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MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly

Volume 27… Number 52… December 28, 2021


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The crew of the Washington State Ferry MV CHIMACUM rescued a woman who had gone overboard on Thanksgiving Day while the vessel was on its regular run from Bremerton to Seattle.

There was no information on how the passenger ended up in the water.

When she was spotted off Duwamish Head near West Seattle, the vessel reversed course to reach her, a crewmember heaved a life ring and Second Mate Dakota Pedersen launched the rescue boat team.

The passenger was pulled aboard and taken back to the ferry, where she was treated by the members of the crew and a doctor on board for hypothermia before being taken away in an ambulance.

It was Captain Thomas Tilton’s last night in the pilothouse before retirement capped off his 25-year career with Washington State Ferries.

“We are so thankful for Captain Tilton and crew for their efforts and all our vessel employees for training and practicing regularly for emergencies,” the ferry system said in a statement.

MM&P represents the licensed deck officers aboard the WSF ferries. MEBA represents the members of the engineering department and the IBU represents the unlicensed crew.

Tilton credited the crew for a “textbook” response, saying “everything went right.”

Chief mates Brendan Ehnow and Andrew Botti, one on the D watch and the other on the B watch, participated in the rescue.

There was “great teamwork between crews,” Tilton added, and he recognized the contributions of every crewmember involved.

“I drove the boat back to look for her and then landed the boat in Seattle,” he said.

“I had a lighted buoy to guide me and could see the passengers along with crew pointing the way. I ran engaged for safety. Just past the buoy I slowed so I would not outrun my lighting.”

“Everything went right and the crew did the heavy lifting to achieve that.”

“I would like to acknowledge that everyone involved had more to do with this woman’s survival [than I did] and it was my privilege to be on the team,” Tilton said.

“A cute story for me, on my Last Night of working prior to retirement. It was my privilege to have been a part of the team that did the work to have a positive outcome of an unfortunate event.”
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Bills introduced in the House and Senate—purportedly to address the pandemic-induced problems affecting the global supply chain—call for suspending the Jones Act.

The Jones Act requires that the transportation of cargo between US ports be reserved for US-built, US-owned and US-crewed vessels.

It was enacted to preserve US independence from foreign shipping interests and maintain a ready reserve force for times of war or national emergency.

Last week, Minnesota Republican Michelle Fischbach introduced HR 6028, which would suspend the cabotage provisions of the Jones Act for a year.

A companion bill has been introduced in the Senate by Utah Republican Mike Lee, a longtime opponent of the Jones Act who has sponsored legislation to repeal it on numerous occasions.

In a 2020 Congressional hearing on an unrelated topic, Lee called the Jones Act the work of “the devil himself.”

Their legislation is called the “Surpassing Temporary Obstructions at Ports and Guaranteeing Resources to Increase the Nation’s Commercial Health Act,” with the short title “STOP the GRINCH Act.”

“The bill is supposed to address the supply chain issues, but the reality is that the Jones Act has absolutely nothing to do with ships from overseas being anchored off the coasts,” says MIRAID President C. James Patti.

“Just another example of politicians failing to understand the Jones Act and seizing every opportunity, regardless of how illogical, to try to waive the law for the benefit of foreign vessels.”

Protect your job by supporting the MM&P PCF.

To contribute, go to bridgedeck.org and click on “1-Click PCF donation to the PCF” or enter the Members’ Only site.

Through the MM&P Political Contribution Fund, our union works to support candidates who, regardless of their political party affiliation, believe our country needs a strong US-flag merchant marine.
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The NLRB has released the terms of the settlement reached with Amazon in the high-profile case brought by the union which tried to organize workers at one of the company’s warehouses earlier this year.

To swing the election in its favor, Amazon papered bathroom walls with anti-union posters and encouraged employees to use a mailbox the company had gotten the Postal Service to install in the vicinity of the warehouse.

In August, the NLRB’s Atlanta Regional Director, Lisa Y. Henderson called for a new election, saying that Amazon had “essentially highjacked the process and gave a strong impression that it controlled the process.”

“Whether a company has 10 employees or a million employees, it must abide by the National Labor Relations Act,” NLRB General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo said in a statement when the settlement was announced.

