Wheelhouse Weekly – April 2nd, 2019

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The Coast Guard Monday published a final rule requiring facility owners and operators to ensure free access between ship and shore to seafarers, pilots and representatives of seamen’s welfare and labor organizations.

The rule is the result of years of work by maritime attorney and MM&P Vice President George Quick, who shepherded the measure from legislation through agency regulatory channels.

The process took over ten years.

The new rule is expected to have a positive impact on the working conditions of mariners in every MM&P Membership Group.

Specifically, it requires each Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA)-regulated facility to “provide a system for seamen assigned to a vessel at that facility, pilots, and representatives of seamen’s welfare and labor organizations to board and depart the vessel through the facility in a timely manner at no cost to the individual.”

“We finally have the Seafarer Terminal Access legislation implemented in a rule by the USCG after years of work,” Quick said.

“We are very pleased that the USCG’s final rule comprehensively addresses the serious terminal access problems that have made life difficult for seafarers for far too long.”

“Let us hope we see it implemented widely and effectively enforced.”

Under the rule, access procedures must be documented in each vessel’s Facility Security Plan and approved by the local Captain of the Port.

This final rule, which implements a congressional mandate, ensures that no facility owner or operator denies or makes it impractical for seafarers or other specified individuals to transit the facility.

Within 14 months of April 1, the publication date of the final rule, each facility owner or operator must implement a system for providing “timely” access that enables individuals to transit to and from a vessel moored at the facility and the facility gate at no charge.

Timely access means the facility owner or operator must provide the access “without
unreasonable delay,” subject to review by the Captain of the Port.

Timely access is to be determined by taking into account:

— the length of time the vessel is in port;

— the distance of egress/ingress between the vessel and facility gate;

— vessel watch schedules;

— the facility’s safety and security procedures as required by law;

— any other factors specific to the vessel or facility that could affect access to and from the vessel.

The facility owner or operator must ensure that access is provided through one or more of the following methods:

— regularly scheduled escort between the vessel and the facility gate that conforms to the vessel’s watch schedule as agreed upon between the vessel and facility;

— an on-call escort between the vessel and the facility gate;

— arrangements with taxi services or other transportation services, ensuring that any costs for
providing the access described in this section, above the service’s standard fees charged to any customer, are not charged to the individual to whom such access is provided.

If a facility provides arrangements with taxi services or other transportation services as the only method for providing the access described in this section, the facility is responsible for paying any fees for transit within the facility.

The facility is also required to:

— make arrangements with seafarers’ welfare organizations to facilitate access;

— provide monitored pedestrian access routes between the vessel and facility gate;

— provide a method approved by the Captain of the Port.

If an access method relies on a third party, a back-up access method that will be used if the third party is unable to or does not provide the required access in any instance must be provided by the owner or operator.

The owner or operator must ensure that the access required is actually provided in all instances.

The facility owner or operator must provide the access at no cost to the individual to whom such access is provided.

The terminal operator must document the facility’s system for providing access under the rule.

This documentation must include:

— location of transit area(s) used for providing access;

— duties and number of facility personnel assigned to each duty associated with providing access;

— methods of escorting and/or monitoring individuals transiting through the facility;

— agreements or arrangements between the facility and private parties, nonprofit organizations, or other parties, to facilitate access;

— maximum length of time an individual would wait for the access, based on the provided access method(s).

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Next Tuesday, April 9, marks the 10th anniversary of the hijacking of the U.S.-flagged freighter MAERSK ALABAMA.

It was the first time in more than 200 years that pirates had boarded an American-flagged vessel.

The immediate aftermath of the attack–the kidnapping by the pirates of Captain Richard Phillips–held the world transfixed for five days.

Phillips was held hostage in a covered lifeboat until Navy sharpshooters aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS BAINBRIDGE intervened, killing three of the pirates.

What has changed since April 9, 2009? Could another U.S. ship be hijacked today?

