Wheelhouse Weekly – September 5th, 2017

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Volume 22… Number 36… Sept. 5, 2017


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Hurricane Irma grew into a Category 5 storm early Tuesday and headed toward the Caribbean Islands.

Irma is the strongest Atlantic hurricane since Rita in 2005, according to the National Weather Service.

Weather forecasters predicted it could make landfall in South Florida over the weekend, and Florida Gov. Rich Scott has declared a state of emergency.

A Coast Guard spokesperson said Florida-based crews and helicopters that had assisted in rescue missions in Texas for Hurricane Harvey were starting to return to their home stations to prepare for Irma.

The latest forecasts indicate it could hit Puerto Rico and then the northern half of the Dominican Republic before moving toward Cuba at the end of the week.

A hurricane warning has been issued for Caribbean islands including Anguilla, St. Kitts and Nevis and St. Bart’s. The British and United States Virgin Islands are also under a hurricane warning.

The Coast Guard Captain of the Port in San Juan was expecting sustained gale force winds and as a consequence was planning restrictions to port traffic and warning members of the public to be prepared.

The storm could drop up to 12 inches of rain over parts of the Caribbean and cause dangerous flooding and landslides, the National Weather Service said.

In related news, MARAD has activated two National Defense Reserve Fleet (NDRF) vessels for a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) mission to support relief efforts in Texas.

The State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College training ship, EMPIRE STATE VI, and the Massachusetts Maritime Academy training ship, KENNEDY, have received orders to set sail within 10 daysfor the Texas Gulf Coast.

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The National Maritime Center reminds mariners that duplicate Merchant Mariner Credentials can be issued free of charge to those whose credentials were lost or destroyed as a result of Hurricane Harvey and the recent flooding in Texas and neighboring states.

To obtain an expedited replacement credential, mariners should provide a statement of loss to the National Maritime Center via fax at 1-304-433-3412 or via e-mail to

The statement should contain the following: mariner’s full name; mariner’s date of birth; mariner’s reference number (MRN) (if you don’t know the reference number, include the social security number); mailing address that the replacement credential should be sent to; current phone number and/or e-mail address that NMC can use to contact the marinerin the event of questions; description of the circumstances surrounding the loss/destruction of the credential.

Unless otherwise requested, any duplicate Merchant Mariner Credentials issued per the request process above will include a corresponding Medical Certificate, if previously issued.

NMC says it will make every effort to have duplicate credentials mailed out the next business day.

Alternatively, mariners may submit form CG-719B, Application for Merchant Mariner Credential, to one of the Regional Exam Centers with the information above.

If your credential is unserviceable due to damage or your lost credential is subsequently found, that credential should be mailed to the National Maritime Center.

If you have questions or feedback regarding duplicate credentials, please contact the National Maritime Center via Online Chat or Ticketing System, by e-mailing, or by calling 1-888-IASKNMC (1-888-427-5662).

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MM&P provides assistance to members in distress through various beneficial funds.

Members in good standing with MM&P who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey should contact MM&P Vice President Gulf Ports-Government Affairs Klaus Luhta ( for information on how to petition for assistance from one of these funds.

Other members, please consider making a contribution to the MM&P Members Welfare Fund.

You can make a contribution by credit card on our website:

To make a contribution by check, please make your check payable to the MM&P Members Welfare Fund and send it to:

MM&P Members Welfare Fund
c/o Juli Rodriguez
700 Maritime Blvd., Suite B
Linthicum Heights, MD 21090-1953

Please note that contributions to the MM&P Members Welfare Fund are not tax deductible.

Thank you for standing in solidarity with your fellow MM&P members.

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If you’ve lost, broken or damaged your eyewear in the destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey, EyeMed—the MM&P Plan vision care provider–can help.

Simply follow these steps to talk to a representative who understands the support available.

— Call 866-652-0018 to talk to an EyeMed representative.

— Agents will have policy-specific support, plus the ability to send (at no-cost) an emergency pair of replacement Adlens Adjustable Glasses, which will allow you to adjust for different distances and switch focus for reading, computer and distance.

