Wheelhouse Weekly – December 4th, 2018

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Volume 23… Number 49… Dec. 4, 2018


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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) last week issued a new report on the importance of the U.S.-flag fleet of commercial vessels to America’s economy, security and defense.

The report, which also detailed the challenges facing the American maritime industry, called on the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Maritime Administration (MARAD) to complete the National Maritime Strategy (NMS), which has been pending for several years.

In the 16-page report, posted at, GAO said the challenges facing the fleet include maintaining financial viability and addressing the potential shortage of U.S.-citizen mariners available to support defense needs.

In 2014, Congress called on DOT to develop the NMS to address: how to make U.S.-flag vessels more competitive in the international cargo market; and how to ensure the long-term viability of U.S.-flag vessels and the availability of U.S.-citizen mariners.

DOD counts on U.S.-citizen mariners and U.S.-flag ships to crew the government-owned reserve fleet during a crisis.

American mariners sailing on commercial vessels are called on to provide critical sealift in time of war or other national emergency.

GAO said in an earlier report issued this past August that the financial viability of the fleet is threatened by a decrease in international shipments of government cargo and increasing operating costs, factors that are making it harder for American carriers to remain in business.

It linked “a potential shortage of U.S.-citizen mariners available to support defense needs,” at least in part, to the declining numbers of U.S.-flag ships.

The number of U.S.-flag vessels in the international trades dropped from 199 vessels at the end of 1990 to 82 vessels at the end of 2017.

To maintain the financial viability of U.S.-flag vessels, DOT has identified options that include changing regulations to decrease the costs of bringing a ship under the U.S. flag and requiring that certain energy export commodities, such as oil or liquefied natural gas, be carried on U.S.-flag vessels.

To address the potential shortage of U.S.-citizen mariners, DOT convened a working group to determine how many mariners would be needed to meet defense needs.

The working group estimated a shortfall of over 1,800 mariners in the event of a sustained military activation, but it also recommended data improvements to increase the accuracy of the count.

The working group also made two proposals it said would help increase the number of mariners: developing a reserve program to identify and support qualified mariners willing to sail to support defense needs during an emergency and expanding programs that support U.S.-citizen mariners, such as requirements that government agencies ship certain cargo on U.S. flag vessels.

For its August 2018 report, GAO reviewed relevant laws, regulations, reports and studies.

It also analyzed data on international government cargo and interviewed officials from DOT and DOD, vessel operators, and other stakeholders.

For the new report, GAO spoke to DOT officials for an update on the status of the strategy.

Last week, Maritime Administrator Mark Buzby told a House Subcommittee that MARAD is continuing work on the NMS, which at this point has been pending—reportedly in the Office of Management and Budget—under two presidents.

Buzby told members of the subcommittee that he planned to finally “get it across the finish line.”

He testified that American mariners must be central to the strategy.

“The training of that workforce, the qualifications of that workforce, the sustainment of that workforce–both for the domestic fleet and for the international fleet–those are all key parts of the strategy and will need to be part of any strategy we put forward,” he said.

The FY 2019 National Defense Authorization Act extended the deadline for NMS submission to February 2020.

Buzby said MARAD is using the time to interact with public and private stakeholders to ensure all voices are heard and to better refine NMS goals.

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A number of MM&P-crewed vessels have received certificates of environmental achievement from the Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA).

Among the MM&P employers whose ships have been recognized for 2018 are American Ship Management, AMNAV Maritime Services, Marine Transport Management, Matson, Moran, Patriot Contract Services and Reinauer.

The MV EDWIN H. GOTT and the MV ROGER BLOUGH, operated by members of the MM&P United Inland Group-Great Lakes & Gulf Region, have also been recognized by CSA for environmental excellence.

The average number of years operating without incident for all vessels recognized in 2018 is 8.1 years.

“These awards celebrate the dedication to environmental excellence of our seafarers and the company personnel shore-side who operate our vessels to the highest standards,” said CSA President Kathy J. Metcalf.

“In today’s world, it seems our industry only gets front-page news when spills or other environmental problems occur.”

