Friday, March 26, 2010
Seafarers should clarify the date of manufacture of items ordered as it may not be the current year (2010). Most items have a 5 year life for USCG Inspections and customer expectations. If an item is ordered and has only a 3 year inspection life left, for example, the mail order company should advise the customer before shipping and reduce the price pro rata to the remaining years.
Seafarers should be aware of this practice when ordering online for mail order safety equipment. Check all your equipment expiration dates, have everything current for Inspections and if you are not an Inspected Vessel then get a Courtesy Inspection and display your sticker.
Safe boating is no accident!!
Thursday, March 25, 2010
The SS-PG with a weak showing, compared to its usual strident outpouring of adjusted facts to suit itself, states that Bethune peacefully boarded the MS Shonan Maru #2 on February 15, 2010. Of course by doing that he violated Japanese Maritime Law which forbids the boarding of a Japanese Flag State vessel underway at sea without the prior approval of the vessel's Master. Since Bethune did not have such permission he was detained by the vessel's Master. Transported to Tokyo, Japan he was arrested by the Japan Coastguard and charged under Japanese Maritime Laws. All this has been discussed before and Bethune is very likely to appear in a Japanese Court to answer those specific charges.
The reason why he boarded the MS Shonan Maru #2 in the first place is linked by the SS-PG to a previous incident but in fact it is an entirely separate issue. It is the collision some days before between the MS Shonan Maru #2 and Bethune's vessel the Ady Gil. This collision resulted in so severe damage, she was literally cut in half, that some time later she sank. There was no loss of life due to the Ady Gil crew being rescued by another SS-PG vessel the MS Bob Barker which was standing by observing and videoing the collision. Supposedly there was an attempt to save the Ady Gil but it was clearly, from video supplied by both SS-PG and the Japanese, quite unsuccessful.
It remains to be seen if the Japanese choose to investigate the collision incident while they have Mr. Bethune in Japanese jurisdiction. For now NAUTICAL LOG will leave it there and address the collision incident at another time. Now for the second SS-PG Press Release, NAUTICAL LOG has written a Post (SILENCE OF THE "LAMBS") below on the failure of the Monaco proposal at CITES to ban bluefin tuna fishing.
A statement by Steve Roest, Chief Executive Officer of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society says:
"Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (Sea Shepherd) will be arriving in the Mediterranean this summer and will stand against the illegal overfishing of bluefin tuna. Sea Shepherd will do everything possible within boundaries of international law to protect the magnificent bluefin. By sea, air and land, preparations are well underway for the Mediterranean bluefin tuna defense campaign, and Sea Shepherd's flagship vessel Steve Irwin, having just returned from intervening against illegal whaling off the coast of Antarctica, is now on its way to enforce international conservation law in European waters."
Interestingly the statement is put out under Mr. Roest's name and not one of 'Wats-his-names' bravado ranting writings. It may well be that his influence has wained somewhat perhaps as a result of the complete disaster of "Operation Waltzing Matilda". From the above statement it would appear that the MS Steve Irwin has left its sanctuary pirate lair Port of Hobart, TAS and is heading - where? Perhaps across the Pacific to Panama for a Canal transit and on to Europe, a voyage of some 12,000 nautical miles.
Well ITF now is your chance to make a stand against maritime thuggery by finding out what Australian Unions supplied port services for the MS Steve Irwin to prepare for her voyage and which Hobart Pilot guided her to sea. If she ever reaches Europe and engages in any form of violence they can be charged with aiding and abetting maritime thuggery.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Going through the NAUTICAL LOG Press Release folder there is not a word since March 12, 2010, some eight days ago, from the Sea Shepherd Pirate Group. This has been the longest that 'Wats-his-name' has been so quiet. Are they hunkered down in their pirate lair sanctuary of the Port of Hobart, TAS plotting their next dastardly move, arrrgh!! Or perhaps they are considering a more effective approach since the violence executed this season failed totally. It did not accomplish anything positive in their declared mission and reduced "Operation Waltzing Matilda" to a joke.
