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Massachusetts Maritime Academy - Sea Term Marine Operations - Sea Term

Dear members of the Maritime Family,
After looking at the weather forecast for this Sunday (rain, sleet, ice, wind and snow with potential serious impact on travel for those wanting to meet the arrival of the ship) and the distinct possibility of ice in the canal and increasing winds that might prevent the safe docking of the vessel, Captain Bushy has decided to come in a day early. The Kennedy will enter the east end of the Cape Cod Canal on Saturday 21 February between 0915-0930, be at the railroad bridge at about 1045 and arrive at the dock at 1105. 
We truly apologize for this change of schedule and we understand the inconvenience this may present to some of our families but safety is our primary concern.
Rick Gurnon
From the Captain's Log......
Parents that have been told by their cadets that they have a watch will
see no changes due to this early arrival.  Most cadets assigned load-off on
Monday and Tuesday will not change – but some will be given the opportunity to
volunteer for watch on Saturday until Sunday.  Cadets will be allowed to leave the
vessel with the exception of 24 volunteers to cover the Saturday-Sunday watches.
These 24 will be identified today and your cadets will know the changes before
we are in cell phone range this evening.


The cadets of Massachusetts Maritime Academy are required to complete a minimum of one Sea Term. Cadets that select majors in Marine Engineering and Marine Transportation must complete at least three more Sea Terms. A large majority of the Second Class Cadets fulfill their Second Class Sea term on commercial vessels of the US Merchant Marine. USCG candidates from Marine Engineering and Marine Transportation must accrue no less than 180 approved days in this experience over the four years of matriculation.

Sea Terms are conducted between the two Academic Semesters, in January and February. Cadets register soon after the New Year holiday, and prepare the T.S. Kennedy for sailing, including loading provisions in the freezers and dry stores spaces. The ship sails for foreign ports of the Caribbean Sea three out of four years, and one in four goes to the Mediterranean Sea. At least one of the Caribbean voyages includes the Panama Canal and an Equator crossing. In the past ten years the cadets have visited Barbados, Curacao, Aruba, Spain, Italy, Tenerife, Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, England, Madeira, Greece, Cayman Islands, Martinique and Tortola, not to mention great US ports like Miami, Fort Lauderdale, New Orleans and Charleston.

The Sea Term is not a pleasure cruise. The voyage lasts about 52 days on average, and during that time a cadet will rotate through class and laboratory training at sea, ships operations including deck and engine watches, maintenance and emergency drills. Port visits offer a time to relax, but still includes watch responsibilities and ship's maintenance.

01 Jan  Cadets & Officers report on board

04 Jan  Sea Term officially begins-cadet registration

10 Jan  T.S. Kennedy departs from Buzzards Bay, MA

Ports to be visited:  Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; San Juan, PR; Fort Lauderdale, FL

Group 'B' cadets returning from Sea Term will arrive in Providence at 1545 on Jet Blue flight #8622.  Any parents intending to pick their cadet up at the airport should email LT Kelley at by Friday, 30 Jan.  For parents meeting cadets at MMA, the anticipated arrival time is 1800.

21 Feb  T.S. Kennedy arrives in Buzzards Bay, MA

Preparation Checklist
Sea Term Schedule
Sea Bag Requirements
Sea Term Excursions

Engineering Sea Bag Requirements

Deck Training Sea Bag Requirements

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