Wheelhouse Weekly, March 2, 2021

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Volume 27… Number 9… March 2, 2021



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MM&P members are reporting that they have been vaccinated based on presentation of the Medical First-Aid Provider/Person in Charge of Medical Care endorsements on their Merchant Mariner Credential at various testing centers around the country.

While MM&P efforts seeking universal vaccinations for essential worker merchant mariners continue to be a work in progress, members with the above medical caregiver endorsements are encouraged to seek vaccination.

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President Joe Biden spoke to the American people on Sunday, using the bully pulpit to issue a full-throated endorsement of labor unions.

Unions benefit all workers, both union and non-union, the President said, and Americans have a right to decide whether to join a union free of outside interference.

“I made it clear when I was running that my administration’s policy would be to support union organizing and the right to collectively bargain,” he began. “I am keeping that promise.”

Biden’s powerful statement of support has no White House precedent in recent memory.

“Unions lift up workers, both union and non-union, but especially Black and Brown workers,” he said.

“Every worker should have a free and fair choice to join a union. The law guarantees that choice.”

In the direct-to-camera video, which was recorded Sunday, given first to Bloomberg News and then posted to the White House Twitter account, Biden said employers should not interfere in union organizing campaigns.

“Let me be really clear,” the President said. “It’s not up to me to decide whether anyone should join a union. But let me be even more clear: It’s not up to an employer to decide that either.”

“The choice to join a union is up to the workers—full stop, full stop.”

In his statement, he referenced the union election underway among workers at an Amazon warehouse in Alabama, an organizing drive that has garnered worldwide attention.

“It’s a vitally important choice—one that should be made without intimidation or threats by employers,” Biden said.

“Every worker should have a free and fair choice to join a union.”

The AFL-CIO has posted the President’s message on its Facebook page:

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has begun “sunsetting” all paper navigation charts.

For the next four years, the agency says it will work to ease the transition by providing access to paper chart products based on electronic data.

At the same time, it said it has undertaken “a major effort to improve the data consistency and provide larger scale coverage within its electronic navigational chart product suite.”

Cancellation of all traditional paper and associated raster chart products will be completed by January 2025.

The sunset plan will initially move forward based on volume of sales or downloads and in regions with improved NOAA electronic navigational chart coverage.

Paper chart 18665 of Lake Tahoe will be the first to be eliminated, the agency said.

After August, NOAA’s electronic navigational chart will be the only NOAA nautical chart of the area.

As part of the sunset plan, mariners will be officially notified of the chart’s cancellation in the US Coast Guard Local Notice to Mariners.

A note in the lower left corner of the chart will state that it is the last paper edition and it will be canceled six months later on August 26.

As the sunset plan progresses, the agency will announce the cancellation of each paper chart scheduled for elimination.

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It is a great pleasure to announce that President Biden has rescinded a memorandum issued by former President Trump that gave the Secretary of Defense the authority to strip Pentagon employees of the right to join a union.

Trump had cited an alleged need for flexibility as the basis for giving the Secretary of Defense the authority to exclude Pentagon employees from the law that guarantees federal workers the right to unionize.

Then-Defense Secretary Mark Esper said at the time he had not asked Trump for the authority and would wait for staff recommendations before using it.

The policy was never acted on, but MM&P and other unions that represent federal employees were quick to respond to the threat.

“MM&P CIVMARS greatly contribute to safe and efficient DoD mission accomplishment,” said MM&P President Don Marcus.

“They have answered the call of duty time and time again. The existing, time-tested system works.”

“MM&P will aggressively oppose any management action that eliminates workers’ rights to join together to collectively bargain for safe working conditions and decent wages.”

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The MV HELIOS RAY, a car carrier owned by Tel Aviv-based Ray Shipping, was damaged on Feb. 25 by an explosion that took place approximately 44 nautical miles northwest of Muscat.

According to Reuters, the Bahamas-flagged ship was hit by a blast above the water line that ripped two approximately 1.5 meter holes in its hull.

