Wheelhouse Weekly – July 14th, 2020

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The US and 12 other countries have agreed to take steps to restart the crew change process and help hundreds of thousands of mariners who are stranded aboard their vessels return home.

The group—which includes Singapore, Greece, the United Arab Emirates and other countries that are home to global shipping hubs—vowed to relax pandemic-driven restrictions and make more commercial flights available to help mariners get to and from their ships.

They made the pledge during an international maritime summit, hosted virtually by the UK, as a result of the campaign by unions, shipping companies and industry supporters who warned of the risks that the breakdown in the crew change process poses to mariners, the environment and the global supply chain.

Signatories to the pledge vowed to urge all International Maritime Organization states to designate seafarers as key workers and implement the protocols on crew change and travel that were circulated by the IMO in May.

Stephen Cotton, general secretary of the International Transport Workers’ Federation, represented members of MM&P and the labor federation’s other seafaring affiliates at the summit.

He urged governments to act swiftly on visa, border and quarantine exemptions for mariners.

“Governments today adopted a statement pledging to urgently take forward a range of actions to ‘avert the global crisis that is unfolding at sea’ for the more than 200,000 seafarers who are trapped working on ships beyond their contracts, and desperately wanting to return home,” he said.

“We thank those countries who came together today for their commitment, and now call on those ministers and officials who signed on the dotted line to… follow through on these critical pledges by bringing in practical exemptions and waivers that allow seafarers to move freely to enable safe crew changes and repatriation…”

“That means that port states where ships dock; flag states where ships are registered; transit hubs with airports; and the home countries of seafarers, all need to make visa, quarantine and border exceptions for seafarers now, not tomorrow, not next week,” Cotton said.

“Governments must move from ‘appreciation [of] the world’s seafarers who have continued tirelessly to operate ships and move trade throughout this global crisis’ to concrete action. Now it’s about accountability. Words will not get our people off these ships.”

The statement was signed by representatives of Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Indonesia, the Netherlands, Norway, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States.

UK Maritime Minister Kelly Tolhurst, who called the summit, said her intent was “to turn the tide on the struggles seafarers have faced during this crisis.”

“Through today’s commitment, we will speed up repatriation for crews globally,” she said.

“Today marks a new chapter for seafarers and, alongside our international partners, we are taking a stand to end the bureaucracy preventing men and women around the world from returning home,” said UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.

“The humanitarian crisis seafarers face has implications for all of us, for the world economy and for the safety of life at sea and the environment,” said IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim.

“…[T]he ability for shipping services and seafarers to deliver vital goods, including medical supplies and food, is central to responding to, and eventually overcoming, this pandemic.”

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The International Maritime Organization has circulated step-by-step guidance to port and coastal states to help ensure that seafarers who become ill at sea can get medical care ashore.

Since the start of the pandemic, there have been reports of seafarers–including some with life-threatening medical problems–being denied the right to go ashore for treatment.

In one case, a port state repeatedly refused an emergency medevac for a seafarer showing symptoms of having had a stroke.

The recommendations were developed by a broad cross section of industry groups, including the International Federation of Shipmasters Associations and the International Transport Workers Federation.

IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim urged IMO member states to implement the guidelines and disseminate them to domestic authorities.

“In the darkest hours of the pandemic, [mariners] have been selflessly delivering the goods we all need,” he said.

“Now is the time for governments around the world to deliver for seafarers by ensuring they can access medical care without delay when they need it.”

Under the International Labor Organization’s Maritime Labor Convention, port states must ensure that seafarers in need of immediate care be given access to medical facilities.

The obligation is also included in a number of other treaties and conventions, such as SOLAS and UNCLOS.

“… [O]ne of the many challenges facing international shipping during the Covid-19 pandemic has been arranging access for seafarers to medical care ashore,” the IMO said in a statement.

“Addressing this challenge requires that authorities in port and coastal states meet their obligations under international regulations and work with ships to protect the health of seafarers and the general public, thus ensuring that global supply chains continue to function as required during the pandemic.”

The new recommendations include monitoring for signs or symptoms of Covid-19 prior to disembarkation, isolation of suspected or confirmed cases, use of proper PPE, and minimizing exposure during disembarkation and transfer to a medical facility.

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The Congressional subcommittee responsible for appropriating funding for the Maritime Security Program has taken the first step towards providing additional money for MSP in response to the impact the coronavirus pandemic is having on vessels enrolled in the program.

The Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, led by Congressman David Price (D-N.C.), authorized the Maritime Administration to use $30 million in previously appropriated unobligated funds in the MSP account to provide an additional $500,000 to each of the 60 U.S.-flag vessels in the maritime security fleet.

The full House Committee on Appropriations was scheduled to consider the legislation today and the full House is scheduled to consider it later in the month.

The action follows the decision by the House Armed Services Committee to authorize an additional $180 million for MSP in Fiscal Year 2021.

MM&P, MIRAID and the rest of the US-flag fleet are working with our supporters in Congress to have the remaining additional funding included in the next Covid-19 relief legislation.

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Leaders of the Senate Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee—Sens. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine)—have introduced legislation that would provide $10 billion in emergency economic relief to domestic transportation operations, including US-flag passenger vessel operators, ferry operations and tour boats, which have been negatively affected by the pandemic.

Their goal is to have the emergency aid provision included in the next Covid-19 relief package or other similar legislation prior to the Congressional August recess.

“The road to economic recovery for these businesses is already long and steep, and in order to get our economy working again the federal government needs to extend assistance to this critical link in our transportation network,” Reed said.

The legislation, S 4150, would require that at least 50 percent of the funding be provided in the form of grants.

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The Alaska Marine Highway System has implemented new safety protocols to mitigate the risks of virus transmission aboard ferries.

Several weeks ago, the state halted the operation of one ferry, the TUSTUMENA, after several members of the crew tested positive for the virus.

Under the new protocols, a negative test result is now required within five days of sailing for crewmembers and for passengers on longer or overnight runs on the KENNICOTT, MATANUSKA and TUSTAMENA.

All passengers on the day vessels LECONTE and LITUYA must complete a Passenger Screening Form before boarding and respond “No” to all questions.

All passengers boarding in Bellingham must complete the mandatory State of Alaska Travel Declaration Form and provide these to AMHS crew at boarding.

In a win for crewmembers and their unions, AMHS has also decided to require that masks be worn by travelers unless they are smoking or eating.

Social distancing practices are in effect.

Disembarking at port calls is no longer allowed: passengers may only go ashore at their destination.

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The crew of the Matson ship MAHIMAHI rescued three sailors on July 8 from a disabled 50-foot trimaran 825 miles northeast of Oahu.

The incident began on the morning of July 7, when the Coast Guard received a report from a friend of the captain of the trimaran, the THIRD TRY, expressing concern because the vessel, which was attempting a non-stop circumnavigation of the globe, had not made contact since the preceding day.

Its last known position was between California and Hawaii.

Watchstanders at the Joint Rescue Coordination Center issued a broadcast to shipping, spoke with the captain’s friends and family to find out more about the vessel’s planned route and reached out to AMVER ships in the area.

The crew of the MAHIMAHI agreed to divert and search for the trimaran along its suspected route.

Aboard the Matson ship at the time were MM&P licensed deck officers Master Timothy R. Kalke, Chief Mate Omar R. Qureshi, Second Mate David Roach and Third Mate Peter B. Santoro.

At 1500 hours on Tuesday, after receiving an alert from an EPIRB registered to the THIRD TRY, the Joint Rescue Coordination Center launched a Hercules aircrew out of Air Station Barbers Point and informed the crew of the MAHIMAHI of the new location.

The Hercules located the trimaran, which had structural damage and had lost its rudder and was drifting. The three sailors on board asked for help to leave the vessel.

At about 0330 on Wednesday, the MAHIMAHI arrived on scene and successfully evacuated the three mariners.

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The crew of Washington State Ferry WALLA WALLA rescued a man whose kayak had overturned near Edmonds, Wash., on July 9.

Captain Greg Sugden, who was serving as relief master of the vessel at the time, described the incident as follows.

“Earlier today, while offloading the vessel in Edmonds at approximately 1545, Able Bodied Seaman Miles Dudley spotted an overturned kayak and a person in the water off the stern of the vessel.”

“A squall was passing through at the time and the sea conditions were fairly choppy. The pilothouse was notified and the general alarm was sounded.”

“Second Mate Jeremy Gordon led the crew in quickly launching the rescue boat.”

“ABs Dudley and Annie Foshee manned the rescue boat and promptly and professionally rescued the man clinging to his overturned and sinking kayak.”

“The entire F watch crew performed their duties in the utmost professional manner, once again showing that Washington State Ferry employees are up to the task when asked to respond to an emergent situation.”

