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Wheelhouse Weekly – September 22nd, 2020

September 23rd 2020

Volume 25… Number 37… Sept. 22, 2020

STORIES COVERED

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“EXPECT ACCIDENTS, FATALITIES IF COVID-19 COST-CUTTING CONTINUES,” ITF MARITIME SAFETY EXPERTS SAY

The Covid-19 pandemic has lit the fuse on “a ticking timebomb leading towards environmental catastrophe,” maritime safety experts at the International Transport Workers’ Federation say.

In a report published last week, they predict an increase in accidents if some of the new cost-cutting measures—especially those that require overworked, exhausted seafarers to take on new duties–continue or become permanent.

The warning comes in the form of a report by the ITF Maritime Safety Committee, “Beyond the Limit: How Covid-19 Corner-Cutting Places Too Much Risk in the International Shipping System.”

Safety Committee Chair Odd Rune Malterud, who co-authored the report, cites a trend by flag states and others in the industry to deprioritize safety.

“Some industry players are pushing for exemptions from, or the outright suspension of, important international rules,” he says.

“These rules were introduced over many decades to protect seafarers’ safety, lives and the marine environment.”

“They are the result of learning from incidents in the past: be it an accident; a drowning; a spill; a grounding; or a death.”

As an example of Covid-19 corner-cutting, he cites remote inspections.

Although ITF safety experts don’t oppose their use for technical inspections when they are safer than the alternative (for example the use of drone technology to substitute risky manned inspections of ship structures and tanks), Malterud said that a program used by Norway—which allows remote inspections in which crewmembers themselves are expected to self-report on their own safety and security—is completely unacceptable.

“Given the growing power imbalance caused by the crew change crisis, crew are under enormous pressure to appease their employers, who are often a seafarer’s only way off a ship after months at sea,” he said.

“What is more, most employers will expect crew to pick up these remote inspection tasks on top of their already overburdened workload, often when a seafarer is supposed to be keeping watch for everyone’s safety.”

Malterud said the safety experts had decided to issue the report because they see it as their obligation as representatives of the seafaring community to raise the alarm.

“Pandemic or not, the public will not accept more deaths at sea and strewn ships spilling oil over precious coastal wildlife,” he said.

He linked recent moves by some governments to refuse or detain ships to spreading awareness of the risks.

“Governments know what could happen… despite those same governments endorsing dangerous short cuts for ships… to operate elsewhere. [I]f a ship is too risky for the harbors of Australia and Norway, it is too risky anywhere.”

ITF Seafarers and Inland Navigation Section Coordinator Fabrizio Barcellona said the ITF’s Crew Change Survey for the month of September showed seafarers recognize that risks are growing: three out of four said they worried about being “tired and fatigued,” while 60 percent said it was likely that they or their crewmates would be “involved in an accident that could harm human life, property or the marine environment due to tiredness or fatigue…”

“This is not just about crew change, but that is part of the story,” he said.

“Government restrictions on borders, travel and transit have made it difficult to recruit seafarers and some in the industry are responding by dumping more and more work on the tired and fatigued workforce who remain on ships”

“Minimum safe manning levels should prevent that from happening, but flag states all over the world are now making a mockery of their role as manning level regulator. We have ship owners proposing manning numbers for their ships that are well below what would have been considered safe pre-pandemic, and flag states rubber-stamping these proposals through exemptions.”

Barcellona said the ITF and its affiliated unions are calling for flag states and port states to get back to enforcing the rules, most of which they created through the IMO.

“We understood the need for flexibility early on in this pandemic. But it has been six months now, and we have reached the safe limit of exemptions, extensions and all-too-convenient interpretations of these life-saving rules. If action is not taken, there will loss of human life and irreparable damage to marine ecosystems,” he said.

MM&P is an affiliate of the International Transport Workers’ Federation.

To read the report, to go: https://tinyurl.com/yy7sj494

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INTERNATIONAL WEBINAR ON CREW CHANGE INCLUDES MM&P CAPTAIN, ITF AND GOVERNMENT LEADERS

The heads of UN agencies, governments, multinationals and labor groups will participate in a webinar this Thursday morning to discuss the crew change crisis and to raise awareness of the important role of seafarers in the world economy.

Among the panelists are MM&P Captain Hedi Marzougui, ILO Director General Guy Rider, IMO Secretary General Kitack Lim and ITF General Secretary Stephen Cotton.

The webinar, “Covid-19 and Maritime Crew Changes: A humanitarian, safety and economic crisis,” is a High-Level Side Event to the meetings of the United Nations.

