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MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly

Volume 28… Number 6…February 8, 2022


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The White House has released a blueprint on how the federal government can increase union participation and strengthen workers’ right to organize.

It includes a series of steps that can be taken in the absence of legislative action, since passage of the landmark Protecting the Right to Organize Act is blocked in the Senate by a wall of Republican resistance and a handful of Democrats who are resisting changes to the 60-vote minimum required to advance legislation.

The White House Task Force on Worker Organizing and Empowerment, led by Vice President Kamala Harris with Labor Secretary Marty Walsh as vice chair, recommended the Biden administration take action in the following areas:

— protecting workers who organize from illegal retaliation;

— ensuring workers know their organizing and bargaining rights;

— exposing employers’ use of anti-union consultants;

— establishing a resource center on unions and collective bargaining;

— addressing equity across underserved communities;

— increasing awareness of the positive impact that unions have on all workers—both union members and non-members—and on the economy as a whole.

The report recommends establishing preferences in federal grant and loan programs for employers that have strong labor standards and preventing companies from spending federal contract money on anti-union campaigns.

It also underlines the role the federal government can play as an employer by granting union organizers greater access to speak to federal workers about the benefits of joining a union.

President Biden established the task force last year as part of his administration’s efforts to promote organizing and collective bargaining in the private and public sectors.

The National Labor Relations Act, the 1935 law that protects federal labor rights, explicitly encourages collective bargaining, yet no previous administration has explored ways that the executive branch could do so systematically.

The 43-page report, which outlines 70 distinct policy proposals, links the decades-long drop in union membership to the fact that a rising share of income is going to the wealthiest 10 percent of the population.

Recent polls show that most Americans have a favorable impression of unions and would join one if given the option.

But the Labor Department reported last month that only 10.3 percent of workers belonged to a union in 2021.

The president’s task force will submit a second report describing progress on its recommendations and proposing additional ones in six months.
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Congressman Kaialiʻi Kahele, a Democrat who represents Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional district, took to the floor of the House of Representatives last week to honor the crew of the HORIZON RELIANCE for rescuing two pilots who had been forced to land their plane on the ocean and debark to a life raft about a thousand nautical miles from Honolulu in November 2020.

In his speech, Kahele lauded the professionalism and dedication to duty of America’s merchant mariners.

“I cannot overstate how truly close this incident came to tragedy,” he told his colleagues.

“The lives of these two aircraft crash survivors, their families and friends were forever changed due to the actions of the crew of the HORIZON RELIANCE that fateful evening.”

“It speaks even more to the dedication to duty of the mariners of the U.S. merchant fleet—the brave men and women who carry goods across the globe in support of the U.S. military, as well as humanitarian food-aid, research cargo to Antarctica and countless other missions in support of our country.”

Captain Mark Tuck accepted the Mariner’s Plaque on behalf of the officers and crew of the HORIZON RELIANCE at the 2021 Admiral of the Ocean Seas awards ceremony.

The HORIZON RELIANCE is owned and operated by an MM&P-contracted employer.
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There was a decline last year in flag-state reporting of vessels’ compliance with labor standards, the International Chamber of Shipping says.

The trade group highlighted the decline when it released its annual Shipping Industry Flag State Performance Table earlier this month.

“The pandemic has been a challenge for us all and one that flag states have also had to weather,” ICS Secretary General Guy Platten said in a statement.

“However the drop off in reporting against ILO Labor Standards, including the Maritime Labor Convention, is further evidence that seafarer wellbeing has been an unintended casualty of the pandemic.”

The Flag State Performance Table is intended to encourage shipowners to maintain a dialogue with their flag states and facilitate necessary improvements in working conditions, safety and environmental protection, among other areas.

The ICS says the drop-off in labor standards reporting underscores the severity of the pressures that the pandemic has placed on seafarers, governments and industry.

The ILO Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations, which compiled the report used by the ICS to produce the table, noted “a sharp decrease in the number of reports received by the deadline of 1 October this year in relation to previous years.”

In total, of the 2,004 reports on labor standards requested by the ILO from governments in 2021, only 42.9 percent were granted.

This is in comparison to a 70.7 percent rate of reports received by the ILO in 2020.

The ICS said that while the trend can be partly explained by administrative pressures stemming from Covid-19, it also serves as a reminder that the hardships suffered by the global workforce throughout the pandemic may not be receiving the necessary attention.

“Hundreds of thousands of seafarers have been trapped on ships for many months beyond their scheduled tours of duty throughout the last two years,” Platten said.

“This report is a reminder that flag states must keep seafarer wellbeing as a top priority.”
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The captain of the bulk carrier MATHILDE OLDENDORFF was killed on Jan. 29 in the port of Tianjin when he slipped and fell while trying to read the vessel’s draft marks from a pilot ladder.

“Captain Selçuk Elibol had to use the [pilot ladder] to measure the draft, after the port authorities did not allow the crew to land on the pier, using covid-19 as an excuse,” the Turkish maritime publication News At Sea reported.

“Captain Elibol lost his balance, fell onto the concrete floor of the dock, and passed away.”

Members of the crew said that port officials did not allow them to disembark to help the captain after he fell.

The Turkish Maritime Federation said in a statement that Elibol’s death “has deeply saddened the nation’s maritime community.”

A spokesperson called the restrictions at Tianjin the latest example of a pattern of tightening limits on the movements of seafarers that started post-9/11 and have worsened because of Covid-19 restrictions.