— If you prefer to order permanent replacement glasses or contacts, your EyeMed representative may be able to help in this case as well by extending your eligibility for the contracted vision benefit. Call 866-652-0018 to find out more. Your new glasses or contacts can also be shipped free from and

— Be prepared to provide the address of your choice where the Adlens Adjustable Glasses or permanent replacement glasses or contacts can be shipped. You can also pick them up from a designated local store.

— That’s it. A pair of Adlens Adjustable Glasses will be sent to you with free overnight shipping (must call by 2:30 pm for same-day processing).

EyeMed is also continuing to work with its network of local Gulf Coast providers and with OneSight to provide additional resources and support for you.

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The MM&P Houston Hall is closed until further notice because of flooding.

Members who live in the area and need assistance should contact the Tampa Hall: 813-247-2164 or

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Regional Exam Center (REC) Houston is closed until further notice. The REC has been affected by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey and will remain closed until public services are restored and it is safe to travel within the Houston area.

NMC instructs mariners not to fax or mail applications to REC Houston at this time. Although electronic applications are still being accepted, paper applications should be sent to another REC for processing. Alternate REC mailing information can be found on the National Maritime Center website.

The NMC will continue to work on applications submitted prior to Friday, Aug. 25. If you recently mailed or faxed an application to REC Houston, you may contact the NMC at the number below to ensure it has been received.

Mariners who need to schedule application and examination appointments during the closure should contact the NMC by Chat, by calling 1-888-IASKNMC (427-5662), or via e-mail to

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The crew of the Grand River Navigation bulk carrier MV CALUMET helped the Coast Guard locate and save a person in the water near the Mackinac Bridge.

The ship was traveling eastbound, preparing to go under the bridge, when it received a pan-pan alert over VHS.

The bridge team on watch–Mate Dan Manning and AB Bill Slattery–quickly spotted the person in the water.

Once the ship was sufficiently clear of the bridge, Captain Dave Miller effected a Williamson turn to return to the scene.

The crew was able to indicate the position of the man—a kayaker who had ended up in the water–to Coast Guard personnel aboard a rescue boat that had arrived from St. Ignace, Mich.

The incident took place over the last weekend in August.

All the mariners aboard MV CALUMET are members of the MM&P Great Lakes & Gulf Region.

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Members of the MM&P Great Lakes & Gulf Region who work at Key Lakes have ratified a new nine-year contract. Key Lakes operates a fleet of three of the largest vessels to sail on the Great Lakes. The fleet is primarily engaged in moving shipments of iron ore.

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Canada believes that lower labor standards in the United States and Mexico give the two countries an unfair advantage in attracting jobs.

For this reason, as the three countries begin renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canada is demanding that the United States end so-called “right-to-work” laws.

The news was reported by the British media outlet The Globe and Mail, which cites sources directly involved in the negotiations that began this past weekend in Mexico City.

Right-to-work laws, now on the books in 28 U.S. states, allow people who don’t pay union dues to enjoy union-negotiated pay and benefits.

Such laws severely weaken the ability of working people to negotiate with employers by starving labor unions of the resources they need to represent them.

Their impact is to lower wages and depress living standards across the communities in which they have been implemented.

For this reason, unions refer to them as “right-to-work-for-less” laws.

Anti-worker politicians in Congress have introduced a national RTW law, which is pending.

According to The Globe and Mail, Canada wants the United States to pass a federal law stopping state governments from enacting right-to-work legislation.

Canada is also pushing Mexico to end its policy of allowing “company-unions” that negotiate agreements favorable to corporations rather than to the working people they are supposed to represent.

The next round of NAFTA talks is scheduled to take place in late September.

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U.S. maritime authorities last week issued a maritime advisory regarding incidents of GPS disruption that affected numerous ships in June.

In Maritime Advisory 2017-006, authorities reported that a vessel transiting the northeast portion of the Black Sea during the week of June 19 experienced multiple instances of GPS interference.

More than 20 other vessels in the area also reported interference, including an incorrect signal, an intermittent signal or no signal.

The authorities advise mariners to immediately report GPS disruptions or anomalies to the U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Center (NAVCEN).

