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Wheelhouse Weekly, October 12, 2021

Volume 27… Number 41… October 12, 2021

STORIES COVERED

In This Issue:

Plan Office Update:

Mark Your Calendar:

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  • MITAGS-West Looking for Personnel for Marine Firefighting/Damage Control Programs
  • COVID-19 Vaccination and Masking Required for All MITAGS Students
  • MITAGS East Academic Notes
  • MITAGS West Academic Notes

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    MM&P’S STEVE WERSE AMONG INDUSTRY LEADERS HONORED AT SIH EVENT

    Master mariner and longtime MM&P official Steve Werse was among the VIPs honored by Seafarers International House last week for their dedication to the wellbeing of mariners.

    Werse was elected MM&P International Secretary-Treasurer in January 2013, after previously serving as Atlantic Ports Vice President.

    An MM&P member since 1979, he has over 30 years at sea, including 21 as master with Central Gulf/Waterman.

    “As master with Central Gulf Lines and Waterman Corporation, Steve, his officers and crew received two Citations of Merit for rescues at sea, conducted another four successful rescues at sea and for four consecutive years received the Chamber of Shipping’s Jones-Devlin Award for no down-time injuries,” said MM&P President Don Marcus.

    “His temperament, his professionalism, his sense of personal honor and integrity separate him from the crowd.”

    “Aboard ship or ashore, Steve is a teacher and a mentor,” Marcus added, calling him “the quintessential ship’s master.”

    “He will bend over backwards to give of himself in passing on the skills of our chosen profession to the next generation.”

    “His sincere connection with our young members has been a great gift to our organization.”

    During the course of the event, which was held over from 2020 because of the pandemic, ITF Maritime Coordinator Jaqueline Smith was honored for her dedication to improving the wellbeing and working conditions of the world’s mariners, in particular those employed by flag-of-convenience ocean carriers.

    Special recognition was extended to MM&P East Coast Pilot Representative Tim Ferrie, the president of The Marine Society of the City of New York.

    Ferrie was honored for reasons that include his deep commitment to equal opportunities for aspiring mariners, an objective that the Marine Society under his leadership has furthered through its extensive scholarship program.

    As trustee and president of the Sailors’ Snug Harbor Trust Fund, Ferrie has also distinguished himself for his efforts to protect and support retired merchant mariners with financial need.

    American Maritime Congress President James Caponiti, a longtime MARAD official, was recognized for his advocacy work on behalf of the US-flag merchant marine during a 45-year career that has included nurturing a trained mariner pool and overseeing a series of initiatives aimed at promoting the economic viability of the American Merchant Marine and the sealift readiness of the United States.

    Also honored at the event was Eric Ebeling, president and CEO of ARC (American Roll-on/Roll-off Carrier Group), who was recognized for his work in the areas of mariner quality of life, industry sustainability and national security.
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    NOAA LAUNCHES NEW ONE-STOP WEBSITE FOR MARINE NAVIGATION RESOURCES

    A new website developed by NOAA’s Precision Marine Navigation Program and the Office of Coast Survey will improve the use and accessibility of NOAA’s marine navigation products and services.

    The website includes links to and short descriptions of NOAA’s various navigation resources, providing a “one-stop shop” that mariners can visit to get the data they need.

    Designed for shipping professionals and recreational boaters alike, the agency says the website will become a valuable tool to support all mariners in their navigation planning and decision-making processes.

    NOAA provides a variety of data products, observations, and forecasts, and the new website will act as a central hub for all marine navigation resources, directing users to the most relevant data source or tool based on their needs.

    Precision marine navigation is the ability of a vessel to navigate safely and efficiently within US waterways.

    It relies on foundational oceanographic, meteorological, and electronic navigational charting data; observations; predictions and forecasts; and critical maritime information.

    The agency’s goal is to make this information easily accessible and readily available in internationally recognized navigation standards, such as S-100, with the aim of providing support to mariners throughout every step of a voyage.

    Here you can find summaries of and links to the various navigation products and services that NOAA and its federal partners offer, including products and tools, charts, warnings, observations and forecasts.

