Wheelhouse Weekly – November 26th, 2019

November 27th 2019

Volume 24… Number 47… Nov. 26, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving!

MM&P wishes all readers of The Wheelhouse Weekly, their families and friends, at sea and ashore, a Happy Thanksgiving filled with good food and good times.

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The short-term funding measure passed by Congress and signed by the President on November 21 will keep the government open until Dec. 20, 2019.

The legislation will also guarantee that funding for the Maritime Security Program will not be interrupted but will remain available through that date.

Congress is scheduled to return after the Thanksgiving recess to try to agree on legislation that would keep the government open through Sept. 30, 2020, the end of the current fiscal year.

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More accolades for Captain William Boyce and the crew of the MV GREEN LAKE: They were honored by the International Maritime Organization in a Nov. 25 ceremony in London for their part in the grueling, day-long rescue of mariners who had been forced to abandon their vessel, the SINCERITY ACE, in the wake of a raging fire.

The other MM&P licensed deck officers aboard the ship at the time of the rescue were Chief Mate Kevin Camarda, Second Mate Chelsea Martin and Third Mate Matthew Morgan.

During the ceremony, the IMO awarded the officers and crew of the Waterman ship a certificate of commendation “for the exceptional seamanship, tenacity and leadership” they demonstrated in the course of the rescue.

“As a result of your skillful and professional actions,” said IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim, “you managed to rescue seven crew members while simultaneously coordinating the rescue efforts conducted by three other vessels assisting in the operation, saving the lives of nine other survivors.”

“In conveying the appreciation of the IMO Council to you,” he wrote in a letter announcing the award, “I take this opportunity to add my own warm congratulations for your remarkable effort, of which you all can rightly be proud.”

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Two fatal accidents involving Boeing 737 MAX aircraft should be a wake-up call to U.S. regulators who continue to allow repair stations in foreign countries to operate with lax oversight.

A glaring example: There is no requirement for background checks—or drug and alcohol tests—for employees of foreign aircraft repair stations who work on U.S. planes.

Although Congress has passed legislation to require background checks and drug and alcohol testing, the FAA has never issued implementing regulations.

Now the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department, which represents MM&P and 32 other transportation sector labor unions, is calling on Congress to address the situation.

U.S. airlines use foreign repair stations as much as possible as a way to cut maintenance costs.

About 900 foreign repair stations have been certified by the FAA.

Transportation labor is backing a bill, “The Safe Aircraft Maintenance Standards Act,” that would strengthen FAA oversight of repair stations located outside the U.S.

The legislation, introduced by Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), was passed last week by the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

The bill would establish “one standard of safety, regardless of where the aircraft is maintained,” DeFazio says.

“We are going to push very hard on this bill,” says Larry Willis, president of the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department, which represents MM&P and 32 other transportation sector labor unions.

“We don’t want to have a situation where America wakes up one morning to a catastrophic disaster involving foreign maintenance of passenger aircraft, which is what happened with the MAX,” says TWU President John Samuelsen.

“There are clear parallels between the safety and oversight gaps on the manufacturing side, with the Boeing MAX, and those on the maintenance side.”

DeFazio’s bill would require unannounced FAA inspections of foreign repair stations and introduce minimum qualifications, background checks and drug and alcohol testing for mechanics and others working at them.

The bill is opposed by trade groups representing airlines and repair stations.

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Labor leaders in the U.S. continue to express doubts about whether Mexico will enforce the labor standards included in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Free Trade Agreement that the Trump administration has proposed as a replacement for NAFTA.

USCMA, as it is called, is pending in Congress.

The administration hopes it will be passed before the end of the year.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka met last week with freshman Democrats on Capitol Hill to discuss changes to the agreement, above all the addition of strong enforcement mechanisms to ensure Mexico does not retain unfair advantages that could lead to more U.S. jobs being moved south of the border.

“I know from experience this can be one of the most dangerous phases in a negotiation,” Trumka said.

“An agreement is in sight so you fold on core issues to get across the finish line. I will not allow that to happen.”

The concerns of union leaders include whether Mexico will be able to meet its pledge to review tens of thousands of “collective bargaining agreements” that have been instituted in the country without any input from the workers they cover.

Trumka told union members in a message last week that NAFTA had been “a disaster for working people,” adding that although there had been some progress in negotiations with the administration, the replacement deal was by no means ready for passage.

