Wheelhouse Weekly – July 23rd, 2019

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Iran’s Revolutionary Guards seized the U.K.-flagged oil tanker STENA IMPERO in the Strait of Hormuz on July 19, further escalating regional tensions.

The Iranian forces rappelled onto the tanker’s deck from helicopters, defying orders from the British warship HMS MONTROSE, and seized it in apparent retaliation for the British capture of an Iranian ship two weeks earlier.

British Prime Minister Theresa May chaired an emergency security session on July 22 to discuss how to respond to the seizure of the ship, but there has been no official statement from London on steps it might take.

Britain’s foreign ministry yesterday advised U.K.-flagged ships to stay away from the Strait of Hormuz.

The events follow months of confrontation between Iran and Western powers after President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and impose tighter sanctions on Iran.

The STENA IMPERO was on its way to the Gulf and empty at the time it was seized.

In related news, the United States said on July 18 that a U.S. Navy ship had destroyed an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz, but Iran said it had not lost a drone.

In June, Iran shot down a U.S. drone in the Gulf with a surface-to-air missile. Iran says the drone was in its airspace, but Washington says it was in international skies.

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Captain James Staples, a security expert who works at the Maritime Institute of Graduate Studies (MITAGS), was interviewed Sunday evening by CNN International for a segment on the escalating tensions in the Gulf.

Staples told Atlanta-based CNN anchor Rick Folbaum that the July 19 seizure of the STENA IMPERO was a violation of international law and the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS).

The interview begins with a recording of an officer aboard the HMS MONTROSE telling the Iranians to stand down.

“When you hear that audio, with your trained ears, what do you hear? What jumps out?” the anchor asks.

“What I heard was the Navy telling the Iranian military to stand off and not to impede the passage of that vessel which was in an international trade route in a traffic separation scheme which he had every right to be in,” Staples said.

“And as we could see with the [Iranian] helicopter, and also the boats going around the vessel, we see them impeding.”

“They are breaking international law… that we have under the IMO and the rules of the road.”

The anchor comments that “real-time footage of the area in which the seizure took place looks like a traffic jam in the middle of midtown Manhattan.”

“What are the rules of the road?” he asks. “What’s allowed when we take a look at this narrow waterway and all the ships that want to go through?”

“You have two-way traffic going through,” Staples explains.

“You have inbound and you have outbound. And this vessel was outbound in a traffic scheme that’s a guided traffic scheme on a chart, and she has the right of way to be passing through there.”

“And she’s not to be impeded by any other vessel except for maybe a crossing vessel which is a navigational possibility that can happen.”

“Now what happens here when we have the [Iranian] military [boats] they are going around the vessel in circles, not following the rules of the road at all and all vessels—not just large ships–must follow the rules of the road…”

“We see them coming very, very, close to the ship and the captain’s trying to maneuver the ship safely through there.”

“They’re impeding his passage without a doubt. The visibility is usually poor in this area.”

“It’s a choke point. And he’s got to also worry about the larger vessels that may be in his vicinity that the captain of this vessel does not want to also impede because he has to abide by the rule. And that’s rule 10, specifically rule 10, in the COLREGS.”

“Obviously they’re breaking the law here with what they’re doing,” Staples said.

“The way I see it they’re no better than the Somali pirates by taking this vessel. The only thing different here is they’re using naval assets and it’s a country that should know better than doing something like this.”

“This is not the same situation we saw with the British taking that vessel which the Iranians claim was illegally seized.”

“She was breaking sanctions and it was known to be breaking sanctions… What we have here is a hijacking from a country that said they just basically wanted to do a security check which can be done.”

“They can come on board and do a security check but there’s no reason to take that vessel to anchor in waters of Iran and hold that vessel and hold that crew. Innocent merchant crew seamen that have nothing to do with what’s going on are being blatantly held by a country that should not be doing this.”

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In a joint statement, Nautilus International and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) have expressed concerns for the welfare of the 23-person crew of the British oil tanker STENA IMPERO which was seized by the Iranian military in the Strait of Hormuz.

Nautilus and the ITF have called for a diplomatic resolution to the situation and a de-escalation of tensions in the region.

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps seized the British-flagged oil tanker STENA IMPERO in the Strait of Hormuz on Friday.

