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MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly

Volume 30… Number 7, February 13, 2024


In This Issue:

News From the MM&P Health & Benefit Plan:

Mark Your Calendar:

MM&P Holiday Closing Schedule:

Attention All Mariners:

Job Opportunities:



Captain Richard Madden delivered a live seminar for U.S. National Weather Service forecasters from the MAERSK COLUMBUS on Feb. 1 while the vessel was transiting off the coast of West Africa.

The news was shared by MITAGS, where Madden teaches courses including Basic Safety Training, Terrestrial Navigation, and Leadership and Managerial Skills.

“It may be among the first educational seminars delivered remotely from a merchant ship under way,” the National Weather Service, NOAA’s U.S. forecasting agency, said in a statement.

Madden’s talk was titled “Navigating the Elements: Lessons Learned from El Faro and Weather Information Techniques in Maritime Operations.”

He provided a unique perspective on lessons learned from the tragic loss of El Faro in 2015 and shared insights into obtaining and interpreting weather information for maritime operations.

He discussed different methods of receiving weather information, from traditional approaches like weatherfax to cutting-edge technologies such as high-speed downloads of GRIB (General Regularly distributed Information in Binary form) files.

His talk emphasized the importance of trust and verification of forecasted conditions, showcasing real-life experiences and challenges faced at sea.

Special attention was given to the critical role of weather routers and forecasters and the need for effective communication in decision-making.

Madden ended the talk with a focus on tropical cyclone avoidance, highlighting key resources and the latest guidance available for mariners.

To view the recorded presentation, click here.

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Construction has started on the fifth new training ship being built for the maritime academies as part of the Maritime Administration’s National Security Multi-Mission Vessel program.

The fifth vessel is destined for delivery to California Maritime Academy in 2026.

The ceremonial first steel cut took place last week at Philly Shipyard in the presence of representatives of Cal Maritime and the Maritime Administration.

“This moment represents the culmination of efforts from across our university community, industry partners, congressional delegation and many others who have been instrumental in pushing this forward,” said Michael J. Dumont, interim president of California State University Maritime Academy.

“We appreciate those in Congress and the U.S. Maritime Administration for recognizing Cal Maritime’s contributions to addressing the nation’s critical needs.”

The first ship in the class, Empire State VII, was delivered to SUNY Maritime in September 2023.

The second vessel, Patriot State, is destined for Massachusetts Maritime. It is currently undergoing testing and commissioning before delivery to the school.

The third and fourth vessels will go to Maine Maritime and Texas A&M–Galveston.

The NSMVs will provide a first-rate academic environment: they have instructional spaces, a full training bridge, RoRo capabilities, and the ability to handle containers.

They are also designed to support disaster and humanitarian efforts with a full hospital, helicopter pad, and space for up to 1,000 people.

Normally, they can accommodate up to 600 cadets and instructors during their training missions. They have a total berthing capacity of 760.
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Authorities in Turkey said a pilot died in the Bosphorus Strait on Feb. 4 after falling into the water.

They said the pilot, Oguz Kok, was attempting to board the Cook Islands-flagged bulk carrier NEW SIHAM at the southern entrance to the Bosphorus when he fell after stepping from the pilot boat onto the ship’s ladder.

A second pilot dove in to rescue him, but he was already unconscious.

He was taken to a nearby pier and then transferred, unconscious, to a hospital, where he died of hypothermia.

The European Maritime Pilots’ Association said in a statement that its members were deeply saddened by the news and called for “a thorough and transparent investigation” into the accident.
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The U.S. economy added 353,000 jobs last month—outpacing economists’ predictions by roughly double—thanks in part to the Biden administration’s pro-worker policies.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that in January, the unemployment rate remained at 3.7 percent, where it has been for the past two years—the longest stretch of time since the 1960s when the unemployment rate has been below 4 percent.

“The Biden administration’s key victories like the American Rescue Plan, the bipartisan infrastructure deal, and the Inflation Reduction Act have invested in workers, funded projects that are creating quality jobs and made the tax code fairer,” said AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler.

“None of this jobs growth was inevitable,” said Acting Labor Secretary Julie Su, noting that the strong labor market is a consequence of administration policies that have “put more money in workers’ pockets.”

The January BLS report had more good news: worker productivity in the U.S. grew 3.2 percent in the final quarter of 2023 and union membership also grew.

The private sector gained 191,000 new union members, with a majority under the age of 45.

“Workers are fed up with low wages, few benefits, and a lack of dignity and respect on the job, which is precisely why more are interested in joining a union now than ever before,” Shuler said.

