• Members
  • More results...

    Generic selectors
    Exact matches only
    Search in title
    Search in content
    Post Type Selectors

MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly

Volume 30… Number 5, January 30, 2024


In This Issue:

Please Respond to Survey:

News From the MM&P Health & Benefit Plan:

Mark Your Calendar:

MM&P Holiday Closing Schedule:

Attention All Mariners:

Job Opportunities:



Maersk said Wednesday that it would indefinitely suspend the Red Sea operations of its U.S.-flag ships after MAERSK DETROIT and MAERSK CHESAPEAKE reported nearby explosions while transiting the Bab el-Mandeb strait.

“The U.S. Navy accompaniment also intercepted multiple projectiles,” the company said in a statement.

“The crew, ship, and cargo are safe and unharmed. The U.S. Navy has turned both ships around and is escorting them back to the Gulf of Aden.”

According to CENTCOM, “at approximately 2 p.m. (Sanaa time), terrorists fired three anti-ship ballistic missiles from Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen toward the MAERSK DETROIT.”

“One missile impacted in the sea. The two other missiles were successfully engaged and shot down by the USS GRAVELY. There were no reported injuries or damage to the ship.”

“While we continue to hope for a sustainable resolution in the near future, the situation in the area is constantly evolving and remains highly volatile,” Maersk said in a statement that was posted on its website.

“All available intelligence at hand confirms that the security risk continues to be at a significantly elevated level…”

The company said that its MECL service would start going around the Cape of Good Hope.

MAERSK DETROIT and MAERSK CHESAPEAKE, with MM&P licensed deck officers at the conn, are both enrolled in the Maritime Security Program and the Voluntary Intermodal Sealift Agreement.

The other mariners aboard the two ships are represented by MEBA and the SIU.

The Iranian-backed Houthis have launched more than 30 attacks on international shipping since November.

“Thank you for your professionalism and courage,” said MM&P President Don Marcus in a communication to MM&P licensed deck officers aboard these and other MM&P vessels.

“Once again, MM&P licensed deck officers have answered the call under the most adverse conditions and set an example for every member of Masters, Mates & Pilots and the industry at large.”

Back to Stories Covered


TRANSCOM Commander Gen. Jacqueline D. Van Ovost says information sharing among U.S. military and commercial vessels in the Red Sea will continue to increase as part of the “united and proactive approach” required to ensure “the safety and security of our shipping industry and our mariners.”

Van Ovost made the pledge in response to a Jan. 19 letter from MM&P and eight other unions whose members serve aboard ships in the Maritime Security Program.

In their letter, the unions thanked TRANSCOM, the Secretary of Defense, the Maritime Administration, U.S. Central Command, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, and others for their efforts to protect U.S.-flag merchant shipping in the region.

“The level of cooperation and communication between these agencies and the ship operators and labor unions involved has been good, and we hope to see it continue while this crisis continues,” they wrote.

“While we understand that procedures are being developed and so far, the joint efforts of our vessel operators, mariners and naval personnel have resulted in no casualties to U.S.-flag ships, we cannot rest on past success,” they added.

“Continued communication, especially at the tactical level, is crucial.”

“The safety and security of our shipping industry and our mariners require a united and proactive approach,“ Van Ovost responded, adding that the unions’ concerns are at the forefront of DOD’s “thinking and planning efforts.”

“We will continue to evolve tactics, increase communication, and deepen collaboration to mitigate threats in the Red Sea.”

She called the American Merchant Marine “the backbone of our national maritime capability,” noting that the relationship between the U.S.-flag fleet and the military “has been built on years of close collaboration.”

The unions’ letter was signed by MM&P President Don Marcus, ARA President Kelly Anderson, MTD President Mark Clements, SUP President Dave Connolly, AMO President Paul Doell, SIU President Dave Heindel, MFOW President Anthony Poplawski, TTD President Greg Regan, and MEBA President Adam Vokac.
Back to Stories Covered


A firefighting team deployed by an Indian Navy warship helped extinguish a fire aboard a Marshall Islands-flagged oil tanker that was struck by a Houthi missile on the night of Jan. 26.

