Wheelhouse Weekly – August 18th, 2020

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The MM&P Constitutional Convention will take place Saturday, Aug. 22. It will be followed by the 88th MM&P Biennial Convention Aug. 22-23.

In accordance with Covid-19 safety protocols, the Conventions will be conducted virtually.

This means that for the first time in the 133-year history of MM&P, the delegates will not convene in a single location.

Instead, the Conventions will take place at MM&P headquarters and selected union halls and offices proximate to Convention delegates, staff and officials.

This will be a business-only Convention, with all requirements for social distancing and local health restrictions observed. Video conferencing will be provided.

Coverage of the Conventions will be published in the Aug. 25 issue of The Wheelhouse Weekly and the next issue of The Master, Mate & Pilot.

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The newest issue of The Master, Mate & Pilot is now online. In this issue:

— MM&P members face extreme challenges as they carry out their jobs in the midst of the pandemic, while demands on the union as a whole continue to mount;

— Rescues by crews of Matson’s MAHIMAHI, Buchanan tug MISTER T, APL PRESIDENT EISENHOWER and Washington State Ferry WALLA WALLA;

— ILWU Secretary-Treasurer Ed Ferris on the fight for social justice in the face of institutional and systemic racism;

— MM&P and MEBA endorse maritime advocate Joe Biden for President;

— Matson launches MATSONIA;

— Great Lakes Towing welcomes new tug WISCONSIN.

You can read The Master, Mate & Pilot on the MM&P app or on the home page: go to, click on the “News” button at the top of the page and scroll down to MM&P Magazine.

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The crew of the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS YUKON rescued the crew of a drifting dhow in the Arabian Sea earlier this month.

The dhow had experienced an engine failure 10 days earlier, and the crew had run out of food and water.

Captain Aaron D. Caputo described the rescue operation as follows:

“On Friday the 7th of August, we received a report that a vessel was adrift and in distress in the vicinity of our past track.”

“With low visibility, heavy wave action, and high winds, the USNS YUKON reversed course and diverted to search for the vessel.”

“The crew’s response was swift and driven by the impetus to help those in need.”

“Through their determination, we were able to locate the distressed vessel and send them aid within three hours of being notified.”

“Afterwards, YUKON remained with the distressed vessel day and night, until their host country could send additional aid to bring them home, as they did not want to abandon their vessel to the sea.”

“Regardless of our mission or tasking, we are Mariners first and foremost, and will always be ready and able to help fellow seafarers,” Captain Caputo said.

The MM&P Federal Employees Membership Group represents licensed deck officers, pursers and medical services officers aboard MSC ships.

Participating in the rescue operation were MM&P LDOs First Officer Michael Cook, Second Officer Nicholas Rossi, Third Officer Cody Caciolo and Third Officer Che Cuellar.

MSC reported that throughout the operation, the crew of the fleet replenishment oiler maintained Covid-19 social distancing and face covering requirements.

“The duty to help each other when in need is something that all mariners share, civilian and military alike,” said Navy Captain Michael O’Driscoll, commander of Task Force 53.

“The sailors and civilian mariners aboard MSC ships are trained and ready to answer this call whenever possible.”

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The Atlantic hurricane season has already set records for activity: Hurricane Isaias, a Category 1 hurricane that caused widespread damage across the Caribbean and the East Coast of the US, was already the ninth named storm and the second hurricane of the season.

Historically, only two named storms form on average by early August, and the ninth named storm typically does not form until Oct. 4.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is now predicting that this season at least 10 additional named storms will occur.

The updated outlook calls for a total of 19 to 25 named storms (winds of 39 mph or greater), of which 7 to 11 are expected to become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or greater), including three to six that could become major hurricanes (winds of 111 mph or greater).

Three to six of those could become major hurricanes of Category 3 intensity or higher, NOAA has predicted.

The update includes the nine named storms that have formed to date since it covers the entire hurricane season, which ends Nov. 30.

In more than two decades of issuing forecasts, NOAA has never predicted that as many as 25 named storms would form in a single season.

The forecast is driven by factors that include: widespread above-average sea surface temperatures in the tropical Atlantic Ocean; above-average temperatures in the Caribbean Sea; and sea surface temperatures off the East Coast and in the Gulf of Mexico that are also well above average.

