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OCEAN GIANT, the heavy-lift ship managed by Waterman Steamship for Military Sealift Command (MSC), is on its way to the South Pole.

In the wheelhouse are MM&P members Captain Timothy Arey, Chief Mate William Cumming, Second Mate Corey Hur and Third Mate Eoin Callinan.

The ship plays a central role in MSC’s annual Joint Task Force Antarctica mission to resupply McMurdo Station, a scientific outpost at the South Pole.

MSC has supported the operation since the station was established in 1955, providing supplies and fuel to scientists.

As part of the resupply mission, 498 containers filled with food, mechanical parts, vehicles, construction materials, office supplies and electronics equipment are being shipped to the scientific outpost.

This represents 80 percent of the supplies needed by the scientists to survive at McMurdo for the year.

Before departing the South Pole, OCEAN GIANT will be loaded with ice core samples that will be stored on the ship in sub-zero freezer containers.

The ice core samples will be used for scientific study.

In addition, retrograde cargo will be loaded onto the ship for transportation off the continent. It includes trash and recyclable materials for disposal and equipment no longer required at the station.

OCEAN GIANT participated in Operation Deep Freeze last year and also traveled to the North Pole as part of Operation Pacer Goose 2017 to resupply Thule Air Base.

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The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) calculates that the cost of re-hiring Australians to move fuel around the nation’s coast would average about one cent per liter at the pump.

There are now no Australian-flagged tankers left.

Under a government liberalization scheme, all the country’s fuel is being carried by flag-of-convenience (FOC) ships crewed by seafarers from low-wage countries.

“The collision of an oil tanker and a bulk freighter off China’s east coast last week and recent comments from members of Parliament raising concerns that Australia has only 19 days’ supply of fuel left has put this important issue back in the news,” the MUA said in a statement.

Members of the current government have argued that it would be too expensive to re-hire Australians to crew tankers in the domestic trades.

But MUA Assistant National Secretary Ian Bray said the union will continue to fight on behalf of Australian mariners.

The national fleet has been decimated by a government measure that allows FOC carriers sailing under “temporary licenses” to take over the market.

Bray said research on fuel security conducted at the MUA’s behest between 2015 and 2017 found that for most petrol imports, employing Australian crew would cost about one cent per liter per ship.

If Australia decided that a portion of its import fleet should be flagged and crewed in Australia, he said, the cost could be spread across the entire fleet of import ships.

“The research found that former refineries are already converting berths to handle larger 80,000-ton import tankers and that on these ships, the cost of employing Australians is closer to half a cent per liter per ship,” Bray said.

He also said he was baffled by the fact that under the new FOC shipping regime, the city of Darwin had the highest retail price at the pump, despite the fact that the most expensive place to ship petrol in Australia is Adelaide.

“This doesn’t add up,” he said.

International Transport Workers’ Federation Australia Coordinator Dean Summers said the tragic collision off China highlights the dangers of relying on international ships to navigate around unfamiliar coastline.

“We have to rely completely, 100 per cent, on foreign-flagged ships carry to our fuel,” he said. “And that’s wrong.”

“We should have a domestic shipping industry. But we’ve given it away to the cheapest possible carriers. And when you start trimming off corners, you start to see that things have to go: safety goes, crew’s conditions and standards go. We’ve seen that time and time again.”

The MUA released its statement after one senator, Jim Molan, the former chief of operations for coalition forces in Iraq, said that if Australia’s current stockpiles of petrol, diesel and aviation fuel ran dry, the military would effectively be grounded.

Other legislators have expressed concerns that Australia’s national security was being put at risk because of dwindling fuel supplies.

“A substantial disruption in fuel supply would have serious consequences across the Australian community when it comes to delivery of food, medicine and running family cars on our roads,” said MUA National Secretary Paddy Crumlin.

“Australians would expect our government to have a better plan and this would involve more refining here and Australian-crewed ships to carry it around the coast.”

“This isn’t only a matter of fuel security but also national security,” he added.

“Unlike Australian seafarers, foreign crews have no background checks yet they are carrying petroleum products, ammonium nitrate and LNG around the Australian coast.”

