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MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly

Volume 29… Number 45, November 7, 2023


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The crew of the King County Water Taxi MV DOC MAYNARD averted what could have been a serious accident on Thursday by diverting a fully laden container barge that had broken loose from its mooring at Seattle’s Terminal 18 in high winds.

As the water taxi was sailing from West Seattle to Pier 50 around 1300, Captain Dan Krehbiel, a member of the MM&P United Inland Group-Pacific Maritime Region, saw the barge—without an accompanying tugboat—heading across Elliott Bay in the direction of the Great Wheel and the Seattle Aquarium.

He decided to use the water taxi’s bow to direct the barge north, towards Pier 66, which was empty.

The barge was carrying six stories of empty containers, which loomed over the water taxi.

“I definitely see the David and Goliath aspect of it: a small aluminum passenger vessel going up against a giant steel barge and all those containers,” Krehbiel told Hawaii News Now.

“It was one of those ‘this isn’t good’ situations, and we were the only ones around to help to try to make it better.”

“‘Ladies and gentlemen, we’re going to be delayed a little bit,” he told passengers.

“It looks like we have to divert a barge from hitting the waterfront…”

“And I believe from downstairs I heard somebody say, ‘Cool.’”

The barge ultimately collided with the marina near Pier 66.

There was some damage to the pier, but the Coast Guard reported no injuries or signs of pollution.

The barge could have caused more damage if not for the water taxi crew, said Coast Guard spokesperson William Kirk.

“So, we’re thankful they were able to take control of it quickly.”

The water taxi was not damaged, but service was delayed by 15 minutes.

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The Maritime Administration has awarded $653 million in grants to upgrade infrastructure at 41 ports across the country.

Administration officials said the projects will strengthen U.S. supply chains, lower costs for American consumers, and improve worker safety at coastal seaports, on the Great Lakes, and along inland rivers.

The funding for the grants comes from the $1 trillion in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that the president signed during his first year in office.

It is part of the largest dedicated infrastructure investment in ports and waterways in the nation’s history—nearly $17 billion.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg told journalists on a Nov. 3 phone call that the goal of the projects is to make U.S. port infrastructure capable of withstanding the kinds of shocks that emerged during the pandemic, when supply chain problems drove up consumer prices.

“Our goal is to strengthen those supply chains in a durable fashion,” Buttigieg said.

“Today’s announcement is another big step in that direction.”

He said the investments “will help expand capacity and speed up the movement of goods through our ports, contributing to cleaner air and more good-paying jobs as we go.”

The grants include $52.6 million for upgrades to the Port of Long Beach, including a rail expansion to help move cargo, and $32 million to reconstruct a berth at the Port of Newark.

For the complete list of grants by state or territory, click here.

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MM&P licensed deck officers are crewing up the newbuild PCTC GREEN OCEAN, which is replacing the GREEN RIDGE in the SEACOR/Waterman fleet.

The Maritime Security Program requires that participating vessels be replaced before reaching 25 years of age. The GREEN RIDGE was built in 1998.

The GREEN OCEAN was flagged in over the weekend in Nagoya, Japan.

“The ship is purpose built to carry both cars and military cargo,” says Captain Thaddeus Grohoski, who arrived in Japan on Saturday.

“We have significantly more high/heavy cargo space than the older RoRo’s and all of the ramps are massive.”

The delivery date for the new vessel is Dec. 8.

The GREEN OCEAN is expected to get underway in late December, after sea trials, COI, and ABS.

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The Senate on Friday confirmed Adm. Lisa Franchetti to lead the Navy, making her the first woman to command the service, as well as the first to serve on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the group of eight top uniformed service members who advise the president on military issues.

Franchetti, who has served as the vice chief of naval operations since September 2022, has commanded naval forces all over the world as a surface warfare officer.

The Senate confirmed her by a vote of 95-1.

She is the second woman to achieve the rank of four-star admiral in the Navy, and she will now be the second to lead a branch of the armed forces.

Adm. Linda L. Fagan became the first when she took the oath of office as commandant of the Coast Guard last June.

Senior military nominations must be approved by the Senate. Although the review is usually routine, a single senator can pause the process by putting a hold on nominations that force them to be considered one at a time, taking many hours each.

President Biden nominated Franchetti in July.

The Senate circumvented a hold by Alabama Republican Sen. Tommy Tuberville to confirm her and two other senior military officers to their new posts.
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Legislation to establish an offshore wind training program to help fund the training of current and future workers has been introduced by Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.).

The legislation would help finance tuition at maritime schools such as MITAGS, as well as support apprenticeship programs.