Partly as a result of the failure by Monaco to pass the ban on Bluefin fishing at CITES and the ITF worldwide programme against piracy they may have serious problems. SS-PG openly declared that their intention on arriving in Europe is to attack the Bluefin tuna fisherman. In turn this places the various Port Unions, Maritime Unions and Maritime Pilotage Associations that may be involved in preparing a SS-PG vessel for sea or guiding it in/out of port, in conflict with their worldwide body namely the ITF. Should the violence against fishermen actually occur it could come back on these Unions being charged as co-conspirators to maritime thuggery and piracy. Since many Port Pilots are in individual contract with their Pilotage Association a Pilot involved could possibly be individually charged. Clearly no Union or Pilot would like to find themselves in such a position of possibly aiding and abetting a crime.
NAUTICAL LOG believes this needs careful study and attention by Unions, Pilotage Associations and Governments involved. It is an opportunity for the ITF to make an stance against this maritime thuggery which has gone on far too long, been tolerated by these same Governments particularly the SS-PG Flag State and Port State. The IMO as usual has remained complacent throughout.
Friday, March 19, 2010
From Doha, Qatar comes a report that the 175 nation Convention on International Trade in Endangered Spies (CITES) failed to pass a proposed ban by Monaco on Atlantic Bluefin tuna fishing. With stocks of the fish reportedly down 75% the defeat was a set back for the United States, European Union and the conservationists who backed the Monaco proposal.
Fishing nations from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Caribbean and representatives of European fishermen complained that any ban would damage their fishing communities. They felt that fears of the stock's collapse were overstated. This may reflect the lack of trust in scientific studies as a result of the British global warming e-mails. In fact Libya accused Monaco of lying and trying to mislead delegates before calling for the vote.
The largest consumer of Bluefin tuna is Japan and Tokyo also raised doubts that such a radical move as banning was scientifically sound.
With the declared planned attacks on the Bluefin tuna fishermen announced by the SS-PG it would seem that a determined effort by the ITF to stop those plans is needed more than ever. In a previous Post NAUTICAL LOG suggested that the ITF work to prevent the SS-PG vessel MS Steve Irwin and possibly also the MS Bob Barker sailing from Hobart, TAS to Europe via the Panama Canal.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
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Seafarers delegates at the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) meeting in Germany authorised the ITF to build a campaign. It is hoped to present a petition to governments by World Maritime Day, September 23, 2010.
The Petition will call on nations to:
- Dedicate significant resources and work to find a solution
- Take immediate steps to secure the release and safe return of kidnapped seafarers to their families
- work within the international community to secure a stable and peaceful future for Somalia and its people
ITF Maritime Coordinator Steve Cotton stated that "We also highlighted the scandalous negligence of countries making billions from ships they are doing nothing to protect."
The ITF will now work on an e-petition website and a cross-industry international campaign intended to deliver a powerful message to governments on World Maritime Day. Here at NAUTICAL LOG we fully support this long overdue campaign by the ITF. We would ask them to include in their campaign action against the SEA SHEPHERD CONSERVATION SOCIETY whose nautical thuggery is a disgrace to all seafarers and whom NAUTICAL LOG refers to as the SEA SHEPHERD PIRATE GROUP (SS-PG).
At least one of the SS-PG vessels the MS Steve Irwin is due to leave its pirate lair Port of Hobart, TAS on a 12,000 nautical mile voyage to France via the Panama Canal. It plans to attack fishermen in the Mediterranean. The ITF has an opportunity here to make a stand against this vessel and set an example against piracy. The ITF could persuade Tasmanian Unions not to work this vessel either in fuelling or port operations handling. Effectively this would prevent the vessel preparing for sea and in the event it was privately supplied it should not be boarded by any Pilotage Authority or allowed to transit the Panama Canal. The SS-PG thrives on publicity so lets use that against it and pirates in general.
