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Wheelhouse Weekly – January 19th, 2021

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Volume 26… Number 3… Jan. 19, 2021

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UNIONS AND US-FLAG SHIPPING COMPANIES WORK TO SPEED VACCINE ACCESS FOR MARINERS

The maritime unions and their allies continue to battle on a number of fronts to ensure merchant mariners get access to the Covid-19 vaccine in a timeframe that takes into account their importance to national security and the unique risk factors they are exposed to in the course of their work.

The CDC advisory committee that planned the roll-out placed mariners in priority phase 1c with 57 million “other essential workers in transportation and logistics” who are now scheduled to receive vaccinations after approximately 30 million other workers in Phase 1b.

Given mariners’ essential role in national security—the Department of Homeland Security has recognized maritime workers as part of “the critical infrastructure of the defense industrial base… and Covid-19 response”—the industry warns this is much farther down the list than should be the case.

In addition, maritime groups cite a number of factors that argue for priority treatment:

— Deep-sea mariners are at heightened risk of exposure to the virus given the time they spend at sea and in foreign countries.

— Mariners who sail offshore do not have access to comprehensive medical care at sea or in almost all foreign ports.

— Mariners are by definition a mobile workforce, which means that as they perform their essential jobs, they risk falling through the cracks—for weeks or even months—of state-administered vaccine programs.

Under the CDC’s risk-based approach, mariners rank high on three of four criteria taken into account in scheduling each group of essential workers: risk of acquiring infection, risk of negative societal impact and risk of transmitting to others.

“We are deeply concerned that the military and economic security of our nation may be at risk if the distribution of vaccines allows seafarers to fall between the cracks of federal and state efforts to distribute vaccines,” the presidents of six US maritime unions wrote in a Jan. 8 letter to the leaders of the National Governors Association and the CDC.

“The industry has experienced and will continue to experience Covid-19 outbreaks aboard ship.”

“The close contact and risk of exposure aboard ship is exacerbated by the lack of medical care when mariners become infected while engaged in extended foreign voyages or when routinely denied shoreside access to medical care in foreign ports.”

“Professional medical care and hospital equipment is simply not available aboard merchant ships.”

“One infected crew member may readily infect the entire ship’s crew, most often with no medevac available and frequently with no port of refuge which will permit ill seafarers to disembark and seek medical care.”

The industry asks the CDC and governors to work together with US-flag employers and union health facilities to ensure states with major ports can make vaccines readily available to US seafarers.

They offered a list of union-operated and other participating health organizations in numerous locations that could facilitate the rollout process.

“The US Maritime Administration has the ability to support in this effort and a deep understanding of what is necessary,” they said.

The letter was signed by MM&P President Don Marcus, ARA President Kelly Anderson, SUP President Dave Connolly, AMO President Paul Doell, MFOW President Anthony Poplawski, IBU President Jay Ubelhart and MEBA President Adam Vokac.

USA Maritime, whose members include MM&P and MIRAID, has directed a similar request—in particular with regard to vessels in the Maritime Security Program and engaged in preference shipments of government-impelled cargo—to Gen. Stephen R. Lyons, commander, United States Transportation Command and Douglas Burnett, MARAD acting administrator and chief counsel

“We make this request to ensure that these American merchant mariners, who are an irreplaceable component of our nation’s defense sealift readiness capability, remain available to crew the vessels necessary to support American troops deployed overseas and to protect America’s economic and military security,” they wrote in a Jan. 19 letter.

“In addition, many of these mariners, already designated critical transportation infrastructure workers, enable US-flag ships and logistical supply lines to bring the medicine, PPE, food, energy and thousands of other supplies desperately needed by those suffering from COVID in the USA and around the world.”

“It is not an exaggeration to warn that the military and economic security of our nation will be at risk if the distribution of vaccines to seafarers is not handled in the most expeditious manner possible,” they warned.

“It is important to emphasize that when a crewmember tests positive for Covid-19 the vessel, depending on the jurisdiction, may be taken out of service and it, along with the entire crew, are placed into quarantine for an undetermined period of time.”

“The likely result is that the vessel’s cargo will not arrive at its destination when expected and when needed.”

“In the case of commercial cargo, this will have a detrimental impact on the domestic economy, American consumers and businesses.”

“In the case of military cargo, the impact will be even more severe, with the lives of American troops overseas endangered and the ability of the Department of Defense to protect the interests of the United States threatened.”

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GLOBAL INVESTORS CALL ON UNITED NATIONS TO TAKE NEW MEASURES TO PROTECT SEAFARERS

A group of 85 giant financial services firms managing more than $2 trillion in assets is calling on the United Nations to take additional measures to address the crew change crisis.

In coordination with the International Labor Organization and the International Transport Workers’ Federation, the group sent an open letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, calling for seafarers to be globally recognized as key workers whose health and safety must be protected to ensure the world’s supply lines are kept open.

“As investors, it is clear that this is no longer solely a shipping industry problem nor a crisis that the shipping industry can resolve on their own,” said Jenn-Hui Tan, global head of Stewardship & Sustainable Investing at Fidelity International, which is leading the effort.

