Wheelhouse Weekly – January 8th, 2019

January 9th 2019

Volume 24… Number 2… Jan. 8, 2019


Government Shutdown Continues:

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Maritime Casualties:

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The National Maritime Center (NMC) and all Regional Exam Centers (RECs) remain closed as a result of the government shutdown.

Customer walk-in service is suspended. Exams and other REC appointments are cancelled, and REC appointment calendars are closed.

Applications may continue to be e-mailed or mailed in and will be processed when the shutdown is over.

The Coast Guard says the following limited operations will be maintained:

— The Customer Service Call Center is open from 0800 to 1800 EST, Monday through Friday. You can reach the call center at 1-888-IASKNMC (427- 5662) and

— The NMC website will provide updates on NMC and REC operating status.

— Applications or mariner training provider documentation can be e-mailed or mailed and will be processed when the partial shutdown is over.

For questions regarding credentialing issues related to national security, contact the call center at 1-888-IASKNMC (427-5662) or

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In an attempt to mitigate the impact of the partial lapse in appropriations and the shutdown of NMC operations, the Coast Guard has announced that the following actions are being taken:

— Merchant Mariner Credentials (MMC) (National Endorsements only) that expire between Dec. 22, 2018, and Jan. 31, 2019, are extended as valid until March 31, 2019.

Go to the NMC website,, to print an official copy of the letter that appears at the end of this news brief.

The letter is also posted on the MM&P website,, under “Latest News.”

The letter should be carried with the MMC.

— Additional Information (AI) letters that expire in December 2018 or January 2019 are extended to March 31, 2019.

— Approval to Test (ATT) letters and mariner training course certificates that expire in the months of December 2018 or January 2019 are extended until March 31, 2019.

— For mariners whose 90-day testing cycles were interrupted by REC closures (starting on Dec. 24, 2018), the days the RECs were closed will not count against the 90-day period.

Once appropriations are restored, REC appointment calendars will be re-opened immediately.

If you have questions, visit the NMC website, or contact the NMC Customer Service Center by using the NMC online chat system, by, or by calling 1-888-IASKNMC (427-5662).

The letter below should be printed from the NMC website (under “Latest News”) and carried with the MMC.

Dear U.S. Mariner,

Due to the federal government’s partial lapse in appropriations for fiscal year 2019, the Coast Guard is unable to process mariner credentials in a timely manner. To provide relief to impacted mariners and under the authority of 46 United States Code § 7507, the Coast Guard is granting extensions effective immediately to national endorsements until March 31, 2019, for mariners whose credentials expire between December 22, 2018, and January 31, 2019.

All mariners sailing under the authority of their national endorsement(s) should print and retain a copy of this letter with their merchant mariner credential and produce it upon request by the U.S. Coast Guard, other agencies or officials. This extension does not apply to Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers endorsements or mariner medical certificates.

Applications submitted before or during the partial government shutdown will be processed as soon as possible once the National Maritime Center (NMC) is reopened and is legally authorized to begin operations.

If you have questions, visit the NMC website or contact the NMC Customer Service Center by using the NMC online chat system, by, or by calling 1-888-IASKNMC (427-5662).

Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Commanding Officer
USCG National Maritime Center

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The government shutdown, now in its 18th day, is hampering the ability of some MM&P members to ship.

“Shutdown mitigation measures” announced Monday by the National Maritime Center extend Merchant Mariner Credentials (MMC) that expire between Dec. 22, 2018, and Jan. 31, 2019, to March 31, 2019.

But the extension refers only to national endorsements. It does not extend the expiration dates of the STCW endorsement.

“The government shutdown, and therefore the closure of the USCG RECs, is hampering our members’ ability to work,” says MM&P Coast Agent Jeremy Hope, who is based in Oakland.

He notes that many companies’ domestic ships are STCW certified. The MM&P Shipping Rules also include, as a requirement to ship, having a valid STCW.