“It is encouraging to see how many vessels go for years achieving environmental excellence. Safe and environmentally responsible operations is a culture fully embraced by the maritime industry as a whole and as evidenced by the performances of the award recipients.”

The CSA’s annual awards for environmental excellence are open to all owners and operators of vessels sailing on oceans or inland waterways.

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The DANIEL K. INOUYE, the largest containership ever constructed in the United States, arrived in Honolulu last week for the first time.

The Matson ship, named in honor of Hawaii’s senior U.S. senator, was on its maiden voyage as part of the company’s regular service connecting the U.S. mainland and Hawaii.

MM&P officers, who crew all Matson’s vessels, were at the helm of the new ship.

The DANIEL K. INOUYE is the first of four new vessels ordered by Matson for its Jones Act Hawaii service.

Weighing in at over 51,400 metric tons, the 850-foot long, 3,600 TEU vessel is also Matson’s fastest ship, with a top speed in excess of 23 knots.

Matson says the DANIEL K. INOUYE marks the beginning of a nearly $1 billion investment by the company in its Hawaii service over the next few years.

The four new ships will complete a renewal of its Hawaii fleet, and will be accompanied by a terminal expansion and modernization project at its Sand Island facility in Honolulu.

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The House Republican Conference last week approved the selection of Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) to serve as ranking member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure in the 116th Congress.

“I have known Sam Graves since I came to Congress, and in that time I have learned that no one has as much knowledge and passion for the issues before the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee as Sam,” said House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) in a prepared statement.

“He knows how important infrastructure is to our economy and to the everyday lives of Americans, will work hard to promote sound transportation policy and uphold conservative principles, and is an outstanding choice to lead Republicans on the T&I Committee in the coming Congress.”

“I congratulate Sam and look forward to his leadership as the Committee continues the work of improving our Nation’s infrastructure and creating jobs in the coming years.”

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The United Auto Workers (UAW) and the AFL-CIO blasted General Motors (GM) last week in the wake of the company’s announcement that it will cut production at several U.S. factories and reduce its workforce in North America by more than 14,000 employees.

“This callous decision by GM to reduce or cease operations in American plants, while opening or increasing production in Mexico and China plants for sales to American consumers, is, in its implementation, profoundly damaging to our American workforce,” said UAW Vice President Terry Dittes, who heads the union’s negotiating team with GM.

“In light of employee concessions during the economic downturn and a taxpayer bailout from bankruptcy, GM’s decision puts profits before the working families of this country whose personal sacrifices stood with the company during those dark days,” he added.

The Detroit automaker said plants in Ohio, Michigan, Maryland and Ontario will be “unallocated” next year, and that it will also end operations at propulsion plants in White Marsh, Md., and Warren, Mich.

Although the decision effectively shuts those plants, GM has not said outright that its operations there will cease because closing a plant must be negotiated with the UAW.

Of the 14,000 jobs to be eliminated, the company says, more than 6,000 are factory jobs.
The UAW has vowed to use “every legal, contractual and collective bargaining avenue” to fight the plan.

President Donald Trump and members of both political parties also criticized the automaker’s decision.

In retaliation, Trump threatened to cut off a tax credit for the purchase of electric vehicles.

The announcement came as GM shifts more production to crossovers, SUVs and trucks to meet changing consumer demand.

“GM’s decision to stop production in Michigan, Ohio and Maryland is a gut punch to the American workers who sacrificed and stood by the company to bring it back to profitability,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

“We will fight this corporate greed and outsourcing with our brothers and sisters at the UAW. In the face of overwhelming selfishness and hypocrisy, solidarity among all working people will be our most powerful tool for the fight ahead,” he added.

The decision by GM to shutter the plants has focused attention on Trump’s policy of imposing new tariffs on U.S. trading partners.

GM said the president’s tariffs on steel and aluminum have already cost it $1 billion.

The 2017 tax law, which passed with only Republican votes, has also come in for renewed attention.

“The tax law that President Trump fought for and signed last year effectively gives incentives for offshoring,” says AFL-CIO Policy Director Damon Silvers.

“If you make your money from creating jobs in the United States, you pay a tax rate under the new law of 22 percent.”

