Wheelhouse Weekly – August 4th, 2020

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Volume 25… Number 31… Aug. 4, 2020


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The Covid-19 pandemic–as seen through the prism of the breakdown in the crew change process–has shown us the best and worst of humanity, the International Transport Workers’ Federation said in a statement released today.

“On the one hand we’ve seen governments shamefully shutting their doors to seafarers as port states, transit countries and even the home countries of seafarers when really they should have done everything within their power to get seafarers on cargo and cruise ships home,” said ITF Seafarers’ Section Chair Dave Heindel.

“On the other hand, this pandemic has shown the best of unions and many employers who have tried their hardest for these seafarers in really difficult circumstances.”

The ITF said that although most cruise ship workers have now been able to disembark and return home, the same cannot be said for mariners aboard cargo ships.

“We have nothing but respect and admiration for the seafarers,” Heindel said.

“These are people who simply went to work and found themselves trapped aboard what some seafarers came to call their ‘floating prisons,’ unable to come ashore even for a walk.”

“We thank them for their patience and fortitude through an incredibly difficult time.”

“Some seafarers have been overwhelmed by the situation, and some have tragically taken their own lives out of desperation.”

“We are deeply saddened by these events, and although most of us have never experienced a situation like theirs, we feel for them and their families. Seafarers deserve solidarity and respect from the public for what they’ve endured during this pandemic.”

Heindel said the ITF family of maritime unions has been working around the clock since March to coordinate visas, flights and travel exemptions for approximately 250,000 cruise ship workers.

“While this is a fantastic result in the cruise industry, we need to remember that there remain around 300,000 seafarers trapped working over their contracts aboard cargo vessels, some as much as 16 months,” he said.

“This number is growing day-by-day. The answer here is simple: governments have to make practical exemptions to restrictions on seafarers’ travel and transit so that we can see a return to functional crew changes.”

“It is imperative that we get these hundreds of thousands of seafarers off their ships after their contracts have expired, just as we did in the cruise industry.”

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While some countries have moved to facilitate crew change, Hong Kong has introduced new restrictions.

The ITF estimates that 300,000 mariners remain blocked aboard cargo ships, waiting to be relieved and repatriated.

Last month, India announced that international seafarers can now sign off at its ports under certain conditions.

A government spokesperson said the sign-off of foreign seafarers at Indian ports and their repatriation to their home countries will be subject to the standard operating procedures developed by the International Maritime Organization.

India said the decision was made due to widespread demand from international maritime organizations, international trade unions, the maritime community and the ITF.

The government will allow immigration officers to grant a temporary landing permit for up to one month to foreign seafarers who have expired Indian visas as long as they have a valid passport and seaman’s identity document.

International seafarers will be allowed to return home on special flights operated by the country’s national carrier Air India, as well as non-scheduled commercial or charter flights.

In related news, Denmark said last month it would begin allowing seafarers to obtain a visa to enter or leave Denmark under “controlled conditions.”

Seafarers covered under the new program will be isolated in hotels, and special areas will be set up for them at airports so that they do not come into contact with others.

Denmark has said it will be ready to receive seafarers under the new program in early August.

At an international meeting on crew change on July 9, Denmark and 12 other governments agreed on a joint declaration calling for action to address the breakdown in the crew change process.

Denmark’s minister of trade said work is under way to ensure that more countries act to facilitate crew change in Europe and the rest of the world.

In other news, Hong Kong announced that it was tightening restrictions because of the increasing number of coronavirus cases in the region.

Under the new policy, Hong Kong is only permitting vessels bringing cargo for the city to enter the port and carry out crew changes.

In addition, quarantine and testing requirements for crews on cargo ships and airplanes are being tightened.

Crewmembers who will be signing-off cargo ships in Hong Kong are being told that they must stay on their vessels until they can travel directly to the airport and immediately board an outbound airplane.

The government said that incoming crewmembers arriving at the airport must present a negative nucleic acid test for Covid-19 conducted within 48-hours of their departure, or else they will be denied entry.

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Labor unions representing America’s transportation workers have asked the Administration to issue an emergency rule ordering passengers to wear masks on planes, buses and trains or be denied permission to board.

The AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department, of which MM&P is a member, called on the White House to go beyond its current policy of issuing voluntary guidelines and set rules for the use of masks to protect workers and passengers from the coronavirus.

TTD, which represents 33 transportation sector unions, told the White House that voluntary, unenforceable bans of mask-less passengers don’t work.

The unions want the US Department of Transportation to declare an emergency and impose the rule immediately.

DOT has “the ability to ensure uniform safety standards across transportation workplaces” and to “provide enforcement capabilities that cannot be replicated by public or private transportation providers alone,” says TTD President Larry Willis.