He called the problem of expiring STCW endorsements “another awful byproduct of the government shutdown.”

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The officers and crew of the MV GREEN LAKE saved seven members of the crew of the SINCERITY ACE, a car carrier which caught fire in extreme weather conditions some 1,800 nm from Oahu.

The GREEN LAKE was the first vessel to respond to a Coast Guard alert that went out in the pre-dawn hours of Dec. 31: the master of the SINCERITY ACE, a 2009-built car carrier sailing from Yokohama to Oahu, had reported a serious vessel fire, ongoing firefighting efforts and the intent to abandon ship.

The crew had been able to launch one life raft and four of the 21 mariners on board were said to have abandoned ship with lifejackets, but the Coast Guard could not confirm whether they had reached the life raft upon entering the water or not.

The officers and crew of the MV GREEN LAKE–later joined by more “good Samaritans” aboard three other merchant ships, and the crews of a Coast Guard Hercules HC130 aircraft and a Navy 7th Fleet P-8 Poseidon–spent the next 18 hours battling high winds and rough seas in a search for the missing mariners.

The licensed deck officers aboard MV GREEN LAKE, which is operated by SEACOR, are members of MM&P.

The engineers are represented by the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (MEBA) and the unlicensed crewmembers belong to the Seafarers’ International Union (SIU).

“The entire crew did a truly incredible job under extreme conditions,” said Captain William Boyce.

“Winds were blowing a steady 25 knots, gusting to 30 knots, with a heavy 20-25 ft NW’ly swell.”

“Due to the sea state and our high freeboard, it was very difficult to maneuver, bring the ship alongside each survivor, and get them on board with limited retrieval resources.”

“MM&P members Chief Mate Kevin Camarda handled retrieval, Second Mate Chelsea Martin handled communications, documentation, telegraph and sat phone calls with incredible multi-tasking ability, and Third Mate Matthew Morgan assisted on bow as lookout/spotter.”

“MEBA Chief Engineer Joseph Tierney, First Engineer Shauna Glasser, Second Engineer Zac Pollock and Third Engineer Maria Asuncion assisted in retrieval and constant maneuvering for 18 straight hours.”

“The entire SIU deck crew and bosun worked tirelessly from 0200 to 2000 to get the exhausted survivors on board.”

“Deck Cadet Chris Cashman assisted as our triage medical person and Engine Cadet Jeffery Attardi assisted working telegraph on the bridge.”

“The crew showed incredible perseverance, teamwork and determination,” Boyce said, “constantly improvising with each survivor’s recovery in very difficult and dangerous conditions.”

“I am proud of each and every one of this crew for saving seven souls that had experienced horrific conditions and were exhausted.”

Boyce said survivors had reported that they had been trapped on the boat deck forward due to the heavy smoke, with decks so hot they melted the survival suit bags.

“They had to abandon ship one by one via man ropes 100 ft to water into very rough seas,” he said.

Overall, rescuers aboard the four merchant vessels that responded to the disaster were able to rescue 16 members of the SINCERITY ACE crew.

It was not possible to recover the other five.

The Coast Guard, Navy, and good Samaritans aboard the merchant ships conducted a total of 13 searches covering 5,544 nautical square miles over a span of three days in the hunt for the missing crewmembers.

“We are very grateful for the assistance the crews of these vessels have given during the search and rescue efforts,” said a spokesperson for the Coast Guard.

“These crewmembers went out of their way to aid their fellow mariners, and because of the remoteness of the incident, the outcome may have been very different had they not responded.”

At the conclusion of the rescue operation, the GREEN LAKE diverted to Honolulu to disembark the survivors.

The SINCERITY ACE remains abandoned and adrift. At last report, it was listing to starboard and still on fire.

Panama’s maritime authorities released a statement saying they are investigating the tragedy.

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Members of MM&P’s affiliate in Panama–Unión de Capitanes y Oficiales de Cubierta (UCOC)—have elected a new leadership team.