“Shipping is responsible for 90 percent of global trade and holds the key not just to a global economic recovery from the devastation of Covid-19, but to maintaining our current way of life.”

“We recognize that any solution has to be premised on a multilateral approach aimed at facilitating seafarers’ movement while protecting local communities from re-infection risk,” the group wrote.

“As investors, we acknowledge our responsibility with regard to the companies of which we are lenders or owners to raise our concerns and seek constructive responses.”

The signatories to the letter identify what they call the clear need for action: besides designating seafarers as key workers, they are pushing for the establishment of systematic processes to enable safe crew changes, such as safe corridors and testing regimes.

As Covid-19 vaccines are being rolled out, the group also says that it is looking to the leadership of the UN to ensure key workers, including seafarers, are included in high priority groups by their respective governments and that a complementary arrangement can be made by the UN or the IMO to secure a reasonable supply of vaccines for seafarers to effect immediate crew change where it is overdue.

“We believe vaccinating a critical mass of the seafarer population is the most effective way of resolving the crisis,” the group said.

The investors also called for a publicity campaign to get the word out about the IMO’s 12-step protocol so as to facilitate universal implementation.

“We believe that the sustainability of the maritime industry and the humane treatment of seafarers affect all investors as well as our portfolio companies that depend on these workers,” they added.

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EMERGENCE OF NEW COVID-19 VARIANTS MAY LEAD TO WORSENING OF CREW CHANGE CRISIS

New restrictions on cross-border travel are being imposed by numerous countries as a result of the emergence of new, more infectious strains of Covid-19.

Airlines have moved to cancel flights and some ports have tightened crew change protocols since the emergence of new variants in the UK and South Africa.

“I believe we may be heading for a new crew change crisis every bit as bad as last spring,” Henrik Jensen, managing director of Danica Crewing Services, was quoted by Maritime Executive as saying.

“In response to the rapid increase in infections around the world, governments are imposing new or additional measures, including travel restrictions.”

“These measures are understandable in the circumstances, based on scientific evidence, and intended to provide protection for their populations, but they also cause operational and logistical problems for crew changes.”

Although the International Maritime Organization’s crew change protocols give port states useful guidance for managing seafarer transits, all the experts agree that local regulations are almost always the primary deciding factor.

“When a country’s health service is at full stretch trying to cope with infected patients, then broad and strict restrictions are imposed quickly,” Jensen said.

“Sadly we have to realize that, when a country has a citizen dying every minute from Covid-19, then a handful of seafarers of foreign nationality left behind on a vessel are not a high priority for them,” he told Maritime Executive.

Health officials and maritime industry experts also note that besides the pressure on crew change, the new, more infectious variants create new problems for ships and crews, since there is a higher risk that a crewmember may be infected on the way to the vessel and transfer the infection to shipmates once onboard.

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PRESIDENT-ELECT BIDEN UNVEILS SWEEPING PLAN TO REIN IN PANDEMIC, REOPEN SCHOOLS, BOLSTER ECONOMY

The Biden transition team Thursday announced the details of a multipronged campaign aimed at bringing the pandemic under control and reopening the US economy.

The roughly $1.9 trillion plan includes:

— a national vaccine program—including community vaccination centers and mobile vaccine services;

— expanded testing and lab capacity (key to safely reopening schools), money for states and localities to purchase rapid tests, and help for schools and local governments in implementing regular testing protocols.

“Any American can get a test for free when they need one,” a description of Biden’s plan says.

The package includes funding to hire 100,000 public health workers, who would work on vaccine outreach or contact tracing in local communities.

It would also extend unemployment insurance benefits, help state and local governments, provide direct payments and COBRA subsidies to individuals, put a moratorium on evictions and expand paid leave.

The team said under Biden the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will issue an emergency temporary standard for infectious disease, a measure the Trump administration refused to implement.

“This is how a real president provides relief in a responsible way,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

He said the package includes “the lifesaving elements America’s labor movement has been fighting for since last summer.”

“It would be much-needed relief. It would be a lifeline for people in the short-term in the midst of the freefall of our economy.”

“Congress should pass this relief package at once so we can provide healing and hope to those suffering under this deadly pandemic, and then begin the important work of rebuilding America with legislation like the PRO Act and President-elect Biden’s Build Back Better plan.”

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MARAD AUTHORIZES CONSTRUCTION OF TWO MORE NATIONAL SECURITY MULTI-MISSION VESSELS

The Maritime Administration announced today that it has authorized the construction of two additional National Security Multi-Mission Vessels.

The two NSMVs will replace aging training ships at Maine Maritime Academy and Texas A&M Maritime Academy.

In April of last year, MARAD authorized the construction of the first two NSMVs, destined for SUNY Maritime College and Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

The state maritime academies graduate approximately 70 percent of all new officers each year—the merchant mariners who help keep cargoes and our economy moving, MARAD noted, adding that many of the officers who graduate from the academies support US national security and crew military sealift vessels.

“The NSMV is part of a strategy to bolster maritime education, revitalize US shipbuilding, and provide a much-needed shot in the arm to the US maritime industry,” said Doug Burnett, MARAD chief counsel and acting administrator.

