Today we were met with some heavy seas and high winds. Even though this might be the case we are still greeted with the bright sun.

Some engine cadets were in their office discussing their MEOD soundings. This process is time is consuming to do and to get the numbers right, however it will allow the engineers and deck officers to know how much fuel oil we have on the vessel. This is important for ballasting purposes and of course to know the amount of fuel burned. We average 13.8 tons of fuel burned per day.

Cadets working together

Cadet navigating

Cadets learning on deck

TSGB with crashing waves in background

Up in the bridge the cadets and their watch officers were busy navigating us through waters filled with small craft. The ship’s whistle was blasted multiple times to warn these small boats of our course changes. It did provide some good training for everyone since this is something they will have to deal with in the future.

As we sail into the night we are met with some rougher seas which brings everyone inside the house. Everyone has their own way to handle the rough seas, some enjoy spending time with their friends while others are busy studying for their next days exams.

Established in 1929, California State University Maritime Academy is the only degree-granting maritime academy on the West Coast. Located in Vallejo, California, the campus serves nearly 1,000 students and offers undergraduate degrees preparing students for careers in engineering, transportation, international relations, business, and global logistics. The new oceanography degree program launched in the fall of 2020. Cal Maritime also offers a master’s degree in Transportation and Engineering Management, as well as a number of extended learning programs and courses.