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MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly

Volume 28… Number 25, June 21, 2022


AFL-CIO Convention Wrap-Up:

Also in This Issue:

Coast Guard News:

Job Opportunities:

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A resolution in support of the Jones Act was adopted by an overwhelming majority of delegates to the AFL-CIO’s 29th Constitutional Convention.

Resolution 18, Support the Jones Act, was submitted to the convention by the AFL-CIO Maritime Trades Department and presented by Seafarers International Union Secretary-Treasurer Dave Heindel.

It notes the importance of the Jones Act to the nation, including billions of dollars annually in contributions to the economy, and the fact that it provides “a pool of well-trained, reliable U.S. citizen mariners available to sail aboard U.S.-flag military support vessels in times of crisis.”

MM&P President Don Marcus, who rose in support of the resolution, called the Jones Act “the essential pillar of the U.S. maritime industry.”

He noted the contributions made by the tens of thousands of essential maritime industry workers who kept the supply lines open through the challenges of the past two years.

“The only vessels that have kept their schedules and provided reliable, uninterrupted ocean transportation service through the pandemic have been vessels in domestic trade,” Marcus said.

“U.S.-built, U.S.-owned and U.S.-crewed vessels running between U.S. ports and delivering cargo to Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico.”

Besides noting the important role played by American mariners during the pandemic, the MTD resolution recognized their contributions in other recent crises, including the hurricanes and earthquakes in Puerto Rico.

“This law supports America’s mariners and shipyard workers along with other shoreside personnel,” the resolution states.

“It has proven its value to the economy and national security for more than a century.”

“Through the years, presidents of the United States, members of Congress and officers in the military have supported the Jones Act.”

The resolution passed by the delegates concludes:

“The AFL-CIO enthusiastically commits to continue its critical fight for the good-paying, valuable-benefit jobs created within the scope of the Jones Act.”
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One focus of the convention was how important young people will be to the future of the labor movement.

Another was recognizing the achievements of those who have come before us.

“We have heard a lot in this convention about the need to engage young people in the labor movement,” said MM&P President Don Marcus in his speech to the delegates.

“This is rightly so as without our youth there is no future.”

“It is no different in the maritime industry: we must recruit young people into the labor movement and ensure that their workplaces aboard ship are free from gender-based harassment or discrimination of any kind.”

“Let us also take a moment to remember the old timers, the women and men who built what we have today under circumstances that have never been easy and have often been impossible for us to imagine.”

“One group of union workers was just recognized last month in the U.S. Capitol: the merchant marine veterans of World War II.”

“Some 250,000 merchant seamen served in World War II, carrying the supplies that defeated fascism,” he noted, and they suffered a higher casualty rate than any of the armed services.

“This sacrifice was made by card-carrying union labor—a service rendered that was swiftly forgotten and unrewarded—there was no GI Bill for these seafarers—until finally, almost 80 years later, a Congressional Gold medal was minted for the 1500 veterans who are still alive.”

Marcus closed his remarks with a shout-out to AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler and Secretary-Treasurer Fred Redmond, and an expression of heartfelt gratitude to the late Richard Trumka.

“Masters, Mates & Pilots has been around since 1887,” Marcus said.

“Samuel Gompers brought us into the AFL in 1916 and Richard Trumka brought us back in as an independent affiliate two years ago.”

“We are eternally grateful to Brother Trumka, and his unwavering commitment to justice.”
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“We have a president who understands the issues and the vision of working people,” AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler told convention delegates as she welcomed President Joe Biden to the podium.

And he’s making good on his pledge to be “the most pro-union president in history,” she said, adding, “I want to tell you what that really means day in and day out.”

“It means having working people kept front and center in our nation’s plans for recovery and for the future.”

“It means having a union member for secretary of labor.”

“It means having a task force at the White House dedicated to worker organizing and worker empowerment.”

“It means having a National Labor Relations Board that’s working to ban captive audience meetings.”

“And it means having a champion in the oval office who knows that working people are the engine of our economy and the heartbeat of our communities and our country.”

In his speech, Biden saluted union members for fighting to transform the economy and helping to win passage of the American Rescue Plan and the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

“The infrastructure law is about more than rebuilding our infrastructure, it’s about rebuilding the middle class,” Biden said.

He called on Congress to pass the Protecting the Right to Organize Act, which will allow more workers to have a voice on the job.

He pledged to fight to ensure the largest corporations and wealthiest Americans begin to pay their fair share of taxes, pointing out that the tax rate on America’s workers is much higher than the effective tax rate on corporations and billionaires.

“We’re not going back to the false promise of trickle-down economics,” he said. “

We’re going forward.”

