Wheelhouse Weekly – February 7, 2017

February 7th 2017

Volume 22… Number 6… Feb. 7, 2017


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Two House Republicans have introduced a bill that some say has the potential to eliminate labor unions in the United States.

Reps. Steve King (La.) and Joe Wilson (S.C.) have introduced HR 785, a nationwide version of the so-called “right-to-work” (RTW) legislation that has now been implemented in 27 states.

RTW laws require unions to represent free riders in a workplace who take advantage of union-negotiated contracts and benefits without paying any dues.

Proponents say they boost job creation. The reality however, as shown in study after study, is that they depress wages wherever they are implemented, leading to contractions in consumer spending that are felt throughout a community, as well as lower living standards for everyone in the area.

“It’s nothing more than a lie dressed up in a feel-good slogan,” says AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

“It doesn’t give workers freedom—instead, it weakens our right to join together and bargain for better wages and working conditions. Its end goal is to destroy unions. Numbers don’t lie. Workers in states with right to work laws have wages that are 12 percent lower. That’s because unions raise wages for all workers, not just our members.”

President Donald Trump and Vice President Michael Pence are strong proponents of right-to-work legislation, said White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer at a Feb. 3 press conference.

“The president believes in right-to-work,” Spicer said. “And obviously the vice president has been a champion of this as well. It’s something that has been a big deal in Indiana.”

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The American Maritime Partnership (AMP) has expressed strong support for a proposal by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that would help strengthen Jones Act requirements for the transportation of offshore oil and gas operation equipment.

AMP is a coalition representing the domestic maritime industry. Masters, Mates & Pilots and MIRAID are both members of AMP.

An AMP spokesperson says the CBP proposal could close loopholes exploited by foreign shipping interests to skirt the Jones Act. As a result, he says, it would translate into thousands of U.S. jobs.

The agency action focuses on rulings involving the transport of oilfield equipment in U.S. waters.

The Jones Act requires that “merchandise” moving between two domestic ports be carried on U.S.-flag vessels.

The current proposal would revise CBP’s position that vessel equipment carried between two domestic points is not actually merchandise.

CBP is seeking public comment on the proposal until Feb. 17.

“The men and women of the American maritime industry commend the CBP’s efforts to rightfully restore over 3,200 American jobs to the American economy and close loopholes that gave preference to foreign workers and foreign shipbuilding,” said AMP Chairman Tom Allegretti.

He added that a “correct and lawful interpretation of the Jones Act will ensure the preservation of American jobs and maintenance of the U.S. shipyard industrial base, both of which are critical to our economic security and national security.”

“This decision will get Louisiana mariners back to work by restoring the proper treatment of U.S.-built vessels crewed by U.S. citizens in the Gulf of Mexico,” said Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.).

“We need to close loopholes that benefit foreign workers at the detriment of Louisiana mariners.”

“The Jones Act is a pillar for America’s maritime industry that serves to put this nation’s workers and ingenuity ahead of foreign interests,” said Rep. Duncan Hunter, chairman of the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation.

“My hope is that this decision is the start of an even stronger transition in favor of the Jones Act across the entire federal government and I commend CBP for its leadership in taking this action,” he said.

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The MM&P-crewed MV OCEAN GIANT traveled last month to McMurdo Station in the South Pole as part of Operation Deep Freeze (ODF), the Task Force Antarctica mission for the resupply of McMurdo.

Military Sealift Command (MSC) has supported ODF, providing supplies and fuel to the scientists at McMurdo, since the remote outpost was established in 1955.

OCEAN GIANT reached McMurdo in late January and began conducting cargo offloads from the ice pier soon after.

The ship arrived with 550 pieces of cargo consisting of nearly 7 million pounds of supplies such as frozen and dry food stores, building materials, vehicles and electronic equipment and parts.

Before departing McMurdo, OCEAN GIANT was to be loaded with retrograde cargo for transportation off the continent, including ice core samples carried back to the United States in sub-zero freezer containers, as well as trash and recyclable materials for disposal and equipment no longer required on station.

MM&P licensed deck officers now aboard OCEAN GIANT are Master Bruce Myrdek and Chief Mate Stephen Dejong.

