Wheelhouse Weekly, October 26, 2021

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The unions that represent a majority of deep-sea US mariners issued a powerful statement Tuesday expressing their collective commitment to helping ensure “that all seafarers have a safe workplace free of fear, harassment, bullying or any kind of assault.”

The statement, which took the form of a letter to all of their members, was signed by the presidents of MM&P, AMO, ARA, MEBA, MFOW, SIU and SUP.

“As you know, our industry recently made unwanted headlines due to allegations of sexual assault and alcohol consumption aboard an American-flag vessel,” the union presidents wrote.

“We take the incident with utmost seriousness, but, regardless of how that particular case plays out, the undersigned unions—who represent the majority of deep-sea US mariners—are taking this opportunity to reinforce our collective commitment to helping ensure that all seafarers have a safe workplace free of fear, harassment, bullying and any kind of assault.”

“We are in the process of thoroughly but quickly re-examining and, where warranted, updating policies and practices that will facilitate education, protection and mutual respect within the ranks of our memberships and throughout the industry.”

“Turning a blind eye is not acceptable. All seafarers must be committed to active opposition to any type of harassment, bullying or discriminatory behavior.”

“It is our collective duty to protect and respect our shipmates. As maritime professionals and decent human beings, we must look out for one another.”

“When a mariner experiences or observes harassment, bullying or discriminatory behavior, the alarm must go off. Such conduct must immediately be stopped and/or reported.”

“The hierarchy aboard ship, the power relationship inherent in that structure and the closed shipboard environment can become coercive. Mariners must not be compelled to endure an unsafe workplace for the sake of their paychecks, careers, or reputations.”

“Each of our organizations is committed to ensuring the safety and fair treatment of every member. Realizing we are dealing with a social problem that can be magnified aboard ship, every member must share the commitment to speak out and act when they observe shipboard bullying, harassment, discrimination, or assault.”

“We know that our members are professionals, and that the overwhelming majority of US Merchant Mariners are decent folks who work hard to make a living in a unique industry.”

“We are often in leadership positions aboard ship. Our personal example and insistence on the safety and respectful treatment of our shipmates is the essence of leadership. Whatever the rating, experience, or qualifications, a good shipmate protects their co-workers and does not tolerate any forms of abuse.”

To read about the affirmative steps that MM&P is taking to ensure that every MM&P workplace is a safe workplace, go to:
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The Company has announced that it is implementing a COVID-19 vaccination fit-for-duty requirement for licensed deck officers that takes effect on Dec. 1, 2021.

The requirement will apply to all LDOs and PROs unless they have a medical or religious exemption approved by the employer.

A letter of understanding (LOU) setting forth the terms of the mandate was signed on Oct. 21, 2021, by Sunrise Operations SVP Ed Washburn and MM&P President Don Marcus.

“Effective Dec. 1, 2021, COVID-19 vaccination will be considered part of an LDO’s fitness for duty,” the LOU states. Only fully vaccinated LDOs may be dispatched to Company vessels as crew or as port relief officers.

An individual is considered fully vaccinated either two weeks after the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or two weeks after the first dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

To verify vaccination status, a copy of the LDO’s CDC COVID-19 vaccination card, or other official vaccination record, must be provided to the Company’s crewing department at the time of dispatch.

The Company will review and verify vaccination status before the LDO will be accepted.

LDOs on a Company vessel will be allowed time off in port during their workday to go to a COVID-19 vaccination appointment.

Requests for medical exemptions must be accompanied with a physician’s documentation stating the reason for medical exemption.

Religious exemption requests will be considered by the Company on a case-by-case basis.

The vaccine is required by the company for the safety of crew and efficient continued operation of its vessels.
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Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, who took the reins at US Transportation Command earlier this month, is focused on rapidly increasing America’s strategic sealift capability.

“We now face direct challenges across all domains, threatening our ability to deliver an immediate force tonight, and a decisive force when needed,” Van Ovost said in her Oct. 19 keynote address to the National Defense Transportation Association-Transcom annual fall meeting.

The Air Force has the cargo capacity to deliver an immediate force, but sustainment, which depends on large-scale buildup, requires strategic sealift.

In her first major speech as Transcom commander, Van Ovost chose to focus on the need to strengthen the Maritime Administration’s Ready Reserve Force and the Military Sealift Command surge fleet.

The country, she noted, needs newer ro-ro’s and a tanker security program.

“We have too many ro-ro’s that are getting old, and they’re too costly to maintain,” she said.

Today, only two tankers are enrolled in the 60-vessel Maritime Security Program fleet.
Van Ovost highlighted a recent Transcom study that supports subsidizing the US-flag product tanker fleet along the lines of MSP.