Once the ITF website is up and running NAUTICAL LOG will Post an NLIN, we hope and expect all seafarers to respond to the e-petition positively. We have asked the Australian Maritime Unions and the Company of Master Mariners of Australia www.mastermariners.org.au/ to take action against the SS-PG. Unfortunately the silence has been deafening with no response, perhaps now they will get some 'guts' and work with the ITF.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
MIN 376 (M+F)
MIN 378 (M+F)
MIN 379 (M+F) Non-UK issued SSO Certificates are now recognised by the MCA.
MGN 406 (M+F)
These are available as always from www.mcga.gov.uk/
If there is a problem the "M" Notice Administrator's telephone number is 023-8032-9391
Monday, March 15, 2010
We need a basic Marine Insurance Policy coverage for the boat itself to take care of damage and loss. But we also should have repairs and towing coverage just like we have for our car probably with the American Automobile Association (AAA). There are two main organizations that offer Commercial Towing Assistance to both its members and others, Boat Assist and Sea Tow. Look around your marina and you will see at least one of them. Boat Assist are the Red guys and Sea Tow the Yellow guys whose websites are in 'Link List' below. Stop by and visit with them, get their program explained, learn how it works and have that coverage when out on the water.
Of course there are other independent Commercial Towing Assistance operators who will be more than happy to tow you should you be in trouble. Therein is the basic problem because marine towing is connected with Salvage under Maritime Law. It is a business best explained by your maritime lawyer, know this however, once you accept a towline from a towboat the operators have a maritime lien on your vessel. It will remain secured to their dock, under maritime lien, until the fee charged is paid and that can be an expensive business. Therefore if you have engine trouble and an 'independent' arrives alongside who states that since he or she is not a marine mechanic, offers to tow you to their dock for a look at the engine, be extremely wary. Think about it, here is a towboat operator who cannot repair their own engine should it breakdown out looking to tow others.
It is a personal choice but NAUTICAL LOG feels more at ease having a membership policy with those Red or Yellow guys who are backed by an experienced company operation and monitored by the United States Coast Guard (USCG). Alright that's a look at Insurance now for Preparation.
The 'Discover Boating' website also listed in 'Link List' below, has a wealth of information and useful checklists.
Spring Start-up Checklist covers;
Deck, Fittings, Safety Equipment
Electrical System and Components
Required and Recommended Equipment
Mast and Rigging
Semi-Annual Checklist covers;
These are all the things that you must check before that first trip of the season. Now if in reading the above you have asked yourself, even once "what is that"? then GO TAKE A BOATING COURSE because otherwise you are heading for serious trouble out on the water. Why do you think those Red, Yellow and other boats are out there in the marine towing assistance business. Finally if you have questions that you feel NAUTICAL LOG might be able to help with feel free to e-mail us, we want you to enjoy Safe Boating.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
The Sea Shepherd Pirate Group have been remarkably quiet since their return to their pirate lair sanctuary Port of Hobart. This is understandable really as they have had a disastrous anti-whaling season without accomplishment. While 'Animal Planet' and 'hollywood types' will no doubt more than cover their expenses it is still nice to actually accomplish something worthwhile. So NAUTICAL LOG has a suggestion for the crew of MS Steve Irwin and possibly the MS Bob Barker.
As it happens there is an opportunity to do just that in the coming weeks and months and truly become the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. During the long planned voyage of 12,000 nautical miles to Europe via the Panama Canal and no doubt with a call at the Galapagos Islands you can get involved in several useful projects. First there is the Voluntary Observing Ships Programme (VOSP) which has ships of many nations reporting the weather every six hours. By contacting the Port Meteorological Officer (PMO) one can obtain forms and a Weather Logbook. The PMO will check the meteorological instruments for accuracy, and explain the programme. Once at sea the Bridge Watch Team completes the Weather Log at designated times, copies the data on to the form which is passed to the Communications Officer for transmission. The PMO's visit when the ship is in port and replace anything needed ready for the next voyage.
In addition there are marine scientific programmes that observe, record and report marine life. Another is reporting flights of migrating birds, pollution, sea hazards or unusual sightings of fishing fleets - perhaps using illegal procedures, that should appeal to SS-PG types. By contacting the local University one is easily directed to those programmes and the information obtained is immensely important as the ship is a marine lab. Over the years at sea NAUTICAL LOG has been involved in all these activities. It was fun and rewarding to contribute something to the World's body of knowledge.
