Wheelhouse Weekly, March 30, 2021

Volume 27… Number 13… March 30, 2021


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The saga of the EVER GIVEN, the ultra-large container ship that ran aground in the Suez Canal on March 23, held the world transfixed for days.

Alongside media reports of the very real story of hundreds of blocked ships—including several crewed by MM&P members—it led to a seemingly endless stream of social media posts.

MM&P headquarters fielded calls from print, radio and TV reporters seeking interviews with ships’ officers in the affected area and ashore.

On Monday morning, in a rising tide, a flotilla of tugs was finally able to dislodge the EVER GIVEN from the banks of the Suez Canal.

In the meantime, the irony of the situation—the amount of attention focused on the ship—was not lost on mariners, their unions or members of the industry who have been warning for over a year of the hardships faced by seafarers and the threat to world trade posed by the breakdown in crew change protocols caused by pandemic-related restrictions and the almost complete neglect of providing reasonable access to vaccines for mariners around the world, including the United States.

A member of Nautilus International, Captain Stephen Gudgeon, took to the airwaves in the UK on March 26 to address the event in the context of the issues currently affecting mariners, including the crew change crisis, the pandemic and fatigue.

He warned that unless these concerns were addressed “there could potentially be disasters anywhere in the world, which could create much more of an environmental or even a fatal reaction, because people are just so tired.”

Watch Gudgeon’s interview with BBC 1 and the BBC News Channel here:
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The International Transport Workers’ Federation said transportation workers and their unions are relieved that the MV EVER GIVEN crisis has been resolved.

“We welcome news that the EVER GIVEN has been freed and the Suez Canal will soon be unblocked,” said ITF General Secretary Stephen Cotton.

“That’s fantastic for the sake of all the seafarers on this ship and others that have been waiting to transit the Suez Canal.”

MM&P-crewed vessels were among the hundreds affected by the grounding.

MAERSK DENVER and MAERSK OHIO were both blocked on the south side of the Suez Canal.

The LDOs aboard MAERSK DENVER were Captain Craig Rumrill, Chief Mate Christopher Kalinowski, Second Mate Ernie Caponegro and Third Mate Benjamin Engel.

Aboard MAERSK OHIO were Captain Chris Kavanagh, Chief Mate Jen Phurchpean, Second Mate Lindsay Baily and Third Mate Sam Osgood.

Cotton said the ITF had confirmed that all the seafarers on board the Panama-flagged EVER GIVEN had been working for fewer than six months, and that none were working past the expiration of their employment contracts.

“We express our solidarity with the seafarers, both on the EVER GIVEN and on the cargo ships that have been queued on either side of it,” he said.

“Seafarers have been expected to keep the world moving during this pandemic by getting all of us the supplies, food, and medicines we need, and then they have had this major blockage to add to their worries.”

He added that he hoped the crisis would bring recognition to tugboat and towage crews, many of whom are represented by unions that are ITF affiliates.

“We want to acknowledge the tireless efforts of the workers aboard the tugboat and towage vessels, and those performing the critical groundworks essential to resolving this situation,” he said.

“They should take pride in how their profession has helped resolve this situation in the world’s busiest waterway. I hope these workers get the recognition they deserve.”

MM&P is one of the nearly 700 transport unions in 150 countries that belong to the ITF.
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The International Maritime Organization and four other United Nations agencies have called for maritime and air transport personnel to be given Covid-19 vaccinations on a priority basis because of the critical role they play in global trade and mobility.

They strongly encouraged member states to work with their health, immigration, border control and maritime authorities, at both national and local levels, “to support the workers that the world needs for a socio-economic recovery from Covid-19.”

“Seafarers are a vital part of the vaccine roll out and need to be vaccinated themselves—not forgotten,” said Guy Platten, secretary general of the International Chamber of Shipping.

“We urge governments across the globe to heed the call from the United Nations and recognize the fact that successful vaccination programs will rely on the hidden heroes who deliver vaccines and PPE.”

The joint statement also recognized the need for an interoperable global system of “COVID certificates” to allow seafarers to continue to cross borders on a day-to-day basis.

The International Transport Workers’ Federation said it welcomed the joint statement by UN organizations.

“Already we are a year into this pandemic, yet transport workers still need governments to offer greater support and flexibility,” said ITF General Secretary Steve Cotton.

“These workers still need travel, transit and border exemptions. They still need workable quarantine policies with reasonable charges. They still need protection from the virus, and security against the risks it presents to their jobs and incomes.”

“We in the ITF global union family renew our offer to work collaboratively with all businesses, organizations and governments of goodwill, to ensure that working women and men are afforded safety, security, dignity and respect during this ongoing time of uncertainty and risk.”

“We will continue to call out those governments and industry players who refuse to take their share of responsibility, those who think that issues like crew change are ‘someone else’s problem’.”
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APL Maritime will replace the 2001-built APL GUAM with a newer vessel in May.

