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MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly

Volume 28… Number 27, July 5, 2022


In This Issue:

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Randall Rockwood, a Military Sealift Command captain who served for nine years as vice president of the MM&P Federal Employees Membership Group, has announced he will retire from his position with the union effective July 31.

The MM&P General Executive Board has appointed MSC Captain David Gommo—a long-time advocate for MM&P Civil Service Mariners—to lead the FEMG until the next regular election, which will take place in 2024.

“Captain Rockwood’s outstanding contributions afloat and ashore have been of great benefit to the Federal Employees Membership Group and to our Union as a whole,” said MM&P President Don Marcus.

“On behalf of the entire membership, I thank him for his service and welcome Captain Gommo aboard.”

“It was a great pleasure working with Captain Rockwood to advance the interests of our FEMG members,” said MM&P Government Fleet Representative Randi Ciszewski.

“He served with great distinction in the vice president’s role. I wish him fair winds and following seas in his retirement and I look forward to seeing him again on the waterfront in the near future.”

Ciszewski said MSC Master Dave Gommo is an excellent choice to lead the FEMG and “will represent the interests of our brethren with professionalism and passion.”

“He has extensive experience aboard MSC afloat platforms and in management roles ashore,” she notes, “and has participated as a subject matter expert in negotiations for MM&P as well as Military Sealift Command.”

MM&P has eight collective bargaining agreements with federal employers.

They govern working conditions and conditions of employment for CNO Harbor Pilots, CNIC Tug Captains, NUWC Tug Captains, MSC Masters and Mates, MSC Pursers, MSC Medical Officers, USACE Masters, Mates and Pilots, and NOAA Masters and Mates.
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The Shipbuilders Council of America honored Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) with the SCA Maritime Leadership Award at its annual meeting in June.

SCA represents America’s shipbuilding and ship maintenance industries.

It gives the Maritime Leadership Award each year to those who demonstrate exemplary support for the hundreds of thousands of Americans who work in the shipbuilding sector.

Murkowski, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, has advanced programs and policies that include increasing investments in Navy force structure and Coast Guard shipbuilding, and building a new full fleet of arctic security vessels.

“Throughout her time in public office, Sen. Murkowski has been a staunch advocate for the entire American maritime industry and especially for the hundreds of thousands of hardworking men and women who design, build and maintain our domestic fleet,” said SCA President Matthew Paxton.

“Hailing from the Last Frontier, Sen. Murkowski knows firsthand the value of a strong maritime sector to our national defense and transport of commerce, and this award recognizes her unparalleled leadership and significant contributions to our industry in Alaska and across America.”

“Since our nation’s founding, in times of conflict and peace, U.S. shipyards have built and maintained the vessels that protect America’s coastlines and waterways, carry the brave men and women of the U.S. military, and secure the movement of domestic and international commerce,” Murkowski said.

“The current geopolitical situation in Ukraine and persistent security threats from China demonstrate the need for Congress to prioritize investments into expanding the fleet of the future, particularly building out a robust fleet of polar security cutters.”

“We must ensure our military is positioned to respond to the increased demand for their services as the maritime theater gets increasingly complex.”

“It’s an honor to be recognized with this year’s Maritime Leadership Award and I will continue to be a vocal advocate for these essential national defense programs.”
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The ITF Seafarers’ Trust has made a $55,000 emergency grant to local unions to help the families of those who died or are in serious condition following a June 27 explosion of chlorine gas at the port of Aqaba, Jordan, that killed 13 people and injured more than 300.

Dock workers struck for seven days after the explosion to protest safety problems at the southern Jordanian port.

Video shows a tank carrying 25 tons of chlorine gas falling when a cable snapped as it was being loaded by a shoreside crane onto the cargo vessel FOREST 6, causing an explosion of yellow gas that quickly engulfed the vessel and the pier.

When inhaled, chlorine turns to hydrochloric acid, causing severe internal burns.

Nine of the 13 people who died were union port workers. The other four were Chinese seafarers.

The General Union of Port Workers of Jordan, which represents most of those affected, will distribute the emergency funds.

