Wheelhouse Weekly – March 3rd, 2020

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The US Navy and Military Sealift Command have released detailed guidance on the novel coronavirus for all shipboard personnel.

“The 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues to expand globally,” MSC Commander Rear Adm. Michael Wettlaufer states in the guidance distributed to all ships.

“This is a rapidly evolving outbreak.”

MSC’s Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Command Response Plan and Medical Guidance are posted in their entirety on under Latest News.

MSC ships are defined as those entitled to sovereign immunity, including: USNS, to include all US government-owned ships; privately owned US-flag vessels under time charter to MSC; and MARAD’s NDRF and RRF ships when activated and assigned to MSC.

Among the procedures outlined in the official guidance:

— For all Naval Surface Force Atlantic (SURFLANT) ships, any crew member returning from anywhere in Italy must be sequestered off ship for 14 days, regardless of symptoms. This requirement includes asymptomatic sailors.

— Mission essential travel will continue, but personnel will raise any concerns with commanders, and non-mission-essential travel will be reviewed.

— Unless directed otherwise by COMSC, N1 will continue to provide on-time crew-reliefs to government-owned, government-operated ships.

— Leave policy will be managed by supervisors informed by DoS and DoD travel restrictions. The guidance notes that “It is understood that identical treatment between military and civilian personnel is not possible within the regulations that apply to each group.”

— Liberty in port may be restricted without premium pay because of unsafe conditions.

— Masters will not allow access to the ship by CIVMARS or any other embarked personnel returning from areas identified as requiring individuals to be placed under restriction of movement orders. Restriction of movement orders can last for up to 14 days.

— Masters, in coordination with shipboard medical personnel, will be prepared to screen personnel prior to boarding.

— An MSC ship with a sick person on board will likely have to work with foreign authorities to attempt to remove the sick person from the shipboard environment.

— In areas affected by COVID-19, every effort will be made to reschedule inspections, certifications and training.

— Contractor-operated ships will be required to follow OTC Commander and MSC Commander COVID-19 response policies.

The guidance stipulates that Military Sealift Command and the Navy will “continuously ensure that the appropriate unions receive the required notification of processes, procedures and restrictions put in place.”

MM&P had reached out to MSC about ship visits by contractors and shipyard workers who live in areas in which numerous cases of the novel coronavirus have been confirmed.

“Please know that MM&P members assigned aboard various MSC ships have contacted the Union raising valid concerns over ships being in-ported in dangerous areas,” MM&P Government Fleet Representative Randi Ciszewski wrote officials at MSC Headquarters Medical and N1 on Feb. 28.

“They are very worried about this serious health (life/death) issue.”

“There have been confirmed cases of the virus reported within miles from where their ships are in-ported.”

“Their concerns are substantiated by the Korean government limiting all airline flights to essential travel only/Class 3.”

Mariners aboard MSC vessels have reported that shipyard workers and contractors who reside in “coronavirus clusters” are boarding MSC ships on a daily basis.

“Other than hand-washing and donning a mask, what measures does MSC intend to implement to ensure that the potential for shipyard workers and contractors bringing the virus back to the ship is limited?” Ciszewski asked.

MM&P had requested that all workers seeking to board MSC ships in areas with a high incidence of the virus undergo screenings that include a temperature check and observation for symptoms by a US Navy hospital worker in the AOR.

Additionally, the union asked for “updates, guidance and advice” to relay to members, along with implementation of “any other safety measures to limit CIVMARS’ exposure to the virus and prevent carriers from bringing COVID-19 aboard ship.”

The Navy on Friday ordered all ships that have made stops in the Pacific, about 30 to 40 vessels, to “self-quarantine” at sea for 14 days and to closely monitor personnel who have traveled to high-risk areas.

The American military has already confirmed one coronavirus case: A 23-year-old soldier based near Daegu, South Korea, has tested positive and has been quarantined in his off-base residence.

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US ports are starting to experience the impact of sailing cancellations implemented over the past 30 days at ports in China.

The Port of Long Beach is registering lower volumes, an official told The Long Beach Post, adding that “uncertainty created by the trade war has now shifted to chaos brought on by the coronavirus.”

The Port of Los Angeles has registered a 25 percent drop in volume for the month of February.

On the East Coast, the Georgia Ports Authority predicts March traffic will come in well under expectations.

One reason: Quarantine measures continue to limit the number of Chinese truck drivers reporting for duty, giving rise to severe trucking shortages.

An outbreak of the virus in South Korea is expected to create further problems, given the central role played by Busan as a transshipment hub.

