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Wheelhouse Weekly – February 9th, 2021

February 10th 2021

Volume 27… Number 6… Feb. 9, 2021

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“AMERICA’S MARINERS NEED PRIORITY VACCINE ACCESS,” MIRAID PRESIDENT TELLS CONGRESS

The men and women who crew the ships in the US-flag fleet need priority access to the coronavirus vaccine, Jim Patti, president of the Maritime Institute for Research and Industrial Development, told members of Congress during a hearing this morning.

If not, he told a House subcommittee, “given the differences in vaccine administration procedures among the states, it may be months at the earliest before mariners receive a vaccine.”

Patti made the remarks in testimony on behalf of all the US maritime labor unions and shipping companies that belong to the USA Maritime coalition.

In particular, he noted:

— the heightened risks that seafarers face because they live and work closely together in multi-generational settings aboard ship; and

— the problems that mariners sailing internationally face in accessing shoreside medical care because of the restrictions that countries have put in place to control the spread of the coronavirus.

He also urged Congress to keep in mind the essential role played by the maritime workforce in America’s security and national defense.

“While we appreciate that there are many segments of the American workforce that need expedited access to the Covid-19 vaccine, “ he testified, “it is extremely important that American mariners and cadets working aboard Maritime Security Program vessels and other US-flag vessels in the foreign trades receive such access.”

Mariners who work internationally face a particularly elevated risk of contracting the virus, he noted, since they “are continually exposed to individuals in foreign ports who board their vessels [and] who do not follow necessary safety procedures and protocols.”

“If a crewmember tests positive for Covid-19,” he added, “depending on the jurisdiction, the vessel may be taken out of service and it, along with the entire crew, may be placed into quarantine for an undetermined period of time.”

“In the case of commercial cargo, including the delivery of essential medical and other supplies, this may have a detrimental impact on consumers and businesses and, most importantly, on the first responders and other essential workers relying on the delivery of medical supplies and equipment.”

“In the case of military cargo,” he added, “such disruptions raise the distinct possibility that the lives of American troops overseas may be affected and the ability of the Department of Defense to protect the interests of the United States threatened.”

He urged Congress and the administration to consider the unique risks faced by maritime workers in developing and implementing the national vaccine distribution plan.

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MASK WEARING NOW REQUIRED IN THE MARITIME TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM

The President issued an Executive Order, “Promoting Covid-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel,” that requires that masks be worn on all “public maritime vessels, including ferries” to mitigate the risk of spreading Covid-19.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an order, “Requirement for Persons to Wear Masks While on Transportation Hubs,” which requires all persons travelling on all commercial vessels to wear a mask.

The CDC order, which is posted on bridgedeck.org under Latest News, applies beyond public vessels: the only exemption is for private conveyances operated solely for personal, non-commercial use.

In keeping with these orders, 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.

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.

This order requires conveyance operators to use best efforts to ensure that any person on the conveyance wears a mask when boarding, disembarking, and for the duration of travel.

Depending on the circumstances, best efforts may include:

— boarding only those persons who wear masks;

— instructing persons that federal law requires wearing a mask on the conveyance and failure to comply constitutes a violation of federal law;

— monitoring persons on board the conveyance for anyone who is not wearing a mask and seeking compliance from such persons;

— at the earliest opportunity, disembarking any person who refuses to comply;

— providing persons with prominent and adequate notice to facilitate awareness and compliance of the requirement of this Order to wear a mask.

Best practices may include, if feasible, advance notifications on digital platforms, such as on apps, websites or email; posted signage in multiple languages with illustrations; printing the requirement on transit tickets; or other methods as appropriate.

The CDC has guidance on the definition of a mask and how to properly wear a mask at the following link https://tinyurl.com/AcceptableMasks

Under Title 42 of the United States Code section 268, the Coast Guard is charged with enforcing CDC quarantine orders.

Owners, operators, and crew of vessels that fail to implement the mask wearing order may be subject to civil or criminal penalties from the CDC.

The Coast Guard said failure to wear a mask creates an undue safety risk by increasing the risk of transmission of Covid-19 between passengers, the crew of the vessel, and port operators.

Covid-19 is known to cause severe illness and death which impacts the safe operations of ships and port facilities.

The Coast Guard has broad authority to control the movement and operations of a vessel based on a hazardous condition found on that vessel (see 33 CFR § 160.111).

Vessels that have not implemented the mask requirement may be issued a Captain of the Port order directing the vessel’s movement and operations; repeated failure to impose the mask mandate could result in civil penalties and/or criminal action.

Persons that wish to report vessels not operating in accordance with the Executive Order or CDC Order may email the Coast Guard at wearamask@uscg.mil.

However, this shared email inbox is not monitored on a continuous basis. If there is an emergency, it should not be reported to this email inbox, but rather to local authorities through proper emergency channels.

For the most up-to-date guidance, ship owners and operators are encouraged to monitor the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/.

State, local, Tribal, and territorial laws or rules imposing public health measures that are more protective of public health than those required by the CDC are an acceptable equivalency for these requirements.

