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MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly

The Masters, Mates & Pilots
Wheelhouse Weekly
Bridging the Information Gap
With E-News You Can Use
Volume 28… Number 23… June 7, 2022

In This Issue:
— International Propeller Club of the United States Honors Congressman Joe Courtney
— Unions Express Support for Principles Embodied in EMBARC Guidelines
— Gen. Stephen Lyons Appointed New White House Port Envoy

International News:
— ITF and Shipowners Negotiate Four Percent Wage Increase for Able Seafarers
— Number of Confined Space Deaths Aboard Ship “Severely Underreported,” International Trade Group Says

— Reps. Elaine Luria and Bobby Scott Urge Navy To Expand Mental Health Services

Job Opportunities:
— Offshore Jobs Available!
— Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Seeks Marine Operations Manager

— Washington State Ferries Seeking Deck Hands and Mates

— MM&P Pacific Ports Closed on June 10
— Covid-19 Vaccination Required for All MITAGS Students; MITAGS Requires Negative Test for Unvaccinated Students Who Have Received Exemptions
— MITAGS East Academic Notes
— MITAGS West Academic Notes


Congressman Joe Courtney (D) is the 2022 recipient of the International Propeller Club’s Salute to Congress award, considered one of the maritime industry’s highest honors.

He has represented Connecticut’s 2nd congressional district since 2007 and chairs the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces.

“During his time in Congress, Chairman Courtney has been a forceful and outspoken advocate for all segments of the maritime industry,” said International Propeller Club President C. James Patti.

“Throughout his career, he has played a key role in the enactment of numerous maritime legislative initiatives and has worked tirelessly to ensure that the programs and policies important to our industry are funded, implemented and enforced.”

Courtney is a staunch supporter of the Jones Act and the Maritime Security Program, and was also key to legislative efforts to fund the construction of the five new National Security Multi-Mission Vessels that will be deployed to U.S. maritime academies.

Most recently, he was instrumental to the passage of the legislation that creates the Tanker Security Program, which calls for a fleet of 10 commercial U.S.-flag petroleum product tankers that can be deployed in support of America’s long-term strategic defense needs.

The Tanker Security Program is aimed at reducing the military’s reliance on foreign-flag commercial vessels and expanding the pool of qualified merchant mariners.

“The future mission of the U.S. Merchant Marine is looming ever larger in increasingly contested maritime domains at a time when 90 percent of goods” exported by and imported into the U.S. move by sea, Courtney said in remarks delivered at the ceremony honoring World War II merchant marine veterans that took place at the U.S. Capitol on May 18.

The International Propeller Club of the United States has honored key legislators with the Salute to Congress award on an annual basis for almost four decades.


The maritime unions have expressed support for the goals and objectives reflected in the EMBARC guidelines.

The Maritime Administration has requested public comment on the guidelines, which were developed to prevent incidents of sexual assault and sexual harassment (SASH) in the workplace.

In a May 31 letter to Maritime Administrator Ann Phillips, the unions expressed their collective willingness to work with MARAD and the U.S.-flag shipping companies to ensure compliance with the guidelines and the availability of resources to support their implementation.

“Collectively, we support the goals and intentions set forth by EMBARC and are committed to addressing systemic and cultural changes in the maritime industry to prevent incidents of sexual assault and sexual harassment (SASH) in a workplace that doubles as every mariner’s home,” the unions wrote.

“SASH is a safety issue in the maritime industry that poses a threat to all mariners, and ensuring the successful implementation of EMBARC is an essential first step.”

The letter was signed by the presidents of MM&P, the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department, the AFL-CIO Maritime Trades Department, the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association, the Sailors’ Union of the Pacific, the Seafarers International Union of North America and the American Maritime Officers.


Retired Gen. Stephen R. Lyons, former commander of U.S. Transportation Command, has been appointed to lead the White House effort to address transportation bottlenecks, speed up the supply chain and help lower costs for American consumers.

