Wheelhouse Weekly – June 2nd, 2020

Volume 25… Number 22… June 2, 2020


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MM&P President Don Marcus has joined AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and TTD President Larry Willis in condemning all forms of racism and violence, while underlining the labor movement’s pivotal role in addressing inequality.

Trumka and Willis released statements following the killing in Minneapolis of George Floyd, and the ensuing protests and violence, including the vandalism of the AFL-CIO headquarters building in Washington, DC.

“I watched the video of George Floyd pleading for his life under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer,” Trumka said.

“No person of conscience can hear Floyd’s cries for help and not understand that something is deeply wrong in America.”

“Racism plays an insidious role in the daily lives of all working people of color.”

“This is a labor issue because it is a workplace issue… We must and will continue to fight for reforms in policing and to address issues of racial and economic inequality.”

“In the end, the labor movement is not a building,” Trumka said.

“We will clean up the glass, sweep away the ashes and keep doing our part to bring a better day out of this hour of darkness and despair.”

“Today and always, the important work of the AFL-CIO continues unabated.”

“Transportation labor stands with our brothers, sisters, and other community leaders who are exercising their first amendment freedoms to peacefully draw attention to the need for change,” said TTD President Larry Willis.

“We reject those who seek to delegitimize the voices of peaceful protestors by sowing discord and causing destruction.”

“MM&P salutes your efforts and stands in solidarity,” Marcus said. “Nothing could be more central than putting to rest the legacy of hatred and racism that plagues our country and cripples labor.”

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Leaders of the world’s top maritime, aviation and labor organizations have issued a joint statement calling on governments to facilitate maritime crew change and designate the millions of workers in critical transport industries as “key workers.”

“The aviation and maritime transport sectors are too important to global supply chains to have any disruption caused by government restrictions prevent crew change and travel,” the leaders of the International Maritime Organization, the International Labor Organization and the International Civil Aviation Organization said in the statement.

“Our organizations seek to ensure that–regardless of nationality–seafarers, marine and fishing vessel personnel, offshore energy sector and aviation personnel, air cargo supply chain and service providers at airports and ports are designated as ‘key workers’ to exempt them from travel restrictions, to ensure their access to emergency medical treatment and, if necessary, to facilitate emergency repatriation.”

Today, many transport workers cannot cross through a territory to an airport or other transport hub for crew change and repatriation home.

The leaders of the three organizations urged governments to remove the restrictions that keep ships’ crews from disembarking in port and to speed up repatriation flights.

“We are seeking the support of governments to facilitate crew changes, operations essential to maintain the global cargo supply chains and operations related to humanitarian aid, medical and relief flights,” they said.

“For humanitarian reasons–and the need to comply with international safety and employment regulations–crew changes cannot be postponed indefinitely.”

They are calling on governments to grant all seafarers, offshore energy workers and aviation workers exemptions from national travel- and health-related restrictions in order to facilitate the resumption of crew changes on ships and aircraft, in airports and cargo facilities.

This move adds pressure on governments to act urgently on maritime crew changes.

Approximately 200,000 seafarers are currently stuck on board vessels across the world, unable to be relieved by fresh crew due to the Covid-19 restrictions.

The International Transport Workers’ Federation—of which MM&P is a member–has given governments a deadline of June 16 to implement the IMO protocols that would make crew changes possible.

That deadline is looming.

The ITF and contracted maritime employers have warned that the restrictions must be removed to avoid any shutdown in global trade.

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America’s transportation workers need “sector-specific mandates” that will keep them safe, says Larry Willis, president of the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department.

In response to a statement by the Department of Transportation that it would distribute “15 million cloth facial coverings” to frontline transportation workers, Willis urged the Administration to take concrete protective measures.

“What frontline transportation workers need today are mandatory health and safety rules and assurances that employers will follow those standards,” Willis said.

“Since the beginning of this public health crisis, we have been calling on DOT to take specific actions to better protect workers in all modes of transportation.”

“This announcement does not change the need for these sector-specific mandates that we know will help keep transportation workers, their families, and passengers safe.”

MM&P is one of the 33 transportation sector unions that belong to TTD.

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A number of countries have announced the extension of bans on large cruise ships in an effort to curb the spread of Covid-19.

In Canada, Minister of Transport Marc Garneau said last week that cruise ships with overnight accommodations for more than 100 persons are prohibited from operating in Canadian waters until Oct. 31.

