Tuesday, April 30, 2013

KNOWLEDGE DISSEMINATION

There  are two conference coming up in London on the evolution of Man.  These are sponsored by the Royal Marsten School and are titled "Human Evolution Past, Present, and Future - Anthropological, Medical, and Nutritional Considerations".  One is on the Aquatic Ape Hypothesis and the second will hold the first conference up for ridicule.  So what is new here - actually not very much.  It is all rather typical of the behaviour of these brilliant scientists in the disciplines of biology, geneticists and paleoanthropology.  Doing some research one of these scientists will develop a theory and do one of several things.  Stick with it come 'hell or high water' regardless of other scientific research, perhaps much more in depth than his own.  Or he may join with other scientists to try and actually find out the truth of the matter.  Or he may spent a lifetime decrying every effort to find that truth constantly ridiculing other researchers and scientists who come up with alternative theory's.  If one does even a brief Google ® on the subject one will find scientists who have done all these, more and worse leading even to suicide by their fellow scientists.  Why would anyone seeking knowledge behave in this manner.  To a degree it is their ego, so massive in many of them that it brooks no challenge but coming into play also they are following a pattern developed and followed by the Christian Church, since it came into being some 2000 years ago, to remain in control of the populace.  The Power of the Vatican.

The Christian Church started out with a wide variety of beliefs beginning with the fact that they were all Jews, including Jesus and his Apostles, had already a very powerful set of beliefs and religious ceremonies to follow their Covenant with God.  When the Apostles of Jesus Christ started their travels as missionary's to explain the new path to follow - Christian - they had to explain to their fellow Jews that what they were teaching was the new Jewish path of the Messiah leading to Salvation.  Many Jews of course were horrified, refused to change and stayed with the original Law of the Covenant  so that today we have a powerful and highly intellectual Jewish Religion.

The Apostles fairly quickly realised that if they were to do the work that Jesus had charged them with the non-Jews were a better audience to preach too.  One of the first basic discussions that occurred was when these non-Jewish converts were baptised should they also be circumcised.  The discussion became so intense that divisions took place amongst the Apostles themselves.  Eventually it was decided that since this new Christian Faith was open to all, not just Jews, Jesus who had been baptised by John, had meant for baptism to replace the circumcision and so it ceased to be a requirement for Christians but remained the Law for Jews still following the original Laws.

The next big discussion was what exactly to preach and require Christians to believe.  Finally nearly a century after the departure of Jesus, itself a matter of great discussion to find the truth, the various writings were assembled and stories written down into what became the Christian Bible as distinct from the Hebrew Bible but known in the Christian World as The New Testament and The Old Testament.  This caused the first division in the Christian World which led to the Orthodox Christian Church's under their Eastern Patriarchs and the Roman Christian Church under the Pope.

In the Middle Ages a further division took place which led to the Roman Catholic Church under the Pope and the Protestant Churches under various Religious Leadership.  The Roman Catholic Church developed the Vatican to administer its Church and amongst the departments developed was a Vatican Library.  The Protestant Church not having a central Administration never developed a library on a par with the Vatican Library, many many Universities however throughout European countries developed Libraries which contain vast reference material for research on just about any subject.  Unfortunately the Vatican Library which has, as far as we know, the most reference material to equally or better study any subject wallows in secrecy which limits the knowledge of Man in many areas.  Fearing loss of the Power of the Vatican.

Another great loss to Man was the burning of the Library at Alexandria in Egypt which contained material of which we now have virtually no knowledge except for a tiny portion that has been discovered.  We also in more recent times have the status of secrecy regarding the Dead Sea Scrolls which has had limited publication.

So what does all this mean ?  Well it is becoming clearer with each discovery in the Common Era that there are huge gaps in Mans knowledge of himself.  In addition that knowledge is all too often highly inaccurate.  First we have the restrictions of the dissemination of knowledge with the loss of the Library at Alexandria, the restriction on research at the Vatican Library, and no Protestant Central Library of equal status.  On the more positive side we have the U.S. Library of Congress, various European National Libraries and Protestant Libraries usually at universities.

