Wheelhouse Weekly – November 7th, 2017

November 8th 2017

Volume 22… Number 45… Nov. 7, 2017


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The AFL-CIO, transportation labor and Congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle last week continued their defense of the Jones Act, calling it a source of economic stability and family-sustaining jobs in Puerto Rico and the rest of the country.

“Part of the rebuilding effort is making sure that the hundreds of maritime employees in San Juan and in Jacksonville are able to keep their jobs,” said Rep. John Rutherford (R-Fla.), in a Nov. 1 hearing on Capitol Hill.

“The Jones Act provides stability to these American workers and certainty to industry, which has invested more than a billion dollars in vessels and infrastructure in the shipping corridor between Jacksonville and San Juan,” he added.

“Consistent application of the Jones Act enables U.S. companies to make these 35-year investments,” he said.

“I hope once and for all to put to rest the idea that somehow the Jones Act is inhibiting the recovery of Puerto Rico,” said Ranking Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.).

“We’ve had more than 20,000 containers delivered. The problem has been the logistics of getting those out of the port.”

At the close of its convention, the AFL-CIO Executive Council issued a statement in support of the Jones Act which read in part:

The Jones Act “ensures that a cadre of well-trained, experienced civilian mariners and a fleet of dependable ships are available in times of war or natural disasters.”

“Repealing the Jones Act would not result in additional supplies getting to Puerto Rico, but would jeopardize the survival of the U.S. maritime sector and along with it thousands of jobs that would be outsourced to foreign carriers.”

“Repealing or modifying the Jones Act… would not provide meaningful relief to the people of Puerto Rico,” wrote Larry Willis, president of the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department (TTD), in a letter to every member of Congress.

“Instead, it would endanger thousands of good-paying jobs, undermine our military’s sealift needs, and cede a well-regulated domestic maritime industry to an exploitive international shipping regime with little regard for U.S. interests or basic workers’ rights.”

“Repealing the Jones Act would endanger the 500,000 U.S. jobs supported by the act, including thousands of good-paying, union jobs manning vessels and building ships,” he added.

“In place of these jobs, foreign-flag vessels–many of which operate “flag-of-convenience” schemes to avoid meaningful labor, tax and environmental laws–would service the entire Puerto Rican market, denying meaningful labor rights to workers who would likely serve under unsafe conditions and minimal salaries.”

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The Navy on Nov. 1 released the final report detailing the events that led to the collision of USS FITZGERALD and ACX CRYSTAL off the coast of Japan on June 17, and the collision of USS JOHN S. MCCAIN and the merchant vessel ALNIC MC on Aug. 21.

The Navy concluded that both collisions were avoidable.

In the case of the FITZGERALD, the investigators found the ship was not operated at a safe speed appropriate to the number of other ships in the immediate vicinity, failed to maneuver early as required with risk of collision present and failed to notify other ships of danger and to take proper action in extremis.

In addition, the Navy found, on the night of the accident, watchstanders performed physical look-out duties only on FITZGERALD’s port side, not on the starboard side.

In addition, the Navy found that:

— watch team members responsible for radar operations failed to properly tune and adjust radars to maintain an accurate picture of other ships in the area;

— supervisors responsible for maintaining the navigation track and position of other ships were unaware of traffic separation schemes and the expected flow of traffic, and did not use the Automated Identification System to gather information on nearby vessel traffic;

— the vessel’s approved navigation track did not account for or follow the Vessel Traffic Separation Schemes in the area.

The report also identified systemic factors, including issues with training deficiencies and excessive workloads.

In the case of the USS JOHN MCCAIN, Navy investigators concluded, human error, including confusion over who had control of the helm and loss of situational awareness, led to loss of steering.

Among the conclusions:

— the commanding officer had failed to set Sea and Anchor Detail adequately in advance of entering the Singapore Strait Traffic Separation Scheme;

— multiple bridge watchstanders lacked basic knowledge of the steering control system;

— the commanding officer ordered an unplanned shift of thrust control from the Helm Station to the Lee Helm station, an abnormal operating condition, without clear notification.

Investigators also found that personnel assigned to ensure that bridge watchstanders were trained had “an insufficient level of knowledge to maintain rigor in the qualification program” and that the senior-most officer responsible for training standards lacked “a general understanding of the procedure for transferring steering control between consoles.”

The report also identified systemic factors, including training deficiencies and excessive workloads.

