Wheelhouse Weekly – December 13, 2016

December 13th 2016

Volume 21 . . . Number 50. . . Dec. 13, 2016


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The ballots in the 2016 MM&P election were counted at MITAGS on Dec. 8 by the American Arbitration Association. The members of the International Ballot Committee who supervised the election were Ron Colpus, John Cronin, Bob Darley, Rich May, Paul Nielsen and Mark Nemergut.

The winners of the election are as follows: International President–Donald J. Marcus; International Secretary-Treasurer–Steven E. Werse; Offshore Group Vice President Atlantic Ports–Donald F. Josberger; Offshore Group Vice President Gulf Ports and Government Affairs–Klaus Luhta; Offshore Group Vice President Pacific Ports–J. Lars Turner; Vice President United Inland Group–Pacific Maritime Region–Timothy C. Saffle; Vice President United Inland Group–Great Lakes & Gulf–Thomas E. Bell; Vice President Pilots Group–George A. Quick; Vice President Federal Employees Membership Group–Randall H. Rockwood; Vice President Atlantic Maritime Group–Stephen H. Doherty.

The new administration will take office on Jan. 1, 2017.

“I am grateful for the continued support of our membership and the common purpose and unity of our members and leadership team,” said MM&P President Don Marcus.

“In every membership group, in our industry and in the labor movement generally we will be facing serious challenges. Unity is essential. Our administration will continue to work together to advance the interests of our members. We welcome our new Board members, Representatives and Convention Delegates and look forward to the challenges ahead.”

The following Offshore Group convention delegates were elected: George M. Darley, Jim Brennan, Jim Hill, Margaret Meehan-Curtis, Paul Schulman, William C. Mack, Peter J. Parise, Lilly Gallo, Bill Imken, Kyle P. Grant, Conor Sullivan, Roland Hobson, Sean T. McNeice, Keith W. Finnerty, Jen Phurchpean, Ronald M. Radicali, Harold J. Held and Christopher Roszel.

The following Offshore Group alternate convention delegates were elected: Glen M. Paine, Kenneth T. Ryan, Randy Swindell, Jeremy Hope, Chris Kavanagh, Thomas P. Sullivan, Lawrence (Tim) Lyons, John Kelly, James Henry McManus III, Thomas Larkin, Tim Clearwater, Paul McQuarrie, Michael A. Rausa, Tom Bagan, Robert C. Beauregard, Robert Sienel, Tim Kalke, Ryan W. Leo and West Smith Wilson.

The following Pilots Group representatives were elected: Kenneth J. Carlson Jr. (West Coast regional representative), Timothy J. Ferrie (East Coast regional representative), Richard D. Moore (Gulf Coast regional representative), John C. Traut (at-large), Gregory M. Tylawsky (West Coast alternate), Peter G. Rooss (East Coast alternate) and Daniel J. Doty (Gulf Coast alternate).

The following United Inland Group-Pacific Maritime Region delegates were elected: Michael Murray, Noah Landau, Jamie Pelland, Harlow Wood, Dan Twohig, Glen Hogarth, Shannon Adamson, Raymond Shipway, Michael A. Santini and John J. Schaeffner.

The following United Inland Group-Pacific Maritime Regional alternate delegates were elected: Justin Peterson, Andy Miller, Nick Sorber, Ezra L. (Sly) Hunter Jr. and Donald S. Fuller Jr.

The following United Inland Group-Great Lakes & Gulf Maritime Region delegates were elected: Bridget M. Nagle and Richard S. Gephart.

The following Federal Employees Membership Group delegates were elected: James D. Dolan and Elizabeth A. Strunk.

The following Atlantic Maritime Group representatives were elected: Michael Riordan and Paul Roura.

The following Atlantic Maritime Group convention delegates were elected: Donna A. Manoli, Rich Russo, Jim Olsen, Ray Henessey, William Chace, Paulina Czernek, Patrick Egan, Ken O’Rourke, Tom Smith, Bob Gecek, Joe McCroy, Thomas Sivert and Michael D. Simpson.

