Wheelhouse Weekly – December 15th, 2020

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Volume 25… Number 50… Dec. 15, 2020


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Maritime industry groups, longshore unions and the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department are calling on Congress to include emergency funding for the maritime transportation sector in the next Covid-19 relief package.

“The maritime industry has encountered significant hardships, and Congress must take immediate steps to ensure that the whole of the maritime transportation system has the resources necessary to address the unique and unexpected challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic,” they wrote in a Dec. 9 letter to the leaders of the House and Senate.

“Our maritime transportation system and the critical workers employed throughout this system have kept vital goods moving to medical professionals and first responders, have ensured that our Nation’s shelves remain stocked, and have enabled commerce to continue flowing during these uncertain times.”

“Ports that are located in rural areas have propped up local economies, providing critical public services while providing assistance to small businesses, oftentimes at the ports’ own expense.”

“Prior to the Covid-19 outbreak, over 650,000 Americans were directly employed in jobs generated through the movement of marine cargo and through vessel activity, while 30.8 million total jobs were supported by cargo moving through America’s deep-draft ports.”

“Unfortunately, the Covid-19 crisis has had a significantly negative impact on the maritime industry.”

“Commercial cargo has plummeted—total waterborne trade volume is down 6.3% compared to last year, while the value of this trade has crashed by 13.9%, totaling $200 billion.”

“Passenger movements remain virtually ceased.”

“And expenses have greatly increased due to Covid-19 protocols and precautions that we have implemented nationwide.”

“With an uncertain outlook, these trends are likely to continue and intensify as the Covid-19 pandemic peaks over the coming months.”

“To date, no dedicated funding has been provided in any of the Covid-19 legislation to assist the maritime transportation system, despite emergency relief being provided to other modes of transportation.”

“As you consider additional actions to respond to the ongoing pandemic, we urge you to provide $3.5 billion for the maritime transportation sector.”

“It is essential that the US maritime industry maintain a state of readiness and sustain our critical responsibility in the supply chains that provide food, medical equipment, and other essential goods for the citizens of this country.”

“Without assistance from Congress to cover our pressing needs, we fear that we may not be able to continue operations at the high level that Americans have come to depend on.”

“As Congress continues the process of developing the next Covid-19 relief package, it is critical that you include emergency relief funding for our nation’s maritime transportation system.”

Besides the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department, of which MM&P is a member, the letter was signed by port associations, trade groups, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, the International Longshoremen’s Association, the International Propeller Club of the United States, the AFL-CIO Maritime Trades Department and the Navy League of the United States.

It was addressed to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell; Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer; House Speaker Nancy Pelosi; and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

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The International Maritime Organization issued a new plea on behalf of the world’s seafarers—this time on UN Human Rights Day, Dec. 10—urging governments to classify mariners as key workers and remove the restrictions on crew change that have left hundreds of thousands stranded.

“This is a clear human rights issue that is causing immense strain, fatigue and exhaustion,” IMO Secretary General Kitack Lim says. “It is unsustainable.”

The United Nations General Assembly and the International Labor Organization recently passed landmark resolutions calling for urgent action by governments.

The crew change crisis “is recognized as a serious human rights issue at the highest international levels, including the United Nations General Assembly and UN organizations such as the IMO and the ILO,” says MM&P Vice President George Quick.

“The consequent threat to the disruption of maritime transportation essential to the global economy has led to the adoption of international protocols for the facilitation of crew change during the Covid-19 pandemic.”

“The main problem,” Quick says, “is the failure of national bureaucracies to effectively implement those protocols at the level of ports and ships.”

The IMO accompanied its Human Rights Day press release with video testimony from MM&P Captain Hedi Marzougui, who has reported on the real-life impact of the breakdown in the crew change process.

“It’s very important in our job that you concentrate on what you’re doing because things can happen very fast in this industry,” Marzougui says.

“People can get hurt or worse very fast.”

In this scenario, he adds, concerns stemming from the crisis can cause dangerous distractions.

“When you’re on watch or when you are working, you’re not really thinking about your work anymore,” he said. “You’re thinking about all these other problems.”

