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MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly

Volume 28… Number 46, Nov. 15, 2022


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Reporters at the Los Angeles TV station KTLA 5 dedicated the first instalment of their week-long Veterans Day series to the American Merchant Marine.

The show was filmed beside the memorial to merchant seamen in San Pedro, Calif.

“On Veterans Day, people usually think about the marines, the army, the coast guard, the air force,” begins KTLA 5 Correspondent Gayle Anderson.

“Few think about the merchant marine, which is remembered and honored here in San Pedro. People probably drive by this memorial all the time without understanding how important it is.”

The memorial features a wall of remembrance to honor those who died in service and a sculpture of two men climbing a Jacob’s ladder after carrying out a rescue at sea.

The number of casualties suffered by the American Merchant Marine in World War II was extraordinarily high, said Anderson, who interviewed MM&P President Don Marcus for the report.

“They traveled in convoys, protected at times by the U.S. or the British Navy, but other times they were unprotected,” Marcus explained.

“One torpedo would sink a ship and take a lot of souls with it.”

Thousands of American merchant mariners died in World War II and hundreds of U.S.-flag ships were sunk.

“The sacrifice was tremendous and unheralded,” Marcus said.

“In fact, it’s taken 75 years for the U.S. Merchant Marine to receive recognition in Congress: Earlier this year they just received a Congressional gold medal.”

“The Merchant Marine never received veterans’ benefits,” he added.

“It’s somewhat of a hidden industry, but one that was critical in World War II and that President Eisenhower called the Fourth Arm of Defense.”

To view the broadcast, click here.

To find out more about the American Merchant Marine Veterans Memorial, contact AMMVC Committee President Wendy Karnes.
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The Department of Transportation and MARAD have announced the

appointment of Rear Adm. Joanna M. Nunan (U.S. Coast Guard, Ret.) as the next superintendent of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point.

Nunan, who will be the first woman to serve as USMMA superintendent, spent more than three decades in the Coast Guard and has commanded units at every level both afloat and ashore.

“Rear Admiral Joanna Nunan is the right leader at the right time for the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy,” said Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.

“Her years of experience as a senior military leader—including command at sea—have prepared her to shape the future of the USMMA and help ensure the safety and success of its extraordinary midshipmen.”

“Rear Admiral Nunan is uniquely prepared to lead and strengthen USMMA on every front,” said Maritime Administrator Ann Phillips.

“She understands both the critical role USMMA plays in our economic and national security and the organizational transformations that are essential to ensuring USMMA prepares students in a safe and respectful environment to excel in a maritime industry undergoing rapid change.”

Nunan was the Coast Guard’s deputy for personnel readiness when she retired earlier this year.

In that role, she oversaw the Coast Guard’s entire personnel enterprise, including recruitment, training, support, and retention of all active duty, reserve, and civilian personnel.

She also supervised the Coast Guard Academy and served on its Board of Trustees.

Previously, she served as assistant commandant for human resources, a role in which she helped lead efforts to expand diversity and inclusion, including formulating policy changes focused on increasing the retention of women in the service.

She also served as a member of the Coast Guard’s Sexual Assault Prevention, Response, and Recovery Committee.

Nunan also served more than nine years at sea—including commanding two buoy tenders—and was the commander of the Ninth Coast Guard District and commander of Coast Guard Sector Honolulu.

A 1987 graduate of the Coast Guard Academy, she has an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic.

She also obtained three Coast Guard merchant mariner licenses, including master of vessels of not more than 1,600 gross tons and third mate on vessels of unlimited tonnage.

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After two months of walkouts, longshore workers in Liverpool have won their battle with Peel Ports, Britain’s largest longshore operator.

Last month, Peel made what it called a final offer of 10 percent, but workers’ representative Unite the Unions turned it down, saying it was significantly less than the rate of inflation, now running above 12 percent in the UK.

The details of the agreement, which provides the framework for a new contract, have not been released.

The International Transport Workers’ Federation and the International Dockworkers Council supported the Liverpool strikers by picketing alongside them, organizing support with unions worldwide and advocating for them in meetings with employers, shipping companies and investors.

The just-announced agreement “is a tremendous victory not only for Liverpool dockers, but for dockers and workers around the world,” said ITF President and Dockers’ Section Chair Paddy Crumlin.

“The courage and commitment of the Liverpool dockers to stand up and fight back against an employer that seemed to care more about their shareholders than their workers—during the worst cost of living crisis in recent history—will inspire workers everywhere to fight for pay justice and a decent standard of living.”

“Peel Ports’ initial offer disrespected these workers who have been crucial to keeping UK and global supply chains moving through the pandemic,” said IDC General Coordinator Dennis Daggett.

“The global dockworkers’ movement speaks as one voice today in celebrating this win and congratulating the workers and Unite.”

In addition to the strikes in Liverpool, Unite the Unions has organized two recent strikes at the port of Felixstowe.

