Wheelhouse Weekly – Jan. 26, 2016

January 26th 2016

Volume 21 . . . Number 4. . . Jan. 26, 2016


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Contracts for the operation, maintenance and manning of 10 ships in the National Defense Reserve Fleet (NDRF) have been awarded to MM&P employers Matson and Patriot. Seven of the ships are new for MM&P.

“The contract awards bear testimony to the professionalism of our members aboard ship and to our ability, and that of our employers and labor-union shipmates, to compete,” said MM&P President Don Marcus. “A particular thanks is owed to MM&P National Director of Collective Bargaining Lars Turner for his impressive work on this contract, an effort which has been ongoing for almost 1-1/2 years.”

The Department of Transportation announced the awards of the Maritime Administration (MARAD) contracts—for 48 NDRF vessels overall—on Jan. 22. The contracts are funded by the Department of Defense (DoD) National Defense Sealift Fund to support DoD’s strategic sealift mission.

The awards ($174,612,435.39 to Matson and $227,068,183.07 to Patriot) include firm-fixed fees for the four-year base contract and two, two-year options, without future economic price adjustment, plus estimated reimbursable costs for eight years.

All the ships awarded to Matson and Patriot are roll-on/roll-off vessels.

CAPE HENRY, CAPE ORLANDO and ADMIRAL CALLAGHAN remain under MM&P contract. The other seven ships are all new contracts with MM&P.

The three vessels awarded to Matson are: CAPE HENRY (homeported in Alameda), CAPE HUDSON (Pier 50 San Francisco) and CAPE HORN (Pier 50 San Francisco).

The seven vessels awarded to Patriot are: CAPE TEXAS, CAPE TAYLOR and CAPE TRINITY (Beaumont, Texas); CAPE VINCENT and CAPE VICTORY (Beaumont); the GTS ADMIRAL WILLIAM CALLAGHAN and CAPE ORLANDO (Alameda).

Since 1946, NRDF vessels have facilitated U.S. strategic sealift, natural disaster response and humanitarian operations around the globe.

“The U.S. Merchant Marine and National Defense Reserve Fleet play a crucial role in our nation’s security,” said Maritime Administrator Paul ‘Chip’ Jaenichen. “These contract awards will allow our commercial maritime companies to continue providing top-notch support to our troops who are stationed or deployed around the world.”

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Annual federal pay raises for Civil Service Mariners (CIVMARs) employed by NOAA became effective on Jan. 10 this year, six months earlier than in the past. The change was made by NOAA leaders working in close partnership with MM&P to create pay timing parity between GS and wage mariner employees.

“The Office of Personnel Management approved a change in the effective date of CIVMAR pay increases thanks to the positive partnership between maritime labor and NOAA Marine Operations Deputy Director Troy Frost, along with great work by Colin Bennett from Work Force Management and support from NOAA senior leaders including Captain Todd Bridgeman, Rear Adm. Anita Lopez and Rear Adm. David Score,” said MM&P Government Fleet Representative Randi Ciszewski.

“NOAA managers advocate for their employees and make positive change happen,” she said. “They don’t just ‘talk the talk’—they ‘walk the walk.’ The heads of other federal agencies that employ MM&P members can take a real lesson from NOAA.”

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ILA President Harold J. Daggett has pledged to get clean, drinkable water to the citizens of Flint. He made the pledge the day after Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder admitted in his State of the State address that he had “made mistakes” in handling the Flint water crisis. The state had continually downplayed and largely ignored complaints–dating back to 2014–about the smell, color and taste of the water.

“The time for excuses is over and the time for action is now,” said Daggett. “I am calling on my two districts and my vice presidents in the Great Lakes region to help me get clean bottled water to the people of Flint.”

The ILA will seek donations from its membership and locals to purchase and ship bottled water to Flint. The ILA President appointed International General Organizer John Baker, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, and ILA International Vice President William Yockey, a native of Michigan, to coordinate the water collection and distribution efforts. Michael J. Vigneron, president, Atlantic Coast District and Alan Robb, president, South Atlantic and Gulf Coast District, will also help lead the effort.

“Our ILA membership is ready to rally around families in Flint,” Daggett said. “Young children are among the residents getting deathly sick from the drinking water there. It’s a national disgrace how the crisis has been handled and investigations into this neglect should be conducted. But for now, the people there need water and the ILA is going to do everything in its power to get it to them.”

