PHOTO OF THE DAY
4/C Ethan Hoenig (Baltimore, MD) and his fellow 4/C classmate "play it cool" in the Engine Room in spite of the temperature which exceeded 100 degrees F.
Engine Watch- Day
After I left the engine room this morning, I was literally standing in a pool of sweat. The engine room was a total of 105° Fahrenheit, but it felt hotter.
Just in case you thought that Sara was exaggerating about the temperature, she made sure that she had proof. Can you believe how hot it was?
I was following around 2/C Hillary Temple (Pembroke, MA) who was the 3/C Assistant Cadet Engineer. There are 28 cadets on engine watch at all times with 10 seniors, 10 sophomores, and 8 freshmen. The 1/C cadets have the greatest responsibility because they get the numbers to enter in the log book. The log book is then delivered to the Chief Engineer, Chief Laffan. The 3/C cadets are responsible for their own round sheets so they can familiarize themselves with the engine room. The seniors are in charge of showing the sophomores around while the freshmen shadow the sophomores. So for each 1/C position there are both a 3/C and 4/C tasked with following them around. The 1/C positions in the engine room are:
Upper Cadet Engineer
Lower Cadet Engineer
Auxiliary Machine Room Cadet Engineer
Assistant Cadet Engineer
Sounding and Security
The two most important positions on watch are the Cadet Engineer or CE and the Auxiliary Machine Room Cadet Engineer, AMR CE. The CE for my watch was 1/C Matt McMorrow (South Weymouth, MA) and the AMR CE was 1/C David Tolle (Bourne, MA).
Neat and accurate record keeping is a critical piece of Engine Watch. Look closely and observe the mathematics. What numbers do you see? Can you spot the fractions?
The CE is responsible for ensuring that all of the log books are filled in correctly and that no major problems arise. The AMR CE is in charge of the AMR and its logbook. The main components of the AMR are the Ship’s Service Diesel Generator, the Marine Sanitation Device or MSD, Evaporators and the AC units. There are smaller pieces of machinery that are also located in the AMR, but those four are the most important.
This is the ship's diesel engine. The ARM CE on duty is responsible for it.
Keeping the diesel engine clean was on the "to do" list for 2/C Hillary Temple (Pembroke, MA).
This is the burner. It is run by boiler engineer on watch.
This is the high pressure turbine in the Engine Room. It is run by the Upper Cadet Engineer.
This is the low pressure turbine in the Engine Room. It is also run by the Upper Cadet Engineer.
Cadets learn the importance of team work in the Engine Room.
This chart shows all of the positions that are filled at every Engine Watch. The top row positions are filled by 1/C cadets. The second row positions are filled by 3/C cadets. The third row positions are filled by 4/C cadets. Take a look at the names of the positions. Which job would you like to do if you were on Engine Watch.
Making rounds and completing this checklist is another way that record keeping helps keep the TS Kennedy safely cruising to the next port.
This is the purifier.
1/C David Tolle (Bourne, MA) explains how readings on the screen are made to 2/C Hillary Temple (Pembroke, MA).
No, that's not a big screen television for the cadets to watch! It's a screen that informs cadets of the water level in the boilers and shares other pieces of key data. Cadets monitor the screen to check for any problems.
You can be sure that the 2nd Engineer is not chatting with a family member back home. He is calling up to the Bridge to inform them that they are switching boiler tanks.
Although a group of cadets gathered around to watch it done, it was 1/C Ryan Johnston (Rockland, MA) who turned the final valve to switch the boiler tanks.
Welcome to Shaft Alley! It's single-file passage through this section of the Engine Room! This shaft rotates to turn the pistons.
This is the rotation counter of the shaft.
As someone who knows very little about how the engine room works, I was shocked at how much work there actually is to do. Everyone was moving around doing something or learning from the watch engineers. It seemed a little hectic but definitely a great learning experience for all those involved, if you don’t mind the heat.
Blocks & Tackle
The 3/C Marine Transportation cadets got a good workout today in Seamanship class with Mate Perron. They were simulating lifting cargo with the blocks and tackle method. This is simply a pulley system used when objects are too heavy to be moved by hand. Using this method can speed up the on load and offload process because less people are needed. They used a 50 lb. water-filled barrel to represent heavy cargo.