Putting all this together researchers can obtain an accurate picture of Man's development at certain times in history.  However as new discoveries are made it becomes more clear that the original timeline of Mans development and movements over the Earth is none too accurate and could be virtually complete nonsense.  There are thousands and thousands of years unaccounted for and the current inhabitants of our planet have been here much much longer than originally thought.  In fact it becomes more and more likely that former inhabitants developed at least as sophisticated a lifestyle has exists in the developed countries today.  Those inhabitants were possibly wiped out and life restarted to develop all over again, perhaps this has occurred more than once nobody really knows.  We do not need alien space travellers to explain that surmise - one does not like to use the word theory - there is a mass of evidence to research in depth to find the truth.

To find that truth we should perhaps make a start by not wasting our time on conferences on pointless theories of Evolution, such as the two planned at the Royal Marsten School and put our collective brains to work on really worthwhile research on existing sites all over the World.  Currently these sites seem to be largely the realm of TV shows on the History Channel which never clearly give an answer to their own questions because of course they cannot.  Or the continuously repeated TV space alien theorists shows, escapist nonsense instead of the real knowledge of Man.

Today we have the enormous advantage with the Internet by which the average person can do useful research, we have a highly educated populace in all of the developed countries and much of the Third World.   Yet we still have our scientists wasting time having conferences one to explain a theory and one to ridicule it.  In addition we have a Roman Catholic Church up to its eyebrows in controversy and problems keeping perhaps the source of answers to much of our World difficulties and possibly the true timeline of Mans development in a secret Library.

We have perhaps at this period in history an opportunity with the current Pope Francis, who wishes to be a great reformer, to open up the Vatican Library completely for research - no secret archives closed off, no silly different coloured tickets for the morning and afternoon of each day only obtained from different priests. All of which is designed just to frustrate persons wishing to use the library.  By working with scholars of the Jewish, Christian and Muslim Faiths it could be possible to achieve a place, state and level of learning comparable to that at the Alhambra in Spain.  There for nearly 800 years up to the 14th. Century C.E. a level of dissemination of knowledge by the three great Abrahamic Religions was achieved not seen in our World before or since.


Count D. Peter Boucher, Kt. SMOM.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

LEGALESE

Now that the acts of terrorism in Boston have been solved - up to a point anyway - the legal arguments have started.  All the talking heads on TV are expounding their opinions on what should be done.  None of them of course are directly involved in the investigation and build their pontificating on "sources" which in the case of one TV Network last week turned out to be entirely wrong.  In fact that error by the Network and its "source" may, from one point of view, have been a contributing factor leading to the death of a police officer and the serious wounding of another.  The language used by these talking heads is "legalese" or the selection of and playing with words based on legal maneuvering to build a case.

In 'My Blog List' we have a link to the website of a local Miami maritime lawyer.  Some readers find his continued, very petty on many occasions, Posts most annoying reporting every negative trivial item from cruise vessels.  We wrote about that in a previous Post 'Cry Wolf' and NAUTICAL LOG has been asked why do we have this link.  When we first saw and read it we decided it was a good example of how incredibly childish lawyers can be to make their points.  To them it is all a game conducted in the legalese language.  They are not stupid and are building an approach and setting a tone before asking questions in Court to which of course they already know the answers.

An example of setting this tone is a Post entitled "Celebrity crew member arrested for cruise ship theft" which you can read for yourselves.  In this Post he states "The FBI will not even respond to reports of cruise ship thefts under $10,000.00"  The key here is the usage of the word "even".   This gives an impression that the FBI are not interested in responding when the facts are this is a parameter of Federal Law governing the behaviour of the FBI. 

