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MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly

Volume 29… Number 2, Jan. 10, 2023


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Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy are demanding that the Navy change its policies on deploying personnel to dry-docked vessels after an investigation found that shipboard conditions had contributed to the suicides last year of three sailors aboard the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON.

“The Navy’s recent report on the April 2022 suicides of three members of the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON’s crew exposes significant failures of our collective responsibility to care and provide for the men and women who volunteer to defend our nation,” the Connecticut Democrats wrote in a Jan. 5 letter to U.S. Secretary of the Navy Carlos del Toro.

“To that end, the Navy must go further than the recommendations in the report and reform requirements governing the shipyard lives of sailors.”

As contributing factors in the tragedies, which all took place in the space of seven days, naval investigators cited:

— weeks-long interruptions in electricity, heating, air conditioning, and hot water;

— the absence of “welfare and recreation services,” such as television;

— a lack of quiet places to sit; and

— round-the-clock shipyard operations.

Even though the parking lot for personal vehicles was over a mile away, many sailors reportedly opted to sleep in their cars rather than aboard the ship.

Lack of mental health resources was also cited in the report: sailors aboard USS GEORGE WASHINGTON told investigators they had to wait months to see a mental health professional and, in some cases, walk three miles to get to an appointment.

“The Navy must immediately reform regulations to establish ‘un-waivable’ requirements for manning, screening, and access to mental health care during long periods of shipyard maintenance,” Blumenthal and Murphy concluded.

They said sailors with duty on ships undergoing maintenance for the entirety of their tours should be provided permanent housing ashore.

“It is completely intolerable for the Navy to place sailors onboard a ship with these conditions and tremendous barriers to accessing care and support,” they concluded.

Note: At MM&P, we realize that the conditions in shipyards and at sea can be suboptimal, and some of the conditions that led to the events on the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON are not rare.

MM&P leadership and the MM&P Mental Health Resources Committee are dedicated to ensuring mariners on MM&P-contracted ships can access the resources necessary to support themselves and their shipmates.

There is confidential support available through MM&P’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP): toll free 877-234-5151 or 888-732-9020 en español.

If you have concerns, please reach out to Miriam and the MM&P Mental Health Resources Committee: manthony@bridgedeck.org.
Anyone experiencing a mental health emergency can call the National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 988.

Veterans and members of the military can select Option 1 to speak with a VA staffer.

Veterans, troops or their family members can also text 838255 or visit VeteransCrisisLine.net for assistance.
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Weeks Marine has been acquired by Kiewit Corporation, one of North America’s largest engineering and construction organizations.

“This acquisition offers substantial opportunities for both companies,” Kiewit CEO Rick Lanoha said in a statement.

“For Weeks employees, they join one of the largest, most successful construction and engineering organizations in the world.”

“For Kiewit, we gain an exceptionally skilled workforce and the ability to add Weeks’ leading maritime engineering and construction capabilities, dynamic dredging expertise and renowned tunneling services to our portfolio of service.”

Weeks Marine and Kiewit have worked together on a number of projects, starting in the 1960s.

“We’ve worked closely with Kiewit on many strategic infrastructure projects across North America, including the Goethals Bridge, Willis Avenue Swing Bridge, the Euclid Storage Tunnel, and the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension Tunnel,” said Weeks Marine President and CEO Eric Ellefsen in a statement.

“Our shared cultures and values, which focus on the success and growth of our people, a relentless commitment to safety and quality, and demanding excellence in everything we do, will make this acquisition a success,” Lanoha said.

Weeks Marine and its subsidiaries will be independently branded subsidiaries of Kiewit.

Members of the MM&P Great Lakes & Gulf Region vertically crew the three trailing arm suction dredges in the Weeks Marine fleet: the MAGDALEN, the BE LINDHOLM and the RN WEEKS.

Weeks Marine is building a new trailing arm suction dredge, the RB WEEKS.

The RB WEEKS is scheduled to begin sea trials in late March and the company expects it to join the fleet shortly afterwards.
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The January 2023 issue of the newsletter of the International Federation of Shipmasters’ Associations has been posted on bridgedeck.org.

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:

— Spain’s Maritime Safety and Rescue Society has reported on the case of three stowaways—discovered on the rudder of a Malta-flagged tanker in the Canary Islands— who showed symptoms of hypothermia and dehydration after an 11-day passage;

— the International Maritime Organization’s Gender Program seeks to increase the percentage of women in the maritime workforce;

— a joint International Labor Organization–IMO meeting adopts guidelines to improve conditions for seafarers, including those who have been abandoned;

— the IMO commits to reviewing guidance on safe working in enclosed spaces aboard ships—“There has been no end of alerts, advice, regulations and appeals about the risks of enclosed spaces, but the message is not getting across”;

— USCGC Polar Star’s 26th passage to Antarctica, and Operation Deep Freeze, a joint military service mission to resupply the U.S. Antarctic stations of the National Science Foundation;

— Australian Transport Safety Bureau report on APL ENGLAND’s loss of containers overboard in May 2020.

