Wheelhouse Weekly – April 30th, 2019

Volume 24… Number 18… April 30, 2019


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The Maritime Labor Alliance (MLA), a coalition of six maritime unions that together represent 120,000 men and women who work in U.S. ports and aboard U.S.-flag ships, will oppose automation projects that put union jobs at risk.

“Proposals to fully automate port terminal operations are currently being considered while efforts to operate unmanned vessels are not far behind,” the group said in the April 2019 edition of its newsletter, “Delivering the Goods.”

“These efforts are being forced upon workers as management seeks to do more with less in an effort to eliminate one thing: American workers.”

The group says that in the rush to embrace automation, some businesses are pushing projects that make little or no sense from an economic standpoint.

It cites a study by McKinsey & Company which found that fully automated ports were generally less productive than their conventional counterparts.

The same study also found that the return on investment of fully automated ports was significantly less than projections.

Another factor to take into consideration in the face of the rush to automate is the risk of cyberattack, the MLA says.

For example, ransomware attacks on the Port of San Diego and A.P. Moller-Maersk have resulted in major service disruptions and losses totaling hundreds of millions of dollars.

“What would happen in a fully automated workplace, where there are no people on duty to override such threats?” the group asks.

In a broader social context, when growing numbers of human employees are replaced by robots, who will pay taxes to finance schools, roads and hospitals?

What will the long-term impact of automation be on working families and quality of life?

The Maritime Labor Alliance calls on policymakers to address these issues.

It vows, in the meantime, to fight any effort to implement automated technologies that seeks to increase profits at the expense of jobs.

The MLA is the leading labor organization representing seagoing and longshore workers in the U.S. maritime industry.

Its members include MM&P, the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA), the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (MEBA), the American Radio Association (ARA) and the Inlandboatmen’s Union.

The MLA was founded to protect working standards, enhance workplace safety and strengthen the maritime industry to guarantee the critical contributions that maritime workers make to the U.S. economy and national security in time of peace and in time of war.

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An international marine insurance trade group is warning that “mis-declared cargo” and improperly shipped hazardous materials may be to blame for several recent shipboard fires.

The International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI) said in an April 25 opinion paper that it is increasingly concerned over “the recent spate of shipboard fires including SINCERITY ACE, YANTIAN EXPRESS, APL VANCOUVER, ER KOBE and GRIMALDI GRANDE AMERICA.”

Five mariners died as a result of the fire aboard the SINCERITY ACE.

IUMI represents 42 marine market insurance and reinsurance associations.

The organization presented the report during its conference in Hamburg, Germany, April 7-8.

“Whilst IUMI cannot speculate on the causes of these fires,” it said, “past issues such as cargo mis-declaration, improper packing, loading, labeling and shipping of hazardous cargoes are likely to be factors.”

“Carrier alliances are adding more complexity [to the situation because] one shipping line will often be carrying another’s containers and relying on their performance to vet and screen cargo,” according to the association’s March 2019 newsletter.

The group said “steps in the right direction include initiatives from organizations such as the National Cargo Bureau, to inspect a sample of inbound containers arriving at U.S. ports from several carriers that are members of the Cargo Incident Notification System, as well as Maersk recently announcing random container inspections.”

“At IUMI we believe there is a need for greater transparency over cargo carried on ships,” the organization says, adding that “more adequate protection should be made available to guard against and to fight onboard fires.”

“Going forward, our main concerns continue to be the accumulation of risks associated with large container vessels and, in particular, the risk of onboard fires,” says Rama Chandran, chairman of IUMI’s Ocean Hull Committee.”

IUMI has said that the fire aboard MAERSK HONAM in March 2018 will probably be the largest “general average loss” in the history of the industry.

A general average loss is defined by marine insurers as “a partial loss from voluntary sacrifice, such as jettisoning part of the cargo, to save the ship or crew, or from extraordinary expenses incurred by one of the parties for everyone’s benefit, such as the cost to tow a disabled vessel.”

The insurers’ trade group says the increased risk of large, more complex and costly claims has the potential to impact all marine underwriting sectors in 2019.

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A risk assessment of a sample of U.S.-flag deep-draft vessels conducted by the Coast Guard last year found “high-risk” deficiencies, requiring follow-up inspections, on 53 of them.

The names of the vessels included in the high-risk inspection program have not been disclosed.

Rear Adm. John Nadeau, the Coast Guard’s assistant commandant for prevention policy, outlined the findings earlier this month in a keynote speech at the Connecticut Maritime Association’s 2019 Shipping Conference.

“We sent some of our most experienced inspectors to examine these vessels and identified 661 deficiencies, including 86 detainable deficiencies, and required seven external safety management audits,” he said.

“In the end… six vessels had their Certificates of Inspection (COI) revoked, prohibiting the vessels from operating until the matters were addressed.”

By law, a COI “shall be revoked if a condition unsafe to life that is ordered to be corrected . . . is not corrected at once.”

Last year, the Coast Guard began issuing detainable deficiencies to U.S.-flag vessels, just as it does under Port State Control.

“We are finding that many of these detainable deficiencies are tied to the ship’s Safety Management System,” Nadeau said.

The change is one result of the agency’s review of its flag state inspection policies following the loss of the EL FARO in 2015.

In his remarks, Nadeau said that 53 ships–a sample representative of nearly 30 percent of the U.S.-flag deep draft fleet–were designated as “high risk” during last year’s review, and have thus been targeted for additional oversight in the form of follow-up inspections.

“It is obvious that our crews, with the support and cooperation of our companies’ management, the U.S. Coast Guard and class societies, have work to do to correct the problems,” said MM&P Vice President George Quick.

