Wheelhouse Weekly – October 1st, 2019

October 2nd 2019

Volume 24… Number 39… Oct. 1, 2019


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Maritime Advisories:

GM Strike:

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The officers and crew of MAERSK MONTANA are being commended for saving a mariner forced to abandon a sinking sailboat on the night of Sept. 20 in the Eastern Atlantic about 200 miles southwest of Cork, Ireland.

MAERSK MONTANA received the initial distress call as it was sailing en route to Antwerp.

It diverted from its course to close on the distressed sailboat, eventually making voice contact with the lone sailor, Mihail “Miki” Chumachenko, who said his boat, LA BELLE VIE, was taking on water.

After updating the other vessels closing on the scene from further away, MAERSK MONTANA Captain Richard G. Hoey agreed to be on-scene commander.

He and the captain of the sailboat agreed on a rescue plan: MONTANA would remain upwind of LA BELLE VIE and approach close aboard until a messenger line could be sent.

A sturdier line would then be passed and made fast to the mast so the smaller boat could lie alongside and Miki could be brought aboard by whatever means was most convenient.

“The pilot ladder was ready, a pair of nets were ready to lower from anywhere on the deck and many lines were made ready,” reported Third Mate Stephen J. Miller.

“At 1945, MAERSK MONTANA began her approach,” he wrote.

“This was the tricky part. The ship needed to be at a speed slow enough to where she could run the engine astern and yet fast enough to catch LA BELLE VIE, which was still under sail, to maintain a stable condition.”

“To make this work, Chief Engineer Jeremy Travers led a gang of lookouts on the bridge wings,” while the rest of the engineering department continued working below.

Miller “picked out LA BELLE VIE’s weak radar return from the heavy background interference caused by the Force 8 seas and continuously passed the boat’s position and the ship’s true course and speed to Captain Hoey so that he could manage the motion of the ship to both power and drift onto LA BELLE VIE.”

“A containership is anything but graceful in a windy and rough sea at slow speed,” Miller noted.

“And then it was done,” he wrote. “Miki opened the sea cocks on his boat, grabbed his bag and climbed the pilot ladder.”

By 2130, MAERSK MONTANA was back en route to Antwerp.

MM&P President Don Marcus commended Captain Hoey, Chief Mate Samuel “Forrest” Halley, Second Mate William B. Coulter, Third Mate Miller and the entire crew of MAERSK MONTANA.

“Congratulations on a job well done in your expert rescue work,” he said. “This is an achievement you will always be able to look back on with great pride and satisfaction.”

Miller chronicled the rescue in an article that was published in gCaptain. To read it, go to:

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The Maritime Labor Alliance unions met in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 25 to establish the MLA’s strategic priorities for the coming months.

They took the opportunity to reach out to members of the United Auto Workers who have been on strike since Sept. 16.

“We wish to offer you our support and solidarity in your strike against General Motors,” the five MLA union presidents wrote in an Oct. 1 letter to UAW President Gary Jones.

“We salute your stand against the betrayal of the auto workers who built GM, who agreed to concessions when survival required it and who are now being short-changed and cast aside when the company is flush.”

“The UAW fought to establish the working conditions, wages, health care coverage and retirement security that set the standard for all labor in North America.”

“We support your efforts to restore your members’ terms and conditions of employment to where they should rightfully be and to receive a fair share of the profits that GM is reaping.”

“Please let us know what we can do to assist you and your members during this critical struggle,” they wrote.

“Our members are willing and able to participate in demonstrations and other activities.”

The letter was signed by MM&P President Don Marcus and the leaders of the other MLA member unions: ILWU President Willie Adams, MEBA President Marshall Ainley, ARA President John Radcliffe and IBU President Marina Secchitano.

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Rescue teams responding to the sinking of the BOURBON RHODE, a Luxembourg-flag tug that went down in Hurricane Lorenzo, have rescued three crewmembers in a lifeboat and recovered three bodies.

Eight crewmembers remain missing.

The tug was in transit 1,200 nautical miles off Martinique Island and 60 nautical miles south-southeast from the eye of category 4 Hurricane Lorenzo when it began taking on water at the stern and eventually sank.

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The U.S. maritime authorities have issued an advisory reporting that multiple instances of significant GPS interference have been reported by vessels operating in the Eastern and Central Mediterranean Sea.