The 23 seafarers on board are of Indian, Russian, Latvian and Filipino nationality.

“We are shocked but not surprised by the developments in the Gulf,” said Nautilus International General Secretary Mark Dickinson.

“We have been raising our security concerns with the U.K. Chamber of Shipping repeatedly over recent weeks.”

“I wrote to the Minister of Defense supporting and encouraging joint naval interventions in response to the heightening tensions in the Gulf.”

“We call on the U.K. government to urgently engage in diplomatic efforts for the release of the vessel and crew.”

“Our thoughts are with the seafarers being held, and with their families,” he said.

“We offer our support to the international effort to have them released safely, and promise to redouble our efforts, including collaboration with our international colleagues, to ensure that all seafarers are protected from aggression wherever the risk is evident.”

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said in a statement that the STENA IMPERO was seized “at the request of the Ports and Maritime Organization’s office of Hormuzgan province for disregarding international maritime rules and regulations as it was passing through the Strait of Hormuz.”

According to the semi-official Iranian news agency Fars, the vessel has reportedly been taken to Iran’s Bandar Abbas Port, where all 23 crewmembers are being held.

“The ITF is deeply concerned,” said ITF Seafarers’ Section Chair David Heindel. “The seizure of the STENA IMPERO marks a dramatic intensification in the turmoil in the region.”

“This is the latest in a series of alarming episodes, and again we call for a de-escalation of the heightening tensions in the region,” he added.

“We call on all nations to promote stability, ensure safe passage and freedom of navigation in international waters throughout the Arabian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz, the Bab el-Mandeb Strait and the Gulf of Oman.”

“Seafarers are concerned about the risk to their safety. It’s essential that the maritime industry and governments work collectively to guarantee safe passage and defuse conflict in such a vital region.”

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Rep. John Garamendi (D-Calif.) and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) have reintroduced the “Energizing American Shipbuilding Act.”

This bipartisan legislation seeks to recapitalize America’s strategic domestic shipbuilding and maritime industries by requiring that increasing percentages of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and crude oil exports be transported on U.S.-built, U.S.-flagged and U.S.-crewed vessels.

The bill would require that vessels built in the United States transport 15 percent of total seaborne LNG exports by 2041 and 10 percent of total seaborne crude oil exports by 2033.

If enacted, the bill is expected to spur the construction of dozens of ships, supporting thousands of well-paying jobs in American shipyards, as well as the domestic vessel component manufacturing and maritime industries.

According to an estimate by the Shipbuilders Council of America, the bill would result in the construction of more than 40 ships: approximately 28 LNG carriers by 2041 and 12 oil tankers by 2033.

“Rising U.S. exports of America’s strategic LNG and crude oil present a unique opportunity to create new middle-class jobs by strengthening our nation’s crucial domestic shipbuilding, advanced manufacturing, and maritime industries—which are key to national security and our ability to project American military power abroad,” Garamendi said.

“Our bipartisan bill counters other export countries’ similar requirements, including the Russian-flagged vessel requirement for arctic oil and natural gas exports announced by the Kremlin in December 2018.”

“American shipyards and mariners are ready for the job, and our bill ensures they are no longer expected to compete against heavily subsidized foreign shipyards in Korea, China and elsewhere.”

“Maintaining a strong domestic maritime industry is essential for our national defense,” said Wicker.

“This legislation would strengthen our shipbuilding industry, support American maritime jobs and ensure the United States has enough American-flagged, crewed, and built ships to transport its growing oil and natural gas exports in times of conflict.”

“Our geopolitical rivals have invested heavily in their shipbuilding capacity, and the U.S. should keep pace.”

“The passage of this crucial bill will not only ensure that dozens of new ships with hundreds of thousands of tons of capacity will be built here in the United States, it will also invigorate the shipyard industrial base, which spans to every state in the nation,” said Shipbuilders Council of America President Matthew Paxton.

“We thank Senator Wicker and Congressman Garamendi for championing this critical legislation and for standing steadfastly behind the hardworking men and women of the American shipyard industry.”

According to the Energy Information Administration, seaborne American crude oil and natural gas exports will continue to increase, with the United States projected to become a net crude oil exporter and the top LNG exporting nation in the coming years.

