Course Schedules

VPDSD COURSE INFORMATION

 

CMES is currently running Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (VPDSD) as an evening course.

    • Classes will be scheduled on an as needed basis.
    • The course is open to anyone who wishes to travel to the school.(MEBA members, please note that travel expenses will not be reimbursed.)
       

Students interested in taking the VPDSD class, please contact the school at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by phone at (410) 822-9600.
 


 

 

INDUSTRY STUDENTS:

Tuition and room & board charges are to be paid in the school's Administration Office at the time of course attendance.  Payment can be made by credit card or cashier's check made payable to CMES - personal checks are not accepted.

    • course tuition - $300
    • room & board - $125/day (as available)
       

MEBA MEMBERS:

    • Course tuition and room & board are covered.
       

 

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES

 

It is important to understand the Calhoon MEBA Engineering School administration's and faculty's expectations of the students enrolled in courses, either on site or at remote locations, in order to bolster an overall atmosphere conducive to the purpose of learning.

No training activity where there is the intent to transfer knowledge, skills and attitudes, can be completed without the honest feedback from students. Accordingly, few things are more important to this school than the course evaluation process, airing of complaints, and suggestions for improvement from our students.

The school enrolls students who are MEBA members as well as all maritime and related industry professionals employed at sea or ashore who:

  • expect to be treated with respect, dignity, and consideration and, in turn, treat each other and CMES personnel similarly so that a climate of learning and open communication exists;
  • expect personal confidential information will remain confidential and, in turn, will support those efforts of the school to maintain credibility in records and information;
  • expect to be informed about schedule changes and school priorities and, in turn, will keep the administration informed about personal events, needs for conditions affecting his or her full participation in enrolled training;
  • expect the facilities and accommodations will be safe, adequate for their purpose, well maintained, and comfortable and, in turn, will make use of these facilities, fixtures and equipment as if they were their very own;
  • will ascribe to a personal code of conduct that includes, but is not limited to, clean but casual attire, no excesses of drink or behavior, operation of vehicles in a careful and safe manner, and support of campus recycling initiatives;
  • will attend and be on time to all scheduled class periods and class functions unless prior arrangements with the administration have been made and confirmed, being aware that any particular class attendance or participation can be a matter of strict compliance to regulatory rules that may not allow the administration to permit exceptions;
  • will make best efforts to diligently study, comprehend and be assessed as to the level of personal achievement of course objectives;
  • will settle any commercial arrangements with the school before the end of his or her scheduled course;
  • will participate in the course evaluation process with complete and professional feedback;
  • will, when requested, participate in post learning surveys within one year of attendance with complete and professional feedback; and
  • will, when motivated by personal experience or observation, openly provide serious suggestions for the practical improvement of CMES courses, processes and facilities.

STCW 95

 

STCW is an acronym for Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers. 95 refers to the year the member nations of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) adopted an updated version of the STCW 78 international agreement.

In the absence of any international standards, the IMO wrote and adopted the original STCW requirements in July 1978. The agreement became international law when no less than 25 nations, representing at least 50% of the world's merchant ships (over 100 tons), signed it. This happened on April 28, 1984.

By 1992, after several high profile maritime casualties, the Council of the IMO realized that the 1978 requirements did not adequately ensure that competent persons were operating the newer, larger, faster, and technologically-advanced vessels not envisioned in 1978. The Secretary General of the IMO, in cooperation with the International Labor Organization (ILO), initiated a complete review and revision of the 1978 agreement.

By July of 1995, the process was finalized with the adoption of a package of amendments to the STCW 78 Convention at an IMO Diplomatic Conference. The 95 Convention entered into force on 1 February 1997. In the United States, the US Coast Guard issued its Interim Final Rule that adopts the provisions of the convention and brings American Regulations into alignment with STCW 95.
   

Who Is Affected By STCW 95?