Security experts said the damage was consistent with a limpet mine attack.

There was no damage to the engine and there were no injuries among the 28 members of the crew.

The vessel, which was en route to Singapore from Port Dammam in Saudi Arabia, was able to proceed on its own power to the nearest port in Dubai.

Maritime authorities issued an alert advising mariners aboard commercial ships transiting the Gulf to exercise caution and report small boat activity.

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Congressman John Moolenaar has been named Legislator of the Year by the Great Lakes Maritime Task Force, a coalition of 70 Great Lakes operators that includes MM&P.

“Thanks to Congressman Moolenaar’s leadership, a new large navigational lock in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan is under construction,” the task force said in a statement.

Eighty million tons of cargo, valued at $6 billion and supporting 123,000 jobs, transit the Soo Locks each year.

The locks are considered the linchpin of the Great Lakes Navigation System, allowing cargoes like iron ore and grain to move from mines and farms to customers in the US, Canada and overseas.

They also allow domestic and overseas cargoes to move ‘up the system’ and into upper Midwest markets.

“I am proud to have worked across the aisle to help fund the construction of a new lock at the Soo Locks which will ensure shipping continues to support American jobs in manufacturing, construction, and other industries,” said Moolenaar, a Republican who represents Michigan’s 4th Congressional district.

The task force also recognized Moolenar’s role in increasing US Army Corps of Engineers funding for the Great Lakes and securing a substantial share of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund for operation and maintenance.

The additional funds will be used to improve navigation structures, conduct much needed dredging of Great Lakes harbors and channels, and stabilize and replace failing nearshore infrastructure where high waters have caused significant coastal damage.

The congressman is also a strong supporter of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which is aimed at protecting the Lakes from invasive species and pollution.

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The Maritime Administration is seeking comments from the public on the fate of the world’s first nuclear-powered merchant ship, NS SAVANNAH.

The vessel was built by New York Shipbuilding Corp. and launched in 1959 as part of President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s program to promote the peaceful use of nuclear energy, “Atoms for Peace.”

It was taken out of service in 1971. All that remains of the vessel’s nuclear power plant are its systems, structures and components.

The ship, which is now part of the National Defense Reserve Fleet, has been registered as a National Historic Landmark since 1991.

Its nuclear reactor was defueled in 1971. MARAD is now in the process of removing the remaining parts of its nuclear power plant.

The agency has asked members of the public to help in deciding what to do with the ship going forward.

MARAD said it is considering several options, including converting it into a museum, donating it to a state maritime academy for training, dismantling it at a scrapyard or scuttling it as an artificial reef, though it said it is also open to other feasible alternatives.

The comment period ends on March 15.

Click here to read MARAD’s Federal Register notice and comment on the future of the ship.

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Nautilus International and Lloyd’s List are hosting a webinar on Friday, March 5, on the abuse of hours of work and rest reporting and the risk of exhaustion at sea.

The webinar, “We need to talk about exhaustion,” follows publication of a report by World Maritime University that exposed “widespread malpractice” in the reporting of hours of work required under the Maritime Labor Convention.

The authors of the study said interviews with about 80 stakeholders—mariners, ship operators, port state control officials and employers—suggest that “recording malpractices are widespread.”

The vast majority of respondents, 85 percent, said the underlying cause of misreporting is a shortage of manpower.

The researchers said the manpower shortage was primarily caused by three factors: understaffing by ship operators, under-regulation by flag states and insufficient port state enforcement.

A significant percentage of those interviewed said that the International Maritime Organization’s “principles of minimum safe manning” were not used frequently in decision-making.

Unions and seafarers’ advocacy groups say the findings represent “a ticking time bomb” for the industry and underline the risk of serious accidents, loss of life and environmental damage.

The 90-minute webinar will focus on lessons learned from the World Maritime University report and what steps can be taken to improve the system.

It will take place on Friday, March 5, at 0900 EST/1400 GMT.