Lyons will assume the role of Port and Supply Chain Envoy to the Administration’s Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force. He replaces John D. Porcari, who had been the port envoy since last summer.

The Biden Administration established the task force in June 2021 to address congestion that has interfered with goods distribution in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic.

To ease bottlenecks, Lyons will work with private companies across America’s supply chains, including trucking, rail and ports, alongside representatives of DOT and the White House National Economic Council.

Lyons led USTRANSCOM for three years, and previously served as its deputy commander.

He served in the military for more than three decades and has degrees in logistics and national resource strategy.

“The Biden-Harris Administration has made tremendous progress on addressing the supply chain disruptions we’ve seen as we recover from the pandemic,” Lyons said.

“I look forward to rolling up my sleeves and continuing to engage industry, labor, and port stakeholders to improve the fluidity of our supply chains, cut down on shipping costs, and ultimately save money for the American people.”


The International Transport Workers’ Federation has reached a new three-year deal with shipowners that calls for a four percent increase for able seafarers covered under the International Labor Organization’s basic minimum wage agreement.

Under the terms of the agreement, the ILO monthly minimum basic wage for an able seafarer will be raised to $ 658 on Jan. 1, 2023, to $ 666 on Jan. 1, 2024 and to $ 673 on Jan. 1, 2025.

During the negotiations, the unions representing seafarers originally pushed to increase the minimum wage by 6.5 percent, but had to scale back in the face of stiff resistance from shipowners.

The new agreement, which was announced on May 18, comes after two years marked by the pandemic-related travel restrictions that have kept many seafarers separated from their families for long periods, and more recently by the sharp rise in prices that is plaguing world economies.

“This agreement recognizes the huge sacrifices and professionalism of the men and women working at sea, especially over the past few years,” said Nautilus International General Secretary Mark Dickinson, who spoke on behalf of the union negotiators.

“We look forward to continuing to work together alongside our social partners to safeguard financial stability for the world’s seafarers.”

The agreement on wage increases is the latest in a series of efforts to improve seafarers’ working and living conditions, including creating a right for increased internet access.

The minimum basic wage standard falls under the ILO’s Maritime Labor Convention, 2006, known as the “seafarers’ bill of rights.”

MLC 2006 entered into force on Aug. 20, 2013, and has been ratified by 101 ILO member states, representing approximately 96 percent of global shipping tonnage.

Maritime transport is the only sector with a formally recognized global minimum wage, which has existed for seafarers since 1958.


An international trade group that keeps statistics on confined space deaths is calling out the maritime industry for inadequate reporting of serious accidents.

InterManager—an international association that represents ship and crew managers—says that since 1999, 104 seafarers and 51 shore workers have died in confined space accidents.

But only 26 percent of enclosed space accidents are being reported to the IMO’s Global Integrated Shipping Information System, according to Intermanager Secretary General Kuba Szymanski.

He made the remarks after the deaths of two shoreside workers who, he said, “apparently entered the wrong space on a cargo ship and paid the ultimate price for their mistake.”

“The shipping industry is very slow in reporting accidents in enclosed spaces, as it also is with lifeboat incidents,” he said.

“Accident reports take ages even for Flag States rated as excellent. The GISIS database is largely being ignored by Flag States.”

According to Szymanski, 74 percent of confined space accidents go unreported.

“By not reporting accidents, the shipping industry is not giving people the chance to properly investigate, understand and learn from them,” he said.

“This is potentially putting the lives of more seafarers and port workers in danger.”

Szymanski is urging the industry to work harder to address the root causes of enclosed space accidents, which he says can be attributed in most cases to ship design, time pressure, and contradictory or confusing regulations.

InterManager is working with The Nautical Institute, the ITF, IFSMA, Nautilus and other members of the Human Element Industry Group to identify the biggest risk factors and potential solutions to the problem.


Two members of Congress have called on the Navy to “immediately improve the quality of life for sailors assigned to USS GEORGE WASHINGTON” by introducing measures that include expanded access to mental health services.

