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MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly

Volume 28… Number 5…February 1, 2022


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A broad coalition of maritime and transportation unions has lined up in opposition to the establishment of a flag-of-convenience ship registry in the US Virgin Islands.

FOC registries—also called “open registries”—allow shipowners to maximize their profitability by avoiding the rules, regulations, tax obligations and manning requirements that attach to a national-flag fleet.

MM&P is a member of the coalition, which includes the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department, the AFL-CIO Maritime Trades Department, the American Maritime Officers, the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association, the Marine Firemen’s Union, the Sailors Union of the Pacific and the Seafarers International Union.

The coalition calls an FOC registry in the US Virgin Islands “an exercise in labor arbitrage designed to generate registry fees and enrich foreign shipowners at the expense of American workers and America’s national interests” and “an affront to American mariners.”

It said the military security of the United States would be weakened by relying on foreign-owned, foreign-crewed vessels, noting that other industrialized countries that have established FOC registries have seen their national fleets hollowed out “to the point that they are no longer able to provide the requisite military security and logistical support to their flag nations.”

“The safety of American troops deployed overseas and the success of their mission must not be put in jeopardy by reliance on a flag-of-convenience open registry scheme that uses foreign-crewed vessels to deliver what our servicemen and women need to do their job,” the coalition said.

It has called on the Department of Defense, MARAD, the Biden Administration and Congress “to reject any suggestion that US Virgin Islands-flagged vessels be treated as if they were US-flagged and US-crewed for any purpose or for any program.”

The coalition also noted the lessons of the ongoing supply chain crisis, which demonstrate “that we as a country must begin to reverse the dangerous reliance we have on foreign sources for goods and shipping services.”

“Increasing America’s dependence on foreign-owned and foreign-manned vessels will exacerbate the current situation,” they added.

The coalition reiterated its ongoing commitment to work with the administration and Congress to achieve a more robust, commercially viable US-flag, US-crewed fleet that will continue to protect America’s economic, military and homeland security.
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The International Maritime Pilots’ Association and other key maritime groups have updated the industry guidance on pilot transfer safety.

The “Shipping Industry Guidance on Pilot Transfer Arrangements,” produced by the International Chamber of Shipping in partnership with the International Maritime Pilots’ Association, includes a new section that contains the International Maritime Organization’s guidance on combination embarkation platform arrangements.

The new section outlines provisions for “trap-door arrangements” in combination ladders, the minimum size of the opening and rigging procedures.

Publication of the new guidance comes two years after the tragic accident that cost the life of Sandy Hook Pilot Captain Dennis R. Sherwood.

“The consensus among the maritime stakeholders we spoke to for this updated pilot transfer arrangements guide was that the ladders themselves are fine—the issue is how they are rigged and whether crew have undergone the right training to ensure the safest operating procedures are applied,” said Gregor Stevens, senior marine advisor at ICS.

In a Jan. 17, 2020 letter, IMPA Chair Simon Pelletier urged the IMO to prohibit the pilot transfer ladder arrangement linked to Captain Sherwood’s death: a combination of a pilot ladder and an accommodation ladder, the typical set-up when the ship’s point of access is more than nine meters from the water.

For this arrangement, Sherwood had to climb through a trap door in the platform of the accommodation ladder.

The arrangement requires the pilot to pull himself or herself up through the trap door while twisting to get a secure footing on the platform.

Pelletier noted that this arrangement is “controversial” and has long been considered unsafe by pilots.

He urged all flag states, port states and ship operators to do whatever it takes to “get rid of this arrangement immediately.”

The ICS/IMPA pilot transfer arrangements guidance complies with the IMO convention on minimum safety standards in shipping, which makes it an essential reference tool for crews around the globe.

The guide is endorsed by the International Transport Workers’ Federation, the International Federation of Shipmasters’ Associations, The Nautical Institute and a number of other groups.
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The administration’s bipartisan infrastructure investment and jobs act will fully fund the remainder of the Soo Locks project.

