Monday, December 26, 2011


A wren

The Wrenboys

The Wren Song

The wren, the wren, the king of all birds
St. Stephen's Day was caught in the furze
Although he was little, his honour was great
Jump up me lads and give us a treat

We followed the wren three miles or more
Three miles or more, three miles or more
Through hedges and ditches and heaps of snow
At six o'clock in the morning

Rolley, Rolley, where is your nest?
It's in the bush that I love the best
It's in the bush, the holly tree
Where all the boys do follow me

As I went out to hunt and all
I met a wren upon the wall
Up with me wattle and gave him a fall
And brought him here to show you all

I have a little box under me arm
A tuppence or penny will do no harm
For we are the boys who came your way
To bring in the wren on St. Stephen's Day

There are several versions of The Wren Song and this is a different one from the version NAUTICAL LOG published last year. 

In my birthplace of County Waterford, Ireland the Wren Boys came around the houses on St. Stephen's Day.  They could be somewhat intimidating as the drink flowed and the first stanza used the name of the residents for example:

Mrs. O'Neill is a very good woman,
A very good woman, a very good woman,
Mrs. O'Neill is a very good woman,
She gave us a penny to bury the wren

to encourage further contributions then continued with the stanza "The wren, the wren, the king of all birds."

Good Watch

We hope you had a great celebration and maybe remembered the over 300 of our fellow seafarers held captive by pirates off the coast of Somalia.  They had absolutely nothing to celebrate.  Just think with a little effort last year from various governments they could have been home with their families like the troops from Iraq.  Well maybe next year 2012.

Sunday, December 25, 2011


Launching a drone

What with camouflaged ships and drones "Neptune's Navy" sounds like the real thing and it works to attract the young people to this seagoing cult led by "Wats-his-name".  The SSCS now have drones on board both the MS Steve Irwin and MS Bob Barker and they got results for a Christmas present.  The SSCS cult reports that the drones found the Japanese Whaling Fleet (JWF) at Latitude 37° South and Longitude 100° East.  The longitude is a NAUTICAL LOG approximation but it is fairly accurate and really does not matter that much.  So the JWF and SSCS have some 1300 miles to reach the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary which at say 15 knots average speed will take them about four days. 

Once there the whaling slaughter may begin and the SSCS start its violent counter-whaling tactics.  As most of us know from the actions of the SSCS during past seasons this is were those of us who abhor whaling but also repudiate the SSCS violence, diverge.  Of course those manning the SSCS vessels during "Operation Divine Wind" declare that they are willing, in writing actually, to give their lives for the whales - at least that is what the Chief Windbag would have us all believe.  After all the details of actual life on board these vessels that came out after the sinking of the DVV1 Ady Gil by Peter Bethune plus the confidential reports of the United States naval intelligence officers also on board during two other seasons, one takes a rather jaundiced view of his remarks.

But how did the SSCS vessels acquire these drones?  Well it appears they came from a recycling company named Bayshore Recycling Company (BRC), Woodbridge Township, NJ.  The drone is named Nicole Montcalvo after a member of the owning family or some such.  The drone was created and developed by the Moran Office of Maritime and Port Security (MOMPS).  Now there is an amusing juxtaposition of thought!  The team at MOMPS develops a drone to protect port facilities and ships from violence, terrorists and pirates only to find them being used to find seafarers and plan attacks of violence, terrorism and piracy, in this case by the SSCS seagoing cult.

It would save an awful lot of pointless effort if all the vessels involved in this nautical operetta did what they are supposed to do under Maritime Law, that is keep their Automatic Identification System (AIS) switched on at all times.  The groups are going to meet up anyway and interact negatively when they do as in past seasons.  The MS Nisshin Maru just wastes fuel, time and looks pretty unprofessional by appearing to run away from the SSCS.  Besides the JWF plans to take strong counter-action using the Japanese Fisheries Agency guard ship manned by Japanese Fisheries Officers backed by Japan Coastguard Officers.

