Wheelhouse Weekly – October 20th, 2020

October 20th 2020

Volume 25… Number 42… Oct. 20, 2020


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There is welcome news in the battle to repatriate the hundreds of thousands of mariners who have been stuck aboard their ships long past the expiration of their contracts because of Covid-19 restrictions.

China announced last week that it will allow foreign crew changes in 10 ports, contingent on a series of requirements being met, including a favorable assessment by the authorities of local health conditions.

The ports in which foreign crew changes will be allowed are Dalian, Tianjin, Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Fuzhou, Xiamen, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Haikou.

South Africa has announced that “hundreds” of mariners have been repatriated through its nine commercial ports following a loosening of Covid-19 restrictions that began on Aug. 18.

“A significant number—hundreds—of seafarers have been repatriated from the various ports over the last three months,” according to a spokesperson for the South African Maritime Safety Authority.

“All government agencies have been working around the clock to ensure that the welfare and mental health of our seafarers are catered for; however, some restrictions do still apply in port due to the necessity to protect the country. Although seafarers are allowed to sign on/off from their ships, shore leave is still not permitted,” he said.

Signing-on foreign crew must produce a negative polymerase chain reaction test certificate or a valid certificate of Covid-19-negative test results. The test must be: from an accredited lab; in line with World Health Organization requirements; obtained not more than 72 hours before the date of travel; and presented at the first South African port of entry.

Crewmembers who cannot produce proof of Covid-19 status will be isolated at a designated quarantine facility at their own expense.

Signing-off crews are not required to produce a valid PCR test certificate if the vessel has not had crew changes or has not visited a foreign port within 10 days of arrival at a South African seaport.

South Africa reopened its borders to international air travel—with restrictions—on Oct. 1, so crew are repatriated via commercial flights.

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Six MM&P members aboard the BUCHANAN 5 responded to several boats on fire in Stamford Harbor’s West Branch on Oct. 4.

Aboard the BUCHANAN 5 were Captain Chris Birdsey, Mate Walter Hebb, Chief Engineer Matt Toohey and Deckhands Peter Owen, Kurt Munsterman and Krzys Zygula.

The crew of the BUCHANAN 5 was on standby, waiting for the tides, after dropping off a barge loaded with small bluestone gravel when Owen spotted thick black smoke coming in from the harbor.

“We sprang into action and went into fire-fighting mode,” he said. “We turned to and cranked up the fire pumps.”

When they arrived at Hinckley Boatyard, they saw a recreational boat that was fully inflamed and had drifted away from the dock.

The burning boat was being pushed to the east side of the canal by the prevailing wind.

It came to rest at a section of dock behind an apartment building, at which point the flames immediately spread to the dock, at least three more recreational boats, and a floating tiki bar, according to an article in the Stamford Advocate.

Among those responding to the blaze were members of the Stamford Fire Department and Coast Guard personnel.

A handful of people with garden hoses tried to quell the flames from land, Owen said, while hundreds watched from the promenade.

A separate water and land-based firefighting effort was mounted by additional fire department units and fireboats in the canal.

As the original boat and a second burning boat drifted in the canal, a fuel tank aboard one of the boats ruptured, causing a floating fuel fire at the southern section of the dock at Harbor Point which threatened additional boats that were moored nearby.

The black fiberglass smoke was heavy, Owen said. “Captain Birdsey did a great job keeping us out of it.”

The first responders were eventually able to corral the two boats approximately 200 feet south of the main body of fire.

“The actions of the crew of BUCHANAN 5 reflect very well on the captain, the company and the union,” said the MM&P Atlantic Maritime Group Representative.

Buchanan crews perform safety drills—including firefighting and man overboard–every week, Owen said.

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We strongly encourage every MM&P member to vote in November’s election.

The candidates elected to the House of Representatives and the Senate will be in a position to affect the future viability and growth of our industry.

Their actions will determine whether American-flag vessels and American shipboard jobs will remain under the US flag or be outsourced to the benefit of foreign shipping interests.

Through the MM&P Political Contribution Fund, our union works to support candidates who, regardless of their political party affiliation, believe our country needs a strong US-flag merchant marine.

