Wheelhouse Weekly – September 6, 2016

September 7th 2016

Volume 21 . . . Number 36. . . Sept. 6, 2016


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Strong labor unions help everyone who works earn more, according to a study released last week by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit that advocates for people of low and middle income.

The study shows that if unions were stronger, wages of union members and nonmembers alike would be significantly higher.

When adjustments are made for inflation, economists across the political spectrum agree, millions of Americans today earn less than their predecessors did 40 years ago.

A big reason is declining private-sector union membership, which has dropped from a third of all private-sector employees to just 6.7 percent today.

For its new study, EPI set out to measure how much a non-union worker in America today would benefit if union membership had remained at 1979 levels.

The researchers found that the typical full-time private-sector worker, whether a member of a labor union or not, would be making thousands of dollars more a year today if unions had the power they once did to influence a state’s or region’s standard wages and benefits packages.

“There’s a stereotype that unions only help union workers, but we found that the decline of union membership has had a vast effect on non-union workers,” says economist Jake Rosenfeld, who co-authored the study.

To arrive at their results, the researchers separated the impact of unionization from the effects of the other large contributors to wage erosion in this country: globalization and technological innovation.

If union membership had remained at 1979 levels, they found, in 2013, non-union working men in the private sector would have earned an average of $2,704 more annually.

The average non-unionized male worker without a college degree would have earned an additional $3,016, and those with a high school diploma or less would have earned $3,172 more. (The differences for women were less pronounced because of workforce changes and because women still occupy the majority of non-union, low-paying jobs in the United States.)

EPI’s study also confirms that unions play a key role in reducing economic inequality. The pay gap between CEOs and average workers has exploded in recent decades, from about 20:1 in 1965 to somewhere between 204:1 and 331:1 today.

To read the EPI report, go to

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South Korea’s largest container-shipping line, Hanjin, is seeking court protection in 43 countries to shield its vessels from seizures by creditors.

Many of the company’s cargo ships have been blocked in mid-voyage around the globe on the heels of its filing for bankruptcy protection in Korea last week.

As of late Monday, a company spokesperson said, 66 of its container ships and seven bulk carriers had been seized or denied access to ports.

According to a spokesman for South Korea’s government, some Hanjin ships will be rerouted to ports including Singapore, Hamburg and Busan, where regulations make them less likely to be blocked by creditors.

All the companies involved in serving Hanjin vessels in port, including terminal operators, fuel and food suppliers, are expected to demand guarantees from the company or advance payments.

Hanjin Group, the parent of Hanjin Shipping, is said to be raising funds to “normalize unloading of Hanjin Shipping’s containers” so as to minimize the damage to exporters and importers.

These monies are on top of the loans that three South Korean government officials said government-backed creditors are ready to provide if Hanjin’s parent company posts collateral.

Together, the funds would represent only a fraction of the money the company would need to remain financially viable.

The company’s bankruptcy will be the largest ever in the container shipping industry.

A hearing was set for today in a U.S. bankruptcy court in Newark, N.J. to consider Hanjin’s request to have its rehabilitation proceeding in bankruptcy court in Korea recognized under Chapter 15 of the U.S. bankruptcy code.

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The Obama administration last week began phasing in a regulation that will bar companies from receiving federal contracts if they recently violated labor laws.

Known as the “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” executive order, the regulation is intended to reward companies that play by the rules and sanction the others by encouraging employers who bid for government contracts to respect labor laws.

The new regulation is part of the Obama administration’s push to use federal contracting power to improve workplaces nationwide.

Good Jobs Nation, an advocacy group for low-wage workers employed on federal contracts, concessions and leases, says that today, the federal government–through its relations with contractors–funds more poverty-level jobs than Wal-Mart and McDonald’s combined.

The new regulation is intended to change that.

“This rule affirms the notion that contracting with the federal government is a privilege, not an entitlement,” said Labor Secretary Tom Perez.

“The contractors who are doing the right thing should not have to compete for contracts with those who don’t.”

The rule has been under development since 2014. It has just been finalized by the Labor Department and the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council.