Good Watch.

Also suffering from another set of pirates are some 300 of our fellow seafarers held captive off the coast of Somalia.  Some little effort against some pirates may, just may be happening by the Puntland Authorities.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


A Christmas pirate boat bonfire

For over a year now NAUTICAL LOG has added a message about our fellow seafarers held captive by pirates off the coast of Somalia at the close of each Post.  We at NAUTICAL LOG had hoped when we started the practice that other Maritime Blogs would join in.  Somewhat to our surprise and certainly to our disappointment this has not happened - we really do not understand why it has not.

However there is a website for EUNAVFOR which patrols the Horn of Africa and it is worth a visit.  There is an article there about the seafarers held captive and how very little has been done for them, also that 60 have died  in captivity, more are missing their fate unknown.

We at NAUTICAL LOG will continue to add our reminding message at the end of each Post during the coming year 2012 to draw attention to our fellow seafarers plight.  We shall also be commencing a letter writing campaign to the Governments of the EU, India and China to encourage and request that in spite of the high risk to those held captive by the pirates action to rescue them should be taken.  The captives are not living their lives but existing in deplorable conditions, it would seem the risks involved in a rescue attempt may well be worth it.

Good Watch

Tuesday, December 20, 2011


Our Blog NAUTICAL LOG is fortunate enough to have readers from all over the World.  It is therefore likely that they follow many different religions and hold many different beliefs - we respect them all.  While NAUTICAL LOG does not follow a particular religion we do hold Christian beliefs.  Therefore with that in mind we should like to share our celebration of this very special time of the Christian year. 

English:       Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Irish:            Beannachtai na Nollag agus na hAthhlianna.
Welsh:         n'Arab Nadolig a'n Ddedwydd 'n Grai Blyddyn.
French:        Joyeaux Noel et Bonne Annee.
Haitian:        Jawye Nowel e Bonn Ane.
Spanish:       Feliz Navidad y Un Prospero Ano Nuevo.
Basque:        Zorionak eta urte berri on.
German:       Frohliches Weinachten und Gutes Neues Jahr.
Swedish:      God Jul och Gott Nytt Ar.
Hawaiian:     Mele Kalikimaka Hau'oli Makahili Hou.
Catalan:        Bon Nadal i un Bon Any Noul.
Breton:         Nedeleg laouen na bloavezh mat.
Cornish:       Nadelik looan na looan blethen now ethy.
Croatian:      Sretan Bozic. Vesela Nova Godina.
Afrikaans:    Geseende Kersfees
Finnish:        Hyvaa joulua
Hebrew:        Mo'adim Lesimka. Chena tova.
Japanese:      Shinnen omedeto. Kurisumasu Omedeto
Korean:        Sung Tan Chuk Ha
Maltese:       IL-Milied It-tajjeb.
Manx:          Nollick ghennal as blien vie noa.
Tagalog:      Maligayan Pasko. Masaganang Bagong Taon.
Tamil:          Christmas matrum puthaandu vaazthukkal.
Sinhala:        Subha nattalak suba tava vasarak.
Polish:         Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia.
Russian:       Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikkom Rozhdestva is Novim Godom.
Vietnamese: Chung Mung Giang Sinh.

Good Watch

And to our fellow seafarers held captive by pirates off the coast of Somalia Merry Christmas to all of you and we hope that 2012 will be your Freedom Year.


Republic of Korea icebreaker MS Araon.

Ice is not an area to navigate in without specialised knowledge of it and a specially designed vessel to navigate it in.   Having served as a Watchofficer in an icebreaker NAUTICAL LOG speaks from first hand experience. 

Russian Flag State FV Sparta floating in a lead but trapped in the ice.

Trapped and holed in the Antarctic Region of the Ross Sea is the Russian Flag State FV Sparta.  There are immediately two questions to ask; Why was she fishing in the Antarctic Region ? Why was a non-icestrengthened vessel there at all?

