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MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly

Volume 30… Number 1, January 2, 2024


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Following attacks on a Maersk containership, a spokesperson for the company said today that it will redirect vessels around Africa until further notice.

The company on Sunday paused all Red Sea sailings after Houthi rebels attacked the Singapore-flagged MAERSK HANGZHOU.

“We have made the decision to pause all transits through the Red Sea/Gulf of Aden until further notice,” the company said in an update sent to customers on Tuesday.

The first attack took place Saturday after the vessel had passed through the Bab al-Mandab Strait at the southern entrance to the Red Sea, en route from Singapore to Port Suez, Maersk said.

The crew reported “a flash on deck”—reportedly caused by a missile—when the vessel was about 55 nautical miles southwest of Hodeidah.

The American destroyers USS GRAVELY and USS LABOON responded.

In a statement, US Central Command said GRAVELY “shot down two anti-ship ballistic missiles fired from Houthi-controlled areas in Yemen toward the ships.”

The containership continued traveling north, but on Sunday morning, it was attacked by four small boats which got to within about 20 yards.

Central Command said that the embarked security team aboard MAERSK HANGZHOU opened fire.

USS GRAVELY and the aircraft carrier USS EISENHOWER deployed their helicopters.

“In the process of issuing verbal calls to the small boats, the small boats fired upon the U.S. helicopters with crew-served weapons and small arms,” Central Command said in a statement.

“The U.S. Navy helicopters returned fire in self-defense, sinking three of the four small boats, and killing the crews.”

No US personnel were harmed, no equipment was damaged and everyone aboard MAERSK HANGZHOU was reported safe.

The attacks came days after Maersk said that it was resuming voyages through the Red Sea and the Suez Canal.

For about a week before that announcement, the company’s ships had been avoiding the area.

The US last month launched a multinational maritime coalition, Operation Prosperity Guardian, to protect ships in the area.
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The Coast Guard said that a fire aboard the GENIUS STAR XI, which is carrying a cargo of about 800 tons of lithium-ion batteries, has been safely extinguished.

The GENIUS STAR XI was sailing from Vietnam to San Diego when the fire started on Christmas Day in cargo hold No. 1, according to a spokesperson for shipowner Wisdom Marine Group.

The crew flooded the hold with carbon dioxide suppressant, sealed it, and contacted the Coast Guard to report “contained but ongoing” fire.

The Coast Guard instructed the crew to divert to Dutch Harbor.

Coast Guard Sector Anchorage issued a captain of the port order for the ship to remain two miles offshore, with a one-mile safety zone established around it.

An order preventing it from going closer to shore was issued to “mitigate risks associated with burning lithium-ion batteries or toxic gasses produced by the fire,” Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Mike Salerno said in an email to The Associated Press.

A team of firefighting experts from T&T Salvage and Resolve Marine, which boarded the GENIUS STAR XI on Dec. 29, reported no sign of damage or blistering outside the compartment.

The Coast Guard said that the ship is fully operational, but that in case the situation changes, an emergency towing system had been pre-staged on board for rapid use.

There were no injuries among members of the crew. There is no word yet on what may have caused the blaze.

“We applaud the crewmembers aboard GENIUS STAR XI, whose swift actions kept the fire contained to this point,” said Captain Chris Culpepper, commander of Coast Guard Sector Anchorage.

He said that an investigation into the cause of the fire will take place once response efforts are complete.
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Navy divers have recovered a significant portion of the wreckage of the V-22 Osprey that crashed off the coast of Yakushima Island, Japan, on Nov. 29.

Several Japanese news outlets published photos and videos of the CIVMAR-crewed USNS SALVOR returning to port with tarpaulin-covered debris on the back deck.

USNS SALVOR has been deployed for aircraft salvage projects before. This time, a team from Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit One deployed with the vessel to conduct the underwater search and rigging work.

According to the Air Force, the aircraft was a CV-22 Osprey from a special-operations squadron at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa.

