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MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly

Volume 28… Number 12, March 22, 2022


In This Issue:

U.S.-Flag Fleet Loses an Advocate:



Offshore Member Updates:

Mark Your Calendar:


  • 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


    British ports were the scene of angry demonstrations over the weekend after 800 professional mariners employed at P&O Ferries were informed that they were being fired—effective immediately.

    Management delivered the shocking news in a pre-recorded three-minute Zoom call Thursday after telling crews to disembark all passengers and log on to their work stations for an important message.

    “Your final day of employment is today,” they were told.

    The ferry workers belong to unions that include Nautilus International and the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers.

    MM&P partners with Nautilus International in the Nautilus Federation.

    P&O Ferries, which has operated passenger vessels in British waters since 1844, was purchased 16 years ago by DP World, one of the world’s largest port operators.

    In 2019, the company reflagged the ferries from the UK to Cyprus.

    “The news that P&O Ferries is sacking the crew across its entire UK fleet is a betrayal of British workers,” said Nautilus International General Secretary Mark Dickinson.

    “Be assured the full resources of Nautilus International stand ready to act in defense of our members.”

    The company deployed security guards, some wearing balaclavas and carrying handcuffs, to march the ferry workers off their ships. Busloads of Filipino replacement workers waited nearby.

    DP World reported more than $10.8 billion in revenue and $1.2 billion in profit last year, a 33 percent increase over the previous year. It also received more than 30 million pounds in emergency government funding during the pandemic.

    “The International Transport Workers’ Federation stands ready to provide meaningful solidarity across DP World’s global operations if need be to defend these workers’ jobs,” said ITF President Paddy Crumlin.

    “Maritime unions globally will do everything we can to stop these appalling jobs cuts. We will lobby P&O shareholders, investors and customers to demand P&O reverse its aggressive and callous outsourcing attempt.”

    “These seafarers’ rights have clearly been violated—and it is astonishing that this can happen in a major developed country like the UK,” said Livia Spera, acting general secretary of the European Transport Workers’ Federation.

    “We call on P&O to urgently meet with the unions to find a justifiable solution and end this clear abuse of workers’ rights.”

    Nautilus has informed the company that it is in violation of its collective bargaining agreement with ferry workers.

    On March 29, ITF General Secretary Stephen Cotton will be meeting with DP World in Dubai.

    Maritime unions around the world want to send him to that meeting with thousands of names pledging solidarity with P&O workers.

    Please show your support now by signing the petition!
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    The Spring 2022 issue of The Master, Mate & Pilot has been posted on bridgedeck.org under Latest News. In this issue of the magazine:

    — 89th MM&P Regular Convention Call;

    — Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has shone a spotlight on the urgent need to strengthen and expand the U.S.-flag fleet and regain control of America’s supply chain;

    — MM&P Women’s Caucus publishes new resource guide;

    — White House issues 70-point plan to strengthen labor unions;

    — President Biden meets with union officials in Port of Baltimore;

    — MV KAMOKUIKI Nuku’alofa aid mission;

    — mandatory overtime pushing Panama Canal captains to the brink;

    — Glen Paine retires after more than 23 years as head of MITAGS.


    — over-the-counter Covid-19 test reimbursement.

    The Spring 2022 issue of The Master, Mate & Pilot will be arriving in your mailbox soon. In the meantime, look for it on bridgedeck.org.
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    The $1.5 billion spending package signed into law by President Biden on March 11 includes funding for the fifth National Security Multi-mission Vessel, which will go to Cal Maritime.

    Construction of the first NSMV, destined for SUNY Maritime, is underway at Philly Shipyard.

    The next three ships are designated for Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Maine Maritime Academy and Texas A&M Maritime Academy.

    “We are grateful for the funding of this new ship,” said Cal Maritime President Tom Cropper.

    “This moment is remarkable: it culminates eight years of work by the Consortium of State Maritime Academies and for the first time, provides brand new training vessels for our cadets.”

    “On behalf of the Maritime Administration, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, and the Biden-Harris Administration, we are extremely pleased to receive funding for the fifth National Security Multi-mission Vessel,” said Acting Maritime Administrator Lucinda Lessley.

    “This investment represents a steadfast commitment to our maritime workforce development and our national security.”

    “The construction and delivery of these vessels also demonstrates a highly innovative and cost-effective shipbuilding program that has enabled government to draw on industry best practices.”

    The NSMV will feature numerous instructional spaces, a full training bridge, and accommodations for up to 600 cadets to train in a first-rate maritime academic environment at sea.

    The vessel has also been designed to support humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions. 

    The omnibus will also fully fund the Maritime Security Program and a new Tanker Security Program.

    The MSP is funded at $318 million, which provides a $5.3 million per ship stipend.

