Wheelhouse Weekly – July 30th, 2019

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Volume 24… Number 30… July 30, 2019


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Members of the Maritime Labor Alliance sent the following letter Monday to Alaska Gov. Michael Dunleavy:

“We, the undersigned organizations representing over 120,000 maritime workers in Alaska and across the country, are dismayed by the State of Alaska’s treatment of Inland Boatmen’s Union of the Pacific (IBU) ferry workers.”

“The Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) provides a vital service to the people living in the coastal communities of Alaska. The economic and social connectivity of coastal Alaska depend on the skills of a highly trained marine workforce. As key personnel in maintaining the critical and first-class maritime infrastructure of Alaska, IBU members have earned the right to a fair contract.”

“IBU workers should be treated fairly and with respect. Instead, they have been consistently obstructed in their efforts to negotiate a fair collective bargaining agreement. They have been cast as villains when, in fact, they have been bargaining for three years and have made every reasonable effort to meet the State halfway. Now they are being intimidated and threatened with sanctions for exerting their legal right to strike.”

“The economic well-being of coastal Alaska is being jeopardized by a crisis that has been manufactured for political purposes. The citizens of the State of Alaska deserve better.”

“We urge you to direct your administration to negotiate in good faith with IBU workers. We the undersigned pledge to work in concert to support the efforts of the IBU. A fair and reasonable contract for ferry workers will keep Alaska moving.”

The letter was signed by the six Maritime Labor Alliance member unions: American Radio Association (ARA), Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific (IBU), International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA), International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association and International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots (MM&P).

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In a decisive, bipartisan vote, the full House has approved legislation that reauthorizes appropriations for the Coast Guard and the Federal Maritime Commission through Fiscal Year 2021.

Importantly for U.S.-flag shipping interests, the House-passed bill contains a provision calling for an audit of government agencies’ compliance with cargo preference requirements.

Existing cargo preference requirements stipulate that U.S.-flag vessels must be used to transport 100 percent of military shipments and at least 50 percent of government-impelled cargo.

The legislation approved by the House includes: regulatory improvements to promote the U.S. maritime industry and offshore renewable energy development; ongoing authorization of funding to build new heavy ice breakers (polar security cutters); new requirements for the Coast Guard to assess and evaluate unmanned technologies for potential use in Coast Guard operations; provisions to increase diversity at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy; and new maritime safety enhancements.

The final bill did not include a provision—present in earlier versions—that would have kept the Coast Guard funded during any future government shutdowns.

The Senate is expected to work on its own version of the bill in the coming weeks.

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Shaver Transportation’s new tugboat SAMANTHA S. is the focus of an article in the 2019 edition of Professional Mariner’s American Tugboat Review.

“SAMANTHA S. is an 8,432-hp powerhouse built with a striking square bow,” writes the magazine’s Gulf Coast correspondent Brian Gauvin.

“With over 110 tons of bollard pull, the tug is easily the most powerful on the Columbia River.”

SAMANTHA S. joined the Shaver fleet in June.

“SAMANTHA S. is intended to be a true utility player, handling ship assist and docking, offshore rescue tows and barge tows,” Gauvin writes.

“The unusual square bow will be handy escorting big ships through the notorious Columbia River Bar.”

Two Shaver port captains–both MM&P members–worked with company officials and Jensen Maritime Consultants to design the new tug.

“If a ship crosses the bar without escort, enters the narrow fairway of the channel and loses control, you have a hell of a mess,” says Fred Harding, one of the Shaver port captains who worked on the design of the SAMANTHA S.

“This tug is specifically designed to do that work.”

“It was a challenge to develop a design that meets the requirements for a Columbia River ‘sea-to-berth’ escort vessel but is still capable of doing routine ship and barge work,” says Port Captain Brad Korpela.

“Before being involved in this project, I had not fully realized the extent of the regulatory and engineering constraints that influence the many aspects of a vessel’s design and that must be met while at the same time keeping cost and the usability of the tug in mind.”

Company President Steve Shaver, Harding and Korpela tested the design for the new tug on simulators at MITAGS-PMI.

It was during simulation exercises that they decided to add more length to the design and stretch the hull to 112 feet.

Decisions on the size of the tug took into account horsepower, fuel capacity and the need to accommodate a 10-person crew on long, offshore emergency tows.

“Jensen came up with a 112-foot tug outside the rubber and a 110-ton bollard pull,” Harding said.

“There’s nothing with that kind of bollard pull on the river.”

He said that as a result of its size and power, the SAMANTHA S. can stop a ship one ship length faster than the ship could stop itself.

“The tug has piqued everybody’s interest in the area,” Steve Shaver says.