You can report a disruption by calling 703-313-5900 at any time, day or night, or by going to

Reports will be disseminated to the U.S. Air Force GPS Operations Center and the Federal Aviation Administration in an attempt to identify the problem and correlate with any other GPS incidents in the same general geographic location.

Critical information to report during a disruption event includes: actual location (latitude/longitude), date/time and period of outage and/or disruption.

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Crewmembers aboard TAHSIN, a Panama-flagged ship that has been detained in the U.K. since June, are subsisting on expired food and donations of produce from local community gardens, according to the charity Apostleship of the Sea.

The ship was detained at Sharpness Docks in Gloucestershire after inspectors found “modern- day slavery conditions” on board.

Authorities said the ship has no fresh water supply and the crew has not been paid in months.

Charity workers reportedly visit the ship three times a week with newspapers, baked goods and fresh produce from their own gardens.

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SOCP, the Ship Operations Cooperative Program, invites the maritime community to attend its 2017 Fall Meeting, the focus of which is “Managing Maritime Risks.”

The event will be held at: MITAGS, 692 Maritime Blvd., Linthicum Heights, MD, Oct. 31–Nov. 1.

The two-day event will include the following facilitated panel discussions: Overcoming Impediments to Maritime Recruitment and Diversity; Incident Command and Crisis Response; Incident Investigation & Root Cause Analysis; Underwater Noise Mitigation; Maritime Sexual Assault/Sexual Harassment Prevention.

Here is the agenda:

Monday, Oct. 30: Pre-Meeting – Autonomous Vessel Technology Applications and Operations (2:00pm – 5:00pm).

Tuesday, Oct. 31: Main Meeting Day 1 (8:30am – 4:30pm); Cocktail Reception & Networking (5:00pm – 6:30pm); Future Leaders Halloween Event (6:30pm – 9:00pm).

Wednesday, Nov. 1: Main Meeting Day 2 (8:30am – 12:00pm); SOCP Members Lunch & Business Meeting (12:30pm – 5:00pm); SOCP Members Leadership Meeting & Dinner (6:15pm – 9:00pm).

Exhibit booths and activity sponsorships are still available. All maritime industry representatives are welcome to attend the meeting.

For more information and to register, visit:

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There will be a meeting of the MM&P Atlantic Maritime Group (AMG) on Wednesday, Sept. 6 at 1400 at the New York/New Jersey Hall.

The New York/New Jersey Hall is located at 570 Broad St., Suite 701, Newark, N.J., 07102.

The phone number of the hall is: 201-963-1900.

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An Offshore membership meeting will be held at the MM&P Charleston Hall on Thursday, Sept. 7, at 1100 following job call.

All Offshore members and applicants are encouraged to attend the meeting.

The MM&P Charleston Hall is located at 1481 Tobias Gadson Blvd Suite 2C, Charleston, SC 29407-4794.

To contact the hall, call (843)766-3565, send a fax to (843)766-6352 or e-mail

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The Offshore Orientation Course will be held at MM&P’s Charleston Hall on Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 6-7, beginning at 0900.

There is no sea-time requirement to take the course.

All Offshore applicants, potential transferees from other membership groups and other interested Offshore members are encouraged to take the course as soon as possible.

If you are interested in taking the course, please contact the Charleston Hall at: or 843-766-3565.

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MITAGS-PMI is seeking a part-time assistant safety instructor to work at the PMI campus in Seattle.

Under supervision of the PMI lead marine safety instructor, the part-time instructor provides classroom and hands-on training in the fire trainer and in the pool, relating to marine firefighting, damage control, at-sea personal survival techniques, first aid and HAZWOPER. The part-time instructor also assists in managing training equipment for hands-on exercises.

The major duties and responsibilities of this position are: deliver Coast Guard-approved courses in areas of marine safety, firefighting, personal survival and other courses as approved/desired; set-up field training facilities; ensure training aids are present and serviceable; advise lead instructor of any unique requirements in any given class, potential problems or impediments to training.