“To my knowledge, this is the fourth person rescued in central Puget Sound by WSF crews in the last few weeks,” Sugden said.

“We are all working in a new, challenging and stressful time; dealing with constant overloads, upset riders, worried about our health and dealing with ever-changing workplace requirements.”

“My opinion is that the story to be told is that there are real professionals out here, continuing to do their job day in and day out, working long hours during these times…”

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On July 2, Matson christened MATSONIA, the second of two Kanaloa Class vessels built by General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego.

MATSONIA is the fourth of four new vessels that the company has added to its fleet since 2018.

At 870 feet in length, a beam of 114 feet and a deep draft of 38 feet, MATSONIA is over 50,000 metric tons and joins LURLINE as the largest combination container/roll-on, roll-off (Con-Ro) ever constructed in the US. The two are also among Matson’s fastest vessels.

“Matson is already benefiting from the speed, capacity, and improved environmental profile of the three new ships we’ve put into service since 2018,” said Matson Chairman and CEO Matt Cox.

“MATSONIA will be our fourth new ship, completing a three-year fleet renewal program that positions us well to serve the needs of our communities in Hawaii for many years to come.”

Both new Kanaloa Class vessels have an enclosed garage with room for approximately 500 vehicles, plus space for rolling stock and breakbulk cargo.

They also feature state-of-the-art green technology, including a fuel-efficient hull design, environmentally safe double-hull fuel tanks, fresh water ballast systems and the first Tier 3 dual-fuel engines to be deployed in containerships regularly serving West Coast ports.

Under the latest International Maritime Organization requirements for engine manufacturers, Tier 3 engines reduce the levels of particulate emissions by 40 percent and nitrogen oxide emissions by 20 percent, as compared to Tier 2 standards.

Matson’s deployment of Tier 3 engines in both Kanaloa Class vessels is supported by California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment, particularly in disadvantaged communities.

“As a proud US company and Jones Act carrier, our investment in this new ship is about much more than maintaining a high level of service to Hawaii,” Cox said.

“It also helps drive substantial economic benefits and opportunities in communities around the Pacific where this vessel will operate.”

More than 2,000 people were employed during the year that the ship has been under construction.

Over its expected lifespan, Matson said it will generate approximately 4.5 million man-hours of work for US mariners.

The name MATSONIA is iconic in the company’s history, dating to the construction of the first ship by that name in 1912.

The new MATSONIA is the fifth vessel to carry the name.

Peggy Forest, wife of Matson President Ron Forest, christened the vessel by breaking a ceremonial bottle of champagne against its hull.

Matson expects to take delivery of the vessel in the fourth quarter of 2020.

All the ships in the Matson fleet are crewed by licensed deck officers who belong to MM&P.

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Hundreds of Navy sailors and San Diego firefighters continued today to battle a blaze that broke out Sunday aboard the amphibious assault ship USS BONHOMME RICHARD.

Despite dewatering efforts, the vessel is now listing. Its forward mast has been destroyed.

A spokesperson for the Navy said there were 160 sailors aboard the ship when the fire was detected.

Fifty-nine people have suffered non-life-threatening injuries, including heat exhaustion and smoke inhalation.

All were released Monday from area hospitals

The ship’s own firefighting team–part of a duty crew assigned to it during a maintenance period–was the first to respond to the fire.

The San Diego Fire Department dispatched multiple fire engines to the scene after being alerted Sunday morning.

At least one explosion was reported after the crew was evacuated.

There has been no word on the cause of the fire, or on whether the ship can be saved.

The destroyers USS FITZGERALD and USS RUSSELL, which were moored near the BONHOMME RICHARD, were relocated to berths further away from the blaze.

Since being commissioned in 1998, the Navy said, the USS BONHOMME RICHARD has served with distinction in multiple overseas engagements, including Operation Southern Watch, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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Authorities in the port of Manzanillo found more than $1 million worth of cocaine and two men in a shipping container earlier this month.

The news was first reported by Maritime Executive.

The authorities said the two were assumed to be guards deployed by the traffickers to accompany the cocaine shipment.

The container was found aboard the SVENDBORG MAERSK, which had sailed from Buenaventura on June 21, with stops at Guayaquil and Balboa.

The voyage had been scheduled to continue to Yokohama, Busan, Ningbo and Shanghai.