“This settlement agreement provides a crucial commitment from Amazon to millions of its workers across the United States that it will not interfere with their right to act collectively to improve their workplace by forming a union or taking other collective action.”

The terms of the settlement stipulate that Amazon must post a notice at the Bessemer, Alabama, facility that reads, in part, that the previous election was set aside “because the National Labor Relations Board found the Employer interfered with the employees’ exercise of a free and reasoned choice by creating the appearance of irregularity in the election procedure due to issues surrounding the installation of a mailbox outside the main entrance and by improperly polling employees’ support during mandatory meetings.”

A date for a new election has not yet been set.
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A court in Mauritius has sentenced the captain and first officer of the Panama-flagged bulk carrier WAKASHIO to 20 months in prison on charges of endangering safe navigation.

The two, who had pleaded guilty, have already been in jail for 16 months.

In statements made to investigators and the court, the captain confirmed that on July 25, 2020, the day of the accident, he had attended a birthday party on board and had had several drinks.

The vessel had been at sea since departing Singapore on July 14 and the captain said anxiety was high because crewmembers had not been able to speak with their families and were worried about Covid-19.

At 1710 local time the coast guard and shore stations from Mauritius attempted to contact the WAKASHIO but did not receive a reply.

At 1730 local time, the captain ordered a change in course so crewmembers could get a wi-fi signal and call home.

Investigators said that the captain, the chief engineer and the first officer were all on the bridge when the vessel diverted from its navigation plan to approach the coast.

The first officer had permitted the lookout officer to remain at the birthday party.

Investigators said that the VDR revealed that the vessel was not being properly monitored as it approached Mauritius.

The captain was reportedly heard saying that “the sea was bad but visibility was clear,” and he felt that the navigation could be done safely.

He said it did not occur to him that they were sailing too close to the island and he had not intervened because he “had had a few drinks.”

Shoreside personnel in Mauritius reported they had detected the change in course and tried several times unsuccessfully to contact the ship.

At about 1810, the captain reported to the coast guard that the vessel had run aground.

The WAKASHIO eventually split in two and released about 1,000 tons of bunker fuel into the water, causing an environmental disaster in a protected marine reserve.

After the accident, the wreck was cut into sections, towed out to sea and sunk.

Charterer Mitsui OSK Lines has established a trust in Mauritius to fund efforts to restore and protect the natural environment.

The ship’s insurers are compensating local fishermen for the damage caused by the spill, which is expected to make it impossible for them to earn a living for a total of three years.

Claims related to the accident filed by the government and individuals total about $46 million.
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The International Transport Workers’ Federation is warning of an increase in phony websites advertising job openings for seafarers.

“The people behind the scams pose as recruitment agents or HR managers,” according to the ITF website, itfshipbesure.org, “and they are using sophisticated ways to make the jobs they advertise look real.”

The sites often have URLs and email addresses that include the names of bona fide companies. They may also use direct contact methods like WhatsApp, Viber and LinkedIn.

The ITF says that every year, it receives hundreds of reports from people who have fallen victim to job scams or been “shanghaied” by unscrupulous manning agencies that lure seafarers desperate for work into exploitative jobs.

A recent case involves “Able Maritime Seafarers Inc.,” which has been placed on the ITF’s red list because of what the union federation describes as “diabolical pay and terrible conditions.”

“We haven’t taken this step lightly, but the weight of evidence against Able Maritime is overwhelming and the agency refuses to engage in any dialogue about how it might put right the suffering it has caused by placing seafarers in poorly paid and often dangerous work,” said ITF Inspectorate Coordinator Steve Trowsdale.

He cites the case of John Lloyd Restauro, a young engineer who was stuck in a dangerous and poorly paid job, far from his home in the Philippines, for over two years.

“He was essentially enslaved by any modern definition,” Trowsdale says.

Able Maritime switched contracts on Restauro as he was about to depart for what had been described to him as a good job.

He ended up at Goundar Shipping, a company with a troubled history that includes allegations its ferries do not have functioning safety equipment.

“Once aboard the ferry, his passport was taken,” Trowsdale said. “His pay was so low that he had no way to get home.”

Restauro finally escaped with help from ITF inspectors.

