Wheelhouse Weekly, November 9, 2021

Volume 27… Number 45… November 9, 2021


“A Tremendous Victory for Working People in America”:


“Maritime Must Be Safe for Women”:

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Unions are among those celebrating passage of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which will fund historic investments in the country’s infrastructure and the people who build, operate and maintain it.

The $1.2 trillion package, which passed the House of Representatives in a bipartisan vote on Nov. 5, provides $550 billion in new infrastructure spending—the largest investment of its kind in the history of the United States.

“Congress has taken serious steps towards answering the decades-long call by the Transportation Trades Department and our 33 affiliated unions to bring America’s transportation infrastructure squarely into the 21st Century,” said TTD President Greg Regan and Secretary-Treasurer Shari Semelsberger in a statement.

The bill will fund modernization projects at ports, airports, and air traffic control facilities nationwide and expand public transit options across every state.

It also reauthorizes funding for highway, transit, and passenger rail programs for five years longer than the short-term extensions that Congress has authorized for many years.

TTD called the bill “a monumental win for union members in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the territories… [that will] sustain and create millions of good union jobs, and… expand safety and other worker protections across all modes of transportation.”

“The President promised to work across the aisle to deliver results and rebuild our crumbling infrastructure,” the White House said in a statement.

“After he put forward his plan to do exactly that and then negotiated a deal with members of Congress from both parties, this historic legislation is moving to his desk for signature.”

The White House said that combined with the Democrats’ reconciliation bill, which is also on track for passage, the bipartisan infrastructure legislation will add on average 1.5 million jobs per year for the next 10 years.

President Biden has said the legislation “will make it easier for companies to get goods to market more quickly and reduce supply chain bottlenecks now and for decades to come… which will ease inflationary pressures and lower costs for working families.”

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“Spread the word,” the AFL-CIO says. “The bipartisan Infrastructure and Jobs Act is a tremendous victory for working people in America.”

“While many politicians have talked for years about rebuilding our physical infrastructure, it is the Biden–Harris administration and a pro-worker Congress that actually delivered the investments workers have been demanding for so long.”

“And it wouldn’t have happened without the power and persistence of the labor movement, winning the 2020 election for working people and keeping up the pressure on Congress to pass our highest priorities.”

Here are the facts about the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act:

— $110 billion to rebuild 173,000 miles of roads and 45,000 bridges

— $66 billion in funding to upgrade America’s rail service

— $65 billion to improve the resiliency of our power grid

— $65 billion to expand broadband internet access, particularly in rural areas

— $55 billion to make sure Americans have access to safe and clean water, including $15 billion to replace lead pipes

— $42 billion for port and airport repairs

— $39 billion for public transit to keep workers moving

— $21 billion in environmental remediation to clean up Superfund and brownfield sites in hard-hit energy communities

— $7.5 billion for electric vehicle charging stations and $5 billion for electric and hybrid school buses

In total, the act represents the biggest infusion of funding into America’s physical infrastructure since President Dwight Eisenhower established the Interstate Highway System in the 1950s.

The bipartisan legislation is fully paid for and doesn’t add a dime to the deficit.

The vast majority of expenditures are subject to prevailing wage laws, ensuring that skilled local workers earn a fair return for their hard work.

Click on the link below to see what the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will mean for all 50 states.

Download the Graphic for Your State

It’s time to spread the word: this is a tremendous victory for working people in America, but still there’s more work to do.

Congress needs to pass the Build Back Better Act and bolster America’s human infrastructure.

Working people didn’t vote for a return to normal; we voted for a better future for our country.
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The International Transport Workers’ Federation has released the following statement.
A brave female cadet recently published the horrific experiences of sexual assault she endured on board a vessel while attending the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.
The incident and response she details bring shame on the shipping industry and underline the urgent need for action to eliminate violence in the workplace.
Eliminating violence in the workplace requires action from employers, employees, and governments, since it is everyone’s responsibility to ensure the safety and security of seafarers, including women seafarers.

In her online post, the cadet revealed the full horror of the incident that occurred on board a Maersk Line vessel while she was serving her year at sea in 2019.
Going public prompted an independent inquiry from A.P. Møller–Mærsk, and investigations by the Maritime Administration of the US Department of Transportation.
But we cannot leave it there.

“Sadly, this is not an isolated incident, but a reality for many seafarers, both male and female, regardless of flag or company,” said ITF Seafarers’ Section Women’s Representative Lena Dyring.

“We know that women’s experiences in the shipping industry, ashore and at sea, often do not match the best intentions laid out in policies, although many women trainees have great support during their education ashore, including as part of mentoring programs.”

