Cadet Blog: 4/C Jack Schrier (IMB - Rockville, MD) 1-11-23


Life at sea has been very interesting. I've never seen water so blue and I can officially say that dolphins are real.

Over the course of the week in my International Maritime Business class, we have been talking about shipboard safety and natural events that may occur and how this relates to the business world. The most important aspect when on board a ship is safety. This means that equipment must be updated and checked frequently, which can bring many costs. The second most important aspect is being on time. A company begins losing money the minute it is late to port, so captains have to plan the fastest and safest way to get from point A to point B with little to no damage of the crew or ship.

On board with us is a representative from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). While on board, he receives data about wind speeds, swells, pressure, and temperature to then predict how a ship can avoid dangerous weather at sea. Not only is he here to do that, but he teaches
students like myself the basics of how to accurately measure these numbers.

Lastly, I learned how important it is for a person in the office of a shipping company to understand the ship itself, the crew, and how everything operates.

Thanks so much for this detailed blog!  You did a great job recapping what you learned during your International Maritime Business class.  I am eager for our 22,000  student followers to learn more about the Massachusetts Maritime Academy's IMB major.  

Your group will be going on some one-of-a-kind field trips when you are in port.  Captain Pandey has  fabulous connections in the industry.  You will learn so much.

Even though your next blogging date is not until Wednesday, 2/8, I hope that you will blog as often as you'd like.  You have a talent for blogging.