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Elaine Chao was confirmed last week by senators in a 93 to 6 vote as the U.S. Secretary of Transportation.

Chao previously chaired the Federal Maritime Commission, served at the Department of Transportation as deputy secretary and spent time as deputy maritime administrator.

During the George W. Bush Administration, she also served as U.S. Secretary of Labor.

Transportation Trades Department (AFL-CIO) President Ed Wytkind wished her well as she begins her new job.

“Secretary Chao will play a central role in following through with President Trump’s promise to reverse years of neglect and finally modernize our transportation system with significant new investments,” Wytkind said.

“I look forward to working with Secretary Chao to advance a robust, bipartisan investment plan that repairs and expands our transportation system, lifts more working people into the middle class and protects and honors the jobs and rights of frontline transportation workers who operate, maintain and build our vast passenger and freight network.”

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The Coast Guard has set the calendar year 2017 minimum random drug testing rate at 25 percent of covered crewmembers.

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The collision between a product tanker and an LPG tanker 1.5 nm off the coast of Chennai, India, has caused an oil spill that is now said to total more than 80 tons.

The accident took place on Jan. 29. Both ships were being assisted by tugs and pilots at the time.

The ships involved were the LPG tanker BW MAPLE and the product tanker MT DAWN KANCHEEPURAM.

While the India-flagged MT DAWN KANCHEEPURAM was entering the port, the U.K.-flagged BW MAPLE was exiting.

The captains, members of the crews and the vessels themselves have all been detained while the investigation into the accident continues.

The owners of the KANCHEEPURAM blame the port of Kamarajar for the extent of the spill because port authorities initially refused the vessel permission to berth to assess and contain the damage.

The port finally bowed to pressure from the government and allowed the tanker to berth.

Thousands of workers have responded to the spill, which has washed up along a 25-mile stretch of coastline.

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The U.S. maritime authorities have issued an alert regarding reports that Houthi rebels recently laid mines at the entrance to al Mocha Harbor, Yemen.

“The U.S. government has reason to believe that in late January, mines were laid by Houthi rebels in Yemeni territorial waters in the Red Sea close to the mouth of the al Mocha harbor,” according to the alert.

It advises mariners to exercise caution when transiting this area.

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Buying union-made products for your sweetheart is a win-win! Mark your calendar and plan your shopping now. Whether chocolates, wine, or flowers, gift-giving is on the agenda on the big day.

Sweet tooth? Think Ghirardelli, See’s Candy, Jelly Belly Candy Company or Brown & Haley. Wine from Balletto, Gallo of Sonoma, Turning Leaf and Carlo Rossi will pair nicely with your special Valentine’s Day meal.

Flowers will brighten the room and the face of your sweetheart. Union supermarkets including Vons, Safeway, Costco and Giant offer flower arrangements created by union workers.

And union members save 20 percent on flower orders when they shop through the website!

Be sure to check for more ideas. Your suggestions and additions to their list are welcome.

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The Board of Pilot Commissioners for the Bays of San Francisco, San Pablo, and Suisun (BOPC) has announced an examination for entrance into the Pilot Trainee Training Program during the week of June 12.

Applications are due no later than April 15.

The BOPC typically conducts entrance exams every three years, or when there is a need for licensed pilots. The last exam was held in 2014. Successful candidates may be eligible to enter the pilot trainee training program, which lasts from one to three years.

The BOPC is the only state-level pilot commission in California, and licenses up to 60 pilots to guide large vessels on the Bays of San Francisco, San Pablo, Suisun, Monterey, and navigable tributaries to Stockton and Sacramento.

The pilotage ground covers 70 separate terminals across ten counties.

“Working as a San Francisco Bar Pilot is one of the most prestigious jobs in the maritime industry,” said BOPC Executive Director Allen Garfinkle.

“Our licensees enjoy being members of an elite group of professionals working in one of the most scenic environments found anywhere in the world.”

Information about the pilot trainee training program entrance exam can be found on the BOPC’s website at

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Members employed or seeking employment aboard International Shipholding Corporation (ISH) vessels (Central Gulf Lines, Waterman Steamship Corporation, Sulphur Carriers) are urged to review posted notices in the hiring halls and in the Members’ Only section of

These notices were transmitted to contracted ISH vessels on Nov. 14, Nov. 22 and Dec. 27, 2016, and on Jan. 6, 2017.