“Absolutely, if we let our guard down,” Captain Phillips says.

“Now there are cops on the beat–armed security guards aboard ships in addition to international navies patrolling pirate-prone areas–but if that situation changes, it could definitely happen again.”

He says “there are so few U.S.-flag ships now that it’s unlikely one would be hijacked. But are there still risks for American mariners? The answer is yes.”

Captain James Staples, a security expert who works at MITAGS, agrees.

“The piracy situation has only changed in one geographic area: off the coast of Somalia,” he says.

“Piracy globally continues. In Nigeria, it’s happening all the time: with people taken, ships taken. The de-escalation has only been in that one area and it’s all because of Captain Phillips. If he hadn’t been taken, this wouldn’t have happened. The threat is still high in other parts of the world. Rich Phillips was the catalyst; hundreds of sailors had been taken before but it didn’t make the news.”

Is the key factor the presence of an armed security detail? Are there other factors, for example, ships traveling farther from the coast, in areas that are harder for pirates in small boats to reach?

“Places like the Singapore Straits and Indonesia you just cannot get far from the coast due to the geography of the area,” Staples says.

“You are basically coastwise for days and in close proximity to shoals and other vessels.”

“And when you make an entry into a country, you have to cross the demarcation line at some point,” he adds.

After the MAERSK ALABAMA hijacking, security teams aboard at-risk ships had as many as five members.

“Now companies are down to two or three people, which is not enough to face down, for example, Abu Sayyaf or another terrorist group,” Staples says.

He and Phillips believe the terrorist threat to ships–including those flying the U.S. flag–is now greater than the threat of piracy.

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The ELHIBLU 1, a small tanker that was hijacked by migrants off Libya on Wednesday, was retaken the next day by members of the Maltese special forces.

The crew of the Good Samaritan ship, which is registered in Turkey, had picked up the 108 migrants, who were stranded at sea.

Some of the migrants hijacked the vessel when it became clear that it had been ordered to take them back to Libya.

Police awaiting the vessel at the port of Valletta arrested five men and disembarked the remainder of the migrants, including at least 19 women and 12 children, onto buses, a Reuters reporter at the scene said.

“The captain repeatedly stated that he was not in control of the vessel and that he and his crew were being forced and threatened by a number of migrants to proceed to Malta,” the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) said in a statement.

Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini welcomed the intervention by Malta.

He leads Italy’s anti-migrant party, La Lega, which has shut its ports to migrants rescued at sea.

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Rep. John Garamendi (D-Calif.) and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) are urging the Trump administration to ensure that U.S.-flagged and U.S.-citizen-crewed vessels play a significant role in the transport to China of liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports.

There have been reports that an agreement between the U.S. and China to end their reciprocal retaliatory tariff regimes will include a commitment by China to buy U.S. LNG.

“Without your personal attention in these trade negotiations, American LNG and crude oil exports will almost certainly be on foreign-flag vessels operated by foreign crews,” Garamendi and Wicker wrote in the letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross Jr.

“America is on pace to be the third largest producer of LNG exports by 2020,” Garamendi says.

“If we don’t use these trade negotiations to require our LNG exports to ship on U.S. vessels, the United States will continue exporting its LNG on foreign-flagged ships manned by foreign crews.”

He noted that our country’s international fleet has fallen by 60 percent since 1991, to just 80 ships.

“These negotiations give us the opportunity to reenergize American shipyards and rebuild our nation’s dwindling merchant fleet, which provides a vital economic stimulus and critical sealift capacity for our military.”

“I look forward to establishing a dialogue with the administration on this matter, and I thank Senator Wicker for leading the effort in the Senate to grow the U.S.-flag fleet.”

“The United States should seize every opportunity to bolster our domestic maritime industry,” Wicker said.

“As we pursue stronger trade agreements with China and other nations, I urge the administration to consider supporting the American merchant marine fleet by requiring liquid natural gas and crude oil exports be transported by U.S.-flagged and crewed vessels.”

