Wheelhouse Weekly – November 19th, 2019

November 19th 2019

Volume 24… Number 46… Nov. 19, 2019


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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office of Coast Survey has announced plans to phase out the production of all traditional paper nautical charts.

NOAA plans to transition to electronic chart products over the next five years, with a focus on improving data consistency and providing larger scale ENC coverage.

The process includes replacing 1,200 irregular ENC cells on 130 different scales with a standardized grid system and a set of 12 standard scales, which is expected to significantly improve the level of detail and consistency of NOAA’s ENCs.

As it reorients its efforts towards electronic products, NOAA says it will gradually shut down services associated with traditional paper charts, including full-size chart PDFs, print-on-demand paper charts and NOAA raster charts.

The agency said the phase-out will start in mid- to late-2020 and be completed by January 2025.

NOAA will still provide access to paper chart products based on ENC data, either through third-party vendors or through the NOAA Custom Chart system, now in prototype phase.

The online NOAA Custom Chart application lets users create their own paper charts with NOAA ENC data. The user can define the scale and size of custom-made nautical charts and download them in a special PDF format.

The phase out of traditional paper products reflects broader trends in the industry, the agency says.

The International Maritime Organization now requires that all large commercial vessels on international voyages use electronic charts.

In 2016, the U.S. Coast Guard started allowing commercial vessels on domestic voyages to use ENCs instead of paper charts.

NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey has produced traditional paper charts for nearly 200 years, and these products have been the primary source of navigational information for generations of American mariners.

Comments on the decision may be submitted through NOAA’s online feedback tool.

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MSC has christened the 12th Spearhead-class Expeditionary Fast Transport vessel.

The ship, to be named USNS NEWPORT, was christened earlier this month at Austal USA in Mobile, Ala.

MSC has contracted with Austal for a total of 14 EPFs.

Ten are already in operation. The eleventh, USNS PUERTO RICO, has completed acceptance trials and is scheduled to be delivered to MSC in the coming months.

Work has begun on the 13th vessel, the USNS APALACHICOLA and the 14th, which will be named USNS CODY.

The future USNS NEWPORT is being named after Newport, R.I., home to U.S. Naval Station Newport and the Naval War College.

EPFs can transport 312 embarked troops and 600 short tons of cargo up to 1,200 nautical miles at an average speed of 35 knots.

They can operate in shallow-draft ports and waterways, interface with roll-on/roll-off discharge facilities and on/off-load a combat-loaded Abrams Main Battle Tank.

The ships feature a flight deck for helicopter operations and an off-load ramp that allows vehicles to quickly drive off the ship.

The ramp is suitable for the types of piers and quay walls common in developing countries.

Their shallow draft also helps facilitate littoral operations and port access.

MSC says these characteristics make the EPFs an extremely flexible asset for support of a wide range of military, humanitarian and disaster relief operations in small or damaged ports.

CIVMARS sailing aboard EPFs require extensive, intensive training, resulting in MSC’s issuance of EPF bonus/incentive awards that were negotiated with MM&P.

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The House of Representatives has passed legislation that would reauthorize the Export-Import Bank for a 10-year period, allowing for a full resumption of the bank’s critically important export financing activities.

The legislation, HR 4863, was strongly supported by MM&P, MIRAID and the USA Maritime Coalition.

The House vote in support of the bill was 235-184.

The legislation has now been sent to the Senate, where its fate is at best uncertain.

Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell and the administration have expressed opposition to the bill passed by the House.

In a letter to Congress prior to the House vote, USA Maritime reminded legislators that U.S.-flag shipping companies “depend on the cargoes financed by the Export-Import Bank which are by law reserved for privately owned U.S.-flag commercial vessels.”

The coalition also underlined the fact that these cargoes, as well as other U.S. government taxpayer-financed exports and imports, help ensure that our country and the Department of Defense continue to have the militarily useful commercial vessels and the U.S.-citizen crews necessary to meet national defense commercial sealift readiness requirements.

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The Democratic leadership in the House of Representatives has selected Congressman Conor Lamb to fill the vacancy on the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee resulting from the death of Congressman Elijah Cummings.

Lamb represents Pennsylvania’s 17th Congressional District, which includes Beaver and Allegheny Counties.

“Our regional infrastructure deficiencies are problems that everyone–taxpayers, commuters, workers and business owners–experience every day,” Lamb said in response to his selection.

“I will work hard on the committee to improve our roads, bridges, locks and dams; to modernize and protect our pipelines; and to increase airport and rail funding in southwestern Pennsylvania.”

“Much-needed infrastructure investments will help fill many good jobs and continue to grow our economy.”