    The TSP is funded at $60 million, providing each vessel with $6 million.
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    The ban on Russian energy imports is being used by some as a pretext to seek Jones Act waivers, the American Maritime Partnership says, adding that similar requests are totally without merit.

    “Calls for waivers to the Jones Act now are both inconsistent with current law and unnecessary,” AMP President Ku’uhaku Park wrote in a recent letter to the White House.

    In the letter, Park noted that a waiver requested the day after President Biden banned Russian energy imports was withdrawn when Customs and Border Patrol and the Maritime Administration determined that many American vessels were readily available.

    “Obviously, the requester of that waiver had made no attempt to identify Jones Act-qualified vessels,” Park wrote, calling the request “a textbook example of the lengths some will go to circumvent U.S. law in order to make a profit in the middle of a world crisis.”

    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.

    President Biden is a strong supporter of the Jones Act.

    Within days of his inauguration, he cited it in a Buy American executive order, calling it essential to the nation’s economy and security and “an opportunity to invest in America’s workers.”
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    Congressman Don Young, one of our industry’s strongest supporters in Washington, died on March 18 at the age of 88.

    A staunch supporter of the Jones Act, cargo preference and the Maritime Security Program, the Alaska Republican was the state’s only representative in the House of Representatives.

    He worked for the passage of numerous laws to support and strengthen the American Merchant Marine, including most recently the Tanker Security Program.

    Considered “the Dean of the House,” he had been reelected in 2020 to serve his 25th term, making him the longest serving member of the current Congress.
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    Salvors began working over the weekend to dislodge the Hong Kong-flag containership that grounded ten days ago in the Chesapeake Bay.

    The MV EVER FORWARD is owned by the same company that owns the MV EVER GIVEN, the containership that caused a 400-ship backup when it grounded a year ago in the Suez Canal.

    The company said Friday that when the tide is “at a beneficial level” and sufficient mud has been excavated, tugs and the ship’s main engine will be used to refloat it.

    The ship is said to be deeply dug into the mud, and could require lightering before it can be freed.

    The EVER FORWARD was traveling at nearly 13 knots when it exited the Craighill shipping channel and ran aground as it departed the Port of Baltimore on route to Norfolk.
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    Explorers have found the wreck of the three-masted barquentine that took Ernest Shackleton and his crew of 28 to Antarctica in 1914.

    The ship, ENDURANCE, was built in Norway of oak and fir and outfitted with a coal-fired steam engine and sails.

    The hull had been strengthened to withstand the rigors of a polar expedition: in some places its wooden sides were two feet thick.

    But ENDURANCE never reached land. It became trapped in dense pack ice and sank on Nov. 21, 1915, after Shackleton had given the order to abandon ship.

    Scientists found it in an excellent state of preservation due to the icy conditions.

    “You can even see ‘Endurance’ arced across the stern, directly below the taffrail,” said Mensun Bound, director of the expedition.

    The Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust has posted footage of the expedition and the ship, along with details of Shackleton’s historic voyage.
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    A roll-on/roll-off vehicle carrier, the AL SALMY 6, capsized in high waves and sank on March 16 in the Persian Gulf.

    The accident took place while the Emirati-flagged vessel was underway from Dubai to Umm Qasr in southern Iraq.

    All but one of the 30 members of the crew were rescued from the water or from life rafts.

    A spokesperson for the owner, Salem Al Makrani Cargo Company, attributed the accident to bad weather.
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    All Maersk Line Limited and MP&P rotary and relief jobs with a pay start on or after April 4, 2022 will be dispatched no earlier than five (5) job calls before the day the pay is to start, weekends and holidays excepted, as per Article III – Offshore Shipping Rules, 2. (d).

    We thank the membership for their consideration and flexibility to adjust the job call to accommodate the extraordinary circumstances brought about by the pandemic. We look forward to getting back to a level of normalcy.
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    Please be advised that as of the March 2022 MATES Trustees meeting, the number of sea days required to receive standard covered training at MITAGS for participants who are otherwise eligible to attend will now be 30 days instead of 42.

    This decision was made by the Trustees to better accommodate the membership’s need for training throughout MM&P contracts and to return the program to its original eligibility guidelines.
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    The MM&P Honolulu Hall will be closed on Wednesday, March 30, for Harry Bridges Memorial Day.

    Pacific Ports union halls except for the Honolulu Hall will be closed on Thursday, March 31, for Cesar Chavez Day.
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    MM&P Vice President Tom Larkin has scheduled an in-person Offshore Membership Meeting in the New York/New Jersey Hall at 1100 on Tuesday, March 29.

    MM&P International President Don Marcus and International Secretary-Treasurer Don Josberger will be in attendance.

    All Offshore members and applicants are encouraged to attend the meeting.