Union maritime schools are eligible to participate because of the important role they play in ensuring the availability to government and private industry of highly skilled professional mariners.

Markey said the legislation, which he has titled “The Offshore Wind Jobs and Opportunity Act,” would help the Biden administration achieve its goal of deploying 30 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2030.

It would direct the U.S. secretary of labor to identify the offshore wind industry’s workforce needs by engaging with the maritime industry, eligible entities, local governments, ports, and nonprofit organizations.

Based on the resulting “workforce gap analysis,” the labor secretary would establish a grant program in consultation with the secretary of energy to support the training of new and current workers, provide tuition financing, and support apprenticeship programs.
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The National Labor Relations Board is broadening the criteria for determining “joint-employer status” under the National Labor Relations Act.

The new rule is aimed at bringing corporations that operate franchising networks, for example, to the bargaining table and making them jointly liable for unfair labor practices.

“The point of the rule is simple,” said AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler in a statement.

“When workers negotiate for fair wages and working conditions, companies shouldn’t be able to hide behind a subcontractor or staffing agency… to evade their responsibilities under the law.”

“The rule is about basic common sense,” she added.

“The right to collectively bargain is nonexistent if the company that has the power to change workers’ terms and conditions of employment isn’t negotiating with workers.”

She called the new guidelines “one more example of the Biden administration’s work to ensure that all workers have a seat at the table, whether we have one boss, or many.”

Under the new rule, companies may be considered joint employers if each has an employment relationship with the employees, and if the entities share or codetermine one or more of the employees’ essential terms and conditions of employment, such as wages.

This means that not all franchisors and their franchisees will be considered joint employers. The same is true for staffing or temporary agencies and their client employers.

The new rule, which will take effect on Dec. 26, replaces a rule issued under the previous administration that made it harder to demonstrate joint-employer status.

After the prior Board promulgated the 2020 standard, it was sued in federal district court. That lawsuit has been held in abeyance while the current Board developed the new rule.

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Executives at A.P. Moller-Maersk say the company is in the process of laying off 10,000 employees and significantly reducing capital expenditures because of uncertainty in the ocean shipping market.

“Given the challenging times ahead, we accelerated several cost and cash containment measures,” said A.P. Moller-Maersk CEO Vincent Clerc during a Nov. 3 phone call with market analysts.

“We are in a very uncertain trading environment with significant further downside risk potential: one that could stay with us for quite a while.”

The company started 2023 with 110,000 employees. Since the beginning of this year, it has cut 6,500 jobs, and management has now decided to cut another 3,500, including 2,500 by the end of 2023 and another 1,000 next year.

Clerc called the process, which will lead to a 9 percent global reduction in the number of employees, “a baseline reset.”

He said Maersk is “considering all options to preserve cash,” including substantial cuts in capital spending, in particular from delaying investments in the ocean shipping division, and halting stock buybacks.

“We have a strong balance sheet, but we also have high uncertainty ahead,” said Maersk CFO Patrick Jany.

“There are quite a wide range of scenarios for 2024… so we are preparing to weather any type of scenario that might happen.”

In its financial results for the third quarter of 2023, the company reported revenue of $12.1 billion, a significant decrease from $22.8 billion in the same period last year.

Maersk said its ocean division registered a modest operating loss in the latest period.

“Our industry is facing a new normal with subdued demand, prices back in line with historical levels, and inflationary pressure on our cost base,” Clerc said.

“Since the summer, we have seen overcapacity across most regions triggering price drops and no noticeable uptick in ship recycling or idling.”

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USNS ROBERT F. KENNEDY, the fourth ship in the Navy’s John Lewis-class fleet oiler program, was christened and launched in San Diego on Oct. 28.

The first two ships in the class, the USNS JOHN LEWIS and the USNS HARVEY MILK, have already been delivered.

The USNS EARL WARREN was christened earlier this year.

The future USNS LUCY STONE and the future USNS SOJOURNER TRUTH are under construction.

MM&P represents the LDOs, Pursers, and MSOs aboard all MSC CIVMAR manned ships.

The Lewis-class oilers can carry more than 160,000 barrels of diesel ship fuel. They have double hulls to protect against oil spills, strengthened cargo and ballast tanks, aviation capability, and basic self-defense capability.

The newest fleet oiler honors Robert F. Kennedy, a Navy veteran, lawyer, and politician who served as U.S. attorney general from 1961 to 1964 and as senator for New York from 1965 to 1968.

As attorney general, he fought organized crime and worked to advance civil rights.

Considered a frontrunner for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination in 1968, he was assassinated in June of that year during a campaign event in Los Angeles.
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MM&P is preparing to welcome the holiday season with parties in the union halls.

