Good morning, Followers -
The TS Kennedy has used a lot of fuel during Sea Term 2019. When we reach New York Harbor, tomorrow, we’ll be “filling up” before heading home to Buzzards Bay. In the shipping industry, the process of taking on fuel is called bunkering.
If you’re used to accompanying your parents or grandparents when they visit the gas station, you know that filling up the car’s tank with gasoline is usually a quick trip. In and out in just a few minutes! That will not be the case for us. I anticipate that the entire bunkering process will take approximately eight hours. A fuel barge will come alongside the ship and transfer the fuel in large hoses. The lower the air temperature, the longer the bunkering process will take longer.
When the TS Kennedy arrives in New York, she will have about 1,700 bbls of IFO 180 stored in her tanks. As you will remember from one of my previous logs, IFO 180 is the type of fuel that she uses. The abbreviation for barrels is “bbl”. If you’re wondering why this abbreviation is “bbl” and not “bl”, you’re not alone. There are a lot of theories. One of the cadets shared this article with me earlier in the week.
We plan to take on 8,500 bbls of fuel. The TS Kennedy can carry about 10,300 bbls. The average distance that the ship can travel when our tanks are full is about 9,300 nautical miles. The ship burns about 1.1. bbls per nautical mile while underway.
Bunkering tomorrow will be a tremendous learning experience for the cadets. We will have them involved in every step of the process.
If you have any specific questions about the bunkering, you are welcome to send them today to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a great day!
Captain Michael J. Campbell