“The thoughts of the global maritime community are with all those in Aqaba and their loved ones,” said ITF Seafarers’ Trust Chair Dave Heindel.

“No seafarer, docker, indeed—no worker—should lose their life or health just because they went to work that day.”

“This accident should never have happened,” said ITF President Paddy Crumlin.

“It throws into sharp relief the safety regime at this port and raises tough questions about how dangerous loads are typically handled in the region.”

Crumlin said the ITF had called for an urgent meeting with port authorities to demand a comprehensive inquiry be carried out and to insist that changes be put in place to prevent further unnecessary deaths.

Low safety and health standards in the region have concerned unions for years, said Katie Higginbottom, the head of the ITF Seafarers’ Trust.

“It is a bitter irony that this tragedy should take place in Aqaba just we are rolling out a program to increase workers’ participation in occupational safety and health and raise awareness of their right to a safe workplace,” she said.
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The U.S. Navy has implemented a significant change in disciplinary policy aimed at encouraging victims of sexual assault to come forward. The news was first reported by Maritime Executive.

“In some cases, the act of making a report would implicate the victim in misbehavior of their own—for example, drinking, curfew violations or other minor infractions—and the victim has an incentive to stay silent in order to avoid punishment,” Maritime Executive reports.

“The Navy has decided to remove this incentive structure. Effective immediately, Navy personnel will no longer face disciplinary action for minor misconduct associated with a sexual assault (collateral misconduct).”

“Collateral misconduct by the victim of a sexual assault is one of the most significant barriers to reporting because of the victim’s fear of punishment,” said Andrea Goldstein, assistant director, Department of the Navy Force Resiliency.

“We’re committed to removing barriers to reporting, restoring victims’ trust, and improving victim care.”

“Under the Navy’s new rules, this kind of minor misconduct will not put a sailor or cadet at risk if they make an unrestricted report of sexual assault through the appropriate channels.”

“Removing this barrier empowers victims and survivors,” said Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro.

“They should not have to choose whether to implicate themselves by reporting a crime committed against them.”
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Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro directed a No Wrong Door policy for victims of sexual assault, sexual harassment, and domestic abuse, to become effective immediately.

Under the policy, a victim who contacts a helping professional from any Department of the Navy victim care and support office must either receive services from that office or, with the victim’s permission, get a “warm hand-off” to the appropriate service provider.

The policy applies to all Department of the Navy personnel responsible for the care and support of victims of sexual assault, sexual harassment, or domestic violence.
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The nomination of the historic WWII era training site to the National Register of Historic Places is on the agenda of the State Historic Resources Commission meeting on Aug. 5 at 0900 Pacific Time.

We will send the Zoom link when it becomes available. Please mark your calendars!

We are organizing speakers and bullet points. If you can participate, please send an email to carmereid@gmail.com.

This is an “all-hands-on-deck” moment. We need as many participants as possible. The opposition has been fiercely attacking the nomination, making false claims on social media and to the press.

This is a historic WWII site that has long been ignored by the City.

Recent research at the National Archives has uncovered a tremendous amount of material, photos, records, all supporting the historical significance of the efforts by the Merchant Marine who crewed the Liberty and Victory ships.

Their support and sacrifice were integral to winning WWII.

The Bay Area was uniquely situated to train these mariners, as the ships were being built at the Kaiser Shipyards in Richmond, Calif.

Alameda’s U.S. Maritime Service Officers Training School was a pivotal piece of the overall efforts, and recognizing what remains of the original site as a “district” will give future generations the ability to visualize and understand our nation’s history.

We hope that the nomination will bring forth preservation efforts for adaptive reuse of the site.

Here is the nomination:


Historic Video:


Sign and share our Change.org petition:


Please send an email of strong support to:



Or send a letter to:

Julianne Polanco and William Burg, State Historical Resources Commission, P.O. Box 942896, Sacramento, CA 94296-0001.