The tanker, MARLIN LUANDA, was sailing 60 nautical miles southeast of Aden when it was hit by the anti-ship missile, which ignited a fire in a starboard-side cargo hold.

“Due to this missile attack, the vessel was on fire, and it was not a small fire,” the captain of the MARLIN LUANADA told BBC News.

“It was a huge fire. It’s a loaded tanker… people know what happens if a tanker goes on fire: a tanker fire.”

The Indian Navy guided missile destroyer INS VISAKHAPATNAM, the USS CARNEY, and a French warship responded to the crew’s distress call.

A 10-person firefighting team from INS VISAKHAPATNAM boarded the tanker in the early morning hours of Jan. 27.

“After six hours battling the fire along with the crew of the MARLIN LUANDA, the firefighting team successfully brought the fire under control,” a spokesperson for the Indian Navy said.

“I really thank the Indian warship,” the captain of MV MARLIN LUANDA told the BBC.

“We had actually lost the hope that we won’t be able to fight this fire, but these guys were really tough.”

No injuries were reported in the blaze.

The ship was operating under charter to the Trafigura Group, which released a statement saying that it continues “to assess carefully the risks involved in any voyage, including in respect of security and safety of the crew, together with shipowners and customers.”

About eight hours after the tanker was hit, Central Command said the U.S. military destroyed a Houthi anti-ship missile that was aimed into the Red Sea and ready to launch.

Back to Stories Covered


The International Transport Workers’ Federation is expressing strong support for members of Argentina’s unions who took to the streets on Jan. 24 to protest the policies of the country’s newly elected president, Javier Milei.

The general strike, involving all the country’s unions, shut down the capital city and the nation’s transport networks for the entire day.

Milei, an eccentric TV personality with no previous background in government, has been president for seven weeks.

In that time, the value of the national currency has plummeted and the rate of inflation—which was already running at more than 200 percent—has increased.
Gas prices, already the highest in the region, have doubled since he took office.

The rate of inflation in Argentina is already the highest in the world.

Economists have predicted that it will top 300 percent by year-end if it continues at this rate.

Among the policies that Milei has introduced is one that would limit free speech and the right to protest.

ITF General Secretary Stephen Cotton is calling Milei’s policies “a ruthless attack on unions.”

“Trade unions across the world provide an essential service to their members in protecting their rights and fighting attacks on pay and safe working conditions,” he says.

“All of that and more is under threat in Argentina.” 

To show support for the strikes, ITF members in other countries have joined in demonstrations outside Argentina’s embassies.

“The union movement often uses the phrase ‘an injury to one is an injury to all,’” says ITF President Paddy Crumlin.

“These are not just words. They are an expression of solidarity from across the globe.”
Back to Stories Covered


Members of MM&P and the other unions that belong to the Nautilus Federation are asked to respond to a survey.

“The maritime industry is changing as the world seeks to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels,” Nautilus says.

“In July 2023, the International Maritime Organization agreed to reach ‘net-zero’ greenhouse gas emissions by around 2050.”

“Achieving this target will require technological changes—including the introduction or expansion of the use of alternative fuels—which have the potential to have a major impact on your working life as a maritime professional.”

“We are keen to hear your thoughts to ensure your voice is at the heart of these changes.”

“This survey will approximately take between 5 and 10 minutes to complete.”

MM&P is one of the 22 maritime labor unions that belong to the Nautilus Federation.
Back to Stories Covered


Retired Participants/Pensioners New Prescription Drug Provider Silver Script Effective Jan. 1, 2024

Below please find detailed information and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) on the Plan

Health & Benefit Calls–Medicare Extra Fee

The Plan Office Benefit Advisors have received a few phone calls from retired Medicare-eligible participants regarding a reduction being deducted automatically from their Social Security payment.

If the modified adjusted gross income (MAG) reported on your federal tax return is above a certain amount, Medicare requires that you pay an extra amount for your Medicare Part D coverage.

The extra amount is called an Income Related Monthly Adjustment Amount, or IRMAA.

