Wheelhouse Weekly – September 17th, 2019

September 17th 2019

Volume 24… Number 37… Sept. 17, 2019


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George A. Quick, vice president of the MM&P Pilot Membership Group and an international expert on maritime law, regulations and policy, is the recipient of the 2019 Safety at Sea Lifetime Achievement Award.

The award honors individuals who, “over the course of their careers, have shown leadership in their area of expertise and made profound contributions to crew wellbeing and safe ship operations.”

“Nobody on the planet—at sea or ashore—deserves the Safety at Sea Lifetime Achievement Award more than Captain George Quick,” said MM&P President Don Marcus.

“This is indeed well-deserved recognition. George’s outstanding work in international maritime regulation has improved the lives and working conditions of mariners of all stripes‎.”

Quick, a licensed shipmaster and first class pilot, serves on the delegation of the International Transport Workers Federation to the International Maritime Organization Maritime Safety Committee and its various subcommittees.

He is chairman of the IMO Safety Committee Subcommittee on Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships, and a member of the IMO Legal Committee and the IMO Facilitation Committee.

He has served on a number of IMO Working Groups, including those responsible for drafting international regulations and guidelines on: ship and port security; piracy; casualty investigations; safety standards; fatigue and workload standards; manning levels; the human element in ship operations; integrated navigation systems and bridge design; and the future role of electronic navigation and technology in the operation of ships.

He received the Safety at Sea Lifetime Achievement Award in London at a ceremony on Sept. 10 with several hundred members of the shipping industry in attendance.

Safety at Sea is the world’s only monthly magazine dedicated to global maritime safety. Its goal is to raise safety standards across the entire shipping industry.

“George’s work reflects his commitment to raising safety standards in shipping and crew welfare,” said Tanya Blake, editor of Safety at Sea, in announcing the award.

“He has not only helped to develop ILO/IMO guidance on the Fair Treatment of Seafarers but has worked hard to spread awareness and tackle the issue of crew fatigue and fatigue related accidents.”

In accepting the award, Quick said he has been very lucky to spend his working life in the maritime industry: first aboard ships, “where seafarers, regardless of nationality, form an international community with its own institutional culture shaped by a shared common experience, the latter part ashore as a maritime pilot and an attorney dealing with the regulatory side of the industry.”

“It really is true that London is the center of the maritime world,” he said.

“Today seafarers’ rights and welfare are largely shaped by regulations made in London at the International Maritime Organization and enforced at the national level.”

“If you’re not a participant in the decisions made in London, you’re not effective in shaping the future of our industry.”

“The seafarers represented by the ITF and the shipowners represented by the International Chamber of Shipping and other maritime trade associations have a common interest in supporting regulations to promote quality shipping, seafarers’ welfare and rights and maritime safety.”

“The result is that the international regulatory regime governing shipowners and seafarers is really quite good.”

“The problem is at the national level. With over 160 flag states interpreting international regulations from the perspective of their national interests, the uniform implementation and enforcement of the regulations that protect seafarers and shipowner as well is a difficult challenge. So there is no lack of work ahead of us in a very different and more difficult environment than we have in London.”

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SEACOR Holdings Inc. has announced a major rebranding effort among two of its subsidiaries that will now operate under the Waterman Logistics banner.

The company has issued the following statement on the rebranding effort.

Central Gulf Lines Inc. has become Waterman Transport Inc. and together with its sister company, Waterman Steamship Corporation, comprise the Waterman Logistics brand.

The rebranded Waterman businesses will continue to provide door-to-door logistics to commercial and U.S. military clients around the world.

Our use of the Waterman name dates back to 1919.

Waterman has supported the U.S. military in peacetime and every major conflict since WWII. It will remain a leading participant in the Maritime Security Program and continue to operate four large Pure Car Truck Carriers.

In addition, Waterman Logistics will continue to expand its commercial business.

Henry Nuzum, President of the Waterman businesses, explains: “We have been a leading transporter of high and heavy cargo between the U.S. West Coast and the outlying U.S. territories, including Guam. We look forward to bringing this service to international destinations in Asia.”

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Two vessels with MM&P licensed deck officers at the conn completed important missions for Military Sealift Command over the summer.

The two are MSC-chartered heavy-lift ship MV OCEAN GIANT and MSC fleet replenishment oiler USNS JOHN LENTHALL.

OCEAN GIANT deployed in July for Thule Air Force Base in Greenland carrying more than three million pounds of supplies needed to keep the base operational for the coming year.

Thule is located 750 miles north of the Arctic Circle.

“Due to environmental factors, the month of July is the best time of year to resupply Thule,” Captain Timothy Arey, master of MV OCEAN GIANT, told MSC Atlantic Public Affairs staffer LaShawn Sykes.

The voyage is undertaken annually as part of operation Pacer Goose, which was launched in 1952.

Arey called the trip “the chance of a lifetime to supply the needs of an entire base.”

“The Pacer Goose operation is all about service; one that has real meaning and purpose for me,” he says.

USNS JOHN LENTHALL returned to Naval Station Norfolk at the end of July after a seven-month deployment as the main replenishment oiler assigned to the U.S. Sixth Fleet’s area of responsibility, operating mainly in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea.

“Our goal is to support the mission and ensure that the Navy can continue on with its operational tasking,” said Captain William McDermott, master of LENTHALL.

During the deployment, the crew conducted 45 underway replenishments, transferring seven million gallons of fuel and 2,000 pallets.

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Fifteen activists with the environmental group Greenpeace were arrested Sept. 12 after suspending themselves from the Fred Hartman Bridge, which spans the Houston Ship Channel.

