Wheelhouse Weekly – July 21st, 2020

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Volume 25… Number 29… July 21, 2020


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The international summit held on July 9 to address the breakdown in the crew change process has yet to yield significant results, according to unions and shipping companies.

The International Transport Workers’ Federation said Thursday it estimates that worldwide, there are now about 300,000 seafarers working aboard ship beyond their original contract.

It said an equal number are waiting on shore to join their ships, bringing the total number affected to 600,000.

“The situation as it stands is not tenable,” A.P. Moller–Maersk said in a statement.

The company, which says it has set up a 24/7 task force to deal with crew changes, reports that of the 6600 crew members aboard Maersk vessels, over a third are working well beyond their contract, with no indication of when they will be able to return home.

It has called for action to prevent a humanitarian crisis with potential consequences for safety at sea.

Pledging to address the situation at the July 9 summit were 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.

They vowed to:

— urge all International Maritime Organization states to designate seafarers as key workers;

— implement the protocols on crew change and travel circulated by the IMO in May; and

— relax pandemic-driven restrictions and make more commercial flights available to help mariners get to and from their ships.

But the results, for the most part, have yet to be seen.

“The problem is that different agencies in a bureaucracy have different agendas and they don’t share a common goal or policy,” said MM&P Vice President George A. Quick, an expert on international maritime law who represents the union in a number of domestic and international forums.

“It is a huge problem in trying to get uniform international policies adopted or implemented.”

An article published by Lloyd’s List-Informa said ship operators are seeking to carry out crew changes in the US, the UK, and other countries with the least amount of paperwork and red tape.

The “diplomatic show of unity at the UK’s July 9 crew change crisis summit [is] not leading to easier transfers for tens of thousands of stranded seafarers,” writes Michelle Wiese Bockmann in the article, entitled “Crew change commitments are failing on the ground.”

She said most of the 13 countries that pledged action during the summit do not have immigration, travel or health procedures that easily facilitate transfer.

Some have confusing rules or do not even permit crew change; others technically allow crew change but bar mariners from staying at hotels, requiring that they only travel between airport and ship, or vice versa.

Ship managers told Lloyd’s List that most major seafaring countries—including the Philippines, Russia, China and Ukraine—did not even participate in the summit.

The International Transport Workers’ Federation, which issued an urgent call for action on July 15, said that although “there has been some positive movement… too little progress has been made by governments to bring in the practical exemptions and protocols needed to support functioning crew changes across the world.”

“300,000 seafarers are trapped working aboard these vessels, and another 300,000 are facing financial ruin at home, desperate to relieve these ships and start earning wages again,” said ITF General Secretary Stephen Cotton.

“Governments must act before we see more people die, or worse—a major maritime disaster. Urgent action is required.”

“We commend the governments which have brought in options for seafarers to disembark and be relieved by fresh crew, such as visas on arrival and visa waivers, but the sad fact is that globally governments aren’t doing near what is needed and some governments have even gone backwards,” said Dave Heindel, chair of the ITF Seafarers Section.

“Those countries that rely on maritime trade, like Australia and Russia—must start pulling their weight on this issue.”

Heindel said that the ITF would be following up to track the actions of the 13 governments that pledged to improve the situation at the July 9 summit.

“Governmental lip service is no longer an acceptable solution,” he said. “We are prepared to explore other options to influence more governments to take this crisis seriously.”

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The number of attacks on ships and crews increased by 20 percent in the first half of 2020, the ICC International Maritime Bureau has reported.

In the Gulf of Guinea, considered the most dangerous area, more attacks are taking place further out to sea—up to 160 nautical miles from shore—with the support of motherships.

The US maritime authorities reported 53 incidents of piracy and armed robbery in the Gulf of Guinea region in the first six months of the year, about 50 percent of them off the coast of Nigeria and almost a third involving hijackings and/or kidnappings.

IMB’s Piracy Reporting Centre recorded 98 incidents of piracy and armed robbery in the first half of 2020, up from 78 in the first half of 2019.

It said 77 seafarers had been taken hostage or kidnapped for ransom since January, with the Gulf of Guinea accounting for over 90 percent of maritime kidnappings worldwide.

“Violence against crews is a growing risk in a workforce already under immense pressure,” said IMB Director Michael Howlett.

“In the Gulf of Guinea, attackers armed with knives and guns now target crews on every type of vessel. Everyone’s vulnerable.”

The IMB report says vessels were boarded a total of 81 times; there were 10 attempted attacks; six instances in which a vessel was fired upon; but luckily only one successful hijacking.

