Wheelhouse Weekly – September 24th, 2019

September 24th 2019

Volume 24… Number 38… Sept. 24, 2019


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The Senate Committee on Appropriations has approved its fiscal year 2020 legislation for the Department of Transportation, clearing the measure for action by the full Senate.

The bill contains full funding in the upcoming fiscal year for the Maritime Security Program at its authorized $300 million level.

Similar legislation has already been cleared by the House of Representatives.

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Maritime Administration officials discussed the need to recapitalize the Ready Reserve Force fleet with representatives of shipping companies earlier this month.

Vessels in the RRF are, on average, 44 years old.

It is difficult to maintain and repair ships of this age, especially since some have power plants and equipment that are no longer available in commercial service.

Gen. Stephen Lyons, head of U.S. Transportation Command and Rear Adm. Mark Buzby, the maritime administrator, have informed lawmakers of their concerns about the sealift fleet.

Lyons testified in March that the RRF currently “can generate only 65 percent of the required capacity and is rapidly approaching end of useful life.”

MARAD has developed a plan to phase out the oldest ships, in particular the 26 steam vessels.

Participants in this month’s meeting at MARAD discussed a proposed vessel acquisition schedule that, contingent on Congress appropriating the necessary funding, could lead to contract awards for replacement vessels as early as the spring of 2020.

If funding can be secured, the plan would involve the replacement of 26 RRF vessels between 2021 and 2048.

The vessels in the RRF fleet are berthed at strategic locations around the country; each is to remain in a state of readiness such that it can sail within five days.

America relies on the 46 RRF vessels, along with 15 Military Sealift Command-contracted ships, for surge sealift operations to enable the rapid mass movement of Department of Defense equipment and supplies in times of national or humanitarian emergencies.

MARAD is responsible for ensuring that an adequate number of U.S.-flag commercial ships, and a sufficient number of civilian merchant mariners, are available to meet all the country’s national security requirements.

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U.S. Transportation Command last week ordered the no-notice activation of 28 of the 61 ships in the reserve sealift fleet.

The exercise, launched in the midst of the cycle of confrontation between the U.S. and Iran, was intended to determine the material readiness of the fleet, in particular following concerns that have repeatedly been raised by officials at the Maritime Administration and USTRANSCOM.

The Sept. 16 order directed six Military Sealift Command and 22 Ready Reserve Force ships to depart port by Sept. 21.

The agencies involved will issue a detailed post-exercise summary of the operation.

For a detailed overview of the operation, read the article by Sal Mercogliano, “The Long Gray Line – Turbo Activation 2019,” published by gCaptain:

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World War II merchant mariners moved one step closer to receiving long overdue
recognition for their service to our nation when the House of Representatives last week passed a bill that would authorize the issuance of a Congressional gold medal to the class of World War II mariners.

Sponsored by Rep. John Garamendi (D-Calif.), the bill attracted almost 302 cosponsors prior to consideration by the full House, which approved it unanimously.

The measure now goes to the Senate where a similar effort is being led by Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

“Throughout the Second World War, our armed forces relied on the Merchant Marine to ferry supplies, cargo and personnel into both theaters of operation, and they paid a heavy price in service to their country,” Garamendi says.

“The Merchant Marine suffered the highest per capita casualty rate in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II.”

“An estimated 8,300 mariners lost their lives, and another 12,000 were wounded, to make sure our service members could keep fighting.”

“Yet, these mariners who put their lives on the line were not even given veteran status until 1988.”

A Congressional Gold Medal would give them the recognition they deserve, and that’s why I introduced this bill: to give these veterans and their families the honor and respect they are owed.”

“I’m pleased that this bill has passed the House and I will work to ensure it passes the Senate and becomes law,” he said.

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The U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal that the White House is pushing would lead to more job losses in the United States, according to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

The original North American Free Trade Agreement cost over one million Americans their jobs, a number that does not include thousands of jobs lost this year and last at companies like General Motors that have shifted work abroad.

After meeting with Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador earlier this month, Trumka said he is still highly skeptical that the Mexican government can achieve the legal changes spelled out in the administration plan, known as USMCA.

“As it stands today, it’s unenforceable and therefore we couldn’t support it,” Trumka told Chris Wallace in an interview with Fox News.

The biggest problem, unions say, are Mexico’s protectionist labor contracts, which keep wages artificially low.

Signed by employers and corporate-funded groups that don’t actually represent workers’ interests, they undercut efforts by bona fide labor groups to negotiate fair wages.

It is estimated that in Mexico more than 700,000 such contracts are currently in force.

“In order to change the culture, you have to get rid of all 700,000 of those,” Trumka says.

As an example of the potential impact of Mexico’s protectionist contracts on workers in the United States, he cites the decision by Nabisco-Mondelez to shutter its U.S. bakeries and open a plant in Mexico that pays its employees as little as 97 cents an hour.

“If Mexico can’t enforce their own agreement and their own laws, then this agreement will never work because their wages will be artificially low and they will suck jobs and capital out of the United States,” he says.

United Steelworkers International President Leo Gerard echoed Trumka’s concerns in an opinion piece entitled, “NAFTA Old and New: Deals by the Rich for the Rich.”

“As it is now, labor unions in Mexico frequently are fakes, created and controlled by corporations. New laws, passed in Mexico in April [to lay a foundation for passage of USCMA], empower Mexicans to form their own worker-controlled labor unions…”

“Realistically, however, free unions aren’t going to pop up overnight in hundreds of thousands of Mexican workplaces,” he says.

