Wheelhouse Weekly – June 9th, 2020

June 10th 2020

Volume 25… Number 23… June 9, 2020


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Six American maritime unions have contacted Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper with an urgent call that they personally intervene to facilitate crew change for American mariners blocked overseas.

In a May 28 letter, MM&P President Don Marcus and the presidents of five other unions renewed—with increased urgency—their calls for the administration to take action to enable crew transfers and reparations during the public health crisis.

The global crew change breakdown is due to the combination of ports not allowing disembarkations, government offices being closed in different parts of the world, and border and travel restrictions.

“Scores of US mariners are trapped aboard cargo ships, unable to take leave or return home due to extreme Covid-19 lockdown measures imposed by foreign governments,” the six union presidents wrote.

“This humanitarian crisis, if not resolved as soon as possible, may threaten the essential supply chain for some 200,000 active duty US military personnel now serving overseas.”

“The cargo carried on these US-flagged ships supports our troops, our allies and the global economy,” they wrote.

“Ships’ captains, officers and crew members who sail under the American flag and perform these essential functions for our country have not been able to set foot on dry land in months.”

“Their workplaces have become floating prisons. Crewmembers are in danger of losing access to life-sustaining medicines.”

“In many cases, they cannot contact their loved ones at home in the United States as some of these vessels lack Internet access.”

In the letter, which was signed by the presidents of MM&P, AMO, MEBA, the MFOW, the SIU and the SUP, the unions noted that isolation and excessive time serving aboard ship can create increased fatigue and psychological stress, raising the risk of marine accidents.

US mariners who sail on ships in the Maritime Security Program fleet are among the hundreds of thousands seafarers now trapped because of virus-related restrictions on vessels around the world.

Mariners who sail on MSP vessels “typically serve a four-month assignment on ship and then rotate home by air to the United States for time off while awaiting their next assignment,” the unions wrote.

“A fresh crew flies in to relieve them. Right now, foreign governments are refusing to allow US mariners to leave their ships, to enter overseas airports, or to use hotels or any other form of accommodation or transport which would allow them to return home.”

The extreme lockdown conditions are not related to any meaningful health risks, the six unions told Esper and Pompeo, because thanks to rigorous and comprehensive safety measures jointly implemented by employers and those aboard ship, in conjunction with their unions, there have been no reported cases—none–of the deadly virus on Maritime Security Program vessels.

“These American men and women need to come home immediately,” the unions wrote.

“The longer they are stuck at sea without relief, the greater the risk that fatigue and stress will lead to accidents interrupting the delivery of vital food, medicine, military supplies and other cargo to our troops serving overseas.”

“Covid-19 has been a sudden and intense storm. We know that you and your staff have a lot on your desks to contend with during this time of peril. Please make this a priority. Help us bring these stranded US mariners home to safe harbor.”

Subsequent to the transmission of this letter last week, MM&P has been informed that some progress is being made with potential crew changes later this month in Persian Gulf and/or Arabian Sea ports.

We are optimistic that these arrangements will be carried through and appreciate the support that the federal government is rendering to our contracted companies.

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Congressional leaders in both parties who head committees with maritime jurisdictions released a statement last week that underlines the importance of the Jones Act on the 100th anniversary of its being signed into law.

“The Jones Act advances our national security by helping maintain a vibrant domestic shipbuilding industry and maritime workforce,” wrote Sens. Roger Wicker and Maria Cantwell, and Reps. Peter DeFazio and Sam Graves.

Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) is chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, on which Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) serves as ranking member.

Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) is chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, on which Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) serves as ranking member.

“Our land is knit together by a vast network of sea and river ports, where waterborne vessels deliver food, natural resources and manufactured goods to market,” they wrote.

“These supply lines are important in every season, but they have become especially crucial during the Covid-19 crisis.”

“Seaports have enabled front-line workers to continue bringing essential goods to our communities, as well as lifesaving ventilators, testing supplies and personal protective equipment to doctors and nurses treating patients.”

“To imagine life without this law, consider the risks we would face if foreign-owned companies were allowed to conduct our domestic trade during this pandemic.”

“Foreign companies would be able to influence the flow of domestic goods and resources that are keeping our economy afloat. Thousands of now-secure American jobs throughout our shipbuilding and maritime workforces would be threatened, and foreign governments could gain even more undue leverage over our economy.”

“US-crewed vessels around the world expand our military’s horizon by serving as the eyes and ears of our nation, and US mariners, shipyards and commercial vessels play a vital role in keeping our military well-supplied.”

“Losing these assets and having to rely on foreign competitors to move our military would hurt our ability to project power during a time of war or national emergency.”

“These national security concerns are why the Jones Act continues to enjoy broad support in Congress. Indeed, military leaders have consistently described the Jones Act as crucial to national security.”

“As the bipartisan leaders of the House and Senate committees with jurisdiction over maritime matters, we are committed to preserving the Jones Act.”