“There is an urgent need for the Navy to engage with the local community and shipyard to explore opportunities to improve quality of life for sailors,” Democrats Elaine Luria and Bobby Scott, both of whom represent coastal Virginia districts, wrote in a letter to Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael Gilday.

“This must include additional off ship accommodations such as single-sailor housing, increased mental health services, and improved parking.”

The two called on the Navy to take urgent action following the deaths by suicide in April of three sailors serving aboard the aircraft carrier.

In the letter to Del Toro and Gilday, Luria and Scott also urged the Navy to ensure that those impacted by traumatic shipboard events have immediate access to the assistance they need, “assurances that the status quo is no longer acceptable to Navy leadership” and the certainty that they can raise concerns without fear of reprisal.

Luria served in the Navy for 20 years and retired as a commander.

For two years in a row, she has received the Federal Legislator of the Year Award from the Virginia Council of Chapters of the Military Officers Association of America.

The award recognizes members of Congress for their support of the national security of the United States, active-duty personnel, veterans, and military families.


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.


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.


This notice has been updated.

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.

The union and the employer are developing up to 30 temporary mate training positions to allow deck officers from both inside and outside the agency who do not currently hold the pilotage to be placed on the seniority list.

This program will include paid positions at the 2nd mate level to ride the ships to gain the pilotage experience for testing while also becoming familiar with Washington State Ferries operations.

Candidates finishing their pilotage within the constraints of this initiative will be invited to apply for seats in WSF’s New Mate Orientation with the result of graduating as fully qualified Chief Mates and being assigned seniority numbers within the fleet.

This program will hopefully be in place in the fall of 2022.

The ferry system hires “on-call” deck employees (OS/AB), including those who walk in the door with an upper level license, and gives them work until they have completed the pilotage requirements and New Mate Orientation and Assessment.

WSF is currently paying second mates $41.65/hour, chief mates $44.62/hour and relief mates $53.55/hour.

Regular masters are making $55.27/hour, relief masters are making $66.34/hour and staff masters are making $71.12/hour.

WSF does not direct hire deck officers. All deck hires are through their website, key word “Deckhands”

WSF offers good working conditions, medical and retirement benefits.

With the current retirement curve hitting its peak, new employees are gaining seniority very quickly: experience has shown that newly hired mates who apply themselves can be working as master within about five years.

Anyone seeking more information on this opportunity should contact MM&P Pacific Maritime Region Representative Dan Twohig: dtwohig@bridgedeck.org or 206-390-9907.


All MM&P Pacific Ports union halls will be closed on Friday, June 10, for King Kamehameha Day, a contract holiday.


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.


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) – 6/8/22, 9/26/22, 10/17/22, 11/14/22, 12/19/22

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 06/08/22, 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): 6/27/22, 8/15/22, 10/24/22, 12/19/22

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology (5-Day): 6/20/22, 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): 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): 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): 10/3/22

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

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) – 6/13/22,
–New Session 07/31/22–

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: 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: 6/7/22, 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): 8/15/22

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 9/12/22, 12/12/22
–New Session 06/20/2022 – Evening Session 1600 – 2200 —

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): 6/6/22

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: 7/11/22*, 09/19/2022, 10/3/22

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 6/6/22*, 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): 6/21/22, 8/4/22, 9/14/22, 11/5/22

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

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) – 6/10/22, 11/3/22

MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day) – 6/8/22, 9/12/22

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 6/13/22, 7/18/22, 8/8/22, 9/19/22, 11/7/22

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

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) –6/12/22, 7/17/22, 8/7/22, 9/18/22, 11/6/22

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) –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) –6/27/22*, 6/29/22*, 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) – 6/20/22*, 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): 6/22/22, 9/7/22

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

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 9/19/22


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

June 2022

23rd Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
24-25 Basic Training Revalidation

July 2022

5-8 Advanced Firefighting
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

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©2022. 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.