“If you make your money creating jobs offshore, you pay a tax rate of zero to 10 percent.”
“It doesn’t take a financial genius to know that that’s a subsidy to move offshore.”

He called the GM job cuts “a smokescreen for offshoring.”

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After accidents last year that killed 17 people, a Navy investigation found shortfalls in training that it plans to address at least in part with increased reliance on simulation exercises.

The collisions took place about two months apart: the USS FITZGERALD collided with a merchant vessel on June 17 and the USS JOHN S. MCCAIN collided with a tanker on Aug. 21.

In the minutes leading up to the collision between the MCCAIN and the tanker ALNIC MC, confusion reigned on the bridge, the Navy has reported.

Two watchstanders had been qualified to operate the MCCAIN’s equipment, even though they had recently transferred from a ship with different equipment and there was no evidence that they had received sufficient retraining.

When the MCCAIN began drifting across the bow of the ALNIC MC in the Strait of Malacca, the watchstanders could not figure out how to operate the controls.

An initial finding of the investigation was the lack of coordination between bridge watch teams and personnel monitoring radar in the combat information center.

To address the problem, the Navy has moved to increase reliance on simulation exercises for officers at every level, from the initial courses at Surface Warfare Officer School, to refresher training in San Diego and Norfolk, and even into a final test for commanding officers.

A new “Maritime Skills Training Program” that includes a significant simulator component and an emphasis on communication has been funded at a level of $24 million.

New facilities will be ready for use by 2021, a Navy spokesperson says. In the meantime, existing navigation, seamanship and ship-handling trainers will receive upgrades.

A key objective will be to provide improved hazardous situation training capability, including new emphasis on bridge resource management.

In Newport, Rhode Island, where the Navy trains its new surface warfare officers, the service has already instituted a four-week junior-officer-of-the-deck course that makes extensive use of the simulators at Surface Warfare Officers School.

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The following MM&P holiday parties have been scheduled:


BOSTON, Friday, Dec. 14, 1100-1500, party for Offshore and Atlantic Maritime Group members in the union hall: Marine Industrial Park, 12 Channel St., Suite 606-A.

CHARLESTON, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 1200-1530, at Kickin Chicken West Ashley, 1179 Sam Rittenberg Blvd.

NEW YORK/NEW JERSEY, for both the Offshore Group & the Atlantic Maritime Group, Thursday, Dec. 20, 1200-1700, at the Robert Treat Hotel, 50 Park Place, Newark, NJ.

Please RSVP by Dec. 14 to: Ana Victorio, or 201-963-1900.

NORFOLK, Monday, Dec. 10, 1200-1530, Dockside Restaurant, 3311 Shore Drive (at Lynnhaven Inlet), Virginia Beach.

MIAMI/POMPANO, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 1200-1530, at Brew Fish Bar & Grill, 200 E. McNab Road, Pompano Beach.

PUERTO RICO, Thursday, Dec. 6, 1700-2000, traditional Christmas dinner at Restaurant Metropol, Guaynabo, PR.

If you can attend the dinner, please confirm as soon as possible by calling Eduardo Iglesias at: 787-354-3162.


HOUSTON, Friday, Dec. 21, 1200-1500, Perry’s Steakhouse and Grill, 700 Baybrook Mall Drive, Suite H 110, Friendswood, TX 77546.


HONOLULU, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 1100-1400, in the union hall: 521 Ala Moana Blvd., Suite 254.

LOS ANGELES/LONG BEACH, party for Offshore and Pacific Maritime Region members, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 1200, in the union hall: 533 N. Marine Ave., Suite A, Wilmington.

SAN FRANCISCO/OAKLAND, party for Offshore and Pacific Maritime Region members, Friday, Dec. 7, 1215, in the union hall: 548 Thomas L. Berkley Way, Oakland.

SEATTLE, party for Offshore and Pacific Maritime Region members, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 1200, in the union hall: 15208 52nd Ave. South, Suite 100, Seattle.

It is VERY IMPORTANT that you contact the Seattle Hall at 206-441-8700 to let us know you are attending so enough food can be ordered.

Note: Social Hour after 1100 job call in union hall and luncheon will be held downstairs in the reception hall at 1200.