The ILA represents 65,000 waterfront workers at all major East and Gulf Coast ports from Maine to Texas, U.S. and Canadian Great Lakes Region, major U.S. rivers, Eastern Canada and Puerto Rico. MM&P is the marine affiliate of the ILA.

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Willie Adams, secretary-treasurer of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), has been elected to serve as the new president of the San Francisco Port Commission. Kimberly Brandon, who has served on the Port Commission for more than 18 years, was elected vice president.

“I look forward to working with my fellow commissioners, port staff and Mayor Lee to carefully manage the port’s enterprises so they continue benefitting all the citizens of San Francisco,” Adams said.

The Port of San Francisco is governed by a five-member Board of Commissioners, each of whom is appointed by the mayor and subject to confirmation by the City’s Board of Supervisors. Each commissioner is appointed to a four-year term.

The Port Commission is responsible for the seven and one-half miles of San Francisco waterfront adjacent to San Francisco Bay, which the port develops, markets, leases, administers, manages and maintains.

Adams, who was appointed to the Port Commission by Mayor Edwin M. Lee and confirmed by the Board of Supervisors in July 2012, has a long and proud history with the ILWU. A native of Kansas City, Mo., he moved to Tacoma, Wash., in 1978 where he worked on the docks as a longshoreman for 24 years. In 1998, he was elected to serve on the Local’s Executive Board. He was elected to serve on the International’s Executive Board in 2000.

He has extensive international experience that has taken him to ports in China, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, the Philippines, Vietnam, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and South Africa. His domestic political experience includes fostering close relationships with U.S. legislators on port infrastructure and transportation issues, and he has worked closely with the bipartisan Port Caucus and Cabinet officials at the U.S. Departments of Transportation, Commerce and Labor.

The Port of San Francisco is a public enterprise committed to promoting a balance of maritime, recreational, industrial, transportation, public access and commercial activities on a self-supporting basis through appropriate management and development of the waterfront for the benefit of the public.

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The European Parliament has called on the Indian authorities to release the 35-person crew–including 14 Estonians and 6 Britons–of the MV SEAMAN GUARD OHIO, who were arrested in the waters off India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu in October 2013 and charged with illegally possessing weapons. The defendants claim to have been on an anti-piracy mission and have consistently denied any wrongdoing. The charges were rapidly quashed, but the Indian authorities appealed, forbidding the seamen to leave the country.

Earlier this month, each of the 35 sailors and guards was sentenced to a maximum term of five years’ “rigorous imprisonment.” They are considering whether to appeal against the sentences within the prescribed 90 days. “Whilst recognizing the integrity of the Indian legal system,” the EU Parliament said in an official statement, it “urges the authorities to release all those concerned pending the conclusion of the judicial process.”

MM&P is among those calling for the men to be immediately released. “This decision makes a mockery of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea as well as the system of justice in India,” said MM&P Chief of Staff, Klaus Luhta, who has been involved in the campaign to fight this injustice through the International Maritime Organization, the International Transport Workers’ Federation and MM&P.

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An editorial published in the Jan. 3 issue of the New York Times calls for ensuring the health of Social Security past 2034—the date when the system is projected to come up short—by raising the ceiling on the amount of wages, currently $118,500, that are subject to payroll taxes.

“That reform is overdue,” the Times editors write. “If the wage ceiling had kept pace with the income gains of high earners over the decades, it would be about $250,000 today.”

A third of American retirees depend on Social Security for 90 percent or more of their income. Two-thirds depend on it for more than half their income. The average monthly benefit is now about $1,300.

Approximately half of American households with someone 55 or older have no retirement savings at all. Only about one quarter of Americans will receive anything from employer pension plans. Younger workers and low-income workers are the worst off because of high debt and rent, the lack of employer-provided benefits and stagnant wages.

Nearly all the Republican presidential candidates have called for cuts to Social Security benefits. Some advocate diverting Social Security payroll taxes into Wall Street managed “private accounts.”

“Ultimately, strengthening Social Security requires a growing and healthy economy,” the New York Times editors write. “The Democratic candidates have credible ideas for creating jobs and raising wages that would revitalize the tax base for Social Security. Those and other sensible fixes, not deep and broad cutbacks, will ensure that the system continues to provide a basic level of guaranteed retirement income for all workers.”