The same information has also been posted in the Members’ Only section of

To view the documents in the Members’ Only section of, go to, enter the Members’ Only site and, in the left-hand column, click on “Documents,” then on “Document Downloads” and then on “ISH Bankruptcy.”

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There will be an Offshore membership meeting in the MM&P Los Angeles/Long Beach Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 7, immediately after job call.

All MM&P Offshore members in the area are encouraged to attend the meeting.

The Los Angeles/Long Beach Hall is located at: 533 N. Marine Ave., Suite A, Wilmington, CA 90744-5527. The phone number is: 310-834-7201.

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There will be an Offshore Special Meeting in the MM&P Oakland Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 15, immediately after job call.

All MM&P Offshore members and applicants are encouraged to attend the meeting.

Upcoming negotiations will be discussed in addition to general reports. MM&P President Don Marcus will be in attendance.

The Oakland Hall is located at: 548 Thomas L. Berkley Way, Oakland, CA 94612. The phone number is: 415-777-5074.

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There will be an Offshore Special Meeting in the MM&P Seattle Hall on Thursday, Feb. 16, immediately after job call.

All MM&P Offshore members and applicants are encouraged to attend the meeting.

Upcoming negotiations will be discussed in addition to general reports. MM&P President Don Marcus will be in attendance.

The Seattle Hall is located at: 15208 52nd Ave. S., Ste. 100, Seattle, WA 98188. The phone number is: 206-441-8700.

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All MM&P union halls, the MM&P Federal Credit Union and MM&P headquarters will be closed on Monday, Feb. 13, for Lincoln’s Birthday. All MM&P union halls, the MM&P Federal Credit Union, the MM&P Plan Office and MM&P headquarters will be closed on Monday, Feb. 20, for Presidents’ Day.

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A meeting of the Offshore Shipping/Work Rules Committee is scheduled for Feb. 22-23.

Members who wish to submit a resolution should send it to the Office of the International Secretary-Treasurer.

Please refer to Article XIII of the Offshore Shipping Rules for additional information on submitting resolutions.

The Offshore Shipping & Work Rules are posted in the Members’ Only section of

The deadline for submission of proposed changes is prior to close of business on Feb. 10, 2017.

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The revalidation/refresher training listed below must be taken every three or five years.

Note that several of the one-day seminars (MED-DOT, HAZMAT, radar) can usually be scheduled “on demand” in the evenings or weekends. Please check with the MITAGS Admissions Office,

The PSC refresher is under development and is expected to be on the schedule by July.

The following is a list of the most common ones:

New and Existing Refresher Training

Drug and Alcohol Testing (1-Day, Med-DOT-DA):

Every five years, for mariner(s) designated, by the SMS, to gather specimens after a reportable marine accident.

Hazardous Materials (1-day):

Every three years, for officers and ratings responsible for cargo handling on ships carrying dangerous and hazardous substances in solid, bulk or package form.

(Note: Some trust companies offer this training onboard.)

Radar Renewal (ROR-1):

Must renew within five years of the radar course certificate. License is invalid if radar endorsement has expired.

Basic Training Revalidation (2-Day BT-Rev):

For all mariners (licensed and unlicensed) with STCW endorsements/credentials. Certificate must be dated within five years of STCW credentials renewal. Must also have one year of sea time in the last five years.

Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation (2-Day, FF-ADV-Rev):

For deck and engine officers with STCW credentials. Every five years of STCW credential renewal. Must also have one year of sea time in the last five years.

Note: If you do not have one year of sea time in the last five years, you must take Basic Training Refresher (three days, BT-REF), the two-day AFF-Rev, plus a Personal Survival Craft Refresher (under development; expected to be on the MITAGS-PMI schedules by the beginning of the third quarter.)

If in doubt about whether these regulations apply, please have your mariner number ready and contact: Vic Tufts, MITAGS Student Services,

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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:

Please note the special addition to our on-campus schedule of MSC classes marked with an asterisk (*), which are not normally scheduled to be held at MITAGS.