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.

To read the new issue of the IFSMA newsletter, go to bridgedeck.org and click on News and Announcements.
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Marine Log has selected MM&P member Carolyn Kurtz, of the Tampa Bay Pilots Association, as one of its “2022 Top Women in Maritime.”

The editors chose Kurtz and 19 other women to profile based on nominations from the maritime community.

Kurtz is a Kings Point grad who received her unlimited master’s license in 1993 and entered the Tampa Bay Pilots training program two years later.

She was the first female harbor pilot in the state of Florida and one of the first female pilots in the country.

Today, along with her career as a Tampa Bay pilot, she also chairs the Florida Board of Pilot Commissioners and the National Navigation Safety Advisory Council.

She has been a guest instructor at MITAGS and the Maritime Pilots Institute and serves on the boards of the Mariners’ Museum and Park, and First 10 Forward, a non-profit founded by Kings Point female grads to benefit women and girls pursuing non-traditional careers.

She was recently honored by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation for her 27 years of service as a Tampa Bay pilot.

“Being a Tampa Bay pilot has afforded me many opportunities and a real voice in representing and advocating for my profession,” Kurtz says.

“Mentoring young mariners, training new pilots, and educating those outside the profession about what we do have been both challenging and extremely rewarding.”

“As the senior pilot in my association, I am proud to have contributed to the success of all the pilots who came after me.”

“As a female pilot, I am proud that I have been able to have an incredible professional career whilst still being a very present and engaged parent, hopefully inspiring other women to pursue and achieve their goals in the maritime industry.”
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There will be a union meeting on Monday, Jan. 30, at 1800, at the Cambria Hotel, 255 Munson Ave., Traverse City, MI 49686.

There will be a union meeting on Feb. 1, at 1800, at the Sachsenheim Hall, 7001 Denison Ave., Cleveland, OH 44102.
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All MM&P union halls, the MM&P Federal Credit Union, the MM&P Plan Office and MM&P headquarters will be closed on Monday, Jan. 16, for the birthday of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Nobel Prize laureate and civil rights activist was assassinated in 1968 in Memphis, where he had gone to support a strike by the city’s sanitation workers.

“The labor movement did not diminish the strength of the nation but enlarged it,” King once said.

“Those who attack labor forget these simple truths, but history remembers.”
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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 deck and engine personnel at Grand River Navigation.

There are jobs for licensed engineering personnel at Grand River Navigation.

There are jobs for licensed deck officers at Key Lakes.

There are jobs for unlicensed deck personnel and licensed and unlicensed engineering personnel at Weeks Marine.

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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Second Mate Tanker PIC or Tanker Assist urgently needed.

Third Mate Tanker Assist and tanker qualified CM also needed.
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If you are interested in employment in the AMHS ferry system, go to: https://dot.alaska.gov/amhs/emp_deck.shtml
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The Staten Island Ferry is hiring deckhands.

To read the qualifications for the job and find out how to apply, click here and select Exam 3067 (Deckhand).

Applications are being accepted until Jan. 24.
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The government of Belarus has intensified its attacks on members of labor unions.

The crackdown began after hundreds of thousands of people, often led by union members, took to the streets in 2020 to protest an election in which President Alexander Lukashenko declared himself the winner amid widespread allegations of fraud.

In July, the regime charged union leaders with spying for the West and dissolved all the country’s independent unions.

At least 23 union leaders have been detained awaiting trial. Another eight are in prison, facing sentences of up to 15 years.

Please join the campaign to stop the persecution of union members in Belarus and demand the immediate release of all those who has been unjustly imprisoned.
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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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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) : Not currently scheduled

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*, 03/13/23, 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): 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, 03/15/23, 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: 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): 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): 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) –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) –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: 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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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
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

20-4 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

15th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

20-3 ARPA

20-4 Basic Training (original)

27-9 Search & Rescue

27-9 Security Officer–Vessel, Company & Facility

30th Flashing Light Exam

31 Leadership & Teamworking Skills

27-31 Able Seaman

27-31 Basic Training (original)

April 2023


10-11 Basic Training Revalidation

10-21 Watchkeeping (Operational Level)

12th 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

20-2 Basic Training Refresher

22 Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

22-6 Basic Training (original)

23 Radar Renewal

30-1 Security Officer – Vessel, Company & Facility

June 2023

12-3 Basic Training Revalidation

14 Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

19-23 Basic Training (original)

26-30 Tankerman Person-In-Charge
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