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With school districts around the country opening again this month, the American Federation of Teachers has given its 1.7 million members permission to strike as a last resort should safe reopening conditions not be met.

The AFT says schools should only reopen for in-person teaching in areas with low numbers of positive cases.

The union is also calling for masks for all students and staff, social distancing, contact tracing programs, improvements to ventilation systems and special accommodations for staff at high risk of complications should they catch the coronavirus.

According to a recent Kaiser Foundation report, one in four teachers has an underlying condition placing them at increased risk.

At the AFT’s annual convention last week, President Randi Weingarten said “nothing is off the table” if federal and state authorities don’t create comprehensive plans for reopening schools safely and provide school districts with the funding to implement those plans.

“Let’s be clear: we will fight on all fronts for the safety of our students and their educators,” she said.

The White House is insisting that schools fully reopen for in-person learning.

Congressional Republicans have also drafted legislation to tie federal funding to the status of in-person education.

Faced with the cost of implementing in-person safety measures and with cases of the virus rising across the southern and western US, several of the nation’s largest public school systems have already decided in favor of online only for the first semester of the new school year.

Florida’s teachers union has sued Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis over his executive order requiring schools to open five days a week, arguing that the order violates the state constitution’s guarantee of a “safe, secure, and high quality system of free public schools.”

Teachers are worried about their own safety and the safety of students and their families.

Some are drawing up wills, others have retired early.

“Educators are afraid because proper policies are not being put in place to protect them,” says Alicia Priest, president of the Oklahoma Education Association.

She said teacher requests for help drawing up their wills–a free legal service the union offers its members–increased by over 3,000 in the month of July.

In Georgia, several school districts are reopening with no mask requirements, large class sizes that make social distancing impossible and a requirement that teachers clean their own classrooms.

The AFL-CIO on Aug. 3 released a statement noting that students and educators in Georgia are already contracting the coronavirus because of insufficient safety measures.

“In Georgia, 260 educators in the state’s largest school district have tested positive for Covid-19 or been exposed,” the union federation says.

“This was completely preventable and is utterly unacceptable.”

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CEOs at American companies were paid an average of $14.8 million last year–264 times the average earnings of their employees.

And the pay gap will widen dramatically this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The AFL-CIO released the findings in its annual report Executive Paywatch.

AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler said that on average, CEOs of companies listed on the S&P 500 enjoyed an increase in compensation of about $300,000 last year.

And although the pay gap between CEOs and workers narrowed slightly, the gain will be short-lived because more than 30 million American workers have lost their jobs in the pandemic.

“The disparity represents a fundamental imbalance in our economy,” she said. “It exposes massive inequality.”

Shuler said corporate press releases about CEOs taking salary cuts during the pandemic don’t take into account the fact that only about 8 percent of CEO salaries are paid in cash, while 92 percent is provided in the form of equity, stock options and similar benefits.

When clothing retailer Abercrombie announced worker furloughs in April, for example, the company said CEO Fran Horowitz took a salary cut. But two weeks earlier, she had received 240,000 shares of restricted stock.

“We saw these exact same CEO pay shenanigans after the 2008 Wall Street financial crisis, so this is very familiar territory,” Shuler said.

According to Paywatch, S&P 500 CEOs’ pay has increased, on average, $3.4 million over the past 10 years.

During the same period of time, the average US production and nonsupervisory worker’s pay increased just $8,360.

The report is posted at

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Maritime classification society Lloyd’s Register is conducting an online, industry-wide survey on the impact of the pandemic, the level of “care and welfare” that mariners and shore-side personnel feel they are receiving from their employers and how things in the industry should change going forward.

The survey takes about 30 minutes to complete. It will be open until the end of August. The results will be published later this year in Safety at Sea.

“Seafarers and shore staff have had to adapt and change the way they work,” the company says in the introduction to the survey.

“In the short term, this has already affected thousands of seafarers with some stranded on vessels far past their sign-off dates, and others remaining at home on long-term unpaid leave.”

“Shore-staff have also had to adapt–by working at home, perhaps taking unpaid leave, and others by assuming extra duties.”

“The new normal that is evolving from the pandemic could mean significant changes to systems, processes, and ways of working.”

The survey is intended to shed light on some of the ways the pandemic has affected the industry and what it could mean for the future.

The aim is to understand the efficacy of Covid-19 measures and processes that have been put in place, assess how the maritime workforce has been supported during this period and gather insights about the level of care and welfare given by employers.

Most importantly, the company says, is to determine what’s gone right and what may have gone wrong so the lessons can be shared with the entire maritime industry.

The survey will be open until late August and the results will be published later in the year.

Partnering with Lloyd’s Register in the survey are the UK Chamber of Shipping, the Mission to Seafarers and Safety at Sea.

Click here to take the survey.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has extended its No Sail Order for cruise ships through Sept. 30.