The MM&P PCF supports candidates who understand that it is critically important to our nation’s economic and military security that:

— the federal government fully fund and implement the Maritime Security Program;

— the Jones Act be maintained and enforced; and

— the cargo preference laws remain in place.

Equally important, we vigorously support candidates who will fight with us to preserve employment opportunities for American maritime workers.

A list of the candidates the union is supporting in state races has been posted in the Members Only section of

Just click on the “Documents” tab and scroll down to “Who We Support.”

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Mercy Ships is proud to announce its brand new ship: the GLOBAL MERCY, the world’s largest civilian hospital ship.

With this new vessel, Mercy Ships will more than double its capacity to deliver safe surgical care and medical training in Africa.

With the doubling of capacity, Mercy Ships is also doubling its need for volunteers!

Applications are now being accepted for volunteers on both the AFRICA MERCY and the GLOBAL MERCY.

Mercy Ships has been transforming lives for more than 40 years, and over the next 50 years, it estimates that more than 150,000 lives will be changed on board the GLOBAL MERCY.

You can learn more about the GLOBAL MERCY at

Join us today! To find out about volunteering for Mercy Ships, contact a team member:

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In August, the Panama-flagged towing vessel DIAVLOS FORCE left Piraeus, Greece, on a contract to transport a hull to Norway from a Romanian shipyard in the Black Sea.

While the ship was on its way, the family of a crewmember alerted the International Transport Workers’ Federation Inspectorate in Norway that the crew was not being paid.

The ITF’s new inspector in Bergen, Syver Grepstad, began working on the case.

“To investigate the situation, we established communication with members of the crew, who were from Greece, Russia, the Philippines, India and Indonesia,” he said.

“We learned that the vessel would reach Norway in the beginning of September, and that the crew had not been paid for six months.”

What’s more, he found out, some crewmembers had been on board without relief for almost 15 months.

The ITF alerted Port State Control—the Norwegian Maritime Authority—of the egregious breach of Maritime Labor Convention regulations.

Representatives of the ITF and Port State Control were waiting on the pier when the ship docked. Port State Control detained the DIAVLOS FORCE after confirming that the crewmembers were owed $238,036 in outstanding wages.

The following weeks were hectic. The inspectors had the ship arrested on behalf of the crew so that if necessary, their unpaid wages could come from its release or sale.

The Greek owner told the crew he would get them home if they dropped all claims for unpaid wages—but the ITF inspector advised them to reject that offer.

Although the owner claimed that he wanted to pay them, they never received any of the money from the contract to transport the hull from Romania to Norway.

“Since the vessel was starting to run low on fuel and provisions,” Grepstad said, “the situation of board was getting more and more desperate.”

Again the owner promised to remedy the situation, but once more nothing came of it.

He finally abandoned the ship.

At this point, the ITF contacted the P&I Club responsible for insuring the vessel, and the compensation process got underway: four months of wages ($139,475) was recovered and transferred to the bank accounts of the members of the crew.

Less than four weeks after reaching the coast of Norway, they began their journey home.

Syver Grepstad said the ITF will work on the crew’s behalf to realize the value of the ship.

“If the owner is not able to pay the remaining claim, the vessel will be sold and the crew can expect to get more of their salaries. We will not stop fighting for them,” he said.

The ITF is a democratic federation that fights alongside its nearly 700 affiliated unions—including Masters, Mates & Pilots—to help members secure their rights.

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Union members are fighting to defeat the administration’s plans to privatize the US Postal Service.

“The Senate leadership has refused to take up the HEROES Act and address financial support for the Postal Service, thus any new stimulus package appears unlikely prior to the presidential election,” says American Postal Workers Union President Mark Dimondstein.

“But we are not discouraged. This fight is far from over. We can and must continue until we secure and expand the role of the Postal Service as a source of good union jobs and universal postal services.”

APWU is urging union members to join the Labor 2020 election campaign, promote the integrity and safety of voting by mail, and prepare for a nationwide mobilization to save our public postal service on Nov. 17.

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With the future of our country depending on union members voting for our endorsed candidates, all AFL-CIO affiliates and allied organizations are invited to participate in our Labor 2020 Phone Banks.