“We can confirm that authorities at Manzanillo Terminal are conducting an investigation after allegedly two stevedores were found hidden alongside narcotics in one container onboard SVENDBORG MAERSK on July 2, 2020,” the company said in a statement.

It said it was working with the authorities, adding that, “Maersk does not accept illegal cargo and we have guidelines in place to guide staff on screening and handling cargo bookings, to be alert to anything unusual or suspicious.”

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MM&P on Friday joined five other maritime unions in sending a message of support to the thousands of union mariners who are keeping the supply chain open in the face of the global pandemic.

“As your representatives, we are working together and using every advantage to both protect your health and safeguard your rights,” the six wrote.

The message, which is posted on under Latest News, was signed by the presidents of MM&P, AMO, MEBA, MFOW, SIU and the SUP.

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As part of the union’s ongoing historical archives project, we are seeking back issues of The Master, Mate & Pilot newspaper that were published in 1972.

If you have any copies of the newspaper that were published in 1972, please send an email to

We will arrange for delivery to headquarters via UPS, and we will return the material to you as soon as we have finished scanning it.

Thank you for any help you can provide.

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The MM&P union halls in Seattle, Oakland and Los Angeles/Long Beach will be closed on Tuesday, July 28, in observance of the birthday of Harry Bridges, the founder of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.

Please note: The MM&P Honolulu Hall will be open on July 28.

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The MITAGS East/Maritime Conference Center and MITAGS West Covid-19 policies have been posted on the MITAGS home page at

It’s particularly important that you read our latest policies for each campus, as they are slightly different for Seattle and Baltimore.

The MITAGS East/MCC policy is posted at:

The MITAGS West policy is posted at:

Please keep in mind that this is a very fluid situation.

We will continue to update our website and keep you informed in as timely a matter as possible.

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Please be advised that as of the June MATES Trustees meeting, the number of sea days required to receive covered training at MITAGS will now be 42 days instead of 30, until further notice.

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

Class dates followed by an * are full

AB – Able Seaman –8/17/20, 10/5/20

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation (1-Day): 9/4/20

ARPA-OIC (4-Day) – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 9/22/20

AZIPOD (2-Day) – 10/5/20

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 8/3/20, 9/28/20

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 9/15/20

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling – (Now also included in BRMP-Refresher) (3-Day): 10/7/20

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

BT – Basic Safety Training: 8/10/20, 10/12/20

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 7/27/20, 9/23/20, 12/14/20

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 10/26/20

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 7/27/20, 10/5/20, 11/30/20

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 8/3/20, 9/28/20, 12/7/20

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 10/12/20

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1: 8/24/20*, 11/9/20

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific: 8/31/20*, 11/16/20

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

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems: 8/17/20, 11/9/20

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM): 8/10/20, 11/16/20, 12/14/20

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 9/14/20 (DCS-1 available on request – contact Admissions)

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: Not Currently Scheduled

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management: 9/21/20

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 7/20/20, 8/10/20, 9/14/20, 9/28/20, 10/12/20, 11/2/20, 1/30/20

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 7/27/20, 8/17/20, 9/21/20, 10/5/20, 10/19/20, 11/9/20, 12/7/20

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

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 11/2/20

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 10/26/20

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 ** – 10/14/20

CIW-SMS – Continual Improvement Workshop: Successful Safety Management (2-Day) – Not currently scheduled

CNAV-OIC (15-Day) – Celestial Navigation: 11/2/20

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

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): Not currently scheduled

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

DDE – Great Lakes (20-Day): Not currently scheduled

ECDIS for Pilots (2-Day) – 7/20/20

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 8/17/20, 12/7/20

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

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 8/10/20, 10/12/20

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 7/30/20, 9/2/20, 9/22/20, 10/27/20, 12/17/20

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 7/25/20, 9/26/20, 12/12/20

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications (1-Day): 9/15/20

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (10-Day): Not currently scheduled

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 8/24/20, 11/16/20

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

LAP – License Advancement Program for Mate to Master (20-Day): 7/27/20, 9/28/20

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes (15-Day): Not currently scheduled

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License (15-Day): Contact Admissions

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage (1-Day): 9/16/20

LNG-TPIC (10-Day) – 11/30/20

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC) (1-Day): 9/21/20

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): 8/24/20, 11/30/20

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 9/28/20, 11/30/20

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 8/17/20, 10/19/20

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 9/28/20, 11/30/20

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 9/3/20, 9/21/20, 10/3/20, 10/26/20, 12/5/20, 12/18/20

