Wheelhouse Weekly, May 25, 2021

Volume 27… Number 21… May 25, 2021


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International maritime unions and shipowners have asked the United Nations to establish a task force to examine how the Maritime Labor Convention has been applied during the pandemic, and the impact of the events of the past 15 months on seafarers’ basic human rights.

The Maritime Labor Convention is an international treaty designed to protect seafarers’ human rights and working conditions.

The crew change crisis peaked at over 400,000 seafarers trapped on ships beyond their contracts because of border restrictions and the failure of governments to address the crisis.

Around 200,000 remain stranded, a number that is on the rise as countries respond to new variants like the second wave now killing thousands of people every day in India.

“While some governments have responded well, designating seafarers as key workers and facilitating their travel, too many are sitting idly by while crews are unable to get home,” said participants in the International Labor Organization MLC Tripartite Committee session, which took place April 19-23.

They called the situation “tantamount to forced labor.”

Representatives of the International Transport Workers’ Federation, shipping companies and governments attended the session.

“The governance and structure of the industry were brutally exposed during the pandemic,” said Mark Dickinson, ILO seafarers’ spokesperson, vice chair of the ITF Seafarers’ Section and president of the Nautilus Federation.

“The major flag states are paper tigers—zero visibility, zero ability, zero interest in the welfare of their crews.”

“Furthermore,” he added, “the 97 governments that have ratified the MLC have a duty to make sure crew can get home at the end of their contracts.”

“It’s there in black and white.”

“There are no get-out clauses or special conditions. Governments that failed to ensure seafarers were repatriated or prevented crew from getting home, denied them medical care ashore, and failed to cooperate internationally to guarantee seafarers their rights are in clear breach of the MLC and thus their international obligations.”

Participants in the meeting noted that despite the pandemic, seafarers have kept supply lines open, ensuring that food, fuel, medicines and equipment get to where they’re needed.

“If seafarers are designated as key workers globally and allowed to move freely, it will go a long way to resolving this huge human rights problem,” said Fabrizio Barcellona, ITF Seafarers’ Section coordinator.

“There are a range of measures that authorities must put in place to stop the disease spreading and to protect seafarers and port communities,” he said, “including testing and prioritizing vaccines for seafarers and dock workers.”

The group recommended better cooperation between nations, temporary waivers to allow travel and international recognition of crew documents—all steps that would help alleviate the crew change crisis without significantly affecting governments’ ability to control Covid-19.

Participants also agreed that transport workers should be prioritized for Covid-19 vaccination, backing the ITF’s calls for governments to stop ignoring the advice of the World Health Organization that vaccines be prioritized on humanitarian and economic grounds.

MM&P is an affiliate of the ITF and partners in the Nautilus Federation with 22 other international maritime unions.

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The National Maritime Day observance in Washington, DC, was held virtually for the second year in a row.

The 40-minute ceremony can be viewed on the Maritime Administration’s YouTube channel at

The commemoration honors mariners who have served our nation in peace and war and recognizes the industry’s importance to our economy and national security.

Among the speakers were Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, Commander of the US Transportation Command Gen. Stephen Lyons, Coast Guard Commandant Karl Schultz and Acting Maritime Administrator Lucinda Lessley.

“In the midst of a global economic crisis, you kept freight moving, helped industry stay afloat, and sometimes prevented entire economies from going under,” Buttigieg said in his remarks.

“In the face of a shortage of medical equipment, you delivered lifesaving protective gear to the frontline medical workers who needed it most.”

“And in a year that saw one climate disaster after another, you delivered critical goods, supplies and hope.”

“Thank you for everything that you do.”

President Joe Biden issued the official Presidential Maritime Day Proclamation, which said in part:

“Through every period of peace and war, our merchant mariners have been dedicated to protecting our freedom and promoting commerce.”

“The movement of goods domestically and internationally ensures America’s economic competitiveness throughout the world, growing jobs and supporting businesses of all sizes here at home.”

“Our merchant mariners are also critical to extending US support to foreign nations and local communities hit hard by natural disasters and devastating crises.”

“Even in the midst of a worldwide pandemic, these brave men and women have overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles to fulfill their mission while keeping our Nation’s supply chains running.”

“Today, on National Maritime Day, we honor the steadfast commitment and sacrifices of the men and women who serve in the United States Merchant Marine, and recognize their essential role in safeguarding and strengthening our Nation.”

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Supporters of the US-flag fleet in the House and Senate are calling on their colleagues to fully fund the Maritime Security Program.