“Waves of workers across industries and geography are joining unions despite vicious union-busting campaigns by large corporations.”
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A Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier was targeted by missiles on Monday while passing through the Bab al-Mandab Strait, according to a Defense Department official.

The incident occurred 40 nautical miles south of Mokha, Yemen.

One source told Reuters that the missiles had missed the ship entirely, but the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations agency said the bulker had suffered damage to its starboard side.

Crewmembers aboard the vessel were unharmed, and the ship proceeded to its next port of call.

The vessel, the STAR IRIS, was reportedly carrying a load of corn destined for Iran.

Over the course of the past week, U.S. and British warplanes have carried out strikes across Yemen in response to the Houthis’ attacks on merchant ships.

On Feb. 7, U.S. forces destroyed three antiship cruise missiles that were prepared to launch.

On Feb. 8, they struck four Houthi suicide drone boats and seven mobile anti-ship cruise missile sites.

On Feb. 11, U.S. forces struck two unmanned surface vessels and three anti-ship cruise missiles north of Yemen’s port city of Hodeidah.

The military “identified these USVs and missiles in Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen and determined they presented an imminent threat to U.S. Navy ships and merchant vessels in the region,” CENTCOM said in a statement.

Iran is widely believed to be supplying most of the hardware for Houthi attacks.

The U.S. Navy regularly interdicts weapons shipments from Iran to Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen.
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Retired Participants/Pensioners New Prescription Drug Provider Silver Script Effective Jan. 1, 2024

Below please find detailed information and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) on the Plan

Health & Benefit Calls–Medicare Extra Fee

The Plan Office Benefit Advisors have received a few phone calls from retired Medicare-eligible participants regarding a reduction being deducted automatically from their Social Security payment.

If the modified adjusted gross income (MAG) reported on your federal tax return is above a certain amount, Medicare requires that you pay an extra amount for your Medicare Part D coverage.

The extra amount is called an Income Related Monthly Adjustment Amount, or IRMAA.

For Medicare Part D, it is referred to as D-IRMAA. Some of the Medicare letters state that the individual has to make up the payment for January, so the February deduction will include two months of IRMAA.

To view the table used for the premiums for D-IRMAA, Click here or go to: https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/fact-sheets/2024-medicare-parts-b-premiums-and-deductibles and scroll down to Medicare Part D Income-Related Monthly Adjustment Amounts.

Why Did My Co-Pay Change?

Our Silver Script–Employer Group Waiver Program (EGWP) plan is a Medicare Approved Part D Plan, and we must follow the rules that Medicare established when Medicare Part D was added.

There are a few reasons why your co-pay charges increased in this prescription plan.

Under the Medicare rules, a person may not use savings cards or co-pay cards which lower their payment amount. (Drug manufacturers hand these out to have individuals continue to purchase the prescriptions they make.)

Maintenance Medication–When you are taking maintenance medication (for example, for high blood pressure, diabetes, etc.) under the Plan’s rules you had to fill for 90 days.

Under the Silver Script–EGWP Plan, Medicare does not allow us to limit the fill to 90 days.

When you are out of your maintenance prescription, and you ask your doctor for a new maintenance prescription, you should make sure to ask your doctor for a 90-day prescription.

If your doctor only gives you a prescription for less than 90 days (for example, 30 or 60 days) your co-pay cost will be 20 percent of the cost of the prescription.

For your co-pay to max at $75.00, you need to get a 90-day fill for this maintenance medication.

A More Open Formulary

We have been advised by Silver Script that under Medicare rules, the plan must have a more open Formulary.

What that means is that some prescriptions that were not covered under the plan in 2023 may now, in 2024, be covered and paid by the Silver Script EGWP plan.

Why Did the Trustees Make This Change?

The MM&P Health & Benefit Board of Trustees needed to do something to help the Plan.

The Trustees looked at many options and tried to make changes that would affect the least number of participants and dependents.

The single largest expense in the Plan is prescription drug cost, and in 2023 we paid $19 million dollars.

As you may recall, the MM&P Health & Benefit Plan has been in the CMS RDS (Retiree Drug Subsidy program) and the MM&P Health & Benefit Plan has, on average, received $900,000 back from the program per year.

Silver Script EGWP is estimated to provide us with about $3.7–$3.9 million.

In just three years, the MM&P H&B account balance has dropped from about $60 million to about $42 million.