The replacement vessel, CMA CGM HERODOTE, was built in 2007. It is currently operating under the flag of Malta.

APL said the newer vessel will be brought under the US flag in Busan, South Korea, before joining the company’s Guam Saipan Express Service.

Members of MM&P, MEBA, SIU, SUP and MFOW will continue to crew the ship under the existing agreement with APL.

The HERODOTE will assume APL GUAM’s slot in the Maritime Security Program.

The company said the APL GUAM will be deployed into the CGA CGM international fleet.
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The former National Labor Relations Board General Counsel—who was fired by President Biden within hours of the inauguration—allowed financial resources to remain unused, shrunk the agency’s regional field office staff by 21 percent in three years and left NLRB staffers feeling overburdened and demoralized.

These are among the findings of a report released yesterday by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), a non-partisan federal watchdog.

“It was clear long before the release of today’s GAO report that [former NLRB General Counsel Peter] Robb was unfit to manage a federal agency,” said Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), chair of the House Appropriations Committee.

“Findings from today’s report illustrate how Mr. Robb decimated and demoralized the NLRB’s federal workforce while wasting taxpayer dollars and pursuing an ideological anti-worker agenda.”

“I am grateful that President Biden understood Mr. Robb’s shortcomings as a manager and relieved him of his responsibilities over the NLRB on the first day of his Administration.”

“Following the mess the last Administration left us in, it’s critical that we rebuild an NLRB that actually protects workers’ rights, not undermines them—and I’m grateful that President Biden has already begun this important work,” said Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.).

“I’m confident that under our new Administration, the NLRB will once again safeguard workers’ right to organize and help build an economy that works for everyone—not just those on top.”

The GAO report, “National Labor Relations Board: Meaningful Performance Measures Could Improve Case Quality, Organizational Excellence, and Resource Management,” reveals that while Robb left substantial resources unused, he allowed his agency’s regional field office staff to shrink to 824 personnel by fiscal year 2019, a stunning 21 percent reduction from the fiscal year 2016 level of 1,024 staffers.

GAO also found that under Robb, employees were increasingly dissatisfied with senior leaders and the organization, with the NLRB ranking last out of all medium-sized federal agencies in the Office of Personnel Management’s 2019 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey.

“The lack of resources at the Board and the significant reduction in staff at our regional offices over the last few years should be alarming to anyone that cares about the mission of the NLRB,” said new NLRB Chairman Lauren McFerran.

“Rebuilding the agency’s capacity is critical to our ability to revitalize administration and enforcement of the Act, and I am committed to that goal moving forward.”

“It’s clear that years of being understaffed and under-resourced has taken its toll on NLRB employees,” said Acting General Counsel Peter Sung Ohr, who was designated in January.

“My priority is righting the ship and building our sense of community at the agency so that our dedicated public servants feel appreciated for their hard work. When employees, within and outside the Agency, are treated with dignity and their work respected, we will be in a better position to achieve the mission of the National Labor Relations Act.”

The Board was created by Congress in 1935 to protect the rights of working people, encourage collective bargaining and curtail private sector labor and management practices that can harm the general welfare of workers, businesses and the economy as a whole.

The NLRB conducts hundreds of workplace elections and investigates thousands of unfair labor practice charges each year.
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The Coast Guard has issued MSIB Number 02-21 CH-1, which specifies that sea ports are included in the public health requirement that masks be warn to mitigate the risk of spreading Covid-19.

The term “sea ports” includes passenger terminals, cargo handling facilities and other shoreside facilities that provide transportation of persons or cargo.

All the Coast Guard MSIBs are posted at:

Vessel and sea port operators are encouraged to monitor the CDC website for the most up to date guidance.

Questions may be forwarded to the Coast Guard Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance at
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The Maritime Administration is asking all American mariners to respond to a confidential survey posted at

If you have not already done so, please respond to this survey.

The survey, Mariner Mental Health Needs during Covid-19, is being disseminated with support from: the Covid-19 Working Group of the US Committee on the Marine Transportation System; the Centers for Disease Prevention & Control; and the Ship Operations Cooperative Program.

It asks mariners a variety of questions about Covid-19, mental health, and what they are feeling and experiencing at sea under the current conditions.

The survey will take only 10 minutes to complete. No mariner identification data will be collected.

The survey is available through May 31, 2021.

The results will be shared with federal agencies, vessel owners and operators, maritime unions, maritime training institutions, seafarer welfare organizations and industry stakeholders to facilitate development of effective solutions that benefit mariners’ mental well-being.

MM&P and the other maritime unions have been asked to disseminate a link to the survey to their members with the request that they participate.

The survey is being conducted independently by Dr. Marissa Baker, Assistant Professor & Industrial Hygiene Program Director, University of Washington School of Public Health.

Individual responses will be kept confidential at the School. The survey allows mariners to skip any question which they do not wish to answer.

For more information on this survey, please click here.

Please email any questions, comments, or concerns regarding this survey to Nuns Jain, Staff Lead, C-19 WG, at
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A meeting of the Offshore Shipping/Work Rules Committee is scheduled for April 27-28, 2021.