Now as he and NAUTICAL LOG both know there are several parameters which come into play here.  First U.S. Federal Law forbids taking $10,000.00 out of or into this country without reporting it, so it appears one can take $9,999.99 but not $10,000.00 which may activate an FBI Inquiry.  Secondly on the stern (back) of a vessel is a flag and a name, these are the Flag State and Port of Registry of that vessel.  Once one steps aboard the vessel, regardless of where it is docked, one is in the Flag State's country and its National Laws apply to all persons on board.   International  Diplomatic Procedures then come into play if law enforcement agencies are going to board the vessel for law enforcement reasons.  This same lawyer, if it suited his case, would be the first to jump all over a boarding by a U.S. law enforcement agency on a non-U.S. Flag State vessel.

In our years in passenger vessels NAUTICAL LOG has found the FBI and other U.S. Agencies very courteous, knowledgeable of these Rules and helpful.  In fact an FBI Agent was the one who explained these parameters to NAUTICAL LOG when we first started sailing in South Florida based cruise vessels in the 1960's.

We shall of course continue to publish the lawyers website referred to in this Post as it is an indication of how maritime lawyers behave towards cruise lines, their crews, their vessels and most importantly their clients.  Should one find the need to hire one of these persons it is most definitely a case of Caveat Emptor - let the buyer beware.

Good Watch.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

PAY NOW OR PAY LATER

Carnival Group HQ Office, Doral, FL.
 
It seems that the cruise industry is the source of quite a few Posts lately on a variety of maritime and travel Blogs.  The so called "largest cruise line in the world" as it calls itself is actually an amalgamation of cruise lines acquired by Carnival Group by various business tactics.  While each of its 'brands' as they now call passenger ship companies, as in the retail trade, are operated separately under the umbrella of the Carnival Group.  The Carnival Group is headquartered in Doral a suburb of Miami, FL.  Of their various 'brands' the Carnival Cruise Line is the most notorious and has been from the outset.  Exaggerated vessel design with multi-coloured flashing lights, loud music, heavy drinking and other not so legal stimulants in full use on board - the Party Ships as advertised.  During the years there have been complaints lodged by other vessels with the USCG Marine Safety Office about these lights interfering with the visibility of the Carnival vessels navigation lights at night.  The result of those complaints was absolutely nothing was ever done for some reason.  Whatever relationship Carnival built up with the USCG other ships in which NAUTICAL LOG sailed as a Safety Officer would be quickly advised of the least infraction and rightly so.  Not Carnival vessels which departed the Port of Miami blasting loud music and with those multi-coloured lights flashing.  One must suppose that the fact of a transfer from sunny South Florida to Alaska tempered any well meaning attempts by the many decent USCG Officers stationed here over the years to discipline Carnival vessels in any meaningful way.  Career paths came first and beat out marine safety.

Over the years that increased the behaviour of this Company and its vessels to the point that they could behave in any way they wished.  In turn this resulted in building cheap vessels such as those of its fleet most recently in trouble.  How can a vessel costing $ millions be cheap?  Actually all too easily.  In the case of Carnival, as they themselves admitted yesterday, they "saved" on the power and safety systems by installing the barest minimum to meet IMO Requirements

Every deep-water navigation ship must have a backup power system in the form of an emergency generator separated from the main power plant so that if the main power fails the emergency generator can be brought on line.  Often this is an automatic system which requires a final manual confirmation - there are several ways to set this up all of which have been revised and changed over the years as new equipment comes on line.  In large passenger ships it may be that more than one emergency generator would need to be fitted to cover the designed systems.  In the case of Carnival Cruise they choose to go with all minimums in emergency systems to save money.  So only one emergency generator was fitted and this so small in capacity that it could not handle the power requirements.  This resulted in the complete breakdown of sanitary, air-conditioning and food-preparation systems in several of their vessels in recent months alone.  All concerned the Cruise Line, USCG, NTSB, Biscayne Bay Pilots and the South Florida maritime community have known about this for years, there is common talk about a shoddy operation.

