Again today's Captain's Blog is written by Captain Brad Lima, Vice President of Academic Affairs, and a licensed Chief Engineer.
I am on the Kennedy for one leg of the trip. The time spent while onboard
allows me the freedom to roam the ship from bridge to engine room to all the
training spaces. While the upper class engineering cadets are conducting
proficiency assessments in the machinery space, the upper class deck cadets are
shooting stars attempting to get a good three star position fix.
A unique element of Mass Maritime sea term as compared to any other maritime
academy sea term is that freshman cadets can opt to select their major right up
through the end of the sea term. Every other maritime academy requires the
cadet to select their major prior to having any underway time. The freshman
training experience is common to all freshmen. Every 4/C cadet will
participate in training and instruction pertaining to International Maritime
Business (IMB), Marine Safety and Environmental Protection (MSEP), Emergency
Management (EM), Marine Transportation and Marine Engineering.
Today I experienced classes taught to 4/C by IMBU, MSEP and EM professor. In
the MSEP class entered into conversation on global environmental concerns. The
cadets were lead in discussion by senior MSEP cadet officers. The items
identified as global concerns included plastics in the ocean, global warming,
deforestation, carbon foot print and ground water contamination. Soon the
discussions lead to global population growth which required more power
generation which would increase carbon emissions impacting global warming.
In the Emergency Management classroom discussion was based on a case study
where 42 terrorists took 850 people hostage in Moscow in 2002. The
terrorists wanted members of their group released from incarceration in
exchange for the hostages. After two and half days of captivity and
negotiation violence erupted resulting in 129 hostage fatalities while killing
all the terrorists. Discussion occurred as to what options should have been
considered during the two and half days that the hostages were being held.
In the IMB discussion the senior cadet officer told of his co-op experience at
the Panama Canal and the importance of the Panama Canal to world trade. In
another discussion, the focus was on how one should be preparing for their own
financial planning once a graduate obtains employment.
I came away for today's classes with a sense that all majors are linked to each
other as well as to the mission of the academy. The sense of pride that
seniors took on conveying to the underclassmen what they have learned from
their educational experience is a testament to the senior cadet instructors,
faculty and staff that has had the positive impact on the cadet's learning
experience. WELL DONE!