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic) (1-Day): 8/5/20, 9/11/20, 11/10/20

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 8/3/20, 9/9/20, 10/30/20

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) – 8/2/20, 11/1/20

MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day) – 10/28/20

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 8/9/20, 9/14/20, 11/2/20

MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day) – 8/6/20, 9/12/20, 11/2/20

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) – 8/8/20, 9/13/20, 11/6/20

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) – 8/14/20, 9/18/20, 11/7/20

NDMS-ENAV – Navigational Decision Making Series – Best Practice in eNav (3-Day) – 11/30/20

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P (2-Day) – 8/31/20*, 9/2/20*, 10/26/20, 10/28/20, 12/14/20, 12/16/20

PSC – Personal Survival Craft (5-Day) – 10/19/20

PSC-REF – Personal Survival Craft Refresher (2-Day) – 7/30/20, 12/10/20

RFPNW – Ratings Forming Part of a Navigational Watch (3-day) – 9/30/20

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal (1-Day): 9/21/20

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes (1-Night): 7/27/20, 9/15/20, 12/14/20

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: Not currently scheduled

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3-Day): 10/14/20, 11/30/20

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 8/24/20, 10/19/20

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day) – 8/31/20*, 11/16/20*, 12/14/20

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 8/3/20

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (15-Day): Not currently scheduled

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: Not currently scheduled

TRAC-TUG-2 (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

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

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (1-Day): Not Currently Scheduled

VSO – Vessel Security Officer (3-Day): 9/9/20

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) (10-Day): 10/5/20

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 9/14/20

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Schedule of Courses – Please also see our schedule and enroll online at

For Registration Contact our Admissions Department: 206.441.2880 or

July 2020

15th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
16-17 Basic Training Revalidation
20-24 Basic Training
27-29 Security Officer – Vessel, Company and Facility
27-31 Basic Shiphandling

August 2020

3-7 Able Seaman
3-7 Advanced Firefighting
10-14 Basic Training
10-28 Terrestrial and Coastal Navigation
17-18 Basic Training Revalidation
19th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
20-21 Advanced Firefighting Refresher
31-4 Radar Observer Unlimited

September 2020

14-18 Engine Resource Management
14-18 Basic Training
14-2 License Preparation (OICNW)
21-25 Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (MEECE)
21-2 GMDSS
28-29 Basic Training Revalidation
30th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

October 2020

12-16 ECDIS
12-16 Ship Construction and Basic Stability
12-16 Basic Training
12-16 Medical Care Provider
12-23 Medical Person-In-Charge
19-20 Basic Training Revalidation
19-23 Advanced Meteorology
19-6 Celestial Navigation
21st Medical DOT
22nd Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
26-29 Advanced Firefighting
26-30 Advanced Shiphandling I

November 2020

2-6 Advanced Shiphandling II
2-6 Radar Observer Unlimited
2-6 Basic Training
9-12 Advanced Firefighting
9-13 Leadership & Managerial Skills
9-13 Medical Care Provider
9-20 Medical Person-In-Charge
13th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
16-17 Basic Training Revalidation
16-18 Security Officer – Vessel, Company and Facility
16-19 ARPA
16-20 Advanced Stability
30-4 Basic Training

December 2020

4, 7-8 Basic Training Refresher
7-8 Basic Training Revalidation
7-11 Medical Care Provider
7-18 Medical Person-In-Charge
9th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
10-11 Advanced Firefighting Refresher

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We now offer blended learning options ( for a variety of USCG and VA approved courses.

Blended learning involves online and in person learning. First, course materials will be delivered remotely, via an online platform.

The second portion of your course will be completed on campus since some USCG-approved courses require assessments (exams and practical exercises) to be completed in person.

Dates of in-person course completion will be determined at a later date.

MITAGS is currently able to offer the following blended learning courses.

Check individual courses often for any upcoming scheduled course dates.

New course sessions are being added regularly.

— Advanced Meteorology (Blended)

— Basic Firefighting (Blended)

— Basic Training (Blended)

— Basic Training Refresher (Blended)

— Basic Training Revalidation (Blended)

— Cargo Handling & Stowage (Operational Level) (Blended)

— Fatigue, Sleep & Medications (Online)

— Leadership & Managerial Skills (Blended)

— Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities (Blended)

— Personal Survival Techniques (Blended)

— Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (Blended)

Please contact us via e-mail if you have questions or concerns.

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