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Wheelhouse Weekly – February 2nd, 2021

February 3rd 2021

Volume 27… Number 5… Feb. 2, 2021

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MULTINATIONALS JOIN CALLS TO GIVE MARINERS KEY WORKER STATUS AND PRIORITY VACCINE ACCESS

Hundreds of multinationals have joined unions and international organizations in calling on governments to address the humanitarian crisis caused by Covid-19 restrictions on crew change.

Leaders of 300 companies have signed a pledge, The Neptune Declaration on Seafarer Wellbeing and Crew Change, acknowledging that they have a shared responsibility to help resolve the crisis.

Backers of the initiative include the International Transport Workers’ Federation, the International Chamber of Shipping and the International Maritime Employers’ Council.

Corporate signatories include A.P. Møller-Mærsk, BP, BW, Cargill, COSCO, DOW, Euronav, MISC Group, NYK, Rio Tinto, Shell, Trafigura, Unilever and Vale.

The group calls on other stakeholders, in particular governments, to join the effort, while recognizing the work that has been done to date by international organizations, unions and employers.

“We believe that the most effective way of addressing the crew change challenge and building a more resilient maritime logistics chain is by working together across the value chain with industry stakeholders, organizations and governments to implement solutions that work in practice,” the declaration states.

The group makes many of the same demands that have been repeatedly advanced by unions, global organizations, the IMO, and the UN, in particular that seafarers be recognized as key workers and given priority access to the coronavirus vaccine.

In addition, signatories to The Neptune Declaration call for the establishment of standardized health protocols to provide a universal framework to guide crew change.

They also:

— urge the aviation industry to work with the maritime industry to ensure that airlift capacity between major crew change hubs and seafaring nations is maintained;

— call for more collaboration between ship operators and charterers, in particular that they share relevant information and work together to ensure that crew changes can be carried out.

Shipowners, they say, should provide charterers with as much notice as possible on intended crew changes and charterers should make all reasonable efforts to accommodate crew changes, including when the vessel has to make a reasonable deviation.

“Keeping people safe while keeping food, material for the manufacture and administering of vaccines, and other essential goods moving efficiently is key for global supply chain continuity, trade, and our everyday lives,” said Margi Van Gogh, head of Supply Chain and Transport of the World Economic Forum, a signatory to The Neptune Declaration.

“Unified, prompt action from governments and other key stakeholders is needed to protect the lives and livelihoods of the 1.4 million seafaring men and women who serve us all across the seas, and who continue to face extreme risk to their safety and earnings.”

The worldwide call to action by major corporations is the first of its kind in the campaign to end the unprecedented deadlock caused by Covid-19, which has kept hundreds of thousands of seafarers stranded at sea beyond the expiration of their contracts.

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FMC COMMISSIONERS ASK WHITE HOUSE TO SPEED VACCINE ACCESS FOR MARITIME WORKERS

Two top officials at the Federal Maritime Commission have asked the White House to prioritize the nation’s maritime workforce in the Covid-19 vaccine rollout.

Commissioners Carl Bentzel and Daniel Maffei have written to President Biden, asking that maritime workers be given priority because of the important role the industry plays in maintaining the nation’s supply chain.

The five-member FMC is responsible for overseeing US international container markets.

The commissioners say if priority is not given to mariners and port personnel, there could be serious repercussions for shipping and port operations in both the immediate and the long term.

“A combination of congestion issues and the potential Covid-19 workforce disruption is an enormous risk to our economy,” the two wrote.

Their letter follows along the lines of one they sent in December to then Maritime Administrator Mark Buzby and Dr. Robert Redfield, former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“If the maritime, port and sealift workforces are infected, then our supply chain essentially will become infected,” they wrote.

In their letter, the FMC commissioners highlight an upward trend in the number of cases of Covid-19 reported in the maritime sector.

They cite data from the International Longshoremen’s Association reporting 784 positive tests for the virus and 1,855 quarantines since March 2020.

During the same period, they write that the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association reported that 1,034 maritime workers in California, Washington, and Oregon had contracted Covid-19.

In addition to vaccine priority, the commissioners ask the President to ensure that the maritime workforce is given access to rapid testing.

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AS CREW CHANGE CRISIS DRAGS ON, MANY SEAFARERS SAY THEY ARE LOSING HOPE

Respondents to the Mission to Seafarers most recent survey on seafarer wellbeing say they feel resigned and frustrated because of heavy workloads, contract extensions, uncertainty and stress.