This year, the phone banks will be virtual. To participate in the virtual phone bank, you will need a computer and a cell phone, OR a smartphone.

We will be calling labor households in key states through election day.

The AFL-CIO training team provides training every weekday, and live support weekdays and Saturdays.

If you are an MM&P member or employee who would like to participate in the Labor 2020 phone bank, please send an email to

Together we have made over 55,000 calls in the last few weeks. We need to keep the calls going, and we need your continued support to reach our goals.

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There will be a virtual Offshore membership meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020 at 1630 EDT.

All Offshore members and applicants are welcome to participate.

MM&P President Don Marcus, Secretary-Treasurer Don Josberger and Atlantic Ports Vice President Tom Larkin will participate in the meeting.

To register for the meeting, you will need to log in to either the MM&P app or the Members’ Only section of the MM&P website.

You can download the MM&P app on your mobile device here.

Once you are logged in, click on Offshore Membership Meeting Registration located under the Documents tab.

For assistance, please send an email to

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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, Nov. 11, for Veterans Day.

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Sometimes life’s problems can seem overwhelming.

The MM&P Employee Assistance Program, which has been in place for many years, may be of help in these cases.

The Employee Assistance Program is a FREE, CONFIDENTIAL service that provides professional consultant and referral services to help people deal with personal or work-related problems.

All eligible MM&P Health & Benefit Plan participants and their covered dependents can take advantage of the program, which is administered by LifeWorks.

Among the problems that LifeWorks counselors can help address are: stress; family and relationship issues; alcohol and drug abuse; mental health needs; planning for retirement; and financial challenges.

Whether your question is simple or complex, LifeWorks can help.

For confidential assistance 24 hours a day, seven days a week, call the toll free number: 1-877-234-5151.

You will talk to a specialist who will assess your situation. This will take approximately 30 minutes.

After an assessment is made, you may be given a referral for up to three in-person sessions with an Employee Assistance Program provider at no cost to you.

A referral to an Employee Assistance Program provider is made when the issue appears to be resolvable in the course of three sessions.

When issues appear complex or seem to require more time to address, the consultant may refer you to a PPO Provider to ensure the best continuity of care.

If you are referred to a PPO Provider, the MM&P Health & Benefit Plan will pay 90 percent of the cost if the counselor is in-network and 70 percent of the cost if the counselor is out of-network.

If, for whatever reason, you are unhappy with the provider you were referred to, you can call the specialist and get a referral for another facility or provider.

LifeWorks also offers useful articles, information and resources through its website, (User ID:MMP; Password 5100).

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Eligible dependent children of eligible Offshore members and co-pay pensioners in good standing are reminded to request an application for the scholarship program.

Applicants must be high school seniors during the 2020-21 school year. Completed applications must be returned to the Plan Office by Nov. 30, 2020.

For more information, please contact Madeline Petrelli at 410-850-8615 or

A PDF copy of the application is posted on the MM&P website: just go to, click on “Plans,” and then select “H&B Benefit Forms” in the dropdown menu. The application is the fourth form from the bottom.

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Union Plus offers union members assistance programs, discounts and savings to help take the pressure off during this difficult time.

Examples include help finding a mortgage, disaster relief, credit counseling and help negotiating medical debt relief. Interested? Read on.

Has quarantine highlighted things your current home is missing? Don’t wait for interest rates to climb. The Union Plus Mortgage Company can help you find the right loan now.

The UPMC was created for union families. They know the mortgage business and the unique aspects of union employment. If you find a mortgage through UPMC, you will receive a $500 gift card after closing.

First-time homebuyers may be eligible for a first-time home buyer award. Union members who are veterans may be eligible for a $1,000 veteran’s grant.

To talk to a UPMC mortgage loan officer, call 855 UNION 70 (855-864-6670).

Participants in the Union Plus Mortgage, Credit Card, Personal Loan or supplemental insurance programs may be eligible for Union Plus hardship assistance programs.

If you have a Union Plus Credit Card or Teamster Privilege Credit Card or a Union Plus personal loan and you have been laid off or furloughed, you may be eligible for a $300 grant.