There were port strikes in Germany over the summer and strikes are also taking place this fall at ports in Belgium.

MM&P is one of the nearly 700 transport unions in 150 countries that belong to the ITF.
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Authorities in Indonesia launched a search-and-rescue mission over the weekend after a cargo ship was reported missing.

The 3,861 dwt MUTIA LADJONI 7 left the port of Timika, in the province of Western New Guinea, on Nov. 9, bound for Bontang on the island of Borneo after a stop for fuel at Dobo Port.

The shipowner said it lost contact while the vessel was sailing in the Arafura Sea on Nov. 11.

No distress message was received, the authorities said.

The search-and-rescue mission involves the Indonesian Navy, regional police, and specialized search-and-rescue teams.

The MUTIA LADJONI 7 is a 278-foot-long general cargo vessel built in 1983. It provides inter-island cargo service on tramp and liner routes.
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Belarus has closed all independent unions in the country for expressing opposition to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Many union leaders are in jail, facing long prison terms, and the regime has unleashed defamation campaigns targeting unions and their allies.

Belarussian courts have ruled that union members are “Western agents” and “extremists.”

“An entire trade union movement in a European country is now facing extinction,” says Eric Lee of LabourStart, the news and campaigning website of the international trade union movement.

“It was when the independent unions stated that not only was the war wrong, but Belarussian citizens should not support this war, that the government decided that the independent unions had stepped over the line and that they would now be liquidated,” says Rudy Porter, Solidarity Center regional program director for Europe and Central Asia.

The International Labor Organization’s governing body has called for increasing sanctions on the government of Belarus.

“Pressure on the regime in Belarus is intensifying,” says Eric Lee.

“We in the trade union movement have a moral obligation to stand side-by-side with our brothers and sisters in Belarus.”

Please join us in demanding the immediate release of all jailed labor leaders and the restoration of independent, democratic trade unions in the country, and please help grow this campaign.
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The MAJESTIC PRINCESS, a cruise ship carrying about 800 Covid-19 positive passengers, docked in Sydney early on Nov. 12.

Under current Australian health protocols, people who have tested positive for Covid-19 are advised to stay home but are not required to isolate.

About 4,600 passengers and crew were reportedly aboard the MAJESTIC PRINCESS when it docked in Sydney.

The ship, which had sailed from New Zealand, is said to have discharged numerous passengers before departing for Melbourne several hours later.

A spokesperson for shipowner Carnival Australia said all the cases aboard the MAJESTIC PRINCESS were asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic and that those who chose to disembark had been told to avoid public transport.

Guests who tested positive and wanted to stay on the ship were required to isolate for at least five days, the spokesperson said.

A local government health authority said it planned “to deal with disembarkation on a case-by-case basis.”

The incident came after a surge in cases across Australia last week, which authorities have termed “the fourth wave.”

They are asking residents in seriously affected areas to wear masks in medical facilities, indoors and on public transport.
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The MM&P Offshore Group and the Pacific Maritime Region are having a combined holiday party in the Seattle Hall on Friday, Dec. 9. Here is the schedule:

11-Noon, meet in the hall for drinks and socially distanced socializing

Noon-1400, Lunch Buffet in the meeting room downstairs.

So that enough food can be ordered, if you plan to attend, it is very important that you contact the Seattle Hall by email or phone: kwilhelm@bridgedeck.org or 206-441-8700.

The Seattle Hall is located at 15208 52nd Ave., South, Ste 100, Seattle.
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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 – RSVP REQUESTED.

— 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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The Honolulu holiday party will be held on Dec. 15, from 1100-1500, at the Honolulu Hall, located at 521 Ala Moana Blvd., Ste 254.
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The Houston holiday party will be held on Dec. 16, 1200, at Whiskey Cake at Baybrook, 18840 Gulf Fwy, Friendswood, TX 77546.

Please send your RSVPs to Representative Sara Gasper at the Houston Hall: Houston@bridgedeck.org.
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MM&P Plans Benefit Director Ken Ryan will hold a virtual education and training session on Nov. 16 for all active Offshore members and applicants.

The topic of the session will be Health & Benefit decisions regarding Drug Testing, APP, IRAP/401K.

The meeting will start at 1 pm EST and last until 4 pm EST.

You must register in advance to participate.
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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 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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There are jobs for unlicensed personnel at Grand River Navigation.

There are 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.
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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): 01/30/23
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): Not currently scheduled

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) –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) –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):, 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) –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: 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: 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): 01/30/23, 07/10/23, 10/16/23

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

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): Not Currently Scheduled

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): 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): 02/23/23, 05/22/23, 08/10/23, 09/07/23, 10/26/23

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

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) –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): 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) –02/25/23, 05/13/23, 06/10/23, 08/12/23, 09/09/23, 10/28/23

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) –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) –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: 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: 01/09/23, 03/06/23

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

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
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