“We have an extraordinarily skilled and well-trained workforce that is ready and prepared to meet these needs.”

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After two recent pirate attacks and the kidnapping of 13 seafarers, the International Transport Workers’ Federation is calling for “urgent regional and international cooperation to fight piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.”

The ITF’s call-to-action follows similar calls from industry organizations such as BIMCO.

On Nov. 2, pirates kidnapped nine people from the Norwegian-flagged MV BONITA while it was anchored off the coast of Benin.

Two days later, four crewmembers were taken hostage in an attack on the Greek-flagged ELKA ARISTOTLE off the coast of Togo.

Other abductions have been reported in the Gulf of Guinea in recent months, including eight crewmembers who were taken hostage off Cameroon in August, and 10 Turkish seafarers who were kidnapped off the coast of Nigeria in July.

This year alone, more than 60 seafarers are said to have been captured off the coasts of Benin, Cameroon, Guinea, Nigeria and Togo.

Piracy and armed robbery are long-standing problems in the Gulf of Guinea, but in recent months the frequency of attacks has increased.

In October, the International Maritime Bureau reported that the region accounts for over 80 percent of maritime sector kidnappings.

ITF Seafarers’ Section Chair David Heindel is calling on the shipping industry, governments and unions to act.

“We must continue to build capacity and cooperation, and address the mounting human toll that these attacks are having on the lives and physical and mental health of seafarers transiting through the waters of West Africa,” he said.

“The entire maritime industry urgently needs to take action to improve prevention, reporting, and response to attacks across the Gulf.”

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Investments by the federal government are vital to the future of rail service in America, said Greg Regan, a top official of the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department, in testimony last week before a House of Representatives subcommittee.

Polls have repeatedly shown that Americans want more rail service and are willing to pay for it.

“Congress must show leadership by investing the resources necessary to deliver world-class intercity passenger rail,” Regan told members of the House Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials.

He delivered his comments on Nov. 13 in a hearing on legislation to reauthorize Amtrak, the nation’s intercity passenger rail network.

TTD represents Masters, Mates & Pilots and 32 other leading transportation sector unions.

The members of TTD affiliate unions include workers across nearly every position in the passenger rail network, including those who operate trains, maintain and repair equipment, oversee operations, provide customer service and construct Amtrak facilities.

“We understand the economic value that Amtrak brings to the communities it serves and to the nation as a whole, and we know the vital role that Amtrak plays in our vast, multi-modal transportation network,” Regan said.

He called Amtrak’s reauthorization “an important opportunity for Congress to ensure that intercity passenger rail supports good jobs, provides customers with an outstanding product and connects communities through a national and inter-connected network.”

But he warned legislators that Amtrak’s potential is being compromised by inadequate funding, which forces it to operate “with a subsistence budget that cripples its ability to make forward-thinking investments and long-term capital improvements.”

Amtrak’s repair backlog, for example, is estimated at $33.3 billion.

“Every unspent dollar corresponds to decaying infrastructure and facilities in your districts and in the districts your constituents travel through,” he told representatives.

“It is up to Congress to fund Amtrak at levels that will allow for real service improvements, increased accessibility, and a better passenger experience,” he added.

At the same time, he urged Congress to reject “novel funding strategies” that would deny Amtrak employees labor protections and their earned benefits.

“Inadvertently stripping these rights from workers would be a mistake,” he cautioned.

He said more protections for workers are essential because Amtrak under current management “is taking every available opportunity to slash its dedicated workforce in favor of non-union, low-wage contractors.”

An example: Amtrak recently shuttered its Riverside, Calif., call center, purportedly in response to decreased call volumes.

But no sooner did it close Riverside than it contracted hundreds of non-union workers at a call center in Florida to perform the same job.

During his testimony, Regan also urged Congress to:

— require that the Amtrak Board of Directors add a permanent seat for a member representing labor;

— reject proposals to eliminate Amtrak’s long-distance routes, which would have the effect of reducing overall ridership;

— ensure rural stations are adequately staffed;

— protect line personnel from violent assaults;

— deploy a voluntary program that allows employees and railroads to confidentially report “close calls” without fear of reprisal.

“We urge this committee to pursue a reauthorization of Amtrak that creates a service that works better for customers, employees and the communities that depend on safe and efficient passenger rail,” Regan concluded.

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Join us to ring in the season at the MM&P holiday parties!

NORFOLK, Monday, Dec. 2, 1200-1530, Dockside 3311 Shore Drive (@ Lynnhaven Inlet), Virginia Beach, VA 23451.

CHARLESTON, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 1200-1530, Kickin’ Chicken West Ashley, 1179 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., Charleston, SC 29407.

