Wheelhouse Weekly – November 27th, 2018

November 28th 2018

Volume 23… Number 48… Nov. 27, 2018


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The crewmembers of the Sandy Hook Pilot Boat NEW JERSEY and the Motor Boat PHANTOM have been commended for their brave, professional response to a tragic accident that took place on Oct. 27 in New York Harbor in extreme weather conditions.

As a Nor’easter roiled the water, a Portuguese-flag car carrier, the NORTHERN JAGUAR, was making a lee to bring a pilot on board.

Visibility was two nautical miles, winds were up to 60 knots and waves were as high as 15 feet.

“The weather and the seas were unrelenting,” said MM&P Atlantic Maritime Group Representative Mike Riordan.

Two crewmembers aboard the car carrier were rigging the Jacob’s ladder when the pilot’s hatch snapped open prematurely.

“A rogue wave came by the side of the ship and blew out the pneumatics,” Riordan said.

“The hatch blew back and crushed the AB. The mate who was with him was swept out to sea.”

The AB was recovered in the hatch area; he did not survive his injuries.

The 11 men aboard the Pilot Boat NEW YORK and the Motor Boat PHANTOM spent the next 8-10 hours battling the waves in an attempt to recover the mate.

“Our guys know just what to do,” Riordan said. “They’ve been involved in numerous cold water rescues.”

United New York Sandy Hook Pilots President John J. DeCruz and United New Jersey Sandy Hook Pilots President John C. Oldmixon have commended the boat crews for their response.

“We would like to express our deepest gratitude to the entire crew, who responded so quickly, efficiently and professionally in extreme conditions,” they wrote.

“We are proud to employ such high character mariners and we commend you all for actions taken, dedication to the cause and the manner in which you conducted yourselves.”

The Sandy Hook Pilot crewmembers who were recognized for their part in the operation are: Captain/Apprentice Pilot Andrew J. Parkis; Mate/Apprentice Pilot Russell P. Stuebe; Chief Engineer Christopher J. Dady; Cook Aniello J. Somma; Able Bodied Seaman Curtis N. Paul; Able Bodied Seaman Kelvin M. Semple; Able Bodied Seaman Mark V. Mileto; Able Bodied Seaman Thor B. Gunnarsson; Steward Phillip A. Handley; Steward Nicholas V. DiSalvo; and Engine Dayman Jake C. Franzreb.

All are members of the MM&P Atlantic Maritime Group.

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced Monday that it is moving forward with plans to build a new Soo Lock.

The Corps issued a statement saying that it has formally allocated $32 million in the current fiscal year for the design and construction of the project.

Construction will take place in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., over the next decade and be funded through additional annual appropriations, as well as $52 million in funds committed by the state of Michigan.

“This is the moment we have been waiting more than 30 years for,” said Jim Weakley, president of Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA).

“The announcement that the construction program for the new lock at the Soo will officially begin is the direct result of the tireless efforts of so many people and organizations banding together to update one of the most critical pieces of American infrastructure,” he added.

“It is a great day for Michigan, the Great Lakes region and the entire nation. We are elated.”

Initial construction projects include deepening the upstream channel to accommodate modern Great Lakes vessels and construction of the upstream approach walls.

The Soo Locks are crucial to America’s manufacturing supply chain.

The existing Poe Lock, opened in 1969, now carries over 90 percent of all cargoes.

“This announcement by the Corps is welcome and timely as we approach the 50th year since the opening of the Poe Lock, critical to moving cargoes between Lake Superior and the lower Great Lakes,” said LCA Board Chair Mark Pietrocarlo.

“The locks are the backbone of the American steel industry, power generation, construction and trade with America’s heartland.”

According to a 2018 study of the economic impact of vessel traffic moving through the existing locks, over 123,000 jobs–which in turn support $22.5 billion in economic activity–are reliant on the locks.

Overall, Great Lakes commercial maritime traffic supports 237,000 jobs and drives $35 billion annually in economic activity.

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If we want the United States to remain a great maritime power, we must preserve and protect the Jones Act, says Congressman John Garamendi.

In an OpEd published in The Hill, Garamendi traces the origins of the Jones Act, arguing that it will always be essential to America’s economy, security and national defense.

The Jones Act protects the jobs of all U.S. mariners, including every member of MM&P, by requiring that cargo moving between two U.S. ports be carried on ships that are U.S. built, U.S. owned and U.S. crewed.

In 1791, our nation’s first secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton, founded the Revenue Cutter Service.

This entity, which would later become the U.S. Coast Guard, ensured that proper import duties were paid on goods arriving in the United States by sea.

