Wheelhouse Weekly – January 29th, 2019

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Volume 24… Number 5… Jan. 29, 2019


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The Coast Guard’s National Maritime Center (NMC) today released the following announcement.

— The NMC reopened Jan. 28, 2019, and is implementing measures to address increased levels of application inventory.

— Merchant Mariner Credentials (MMC) and Medical Certifications (National Endorsements only) set to expire in December 2018, January 2019 or February 2019 remain valid until May 31, 2019. (See Update 3 – Mitigation Efforts Due to Lapse in Fiscal Year 2019 Appropriations and Partial Government Shutdown,

— Additional Information (AI) letters, Qualified Assessor (QA) letters, Designated Examiner (DE) letters, Proctor Approval letters, Approval to Test (ATT) letters and mariner training completion certificates set to expire in December 2018, January 2019 or February 2019 remain valid until April 30, 2019. (See Update 3 – Mitigation Efforts Due to Lapse in Fiscal Year 2019 Appropriations and Partial Government Shutdown,

— Mariners seeking to operate on STCW endorsements that expired on or after Dec. 1, 2018, may request continued service STCW dispensations via e-mail at

(For application details, see STCW Mitigation Efforts Due to Lapse in Fiscal Year 2019 Appropriations and Partial Government Shutdown,

— All RECs will be fully operational and open to the public by Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019.

— The scheduling system for REC examinations, application drop off, and other credentialing business will be active beginning Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019.

The NMC is working to minimize the negative impact to the maritime industry and will publish additional information regarding furlough recovery operations as needed.

For updates, monitor the NMC website:

If you have questions, contact the NMC Customer Service Center by or by calling 1-888-IASKNMC (427-5662).

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The National Maritime Center released the following statement on STCW mitigation efforts:

Due to circumstance of exceptional necessity, the United States is currently not able to process Merchant Mariner Credentials (MMC) or related endorsements issued under the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), 1978, as amended.

Pursuant to STCW Article VIII, dispensations may be granted for continued service for mariners operating on endorsements that expired on or after Dec. 1, 2018, providing a renewal application was submitted to the National Maritime Center (NMC) and the company applied to the Coast Guard for dispensation.

Requests should be submitted via e-mail to STCWDispensations@uscg.miland should include the ship name, IMO number, mariner name, mariner reference number, capacity per STCW regulations, company name, company point of contact, and valid mariner e-mail.

The Coast Guard will consider dispensation requests in accordance with the provisions of STCW Article VIII. If approved, dispensations will expire May 31, 2019. Once the STCW dispensation letter is issued, mariners shall carry the letter and a copy of this bulletin with the MMC.

Mariners who submitted applications for STCW endorsements prior to Dec. 1, 2018, and are actively working or seeking employment may contact the NMC.

Medical Certificates are only valid for three months from the expiration date in accordance with STCW Regulation I/9 and applications are being processed upon receipt.

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MM&P members say that the use of automatic identification system (AIS) on fishing buoys and other floating gear is making the jobs of watch officers harder and exposing ships to needless risks.

The news was first reported by gCaptain.

MM&P members Michael Jessner and Laura Kovary, both experienced shipmasters, have reported on the problem of watchstanders confronted with ECDIS screens showing tens or even hundreds of AIS targets of the same triangular shape as vessels but that are, in reality, buoys attached to fishing nets.

“I have been working on getting the word out to the maritime industry about the growing problem of AIS transponders on fishing nets in the China Sea,” says Jessner, who sails for APL.

“The issue is not the fault of the AIS but the inappropriate use of the technology,” Kovary writes in an article on Jessner’s experiences published by gCaptain on Dec. 27 under the title “AIS Problems Revealed in East China Sea.”

“Local fishermen discovered that by putting AIS transponders on their fishing nets, large ships would change course for the nets, thinking they were vessels,” Kovary writes.

“AIS transponders on fishing buoys are causing watch officers a lot of grief when transiting the China Sea,” Jessner says.

Chinese fishing boats will even “call the vessel by name and demand that it change course to whatever they deem fit,” he adds, “even if it puts the vessel on a collision course with other vessels.”

AIS was created as a safety system for ships to allow for better communication and clarification of meeting and passing information.

