Nautical Science Courses

CURRICULUM

Nautical Science Courses

 

NOTE: Not all courses are offered every year.  Please reference the current year's course schedule to see which courses are available.

 

ADVANCED CARGO OPERATIONS

Advanced Cargo Operations is a two-week course that includes instruction in the characteristics of various types of cargo vessels and the methods of handling and stowing cargoes. Vessel types are container ships, bulk carriers, tankers, passenger ships, and RO/RO vessels. The student will be familiarized with the IMDG code for hazardous materials and the use of cargo operation software programs. The Advanced Cargo Operations course fulfills the requirements for training in cargo operations to upgrade to chief mate.

 

Course Capacity: 6 students

Prerequisites: None

Special Requirements: None

USCG Approval: Any applicant who has successfully completed the Advanced Cargo Operations (MEBAMD-14) course will satisfy the Advanced Cargo training requirements for STCW, as amended certification as Master or Chief Mate on vessels of 500 or more gross tonnage (ITC). The practical assessments conducted in this course will be accepted as the equivalent of the following assessments from the National Assessment Guidelines for Table A-II/2 of the STCW Code, as amended: M-9-1A; M-9-1B; M-9-1C; and M-9-1D. Applicants who have successfully completed the course need not present completed “Control Sheets” for these assessments in application for STCW certification.

ADVANCED METEOROLOGY

This one-week course is designed to fulfill the meteorology competency requirements defined in STCW Code A-II/2 for navigation at the management level, forecasting weather and oceanographic conditions. The course will cover topics related to the ability to understand and interpret synoptic charts and forecast area weather. The student will gain knowledge of the characteristics of various weather systems, including the avoidance of tropical storm centers and dangerous quadrants. Other topics include the understanding of ocean currents, calculation of tidal conditions, and the appropriate use of navigational publications on tides and currents.

 

Course Capacity: 6 students

Prerequisites: None

Special Requirements: None

USCG Approval: Any applicant who has successfully completed the Advanced Meteorology (MEBAMD-18) course will satisfy the Advanced Meteorology training requirements for STCW certification as Master or Chief Mate on vessels of 500 or more gross tonnage (ITC). The practical assessments in this course will be accepted as the equivalent of assessments M-6-1A and M-6-2A from the National Assessment Guidelines for Table A-II/2 of the STCW Code. Applicants who have successfully completed the course need not present completed “Control Sheets” for these assessments in application for STCW certification.

ADVANCED SHIPHANDLING

Students will be instructed through classroom lectures and simulator based labs on different types of shiphandling. Among the scenarios will be experience, with a variety of vessel types: tanker, containership, freighter, or LNG. Underway scenarios will include maneuvering in congested waters with high-density traffic, maneuvering under pilotage, docking/undocking, and shiphandling in heavy weather. Emergency situations like loss of ship's power and loss of steering will also be addressed. The variations of ship behavior under differing conditions will be examined, such as maneuvering in shallow water and in narrow channels. Familiarization with external resources such as operating with tug assistance will be addressed. The class will consist of brief classroom lectures followed up with simulation exercises and scenarios. After the simulator labs the students will be debriefed and discuss lessons learned and review the exercises.

 

Course Capacity: 6 students

Prerequisites: None

Special Requirements: None

USCG Approval: Any applicant who has successfully completed the Advanced Shiphandling (MEBAMD-22) course will satisfy the Advanced Shiphandling training requirements for STCW certification as Master or Chief Mate on vessels of 500 or more gross tonnage (ITC). The practical assessments in this will be accepted as the equivalent of the following assessments from the National Assessment Guidelines for Table A-II/2 of the STCW Code: M-3-1A; M-7-1A; M-7-2A; M-7-3A; M-7-3B; M-7-4A; M-7-5A; M-8-1A; M-8-2A; M-8-3A; M-8-4A; M-8-5A; M-8-6A; M-8-6B; M-8-7A; M-8-8A and M-8-9A. Applicants who have successfully completed the course need not present completed “Control Sheets” for these assessments in application for STCW certification.