Members who wish to submit a resolution should send it to the Office of the International Secretary-Treasurer.

Please refer to Article XIII of the Offshore Shipping Rules for additional information on submitting resolutions.

The Offshore Shipping/Work Rules are posted in the Members’ Only section of

Deadline for submission of proposed changes is prior to close of business on April 22, 2021.
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All MM&P Pacific Ports union halls except for the Honolulu Hall will be closed on Wednesday, March 31, for Cesar Chavez Day.

All MM&P union halls, the MM&P Plan Office, the MM&P Federal Credit Union and MM&P headquarters will be closed for Good Friday on April 2.
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Prior to attending any training at MITAGS East or MITAGS West, you must read the MITAGS Covid‐19 policy, which is posted on

At the end of the Covid-19 policy there is a statement acknowledging receipt of the policy and acceptance of the policy.

Before you attend either school, you must acknowledge receipt of the policy and acceptance of the policy by emailing a signed copy of the statement at the end of the policy document to or

In addition, 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.

MITAGS West currently does not require negative Covid-19 test results and does not have the ability to test.

MITAGS West continues to follow established Covid-19 protocols, including daily temperature screening, health checks, masking and physical distancing.

Students attending MITAGS East or West under the MATES Program: Please note that the minimum number of days to obtain eligibility continues to be 42 days instead of 30, with a sunset date of Dec. 31, 2021.

We appreciate your cooperation during these very trying times.

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\\Classes are 5-day unless otherwise noted\\
AB – Able Seaman – 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, 9/21/21

AZIPOD (2-Day) – 4/29/21, 8/9/21, 9/27/21

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

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 4/13/21, 4/29/21, 5/17/21, 8/9/21, 9/14/21, 11/9/21
Online: Not currently scheduled

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling – (Now also included in BRMP-Refresher) (3-Day): 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*, 9/20/21, 12/13/21

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: Not currently scheduled

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 4/26/21, 6/21/21, 8/9/21, 10/18/21

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 5/3/21, 6/14/21, 8/2/21, 10/11/21, 12/6/21

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 10/25/21

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, 8/30/21, 12/6/21

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, 9/13/21
(DCS-1 available on request – contact Admissions)

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: Not Currently Scheduled

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management: 9/20/21

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 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): 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, 9/27/21

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: 11/1/21

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications (1-Day): 4/2/21

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior (1-Day) – 8/27/21

CDMGT – Crowd Management (1-Day) – 8/26/21

CSE – Confined Space Entry (3-Day): 8/23/21

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): Not currently scheduled

ECDIS for Pilots (2-Day) – 5/3/21, 8/11/21, 11/11/21

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 8/30/21, 12/6/21

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, 9/16/21, 12/11/21

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

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

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

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 4/12/21, 8/30/21, 11/15/21

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): Not currently scheduled

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License (15-Day): Not currently scheduled

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage (1-Day): 4/14/21, 4/29/21, 8/9/21, 9/15/21, 11/9/21

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

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC) (1-Day): 9/20/21

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): 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, 10/27/21

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) – 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) – 9/18/21, 12/16/21

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

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal (1-Day): 9/20/21

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes (1-Night): 4/13/21, 4/30/21, 9/14/21, 9/20/21

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

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3-Day): 12/6/21

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, 8/30/21

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (15-Day): 6/7/21, 7/12/21

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

TRAC-TUG-2 (2-Day): 11/9/21

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, 9/8/21

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) (10-Day): 10/11/21

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 9/13/21
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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
26-30 Small Arms
26-7 Watchkeeping (Operational Level)
27-28 Basic Training Revalidation
29th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

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

June 2021

1st Leadership & Teamworking Skills
2-3 Search & Rescue
7-11 Advanced Shiphandling I
7-11 Medical Care Provider
7-18 GMDSS
14-18 Advanced Shiphandling II
16-17 Basic Training Revalidation
18th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
21-23 Security Officer – Vessel, Company and Facility
28-2 Basic Shiphandling

July 2021

6-9 Advanced Firefighting
12-16 Tankerman Person-In-Charge
12-30 Terrestrial & Coastal Navigation w/ Compasses
19-23 Basic Training
26-27 Basic Training Revalidation
28th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

August 2021

2-6 Radar Observer Unlimited
9-20 Watchkeeping (Operational Level)
23-24 Basic Training Revalidation
23-27 Cargo Handling & Stowage
25th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
30-3 Meteorology (Operational Level)

September 2021

7-10 ARPA
7-8 Advanced Firefighting Refresher
8th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
9-10 Basic Training Revalidation
9-10 & 13 Basic Training Refresher
13th Flashing Light
13-17 Basic Training
13-17 Advanced Shiphandling I
14th Leadership & Teamworking Skills
20-23 Advanced Firefighting
20-24 Advanced Shiphandling II
27-1 ECDIS
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