Wheelhouse Weekly – April 16th, 2019

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Ryan Zwick and Jeremy Cunningham, chief mates aboard the ST. LOUIS EXPRESS, have been commended for using their “Stop Work” authority in the Port of Norfolk earlier this year to delay cargo operations pending changes to an unsafe load plan.

“The original load plan called for 300 re-stows and resulted in 0.0 Meter GM, an untenable situation to say the least,” said ST. LOUIS EXPRESS Master Brian J. Kiesel.

GM, or metacentric height, is a measurement of the initial static stability of a floating object.

It is calculated as the distance between the center of gravity of a ship and its metacenter. With a GM of 0, the ship would flip over at the slightest change in stability.

Both Zwick and Cunningham were present for the 0800 cargo start time. Both were in agreement to delay cargo operations until a safe and reasonable load plan was developed.

After at least five plans had been submitted for review, the two approved a plan that gave the ship 1.02 Meter GM, 11.1 M aft draft, only 7,000 tons ballast, “and we did not have to cut any cargo,” Kiesel said.

“Off-signing Chief Officer Zwick did an excellent job of immediately identifying the safety issue and communicating with the planner,” he said.

“He also stayed on board until he and his relief had developed a workable plan. Chief Officer Jeremy Cunningham was able to step into a difficult situation and proceed with knowledge and confidence.”

“Through teamwork and a company-wide culture of safety, Officers Zwick and Cunningham were able to meet safety standards for crew, ship and cargo, while maintaining a high level of professionalism and leadership.”

The ST. LOUIS EXPRESS is owned by Hapag-Lloyd and operated by Crowley.

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The Coast Guard has issued a safety alert following the death of three crewmembers aboard a mobile offshore drilling unit (MODU).

The alert, entitled “Confined Spaces–Silent & Invisible Killers,” details a case in which 10 crewmembers were preparing a MODU for transport to a shipbreaking facility.

They had “dewatered” three of the MODU’s four legs but to clear the fourth, which had been previously stripped of its de-ballasting system, they had to rig a portable diesel driven pump and lower it through six decks via enlarged manhole hatches.

The pump was eventually set up in the lowest tank, where a discharge hole and an air supply vent had been cut out.

Although seven members of the crew were experienced mariners, the Coast Guard said, “they lacked specific experience with MODUs.”

The tragedy began to unfold when an AB descended into the leg, presumably to check the pump, without notifying anyone else.

The electrician, who became concerned when he did not see the AB on deck, descended into the leg himself. There he found his coworker unconscious.

He was able to escape before being overcome by fumes. At that point, a second AB descended into the leg of the MODU to try and help the first.

The captain, the ship superintendent and a third crewmember followed, all without safety equipment.

They found the second AB collapsed, one level above the level on which the first man had been stricken.

The captain and superintendent managed to escape the leg with assistance from the rigging master, who had been able to get a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) from another vessel.

Both ABs and the third crewmember died. The captain and superintendent were airlifted to a hospital and survived.

“Of major concern to investigators was the captain’s decision to enter the space with two other persons without personal protective gear and a SCBA,” the Coast Guard wrote, citing the statistic that more than 50 percent of confined space deaths occur when people try to rescue a coworker.

“It appears that the hazardous nature of this operation wasn’t fully appreciated,” the agency notes.

“This included the dangers of the MODU’s ballast tanks and their limited access, the exhaust of the operating diesel pump and minimal, if any, external air circulation.”

The Coast Guard said it strongly encourages all those who work aboard vessels in any role to:

— obtain the requisite level of knowledge and training of confined space entry procedures including emergency and rescue procedures;

— ensure crews undergo periodic confined space training and participate in routine and practical onboard emergency drills;

— verify all required confined space entry and rescue safety equipment is onboard, maintained, tested and fully functional.

The agency encourages all shipboard personnel to familiarize themselves with the information posted at:

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Inspectors for the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and Nautilus found abysmal conditions on two flag-of-convenience (FOC) ships during recent inspections.

A Liberian-flagged bulker was detained in Australia in March after members of the crew reported they were being bullied, starved and denied shore leave.

Within two hours of receiving the report, ITF inspectors boarded the German-owned ANNA-ELISABETH.

The conditions observed substantiated the complaints, said ITF National Coordinator Dean Summers.

“Meat and fish were freezer burnt and fresh provisions were very low, certainly not enough to get 17 seafarers to Singapore,” he said.

“The master confirmed that for all meals, food rations were $7 per day.”

A glance at the crew list revealed another red flag: the company had categorized some members of the crew as “deck riders,” which immediately raised concerns about the qualifications of those on board as well as about safe manning levels.