LOS ANGELES/LONG BEACH, Thursday, Dec. 5, 1130 @ LA/LB Union Hall (Offshore/United Inland Group).

SAN FRANCISCO/OAKLAND, Friday, Dec. 6, 1200 @ San Francisco/Oakland Union Hall (Offshore/United Inland Group).

BOSTON, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 1100-1500 @ Boston Union Hall.

SEATTLE, Thursday, Dec. 12, 1200 @ Seattle Union Hall (Offshore/United Inland Group).

POMPANO, Friday, Dec. 13, 1230-1530 @ Brew Fish Bar & Grill 200 E McNab Rd., Pompano Beach, FL 33060.

NEW YORK/NEW JERSEY, Monday, Dec. 16, 1200-1700 @ Robert Treat Hotel, 50 Park Place, Newark NJ 07102 (Offshore/Atlantic Maritime Group).

HOUSTON, Friday, Dec. 20, 1300-1545 @ Perry’s Steakhouse and Grill, 700 Baybrook Mall Drive, Suite H110, Friendswood, TX 77546.
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The 10 days after Thanksgiving have been designated by the AFL-CIO as “Buy Union Week” to encourage all of us to look for union-made goods and services when buying for the holiday season.

When you buy union, you’re supporting good jobs in American communities, jobs that provide living wages and benefits, safe working conditions and dignity and respect for work.

Holiday shopping traditionally kicks off on “Black Friday.”

(Did you know that it is called Black Friday because the end of November is when the balance sheets of many retailers begin to show a profit, “shifting” from red ink to black?)

Shoppers will find plenty of “bargains” on Black Friday, but union families may want to look beyond foreign-made electronics, trendy toys and gadgets to find union-made options.

Consider union-made candies, baked goods, spirits and specialty items; or gift cards for union productions, including movies and sporting events.

Search for union-made products on

A list of Thanksgiving products made by union members is posted at:

A few ideas: Butterball turkeys and ham; products by Ocean Spray, Dole, Birds Eye and Mann’s; Entenmann’s, Marie Callender’s, Pillsbury, Sara Lee and Stroehmann bakery products; and last but not least, wines by Almaden, Black Box, Mondavi, Dubonnet, Franzia, Gallo, Mondavi and Turning Leaf; beer produced by Anheuser-Bush, Budweiser, Leinenkugel, Michelob, Miller Lite, O’Doul’s and Shock Top.

Cheers! And have a great Thanksgiving!

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The Plan Office has received approval to close the year-end Internal Revenue Service and company reports and to process Vacation and PRO payments for 2019 no later than Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. EST.

All requests for 2019 Vacation and PRO payments received after this date and time will be held until January 2, 2020 for processing and will therefore be taxable in 2020.

If you have any questions, please contact the Vacation Department at 410-850-8625, 410-850-8647.

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If you are interested in applying for Optional Life Insurance through MetLife but have not yet done so, please keep in mind that the simplified enrollment period ends on Dec. 31.

All MM&P members and employees are eligible to apply for coverage.

Note: MM&P does not receive financial compensation either for making this plan available or in the event that you choose to purchase Optional Life Insurance through this plan.

If you would like to learn more or apply, visit by Dec. 31.

If you have questions, please contact MM&P Federal Credit Union Manager Kathy Klisavage at: 1- 800-382-7777.

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All MM&P union halls, the MM&P Federal Credit Union, MM&P headquarters and the MM&P Plan Office will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 28 and Friday, Nov. 29 for Thanksgiving.

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In May 2018, LabourStart launched an online campaign in support of workers at Wendt, a scrap metal recycling plant based in Buffalo, N.Y., who had voted to join the Ironworkers Union.

Wendt had refused to bargain in good faith and had launched an anti-union campaign, harassing union members and threatening to lay people off.

The LabourStart campaign appeared in 16 languages and had the support of nearly 7,000 people from around the world.

Now, workers at Wendt have won.

The company negotiated a collective bargaining agreement with the union.

The agreement includes a wage increase, severance benefits and an excellent package of benefits.

The global solidarity campaign included not only the LabourStart petition but also a lobbying effort aimed at Wendt customers and business partners in Norway, Austria and Germany.

Affiliates in Africa, Asia/Pacific, Latin America and the Middle East showed their support by taking photos with “Solidarity with Wendt Workers” posters.

The victory achieved by workers at Wendt is a win for all of us who fight for the rights of working families.

Please visit LabourStart at to support our newest campaigns.

