Tampa, Florida and Port Days
Today was the last day of port for Sea Term 2018. Cadets took advantage of Tampa’s location, and headed to places like Disney World, Busch Gardens or even just the beach. Whatever they decided to do, everyone was enjoying the last bit of time on land before we head back to Buzzards Bay.
My mom called me today and said it snowed last night. No thank you! I like the warmer weather!
Port days are highlights for cadets because while they are on board, there is always work to be done. Port days give cadets time to relax and enjoy the places we travel to. In their careers, some cadets will choose to ship out internationally and have the opportunity to visit different countries. Others may choose to work in the United States. No matter where they choose to work, cadets look forward to getting a chance to travel.
Today the Kennedy had to take on fuel to help us on our journey home. A barge pulled up to the port side of the Kennedy and once the lines were connected, the HFO started to flow. We took on enough fuel to get back to Buzzards Bay and then to Dry Dock in Boston.
The 1/C fuel oil rates were in charge of overseeing the operation. There were also other cadets that were standing by just to watch the process. Before they were allowed to help with bunkering, cadets were required to watch a video on the process and safety hazards that come along.
I spoke with 3/C Mike Perry (Rockland, MA) who watched the bunkering. “It’s pretty cool seeing how a barge can just come up to any ship and deliver fuel. If you were in the middle of the ocean, you could just radio a barge and they would come. It must be expensive though so hopefully they’re better at planning so they don’t run out of fuel.”
Tomorrow morning we will be headed back to the cold weather of Massachusetts. Everyone is ready to get see their families after a long Sea Term. I asked a few cadets what they were most excited about when they got home. The general consensus was that everyone is excited to shower without shower shoes and sleep in their own bed. I can agree completely with both of these! The racks are comfortable but we all miss our own beds. We are scheduled to arrive back in Cape Cod Bay on Saturday. Then we will anchor for 24-hours and complete a field day of cleaning.
I’m sure everyone is excited to see their cadets, just like cadets are excited to see everyone else!