PHOTOS OF THE DAY
We put a new twist on the photo of the day. Today's photo was not taken on the TS Kennedy. It wasn't even taken near the ship. It was taken half way around the world.
"We're watching you!"
That was the message Tuesday from cadets in Singapore to their friends and classmates aboard the TS Kennedy. During their visit to APL's Global Ship Tracking Facility, the IMB cadets were able to observe the real-time location of Massachusetts Maritime Academy's TS Kennedy as she rounded the coast of Columbia, bound for Barbados.
These 1/C cadets majoring in Marine Engineering welcome the opportunity to learn in the new Electrical Training Lab.
An Expanded Electric Training Lab
Cadets aboard the TS Kennedy often reflect back to their first lesson in electricity. They recall the excitement of building series and parallel circuits in elementary school. That's where it began!
That same excitement is being felt by 1/C Marine Engineers who are the first to learn in the ship's newly expanded Electrical Training Lab.
The expanded lab adds two new lab exercises and two new motor control stations. The original lab consisted of four single phase motor control center (MCC) stations and four variable frequency drive (VFD) and programmable logic control (PLC) stations. A fifth MCC, VFD and PLC system was added. Those stations teach senior Marine Engineers how to correctly wire and operate single and three phase electric motors. Additionally, they learn how to program a PLC motor controller and VFD, both electronic control systems used throughout industry. Not only do these systems allow for precise computer control of machinery, they also provide energy efficient solutions for equipment.
The two new labs include a ground fault detection system and a phase rotation system. In a home, an electrical ground is detected by a circuit breaker or ground fault receptacle like those found in bathrooms and kitchens. A shipboard Electrical system is different from a residential system and utilizes a ground fault detection system to identify faults. This lab teaches the concept and operation of the ground fault system.
The phase rotation lab provides students the ability to understand how a three phase Electrical system creates a rotating magnetic field in a motor, and how they can use that to cause a motor to run in both the forward and reverse directions. The lab includes the ability to wire and trouble shoot a three phase motor and use phase rotation meters to establish correct operating parameters.
All of the labs also allow students to demonstrate STCW based learning objectives as required by the USCG. The labs were designed and built by CDR's William Haynes, Carlos Montanez, and Alan Gillis, all Engineering Department faculty. Funding for the labs was provided by MMA, The MMA Chief Engineer's Foundation, and the Facilities and Marine Engineering Foundation.
Young Poets In Belchertown, Massachusetts
There are some pretty talented writers in Teresa Adam's second grade class at Swift River Elementary School in Belchertown, Massachusetts. After reading the poem Captain Connipition by Jack Prelutsky, they accepted our challenge to write a couplet about Captain Campbell. They joined all of their couplets together to form a poem. The poem was emailed to Captain Campbell yesterday and we are told that it brought a smile to his face i the middle of a hectic day.
Here is a link to the activity that Team Adams used. It is part of our Follow The Voyage - Share The Experience curriculum.
This is the rough draft of the poem. Like all great poets, you can see that the second graders spent time editing and revising their work.
Here is the completed poem. What a masterpiece!
The captain is off, sailing at sea
He’s mad he can’t watch any TV
On liberty, he hopes cadets behave
And don’t get in trouble attending a rave
The crew and captain are there to teach
But we’re sure they could use a day at the beach
The TS Kennedy has lots of supplies
We wonder if they have blueberry pies
Little Buc seems to be having fun
We hope he doesn’t get burned by the sun
Captain Campbell enjoys uninterrupted sleep
When cadets on watch, don’t make a peep
Rough seas make cadets fall out of their racks
Hopefully none of them break their backs
When the captain is at sea
He hopes the cadets will leave him be
The TS Kennedy, the sea will roam,
Until they finally come back home,
Voyage Data Recorder
Several participants have asked if the TS Kennedy is equipped with a black box.
The photo below shows the TS Kennedy's Voyage Data Recorder (VDR). All passenger ships are required to carry a VDR. Like a black box on an airplanes, a VDR allows investigators to review the procedures and instructions given prior to an accident. Using this information, investigators may be able to determine the cause of the accident.
The TS Kennedy's VDR maintains data for a minimum of twelve hours. Information from the ship's GPS, its gryro compass, and its speed log are all recorded. The VDR saves radar images, as well as VHF and Bridge audio.
The orange capsule is attached to 50 meters of cable and will give off a single for a minimum of ninety days.
This small, light capsule is secured to the deck above the Bridge. It measures 19.7 inches wide, 10.2 inches high. and 11.8 inches deep. The weight is fifty-five pounds.
We hope that this critical piece of safety equipment will never be used.
Around The TS Kennedy
Large cans in the kitchen are held down with straps to prevent rolling.
I'm wondering if the MMA Cadets and Faculty traveling, working and studying around the world will have an opportunity to watch the Super Bowl on Sunday?