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MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly

Volume 28… Number 49, Dec. 6, 2022


In This Issue:

Member News:

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The American Maritime Partnership is telling the governors of six New England states that they’re wrong to blame high winter energy prices on the Jones Act.

“Higher energy prices in the region are the culmination of years of policies and commercial decisions that have decreased reliability and increased costs for New England consumers,” AMP President Ku’uhaku Park wrote in a Nov. 29 letter.

“The Jones Act is not the cause of New England’s higher energy costs and a Jones Act waiver would not reduce costs for New England consumers.”

Park was responding to a letter that the governors of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont sent earlier this year to US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm.

In the letter, the six requested “suspen[sion of] the Jones Act for the delivery of [liquefied natural gas (LNG) to New England] for a portion or all of the winter of 2022-2023.”

The letter implied that a prospective, blanket waiver of the Jones Act would benefit New England consumers by allowing access to lower priced domestic natural gas.

“We are deeply sympathetic to the need to provide relief to struggling citizens of your states,” Park wrote.

“[T]he U.S. maritime industry employs tens of thousands of mariners and shoreside personnel throughout New England and they, too, are bearing the brunt of higher energy costs this winter.”

“[But] blaming the Jones Act for this situation is misdirected.”

Park wrote that the real causes of the high energy prices in the region are the result of:

— the lack of natural gas pipelines, the most efficient form of transportation for gas within and into New England;

— the lack of LNG storage capacity in New England, making long-term energy provisioning impossible;

— inadequate LNG receiving facilities and other infrastructure in New England; and

— the region’s “risky reliance” on short-term “spot market” LNG purchases, which are more expensive, instead of the long-term contracts traditionally employed by other LNG buyers.

Park said decisions made by the states over many years have left New England consumers “dependent on a fragile energy supply.”

“LNG sells at the global market price; New England would still be subject to ‘spot market’ LNG prices, whether the gas that arrives is sourced domestically or internationally,” he wrote.

“It is completely unrealistic to think that LNG brokers would sell LNG to New Englanders for less money than they would make on the open market; there is no ‘hometown discount’ for LNG.”

Park noted that any savings from a waiver would be “insignificant,” and that it would entail “using a foreign ship in domestic commerce, operating free of U.S. laws, avoiding taxes, and employing extremely low-wage foreign sailors.”

He said that AMP “welcomes the opportunity to engage in meaningful conversations about long-term solutions to New England’s energy challenges, and we stand ready to play a constructive role in bringing about those solutions,” but he called blaming the Jones Act “a political soundbite.”

MM&P and MIRAID are both members of AMP, a coalition working to defend the Jones Act and support and strengthen the domestic maritime industry.
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The Chamber of Shipping of America has honored 39 shipping companies, including MM&P-contracted Maersk, Matson, Pasha and Patriot, for environmental excellence.

Maritime Administrator Ann Phillips and Coast Guard Rear Adm. Mike Ryan presented the awards at a ceremony that took place last month in Washington, D.C.

“These awards celebrate the dedication to environmental excellence of our seafarers and the company personnel ashore who operate their vessels to the highest standards,” says CSA President Kathy Metcalf.

“In today’s world, it seems our industry only gets front-page coverage when problems arise.

“[Now] we celebrate these positive achievements and the critical contributions the maritime industry makes to the domestic and global economies while operating their vessels in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.”

The awards are open to all owners and operators of vessels with a base in the US that operate on oceans or inland waterways.

To be eligible for an award, a vessel must have at least a two-year period of: no reportable spills; no USCG or port state citations for violations of MARPOL; and no violations of state/local pollution regulations.

“It should be clear to the American public that we in the maritime industry take our environmental stewardship very seriously,” Metcalf says.

“Safe and environmentally responsible operations is a culture fully embraced by the maritime industry as a whole, as evidenced by the performance of the award recipients…”
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Mariners who responded to The Mission to Seafarers most recent survey on seafarer wellbeing said their living and working conditions have improved in recent months.

Respondents reported average “happiness levels” of 7.3 on a scale of 10, up from 7.21 last quarter and a record low of 5.85 in the first quarter of 2022.

Regular crew change was cited as a major determinant of quality of life, but “the biggest jump in satisfaction scores this quarter was on access to shore leave, with happiness leaping up from 4.8 to 5.87,” The Mission to Seafarers reported.

“Optimism is slowly returning to life at sea, but we must remember that these gains can quickly be lost if we do not keep up the hard work,” said Ben Bailey of The Mission to Seafarers.

“There are still vital issues that require immediate attention, and which must be overcome to ensure seafarers’ basic needs are not neglected.”

He warned that the international shipping industry has significant problems to address in areas that include wage levels, quality of food, workload, stress, and feelings of isolation.

“Good, cost-effective Wi-Fi access is vital to seafarers and has a huge positive impact on their mental health,” The Mission to Seafarers notes.

A barrier to wellbeing cited by many respondents to the most recent survey was lack of exercise due to excessive workloads, lack of gym facilities aboard the ship or lack of space.

The Seafarers Happiness Index was designed to monitor satisfaction levels through responses to 10 questions on a range of issues, from mental health and wellbeing to working life and family contact.

The results are shared with industry and key decision makers.

To take the survey, go to: https://www.happyatsea.org/
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The MM&P Mental Health Committee has been collaborating with members to find ways to improve members’ access to mental health resources both on ships, and ashore.

Do you have thoughts you’d like to share?

Feel free to reach out to Miriam Anthony at manthony@bridgedeck.org with your ideas, or if you’d like to be a part of the committee.
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The most recent issue of the newsletter of the International Federation of Shipmasters’ Associations has been posted on bridgedeck.org on the homepage under News.

IFSMA is the international professional organization that unites and represents the world’s serving shipmasters. MM&P joined IFSMA in 2020.

In this issue of the newsletter:

— proceedings of the IMO Maritime Safety Committee on topics that include the prevention of accidents related to lifting appliances and anchor-handling winches;

— maritime insurers publish white paper highlighting the continuing safety threat caused by the transportation of lithium-ion batteries;

— action plan launched at COP27 in response to research showing that up to 800,000 seafarers will need “upskilling” to deal with carbon mitigation technology in the next 10-12 years; and

— ships move away from single-use plastic bottles to sustainable alternatives such as onboard water supplies and larger dispensers.

IFSMA is primarily concerned with representing the interests of serving shipmasters in bodies such as the International Maritime Organization, the International Labor Organization, and other relevant international and national organizations.
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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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The Los Angeles/Long Beach holiday party takes place in the LA/LB Union Hall on Tuesday, Dec. 13.

It starts right after the 11:00 job call.

The Seattle Hall is located at 15208 52nd Ave., South, Ste 100, Seattle.
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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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The MM&P Offshore Group and the Pacific Maritime Region are having a combined holiday party in the Seattle Hall on Friday, Dec. 9. Here is the schedule:

11-Noon, meet in the hall for drinks and socially distanced socializing

Noon-1400, Lunch Buffet in the meeting room downstairs.

So that enough food can be ordered, if you plan to attend, it is very important that you contact the Seattle Hall by email or phone: kwilhelm@bridgedeck.org or 206-441-8700.

The Seattle Hall is located at 15208 52nd Ave., South, Ste 100, Seattle.
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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): 12/12/22, 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): 12/12/22, 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): 12/12/22, 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

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): 12/12/22, 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 

12-16 Tankerman Person-In-Charge 

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