Wheelhouse Weekly, February 16, 2021

February 16th 2021

Volume 27… Number 7… Feb. 16, 2021


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In the wake of Canada’s announcement last week that it will ban large cruise ships for all of 2021 because of the pandemic, Alaska’s elected representatives and others are calling for a limited waiver of US cabotage law to prevent further damage to Alaska’s economy, which has been hit particularly hard by the halt to cruising.

The law in question, the Passenger Vessel Services Act, requires that foreign-flag cruise ships make at least one stop in a foreign port before traveling between another US port and Alaska.

Canada’s order bans pleasure craft in Canadian Arctic waters and cruise vessels in all Canadian waters until Feb. 28, 2022.

This means that cruise ships traveling from the rest of the US will be unable to make the required stop in British Columbia.

Among those calling for consideration of a waiver is Federal Maritime Commissioner Louis Sola, who issued a written statement to that effect last week.

“I encourage both the Biden administration and Congress to quickly review this issue and consider a limited exception to the PVSA (Passenger Vessel Services Act) while simultaneously engaging the Canadian government on the diplomatic front to address this particular problem,” he said.

“Finding a temporary solution to this dilemma that balances Canadian concerns with the urgent need of communities in Alaska to benefit from a 2021 cruise season should be an area where our respective governments can find common ground.”

Alaska’s elected representatives in Congress—Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, and Congressman Don Young—released a joint statement underlining the need for a solution that would protect the state’s economy from further damage, including “changing existing laws, to ensure the cruise industry in Alaska resumes operations as soon as it is safe.”

Pro-foreign-flag shipping interests have advocated for the repeal of all American maritime cabotage laws—both the Passenger Vessel Services Act and the Jones Act—regardless of the impact on America’s national security.

A waiver of the PVSA would be controversial: It would have the support of Alaskans but would be seen by many as a “camel’s nose under the tent” situation, raising the concern that it could set an unacceptable precedent.

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The United Kingdom and Australia said last week that they will return to stricter enforcement of the 11-month limit on continuous shipboard service time that is stipulated in the Maritime Labor Convention, 2006.

Over the course of the past year, authorities in many countries had allowed ship operators greater flexibility because of pandemic-imposed obstacles to crew change.

Now, however, authorities in the UK and Australia say there has been enough time for operators to adjust to the situation and develop new plans for repatriation and crew change.

“While recognizing the exceptional obstacles in some jurisdictions to crew changes in the current situation, as a flag state which has ratified the MLC, the UK has legal obligations to protect the living and working conditions of seafarers on its ships,” the UK Maritime and Coast Guard Agency said last week in a notice to the industry.

Under UK law implementing the MLC, the agency said every seafarer aboard a UK ship is entitled to repatriation on the expiration of their seafarer employment agreement or after a maximum of 11 months of continuous service.

When seafarers have been on board for 11 months or longer, the MCA said it will only consider extensions in exceptional circumstances and “if satisfied that any health, safety or wellbeing concerns are being addressed.”

Extensions that are approved “will be agreed only for the minimum amount of time necessary to reach a port where repatriation can be facilitated, or for thirty days at a time, unless the seafarer concerned has requested to remain on board for a longer period.”

“Seafarers have shouldered a heavy burden during the Covid-19 pandemic, maintaining global trade and keeping our economies moving by delivering the vital supplies,” Australia’s Maritime Safety Agency said.

“However, it has come at a personal cost to the seafarers who have spent longer on board ships, unable to take shore leave due to mandatory quarantine and separated from their friends and families.”

It said that as of Feb. 28, it would therefore return to enforcement of maximum service periods for seafarers.

This means AMSA inspectors will verify compliance with the MLC stipulation that seafarers serve no longer than 11 months continuously on board a vessel.

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MM&P members aboard USNS TIPPECANOE were on their usual tight schedule when they were interviewed recently for an article in “MSC Sealift” about the vessel’s role in an international combat readiness exercise.

The Henry J. Kaiser-class ship had been deployed in support of Operation Keen Sword to carry out underway replenishments for US and allied vessels

“TIPPECANOE maintains a heavy workload ensuring readiness, earning her nickname ‘The Beast of the East’,” said Captain Kylie Howard, TIPPECANOE’s master.

“USNS TIPPECANOE’s Civil Service mariners have shown fortitude, skill and dedication while providing much needed food, fuel, supplies and cargo to US Navy, coalition and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships operating in the 7th Fleet.”

In the 72 hours before the beginning of operation Keen Sword, the crew of TIPPECANOE replenished fuel and supplies for: three US Navy ships; a Canadian Halifax-class frigate; and four Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force ships—three destroyers and Japan’s lead
replenishment ship.

