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MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly

Volume 28… Number 38, Sept. 20, 2022


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Congress must reject attacks on U.S.-flag cargo preference shipping requirements, six maritime unions and two transportation labor organizations told House legislators on Sept. 14.

“The strict enforcement and enhancement of U.S.-flag cargo preference shipping requirements are essential to providing the base of cargo necessary to sustain U.S.-flag vessels in foreign commerce,” MM&P President Don Marcus testified before the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation.

“Without cargo, there are no merchant ships and without U.S.-flag merchant ships, our military and economic independence cannot be sustained.”

Marcus testified on behalf of labor organizations that together represent the vast majority of Coast Guard-licensed and unlicensed American mariners—MM&P, AMO, ARA, MEBA, MFOW and SIU—as well as the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department and the AFL-CIO Maritime Trades Department.

The hearing was held against the backdrop of grave threats to cargo preference that are pending in the House and Senate in the form of concurrent resolutions.

One of the concurrent resolutions would waive Ship American rules indefinitely.

The other would divert cargoes to foreign carriers for an arbitrary three-year period.

A concurrent resolution does not need to be signed into law by the President to take effect. It just needs to be passed by both Houses of Congress.

In his testimony, Marcus called it “ironic, and at the same time appalling” that some politicians are working to end cargo preference “only months after World War II merchant marine veterans finally received a Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of their services—and with a major war going on in Europe.”

“American men and women operate U.S.-flag vessels,” he testified.

“They do so at all times, and in all conditions: in peace and war, during the pandemic and through all the daily hazards and personal hardships inherent in their occupation.”

“They support their families through employment in good family-wage union jobs.”

In a broader perspective, he noted, the battle to preserve cargo preference is also a battle to protect national security.

“What the opponents of cargo preference fail or refuse to comprehend is that the mariners who operate U.S.-flag vessels that carry preference cargoes are the same mariners who operate the surge and sustainment vessels needed by our military.”

“With a European conflict raging and an aggressive China supporting a national-flag merchant marine of over 4,000 ocean-going vessels, now is not the time to withdraw cargo and undermine the commercial viability of the 80-85 U.S.-flag vessels that are currently operating in foreign trade.”

He called on Congress to reject the concurrent resolutions and reverse the arbitrary reduction in cargo preference for food aid enacted in 2012.

It should be restored, the unions say, to at least 75 percent.

The unions have also asked that Congress provide the Maritime Administration with “whatever additional authority it needs to fully administer and enforce the cargo preference statutes.”

“The full exercise of this authority by the Maritime Administration will help to minimize if not eliminate interagency disputes over the applicability and implementation of cargo preference,” Marcus testified.

He thanked legislators for enacting a law that requires the Comptroller General to perform an independent audit of the compliance of all federal agencies and departments with existing cargo preference shipping requirements.

“We are hopeful that this audit will provide a clearer understanding of the degree to which federal agencies may be, for whatever reason, acting contrary to the law and bypassing U.S.-flag, U.S.-crewed vessels in favor of foreign-flag, foreign-crewed vessels to move U.S. government cargoes,” he said.
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The National Transportation Safety Board is repeating its recommendation that everyone working aboard a vessel be provided with a personal locator beacon.

The agency reiterated the recommendation at the end of its investigation into the 2020 sinking of the fishing vessel EMMY ROSE off Cape Cod and the loss of four members of the crew.

The NTSB concluded that the boat likely capsized after seawater collected on the aft deck and flooded in through hatches that were not watertight.

It also found that two free ports—openings covered by hinged plates in the lower part of the bulwarks to allow deck water to run out—were closed.

After departing Portland, Maine, on Nov. 17, the crew of the 82-foot-long vessel fished for five days in the Gulf of Maine.

On Nov. 22, the captain notified a seafood distribution facility in Gloucester, Mass., that they would arrive the next morning to offload a catch of groundfish.

But early that day, the Coast Guard in Boston received a distress signal from the crew.

The four crewmembers were never found. The EMMY ROSE itself was eventually located by means of side scan sonar, about 3.5 miles from its last known position, at a depth of 794 feet.

Search teams covered more than 2,200 square miles over a 38-hour period before giving up.

Investigators hypothesized that the source of the initial flooding was the hatch cover of the lazarette, which had no hinges and could not be made watertight.

Among the NTSB’s recommendations to the Coast Guard:

— expand commercial fishing vessel safety examinations to include inspection of the design of the free port covers and the hatch covers;

— require that all vessel personnel be provided with personal locator beacons, which can aid search and rescue operations by providing continuously updated and correct coordinates of crewmembers’ locations.
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Longshore workers at the Port of Liverpool went on strike today, after rejecting an offer they said did not address the impact of inflation on wages.