“It is an all-too-common experience that too many women seafarers suffer from harassment and bullying. Many encounter discrimination in the workplace, and in the worst cases, assault.”
Dyring said everyone in maritime has a responsibility to change the male-dominated culture and remove obstacles and barriers faced by women in the industry.
She also said that following the recent publication of an ITF statement condemning an assault on a female ITF inspector, she received a letter from a woman seafarer that contained a strong message to the industry that is worth amplifying.

In the letter, the seafarer argued that “violence is NOT the only reason why the Maritime Industry cannot retain more women.”
“The Maritime Industry is riddled with poor attitudes & perceptions towards employing/training women, cronyism, nepotism, lack of career progress (i.e., by not being considered capable of doing the job, being passed over [usually by a junior male] and lack of opportunities, employment options, career development, etc.).”
Dyring agrees with the seafarer that attracting and retaining women to seafaring will require more than just dealing with perpetrators to remove negative behaviors.
“She is absolutely right that positive contributions of women at sea need to be celebrated and profiled,” Dyring said.

“Together, we can make a career at sea safe. We can make it a secure place for everyone, including women, so that all seafarers can progress and achieve their full potential.”
In 2020, women made up just 1.28 percent of the overall global seafaring workforce, and just 0.73 percent of officers, according to statistics released by the International Chamber of Shipping and BIMCO.

For many years the industry, supported by bodies such as the International Labor Organization, have worked to increase the number of women in the maritime industry, including in senior roles.
“The intentions are good,” the ITF said in a statement, “but to make meaningful progress, there needs to be a shipboard environment that is inclusive of women.”
“This requires awareness training of male seafarers with their active cooperation, establishment of formal support networks for women seafarers, and confidential avenues for seafarers to raise concerns that are promptly investigated and dealt with.”

“Unacceptable behavior must be immediately addressed and stopped.”

The ITF says it will soon publish its own support materials for women seafarers, including guidance on seafarers’ rights to a safe, healthy and violence-free workplace.

The push is consistent with the ITF’s support for ratification of ILO Convention 190 by national governments.

C190 makes clear all workers’ rights to freedom from gender-based violence and harassment in the world of work.

“The ITF global union family is thankful to this brave woman for coming forward to give her account of this terrible experience, as it makes this important issue more visible,” the ITF said.

“The justifiable outrage her testimony has caused has the potential to move us toward a safer, more inclusive industry for the women and girls who are to follow her in pursuing a career at sea.”
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ThThe decision by the Port of Los Angeles to impose fines for containers that remain on site too long is beginning to have an effect, according to the port’s Executive Director Gene Seroka.

In a Nov. 2 interview with CNBC, Seroka said the decision to charge a penalty of $100 a day was a last resort but is starting to help.

“We’ve tried diplomacy. We’ve tried collaboration, operations meetings all around, and nothing has moved the needle just yet,” Seroka said in an interview with Kevin Stankiewicz of

“We’ve tried almost every angle possible, and now this one has gotten some folks thinking a little bit more than they have in recent weeks and months.”

According to statistics compiled by the port, about 40 percent of containers are now “idling” there for nine or more days.

Before the pandemic, the average was four days for containers set to be shipped out on trucks and two for those designated to go by rail.

Starting next Monday, carriers will be charged the $100 daily penalty for each truck-bound container that’s left for nine days or more.

Fines for containers that will leave the facility by rail start accruing on the sixth day.

“This is a last resort and one I didn’t want to have to take, but we’re starting to see movement,” Seroka said.

According to American Shipper, at this point nearly 60,000 of the containers at the Southern California ports have been on site for more than nine days: the number is 40,000 for the Port of Los Angeles and about half that for the Port of Long Beach.

Storage space in nearby warehouses has become scarce in recent months and there is also a severe shortage of truck drivers.

The American Trucking Association said in October that the industry is short 80,000 drivers, a number that could double in the next ten years as more retire.

The problems affecting the world’s supply chains also stem from factors that include a surge in demand for goods and factory shutdowns due to Covid-19 infections.
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Fifty-seven ships have been abandoned since the start of the year, according to the International Labor Organization.

The number more than doubled in the first year of the pandemic, with 85 reports in 2020, up from 40 in 2019.

The International Transport Workers’ Federation says there are now more than 1,000 abandoned seafarers struggling to eke out an existence at ports all over the world.

A case in point: a bulker and its 11-person crew, abandoned in the Somali piracy high-risk zone.

The 1977-built HAJ ABDULLAH developed cracks below the waterline while transporting sulfur from Dubai to Dar Es Salaam.

On Aug. 31, it called at Mogadishu for an inspection and supplies, but authorities would not allow it to enter the port, insisting instead that it remain anchored off the coast.