ADVANCED STABILITY

This one-week course fulfills the ship stability competency requirements for STCW Cargo Handling and Stowage at the Management Level. Subjects covered are the effect of trim and stability of cargoes and cargo operations. Also included are use of stability and trim diagrams, stress calculating equipment and programs, and the procedures for loading cargoes and ballast to maintain safe hull stress limits.

 

Course Capacity: 6 students

Prerequisites: None

Special Requirements: None

USCG Approval: Any applicant who has successfully completed the Advanced Stability (MEBAMD-25) course will satisfy the Advanced Stability training requirements for STCW certification as Master or Chief Mate on vessels of 500 or more gross tonnage (ITC). The practical assessments conducted in this course will be accepted as the equivalent of the following assessments from the National Assessment Guidelines for Table A-II/2 of the STCW Code, as amended: M-9-1A; M-9-1B; M-9-1C; and M-9-1D. Applicants who have successfully completed the course need not present completed “Control Sheets” for these assessments in application for STCW certification.

ADVANCED WATCHKEEPING

Advanced Watchkeeping arrangements and procedures is a one-week course designed to provide the student with knowledge and understanding of the International and Inland Rules of the Road, fundamental principles of organizing and managing a navigation bridge team and critical thinking for decision making. Topics covered are 1972 COLREGS, as amended; determining risk of collision; proper maneuvering in traffic separation schemes; identification of lights and day shapes; master/pilot interface and bridge team management. This course fulfills the STCW requirements for Watchkeeping at the Management Level.

 

Course Capacity: 6 students

Prerequisites: None

Special Requirements: None

USCG Approval: Any applicant who has successfully completed the Advanced Watchkeeping (Management Level) (MEBAMD-27) course will satisfy the Watchkeeping and Advanced COLREGS training requirements of Section A-II/2 and Table A-II/2 of the STCW Code, as amended, for certification as Master or Chief mate on vessels of 500 or more gross tonnage (ITC). The practical assessments in this course will be accepted as the equivalent of assessments M-4-1A; M-4-1B; B-4-1C; M-4-2A; M-5-1A; M-5-1B; M-5-1C; and M-5-1D from the National Assessment Guidelines for Table A-II/2 of the STCW Code. Applicants who have successfully completed the course need not present completed “Control Sheets” for these assessments in application for STCW certification.

AUTOMATIC RADAR PLOTTING AIDS

The Automatic Radar Plotting Aid course provides instruction to the mariner in the operation of electronic radar plotting aids. By using an internal computer, the course speed and other pertinent traffic information is displayed to the user for rapid and accurate decision making. The ARPA technology has been in use for decades, but the capabilities have improved and evolved. The modern ARPA is now integrated with other navigation systems and provides the mariner with a constant source of up-to-date information.

 

Course Capacity: 6 students

Prerequisites: None

Special Requirements: None

USCG Approval: Any applicant who successfully completed our Automatic Radar Plotting Aids (ARPA) (MEBAMD-37) course will satisfy the ARPA training requirements of the following:

  • 46 CFR 11.305(a)(3)(vi); 46 CFR 11.307(a)(3)(vi); 46 CFR 11.309(a)(4)(xiv);
  • 46 CFR 11.311(a)(3)(viii); 46 CFR 11.313(a)(3)(viii); 46 CFR 11.315(a)(3)(v);
  • 46 CFR 11.317(a)(3)(vii); 46 CFR 11.319(a)(4)(viii); and 46 CFR 11.321(a)(3)(vii).

The following practical assessments performed during this course have been determined to be equivalent of National Assessment Guidelines Tasks, as documented in NVIC 12-14 Guidelines on Qualifications for STCW Endorsements of Officer in Charge of a Navigational Watch on Vessels of 500 GT or More: Tasks 3.5.A, 3.6.A, 3.6.B, 3.6.C, 3.6.D, 3.6.E, 3.6.F, 3.6.G, 3.6.H, 3.6.I, 3.6.J, 3.6.K, 3.6.L, 3.6.M. Applicants who have successfully completed our course need not present completed Task Control Sheets for these assessments in application for STCW certification.

BASIC OIL & CHEMICAL TANKER OPERATIONS

This one-week course is a USCG approved Tank Ship Dangerous Liquids Familiarization course that satisfies USCG training requirements for original endorsement as Tankerman Engineer as well as the requirements of Section A-V/1-1 and Table A-V/1-1 of the STCW Code, as amended, for the Minimum Standard of Competence in Basic Training for Oil and Chemical Tanker Cargo Operations.  The course further satisfies the training requirements for renewal of a Tankerman Engineer endorsement.

