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MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly

Volume 28… Number 19, May 10, 2022


In This Issue:

Russia-Ukraine War:

Case Study:

Mark Your Calendar:

Job Opportunities:



Sen. Joni Ernst (R–Ia.) and Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) have introduced concurrent resolutions 37 and 38, which would declare a state of emergency in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine in order to waive the U.S.-flag cargo preference shipping requirements for the carriage of food aid.

Resolution 37 would waive Ship American rules indefinitely.

Resolution 38 would divert cargoes to foreign carriers for an arbitrary three-year period.

A concurrent resolution does not need to be signed into law by the President to take effect. It just needs to be passed by both Houses of Congress.

USA Maritime, a U.S.-flag fleet coalition that includes MM&P and MIRAID, is working with Jones Act supporters in Congress and the Administration to block both measures.

The coalition noted in a statement that American taxpayer dollars should benefit American workers, “not flag-of-convenience operators who dodge taxes.”
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The Executive Board of the International Transport Workers’ Federation has reiterated its unwavering support for the International Longshore and Warehouse Union as it begins negotiations with the Pacific Maritime Association.

In a communication to all affiliate unions, the ITF underlined the essential role that ILWU members play in keeping supply lines moving—especially in the midst of the pandemic.

“Despite the deregulation of the industry coupled with other neoliberal policies that have harmed effective trade policy and employer-union relations, the ILWU has continued to operate with high levels of professionalism and effectiveness,” the ITF Executive Board noted.

“[E]ssential goods such as foods and medicines have reached those in need throughout the pandemic thanks to the heroic role of skilled and dedicated ILWU members on the West Coast.”

The ITF Executive Board also commended the union for its work on wider issues, “such as narrowing gender and racial/ethnic pay gaps and eliminating inequalities in the workplace.”

It called on employers “to negotiate in a fair and decent manner that recognizes the very real personal sacrifices ILWU members have made, and their enormous contribution to the global supply chain and to increased profits and productivity.”

MM&P is one of the nearly 700 transport unions in 150 countries that belong to the ITF.
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Logistics giant A.P. Moller–Maersk has reported sharply higher revenue across all its businesses for the first quarter of 2022.

“In Q1 we delivered the best earnings quarter ever in A.P. Moller–Maersk, with growth across Ocean, Logistics and Terminals,” CEO Søren Skou said in a statement.

“The increased earnings are driven by freight rates and by contracts being signed at higher levels.”

During the first quarter, corporate revenue in the ocean transport division increased by 64 percent, with strong rates more than offsetting a 7 percent decline in volumes.

Maersk terminals registered their best quarter ever. Logistics operations logged the fifth quarter in a row of more than 30 percent growth.

Skou said these first quarter results are attributable in part to Maersk’s ability to respond strategically to clients’ needs in a challenging, turbulent environment.

Forecasts for the near-term future are for the most part equally positive.

“Revenue for the full year is expected to continue to be strong as the increase in freight rates on our long-term contract portfolio will add approximately $10 billion to revenue in 2022 compared to 2021,” the company said in its financial report, adding that the results will more than compensate for higher fuel costs and the impact of inflation on network and container handling costs.

The medium-term outlook is more difficult to forecast, the company says, citing pressures on the supply chain posed by rising operating costs, inflation’s impact on consumers, the possibility of a recession in the U.S., Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and lockdowns in China.
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Matson christened and launched a new flat-deck container barge in a ceremony last month in Portland, Ore.

MM&P Vice President Pacific Ports J. Lars Turner represented the union at the ceremony, which took place on the 140th anniversary of Captain William Matson’s first sailing between San Francisco and Hilo, Hawaii.

The new barge was christened HALEAKALA, in honor of the massive shield volcano that forms more than 75 percent of the island of Maui.

In the background as the new barge was christened and launched were two Shaver tugs—the VANCOUVER and the DESCHUTES—manned by members of the MM&P United Inland Group–Pacific Maritime Region.

Matson plans to deploy HALEAKALA in its service in Hawaii starting this summer, connecting cargo to and from the U.S. West Coast through its hub terminal in Honolulu.

HALEAKALA is double the size of the older barge it is replacing, with a carrying capacity of more than 12,000 metric tons and room for 72 refrigerated containers.

“The launch of this new vessel symbolizes Matson’s long-standing commitment to serving our communities in Hawaii,” said Matson Senior Vice President Vic Angoco in comments delivered at the ceremony, adding that the company has invested more than $1 billion in new vessels and infrastructure at its hub terminal in Honolulu to support its Hawaii service.

Matson is expected to take delivery of the barge in late May. The vessel will start service in summer.
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Ukrainian officials said last week that the Russian frigate ADMIRAL MAKAROV was on fire after being hit by a Ukrainian missile while sailing near Snake Island.

Russia denied the report, and a spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Defense said the United States had no information about the ship.

