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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!

  Due to some technical difficulties at sea, this blog is being posted several days late. Into the Great Wide Open Bridge Watch in the Caribbean Sea At 0715 this morning, our deck watch team assumed the responsibilities of the Bridge Watch for the final time of this cycle before our arrival in Buzzards Bay. While stationed on the Quarterdeck, 4/C O’Toole learned how to complete the Detex Route that needs to be done every hour by the cadets on the rotation here. As of the beginning of this watch, there were still no sign of other vessels within the range of the Kennedy’s radar. Due to the fact that the ship was moving at 18.4 knots with following seas (~80 rpms of the prop), there…
Good morning, Followers – As the TS Kennedy cruises towards Buzzards Bay, I am determined to answer as many student questions as possible.    In a recent email, a high school student asked me to describe the Deck Logbook that is used on the TS Kennedy’s Bridge.  He had heard that all ships are required to maintain a legal and permanent record of a ship’s life and operation, and was curious about what information is written in it. The Deck Log Book is of critical importance.  It is a record of our ship’s movements and activities throughout her voyage.  In any legal proceedings related to the TS Kennedy, it would be the only document accepted as evidence.  The Deck Log Book is a…
Good morning, Followers – The TS Kennedy is homeward bound!  Our next stop will be Taylors Point in Buzzards Bay. Friday was full of surprises.  We were scheduled to pick up the harbor pilot at 0400 for the four-hour passage into the Port Of Tampa.  We anticipated being at the dock by 0800, but Mother Nature had other plans.  The port was closed due to dense fog and all approaching ships were told to anchor in place.  Fortunately, the fog cleared and visibility improved as the morning progressed.  When the pilot boarded the TS Kennedy, we were already about four hours behind schedule.  But that would be just our first delay. Since the ship was returning to the United States after…
Due to some technical difficulties, this blog is being posted several days late. Stories from the Students Though the majority of the were granted liberty for the final full day of portage in Willemstad, Curacao, those in Division II were expected to remain on the ship to fulfill the necessary watch, utility, engine room, deck, and scullery responsibilities that need to be accounted for each day. These students had the chance to spend the prior two days in Curacao (cadets in division III were granted all three days of liberty for this port). On scullery duty, 3/C Waters, 3/C Terrence Driscoll, and 2/C J. Sullivan spent the day in the kitchen assisting the Chartwells staff with food…
Due to some technical difficulties, this blog is being posted several days late. The Grand Tour After the piping of liberty, cadets who had signed up for the day-long western beaches excursion climbed aboard a colorful tour bus at approximately 0945 (among those that took part were 1/C Heather Segglin (EMHS), 3/C Olivia Field (MENG), and 3/C Zachery Dion(EMHS). As we drove through town and across the countryside towards our three destinations, the guide was kind enough to educate us on the history of the island and describe the notable landmarks we passed. A Brief History The island of Curacao is a part of the Dutch Island Constellation and is one of the ABC islands in the Caribbean Sea…
This morning, I got the following email; Hey, my buddy on a container ship snapped these a few minutes ago in Tampa Bay. Thought you might want them.   Nick Dolinger MMA '08 Thanks, Nick!  These photos are great!       Content  
  Last Wednesday evening, cadets and crew members gathered on the Helo Deck.  They sat on benches and beach chairs under the stars, the open ocean stretching in every direction around them.  Even though the TS Kennedy was miles away from home, everyone was thinking about the Cape Cod Military Support Foundation.  They were eager to raise money for this non-profit foundation that is committed to assisting veterans and members of the Air Force, Air National Guard, Coast Guard Air Station, Army, and Army National Guard and their dependents who are assigned to Joint Base Cape Cod and the USCG Sector Southeastern New England. COMCAD's Captain Ed Rozak acted as auctioneer.  He was…
   Meet 1/C Zachary Weidenhof, a Marine Engineering major fromManahawkin, New Jersey. He attended Stafford Township Intermediate School, Southern Regional Middle School, and Southern Regional High School.   Zachary has led the way as a 2nd Training Rate aboard the TS Kennedy throughout Sea Term 2020.  With just a few days left of his final Sea Term, he was happy to sit down and answer some questions for our Follow The Voyage – Share The Experience participants.    What are your responsibilities as a 2nd Training Rate?   “As a 2nd Training Rate, I am one of the 1/C cadets responsible for teaching 4/C cadets the basics of machine tool technology and the basics of practical…
Meet 4/C Brady Belanger, a Marine Engineering major from Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.  Brady attended Calvin Coolidge Elementary School, Oak Middle School, and Shrewsbury High School.    Brady has always enjoyed the water, but boats and ships are a new interest for him. He first began talking about attending Massachusetts Maritime Academy during his junior year of high school.  Brady’s uncle, Stephen Belanger, graduated from the Academy in 1998.   Content