“The crew has been pumping out water day and night to keep her afloat,” says ITF Arab World and Iran Network Coordinator Mohamed Arrachedi.

He says the Lebanese shipowners have not responded to inquiries and the flag state, Sierra Leone, has taken no practical steps to help.

“We all fear for our lives,” one member of the crew said. “At the moment the pumps are coping, but we have no way of knowing how long the ship will stay afloat.”

To give each crewmember up to four months of back pay and cover the cost of repatriation, the ITF has asked the insurer to activate the financial security clause in the ship’s insurance policy under the terms of the Maritime Labor Convention 2006.

But without cooperation from the authorities in the Port of Mogadishu, the ITF says, there is no way to get the crew off the ship.

In a related case, the seafarers’ charity Stella Maris is calling attention to the plight of 16 men aboard a fishing vessel that has been stuck in the port of Mombasa since March.

The Kenyan-flagged vessel, RA-HORAKHTY, is crewed by Indonesian, Korean and Vietnamese nationals who say they have not been paid for eight months.

Stella Maris has stepped in to provide emergency relief: a week’s worth of oil, meat and rice, as well as fresh water and diesel to run the generator.

“The situation is becoming increasingly hopeless, and no one knows how long a court case will take, but we will keep looking out for the crew’s wellbeing and monitoring the situation,” says Stella Maris Mombasa Port Chaplain Margaret Masibo.
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The Coast Guard Navigation Center is now publishing Broadcast Notices to Mariners in filterable, digital format for the entire First Coast Guard District (joining the Fifth, Eighth, and Thirteenth Districts, made previously available in this format).

The database,, is searchable via a wide variety of parameters.

The Coast Guard says it is expanding the availability of near-real-time Maritime Safety Information to all US waterways and that Coast Guard districts and sectors will be added steadily over the next year with the intention of expanding to all types of maritime safety information, including Captain of the Port messages, Urgent Marine Information Broadcasts and other bridge and waterway data.

Through the free online subscription service, Gov Delivery, mariners can subscribe to selected topics and receive via email the Broadcast Notices to Mariners for their chosen geographical area.

The online subscription service is in addition to the standard VHF BNM broadcasts which traditionally have been the only way to receive this navigational information.

Mariners can now use the subscription service to plan for underway periods and receive updates to navigational hazards in near-real-time without having to wait on scheduled VHF broadcasts.

To receive BNMs via email for your waterway of choice, go to, select the district or individual sector link and enter your email address.

If you have any questions, please contact the USCG using the Contact Us page.

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MM&P Plans Benefit Director Ken Ryan will hold a virtual education and training session on Dec. 1 for members of the MM&P Offshore Group.

The topic of the session will be benefit decisions and calculations for retirement options.

You must register in advance to participate.

To register, click here.

The session is open to all Offshore members and applicants.

The meeting will be held Wednesday, Dec. 1. It will start at 1 pm EST and last until 4 pm EST.
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Eligible dependent children of eligible Offshore members and co-pay pensioners in good standing are reminded to request an application for the scholarship program.

Applicants must be high school seniors during the 2022-23 school year. Completed applications must be returned to the Plan Office by Nov. 30, 2021.  

Please call Madeline Petrelli at 410-850-8615.
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The trustees have approved three new courses to be developed by MITAGS and offered to Trust students in 2022.

The first two are Basic and Advanced Low Flashpoint Fuel Operations.

This training is required for deck officers sailing on vessels using liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a bunkering fuel.

It is MITAGS’ hope that the course will be ready and approved by the National Maritime Center by the second quarter of 2022.

The third course is an online seminar dealing with issues related to sexual assault and harassment (SASH).

Dates for this seminar have yet to be determined.
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The MATES Program has received approval from the Internal Revenue Service to
change to a 501c3 non-profit public charity.
Donors can now deduct contributions made to MATES under Internal Revenue Code
(IRC) Section 170.
MATES is also qualified to receive tax-deductible bequests, devises, and transfers or
gifts under Section 2055, 2106, or 2522 of the Code.
Any member or organization interested in making cash or training equipment donations
is asked to contact the Executive Director at
This change will also enhance the Program’s ability to receive grants from government
and private foundations.
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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. 25 and Friday, Nov. 26 for Thanksgiving.
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The Maryland Board of Pilots is accepting applications for Pilots-in-training through Dec. 31, 2021, for the current selection process.

Applications received after that date will not be accepted for the current selection process.

If you are interested in a career as a Maritime Pilot, please visit our website for more information:

When you are on the site, click on “Licensing Applications” and then on “Apply to be a Pilot-in-training.”