This is a lot more conservationist than the usual 'smash and grab' nautical thuggery existence of the SS-PG and a lot more personally satisfying one would think. Also NAUTICAL LOG hopes that the Master and Officers assigned for the voyage take time to train the crew in nautical skills and encourage other studies in the long hours at sea. Such voyages are an opportunity to discover a lot about ourselves and to improve the mind with interesting useful knowledge.
Here's to a happy and constructive time at sea making a real contribution to maritime interests. NAUTICAL LOG looks forward to your on passage reports. Bon voyage!
Friday, March 12, 2010
UPDATE: March 13, 2010.
The Japan Coastguard formally arrested Mr. Bethune shortly after his arrival on board the MS Shonan Maru #2 in the Port of Tokyo. The Japan Coastguard removed him from the ship to Japan Police HQ in Tokyo. This will be the first prosecution and trial for trespassing aboard a Japanese vessel preferred by the Japan Coastguard. If convicted, which would seem quite likely, Mr. Bethune faces three years in a Japanese prison.
It is reported on the international media outlets that Mr. Bethune has had previous conflicts with Central and South American nations. He is also reported to have caused one death, in a sea collision off Guatemala, while operating the Earthrace which is the former name of the now sunken Ady Gil. Thus it appears he is no stranger to confrontations with maritime authorities of various nations around the world.
From Japan comes news that the MS Shonan Maru#2 has arrived in Tokyo and aboard is Mr. Bethune the operator of the Ady Gil. You may recall this is the SS-PG vessel sunk by the MS Shonan Maru #2 and that Bethune scrambled aboard to confront her Master. Of course he was detained and under orders of the Japanese Government brought to Japan in disgrace to stand trial for violation of Japanese Maritime Law.
The SS-PG Press Release covering his arrival is an amalgam of quotes over the years by its fearless leader who likes to risk other peoples lives while he remains safe and sound. In fact looking at his upcoming schedule he will be parading around on a speaking tour and generally socialising with the 'hollywood' types. In this false and unrealistic world he will be the latest cocktail party buffoon until something else comes along to occupy their boring and trivial lives.
Meanwhile of course in the real world Mr. Bethune is the focal point of all that is worst in peoples behaviour. The Press Release raises the spectacle of the Second World War and touts this man as a 'hero' of western nations. On the Japanese side nationalists waved Rising Sun flags and displayed signs. This person has in a self-centered thoughtless action endangered years of diplomacy and constructive treaties to develop a sound working relationship after a bitter conflict.
To add to this situation a Mr. Spielberg and a Mr. Hanks both, so NAUTICAL LOG understands, are 'hollywood' types who are currently producing "Pacific" a 10 part HBO miniseries about the World War against Japan. There is an ongoing discussion about the controversial approach to the conflict this series "Pacific" takes. No doubt, without regard for the greater responsibility of maintaining world peace, 'Wats-his-name' will play the part of the swashbuckling pirate captain for his continued personal glorification in the name of a narrowly focused cause. Were it not so serious it could be regarded as pathetic.
In passing one could note that Togo is very inexperienced in maritime affairs and is in a state of political turmoil. It really does not matter that much because The Netherlands will offer the MS Bob Barker registration and proudly become its Flag State. Little would be gained by punishing any of the crewmembers most if not all are volunteers or called such anyway. They join in these farcical expeditions dazzled by that swashbuckling pirate captain 'Wats-his-name'. In turn the now not so 'swash' pirate captain deserts them to return home in triumph to a hero's welcome in his new home town of Fridays Harbor, WA. They of course face a 12,000 nautical mile voyage to Europe. I don't suppose 90% of them have any idea what they are facing on that passage of at least 45-50 days.
