Wheelhouse Weekly – August 6th, 2019

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The Senate Commerce Committee has soundly defeated a proposal that would have allowed waivers of the Jones Act for reasons having nothing to do with national security.

The proposal, introduced by Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), was defeated in committee by a vote of 22-4.

Joining Lee in support of the proposal to expand the criteria for Jones Act waivers were Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.).

Opposition to the anti-Jones Act legislation was led by Committee Chair Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Ranking Member Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Sens. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.).

Under existing law, administrative waivers of the Jones Act can only be granted if necessary in the interests of national security.

Lee’s proposal would have allowed administrative waivers for economic reasons, a significant departure from the current test.

MM&P and MIRAID joined other maritime unions and associations as well as the American Maritime Partnership Jones Act Coalition to oppose the proposal.

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The AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department (TTD) is calling on members of Congress to support the “Energizing American Shipbuilding Act,” a bill introduced by Rep. John Garamendi (D-Calif.) and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) to make more cargo available for transport by U.S. ships and crews.

The bipartisan legislation seeks to recapitalize America’s strategic domestic shipbuilding and maritime industries by requiring that increasing percentages of liquefied natural gas and crude oil exports be transported on U.S.-built, U.S.-flagged and U.S.-crewed vessels.

The bill would require that ships built in the United States transport 15 percent of total seaborne LNG exports by 2041 and 10 percent of total seaborne crude oil exports by 2033.

If enacted, the bill is expected to spur the construction of dozens of ships, supporting thousands of well-paying jobs in American shipyards, as well as in domestic vessel component manufacturing and maritime industries.

In a letter to every member of the House of Representatives, TTD President Larry Willis said passage of the Garamendi-Wicker legislation would provide the U.S.-flag fleet with a much-needed increase in cargo.

“Since World War II, the size of the fleet of U.S.-owned, built, and crewed ships has declined precipitously, from over 1,200 ships to less than 80 today,” he wrote.

“This loss in commercial sealift readiness capability and American jobs affects the maritime industry’s ability to support critical military and humanitarian operations around the world.”

“At the same time, the U.S. is ramping up its production of natural gas, producing more LNG than any other nation.”

“As things stand today, 100 percent of the LNG we export, as well as 100 percent of crude oil, will sail on foreign vessels that are built in heavily state subsidized foreign shipyards that stifle international competition.”

“By requiring that a modest percentage of domestically produced LNG and crude oil be exported on U.S.-built, U.S.-flag ships, the bill will provide the certainty that American companies require to begin constructing new ships in domestic shipyards.”

“Requiring domestic construction and crewing of these vessels will create well-paying jobs and help to revive an industry that we cannot afford to lose.”

“The mariners and employees in the shipbuilding sector represented by TTD-affiliated unions are ready for a new dawn in the domestic maritime industry.”

“By cosponsoring HR 3829, you can help provide the U.S. maritime industry and its workers with the opportunity to compete in a burgeoning market.”

MM&P is one of the 32 transportation sector unions that belong to TTD.

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The National Transportation Safety Board has released the results of its investigation into the collision between the USS JOHN S MCCAIN and the oil and chemical tanker ALNIC MC.

The agency said the accident–in which 10 sailors died and 48 were injured–was caused by insufficient training, crew fatigue, inadequate bridge operating procedures and a lack of operational oversight.

The ships collided on Aug. 21, 2017, in the Singapore Strait, one of the world’s busiest waterways.

It was the second accident involving a U.S. naval vessel in as many months, following the collision of the USS FITZGERALD and the Philippine-flagged container ship ACX CRYSTAL off the coast of Japan on June 17.

In the case of the USS JOHN S MCCAIN, the NTSB found that the probable cause of the collision was a lack of effective operational oversight by the Navy, including lack of training, lack of a fatigue mitigation program and inadequate bridge operating procedures.

It said another factor was the bridge team’s loss of situational awareness and failure to follow loss of steering emergency procedures, including the requirement to inform nearby vessel traffic of a perceived loss of steering.

Operation of the steering system in backup manual mode, which allowed for an unintentional, unilateral transfer of steering control, was also blamed.

The NTSB said the Navy had no standards for ensuring crewmembers aboard the ship had adequate rest.

The Navy’s own review following the two collisions found significant shortfalls in training, including the fact that much of the training in seamanship and navigation had to be completed “on the job.”

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The Iranian Revolutionary Guard seized an offshore supply vehicle on July 31, adding to tensions in the Gulf of Hormuz.

The OSV, which Iran has referred to as “a tanker,” was said to be carrying about 4,400 barrels of refined fuel.

The incident comes in the midst of mounting tensions between the United States and its allies on one side and Iran on the other, after President Trump’s decision last year to withdraw from the international deal to restrict Iran’s nuclear program.

Caught in the middle are 23 crewmembers of the STENA IMPERO, the British tanker captured by Iran on July 19.

The owners of the ship have called on the international community to negotiate a diplomatic solution to free members of the crew, who are being held aboard the STENA IMPERO in the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas.