Gene Seroka, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles, told CNBC last week that he believes the economic drag from the new coronavirus will turn out to be larger than SARS, the severe acute respiratory syndrome, which also originated in China.

“This appears to be much worse because of the number of folks who were infected and the lack of productivity that is taking place through the supply chain, starting with the manufacturing base,” Seroka said.

While estimates vary, economists believe SARS cost the global economy about $40 billion.

Economists are expecting a far greater impact on the global economy from the coronavirus, largely because China’s economy has grown to be the second biggest behind the US as compared to its sixth-place ranking during SARS.

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The Trump Administration has officially published a memorandum that gives the Secretary of Defense authority to deny collective bargaining rights to Civil Service mariners and the rest of the Pentagon’s nearly 750,000-person civilian workforce.

The memorandum, which was signed by the president in January, has been published in The Federal Register, the official journal that contains the government’s proposed rules and public notices.

The administration cited an alleged need for flexibility as the basis for giving the Secretary of Defense the authority to exclude Pentagon employees from the law that guarantees federal workers the right to unionize.

“It is unclear how widely [Defense Secretary Mark] Esper would use this new authority,” writes Erich Wagner in Government Executive.

Unions that represent federal employees, including MM&P, have been quick to respond to the threat.

“MM&P CIVMARS greatly contribute to safe and efficient DoD mission accomplishment,” said MM&P President Don Marcus.

“They have answered the call of duty time and time again. The existing, time-tested system works.”

“MM&P will aggressively oppose any management action that eliminates workers’ rights to join together to collectively bargain for safe working conditions and decent wages.”

Esper has told lawmakers he would wait for staff recommendations before using the newly granted authority.

Some lawmakers who say the president’s decision runs counter to congressional intent have written to the White House to express their opposition.

“We all agree that the Department of Defense requires flexibility to respond to the challenges that our nation faces,” wrote Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.).

“However, collective bargaining is not only compatible with this needed flexibility, but also is a key component in preserving flexibility by giving employees a voice in the system and providing avenues for management to receive feedback.”

They argue that good labor-management relations are critical to the Defense Department’s effectiveness.

They also say Congress intended the provision of federal labor law allowing the president to exempt portions of the federal workforce from collective bargaining to be used in rare, isolated cases, not as part of a potentially department-wide edict.

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The Senate has now joined the House of Representatives in unanimously passing legislation that would authorize the issuance of a Congressional Gold Medal to the class of World War II Merchant Marine Mariners.

The Senate action took place on March 2 and the legislation is now headed to the White House where the president is expected to sign it into law.

The effort to enact this legislation (HR 5671) was led by Rep. John Garamendi (D-Calif.) and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).

Enactment of this legislation is the culmination of the maritime industry’s effort to achieve long-overdue recognition for America’s World War II mariners, who put themselves in harm’s way so that their fellow Americans fighting overseas had the material and equipment they needed.

In the words of Army General Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1945: “The officers and men of the merchant marine, by their devotion to duty in the face of enemy action, as well as the natural dangers of the sea, have brought us the tools to finish the job.”

Special recognition is due the American Merchant Marine Veterans Association, its members and the family members of those World War II mariners who are no longer with us.

The enactment of this legislation is a direct result of their dedication, perseverance and hard work.

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Forty-eight US states saw real median household income growth decline in President Trump’s first two years in office, according to an analysis of government data conducted by the Economic Policy Institute.

Inflation-adjusted income growth slowed significantly across the country in the first two years of Trump’s presidency: all but two states saw a decline in growth of real median household income.

Middle-class incomes grew at a rate of 2.7 percent from 2016 through 2018, compared to a 5.8 percent growth rate from 2014 through 2016.

“The truth is that this economy is not performing well for most Americans,” says EPI President Thea Lee.

“At this point in the business cycle, wage and income growth for working households should be accelerating, not slowing.”

She says the president has taken steps that have hurt the middle class, including the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and overturning regulations like overtime protection that shore up workers’ paychecks.

“The current administration’s focus on cutting taxes for the wealthy, expanding tax incentives for outsourcing, and undercutting workers’ rights has left ordinary working households in most states barely gaining ground,” she says.

The new findings–from an EPI and Capital & Main analysis of the most recent US Census data—are a departure from the White House’s characterization that the economy is “the best it has ever been.”

Economists say the lack of an infrastructure package, which Trump pledged to institute if he were elected, is a missed opportunity.

“Manufacturing is going in the wrong direction,” says Mark Muro, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute’s Metropolitan Policy Project.

“I think there are all kinds of policy opportunities that have not been exploited.”

