Wheelhouse Weekly – October 22, 2019

October 23rd 2019

Volume 24… Number 42… Oct. 22, 2019


In This Issue:


Labor News:


Phillips Trust News:

MM&P Holiday Closing Notice:

Job Opportunities:

Pacific Maritime Region Membership Meetings:

Offshore Membership Meetings:

Offshore Familiarization Course:


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Congressman Elijah E. Cummings, a tireless advocate for America’s working families and the U.S.-flag fleet, died on Oct. 16. He was 68 years old.

The 13-term congressman, who represented the city of Baltimore, Md., was a long-time friend and strong supporter of MM&P and the American maritime industry.

“It is with deep regret that the membership of Masters, Mates & Pilots have learned of the passing of our true friend and great leader Congressman Elijah Cummings,” said MM&P President Don Marcus.

“Congressman Cummings set the bar for integrity in office, service to the community and contributions to the well-being of our nation.”

“A dedicated supporter and advocate for the under privileged, Congressman Cummings was above all a humanitarian.”

“He cared deeply for others and he worked tirelessly to improve the lives of working people.”

“In the maritime industry, his efforts to support the education of young seafarers and to secure a future for American citizen mariners of all stripes are unsurpassed.”

“Our members reach out in grief to the family of Congressman Cummings and express our deep gratitude for his many fine contributions.”

“As said more than once by Congressman Cummings during our meetings: ‘Life is like a basketball game, only the game-clock is covered. You never know when the buzzer is going to go off, so you need to make the most of it.’”

“Congressman Cummings made the most of his time on this earth. He was a true champion of the people. We will greatly miss him and cherish his memory.”

A member of Congress since 1996, Cummings championed maritime and labor friendly legislation and was a strong advocate for the Jones Act and strengthening U.S. cargo preference requirements.

He was the recipient of the International Propeller Club’s 2013 Salute to Congress Award, which recognizes a legislator who demonstrates consistent support for the U.S.-flag fleet.

The son of sharecroppers from South Carolina, he began his working life as a lawyer and later became a state legislator.

He worked in Congress to expand access to affordable healthcare and education, clean air and water, and a strong economy.

He also worked on other initiatives such as waste reform, fraud and abuse, and made sure government programs met the needs of Americans and those he represented.

Senator Benjamin Cardin, who earlier served with Cummings in the House of Representatives, said his death had left an “irreplaceable void.”

“Quite possibly no elected official mattered so much to his constituents,” Cardin said in a statement.

“Chairman Cummings guaranteed a voice to so many who would otherwise not have one, and stood as a symbol for the heights one could reach if they paid no mind to obstacles, naysayers and hate.”

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The September-October issue of The Master, Mate & Pilot will be arriving in your mailbox soon.

In the meantime, look for it online on just click on News and scroll down to MM&P Magazine.

In this issue:

— MM&P President Don Marcus on how the UAW strike brings into sharp focus the challenges facing MM&P and the U.S. labor movement as a whole;

— MAERSK MONTANA rescues mariner from sinking sailboat;

— approval of labor unions hits 50-year high;

— Maritime Labor Alliance unions pledge solidarity with striking auto workers;

— World War II Merchant Marine Congressional Gold Medal legislation passed by House, awaits Senate action;

— Congress investigates Trump labor board for flouting legal precedent to favor business and target unions.


— “Surprise” medical bills are a growing problem for patients and insurers. Here are some simple steps that every participant in the MM&P health plans should take now to protect themselves.

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Former MM&P International Secretary-Treasurer Steven Werse has been inducted into SUNY Maritime College Heritage Hall for his professional achievements and outstanding support of the college.

He received the honor on the occasion of the 40th reunion of his graduating class, the SUNY Maritime Class of ’79.

“Steve has been a wonderful friend to the college over the course of many years,” said Rear Adm. Michael Alfultis, president of the college, who presented him with the award.

“For several decades, he mentored hundreds of mariners. He has been an instructor, a guest lecturer and a participant in numerous campus events.”

Alfultis took the opportunity to thank Steve and MM&P “for being a generous host, on many occasions, to SUNY Maritime cadets.”

Heritage Hall was created by the SUNY Maritime Class of October 1946 as a 50th reunion gift to the College.

The hall was created to preserve the unique history of Maritime College, to honor those outstanding alumni whose dedication, leadership and significant contributions have positively impacted the State University of New York Maritime College.

Please join all of us at MM&P in congratulating Steve Werse on this wonderful recognition.

“We are proud of you, Steve!”

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UAW members began voting Saturday on a new contract with General Motors.

They will remain on strike until the results are tallied, sometime after voting ends on Oct. 25.

Early results from two locals show the proposed agreement is receiving strong support.

Although details of the tentative contract have not been officially released, it will reportedly give full-time workers higher pay and provide better benefits for temporary workers, including a path to permanent employment.

It would also allow the company to close three of its plants in the United States. One plant that GM had threatened to close would however remain open.

