The Kennedy Has Left The Pier!
At 0748 this morning with the pilot onboard, the Kennedy departed from Taylor’s Point. Goodbyes had been said and families waved as we slowly backed our way into the canal. While we were preparing to leave, I was up on the bridge.
I saw the pilot and Captain Campbell make their way up to the bridge and explain their expectations for departure.
Once we had started moving, all 4/C and 3/C, started to ‘man the rails’. This is when they stand against the rails all over the ship where they can see families and friends that came to see the Kennedy leave. People were able to spot their loved ones from all over the ship. Being on the bridge I was able to spot my family from my Mom’s blue scarf. Everyone was excited that the day we were leaving was finally here and there was an overall feeling of happiness radiating off of cadets.
Aside from visiting four amazing ports and doing things like watch or maintenance, cadets also have assessments. The standards for 1/C, 3/C and 4/C are all different but they are graded by the same professors on board.
Some of the 1/C assessments are different for seniors based on major. Marine Transportation majors have assessments focused on celestial navigation. Marine Engine majors are required to start up the engine room by themselves.
3/C assessments include things like walking through the systems of the Marine Sanitary Device (MSD) and the Oily-Water-Separator.
1/C cadets are expected to know the material so they are only allowed to complete these assessments by themselves, but 3/C are able to go in groups.
When assessments are completed, they are awarded letter grades which count to the overall grade of the cadet’s Sea Term.
When talking to 2/C Hillary Temple who was on her sophomore sea term, she told me that out of the 16 assessments she had to do, the first 5 would be done when she had her training. There is a time limit for certain assessments to ensure cadets will complete them. 3/C cadets must have 6 assessments completed before we arrive in Colombia. I can assure you, the studying has already begun.
TAMMA Cadet Interviews
Along with Massachusetts Maritime Academy cadets aboard the T.S. Kennedy, we also have cadets joining us from Texas A&M Maritime Academy or TAMMA! I had the privilege to talk to three female marine transportation cadets and learn a little more about them.
The first cadet I talked to was Roxanne Mason. She lives in Houston, Texas and attended Rummel Creek Elementary School, Memorial Middle School, and Stratford High School. She told me that she decided to attend TAMMA because she had always dreamed of working on ships as a career. The leadership skills and warm temperature that were offered at TAMMA were what sealed the deal. Joining MMA on our Sea Term is Roxanne’s first visit to Massachusetts and she’s excited for the opportunity to gain more experience working on a ship. Out of all four ports, Colombia is the one port she cannot wait to get to. Roxanne explained to me that one of her friends had moved to Colombia to do humanitarian work and she wants to see this for herself. I’m sure Roxanne will be a great addition to Sea Term 2018!
The next TAMMA cadet I talked to was Stephanie Roby from Tuxpan, Mexico. Even though she is from Mexico, she attended Bay Haven Elementary-Middle School and Mosley High School in Florida. She decided to join the Marine Transportation major at Texas A&M Maritime Academy because most of her family is in the industry and Texas was closets to her home. Just like Roxanne, this is Stephanie’s first trip to Massachusetts. She is most excited to learn about bridge watch because you don’t really
get enough exposure with this in classes. Stephanie mentioned how excited she was about joining us on our Sea Term because the ports are all very different from other cruise options. Living in Mexico, Barbados or Jamaica are the two ports she thinks will be her favorite just because of their history and similarities to Mexico. She said that she has felt a little lost sometimes but that MMA cadets were there to guide her. So far Stephanie seems to be enjoying herself and I can tell she fits right in with the other cadets on board.
Lastly, I spoke to Erika Guzman also from Houston, Texas. She used to be in the Marine Administration major at TAMMA but then switched to Marine Transportation because of her interests. She was eager to join MMA on our Sea Term because she felt that it was a great learning opportunity as well as a chance to make connections and friends here in MA. Erika is most excited to expand the knowledge of everything she has already learned and to try and apply it to a real working ship. The Kennedy is much larger than the TAMMA training ship. She mentioned that being on a larger ship might be more confusing but she is enjoying it so far. She has some family in Colombia that she has never met before so she is looking forward to that port the most.
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