    For more information, contact: Marinenav.team@noaa.gov
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    OIL PIPE IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SPILL WAS LIKELY DAMAGED MONTHS AGO

    The Coast Guard said Friday there is evidence that the Oct. 1 oil spill off the coast of Southern California was the result of one or more anchor strikes that took place several months to a year before the pipe actually ruptured.

    Investigators will therefore examine more than a year of information on ship movements in the vicinity of the break, focusing on large cargo ships that were in the area during a Jan. 24-25 storm.

    A forensic analysis will be performed on the cracked section of pipeline after it is retrieved from 100 feet of water.

    The Coast Guard will also review inspections for any evidence of corrosion that might show it was being operated negligently.

    Federal, state and local law enforcement officials have launched a criminal investigation into pipeline operator Beta Offshore and its parent company, Amplify Energy.

    The inquiry follows revelations that the operator may have waited more than three hours after the first low-pressure alarm sounded to shut the pipeline down.

    The first alarm sounded at 0230 on Saturday; the shutdown occurred at 0601; and regulators were notified at 0907.

    This timeline does not appear to be consistent with public statements made by spokespersons for Amplify Energy.

    Federal prosecutors have five years to bring felony charges.

    Penalties for failing to notify authorities can be $500,000 or as much as double the total damage.

    State penalties could run up to $10 per gallon spilled that wasn’t recovered.

    The Oil Pollution Act of 1990 requires whoever spills the oil to pay for the cleanup, but the operator can go to court to recover its losses from other liable parties.

    Lawsuits stemming from the accident are expected to continue to make their way through the court system for years.

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    SEAFARERS ABANDONED IN SINGAPORE SAY THEIR CALLS FOR HELP HAVE BEEN IGNORED

    Members of the crew of an abandoned Marshall-Islands-flag supertanker are appealing to the international community for help because authorities in Singapore and the flag state have failed to respond to their plight.

    The CHLOE V arrived in Singapore in late May from Ulsan, South Korea.

    When a legal dispute erupted between Koch Shipping and Hermes Marine Management, which is controlled by Lebanese billionaire Ghandour Ghassan, the Supreme Court of Singapore placed the vessel under arrest.

    Since then, the crew has languished in port. Their employment contracts expired months ago and many have been on board for 14 months.

    They have hung banners on the vessel seeking to call attention to their plight.

    “The personnel on board of VLCC CHLOE V is held against their will onboard, not being paid since July 2021,” they said.

    “The owners unilaterally severed their ties and stated their position that no one gets paid from their end, which is a definition of abandonment!”

    The Wall Street Journal and other news outlets report that cases of crew abandonment have risen sharply in the pandemic.

    The International Maritime Organization says 85 cases were reported last year, up from 40 in 2019.

    The International Transport Workers’ Federation says the problem is actually much larger: that today more than 1,000 seafarers can be described as having been abandoned.

    Even if they could find a way to travel in the face of pandemic border restrictions, seafarers in this situation generally lack the money to get home on their own.

    They also fear that if they leave their vessels they will lose any chance of recovering the back pay that they are owed.
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    AUSTRALIA BANS ANOTHER SHIP FOR NOT PAYING CREW

    For the third time in a year, Australia has banned a ship from its waters because of labor contract violations.

    The Australian Maritime Safety Authority says inspections of the bulker WESTERN CALLAO uncovered numerous breaches of the Maritime Labor Convention.

    Investigators found evidence that the 13 seafarers on board were collectively owed the equivalent of almost $30,000.

    They also discovered that despite commitments to repatriate the men at the end of their original nine-month contracts, some had been on board for more than a year.

    The ship was allowed to depart for Indonesia when AMSA was satisfied that the crew had been paid the back wages they were owed, but it has been banned from returning to Australian ports for six months.

    AMSA Executive Director of Operations Michael Drake said the ship operator, Singapore-based Bright Star Shipmanagement, had been cited for previous MLC violations, in particular for forcing seafarers to remain on board for as long as 14 months without relief.

    “Australia has zero tolerance for the underpayment of crew,” Drake said.