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Full and part-time faculty at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus are about to vote on union representation. The group, with more than 2,500 members, would become one of the largest faculty unions in the country, according to the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), which is sponsoring the organizing effort. The campaign was the subject of an article by Maura Lerner in the Jan. 16 edition of the Minnesota Star Tribune.

A central goal of the organizing campaign is to improve job security and wages for the more than 1,100 “contingent,” or “adjunct” faculty members who are not on the tenure track, says Naomi Scheman, a philosophy professor who helped lead the unionizing effort.

She echoes many others both inside and outside academia in criticizing the increasing reliance by schools on low-paid instructors with no job security. “There need to be more tenure track positions, I think everybody agrees,” she was quoted in the Star Tribune as saying. “We need to stop this creeping reliance on contingent faculty.”

The campaign is part of a national movement to organize part-time instructors. Erin Trapp, who started teaching comparative literature at the U last fall, told the Star Tribune that the union drive has been fueled by frustration. Trapp says it’s not just about the low pay and job insecurity, but the lack of professional opportunity.

Unlike tenured faculty, she says, contingent instructors get no support for work beyond the classroom, such as mentoring students or pursuing their own research. “I can develop relationships with students but can’t serve in full capacity to advise them,” she said. “It’s hard to feel respected by other colleagues because of the division.”

Two of the university’s campuses, in Duluth and Crookston, already have faculty unions.

Before a vote is scheduled, the Minnesota Bureau of Mediation Services must determine if the petition is valid and who is eligible to vote. So far, the SEIU has 38,000 members in other faculty unions, including at Georgetown University, Tufts University and the California State University system.

In related news, union members at Cal State University are considering a strike in the face of a long-running dispute with the administration over low wages and job insecurity.

The California Faculty Association, which represents nearly 26,000 professors, lecturers, counselors, librarians and athletic coaches at the 23-campus system, wants a 5 percent pay hike.

Union members say they are underpaid after going without a raise for five years before getting a 1.34 percent increase in 2013 and a 1.6 percent increase in 2014. More than half of Cal State faculty make less than $38,000 a year in gross earnings, according to the union. Cal State Chancellor Timothy P. White has offered a 2 percent increase.

The union and Cal State administrators have been deadlocked since June over salary increases for the 2015-16 academic year. Last fall, 94 percent of the union’s voting members authorized a strike if no salary deal could be reached.

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All MM&P union halls will be closed on Friday, Feb. 12, for Lincoln’s Birthday. All MM&P union halls, the MM&P Plan Office, the MM&P Federal Credit Union and MM&P headquarters will be closed on Monday, Feb. 15, for Presidents’ Day.

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Two accident investigation reports published in December highlight the risks of falling overboard while undertaking routine tasks.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued its report on the man overboard incident on HYUNDAI DANGJIN on July 10 of last year. The ship was in the final stages of loading its cargo of iron ore at Port Walcott, Western Australia. It was starboard side alongside the wharf and the chief mate and draft surveyor were on the wharf to check the ship’s draft. They could see the forward and aft draft marks but not the midships marks.

The chief mate asked the second mate, via UHF radio, to read the midships draft on the ship’s port (outboard) side. The ship’s crew had already rigged a rope ladder adjacent to the draft marks there.

The able seaman on duty offered to go down the ladder instead of the second mate, who was a large and heavy man. The second mate declined the AB’s offer. Just after 0455, the chief mate and draft surveyor returned from the wharf to the ship’s office. The chief mate then called the second mate and asked for the midships draft. The second mate did not reply.

At that time, the second mate was near the bottom of the ladder, about 25 feet below the ship’s deck. He called out to the AB for help and said he was having difficulty. When the AB checked, he saw the second mate struggling to hold on to the ladder. As the AB looked around for a line to throw down, the second mate, who was wearing a life vest, fell into the water.

The AB threw a nearby lifebuoy to the second mate. It landed a few feet away. The second mate tried to swim to the lifebuoy, but was not able to reach it. The sea was rough and the water temperature was about 72 degrees. The man was eventually retrieved from the water but did not respond to resuscitation attempts.

The ATSB says that the risk involved in a straightforward task was not taken into account in this case: in particular, the physical ability of the person undertaking the task was a significant risk factor that was not considered.

