Wheelhouse Weekly – January 31, 2017

January 31st 2017

Volume 22… Number 5… Jan. 31, 2017


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Captain Mark Poole of the Biscayne Bay Pilots has received a letter of commendation from Disney Cruise Lines for averting what could have been a tragedy on Jan. 20.

The incident took place as he was piloting the DISNEY MAGIC outbound from the Port of Miami.

Two jet skis passed in front of the giant vessel from the starboard side as it was approaching the head of the jetties, passing through the breakwater.

Several of the occupants fell off one of the jet skis and into the water when they were approximately 300 meters in front of the cruise ship.

“Three of the jet skiers went into the water, but one got quickly back up,” Poole said.

“I did a hard over on the rudder, and once she started swinging I stopped the engines so as not to suck them into the propellers, then went hard over the other way to avoid running the ship into the side of the channel… Luckily we got off track just enough to miss them…”

“With the DISNEY MAGIC proceeding at 11 knots, Captain Poole made a highly effective and safe evasive maneuver that avoided hitting the individuals in the water,” wrote Patrick G. Gerrity, vice president for safety, security & environmental policy and compliance at Disney Cruise Line, in the letter of commendation he sent to the Biscayne Bay Pilots Association.

The jet skiers were in an area that the pilots have been fighting for years to have declared a slow-speed zone, Poole said, but without success.

“You can’t take a 1,100-foot ship and do a lot with it when you’ve got stupidity or ignorance right in front of you,” he said.

“You do everything you can do but then it’s out of your control… In that situation, you sense the nanoseconds of time passing.”

Because the ship’s bow blocked the view, it was only when he heard someone call out, “We missed ‘em by about ten feet,” that Poole knew his quick maneuvering had saved two lives.

“Excellent job, Captain Poole,” said Biscayne Bay Pilots Association Chairman Jon Nitkin. “You have brought honor to the Piloting Profession and to the Biscayne Bay Pilots.”

“This type of incident happens more times that we would like to admit,” he added. “This time the commendation brought it to light.”

“It is always challenging and dangerous when small craft ignore the Rules of the Road in a restricted waterway,” Gerrity said.

“Please pass along our thanks to Captain Poole on behalf of Disney Cruise Line and the DISNEY MAGIC for his skill and professionalism. What he was able to do in this difficult situation was, according to the DISNEY MAGIC’s captain, remarkable.”

The Biscayne Bay Pilots are members of the MM&P Pilots Membership Group.

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Six people who had been thrown into the freezing water when their small boat struck an underwater reef received much needed help from the officers and crew of the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) Ferry AURORA.

The accident took place on Dec. 29 in Chatham Strait in southeast Alaska.

The MV AURORA was at Tenakee Inlet, not far from the scene of the accident, when the call for help went out.

AURORA Relief Master Lou Boone and the crew changed course to respond to the emergency.

The other MM&P licensed deck officers aboard AURORA at the time were Chief Mate Shane Opp and Second Mate Jim Callison.

As the ferry traveled to the scene, the crew prepared to launch a fast rescue boat and a lifeboat equipped with the necessary equipment and supplies.

Several smaller vessels and a Coast Guard helicopter with a rescue swimmer were already on the scene when the AURORA arrived to receive five cold and bruised survivors. The sixth person was airlifted to a hospital.

“In true Alaska fashion, the rescue and assistance were a team effort involving several private fishing vessels, the crew of a tug, the USCG and an Alaska Marine Highway System ferry,” Boone said.

“Remarkably, the rescue functioned flawlessly. It was like something you’d read in a textbook.”

“We had medical personnel, a medical facility on board, food and blankets, rescue vessels, a stable platform in the event the situation were to escalate or deteriorate, and we had well-trained maritime personnel at the ready at any given moment,” he said.