    “This type of behavior is unethical and in complete contravention to the Maritime Labor Convention. The international conventions that protect seafarers’ rights are very clear. Ships visiting Australian ports are on notice that if we find deliberate underpaying of crew and attempts to deceive authorities, they can expect penalties.”

    He said the WESTERN CALLAO is the twenty-fifth ship banned by Australia since 2014.

    Five vessels were banned in 2020, about double the average number that were banned in the two previous years.
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    INTERNATIONAL TRANSPORT WORKERS’ FEDERATION SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR IMO’S EXCEPTIONAL BRAVERY AT SEA AWARD

    Mariners are encouraged to submit nominations for the International Maritime Organization Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea, which is given to those who risk their lives attempting to save others or protect the environment.

    Nominations are for acts of bravery occurring between Feb. 1, 2021 and Jan. 30, 2022.

    The deadline for submitting nominations to the ITF is Feb. 28, 2022. The ITF must submit the names to the IMO by April 1, 2022.

    There are two ways to submit nominations:

    — through your union;

    — directly to the ITF, by sending an email to Berlan Branko, ITF Accredited Representative to the IMO: Berlan_Branko@itf.org.uk.

    In your email, you should provide:

    — the name, nationality and rating of the nominee;

    — the place and time/date of the event;

    — anything else that makes the act of bravery exceptional (such as age of the nominee; time onboard without a crew change; any disabilities that the nominee lives with that made the act of bravery more challenging for them).

    Once nominations are submitted, the potential winners are shortlisted by a panel that makes recommendations to the judges.

    The panel is chaired by the Secretary-General of the IMO and includes a representative from the ITF and the chairs of the IMO’s important committees, including the IMO Maritime Safety Committee, Marine Environment Protection Committee and Legal Committee.

    The winner of the award is invited to a ceremony at IMO headquarters in London to receive a medal and a certificate.

    Runners-up receive an official letter of commendation.

    Last year’s winner was a search and rescue officer from Vietnam, Tran Van Khoi, who battled extreme weather to save the lives of four people from a sinking cargo ship.

    “It is important that seafarers are nominated for the award, especially this year given all that’s happened to them through the pandemic and crew change crisis,” said the ITF’s Branko Berlan.

    “The world’s seafarers have been keeping the world moving under very difficult conditions. Bravery is everywhere in this profession: let us recognize it!”
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    DELAY IN DRUG TESTING

    The Plan Office has noticed significant delays—sometimes of as long as two or three weeks—at some of the Quest Labs.

    When the Plan contacted Quest, the company said that there is a backlog due to the volume of Covid-19 tests.

    If you need to take a drug test for a job or to upgrade or renew your license, the Plan Office recommends that you take the test at least three or four weeks in advance of when you need the results.
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    REGISTRATION OPEN FOR VIRTUAL PROPELLER CLUB CONFERENCE OCT. 13 AND 14

    Don’t delay in registering for the 95th Annual International Propeller Club Conference, which will be held online on Oct. 13 and 14.

    This year’s theme is: “Open for Business in 2022—What Will It Look Like?”

    The agenda includes keynote addresses from IMO Secretary-General Kitack-Lim and Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Karl Schultz.

    Students and faculty can register for free.

    The conference will include the following panels:

    — “Large Port Issues,” moderated by President/CEO of the American Association of Port Authorities Chris Connor, will address supply chain delays, congestion, and worker shortages caused by Covid-19;

    — “Cyber Security,” moderated by Port of Vancouver Information Security Analyst Chris Carter and with a keynote address by USCG Cyber Command Commander Rear Adm. Michael Ryan, will discuss the Port of Houston cyberattack and what companies are doing to protect themselves and their assets;

    — “The Maritime Workforce,” moderated by ITF Seafarers’ Section Chair Dave Heindel, will discuss the pandemic’s impact on the supply chain and key workers in the maritime industry;

    — “Inland and Great Lakes Shipping,” moderated by Inland Rivers, Ports, and Terminals Executive Director Aimee Andres, will address the impact of the pandemic on the inland towing industry and in the Great Lakes.