Government, ship owners, ship operators, and individual seafarers are all affected by STCW 95. STCW 95 is arguably the most important development concerning the improvement of maritime safety in over two decades. The competence of seafarers is a critical factor in the safe and efficient operation of ships. Only STCW 95 endorsements will be recognized by the USCG and their equivalent agencies (Port State Control) of nations signatory to the STCW 95 Convention.
   

All Seafarers

Advanced Fire Fighting - Any seafarer who may be designed to control fire fighting operations or lead a fire fighting team (any officer) must complete advanced training in techniques for fighting fire with emphasis on organization, tactics, and command. The requirement for this training is once in a lifetime, and proficiency must be demonstrated every five years as part of STCW Basic Safety Training. Advanced Fire Fighting is not required for license renewal, but is required for license upgrading.

Basic Safety Training (BST) - All ocean-going mariners, are required to demonstrate BST proficiency by completing a USCG approved course. You will be required to prove proficiency every five years. As per USCG policy letter 12-01, "A mariner who has met the requirements for initial competency in BST, and who is actively serving on seagoing ships, will be considered as having demonstrated continuing competence in BST, provided he or she completes at least one year of sea service within the past five years." If a mariner does not have a full year of sea service, he or she must complete our BST class or an equivalent USCG approved BST course.

Basic Safety Training consists of the following four elements:

  • Personal Survival - survival suits, hypothermia, liferafts, basic actions in emergency, etc.
  • Elementary First Aid - basic, immediate, and emergency response to the most common shipboard injury emergencies, including CPR.
  • Elementary Fire Fighting and Fire Prevention - types/classes of fires, prevention, hazard awareness, methods of fire extinguishment, structure of incident response team, appropriate equipment, personal safety, team support, and live exercises.
  • Personal Safety & Social Responsibility - types of shipboard emergencies, alarms and signals, initial actions, personal/protective safety equipment, effects of pollution, pollution prevention, safe working practices, enclosed spaces, accident prevention, sexual harassment, individual rights, drug and alcohol awareness, and prevention of abuse.

Survival Craft and Rescue Boat Training (Other Than Fast Rescue Boats) - All Deck and Engineering Officers must hold a certificate of proficiency in the operation of Survival Craft and Rescue Boats. This is once in a lifetime requirement. You must know the types and outfits of survival craft, launching and recovering such craft, engine operations, managing survivors and craft after abandoning ship, hypothermia, signaling devices, and injury management with first aid. Those who do not have a Lifeboatman endorsement will need to obtain this endorsement.

Vessel Familiarization - Prior to assuming your duties aboard a vessel you must be given training that is specific to the ship you must be given training that is specific to the ship you are employed aboard. This basic training is a company responsibility. It encompasses your personal emergency equipment, emergency station duties, cargo considerations, fixed and portable safety and emergency equipment aboard and its location, work area access and egress, and other ship or job specific duties and considerations as appropriate. Those who have demonstrated competence (past service) on the same or similar vessels and billet should (may) be given credit for the required training.
  

Tank Personnel

Tankerman Requirements - The U.S. Tankerman Regulations require that officers in charge of cargo operations (generally deck officers) on self-propelled tank vessels must be certified as Tankerman PIC (Person In Charge). For deck officers on any tank vessel sailing beyond the boundary line, their STCW 95 certificates must be endorsed as "Valid for Service on Tankships Carrying DL and/or LG Cargoes." The DL (dangerous liquids) endorsement covers both oil and chemical tankers, and the LG endorsement covers liquefied gas cargoes.

