Wheelhouse Weekly – Apr. 12, 2016

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Volume 21 . . . Number 15. . . April 12, 2016


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Captain Timothy A. Brown, 73, who led the Masters, Mates & Pilots as International President for 21 years before retiring at the end of 2012, died on Sunday.

Generous, thoughtful and open-hearted, Tim was also a fierce defender of the working conditions of MM&P members and an adroit negotiator on their behalf.

“Tim had a great and generous heart and it was always with our brothers and sisters who were working aboard ship,” said MM&P President Don Marcus.

“He preserved the livelihoods, working conditions and benefits for our members, pensioners and their families. He worked with particular dedication to enhance health care benefits for everyone covered under the MM&P Health & Benefit plans.”

A mentor to younger mariners and a father figure to MM&P and Plan Office staff, he never forgot to send greetings and sometimes a gift on holidays and birthdays.

Brown joined Masters, Mate & Pilots in August of 1965 and served in the American Merchant Marine during the Vietnam War.

His first MM&P vessel was the SS FRUITVALE HILLS. He sailed as deck cadet on the SS DEL ORO for Delta Steamship Lines. He first sailed as master aboard the SEALAND CONSUMER for Sealand Service Inc. in 1983. His last command as master was aboard the same vessel in 1991.

Brown gained MM&P office in 1991 as an insurgent candidate in a badly fractured organization. After six terms at the helm, he left a legacy of stability, integrity and pride to the membership of the Masters, Mates & Pilots.

Among his many awards for service to the industry are the Admiral of the Ocean Seas (AOTOS) Award in 2002, the Seafarers’ and International House “Outstanding Friend of Seafarers” Award in 2004 and the Father Lalonde “Spirit of the Seas” Award by the Council of American Master Mariners in 2012.

In 2009, he was admitted to the Port of New York and New Jersey’s International Maritime Hall of Fame.

He retired as MM&P President on Jan. 1, 2013. In March of that year, he was named a Commodore of the U.S. Maritime Service by order of President Barack Obama.

“It goes to show how much respect people in every sector of the maritime industry have for Tim,” said Maryland Pilot Brian Hope.

Brown was named President Emeritus of Masters, Mates & Pilots by Delegates to the 84th MM&P Convention.

“Tim brought stability and respect to our organization,” said MM&P President Don Marcus.

“His achievements have laid a foundation of unity and professionalism on which the membership of our union can build going forward. We are so proud of what Tim gave to our brothers and our sisters, proud of what he achieved for the industry.”

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A viewing is scheduled for Thursday, April 14, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at: Singleton Funeral Home, #1 2nd Avenue (that’s street number one on Second Avenue), SW, Glen Burnie, MD 21061; telephone 410-766-7070.

A funeral mass will be held the next day, Friday, April 15, at 11:00 a.m. at Saint Philip Neri Catholic Church, 6405 Orchard Road, Linthicum, MD 21090; telephone 410-859-0571. Please go directly to the church. Do not go first to the funeral home on Friday. Please plan to arrive at the church by 10:30 a.m.

A reception will follow at MITAGS, 692 Maritime Boulevard, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090; telephone toll-free: (866) 656-5568.

In lieu of flowers, please send a contribution to the USMMA Alumni Fund ( or the Maryland Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (

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Flag-of-convenience (FOC) shipping and the revelations of “tax avoidance” on a massive scale that emerged from last week’s release of the so-called “Panama Papers” are two sides of the same coin, says the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF).

ITF leaders said they welcomed revelations of tax avoidance and related activities in the leaked Panama Papers “in the hope that the exposure will lead to a change in the current climate of tacit approval for this kind of socially damaging behavior.”

“Money laundering, terrorist financing and tax evasion are all clearly unacceptable practices and at odds with the global union movement’s social and economic justice agenda that we at the ITF promote through our work with transport unions around the globe,” said ITF General Secretary Steven Cotton.

“Equally of concern to us is large-scale corporate tax avoidance that directly impacts public investment and essential services.”

“Much of this activity has been allowed to go on in plain sight with minimal steps being taken to hold companies or individuals to account. It is time to take the kind of definitive action the ITF has been involved in for years to stem this corporate greed.”

As a case in point, Cotton cited the ITF’s “flag-of-convenience” campaign, which has been underway since 1948.

“Registering a ship under a flag of convenience, where a vessel is owned in one country and flagged in another, is also a system of tax avoidance,” he said.