“With the travel restrictions, crewmembers have difficulty returning to their loved ones. At the same time, as can be seen in the latest tragic incident, seafarers are exposed to inhumane treatment.”

The federation said that it would work with international institutions to establish “binding rules to put an end to the inhumane practices preventing seafarers from coming ashore.”
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The MATES Program trustees have appointed Eric Friend as executive director of MITAGS and the Maritime Conference Center.

“The trustees’ decision to select Eric as the next executive director has made the transition much easier,” said former executive director Glen Paine, who recently retired.

“Eric has been running the Academic Division for several years and [has been] involved in most major decisions.”

“Eric is smart, dedicated, and respected by the trustees, students, and industry. He has all the attributes to take the school to the next level.”

After graduating from the US Merchant Marine Academy in 1998, Eric became a sailing member of MM&P. His first experience of MITAGS was as a student.

He became an instructor in 2003, teaching a variety of subjects including maritime safety courses and Officer-in-Charge-of-a-Navigational Watch. He became director of the MITAGS Academic Division in 2008.

He served in the Naval Reserves from 1998 to 2009, including as officer in charge of training for an inshore boat unit.

He went on to earn a master’s degree in management, with a concentration in Organizational Leadership, from the American Military University.

He holds a Masters License (1600 ton) and a Second Mate’s license (any Gross Tons Upon Oceans).

As the new executive director, Eric will work to expand existing relationships and deepen the level of trust between MITAGS-MCC, MM&P members and other clients.

“We remain steadfast as ever to our mission and vision, evolving with the ever-changing world around us,” he said.

“I’m looking forward to carrying on Glen’s legacy and leading an amazing team of people, while continuing to advance MITAGS-MCC as the thought-leaders in their respective industries.”

“Eric has a challenging mission carrying on the outstanding achievements of Glen Paine,” said MM&P President and Plans Chairman Don Marcus.

“While his appointment has been made on an interim basis, the trustees of the MATES program have no doubt that Eric has the ability and personal commitment necessary, not only to keep our flagship propelling forward, but to further enhance its position as the premier training facility in the industry.”

Eric often volunteers in his community during his free time. One of his hobbies and passions is being a National Weather Service Skywarn Spotter. After a storm, he assists in disaster response, which can entail projects such as cleaning up storm debris or helping to organize food trucks to feed people in areas that have lost power.
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The Board of Pilot Commissioners for the Bays of San Francisco, San Pablo, and Suisun (BOPC) has announced plans to host an examination during the week of June 6, 2022 for entrance into the maritime Pilot Trainee Training Program.

Applications are due no later than April 15, 2022.

The BOPC typically conducts maritime pilot trainee training program selection examinations every two to three years, or when there is a need for licensed pilots. The last examination was held in 2019.

Candidates who are successful on the examination may be selected to enter the BOPC Pilot Trainee Training Program, which lasts from one to three years.

“BOPC-licensed pilots navigate large tankers, container vessels and cruise ships on very challenging shallow waters,” said BOPC Vice President Jennifer Ferrera Schmid.

“BOPC licensed pilots are highly skilled mariners, and I have confidence that the upcoming trainee program selection examination will once again result in a list of exceptional candidates to participate in one of the most rigorous port pilot training programs in the nation.”

The BOPC, the only state-level maritime pilot commission in California, licenses up to 60 pilots to guide large vessels on the Bays of San Francisco, San Pablo, Suisun, Monterey, and navigable tributaries to Stockton and Sacramento.

The pilotage ground covers 70 separate terminals across ten counties.

“Working as a San Francisco Bar Pilot is one of the most prestigious jobs in the port pilot industry,” said BOPC Executive Director Allen Garfinkle.

“Our licensees enjoy being members of an elite group of professionals working in one of the world’s most scenic environments.”

Information about the Pilot Trainee Training Program selection examination can be found on the BOPC’s website at www.bopc.ca.gov.

The BOPC is a constituent entity within the California State Transportation Agency.

Its responsibilities include pilot training, licensing, regulating, incident investigation and making pilotage rate recommendations to the legislature.

The BOPC is funded by the shipping industry through surcharges collected on the provision of services by BOPC-licensees. The BOPC is not funded by state or local taxes.
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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 March 1-2, 2022.

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The Office of Merchant Mariner Credentialing is hosting an intersessional meeting of the National Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (N-MERPAC) Subcommittee on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault.

The subcommittee will meet virtually through Microsoft Teams on Feb. 16, 2022, and Feb. 17, 2022.

The meeting will convene 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-3 p.m. on both days (all times EST).

N-MERPAC advises, consults with, and makes recommendations to the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security through the commandant of the US Coast Guard on matters relating to personnel in the US Merchant Marine including the training, qualifications, certification, documentation, and fitness of mariners.

The subcommittee gathers industry input to develop recommendations for the Coast Guard for the prevention of sexual assault and sexual harassment in the maritime industry.

Anyone who is not part of the N-MERPAC email list and would like to attend the meeting should contact Alternate Designated Federal Officer Megan Johns Henry at megan.c.johns@uscg.mil.
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Atlantic Maritime Group Vice President Mike Riordan has scheduled a joint in-person and virtual meeting of the AMG 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.

To attend the meeting virtually, use this link: https://meeting.windstream.com/j/1128855360
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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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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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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) – 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): 3/14/22, 4/26/22, 5/26/22, 9/20/22, 11/14/22
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) – 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) – 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: 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) – 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): 4/11/22, 10/17/22

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

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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