It was never intended as a tracking device for unmanned craft, buoys or fishing nets.

In U.S. waters, the use of the transponders on anything other than a vessel is prohibited by the Coast Guard.

Internationally, however, it’s a different story.

“The performance and carriage requirements for AIS are covered by the IMO Maritime Safety Committee and the SOLAS Convention,” says MM&P Vice President George Quick.

“They are mandatory requirements applicable to ships, but there is no absolute prohibition on their use for other purposes as such was never contemplated.”

“The issues raised by the article and Capt. Jessner are very valid and should be addressed by IMO,” Quick says.

Jessner proposes that “AIS should have different categories for cargo ships, fishing boats, sailboats, restricted vessels and fishing buoys… which will translate on the ECDIS as different symbols.”

“This will help the watch officer maneuver to a safe area and decrease stress levels,” he writes.

“Also will help with STCW rest hours by not having to call out additional lookouts.”

To read Kovary’s article in gCaptain, go to:

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Two of Australia’s largest steel companies have announced plans to fire the Australian mariners who work aboard iron ore ships in the country’s coastal trades.

About 80 Australian mariners will lose their jobs as a result.

The decision is being slammed by Australian labor unions and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF).

“For over 100 years, Australian crews have serviced the iron ore trade between Port Hedland and Australia’s steel makers,” said ITF Seafarers’ Section Chair Dave Heindel.

“This decision destroys one of the oldest national domestic shipping supply chains in Australia.”

Australia’s national fleet has been decimated by the changes the government made in 2012 to the country’s cabotage law, which until then had largely mirrored America’s Jones Act in allowing only Australian ships and crews to sail in the coastal trades.

The changes opened the door to flag-of-convenience (FOC) ships that exploit mariners from low-wage countries.

BHP, one of the steel companies behind the move to eject Australians from the iron ore ships, annually charters around 1,500 vessels, the majority of which are FOC, some not covered by ITF agreements.

This leaves the seafarers exposed to exploitation and abuse.

“The ITF has consistently opposed the alarming use of legal loopholes to circumvent national legislation that is intended to secure the rights of Australian seafarers and their entitlements in Australia’s domestic shipping trade,” says James Given, chair of the ITF’s cabotage task force.

Pro-labor members of Australia’s parliament have agreed, calling on the government to intervene to prevent the loss of the two iron ore ships, the MV MARILOULA and the MV LOWLANDS BRILLIANCE.

Steelworkers at one of the companies involved, BlueScope Steel, have also voiced their solidarity.

“Australian Workers’ Union members at BlueScope call for the reinstatement of Australian iron ore vessels crewed by Australian seafarers that have carried raw materials to Port Kembla for over 100 years,” they said in a statement.

“That those Australian seafarers were informed that they were to be dumped from their workplaces without notice and on an international voyage is a disgrace by the Big Australian BHP and Bluescope.”

“We condemn the replacement of these Australian workers with highly exploited foreign seafarers…”

“Exploited crew on FOC vessels earn as little as $1.25 an hour, have less training and are often unaware of Australia’s fragile coastal environment,” said ITF President Paddy Crumlin, who is also president of Australia’s Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union.

He said the government “wants to replace the Australian flag on the back of ships with the white flag of surrender when it comes to Australian jobs.”

After the government waived the cabotage law, five Australian crewmembers aboard one tanker—the MV PORTLAND–were forcibly removed when they refused to sail their ship to Singapore to be turned over to foreign crew.

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Public school teachers in Los Angeles ended a week-long strike last Tuesday and overwhelmingly approved a new contract.

As part of the settlement, the Los Angeles School District will ensure that every school has a full-time nurse and every middle school and high school has a full-time librarian.

Other wins include: establishment of a joint committee to reduce the amount of standardized testing by half; more counselors for students (one counselor for every 500 middle and high school students); and a task force to develop more green space in schools.

The teachers won a 6 percent pay raise, with 3 percent retroactive to the 2017-18 school year, as well as salary reopeners in future years.

They also won the right to be consulted when charter schools are “co-located” inside public schools.

Charter schools are funded with taxpayer dollars but held to different standards than public schools.

Critics say they drain funding from public schools and funnel it to the for-profit corporate entities that run charters.