“America must be a maritime nation if it is to continue to lead the world in this century.”

With this authorization, MARAD said, the recapitalization of the nation’s aging maritime training fleet is nearly complete.

The NSMVs, featuring numerous instructional spaces and a full training bridge, will have space for up to 600 cadets in a first-rate maritime academic environment at sea.

They are also highly functional national assets, with modern medical facilities, a helicopter pad, the ability to accommodate up to 1,000 people in times of humanitarian need, and roll-on/roll-off and container storage capacity for use during disaster relief missions.

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NYC TRANSPORT COMMISSIONER POLLY TROTTENBERG TO BE DEPUTY US TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY

The Biden transition team has announced that Polly Trottenberg, former New York City transportation commissioner, has been nominated to be deputy secretary of the US Department of Transportation.

Trottenberg, who served as New York’s transportation commissioner for more than seven years before stepping down in November, was a strong advocate for the city’s transportation workers, including members of the MM&P Atlantic Maritime Group who work for the Staten Island Ferry System.

“Your service to the public is a lifeline,” she told Staten Island Ferry crews in April of last year as the pandemic surged.

“In ways we know you may have never expected, you are on the front lines, and I know that you are proud to be serving your City… We are grateful to you all.”

Trottenberg’s department worked closely with the unions that represent ferry crews to add on-board and shoreside protections to make the working environment safer in the early months of the pandemic.

“We are thrilled to see Polly Trottenberg nominated to this key position in government,” said MM&P President Don Marcus.

“Her energy, fairmindedness and deep knowledge of transportation issues will be of great benefit to transportation workers in every sector of the industry.”

Biden’s transition team called Trottenberg “a national leader” and Transportation Alternatives called the selection “a win for NYC and America.”

In New York, Trottenberg helped implement the nation’s first Vision Zero program, taking a multidisciplinary approach to eliminating traffic fatalities and injuries.

She led the New York Transportation Department’s Covid-19 response and recovery, transforming city streets to promote sustainable transportation and economic recovery, including one of the largest outdoor restaurant programs in the country.

Since she had previously served as an undersecretary for policy at DOT, the new job in the Biden administration—under incoming Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg—will represent a return to Washington for her.

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SOO LOCKS CLOSED FOR SEASONAL MAINTENANCE AFTER VESSELS GO INTO WINTER LAY-UP

The Soo Locks closed to vessel traffic on Jan. 15 so the US Army Corps of Engineers can perform maintenance and critical repairs at a time when icy conditions have imposed a pause on shipping operations.

The Great Lakes season is set by regulators, in part on the basis of the feasibility of transiting the lakes in icy conditions.

Vessels operated by members of the MM&P UIG-Great Lakes & Gulf Region are among the thousands that transit the locks each year carrying iron ore, coal, wheat, limestone and other commodities.

The Army Corps of Engineers uses the winter closure to perform essential maintenance.

This time crews have several projects to complete before the locks open up again on March 25, says Soo Area Office Engineer Kevin Sprague.

“The first step is to place the bulkheads, then our dive team goes into the freezing water to seal the bulkheads and prepare the locks for dewatering,” he said.

“Most of the maintenance projects will take place on the dewatered Poe Lock, the only lock large enough for the 1,000-foot freighters to transit.”

The team works long hours in extreme weather to complete the maintenance program, which includes Poe Lock upstream and downstream miter gate structural repair work.

The miter gates serve as dams at each end of the lock chamber, allowing the water inside to be raised and lowered.

Crews will replace ice flushing valves on the upstream miter gates and make repairs to one of the lock-filling valves and one of the lock-emptying valves.

They will also clean the Poe Lock underfloor drainage system, which is key to ensuring the lock can be dewatered in the future and minimizing ice buildup on the lock floor while work is being done.

During this period, Sprague says, the Corps will drydock the USACE barge HURON on the Poe Lock floor where crews will inspect, repair, sand blast and paint it.

Opened in 1969, the Poe Lock is 1,200 feet long. The MacArthur Lock was opened in 1943 and is 800 feet long.

The Corps is building a second Poe-sized lock to provide much needed resiliency in the Great Lakes Navigation System.

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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 – 1/25/21, 4/12/21

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

ARPA-OIC (4-Day) – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: Not currently scheduled

AZIPOD (2-Day) – Not currently scheduled

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: Not currently scheduled

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 1/26/21, 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: 1/25/21, 4/26/21, 6/14/21

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

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1: 2/1/21, 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: 1/25/21, 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): 2/1/21, 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: 1/18/21

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): 1/26/21, 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): Not currently scheduled

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): Not currently scheduled

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): 1/27/21, 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): 1/25/21, 4/12/21

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 5/10/21

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 1/25/21

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 1/30/21, 4/17/21, 5/15/21, 6/24/21

[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) – 2/1/21

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): 1/26/21, 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) – 1/25/21*, 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.

January 2021

25-28 Advanced Firefighting
25-29 Medical Care Provider
26-29 Advanced Shiphandling I
25-5 Medical Person-In-Charge

February 2021

1-5 Advanced Shiphandling II
1-5 Meteorology (Operational Level)
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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