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Climb aboard the 540-foot TS Kennedy for Sea Term 2020!  Thanks to cadet blogs, the Captain’s Log, photographs, videos, special features, and a unique hands-on curriculum, you will virtually travel with six-hundred cadets.  Each day, you’ll read about and watch the shipboard responsibilities of cadets majoring in Marine Engineering, Marine Transportation, and Facilities Engineering as they tackle challenging topics such as weather forecasting, celestial navigation, ocean currents, rust removal, engine maintenance, sewerage treatment, firefighting, and seawater desalination. You’ll feel like you’re right beside the cadets as the ship conducts anchoring drills off the coast of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.  Also aboard the TS Kennedy in 2020 will be cadets majoring in International Maritime Business and cadets majoring in Marine Safety & Environmental Protection.  We’ll keep you updated on what is happening with them as well.  You’ll also experience the food, culture, and attractions of the ship’s four exciting ports of call: Balboa, Panama, Golfito, Costa Rica, Willemstad, Curacao, and Tampa, Florida.

This non-stop adventure begins on Monday, January 6th when cadets board the TS Kennedy.  The ship departs Buzzards Bay on Saturday, January 11th.  The TS Kennedy is scheduled to return on Sunday, February 23rd.  There will be posts each day – even on weekends. 

This year, the Follow The Voyage – Share The Experience Programs will be partnering with Plimouth Plantation and Plymouth 400.  Throughout Sea Term 2020, we’ll be comparing the Mayflower’s historic voyage in 2020 with the voyage of the TS Kennedy in 2020.

Thanks for being a part of Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s free, one-of-a-kind, K-12, STEM adventure on land and sea!

As cadets waited to have liberty granted in Curacao, they talked about the faces, foods, and comforts that were left behind.  We stopped and asked 4/C Wallace L. Alden what he was missing back home.  Here's what he had to say: Name: 4/C Wallace L. Alden Major: Marine Engineering Hometown: Sandwich, Massachusetts Elementary School: Wing Elementary School Middle School:  Wing Middle School High School:  Upper Cape Vocational High School What Are You Missing Back Home? 1.  my mom’s cooking in the morning 2.  waking up in my own bed 3.  seeing my dogs Dallas and Daisy 4.  going to eat at restaurants 5.  having service on my phone 6.  never having to worry about sinking 7.  being able to…
Even though the cadets aboard the TS Kennedy are enjoying Sea Term 2020 to the fullest, they still sometimes miss the faces, foods, and comforts that they left behind.  We stopped and asked 4/C Thomas S. Woodfin what he was missing back home.  Here's what he had to say: Name: 4/C Thomas S. Woodfin Major: Marine Engineering Hometown: Marblehead, Massachusetts Elementary School: Village Elementary School Middle School:  Marblehead Veterans Middle School High School:  Marblehead High School What Are You Missing Back Home? 1.  seeing my mom and dad every weekend 2.  a sense of personal space 3.  my Tempur-Pedic mattress 4.  Mino’s Roast Beef on Atlantic Avenue in Marblehead 5. FaceTiming…
  Morning’s Bridge Watch (0730-1130)  At 0800, the 0730 to 1130 Bridge Watch team of the TS Kennedy was met with some excitement as the tanker vessel Mariline was spotted on the radar computer. This was later visually confirmed by 4/C Kevin Graves (MTRA-Ryneyville, KY), who made visual contact on the port side flying bridge with his pair of binoculars (seen 2 points off the port bow. The call sign (LAIY), length (174 meters), and destination (Cristobal) could all be seen using the publicly-accessible AIS (Automatic Information System) data on the ship’s computers. To understand the ship’s intentions, 1/C Charlie Malone (MTRA-Media, PA), who was the acting COOW (Cadet Officer on…
  Even though the cadets aboard the TS Kennedy are enjoying Sea Term 2020 to the fullest, they still sometimes miss the faces, foods, and comforts that they left behind.  We stopped and asked 4/C Tucker S. James what he was missing back home.  Here's what he had to say: Name: 4/C Tucker S. James Hometown: Thornton, New Hampshire Major: Marine Transportation Elementary School: Thornton Central School Middle School: Thornton Central School High School: Plymouth Regional High School What I am Missing Back Home: 1. my puppy, Kinley 2. my close family – my dad, Eric, my mom, Deb, and my sister,Taylor 3. my girlfriend, Olivia 4. my father’s home cooking 5. going out with my high school…
  Good morning, Followers – I am up early preparing this log.  Brisk winds will make docking a little more challenging.  This will be a great learning opportunity for our cadets.  Mariners do not get to choose the weather.  We must be well-prepared for whatever we are faced with.  The crew and I are will pass along the knowledge and skills that we’ve gained throughout our long careers at sea.  The cadets always welcome our sea stories.  I have received a few emails asking if the doors aboard the TS Kennedy are watertight doors or weathertight doors.  Actually, we have both.  Weathertight doors are found on or above the Main Deck.  Their purpose is to keep seawater on the deck…
Ahoy, Followers – While the TS Kennedy was in Costa Rica last weekend, I spotted a thin, blue, braided on the wrist of a cadet.  I assumed that it was an expensive souvenir purchased in port and asked where I could find one.  I was surprise to learn that his bracelet was made from recycled materials.  I began asking questions, anxious to learn all about it. The cadet explained that the bracelet was purchased from a company based in Boca Raton, Florida called 4Ocean.  The company was founded in 2017 by two friends, Alex Schulze and Andrew Cooper.  It all began on a trip to Bali, an Indonesian island.  The pair had looked forward to surfing in Bali’s sapphire blue waters.  They were…
This hut is stored below deck, but as soon as the ship docks today in Curacao this morning, it will be out on the dock.   You’ll have no problem finding sunscreen on the TS Kennedy!  Gallons of sunscreen with pumps have been placed out on deck so that they are easily accessible for the cadets. There’s sunscreen on the Helo Deck where cadets gather to socialize or play basketball and out on deck in areas where cadets perform maintenance.  The Medical Team reminds cadets of the importance of wearing sunscreen.  Cadets who foolishly ignore this advice and get a sunburn are still responsible to stand watch, attend class, and complete maintenance. When the TS Kennedy is in port,…
Division II’s Final Day of Training   The third day of training for cadets in Division II concluded today as the TS Kennedy was nicely making way towards the third port of Willemstad, Curacao. This is the last day in the three-day cycle that the cadets in this division will be attending classes as part of their Sea Term. For the 4th Class cadets in the  2020 Sea Term I Deck Training Program, this meant attending four separate classes; Crane Signals, Fall Protection, Merchant Marine, and JSA/SDS. As an aside, the clocks onboard the ship will be advanced by one hour tonight (20 minute intervals during three separate watch cycles) as we continue our journey to the West in the Caribbean Sea…