Wheelhouse Weekly – June 18, 2019

June 19th 2019

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MM&P International Secretary-Treasurer Steven Werse has decided to resign his position in union leadership as of June 30 for reasons related to his health.
Everyone in the MM&P community will greatly miss him. We wish him well and thank him for his dedication to our membership and many fine contributions.
In the following letter to the membership, Secretary-Treasurer Werse explains the reasons for his decision:
June 18, 2019
Attention: President IOMM&P and Membership
Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Two years ago, I had an “ischemic stroke.” Two weeks ago, I had another “ischemic stroke,” or transient ischemic attack (TIA). I am okay and out of the hospital on the road to recovery.
Memberships are entitled to certain rights and services as by a representative. As such, I have a responsibility to participate in fully the organization and my health care.
Therefore, I write to inform you that I am resigning from my position here as International Secretary-Treasurer. My last day will be June 30.
The General Executive Board directed Captain Donald Josberger to fill the position of International Secretary-Treasurer on July 1. I have full confidence that Captain Josberger will do a fine job.
Thank you so much for all of the opportunities this union has provided me. I have learned so much these past 10 years, and will never forget the kindness of all of my colleagues.

Let me know if there is anything I can do to make this transition easier. Thank you again for your years of support and encouragement.

Respectfully yours,

Captain Steven E. Werse

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Matson’s new ConRo LURLINE was christened and launched at General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego on Saturday.
At 870-feet in length, the LURLINE is the largest ship ever built in San Diego.
It is the most recent ship in the Matson fleet to be named in honor of LURLINE, the ocean goddess revered in native Hawaiian culture, and follows a long line of illustrious predecessors.
MM&P licensed deck officers crew all the ships in the Matson fleet.
Attending the christening and launch were several of the MM&P officers who will crew the ship, along with MM&P Pacific Ports Vice President Lars Turner, Coast Agent Jeremy Hope and the union’s West Coast Pilot Membership Group Representative Kip Carlson, a San Francisco Bay pilot.
“It was an honor to join brothers Paul Schulman and John Bloomingdale in welcoming Matson’s newest U.S.-flagged ship,” said Turner.
“It is ever impressive to see our brothers and sisters leading the next generation of Matson ships with MM&P pride and professionalism.”
“This was a banner evening for every part of maritime in the United States,” Carlson said, adding that the event underlined “Matson’s commitment to Hawaii and [to] all the members of the labor family who keep the company’s mission focused and on point.”
The LURLINE is the first of two Kanaloa Class vessels commissioned by Matson. The second vessel, now under construction at NASSCO, is named MATSONIA.
With delivery of the Kanaloa Class ships, along with its two new Aloha Class vessels the DANIEL K. INOUYE and the KAIMANA HILA, Matson will have completed this stage of renewing its Hawaii fleet.

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The House Committee on Armed Services has favorably reported legislation that extends the Maritime Security Program (MSP) for an additional ten years; adjusts the stipend available to vessels participating in the program; and creates a new Tanker Security Fleet program to further enhance the commercial sealift readiness capability provided to the Department of Defense by the U.S.-flag maritime industry.

These provisions are included in the National Defense Authorizations Act for Fiscal Year 2020 (HR 2500), which is now cleared for a vote in the full House of Representatives.

The action by the House committee to extend MSP through Fiscal Year 2035 and to adjust the annual per vessel stipend mirrors the action taken earlier by the Senate Committee on Commerce.

Under the House committee’s legislation, a new ten-vessel Tanker Security Fleet program would be authorized. Product tankers less than ten years of age and owned and operated by U.S. citizens would be eligible to apply for participation in the program.

Each vessel enrolled in the program would be eligible to receive an annual stipend, similar to what vessels enrolled in MSP are eligible to receive, to help facilitate the operation of militarily useful U.S.-flag commercial vessels and to retain their capability and U.S. citizens crews for use by the Department of Defense (DOD).