Note: Service requirements for original endorsement as Tankerman Engineer are not satisfied by this course.  All MEBA officers must have taken this, or an equivalent USCG approved tank familiarization course, to be eligible for service aboard tankers carrying dangerous liquids (oils and chemicals).  This course is not valid for service on tankers carrying Liquid Gases (LNG and LPG).

 

Course Capacity: 12 students

Prerequisites: None

Special Requirements: None

USCG Approval: Any applicant who successfully completes the Basic Oil & Chemical Tanker Operations (MEBAMD-757) course will satisfy:

  • The familiarization of oil tanker and chemical tanker training and qualification requirements of Section A-V/1-1 and Table A-V/1-1 of the STCW Code as amended for Minimum Standard of Competence in Basic Training for Oil and Chemical Tanker Cargo Operations; AND
  • The cargo course requirements of 46 CFR 13:401(e)(1) and may be issued an endorsement as Tankerman-Assistant (DL); AND
  • The cargo course requirements of 46 CFR 13.501 for an endorsement as Tankerman-Engineer, PROVIDED, applicants must show that they have met the service requirements of 46 CFR 13.503 and/or 13.505 as applicable within 5 years of the date of the course completion, before issuance of a Tankerman-Engineer endorsement; OR
  • The course requirements of 46 CFR 13.120 for renewal of a Tankerman-Engineer endorsement.

BRIDGE RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

This one-week course will address the factors involved with maintaining an alert and professional bridge watch by utilizing all available resources. Such factors discussed will include the human factor under stressful conditions, integration of navigation tools with shiphandling, and personnel management. Students will discuss the error chain and methods of recognizing possible scenarios that could result in unfavorable situations. Other topics discussed will include Master/Pilot interface, communications, and crisis management.

 

Course Capacity: 6 students

Prerequisites: None

Special Requirements: None

USCG Approval: Any applicant who successfully completes our Bridge Resource Management (MEBAMD-75) course will satisfy:

  • The bridge resource management requirements of 46 CFR 11.309(a)(4)(vii); 46 CFR 11.319(a)(4)(vii); 46 CFR 11.321(a)(3)(iv); and Section A-II/1, Table A-II/1 of the STCW Code, as amended 2010; PROVIDED they have completed the following tasks for Officer in Charge of a Navigational Watch on Vessels of 500 GT or More, NVIC 12-14: 2.7.A; 2.7.B; 2.7.C; 2.7.D; 2.7.E; 2.7.F and 2.7.G.
  • Applicants who have successfully completed this course must present completed "Control Sheets" for these assessments in application for STCW certification.

ELECTRONIC CHART DISPLAY & INFORMATION SYSTEMS

This one-week course instructs students in the operation of Electronic Chart Display and Information System. This navigation system uses electronic methods to display the charts in use aboard the vessel as well as providing navigational information useful to the mariner that is ordinarily maintained in publications. Using this technology the mariner will be capable of creating, adjusting and monitoring their position and course line. By employing the updating capabilities the electronic charts are kept up to date and accurate. Radar and other navigational systems can also be integrated with the ECDIS to provide an enhanced awareness of the vessel position and traffic condition.

 

Course Capacity: 12 students

Prerequisites: None

Special Requirements: None

USCG Approval: Any applicant who has successfully completed our Electronic Chart Display Information System (ECDIS) (MEBAMD-179) course will satisfy the ECDIS training requirements within 46 CFR 11.305; 46 CFR 11.307; 46 CFR 11.309; 46 CFR 11.311; 46 CFR 11.313; 46 CFR 11.315; 46 CFR 11.317; 46 CFR 11.319; and 46 CFR 11.321; AND; the specific tasks from the National Assessment Guidelines found in NVIC 10-14 and 11-14 (Tasks 6.1.A-6.7.A), NVIC 12-14 (Tasks 1.4.C, 1.4.D, 4.1.A, and 4.2.A) and NVIC 13-14 (Task 1.7.A). Applicants are not required to present Task Completion sheets when requesting a STCW endorsement.

