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DEPARTURE


Well, well, well the master con artist has pulled it off again and NAUTICAL LOG got it totally wrong this time - score one for 'Wats-his-name'!! SSCS supporters must be thrilled to know that somehow by someone the fuel bill was paid and the MS Steve Irwin is back at sea. It is probable that there was not really a SSCS financial crisis at all and 'Wats-his-name' cried wolf to get sympathy and even more money into his coffers. Still the end result is here he is heading off back to The Southern Ocean and rejoining his fellow pirates. How proud the New Zealanders must feel that they and their country have resupplied and refuelled a three vessel pirate fleet. They have done this the very day fellow pirates from Somalia have hijacked yet another ship the MT Irene SL a large tanker in this latest case. If there should be further violence NAUTICAL LOG wonders how proud of themselves New Zealanders will feel then. Now The Netherlands, Australia/Tasmania, and New Zealand are all international supporters of piracy, a sordid dirty mark which will be remembered for a long time by seafarers, particularly those who have lost family members to these nautical thugs.

According to their PR: "an incredible amount of donated tools, supplies, equipment and services flooded onto the ship during the three days the vessel was berthed at Queen's Wharf in Wellington".
The PR continues: "within a week, we will be back with our two ships on the trail of the Japanese whaling fleet, fully supplied and with the ability to take our campaign to the end of the whaling season in March".
What NAUTICAL LOG found interesting was that covering phrase "on the trail" he doesn't say they are actually going to do something but just trail the JWF.

Another interesting point was the list of crew changes that had to be done at Wellington, NZ. Listed are eight (8) departures and six (6) replacements, we do not recall any of the names listed in the PR as being on board in prior seasons. Perhaps some enterprising reporters can get interviews with these persons about life aboard SSCS vessels under 'Wats-his-name', they are no doubt good and decent people who wanted to make a genuine effort to stop whaling. To take the opportunity to leave like this at the first port of call would suggest that life under SSCS cult leader 'Wats-his-name' was disappointing for them. Not quite the Antarctic adventure cruise they thought it would be!! Also perhaps they needed a decent meal of foods, other than that vegan diet which did not sound very exciting, that they are perhaps more used too.
We shall see what the rest of the whaling season 2010-2011 brings on and maybe it will be the turn of NAUTICAL LOG to get it right next time!!
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