Outbound from Seattle to Honolulu 

With the weather clearing and the sun shining, cadets, faculty, and staff stepped out to enjoy the warm temperatures. It is a 2,200 nautical mile* voyage down to Hawaii from Seattle and each day at sea cadets are engaged in every aspect of the ship’s business – navigation, engineering, vessel repair, and food service and cleaning. 

A few of the critical assignments onboard includes augmenting the ship’s galley staff as the Master-at-Arms (MAA), a first-class cadet role, and the Cleaning Crew (CC), with third class cadets. Every meal onboard requires this compliment of cadets that assists with meal preparation, separating trash and food waste in accordance with Marine Pollution (MARPOL) standards, and cleaning dishes in the scullery. 

Featured below is (left to right) Cook, Mark Cosca, Cadet R. Ben Voth (3/C), our Chief Steward, Rodrigo Olazo, and Galley Staff member, Michael Gipson-Carman taking a quick break as they finish up the lunch meal and prepare for dinner. 

A quick break before preparing the dinner meal

*A nautical mile is based on the circumference of the planet Earth. If you were to cut the Earth in half at the equator, you could pick up one of the halves and look at the equator as a circle. You could divide that circle into 360 degrees. You could then divide a degree into 60 minutes. A minute of arc on the planet Earth is 1 nautical mile. This unit of measurement is used by all nations for air and sea travel. 

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.