Wheelhouse Weekly – February 18th, 2020

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Volume 25… Number 7… Feb. 18, 2020


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The maritime authorities have issued the following alert: A maritime threat has been reported in coastal waters between Midi, Yemen and Jizan, Saudi Arabia, regarding mines in the water that may have drifted north from Yemen following a seasonal change of current flow.

The confirmed threat is predominately located in the area bounded by: (A) 16-45.6N 042-15.7E; (B) 15-41.5N 042-39.4E; (C) 15-54.0N 043-02E; (D) 16-58.N 042-35.1E, but the threat may extend outside of it.

Exercise caution when transiting this region. Further updates will be provided when available. This alert will automatically expire on Feb. 20.

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Protesters held a series of rallies on Feb. 11 urging the governor and state legislators to restore funding to the Alaska Marine Highway System.

Ten of the state’s 11 ferries are out of service, either because they need repairs or because the governor has taken away the money needed to operate them and the legislature has been unable to override the cuts.

The only state ferry still operating is the shuttle between Ketchikan and Metlakatla.

No mainline ferries will be available until at least March.

“I call it a marine highway system in crisis,” state Sen. Jesse Kiehl, D-Juneau, was quoted as saying in an article by James Brooks in the Feb. 12 edition of The Anchorage Times.

Besides the protest in Juneau, there were rallies in Anchorage, Wrangell, Petersburg, Cordova and other communities.

Among the protesters were members of MM&P, IBU, MEBA, ILWU, ARA and other unions.

In Tuesday’s protests, there were signs blaming Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy for the situation and calling for him to be recalled.

Most of the Alaska communities that the AMHS serves lack surface access to the rest of North America.

Some also have no runways or barge terminals, meaning boats, helicopters and floatplanes are the only transportation options.

“We have been depending on these ferries for a long time, and to take them away on such short notice creates a huge problem,” said a spokesperson for Sealaska, the regional Native corporation for Southeast Alaska.

In the meantime, some communities are short on food supplies, local sports teams have been unable to participate in games, and residents are unable to get to doctors’ visits and other appointments in areas previously served by the ferries.

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MM&P, Nautilus International and the International Transport Workers’ Federation have reached out to the administrator of the Panama Canal in an effort to improve the working conditions of the tug captains who maneuver ships in the locks.

The tug captains—who are members of the MM&P affiliate Union de Capitanes y Oficiales de Cubierta de Panama–are sometimes required to work shifts of more than 30 hours without a break.

Union representatives are seeking to meet with Ricaurte Vasquez Morales, who became the administrator of the canal in September 2019, to discuss worker safety, along with due process for tug captains who have been penalized for protesting a unilateral reduction in manning.

“The process of guiding vessels through the expanded canal is more labor intensive and potentially dangerous than the process employed in the old canal,” officials of MM&P, Nautilus and the ITF wrote the canal administrator on Feb. 7.

“We greeted with optimism the establishment of your new administration… We see it as a fine opportunity for the ACP and UCOC to sit down together and develop a positive way forward.”

The unions are seeking:

— written hours of service rules in line with STCW and SOLAS requirements and an upper limit to the number of continuous hours that tug captains work; and

— due process for tug captains who have been disciplined for expressing safety concerns.

The ITF has proposed a meeting next month in Panama among all parties involved in the standoff.

The tug captains say their workload has doubled since the elimination of the motorized “mules” that moved ships in the old locks and the opening, in 2016, of the new locks.

A report commissioned by the ITF in 2018, which included interviews with 55 of the approximately 150 tugboat captains, found that fatigue-inducing schedules were negatively affecting their health and performance, and hence the safety of canal operations.

Captains have complained that they are unable to use the toilet, eat or address other personal needs during vessel assists.

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Nearly half a million American workers went on strike last year, according to data released on Feb. 11 by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“2019 was a banner year for working people,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

“Over the past 12 months, nearly half a million workers sacrificed the comforts of today for the progress of tomorrow.”

“Working people—completely fed up with an economic and political system that does not work for us—are turning to each other and using every tool at our disposal to win a better deal.”

“These strike statistics represent nothing less than a sea change in America,” he said.

“Solidarity works. And we’re just getting started.”

According to the Economic Policy Institute, 2018 and 2019 accounted for the largest two-year average of striking workers in more than three decades.

Many of the strikes that took place last year were massive, with 10 involving at least 20,000 workers.

Americans have not gone on strike in such large numbers since the mid-1980s.

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DIAMOND PRINCESS, the Princess Cruises’ ship under quarantine in Yokohama, has become the site of the highest number of coronavirus infections outside China.