The channel, which connects the city’s manufacturing and oil refining industry to Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, is one of the busiest shipping routes in North America, accommodating hundreds of vessels of all types and sizes on a normal day.

The protest, the most recent in a series of actions targeting the oil and gas industry, forced the closing of the channel between Baytown and Spilmans Island.

The Houston Ship Channel is frequently closed because of fog and was shut down in March after a chemical spill cause by a fire at a storage complex.

This is the first time it has been targeted by climate change activists.

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Americans’ approval of labor unions has surpassed 60 percent for the third year in a row.

A Gallup poll released earlier this month found that 64 percent of Americans approve of labor unions, among the highest percentage measured by pollsters in the past five decades.

The poll showed that Democrats, Independents and Republicans are all more likely to view unions positively now than they were at the low point recorded a decade ago after the 2008 recession.

Since 2009, approval of labor unions has increased among each party group by 16 or 17 points.

Overall 82 percent of Democrats said they approve of labor unions, as opposed to 45 percent of Republicans.

Eighty-six percent of American adults living in a household with a union member approve of unions, compared with 60 percent of those living in nonunion households.

For decades, unions in the United States have been under attack by anti-labor politicians and corporate CEOs.

Since 1979, union representation has dropped by more than half, from 27 percent to under 12 percent in 2017.

Last year, union representation was under 11 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A recent Pew Research poll found that more than half of Americans believe that the decline in union representation is bad for working people.

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Thousands of GM hourly employees represented by the United Auto Workers went on strike Monday at midnight.

“We are standing up for fair wages, we are standing up for affordable quality health care, we are standing up for our share of the profits,” UAW Vice President Terry Dittes told the Associated Press.

This is the UAW’s first nationwide strike since 2007.

It comes after a breakdown in contract negotiations with the company which had been ongoing since July.

Union leaders said GM employees had helped the company reach record profits and pointed out the concessions that UAW members made to keep the automaker afloat when it declared bankruptcy during the 2009 financial meltdown.

“We stood up for General Motors when they needed us most,” Dittes said in a statement.

“Now we are standing together in unity and solidarity for our members, their families and the communities where we work and live.”

GM reported $8.1 billion in after-tax profits last year, but the company argues that it can’t afford to meet employees’ demands because it needs more money to retool to meet the challenges facing the world’s automakers.

In solidarity with members of the UAW, more than a thousand Teamsters will refuse to transport GM vehicles to dealerships while the strike lasts.

“Our members won’t cross the picket line,” a spokesperson for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters said in a statement.

“They stood with us when we have fought employers. This is another way we can stand with them.”

“Calling a strike is a deeply difficult decision and always a measure of last resort,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

“This is a fight to win dignity for the 46,000 auto workers who have delivered their bosses record-breaking profits for years.”

“We will have their backs every day until they win the respect and security that they deserve.”

The UAW also represents hourly employees of Ford and Fiat Chrysler, and the GM deal is expected to serve as the basis for the negotiations with the other two companies.

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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 have duplicate credentials mailed out 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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The U.S. Coast Guard says it may cease broadcasting Navigational Telex (NAVTEX) over medium frequency after first ensuring the information contained in NAVTEX broadcasts is available via International Maritime Organization recognized satellite services.

The agency requests public comment on the possibility of terminating the MF NAVTEX broadcast.

The Coast Guard has published a federal register notice about the proposal and is soliciting feedback from those who are still receiving NAVTEX messages.

The National Weather Service and the Coast Guard want to evaluate who is still using this technology.

The comment period closes on Nov. 12.

To comment, go to:

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The Coast Guard has posted the Merchant Mariner Medical Manual online at

The manual is intended for use by mariners, medical practitioners, Coast Guard personnel and others to evaluate applicants’ ability to meet the physical and medical requirements for issuance of the merchant mariner medical certificate.

The manual includes guidance on the medical certificate and related processes, including procedures for application, issuance and cancellation.

For more information about the document or to suggest changes, email Adrienne Buggs, M.D., U.S. Coast Guard, Office of Merchant Mariner Credentialing at

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Humberto was upgraded from a tropical storm to a hurricane Sunday as it moved east, away from land and into the Atlantic Ocean.

High surf, strong winds and heavy rains are forecast in Bermuda throughout the week. The island is now under a hurricane watch.

Humberto is expected to produce large swells on the coastlines of the northwestern Bahamas and the southeastern United States, from east-central Florida up to North Carolina.

Additional strengthening is forecast through Wednesday.

The center of Humberto is expected to pass just to the north of Bermuda Wednesday night.

Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center are now following two other tropical disturbances, one in the Gulf of Mexico and the other in the Atlantic Ocean.

The official death toll in the Bahamas, which sustained catastrophic damage when Hurricane Dorian struck, is at 51.

Over a thousand people were still listed as missing as of the end of last week, and thousands more are homeless.

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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: 9/24/19, 1/14/20, 3/31/20

AZIPOD (2-Day) – 9/30/19, 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): 9/30/19, 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): 10/2/19, 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) – 9/25/19*, 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) – 9/25/19*, 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: 9/23/19, 12/16/19, 2/3/20, 4/13/20, 6/8/20

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 9/30/19, 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): 9/30/19*, 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) – 9/23/19, 5/18/20

WX-HW-IND – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Indian Ocean (2-day) – 9/27/19, 5/22/20

WX-HW-PAC – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Pacific Ocean (2-day) – 9/25/19, 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: 9/24/19, 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: 9/28/19, 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): 9/30/19*, 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: 9/30/19*, 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): 9/23/19, 10/5/19, 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): 9/23/19, 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) – 9/23/19, 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

September 2019
23-27 Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation
30-1 ECDIS
30-1 Leadership & Managerial Skills

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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