In letters to the leaders of the powerful appropriations committees, supporters of our industry are urging that the critically important program be fully funded for fiscal year 2022 at its authorized level of $318 million.

The appropriations committees in the House and Senate are among the largest and most powerful Congressional bodies.

Their role is defined by the US Constitution, which requires “appropriations made by law” prior to the expenditure of any money from the US Treasury.

The $318 million in funding for MSP is authorized by PL 116-92, the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act.

The Maritime Security Program maintains a fleet of 60 militarily useful vessels.

It is designed to ensure that our country has US-flag commercial sealift capability and trained US-citizen merchant mariners available in times of war or national emergencies.

Rear Adm. Mark Buzby, in testimony before Congress, has called it “the heart of sustainment sealift….”

In an April 30 letter to the appropriations committees, supporters of the US-flag fleet in the House and the Senate noted that US-flag vessels enrolled in MSP carried 99 percent of the sustainment cargoes needed to support US military operations and rebuilding programs in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2009.

“Without a viable US-flag commercial fleet and the American merchant mariners this fleet supports, the United States would be unable to deploy its military forces on a global basis and to deliver the supplies and equipment American troops need to do their job on behalf of the American people,” they wrote.

The House letter was led by Representatives Joe Courtney and Rob Wittman and signed by 92 representatives.

The Senate letter was led by Senators Mazie Hirono and Roger Wicker and signed by 19 senators.
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The AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department has come out strongly in favor of the nomination of Jennifer Homendy to lead the National Transportation Safety Board.

“There is no candidate more qualified to chair the National Transportation Safety Board than Jennifer Homendy,” said TTD President Greg Regan.

“She was first confirmed by the Senate as a member of the NTSB in 2018, and is fiercely devoted to improving and enhancing safety across all modes of transportation.”

“If confirmed by the Senate, Homendy would bring more than 25 years of transportation safety advocacy to this position.”

“She has a deep grasp of the complexities of America’s multi-modal network and understands the important role frontline workers play in ensuring the safety and security of our transportation system.”

“We applaud President Biden’s nomination and urge the Senate to quickly confirm Homendy as Chair of the NTSB.”

MM&P is one of the 33 unions representing millions of transportation workers nationwide who belong to the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department.
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The Maritime Administration has designated the MATES Program at MITAGS one of 27 centers of excellence for domestic maritime workforce training and education.

The designation recognizes training institutions and community colleges that prepare students for careers in the American maritime industry.

MARAD works with centers of excellence to advance recruitment of students and faculty, enhance facilities, award student credit for military service, and potentially give assistance in the form of surplus equipment or temporary use of MARAD vessels.

The Center of Excellence Program is designed to assist the maritime industry in gaining and sustaining a well-trained labor force while enhancing diversity and inclusion in the industry.

“The Center of Excellence designations recognize high standards of maritime education and training,” says Acting Maritime Administrator Lucinda Lessley.

“These institutions play vital roles in our nation’s maritime industry by providing the training and skills students need to begin and advance careers afloat and ashore.”
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The International Transport Workers’ Federation has joined forces with two maritime unions in India to deliver oxygen concentrators and other emergency medical aid to seafarers infected with Covid-19.

The country’s health ministry reported 4,454 new Covid-19 deaths on Monday, bringing India’s death toll to 303,720.

The ITF Seafarers’ Trust has provided grants totaling over $300,000 to help India’s seafarers, many of whom have been infected in the course of their work.

“We are all bearing witness to the human tragedy unfolding in India with this deadly second wave, and the ITF Seafarers’ Trust is proud to support unions stepping up to save as many lives as possible and reduce the hardship being faced by Indian seafarers and their families,” said Katie Higginbottom, head of the Seafarers’ Trust.

The National Union of Seafarers of India is using its branch network to deliver free oxygen concentrators to seafarers and their families.

Another grant is being used by the Forward Seamen’s Union of India to help families experiencing hardship in periods of lockdown or quarantine and those who have lost loved ones to the virus.

“Patients cannot get oxygen beds and lives are being lost,” said Abdulgani Y. Serang, general secretary of the National Union of Seafarers.

“People all over India, including seafarers, have been trying to source oxygen cylinders or oxygen concentrators for themselves or their loved ones so that they can battle this virus at home.”

“Many seafarers have tested positive, and many have died,” said Manoj Yadav, general secretary of the Forward Seamen’s Union.

“We are doing our best to provide the necessary support to seafarers’ families in very challenging circumstances.”