Muro sees warning signs for 2020, including the manufacturing recession and uncertainty over trade caused by the trade war and the coronavirus.

Factory production in the US shrank by 1.3 percent in the past year, according to The Washington Post.

The EPI has attributed the comparatively weak wage growth to lower unionization rates, the weakening of safety net programs and trade policies that have encouraged offshoring of work, among other factors.

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After an 18-month battle with company management, workers at the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter voted last week to form a union.

The vote was 36 to 47 in favor of forming Kickstarter United, the first union of full-time, white-collar employees in the tech industry.

“What Kickstarter employees are organizing a union for is the agency to challenge management when management is failing the community,” said Clarissa Redwine, one of three union organizers who say they were fired or pressured to resign by the company in September.

The union’s bargaining committee will now meet with management to negotiate a first contract.

Issues on the table, Redwine says, include fair pay, fair hiring practices and having a say in the company’s product decisions.

Kickstarter workers, who will belong to Local 153 of the Office and Professional Employees International Union, are the first full-time tech industry employees to win a company-wide vote to form a union.

The news comes amid growing discontent among full-time white collar workers at technology companies such as Google, Amazon and Microsoft, where unionization efforts have been slow in part because of generous salaries and perks.

But contract workers in the tech industry have successfully voted to form unions on at least two other occasions.

In September 2019, a group of 90 Google contractors in Pittsburgh voted to join the United Steelworkers.

They reportedly did not meet with resistance from Google, since they weren’t employed directly by the company but rather by a contractor.

In 2014, a group of 38 contract workers doing bug testing at Microsoft were also successful in forming a union.

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There will be an Offshore membership meeting at the MM&P Seattle Hall on Wednesday, March 4.

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

As a reminder, the Seattle Hall is located at 15208 52nd Ave. South, Suite 100, Seattle, WA 98188.

The phone number is: 206-441-8700.

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MITAGS West is seeking a part-time instructor to provide classroom instruction using content provided by the organization.

Instructor keeps appropriate records and evaluates attendees as required, prepares for the presentation and delivery of course as necessary and reports to the Department Head any items requiring curriculum development attention.

USCG Officer Level License, with experience sailing under his/her highest level license and similar experience are a plus; may be substituted with equivalent uniformed service experience (NOAA, USCG, USN).

Desired qualifications include: degree in adult education, maritime sciences or related field; two years’ experience supervising subordinates in a similar environment; experience teaching adults professional subjects for one or more years, including teaching cadets.

Experience, training and qualifications required to obtain approval to teach the courses in the field from the U.S. Coast Guard is required.

Excellent computer skills, including MS Office Suite and related information systems. Capable of developing sound, detailed analyses to support actions and/or recommendations. Strong interpersonal, writing and communication skills.

Requires moderate physical activity and may require some travel, to include MITAGS East

Minimum pay is $15.75 per hour.

Please submit a cover letter with your resume to the MITAGS Human Resource Manager Jane Sibiski,

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MITAGS has received approval from the National Maritime Center to conduct Proficiency in Survival Craft – Original and Refresher.

The PSC Original is designed for mariners upgrading to able seafarer and/or original deck and engine licenses.

The PSC Refresher is for mariners who do not have the 360 days of sea service in the last five years which is needed for STCW certificate renewals.

The next PSC Original and PSC Refresher courses will run at MITAGS on the following dates. Please check with Admissions for additional course offerings. Custom course dates can also be provided.

PSC – 5-Day Course:
Oct. 19 -23, 2020

PSC-REF – 2-Day Refresher Course:
July 30 -31, 2020
Dec. 10 -11, 2020

These courses use real survival craft and survival craft simulations.

Students will enhance their proficiency in the use of survival crafts (other than fast rescue boats).

The courses meet, and in many cases exceed, national and STCW Code requirements.

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

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 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 – 4/13/20, 8/17/20, 10/5/20

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation (1-Day): 9/4/20

ARPA-OIC (4-Day) – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 3/31/20

AZIPOD (2-Day) – 3/9/20, 4/30/20

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 5/11/20, 8/3/20, 9/28/20

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 3/9/20, 3/31/20, 4/30/20, 5/18/20, 7/13/20, 9/15/20

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling – (Now also included in BRMP-Refresher) (3-Day): 3/11/20, 4/27/20, 7/15/20, 10/7/20

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

BT – Basic Safety Training: 4/20/20, 8/10/20, 10/12/20

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – 4/2/20, 4/28/20, 6/15/20, 7/28/20, 8/31/20, 9/23/20, 10/28/20, 12/15/20

