Wednesday, January 9, 2013
FTV 1/10/2013 Preparation
Probably the most important part of the check in process, is for everyone to receive their Billet Cards. These are card documents given to each cadet that has all of their information on them: name, berth number, rack number, life boat number, and your duty should there be an emergency or boat drill.
Berthings can hold anywhere from one rack to 42 racks, depending on your position aboard this ship. Usually, the ship's crew will have the single berthings while rates have berthings with six racks. Below deck are the holds that contain freshmen and sophomore deck and engine cadets. Each person has one rack (bed) assigned to them. These racks lift up for storeage. Along with the rack is an assigned wall locker and a life preserver just above it. That is the life preserver's designated spot. After a drill, it must be put back to avoid losing it. This ensures that there is a life preserver readily available for everyone.
The life boats are stationed on the boat deck and ready for launch in case of an emergency. Drills take place to ensure that everyone knows what to do if there is an emergency. In order to make sure everything goes smoothly during drills, each person is assigned a job. This way, people aren't calling out orders over each other and causing chaos.
It may sound like a lot of information on just a little card, but it's necessary to cover all the basis when safety is at stake. MMA takes safety seriously; everyone needs to make smart choices and descisions not only for their own well being, but for the well being of everyone on the ship.
Being part of Sea Term 2013 on the T.S. Kennedy is just like being part of a machine. In order for the machine to get the job done, everything has to be fine tuned and working for it to be successful. That's the plan; if everyone plays their part and prepare themselves for the voyage, the freshmen will successfully complete their first Sea Term and the Sophomores and Seniors will have furthered their education toward their licenses.
How to pack your bags for such a big adventure is on everyone's mind. Think about how you would go about packing try these activities.
Packing for Antartica
What would you pack in your suitcase if you were going on Seaterm. Share your results with your classmates.
Here's another challenge.