The regulation is slated to be phased in over time.

Once it is fully implemented, it will require potential contractors to report violations of 14 workplace protections in the previous three years when bidding for new contracts of $500,000 or more.

The measure is expected to have far-reaching effects because government contractors employ 26 million workers, about 22 percent of the nation’s workforce. Federal contracting is a $500-billion-a-year business.

“Our tax dollars shouldn’t go to companies that violate workplace laws,” President Obama said at the signing ceremony for the order.

“If a company is going to receive taxpayer money, it should have safe workplaces.”

“The Fair Pay, Safe Workplaces final rule and guidance is critically important to the millions of American workers whose rights at work are violated every year,” Perez said.

“It’s about making sure that tax dollars do not support low-road contractors who discriminate in hiring and pay, treat veterans unfairly, withhold overtime, subject their employees to physical danger, or otherwise deny some basic workplace protections.”

The regulation requires that federal contractors give workers statements that detail the number of hours worked, overtime pay and deductions.

It will also ensure that workers who may have been sexually assaulted or had their civil rights violated get their case heard in court, curtailing the applicability of pre-dispute arbitration agreements that some large federal contractors require employees to sign.

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Every year, the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the global regulatory body for international shipping, organizes celebrations to recognize the role of merchant mariners and ships in global trade, security and prosperity.

The theme of this year’s World Maritime Day is “Shipping: Indispensable to the World.”

The theme was chosen to focus attention on the critical link between shipping and global society and to raise awareness of the relevance of the IMO’s role, which reaches far beyond the maritime industry itself.

According to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), around 80 percent of global trade by volume and over 70 percent of global trade by value is carried by sea and handled by ports. The shares are even higher in the case of most developing countries.

Without shipping, the import and export of goods on the scale necessary to sustain the modern world would not be possible.

Today there are more than 50,000 merchant ships trading internationally, transporting every kind of cargo.

Seaborne trade continues to expand, bringing benefits for consumers across the world through competitive freight costs.

Over the past 50 years, the IMO has developed and adopted a comprehensive framework of global regulations covering maritime safety, environmental protection and legislation. Under this regulatory framework, shipping has become progressively safer, more efficient and more environmentally friendly.

World Maritime Day will be celebrated at IMO Headquarters on Sept. 29, but other events and activities focusing on the theme will be held throughout the year.

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The Coast Guard will issue duplicate Merchant Mariner Credentials (MMCs) free of charge to mariners whose credentials were lost or destroyed as a result of recent flooding in Louisiana and neighboring states. Follow the steps below to obtain an expedited replacement credential.

Fax (1-304-433-3412) or e-mail ( a statement of loss to the National Maritime Center (NMC). The statement should contain the following: mariner’s full name; date of birth; reference number–if you don’t know the reference number, include the Social Security number; the mailing address that the replacement credential should be sent to; current phone number and/or e-mail address to contact the mariner in the event of questions; description of the circumstances surrounding the loss/destruction of the credential.

The National Maritime Center will make every effort to have duplicate credentials mailed out the next business day.

Alternatively, mariners may submit a CG-719B application to one of the Regional Exam Centers (RECs) with the information above.

If your credential is unserviceable due to damage, or your lost credential is subsequently found, that credential should be returned to: Commanding Officer, U.S. Coast Guard, National Maritime Center, 100 Forbes Drive, Martinsburg, WV 25404.

If you have questions or feedback regarding duplicate credentials, contact the NMC by using its Online Chat or Ticketing System, by e-mailing or by calling 1-888-IASKNMC (427-5662).

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There will be a memorial service on Oct. 15 for Sue Ellen Bourcq, our much-loved dispatcher in the union hall in the Port of New Orleans for many years and a close friend of many MM&P members and their families, union officials and colleagues.

Relatives and friends are invited to the E.J. Fielding Funeral Home, 2260 W. 21st Avenue, Covington, LA 70433 on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 1500. Visitation will take place from 1200 until 1500. In the meantime, please share your memories and photos of Sue on the Tribute Wall at

Sue died Aug. 21 at her home in Mandeville, La. Her husband J. I. Fernando Serra Ubeda, brothers and nieces and nephews survive her.

