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MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly

Volume 28… Number 41, Oct.11, 2022


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“Our basic freedoms are on the ballot this year—and we can make the winning difference for our democracy in critical races,” says AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler.

The federation has kicked off a massive voter mobilization effort to elect pro-worker candidates in November, aiming to empower working people to make the difference in scores of close races around the country.

Bloomberg News has identified 254 candidates who either have said the 2020 election was stolen or cast doubt on the results.

That number includes nominees for governor and secretary of state in the battleground states.

The AFL-CIO has launched a new election website— aflciovote.org —where union members can:

— find election volunteer opportunities in nine key states;

— share their opinions;

— check out their voter registration status, and more.

“We need to engage all our members, retirees and their families because every freedom we hold dear—from joining a union to earning a living wage to participating in democracy itself—is gravely threatened,” Shuler says.

“This election is really about the future of our democracy and every freedom that comes with it.”

“Let’s do what unions do best: join together and fight for a better, fairer future.”

Masters, Mates & Pilots is one of the 57 affiliates of the AFL-CIO.
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The Fall 2022 issue of the MM&P magazine will be arriving in your mailbox soon. In the meantime, look for it online on bridgedeck.org.

In this issue:

— National and international labor leaders, educators, and government officials joined delegates at the 89th MM&P Regular Convention in August;

— Pasha takes delivery of MV GEORGE III;

— MM&P Alaska Representative Shannon Adamson steps down;

— crew of MAERSK TENNESSEE plucks jet skier from water;

— USNS NEWPORT in Baltimore for Fleet Week;

— David Gommo is new vice president of MM&P Federal Employees Membership Group;

— Coast Guard recognizes CMA CGM HERODOTE for rescue of fishermen;

— MM&P’s Mexico affiliate inks first contract with Boluda tug.


— News from the Mental Health Resources Committee: Learn about the Employee Assistance Program, a confidential service provided by the Health & Benefit Plan to help members and employees;

— News from the Women’s Caucus Committee: Are you worried about bullying and harassment?


— Offshore Scholarship Program winners—applications now available for 2023-24; applying for Medicare when you turn 65.

Look for the magazine online at https://bridgedeck.org/news/.
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In accordance with federal regulations, duplicate Merchant Mariner Credentials can be issued free of charge to mariners whose credentials were lost or destroyed as a result of Hurricane Fiona in Puerto Rico and Hurricane Ian in Florida.

Mariners should follow the steps below to obtain an expedited replacement credential:

— Provide a statement of loss to the National Maritime Center by fax at (304) 433-3412 or by e-mail to IASKNMC@uscg.mil. The statement should contain the following:

— Mariner’s full name;

— Mariner’s date of birth;

— Mariner’s reference number (MRN) (if you don’t know the MRN, include the Social Security number);

— The mailing address that the replacement credential should be sent to;

— Current phone number and/or e-mail address that the NMC can use to contact the mariner with questions, if necessary;

— Description of the circumstances surrounding the loss/destruction of the credential.

Unless otherwise requested, any duplicate MMCs issued per the request process above will include a corresponding Medical Certificate, if previously issued.

NMC says it will make every effort to have duplicate credentials mailed out the next business day.

Alternatively, mariners may submit form CG-719B, Application for Merchant Mariner Credential, with the information above, to a Regional Exam Center.

If your credential is unserviceable due to damage or your lost credential is subsequently found, that credential should be mailed to NMC.

If you have questions or feedback regarding duplicate credentials, please contact the NMC via the Online Chat or Ticketing System, by e-mailing IASKNMC@uscg.mil, or by calling (888) IASKNMC (427-5662).
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Inspectors working with the International Transport Workers’ Federation say that in 2021, they recovered over $37 million in unpaid wages owed to seafarers.

The ITF’s 125 inspectors and coordinators completed 7,265 inspections last year, helping thousands of seafarers who had been denied the wages they were owed.

In more than 100 ports across 50 countries, inspectors look for evidence of exploitation, overwork, forced labor and even modern slavery.

In many cases, inspectors have the right to examine wage accounts, employment contracts, and records of hours of work and rest.

“It’s not uncommon for crew to be paid at the wrong rate by a shipowner, or less than the rate set out in the employment agreement covering the ship,” says Steve Trowsdale, the ITF’s Inspectorate Coordinator.

“We help seafarers recover what’s owed to them.”

Altogether, the ITF “clawed back” well over $37 million in unpaid wages last year.

Trowsdale says the inspectors did not let Covid-19 barriers stop them from supporting seafarers in need: instead they adapted and found new ways of working.

“I’m extremely proud of the work our inspectors have done to support seafarers in the last year, often working in the face of incredibly difficult circumstances,” he says.

“Some shipowners were using Covid-19 as an excuse to keep seafarers working beyond their initial contracts and in complete violation of their human and labor rights.”

“Thankfully, our team was wise to what was going on and, despite everything, we got thousands of seafarers home.”
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tudies show that depression, anxiety and suicidality are on the rise among mariners.

One recent study cited long working hours, isolation, fatigue, and financial instability as contributing to mariner stress.

MM&P wants members to be aware of mental health resources available to all members and applicants.

The Employee Assistance Program offers free and confidential support online and over the phone, from anywhere (even from the ship)—and MM&P’s Cigna insurance covers in-network therapists.

You can contact the Employee Assistance Program by phone toll free at 877-234-5151 or 888-732-9020 en español.

If asked for your organization or employer, just say Masters, Mates & Pilots.

