Wheelhouse Weekly – March 10th, 2020

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MM&P is calling on Congressional leaders to intervene in what the union describes as “a case of involuntary servitude” that has been playing out since late last year.

The tug and fuel barge units KIM M. BOUCHARD and DANIELLE M. BOUCHARD have been anchored since Nov. 26, when the Coast Guard said inspections showed “the operational condition of the vessels poses a risk to the safety of New York and New Jersey waterways.”

Although the Coast Guard has said the tug and barge units could pose a danger to the safety of the mariners who crew the vessels, it has ordered them to remain on board.

Bouchard has not paid the crews since Jan. 1, 2020.

“To be a mariner there are numerous sacrifices you make when you choose to step from land and go down to the sea to provide a better life for your family,” wrote MM&P Atlantic Ports Vice President Tom Larkin in a letter to Reps. Sean Patrick Maloney and Bob Gibbs, respectively chair and ranking member of the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Marine Transportation.

“You leave behind your family and friends. You will miss birthdays, holidays, get-togethers and funerals. You will spend anywhere from two weeks to six months on board the vessel you sign on to with the understanding you will be paid for your service.”

“Now imagine making that sacrifice for your family and not being paid for nearly three months. And then imagine that the USCG steps in and orders you to stay on board without pay.”

“This is called involuntary servitude,” Larkin wrote, noting that “the 13th Amendment was passed to protect all US citizens from such abhorrent circumstances–and yet this is exactly what the crewmembers aboard these two tugs are being subjected to.”

MM&P has called on subcommittee members to do everything in their power “to have the units brought into port and to free these American mariners from this unlawful servitude and imprisonment.”

“The Seamen’s Act of 1915 was groundbreaking federal law championed by Senator Bob La Follette of Wisconsin and the single-minded labor leader Andrew Furuseth,” Larkin wrote.

“Are we now turning back the clock? This legislation that ‘freed the Seamen’ was enacted to prohibit the negligence and abuse of American mariners by unscrupulous ship owners such as Bouchard Transportation Company.”

The union has also strongly encouraged the subcommittee to investigate and debate the merits of the US becoming a signatory to the Maritime Labor Convention.

The MLC includes provisions that require companies such as Bouchard to carry insurance to cover seamen’s wages and repatriate crews in similar instances.

“At the end of the day, these American mariners must be allowed to return to their homes and made whole,” Larkin says.

“We urge your subcommittee to take immediate action necessary to release these American citizens and require their employer to pay their wages.”

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The Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO and leaders of its 33 affiliated unions convened their winter convention in Orlando on Monday, recommitting to their efforts to fight for the rights, safety and livelihoods of America’s transportation workforce.

The convention set an aggressive agenda for 2020, focused on securing long-term funding for surface transportation reauthorization and ensuring that top presidential candidates campaign on the needs of working people.

Delegates pledged to pursue policies to strengthen America’s maritime and shipbuilding workforces and to ensure America’s ports remain a hub of good, middle-class jobs.

They discussed their priorities with Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), Democratic Caucus chair and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.), ranking member of the House Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee.

MM&P is one of the 33 transportation unions affiliated with TTD.

Participants in the convention noted that June 5, 2020, is the 100th anniversary of the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, commonly referred to as the Jones Act, which ensures that domestic waterborne commerce is conducted by U.S.-built ships crewed by qualified U.S mariners.

“It is rare that any piece of legislation stands as the bedrock of an industry for so long,” TTD affiliates noted in a policy statement.

“The Jones Act was passed just a few months after Prohibition, and 15 years before the creation of Social Security.”

“Its continued endurance is testimony to its unparalleled importance to the domestic sectors it supports.”

“Without the Jones Act, unscrupulous companies would race to replace U.S. workers with foreign and unqualified mariners, forced to work in dangerous conditions with negligible pay.”

“The Jones Act remains the single most powerful tool to protect mariners and ensure the continued existence of a domestic maritime workforce.”

“But despite 100 years of success,” TTD affiliates noted, “attacks on the act continue unabated, largely from anti-union interests who see profit in abandoning U.S. mariners and shuttering shipyards for substandard alternatives abroad.”

“As we have for the past century, we will continue to turn back unfounded and bad faith efforts to repeal the act and highlight its continued necessity.”

