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The Calhoon MEBA Engineering School (CMES) has been authorized by the trustees to schedule classes between now and December 31, 2020 at United States Maritime Resource Center (USMRC), Port Canaveral, FL, in the training area "LNG as Fuel." This authorization covers both the 3 day Basic course, which includes 1 day of firefighting and a 2 day Advanced course named Low Flashpoint Fuel Operations, which combined account for 5 days of required training to seek employment onboard the new Pasha / Sunrise LNG fueled vessels.

Beginning in 2021, the trustees also approved both the Basic and Advanced versions of "LNG as Fuel Training" at USMRC’s Port Canaveral, Florida location as an Alternate Location Training course. Like other off-campus courses, these are subject to the eligibility requirements in Section 1 of the MEBA Training Plan Rules and Regulations.

If you desire to attend these courses in 2020; which run consecutively in Port Canaveral during one business-week (M-F), contact the CMES Registrar immediately and indicate the week or weeks that you can support between October 26 and December 18, 2020.

CMES is trying to schedule the classes with USMRC as to accommodate the calendars of the most members responding or showing interest. Between now and 31 December 2020, (and in that CMES is arranging the training with USMRC), the Training Plan will be invoiced for the tuition. Further and only for these particular 2020 classes, the travel/transportation expenses are authorized for reimbursement, as is a per diem for room and board based on GSA rates and the location of training. Transportation expenses are subject to the travel reimbursement rules that apply for transportation to the Calhoon MEBA Engineering School per Section 9 of the Rules and Regulations.

Once USMRC establishes its regular 2021 calendar-year schedule for Basic and Advanced Low Flashpoint Fuel Operations in, each member can schedule his/her training directly with the company Applications to attend these classes must be sent to the CMES Registrar in advance; which is in accordance with instructions cited on the Application for Alternate Training Location. Applications are available at all Union Halls and can be downloaded from the CMES Website and returned by email (attachment), regular mail, or fax.

Of note: For the initial crewing of the 2 new Pasha vessels, MV George III and Janet Marie, the Training Plan will not cover Basic and Advanced Low Flashpoint Fuel Operations Course for permanent M.E.B.A. engineering officers working for PASHA/Sunrise.



2020 Fall Semester Course Schedule

Applications for classes on the adjusted Fall 2020 Semester course schedule will only be accepted one month in advance, as follows.

Enrollment Periods:

  • SEPTEMBER 28 – OCTOBER 30 CLASSES: registration begins September 1st
  • NOVEMBER 2 – 20 CLASSES: registration begins October 1st
  • NOVEMBER 30 – DECEMBER 11 CLASSES: registration begins November 1st

Applications sent prior to the acceptance dates will be discarded with no notice sent to the applicant.

Due to COVID-19 guests are NOT allowed on campus.



March 11, 2020

Dear Calhoon Alumni Association Members, Family, Friends and Associates:

It is with great concern over the current health crisis regarding the Covid-19 virus outbreak that has caused me to pause the planning of the 2020 Alumni Association Reunion for a moment and to re-evaluate the path going forward.

What comes to mind are the SOLAS principles of Safety of Life at Sea that we as Merchant Mariners abide by to protect lives and assets when dealing with Merchant and Military vessels afloat. I now find myself looking at our upcoming gathering in a very similar way. While many members and their families live close or within reasonable driving distance to the school, there are large numbers of Alumni that would be travelling from the Pacific N.W., California, the Gulf Coast and the Northern & Southern East Coast. For many it will involve travelling through airports and long plane rides increasing the possibility of exposure to the virus both coming to and going home from the event.

Unfortunately, the only viable option I can pursue in order to try and protect everyone that would be in attendance is to cancel the event.

I realize that this is quite disappointing news but find it to be the best and safest course to pursue. I intend to revisit the planning concept again in mid-January 2021 pending the virus status at that time and will advise you all if I plan to kick start the process again for next year. Perhaps the change to an odd numbered year might be luckier for us!

Until then I wish all of you and your families GOOD HEALTH going forward. Please feel free to forward any questions, comments, concerns, or suggestions to me at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thank you!

Rich Helinski – Gr.95/56A

PS: Please take this opportunity to reconfirm or update your current e-mail contact information by completing and submitting the CAA Contact Info Update Form.  This will enable future announcements and updates to be sent directly to your inbox!

CAA Contact Info Update Form



Radar recertification will be offered during the following weeks*, by appointment:

  • Jan 21 - Jan 25
  • Jan 28 - Feb 1
  • Feb 11 - Feb 15
  • Feb 25 - Mar 1
  • Mar 4 - Mar 8
  • Aug 19 - Aug 23
  • Oct 7 - Oct 11
  • Dec 9 - Dec 13

* determined by deck courses scheduled to run in these weeks, guaranteeing the presence of a deck instructor on campus



The USCG has issued revisions to NVIC 10-14 Guidelines on Qualification for STCW Endorsements as Master or Chief Mate on Vessels of 3,000 GT or More (Management Level) and NVIC 17-14 Guidelines on Qualification for STCW Endorsement as Officer in Charge of an Engineering Watch in a Manned Engineroom or Designated Duty Engineer in a Periodically Unmanned Engineroom on Vessels Powered by Main Propulsion Machinery of 750 KW/1,000 HP Propulsion Power or More (Operational Level). Changes have been highlighted in the documents linked below.

NVIC 10-14, CH1

NVIC 17-14, CH1



  • The BST Refresher course is required for mariners renewing their license that do not have 1 year of sea time in the last 5 years.
  • Mariners that do have the required sea time should take the BST Revalidation course.



CMES now has a mobile app, which provides easy access to:

  • information on our curriculum
  • our class schedules and registration for on campus and online classes
  • additional information about our programs and our facility

The app is available for Android and iOS - download to receive notifications on our latest news and announcements.

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