AB – 4/17/17, 8/21/17, 10/16/17

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation: 5/23/17

ARPA-OIC – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 4/4/17, 8/8/17, 9/26/17

AZIPOD 2-Day – 3/6/17, 5/22/17, 10/16/17

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 4/3/17, 6/19/17, 9/25/17, 11/13/17

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 3/6/17, 5/22/17, 7/20/17, 11/14/17

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling: Contact Admissions

BRMP-Refresher – 3/8/17, 5/24/17, 7/17/17, 9/12/17, 10/18/17

BT – Basic Safety Training: 4/10/17, 8/14/17, 10/9/17

BT-Revalidation (2-day) – 3/9/17, 5/4/17, 6/22/17, 8/21/17, 9/28/17, 11/8/17, 12/14/17

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 3/9/17, 5/4/17, 6/22/17, 8/20/17, 9/28/17, 11/8/17, 12/14/17

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 5/8/17, 10/30/17

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVNAV-CMM – Advanced Navigation (=ECDIS & VPEN): Contact Admissions

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 4/10/17, 6/12/17, 7/31/17, 10/2/17, 12/11/17

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 3/13/17, 6/5/17, 8/7/17, 9/25/17, 12/4/17

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (2 weeks): 4/17/17, 10/9/17

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information System: 3/27/17, 6/26/17, 8/14/17, 9/18/17

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM) 2/20/17,5/22/17, 6/19/17, 8/21/17, 9/11/17

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 4/3/17

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: 3/13/17, 7/31/17, 11/6/17

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (2 weeks): 5/1/17, 10/30/17

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 3/6/17, 3/20/17, 4/10/17, 4/24/17, 5/8/17,6/5/17, 7/17/17, 7/31/17, 8/14/17, 9/11/17, 10/2/17, 10/30/17, 12/4/17

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 2/13/17, 3/13/17, 3/27/17, 4/17/17, 5/1/17, 5/15/17, 6/12/17, 7/24/17, 8/7/17, 8/21/17, 9/18/17, 10/9/17, 11/6/17, 12/11/17

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

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 3/20/17, 10/23/17

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 5/15/17, 11/13/17

CNAV-OIC – Celestial Navigation: 4/24/17, 11/6/17

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop: Contact Admissions

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications: 3/2/17

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior – 7/11/17

CDMGT – Crowd Management – 7/10/17

DDE – Great Lakes: 6/5/17

DPA – Contact Admissions

ECDIS-OIC – Contact Admissions

ECDIS for Pilots – 2/28/17, 5/24/17, 11/14/17

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 2/27/17, 7/10/17, 8/28/17, 10/16/17, 12/4/17

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 4/10/17, 8/14/17, 10/9/17

FF-ADV-REV – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation & Refresher: 3/7/17, 5/2/17, 6/20/17, 8/23/17, 9/26/17, 11/6/17, 12/12/17

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications: 4/4/17, 4/18/17, 9/12/17

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization: Contact Admissions

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System: 3/6/17, 8/21/17

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 6/26/17, 8/28/17, 11/27/17

LAP- 2/13/17, 9/11/17

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes: Contact Admissions

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License: 3/20/17, 6/5/17, 8/7/17, 12/4/17

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 3/7/17, 4/19/17, 9/13/17

LNG-TPIC – 12/4/17

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC): 2/13/17, 4/3/17, 8/15/17, 9/25/17 (*2-Evening Session)

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control: Contact Admissions

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 3/20/17, 5/8/17, 7/10/17, 9/11/17, 10/23/17

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 4/24/17, 6/26/17, 8/28/17, 11/13/17, 12/4/17

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 3/20/17, 4/17/17, 5/8/17, 9/11/17, 10/23/17, 11/27/17

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 3/6/17, 5/1/17, 6/19/17, 7/16/17, 8/25/17, 9/25/17, 10/28/17, 12/11/17

MSA –Maritime Security Awareness: Contact Admissions

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic): 2/23/17, 6/9/17, 8/9/17, 10/2/17

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control: 2/21/17, 6/7/17, 8/7/17, 10/3/17

*MSC-ENVPRO – 2/26/17, 6/4/17, 8/6/17, 10/1/17

*MSC-FF-HELO – 6/5/17, 8/13/17, 10/16/17

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualification: 2/27/17, 6/12/17, 7/17/17, 8/13/17, 10/9/17

