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FAIR BALANCED UNAFRAID
Diver at dumping site
Diver with pilot whale skull
Pilot whale skull
UPDATE: We would refer commenter MJW, who quotes the Bern Convention exceptions by the Kingdom of Denmark, to this photo and perhaps he may be able to suggest to all of us a use for this 'meat'. To NAUTICAL LOG it looks very much like a slaughtered pilot whale and fetus. One can find an excuse for just about anything - but would one really want too?
Many times at NAUTICAL LOG we criticise the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) so when they do something important we should also recognise that too. Noticeably in the last couple of years the negative actions have been mostly conducted under the orders of 'Wats-his-name'. When left to their own decision-making the young guns of SSCS seem to do better. According to the latest SSCS report this is one of those occasions.
Currently the RV Brigitte Bardot is in the Faeroe Islands covering the slaughter of pilot whales which is conducted each season and called the "grind ". For some time people outside of the Faeroe Islands have been wondering where did all the dead pilot whales end up - now we know. The dumping ground, which the locals deny, has been found to be a crevice between Vestmanna and Leynar. In addition to the carcasses it is used for both household refuse and industrial waste all of which has been videoed and recorded. This is due to the divers of SSCS going down some 20 metres into the crevice and documenting what they saw - it was not good. The skull was returned to the crevice after on board videos had been made. Since pilot whales are listed in the European Union as a threatened species it would have been illegal to bring a skull in as evidence. This is something ignored by the Kingdom of Denmark in the case of the Danish Faeroe Islands. They are part of the Kingdom of Denmark though not legally part of the European Union of which Denmark is a Member.
Please remember our fellow seafarers held captive by pirates off Somalia.
A popular U.S.-based cruise ship style A popular European ferry style
Several times during the year NAUTICAL LOG has had visitors searching for lifejacket instructions. With two just over Christmas we decided to publish something for everybody to see and read. Choose a Coast Guard approved life-jacket and make sure it is undamaged. Make sure life-jackets are readily accessible, never locked away. Check the fit, there are adult, child and infant sizes, the correct one MUST be used. Choose bright colour life-jackets so as to be seen easily by Search and Rescue (SAR).Put your life-jacket ON BEFORE you leave the berth. Make sure you have a light and whistle attached AND they BOTH WORK. Good Watch
Ships now operate under the International Management Code for Safe Operation of Ships and for Pollution Prevention (ISM Code). Since this is a Post on Auditing NAUTICAL LOG, who is a Trained Auditor, will not go through the requirements as these can be found on the Internet and in your local nautical bookshop - you do have a bookshop hopefully as they are a dying breed. There are two types of Audit an External Audit and an Internal Audit.
The External Audit consists of the Flag State or an outside Auditing Firm coming into the Company and going through all the Protocols, Procedures and associated Manuals. They may also hold a drill simulating a situation in one of the Company's vessels and observe the results of the Shore Staff dealing with it. NAUTICAL LOG has been through this experience with two very different Companies and believe me it is a long, difficult, trying day not made any easier by the subsequent debrief. The External Auditor then prepares a Report which causes a…
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.