This extends the ban that was announced in March, which closed ports until July 1.

“Our government is committed to protecting Canadians, particularly during these challenging times,” Garneau said.

“We continue to work with other levels of government, transportation industry stakeholders, and Indigenous peoples to re-examine measures and to ensure Canada’s transportation system remains safe and secure during this time.”

Canadian ports normally receive cruise ships headed to Alaska, along the Atlantic Coast and on the St. Lawrence River.

Australia said last week that it would extend its ban on cruise ships until Sept. 17.

The decision extends rules first imposed on March 27 that prohibited any cruise ship capable of carrying more than 100 passengers from operating cruises in its ports.

Australia’s decision—and a similar announcement by the government of New Zealand–came days after Spain extended its own restriction.

Local media in Grand Cayman, a frequent stop on cruises in the western Caribbean, is reporting that the country’s borders will remain officially closed until at least the first of September.

Norway has also announced that it plans to keep its borders closed at least through the summer vacation season.

In the Seychelles, local officials say cruise ships may be barred until 2022.

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Authorities in Australia have brought charges against the captain of the APL ENGLAND, a Singapore-flag container ship that lost 50 containers on May 24 in the waters south of Sydney.

The captain is facing charges of pollution and damage to the environment caused by poor cargo loading.

The accident took place when high seas resulted in a brief loss of power. Besides the 50 containers that were lost, another 74 are said to be damaged.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority released a statement saying that it had detained the vessel in the Port of Brisbane for deficiencies that may have contributed to the accident.

Inspectors who boarded the ship said they had found “inadequate lashing arrangements” and “heavy corrosion” on the securing points for containers on the deck.

“The inspection findings are a clear breach of requirements under the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea,” AMSA said.

Australia is seeking $22 million in financial security from the ship’s insurers to cover the estimated costs of remediation and cleanup.

“This and other incidents remind us of the important role the ship’s master has in ensuring the ships that ply our waters are operated safely and do not damage our marine environment,” said AMSA General Manager Operations Allan Schwartz.

“[T]he impacts of this incident could take months, if not years to remediate and we expect these efforts to be sustained for however long it takes.”

He said the shipowner, ship operator and insurers remain accountable for remediation of any and all impacts of the incident.

The unloading of the damaged containers is expected to take several days to complete.

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The Coast Guard has announced the availability of Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular 01-16 Change 2.

The NVIC allows US-flag vessels to use previously downloaded electronic copies of Inland Navigation Rules and Vessel Traffic Service Rules, and to access voyage planning navigation publications electronically, including through underway connectivity, to meet domestic carriage and International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea certification requirements.

To read the notice in the Federal Register, enter Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular 01-16 Change 2 in your search engine.

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The Coast Guard has issued Change 5 to its previous Marine Safety Bulletins regarding the Covid-19 outbreak.

The new change addresses vessel reporting requirements for sick or deceased crew or passengers, and entry restrictions on persons arriving from or through the following countries: Iran, China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau), the European states within the Schengen Area (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland), United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, and the Federative Republic of Brazil.

The Coast Guard considers it a hazardous condition if a vessel has been to one of the countries noted above or has embarked a crewmember who has been in one of the countries noted above within the past 14 days. This requires immediate notification to the nearest Coast Guard Captain of the Port.

Non-passenger commercial vessels that have been to the countries noted above or embarked crewmembers from the countries noted above within the last 14 days, with no sick crewmembers, will be permitted to enter the US and conduct normal operations, provided that crewmembers remain aboard the vessel except to conduct specific activities directly related to vessel cargo or provisioning operations.

For more information on Change 5, go to

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We are pleased to announce that the MITAGS East and West Coast Campuses reopened on Monday, June 1, 2020.

Although battered by the Covid-19 hurricane, we are on the other side of the storm with the “pumps and engines” coming back online.

In order to minimize infection risk, comprehensive policies and procedures are in place. We will need everyone’s full cooperation, patience and understanding to make them successful.

This is a new playbook and things will be missed. Key changes at the MITAGS-MCC are listed below. The applicable policies are also in place at the Seattle Campus.

— Covid-19 questionnaire that must be acknowledged and agreed on prior to arriving on campus.

— Suspension of shuttle service to/from the airport. Students will need to take a taxi to reach the campus.

— Closure of the bar, fitness and recreation centers.

— Limit of two people in the elevators at one time.