Vessel operators who believe local mask wearing requirements fit this exemption should contact the local Captain of the Port.

Questions concerning this notice may be forwarded to the Coast Guard Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance at wearamask@uscg.mil.

All the Coast Guard MSIBs are posted at: https://tinyurl.com/USCGMSIB

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AFL-CIO CALLS FOR URGENT PASSAGE OF LANDMARK WORKER RIGHTS BILL

The House of Representatives passed the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act last year, but anti-worker legislators in the Senate blocked it.

Undeterred, working people fought to elect pro-worker lawmakers to the Senate, House and White House. And we won.

Lawmakers gave us their word they would make the PRO Act a top priority. It’s time for them to keep that promise.

The PRO Act is the cornerstone of the AFL-CIO’s Workers First Agenda.

If it passes, it would:

— empower workers to organize and bargain;

— hold corporations accountable for union-busting;

— repeal “right to work” laws, which were created during the Jim Crow era to keep White and Black workers from joining unions together.

Stronger unions mean higher wages, safer working conditions and dignity for all people who work.

The PRO Act is our first step to get there.

“The PRO Act will strengthen workers’ ability to come together and demand a fair share of the wealth we create,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, “boosting wages, securing better health care and rooting out discrimination.”

“The past year has laid bare the enormous injustices facing millions of America’s working people who keep our country afloat.”

“We cannot allow those systemic failures to persist for another moment. Working people turned out to vote in record numbers because we urgently need structural change.”

“We will make our case in every state and every congressional district, to elected leaders across the political spectrum.”

Click here to send a letter to your member of Congress telling them to vote “yes” on the PRO Act, or go to this link: https://actionnetwork.org/letters/pro-act

Click here to call your member of Congress or go to this link: actionnetwork.org/forms/pro-act

Build Back Better with Unions—Pass the PRO Act!

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AMAZON WAREHOUSE WORKERS IN ALABAMA VOTING IN HISTORIC UNION ELECTION

Warehouse workers at an Amazon warehouse in Alabama are voting on whether to form a union.

If the workers win, the Bessemer, Alabama, warehouse will become the country’s first unionized Amazon facility.

The organizing campaign has run into tough opposition: the company has pushed workers to vote against the union in texts, an anti-union website, Facebook posts and anti-union captive audience meetings.

In September, reports surfaced that Amazon was looking to hire an intelligence analyst, described as someone who would inform management “on sensitive topics that are highly confidential, including labor organizing threats.”

On Friday, the National Labor Relations Board rejected Amazon’s attempt to delay the union vote.

The online giant’s bid was seen by many as a stalling tactic, in particular because it included a motion demanding workers vote in-person—a clear health risk.

“Amazon’s blatant disregard for the health and safety of its own workforce was demonstrated yet again by its insistence on an in-person election in the middle of the pandemic,” said Stuart Appelbaum, president of the Retail Wholesale and Department Store Union.

“The NLRB decision proves that it’s long past time that Amazon start respecting its own employees and allow them to cast their votes without intimidation and interference.”

If the union wins, it would be a watershed moment for Amazon workers and could spur unionizing among the 110 or so fulfillment centers the company operates across the US.

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FILIPINO LONGSHORE UNION PRESIDENT MURDERED, FOUR-YEAR-OLD NIECE SHOT

The International Transport Workers’ Federation has expressed shock and outrage over the murder of Leonardo Escala, the president of the dockworkers’ union at ICTSI’s Manila terminal.

He and his four-year-old niece were shot outside his home in Manila at around 1920 on Sunday, Feb. 7.

Escala died an hour later at a hospital; his niece, who was shot in the back, remains under doctors’ care.

The attackers escaped on scooters.

“We condemn the cowardly killing of Leonardo Escala and the shooting of his four-year-old niece, and we stand in solidarity with their family and the members of the dockworkers’ union,” said ITF President and Dockers’ Section Chair Paddy Crumlin.

“Leonardo Escala was murdered because he dared to stand up for working people and help them organize for a better future.”

“It is imperative that the government of the Philippines take action immediately to secure justice.”

Crumlin called on local and national law enforcement authorities in the Philippines to protect union members from further attacks.

In response to Escala’s murder and the killings of numerous other trade unionists, he also repeated the ITF’s demand that the government accept a high-level tripartite International Labor Organization mission.

The 2020 International Trade Union Confederation’s Global Rights Index listed the Philippines as one of the deadliest countries for working people because of the risk of violence, intimidation and murder.

The killing of Leonardo Escala has brought the number of assassinated labor rights defenders under the Duterte administration to at least 44.

“Leonardo Escala was supporting his fellow dockworkers and for his leadership he has been murdered in cold blood,” said Sharan Burrow, general secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation.

“We cannot let violence and repression stand. There must be justice.”