Starting on the first day of the strike, a majority of Los Angeles teachers picketed at their schools, often side-by-side with parents and students and sometimes in the pouring rain.

“We did not win because of a single leader,” United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) President Alex Caputo-Pearl told teachers after the historic vote.

“We won because you–at 900 schools across the entire city, with parents, with students, with community organizations–you walked the line.”

He called the strike and its outcome “one of the most magnificent demonstrations of collective action that the United States has seen in decades.”

“I see this as a paradigm shift,” said American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, who marched on several days with Los Angeles teachers.

“The elite types who use charters as a force for competition will see this as a big blow,” she said.

“We’re now seeing a mainstream shift toward neighborhood public schools with the goal being: let’s make them work for all kids.”

The Los Angeles strike was the eighth major teacher walkout of the past 12 months.

Teachers in Oklahoma and West Virginia, for example, have won raises through strikes that attracted wide public support.

Elsewhere, educators are mulling similar actions.

After negotiations with Denver’s school system broke down, teachers there voted to strike.

Strike votes are also pending in Virginia and in Oakland, Calif.

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There will be an Offshore membership meeting in the MM&P New York/New Jersey Hall on Thursday, Feb. 14, at 1100, following job call.

All Offshore members and applicants are encouraged to attend the meeting.
The New York/New Jersey Hall is located at 570 Broad St., Suite 701, Newark, NJ, 07102.

The phone number of the hall is: 201-963-1900.

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The Offshore Orientation Course will be held at the MM&P New York/New Jersey Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 13 and Thursday, Feb. 14.

The course begins both days at 0930.

Thursday’s class will be followed by an Offshore membership meeting, which will take place following job call at 1100.

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 would like to attend the course, please contact the New York/New Jersey Hall:; 201-963-1900.

The New York/New Jersey Hall is located at 570 Broad St., Suite 701, Newark, N.J., 07102.

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All MM&P union halls, the MM&P Federal Credit Union and MM&P headquarters will be closed on Tuesday, Feb. 12, for Lincoln’s Birthday.

All MM&P union halls, the MM&P Federal Credit Union, MM&P headquarters and the MM&P Plan Office will be closed on Monday, Feb. 18, for Presidents Day.

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Labor union membership continued to fall in 2018, but the news was not all negative.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the number of union members in the United States fell to 14.7 million in 2018, from 14.8 million the previous year.

The percentage of Americans represented by a union fell to 10.5 from 10.7, a drop which reflected in part the fact that the size of the U.S. workforce increased.

Overall, private sector unions registered a slight uptick in membership, while public sector unions—under sustained attack from anti-labor politicians and corporate CEOs—lost members.

The share of public sector employees who were members of a labor union dropped by half a percentage point, from 34.4 percent to 33.9.

But the AFL-CIO said the numbers don’t tell the whole story.

“2018 was one of the most substantial years for collective action in American history,” AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka said in a statement.

“In the face of unprecedented attacks, the labor movement continues to show tremendous resilience. Public approval of unions is soaring. And new organizing campaigns in non-union workplaces are gaining steam.”

The victories included wins by hundreds of thousands of educators in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Kentucky and Arizona, and the successful strike by Marriott hotel workers in a number of cities.

An estimated one-third of workers belonged to unions at organized labor’s peak in the 1950s.

The share has dropped steadily and has been roughly halved since the early 1980s, when corporations and anti-union activists unleashed wave after wave of concerted attacks.

Public sector unions were dealt a major blow last year when the Supreme Court ruled in Janus v. AFSCME that government workers don’t have to share in the costs of representation.

But even in the face of this and other unfavorable legislation, public sector unions such as the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the National Education Association, the Service Employees International Union and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees have waged successful campaigns to retain members and expand membership.

“In fact, our union is growing, and winning,” says AFT President Randi Weingarten.

“Since Janus, we have had 11 organizing wins, adding thousands of new members.”

The AFL-CIO also underlines the fact that working people turned out in larger numbers than ever before in the 2018 mid-term elections to elect pro-worker candidates–including more than 950 union members.

Shortly after Janus was decided, the people of Missouri overturned “right-to-work” by 2-1, the first-ever state to repeal the anti-worker law by popular vote.