The latest “Seafarers’ Happiness Index,” which was compiled with data collected during the fourth quarter of 2020, showed a slight uptick in overall scores compared to the rest of last year.

But the individual responses reveal “a real sense of resignation and antipathy,” according to the report.

Many respondents said they do not feel appreciated by their employers and reported they are losing faith in the systems designed to protect their wellbeing.

“The onboard culture on many ships has become cynical, with expectations that things will get worse,” Maritime Executive writes.

“Many are afraid to speak out for fear of losing their jobs, while others report that they are quitting the industry altogether out of frustration.”

“One year into the pandemic, some respondents expressed weariness with the industry’s balance between rhetoric and action on crew change.”

“Words are cheap, we need flights home,” one seafarer wrote.

“I am stuck on my ship, it is the hardest time I have ever known, even after 30 years of seagoing,” one respondent wrote.

“We do not know when we’ll be relieved, and even if and when we do, then we will be at home perhaps stuck with no work.”

Testing and travel restrictions, many reported, have resulted in them being subjected to “degrading” treatment.

Hours of rest violations appear to be on the rise, with many reporting long hours and altered paperwork to cover it up.

“It is normal for us, and everyone knows what goes on,” one said.

“Port State Control never really checks, and never follows up on what we write, so the system keeps on.”

Mission to Seafarers says its survey found one upside: some vessel operators have been trying to improve the quality of life on board.

Better satellite internet access, better food, and better budgets for crew welfare have drawn praise from seafarers who benefit from them.

“Small gestures mean a lot, especially in difficult circumstances,” Mission to Seafarers wrote.

“The companies that find the budget for new equipment, or who are able to improve the facilities on board, gain a huge amount of respect from crew.”

The Seafarers Happiness Index was first introduced in 2015.

It is designed to monitor seafarer satisfaction levels through responses to 10 questions which focus on a range of issues, from mental health and wellbeing, to working life and family contact.

The survey is distributed to provide indicators of key issues around happiness both ashore and aboard ship. The results are shared with industry and key decision makers.

“The Seafarers Happiness Index exists to provide all men and women working at sea with a chance to share how they feel and to talk about the good and bad about life at sea today,” Mission to Seafarers says.

“Share your views and let the industry know what works and what needs to be changed.”

To take the survey, go to: https://www.happyatsea.org/

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IN FACE OF PANDEMIC, UNION MEMBERS MORE LIKELY THAN OTHERS TO KEEP THEIR JOBS

As unemployment levels surged because of the impact on the economy of the coronavirus, union membership as a share of the total US workforce—a percentage known as “union density”—increased in 2020 for the first time in over a decade.

The increase, of half a percentage point, was due in large part to the fact that nonunion workers lost their jobs at a higher rate than union members.

The United States lost 9.6 million jobs last year, while the percentage of workers who were members of a union rose to 10.8 percent, the most significant increase in years, according to data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Overall, 14.3 million Americans were union members last year. Although union workers had more job security during the pandemic, unionization still remains historically low.

“In 2020, America saw working people in a new light, as the true engines of our economy and the trusted servants who can carry us through a crisis,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

“While last year was filled with unemployment and economic pain because of a deadly pandemic and the incompetent federal response to it, union density rose.”

“We believe this increase is part of a national groundswell. The popularity of unions is at 65%, one of the highest marks in a half-century, and research shows that more than 60 million workers would vote to join a union today if given the chance.”

Trumka called for passage by Congress of the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act to help ensure all Americans can exercise their right to join together in union and negotiate collectively with their employers.

Overall, unionized workers earn on average 11.2 percent more than their nonunionized peers (workers in the same industry and occupation with similar education and experience) according to EPI, an independent, nonprofit think tank that researches the impact of economic trends and policies on working people in the United States.

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BIDEN ISSUES MASK MANDATE FOR ALL PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

President Biden has issued an Executive Order requiring that masks be worn on all public transportation.

In keeping with the order, the US Coast Guard issued a new Marine Information Safety Bulletin (MSIB 02-21) concerning Covid-19 safety requirements on all public maritime vessels, including ferries.

Biden said he had issued the order “to allow all Americans, including the millions of people employed in the transportation industry, to travel and work safely…”

Besides being mandatory on ferries, masks are now required in airports, aboard commercial aircraft and trains, on intercity buses and on all other forms of public transport.