OPERATING PRINCIPLES OF MARINE POWER PLANTS

This one-week course familiarizes deck officers with the fundamental principles of marine power plants to enhance overall shipboard operational safety through effective use and understanding of the propulsion, electric and auxiliary systems, and their inherent design limitations. During the course, students gain basic knowledge of large-bore 2-stroke and 4-stroke diesel engines, high-pressure boilers and steam turbine propulsion, marine gas turbine engines, mechanical thrust reversing equipment, and high voltage power transmission systems.

Note: This course is principally intended for candidates for seeking certification as officers in charge of a navigational watch at the management level.

 

Course Capacity: 12 students

Prerequisites: None

Special Requirements: None

USCG Approval: Any applicant who has successfully completed the Operating Principles of Marine Power Plants (MEBAMD-336) course will satisfy the Operate Marine Propulsion Plants training requirements of Table A-II/2 of the STCW as amended for certification as Master or Chief Mate on vessels of 500 or more gross tonnage (ITC).

PROFICIENCY IN SURVIVAL CRAFT

The one-week Proficiency in Survival Craft course is designed to meet the requirements of the Section A-VI/2 and Table A-VI/2-1 of the STCW Code. Topics covered in this course include: safety guidelines, emergency procedures, launching and recovering of survival craft, radio lifesaving appliances, operation of a lifeboat engine, CPR and first aid. Lab work will consist of working with radio lifesaving appliances, operating a lifeboat diesel engine, righting an inverted liferaft, and launching, maneuvering, and recovering a lifeboat.

 

Course Capacity: 12 students

Prerequisites: None

Special Requirements: To participate in this course, you must be physically "Fit for Duty". A swimsuit will be needed for the pool-related activities of this class. Non-swimmers or poor swimmers should prepare for this class before arriving at the school. Failure to perform these elements will prevent you from earning certification.

USCG Approval: Any applicant who has successfully completed the Proficiency in Survival Craft (MEBAMD-372) course will satisfy the Survival Craft training requirements of Section A-VI/2 and Table A-VI/2-1 of the STCW Code and 46 CFR 12.10-3(a)(6) for any endorsement as Lifeboatman; AND if presented within one year of the completion of training, the written and practical examination requirements of 46 CFR 12.10-5 for a Lifeboatman endorsement and the written “Survival Craft” examination requirements for service on vessels not equipped with lifeboats.

RADAR RECERTIFICATION

This one-day course is designed to assess the mariner with re-certification of radar proficiency. The assessment is conducted on location at CMES using one of the four Ship's Bridge Trainers (SBT) and is composed of practical radar plotting and navigation.

Contact the school to schedule a recertification.

 

Course Capacity: 1 student

Prerequisites: None

Special Requirements: None

USCG Approval: Any applicant who has successfully completed the Radar Observer Recertification (MEBAMD-402) course will satisfy the requirements of 46 CFR 11.480(d) for renewal of any Radar Observer endorsement.

SHIP MANAGEMENT - SAFETY MANAGEMENT

This course covers knowledge and skills required by Deck Officers at the management level pertaining to shipboard safety management, maritime business, and maritime law. It addresses learning in the areas of shipboard training and assessment, personnel supervision and performance appraisal, organizational management, medical care management, criminal and civil liability, port entry procedures, record keeping, Seaman's Articles or Agreement, bills of lading, pollution prevention, and collision and salvage.

 

Course Capacity: 6 students

Prerequisites: None

Special Requirements: None

USCG Approval: 

Any applicant who has successfully completed the Ship’s Management – Safety Management (MEBAMD-452) course will satisfy the Ship Management training requirements in Table A-II/2 of STCW Code, as amended, certification as Master or Chief Mate on vessels of 500 or more gross tonnage (ITC).

Mariners presenting the course completion certificate for the Ship’s Management – Safety Management (MEBAMD-452) course will be considered to have demonstrated the competencies, “Application of leadership and team working skills of Table A-II/1,” and the “Use of leadership and managerial skills,” of Table A-II/2 of the STCW Code, as amended.