Sample Letter:

State Historical Resources Commission

Re: Nomination of the U.S. Maritime Service Officers School in Alameda for Listing on the National Register of Historic Places, August 5 Meeting

Dear State Historic Resources Commissioners,

I strongly support the nomination of the historic U.S. Maritime Officers Training Station in Alameda, CA.

— The Alameda campus completes a story of local war-time efforts that includes the Richmond Kaiser Shipyards, the Red Oak Victory (last remaining of 747 ships of all types built at the shipyards during WWII) the S.S. Jeremiah O’Brien (one of only two remaining of the 2,710 Liberty Ships built).

It was here in Alameda where 6000+ officers who manned those ships received the critical training necessary to prepare them for the theatres of war.

— The Merchant Mariners of WWII Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2020 notes that the “feats and accomplishments of the Merchant Marine are deserving of broader recognition.”

— The architecture is a rare, early example of institutional military design influenced by the International Moderne and Bay Tradition styles—which evolved into mid-century modern architecture throughout the area.

— Through rapid collaboration with Coast Guard Engineering, builder Fred. J. Early, Jr. and his architect Harry A. Bruno conceptualized and built the 32-acre campus. Harry A. Bruno, F.A.I.A. went on to design other maritime projects and private homes projects in his long and prolific career.

— The American Merchant Marine has not received proper recognition over the years and entering the historic district into the National Register of Historic Places is a unique opportunity to bring awareness and potential adaptive reuse preservation to the site.

— I urge your commission to unanimously support the nomination.

Thank you.
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The World Maritime University is conducting a survey on seafarers’ views regarding hours of work and rest, workloads and ship manning.

The survey is being funded by the ITF Seafarers’ Trust and conducted in collaboration with the International Federation of Shipmasters’ Associations, the Nautical Institute, the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology and the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network.

Seafarers who are currently working on any commercial ship or who have worked on such ships at any time after Feb. 1, 1997, are invited to participate in the survey.

The survey should take no more than 20 minutes to complete.

The information you provide will be kept strictly confidential.

The deadline to complete the survey is Dec. 1, 2022.

Please follow this link to complete the survey https://wmuhq.questionpro.eu/t/AB3uvMYZB3vReL

Please share the link with other seafarers who might be interested in participating.

Thank you in advance for your consideration and for taking the time to respond.

At the conclusion of the survey, the World Maritime University will work with the maritime community to consider improvements.
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There are jobs for licensed and unlicensed personnel at Grand River Navigation and 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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MARAD MARAD 3M ROS jobs available, no training required. Start is immediate. Inquire at any Offshore hiring hall.

Fully MSC trained LDO’s, all levels, needed for the Watson Class fleet. Jobs available today!

Urgent need for tanker Second Mates: One 2M for SLNC PAX. Tankerman PIC or ASSIST, MSC Courses required. One 2M needed for Haina Patriot, no MSC courses required. Jobs open nationwide and for early return from vacation.

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

If you are interested, please contact Jeremy Hope, VP Gulf Ports and Gov’t Contracts, at jhope@bridgedeck.org.

Chesapeake Crewing has opportunities available for First Assistant Engineers. If you are interested, please contact Tom Larkin, VP Atlantic Ports, at TLarkin@bridgedeck.org.

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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The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University is seeking a marine operations manager to be responsible for the personnel and the operation, maintenance, and safety of Columbia University’s research vessel, the RV MARCUS G. LANGSETH.

Qualifications for the position are posted at https://academic.careers.columbia.edu/#/80810

The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory seeks fundamental knowledge of the origin, evolution, and future of the natural world.

LDEO scientists study the planet from its deepest interior to the outer reaches of the atmosphere, on every continent and in every ocean, providing a rational basis for the difficult choices facing humanity.

The LDEO is the scientific research heart of the Columbia Climate School, which was founded in 2020 to develop and inspire knowledge-based solutions and educate future leaders for just and prosperous societies on a healthy planet.

The contact for the marine operations manager position is Sean Higgins, sean@ldeo.columbia.edu or 845-365-8528.