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Members of the House and Senate have introduced legislation to over-ride a White House plan to freeze the pay of federal civilian employees in 2019.

The over-ride legislation was introduced by Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) in the House of Representatives and Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) in the Senate.

Last month, Democrats in the Senate released details of a White House plan to freeze the pay of all civilian employees in 2019.

The president will reportedly also seek reductions in federal employees’ benefits and cuts to the number of paid holidays.

These measures would be on top of Trump’s 2018 budget proposal to reduce the government’s contribution to retirement benefits and to a House Republican plan to require retirees to pay more out of pocket for health insurance.

As far as 2018 is concerned, Trump has formalized a plan to give federal workers a 1.9 percent pay increase.

Connolly, Schatz and others in Congress are seeking a 3 percent raise instead, so as to give federal civilian employees the same percentage increase as members of the military.

“Federal workers have endured three years of pay freezes, a government shutdown, sequestration cuts, furloughs and a mindless across-the-board hiring freeze,” Connolly says.

“For too long, Republicans in Congress have treated the federal workforce like a national piggy bank.”

Legislation to block the president’s plan to freeze federal workers’ pay in 2019 “is a step towards recognizing their contributions and providing fair and just compensation,” Connolly said.

“Whether they manage fisheries for NOAA or keep our airports safe as a part of the TSA, federal workers in every part of this country and around the world protect and serve the American people,” Schatz said.

“This legislation allows us to right the wrongs from furloughs, sequestration and pay freezes by giving these hardworking public servants the raise they deserve.”

The legislation, HR 4775 and S 2295, is called the Federal Adjustment of Income Rates (FAIR) Act.

Federal employee unions have endorsed the legislation.

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The Iranian oil tanker SANCHI sank on Jan. 14, far from the site of its Jan. 6 collision with the freighter CF CRYSTAL.

Pushed by the winds away from the coast of China where the accident had occurred, it eventually sank in Japan’s exclusive economic zone.

The ship’s last confirmed location was about 195 miles west of Sokkozaki on the island of Amami Oshima, one of the northern islands in the Ryukyu island chain that includes Okinawa.

A spokesperson for Japan’s Coast Guard said that on Monday, oil from the wreck covered an area approximately 8 miles long and 6.8 miles wide.

Clean-up crews are battling to contain the spill.

The fire on the surface of the sea was finally extinguished on Monday, but black smoke continued to billow from the site for hours.

The crew of the SANCHI, 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshis, are all thought to have perished in the catastrophe.

A Chinese salvage team on Saturday recovered two bodies from the tanker, China’s state news agency Xinhua reported.

Another body was found on Jan. 8 and taken to Shanghai for identification.

Experts say the fact that the ship has sunk is potentially more damaging to the marine ecosystem than if the condensate oil had burned off in the fire that blazed on the surface of the water for over a week.

They say the sunken ship will likely expel the remaining condensate and bunker fuel, contaminating surrounding waters.

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The Coast Guard’s National Maritime Center (NMC) has issued a bulletin stating that its e-mail system will not accept attachments larger than 10MB.

The agency said that attachments larger than 8MB should be split into multiple emails.

In addition, NMC said its system will not accept compressed (ZIP) files regardless of size.

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The following article was reprinted, with permission, from the Dec. 21 edition of MarEx newsletter. Copyright 2017, Maritime Executive. All rights reserved.

Security company Naval Dome has demonstrated what it says is the maritime industry’s nightmare security scenario with a series of cyber penetration tests on systems in common use on board tankers, container ships, super yachts and cruise ships.

The tests demonstrated the ease with which hackers can access and over-ride ship critical systems.

With the permission and under the supervision of system manufacturers and owners, Naval Dome’s cyber engineering team hacked into live, in-operation systems used to control ships’ navigation, radar, engines, pumps and machinery.

While the test ships and their systems were not in any danger, Naval Dome was able to shift the vessels’ reported position and mislead the radar display.

Another attack resulted in machinery being disabled, signals to fuel and ballast pumps being over-ridden and steering gear controls manipulated.