“But Hamilton wasn’t just concerned with international trade,” Garamendi writes.

“He also understood the value of American shipbuilding, and he required that the cutters be built from American-made materials. Why? To strengthen America’s shipbuilding and domestic manufacturing sectors, which were crucial to our country’s national security and economic development.”

Today, the Jones Act supports a domestic maritime industry responsible for nearly half a million jobs and almost $100 billion in annual economic impact.

“If the Jones Act did not exist, this industry would be sharply undercut by foreign shippers with lower labor protections, environmental requirements and safety standards,” the California Democrat says.

“Not only would we outsource marine transportation along our coasts and inland waterways to the cheapest foreign bidder, we also would hollow out a key component of American industrial might.”

Garamendi notes that the Jones Act is likewise essential to our military, which relies on privately owned sealift capacity and highly trained merchant mariners to transport and sustain our armed forces deployed overseas in times of conflict.

The steep decline in the number of ocean-going U.S.-flag vessels–from 249 in the 1980s to at most 81 today—has far-reaching consequences that are not just theoretical, he writes.

“Our military has had to turn to foreign-flagged vessels for sustainment in times of war, and experience shows that can have dangerous consequences: in the 1991 Gulf War, our armed forces relied on 192 foreign-flagged ships to carry cargo to the war zone. The foreign crews on 13 vessels mutinied, forcing those ships to abandon their military mission.”

Would foreign-flag carriers be any more reliable today, Garamendi asks, especially for a long-term deployment in active war zones?

Of equal concern: Even with the Jones Act in place, the U.S. Transportation Command and the Federal Maritime Administration estimate that our country is now at least 1,800 mariners short of the minimum required for adequate military sealift.

“Without the Jones Act, our nation would be wholly unprepared to meet the labor demands of rapid, large-scale force projection for national security,” Garamendi writes.

“Since our founding, our country’s economy and national security have relied on a vibrant maritime industry as a fundamental pillar,” he writes.

“For nearly a century, the Jones Act has been the base of that pillar.”

“As we look to the future, if we want to keep the United States as a great maritime power, we would be wise to preserve and protect this flexible, durable and valuable maritime policy.”

Garamendi is ranking member of the U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation.

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The Ukrainian navy said Sunday that two of its gunboats had been shot at, boarded and seized by Russia’s coast guard in the vicinity of the Crimean Peninsula.

An accompanying tugboat was rammed and also seized. Six Ukrainians were injured in the attack.

According to press reports, the 23 crewmembers are being held in jail in Russia.

Moscow annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, and it has worked steadily to bolster its zone of control around the peninsula.

It blamed Ukraine for provoking Sunday’s incident, which took place after the Russians used a tanker to block passage through the narrow Kerch Strait, which connects the Black Sea to the Sea of Azov and separates the Crimean Peninsula from the Russian mainland.

The European Union and NATO called for restraint on both sides and demanded Moscow restore access to the strait, which Ukraine uses to move ships to and from ports on either side of the peninsula.

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A wide-ranging government research study has found that climate change is already having significant negative impacts on the world’s oceans and waterways.

The Congressionally mandated study, known as the National Climate Assessment Report, predicts that the negative effects are expected to worsen unless major steps are taken to substitute more renewable energy resources for fossil fuels.

A team of more than 300 experts–including professionals from federal, state and local governments, national laboratories, universities and the private sector—produced the report.

They found that ocean ecosystems are already being transformed by climate change, and said the transformations “are already impacting the U.S. economy and coastal communities, cultures, and businesses.”

The report predicts that climate-induced disruption to ocean ecosystems will lead—among other negative consequences–to reductions in aquaculture and fishery productivity and recreational opportunities.

“In the absence of significant reductions in carbon emissions, transformative impacts on ocean ecosystems cannot be avoided,” researchers say.

The report is posted at

The Global Change Research Act of 1990 mandates that government researchers deliver a report to Congress and the President no less than once every four years that analyzes the effects of global climate change on the natural environment, agriculture, energy production and use, land and water resources, transportation, human health and welfare, human social systems and biological diversity.

The assessment, which analyzes current trends and makes predictions for the next 25 to 100 years, is intended to help inform decision-makers, utility and natural resource managers, public health officials, emergency planners and other stakeholders by providing a thorough examination of the effects of climate change on the United States.

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The following MM&P holiday parties have been scheduled:


BOSTON, Friday, Dec. 14, 1100-1500, party for Offshore and Atlantic Maritime Group members in the union hall: Marine Industrial Park, 12 Channel St., Suite 606-A.