“As an FOC flag–the largest in the world–Panama is essentially a tax haven. And who pays the price? Seafarers who are subject to poor conditions and lower wages because they’re at the mercy of a system that allows for minimal regulation and the acquisition of cheap labor.”

In many cases, the registries themselves are not even run from the country of the flag. Some FOC shipping registers are franchised out to foreign companies. The Liberian Registry, the second largest in the world, is administered for example by a wholly US owned and operated company.

FOC registries make it more difficult for unions, industry stakeholders and the public to hold ship owners to account.

“The ITF’s campaign, compelling owners of FOC-flagged vessels to sign agreements which guarantee certain terms and working conditions for crew and policing these through a network of inspectors, is the only thing that goes some way to redress the balance of the FOC tax avoidance scheme, and to recognize the human cost it has,” Cotton said.

Like FOC shipping, “the kinds of deliberate and extreme incidences of tax avoidance being run from Panama are examples of the way corporate power avoids its obligations to society, communities and workers,” added ITF President Paddy Crumlin.

He said the ITF hopes the recent revelations will bring about meaningful attempts to address the situation.

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MM&P members working in the San Francisco Bay Area at Brusco Tug & Barge and Blue & Gold Fleet ratified new contracts in the first quarter of the year.

Members of the MM&P Pacific Maritime Region (PMR) crew two tugs for Brusco that ply the Stockton and Sacramento run. They approved a new contract in January of this year.

“It’s a good five-year contract that exceeds area standards,” says MM&P Regional Representative Ray Shipway. He said member input was essential in the negotiations, which lasted seven months, as was the involvement of the MM&P legal team.

In particular, Shipway recognized the efforts of Brusco Captain William B. Nern and Engineer Frank Miles, as well as of MM&P International Counsel Gabriel Terrasa.

MM&P members who sail for Blue & Gold also have a new contract.

The maritime agreement, which includes excursion vessels, ferry operators and engineering staff, covers about 86 members. (Deckhands on the ferries are represented by the Inland Boatmen’s Union, which partners with MM&P and four other unions in the Maritime Labor Alliance.)

The new Blue & Gold contract was ratified in February. “It’s a five-year agreement that will keep Blue & Gold competitive to operate the WETA vessels,” Shipway says.

A tentative agreement is now in place for the MM&P members who work as ticket sellers and customer service representatives at Blue & Gold.

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Mississippi Republican Sen. Roger Wicker has been chosen by the International Propeller Club as the 2016 recipient of the “Salute to Congress” award. The honor is given annually to a lawmaker who has shown strong and consistent leadership on issues of importance of the American Merchant Marine.

As chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Seapower, Wicker has been an eloquent and effective advocate for the U.S.-flag fleet.

This year the Salute to Congress takes place on May 11 at the Army-Navy Country Club in Arlington, Va.

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The Maritime Labor Alliance (MLA) has launched a new Facebook site as well as a new Twitter handle.

The MLA is a six-union alliance that includes the American Radio Association, the Inland Boatmen’s Union, the International Longshoremen’s Association, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Masters, Mates & Pilots and the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association.

It was established to protect MLA members’ jurisdictions, working conditions and labor rights.

You can find MLA on Facebook at The site garnered 400 “likes” in its first week.

Please join the MLA’s online community on Facebook as well as on Twitter: @maritimelabor.

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Veterans who were medically retired from the military for combat-related injuries during the last two decades were improperly taxed by the Department of Defense (DOD).

Since 1991, federal law has stipulated that taxes are not to be withheld from the one-time lump sum disability severance pay given to veterans leaving the service due to combat-related injuries.

The nonprofit National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) is unsure exactly how many veterans have been affected, but estimates that close to 14,000 have been wrongly taxed starting as far back as 1991, for a total of $78 million in lost compensation.

The NVLSP, Sen. John Boozman, (R-Ark.) and Sen. Mark Warner, (D-Va.) are working to pass legislation requiring DOD to fix the problem and reimburse all those affected, even if the three-year statute of limitations has passed.

While thousands of vets are medically retired from duty each year and taxed on their severance, those specifically retired due to combat-related injuries are exempt from being taxed on the lump sum severance.

DOD says it is working to fix the problem of the past taxing error, while establishing a system to prevent such errors from taking place in the future.

If the Combat-Injured Veterans Tax Fairness Act of 2016 is passed, veterans will have one year after the DOD has provided notice to the individual to file a related claim for a credit or refund of the money.

