures and resources needed to report incidents;

— the Coast Guard commandant enter into an agreement with the National Academy of Sciences under which the National Academy of Sciences will prepare an assessment to determine safe levels of alcohol consumption aboard U.S.-flag vessels engaged in commercial service;

— vessels engaged in commercial service with overnight accommodations for at least 10 individuals install and maintain a video and audio surveillance system no later than two years after enactment of the legislation or during the vessel’s next scheduled drydock, whichever is later.

The equipment must be placed in passageways on to which doors from staterooms open, ensuring the visibility of every door in each such passageway.

This measure stipulates that the record of video and audio surveillance “is not used as part of a labor action against a crew member or employment dispute unless used in a criminal or civil action.”

The vessel must be equipped with a master key system that provides controlled access to designated crew only.

The “responsible entity of a vessel” (which is defined as owner, master, or managing operator of a documented vessel engaged in commercial service, or the employer of a seafarer on such vessel) must “immediately” report to the USCG commandant any complaint or incident of harassment, sexual harassment, or sexual assault of which the entity is made aware.

Failure to report makes the entity liable to the U.S. government for a civil penalty of not more than $50,000.

No later than 10 days after the first report, the entity is also required to report to the USCG commandant on the steps taken after becoming aware of the incident.

A responsible entity that fails to comply with this requirement is liable for a civil penalty of $25,000, plus an additional $500/day for each day of noncompliance.

The total amount of a penalty with respect to a complaint or incident is limited to $50,000 per violation.
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NEW GREAT LAKES HEAVY ICEBREAKER AUTHORIZED IN NDAA

The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023 authorizes the addition to the Coast Guard’s fleet of a new heavy icebreaker for the Great Lakes.

The provision is included in the Great Lakes Winter Commerce Act, which authorizes $350 million for the new Great Lakes icebreaker and updates the standards for how the Coast Guard measures successful icebreaking.

The bipartisan legislation was sponsored by Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D) and Rep. Mike Gallagher (R), both of Wisconsin.

They originally introduced the bill in February 2020, after insufficient icebreaking capacity in the winter of 2018-19 led to ships being stuck in port for days and nearly $1 billion in lost revenue for Great Lakes businesses.

The law specifies that the new icebreaker must be at least as capable as the MACKINAW, a 2006-built vessel that can handle level ice up to 32 inches in thickness at speeds up to 3 knots and has a ramming capability of up to 10 feet of refrozen brash ice.

Today the USCG has six icebreakers operating on the Great Lakes, but its fleet has an average age of nearly 40 years.
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MARINER’S WEATHER HAZARDS WORKSHOP MARCH 14-16

The National Hurricane Center has scheduled the 2023 Mariner’s Weather Hazards Workshop for March 14-16.

Here is a link to a google form to register.

This is a hybrid workshop, so please note on the google form whether you’d like to attend in person, or virtually.

Feel free to share the registration form, flyer and prelim agenda with others who you feel could benefit from this workshop.

Register soon to secure your spot!

The agenda for the workshop will be posted on bridgedeck.org under Latest News.
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DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR A UNION PLUS SCHOLARSHIP FAST APPROACHING

The deadline to apply for a 2023 Union Plus scholarship is Jan. 31, 2023.

Since 1991, the Union Plus Scholarship Program has awarded more than $5.2 million to students of working families who want to begin or continue their post-secondary education.

More than 3,600 families have benefited from the Union Plus commitment to higher education.

Visit UnionPlus.org/Scholarship today to apply and to see the full list of 2022 scholarship winners.
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LAST DAY FOR PROCESSING VACATION AND PRO PAYMENTS

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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MM&P CLOSED FOR NEW YEAR’S

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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ENGINEERING JOBS AVAILABLE OFFSHORE AND ON THE GREAT LAKES

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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JOB OPENINGS ON THE GREAT LAKES

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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OFFSHORE JOBS AVAILABLE

Second Mates and Chief Mates urgently needed in the car carrier fleet. Recently negotiated contract includes a very significant raise! Available at any MM&P Offshore Hall.

Tanker Second Mates needed with and without MSC Classes or Security Clearance.
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MITAGS COVID-19 VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS

Full COVID vaccination is mandatory for everyone attending training on campus at MITAGS East and MITAGS West.

If you are not vaccinated, please contact MITAGS for information about exemptions.

Unvaccinated participants who have received exemptions will be required to wear a face mask while on campus.

We appreciate your cooperation during these very trying times.
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MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

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): 03/20/23, 03/22/23, 05/22/23, 05/24/23, 07/31/23, 08/02/23, 11/13/23, 11/15/23

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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MITAGS WEST ACADEMIC NOTES

2023 Winter/Spring

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
January 2023

5-6 Advanced Firefighting Refresher
7-8 Basic Training Revalidation

7-9 Basic Training Refresher

9th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

9-13 Basic Training (original)

9-27 Terrestrial & Coastal Navigation

17-20 Advanced Firefighting

30-3 Radar Observer Unlimited

February 2023

6-10 Ship Construction & Basic Stability

6-10 Advanced Shiphandling I

13-14 Basic Training Revalidation

13-17 Advanced Shiphandling II

13-24 GMDSS

14-17 Advanced Firefighting

15 Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

20-24 Medical Care Provider

20-3 Medical Person-In-Charge

27-3 Basic Shiphandling

27-3 Leadership & Managerial Skills

March 2023

6-10 Basic Cargo Handling & Stowage

6-10 Advanced Meteorology

8-10 Rating Forming Part of a Navigational Watch (RFPNW)

13-14 Basic Training Revalidation

13-17 Basic Meteorology

13-17 Advanced Stability

15 Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

20-23 ARPA

20-24 Basic Training (original)

27-29 Search & Rescue

27-29 Security Officer – Vessel, Company & Facility

30 Flashing Light Exam

31 Leadership & Teamworking Skills

27-31 Able Seaman

27-31 Basic Training (original)

April 2023

3-7 ECDIS

10-11 Basic Training Revalidation

10-21 Watchkeeping (Operational Level)

12 Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

24-5 GMDSS

24-12 Celestial Navigation

May 2023

1-4 Advanced Firefighting

15-26 GMDSS

18-19 Advanced Firefighting Refresher

20-21 Basic Training Revalidation

20-22 Basic Training Refresher

22. Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

22-26 Basic Training (original)

23. Radar Renewal

30-1 Security Officer – Vessel, Company & Facility

June 2023

12-13 Basic Training Revalidation

14. Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

19-23 Basic Training (original)

26-30 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