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NPR INTERVIEWS MM&P CAPTAIN AND ITF OFFICIAL ABOUT CREW CHANGE CRISIS

The impact of the pandemic on the world’s seafarers was the topic of a recent National Public Radio report.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has trapped hundreds of thousands of seafarers aboard cargo ships, unable to get off or switch crews,” reported Rachel Martin, host of NPR’s Morning Edition, in a Jan. 28 broadcast.

“[A]t any given time, there are more than 1.4 million seafarers traveling the world’s waterways. These are the people working on oil tankers and cargo ships. Now, many of them are stranded.”

Journalist Jackie Northam boarded a flag-of-convenience ship in the Port of Baltimore and spoke with a mariner from India who said his tour had been extended from six months to eight months.

“This is happening to seafarers all over the world,” she reported.

MM&P Captain Hedi Marzougui told NPR that the situation takes both a physical and a mental toll on everyone aboard the ship.

“[E]very time, there’s hope that we’ll get off, and then there’s, nope, not going to happen this time…”

He noted that some of the larger shipping companies have organized special flights at considerable expense to get crews home, but that many others can’t or won’t take that step.

“There are companies out there that don’t care,” he said.

“We’re not a priority because we’re a hidden workforce.”

ITF General Secretary Stephen Cotton told the journalist that new variants of Covid-19 began emerging just as progress was being made.

“I think we felt in December that we kind of got it to a place where it was beginning to be manageable,” Cotton said.

“And then we see immediately the third wave. The different countries are closing their borders again… It’s so ironic.”

To listen to the report, go to: tinyurl.com/1f1wbny2

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INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF SHIPMASTERS’ ASSOCIATIONS NEWSLETTER NOW ONLINE

The February edition of the newsletter of the International Federation of Shipmasters’ Associations has been posted at: https://www.ifsma.org/newsletters.html

MM&P is a member of IFSMA. In this issue of the association’s monthly newsletter:

— maritime industry calls on governments to give frontline mariners priority access to the Covid-19 vaccination and designate them as key workers;

— International Transport Workers’ Federation and International Chamber of Shipping demand that governments—which are once again restricting travel as a reaction to new Covid-19 mutations—recognize the vital role seafarers play in the global supply chain;

— more than 400 international organizations sign Neptune Declaration calling on governments to enable crew change;

— IMO Secretary-General denounces “no crew change” clauses in charter agreements; and

— ammonia fuel cells for deep-sea shipping.

To read the newsletter, go to: https://www.ifsma.org/newsletters.html

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VIRTUAL OFFSHORE MEMBERSHIP MEETING ON FEB. 18 FOR GULF PORTS

There will be a virtual Offshore membership meeting on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 1400 Central Time for members shipping out of Gulf Ports.

MM&P President Don Marcus, Secretary-Treasurer Don Josberger and Vice President Gulf Ports & Government Contracts Jeremy Hope will participate in the meeting.

To register for the meeting, click here or go to https://tinyurl.com/GulfPortsMeeting.

For assistance, please send an email to support@bridgedeck.org.

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PLEASE RESPOND TO CONFIDENTIAL SURVEY ON 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.

If you have not already done so, please respond to this survey.

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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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, 6/28/21

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: 8/2/21, 10/25/21

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, 8/2/21, 10/11/21

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

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 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, 8/9/21, 10/18/21

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 4/26/21, 6/14/21, 8/2/21, 10/11/21, 12/6/21

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: 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, 7/26/21, 10/4/21, 11/29/21

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM): 2/1/21, 5/10/21, 6/28/21, 8/16/21, 11/8/21, 12/13/21

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, 7/19/21, 8/9/21, 9/13/21, 9/27/21, 10/11/21, 11/1/21, 11/29/21

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 3/1/21, 3/22/21, 4/26/21, 5/17/21, 6/14/21, 7/26/21, 8/16/21, 9/20/21, 10/4/21, 10/18/21, 11/8/21, 12/6/21

**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) – 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): 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, 8/2/21, 10/11/21

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

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 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, 7/12/21, 9/27/21

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, 8/4/21, 9/16/21, 10/31/21

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 2/25/21, 5/18/21, 6/9/21, 8/2/21, 9/14/21, 10/29/21

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) – 2/28/21, 6/13/21, 8/6/21, 11/9/21

MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day) – 6/21/21, 8/2/21

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 3/1/21*, 5/10/21, 6/14/21, 7/12/21, 8/9/21, 9/20/21, 11/1/21

MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day/ 8-hour) – 3/1/21 (Evening), 5/9/21 (Evening), 6/12/21 (Evening), 8/7/21, 9/17/21, 11/1/21 (Evening)

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) – 3/5/21*, 5/9/21, 6/12/21, 7/16/21, 8/8/21, 9/18/21, 11/5/21

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) – 3/6/21*, 5/14/21, 6/18/21, 7/17/21, 8/13/21, 9/24/21, 11/6/21

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, 7/12/21, 8/30/21, 9/1/21, 11/15/21, 11/17/21, 12/13/21, 12/15/21

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*, 7/12/21, 8/30/21, 11/15/21, 12/13/21

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

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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