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The Plan Office has received approval to close the year-end Internal Revenue Service and company reports and to process Vacation and PRO payments for 2018 no later than Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. EST.

All requests for 2018 Vacation and PRO payments received after this date and time will be held until Jan. 2, 2019 for processing and will therefore be taxable in 2019.

If you have any questions, please contact the Vacation Department at 410-850-8625, 410-850-8647 or Ken Ryan at 410-850-8617.

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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. 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 or

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 – 4/15/19, 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: 1/15/19, 4/2/19, 9/24/19

AZIPOD (2-Day) – 3/11/19, 5/2/19, 9/30/19

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 2/18/19, 8/5/19, 10/28/19

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 1/29/19, 3/11/19, 4/9/19, 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): 3/13/19, 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: 1/14/19, 4/8/19, 8/12/19, 10/14/19

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – 12/18/18, 2/5/19, 3/6/19, 4/3/19, 4/30/19, 6/19/19, 7/30/19, 8/26/19, 9/25/19, 10/30/19, 12/17/19

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 12/17/18, 2/4/19, 3/6/19, 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: 12/10/18*, 1/14/19, 3/11/19, 6/10/19, 7/29/19, 9/23/19, 12/16/19

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 1/7/19, 4/8/19, 6/3/19, 8/5/19, 9/30/19, 12/9/19

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 3/18/19, 10/7/19

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1: 3/18/19, 5/6/19, 8/5/19, 12/2/19

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific: 3/25/19, 5/13/19, 8/12/19, 12/9/18

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems: 3/25/19, 9/9/19, 12/2/19

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM): 2/18/19, 5/20/19, 8/19/19, 12/16/19

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 4/15/19, 11/4/19 (DCS-1 available on request – contact Admissions)

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: Not Currently Scheduled

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management: 2/25/19, 10/28/19

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 1/21/19*, 2/4/19*, 3/4/19, 3/18/19, 4/8/19, 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): 1/28/19*, 2/11/19*, 3/11/19, 3/25/19, 4/15/19, 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 now approved to include SAR-CMM assessments at MITAGS effective immediately**

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 4/1/19, 10/21/19

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

WX-HW-ATL – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Atlantic Ocean (2-day) – 3/11/19, 6/10/19, 9/23/19

WX-HW-IND – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Indian Ocean (2-day) – 3/15/19, 6/14/19, 9/27/19

WX-HW-PAC – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Pacific Ocean (2-day) – 3/13/19, 6/12/19, 9/25/19

CNAV-OIC (15-Day) – Celestial Navigation: 4/8/19, 11/4/19

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications (1-Day): 2/19/19

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 – 2/18/19*

DDE – Great Lakes (20-Day): 1/21/19, 6/3/19

DPA/IA – Designated Person Ashore & Internal Auditor (3-Day) – 1/16/19

ECDIS for Pilots (2-Day) – 2/18/19, 4/30/19, 8/12/19, 11/21/19

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 3/4/19, 4/22/19, 8/12/19, 12/9/19

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 1/14/19, 4/8/19, 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: 12/20/18, 2/7/19, 3/5/19, 4/2/19, 5/2/19, 6/18/19, 8/1/19, 8/28/19, 9/24/19, 10/29/19, 12/19/19

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 12/15/18, 3/9/19, 4/27/19, 7/27/19, 9/28/19, 12/14/19

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications (1-Day): 1/29/19, 4/9/19, 9/17/19

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization (2-Day): 1/18/19

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (10-Day): 3/4/19, 8/19/19

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 12/10/18, 4/15/19, 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): 2/25/19*, 7/29/19, 10/21/19

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes (20-Day): 1/21/19

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): 1/30/19, 3/12/19, 4/10/19, 4/30/19, 9/18/19

LNG-TPIC (10-Day) – 1/7/19

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

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): 2/25/19, 4/29/19, 8/5/19, 12/2/19

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 1/21/19*, 3/18/19, 5/6/19, 7/8/19, 9/30/19, 12/2/19

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 1/7/19, 3/11/19, 6/24/19, 8/19/19, 10/21/19

