Wheelhouse Weekly – September 3rd, 2019

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Volume 24… Number 35… Sept. 3, 2019


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After wreaking havoc on the Bahamas, Hurricane Dorian Tuesday began a slow turn towards the U.S. mainland, where it is expected to have a significant impact on Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas.

Millions along the East Coast are bracing for the storm.

On Tuesday morning, it was reportedly heading north-northwest at a speed of 1 mph.

Dorian made landfall Monday on the Abaco Islands in the northern Bahamas and then stalled over Grand Bahama Island.

At least five deaths were reported on the Abaco Islands, where thousands of homes are said to have been damaged or destroyed.

Images of Dorian’s impact also show devastation on Grand Bahama Island, where the waters rose quickly over much of the main city, Freeport, trapping people on top of their houses.

The storm continued Tuesday to pummel the Bahamas with strong winds and rising waters.

The National Hurricane Center said Grand Bahama was set to endure another day of dire conditions on Tuesday, with wind gusts of up to 150 mph, storm surges as much as 15 feet above normal tide levels and devastating flooding from up to 30 inches of rain.

Meteorologists forecast it could move “dangerously close” to Florida by late Tuesday night.
When it hit the Northern Bahamas, Dorian was one of the strongest storms on record in the Atlantic.

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The Export-Import Bank, an important source of cargo for the U.S.-flag fleet, was restored to full functionality in May after the Senate approved nominees to the Ex-Im Bank board, allowing it to establish a quorum.

Now, the battle is on to re-charter the bank, which enjoys bipartisan support but is opposed by some conservative Republican lawmakers who call it “a form of corporate welfare.”

Ex-Im Bank helps U.S. companies finance the export of U.S. goods and services to international markets.

A portion of cargo generated by the bank must be transported aboard U.S.-flag ships.

For transactions above $20 million, 100 percent of financed cargo must be carried on U.S.-flag vessels.

Ex-Im Bank has consistently turned a profit and operated at no cost to taxpayers, while helping create jobs in this country.

But the bank had not been fully functioning since 2015, when hardliners in Congress blocked it from achieving a quorum and kept it from approving loans of more than $10 million.

Now two members of the Senate Banking Committee, Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), have co-sponsored a bill that would re-charter the bank until 2029.

Their legislation would also increase the limit on the bank’s overall exposure and implement other reforms: importantly, it contains a provision that would prevent the disruption of Ex-Im Bank business if the board loses its quorum.

In the House of Representatives, ongoing policy disputes–which have blocked Ex-Im legislation in the Committee on Financial Services–include: the degree to which the bank can finance transactions involving China; how much of the bank’s resources must be dedicated to small businesses; and limits on transactions affecting climate change.

Committee Chair Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and Ranking Member Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) are attempting to work out their differences with the goal of bringing bipartisan legislation to the full House.

Without action by Congress, the activities of the bank will cease as of Sept. 30, 2019, when its current authorization expires.

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At least 25 people have died in a fire aboard a 75-foot commercial diving boat, the CONCEPTION, which was anchored off the coast of California’s Santa Cruz Island.

There were 39 people aboard the boat, including a six-person crew and 33 guests who had embarked on a Labor Day dive trip to Channel Islands National Park off the coast of Southern California.

The guests, who were sleeping below decks in bunk beds, were apparently trapped in the blaze.

Five members of the crew who were awake and above decks escaped in an inflatable boat and were rescued by good Samaritans aboard a nearby vessel.

Two crewmembers returned to the vicinity of the burning boat to search for survivors, but without success.

The bodies of 25 people have been recovered or identified, the Coast Guard said.

Others, including one member of the crew, are still missing.

The CONCEPTION is one of three dive boats operated by Santa Barbara-based Truth Aquatics.

The Coast Guard said that according to its records, the ship was in compliance with all regulations and had not been cited for violations.

On Monday, police divers from multiple jurisdictions in Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties searched the wreckage for bodies while other emergency crews searched the land around the site for survivors.

The National Transportation Safety Board has sent a team to California to investigate the tragedy.

The boat began to sink while firefighters responded to the blaze and is now resting in about 65 feet of water with a portion of the bow visible at the surface.

Officials have not yet said what sparked the fire, one of the largest recreational maritime disasters in recent history, although there are reports that it started in the galley.

Witnesses said they heard explosions on board the burning ship each time a diving tank exploded.

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The International Transport Workers’ Federation has released a statement in response to a U.S. State Department communication threatening to deny a visa to any seafarer found to have worked aboard a ship carrying Iranian oil in violation of sanctions.