CHARLESTON, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 1200-1530, at Kickin Chicken West Ashley, 1179 Sam Rittenberg Blvd.

NEW YORK/NEW JERSEY, for both the Offshore Group & the Atlantic Maritime Group, Thursday, Dec. 20, 1200-1700, at the Robert Treat Hotel, 50 Park Place, Newark, NJ.

Please RSVP by Dec. 14 to: Ana Victorio, or 201-963-1900.
NORFOLK, Monday, Dec. 10, 1200-1530, Dockside Restaurant, 3311 Shore Drive (at Lynnhaven Inlet), Virginia Beach.

MIAMI/POMPANO, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 1200-1530, at Brew Fish Bar & Grill, 200 E. McNab Road, Pompano Beach.

PUERTO RICO, Thursday, Dec. 6, 1700-2000, traditional Christmas dinner at Restaurant Metropol, Guaynabo, PR.

If you can attend the dinner, please confirm as soon as possible by calling Eduardo Iglesias at: 787-354-3162.


HOUSTON, Friday, Dec. 21, 1200-1500, Perry’s Steakhouse and Grill, 700 Baybrook Mall Drive, Suite H 110, Friendswood, TX 77546.


HONOLULU, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 1100-1400, in the union hall: 521 Ala Moana Blvd., Suite 254.

LOS ANGELES/LONG BEACH, party for Offshore and Pacific Maritime Region members, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 1200, in the union hall: 533 N. Marine Ave., Suite A, Wilmington.

SAN FRANCISCO/OAKLAND, party for Offshore and Pacific Maritime Region members, Friday, Dec. 7, 1215, in the union hall: 548 Thomas L. Berkley Way, Oakland.

SEATTLE, party for Offshore and Pacific Maritime Region members, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 1200, in the union hall: 15208 52nd Ave. South, Suite 100, Seattle.

It is VERY IMPORTANT that you contact the Seattle Hall by Nov. 28 at 206-441-8700 to let us know you are attending so enough food can be ordered.

Note: Social Hour after 1100 job call in union hall and luncheon will be held downstairs in the reception hall at 1200.

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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 2018 no later than Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. EST.

All requests for 2018 Vacation and PRO payments received after this date and time will be held until Jan. 2, 2019 for processing and will therefore be taxable in 2019.

If you have any questions, please contact the Vacation Department at 410-850-8625, 410-850-8647 or Ken Ryan at 410-850-8617.

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MITAGS-PMI is seeking a full-time instructor for its West Coast campus in Seattle.

The instructor will present curriculum that aligns with the school’s industry-recognized apprenticeship program.

These courses are for mariners who want to serve as an officer in charge of a navigational watch (OICNW).

The instructor will also present courses in the Marine Safety and Security Department, including custom safety programs.

Desired qualifications include: USCG officer level license; experience sailing under his/her highest level license and similar experience are a plus, but may be substituted by equivalent uniformed service experience (NOAA, USCG or USN); degree in adult education, maritime sciences or related field; two years of experience supervising staff in a similar environment; experience teaching adults (including cadets) professional subjects for one or more years.

The successful applicant must have the experience, training and qualifications necessary to obtain Coast Guard approval to teach courses in the field.

Please submit a cover letter with your resume to MITAGS-PMI Human Resource Manager Jane Sibiski:

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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. 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 or

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 – 4/15/19, 9/9/19

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation (1-Day): 5/2/19, 8/14/19

ARPA-OIC (4-Day) – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 1/15/19, 4/2/19, 9/24/19

AZIPOD (2-Day) – 3/11/19, 5/2/19, 9/30/19

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 2/18/19, 8/5/19, 10/28/19

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 12/19/18, 1/29/19, 3/11/19, 4/9/19, 5/2/19, 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): 3/13/19, 4/29/18, 7/17/19, 10/2/19

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

BT – Basic Safety Training: 1/14/19, 4/8/19, 8/12/19, 10/14/19

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – 12/18/18, 2/5/19, 3/6/19, 4/3/19, 4/30/19, 6/19/19, 7/30/19, 8/26/19, 9/25/19, 10/30/19, 12/17/19

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 12/17/18, 2/4/19, 3/6/19, 4/29/19, 7/29/19, 9/25/19, 12/16/19

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 4/29/19, 10/21/19

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 12/10/18*, 1/14/19, 3/11/19, 6/10/19, 7/29/19, 9/23/19, 12/16/19

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 12/3/18, 1/7/19, 4/8/19, 6/3/19, 8/5/19, 9/30/19, 12/9/19