The order continues to suspend passenger operations on cruise ships with the capacity to carry at least 250 passengers in waters subject to US jurisdiction.

The Cruise Lines International Association had voluntarily extended its own suspension of operations for passenger cruise ship travel until Sept. 15, 2020.

The CDC said it was issuing the additional suspension to ensure that passenger operations on cruise ships do not resume prematurely.

Cumulative CDC data from March 1 through July 10 shows 34 deaths and 2,973 Covid-19 or Covid-19-like cases on cruise ships.

The cases were part of 99 outbreaks on 123 different cruise ships.

The agency said that during the time period it analyzed, 80 percent of ships were affected by Covid-19.

As of July 3, nine of the 49 ships under the No Sail Order still had ongoing or “resolving” outbreaks.

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CDC has issued updated guidance for preventing the spread of Covid-19 during and after a voyage, including personal protective measures, management of sick or exposed persons, reporting suspected or confirmed cases, and cleaning and disinfection of common areas and areas previously occupied by individuals with suspected or confirmed Covid-19.

The material includes guidance for ships when a suspected or confirmed case of Covid-19 is identified; disembarkation recommendations after one or more suspected or confirmed cases of Covid-19 is identified; and supplemental guidance on cleaning and disinfection.

The information is available on the CDC website.

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Crewmembers aboard the ships operated by cruise line MSC will be deprived of all shore leave once cruises resume, according to the Miami Herald.

Taylor Dolven, a business reporter for the Miami Herald, reports that a list of post-shutdown protocols issued by the Geneva-based company includes a ban on all shore leave except for emergencies.

During shore leave, besides walking around the local area, crewmembers can access free internet at seafarer centers and buy toiletries.

Dolven said he asked the company whether it will be providing internet and toiletries for crewmembers or raising salaries to compensate for the extra hardship, but the spokesperson declined to comment.

In his July 27 article entitled, ‘It’s inhumane.’ Crew members who return to work may have to forgo shore visits,” he wrote that for cruise ship crewmembers, who work 11-hour days, seven days a week, the opportunity to disembark once a week for a few hours is a lifeline.

He said current and past crewmembers he contacted questioned whether the protocols were even real. “If it’s true that would really be unbearable,” one wrote.

Dolven said the MSC Cruises spokesperson confirmed that the prohibition will indeed be in effect.

Other companies he contacted refused to confirm or deny they planned to implement similar policies.

The Herald reports that neither MSC—which has a US headquarters in South Florida–nor the other major cruise lines are paying “non-working crewmembers” who have been stuck at sea for months because pandemic-related restrictions at ports have interfered with their repatriation.

The Miami Herald reports that at least 23 cruise ship crewmembers have died from Covid-19.

There have also been at least two deaths by suicide.

Under the Maritime Labor Convention of 2006, the only international workplace protections in place for seafarers, workers on ships must be provided shore leave.

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The crewmembers of a ship that has been stranded without supplies since mid-March have painted a cry for help aboard the vessel’s hull in a desperate attempt to attract attention.

The situation is becoming more serious by the day, according to representatives of the National Union of Seafarers of Peninsular Malaysia.

The ship, the product tanker VIET TIN 01, was abandoned by its owners five months ago.

Since then, the 12-person Vietnamese crew has received neither pay nor supplies.

The crew has taken to painting messages on the hull and superstructure of the vessel, including the words, “Help Us,” and “No Food.”

Union representatives who boarded the ship with officials of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency provided emergency provisions, including rice and dry food.

During the visit, they discovered that the crew did not have fuel or power.

Besides contributing to the dire living conditions on board, the lack of light has made the vessel a navigational hazard at night.

The union is trying to contact the shipowner and calling on the Vietnamese government—which is a signatory to the Maritime Labor Convention of 2006–to repatriate the men.

“Without power onboard, the crew are susceptible to insect bites and without food, they are open to numerous health hazards,” a spokesperson for the union said.

The ship has been the source of other serious problems in the past.

In December 2019, Malaysian officials cited it for anchoring without authorization in an unsafe location.

When authorities boarded it via helicopter, they found only an engineer on board who told them the ship had drifted into that position.

The ship is also suspected of having engaged in petroleum product trading with North Korea in violation of UN sanctions.

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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.

Class dates followed by an * are full

AB – Able Seaman –8/17/20, 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

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: 8/10/20, 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: 8/17/20, 11/9/20

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM): 8/10/20, 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): 8/10/20, 9/14/20, 9/28/20, 10/12/20, 11/2/20, 1/30/20

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 8/17/20, 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: 8/17/20, 12/7/20

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

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 8/10/20, 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

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: 8/17/20, 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: Not currently scheduled

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

10-14 Basic Training
10-28 Terrestrial and Coastal Navigation
17-18 Basic Training Revalidation
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)

— 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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