See what can be achieved by non-violent protest. The "Hump" has announced its closing due to being found serving whale meat. Perhaps SS-PG can learn from this, reassess their methods and find an effective strategy. Certainly "Operation Waltzing Matilda" was a disastrous campaign.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Monday, March 8, 2010
SS-PG produced an 'Antarctic Campaign Report' covering "2009-2010 Antarctic Whale Defense Campaign: Operation Waltzing Matilda". As it turns out it was quite a good choice of name as the SS-PG have been waltzing around accomplishing something between very little to nothing. Other than perform for the 'Animal Planet' TV coverage the whole venture was a complete waste of time, burnt fuel oil, a lost toy boat and damaged ship. Lets not forget the shameful episode of the captured boat operator now on the way to Japan in disgrace.
The Report rehashes events and tries desperately to put a positive spin on what took place but fails miserably. It is the Report of a very tired, confused and disappointed person the usual bravado statements totally missing, in fact it does not sound like 'Wats-his-name' at all. What little enthusiasm there is, is reserved for the Australians who apparently approve 91% of pirate operations. Of course since Australia provides sanctuary for the SS-PG it naturally must be kow-towed too.
This might explain why the Australian Maritime Unions and the Australian Master Mariners Association have been stunningly silent in this abuse of Australia's Maritime Facilities and use of its Ports as pirate lairs. One wonders what has happened to the courageous ANZAC spirit which once set an honourable standard for us all.
Now according to a contact of NAUTICAL LOG the SS-PG vessel or vessels are preparing to leave Australia on passage to Europe. They wish to stop the Mediterranean Bluefin tuna fishermen from fishing. How they are going to get there one has to wonder, around the Cape of Good Hope or run the gauntlet of their fellow pirates, real armed pirates, of the Horn of Africa. Should that be accomplished they would then have to go up the Red Sea and transit the Suez Canal. Now one suspects that Egypt may not be wildly enthusiastic to allow them to make that transit. After all as well as the European nations the nations of North Africa also fish for Bluefin tuna. The distance from Hobart, Tasmania to Port Said, Egypt is 7960 nautical miles. The distance from Hobart to Cape Town, South Africa is 6229 nautical miles and from Cape Town to Lorient, France is 5739 nautical miles for a total of 11,968 nautical miles.
However the same contact has suggested only the MS Steve Irwin will go to the Mediterranean and that it will cross the Pacific to transit the Panama Canal. Also it appears that the SS-PG fearless leader is unable to travel on this real sea passage. More buckling and no swash from 'Wats-his-name'. The distance from Hobart, Tasmania to Cristobal, Panama is 7673 nautical miles and from Cristobal, Panama to Lorient, France is 4462 nautical miles for a total of 12,135 nautical miles.
If you think the Japanese Whaling Fleet were a little aggressive this year just wait to see the welcome the Mediterranean fishermen will give the SS-PG. These are people even the French President is very cautious and diplomatic in dealing with. Already there have been some plans to welcome the SS-PG with open arms to the Mediterranean, after all the 'Black Ships' are well known to French fishermen. You may recall the 'Black Ships' warm welcome from the fishermen of St. Pierre et Miquelon, France. One has to believe with plans like this 'Wats-his-name' has truly lost his 'swash' and as for anyone joining these vessels as a crewmember - well better have your paperwork all in order before sailing.
Sunday, March 7, 2010
The Investigation is in response to about 100 complaints by the Japanese Government. Warrants were apparently served for video material, computer records, logbooks, charts and anything that will assist their investigation. The crews were interviewed and statements taken for now they remain aboard their individual ships. By allowing an unregistered vessel the MS Bob Barker into one of its ports the Australian Government has taken responsibility for it. Until the vessel can find a Flag State it must remain in Hobart under Maritime Law. As Port State the Australian Government must place the vessel under a detention Admiralty writ and maintain its condition.
NAUTICAL LOG requests and expects the Australian Master Mariners Association to appoint a ship guardian to see that this is done and not allow this vessel to proceed to sea undocumented. Regretfully this Association has done nothing to prevent the use of Australian ports as pirate sanctuaries or to express any public disapproval of the continuous violation of maritime laws over the last several years.
