Wheelhouse Weekly – Oct. 13, 2015

October 14th 2015

Volume 20 . . . Number 41. . . Oct. 13, 2015


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The House of Representatives on Friday voted overwhelmingly to support a measure authorizing increased funding for the Maritime Security Program (MSP). The provision, included in legislation to allow crude oil exports, would raise the amount that could be paid to each MSP vessel to $5 million per ship beginning in Fiscal Year 2017.

During debate on the bill, an amendment was offered that would have stripped it of the MSP funding language. In response, a number of strong maritime supporters in the House of Representatives–including Congressmen Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), Randy Forbes (R-Va.) and Steny Hoyer (D-Md.)–urged fellow legislators to defeat the amendment and strengthen the Maritime Security Program. The anti-MSP amendment was ultimately defeated by a vote of 109-306.

The legislation, with MSP funding provision intact, subsequently passed the full House and was sent to the Senate.

MM&P and MIRAID will continue to work with the other maritime unions and our U.S.-flag shipping companies in support of this legislation.

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Supporters of the Export-Import Bank in the House of Representatives are closer to getting a vote on legislation to reauthorize the bank so it can resume its activities promoting the sale of U.S.-produced goods overseas. At least 50 percent of the products exported with Export-Import Bank financing must be transported on U.S.-flag vessels.

More than half the members of the House of Representatives in both political parties have signed a discharge petition that allows the legislation to be voted on even though it has not been cleared by the relevant Congressional committee. The chairman of the committee with jurisdiction over the Ex-Im Bank legislation has vigorously opposed the bank’s reauthorization and has refused to allow a vote. This action takes the decision out of his hands and gives the majority the chance to vote.

The Export-Import Bank generates important cargo opportunities for U.S.-flag ships. We will continue to work for the enactment of legislation allowing the bank to resume its work.

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Leaders in the world of maritime education met last week to explore new ways to expand career opportunities for established mariners, young people and veterans. The three-day meeting took place in the context of World Maritime Day and was held at MITAGS, the MM&P training facility. Among the speakers was Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), who described the work being done by Baltimore’s Maritime Industries Academy (MIA) High School.

MIA students graduate with their Merchant Mariner Credential and a Transportation Workers Identification Credential which have already been paid for by contributions from maritime industry organizations and members of the public. “This is a case when a $100 contribution from someone who cares can be worth a million dollars,” Cummings said.

He said when he first became involved with MIA, it was a maritime academy in name only. “A lot of these children did not even know they lived in a port,” he said. “Diversity is not our problem. It is our opportunity,” Cummings added. “But somebody has to give a damn.”

The State of Maryland has just approved MIA’s 2015-16 curriculum, which offers a direct path from high school to a career in the maritime industry.

Leading a working group at the conference was MM&P member Robert Cook, who is president of the Organization of Black Maritime Graduates (OBMG).

“OBMG was founded for recruitment, mentoring and fundraising,” he says. “More than 150 scholarships have been awarded to date and 100 percent of donations to OBMG are used for scholarships.”

Other speakers at the event were MM&P Secretary-Treasurer Steve Werse, who welcomed participants and spoke on the essential role of unions in maritime education. “It is an honor for MM&P and its training facility MITAGS to host World Maritime Day,” Werse said. “We’re so proud of MITAGS’ contributions to maritime education.”

Among the other speakers were SUNY Maritime College President Rear Adm. Michael Alfultis and Maritime Administrator Chip Jaenichen. Jaenichen told the audience that the number of U.S. ships sailing internationally has gone down by 25 percent in the last three years. Among other negative impacts on national security, he said, the decline in the size of the fleet also cuts into the ability of mariners and entrants to the industry to gain needed at-sea experience.

Unrest in many parts of the world indicates “American sealift is going to be required in the future, possibly for that initial projection of U.S. forces but certainly for their sustainment,” Jaenichen said. America will need “a significantly larger pool of trained and licensed mariners in the future.”

“We have to guarantee that there are jobs and ships to go to when they finish their training and their licensing,” he said. “To do that, [the U.S.] has to have an international fleet that is competitive.”

The event was organized by the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) and drew several hundred people.

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Representatives of MM&P took part last week in meetings of the Nautilus Federation. The federation consists of a number of unions, including MM&P, the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (MEBA), the Australian Institute of Marine Power Engineers (AIMPE) and officers’ unions from Hong Kong, Singapore, Croatia and New Zealand representing maritime professionals from around the world. The unions are working in concert with Nautilus International, which represents ships’ officers and other maritime professionals in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Switzerland. The meetings were held in the port city of Liverpool.