Scientists say the warm waters are the result of natural climate cycles as well as human-caused climate change.

The predicted increase in the number of hurricanes presents new challenges for local officials and first responders trying to avoid overcrowding in shelters since all 50 states have been declared disaster areas because of Covid-19.

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The maritime industry is facing heightened security risks in the Middle East following recent actions by Iran and the US.

Iranian forces boarded the Greek-owned, Liberian-flagged tanker WILA as it approached anchorage in the United Arab Emirates on Aug. 12.

Some observers linked the incident to the Greek shipping industry’s purported participation in Iranian oil shipments followed by its pledge to honor US economic sanctions in an attempt to keep Greek ships from being blacklisted.

Shortly after the boarding of the WILA, the US announced it had seized Iranian shipments of gasoline.

Two of the ships transporting the seized gasoline, the BERING and the PANDI, are owned and managed by the same company as the WILA.

After it was boarded by the Iranians, the WILA was permitted to continue on its course to the UAE.

Security analysts at Dryad Global say their analysis now shows a heightened risk for all vessels carrying US cargos in the area around the Persian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz and the Gulf of Oman.

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The US maritime authorities have released new threat advisories warning of:

— risks to commercial vessels from Iran and its proxies in the Persian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz, Gulf of Oman, Arabian Sea, Red Sea, Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean; and

— risks of violence due to regional conflict in the Southern Mediterranean Sea in the vicinity of coastal Libya.

All the advisories are posted at

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Elaine Luria, who represents Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District, has been named the 2020 American Maritime Hero by the American Maritime Partnership.

The award recognizes individuals who work to strengthen the role of the United States as a maritime nation through professional contributions, courage and outstanding achievements.

A 20-year veteran of the US Navy, Luria is one of the first women to serve her entire military career aboard combatant ships.

In her final naval assignment, she commanded a maritime prepositioning force of 400 sailors.

Luria was elected to Congress in 2018 to represent a district that includes Virginia Beach, Williamsburg and parts of the cities of Norfolk and Hampton.

She serves on the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee, which oversees key commercial and military maritime programs and laws.

“In coastal Virginia, the maritime industry is integral to our regional economy, national security and constituents’ livelihoods,” Luria says.

“As a 20-year Navy veteran, I know the importance of supporting and advocating for the maritime industry.”

“In Congress, I will continue to be a staunch advocate for the Jones Act and the US maritime industry.”

“Representative Luria has been steadfast in her commitment to this nation, and to the men and women of maritime,” said AMP President Mike Roberts.

“She has led in Congress on key issues to support the domestic and deep sea US flag fleets, including programs related to shipbuilding, mariners, and vessel operations.”

“It is our honor to recognize Representative Luria with the American Maritime Hero Award, for her dedication to American maritime companies and American mariners.”

MM&P and MIRAID are both members of the American Maritime Partnership.

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Port state control authorities in Australia say they blocked three flag-of-convenience ships in recent weeks for violations of the Maritime Labor Convention, including failure to repatriate crewmembers whose contracts had expired, failure to pay wages and violations of work-rest hour standards.

The news was reported by Safety at Sea, which said initial reports that the crewmembers themselves had refused to sail the three ships because they were overdue for relief were not accurate.

Dean Summers of the International Transport Workers’ Federation said the three had actually been detained after tip-offs about MLC violations.

Australia blocked two vessels—the UNISON JASPER and the BEN RINNES—for violating seafarers’ rights under the MLC, “sending a clear signal to shipping companies that crew changes must be carried out,” Safety at Sea reported.

The third vessel, CONTI STOCKHOLM, was detained for an investigation of expired crew contracts and has since left Australian waters.

The ITF said in the case of one ship, 11 Burmese seafarers were disembarked by the authorities on allegations that they had been forced to sign contract extensions.

Summers said he fears these 11 mariners may be abandoned in Australia, because the shipowners have not taken steps to pay the overdue wages or organize repatriation, and the ship managers argue they have no responsibility because of a time-charter agreement with a third company.

The bulk carrier BEN RINNES was detained on Aug. 7 when Port State Control found it did not have a valid repatriation plan for several seafarers who had been on board for more than 13 months.