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The Coast Guard announced last week that it has awarded the contract for the detail, design and construction of the lead Polar Security Cutter (PSC) to Mississippi-based VT Halter Marine.

There should eventually be six Coast Guard PSCs.

Construction on the first is planned to begin in 2021 with delivery planned for 2024.
PSCs will support a wide range of Coast Guard missions including search and rescue, maritime law enforcement, environmental response and national defense.

The fact that the PSC will be built by American workers is significant, said Rep. John Garamendi (D-Calif.), who served as ranking member of the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation from 2013 to 2018.

“America used to be the top maritime nation in the world. Unfortunately, for 40 years the U.S. government neglected the important task of building polar icebreakers,” Garamendi said in a statement.

“[I]’m pleased the Coast Guard will receive the first new Polar Security Cutter in 40 years,”
“Even better—it will be built by American workers in American shipyards.”

Garamendi worked with House and Senate colleagues to secure funding for this vessel as well as the five additional Polar Security Cutters that will be built in the coming years.

The initial award is valued at $745.9 million and supports non-recurring engineering and detail design of the PSC class as well as procurement of long lead-time materials and construction of the first ship.

The contract also includes options for the construction of two additional PSCs.

“As the Arctic continues to change, it’s critical for the United States to assert its rights and the new U.S. Coast Guard Polar Security Cutters are necessary for this to be done,” Garamendi said.

“This announcement is a major milestone for the Coast Guard, and this vessel is critically important for commercial, national security and emergency rescue scenarios that will project America’s position in the Arctic.”

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MM&P is preparing a paper to highlight the inherent conflict of interest built into the ISM/SMQS structure.

This conflict, between promoting safety and the pressures of economic competitiveness, has increasingly put ships’ masters, chief engineers, vessel inspectors and other maritime professionals at risk.

The paper, to be drafted in conjunction with an outside organization, is expected to be presented at the World Maritime Rescue Conference in Vancouver, Canada, later this year and submitted to the International Maritime Organization in London.

Among the contributors will be John Loftus, retired MM&P master and successful maritime industry whistle-blower.

MM&P is seeking input from our membership and other maritime professionals to assist us in documenting coercive pressures facing front line professionals in our industry.

Specifically, we are seeking examples of undue influence exerted by employers to discourage front line professionals from submitting Corrective Action Reports (CARS) or from otherwise providing appropriate documentation or recordkeeping of shipboard deficiencies which may or may not be known to shipowners/ship managers.

This input may be submitted anonymously or documented as desired by the individual respondent.

Personal interviews will be conducted during the week of May 20-24, 2019 at MM&P International headquarters in Linthicum Heights, MD.

If you would like to participate in this important project, please contact or submit
information to Star Dorsey at MM&P HQ: or 410-850-8131.

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SEACOR is requesting resumes from MM&P members interested in future openings for permanent Chief Mates and Second Mates.

Candidates must have taken the following courses: Medical Person in Charge, GMDSS, Vessel Personnel With Designated Security Duties, Vessel Security Officer and Radar Certification.

Applicants must have clear criminal background checks.

If you would like to apply, please contact MM&P Vice President Klaus Luhta:

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There will be an Offshore Membership Meeting in the MM&P Honolulu Union Hall on Wednesday, May 15, immediately after job call at 1000.

All Offshore members and applicants in the area are encouraged to attend the meeting.
The Honolulu Hall is located at 521 Ala Moana Blvd., Suite 258, Honolulu, HI 96813.
The phone number is 808-523-8183.

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Sailors’ Snug Harbor (SSH), one of the oldest secular charities in the United States, has funds available to help career mariners with financial need.

SSH was incorporated in 1806 as the result of a bequest made by Captain Robert Richard Randall, a New York merchant.

More than 16,500 mariners have been assisted by SSH since its inception in the early nineteenth century.

What kind of help can SSH provide?

SSH assists mariners financially in their homes. Mariners who meet the following criteria are eligible for assistance:

— 65 years of age or older OR ON DISABILITY–some exceptions can be made;

— 2,555 days of deep-sea time, at least five years on U.S.-flag ships OR 14 years working on inland rivers;

— proven need for financial assistance;

— less than $50,000 in assets (primary residence excluded).

A three-year look-back period will be used to determine eligibility.

If the mariner is eligible for public benefits, such as VA benefits, Medicaid or SNAP, those benefits should be accessed first.

The SSH website,, has a link to the application that each interested mariner must complete.

The application requires detailed information about current living arrangements, financial history, etc.

If you are interested in learning more about SSH benefits, please contact:

Sailors’ Snug Harbor
Toll Free: 1-888-257-5456
Fax: 212-513-0243

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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 – 9/9/19

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

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

AZIPOD (2-Day) – 9/30/19

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

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 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): 7/17/19, 10/2/19

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

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

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

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

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 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: 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: 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): 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): 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 are now approved to include SAR-CMM assessments at MITAGS**

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

CIW-DPA/IA – Continual Improvement Workshop: Designated Person Ashore & Internal Auditor (3-Day) ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program ** – 5/22/19, 6/25/19, 11/12/19

CIW-SMS – Continual Improvement Workshop: Successful Safety Management – 5/20/19, 7/16/19, 10/15/19

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 ** – 8/5/19

DDE – Great Lakes (20-Day): 6/3/19

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

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

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 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: 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: 7/27/19, 9/28/19, 12/14/19

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications (1-Day): 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): 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): 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): 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): 5/11/19, 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) – 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): 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: 8/26/19, 10/28/19

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day) – 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: 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): Not currently scheduled

VSO – Vessel Security Officer (3-Day): 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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For registration, contact our admissions department: 206.441.2880 or

Please also see our schedule and enroll online at

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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