It is not clear how some of the hardest-fought issues–like narrowing the pay gap between long-term employees and more recent hires, and GM’s commitments to domestic production—have been addressed.

The UAW chose GM as its initial contract target because the company has closed plants in the United States this year, and over the last several years has substantially increased production at its four plants in Mexico.

When the issues with GM are resolved, the UAW will likely try to arrive at similar agreements with Ford and Fiat Chrysler.

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One of the nation’s largest school districts was closed for a third day Tuesday as teachers, bus aides, security guards and other school support staffers took to the streets to fight for more resources for city schools.

The strike, which began on Oct. 17, is the latest chapter in the resurgence of labor activism among educators that began in West Virginia in 2016 and has since spread to school districts in Arizona, Oklahoma, California and elsewhere.

Teachers are fighting for smaller class sizes, higher pay, more resources for public schools, more staff support, restrictions on charter schools and, in the case of Chicago, affordable housing.

On Friday, more than 25,000 educators represented by the Chicago Teachers Union took to the streets, picketing and marching.

They were joined by special education assistants, school security guards and other staffers represented by the Service Employees International Union.

Salary increases are among their demands, but the strikers say they are also trying to force the district to increase overall staffing levels so that schools no longer have to share nurses, counselors and social workers.

An additional demand: that the city address the lack of affordable housing for teachers and students.

Last year, more than 16,000 students in city of Chicago schools were classified as “homeless.”

This means that in addition to teaching, school personnel often have to ensure that students’ basic needs–food and clothing–are being met.

“We mean business,” says CTU Vice President Stacey Davis Gates.

“It cannot be about politics and personalities. It’s got to be about shifting and transforming the infrastructure of inequity.”

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten agrees. “You see a common thread from West Virginia to Los Angeles to Chicago,” she says.

“It’s about making the sacrifice to help create welcoming and safe environments for our kids and not taking ‘No’ for an answer.”

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At least 3,500 hourly workers at Mack Truck plants in three states went on strike last week as contract negotiations stalled between the United Auto Workers and Volvo, which owns Mack.

The union’s contract expired on October 1. The sides failed to reach an agreement after several short-term contract extensions, resulting in the first UAW strike at Mack in 35 years.

Issues awaiting resolution include wage increases, job security, holiday schedules, health and safety standards, retirement, subcontracting and temporary workers, and health care coverage.

Industry analysts point out that the strike coincides with a slowdown in American economic and manufacturing activity, the effects of which have been worsened by the U.S.-China trade war.

From January through September, the automotive sector has registered a 21 percent decline in net orders for the heavy duty tractor-trailer semis produced by Mack, which has led to a significant build-up in inventory.

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Two Liberian shipping companies, Chartworld and Nederland Shipping Corp., pled guilty last week to attempting to cover up vessel oil pollution and failing to notify the Coast Guard of a hazardous hull leak.

The story began when the Coast Guard conducted a Port State Control inspection of the NEDERLAND REEFER on Feb. 21 of this year.

Inspectors found that the chief engineer, Vasileios Mazarakis, had manipulated the monitoring device on the oily water separator with the aim of discharging untreated oily bilge water at sea.

To conceal the illegal discharges, Mazarakis falsified the vessel’s oil record book and engaged in witness tampering.

Inspectors also discovered that on Dec. 30 of last year, the NEDERLAND REEFER’s bilge holding tank had sprung a leak below the waterline and begun taking on seawater.

Chartworld and Nederland Shipping failed to report this hazardous condition to the authorities, which is a serious MARPOL violation.

As part of the plea agreement, the companies agreed to pay a criminal penalty of $1.8 million and to serve a four-year probation term with a court-appointed monitor and an independent auditing company.

For his role in the violations, Mazarakis pleaded guilty to violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships.

He also pleaded guilty to witness tampering and destruction of evidence.

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The Captain Richard Phillips Lane Kirkland Maritime Trust is pleased to announce that the Fall Gala and Fundraiser will be held Nov. 4 in Washington, D.C., at the Westin Hotel in National Harbor.

The event will honor Captain Steve Werse and the late Jay Corcoran for lifetime impact in the maritime industry and community.

Special guest speaker at the event will be U.S. Maritime Administrator Mark Buzby (Rear Admiral USN retired).

The evening begins at 5:30 with a cocktail reception, followed by dinner, presentation of awards and key note address.

Donations to the Trust directly fund a scholarship program that supports students of all ages and backgrounds pursuing careers in the maritime industry.

For information, registration and sponsorship opportunities, please contact:

Wendi Carpenter, Rear Admiral USN Retired, Executive Director of the Phillips Trust: 678-472-7097 or

More information is posted at:

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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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SUNY Maritime College is seeking a permanent second mate/regulatory officer.