The SS-PG ended its campaign against the Japanese Whaling Fleet in complete disarray having failed in each tactic executed supposedly to prevent whaling. Amongst the various counter strikes against the SS-PG was the sinking of their Ady Gil and the deflagging of their MS Bob Barker as well as the detention and removal to Japan of the operator of the Ady Gil.
While the vessel searches and crew interviews were going on by the AFP the heroic Prime Minister Kevin Rudd reiterated the Australian Government's stance to prosecute Japanese whalers in an international court if they fail to cease their annual cull. Now Kevin knows quite well that by the time the case would be considered, let alone heard, he and his administration will be long gone from office. This is just a piece of political theatre and grandstanding at its pathetic worst which insults the Japanese and does nothing for the already Australian stained maritime image.
Saturday, March 6, 2010
The report states that "a large number of passengers and crew members complaining of flu-like symptoms during a two week voyage". Of course the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) arrived and determined that 168 passengers of 1,211 and 19 crew of 559 were sick.
One passenger Mr. (77) stated "I feel the ship didn't do what they were supposed to do to take care of us. They should have cleaned the damned place up". But another Ms. (66) stated "They were so careful they sprayed our cabins down with chemical to kill it".
Having served in cruise ships for three decades these are typical reactions of passengers/guests. Cruise ships are cleaner than most hotels ashore, just about all restaurants and most likely Mr. 77's own home. Cleaning goes on 365/7/24 and is monitored by the ships own command, the CDC and the water quality continuously recorded on graphs for examination by Health Authorities. It is unlikely that Mr. 77 does that in his home either.
As will be found in this case no doubt a passenger or passengers came aboard for the cruise already sick and of course in the relatively confined shipboard atmosphere spread the germs. Many times when boarding there are passengers coughing and sneezing in the Cruise Terminal and we used to comment about it. Unfortunately unless they collapse and paramedics have to be called the Law requires they are allowed to board.
So Ms. 66 thank you for your gracious comments about the crew, as always they work long and hard. Mr. 77 look to your fellow passengers or perhaps even yourself - but don't blame the cruise ship.
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Last year on June 18, 2009 NAUTICAL LOG published a Post entitled "Voyage & Passage Planning". At that time the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office www.ukho.gov.uk/ were in the final stages of the development of the future of navigation. Indeed that is just what it was named "The Future of Navigation" and there is a link to it and the UKHO in our 'Link List' below. We would suggest a visit to learn all the details of this onboard and ashore system.
In Shanghai, China on December 01, 2009 the UKHO 'Admiralty e-Navigator' was duly launched so it has now been in operation for three months. To quote the International Maritime Organization (IMO)
"e-Navigation is the harmonised collection, integration, exchange, presentation and analysis of maritime information onboard and ashore by electronic means to enhance berth to berth navigation and related services, for safety and security at sea and protection of the marine environment"
One thing the IMO can be always be counted on for is a well worded statement.
In our previous Post we made some suggestions and NAUTICAL LOG is pleased to see that in its 'Passage Planning' section UKHO 'Admiralty e-Navigator' covers all those points including:
- VTS diagrams and calling points
- Pilot information
- Anchorage locations
- Port approach details
- Arrival and departure requirements
- Terminal details
- Stevedore working hours
- Port regulations
- List of chandlers and Port agents
- List of other services
Visit the UKHO website at www.ukho.gov.uk/ and contact your nautical chart distributor for the latest updated information covering your area.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
There seems to be some confusion as to where this incident occurred and where the ship was on passage from and to. At NAUTICAL LOG we read reports this morning in Greek, French, Spanish as well as English to try and clarify. It seems that the MS Louis Majesty left Cartagena, Spain and headed for Genoa, Italy. Due to poor weather conditions it was decided to bypass a planned call at Barcalona, Spain. Initially it was reported that the incident occurred "off Marseille, France" however this was just a general area mention and not an accurate navigator's position. The navigator's position remains "off Capo de Begur" as the location of the incident. One would really like to see the Media make an effort to report accurately as it seems to be a worldwide malaise to just write something down in whatever language and print it regardless of accuracy.