“We’re counting on you again to build this country for all of us,” he told the delegates.

“I promise you, I’m going to keep fighting for you. Are you prepared to fight with me?”

Click here to watch Biden’s speech.
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The Australian Labor Party’s victory in last month’s election is big news for the country’s maritime industry.

Anthony Albanese, the newly elected prime minister, has consistently advocated for cabotage laws and a strong domestic fleet.

“You need a maritime sector and maritime skills,” Albanese says. “It’s a matter of understanding that there’s a national interest.”

“You don’t allow a truck to take goods from Melbourne to Sydney on the Hume Highway, with a Filipino truck, with Filipino standards—why should that be allowed on the blue highway?”

The International Transport Workers’ Federation—which has fought for years to defend Australia’s embattled domestic fleet—hailed the election results.

“The Australian Labor Party promised, and now has a mandate from the Australian public, to establish a national fleet with improved rules on coastal trading, which will revitalize the Australian maritime sector,” said ITF General Secretary Stephen Cotton.

“Ninety-one countries, including most of Australia’s trading partners, have cabotage laws to protect their own maritime industries.”

“Their governments recognize a slew of benefits: national security, maritime knowledge and technology, good quality jobs, safety and security for ships and crews, marine environmental protection.”

Foreign-flag shipping groups, which have joined forces in a lobby called Shipping Australia, continue to fight the proposal to create a national strategic fleet, arguing that the Jones Act has not been beneficial to the United States.

“Shipping Australia’s stance is out of step with the shipowners it purports to represent,” Cotton said.

“And I can’t believe that they’re persevering with their baseless claims that cabotage laws and the Jones Act in the USA have been failures.”

“The Jones Act provides national and economic security for the United States and plays a role in international stability,” said ITF Seafarers’ Section Chair Dave Heindel.

“Many of the shipping companies that Shipping Australia purports to represent in Australia are in full partnership with U.S. carriers and would resent and reject the group speaking in this way on their behalf.”

“Australian workers, particularly seafarers, suffered greatly under the previous administration and we are optimistic that this new government will take immediate steps to right years of wrong-doing, bringing back decent, well-paid seafaring jobs,” said Chris Given, chair of the ITF’s Global Cabotage Task Force.

“We look forward to the government’s plan for a strategic fleet and further work to strengthen cabotage in the maritime shipping sector in Australia.”
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The Coast Guard Inspections and Compliance Directorate has issued safety alert 07-22 on the importance of visually inspecting lifeboat and davit installations prior to testing with crewmembers on board.

In particular, the agency warns, the remote control wire may be overlooked, although weaknesses within the linkages or poor spooling of the wire itself can lead to catastrophic failures in the lifeboat launching systems.

During a recent U.S. deep draft container ship inspection, a vessel’s crew was lowering the lifeboat when the remote control wire arrangement caused two separate failures, the agency reports.

The first occurred when the remote control wire parted as the lifeboat was being lowered to the waterline with crew on board.

Causal factors included poor winch spooling potentially hidden under the outer spools, which led to a wire kink and winding on itself, creating enough force to part the wire.

The second occurred a day later after the replacement remote control wire was hand spooled from extra wire found on board.

While testing with crew on board using the remote control wire to lift the brake, an unexpected pay out of wire led to the winch brake prematurely engaging, which made the lifeboat stop lowering and swing erratically above the embarkation deck.

Seconds later, the movement caused the wire to regain tension, which lifted the winch brake arm and caused the lifeboat to lower again.

While lowering in a swinging motion, the skeg of the lifeboat caught on the knife-edge of the ship’s deck, causing the lifeboat to list more than 90 degrees.

Without the quick action of a crewmember who activated the winch brake lever from the deck, the lifeboat could have inverted further and led to catastrophic outcomes.
To read the safety alert in its entirety, click here.
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The National Maritime Center has issued the following request for participation in the review of merchant mariner exam questions.

Section 315 of the 2015 Coast Guard Authorization Act requires the USCG to commission a working group to review existing and new examination questions for accuracy and availability of examination references.

Participation in examination question review working groups is an opportunity to help the National Maritime Center and your fellow mariners make long-term improvements to the knowledge examination system.

We need your expertise. Let your voice be heard.

The process for requesting participation in a working group can be found on the Examinations page of the NMC website.

Once on the Examinations page, click “Working Group” to access this information. Requests may be submitted at any time.

Here is a list of the 2022 dates and locations.

Sep 27-29, 2022 Deck SUNY Maritime (Bronx, NY)

Oct 18-20, 2022 Engine NMC (Martinsburg, WV)

Dec 13-15, 2022 Deck NMC (Martinsburg, WV)

Dec 21-23, 2022 Engine NMC (Martinsburg, WV)

Date and location are subject to change based on the number of attendees. The above schedule will be posted on the Examinations page, along with the 2023 dates.

