Services & Policies

Alcohol and Tobacco

Coast Guard regulations prohibit the possession or consumption of alcohol or controlled drugs (except legally prescribed medication) aboard ship. These regulations also prohibit smoking inside the ship. Smoking is not permitted in science vans. Smoking is permitted in topside smoking areas. Please use the butt cans provided.

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Clothing and Mustang Suits

Comfortable, clean clothing is acceptable on the messdeck (i.e. Jeans and T-shirt in good repair). However, we ask that you not come directly from the coring deck to the dinner table. The ship does not ordinarily provide cold weather gear to the science parties. Mustang suits are available use on the working decks.

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Electrical Equipment

All electrical equipment must be grounded, to reduce the risk of electrical shock. Any piece of equipment plugged into the ship's outlets must have a plastic case and an undamaged cord. A visual safety check should be completed before any item is plugged into the ship’s electrical system.

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Firearms

Personal firearms may be brought onboard only with prior permission of the Commanding Officer. Personal firearms must be turned over to the ship’s Weapons Officer (or OOD if the Weapon’s Officer is unavailable) for stowage in the ship’s armory as soon as you report.

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Fresh Water

Fresh water is a most precious commodity aboard ship. The use of "sea showers", when dictated, are mandatory. A sea shower entails turning the water on only to wet down and to rinse off with no more than 2 minutes of running water consumption. Soap up with the water turned off and turn the water on to rinse.

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Gym

The Gym is located on the 2nd deck directly below the messdeck. There are several weight machines, lifecycles, stairclimbers, and other typical weight room items. You are welcome to use any of this equipment, but please wipe down equipment and stow everything for sea when you are finished. There is also a gym with cardio equipment located in the upper hangar. There is a 30 minute time limit for all cardio machines during busy gym times.

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Laundry

On HEALY, laundry facilities are on a first-come, first-serve basis. A mesh laundry bag, marked with your name, is advisable. Please be considerate of others and remove your laundry from a machine as soon as it is finished.

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Meals

Meals will be served at the scheduled times, but will be flexible according to ongoing operations. All meals are served on the Messdeck. If the messdeck is crowded, please avoid loitering after finishing your meal. Midnight rations are served at 2300 and are usually simple leftovers or sandwich fixings, and are available to you. There is a small fridge on the messdeck stocked with snacks that scientists and crew are welcome to use; however, please be considerate of those personnel relying on these items to get them through a long off-hours watch.

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Medical

Upon your arrival you will be asked to fill out a health status form and meet briefly with the ship’s medical staff. A medical officer and Chief Corpsman will be available to advise and help you with medical problems occurring while underway. You should come prepared with prescription medication to last the entire trip, since obtaining re-fills onboard or in foreign ports may be difficult. The Medical Screening form must be completed as part of the cruise planning process.

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Photographs

You are more than welcome to take photographs onboard the ship but we request that you do not use them for commercial or public relations purposes without prior arrangements with the Coast Guard. 

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The Plan of the Day (POD)

The POD is produced daily and posted each evening for the following day. It lists special events, announcements, and any changes to the daily routine.

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Restricted Area (Limited Access Areas)

There are a few restricted areas of the ship. Upon arrival, you will receive a tour of the vessel. You are free and encouraged to roam throughout the ship, with the exception of Radio spaces, other staterooms, and engineering spaces. If you are interested in seeing engineering spaces, please ask a crewmember. You are welcome to visit the bridge, but please avoid any interference with watch activities or evolutions such as mooring, anchoring, flight quarters, etc. Please ask the Officer of the Deck (OOD) for permission to visit the Aloft Conning Station.

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Securing for Sea

Keeping your personal and scientific gear SECURED FOR SEA can not be emphasized enough. HEALY will roll and pitch in rough weather and seas, and will experience vibration during icebreaking. Improperly secured gear my be damaged or cause hazards to people. The ship cannot be held responsible for damage caused by poor stowage or a failure to properly secure gear. If you have any questions regarding proper stowage procedures, consult with one of our Marine Science Technicians (MST).

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Trash

The science party will be asked to sort their trash in accordance with a few ecological rules observed by the ship. Trash is separated by composition into burnable and non-burnable categories. Items that cannot be burned in the incinerator will be stored in a designated area until they can be disposed of. All members of the science party will receive information on trash handling procedures to minimize the environmental impact of waste disposal. It is the responsibility of the chief scientist to ensure that the trash in lab spaces is taken to the trash van.

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