TTD is also calling for passage of the Energizing American Shipbuilding Act (HR 382), introduced by Rep. John Garamendi (D-Calif.), which would mandate that a modest percentage of liquefied natural gas exports sail on tanker vessels built in U.S. shipyards.

It is also working to enact the Short Sea Shipping Act (HR 5351), introduced by Reps. Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.) and Mike Kelly (R-Pa.), which would eliminate a quirk in the tax code that discourages the use of commercial vessels for the carriage of commodities along American’s seacoasts and inland waterways.

Both bills would create new jobs for American mariners and drive construction of appropriate vessels.

Labor leaders at the convention also pledged to support:

— reforming the Harbor Maintenance Tax to insure that the proceeds are used to fund dredging and other waterway improvement projects;

— investing in new infrastructure in America’s ports;

— enhancing rail workers’ retirement security;

— improving air quality in commercial aircraft;

— giving Transportation Security officers the same rights as other federal employees;

— improving railroad grade crossing safety;

— ensuring that our nation’s transit workforce can thrive in a changing industry; and

— creating good jobs in electric vehicle manufacturing and infrastructure.

During the course of the convention, TTD’s Executive Committee voted to re-elect Larry Willis as president and Greg Regan as secretary-treasurer.

“In the three decades since TTD was founded, those who build, operate, and maintain our transportation system have seen and experienced significant changes that directly impact their work, from advancements in technology to the global war on terror to the novel coronavirus,” Willis said.

“By standing in solidarity and speaking with one, bold voice, transportation workers have been able to weather these changes, stand up to coordinated and sustained attacks on their rights as union members, and push back against unsafe rules and regulations, insufficient funding levels, and dangerous government shutdowns.”

“TTD is proud to be the voice of transportation labor, and we will continue fighting for policies that create good jobs in transportation and enhance the rights of this critical workforce.”

“No matter what changes come their way, transportation workers will always need a strong partner in our federal government, robust funding levels to ensure they have the resources needed to do their jobs safely and efficiently, and a strong union voice. TTD has been proud to serve as a unifying voice for those who work in the transportation sector, and we’re committed to keeping these fights going,” Regan said.

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The AFL-CIO is suing to block an administration rule intended to make it harder for unions to organize.

The federation charged in a complaint filed in Washington, DC, on March 6 that the National Labor Relations Board violated the federal Administrative Procedure Act and the National Labor Relations Act when it adopted the rule at the end of last year without first publishing it and seeking comments from the public.

The rule, which is scheduled to take effect in April, would delay union elections by giving employers new powers to contest them on legal grounds both before and after workers vote.

“Should it take effect, the 2019 election rule will make it more difficult for AFL-CIO unions to obtain elections, will delay those elections, will prejudice unions’ ability to campaign in those elections, will delay the counting of ballots after those elections, and will delay the certification of unions as the representative of employees,” the AFL-CIO said in the complaint.

The consequence will be to “delay employers’ legal duty to bargain when a majority of employees chooses a representative to engage in bargaining in those elections.”

The NLRB, now led by appointees of President Donald Trump, is engaged in a relentless campaign to strengthen the hand of employers in negotiations with working people and their unions.

The Board was created by Congress to protect the rights of working people, encourage collective bargaining and curtail private sector labor and management practices which can harm the general welfare of workers, businesses and the economy as a whole.

But now it has abandoned that mandate, rolling back decades of settled law and tipping the scale of justice further in favor of corporations.

One example: New measures passed by the Board allow employers in some cases to bypass collective bargaining and unilaterally change the terms and conditions of employment without negotiating with the employees’ union.

The framework in which the Board has always conducted business has also been jettisoned.

Historically, three of the five Board members are selected by the party in control of the White House, while the two minority members are selected by the opposing party.

The two minority members are able to write dissenting opinions, or at least introduce an opposing viewpoint in the decision-making process.

President Trump, however, has refused to fill the minority vacancies, leaving the Board functioning with a single anti-union/anti-employee voice.

Leaders of the House Committee on Education and Labor are investigating a raft of recent agency decisions that reverse years of legal precedent to favor business at the expense of working people and their unions.

In the first months of fiscal year 2019, for example, the Board reversed its position and brought charges against 21 labor groups in cases in which the unions had previously been found to not be at fault.

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Tellers, loan processors and custodians at Beneficial State Bank voted earlier this month to join the Communications Workers of America.

The group is the first to win collective bargaining rights in the US financial services industry in more than 40 years.