A member of Ukraine’s parliament claimed that the frigate had been struck by a Neptune missile fired by the same coastal-defense system that sank the missile cruiser MOSKVA on April 14.

After the sinking of the MOSKVA, the Russian Black Sea Fleet was said to be down to just three major surface combatants, the most important of them being the 2017-built ADMIRAL MAKAROV.

Ukrainian forces have repeatedly targeted Russian positions on Snake Island in recent weeks, destroying air-defense systems and two Russian patrol boats.
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There are about 500 seafarers who have still been unable to escape Ukraine’s ports, according to the International Chamber of Shipping.

As many as three-quarters of the seafarers whose ships were moored in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov when hostilities broke out have been evacuated by governments, shipowners, unions, international aid agencies, seafarer charities, flag states and port states.

“While we are relieved that around 1,500 have been successfully evacuated, our focus is on those still onboard,” said Natalie Shaw, director of employment affairs at ICS.

“We will continue to do all we can to facilitate their safe passage out of the affected areas and, in the meantime, work with aid agencies to ensure the delivery of humanitarian aid to those still affected.”

The ICS is working with the United Nations to ensure that the plight of those who are still trapped remains in the public eye.

The International Labor Organization, the International Maritime Organization, the United Nations and humanitarian organizations have coordinated deliveries of food, water, and medicine.

The ICS says, however, that not all the supplies are making it to those aboard the approximately 100-110 ships—mostly bulk carriers and cargo ships—that remain blocked.

In related news, Ukraine’s Ministry of Infrastructure issued a new order last week keeping the ports of Mariupol, Kherson, Berdiansk, and Skadovsk closed, “until Ukraine regains control over them.”
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A report by CHIRP, a charity specialized in maritime safety, highlights the risk of accommodation ladder failure.

In a recent incident described in an article published in Maritime Executive, a pilot boarded a ship using a combination rig.

After the pilot embarked, and while the accommodation ladder was being recovered, the wire falls parted and the ladder dropped to the sea.

Although the ladder had been inspected by a classification society 18 months earlier, an inspection revealed that the bolts securing the wire had failed.

“Many vessels, especially bulk carriers and tankers, have accommodation ladders that are positioned on exposed areas of the main deck where heavy seas and spray, combined with cargo residue and dust, can affect the fixtures and fittings and bring about accelerated corrosion,” the organization notes.

“Access is often difficult, hampering inspections and maintenance.”

“Design was a significant latent factor in this incident, which could have had extremely severe consequences for the pilot.”

SOLAS regulation II-1/3-9 states that all wires used to support the means of embarkation and disembarkation shall be maintained as specified in SOLAS regulation III/20.4 which states that falls should be “renewed when necessary due to the deterioration of the falls or at intervals of not more than 5 years, whichever is the earlier.”

CHIRP suggests reducing the periodicity for changing the falls to between 18 and 30 months for vessels with accommodation ladders in exposed areas.
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The American Merchant Marine Veterans Memorial Committee invites everyone to attend the National Maritime Day Observance and luncheon on May 22.

The observance begins at 1100 at the foot of 6th Street in San Pedro. Luncheon will follow at the Double Tree Hotel.

As tradition, the service will consist of a few speakers, a Memorial Service, and a Blessing of the Wreaths.

Once again, the committee recommends Massey’s House of Flowers on Western Ave. in Lomita (310) 325-8222. Massey’s will deliver all the wreaths on Sunday morning before the program begins.

There is a new parking lot located next to the American Merchant Marine Veterans Memorial.

Since there is plenty of parking at the hotel, there will not be trolley service.

The Double Tree Hotel, where luncheon will be served, is located at 2800 Via Cabrillo (off 22nd Street) in San Pedro. The no-host bar will open at 1200.

If you have any questions, please contact Jerry Aspland, jaaspland@gmail.com, (714) 968-4409.

We look forward to seeing you there!
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MM&P Atlantic Ports will be closed on Monday, May 23, for National Maritime Day.

All MM&P union halls, the MM&P Plan Office, the MM&P Federal Credit Union and MM&P headquarters will be closed on Monday, May 30, for Memorial Day.
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Urgent need for Second Mate for SLNC PAX. Tankerman PIC OR ASSIST, MSC Courses required. Job open nationwide and for early return from vacation.

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

Car carrier and Heavy Lift Chief Mates needed in the commercial fleet!

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 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) – 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) – 5/12/22, 9/12/22

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

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 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) – 6/8/22, 9/28/22, 10/19/22, 11/14/22, 12/20/22

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 06/08/22, 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): 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): 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): 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): 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

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): 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): 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: 6/7/22, 9/27/22, 10/18/22, 11/16/22, 12/22/22

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

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: 5/23/22*, 8/1/22, 11/28/22

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

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 05/22/2022, 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): 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) –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) – 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: 7/11/22

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
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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

May 2022
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


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