The owners of the tanker, Stena Bulk and Northern Marine Management, last week released a statement expressing concern for crewmembers’ welfare.

“With little progress being made since the vessel was seized on 19 July, we urge governments involved to find a swift resolution so our 23 valued seafarers can return to their families and move on from this ordeal,” Stena Bulk’s President and Chief Executive Erik Hanel said.

“We reiterate that there is no evidence of a collision involving the STENA IMPERO, and at the time of the seizure the vessel was well within the inbound traffic separation scheme.”

He said that at the time the ship was seized, all required navigational equipment was functioning in full compliance with international regulations.

Britain said on Aug. 5 that it would join a U.S.-led maritime security mission in the Gulf to protect merchant vessels traveling through the Strait of Hormuz.

“The UK is determined to ensure her shipping is protected from unlawful threats and for that reason we have today joined the new maritime security mission in the Gulf,” Defense Minister Ben Wallace told reporters.

“We look forward to working alongside the U.S. and others to find an international solution to the problems in the Strait of Hormuz.”

Britain has already deployed the destroyer HMS DUNCAN and the frigate HMS MONTROSE to the Gulf to accompany U.K.-flagged vessels through the strait.

British officials have said the focus of the new mission would be protecting the security of shipping and that Britain would not be joining U.S. sanctions against Iran.

Iran has threatened to block all exports passing through the Strait, a waterway which handles a fifth of global oil traffic, if other countries accede to U.S. pressures to stop buying Iranian oil.

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A second dockworker has been killed in less than a year at Hutchison Port’s Karachi International Container Terminal.

Besides the two deaths in Karachi, five dockworkers died at Hutchison’s Jakarta International Container Terminal between 2016 and 2018.

In the most recent accident, a container was lowered onto the truck in which 23-year-old Muhammad Imran Ali was sleeping.

“Today we mourn for another worker, who has tragically lost his life at Hutchison Ports Pakistan,” said ITF Dockers’ Section Health and Safety Chair Steve Biggs.

“No worker deserves to die at work. Our heartfelt thoughts are with his family and friends.”

KICT Labour Union, the ITF affiliate that represents dockworkers at the Karachi terminal, has protested over inadequate lighting in the yard, poor traffic management systems and too few checkers to manage operations.

“The loss of life at Hutchison ports is shameful,” said ITF President and Dockers’ Section Chair Paddy Crumlin.

“I challenge the company to sit down and listen to the personal cost that the families and friends of these workers have been forced to bear as a result of their loved ones dying preventable deaths at the terminals.”

“In light of these tragedies, we call on Hutchison’s management to review its health and safety procedures globally and commit to cleaning up its safety culture,” he said.

“The company should know that the ITF will fight to make sure every worker goes home safe, every day.”

The company recently fired eight longshore workers at the Karachi terminal who were protesting unsafe working conditions.

Hutchison Ports is the world’s largest stevedoring company.

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A flag-of-convenience ship that had been detained for nine days in a Belgian port was released after the shipowner addressed a number of serious safety deficiencies.

Belgian authorities said an inspection of the MV LITA revealed dozens of deficiencies relating to poor maintenance and working conditions.

Union dockworkers in the Belgian Port of Ghent had previously picketed the ship on reports that the crew had been forced to collect rainwater with tarpaulins to survive while the vessel was off the coast of Brazil in May.

Besides drawing attention to the deplorable conditions on board the ship, the dockworkers delivered drinking water to the crew.

“The proper maintenance of ships’ equipment is just as important as the proper treatment of seafarers–a failure in either system can lead to serious accidents,” said ITF inspector Sven Hemme.

Belgian port state control inspectors who boarded the vessel at the Port of Ghent in July found 36 deficiencies, including: non-functioning emergency lighting, batteries and switches; unusable life-saving appliances; incorrectly maintained lifeboats; inadequate fire extinguishers; insufficient fire training; and problems with general safety policy and on-board procedures.

The inspectors also reported structural problems such as rust, unsafe, damaged doors and faulty electrical equipment.

The MV LITA was held in detention by port state control in Belgium until all critical deficiencies were rectified.

The MV LITA is owned by German shipping company Blumenthal.

The ITF has reportedly been contacted by a number of current and ex-crew members who have told stories of intimidation, threats and abusive conditions in Blumenthal’s global fleet.

“We’ve seen breaches time and time again on Blumenthal’s ships, symptomatic of the FOC system that allows for exploitation and labor abuse,” said Hemme.

“The ITF has repeatedly called on Blumenthal to bring all their vessels under ITF agreements and adopt a transparent compliance process that ensures seafarers’ rights, freedoms and working conditions are protected.”

In the meantime, he said the ITF has reached out to government port state control officials asking them to be on the lookout for Blumenthal’s ships “to help ensure that the more than 700 seafarers across their fleet aren’t subjected to unsafe or exploitative conditions.”

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In a year when the stakes were high and the odds were stacked against us, you stepped up to provide the essential resources needed to take on—and win—major legislative battles.

Thanks to your support, we had the ability to help elect pro-maritime and pro-labor members of Congress: men and women who are working with us every day to strengthen the industry and protect maritime jobs.