Construction of the new lock—which will allow the largest vessels to move between Lake Superior and the St Marys River leading to Lake Michigan, Lake Huron and the lower Great Lakes—is expected to employ about 1,200 people.

The White House said the investment and others like it are intended to help ensure goods and materials get to markets and manufacturers, especially at a time when the pandemic has made it harder to make and transport products on time.

The bipartisan legislation, which was signed into law in November by President Joe Biden, represents the most significant investment in infrastructure in the nation’s history.

It includes $17 billion to fund the US Army Corps of Engineers’ civil works program. The money will be on top of the annual appropriations that the agency receives from Congress.

In addition to the new jobs in the Great Lakes region, construction of the new Soo Lock will give a boost to the economy of the country as a whole.

Today, only one of the locks, the 53-year-old Poe Lock, is large enough to accommodate the 1,000-foot vessels that move the largest share of cargo—including iron ore pellets needed for manufacturing—across the Great Lakes.

Members of Michigan’s congressional delegation have been fighting for decades for funding to construct a second super-sized lock.

Besides $479 million to complete the new Soo Lock, the spending plan released by the Corps includes $37.3 million to complete and close out the major rehabilitation project for the existing Soo Locks and $225.8 million to complete planning, engineering and design and initiate construction of the Brandon Road Lock & Dam project in Illinois to control migration of Asian Carp into the Great Lakes.

The Corps’ spending plan will also direct $84 million to dredging and breakwater repairs at 13 Great Lakes harbor improvement projects.
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MM&P licensed deck officers are in the wheelhouse of CMA CGM DAKAR, the newest addition to the APL fleet.

The DAKAR, a geared containership built in 2010 and previously sailing under the flag of Malta, will participate in the Maritime Security Program.

It joins the CMA CGM HERADOTE in a weekly service rotation of the northern Marianas Islands port calls that link up with the main US-flag MSP trade route calling in major ports in the trans-Pacific trades.

It was brought under the US flag in early January in Busan, South Korea.
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MM&P has joined forces with other maritime unions and labor groups to advocate for jobs in new and emerging energy-generation platforms, such as windfarms, that rely on coastwise shipping.

The coalition will advocate before the administration and Congress for new short sea shipping projects and jobs for union members.

The AFL-CIO Metal Trades Department spearheaded the effort, which is backed by labor unions, businesses and allied groups that support marine highway initiatives.

MM&P, the Seafarers International Union, the International Longshoremen’s Union and the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department joined other participants last week in a kick-off meeting that was hosted by the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association.

The group discussed emerging industries—such as windfarms and other energy sources linked to the shift away from fossil fuels—that would benefit from a robust short sea shipping system.

The coalition’s next meeting is planned for March.
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Maersk has announced that it is releasing all weather data collected by its ships into the public domain, which means that the scientific community will be able to use it for free.

The company said it will release all future weather data into the public domain, along with all the past data collected by Maersk vessels since 2012.

Maersk said its goal is to further climate research and weather forecasting by providing scientists with an abundance of weather data from the world’s oceans, where ground level data coverage is limited.

Most current data come from satellite observations and from METOCEAN buoys that collect data on winds, wave currents and tidal conditions.

The data—more than 9 million individual observations—will be shared via the Global Ocean Observing System, run jointly by UNESCO and the World Meteorological Organization.

The long series of observations will give climate scientists a better picture of how surface-level ocean conditions have changed over the past 10 years.

The data set will expand constantly thanks to 7,000 daily observations collected by the 300 vessels that Maersk owns.

In collaboration with the National Meteorological Service of Germany, Maersk has installed automated weather stations on several of its vessels: calibrated, research-grade measurement stations that collect high-quality data on a larger number of parameters.

