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MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly

Volume 28… Number 44, Nov. 1, 2022


In This Issue:


Mark Your Calendar:

Offshore Meetings:

Job Opportunities:



Election Day is just around the corner, and an updated list of candidates who stand with us in the battle to protect American maritime jobs has been posted on bridgedeck.org.

In the past two years, we have seen efforts by some in Congress to waive U.S.-flag cargo shipping requirements, cut funding for the Maritime Security Program and undermine or dismantle other policies and programs essential to our industry.

The battle continues. It will be fought again in the next Congress and the one after that.

So, before you cast your vote, go to bridgedeck.org to see the names of candidates who we support because they support the U.S.-flag fleet.

If you have any questions about a particular candidate, contact headquarters or Jim Patti at jpatti@miraid.org.

And remember: We need resources to support the campaigns of candidates who—regardless of political party—will work with us to ensure that America’s laws, policies and regulations promote the use of U.S.-flag vessels and the employment of U.S.-citizen mariners.

So, vote your job and then help protect it by donating to the MM&P PCF today!
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The U.S. Department of Transportation on Friday announced over $703 million in grants to improve port facilities in 22 states and one U.S. territory.

The grants will go to coastal seaports, the Great Lakes, and inland river ports in urban and rural areas.

The overall aim of the grants is to improve the reliability of America’s supply chain through increased port capacity and more efficient operations.

“So many of the goods we all count on, from appliances to furniture to clothes, move through our nation’s ports on their way to us,” said Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg in announcing the grants.

“Together, these investments will help get goods to shelves faster and lower costs for American families.”

The grants are funded under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that President Biden brokered early in his term.

They will be issued through the Maritime Administration’s Port Infrastructure Development Program.

“President Biden’s commitment to modernizing our infrastructure—from the beginning of his Administration—has resulted in an unprecedented investment in all segments of our port infrastructure to enable us to move goods more quickly, strengthen supply chain resiliency, and reduce the climate impacts of port operations themselves,” said Maritime Administrator Ann Phillips.

The awards include nearly $100 million for projects that will advance offshore wind deployment in support of the President’s goal of deploying 30 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2030.

Another grant will go to upgrade and improve harbor landings in Manhattan, Brooklyn and The Bronx.

Each of the six proposed New York City sites has access to roadways for the conveyance of “last-mile” goods to local destinations but lacks the crucial landing infrastructure to dock boats and offload cargo.

For a full list of FY22 PIDP award recipients and to learn more about the program visit About Port Infrastructure Development Grants | MARAD (dot.gov).
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The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS COMFORT dropped anchor off the coast of Puerto Barrios, Guatemala, on Oct. 26, the first stop in its fall 2022 humanitarian mission.

The deployment is COMFORT’s seventh as part of the Naval Forces Southern Command operation “Continuing Promise,” which includes calls in Honduras, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti.

For the next two months, COMFORT’s 1,000 crewmembers—both civilian and military—will work side-by-side with U.S. agencies, international partners, and nongovernmental organizations to provide medical assistance to local communities struggling to respond to problems ranging from inflation and post-pandemic recovery to food shortages stemming from climate events and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“In the midst of this sea of challenges, USNS COMFORT sails as a symbol of the unshakeable bonds between the people of the United States and the people of Latin America and the Caribbean,” said U.S. Army Gen. Laura Richardson.

“The ship and its crew will extend an outstretched hand. They give hope. Wherever COMFORT goes, she carries our enduring promise, and all that it signifies.”

Since 2007, medical personnel aboard COMFORT—the world’s largest hospital ship—have treated 582,000 patients and conducted over 7,000 surgeries across the region.

They offer medical services that include vision and dental care, eyewear distribution, preventive medicine and public health training.

Most patients will be treated at the ship’s land-based medical sites, while some may receive surgical services on board.

The crew will also conduct a resupply mission stop at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

COMFORT’s deployment came after a months-long overhaul and drydocking at the Alabama Shipyard in Mobile.

The licensed deck officers aboard USNS COMFORT are represented by the MM&P Federal Employees Membership Group.
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A company that develops sensors for use on equipment in a variety of industries says it has a new system that can predict “parametric rolling,” a series of uncontrollable movements—especially hazardous in following seas—which has been implicated in recent incidents of container loss and container stack collapse.