In the last Congress, Wicker and Garamendi introduced the “Energizing American Shipbuilding Act.”

The legislation would guarantee that fixed percentages of all exported LNG and crude oil would travel on U.S.-built,-crewed and -flagged vessels starting in 2025.

If enacted, the proposal would increase the size of the U.S.-flag fleet and support thousands of new jobs for American mariners, shipyard workers and people throughout the domestic maritime industry.

Wicker and Garamendi plan to reintroduce the bill this Congress.

The U.S. is expected to become the world’s third-largest producer of LNG for export by 2020 and crude oil exports are expected to reach 3.64 million barrels per day by 2025, according to the Energy Information Administration.

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When a federal program does exactly what it is intended to do–and does so at tremendous savings to the taxpayer–you would expect that it would receive strong bipartisan support.

That is precisely the case for the Maritime Security Program (MSP).

In fact 102 members of the House of Representatives have jointly called on their colleagues on the Committee on Appropriations to fully fund the Maritime Security Program at its authorized level of $300 million in Fiscal Year 2020.

The effort in the House has been led by Seapower Subcommittee Chairman Joe Courtney (D-Conn.) and the Subcommittee’s Ranking Republican, Rob Wittman (Va.).

“MSP is a vital component of our military strategic sealift and global response capability,” the Congressional statement noted.

“It is designed to ensure that the United States has the U.S.-flag commercial sealift capability and trained U.S.-citizen merchant mariners available in times of war or national emergencies.”

“MSP also ensures that the U.S. can provide our troops overseas with the supplies and equipment necessary to do their jobs on behalf of our nation.”

MM&P and MIRAID will continue to work with our supporters in Congress to secure full funding for MSP.

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The Coast Guard closed four miles of the Houston Ship Channel Sunday after a barge collided with a tower supporting a high-voltage electric transmission line.

The agency has reported that TV SAFETY QUEST was pushing three barges loaded with scrap metal around 0600 Sunday when it crashed into electrical tower 197 in Baytown.

The media has reported that the tower is standing but is resting on one of the barges.

Crewmembers working for the tug’s owner, AEP River Operations, were unharmed.

The Coast Guard said they had undergone drug and alcohol testing.

The agency has established a safety zone and is not allowing any inbound or outbound traffic into the Houston Ship Channel, which could remain closed from mile marker 105 to 124 until Tuesday night.

This morning, 48 vessels, including 11 tankers, were waiting to pass through the channel.

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There will be an Offshore Membership Meeting in the LA/LB Union Hall on Tuesday, April 16, immediately after the 1100 job call.

MM&P International President Don Marcus and Pacific Ports Vice President Lars Turner will attend the meeting.

All Offshore members and applicants in the area are encouraged to attend.

As a reminder, the LA/LB Hall is located at: 533 N. Marine Ave., Ste A Wilmington, CA 90744.

The phone number is 310-834-7201.

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There will be an Offshore Membership Meeting in the Oakland Union Hall on Thursday, April 18, immediately after the 1100 job call.

MM&P International President Don Marcus and Coast Agent Jeremy Hope will attend the meeting.

All Offshore members and applicants in the area are encouraged to attend.

As a reminder, the Oakland Hall is located at: 548 Thomas L. Berkley Way, Oakland, CA 94612.

The phone number is 510-808-7068.

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All MM&P union halls, the MM&P Plan Office, MM&P headquarters and the MM&P Federal Credit Union will be closed on April 19 for Good Friday.


MITAGS-PMI is interested in receiving photo submissions from MM&P members for use on the official MITAGS-PMI social media platforms.

The goal is to document members’ voyages and promote the maritime industry. As suggestions, photos can be of events and sights onboard, crewmembers at work or scenic locations.