It is being held on World Maritime Day, Sept. 24, under the sponsorship of the IMO, the ILO and the United Nations Global Compact, in collaboration with the International Chamber of Shipping and the International Transport Workers’ Federation.

To register for the webinar, go to: https://tinyurl.com/WebinaronCrewChange

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LIMITED REOPENING OF RECS CHARLESTON, NEW ORLEANS AND NEW YORK

On Monday, the National Maritime Center reopened Regional Examination Centers Charleston, New Orleans and New York for limited examination services.

Additionally, RECs Boston, Honolulu, Houston, Juneau, Long Beach, Memphis, Miami, Seattle, and Toledo, and Monitoring Units Ketchikan and San Juan are open for limited services.

Mariners seeking to schedule examinations at these locations may do so by contacting the appropriate email address or phone number:

REC Boston – recboston@uscg.mil
REC Charleston – reccha@uscg.mil
REC Honolulu – rechonolulu@uscg.mil
REC Houston – rechoustonexam@uscg.mil
REC Juneau – recjun@uscg.mil
REC Long Beach – reclb@uscg.mil
REC Memphis – recmemphis@uscg.mil
REC Miami – recmia@uscg.mil or (305) 536-4331
REC New Orleans – recnola@uscg.mil
REC New York – recny@uscg.mil
REC Seattle – recseattle@uscg.mil
REC Toledo – rectol@uscg.mil
MU Ketchikan – (907) 225-4496 (extension #3)
MU San Juan – (787) 729-2368

Examination appointment request emails should include the applicant’s name, mariner reference number, requested testing date(s), phone number, and a copy of their Approved to Test letter(s).

Exam services will be by appointment only. No walk-in appointments are available and all other application customer service functions will continue to be handled remotely.

Mariners will be subject to Covid-19 screening questions and a temperature check. Mariners experiencing Covid-19 symptoms will not be permitted to enter the REC/MU and will need to reschedule their appointment.

Mariners are required to wear a face covering at all times. Those who refuse to wear a face covering, or who remove face coverings during exams, will be dismissed and could be subject to examination module failure.

Persons with documented health issues that prevent them from wearing face coverings must notify the REC/MU when scheduling an appointment.

All exams fees must be satisfied prior to arriving at the REC for the exam.

Pay.gov is the preferred method of payment. A receipt or other proof of payment will be required in order to take an examination and should be emailed to the REC prior to your arrival.

Mariners should bring their own #2 pencils, photo ID, a non-programmable calculator and plotting equipment. No other personal belongings are allowed in the facility.

All counter service appointments and hand delivery of applications remain suspended.

The Customer Service Center is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday.

You can reach the NMC call center at 1-888-IASKNMC (427-5662) or IASKNMC@uscg.mil.

The NMC said it will announce future REC/MU openings shortly.

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MM&P JOINS MEBA, AFL-CIO, IN STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY AND SUPPORT FOR AMBUSHED DEPUTY SHERIFFS

The MM&P community is shocked and saddened by last week’s attack on two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies who were ambushed by an unknown gunman in Compton.

The deputies are members of the MEBA affiliate Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs (ALADS).

Both were severely wounded when an assailant approached the police SUV and fired numerous rounds through the passenger side window.

The 31-year old female deputy—although she had sustained numerous injuries, including to the jaw—came to the assistance of her 24-year old partner, who had also been shot multiple times.

Not knowing if the gunman was still in the area, she dragged her partner to a place of safety behind a cement pillar and applied a tourniquet to his arm.

One of the deputies has been released from the hospital; the other remains in intensive care.

“We send solidarity and love to our members and their families as the recovery process begins, and call for the perpetrator of this crime to be found, arrested and prosecuted,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

“We pray for the recovery of our sister and brother, and call for an end to any violence against law enforcement officers and the communities they serve,” the AFL-CIO Task Force on Racial Justice said in a statement.

The union that represents the two deputies has set up a fund to benefit them through ALADS C.A.R.E.S. (Cops and Relatives Emergency Support) Foundation.

If you would like to contribute, go to https://alads.org/Home/Cares.

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“CAPTAIN SAYS REGISTRY SUSPENDED HIM AFTER HE ACTED TO PROTECT CREW FROM EXPOSURE TO VIRUS”

The captain of a flag-of-convenience bulk carrier says his flag state endorsement was suspended by the Marshall Islands Registry after he took measures to protect his crew from exposure to Covid-19.

Without the endorsement, which was suspended on June 8, Captain Rajnish Shah has been unable to work aboard Marshall Island flagged vessels.