“The detentions carried out by [Australian Port State Control] for MLC violations on crew contract length appear to signal Australia is emerging as a leader in enforcing crew changes,” Safety at Sea said, adding that the authorities are limited in what they can actually accomplish by the fact that different states in Australia have their own legal jurisdictions, in particular regarding Covid-19 travel and border restrictions.

In other words, Port State Control can detain ships but individual states with authority for border closings between states can stop crews from traveling to and from ships and airports.

“Australia has an opportunity in the region, given its unique geographic position for short flights to repatriate crew back to their home countries in Southeast Asia, but ship owners and managers need to wade through the maze of Australia’s restrictions,” Summers said, adding that the ITF “will help whoever wants to repatriate seafarers.”

The ITF represents 670 affiliates, including MM&P, in 150 countries. Together ITF unions represent over 18 million members.

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It’s a simple truth: the American maritime industry and the jobs it supports depend on who wins on Election Day.

What can you do to defend American maritime jobs and the US-flag fleet?

First: Vote. (But before you do, go to the MM&P Members Only site and click on “Who We Support” to see which candidates support the US-Flag Merchant Marine.)

Second: Contribute to the MM&P Political Contribution Fund.

Your contribution will be used to elect or reelect candidates–without regard to political party or philosophy–who support the US-flag fleet and who will work to defend it, maintain it and expand it.

Your contribution—large or small—helps provide the resources we need to ensure America’s mariners have a seat at the table and can make their voice heard.

Please act now.

Go to and click on the “1-Click PCF Donation” button in the top right-hand corner.

To view the names of legislators who support the American Merchant Marine, enter the MM&P Members Only site, click on “Documents” and scroll down to Who We Support.

Remember: Your support helps the PCF to protect your job.

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Eligible dependent children of eligible Offshore members and co-pay pensioners in good standing are reminded to request an application for the scholarship program.

Applicants must be high school seniors during the 2020-21 school year.

Completed applications must be returned to the Plan Office by Nov. 30, 2020.

For more information, please contact Madeline Petrelli at 410-850-8615 or send an email to

To access a PDF copy of the application, go to, click on “Plans,” then click on the drop-down menu titled “H&B Benefit Forms.”

The application is the fourth form from the bottom.

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MITAGS West is seeking a part-time instructor responsible for delivering content provided by the organization at a minimum rate of $30.50/hour. Duties and responsibilities include:

— present firefighting courses, specifically the following Navy courses: Shipboard FFT A-495-0018; FFT, Gen SCBA A-495-0416; Adv Shipboard FF J-495-0419; Gen Shipboard/DC K-495-0045; Shipboard DC/FF ETT A-495-0021;

— assist in set up and delivery of fire field training;

— present required curriculum for each lesson to achieve learning objectives and meet regulatory and contractual obligations.

The instructor will be responsible for:

— all areas of classroom and practical training throughout the day to meet objectives;

— classroom setup for training;

— ensuring necessary training aids are present and serviceable;

— advising assistant director of any unique requirements in any given class, potential problems or impediments to training;

— review of student medical questionnaires and advising assistant director of any potential conditions that may prevent the student from participating in class.

Desired qualifications are:

— USCG and/or NFPA approved instructor;

— Train-the-Trainer certification;

— in-depth knowledge of firefighting and maritime industry;

— in-depth knowledge and technical skills, including experience with applicable subject matter, such as first aid, firefighting, hazardous materials and damage control;

— experience teaching adults in a classroom and laboratory setting;

— technical knowledge of firefighting techniques and hazardous materials;

— demonstrated sound judgment and decision-making skills;

— initiative and ability to perform tasks and projects with minimum or no guidance required.

Requirements include: strong interpersonal and communication skills; strong verbal and writing skills; demonstrated ability to work effectively with staff and clients at all levels; experience with basic computer skills, such as Excel, PowerPoint & Word.

This position requires physical activity due to the physical nature of course requirements.

Instructor must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 75 pounds.

Travel may be required to off-site locations within the United States.

Please submit a cover letter with your resume to MITAGS Human Resource Manager Jane Sibiski

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Oil from the grounded bulk carrier MV WAKASHIO—which broke in two on Saturday–continues to flow into protected areas on the island nation of Mauritius.