For Medicare Part D, it is referred to as D-IRMAA. Some of the Medicare letters state that the individual has to make up the payment for January, so the February deduction will include two months of IRMAA.

To view the table used for the premiums for D-IRMAA, Click here or go to: https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/fact-sheets/2024-medicare-parts-b-premiums-and-deductibles and scroll down to Medicare Part D Income-Related Monthly Adjustment Amounts.

Why Did My Co-Pay Change?

Our Silver Script–Employer Group Waiver Program (EGWP) plan is a Medicare Approved Part D Plan, and we must follow the rules that Medicare established when Medicare Part D was added.

There are a few reasons why your co-pay charges increased in this prescription plan.

Under the Medicare rules, a person may not use savings cards or co-pay cards which lower their payment amount. (Drug manufacturers hand these out to have individuals continue to purchase the prescriptions they make.)

Maintenance Medication–When you are taking maintenance medication (for example, for high blood pressure, diabetes, etc.) under the Plan’s rules you had to fill for 90 days.

Under the Silver Script–EGWP Plan, Medicare does not allow us to limit the fill to 90 days.

When you are out of your maintenance prescription, and you ask your doctor for a new maintenance prescription, you should make sure to ask your doctor for a 90-day prescription.

If your doctor only gives you a prescription for less than 90 days (for example, 30 or 60 days) your co-pay cost will be 20 percent of the cost of the prescription.

For your co-pay to max at $75.00, you need to get a 90-day fill for this maintenance medication.

A More Open Formulary

We have been advised by Silver Script that under Medicare rules, the plan must have a more open Formulary.

What that means is that some prescriptions that were not covered under the plan in 2023 may now, in 2024, be covered and paid by the Silver Script EGWP plan.

Why Did the Trustees Make This Change?

The MM&P Health & Benefit Board of Trustees needed to do something to help the Plan.

The Trustees looked at many options and tried to make changes that would affect the least number of participants and dependents.

The single largest expense in the Plan is prescription drug cost, and in 2023 we paid $19 million dollars.

As you may recall, the MM&P Health & Benefit Plan has been in the CMS RDS (Retiree Drug Subsidy program) and the MM&P Health & Benefit Plan has, on average, received $900,000 back from the program per year.

Silver Script EGWP is estimated to provide us with about $3.7–$3.9 million.

In just three years, the MM&P H&B account balance has dropped from about $60 million to about $42 million.

The Trustees did not want to increase the Health & Benefit Plan annual deductible, or cut Plan benefits, or see very large increases in premiums, or increase the member claim co-pays that are now:

— Medical in-network, Plan pays 90 percent, member pays 10 percent of contract amount;

— Medical out-of-network, Plan pays 70 percent of allowable, and member pays 30 percent;

— Dental in-network, Plan pays 80 percent, and member pays 20 percent of contract amount;

— Dental out-of-network, Plan pays 70 percent of allowable, and member pays 30 percent.

Example of an Individual Medicare Part D without MM&P Prescription Coverage

If we did not have Silver Script–EGWP and you had purchased on your own a Medicare Part D Plan, it would work as follows:

You move through four phases throughout the year:

1–Deductible: You pay out-of-pocket for your meds until you reach your deductible. This may only apply to certain Tiers.

2–Initial Coverage: Once you reach your deductible your plan starts to cover some of your costs. Here you pay a co-pay or co-insurance until you reach a set amount that may change each year.

3–Coverage Gap (Donut Hole): You stay in the coverage gap until you pay a set amount that may change each year.

Brand name drugs–Manufacturers discount 70 percent. You pay 25 percent. Your plan pays 5 percent.

Generic drugs–You pay 25 percent. Your plan pays 75 percent. (Some plans offer additional coverage in the gap)

4–Catastrophic: You pay a small co-pay or co-insurance.

The Benefits of Having the MM&P Prescription Plan

The MM&P Health & Benefit Plan under Silver Script EGWP wraps the Medicare Part D plan and provides you with additional coverage, so you do not have a deductible and different levels of co-pays as described above.
Back to Stories Covered


There will be a membership meeting in the San Francisco/Oakland Hall on Jan. 31, immediately after the 1100 job call.