The bodies of seven members of the crew of the Osprey have been recovered. As of Dec. 29, US and Japanese crews continued to search for the eighth.

Multiple crashes involving the Osprey have occurred over the course of the aircraft’s history, with more than 60 fatalities.

Sens. Edward J. Markey and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Congressman Richard E. Neal (D-Mass.) have asked the Pentagon to review the safety of the V-22 Osprey aircraft.

The Department of Defense has initiated a stand-down for Osprey operations across all service branches pending the outcome of an investigation, with a limited exception for emergency Marine Corps operations in the Red Sea.

MM&P represents the LDOs, Pursers and MSOs aboard all MSC CIVMAR manned ships.
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Seafarers International Union President Emeritus Mike Sacco died on Dec. 29, at the age of 86.

AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler and Secretary-Treasurer Fred Redmond released a statement that read in part:

“The AFL-CIO mourns the passing of our brother and friend Michael Sacco, the longest-serving president in the history of the SIU and a beloved champion for generations of merchant mariners and America’s working families.”

“A proud son of Brooklyn, N.Y., Mike served in the Air Force before joining the Seafarers in 1958 and working aboard U.S.-flag merchant vessels.”

“In 1960, he came ashore to serve the SIU in a succession of posts, including patrolman, port agent, and representative.”

“He served as vice president of the Seafarers Harry Lundeberg School of Seamanship from 1968 to 1979 and helped prepare the next generation of merchant mariners.”

“From 1980 to 1988, he directed the SIU’s Atlantic, Gulf, Lakes, and Inland Waters division as vice president, and in June 1988, the SIU North America Executive Board appointed him president, a post he helmed for nearly 35 years.”

“His steadfast service as SIU president and president of the Maritime Trades Department, AFL-CIO, brought security and stability to the Seafarers, a successful merger with the National Maritime Union, and solidarity with the numerous maritime trade unions.”

“In November 1991, Mike was elected to the AFL-CIO Executive Council, beginning his distinguished tenure as its longest-serving member.”

“Mike Sacco was a trusted mentor and leader to his members, a dear friend of the AFL-CIO, and an inspiration to the entire labor movement.”

“We send our deepest condolences to his family, his SIU brothers and sisters, and all who knew and loved him.”

“While our hearts break today for this loss, the legacy of Mike’s service to the SIU and trade unionism will live on forever.”
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On Dec. 29, the Coast Guard issued an update to MSIB 13-23—Coast Guard Policies to Address Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Prevention and Response on Vessels.

The update includes answers to frequently asked questions regarding changes to Title 46 of the United States Code to enhance vessel safety and address sexual assault and sexual harassment.

In November 2023, the Coast Guard released four policy documents to provide compliance guidance.

Please see the list of Policy Letters and Work Instructions on the Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance (CG-CVC) website.

If you have any questions regarding implementation on your vessel of the new requirements, please seek advice from your local Officer in Charge, Marine Inspections.

For any questions on this MSIB, please contact cgcvc@uscg.mil.

Here are some examples of the questions that are answered in the Coast Guard’s most recent MSIB.

— Question: Policy Letter 23-04 makes reference to crew washing places regarding placement of posted notices for reporting procedures and resources, related company policies, retaliation and drug and alcohol usage. Is posting in the common areas of the accommodation house sufficient?

— Response: The law states that information must be posted in each crew berthing area and in each required crew washing space. The law does not provide allowance for consolidating information into a single or few spaces and does not detail alternative arrangements. Vessels should be sure to post information in every space required by law.

— Question: Policy Letter 23-05 for surveillance systems makes reference to a statutory timeline for compliance. Why is there no compliance deadline mentioned in Policy Letter 23-04?

— Response: The law for surveillance systems on ships includes a deadline to install video and audio surveillance equipment no later than two years after the enactment of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2022.

This deadline is December 23, 2024. Neither the law mandating information requirements nor the law mandating master key control systems provide a deadline for compliance beyond the enactment of the law.