Though we know mariners may be reluctant to reach out for support, these resources are completely confidential, and no one’s information is shared with the union, the company, or the Coast Guard.

In addition, to find out whether a specific therapist or other medical professional participates in MM&P’s health plan, CIGNA OAP, click here and follow the directions for CIGNA HealthCare.

It is also important to remember that 9-8-8 is the national three-digit number to contact for mental health, substance use, and suicide crises.

Anyone experiencing a mental health, substance abuse, or suicide crisis can call or text 988 or chat with the Lifeline at 988lifeline.org and be connected to trained crisis counselors in the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline network, formerly known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals in the United States.
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The EyeMed Cares program offers support to MM&P members in Alaska who were affected by recent severe storms and to members in Florida affected by Hurricane Ian.

The deadlines for getting help are Nov. 26 for those in Alaska and Nov. 28 for those in Florida.

Glasses or contacts should be the last thing you have to worry about during this time, EyeMed says.

If you’ve lost, broken or damaged your eyewear due to Hurricane Ian or the recent storms in Alaska, EyeMed Vision Care can help through the EyeMed Cares program.

Through EyeMed Cares, Customer Care Center representatives are ready to provide the following services to you via a dedicated emergency toll-free line 1.866.652.0018:

1. Temporary adjustable glasses: If immediate materials are needed, a call center representative can expedite shipping these adjustable glasses to you—at no cost. These glasses enable individuals to adjust for different distances and switch focus for reading, computer and distance. If you are displaced with no immediate address, we can work with you to determine a location where they can be picked up.

2. Free shipping for glasses and contacts: Agents can provide discount codes that can be used online at Glasses.com and ContactsDirect.com to receive free, expedited shipping for replacement lenses and contact lenses.

EyeMed also understands that the need for immediate assistance may extend beyond participants, to family members who might be affected and not covered under the Plan.

For this reason, it has partnered with OneSight, a non-profit organization that provides eye care and eyewear solutions for those in need around the globe.

Non-EyeMed members in need can reach out to OneSight for assistance at 1.888.935.4589 or www.onesight.org—look for the Get Help link at the bottom of the web page.

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The Union Plus Disaster Relief Fund has provided more than $1 million in assistance to union members facing hardships following hurricanes, floods and other natural disasters.

If you are a union member who participates in certain Union Plus programs and have been affected by natural disasters, including Hurricanes Ian and Fiona, you may be eligible for financial assistance through the Union Plus Disaster Relief Grants program.

Visit the Union Plus Disaster Relief page at unionplus.org/disaster to learn more about the benefits and eligibility requirements.
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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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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 Boston Union Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 1100 EDT following job call.

All members and applicants are welcome to attend.

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

The Boston Union Hall is located at:

Marine Industrial Park

12 Channel St., Suite 606-A

Boston, MA 02210-2333

The phone number is: 617-671-0769.
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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 (4-Day) – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 02/06/23

AZIPOD (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

BRM – Bridge Resource Management (5-Day): 02/06/23

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) : Not currently scheduled

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) – 10/17/22, 11/14/22, 02/21/23, 03/31/23, 04/25/23, 06/06/23, 09/27/23, 10/17/23, 11/15/23, 12/16/23

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 11/14/22, 02/21/23, 04/25/23, 09/27/23, 11/15/23, 12/18/2023

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

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability (5-Day): 10/24/22, 01/16/2023, 03/27/23

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology (5-Day): 10/17/22, 12/12/22, 01/16/23

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 10/31/22

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1 (5-Day): 12/5/22, 02/27/2023

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 – Not currently scheduled

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems (5-Day): 10/10/22, 01/30/23

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

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

(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): 10/17/22, 12/5/22*, 01/16/23, 03/27/23

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2) (5-Day): 10/10/22*, 10/24/22, 11/14/22, 12/12/22*, 01/23/23, 04/03/23

**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

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping (5-Day): Not currently scheduled

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: 10/31/22

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

ADV-FF – Advanced Fire-Fighting (4-day): Not currently scheduled

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: 10/19/22, 11/16/22, 02/20/23, 03/25/23, 06/05/23, 09/26/23, 10/16/23, 11/17/23, 12/21/23

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 11/17/22, 02/24/23, 04/28/23, 09/30/23, 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): Not Currently Scheduled

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

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 05/01/23, 09/04/23

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

LAP – License Advancement Program for Mate to Master (20-Day): 10/17/22, 01/30/23

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes (15-Day): Not Currently Scheduled

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, 10/02/23, 12/04/23

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 11/28/2022, 01/09/23, 03/20/23, 05/22/23, 08/07/23, 11/27/23

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 04/10/23, 07/10/23, 09/18/23, 10/02/23, 11/06/23

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 10/8/22, 10/20/22, 11/17/22, 12/10/22, 01/23/23, 03/25/23, 04/15/23, 05/20/23, 06/04/23, 07/15/23, 09/25/23, 10/19/23, 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, 06/08/23, 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, 11/06/23

MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day): 03/13/23, 06/06/23, 09/13/23, 11/15/23

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): 10/06/22, 12/19/22*

PSC – Personal Survival Craft (5-Day) : Not currently scheduled

PSC-REF – Personal Survival Craft Refresher (2-Day) – 10/3/22

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): 10/17/2022

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 03/06/23

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

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

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: Not Currently Schedule

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

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 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

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) (10-Day): 02/06/23

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): Not currently scheduled

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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

October 2022
12th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

13-14 Basic Training Revalidation

17-28 Watchkeeping (Operational Level)

24-28 Advanced Stability

31-4 Advanced Meteorology

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