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MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly

Volume 29… Number 5, Jan. 31, 2023


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The Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration said Monday that it will award $384.4 million in federal funding from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to expand and improve the nation’s ferry service in communities across the country, as well as to accelerate the transition to zero-emission transportation.

The grants will fund projects that include replacing old vessels, expanding fleets, and building new terminals and docks.

The Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities, which is receiving six grants for nearly $286 million, will use the money to build new passenger ferries to replace or modernize older vessels and make critical dock upgrades in several communities.

The White House said the grants will improve the condition and quality of the Alaska Marine Highway System, which serves 35 communities across 3,500 miles.

The Washington State Department of Transportation Ferries Division will receive $4.9 million in funding to build an electric charging facility at the Clinton Ferry Terminal, part of WSF’s plan to electrify the Mukilteo-Clinton Ferry Route.

It will also receive $5 million to build a new Southworth Ferry Terminal and $1.7 million to upgrade its electronic payment system to expedite the payment and boarding process.

Licensed deck officers who belong to the MM&P United Inland Group–Pacific Maritime Region operate the ferries in the Alaska Marine Highway System and Washington State Ferries.

“With these grants, we are improving and expanding ferry service in the communities that rely on waterways the most—often in more rural, remote regions—connecting people to jobs, services, and city centers while cutting climate pollution,” said Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.

In total, the FTA is awarding 23 grants across 11 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

See the full list of grants here.
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The newest MSC fleet replenishment oiler was christened last week in a ceremony at General Dynamics NASSCO in San Diego.

The vessel is named in honor of Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren, who wrote the majority opinions in landmark civil rights cases that include Brown v. Board of Education, which ruled that racial segregation in public schools was unconstitutional.

Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan smashed the traditional bottle of champagne on the hull of the new ship, the third in the John Lewis class.

The new fleet replenishment oilers provide resupply services, via underway replenishment-at-sea evolutions, for U.S. Navy and allied ships around the globe.

This capability allows warships to remain at sea for extended periods of time to execute their assigned missions.

The vessels in the John Lewis class are all named for civil rights heroes, including Representative John Lewis of Georgia, Navy veteran and LGBTQ+ rights campaigner Harvey Milk and Robert F. Kennedy.

The licensed deck officers at the conn of the new fleet replenishment oilers are represented by the MM&P Federal Employees Group.
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A spokesperson for Maersk said that a third-party contractor repairman aboard the Maersk EINDHOVEN died on Jan. 25 after falling into a cargo hold while the vessel was docked at Pier 400 in the Port of Los Angeles.

“Firefighters/paramedics initiated resuscitative measures, but sadly, the man was beyond medical help,” the Los Angeles Fire Department said in a statement.

The Los Angeles Port Police Department is investigating the accident.
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The International Transport Workers’ Federation said Monday that unions will go to court if necessary to oppose pending legislation that would force strikers to return to work or lose their jobs.

“The UK government has launched a full-scale attack on working people and trade unions,” said ITF President Paddy Crumlin.

“Instead of engaging with workers who sustain vital public services and negotiating in good faith to solve the legitimate disputes which have led to recent strike action, [the Tory Party is] attacking workers fighting for a fair pay rise during the worst cost of living crisis in decades.”

The rate of inflation in the UK last year was over 10 percent.

The new bill would give Cabinet ministers the power to unilaterally set “minimum staffing levels” in sectors including transportation and health care.

“Beyond ensuring people’s basic needs, no government should have such broad powers to restrict the right to strike in public services of fundamental importance,” said ITF Legal Director Ruwan Subasinghe.

“Under these proposals, ministers alone would decide what constitutes a minimum service level—they would have absolute discretion resulting in scores of workers being forced under threat of legal penalties to abandon strike action.”

“This is certainly in breach of international law.”

The main opposition Labor Party says it will oppose the bill.

“We’ve had minimum service levels in countries all over Europe for years [but] it’s never been enacted, because logistically it doesn’t work,” said Mick Whelan, general secretary of the train drivers’ union ASLEF, whose members went out on strike on Jan. 26.

“Coming to the table will resolve this—threatening us with sacking or more pernicious legislation when we already have the worst trade union legislation in Europe isn’t going to solve the issue,” he added.

MM&P is one of the nearly 700 transport unions representing almost 20 million workers in 147 countries that belong to the ITF.
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MITAGS has announced that Mark Heward, a maritime security expert who served on active duty in Britain’s Royal Navy for 22 years, has joined the school as its new director.

He is uniquely qualified for the position, MITAGS Executive Director Eric Friend said, because of his leadership, management and training experience, and the fact that he has served at sea in a variety of different roles.

“Mark’s wide range of experience and his interpersonal skills will benefit our entire organization and the MITAGS stakeholders as we continue to move forward and grow,” Friend said.

Heward is fully STCW qualified. During his years with the Royal Navy, he served in a variety of roles, including:

— gunnery officer aboard HMS CATTISTOCK, which deployed to the Baltic to conduct live, operational mine hunting;

— force protection during the Iraq War aboard HMS KENT;

— commander of HMS DASHER;

— navigating officer aboard vessels that included HMS OCEAN; and

— operations officer aboard HMS WESTMINSTER and HMS SOMERSET.

He deployed to the Persian Gulf in support of CTF50 operations, to the Caribbean to deliver humanitarian disaster relief and to the Mediterranean in support of NATO.

He also provided maritime force protection to Her Majesty the Queen during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Conference in Malta in 2015.

He served as operations officer at the U.S. Naval Academy from July 2020 until August 2022, teaching advanced navigation and commanding the U.S. Navy Yard Patrol Craft at sea as officer in tactical command, where he was responsible for up to 160 midshipmen and staff.