Attackers were indiscriminate in their choice of targets: the report cited 36 attacks against tankers, 21 against bulk carriers and 17 against container ships.

In most cases, the vessels were at anchor when attacked. In 23 cases, crewmembers were taken hostage.

The Singapore Straits saw 11 incidents in the first half of 2020. The authorities said that most assaults in the region were not planned in advance, but appeared to be opportunistic, low-level attacks that were aborted once an alarm was sounded.

In South America, the IMB reports attacks in the Callao, Peru, anchorage, while vessels off Ecuador have also recorded incidents each year since 2017, including three container ships attacked while underway in the first six months of 2020.

The IMB is also recording more incidents in new areas of Latin America, although it said many go unreported. The report cites four attacks in Mexico, all targeting offshore vessels in an 11-day period in April.

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The Navy said Friday that “all known fires” aboard the Navy assault ship USS BONHOMME RICHARD had been extinguished.

The fire was discovered on July 12, when the vessel was moored at Naval Base San Diego.

Members of the crew, hundreds of other sailors and the San Diego Fire Department fought the fire around the clock, braving heat, smoke and explosions.

A total of more than 100 Navy personnel, sailors and civilian firefighters were treated for minor injuries, including heat exhaustion and smoke inhalation.

“The biggest takeaway for me today was the people,” said Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday, who spoke to the press after touring the 22-year-old ship.

“We ought to be proud of them… If anyone has any doubts about this generation of sailor, airman, soldier or marine, at least for me, they should be put to rest by the heroic and courageous effort of [these firefighters].”

“We do not know the extent of the damage,” Gilday said.

“It is too early to make any predictions or promises of what the future of the ship will be.”

“What we do know is that brave sailors from commands all across San Diego worked tirelessly alongside federal firefighters to get this fire extinguished and I want to thank them for their efforts.”

The Navy reported that three helicopter squadrons had conducted more than 1,500 water bucket drops to fight the fire and cool the super structure and the flight deck, enabling fire crews to board.

Tugs provided firefighting support from the waterline, cooling the ship’s hull.

The Navy said the fire apparently began in a lower vehicle hold and spread to the upper decks through the elevator shafts and exhaust stacks.

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

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

In separate news, the Navy has reported that “at least two sailors” who fought the blaze aboard the ship have tested positive for the coronavirus and have been quarantined along with those who came into contact with them.

An unnamed sailor quoted in media reports said personnel responding to the blaze swapped and shared firefighting equipment, such as masks and gloves, which may have been a factor in the infections.

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The American Maritime Partnership is honoring Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks with the American Maritime Hero Award.

The award recognizes those who have added to the heritage of the US as a maritime nation through their professional contributions, courage, outstanding achievements or noble qualities.

Hanks has drawn global attention to the men and women of the industry in a number of important films.

He starred in “Captain Phillips,” which recounts the harrowing story of the hijacking of the MAERSK ALABAMA and the kidnapping of MM&P member Captain Richard Phillips.

More recently, he narrated the documentary short “Boatlift – An Untold Tale of 9/11 Resilience” and wrote the screenplay for and starred in “Greyhound,” released on AppleTV+ on July 10.

“Greyhound” tells the story of Ernest Krause, played by Hanks, an officer on his first Naval command mission who led a convoy of 37 merchant ships across the North Atlantic while pursued by a squadron of German U-boats.

“Tom Hanks’ work throughout his career reflects a deep respect for those who serve,” said AMP President Mike Roberts.

“This includes American mariners responding to the 9/11 attacks in New York, dealing with piracy off the coast of Somalia, and keeping our allies supplied during World War II.”

“We are grateful for his work and for his passion in telling the stories of these unsung maritime heroes.”

World War II merchant mariners are renowned for their bravery and the contribution they made to the Allied victory.

Almost 250,000 World War II merchant mariners transported tens of millions of tons of war supplies and more than seven million servicemen under the most challenging circumstances.

Often defenseless against enemy vessels, they suffered the highest casualty rate of any service during World War II except for the marines: one mariner out of 26 was lost.

A total of 8,241 merchant mariners died in World War II, and many others were captured and became prisoners of war.

Today approximately 2,000 merchant mariner heroes from World War II remain.

To learn more about American maritime heroes visit

AMP is the voice of the domestic maritime industry, a pillar of our nation’s economic, national, and homeland security.

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MM&P joined other International Transportation Federation affiliates Monday in a global show of support for the Black Lives Matter movement.

The ITF event, which took the form of a series of video calls because of Covid-19 shelter-in-place orders, was timed to coincide with “Strikes for Black Lives” in a number of American cities.