The Danish Maritime Accident Investigation Board released its findings of another accident which took place last year aboard the SELANDIA SWAN. The third officer was inspecting the lifebuoys mounted on the bridge wings while he was alone on watch on the bridge. During inspection of the starboard lifebuoy, he lost his footing and fell overboard.

Within 15 minutes, other crewmembers realized the third officer was missing and immediately initiated the man overboard procedures. Several ships participated in the search, but were unsuccessful in locating him.

He was located and recovered by a rescue helicopter deployed from the Danish coast guard. Resuscitation was commenced immediately, but was not successful.

The accident, investigators say, was the result of an absence of clear instructions on how to go about inspecting the lifebuoy. In the absence of instruction or guidance, the man made a detailed inspection of the only item he could–namely the light. To carry out that inspection he had to climb the guard rail, thereby exposing himself to the risk of falling overboard. Presumably, he did not don a harness and fall arrester because the risk of falling was not apparent to him as he was still behind the guard rail.

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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 Elisabeth Cruz, 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 – 4/18/16, 8/22/16, 10/17/16

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation: 5/27/16, 7/22/16

ARPA-OIC – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 4/5/16, 8/9/16, 9/27/16

AZIPOD 2-Day – 2/29/16, 5/25/16, 11/14/16

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 2/1/16, 4/4/16, 8/8/16, 10/31/16

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 2/29/16, 05/23/2016, 7/18/16, 11/14/16

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling: 3/2/16, 04/13/16

BT – Basic Safety Training: 2/22/16, 04/11/16, 06/27/16, 8/15/16, 10/10/16

BT-Revalidation – 05/10/16, 8/22/16, 10/31/16

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 4/25/16, 11/14/16

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

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

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 3/28/16, 06/20/16, 8/1/16, 10/17/16

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 3/7/16, 06/06/16, 8/8/16, 11/7/16

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (2 weeks): 04/04/16, 10/24/16

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information System: 2/22/16, 3/21/16, 06/13/16, 7/25/16, 8/15/16, 9/12/16, 10/10/16, 11/28/16, 12/19/16

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM) 2/15/16, 2/29/16, 3/14/16, 4/4/16, 4/11/16, 5/23/16,6/27/16, 7/11/16, 7/25/16, 8/15/16,8/22/16, 9/12/16, 10/3/16, 10/31/16, 11/14/16,11/28/16, 12/5/16, 12/12/16, 12/19/16

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 05/02/16, 9/19/16

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: 3/28/16, 6/20/16, 8/1/16, 10/31/16

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (2 weeks): 04/18/16, 10/3/16

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 2/8/16, 3/14/16, 04/18/16, 05/09/16, 06/13/16, 7/18/16, 8/15/16, 9/12/16, 10/24/16,11/7/16, 12/5/16

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 2/15/16, 3/21/16, 04/25/16, 05/16/16, 06/20/16, 7/25/16, 8/22/16, 9/19/16, 10/31/16, 11/14/16, 12/12/16

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 2/29/16, 9/12/16

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 05/09/16, 9/26/16

CNAV-OIC – Celestial Navigation: 05/02/16, 10/24/16

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop: Contact Admissions

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications: 3/2/16, 7/19/16

DDE – Great Lakes: 2/1/16, 6/6/16

DPA – Contact Admissions

ECDIS-OIC – Contact Admissions

ECDIS-Pilots – 3/2/16, 05/25/16, 7/20/16, 11/14/16

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 2/8/16, 3/21/16, 4/18/16, 5/9/16, 7/18/16, 8/22/16, 9/26/16, 10/24/16, 11/14/16, 11/28/16, 12/5/16, 12/12/16, 12/19/16

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 2/22/16, 04/11/16, 06/27/16, 8/15/16, 10/10/16

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications: 04/19/16, 9/20/16

GL Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization: Contact Admissions

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System: 3/7/16, 8/22/16

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 6/27/16, 8/29/16, 12/5/16

LAP- 4/4/16, 9/19/16

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

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License: 3/7/16, 06/06/16, 8/8/16, 12/5/16

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 3/1/16, 4/20/16, 5/23/16, 7/19/16, 9/21/16, 11/15/16