“Give working people a level playing field to join and form unions and there will be a dramatic spike in membership by the time the 2019 BLS numbers are released,” Trumka said.

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

The goal is to document members’ voyages 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-PMI’s 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 – 4/15/19, 9/9/19

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation (1-Day): 5/2/19, 8/14/19

ARPA-OIC (4-Day) – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 4/2/19, 9/24/19

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

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

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 3/11/19, 4/9/19, 5/2/19, 7/15/19, 7/29/19, 9/30/19

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling – (Now also included in BRMP-Refresher) (3-Day): 3/13/19, 4/29/18, 7/17/19, 10/2/19

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

BT – Basic Safety Training: 4/8/19, 8/12/19, 10/14/19

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

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 2/4/19*, 3/6/19, 4/29/19, 7/29/19, 9/25/19, 12/16/19

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 4/29/19, 10/21/19

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 3/11/19, 6/10/19, 7/29/19, 9/23/19, 12/16/19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: Not Currently Scheduled

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

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 2/4/19*, 3/4/19*, 3/18/19, 4/8/19, 4/29/19*, 5/13/19, 6/3/19, 6/17/19, 7/15/19, 8/12/19, 9/9/19, 9/30/19, 10/14/19, 11/4/19, 12/2/19

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 1/28/19*, 2/11/19*, 3/11/19*, 3/25/19, 4/15/19, 5/6/19*, 5/20/19, 6/10/19, 6/24/19, 7/22/19, 8/19/19, 9/16/19, 10/7/19, 10/21/19, 11/11/19, 12/9/19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior (1-Day) – 7/11/19

CDMGT – Crowd Management (1-Day) – 7/12/19

CSE – Confined Space Entry (3-Day): 8/19/19

CSE-AWR – Confined Space Entry Awareness (2-Day): 5/23/19, 8/22/19

CY-MAR – Cyber-Skilled Mariner ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program ** – 2/18/19

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

DPA/IA – Designated Person Ashore & Internal Auditor (3-Day) ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program ** – Not currently scheduled

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

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

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 4/8/19, 8/12/19, 10/14/19

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 2/7/19, 3/5/19, 4/2/19, 5/2/19, 6/18/19, 8/1/19, 8/28/19, 9/24/19, 10/29/19, 12/19/19

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

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

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

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

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 4/15/19, 8/26/19, 11/18/19

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

LAP – License Advancement Program for Mate to Master (20-Day): 2/25/19*, 7/29/19, 10/21/19

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes (20-Day): Not currently scheduled

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License (15-Day): 6/3/19

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage (1-Day): 3/12/19, 4/10/19, 4/30/19, 9/18/19

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

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

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

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

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

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

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 2/8/19, 3/9/19, 3/23/19, 4/1/19, 5/3/19, 5/11/19, 6/17/19, 7/14/19, 8/29/19, 9/23/19, 10/5/19, 10/28/19, 12/7/19, 12/20/19

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic) (1-Day): 2/22/19, 5/21/19 (evening), 6/5/19 (evening), 8/7/19, 9/12/19 (evening), 11/1/19 (evening)

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 2/18/19, 5/21/19, 6/5/19, 8/5/19, 9/12/19, 11/1/19

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) – 2/24/19, 6/2/19, 8/4/19, 11/3/19

MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day) – 6/3/19, 8/10/19, 10/30/19

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 2/25/19*, 5/13/19, 6/9/19, 7/15/19, 8/11/19, 9/16/19, 11/4/19

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

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) – 3/1/19*, 5/17/19, 6/8/19, 7/14/19, 8/9/19, 9/15/19, 11/8/19

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) – 3/2/19*, 5/18/19, 6/13/19, 7/19/19, 8/16/19, 9/20/19, 11/9/19

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P (2-Day) – 3/18/19*, 4/22/19*, 4/24/19*, 6/24/19*, 6/26/19*, 7/25/19*, 7/29/19, 8/26/19, 8/28/19, 11/18/19, 11/20/19, 12/16/19, 12/18/19

