Wheelhouse Weekly – December 6, 2016

December 7th 2016

Volume 21 . . . Number 49. . . Dec. 6, 2016


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The U.S. Transportation Department said Friday it will allow Norwegian Air International (NAI) to freely operate its controversial cut-rate air service from the United States.

NAI has been vigorously opposed by U.S. and European air carriers and aviation workers because its “business model” includes hiring flight attendants and pilots at bargain-basement wages in low-labor-cost countries.

The scheme has been likened to the flag-of-convenience (FOC) system that has decimated the national fleets of many of the world’s maritime nations, including the United States.

Transportation labor, U.S. and European airlines and many members of Congress have opposed allowing NAI to operate from the United States, saying it would violate international aviation treaties and undercut labor standards in the U.S. and European airline industries.

The Air Line Pilots Association, the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department (TTD), American, Delta and United Airlines have fought strenuously since 2013 to block NAI from competing in the U.S. market.

“This decision betrays America’s aviation workers by granting a rogue, flag-of-convenience airline a permit to serve the United States,” said TTD President Edward Wytkind.

“Unless reversed, it threatens a generation of U.S. airline jobs and tells foreign airlines that scour the globe for cheap labor and lax employment laws that America is open for business.”

“DOT’s decision has guaranteed a race to the bottom in our transatlantic aviation market,” said Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore.

“Norwegian is a virtual airline, set up under a flag of convenience to exploit weak labor laws in other countries like Singapore, save money, and undercut competition.”

Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R-N.J., called the decision a “slap in the face.”

DOT gave tentative approval to the scheme in April and finalized the decision Friday.

“Regardless of our appreciation of the public policy arguments raised by opponents, we have been advised that the law and our bilateral obligations leave us no avenue to reject this application,” Jenny Rosenberg, DOT acting assistant secretary for international affairs, wrote in the nine-page decision.

In reference to concerns about hiring and employment practices, she said NAI’s CEO had offered “a number of voluntary practices” to address them.

Critics were outraged at a decision they warned will allow airlines to mirror the shipping industry, where companies organize in countries with lax regulations and little or no enforcement of labor, safety and environmental laws.

They cite language in the Open Skies agreement between the United States, the European Union and Norway, which says “opportunities created by the agreement are not intended to undermine labor standards or labor-related rights and principles.”

DOT ruled, however, that such concerns could not block approval of the flights.

The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA condemned the decision as a double-cross of U.S. workers.

“It is a betrayal to hundreds of thousands of aviation workers,” said Sara Nelson, the union’s president.

“This decision puts a rubber-stamp of approval on the flag of convenience model that destroyed over a hundred thousand U.S. shipping jobs,” she added.

Capt. Tim Canoll, president of the Air Line Pilots Association, said the union “is considering all options to reverse this action.”

“This flawed action is a lasting legacy of the Obama administration and demonstrates an egregious lack of support for working men and women in this country,” Canoll said.

“This decision is an affront to fair competition and will ultimately result in the loss of U.S. jobs and, potentially, significant losses for the U.S. international aviation industry.”

“On behalf of the nation’s several million transportation workers, and especially the men and women who form the backbone of U.S. aviation, I appeal to the President to reverse this decision by the U.S. Department of Transportation,” Wytkind said.

“NAI’s business model clearly and blatantly violates Article 17 bis of the 2010 U.S.-EU Open Skies Agreement, which states that the ‘opportunities created by the Agreement are not intended to undermine labor standards or the labor-related rights and principles contained in the Parties’ respective laws.’

“Clearly, a Norwegian-owned airline that is based in Ireland for the purpose of evading Norway’s labor and tax laws, and that will hire crews under Asian contracts, is in violation of these explicit labor protections and should be denied entry into our marketplace,” Wytkind said.

“With this decision, the Obama Administration has failed to enforce the very labor protection it negotiated and sold as a breakthrough in aviation trade policy.”

“It is because of NAI’s blatant disregard for our trade laws that unions in the U.S. and Europe, major airlines, and Republican and Democratic members of Congress have all taken a strong stance against the airline’s application,” he added.

“Given the disgust with our trade policies expressed loudly by American voters on November 8, it is especially galling that the Administration has ignored the wants of the American people in favor of a rogue, foreign airline. We urge Congress to take whatever action is needed to undo this decision and prevent NAI and similar business models from poisoning the trans-Atlantic aviation market.”