The following Atlantic Maritime Group alternate convention delegate was elected: Angel Freire Jr.

Constitutional Ballot Items

The membership also voted to approve the following changes to the MM&P International Constitution:

— Item 1: Reduces the number of years of union membership necessary to be eligible to run for office;

— Item 2: Adjusts the allocations of convention delegates for the various membership groups of the union;

— Item 3: Revises the job title and duties of the Vice President-Gulf Ports of the Offshore Membership Group.

— Item 4: Prohibits the payment of additional salaries, benefits and/or allowances to full time, elected MM&P officials from other fraternal, labor or industry organizations.

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Congressman John Garamendi (D-Calif.) has introduced legislation that would require up to 30 percent of exports of strategic energy products travel on U.S.-flagged vessels.

Garamendi, ranking member of the House Subcommittee on the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, has consistently been a strong advocate in Congress for the American Merchant Marine.

His bill, the “Energizing American Maritime Act,” was offered on a bipartisan basis with Rep. John Duncan (R-Tenn.)

“The state of the American maritime industry is in crisis-level decline,” Garamendi says.

“After World War II, our oceangoing fleet of U.S.-flagged ships numbered 1,200. Today, it’s fewer than 80. This isn’t just an economic concern—it’s also a national security risk.”

“We can’t rely on foreign-flagged vessels to provide the necessary movement of strategic materials in a time of war. Requiring even a minority of strategic energy asset exports to be carried on U.S.-flagged ships will compel us to rebuild the technical skill to man these vessels—and with that come good, high-paying, maritime jobs.”

“We’re the greatest nation in the world, but 99 percent of our trade travels on foreign-flagged ships,” Garamendi says.

“I believe that needs to change, and we can start right here.”

Garamendi’s legislation has strong support from the domestic maritime industry.

“Enactment of this legislation will both ensure that at least some of the jobs associated with the export of LNG will go to American maritime workers and help guarantee that we will have the civilian maritime manpower needed to support America’s national security requirements in time of war or other international emergency,” says MM&P President Don Marcus.

“This is truly an America-first proposal that we are proud to support.”

MEBA President Marshall Ainley agreed, saying Garamendi’s bill “would revitalize the maritime industry by creating thousands of seafaring jobs.”

“A healthy U.S.-flag Merchant Marine and a strong shipbuilding industry are tied to our national security and economic prosperity,” says Navy League National Executive Director Cari Thomas.

“The Department of Defense depends on the Merchant Marine for over 95 percent of our national defense sealift needs in times of war or national emergency. Replacing this sealift capacity would cost the Department of Defense billions of dollars. This bill will help ensure we can depend on the U.S.-flag Merchant Marine for years to come. It supports American jobs, national security and our national interests.”

Garamendi has also introduced separate legislation, HR 6454, requiring that the same percentage of strategic energy exports be carried on ships that are not only U.S.-flagged but also built in American shipyards.

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Carolyn Horgan, the highly respected president of San Francisco’s Blue & Gold fleet, has decided to retire at the end of 2016.

Members of the MM&P United Inland Group who crew the vessels in the Blue & Gold fleet were among those who gathered last week to wish her well in her retirement.

“Carolyn Horgan has been a ‘rock’ for MM&P crews throughout the years,” said MM&P President Don Marcus.

“Besides her extensive knowledge of the maritime industry, she is also a ‘people person’ who knows how to inspire and motivate those with whom she comes in contact. She has been a pleasure to work with and will be greatly missed.”

Horgan began her career answering phones for Crowley Maritime, then moved on to dispatch, crewing, scheduling, maintenance oversight, operations manager and, in 2012, president of Blue & Gold Fleet.

Today she oversees the biggest passenger vessel operation in California. Blue & Gold runs 18 boats, operates ferry service under contract to the bay’s Water Emergency Transportation Authority—WETA—and also runs bay tour boats. The ferries operated by Blue & Gold carry 10,000 passengers a day on seven different routes.