Here are just some of the victories your support has already made possible this year:

— Legislation to extend the critically important Maritime Security Program for another 10 years is moving through Congress;

— A bill to increase funding for MSP is on a parallel track towards success;

— Legislation to strengthen enforcement of U.S.-flag cargo preference shipping requirements is likewise moving forward;

— Our supporters in Congress soundly defeated a proposal that would have allowed waivers of the Jones Act for reasons other than national defense.

This has all been possible because of your support. Thank you for contributing to the PCF!

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You want to do all you can to build the best life for your loved ones. That’s why you work hard, save what you can and try your best to plan for the future.

But it can be hard to accomplish everything you want and take care of the things you know you should do.

MM&P, through MetLife, is now offering you the opportunity to apply for Optional Life Insurance.

Starting Oct. 1, all MM&P members and employees will have a limited-time opportunity to apply for coverage with simplified enrollment.

Note: MM&P does not receive financial compensation either for making this plan available or in the event you choose to purchase Optional Life Insurance through this plan.

The program goes live on Oct. 1. The enrollment period is Oct. 1-Dec. 31, 2019.

So be on the lookout for mail from MetLife!

You will see that extra life insurance coverage under the MetLife plan can be VERY affordable.

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The 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. 2, for Labor Day.

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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): Not currently scheduled

ARPA-OIC (4-Day) – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 9/24/19, 1/14/20

AZIPOD (2-Day) – 9/30/19

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

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 9/30/19, 1/15/20, 3/9/20, 3/31/20, 4/30/20, 5/18/20

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling – (Now also included in BRMP-Refresher) (3-Day): 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) – 8/26/19, 9/25/19, 10/30/19, 12/17/19

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

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

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 9/23/19, 12/16/19

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 9/30/19, 12/9/19

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

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1: 12/2/19

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific: 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): 8/19/19, 12/16/19

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 11/4/19, 1/13/20 (DCS-1 available on request – contact Admissions)

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: Not Currently Scheduled

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management: 10/28/19, 1/6/20

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 8/12/19, 9/9/19, 9/30/19, 10/14/19, 11/4/19, 12/2/19, 1/13/20, 2/10/20, 3/2/20, 3/16/20, 4/13/20, 4/27/20, 6/1/20, 6/15/20

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 8/19/19, 9/16/19*, 10/7/19, 10/21/19, 11/11/19, 12/9/19, 1/20/20, 2/17/20, 3/9/20, 3/23/20, 4/20/20, 5/4/20, 6/8/20, 6/22/20

**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) – 9/23/19

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

WX-HW-PAC – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Pacific Ocean (2-day) – 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 ** –11/12/19

CIW-SMS – Continual Improvement Workshop: Successful Safety Management (2-Day) –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) – 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): 2/3/20

ECDIS for Pilots (2-Day) – 11/21/19

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 12/9/19

FF-ADV – Advanced Fire-Fighting (4-day) – 1/13/20

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: 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): Not currently scheduled

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): 10/21/19*, 1/6/2020

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes (15-Day): 3/9/20

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License (15-Day): Not currently scheduled

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage (1-Day): 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): 12/2/19

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 9/30/19*, 12/2/19*, 1/20/20, 3/16/20, 5/4/20

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 8/19/19, 10/21/19, 1/6/20, 3/9/20, 6/22/20

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 9/30/19*, 11/18/19, 1/20/20, 3/16/20, 4/13/20, 5/4/20

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 8/29/19, 9/23/19, 10/5/19, 10/28/19, 12/7/19, 12/20/19, 1/11/20, 1/25/20, 2/7/20, 3/21/20, 3/31/20, 5/1/20, 5/9/20, 6/18/20

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

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

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

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) – 11/3/19

MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day) – 10/30/19

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 8/11/19, 9/16/19, 11/4/19, 1/6/20, 2/24/20, 5/11/20, 6/7/20 (2020 dates may shift based on gun range availability)

MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day) – 9/14/19, 11/4/19 (evening)

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) – 9/15/19, 11/8/19, 1/5/20, 2/22/20, 5/15/20, 6/5/20 (2020 dates may shift based on gun range availability)

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) – 8/16/19, 9/20/19, 11/9/19, 1/10/20, 2/28/20, 5/16/20, 6/11/20 (2020 dates may shift based on gun range availability)

NDMS-ENAV – Navigational Decision Making Series – Best Practice in eNav (3-Day) – 11/18/19

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P (2-Day) – 8/26/19*, 8/28/19*, 11/18/19, 11/20/19, 12/16/19, 12/18/19, 1/13/20, 3/16/20, 4/9/20, 6/22/20, 6/24/20

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

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal (1-Day): 9/23/19, 1/13/20

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes (1-Night): 8/28/19, 9/17/19, 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: 1/6/20

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) – 9/23/19*, 11/18/19, 12/16/19*, 1/27/20, 3/30/20, 5/4/20

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: 1/6/20, 5/11/20

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): 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

August 2019
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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