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MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly

Volume 29… Number 3, Jan. 17, 2023


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Oklahoma Republican Congressman Tom Cole is the new chair of the House Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee for the 118th Congress.

The subcommittee has primary jurisdiction over funding for the Maritime Security Program, the Tanker Security Program, the Maritime Administration, the Federal Maritime Commission, and Kings Point, as well as other programs and entities of importance to our industry.

Representative Sam Graves (R-Mo.) has been selected to serve as chair of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Graves has served as the committee’s ranking Republican member for the past four years.

He takes over as chair from Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), who held the role in the 117th Congress.

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has jurisdiction over all modes of transportation, including maritime and waterborne transportation, the Coast Guard, aviation, highways, bridges, rail, pipelines, wastewater infrastructure, emergency preparedness and response, public buildings and federal real estate management and federal economic development agencies.

“When I first came to Congress, I fought hard to serve on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee,” Graves said in a statement.

“It’s now one of the greatest honors of my life to be chosen by my colleagues to chair what I believe is one of the most important and effective committees in Congress.”

“America cannot prosper without a safe and efficient transportation network that meets the economic needs of our diverse states and communities.”

“We have an important legislative agenda ahead, including looking at packages to help alleviate ongoing energy and supply chain problems.”

“I am also looking forward to working across the aisle to develop other key authorizations for our transportation and infrastructure systems, including a pipeline safety bill, a Coast Guard bill, and the next Water Resources Development Act.”

Congressman Rick Larsen (D-Wash.) has been named ranking Democrat on the T&I Committee.
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A pilot died on Jan. 8 following an accident in the Humber Estuary in northern England.

The accident took place as Captain Francesco Galia was transferring from the pilot boat to a large, ocean-going vessel, the UK Maritime Pilots’ Association said in a statement.

BBC News reported that he fell from the rope ladder and may have hit his head before entering the water.

Colleagues told the BBC that other pilots, the crew of the pilot launch and the Humber Coastguard tried to rescue him, including a second pilot who jumped into the water.

Galia was airlifted to a hospital but did not survive.

The second pilot was treated for minor injuries, including mild hypothermia.

“As a Pilot, Francesco Galia was known for his passion for the maritime industry and his dedication to his job,” the pilots’ association said in a statement.

“His loss is all the more devastating as we understand that he was shortly to retire after many years of service in the maritime industry, with the last two decades as a Pilot.”

“[Pilots] are responsible for safely navigating ships in and out of ports and harbors, often under complex and hazardous conditions, transferring from one vessel to another by nothing more than a rope ladder,” the association noted.

“The movement of the pilot boat bringing the Pilot alongside, the ship’s motion, and the potential for equipment failure, requires precise timing and coordination of the ship, the pilot vessel, and the exact judgment of the Pilot as they step from one moving platform to another moving platform, often in pitch darkness in the dead of night.”

“We urge the maritime industry and regulatory authorities, once again, to prioritize safety and training with regard to the transfer of Pilots and crew, and to invest in safe and reliable technologies and procedures to ensure that our Maritime Pilots and seafarers return home safe after every voyage,” the association added.

The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch is investigating the accident.
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A fully indexed digital medical guide that provides step-by-step treatment advice specifically developed for shipboard personnel is now available free of charge.

The app, the Mariners Medical Guide, was developed by Gard, a specialized marine insurance group, and the Norwegian Centre for Maritime and Diving Medicine.

The developers say that because the app can be downloaded to a desktop computer or a mobile device with 100 MB of memory, it can be used “without a signal mid-ocean and in remote parts of a ship.”

To gather the information needed to diagnose and treat illnesses and injuries, it uses a series of symptom-led questions developed by doctors specialized in providing medical care at sea.

A spokesperson for Gard said several thousand people had downloaded the app in December during the week it was launched.

The company said it decided to develop the app at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic in response to the sharp rise in health claims aboard vessels that it insured.

“[S]eafarers were under enormous strain and pressure, which led to some worrying developments for Gard crew claims,” the company says.

From 2018 to 2021, the number of insurance claims related to crew illness and death increased by almost 75 percent, it says.

“In 2020,” it says, “the number of mental disorder cases increased by 34 percent,” a factor in the developers’ decision to devote a significant portion of the digitized information to mental health care.

The app offers:

— fast access to guidance in common emergencies;

— fully indexed information about diseases and injuries commonly arising onboard;

— information on medications generally found in the ship’s medicine chest;

— a list of medical equipment often needed onboard;

— special topics, including general textbook information on anatomy and physiology.

To view an introduction video, a demo and to download the app, go to: https://www.medicoguide.no/

Make sure to be in an area with good mobile coverage when first downloading the approximately 100 MB of content.

Gard says the app has been endorsed by the Norwegian-flag state, which certifies that it satisfies requirements for the provision of medical care and training on board ships.

The International Transport Workers’ Federation Seafarers’ Section and the International Federation of Shipmasters’ Associations are among the organizations that have circulated news of the app to their members.
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The National Labor Relations Board has certified the Amazon Labor Union, the first union to be successfully organized at one of the company’s facilities in the U.S.