A spokesperson for the registry declined comment, saying an investigation is ongoing.

The story began when the TOMINI DESTINY, with Shah in command, arrived in the port of Chittagong, Bangladesh, on March 28, just as the coronavirus was beginning to spread around the globe.

According to a report by Gabriella Twining of Safety at Sea, Captain Shah told shipowner Tomini Transport that he was concerned that members of his crew could be exposed to Covid-19 during offloading because there was a lack of personal protective equipment on board and port agents had told him that the longshore workers had not been screened for the virus.

Shah refused to begin offloading until safety measures were in place. A representative of the Marshall Islands arrived to mediate.

The captain said he prepared a cargo plan aimed at minimizing the risk to members of the crew, but Tomini Transport rejected it and then launched a campaign of abuse against them: individual members of the crew were told they risked being fired, threats were made against their families at home and internet service to the ship was terminated.

Nonetheless, the captain stood firm. He told Safety at Sea that he only allowed cargo operations to begin when all parties involved agreed to a list of protections issued by the World Health Organization.

On April 29, he signed off the vessel with 9 of the 23 crew members, all of whom had worked past their initial contract expiration. Some had been working on board for almost a year without relief.

Shah said on June 8, he received a letter of suspension from the Marshall Islands which claimed it was acting on Tomini Transport’s claim that he had deactivated the ship’s identification and tracking system, diverted it without authorization and delayed berthing by refusing to take a pilot on board.

“They [the shipowners] want to malign my reputation and discredit my actions for using my overriding authority, as per the International Safety Management Code, to protect my crew at Chittagong discharge and legitimate right to ask for relief of overdue crew members,” Shah told Safety at Sea.

The charity Human Rights at Sea said they feel the captain is being scapegoated for using his authority to protect his crew. A spokesperson for the organization said they are watching the case closely, adding that the process has already taken too long.

“Further delay after three months is unacceptable,” said HRAS CEO David Hammond, “especially when an internal administrative complaint process is effectively controlling the professional future of an experienced master.”

Tomini Transport has refuted all allegations.

Safety at Sea has reported, however, that the company has been the subject of other recent complaints: earlier this month, 21 members of the crew of the bulk carrier TOMINI MAJESTY declared a hunger strike because the company failed to provide them with a repatriation plan.

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FRAUDULENT RECORDS, LACK OF FOOD ON BOARD: AUSTRALIA BANS FIVE FOC SHIPS FOR MISTREATING CREW

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has banned five flag-of-convenience ships from the country’s ports for underpaying crewmembers, not providing enough food and violating other provisions of the Maritime Labor Convention.

Investigators who boarded one vessel, the bulk carrier AC SESODA, found two sets of books, one of which was fraudulent.

The records prepared for port authorities by the ship’s operator–Sincere Industrial Corporation of Taiwan–reported that members of the crew had been paid in full.

But a second record of the wages actually paid showed that all the seafarers had been shortchanged while some senior crewmembers had been paid more than contracted rates.

The ship was detained by AMSA, banned for 12 months and the operator was directed to pay the outstanding wages.

Since then, AMSA said it had received evidence that the members of the crew had been paid.

It also said that Sincere Industrial Corporation had produced an action plan “to ensure the same failure did not reoccur.”

AMSA recently announced an ongoing inspection effort on all container ships calling in Australian ports.

The Hong Kong-flagged bulk carrier UNISON JASPER was the fifth ship to be banned—in its case, for six months.

Besides having two sets of books and “multiple conflicting seafarer employment agreements” on board, it was also found to have “an insufficient quantity of food” and “an ineffective complaints procedure.”

On July 31, AMSA reported that 11 crewmembers exercised their right to leave the ship and entered into quarantine in Sydney so they could be repatriated.

The ship was detained until a replacement crew could be flown in from overseas.

“We are sending a simple message to operators,” said AMSA General Manager Operations Allan Schwartz.

“Pay your crew properly, treat them respectfully, and comply with the requirements of the Maritime Labor Convention or you will not be welcome in Australia.”

The other banned ships are the Hong Kong-flagged cargo ship BBC RIO, which was found to have “serious and repeated safety and pollution prevention related failures,” including electrical hazards, faulty fuel oil leak alarms, a defective forepeak tank head, a defective bridge window, a broken sewage treatment plant and significant oil accumulation in the engine room.

According to Schwartz, AMSA had detained its sister ship, the BBC RAINBOW, on Feb. 12 for similar violations.

“Seafarers are making enormous sacrifices right now by being away for extended periods of time from their loved ones, just to keep critical global trade moving,” he said.

