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MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly

Volume 29… Number 6, Feb. 7, 2023


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The International Transport Workers’ Federation is vowing to dispatch humanitarian aid to Turkey and Syria in the wake of two huge earthquakes and multiple aftershocks that struck the region on Feb. 6.

“Affiliate unions are already reporting many deaths among their members, including at a block of rail workers’ flats which collapsed,” the ITF said in a statement.

“Many more have lost their homes or places of work.”

“Two airports are closed because of damage to their runways, while collapsed warehouses at İskenderun have put the port out of operation.”

“Our affiliates and union allies tell us there are still many members they cannot reach,” said ITF General Secretary Steve Cotton.

“They believe those people are in the rubble under collapsed buildings.”

“We are in a race against time to find survivors, and our hearts and thoughts are with the families and the rescue workers searching for life.”

The four union confederations in Turkey have set up crisis centers to collect information and marshal humanitarian support.

“The situation on the ground is heartbreaking, especially for people coming to terms with the loss of loved ones,” said ITF President Paddy Crumlin.

“We send our solidarity and deepest compassion to our affiliates and are on alert to offer practical support as soon as they are able to identify what is most needed.”

“Human, economic and regional aftershocks following this devasting catastrophe will require support and long-term commitment.”

“The ITF is determined to be a part of that commitment.”

“We extend the condolences and solidarity of the world’s transport workers to the Turkish and Syrian people,” Cotton said.
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Increasing the use of U.S.-flag ships in America’s foreign trades and protecting the Jones Act are key to developing a healthy supply chain and ensuring the country has enough sealift capacity to meet its needs.

This is the message that the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department conveyed to Congress during a Feb. 1 hearing before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

“The United States needs greater self-reliance in ocean shipping and must act with urgency to reverse the dangerous dependency on foreign-flag vessels to carry more than 98 percent of America’s exports and imports,” TTD President Greg Regan testified.

“TTD urges Congress and the administration to fully enforce, fund, and enhance the policies and programs necessary to support the operation of U.S.-flag vessels in the foreign trades.”

He said that increasing the share of cargo carried by U.S.-flag ships would:

— lessen the opportunity for foreign-flag vessels to dictate the terms and conditions governing ocean transportation;

— address the serious maritime seagoing workforce shortage caused in large measure by the pandemic and help guarantee that the maritime industry can provide the commercial sealift readiness capability that the Department of Defense relies on.

He also called for construction of a coastwise marine highway system, adding, “Creating a fleet of U.S.-built, U.S.-flagged, and U.S.-crewed feeder vessels to carry a portion of America’s trade along our coasts… will not only strengthen the maritime industry and create jobs aboard ship and in our ports but help mitigate against future shipping supply chain disruptions.”

The hearing, “The State of Transportation Infrastructure and Supply Chain Challenges,” was the first of the new Congress to be held by the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

MM&P is one of the 37 unions representing millions of transportation workers nationwide who belong to the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department.
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The ASHTABULA, pushed by the tug DEFIANCE, was the last barge through the Soo Locks for the 2022-23 Great Lakes navigation season which ended on Jan. 16.

The Grand River Navigation vessels ASHTABULA and DEFIANCE are operated by members of the MM&P United Inland Group–Great Lakes Region.

The Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., are closed until March 25, to enable the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to perform critical maintenance.

The vessels in the Great Lakes fleet will also undergo maintenance during this period.

The Corps of Engineers has several projects to complete before reopening the Poe Lock in March. The MacArthur Lock is scheduled to reopen on April 24.

This winter a portion of maintenance projects on Gate 1 require the Poe Lock to remain full while others require the lock to be dewatered.

Dewatering of the Poe Lock begins on Feb. 13. The MacArthur Lock will not be dewatered this year.

Crews will perform a range of maintenance tasks, from repairing the lock gates, to fender timber replacements on the piers, to inspections and preventative maintenance on electrical and mechanical systems.

The USACE is now building a second Poe-size lock to provide much needed resiliency in the Great Lakes navigation system.

The second Poe-size lock, 110-feet by 1,200-feet, is being built on the existing Davis and Sabin Locks sites.

The first phase of construction, the upstream channel deepening, was completed by contractors in August.

The project’s second phase, to stabilize the existing upstream approach walls, wrapped up the second year of construction.

Work on the upstream approach walls will resume this spring.

The final phase, constructing the lock chamber, will get underway this fall.

