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Sun in Colombia
At 0700 this morning, we had our sailing muster to start making our way to Barbados. Looking at everyone’s faces, it is safe to say that the sun got the best of everyone. Every cadet that I saw had either a sunburn or a tan.
At our pre-port briefing on Thursday night, Dr. Cukor had warned all of us about this. We were constantly reminded to wear sunscreen and drink lots of water. Most cadets did put on sunscreen but forgot to re-apply later in the day. To remind cadets to wear sunscreen and drink water, there was a station set up at the bottom of the gangway. There were at least four cadets stationed there for watch with sunscreen, water, and hand sanitizer.
It sounds like the cadets should keep a copy of this chart with them while in port. The UV Index was 9 while the TS Kennedy was in Colombia.
In less than a minute,learn about what the UV Index is all about.
Another large problem that cadets forgot about, were mosquitoes. For the past few days everyone was being attacked by mosquitoes but no one remembered to put on bug spray. This is going to cause people to be a little uncomfortable but I bet when we get to Barbados, everyone will remember sunscreen and water.
Mosquitoes sure can be annoying! The cadets certainly found that out!
But even annoying mosquitoes can be fascinating! Check out this video!
Cadets were given the official word that we are no longer traveling to Jamaica but we will be heading to St. Thomas after Barbados! Everyone was happy about this decision because it is one of the favorite ports that the Kennedy has been to. I’m looking forward to going to a new place and seeing why the cadets love it there!
Catching Up with Mate Andrew Perron
If you walk into the Sea Lab at Massachusetts Maritime Academy chances are you’ll see Mate Andrew Perron helping out some 4/C Cadets. Originally from Fairhaven, Massachusetts, he has shipped out for twenty years. The amount of experience he has gained during that time solidified the fact that he wanted to teach others how to be successful in the shipping industry.
Mate Perron has been on both container ships and car carriers but prefers the latter because he can run the decks. “When you’re on a car carrier, the decks are huge. They’re like 800 feet wide, so if you run around the deck six times, it’s a mile.”
I asked him why he wanted to help teach others and he responded by saying “I want to help others develop good habits right away and keep them safe.”
If anyone knows about the dangers of being on a ship, its him. Mate Perron talked about the time when his ship sailed through a tropical cyclone. “It was probably a category 3 storm and we sailed right through the eye of the storm. We were lucky though. We didn’t lose power. If we had, we would have lost the engine and been susceptible to the swells. We were rocking a ton though. The waves were like 20-30 feet high.”
How would you have reacted if you were on the ship with Mate Perron during the tropical cyclone?
Would you like to learn how a tropical cyclone forms? Watch this video!
Andrew has two children, a ten year-old son named Ryland and a seven year-old daughter named Hadley. Hadley’s second grade class is following along at Center School in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts. They’re excited to watch Hadkey's dad’s journey to four different ports. Mate Perron sends a huge thank you to all of the students in Ms. Custadio and her second grade class.
Mate Perron wanted to send a message to his kids, “I love you, I miss you, and I’m proud of you.”
Today On The TS Kennedy
1/C Greenspan spent time working on a SCBA with his professor.
A SCBA is a Self Contained Breathing Apparatus
Want to learn how they protect firefighters at sea ? Click on this link to find out!
2/C Kristy Gillis (Stoughton, MA) and her fellow cadets majoring in Marine Safety & Environmental Protection (MSEP) climb up the ladder to the Helo Deck. The small group of MSEP cadets will depart the TS Kennedy in Barbados this weekend. The cadets have been learning about safety regulations aboard ships. This week, Professor Jennifer Stone is aboard the TS Kennedy to work with the cadets during their final week. Professor Stone is a graduate of MMA. Someday, you may run into these cadets working as safety officers on a cruise ships around the globe.
You've heard adults say, "Clean your plate!" Well, here on the TS Kennedy, cadets don't always do that. The result? Food that needs to be ground up so that it can be disposed of at sea.
Disposing of food waste! It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it!
Two 1/C cadets show a 4/C cadet the fine art of food waste disposal with smiles on their faces.
3rd Mate Arthur Levine, 3/C Allison Crowley (Leicester, MA) and 1/C Donovan Hayes (Miami, FL) worked on a lifeboat.
Cadets stood on the fantail waiting to work the lines. The "fantail" is the furthest aft part of the main deck of a ship. On a Navy ship, it is often a place where sailors gather. The same is true on the TS Kennedy. You often hear cadets say, "Meet me on the fantail!"
If your school was a ship, where would the fantail be located?
There's always something to fix aboard the TS Kennedy! Two cadets on the ground watched as an engineer repaired a spotlight.
As you know, safety is the TS Kennedy's top priority. Today, a mate conducted a lifeboat training.
Try a lifeboat-related activity created just for Massachusetts Maritime Academy
First click on: Curriculum Then click on: Science
Power Point: Thirty-Six Pieces Of SOLAS Required Equipment On An Enclosed Lifeboat
Hands-on Activity: Lifeboat STEM Challenge
First click on: Curriculum Then click on: Mathematics
Problem Solving: Lifeboat Mathematics
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