Recently this has finally started to backfire on Carnival Cruise Line (CCL) with the U.S. Senator Rockefeller (D) from West Virginia demanding full reimbursement, initially ignored by the Carnival Group, of the enormous costs to U.S. taxpayers, of which NAUTICAL LOG is one, for the rescue of these vessels by both the USCG and USN.  Finally the Carnival Group recognised that it was in their best interest to write a check for the $4+ million costs they had incurred through their own cheap ship policy of construction and operation.

And so to yesterday and yet another Presser, as the modern term appears to be.  Carnival stated that upgrades to its fleet will address emergency power, fire safety and operational redundancies.  All these are the root causes of the recent accidents in the Carnival vessels and will cost at least $700 million. Covering incidents in recent months only the relatively new Carnival Cruise Line President said,

"We have had two cruises that have not been good experiences for our guests; that's two too many"

Only two?  From the very beginning Carnival has been accident prone the very first ship they bought ran aground in the Port of Miami entrance channel.  This trend then continued through its years of operation and Group development.  It was further stated that repair costs for the MS Carnival Triumph would total $100 million.  Both the MS Carnival Triumph and MS Carnival Splendor investigations after their incidents showed up lack of equipment redundancies in the engine room and problems which involved cabling connecting two separate engine rooms being damaged and resulting in no main power being available in the ship with the emergency generator being capacity inadequate for reqired emergency power needs.

So far all this is just talk and it will be interesting as time passes to see just what is actually done in these vessels and the monitoring and actual response by the USCG and other Federal Authorities involved. The costs and dreadful Public Relations for CCL could all have been avoided by effective design and construction because one has to Pay Now or Pay Later.

Good Watch.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

M-NOTICE NOTIFICATION

NLIN #6 - 2013.

The following M-Notices are now available electronically at www.dft.gov.uk/mca

MIN 453 (M+F) Navigation: Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) - Availability During Increased Sunspot Activity.

MIN 456 (M) Codes of Practice - Authorisation of Certifying Authorities.

MGN 407 (M+F) Procedure for Testing of Fire Protection for use with Composite and Wooden Constructions.

MGN 467 (M) Maritime Passenger Rights: Role of National Enforcement Body.

If you have any problems call 023 8032 9391 for assistance.

Good Watch

NO MORE SHIPS

The under construction Quantum of the Seas.


The 91 metre arm of  "The North Star".

 
Metacentric height , centre of gravity and centre of buoyancy of a vessel

At NAUTICAL LOG as we return to our nautical Posts we were shocked to learn - well it was more surprised as the cruise lines are failing to shock the nautical world anymore.  What did we learn? It was that they will not be building any more ships for cruising.  Oh! they will be building vessels but unfortunately for those who work and travel in them they will NOT be ships.

Perhaps to clarify that statement we should define the parameters of ship and vessel.  In the nautical world they may be described as;

Ship: A vessel of considerable size for deep-water navigation.
Vessel: A floating entity for use on water.

Taking those definitions into consideration we saw on Tuesday April 16, 2013 the public introduction of the ultimate floating entity, a contraption owned by RCCL cruise line being built in Papenburg, Germany.  There in and of itself is a problem as the shipyard at Papenburg is on a high risk river, the Ems, for the construction and floating out of very large vessels.  Having draft and size restrictions in manoeuvring the channel of the Ems river from shipyard to sea.  There have been some close calls in the past with cruise vessels being built at Meyer-Werft - however excellent a Yard it is.  (Visit "Google Earth" to see the area.)

It is clear that however well constructed these RCCL vessels may be they are not designed for ocean voyaging, that is the 'deep-water navigation' which defines a ship.  During the maiden crossing from the shipyard to Fort Lauderdale, FL the RCCL Oasis of the Seas was seriously damaged in what was typical Atlantic Ocean heavy weather.  They had interior furniture, fittings and objects come loose being thrown around endangering those on board.  Also its lifeboats were damaged which led to a serious safety problem because if the RCCL Oasis of the Seas were to be abandoned the lifeboats are what are used to do so.  It seems curious that one should abandon a huge vessel and get into these little lifeboats to escape death by sinking in a large vessel but that is what is done. 