“We asked the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) to confirm that the crew was qualified and safe to take the ship to sea,” Summers said.

AMSA detained the vessel for several days in the Port of Kembla, citing violations of the Maritime Labor Convention. In the meantime, the ship operator sent personnel to address the violations.

The ITF has asked Australia’s government to send international port authorities an urgent alert regarding all ships owned by the company, Johann M. K. Blumenthal and Co.

“These kinds of breaches can only be systemic to this company and are symptomatic of the FOC system that allows for exploitation and labor abuse of international seafarers,” he said.

“Clearly, the only thing these belly robbers understand is cost and profit.”

He said the ITF has made inspection of Blumenthal ships “a priority,” adding, “we will continue to inspect their vessels in ports around the world to ensure that more than 700 seafarers across their fleet aren’t subjected to these exploitative practices.”

In related news, Nautilus/ITF inspector Tommy Molloy helped get back wages for crewmembers of the Tuvalu-flagged general cargo ship AMIRA LAURA.

He discovered that two Indian crewmembers–described on the crew list as “cadets” and being paid $250/month for 16-hour days–were in fact working as an OS and a wiper.

“They were also undernourished, as they were being fed nothing in the morning, some kind of bread in the afternoon and no cooked meal in the evening,” Molloy said.

A third member of the crew, an Egyptian, was being paid $500/month, despite having a contract setting his pay at $1,750/month.

All three said they had been physically abused on board.

Molloy himself was threatened and had to call in the police and port security when he attempted to get the three men off the ship.

The ITF helped repatriate the two Indian seafarers, Nautilus has reported, even sending inspectors to meet them in Chennai to ensure their safety.

The men said that to get the jobs, they had each paid $5,500 to a recruiting agent in India.

The third member of the crew has reportedly applied for asylum in the United Kingdom.

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The March-April 2019 issue of The Master, Mate & Pilot has been posted on

In this issue:

— Great news: Coast Guard finalizes seafarer terminal access rule.

— MAERSK ALABAMA hijacking ten years on;

— maritime labor unions fight plan to build stadium at the Port of Oakland;

— new bill introduced in Congress to repeal the Jones Act;

— North Ferry contract finalized;

— KAIMANA HILA, Matson’s new Aloha class vessel, sets sail;

— U.S.-flag fleet goes to Capitol Hill to advocate for American mariners;

— interview with Offshore member Captain John McDonnell, who describes his experiences as a volunteer on humanitarian relief ships.


— APL licensed deck officers at MITAGS for Chief Mate Operations Course;

— news from the St. Johns Pilots, the Great Lakes & Gulf Membership Group, and captains at Statue Cruises.

The Master, Mate & Pilot will be in your mailbox soon. In the meantime, look for it online on on the home page under Latest News.

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A strike by 31,000 employees of Stop & Shop stores throughout the Northeast entered its sixth day Tuesday, as negotiations continued with assistance from a federal mediator.

The strike by cashiers, stockers, bakers, deli clerks and butchers closed stores in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

A previous three-year contract had expired on Feb. 23.

Management at Stop & Shop has presented its “final offer,” which includes significant cuts to health care, big increases (more than 100 percent in some cases) to health care premiums and replacing wage increases with bonuses.

“This represents a massive step backward, with many workers facing reduced weekly earnings if they agree,” said a spokesperson for the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW).

Most full-time employees at Stop & Shop, including department managers, earn an average of $21.30 an hour.

Last year, Stop & Shop’s parent company, Ahold Delhaize, reported profits of more than $2 billion, according to a UFCW spokesperson.

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The AFL-CIO has issued the following statement on Workers Memorial Day, the day set aside to remember those who have suffered and died on the job and to renew the fight for safe jobs.

“This year we will come together on April 28 to call for action on hazards that cause unnecessary injury, illness and death.”

“We will stand united against the ongoing attacks on workers’ rights and protections and demand that elected officials put workers’ well-being above corporate interests.”

“The Occupational Safety and Health Act and the Mine Safety and Health Act promise workers the right to a safe job.”

“Unions and our allies have fought hard to make that promise a reality, winning protections that have made jobs safer, saved hundreds of thousands of lives and prevented millions of workplace injuries and illnesses.”

“Our work is not done. Each year, thousands of workers are killed and millions more suffer injury or illness because of their jobs.”

“After years of struggle, we won new rules to protect workers from deadly silica dust and beryllium, a stronger coal dust standard for miners and stronger anti-retaliation protections for workers who report job injuries.”

