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Is there any communication between the crew and families back home?

Posted on October 29 2012

Question submitted by King Philip Regional High School

SEA’s two ships, the SSV Robert C. Seamans in the Pacific and the SSV Corwith Cramer in the Atlantic, usually take college students on SEA Semester programs where the goal is to give the students an authentic experience of being out on a ship, including limited communication with people on shore.  

Here we are on a rare SEA research cruise with adults and no internet.  I have no idea what our website looks like.  We do have folders on the ship’s intranet where we can see the photos and posts that were sent to the website.  Our captain, Jason, realizing there are people aboard with spouses and children, has worked out a system where those who want to can send emails to their loved ones once a week.  There is no routine way for those at home to reach us except by calling SEA in case of an emergency or to pass an important message to the ship.  

The captain communicates daily with the staff at SEA headquarters to let them know the ship's position, weather, planned course, and general state of the ship and the participants aboard.  In the event of an emergency, there are a number of communication avenues for the ship to communicate with those onshore, including the U.S. Coast Guard and medical personnel.