While union membership in the financial sector is the norm in other countries—worldwide, more than three million bank workers are union members–in the United States only 1.1 percent of the financial services industry is unionized.

The new bargaining unit includes 113 bank tellers, consumer loan servicing representatives, loan processors, underwriters, file clerks and custodial staff.

Beneficial is a community development bank founded by former 2020 presidential candidate Tom Steyer in 2007 to loan money to families, small businesses and nonprofits in California, Washington and Oregon.

He recently stepped down from his position as chief executive officer of the bank.

Workers at Beneficial say they decided to form a union because they wanted higher pay and better benefits and the ability to speak out on workplace issues.

They also say they want to set an example for the rest of the US financial services industry: the median annual salary for bank tellers in 2019—a year when profits at the nation’s largest banks rose to record levels–was $29,450.

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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has called on Congress and the White House to do more to protect front-line workers involved in responding to the coronavirus outbreak.

He wants the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to promulgate an “emergency temporary standard” to help protect the approximately 19 million US workers that unions consider to be at elevated risk of exposure to COVID-19.

Last week, the union representing a California nurse sounded the alarm about the risks being faced by front-line health care workers who are dealing with the virus.

“As a nurse, I’m very concerned that not enough is being done to stop the spread of the coronavirus,” the nurse wrote in a statement shared by the California Nurses Association.

“I know because I am currently sick and in quarantine after caring for a patient who tested positive. I’m awaiting ‘permission’ from the federal government to allow for my testing, even after my physician and county health professional ordered it,” she said.

Nurses in Washington State and California say they have had to beg for N95 masks, which are thicker than surgical masks and block out much smaller particles.

Some have complained about being pulled out of quarantine early to treat patients because of staff shortages.

The AFL-CIO has raised similar concerns, underlining the importance of guaranteeing front-line workers who come in contact with the virus the resources they need to stay safe in their work environment.

“Health care workers, firefighters, police, airline workers, emergency service workers and other first responders answer the call when an outbreak occurs,” Trumka says.

“They deserve to have the confidence that appropriate resources, equipment, training and protocols are readily available in their workplaces to protect themselves and to avoid infecting other people, including patients, co-workers, the public and their own families when they go home.”

The AFL-CIO says there are currently no OSHA standards to mandate that employers provide adequate protections for workers in this type of situation.

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All MM&P Atlantic Ports union halls, the Tampa union hall, MM&P headquarters and the MM&P Federal Credit Union will be closed on Tuesday, March 17, for a longshore contract holiday.

The MM&P Honolulu union hall will be closed on Monday, March 30, for Harry Bridges Memorial Day.

MM&P Pacific Ports, with the exception of Honolulu, will be closed on Tuesday, March 31, for Cesar Chavez Day.

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MITAGS is interested in receiving photo submissions from MM&P members for use on the official MITAGS social media platforms.

The goal is to document members’ voyages and promote the maritime industry. As suggestions, photos can be of events and sights onboard, crewmembers at work or scenic locations.

If you are interested in sharing photos, please send them with caption information to MITAGS Marketing Manager Lindsay Moran, at

Be sure to tell us whether you would like to be credited for the photo.

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Classes are 5-day unless otherwise noted

Class dates followed by an * are full

AB – Able Seaman – 4/13/20, 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: 3/31/20

AZIPOD (2-Day) – 4/30/20

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 5/11/20, 8/3/20, 9/28/20

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 3/31/20, 4/30/20, 5/18/20, 7/13/20, 9/15/20

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling – (Now also included in BRMP-Refresher) (3-Day): 4/27/20, 7/15/20, 10/7/20

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

BT – Basic Safety Training: 4/20/20, 8/10/20, 10/12/20

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – 4/2/20, 4/28/20, 6/15/20, 7/28/20, 8/31/20, 9/23/20, 10/28/20, 12/15/20

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 4/27/20, 7/27/20, 9/23/20, 12/14/20

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 4/6/20

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 4/13/20, 6/8/20, 7/27/20, 10/5/20, 11/30/20

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 4/6/20, 6/15/20, 8/3/20

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 10/12/20

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1: 3/16/20*, 6/1/20, 8/24/20, 11/9/20

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific: 3/23/20*, 6/8/20, 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: 6/1/20, 8/17/20, 11/9/20