You must RSVP by emailing or calling the hall if you are planning to attend so there is an accurate headcount for food orders.

— SF/Oakland—11/28 @12:00 pm (Drake’s Dealership Restaurant & Beer Garden) RSVP by November 23rd

— Seattle—11/29 @ 11:00 am–12:00 pm for drinks and socializing; 12:00 pm–2:00 pm for lunch buffet (Union Hall) RSVP by November 23rd

— NY/NJ—12/5 @ 12:00 pm (Union Hall) RSVP by November 20th

— Boston—12/7 @ 12:00 pm (Union Hall) RSVP by November 30th

— LA/LB—12/12 @ Party starts right after the 11:00 am job call (Union Hall) RSVP by December 5th for Offshore to wkarnes@bridgedeck.org or phone 310-834-7201 and for PMR to aamalfitano@bridgedeck.org or phone 310-766-9731

— Charleston—12/12 @ 11:30 am (Kickin’ Chicken) RSVP by December 5th

— Norfolk—12/14 @ 12:00 pm (Dockside Seafood) RSVP by November 7th

— Miami/PEV—12/15 @ 12:00 pm (Umberto’s) RSVP by December 8th

— Houston—12/15 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Whiskey Cake at Baybrook) RSVP by December 8th

— Honolulu—12/19 @ 11:00 am (Union Hall) RSVP by December 12th

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All MM&P union halls, the MM&P Plan Office, the MM&P Federal Credit Union, and MM&P headquarters will be closed on Friday, Nov. 10, for Veterans Day.
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The MM&P United Inland Group has jobs available with Grand River Navigation, Weeks Marine, Cetacean Marine, and Key Lakes.

At Grand River Navigation on the Great Lakes, there are:

— licensed deck jobs for those with Great Lakes pilotage;

— jobs for open water mates with a Towing Officer Assessment Record (TOAR);

— licensed engineering jobs.

GRN now offers a signing/retention bonus of $3,000 to all mates and assistant engineers who complete the 2023 sailing season and return for the 2024 sailing season.

At Cetacean Marine, there are licensed and unlicensed engineering jobs.

At Weeks Marine, there are licensed and unlicensed engineering jobs aboard their growing fleet of dredges.

WMI is offering a $3,000 new hire sign-on bonus. It is payable in three payments of $1,000 each, the first $1,000 after the successful completion of the second hitch, the second $1,000 upon successful completion of the third hitch, and $1,000 upon successful completion of the fourth hitch.

Cross-shipping rights for Offshore applicants/members are available for licensed personnel, with sea time and points counting towards upgrading Offshore membership.

Key Lakes is looking for a mate with Great Lakes pilotage and an open-water mate.

The regular relief is for 30 days but could be modified if mutually agreed on.

These are long-term, permanent jobs.

For more information, go to the Jobs page on bridgedeck.org.

If you are interested, please contact UIG Vice President Tom Bell (tbell@bridgedeck.org or 216-776-1667) with any questions.
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Tanker Captain, CM, 2M and 3M’s needed, including for new tanker ALLIED PACIFIC.

Positions available aboard Patriot LMSR’s at all levels including new vessels SEAY and PILILAAU.

Members and applicants who are interested in MSC training, please sign up with MITAGS and for those who do not qualify for training benefits yet, please email Jeremy Hope, VP Gulf and Gov’t Contracts at jhope@bridgedeck.org with the subject line MSC TRAINING.

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There are openings for engineers in the MM&P Offshore fleet and the Great Lakes & Gulf Region.

For engineering jobs in the Offshore Group, contact Atlantic Ports Vice President Tom Larkin, tlarkin@bridgedeck.org, or 201-963-1900.

For engineering jobs on the Lakes, contact MM&P Great Lakes & Gulf Region Vice President Tom Bell, tbell@bridgedeck.org, or (216) 776-1667.
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For registration contact our Admissions Department: 866.656.5568 or admissions@mitags.org

Classes are 5-day unless otherwise noted

Class dates followed by an * are full
AB – Able Seaman (5-Day): 01/22/24, 01/29/24

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

ARPA-OIC– Automated Radar Plotting Aids (4-Day): 11/13/23, 02/05/24, 03/04/24

AZIPOD (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

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

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling – (Now also included in BRMP-Refresher) (3-Day): Not currently scheduled

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

BT – Basic Safety Training (5-Day): 01/15/24, 02/12/24

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years): 11/13/23*, 01/29/24, 03/11/24

BT-Refresher (3-day): 01/29/24

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic (5-Day): 04/15/24

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability (5-Day): 12/18/23, 01/29/24, 04/29/24, 06/24/24