So as a former cruise line Safety Officer you can imagine that NAUTICAL LOG is NOT encouraged by all of this - but wait there is more!! 

One is led to conclude that this vessel RCCL Quantum of the Seas has been designed by hotel resort architects who to comply with the International Maritime Regulations covering the design and construction of passenger vessels used maritime CAD with all the required Apps to tell them when they violated these Regulations.  There are all sorts of goodies for the 'guests' (hotel term for passengers) to enjoy and most are if not quite acceptable at least bearable.  To the absolute horror of NAUTICAL LOG and one suspects other seafarers experienced in passenger ship operation and navigation there is the ultimate object being an accident waiting to happen.  RCCL calls it the "The North Star" and says it is a reminder of the "London Eye" wheel.  Now there is a rather risky reference as that too has had its moments and it is firmly attached to the land alongside the Thames River in London, England.

NAUTICAL LOG has placed a virtual picture of "The North Star" above.  It is a crane with a glass box attached which is raised and swung out over the vessels side - at least that is what RCCL showed us on Tuesday.  What this does for the vessels stability factor is a mystery for it is a 91 metre (300 feet) lever acting to tilt the vessel over on its side.  One surmises that there must be a ballast tank below sea level to counter this tilt effect, it must be quite sophisticated to adjust to the motion of raising and swinging this thing from Port to Starboard overside in addition to the natural motion of a vessel at sea underway.  One also hopes that there is a highly trained, experienced crane operator and NOT some well-meaning third world crewmember assigned to this duty.

Which brings us full circle to Papenburg, Germany.  Remember above how we said there were draft restrictions in the channel of the Ems river leading from the shipyard to the sea.  This means that this 168,000 tonne vessel of some 20 decks has to be built within a draft limitation of 8.5 metres (28 feet), which in turn means relatively shallow draft for its size, which further means that the metacentric height is at the cusp of the required stability factor number of the Regulations for deep-water navigation passenger ships - no reservation amount.  So with that 91 metre (300 feet) lever "The North Star"coming into play NAUTICAL LOG with 60 years of seagoing experience has, to say the least, a certain unease about its usage.

As a local maritime lawyer said in his Blog, for which there is a link in 'My Blog List' this vessel should keep all the maritime lawyers employed for decades.  One further wonders how the USCG can possibly deal with all this from the Marine Safety aspect when it is well know to all of us seafarers in the South Florida maritime community if they try to control the cruise industry in any way their transfer will be immediate from South Florida to a lighthouse in Alaska.  But if they cooperate then they stand an excellent chance of being selected to Command the USCG 7th. District and advance to Commandant of the USCG from which one retires to a cushy position in the Oil and Gas or Cruise industries with a corner office in Houston, TX., Carnival Group, Doral, FL. or RCCL, Port of Miami, FL.- no disrespect intended to some very fine and decent Officers. Do not believe this?  then follow the career paths of recent such USCG Senior Officers.

Well there it is, some explanations with a few harsh words for these latest floating contraptions which are heading for a disaster in the not too distant future.  The Carnival Group vessels are busy setting the pattern for what can and does happen but thanks to USCG and USN personnel the big one has been avoided - so far.  Sadly it will not be until one of these vessels is lost with the appalling inevitable loss of life that will result that change will be forced.  The International Maritime Organization (IMO) which should be well ahead of the game and restrict these floating hotel resorts construction does nothing - actually after an event the maritime world can wait for ten years to even hear a peep out of them.

As always NAUTICAL LOG looks forward to your comments and perhaps a different point of view to all of this.