Representing MM&P at the meetings were International President Don Marcus, Pilots Group Vice President George Quick and National Contracts Officer Lars Turner.

Nautilus Federation partner organizations provide mutual support on issues such as the criminalization of seafarers, fatigue and other working conditions. The federation works in conjunction with the efforts of the International Transport Workers’ Federation.

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Commenting on Saturday’s bomb attacks on a peaceful pro-democracy and justice demonstration in Ankara, International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) General Secretary Steve Cotton stated: “A nation’s heart is breaking today. These attacks targeted what is best about Turkey, and some of its most idealistic and motivated people. We in the international union movement share that grief.”

“Among the main organizers of this peaceful demonstration were trade unions affiliated with the ITF. Among the dead are good friends of ours such as Ali Kitapci of the Birlesik Tasimacilik Çalisanlari Sendikasi (BTS) union. I can personally attest to the fact that for years, Ali upheld workers’ rights in Turkey and the duty of unions to protect them. It is typical that he should have been attending an event designed to defend peace and democracy. The loss of such a man, and the loss of all those killed on Saturday, is immeasurable.”

“These shameless attacks cannot be forgiven,” said ITF President Paddy Crumlin. “They must be fully, effectively–and transparently–investigated. That process must be open to international observers.”

“We don’t yet know who was responsible for this outrage,” he added. “We do know how grievously they have damaged the causes of peace and democracy. We also know that even as the innocent, some of them our friends, are dying or in hospital, the values they were defendingon Saturday will be upheld and promoted and carried on in their name by trade unionists and people of good will worldwide.”

“It is in that spirit that trade unions in Turkey are declaring three days of mourning and a two-day strike in protest of this appalling attack. We fully support them.”

The ITF has eight trade union affiliates in Turkey.

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The Seafarers International Union (SIU) on Friday announced the launch of a fund to help dependents of the SIU members who perished in the tragic sinking of the EL FARO. The fund’s purpose is to help meet some of the unanticipated financial hardships faced by the families. Any individual or organization may donate. One hundred percent of the donations will go towards grants for the families.

Contributions to the SIU EL FARO Assistance Fund may be made by going to and clicking on the “Donate” button. The SIU has applied for tax-exempt status (meaning contributions would be tax-deductible) and will confirm that status once it’s official.

Donations by check should be made payable to: Seafarers El Faro Assistance Fund and mailed to: Seafarers El Faro Assistance Fund; c/o SIU Secretary-Treasurer; 5201 Auth Way; Camp Springs, MD 20746.

TOTE Maritime, owner of the EL FARO, has also set up a relief fund. Additionally, the company has said it is in the process of establishing an education fund for the children of EL FARO crew members. The fund will be held and administered by the Seamen’s Church Institute, North America’s largest mariners’ service agency.

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The Airline Pilots Association (ALPA) is urging members of Congress to direct the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to immediately regulate unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operated for recreation and hobby. ALPA President Tim Canoll made the request in testimony last week before the House of Representatives Aviation Subcommittee, citing predictions that more than a million drones will be sold in the country during the holiday season this year.

“The FAA is making some progress in ensuring the safe integration of UAS into our nation’s airspace system, but more is required,” Canoll says. “Just look at this summer’s release of the hundreds of FAA reports from pilots on UAS encounters. In these reports, pilots across the country described seeing a UAS while in flight, often during takeoff and landing, the most critical phases of flight.”

The airline pilots say it is “of critical importance” to safely integrate unmanned aircraft systems into the U.S. national airspace system. “Research suggests that there are likely more than 700,000 UAS already in the hands of the public,” Canoll says, “many of whom undoubtedly have very little appreciation for, or understanding of, how to safely operate UAS in airspace that is used by commercial aviation. “

ALPA represents more than 52,000 pilots at 31 airlines in the United States and Canada. Both MM&P and ALPA are members of the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department (TTD), which advocates for the members of its 32 union affiliates in Washington, D.C., and nationwide.

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The prestigious Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to a four-organization partnership, including a leading Tunisian labor union, which has been credited with facilitating the tortuous transition from dictatorship to secular democracy in the first county to be touched by “the Arab Spring” movement.

