Sunday, December 25, 2011

DRONING ON !

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.

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