“Although other vessels were on the scene, the ships in the AMHS fleet have somewhat of a sanctuary to offer in the harsh climate and cold waters of an Alaskan winter. When tragedy strikes, a ship of Alaska’s unique marine highway can be the most beautiful sight you’ve ever seen.”

The licensed deck officers who operate the ferries in the Alaska Marine Highway System are represented by the MM&P Pacific Maritime Region.

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President Donald Trump last week ordered a freeze on the hiring of federal civilian employees.

The freeze applies across the board in the executive branch.

As part of the freeze, no vacant positions existing at noon on Jan. 22, 2017, may be filled and no new positions may be created, except in limited circumstances.

The order does not include or apply to military personnel.

The head of any executive department or agency may exempt from the hiring freeze any positions that it deems necessary to meet national security or public safety responsibilities.

In addition, the director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) may grant exemptions from the freeze where those exemptions are otherwise necessary.

Within 90 days of the date of the memorandum, the director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), in consultation with the director of OPM, is to recommend a long-term plan to reduce the size of the federal government’s workforce through attrition. The order expires on implementation of the OMB plan.

The order stipulates that contracting outside the government to circumvent the intent of the memorandum will not be permitted.

The freeze applies to all executive departments and agencies regardless of the sources of their operational and programmatic funding, except military personnel.

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The Coast Guard has announced the launch of the new U.S. Maritime Advisory System, which it says represents the most significant update since 1939 to the process for issuing maritime security alerts and advisories.

The new system establishes a single federal process to expeditiously provide maritime threat information to maritime industry stakeholders, including vessels at sea.

In response to feedback from stakeholders, the agency said, the Maritime Advisory System was developed to streamline, consolidate, and replace maritime threat information previously disseminated by means of three separate government agency instruments: Special Warnings, MARAD Advisories and global maritime security related Marine Safety Information Bulletins.

The new U.S. Maritime Advisory System includes two types of notifications: a U.S. Maritime Alert and a U.S. Maritime Advisory.

Maritime Alerts quickly provide basic threat information to the maritime industry. When additional information on a threat is available, a more detailed U.S. Maritime Advisory may be issued; it could include recommendations and identify available resources.

Maritime Alerts and Maritime Advisories will be broadcast by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, e-mailed to maritime industry stakeholders and posted to the Maritime Security Communications with Industry (MSCI) web portal at

The agency has called the Maritime Advisory System “a whole-of-government notification mechanism.”

It says the departments of State, Defense, Justice, Transportation and Homeland Security, as well as the intelligence community, supported the development of the new system in coordination with representatives of the U.S. maritime industry working in the context of the Alerts, Warnings and Notifications Working Group.

For questions on the Maritime Advisory System, e-mail

Additional contact information is available on the MSCI web portal.

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Safety could be compromised in the drive to develop autonomous ships unless more attention is paid to the human element.

This message was delivered by an official of the maritime union Nautilus to the audience at a Jan. 24 conference on managing risks in the maritime environment.
Nautilus represents British, Dutch and Swiss maritime officers.

MM&P is a member of the Nautilus Federation and partners with the group to advocate for union members on an international level.

“The seemingly relentless torrent of ‘smart ship’ trials and projects that have hogged the headlines over the past year or so have often lacked a sense of the human element,” Nautilus General Secretary Mark Dickinson told the audience.

“It seems that much is being driven by equipment manufacturers and potential service suppliers–with the result that the agenda has concentrated on systems rather than on their social and human impact.”

Dickinson said the industry should be looking at ways to use technology to improve shipboard jobs and shipboard life rather than just as a way to cut crewing levels and reduce costs.

Properly managed, he said, “smart” shipping could improve safety by automating dirty or dangerous shipboard jobs and improve the quality of life on board by reducing paperwork.

But he also warned that the industry and regulators must take a hard look at the safety implications of increased automation.

He said too little attention has been paid to the fact that operational and management responsibilities are being shifted from ships to shore-based centers that micro-manage many aspects of vessel operations.