“These hard-won gains are threatened. The Trump administration has carried out an all-out assault on regulations, targeting job safety rules on beryllium, mine examinations, injury reporting and child labor protections.”

“The labor movement and allies have fought back and blocked some of these attacks. But this assault has taken a toll: Key protections have been repealed or rolled back and agency budgets and staff have been cut. There has been no action on critical safety and health problems like workplace violence, silica in mining and exposure to toxic chemicals.”

“The theme of this year’s Workers Memorial Day is ‘Safe Jobs. Every Worker’s Right.’”

“We must stand united against the ongoing attacks on workers’ rights and protections and demand that elected officials put workers’ well-being above corporate interests.”

“We must and we will defend the right of every worker to a safe job and fight until that promise is fulfilled.”

“Please join us on Workers Memorial Day, April 28, to honor the victims of workplace injury and illness and to keep on fighting for the promise of safe jobs for all workers.”

To find a Workers Memorial Day commemoration near you, enter your zip code at:

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The State University of New York Maritime College is looking for watch officers, day workers and instructors for this year’s summer training cruise aboard the TS EMPIRE STATE.

Employment on the summer training cruise offers an opportunity to assist with the at-sea, practical training of the mariners of tomorrow, as well as to participate in a great itinerary.
Salary commensurate with licensure, certification and experience.

MM&P has a labor referral agreement with SUNY. It allows active members to extend their MM&P medical coverage and MITAGS training benefits.

MM&P pensioners are allowed employment for the summer sea term under our Pension Plan Rules.

This year, the overall training sea term will begin April 29 and end Aug. 9.

You may apply for and be considered for: Cruise A (anticipated April 29-June 21); Cruise B (anticipated June 21-Aug. 9 or 11); full cruise (April 29-Aug. 9 or 11).

Destinations include New Orleans, Charleston, N.C., Manhattan, Montauk Training Area, Baltimore and Reykjavik, Iceland.

Naval orders can be issued for MMR Officers. Requirements: senior licenses preferred, and recent sea experience required along with medical clearances.

For more information or to apply, contact: Joann Sprague,, (718) 409-7286.

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There will be an Offshore Membership Meeting in the Oakland Union Hall on Thursday, April 18, immediately after the 1100 job call.

MM&P International President Don Marcus and Coast Agent Jeremy Hope will attend the meeting.

All Offshore members and applicants in the area are encouraged to attend.

As a reminder, the Oakland Hall is located at: 548 Thomas L. Berkley Way, Oakland, CA 94612.

The phone number is 510-808-7068.

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All MM&P union halls, the MM&P Plan Office, MM&P headquarters and the MM&P Federal Credit Union will be closed on April 19 for Good Friday.

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The crew of a Spanish Navy patrol vessel last week rescued the 12 crewmembers of a Nigerian merchant ship from a gang of pirates who had boarded it four days earlier, stealing money, valuables and the ship’s provisions.

Crewmembers of the Navy ship, the SERVIOLA, had attempted to contact the Nigerian vessel when they observed it behaving in an unusual manner, and with a small boat in the vicinity.

When the commanding officer deployed two launches to investigate, the small boat departed at high speed.

The captain of the merchant ship told the patrol boat’s boarding party that the vessel had been hijacked four days previously.

He said the gang of nine pirates, who were armed with AK-47 rifles and grenade launchers, had been scared off by the naval vessel.

The SERVIOLA is deployed to the Gulf of Guinea on a train-and-assist mission to defend Spanish interests overseas.

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MITAGS-PMI is interested in receiving photo submissions from MM&P members for use on the official MITAGS-PMI social media platform.

The goal is to document members’ voyages and promote the maritime industry. As suggestions, photos can be of events and sights onboard, crewmembers at work or scenic locations.

If you are interested in sharing photos, please send them with caption information to MITAGS-PMI’s marketing manager, Lindsay Moran, at

Be sure to tell us whether you would like to be credited for the photo.

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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 Amanda Meadows, Admissions Coordinator, toll-free at 866-656-5568 or by e-mail:

Why not try our on-line calendar to register for class:

For Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) processing, MMC problem resolution advice, STCW compliance and VA GI-Bill questions, contact MITAGS-PMI Student/Instructional Services Manager Jennifer Pitzen at 206-739-0720 (direct line); (888) 893-7829 (toll free); or by e-mail:

Please include your Mariner Reference Number, date of birth and the last four digits of your social security number in all emails.