“Today’s decision effectively ushers in a new era in aviation, one in which high-road air carriers will be forced to compete with sweatshop-like airlines,” Wytkind said. “Unless this decision is reversed, U.S. aviation workers will become the latest victims of perverse trade policy.”

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In official statements, MM&P, the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association and TTD have congratulated Elaine Chao on her nomination by the President-elect to be secretary of transportation.

“We appreciate her deep understanding of transportation and maritime issues and we are confident her background will serve our nation well at a time when our country’s infrastructure and maritime industry are in need of comprehensive strategies and investments,” the unions said.

“We look forward to working with Secretary-designate Chao in her new capacity. We are confident that her past experience and tenures at the U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration, and Federal Maritime Commission have well-prepared her to lead the way on behalf of the hardworking Americans who serve aboard U.S.-flag vessels protecting our economic and national security.”

“Secretary-designate Chao’s many years of public service will serve her well in carrying out the difficult task—as the President-elect has promised—of rebuilding our badly aging transportation system and infrastructure,” said TTD President Edward Wytkind.

“She has an opportunity to play a large role in living up to the commitments made by President-elect Trump that he would rebuild the middle class through job-creation policies. Advancing massive federal investment in new transportation projects is one of the best policy strategies for improving our economy, boosting American competitiveness and putting millions to work,” Wytkind said.

“Transforming the President-elect’s campaign commitments on transportation and jobs into reality will require leadership and a willingness to stand up to the dangerous austerity and job-killing proposals being advanced by some in Washington.”

“This includes opposing the agenda of special interests and their congressional allies when they push wrongheaded policies that lower wages and weaken the rights of working people, the very people that the President-elect said he would fight for in the Oval Office.”

Wytkind said he looks forward to meeting with Secretary-designate Chao to discuss transportation labor’s priorities.

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Princess Cruise Lines Ltd. has agreed to plead guilty to seven felony charges stemming from its deliberate pollution of the seas and intentional acts to cover it up.

Princess, a subsidiary of Carnival Cruise Lines, will pay a $40 million penalty–the largest-ever criminal penalty involving deliberate vessel pollution–and plead guilty to charges related to illegal dumping of oil contaminated waste from the CARIBBEAN PRINCESS.

As part of the plea agreement, cruise ships from several Carnival cruise line companies (Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line N.V., Seabourn Cruise Line Ltd. and AIDA Cruises) will be under a court supervised environmental compliance program (ECP) for five years.

The ECP will require independent audits by an outside entity and a court-appointed monitor.

The investigation was initiated after information was provided to the U.S. Coast Guard by the British Maritime and Coastguard Agency indicating that the CARIBBEAN PRINCESS had used a so-called “magic pipe” to illegally discharge oily waste off the coast of England.

According to papers filed in court, the CARIBBEAN PRINCESS had been making illegal discharges through bypass equipment since 2005, one year after the ship began operations.

CARIBBEAN PRINCESS used multiple methods over the course of time to pollute the seas. Prior to the installation of the bypass pipe used to make the discharge off the coast of England, a different unauthorized valve was used.

In addition to the use of a magic pipe to circumvent the oily water separator and oil content monitor required pollution prevention equipment, the U.S. investigation uncovered two other illegal practices which were found to have taken place on the CARIBBEAN PRINCESS as well as four other Princess ships: STAR PRINCESS, GRAND PRINCESS, CORAL PRINCESS and GOLDEN PRINCESS.

One practice was to open a salt water valve when bilge waste was being processed by the oily water separator and oil content monitor. The purpose was to prevent the oil content monitor from otherwise alarming and stopping the overboard discharge.

The second practice involved discharges of oily bilge water originating from the overflow of graywater tanks into the machinery space bilges. This waste was pumped back into the graywater system rather than being processed as oily bilge waste. Neither of these practices were truthfully recorded in the oil record book as required. All the bypassing took place through the graywater system which was discharged when the ship was more than four nautical miles from land.

“The conduct being addressed today is particularly troubling because the Carnival family of companies has a documented history of environmental violations, including in the Southern District of Florida,” said U.S. Attorney Wilfredo A. Ferrer.