Five hundred forty-two cases had been confirmed as of Tuesday among the 3,711 passengers and members of the crew.

In mainland China, the number of deaths attributed to the virus is nearing 2,000, while confirmed cases top 72,000.

In related news, Apple said its revenue will fall short of expectations because of the impact of the virus on product demand and manufacturing in China.

Cybersecurity experts are warning the public that hackers have created bogus sites about the virus to spread malware and steal login credentials.

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The Coast Guard has issued a Marine Safety Advisory warning mariners that use of some products made of hemp or cannabidiol (CBD) may contain enough tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) to cause an individual to fail a drug test.

In accordance with 46 CFR 16.201(c), an individual who fails a chemical test for dangerous drugs must be removed from duties directly affecting the safe operation of the vessel, and is subject to suspension and revocation proceedings against his or her credential under 46 CFR part 5.

Use of hemp or CBD products is not accepted as an excuse for a THC-positive drug test result.

Mariners wishing to avoid a positive THC drug test result should exercise extreme caution when considering the use of any hemp or CBD product because such use could result in the loss of their merchant mariner credential and immediate removal from safety-sensitive duties aboard a vessel.

This warning applies to hemp and CBD products in any form, including those that are taken by mouth and those that are applied to the skin.

THC is the primary psychoactive component of the Cannabis sativa plant. Hemp and marijuana are different strains of the Cannabis sativa plant and both contain varying concentrations of THC and CBD.

THC is considered a dangerous drug because it produces an intoxicating effect on the user and poses safety risks to vessel operations. The U.S. Coast Guard prohibits THC use by mariners because of its known debilitating effects, and all U.S. Coast Guard-required drug tests screen mariners for use of THC.

Recent changes to federal and state laws have resulted in a surge in the availability of over-the-counter hemp products and CBD products throughout the United States.

Hemp products and CBD products are marketed to the general public in a number of forms, including as food and medicinal products, dietary supplements, oils, cosmetics and hair products.

In some cases, manufacturers market these products as “low in THC” or “THC-free.”

Mariners should be aware that over-the-counter hemp products and CBD products have not been approved as medications by the Food and Drug Administration and are not regulated by the FDA. Therefore, users lack federal assurance of their ingredients, THC content, quality, effectiveness or safety.

As a result, mariners using these products put themselves at risk of having a THC-positive drug test result. It remains unacceptable for any U.S. Coast Guard credentialed mariner or other safety-sensitive worker aboard a vessel subject to U.S. Coast Guard drug testing regulations to use THC.

Questions or comments about this advisory should be sent to:

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The Coast Guard Captain of the Port of New York and New Jersey has ordered Bouchard Transportation to immediately move three tug and fuel barge units out of anchorage in New York Harbor and into safe berth until safety inspections determine they are fit for service.

The agency said in a statement it had issued the order after inspections showed “the operational condition of these vessels poses a risk to the safety of New York and New Jersey waterways.”

The Coast Guard also said the tug and barge units could pose a danger to the safety of the Bouchard workers who crew the vessels.

On Oct. 20, 2017, the BUSTER BOUCHARD/B. No. 255 exploded off Port Aransas, Texas, killing two Bouchard employees.

The brother of one of the victims, who also worked for the company, claimed he was fired for cooperating with investigators and reporting other safety concerns to the Coast Guard.

Investigators in the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration said last month that Bouchard and three of its officers had violated the whistleblower protection provisions of the Seaman’s Protection Act when they fired the brother of one of the mariners who had died in the explosion.

OSHA investigators concluded that the company and three of its officers–Morton S. Bouchard III, Brendan Bouchard and Kevin Donohue—had retaliated against him for activity protected under the whistleblower act.

In last week’s decision requiring the company to move the three tug-barge units to safe berth, the Coast Guard issued a statement that read in part, “Bouchard has been unable to consistently maintain safe fuel and manning levels aboard these vessels, and does not have adequate contingencies in place for emergency weather or other conditions requiring movement within the port.”

“My number one priority is to ensure not only the safety of the public and our waterways, but the health and well-being of the crews who do the difficult and hazardous work of operating these vessels,” said USCG Captain of the Port of New York Jason Tama.

“This is not an action we wanted to take, however, we have a responsibility to keep our waterways safe, and Bouchard’s inability to maintain safe operational conditions aboard these tugs and fuel barges has forced me to take this step.”

There are three other Bouchard tug and fuel barge units at anchor in the area under New York sector responsibility, in addition to several other Bouchard vessels moored at piers in New York and New Jersey.

The Coast Guard said it is “closely monitoring these additional vessels to ensure they do not pose a threat to the safety of the port.”