Commenting on the first wave of penetration tests, on the ship’s Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS), Asaf Shefi, Naval Dome’s CTO and former Head of the Israeli Naval C4I and Cyber Defense Unit, said: “We succeed in penetrating the system simply by sending an email to the Captain’s computer.”

“We designed the attack to alter the vessel’s position at a critical point during an intended voyage during night-time passage through a narrow canal. During the attack, the system’s display looked normal, but it was deceiving the Officer of the Watch. The actual situation was completely different to the one on screen. If the vessel had been operational, it would have almost certainly run aground.”

According to Shefi, the Naval Dome hack was able to alter draft/water depth details in line with the spurious position data displayed on screen.

“The vessel’s crucial parameters–position, heading, depth and speed–were manipulated in a way that the navigation picture made sense and did not arouse suspicion,” he said.

“This type of attack can easily penetrate the antivirus and firewalls typically used in the maritime sector.”

Shefi said: “The Captain’s computer is regularly connected to the internet through a satellite link, which is used for chart updates and for general logistic updates. Our attacking file was transferred to the ECDIS in the first chart update. The penetration route was not too complicated: the attacking file identified the Disk-On-Key use for update and installed itself. So once the officer had updated the ECDIS, our attack file immediately installed itself onto the system.”

In a second attack, the test ship’s radar was hit. While the radar is widely considered an impregnable, standalone system, Naval Dome’s team used the local Ethernet Switch Interface, which connects the radar to the ECDIS, Bridge Alert System and Voyage Data Recorder, to hack the system.

“We succeeded in eliminating radar targets, simply deleting them from the screen,” said Shefi.

“At the same time, the system display showed that the radar was working perfectly, including detection thresholds, which were presented on the radar as perfectly normal.”

A third controlled attack was performed on the Machinery Control System (MCS). In this case, Naval Dome’s team chose to penetrate the system using an infected USB stick placed in an inlet/socket.

“Once we connected to the vessel’s MCS, the virus file ran itself and started to change the functionality of auxiliary systems. The first target was the ballast system and the effects were startling. The display was presented as perfectly normal, while the valves and pumps were disrupted and stopped working.”

“We could have misled all the auxiliary systems controlled by the MCS, including air conditioning, generators, fuel systems and more.”

Naval Dome says that viruses infecting ship systems can be unwittingly transferred by system manufacturers.

“As manufacturers themselves can be targeted, when they take control of onboard computers to carry out diagnostics or perform software upgrades, they can inadvertently open the gate to a cyber-attack and infect other PC-based systems on board the ship.”

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Shortly after Walmart announced bonuses of up to $1,000 for some of its workers, the company said it was laying off 3,500 people at stores across the country.

The move came after it closed 63 of its Sam’s Clubs stores earlier this month, leaving an additional 9,000 people unemployed.

Some Sam’s Club workers said they only learned they no longer had jobs when they showed up to work and found the stores shuttered.

On Jan. 12, a reporter for the online news site Business Insider reported that Walmart had confirmed it was also laying off about 3,500 of its “co-managers.”

A Walmart spokesperson said they will be replaced by new assistant managers who will be paid less than the co-managers.

The spokesperson said that the laid-off co-managers would be able to apply for the lower paid assistant manager positions.

As far as the $1,000 employee bonus was concerned, journalist Josh Delk has reported in ThinkProgress, that “while the bonus announcement looked amazing, it was much more complicated than it first sounded.”

Walmart employees are eligible to receive the $1,000 bonus only if they’ve worked at the company for 20 years.

Most Walmart employees, of course, haven’t worked there that long.

The company said employees who had worked for the company for less than 20 years would receive a smaller bonus, based on seniority.

Since the company has a total of 2.1 million employees, the average bonus would be about $190.

The company announced the bonuses to great fanfare in December after passage of the new tax law.

The law passed with only Republican votes in December and was signed into law by President Trump before Christmas.

Walmart, which is the country’s single largest corporate taxpayer, said in a statement that it was still determining how much it would save as a result of the new law.

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The Coast Guard is seeking members for the Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC).

The committee advises the Department of Homeland Security on matters related to personnel in the U.S. Merchant Marine including training, qualifications, certification, documentation and fitness standards.