The company, Kjærulf Pedersen (KP), says the system can alert crews to the risk of parametric rolling so they can adjust a ship’s course before it begins to roll.

“Parametric roll can occur in just eight wave cycles, each lasting four to five seconds, and from roll to roll, the heeling may be doubled,” a KP engineer told Maritime Executive.

“Ships have reported that they heel up to 46 degrees in a very short time,” he said, adding, “It is impossible to detect, because it goes very quickly, and the situation is incredibly dangerous for everyone.”

The new system is based on three sensors that monitor all the ship’s movements in real-time up to 100 times a second, comparing the data with observations on speed, acceleration, and direction.

The system detects whether the movements are approaching a state that could become uncontrollable and alert the crew and the vessel’s control system so the course can be changed.

KP says the system has been installed this year on four large container ships that sail between China and the US.

It says the tests show the system is successful in recognizing the warning signs of parametric rolling.
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The years-long dispute between three Australian unions and the Maersk tugboat company, Svitzer, shows no sign of ending any time soon.

The Maritime Union of Australia accuses Svitzer of not negotiating in good faith, saying it has offered less than a two percent wage increase—although inflation is running at well over six percent and is projected to rise to eight percent by year end.

The three unions—MUA, the Australia Maritime Officers Union and the Australian Institute of Marine and Power Engineers—are seeking wages “in line with industry standards,” along with an agreement on minimum safe crewing levels and fatigue management.

They say Svitzer is seeking to reduce manning levels.

The company, for its part, has asked a government commission to allow it to terminate the unions’ contract because negotiations have gone on without a breakthrough since the prior contract expired in 2019.

A final hearing on the case is scheduled for December. If Svitzer wins, it will be allowed to pay workers based on government pay scales.

MUA Assistant National Secretary Jamie Newlyn said the last work stoppage, on Oct. 26, “should remind management where the company’s profits are actually earned—on tugboats driven by seagoing members of the three maritime unions.”

“These loyal workers deserve better treatment than what they’ve been subjected to these past three years,” she said.

Two months ago, the unions mounted job actions lasting between four and 24 hours at 10 Australian ports.

Svitzer now says it has been notified of planned walkouts at eight ports on Nov. 1, Nov. 4 and Nov. 5.
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Here are the dates, times and locations of the MM&P Atlantic Ports holiday parties.

— Norfolk, Dec. 6, 1200, at Dockside Seafood, 3311 Shore Dr., Virginia Beach, VA 23451

— Charleston, Dec. 8, 1130, at Kickin’ Chicken, 1179 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., Charleston, SC 29407

— Boston, Dec. 13, 1200, Boston Hall, 2 Channel Street, Unit 606-A, Boston, MA 02210-2333

— Newark, Dec. 15, 1200, Newark Hall, 570 Broad Street, Suite 701, Newark, NJ 07102

— Miami/Port Everglades, Dec. 16, 1200, Umberto’s, 3051 E. Commercial Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308.
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There will be an Atlantic Maritime Group membership meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 9, from 1100 hours to 1300 hours.

You must be a member in good standing to participate in the meeting.

The meeting will be held both in person and virtually so that all interested parties can attend.

The in-person meeting will be held at the NY/NJ Union Hall, 570 Broad Street, Suite 701, Newark, NJ 07102.

To receive a link to participate in the meeting virtually, you must register with AMG Representative Paulina Czernek before noon on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Her email address is: pczernek@bridgedeck.org.
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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. 11, for Veterans Day.
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There will be a membership meeting in the Oakland Hall on Thursday, Nov. 3, at 1100, after job call.

MM&P President Don Marcus, Pacific Ports Vice President Lars Turner and Pacific Ports Coast Agent Melany Skippen will be on hand to report and answer questions.

The address of the Oakland Hall is 548 Thomas L. Berkley Way, Oakland, CA 94612.

The phone is: 510-808-7068.
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There will be a membership meeting in the Los Angeles/Long Beach Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 1100.

The address of the hall is 533 N. Marine Ave., Ste A, Wilmington, CA 90744-5527.

The phone is: 310-834-7201.
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The Offshore Orientation Course will be held in the Los Angeles/Long Beach Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 2 from 0830 to 1700.

The address of the hall is 533 N. Marine Ave., Ste A, Wilmington, CA 90744-5527.

The phone is: 310-834-7201.