*MSC-Security Watch Basic – 2/24/17, 6/10/17, 8/10/17, 10/5/17

*MSC-Security Watch Advanced – 3/3/17, 6/16/17, 7/21/17, 8/12/17, 10/7/17

*MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force – 6/17/17, 7/24/17, 8/18/17, 10/13/17

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P – 3/22/17, 5/9/17, 6/13/17, 8/14/17, 10/2/17

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 8/17/17, 9/25/17

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 2/22/17, 3/8/17, 3/22/17, 4/5/17, 4/19/17, 5/3/17, 5/10/17, 5/17/17, 6/7/17, 6/21/17, 7/12/17, 7/26/17, 8/9/17, 8/23/17, 9/20/17, 10/4/17, 10/18/17, 11/1/17, 11/8/17, 11/15/17, 11/29/17, 12/6/17, 12/13/17

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 7/31/17

SAR-OIC – Search & Rescue – 4/10/17, 10/16/17

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 2/20/17, 5/15/17, 8/28/17, 10/23/17

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling-5 Day – 2/20/17, 5/1/17, 6/26/17, 9/25/17, 11/27/17

SMS – Contact Admissions

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 8/7/17

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses: 7/10/17

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 2/13/17, 8/7/17

TRAC-TUG-2: Contact Admissions

TTT – Contact Admissions

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties: Contact Admissions

VSO – Vessel Security Officer: 2/14/17, 4/17/17, 5/22/17, 7/13/17, 9/6/17

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level): 2/20/17

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 3/20/17

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Winter-Spring 2017

For registration, please contact our registrar, Mary McGhee, at 206.838.1126 or You can also view our schedule and enroll online at

February 2017

10th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties
11-13 Basic Training Refresher
13-17 ECDIS
13-17 Basic Training
20-24 Leadership & Managerial Skills
20-24 Medical Care Provider
21-23 Integrated Electronic Navigation
27-2 Advanced Firefighting

March 2017

2nd Radar Renewal
4-6 Basic Training Refresher
6th Leadership & Teamworking Skills
6-10 Radar Observer Unlimited
6-10 Basic Training
13th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties
13-16 Advanced Firefighting
13-17 ECDIS
13-17 Tankerman Person-In-Charge
13-17 Meteorology – Operational Level
18-20 Basic Training Refresher
20-24 Engine Resource Management
20-24 Basic Construction and Stability
21st Radar Renewal
21-23 Security Officer – Vessel, Company, and Facility
22-24 Integrated Electronic Navigation
27th Flashing Light
27-31 Leadership & Managerial Skills
28-31 ARPA

April 2017

3-4 ECDIS for Pilots
3-7 Search & Rescue / Emergency Procedures
3-14 GMDSS
8-10 Basic Training Refresher
10-14 Basic Training
10-14 Medical Care Provider
10-21 Medical Person-In-Charge
10-21 Watchkeeping – Operational Level
17th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties
17-20 Advanced Firefighting
18th Radar Renewal
22-24 Basic Training Refresher
24-28 Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation (VPEN)
24-5 GMDSS

May 2017

2-4 Rating Forming Part of a Navigational Watch
6-8 Basic Training Refresher
8-12 ECDIS
8-12 Basic Training
8-12 Marine Propulsion Plants
15th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties
15-18 Advanced Firefighting
15-19 Able Seaman
15-26 Watchkeeping – Operational Level
15-26 Celestial Navigation
16-18 Integrated Electronic Navigation
20-22 Basic Training Refresher
23rd Radar Renewal
30th Leadership & Teamworking Skills
31-2 Security Officer – Vessel, Company, and Facility

June 2017

5-9 Medical Care Provider
5-9 Basic Shiphandling
5-16 Medical Person-In-Charge
10-12 Basic Training Refresher
12-16 Basic Training
12-16 Cargo Handling and Stowage – Operational Level
19th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties
20th Radar Renewal
19-22 Advanced Firefighting
19-23 Advanced Watchkeeping
19-23 Leadership & Managerial Skills
24-26 Basic Training Refresher
26-30 Engine Resource Management
27-29 Integrated Electronic Navigation

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