You’re wrong. Check it up.
Yes, but there is also plenty time to learn, instead of getting bogged down by sea life. Why do you insist on making a cadet’s life miserable? Just 'coz your life is miserable in the Fourchon and/or your cadetship was miserable? Chill! Let a cadet enjoy his 1st term sea life. He has his whole life ahead of him to become miserable.
First off, the terms are too short for a cadet to get 15 loads/discharges in just one term. I’ve not sailed coastal, but even then, from my chats with fellow shipmates, he won’t get sufficient loads/discharges in just one term. Consider that from sea buoy to sea buoy, it’s at least 3 days sailing, one way, either on the WC or the EC. On the Overseas Santorini, Corpus Christie to Ashkelon is a 26days sail. Only 1 load. At Ashkelon, 1 discharge. Back to Corpus Christie, via Gibraltar for bunkering, 1 week swinging on the hook, another load and rinse and repeat. The terms’ over. Overseas Mykonos, practically the same, with a couple Med ports thrown in. SLNC Goodwill, now that Maersk Peary has the contract, half of the time, she is swinging on the hook. Besides, she’s a rust bucket. There are horror stories about that ship. No idea about SLNC Pax, other than that she’s small. Maersk Mississippi/Peary: Nobody is allowed to get off the Mississippi in the Mid-East, only to sign on and sign off the articles. Plenty time swinging at anchor. Peary is the only active tanker ship going everywhere (Guam, Philippines, Korea & Japan), with lots of sea time, but 15 loads/discharges in that one sea term? No. It’s on a MSC tanker that he’ll get the most experience, if he chooses to go tankers.
Experience says that it’s easy to remember what has been learnt on the 2nd voyage than in the 1st voyage. It’s not rocket science to see & remember which way is the needle is pointing to open or close.
So, let the cadet enjoy his 1st term. He’s just a cadet, for god’s sake. This is all assuming that he gets tankers. It’s not as if he has a choice or a say in the matter, if my info is correct.
BTW, off topic, half the cadets, especially the KPers that I came across, want to sail coastal, ending with becoming pilots. Some look at it as a short cut to join the Armed Forces and don’t even bother to learn, but can wake up early & go to the gym. On the MSC ship that I was on, they loved the life of going ashore everyday, making money and not sailing and wanted to stick to MSC. It’s an easy life on a MSC ship. Only few were ever interested in becoming proper sailors.