UCOC represents tugboat captains and associated vessel personnel who work on the Panama Canal.

“The newly elected officers are dynamic and highly motivated,” said MM&P President Don Marcus.

“They are ideally suited to protect their members in their ongoing battle with the Panama Canal Authority which continues to prioritize profits over safety in the New Canal.”

“MM&P congratulates and gives our best wishes to the new administration of UCOC,” he said.

“We are committed to working with them to protect the health, safety and working conditions of every UCOC member.”

The following officers were elected in a vote that took place on Dec. 12: Secretary General Agustin Ureña, Sub-Secretary General Roberto R. Feurtado, Secretary Treasurer Luis Estribi, Organizer North District Fernando Ramos, Secretary for Security, Safety & Environment Wilfredo Whitaker, Secretary for Public Relations Ivan De La Guardia, Secretary of Education, Culture and Recreation Daniel Camazon, Organizer South District Pedro Mejia and Secretary of Ethics Cristobal Falquez.

The newly elected officials will serve two-year terms.

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Dave Arian, who served as International President of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) from 1991 to 1994, died Wednesday at the age of 72.

Besides serving in a number of leadership roles at the ILWU, Arian founded and served as president of the Harry Bridges Institute, which is dedicated to educating younger workers about the labor movement’s history and community organizing.

“He was a true leader, a humanitarian and a steadfast friend of MM&P‎,” said MM&P President Don Marcus.

“His loss will be felt by all in maritime labor.”

The son of a longshoreman, Arian first went to work on the Wilmington docks in 1965, at the age of 18.‎

A dynamic labor leader and an eloquent spokesperson for America’s working families, he also served three terms as president of ILWU Local 13 in Los Angeles.

“Dave was constantly encouraging young people to step forward,” said ILWU International President Willie Adams.

“He was a mentor to many young leaders and his influence and impact will be felt in the ILWU for years to come.”

In 2010, he was appointed to the Los Angeles Harbor Commission by former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and reappointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti in 2013.

“Our city and our world are better places because of David Arian’s extraordinary career and because of his deep humanity,” Garcetti said.

“I will miss his friendship and his steady hand.”

A longtime resident of the harbor area, Arian grew up in San Pedro. He is survived by his two children and five grandchildren.

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Six people died yesterday when the VOLGA-BALT 214, a Panama-flag freighter carrying a load of coal, sank off the northern coast of Turkey.

Turkey’s Coast Guard said it received a distress signal Monday morning when the ship and her 13-person crew were about 80 miles from Samsun, a major Black Sea port.

Search and rescue crews pulled seven people from the water and recovered the bodies of the others, including the captain.

A survivor reported that the ship had broken in two after being struck by a large wave.

It had reportedly been cited for serious deficiencies by Port State Control officers in recent years.

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All 24 crewmembers of the Hapag-Lloyd container vessel YANTIAN EXPRESS were reported safe this weekend after fighting a cargo fire that the company said had broken out on deck as the ship transited about 650 nm off Canada’s eastern seaboard.

The crew was evacuated in two groups, starting on Saturday evening, with the remaining crewmembers following on Sunday morning.

The blaze was said to have begun Jan. 3 in a single container and spread to others.

An offshore tug has been deployed to take the YANTIAN EXPRESS in tow and bring her to Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The German-flag ship was underway from Colombo, Sri Lanka, to Halifax via the Suez Canal when the fire broke out.

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Authorities in Germany and the Netherlands are continuing to respond to the loss of an estimated 270 containers from the mega containership MSC ZOE in the North Sea in stormy weather.

The incident began on New Year’s Day, when the ship reported that it had lost several containers between Vlieland, in the Netherlands, and the German Bight in the southeastern North Sea.

The total of lost containers is now estimated to be 270, of which only a few dozen have been located.

Ships in the area have been warned to keep a lookout for floating containers.