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

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

AZIPOD (2-Day) –9/12/22

BRM – Bridge Resource Management (5-Day): Not currently scheduled

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 9/20/22, 11/14/22

Online: Not currently scheduled

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling – (Now also included in BRMP-Refresher) (3-Day): 9/14/22

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

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

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) –9/26/22, 10/17/22, 11/14/22, 12/19/22

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

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic (5-Day): 9/12/22

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability (5-Day): 8/15/22, 10/24/22, 12/19/22

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology (5-Day): 8/22/22, 10/17/22, 12/12/22

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 10/31/22

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

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

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

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants (5-Day): 9/19/22

(DCS-1 available on request – contact Admissions)

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: Not Currently Scheduled

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (5-Day): 9/26/22

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1) (5-Day): 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): 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): 10/3/22

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping (5-Day): Fall date coming soon!

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) -07/31/2022

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: 8/15/22, 10/31/22

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior (1-Day) – 08/27/2022

CDMGT – Crowd Management (1-Day) – Not Currently Scheduled

CSE – Confined Space Entry (3-Day): 08/16/2022

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): Not Currently Scheduled

ECDIS for Pilots (2-Day) – 11/16/22

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

ADV-FF – Advanced Fire-Fighting (4-day) – Not currently scheduled

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced (5-Day): 9/12/22

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 9/28/22, 10/19/22, 11/16/22, 12/21/22

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 9/29/22, 11/17/22, 12/17/22

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

Online: Not currently scheduled

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization (2-Day): Not Currently Scheduled

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (10-Day): Not Currently Scheduled

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 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): 7/11/22, 10/17/22

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes (15-Day): Not Currently Scheduled

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

Ton License (15-Day) – Not Currently Scheduled

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage (1-Day): 9/21/22, 11/14/22

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

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC) (1-Day): 9/26/22

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): 7/25/22, 12/5/22

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

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

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 09/19/2022, 10/3/22

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 7/16/22, 08/06/22, 9/26/22, 10/8/22, 10/17/22, 11/17/22, 12/10/2022, 12/23/22

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic) (1-Day): 8/4/22, 9/14/22, and 11/5/22

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

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) –11/3/22

MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day) –9/12/22

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 7/18/22, 8/8/22, 9/19/22, 11/7/22

MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day/ 8-hour) –8/6/22, 9/17/22, 11/4/22

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) –7/17/22, 8/7/22, 9/18/22, 11/6/22

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) –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): 7/18/22, 8/29/22*, 8/31/22, 10/05/2022, 12/19/2022, 12/21/2022

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

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

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): 9/20/22, 9/28/22

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 8/29/22

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3-Day): 9/7/22

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 9/12/22*, 12/5/22

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day) – 8/22/22, 11/28/22

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 8/8/22

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (15-Day): 7/18/22

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 7/18/22

TRAC-TUG-2 (2-Day): 11/16/22

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): 9/7/22

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) (10-Day): 10/17/22

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 9/19/22
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2022 Spring/Summer/Fall

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

July 2022
11-15 Advanced Stability

11-29 Terrestrial & Coastal Navigation

18-22 Advanced Meteorology

25-29 Advanced Shiphandling I

August 2022

1-5 Radar Observer Unlimited

1-5 Medical Care Provider

1-5 Advanced Shiphandling II

8-12 Ship Construction & Basic Stability

15-19 Basic Cargo Handling & Stowage

22-26 Radar Observer Unlimited

29-2 Basic Meteorology

September 2022

6-8 Security Officer – Vessel, Company & Facility

9th Flashing Light

12-23 Watchkeeping (Operational Level)

26-30 Basic Shiphandling

October 2022


10-14 Advanced Stability

10-28 Celestial Navigation

17-21 Advanced Shiphandling I

24-28 Advanced Shiphandling II

31-4 Advanced Meteorology

November 2022

1-4 ARPA

7-10 Advanced Firefighting

7-11 Leadership & Managerial Skills

14-16 Search & Rescue

17th Leadership & Teamworking Skills

28-9 GMDSS

December 2022

12-16 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