“Getting this done right is more important than getting it done fast,” he said.

“So until the administration can show us in writing that the new NAFTA is truly enforceable, with stronger labor standards, there is still more work to be done.”

Before it takes effect, USMCA must be passed by legislators in all three countries.

Mexico has already ratified it, while Canada says it is waiting on the United States to act.

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The Maritime Labor Alliance is expressing solidarity with members of the Amalgamated Transit Union who are on strike against Transdev, a French multinational under contract with the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Transit Authority, the nation’s second-largest public transit system.

The MLA says the deal has created “a two-tier workforce,” one in which Transdev workers get significantly lower wages and few benefits in comparison with other city transport workers.

“Transdev is notorious for pursuing profit at the expense of safety, service and workers’ rights, and this is another appalling example of their nefarious exploits,” the MLA said.

The MLA unions are MM&P, the American Radio Association, the Inland Boatmen’s Union, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association.

“These workers are toiling at far lower hourly wages than their public sector counterparts despite driving the same vehicles on the same routes,” said ATU International President John Costa.

As Thanksgiving approaches, the 130 striking bus operators, mechanics and utility workers employed by Transdev have missed two paychecks and are drawing on the ATU’s strike fund for essentials.

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The Coast Guard on Saturday ordered the suspension from service of 23 New York Waterway ferries after a series of inspections found them to be “operationally unfit.”

According to a notice released by the agency on Sunday afternoon, Coast Guard New York Sector marine inspectors determined the 23 had “damage or discrepancies significant enough to warrant suspension of operations.”

At least two of the vessels had been returned to service as of Sunday.

New York Waterway operates 32 ferries in the New York area.

The agency said that after discovering “multiple discrepancies” during routine vessel inspections over the course of the preceding two week, officials decided to conduct an inspection of 100 percent of the operational fleet.

“The safety of the public is our top priority, and we expect our ferry operators to uphold the highest standards,” said Captain Jason Tama, commander of Coast Guard Sector New York.

“We know many people rely on these ferries for daily commutes, and as these discrepancies are rectified, we will work with New York Waterway to return these ferries to operations as quickly as possible.”

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A livestock carrier with 14,600 sheep on board capsized and sank on Saturday in Midia Port, in Romania.

All 22 members of the crew were rescued.

The Palau-flagged QUEEN HIND was leaving Midia on its way to the Middle East.

The starboard side of the vessel was said to be resting of the bottom, with half the hull still above water.

Responders rescued a few of the animals that were found swimming in the water, but most remained trapped inside.

For years, the live animal export trade has been the target of complaints by animal rights activists.

There has been no official word yet on the cause of the disaster.

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Join us to ring in the season at the MM&P holiday parties!

NORFOLK, Monday, Dec. 2, 1200-1530, Dockside 3311 Shore Drive (@ Lynnhaven Inlet), Virginia Beach, VA 23451.

CHARLESTON, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 1200-1530, Kickin’ Chicken West Ashley, 1179 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., Charleston, SC 29407.

LOS ANGELES/LONG BEACH, Thursday, Dec. 5, 1130 @ LA/LB Union Hall (Offshore/United Inland Group).

SAN FRANCISCO/OAKLAND, Friday, Dec. 6, 1200 @ San Francisco/Oakland Union Hall (Offshore/United Inland Group).

BOSTON, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 1100-1500 @ Boston Union Hall.

SEATTLE, Thursday, Dec. 12, 1200 @ Seattle Union Hall (Offshore/United Inland Group).

POMPANO, Friday, Dec. 13, 1230-1530 @ Brew Fish Bar & Grill 200 E McNab Rd., Pompano Beach, FL 33060.

NEW YORK/NEW JERSEY, Monday, Dec. 16, 1200-1700 @ Robert Treat Hotel, 50 Park Place, Newark NJ 07102 (Offshore/Atlantic Maritime Group).

HOUSTON, Friday, Dec. 20, 1300-1545 @ Perry’s Steakhouse and Grill, 700 Baybrook Mall Drive, Suite H110, Friendswood, TX 77546.

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Mercy Ships is a faith-based, international development organization that sends the world’s largest non-government medical ship to some of the poorest countries in the world.

For over 40 years, Mercy Ships has delivered free, vital healthcare to people in desperate need.

With over 400 volunteers from more than 50 different nations, its hospital ship provides lifesaving surgeries to the people of sub-Saharan Africa.

