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MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly

Volume 30… Number 6, February 6, 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:



CMA CGM has suspended Red Sea transits in the wake of new attacks on merchant ships by Yemen’s Houthi militants.

The news was reported on Feb. 2 by Bloomberg and AFP.

Other major shipping companies that have temporarily halted their Red Sea operations include Danish shipping giant Maersk and German shipping line Hapag-Lloyd.

Over the weekend, the U.S. and Britain launched a new round of strikes against the Houthis.

Britain’s Secretary of State Grant Shapps told Parliament on Monday that the U.K. will carry out additional military strikes if the Houthis don’t stop attacking merchant ships.

In the U.S., a spokesperson for the Department of Defense said that on Sunday, American forces struck four anti-ship missiles in Yemen that were primed and ready to be fired at vessels in the Red Sea.

U.S. Central Command said Monday in a statement that the strikes were in self-defense and came after the U.S. had determined that the missiles “presented an imminent threat to U.S. Navy ships and merchant vessels in the region.”

In a separate development, the U.S. has launched dozens of strikes in Iraq and Syria in retaliation for a Jan. 29 drone attack that killed three U.S. servicemembers and injured more than 40 others at a desert outpost in Jordan.

A spokesperson for the Department of Defense said the U.S. will continue its military response to the attack, which intelligence shows was carried out by Iranian-backed militia groups.

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The American Pilots’ Association, the Association of Maryland Pilots, and MM&P have dedicated a building on the MITAGS campus to Captain George Quick.

Quick was a powerful advocate for mariners’ rights who served as vice president of the MM&P Pilot Membership Group for more than 40 years, after being elected by the union’s pilot members to head the group for nine consecutive, four-year terms.

He died on July 11, 2023, at the age of 93.

Quick served as president of the Association of Maryland Pilots from 1969 until 1983 and as vice president of the American Pilots’ Association from 1972 until 1986.

He worked as an instructor at MITAGS, developing courses on topics that included bridge resource management for pilots and the legal aspects of pilotage.

The building dedicated to his memory is one of two towers that provide lodging for MITAGS guests and visitors who stay overnight.

It includes a front desk crewed by MITAGS staffers who welcome guests and provide information to employees and campus visitors.

Officials of MM&P and the International Transport Workers’ Federation, MM&P pilots and other distinguished guests joined Captain Quick’s family in October 2023 at MITAGS for a celebration of his life and achievements.

“There has been no stronger, more knowledgeable, or more effective advocate for pilots in this country than Captain George Quick,” said MM&P President Don Marcus.
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The U.S. Navy accepted delivery last month of USNS CODY, the first Flight II Expeditionary Fast Transport vessel.

EPFs are high-speed transport ships that are capable of operating in shallow waterways.

Flight II EPF vessels have added medical mission afloat capabilities.

Medical personnel deployed aboard the Flight II EPFs will be able to provide basic secondary health care around primary surgery, along with limited x-ray, laboratory, and dental support.

They will have ward beds as well as an intensive care unit.

USNS CODY will be able to support two operating rooms, approximately 41 patients, and 147 embarked forces.

The Navy says that the catamaran design provides inherent stability that will allow surgeons to perform medical procedures in an on-board operating suite while the vessel is underway.

EPFs can transport approximately 419 short tons and travel 1,200 nautical miles at an average speed of 33 knots.

Each includes a flight deck to support day and night aircraft launch and recovery operations.

The ships are capable of on/off-loading heavy equipment and vehicles such as a fully combat-loaded Abrams Main Battle Tank.

Two additional EPFs are now under construction: the future USNS POINT LOMA and an as-yet unnamed EPF 16.

The EPFs are crewed by civilian mariners, including licensed deck officers represented by the MM&P Federal Employees Membership Group.
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U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters moved 81.4 million tons of cargo in 2023, an increase of 6.5 percent over 2022.

The 2023 “float” was 1.2 percent above the fleet’s five-year average.

The news was reported by the Lake Carriers’ Association in its 2023 annual cargo report.

Iron ore cargos totaled 42.4 million tons, for an increase of 13.4 percent compared to a year earlier.

Coal cargos were down 9.7 percent, to 8.4 million tons.

Limestone shipments increased by 3.9 percent to 24.6 million tons, while cement shipments were a near match to 2022 at 3.7 million tons.