— Limit of one person in the ship’s store at one time.

— Removal of seating in the lobby.

— Strict adherence to physical distancing.

— Requirement to wear a mask when in public spaces.

— Food service limited to “grab and go” with no seating in the dining room. No buffets.

— Limited housekeeping service with room cleaning once a week.

— Temperature checks prior to entering the Academic spaces, and the securing of all entrances except for the Link Wing Hallway.

— Restriction of Admin offices to staff only.

— Securing the Academic buildings in the evening.

— Limitations on class sizes and other special instructions depending on the type of class.

We hope everyone stays healthy and that the pandemic will continue to abate. Thank you for your understanding, and hope to see you soon. Travel safe.

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The AFL-CIO and the Transportation Trades Department have endorsed Joe Biden for president of the United States. TTD represents 33 transportation sector unions, including MM&P.

“The past three years have shone a spotlight on two vastly different Americas,” TTD said in a statement.

“In one, the richest among us continue to amass wealth and influence, seemingly unaffected by economic and political crises.”

“In the other, working-class people struggle just to stay afloat, while wages and access to good jobs fail to keep pace with the rising costs of healthcare, childcare, housing and education. The crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted those divisions.”

“Americans deserve leadership in Washington that will serve those who have worked hard and made sacrifices for the good of this country.”

“They need a leader in the White House who will put their interests first, who knows how to guide our country through this public health and economic crisis, and who understands that smart investments in and support for our transportation network are critical to economic recovery and expansion.”

“That leader is Joe Biden.”

“As president, we know that Biden will fight for working families. For more than 36 years, he has stood by his conviction that America works best when we put the needs of working class Americans first.”

“In the Senate, Biden fought for policies to promote middle-class job creation, strengthen union rights and prioritize workplace safety.”

“As Vice President, he helped pass and implement the largest economic recovery plan in American history, saving and creating millions of jobs for the people hardest hit by the Great Recession.”

“When it comes to issues important to frontline transportation workers, Biden has long stood with TTD unions on priorities like robust federal investments for infrastructure, strong labor protections, and the broad application of Buy America rules.”

“He understands that a well-funded, safe, and secure transportation system and infrastructure is critical to the health of our economy and the needs of working families.”

“And rather than attacking the federal workers who help deliver and administer the programs that ensure strong federal investments, he embraces the role they have played in our transportation system and the broader economy it supports.”

“As president, Biden will continue fighting for middle-class values. His plan to build a stronger, more inclusive economy starts with placing a check on corporate power and empowering more workers to form and join unions.”

“By investing $1.3 trillion in our nation’s infrastructure over the next 10 years, he will create and sustain millions of good jobs, revitalize communities, expand transportation manufacturing, and offer millions of Americans access to new mobility options.”

“And through his four-point plan for essential workers, he will ensure that those working on the front lines of the Covid-19 crisis will finally receive the hazard pay, safety equipment and respect they deserve.”

“Joe Biden has long stood with working people, and now it is time for working people to stand with Joe Biden.”

“Together we will fight, win, and create the kind of country, economy and middle class where working families can prosper.”

“Over the next five months, the labor movement will draw a clear contrast between Biden and President Donald Trump,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said in a statement.

“Trump’s record of slashing rules designed to protect us on the job, cutting workplace health and safety inspectors to their lowest level in history, and taking away overtime pay from millions of workers are just a few ways working people have been hurt by the current administration.”

“Worse yet, America’s working families and communities are suffering because of Trump’s delinquent, delayed, disorganized and deadly response to the coronavirus.”

“Working people have responded to Covid-19 with passion and dedication, even as our federal government falls down on the job,” Trumka said.

“Just imagine what we can accomplish with an ally in the White House.”

“The path to the presidency runs through the labor movement,” Trumka concluded.

“And with the full force and unmatched reach of our political program, we are ready to pave that road for our friend Joe Biden.”

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MM&P Pacific Ports will be closed on Thursday, June 11, for King Kamehameha Day, a contract holiday.

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

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\\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) – 6/15/20, 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: 6/8/20, 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): 6/15/20, 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): 6/8/20, 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: 6/17/20, 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): 5/26/20

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): 6/18/20, 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) – Not currently scheduled

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

For Registration Contact our Admissions Department: 206.441.2880 or

June 2020

9th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
10th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
11th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
11th Basic Training Revalidation (Blended)

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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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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