If you are interested in sharing photos, please send them with caption information to MITAGS-PMI’s marketing manager, Lindsay Moran, at

Be sure to tell us whether you would like to be credited for the photo.

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MITAGS-PMI is interested in receiving photo submissions from MM&P members for use on the official MITAGS-PMI social media platform.

The goal is to document members’ voyages and promote the maritime industry. As suggestions, photos can be of events and sights onboard, crewmembers at work or scenic locations.

If you are interested in sharing photos, please send them with caption information to MITAGS-PMI’s marketing manager, Lindsay Moran, at

Be sure to tell us whether you would like to be credited for the photo.

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MITAGS needs your current address! Have you moved recently? Did you remember to send MITAGS your new address for communications regarding courses? Please send your current contact information to or to the fax number below.

New dedicated fax line for Admissions only: 1-443-568-1928. For all other MITAGS business, please continue to use: 410-859-5181.

For class availability or information on MITAGS courses and programs, contact Amanda Meadows, Admissions Coordinator, toll-free at 866-656-5568 or by e-mail:

Why not try our on-line calendar to register for class:

For Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) processing, MMC problem resolution advice, STCW compliance and VA GI-Bill questions, contact MITAGS-PMI Student/Instructional Services Manager Jennifer Pitzen at 206-739-0720 (direct line); (888) 893-7829 (toll free); or by e-mail:

Please include your Mariner Reference Number, date of birth and the last four digits of your social security number in all emails.

\\Classes are 5-day unless otherwise noted\\

Class dates followed by an * are full

AB – Able Seaman – 4/15/19, 9/9/19

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation (1-Day): 5/2/19, 8/14/19

ARPA-OIC (4-Day) – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 4/2/19, 9/24/19

AZIPOD (2-Day) – 5/2/19, 9/30/19

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 8/5/19, 10/28/19

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 4/9/19, 5/2/19, 7/15/19, 7/29/19, 9/30/19

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling – (Now also included in BRMP-Refresher) (3-Day): 4/29/18, 7/17/19, 10/2/19

BRMP-Refresher (Now including Emergency Shiphandling for Pilots) (3-Day) – Not currently scheduled

BT – Basic Safety Training: 4/8/19, 8/12/19, 10/14/19

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – 4/30/19*, 6/18/19, 7/30/19, 8/26/19, 9/25/19, 10/30/19, 12/17/19

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 4/29/19*, 7/29/19, 9/25/19, 12/16/19

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 4/29/19, 10/21/19

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 6/10/19, 7/29/19, 9/23/19, 12/16/19

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 4/8/19, 6/3/19, 8/5/19, 9/30/19, 12/9/19

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 10/7/19

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1: 5/6/19, 8/5/19, 12/2/19

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific: 5/13/19, 8/12/19, 12/9/18

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems: 9/9/19, 12/2/19

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM): 5/20/19, 8/19/19, 12/16/19

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 4/15/19, 11/4/19 (DCS-1 available on request – contact Admissions)

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: Not Currently Scheduled

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management: 10/28/19

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 4/8/19, 4/29/19*, 5/13/19*, 6/3/19, 6/17/19, 7/15/19, 8/12/19, 9/9/19, 9/30/19, 10/14/19, 11/4/19, 12/2/19

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 4/15/19, 5/6/19*, 5/20/19*, 6/10/19, 6/24/19, 7/22/19, 8/19/19, 9/16/19, 10/7/19, 10/21/19, 11/11/19, 12/9/19

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

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 10/21/19

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 9/16/19

WX-HW-ATL – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Atlantic Ocean (2-day) – 6/10/19, 9/23/19

WX-HW-IND – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Indian Ocean (2-day) – 6/14/19, 9/27/19

WX-HW-PAC – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Pacific Ocean (2-day) – 6/12/19, 9/25/19