Technology aside, he said, maritime expertise and seamanship will continue to be essential components of safe vessel operation.

“Rather than using automation to de-skill seafarers or reduce employment,” he said, “we should harness technology for a new generation of maritime professionals with new skill sets and new aptitudes.”

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Buying union-made products for your sweetheart is a win-win! Mark your calendar and plan your shopping now. Whether chocolates, wine, or flowers, gift-giving is on the agenda on the big day.

Sweet tooth? Think Ghirardelli, See’s Candy, Jelly Belly Candy Company or Brown & Haley. Wine from Balletto, Gallo of Sonoma, Turning Leaf and Carlo Rossi will pair nicely with your special Valentine’s Day meal.

Flowers will brighten the room and the face of your sweetheart. Union supermarkets including Vons, Safeway, Costco and Giant offer flower arrangements created by union workers.

And union members save 20 percent on flower orders when they shop through the website!

Be sure to check for more ideas. Your suggestions and additions to their list are welcome.

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The Board of Pilot Commissioners for the Bays of San Francisco, San Pablo, and Suisun (BOPC) has announced an examination for entrance into the Pilot Trainee Training Program during the week of June 12.

Applications are due no later than April 15.

The BOPC typically conducts entrance exams every three years, or when there is a need for licensed pilots. The last exam was held in 2014. Successful candidates may be eligible to enter the pilot trainee training program, which lasts from one to three years.

The BOPC is the only state-level pilot commission in California, and licenses up to 60 pilots to guide large vessels on the Bays of San Francisco, San Pablo, Suisun, Monterey, and navigable tributaries to Stockton and Sacramento.

The pilotage ground covers 70 separate terminals across ten counties.

“Working as a San Francisco Bar Pilot is one of the most prestigious jobs in the maritime industry,” said BOPC Executive Director Allen Garfinkle.

“Our licensees enjoy being members of an elite group of professionals working in one of the most scenic environments found anywhere in the world.”

Information about the pilot trainee training program entrance exam can be found on the BOPC’s website at

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Members employed or seeking employment aboard International Shipholding Corporation (ISH) vessels (Central Gulf Lines, Waterman Steamship Corporation, Sulphur Carriers) are urged to review posted notices in the hiring halls and in the Members’ Only section of

These notices were transmitted to contracted ISH vessels on Nov. 14, Nov. 22 and Dec. 27, 2016, and on Jan. 6, 2017.

The same information has also been posted in the Members’ Only section of

To view the documents in the Members’ Only section of, go to, enter the Members’ Only site and, in the left-hand column, click on “Documents,” then on “Document Downloads” and then on “ISH Bankruptcy.”

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There will be an Offshore membership meeting in the MM&P Los Angeles/Long Beach Hall onTuesday, Feb. 7, immediately after job call.

All MM&P Offshore members in the area are encouraged to attend the meeting.

The Los Angeles/Long Beach Hall is located at: 533 N. Marine Ave., Suite A, Wilmington, CA 90744-5527. The phone number is: 310-834-7201.

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All MM&P union halls, the MM&P Federal Credit Union and MM&P headquarters will be closed on Monday, Feb. 13, for Lincoln’s Birthday. All MM&P union halls, the MM&P Federal Credit Union, the MM&P Plan Office and MM&P headquarters will be closed on Monday, Feb. 20, for Presidents’ Day.

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Atlantic Maritime Group (AMG) Vice President Stephen Doherty has scheduled a meeting for AMG members on Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 1400, in the MM&P New York/New Jersey Hall.

All AMG members are encouraged to attend the meeting.

The MM&P New York/New Jersey Hall is located at 570 Broad St., Suite 701, Newark, NJ.

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A meeting of the Offshore Shipping/Work Rules Committee is scheduled for Feb. 22-23.

Members who wish to submit a resolution should send it to the Office of the International Secretary-Treasurer.

Please refer to Article XIII of the Offshore Shipping Rules for additional information on submitting resolutions.

