Saturday, March 5, 2011
VOYAGES - 'ERE AND ZERE
Since their search and rescue on behalf of the RCCNZ things have been quiet with the SSCS Group. While NAUTICAL LOG had heard rumors about what might be going on but nothing definite that we could write about it. So it was with quite a surprise this morning that we read the very brief Press Release from SSCS. Taking the second part first it seems the MS Steve Irwin and MS Bob Barker are due to arrive in Hobart, TAS on the morning of March 06, 2011. Their arrival there will mark the official end of this seasons strange campaign Operation No Compromise. As we have said before NAUTICAL LOG has no idea what if anything was accomplished indeed for the second year running. One might say that at least they did not have a vessel sunk this year - though MS Gojira was put quite at risk in ill-advised operations.
In talking about the MS Gojira it was revealed that she is in Tahiti, French Polynesia which was the surprise to NAUTICAL LOG. This being one of my favourite places in the Pacific and indeed the World one is quite envious. The visit of course raises the questions - what is she doing there and where does she go on to next? Perhaps one possibility is that had she returned to Australia for any length of time the move to remove her Australian Blue Ensign would have gone ahead. Now she can change her Flag State to French Polynesia with the assistance of Minister for Environment M. Georges Handerson and have as the vessel's sponsor perhaps his very attractive daughter. Ah! zese ship captains, zey have ze life eh!
And so we leave these happy people to their romantic lives on the beautiful tropical island of Tahiti and adding to ones happiness its french speaking - could one ask for more!