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About 135 bus drivers each year are attacked by passengers, according to a federal database. A uniform national standard is needed to monitor the situation and stem the flood of assaults, says the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department (TTD).

MM&P is one of 32 transportation sector labor unions that belong to TTD.

“For the last several years, an epidemic of workplace violence has fundamentally undermined the enterprise of providing public transportation throughout the nation,” TTD President Ed Wytkind wrote in a letter last week to U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Anthony Foxx.

TTD is urging DOT and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to issue a rule to protect bus drivers and other transit operators from workplace violence. The agency is required to issue a rule on assaults under the recently passed Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act.

“We believe that given the gravity of the problem, the clear Congressional directive and DOT’s own engagement on this issue, a rule to mitigate assaults should be finalized this calendar year,” Wytkind said.

According to the FTA’s National Transit Database, which many say does not capture the true number of incidents, approximately 135 transit operators are assaulted in the United States every year.

“These incidents not only pose severe physical and emotional problems for the members we represent, but jeopardize the safety of public transportation,” Wytkind said.

“When operators are assaulted, passengers can be put at risk if violence spreads into a vehicle and… the driver may lose control putting riders, other vehicles and pedestrians in danger.”

Unionized transport workers are generally forced to “bargain” for assault protections in the context of their contract negotiations. “Given that we have seen a dramatic uptick in assaults across the country, in cities, suburbs and even rural communities, it is clear that a national set of rules, as mandated by Congress, is urgently needed,” Wytkind said.

“We also reject the notion that basic safety issues like driver assault should be left to the collective bargaining process, which forces workers to give up something of value to achieve what should be an inherent right and leads to inconsistent and incremental solutions that subject too many workers to an unsafe working environment.”

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Washington Democrat Denny Heck, a staunch advocate for the United States Merchant Marine and America’s working families, was part of a bipartisan caucus that passed legislation giving veterans a year of protection from foreclosure in which to sort out their finances following a deployment.

The legislation, the Foreclosure Relief and Extension for Servicemembers Act of 2015, was recently signed into law by President Obama.

“Even with the Great Recession behind us, we need to do more to prevent foreclosures on homes in our community. Especially for the brave men and women who serve our country,” Heck says.

“For many military families,” Heck says, “the transition from active duty status to civilian life brings a lot of changes–often a new job, new schedule, new bills. There had been a law barring foreclosure and evictions for 90 days after leaving active duty, but that wasn’t enough time. Seven years ago, Congress set up a pilot program to extend that protection to one year. The program was a huge success, but it was due to expire. Congressional dysfunction almost allowed that to happen, but we stopped it with only hours to spare.”

Under the new law, families that may have been evicted or faced foreclosure after 90 days now have one year to sort out their finances and remain in their homes.

“I was proud to be a part of the bipartisan effort in the House to get this done,” Heck said. “And when bipartisan, evidence-driven ideas help our service members, veterans and the overall health of our national security interests, it’s even better.”

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There will be an Offshore membership meeting at the MM&P Charleston Hall on April 20 at 1100. All members in the area are encouraged to attend the meeting.

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The Offshore Orientation Course will be held in the San Francisco/Oakland Hall on April 13-14. Interested applicants should sign up with the San Francisco/Oakland dispatcher: 415-777-5074(phone); 415-777-0209 (fax). 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.

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On Sunday, May 22, the annual National Maritime Day Observance and Memorial Service will be held at the American Merchant Marine Veterans Memorial at Harbor Boulevard and 6th Street in San Pedro at 1000.

The service is hosted by the American Merchant Marine Veterans Memorial Committee. It honors American Merchant Mariners who have served their country in peace and war since the American Revolution–when they acted as our first Navy–until the present day.

Organizations wishing to send wreaths to be displayed during and after the services are requested to have them delivered to the memorial site by 0900 on Sunday, May 22. Massey’s Florist on Western Avenue in Lomita (310-325-8222) has provided very good service and is the preferred florist of the committee.

The committee is again planning to have an interesting program, with national, state, and city officials invited to participate as speakers.

The committee is seeking sponsors to help us this year by purchasing an advertisement in our 2016 program booklet.

A luncheon will be held immediately following the National Maritime Day Observance at the Ports O’Call Restaurant located at Berth 76 in Ports O’Call Village. A no host bar will open at 1100 hours, with lunch being served at approximately 1130 hours. Parking is available in Ports O’Call with transportation provided to and from the memorial service.