Several of the containers contain hazardous materials; the others contain car parts, toys and furniture.

The Panamanian-flagged MSC ZOE is one of the world’s largest containerships.

It is now docked in Bremerhaven.

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As many of you know, the cost of medicine has been rising year after year. Prescription drug costs are the largest single expense of our health plan.

You may have heard in the news that just this month, some manufacturers have increased the cost of their medicines by 9.5 percent.

The Board of Trustees and the Plan are committed to making sure you have access to the medications you need at the lowest possible cost for you and the Plan.

We have been working with our Consultants and CVS Caremark on how we can help you and your physician choose a lower-cost medicine as the first step in treating your health condition. This program is called Step Therapy.

The program is only for new medications that your physician has prescribed for your medical condition effective Jan. 1, 2019.

If you are currently taking a medication, you are grandfathered–only new medications fall under Step Therapy.

Why choose a lower-cost medicine as the first step?

— It makes sense to try a lower-cost medicine as the first step in treating your condition. Why? Because for many people, they work just as well as other medicines but can cost up to 80 percent less.

— Some conditions have many treatment options that vary in cost. Step therapy helps make sure the medicines that are most effective and priced right are used first.

— To learn more about Step Therapy and how using a lower-cost medicine as the first step can help you, watch the short video posted at:

How do you take the first step?

— Ask your doctor which lower-cost medicines will work for you. Ask your doctor to write or call in the new prescription.

— Fill your new prescription at a retail pharmacy in the CVS/Caremark Retail Pharmacy Network (find one at or through CVS/Caremark Mail Service Pharmacy.

Our Board of Trustees strives to provide Plan participants and covered dependents with good health coverage in the face of EVER-RISING HEALTH CARE COSTS.

This requires everyone’s cooperation.

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The Offshore Orientation Course will be held in the MM&P Oakland Hall on Thursday and Friday, Jan. 10-11.

The course begins at 0930 on Thursday.

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 participating in the course, please contact the MM&P Oakland Hall at 510-808-7068.

As a reminder, the Oakland Hall is located at 548 Thomas L. Berkley Way, Oakland, CA 94612.

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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, Jan. 21, for the birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Nobel Prize laureate and civil rights activist was assassinated in 1968 on a trip to Memphis to support a strike by the city’s sanitation workers.

“The labor movement did not diminish the strength of the nation but enlarged it,” King once said.

“Those who attack labor forget these simple truths, but history remembers.”

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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. 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 or

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: 1/15/19, 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): 1/29/19, 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: 1/14/19, 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: 1/14/19, 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): 1/21/19*, 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 – 2/18/19*

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

DPA/IA – Designated Person Ashore & Internal Auditor (3-Day) – 1/16/19*

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: 1/14/19, 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): 1/29/19, 4/9/19, 9/17/19

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization (2-Day): 1/18/19

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (10-Day): 3/4/19, 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): 1/21/19

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): 1/30/19, 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): 1/21/19*, 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: 1/21/19*, 3/18/19*, 5/6/19, 9/30/19, 11/18/19

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 1/26/19, 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) – 1/24/19*, 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): 1/14/19, 9/23/19

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes (1-Night): 1/29/19, 1/30/19, 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: 1/7/19, 3/4/19, 7/29/19

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3-Day): 4/21/19, 12/2/19

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 1/28/19, 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: 1/21/19, 8/5/19

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (15-Day): 1/28/19, 7/8/19

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 1/14/19, 4/8/19, 7/8/19

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

TTT – 1/28/19

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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For registration, contact our admissions department: 206.441.2880 or

Please also see our schedule and enroll online at

January 2019
14th Radar Renewal
14-18 Train the Trainer
14-25 GMDSS
15-16 Basic Training Revalidation
17th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
21-25 Advanced Stability
21-25 Pilot Exam Preparation Course
22-25 Advanced Firefighting
28-1 ECDIS
28-1 Advanced Meteorology

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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