CNAV-OIC (15-Day) – Celestial Navigation: 11/4/19

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior (1-Day) – 7/11/19

CDMGT – Crowd Management (1-Day) – 7/12/19

CSE – Confined Space Entry (3-Day): 8/19/19

CSE-AWR – Confined Space Entry Awareness (2-Day): 5/23/19, 8/22/19

CY-MAR – Cyber-Skilled Mariner ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program ** – 5/20/19, 8/5/19

DDE – Great Lakes (20-Day): 6/3/19

DPA/IA – Designated Person Ashore & Internal Auditor (3-Day) ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program ** – Not currently scheduled

ECDIS for Pilots (2-Day) – 4/30/19, 8/12/19, 11/21/19

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 4/22/19, 8/12/19, 12/9/19

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 4/8/19, 8/12/19, 10/14/19

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 5/2/19, 6/20/19, 8/1/19, 8/28/19, 9/24/19, 10/29/19, 12/19/19

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 4/27/19, 7/27/19, 9/28/19, 12/14/19

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications (1-Day): 4/9/19, 9/17/19

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (10-Day): 8/19/19

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 4/15/19, 8/26/19, 11/18/19

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

LAP – License Advancement Program for Mate to Master (20-Day): 7/29/19, 10/21/19

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes (20-Day): Not currently scheduled

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License (15-Day): 6/3/19

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage (1-Day): 4/10/19, 4/30/19, 9/18/19

LNG-TPIC (10-Day) – Not currently scheduled

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC) (1-Day): 9/23/19

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): 4/29/19, 8/5/19, 12/2/19

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 5/6/19*, 7/8/19*, 9/30/19, 12/2/19

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 6/24/19, 8/19/19, 10/21/19

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 5/6/19*, 9/30/19, 11/18/19

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 5/3/19, 5/11/19, 6/17/19, 7/14/19, 8/29/19, 9/23/19, 10/5/19, 10/28/19, 12/7/19, 12/20/19

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic) (1-Day): 5/21/19 (evening), 6/5/19 (evening), 8/7/19, 9/12/19 (evening), 11/1/19 (evening)

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 5/21/19, 6/5/19, 8/5/19, 9/12/19, 11/1/19

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) – 6/2/19, 8/4/19, 11/3/19

MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day) – 6/3/19, 8/10/19, 10/30/19

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 5/13/19, 6/9/19, 7/15/19, 8/11/19, 9/16/19, 11/4/19

MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day) – 5/12/19, 6/7/19, 8/8/19, 9/14/19, 11/4/19

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) – 5/17/19, 6/8/19, 7/14/19, 8/9/19, 9/15/19, 11/8/19

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) – 5/18/19, 6/13/19, 7/19/19, 8/16/19, 9/20/19, 11/9/19

NDMS-ENAV – Navigational Decision Making Series – Best Practice in eNav – 11/18/19

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P (2-Day) – 4/22/19*, 4/24/19*, 6/24/19*, 6/26/19*, 7/25/19*, 7/29/19*, 8/26/19*, 8/28/19, 11/18/19, 11/20/19, 12/16/19, 12/18/19

RFPNW – Ratings Forming Part of a Navigational Watch (3-day) – Not currently scheduled

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal (1-Day): 9/23/19

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes (1-Night): 4/17/19*, 4/24/19*, 4/30/19*, 5/8/19*, 5/15/19, 6/5/19, 6/12/19, 6/19/19, 7/10/19, 7/24/19, 8/1/19, 8/7/19, 8/21/19, 8/28/19, 9/17/19, 9/18/19, 10/2/19, 10/16/19, 10/30/19, 11/6/19, 11/13/19, 12/4/19, 12/18/19

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 7/29/19

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3-Day): 12/2/19

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 5/13/19, 8/26/19, 10/28/19

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day) – 4/22/19, 6/17/19*, 8/5/19, 9/23/19, 11/18/19, 12/16/19

