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Climb aboard the 540-foot TS Kennedy for Sea Term 2021!  Thanks to cadet blogs, the Captain’s Log, photographs, videos, special features, and a unique hands-on curriculum, you will virtually travel with Massachusetts Maritime 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 or cruises down New York’s East River and passes the Statue Of Liberty.  For the health and safety of the cadets and crew aboard the TS Kennedy, the ship will not be making any port stops during Sea Term 2021. 

This non-stop adventure begins on Saturday, May 29th when the ship departs Buzzards Bay.  The TS Kennedy is scheduled to return on Wednesday, June 23rd.  There will be posts each day – even on weekends. 

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

The photo below shows both the letters IMO and the 7-digit code displayed on a ship.   Good morning, Followers - Many of you are curious about the number 6621662 that is painted on the side of the TS Kennedy.  Ships are assigned IMO numbers to reduce maritime fraud and increase the safety and security of ships at sea. This is our ship's IMO (International Maritime Organization) Number, a unique 7-digit global identification code.  The TS Kennedy is the only ship in the world that displays 6621662. On many ships, the letters "IMO" will be displayed before the seven digits.  Just in case you haven't noticed the TS Kennedy's IMO number, I will ask Mrs. Franks post some photos to…
  Meet Alex M Leone, a Facilities Engineering major from Newton Massachusetts. Alex attended Horace Mann Elementary School, F.A Day Middle School, and Newton North High School His mom shared, "Alex loves the ocean and it begin when he was so young.  He was always out on friends boats and jet skis.  We eventually bought our own fishing boat so he can enjoy the ocean and fishing for years to come."   She continued, "MMA sounded like a great fit when Alex had heard about the school and knew it was the school for him when he saw the campus.  He can study Engineering and be close to the ocean while doing it."        
If it's Monday, Wednesday or Friday, then it's time for our feature, Safety First.  If you miss a Safety First feature, just scroll back on the homepage and look for words Safety First in the title.  You’ve probably seen extension cords in use at home and at school.  Aboard the TS Kennedy, extension cords are often needed to complete a task that requires electricity.  In their Electrical Training Manual, 1/C cadets are reminded how to safely use an extension cord while working on the ship. Before any extension cord is used, they must be carefully inspected by a cadet or crewmember.  If any tears, chafing, exposed insulated conductors, or damaged cables and receptacles are spotted, the…
  Meet 4/C Justin Brown, a Marine Transportation major from Chesapeake, Virginia.  Justin’s mom shared, “Our family has had a boat for many years and we do lots of water sports and fishing.” By choosing a career at sea, Justin is following in the footsteps of both his grandfather and his dad.  Justin’s grandfather spent his career as a Merchant Marine.  Justin’s dad was in the United States Coast Guard and still works in the maritime industry. Once Justin visited the school, he decided that it was the perfect fit for him. After years of listening to his grandfather and father share sea stories, he will finally have stories of his own to share when he returns home next Wednesday…
Let's travel back to 2017 to hear a cadet explain nautical charts.  You will have to listen carefully because the sound quality of our "old" videos may not be as sharp as one created in 2021 would be.  
  My family has had an RV for as long as I remember. I have many memories of taking trips to California, Florida, Louisiana, and every other state in the lower 48. I think those travels when I was young inspired me to want to continue adventuring into adulthood, and there’s no better way to do that then to cruise on a ship. I also have many, many memories of things breaking, and subsequently learning what curse words were when my dad tried to fix them. From cabinets needing new tracks to an entire  generator needing replaced, I’ve realized the extensive knowledge Marine Engineers need to have about making repairs to anything, because out at sea, there’s no Home Depot. I got a glimpse…
Happy Tuesday my friends,   It is Tuesday, right?  Believe it not, that's an everyday question around here. Especially during watch cycle. Our days blend together since we work on a 24 hour schedule, rather than a 12 hours schedule the way it is for most landlubbers. I'm pretty this post sure that blogging is the reason I'm keeping track of the week...someone has to!   Fight Night was a success, and I can tell you the kids put on quite a show. Each round was best out of five- the first person to be knocked off their pedestal lost their round. Some of them went quickly, while others gave us a thrill. I was lucky enough to sit at the judges bench, where I was accompanied by Ben and Toby…
Ahoy, Followers - How do you share big news with your friends? Here aboard the TS Kennedy, cadets are unable to call, text, or tweet.  They can't post the latest news on Instagram or create a Tik Toc video.  If there's a big story to share, cadets have to do it the old fashion way.  Word of mouth!   Today, there's a buzz on the Bridge, in the Engine Room, and out on the Helo Deck.  Everyone's asking, "Have you heard?" I will let you in on the secret...              Governor Charlie Baker will welcome                     the TS Kennedy home on                      Wednesday, June 23rd! Seriously!  This old pirate is NOT telling you a sea story! This will not be the first time that…
  A good reporter (or someone who pretends to be one) never knows where his or her next great story will come from. For me, this story began when I was the highest bigger on a silent auction prize at the Winter Dinner held by the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in February 2020.  When I saw that a room at Mariner’s House was being auctioned off was up for grabs, I knew that I had to go home with it.  Like a hungry shark, I circled the clipboard throughout the night, causing a few eye rolls from other bidders in the area.  Fortunately, most in attendance did not realize what a gem of a prize a night at the Mariner’s Inn actually was so the competition wasn’t too crazy.  There was…
In today's Captain's Log, Captain Campbell talked about dimming the lights on the Bridge at night, and using a red lens in the charting room.   Check out this video, Night At The Bridge to learn more about navigating a ship at night. Here are two more photos taken on the TS Kennedy's Bridge at night.  It was important to have look away when the photos were taken.  The bright flash of the camera could temporarily "blind" a cadet, causing him or her to miss a critical safety concern.