Skip to main content

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.

Good Watch.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

PERIGEAN SPRING TIDES

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.

FAKE NEWS

In recent years there has been a steady decline in the professionalism, accuracy and quality of the various Media outlets and the social media.  In the rush to get there first with a story the shoddy Media - lets call it the really shoddy social media - have resorted to making up stories.  When growing up in the late 30's and 40's this was called lying and got one punished in our house.

Fake news includes inaccurate and unsupported stories all of which in the last year have been published without correction or apology.  Now it seems this attitude has spread to the maritime blogs.  One blog which was generally pretty good about its posts has slipped in accuracy lately including quoting from European tabloids.  A recent post was about H.M.S. Vengeance and its missile launches off the coast of Florida part of its programme to Certify boat and crew  The story was an ill advised, inaccurate choice in subject matter as to what happened and how the incident was reported to a Foreign N…

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.