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 8/5/19

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (15-Day): 7/8/19

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 4/8/19, 7/8/19

TRAC-TUG-2 (2-Day): Contact Admissions

TTT – ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program ** Not currently scheduled

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (1-Day): 4/23/19

VSO – Vessel Security Officer (3-Day): 4/24/19, 7/8/19, 9/4/19

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) (10-Day): 10/7/19

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 9/16/19

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April 2019
8-11 Advanced Firefighting
8-12 Advanced Shiphandling II
8-12 Radar Observer Unlimited
8-12 Leadership & Managerial Skills
8-12 Medical Care Provider
8-19 Medical Person-In-Charge
15-18 ARPA
15-19 Basic Training
19th Radar Renewal
19-23 Basic Training Refresher
22-23 Basic Training Revalidation
22-26 ECDIS
24th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
25th Medical DOT
29-10 GMDSS
29-3 Advanced Shiphandling I

May 2019
6-9 Advanced Firefighting
6-10 Advanced Shiphandling II
6-24 License Preparation (Mate Level)
10th Radar Renewal
13-14 Advanced Firefighting Refresher
15th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
16-17 Basic Training Revalidation
16-20 Basic Training Refresher
13-17 Meteorology (Operational Level)
13-24 Watchkeeping (Operational Level)
20-24 Advanced Stability
20-24 Basic Training
28-30 Search & Rescue
31st Leadership & Teamworking Skills

June 2019
3-5 Security Officer – Vessel, Company, & Facility
3-21 Celestial Navigation
3-28 License Advancement Preparation (Chief Mate/Master Level)
10-13 Advanced Firefighting
17-21 Basic Firefighting
24-28 Meteorology (Operational Level)
21-25 Basic Training Refresher (no class on weekend)
24-25 Basic Training Revalidation
26th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
28th Medical DOT

July 2019
8-12 Advanced Meteorology
8-26 Terrestrial & Coastal Navigation w/ Compasses
9th Radar Renewal
10-11 Basic Training Revalidation
10-15 Basic Training Refresher (no class on weekend)
12th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
15-19 Basic Shiphandling
15-19 Advanced Stability
16-18 Advanced Firefighting Refresher
22-25 Advanced Firefighting
22-26 Cargo Handling & Stowage
22-26 Advanced Shiphandling I
29-31 Security Officer – Vessel, Company, & Facility
29-2 Advanced Shiphandling II

August 2019
5-8 Advanced Firefighting
12-13 Basic Training Revalidation
14th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
12-30 License Preparation (Mate Level)

September 2019
4th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
5-6 Basic Training Revalidation
6th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
9th Radar Renewal
9-13 Basic Training
9-13 Marine Propulsion Plants
16-19 Advanced Firefighting
16-20 Ship/Shipboard Management
23-27 Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation
30-1 ECDIS
30-1 Leadership & Managerial Skills

October 2019
2nd Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
3-4 Basic Training Revalidation
7-11 Engine Resource Management
7-11 Basic Training
7-11 Advanced Shiphandling I
8th Radar Renewal
14-18 Management of Electrical & Electronic Control Equipment (MEECE)
14-18 Advanced Shiphandling II
15-18 Advanced Firefighting
18th Medical DOT
21-25 Advanced Meteorology
21-25 Ship Construction & Basic Stability
28-1 Advanced Stability
28-15 Celestial Navigation

November 2019
4-8 Advanced Cargo Operations
4-15 Basic Training
12th Radar Renewal
13th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
14-15 Basic Training Revalidation
18-19 Advanced Firefighting Refresher
18-20 Security Officer – Vessel, Company, & Facility
18-22 Radar Observer Unlimited
18-22 Advanced Watchkeeping
25-27 Search & Rescue

December 2019
2-6 Leadership & Managerial Skills
2-20 License Preparation (Mate Level)
3-6 Advanced Firefighting
9-12 ARPA
9-13 Basic Training
13th Radar Renewal
16th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
17-18 Basic Training Revalidation

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