The medical care Mercy Ships is able to provide would not be achievable without maritime crew to operate the ship.

If you are interested in learning more about serving or getting involved with Mercy Ships, you can reach Ali Edwards at or by phone at (903) 939-7058.

Together, we can bring hope and healing!

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The 10 days after Thanksgiving have been designated by the AFL-CIO as “Buy Union Week” to encourage all of us to look for union-made goods and services when buying for the holiday season.

When you buy union, you’re supporting good jobs in American communities, jobs that provide living wages and benefits, safe working conditions and dignity and respect for work.

Holiday shopping traditionally kicks off on “Black Friday.”

(Did you know that it is called Black Friday because the end of November is when the balance sheets of many retailers begin to show a profit, “shifting” from red ink to black?)

Shoppers will find plenty of “bargains” on Black Friday, but union families may want to look beyond foreign-made electronics, trendy toys and gadgets to find union-made options.

Consider union-made candies, baked goods, spirits and specialty items; or gift cards for union productions, including movies and sporting events.

Search for union-made products on

A list of Thanksgiving products made by union members is posted at:

A few ideas: Butterball turkeys and ham; products by Ocean Spray, Dole, Birds Eye and Mann’s; Entenmann’s, Marie Callender’s, Pillsbury, Sara Lee and Stroehmann bakery products; and last but not least, wines by Almaden, Black Box, Mondavi, Dubonnet, Franzia, Gallo, Mondavi and Turning Leaf; beer produced by Anheuser-Bush, Budweiser, Leinenkugel, Michelob, Miller Lite, O’Doul’s and Shock Top.

Cheers! And have a great Thanksgiving!

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The Plan Office has received approval to close the year-end Internal Revenue Service and company reports and to process Vacation and PRO payments for 2019 no later than Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. EST.

All requests for 2019 Vacation and PRO payments received after this date and time will be held until January 2, 2020 for processing and will therefore be taxable in 2020.

If you have any questions, please contact the Vacation Department at 410-850-8625, 410-850-8647.

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If you are interested in applying for Optional Life Insurance through MetLife but have not yet done so, please keep in mind that the simplified enrollment period ends on Dec. 31.

All MM&P members and employees are eligible to apply for coverage.

Note: MM&P does not receive financial compensation either for making this plan available or in the event that you choose to purchase Optional Life Insurance through this plan.

If you would like to learn more or apply, visit by Dec. 31.

If you have questions, please contact MM&P Federal Credit Union Manager Kathy Klisavage at: 1- 800-382-7777.

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All MM&P union halls, the MM&P Federal Credit Union, MM&P headquarters and the MM&P Plan Office will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 28 and Friday, Nov. 29 for Thanksgiving.

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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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MITAGS needs your current address! Have you moved recently? Did you remember to send MITAGS your new address for communications regarding courses? Please send your current contact information to or to the fax number below.

New dedicated fax line for Admissions only: 1-443-568-1928. For all other MITAGS business, please continue to use: 410-859-5181.

For class availability or information on MITAGS courses and programs, contact Amanda Meadows, Admissions Coordinator, toll-free at 866-656-5568 or by e-mail:

Why not try our on-line calendar to register for class:

For Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) processing, MMC problem resolution advice, STCW compliance and VA GI-Bill questions, contact MITAGS-PMI Student/Instructional Services Manager Jennifer Pitzen at 206-739-0720 (direct line); (888) 893-7829 (toll free); or by e-mail:

Please include your Mariner Reference Number, date of birth and the last four digits of your social security number in all emails.

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: 1/14/20, 3/31/20

AZIPOD (2-Day) – 3/9/20, 4/30/20

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 2/24/20, 5/11/20, 8/3/20, 9/28/20

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 1/15/20, 3/9/20, 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): 3/11/20, 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: 2/24/20, 4/20/20, 8/10/20, 10/12/20

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – 12/17/19, 2/4/20, 3/4/20, 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) – 12/16/19, 3/4/20, 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: 12/16/19, 2/3/20, 4/13/20, 6/8/20, 7/27/20, 10/5/20, 11/30/20

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 12/9/19, 1/27/20, 4/6/20, 6/15/20, 8/3/20

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 2/10/20

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1: 12/2/19*, 3/16/20, 6/1/20, 8/24/20

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific: 12/9/19*, 3/23/20, 6/8/20, 8/31/20

