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NLIN #4 - M NOTICES
The following -M- Notices have been issued by the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency;
MGN 399 (M) MIN 352 (M) MIN 358 (M+F) MIN 361 (M+F) MIN 363 (M+F) MIN 364 (M) MSN 1734 (M+F)
These are available in PDF format from www.mcga.gov.uk/. If there are any problems contact the -M- Notice Administrator at 023 8032 9391
It sometimes happens that one is going to write a Post on a subject when lo and behold there is already an excellent one. Such is the case today; so rather than repeat everything let me refer you to the source of that Post
At present we are experiencing Perigean Spring Tides which occur when the Moon is at perigee on its oval path that is the closest point to Earth. One of the principal results are higher than usual Spring Tides as against the Neap Tides.
Should you be interested in the full explanation of this phenomenon then you might like to reference "Old Salt Blog" which has an excellent explanation of this event and uses all the correct terms - quite unlike our Media here in South Florida.
NAUTICAL LOG has published Posts about this tragic ship sinking since the very first report of her loss. Today the NTSB has released her VDR data in particular the Navigation Bridge voice recorder - it is not good. This Post is compiled from multiple Media sources.
On October 01, 2015 the SS El Faro a freighter sank with all hands, 33 crewmembers lost their lives and no bodies were ever recovered though one was sighted by the USCG in a survival suit but not picked-up. By an extraordinary search, resumed at the insistence of a U.S. Senator from the State of Florida, the VDR was found and now after months of investigation some results have been released.
The ship left Jacksonville, Fl. bound for San Juan, PR and sailed directly into the eye of a Category 4 hurricane named Joaquin. Why the ship was where it was in the first place is a question yet to be fully answered but it seems that the Master was more focused on fuel consumption than plotting the path of the hurricane Joaquin an…
NAUTICAL LOG understood that the Sea Shepherd vessel Ocean Warrior had sailed for the Southern Ocean however we have seen no news of her passage southwards. Since she is a new vessel and in waters which are renowned for storms building up quite rapidly we wonder if all is well. One suspects that is not due to the rampant publication of events by the SSS people on every occasion that they accomplish even the slightest act which they consider positive to their aims.
Marine Traffic status: 43° 37'45 S. 147° 25' E. course 257° @ 11 knots. This position is south of Tasmania, Australia.
So it would be nice to know if Operation Nemesis is underway or has already become an SSS nemesis. Continued safe passage and