There is also help if you can’t pay your mortgage. Are you concerned about missing a house payment because you’re disabled, laid off, locked out or on strike? If you’ve had a Union Plus home mortgage for a year or more, you’re protected.

Natural disaster relief. You may be eligible for a $500 Disaster Relief Grant from Union Plus if you are a union member who participates in certain Union Plus programs and have been affected by the recent natural disasters in Alabama, California, Iowa, Louisiana, Oregon or Tennessee.

If you have questions about disaster relief grants, please contact one of the following:

— Union Plus Credit Card cardholders: Call 800-622-2580

— Union Plus Mortgage, Union Plus Life, Accident and Auto Insurance, Union Plus Retiree Healthcare and Union Plus Personal Loan holders: Call 800-472-2005

Get help eliminating your debt. Debt management assistance can help you get back on your feet if you feel like you’re drowning in debt.

Having trouble paying your mortgage? Get a free, confidential talk with a housing counselor.

— Union Plus also offers a medical bill negotiating service. The Union Plus Medical Bill Negotiating Service by Health Advocate provides union members with FREE assistance negotiating large out-of-pocket medical bills, bill reductions with physicians, hospitals and other medical providers.

The service negotiates with medical providers on the union member’s behalf to lower costs and establish payment plans. To use this service, you must:

— be a union member or union retiree;

— have at least one outstanding unreimbursed medical expense of $400 or more from a single medical provider. (But there’s no limit on the number of medical providers with which the service will negotiate.)

To find out more about the programs and services available to union members, go to

Note: Union Plus is an independent organization that offers services to union members. Union Plus is not part of MM&P. The Wheelhouse Weekly is simply providing this information as a service to our members.

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The following is a notice to all MM&P Eligible Voters from the International Ballot Committee.

The MM&P Voting Instructions that accompanied your ballot indicated that, in order to be counted, ballots must be received by 9:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday, December 16, 2020.

Due to a delay relating to the date on which the ballots were mailed, the balloting period has been extended.

Accordingly, in order to be counted, your ballot must be received by 9:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on Monday, December 28, 2020.

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Please be advised that as of the June MATES Trustees meeting, the number of sea days required to receive covered training at MITAGS will now be 42 days instead of 30.

This temporary change has been necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic with regards to permissible class size, available staffing and cost saving measures. The measure will remain in place through the end of 2020 and be reviewed prior to the end of this year.

\\Classes are 5-day unless otherwise noted\\

Class dates followed by an * are full

AB – Able Seaman – 1/25/21, 4/12/21

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

ARPA-OIC (4-Day) – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: Not currently scheduled

AZIPOD (2-Day) – Not currently scheduled

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: Not currently scheduled

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 1/26/21, 3/8/21, 4/13/21, 4/29/21, 5/17/21
Online: 11/2/21, 2/2/21, 4/20/21

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling – (Now also included in BRMP-Refresher) (3-Day): 3/10/21, 4/26/21

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

BT – Basic Safety Training: 1/18/21

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – 10/28/20, 12/15/20, 2/9/21

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 12/14/20, 2/9/21

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 10/26/20

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 11/30/20, 1/18/21, 3/8/21, 5/3/21, 6/21/21

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 12/7/20, 1/25/21, 4/26/21, 6/14/21

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 3/15/21

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1: 11/9/20, 2/1/21

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific: 11/16/20, 2/8/21

CM-OPS 2 APL – Chief Mate Operations II APL Specific – Not currently scheduled

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems: 11/9/20, 4/5/21

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM): 11/16/20, 12/14/20, 2/1/21

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 4/12/21
(DCS-1 available on request – contact Admissions)

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: Not Currently Scheduled

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management: 2/22/21

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 11/2/20, 11/30/20, 1/30/20, 1/11/21, 2/1/21, 2/22/21, 3/15/21, 4/19/21, 5/10/21, 6/7/21

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 11/9/20*, 12/7/20, 1/18/21, 2/8/21, 3/1/21, 3/22/21, 4/26/21, 5/17/21, 6/14/21

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

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 11/2/20

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 10/26/20

WX-HW-ATL – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Atlantic Ocean (2-day) – Contact Admissions