MM&P International President Don Marcus will be in attendance to report and respond to questions.

Pacific Ports Vice President Lars Turner and Pacific Ports Coast Agent Melany Skippen will also attend the meeting.

All Offshore members and applicants are encouraged to attend the meeting.

If you have items for the agenda or questions that may require research, please email them in advance to lturner@bridgedeck.org or call the hall at 510-808-7068.

The MM&P San Francisco/Oakland Hall is located at:

548 Thomas L. Berkley Way

Oakland, CA 94612
Back to Stories Covered


There will be an Offshore Membership Meeting in the Los Angeles/Long Beach Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 6, at 1100, after job call.

MM&P Pacific Ports Vice President J. Lars Turner and Pacific Ports Coast Agent Melany Skippen will be in attendance.

The Los Angeles/Long Beach Hall is located at:

533 N. Marine Ave., Ste A

Wilmington, Calif., 90744-5527

The phone number is 310-834-7201.

All Offshore members and applicants in the area are encouraged to attend the meeting.
Back to Stories Covered


The Offshore Orientation Course will be held in the Los Angeles/Long Beach Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 6 and Wednesday, Feb. 7.

Participants in the course must attend both days.

The schedule is:

Tuesday, Feb. 6: 0930-1500
Wednesday, Feb. 7: 0930-1430

The address of the hall is:

533 N. Marine Ave., Ste A
Wilmington, CA 90744-5527

The phone is: 310-834-7201.

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 Wendy Karnes: wkarnes@bridgedeck.org.

Back to Stories Covered


There will be an Atlantic Maritime Group membership meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 14, from 1100 hours to 1300 hours.

You must be a member in good standing to participate in the meeting.

The meeting will be held both in person and virtually so that all interested parties can attend.

The in-person meeting will be held at the NY/NJ Union Hall, 570 Broad Street, Suite 701, Newark, NJ 07102.

To receive a link to participate in the meeting virtually, you must register with AMG Representative Paulina Czernek before noon on Tuesday, Feb. 13.

Her email address is: pczernek@bridgedeck.org.

Back to Stories Covered


The Offshore Familiarization Course will be held in person in the MM&P Charleston Hall on Wednesday, February 14th, and Thursday, February 15th.

There is no sea-time requirement to take the course.

All Offshore applicants, potential transferees from other membership groups and other interested Offshore members are encouraged to take the course as soon as possible.

If you are interested in participating in the course, please contact John Livingston at charleston@bridgedeck.org

Here is the schedule:

— Day 1, February 14th, from 0930 to 1500.

— Day 2, February 15th, from 0930 to 1100.

— Day 2 February15th, from 1100 to 1330 Membership Meeting

The Charleston Hall is located at:

1481 Tobias Gadson Blvd Suite 2C Charleston, SC 29407

The phone number is: 843-766-3565 .

Back to Stories Covered


The MM&P United Inland Group has jobs available with Grand River Navigation, Weeks Marine, Cetacean Marine, and Key Lakes.

At Grand River Navigation, there are:

— licensed deck jobs for those with Great Lakes pilotage;

— jobs for unlimited open water mates;

–jobs for unlimited open water mates with a Towing Officer Assessment Record (TOAR);

— licensed engineering jobs.

GRN now offers a signing/retention bonus of $3,000 to all mates and assistant engineers who complete the 2023 sailing season and return for the 2024 sailing season.

At Cetacean Marine, there are licensed and unlicensed engineering jobs.

At Weeks Marine, there are licensed and unlicensed engineering jobs aboard their growing fleet of dredges.

WMI is offering a $3,000 new hire sign-on bonus. It is payable in three payments of $1,000 each, the first $1,000 after the successful completion of the second hitch, the second $1,000 upon successful completion of the third hitch, and $1,000 upon successful completion of the fourth hitch.

Cross-shipping rights for Offshore applicants/members are available for licensed personnel, with sea time and points counting towards upgrading Offshore membership.

Key Lakes is looking for a mate with Great Lakes pilotage and an open-water mate.