“These substantial grants show that labor representatives are prepared to do whatever we can to reduce the impact of the virus,” said ITF Seafarers’ Section Chair Dave Heindel.

“But the long-term solution remains universal access to vaccines for all seafarers by everyone doing their part: government, union, business; simultaneously and globally.”

“No one is safe until we are all safe.”

Indian nationals represent 1 in 8 seafarers of the global mariner workforce.

There are concerns in the global shipping industry that India’s crisis will soon lead to a doubling of the number of seafarers unable to get home because of Covid-19 border and travel restrictions.

Today, 200,000 are estimated to be trapped aboard vessels beyond their initial contracts.
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The following Marine Safety Information Bulletin (07-21) was released May 19 by the US Coast Guard.

The Covid-19 pandemic continues to have significant impacts on the US Marine Transportation System, the global shipping industry and on mariners themselves.

The risk of severe illness and death from Covid-19 infection and the prolonged nature of the pandemic have compounded existing stressors and created new stressors on maritime personnel, including feelings of isolation, and physical and mental fatigue caused by pandemic-related restrictions on crew changes, shore leave, and repatriation of seafarers.

These issues have led to humanitarian concerns as well as concerns for the physical and mental health of mariners.

Mariner mental health concerns are of significant importance to the USCG as they may adversely affect vessel operations and life at sea.

Mariner mental health concerns, including those stemming from the Covid-19 pandemic, may include, but are not limited to, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and suicide.

While some of these concerns arise in individuals with diagnosed mental illness, many occur in people who do not have a known mental health condition.

The USCG is committed to working closely with industry partners and the National Merchant Mariner Medical Advisory Committee to identify successful strategies to promote mariner mental health.

However, the USCG and its partners recognize that strategies will only be successful if mariners feel safe accessing and utilizing available mental health resources.

To that end, the USCG seeks to assure mariners that seeking mental health care will not jeopardize a mariner’s medical certification.

In fact, the National Maritime Center routinely approves medical certification for individuals who have stable, well-controlled mental health conditions.

On the infrequent occasions that the NMC has denied medical certification to a mariner with mental health concerns, it was for mental health conditions that were not sufficiently controlled so as to pose a risk to public and maritime safety.

If you are a mariner in need of mental health care, please:

— do so without fear of reprisal or punishment from the USCG; and

— remember that it is generally better to seek help and treatment rather than putting yourself and fellow crew members at risk because of an untreated condition.

Information on the medical review process for mariners with diagnosed mental health conditions is available in the Merchant Mariner Medical Manual, COMDTINST M16721.48, which can be found here: Merchant Mariner Medical Manual.

Information on mariner health and wellness topics, including mental health, can be found in the Proceedings Magazine Fall 2020 Edition on Mariner Health & Wellness online at: PROCEEDINGS MAGAZINE – Mariner Health & Wellness.

Developing successful strategies to promote mariner mental health also requires that the USCG and the maritime industry understand what mariners are experiencing.

To reach this goal, researchers at the University of Washington School of Public Health are conducting a confidential survey of mariners to ask how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected their mental health.

Mariners may complete the survey anonymously and study researchers will not share the personal information or individual responses of study participants with the USCG.

The USCG wants to encourage all mariners to participate in this very important “Mariner Mental Health Needs During Covid-19” survey.”

Additional information on the survey can be found here.
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MITAGS will soon offer a new course focused on the development of the professional and technical skills needed to work as a licensed deck officer aboard pure car and truck carriers.

The week-long course covers a wide variety of topics, with an in-depth look at the safety management systems used at MM&P-contracted SEABULK and at NYK, which operates just over 17 percent of the world’s PCTC fleet and has an overall capacity of 660,000 cars.

“The course is directed to new chief mates or to second mates looking to become chief mates,” says Captain Jim Staples, who developed the course.

The modules range from safe operation of equipment such as the stern and side ramps and the deck-lifter trucks, to ballasting, confined space entry and bridge resource management.

The course will launch as company-specific and will probably open up in late summer or early fall to all MM&P members.

If you are interested in participating in the course, please contact Elisabeth Hoover in the MITAGS Admissions Department:
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The New York City Department of Transportation is seeking marine oilers to work in ferry operations at 1 Bay Street, Staten Island, NY 10301.

Marine oilers assist marine engineers in the operation, maintenance and repair of motor ferry operations, auxiliary, and related equipment at the Staten Island Ferry and perform related work.

Shifts are 32 hours/variable, including some nights/weekends.

