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 -

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