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ALL QUIET ON THE SOUTHERN FRONT

Other than comments quoting supposed entries in FACEBOOK which our regular readers know NAUTICAL LOG does not follow or indeed is any ones 'friend' - who can blame them!! - there is no news coming from the SSCS. In fact the last press release is dated January 18, 2011 and was about taking a shopping trip at BGF in Richmond-Upon-Thames, Surrey, UK which is rather a long way from The Southern Ocean. Has there been a split over tactics in the ranks of the SSCS Pirate Group NAUTICAL LOG wonders.

Prior to that shopping trip there were regular dramatic bombastic press releases from 'Wats-his-name' as we reported in two posts "Lead, Follow, Right Behind You" and "Harassment" in which we told the SSCS crewmembers that they did not have to follow irresponsible and illegal orders. This was triggered by 'Wats-his-name' stating that he would order aggressive tactics to prevent the MT Sun Laurel from transferring supplies including fuel to the JWF factory ship MS Nisshin Maru. Such tactics could quite easily cause a fuel spill and thus an environmental maritime disaster in the area where the whales live and breathe.

We were then told that while the MS Gojira was off hunting for the location of the MS Nisshin Maru the MS Steve Irwin and MS Bob Barker were following the MT Sun Laurel. It now appears that this was not true, nothing new for 'Wats-his-name', and in fact as reported in FACEBOOK the MS Gojira had separated from the SSCS Pirate Group altogether and returned to Hobart, Tasmania. The stated reason is for repairs but that could be an excuse for a more serious reason, a split in the SSCS ranks over those stated aggressive tactics and the risk they involved to the whales. It was also supposedly stated in FACEBOOK that the MS Steve Irwin would be heading to Lyttleton Harbor on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand.

There is a video tour and an article about MS Gojira in the Hobart, Tasmania newspaper "The Mercury". So while we await further news from SSCS be aware that in the meantime it is - all quiet on the Southern front.

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