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MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly

Volume 28… Number 47, Nov. 22, 2022


In This Issue:

Member News:

MM&P Holiday Parties:

Job Opportunities:



The American Maritime Partnership has named Rep. Jenniffer González-Colón a champion of the U.S. maritime industry.

The award, AMP said in a statement, recognizes people “who have added to the rich heritage of the United States as a maritime nation through their professional contributions, courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.”

González-Colón, the resident commissioner of Puerto Rico and a member of the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, “possesses a deep understanding of the importance of a robust national maritime capacity,” AMP said.

“She is a champion of the Puerto Rican people on the issues that matter most to the Island.”

“The American shipping industry has served Puerto Rico for over a century, developing infrastructure, employees, fleets, specialized equipment, and systems, and continuing to improve them, which assists the recovery of Puerto Rico with the presence of a regular route system,” González-Colón said in accepting the award.

Efforts to modernize the fleet, she added, are “critical for the reliability of service and drive an investment in American shipbuilding” in which many Puerto Rican workers play a part.

“Representative González-Colón has been a steadfast leader in her commitment to the people she serves, including the men and women of American maritime in Puerto Rico,” said AMP President Ku’uhaku Park.

“She understands not only the importance of a reliable, on-time American supply chain to and from Puerto Rico, as was seen during the pandemic and supply-chain disruption, but also the larger significance of ensuring national security through a strong shipbuilding and merchant mariner capacity.”

MM&P and MIRAID are both members of AMP, a coalition working to defend the Jones Act and support and strengthen the domestic maritime industry.
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The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has banned the COSTANZA, a Panama-flag bulk carrier, for underpaying the crew and other violations of the Maritime Labor Convention.

When AMSA inspectors boarded the ship after receiving a complaint from the International Transport Workers’ Federation, they uncovered evidence that the crew was owed about $72,700.

“Taking financial advantage of seafarers in this way is nothing short of exploitation,” said Michael Drake, AMSA executive director of operations.

“The majority of industry operators do the right thing, but for the few who do not, consider this a reminder that you will be held accountable.”

The authorities have also accused Japan-based shipowner Orient Line Corp. and others of denying the crew their legal right to shore leave.

AMSA found some members of the crew had been aboard without shore leave for 11 months.

In one case, the captain authorized three members of the crew to take shore leave, but an unidentified caller cancelled the Mission to Seafarers van that was supposed to pick them up at the port and take them into town.

The ITF Inspectorate in Australia has called on AMSA to find out who at the port, the terminal or the shipping line interfered at the last minute in the lawful right of the three seafarers to take shore leave.

In the meantime, AMSA said it has received confirmation that the crew has been paid their outstanding wages.

The COSTANZA has been banned from Australia’s ports until Feb. 9, 2023, for violating the MLC.

MM&P is an affiliate of the International Transport Workers’ Federation.
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Authorities in the U.S. said an Iranian drone was probably responsible for last week’s attack on an oil tanker in the Gulf of Oman.

National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said in a statement issued after the incident that Iran is increasingly using drones “directly and via its proxies throughout the Middle East and proliferating to Russia for use in Ukraine.”

“There is no justification for this attack, which is the latest in a pattern of such actions and broader destabilizing activities,” he said, adding that Iran “will be held accountable.”

Shipowner Eastern Pacific said the MV PACIFIC ZIRCON was hit by a projectile about 150 miles from the Omani coast on Nov. 15 at approximately 1930 local time.

The company, which is owned by an Israeli businessman, said no injuries or pollution were reported, and that there had been only “minor damage to the vessel’s hull but no spillage of cargo or water ingress.”

“This Unmanned Aerial Vehicle attack against a civilian vessel in this critical maritime strait demonstrates, once again, the destabilizing nature of Iran’s malign activity in the region,” CENTCOM Commander Gen. Michael Kurilla told USNI News in a statement.

Bloomberg cited three Israeli officials who said they agreed with the U.S. assessment that Iran was behind the attack.

Other attacks on ships in the region in 2021 have also been blamed on Iran.
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The MUTIA LADJONI 7, the Indonesian cargo ship reported missing last week along with its 16-person crew, has been found by rescuers with all members of the crew on board.

The authorities said the vessel was found drifting and without power, and the captain and an engineer had to be evacuated to a hospital due to illness.

The ship had departed the port of Timika in Indonesia on Western New Guinea on Nov. 9. The shipowner reported losing contact with it while it was sailing in the Arafura Sea on Nov. 11.

The Indonesian Navy, regional police, and specialized search teams launched a rescue operation.

After four days, they found the vessel blacked out and with fuel lines fouled with mud.

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.

No further details have been released.
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Violence against women and girls is the most widespread human rights violation, affecting one in three women worldwide.

The UN has designated Nov. 25 as the International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women.

To support the initiative, the UN encourages everyone to wear orange and create “orange virtual spaces” (websites, social media) from Nov. 25 to Dec. 10.

To view the opening events, tune in to the UN Women Youtube channel or UN Web TV on Wednesday, Nov. 24, from 1000 to 1130 ET.

To find out more, go to https://www.endvawnow.org/en/ and access the Orange the World/UNiTE toolkit.
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The 1981 version of Bowditch Volume II has become difficult to obtain. For that reason, the Coast Guard says, it is replacing the 1981 version with the 2019 version in Regional Exam Center examination rooms.

“The 2019 version contains the information needed to answer Coast Guard examination questions,” the agency said in a notice.

“However, it is not identical to the 1981 version and does not contain the same level of explanations as the 1981 version.”

The reference materials authorized in REC examination rooms can be found on the NMC website.

If you have questions, concerns, or feedback, the Coast Guard asks that you contact the Customer Service Center by emailing IASKNMC@uscg.mil or calling 1-888-IASKNMC (427-5662).
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All employees—including NFL players—are entitled to the safest working environment possible.

Just as there are different types of grass, there are different types of turf (monofilament, dual fiber and slit film).

The slit-film playing surface has statistically higher in-game injury rates compared to all other surfaces.

The NFL and its experts have agreed with the data and acknowledged that slit-film fields are less safe.

There are currently seven teams that use slit film in their stadiums: the New York Giants, the New York Jets, the Detroit Lions, the Minnesota Vikings, the New Orleans Saints, the Indianapolis Colts, and the Cincinnati Bengals.

The NFL has refused to ban or replace these fields and won’t commit to making any future change.

NFL players are doing their job and going to work, just like everyone else. And they deserve safe working conditions, too!

Please take 30 seconds to add your name and tell the NFL that players need safer fields.
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The Plan Office received approval to close the year-end Internal Revenue Service and company reports and to process Vacation and PRO payments for 2022 no later than Friday, Dec. 16, 2022, at 3:00 p.m. EST.

All requests for 2022 Vacation and PRO payments received after this date and time will be held until Jan. 3, 2023, for processing and will therefore be taxable in 2023.

If you have any questions, please contact the Vacation Department at 410-850-8625, 410-850-8629 or Ken Ryan at 410-850-8617.
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Eligible dependent children of eligible Offshore members and co-pay pensioners in good standing are reminded to request an application for the scholarship program.

Applicants must be high school seniors during the 2022-23 school year.

Completed applications must be returned to the Plan Office by Nov. 30, 2022.

For more information, contact Madeline Petrelli at the Plan Office at mpetrelli@mmpplans.com or 410-850-8615.
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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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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