“Some voices continue to call for the repeal of the law. However, there is little reason to believe outsourcing our shipping industry to foreign nations would benefit American consumers or workers.”

“The Jones Act has been a pillar of American security and prosperity for a century. With the pandemic at hand, it is more valuable than ever to our security and economic interests. We are committed to seeing the Jones Act preserved for years to come.”

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June 5 marked the 100th anniversary of the Jones Act, which requires that cargo moving between domestic ports be carried on vessels built, owned and flagged in the United States, and crewed by American mariners.

Two leading members of the House of Representatives marked the occasion with statements underlining the importance of the Jones Act to our country’s security, economy and national defense.

“The Jones Act has been and remains critical to supporting US mariners’ jobs and our maritime industry, not to mention bolstering our national security,” said Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), who chairs the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

“Over its 100-year history, the Jones Act has been critical in times of war, national emergencies and natural disasters, and global crises such as the current pandemic.”

“Without it, the fleet and maritime workforce which moves 100 percent of our coastwise trade would wither and substantially weaken our country’s standing as a maritime power.”

“Unfortunately, the Trump administration has issued waivers and entertained acting on several requests for waivers of the Jones Act which, when issued, even temporarily, weaken our domestic maritime supply chain and jeopardize thousands of US jobs.”

“As the Chair of the Committee with jurisdiction over maritime policy, it will continue to be a priority of mine to ensure the Jones Act remains an unwavering pillar upholding and strengthening US leadership among the world’s maritime nations.”

“The bedrock principles and protections of the Jones Act are as essential today as they were when Congress passed this legislation a century ago,” said Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY), who chairs the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation.

“We are, at our core, a maritime nation. The US merchant marine enables the country to project force anywhere around the globe and ensures the security of our waters at home.”

“We cannot be complacent in our defense of the Jones Act, which remains a critical component of US maritime and military strategy.”

“Throughout our history, the Army has relied on US-flagged commercial vessels and American mariners to carry weapons and supplies and ferry troops to the battlefield.”

“We’ve confronted many challenges since its inception, but the Jones Act has ensured that the men and women of the merchant marine have been there to meet them.”

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In an attempt to mitigate some of the negative effects of the pandemic, the Coast Guard has announced a further extension of expiring mariner documents.

Documents expiring between March 1, 2020 and Sept. 30, 2020 will be extended until Dec. 31, 2020, an additional two months from the earlier extension.

The documents covered by the extension include Merchant Mariner Credentials and Medical Certificates (National Endorsements only), MMCs with STCW endorsements and STCW Medical Certificates.

Mariners working on an expired credential or certificates must possess the expired document along with a copy of the Coast Guard notice which is posted at

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The crew of the MV PRESIDENT EISENHOWER rescued a 67-year-old man from a drifting sailboat about 500 nautical miles southwest of Dutch Harbor, Alaska, on Thursday, June 4.

A Coast Guard spokesperson said that the crew of PRESIDENT EISENHOWER may have saved the sailor’s life because all the boat’s sails were ripped, the engine was inoperable and the electronics had all failed except for the EPIRB.

The incident began at approximately 0900, when Coast Guard District 17 received an EPIRB distress alert from the skipper of the MISS LILLY, who reported that his sailboat was disabled and adrift.

By means of the AMVER system and an urgent GMDSS broadcast, the Coast Guard requested help from commercial vessels closer to the scene.

The crew of the MV PRESIDENT EISENHOWER—which was traveling from Oakland to Yokohama–responded to the alert and diverted 30 nautical miles to assist.

At the conn of the APL containership were MM&P LDOs Captain William J. Westrem, Chief Mate Pedro Medeiros, Second Mate Matt Franzek, and Third Mates Ken Salgado and Sam Surber.

Once on scene, the crew of the PRESIDENT EISENHOWER established verbal communications with the man, who said he wanted to abandon his vessel and come on board, reporting that it was no longer safe or seaworthy.

Luckily, the weather was exceptionally calm, with 10 miles visibility, calm winds, two-foot seas and an air temperature of 50 degrees Fahrenheit, according to a MarEx news report.

The boat occupant rowed his own dinghy to the gangway of the containership.

It was “a very quick and simple operation, less than three hours from notification and diversion to resume track for Yokohama,” Westrem said.

“This individual is very lucky the motor vessel PRESIDENT EISENHOWER was relatively close and answered our urgent broadcast to assist. Their efforts are commendable,” said Adam DeRocher, the District 17 Senior Search and Rescue Controller.

“The sailing vessel MISS LILLY was so far away from our assets it would have taken much longer for us to arrive on scene to assist.”

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The new issue of The Master, Mate & Pilot will be in your mailbox soon! In the meantime, look for it online on In this issue:

— We celebrate the work of MM&P members with photos from the front lines;

— Unions, employers and our supporters in Congress press Administration to shore up Maritime Security Program as pandemic hits cargo volumes;

— Temporary changes to MM&P IRAP and MM&P 401(k) arrangement as permitted by the CARES Act;

— Unions, international organizations, call for urgent resumption of crew change process;

— Kudos to AMG members aboard Staten Island ferry, North Ferry and NY Water Taxi;

— MM&P’s Steve Werse honored by Marine Society of the City of New York;

— MM&P Civil Service mariners and pilots bring Comfort and Mercy to coronavirus hot spots.

