LT. Kurt DiCicco loves sharing his knowledge with cadets aboard the TS Kennedy.
Check out these facts about the oil spill.
The cadets have been at sea for twelve days without a port stop. Many of our K-12 followers have commented that this is a “long time” to be out on the ocean.
LT. Kurt DiCicco would disagree. Before LT. DiCicco became an Assistant Marine Transportation Professor at Massachusetts Maritime Academy, he had an exciting career at sea.
I asked LT. DiCicco to tell our Followers about one of the longest stretches of time that he spent working on a ship.
He proudly recalled, “When the Exxon spill happened, I had a job on the first American oil spill skimmer. We were stationed in Prince William Sound, anchored at Naked Island. The trips were 35-40 days.”
Of course, LT DiCicco is talking about the the oil tanker Exon Valdez that struck Bligh Reef shortly after midnight on March 24, 1989. More than 11 million gallons of crude oil flooded into Prince William Sound.
LT. DiCicco explained that when he was at sea in Alaska from 1989-1991, “There was no internet and no television”.
“We played board games and cards, had a makeshift gym, and fished. There was plenty to be caught. We got mail once a month. It was such a treat to hear from home. These were pre cellphones days. We did a lot of maintenance to keep things moving - rest is rust.”
He continued, “I have been on trips where we were off shore for weeks but when you’re moving and standing navigational watches time goes by better.”
When asked about being a part of a “portless” Sea Term, LT. DiCicco smiled and said, “We will be moving and learning so I believe time will fly by.”
This oil skimmer skimmed oil from the surface of the water's surface. Other techniques were tried in an effort to clean up the still.
The red color shows the extend of the oil spill.