The Offshore Shipping & Work Rules are posted in the Members’ Only section of

The deadline for submission of proposed changes is prior to close of business on Feb. 10, 2017.

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Texas A&M University at Galveston has selected Michael J. Rodriguez, the U.S. deputy maritime administrator, as the fifteenth superintendent of the Texas A&M Maritime Academy.

Rodriguez joined the Maritime Administration in 2014 from active duty as a Navy officer with the National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office.

A graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, he sailed as an MM&P licensed deck officer and worked at MM&P headquarters as executive assistant to the late MM&P President Tim Brown, a job in which he administered labor contracts and represented the organization and maritime labor in several national and international forums, including the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative Labor Advisory Committee and the International Maritime Organization.

In 2009, he worked at the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation.

During his term with the committee, Rodriguez worked on a wide range of national maritime issues including navigation, maritime safety and maritime security.

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The revalidation/refresher training listed below must be taken every three or five years.

Note that several of the one-day seminars (MED-DOT, HAZMAT, radar) can usually be scheduled “on demand” in the evenings or weekends. Please check with the MITAGS Admissions Office,

The PSC refresher is under development and is expected to be on the schedule by July.

The following is a list of the most common ones:

New and Existing Refresher Training

Drug and Alcohol Testing (1-Day, Med-DOT-DA):

Every five years, for mariner(s) designated, by the SMS, to gather specimens after a reportable marine accident.

Hazardous Materials (1-day):

Every three years, for officers and ratings responsible for cargo handling on ships carrying dangerous and hazardous substances in solid, bulk or package form.

(Note: Some trust companies offer this training onboard.)

Radar Renewal (ROR-1):

Must renew within five years of the radar course certificate. License is invalid if radar endorsement has expired.

Basic Training Revalidation (2-Day BT-Rev):

For all mariners (licensed and unlicensed) with STCW endorsements/credentials. Certificate must be dated within five years of STCW credentials renewal. Must also have one year of sea time in the last five years.

Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation (2-Day, FF-ADV-Rev):

For deck and engine officers with STCW credentials. Every five years of STCW credential renewal. Must also have one year of sea time in the last five years.

Note: If you do not have one year of sea time in the last five years, you must take Basic Training Refresher (three days, BT-REF), the two-day AFF-Rev, plus a Personal Survival Craft Refresher (under development; expected to be on the MITAGS-PMI schedules by the beginning of the third quarter.)

If in doubt about whether these regulations apply, please have your mariner number ready and contact: Vic Tufts, MITAGS Student Services,

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MITAGS needs your current address! Have you moved recently? Did you remember to send MITAGS your new address for communications regarding courses? Please send your current contact information to or to the fax number below. New dedicated fax line for Admissions only: 1-443-568-1928. For all other MITAGS business, please continue to use: 410-859-5181.

For class availability or information on MITAGS courses and programs, contact Amanda Meadows, Admissions Coordinator, toll-free at 866-656-5568 or by e-mail:

Why not try our on-line calendar to register for class:

Please note the special addition to our on-campus schedule of MSC classes marked with an asterisk (*), which are not normally scheduled to be held at MITAGS.

AB – 4/17/17, 8/21/17, 10/16/17

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation: 5/23/17

ARPA-OIC – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 4/4/17, 8/8/17, 9/26/17

AZIPOD 2-Day – 3/6/17, 5/22/17, 10/16/17

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 4/3/17, 6/19/17, 9/25/17, 11/13/17

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 3/6/17, 5/22/17, 7/20/17, 11/14/17

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

BRMP-Refresher – 3/8/17, 5/24/17, 7/17/17, 9/12/17, 10/18/17

BT – Basic Safety Training: 4/10/17, 8/14/17, 10/9/17

BT-Revalidation (2-day) – 3/9/17, 5/4/17, 6/22/17, 8/21/17, 9/28/17, 11/8/17, 12/14/17