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 4/27/20, 7/27/20, 9/23/20, 12/14/20

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 4/6/20

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 4/13/20, 6/8/20, 7/27/20, 10/5/20, 11/30/20

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 4/6/20, 6/15/20, 8/3/20

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 10/12/20

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1: 3/16/20, 6/1/20, 8/24/20, 11/9/20

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific: 3/23/20, 6/8/20, 8/31/20, 11/16/20

CM-OPS 2 APL – Chief Mate Operations II APL Specific – 3/9/20*

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems: 3/9/20, 6/1/20, 8/17/20, 11/9/20

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM): 4/20/20, 6/22/20, 8/10/20, 11/16/20, 12/14/20

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 9/14/20 (DCS-1 available on request – contact Admissions)

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: Not Currently Scheduled

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management: 9/21/20

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 3/16/20, 4/13/20, 4/27/20, 6/1/20, 6/15/20, 7/20/20, 8/10/20, 9/14/20, 9/28/20, 10/12/20, 11/2/20, 1/30/20

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 3/9/20*, 3/23/20*, 4/20/20, 5/4/20, 6/8/20, 6/22/20, 7/27/20, 8/17/20, 9/21/20, 10/5/20, 10/19/20, 11/9/20, 12/7/20

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

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 11/2/20

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 10/26/20

WX-HW-ATL – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Atlantic Ocean (2-day) – 5/18/20

WX-HW-IND – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Indian Ocean (2-day) – 5/22/20

WX-HW-PAC – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Pacific Ocean (2-day) – 5/20/20

CIW-DPA/IA – Continual Improvement Workshop: Designated Person Ashore & Internal Auditor (3-Day) ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program ** – 6/24/20, 10/14/20

CIW-SMS – Continual Improvement Workshop: Successful Safety Management (2-Day) – Not currently scheduled

CNAV-OIC (15-Day) – Celestial Navigation: 4/27/20, 11/2/20

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

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior (1-Day) – 7/24/20

CDMGT – Crowd Management (1-Day) – 7/23/20

CSE – Confined Space Entry (3-Day): 7/20/20

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) – 4/30/20, 7/20/20

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 6/8/20, 8/17/20, 12/7/20

ADV-FF – Advanced Fire-Fighting (4-day) – Not currently scheduled

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 4/20/20, 8/10/20, 10/12/20

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 4/1/20, 4/30/20, 6/17/20, 7/30/20, 9/2/20, 9/22/20, 10/27/20, 12/17/20

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 4/25/20, 7/25/20, 9/26/20, 12/12/20

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications (1-Day): 4/7/20, 9/15/20

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization (2-Day): 3/14/20

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (10-Day): 3/16/20, 8/24/20

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 4/13/20, 8/24/20, 11/16/20

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

LAP – License Advancement Program for Mate to Master (20-Day): 7/27/20, 9/28/20

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes (15-Day): 3/9/20

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License (15-Day): 6/1/20

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage (1-Day): 3/12/20, 4/8/20, 5/18/20, 9/16/20

LNG-TPIC (10-Day) – 11/30/20

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC) (1-Day): 5/26/20

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): 3/16/20, 6/15/20, 8/24/20, 11/30/20

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 3/16/20, 5/4/20*, 7/6/20, 9/28/20, 11/30/20

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 3/9/20, 6/22/20, 8/17/20, 10/19/20

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 3/16/20, 4/13/20, 5/4/20*

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 3/21/20, 3/31/20, 5/1/20, 5/9/20, 6/18/20, 7/11/20, 9/3/20, 9/21/20, 10/3/20, 10/26/20, 12/5/20, 12/18/20

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic) (1-Day): 5/21/20, 6/3/20, 8/5/20, 9/11/20, 11/10/20

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 5/19/20, 6/1/20, 8/3/20, 9/9/20, 10/30/20

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) – 5/31/20, 8/2/20, 11/1/20

MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day) – Not currently scheduled

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 5/11/20, 6/7/20, 7/6/20, 8/9/20, 9/14/20, 11/2/20

MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day) – 5/10/20, 6/4/20, 8/6/20, 9/12/20, 11/2/20

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) – 5/15/20, 6/5/20, 7/10/20, 8/8/20, 9/13/20, 11/6/20

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) – 5/16/20, 6/11/20, 7/11/20, 8/14/20, 9/18/20, 11/7/20

NDMS-ENAV – Navigational Decision Making Series – Best Practice in eNav (3-Day) – 7/22/20, 11/30/20

