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Wheelhouse Weekly – June 16th, 2020

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Volume 25… Number 23… June 16, 2020

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UPDATED 2020 MM&P CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION CALL

Note: Due to Covid-19, the 2020 MM&P Constitutional Convention, originally scheduled to take place on June 29, 2020 at MM&P headquarters, will now take place on Aug. 22, 2020 at MM&P headquarters as well as selected Union halls and satellite locations.

Video conferencing will be provided.

The updated 2020 MM&P Constitutional Convention Call follows:

In accordance with Article IV, Sections 8. and 2., respectively, of the International Constitution, and by the actions of the International President approved by the GEB, you are hereby notified that a CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION of the MM&P will take place on Aug. 22, 2020.

The Convention will be held at MM&P headquarters as well as selected Union halls and satellite locations. Delegates will be notified to which location they should report. Due to the various time zones of the MM&P Union halls and satellite locations, the Convention will have start times of 12 pm Eastern, 11 am Central, 9 am Pacific & 6 am Hawaii.

In accordance with Article IV, Section 8., Subsection c), the Constitutional Convention will be limited to Constitutional matters. You are also hereby notified that in accordance with Article IV, Section 6., Subsection c), all proposed resolutions for the Constitutional Convention must be forwarded to the International Secretary-Treasurer at least thirty (30) days prior to the opening day of the Convention for inclusion on the agenda and determination by the Convention.

All Constitutional Resolutions submitted for consideration must be in writing via email to
sec-treas@bridgedeck.org and/or mail to the International Secretary-Treasurer at MM&P Headquarters, 700 Maritime Boulevard, Suite B, Linthicum Heights, Maryland, 21090-1953.

Constitutional Resolutions by the Convention must include the following to be accepted for submission:

1. The page number of the proposed change/addition;
2. The heading of the section of the Constitution being changed;
3. The paragraph (ex: 2. (a) (iii) etc.) to be changed;
4. The wording of the change/addition;
5. The purpose of the change/addition;
6. The name(s) of the submitter(s).

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UPDATED 88th MM&P CONVENTION CALL

Note: Due to Covid-19, the 2020 MM&P Convention, originally scheduled to take place at MM&P headquarters from June 30, 2020 to July 2, 2020, will now take place Aug. 22-23, 2020 at MM&P headquarters as well as at selected Union halls and satellite locations.

Video conferencing will be provided.

The updated 88th MM&P Convention Call follows:

In accordance with Article IV, Section 2, of the International Constitution, and by the actions of the International President approved by the GEB, you are hereby notified that the 88th MM&P CONVENTION will have the following start times due to the various time zones of our halls and satellite locations:

— Aug. 22, 2020 start times of 3 pm Eastern, 2 pm Central, 12 pm Pacific & 9 am Hawaii;

— Aug. 23, 2020 start time of 12 pm Eastern, 11 am Central, 9 am Pacific and 6 am Hawaii.

The Convention will be held at MM&P headquarters as well as selected Union halls and satellite locations. Delegates will be notified to which location they should report.

You are also hereby notified that in accordance with Article IV, Section 6, Subsection c), all proposed resolutions for the Convention must be forwarded to the International Secretary-Treasurer at least thirty (30) days prior to the opening day of the Convention for inclusion on the agenda and determination by the Convention.

All resolutions submitted for consideration must be in writing via email to
sec-treas@bridgedeck.org and/or mail to International Secretary-Treasurer at MM&P Headquarters, 700 Maritime Boulevard, Suite B, Linthicum Heights, Maryland, 21090-1953.

Note:
1. Resolutions must be submitted not less than 30 days prior to the opening of the Conventions;
2. Nominations of delegates and officers may be submitted either by (i) delegates during the 88th Biennial Convention or (ii) by members by petition before or during the Convention;
3. Nominations by petition must be made by members in good standing;
4. Please reference the International Constitution for details.

The Notice of Nomination and Election is posted in the Members’ Only section of bridgedeck.org.

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TTD PRESIDENT FENDS OFF ANTI-JONES ACT BROADSIDE DURING SENATE HEARING

Larry Willis, president of the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department, rebutted an attack on the Jones Act that took place while he was testifying at a Congressional hearing on the needs of essential workers.

The Jones Act mandates that the transportation of cargo between US ports be reserved for US-built, US-owned and US-crewed vessels.

It was enacted to preserve US independence from foreign shipping interests and maintain a ready reserve force for times of war or other national emergency.

The June 3 hearing took place two days before the 100th anniversary of the passage of the Jones Act.

The leaders of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation–Chairman Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Ranking Member Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.)—had invited Willis to testify on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on America’s transportation workers.