There is no sea-time requirement to take the course.

All Offshore applicants, potential transferees from other membership groups and other interested Offshore members are encouraged to take the course as soon as possible.

If you are interested in participating in the course, please contact Wendy Karnes: wkarnes@bridgedeck.org.
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MM&P Atlantic Ports Vice President Tom Larkin has scheduled a membership meeting at the Newark Union Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 1100 EDT following job call.

MM&P Secretary-Treasurer Don Josberger will participate in the meeting.

All members and applicants are welcome to attend.

The Newark Union Hall is located at:

570 Broad Street, Ste 701

Newark, NJ 07102

The phone number is: 201-963-1900
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MM&P Atlantic Ports Vice President Tom Larkin has scheduled a membership meeting at the Charleston Union Hall on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 1100 EDT following job call.

MM&P Secretary-Treasurer Don Josberger will participate in the meeting.

All members and applicants are welcome to attend.

The Charleston Union Hall is located at:

1481 Tobias Gadson Blvd., Suite 2C

Charleston, SC 29407-4794

The phone number is: 843-766-3565.
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There are jobs for licensed and unlicensed personnel at Grand River Navigation and jobs for licensed officers at Key Lakes.

If you are interested, please contact MM&P Vice President Great Lakes & Gulf Region Vice President Tom Bell, tbell@bridgedeck.org, or (216) 776-1667.
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Fully MSC trained LDO’s, all levels, needed for the Watson Class fleet. Jobs available today!

Tanker Chief Mates and 2nd mates needed with and without MSC Classes or Security Clearance.

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.

There is an immediate need for a 1/AE on the SLNC Corsica to join in Singapore.

Vacation: 28/30.

Contract pays into the Pension and all the fringe benefits.

Wage estimate for six months of work is approximately $165,000.

There is a company bonus of $500 for each 15-Day period served on board paid upon sign-off. There is no COVID vaccine requirement for this job.
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Full COVID vaccination is mandatory for everyone attending training on campus at MITAGS East and MITAGS West.

In addition, for unvaccinated participants who have received exemptions only, MITAGS requires a negative test within 72 hours of attendance and masks must be worn.

Contact MITAGS for information about exemptions.

Scans, photocopies, or electronic images of your Covid-19 vaccination cards (records) or certification by a medical provider are acceptable.

We appreciate your cooperation during these very trying times.
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For registration contact our Admissions Department: 866.656.5568 or admissions@mitags.org

\\Classes are 5-day unless otherwise noted\\

Class dates followed by an * are full
AB – Able Seaman (5-Day): Not currently scheduled
AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

ARPA-OIC– Automated Radar Plotting Aids (4-Day): 02/6/23, 04/17/23, 06/12/23, 08/28/23, 10/23/23

AZIPOD (2-Day): 04/03/23

BRM – Bridge Resource Management (5-Day): 02/06/23, 04/24/23, 05/15/23, 07/18/23, 08/28/23, 10/09/23, 12/11/23

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 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) : 01/11/23

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

BT – Basic Safety Training (5-Day) : 01/30/23, 05/08/23, 09/11/23

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) –11/14/22*, 02/20/23, 04/24/23, 06/05/23, 09/26/23, 10/16/23, 11/15/23, 12/19/23

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 11/14/22*, 02/20/23, 04/24/23, 09/26/23, 11/15/23, 12/18/23

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic (5-Day): 03/27/23

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability (5-Day): 01/23/23, 03/20/23, 06/26/23, 09/11/23, 11/27/23

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology (5-Day): 12/12/22, 01/16/23, 04/17/23, 06/19/23, 09/18/23

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 03/27/23, 08/21/23

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1 (5-Day): 12/5/22, 02/27/23

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific (5-Day): 12/12/22

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

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems (5-Day): 01/30/23, 08/07/23

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM) (5-Day): 11/14/22, 01/30/23, 03/20/23, 04/24/23, 08/14/23, 10/16/23

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants (5-Day): 03/13/23, 08/14/23, 11/13/23

(DCS-1 available on request – contact Admissions)

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: Not Currently Scheduled

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (5-Day): Not currently scheduled

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1) (5-Day): 12/5/22*, 01/16/23, 03/27/23, 04/10/23, 06/05/23, 07/24/23, 09/18/23, 12/04/23