— MITAGS, Maritime Conference Center staff, give back to the community.

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MM&P, the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association and the Seafarers International Union have asked Congress to intervene on behalf of American merchant mariners whose liberty is being restricted by the gangway-up order imposed by Military Sealift Command on March 21.

In its response to previous inquiries from the House and Senate, MSC has conceded that it treated these workers differently than all other personnel working aboard Navy ships due to them being ‘significantly older on average (47) than their active duty counterparts making them potentially more vulnerable to effects of the Covid-19 virus.’

“During the Covid-19 pandemic, American soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen across the globe are enjoying leave and liberty,” the unions wrote.

“Hundreds of workers continue to embark and disembark MSC ships daily. Only American merchant mariners are restricted in their leave (vacation) and liberty (ability to depart one’s workplace/ship when not working). They remain frustrated watching their younger counterparts not being restricted in the same local area.”

The unions are asking members of Congress to support their opposition to the gangway-up order.

The unions have filed grievances and employees are filing EEO complaints seeking damages for their alleged mistreatment.

“These workers are suffering extreme anxiety, severe emotional stress and pain, and significant family strain resulting from their restriction to liberty while aboard ships in port located in close proximity to their homes,” the unions wrote.

“It has been alleged that pre-existing health conditions are worsening and that these workers are suffering as a result of delays in required medical care and treatment.”

“They contend that they are being denied the same level of medical access that all other federal employees enjoy because of the differential treatment resulting from their age.”

The unions are asking that MSC rescind the gangway-up restriction.

“American merchant mariners should be allowed to follow all local, state, CDC, and DOD/Navy guidelines, including social distancing, facial coverings, avoiding gatherings, hand washing, etc.,” they wrote.

“These safeguards have proven effective for all other military and civilian personnel and there is no data or evidence to prove that they will not be effective in safeguarding American merchant mariners.”

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The locations of 12 ships as reported by their automatic identification systems were found to be “thousands of miles in error,” according to an article published last week in the maritime newsletter MarEx.

The article was written by Dana A. Goward, president of the non-profit Resilient Navigation and Timing Foundation.

Goward has reported previously in MarEx on AIS “spoofing,” including cases in which ship tracking data has shown vessels reporting their locations as being on land at airports, far from where they were actually operating off shore.

“Spoofing” a GPS receiver is the intentional transmission of false GPS signals to cause it to provide incorrect time or location information.

“Jamming” is blocking reception of GPS with stronger signals and is easier and more common than spoofing.

While spoofing GPS takes more sophisticated equipment than jamming, Goward says, the equipment is readily available.

In his most recent article, Goward reports on a paper presented by Bjorn Bergman of SkyTruth at the Resilient Navigation and Timing Foundation annual meeting on May 5.

In the cases described, the ships were displayed as circling an area northwest of San Francisco.

“In the most recent observations,” Goward says, “the real locations of the ships were thousands of miles away. Literally on the other side of the globe in most cases.”

The researcher who presented the findings said he did not know whether the anomalies were caused by GPS spoofing or some fault in the vessels’ AIS system.

If you would like to read the article on the MarEx site, enter the title, 12 Ships Appear to Cross Continents and Drive in Circles, in your search engine.

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A fire that broke out aboard the car carrier HOEGH XIAMEN was brought under control Sunday, a spokesperson for the Jacksonville Fire Department said.

Eight firefighters were injured in a June 4 explosion aboard the Norwegian-flag ship. Since then, the department has been fighting the blaze with fireboats and pier-side units.

The fire continues to burn in the ship’s upper decks, and it may continue for days, according to the Coast Guard.

“That top layer is basically on fire from stem to stern,” USCG Captain Mark Vlaun, commander of USCG Sector Jacksonville, said at a weekend press conference.

“If we can do two things–keep the ship cooled and intact and afloat–we can minimize any threat to the environment or any continued threat to the public,” he added.

Of the 120 firefighters who responded, at least four sustained serious burns, including to the hands and face.

Vlaun said the ship remains on an even keel and steady draft.

According to operator Hoegh Autoliners, there has been no report of any pollution.

Containment booms have been placed around the vessel as a precautionary measure and the scene is being continuously monitored.

The HOEGH XIAMEN is carrying a consignment of used cars intended for export to West Africa.

The cause of the fire, which broke out on the vehicle’s seventh deck at about 1600 hours Thursday, is under investigation.

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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) – 6/13/20, 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: 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): 6/22/20, 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: 6/15/20, 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): 6/16/20, 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) – 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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Schedule of Courses – Please also see our schedule and enroll online at

For Registration Contact our Admissions Department: 206.441.2880 or

June 2020

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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