In his testimony, Willis called for a supplemental stipend for Maritime Security Program ships to mitigate the impact of the drop in cargoes, as well as US intervention to facilitate crew change in the face of lockdown measures imposed by foreign governments.

He was responding to questions on behalf of the 33 TTD affiliate unions—including MM&P—when Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) veered off topic to begin bashing the Jones Act, which he described as the work of “the devil himself.”

Lee, who has introduced legislation to repeal the Jones Act on numerous occasions, used his allotted time to decry the law.

“Maybe 100 years ago Friday when they passed this ill-fated, ill-conceived legislation written by the devil himself, maybe they had some good ideas, I don’t know what they were,” Lee began.

“I do believe those who are defending it to this day, especially in these uncertain circumstances like what we discussed here today, are being disingenuous.”

He claimed American businesses and consumers are harmed by the act, adding, “the safety and national security of the country is jeopardized by our shameless commitment to this crony Capitalist legal regime.”

Willis was quick to respond.

“As someone that does strongly support the Jones Act,” he said, “we worry about foreign dependence, whether it is on shipping or whatever else.”

When “we start to close down the US market, we start to allow flag-of-convenience to further dominate in this space, we don’t supply good mariner jobs.”

“When we need sealift capacity in times of war and times of national emergency, those flag-of-convenience vessels with foreign crews—I promise you—will not be there.”

“This hearing is about protecting and promoting full-time workers. There’s no better way to do it than protecting, promoting and—quite frankly—expanding the Jones Act.”

“On its 100th anniversary on Friday, we will celebrate it as a landmark legislation that many on this committee support.”

View the TTD president’s defense of the Jones Act at https://tinyurl.com/WillisOnJonesAct.

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SIX MEMBERS OF CONGRESS CALL ON ADMINISTRATION TO AID IN REPATRIATION OF AMERICAN MARINERS

A group of House Democrats has asked the Trump administration to do everything possible to repatriate American mariners trapped aboard their vessels as a result of the breakdown in the crew change process that has resulted from the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a June 9 letter to the secretaries of Defense, State and Transportation, the lawmakers wrote that some mariners have been stuck aboard their ships for months past the end of their regular assignments, in one case for almost a year without shore leave or relief.

“Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, thousands of American mariners have been given no choice but to stay on their vessels,” the members wrote.

“Many of these merchant seamen are now trapped on ships or in foreign ports with no ability to get back to the United States.”

“This is unacceptable and we write to urge you to take immediate action to bring these Americans home as soon as possible.”

In the letter, the six underlined the crucial role that American merchant seamen play in the delivery of vital supplies to US troops overseas, essential foreign aid and other government cargoes.

“Before the pandemic, many of them traveled by air to and from ships located in ports all over the world,” they wrote.

“But the Covid-19 pandemic has left many stranded with no way of returning home to their families and communities.”

As a case in point, they noted the challenges faced by the crews of four US-flag container vessels operating between ports in the Mediterranean, Arabian Sea and the Persian Gulf.

“These ships have not been able to relieve or repatriate their crews, despite moving between the ports of multiple allied nations,” the group noted.

“We urgently request your assistance in bringing these Americans home to their families as quickly as possible.”

The letter was signed by Democrats Chris Pappas (N.H.), Anthony G. Brown (Md.), Ann McLane Kuster (N.H.), Henry C. “Hank” Johnson Jr. (Ga.), Alan Lowenthal (Calif.), Stephen Lynch (Mass.) and John Garamendi (Calif.)

They also asked the administration to help foreign seafarers facing similar circumstances in the United States receive repatriation assistance.

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TENS OF THOUSANDS OF CRUISE SHIP WORKERS STILL WAITING TO GET HOME

Three months after the Covid-19 pandemic shut down the cruise ship industry, about 40,000 crewmembers are still awaiting repatriation, according to the Miami Herald.

That number is down from about 100,000 at the end of May, the paper reported.

Given the dramatic reduction in the number of international flights, travel restrictions and border closures, companies have resorted to crew-only voyages, ship-to-ship transfers and other strategies to repatriate as many as 60,000 workers in the past month.

Many of the workers who remain stranded are not getting paid.

Numerous cruise ships were berthed in Manila Bay last month, waiting out the 14-day onboard quarantine period required before thousands of Filipino workers could disembark.

Some port states have allowed crews access to shore to catch flights, provided they adhere to tight restrictions.

The US, for example, requires private ground transportation, private charter flights and a legally binding contract stating that cruise ship management is liable for non-compliance.

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CANADA INTRODUCES NEW TWO-STEP VISA PROCESS TO FACILITATE CREW CHANGE

Canada has announced a new two-step process aimed at easing barriers to crew change.