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2) (5-Day): 11/14/22*, 12/12/22*, 01/23/23, 04/03/23, 06/12/23, 07/31/23, 09/25/23, 12/11/23

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

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation (5-Day): 01/23/23, 04/10/23, 06/26/23, 10/09/23

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping (5-Day): 01/09/23, 03/06/23

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) – Not Currently Scheduled

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: 05/08/23, 08/14/23

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, 03/13/23

ERM – Engine Resource Management (5-Day): 11/28/22, 03/27/23, 08/07/23

ADV-FF – Advanced Fire-Fighting (4-day): 03/27/23

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced (5-Day): 01/30/23, 05/08/23, 09/11/23

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 11/16/22, 02/22/23, 06/07/23, 09/27/23, 10/16/23, 11/17/23, 12/21/23

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 11/17/22, 02/24/23, 04/27/23, 09/29/23, 11/13/23, 12/16/23

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

Online: Not currently scheduled

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization (2-Day): 01/13/23

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

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 12/12/22, 05/01/23, 06/19/23, 09/04/23, 11/16/23

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

LAP – License Advancement Program for Mate to Master (20-Day): Not currently scheduled

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes (15-Day): 01/30/23, 07/10/23, 10/16/23

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

Ton License (15-Day): Not currently scheduled

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

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

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC) (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): 12/5/22; 04/03/23

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 12/5/22*, 01/16/23, 04/10/23, 07/10/23, 12/04/23

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 11/28/22*, 01/09/23, 03/20/23, 05/22/23, 08/07/23, 11/27/23

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: (5-Day): 01/16/23, 04/10/23, 07/10/23, 09/18/23, 10/03/23

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 11/13/22, 12/03/22, 12/10/2022, 01/14/23, 01/21/23, 02/19/23, 03/12/23, 04/15/23, 04/23/23, 05/20/23, 06/04/23, 07/15/23, 09/24/23, 10/07/23, 10/15/23, 11/18/23, 12/09/23, 12/22/23

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic) (1-Day): 11/5/22, 02/23/23, 05/22/23, 08/10/23, 09/07/23, 10/26/23

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 11/4/22, 02/24/23, 05/23/23, 06/09/23, 08/11/23, 09/08/23, 10/27/23

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) –11/3/22, 03/06/23, 06/19/23, 08/21/23, 11/16/23

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

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 11/7/22*, 01/09/23, 02/27/23, 04/17/23, 05/15/23, 06/12/23, 08/14/23, 09/11/23, 10/30/23

MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day/ 8-hour) –11/4/22, 02/25/23, 05/13/23, 06/10/23, 08/12/23, 09/09/23, 10/28/23

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) –11/6/22*, 01/08/23, 02/26/23, 04/16/23, 05/14/23, 06/11/23, 08/13/23, 09/10/23, 10/29/23

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) –11/11/22*, 01/13/23, 03/03/23, 04/21/23, 05/19/23, 06/16/23, 08/18/23, 09/15/23, 11/03/23

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): 12/19/2022*

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

PSC-REF – Personal Survival Craft Refresher (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

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): Upon Request

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 01/23/23, 03/06/23, 06/19/23, 07/31/23, 09/18/23, 11/27/23

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

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 11/07/22, 02/20/23, 04/24/23, 06/12/23, 09/11/23, 12/11/23

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day) – 11/28/22*, 02/06/23, 06/19/23, 09/11/23

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 02/13/23

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (15-Day): 01/23/23, 07/17/23

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 11/14/2022, 03/06/23

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) : 02/20/23, 06/26/23

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) (10-Day): 02/06/23, 07/24/23, 12/04/23

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 05/22/23, 08/21/23, 12/04/23
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2022 Fall/Winter

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
November 2022
1-4 ARPA

7-10 Advanced Firefighting

7-11 Leadership & Managerial Skills

7-11 Advanced Shiphandling I

14-18 Advanced Shiphandling II

14-16 Search & Rescue

14-18 Meteorology (Operational Level)

14th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

15-16 Basic Training Revalidation

28-9 GMDSS

28-2 Basic Training

28-9 Medical Person-In-Charge

28-16 License Preparation (Original Mate License)

December 2022

12-16 Tankerman Person-In-Charge

19th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

20-21 Basic Training Revalidation
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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