Applicants are being sought for a total of eight positions.

There are three positions open for representatives of deck officers: one licensed for inland or river route with limited or unlimited tonnage; one licensed for oceans any gross tonnage; and one with an unlimited tonnage master’s license and significant tanker experience.

For information on the other positions that are open and to find out more about MERPAC, go to Federal Register/Vol. 82, No. 247/Wednesday, December 27, 2017/Notices, pages 61311-61312.

The deadline for submitting an application to the Coast Guard is Feb. 26.

If you are interested, send a cover letter expressing interest in a MERPAC appointment, specifying which category you would represent and including a resume detailing your experience.

You can also apply: by email to, Subject Line: The Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee; by fax to (202) 372–8382, or by mail to Davis J. Breyer, Alternate Designated Federal Officer, MERPAC Commandant (CG–MMC– 1), U.S. Coast Guard Stop 7509, 2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE., Washington, DC 20593–7509.

For further information contact Davis Breyer at (202) 372–1445, fax (202) 372–8382 or

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All MM&P members and their families are eligible to apply for the Union Plus Scholarship Program.

The program is open to all union members and their families interested in continuing their education beyond high school.

The program has awarded over $4.2 million to more than 2800 working families since 1991, and is distributing scholarships of $500 to $4000 this year.

The application deadline for the scholarship is Jan. 31.

Recipients will be determined by May 31.

To find out more, go to:

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An Offshore meeting will be held in the Newark hiring hall on Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 1100.

All Offshore members and applicants are encouraged to attend.

The hall is located at 570 Broad Street, Suite 701, Newark, NJ 07102.

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The Offshore Orientation Course will be held at the MM&P Newark Hall on Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 6 and 7, beginning at 0930.

There is no sea-time requirement to take the course.

All Offshore applicants, potential transferees from other membership groups and other interested Offshore members are encouraged to take the course as soon as possible.

If you are interested in taking the course, please contact the Newark, NJ Hall: 201-963-1900 (phone) or e-mail

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The Offshore Orientation Course will be held at the MM&P Seattle Hall on Thursday and Friday, Jan. 18 and 19, beginning at 0930.

There is no sea-time requirement to take the course.

All Offshore applicants, potential transferees from other membership groups and other interested Offshore members are encouraged to take the course as soon as possible.

If you are interested in taking the course, please contact the Seattle Hall: 206-441-8700 (phone) or e-mail

The hall is located at 15208 52nd Ave. South, Suite 100, Seattle, WA 98188.

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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.

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 – 4/16/18, 8/27/18, 10/15/18

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation: 5/23/18, 8/29/18

ARPA-OIC – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 4/3/18, 9/25/18

AZIPOD 2-Day – 5/21/18, 10/15/18

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 2/26/18, 6/18/18, 9/24/18, 10/29/18

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 2/22/18, 3/29/18, 5/21/18, 7/16/18, 12/19/18

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling: Contact Admissions

BRMP-Refresher – 3/26/18, 5/23/18, 7/18/18, 9/11/18

BT – Basic Safety Training: 4/9/18, 8/13/18, 10/22/18

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of seatime in last 5 years) – 2/7/18, 3/6/18, 4/2/18, 4/30/18, 6/18/18, 7/31/18, 8/27/18, 9/26/18, 10/31/18, 12/18/18

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 2/7/18, 3/5/18, 4/29/18, 7/30/18, 9/26/18, 12/17/18

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 5/7/18

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 1/29/18, 4/2/18, 6/11/18, 7/30/18, 9/24/18, 12/10/18

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 1/22/18, 3/12/18, 6/4/18, 8/6/18, 9/17/18, 12/3/18

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (2 weeks): 4/9/18, 10/1/18

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1: 3/5/18, 6/4/18, 8/6/18, 10/1/18

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific: 3/12/18, 6/11/18, 8/13/18, 10/8/18

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems: 3/26/18, 6/25/18, 8/13/18, 11/12/18

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM): 2/19/18, 5/14/18, 6/18/18, 8/20/18, 11/26/18