The Great Lakes shipping fleet has also begun the annual transition from sailing to scheduled periods in regional docks and ship repair facilities for repair, maintenance, and modernization.

This year, U.S. Great Lakes shipping companies will invest more than $126 million in their vessels at shipyards and facilities across the region.
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Over the past two years, workers in a variety of sectors have sought union representation for the first time.

Union election petitions filed at the National Labor Relations Board increased by 58 percent during the first nine months of Fiscal Year 2022.

Now, video game developers are joining workers at Amazon warehouses and Starbucks coffee shops in seeking union representation for the first time.

Most video game developers support unionization, a recent survey has found.

One reason is their widespread perception that the hours are too long, and the pay is too low.

Among the most criticized industry practices is “crunch,” writes German Lopez of The New York Times, “when employees are pushed to work 60 to 100 hours a week for up to several months to hit a milestone on a project.”

Another allegation is that the industry is not doing enough to confront gender-based discrimination and sexual harassment.

Last year, two groups of video game workers at Activision Blizzard in Middleton, Wis., and Albany, N.Y., voted to join unions.

A third Activision Blizzard subsidiary in Boston filed an election petition with the National Labor Relations Board in the final days of 2022.

In January, about 300 quality assurance workers at Microsoft video game subsidiary ZeniMax Studios voted to join the Communication Workers of America.

Theirs will be the first union ever formed at Microsoft itself or one of its affiliates in the U.S.

If the unionization trend in the video game industry continues, it could significantly increase the number of union members who work in emerging—and rapidly growing—sectors of the economy.

About two-thirds of Americans play video games and the gaming industry employs hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S.

In 2021, the video gaming industry was larger than music, book publishing and North American sports combined, according to statistics published by The New York Times.
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As reported in the most recent issue of the MM&P magazine, several important changes have been made regarding MM&P’s 401(k) Plan.

As of Jan. 1, 2023, the Trustees of the MM&P 401(k) Plan have agreed to allow in-service distributions of any amount from a participant’s voluntary 401(k) account.

Distributions can be rolled over to a personal IRA tax-free or distributed directly to a member on a taxable basis. This will be permitted once per year for participants who have attained age 59½.

The Trustees have also asked Plans Counsel and our Financial Consultant to investigate the possibility and efficacy of permitting brokerage accounts as part of the IRAP/401(k) Plan to allow participants a wider range of investment options.

For Offshore Membership Group contracts only: Effective Jan. 1, 2023, and subject to individual employer agreement to implement, all licensed officers who are not already enrolled in the MM&P 401(k) Plan will be automatically enrolled in the Plan at a level of three percent (3%) of the benefit wage.

Licensed officers who do not wish to participate will be able to opt out at their discretion.

The amount automatically deducted will be increased by one percent (1%) every Jan. 1 through Jan. 1, 2025, when the amount will remain at five percent (5%).

Please note that as of January 2023, SEACOR/Waterman has implemented auto enrollment.

Information on the timing of the implementation of auto enrollment for other Offshore employers will follow when it becomes available.

401(k) Opt-Out forms are available on the Plans Documents page of the Members Website (https://members.bridgedeck.org) and in the Offshore Hiring Halls.

Additional information is available from MM&P Plans, MM&P headquarters, or your Area Vice President.
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The updated MM&P Offshore Member Student Trust Guide has been posted in the Members’ Only section of bridgedeck.org.

The guide contains MM&P MATES Program eligibility requirements, policies, and procedures.

To view the guide, log in to the Members’ Only section, click on “Documents,” and scroll down to “Trust Student Guides.”
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A MM&P union halls, the MM&P Federal Credit Union and MM&P headquarters will be closed on Monday, Feb. 13, for Lincoln’s Birthday.

The MM&P Plan Office will be open on Feb. 13.

All MM&P union halls, the MM&P Federal Credit Union, the MM&P Plan Office, and MM&P headquarters will be closed on Monday, Feb. 20, for Presidents Day.
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The Offshore Familiarization Course will be held in person in the MM&P Newark Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 8, and Thursday, Feb. 9.

On the second day, the course will be followed at 1100 by an in-person Offshore Membership Meeting.

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 Ana Victorio at avictorio@bridgedeck.org.

Here is the schedule:

— Day 1, Feb. 8, from 0930 to 1500;

— Day 2, Feb. 9, from 0930 to 1100, after which there will be an Offshore Membership meeting.