The “National Dialogue Quartet in Tunisia” was the surprise winner of the award. The quartet is a coalition of experienced mediators that includes leaders of the country’s largest labor union, businesspeople, lawyers and human rights activists.

The Nobel committee cited the group’s “decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011.”

The prize comes five years after an unemployed street vendor set himself on fire, igniting a political movement that unseated Tunisia’s longtime authoritarian president and that continues to echo throughout the Middle East and North Africa today.

“In many of these countries, the struggle for democracy and human rights has come to a standstill or suffered setbacks,” the chairwoman of the Nobel committee said in announcing the award. “Tunisia, however, has seen a democratic transition based on a vibrant civil society, with demands for respect for basic human rights.”

The quartet helped resolve a political crisis in 2013, after two opposition leaders were assassinated and huge protests threatened to overthrow a government led by the Islamist Party. The mediators of the quartet intervened, persuading the government to step down and to hand over power to a caretaker, paving the way for new elections. Although the Islamists did not trust their political opponents, they reportedly did trust Houcine Abassi, head of Tunisia’s General Labor Union, the UGTT.

“This Nobel Prize shows that humankind can reach solutions through dialogue,” Abassi said in an interview with a French journalist after the award was announced.

The current peace in Tunisia is still extremely fragile. As the country is struggling to maintain stability, it has been rocked by several terrorist attacks targeting tourists. Tourism is one of the country’s most important sources of revenue.

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Staffers at Al Jazeera America became the latest online journalists to join a union. The win is the most recent in a string of organizing victories that have involved online news groups including ThinkProgress, Salon, Vice and the Guardian’s digital media group. Al Jazeera writers voted 32 to 5 to join the Newsguild-CWA.

Managers declined to voluntarily recognize the union, forcing a secret ballot election. They also called in a union-busting law firm in an attempt to dissuade the writers from organizing. Some of the newly organized digital writers have said they want to ride the success to bring staffers in other parts of Al Jazeera America into the union.

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Due to flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Joaquin, the MM&P Charleston Hall is open but there is no phone or internet with no date for repair. If you have urgent questions, please contact the NY/NJ Hall: 201-963-1900;

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MITAGS has announced the complete 2015 schedule for the new Navigation Skills Assessment Program (NSAP). The NSAP requirement enters into effect for all Offshore applicants seeking to obtain C-Class membership after Jan. 1, 2016.

A detailed description of the NSAP is included in the Sept. 29 edition of The Wheelhouse Weekly, which is posted under the “News” button on

The first five sessions have been scheduled for Oct. 20-21, Oct. 22-23, Nov. 4-5, Dec 7-8 andDec. 9-10.

The requirement does not affect current class C-B-A membership or applicants who become group C members prior to Jan. 1, 2016.

The next meeting of the MM&P General Executive Board (GEB) will take place on Dec. 9-10, 2015. This is the last meeting for which the NSAP will not be a requirement for membership. All qualified applicants are urged to submit their paperwork and pay their initiation fees promptly if they wish to apply for membership at the Dec. 9 GEB meeting.

To register for the NSAP, contact the MITAGS Admissions Office at or call 410-859-5700. Please note that you cannot register for NSAP on the MITAGS website.

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The September-October edition of The Master, Mate & Pilot has been posted on

In this issue: priorities of our union as we enter the final quarter of 2015; MM&P officials meet with members in Pacific Maritime Region; crew of AMHS Ferry LECONTE rescues six fishermen; MM&P wins NLRB election at NY Water Taxi; new requirement for Offshore applicants seeking C-Class Membership after Jan. 1, 2016; members of labor unions earn $500,000 more than non-union members in course of a lifetime; PLUS photos of our members and the ships sail.

Remember to send us your photos and videos so we can publish them in the magazine and share them on social media!

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The monthly membership meeting will be held at the New York/New Jersey Union Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 14, immediately after job call. All members in the area are encouraged to attend the meeting. Remember that the New York/New Jersey Union Hall is now located at 570 Broad St., Newark, N.J., 07102. The phone number and fax number are the same as before the move.

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There will be an Offshore Membership meeting in the San Francisco/Oakland Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 27, immediately after the 1100 job call. MM&P President Don Marcus, Pacific Ports Vice President Dave Boatner and Coast Agent Jeremy Hope will attend the meeting. All members in the area are urged to attend.