Local residents have traveled from all over the island to join in remediation efforts, cleaning mangroves by hand and crafting booms made out of dried sugar cane leaves to contain the spill.

Thousands of species of animals and plants around the lagoons of Blue Bay, Pointe d’Esny and Mahebourg are at risk, the government warned last week.

The MV WAKASHIO, owned by Japan’s Nagashiki Shipping and chartered by Mitsui OSK Lines, was heading to Brazil when it ran aground on the southeast coast of Mauritius on July 25.

The Mauritian government said last week that while most of the oil that remained on board had been pumped out, around 166 metric tons were still inside when the ship broke apart.

The International Maritime Organization is supporting international efforts to respond to the oil spill.

IMO and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs have jointly deployed an expert to advise the government of Mauritius on mitigating the impact of the disaster on the environment and coastal communities.

The focus of operations is now moving towards salvage and removal of the ship, as well as continued recovery of floating oil and beach clean-up.

“I look forward to a full investigation into the incident so that the results and findings can be brought to IMO and we can act on any recommendations,” said IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim.

A number of countries, including France and Japan, are also assisting Mauritius, which has activated its national oil spill contingency plan.

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All MM&P union halls, the MM&P Plan Office, the MM&P Federal Credit Union and MM&P headquarters will be closed on Monday, Sept. 7, for Labor Day.

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The MITAGS East/Maritime Conference Center and MITAGS West Covid-19 policies have been posted on the MITAGS home page at

It’s particularly important that you read our latest policies for each campus, as they are slightly different for Seattle and Baltimore.

The MITAGS East/MCC policy is posted at:

The MITAGS West policy is posted at:

Please keep in mind that this is a very fluid situation.

We will continue to update our website and keep you informed in as timely a matter as possible.

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Please be advised that as of the June MATES Trustees meeting, the number of sea days required to receive covered training at MITAGS will now be 42 days instead of 30, until further notice.

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

Class dates followed by an * are full

AB – Able Seaman – 10/5/20

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

ARPA-OIC (4-Day) – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 9/22/20

AZIPOD (2-Day) – 10/5/20

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 9/28/20

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 9/15/20
Online: 8/31/20

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling – (Now also included in BRMP-Refresher) (3-Day): 10/7/20

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

BT – Basic Safety Training: 10/12/20

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – 8/31/20, 9/23/20*, 10/28/20, 12/15/20

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 9/23/20*, 12/14/20

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 10/26/20

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 10/5/20, 11/30/20

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 9/28/20, 12/7/20

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 10/12/20

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1: 8/24/20, 11/9/20

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific: 8/31/20*, 11/16/20

CM-OPS 2 APL – Chief Mate Operations II APL Specific – Not currently scheduled

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems: 11/9/20

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM): 11/16/20, 12/14/20

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 9/14/20 (DCS-1 available on request – contact Admissions)

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: Not Currently Scheduled

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management: 9/21/20

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 9/14/20, 9/28/20, 10/12/20, 11/2/20, 1/30/20

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 9/21/20, 10/5/20, 10/19/20, 11/9/20, 12/7/20

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

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 11/2/20

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 10/26/20

WX-HW-ATL – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Atlantic Ocean (2-day) – Contact Admissions

WX-HW-IND – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Indian Ocean (2-day) – Contact Admissions

WX-HW-PAC – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Pacific Ocean (2-day) – Contact Admissions

CIW-DPA/IA – Continual Improvement Workshop: Designated Person Ashore & Internal Auditor (3-Day) ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program ** – 10/14/20

CIW-SMS – Continual Improvement Workshop: Successful Safety Management (2-Day) – Not currently scheduled

CNAV-OIC (15-Day) – Celestial Navigation: 11/2/20

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

DDE – Great Lakes (20-Day): Not currently scheduled

ECDIS for Pilots (2-Day) – 12/3/20

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 12/7/20

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

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 10/12/20

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 9/2/20, 9/22/20, 10/27/20, 12/17/20

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 9/26/20, 12/12/20

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications (1-Day): 9/15/20
Online: 9/17/20, 10/15/20