The study “clearly demonstrates the need for a Tanker Security Program as a strategy to increase US-flag tanker capacity and ensure that the Department of Defense has sufficient tanker capabilities to meet our national security objectives,” Van Ovost said.

The FY ‘21 Defense Authorization Act incorporated language to create a Tanker Security Program, and the FY ‘22 MARAD budget request includes $60 million to launch and fund it.

Working with the Navy, MARAD has already contracted for a third-party “buy-used” program that will acquire foreign-built ro-ro’s, reflag them and refit them to meet US standards.

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As record numbers of vessels continue to arrive at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, state and federal officials say they are looking at all options to improve the flow of goods along the nation’s supply chain.

The Southern California port complex set a series of new records last week: 161 vessels were in port on Oct. 20, with 106 either at anchor or holding at sea and 25 scheduled to arrive in the following three days.

One of the main reasons for congestion at the world’s ports is a serious shortage of truck drivers: the UK is said to be short some 100,000, Germany is short around 80,000 and the EU as a whole is reportedly short 400,000.
The Washington Post and CNN reported last week that the White House has weighed activating the National Guard because of the shortfall of drivers in the US.

At the state level, California’s governor signed an executive order Wednesday directing agencies to find new ways to alleviate congestion, including by identifying private and public properties that can be used in the short term to increase container storage and designating priority freight routes to provide better access for trucks.

The City of Long Beach has relaxed enforcement of its ban on high-stacked containers on private property: city lots that are zoned for container storage may now stack up to four or even five boxes instead of the previous limit of two.

California’s Department of Finance has been directed to develop longer-term solutions for consideration in the state’s next budget. These could include port and transportation infrastructure improvements, electrification of the goods movement system from port to delivery, and workforce development.

Both southern California ports have now committed to operate around the clock.

Beginning Nov. 1, the ports will charge ocean carriers $100 per container, increasing in $100 increments per container per day, when cargo lingers.
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As Democrats in the House and Senate close in on the final version of their reconciliation bill, MM&P and three other maritime unions have reached out to the leaders of the House and Senate to ask that they ensure that full funding for a new Great Lakes icebreaker is retained in the legislation as it moves forward.

Funding for a new Great Lakes icebreaker was included in the reconciliation bill as marked-up by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in September.

During consideration of the budget resolution in August, the Senate approved—by an 85-13 margin—a floor amendment by Sen. Tammy Baldwin calling for full funding for the vessel, which will support the Great Lakes economy, create and support maritime and other union jobs, and address climate change impacts.

Great Lakes waterborne commerce supports more than 147,000 jobs in eight Great Lakes states and generates $20.3 billion in business revenue each year.

But the economy depends on robust icebreaking continuing during the winter, and the Coast Guard Great Lakes icebreaking fleet has been shrinking for decades.

The unions requested the assurance that full funding for the icebreaker remain in the legislation as it moves forward in an Oct. 19 letter directed to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

The letter was signed be MM&P President Don Marcus, AMO President Paul Doell, SIU President Michael Sacco, and MEBA President Adam Vokac.
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The Biden administration has issued new rules for travelers to the US that require proof of full vaccination against Covid-19 in addition to a recent negative test—preferably a PCR test—taken within the preceding 72 hours.

Any vaccine approved by the World Health Organization is acceptable under the new rules, and “mix-and-match” among different WHO-approved vaccinations is also acceptable.

All vaccinated mariners who are being repatriated to the US must take a Covid-19 test within 72 hours of a flight departing for this country.

Unvaccinated mariners must take a Covid-19 test within 24 hours of a flight departing for the US.

When they land, they will have to sign an attestation that they will take another test within three-to-five days of arriving.

International travelers planning to fly to the United States will need to show proof of vaccination before boarding their flight and a negative coronavirus test within three days of entering.

Unvaccinated foreigners, with few exceptions, will be barred from entering the country.

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Although the flames have been extinguished aboard ZIM KINGSTON, the vessel is still smoldering as it waits at an anchorage five nautical miles off Victoria, B.C., for experts to carry out a damage assessment.

The Maltese-flag ship lost 40 containers over the side in a storm on Friday, then caught fire.

No injuries were reported among members of the 21-person crew, five of whom remained on board to fight the fire after the Canadian Coast Guard evacuated the other 16.

The incident began in the early hours of Friday morning when the vessel encountered heavy swells about 35 nm west of the entrance to the strait and began rolling up to 35 degrees, which sent the containers over the side.

At about 1100 hours Saturday, the crew reported that two containers on the foredeck were on fire.

A spokesperson for the Canadian Coast Guard said the fire was related to “two damaged containers carrying hazardous goods,” including 57 tons of potassium amylxanthate, a corrosive, toxic substance used in the mining industry.