    Join your maritime colleagues from around the world and register here!

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    MARYLAND BOARD OF PILOTS 2021 PILOT-IN-TRAINING APPLICATION NOW AVAILABLE

    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: https://www.dllr.state.md.us/license/bp/.

    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: dloplpilots-labor@maryland.gov.

    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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    ALASKA MARINE HIGHWAY SYSTEM SEEKS EXTRA RELIEF THIRD MATES

    The Alaska Marine Highway System is seeking to hire extra relief third mates. The job is year-round, with work assignments on a two-week rotation. Requirements are:

    1. Valid USCG Merchant Mariner’s Credential with the following endorsements:

    STCW Endorsements:

    — Basic (Safety) Training (VI/1)

    — Officer in Charge of a Watch (II/1) (Waiver-able based on need)

    — Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (VI/6).

    National Endorsements:

    — 3rd Mate OC

    — Lifeboatman

    — Radar Unlimited

    2. Valid Transportation Worker Identification Card (TWIC) (please submit color copy)

    3. Current DOT Drug (within the last 6 months)

    4. Current USCG Medical Certificate (STCW 2yr date)

    5. Valid Driver’s License

    Desired knowledge and abilities:

    — Knowledge of operations protocols for vessel, crew, passengers and cargo.

    — Understanding deck operations including cargo management, deck maintenance and coordination of supplies.

    — Ability to maintain charts and operational checks on the navigation equipment.

    — Working knowledge of safety protocols and emergency survival equipment.

    The MM&P United Inland Group-Pacific Maritime Region represents the licensed deck officers who sail for AMHS.

    To apply, please send resumes to: umeko.seaver@alaska.gov.

    Port Captain Umeko Seaver

    7559 N Tongass Hwy

    Ketchikan, AK 99901

    For information on vessel specifics and routes, go to https://dot.alaska.gov/amhs/
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    MITAGS-WEST LOOKING FOR PERSONNEL FOR MARINE FIREFIGHTING/DAMAGE CONTROL PROGRAMS

    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 Jsibiski@mitags.org.
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    COVID-19 VACCINATION AND MASKING REQUIRED FOR ALL MITAGS STUDENTS

    Effective August 23, full COVID vaccination will be mandatory in order to attend training on campus at MITAGS East.

    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.

    Additionally, beginning on Aug. 9, face-masks are required in all public spaces on campus, regardless of vaccination status.

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

    The vaccine and masking policy is already in effect at MITAGS West.

    We appreciate your cooperation during these very trying times.
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    MITAGS EAST ACADEMIC NOTES

    \\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): 10/25/21, 3/7/22

    BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 11/9/21, 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

    BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – 10/25/21*, 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): 10/18/21, 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): 10/25/21, 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

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

    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): 11/1/21*, 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): 10/18/21, 11/8/21*, 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): Not currently scheduled

    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: 11/1/21

    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) – 11/11/21

    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

    FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 10/27/21, 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): 10/22/21

    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): 10/18/21, 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): 11/9/21

    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): 10/28/21, 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): 10/31/21

    MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 10/29/21

    MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) – 11/9/21

    MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day) – 10/25/21*

    MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 11/1/21*, 1/10/22, 3/14/22

    MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day/ 8-hour) – 11/1/21 (Evening)

    MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) – 11/5/21*, 1/14/22, 3/18/22

    MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) – 11/6/21*, 1/15/22, 3/19/22

    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

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

    PSC-REF – Personal Survival Craft Refresher (2-Day) – 12/16/21

    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, 1/18/22, 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): 12/6/21

    SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 2/28/22

    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-WEST ACADEMIC NOTES

    Schedule of Courses – Please also see our schedule and enroll online at www.mitags.org. For Registration Contact our Admissions Department: 206.441.2880 or admissions@mates.org.

    October 2021

    18-5 Celestial Navigation
    25-26 Basic Training Revalidation
    27th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

    November 2021

    1-5 Basic Training
    8-11 Advanced Firefighting
    8-12 Basic Shiphandling
    8-12 Leadership & Managerial Skills
    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

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