“Both of these accidents were preventable and the respective investigations found multiple failures by watchstanders that contributed to the incidents,” said Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson.

“We must do better.”

In total, 17 sailors were killed when the two warships collided with commercial ships.

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Pasha Hawaii says it will continue to deploy the HORIZON SPIRIT in support of hurricane relief and rebuilding efforts in Puerto Rico.

The vessel arrived in the port of San Juan on its first humanitarian run on Nov. 1.

Aboard HORIZON SPIRIT are MM&P members Master Thomas C. McCarthy, Chief Mate John J. Walkup, Second Mate David Roach and Third Mate John R. Kennedy.

On its first voyage, the ship carried nearly 800 containers filled with bottled water.

Pasha Hawaii said in a statement that it remains committed to the ongoing hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico, and will make the vessel available as long as it can be of help to the people and businesses of the island.

“As the Puerto Rico community recovers and rebuilds after Hurricane Maria, we are here to support the community and our fellow Jones Act carriers any way we can,” said George Pasha IV, president and chief executive officer of Pasha Hawaii.

“This demonstrates the strength of the Jones Act and the powerful resources that can be brought together to serve the needs of the country. We are honored to be part of this important effort.”

Pasha owns a fleet of six Jones Act vessels and operates out of multiple port terminals.

Pasha Hawaii partners with many of the nation’s leading retailers, manufacturers and U.S. government agencies, providing reliable containerized and roll-on/roll-off cargo services that leverage its unique combination of ocean transportation and inland distribution capabilities to deliver goods.

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Patriot Contract Services LLC is proud to announce the 20th anniversary of its operations as a completely U.S.-owned ship management company.

In a statement, the company said:

“During the past 20 years, PCS and its affiliate American Ship Management LLC have provided ship management and other maritime services to valued customers such as the Military Sealift Command (MSC), the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD), American President Lines (APL) and Schuyler Lines Navigation Company (SLNC), while Patriot Maritime Compliance LLC has provided expert regulatory guidance to both U.S.-flag and international clients.”

“We at Patriot pride ourselves on having an excellent track record in safety and operational reliability, as well as on meeting unique and challenging requirements posed by our customers’ business and the maritime environment.”

“We would like to thank our affiliated unions, customers, advisors, suppliers, and both shore-side and seagoing employees, for the key roles they have all played in our success, and we look forward to continuing to provide exceptional service in the years to come.”

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“It was frustrating in the weeks without gas, water, electricity and communications, but it’s getting better now,” MM&P Puerto Rico Representative Eduardo Iglesias told Donna McCormick of the MM&P Communications Department in a telephone interview.

Conditions during the first few weeks were especially tough, he says, with the loss of modern conveniences and access to food, water and fuel.

“To be honest,” he says, “it was hell.”

Fuel lines could last as long as 24 hours, with no guarantee at all of actually getting fuel and a $20 limit on purchases.

Twenty dollars bought half a tank of gas for his vehicle, meaning just three trips to the union hall and back before the car was out of gas again.

Trips to work brought additional stress, especially before cell phone service and electricity were restored, because of concern about leaving his family at a time when crime was a big concern.

“The danger with no food and water is that it creates desperation and some people turn to crime,” he says.

“Houses that used to be secure are not secure any more. You don’t go out after dark.”

The pier in San Juan is still full of containers, he says, both empty and full.

Barges are unable to unload hundreds of containers because “there is not enough space, there are not enough drivers, facilities cannot store the cargo without electricity, and refrigeration is an issue. People are working hard and there is a lot of work that needs to be done 24 hours a day in the harbor area, on the ships, with the containers.”

Iglesias emphasizes that the distribution problems are caused by damaged infrastructure on the island, and have nothing to do with the Jones Act—despite misinformation disseminated in the media.

“Forty days after the hurricane probably 60 percent of the island is still without electricity and about 30 percent without a water supply,” he says.

“Drinking water is now more accessible (in the stores) than it was even a week ago. A week ago, lines at Sam’s Club next to the union hall were still three hours long just to get inside to shop.”

The biggest concern continues to be the lack of clean drinking water. Even as the water supply is restored, much of what comes out of faucets is not potable and poses health risks.

San Juan is better off than other areas, he says, while “the inner mountain portion of Puerto Rico is devastated and will take much longer to repair.”

Life in San Juan has improved markedly in just the past week and a sense of normalcy is returning to the Iglesias household.