Under Horgan’s leadership, Blue & Gold ferry ridership is up 28 percent over 2015, according to The San Francisco Chronicle, and the tourist business is also booming.

Including the tour boats, 3.7 million people sailed with Blue & Gold in 2016, more people than attended San Francisco Giants baseball at AT&T Park in the 2016 season.

Members of the MM&P United Inland Group-Pacific Maritime Region operate the Blue & Gold ferries, maintenance, customer service and ticket sales operations.

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All incumbent Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (MEBA) officials were returned to office by the membership in the union’s 2016 election.

“Masters, Mates & Pilots congratulates MEBA President Marshall Ainley and the rest of the MEBA officials,” said MM&P President Don Marcus.

“We look forward to continuing our joint efforts with MEBA in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere to strengthen the U.S.-flag fleet and protect and enhance our members’ working conditions.”

Both MM&P and MEBA are members of the six-union Maritime Labor Alliance and affiliates of the Nautilus Federation.

On the District Executive Committee, MEBA’s governing body, Ainley will again be joined by Executive Vice President Adam Vokac and Secretary-Treasurer Bill Van Loo.

Erin Bertram will serve as Gulf Coast vice president and, as a result of the member referendum vote to relocate the Gulf Coast operation from New Orleans, will continue to operate out of the MEBA Houston Hall.

MEBA Atlantic Coast Vice President Chris Guerra has retired. In his place, MEBA members elected Jason Callahan, who has sailed with the union since 2000.

In an official statement, MEBA officials said that over the course of their previous term in office, they have worked to cut costs and streamline the network of union halls.

Under a change approved by the membership, the terms of office for MEBA officials have been lengthened to four years to provide for more stability and continuity.

The five members of the DEC and each of the MEBA branch agents will also serve as delegates to the national convention on March 20.

Six additional delegates were elected by the members: Mark S. Gallagher, John McElhone, Craig LaChance, Mark Collins, George M. Poor and Nils Djusberg.

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Democrats in Congress have accused House Republicans of undermining President-elect Trump’s pledge to promote jobs for Americans by cutting a “Buy America” provision from the waterways bill.

“We’re getting a disconnect here between a victory lap” the president-elect took recently after saving 1,000 jobs at Indiana-based Carrier and a decision by House Republicans to eliminate the “Buy America” provision from the water infrastructure bill, said Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., in an interview with The Washington Examiner.

The contested language in the Senate-passed version of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) would require the use of American iron and steel products in projects using money from the government’s drinking Water State Revolving fund.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) reportedly pushed to strip the provision from the bill.

“This is a failure by House leadership to make a solid commitment to American manufacturers and workers,” said Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), who authored the “Buy America” provision.

“American workers should build our infrastructure with American products and taxpayers’ money should not be spent on Chinese or Russian iron and steel.”

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Columbia University research assistants and teaching assistants have voted 1602 to 623 in favor of joining Graduate Workers of Columbia-United Auto Workers Union (GWC-UAW).

They won the right to form a union under a landmark case decided in August by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which found that graduate and teaching assistants have a federal right to unionize.

With support from members of Congress, New York elected officials, community leaders, faculty and students, graduate workers at Columbia are the first in the country to form a union.

“We bring in nearly $1 billion each year in grants and contracts and teach courses from chemical engineering and applied physics to biology and religion, but for too long Ivory Tower administrators have been calling all the shots,” The New York Times quoted a Columbia research assistant as saying.

The graduate workers at Columbia have already won numerous improvements to parental leave, childcare and pay, but they say they have continued to face constant insecurity and unpredictability of working conditions, along with growing teaching loads, late pay, unreliable health benefits and sexual harassment.

“This is just the beginning of great things to come for the Columbia community and we’re proud to stand with graduate workers to bargain collectively for important improvements to pay and benefits that strengthen academic quality and student success,” said Julie Kushner, director of UAW Region 9A.