The committee cordially invites all sponsors and the general public to attend the National Maritime Day Observance and luncheon. For more information, please contact Paul Nielsen at(310) 325 3506.

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The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking an oil spill prevention specialist.

The job involves responding to spills, investigation of tanker groundings, serving as an expert witness and program and contingency plan development. Applications must be postmarked no later than April 27.

For more information:

Qualifications may include experience involving any type of petroleum transportation activity, such as oil transfer operations among tank vessels, bunkering and lightering or ship handling.

If you have any questions concerning the Oil Spill Prevention Specialist exam or the testing process, you may contact Tanya Bell, Exam Analyst with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Human Resources Branch at (916) 653-8120 or visit the Department of Fish and Wildlife website at

Applications may be filed in person or by mail at: Department of Fish and Wildlife Attention: Exam Unit; 1416 Ninth Street, Room 1217-B; Sacramento, CA 95814.

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Massey Energy Company CEO Donald L. Blankenship was sentenced April 6 by a court in West Virginia to a year in prison for conspiring to violate federal mine safety standards.

The Federal District Court ruling came six years after an explosion ripped through Massey’s Upper Big Branch mine, killing 29 miners.

After a multi-year federal investigation of the disaster, the worst in U.S. coal mining in decades, Blankenship was charged with three felonies. Jurors ultimately found him guilty of a misdemeanor in what is being viewed in any case as a landmark decision.

In addition to the year in jail, Blankenship was fined $250,000 and is subject to a year of supervised release. His lawyers have said they plan to appeal.

During the course of the trial, prosecutors charged Blankenship focused almost exclusively on the company’s finances, with little or no emphasis on safety. They argued that his attitude contributed to a culture in which safety standards that had an impact on the bottom line were routinely ignored.

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It may be the dreaded chore that faces us every spring, but with union-made, American-Made products, at least we can love shopping for our cleaning products.

The house gets clean with your Craftsman or Rigid vacuum and you’ll need less elbow grease while supporting union-made if you choose Ajax, Lysol, Minwax , Mop & Glo and Soft Scrub products. Don’t forget to protect your hands with Rubbermaid gloves!

Keeping your yard the best in the neighborhood is a breeze with Agrium Fertilizer and a John Deere mower.

Finished with your spring cleaning chores? Climb into your Algoma Net Hammock and relax for a bit–you’ve earned it!

By making the choice to spend your money on products and services that are made in our country by workers who are treated fairly and paid a living wage, you can help protect the middle class, strengthen our national economy and build a stronger America. Go to today to find out more.

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MITAGS needs your current address! Have you moved recently? Did you remember to send MITAGS your new address for communications regarding courses? Please send your current contact information to or to the fax number below. New dedicated fax line for Admissions only: 1-443-568-1928. For all other MITAGS business, please continue to use: 410-859-5181.

For class availability or information on MITAGS courses and programs, contact Elisabeth Cruz, Admissions Coordinator, toll-free at 866-656-5568 or by e-mail: Why not try our on-line calendar to register for class:

Please note the special addition to our on-campus schedule of MSC classes marked with an asterisk (*), which are not normally scheduled to be held at MITAGS.

AB – 4/18/16, 8/22/16, 10/17/16

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation: 5/27/16, 7/22/16

ARPA-OIC – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 8/9/16, 9/27/16

AZIPOD 2-Day – 5/23/16, 11/14/16

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 8/8/16, 10/31/16

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 05/23/2016, 7/18/16, 11/14/16

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling: 04/19/16

BT – Basic Safety Training: 06/27/16, 8/15/16, 10/10/16

BT-Revalidation – 05/10/16, 8/22/16, 10/31/16

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 4/25/16, 11/14/16

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVNAV-CMM – Advanced Navigation (=ECDIS & VPEN): Contact Admissions

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 06/20/16, 8/1/16, 10/17/16

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 06/06/16, 8/8/16, 11/7/16

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (2 weeks): 10/24/16

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information System: 06/13/16, 7/25/16, 8/15/16, 9/12/16,10/10/16, 11/28/16, 12/19/16

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM – 4/25/16,5/9/16, 5/16/16, 5/23/16, 6/27/16, 7/11/16, 7/25/16, 8/1/16, 8/8/16, 8/15/16,8/22/16, 9/12/16,10/3/16, 10/31/16, 11/14/16,11/28/16, 12/5/16, 12/12/16, 12/19/16