Desired qualifications include: instructor experience (Fire Instructor I credential or military equivalent is desired or Coast Guard accepted Train the Trainer); at least five years’ experience in marine firefighting, damage control (civilian or military); emergency medical technician certifications or equivalent emergency responder qualifications; experience in personal survival and water rescue training.

Candidate should also have strong language skills and strong speaking presence, both in classroom and in hands-on training environment, and good interpersonal and communication skills.

Position may require travel to provide off-site training.

Possession of a USCG license or knowledge of, or work experience in the maritime field, is a definite plus. If you are interested in applying for this position, please contact

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MITAGS needs your current address! Have you moved recently? Did you remember to send MITAGS your new address for communications regarding courses? Please send your current contact information to or to the fax number below. New dedicated fax line for Admissions only: 1-443-568-1928. For all other MITAGS business, please continue to use: 410-859-5181.

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

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

Please note the special addition to our on-campus schedule of MSC classes marked with an asterisk (*), which are not normally scheduled to be held at MITAGS.

AB – Contact Admissions

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation: Contact Admissions

ARPA-OIC – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 9/26/17, 1/16/18

AZIPOD 2-Day – Contact Admissions

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 9/25/17, 11/13/17, 2/26/18

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 11/14/17, 1/16/18, 2/22/18, 3/29/18

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling: Contact Admissions

BRMP-Refresher – 10/18/17

BT – Basic Safety Training: 10/9/17, 1/15/18

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of seatime in last 5 years) – 9/26/17, 11/8/17, 10/16/17, 12/12/17, 2/7/18, 3/6/18

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 9/25/17, 10/15/17, 11/8/17, 12/11/17, 2/7/18, 3/5/18

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 10/30/17

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 10/2/17, 12/11/17, 1/29/18

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 9/25/17, 12/4/17, 1/22/18, 3/12/18

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (2 weeks): 10/9/17

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1: 9/18/17, 12/4/17

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific: 9/25/17, 12/11/17

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information System: 9/18/17, 1/15/18, 3/26/18

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM): 1/8/18, 2/19/18

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 11/27/17, 3/5/18

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: 11/6/17, 3/12/18

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (2 weeks): 10/30/17

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 9/11/17, 10/2/17, 10/30/17, 12/4/17, 1/15/18, 2/5/18, 3/5/18, 3/19/18

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 9/18/17, 10/9/17, 11/6/17, 12/11/17, 1/22/18, 2/12/18, 3/12/18, 3/26/18

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

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 10/23/17, 3/19/18

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 11/13/17

CNAV-OIC – Celestial Navigation: 11/6/17

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop: Contact Admissions

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications: 2/19/18

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior – Contact Admissions

CDMGT – Crowd Management – Contact Admissions

CSE – Confined Space Entry: 1/15/18

CSE-AWR – Confined Space Entry Awareness: Contact Admissions

DDE – Great Lakes: 1/22/18

DPA – Contact Admissions

ECDIS for Pilots – 11/14/17, 2/20/18

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 10/16/17,

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 10/9/17, 1/15/18

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of seatime in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 10/18/17, 11/7/17, 12/14/17, 2/6/18, 3/8/18

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 9/28/17, 11/1/17, 12/9/17, 2/10/18, 3/3/18

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications: 9/12/17

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization: 1/19/18

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System: 3/5/18

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 11/27/17

IEN – Integrated Electronic Navigation – 11/28/17

LAP- 9/11/17, 2/26/18

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes: 1/22/18

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License: 12/4/17

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 9/13/17

LNG-TPIC – 12/4/17

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC): 9/25/17 (*2-Evening Session)

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): 10/23/17,

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 9/11/17, 10/23/17, 1/22/18, 3/19/18

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 11/13/17, 12/4/17, 1/8/18

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 9/11/17, 10/23/17, 11/27/17, 1/22/18, 3/19/18

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 9/16/17, 9/30/17, 10/28/17, 11/6/17, 12/15/17, 1/13/18, 1/27/18, 2/5/18, 3/9/18