“He is understandably angry and is speaking his mind,” Trowsdale said, adding that Restauro has been interviewed by local TV and The Manila Times.

Reports of his story have led other victims to come forward: more than 30 relatives of seafarers placed in jobs by Able Maritime have contacted the ITF to say they are owed wages.

“I feel relieved and happy about the red listing of Able Maritime,” Restauro said. “We need to stop its wrongdoing, taking advantage of Filipino seafarers who just want a job at sea.”
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Calling all Members and Applicants: Be advised that there are Offshore and PRO jobs
available now! Please visit, call or email your local union hall for details.

As an additional incentive for filling PRO work, the amount of points earned for each
eight-hour shift will be raised from two points to five points.

This change will go into effect for all PRO work called on Nov. 24, 2021, and stay in
effect until the next scheduled GEB meeting, to be held on Feb. 9-10, 2022.
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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 2021 no later than
Friday, Dec. 17, 2021, at 3:00 p.m. EST.

All requests for 2021 Vacation and PRO payments received after this date and time will
be held until Jan. 4, 2022 for processing and will therefore be taxable in 2022.

If you have any questions, please contact the Vacation Department at 410-850-8625,
410-850-8647 or Ken Ryan at 410-850-8617.
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MM&P union halls, the MM&P Federal Credit Union and MM&P headquarters will be closed on Friday, Dec. 31 and Monday, Jan. 3, 2022, for New Year’s.

The MM&P Plan Office will be closed on Jan. 3.

The MM&P Honolulu Hall will be closed on Tuesday, Jan. 4, for Jack Hall Day.
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MITAGS West is seeking a full-time instructor responsible for presenting courses in the
maritime field and providing quality classroom instruction to attendees using course
content provided by the organization.

The minimum starting base salary is $53,535.

Among the desired qualifications are: a USCG Officer Level License; experience sailing
under the candidate’s highest-level license or equivalent uniformed service experience;
and a degree in adult education, maritime sciences or related field.

Please submit a cover letter with your resume to MITAGS Human Resource Manager
Jane Sibiski: jsibiski@mitags.org

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

Full vaccination is mandatory for all students unless you have a documented medical
exemption or claim a religious/philosophical exemption.

Documentation either of full COVID vaccination or a written claim of exemption must
be submitted to Admissions in advance of your course.

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 in all public spaces on both campuses, regardless
of vaccination status.

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 (5-Day) – 6/6/22, 8/15/22
AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

ARPA-OIC (4-Day) – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 2/1/22, 3/15/22, 6/27/22, 9/27/22, 11/1/22

AZIPOD (2-Day) – 2/3/22, 5/12/22, 9/12/22

BRM – Bridge Resource Management (5-Day): 3/7/22

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 2/4/22, 2/28/22, 3/14/22

Online: Not currently scheduled

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling – (Now also included in BRMP-Refresher) (3-Day): 3/16/22

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

BT – Basic Safety Training (5-Day): 1/31/22, 5/9/22, 9/12/22

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – 2/22/22, 3/22/22, 4/26/22, 6/8/22, 9/28/22, 10/19/22, 11/14/22, 12/20/22

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 2/22/22, 4/26/22, 9/28/22, 11/14/22, 12/19/22

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic (5-Day): 3/21/22

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability (5-Day): 1/17/22, 3/21/22, 6/27/22, 8/15/22, 10/24/22, 12/19/22

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology (5-Day): 1/10/22, 4/18/22, 6/20/22, 8/22/22, 10/17/22, 12/12/22

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 3/28/22

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1 (5-Day): 2/28/22, 7/11/22, 12/5/22

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific (5-Day): 3/7/22, 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): 1/24/22, 5/2/22, 8/1/22, 10/10/22

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM) (5-Day): 1/31/22, 4/25/22, 8/8/22, 11/14/22

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants (5-Day): 3/14/22

(DCS-1 available on request – contact Admissions)

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: Not Currently Scheduled

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (5-Day): 2/28/22

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1) (5-Day): 1/17/22, 2/14/22*, 3/21/22, 4/11/22, 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): 1/24/22, 2/21/22*, 3/28/22, 4/18/22, 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): 4/11/22, 10/3/22