The Trustees did not want to increase the Health & Benefit Plan annual deductible, or cut Plan benefits, or see very large increases in premiums, or increase the member claim co-pays that are now:

— Medical in-network, Plan pays 90 percent, member pays 10 percent of contract amount;

— Medical out-of-network, Plan pays 70 percent of allowable, and member pays 30 percent;

— Dental in-network, Plan pays 80 percent, and member pays 20 percent of contract amount;

— Dental out-of-network, Plan pays 70 percent of allowable, and member pays 30 percent.

Example of an Individual Medicare Part D without MM&P Prescription Coverage

If we did not have Silver Script–EGWP and you had purchased on your own a Medicare Part D Plan, it would work as follows:

You move through four phases throughout the year:

1–Deductible: You pay out-of-pocket for your meds until you reach your deductible. This may only apply to certain Tiers.

2–Initial Coverage: Once you reach your deductible your plan starts to cover some of your costs. Here you pay a co-pay or co-insurance until you reach a set amount that may change each year.

3–Coverage Gap (Donut Hole): You stay in the coverage gap until you pay a set amount that may change each year.

Brand name drugs–Manufacturers discount 70 percent. You pay 25 percent. Your plan pays 5 percent.

Generic drugs–You pay 25 percent. Your plan pays 75 percent. (Some plans offer additional coverage in the gap)

4–Catastrophic: You pay a small co-pay or co-insurance.

The Benefits of Having the MM&P Prescription Plan

The MM&P Health & Benefit Plan under Silver Script EGWP wraps the Medicare Part D plan and provides you with additional coverage, so you do not have a deductible and different levels of co-pays as described above.
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There will be a membership meeting in the Charleston Hall on Thursday, Feb. 15, from 1100 to 1330.

All members in the area are encouraged to attend the meeting.

As a reminder, the Charleston Hall is located at:

1481 Tobias Gadson Blvd Suite 2C Charleston, SC 29407

The phone number is: 843-766-3565.
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The Offshore Familiarization Course will be held in person in the MM&P Charleston Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 14 and Thursday, Feb. 15.

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 participating in the course, please contact John Livingston at charleston@bridgedeck.org.

Here is the schedule:

— Day 1, Feb. 14, from 0930 to 1500;

— Day 2, Feb. 15, from 0930 to 1100;

— Day 2, Feb. 15, membership meeting from 1100 to 1330.

The Charleston Hall is located at:

1481 Tobias Gadson Blvd.

Suite 2C Charleston, SC 29407

The phone number is: 843-766-3565.

All Offshore members and applicants in the area are encouraged to attend the meeting.
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There will be an Atlantic Maritime Group membership meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 14, from 1100 hours to 1300 hours.

You must be a member in good standing to participate in the meeting.

The meeting will be held both in person and virtually so that all interested parties can attend.

The in-person meeting will be held at the NY/NJ Union Hall, 570 Broad Street, Suite 701, Newark, NJ 07102.

To receive a link to participate in the meeting virtually, you must register with AMG Representative Paulina Czernek before noon on Tuesday, Feb. 13.

Her email address is: pczernek@bridgedeck.org.

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The MM&P Federal Credit Union, the MM&P Plan Office, MM&P headquarters, and all MM&P union halls will be closed on Monday, Feb. 19 for Presidents Day.
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The MM&P United Inland Group has jobs available with Grand River Navigation, Weeks Marine, Cetacean Marine, and Key Lakes.

At Grand River Navigation, there are:

— licensed deck jobs for those with Great Lakes pilotage;

— jobs for unlimited open water mates;

–jobs for unlimited open water mates with a Towing Officer Assessment Record (TOAR);

— licensed engineering jobs.

GRN now offers a signing/retention bonus of $3,000 to all mates and assistant engineers who complete the 2023 sailing season and return for the 2024 sailing season.

At Cetacean Marine, there are licensed and unlicensed engineering jobs.

At Weeks Marine, there are licensed and unlicensed engineering jobs aboard their growing fleet of dredges.

WMI is offering a $3,000 new hire sign-on bonus. It is payable in three payments of $1,000 each, the first $1,000 after the successful completion of the second hitch, the second $1,000 upon successful completion of the third hitch, and $1,000 upon successful completion of the fourth hitch.

Cross-shipping rights for Offshore applicants/members are available for licensed personnel, with sea time and points counting towards upgrading Offshore membership.

Key Lakes is looking for a mate with Great Lakes pilotage and an open-water mate.

The regular relief is for 30 days but could be modified if mutually agreed on.

These are long-term, permanent jobs.

If you are interested, please contact UIG Vice President Tom Bell (tbell@bridgedeck.org or 216-776-1667) with any questions.
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MITAGS is seeking a business development manager to be a part of the organization’s team of sales, marketing, and training professionals.