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 1/21/19*, 3/18/19, 5/6/19, 9/30/19, 11/18/19

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 12/21/18, 1/12/19, 1/26/19, 2/8/19, 3/9/19, 3/23/19, 4/1/19, 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): 2/22/19, 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): 2/18/19, 5/21/19, 6/5/19, 8/5/19, 9/12/19, 11/1/19

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) – 2/24/19, 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): 1/7/19, 2/25/19, 5/13/19, 6/9/19, 7/15/19, 8/11/19, 9/16/19, 11/4/19

MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day) – 2/23/19, 5/12/19, 6/7/19, 8/8/19, 9/14/19, 11/4/19

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) – 1/11/19, 3/1/19, 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) – 1/13/19, 3/2/19, 5/18/19, 6/13/19, 7/19/19, 8/16/19, 9/20/19, 11/9/19

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P (2-Day) – 12/17/18*, 12/19/18*, 1/24/19*, 3/18/19*, 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

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal (1-Day): 1/14/19, 9/23/19

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes (1-Night): 12/12/18, 12/19/18, 12/20/18, 1/9/19, 1/30/19, 2/5/19, 2/20/19, 3/6/19, 3/20/19, 4/3/19, 4/17/19, 4/24/19, 4/30/19, 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: 1/7/19, 3/4/19, 7/29/19

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3-Day): 12/17/18, 4/21/19, 12/2/19

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 1/28/19, 5/13/19, 8/26/19, 10/28/19

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day) – 12/10/18, 2/25/19*, 4/1/19*, 6/17/19, 8/5/19, 9/23/19, 11/18/19, 12/16/19

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 1/21/19, 8/5/19

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (15-Day): 1/28/19, 7/8/19

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 1/14/19, 4/8/19, 7/8/19

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

TTT – 1/28/19

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (1-Day): 2/14/19, 4/23/19

VSO – Vessel Security Officer (3-Day): 2/11/19, 4/24/19, 7/8/19, 9/4/19

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) (10-Day): 2/18/19, 10/7/19

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 3/18/19, 9/16/19

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Summer-Fall 2018

For registration, contact our admissions department: 206.441.2880 or

Please also see our schedule and enroll online at

December 2018
10-13 ARPA
10-14 Basic Training
14th Radar Renewal
14th Medical DOT
17-18 Basic Training Revalidation
17-20 Search & Rescue
18-21 Advanced Firefighting
19th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

January 2019
7-18 Advanced Shiphandling
8-11 ARPA
14th Radar Renewal
14-18 Train the Trainer
14-25 GMDSS
15-16 Basic Training Revalidation
17th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
21-25 Advanced Stability
21-25 Pilot Exam Preparation Course
22-25 Advanced Firefighting
28-1 ECDIS
28-1 Advanced Meteorology

February 2019
4-8 Leadership & Managerial Skills
4-8 Meteorology (Operational Level)
4-15 Watchkeeping (Operational Level)
11-15 Medical Care Provider
11-22 Medical Person-In-Charge
15-19 Basic Training Refrehser
18-19 Basic Training Revalidation
20th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
21-22 Advanced Firefighting Refresher
18-20 Security Officer – Vessel, Company, & Facility
18-22 Basic Cargo Handling & Stowage
25-29 Basic Shiphandling

March 2019
4th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties
8th Flashing Light
11-14 Advanced Firefighting
11-29 Terrestrial & Coastal Navigation w/ Compasses
13-15 Rating Forming Part of a Navigation Watch
18-22 Advanced Stability
25-26 Basic Training Revalidation
27th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
25-29 Advanced Meteorology
25-29 Tank Ship Dangerous Liquids
28th Radar Renewal
29th Medical DOT

April 2019
1-5 Able Seaman
1-5 Ship Constructions & Basic Stability
1-5 Advanced Shiphandling I
8-11 Advanced Firefighting
8-12 Advanced Shiphandling II
8-12 Radar Observer Unlimited
8-12 Leadership & Managerial Skills
8-12 Medical Care Provider
8-19 Medical Person-In-Charge
15-18 ARPA
15-19 Basic Training
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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