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.
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.