“Climate change is without doubt one of the biggest challenges the global community is facing, and we have set an ambitious strategy for our business to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions in 2040, but we have also as a part of our ESG strategy committed ourselves to contribute to climate and ocean science with data gathered from our vessels,” said Aslak Ross, head of Marine Standards at Maersk.

“As a member of the scientific community, I am thrilled that we get access to this unique data set,” said Dr. Johannes Karstensen, a physical oceanographer at the Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research in Kiel, Germany.

“The data will help to better constrain past ocean surface conditions but also help to improve future predictions—from weather to climate.”

Maersk says the release increases publicly available ocean weather data by 28 percent.
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The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported yesterday that its satellites helped save 330 lives in 2021.

The agency noted in its report that “emergency beacons continue to show life-saving value.”

Of the 330 US rescues, 195 were water rescues, 29 were from aviation incidents and 106 were from events on land.

Alaska had the most SARSAT rescues with 55, followed by Florida with 52 and California with 37.

NOAA’s polar-orbiting and geostationary satellites are part of the global Search and Rescue Satellite Aided Tracking system, or COSPAS-SARSAT, which uses a network of US and international spacecraft to detect and locate distress signals sent from emergency beacons from aircraft, boats and handheld personal locator beacons anywhere in the world.

This information was reported by Miller’s Maritime Newsletter, an almost-daily electronic maritime newsletter authorized by Dennis Bryant of Bryant’s Maritime Consulting.

You can sign up to receive it by filling out this form.
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The International Transport Workers’ Federation is announcing its first-ever photography contest.

The contest aims to showcase the triumphs, challenges and sheer hard work of millions of transport workers around the world, in all sectors, industries and supply chains.

Whether you’re a seafarer, train attendant, bus driver, baggage handler or docker—we want to see photos of what working in transport means to you.

Being a transport worker isn’t easy. It means toiling at odd hours of the day, far away from loved ones and friends.

It takes grit, often working to tight deadlines to ferry goods, supplies and people to all corners of the globe.

We want to showcase both the highs and lows of being a transport worker. From the joys of working in a team, to the challenges of being solo on the go.

The competition is free to enter and open to all serving transport workers from any country aged 18 or over.

Submissions close on April 30, 2022 at noon CET, so we’d encourage everyone to start thinking about your entries now.

Finally, the most striking and interesting photograph will be awarded a £2000 cash prize and the title of the first-ever winner of the ITF Photography Prize.

To find out more and to submit your photos, go to: https://www.itfglobal.org/en/photoprize
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Atlantic Maritime Group Vice President Mike Riordan has scheduled a quarterly membership meeting for Wednesday, Feb. 2, from 1100 to 1300.

All the Atlantic Maritime Group representatives will attend the meeting, which will be held online.

To join the meeting, click here: https://meeting.windstream.com/j/1129634085

Additionally, please note that a joint in-person and virtual meeting of the AMG has been scheduled for Feb. 17 to deal with ferry issues.

The in-person meeting will be held at the Ocean Yacht Club, 370 Front St., Staten Island.

To ensure that members on both watches can participate, the meeting will be held from 0900 to 1530. Mid-day refreshments will be available.

The link to attend this meeting virtually will be posted in the near future.
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All MM&P union halls, the MM&P Federal Credit Union and MM&P headquarters will be closed on Friday, Feb. 11 for Lincoln’s Birthday and on Monday, Feb. 21, for Presidents Day.

The Plan Office will be open on Feb. 11 and closed on Feb. 21.
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Calling all Members and Applicants: Be advised that there are Offshore and PRO jobs available now! Please visit, call or email your local union hall for details.

As an additional incentive for filling PRO work, the amount of points earned for each eight-hour shift has been raised from two points to five points.

This change will stay in effect until the next scheduled GEB meeting, to be held on Feb. 8-9, 2022.
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Full COVID vaccination is mandatory for everyone attending training on campus at
MITAGS East and MITAGS West.