“Our schedule stays pretty full,” says Operations Officer Christopher Bosch.

“It’s all part of our commitment to deliver on-station logistical support so partner and ally countries’ ships conducting maritime security operations can stay on task, without worrying about when and where they will receive critical supplies.”

The Navy says exercises like Keen Sword provide the US and Japan with opportunities to train together across a variety of mission areas, enhancing readiness and interoperability, while “building credible deterrence.”

“Including Canada in this bilateral exercise helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans,” according to the Sealift article.

“The logistical support we provide to US Navy and other ships from around the world demonstrates our longstanding commitment to security and stability in the region,” said Emmett Meyer, watch officer aboard TIPPECANOE.

Each replenishment-at-sea can take up to several hours to complete: the two ships steam alongside each other while TIPPECANOE transfers fuel via connected fuel lines.

The underway evolution requires the ships to cruise alongside one another only yards apart while maintaining the same speed and course.

“Each time we conduct a replenishment-at-sea, we have to be on our A-game, with absolutely no errors,” said Chief Mate Arne Plathan.

“Our crew is top-notch, maintaining professionalism and adhering to strict protocols.”

“This is a very risky business. If one ship changes course or speed, it could result in someone getting hurt, a collision at sea or a fuel line breaking away.”

That’s why Plathan and the crew take extra precautions and strictly follow all safety guidelines and requirements.

“They have created a culture of safety and professionalism that is second to none, working tirelessly to ensure that the needs of our customers are met anytime and anywhere,” says TIPPECANOE Master Kylie Howard.

The licensed deck officers aboard USNS TIPPECANOE are represented by the MM&P Federal Employees Membership Group.

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A suspect was taken into custody by the authorities on Feb. 10 after a bomb scare aboard the Alaska Marine Highway System ferry LECONTE.

The captain of the LECONTE called the Coast Guard at 0649 to report that a passenger had made a bomb threat aboard the ferry, which was scheduled to depart Juneau.

Coast Guard personnel dispatched to the terminal carried out a security sweep of the vessel without finding evidence of a threat.

To ensure the safety of all involved, the Coast Guard, AMHS personnel and the police established a 1,000-yard safety zone around the terminal.

The Juneau Police Department apprehended the suspect who had reportedly made the threat, detaining him and impounding his vehicle.

There were no other reports of threats or suspicious activity, and service was restored.

“Our crews train to respond to a variety of situations and take all threats very seriously,” said Captain Stephen White, commander, Coast Guard Sector Juneau.

“This incident highlights the importance of maintaining, exercising, and following security plans.”

“The actions taken by AMHS personnel enabled a prompt response by the Juneau Police Department and the Coast Guard.”

The 235-foot LECONTE primarily serves the northern portion of the Alaskan Panhandle.

It is designed to carry 225 passengers and has a vehicle capacity of 660 linear feet, equal to approximately 33 twenty-foot vehicles.

The licensed deck officers aboard the LECONTE and all the ferries in the AMHS system are members of the MM&P United Inland Group-Pacific Maritime Region.

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America’s transportation workers have been on the front lines of pandemic response, often at great personal risk—now they need Congress to provide the funding necessary to allow many of them to remain employed.

The AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department is calling on Congress to quickly pass the Covid-19 relief legislation advanced by the House and Senate in the form of a joint budget resolution for Fiscal Year 2021.

“Without the funding for transportation systems secured in this bill, our nation’s transportation workforce faces job loss and severe economic insecurity,” TTD Secretary Treasurer Greg Regan wrote last week in a letter to every member of Congress.

TTD’s 33 affiliates, including Masters, Mates & Pilots, represent millions of frontline transportation workers who would benefit from budget measures that include the Payroll Support Program and funding for aviation manufacturing, public transit and Amtrak.

“Unfortunately, as we continue to grapple with the severity of this global pandemic, the needs of our country continue to exceed what has been provided in [previous] relief packages,” Regan said.

“Without the funding for transportation systems secured in [the new relief bill], our nation’s transportation workforce faces job loss and severe economic insecurity.”

“These are the very workers who have risked so much to ensure our store shelves stay stocked, our hospitals have supplies, and essential workers can get to their jobs.”

“Seeing millions of transportation workers hit the unemployment lines would spell disaster for our economy and hinder our chances of rebuilding once this crisis is behind us.”

Committees in both the House and the Senate are working now to finalize the legislation.

“[W]e urge your strong support for our nation’s transportation system and its frontline workers,” Regan wrote.

“Support the package, and reject amendments that threaten its enactment.”

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A group of maritime industry experts says the responsibility for the crew change crisis lies mainly with governments.

