Cadet Blog: 4/C Mary Boujoukos (MENG - Bridgewater, MA) 1-11-23


Hello, Followers!
The last couple days have been insanely busy for me. I've been on my maintenance rotation and have been working all day, basically nonstop. My day started yesterday with sorting food scraps from the kitchen and mess deck, in order for us to prepare to dispose of them overboard. We do this to get anything out that the environment will not break down on its own, so it really is only food.

sign about food waste
There are strict regulations about disposing on food at sea.

bucket of food waste
In the Mess Deck, cadets scrape their own food waste into a bucket.  Then, buckets are brought out on deck.

sorting food waste
Here's the "fun part".  The cadets sort through the food waste looking for things that aren't food.  Sometimes, cadets accidentally throw away knives, forks, spoons, and napkins.  These items must be removed.

grinding food
When all non-food items have been removed, the waste is placed in a grinder.  This part is done by a crew member.

food waste into sea
When the food waste is ground into tiny particles, it can be pumped into the ocean.  

Then, I had to go up onto the bow and find grease points on different machinery and use my knife to get the paint off of them from dry dock. Once those were uncovered, I greased everything. It was a lot, but also really fun and mindless work. It was nice being out there as the weather got warmer so I was able to enjoy the warm sun.

Today, though was even warmer, to the point where a lot of cadets went out and relaxed on the Helo Deck to soak up the sun in between their duties.

I only could do this on my lunch break though, as I was busy doing maintenance again. I did some wire wheeling and painting on a couple of vents, then worked on reassembling a vent that had been taken apart to repaint. It's a nice feeling to learn to do hands on tasks like that.

I'm off all day tomorrow until after dinner, when I'm on duty to sort food again. And Friday,

when we're due to hit Puerto Rico, I have the entire day off to enjoy the weather and I can't wait to be able to relax! 

What an awesome blog, Mary!  You have been so busy!  

Many of us are a little jealous about the wonderful weather that you are enjoying.  There has been snow and ice back on the campus of Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

Working with food waste is quite an experience, isn't it?  I am sure that our student followers will love seeing photos of this job.

We look forward to hearing from you again.