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MARITIME BUSINESS 1) The USNS Walter S. Diehl was the vessel I was assigned to this second sea year. It was a Military Sealift Command vessel utilized as a re-supply vessel for the U.S. Navy and Foreign fleets. The Walter S. Diehl was an underway replenishment tanker and had a total crew of approximately 120 people. The crew was comprised of an engine department, deck department, steward department, Military, and supply department and when in hostile areas a Marine detachment was also aboard. The officer complement was made up of the Captain, Chief Mate, Military Officer in Charge or OIC (Chief Petty officer), a Cargo Mate, Second Mate, two Third Mates, Supply Officer, Junior Supply Officer, Purser, Chief Steward, Medical Service Officer(MSO), Chief Engineer, First Engineer, Second Engineer, two Third Engineers, and a Cargo Second Engineer. The rest of the crew was made up of unlicensed civilian workers and enlisted military personnel. The various ratings include Steward Utilities, Supply Clerks, the Able Bodied seamen, Ordinary seaman, Electronics Technicians, Engine utilities, Wipers, Supply Yeomen / storekeeper, Electricians, Reefer engineer, and various military rates. A. The manning of the Walter S. Diehl was quite sufficient. For a few weeks however we were short 5 Able Bodied seamen. Due to this, the cadets were called to fill the work void. Of course we worked the normal day and overtime and received no recognition. At times when there were no jobs scheduled, the amount of people seemed quite inflated. As long as things were in good operational order, the work routine remained rather relaxed. The replenishment operations specifically involve simultaneous manning of many different operations in order to get the job done, so a large amount of people allows time for rotation of the teams and rest periods to aid in extended amounts of time available to move cargo or fuel. B. Most workers maintain a work schedule, which is based upon 8 hours of work. Independent of that is an overtime regime that is dictated by the department head as the budget and workload allows. Because of this some workers receive more overtime than 1
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others for various reasons. Sometimes work arises and excessive time beyond normal working hours is required to accomplish a task, such as a cargo hose rupturing. Other times, there may not be a large amount of work that is available and overtime may be cut for this reason to help with budget control. C. The majority of the maintenance done on the Walter S. Diehl is preventative. The Walter S. Diehl operates on the MSC approved and implemented system. This assures that proper checks and replacements have been made on the key points of each system and components to help lessen the chance that a problem may occur. Parts are examined and replaced as needed, rather than when they fail and cause other problems. This type of maintenance is more costly, as more replacement parts are utilized, and more man hours are used. However, in the case of this ship, it is essential that we are fully functional at all times. Overall, I think that money will be saved, as less major problems should arise if
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