The Newark Hall is located at:

570 Broad Street Suite 701

Newark, NJ 07102

The phone number is: 201-963-1900.
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There will be a meeting for AMG members in good standing in the Newark Union Hall on Feb. 8, from 1100 to 1300.

All AMG representatives will present their annual reports at the meeting.

This will be a hybrid meeting so that as many members as possible can attend.

An email with a link to attend the meeting virtually will be sent one day before the meeting.

Members must be in good standing by the close of business on Monday, Feb. 6 in order to attend.

As a reminder, the MM&P Newark Hall is located at 570 Broad Street, Suite 701, Newark, NJ 07102.
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The MITAGS West Coast Campus in Seattle is seeking a part-time fire-fighting instructor. The pay range is $31.25-35.00 per scheduled hour, commensurate with proven skills.

Firefighting and maritime experience required.

All military veterans with firefighting duties or municipal firefighters (professional or volunteer) are encouraged to apply.

Please submit a cover letter with your resume to the MITAGS Human Resource Manager Jane Sibiski, jsibiski@mitags.org.
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Chief Mate for the LMSR fleet needed now. Security clearance required
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There are jobs for ABs and engine personnel at Grand River Navigation.

There are jobs for unlicensed deck personnel, unlicensed engineering personnel and licensed engineering personnel at Weeks Marine.

If you are interested, please contact MM&P Vice President Great Lakes & Gulf Region Vice President Tom Bell, tbell@bridgedeck.org, or (216) 776-1667.
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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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Full COVID vaccination is mandatory for everyone attending training on campus at MITAGS East and MITAGS West.

If you are not vaccinated, please contact MITAGS for information about exemptions.

Unvaccinated participants who have received exemptions will be required to wear a face mask while on campus.

We appreciate your cooperation during these very trying times.
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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): 06/05/23

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

ARPA-OIC– Automated Radar Plotting Aids (4-Day): 03/13/23, 04/17/23, 06/19/23, 09/04/23, 11/13/23,

AZIPOD (2-Day): 04/03/23

BRM – Bridge Resource Management (5-Day): 05/01/23, 07/24/23, 10/09/23, 12/11/23

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): Not currently scheduled Online: 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) : 05/08/23, 09/11/23

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) –02/20/23*, 03/13/23, 04/24/23, 06/05/23, 09/26/23, 10/16/23, 11/15/23, 12/19/23

BT-Refresher (3-day) –02/20/23*, 04/24/23, 09/26/23, 11/15/23, 12/18/23

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic (5-Day): 03/27/23, 09/18/23

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability (5-Day): 03/20/23, 06/26/23, 07/24/23, 12/18/23

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology (5-Day): 04/17/23, 06/19/23, 07/31/23, 10/30/23, 12/11/23

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 03/27/23, 10/16/23

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1 (5-Day): 02/27/23, 7/10/23, 11/27/23

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific (5-Day): 03/06/23, 07/17/23, 12/04/23

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

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems (5-Day): 04/10/23, 08/07/23, 10/02/23

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM) (5-Day): 04/24/23, 08/14/23, 10/16/23

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants (5-Day): 03/13/23, 10/02/23

(DCS-1 available on request – contact Admissions)

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: Not Currently Scheduled

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (5-Day): 05/01/23, 11/06/23

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1) (5-Day): 02/27/23, 03/27/23, 04/10/23, 06/05/23, 07/10/23, 08/14/23, 09/11/23, 10/02/23, 10/30/23 12/04/23

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2) (5-Day): 03/06/23, 04/03/23, 06/12/23, 07/17/23, 10/09/23, 11/06/23, 12/11/23

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

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation (5-Day): 04/10/23, 06/26/23, 10/09/23

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping (5-Day): 03/06/23, 09/25/23

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) – 03/18/23

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: 05/08/23, 10/30/23

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

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) –03/13/23

ERM – Engine Resource Management (5-Day): 03/27/23, 08/07/23

ADV-FF – Advanced Fire-Fighting (4-day): 04/03/23,

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced (5-Day): 03/27/23, 05/08/23, 08/28/23

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 02/22/23, 03/15/23, 06/07/23, 09/27/23, 10/16/23, 11/17/23, 12/21/23

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 02/24/23, 04/27/23, 09/29/23, 11/13/23, 12/16/23

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


GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (10-Day): 07/17/23

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 05/01/23, 06/19/23, 09/11/23, 11/16/23