    The MM&P New York/New Jersey Hall is located at 570 Broad Street, Ste 701, Newark, NJ 07102. The phone number is: 201-963-1900.
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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 PCR test within 72 hours of attendance and to be masked at all times while on campus unless drinking, eating, or speaking.

    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.

    Additionally, face masks are required at MITAGS West, regardless of vaccination status.

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

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

    AZIPOD (2-Day) – 5/12/22, 9/12/22

    BRM – Bridge Resource Management (5-Day): 7/18/22

    BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 4/26/22, 5/26/22, 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): 5/23/22, 9/14/22

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

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

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

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

    CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic (5-Day): 9/26/22

    [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): 4/18/22, 6/20/22, 8/22/22, 10/17/22, 12/12/22

    CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 3/28/22, 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): 5/2/22, 8/1/22, 10/10/22

    LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM) (5-Day): 4/25/22, 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): 4/11/22*, 5/16/22, 6/6/22, 7/25/22, 8/8/22, 9/19/22, 10/3/22, 10/17/22, 11/7/22, 12/5/22

    SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2) (5-Day): 3/28/22, 4/18/22, 5/23/22, 6/13/22, 8/1/22, 8/15/22, 9/26/22, 10/10/22, 10/24/22, 11/14/22, 12/12/22

    **SHS-ADV-I & II are now approved to include SAR-CMM assessments at MITAGS**

    VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation (5-Day): 4/11/22, 10/3/22

    WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping (5-Day): Not currently scheduled

    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) – 4/9/22, 6/13/22

    CIW-DPA/IA – Continual Improvement Workshop: Designated Person Ashore & Internal Auditor (3-Day) ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program **
    Online: Not currently scheduled

    CIW-SMS – Continual Improvement Workshop: Successful Safety Management (2-Day) – Online: Not Currently Scheduled

    CNAV-OIC (15-Day) – Celestial Navigation: 5/9/22, 8/15/22, 10/31/22

    CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications (1-Day): 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): 5/2/22

    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) – 5/10/22, 11/16/22

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

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

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

    FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 4/25/22, 6/7/22, 9/27/22, 10/18/22, 11/16/22, 12/22/22

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

    FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications (1-Day): 4/26/22, 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): 5/2/22, 9/12/22, 12/12/22

    IEN – Integrated Electronic Navigation (3-Day) – Not currently scheduled

    LAP – License Advancement Program for Mate to Master (20-Day): 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): 3/28/22, 7/25/22, 12/5/22

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

    MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 3/28/22, 5/23/22*, 8/1/22, 11/28/22

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

    MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 4/2/22, 4/9/22, 6/6/22, 7/16/22, 9/26/22, 10/8/22, 10/17/22, 11/17/22, 12/23/22

    [MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

    MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic) (1-Day): 5/24/22, 6/21/22, 8/4/22, 9/14/22, 11/5/22

    MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 5/23/22, 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, 9/14/22

    MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 5/16/22, 6/13/22, 7/18/22, 8/8/22, 9/19/22, 11/7/22

    MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day/ 8-hour) – 5/14/22, 6/11/22, 8/6/22, 9/17/22, 11/4/22

    MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) – 5/15/22, 6/12/22, 7/17/22, 8/7/22, 9/18/22, 11/6/22

    MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) – 5/20/22, 6/17/22, 7/22/22, 8/12/22, 9/23/22, 11/11/22

    NDMS-ENAV – Navigational Decision Making Series – Best Practice in eNav (3-Day) – Not currently scheduled

    NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P (2-Day) – 3/28/22*, 5/3/22*, 5/5/22*, 6/27/22*, 6/29/22*, 7/18/22, 8/29/22, 8/31/22

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

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

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

    ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal (1-Day): Not Currently Scheduled

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

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

    SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3-Day): Not Currently Scheduled

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

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

    STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: Not Currently Scheduled

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

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

    TRAC-TUG-2 (2-Day): 5/26/22, 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): 6/23/22

    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): Not Currently Scheduled
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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

    March 2022

    24th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
    25-26 Basic Training Revalidation

    April 2022

    4-8 Basic Training
    4-8 Advanced Stability
    11-13 Security Officer – Vessel, Company & Facility
    11-14 Advanced Firefighting
    11-15 Basic Training
    11-15 Advanced Meteorology
    18-22 Advanced Shiphandling I
    19-20 Basic Training Revalidation
    21st Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
    25-29 Advanced Shiphandling II

    May 2022

    2-6 ECDIS
    6-7 Advanced Firefighting Refresher
    8-10 Basic Training Refresher
    8-9 Basic Training Revalidation
    10th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
    16-27 GMDSS

    June 2022

    1st Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
    2-3 Basic Training Revalidation
    6-10 Basic Training
    6-10 Tankerman Person-In-Charge
    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

    3-7 ECDIS
    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