If you would like to participate in these or any future session, please follow the application instructions.

Once we review your request, we will contact you to discuss further details and confirm the session(s) you wish to attend. Continue to check the website for updates.

Should you have any questions, please use the e-mail address provided on the Examinations page, or contact the NMC Customer Service Center by using the NMC online chat system, by e-mailing IASKNMC@uscg.mil, or by calling 1-888-IASKNMC (427-5662).
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There are jobs for licensed and unlicensed personnel at Grand River Navigation and jobs for licensed officers at Key Lakes. 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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MARAD MARAD 3M ROS jobs available, no training required. Start is immediate. Inquire at any Offshore hiring hall.

Fully MSC trained LDO’s, all levels, needed for the Watson Class fleet. Jobs available today!

Urgent need for tanker Second Mates: One 2M for SLNC PAX. Tankerman PIC or ASSIST, MSC Courses required. One 2M needed for Haina Patriot, no MSC courses required. Jobs open nationwide and for early return from vacation.

Tanker Chief Mates needed with and without MSC Classes or Security Clearance.

If you are interested, please contact Jeremy Hope, VP Gulf Ports and Gov’t Contracts, at jhope@bridgedeck.org.

Chesapeake Crewing has opportunities available for First Assistant Engineers. If you are interested, please contact Tom Larkin, VP Atlantic Ports, at TLarkin@bridgedeck.org.

Any Member or Applicant who already has a valid security clearance and is interested in taking the MSC courses required for Patriot Watson Class and Chesapeake Crewing vessels but does not have training eligibility to take the courses, please email Jeremy Hope, VP of Gulf Ports and Gov’t Contracts, at jhope@bridgedeck.org with the words “MSC Training” in the subject line.
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The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University is seeking a marine operations manager to be responsible for the personnel and the operation, maintenance, and safety of Columbia University’s research vessel, the RV MARCUS G. LANGSETH.

Qualifications for the position are posted at https://academic.careers.columbia.edu/#/80810

The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory seeks fundamental knowledge of the origin, evolution, and future of the natural world.

LDEO scientists study the planet from its deepest interior to the outer reaches of the atmosphere, on every continent and in every ocean, providing a rational basis for the difficult choices facing humanity.

The LDEO is the scientific research heart of the Columbia Climate School, which was founded in 2020 to develop and inspire knowledge-based solutions and educate future leaders for just and prosperous societies on a healthy planet.

The contact for the marine operations manager position is Sean Higgins, sean@ldeo.columbia.edu or 845-365-8528.
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All MM&P Union Halls, the MM&P Federal Credit Union, the MM&P Plan Office and MM&P headquarters will be closed on Monday, July 4 for Independence Day.

MM&P headquarters, the MM&P Federal Credit Union, MM&P Atlantic Union Halls, the Tampa Hall and Pacific Ports with the exception of the Honolulu Hall will be closed on Tuesday, July 5, for Bloody Thursday.
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Full COVID vaccination is mandatory for everyone attending training on campus at MITAGS East and MITAGS West.

In addition, for unvaccinated participants who have received exemptions only, MITAGS requires a negative test within 72 hours of attendance and masks must be worn.

Contact MITAGS for information about exemptions.

Scans, photocopies, or electronic images of your Covid-19 vaccination cards (records) or certification by a medical provider are acceptable.

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) – 8/15/22

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

ARPA-OIC (4-Day) – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 9/27/22, 11/1/22

AZIPOD (2-Day) –9/12/22

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

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 9/20/22, 11/14/22

Online: Not currently scheduled

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling – (Now also included in BRMP-Refresher) (3-Day): 9/14/22

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

BT – Basic Safety Training (5-Day): 9/12/22

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) –9/26/22, 10/17/22, 11/14/22, 12/19/22

BT-Refresher (3-day) –9/26/22, 11/14/22, 12/19/22

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic (5-Day): 9/12/22

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability (5-Day): 6/27/22, 8/15/22, 10/24/22, 12/19/22

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology (5-Day): 8/22/22, 10/17/22, 12/12/22

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 10/31/22

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1 (5-Day): 7/11/22, 12/5/22

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific (5-Day): 7/18/22, 12/12/22

CM-OPS 2 APL – Chief Mate Operations II APL Specific – Not currently scheduled

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems (5-Day): 8/1/22, 10/10/22

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM) (5-Day): 8/8/22, 11/14/22

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants (5-Day): 9/19/22

(DCS-1 available on request – contact Admissions)

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: Not Currently Scheduled

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (5-Day): 9/26/22

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1) (5-Day): 7/25/22, 8/8/22, 9/19/22, 10/3/22, 10/17/22, 11/7/22, 12/5/22

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2) (5-Day): 8/1/22, 8/15/22, 9/26/22, 10/10/22, 10/24/22, 11/14/22, 12/12/22

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

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation (5-Day): 10/3/22

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping (5-Day): Fall date coming soon!