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 05/02/16, 9/19/16

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: 6/20/16, 8/1/16, 10/31/16

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (2 weeks): 04/18/16, 10/3/16

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 04/18/16, 05/09/16, 06/13/16, 7/18/16,8/15/16, 9/12/16, 10/24/16, 11/7/16, 12/5/16

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 04/25/16, 05/16/16, 06/20/16, 7/25/16,8/22/16, 9/19/16, 10/31/16, 11/14/16, 12/12/16

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 9/12/16

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 05/09/16, 9/26/16

CNAV-OIC – Celestial Navigation: 05/02/16, 10/24/16

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop: Contact Admissions

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications: 7/19/16

DDE – Great Lakes: 6/6/16

DPA – Contact Admissions

ECDIS-OIC – Contact Admissions

ECDIS-Pilots – 05/25/16, 7/20/16, 11/14/16

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 4/18/16, 5/9/16, 7/18/16, 8/22/16, 9/26/16, 10/24/16, 11/14/16, 11/28/16, 12/5/16, 12/12/16, 12/19/16

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 06/27/16, 8/15/16, 10/10/16

FF-ADV-REV – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation & Refresher: 5/12/16, 8/24/16, 11/2/16

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications: 04/19/16, 4/27/16, 5/16/13, 6/1/16, 6/15/16, 9/20/16

GL Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization: Contact Admissions

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System: 8/22/16

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 6/27/16, 8/29/16, 12/5/16

LAP- 9/19/16

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes: Contact Admissions

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License: 06/06/16, 8/8/16, 12/5/16

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 4/20/16, 5/23/16, 7/19/16, 9/21/16, 11/15/16

LNG-TPIC – 12/5/16

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC): 4/28/16, 7/12/16, 9/26/16, 10/26/16*, 11/14/16*, 12/19/16* (*Evening Session)

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control: 4/25/16, 5/16/16, 7/11/16, 8/29/16, 9/19/16, 10/17/16, 11/7/16, 11/28/16, 12/5/16, 12/12/16, 12/19/16

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 05/16/16, 7/11/16, 11/7/16, 12/12/16

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 05/02/16, 8/29/16, 10/3/16

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 05/16/16, 11/7/16, 11/28/16, 12/12/16

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 05/14/16, 8/28/16, 11/12/16, 12/17/16

MSA –Maritime Security Awareness: Contact Admissions

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic): 6/10/16, 8/10/16, 10/17/16

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control: 6/8/16, 8/8/16, 10/18/16

*MSC-ENVPRO – 6/5/16, 8/7/16, 10/16/16

*MSC-FF-HELO – 6/6/16, 8/22/16, 10/31/16

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualification: 6/13/16, 8/14/16, 10/23/16

*MSC-Security Watch Basic – 6/11/16, 8/11/16, 10/20/16

*MSC-Security Watch Advanced – 6/17/16, 8/13/16, 10/22/16

*MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force – 6/18/16, 8/18/16, 10/27/16

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P – 5/23/16, 7/26/16, 10/25/16

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 5/9/16, 8/8/16, 9/26/16

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 04/20/16, 05/04/16, 05/18/16, 06/08/16, 06/22/16, 7/13/16, 7/27/16, 8/10/16, 8/24/16, 9/21/16, 10/5/16, 10/19/16, 11/2/16, 11/9/16, 11/16/16, 11/30/16, 12/7/16, 12/14/16

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 8/1/16

SAR-OIC – Search & Rescue – 04/18/16, 11/7/16

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 06/27/16, 8/29/16, 10/17/16

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling-5 Day: 05/02/16, 8/1/16, 10/3/16, 11/28/16

SMS – Contact Admissions

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 8/8/16

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses: 7/11/16

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 8/8/16

TRAC-TUG-2: Contact Admissions

TTT – Contact Admissions

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties: Contact Admissions

VSO – Vessel Security Officer: 04/25/16, 7/13/16, 9/7/16, 10/22/16

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level): 10/3/16

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 9/19/16

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Please also see our schedule and enroll online at For registration contact our registrar, Jennifer Pitzen: 206.838.1126 or

April 2016

18-22 Leadership & Managerial Skills (waitlist only)
18-22 Medical Care Provider
18-22 MEECE (waitlist only)
25-29 ECDIS
27-29 Bridge Resource Management & Emergency Shiphandling for Pilots

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