Skip to main content

FLEW THE COOP

Barn Owl - not 'Oasis' however


With the present design of cruise ships more like amusement parks than sea-going vessels it was bound to happen. In "The Miami Herald" there was a report this morning of a stowaway aboard the MS Oasis of the Seas at Port Everglades, FL. However instead of calling ICE as is usually done they called FWC - yes the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.

The stowaway was a barn owl, a protected species in Florida, which had established her territory on the ships golf course - very clearly established it too. Unfortunately the turf is artifical material laid on a solid deck and she could not excavate a burrow. Two officers Mr. Bingham from FWC and Mr. Rudolph from BSO 'worked the case' spenting some thirty minutes before she was captured via a butterfly net. Barn Owl 'Oasis' was then escorted to Markham Park, Broward County where she was released without any charges being preferred.

Mr. Bingham reports that she "fixed me with the stare of death" clearly she was not too pleased. The MS Oasis of the Seas has a Central Park and lots of greenery so it is possible to see birds and butterflies aboard. In addition the vessel has some twenty restaurants so it is quite understandable that Ms. Oasis was more than a little pissed off at being removed.

Good Watch.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

HOW TO WEAR A LIFEJACKET

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

ISM CODE - AUDITING

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…

AN tSEIRBHIS CHABHLAIGH

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.

Good Watch.