There are two vessels trying to assist her one is another fishing vessel (FV) which could well get in difficulties herself thus making two problems, the other is the Korean (South) icebreaker MS Araon.  She left the Port of Lyttleton, NZ and is headed to the distress area, this should take about another week.

The Deputy Head of the Russian Antarctic Expedition at the Research Institute of the Arctic and Antarctic Regions Vyacheslav Martanov is not pleased.  On the Voice of Russia he said that the area where the Russian FV is in distress is one of the most icy zones of Antarctica.  Further quoted was Alexei Knishnikov who stated that currently there are no technical solutions for cleaning fuel spills in icy areas.  And to think the NZAF dropped a pump and fuel to the distressed FV - one has to wonder at the thinking, if any, behind that decision distress or no distress.  FV Sparta is the responsibility of the New Zealand Rescue Coordination Centre (NZRCC); perhaps our readers will recall the controversial decision making by NZRCC last season involving assistance to the SY Berserk when she was lost last year.

So what is the answer as to why the FV Sparta was fishing in the Region in the first place?  Well you see she was licensed to fish in New Zealand 's Ross Sea by the 25-nation Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources based in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.  The Commission is under pressure to create a Marine Reserve over the Ross Sea but this is being resisted by one of the 25 nations of the Commission which just happens to be the principal toothfishing nation in the area - New Zealand.

Isn't that interesting and both Australia and New Zealand Ports host the Sea Shepherd vessels and resupply them for activities against the Japanese Whaling Fleet which use piracy tactics.  So it appears that while whaling is generally considered deplorable, and it is, the toothfishing in Antarctica in non-icestrenthened vessels is acceptable to the Government of New Zealand which of course operates the New Zealand Rescue Coordination Centre making those controversial decisions.

NAUTICAL LOG would suggest that the Governments involved need to think things out on the broad picture not their narrow little short term interests to reach constructive decisions.  If they do not both the whales, the toothfish will be begone from the sea, and the krill contaminated by fuel spills with the resulting chain reaction affecting every aspect of life in Antarctica.  At present in both Tasmania and New Zealand its a case of,

 "What do I care mate I'm in good shape, here have a another brew, no worries she'll by right mate."

Good Watch

On another point which governments do not much care about either are the over 300 of our fellow seafarers held captive by pirates off the coast of Somalia.  No Christmas for them again this year and no rescue in sight.

Sunday, December 18, 2011


The antagonists in the annual whaling confrontation are gathering.  From Australia the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) has announced that their vessels  DVV2 Brigitte Bardot sails from Fremantle, the MS Steve Irwin sailed from Albany and the MS Bob Barker sailed from Hobart.  There has been talk of a fourth vessel but nothing, so far, seems to have escaped to the blogs so one has to wonder if it is blowing in the divine wind.  All these are heading to the Southern Ocean on "Operation Divine Wind" which is supposed to prevent whaling - we wish.

But where is the Japanese Whaling Fleet (JWF) it seemed according to AIS tracks that the MS Nisshin Maru headed out to sea from Japans Inland Sea but not a word from the Japanese.  Now an article  forwarded from Japan arrived in the NAUTICAL LOG Press Folder.

According to The Mainichi Daily News of December 14, 2011 the Japanese Fisheries Agency has an increased budget of ¥2.3 billion, past by the Diet last month, for its whaling programme this year.  The budget also covers measures to be taken to defend against anti-whaling activities.  These include the cost of a guard ship and equipment for the Japan Coast Guard officers on board it.  Combined with the initial budget for the year ending March the total amount come to ¥3 billion compared to previous annual outlays of about ¥300 million to ¥900 million according to Japan Government officials.  It will be used to make up for an income loss to the Institute of Cetacean Research which conducts the Japanese Government sponsored research whaling in the Southern Ocean off Antarctica with subsidies.