The position entails:

— managing relationships with customers, with emphasis on East Coast vessel operators, engineering firms, and pilot associations;

— calling on customers, entering into agreements with them, and pursuing new business opportunities;

— recruiting new customers through outreach, facility tours, sales calls, and electronic communications;

— working with the Academic and Simulation departments to craft solutions and meet customer needs, including offering new and customized courses;

— speaking and making presentations at industry events;

— updating the Customer Relationship Management (MIDS) tool with business booked and sales activities, and using it to generate sales calls and productivity reports; and

— contributing to the development of Business Development Department policies, objectives, and budgets.

Requirements include:

— maritime industry experience, either as a licensed officer or as a shoreside manager;

— strong interpersonal communications and presentation skills;

— experience developing budgets and negotiating contracts;

— the ability to sell concepts and ideas to management and peers;

— a demonstrated track record of performance based on personal initiative;

— the ability to cross-sell programs and provide marketing support;

— experience with maritime simulators;

— qualified to teach and ability to complete Train the Trainer (TTT).

The ideal candidate enjoys interacting with existing and potential customers and can speak passionately about MITAGS’ mission and capabilities.

If you would like to apply for this position, please send a letter of intent and your resume to Jane Sibiski, Human Resources Manager: jsibiski@mitags.org.
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2AE on the SLNC Goodwill

3AE on the SLNC Goodwill

CM HAINA needed; tentative start date 2/25/24. Please email Jeremy Hope, VP Gulf & Gov’t if you have any questions: jhope@bridgedeck.org.

Positions available aboard Patriot LMSR’s at all levels including new vessels SEAY and PILILAAU.

Members and applicants who are interested in MSC training, please sign up with MITAGS and for those who do not qualify for training benefits yet, please email Jeremy Hope, VP Gulf and Gov’t Contracts at jhope@bridgedeck.org with the subject line MSC TRAINING.

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There are openings for engineers in the MM&P Offshore fleet and the Great Lakes & Gulf Region.

For engineering jobs in the Offshore Group, contact Atlantic Ports Vice President Tom Larkin, tlarkin@bridgedeck.org, or 201-963-1900.

For engineering jobs on the Lakes, contact MM&P Great Lakes & Gulf Region Vice President Tom Bell, tbell@bridgedeck.org, or (216) 776-1667.

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For registration contact our Admissions Department: 866.656.5568 or admissions@mitags.org

Classes are 5-day unless otherwise noted

Class dates followed by an * are full
AB – Able Seaman (5-Day): 06/10/24, 09/16/24

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

ARPA-OIC– Automated Radar Plotting Aids (4-Day): 03/04/24, 04/11/24

AZIPOD (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

BRM – Bridge Resource Management (5-Day): Not currently scheduled

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling – (Now also included in BRMP-Refresher) (3-Day): Not currently scheduled

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

BT – Basic Safety Training (5-Day): 05/06/24

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years): 03/18/24, 04/22/24, 06/10/24

BT-Refresher (3-day): 04/22/24, 06/10/24

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic (5-Day): 04/15/24

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability (5-Day): 04/29/24, 06/24/24, 10/07/24, 12/09/24

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology (5-Day): 04/22/24, 06/17/24, 09/23/24, 12/16/24

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 10/14/24

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations (5-Day): 02/26/24, 07/08/24, 12/09/24

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific (5-Day): 03/04/24, 07/15/24, 12/16/24

CM-OPS 2 APL – Chief Mate Operations II APL Specific (5-Day): Not currently scheduled

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems (5-Day): 03/11/24, 08/12/24, 11/11/24

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM) (5-Day): 03/18/24, 08/12/24, 11/04/24

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants (5-Day): 03/11/24, 09/30/24

(DCS-1 available on request – contact Admissions)

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (5-Day): 02/26/24, 10/28/24

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1) (5-Day): 03/18/24, 04/08/24*, 05/06/24, 06/03/24, 07/08/24, 08/05/24*, 09/09/24, 09/30/24, 11/04/24, 12/02/24

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2) (5-Day): 03/25/24*, 04/15/24, 05/13/24, 06/10/24, 07/15/24, 08/12/24*, 09/16/24, 10/07/24, 11/11/24, 12/09/24

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

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation (5-Day): 02/19/24, 11/18/24

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping (5-Day): 03/18/24, 09/16/24

WX-HW-ATL – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Atlantic Ocean (2-day) – Not Currently Scheduled

WX-HW-IND – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Indian Ocean (2-day) – Not Currently Scheduled