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SENATE CONFIRMS BUTTIGIEG AS TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY

The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Pete Buttigieg to lead the US Department of Transportation.

His confirmation has been strongly supported by MM&P and the other maritime and transportation sector labor unions.

A Navy veteran and former presidential candidate, Buttigieg voiced his support for the American maritime industry, and in particular the Jones Act, during his Senate confirmation hearing.

“The challenges facing US-flag shipping companies are significant,” USA Maritime—a coalition of maritime unions, shipping companies and allied groups—wrote in a Jan. 20 letter to Commerce Committee Chair Sen. Maria Cantwell and Sen. Roger Wicker, the committee’s ranking member.

“These challenges require immediate and meaningful responses from our government and call for a Secretary of Transportation who will reflect President Biden’s position that the ‘US-flag merchant marine and the men and women who operate US-flag ships are crucial to America’s national security, our international trade relationships, and economic development.’”

The group, of which MM&P and MIRAID are members, had urged legislators to quickly confirm Buttigieg so that he can get to work addressing the challenges facing the industry.

Buttigieg is the 19th secretary of transportation and the fifth member of President Biden’s Cabinet to be confirmed by the Senate.

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CONFIDENTIAL SURVEY ON US MARINER MENTAL HEALTH NEEDS DURING COVID-19

The Maritime Administration is asking all American mariners to respond to a confidential survey posted at https://redcap.link/mariners.

The survey, Mariner Mental Health Needs during Covid-19, is being disseminated with support from: the Covid-19 Working Group of the US Committee on the Marine Transportation System; the Centers for Disease Prevention & Control; and the Ship Operations Cooperative Program.

It asks mariners a variety of questions about Covid-19, mental health, and what they are feeling and experiencing at sea under the current conditions.

The survey will take only 10 minutes to complete. No mariner identification data will be collected.

The survey is available through May 31, 2021.

The results will be shared with federal agencies, vessel owners and operators, maritime unions, maritime training institutions, seafarer welfare organizations and industry stakeholders to facilitate development of effective solutions that benefit mariners’ mental well-being.

MM&P and the other maritime unions have been asked to disseminate a link to the survey to their members with the request that they participate.

The survey is being conducted independently by Dr. Marissa Baker, Assistant Professor & Industrial Hygiene Program Director, University of Washington School of Public Health.

Individual responses will be kept confidential at the School. The survey allows mariners to skip any question which they do not wish to answer.
For more information on this survey, please click here.

Please email any questions, comments, or concerns regarding this survey to Nuns Jain, Staff Lead, C-19 WG, at C19WG@cmts.gov.

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CDC MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES FOR SHIPBOARD PERSONNEL

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has created a webpage that provides comprehensive advice on dealing with some of the problems mariners are being forced to deal with in the context of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Crew members on board vessels during the Covid-19 pandemic face unique challenges,” the agency said in a statement.

“These include fear and worry about their health, financial hardships, limited interaction with others, and restrictions while on board.”

“Many of the typical recommendations to support mental health are not feasible for crew members on board ships with strict social and physical distancing measures in place.”

Besides answers to frequently asked questions on how to deal with problems faced by those who have to deal with the impact of the pandemic aboard ship, the page includes links to:

— connect with crisis counselors via phone, text or Facebook;

— the suicide prevention lifeline, where skilled, trained counselors are on call 24/7;

— the international suicide prevention helpline;

tips for healthcare professionals on coping with stress and compassion fatigue.

The webpage also includes infographics designed so they can be printed and posted throughout the ship since internet access may be limited.

To access the page and all its resources click here or go to: tinyurl.com/aowl7on0

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NAUTILUS FEDERATION’S MONTHLY MAGAZINE IS NOW ONLINE

The newest issue of Global Seafarer, the Nautilus Federation’s monthly magazine, is now online.

MM&P is one of the 20 maritime labor unions that belong to the Nautilus Federation, a strategic partnership focused on safeguarding the rights of mariners, fostering progressive trade unionism, organizing and mutual support.

The articles in this issue of Global Seafarer include:

— United Nations pressures governments to recognize seafarers as key workers;

— maritime unions call for ships to be detained if seafarers have been on board beyond 11-month maximum;

— enclosed space training falling short;

— work-related stress rising for seafarers during pandemic, with insomnia and depression at the top of its list.

The cover story reports on a study by the World Maritime University that finds widespread malpractice in records for work and rest hours.