“Today’s case should send a powerful message to other companies that the U.S. government will continue to enforce a zero tolerance policy for deliberate ocean dumping that endangers the countless animals, marine life and humans who rely on clean water to survive.”

Another law enforcement official involved in the case said it “reflects very poorly on Princess’s culture and management. This is a company that knew better and should have done better.”

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A conflict over a “Buy America” provision broke out last week during negotiations in Congress over a waterways bill.

The conflict involved language included in the Senate-passed version of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) that would mandate that American iron and steel products be used in projects that receive financing from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund.

Melanie Zanona, who writes for the Washington publication The Hill, cited sources who reported that Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) “is actively pushing to strip [the Buy America] provision from the bill.”

Supporters of the provision have pointed out that Ryan’s attempt to strip out the Buy America mandate is at odds with President-elect Donald Trump’s promise to support American manufacturers and create jobs for the middle class.

“From our end it’s a little baffling,” The Hill quoted Roy Houseman, a legislative representative for the United Steelworkers, as saying.

“It’s been a program that’s been really successful, and it has bipartisan support. We’re just very confused by the Speaker, who’s not listening to the rest of his caucus.”

Lead Democratic sponsor Sen. Sherrod Brown (Ohio) is making a final push to get the “Buy America” language included. He has circulated a letter to his colleagues to rally more support from both sides of the aisle.

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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 transoceanic 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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Military Sealift Command (MSC) has launched a program to bring recognition to Civil Service mariners, contracted-company mariners and their ships “for their contributions to U.S. Navy and U.S. Transportation Command missions.”

The new program, “Ship in the Spotlight,” is open to nominations from all MSC employees, military and civilian, ashore and afloat.

“Any MSC ship that is successfully supporting our DOD, Navy or U.S. Transportation Command missions at sea deserves to have their hard work recognized,” said MSC Commander Rear Adm. Dee L. Mewbourne.

“It’s these everyday successes that allow us to accomplish our mission to empower global warfighting capabilities.”

Nominations can be made by filling out a submission form on the MSC website at, by sending an e-mail to or by clicking on the nomination button on the MSC public web site, “Ship in the Spotlight.”

“In addition to our organic fleet,” Mewbourne says, “program managers and staff should actively look for opportunities to nominate our charter ships and their crews.”

Operating companies are also encouraged to submit nominations to the program.

Winners will be announced each Thursday. When multiple noteworthy submissions are received one week, ships not selected will compete for the award the following week.

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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 General Executive Board (GEB) will meet during 2017 on the following dates: Jan. 24-25; May 9-10; Aug. 15-16; and Nov. 14-15.

All meetings will be held at MM&P headquarters in Linthicum Heights, MD, unless otherwise noted.


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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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:
— Charleston, Wednesday, Dec. 7, at the Kickin Chicken, 12:30-3:30pm;
— 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;
— Houston, Thursday, Dec. 8, 12pm-3pm at Brady’s Landing.

Pacific Ports:
— San Francisco/Oakland, Friday, Dec. 9, 12:00 noon, at the union hall;
— Honolulu, Thursday, Dec. 15, 10am-2pm, at the union hall;
— Seattle, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 12:00 noon at union hall.

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The government of Canada says that early next year it will introduce legislation to ban crude oil tanker traffic on British Columbia’s north coast.

The government says the moratorium “will provide extra protection for B.C.’s pristine northern coastline, including the Great Bear Rainforest, from potential oil spills.”

The legislation will prohibit oil tankers carrying crude oil or persistent oil products as cargo from entering or leaving ports and marine installations from the Alaska/B.C. border down to the point on B.C.’s mainland adjacent to the northern tip of Vancouver Island.

The measure complements Canada’s voluntary Tanker Exclusion Zone, which has been in place since 1985.

The announcement comes two months after the grounding of a Kirby Marine tug, which spilled 30,000 gallons of fuel in the waters of the Inner Passage.

In the wake of the disaster, local residents who have seen their livelihoods compromised by the spill have demanded a complete ban on tankers in the area.
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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) – 12/12/16, 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): 12/12/16, 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: 12/12/16, 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: 12/12/16, 12/19/16,

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 12/12/16, 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: 12/12/16, 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: 12/14/16, 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 – 12/12/16

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

December 2016

12-16 ECDIS
12-16 Leadership & Managerial Skills
12-16 MEECE
19-23 Tankerman Person-In-Charge

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