The panel discussion, “Mask On–Seafarers Off” was livestreamed by WISTA Germany as part of the Lloyds List Leadership series.

Participants included Mark Dickinson, head of the Nautilus Federation—of which MM&P is a member—and representatives of shipping companies, the International Labor Organization and maritime organizations.

“Governments have shut down, locked down, kept us out, not allowed ships to come in even when there have been medical emergencies,” Dickinson said.

“I lay the blame at governments… Putting my members and other seafarers in harm’s way is unforgiveable.”

“We’re doing everything we can, but we’re constantly hitting road blocks that really shouldn’t be there,” said Natalie Shaw of the International Chamber of Shipping.

“All the international organizations have been working incredibly hard to resolve this situation.”

“Shipping companies have spent an absolute fortune… trying to get their seafarers home. But it all comes down to governments.”

Dickinson has called for amendments to the Maritime Labor Convention “to reflect what this has meant for seafarers.”

“We talk about ‘Long COVID,’” he says.

“Well there’s another ‘Long COVID’ and that’s the impact that has hit every single seafarer in the world.”

To watch the panel discussion, go to and then scroll down to the bottom of the page, under the listing for WISTA “Personality of the Year.”

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In recent testimony before Congress, MIRAID President C. James Patti thanked the men and women of the Maritime Administration, and in particular Maritime Administrator Adm. Mark Buzby, “for their incredible hard work and dedication to our industry, especially over the past year.”

Patti made the remarks in Feb. 9 testimony before the House Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee.

When asked what actions he hopes MARAD will take over the next four years, Patti encouraged the agency to be bold in its mission of promoting the US maritime industry, “now that we have a President who has lent his name to a number of maritime policy objectives” including an executive order that underlines the importance of the Jones Act and maritime services such as cargo preference.

Patti’s statement, in response to a question from Subcommittee Chair Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-Calif.), begins at the 1 hour and 6 minute mark at

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The International Transport Workers’ Federation is condemning the military takeover of Myanmar, where security forces Monday intensified their crackdown on demonstrators who are demanding the reinstatement of the democratically elected government.

The junta has sent armed soldiers and tanks into the streets. Students, union members and other activists have been abducted.

“The military thugs who are ransacking Myanmar’s democracy strike at the heart of our union values and freedoms,” said ITF President Paddy Crumlin.

“The ITF stands in solidarity with all workers in Myanmar who take to the streets to demonstrate peacefully for democracy despite the danger to them and their families.”

The ITF is lobbying world governments to pressure Myanmar’s military leaders by leveraging their offshore bank accounts and investments.

“The time to put a squeeze on the Myanmar military and save the lives of thousands of innocents is now,” Crumlin says.

The Independent Federation of Myanmar Seafarers, an ITF affiliate, has called for the immediate return to democratic, civilian government.

Its members are among those being threatened by the military.

“Burmese seafarers have helped power the shipping industry in every corner of the globe to keep shelves stocked, industries operating, and medicines distributed,” said David Heindel, who chairs the ITF Seafarers’ Section.

“It is time for us to show an equal bravery and tireless commitment in standing with them to defend their democratic rights.”

“We will be closely monitoring the situation and their welfare. We stand firmly with IFOMS during this difficult, uncertain time.”

To exert pressure on the military junta, unions representing more than 200 million workers worldwide have asked the UN Security Council to impose sanctions and a global arms embargo.

They are also calling on companies to end all relationships with military-owned businesses and to leverage their financial clout to secure the release of detainees.

“We must ramp up pressure on the UN Security Council, governments and corporations around the world to sanction, target and isolate the military regime until we secure the unconditional release of all detainees, the lifting of the state of emergency and the return to civilian rule,” said ITF General Secretary Stephen Cotton.

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MITAGS East is seeking a full-time naval architect and simulation developer responsible for developing hydrodynamic ship simulation models and modeling tasks, which may include creation and maintenance of visual databases and video production for use by the MATES Program.

Minimum annual salary, commensurate with applicable skill set, is $53,535.

Major duties and responsibilities include:

— develop ship models for simulation systems (Wärtsilä simulator) and area databases;
— lead maritime research projects;
— produce videos related to operational research studies;
— organize, manage, and prepare document area and model databases, reports and videos;
— operate the simulator if directed to do so.

Qualifications include:

— background or degree in naval architecture/hydrodynamics/coastal engineering or other related field (such as computer gaming, design or 3D modeling);
— professional credential, licensed engineer or EIT;
— Bachelors’ degree in appropriate field of study or 2-3 years equivalent work experience;
— knowledge of, or work experience in maritime;
— strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office.