“The electricity is back on and the kids started back to school, and I finally got to take a real shower,” he said.

“It’s a lot of work to get things back in shape. I know that conditions will continue to improve over the next few months and I look forward to having a great Christmas.”

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Attacks on the Jones Act seem to come in waves, almost on an annual basis, and often in close proximity to national emergencies such as the recent hurricanes and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

And although a number of different groups are behind the attacks, “the face” of the anti-Jones Act crusade is undoubtedly that of Sen. John McCain (R), who introduces bills to repeal the act on a regular basis.

McCain’s antipathy for a law that is essential to the continued survival of the American Merchant Marine is difficult to understand, in no small part because of his military background (McCain followed his father and grandfather, both four-star admirals, into the U.S. Navy and after his plane was shot down, spent six years as a prisoner of the North Vietnamese).

“It surprises me how you feel about the Jones Act as it may have saved your bacon,” writes MM&P member Richard W. Vohs in an Oct. 13 letter to the senior senator from Arizona.

“I’m sure you went through a lot of ordnance while you were on station off North Vietnam.”

“Probably you were resupplied by U.S. Navy ammunition ships. Maybe you thought the Navy ships carried the cargo from the United States, but this was not the case,” Vohs writes.

“They picked up their cargo from U.S. Naval bases in the area, bases that were supplied by merchant ships.”

“Many proposed that we charter foreign vessels to carry this cargo,” he recalled.

“In one case, a Greek ship at the Oakland Army Terminal was loading non-munition cargo and the crew decided that they didn’t want to go to Viet Nam so all the cargo had to be discharged and reloaded aboard an American-flag vessel…”

Vohs ends by wishing McCain well in his battle with cancer. “Of course, we are all pulling for your recovery,” he writes.

“If you can survive the Hanoi Hilton, hopefully you can survive this.”

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The reporters and editors at the New York branch of the online news sites DNAinfo and Gothamist announced earlier this year that they were seeking to join Writers Guild of America, East.

Their bid for union representation followed successful organizing campaigns at a number of digital outlets, including HuffPost, Vice Media and Slate.

Over the past two years, newly unionized writers at these and other media outlets have won significant raises and improvements in working conditions.

But for the journalists at DNAinfo and Gothamist, the result was different.

One week after staff at the New York office voted 25-2 to join in union, owner Joe Ricketts abruptly shuttered the entire operation, including satellite offices in other cities where workers had not voted for union representation.

Instead of negotiating with 27 unionized employees in New York City or trying to sell the company, he chose to lay off 115 people across the United States.

Ricketts, who is said to be worth $2 billion, is the founder of online stock broker TD Ameritrade.

His family owns the Chicago Cubs.

Before they were shut down, DNAinfo and Gothamist attracted more than 9 million readers a month.

Gothamist was profitable, but DNAinfo was not.

In the eight years he owned DNAinfo, however, journalists and editors said Ricketts regularly praised their work.

A spokeswoman for Ricketts said in a statement that the union was a “competitive obstacle making it harder for the business to be financially successful.”

“The company never made money before it was unionized,” wrote Hamilton Nolan of the news site Splinter, “but more important, the new union hadn’t made a single demand yet.”

“Unions are a legal right and the single most powerful tool that regular working people have to improve their lot,” he wrote in an article that was posted on Nov. 2.

“DNAinfo and Gothamist employees, who did the fundamentally important work of telling us all what is happening in our cities, were punished for exercising their rights.”

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Holiday parties are being scheduled at the MM&P union halls. The schedule is as follows:


Norfolk, Monday, Dec. 4, at The Dockside, 1230-1530;

Charleston, Tuesday, Dec. 5, at The Kickin Chicken, 1230-1530;

Boston, Friday, Dec. 15, in the union hall, 1100-1500;

Pompano, Monday, Dec. 18, 1100-1400;

Newark, Thursday, Dec. 21, for both the Offshore Group & the Atlantic Maritime Group, at the Robert Treat Hotel, 1200-1700.


Houston, Friday, Dec. 15, at Brady’s Landing.


Honolulu, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 1000-1400, in the union hall;

San Francisco/Oakland, Friday, Dec. 8, 1215, in the union hall;

Los Angeles/Long Beach, Friday, Dec. 15, 1200, in the union hall;

Seattle, Monday, Dec. 18, 1200, in the union hall.

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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 Friday, Nov. 10, for Veterans Day.