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 3/5/18, 10/15/18

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: 3/12/18, 10/1/18

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (2 weeks): 4/23/18, 10/29/18

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 2/5/18, 3/5/18, 3/19/18, 4/9/18, 4/23/18, 5/7/18, 6/4/18, 6/18/18, 7/16/18, 7/30/18, 8/13/18, 9/10/18, 10/1/18, 11/5/18, 11/26/18

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 1/22/18, 2/12/18, 3/12/18, 3/26/18, 4/16/18, 4/30/18, 5/14/18, 6/11/18, 6/25/18, 7/23/18, 8/6/18, 8/20/18, 9/17/18, 10/8/18, 11/12/18, 12/3/18

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

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 3/19/18, 10/22/18

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 5/7/18, 9/10/18

CNAV-OIC – Celestial Navigation: 4/23/18

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop: Contact Admissions

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications: 2/19/18

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior – 7/12/18

CDMGT – Crowd Management – 7/13/18

CSE – Confined Space Entry: 7/23/18

CSE-AWR – Confined Space Entry Awareness: 5/24/18, 7/26/18

DDE – Great Lakes: 1/22/18, 6/4/18

DPA – Contact Admissions

ECDIS for Pilots – 2/20/18, 5/24/18, 8/27/18, 12/17/18

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 4/23/18, 7/9/18, 11/26/18

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 4/9/18, 8/13/18, 10/22/18

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of seatime in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 2/6/18, 3/8/18, 4/4/18, 5/2/18, 6/20/18, 8/2/18, 8/29/18, 9/25/18, 10/30/18

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 2/10/18, 3/3/18, 4/27/18, 7/28/18, 9/29/18, 12/15/18

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications: 4/17/18, 9/11/18

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization: 1/19/18

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System: 3/5/18

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 5/21/18, 8/20/18, 12/10/18

IEN – Integrated Electronic Navigation – Contact Admissions

LAP – 2/26/18, 7/9/18, 9/17/18

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes: 1/22/18

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License: Contact Admissions

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 3/28/18, 4/18/18, 5/8/18, 9/12/18

LNG-TPIC – 12/3/18

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC): 5/21/18

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): 2/12/18, 4/30/18, 7/16/18, 12/3/18

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 1/22/18, 3/19/18, 5/7/18, 7/9/18, 10/8/18, 11/26/18

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 4/23/18, 6/25/18, 8/20/18, 9/17/18

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 1/22/18, 3/19/18, 4/16/18, 5/7/18, 10/8/18, 11/26/18

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 1/27/18, 2/5/18, 3/9/18, 4/5/18, 5/3/18, 5/12/18, 6/21/18, 7/14/18, 8/30/18, 9/24/18, 10/13/18, 10/29/18, 12/1/18, 12/21/18

MSA –Maritime Security Awareness: Contact Admissions

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic): 2/23/18, 5/24/18, 6/8/18, 8/8/18, 9/12/18, 11/14/18

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control: 2/21/18, 5/22/18, 6/6/18, 8/6/18, 9/13/18, 11/12/18

*MSC-ENVPRO – 2/25/18, 6/3/18, 8/5/18, 11/4/18

*MSC-FF-HELO – 6/4/18, 8/13/18, 10/31/18

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications: 2/26/18, 5/14/18, 6/11/18, 7/16/18, 8/12/18, 9/17/18, 11/5/18

*MSC-Security Watch Basic – 2/24/18, 5/13/18, 6/9/18, 8/9/18, 9/15/18, 11/2/18

*MSC-Security Watch Advanced – 3/2/18, 5/18/18, 6/10/18, 7/15/18, 8/10/18, 9/16/18, 11/3/18

*MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force – 3/3/18, 5/19/18, 6/15/18, 7/20/18, 8/17/18, 9/21/18, 11/9/18

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P – 1/22/18, 1/24/18, 3/29/18, 4/23/18, 4/25/18, 6/25/18, 6/27/18, 7/31/18, 8/2/18, 8/28/18, 8/30/18, 11/12/18, 11/14/18, 12/17/18, 12/19/18

