T.S. Kennedy Reaches Warmer Waters

OFF THE COAST OF THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS – The T.S. Kennedy has made a great deal of progress over the last few days as it heads south to its first port-of-call.

The Massachusetts Maritime Academy training vessel was tracked east of the Turks and Caicos Islands Thursday on its way to Barbados. The Kennedy has been traveling at about 15 knots for the last few days.

600 cadets from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy are onboard the vessel for the annual Sea Term. The two-month voyage allows students to put into practice what they have been learning at the academy from one semester to three and ½ years.

During the trip cadets will rotate through class and laboratory training, handle ship operations and perform maintenance and emergency drills.

Ports of call for this year’s voyage also include, Jamaica, Colombia, Tampa. Cadets will also take part of a humanitarian aid drop in Haiti.

The T.S. Kennedy is scheduled to return to Buzzards Bay on February 25.

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