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology (5-Day): 12/11/23, 01/22/24, 04/22/24, 06/17/24

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 02/05/24

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations (5-Day): 12/04/23, 02/26/24

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific (5-Day): 11/27/23, 03/04/24

CM-OPS 2 APL – Chief Mate Operations II APL Specific (5-Day): Not currently scheduled

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems (5-Day): 12/11/23, 03/11/24

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM) (5-Day): 11/13/23, 03/18/24

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants (5-Day): 03/11/24
(DCS-1 available on request – contact Admissions)

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (5-Day): 02/26/24

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1) (5-Day): 12/04/23*, 01/08/24*, 02/05/24, 04/08/24, 05/06/24, 06/03/24

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2) (5-Day): 12/11/23*, 01/15/24*, 02/12/24, 04/15/24, 05/13/24, 06/10/24

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

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation (5-Day): 02/19/24

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping (5-Day): 03/18/24

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) –12/02/23, 01/27/24

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– Celestial Navigation (15-Day): 05/06/24

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

DDE – Great Lakes (20-Day): 02/05/24

ECDIS for Pilots (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

ERM – Engine Resource Management (5-Day): 11/27/23

ADV-FF – Advanced Fire-Fighting (4-day): 02/19/24, 03/24/24

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced (5-Day): Not currently scheduled

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 11/15/23, 01/31/24, 03/13/24

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 02/01/24

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications (1-Day): Not currently scheduled
Online: Not currently scheduled

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization (2-Day): 02/02/24

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (10-Day): 01/15/24

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 11/16/23

LAP – License Advancement Program for Mate to Master (20-Day): 03/04/24

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes (15-Day): 02/05/24

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License (15-Day): 06/03/24

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage (1-Day): Not Currently Scheduled

LNG-BADV – Basic and Advanced IGF Code Operations (3 Day): 11/13/23*, 01/08/24*, 02/12/24, 03/11/24

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC) (1-Day): 04/04/24

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): 12/04/23

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 12/04/23, 01/08/24

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 11/27/23, 01/22/24

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: (5-Day): 01/08/24

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 11/16/23, 12/09/23, 01/13/24, 03/14/24

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic) (1-Day): 02/29/24, 05/09/24, 06/07/24, 08/08/24, 09/12/24, 10/31/24

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 03/01/24, 05/10/24, 06/07/24, 08/09/24, 09/13/24, 11/01/24

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day – Evening Class): 03/01/24, 05/10/24, 06/07/24, 08/09/24, 09/13/24, 11/01/24

MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 01/08/24, 03/04/24, 05/13/24, 06/10/24, 07/15/24, 08/12/24, 09/16/24, 11/04/24

MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day/ 8-hour): 03/02/24, 05/11/24, 06/08/24, 08/10/24, 09/14/24, 11/02/24

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day): 01/07/24, 03/03/24, 05/12/24, 06/09/24, 07/14/24, 08/11/24, 09/15/24, 11/03/24

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day): 01/12/24, 03/08/24, 05/17/24, 06/14/24, 07/19/24, 08/16/24, 09/20/24, 11/08/24

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): 01/22/24*, 01/24/24*, 05/13/24, 05/15/24

PSC – Personal Survival Craft (Lifeboatman) (5-Day): 01/29/24, 02/05/24

PSC-REF – Personal Survival Craft Refresher (2-Day): 01/25/24

RFPNW – Ratings Forming Part of a Navigational Watch (3-day): 01/10/24

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

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes (1-Night): 11/18/23, 01/31/24

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 11/16/23, 01/29/24, 02/26/24

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3-Day): 04/01/24

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 04/29/24

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day): 11/13/23, 02/26/24

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 04/05/24

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (15-Day): 02/05/24

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 11/13/23, 01/29/24, 03/04/24

TRAC-TUG-2 (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

TTT – ** NOT covered by the MATES Program **: Not Currently Scheduled

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties: Not Currently Scheduled

VSO – Vessel Security Officer (3-Day): 05/31/24

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) (10-Day): 12/04/23, 03/18/24

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 04/22/24

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You can enroll online at www.mitags.org or contact our Admissions Department 866.656.5568 or admissions@mitags.org

November 2023

13-15 Search & Rescue

16th Leadership & Teamworking Skills

17th Flashing Light Assessment

27-30 Advanced Firefighting

27-15 Celestial Navigation

December 2023

7-8 Advanced Firefighting Refresher

9-10 Basic Training Revalidation

9-11 Basic Training Refresher

11th Radar Renewal

11th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

11-15 Basic Training
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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©2023. Articles can be reprinted without prior permission if credit is given to The MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly.

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