Earlier this year, Garamendi and Wicker sent a letter urging the Trump Administration to support the American maritime industry by ensuring that any deal for the People’s Republic of China to commit to purchase U.S. natural gas guarantee transport business for U.S.-built, flagged and crewed vessels.

The original cosponsors of the legislation in the House are: Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.), Brian K. Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), Jefferson Van Drew (D-N.Y.), Robert J. Wittman (R-Va.), Mark Pocan, (D-Wis.), Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), Grace F. Napolitano (D-Calif.), Peter T. King (R-N.Y.), Nanette Diaz Barragán (D-Calif.), Julia Brownley (D-Calif.), Rick Larsen (D-Wash.), Alan S. Lowenthal (D-Calif.), Jared F. Golden (D-Maine), Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.), Joe Courtney (D-Conn.), Donald Norcross (D-N.J.) and Elaine G. Luria (D-Va.)

The bill’s original cosponsor in the Senate is Pennsylvania Democrat Robert P. Casey Jr.

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Competing visions of how mariners should train to use electronic chart display and information systems (ECDIS) will likely be debated when the International Maritime Organization (IMO) begins its periodic review of the STCW Code next year.

Marine accident investigators have pointed the finger at ECDIS-related issues in several casualties that have occurred over the past decade, including the grounding of the Dutch-flagged general cargo ship NOVA CURA off the coast of Greece in 2016.

In this case and others, the investigations showed that the watch officers were unfamiliar with the proper operation of the ECDIS controls and functions.

There is general agreement that ECDIS systems contribute to safe navigation by providing real-time positioning and reducing the workload of the bridge team.

But the lack of standardization and the complexity of some systems are a major source of concern.

Telegraph, the magazine of the British, Dutch and Swiss officers’ union Nautilus, has previewed a study of ECDIS-related problems by researchers in Denmark and the United Kingdom.

The researchers found wide variation in the type and quality of ECDIS training offered by institutions included in the survey.

Current IMO regulations require generic training on ECDIS and type-specific familiarization for different manufacturers’ systems in use aboard specific ships.

The mariners who participated in the study preferred type-specific training.

But, in IMO terminology, mandatory “training” requires an approved course and a certificate, which implies time away from the ship to earn the certificate.

Familiarization is less formal and can be accomplished aboard ship or in a number of ways, provided the officer holds a generic ECDIS training certificate.

Another problem implicit in type-specific training: the need for officers to obtain a separate certificate for each type of ECDIS, which would then limit them to only serving on ships with ECDIS meeting the type-specific certificate held.

Given the number of manufacturers of ECDIS systems and the variety of systems in use, a requirement for type-specific training would clearly be a major obstacle to ships’ officers and to anyone involved in ship manning.

It would also place a significant burden on training facilities.

“The problem is well known at IMO and the subject of ongoing discussions,” says MM&P Vice President George Quick, who represents Masters, Mates & Pilots at IMO and in other international forums.

“The solution probably lies in strengthened ECDIS familiarization procedures or adoption of an S-mode system that can revert to standardized ECDIS controls and functions,” he says.

Quick says that although the extent and scope of IMO’s STCW review are being debated, it is probable that the ECDIS training issue will be on the table.

The STCW review is expected to take five years or more.

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In a short film that aired on ABC on July 9, MM&P member Dana Ryan, who is currently sailing as chief mate aboard the ST. LOUIS EXPRESS, talks about how a childhood affinity for boating led to her career as a professional mariner.

“I grew up boating with my dad,” Ryan says.

“I loved being on the water and took the helm at a very young age… I would just stare out at the ocean and think ‘I need to be out there.’”

“The sky’s the limit,” she says. “Or maybe the ocean’s the limit.”

The film, “A Sisterhood of Sailors,” centers on Women Offshore, an organization founded by mariner Ally Cedeno to provide professional support to the growing number of women entering the maritime industry.

Cedeno describes Women Offshore as “an online community focused on connecting and supporting women who work on oil rigs, platforms and ships around the world.”

For more information, visit their website:

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MITAGS-PMI West Coast seeks a full-time instructor/simulator operator to provide classroom instruction and simulator operator support.