Under the new system, crewmembers can apply online for a temporary resident visa.

After they apply, they are requested to send an email to Canada’s Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship office explaining that they are members of a crew and asking for an exemption from Covid-19 travel restrictions.

In the email, they must indicate that their travel is essential (non-discretionary purpose).

After applying for a visa on the IRCC website, crewmembers will receive a notification (either by email or via a secure account with the immigration service) confirming that their application has been approved, denied or requesting more information.

Canada will not require crewmembers to remain in quarantine.

The country has also created a dedicated email address to respond to questions from seafarers.

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FORMER FEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSIONER WILLIAM DOYLE TO LEAD PORT OF BALTIMORE

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has announced the appointment of William P. Doyle, formerly a federal maritime commissioner, to lead the Port of Baltimore as the new executive director of the Maryland Port Administration, effective July 22.

Doyle served over a decade as an engineer aboard numerous classes of vessels and was also chief of staff of the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association.

He served as a US maritime commissioner from 2013 to 2018, representing the United States in global negotiations among maritime industry and labor groups, before going on to serve as CEO and executive director of the Dredging Contractors of America.

“With a distinguished career in the maritime industry and international trade spanning nearly three decades, I am confident that Bill Doyle will lead the Port of Baltimore in driving Maryland’s economy forward,” Hogan said.

“Under his leadership, the Port of Baltimore will continue to create jobs and keep the supply chain moving as it has throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.”

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PACIFIC PORTS VIRTUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17 AT 1500 PDT

There will be a virtual Pacific Ports Membership Meeting on Wednesday, June 17, at 1500 (PDT).

All Offshore members and applicants are welcome to participate.

MM&P President Don Marcus, Pacific Ports Vice President Lars Turner and Coast Agent Jeremy Hope will participate in the meeting.

To participate in the meeting, you will first need to register on the MM&P Members’ Only site.

Once you are logged in to the Members’ Only site using your PC or the MM&P app* on your mobile device, click on Offshore Membership Meeting Registration located under the Documents tab and fill out the form.

Note: To install the MM&P app on your mobile device, go to https://members.bridgedeck.org and follow the instructions on the login screen.

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TIPS ON DEALING WITH STRESS RELATED TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

The company that operates the MM&P Plans Employee Assistance Program, Morneau Shepell, shares the following information with MM&P members and employees.

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to impact daily life, we remain focused on mental wellbeing.

As restrictions slowly loosen and businesses start to re-open, we are seeing heightened anxiety around returning to work and fear of a second wave of the virus.

With the recent events of systemic discrimination, racism and violence, there is even more uncertainty and disruption facing us all.

Building resiliency and healthy coping skills is more important now than ever.

We are here for our clients during the most challenging times and these are the moments they turn to us for support.

The May Mental Health Index report showed low scores and increases in overall stress levels, in spite of the easing of restrictions.

There was modest improvement in the Mental Health Index scores in Australia and the United States, and no improvement in Canada or the UK. Here are some of the highlights:

Comparing April 2020 to May 2020, there was a significant increase in mental stress in all regions with the greatest increase recorded in Canada (68.3), the UK (65), the US (64.4) and Australia (64.3).

For respondents in Australia, Canada and the US, the most prevalent Covid-19 pandemic concern impacting mental health is financial; in the UK, it is fear of a loved one dying from the disease cause by the virus.

Personal disruption because of the Covid-19 pandemic is reported in all regions and the majority in all countries now believe the personal disruption from the pandemic will end in 2021.

In each region, those who had access to an employee assistance program had better Mental Health Index scores than those who did not.

The Mental Health Index reports provide valuable insights into the factors that influence mental health and are published monthly. Click here to get the reports.

In addition, please note that the following new articles have been added to our Covid-19 Toolkit for individuals:

— Talking with your manager about flexible working;
— Managing stress after Covid-19;
— When a couple is under stress after Covid-19.

MM&P members and employees can obtain assistance in facing life’s difficulties under the Employee Assistance Program that is offered by Morneau Shepell through MM&P Plans.

Information on how to access the program is posted under “Employee Assistance Program” at
https://www.bridgedeck.org/forms/hbproviders-print.pdf

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NATIONAL MARITIME CENTER SEEKS TWO SUPERVISORY MARINE TRANSPORTATION SPECIALISTS

The Coast Guard currently has two supervisory marine transportation specialist positions open at the National Maritime Center in Martinsburg, W. Va.

The positions are the Course Approvals and Examination Branch Chiefs.

These positions each supervise a group of subject matter experts in the day-to-day execution of mariner training and assessment and knowledge examinations activities.