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The new issue of The Master, Mate & Pilot has been posted on In this issue:

— Nautilus Federation calls for urgent measures to address crew change crisis;

— MM&P Captain Hedi Marzougui addresses United Nations panel on impact of crew change breakdown;

— HORIZON RELIANCE crew rescues two downed pilots;

— Civil Service mariners aboard USNS YUKON rescue crew of dhow in Arabian Sea;

— crew of BUCHANAN 5 fights fire in Stamford Harbor;

— foreign mariners blocked from crew change in US— MM&P calls on Congress to intervene;

— “future of autonomous ships depends more on costs and benefits than on technology,” MM&P says.


— PCS crews get essential training while in ROM at MITAGS;

— Maryland governor takes the helm of a containership; and

— 88th MM&P Convention Resolutions: in appreciation of AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka; concerning the affiliation of the Orden de Capitanes y Pilotos Navales de la Republica Mexicana with MM&P; and Vice President Joe Biden for President.

Click here to read the latest issue of the MM&P magazine!

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The work of MM&P members and staff who joined the labor movement’s campaign to elect Joe Biden was recognized by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka in a report to leaders of AFL-CIO unions.

Masters, Mates & Pilots is one of the 56 affiliates of the AFL-CIO.

Overall, members of more than 30 AFL-CIO affiliates and allied organizations participated in the massive phone-banking effort, reaching out to union families in the battleground states to encourage votes for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, as well as pro-worker candidates running for the House, the Senate and state legislatures.

The phone-banking campaign took on heightened importance in this year’s election because of Covid-19 restrictions on in-person canvassing.

Fifty-eight percent of union members voted for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, according to an AFL-CIO survey.

“Union voters delivered this election for Biden and Harris,” Trumka says.

“Their message and commitment to create ‘the most significant pro-labor, pro-worker administration’ resonated with our 12.5 million members and 56 affiliated unions who are hungry for a bigger voice in our economy and our politics.”

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Saudi officials blamed terrorists for the Monday morning attack on a Singapore-flagged tanker at the main anchorage in the Port of Jeddah.

An explosive-laden small boat struck the tanker, BW RHINE, at about 00:40 local time, causing an explosion and a small fire on board.

The tanker was struck while discharging fuel, according to a statement from its owner, at which point it immediately stopped the transfer. The port was shut down for an unknown length of time.

The tanker was operating under contract with the kingdom’s oil company, Saudi Aramco.

The 22-person crew extinguished the fire with assistance from shoreside firefighters and tug boats.

No one was injured, the shipowner said in a statement, but a water ballast tank and a cargo tank on the port side were damaged.

The incident comes three weeks after an oil tanker was damaged, possibly by a limpet mine, at the Saudi terminal of Shuqaiq, and Houthis said they had fired a missile that struck a Saudi Aramco fuel depot in Jeddah.

No group or country claimed responsibility for Monday’s attack.

The US and other maritime authorities have urged vessels in that part of the Red Sea to exercise extreme caution.

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President-elect Joe Biden will nominate former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg to be US Secretary of Transportation, according to three people familiar with the decision.

Buttigieg’s ascension to the top spot at the Department of Transportation would mark the most recent development in the meteoric rise in politics over the past two years of the mayor of South Bend, Ind.

If he is confirmed as Secretary of Transportation, Buttigieg will be the country’s first openly gay Cabinet member.

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Weeks Marine’s newest hopper dredge, MAGDALEN, was the focus of a recent article in the industry publication Professional Mariner.

MM&P members vertically crew all three Weeks Marine hopper dredges: the MAGDALEN, delivered in 2017, the RN WEEKS and the BE LINDHOLM.

Weeks says the 365-foot MAGDALEN, with a hopper capacity of 8,550 cubic yards, has effectively doubled the company’s overall hopper dredging capacity.

This past summer, MAGDALEN nourished the beaches and dunes at Sea Bright and Long Branch on the Jersey shore.

In mid-August, it traveled to Hampton Roads, Va., to assist in deepening and widening the Thimble Shoal Channel leading to Virginia Port Authority-owned public terminals, private marine terminals, and the Norfolk Naval Base.