You can also email your request to:

The application fee is $25 and is non-refundable.

Applications should be sent to the Maryland Board of Pilots, 500 N. Calvert Street, Room 308, Baltimore, MD 21202.

For assistance, please contact the Board at: 410-230-6261 or Fax: 410-962-8483.
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MITAGS-West is looking to quickly fill three open positions in its Marine Firefighting/Damage Control Programs.

The three are:

Program Manager;

Lead Instructor; and

Assistant Instructor.

If you are interested in learning more or applying for these positions, please click on the links above and submit a cover letter with your resume to Human Resources Manager Jane Sibiski at
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Full COVID vaccination is mandatory for everyone attending training on campus at MITAGS East and MITAGS West.

Full vaccination is mandatory for all students unless you have a documented medical exemption or claim a religious/philosophical exemption.

Documentation either of full COVID vaccination or a written claim of exemption must be submitted to Admissions in advance of your course.

Scans, photocopies, or electronic images of your COVID-19 vaccination cards (records) or certification by a medical provider are acceptable.

Additionally, face-masks are required in all public spaces on both campuses, regardless of vaccination status.

We appreciate your cooperation during these very trying times.
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\\Classes are 5-day unless otherwise noted\\

Class dates followed by an * are full
AB – Able Seaman (5-Day) – Not Currently Scheduled
AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

ARPA-OIC (4-Day) – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 2/1/22

AZIPOD (2-Day) – 2/3/22

BRM – Bridge Resource Management (5-Day): 3/7/22

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 2/4/22, 2/28/22, 3/14/22

Online: Not currently scheduled

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling – (Now also included in BRMP-Refresher) (3-Day): 3/16/22

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

BT – Basic Safety Training (5-Day): 1/31/22, 5/9/22, 9/12/22

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – 12/13/21*, 2/22/22, 3/22/22, 4/26/22, 6/8/22, 9/28/22, 10/19/22, 11/14/22, 12/20/22

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 12/13/21*, 2/22/22, 4/26/22, 9/28/22, 11/14/22, 12/19/22

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic (5-Day): 11/29/21

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability (5-Day): 1/17/22, 3/21/22

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology (5-Day): 12/6/21, 1/10/22

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 3/28/22

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1 (5-Day): 11/29/21, 2/28/22

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific (5-Day): 12/6/21, 3/7/22

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

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems (5-Day): 11/29/21, 1/24/22, 5/2/22, 8/1/22, 10/10/22

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM) (5-Day): 12/13/21, 1/31/22, 4/25/22, 8/8/22, 11/14/22

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants (5-Day): 3/14/22

(DCS-1 available on request – contact Admissions)

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: Not Currently Scheduled

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (5-Day): 2/28/22

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1) (5-Day): 11/29/21, 1/17/22, 2/14/22*, 3/21/22, 4/11/22, 5/16/22, 6/6/22, 7/25/22, 8/8/22, 9/19/22, 10/3/22, 10/17/22, 11/7/22, 12/5/22

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2) (5-Day): 12/6/21, 1/24/22, 2/21/22*, 3/28/22, 4/18/22, 5/23/22, 6/13/22, 8/1/22, 8/15/22, 9/26/22, 10/10/22, 10/24/22, 11/14/22, 12/12/22

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

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation (5-Day): 4/11/22, 10/3/22

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping (5-Day): 3/7/22

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) – 1/17/22

CIW-DPA/IA – Continual Improvement Workshop: Designated Person Ashore & Internal Auditor (3-Day) ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program **

Online: Not currently scheduled

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

CNAV-OIC (15-Day) – Celestial Navigation: 5/9/22, 8/15/22, 10/31/22

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications (1-Day): 3/18/22

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior (1-Day) – 2/18/22

CDMGT – Crowd Management (1-Day) – 2/17/22

CSE – Confined Space Entry (3-Day): Not Currently Scheduled

CSE-AWR – Confined Space Entry Awareness (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

CY-MAR – Cyber-Skilled Mariner (5-Day) **NOT covered by the MATES Program ** – Not currently scheduled

Cyber-MAR-ONL – Cyber Skilled Mariner, Management of Information & Systems Security (Online Seminar) **NOT covered by the MATES Program ** – Not Currently Scheduled

DDE – Great Lakes (20-Day): 2/27/22

ECDIS for Pilots (2-Day) – 3/16/22, 5/10/22, 11/16/22

ERM – Engine Resource Management (5-Day): 12/6/21

ADV-FF – Advanced Fire-Fighting (4-day) – 3/28/22

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced (5-Day): 1/31/22, 5/9/22, 9/12/22

