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MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly

Volume 28… Number 45, Nov. 8, 2022


In This Issue:


Health & Benefit Plan Sessions:

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Matson Navigation Co. has ordered three new LNG-powered Aloha-Class containerships.

The first is expected to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2026. The second and third are slated for delivery in 2027.

They will join the DANIEL K. INOUYE and the KAIMANA HILA, which entered the Matson fleet in 2018 and 2019.

The company says the new ships will help it achieve its greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals: a 40 percent reduction in Scope 1 GHG fleet emissions by 2030 and net-zero Scope 1 GHG emissions by 2050.

They will have a fuel-efficient hull design, dual-fuel engines that can operate on LNG or conventional marine fuels, double-hulled fuel tanks and freshwater ballast systems.

They will replace three vessels deployed in the China-Long Beach Express service, which in turn will replace three older vessels currently deployed in the Alaska service.

The new ships will be built by Philly Shipyard.

“Our existing Aloha Class ships are among the fastest, most efficient vessels in the Matson fleet,” said Matson Chairman and CEO Matt Cox.

“These new Jones Act compliant vessels will be built specifically for our China-Long Beach Express service, and like their sisterships, are expected to help Matson achieve its 2030 greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal while also providing additional capacity and speed benefitting our Hawaii service as well as the CLX.”

The licensed deck officers aboard Matson ships are members of MM&P.
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The crew of the MV CMA CGM HERODOTE and the crew of USNS YUMA were honored for rescues at sea during the prestigious AOTOS ceremony on Oct. 28.

The crew of the MV CMA CGM HERODOTE was presented with an AOTOS Mariner’s Plaque for the rescue of three fishermen off the coast of Japan on March 21, after the crew saw billowing smoke about eight nautical miles away.

They diverted towards the fire and discovered a Japanese fishing vessel, the YUUJIN MARU 51, engulfed in flames.

There was no sign of survivors and there was no name visible on what was left of the boat.

The crew of the HERODOTE began a search for survivors, put out a call to other merchant ships in the area and contacted the U.S. Coast Guard Command Center Honolulu and Japan’s Coast Guard.

They eventually located three fishermen in the water.

The crew of the HERODOTE continued the search for seven hours, until they were relieved by Japan’s Coast Guard.

Out of the fishing vessel’s crew of eight, the three people that the U.S.-flag vessel located were the only survivors.

The officers and crew of the Military Sealift Command vessel USNS YUMA were honored with an AOTOS Mariner’s Plaque for helping rescue 90 people aboard a migrant vessel that had collided with a Maltese tanker in the Eastern Mediterranean on Sept. 1.

The YUMA’s medical services officer and other members of the crew rendered assistance to the injured.

During the ceremony, lifetime achievement awards were presented to three industry VIPs: CMA-CGM North America/American President Lines President Edward Aldridge; ILA President Harold Daggett; and American Roll-On Roll-Off Carrier Group President Eric Ebeling.

The three received the traditional silver statuette of Christopher Columbus, the first Admiral of the Ocean Sea.

Proceeds from AOTOS benefit United Seamen’s Service community services abroad for American mariners, seafarers of other nations, and U.S. government and military personnel.
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Sen. Roger Wicker has written to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas criticizing the decision to waive the Jones Act for shipments of diesel and LNG to Puerto Rico in the wake of recent hurricanes.

Wicker, a Republican who represents the state of Mississippi, is ranking member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and a strong advocate for the U.S.-flag fleet.

He questioned whether DHS had exercised due diligence in making the decision or had only “superficially consulted with DOT… without any real intent to collect and consider data on the availability of domestic maritime vessels.”

“These waivers were unlawful, unnecessary, and in direct contradiction to the government’s longstanding expressed interest in protecting American industry,” he added.

“When reviewing future Jones Act waiver requests, I urge you to consider the implications of unnecessary waivers, abide by the law, and put the domestic maritime industry ahead of foreign competition.”