Professional Mariner’s Brian Gauvin photographed the vessel and several members of the crew in an article entitled, “Weeks Flagship Dredge Builds Its Name on Jersey Shore.”

Expanded pumping capacity and automation maximize the dredge’s efficiency, Gauvin writes.

“MAGDALEN has a suction arm on the starboard side, a design that optimizes the capability of the IHC single-wall dredge pump.”

“On the port side is an IHC double-walled booster pump for shore discharge operations. The configuration enables the vessel to pump longer distances via its own dredging and power generation plant.”

Photographed for the article as they worked aboard the vessel were MM&P members drag tender James Willis, able seaman Antonio Tanksley and chief engineer Scott Sirois.

Willis was monitoring the discharge of dredged sand to the beach while Tanksley was operating the bow connection winch drum.

MM&P Great Lakes & Gulf Vice President Tom Bell, who represents MM&P members at Weeks, notes that their work in 2020 has reflected the pressures faced by so many others in the Covid-19 era.

“It has certainly been a challenging year for the entire maritime industry,” he says.

“Health checks, limits on travel and the need for increased sanitation have added a layer of difficulty to the work of all our members on the job sites.”

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The MM&P Atlantic Ports Vice President has scheduled a virtual membership meeting on Friday, Dec. 18, at 1200 EDT, for Offshore members and applicants shipping out of all East Coast ports.

MM&P President Don Marcus and Secretary-Treasurer Don Josberger will participate in the meeting.

To register for the meeting, you will need to log into either the Members’ Only section of the MM&P website or app.

You can download the MM&P app here.

Once you are logged in, click on Offshore Membership Meeting Registration located under the Documents tab.

For assistance, please send an email to

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The entire US maritime community was honored last week during the 2020 Admiral of the Ocean Sea awards ceremony.

The award was presented to “the four pillars of American Maritime”: merchant mariners; US-flag shipping companies; the Maritime Administration; and the nation’s longshore workers.

The ceremony was held online because of the Covid-19 pandemic, as Maritime Administrator Mark Buzby noted in his remarks.

“The maritime industry was tested, and the men and women of the maritime industry delivered as they always have in peace and war,” he said.

Also among the speakers were Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, ILWU President William Adams, MLL President/CEO William Woodhour and Seafarers International Union President Michael Sacco.

The video is posted at:

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The Department of Transportation has posted a link to the Dec. 3 virtual workshop on GPS jamming and spoofing.

During the course of the webinar, two MM&P masters, Richard G. Hoey and William Westrem, shared their expertise, explaining GPS errors and failures and describing how vessels are responding. To view the webinar, go to:

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The maritime authorities have issued a new alert regarding regional conflict and piracy threats to commercial vessels.

Conflict in Yemen continues to pose potential risk to US-flagged commercial vessels transiting the southern Red Sea, Bab al Mandeb Strait and Gulf of Aden.

Threats may come from a variety of sources including, but not limited to, missiles, rockets, projectiles, mines, small arms, unmanned aerial vehicles, unmanned surface vessels, or floating improvised explosive devices.

Additionally, piracy poses a threat in the Gulf of Aden, Western Arabian Sea and Western Indian Ocean.

The US advises vessels operating in this area to review security measures, to ensure AIS is transmitting at all times (except in extraordinary circumstances, consistent with provisions of the International Convention for Safety of Life at Sea), and to monitor VHF Channel 16.

US-flagged commercial vessels are advised to avoid entering or loitering near Yemen’s ports, and to exercise increased caution if entering Yemen’s territorial waters or Saudi territorial waters north of Yemen on the Red Sea.

Vessels at anchor, operating in restricted maneuvering environments, or proceeding at slow speeds should be especially vigilant.

US-flagged commercial vessels transiting the conflict area should conduct a pre-voyage risk assessment and incorporate appropriate protective measures into their vessel security plans.

With regard to piracy, the Best Management Practices to Deter Piracy and Enhance Maritime Security in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea (BMP5), and Maritime Global Security website at: should be consulted prior to operating in the above listed geographic areas.

