What's Sea Year like?

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  1. SamAca10

    SamAca10 Ensign - DWO

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    Can anybody tell me about/ share their experiences during Sea Year? What countries do you visit? How long do you stay in port? Do you get to choose whether you work as a Deck Officer or Engineering Officer? thanks
     
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    Maersk Georgia

    I posted this on the CC discussion board. I know that my Mid is communicating from the Middle of the Atlantic better than your Plebes are right now. :shake:

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    I thought I would post and tell everyone the great communication that we have had from our Mid onboard.

    The first engineer has recently put something on the computer in the engine room that allows a person to make phone calls. I do not know if it is the "magic jack" or something else. Connection is slower than dialup, but our Mid has called more than once on a daily basis. In addition he sends and receives emails though a gmail account and has IM with me through facebook more than once. Friday night he IM with me for over an hour and a half. He does drop out now and then.

    His Sunday schedule was to work on his sea project most of the day and then went to bed for 6.5 hours, got up for an hour and IM with us and girlfried back home and then went back to bed. On Saturday he helped clean out a water-oil seperator sump. He was put into it after it was drained with a hazmat suit on and got to wipe it out. He said he actually enjoyed it. :biggrin: Also mentioned that the engine room is now warmer in the Med.

    Son was very happy when the first engineer gave him a Maersk Coverall to use and keep and has 3rd Engineer on it. He said that he really likes everyone and they are constantly cutting up with each other. :shake:

    Other interesting item was that a steward currently on Maersk Georgia was on the Maersk Alabama when attacked by pirates in April. I am sure that I will hear some stories in the coming months.

    Ship has shown up now and then on the global ship trackers. Currently sailing past Italy and will be to Suez on Wednesday. Then on to Dubai, Pakistan and India. Then they turn back for New York and do it again. Also mention that next time through they will stop in Alexandria, Egypt and perhaps he will get to the pyramids.

    Last year Plebe this year a world traveler!!

    Hang in there.
     
  5. Is2day4him

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    Yes, you definitely are famous. And those of us whose mids are not the communicative sort got to live vicariously through your postings. I figure I'll be lucky to get any email or phone calls once she goes to sea in Nov.
     
  7. kpmom2011

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    KPMum12... you probably will get calls. My son who is not big on talking on the phone, called a lot when he was in port and not only called, talked for quite a while. Guess they get lonely :shake:
     
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    Thank you so much for the entry. It's inspiring. Has anyone else out there read "Dangerous Waters..Modern Piracy and Terror on the High Seas" by John S. Burnett copywritten in 2002? I'm almost done. It's not a read for the light hearted. Our ds read it before he left for indoc. I don't know if there is an updated version, but it's quite revealing; how piracy is accomplished, how captains and crew defend their ship, why piracy is occuring, how it is supported financially and with whose money.
     

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