Salt and grain cargos were down by 5.8 percent and 11.8 percent, respectively.

Sand shipments increased by 12.4 percent.

Every year, about 160 million tons of cargo, valued at $15 billion, moves on the Great Lakes in commercial ships.

The U.S.-flag Great Lakes fleet moves between 80 and 90 million tons of those cargoes, carrying up to 70,000 tons each trip.

The total economic impact of the U.S.-flag Great Lakes fleet is $36 billion, consisting of:

— 147,464 U.S. jobs with $17.8 billion in salaries;

— $6.3 billion in local, state and federal taxes;

— $28 billion in regional business revenue.
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Forty-six percent of unlicensed mariners in Canada have experienced bullying or harassment at work, according to a new report issued by the Seafarers International Union of Canada.

For female seafarers, the percentage who say they’ve been bullied or harassed is significantly higher: 69 percent, with 58 percent saying they’ve been harassed in the past four years.

The report, which is based on a survey that was mailed to every member of the union in the summer of 2023, defines harassment as “any act in which a person is abused, threatened, intimidated, or assaulted….”

It includes threatening behavior, verbal or written threats, verbal abuse, and physical attacks.

“Female seafarers are disproportionately impacted by harassment at work,” said SIU Canada Women’s Representative Nadia Pecoraro.

“This is true no matter what industry you examine, with the marine sector being no different.”

“We must fight to make work comfortable for everyone.”

Among the other findings of the survey:

— 9 percent of all seafarers said they had experienced sexual harassment;

— 35 percent of female seafarers said they had experienced sexual harassment;

— 67 percent of those who reported having been harassed at work said they had been harassed by a superior;

— 48 percent of those who said they had been harassed did not report the incident to their employer.

When asked if they felt their employer was doing enough to protect them from harassment at work, 60 percent answered “no” or “not sure.”

SIU Canada said in a statement that it will work with companies, shipowners, and government at all levels to address the problems that emerged from the survey and to help bring an end to harassment and bullying at sea.

“Harassment in the workplace is not something we take lightly and clearly it is an issue that the industry as a whole needs to do a better job at addressing,” said SIU Canada President Michael Given.

“A career as a seafarer can be a fantastic way to earn a living and it’s an incredibly rewarding career, however, the workplace needs to be a safe and healthy environment for everyone on board if we want to address issues of recruitment and retention within the industry.”

SIU Canada, an affiliate of the Seafarers’ International Union of North America, represents thousands of unlicensed seafarers in all sectors of Canada’s maritime industry.
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Mariners who responded to the most recent Mission to Seafarers quarterly “happiness survey” say that excessive workloads and limited access to shore leave are taking a growing toll on their quality of life.

The latest survey showed that “overall happiness” fell from 6.6 in the third quarter of 2023 to 6.36 in the fourth.

The results marked the fourth consecutive quarter of decreasing satisfaction among seafarers worldwide.

Worsening conditions were reported in areas including workloads, ability to connect with family, social isolation, wages, and lack of training.

Some respondents underlined the toll taken by security threats such as the risk of piracy or terrorist attacks.

“We know that some ship owners and managers are doing fantastic work to invest in the wellbeing of their crew, but sadly, the overall picture remains concerning,” said Rev. Canon Andrew Wright, secretary general of The Mission to Seafarers, who called the results “very disappointing.”

If you would like to take the survey, go to https://www.seafarershappinessindex.org/
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he National Executive Board of American Maritime Officers has elected Willie Barrere to serve as the union’s national president.

He will complete the term of former AMO National President Paul Doell, who has retired.

Barrere was elected AMO national executive vice president in 2022.

He sailed as captain for 27 years before coming ashore to work as the union’s West Coast representative in 2016.

The Board elected National Vice President-Inland Waters Danny Robichaux to complete Barrere’s term as national executive vice president.

Former AMO National President Paul Doell retired in January for medical reasons.

Doell was elected national president of AMO in December 2014, and was re-elected to the office in 2018 and 2022.

Overall, he worked for the union for more than 50 years, including as legislative director and head of communications.
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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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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, MM&P headquarters and all MM&P union halls except for the Puerto Rico Hall will be closed on Monday, Feb. 12 for Lincoln’s birthday.
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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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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

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

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): 02/19/24*, 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): 02/26/24, 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): 02/12/24*, 03/11/24*

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

5-23 Celestial Navigation


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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