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

Class dates followed by an * are full

AB – Able Seaman – 9/9/19

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation (1-Day): 5/2/19, 8/14/19

ARPA-OIC (4-Day) – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 9/24/19

AZIPOD (2-Day) – 5/2/19, 9/30/19

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 8/5/19, 10/28/19

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 5/2/19, 7/15/19, 7/29/19, 9/30/19

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling – (Now also included in BRMP-Refresher) (3-Day): 4/29/18, 7/17/19, 10/2/19

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

BT – Basic Safety Training: 8/12/19, 10/14/19

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – 4/30/19*, 6/18/19, 7/30/19, 8/26/19, 9/25/19, 10/30/19, 12/17/19

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 4/29/19*, 7/29/19, 9/25/19, 12/16/19

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 4/29/19, 10/21/19

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 6/10/19, 7/29/19, 9/23/19, 12/16/19

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 6/3/19, 8/5/19, 9/30/19, 12/9/19

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 10/7/19

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1: 5/6/19, 8/5/19, 12/2/19

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific: 5/13/19, 8/12/19, 12/9/18

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems: 9/9/19, 12/2/19

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM): 5/20/19, 8/19/19, 12/16/19

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 11/4/19 (DCS-1 available on request – contact Admissions)

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: Not Currently Scheduled

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management: 10/28/19

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 4/29/19*, 5/13/19*, 6/3/19, 6/17/19, 7/15/19, 8/12/19, 9/9/19, 9/30/19, 10/14/19, 11/4/19, 12/2/19

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 5/6/19*, 5/20/19*, 6/10/19, 6/24/19, 7/22/19, 8/19/19, 9/16/19, 10/7/19, 10/21/19, 11/11/19, 12/9/19

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

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 10/21/19

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 9/16/19

WX-HW-ATL – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Atlantic Ocean (2-day) – 6/10/19, 9/23/19

WX-HW-IND – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Indian Ocean (2-day) – 6/14/19, 9/27/19

WX-HW-PAC – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Pacific Ocean (2-day) – 6/12/19, 9/25/19

CNAV-OIC (15-Day) – Celestial Navigation: 11/4/19

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

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior (1-Day) – 7/11/19

CDMGT – Crowd Management (1-Day) – 7/12/19

CSE – Confined Space Entry (3-Day): 8/19/19

CSE-AWR – Confined Space Entry Awareness (2-Day): 5/23/19, 8/22/19

CY-MAR – Cyber-Skilled Mariner ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program ** – 5/20/19, 8/5/19

DDE – Great Lakes (20-Day): 6/3/19

DPA/IA – Designated Person Ashore & Internal Auditor (3-Day) ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program ** – 5/22/19, 6/25/19, 11/12/19

ECDIS for Pilots (2-Day) – 4/30/19, 8/12/19, 11/21/19

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 8/12/19, 12/9/19

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 8/12/19, 10/14/19

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 5/2/19, 6/20/19, 8/1/19, 8/28/19, 9/24/19, 10/29/19, 12/19/19

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 4/27/19, 7/27/19, 9/28/19, 12/14/19

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications (1-Day): 9/17/19

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (10-Day): 8/19/19

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 8/26/19, 11/18/19

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

LAP – License Advancement Program for Mate to Master (20-Day): 7/29/19*, 10/21/19

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes (20-Day): Not currently scheduled

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License (15-Day): 6/3/19

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage (1-Day): 4/30/19, 9/18/19

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

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC) (1-Day): 9/23/19

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): 8/5/19, 12/2/19

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 5/6/19*, 7/8/19*, 9/30/19, 12/2/19

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 6/24/19, 8/19/19, 10/21/19

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 5/6/19*, 9/30/19, 11/18/19

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 5/3/19, 5/11/19, 6/17/19, 7/14/19, 8/29/19, 9/23/19, 10/5/19, 10/28/19, 12/7/19, 12/20/19

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic) (1-Day): 5/21/19 (evening), 6/5/19 (evening), 8/7/19, 9/12/19 (evening), 11/1/19 (evening)

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 5/21/19, 6/5/19, 8/5/19, 9/12/19, 11/1/19

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) – 6/2/19, 8/4/19, 11/3/19

MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day) – 6/3/19, 8/10/19, 10/30/19

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 5/13/19, 6/9/19, 7/15/19, 8/11/19, 9/16/19, 11/4/19

MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day) – 5/12/19, 6/7/19, 8/8/19, 9/14/19, 11/4/19

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) – 5/17/19, 6/8/19, 7/14/19, 8/9/19, 9/15/19, 11/8/19

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) – 5/18/19, 6/13/19, 7/19/19, 8/16/19, 9/20/19, 11/9/19