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Civil Service mariners aboard the dry cargo ship USNS WILLIAM MCLEAN rescued two sea turtles that were caught in abandoned fishing nets in the Arabian Sea.

“WILLIAM MCLEAN’s crew discovered the turtles while on a routine voyage and deployed a small boat crew to investigate,” the Navy reported.

“The boat crew found the sea turtles ensnared in the nets, with ropes coiled around their necks and fins.”

“Unlike other turtle species, sea turtles can’t retract into their shells, leaving them vulnerable to entanglement in marine debris.”

The ship’s small boat and rescue team found the turtles with assistance from watchstanders on the bridge.

Working together, the boat crew and a rescue swimmer were able to untangle the turtles from the nets and set them free.

The Navy said in a statement that the rescue operation had taken place earlier this month.

“It was the right thing to do and it felt great to see those two turtles swim away, free of the fishing nets,” said Captain Brandon J. Varner, the master of USNS WILLIAM MCLEAN.

USNS MCLEAN is a 2011-built dry cargo underway replenishment ship that is currently deployed in the 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

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

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MITAGS West is seeking a part-time instructor to provide classroom instruction using content provided by the organization.

Instructor keeps appropriate records and evaluates attendees as required, prepares for the presentation and delivery of course as necessary and reports to the Department Head any items requiring curriculum development attention.

USCG Officer Level License, with experience sailing under his/her highest level license and similar experience are a plus; may be substituted with equivalent uniformed service experience (NOAA, USCG, USN).

Desired qualifications include: degree in adult education, maritime sciences or related field; two years’ experience supervising subordinates in a similar environment; experience teaching adults professional subjects for one or more years, including teaching cadets.

Experience, training and qualifications required to obtain approval to teach the courses in the field from the U.S. Coast Guard is required.

Excellent computer skills, including MS Office Suite and related information systems. Capable of developing sound, detailed analyses to support actions and/or recommendations. Strong interpersonal, writing and communication skills.

Requires moderate physical activity and may require some travel, to include MITAGS East

Minimum pay is $15.75 per hour.

Please submit a cover letter with your resume to the MITAGS Human Resource Manager Jane Sibiski,

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MITAGS has received approval from the National Maritime Center to conduct Proficiency in Survival Craft – Original and Refresher.

The PSC Original is designed for mariners upgrading to able seafarer and/or original deck and engine licenses.

The PSC Refresher is for mariners who do not have the 360 days of sea service in the last five years which is needed for STCW certificate renewals.

The next PSC Original and PSC Refresher courses will run at MITAGS on the following dates. Please check with Admissions for additional course offerings. Custom course dates can also be provided.

PSC – 5-Day Course:
Oct. 19 -23, 2020

PSC-REF – 2-Day Refresher Course:
July 30 -31, 2020
Dec. 10 -11, 2020

These courses use real survival craft and survival craft simulations.

Students will enhance their proficiency in the use of survival crafts (other than fast rescue boats).

The courses meet, and in many cases exceed, national and STCW Code requirements.

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MITAGS is interested in receiving photo submissions from MM&P members for use on the official MITAGS social media platforms.

The goal is to document members’ voyages and promote the maritime industry. 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 MITAGS Marketing Manager Lindsay Moran, at

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 – Able Seaman – 4/13/20, 8/17/20, 10/5/20

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation (1-Day): 9/4/20

ARPA-OIC (4-Day) – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 3/31/20

AZIPOD (2-Day) – 3/9/20, 4/30/20

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 2/24/20, 5/11/20, 8/3/20, 9/28/20

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 3/9/20, 3/31/20, 4/30/20, 5/18/20, 7/13/20, 9/15/20

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling – (Now also included in BRMP-Refresher) (3-Day): 3/11/20, 4/27/20, 7/15/20, 10/7/20

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

BT – Basic Safety Training: 2/24/20, 4/20/20, 8/10/20, 10/12/20

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – 3/4/20*, 4/2/20, 4/28/20, 6/15/20, 7/28/20, 8/31/20, 9/23/20, 10/28/20, 12/15/20

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 3/4/20*, 4/27/20, 7/27/20, 9/23/20, 12/14/20

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 4/6/20

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 4/13/20, 6/8/20, 7/27/20, 10/5/20, 11/30/20

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 4/6/20, 6/15/20, 8/3/20

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 10/12/20

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1: 3/16/20*, 6/1/20, 8/24/20, 11/9/20

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific: 3/23/20*, 6/8/20, 8/31/20, 11/16/20

