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"Pirates on deck"
INS Kalpeni (T75)
USS Nicholas (FFG47)
Finally there seems to be some cases of positive action and results for us long suffering seafarers against the pirates. In Norfolk, VA five Somali males were convicted of attacking a Navy ship and in accordance with U.S. Code Title 18, Chapter 81, Paragraph 1651 sentenced to life in prison under the law of nations. This is the harshest sentence to date as more serious efforts are made to halt piracy off the Horn of Africa.
The federal prosecution in Virginia relied on the 19th. Century maritime laws and it was the first piracy case to go to trial since the Civil War. This is of course as it should be, the fact that the law has only rarely been used is meaningless. It was enacted to deal with piracy when and if it occurred, as we seafarers know only too well it has flared up in the last decade off the Horn of Africa (HOA) and is spreading across the Indian Ocean to within 600 nautical miles of India.
The convicted pirates had at first admitted their crime but later when they saw they were not just going to be released they claimed to be innocent fishermen. Their attack on the USS Nicholas (FFG 47) which is homeported in Norfolk, VA was when she was part of the anti-piracy patrol off HOA. Stated U. S. Attorney Neil MacBride:
"Today' sentences should send a clear message to those who attempt to engage in piracy. Armed attacks on U.S. flagged vessels carry severe consequences in U.S. Courts."
In other good conter-piracy action the INS Kalpeni (T75) captured a pirate mothership and along with 61 pirates and freed 15 hostages. Those of you who follow piracy news already know that the Indian Navy and Indian Coastguard are doing outstanding work in fighting the pirates. They are just about the lead nation in effective counter-action to prevent piracy and in capturing those involved.
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.
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…
NAUTICAL LOG has published Posts about this tragic ship sinking since the very first report of her loss. Today the NTSB has released her VDR data in particular the Navigation Bridge voice recorder - it is not good. This Post is compiled from multiple Media sources.
On October 01, 2015 the SS El Faro a freighter sank with all hands, 33 crewmembers lost their lives and no bodies were ever recovered though one was sighted by the USCG in a survival suit but not picked-up. By an extraordinary search, resumed at the insistence of a U.S. Senator from the State of Florida, the VDR was found and now after months of investigation some results have been released.
The ship left Jacksonville, Fl. bound for San Juan, PR and sailed directly into the eye of a Category 4 hurricane named Joaquin. Why the ship was where it was in the first place is a question yet to be fully answered but it seems that the Master was more focused on fuel consumption than plotting the path of the hurricane Joaquin an…