Classroom instruction will focus on Mate-to-Master upgrade courses, as well as Officer in Charge of a Navigation Watch (OICNW) courses.

The job also entails operating the simulator for USCG-approved courses, research projects or assessments.

Travel may be required to teach at the East coast campus, or other off-site locations.
Desired qualifications include: USCG Master Unlimited, having sailed at least one year on that license–may be substituted with equivalent uniformed service experience (NOAA, USCG, USN); degree in adult education.

Requirements include: USCG-approved Train the Trainer course; ability to work flexible hours, to include early morning, evening and/or weekends; excellent writing and communications skills; excellent computer skills, including MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and related information systems; very strong interpersonal and communication skills and ability to work effectively with all levels of the organization.

This position requires moderate physical activity. Minimum annual salary $53,535.00.

To apply for this job or to find out more, please contact Jane Sibiski:

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The MM&P union halls in Seattle, Oakland and Los Angeles/Long Beach will be closed on Monday, July 29, in observance of the birthday of International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) founder Harry Bridges.

Please note: The MM&P Honolulu Hall will be open on July 29.

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Democrats and Republicans in the House of Representatives voted almost unanimously on July 17 to repeal the so-called “Cadillac tax,” a provision of the Affordable Care Act.

The “Cadillac tax” was intended to help reduce health care costs and help pay for the health care law by taxing “high-value” health insurance plans at a rate of 40 percent.

Set to go into effect in 2022 after two delays, it was widely opposed by unions, businesses, and members of both parties in Congress.

The House vote of 419-6 in favor of repeal was a victory for the AFL-CIO, which considered the tax a penalty on union-negotiated health coverage.

A companion bill in the Senate has 40 co-sponsors, but there is no word on when or if it will be taken up.

“Working families have waited too long for repeal of the 40 percent health benefits tax,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

“It’s a shame that health care remains out of reach for millions across the country because they can’t afford to see their doctor.”

“It’s time to end this tax that drives up deductibles and co-pays that empty workers’ wallets.”

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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 – Able Seaman – 9/9/19

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

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

AZIPOD (2-Day) – 9/30/19

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 10/28/19

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

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling – (Now also included in BRMP-Refresher) (3-Day): 10/2/19

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

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

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

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

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

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

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

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

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

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

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific: 8/12/19*, 12/9/18

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

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

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

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: Not Currently Scheduled

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management: 10/28/19

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 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): 8/19/19, 9/16/19*, 10/7/19, 10/21/19, 11/11/19, 12/9/19

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

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

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

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

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

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

CIW-DPA/IA – Continual Improvement Workshop: Designated Person Ashore & Internal Auditor (3-Day) ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program ** –11/12/19

CIW-SMS – Continual Improvement Workshop: Successful Safety Management (2-Day) –10/15/19

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

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

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior (1-Day) – Not currently scheduled

CDMGT – Crowd Management (1-Day) – Not currently scheduled

CSE – Confined Space Entry (3-Day): Not currently scheduled

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

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

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

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

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 12/9/19

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 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: 8/1/19, 8/28/19, 9/24/19, 10/29/19, 12/19/19

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

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

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

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (10-Day): Not currently scheduled

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 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): 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): Not currently scheduled

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage (1-Day): 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): 12/2/19

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 9/30/19*, 12/2/19

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

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

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 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): 8/7/19, 9/12/19 (evening), 11/1/19 (evening)

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

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) – 8/4/19, 11/3/19

MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day) – 10/30/19

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 8/11/19, 9/16/19, 11/4/19

MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day) – 8/8/19, 9/14/19, 11/4/19 (evening)

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) – 8/9/19, 9/15/19, 11/8/19

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) – 8/16/19, 9/20/19, 11/9/19

NDMS-ENAV – Navigational Decision Making Series – Best Practice in eNav (3-Day) – 11/18/19

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

RFPNW – Ratings Forming Part of a Navigational Watch (3-day) – Not currently scheduled

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

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

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

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

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day) – 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): Not currently scheduled

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: Not currently scheduled

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): Not currently scheduled

VSO – Vessel Security Officer (3-Day): 9/4/19

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

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

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Please also see our schedule and enroll online at

July 2019
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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