CM-OPS 2 APL – Chief Mate Operations II APL Specific – 3/9/20*

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems: 3/9/20, 6/1/20, 8/17/20, 11/9/20

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM): 3/2/20, 4/20/20, 6/22/20, 8/10/20, 11/16/20, 12/14/20

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 9/14/20 (DCS-1 available on request – contact Admissions)

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: Not Currently Scheduled

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management: 9/21/20

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 3/2/20, 3/16/20, 4/13/20, 4/27/20, 6/1/20, 6/15/20, 7/20/20, 8/10/20, 9/14/20, 9/28/20, 10/12/20, 11/2/20, 1/30/20

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 3/9/20*, 3/23/20, 4/20/20, 5/4/20, 6/8/20, 6/22/20, 7/27/20, 8/17/20, 9/21/20, 10/5/20, 10/19/20, 11/9/20, 12/7/20

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

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 2/24/20, 11/2/20

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 10/26/20

WX-HW-ATL – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Atlantic Ocean (2-day) – 5/18/20

WX-HW-IND – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Indian Ocean (2-day) – 5/22/20

WX-HW-PAC – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Pacific Ocean (2-day) – 5/20/20

CIW-DPA/IA – Continual Improvement Workshop: Designated Person Ashore & Internal Auditor (3-Day) ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program ** – 6/24/20, 10/14/20

CIW-SMS – Continual Improvement Workshop: Successful Safety Management (2-Day) – Not currently scheduled

CNAV-OIC (15-Day) – Celestial Navigation: 4/27/20, 11/2/20

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior (1-Day) – 7/24/20

CDMGT – Crowd Management (1-Day) – 7/23/20

CSE – Confined Space Entry (3-Day): 7/20/20

CSE-AWR – Confined Space Entry Awareness (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

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

DDE – Great Lakes (20-Day): Not currently scheduled

ECDIS for Pilots (2-Day) – 4/30/20, 7/20/20

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 6/8/20, 8/17/20, 12/7/20

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

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 2/24/20, 4/20/20, 8/10/20, 10/12/20

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 3/2/20, 4/1/20, 4/30/20, 6/17/20, 7/30/20, 9/2/20, 9/22/20, 10/27/20, 12/17/20

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 3/7/20, 4/25/20, 7/25/20, 9/26/20, 12/12/20

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications (1-Day): 4/7/20, 9/15/20

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization (2-Day): 3/14/20

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (10-Day): 3/16/20, 8/24/20

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 4/13/20, 8/24/20, 11/16/20

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

LAP – License Advancement Program for Mate to Master (20-Day): 7/27/20, 9/28/20

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes (15-Day): 3/9/20

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License (15-Day): 6/1/20

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage (1-Day): 3/12/20, 4/8/20, 5/18/20, 9/16/20

LNG-TPIC (10-Day) – 11/30/20

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC) (1-Day): 5/26/20

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): 3/16/20, 6/15/20, 8/24/20, 11/30/20

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 3/16/20, 5/4/20*, 7/6/20, 9/28/20, 11/30/20

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 3/9/20, 6/22/20, 8/17/20, 10/19/20

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 3/16/20, 4/13/20, 5/4/20*

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 3/21/20, 3/31/20, 5/1/20, 5/9/20, 6/18/20, 7/11/20, 9/3/20, 9/21/20, 10/3/20, 10/26/20, 12/5/20, 12/18/20

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic) (1-Day): 5/21/20, 6/3/20, 8/5/20, 9/11/20, 11/10/20

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 5/19/20, 6/1/20, 8/3/20, 9/9/20, 10/30/20

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) – 5/31/20, 8/2/20, 11/1/20

MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day) – Not currently scheduled

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 5/11/20, 6/7/20, 7/6/20, 8/9/20, 9/14/20, 11/2/20

MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day) – 5/10/20, 6/4/20, 8/6/20, 9/12/20, 11/2/20

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) – 5/15/20, 6/5/20, 7/10/20, 8/8/20, 9/13/20, 11/6/20

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) – 5/16/20, 6/11/20, 7/11/20, 8/14/20, 9/18/20, 11/7/20

NDMS-ENAV – Navigational Decision Making Series – Best Practice in eNav (3-Day) – 7/22/20, 11/30/20

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P (2-Day) – 3/16/20*, 4/9/20*, 6/22/20, 6/24/20, 7/13/20, 8/31/20, 9/2/20, 10/26/20, 10/28/20, 12/14/20, 12/16/20

RFPNW – Ratings Forming Part of a Navigational Watch (3-day) – 9/30/20

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal (1-Day): 9/21/20

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes (1-Night): 3/6/20, 3/7/20, 4/27/20, 4/28/20, 7/27/20, 9/15/20, 12/14/20