The successful applicant will be assigned to the TS EMPIRE STATE to: facilitate deck maintenance labs; develop and maintain a preventative maintenance program as required by ISM; maintain compliance and recordkeeping of all associated documentation with regards to the EPA, VGP, inventory control and the vessel security plan.

Participation in Summer Sea Term (SST) would be required for at least one half of the SST (Cruise A or Cruise B) with duties to include training and development of at least 500 deck cadets in regards to shipboard operations and repair.

The successful candidate will serve as liaison between the ship, the regiment, academia and professional development programs, and work with the dean of admissions when necessary to recruit potential students.

He or she may be required to attend open houses and other events to make presentations designed to showcase the college and in particular the engine training program on the ship.

Required qualifications include: Bachelor’s degree; active 2/M license with at least 5 years maritime experience; strong desire to work in a student-oriented environment in higher education; ability to obtain and maintain a valid driver’s license, Transportation Worker’s Identification and passport for international travel.

Preferred qualifications include: Master’s degree and military experience.

Anticipated salary range is $70,000 – $72,000 annually, with an outstanding benefits package.

Review of applications to commence immediately and conclude on Oct. 25, or when the position is filled.

If you are interested in this position, please apply online:

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The U.S. Coast Guard currently has two Marine Transportation Specialist positions open at the National Maritime Center in Martinsburg, W. Va.

To learn more and apply for these positions, visit and input the job opportunity announcement numbers below or select the following links:


. 19-1749-SE-RD-D –
. 19-1749-SE-RD-M –

. 18-1662-SE-RD-M-R1 –
. 18-1662-SE-RD-D-R1 –

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Pacific Maritime Region membership meetings will be held on both Wednesday, Oct. 23, and Thursday, Oct. 24.

On Wednesday, Oct. 23, the meeting will be held at 12:00 p.m. at Central Bay, 670 W. Hornet Ave, Alameda, CA 94501.

On Thursday, Oct. 24, the meeting will be held at 12:00 p.m. at Vallejo on Mare Island at 1050 Nimitz Ave., Vallejo, CA 94592.

International President Don Marcus and Regional Representative Sly Hunter will be in attendance at both meetings to report and respond to questions.

If you have any items you wish to have placed on the agenda or questions that may require research please contact Sly Hunter at

All members and applicants are encouraged to attend.

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There will be a Pacific Maritime Region membership meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 10:00 a.m., at the Poulsbo Fire Hall, 911 NE Liberty Rd., Poulsbo, WA 98370.

International President Don Marcus, PMR Vice President Timothy Saffle and Regional Representative Dan Twohig will be in attendance to give their reports and answer your questions.

If you have any items you wish to have placed on the agenda or questions that may require research, please contact Dan Twohig at

All members and applicants are encouraged to attend the meeting.

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There will be a Pacific Maritime Region membership meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 9:30 a.m., at the Seafarers’ Memorial Park Building at 601 Seafarers’ Way, Anacortes, WA 98221.

MM&P International President Don Marcus, PMR Vice President Timothy Saffle, Regional Representative Nick Sorber and Regional Representative Dan Twohig will be in attendance to give their reports and answer your questions.

If you have any items you wish to have placed on the agenda or questions that may require research, please contact Dan Twohig at

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There will be an Offshore membership meeting in the MM&P Oakland Hall on Thursday, Oct. 24.

The meeting will begin immediately after 1100 job call.

As a reminder, the MM&P Oakland Hall is located at: 548 Thomas L. Berkly Way, Oakland, 94612.

The phone number is: 510-808-7068.

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There will be an Offshore membership meeting in the MM&P Norfolk Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 29.

The meeting will begin after the 1100 job call.

International Secretary-Treasurer Don Josberger and Vice President-Atlantic Ports Thomas Larkin will be in attendance to report and respond to questions.

If you have any items you wish to have placed on the agenda or questions that may require research, please email them to Tom Larkin at

All Offshore members in the area are encouraged to attend the meeting.

As a reminder, the Norfolk Hall is located at: Interstate Corporate Center, 6325 North Center Drive, Suite 100, Norfolk, VA 23502.

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There will be an Offshore membership meeting at the MM&P Charleston Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 30.

The meeting will begin after the 1100 job call.

International President Don Marcus, International Secretary-Treasurer Don Josberger and Vice President-Atlantic Ports Thomas Larkin will be in attendance to report and respond to questions.

If you have any items you wish to have placed on the agenda or questions that may require research, please email them to Tom Larkin at

All Offshore members and applicants are encouraged to attend.

As a reminder, the Charleston Hall is located at 1481 Tobias Gadson Blvd., Suite 2C, Charleston, SC 29407-4794.

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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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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: 2/24/20, 4/20/20

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – 10/29/19, 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: 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): 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 [with DCS-1], 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): 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): 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: 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 ** –Not currently scheduled

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

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) – 2/14/20

CDMGT – Crowd Management (1-Day) – 2/13/20

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: 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: 10/31/19, 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): 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: 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) – 10/28/19

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): 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): 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
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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