To read the new issue of Global Mariner, click here.

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AFL-CIO PRESIDENT EMERITUS DIES AT 86

John Sweeney, who led the AFL-CIO for 14 years, died yesterday at his home in Bethesda, Md. He was 86.

“John was a great leader and true innovator, driving the labor movement forward,” said current AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

“We stand on that foundation today as we take on the challenges of inequality, systemic racism and much more.”

Sweeney was the son of Irish immigrants. His father worked as a bus driver in New York City and his mother cleaned houses.

“Growing up, I saw what the union meant for my father,” Sweeney said once in a speech.

“The union won him the wage increases that let him save up $5,000 to buy a home—outside the city, in a promised land called Yonkers.”

He started out at the International Ladies Garment Workers Union, later moving to the Service Employees International Union, where he became president.

Sweeney is credited with building up the AFL-CIO’s power as a force for working people.

He started Working America, an AFL-CIO affiliate for people who don’t have a union at work, which now counts more than 3 million members.

“John Sweeney was guided into unionism by his Catholic faith, and not a single day passed by when he didn’t put the needs of working people first,” Trumka said.

“John used the lessons he learned as a ground-level union leader to uphold dignity for all working people and expand human rights worldwide.”

“May God bless John’s memory, his family and the labor movement to which he devoted his life.”

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MM&P HOLIDAY CLOSING SCHEDULE

All MM&P union halls, the MM&P Federal Credit Union and MM&P headquarters will be closed on Friday, Feb. 12, for Lincoln’s Birthday.

All MM&P union halls, the MM&P Federal Credit Union, MM&P headquarters and the MM&P Plan Office will be closed on Monday, Feb. 15, for Presidents Day.

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ATTENTION MITAGS EAST STUDENTS

Due to the pandemic surge, students coming to the MITAGS East Campus must send Admissions a negative Covid-19 test result. The test must have been taken within 72 hours of arrival.

Students who cannot access testing but who otherwise meet all the requirements of the MATES Program Covid-19 policy will have to take a Covid-19 test offered at MITAGS East every Monday morning.

Members may also reschedule their classes for later in the year when the infection rates are expected to drop.

We appreciate your cooperation during these very trying times.

Also please note that the minimum number of days to obtain eligibility continues to be 42 days instead of 30.

Additionally, class sizes may be reduced in order to maintain proper physical distancing.

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MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

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

Class dates followed by an * are full

AB – Able Seaman – 4/12/21

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation (1-Day): 5/5/21

ARPA-OIC (4-Day) – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 6/1/21

AZIPOD (2-Day) – 4/29/21

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: Not currently scheduled

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 3/8/21, 4/13/21, 4/29/21, 5/17/21
Online: 2/2/21, 4/20/21

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling – (Now also included in BRMP-Refresher) (3-Day): 3/10/21, 4/26/21

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

BT – Basic Safety Training: 5/3/21

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – 2/9/21*, 4/27/21, 6/22/21

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 2/9/21*, 4/27/21

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: Not currently scheduled

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 3/8/21, 5/3/21, 6/21/21

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 4/26/21, 6/14/21

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 3/15/21

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1: 6/7/21

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific: 2/8/21, 6/14/21

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

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems: 6/7/21

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM): 2/1/21, 5/10/21

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 4/12/21
(DCS-1 available on request – contact Admissions)

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: Not Currently Scheduled

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management: 2/22/21

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 2/22/21, 3/15/21, 4/19/21, 5/10/21, 6/7/21

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 2/8/21*, 3/1/21, 3/22/21, 4/26/21, 5/17/21, 6/14/21

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

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 4/19/21

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 3/1/21

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 **
Online: 4/7/21, 7/7/21, 10/6/21

CIW-SMS – Continual Improvement Workshop: Successful Safety Management (2-Day) – Online: 6/10/21, 12/9/21

CNAV-OIC (15-Day) – Celestial Navigation: Not currently scheduled

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications (1-Day): 3/10/21

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior (1-Day) – 2/26/21

CDMGT – Crowd Management (1-Day) – 2/25/21

CSE – Confined Space Entry (3-Day): Not currently scheduled

CSE-AWR – Confined Space Entry Awareness (2-Day): 5/20/21

CY-MAR – Cyber-Skilled Mariner ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program ** – Not currently scheduled