This program will not only provide a significant increase in the number of vessels operating under the U.S. flag, it will also create significant new employment opportunities for American mariners to help reduce the current manpower shortage that could impede our industry’s ability to meet DOD’s commercial sealift readiness requirements.

It is possible that the House of Representatives and the Senate will each consider their respective defense authorizations bills with the provisions relating to MSP and the Tanker Security Program prior to the Congressional summer recess.

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MM&P President Don Marcus addressed members of the Kings Point Class of 2019 at the USMMA commencement ceremony on June 15, congratulating them on their achievements and “for making the decision to enroll in the academy and become a part of our great industry.”

In his remarks, Marcus, who graduated from Kings Point in 1979, said the Class of 2019 will discover, as he did, that their “education has just begun.”

“Life is a great teacher and aboard ship, as you may have discovered during your sea-year, your best teachers may be from the most unlikely sources and the lessons may be painful at times. But as you have learned at this institution, perseverance, determination and a willingness to listen and grow will see you through the challenges ahead.”

He spoke of maritime labor’s role in passing legislation that protects American mariners’ rights and ensures them family-supporting wages, health care and retirement security.

“Unions were built around the concept of mutual respect and collective action,” he noted.

“In your careers, you will be working with men and women from all sections of society and walks of life.”

“Where you came from–Kings Point, across the water at Fort Schuyler, up the hawsepipe– means very little aboard ship. It is what you know, what you do and how you treat others that have meaning.”

He urged the graduates to maintain the skills necessary to adapt to technical change and to prepare themselves to make difficult choices.

“Do your duty at all times as a merchant marine officer,” he said. “And remember the old adage: the schedule is more flexible than the ship.”

“Don’t be that officer who remains silent when safety issues need to be addressed, but in saying that make absolutely certain that you always leave a paper trail that protects you in discharging your duty,” he said.

“There is no substitute for knowledge and experience,” he added.

“Learn your job. Look around and figure out what the individual who is supervising you is doing and why. Look at the big picture.”

“As professional mariners, if you know your job and persevere–and we know the Class of 2019 can persevere–you will succeed,” he said.

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Two tankers were struck in international waters in the Gulf of Oman on June 13.

The two are the oil/chemical tanker KOKUKA COURAGEOUS and the crude oil tanker FRONT ALTAIR.

The United States and Saudi Arabia have blamed the attacks on Iran.

One month earlier, on May 12, four other tankers were struck in what appeared to be similar attacks off Fujairah.

The 21-person crew of the KOKUKA COURAGEOUS abandoned ship after the incident, which resulted in damage to the starboard hull, but has since returned to the vessel.

The crew of the FRONT ALTAIR was picked up by a passing boat and on Saturday arrived by plane in Dubai.

Both vessels suffered fire damage; the thick black smoke issuing from the FRONT ALTAIR was reportedly visible even by satellite from space.

Tensions between the United States and Iran have increased since the United States last year withdrew from the 2015 Iran Nuclear Agreement and re-imposed sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

The Gulf of Oman lies at the entrance to the Strait of Hormuz, a major strategic waterway through which a fifth of global oil consumption from Middle East producers passes.

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The U.S. maritime authorities have issued the following advisory to U.S. ships:

“Two near-simultaneous maritime attacks have been reported in the Gulf of Oman in the vicinity of 25-27N 057-22E on June 13, 2019 against two vessels on an outbound transit of the Strait of Hormuz.”

“These attacks have been confirmed and involve damage to both vessels. The precise means of attack is currently unknown.”

“Exercise caution when transiting this area. Vessels operating in this area are advised to review U.S. Maritime Advisory 2019-006 (Threats to U.S. Interests from Iran – Persian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz, Gulf of Oman, Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden, Bab-el-Mandeb, and Red Sea).”

“This alert will automatically expire on June 20, 2019. Any questions regarding this alert should be directed to

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The Trump Administration’s proposed North American trade deal will not win labor’s support without major changes, says AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

The original North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) cost over one million Americans their jobs, a number that does not include thousands of jobs lost this year and last at companies like General Motors that have shifted work abroad.