On December 06, 2011 Japanese whaling vessels left the Port of Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture for the Antarctic accompanied by a Fisheries Agency guard ship as obstructions by the SSCS are anticipated.

On Thursday December 08, 2011 the research institute and Kyodo Senpaku Kaisha Ltd., which owns the whaling ships filed a lawsuit in U.S. Federal Court against the U.S. based Sea Shepherds and its founder Paul Watson against further disruption of whaling activities.

On another point but still connected to efforts of the SSCS at Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture the Hotel where the "Cove Guardians" are staying was raided by the Prefecture Police and the Guardians detained.  This follows the recent arrest of a Dutchman of the group.  It may indicate that the Japanese Authorities have had enough of being interfered with in their own sovereign country.  After all they let these people enter Japan stay at local hotels and be active against a local industry.  It would seem that those tolerant days have ended.  Lets look at a couple of points, Japan has had a rough year, the SSCS have taken advantage of those events, the SSCS fleet is registered in South Africa and The Netherlands.  The first to run foul of Japanese authority was a South African woman, the second was a Netherlands man, the third was the entire group. 

Japanese Government protection vessel
This may indicate that the SSCS vessels currently headed towards Antarctica will be met with serious force by the Japanese this Season and this could lead to tragedy.  Having seen what happened to the DVV1 Ady Gil indicates what will happen to the DVV2 Brigitte Bardot in a ramming incident.  As to those other old pieces of maritime junk a well aimed collision would most likely punch into the hull sinking them, rusting out portholes speeding the flooding.  Now "Wats-his-name" makes bravado statements about giving his life for the whales but how about the kids who are with him dazzled by this seagoing cult of Sea Shepherds.  You know a shepherd protects his flock and looks after his faithful working dogs, would that "Wats-his-name" did the same instead of risking their lives, for his own ego, to make a point.  Truly contemptible behaviour from someone who claims to be a Master Mariner.

NAUTICAL LOG would like to draw your attention to the organisations Centro de Conservaci√≥n Cetacea and Centro Ecoceanos of Chile who express their concerns for the Antarctic Region in recent articles and their body of work..

Good Watch

So here we are just a week from Christmas and there are over 300 of our fellow seafarers held captive by pirates off the coast of Somalia.  With still no rescue in sight it will not be a very merry Christmas for them.

Saturday, December 17, 2011


Commodore Robyn Walker, RAN

Becoming an Admiral is pretty impressive in itself, becoming an Admiral and a General is really something.  Commodore Robyn Walker, RAN has been selected for promotion to Rear-Admiral RAN and appointed as Surgeon-General of the Australian Armed Forces.  In addition to considerable medical experience she is a qualified specialist in diving medicine.  Commodore Walker is a recreational diver.

From NAUTICAL LOG our congratulations to Admiral Walker and

Good Watch

As Christmas approaches our concern for the over 300 of our fellow seafarers held captive by pirates off the coast of Somalia increases.  We are shocked and awed that nothing has been done in 2011 to rescue them.

Friday, December 16, 2011


Checking our AIS this morning we see that the SSCS vessels are moving.  The MS Steve Irwin departed from Albany, Western Australia, her track shows her moving out through the entrance into King George Sound and on to the Great Australian Bight.  Meanwhile up State Route #30 at Fremantle the DVV2 Brigitte Bardot left her berth in Rous Harbour, went for a run up the coast then turned back, her AIS track shows her alongside a Rous Harbour berth.  Down in Hobart, TAS the MS Bob Barker is still alongside the wharf in the Port.

All this makes nautical sense as the fastest of these three is the DVV2 (Darth Vader vessel #2) and also the most weather sensitive.  The MS Steve Irwin has the longest run to the Antarctic Ice Edge being some 1500 miles from Hobart if she is going to join up with MS Bob Barker to make the passage together - always a good idea for these two worn out old ships.

Well we shall just have to see how it all works out as a heavy sea in a Southern Ocean storm could punch in that rotten looking rusting porthole in MS Steve Irwin, and that could easily end the things right there.