In the Central Mediterranean Sea, the reports have been concentrated between Libya and Malta, specifically in areas offshore of Libya and to the east and the northwest of Malta.

In the Eastern Mediterranean, the reports have been concentrated near Port Said, Egypt, the Suez Canal, and in the vicinity of the Republic of Cyprus.

Instances of similar interference were also reported between Hadera, Israel, and Beirut, Lebanon.

The interference is resulting in lost GPS signals affecting bridge navigation, GPS-based timing and communications equipment. Satellite communications equipment may also be affected.

Ships transiting the area should exercise caution.

GPS disruptions or anomalies should be reported immediately to the NAVCEN at or by phone: 703-313-5900.

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The U.S. maritime authorities have warned of a threat to vessels transiting in the vicinity of Mataking and the Pom-Pom Islands of Malaysia in the Celebes Sea.

The alert cites reports that terrorists in the Abu Sayyaf Group are threatening to kidnap tourists.

Mariners and vessels are also at risk. The group may use two high-speed boats armed with automatic weapons.

Vessels are advised to exercise caution when transiting this area.

Abu Sayyaf terrorists have been blamed for the Sept. 23 kidnapping of three people from a Malaysian fishing boat near Tambisan Island, Lahad Datu, Sabah.

Local media reported that in that incident, two trawlers were boarded.

The three crewmembers were abducted from one vessel; documents and mobile phones were taken from the fishermen aboard the other.

In June, terrorists kidnapped 10 crewmembers from two other fishing boats off the coast of Malaysia’s eastern Sabah.

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UAW members have received the first instalment of strike pay from the union’s strike fund as the standoff with General Motors continues.

Besides the roughly 46,000 hourly GM employees walking picket lines, some 5,000 workers at the company’s suppliers in Canada and the U.S. have been laid off as a result of the strike.

Several hundred GM maintenance workers who are also represented by the UAW went on strike on Sept. 14 and are now picketing side-by-side with the auto assembly workers.

The company is said to be losing money at a rate of about $25 million a day, while the strikers themselves and workers laid off at GM’s supplier network have lost wages totaling $266 million.

The union’s demands include higher wages, increased company participation in health care costs and protections for temporary workers who do similar jobs to permanent employees but for less pay, scanty benefits and no job security.

In an abrupt turnaround, the company said Friday that it would pay for workers’ health care coverage during the strike, after having first told the UAW that its strike fund would have to pick up those costs.

The union, which typically negotiates new contracts with the Detroit automakers every four years, has extended its contracts with Ford and Fiat Chrysler while it works towards an agreement with GM that would serve as a template for negotiations with the other two companies.

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GM hourly workers made significant concessions following the 2008 financial meltdown and the company’s declaration of bankruptcy.

Now that GM has returned to profitability, union members want to participate in the fruits of their labor, writes AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka in an opinion piece entitled “Our Economy Is Broken. The UAW Is Showing Us How to Fix It.”

“A decade ago, General Motors was on the verge of collapse,” he writes.

“Facing down an earth-shattering financial crisis, tens of thousands of UAW members agreed to help save an American icon–and the economy along with it.”

“Autoworkers took on personal financial sacrifices, conceding contract victories that had taken years to secure. Working harder and longer for less, they ultimately carried GM out of bankruptcy and into a period of record-breaking profits.”

“Over the past three years, GM has pocketed $35 billion in North America alone, allowing CEO Mary Barra to claim her seat as the world’s highest-paid auto executive. After years of sacrifice, GM workers were ready to claim their share of that success.”

“These patriots had toiled for the sake of something greater–to preserve a social contract that Americans had come to expect.”

“We worked hard, and in exchange, we could rely on secure, good-paying union jobs here in the United States.”

In the face of stonewalling by the company, “autoworkers made the painful decision to go on strike, finding strength in each other even as GM retaliated against them.”

“It’s cruel, petty and painfully normal. Over the past four decades, those in power have tossed aside the norms that used to ensure some semblance of fairness in our economy.”

“In its place, they have built a twisted set of economic and political rules that preserve virtually everything for themselves.”

“We see it in the CEOs making hundreds for every dollar their workers take home.”

“We feel it in a supposedly booming economy that has delivered stagnant paychecks, longer hours and increasingly dangerous workplaces. And we recognize it in the ruthlessness with which bosses attempt to quash our right to organize on the job.”