Unions believe the administration’s proposed replacement, “the U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement,” or USMCA for short, is just as bad.

The “proposed new NAFTA doesn’t live up to the massive structural problems facing our country,” says Trumka, who has embarked on what the federation calls “a major trade tour,” hosting town halls with union members in Great Lakes states.

“NAFTA needs to be ripped out by the roots and replaced with something dramatically different,” he said at his first stop in Pittsburgh.

One big problem with the administration’s proposal, unions say, is lack of enforcement mechanisms.

“In the current draft, when corporations break the rules, they will have the power to block any investigation into their actions,” Trumka says.

“Without a way to hold corporations accountable, the deal isn’t worth the paper it’s written on.”

United Steelworkers (USW) International President Leo Gerard echoed the criticisms in a June 17 opinion piece entitled, “NAFTA Old and New: Deals by the Rich for the Rich.”

The “new NAFTA” and its predecessor were both negotiated by “self-dealing corporate honchos and fancy-pants corporate lobbyists,” he says, “… when they opened their mouths, only the word ‘profit’ emerged.”

The USW opposed NAFTA from the outset and even filed suit in an attempt to prevent it from taking effect.

“The USW knew NAFTA was a giant vacuum that would suck American and Canadian factories and jobs south of the Mexican border, where wages were, and remain, untenably low and environmental laws unenforced,” he says.

It “pitted U.S. and Canadian workers earning family-supportive wages against Mexican workers subsisting on pathetic pay and mostly denied the right to form independent labor unions,” Gerard says.

“At the same time, NAFTA displaced 2 million Mexican family farmers as U.S. agricultural products, sometimes subsidized, flowed tariff-free south of the border. Workers in all three countries suffered.”

Gerard says some provisions in the new agreement seem positive. One example: a requirement that workers earning an average of $16 an hour produce 40 percent of car and truck parts by 2023 to get tariff-free treatment.

But Gerard says the auto companies have refused to release data to evaluate the impact of this provision, adding “It may help retain jobs in higher wage countries like the United States and Canada but is unlikely to increase wages or move jobs [back].”

“More significant to preventing a new NAFTA from failing workers like the old NAFTA would be enforcement of Mexico’s labor laws,” he says.

“As it is now, labor unions in Mexico frequently are fakes, created and controlled by corporations. New laws, passed in Mexico in April [to lay a foundation for passage of USCMA], empower Mexicans to form their own worker-controlled labor unions…”

“Realistically, however, free unions aren’t going to pop up overnight in hundreds of thousands of Mexican workplaces,” Gerard notes.

“Unions must be formed, voted in and certified, then would have to successfully negotiate labor agreements at factories where owners will dig in their heels to remain in control.”

“For workers to get real unions and labor agreements, the Mexican government will have to actively assure workers’ rights… But right now, Mexico has no budget for implementation and has not even started to hire the hundreds of judges and inspectors that the new law requires…”

“If the Trump administration insists on rushing through its flawed agreement without common-sense improvements, our movement will mobilize an unrivaled, nationwide organizing network to ensure that the U.S.-Canada-Mexico trade agreement never sees the light of day,” says AFL-CIO President Trumka.

“But if President Trump can produce a truly pro-worker deal, we are ready and eager to win its passage in Congress.”

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In the most recent defeat for the labor movement in the South, workers at a Volkswagen plant in Tennessee last week voted down an attempt to form a union.

It was the second attempt in five years by the United Automotive Workers (UAW) to organize workers at VW’s Chattanooga plant.

This time the vote was 833 against joining in union and 767 in favor.

Almost all previous unionization attempts in factories operated by foreign carmakers in the South have been unsuccessful.

The UAW’s most recent loss underlined the challenges of organizing in southern states.