The ITF said the U.S. threat underlines the fact that many governments lack understanding of the role played by seafarers in global shipping.

The U.S. issued the warning in the wake of the British Royal Navy’s detention of the Iranian-controlled tanker GRACE 1 after the vessel allegedly transported oil to Syria in violation of European Union sanctions.

ITF Seafarers Section Chair Dave Heindel noted that mariners aboard flag-of-convenience ships cannot be expected to have knowledge of the legality of the cargo the vessel carries, the intentions of the ship owner or operator, or even of the vessel’s ultimate destination.

They are constrained by shipping companies to operate in a clandestine manner, he said.

“This is why the ITF has been campaigning since 1948 against the FOC system that dominates the shipping industry and allows vessel owners who should be held responsible to hide behind a veil of secrecy,” Heindel said.

“It is unjust to blankly refuse visas to seafarers who may have been employed onboard a vessel considered in breach of sanctions, and it does not hold the right people responsible.”

“Governments, including the U.S., should rather direct their focus to the FOC system and change the rules that allow this system and its secretive ownership laws to flourish unimpeded.”

MM&P is in complete agreement with the ITF position.

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A lifeboat belonging to the missing bulk carrier MV NUR ALLYA has been found, according to Indonesian media reports.

An oily sheen is also said to have been sighted near the Obi Islands, Indonesia, but there is no sign of the 25-person crew.

The Indonesia-flagged vessel was near Buru Island in the Banda Sea, heading for Indonesia’s Sulawesi province, when the crew issued a distress call on Aug. 20.

Cargo failure, or “liquefaction,” is being investigated as a factor in the ship’s disappearance.

The International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners has released a statement of deep concern for the 25 seafarers on board.

It is urging all shipowners, operators and seafarers to exercise extreme caution when accepting nickel ore and other cargoes that have the potential to liquefy.

Nickel ore is considered one of the riskiest cargoes because it is highly susceptible to liquefaction, especially in damp conditions.

According INTERCARGO, between 2009 and 2018, 188 mariners died in bulk carrier accidents and 48 vessels were lost.

“Cargo failure and liquefaction continue to be a major concern for dry bulk shipping,” INTERCARGO says.

Earlier this year, it issued a report attributing nine accidents in the period–and a total of 101 deaths–to cargo-related failures, overall the biggest cause of loss of life.

Of these ships, six were carrying nickel ore from Indonesia, two were carrying laterite (clay) iron ore from India and one was carrying a load of bauxite from Malaysia.

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The Coast Guard’s National Maritime Center has issued the following update on its efforts to mitigate the impact of the government shutdown that occurred at the beginning of the year.

Merchant mariner credentials and medical certificates (national endorsements only) that expired in December 2018, January 2019, February 2019, March 2019, April 2019, May 2019, June 2019 or July 2019 will remain valid only until Aug. 31, 2019.

No further credential extensions are authorized.

The backlog of credential applications and increased net processing time caused by the lapse in appropriations and partial government shutdown has improved.

Within the next two weeks, NMC will resume processing all MMC applications within the stated goal of 30 net days. Applications for medical certificates are currently processed well under the stated goal of 20 net days.

The NMC recommends mariners submit their application packages at least two months prior to the expiration date of their current credentials.

If you need immediate assistance or require expedited processing, contact our Customer Service Center via the NMC online chat system, by e-mailing, or by calling 1-888-IASKNMC (427-5662).

For general information, visit the NMC website at

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Military Sealift Command has asked MM&P to publicize the following announcement.

As you know, MSC is hiring CIVMARs. We are pleased to inform you that we will be soliciting for external Third Officers and Third Assistant Engineers beginning Monday, Aug. 26.

These employment announcements will be posted on

We encourage unions to direct well-qualified officers to our website and to make application.

MSC is particularly interested in mariners with experience with Dynamic Positioning, Towing & Salvage and High Speed Craft, but such experience is not required.

The announcements will also inform the applicants that they apply with the understanding that they may be required to train at MSC expense, qualify for, and serve aboard T-EPF and/or T-ATS class ships, and maintain respective credentials as long as such ships remain in the MSC Fleet.

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There will be an Offshore membership meeting in the New York/New Jersey Union Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 4, immediately after job call.

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

All Offshore members in the area are encouraged to attend.

The MM&P New York/New Jersey Hall is located at 570 Broad Street, Suite 701, Newark, NJ.

The phone number is: 201-963-1900.

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The Phillips Trust wishes to express solidarity with all the people devastated by the unprecedented impact of Hurricane Dorian, especially as the storm has so ravaged the Bahamas.