The salary is $53,526.00/$61,555.00.

To find out more and to apply, please visit and search for Job ID Number 462322 or Job ID Number 463005.

Current City employees should log into Employee Self Service (ESS) at https://hrb.nycaps.nycnet and follow the Careers link.

No phone calls, faxes or personal inquiries permitted. Only candidates selected for interview will be contacted.
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MM&P Atlantic Ports Vice President Tom Larkin and Pacific Ports Vice President Lars Turner will hold a virtual membership meeting on Wednesday, May 26, at 1200 EDT (0900 Pacific Time).

All Offshore members and applicants are welcome to participate.

To register for the meeting, you will need to log into either the MM&P app or the Members’ Only section of the MM&P website.

You can download the MM&P app at

Once you are on the Members’ Only site, click on Offshore Membership Meeting Registration located under the Documents tab.
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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 Monday, May 31, for Memorial Day.
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Prior to attending any training at MITAGS East or MITAGS West, you must read the MITAGS Covid‐19 policy, which is posted on

At the end of the Covid-19 policy there is a statement acknowledging receipt of the policy and acceptance of the policy.

Before you attend either school, you must acknowledge receipt of the policy and acceptance of the policy by emailing a signed copy of the statement at the end of the policy document to or

In addition, students coming to the MITAGS East Campus must send Admissions a negative Covid-19 test result. The test must have been taken within 72 hours of arrival.

Students who cannot access testing but who otherwise meet all the requirements of the MATES Program Covid-19 policy will have to take a Covid-19 test offered at MITAGS East every Monday morning.

Members may also reschedule their classes for later in the year when the infection rates are expected to drop.

MITAGS West currently does not require negative Covid-19 test results and does not have the ability to test.

MITAGS West continues to follow established Covid-19 protocols, including daily temperature screening, health checks, masking and physical distancing.

Students attending MITAGS East or West under the MATES Program: Please note that the minimum number of days to obtain eligibility continues to be 42 days instead of 30, with a sunset date of Dec. 31, 2021.

We appreciate your cooperation during these very trying times.
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\\Classes are 5-day unless otherwise noted\\

Class dates followed by an * are full

AB – Able Seaman – 6/28/21

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation (1-Day): 8/13/21

ARPA-OIC (4-Day) – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 9/21/21

AZIPOD (2-Day) – 8/9/21, 9/27/21

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management 35-Hour: 8/2/21, 10/25/21

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 8/9/21, 9/14/21, 11/9/21
Online: Not currently scheduled

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling – (Now also included in BRMP-Refresher) (3-Day): 8/11/21, 9/8/21, 9/29/21

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

BT – Basic Safety Training: 8/2/21, 10/11/21

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – 6/22/21, 8/16/21, 9/21/21, 10/25/21, 12/14/21

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 9/20/21, 12/13/21

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: Not currently scheduled

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 6/21/21, 8/9/21, 10/18/21

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 6/14/21, 8/2/21, 10/11/21, 12/6/21

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 10/25/21

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1: 6/7/21*, 8/23/21, 11/29/21

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific: 6/14/21*, 8/30/21, 12/6/21

CM-OPS 2 APL – Chief Mate Operations II APL Specific – Not currently scheduled

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems: 6/7/21, 7/26/21, 10/4/21, 11/29/21

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM): 6/28/21, 8/16/21, 11/8/21, 12/13/21

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 9/13/21
(DCS-1 available on request – contact Admissions)

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: Not Currently Scheduled

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

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 6/7/21, 7/19/21, 8/9/21, 9/13/21, 9/27/21, 10/11/21, 11/1/21, 11/29/21

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 6/14/21, 7/26/21, 8/16/21, 9/20/21, 10/4/21, 10/18/21, 11/8/21, 12/6/21

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

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 9/27/21

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: Not currently scheduled

WX-HW-ATL – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Atlantic Ocean (2-day) – Contact Admissions

WX-HW-IND – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Indian Ocean (2-day) – Contact Admissions

WX-HW-PAC – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Pacific Ocean (2-day) – Contact Admissions

CIW-DPA/IA – Continual Improvement Workshop: Designated Person Ashore & Internal Auditor (3-Day) ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program **
Online: 7/7/21, 10/6/21

CIW-SMS – Continual Improvement Workshop: Successful Safety Management (2-Day) – Online: 6/10/21, 12/9/21

