WHAT'S NEW AT CMES?
Due to membership needs, CMES has added three QA classes to the 2017 schedule:
Please note: This is a three-day course. Class starts on Monday morning and ends on Wednesday.
This 3-day course is designed to satisfy the QA training needs such that seafarers can become qualified to meet STCW Code and US Law pertaining to onboard or simulator-based assessments of proficiencies. Topics covered will include: IMO’s impact on training, development of an assessment, competence-based assessments, on board assessments, performance objectives, performance measures and standards, the assessment process, and creating a performance improvement plan. Upon successful completion of this course, the student is expected to be able to perform on board assessments of US Merchant Marine Officers at the STCW Management and Operational levels and unlicensed ratings according to USCG Control Sheets and/or Assessment Documentation.
Course Capacity: 24 students
Special Requirements: None
Due to the regulatory training required for BST Refresher and BST Revalidation courses, CMES is requesting every MEBA member submit to the school the expiration date for their Merchant Mariners’ Document. If your STCW Endorsement expiration is different, please include that information as well.
This information will allow us to better determine how many BST Refresher and/or BST Revalidation courses need to be added to the schedule by seeing how many members need to renew their credentials in a given year.
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.
Members and Applicants are reminded that we are fast approaching the deadline for the STCW 2010 Manila Amendments that fully come 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.
CMES has received approval from the USCG National Maritime Center to deliver an online course that satisfies the STCW Management-level training requirements for both Engine-room Resource Management (ERM) and Leadership and Management (L&M).
The two-week Maritime Resource Management On-line (OMRM) course schedule for 2017 is available on the 2017 Schedule of Online Courses.
Registration for 2017 classes wil be available on November 1.
The school recommends that members interested in taking MRM visit http://support.cutwater.org/curriculum/maritime-resource-management for more course information.
CMES now has a mobile app, which provides easy access to:
The app is available for Android and iOS - download to receive notifications on our latest news and announcements.
CMES currently offers two options for taking the Radar or Visual Comms tests:
On March 24, 2015, the National Maritime Center released a notice concerning STCW gap-closing requirements. We have made it available for download here:
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.
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.
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
Do you have questions about the requirements concerning the new STCW courses? Read our FAQ for more information.
CMES is currently running Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (VPDSD) as an evening course.
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.