“GM’s behavior has illustrated the untenable injustice of a rigged economy–and the UAW’s strike is showing us how to fix it.”

“We can’t wait for corporations to change a system that they built for themselves. GM bosses clearly don’t feel loyalty to the working people who built, saved and rebuilt their company.”

“Left to their own devices, executives will demand the world from their employees while scoffing at any request for something in return. From auto plants to restaurants to offices, our labor has been systematically abused and devalued.”

“Freewheeling corporate greed is an unsustainable threat to our way of life, and only working people can put an end to it. This has to be our fight, and it has to be waged collectively.”

“There’s a reason that corporations fear union activity.”

“It gives us unparalleled power to demand and fight for what we’re owed. GM executives have incomparably more power than any single autoworker.”

“But with nearly 50,000 UAW brothers and sisters walking picket lines across the country, that single worker is now on even ground.”

“GM is paralyzed without its workers’ cooperation. Cash flow is frozen. Shareholders are anxious. And suddenly Barra doesn’t seem so powerful.”

“UAW’s fearlessness is a reminder that the only way to fight back is by fighting back.”

“More than any time in a generation, Americans are taking that truth to heart.”

“In 2017, a quarter-million people joined unions. Last year, twice as many walked picket lines.”

“And now, 60 million non-union workers say they’re ready to join a movement with an approval rating nearing a 50-year high.”

“The UAW strike will end when GM workers win the fair treatment that they’ve earned. Our structural economic crisis has to end the same way.”

“We have the power to win this fight—because there is power in a union.”

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All MM&P union halls, the MM&P Plan Office, the MM&P Federal Credit Union and MM&P headquarters will be closed on Monday, Oct. 14, for Columbus Day.

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The Offshore Familiarization Course will be held in the MM&P Oakland Hall on Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 23-24.

The course begins both days at 0900.

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 would like to take the course, please contact Veronica Schaible, or 510-808-7068.

The MM&P Oakland Hall is located at: 548 Thomas L. Berkly Way, Oakland, 94612.

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The Oregon Board of Maritime Pilots and the Columbia River Bar Pilots are accepting applications to fill vacancies expected in the next few years.

Applicants must have a U.S. Unlimited Masters License and at least one year sea time as master on commercial ships over 5,000 GT to apply and two years’ sea time to be accepted.

The pilots are an equal opportunity organization looking for captains with a broad range of experience, capable of working in the demanding conditions of the Columbia River Bar.

Candidates must have a command personality and be able to handle the wide range of decision making required.

They must also be willing and able to contribute to running the business side of the organization.

Interested candidates should submit a complete application packet by Nov. 30, 2019.

Applications and instructions are at:
If more information is needed, contact Susan Johnson, Administrator, Oregon Board of Maritime Pilots, 800 NE Oregon St., Suite 507, Portland, Oregon 97232,, phone 971-673-1530.

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MITAGS-PMI West Coast seeks a full-time instructor/simulator operator to provide classroom instruction and simulator operator support.

Classroom instruction will focus on Mate-to-Master upgrade courses, as well as Officer in Charge of a Navigation Watch (OICNW) courses.

The job also entails operating the simulator for USCG-approved courses, research projects or assessments.

Travel may be required to teach at the MITAGS East Coast campus or other off-site locations.

Desired qualifications include: USCG Master Unlimited, having sailed at least one year on that license–may be substituted with equivalent uniformed service experience (NOAA, USCG, USN); degree in adult education.

Requirements include: USCG-approved Train the Trainer course; ability to work flexible hours, to include early morning, evening and/or weekends; excellent writing and communications skills; excellent computer skills, including MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and related information systems; very strong interpersonal and communication skills and ability to work effectively with all levels of the organization.

This position requires moderate physical activity. Minimum annual salary $53,535.00.

To apply for this job or to find out more, please contact Jane Sibiski:

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In accordance with federal regulations, the Coast Guard’s National Maritime Center will issue duplicate Merchant Mariner Credentials free of charge to mariners whose credentials were lost or destroyed as a result of Hurricane Dorian or subsequent flooding.

The agency said it will make every effort to mail out duplicate credentials the next business day.