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 3/9/17, 5/4/17, 6/22/17, 8/20/17, 9/28/17, 11/8/17, 12/14/17

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 5/8/17, 10/30/17

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVNAV-CMM – Advanced Navigation (=ECDIS & VPEN): Contact Admissions

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 4/10/17, 6/12/17, 7/31/17, 10/2/17, 12/11/17

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 3/13/17, 6/5/17, 8/7/17, 9/25/17, 12/4/17

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (2 weeks): 4/17/17, 10/9/17

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information System: 3/27/17, 6/26/17, 8/14/17, 9/18/17

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM) 2/20/17,5/22/17, 6/19/17, 8/21/17, 9/11/17

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 4/3/17

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: 3/13/17, 7/31/17, 11/6/17

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (2 weeks): 5/1/17, 10/30/17

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 2/6/17, 3/6/17, 3/20/17, 4/10/17, 4/24/17,5/8/17, 6/5/17, 7/17/17, 7/31/17, 8/14/17, 9/11/17, 10/2/17, 10/30/17, 12/4/17

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 2/13/17, 3/13/17, 3/27/17, 4/17/17, 5/1/17, 5/15/17, 6/12/17, 7/24/17, 8/7/17, 8/21/17, 9/18/17, 10/9/17, 11/6/17, 12/11/17

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

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 3/20/17, 10/23/17

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 5/15/17, 11/13/17

CNAV-OIC – Celestial Navigation: 4/24/17, 11/6/17

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop: Contact Admissions

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications: 3/2/17

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior – 7/11/17

CDMGT – Crowd Management – 7/10/17

DDE – Great Lakes: 6/5/17

DPA – Contact Admissions

ECDIS-OIC – Contact Admissions

ECDIS for Pilots – 2/28/17, 5/24/17, 11/14/17

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 2/27/17, 7/10/17, 8/28/17, 10/16/17, 12/4/17

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 4/10/17, 8/14/17, 10/9/17

FF-ADV-REV – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation & Refresher: 3/7/17, 5/2/17, 6/20/17, 8/23/17, 9/26/17, 11/6/17, 12/12/17

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications: 4/4/17, 4/18/17, 9/12/17

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization: Contact Admissions

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System: 3/6/17, 8/21/17

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 6/26/17, 8/28/17, 11/27/17

LAP- 2/13/17, 9/11/17

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes: Contact Admissions

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License: 3/20/17, 6/5/17, 8/7/17, 12/4/17

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 3/7/17, 4/19/17, 9/13/17

LNG-TPIC – 12/4/17

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC): 2/13/17, 4/3/17, 8/15/17, 9/25/17 (*2-Evening Session)

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control: Contact Admissions

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 3/20/17, 5/8/17, 7/10/17, 9/11/17, 10/23/17

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 4/24/17, 6/26/17, 8/28/17, 11/13/17, 12/4/17

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 3/20/17, 4/17/17, 5/8/17, 9/11/17, 10/23/17, 11/27/17

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 3/6/17, 5/1/17, 6/19/17, 7/16/17, 8/25/17, 9/25/17, 10/28/17, 12/11/17

MSA –Maritime Security Awareness: Contact Admissions

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic): 2/23/17, 6/9/17, 8/9/17, 10/2/17

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control: 2/21/17, 6/7/17, 8/7/17, 10/3/17

*MSC-ENVPRO – 2/26/17, 6/4/17, 8/6/17, 10/1/17

*MSC-FF-HELO – 6/5/17, 8/13/17, 10/16/17

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualification: 2/27/17, 6/12/17, 7/17/17, 8/13/17, 10/9/17

*MSC-Security Watch Basic – 2/24/17, 6/10/17, 8/10/17, 10/5/17

*MSC-Security Watch Advanced – 3/3/17, 6/16/17, 7/21/17, 8/12/17, 10/7/17

*MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force – 6/17/17, 7/24/17, 8/18/17, 10/13/17