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) -07/31/2022

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: 8/15/22, 10/31/22

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

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior (1-Day) – 08/27/2022

CDMGT – Crowd Management (1-Day) – Not Currently Scheduled

CSE – Confined Space Entry (3-Day): 08/16/2022

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

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

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

DDE – Great Lakes (20-Day): Not Currently Scheduled

ECDIS for Pilots (2-Day) – 11/16/22

ERM – Engine Resource Management (5-Day): 8/1/22, 11/28/22

ADV-FF – Advanced Fire-Fighting (4-day) – Not currently scheduled

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced (5-Day): 9/12/22

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 6/7/22, 9/28/22, 10/19/22, 11/16/22, 12/21/22

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 9/29/22, 11/17/22, 12/17/22

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications (1-Day): 9/20/22

Online: Not currently scheduled

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization (2-Day): Not Currently Scheduled

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (10-Day): 8/15/22

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 9/12/22, 12/12/22

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

LAP – License Advancement Program for Mate to Master (20-Day): 7/11/22, 10/17/22

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes (15-Day): Not Currently Scheduled

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

Ton License (15-Day) – Not Currently Scheduled

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage (1-Day): 9/21/22, 11/14/22

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

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC) (1-Day): 9/26/22

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): 7/25/22, 12/5/22

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 7/11/22*, 10/3/22, 12/5/22

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 8/1/22, 11/28/22

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 7/11/22*, 09/19/2022, 10/3/22

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 7/16/22, 08/06/22, 9/26/22, 10/8/22, 10/17/22, 11/17/22, 12/10/2022, 12/23/22

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic) (1-Day): 8/4/22, 9/14/22, 11/5/22

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 8/5/22, 9/16/22, 11/4/22

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) –11/3/22

MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day) –9/12/22

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 7/18/22, 8/8/22, 9/19/22, 11/7/22

MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day/ 8-hour) –8/6/22, 9/17/22, 11/4/22

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) –7/17/22, 8/7/22, 9/18/22, 11/6/22

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) –7/22/22, 8/12/22, 9/23/22, 11/11/22

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

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P (2-Day) –6/27/22, 6/29/22, 7/18/22, 8/29/22*, 8/31/22, 10/05/2022, 12/19/2022, 12/21/2022

PSC – Personal Survival Craft (5-Day) – Contact Admissions

PSC-REF – Personal Survival Craft Refresher (2-Day) – 10/3/22

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

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

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes (1-Night): 9/20/22, 9/28/22

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 8/29/22

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3-Day): 9/7/22

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 9/12/22, 12/5/22

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day) – 8/22/22, 11/28/22

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 8/8/22

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (15-Day): 7/18/22

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 7/18/22

TRAC-TUG-2 (2-Day): 11/16/22

TTT – ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program ** — Not Currently Scheduled

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (1-Day): Not Currently Scheduled

VSO – Vessel Security Officer (3-Day): 6/22/22, 9/7/22

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) (10-Day): 10/17/22

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 9/19/22
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2022 Spring/Summer/Fall

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

June 2022
23rd Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

24-25 Basic Training Revalidation

July 2022

5-8 Advanced Firefighting

11-15 Advanced Stability

11-29 Terrestrial & Coastal Navigation

18-22 Advanced Meteorology

25-29 Advanced Shiphandling I

August 2022

1-5 Radar Observer Unlimited

1-5 Medical Care Provider

1-5 Advanced Shiphandling II

8-12 Ship Construction & Basic Stability

15-19 Basic Cargo Handling & Stowage

22-26 Radar Observer Unlimited

29-2 Basic Meteorology

September 2022

6-8 Security Officer – Vessel, Company & Facility

9th Flashing Light

12-23 Watchkeeping (Operational Level)

26-30 Basic Shiphandling

October 2022


10-14 Advanced Stability

10-28 Celestial Navigation

17-21 Advanced Shiphandling I

24-28 Advanced Shiphandling II

31-4 Advanced Meteorology

November 2022

1-4 ARPA

7-10 Advanced Firefighting

7-11 Leadership & Managerial Skills

14-16 Search & Rescue

17th Leadership & Teamworking Skills

28-9 GMDSS

December 2022

12-16 Tankerman Person-In-Charge
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