MSA –Maritime Security Awareness: Contact Admissions

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic): 10/2/17, 2/23/18

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control: 10/3/17, 2/21/18

*MSC-ENVPRO – 10/1/17, 2/25/18

*MSC-FF-HELO – 10/16/17

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualification: 9/11/17, 10/9/17, 1/8/18, 2/26/18

*MSC-Security Watch Basic – 9/10/17, 10/5/17, 2/24/18

*MSC-Security Watch Advanced – 9/15/17, 10/7/17, 1/12/18, 3/2/18

*MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force – 9/16/17, 10/13/17, 1/13/18, 3/3/18

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P – 10/2/17, 10/30/17, 1/22/18, 1/24/18, 3/29/18

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 9/25/17, 1/15/18

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 9/20/17, 10/4/17, 10/18/17, 11/1/17, 11/8/17, 11/15/17, 11/29/17, 12/6/17, 12/13/17, 1/10/18, 1/31/18, 2/7/18, 2/21/18, 3/7/18, 3/21/18

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 11/27/18, 1/8/18

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments): 10/16/17

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 10/23/17, 1/29/18

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling-5 Day – 9/25/17, 10/23/17, 11/27/17, 2/19/18

SMS – Contact Admissions

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 1/22/18

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses: 1/29/18

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 2/12/18

TRAC-TUG-2: Contact Admissions

TTT – Contact Admissions

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties: Contact Admissions

VSO – Vessel Security Officer: 2/14/18

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level): 2/19/18

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 9/11/17, 3/19/18

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Spring 2017

For registration, please contact our registrar, Mary McGhee, at 206.838.1126 or You can also view our schedule and enroll online at

September 2017

6th HAZWOPER Refrehser
8th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
9-10 Basic Training – Revalidation
9-11 Basic Training – Refresher
11-15 Basic Training
11-15 ECDIS
11-15 Cargo Handling & Stowage (Operational Level)
18-21 Advanced Firefighting
18-21 Medical Care Provider
18-29 Celestial Navigation
18-29 Medical Person-In-Charge
23rd Medical DOT
23-24 Basic Training – Revalidation
23-25 Basic Training – Refresher
23-6 GMDSS
25th Radar Renewal

October 2017

2-3 ECDIS for Pilots
2-6 Medical Care Provider
4th HAZWOPER Refresher
7-8 Basic Training – Revalidation
7-9 Basic Training – Refresher
9-13 Basic Training
9-13 Meteorology (Operational Level)
9-13 Engine Resource Management
10-12 Integrated Electronic Navigation
16th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
16-17 ECDIS for Pilots
16-19 Advanced Firefighting
16-27 Watchkeeping (Operational Level)
21-22 Basic Training – Revalidation
21-23 Basic Training – Refresher
23rd Radar Renewal
23-27 Leadership & Managerial Skills
25-27 24-Hour HAZWOPER
30-10 GMDSS

November 2017

4-5 Basic Training – Revalidation
4-6 Basic Training – Refresher
6-10 Basic Training
6-10 ECDIS
9th HAZWOPER Refresher
13th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
13-14 ECDIS for Pilots
13-16 Advanced Firefighting
13-17 Tankship Dangerous Liquids
17th Leadership & Teamworking Skills
17th Flashing Light Exam
18-19 Basic Training – Revalidation
18-20 Basic Training – Refresher
20th Radar Renewal
20-22 Security Officer – Vessel, Company, & Facility
27-29 24-Hour HAZWOPER
27-1 Radar Observer Unlimited
27-1 Basic Shiphandling

December 2017

2-3 Basic Training – Revalidation
2-4 Basic Training – Refresher
4th Flashing Light Exam
4-8 Basic Training
4-8 Leadership & Managerial Skills
4-8 Medical Care Provider
4-15 Medical Person-In-Charge
4-15 GMDSS
8th HAZWOPER Refresher
11th Radar Renewal
11th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
11-15 Construction & Stability (Operational Level)
11-15 Engine Resource Management
16-17 Basic Training – Revalidation
16-18 Basic Training – Refresher
18-20 Search & Rescue
18-21 Advanced Firefighting
18-22 ECDIS
20-22 24-Hour HAZWOPER

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