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 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: 12 students

Prerequisites: None

Special Requirements: None

USCG Approval: Any applicant who has successfully completed our Advanced Meteorology (MEBAMD-18) course will satisfy:

  • Advanced Meteorology training requirements 46 CFR 11.305(a)(3)(iii) and 11.307(a)(3)(iii) for STCW endorsements as Master or Chief Mate on vessels of 3,000 GT or more; AND,
  • 46 CFR 11.311(a)(3)(iii) and 11.313(a)(3)(iii) for STCW endorsements as Master or Chief Mate on vessels of more than 500 GT and less than 3,000 GT; AND,
  • The following practical assessments performed during this course have been determined to be equivalent of National Assessment Guidelines for STCW Code, as amended 2010 Table A-II/2, as documented in NVICs 10-14 (Ch-1) and 11.14 (Ch-1): 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4.A, 7.4.B, 7.4.C, 9.16.A, and 9.16.B.

Approved Instructors may assess the above tasks during the delivery of the course. Student assessment sheets or the formal Record of Assessment for the above tasks do not need to be submitted.

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 our Advanced Shiphandling (MEBAMD-22) course will satisfy:

  • The Advanced Shiphandling training requirements of 46 CFR 11.305(a)(3)(i) and 11.307(a)(3)(i) for STCW endorsement as Master or Chief Mate of vessels of 3,000 GT (ITC) or more (Management Level); AND
  • The Advanced Shiphandling standards of competence required by 46 CFR 11.305(a)(2) and 11.307(a)(2): STCW Code Section A-II/2 and Table A-II/2, as amended 2010, meeting the National Assessment Guidelines from NVIC 10-14(Ch-4) Tasks 5.2.A, 8.1, 8.2, 8.3, 8.4, 8.6.A, 8.7.A, 9.1.A, 9.2.A, 9.3.A, 9.4.A, 9.5.A, 9.6.A, 9.6.B, 9.7.A, 9.8.A, 9.9.A, 9.9.B, 9.11, 9.12, 9.13, 9.14, 9.15, 9.16.A, 9.16.B, 9.17.A, 10.1.A, 10.1.B, 10.1.C, 10.1.D, 16.4.A, 16.4.B, AND 16.5.A.

Applicants who have successfully completed this course need not present completed "Task 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: 12 students

Prerequisites: None

Special Requirements: None

USCG Approval: Any applicant who has successfully completed our Advanced Stability (MEBAMD-25) course will satisfy the Advanced Stability training requirements of 46 CFR 11.305(a)(3)(ii) and 11.307(a)(3)(ii) for STCW endorsements as Chief Mate or Master on vessels of 3,000 GT or more and 46 CFR 11.311(a)(3)(ii) and 11.313(a)(3)(ii) for STCW endorsements as Master or Chief Mate on vessels of more than 500 GT and less than 3,000 GT; AND,

The specific tasks from the National Assessment Guidelines found in NVIC 10-14 (Ch-2) and NVIC 11-14 (CH-1):

  • 11.2
  • 11.3
  • 14.1
  • 14.2
  • 14.3

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 has successfully completed the Basic Oil & Chemical Tanker Operations (MEBAMD-757) course within 5 years of application will satisfy:

  • The course requirements of 46 CFR 13.401(e)(1) for original issuance OR 13.120(b)(2) for renewal of Tankerman-Assistant (DL); AND
  • The standards of competence required by 46 CFR 13.609(a)(2) for an STCW endorsement for Basic Oil and Chemical Tanker Cargo Operations; AND
  • The course requirements of 46 CFR 13.120(d)(2) for renewal of Tankerman-Engineer (DL); AND
  • The standards of competence required by 46 CFR 13.609(d)(2); Code Section A-V/1, Table A-V/1-1-1, meeting the National Assessment Guidelines from NVIC 22-14 Ch-1 for Basic Oil and Chemical Tanker Cargo Operations.

A course certificate may be used for one application which results in the issuance of an endorsement and may not be used for any application transactions thereafter.

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 our Proficiency in Survival Craft (MEBAMD-372) course will satisfy:

  • The training, practical demonstration, and written examination requirements of 46 CFR 12.407(b)(3) for endorsement as Lifeboatman; AND
  • The Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats Other Than Fast Rescue Boats (PSC) training requirements of 46 CFR 11.309(a)(4)(v), 11.319(a)(4)(v), 11.321(a)(3)(iii), 11.329(a)(4)(iii), and 11.335(a)(3)(iii); AND
  • The Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats Other Than Fast Rescue Boats (PSC) standards of competence required by 46 CFR 12.613; STCW Code Section A-VI/2 and Table A-VI/2-1, as amended 2010, meeting the National Assessment Guidelines from NVIC 04-14(Ch-1) Tasks 1.1.A, 1.2.A, 1.3.A, 1.3.B, 1.3.C, 1.3.D, 1.4.A, 1.4.C, 1.5.A, 1.6.A, 1.8.A, 1.9.A, 2.1.A, 3.1.A, 3.1.B, 3.2.A, 3.3.A, 3.4.A, 3.5.A, 3.5.B, 3.6.A, 3.7.A, 3.8.A, 4.1.A, 4.1.B, and 4.2.A.