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 7/27/20

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3-Day): 3/28/20, 10/14/20, 11/30/20

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 5/18/20, 8/24/20, 10/19/20

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day) – 3/30/20*, 5/4/20*, 7/13/20, 8/31/20, 11/16/20, 12/14/20

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 8/3/20

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (15-Day): 7/6/20

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 5/11/20, 7/6/20

TRAC-TUG-2 (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

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

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (1-Day): Not Currently Scheduled

VSO – Vessel Security Officer (3-Day): 4/6/20, 5/27/20, 9/9/20

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) (10-Day): 10/5/20

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 3/2/20, 9/14/20

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For registration, contact our admissions department: 206.441.2880 or

Please also see our schedule and enroll online at

February 2020

18-19 Basic Training Revalidation
20th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
24-28 Tankerman Person-In-Charge
24-28 Basic Shiphandling
24-6 GMDSS

March 2020

4th Flashing Light
9-13 Advanced Stability
9-13 Basic Training
9-27 Terrestrial & Coastal Navigation
16-20 Medical Care Provider
16-20 Advanced Meteorology
16-27 Medical Person-In-Charge
23-27 Able Seaman
23-27 Advanced Shiphandling I
30-3 Advanced Shiphandling II
30-3 Radar Observer Unlimited

April 2020

6-9 ARPA
6-10 Leadership & Managerial Skills
6-10 Basic Training
13-15 Security Officer – Vessel, Company and Facility
13-17 Basic Shiphandling
13-17 Advanced Firefighting
17th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
20-21 Basic Training Revalidation
20-24 ECDIS
20-24 Medical Care Provider
20-31 Medical Person-In-Charge
27-8 GMDSS

May 2020

4-5 Advanced Firefighting Refresher
6th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
7-8, 11 Basic Training Refresher
7-8 Basic Training Revalidation
11-15 Basic Training
11-15 Medical Care Provider
11-15 Engine Resource Management
11-22 Medical Person-In-Charge
11-22 Watchkeeping (Operational Level)
18-22 Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (MEECE)
26th Leadership & Teamworking Skills
26-30 Advanced Firefighting
27th Flashing Light

June 2020

1-19 Celestial Navigation
8-10 Security Officer – Vessel, Company and Facility
8-19 GMDSS
8-26 Terrestrial and Coastal Navigation
9th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
11-12 Basic Training Revalidation
11-12,15 Basic Training Refresher
15-19 Basic Training
22-26 Medical Care Provider
29-1 Search & Rescue

July 2020

6-10 Ship Construction and Basic Stability
6-10 Leadership & Managerial Skills
13-17 Advanced Stability
13-24 Watchkeeping (Operational Level)
15th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
16-17 Basic Training Revalidation
20-24 Advanced Meteorology
20-24 Basic Training
27-29 Security Officer – Vessel, Company and Facility
27-31 Advanced Shiphandling I

August 2020

3-7 Advanced Shiphandling II
3-7 Able Seaman
3-7 Advanced Firefighting
10-14 Basic Training
10-28 Terrestrial and Coastal Navigation
14,17-18 Basic Training Refresher
17-18 Basic Training Revalidation
19th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
20-21 Advanced Firefighting Refresher
31-4 Radar Observer Unlimited

September 2020

14-18 Engine Resource Management
14-18 Basic Training
14-2 License Preparation (OICNW)
21-25 Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (MEECE)
21-2 GMDSS
28-29 Basic Training Revalidation
30th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

October 2020

12-16 ECDIS
12-16 Ship Construction and Basic Stability
12-16 Basic Training
12-16 Medical Care Provider
12-23 Medical Person-In-Charge
19-20 Basic Training Revalidation
19-23 Advanced Meteorology
19-6 Celestial Navigation
21st Medical DOT
22nd Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
26-29 Advanced Firefighting
26-30 Advanced Shiphandling I

November 2020

2-6 Advanced Shiphandling II
2-6 Radar Observer Unlimited
2-6 Basic Training
9-12 Advanced Firefighting
9-13 Leadership & Managerial Skills
9-13 Medical Care Provider
9-20 Medical Person-In-Charge
13th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
16-17 Basic Training Revalidation
16-18 Security Officer – Vessel, Company and Facility
16-19 ARPA
16-20 Advanced Stability
30-4 Basic Training

December 2020

4, 7-8 Basic Training Refresher
7-8 Basic Training Revalidation
7-11 Medical Care Provider
7-18 Medical Person-In-Charge
9th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
10-11 Advanced Firefighting Refresher

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