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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: 1/14/20, 3/31/20

AZIPOD (2-Day) – 3/9/20, 4/30/20

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 2/24/20, 5/11/20, 8/3/20, 9/28/20

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 1/15/20, 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: 2/24/20, 4/20/20, 8/10/20, 10/12/20

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – 12/17/19, 2/4/20, 3/4/20, 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) – 12/16/19, 3/4/20, 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: 12/16/19, 2/3/20, 4/13/20, 6/8/20, 7/27/20, 10/5/20, 11/30/20

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 12/9/19, 1/27/20, 4/6/20, 6/15/20, 8/3/20

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 2/10/20

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1: 12/2/19*, 3/16/20, 6/1/20, 8/24/20

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific: 12/9/19*, 3/23/20, 6/8/20, 8/31/20

CM-OPS 2 APL – Chief Mate Operations II APL Specific – 12/2/19*, 3/9/20*

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems: 12/2/19, 3/9/20, 6/1/20, 8/17/20, 11/9/20

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM): 12/16/19, 3/2/20, 4/20/20, 6/22/20, 8/10/20, 11/16/20, 12/14/20

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 1/13/20, 9/14/20 (DCS-1 available on request – contact Admissions)

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: Not Currently Scheduled

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management: 10/28/19, 1/6/20

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 12/2/19*, 1/13/20, 2/10/20, 3/2/20*, 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): 12/9/19*, 1/20/20*, 2/17/20, 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: 2/24/20

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 1/20/20

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

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications (1-Day): 2/21/20

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior (1-Day) – 2/14/20, 7/24/20

CDMGT – Crowd Management (1-Day) – 2/13/20, 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): 2/3/20

ECDIS for Pilots (2-Day) – 1/20/20, 4/30/20, 7/20/20

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 12/9/19, 3/9/20, 6/8/20, 8/17/20, 12/7/20

FF-ADV – Advanced Fire-Fighting (4-day) – 1/13/20

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 2/24/20, 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: 12/19/19, 2/6/20, 3/2/20, 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: 12/14/19, 3/7/20, 4/25/20, 7/25/20, 9/26/20, 12/12/20

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications (1-Day): 1/7/20, 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): 11/18/19, 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): 1/6/20*, 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): 1/8/20, 3/12/20, 4/8/20, 5/18/20, 9/16/20

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

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

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): 12/2/19, 3/16/20, 6/15/20, 8/24/20, 11/30/20

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 12/2/19, 1/20/20, 3/16/20, 5/4/20, 7/6/20, 9/28/20, 11/30/20

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 1/6/20, 3/9/20, 6/22/20, 8/17/20, 10/19/20

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 1/20/20, 3/16/20, 4/13/20, 5/4/20

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 12/7/19, 12/20/19, 1/11/20, 1/25/20, 2/7/20, 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): 2/20/20, 5/21/20, 6/3/20, 8/5/20, 9/11/20, 11/10/20

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 2/18/20, 5/19/20, 6/1/20, 8/3/20, 9/9/20, 10/30/20

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) – 2/23/20, 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): 1/6/20, 2/24/20, 5/11/20, 6/7/20, 7/6/20, 8/9/20, 9/14/20, 11/2/20 (2020 dates may shift based on gun range availability)

MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day) – 2/21/20, 5/10/20, 6/4/20, 8/6/20, 9/12/20, 11/2/20

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) – 1/5/20, 2/22/20, 5/15/20, 6/5/20, 7/10/20, 8/8/20, 9/13/20, 11/6/20 (2020 dates may shift based on gun range availability)

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) – 1/10/20, 2/28/20, 5/16/20, 6/11/20, 7/11/20, 8/14/20, 9/18/20, 11/7/20 (2020 dates may shift based on gun range availability)

NDMS-ENAV – Navigational Decision Making Series – Best Practice in eNav (3-Day) – 1/22/20

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P (2-Day) – 12/16/19, 12/18/19, 1/13/20*, 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) – Not currently scheduled

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal (1-Day): 1/13/20

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes (1-Night): 12/18/19, 3/6/20, 3/7/20, 4/27/20, 4/28/20, 7/27/20, 9/15/20, 12/14/20

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 1/6/20, 7/27/20

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3-Day): 12/2/19, 3/28/20

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 2/3/20, 5/18/20, 8/24/20, 10/19/20

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day) – 12/16/19*, 1/27/20*, 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: 1/20/20, 8/3/20

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (15-Day): 1/27/20, 7/6/20

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 1/6/20, 5/11/20, 7/6/20

TRAC-TUG-2 (2-Day): 2/17/20

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

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (1-Day): 2/9/20

VSO – Vessel Security Officer (3-Day): 2/10/20, 4/6/20, 5/27/20, 9/9/20

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) (10-Day): 2/17/20

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 3/2/20

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For registration, contact our admissions department: 206.441.2880 or

Please also see our schedule and enroll online at

November 2019
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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