2/C Deck & Engine Fall Training

TO:              2/C Deck and Engine Students

FROM:        CDR Marie Huhnke, Director, Mariner Credentialing

Email:  mhuhnke@maritime.edu; telephone:  (508) 830 - 5071; make a virtual appointmen thru Google Calendar/Google Meet

SUBJECT:  Junior STCW Training and Credentialing for Fall 2020

 Welcome to your junior year!

Cadet Credentialing 

1. Mandatory Virtual Meeting: There will be a mandatory virtual meeting for all 3/C and 2/C deck and engine students on TBD. Attend ONE meeting on the date that works best for your schedule. We will go over all of the particulars of the training and credentialing requirements. 

2. STCW Audits:   Mandatory for all deck and engine sophomores and juniors. Make an online virtual appointment thru Google Calendar/Google Meet with LT Ed Vacha or LT Andrew Perron. Sophomores should sign up in the fall 2020 semester, and juniors should sign up in the spring 2021 semester.  We will review your progress towards licensing, answer questions about training and applications, and give you a running tally on your sea time when you have your appointment. 

3. Medical Certificate: The medical certificate that you received as a freshman should almost be out of date. You will need a new one, and companies require a recent physical, before commercial shipping. Apply for a new Medical Certificate (CG-719K form) by having a physical in Health Services, and emailing us at marinercredentialing@maritime.edu to let us know that you are applying for a Medical Certificate Renewal for commercial shipping. 

4. USCG Physical Exams: – You must have a current CG-719K Physical Exam on file to commercial ship; to be valid, the physical exam must be dated after February 2020. ALSO, you must have a valid USCG Medical Certificate (issued when you received your MMC). The “STCW expiration” date is two years after the date of issue. If you do not have a current exam on file, then you can make an appointment with our Health Services department dates TBD  or you can make an appointment with your own doctor. Your physical exam must be completed on the NEW CG-719K Physical form located on our website or from Health Services. 

5. Mandatory Virtual Commercial Ship Meeting: There will be a mandatory virtual meeting for all juniors. The meeting dates TBD with CAPT Dooley to discuss the commercial shipping procedure and complete an application for commercial shipping. 

6. Cadet MMCs (Merchant Mariner Credential): At this point in time, you should have your MMC; however, if you did not apply or complete the VPDSD training that is required to obtain your MMC, you must APPLY NOW. Attend the 4/C MMC virtual meeting TBD with LT White.  Your complete MMC application packet is DUE at the meeting so that we can get your MMC in time for commercial shipping. You must have the Cadet Deck/Engine endorsement on your MMC; if your MMC was obtained prior to attending MMA or is a Lower Level License, you must apply for the Cadet Deck/Engine using the same process as your LLL. This is a licensing requirement to receive credit. NO exceptions. The CG-719B Merchant Mariner Credential application form, payment information and required documents are located on our website. 


7. Lifeboatman Certification (also known as LB-0201 and LB-0202): You must register in Self Service for LB-0201 Lifeboatman Qualifications and for LB-0202 Lifeboatman Exam. Schedule a time slot with CAPT Mayhofer to complete all three quals (Steer by Magnetic Compass, Lifeboat Under Oars, and Lifeboat Launch & Recovery). He will give you details about the exam later in the semester. 

8. VPDSD Training (Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties): This is training that should have been completed in first semester of your freshman year. If you completed this training, you are on track. If you have not, this 10 hour/2 day course is a requirement for receiving your MMC and for commercial shipping. You can register for one of the following set of dates in Self Service (search for STCW-VPDSD) and the course will taught virtually through Blackboard:
Fri.,/Sat., November 6/7
Fri.,/Sat., November 13/14
Fri.,/Sat., December 4/5

You must attend both dates of the weekend registered for.


9. Updated Website: Please read and familiarize yourself with our updated Mariner Credentialing website. There are USCG forms to use for licensing, instructions to assist you with completing them, as well as all of your STCW training requirements to be completed each semester. Start at https://www.maritime.edu/academics and then navigate to Mariner Credentialing in the fourth column to the right of the page. In particular, note “Junior Training”. 

10. Voicemail and email: My office may attempt to reach you by phone/voicemail when we need a quick response. Make sure that your voicemail message sounds professional – state your name clearly in the message, check messages daily, and delete old messages so that your mailbox does not get full. MMA cadets are also required to check their official email account daily and respond. If I do not receive a message that an email is undeliverable, I am assuming that you have read and understood the message. 

There are several sources of media available for you to know what is happening but you have to pay attention to them. Read your MMA email, read the Plan of the Week (POW), and look at the television monitors located in various buildings. 

Your cooperation and engagement are essential to the smooth execution of this process. If you have any questions, please make an online virtual appointment thru Google Meet, call me @ 508-830-5071, or email mhuhnke@maritime.edu. 

I look forward to a productive semester!