CNAV-OIC (15-Day) – Celestial Navigation: 11/1/21

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

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior (1-Day) – 8/27/21

CDMGT – Crowd Management (1-Day) – 8/26/21

CSE – Confined Space Entry (3-Day): 8/23/21

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) – 8/11/21, 11/11/21

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 8/30/21, 12/6/21

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

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 8/2/21, 10/11/21

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 6/21/21, 8/18/21, 9/23/21, 10/27/21, 12/16/21

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 9/16/21, 12/11/21

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications (1-Day): 9/14/21
Online: Not currently scheduled

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

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (10-Day): 8/9/21

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 8/30/21, 11/15/21

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

LAP – License Advancement Program for Mate to Master (20-Day): 8/2/21, 10/18/21

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes (15-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): 8/9/21, 9/15/21, 11/9/21

LNG-TPIC (10-Day) – Not currently scheduled

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC) (1-Day): 9/20/21

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): 8/23/21, 11/29/21

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 7/12/21, 9/27/21, 11/29/21

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 6/28/21, 8/30/21, 11/15/21

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 7/12/21, 9/27/21

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 6/24/21, 7/17/21, 8/19/21, 9/24/21, 10/2/21, 10/28/21, 12/4/21, 12/17/21

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic) (1-Day): 6/11/21, 8/4/21, 9/16/21, 10/31/21

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 6/9/21, 8/2/21, 9/14/21, 10/29/21

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) – 6/13/21, 8/6/21, 11/9/21

MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day) – 6/21/21, 8/2/21, 10/25/21

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 6/14/21*, 7/12/21, 8/9/21, 9/20/21, 11/1/21

MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day/ 8-hour) – 6/12/21 (Evening), 8/7/21, 9/17/21, 11/1/21 (Evening)

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) – 6/12/21*, 7/16/21, 8/8/21, 9/18/21, 11/5/21

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) – 6/18/21*, 7/17/21, 8/13/21, 9/24/21, 11/6/21

NDMS-ENAV – Navigational Decision Making Series – Best Practice in eNav (3-Day) – Not currently scheduled

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P (2-Day) – 6/22/21*, 6/24/21*, 7/12/21, 8/30/21, 9/1/21, 11/15/21, 11/17/21, 12/13/21, 12/15/21

PSC – Personal Survival Craft (5-Day) – Contact Admissions

PSC-REF – Personal Survival Craft Refresher (2-Day) – 9/18/21, 12/16/21

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

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

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes (1-Night): 9/14/21, 9/20/21

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 8/23/21

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3-Day): 12/6/21

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 8/23/21, 10/25/21

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day) – 6/14/21, 7/12/21, 8/30/21, 11/15/21, 12/13/21

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 8/30/21

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (15-Day): 6/7/21, 7/12/21

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 6/28/21

TRAC-TUG-2 (2-Day): 11/9/21

TTT – ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program ** Not currently scheduled

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (1-Day): 6/15/21

VSO – Vessel Security Officer (3-Day): 6/16/21, 9/8/21

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) (10-Day): 10/11/21

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 9/13/21
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Schedule of Courses – Please also see our schedule and enroll online at For Registration Contact our Admissions Department: 206.441.2880 or

Schedule of Courses – Please also see our schedule and enroll online at

For Registration Contact our Admissions Department: 206.441.2880 or

June 2021

1st Leadership & Teamworking Skills
2-3 Search & Rescue
7-11 Advanced Shiphandling I
7-11 Medical Care Provider
7-18 GMDSS
14-18 Advanced Shiphandling II
16-17 Basic Training Revalidation
18th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
21-23 Security Officer – Vessel, Company and Facility
28-2 Basic Shiphandling

July 2021

6-9 Advanced Firefighting
12-16 Tankerman Person-In-Charge
12-30 Terrestrial & Coastal Navigation w/ Compasses
19-23 Basic Training
26-27 Basic Training Revalidation
28th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

August 2021

2-6 Radar Observer Unlimited
9-20 Watchkeeping (Operational Level)
23-24 Basic Training Revalidation
23-27 Cargo Handling & Stowage
25th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
30-3 Meteorology (Operational Level)

September 2021

7-10 ARPA
7-8 Advanced Firefighting Refresher
8th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
9-10 Basic Training Revalidation
9-10 & 13 Basic Training Refresher
13th Flashing Light
13-17 Basic Training
13-17 Advanced Shiphandling I
14th Leadership & Teamworking Skills
20-23 Advanced Firefighting
20-24 Advanced Shiphandling II
27-1 ECDIS
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