“It is completely unacceptable to respond to that sacrifice by depriving them of the rightful wages which they and their loved ones back home depend on,” he added.

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FORT SCHUYLER ADMIRAL’S SCHOLARSHIP DINNER TO BE HELD TONIGHT, VIRTUALLY

The Maritime College is hosting the first-ever virtual Admiral’s Dinner from Fort Schuyler tonight, Sept. 22, at 6:00 p.m.

The event is FREE.

Register now to ensure you receive the viewing link in time.

During the evening, Maritime College President Rear Adm. Michael Alfultis will introduce the four honorees.

The focus of the Admiral’s Dinner is scholarship support, which is even more crucial this year.

Among the speakers will be SUNY students and Captain Morgan McManus, an MM&P member who was named master of the SUNY training ship last year.

So, register now, and then tune in (online) at 6:00 p.m. (1800) on Tuesday – or 5:45 for the pre-show!

P.S. Admiral and Mrs. Alfultis have recorded a “teaser video” that has been a big hit on YouTube and Instagram. Check it out now at: YouTube

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DUTCH PILOT FINDS 47 PERCENT OF BOARDING ARRANGEMENTS DON’T COMPLY WITH INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS

Recent accidents have focused the attention of the maritime industry on the issue of pilot ladder safety.

Arie Palmers, a registered pilot in the Scheldemonden region of the Netherlands, says he participates each October in the safety campaign conducted by the International Maritime Pilots Association.

He says the campaign has found that about 18-20 percent of boarding arrangements are non-compliant with SOLAS, IMO and ISO standards.

Palmers says his own tally gives even greater cause for concern: he has found that 47 percent of the pilot boarding arrangements encountered on the job are non-compliant.

Maritime Executive has published his article, 1,000 Dangerous Ways to Rig a Pilot Ladder, including numerous photos of non-compliant boarding arrangements.

Read it at: https://tinyurl.com/NonCompliantArrangements

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VIRTUAL CHARLESTON, NORFOLK AND POMPANO OFFSHORE MEMBERSHIP MEETING, SEPT. 24 AT 1200 EDT

The MM&P Atlantic Ports Vice President has scheduled a virtual membership meeting on Thursday, Sept. 24, at 1200 EDT, for Offshore members and applicants shipping out of the ports of Charleston, Norfolk and Pompano.

MM&P President Don Marcus and Secretary-Treasurer Don Josberger will participate in the meeting.

To register for the meeting, you will need to log into the Members’ Only section of the MM&P website. You can download the MM&P app here.

Once you are logged in, click on Offshore Membership Meeting Registration located under the Documents tab.

For assistance, please send an email to support@bridgedeck.org.

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2021-22 OFFSHORE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE

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 2020-21 school year. Completed applications must be returned to the Plan Office by Nov. 30, 2020.

For more information, please contact Madeline Petrelli at 410-850-8615 or MPetrelli@mmpplans.com.

A PDF copy of the application is posted on the MM&P website: just go to www.bridgedeck.org, click on “Plans,” and then select “H&B Benefit Forms” in the dropdown menu. The application is the fourth form from the bottom.

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MITAGS-EAST ACADEMIC NOTES

Please be advised that as of the June MATES Trustees meeting, the number of sea days required to receive covered training at MITAGS will now be 42 days instead of 30.

This temporary change has been necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic with regards to permissible class size, available staffing and cost saving measures. The measure will remain in place through the end of 2020 and be reviewed prior to the end of this year.

\\Classes are 5-day unless otherwise noted\\

Class dates followed by an * are full

AB – Able Seaman – 10/5/20, 1/25/21

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

ARPA-OIC (4-Day) – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: Not currently scheduled

AZIPOD (2-Day) – 10/5/20

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: Not currently scheduled

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 10/5/20, 1/26/21
Online: Not currently scheduled

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling – (Now also included in BRMP-Refresher) (3-Day): 10/7/20

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

BT – Basic Safety Training: 10/12/20, 1/18/21

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – 9/23/20*, 10/28/20, 12/15/20, 2/9/21

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 9/23/20*, 12/14/20, 2/9/21

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 10/26/20

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 10/5/20, 11/30/20

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 9/28/20, 12/7/20

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 10/12/20

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1: 11/9/20

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific: 11/16/20

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

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems: 11/9/20

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM): 11/16/20, 12/14/20, 2/1/21

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

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: Not Currently Scheduled

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management: Not currently scheduled

