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FRENCH POLYNESIA




To give it its correct name Pays d'outre-mer de la Polynesie Française is a glorious part of the World. The former French Colony of Oceania it is now administered by a local Government with a President and Assembly in the French manner. Representing France is a High Commissioner and France still administers the overseas affairs of French Polynesia.

This means of course that while NAUTICAL LOG thought that the MS Gojira might be acquiring a new Flag State it is unlikely. For any voyages outside French Polynesia that would have to be France. Maybe The Netherlands will again issue a Certificate of Registry and all three SSCS vessels will have the same Flag State. Inside the island administration one might well be able to fly the Ensign of French Polynesia. Today NAUTICAL LOG heard that Locky MacLean is flying back to Australia apparently Hobart, TAS to rejoin the other SSCS members. It will indeed be interesting to see if he is detained on arrival by the Australian Federal Police (AFP). While in command of the MS Gojira his actions were aggressive to the point of endangering his own vessel and crew. He also fouled the propeller of the JWF vessel leaving it helpless at sea. This is a clear act of piracy which he should, without question, have to answer in Law but one doubts that the Australian Government has the political will to persue. The second part of the rumor was that the MS Gojira was being painted silver, the MS Silver Streak perhaps?, in readiness for the Mediterranean and attacking Libyan tuna fishermen - as if there is not enough problems in North Africa and the Middle East already.

One can only wait and see in some degree of amazment at the thinking process of these SSCS people.

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