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The Offshore Familiarization Course will be held starting at 0900 on Oct. 13-14, Tuesday andWednesday, in the New York/New Jersey Union Hall at 570 Broad St., Newark, N.J., 07102. The course will also be held in the Los Angeles/Long Beach Union Hall on Nov. 18-19, Wednesday and Thursday.

There is no sea-time requirement to take the course. All Offshore applicants, potential transferees from other membership groups and other interested Offshore members are encouraged to take the course as soon as possible.

If you are interested in participating in the course, please contact the hall at which the course has been scheduled. The phone number for the New York/New Jersey Hall is (201) 963-1900. The phone number for the Los Angeles/Long Beach Hall is (310) 834-7201.

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Military Sealift Command (MSC) is warning mariners and military personnel traveling to Singapore that the country prohibits vaping and e-cigarettes.

Vape gear is considered paraphernalia and can be confiscated upon arrival in the country.
The Singapore Health Sciences Authority (HSA) says it takes “a serious view on any person who contravenes the law.” Those found guilty are liable to a fine of up to $5,000.

The local law bans the importation, distribution, sale or offer for sale of any confectionery or other food product or any toy or other article that is designed to resemble a tobacco product or the packaging of which is designed to resemble the packaging commonly associated with tobacco products.

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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 Kelly Michielli, 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 – 10/12/15, 4/18/16

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation: 5/27/16

ARPA-OIC – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 1/26/16, 4/5/16

AZIPOD 2-Day – 2/29/16, 5/25/16

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 2/1/16, 4/4/16

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 11/9/15, 2/29/16, 05/23/2016

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling: 3/2/16,04/13/16

BT – Basic Safety Training: 1/25/16, 2/22/16, 04/11/16, 06/27/16

BT-Revalidation –11/3/15, 05/10/16

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 10/26/15, 4/25/16

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVNAV-CMM – Advanced Navigation (=ECDIS & VPEN): Contact Admissions

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 1/25/16, 3/28/16, 06/20/16, 8/1/16, 10/17/16

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 10/19/15, 1/4/16, 3/7/16, 06/06/16, 8/8/16, 11/7/16

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (2 weeks): 04/04/16

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information System: 11/2/15, 11/30/15, 12/7/15, 1/11/16,2/22/16, 3/21/16, 06/13/16, 7/25/16, 8/15/16, 9/12/16, 10/10/16, 11/28/16, 12/19/16

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM) 10/26/15,11/2/15, 11/9/15, 11/16/15, 11/30/15, 12/7/15, 12/14/15, 1/18/16, 2/15/16, 3/14/16, 4/4/16,4/11/16, 5/23/16, 6/27/16, 7/11/16, 7/25/16, 8/15/16,8/22/16, 9/12/16, 10/3/16, 10/31/16,11/14/16,11/28/16, 12/5/16, 12/12/16, 12/19/16

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 11/16/15, 05/02/16

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: 10/12/15, 3/28/16, 6/20/16

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (2 weeks): 04/18/16

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 11/9/15, 11/30/15, 1/11/16, 2/8/16, 3/14/16, 04/18/16, 05/09/16, 06/13/16, 9/12/16

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 10/12/15, 11/16/15, 12/7/15, 1/18/16, 2/15/16, 3/21/16, 04/25/16, 05/16/16, 06/20/16

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 11/30/15, 2/29/16, 9/12/16

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 11/9/15, 05/09/16

CNAV-OIC – Celestial Navigation: 11/9/15, 05/02/16, 10/24/16

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop: Contact Admissions

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications: 3/2/16

DDE – Great Lakes: 2/1/16, 6/6/16

DPA – Contact Admissions

ECDIS-OIC – Contact Admissions

ECDIS-Pilots – 11/12/15, 3/2/16, 05/25/16

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 10/19/15, 11/9/15, 12/14/15, 1/4/16, 2/8/16, 3/21/16, 4/18/16, 5/9/16, 7/18/16, 8/22/16, 9/26/16, 10/24/16, 11/14/16, 11/28/16, 12/5/16, 12/12/16, 12/19/16

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 1/25/16, 2/22/16, 04/11/16, 06/27/16

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications: 11/11/15, 1/26/16, 04/19/16

GL Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization: 1/22/16

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System: 3/7/16, 8/22/16

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 11/16/15, 6/27/16

LAP- 4/4/16

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes: 1/25/16

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License: 10/19/15, 11/30/15, 3/7/16, 06/06/16, 8/8/16, 12/5/16