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The Delaware Board of Pilot Commissioners and the Pennsylvania Navigation Commission for the Delaware River and its Tributaries are accepting applications for apprentice pilot for the Delaware River.

The Delaware Board of Pilot Commissioners is accepting Apprentice Pilot applications from Sept. 1 through Oct. 14 only.

To access the application, go to:

The Pennsylvania Navigation Commission for the Delaware River and its Navigable Tributaries announces openings in its apprentice river pilot program.
The Commission will accept apprentice pilot applications through Sept. 23. At this time, the commission anticipates appointing a maximum of four apprentices in 2016.

To access the application, go to:

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The U.S. Coast Guard seeks an experienced Merchant Marine Engineer to work at the National Maritime Center in Martinsburg, W. Va. The position is responsible for evaluating maritime training courses and programs to determine if they meet national and international requirements.

The work involves using international code, U.S. regulation and policy, industry experience and subject matter expertise to review course materials and instructor qualifications to independently certify courses and programs for applicability toward qualification for a U.S. Merchant Mariner Credential.

The position also evaluates and certifies the competence of mariners to act as Qualified Assessors allowing them to independently certify the competence and proficiency of mariners working toward international endorsements.

The successful candidate will play a significant role in the establishment and review of U.S. regulation and policy as a subject matter expert for all matters related to merchant marine engineering including review and applicability of new technology used in the industry and to train mariners.

The position requires applicants to hold or have held a U.S. Merchant Mariner Credential in the grade of 2nd Assistant Engineer, Unlimited; Chief Engineer Limited; Designated Duty Engineer, Unlimited; or higher in the Merchant Marine or the equivalent military experience.

Previous experience as an instructor or trainer of maritime engineering subject matter would be a plus.

This is a General Services Level 12 Position with potential for advancement.

For more information:

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The Coast Guard is seeking members for the National Maritime Security Advisory Committee (NMSAC), including one to represent the interests of maritime labor.

NMSAC provides advice and makes recommendations on national maritime security matters. Completed applications should reach the Coast Guard on or before Oct. 24.

Applicants should send a cover letter expressing interest along with a resume by e-mail, with the subject line National Maritime Security Advisory Committee, to

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Many companies claim to be job creators and to contribute to our economy, but how do we judge their claims? BizVizz makes their records visible by putting the metrics of corporate citizenship in the hands of ordinary people.

BizVizz turns you into a smart, conscious consumer by allowing you to see shareable tax data, jobs data and other financial information hidden in regulatory documents.

Just go to the iTunes App store and download the free BizVizz app. When you snap a photo of a brand, the app uses complex image recognition to figure out what brand you are looking at.

The app retrieves information on the company, including tax data, profit, government subsidies and campaign contributions. Compare company profits, taxes and more!

You can share what you have learned about your favorite (or least favorite) brands with the BizVizz community.

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The Annapolis Marine Society Hosts “A Night on the NS SAVANNAH” on Sept. 15, starting at 1800. It features an introduction to the vessel and tours by Erhard Koehler, project manager for the NS SAVANNAH, followed by dinner in the vessel lounge and more.

Featured speakers include Tony Fisher, deputy associate administrator for commercial sealift, Mike Reagoso, vice president and general manager of McAllister Towing, Baltimore, and Roger DeLoach, ship broker Washington Maritime.

This is a limited seating event for 50 people. Tickets in advance are suggested with a $20 donation. All profits will go to the NS SAVANNAH Fund.

For more information, go to!events/c192n

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The next Los Angeles/Long Beach Offshore Membership Meeting will be held on Oct. 12, directly after the 1100 job call. All members in the area are encouraged to attend the meeting.

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The Atlantic Maritime Group (AMG) will hold its September membership meeting on Sept. 7 at 1500. The meeting will be held at the Ocean Yacht Club, 370 Front Street, Staten Island, NY 10304. All AMG members in the area are encouraged to attend the meeting.