  • After March 31, 1997, all Masters and Chief Mates service aboard tank vessels must have their Merchant Mariner Documents (MMD) endorsed as Tankerman PIC upon renewal. Because of the OPA-90 work hour limitations and the need for mates to act as PIC's during cargo transfers, all mates should obtain this endorsement.
  • An approved Tankship Familiarization Course, as well as fire fighting, recency of service (tanker sailing time), and service in PIC capacity or proof of cargo transfers, are required to obtain these endorsements.
  • Also, after this date, all Chief Engineers and First Assistants must have their MMD's endorsed as Tankerman Engineer (or PIC) upon renewal.
  • The regulations state that engineers may not work on the cargo handling equipment unless they possess, at a minimum, a Tankerman Engineer endorsement. All MEBA tanker engineers are to obtain this endorsement or Tankerman PIC.
  • No endorsement other than a valid license is required for bunkering fuel and lube oils.

Tankship Safety DL Course (40 hour minimum):
All officers (as noted above) sailing on tank vessels must have completed this (or an equivalent) course. The MEBA course is offered at the School and at union halls on all three coasts. This course will earn you a Tankerman DL certificate that exceeds the requirements of Tankerman Engineer. Thus, the course is suitable for both MEBA Deck and Engineering Officers.

Tankship Safety LNG Course:
All officers, as noted, serving aboard LG Tankships (LNG) must have completed the LNG course. Calhoon MEBA Engineering School offers thsi course at least once per year in Easton.
   

Engineering Officers

As of the date of printing, under STCW, only those courses required of all seafarers (Advanced Fire Fighting, Basic Safety Training, and Survival Craft) are required for engineering officers, unless sailing aboard tank vessels. However, engineering officers are encouraged to take GMDSS, Medical Care PIC, and Ship's Management, when possible.
  

Deck Officers

Deck officers experience the largest impact as a result of STCW 95's additional training requirements. In addition to those courses required of all seafarers, the following course is required of all deck officers:

Bridge Team/Resource Management - You must attend the BRM Course at Calhoon MEBA Engineering School and obtain a certificate of successful completion.

ARPA and GMDSS are required if your vessel is fitted with them.

ARPA - A certificate of training in Automatic Radar Plotting Aids must be achieved. This training is required only once and currently does not require renewal. USCG radar observer requirements remain unchanged at this time.

GMDSS - All officers in charge of a navigational watch on ships equipped with GMDSS (Global Maritime Distress and Safety System) must hold a valid certificate as a GMDSS Operator. They must also hold a valid FCC GMDSS Operator license and have completed a minimum 70-hour course.
  

STCW Special Requirements

Medical Care - Persons designated to provide medical care aboard ship during a voyage must show evidence of satisfactory completion of a course (once in a lifetime) in medical first aid and medical care. The Calhoon MEBA Medical Care PIC course meets this requirements.

Ro-Ro Passenger Vessels - Masters, Officers, and ratings designated to control and unload passengers and vehicles, operate and secure hull openings, assist passengers in emergencies, etc., on Ro-Ro Passenger vessels on international voyages are required to receive specialized training.

This training will encompass crowd and crisis management, rules and codes, use of emergency equipment, familiarization training of ship specific safety and hull integrity systems, stability and trim, ro-ro deck atmosphere control, and emergency procedures.

The USCG has incorporated the training requirements as set forth in STCW 95 Regulation V/2 Table A-V/2. Calhoon MEBA Engineering School will obtain training materials and continue to monitor and adjust to these evolving requirements.
  

Company Requirements Under STCW 95

Under STCW 95 Regulation I/14, Ship Operators are explicitly required to ensure that:

  • All seafarers hold proper documents for the billet in which they are employed;
  • All their vessels are crewed in compliance with all safe manning requirements;
  • Training and Medical Fitness records of all employed seafarers are maintained and readily accessible;
  • All newly assigned Seafarers are given familiarization training in routine and emergency duties; and
  • The ship's complement can effectively coordinate activities in emergencies and perform all vital safety and pollution prevention duties.

These requirements are International and apply to all companies. Obviously, the training and documentation requirements must be monitored by the companies. This means that there is almost no possibility of your signing aboard a vessel without meeting all of these requirements regardless of the presence or lack of USCG oversight.
  