No real news of the Japanese Whaling Fleet as of yet so who knows if they will actually show up this season 2011 - 2012.  NAUTICAL LOG thinks that it is highly likely they well do so if only to save face, so important in Asia.

Good Watch

Christmas is coming but help for our over 300 fellow seafarers held captive by pirates off the coast of Somalia is not.  NAUTICAL LOG wonders all the time if anybody actually cares about them -

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


PLAN Shi Lang

This satellite photo arrived on the NAUTICAL LOG desk this evening.  It shows the Chinese PLAN Shi Lang underway in the Yellow sea. 

As China's first aircraft carrier she is a refurbished Soviet era vessel (Varyag) by way of the Ukraine.  Now there are confirmed reports of the Chinese building a second aircraft carrier themselves with a third planned or maybe already being built.

Good Watch

It is Christmas time and we still have over 300 of our fellow seafarers held captive by pirates off the coast of Somalia - no Christmas or anything else much for them.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


MS Pinar del Rio still a static cruiser

It seems in South Florida that if you need News of the famous ferry Bahamas Express operated by Balearia Lines of Catalan Spain do not go to that Company's website.  The South Florida papers announced today that there will be at least another week's delay due to "government paperwork" according to the Company spokesperson.  Now as NAUTICAL LOG has said before the only "government paperwork" involved, since the United States is the Port State, is the USCG Passenger Certificate.  So what has most likely happened, it is waterfront gossip, is that the MS Pinar del Rio could not qualify with the USCG as to crew STCW training which principally covers the practical firefighting and emergency evacuation equipment and its correct operation by the crewmembers during USCG supervised drills.

It as happened quite a few times in the past that vessels arrive here from Europe and find that the United States Coast Guard does not let them get away with situations they got away with in Europe.  In fact, thankfully, the USCG casts a stringent eye on these vessels because of so much experience in finding sloppy procedures and poor or even total lack of training.  A wise Vessel Operator would first of all contact the USCG and arrange with them for a team to go overseas to examine the vessel and make sure they were up to speed in STCW and the requirements of the USCG Passenger Certificate.  The management of this operation seems inexperienced and slack, the result is they now have the embarrassment of not being allowed to operate from a United States Port namely Port Everglades, FL.

Well there it is they would not listen to guidance from experienced local seafarers and that stubborn Catalan Spanish nature therefore has to learn the hard way.

Good Watch

Now that Christmas is coming you might be persuaded to remember the over 300 seafarers held captive by pirates off the coast of Somalia.  They will NOT be going home this month like the United States Armed Forces are from Iraq whom NAUTICAL LOG welcomes and wishes well.

Monday, December 12, 2011


The following M-Notices are now available  at  if you experience any difficulties please contact the M-Notice Administrator on 023 8032 9391

MGN 438 (M+F) Consolidated European Reporting System (CERS) - Exemption Arrangements under the Merchant Shipping (Vessel Traffic Monitoring and Reporting Requirements) Regulations 2004 (as amended)

MGN 440 (M) Measures to Counter Piracy, Armed Robbery and Other Acts of Violence against Merchant Shipping

MSN 1831 (M+F) Vessel Traffic Monitoring Notification and Reporting Requirements for Ships and Ports

MSN 1832 (M) The Merchant Shipping (Port State Control) Regulations 2011

Good Watch

Over 300 of our fellow seafarers remain held captive by pirates off the coast of Somalia.


From one of our correspondents in the paradise of the European Union (and they should really know) came this morning a "New Word" and its a beauty.

INEPTOCRACY (in-ep-toc'-ra-cy)

A system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Now reflect on our New American Society here in the United States since the advent of the Obama Maladministration and add in the Occupy Movement.  It seems to NAUTICAL LOG that this is perfectly in line with his thinking and aims in life.  If the idiotiotic candidates of the Republican Party do not start to make just basic common sense then we are going to have another four years.  We shall then rename our country The Disunited States of Western Europe with two national languages - Chinese and Greek.