March 03, 2010.
A cruise ship the MS Louis Majesty was hit by an 8 metre wave in the Mediterranean today. The accident happened off Capo de Begur, Spain some 80 miles northeast of Barcalona, Spain. The ship requested emergency berthing in Barcalona and injured passengers were removed. Spanish reports that two were dead a German and an Italian man.
Cmdr. Bernand Celier of the French Maritime Authority based in Toulon said "no signs of the least problem with the Louis Majesty" he noted however that winds of over 100 kph./60mph had been reported.
Louis Cruise Line's Michael Maratheftis said the ship was hit by three abnormally high waves up to 26 feet high that broke glass in the forward section. The vessel is 207 metres/680 feet long has 10 passenger decks and 732 staterooms.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Navigation Officers must build this data into their Passage Plans, allowing for possible depth changes and missing navigational marks. It is suggested that the sounder/sonar be operated continuously, give land masses a wider berth than usual where possible and obtain navigational data from the Armada de Chile prior to entering Chilean waters. The Consular Officers of Chile may have useful data however it must be realised that there has not yet been the opportunity to survey for chart corrections.
Mariners may find that at this time and for some time in the future areas may be closed to shipping particularly private yachts and cruise ships. Search and Recovery is underway.
Full cooperation with the Armada de Chile is necessary as the country has a lot on its hands at present. Also there is an Administration change on March 11, 2010. Obtain, read and follow all SHOA 'Notices to Mariners' regarding Chilean Waters.
Servicio Hidrografico y Oceanografico de la Armada de Chile www.shoa.cl/ charts that are affected are numbers 5000, 6000, 6110, 6111, 6112, 6120, 6121, 6122 covering the Talcahuano and River Bio Bio areas. Electronic charts are available on the usual CD for each area. All SHOA data and information is available in Chile's native language Spanish or in English at their website.
UK Hydrographic Office of British Admiralty www.ukho.gov.uk/ charts that are affected are BA 1314, BA 1389, BA 4247, BA 4248 for same area.
Indeed now with coffee at hand we can read the latest SS-PG Press Release, I think so anyway. Today quotes a Dr. Andrew Pershing from the University of Maine who got a bit carried away with his writing, we all do at times, and describes whales as the "forests of the ocean". Really NAUTICAL LOG kids you not, - I think that I shall never see a whale as lovely as a tree - with apologies to a famous poet but it was just too tempting!!
Now you will perhaps forgive me as I was born 100 metres from the sea, have spent my 73 years closely connected to it and I have great trouble following this. But please let us read on and quote the good scientist, "Whales like any animal or plant are made out of a lot of carbon". There you go turned out to be quite easy to understand after all. He goes on to point out that originally whale were a source of lamp oil which when burned released the carbon directly into the air. Pointing out further that "In their initial calculations the scientists calculated that 100 years of whaling had released an amount of carbon equivalent to burning 130,000 sq.kms of temperate forests or driving 128,000 Humvee's continuously for 100 years" - note in passing he did not select Toyota's.
All this science study stuff is laudable except for one small problem those guys at the University of East Anglia in England whose e-mails became public makes one just a little suspicious now of these 'scientific' studies.
Dr. Pershing (seems like a nice guy) stressed that this is a tiny amount when compared to the billions of tonnes produced by human activity every year. He said the whales undertook an important role in storing and transporting carbon in the marine ecosystem. Leaving groups of whales to grow could sequester the greenhouse gas in amounts that are comparable to some of the reforestation schemes that earn and sell carbon credits. He suggested that a similar system of carbon credits could be applied to whales in order to protect and rebuild their stocks. Pretty neat idea actually.
Now for the ultimate 'greenhouse gas' because this is the point that SS-PG jumped in and stated they should receive carbon credits for every whale they prevented from being killed this year and over the past five years. In fairness you have got to hand it to those nautical thugs, be it selling ramming 'T' shirts or whale credits they are right there with money making schemes, and full of - greenhouse gas.