Inflation in the UK is now running at 9.9 percent; economists predict it will peak at 11 percent in December.

“Workers across the country are sick to death of being told to take a hit on their wages and living standards while employer after employer is guilty of rampant profiteering,” said Sharon Graham, general secretary of Unite, which represents the longshore workers.

She said the terminal operator should “put a reasonable offer on the table and fulfil its previous pay promises.”

Port owner MDHC reported more than £30 million in profits in 2021.

The company said its most recent offer, which workers have refused, would bring the average annual wages of a container operator to the equivalent of about USD 49,000.

The Port of Liverpool operates two container terminals, which have links to Scotland, Ireland, and inland ports along the Manchester Ship Canal.

Workers at the port of Felixstowe have also authorized a strike.

Liverpool and Felixstowe operate independently and are not on the same routes, but the overlapping strikes are expected to compound supply chain disruptions.

Global transport unions are joining the striking dockworkers on the picket line.

“In the face of soaring inflation in the United Kingdom, with some economists predicting that the rate of inflation will rise to 20 percent by January, the Liverpool dockers’ pay demands are measured and reasonable,” said ITF President and Dockers’ Section Chair Paddy Crumlin.

“As the cost of essentials like food, energy and petrol continue to rise to astronomical levels, we are seeing employer after employer gouge profits at the expense of workers’ livelihoods and living standards.”

“Working people have had enough—and that’s why 560 Liverpool dockers have walked out the gate on strike.”

The union said the strike will last until Oct. 3.
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Hurricane Fiona, the strongest storm of the 2022 Atlantic season, battered the Turks and Caicos on Tuesday, after pummeling the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, where it triggered a total power outage.

The National Hurricane Center predicted that it could reach Category 4 as it heads towards Bermuda early Wednesday morning.

A storm becomes a Category 3 hurricane when maximum sustained winds reach 111 mph. Category 4 hurricanes have maximum sustained winds of 130–156 mph. Gusts can be up to 30 percent higher.

Fiona made landfall in Puerto Rico on Sunday afternoon, dumping nearly 30 inches of rain in some areas, producing catastrophic flooding and knocking out the power grid.

Downed trees and mudslides left many roads impassable.

Officials in Puerto Rico said Tuesday that although progress was being made, it would take days to restore power to the whole island.

Fiona brought heavy rainfall and “life-threatening flash floods” to the Dominican Republic, UPI has reported.

Forecasters tracking the storm say it should stay well away from the U.S. East Coast, but could make a direct hit on Bermuda later this week and affect parts of Atlantic Canada this weekend.

Fiona is the sixth named tropical system in the Atlantic basin this year, following Alex, Bonnie, Colin, Danielle and Earl.
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It’s time for one of our favorite union sports: NFL football!

Will the Rams win it all again? Can the Bengals find a way to secure the trophy this year? Or will super-human Tom Brady add yet another ring? Regardless of what happens, one thing is for sure: snacks and drinks go great with football!

The folks at Labor 411 have created a shopping list so that you can support good union jobs while you watch your favorite team.

Union Beer:

Anchor Brewing Company (ILWU);

Bass (IAM);

Beck’s (IAM);

Blue Moon (IUOE, IBT);

Budweiser (IAM, IUOE, IBT);

Coors (IBT);

Dundee (IBT);

Goose Island (IBT);

Hamm’s (UAW, IAM, IBT);

Henry Weinhard’s (IUOE, IBT);

Keystone (IAM, IUOE);

Kirin (IAM);

LandShark Lager (IAM, IUOE, IBT);

Leinenkugel (UAW, IUOE, IBT);

Mad River (IAM, IBT);

Mendocino (IBT);

Michelob (IAM, IUOE, IBT);

Miller (UAW, IAM, IUOE, IBT);

Natural Ice (IAM, IUOE, IBT);

O’Doul’s (IAM, IUOE, IBT);

Pabst (UAW);

Rolling Rock (IAM, IBT);

Schlitz (UAW);

Shock Top (IAM, IUOE, IBT)

Union Snacks:

Act II Popcorn (UFCW);

Cheez-It (BCTGM);

Cheetos (BCTGM);

Chex Mixes (IBT);

Doritos (BCTGM, IBT);

Rold Gold Pretzels (BCTGM, IBT);

Slim Jim (UFCW, IBT);

Sun Chips (BCTGM, IBT);

Wheat Thins (BCTGM, IBT)

Union Soft Drinks:

Barq’s Root Beer (IBT);

Coke (IBT);

Dr. Pepper (UFCW, UAW);

Pepsi (IBT, UAW);

Sprite (IBT, UAW).
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The maritime authorities have issued advisory 2022-010 regarding GPS interference and AIS spoofing in various geographic areas.