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P – 3/22/17, 5/9/17, 6/13/17, 8/14/17, 10/2/17

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 8/17/17, 9/25/17

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 2/8/17, 2/22/17, 3/8/17, 3/22/17, 4/5/17, 4/19/17, 5/3/17, 5/10/17, 5/17/17, 6/7/17, 6/21/17, 7/12/17, 7/26/17, 8/9/17, 8/23/17, 9/20/17, 10/4/17, 10/18/17, 11/1/17, 11/8/17, 11/15/17, 11/29/17, 12/6/17, 12/13/17

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 7/31/17

SAR-OIC – Search & Rescue – 4/10/17, 10/16/17

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 2/20/17, 5/15/17, 8/28/17, 10/23/17

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling-5 Day – 2/20/17, 5/1/17, 6/26/17, 9/25/17, 11/27/17

SMS – Contact Admissions

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 8/7/17

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses: 7/10/17

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 2/13/17, 8/7/17

TRAC-TUG-2: Contact Admissions

TTT – Contact Admissions

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties: Contact Admissions

VSO – Vessel Security Officer: 2/14/17, 4/17/17, 5/22/17, 7/13/17, 9/6/17

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level): 2/20/17

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 3/20/17

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Winter-Spring 2017

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

February 2017

3rd Radar Renewal
6-7 ECDIS for Pilots
6-10 Engine Resource Management
10th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties
11-13 Basic Training Refresher
13-17 ECDIS
13-17 Basic Training
20-24 Leadership & Managerial Skills
20-24 Medical Care Provider
21-23 Integrated Electronic Navigation
27-2 Advanced Firefighting

March 2017

2nd Radar Renewal
4-6 Basic Training Refresher
6th Leadership & Teamworking Skills
6-10 Radar Observer Unlimited
6-10 Basic Training
13th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties
13-16 Advanced Firefighting
13-17 ECDIS
13-17 Tankerman Person-In-Charge
13-17 Meteorology – Operational Level
18-20 Basic Training Refresher
20-24 Engine Resource Management
20-24 Basic Construction and Stability
21st Radar Renewal
21-23 Security Officer – Vessel, Company, and Facility
22-24 Integrated Electronic Navigation
27th Flashing Light
27-31 Leadership & Managerial Skills
28-31 ARPA

April 2017

3-4 ECDIS for Pilots
3-7 Search & Rescue / Emergency Procedures
3-14 GMDSS
8-10 Basic Training Refresher
10-14 Basic Training
10-14 Medical Care Provider
10-21 Medical Person-In-Charge
10-21 Watchkeeping – Operational Level
17th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties
17-20 Advanced Firefighting
18th Radar Renewal
22-24 Basic Training Refresher
24-28 Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation (VPEN)
24-5 GMDSS

May 2017

2-4 Rating Forming Part of a Navigational Watch
6-8 Basic Training Refresher
8-12 ECDIS
8-12 Basic Training
8-12 Marine Propulsion Plants
15th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties
15-18 Advanced Firefighting
15-19 Able Seaman
15-26 Watchkeeping – Operational Level
15-26 Celestial Navigation
16-18 Integrated Electronic Navigation
20-22 Basic Training Refresher
23rd Radar Renewal
30th Leadership & Teamworking Skills
31-2 Security Officer – Vessel, Company, and Facility

June 2017

5-9 Medical Care Provider
5-9 Basic Shiphandling
5-16 Medical Person-In-Charge
10-12 Basic Training Refresher
12-16 Basic Training
12-16 Cargo Handling and Stowage – Operational Level
19th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties
20th Radar Renewal
19-22 Advanced Firefighting
19-23 Advanced Watchkeeping
19-23 Leadership & Managerial Skills
24-26 Basic Training Refresher
26-30 Engine Resource Management
27-29 Integrated Electronic Navigation

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