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM): 4/20/20, 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): 3/16/20, 4/13/20, 4/27/20, 6/1/20, 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): 3/23/20, 4/20/20, 5/4/20, 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) – 5/18/20

WX-HW-IND – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Indian Ocean (2-day) – 5/22/20

WX-HW-PAC – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Pacific Ocean (2-day) – 5/20/20

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: 4/27/20, 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) – 4/30/20, 7/20/20

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 6/8/20, 8/17/20, 12/7/20

ADV-FF – Advanced Fire-Fighting (4-day) – Not currently scheduled

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 4/20/20, 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: 4/1/20, 4/30/20, 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: 4/25/20, 7/25/20, 9/26/20, 12/12/20

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications (1-Day): 4/7/20, 9/15/20

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization (2-Day): 3/14/20

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (10-Day): 3/16/20, 8/24/20

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 4/13/20, 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): 6/1/20

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage (1-Day): 4/8/20, 5/18/20, 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): 3/16/20, 6/15/20, 8/24/20, 11/30/20

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 3/16/20, 5/4/20*, 7/6/20, 9/28/20, 11/30/20

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 6/22/20, 8/17/20, 10/19/20

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 3/16/20, 4/13/20, 5/4/20*

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 3/21/20, 3/31/20, 5/1/20, 5/9/20, 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): 5/21/20, 6/3/20, 8/5/20, 9/11/20, 11/10/20

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 5/19/20, 6/1/20, 8/3/20, 9/9/20, 10/30/20

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) – 5/31/20, 8/2/20, 11/1/20

MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day) – Not currently scheduled

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 5/11/20, 6/7/20, 7/6/20, 8/9/20, 9/14/20, 11/2/20

MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day) – 5/10/20, 6/4/20, 8/6/20, 9/12/20, 11/2/20

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) – 5/15/20, 6/5/20, 7/10/20, 8/8/20, 9/13/20, 11/6/20

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) – 5/16/20, 6/11/20, 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) – 3/16/20*, 4/9/20*, 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

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): 4/27/20, 4/28/20, 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): 3/28/20, 10/14/20, 11/30/20

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 5/18/20, 8/24/20, 10/19/20

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day) – 3/30/20*, 5/4/20*, 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: 5/11/20, 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): 4/6/20, 5/27/20, 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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March 2020

16-20 Medical Care Provider
16-20 Advanced Meteorology
16-27 Medical Person-In-Charge
23-27 Able Seaman
23-27 Advanced Shiphandling I
30-3 Advanced Shiphandling II
30-3 Radar Observer Unlimited

April 2020

6-9 ARPA
6-10 Leadership & Managerial Skills
6-10 Basic Training
13-15 Security Officer – Vessel, Company and Facility
13-17 Basic Shiphandling
13-17 Advanced Firefighting
17th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
20-21 Basic Training Revalidation
20-24 ECDIS
20-24 Medical Care Provider
20-31 Medical Person-In-Charge
27-8 GMDSS

May 2020

4-5 Advanced Firefighting Refresher
6th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
7-8, 11 Basic Training Refresher
7-8 Basic Training Revalidation
11-15 Basic Training
11-15 Medical Care Provider
11-15 Engine Resource Management
11-22 Medical Person-In-Charge
11-22 Watchkeeping (Operational Level)
18-22 Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (MEECE)
26th Leadership & Teamworking Skills
26-30 Advanced Firefighting
27th Flashing Light

June 2020

1-19 Celestial Navigation
8-10 Security Officer – Vessel, Company and Facility
8-19 GMDSS
8-26 Terrestrial and Coastal Navigation
9th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
11-12 Basic Training Revalidation
11-12,15 Basic Training Refresher
15-19 Basic Training
22-26 Medical Care Provider
29-1 Search & Rescue

July 2020

6-10 Ship Construction and Basic Stability
6-10 Leadership & Managerial Skills
13-17 Advanced Stability
13-24 Watchkeeping (Operational Level)
15th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
16-17 Basic Training Revalidation
20-24 Advanced Meteorology
20-24 Basic Training
27-29 Security Officer – Vessel, Company and Facility
27-31 Advanced Shiphandling I

August 2020

3-7 Advanced Shiphandling II
3-7 Able Seaman
3-7 Advanced Firefighting
10-14 Basic Training
10-28 Terrestrial and Coastal Navigation
14,17-18 Basic Training Refresher
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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