It warns that instances of significant GPS interference have been reported worldwide in the maritime domain.

The interference can result in lost or inaccurate GPS signals affecting bridge navigation, GPS-based timing, and communications equipment (including satellite communications equipment).

Over the last six months, areas in which multiple instances have been reported include the eastern and central Mediterranean Sea, the Persian Gulf, and the Red Sea.

The Coast Guard Navigation Center web page, https://navcen.uscg.gov/gps-problem-report-status, includes a chronological list of recently reported GPS problems.

The advisory also notes that AIS signals can be spoofed, resulting in incorrect or missing AIS data, because AIS systems are open, unencrypted, and unprotected radio systems intended to operate on non-secure VHF-FM channels.

The NAVCEN and NATO Shipping Center websites contain information regarding effective navigation practices for vessels experiencing GPS interference.

Maritime GPS disruptions or anomalies should be reported immediately to NAVCEN at https://www.navcen.uscg.gov/report-a-problem or via phone at 703-313- 5900, 24-hours a day.

NAVCEN will further disseminate reported instances of GPS interference to the NATO Shipping Center.

Should you encounter ghost or fake AIS targets, please report them to the NAVCEN at https://www.navcen.uscg.gov/report-a-problem

All the maritime advisories are posted online.
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The list of candidates for national elective office who have received support from the MM&P Political Contribution Fund (PCF) for their 2022 races has been posted in the Members’ Only section of bridgedeck.org.

The list is periodically updated as additional information about the candidates and their positions on issues important to the Masters, Mates & Pilots becomes available.

The MM&P PCF contributes to the election campaigns of candidates in any political party who support the American Merchant Marine and stand with us in the battle to preserve the Jones Act, cargo preference, the Maritime Security Program and other policies and programs that protect the jobs of MM&P members.

If you have not yet contributed to the MM&P PCF this year, please consider doing so now so that we can keep our ships sailing and MM&P members working.

To contribute, go to bridgedeck.org and click on PCF.

If you have any questions, please contact MM&P headquarters or Jim Patti at jpatti@miraid.org.
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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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MITAGS-West is once again offering the Medical Person-In-Charge class.

If you would like to take the Med-PIC class on the West Coast, call the Admissions Department at 866.656.5568 or send an email to admissions@mitags.org.

Remember: you can always check the schedule and enroll online at www.mitags.org
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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: 9/27/22

AZIPOD (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

BRM – Bridge Resource Management (5-Day): Not currently scheduled

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) : Not currently scheduled

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) –9/26/22*, 10/17/22, 11/14/22

BT-Refresher (3-day) –9/26/22*, 11/14/22

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic (5-Day): 9/26/22

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability (5-Day): 10/24/22, 12/19/22

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

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

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

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

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM) (5-Day): 11/14/22

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants (5-Day): Not Currently Scheduled

(DCS-1 available on request – contact Admissions)

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: Not Currently Scheduled

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (5-Day): 9/26/22

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1) (5-Day): 10/3/22*, 10/17/22, 12/5/22

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

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

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation (5-Day): 10/3/22

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

ERM – Engine Resource Management (5-Day): 11/28/22

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

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced (5-Day): Not currently scheduled

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 9/28/22, 10/19/22, 11/16/22

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 9/29/22, 11/17/22

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): 12/12/22

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

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

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): 9/26/22

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

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 10/3/22*, 12/5/22*

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: Not currently scheduled

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 10/3/22*

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 9/26/22, 10/8/22, 10/17/22, 11/17/22, 12/10/2022, 12/23/22

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic) (1-Day): 11/5/22

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 11/4/22

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) –11/3/22

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

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 11/7/22

MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day/ 8-hour) –11/4/22

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) –11/6/22

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) –11/11/22

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): 10/06/2022*, 12/19/2022*, 12/21/2022

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

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): 9/28/22

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: Not Currently Scheduled

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

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 11/07/22

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day) – 11/28/22

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

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (15-Day): Not Currently Schedule

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: Not Currently Schedule

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) : Not currently scheduled

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) (10-Day): Not currently scheduled

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
September 2022
22nd Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

23-24 Basic Training Revalidation

October 2022

3-7 Leadership & Managerial Skills

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