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping (5-Day): 3/7/22

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) – 1/17/22, 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): 3/18/22

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior (1-Day) – 2/18/22

CDMGT – Crowd Management (1-Day) – 2/17/22

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): 2/27/22

ECDIS for Pilots (2-Day) – 3/16/22, 5/10/22, 11/16/22

ERM – Engine Resource Management (5-Day): 3/21/22, 8/1/22, 11/28/22

ADV-FF – Advanced Fire-Fighting (4-day) – 3/28/22

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced (5-Day): 1/31/22, 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: 2/21/22, 3/24/22, 4/25/22, 6/7/22, 9/27/22, 10/18/22, 11/16/22, 12/22/22

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 2/25/22, 4/29/22, 10/1/22, 11/12/22, 12/17/22

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications (1-Day): 1/18/22, 4/26/22, 9/20/22

Online: Not currently scheduled

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization (2-Day): 1/21/22

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (10-Day): 1/10/22

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): 3/7/22, 7/11/22, 10/17/22

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes (15-Day): 1/24/22

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): 3/14/22, 9/21/22, 11/14/22

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

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC) (1-Day): 3/14/22

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): Not currently scheduled

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 1/17/22*, 4/4/22, 7/11/22, 10/3/22, 12/5/22

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 1/10/22, 5/23/22, 8/1/22, 11/28/22

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 1/17/22*, 2/7/22, 4/4/22, 7/11/22, 10/3/22

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 1/15/22, 3/25/22, 4/9/22, 6/6/22, 7/16/22, 9/36/22, 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): 3/11/22, 5/24/22, 6/21/22, 8/4/22, 9/14/22, 11/5/22

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 3/12/22, 5/23/22, 6/20/22, 8/5/22, 9/16/22, 11/4/22

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) – 3/13/22, 6/10/22, 11/3/22

MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day) – 3/22/22, 6/8/22, 9/14/22

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 1/10/22, 3/14/22, 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) – 3/12/22, 5/14/22, 6/11/22, 8/6/22, 9/17/22, 11/4/22

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) – 1/14/22, 3/18/22, 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) – 1/15/22, 3/19/22, 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) – 2/1/22*, 3/28/22*, 5/3/22, 5/5/22, 6/27/22, 6/29/22, 7/18/22

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

PSC-REF – Personal Survival Craft Refresher (2-Day) – 4/24/22, 10/3/22

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

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal (1-Day): 1/31/22

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes (1-Night): 4/26/22, 4/29/22, 9/20/22, 9/28/22

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 3/7/22, 6/20/22, 8/29/22

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

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 2/28/22, 4/25/22, 9/12/22, 12/5/22

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day) – 2/7/22, 4/4/22, 6/20/22, 8/22/22, 11/28/22

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 2/14/22

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (15-Day): 1/24/22

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 3/7/22, 5/9/22, 7/11/22

TRAC-TUG-2 (2-Day): 3/14/22, 5/26/22, 11/16/22

TTT – ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program ** — 1/24/22

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (1-Day): 3/3/22, 6/23/22

VSO – Vessel Security Officer (3-Day): 2/28/22, 6/22/22, 9/7/22

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) (10-Day): 2/7/22

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 2/21/22
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2021-22 Fall/Winter
Please also see our schedule and enroll online at www.mitags.org
For registration contact our admissions department: 866.656.5568 or

January 2022
4-7 Advanced Firefighting
10-28 Terrestrial & Coastal Navigation
12th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
13-14 Basic Training Revalidation
13-14 & 17 Basic Training Refresher
17-21 Basic Training
18-19 Advanced Firefighting Refresher
31-4 Basic Meteorology

February 2022
7-11 Medical Care Provider
10th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
11-12 Basic Training Revalidation
14-18 Basic Cargo Handling & Stowage
14-18 Engine Resource Management
21-25 MEECE
21-25 Basic Shiphandling

March 2022
2nd Flashing Light
3rd Leadership & Teamworking Skills
7-11 Radar Observer Unlimited
9-11 Rating Forming Part of a Navigation Watch
14-18 Ship Construction and Basic Stability
15-19 Basic Training
21-25 Able Seaman
21-1 Watchkeeping (Operational Level)
24th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
25-26 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