DDE – Great Lakes (20-Day): 2/22/21, 4/19/21

ECDIS for Pilots (2-Day) – 3/8/21, 5/3/21

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 4/19/21

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

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 5/3/21

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 2/8/21, 4/26/21, 6/21/21

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 2/12/21, 4/30/21

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications (1-Day): 4/13/21
Online: Not currently scheduled

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization (2-Day): 3/13/21

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (10-Day): 4/12/21

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 4/12/21

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

LAP – License Advancement Program for Mate to Master (20-Day): 8/2/21, 10/18/21

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes (15-Day): 3/8/21

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross Ton License (15-Day): 4/12/21

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage (1-Day): 3/9/21, 4/14/21, 4/29/21

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

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC) (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): 4/12/21

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 4/12/21, 7/12/21, 9/27/21, 11/29/21

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 5/10/21, 6/28/21, 8/30/21, 11/15/21

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 4/12/21

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 4/17/21, 5/15/21, 6/24/21, 7/17/21, 8/19/21, 9/24/21, 10/2/21, 10/25/21, 12/4/21, 12/17/21

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic) (1-Day): 2/24/21, 5/17/21, 6/11/21

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 2/25/21, 5/18/21, 6/9/21

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) – 2/28/21, 6/13/21

MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day) – 6/21/21

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 3/1/21*, 5/10/21, 6/14/21

MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day/ 8-hour) – 3/1/21 (Evening), 5/9/21 (Evening), 6/12/21 (Evening)

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) – 3/5/21*, 5/9/21, 6/12/21

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) – 3/6/21*, 5/14/21, 6/18/21

NDMS-ENAV – Navigational Decision Making Series – Best Practice in eNav (3-Day) – Not currently scheduled

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P (2-Day) – 3/15/21*, 4/20/21*, 4/22/21, 6/22/21, 6/24/21

PSC – Personal Survival Craft (5-Day) – Contact Admissions

PSC-REF – Personal Survival Craft Refresher (2-Day) – Not currently scheduled

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

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes (1-Night): 4/13/21, 4/30/21

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 5/24/21

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3-Day): Not currently scheduled

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 5/3/21

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day) – 4/12/21*, 6/14/21*

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 5/17/21

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (15-Day): 6/7/21

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 3/8/21, 4/26/21

TRAC-TUG-2 (2-Day): 3/8/21

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

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (1-Day): 2/27/21, 6/15/21

VSO – Vessel Security Officer (3-Day): 2/22/21, 6/16/21

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) (10-Day): Not currently scheduled

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): Not currently scheduled

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MITAGS-WEST ACADEMIC NOTES

Schedule of Courses – Please also see our schedule and enroll online at www.mitags.org. For Registration Contact our Admissions Department: 206.441.2880 or admissions@mates.org.

February 2021

8-12 Medical Care Provider
15-19 Basic Cargo Handling & Stowage
15-5 Terrestrial & Coastal Navigation
17-18 Basic Training Revalidation
19th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
22-26 Leadership & Managerial Skills
22-26 Basic Shiphandling

March 2021

1-5 Medical Care Provider
1-12 Medical Person-In-Charge
2-5 Advanced Firefighting
8-12 Meteorology (Operational Level)
8-19 GMDSS
10th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
11-12 Basic Training Revalidation
15-19 Radar Observer Unlimited
15-19 Basic Training
15-19 Basic Shiphandling
22nd Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
22-26 Basic Cargo Handling & Stowage
29-2 Able Seaman

April 2021

5-9 ECDIS
5-9 Medical Care Provider
5-16 Medical Person-In-Charge
5-23 License Preparation (Original 3rd)
12-13 Basic Training Revalidation
12-16 Ship Construction & Basic Stability
12-23 GMDSS
14th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
19-22 ARPA
26-7 Watchkeeping (Operational Level)

May 2021

3-7 Medical Care Provider
3-14 Medical Person-In-Charge
5th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
6-7 Basic Training Revalidation
6-7 & 10 Basic Training Refresher
10-14 Basic Training
10-28 Celestial Navigation
11-12 Advanced Firefighting Refresher
17-20 Advanced Firefighting
17-21 Advanced Shiphandling I
24-28 Advanced Shiphandling II

June 2021

1st Leadership & Teamworking Skills
2-3 Search & Rescue
7-11 Medical Care Provider
7-18 GMDSS
16-17 Basic Training Revalidation
18th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
21-23 Security Officer – Vessel, Company and Facility
28-2 Tankerman Person-In-Charge

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