You’ve seen cadets in the ocean while in port, you’ve seen them on the ocean while aboard the TS Kennedy, but here’s a first. This cadet is over the ocean as he works on the rigging of the gangway.
Notice that the cadet is wearing a harness that would keep him safe in the event of a fall.
The gangway provides a safe way for cadets and crewmember to get from the dock to the ship, and from the ship to the dock. They must be a minimum of 20 inches wide and have handrails that are a minimum height of 33 inches.
The gangway is stored on deck when the ship is at sea.
This is what the gangway looks like when it is secured to the deck.