All the maritime alerts and advisories are posted at:

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MM&P union halls, the MM&P Federal Credit Union and MM&P headquarters will be closed on Thursday, Dec. 24 and Friday, Dec. 25, for the Christmas holidays, and on Thursday, Dec. 31 and Friday, Jan. 1 for New Year’s.

The MM&P Plan Office will be closed on Dec. 24, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.

The MM&P Honolulu Hall will be closed on Monday, Jan. 4, for Jack Hall Day.

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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 2020 no later than Friday, December 18, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. EST.

All requests for 2020 Vacation and PRO payments received after this date and time will be held until Monday, January 4, 2021 for processing and will therefore be taxable in 2021.

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The following is a notice to all MM&P Eligible Voters from the International Ballot Committee.

The MM&P Voting Instructions that accompanied your ballot indicated that, in order to be counted, ballots must be received by 9:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday, December 16, 2020.

Due to a delay relating to the date on which the ballots were mailed, the balloting period has been extended.

Accordingly, in order to be counted, your ballot must be received by 9:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on Monday, December 28, 2020.

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Please be advised that as of the June MATES Trustees meeting, the number of sea days required to receive covered training at MITAGS will now be 42 days instead of 30.

This temporary change has been necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic with regards to permissible class size, available staffing and cost saving measures. The measure will remain in place through the end of 2020 and be reviewed prior to the end of this year.

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

Class dates followed by an * are full

AB – Able Seaman – 1/25/21, 4/12/21

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

ARPA-OIC (4-Day) – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: Not currently scheduled

AZIPOD (2-Day) – Not currently scheduled

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: Not currently scheduled

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 1/26/21, 3/8/21, 4/13/21, 4/29/21, 5/17/21
Online: 2/2/21, 4/20/21

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling – (Now also included in BRMP-Refresher) (3-Day): 3/10/21, 4/26/21

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

BT – Basic Safety Training: 1/18/21

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – 12/15/20, 2/9/21, 4/27/21, 6/22/21

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 12/14/20, 2/9/21, 4/27/21

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 10/26/20

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 1/18/21, 3/8/21, 5/3/21, 6/21/21

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 1/25/21, 4/26/21, 6/14/21

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 3/15/21

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1: 2/1/21, 6/7/21

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific: 2/8/21*, 6/14/21

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

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems: 1/25/21, 6/7/21

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM): 2/1/21, 5/10/21

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 4/12/21
(DCS-1 available on request – contact Admissions)

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: Not Currently Scheduled

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management: 2/22/21

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 1/30/20, 1/11/21, 2/1/21, 2/22/21, 3/15/21, 4/19/21, 5/10/21, 6/7/21

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 1/18/21, 2/8/21, 3/1/21, 3/22/21, 4/26/21, 5/17/21, 6/14/21

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

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 4/19/21

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 3/1/21

WX-HW-ATL – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Atlantic Ocean (2-day) – Contact Admissions

WX-HW-IND – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Indian Ocean (2-day) – Contact Admissions

WX-HW-PAC – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Pacific Ocean (2-day) – Contact Admissions

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) – Not currently scheduled

CNAV-OIC (15-Day) – Celestial Navigation: Not currently scheduled

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications (1-Day): 3/10/21

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior (1-Day) – 2/26/21

CDMGT – Crowd Management (1-Day) – 2/25/21

CSE – Confined Space Entry (3-Day): Not currently scheduled

CSE-AWR – Confined Space Entry Awareness (2-Day): 5/20/21

CY-MAR – Cyber-Skilled Mariner ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program ** – Not currently scheduled

DDE – Great Lakes (20-Day): 2/22/21, 4/19/21

ECDIS for Pilots (2-Day) – 3/8/21, 5/3/21

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 4/19/21

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

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 1/18/21

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 12/17/20, 2/8/21, 4/26/21, 6/21/21

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 2/12/21, 4/30/21

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications (1-Day): 1/26/21, 4/13/21
Online: Not currently scheduled

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization (2-Day): 3/13/21

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (10-Day): Not currently scheduled

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 4/12/21

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

LAP – License Advancement Program for Mate to Master (20-Day): 1/11/21

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes (15-Day): 3/8/21

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License (15-Day): 4/12/21

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage (1-Day): 1/27/21, 3/9/21, 4/14/21, 4/29/21