NDMS-ENAV – Navigational Decision Making Series – Best Practice in eNav – 11/18/19

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P (2-Day) – 4/22/19*, 4/24/19*, 6/24/19*, 6/26/19*, 7/25/19*, 7/29/19*, 8/26/19*, 8/28/19, 11/18/19, 11/20/19, 12/16/19, 12/18/19

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

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal (1-Day): 9/23/19

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes (1-Night): 4/24/19*, 5/1/19*, 5/8/19, 5/15/19, 6/5/19, 6/12/19, 6/19/19, 7/10/19, 7/24/19, 8/1/19*, 8/7/19, 8/21/19, 8/28/19, 9/17/19, 9/18/19, 10/2/19, 10/16/19, 10/30/19, 11/6/19, 11/13/19, 12/4/19, 12/18/19

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 7/29/19

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3-Day): 12/2/19

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 8/26/19, 10/28/19

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day) – 4/22/19, 6/17/19*, 8/5/19*, 9/23/19, 11/18/19, 12/16/19

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 8/5/19

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (15-Day): 7/8/19

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 7/8/19

TRAC-TUG-2 (2-Day): Contact Admissions

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): 4/24/19, 7/8/19, 9/4/19

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) (10-Day): 10/7/19

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

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Please also see our schedule and enroll online at

April 2019
19th Radar Renewal
19-23 Basic Training Refresher
22-23 Basic Training Revalidation
22-26 ECDIS
24th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
25th Medical DOT
29-10 GMDSS
29-3 Advanced Shiphandling I

May 2019
6-9 Advanced Firefighting
6-10 Advanced Shiphandling II
6-24 License Preparation (Mate Level)
10th Radar Renewal
13-14 Advanced Firefighting Refresher
15th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
16-17 Basic Training Revalidation
16-20 Basic Training Refresher
13-17 Meteorology (Operational Level)
13-24 Watchkeeping (Operational Level)
20-24 Advanced Stability
20-24 Basic Training
28-30 Search & Rescue
31st Leadership & Teamworking Skills

June 2019
3-5 Security Officer – Vessel, Company, & Facility
3-21 Celestial Navigation
3-28 License Advancement Preparation (Chief Mate/Master Level)
10-13 Advanced Firefighting
17-21 Basic Firefighting
24-28 Meteorology (Operational Level)
21-25 Basic Training Refresher (no class on weekend)
24-25 Basic Training Revalidation
26th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
28th Medical DOT

July 2019
8-12 Advanced Meteorology
8-26 Terrestrial & Coastal Navigation w/ Compasses
9th Radar Renewal
10-11 Basic Training Revalidation
10-15 Basic Training Refresher (no class on weekend)
12th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
15-19 Basic Shiphandling
15-19 Advanced Stability
16-18 Advanced Firefighting Refresher
22-25 Advanced Firefighting
22-26 Cargo Handling & Stowage
22-26 Advanced Shiphandling I
29-31 Security Officer – Vessel, Company, & Facility
29-2 Advanced Shiphandling II

August 2019
5-8 Advanced Firefighting
12-13 Basic Training Revalidation
14th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
12-30 License Preparation (Mate Level)

September 2019
4th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
5-6 Basic Training Revalidation
6th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
9th Radar Renewal
9-13 Basic Training
9-13 Marine Propulsion Plants
16-19 Advanced Firefighting
16-20 Ship/Shipboard Management
23-27 Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation
30-1 ECDIS
30-1 Leadership & Managerial Skills

October 2019
2nd Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
3-4 Basic Training Revalidation
7-11 Engine Resource Management
7-11 Basic Training
7-11 Advanced Shiphandling I
8th Radar Renewal
14-18 Management of Electrical & Electronic Control Equipment (MEECE)
14-18 Advanced Shiphandling II
15-18 Advanced Firefighting
18th Medical DOT
21-25 Advanced Meteorology
21-25 Ship Construction & Basic Stability
28-1 Advanced Stability
28-15 Celestial Navigation

November 2019
4-8 Advanced Cargo Operations
4-15 Basic Training
12th Radar Renewal
13th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
14-15 Basic Training Revalidation
18-19 Advanced Firefighting Refresher
18-20 Security Officer – Vessel, Company, & Facility
18-22 Radar Observer Unlimited
18-22 Advanced Watchkeeping
25-27 Search & Rescue

December 2019
2-6 Leadership & Managerial Skills
2-20 License Preparation (Mate Level)
3-6 Advanced Firefighting
9-12 ARPA
9-13 Basic Training
13th Radar Renewal
16th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
17-18 Basic Training Revalidation

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