The USCG is working with its Canadian counterparts to track loose containers that stayed afloat. On Tuesday morning they were said to be drifting northwest, about 12 NM off the coast of Vancouver Island.

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A new MM&P Women’s Caucus has been formed. The mission statement of the Women’s Caucus is as follows.

The mission of the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots Women’s Caucus is to effect change to assure equal rights, respect and safety for all mariners and workers in the maritime industry.

We will advocate for and actively support women’s rights, professional development, networking, and the discussion of all issues specific to women in maritime, including cisgender and transgender women, femmes, and nonbinary people within MM&P and throughout the maritime industry.

Our focus is to listen and take critical steps to make necessary adjustments. We will take purposeful action to demand a safe, harassment-free work environment and culture that is designed to protect all workers in our industry and support them in reaching their full potential.

This will inspire new business practices that must be implemented throughout every corner of our Organization to enhance mariners’ rights and interests throughout our industry.

We want to hear from you. Only through your insight can we discover ways to improve working conditions, confidentially report issues or concerns. Please keep your feedback coming. Help us ensure a safer work place for all mariners and contact us at to join in this effort.

Join Us! MM&P Women’s Caucus membership is free and open to all members and delegates.

Membership will initially be limited to women, including cisgender and transgender women, femmes, and nonbinary people within MM&P and ultimately, subject to the decisions of the Women’s Caucus, open to all workers throughout the maritime industry interested in promoting women’s issues,
empowerment, and professional development.

Warmline: We are working on developing and securing a peer-support resource. If you are a member or delegate interested in volunteering to assist with this effort, please also reach out and let us know. We are currently securing training for representatives. The warmline will provide peer support and referral to other resources.

Creating a culture that is based on high ethical standards enhances our reputation and assists us in recruiting and retaining talented employees who share our values.

Each and every one of us is responsible for creating a respectful, professional workplace where everyone can succeed. We will not tolerate harassment, discrimination, or retaliation in the workplace.

We are committed to making meaningful and positive change, and this is just the start.

We will be sharing additional updates in the coming weeks and months. We know there is always more work to do. We are committed to continuing that work.

Have questions, comments, or feedback?

Email us at
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The 2021 Women Offshore Conference will take place virtually on Nov. 5 and 12.

You can register for the conference here.

Panelists who work in the maritime industry, including a number of MM&P members, will speak on topics that include: resilience, mentoring, achieving leadership positions in maritime and balancing raising a family with progressing in your maritime career.

There will also be a panel on preventing Sexual Assault and Harassment, during which representatives of CGIS, Safer Waves, Seacode and the Ship Operations Cooperative Program (SOCP) will discuss best practices for maintaining a safe culture for everyone on board.

To register and to find out more about Women Offshore, go to:

Conference attendees will receive a virtual program 48 hours before the conference with links to each session and will be able to re-watch the recorded sessions for up to 30 days after the conference.

The Women Offshore Foundation, also known as Women Offshore, is an online organization and resource center established in 2017 to support a diverse workforce on the water.

As a 501(c)(3), non-profit private operating foundation, its mission is to propel women into meaningful careers through access to a worldwide community and professional development resources, while raising awareness amongst industry leaders and decision makers about issues affecting women on the water.

MM&P is a sponsor of the 2021 Women Offshore Conference.
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There will be an in-person Offshore membership meeting at the MM&P Charleston Hall on Monday, Nov. 15 at 1100. All members and applicants are encouraged to attend.

MM&P President Don Marcus and Atlantic Ports Vice President Tom Larkin will be in attendance.

The MM&P Charleston Hall is located at 1481 Tobias Gadson Blvd., Suite 2C, Charleston, SC 29407.

Please contact the hall with any questions at 843-766-3565.
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There will be an in-person Offshore membership meeting at the MM&P Norfolk Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 1300. All members and applicants are welcome to attend.

MM&P Secretary-Treasurer Don Josberger and Atlantic Ports Vice President Tom Larkin will be in attendance.

The MM&P Norfolk Hall is located at Interstate Corporate Center, 6325 North Center Drive, Suite 100, Norfolk, VA 23502.

Please contact the hall with any questions at 757-489-7406.
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All MM&P union halls, the MM&P Plan Office, the MM&P Federal Credit Union and MM&P headquarters will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 11, for Veterans Day.

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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.


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): 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, 5/9/22, 9/12/22

BT-Revalidation (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): 11/8/21, 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): 11/1/21*, 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): 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): 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: 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, 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): 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): 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) – 11/9/21, 3/13/22

MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day) – 3/22/22

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 11/1/21*, 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) – 11/1/21 (Evening), 3/12/22, 5/14/22, 6/11/22, 8/6/22, 9/17/22, 11/4/22

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) – 11/5/21*, 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) – 11/6/21*, 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, 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): 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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October 2021

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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