Speakers include:

— Nautilus International General Secretary Mark Dickinson;

— Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, President of the World Maritime University;

— Professor Raphael Baumler, Head of Maritime Safety and Environmental Administration at the World Maritime University;

— Katie Higginbottom, Chief Executive of ITF Seafarers Trust; and

— Julie Carlton, Head of Seafarer Safety and Health, UK Seafarer Services, MCA.

To register go to:

To download the WMU report go to:

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Mariners are invited to take part in a federal interagency coordinating committee webinar on Covid-19 vaccine distribution to the marine transportation system workforce.

The event will take place on Wednesday, March 3, from 1400 to 1530 EST, and is being conducted by the Committee on the Marine Transportation System Covid-19 Working Group.

You are advised to log in via the link below 30 minutes before the start of the seminar to download any needed plug-ins and test your system’s compatibility with Webex.

Among the speakers will be Coast Guard and Maritime Administration officials.

A CDC Vaccine Task Force representative will also give a presentation.

Topics will include: how currently approved vaccines work; getting vaccinated–process, safety, side effects; protection from vaccine vs. protection conferred by illness; vaccine distribution and administration; vaccine prioritization for merchant mariners and port workers; and CDC recommendations for the marine transportation system workforce.

The link to access the webinar is:

You are advised to log-in to the link 30 minutes in advance to download any plug-ins and test your system’s compatibility with Webex.

If you cannot access the computer audio, please call into the conference line: 404-443-2170; Access Code: 60061206#

For more information, please contact

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MM&P Pacific Ports Vice President Lars Turner will hold a virtual membership meeting on Monday, March 8, at 1300 PST.

All Offshore members and applicants are welcome to participate.

MM&P President Don Marcus will participate in the meeting.

To register for the meeting, you will need to log into either the MM&P app or the Members’ Only section of the MM&P website.

You can download the MM&P app here.

Once you are logged in, click on Offshore Membership Meeting Registration located under the Documents tab.

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MITAGS East is seeking a full-time naval architect and simulation developer responsible for developing hydrodynamic ship simulation models and modeling tasks, which may include creation and maintenance of visual databases and video production for use by the MATES Program.

Minimum annual salary, commensurate with applicable skill set, is $53,535.

Major duties and responsibilities are:
— develop ship models for simulation systems (Wärtsilä simulator) and area databases;
— lead maritime research projects;
— produce videos related to operational research studies;
— organize, manage, and prepare document area and model databases, reports and videos;
— operate the simulator if directed to do so.

Qualifications are:

— background or degree in naval architecture/hydrodynamics/coastal engineering or other related field (such as computer gaming, design or 3D modeling);
— professional credential, licensed engineer or EIT;
— Bachelors’ degree in appropriate field of study or 2-3 years equivalent work experience;
— knowledge of, or work experience in maritime;
— strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office.

Project Management Professional (PMP) certification is a plus, as is experience with AutoCAD, 3D Studio Max or Matlab.

Position may require travel to MITAGS-West Coast (Seattle) campus or other sites.

If you are interested, please submit a cover letter and resume to MITAGS Human Resource Manager Jane Sibiski,

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MITAGS East is seeking a part-time simulator operator to support classroom instruction and research including simulator setup and correction of technical issues that occur during daily operations.

This is a contract position for a maximum of 1000 hours per year at a minimum salary of $23.88 per hour. Major duties and responsibilities are:

— preparing and operating ship and tug simulators under the direction of course instructors;
— if necessary, assisting simulation engineers in daily system checks, problem solving, testing and validation of ship models and databases;
— assisting with preparation and documentation of model and database testing as well as other reports as required;
— other duties as assigned by the department head, simulation research/operations directly related to the operation of a simulator and classroom support.

Desired qualifications are:

— background or degree in computer science/engineering/gaming or related fields;
— knowledge of, or work experience in, maritime or aviation;
— in-depth knowledge and skills surrounding the operation of computer systems;
— ability to work flexible hours, to include early morning, evening and/or weekend schedules;
— excellent writing and communications.