WX-HW-PAC – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Pacific Ocean (2-day) – Not Currently Scheduled

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

Online: 02/21/24

CIW-SMS – Continual Improvement Workshop: Successful Safety Management (2-Day) – Online: Not Currently Scheduled

CNAV-OIC– Celestial Navigation (15-Day): 05/06/24

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

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

ECDIS for Pilots (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

ERM – Engine Resource Management (5-Day): 04/08/24, 12/09/24

ADV-FF – Advanced Fire-Fighting (4-day): 02/19/24, 03/24/24

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced (5-Day): 05/06/24

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 03/20/24, 04/24/24, 06/12/24

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 04/25/24, 06/13/24

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

Online: Not currently scheduled

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): Not Currently Scheduled

LAP – License Advancement Program for Mate to Master (20-Day): 03/04/24, 07/22/24

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): 06/03/24

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage (1-Day): Not Currently Scheduled

LNG-BADV – Basic and Advanced IGF Code Operations (3 Day): 03/11/24*, 04/17/24, 05/20/24, 06/17/24, 06/20/24

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC) (1-Day): 04/04/24

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments /not included): 04/01/24, 12/02/24

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 04/01/24, 05/13/24, 08/19/24, 09/30/24

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 03/18/24, 05/26/24, 07/29/24, 11/18/24

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: (5-Day): 04/01/24, 05/13/24, 07/08/24, 08/19/24

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 03/14/24, 03/23/24, 04/06/24, 05/05/24, 05/18/24

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic) (1-Day): 02/29/24, 05/09/24, 06/07/24, 08/08/24, 09/12/24, 10/31/24

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 03/01/24, 05/10/24, 06/07/24, 08/09/24, 09/13/24, 11/01/24

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day – Evening Class): 03/01/24, 05/10/24, 06/07/24, 08/09/24, 09/13/24, 11/01/24

MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 03/04/24*, 05/13/24, 06/10/24, 07/15/24, 08/12/24, 09/16/24, 11/04/24

MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day/ 8-hour): 03/02/24, 05/11/24, 06/08/24, 08/10/24, 09/14/24, 11/02/24

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day): 03/03/24*, 05/12/24, 06/09/24, 07/14/24, 08/11/24, 09/15/24, 11/03/24

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day): 03/08/24*, 05/17/24, 06/14/24, 07/19/24, 08/16/24, 09/20/24, 11/08/24

NDMS-ENAV – Navigational Decision Making Series – Best Practice in eNav (3-Day): Not currently scheduled

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P (2-Day): 03/12/24*, 03/14/24*, 05/15/24*, 05/17/24*, 08/19/24*, 08/21/24*, 12/09/24, 12/11/24

PSC – Personal Survival Craft (Lifeboatman) (5-Day): 06/24/24, 09/23/24

PSC-REF – Personal Survival Craft Refresher (2-Day): 04/18/24

RFPNW – Ratings Forming Part of a Navigational Watch (3-day): Not Currently Scheduled

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal (1-Day): Not Currently Scheduled

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes (1-Night): 04/24/24, 06/12/24

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 02/26/24

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3-Day): 04/01/24

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 04/29/24

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day): 03/04/24

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 04/05/24

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (15-Day): Not Currently Scheduled

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 03/04/24

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

TTT – ** NOT covered by the MATES Program **: Not Currently Scheduled

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties: Not Currently Scheduled

VSO – Vessel Security Officer (3-Day): 02/19/24

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) (10-Day): Not Currently Scheduled

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 04/22/24

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You can enroll online at www.mitags.org or contact our Admissions Department 866.656.5568 or admissions@mitags.org

February 2024

19-23 Basic Training

19-1 GMDSS

19-23 Advanced Shiphandling I

26-27 Basic Training Revalidation

26-1 Advanced Shiphandling II

26-1 Able Seaman

28th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

March 2024

4-8 Meteorology – Operational Level

4-8 Advanced Stability


14th Flashing Light Assessment

18-22 Basic Training

25-26 Basic Training Revalidation

25-29 Able Seaman

27th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

April 2024

1-4 Advanced Firefighting

8-12 ECDIS

22-23 Basic Training Revalidation

24th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

May 2024

6-10 Basic Training

13-17 Medical Care Provider

13-24 Medical Person-In-Charge

20-22 Security Officer – Vessel, Company & Facility

30-31 Advanced Firefighting Refresher

June 2024

1-2 Basic Training Revalidation

1-3 Basic Training Refresher

3rd Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

3-7 Basic Training

3-21 Terrestrial & Coastal Navigation

24-25 Basic Training Revalidation

26th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
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