The Bahamas and other beautiful Caribbean Islands have suffered much from recent storms.
The population faces huge hurdles to regain any sense of normalcy after this disaster.

Most will have no jobs to go to for some time, coupled with experiencing great loss of homes and property, and possibly loved ones.

We share many maritime interests with the heritage of this area, as well as friends there in the maritime and related industries.

Bahamian and Puerto Rican maritime professionals are alumni of our U.S. maritime colleges and schools and serve in a number of areas, including labor management, port functions, maritime operations and ship operations.

After such life-altering events, the students of these islands, who may currently reside in the U.S., studying at our schools and colleges, will be greatly challenged by their losses, causing a possible increase in financial pressures.

Accordingly, the Phillips Trust requests your donations to help support the Hurricane Dorian Relief efforts.

Contributions are fully tax deductible and will be used to assist students affected by this monster storm.

We will also be taking a portion of proceeds from upcoming events to help with support.

Thank you for being part of assisting these students overcome critical obstacles to their studies and putting the lives of their families back together.

Please donate on our website or click on the link below to take you to a secure donation page.

Many thanks from all of us at the Phillips Trust for your generosity.

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We cordially invite you to support and participate in all or part of the day’s events on Sept. 27.

Mark your calendar to join us for the Tournament and/or Dinner at the Easton Country Club, 265 Purchase Street, South Easton, MA.

Proceeds benefit students pursuing careers in maritime or related industries.

Captain Rich Phillips will attend the tournament and speak during the dinner that follows about his ordeal at the hands of Somali pirates.

Phillips was held hostage by Somali pirates in 2009 and rescued by a Navy Seal Team.

Actor Tom Hanks starred in “Captain Phillips,” the big box office success about Rich’s capture and release.

Please email us at to volunteer, sign up or donate.

Or go to the Phillips Trust website Events Page and click on “PDF” to get the downloadable information and sign up:

Call 678-472-7097 for questions or to discuss sponsorships.

The Phillips Trust is a designated 501c3.

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The Phillips Trust will host sponsors and friends for the Carrie Underwood “Cry Pretty Tour” on Oct. 4 in Lexus Suite #315 at Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.

Don’t delay! Seating is very limited with only 20 seats for this special event in an executive suite.

Sponsorships are available.

Contact the Phillips Trust by emailing, or call 443-628-7995 or log onto the website and look for the information on the Events page.

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The Union Labor Life Insurance Company and the New York Shipping Association have joined forces with the International Longshoremen’s Association to purchase and distribute much-needed bottled water to the residents of Newark, N.J., where lead levels in drinking water have been found to be dangerously high.

Long-term solutions to the lead problem have been proposed, but the immediate need for safe drinking water is paramount, the ILA says.

Last week, hundreds of ILA members from New York and New Jersey locals handed out cases of bottled water at three distribution sites.

In addition, ILA President Harold J. Daggett said the International is donating hundreds of cases of water directly to the City of Newark to assist it in getting safe water to everyone affected by the crisis.

The New York Shipping Association Inc., which represents ILA employers in the Port of New York and New Jersey, is also assisting in the effort along with its member companies PNCT, Maher Terminals and APM.

“ILA waterfront workers are bringing water to the waterfront community in Newark,” said W. Bernard Dudley, president of ILA Local 1233.

“Newark, New Jersey isn’t just a port city where our ILA members work. We are a part of this community and have always done whatever we can to help the citizens here, especially during a situation like this water crisis.”

“I am so proud of the officers and members of ILA Local 1233 for stepping up to assist their home town City of Newark during this water crisis,” said International President Harold J. Daggett.

“This is a local with a long and proud history of community activism and promoting social justice. Newark always can count on the ILA.”

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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 – 9/9/19, 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: 12/9/18

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: 9/9/19, 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): 9/9/19*, 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): 9/16/19*, 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: 9/16/19, 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): 9/17/19, 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): 9/18/19

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): 9/12/19 (evening), 11/1/19 (evening), 2/20/20, 5/21/20, 6/3/20

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 9/12/19, 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): 9/16/19, 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) – 9/14/19, 11/4/19 (evening), 2/21/20, 5/10/20, 6/4/20

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) – 9/15/19, 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) – 9/20/19, 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): 9/17/19, 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): 9/16/19, 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
4th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
5-6 Basic Training Revalidation
6th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
9th Radar Renewal
9-13 Basic Training
9-13 Marine Propulsion Plants
16-19 Advanced Firefighting
16-20 Ship/Shipboard Management
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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