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One of the points NAUTICAL LOG meant to cover in our 'FRIDAY REPORT' was that of the USCG Report on the Deepwater Horizon incident.  We have now decided to refer our readers to the maritime Blog gCAPTAIN as it is very well covered there.  The gCAPTAIN staffers wrote a book about the incident based on the Media reports and their own sources.  While NAUTICAL LOG has not yet read the gCAPTAIN book, we understand it is an excellent coverage of this tragic incident.  Now gCAPTAIN has gone through the USCG Report commenting on the points raised by it in comparison with its own book.  Further comments as the two relate have been added making interesting reading.  The USCG is of course restrained in what it can reveal and as always bound by politics in general and those of the Department of Homeland Security in particular.  There were many questionable decisions made with regard to equipment usage, its condition, the training and skills of operating personnel and Inspections by both the State and Federal Departments involved with offshore drilling.  We at NAUTICAL LOG leave our readers to draw their own conclusions and opinions in this comparison of the book and USCG Report.  Legal Actions have been filed and will go no doubt to trial at some far distant date in both the various State and Federal Courts.

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Please remember the seafarers held captive by pirates off Somalia as we enter May the fifth month of 2011 - let us work with India and others to set them free before June.


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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.

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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.

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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…


NAUTICAL LOG understood that the Sea Shepherd vessel Ocean Warrior had sailed for the Southern Ocean however we have seen no news of her passage southwards.  Since she is a new vessel and in waters which are renowned for storms building up quite rapidly we wonder if all is well.  One suspects that is not due to the rampant publication of events by the SSS people on every occasion that they accomplish even the slightest act which they consider positive to their aims.

Marine Traffic status:  43° 37'45 S.  147° 25' E.  course 257° @ 11 knots.  This position is south of Tasmania, Australia.

So it would be nice to know if Operation Nemesis is underway or has already become an SSS nemesis.  Continued safe passage and

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