CM-OPS 2 APL – Chief Mate Operations II APL Specific – 12/2/19*, 3/9/20*

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems: 12/2/19, 3/9/20, 6/1/20, 8/17/20, 11/9/20

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM): 12/16/19, 3/2/20, 4/20/20, 6/22/20, 8/10/20, 11/16/20, 12/14/20

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 1/13/20, 9/14/20 (DCS-1 available on request – contact Admissions)

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: Not Currently Scheduled

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management: 10/28/19, 1/6/20

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 12/2/19*, 1/13/20, 2/10/20, 3/2/20*, 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): 12/9/19*, 1/20/20*, 2/17/20, 3/9/20, 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: 2/24/20

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 1/20/20

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

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications (1-Day): 2/21/20

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior (1-Day) – 2/14/20, 7/24/20

CDMGT – Crowd Management (1-Day) – 2/13/20, 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): 2/3/20

ECDIS for Pilots (2-Day) – 1/20/20, 4/30/20, 7/20/20

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 12/9/19, 3/9/20, 6/8/20, 8/17/20, 12/7/20

FF-ADV – Advanced Fire-Fighting (4-day) – 1/13/20

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 2/24/20, 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: 12/19/19, 2/6/20, 3/2/20, 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: 12/14/19, 3/7/20, 4/25/20, 7/25/20, 9/26/20, 12/12/20

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications (1-Day): 1/7/20, 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): 1/6/20*, 7/27/20, 9/28/20

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes (15-Day): 3/9/20

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): 1/8/20, 3/12/20, 4/8/20, 5/18/20, 9/16/20

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

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC) (1-Day): 5/26/20

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): 12/2/19, 3/16/20, 6/15/20, 8/24/20, 11/30/20

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 12/2/19, 1/20/20, 3/16/20, 5/4/20, 7/6/20, 9/28/20, 11/30/20

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 1/6/20, 3/9/20, 6/22/20, 8/17/20, 10/19/20

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 1/20/20, 3/16/20, 4/13/20, 5/4/20

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 12/7/19, 12/20/19, 1/11/20, 1/25/20, 2/7/20, 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): 2/20/20, 5/21/20, 6/3/20, 8/5/20, 9/11/20, 11/10/20

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 2/18/20, 5/19/20, 6/1/20, 8/3/20, 9/9/20, 10/30/20

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) – 2/23/20, 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): 1/6/20, 2/24/20, 5/11/20, 6/7/20, 7/6/20, 8/9/20, 9/14/20, 11/2/20 (2020 dates may shift based on gun range availability)

MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day) – 2/21/20, 5/10/20, 6/4/20, 8/6/20, 9/12/20, 11/2/20

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) – 1/5/20, 2/22/20, 5/15/20, 6/5/20, 7/10/20, 8/8/20, 9/13/20, 11/6/20 (2020 dates may shift based on gun range availability)

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) – 1/10/20, 2/28/20, 5/16/20, 6/11/20, 7/11/20, 8/14/20, 9/18/20, 11/7/20 (2020 dates may shift based on gun range availability)

NDMS-ENAV – Navigational Decision Making Series – Best Practice in eNav (3-Day) – 1/22/20

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P (2-Day) – 12/16/19, 12/18/19, 1/13/20*, 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) – Not currently scheduled

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal (1-Day): 1/13/20

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes (1-Night): 12/18/19, 3/6/20, 3/7/20, 4/27/20, 4/28/20, 7/27/20, 9/15/20, 12/14/20

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 1/6/20, 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: 2/3/20, 5/18/20, 8/24/20, 10/19/20

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day) – 12/16/19*, 1/27/20*, 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: 1/20/20, 8/3/20

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (15-Day): 1/27/20, 7/6/20

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 1/6/20, 5/11/20, 7/6/20

TRAC-TUG-2 (2-Day): 2/17/20

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

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (1-Day): 2/9/20

VSO – Vessel Security Officer (3-Day): 2/10/20, 4/6/20, 5/27/20, 9/9/20

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) (10-Day): 2/17/20

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 3/2/20

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December 2019
2-6 Leadership & Managerial Skills
2-20 License Preparation (Mate Level)
3-6 Advanced Firefighting
9-12 ARPA
9-13 Basic Training
13th Radar Renewal
16th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
17-18 Basic Training Revalidation

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