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The AFL-CIO released the following statement on Nov. 2.

“The House GOP have released a bad and unpopular plan to slash taxes for the rich by cutting services and tax breaks for working families.

America’s labor movement will fight every attempt by Donald Trump to make working people pay for tax giveaways to millionaires and billionaires.

Here are eight ways the Republican tax bill would hurt working people:

1. The GOP tax bill is a job killer. It would give huge tax cuts to big corporations that outsource jobs. The U.S. tax rate on most offshore profits would be reduced to zero, giving corporations more incentive to move jobs offshore.

2. The GOP tax bill favors corporations and millionaires over working people. Households making between $20,000 and $40,000 per year would ultimately pay more in taxes, while 45 percent of the tax benefits would go to those making more than $500,000.

3. Republicans want to (partially) pay for tax cuts with drastic cuts to Medicaid, Medicare and education. The GOP budget includes $5 trillion in budget cuts, including $1.5 trillion from Medicaid and Medicare; increases the Medicare eligibility age from 65 to 67; and ends Medicare’s guarantee of health coverage.

4. The GOP tax bill would increase the health care tax burden for low- and middle-income taxpayers, especially seniors and people with disabilities. Millions of Americans with high medical bills would no longer be able to deduct out-of-pocket medical expenses.

5. The GOP tax bill is unfair to union members. Corporations can deduct payments to lawyers to fight unions, but union members can no longer deduct their union dues under this bill.

6. The GOP tax bill would punish states that make the kind of investments that create good jobs. Repealing the deduction for state and local income taxes would make it harder for states to raise enough money to invest in high-quality education, infrastructure and good jobs.

7. The GOP tax bill is bad for students. Tax deductions for student loan interest, tuition expenses and tuition assistance would be ended, as would tax credits for students to cover college expenses.

8. The GOP tax bill will not be fully paid for, so we can expect Republicans to demand more budget cuts that hurt working people in the future.

The Republican budget allows for $1.5 trillion in tax cuts that are not paid for in the first decade.

First the Wall Street millionaires throw themselves a party, then they stick the rest of us with the tab.”

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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:

Please note the special addition to our on-campus schedule of MSC classes marked with an asterisk (*), which are not normally scheduled to be held at MITAGS.

AB – 4/16/18

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation: 3/19/18, 5/23/18

ARPA-OIC – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 1/16/18, 4/3/18

AZIPOD 2-Day – 3/22/18, 5/21/18

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 11/13/17, 2/26/18, 6/18/18

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 11/14/17, 1/16/18, 2/22/18, 3/29/18, 5/21/18

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling: Contact Admissions

BRMP-Refresher – 3/26/18, 5/23/18

BT – Basic Safety Training: 1/15/18, 4/9/18

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of seatime in last 5 years) – 12/12/17, 2/7/18, 3/6/18, 4/2/18, 4/30/18, 6/18/18

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 12/11/17, 2/7/18, 3/5/18, 4/29/18

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 10/30/17

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 12/11/17, 1/29/18, 4/2/18, 6/11/18

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 12/4/17, 1/22/18, 3/12/18, 6/4/18

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (2 weeks): 4/9/18

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1: 12/4/17

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific: 12/11/17

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems: 1/15/18, 3/26/18, 6/25/18

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM): 1/8/18, 2/19/18, 5/14/18, 6/18/18

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 11/27/17, 3/5/18

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: 3/12/18

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (2 weeks): 4/23/18

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 12/4/17, 1/15/18, 2/5/18, 3/5/18, 3/19/18, 4/9/18, 4/23/18, 5/7/18, 6/4/18, 6/18/18

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 12/11/17, 1/22/18, 2/12/18, 3/12/18, 3/26/18, 4/16/18, 4/30/18, 5/14/18, 6/11/18, 6/25/18

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

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 3/19/18

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 11/13/17, 5/7/18

CNAV-OIC – Celestial Navigation: Contact Admissions

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop: Contact Admissions

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications: 2/19/18

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior – 7/12/18

CDMGT – Crowd Management – 7/13/18

CSE – Confined Space Entry: 1/15/18

CSE-AWR – Confined Space Entry Awareness: 5/24/18

DDE – Great Lakes: 1/22/18, 6/4/18

DPA – Contact Admissions

ECDIS for Pilots – 11/14/17, 2/20/18, 3/20/18, 5/24/18

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 4/23/18, 7/9/18, 11/26/18

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 1/15/18, 4/9/18

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of seatime in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 12/14/17, 2/6/18, 3/8/18, 4/4/18, 5/2/18, 6/20/18