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P (2-Day) – 3/16/20*, 4/9/20*, 6/22/20*, 6/24/20, 7/13/20, 8/31/20, 9/2/20, 10/26/20, 10/28/20, 12/14/20, 12/16/20

RFPNW – Ratings Forming Part of a Navigational Watch (3-day) – 9/30/20

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal (1-Day): 9/21/20

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes (1-Night): 4/27/20, 4/28/20, 7/27/20, 9/15/20, 12/14/20

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 7/27/20

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3-Day): 3/28/20, 10/14/20, 11/30/20

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 5/18/20, 8/24/20, 10/19/20

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day) – 3/30/20*, 5/4/20*, 7/13/20, 8/31/20, 11/16/20, 12/14/20

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 8/3/20

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (15-Day): 7/6/20

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 5/11/20, 7/6/20

TRAC-TUG-2 (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

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): 4/6/20, 5/27/20, 9/9/20

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) (10-Day): 10/5/20

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 9/14/20

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For registration, contact our admissions department: 206.441.2880 or

Please also see our schedule and enroll online at

March 2020

9-13 Advanced Stability
9-13 Basic Training
9-27 Terrestrial & Coastal Navigation
16-20 Medical Care Provider
16-20 Advanced Meteorology
16-27 Medical Person-In-Charge
23-27 Able Seaman
23-27 Advanced Shiphandling I
30-3 Advanced Shiphandling II
30-3 Radar Observer Unlimited

April 2020

6-9 ARPA
6-10 Leadership & Managerial Skills
6-10 Basic Training
13-15 Security Officer – Vessel, Company and Facility
13-17 Basic Shiphandling
13-17 Advanced Firefighting
17th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
20-21 Basic Training Revalidation
20-24 ECDIS
20-24 Medical Care Provider
20-31 Medical Person-In-Charge
27-8 GMDSS

May 2020

4-5 Advanced Firefighting Refresher
6th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
7-8, 11 Basic Training Refresher
7-8 Basic Training Revalidation
11-15 Basic Training
11-15 Medical Care Provider
11-15 Engine Resource Management
11-22 Medical Person-In-Charge
11-22 Watchkeeping (Operational Level)
18-22 Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (MEECE)
26th Leadership & Teamworking Skills
26-30 Advanced Firefighting
27th Flashing Light

June 2020

1-19 Celestial Navigation
8-10 Security Officer – Vessel, Company and Facility
8-19 GMDSS
8-26 Terrestrial and Coastal Navigation
9th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
11-12 Basic Training Revalidation
11-12,15 Basic Training Refresher
15-19 Basic Training
22-26 Medical Care Provider
29-1 Search & Rescue

July 2020

6-10 Ship Construction and Basic Stability
6-10 Leadership & Managerial Skills
13-17 Advanced Stability
13-24 Watchkeeping (Operational Level)
15th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
16-17 Basic Training Revalidation
20-24 Advanced Meteorology
20-24 Basic Training
27-29 Security Officer – Vessel, Company and Facility
27-31 Advanced Shiphandling I

August 2020

3-7 Advanced Shiphandling II
3-7 Able Seaman
3-7 Advanced Firefighting
10-14 Basic Training
10-28 Terrestrial and Coastal Navigation
14,17-18 Basic Training Refresher
17-18 Basic Training Revalidation
19th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
20-21 Advanced Firefighting Refresher
31-4 Radar Observer Unlimited

September 2020

14-18 Engine Resource Management
14-18 Basic Training
14-2 License Preparation (OICNW)
21-25 Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (MEECE)
21-2 GMDSS
28-29 Basic Training Revalidation
30th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

October 2020

12-16 ECDIS
12-16 Ship Construction and Basic Stability
12-16 Basic Training
12-16 Medical Care Provider
12-23 Medical Person-In-Charge
19-20 Basic Training Revalidation
19-23 Advanced Meteorology
19-6 Celestial Navigation
21st Medical DOT
22nd Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
26-29 Advanced Firefighting
26-30 Advanced Shiphandling I

November 2020

2-6 Advanced Shiphandling II
2-6 Radar Observer Unlimited
2-6 Basic Training
9-12 Advanced Firefighting
9-13 Leadership & Managerial Skills
9-13 Medical Care Provider
9-20 Medical Person-In-Charge
13th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
16-17 Basic Training Revalidation
16-18 Security Officer – Vessel, Company and Facility
16-19 ARPA
16-20 Advanced Stability
30-4 Basic Training

December 2020

4, 7-8 Basic Training Refresher
7-8 Basic Training Revalidation
7-11 Medical Care Provider
7-18 Medical Person-In-Charge
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10-11 Advanced Firefighting Refresher

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