He has a master’s degree in IT and management, along with advanced training in strategic management, leadership and applied navigation.
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The name of the MLL vessel SAFMARINE NGAMI will officially change on Feb. 7 to MAERSK CHESAPEAKE, the company said.

The vessel is crewed by MM&P licensed deck officers.
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Maersk has announced that it is moving to a single brand identity: The company says that to unify its brands and structure, it will phase out the use of SEALAND, as well as other brand names, including Hamburg Sud.

SEALAND is a renowned brand that traces its roots back to Malcom McLean, considered the inventor of the container and containerized shipping.

McLean sold SEALAND in 1969 and, after a series of owners, it was acquired by Maersk in 1999.

Hamburg Sud, which Maersk purchased in 2017, is one of the most historic names in the industry, dating back to 1871.

Maersk said it will conduct a review before deciding on the future of each brand in different geographic areas.

The company told customers in a recent advisory that it knows that the current brand structure, which includes multiple names of shipping, terminal and logistics operations that it acquired over the years, does not address their need for “end-to-end visibility and ability to drive outcomes.”

“Our multi-brand approach has served us well over the years and all our brands have been successful in meeting the needs of customers,” the company said in a statement.

“However, we know that having multiple brands creates complexity for our customers.”

“Now is the right time to leap further into a unified brand to provide our customers with truly integrated logistics.”

Last week, Maersk also said that in 2025, it would end 2M, its eight-year alliance with MSC.
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OAA’s National Hurricane Center has posted its newest Tropical Atlantic Marine Weather Briefing for blue water mariners.

This briefing is valid through Feb. 3.

If you would like to watch future briefings, you can subscribe to the National Hurricane Center’s YouTube channel via the link you will find on the page.
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Richard Trumka, who led the AFL-CIO for more than a decade before his death in 2021, has been honored posthumously by the interfaith World Peace Prize Council for his contributions to international peace and justice.

His wife Barbara and son Rich Jr. accepted the award at a ceremony earlier this month in Baltimore.

The World Peace Prize Awarding Council represents all nine of the world’s major religions: Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Catholicism, Protestantism, the Russian Orthodox Church and Zorastrianism.

Its goal is to encourage, recognize and support prominent world leaders who work for peace.

In recognition of the connection between social justice and peace, the group has now renamed its award The Richard L. Trumka World Peace Prize for Solidarity.

“Fair employment is the daily bridge between justice and peace,” Father Sean McManus, chief judge of the World Peace Prize Awarding Council, has said of Trumka’s impact on the world.

“The best chance an ordinary person has to get justice is to have a decent job with fair pay and no discrimination.”
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The Offshore Familiarization Course will be held in person in the MM&P Newark Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 8, and Thursday, Feb. 9.

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

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

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

If you are interested in participating in the course, please contact Ana Victorio at avictorio@bridgedeck.org.

Here is the schedule:

— Day 1, Feb. 8, from 0930 to 1500;

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

The Newark Hall is located at:

570 Broad Street Suite 701

Newark, NJ 07102

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

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

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

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

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

As a reminder, the MM&P Newark Hall is located at 570 Broad Street, Suite 701, Newark, NJ 07102.
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There will be a union meeting on Feb. 1, at 1800, at the Sachsenheim Hall, 7001 Denison Ave., Cleveland, OH 44102.

MM&P President Don Marcus will join Great Lakes & Rivers Region Vice President Tom Bell at the meeting to report to the membership.

Please let Tom Bell know if you plan to attend the meeting: tbell@bridgedeck.org.
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Chief Mate for the LMSR fleet needed now. Security clearance required.
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There are jobs for ABs and engine personnel at Grand River Navigation.

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

If you are interested, please contact MM&P Vice President Great Lakes & Gulf Region Vice President Tom Bell, tbell@bridgedeck.org, or (216) 776-1667.
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There are openings for engineers in the MM&P Offshore fleet and the Great Lakes & Gulf Region.

For engineering jobs in the Offshore Group, contact Atlantic Ports Vice President Tom Larkin, tlarkin@bridgedeck.org, or 201-963-1900.

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

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

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

We appreciate your cooperation during these very trying times.
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For registration contact our Admissions Department: 866.656.5568 or admissions@mitags.org

\\Classes are 5-day unless otherwise noted\\

Class dates followed by an * are full
AB – Able Seaman (5-Day): 06/05/23
AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

ARPA-OIC– Automated Radar Plotting Aids (4-Day): 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) : 05/08/23, 09/11/23

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

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

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

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(DCS-1 available on request – contact Admissions)

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: Not Currently Scheduled

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WX-HW-PAC – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Pacific Ocean (2-day) – 03/18/23

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

Online: Not currently scheduled

CIW-SMS – Continual Improvement Workshop: Successful Safety Management (2-Day) – Online: Not Currently Scheduled

CNAV-OIC (15-Day) – Celestial Navigation: 05/08/23, 10/30/23

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

CDMGT – Crowd Management (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

CSE – Confined Space Entry (3-Day): Not currently scheduled

CSE-AWR – Confined Space Entry Awareness (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

CY-MAR – Cyber-Skilled Mariner (5-Day) **NOT covered by the MATES Program ** – Not currently scheduled

Cyber-MAR-ONL – Cyber Skilled Mariner, Management of Information & Systems Security (Online Seminar) **NOT covered by the MATES Program ** – Not Currently Scheduled

DDE – Great Lakes (20-Day): 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): 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): Not currently scheduled

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

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

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

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

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes (15-Day): Not currently scheduled

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross

Ton License (15-Day) : 06/05/23

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P (2-Day): 03/20/23*, 03/22/23*, 05/22/23, 05/24/23, 07/31/23, 08/02/23, 11/13/23, 11/15/23

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

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

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

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

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes (1-Night): Upon Request

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

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

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

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day) – 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
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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