Thursday, August 29, 2013

NLIN #11 - 2013

The following M-NOTICES have been published and are available at or call 023 8032 9391 if there is a problem.

MGN 476 (M) Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 MLC: Important Advice for Seafarers signing on ships flying the Flag of State which has not ratified the MLC.

MGN 490 (M) MARITIME LABOUR CONVENTION: Application to small vessels of less than 200GT that are ordinarily engaged in commercial activities.

MGN 491 (M) MARITIME LABOUR CONVENTION: Application to workboats of 200GT to less than 500GT.

MGN 497 (M+F) Dangerous Goods - Including Chemicals and other Materials - Storage and Use on Board Ship.

Good Watch.

Thursday, August 22, 2013


General Michael Collins

Today August 22nd. 2013 is the 91st Anniversary of the murder of Michael Collins on August 22nd. 1922 during Ireland's relatively brief but highly tragic Civil War.

General Michael Collins (The Big Fella) was a somewhat controversial figure in the Irish achievement of freedom from British Rule after 800 years.  He was the first Commander-in-Chief of the Irish Defence Forces.

In a splendid action taken by the men and women of the Irish Defence Forces a memorial has been unveiled at 1200 today at Cathal Brugha Barracks at the location of the above photograph.  This Memorial was proposed, established and funded by the men and women of the Defence Forces stationed at Cathal Brugha Barracks.

In the photograph above General Collins is striding across the parade ground closely followed by a young piper named Alphonsus Culleton.  With Michael Collins long stride the young Culleton has a hard time playing his pipes and keeping up the pace.  One might also note that General Collins has his revolver in a 'quick draw' tied down position common with special reaction teams today.

grand-niece Helen Collins laying a wreath at the site

With so many changes in the culture and life-style of Ireland NAUTICAL LOG would like to congratulate and thank those stationed at Cathal Brugha Barracks for this Memorial of our real Irish history.

go raibh mait agat agus

Good Watch

Count D. Peter Boucher, Kt. SMOM
International Master Mariner (retired)

Saturday, August 17, 2013


Maritime incidents can and do occur in any part of the World in both coastal waters and oceans.  They can and do involve small craft, large craft, combinations of each, both recreational and professional.

The most prevalent of these incidents are ferry accidents in Asia and of these the ones that involve the largest vessels are Philippine ferries.  There are a large number of these throughout the Nation connecting the various 7,100 of its islands.  They are old, poorly maintained with very little if any enforcement of Philippine Maritime Law and Marine Regulations such as it is.

Now when one of these incidents occurs one has the choice of ignoring it even as the writer and publisher of a nautical blog.  After all what is the point, nothing is going to change in the Philippines Marine World anyway.  Last year NAUTICAL LOG wrote a comment in response to a Post in the Philippine maritime blog Marine Café Blog.  In an atypical Philippine response to even constructive criticism they decided not to publish it and informed NAUTICAL LOG that they would not publish anything further from us.  This of course is their right and privilege, while we may not respect their decision we accept it, we also edit all comments received.  In turn this leaves us to research any Philippine maritime incidents and decide if we are going to ignore them or write a Post.

Considering how by reading Marine Café Blog (from which there has been no Post about this latest disaster as of yet) one learns how poorly the Philippine seafarers are trained - if one may even call it that - and in many cases with broken down and shoddy equipment at the national training facilities.  In fact it has reached the stage where they failed European Inspections and Philippine seafarers were found with false STCW paperwork.  Some international companies tested these seafarers and found they had little or no idea how to perform the STCW required tasks for which they held certification.  Currently Philippine seafarers are at risk of losing acceptance of all maritime certification and will be unable to go mann ships outside their island nation. 

One has to wonder therefore about how authentic the Certification of Officers serving in US based cruise ships sailing from US Ports.  From personal observation of Philippine Officers standing Bridge Watch in cruise ships NAUTICAL LOG believes that as a result of the documented poor training of Philippine seafarers and the falsifying of Certification these Officers should be required to pass a re-certification test conducted by the USCG prior to being allowed to act as an OOW in cruise ships sailing or calling at US Ports with US citizens as passengers.  This is reinforced by the abysmal record of watchkeeping by Philippine seafarers in their own island nation as stated by their own Media.

