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DAY OF THE WHALES
South Africa - before South Africa - after
Faeroe Islands - quay full of pilot whales
Faeroe Islands - local people and pilot whales
UPDATESunday July 25, 2010:
This Post has been commented on below and NAUTICAL LOG has replied to each one. We shall continue to do so as necessary, while still considering SSCS to be a pirate group that has a strategy of maritime thuggery. Judging from the recent "Whale Wars" series they are also grossly incompetent seafarers and portray themselves as being nautically impaired.
However when they do something that is positive in conservation then we shall report that also and in a positive way. Most certainly it is a rare enough event. That is fair and balanced posting which we want NAUTICAL LOG to be as a maritime affairs blog. It is therefore perhaps worthy of respect by you the reader rather than being another ranting forum of one-sided views. The Internet abounds with those already.
ORIGINAL POST July 21, 2010:
The NAUTICAL LOG Press Release folder brought two whale stories today from different ends of our world. The first was from South Africa in which a sailing yacht was possibly attacked by a breaching whale. The South African maritime authorities are investigating to find out if the whale had been harassed in any way prior to breaching and crashing down on the yacht. As one can see the attack was quite successful and fortunately the couple on board were not injured.
The second story is no less serious and in fact it is extremely disturbing so much so that NAUTICAL LOG is not publishing all the pictures of the event that are included with the report. The Sea Shepherds and NAUTICAL LOG are rarely in any form of agreement as to their activities. In this case however we praise Mr. Peter Hammarstedt, whom you may know is a crewmember of both the MS Steve Irwin and the MS Bob Barker both Netherlands Flag State pirate vessels, for his courage in photographing the slaughter. From the Faeroe Islands comes his report with photographs of a barbaric viking slaughter of a pod of 236 pilot whales. This slaughter was completely indiscriminate and the entire pod of bulls, females, pregnant females and juveniles were slaughtered. This makes no sense to a former fisherman because one is killing the future, not that these people could be called 'fishermen' in this case. Go to the website www.seasheperd.org/ to read the full report and view the photos which be warned are very graphic. Mr. Hammarstedt, who is Swedish, was 'cleaned-up' from his "Whale Wars" days but was still recognized, he transmitted the photos and after police interrogation had to immediately leave the Faeroe Islands. Both the Faeroe Islands Administration and the Kingdom of Denmark should be deeply ashamed of this barbaric behaviour by their nationals.
Denmark is a member of the European Union and ignores the fact that pilot whales are protected under European Union Law. Under the Convention on the Conservation of EuropeanWildlife and Natural Habitats pilot whales are classified as "Strictly Protected". In 1973 when Denmark joined the then European Community, now the European Union, the Faeroe Islands declined to join with them as a result today it is not a European Union member. Denmark has failed miserably to abide by its obligations as a signatory of the Convention to deal with this pilot whale slaughter known as the 'grind' in the Faeroe Islands.
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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
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…
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.