Photo Of The Day: Blue sky, sunshine and warm weather! Marine Transportation Staff Assistant, Kirk DeCicco stands with three Marine Transportation majors; 4/C Erika Guzman (TAMMA), 2/C Sarah Cummings (Beverly, MA), 3/C Beatriz Martins (Milford, CT).
“Arts & Crafts Maritime Edition”
Today I spent the day outside in the beautiful Florida sun doing lots and lots of painting. I was partnered up with 3/C Beatriz Martins (Milford, CT) and 4/C Erika Guzman (TAMMA). We were responsible for painting the gravity davits on the lifeboats. These are the arms that lower the lifeboats into the water so they can become rusted over time. We only had to paint three gravity davits but we used about two gallons of paint.
This got me thinking about how much paint it would take to cover the exterior of the Kennedy. I went to 2-hold and walked into the paint locker where all the paint is stored. I found out that when the entire ship is painted, it costs a lot of money. To save in any way they can, the school purchases paint in five gallon buckets that include the primer and finishing coat. One 5-gallon bucket costs $320. I counted all of the paint cans that were in 2-hold designated for outside painting and found 337 of them. 337 5-gallon buckets means that in order to paint the hull of the ship, we need 1,683 gallons of paint. At $320 for a 5-gallon bucket, the school pays $107,840 to paint the exterior of the ship. Painting the Kennedy is an expensive job but a necessary one.
The boilers on the ship are responsible for creating steam which is important because the Kennedy is a steam-powered ship. Today the 3/C Marine Engineering cadets performed boiler-water testing. This is when they take water from both the port and starboard boilers and test the chemicals in it. They are testing the chlorine and phosphate within the water to ensure that they are at the proper levels. All of the levels were correct except for the port side boiler’s phosphate level. They received a reading of 4 parts per million or PPM, when it should have been closer to 29 PPM. To fix this they added eight more ounces of phosphate that had been diluted with water. They added the phosphate mixture to the main feed pump because this is where the water enters the boiler. After twenty minutes they closed the valve that allowed them to add the mixture and then the levels returned to normal. Improper levels in these boilers can cause corrosion to the boiler itself and this is a hazard to everyone.
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Article: Marine Engineering: Boiler Water Testing
This slide presentation is especially for our high school followers!
There are four main jobs that each division is responsible for. One division is assigned to training which involves all of the classes and labs. Another is responsible for utility which allows cadets to complete their assessments and assist COMCAD with small watch obligations. The third division is assigned to maintenance where they assist either the Chief Mate or Chief Engineer with whatever needs to be done around the ship. Lastly, a division can be assigned watch. Each division will complete all 4 of these jobs by the end of Sea Term. Tomorrow will be the first division change over. This means that each division will rotate jobs. My division has been on training for the past three days so we will be switching to Utility. Division turnovers allow cadets to have the same amount of time in each job.
Mess Deck After Hours
Once the work day has ended at 1600, cadets are free to enjoy themselves. Some like to go outside and relax on the fantail while others try to catch up on sleep. After dinner, the Mess Deck turns into a hangout area. There are board games available to everyone but some choose to bring their own. There is always a sports game on the TV with 10-fifteen guys huddled around it. 2/C Kirsty Gillis (Stoughton, MA) told me that she grew up with a loud family, so the mess deck feels like home with the loud noises. There is a place for everyone to go on the ship but for most, it’s the Mess Deck.
Here's What Happened On The TS Kennedy Today:
These cadets worked in the engine room. Are interested in a career in Marine Engineering?
There's no better job on a beautiful warm day! This cadet was out on deck, repairing the span wire on a lifeboat.
Today, all of the Hold Captains got together with Captain Rozak and Captain Stevenson, Getting together to set goals and discuss issues will keep things running smoothly below deck.
1/C Thays De Garcia (Panama) worked on a sighting with her sextant.
3/C Beatriz Martins itied an eye splice and back splice to hold the bench to the railing
Would you like to know how to use a back splice? Check out this video! Then give it a try.
Ready for a challenge? Learn to tie a three-strand eye splice!
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Tell 1-C Sam the Jeep Guy Hello from his "FAM" in Florida !