TRAINING & EDUCATION Delgado Offers New Courses In regards to Fire Training, New Orleans-based Delgado College runs the Basic & Advanced Firefighting course weekly and the STCW Basic Safety Training twice a month. They also offer numerous safety courses such as Bloodborne Pathogens, H2S, HazMat, Incident Investigation, Security Courses, and SafeGulf. Along with the new Full Mission Towboat Simulator recently added to the Delgado College Mandeville Facility, they are now able to run Wheelhouse Proficiency Levels I and II. The most recent course added to the roster is the 15-day Steersman course. These of course are in addition to our regular Radar courses: ARPA, GMDSS, and 5-day Comprehensive Radar. MMA, M-P.A.C.T. Launch Pilot Program Maine Maritime Academy (MMA), in conjunction with its maritime security training partner, M-P.A.C.T., will launch a pilot program aimed at enhancing security at Maine seaports. The program, Maritime Security for Military, First Responder, and Law Enforcement Personnel, seeks to provide a single bridge solution to federal mandates, U.S. Coast Guard limited resources, and unmet public safe- ELECTRICAL CONNECTORS From Freezer To Finish In Minutes Moldable Epoxy Chocking Material For Engine and Component Installation · Eliminates the need for Mirror Surface Grinding · Reduces Chock installation time by more than 50% · Close tolerance EXACT FIT · Proven Track Record of over 20 years on US Navy LCAC, MHC-51 Mine Hunter and other Naval Shipping Available in two-part system or pre-catalyzed frozen sheets or cut shapes Contact Michael Peck at 817-335-0862 McAllister Creates "Tugboat U" McAllister announced the January 31, start up of Tugboat U. The company describes Tugboat U as a different approach to training in which McAllister Deckhands can work a two weeks on, two weeks off schedule, but before heading back out, they can spend two additional days a month in the classroom. In two years, working full time, they can be qualified as AB's and be prepared to sit for the 500 ton Mate exam. If they continue in the program, all the courses they have taken, when combined with online courses in general education subjects, can earn McAllister employees an Associates Degree. McAllister pays all the costs associated with the license and the degree. McAllister approached the Global Marine and Transportation School (GMATS) at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy with a radical proposal: Send your instructors to our yards for two days before crew change, and provide not just license prep, but actual classes in the marine subjects that a deckhand must master in order to advance to the wheelhouse. McAllister insisted that its employees earn the same academic credit given for those same courses when they are taught to undergrads at the Federal or State maritime academies. McAllister has also developed a basic seamanship training program with GMATS in which GMATS instructors work with McAllister Captains to make them trainers and mentors for new employees just entering our industry. McAllister Captains then become Instructors and using textbooks and materials supplied by GMATS, provide their McAllister crews with weekly onboard training classes that establish a firm base of maritime knowledge on which to build a career. GMATS partnered with the American Military University (AMU), which offers online courses in many of the marine and general education subjects, to develop the hybrid program which combines classroom and online training with laboratory work aboard McAllister vessels. This unique approach allows students to benefit from the technical expertise that GMATS and AMU bring to the program, while learning vital hands on skills from an experienced McAllister Captain in the wheelhouse where they will stand their first mate's watch. The program has been approved by the U.S. Coast Guard and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association and the Accrediting Commission, Distance Education and Training Council. RUGGED WATER TIGHT RELIABLE LADD Industries is the exclusive authorized U.S. distributor of Deutsch IPD environmentally sealed electrical connectors. Every Deutsch connector is designed for critical applications to withstand extremely harsh, wet environments. LADD Industries · 800.223.1236 · www.laddinc.com or email at firstname.lastname@example.org www.dynamold.com · Fax 817-877-5203 26 · MarineNews · February, 2007
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