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“Sustainable shipping for a sustainable planet” will be the International Maritime Organization’s theme for 2020.

The IMO is the United Nations agency responsible for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine and atmospheric pollution by ships.

The maritime theme was chosen by the IMO in the context of the broad UN program known as “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”

That program, approved by 193 member countries in 2015, includes 17 sustainable development goals, including universal action to eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable development by 2030.

IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim said in a statement that the coming year “will provide excellent opportunities to highlight the already significant contributions of shipping and the IMO to building that sustainable future.”

“We have adopted and continue to develop measures to cut greenhouse gas emissions, reduce the sulfur content of fuel oil, implement the Ballast Water Management Convention, protect the polar regions, reduce marine litter, improve the efficiency of shipping through the electronic exchange of information, meet the challenges of the digitalization of shipping and enhance the participation of women in the maritime community,” he said.

“The year 2020 will mark the beginning of a decade of action and delivery,” he added.

“It will be a decisive decade not only for the shipping industry, but for life on the planet.”

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The Coast Guard has alerted the maritime community about “a potentially serious cyber incident” that took place aboard a merchant ship in February.

The crew of an unnamed deep-draft vessel reported it had been struck by malware during an international voyage to the Port of New York and New Jersey.

The Coast Guard said that when it analyzed the ship’s network, it found that the malware had not affected essential control systems but had nonetheless degraded the functionality of the network overall.

The agency determined that the vessel was operating without effective cybersecurity measures, exposing safety-critical control systems to “significant vulnerabilities.”

To address deficiencies that came to light in its investigation of this case, the Coast Guard offers a short “cyber hygiene” priority list:

— use individual credentials for each employee on the network, not a single generic username and login for everyone;

— avoid using administrator accounts for non-administrator purposes;

— don’t use USB sticks without scanning them for malware first on a standalone, isolated computer system;

— segment your computer networks into subnetworks to make it harder for an adversary to gain access to essential systems;

— use basic antivirus software and update it regularly;

— install patches and updates for computer software and operating systems regularly–patches are often issued to fix known security vulnerabilities;

— conduct cybersecurity assessments to understand the extent of cyber vulnerabilities.

“It is unknown whether this vessel is representative of the current state of cybersecurity aboard deep-draft vessels,” the agency said in a statement, “but it is essential to adapt to the changing threat landscape by implementing basic cyber hygiene measures.”

The incident in question is not the first account of a shipboard malware attack. In at least one case, outside vendors accidentally introduced malicious software into a ship’s electronic power management system.

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Tensions remain high in the Persian Gulf in the aftermath of the seizure by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards of the U.K.-flagged oil tanker STENA IMPERO.

The frigate HMS MONTROSE, already in the area to escort British vessels and maintain safe transit conditions, is being joined by another British warship, the destroyer HMS DUNCAN.

As part of the effort to protect ship traffic in the area, South Korea said it plans to deploy its Cheonghae anti-piracy unit to the Strait of Hormuz in the coming days.

Nautilus International and the International Transport Workers’ Federation have expressed concern for the welfare of the 23 crewmembers of the STENA IMPERO, who are still being held by Iran.

Nautilus and the ITF have called for a diplomatic resolution to the situation and a de-escalation of tensions in the region.

The Strait of Hormuz is a critical delivery channel for the world’s energy, accounting for about a third of the oil and a quarter of the gas transported by tanker.

Regional tensions have increased over the course of the past year, following President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal and impose heightened U.S. sanctions on the country.

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The U.S. maritime authorities have released the following advisory:

“In 2018, there were at least 12 reported boardings, attempted boardings, attacks, hijackings and kidnappings in the Sulu and Celebes seas.”

“Recent kidnapping incidents in this area were reportedly linked to the Abu Sayyaf Group, a violent Islamic separatist group operating in the southern Philippines.”

“U.S.-flag vessels are advised to remain vigilant and adhere to the counter-piracy annex of their approved Vessel Security Plan when transiting the Sulu and Celebes seas.”

“The Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia’s Information Sharing Center advises all ships to avoid anchoring outside port limit areas and to exercise enhanced vigilance, maintain strict look-outs (particularly during hours of darkness) and report all incidents to the relevant authorities immediately.”

“Additional information on threats in this region, including specific recommendations for vessels transiting the area, is available on the ReCAAP website at”

“For questions about this advisory, contact”

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Harold J. Daggett was unanimously elected to a third term as international president of the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) at the union’s 55th Quadrennial Convention in July.

He told the delegates that he will continue to be “the voice and champion of every ILA member.”

