Skip to main content

IRISH SAIL TRAINING

STV Asgard II

SV Celtic Mist
The importance of Sail Training is realised in Ireland however at the moment there is no Class A vessel available under Irish Flag State.  Why?


One has to go back to March 07, 1981 when the STV Asgard II was commissioned.  She was operated by the Department of Defence under a para-civilian company called Coiste an Asgard.  She served well training cadets and opening up sailing in a Brigantine to several generations of Irish youth.  Then on September 11, 2008 she sank in the Bay of Biscay.  It was later determined that most likely she had struck a semi-submerged container, flooded and sank.  Fortunately all hands got off safely.  What is not so fortunate is that due to politics and indecision by the Irish Government and Coiste an Asgard the vessel was not salvaged.  By most nautical standards there were at least two opportunity windows to have done this but sadly it never happened.  At this late stage it is a rather pointless discussion and the target now is to find or even built a replacement vessel.  Since the Department of Defence decided to close down Coiste an Asgard and has announced it is not interested in operating a STV in the future others have taken up the gauntlet.  To this end two organisations have been formed they are, "Sail Training Ireland For Youth Development" (STIYD) and "Tallship For Ireland" currently both may be found on Facebook ®.


So what do Irish Youth do now?  Well through the Irish Sailing Association (ISA) places may be found for them in the STV's of other nations.  This was done in July when groups of Irish trainees sailed in STV's departing from the Port of Waterford for the Tall Ship Races of 2011.  Also thanks to the family of the late Charles Haughey former Taoiseach (Prime Minister) his yacht SV Celtic Mist was donated to the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG). The ISA is able on occasions to place youth in this vessel.


As an interested Irish-American seafarer NAUTICAL LOG will be pleased to act on behalf of persons willing to help in the acquisition or construction of a suitable vessel for Ireland's youth and needing more information.  Please understand actual funds should NOT be sent to NAUTICAL LOG - we will record pledges only.


Good Watch.

Please remember our fellow seafarers held captive by pirates off Somalia.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

PERIGEAN SPRING TIDES

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.

Good Watch.

STANDING DOWN PROBLEMS CONTINUE

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…

FINALLY AN ATTEMPT TO RECOVER

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…