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 11/12/17, 12/9/17, 2/10/18, 3/3/18, 4/27/18

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications: 1/16/18, 4/17/18

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization: 1/19/18

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System: 3/5/18

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 11/27/17, 5/21/18, 8/20/18, 12/10/18

IEN – Integrated Electronic Navigation – Contact Admissions

LAP – 2/26/18, 7/9/18, 9/17/18

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes: 1/22/18

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License: 12/4/17

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 3/28/18

LNG-TPIC – 12/4/17

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC): 5/21/18 (*2-Evening Session)

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): Contact Admissions

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 1/22/18, 3/19/18, 5/7/18, 7/9/18, 10/8/18, 11/26/18

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 11/13/17, 1/8/18, 4/23/18, 6/25/18

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 11/27/17, 1/22/18, 3/19/18, 4/16/18, 5/7/18

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 12/15/17, 1/13/18, 1/27/18, 2/5/18, 3/9/18, 4/5/18, 5/3/18, 5/12/18, 6/21/18

MSA –Maritime Security Awareness: Contact Admissions

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic): 2/23/18, 5/24/18, 6/8/18

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control: 2/21/18, 5/22/18, 6/6/18

*MSC-ENVPRO – 2/25/18, 6/3/18

*MSC-FF-HELO – 6/4/18

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications: 1/8/18, 2/26/18, 5/14/18, 6/11/18

*MSC-Security Watch Basic – 2/24/18, 5/13/18, 6/9/18

*MSC-Security Watch Advanced – 1/12/18, 3/2/18, 5/18/18, 6/10/18

*MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force – 1/13/18, 3/3/18, 5/19/18, 6/15/18

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P – 1/22/18, 1/24/18, 3/29/18, 4/23/18, 4/25/18, 6/25/18, 6/27/18

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 1/15/18

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 11/15/17, 11/29/17, 12/6/17, 12/13/17, 1/10/18, 1/31/18, 2/7/18, 2/21/18, 3/7/18, 3/21/18, 4/4/18, 4/18/18, 5/2/18, 5/9/18, 5/16/18, 6/6/18, 6/20/18, 7/11/18, 7/25/18, 8/8/18, 8/22/18, 10/3/18, 10/17/18, 10/31/18, 11/7/18, 11/14/18, 11/28/18, 12/5/18, 12/12/18, 12/19/18

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 11/27/18, 1/8/18

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments): 5/22/18

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 1/29/18, 5/14/18

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling-5 Day – 11/27/17, 2/19/18, 4/2/18, 5/21/18

SMS – Contact Admissions

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 1/22/18

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses: 1/29/18

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 2/12/18, 4/16/18, 7/9/18

TRAC-TUG-2: Contact Admissions

TTT – Contact Admissions

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties: 4/12/18

VSO – Vessel Security Officer: 2/14/18, 4/9/18, 7/9/18

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level): 2/19/18

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

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For registration, please contact our registrar, Mary McGhee, at 206.838.1126 or You can also view our schedule and enroll online at

November 2017

9th HAZWOPER Refresher
13th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
13-14 ECDIS for Pilots
13-16 Advanced Firefighting
13-17 Tankship Dangerous Liquids
17th Leadership & Teamworking Skills
17th Flashing Light Exam
18-19 Basic Training – Revalidation
18-20 Basic Training – Refresher
20th Radar Renewal
20-22 Security Officer – Vessel, Company, & Facility
27-29 24-Hour HAZWOPER
27-1 Radar Observer Unlimited
27-1 Basic Shiphandling

December 2017

2-3 Basic Training – Revalidation
2-4 Basic Training – Refresher
4th Flashing Light Exam
4-8 Basic Training
4-8 Leadership & Managerial Skills
4-8 Medical Care Provider
4-15 Medical Person-In-Charge
4-15 GMDSS
8th HAZWOPER Refresher
11th Radar Renewal
11th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
11-15 Construction & Stability (Operational Level)
11-15 Engine Resource Management
16-17 Basic Training – Revalidation
16-18 Basic Training – Refresher
18-20 Search & Rescue
18-21 Advanced Firefighting
18-22 ECDIS
20-22 24-Hour HAZWOPER

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