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MM&P President Don Marcus and Secretary-Treasurer Steve Werse will join Atlantic Ports Vice President Don Josberger at the Offshore Membership Meeting at the New York/New Jersey Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 7.

All Offshore members in the area are encouraged to attend the meeting, which will start at 1100.

The New York/New Jersey Hall is located at 570 Broad Street, Suite 701, Newark, NJ 07102. The phone number is 201-963-1900.

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MM&P President Don Marcus and Secretary-Treasurer Steve Werse will join Atlantic Ports Vice President Don Josberger to inaugurate the new MM&P Charleston Hall on Thursday, Sept. 15, at 1200. An Offshore membership meeting will follow. All members in the area are urged to attend.

The MM&P Charleston Hall is located at 1481 Tobias Gadson Blvd., Suite 2C, Charleston, SC 29407-4794. The phone number is 843-766-3565.

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The Offshore Familiarization Course will be held in the Los Angeles/Long Beach Hall on Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 12-13.

The course begins at 0830 on both days.

Interested applicants should sign up for the Familiarization Course by calling the hall at

The Los Angeles/Long Beach Hall is located at 533 N. Marine Ave., Suite A, Wilmington, CA 90744.

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.

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The Offshore Familiarization Course will be held in the New York/New Jersey Hall on Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 6-7. On Sept. 6, the class begins at 0900.

On Sept. 7, the class begins at 0830 with the Labor History section of the course presented by MM&P President Don Marcus.

All Offshore members—not just applicants—are encouraged to participate in the course on Sept. 7.

It will be followed by an Offshore Membership Meeting at 1100 with Don Marcus, Secretary Treasurer Steve Werse and Atlantic Ports Vice President Don Josberger.

Interested applicants should sign up for the Familiarization Course by calling the hall at 201-963-1900. (There is no need to sign up if you are attending just the Labor History part of the course and the membership meeting on Sept. 7.)

The New York/New Jersey Hall is located at 570 Broad Street, Suite 701, Newark, NJ 07102.

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.

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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 – 10/17/16

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation: Contact Admissions

ARPA-OIC – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 9/27/16, 1/24/17

AZIPOD 2-Day – 11/14/16, 3/6/17

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 10/31/16, 1/30/17

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 11/14/16, 3/6/17

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

BT – Basic Safety Training: 10/10/16, 1/23/17

BT-Revalidation (2-day) – 10/31/16, 3/9/17

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 10/30/16, 3/9/17

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 11/14/16

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVNAV-CMM – Advanced Navigation (=ECDIS & VPEN): Contact Admissions

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 10/17/16, 1/16/17

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 11/7/16, 1/9/17, 3/13/17

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (2 weeks): 10/24/16

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information System: 9/12/16, 10/10/16, 11/28/16, 12/19/16,1/23/17, 3/27/17

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM 8/29/16,9/12/16, 10/3/16, 10/31/16, 11/14/16,11/28/16, 12/5/16, 12/12/16, 12/19/16, 1/30/17, 2/20/17

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 9/19/16

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: 10/31/16, 3/13/17

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (2 weeks): 10/3/16

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 9/12/16, 10/24/16, 11/7/16, 12/5/16,1/16/17, 2/6/17, 3/6/17, 3/20/17

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 9/19/16, 10/31/16, 11/14/16, 12/12/16,1/23/17, 2/13/17, 3/13/17, 3/27/17

**SHS-ADV-I & II now approved to include SAR-CMM assessments at MITAGS effective immediately. Both weeks must be taken together in order to complete SAR-CMM**

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 9/12/16, 3/20/17

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 9/26/16

CNAV-OIC – Celestial Navigation: 10/24/16

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop: Contact Admissions

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications: 3/2/17

DDE – Great Lakes: 1/30/17

DPA – Contact Admissions

ECDIS-OIC – Contact Admissions

ECDIS for Pilots – 11/14/16, 2/28/17

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 9/26/16, 10/24/16, 11/14/16, 11/28/16, 12/5/16, 12/12/16, 12/19/16, 2/27/17