“By standing together, Columbia graduate workers have paved the way for thousands of other research assistants and teaching assistants to have a recognized voice in America’s higher education and build the institutions that we need for a more fair, just and equitable country.”

The UAW represents more than 38,500 graduate workers at 48 campuses, more than any other U.S. union.

The labor board ruling, which said that graduate students could be considered employees if they were paid for work overseen by the university, arose from a petition filed by Columbia students. It reversed a 2004 labor board decision involving graduate student assistants at Brown University.

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The House of Representatives has passed and sent to the Senate the Merchant Marine of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act (HR 2992).

The companion Senate bill, S 2989, sits with 13 cosponsors. Time is very short in the 114th Congress to try and get this bill passed. Hopes are grim for getting any legislation reintroduced in the 115th Congress, since Congresswoman Janice Hahn (D-Calif.) is retiring from Congress and Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-Ind.) is unsure about the task of reintroducing the Gold Medal bill.

Please go to today to urge your senator to support S 2989.

The legislation would honor World War II merchant mariners as a group with the Congressional gold medal.

It directs the Speaker of the House and the President pro tem of the Senate to arrange for the presentation of a Congressional gold medal to the U.S.-flag merchant marine of World War II in recognition of its “dedicated and vital service.”

The Senate bill was introduced in June by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).

“Merchant mariners were instrumental during World War II—providing valuable support transporting troops and vast quantities of war material needed to fight and win that war,” Murkowski said in introducing her bill.

“Their dedication and vital service to our nation cannot be overstated, and recognizing them through this bill is the least we can do to honor the efforts and service of merchant mariners.”

During World War II, merchant mariners were vital in providing transport of military and civilian personnel as well as combat equipment, fuel, food, commodities and raw materials pivotal in the Allied victory.

The Merchant Marine bore a higher per-capita casualty rate than any other branch of the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II except for the marines. Thousands were killed, wounded or went missing, and hundreds were held as prisoners of war.

Despite their honorable service in wartime, the men of the Merchant Marine were not accorded veteran status until decades after the end of World War II, in 1988.

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The end of the year is the deadline for STCW-Gap Closing Training Requirements: in less than a month, the requirements go into force.

There are mandatory training requirements for operational and management deck/engine officers.

Unless the training has been completed, deck and engine officers will not be able to sail on their STCW credential after Dec. 31.

For the latest course availability for deck and engine officer training, please check the MITAGS website, send an e-mail to or call the toll free number 866-656-5568.

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The MM&P Federal Credit Union, MM&P headquarters and all MM&P union halls will be closed on Friday, Dec. 23, Monday, Dec. 26, Friday, Dec. 30 and Monday, Jan. 2. The MM&P Plan Office will be closed on Dec. 23 and 26, and on Jan. 2.

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IRAP participants should have already received their initial announcement letter mailed in September and their Transition Brochure mailed in November from Fidelity advising the participants how the Board of Trustees have decided to consolidate the IRAP investment programs into a single record keeper effective January 2017.

We will be posting this information on the union website in the Members’ Only section: click on Plan Documents and then on IRAP-Account Plan Changes Effective January 2017.

You must log in to view these documents.

We have also included Fidelity’s Transition Site link and Fidelity’s Transition Brainshark link which is an online workshop that may be accessed by the membership 24/7.

If you have any questions you can contact Fidelity at 1-866-84-UNION (1-866-848-6466).

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The Plan Office received approval to close the year-end Internal Revenue Service and company reports and to process Vacation and PRO payments for 2016 no later than Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. EST.

All requests for 2016 Vacation and PRO payments received after this date and time will be held until Jan. 3, 2017 for processing and will therefore be taxable in 2017.

If you have any questions, please contact Ken Ryan at (410) 850-8617 or by e-mail at

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Atlantic Ports:
— Newark, for both the Offshore Group and the Atlantic Maritime Group, Wednesday, Dec. 14, the Robert Treat Hotel, 12pm-5pm;
— Boston, Friday, Dec. 16, MM&P Boston Hall, 11am-3pm.