Summary

The STCW 95 regulations came into force with full compliance required on February 1, 2002. School personnel stay current on the interpretation and implementation of STCW and USCG regulations. Contact the school for individual concern and explanations.

STCW GAP CLOSING COURSES - INFORMATION AND FAQ's

 

On March 24, 2015, the National Maritime Center released a notice concerning STCW gap-closing requirements.  We have made it available for download here:

USCG NMC Notice: STCW Gap-Closing Requirements

 

REMINDER ON STCW DEADLINE

Members and Applicants are reminded of the deadline for the STCW 2010 Manila Amendments that fully came into force on January 1, 2017. As you know, the implementation of the Amendments requires mariners, primarily those sailing on near-coastal and foreign voyages, to be in compliance with a new regime of training and assessments.

If a Member/Applicant has 'Not valid after Dec. 31st, 2016' on their STCW endorsements of his/her MMC, he/she cannot be dispatched for a shipping job off the board if that job runs into 2017 – even for a day. This milestone will occur for 90-day rotaries on jobs reporting after October 3rd.

In addition to the "gap-closing" courses that M.E.B.A. mariners have been taking in ERM, MEECE, Leadership & Management, Leadership & Teamwork, and ECDIS (for Deck Officers); there are new requirements that will take effect the first time a mariner renews an MMC with STCW endorsements on or after January 1, 2017. These additional rules apply to renewal of Basic Training, Advanced Fire Fighting, and Proficiency in Survival Craft; which requires evidence of revalidation training, refresher training, or a retake of the original training course – depending on sea-time since the last renewal.

Basic Training (BT): To renew their BT endorsement, mariners must provide evidence of maintaining the standard of competence in Basic Training as found in 46 CFR 11.302(b) or 46 CFR 12.602(b). This means: providing evidence of completing a BT training course; or providing evidence of 1-year sea service in the previous 5 years and providing evidence of completing BT revalidation training; or providing evidence of completing BT refresher training.

Advanced Fire Fighting (AFF): To renew their STCW officer endorsement(s), mariners must provide evidence of maintaining the standard of competence in Advanced Fire Fighting as found in 46 CFR 11.303(b). This means providing evidence of completing an AFF training course; or providing evidence of 1-year sea service in the previous 5 years and providing evidence of completing AFF revalidation training; or providing evidence of completing AFF refresher training.

Proficiency in Survival Craft (PSC): To renew their PSC endorsement, mariners must provide evidence of maintaining the standard of competence in proficiency in survival craft as found in 46 CFR 12.613(b) or 46 CFR 12.615(b). This means providing evidence of completing a PSC training course; or providing evidence of 1-year sea service in the previous 5 years and providing evidence of completing PSC revalidation training; or providing evidence of 1-year sea service in the previous 5 years and providing evidence of meeting the requirements for BT renewal as described above; or providing evidence of completing PSC refresher training.

 

STCW REQUIRED COURSES - EQUIVALENT COURSES

REMINDER:
CMES has approval for several of our courses to fulfill some of the new STCW required courses
 

LEADERSHIP & MANAGEMENT:
requirement is covered by Ship’s Management & Safety Management

If you have successfully passed CMES' Ship’s Management & Safety Management course within the last 5 years, you do not need take the Leadership & Management class. USCG approval information may be found here.
 

MEECE:
requirement is covered by Instrumentation (3 week)
AND Marine Electric Propulsion

If you have successfully passed CMES' Instrumentation (3 week) AND Marine Electric Propulsion courses within the last 5 years, you do not need to take the new MEECE class. PLEASE NOTE: This only covers the CFR requirements. The assessments for the STCW requirements will need to be signed off on board ship.USCG approval information may be found here.
 

ENGINEROOM RESOURCE MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP & MANAGEMENT:
requirements are covered by Upgrading Engineers Management Level

If you have successfully passed CMES' Upgrading Engineers Management Level course within the last 5 years, you do not need to take the Engineroom Resource Management OR Leadership & Management classes. USCG approval information may be found here.