As a federal regulatory agency, the Coast Guard cannot defer enforcement of a law mandated by Congress.

— Question: Referencing Policy Letter 23-04, crew berthing areas must be equipped with, among other things, vessel owner or company policies prohibiting sexual assault and sexual harassment, retaliation, and drug and alcohol usage.

Is this a requirement to print all policies and procedures and post them on the bulkheads, which could consist of hundreds of pages? Is a stateroom binder with directions on how to access these specific policies in the SMS sufficient?

— Response: The law states vessels must equip spaces with information regarding vessel owner or company policies prohibiting sexual assault and sexual harassment, retaliation, and drug and alcohol use.

The law does not mandate that the policies themselves be posted. In our Policy Letter, we advise that “statements within the signage should be clear and concise and easy for all expected viewers to understand.”

All the latest FAQs are posted here.

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The International Transport Workers’ Federation, of which MM&P is a member, enforces agreements with shipowners.

ITF inspectors board vessels to check that seafarers have decent pay, as well as decent working conditions and living standards.

New figures show that ITF inspectors conducted close to 10,000 inspections in the first 11 months of 2023.

Data presented in December to members of the ITF Fair Practice Committee showed that as of November 2023, inspectors had conducted 9,785 inspections, of which:

— 1,559 were in response to complaints from members of the ship’s crew;

— 5,740 were routine.

The number of inspections conducted in the first 11 months of 2023 was up 1,688 from the corresponding period in 2022.

In the 11 months, inspectors recovered $47,008,910 in wages owed to seafarers, an increase of $12,277,651 compared to the 2022 figure.

Inspectors reported 117 cases of abandoned ships and a total of 1,795 abandoned seafarers.

Panama’s registry had the highest number of abandonments—23—followed by Palau with 12.

Today there are 138 ITF inspectors working out of 120 ports in 59 countries.

“It goes without saying that we are immensely proud of the work of the ITF inspectors,” said ITF Inspectorate Coordinator Steve Trowsdale.

“These men and women hold to account those shipowners who seek to exploit seafarers.”

“All too often what we find are poor working and living conditions, seafarers being over worked and going unpaid for long periods.”

“ITF inspectors step in to make sure that the workers involved get treated fairly.’’

Nearly 700 transport unions in 147 countries belong to the ITF.

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Martin Luther King’s teachings on the link between the labor movement and the civil rights movement assume particular relevance as the nation prepares to celebrate his birthday on Jan. 15.

The material below was excerpted from All Labor Has Dignity, an anthology of King’s writings that was published by Beacon Press in 2012, edited and with an introduction by Michael K. Honey.

“Martin Luther King regarded progressive unions as bulwarks of the civil rights movement,” Honey writes.

“In this rousing 1962 speech to the National Maritime Union*, he linked the democratic struggles of workers and black people…”

King’s powerful and moving speech begins with these words:

“Industry knows only two types of workers who, in years past, were brought frequently to their job in chains.”

“Negroes and shanghaied seamen. In those days only these workers were physically bound to their place of employment: the Negro to his plantation by guards, and the seaman by the watery isolation of his ship.”

“Yours was never as humiliating a condition as chattel slavery, but the abuse of your freedom, and dignity of personality, were corrosive and destructive,” he told members of the NMU.

“[S]ailors wrote a luminous page of history when they used their mighty strength and unity to civilize their work conditions,” he continued.

“Everyone benefitted—other labor groups as well as employers because the violence and instability of the sea life of old could not be a basis for a great commerce.”

“Nor could maltreated, brutalized men be entrusted with the multimillion-dollar ships of the modern era; nor with the safety of millions of passengers who now make the seas a highway.”

“And so you and your industry have come a long way from great depths to great heights in your journey, achieving democratic practices which put you above many other segments of American life.”

“What do I mean by this? I believe there is more simple nobility in your work than in almost any other.”