Good Watch.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

PASTOR BONUS

Cardinal F.J. Errázuriz Ossa of Chile.

Logo of the Schönstatt Movement.
Logo of the Society of Jesus known as Jesuits.
 
As a Jesuit Pope Francis is well capable of multi-tasking.  While busy doing the populism routine in the Vatican and Rome he has also been moving against the deplorable behaviour and corruption in the Vatican Curia, which is the governing body of the Roman Catholic Church.

He has now appointed a group of Cardinals from around the World covering each Continent to address the Pastor Bonus.  The "Pastor Bonus" is the constitution that governs the operation of Vatican Curia the current edition of which is itself a revision from the 1990's.

The group of Cardinals selected are interesting because only one is a member of the present Curia, Giuseppe Bertello, president of the Vatican City State governorate which is in a sense the Mayor of Vatican City.  Of the others, our family being partly Chilean, the Cardinal Francisco Javier Errázuriz Ossa a Cardinal-Priest and Cardinal-Archbishop Emeritus of Santiago de Chile is of particular interest.  He is a member of the Fathers of Schönstatt (beautiful place) a self governing Society of Priests as is the Society of Jesus or Jesuits of which Pope Francis is a member.

The Errázuriz family have been in Chile since its beginning the first Errázuriz a Basque arriving in Chile in the 18th. Century.  It is a family which has been totally involved in all aspects of Chilean life and two of whose members have been Presidents of Chile.  It has also had its notorious family members, both male and female, which sadly have been involved in scandals and two prominent suicides.

As to Cardinal Errázuriz Ossa he in addition to his native Spanish speaks Italian, German, and French however he may not speak his original family language of Basque.  The founder of the Society of Jesus Ignatius Loyola was Basque, there is a strong connection with the Basque people and language amongst Jesuits.  The Cardinal was ordained as a priest of the Schönstatt Fathers in 1961 and thereafter advanced through the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church to his present position.

The Schönstatt Movement was founded by Fr. Josef Kentenich in Germany in 1914 near Koblenz.  The Schönstatt Movement emphasizes a strong devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary by establishing a Spiritual Covenant with her.  The Movement is particularly directed towards youth and addresses issues of economic, social, ethical, political, and religious needs of all people. By applying the original principles of Christianity in a new way it wishes to restore a disturbed relationship between the individual person and society, the person and business, the person and technology and the person and social advancement.

While all this is very noble and no doubt well intended it is a Movement which needs careful monitoring and continual assessment.  As with many organisations of involving powerful adult leaders and impressionable youth their have been accusations of inappropriate involvements.  Unfortunately Cardinal Errázuriz while Cardinal of Santiago refused to meet with some such accusers and the priest involved was later found to have been guilty as an abuser and forced into retirement.

So as Pope Francis and Cardinal Francis of Chile try to reform the Curia both already have failed in the past to address one the very issues where the Clergy of the Roman Catholic Church have betrayed the Lay Persons of the Roman Catholic Church.  Each person is due a second chance so one sincerely hopes that this Pope and his group of Cardinals remembering past mistakes will address all the issues and not just the "Pastor Bonus".  If they are NOT successful it could well be the end of the Roman Catholic Church as it is today. Indeed this may be necessary to correct its deplorable and despicable behaviour by which its Religious have betrayed its Lay Persons.

Finally one hopes that the New Vatican Curia will open ALL the Vatican Library for study of ALL its documents removing the Secrecy Issue which causes so much doubt into the facts of this 2013 year old religious movement to both the Roman Catholic Religious and its Lay Persons, of which this writer is one.

Count D. Peter Boucher, Kt. SMOM.

Friday, April 12, 2013

OF INTEREST TWO

Patrick Lydon, his sister and their donkey .
Myself looking out over Dunmore East harbour some 70+ years ago.


While this has a slight nautical connection its interest is mainly to those who are Irish or have visited Ireland.