The entire slate of executive officers was re-elected to new four-year terms on the final day of the convention. Stephen Knott will return as secretary-treasurer; Wilbert Rowell as general vice president; John D. Baker as general organizer; Alan Robb and James Paylor as assistant general organizer; and Benny Holland Jr. as international executive vice president emeritus.

MM&P is the marine affiliate of the ILA.

Over the four-day convention, delegates adopted resolutions covering issues that included: encouraging members to exercise their voting rights; building a diverse workforce and trying to include female workers in leadership roles; prohibiting firearms in halls; encouraging mutual respect among members; urging preservation and expansion of cruise work jurisdiction; supporting installation of equipment to promote a safer and healthier work environment; and supporting the International Dockworkers Council.

In a written statement, the ILA said the resolutions will be its focus over the course of the next four years.

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MITAGS-PMI West Coast seeks a full-time instructor/simulator operator to provide classroom instruction and simulator operator support.

Classroom instruction will focus on Mate-to-Master upgrade courses, as well as Officer in Charge of a Navigation Watch (OICNW) courses.

The job also entails operating the simulator for USCG-approved courses, research projects or assessments.

Travel may be required to teach at the East coast campus, or other off-site locations.

Desired qualifications include: USCG Master Unlimited, having sailed at least one year on that license–may be substituted with equivalent uniformed service experience (NOAA, USCG, USN); degree in adult education.

Requirements include: USCG-approved Train the Trainer course; ability to work flexible hours, to include early morning, evening and/or weekends; excellent writing and communications skills; excellent computer skills, including MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and related information systems; very strong interpersonal and communication skills and ability to work effectively with all levels of the organization.

This position requires moderate physical activity. Minimum annual salary $53,535.00.

To apply for this job or to find out more, please contact Jane Sibiski:

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The Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies (MITAGS) has a new website and a new logo.

The new site offers MM&P members and other visitors a streamlined course registration process.

The navigation menu has been reorganized to be more user friendly, and search functionality has been enhanced.

It is now much easier for people visiting the site to quickly find the information they need. The design is vibrant and fresh, with more videos and images.

Accompanying these changes is a new logo. Like its predecessor, it includes a laurel wreath and a sextant.

The addition of the ship’s wheel highlights MITAGS’ connection to the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots.

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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 Amanda Meadows, Admissions Coordinator, toll-free at 866-656-5568 or by e-mail:

Why not try our on-line calendar to register for class:

For Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) processing, MMC problem resolution advice, STCW compliance and VA GI-Bill questions, contact MITAGS-PMI Student/Instructional Services Manager Jennifer Pitzen at 206-739-0720 (direct line); (888) 893-7829 (toll free); or by e-mail:

Please include your Mariner Reference Number, date of birth and the last four digits of your social security number in all emails.

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

Class dates followed by an * are full

AB – Able Seaman – 9/9/19

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

ARPA-OIC (4-Day) – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 9/24/19, 1/14/20

AZIPOD (2-Day) – 9/30/19

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 10/28/19

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 9/30/19, 1/15/20, 3/9/20, 3/31/20, 4/30/20, 5/18/20

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling – (Now also included in BRMP-Refresher) (3-Day): 10/2/19

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

BT – Basic Safety Training: 8/12/19, 10/14/19

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – 8/26/19, 9/25/19, 10/30/19, 12/17/19

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 9/25/19, 12/16/19

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 10/21/19

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 9/23/19, 12/16/19

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 8/5/19, 9/30/19, 12/9/19

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 10/7/19

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1: 8/5/19*, 12/2/19

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific: 8/12/19*, 12/9/18

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems: 9/9/19, 12/2/19

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM): 8/19/19, 12/16/19

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 11/4/19, 1/13/20 (DCS-1 available on request – contact Admissions)

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: Not Currently Scheduled

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management: 10/28/19, 1/6/20

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 8/12/19*, 9/9/19*, 9/30/19, 10/14/19, 11/4/19, 12/2/19

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 8/19/19, 9/16/19*, 10/7/19, 10/21/19, 11/11/19, 12/9/19

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

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 10/21/19

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 9/16/19

WX-HW-ATL – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Atlantic Ocean (2-day) – 9/23/19

WX-HW-IND – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Indian Ocean (2-day) – 9/27/19

WX-HW-PAC – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Pacific Ocean (2-day) – 9/25/19

CIW-DPA/IA – Continual Improvement Workshop: Designated Person Ashore & Internal Auditor (3-Day) ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program ** –11/12/19

CIW-SMS – Continual Improvement Workshop: Successful Safety Management (2-Day) –10/15/19

