Friday, January 17, 2014

FTV January 17

While at sea for long periods of time the ship develops large amounts of trash and food waste that needs to be dealt with appropriately. It is unacceptable to throw our trash over board because as we all know that would be littering. Instead, all of the trash produced on board is sent to the compactor room. At this location students compact all plastic, paper and cardboard waste to minimize the space it will occupy while it is stored. When we get to port we will off load all the trash that has been stored and throw it away.

As for the food waste produced, after 3 miles off the coast we are allowed to throw it over board. However, before we can do that we have to ensure there is no other waste included within this waste. This is accomplished through a screening process before the food waste goes through the grinder. The grinder is a project the engineering department has been working on, that will turn the food waste into small particles for easier decomposition
The students learn all about sustainable practices on the ship, check out this video to see how Mass Maritime incorporates sustainability on campus.

Geography Friday:

As we continue our trip south we have passed by the coast of the part of our country called the Southeast. This area is rich in the history and economy of the United States. Before we leave the Atlantic Ocean and head into the Caribbean, let’s learn a little more about this important region of our country.

Why Geography Matters: In this lesson you will explore how common land covers heat differently? How do human altered surfaces heat differently than natural landscapes?
This activity will help you understand and realize the effects geography has on the development of our regions culture.

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