In addition, from un-vaccinated participants only, MITAGS West requires a negative
PCR test within 72 hours of attendance.

MITAGS West only accepts medical and religious exemptions, not philosophical.
Documentation either of full COVID vaccination or a written claim of exemption must
be submitted to Admissions in advance of your course.

Scans, photocopies, or electronic images of your COVID-19 vaccination cards (records)
or certification by a medical provider are acceptable.

Additionally, face masks are required in all public spaces on both campuses, regardless
of vaccination status.

We appreciate your cooperation during these very trying times.

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\\Classes are 5-day unless otherwise noted\\
Class dates followed by an * are full

AB – Able Seaman (5-Day) – 6/6/22, 8/15/22

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

ARPA-OIC (4-Day) – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 3/15/22, 6/27/22, 9/27/22, 11/1/22

AZIPOD (2-Day) – 5/12/22, 9/12/22

BRM – Bridge Resource Management (5-Day): 3/7/22

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 2/28/22, 3/14/22
Online: Not currently scheduled

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling – (Now also included in BRMP-Refresher) (3-Day): 3/16/22

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

BT – Basic Safety Training (5-Day): 5/9/22, 9/12/22

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – 2/22/22*, 3/22/22, 4/26/22, 6/8/22, 9/28/22, 10/19/22, 11/14/22, 12/20/22

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 2/22/22*, 4/26/22, 9/28/22, 11/14/22, 12/19/22

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic (5-Day): 3/21/22

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability (5-Day): 3/21/22, 6/27/22, 8/15/22, 10/24/22, 12/19/22

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology (5-Day): 4/18/22, 6/20/22, 8/22/22, 10/17/22, 12/12/22

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 3/28/22

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1 (5-Day): 2/28/22, 7/11/22, 12/5/22

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific (5-Day): 3/7/22, 7/18/22, 12/12/22

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

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems (5-Day): 5/2/22, 8/1/22, 10/10/22

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM) (5-Day): 4/25/22, 8/8/22, 11/14/22

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants (5-Day): 3/14/22
(DCS-1 available on request – contact Admissions)

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: Not Currently Scheduled

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (5-Day): 2/28/22

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1) (5-Day): 2/14/22*, 3/21/22, 4/11/22, 5/16/22, 6/6/22, 7/25/22, 8/8/22, 9/19/22, 10/3/22, 10/17/22, 11/7/22, 12/5/22

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2) (5-Day): 2/21/22*, 3/28/22, 4/18/22, 5/23/22, 6/13/22, 8/1/22, 8/15/22, 9/26/22, 10/10/22, 10/24/22, 11/14/22, 12/12/22

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

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation (5-Day): 4/11/22, 10/3/22

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping (5-Day): 3/7/22

WX-HW-ATL – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Atlantic Ocean (2-day) – 6/15/22

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) – 6/13/22

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

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

CNAV-OIC (15-Day) – Celestial Navigation: 5/9/22, 8/15/22, 10/31/22

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications (1-Day): 3/18/22

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior (1-Day) – 2/18/22

CDMGT – Crowd Management (1-Day) – 2/17/22

CSE – Confined Space Entry (3-Day): Not Currently Scheduled

CSE-AWR – Confined Space Entry Awareness (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

CY-MAR – Cyber-Skilled Mariner (5-Day) **NOT covered by the MATES Program ** – Not currently scheduled

Cyber-MAR-ONL – Cyber Skilled Mariner, Management of Information & Systems Security (Online Seminar) **NOT covered by the MATES Program ** – Not Currently Scheduled

DDE – Great Lakes (20-Day): Not Currently Scheduled

ECDIS for Pilots (2-Day) – 3/16/22, 5/10/22, 11/16/22

ERM – Engine Resource Management (5-Day): 3/21/22, 8/1/22, 11/28/22

ADV-FF – Advanced Fire-Fighting (4-day) – 3/28/22

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced (5-Day): 5/9/22, 9/12/22