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 9/28/20, 10/12/20, 11/2/20, 11/30/20, 1/30/20, 1/11/21, 2/1/21, 2/22/21, 3/15/21

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 10/5/20, 10/19/20, 11/9/20, 12/7/20, 1/18/21, 2/8/21, 3/1/21, 3/22/21

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

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 11/2/20

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 10/26/20

WX-HW-ATL – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Atlantic Ocean (2-day) – Contact Admissions

WX-HW-IND – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Indian Ocean (2-day) – Contact Admissions

WX-HW-PAC – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Pacific Ocean (2-day) – Contact Admissions

CIW-DPA/IA – Continual Improvement Workshop: Designated Person Ashore & Internal Auditor (3-Day) ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program **
Online: 10/14/20

CIW-SMS – Continual Improvement Workshop: Successful Safety Management (2-Day) – Not currently scheduled

CNAV-OIC (15-Day) – Celestial Navigation: 11/2/20

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior (1-Day) – Not currently scheduled

CDMGT – Crowd Management (1-Day) – Not currently scheduled

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

DDE – Great Lakes (20-Day): Not currently scheduled

ECDIS for Pilots (2-Day) – 12/3/20

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 12/7/20

ADV-FF – Advanced Fire-Fighting (4-day) – Not currently scheduled

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 10/12/20, 1/18/21

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 10/27/20, 12/17/20, 2/8/21

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 12/12/20, 2/12/21

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications (1-Day): Not currently scheduled
Online: 10/15/20

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

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (10-Day): Not currently scheduled

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 11/16/20

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

LAP – License Advancement Program for Mate to Master (20-Day): 9/28/20, 1/11/21

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes (15-Day): Not currently scheduled

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License (15-Day): Contact Admissions

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

LNG-TPIC (10-Day) – 11/30/20, 1/11/21

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC) (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): 11/30/20

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 9/28/20*, 11/30/20, 1/25/21

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 10/19/20, 1/11/21

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 9/28/20*, 11/30/20, 1/25/21

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 10/3/20, 10/26/20, 12/5/20, 12/18/20, 1/16/21, 1/30/21

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic) (1-Day): 11/10/20

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 10/30/20

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) – 11/1/20

MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day) – 10/28/20

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 11/2/20, 1/11/21, 3/1/21

MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day) – 11/2/20

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) – 11/6/20, 1/15/21, 3/5/21

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) – 11/7/20, 1/16/21, 3/6/21

NDMS-ENAV – Navigational Decision Making Series – Best Practice in eNav (3-Day) – 11/30/20

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P (2-Day) – 10/26/20*, 10/28/20*, 12/14/20*, 12/16/20*, 1/18/21, 3/15/21

PSC – Personal Survival Craft (5-Day) – 10/19/20

PSC-REF – Personal Survival Craft Refresher (2-Day) – 12/10/20

RFPNW – Ratings Forming Part of a Navigational Watch (3-day) – 9/30/20

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes (1-Night): 12/14/20

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: Not currently scheduled

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3-Day): 10/14/20, 11/30/20

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 10/19/20

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day) – 11/16/20*, 12/14/20*, 1/25/21

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: Not currently scheduled

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (15-Day): Not currently scheduled

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: Not currently scheduled

TRAC-TUG-2 (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

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

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (1-Day): Not Currently Scheduled

VSO – Vessel Security Officer (3-Day): 2/22/21

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) (10-Day): 10/5/20

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): Not currently scheduled

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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

September 2020

28-29 Basic Training Revalidation
30th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

October 2020

12-16 ECDIS
12-16 Ship Construction and Basic Stability
12-16 Basic Training
12-16 Medical Care Provider
12-23 Medical Person-In-Charge
19-20 Basic Training Revalidation
19-23 Advanced Meteorology
19-6 Celestial Navigation
21st Medical DOT
22nd Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
26-29 Advanced Firefighting
26-30 Advanced Shiphandling I

November 2020

2-6 Advanced Shiphandling II
2-6 Radar Observer Unlimited
2-6 Basic Training
9-12 Advanced Firefighting
9-13 Leadership & Managerial Skills
9-13 Medical Care Provider
9-20 Medical Person-In-Charge
13th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
16-17 Basic Training Revalidation
16-18 Security Officer – Vessel, Company and Facility
16-19 ARPA
16-20 Advanced Stability
30-4 Basic Training

December 2020

4, 7-8 Basic Training Refresher
7-8 Basic Training Revalidation
7-11 Medical Care Provider
7-18 Medical Person-In-Charge
9th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
10-11 Advanced Firefighting Refresher

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