Skip to main content


This year World Maritime Day is being celebrated on September 23, 2010 at the International Maritime Organization Headquarters (IMO HQ) in London, England. In many countries around the world there is similar recognition of Seafarers - and well deserved it is.

What is World Maritime Day? It is the day the United Nations (UN) through the IMO celebrates our industry's contribution towards the world's economy especially shipping. The event's date varies from year to year and differs by country but it is always celebrated during the last week of September. For us Navigators this year has a magnificent harvest full moon with Jupiter just below in the Southeast quadrant. Last night here in Miami-Dade County Florida it was spectacular, clear sky with just some patchy clouds.

This is also the 'Year of the Seafarer' and World Maritime Day focuses on shipping safety, maritime security, marine environment and the work of the IMO. There will be remembrance events for those of us lost at sea in London, England and events in Australia, Canada, and the United States. As it happens NAUTICAL LOG has served in the Merchant Service of each of those countries so the flag is flying outside the house and this is a thoughtful day of a 50 year, 1953-2003, career at sea.

Good Watch.


Popular posts from this blog


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


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.

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.

Good Watch.