This position may require moderate physical activity and some travel to MITAGS West or other sites.

If you are interested, please submit a cover letter and resume to MITAGS Human Resource Manager Jane Sibiski,

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Due to the pandemic surge, students coming to the MITAGS East Campus must send Admissions a negative Covid-19 test result. The test must have been taken within 72 hours of arrival.

Students who cannot access testing but who otherwise meet all the requirements of the MATES Program Covid-19 policy will have to take a Covid-19 test offered at MITAGS East every Monday morning.

Members may also reschedule their classes for later in the year when the infection rates are expected to drop.

We appreciate your cooperation during these very trying times.

Also please note that the minimum number of days to obtain eligibility continues to be 42 days instead of 30.

Additionally, class sizes may be reduced in order to maintain proper physical distancing.

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

Class dates followed by an * are full

AB – Able Seaman – 4/12/21, 6/28/21

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation (1-Day): 5/5/21

ARPA-OIC (4-Day) – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 6/1/21

AZIPOD (2-Day) – 4/29/21

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 8/2/21, 10/25/21

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 3/8/21, 4/13/21, 4/29/21, 5/17/21
Online: Not currently scheduled

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling – (Now also included in BRMP-Refresher) (3-Day): 3/10/21, 4/26/21

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

BT – Basic Safety Training: 5/3/21, 8/2/21, 10/11/21

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – 4/27/21, 6/22/21, 8/16/21, 9/21/21, 10/27/21, 12/14/21

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 4/27/21

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: Not currently scheduled

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 3/8/21, 5/3/21, 6/21/21, 8/9/21, 10/18/21

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 4/26/21, 6/14/21, 8/2/21, 10/11/21, 12/6/21

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 3/15/21

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1: 6/7/21, 8/23/21, 11/29/21

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific: 6/14/21

CM-OPS 2 APL – Chief Mate Operations II APL Specific – Not currently scheduled

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems: 6/7/21, 7/26/21, 10/4/21, 11/29/21

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM): 5/10/21, 6/28/21, 8/16/21, 11/8/21, 12/13/21

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 4/12/21
(DCS-1 available on request – contact Admissions)

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: Not Currently Scheduled

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management: Not currently scheduled

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 3/15/21, 4/19/21, 5/10/21, 6/7/21, 7/19/21, 8/9/21, 9/13/21, 9/27/21, 10/11/21, 11/1/21, 11/29/21

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 3/22/21, 4/26/21, 5/17/21, 6/14/21, 7/26/21, 8/16/21, 9/20/21, 10/4/21, 10/18/21, 11/8/21, 12/6/21

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

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 4/19/21

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: Not currently scheduled

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 **
Online: 4/7/21, 7/7/21, 10/6/21

CIW-SMS – Continual Improvement Workshop: Successful Safety Management (2-Day) – Online: 6/10/21, 12/9/21

CNAV-OIC (15-Day) – Celestial Navigation: Not currently scheduled

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications (1-Day): 3/10/21

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior (1-Day) – Not currently scheduled

CDMGT – Crowd Management (1-Day) – Not currently scheduled

CSE – Confined Space Entry (3-Day): Not currently scheduled

CSE-AWR – Confined Space Entry Awareness (2-Day): 5/20/21

CY-MAR – Cyber-Skilled Mariner ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program ** – Not currently scheduled

DDE – Great Lakes (20-Day): 4/19/21

ECDIS for Pilots (2-Day) – 3/8/21, 5/3/21

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 4/19/21

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

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 5/3/21, 8/2/21, 10/11/21

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 4/26/21, 6/21/21, 8/18/21, 9/23/21, 10/26/21, 12/16/21

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 4/30/21

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications (1-Day): 4/13/21
Online: Not currently scheduled

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization (2-Day): 3/13/21

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (10-Day): 4/12/21, 8/9/21

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 4/12/21

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

LAP – License Advancement Program for Mate to Master (20-Day): 8/2/21, 10/18/21

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes (15-Day): 3/8/21

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross Ton License (15-Day): 4/12/21