“For workers to get real unions and labor agreements, the Mexican government will have to actively assure workers’ rights…”

“But right now, Mexico has no budget for implementation and has not even started to hire the hundreds of judges and inspectors that the new law requires…”

“If the Trump administration insists on rushing through its flawed agreement without common-sense improvements, our movement will mobilize an unrivaled, nationwide organizing network to ensure that the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement never sees the light of day,” Trumka says.

“We won’t have any choice but to block it because an unenforceable deal is a windfall for corporations and a disaster for workers.”

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A spokesman for the government of Iran said at a news conference Monday that it was ready to release the British-flagged tanker STENA IMPERO, which was seized two months ago with its 23-person crew by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.

The seizure of the ship on July 19, two weeks after Britain detained an Iranian tanker off the coast of Gibraltar, came after several attacks on other merchant vessels that Washington has blamed on Tehran.

Tensions between the United States and Iran have been growing steadily since the White House withdrew last year from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and imposed a raft of sanctions on Iranian oil exports.

The seizure of the STENA IMPERO was widely seen as an act of retaliation in the cycle of confrontation, although Iran has claimed it was responding to the ship’s violation of maritime regulations.

Iran released seven members of the crew earlier this month, but the rest are still being held aboard ship.

The decision to release the ship comes on the heels of a drone and cruise missile attack on Saudi oil fields that the White House has blamed on Iran but for which Houthi rebels have claimed responsibility.

In May and June, several tankers operating near the Strait of Hormuz were damaged in what the United States said was sabotage by Iranian forces, which Iran has also denied.

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Negotiators for the UAW and GM who met over the weekend reported some progress but said there was no end in sight to the strike, now in its ninth day.

The nationwide strike, the first for U.S. autoworkers since 2007, began at midnight on Sept. 15, after negotiations on a four-year contract, ongoing since July, broke down.

At issue are wages, health care, job security and a path to permanent employment for temporary workers.

Union members say they have helped the company–which also received a $50 billion bailout from taxpayers during the 2009 financial meltdown–reach record profits.

In exchange, they say, they have continually been forced to sacrifice to keep their jobs.

Layoffs have remained a regular occurrence: 10,000 GM workers lost their jobs in 2009; 2,000 more were let go in 2016.

In 2018, despite reporting $8.1 billion in profits, GM announced plans to close five U.S. facilities—including Lordstown in Canton, Ohio—and to cut an additional 14,000 jobs by 2020.

“In 25 years with GM, I’ve worked in six plants in three states, disrupted my family and seen wages and benefits frozen,” wrote Patrick Anderson, a member of UAW Local 909, in an opinion piece published by USA Today.

“Ten years ago, employees gave up a fair wage and benefits to save GM, the automotive industry and, with it, the American economy.”

“When GM was down, we sacrificed,” he says.

“Now that GM is thriving, the company is trying to hurt us with reduced wages, cuts to health care and fewer benefits.”

On Monday night, GM terminated health coverage for the more than 48,000 striking UAW members and their families, all of whom are now at risk of being suddenly uninsured.

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The Unified Command responding to the capsizing of the GOLDEN RAY, a South Korean ro-ro that has been partially blocking the Port of Brunswick since Sept. 14, says the ship has been “sporadically discharging” oil.

Two hundred responders are currently working to clean up the oil and other pollutants on shorelines and in marshes.

Nearly 40 vessels are engaged in responding to the disaster, according to the Unified Command.

Over 5,500 feet of oil-absorbent boom has been deployed, and 18,400 feet of boom is strategically staged for use as needed.

All 24 people on board the Marshall Islands-flag ship were rescued after it capsized.

Commercial traffic in the Port of Brunswick is moving on a case-by-case basis.

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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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The National Hurricane Center has issued advisories for the Atlantic on Tropical Storms Karen, Lorenzo and Jerry

Karen is expected to bring heavy rainfall, flash floods and mudslides to Puerto Rico and the U.S. and British Virgin Islands today.

The National Hurricane Center said rainfall and potential flooding will likely continue on Wednesday even as the center of Karen moves away from Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Tropical Storm Jerry is forecast to cause storm force winds in Bermuda today and large swells, with life-threatening rip currents, on the coastline for the next few days.

Flooding from Tropical Storm Imelda continues to affect southeast Texas, where at least five people have died and first responders have rescued hundreds from high waters.

On Friday, strong currents sent nine barges from a fleeting area on the San Jacinto River downstream towards the I-10 freeway bridge at Lynchburg, Texas.

At least two barges struck the bridge, causing what appears to be extensive damage to its concrete pilings.

The I-10 crossing has been shut to traffic until further notice.

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The Coast Guard has issued a notice requesting comments on Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular 01-16 Change 2–Use of Electronic Charts and Publications in Lieu of Paper Charts, Maps, and Publications.

The NVIC provides that U.S. vessels may access navigation publications electronically, through underway connectivity, to meet domestic carriage and Safety of Life at Sea certification requirements.

The Federal Register notice is posted at:

Interested parties may submit comments identified by docket number USCG– 2019–0346 using the Federal eRulemaking Portal at

Comments must be received by Nov. 4.

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There will be an Offshore membership meeting in the MM&P Boston Hall on Thursday, Sept. 26, at 1100, following job call.

President Don Marcus, Secretary-Treasurer Don Josberger and Vice President Atlantic Ports Tom Larkin will attend the meeting.

All Offshore members and applicants are encouraged to attend.

The Boston Hall is located at Marine Industrial Park, 12 Channel St., Suite 606-A, Boston, MA 02210-2333

The phone number of the hall is: 617-671-0769

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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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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) – 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) – 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: 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) – 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: 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): 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): 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

September 2019
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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