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 9/24/18

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 1/31/18, 2/7/18, 2/21/18, 3/7/18, 3/21/18, 4/4/18, 4/18/18, 5/2/18, 5/9/18, 5/16/18, 6/6/18, 6/20/18, 7/11/18, 7/25/18, 8/8/18, 8/22/18, 10/3/18, 10/17/18, 10/31/18, 11/7/18, 11/14/18, 11/28/18, 12/5/18, 12/12/18, 12/19/18

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 9/17/18

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments): 5/22/18, 12/17/18

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 1/29/18, 5/14/18, 8/27/18, 10/22/18

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling-5 Day – 2/19/18, 3/12/18, 4/2/18, 5/21/18, 7/23/18, 9/24/18, 10/29/18, 12/10/18

SMS – Contact Admissions

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 1/22/18

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses: Contact Admissions

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 2/12/18, 4/16/18, 7/9/18

TRAC-TUG-2: Contact Admissions

TTT – Contact Admissions

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties: 4/12/18

VSO – Vessel Security Officer: 2/14/18, 4/9/18, 7/9/18

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level): 2/19/18

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

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Winter-Spring 2018

For registration, please contact our registrar, Mary McGhee, at 206.838.1126 or You can also view our schedule and enroll online at

January 2018
17-19 24-Hour Hazwoper
22nd Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
22-26 Medical Care Provider
22-2 Medical Person-In-Charge
24th Hazwoper Refresher
25th Flashing Light
26th Medical DOT
26-28 Basic Training Refresher
27-28 Basic Training Revalidation
29th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

February 2018
6th Hazwoper Refresher
8th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
9-10 Basic Training Revalidation
12th Radar Renewal
12-14 Security Officer – Vessel, Company, and Facility
12-16 Basic Training
12-23 GMDSS
19-21 24-Hour Hazwoper
20-23 Advanced Firefighting
23rd Medical DOT
24-26 Basic Training Revalidation (no class on Sunday)
26-2 Medical Care Provider
26-9 Medical Person-In-Charge
27th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
27th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)

March 2018
5-9 Engine Resource Management
7th Hazwoper Refresher
8th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
9-10 Basic Training Revalidation
12th Radar Renewal
12-16 MEECE
12-16 Tankerman PIC
13-16 Advanced Firefighting
19-21 24-Hour Hazwoper
19-23 Basic Training
19-23 Leadership & Managerial Skills
23-24 Basic Training Revalidation
26th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
26th Medical DOT
26-30 Able Seaman
27th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)

April 2018
3-6 ARPA
9-13 Basic Training
9-20 GMDSS
9-20 Watchkeeping (Operational Level)
9-27 Terrestrial & Coastal Navigation
11th Hazwoper Refresher
13th Radar Renewal
13-14 Basic Training Revalidation
16th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
16-18 24-Hour Hazwoper
16-20 Medical Care Provider
16-27 Medical Person-In-Charge
23rd Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
23-4 GMDSS
23-4 Watchkeeping (Operational Level)
26th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
27-28 Basic Training Revalidation
30-4 Leadership & Managerial Skills

May 2018
7-11 Radar Observer Unlimited
7-18 License Preparation
9th Hazwoper Refresher
11-12 Basic Training Revalidation
11-14 Basic Training Refresher (no class on Sunday)
14th Radar Renewal
14-18 Basic Training
14-18 Ship Construction and Basic Stability
15th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
21-23 Search and Rescue
21-25 ECDIS
23-25 24-Hour Hazwoper
25th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
29-31 Security Officer – Vessel, Company, and Facility
29-1 Advanced Firefighting

June 2018
2-4 Basic Training Revalidation (no class on Sunday)
4th Radar Renewal
4th Leadership & Teamworking Skills
4-8 Medical Care Provider
4-15 Medical Person-In-Charge
5-8 ARPA
11-14 Advanced Firefighting
11-22 GMDSS
11-22 Watchkeeping (Operational Level)
18-22 Engine Resource Management
22-23 Basic Training Revalidation
22-24 Basic Training Refresher
25th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
25-29 Meteorology (Operational Level)
25-29 Leadership & Managerial Skills
26th Medical DOT

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