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Well it seems  we are still connected with piracy; comes the publication this month of BMP 4.  This is the handy Pocket Piracy Guide by ABS Classification Society.  The pre-publishing blurb states that it is laminated and written in easy-to-read format.  It would seem that ABS does not consider seafarers to be particularly well educated - is NAUTICAL LOG just particularly touchy today?  It lists areas of piracy, actions to be taken in the event of an attack, and suggests scenarios for training and drills.  Well now since arming ourselves and extreme response is NOT encouraged by International Maritime Authorities perhaps we could use the BMP4 to beat the thugs over the head as they board - it is after all laminated so should stand up to the abuse.  You're quite right NAUTICAL LOG is really pissed off and very touchy today!!

On another topic there seems to be a conspiracy amongst naval architects to design ships as ugly as possible.  The cruise ships coming off the assembly lines, with very few exceptions, have all the elegance of human container vessels.  Of course in reality this is exactly what they are.  The oil industry workboats are equally ugly, however in their case it is possibly justified by functionality.

PX 105 PSV - Chinese built
Then there is this one which we are given to understand is a seismic exploration vessel.  NAUTICAL  LOG is quite sure these designs have been 'nautically-scienced' to death and tank tested to exhaustion however their final - could well be too - test will come when they are caught at sea in very heavy weather with no handy shelter to head for.  Lots of fun to berth alongside and bunker too!!
Ramform seismic vessel

Good Watch.

Still hoping that other maritime themed Blogs will finally join us in commenting after Posts we ask that this 9/11 weekend you also remember your fellow seafarers, some 400, held captive by pirates both ashore and off the coast of Somalia.


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