WHAT'S NEW AT CMES?
On March 24, 2015, the National Maritime Center released a notice concerning STCW gap-closing requirements. We have made it available for download here:
At their February meeting, the Trustees changed the Training Plan eligibility rules as noted below.
Subject to the eligibility rules set forth in the Plan Rules and Regulations, an officer may be entitled, regardless of the training-week restrictions, to attend STCW training courses through December 31, 2015, provided:
Courses fitting the highest priority include:
Other STCW courses include:
This provisional eligibility-waiver extends to reimbursement for the tuition-costs for such courses offered by other maritime training organizations that are recognized by the USCG. Applications that have been approved for the 1st Semester of 2015 are not impacted by this change. However, each member-application for STCW-related training that is in a standby status owing to deficient training-weeks by his/her sponsoring company will be re-assessed and, if possible, the applicant will be registered into existing/scheduled STCW related classes or supplementary offerings.
For the 2nd Semester of 2015, each eligible member seeking enrollment in the STCW-related courses listed above will be asked to provide a photocopy of his/her US credential/license and STCW endorsements such that CMES can assign training priority according to expiration date. This assessment/prioritization will occur between 1 and 31 May 2015; which is the primary enrollment period for the 2nd Semester. Following 1 June, applications will be processed according to the date of receipt.
LEADERSHIP & MANAGEMENT:
requirement is covered by Ship’s Management & Safety Management
If you have successfully passed CMES' Ship’s Management & Safety Management course, you do not need take the Leadership & Management class. USCG approval information may be found here.
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, you do not need to take the new MEECE Refresher 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, you do not need to take the Engineroom Resource Management OR Leadership & Management classes. USCG approval information may be found here.
The MEBA Merchant Marine Memorial Foundation has changed its mailing address. Please address all future correspondence, donations, and order forms to:
27050 St. Michaels Rd.
Easton, MD 21601
As a reminder to our students, there is a charge for meals for spouses, guests, and children. Please inquire at the Administration Office for current pricing.
Do you have questions about the requirements concerning the new STCW courses? Read our FAQ for more information.
The 2015 course schedule has been released.
PLEASE NOTE THAT ENROLLMENT OCCURS IN TWO PHASES:
Applications for Spring Semester or Fall Semester courses that are received by mail, fax, or email prior to the beginning registration date for the applicable semester will be disregarded with no notification to the applicant.
CMES is currently running Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (VPDSD) as an evening course. The class is scheduled to run in selected weeks in 2015. (An up-to-date list of start dates is available on the VPDSD electronic registation form - more dates will be added based on continuing need for the class.)
Students interested in taking the VPDSD class, please submit your registration:
Electronic registration is preferred - however, you may submit a paper course application.
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.