Project Management Professional (PMP) certification is a plus, as is experience with AutoCAD, 3D Studio Max or Matlab.

Position may require travel to MITAGS-West Coast (Seattle) campus or other sites.

If you are interested, please submit a cover letter and resume to MITAGS Human Resource Manager Jane Sibiski,

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There will be a virtual Offshore membership meeting on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 1400 Central Time for members shipping out of Gulf Ports.

MM&P President Don Marcus, Secretary-Treasurer Don Josberger and Vice President Gulf Ports & Government Contracts Jeremy Hope will participate in the meeting.

To register for the meeting, click here or go to

For assistance, please send an email to

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Due to the pandemic surge, students coming to the MITAGS East Campus must send Admissions a negative Covid-19 test result. The test must have been taken within 72 hours of arrival.

Students who cannot access testing but who otherwise meet all the requirements of the MATES Program Covid-19 policy will have to take a Covid-19 test offered at MITAGS East every Monday morning.

Members may also reschedule their classes for later in the year when the infection rates are expected to drop.

We appreciate your cooperation during these very trying times.

Also please note that the minimum number of days to obtain eligibility continues to be 42 days instead of 30.

Additionally, class sizes may be reduced in order to maintain proper physical distancing.

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

Class dates followed by an * are full

AB – Able Seaman – 4/12/21, 6/28/21

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation (1-Day): 5/5/21

ARPA-OIC (4-Day) – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 6/1/21

AZIPOD (2-Day) – 4/29/21

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 8/2/21, 10/25/21

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 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: 5/3/21, 8/2/21, 10/11/21

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

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 4/27/21

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: Not currently scheduled

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 3/8/21, 5/3/21, 6/21/21, 8/9/21, 10/18/21

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 4/26/21, 6/14/21, 8/2/21, 10/11/21, 12/6/21

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

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

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

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

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems: 6/7/21, 7/26/21, 10/4/21, 11/29/21

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM): 2/1/21, 5/10/21, 6/28/21, 8/16/21, 11/8/21, 12/13/21

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): 2/22/21, 3/15/21, 4/19/21, 5/10/21, 6/7/21, 7/19/21, 8/9/21, 9/13/21, 9/27/21, 10/11/21, 11/1/21, 11/29/21

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 3/1/21, 3/22/21, 4/26/21, 5/17/21, 6/14/21, 7/26/21, 8/16/21, 9/20/21, 10/4/21, 10/18/21, 11/8/21, 12/6/21

**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: 4/7/21, 7/7/21, 10/6/21

CIW-SMS – Continual Improvement Workshop: Successful Safety Management (2-Day) – Online: 6/10/21, 12/9/21

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) – Not currently scheduled

CDMGT – Crowd Management (1-Day) – Not currently scheduled

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: 5/3/21, 8/2/21, 10/11/21

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

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

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications (1-Day): 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): 4/12/21

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): 8/2/21, 10/18/21

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): 3/9/21, 4/14/21, 4/29/21

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

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): 4/12/21, 7/12/21, 9/27/21, 11/29/21

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 5/10/21, 6/28/21, 8/30/21, 11/15/21

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 4/12/21, 7/12/21, 9/27/21

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 4/17/21, 5/15/21, 6/24/21, 7/17/21, 8/19/21, 9/24/21, 10/2/21, 10/25/21, 12/4/21, 12/17/21

[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, 8/4/21, 9/16/21, 10/31/21

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 2/25/21, 5/18/21, 6/9/21, 8/2/21, 9/14/21, 10/29/21

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) – 2/28/21, 6/13/21, 8/6/21, 11/9/21

MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day) – 6/21/21, 8/2/21

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 3/1/21*, 5/10/21, 6/14/21, 7/12/21, 8/9/21, 9/20/21, 11/1/21

MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day/ 8-hour) – 3/1/21 (Evening), 5/9/21 (Evening), 6/12/21 (Evening), 8/7/21, 9/17/21, 11/1/21 (Evening)

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) – 3/5/21*, 5/9/21, 6/12/21, 7/16/21, 8/8/21, 9/18/21, 11/5/21

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) – 3/6/21*, 5/14/21, 6/18/21, 7/17/21, 8/13/21, 9/24/21, 11/6/21

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) – 3/15/21*, 4/20/21*, 4/22/21*, 6/22/21*, 6/24/21, 7/12/21, 8/30/21, 9/1/21, 11/15/21, 11/17/21, 12/13/21, 12/15/21

PSC – Personal Survival Craft (5-Day) – Contact Admissions

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

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

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

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes (1-Night): 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) – 4/12/21*, 6/14/21*, 7/12/21, 8/30/21, 11/15/21, 12/13/21

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

February 2021

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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