Tides and Currents
If you’re like me, you thought it was weird that the Kennedy had an exact time that they would be leaving Buzzard’s Bay. 0748 is a very precise time. It was confusing to me. Why they had picked 0748 rather than 0749 or 0747? I decided to find out.
0748 was when the slack tide was. Slack tide is when the tide is at maximum high tide and movement is minimal. The Kennedy sits on the ocean floor right at Taylor’s Point because the depth is only 22 feet there. Without slack tide, we wouldn’t be able to move.
When ships travel with the current, they tend to go faster. When they go against the current, they travel at a slower rate. The Gulf Stream is a current that runs up past Florida towards Buzzards Bay. Until we reach Florida, we will be traveling against the Gulf Stream which means we cruise at a slower speed due to the force of the current. The ship needs to travel at a faster speed to make it through the current efficiently.
Food Waste Dispersion
Today all 6 of our Marine Science, Safety, & Environmental Protection cadets disposed all of the food waste that was produced from the last five days. The food waste is strictly food from the Mess Deck. If you didn’t finish your hamburger for dinner, it qualifies as food waste. No plastic, Styrofoam or anything other than food is allowed to be thrown overboard.
There are strict regulations that need to be followed. The ship must be at least four nautical miles offshore and must be traveling at least four knots so the food can disperse. If you choose to dispose of your waste in a special area, there are additional steps to be taken. Special areas like our Port in Colombia require all food waste to be grinded down into 22 mm pieces before they can be disposed. When the MSEP cadets disposed of the food waste today, we were not in a specialized area meaning that we were able to just dispose it.
When you get sick aboard the Kennedy, it isn’t as easy as just calling your doctor and making an appointment. You would report to what is called, Sick Bay. It is Health Services but on the ship. We have Dr. Cukor who is the physician on board, Judy and Kirk who are nurse practitioners, and four 1/C medical rates. Although we are on a ship, the staff of Sick Bay can do almost anything within reason. The hours are pretty flexible because their office is usually always open. But what happens if you need help when they’re closed? For small injuries like cuts or scratches, and minor illnesses like headaches, there is a first aid box outside of their offices. This is fully stocked with pain relief medicine, Band-Aids and other medical equipment. For injuries and illnesses a little more serious, the medical rates are always around or you can find one of the Sick Bay employees by simply having the Quarterdeck call them. Medical rates are also responsible for ensuring that the hand sanitizers located all around the ship, are always full. When cadets are sick with colds or illnesses that can spread easily, they are placed in Quarantine within Sick Bay until it passes.
With the limited amount of storage we have on the Kennedy, cadets have to have some place to do laundry. Right next to the gym, there is a laundry room with brand new washers and dryers. Rather than having cadets carry around quarters for all of Sea Term, laundry and detergent is free. Tide Pods are used for laundry detergent because they are non-toxic to the Marine Sanitation Device and cadets tend to use too much liquid laundry detergent. Laundry is also open 24/7 but Wednesdays are reserved for
1/C cadets as a senior privilege. To keep track of whose laundry belongs to who, there is a cadet stationed down there on watch. This cadet is tasked with making sure only Tide Pods are used, no fires start, and reminding people to empty the pockets of boiler suits so no wrenches or tools get washed. To use the laundry room, cadets sign in on a sheet of paper and write down what washer they use. The same goes for dryers. Free laundry is something that everyone benefits from.
Regiment While At Sea
Since we have been underway for some time now, the regiment has started to be enforced more. Nightly hold inspections have started and cadets are now wearing their classroom black uniforms for dinner. Inspections are held at 1900 every night and are performed by 1/C Division Leaders, the Cadet Chief Engineer, Cadet Chief Mate, and Cruise Commander. They are checking the cleanliness of the hold, inspecting racks, and checking for contraband. When they check the cleanliness of the hold, they make
sure the trash is taken out, the showers and sinks are clean, and there are no loose objects laying around. Each rack must be made using two flat white sheets, a white pillow and a blue blanket with the MMA logo on it. The racks have to look neat and tight meaning the excess sheets must be tucked underneath. The most common contraband found aboard the Kennedy are surge protectors. They are not authorized because they can overload the circuit and blow up the system. During alongside week, cadets were allowed to eat dinner in the Mess Deck while still in boiler suits. Once we got underway, this changed to make dinner a little more formal. Cadets are required to wear their classroom black uniform to dinner or they are not allowed in the Mess Deck.
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