Good Watch

And yes those 300 or so seafarers are still held captive by pirates off Somalia.

Saturday, December 10, 2011


York Street, Albany, Western Australia

SSCS MS Steve Irwin at Port of Albany, Western Australia
courtesy of Sarah Toa
Advanced porthole maintenance by the Sea Shepherd master seapersons!!

Well "Operation Divine Wind" continues to break wind, checking on whose where on AIS we have:

  • DVV2 Brigitte Bardot (ZA) still berthed in Rous Head Harbour, Fremantle, Western Australia.
  • MS Bob Barker (NL) still berthed in Hobart, Tasmania.
  • MS Steve Irwin (NL) berthed in Port Albany, Western Australia.  She went around the south west corner of Australia and into a nice little harbor at the end of State Route 30/Albany Highway.
Albany has a very interesting history well worth reading up on. It was the first Port of Western Australia used by the original settlers also the final departure Port for the Australian Armed Forces in World War 1.

Good Watch

As piracy increases there are over 300 seafarers held captive by pirates off the coast of Somalia without any attempts being made to rescue.


Friday, December 9, 2011


Piracy is a growth industry.  There has not been a serious coordinated crackdown from the start so several areas of the maritime world are seeing a rise in activity.  Just this week the following incidents were reported by ONI :

  • Buenaventura

  • Alexandria inner anchorage
  • South of Suez

  • Port Harcourt coast

Arabian Sea:
  • Kas Hilf, Masirah Island, Oman * see map

  • Bandjermasin
  • Balikpapan
  • Dumai Port anchorage

Good Watch

In addition to these attacks over 300 of our fellow seafarers remain captive of pirates off the coast of Somalia.  While Armed Guard Detachments on board are not a guarantee of absolute safety they are an effective means of defense.  Extreme prejudice is really the only option.

Thursday, December 8, 2011


On checking our AIS this morning we see that the SSCS vessel MS Steve Irwin (NL) has departed from the Port of Fremantle anchorage and at present is on course 194° T at 13.6 Knots. It would appear that she was not particularly welcomed in Western Australia.   She seems to have a passage plan to round the SW corner of Australia and perhaps head to Hobart, TAS. to join the MS Bob Barker (NL).  We shall be watching our AIS.

As a matter of interest to those of you not familiar with the Automatic Identification System (AIS) all passenger vessels regardless of size must have an active AIS when underway.  Other vessels of 300 GT (Gross Tonnes) or greater must also have an AIS active when underway

Regarding the MS Nisshin Maru (JP) she has not had an active AIS for over 2 days since she was in the Inland Sea of Japan.  If she is in the Pacific Ocean or on the coast of Japan she is violation of IMO SOLAS and should be instructed to active her AIS immediately.

Good Watch

Those 400 fellow seafarers are still held captive by pirates off the coast of Somalia.  Let us get them out of there and home for Christmas.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011


The "ferry" MS Pinar del Rio (ES) which was originally supposed to start operating between Port Everglades,FL and Grand Bahama on December 06, 2011 did not start.  Waterfront gossip is that they have had a delay in qualifying for the USCG Passenger Certificate to operate from a United States Port. 

When NAUTICAL LOG tried to book on both December 06 and 07, 2011 we had no luck and no information just "Please be informed we do not have the service REQUESTED".  Their website is not particularly user friendly and the fares seem to change by trip and day travelled. Also they are much more expensive than advertised with the addition of an "operational fee" of $25.00.   For a weekend trip this would work out too, after adding up all the fares and fees we could figure out,  $193.00 minimum.  NAUTICAL LOG has operated fast ferry boats on this run and from Miami, FL.  Suggestion, their Business Plan needs a complete review perhaps also their attitude towards potential passengers and/or passengers whom are now known as guests (mi casa es su casa) in the Cruise Industry.