LNG-TPIC (10-Day) – 1/11/21

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC) (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): 4/12/21

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 1/25/21*, 4/12/21

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 1/11/21

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 1/25/21*

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 12/18/20, 1/16/21, 1/30/21, 4/17/21, 5/15/21, 6/24/21

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic) (1-Day): 2/24/21, 5/17/21, 6/11/21

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 2/25/21, 5/18/21, 6/9/21

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) – 2/28/21, 6/13/21

MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day) – 6/21/21

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 1/11/21, 3/1/21, 5/10/21, 6/14/21

MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day/ 8-hour) – 3/1/21 (Evening), 5/9/21 (Evening), 6/12/21 (Evening)

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) – 1/15/21, 3/5/21, 5/9/21, 6/12/21

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) – 1/16/21, 3/6/21, 5/14/21, 6/18/21

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) –12/14/20*, 12/16/20*, 1/18/21*, 3/15/21*, 4/20/21, 4/22/21, 6/22/21, 6/24/21

PSC – Personal Survival Craft (5-Day) – 2/1/21

PSC-REF – Personal Survival Craft Refresher (2-Day) – Not currently scheduled

RFPNW – Ratings Forming Part of a Navigational Watch (3-day) – 1/13/21

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes (1-Night): 1/26/21, 4/13/21, 4/30/21

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 5/24/21

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3-Day): Not currently scheduled

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 5/3/21

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day) – 12/14/20*, 1/25/21*, 4/12/21*, 6/14/21

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 5/17/21

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (15-Day): 6/7/21

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 3/8/21, 4/26/21

TRAC-TUG-2 (2-Day): 3/8/21

TTT – ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program ** Not currently scheduled

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (1-Day): 2/27/21, 6/15/21

VSO – Vessel Security Officer (3-Day): 2/22/21, 6/16/21

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) (10-Day): Not currently scheduled

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): Not currently scheduled

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Schedule of Courses – Please also see our schedule and enroll online at For Registration Contact our Admissions Department: 206.441.2880 or

January 2021

11-22 GMDSS
12-13 Advanced Firefighting Refresher
14-15 & 18 Basic Training Refresher
18-22 Basic Training
25-28 Advanced Firefighting
25-29 Medical Care Provider
26-29 Advanced Shiphandling I
25-5 Medical Person-In-Charge

February 2021

1-5 Advanced Shiphandling II
1-5 Meteorology (Operational Level)
8-12 Medical Care Provider
15-19 Basic Cargo Handling & Stowage
15-5 Terrestrial & Coastal Navigation
17-18 Basic Training Revalidation
19th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
22-26 Leadership & Managerial Skills
22-26 Basic Shiphandling

March 2021

1-5 Medical Care Provider
1-12 Medical Person-In-Charge
2-5 Advanced Firefighting
8-12 Meteorology (Operational Level)
8-19 GMDSS
10th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
11-12 Basic Training Revalidation
15-19 Radar Observer Unlimited
15-19 Basic Training
15-19 Basic Shiphandling
22nd Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
22-26 Basic Cargo Handling & Stowage
29-2 Able Seaman

April 2021

5-9 Medical Care Provider
5-16 Medical Person-In-Charge
5-23 License Preparation (Original 3rd)
12-13 Basic Training Revalidation
12-16 Ship Construction & Basic Stability
12-23 GMDSS
14th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
19-22 ARPA
26-7 Watchkeeping (Operational Level)

May 2021

3-7 Medical Care Provider
3-14 Medical Person-In-Charge
5th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
6-7 Basic Training Revalidation
6-7 & 10 Basic Training Refresher
10-14 Basic Training
10-28 Celestial Navigation
11-12 Advanced Firefighting Refresher
17-20 Advanced Firefighting
17-21 Advanced Shiphandling I
24-28 Advanced Shiphandling II

June 2021

1st Leadership & Teamworking Skills
2-3 Search & Rescue
7-11 Medical Care Provider
7-18 GMDSS
16-17 Basic Training Revalidation
18th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
21-23 Security Officer – Vessel, Company and Facility
28-2 Tankerman Person-In-Charge

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