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

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes (1-Night): 2/6/19*, 2/7/19, 2/20/19, 3/6/19*, 3/20/19, 4/3/19, 4/17/19, 4/24/19, 4/30/19, 5/8/19, 5/15/19, 6/5/19, 6/12/19, 6/19/19, 7/10/19, 7/24/19, 8/1/19, 8/7/19, 8/21/19, 8/28/19, 9/17/19, 9/18/19, 10/2/19, 10/16/19, 10/30/19, 11/6/19, 11/13/19, 12/4/19, 12/18/19

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 3/4/19, 7/29/19

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3-Day): 3/30/19 12/2/19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Please also see our schedule and enroll online at

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

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

April 2019
1-5 Able Seaman
1-5 Ship Constructions & Basic Stability
1-5 Advanced Shiphandling I
8-11 Advanced Firefighting
8-12 Advanced Shiphandling II
8-12 Radar Observer Unlimited
8-12 Leadership & Managerial Skills
8-12 Medical Care Provider
8-19 Medical Person-In-Charge
15-18 ARPA
15-19 Basic Training
19th Radar Renewal
19-23 Basic Training Refresher
22-23 Basic Training Revalidation
22-26 ECDIS
24th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
25th Medical DOT
29-10 GMDSS
29-3 Advanced Shiphandling I

May 2019
6-9 Advanced Firefighting
6-10 Advanced Shiphandling II
6-24 License Preparation (Mate Level)
10th Radar Renewal
13-14 Advanced Firefighting Refresher
15th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
16-17 Basic Training Revalidation
16-20 Basic Training Refresher
13-17 Meteorology (Operational Level)
13-24 Watchkeeping (Operational Level)
20-24 Advanced Stability
20-24 Basic Training
28-30 Search & Rescue
31st Leadership & Teamworking Skills

June 2019
3-5 Security Officer – Vessel, Company, & Facility
3-21 Celestial Navigation
3-28 License Advancement Preparation (Chief Mate/Master Level)
10-13 Advanced Firefighting
17-21 Basic Firefighting
24-28 Meteorology (Operational Level)
21-25 Basic Training Refresher (no class on weekend)
24-25 Basic Training Revalidation
26th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
28th Medical DOT

July 2019
8-12 Advanced Meteorology
8-26 Terrestrial & Coastal Navigation w/ Compasses
9th Radar Renewal
10-11 Basic Training Revalidation
10-15 Basic Training Refresher (no class on weekend)
12th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
15-19 Basic Shiphandling
15-19 Advanced Stability
16-18 Advanced Firefighting Refresher
22-25 Advanced Firefighting
22-26 Cargo Handling & Stowage
22-26 Advanced Shiphandling I
29-31 Security Officer – Vessel, Company, & Facility
29-2 Advanced Shiphandling II

August 2019
5-8 Advanced Firefighting
12-13 Basic Training Revalidation
14th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
12-30 License Preparation (Mate Level)

September 2019
4th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
5-6 Basic Training Revalidation
6th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
9th Radar Renewal
9-13 Basic Training
9-13 Marine Propulsion Plants
16-19 Advanced Firefighting
16-20 Ship/Shipboard Management
23-27 Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation
30-1 ECDIS
30-1 Leadership & Managerial Skills

October 2019
2nd Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
3-4 Basic Training Revalidation
7-11 Engine Resource Management
7-11 Basic Training
7-11 Advanced Shiphandling I
8th Radar Renewal
14-18 Management of Electrical & Electronic Control Equipment (MEECE)
14-18 Advanced Shiphandling II
15-18 Advanced Firefighting
18th Medical DOT
21-25 Advanced Meteorology
21-25 Ship Construction & Basic Stability
28-1 Advanced Stability
28-15 Celestial Navigation

November 2019
4-8 Advanced Cargo Operations
4-15 Basic Training
12th Radar Renewal
13th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
14-15 Basic Training Revalidation
18-19 Advanced Firefighting Refresher
18-20 Security Officer – Vessel, Company, & Facility
18-22 Radar Observer Unlimited
18-22 Advanced Watchkeeping
25-27 Search & Rescue

December 2019
2-6 Leadership & Managerial Skills
2-20 License Preparation (Mate Level)
3-6 Advanced Firefighting
9-12 ARPA
9-13 Basic Training
13th Radar Renewal
16th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
17-18 Basic Training Revalidation

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