2/C Kasey Carlson (Jupiter, FL) who experienced this first hand said, “It was honestly very cool and interesting because this is something that is still widely used in modern day shipping. Using cranes is fine but using blocks and tackle is easier in a smaller space.”
The class moved the barrel from one corner of the room to the other using different strong points around the room. A strong point is any point in the room, usually on the ceiling, that has been reinforced and can hold heavy objects.
Have you had an opportunity to use a pulley as part of a unit on simple machines? If so, this activity might look quite familiar - with the exception of using a 50-lb barrel. Where have you seen pulleys at home? Where have you seen pulleys at school?
3/C Aidan Ryan (Harwich, MA) did this yesterday in the same class but someone in his class almost dropped the barrel. “I liked this because we got to rig the pulleys and the rope. It’s basically a man-made crane. It’s perfect practice for when we use the bigger cranes because we will feel more comfortable using them.”
This is also a great skill to have if you ever need to move furniture!
Quickly review a pulley in 90 seconds! Check out this video.
Don't toss that empty water bottle into the recycling bin! Use it to create a pulley. It's easy!
From 2000-0000 last night instead of sleeping in my rack, I was up on the bridge observing watch. Being up there at night is a lot different than during the day because it’s pretty dark. The only type of light allowed on the bridge at night is red. This is because the red lights don’t disrupt night vision as much as regular white lights. If you used a white light, then your eyes would have a far longer time adjusting seeing out the windows and you may miss vital signs, even a possible ship in your path. I noticed it was a lot more relaxed than during the day because there was no bridge training going on. Everyone is still being attentive to their positions on watch, but feels a little more comfortable. The CWOW, or Cadet Weather Observer of the Watch, has a little harder time than everyone else. Unless it is a bright night sky, it is hard to see what kind of clouds there are and the type of waves forming. I preferred night watch, even though I lost sleep, because the sky was beautiful and you had a good view of the rest of the ship.
Sea Term is a required section of the academics for MENG and MTRA. Just like in any other college, they must take mid-terms. Tomorrow is the first day of Mid-Terms for the MTRA cadets. The test can cover anything that has been covered so far from proper terms to use on the bridge or celestial navigation. I talked with Mate Morrow and he told me that these mid-terms are just to make sure that cadets are still following the proper formats and know how to do it on their own.
At our 1600 COMCAD meeting today, 1/C Brian Watson (Essex, CT) and Mr. Johnathan Hall gave everyone a quick lesson on how to use an AED. An AED is a device used when someone is in cardiac arrest. Brian said the purpose of this lesson was to make sure that we were comfortable with using these devices if needed because some people could become very stressed out and not know what to do. The AED we were shown was the same type that is located in seven spots on the Kennedy.
It is user friendly meaning that it was designed for people who have no medical experience whatsoever. Cadet Watson demonstrated how to use the device and where to place the pads on the person. We were given an example of how the device actually talks the user through the steps that we need to take when using an AED.
Mr. Hall reminded us that you start with 100 compressions that should be 2 inches deep into the chest. I think this was a very helpful lesson that completed Brian’s goal to make everyone comfortable using an AED!
AED stands for Automated External Defibrillator. You probably have seen an AED in a locked cabinet at school, at the mall, or at church.
High School Followers: This video will introduce you to the AED and explain how it is used.
Father Houston & Jennifer Stone
While in Colombia, we were joined by Father Houston who is the Academy Chaplin and Jennifer Stone, a Marine Science, Safety, and Environmental Protection professor. Father Houston will be on for the rest of cruise while Jen Stone and her MSEP cadets will depart in Barbados.
The MSEP cadets have been with us since we left Buzzards Bay for an internship. They have been studying MARPOL or Maritime Pollution Regulations and ensuring the Kennedy is in compliance with these regulations. Now that Jen is here, the students have classes and learn more about MARPOL and other topics like the Oily-Water Separator.
Just are left on board for these MSEP majors. They've worked hard and learned a lot.
Middle School & High School Followers: Here is a quick introduction to MARPOL.
If you have a deep interest in saving the marine environment, this is for you!
If you think that you may like a career at sea, but are not interested in Marine Engineering or Marine Transportation, take a look!
If you are curious about how ships handle waste disposal at ses, this video may answer your questions.
What a classroom! Yesterday MSEP students learned on board with Professor Stone.