Gulf Ports:
— Pompano, Monday, Dec. 19, at the Pompano Hall, 11am–2pm.

Pacific Ports:
— Honolulu, Thursday, Dec. 15, 10am-2pm, at the union hall;
— Seattle, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 12:00 noon at union hall.

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It’s not too late to enjoy great deals on your wireless phone service. For you or as a holiday gift, the deals and service will have everyone smiling.

With the AT&T wireless discounts through Union Plus, union members can save 15 percent on the monthly service charge of qualified AT&T wireless plans, 20 percent on select accessories from AT&T, and may qualify for $250 cash back if they use their Union Plus Credit Card and switch to AT&T or upgrade to a new smartphone.

To learn more about AT&T wireless discounts through Union Plus, go to Shop online, download the coupon to take to your local AT&T store, and remember to use discount code 3508840 to ensure you get the discount. AT&T is the only nationwide unionized wireless carrier.

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A pleasure boat named NAP TYME crossed the bow of the Washington State ferry CHETZEMOKA on Sunday, Dec. 4, resulting in a collision.

The news was reported by various news outlets, including MarEx. A video of the collision is posted at

The crew of the CHETZEMOKA performed a crash stop, but the ferry still struck the boat amidships on the port side. After the collision, the boat was pushed away by the ferry’s prop wash.

A spokesman for the Washington State Ferries system said that it is believed that the boat’s operator was belowdecks in the moments leading up to the collision.

In the video, an individual can be seen emerging from the cabin about 25 seconds after impact.

No injuries or significant damage were reported.

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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:

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 – 4/17/17, 8/21/17, 10/16/17

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation: 5/23/17

ARPA-OIC – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 1/24/17, 4/4/17, 8/8/17, 9/26/17

AZIPOD 2-Day – 3/6/17, 5/22/17, 10/16/17

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 1/30/17, 4/3/17, 6/19/17, 9/25/17, 11/13/17

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 3/6/17, 5/22/17, 7/20/17, 11/14/17

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling: Contact Admissions

BRMP-Refresher – 3/8/17, 5/24/17, 7/17/17, 9/12/17, 10/18/17

BT – Basic Safety Training: 1/23/17, 4/10/17, 8/14/17, 10/9/17

BT-Revalidation (2-day) – 3/9/17, 5/4/17, 6/22/17, 8/21/17, 9/28/17, 11/8/17, 12/14/17

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 3/9/17, 5/4/17, 6/22/17, 8/20/17, 9/28/17, 11/8/17, 12/14/17

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 5/8/17, 10/30/17

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

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

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 1/16/17, 4/10/17, 6/12/17, 7/31/17, 10/2/17, 12/11/17

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 1/9/17, 3/13/17, 6/5/17, 8/7/17, 9/25/17, 12/4/17

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (2 weeks): 4/17/17, 10/9/17

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information System: 12/19/16, 1/23/17, 3/27/17, 6/26/17, 8/14/17, 9/18/17

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM) – 12/19/16, 1/30/17, 2/20/17, 5/22/17, 6/19/17, 8/21/17, 9/11/17

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 4/3/17

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: 3/13/17, 7/31/17, 11/6/17

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (2 weeks): 5/1/17, 10/30/17

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 1/16/17, 2/6/17, 3/6/17, 3/20/17, 4/10/17, 4/24/17, 5/8/17, 6/5/17, 7/17/17, 7/31/17, 8/14/17, 9/11/17, 10/2/17, 10/30/17, 12/4/17

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 1/23/17, 2/13/17, 3/13/17, 3/27/17, 4/17/17, 5/1/17, 5/15/17, 6/12/17, 7/24/17, 8/7/17, 8/21/17, 9/18/17, 10/9/17, 11/6/17, 12/11/17