To learn more and apply for these positions, visit www.USAJOBS.gov or select the links below:

Course Approval Branch Chief:
o 20-1302-SE-AJ-D-R1 and/or 20-1302-SE-AJ-M-R1

Examination Branch Chief:
o 20-1274-SE-AJ-D-R1 and/or 20-1274-SE-AJ-M-R1

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MM&P HOUSTON HALL CLOSED ON FRIDAY, JUNE 19

The MM&P Houston Hall will be closed on Friday, June 19 for Emancipation Day.

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MM&P CLOSED FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY ON FRIDAY, JULY 3

All MM&P union halls, the MM&P Federal Credit Union, the MM&P Plan Office and MM&P headquarters will be closed on Friday, July 3, for Independence Day.

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MITAGS HAS REOPENED FOR TRAINING

The MITAGS East and West Coast campuses have reopened for training! We hope you and your family have remained safe and healthy during the pandemic.

Maryland is in Phase Two and Washington State is in Phase One of their Covid‐19 reopening plans.

This allows for the limited reopening of certain operations, including the MITAGS East and West Coast campuses.

The risk of Covid‐19 still exists. However, MITAGS and the Maritime Conference Center have implemented comprehensive policies and procedures to mitigate this risk.

Our policies are based on the latest safety guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, Maryland/Washington State Health departments, Military Sealift Command, the Coast Guard and other regulatory authorities.

Our procedures will continue to evolve to reflect new guidance and information as it becomes available.

Click here to learn more about our reopening protocols before arriving for your next course.

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

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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MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

The MITAGS East and West Coast campuses have reopened for training! We hope you and your family have remained safe and healthy during the pandemic.

Maryland is in Phase Two and Washington State is in Phase One of their Covid‐19 reopening plans.

This allows for the limited reopening of certain operations, including the MITAGS East and West Coast campuses.

The risk of Covid‐19 still exists. However, MITAGS and the Maritime Conference Center have implemented comprehensive policies and procedures to mitigate this risk.

Our policies are based on the latest safety guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, Maryland/Washington State Health departments, Military Sealift Command, the Coast Guard and other regulatory authorities.

Our procedures will continue to evolve to reflect new guidance and information as it becomes available.

Click here to learn more about our reopening protocols before arriving for your next course.

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

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.

MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

\\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) – 7/18/20, 10/5/20

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

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 7/13/20, 9/15/20

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling – (Now also included in BRMP-Refresher) (3-Day): 7/15/20, 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-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – 7/28/20, 8/31/20, 9/23/20, 10/28/20, 12/15/20

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): 6/22/20, 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): 6/22/20*, 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 ** – 6/24/20, 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) – 7/24/20

CDMGT – Crowd Management (1-Day) – 7/23/20

CSE – Confined Space Entry (3-Day): 7/20/20

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): 8/24/20

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): 7/6/20*, 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): 7/11/20, 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): 7/6/20, 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) – 7/10/20, 8/8/20, 9/13/20, 11/6/20

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

NDMS-ENAV – Navigational Decision Making Series – Best Practice in eNav (3-Day) – 7/22/20, 11/30/20

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P (2-Day) – 6/22/20*, 6/24/20*, 7/13/20*, 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: 7/27/20

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) – 7/13/20*, 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): 7/6/20

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 7/6/20

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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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

July 2020

6-10 Ship Construction and Basic Stability
6-10 Leadership & Managerial Skills
13-24 Watchkeeping (Operational Level)
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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COMPLETE LIST OF MITAGS ONLINE AND BLENDED COURSES

We now offer blended learning options (https://www.mitags.org/blended-learning-courses/) 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)
https://www.mitags.org/course/advanced-meteorology-2/

— Basic Firefighting (Blended)
https://www.mitags.org/course/basic-firefighting/

— Basic Training (Blended)
https://www.mitags.org/course/basic-training-2/

— Basic Training Refresher (Blended)
https://www.mitags.org/course/basictraining-refresher/

— Basic Training Revalidation (Blended)
https://www.mitags.org/course/basic-training-revalidation-2/

— Cargo Handling & Stowage (Operational Level) (Blended) https://www.mitags.org/course/cargo-handling-stowage/

— Fatigue, Sleep & Medications (Online)
https://www.mitags.org/course/fatigue-sleep-medications-2/

— Leadership & Managerial Skills (Blended)
https://www.mitags.org/course/leadership-managerial-skills/

— Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities (Blended) https://www.mitags.org/course/personal-safety-and-social-responsibilities-2/

— Personal Survival Techniques (Blended)
https://www.mitags.org/course/personal-survival-techniques-2/

— Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (Blended)
https://www.mitags.org/course/terrestrial-navigation-and-compasses/

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

Admissions.east@mitags.org
Admissions.west@mitags.org

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