PHOTO OF THE DAY
Although it is very tempting to just move on from the Super Bowl and not mention it here again, I felt that this deserved to be our PHOTO OF THE DAY. Even though the cadets may block out the pain of the loss, they will be talking about where they watched the game for the rest of their lives.
Math In The Engine Room
Every job in the engine room involves math and calculations to some degree. Some cadets told me that while they weren’t the best at math, they were able to keep up because the work wasn’t hard. Cadets on watch are responsible for different calculations whether it is taking them or just documenting the numbers into the correct log book.
During the last thirty minutes of the four-hour watch shift, cadets must sound each of the fuel, water, and sewage tanks. There are two kinds of soundings, ullages and innages. An innage is when you take a measuring stick and measure the amount of water that is physically in the tank. An ullage is when you measure the amount of space from the top of the tank to the top of the level in the tank. The ullages are used strictly for fuel tanks while innages are for water tanks. They take the readings from the tanks and convert them into tons and barrels using tank tables supplied in the engine room. Once they have the conversions done, cadets use different calculations to the amount of makeup feed water that was used.
They use the soundings from the watch before to assist with their calculations so it is critical that the numbers be correct. When I was in the engine room, the watch engineer, Coleman, was busy checking calculations. The next step is to calculate the amount of fuel that was consumed. Each boiler in the engine room has a fuel oil meter that reads off the number of gallons consumed by each boiler. The number given by the meter is then converted from gallons to tons. After both of these calculations are done, they move onto the next meter. This next calculation focuses on how much water is produced by each evaporator. These meters are called Nyrex, Reverse Osmosis, and Aqua Chem. Again these numbers have to be converted into tons.
Lastly, the final calculation is in regards to the shaft counter. The cadet in charge of Shaft Alley for the watch, is charged with taking the number of rotations on the shaft counter for the first and third hours of their watch. These two readings with the help of the current revolutions per minute, are used to make an educated guess as to what the shaft counter is going to read at the top of the last hour of their watch.
We've heard from many of our followers who just can't get enough of "everything engine".
If you're one of those fans of the engine room, here are two videos that you might enjoy.
This short video takes you inside the engine room on the Queen Mary.
Middle School & High School Followers: Here's a 45-minute movie that you'll enjoy.
Charlie Joyce, MMA Alum Class of 1959
Some people say that being in the shipping industry is something that runs in your family. For Charlie Joyce, being an engineer ran in his family, but choosing marine engineering was not. Charlie is an MMA Alum of the Class of 1959 and has been shipping out with the school since 1999. He spent seven years at sea before he chose to work shore side for the next thirty-two years.
Charlie remembers his first cruise with MMA in 1999 and can remember a reporter from the Cape Cod Times asking him why he came back. “I told the guy that I chose to come back because I wanted to give back to a school who gave so much to me. That’s why I’ve been here for all these years, but this year is my last cruise.”
I asked Charlie about the changes he’s noticed over the years and the switch from being a cadet to an instructor. He said the biggest change was the fact that the ship was running 24/7 and instructors were teaching strictly for going to sea.
He said, “Teachers were focused on getting everyone to ship out and that was their one job. They used to teach us in the class room and then teach us on our 3-month sea term.”
When I talked to Charlie about any advice he’d like to give, he jumped at the chance. “Study. Learn the engine room, trace your lines, learn your systems. In class you learn all the book stuff but when you’re on the ship, you learn the practicality of everything you learn.”
Charlie Joyce has been with us for the last nineteen years and he has been an asset to us the whole time. I’m sure that when I say he will be missed dearly, everyone will agree.
Fran Collins, MMA Alum Class of 1963
My high school had superlatives in our yearbooks every year and one of them was “Most likely to become a teacher”. In 1963, I’m sure Fran Collins did not expect to return to Massachusetts Maritime Academy as a Marine Engineering teacher. A Marine Engineering grad of the class of 1963, Fran has always known he wanted to be an engineer. His father worked on a steamship and Fran said “It was in my blood to work on ships.”
There have been a lot of changes to MMA since Fran left in 1963, for instance, tuition included books and uniforms, for only $300. I’m not sure what the average tuition is today but I can bet that it is way more than that. The other major difference was in regards to the training ship itself. The school used to have their training ship running 24/7 meaning that it was always staffed by cadets. This gave them the experience that Fran felt really put the cadets over the top.
On November 11th, 2011, Fran Collins stepped off his last ship but then decided he loved shipping out too much and chose to be a watch engineer and lab instructor for MMA. When I asked him if he had any future advice for the current cadets, he said “Take advantage of the people around you and ask them questions. Spend as much time on ships as you can so you can learn the business and feel comfortable with the industry you're in. Take it serious. This is a dangerous job and people can get hurt, but have fun at the same time. If it’s in your heart that this is what you want to do, then apply yourself.” Fran Collins has been a part of MMA since 1963. I'm sure that he will always be a favorite around here.
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