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): 8/24/20, 11/16/20

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

LAP – License Advancement Program for Mate to Master (20-Day): 9/28/20

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): Contact Admissions

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage (1-Day): 9/16/20

LNG-TPIC (10-Day) – 11/30/20

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC) (1-Day): 9/21/20

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): 8/24/20, 11/30/20

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 9/28/20*, 11/30/20

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 10/19/20

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 9/28/20*, 11/30/20

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 9/3/20, 9/21/20, 10/3/20, 10/26/20, 12/5/20, 12/18/20

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic) (1-Day): 9/11/20, 11/10/20

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 9/9/20, 10/30/20

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) – 11/1/20

MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day) – 10/28/20

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 9/14/20, 11/2/20

MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day) – 9/12/20, 11/2/20

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) – 9/13/20, 11/6/20

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) – 9/18/20, 11/7/20

NDMS-ENAV – Navigational Decision Making Series – Best Practice in eNav (3-Day) – 11/30/20

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P (2-Day) – 8/31/20, 9/2/20*, 10/26/20, 10/28/20*, 12/14/20, 12/16/20

PSC – Personal Survival Craft (5-Day) – 10/19/20

PSC-REF – Personal Survival Craft Refresher (2-Day) – 12/10/20

RFPNW – Ratings Forming Part of a Navigational Watch (3-day) – 9/30/20

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal (1-Day): 9/21/20

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes (1-Night): 9/15/20, 12/14/20

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: Not currently scheduled

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3-Day): 10/14/20, 11/30/20

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 8/24/20, 10/19/20

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day) – 8/31/20*, 11/16/20*, 12/14/20*

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 9/8/20

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (15-Day): Not currently scheduled

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: Not currently scheduled

TRAC-TUG-2 (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

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): 9/9/20

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) (10-Day): 10/5/20

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 9/14/20

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Schedule of Courses – Please also see our schedule and enroll online at

For Registration Contact our Admissions Department: 206.441.2880 or

August 2020

19th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
20-21 Advanced Firefighting Refresher
31-4 Radar Observer Unlimited

September 2020

14-18 Engine Resource Management
14-18 Basic Training
14-2 License Preparation (OICNW)
21-25 Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (MEECE)
21-2 GMDSS
28-29 Basic Training Revalidation
30th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

October 2020

12-16 ECDIS
12-16 Ship Construction and Basic Stability
12-16 Basic Training
12-16 Medical Care Provider
12-23 Medical Person-In-Charge
19-20 Basic Training Revalidation
19-23 Advanced Meteorology
19-6 Celestial Navigation
21st Medical DOT
22nd Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
26-29 Advanced Firefighting
26-30 Advanced Shiphandling I

November 2020

2-6 Advanced Shiphandling II
2-6 Radar Observer Unlimited
2-6 Basic Training
9-12 Advanced Firefighting
9-13 Leadership & Managerial Skills
9-13 Medical Care Provider
9-20 Medical Person-In-Charge
13th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
16-17 Basic Training Revalidation
16-18 Security Officer – Vessel, Company and Facility
16-19 ARPA
16-20 Advanced Stability
30-4 Basic Training

December 2020

4, 7-8 Basic Training Refresher
7-8 Basic Training Revalidation
7-11 Medical Care Provider
7-18 Medical Person-In-Charge
9th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
10-11 Advanced Firefighting Refresher

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We now offer blended learning options ( for a variety of USCG and VA approved courses.

Blended learning involves online and in person learning. First, course materials will be delivered remotely, via an online platform.

The second portion of your course will be completed on campus since some USCG-approved courses require assessments (exams and practical exercises) to be completed in person.

Dates of in-person course completion will be determined at a later date.

MITAGS is currently able to offer the following blended learning courses.

Check individual courses often for any upcoming scheduled course dates.

New course sessions are being added regularly.

— Advanced Meteorology (Blended)

— Basic Firefighting (Blended)

— Basic Training (Blended)

— Basic Training Refresher (Blended)

— Basic Training Revalidation (Blended)

— Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (Online Course)

— Cargo Handling & Stowage (Operational Level) (Blended)

— Fatigue, Sleep & Medications (Online)

— Leadership & Managerial Skills (Blended)

— Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities (Blended)

— Personal Survival Techniques (Blended)

— Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (Blended)

Please contact us via e-mail if you have questions or concerns.

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