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

LAP – License Advancement Program for Mate to Master (20-Day): 07/10/23, 10/16/23

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) : 06/05/23

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

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

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC) (1-Day): 05/04/23

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): 04/17/23, 08/07/23, 12/04/23

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 04/10/23, 07/10/23, 10/02/23, 12/04/23

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 03/20/23, 05/22/23, 08/07/23, 11/27/23

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: (5-Day): 04/10/23, 07/10/23, 09/18/23, 10/02/23

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 02/19/23, 03/12/23, 03/25/23, 04/15/23, 04/23/23, 05/20/23, 06/04/23, 07/15/23, 09/24/23, 10/07/23, 10/15/23, 11/18/23, 12/09/23, 12/22/23

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic) (1-Day): 02/23/23, 05/22/23, 06/08/23, 08/10/23, 09/07/23, 10/26/23

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 02/24/23, 05/23/23, 06/09/23, 08/11/23, 09/08/23, 10/27/23

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) –03/06/23, 06/19/23, 08/21/23, 11/16/23

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

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 02/27/23, 04/17/23, 05/15/23, 06/12/23, 08/14/23, 09/11/23, 10/30/23

MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day/ 8-hour) –02/25/23, 05/13/23, 06/10/23, 08/12/23, 09/09/23, 10/28/23

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) –02/26/23, 04/16/23, 05/14/23, 06/11/23, 08/13/23, 09/10/23, 10/29/23

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) –03/03/23, 04/21/23, 05/19/23, 06/16/23, 08/18/23, 09/15/23, 11/03/23

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): 03/20/23*, 03/22/23*, 05/22/23, 05/24/23, 07/31/23, 08/02/23, 11/13/23, 11/15/23

PSC – Personal Survival Craft (Lifeboatman) (5-Day) – 02/06/23, 04/24/23, 09/18/23

PSC-REF – Personal Survival Craft Refresher (2-Day): 02/27/23, 05/01/23, 10/02/23

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): Upon Request

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 02/20/23, 03/06/23, 06/19/23, 08/28/23, 11/27/23

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3-Day): 02/27/23, 05/01/23, 09/19/23, 12/12/23

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 03/20/23, 04/24/23, 06/26/23, 09/11/23, 12/11/23

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day) – 06/19/23, 08/28/23, 10/16/23, 12/18/23

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 02/27/23, 09/11/23

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (15-Day): 07/31/23

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 07/10/23

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

TTT – ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program **: Not currently scheduled

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (1-Day): Not Currently Scheduled

VSO – Vessel Security Officer (3-Day) : 02/20/23, 05/31/23, 06/26/23

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) (10-Day): 04/17/23, 10/09/23,

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 03/27/23, 08/21/23, 12/04/23
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2023 Winter/Spring

Schedule of Courses – Please also see our schedule and enroll online at www.mitags.org

For registration contact our admissions department: 866.656.5568 or admissions@mitags.org
February 2023
13-14 Basic Training Revalidation

13-17 Advanced Shiphandling II

13-24 GMDSS

14-17 Advanced Firefighting

15 Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

20-4 Medical Care Provider

20-3 Medical Person-In-Charge

27-3 Basic Shiphandling

27-3 Leadership & Managerial Skills

March 2023

6-10 Basic Cargo Handling & Stowage

6-10 Advanced Meteorology

8-10 Rating Forming Part of a Navigational Watch (RFPNW)

13-14 Basic Training Revalidation

13-17 Basic Meteorology

13-17 Advanced Stability

15th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

20-3 ARPA

20-4 Basic Training (original)

27-9 Search & Rescue

27-9 Security Officer–Vessel, Company & Facility

30th Flashing Light Exam

31 Leadership & Teamworking Skills

27-31 Able Seaman

27-31 Basic Training (original)

April 2023


10-11 Basic Training Revalidation

10-21 Watchkeeping (Operational Level)

12th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

24-5 GMDSS

24-12 Celestial Navigation

May 2023

1-4 Advanced Firefighting

15-26 GMDSS

18-19 Advanced Firefighting Refresher

20-21 Basic Training Revalidation

20-2 Basic Training Refresher

22 Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

22-6 Basic Training (original)

23 Radar Renewal

30-1 Security Officer – Vessel, Company & Facility

June 2023

12-3 Basic Training Revalidation

14 Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

19-23 Basic Training (original)

26-30 Tankerman Person-In-Charge
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