The regular relief is for 30 days but could be modified if mutually agreed on.

These are long-term, permanent jobs.

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.

Back to Stories Covered


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.

Back to Stories Covered


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.

Back to Stories Covered


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): Not currently scheduled

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

ARPA-OIC– Automated Radar Plotting Aids (4-Day): 03/04/24, 04/11/24

AZIPOD (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

BRM – Bridge Resource Management (5-Day): Not currently scheduled

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling – (Now also included in BRMP-Refresher) (3-Day): Not currently scheduled

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

BT – Basic Safety Training (5-Day): 05/06/24

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

BT-Refresher (3-day): 04/22/24, 06/10/24

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic (5-Day): 04/15/24

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability (5-Day): 04/29/24, 06/24/24, 10/07/24, 12/09/24

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

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 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): 02/19/24*, 03/18/24, 04/08/24*, 05/06/24, 06/03/24, 07/08/24, 08/05/24, 09/09/24, 09/30/24, 11/04/24, 12/02/24

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2) (5-Day): 02/26/24, 03/25/24, 04/15/24, 05/13/24, 06/10/24, 07/15/24, 08/12/24, 09/16/24, 10/07/24, 11/11/24, 12/09/24

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

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation (5-Day): 02/19/24, 11/18/24

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping (5-Day): 03/18/24, 09/16/24

WX-HW-ATL – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Atlantic Ocean (2-day) – Not Currently Scheduled

WX-HW-IND – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Indian Ocean (2-day) – Not Currently Scheduled

WX-HW-PAC – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Pacific Ocean (2-day) – Not Currently Scheduled

CIW-DPA/IA – Continual Improvement Workshop: Designated Person Ashore & Internal Auditor (3-Day) ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program **
Online: 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): 05/06/24

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

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 04/25/24, 06/13/24

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

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization (2-Day): 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): 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): 04/01/24, 05/13/24, 08/19/24, 09/30/24

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

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

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 03/14/24, 03/23/24, 04/06/24, 05/05/24, 05/18/24

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic) (1-Day): 02/29/24, 05/09/24, 06/07/24, 08/08/24, 09/12/24, 10/31/24

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 03/01/24, 05/10/24, 06/07/24, 08/09/24, 09/13/24, 11/01/24

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day – Evening Class): 03/01/24, 05/10/24, 06/07/24, 08/09/24, 09/13/24, 11/01/24

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

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 03/04/24*, 05/13/24, 06/10/24, 07/15/24, 08/12/24, 09/16/24, 11/04/24

MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day/ 8-hour): 03/02/24, 05/11/24, 06/08/24, 08/10/24, 09/14/24, 11/02/24

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day): 03/03/24*, 05/12/24, 06/09/24, 07/14/24, 08/11/24, 09/15/24, 11/03/24

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day): 03/08/24*, 05/17/24, 06/14/24, 07/19/24, 08/16/24, 09/20/24, 11/08/24

NDMS-ENAV – Navigational Decision Making Series – Best Practice in eNav (3-Day): Not currently scheduled

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P (2-Day): 03/12/24, 03/14/24, 05/15/24*, 05/17/24, 08/19/24, 08/21/24, 12/09/24, 12/11/24

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

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

RFPNW – Ratings Forming Part of a Navigational Watch (3-day): Not Currently Scheduled

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

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

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 02/26/24

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3-Day): 04/01/24

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 04/29/24

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day): 03/04/24

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 04/05/24

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (15-Day): 02/05/24

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 03/04/24

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

TTT – ** NOT covered by the MATES Program **: Not Currently Scheduled

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties: Not Currently Scheduled

VSO – Vessel Security Officer (3-Day): 02/19/24

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) (10-Day): Not Currently Scheduled

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 04/22/24

Back to Stories Covered


You can enroll online at www.mitags.org or contact our Admissions Department 866.656.5568 or admissions@mitags.org

January 2024

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
Back to Stories Covered

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.

For subscriptions, address changes or messages to the editor, send an email to communications@bridgedeck.org.