Applicants who have successfully completed the course need not present completed "Task Control Sheets" for these assessments in application for STCW certification.

The sea service requirements of 46 CFR 12.407(b)(2) for endorsement as Lifeboatman must be met and are not part of this approval.

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.
 

SCHEDULED BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.  Contact the school to schedule a recertification.

 

Course Capacity: 1 student

Prerequisites: None

Special Requirements: None

USCG Approval: Any applicant who successfully completes the Radar Observer Recertification (MEBAMD-402) course will satisfy the training requirements of 46 CFR 11.480(f) for maintaining the validity of an endorsement as Radar Observer.

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 successfully completes our Tank Ship Dangerous Liquids Course (MEBAMD-501) and applies for endorsement within five years of completion:

  • Satisfies the cargo course requirements of 46 CFR 13.201(c)(4) for original issuance OR 13.120(a)(2) for renewal of Tankerman-PIC (DL); AND
  • Satisfies the cargo course requirements of 46 CFR 13.301(c)(4) for original issuance OR 13.120(c)(2) for renewal of Tankerman-PIC (Barge) (DL); AND
  • Satisfies the cargo course requirements of 46 CFR 13.401(e)(1) for original issuance OR 13.120(b)(2) for renewal of Tankerman-Assistant (DL); AND
  • Satisfies the cargo course requirements of 46 CFR 13.501(c)(4) for original issuance OR 13.120(d)(2) for renewal of Tankerman-Engineer (DL); AND
  • Meets the standards of competence, required by 46 CFR 13.609(a)(2), of Section A-V/1, Table A-V/1-1-1 of the STCW Code for Basic Oil AND Chemical Tanker Cargo Operations; AND
  • Provided the applicant also supplies a statement signed by the Master, Chief Engineer or Chief Mate of an Oil AND/OR Chemical Tanker, appropriate to the endorsement sought, that the mariner has demonstrated to the satisfaction of the signer that he or she is fully capable of supervising transfer of dangerous liquid cargo in accordance with the guidance found in Navigation Vessel Inspection Circular 22-14 (Encl 1, paragraphs 4 or 5):
    • Meets the Standards of competence, required by 46 CFR 13.603(a)(2) OR 13.605(a)(2), of Section A-V/1, Table A-V/1-1-2 OR A-V/1-2-3 of the STCW Code for Advanced Oil AND/OR Chemical Tanker Cargo Operations.

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 successfully completes our Tank Ship Liquefied Gas (MEBAMD-508) Course and applies for endorsement within five years of completion:

  • Satisfies the cargo course requirements of 46 CFR 13.201(c)(4) for original issuance OR 13.120(a)(2) for renewal of Tankerman-PIC (LG); AND
  • Satisfies the cargo course requirements of 46 CFR 13.301(c)(4) for original issuance OR 13.120(c)(2) for renewal of Tankerman-PIC (Barge) (LG); AND
  • Satisfies the cargo course requirements of 46 CFR 13.401(e)(1) for original issuance OR 13.120(b)(2) for renewal of Tankerman-Assistant (LG); AND
  • Satisfies the cargo course requirements of 46 CFR 13.501(c)(4) for original issuance OR 13.120(d)(2) for renewal of Tankerman-Engineer (LG); AND
  • Meets the standards of competence, required by 46 CFR 13.611(a)(2), of Section A-V/1, Table A-V/1-2-1 of the STCW Code for Basic Liquefied Gas Tanker Cargo Operations; AND
  • Provided the applicant also supplies a statement signed by the Master, Chief Engineer or Chief Mate of an Liquefied Gas Tanker, appropriate to the endorsement sought (Tankship, Tank Barge, Engineer), that the mariner has demonstrated to the satisfaction of the signer that he or she is fully capable of supervising transfers of liquefied gas cargos in accordance with the guidance found in Navigation Vessel Inspection Circular 22-14 (Encl 1, paragraph 6):
    • Meets the Standards of competence, required by 46 CFR 13.607(a)(2), of Section A-V/1, Table A-V/1-2-2 of the STCW Code for Advanced Liquefied Gas Tanker Cargo Operations.

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.
 

SCHEDULED BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.  Contact the school to schedule an assessment.

 

Course Capacity: 1 student

Prerequisites: None

Special Requirements: None

USCG Approval: Any applicant who has successfully completed our Visual Communications (Flashing Light) (MEBAMD-542) course will satisfy:

  • The Visual Signaling training requirements of 46 CFR 11.309(a)(4)(vi) and 11.319(a)(4)(vi); AND
  • The visual communications competencies of Table A-II/1 of the STCW Code, as amended 2010; AND
  • The assessment tasks 8.1 and 8.2 in NVICs 12-14 (Ch-3) and 02-18 for an endorsement as Officer in Charge of a Navigational Watch.

Applicants who have successfully completed our course need not present a completed "Control Sheet" for this assessment in application for STCW certification.