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 11/10/15, 1/27/16, 3/1/16, 4/20/16, 5/23/16

LNG-TPIC – 12/7/15

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC): 10/19/15 (this session is two 4-hour evening sessions), 12/1/15, 1/7/16, 4/4/16

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control: 10/12/15, 11/2/15, 12/7/15, 1/11/16, 2/22/16, 3/28/16, 4/25/16, 5/16/16, 7/11/16, 8/29/16, 9/19/16, 10/17/16, 11/7/16, 11/28/16, 12/5/16, 12/12/16, 12/19/16

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 12/7/15, 1/4/16, 3/21/16, 05/16/16

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 2/1/15, 3/14/16, 05/02/16

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 10/12/15, 1/4/15, 2/15/16, 3/21/16, 05/16/16

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 11/5/15, 12/12/15, 1/9/16, 1/31/16, 3/19/16, 05/14/16

MSA –Maritime Security Awareness: Contact Admissions

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic): 10/29/15, 3/8/16, 6/10/16

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control: 10/27/15, 3/5/16 (March is 4 evenings), 6/8/16

*MSC-ENVPRO – 10/31/15, 2/28/16, 6/5/16

*MSC-FF-HELO – 2/22/16, 6/6/16

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualification: 10/19/15, 10/31/15, 1/4/16, 2/29/16, 6/13/16

*MSC-Security Watch Basic –10/17/15, 2/26/16, 6/11/16

*MSC-Security Watch Advanced –10/23/15, 10/30/15, 1/8/16, 3/4/16, 6/17/16

*MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force –10/24/15, 11/4/15, 1/10/16, 3/5/16, 6/18/16

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P – 10/20/15, 10/22/15, 11/4/15, 12/7/15, 12/9/15

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 1/25/16, 5/9/16

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 10/14/15, 10/28/15, 11/3/15, 11/11/15, 11/18/15, 12/2/15, 12/10/15, 1/6/16, 1/13/16, 2/3/16, 2/10/16, 2/24/16, 3/9/16, 3/16/16, 04/06/16, 04/20/16, 05/04/16, 05/18/16, 06/08/16, 06/22/16

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 1/18/16, 2/1/16

SAR-OIC – Search & Rescue – 10/19/15, 04/18/16

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 11/2/15, 2/15/16, 04/11/16, 06/27/16

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling-5 Day: 1/25/16, 3/7/16, 05/02/16

SMS – Contact Admissions

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 2/8/16

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses: 1/4/16, 7/11/16

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 2/22/16

TRAC-TUG-2: Contact Admissions

TTT – Contact Admissions

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties: 4/28/16

VSO – Vessel Security Officer: 10/17/15, 2/15/16, 04/25/16

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level): 3/21/16, 10/3/16

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 2/29/16, 9/19/16

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Please also see our schedule and enroll online at For registration contact our registrar, Jennifer Pitzen: 206.838.1126 or

October 2015

19-23 Radar Observer Unlimited
19-23 Leadership & Managerial Skills (waitlist only)
19-23 MEECE
26th Radar Renewal
26-30 Leadership & Managerial Skills (waitlist only)
26-30 MEECE
26-30 Engine Resource Management
26-30 Leadership & Managerial Skills (waitlist only)

November 2015

2-6 Basic Stability
2-6 Engine Resource Management (waitlist only)
4-6 Security – Vessel, Company, and Facility
9th Radar Renewal
9-13 Medical Care Provider
9-20 Medical Person-In-Charge
9-20 GMDSS
16-20 Leadership & Managerial Skills (waitlist only)
16-20 MEECE (waitlist only)
30-4 Leadership & Managerial Skills (waitlist only)
30-4 Engine Resource Management
30-4 MEECE (waitlist only)

December 2015

4th Radar Renewal
7-11 ECDIS (waitlist only)
7-11 Medical Care Provider
7-18 GMDSS
14-18 Leadership & Managerial Skills (waitlist only)
14-18 MEECE

January 2016

4-8 Leadership & Managerial Skills (waitlist only)
4-8 Engine Resource Management
4-22 Terrestrial & Coastal Navigation
11th Flashing Light
11-15 ECDIS
11-15 Train the Trainer
18-22 Leadership & Managerial Skills (waitlist only)
25-29 Radar Observer Unlimited
25-29 MEECE

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