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage (1-Day): 3/9/21, 4/14/21, 4/29/21

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

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC) (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): 4/12/21, 8/23/21, 11/29/21

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 4/12/21, 7/12/21, 9/27/21, 11/29/21

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 5/10/21, 6/28/21, 8/30/21, 11/15/21

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 4/12/21, 7/12/21, 9/27/21

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 4/17/21, 5/15/21, 6/24/21, 7/17/21, 8/19/21, 9/24/21, 10/2/21, 10/25/21, 12/4/21, 12/17/21

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic) (1-Day): 5/17/21, 6/11/21, 8/4/21, 9/16/21, 10/31/21

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 5/18/21, 6/9/21, 8/2/21, 9/14/21, 10/29/21

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) – 6/13/21, 8/6/21, 11/9/21

MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day) – 6/21/21, 8/2/21

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 5/10/21, 6/14/21, 7/12/21, 8/9/21, 9/20/21, 11/1/21

MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day/ 8-hour) – 5/9/21 (Evening), 6/12/21 (Evening), 8/7/21, 9/17/21, 11/1/21 (Evening)

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) – 5/9/21, 6/12/21, 7/16/21, 8/8/21, 9/18/21, 11/5/21

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) – 5/14/21, 6/18/21, 7/17/21, 8/13/21, 9/24/21, 11/6/21

NDMS-ENAV – Navigational Decision Making Series – Best Practice in eNav (3-Day) – Not currently scheduled

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P (2-Day) – 3/15/21*, 4/20/21*, 4/22/21*, 6/22/21*, 6/24/21, 7/12/21, 8/30/21, 9/1/21, 11/15/21, 11/17/21, 12/13/21, 12/15/21

PSC – Personal Survival Craft (5-Day) – Contact Admissions

PSC-REF – Personal Survival Craft Refresher (2-Day) – Not currently scheduled

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

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes (1-Night): 4/13/21, 4/30/21

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 5/24/21, 8/23/21

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3-Day): Not currently scheduled

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 5/3/21, 8/23/21, 10/25/21

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day) – 4/12/21*, 6/14/21, 7/12/21, 8/30/21, 11/15/21, 12/13/21

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 5/17/21

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (15-Day): 6/7/21

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 3/8/21, 4/26/21, 6/28/21

TRAC-TUG-2 (2-Day): 3/8/21

TTT – ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program ** Not currently scheduled

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (1-Day): 6/15/21

VSO – Vessel Security Officer (3-Day): 6/16/21

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) (10-Day): Not currently scheduled

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): Not currently scheduled

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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

March 2021

8-12 Meteorology (Operational Level)
8-19 GMDSS
10th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
11-12 Basic Training Revalidation
15-19 Radar Observer Unlimited
15-19 Basic Training
15-19 Basic Shiphandling
22nd Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
22-26 Basic Cargo Handling & Stowage
29-2 Able Seaman

April 2021

5-9 Medical Care Provider
5-16 Medical Person-In-Charge
5-23 License Preparation (Original 3rd)
12-13 Basic Training Revalidation
12-16 Ship Construction & Basic Stability
12-23 GMDSS
14th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
19-22 ARPA
26-7 Watchkeeping (Operational Level)

May 2021

3-7 Medical Care Provider
3-14 Medical Person-In-Charge
5th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
6-7 Basic Training Revalidation
6-7 & 10 Basic Training Refresher
10-14 Basic Training
10-28 Celestial Navigation
11-12 Advanced Firefighting Refresher
17-20 Advanced Firefighting
17-21 Advanced Shiphandling I
24-28 Advanced Shiphandling II

June 2021

1st Leadership & Teamworking Skills
2-3 Search & Rescue
7-11 Medical Care Provider
7-18 GMDSS
16-17 Basic Training Revalidation
18th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
21-23 Security Officer – Vessel, Company and Facility
28-2 Tankerman Person-In-Charge

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