LNG-TPIC – 12/5/16

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC): 4/4/16

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control: 2/22/16, 3/28/16, 4/25/16, 5/16/16, 7/11/16, 8/29/16, 9/19/16, 10/17/16, 11/7/16, 11/28/16, 12/5/16, 12/12/16, 12/19/16

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 3/21/16, 05/16/16, 7/11/16, 11/7/16, 12/12/16

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 2/1/15, 3/14/16, 05/02/16, 8/29/16, 10/3/16

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 2/15/16, 3/21/16, 05/16/16, 11/7/16, 11/28/16, 12/12/16

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 3/19/16, 05/14/16, 8/28/16, 11/12/16, 12/17/16

MSA –Maritime Security Awareness: Contact Admissions

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic): 3/8/16, 6/10/16, 8/10/16, 10/17/16

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control: 3/5/16 (March is 4 evenings), 6/8/16, 8/8/16, 10/18/16

*MSC-ENVPRO –2/28/16, 6/5/16, 8/7/16, 10/16/16

*MSC-FF-HELO – 2/22/16, 6/6/16, 8/22/16, 10/31/16

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualification: 2/29/16, 6/13/16, 8/14/16, 10/23/16

*MSC-Security Watch Basic – 2/26/16, 6/11/16, 8/11/16, 10/20/16

*MSC-Security Watch Advanced – 3/4/16, 6/17/16, 8/13/16, 10/22/16

*MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force – 3/5/16, 6/18/16, 8/18/16, 10/27/16

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P – 2/11/16, 5/23/16, 7/26/16, 10/25/16

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 5/9/16

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 2/3/16, 2/10/16, 2/24/16, 3/9/16, 3/16/16, 04/06/16, 04/20/16, 05/04/16, 05/18/16, 06/08/16, 06/22/16, 7/13/16, 7/27/16, 8/10/16, 8/24/16, 9/21/16, 10/5/16, 10/19/16, 11/2/16, 11/9/16, 11/16/16, 11/30/16, 12/7/16, 12/14/16

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 2/1/16, 8/1/16

SAR-OIC – Search & Rescue – 04/18/16, 11/7/16

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 2/15/16, 04/11/16, 06/27/16, 8/29/16, 10/17/16

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling-5 Day: 3/7/16, 05/02/16, 8/1/16, 10/3/16, 11/28/16

SMS – Contact Admissions

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 2/8/16, 8/8/16

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses: 7/11/16

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 2/22/16, 8/8/16

TRAC-TUG-2: Contact Admissions

TTT – Contact Admissions

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties: 4/28/16

VSO – Vessel Security Officer: 2/15/16, 04/25/16, 7/13/16, 9/7/16, 10/22/16

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level): 3/21/16, 10/3/16

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 2/29/16, 9/19/16

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Please also see our schedule and enroll online at For registration contact our registrar, Jennifer Pitzen: 206.838.1126 or

January 2016

27-28 ISO 9001: 2015 Implementation Workshop

February 2016

1-4 ARPA
1-5 Leadership & Managerial Skills (waitlist only)
5th Flashing Light
8th Radar Renewal
8-12 Engine Resource Management (waitlist only)
15-19 Medical Care Provider
15-26 Medical Person-In-Charge
22-26 ECDIS (waitlist only)
22-26 Leadership & Managerial Skills (waitlist only)
22-26 Bridge Resource Management
22-26 MEECE (waitlist only)
29-4 Basic Meteorology

March 2016

7th Radar Renewal
7-11 Leadership & Managerial Skills (waitlist only)
14-18 MEECE (waitlist only)
15th Leadership & Teamworking Skills
16-17 Security Officer – Vessel, Company, and Facility
21-25 ECDIS (waitlist only)
21-25 Leadership & Managerial Skills (waitlist only)
21-25 Engine Resource Management (waitlist only)
28-8 Celestial Navigation
30-31 Leadership for Shoreside Managers

April 2016

4-8 Leadership & Managerial Skills (waitlist only)
4-8 Engine Resource Management (waitlist only)
11th Radar Renewal
11-22 GMDSS
18-22 Leadership & Managerial Skills (waitlist only)
18-22 Medical Care Provider
18-22 MEECE (waitlist only)
25-29 ECDIS
27-29 Bridge Resource Management & Emergency Shiphandling for Pilots

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