To obtain a replacement credential on an expedited basis, mariners should provide a statement of loss to the NMC by fax to (304) 433-3412 or email to

The statement should contain: the mariner’s full name; date of birth; reference number or Social Security number; current mailing address; phone number and/or email address; and a brief description of the circumstances surrounding the loss/destruction of the credential.

Unless otherwise requested, any duplicate MMCs issued per the process above will include a corresponding Medical Certificate.

Alternatively, mariners may submit a CG-719B, Application for MMC, to one of the Regional Examination Centers with the information above.

If your credential is unserviceable due to damage or your lost credential is subsequently found, that credential should be mailed to: Commanding Officer, U.S. Coast Guard, National Maritime Center, 100 Forbes Drive, Martinsburg, WV 25404.

For questions: email, use the NMC online chat system or call 1-888-IASKNMC (427-5662).

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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

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

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: 10/28/19, 2/24/20, 5/11/20

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 1/15/20, 3/9/20, 3/31/20, 4/30/20, 5/18/20

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling – (Now also included in BRMP-Refresher) (3-Day): 3/11/20, 4/27/20

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

BT – Basic Safety Training: 10/14/19, 2/24/20, 4/20/20

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – 10/30/19, 12/17/19, 2/4/20, 3/4/20, 4/2/20, 4/28/20, 6/15/20

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 12/16/19, 3/4/20, 4/27/20

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

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

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 10/7/19, 2/10/20

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

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

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

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

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

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 11/4/19, 1/13/20 (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): 10/14/19, 11/4/19*, 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

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 10/7/19, 10/21/19*, 11/11/19*, 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

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

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 10/21/19, 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 ** –11/12/19

CIW-SMS – Continual Improvement Workshop: Successful Safety Management (2-Day) –10/15/19

CNAV-OIC (15-Day) – Celestial Navigation: 11/4/19, 4/27/20

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

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior (1-Day) – Not currently scheduled

CDMGT – Crowd Management (1-Day) – Not currently scheduled

CSE – Confined Space Entry (3-Day): Not currently scheduled

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) – 11/21/19, 1/20/20, 4/30/20

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

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

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 10/14/19, 2/24/20, 4/20/20

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 10/29/19, 12/19/19, 2/6/20, 3/2/20, 4/1/20, 4/30/20, 6/17/20

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 12/14/19, 3/7/20, 4/25/20

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications (1-Day): 3/2/20

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization (2-Day): 3/14/20

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (10-Day): 3/16/20

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 11/18/19, 4/13/20

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

LAP – License Advancement Program for Mate to Master (20-Day): 10/21/19, 1/6/20

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

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 12/2/19*, 1/20/20, 3/16/20, 5/4/20

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 10/21/19, 1/6/20, 3/9/20, 6/22/20

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 11/18/19, 1/20/20, 3/16/20, 4/13/20, 5/4/20

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 10/28/19, 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

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic) (1-Day): 11/1/19 (evening), 2/20/20, 5/21/20, 6/3/20

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 11/1/19, 2/18/20, 5/19/20, 6/1/20

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) – 11/3/19, 2/23/20, 5/31/20

MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day) – 10/30/19

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 11/4/19*, 1/6/20, 2/24/20, 5/11/20, 6/7/20 (2020 dates may shift based on gun range availability)

MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day) – 11/4/19 (evening), 2/21/20, 5/10/20, 6/4/20

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) – 11/8/19*, 1/5/20, 2/22/20, 5/15/20, 6/5/20 (2020 dates may shift based on gun range availability)

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) – 11/9/19*, 1/10/20, 2/28/20, 5/16/20, 6/11/20 (2020 dates may shift based on gun range availability)

NDMS-ENAV – Navigational Decision Making Series – Best Practice in eNav (3-Day) – 11/18/19, 1/22/20

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P (2-Day) – 11/18/19, 11/20/19, 12/16/19, 12/18/19, 1/13/20, 3/16/20, 4/9/20, 6/22/20, 6/24/20

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): 10/16/19, 11/6/19, 12/18/19, 3/6/20, 3/7/20, 4/27/20, 4/28/20

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

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

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 10/28/19, 2/3/20, 5/18/20

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day) – 11/18/19*, 12/16/19*, 1/27/20, 3/30/20, 5/4/20

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 1/20/20

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

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

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

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

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

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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