WX-HW-IND – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Indian Ocean (2-day) – Contact Admissions

WX-HW-PAC – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Pacific Ocean (2-day) – Contact Admissions

CIW-DPA/IA – Continual Improvement Workshop: Designated Person Ashore & Internal Auditor (3-Day) ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program **
Online: Not currently scheduled

CIW-SMS – Continual Improvement Workshop: Successful Safety Management (2-Day) – Not currently scheduled

CNAV-OIC (15-Day) – Celestial Navigation: 11/2/20

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications (1-Day): 3/10/21

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior (1-Day) – 2/26/21

CDMGT – Crowd Management (1-Day) – 2/25/21

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): 2/22/21, 4/19/21

ECDIS for Pilots (2-Day) – 12/3/20

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 12/7/20, 4/19/21

ADV-FF – Advanced Fire-Fighting (4-day) – Not currently scheduled

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 1/18/21

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 10/27/20, 12/17/20, 2/8/21

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 12/12/20, 2/12/21

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications (1-Day): Not currently scheduled
Online: 10/15/20

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization (2-Day): 3/13/21

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (10-Day): Not currently scheduled

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 11/16/20, 4/12/21

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

LAP – License Advancement Program for Mate to Master (20-Day): 1/11/21

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes (15-Day): 3/8/21

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

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage (1-Day): 1/27/21, 3/9/21, 4/14/21, 4/29/21

LNG-TPIC (10-Day) – 1/11/21

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC) (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): 11/30/20, 4/12/21

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 11/30/20*, 1/25/21, 4/12/21

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 1/11/21

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 11/30/20*, 1/25/21

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 10/26/20, 12/5/20, 12/18/20, 1/16/21, 1/30/21

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic) (1-Day): 11/10/20, 2/24/21

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 10/30/20, 2/25/21

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) – 11/1/20, 2/28/21

MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day) – 10/28/20

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 11/2/20, 1/11/21, 3/1/21

MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day) – 11/2/20, 3/1/21 (Evening)

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) – 11/6/20, 1/15/21, 3/5/21

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) – 11/7/20, 1/16/21, 3/6/21

NDMS-ENAV – Navigational Decision Making Series – Best Practice in eNav (3-Day) – Not currently scheduled

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P (2-Day) – 10/26/20*, 10/28/20*, 12/14/20*, 12/16/20*, 1/18/21, 3/15/21, 4/20/21, 4/22/21, 6/22/21, 6/24/21

PSC – Personal Survival Craft (5-Day) – 2/1/21

PSC-REF – Personal Survival Craft Refresher (2-Day) – 12/10/20

RFPNW – Ratings Forming Part of a Navigational Watch (3-day) – 1/13/21

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes (1-Night): 12/14/20

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 5/24/21

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3-Day): 11/30/20

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 5/3/21

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day) – 11/16/20*, 12/14/20*, 1/25/21*, 4/12/21, 6/14/21

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 5/17/21

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (15-Day): 6/7/21

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 3/8/21, 4/26/21

TRAC-TUG-2 (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

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

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (1-Day): 2/27/21, 6/15/21

VSO – Vessel Security Officer (3-Day): 2/22/21, 6/16/21

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) (10-Day): Not currently scheduled

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): Not currently scheduled

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Schedule of Courses – Please also see our schedule and enroll online at

For Registration Contact our Admissions Department: 206.441.2880 or

October 2020

21st Medical DOT
22nd Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
26-29 Advanced Firefighting
26-30 Advanced Shiphandling I

November 2020

2-6 Advanced Shiphandling II
2-6 Radar Observer Unlimited
2-6 Basic Training
9-12 Advanced Firefighting
9-13 Leadership & Managerial Skills
9-13 Medical Care Provider
9-20 Medical Person-In-Charge
13th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
16-17 Basic Training Revalidation
16-18 Security Officer – Vessel, Company and Facility
16-19 ARPA
30-4 Basic Training

December 2020

4, 7-8 Basic Training Refresher
7-8 Basic Training Revalidation
7-11 Medical Care Provider
7-18 Medical Person-In-Charge
9th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
10-11 Advanced Firefighting Refresher

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