The NLRB decision means that the company is now legally obligated to begin bargaining a contract in good faith with the ALU, which was voted in last spring by most of the employees at the company’s Staten Island warehouse, JFK8.

In the battle to keep its employees from joining unions, Amazon has hired union-busting consultants and held mandatory anti-union meetings, among other tactics.

“We’re demanding that Amazon now, after certification, meet and bargain with us,” said Seth Goldstein, a lawyer who represents the ALU.

“After we won the election nine months ago, they’ve been gaming the whole thing, and at every point they’ve lost.”

“They just lost this. They’re going to appeal it to the Board, but they have an obligation to bargain with us.”

He said the company has continued to violate federal labor law.

Last November, a federal judge agreed, ordering Amazon to stop firing people for trying to form unions.

The ALU is asking for a $30 minimum wage for workers at JFK8, more regular breaks and an increased number of sick days.

Amazon has until Jan. 25 to appeal the certification decision, at which point the NLRB can either grant or deny its request for a review.
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The MM&P community stands in solidarity with labor ally and close friend Paddy Crumlin, president of the International Transport Workers’ Federation and national secretary of the Maritime Union of Australia, on the loss of his father, Joseph Robert Crumlin.

Joe Crumlin, who died on Jan. 9 at the age of 93, was for decades a larger-than-life figure in Australia’s labor movement and on Sydney’s waterfront.

He went to sea just after the war as a “deck boy” and retired from the industry as an Offshore master.

He was a noted labor leader, historian, and master mariner, who received many honors in his lifetime, including being named a Member of the Order of Australia (OAM).

An obituary will be published in the next issue of The Master, Mate & Pilot.
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Although the Western Indian Ocean’s high-piracy-risk designation has been lifted, the EU has decided to extend its anti-piracy operation—Operation Atalanta—until Dec. 31, 2024.

“Piracy in the Western Indian Ocean has been suppressed thanks to the continued presence and effort of naval forces, as well as the action of the private sector and a solid commitment to the implementation of ship security measures by shipping and fishing companies,” EUNAVFOR said in a statement.

Although the high-risk designation was lifted on Jan. 1, ships entering the region are still advised to report their coordinates as part of their voyage planning and execution.

The decision to extend the mission was made following a strategic review. EU officials said their aim is now to consolidate and strengthen naval forces’ role in the context of a rapidly evolving maritime security situation.

“With this mandate, Operation Atalanta is now in a better position to contribute to the implementation of the UN arms embargo on Somalia, reduce drug traffic, support the ongoing fight against Al Shabaab and its funding stream, and the progress of the government of Somalia,” the European Council said in a statement.

Going forward, the EU naval operation will also extend its geographical scope north: The authorities said a broadened scope will ensure freedom of navigation and protection of the World Food Program and other vulnerable shipping fleets in the Horn of Africa and the Red Sea.

The EU stood up its naval presence in the region in 2008 in response to the rising levels of piracy in the Western Indian Ocean.

According to the Operation Atalanta website, since then, international navies have protected more than 2,000 vessels and ensured the delivery of more than three million tons of food and other aid to the region.

A total of 171 pirates have been transferred to local authorities and 12,720 kilos of narcotics have been impounded.
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There will be a union meeting on Monday, Jan. 30, at 1800, at the Cambria Hotel, 255 Munson Ave., Traverse City, MI 49686.

There will be a union meeting on Feb. 1, at 1800, at the Sachsenheim Hall, 7001 Denison Ave., Cleveland, OH 44102.
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Third Mate Tanker Assist and tanker-qualified CM needed.

Fully trained LMSR LDO’s needed. Security clearance required
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There are jobs for unlicensed deck and engine personnel at Grand River Navigation.

There are jobs for licensed engineering 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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The Staten Island Ferry is hiring deckhands.

To read the qualifications for the job and find out how to apply, click here and select Exam 3067 (Deckhand).

Applications are being accepted until Jan. 24.
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The American Merchant Marine Veterans will hold its 35th annual convention in Last Vegas from March 28–31.

The convention will be held at the Gold Coast Casino and Hotel.

To register and to find out more, go to https://ammv.us/register/
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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): 01/30/23, 06/05/23
AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

ARPA-OIC– Automated Radar Plotting Aids (4-Day): 02/06/23, 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) : 01/30/23, 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): 01/23/23, 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): 01/30/23, 04/10/23, 08/07/23, 10/02/23

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM) (5-Day): 01/30/23, 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): 01/23/23*, 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): 01/23/23, 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, 08/14/23, 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): 02/06/23

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): 02/06/23, 04/03/23,

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced (5-Day): 01/30/23, 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

Online: Not currently scheduled

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization (2-Day): 01/13/23

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): 01/30/23, 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): 01/21/23, 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: 01/23/23, 03/06/23, 06/19/23, 07/31/23, 09/18/23, 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) – 02/06/23, 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): 01/30/23, 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
January 2023
17-20 Advanced Firefighting

30-3 Radar Observer Unlimited

February 2023

6-10 Ship Construction & Basic Stability
6-10 Advanced Shiphandling I

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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