TANKERMAN DL

This one-week course provides training at an advanced level for both deck and engine officers and other persons on board oil and chemical tankers who have immediate responsibility for loading, discharging, and care in transit or handling of cargo and loading bunkers. It comprises a specialized training program, including chemical and oil tanker safety, health hazards and practices, fire prevention and firefighting, cargo equipment and operations, safety equipment and operation, emergency procedures, pollution prevention and control, operational practice and obligations under applicable laws and regulations.

 

Course Capacity: 12 students

Prerequisites: None

Special Requirements: None

USCG Approval: Any applicant who has successfully completed the Tank Ship Dangerous Liquids (MEBAMD-501) course will:

  1. Satisfy the cargo course requirements for 46 CFR 13.409 and may be issued an endorsement as Tankerman-Assistant (DL); AND
  2. Satisfy the Basic Oil and Chemical Tanker training requirements of Section A-V/1 Table A-V/1.1.1 of the STCW Code; AND
  3. Satisfy the training requirements of 46 CFR 13.209, 13.309 or 13.509 for a Tankerman (DL) endorsement; 33 CFR 157.152(c)(2) for crude oil washing; AND
  4. Satisfy the training requirements of 46 CFR 10.227(d)(8)(i)(c) for the renewal of a Tankerman PIC (DL) endorsement.

TANKSHIP LIQUEFIED GASES (LNG)

This two-week course will provide marine officers with the basic knowledge for safe and efficient transportation of LNG and other liquefied gases. This course is an USCG prerequisite for employment aboard LNG carriers. Comprehensive lecture and computer-based cargo handling simulator training will include: LNG science, engineering systems, cargo systems, ship/shore interfaces, rules and regulations, and safety. This class complies with the IMO and USCG requirements for a liquefied gases PIC (Person In Charge) course.

 

Course Capacity: 12 students

Prerequisites: None

Special Requirements: None

USCG Approval: Any applicant who has successfully completed the Tank Ship Liquefied Gases (MEBAMD-508) course will satisfy the training requirements of Section A-V/1-2 and Tables A-V/1-2-1 and A-V/1-2-2 of the STCW Code, as amended, and of 46 CFR Part 13.107, 13.109, or 13.120 for any original or renewal Tankerman Person-in-Charge (LG) endorsement.

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS

This one-day course is designed to train the mariner with certification in visual communications. The assessment is conducted on location at CMES. The student will demonstrate proficiency in flashing light at 4 words per minute.

Contact the School to schedule an assessment.

 

Course Capacity: 1 student

Prerequisites: None

Special Requirements: None

USCG Approval: Any applicant who has successfully completed the Visual Communications (Flashing Light) (MEBAMD-542) course will satisfy the Visual Signaling requirements of 46 CFR 11.309(a)(4)(vi) and 11.319(a)(4)(vi) if presented within one year of the completion of training; AND will be considered to have successfully demonstrated the equivalent of assessment 8.2A for an STCW, as amended 2010 endorsement as Officer in Charge of a Navigational Watch on Vessels of 500 GT or more. Applicants who have successfully completed the course need not present a completed assessment sheet for this assessment in application for STCW certification.

VOYAGE PLANNING

This one-week course satisfies the U.S. Coast Guard requirements for Advanced Navigation when combined with ECDIS within one year. The objectives cover the knowledge and skills needed for planning an ocean or coastwise voyage, and the use of bridge electronics in the execution of the voyage plan. Topics discussed are the sailings, tides and currents, ocean routing, magnetic and gyro compass, autopilots and integrated bridge systems.

 

Course Capacity: 6 students

Prerequisites: None

Special Requirements: None

USCG Approval: 

Any applicant who has successfully completed the Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation (MEBAMD-545) course will be deemed to have successfully demonstrated the following assessments from the National Assessment Guidelines, or their equivalents, for Table A-II/2 of the STCW Code, as amended, towards completing the requirements for the STCW endorsement as Master or Chief Mate on vessels of 500 or more gross tonnage (ITC):

M-1-1A     M-1-4A     M-2-1F
M-1-1B     M-2-1A     M-3-1A
M-1-2G     M-2-1C     M-4-2A
M-1-2H     M-2-1D
M-1-2I      M-2-1E

Applicants who have successfully completed this course need not present completed “Control Sheets” for these assessments in application for STCW certification.

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