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 3/18/19, 10/7/19

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1: 3/18/19, 5/6/19, 8/5/19, 12/2/19

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific: 3/25/19, 5/13/19, 8/12/19, 12/9/18

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems: 3/25/19, 9/9/19, 12/2/19

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM): 2/18/19, 5/20/19, 8/19/19, 12/16/19

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 4/15/19, 11/4/19 (DCS-1 available on request – contact Admissions)

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: Not Currently Scheduled

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management: 2/25/19, 10/28/19

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 1/21/19*, 2/4/19, 3/4/19, 3/18/19, 4/8/19, 4/29/19, 5/13/19, 6/3/19, 6/17/19, 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): 12/3/18*, 1/28/19*, 2/11/19*, 3/11/19, 3/25/19, 4/15/19, 5/6/19, 5/20/19, 6/10/19, 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 now approved to include SAR-CMM assessments at MITAGS effective immediately**

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 4/1/19, 10/21/19

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

WX-HW-ATL – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Atlantic Ocean (2-day) – 3/11/19, 6/10/19, 9/23/19

WX-HW-IND – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Indian Ocean (2-day) – 3/15/19, 6/14/19, 9/27/19

WX-HW-PAC – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Pacific Ocean (2-day) – 3/13/19, 6/12/19, 9/25/19

CNAV-OIC (15-Day) – Celestial Navigation: 4/8/19, 11/4/19

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications (1-Day): 2/19/19

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior (1-Day) – 7/11/19

CDMGT – Crowd Management (1-Day) – 7/12/19

CSE – Confined Space Entry (3-Day): 8/19/19

CSE-AWR – Confined Space Entry Awareness (2-Day): 5/23/19, 8/22/19

CY-MAR – Cyber-Skilled Mariner – 12/10/18, 2/18/19*

DDE – Great Lakes (20-Day): 1/21/19, 6/3/19

DPA/IA – Designated Person Ashore & Internal Auditor (3-Day) – 1/16/19

ECDIS for Pilots (2-Day) – 12/17/18, 2/18/19, 4/30/19, 8/12/19, 11/21/19

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 3/4/19, 4/22/19, 8/12/19, 12/9/19

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 1/14/19, 4/8/19, 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: 12/20/18, 2/7/19, 3/5/19, 4/2/19, 5/2/19, 6/18/19, 8/1/19, 8/28/19, 9/24/19, 10/29/19, 12/19/19

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 12/15/18, 3/9/19, 4/27/19, 7/27/19, 9/28/19, 12/14/19

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications (1-Day): 1/29/19, 4/9/19, 9/17/19

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization (2-Day): 1/18/19

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (10-Day): 3/4/19, 8/19/19

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 12/10/18, 4/15/19, 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): 2/25/19*, 7/29/19, 10/21/19

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes (20-Day): 1/21/19

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License (15-Day): 6/3/19

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage (1-Day): 1/30/19, 3/12/19, 4/10/19, 4/30/19, 9/18/19

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

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC) (1-Day): 9/23/19

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): 12/3/18, 2/25/19, 4/29/19, 8/5/19, 12/2/19

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 1/21/19*, 3/18/19, 5/6/19, 7/8/19, 9/30/19, 12/2/19

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 1/7/19, 3/11/19, 6/24/19, 8/19/19, 10/21/19

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 1/21/19*, 3/18/19, 5/6/19, 9/30/19, 11/18/19

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 12/21/18, 1/12/19, 1/26/19, 2/8/19, 3/9/19, 3/23/19, 4/1/19, 5/3/19, 5/11/19, 6/17/19, 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): 2/22/19, 5/21/19 (evening), 6/5/19 (evening), 8/7/19, 9/12/19 (evening), 11/1/19 (evening)

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 2/18/19, 5/21/19, 6/5/19, 8/5/19, 9/12/19, 11/1/19

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) – 2/24/19, 6/2/19, 8/4/19, 11/3/19

MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day) – 6/3/19, 8/10/19, 10/30/19

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 1/7/19, 2/25/19, 5/13/19, 6/9/19, 7/15/19, 8/11/19, 9/16/19, 11/4/19

MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day) – 2/23/19, 5/12/19, 6/7/19, 8/8/19, 9/14/19, 11/4/19

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) – 1/11/19, 3/1/19, 5/17/19, 6/8/19, 7/14/19, 8/9/19, 9/15/19, 11/8/19

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) – 1/13/19, 3/2/19, 5/18/19, 6/13/19, 7/19/19, 8/16/19, 9/20/19, 11/9/19