“First, in the progress toward integration you are matchless because an integrated ship is a flower of democracy.”

“On the sea, workers not only toil side by side, but they eat, sleep, and relax on an integrated basis. You are not divided by color, religion, or other distinctions.”

“The men of a department work and sleep and eat without artificially imposed barriers between them.”

“Mastering nature’s giant seas requires unity, brotherhood, and in moments of peril, the color of a man’s skin is of no importance, but the quality of his courage and resourcefulness is all important.”

“Sailors are unique workers possessing noble qualities because in time of war they assume risks many soldiers never experience, even though they remain civilians.”

To read King’s speech as it was published in All Labor Has Dignity, go to bridgedeck.org and click on “News and Announcements.”

*The National Maritime Union was founded in May 1937. It affiliated with the Congress of Industrial Organizations in July 1937. After a failed merger with MEBA in 1988, it merged with the Seafarers International Union of North America in 2001.
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All MM&P union halls, the MM&P Federal Credit Union, MM&P headquarters, and the Plan Office will be closed on Monday, Jan. 15, for Martin Luther King’s birthday.

The Nobel Prize laureate and civil rights activist was assassinated in 1968 in Memphis, where he had gone to support a strike by the city’s sanitation workers.

“The labor movement did not diminish the strength of the nation but enlarged it,” King once said.

“Those who attack labor forget these simple truths, but history remembers.”
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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 on the Great Lakes, there are:

— licensed deck jobs for those with Great Lakes pilotage;

— jobs for 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.

For more information, go to the Jobs page on bridgedeck.org.

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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CM needed for HAINA PATRIOT.

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): 01/22/24, 01/29/24

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

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

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): 01/15/24*, 01/22/24, 05/06/24

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years): 01/29/24, 03/18/24, 04/22/24, 06/10/24

BT-Refresher (3-day): 01/29/24*, 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): 01/29/24, 04/29/24, 06/24/24, 10/07/24, 12/09/24

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology (5-Day): 01/22/24, 04/22/24, 06/17/24, 09/23/24, 12/16/24

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 02/05/24, 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): 01/08/24*, 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): 01/15/24*, 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) –01/27/24

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– 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): 02/05/24

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): 01/15/24*, 05/06/24

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 01/31/24, 03/20/24, 04/24/24, 06/12/24

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 02/01/24, 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): 02/02/24

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): 02/05/24

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): 01/08/24*, 02/07/24, 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): 01/08/24*, 04/01/24, 05/13/24, 08/19/24, 09/30/24

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 01/22/24, 03/18/24, 05/26/24, 07/29/24, 11/18/24

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

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 01/13/24, 01/27/24, 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): 01/08/24, 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): 01/08/24, 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): 01/12/24, 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): 01/22/24*, 01/24/24*, 05/13/24*, 05/15/24*, 08/19/24, 08/21/24, 12/09/24, 12/11/24

PSC – Personal Survival Craft (Lifeboatman) (5-Day): 01/29/24, 02/05/24

PSC-REF – Personal Survival Craft Refresher (2-Day): 01/25/24, 04/18/24

RFPNW – Ratings Forming Part of a Navigational Watch (3-day): 01/10/24

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

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes (1-Night): 01/31/24, 04/24/24, 06/12/24

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 01/29/24, 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): 02/05/24

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 01/29/24, 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

January 2024

8-12 Basic Training

15-18 Advanced Firefighting

22-26 Leadership & Managerial Skills

29-30 Basic Training Revalidation

29-31 Security Officer – Vessel, Company & Facility

29-2 Medical Care Provider

29-9 Medical Person-In-Charge

31st Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

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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The MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly is the official electronic newsletter of the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots, 700 Maritime Blvd., Suite B, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090-1953. Phone: 410-850-8700; Fax: 410-850-0973. All rights reserved. The MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly©2023. Articles can be reprinted without prior permission if credit is given to The MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly.

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