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 10/10/16, 1/23/17

FF-ADV-REV – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation & Refresher: 3/7/17

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications: 9/20/16, 10/3/16

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization: 1/6/17

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System: 3/6/17

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 8/29/16, 12/5/16

LAP- 9/19/16, 2/13/17

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes: 1/9/17

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License: 12/5/16

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 9/21/16, 11/15/16

LNG-TPIC – 12/5/16

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC): 9/26/16, 10/26/16*, 11/14/16*, 12/19/16*, 2/13/17 (*Evening Session)

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control: 8/29/16, 9/19/16, 10/17/16, 11/7/16, 11/28/16, 12/5/16, 12/12/16, 12/19/16

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 10/3/16, 11/7/16, 12/12/16, 1/9/17, 3/20/17

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 8/29/16, 10/3/16, 1/30/17

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 11/7/16, 11/28/16, 12/12/16, 1/9/17, 3/20/17

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 8/28/16, 11/12/16, 12/17/16, 1/14/17, 3/6/17

MSA –Maritime Security Awareness: Contact Admissions

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic): 10/17/16, 2/23/17

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control: 10/18/16, 2/21/17

*MSC-ENVPRO – 10/16/16, 2/26/17

*MSC-FF-HELO – 10/31/16, 3/9/17

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualification: 10/23/16, 1/9/17, 2/27/17

*MSC-Security Watch Basic – 10/20/16, 2/24/17

*MSC-Security Watch Advanced – 10/22/16, 1/13/17, 3/3/17

*MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force – 10/27/16, 1/16/17

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P – 10/25/16

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 9/26/16, 1/23/17

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 8/31/16, 9/21/16, 10/5/16, 10/19/16, 11/2/16, 11/9/16, 11/16/16, 11/30/16, 12/7/16, 12/14/16, 1/11/17, 2/1/17, 2/8/17, 2/22/17, 3/8/17, 3/22/17

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 1/16/17

SAR-OIC – Search & Rescue – 11/7/16

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 8/29/16, 10/17/16, 2/20/17

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling-5 Day: 10/3/16, 11/28/16, 2/20/17

SMS – 12/19/16

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 1/9/17

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses: 1/30/17

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 2/13/17

TRAC-TUG-2: Contact Admissions

TTT – 12/12/16

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties: Contact Admissions

VSO – Vessel Security Officer: 9/7/16, 10/22/16, 2/14/17

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level): 10/3/16, 2/20/17

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 9/19/16, 3/20/17

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Please also see our schedule and enroll online at For registration contact our registrar, Mary McGhee: 206.838.1126 or

September 2016

7th Leadership & Teamworking Skills
12-16 Basic Cargo Handling & Stowage
12-16 Engine Resource Management
12-16 MEECE
12-23 GMDSS
19-23 ECDIS
19-23 Medical Care Provider
19-23 Leadership & Managerial Skills
19-30 Celestial Navigation
19-30 Medical Person-In-Charge
26-30 MEECE

October 2016

3-7 Leadership & Managerial Skills
3-7 Medical Care Provider
3-14 License Preparation
10-14 Radar Observer Unlimited
10-14 Engine Resource Management
10-14 MEECE
10-21 GMDSS
17th Radar Renewal
17-21 Leadership & Managerial Skills
17-21 Basic Stability
18-21 ARPA
24-28 Leadership & Managerial Skills
24-28 Tankerman Person-In-Charge
24-28 MEECE
31-1 Search & Rescue
31-4 Leadership & Managerial Skills
31-4 Engine Resource Management

November 2016

7th Radar Renewal
8th Leadership & Teamworking Skills
14-18 ECDIS
14-18 Leadership & Managerial Skills
14-18 Engine Resource Management
14-18 MEECE
28-2 Medical Care Provider
28-9 Medical Person-In-Charge
28-9 GMDSS

December 2016

5th Radar Renewal
5-9 Leadership & Managerial Skills
5-9 Engine Resource Management
12-16 ECDIS
12-16 Leadership & Managerial Skills
12-16 MEECE
19-23 Tankerman Person-In-Charge

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