The MS Pinar del Rio (ES) is only 225 long, a tiny boat by modern cruise and ferry vessel standards and she has two Classes.  This means that all the nicer parts of the vessel are closed off to the Economy Class passengers.  Their first mistake; this is neither Europe or Uruguay and United States passengers expect to pay for a cruise or trip were the whole vessel is available for their use.  Their second mistake; the fare structure needs simplification to just two rates, one way and round trip, with the same fare for weekdays and weekends plus the addition for Port fees.  They should state it clearly, no confusion no clever games or they are going to join the several unsuccessful small vessel operations that have tried this route before.

So Balearia if you read this, and we suspect you will, you may wish to make note of it because there will be no more free advice from NAUTICAL LOG.  At the rate you are going you will be out of business by the end of this year of 2011 - provided you get started at all.  Sorry but there it is, the writing is on the bulkhead!!

Good Watch

Please remember the 400 of our fellow seafarers whom are held captive by pirates off the coast of Somalia.


NAUTICAL LOG is becoming an active Navigator again.   Checking my Automatic Identification System (AIS) this morning it would seem, possibly, maybe, could be, the whaling season 2011 - 2012 just might be getting underway.  But then again it may not be and the vessels are going to remain in Port or go to layup berths.  So lets see what the AIS readings are at 1100 U.S. Eastern Time Zone:


DVV2  Brigitte Bardot (ZA), berthed alongside in Rous Head Harbor, Port of Fremantle, WA.
MS Steve Irwin (NL), at anchor off Port of Fremantle, WA. It seems the Australian Government is unhappy with this vessel at present.
MS Bob Barker (NL), berthed alongside at Port of Hobart, TAS.


MS Nisshin Maru (JP), underway in the Inland Sea last position recorded passing Awaji Island SW of Osaka, Japan.  Appears to heading out to Pacific Ocean AIS is not showing up at present.

Australian Customs and Border Protection:

ACV Ocean Protector, believed berthed alongside at Hobart, TAS. There is a Government block on their AIS.

Good Watch

Remember 400 of our fellow seafarers are still held captive by pirates off the coast of Somalia.

DECEMBER 07, 1941

Punchbowl NMC Oahu, HI
The greatest generation that served in World War 2 and in the Korean War are passing on.  Someone who was 19 at Pearl Harbor is today 89 years of age.  It seems inadequate to say "Thank you ladies and gentlemen" to such people but we do.  Remember that Day of Infamy but also forgive.  NAUTICAL LOG has had the opportunity and honour to visit the USS Arizona BB39, USS Missouri BB63, and Punchbowl National Military Cemetery, Oahu, HI.

Si vis pacem, para bellum.

Good Watch

Please also remember the 400 of our fellow seafarers held captive by pirates off the coast of Somalia.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011


In a recent report about the "Operation Divine Wind" which was due to start today "Wats-his-name" (who looks as if he has lost weight and healthier) stated that their regular helicopter Pilot, a United States Citizen named Chris Aultman, would not be joining in this years Operation due to personal reasons.

Now today "Wats-his-name" states in a Press Release that Mr. Aultman was denied a visa to enter Australia, which being a Sovereign Nation may allow or exclude whomever it wishes and does not have to explain their decisions to anyone - least of all "Wats-his-name". 

It also appears that the Australian Government will not be sending the ACV Ocean Protector, which is at Hobart, TAS we believe, to the Southern Sea.  This from Australian Environment Minister Tony Burke in reply to a SSCS question. The reason stated was that both the JWF and SSCS had requested the vessel be there and both requests had been denied.

Meanwhile the MS Steve Irwin remains at anchor in the Port of Fremantle anchorage area, according to its AIS transmissions.  It is all getting more confusing than ever and even allowing for those NAUTICAL LOG senior moments you may agree.

Good Watch.

And while the world is concerned for the whales, 400 of our fellow seafarers are still held captive by pirates off the coast of Somalia. Their release through superior firepower could be their only solution.