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 2/21/22*, 3/24/22, 4/25/22, 6/7/22, 9/27/22, 10/18/22, 11/16/22, 12/22/22

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 2/25/22, 4/29/22, 10/1/22, 11/12/22, 12/17/22

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications (1-Day): 4/26/22, 9/20/22
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): 5/2/22, 9/12/22, 12/12/22

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

LAP – License Advancement Program for Mate to Master (20-Day): 3/7/22, 7/11/22, 10/17/22

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): 6/6/22

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage (1-Day): 3/14/22, 9/21/22, 11/14/22

LNG-TPIC (10-Day) – Not currently scheduled

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC) (1-Day): 3/14/22

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): 3/28/22, 7/25/22, 12/5/22

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 4/4/22*, 7/11/22, 10/3/22, 12/5/22

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 5/23/22, 8/1/22, 11/28/22

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 2/7/22, 4/4/22*, 7/11/22, 10/3/22

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 3/25/22, 4/9/22, 6/6/22, 7/16/22, 9/36/22, 10/8/22, 10/17/22, 11/17/22, 12/23/22

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic) (1-Day): 3/11/22, 5/24/22, 6/21/22, 8/4/22, 9/14/22, 11/5/22

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 3/12/22, 5/23/22, 6/20/22, 8/5/22, 9/16/22, 11/4/22

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) – 3/13/22, 6/10/22, 11/3/22

MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day) – 3/22/22, 6/8/22, 9/14/22

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 3/14/22*, 5/16/22, 6/13/22, 7/18/22, 8/8/22, 9/19/22, 11/7/22

MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day/ 8-hour) – 3/12/22, 5/14/22, 6/11/22, 8/6/22, 9/17/22, 11/4/22

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) – 3/18/22*, 5/15/22, 6/12/22, 7/17/22, 8/7/22, 9/18/22, 11/6/22

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) – 3/19/22*, 5/20/22, 6/17/22, 7/22/22, 8/12/22, 9/23/22, 11/11/22

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) – 3/28/22*, 5/3/22*, 5/5/22*, 6/27/22, 6/29/22, 7/18/22

PSC – Personal Survival Craft (5-Day) – Contact Admissions

PSC-REF – Personal Survival Craft Refresher (2-Day) – 4/24/22, 10/3/22

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): 4/26/22, 4/29/22, 9/20/22, 9/28/22

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 3/7/22, 6/20/22, 8/29/22

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3-Day): 3/3/22

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 2/28/22, 4/25/22, 9/12/22, 12/5/22

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day) – 2/7/22, 4/4/22, 6/20/22, 8/22/22, 11/28/22

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 2/14/22

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (15-Day): 7/18/22

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 3/7/22, 5/9/22, 7/11/22

TRAC-TUG-2 (2-Day): 3/14/22, 5/26/22, 11/16/22

TTT – ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program ** — Not Currently Scheduled

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (1-Day): 3/3/22, 6/23/22

VSO – Vessel Security Officer (3-Day): 2/28/22, 6/22/22, 9/7/22

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) (10-Day): 2/7/22

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 2/21/22
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Winter 2022

Please also see our schedule and enroll online at www.mitags.org
For registration contact our admissions department: 866.656.5568 or

February 2022
7-11 Medical Care Provider
10th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
11-12 Basic Training Revalidation
14-18 Basic Cargo Handling & Stowage
14-18 Engine Resource Management
21-25 MEECE
21-25 Basic Shiphandling

March 2022

2nd Flashing Light
3rd Leadership & Teamworking Skills
7-11 Radar Observer Unlimited
9-11 Rating Forming Part of a Navigation Watch
14-18 Ship Construction and Basic Stability
15-19 Basic Training
21-25 Able Seaman
21-1 Watchkeeping (Operational Level)
24th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
25-26 Basic Training Revalidation
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