 

 


 

Frequently Asked Questions about the STCW Gap Closing Courses

 

WHAT'S THIS ALL ABOUT? WHAT HAPPENED?

The U.S., as a signatory to the STCW Convention, initiated regulatory changes to ensure full implementation of the amendments to the STCW Convention and STCW Code. The U.S. implements these provisions under the Convention and under the authority of United States Code, Titles 33 and 46. The Coast Guard published a final rule in the Federal Register on December 24, 2013, (78 FR 77796) that implements the STCW Convention and STCW Code, including the 2010 amendments. This final rule became effective on March 24, 2014. The Coast Guard published a series of NVICs to provide guidance on complying with the new regulations.  The NVICs of particular interest to the membership include:

  • NVIC 10-14 – Endorsement for master or Chief Mate on Vessels 3,000 GT or more
  • NVIC 12-14 – Endorsement for OICNW on Vessels of 500 GT or more
  • NVIC 15-14 – Qualification for Chief/Second Engineer (aka 1AE) 4,000 hp or more
  • NVIC  17-14 – Qualifications for OICEW 1,000 hp or more
  • NVIC 19-14 – Policy on Qualified Assessors
     

WHERE CAN I GET COPIES OF THESE USCG NVICs?

At the USCG’s National Maritime Center’s website.  http://www.uscg.mil/nmc/
 

I'VE HEARD ABOUT A NEW LEADERSHIP COURSE THAT NEEDS TO BE TAKEN. WHAT IS IT?

  • Masters, Chief Mates, Chief Engineers, and First Assistant Engineers that want to keep their STCW Management-level STCW Endorsement must take a Leadership and Management (L&M) Course before 1/1/2017.  CMES has a 1-week Leadership & Management Course approved by the USCG NMC.
  • For the Mates, the USCG has just notified CMES that mariners successfully completing the school's Ship's Management-Safety Management Course; which was part of the 8 courses required for upgrading to Chief Mate/Master under USCG Policy Letter 04-02, can submit this certificate for recognition for L&M training requirement under NVIC 10-14.
  • Considering these new training requirements, CMES’ 5-week Upgrading Engineers to Management Level is no longer offered.  This is because this one 5-week course spans more time than ERM, L&M, and Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (MEECE) combined.

Note: 2nd and 3rd Mates, 2nd and 3rd Assistant Engineers that want to keep their Operational-level STCW Endorsement must take a Leadership and Teamwork course before 1/1/2017.  CMES has not yet submitted a 1-day Leadership and Teamwork Course to the NMC. However, the CMES Leadership and Management Course; being more comprehensive, meets this training requirement.
 

EVEN MORE NEW COURSES? ENGINEROOM RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (ERM)? MANAGEMENT OF ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC CONTROL EQUIPMENT (MEECE)?

Yes.  Chiefs and 1st Assistants that are renewing their licenses, in addition to Leadership & Management, also need to take:

  • 1-week Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (MEECE), and
  • 1-week Engine-room Resource Management (ERM).

 

Not so easy for 3rd and 2nd Engineers that are upgrading their STCW Endorsement to the management-level.  They need to take:

  • ERM (and completion shipboard assessments found in enclosure 3 of NVIC 15-14), and
  • 2-week MEECE (which includes assessments done at the school), or have taken
  • CMES’ 5-week Upgrading Engineers to the Management-level; which is no longer offer at the school.

 

2nd and 3rd Mates upgrading to Chief Mate/Master need to take:

  • Advanced Shiphandling
  • Advanced Stability
  • Advanced Meteorology
  • Search and Rescue
  • Management of Medical Care
  • ARPA and GMDSS (if not already taken as part of prior training)
  • ECDIS (if vessel is so equipped)
  • Management-level Assessments found in NVIC 10-14 (enclosure (3))
     

ASSESSMENTS? WHAT ASSESSMENTS?