“The ITF stands shoulder to shoulder with everyone across the world fighting against racism and for an equal society,” the federation said in a message to affiliates. “Racial justice is union business.”

The ITF noted that “the appalling murder of George Floyd several weeks ago” has given renewed urgency to demands for change.

“We must break the chain of racism and build a future of unity,” said MM&P Pacific Ports Vice President J. Lars Turner, who participated on behalf of MM&P.

“It was powerful to see a global gathering making a joint statement against racism.”

Participants on the ITF calls observed a collective silence of 8 minutes and 46 seconds to mark their respect for Floyd and other victims and survivors of racist violence.

“We recognized this issue by having a moment of silence, but we cannot remain silent about racism,” Turner said.

“The Labor Movement has a pivotal role in addressing inequality.”

MM&P has joined the AFL-CIO and the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department in
condemning all forms of racism and violence.

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Teachers and their unions are responding to a White House pressure campaign to fully reopen schools for in-person classes this fall despite a surge in coronavirus cases across the country.

President Trump has threatened to cut off federal funding to schools if they don’t reopen in the fall, although he does not have the power to do so since education funding is administered for the most part at the state and local level.

Trump has also criticized the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines for reopening schools, calling them “very tough and expensive.”

The American Federation of Teachers, which represents 1.7 million teachers in more than 3,000 local affiliates nationwide, published its own school reopening plan back in April.

“We said it isn’t a question of whether to reopen, but how to do it safely,” says AFT President Randi Weingarten.

“We need the infrastructure and investment to physically distance, stagger classes, provide personal protective equipment and test, trace and isolate new cases,” she writes in a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed, “Of Course Teachers Want Schools To Reopen.”

The reality is that while each school district will interpret guidelines for safe reopening and formulate specific local plans, almost every scenario results in the need for more resources.

Any in-school learning will mean additional staff to deep clean and sanitize buildings and buses.

If students need to be physically distanced, school districts will need more teachers to allow for smaller class sizes and more bus drivers, aides and food service staff (or longer work days for current staff).

If students are on a split schedule, districts will still need more teachers to keep students engaged remotely during their distance-learning days.

And if the pandemic requires schools to go back to full-time distance learning, districts will need to invest in technology to keep all students moving forward together, and in social and emotional learning to help students cope with the stress and disruption.

“Teachers are fiercely protective of their students and their communities,” says AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka.

“They want to go back to school. But they want to go back safely.”

“They are not going to let their students or their communities get hurt by a half-baked plan.”

For schools to safely reopen, Trumka says, the federal government must invest in:

— infrastructure and equipment to allow for social distancing;

— personal protective equipment; and

— programs to test, trace and isolate coronavirus cases.

“Teachers have played a Herculean role throughout this pandemic,” Weingarten says.

“Ask any parent whose kids were engaged on a laptop screen for three months.”

“We should focus on the need to return safely to classrooms. For the economy to reopen, schools must too, but that’s going to require more investment, not less.”

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The Coast Guard’s National Maritime Center issued the following notice.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all Regional Examination Centers and Monitoring Units closed to the public on March 19.

The National Maritime Center plans to issue a reopening schedule once ongoing work to ensure a safe testing environment is complete.

Please note that during the initial phase of reopening, services will be limited to mariner examinations only. Additional information is provided below:

Mariner Examinations

Examinations will be conducted by appointment only.

Once a reopening date for a REC/MU has been announced, appointments will be scheduled directly with that office, or by contacting the NMC Customer Call Center at 1-888-IASKNMC (427-5662).

Scheduling priority will be given to mariners who had appointments canceled by the temporary closures.

Safety Precautions for REC/MU Reopening

Mariners will need to confirm health status prior to arrival at a REC/MU.

Any mariner showing signs of fever, cough, shortness of breath, and/or other Covid-19 symptom(s) will not be allowed to enter and will need to reschedule any appointments.

Mariners will be subject to a temperature check and need to answer a series of health screening questions upon arrival.

Mariners will need to wear a face covering for examination periods.

REC/MU Application Submittal Procedures

The hand delivery of applications remains suspended and mariners should continue to e-mail all applications.

Submission guidance and REC/MU e-mail addresses are on the NMC website.

Covid-19 conditions vary greatly across our 20 REC/MU locations.

We appreciate your patience as we respond to this dynamic situation.

Please monitor the NMC website for the latest information and other operational updates.

The NMC Customer Service Center remains open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday.

You may reach the call center at 1-888-IASKNMC (427-5662) and

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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: 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): 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): 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) – 12/3/20

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: Not currently scheduled

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

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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