The death has occurred in Connemara of a Mr. Patrick Lydon known as "Red" in his village and to his friends.  He was only 65 and in a way was a remarkable young man who while actually never leaving Ireland travelled the world as seen in the photo above.  During the 1960's a John Hinde travelled around Ireland taking tourist type photos which he produced in is own factory in Co. Dublin.  Never once in all the years that he did business did he pay any royalties to those he photographed.  Paddy Lydon said he got half-a-crown which is thirty pence in the real Irish currency before this Euro rubbish at that time it was worth about $0.25 in U.S. currency - pretty cheap!!

In the other photo is a child with a model ship gazing down on the harbour in Dunmore East dreaming of going to sea no doubt and becoming a shipmaster.  He did for that child is myself over 70+ years ago.  Mr. Hinde took my photo one morning in one of his original black and white photos.  Years later he retook a photo in colour of Dunmore East harbour and superimposed my photo which one can see is colourised to match.

Years later an action was taken against Hinde for not paying royalties to those he photographed but he got away with it due to time and uncertainty about permission.  While at least "Red" got his half-a-crown I did not - still to look back on this piece of Irish history some 70 years later is really worth more.  Mr. Hinde did not go unpunished however because we were not a poor Connemara family and when years later in choosing a photographer for a very lucrative advertising programme my father remembering the Dunmore East incident made sure Mr. Hinde was not selected.

Good Watch.



OF INTEREST ONE

There are two NAUTICAL LOG Posts of interest today, the first is of general maritime interest about Tsunamis.  The Japanese company NYK has developed Tsunami response guidelines for its ships and anyone who would like to participate in their programme.

The guidelines detail how a vessel in port should react to information about an incoming tsunami as regards saving life and minimising vessel and port damage.

Vessel Owners, Managers and Masters should contact NYK for the full details.  We acknowledge an NYK Press Release for the data in this Post.

Good Watch

Monday, April 8, 2013

WHY BOTHER

While many parts of the Nation are still under Winter or not too Springlike weather here in Sunny South Florida our boating season is year round.  Unfortunately the local culture is dominated by a machismo attitude that believes they already know everything. Thus they are not open to learning about boating correctly and taking safe boating courses then putting that knowledge into practice. After all the USCG are there too rescue them instantly when they get into trouble and call on their cell phone.  Then there are local Maritime Lawyers all too willing to file suit if the USCG are not fully successful in their efforts.

This weekend we had two boating incidents both of which resulted in deaths.  The Reports of these incidents indicated that the usual suspects were the root causes namely, diving improperly not following the rules of safe diving, not wearing lifejackets, out in poor weather at night without experience or proper equipment in small open boats in the 20 to 25 feet range and strong currents.

As a former Boating Safety Instructor in this area it is not good to see these incidents but one also knows from the attitude of even those who at least took a course that we shall have many more.  Due to the culture of this area with its combination of machismo and "I know-it-already so why bother" will result in more deaths as more locals and their visitors go boating in Sunny South Florida.

Good Watch.

M - NOTICE NOTIFICATION

NLIN #5 - 2013.

The following M - Notices are now available at www.dft.gov.uk/mca   Any problems call 023 8032 9391

MIN 455 (M) Human Element, Leadership and Management Training.

MIN 457 (M) Boatmasters - Licence Regulations: General Exemption.

MSN 1734 Amendment 6 (M+F) Approval of Marine Equipment (EC Notified Bodies)

Good Watch.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

M -NOTICE NOTIFICATION

NLIN #4 - 2013

The following Notices are available at www.dft.gov.uk/mca  If you have problems call 023 8032 9391

MIN 454 (M+F) Relocation of Glasgow Marine Office - Amendment to Phone and Fax Numbers.

MGN 468 (M) Voluntary Towage Endorsement Scheme.

MSN 1735 Amendment 6 (M+F) Type-Approval of Marine Equipment (UK Nominated Bodies)

Good Watch