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Well it took at few weeks but the pirates are now making plans to operate in the Gulf of Mexico. In the NAUTICAL LOG Press Release folder comes notice that the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is trying to cash in on the BP oil spill. They are advertising that they are going to "train" volunteers in Hazmat and Hazwoper duties to work on the BP oil spill. NAUTICAL LOG has both trained in at Texas A&M and instructed in these duties when OPA 90 came into law. It is quite specialized training which must be conducted by qualified government authorized trainers. One doubts if SSCS has that in place and if you go along with their latest con you may find that both time and money has been wasted. Of course in the same SSCS Press Release is a begging logo for that money, this is called the OCEAN RESCUE FUND. The money will of course go for the upkeep of 'Wats-his-names' lifestyle as usual. It is your money to do with as you want, just don't waste time crying over spilt milk, or perhaps spilt oil, after you figure you've been conned.
Also remember Paul Franklin Watson is under INTERPOL Blue Notice so you could be aiding and abetting a fugitive if you give funding to his scams.
A popular U.S.-based cruise ship style A popular European ferry style
Several times during the year NAUTICAL LOG has had visitors searching for lifejacket instructions. With two just over Christmas we decided to publish something for everybody to see and read. Choose a Coast Guard approved life-jacket and make sure it is undamaged. Make sure life-jackets are readily accessible, never locked away. Check the fit, there are adult, child and infant sizes, the correct one MUST be used. Choose bright colour life-jackets so as to be seen easily by Search and Rescue (SAR).Put your life-jacket ON BEFORE you leave the berth. Make sure you have a light and whistle attached AND they BOTH WORK. Good Watch
This month saw the commissioning into the Irish Naval Service of a new Class of Irish Naval vessel more of the Frigate size than the previously Corvette size. However they are all classed as Patrol vessels, the new vessel is LÉ Samuel Beckett P61.NAUTICAL LOG wishes her well and a successful service.
The older vessels saw unbelievable service and value for money the first being commissioned in 1979 and continued through the '80's and 90's into the 21st. Century. During those years in addition to patrolling the stormy seas around the rugged Irish coast they made passages across the Western Ocean to the United States and Canada, south to South America as far as Argentina, and east to Asia as far as Korea. Such passages are really remarkable for such small vessels and show the competence of Irish seafarers who as Naval Officers and Merchant Marine Officers train together.
Ships now operate under the International Management Code for Safe Operation of Ships and for Pollution Prevention (ISM Code). Since this is a Post on Auditing NAUTICAL LOG, who is a Trained Auditor, will not go through the requirements as these can be found on the Internet and in your local nautical bookshop - you do have a bookshop hopefully as they are a dying breed. There are two types of Audit an External Audit and an Internal Audit.
The External Audit consists of the Flag State or an outside Auditing Firm coming into the Company and going through all the Protocols, Procedures and associated Manuals. They may also hold a drill simulating a situation in one of the Company's vessels and observe the results of the Shore Staff dealing with it. NAUTICAL LOG has been through this experience with two very different Companies and believe me it is a long, difficult, trying day not made any easier by the subsequent debrief. The External Auditor then prepares a Report which causes a…