MS Thomas Aquinas

MS Sulpicio Express 7

If this is the quality of seafarers sent overseas to mann contracted ships one can only imagine with a high degree of suspicion the maritime skills or lack thereof in the Inter-Island Philippine ferries.  So when one learned this morning of a collision off Cebu between the ferry MS Thomas Aquinas a 40 year-old ship in known poor repair and the MS Sulpicio Express 7 a Philippine owned cargo vessel it was a tragic repeat performance. The ferry sank with a possible loss of life of some 300 persons within 15 minutes from impact and the cargo ship while still afloat has a heavily damaged bow.

MS Doña Paz

Imagine our surprise when we read SULPICIO as the possible owner of the cargo vessel.  This was the company - Sulipico Lines  - that owned and operated the MS Doña Paz from Leyte to Manila which during a passage collided with a tanker the MS Vector on December 20, 1987 which resulted in the loss of some 4000 persons. One of the greatest loss of life maritime incidents in the World and even in the Philippines, from which nothing was learned or applied to Philippine Maritime Safety or indeed anyone held responsible.

Good Watch.

Friday, August 16, 2013


This week NAUTICAL LOG has received "comments" about several of our recent Posts. These "comments" are from a '' and say "this is awesome" or "awesome" about the Post.  Since all comments to NAUTICAL LOG go through a screening process these have been deleted on arrival.  One suspects they could contain a 'trojan horse' or a virus so we would like to advise other maritime Blogs to keep a weather eye open and make sure you do not get a problem.

Candice Leadbetter aged three (3)

The second item comes from England that wonderful country which has gone to the dogs in recent decades.  In the West Midlands the Police arrived at the home of Candice Leadbetter who is three (3) years old.  She was playing in her front garden with friends Isabel (4) and Ellie-Louise (7) in their excitement they trampled on the flowerbeds, her family's flower-beds mind you.  A neighbor it seems seeing this dastardly act reported it to the West Midlands Police.  They responded and issued a warning to Candice's Mom that under ASBO a civil order could be issued and most likely would be if this behavior occurred again.  Now for those of you who have no idea what the ASBO is it was passed into law in response to shoplifting, mugging and arson.  The Anti-Social Behavior Order (ASBO) did not cover flower trampling by a three-year old - well it seems it does now.

This is yet another example of living in an European Socialist Nation where one size fits all.  Under the Socialist System a persons intelligence goes dormant and individual decision-making is not encouraged.  NAUTICAL LOG thinks the West Midlands Chief Constable needs to sit down over a nice cup of tea and have a serious chat with his/her Officers before this major crime wave gets completely out of hand !!

In closing NAUTICAL LOG who lived and went to the Nautical College of Southampton University in England for 2nd. Mates FG, 1st. Mates FG, and Master FG suspects there is more to this story than meets the eye and involves one who used to be called in our day 'the local interfering old biddy' at work.

Good Watch.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013


NLIN #10 - 2013.

The following M-Notices are now available electronically at  any problems call 023 8032 9391

MIN 466 (M) The Government support for Maritime Training Scheme (SMarT) - Additional Guidance.

MIN 467 (M) Amendments to Directive 2006/87/EC Laying Down Technical Requirements for Inland Waterway Vessels.

MGN 487 (M+F) Maritime Labour Convention,2006 _ On-Shore Complaints.

MGN 494 (M+F) Media and Other Organisations using Ships and Fishing Vessels.

MGN 498 (M) Inland Waters Small Passenger Boat Code - Operational Guidance for Towing of Inflatables.

MSN 1848 (M) Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 - Survey and Certification of UK Ships.

MSN 1849 (M) Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 - On-Board Complaints Procedure.

Good Watch.