2/C Engine & Deck Fall Training

TO:              2/C Engine & Deck Students
FROM:        CDR Huhnke, Director, Mariner Credentialing
SUBJECT:  Junior STCW Training and Credentialing Fall 2019 

Welcome to your junior year! The goal this year is Commercial Shipping in Winter 2020, or later in Summer 2020.  Here are hints and reminders to help you plan your third year.

Cadet Credentialing

1.  Mandatory Meeting: There will be a mandatory meeting for all 3/C and 2/C deck and engine students on September 12, 2019 at 0700 in Admiral’s Hall.  We will go over the particulars of the training and credentialing requirements listed in this memo.

2.  STCW Audits are mandatory for all deck and engine sophomores and juniors:  Sign up online for your appointment with CDR Huhnke, LT Vacha, or LT Perron.  Sophomores should sign up in the fall 2019 semester, and juniors should sign up in the spring 2020 semester.  Or email us:  marinercredentialing@maritime.edu. 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  Medical Certificate: The medical certificate that you received as a freshman should almost be out of date.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 med cert by having a physical in Health Services, and emailing us at marinercredentialing@maritime.edu to let us know that you are applying for a new med cert 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 2019.  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 will be posted) or you can make an appointment with your own doctor.  Your physical exam must be completed on the NEW CG-719K form located on our website.

5. Mandatory Commercial Ship Meeting:  There will be a second mandatory meeting for all juniors.  The meeting will be on September 10 at 1600 in Admiral’s Hall with CAPT Dooley to discuss the commercial shipping procedure and complete an application for commercial shipping for Winter 2020.

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 MMC Meeting on 17 September @ 0700 in Admiral’s Hall.  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, than 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 found on our website.   At this point, you should have your Cadet MMC.  If for some reason you don’t, a Merchant Mariner’s Credential Meeting will be Tuesday, 26 March @ 1600 or Thursday, 28 March @ 0700 in Admiral’s Hall.  If you anticipate shipping before graduation, apply for your Cadet MMC, attend the MMC Meeting with your complete MMC application packet.


7. 2/C Firefighting Practicum (FF-0106):  As a junior, you should now be completed with freshman and sophomore firefighting, and looking forward to the more advanced FF-0106 held only in the spring semester.  Registration and dates will be announced in the spring training memo.

8. Firefighting Makeup Test: If you failed your 3C, because you failed the test for the Practicum, than please email Lisa Cervantes @ lcervantes@maritime.edu or schedule an appointment by going to our website, scroll to the middle of the page, click on Make Appointment with Ms. Cervantes.

9. Lifeboatman Certification (also known as LB-0201 and LB-0202): You must register in WebAdvisor 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.

10. 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 course is a requirement for receiving your MMC and for commercial shipping.  You can register for either of two dates, October 4/5 or 25/26Register in Self Service for your preferred dates (search for STCW-VPDSD).  The course starts on Friday at 1800 and continues on Saturday 0800 (you must attend Friday AND the Saturday hours and complete the exam in order to be certified).


11. 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”.

12.  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 see me in Harrington Bldg., 2nd Deck, or call me @ 508-830-5071, or email mhuhnke@maritime.edu.  You may also schedule an appointment with me by going to our website, scroll to the middle of the page, and click on Make Appointment with CDR Huhnke.

I look forward to a productive semester!

For a PDF version, 2/C Engine & Deck Fall Training

For a PDF version of Mariner Credentialing Calendar Fall 2019