Wicker’s objections reflected criticism contained in a previous letter sent by a bipartisan group of legislators including House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-Mo.), Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-Calif.), chair of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, and Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio), ranking member of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation.

“We do not understand how the Department of Homeland Security, either independently or acting through MARAD, made a retroactive determination that no U.S.-flag vessels could have performed the move for which the waiver was granted—and did so on the day the waiver was granted,” the House lawmakers wrote.

“The question of availability [of U.S.-flag vessels] was not intended to be answered in retrospect.”

Maritime Administrator Ann Phillips has also questioned DHS on its decisions, referring to the waiver requests in an Oct. 16 letter as “novel and problematic.”
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The Port of Baltimore will gain a new container terminal under a partnership between Tradepoint Atlantic and Terminal Investment, the port operator majority-owned by Mediterranean Shipping Company.

The project, which is expected to create more than 1,000 jobs in the region, is supported by a memorandum of understanding between the State of Maryland, Baltimore County and Baltimore City.

It calls for the construction of a 165-acre container terminal at Coke Point as part of the redevelopment of Sparrows Point, a project that will transform the entire site into a 3,300-acre logistics and industrial hub.

The Port of Baltimore, one of the country’s busiest, is a particularly important hub for the transport of autos and light trucks and roll-on/roll-off heavy farm and construction machinery.

The new terminal will be serviced by rail. In November 2021, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan broke ground on the Howard Street Tunnel expansion project, which will include reconstruction of the tunnel to accommodate double-stacked container trains traveling to and from the port.

The Port of Baltimore’s main container terminal, the 1.5 million TEU capacity Seagirt Marine Terminal, is operated by Ports America under a 50-year public-private partnership agreement signed in 2010.

It has a 50-foot-deep channel and container berth, seven post-Panamax cranes, and four super post-Panamax cranes capable of handling the largest ships calling on the East Coast.

There is no word yet on when the new terminal will be completed.
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AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler criticized the Federal Reserve last week for issuing another interest rate hike—the sixth since March—saying the Fed’s policy will have a “direct and harmful impact” on America’s working families.

The Fed has concentrated on reducing wage growth in its attempt to rein in inflation.

But labor unions and their supporters cite data showing that the target should instead be corporate profits, which have skyrocketed over the course of the past year.

Statistics issued by the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis show that corporate profits reached an all-time high in the second quarter of 2022.

“The Fed seems determined to raise interest rates, though it openly admits those rates could ruin our current economy as unemployment remains low and people are able to find jobs,” Shuler said in a statement.

She said the Fed’s action will not address the underlying causes of inflation: the war in Ukraine, rising corporate profits and the effect of climate change on agricultural production.

“Working people should not be the target of lowering inflation—it should be corporations that are earning record profits,” Shuler said.

The Fed’s Open Market Committee said in a statement Wednesday that “ongoing increases” to interest rates may be needed to get annual inflation down to its 2 percent target.

The Fed has raised rates six times this year. The first two times by 0.25 percent and 0.5 percent. Last week’s hike was the fourth consecutive jumbo rate hike of 0.75 percentage points.

The impact on American consumers has included an increase in mortgage rates to over 7 percent for the first time in two decades, and sharply rising credit card rates.
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The Alaska Marine Highway System has released a new video that describes some of the benefits of sailing as an AMHS licensed deck officer and underlines the importance of the fleet to the people of the state.

The AMHS is the most extensive passenger and vehicle ferry service in the country.

Its routes span from Bellingham, Wash., through Canada, all the way to the Aleutian Islands, and its ferries service more than 30 ports.

AMHS LDOs “keep the ship intact and safe in the most remote and wild places in the country.”
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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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MM&P Plans Benefit Director Ken Ryan will hold a virtual education and training session on Tuesday, Nov. 15, for members of the MM&P Offshore Group.

The topic of the session will be Health Benefit decisions regarding Pension, APP and IRAP. The session is open to all Offshore members and applicants.

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 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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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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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 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): 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): 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: 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: 01/09/23, 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
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