Panamanian Cadets & Similarities
The Kennedy has visited the Panama Canal multiple times and one thing I heard from cadets the entire time we were in Colombia, was how similar the two countries were. To see if this was true I sat down with some of our Panamanian cadets. 4/C Geraldo Vega is from Albrook, Panama City, Panama and is at MMA as a MTRA major. He said he chose to go to MMA because when he was looking at colleges, MMA had a great ranking out of the Maritime Colleges. He started to be interested in the shipping industry because his father is in the same industry. When he graduates, Vega wants to be the captain of a large fleet of cruise ships. I asked him how close Colombia was to home and he said it was exactly like a town called Casco Viejo. They are both very touristy and popular. 4/C Fernando Samudio agreed with Vega. He is from Altos del Romeral, Panama, Panama but is also MTRA. Fernando picked MMA because of its world recognition. Like Vega, his father is also in the MTRA industry and in fact, both fathers work together. Samudio hopes to ship out for a few years but then eventually become a pilot on the Panama Canal.
Tomorrow will be a hectic day for us aboard the Kennedy because not only are mid-terms tomorrow, but we will also experience a time change. We are advancing an hour ahead. To make sure that the watch schedules do not get confused, we are breaking up the hour advanced, into 20 minute segments. At 2200, we jump forward 20 minutes and the same goes for both 0200 and 0400. This seems a little confusing to me so we’ll see how it works out tomorrow. I can bet that most cadets will not enjoy this time advance because everyone seems tired already. I can imagine how it’ll be when they have even less sleep!
What Time Zone do you live in?
Eastern Standard? Central? Mountain? Or do you live in another Time Zone?
Here a brief video that explains what they're all about.
As we reach our first exam day of Sea Term, we are almost half way done. It’s crazy to think that we have done so much in so little time. Cadets have been on watch, utility, maintenance, and training at this point, so everything is routine now. The mess deck lines have died down, unless you go to lunch right at 1200. 3 ports and a couple weeks then we are back for the Spring Semester. I can assure everyone that I will not miss my rack here on the Kennedy. 4/C Beatriz Martins (Milford, CT) said that she’s looking forward to seeing her family but more importantly, her dog.
And Now A Few Shout-Outs From Cadets To Some Of Our Followers:
Cadet Blogger Sara sends a sweaty “It’s hot in here!” from the Engine Room to all of the schools that have already send photos and work samples to firstname.lastname@example.org. She loves seeing photographs of your science and math lessons. She is looking forward to seeing more of them when she has cell service tomorrow.
4/C Ethan Hoenig (Baltimore, MD) says hello to the three schools falling from Maryland, especially the two falling from his hometown of Baltimore; Our Lady Of Mount Caramel and St. Peter & Paul School
2/C Hillary Temple (Pembroke, MA) sends some Engine Room heat to the first graders and second graders following from her hometown of Pembroke.
1/C Matt McMorrow (South Weymouth, MA) encourages all of his followers from Weymouth to give 100% to their science and mathematics classes.
1/C David Tolle (Bourne, MA) sends a high-five to Peebles Elementary School, Bournedale Elementary School, and Upper Cape Technical School.
1/C Ryan Johnston (Rockland, MA) is thankful that schools from Rockland for following his final Sea Term.
2/C Kasey Carlson (Jupiter, FL) is happy to have schools from Florida participating in Follow The Voyage – Share The Experience.
3/C Aidan Ryan (Harwich, MA) says, “Cape Cod rocks!” and sends his best wishes back to one of the greatest places to grow up.
1/C Brian Watson (Essex, CT) and 4/C Beatriz Martins (Milford, CT) say, “Happy February!” to the schools participating in FTV-STX from Connecticut.
4/C Geraldo Vega and 4/C Fernando Samudio (Panama) sends their best to everyone who is willing to work hard to follow their dream.
The 4/C cadets in the Engine Room send a challenge to you to increase your focus in science.
The 3/C cadets in the Engine Room encourage ask that you send them a paragraph describing what you are doing in your science class that relates to something that you’ve seen in the blog. (Please send it to email@example.com.)
The cadets majoring in Marine Safety & Environmental Protection say, “Goodbye, TS Kennedy!” and remind students to recycle – both in school and at home.
Professor Jennifer Stone thanks all of the teachers who are taking their students on this amazing, world-wide STEM adventure.
Captain Campbell sends his best to the schools following from Rhode Island and any student who dreams of one day being the Master of a ship.