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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.
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 addition to the recent "Standing Down" of training voyages for its Midshipersons the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) has received warnings about the quality, or lack thereof, of its training programme. The Middle States Commission of Higher Education (MSCHE) report stated that accreditation was in jeopardy for non-compliance in certain areas.
Coupled with the continuing problems requiring disciplinary actions including dismissal from the Navy the United States Navy (USN) has had in recent years this does not bode well for the professionalism of the seafaring community of the United States.
It is clear to this writer, an International Master Mariner with 50 years of experience, that the training sources for both Officers and Ratings need an immediate complete examination and review. Currently the Officer commanding riverine craft based in Bahrain has been dismissed. Another nine Officers and Ratings are under disciplinary action as a result of the capture by…
NAUTICAL LOG has on previous occasions discussed the SS El Faro VDR in a Post titled RELUCTANCE TO RECOVER and two other Posts about the VDR (Voyage Data Recorder) of the SS El Faro.
The Ship sank in Hurricane Joaquin on October 01, 2015 off the Bahamas. There has seemed to be a reluctance by all parties involved to continue the attempt to recover the VDR from some 15,000 feet - admittedly a considerable depth. However because of the importance of possible data on the recorder such an attempt must be made.
Finally the NTSB has contracted with the USN Supervisor of Salvage to assist in the recovery of the VDR. The USNS Apache will depart in early July 2016 together with USCG, Phoenix International and an underwater operating vehicle the CURV-21.
Once the VDR is recovered it will be brought ashore to the NTSB laboratory and thoroughly studied to download and analyze the information. With these results in hand the USCG will conduct a two hearings to investigate the sinking and questio…