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 12/16/21, 2/21/22, 3/24/22, 4/25/22, 6/7/22, 9/27/22, 10/18/22, 11/16/22, 12/22/22

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 12/11/21, 2/25/22, 4/29/22, 10/1/22, 11/12/22, 12/17/22

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications (1-Day): 1/18/22, 4/26/22, 9/20/22

Online: Not currently scheduled

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization (2-Day): 1/21/22

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (10-Day): 1/10/22

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 11/15/21

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

LAP – License Advancement Program for Mate to Master (20-Day): 3/7/22

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes (15-Day): 1/24/22

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross

Ton License (15-Day): 6/6/22

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage (1-Day): 3/14/22, 9/21/22, 11/14/22

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

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC) (1-Day): 3/14/22

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): 11/29/21

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 11/29/21*, 1/17/22, 4/4/22, 7/11/22, 10/3/22, 12/5/22

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 11/15/21, 1/10/22

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 1/17/22, 2/7/22, 4/4/22, 7/11/22, 10/3/22

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 11/14/21, 12/4/21, 12/17/21, 1/15/22, 3/25/22, 4/9/22, 6/6/22, 7/16/22, 9/36/22, 10/8/22, 10/17/22, 11/17/22, 12/23/22

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic) (1-Day): 3/11/22

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 3/12/22

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) – 3/13/22

MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day) – 3/22/22

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 1/10/22, 3/14/22 , 5/16/22, 6/13/22, 7/18/22, 8/8/22, 9/19/22, 11/7/22

MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day/ 8-hour) – 3/12/22, 5/14/22, 6/11/22, 8/6/22, 9/17/22, 11/4/22

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) – 1/14/22, 3/18/22, 5/15/22, 6/12/22, 7/17/22, 8/7/22, 9/18/22, 11/6/22

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) – 1/15/22, 3/19/22, 5/20/22, 6/17/22, 7/22/22, 8/12/22, 9/23/22, 11/11/22

NDMS-ENAV – Navigational Decision Making Series – Best Practice in eNav (3-Day) – 11/8/21

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P (2-Day) – 11/15/21*, 11/17/21*, 12/13/21*, 12/15/21*, 2/1/22, 3/28/22, 5/3/22, 5/5/22, 6/27/22, 6/29/22, 7/18/22

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

PSC-REF – Personal Survival Craft Refresher (2-Day) – 12/16/21, 4/24/22, 10/3/22

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

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal (1-Day): 1/31/22

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes (1-Night): 12/15/21*, 4/26/22, 4/29/22, 9/20/22, 9/28/22

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 3/7/22

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3-Day): 3/3/22

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 2/28/22, 4/25/22, 9/12/22, 12/5/22

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day) – 11/15/21, 12/13/21, 2/7/22, 4/4/22, 6/20/22, 8/22/22, 11/28/22

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 2/14/22

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (15-Day): 1/24/22

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 3/7/22

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): 3/3/22

VSO – Vessel Security Officer (3-Day): 2/28/22

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) (10-Day): 2/7/22

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 2/21/22
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MITAGS Shifts to Centralized Admissions Office

MITAGS has shifted to a centralized admissions office. This means the school will no longer be using the East and West distinctive emails.

For registration for a course at either campus, please contact our admissions department: 866.656.5568 or
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2021-22 Fall/Winter

Please also see our schedule and enroll online at

For registration contact our admissions department: 866.656.5568 or

November 2021

15-17 Security Officer – Vessel, Company and Facility

15-18 ARPA

17-18 Basic Training Revalidation

19th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

22-24 Search & Rescue

December 2021

29-10 GMDSS

6-7 Basic Training Revalidation

8th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

16-17 Z-Drive/Tractor Tug Training

January 2022

4-7 Advanced Firefighting

10-28 Terrestrial & Coastal Navigation

12th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

13-14 Basic Training Revalidation

13-14 & 17 Basic Training Refresher

17-21 Basic Training

18-19 Advanced Firefighting Refresher

31-4 Basic Meteorology

February 2022

7-11 Medical Care Provider

10th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

11-12 Basic Training Revalidation

14-18 Basic Cargo Handling & Stowage

14-18 Engine Resource Management

21-25 MEECE

21-25 Basic Shiphandling

March 2022

2nd Flashing Light

3rd Leadership & Teamworking Skills

7-11 Radar Observer Unlimited

9-11 Rating Forming Part of a Navigation Watch

14-18 Ship Construction and Basic Stability

15-19 Basic Training

21-25 Able Seaman

21-1 Watchkeeping (Operational Level)

24th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

25-26 Basic Training Revalidation
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