NVICs 15-14 and 10-14 include a Records of Assessment for 3rd and 2nd Assistant Engineers or 3rd mate/2nd Mates trying to qualify for Management-level STCW Endorsements.  These assessments can be performed on a ship or as part of a USCG-approved course.  For the engineers, CMES is developing a course "Upgrading to Management Level Assessments-only (UMLA)" that will include all the assessments needed to upgrade to the Engineering Management-level.  Naturally, this is constrained by the propulsion-type(s) currently held by the engineer.  For the Mates, most of CMES’ Deck Officers courses include the Assessments continuing from USCG Policy Letter 04-02 as part of the evaluation process; however, a few Assessments must still be performed shipboard.
 

WHO CAN ASSESS?

Leading up to 1/1/2017, the USCG will accept assessment signed by mariners that hold an appropriate national endorsement equal to, or superior to, the relevant level of knowledge, skills, and abilities being assessed.  After 1/1/2017, a Qualified Assessor must witness the demonstration of competency.
 

WHAT IS A QUALIFIED ASSESSOR?

The term "Qualified Assessor" (QA) is defined in 46 CFR 10.107 as “a person who is qualified to evaluate, for STCW endorsements, whether an applicant has demonstrated the level of competence in the task for which the assessment is being made. This person must be individually approved by the Coast Guard or through a Coast Guard approved or accepted course or program of training.” CMES is developing a QA Course and will submit it to the USCG for review.
 

IF I RENEW MY STCW ENDORSEMENT BEFORE JANUARY 1, 2017, HOW LONG IS MY COURSE COMPLETION CERTIFICATE FOR THE FOLLOWING APPROVED TRAINING VALID?

The USCG reports that the course completion certificates for these three courses are valid for 5 years.
 

HOW WILL ALL THE MEMBERS RECEIVE THIS TRAINING IN TIME TO MEET THE 12/16/2016 DEADLINE?

By the Trustees' direction, the CMES course selections and frequencies give priority to these new STCW courses.  As applications are received and rosters fill, more instances will be added to accommodate the school's training obligation.  Further, the Trustees have approved tuition-reimbursement for all STCW-related training when successfully completed at an alternate location by a USCG-approved training provider.
 

MY MMC CURRENTLY HAS STCW AND NATIONAL ENDORSEMENTS AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL. ON MY NEXT RENEWAL, WILL THE STCW ENDORSEMENT AT THE OPERATIONAL-LEVEL AND LOWER RATING ENDORSEMENTS BE INCLUDED AUTOMATICALLY IF I PROVIDE THE APPROPRIATE SEA SERVICE?

Yes, the USCG reports that MMCs are now being endorsed with all STCW endorsements for which the mariner is qualified. Until December 31, 2016, these endorsements will be automatically included at renewal if you have 12 months of sea service in the last five years. After that date, mariners must demonstrate continued competence through the appropriate combination of sea service and training. In addition, in order for your Chief Engineer STCW endorsement to be valid after December 31, 2016, you will need to complete training in leadership and managerial skills, engine resource management, and management of electrical and electronic control equipment.
 

REQUESTING A TRANSCRIPT

 

Students’ academic records at CMES are maintained primarily in secure electronic databases. The old CMES cadet program training records are still maintained in hardcopy files. Security protocols are in place to protect both forms of records.
 

Students requesting transcripts must do so in writing via either mail, fax, or email. Transcript requests made by a third party will be denied. CMES only releases transcripts at our students’ request.

MAIL:
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27050 St. Michaels Road
Easton, MD 21601

FAX:
(410) 822-7220

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Official CMES transcripts are embossed with the official school seal and contain the following information:

  • Student identification number, name, and mailing address
  • List of classes successfully completed
  • End dates for classes attended
  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs) earned (if applicable)