UPDATE: Monday, April 04, 2011. The crew of the MS Oliva departed Tristan da Cunha on Saturday April 02, 2011 in the MS Samaton back to Santos, Brazil. Other than that brief remark from the Island "Latest News" NAUTICAL LOG has no further news. As we shall no longer be reporting on Tristan events our readers should visit the Island website for all their "Latest News" firsthand. However we shall be reporting any news from the MS Oliva Investigation in the future. While we are not particularly hopeful by the indicators so far perhaps this Greek shipowner will realise their responsibilities - very doubtful. Readers will note that in each report the Insurers are mentioned as having made the arrangements and their Representative is on site. Not once have the Greek shipowners been mentioned as taking any action and they will be hidden under layers of corporations merely brass plates on lawyers offices scattered around the globe. As NAUTICAL LOG knows only too well from a background of 50 years as a professional seafarer and a ship-owning family, this is typical positioning for an action of Limitation of Liability under Maritime Law when the shipowner will legally - if not morally - avoid their full responsibility for the costs evolving from this maritime incident.
The grounding has forced the closing of the fishing industry for this season and there should be grounds for compensation to the Islanders. Water samples from around the Island Group are being sent to South Africa and possibly the United Kingdom for comprehensive testing before fishing may resume. While this is apparently rather an extreme case of gross carelessness in navigation or lack thereof it can act as a reminder to ALL of us seafarers how serious the consequences of our actions can be. Remember you are ON WATCH on the Bridge and that is your ONLY job when up there.
Also on another important subject, that of Tristan da Cunha. There is an excellent summary covering some six pages at their website www.tristandc.com/ go to "Latest News" and also www.acap.aq/ to read all about it !! It is really remarkable to NAUTICAL LOG how skilled the Islanders are in looking after the penguins and birds and the surprising amount of equipment they are using. Added to all that they are catching fish in very bad weather of "hailwails" as the Islanders call them. Administrator Sean Burns must be a talented person working with the Islanders, Insurers, CAPT. Sloane is on the Island, and others from this remote location to co-ordinate such a complex situation.
UPDATE: There is a rather heartbreaking video from "WheresAndrewTV" called "Nightingale Island Oil Spill" regarding the Rockhopper Penguins which one should definitely watch. It was brought to the attention of NAUTICAL LOG by Old Salt Blog if you visit them it can be seen directly from that Blog.
Now the third subject of "Friday Report" concerns the competition, it would be nice to have some other "activist" maritime Blogs. Other than gCaptain, Old Salt Blog and Kennebec Captain there are not many that NAUTICAL LOG knows of - enlighten me please!! Bitter End Blog does informative Posts but mostly "reruns" and gets lots of comment to them which serves the maritime community well - we hope. As to Strait of Magellan that is mostly away over this simple seafarer's head, while interesting stuff it is mainly astronomy and interplanetary travel. So is NAUTICAL LOG wrong here in not seeing other opinions in other Blogs on nautical subjects or are we just too opinionated? Y'all have a great weekend.
Please remember the seafarers held captive by pirates off Somalia - let us work with India to free them.