CNAV-OIC (15-Day) – Celestial Navigation: 11/4/19

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): 2/3/20

ECDIS for Pilots (2-Day) – 11/21/19

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 12/9/19

FF-ADV – Advanced Fire-Fighting (4-day) – 1/13/20

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 8/12/19, 10/14/19

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 8/28/19, 9/24/19, 10/29/19, 12/19/19

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 7/27/19, 9/28/19, 12/14/19

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications (1-Day): 9/17/19

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): 8/26/19, 11/18/19

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

LAP – License Advancement Program for Mate to Master (20-Day): 10/21/19*, 1/6/2020

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes (15-Day): 3/9/20

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License (15-Day): Not currently scheduled

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage (1-Day): 9/18/19

LNG-TPIC (10-Day) – Not currently scheduled

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC) (1-Day): 9/23/19

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): 12/2/19

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 9/30/19*, 12/2/19

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 8/19/19, 10/21/19

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 9/30/19*, 11/18/19

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 8/29/19, 9/23/19, 10/5/19, 10/28/19, 12/7/19, 12/20/19

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic) (1-Day): 8/7/19, 9/12/19 (evening), 11/1/19 (evening)

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 8/5/19, 9/12/19, 11/1/19

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) – 8/4/19, 11/3/19

MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day) – 10/30/19

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 8/11/19, 9/16/19, 11/4/19, 1/6/20, 2/24/20, 5/11/20, 6/7/20 (2020 dates may shift based on gun range availability)

MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day) – 8/8/19, 9/14/19, 11/4/19 (evening)

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) – 8/9/19, 9/15/19, 11/8/19, 1/5/20, 2/22/20, 5/15/20, 6/5/20 (2020 dates may shift based on gun range availability)

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) – 8/16/19, 9/20/19, 11/9/19, 1/10/20, 2/28/20, 5/16/20, 6/11/20 (2020 dates may shift based on gun range availability)

NDMS-ENAV – Navigational Decision Making Series – Best Practice in eNav (3-Day) – 11/18/19

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P (2-Day) – 8/26/19*, 8/28/19*, 11/18/19, 11/20/19, 12/16/19, 12/18/19, 1/13/20, 3/16/20, 4/9/20, 6/22/20, 6/24/20

RFPNW – Ratings Forming Part of a Navigational Watch (3-day) – Not currently scheduled

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal (1-Day): 9/23/19, 1/13/20

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes (1-Night): 8/7/19, 8/28/19, 9/17/19, 10/2/19, 10/16/19, 10/30/19, 11/6/19, 11/13/19, 12/4/19, 12/18/19

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 1/6/20

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3-Day): 12/2/19

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 8/26/19, 10/28/19

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day) – 8/5/19, 9/23/19*, 11/18/19, 12/16/19

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 8/5/19

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (15-Day): Not currently scheduled
TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 1/6/20, 5/11/20

TRAC-TUG-2 (2-Day): Contact Admissions

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): 9/4/19

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) (10-Day): 10/7/19

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

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For registration, contact our admissions department: 206.441.2880 or

Please also see our schedule and enroll online at

August 2019
5-8 Advanced Firefighting
12-13 Basic Training Revalidation
14th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
12-30 License Preparation (Mate Level)

September 2019
4th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
5-6 Basic Training Revalidation
6th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
9th Radar Renewal
9-13 Basic Training
9-13 Marine Propulsion Plants
16-19 Advanced Firefighting
16-20 Ship/Shipboard Management
23-27 Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation
30-1 ECDIS
30-1 Leadership & Managerial Skills

October 2019
2nd Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
3-4 Basic Training Revalidation
7-11 Engine Resource Management
7-11 Basic Training
7-11 Advanced Shiphandling I
8th Radar Renewal
14-18 Management of Electrical & Electronic Control Equipment (MEECE)
14-18 Advanced Shiphandling II
15-18 Advanced Firefighting
18th Medical DOT
21-25 Advanced Meteorology
21-25 Ship Construction & Basic Stability
28-1 Advanced Stability
28-15 Celestial Navigation

November 2019
4-8 Advanced Cargo Operations
4-15 Basic Training
12th Radar Renewal
13th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
14-15 Basic Training Revalidation
18-19 Advanced Firefighting Refresher
18-20 Security Officer – Vessel, Company, & Facility
18-22 Radar Observer Unlimited
18-22 Advanced Watchkeeping
25-27 Search & Rescue

December 2019
2-6 Leadership & Managerial Skills
2-20 License Preparation (Mate Level)
3-6 Advanced Firefighting
9-12 ARPA
9-13 Basic Training
13th Radar Renewal
16th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
17-18 Basic Training Revalidation

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