The union said that the vocal opposition of local politicians and lobbying by corporate groups were responsible for the defeat of its 2014 campaign to organize workers at the plant.

Volkswagen had originally offered to voluntarily recognize the UAW, but management pulled back under a barrage of attacks from Tennessee Republicans, who threatened to withhold public funding from the company if employees succeeded in joining in union.

This time UAW representatives said company officials made anti-union comments, held mandatory anti-union meetings and barred them from campaigning on site.

Almost all the company’s other plants worldwide are unionized.

In 2015, a small group of maintenance employees at the Chattanooga plant voted to unionize, but Volkswagen has refused to bargain with them. That case is still the subject of litigation.

The global union federation IndustriALL has suspended its international agreement with Volkswagen as a result of the company’s increasingly hostile stance to unionization drives in the United States.

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The MM&P Houston Hall will be closed on Wednesday, June 19, for Emancipation Day in Texas, an ILA holiday.

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All MM&P union halls, the MM&P Plan Office, the MM&P Federal Credit Union and MM&P headquarters will be closed on Thursday, July 4, for Independence Day.

Pacific Ports will also be closed on Friday, July 5, for the ILWU holiday Bloody Thursday, in memory of the union members who were shot and killed during the 1934 maritime strike.

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Carnival Cruise Lines has been ordered to pay an additional $20 million criminal fine after admitting to violating the terms of its probation over a previous conviction in which its affiliate Princess Cruises was sentenced to pay a $40 million fine.

Princess Cruises pleaded guilty in 2017 to felony charges of dumping oil-contaminated waste and trying to cover it up. The $40 million fine was the largest criminal penalty ever for deliberate vessel pollution.

During the five-year probation, all Carnival cruise ships eligible to trade in U.S. ports were required to comply with a court-supervised environmental compliance plan.

But the Justice Department issued a statement on June 3 saying that the auditor, the court monitor and the company itself have identified numerous violations of the agreement.

Carnival was charged, for example, with violating its probation by sending teams of employees to prepare its ships for inspections.

A judge ordered the company to end the practice, but the government says Carnival later launched a second “vessel-visit program with the purpose of avoiding adverse findings during the inspections.”

“Carnival sought to avoid the discovery of problems during the audits rather than learn from them,” said Jeffrey Bossert Clark, assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division.

“Carnival’s deliberate deception undermined the court’s supervision of probation.”

The company has admitted to other violations including: failing to establish a senior corporate officer as a corporate compliance manager; falsifying environmental training records aboard two cruise ships; and deliberately discharging plastic in Bahamian waters.

As part of the settlement, besides paying the additional $20 million penalty, the company must:

— issue a statement to all employees in which Carnival’s CEO accepts management’s responsibility for the probation violations;

— create an Executive Compliance Committee across all cruise lines, adding a new member with corporate compliance expertise to the board of directors;

— pay up to $10 million per day if it does not meet deadlines for implementing changes to its corporate structure;

— pay for 15 additional independent audits per year (on top of approximately 31 ship audits and six shore-side audits currently performed annually);

— make major changes in how it uses and disposes of plastic and other non-food waste to urgently address a problem on multiple vessels concerning illegal discharges of plastic mixed with other garbage.

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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: 8/5/19, 10/28/19

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 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): 7/17/19, 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): 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): 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 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 –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): 8/19/19

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

CY-MAR – Cyber-Skilled Mariner ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program ** – 8/5/19

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

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

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 8/12/19, 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): 8/19/19

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): 8/5/19, 12/2/19

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

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 6/24/19, 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):  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): 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) – 8/10/19, 10/30/19

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 7/15/19, 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) – 7/14/19, 8/9/19, 9/15/19, 11/8/19

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) – 7/19/19, 8/16/19, 9/20/19, 11/9/19

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

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P (2-Day) – 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

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):  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: 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): 7/8/19

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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For registration, contact our admissions department: 206.441.2880 or

Please also see our schedule and enroll online at

June 2019
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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