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

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 3/20/17, 10/23/17

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 5/15/17, 11/13/17

CNAV-OIC – Celestial Navigation: 4/24/17, 11/6/17

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop: Contact Admissions

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications: 3/2/17

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior – 7/11/17

CDMGT – Crowd Management – 7/10/17

DDE – Great Lakes: 1/30/17, 6/5/17

DPA – Contact Admissions

ECDIS-OIC – Contact Admissions

ECDIS for Pilots – 2/28/17, 5/24/17, 11/14/17

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 12/19/16, 2/27/17, 7/10/17, 8/28/17, 10/16/17, 12/4/17

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 1/23/17, 4/10/17, 8/14/17, 10/9/17

FF-ADV-REV – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation & Refresher: 3/7/17, 5/2/17, 6/20/17, 8/23/17, 9/26/17, 11/6/17, 12/12/17

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications: 1/17/17, 4/4/17, 4/18/17, 9/12/17

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization: 1/6/17

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System: 3/6/17, 8/21/17

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 6/26/17, 8/28/17, 11/27/17

LAP- 2/13/17, 9/11/17

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes: 1/9/17

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License: 3/20/17, 6/5/17, 8/7/17, 12/4/17

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 1/18/17, 3/7/17, 4/19/17, 9/13/17

LNG-TPIC – 12/4/17

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC): 12/19/16*, 2/13/17, 4/3/17, 8/15/17, 9/25/17 (*2-Evening Session)

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control: 12/19/16,

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 1/9/17, 3/20/17, 5/8/17, 7/10/17, 9/11/17, 10/23/17

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 1/30/17, 4/24/17, 6/26/17, 8/28/17, 11/13/17, 12/4/17

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 1/9/17, 3/20/17, 4/17/17, 5/8/17, 9/11/17, 10/23/17, 11/27/17

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 12/17/16, 1/14/17, 3/6/17, 5/1/17, 6/19/17, 7/16/17, 8/25/17, 9/25/17, 10/28/17, 12/11/17

MSA –Maritime Security Awareness: Contact Admissions

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic): 2/23/17, 6/9/17, 8/9/17, 10/2/17

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control: 2/21/17, 6/7/17, 8/7/17, 10/3/17

*MSC-ENVPRO – 2/26/17, 6/4/17, 8/6/17, 10/1/17

*MSC-FF-HELO – 6/5/17, 8/13/17, 10/16/17

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualification: 1/9/17, 2/27/17, 6/12/17, 7/17/17, 8/13/17, 10/9/17

*MSC-Security Watch Basic – 2/24/17, 6/10/17, 8/10/17, 10/5/17

*MSC-Security Watch Advanced – 1/13/17, 3/3/17, 6/16/17, 7/21/17, 8/12/17, 10/7/17

*MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force – 1/16/17, 6/17/17, 7/24/17, 8/18/17, 10/13/17

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P – 1/25/17, 3/22/17, 5/9/17

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 1/23/17, 8/17/17, 9/25/17

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 1/11/17, 2/1/17, 2/8/17, 2/22/17, 3/8/17, 3/22/17, 4/5/17, 4/19/17, 5/3/17, 5/10/17, 5/17/17, 6/7/17, 6/21/17, 7/12/17, 7/26/17, 8/9/17, 8/23/17, 9/20/17, 10/4/17, 10/18/17, 11/1/17, 11/8/17, 11/15/17, 11/29/17, 12/6/17, 12/13/17

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 1/16/17, 7/31/17

SAR-OIC – Search & Rescue – 4/10/17, 10/16/17

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 2/20/17, 5/15/17, 8/28/17, 10/23/17

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling-5 Day – 2/20/17, 5/1/17, 6/26/17, 9/25/17, 11/27/17

SMS – 12/19/16

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 1/9/17, 8/7/17

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses: 1/30/17, 7/10/17

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 2/13/17, 8/7/17

TRAC-TUG-2: Contact Admissions

TTT – Contact Admissions

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties: Contact Admissions

VSO – Vessel Security Officer:, 2/14/17, 4/17/17, 5/22/17

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level): 2/20/17

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 3/20/17

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