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P (2-Day) – 12/17/18*, 12/19/18*, 1/24/19*, 3/18/19*, 4/22/19, 4/24/19, 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

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal (1-Day): 1/14/19, 9/23/19

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes (1-Night): 12/5/18, 12/12/18, 12/19/18*, 1/9/19, 1/30/19, 2/5/19, 2/20/19, 3/6/19, 3/20/19, 4/3/19, 4/17/19, 4/24/19, 4/30/19, 5/8/19, 5/15/19, 6/5/19, 6/12/19, 6/19/19, 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: 1/7/19, 3/4/19, 7/29/19

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3-Day): 12/17/18, 4/21/19, 12/2/19

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 1/28/19, 5/13/19, 8/26/19, 10/28/19

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day) – 12/10/18, 2/25/19*, 4/1/19, 6/17/19, 8/5/19, 9/23/19, 11/18/19, 12/16/19

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 1/21/19, 8/5/19

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (15-Day): 1/28/19, 7/8/19

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 1/14/19, 4/8/19, 7/8/19

TRAC-TUG-2 (2-Day): Contact Admissions

TTT – 1/28/19

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (1-Day): 2/14/19, 4/23/19

VSO – Vessel Security Officer (3-Day): 2/11/19, 4/24/19, 7/8/19, 9/4/19

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) (10-Day): 2/18/19, 10/7/19

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 3/18/19, 9/16/19

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Summer-Fall 2018

For registration, contact our admissions department: 206.441.2880 or

Please also see our schedule and enroll online at

November 2018
29-30 Basic Training Revalidation

December 2018
3rd Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
3-7 Leadership & Managerial Skills
3-7 Medical Care Provider
3-14 Medical Person-In-Charge
10-13 ARPA
10-14 Basic Training
14th Radar Renewal
14th Medical DOT
17-18 Basic Training Revalidation
17-20 Search & Rescue
18-21 Advanced Firefighting
19th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

January 2019
7-18 Advanced Shiphandling
8-11 ARPA
14th Radar Renewal
14-18 Train the Trainer
14-25 GMDSS
15-16 Basic Training Revalidation
17th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
21-25 Advanced Stability
21-25 Pilot Exam Preparation Course
22-25 Advanced Firefighting
28-1 ECDIS
28-1 Advanced Meteorology

February 2019
4-8 Leadership & Managerial Skills
4-8 Meteorology (Operational Level)
4-15 Watchkeeping (Operational Level)
11-15 Medical Care Provider
11-22 Medical Person-In-Charge
15-19 Basic Training Refrehser
18-19 Basic Training Revalidation
20th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
21-22 Advanced Firefighting Refresher
18-20 Security Officer – Vessel, Company, & Facility
18-22 Basic Cargo Handling & Stowage
25-29 Basic Shiphandling

March 2019
4th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties
8th Flashing Light
11-14 Advanced Firefighting
11-29 Terrestrial & Coastal Navigation w/ Compasses
13-15 Rating Forming Part of a Navigation Watch
18-22 Advanced Stability
25-26 Basic Training Revalidation
27th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
25-29 Advanced Meteorology
25-29 Tank Ship Dangerous Liquids
28th Radar Renewal
29th Medical DOT

April 2019
1-5 Able Seaman
1-5 Ship Constructions & Basic Stability
1-5 Advanced Shiphandling I
8-11 Advanced Firefighting
8-12 Advanced Shiphandling II
8-12 Radar Observer Unlimited
8-12 Leadership & Managerial Skills
8-12 Medical Care Provider
8-19 Medical Person-In-Charge
15-18 ARPA
15-19 Basic Training
19th Radar Renewal
19-23 Basic Training Refresher
22-23 Basic Training Revalidation
22-26 ECDIS
24th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
25th Medical DOT
29-10 GMDSS
29-3 Advanced Shiphandling I

May 2019
6-9 Advanced Firefighting
6-10 Advanced Shiphandling II
6-24 License Preparation (Mate Level)
10th Radar Renewal
13-14 Advanced Firefighting Refresher
15th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
16-17 Basic Training Revalidation
16-20 Basic Training Refresher
13-17 Meteorology (Operational Level)
13-24 Watchkeeping (Operational Level)
20-24 Advanced Stability
20-24 Basic Training
28-30 Search & Rescue
31st Leadership & Teamworking Skills

June 2019
3-5 Security Officer – Vessel, Company, & Facility
3-21 Celestial Navigation
3-28 License Advancement Preparation (Chief Mate/Master Level)
10-13 Advanced Firefighting
17-21 Basic Firefighting
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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